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Governor Yusuf Revamps Education in Kano, Hiring 10,000 Teachers and Building 300 Labs

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By Gabriella Ogbu

In a major effort to revitalize Kano’s deteriorating primary and secondary education system, Governor Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has announced plans to hire 10,000 additional teachers and construct 300 laboratories across the state. This initiative aims to ensure that public schools in Kano surpass private institutions in quality, despite the administration’s free education policy. Governor Yusuf made this declaration while announcing a state of emergency in education during a speech at the Open Arena, Kano Government House.

Addressing a gathering that included his mentor, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, the National Leader of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Governor Yusuf highlighted the complex issues facing the education sector before his tenure began nearly a year ago. “In many of our schools, we faced a severe shortage of qualified teachers, inadequate training programs, and a lack of basic amenities like clean water and sanitation,” he stated. These challenges, compounded by socioeconomic difficulties, made education nearly impossible for many students.

Governor Yusuf revealed plans to construct 300 cutting-edge laboratories in 100 schools statewide, providing students with practical scientific experience and fostering an environment of experimentation and discovery essential for future success. Additionally, he announced the construction of 1,000 classrooms to alleviate overcrowding in schools.

In line with his vision to transform teachers into compassionate educators, Governor Yusuf has also committed to hiring 10,000 teachers who will undergo continuous training. Contractors handling abandoned projects in tertiary institutions have been instructed to resume work immediately. The governor pledged to hire at least 1,000 academic and non-academic staff members to enhance research and learning in state-owned tertiary institutions.

Emphasizing the significance of infrastructural investments, Governor Yusuf stated, “We will make infrastructural investments to guarantee that every school has enough classrooms for instruction and learning. We will also prioritize teacher welfare and training, recognizing their critical role in shaping the minds of tomorrow.”

During his speech, Governor Yusuf revealed that upon taking office on May 29, 2023, his administration discovered that 4.7 million students were seated on unfinished floors in elementary schools across the state. Supported by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the state government declared a state of emergency in education to address these dire conditions.

The governor condemned the previous administration’s neglect, which left over 400 schools with only one teacher for all courses and students. He criticized the destruction of school property to make way for commercial ventures, calling it a direct challenge to public education and shared values.

Governor Yusuf concluded his speech with a commitment to addressing the state’s high rate of out-of-school youth, emphasizing the urgent need for action. “The educational system in our country used to be a source of hope and opportunity for young people. Today, it is shrouded in neglect and deterioration. We must adopt drastic but feasible actions to improve our educational system,” he stated. The governor was joined by dignitaries including Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and former Cross River state governor Donald Duke.

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ASUU Issues 3-Week Ultimatum To Federal Gov’t, Threatens Industrial Action

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has issued a three-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to respond to its demands to avoid industrial action.

The Federal University of Dutse (FUD) Branch ASUU Chairman in Jigawa State, Comrade Salim Ahmed gave the warning at an emergency press conference held at the in Dutse.

“The Members of the Expanded Executive Officers of the ASUU Federal University Dutse met today, Wednesday, 19th June 2024, to consider and take a look at the patriotic engagements of the Union with the Federal and State governments on how best to address all the lingering problems bedeviling Nigerian Public Universities,” he said.

Ahmed said ASUU observed that the present administration deliberately ignored the leadership of the Union since its inception on 29th May 2023.

“All efforts were put in place by the leadership of the Union to get the government to convene a meeting and listen to ASUU in order to iron out the contending issues, as contained in the International Labour Organisation, ILO’s principle of collective bargaining, have failed,” he said.

Ahmed said that the renegotiation of the FGN/ASUU 2009 agreement contains all the core issues of ASUU Members’ welfare, University Autonomy, Funding for the Revitalisation of Nigerian Universities, and the Proliferation of Public Universities.

He added that the fundamental concerns regarding employment conditions encompass the various issues outlined in the FGN/ASUU MoU 2012/2013 and the MoA of 2017.

This, according to Ahmed, include the unauthorised dissolution of Governing Councils in both Federal and State Universities, as well as the payment of the outstanding three and a half (7) months’ withheld salaries for work that has already been completed.

“Others are release of the unpaid salaries of our members on sabbatical, adjunct, etc due to IPPIS inadequacy and inefficiency, release of third party deductions by IPPIS, payment of Earned Academic Allowance (EAA), implementation of the report of the visitation Panels and adoption of UTAS in place of IPPIS.

“Based on all these, the members of our great union in this branch, like those of the other branches, believe that the Federal Government is unwilling to decisively address the outstanding issues with the union, therefore, in line with the directives from the National Secretariat, we resolved to hold a press conference and let the parents, the stakeholders in university education know of the situation and to be sensitised and well informed of the failure of the government to address these lingering issues. The general public should be aware of the true state of affairs,” the ASUU chairman said.

Ahmed disclosed that the union plans to initiate the process of mobilising its members and raising awareness for future actions within the next three weeks.

“The union calls on all well-meaning discerning minds to prevail on Nigerian Government to attend to these outstanding issues and meet with our union leadership so as to avert an unnecessary and avoidable industrial crisis in our already frail and weak university system,” he added.

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KWASU Secures Full Accreditation for 18 Programmes from NUC

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Kwara State University (KWASU) has achieved a significant milestone as all 18 of its undergraduate and graduate programs offered in the October–November 2023 session have received full accreditation status from the National Universities Commission (NUC).

In a letter dated June 6, 2024, signed by the Acting Director of Accreditation, Engineer Abraham Chundusu, and addressed to Professor Shaykh-Luqman Jimoh, the university’s vice-chancellor, the NUC confirmed that six postgraduate and twelve undergraduate programs have been granted full accreditation for five years.

The fully accredited undergraduate programs include Public Health, Film Studies and Production, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Agricultural Engineering, and Fine and Applied Arts. Additionally, Political Science, Chemistry, Plant and Environmental Biology, and Tourism and Hospitality Management have also been accredited.

For postgraduate studies, the accredited programs are Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Public Administration, and Master of Science in Accounting.

Professor Shaykh-Luqman Jimoh expressed his satisfaction with the accreditation results, highlighting the dedication and hard work of both the administration and the faculty. He congratulated the faculty members involved in these programs and encouraged them to continue their commitment to excellence in educating the next generation of professionals.

“The accreditation success is a testament to our unwavering commitment to academic excellence and the quality of our programs,” Professor Jimoh stated. “I urge all faculty members to maintain their dedication and continue striving for the highest standards in education and research.”

The Vice-Chancellor also acknowledged the crucial support provided by the Ministry of Tertiary Education and the Kwara State Government throughout the accreditation process. “Their support was instrumental in achieving this milestone. We are grateful for their contributions and ongoing commitment to enhancing higher education in Kwara State,” he added.

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LASU Law Students Clinch National Moot Court Tournament Title Again

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By Gabriella Ogbu

Once more, legal students from Lagos State University (LASU) have emerged victorious in the national Moot court tournament. This remarkable achievement was announced in a statement retrieved on Wednesday from the LASU account on X.

Demonstrating exceptional skill and determination, the team, led by David Akinwunmi and including members Temidire Adeyemi and Johnson Ogundein, represented LASU with distinction. The national moot court tournament, hosted by Olabisi Onabanjo University, honored Dr. OluSegun Asekun, a renowned New York-based immigration lawyer. The event drew the attention of notable figures, including members of the National Assembly and prominent attorneys from Texas and New York.

Akinwunmi expressed gratitude to his instructors and lecturers for their guidance, noting that this marks LASULAW’s sixth consecutive national competition victory. He praised the competition for pushing competitors to new heights and commended the organization and quality of the event.

This year’s competition, held in May by Redeemers University in Osun State, saw participation from universities nationwide. Themed “The Legal and Ethical Implication of Emerging Technology,” the contest comprised multiple rounds designed to test participants’ critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and teamwork. These rounds included essay writing, asynchronous debate, memorial writing, and mooting phases.

Kodjovi Daniel represented LASU during the essay writing phase. Aina Ayomide and Abdulquadri Ajeniya showcased their debating prowess, while Bolajoko Animasaun and Akinrinde Fredrick took on the final stages of the competition, contributing to the team’s overall success.

Reflecting on the tournament, Akinwunmi highlighted the intense preparation and strategic thinking required to excel in such a competitive environment. He emphasized the importance of teamwork and the support of their academic mentors, which played a crucial role in their victory.

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