Parents Of Chibok Girls’ Pen Down Emotional Letter To President Buhari Calling For Information On Their Daughters

As a result of the Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014, in which 276 girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.

Chibok schoolgirls parents have expressed sadness over President Muhammadu Buhari’s “silence” concerning the fate of their daughters still in Boko Haram captivity. In a letter written to President Buhari, the parents complained that about 20 among them have died while waiting for the return of their children. The federal government had promised that more girls would regain freedom after the insurgents released 82 of the girls following a prisoner-swap deal. Five months later, 21 girls were also freed.

However, no information has been heard from the government recently, prompting the parents to lament that “if there is any time we are so much worried about our girls then, it is now, when we don’t seem to hear anything again from any official”. The letter reads: “When the 21 girls were rescued, we begged to be part if the reunion, so we could hear about of missing daughters, but we were denied that opportunity. Again when the 82 came home, we were so happy to knowing very well that we could meet them and hear about our daughters, even if they are dead, so we could bring this to closure, again we were denied the chance to meet them till today.

“We have been traveling to ask our local leaders to hear from them, but no one seems interested in briefing us about any effort or action by the federal government to secure the release of our daughters, we feel neglected. “When the government promised to secure the girls soon repeatedly, we thought it won’t be long after the 82 girls were rescued, having seen how possible that was. “Right now we are hopeless and more traumatized than before because it seems, the successes recorded is now considered as closure since no one is paying any attention to our grief.”

While demanding that the government talk to them “and tell us exactly why the delays,” the parents also said they want to know the state of their daughters and when they are coming home. “We want the government to deal directly with parents of the missing girls, let us know what next,” the letter read. “Do not stop us from meeting the rescued girls, we could hear words of comfort from our daughters through them, and to know whether they are alive or not for us to know the next step. “We have lost twenty of the parents, we don’t want to lose any one of us in this situation again. Please respond to our call.

Alleged Theft; Maid thrown down from Two-storey Building

Deborah Matthew, a 15year old house maid is said to be battling to stay alive as a result of being allegedly thrown from a two-storey building in Surulere, Lagos state.

The 15-year-old's boss had accused her of stealing money and jewelries which cost a total sum of about N1 million. Currently, the suspect whose identity is yet to be revealed is being detained by policemen at Ijeshatedo police division.

It was gathered that the suspect threatened to deal with her if she does not return the missing items and afterward did beat her mercilessly before throwing her down from the balcony of her two-storey building.

Deborah who sustained serious deep cuts in the head was rescued by some residents who helped rush her to General hospital at Ikeja.

According to a police source, some angry residents almost brutalized the accused before she was rescued by policemen who arrived and took her away.

Vice-Principal Impregnates Pupil in Tunga, Niger State


The Vice-Principal of Government Secondary School, Tunga, Mr. Mohammed Mohammed has been suspended by the Ministry of Education for impregnating a JSS 2 pupil of the institution, Faith Galadima.

This was disclosed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Yahaya Garba , in a meeting with journalists in Minna. An eight man committee headed by Mrs. Zainab Kolo, a vice-principal in the school, was set up to investigate actions against her colleague.

Yahaya said, “The committee was to suggest appropriate measures to be taken against the accused if the allegation was confirmed to be true, based on the provision of the public service regulation. The committee came out with the following findings; that the student is pregnant as proved by the laboratory test conducted at Minna General Hospital.

“That faith is seven weeks and six days pregnant as of the time of the findings, that she was expected to deliver on November 9 and that the accused is responsible for the pregnancy”.
The pupil who eventually delivered of a baby boy told journalists in Minna how Mohammed neglected her despite the agreement between him and the Childs Right Protection Agency in the state.

Galadima said “I am not happy that I am now a mother at this tender age. I will not allow the incident to shatter my dream of becoming a nurse. I still want to further my studies”.
Her father Mr. Haruna Galadima, had also confirmed that his daughter has indeed been abandoned and that he had invited relevant authorities to intervene on the issue.

On the 4th of April 2017, the embattled vice principal had been arraigned before a magistrate court, on a two count charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and impregnating her . He was remanded in prison custody for three months after pleading not guilty to the charge.
Mohammed has since been granted bail in the sum of N1m bail, our correspondent gathered. However, following his suspension, it could not be confirmed if the ministry of education had responded to the agency’s request to give the pupil a part of his monthly salary for the upkeep of the baby.

Lekki Britsh School Announces Entrance Examination Date

Lekki British School, an International school that provides the highest possible standard of education to its students, enabling them to compete in an increasingly competitive global environment. The school is located on Victoria Arobieke, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Lekki British School was established in September 2000 on a 25-acre campus within the Lekki Peninsula part of Lagos in South Western, Nigeria. Lekki British High School is the first British Boarding school in Lagos Nigeria. It consists of the following schools:

  • Lekki British Pre School
  • Lekki British Junior School
  • Lekki British High School

LBS aims to allow every child discover and develop their unique talents within a disciplined and caring traditional British environment.

Their mission statement is "To provide an environment in which each individual is assisted to discover his or her academic potential in study, sports and personal development". Lekki British High School has a unique ethos of excellence that permeates all aspects of school life, making the experience of learning holistic as students have access to support, advice and guidance.

LBS is currently enrolling for the 2018/2019 academic session. Interested applicants can pick up the form at the school premises before the entrance exam date. The Entrance Examination is slated to hold on the 2nd of December, 2017 at the school's hall.

According to the Spokesperson of the school, as many students transfer from various curricula, prospective students are required to take an entrance examination and also go through an informal interview which would form part of the overall assessment. Admission into the school will not be based on ethnic, religious or social grounds.

 

FRUSTRATED UNN STUDENTS PLACE CHARMS IN FRONT OF LECTURERS’ OFFICE

Yesterday morning was a rare sight as Lecturers and students in the department of HOME SCIENCE, NUTRITION ND DIETETICS department in The University of Nigeria, Nsukka Campus,   were seen in the morning, praying, casting and binding.
 
This occurred as a result of some angry students placing what appears to be juju (a calabash containing 'charms', feathers and broken eggs). They dumped them on a red cloth in front of their departmental office, and left a note that said "since una no wan make we go...una go DIE here with us”
 
It was reported that the charm was dropped by students because of the excessive failure rate meted on them by the lecturers of the department especially on the present graduating students in which there is less than 30 of them graduating out of a class of 80 students.
 
It was recorded that in a recently released course, there was an alarming failure rate of up to 60 failing out of a class of 80 students and these courses where written by final Years students.
 
Some people say the charm was dropped by "overstay" students who the department has refused to graduate, other news says it’s the third year students who the lecturers failed woefully.
 

School Feeding Programme; 6 Strict Rules Proposed by FG

The Homegrown Feeding Programme introduced by the Buhari- led Federal Government administration has managed to cut across 17 states in Nigeria. The initiative proposes: ONE MEAL EVERY SCHOOL DAY IN SCHOOL , it’s also been confirmed that over four million pupils are currently benefitting from it.

On Tuesday, the 24th of October, the official Facebook page for Aso Rock Villa Nigeria released some rules and guidelines to ensure the effectiveness of this programme.

The following are the rules as seen;

  • Food is currently served to primary 1-3 kids in 17 states.
  • Food is served to pupils in their plates on tables in their classes. No NHGSFP (National Home Grown School Feeding Programme) cook will serve food to pupils on their hands. It is a ground for disqualification.
  • Each meal is served with protein.
  • States that serve bread have the local bakery bake such bread in rolls.
  • We expect adequate feedback from the class teachers, head teachers and parents on issues that border on non-compliance to the programme.

Pupils Compelled to Pack Refuse with their hands by Security Operatives

A picture trending on social media has sparked negative responses from the public.

The picture displayed some students of the Edgerly Memorial Girls Secondary School in Calabar being forced by an operative of the State-owned Homeland Security pick up refuse with their hands unprotected. A shop owner near the school's gate, Annie Ben, said the security operatives in the area had formed the habit of forcing passerby to clear refuse from the gutter with bare hands.

“It is not the first time this kind of thing is happening. They have always hung around to identify any person who would drop any dirt on the road. They will immediately pounce on you and ask you to clear the dirt in the environment with your bare hand. This is an unhealthy punishment,” she lamented.

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State had in August set up Homeland Security and the Green Sheriff to help maintain law and order in the state, as well as to restore Cross River’s status as the safest state in the country.

Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ayade, Mr. Christian Ita, in a swift reaction to the post on Facebook, condemned the action of the Homeland Security personnel. He said, “The attention of Governor Ben Ayade has been drawn to an incident involving an officer of the Green Sheriff asking a pupil of Edgerly Memorial Girls Secondary School Calabar to pack refuse, which she left carelessly on the floor at a dump site when the dumpsters were yet to be filled.

“The Governor regrets this action and the lack of discretion on the part of the officer. He has directed  the director general of the agency to investigate the matter with a view to identifying the officer involved and taking appropriate action.”

Examination Malpractice must be Eradicated in its Totality – Minister

 

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has said that examination malpractice is corruption in its totality and must be eradicated by all means.

He disclosed this during an International Summit on Examination Malpractice, themed “Examination Malpractice: The Contemporary Realities and Antidotes” held in Lagos.

The Minister represented at the event by, Alhaji Mohammed karagi said if examination malpractice is not curbed it will continue to render examination bodies work useless and they will continue to lose their validity.

He said the government is ready to eradicate corruption in its totality and since education malpractice is corruption, the government will not relent in its efforts to curb it. He called on stakeholders especially examination bodies to intensify efforts against malpractice.

Chairperson of Council, West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, Dr. Evelyn Kandakai disclosed in her address that school authorities, teachers and parents have helped examination malpractice to strive and its multiple effects are affecting national development.

"It is because of this reason we are fighting examination malpractice through a call to stakeholders for partnership which has worsened with the existence of the social media." Kandakai said WAEC deemed it fit to organize the summit which has been a major source of distractions to the council because the council wants to block all avenues for the diehard perpetrators of the menace.

Earlier in his welcome address, The Registrar, West Africa Examination Council, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae said the summit is necessary because the council has used all means to curb examination malpractice through cancellation of results, deregulations of results and withholding of results among others but these seem not to deter them in their fraudulent activities. He said over the years the council has called on stakeholders to partner WAEC to fight the cankerworm with no results, "but with this summit, we hope to offer a workable solution if not total eradication by reducing it to the barest minimum.

In his remark, the chairman, House Committee on Education, Alh. Zakari Muhammed said one of the major reasons that got the country into examination malpractice is theft of certificate.

According to him, people need to understand that not all persons can be a graduate and unless we go back to the drawing board and look at what is happening things will get worse. He added that instead of the four years or a fine of N100,000 sanction on people caught cheating in examination there is the need to review it to like 10 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

"I believe this will curb the perpetrators especially owners of miracle centers which must be eradicated by all means.

Representative of the Minister, Alhaji Mohammed karagi said examination malpractice is corruption in its totality and must be eradicated by all means. He added that if examination malpractice is not curbed it will continue to render examination bodies work useless and they will continue to lose their validity.

Emeritus Professor, Pius obanya while delivering the Keynote paper urged stakeholders to curb examination malpractice from its root not at the surface as this is the only way the menace can be stopped in its totality.

ABUAD to Offer Free Medical Treatment to 2,000 Nigerians

The management of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, has said that it will offer free medical treatment to 2,000 people as part of the activities marking the fifth convocation ceremony of the institution.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Michael Ajisafe, who announced this at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, said the treatment, which would cover different ailments, was part of corporate social responsibilities of the institution to the society.

He added that patients for free health services would be treated by experts from Europe, Asia and Nigeria.

“The experts will treat any patient free-of-charge and they will perform surgery, if it is required on any patient, and this is on the bill of ABUAD. It is going to be on first come, first served basis,” he said.

About 869 graduands of the university will be conferred with Bachelor degrees in different fields on Saturday, with 83 bagging first class.

Ajisafe said the high number of first class graduates churned out by the university confirmed the quality of education that it provides, alongside uninterrupted power supply and full-residential policy for all students.

He added that the university would inaugurate a 400-bed teaching hospital built by its founder, Chief Afe Babalola, to offer quality health services to Nigerians.

Registration Now Open for Africa's Biggest Education Show

Africa's biggest education show, Total School Support Seminar/Exhibition, TOSSE is now open for registration.

Scheduled to hold between 7th and 8th June 2018 at Ten Degrees, Event Centre, Lagos , at ten each day, the annual education show organised by Edumark has been on for nearly a decade now.

It brings together over 6,000 key stakeholders in the education community, as well as over 100 organizations developing innovative products and services for the sector and has recorded visitors from over 22 states of the federation and other countries.

According to the coordinator of the event, Ibrahim Oguntoyinbo the event is to create a platform that will be the hub of education activities in Africa and so far it has achieved that by exposing educators, school owners and teachers to best practices.

"It has been 10 years of driving change in the education sector! , a platform where educators are open to best practices in the business of education as to what is obtainable anywhere in the world.

"We envisaged that as technology and innovation become more dominant in the world of education, the need for professionals, parents and key stakeholders to upgrade their skills will certainly become very acute.

"Today, TOSSE has become the biggest education event in Nigeria and it offers tremendous value to organizations, School owners, Administrators, Teachers, Parents and other key stakeholders."

Benefits of attending TOSSE 2018 according to him are that visitors will enjoy unparalleled learning opportunities, an exciting array of innovative products and services, extensive networking with consultants and solution providers , deep insight into modern trends, knowledge sharing and free seminars for two days.

Explaining the benefits and what organisation will gain by partnering with TOSSE, Oguntoyinbo said an Organization can also become a TOSSE partner; this, according to him, will put their brand at a vantage position and give them exclusive privileges in the education sector.

"We seek partners with stakeholders who genuinely believe that investing in education is laying a solid foundation for the development of the future. We invite organizations to make a strong positioning statement for their organizations before, during and after the event. 

"They must, however, be aware that for supporting TOSSE, they must have key objectives which they intend to achieve in mind. We are ready to meet with your team to create a strategic plan that would ensure you achieve desired objectives. Our partnership categories range from Diamond, Gold, and Silver packages.

Major goods and services that can be showcased at TOSSE include; Laboratory Equipment Installation and furnishing companies, School Stationery and workplace Equipment suppliers, School Uniform, Footwear and School Accessories, educational Aids and Teaching Enhancement Solutions & Book Publishers, Software Development Companies and furniture companies among others.                                                              

He also disclosed that over 150 exhibitors are expected at the event as well as over 6,000 visitors .   

For booking and participating, interested people should contact Ibrahim Oguntoyinbo on 07088406732, 08028399138 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , info@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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