The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has engaged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to monitor its projects in tertiary institutions across the country.
The Executive Secretary, TETFund, Sonny Echono, while presenting a 30-seater bus to NANS in Abuja on Monday, said this is necessary to put contractors on check.
Echono said that the fund was also committed, through constant dialogue with NANS to meet students’ needs, noting that they are the centre of any policy of education.
”Education is about students and how to equip them with the right skills and knowledge to contribute to development.
”TETFund is consulting with them to find out their needs and with significant engagement, we want them to be our eyes in tertiary institutions.
”This is because when something is giving in our campuses, we should have multiple aid of getting the information we want.
” We want to identify in each campus a contact person to confirm whether our intervention is yielding fruit,” he said.
The executive secretary said that the fund also had a similar engagement with staff unions to help monitor projects on campuses with the aim of harvesting expectations.
He added that the fund would continue to work with students to improve on students accomodations through Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the private sector.
He said that the donation of the bus was to address transportation issues on campuses.
Responding, the National President of NANS, Usman Barambu, commended the fund for donating the bus following their request to President Bola Tinubu few weeks ago.
Barambu said that students don’t actually benefit directly from TETFund and so laid this particular complaint which had yielded results.
He assured the fund to put thorough check on TETFund projects on campuses while also ensuring contractors carry out their assigned contracts dutifully.
”TETFund has been helpful to higher education.
”When we tabled our request with the president, we said to him that over 90 per cent of projects executed in tertiary institutions is done be TETFund.
”We will ensure we do our best to monitor the contractors in our campuses for proper monitoring of projects
”There should also be a disciplinary measure put in place to sanction contractors that deviate in what they are supposed to do,” he said.(NAN)
Reps Want Mandatory Drug Test for School Students
The House of Representatives has urged the Ministry of Education to collaborate with the Ministry of Health to develop a mandatory drug test for secondary school students in Nigeria.
This followed the adoption of a motion “On need to Introduce Mandatory Drug Test for Secondary School Students in Nigeria, by Rep.
Presenting the motion, Oshun, said the adolescent age remained a critical period in human development.
He said individuals at this age were usually influenced by factors such as experimental curiosity, peer pressure, poor socio-economic conditions at home and the need for extra energy for daily activities.
He said that youth were critical stakeholders in fostering socio-economic development in the country, adding that their vulnerability to societal vices necessitates strategic government intervention.
This he said was to secure their wellbeing and enhance their contributions to national development.
He expressed concern over substance abuse by young people, which he said was fast becoming a global public health concern.
“According to studies there is a notable prevalence of drug and substance abuse across secondary schools in Nigeria, one in every four students aged between 15-19 years
abused substances,” he said.
This, he said, included codeine-containing syrup and tramadol topped the list of drugs, ranking higher than cannabis.
“Random Student Drug Testing (RSDT) is a drug prevention programme whereby students are tested for recent use of illegal substances.
He said that this was aimed at deterring drug use and identifying students who needed help with staying drug-free.
He said that a mandatory routine and random drug testing for students was for preventive, not punitive purposes, and early intervention.
He said it was crucial for achieving success in tackling the menace of substance abuse in the country.
Adopting the motion, the House urged the National Orientation Agency and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to increase awareness campaign on substance abuse to secondary school students nationwide.
The House also mandated its Committees on Basic Education and Services and Healthcare Services to ensure compliance and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.(NAN)
Benue Born Medical Doctor Breaks Uncommon Grounds in Literature
By David Torough, Abuja
A Benue born Medical Doctor and a writer, Dr Mark Ogbodo, has broken uncommon grounds in literature as his third Novella, “Untold”, has been certified and approved by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), as a general reading material.
In a letter, the Executive Secretary of NERDC, Prof.Ismail Junaidu, stated that the book, Untold, has been assessed by NERDC and found useful, and therefore, “it is recommended as a general reading material”.
The approval made it the second approval of Dr Ogbodo’s books, as the first Novella, “Amour Maternel”, was also approved by NERDC as a supplementary reader for all JSS 2 classes in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Fellow, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) who is also the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Professor Idris Amali, has congratulated Dr. Ogbodo for his successful outing in another literary work.
“This is an important achievement to be on a national reading list. This is creativity with a purpose with immediate impact.
“The concept well held for many years that there is no money in literary creativity is becoming a thing of the past and the era of milking the author without replenishing the milk is no longer tenable in the 21st Century.
“Thus, the exploitation of the third world creative writers by the west is mellowing down. The Nigerian writers can today pursue his copyright issues to a gainful and logical end.
“This position therefore makes Dr. Mick Ogbodo, a potential instant millionaire from the sales of his latest outing which has been placed on a national reading list of schools nationwide. This is a great feat.
“This situation should spur you to write more specific literary creativity that targets such an audience which would attract a national audience for a specific purpose like the one you have written.
“Let me therefore congratulate you for this achievement. Manage the success well,” Prof. Amali stated.
Ogbodo who is the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Medical Association, Benue State Branch is also the Chairman, Publication Committee, Nigerian Medical Association, Benue State Branch as well as the Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors, Benue State Chapter.
Nigerian Students Are Facing Excruciating Hardship-Enyinstede
Nigerian Association Of Science Students, Comrade Henry Enyinstede has cried out over the economic crisis in Nigeria, which is affecting the Nigerian students.
Enyinstede, who stated this in a press statement yesterday, said students are also struggling to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport.
He lamented that this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance.
According to him, despite the oil earnings, the Nigerian economy finds it difficult to experience an improved life style rather the economy get tough every seconds of the day and this has placed a terrible scar on the Nigerian Students.
“The High cost of tuition fees across varsities and other tertiary institutions has rendered the Nigerian Students helpless and hopeless because the Students union are bought over like hot pot of porridge by school Management and are dancing to their tones instead of seeking for justice.
“Tuitions are increased annually in some tertiary Institutions and the increment is horrific. Even the price of Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Institutions Post JAMB forms has been increased and this price increment of registration form has and it’s dashing the of hope of Aspiring Nigerian Students.
“The Nigerian Students are enormously hit by the current economic crisis as 90 percent of Students rely solely on parents and family members for source of livelihood and as a result proper spending plan must be adopted and as at that they still find it difficult to feed at least once a day because of the outrageous price of foodstuffs and goods which the sellers blamed on the removal of oil subside.
“Students struggles to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport and this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance,” he said.
He further said Nigeria is one of the World’s resource rich economies but continue to be ravaged by poverty.
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