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Tinubu Inaugurates TETFund Projects at Polytechnic Ibadan

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President Bola Tinubu on Friday inaugurated three projects sponsored by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) at The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

The President, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, commended the institution for its role in educating the Nigerian youths.

”Being one of the pioneer Polytechnics in the country, this institution has done a commendable job in the growth of the Nigerian youth,” he said.

Tinubu reiterated his administration’s commitment to quality education for all through various initiatives and projects in the education sector.

He commended TETFund for delivering on its mandate in providing funding for Nigerian tertiary institutions.

“The Polytechnic of Ibadan has turned out very good products. So, it is not by mistake that TETFund is being generous to the Polytechnic of Ibadan.

“It is a mother Polytechnics and it has given rise to all sorts of offsprings and it is one of the sources of academic excellence in Nigeria,” the President said.

In his address, TETFund’s Executive Secretary, Mr Sonny Echono, said financing the projects was a clear demonstration of government’s commitment to providing requisite physical infrastructure in the nation’s public tertiary institutions.

Echono, who was represented by Mr Babatunde Olajide, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, TETFund, said it was in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Tinubu’s administration.

“It is our commitment at TETFund to ensure that value is obtained for funds allocated to the benefitting institutions, to aid teaching, learning and research and by implication, make them globally competitive.

“The Polytechnic is particularly significant given the strategic position it occupies in the training of technology-based courses, with strong emphasis on technical skills acquisition and applied research,” he said.

Echono commended the Rector and Management of the Polytechnic Ibadan for successfully executing and completing the three projects commissioned.

“With the achievement of this feat, the Fund believes the projects will significantly impact the training of students while providing a conducive working environment for staff and students,” he said.

The Rector of the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Prof Kazeem Adebiyi, appreciated TETFund and assured that the buildings would be maintained.

He sought more interventions in the institution so that it could effectively carry out its mandate of producing quality graduates for the country.

Reports that the inaugurated projects included the construction of the building for the Faculty of Science for the Years 2017-2018 (Merged) Annual Intervention.

There was also the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies Building of the Year 2019 Special Intervention.

The third project was the Faculty of Financial Management Studies Complex, of the Year 2020 Annual intervention.

All three were at a total cost of N890,302,775.26.(NAN)

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94 Sacked Enugu College Lecturers Appeal to Gov. Mbah for Reinstatement 

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The 94 sacked lectures of Enugu State College of Education, Technical (ESCET), have appealed to Gov. Peter Mbah for reinstatement.

The group made the appeal in a letter to Mbah, signed by Dr Egbo Doris, Dr Njideka Frank and others, made available to newsmen on Sunday in Enugu.

In the letter  titled “A passionate appeal to reconsider staff disengagement at Enugu State College of Education (Technical) Enugu”, the group said if nothing was done, their disengagement would bring untold hardships to their families.

Mbah had in October 2023, constituted a seven-member investigative committee to probe alleged fraud and corrupt practices in the school.

According to them, they wrote to the governor as responsible and dedicated indigenes of Enugu State who were employed at  ESCET on Oct.

22, 2021.

 They stated that on  Feb. 26, they  received the distressing news of their disengagement from service which  was communicated to them through the Acting Registrar of the school, Mr Pat Aneke.

Aneke informed them he took directives from the Government Implementation Committee, to deliver the disengagement message to the affected staff.

While appealing to Mbah for reconsideration and reinstatement, the group said: “Our dedication to the educational growth of the school has been top-notch.

“It is only our set and Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri, that were successful in the whole of the South East in the 2023 TETFAIR programme. We believe that the sudden termination of our employment does not accurately reflect our contributions.

“It was only this set, disengaged since the establishment of ESCET, that was able to attract international education grant for further research work to continue improving on the quality of education in Nigeria.

They disclosed that they were  special hybrid and highly intellectual academicians that had been working for the institution on how to increase Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through different research engagement for the school before their disengagement.

 According to the group, upon their  employment, they  remained dedicated and committed to the growth of the college and never deterred from discharging their duties in spite of irregular payment of staff salary.

 “It is equally sad to state that two of our colleagues lost their pregnancies at their  duty post, right inside the examination hall while selflessly and diligently serving the institution as invigilators.

“May the blood of those innocent babies be enough atonement and cry for justice on behalf of all the disengaged staff.”

“It is quite unfortunate that both the Investigation and Implementation Committees set up to look into the various challenges of the ESCET, never deemed it fit to have a word or two with any of us.

“We strongly believe that the challenges of the institution could be tackled without depleting the already understaffed institution.

“After our employment, proper documentation was done and regularization, through verification of our documents for relevance and our names were duly added in ESCET Payroll.”

They equally alleged that they were being owed cumulatively to the tune of 13 months of salary arrears and  “you can imagine the excruciating pain, and rude shock this sad news triggered on us.

“We are those fathers, mothers, aunties, uncles, sisters, brothers, who have found out excuses explaining to our children, and families, why lunch and dinner are no longer available on the table.” (NAN)

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Reps Want Mandatory Drug Test for School Students

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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.

Moshood Oshun(APC-Lagos) at plenary in Abuja on Thursday
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)

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Benue Born Medical Doctor Breaks Uncommon Grounds in Literature

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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.

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