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Saraki’s claim on education false, fraudulent – KMC 

Kwara Must Change (KMC), a pro Democracy group in Kwara State, has described claims by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that he introduced model reforms in education during tenure as state governor as ‘false and fraudulent’.

The group, in a statement sent to NAIJARAY by its spokesman, Abdulrazaq Hamzat, on Sunday, recounted some of the weaknesses in the education space reportedly witnessed under Saraki’s watch as boss of the Kwara State government for eight years.

Last Friday, Saraki applauded the federal government for sharing his decade-old vision for education reform, which he claimed was initiated to resuscitate public education in Kwara State.

He then went on to call on other states across the nation to study and emulate the Kwara State model, while also commending his successor, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, for sustaining the model.

Reacting, Kwara Must Change said: “It was surprising to read with utmost dismay, the fraudulent claim by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki over the state of education in Kwara State in which he claimed that he initiated a policy to advance education in the state.

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“He was said to have applauded the federal government for sharing his decade-old vision for education reform, which he claimed was initiated to resuscitate public education in Kwara State.

“Kwara Must Change viewed this claim as the greatest fraud of the 21st century. Apart from the fact that this claim is out rightly false, we find it difficult to understand why a man who destroyed our education and dragged it 20 years backward would feel so confident to tell an obvious lie before the public, to an extent that he is laying claim to a none existing policy with zero effect in Kwara State.

“Let it be clear that, in Saraki’s 8 years tenure as governor of Kwara State, he didn’t not build single school; neither did he do anything reasonable to improve the education system.

“This explains why we have student’s learning under tree in Kwara State today and certainly, this is not something to be proud of or something to recommend to others, as no reasonable government would be willing to copy a system that is aimed at taking us back to the Stone Age.

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The group observed that due to the negligence of the government, reputable schools that have produced a lot of important personalities in Kwara State have become the options for poor and vulnerable Kwarans, who cannot afford to pay the fees of private schools.

It also called on the state government to declare a state of emergency in its education sector.

“It is a shame that, while civil society organizations in the state are calling for the declaration of state of emergency in Kwara State education sector, Mr Saraki is busy claiming none existing glory for imaginary policy he claimed to have initiated,” the statement added.

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ASUU strike: Parents, Teachers state position 

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has appealed to the Federal Government and the striking university lecturers to go with open minds to the negotiation table as they meet again on Monday.

The 2nd Deputy National President of NAPTAN, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.

NAN reports that the striking lecturers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had embarked on a nationwide strike on Nov. 4, to press home their demands.

The lecturers are demanding for the implementation of agreements reached with the Federal Government, including the 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoA).

They are also demanding for an improved welfare package and better funding of the university system among other issues.

The striking lecturers had engaged the Federal Government on series of negotiations but all ended in deadlock.

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According to Ogunbanjo, both the Federal Government and ASUU must seek a better way of reaching a common ground when they meet on Monday.

He said this was necessary in order to end the strike in the interest of the students and their parents.

“My appeal now is for both the ASUU and Federal Government to go to the negotiation table with open minds as they meet again on Monday.

“We are all bothered about this constant interruption of our academic calendar which is becoming a recurring decimal.

“We must come together like true patriots and find a lasting solution to this whole issue once and for all, if we are truly concerned about the future of our children and country.

“ASUU should please try and shift grounds concerning some of their demands for now.

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“If government comes up with an offer of about three out of five of their demands for instance, they should please try and consider that and go back to the classrooms while they continue to dialogue for the implementation of the remaining others.

“Federal Government on the other hand must also learn to respect agreements, be more responsive and committed in tackling issues that concern education which remains the only driver of all other aspects of the economy,” Ogunbanjo said.

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ASUP to begin nationwide indefinite strike on Wednesday

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has announced its decision to embark on an indefinite strike with effect from Wednesday, December 12.

ASUP National Treasurer, Suleiman Usman, said this while briefing reporters shortly after the union’s National Executive Council meeting in Kaduna State.

Usman explained that the planned industrial action followed the failure of the Federal Government to implement all the agreements it entered with the union since 2016.
He alleged that despite the 21-day ultimatum issued by ASUP to the government to address some of the issues it had raised over time, the government has been nonchalant in addressing the demands for improved funding of polytechnic education in the country.
Some of the demands, Usman said, include non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment Report and shortfalls in personnel releases, as well as the withdrawal of allowances and persistent shortfalls in personnel releases to polytechnics.

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The other issues are the sacking of union leaders and delay in assenting to the amendment of the Polytechnic Act, among other demands.

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LAUTECH Gets New Vice Chancellor

Among the eleven candidates that applied and contested for the post of the Vice Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH Ogbomoso, We can authoritatively report that Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde has emerged as the substantive replacement for the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adeniyi Suleiman Gbadegesin whose tenure expires in February 2019.

Prof. Ologunde, a native of Ajagunlase in Ola Oluwa local government of Osun State, a professor of Food Chemistry and a former head of department of food science and engineering defeated ten other notable professors; six from within LAUTECH community and four from other universities, among which are Prof. Timothy Adebayo (Agronomy department), Prof. Idowu Adetunji (Agronomy department), Prof. Ismail Oladosu (Agricultural Economics & Extension), Prof. Femi Fadiora (Anatomy) and one Prof. Joseph Abayomi.

The process that led to the emergence of Ologunde was through a painstaking selection mechanism that involves declaration of intention, collection of form, submission of Curriculum Vitae and proposed vision for the university, Computer Based Test and oral interview which was conducted within the premises of the University of Ibadan to avoid undue interference by various pressure groups, among the panel selected to conduct the interview were members of the governing council professors and academic administrators from within and neighboring universities, ASUU, NASU, SSANU, Alumni Association. In all, Ologunde emerged overall best in all the stages, coming distant second was Adetunji who came third from documents and papers slighted.

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Going by the joint ownership of the institution by both Oyo and Osun States, the post of the VC is rotational. Gbadegesin, a Professor of Urban and Regional planning is a native of Oyo town in Oyo state is rounding up his tenure as the representative of Oyo while Ologunde will fill the Osun gap for the next five years. While Governor Abiola Ajimobi will now act as the visitor to the university.

According to tradition, the governing council of LAUTECH forwarded the names of the best three candidates for both governors for approval, We confirmed from a reliable source close to the seat of government in Oyo State that Senator Abiola Ajimobi has signed approval the name of Micheal Ologunde which was equally forwarded to Mr. Gboyega Oyetola who has equally counter signed the document with a directive for immediate announcement of the newly elected VC by the university management.

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It was gathered that this will be first time in the history of the 28year old institution whereby an home grown Professor, somebody who works within the LAUTECH community will be selected and appointed as the helmsman of the citadel of learning. Professors Olusegun Oke, Late Akinola Salau, Benjamin Adeleke, Moshood Nasir and Suleiman Gbadegesin were all external administrators that have managed as sole administrators or vice chancellors.

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