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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.”


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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Church plays important roles in transforming lives – VC



Last Updated on May 30, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Vice-chancellor of Bingham University, Karu, Nasarawa State, Prof. Kuje Ayuba, said the church has important roles to play in the development and transformation of lives.

Ayuba said this at a public lecture with the theme “Empowering The Church for Greater Societal Impact”.

The Vice Chancellor said that there was no better time to discuss the topic than now.

“The church is expected to play an important role in the transformation of social, political, economic lives of the citizens.

“It is also expected to put society in a holistic growth and development oriented direction,” he said.

Ayuba while referring to the church as not just the building, but individuals, said he believed that the solution to the national and global crisis was in the church.

The guest speaker, Prof. John Opara, while delivering a lecture, said the church held immense potential for catalysing positive change and foster societal impact.

Opara, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CSS Group, one of the largest farms in Karu, said the church plays a multifaceted and pivotal role in the society.

According to him, describing the church as individuals (citizens), said it helps in encompassing spiritual, social and humanitarian dimensions of citizens.

“The church is vital for community engagement and support in contemporary society.

“One of its fundamental roles is to promote social cohesion and unity.

“The present church must be equipped so as to give life a meaning,” Opara said.
He said that understanding societal challenges comes in different approaches.

According to him, they include; identifying key societal issues, analysing root causes, engage stakeholders and partnerships among others.

He admonished the church to build up men and women of compassion, generosity that would work with dignity.

“The church must encourage its members to engage in productive work that contribute to personal well being and the common good of the society.

“The church should engage in continuous training of members through job entrepreneurship, and job skill training for empowerment of their future.
“It must also introduce microfinance and small business support which in time, people will stand on their own rather than depending on their certificate for job,” Opara added
Opera said that the church could offer technical assistance to people to help them stand on their feet.

“When you keep mentoring people and some of them get into what you are doing, the story will be a different thing entirely”, Opara said.

Making reference to Israel with strong economy due to investment on food sustainability, Opara said Nigeria equally need strong economy by empowering individuals to do same.

“vision is superior to strength and when God put something in our hand, He expect us to use it, as such, the church must never relent in training.
He advised the church to always pray and engage in the word of God.
A staff of the university, Mrs Helen Solomon, who spome with NAN said the lecture was inspiring.

Solomon appreciated the VC for bringing such idea, saying that she has been impacted by the lecture.

She said she has already started considering getting into farming rather than waiting and depending on just salary always.

Miss Anna Ari, a Law student of the institution said she now understand that vision was a big force that drives an individual.

Ari said that the lecture also taught her that praying for God’s guidance matters in the pursuit and execution of ones vision.

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