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Gov. Lawal seeks TETFund’s support on education advancement



Gov. Dauda Lawal

Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by Fellow Press

Gov. Dauda Lawal of Zamfara has sought for support from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to help the state in critical areas of educational development.

Lawal spoke in Abuja on Friday, when he paid a courtesy visit on the Executive Secretary of the fund, Sonny Echono.

He explained that resources were not sufficient to meet the overall educational development of the state, hence the need for the visit.

“We all need help in one way or the other as we understand there are challenges, especially in the area of education.

”We are not just focusing on tertiary education in the state but also primary and secondary. We already have bodies coming to help in that area.

”But we need TETFund to come and help in critical areas of educational development. The resources we have are insufficient at the state level so we need them at this time,” he said.

The governor, who recognised that there were challenges such as cultural, limiting educational development in the state, pledged to do the needful to help its citizens embrace education.

”We are aware of issues in the state but we know that coming to TETFund will bring development.

” We must design a mechanism to change the mindset of the people that education is the key to their development.

”We are working to change the narrative so that Zamfara State can compete with other states in the area of education,” he said.

Responding, the Executive Secretary of the fund, Sonny Echono, said that education for all was the responsibility of all, while charging the media to play its role in enlightening citizens on the importance of education.

Echono commended the past governors of the state for improvement in the enrollment of students in national examinations in the last two years.

”Recall some years back, Zamfara used to be the least in the number of candidates for the National Common Entrance Examination and WAEC.

”About two years from now, Zamfara usually has had one or two enrollments for registration in national examinations which is not fair enough, but with renewed assurance, Zamfara now has nearly 1,200 candidates writing the exams.

”I am confident that with the new governor, our desire and current plans will work,” he said.

Echono added that the fund would continue to make interventions available to the state because of the peculiarity of insecurity affecting education in the state.


Why we didn’t join strike– Private school proprietors



Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Fellow Press

The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Lagos State Chapter, says its members did not join the indefinite labour strike because they believe that strike is not the way to get a solution.

The President of the chapter, Mr Alaka Yusuf, told journalists on Tuesday in Lagos that strike would also disrupt learning and students’ progress.

He said that NAPPS operated on a planned academic calendar and could not afford to lose any day.

While public primary and secondary schools were under lock on Monday and Tuesday due to labour strike, private schools were open for operations.

The nationwide strike was called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The unions protested inclusiveness of negotiations with the Federal Government on a new minimum wage.

NLC and TUC have, however, suspended the strike for a week to give room for continued negotiations on a new minimum wage.

The suspension followed a meeting of the unions with Federal Government representatives on Monday.

Alaka said, “I want to say NAPPS has been advised by our president not go on strike but to be watchful during strike.

“Our schools are not affected, and we must ensure that our students learn adequately.

“We believe we are helping government to bridge the gap in education. When a child is not educated or loses a day to be educated, that child has lost a lot in his or her development.

“For us, going on strike is not a way to get solution to the nation’s problem,” he said.

Alaka said that NAPPS would prefer that NLC and TUC should continue to engage the Federal Government in dialogue for resolution of any conflict.

“However, we expect the government, too, to reason with the citizenry and see that everything that we are doing, especially now that inflation has risen, is commensurate,” Alaka said.

Mrs Adebola Olubodun, Principal of Grimes International College, a private school in Suberu Oje, Alagbado, Lagos State, also told NAN that the school did not go on strike.

”We are in school, teaching and learning are ongoing, students will be having their test this week.

“For us, there is no strike,” Olubodun said.

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FG States when students loan will start in state universities



Last Updated on May 31, 2024 by Fellow Press

The student loan scheme will be open to state-owned tertiary institutions in three weeks.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, May 30, Akintunde Sawyerr, Managing Director of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), Sawyerr said the fund aims to start receiving applications on June 25. However, he added that the date remains tentative due to factors like data upload by institutions.

He said;

“We will commence accepting applications from students attending state-owned tertiary institutions in three weeks time. We request all state institutions to submit their students data immediately in order to facilitate a smooth and seamless application process.”

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