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School fees hike: BUK secures scholarship for 500 indigent students



Bayero University Kano (BUK)

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Fellow Press

Prof. Sagir Abbas, the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), says the university has secured scholarship for 500 indigent students, after making contact with philanthropists and wealthy individuals.

Abbas said this when he received the leadership of Kano Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in his office in Kanobon Thursday.

He said that the donors included prominent Kano politicians and philanthropists like Sen.Rufa’i Hanga who offered sponsorship to 200 students.

Abbas said that the university was still making contacts with other wealthy individuals toward securing additional scholarship for more indigent students.
He said that the recent hike in the school’s fees was necessitated by the realities in the country.

“We are fully aware of the condition of our people, most people are not financially comfortable that is why it took us over six months to come up with a figure which is the minimum required to provide services to the student.

“We did not increase the registration fees to make money. We are trying our best to make life easier for our students by widen the scope to allow students attend classes before registration,” Abbas said.

He said that the university had also introduced welfare packages for its staff such as non interest loan from a Micro Finance Bank payable within six months.

“Others include food stuffs, shuttle buses, bicycle loans for junior staff payable within nine months,” he said.

Abbas added that the cost of running the university was beyond imagination as the authorities spent over N100 million as running cost monthly.

“I consider journalists important and relevant to the development of any nation, ” the VC said.

He also said that the management of the university plans to review the deadline for closure for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Speaking, Malam Aminu Garko, the chairman of the chapel, lauded the university’s strides in educational development of the country.

“We talk of BUK because of the reality on ground where personalities produced by the institution are greatly contributing to the development of the country, ” Garko said.

Garko reiterated the chapel’s determination to partner with the institution for developmental purposes.


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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