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Stakeholders want FG, states to prioritise investment in education



Stakeholders want FG, states to prioritise investment in education

Some stakeholders in education in Abuja, have called on the Federal Government and states to prioritise investment in the education sector, to boost children’s development at their early stages of life.

Catherina Montalto, Proprietress, Bloom Daycare Nursery/Primary School and some parents gave the advice on the sideline of the 2023 graduation/award ceremony of the school in Abuja.

She commended governments’ efforts in advancement of public institutions, but said more should be done to encourage private schools to achieve meaningful growth.

Montalto said, “The issue with private schools is we do not have proper funding because it is private.

“It is the proprietor or proprietress that takes care of everything that has to do with the school and government needs to encourage us.

“So, we are asking that they should help us in education sector, most public schools do not have proper classes.

This is “simply because school fees are cheap, most people take their wards there, while private schools with equipped facilities have limited number of pupils”.

The proprietress revealed the school maintained its fees as means to mitigate the impact on children’s education, amidst hike in prices of petrol and food stuff.

In a separate interview, an educationist, Mrs Ebere Abazie, urged government to prioritise investment in education to achieve targets.

She said proper investment in education would improve standards in public and private educational schools, and promote moral, spiritual and psychological development in children.

Abazie said, “This is the basic, without education our country will not stand. All government needs to do is increase funding of the education sector.

“In Nigeria, I think education is getting low funding in the budget, governments should increase its budget on education.”

This is “to make sure we have trained teachers and that will promote education in Nigeria; parents also should do their best.

“The child’s schooling should start from home to provide basic training; by the time such child joins the school setting, there will be no problem in teaching and learning”.

She further urged parents
to show adequate commitment in the early school foundation of their children and wards, to ensure better future for them.
A parent, Mr Dominic Akwihum, commended efforts by school teachers, saying they contributed to formation of education bedrock of children outside their home front.

“From debate seen here today, child education is very fundamental as it forms bedrock for which any society that wants to develop revolves.

“Parents should see it as a priority above every other thing that the education of their children is paramount.

“Once children are well educated, we are going to have a more healthy society in future,” he said.

He suggested parents should always partner school management of their wards, to encourage shared future in children educational development.
Highpoint of the event was debate, dance and drama performance by pupils of the school, as well as cutting of the graduation cake.


Bursary: Lagos students hail Sanwo-Olu



The National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS) has praised Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving N375,455 million for scholarship/ bursary.

The President of NULASS, Mr Shasanya Akinola, made the commendation in an interview on Friday in Lagos.

He said that the union was impressed with the commitment and consistency of the administration of Sanwo-Olu in giving bursary and scholarship since its inception.

He also thanked the Secretary of Lagos State Scholarship Board, Mr Abdur-Rahman Lekki, for ensuring that no qualified student was left behind.

“We sincerely appreciate our dear governor for doing the needful. lt is a way of encouraging us.

“This package is for all Lagos indigenes schooling across the federation, and I must say this gesture has gone a long way to take care of some of our financial burdens.

“The diligence exhibited by Lekki in establishing a cordial relationship between Lagos State students and the board cannot be over-emphasised,” Akinola said.

He described members of the union as students from ‘city of excellence’, saying that Lagos State had remained a pacesetter.

Akinola urged other states to emulate Lagos State in bursary and scholarship awards.

According to him, many states would need to review the value of the awards in view of the economic realities in Nigeria.

“ Lagos State scholarship award is N200,000, while some state scholarship awards are less and not regular,” he added.

The union leader also praised President Bola Tinubu for nominating two young people as ministers for the Federal Ministry of Youth.

“That is a big one for the youth,” Akinola said.

Tinubu on Sunday nominated a 37-year-old medical doctor, Jamila Bio Ibrahim, as the Minister of Youth.

The president also appointed a youth leader in the All Progressives Congress, Mr Ayodele Olawande, to serve as the Minister of State for Youth.

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AAU dismisses report on sales of admission to candidates



The Management of Ambrose Alli University, (AAU) Ekpoma, says it does not sell admission to candidates as being peddled in the social media.

Head, Corporate Communications and Protocols, Otunba Mike Aladenika, made the statement while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Saturday in Benin.

Aladenika described as baseless, a report that the university was engaged in the sales of admission to the highest bidders.

He described the report of the alleged admission racketeering “as a new generation-falsehood which should be dismissed and trashed in its entirety.

“The uninvestigated and completely misguided and vengeful story could better be described as a poor job done for certain elements who are out for some mischief and image damage.

“It is a fact that provisional admissions were granted to students into our various departments and faculties as required by enabling laws guiding admission processes in the university.

“It is also a fact that upon this provisional admission, acceptance comes with specific payments after which you are expected to follow through with other requirements.”

“Such requirements would enable you to register and become a bonafide student of the university.

“The process of admission is digital and seamless. Those who follow through with the process online, have no issue as we speak. “

According to him, the process of admission begins with the acceptance of the provisional admission which needs to be completed on schedule, to allow for the university’s calender to be completely implemented.

“Some of these candidates, after accepting the provisional admission, failed to complete the process until the quota was filled.

“Nevertheless, the university, in its wisdom, had to reassign such candidates to other departments and faculties mostly their second choice.

“To meet up with the deadline for registration process, the university issued a reminder to students who had made acceptance that their process must be completed on or before the Aug. 14 2023, to guarantee studentship eligibility.

“To the best of my knowledge, the affected candidates are just about 20 in number for each of the courses in question, Law and Medical Laboratory Sciences(MLS).

“The number admitted into MLS is 88 in the desire of the university to meet admission quota, while that of law is 135.

“Who then is buying these admissions? And why must a small number of candidates who failed to meet admission timelines through their own faults and therefore missed the opportunity now hold the university to ransom?”

Aladenika noted that ” the entire admission process, as driven by the acting vice chancellor, was electronically facilitated, devoid of marginal human errors.

“There is nobody given admission without meeting up with the expected academic requirements.

“Absolute merit was considered (you can come and verify that), not patronage.

“He who alleges must prove. Our hands are clean. Our actions are responsible to the effect of its discharge,” he said.

He explained that students who followed through with the process had almost concluded their registration.

“I will advise that if the candidates concerned are still interested in their studentship of the university, they should embrace their new departments and do the needful before the entire system is closed,” he said.

Aladenika advised journalists to always do due diligence in their reportage of events and issues by fact checking their stories.

“The lazy line of some journalists that ‘all efforts to get other views proved abortive’ as was in this reportage, is no longer acceptable in today’s serious journalism.

“The university is open for fact checking of the process by any journalist who cares to.

” There is nothing to hide here. We are running an open administration and using our valuable time and energy to grow our university,” Aladenika said.

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