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Displaying items by tag: students

34 STUDENTS INJURED IN BUS ACCIDENT

bus accident

 

Students returning to school from Thanksgiving break using a service called Home Ride, were involved in an accident that sent 34 university students and a bus driver to the hospital on Sunday night, according to the Virginia State Police.

 
The driver, Thomas B. Chidester, 58, of Salem, Virginia, was charged with reckless driving. Investigation showed that he had been speeding, when the accident occurred.
 
 
The driver lost control as the bus was coming around the curve of a highway ramp to another road, leading the vehicle to overturn. The students on the bus were from Virginia Tech and Radford University, Eighteen of the students injured were from Radford. 
 
 
By Chika Jones

 

7 STUDENTS DIE IN KANO INFERNO

FIRE

 

An inferno in a hostel of Government Girls Secondary School, Jogana in Gezawa Local Government of Kano State, on Sunday, left seven students dead and twenty-five others injured.

 

The State's Deputy Governor, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, who sympathised with the families of the victims confirmed the death toll.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

 

The Illusions of the First Year in College - Part One

 

Illusions of the first yr in school

 

By Isaac Audu-Usman

 

 

The excitement that builds up in our minds immediately after those five or six years of being condemned to putting on bland, unsavory uniforms almost every single day of the week can be so exhilarating that most students who are just on the verge of blowing a goodbye kiss to high school, often find themselves basking in the euphoria of unfettered joy. Whew!! What a relief! You just can’t imagine that hot molten magma that is bubbling down below, filled with the knowledge that you don’t have to frantically rush to make the 8am cut-off for resumption, no more school lashes, no more assorted blend of school chores and punishment, and the big one: the fact that you are now considered ripe enough to venture into the next level, the adventure of being finally set free to attend the university! Over the moon!

 

Then, depending on your academic clout, as well as your fate in the draw of luck, you find yourself in the university even before you have barely recovered fully from the escapades of after-high-school loafing! ‘It can’t get any better’, you whisper mischievously to yourself. Now you can brandish your new identity: ‘I am a student of Engineering at the prestigious University of Lagos’. Congratulations! What a great achievement! More power to your elbow indeed. You just can’t help falling in love with the ambience and sophistication of your new world: the campus environment. It seems your life has just been well scripted by some invisible being, who watches attentively from some mysterious ivory tower of elephant tusk, to the finest of details. Your level has changed astronomically to the point that you are the envy and hottest gist among your high school mates.

 

You are an Akokite! What could be better at this point of your life? Life couldn’t be sweeter and you couldn’t care less about relishing and enjoying every bit of it along the way. After all, you have worked extremely hard to get here. So, it’s time for you to just puff it out and give yourself the treat of a lifetime. The babes are noticing for sure. They can’t help asking you to take and send those selfies. And why not please? Who cares after all? It’s your life. You are the architect of your own reality. Your conscious efforts, actions and decisions brought you to this bliss of Lagoon heaven that is finely dotted and punctuated by loads of endless opportunities to make the next few years the best of your life…

 

Your matriculation party was the bomb! It was just so tight that your peeps and goons just couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks. Your matric pictures flooded the Facebook sphere. It garnered the most active discussions on Twitter among your friends. BBM DPs were awash with your colourful matric pictures. Instagram even brought them far more to life by adding that exotic gloss that only those very few suavely designed Apps can possibly pull off, to make you look like those superstars you see on HELLO! Magazine, on E! Online or on MTV with the verve and poise that would be simply unrivalled any day….

 

Then, the classes begin. Fun time is here! Or so you had thought at the very outset. Then, you were blown out of the water by the seismic shocks of disappointment and disbelief in what the system was capable of actually offering vis-à-vis the very high lofty expectations you had surreptitiously bellied inside, up until this very currency of time. The classrooms are just a complete joke! The buildings are not only grossly dilapidated but feistily cursed with a plethora of meandering crevices crisscrossing every nook and cranny of the walls which have somewhat conspired to provide the perfect indoor sanctuary for all sorts of assorted insects and crawlers in the zoological kingdom to fester with sheer aplomb. Worse still, the classes are just plain stuffy with two hundred pairs of ever active nostrils snorting out, without restriction, an avalanche of carbon emissions capable of snowballing the indoor temperature levels upwards in leaps and bounds! It is pointless complaining that there are no fans, let alone air conditioners, as there is just no power to propel them in the first instance. What about having generators? Hmmm…that’s like looking for a polar bear in the Sahara!

 

 It’s time to shelve the truckload of uncontrollable issues in the classroom environment and just find a way to enjoy the reason you are here in the first place. Ah, the lectures! Unfortunately, there is very little joy to be found in that space too. The lectures are just plain bland. In fact, the lecturers are some bunch of old fools who lack, in every sense of the word, the creativity and imaginative power of modern day education where fun is just supposed to be deeply embedded as an integral part of the total experience.

 

Well, it’s time to drift away and find something more fun to do in this heat. You raise your head up and out of the blue, your aerial satellite frantically picks up an unusual signal from outer space. Wow! What a site! That babe is cute. I bet you didn’t notice her all this while. Well, the class won’t be that bad after all with such a paragon of beauty who will be here to save the day for the next couple of years. Wow, her smile is so charming that it could easily freeze time! Damn, she is voluptuous. Just check out her onshore-offshore dichotomized features. Whew! The already hot temperature in the classroom may just have increased by another 5-7 degrees! You think about it again. Yeah, this may just be the reason you are here. To find her and make her your own! Damn those boring lectures. Damn that lecturer; that epitome of staleness. You are intelligent. You are smart. You did it in high school. So, what’s the biggie? You will do it again. You can study and assimilate and blast those exams. For now, you have finally found a new hobby: a new adventure with loads of fun hidden along its mysterious path. Something really close and surreal, yet feels magically out of this world. This is it. You will hunt her into any hole there is on this planet and break all the China walls on your path to finally decoding the password to her heart!

 

 

 

The Illusions of the First Year in College - Part One

 

Illusions of the first yr in school

 

By Isaac Audu-Usman

 

 

The excitement that builds up in our minds immediately after those five or six years of being condemned to putting on bland, unsavory uniforms almost every single day of the week can be so exhilarating that most students who are just on the verge of blowing a goodbye kiss to high school, often find themselves basking in the euphoria of unfettered joy. Whew!! What a relief! You just can’t imagine that hot molten magma that is bubbling down below, filled with the knowledge that you don’t have to frantically rush to make the 8am cut-off for resumption, no more school lashes, no more assorted blend of school chores and punishment, and the big one: the fact that you are now considered ripe enough to venture into the next level, the adventure of being finally set free to attend the university! Over the moon!

 

Then, depending on your academic clout, as well as your fate in the draw of luck, you find yourself in the university even before you have barely recovered fully from the escapades of after-high-school loafing! ‘It can’t get any better’, you whisper mischievously to yourself. Now you can brandish your new identity: ‘I am a student of Engineering at the prestigious University of Lagos’. Congratulations! What a great achievement! More power to your elbow indeed. You just can’t help falling in love with the ambience and sophistication of your new world: the campus environment. It seems your life has just been well scripted by some invisible being, who watches attentively from some mysterious ivory tower of elephant tusk, to the finest of details. Your level has changed astronomically to the point that you are the envy and hottest gist among your high school mates.

 

You are an Akokite! What could be better at this point of your life? Life couldn’t be sweeter and you couldn’t care less about relishing and enjoying every bit of it along the way. After all, you have worked extremely hard to get here. So, it’s time for you to just puff it out and give yourself the treat of a lifetime. The babes are noticing for sure. They can’t help asking you to take and send those selfies. And why not please? Who cares after all? It’s your life. You are the architect of your own reality. Your conscious efforts, actions and decisions brought you to this bliss of Lagoon heaven that is finely dotted and punctuated by loads of endless opportunities to make the next few years the best of your life…

 

Your matriculation party was the bomb! It was just so tight that your peeps and goons just couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks. Your matric pictures flooded the Facebook sphere. It garnered the most active discussions on Twitter among your friends. BBM DPs were awash with your colourful matric pictures. Instagram even brought them far more to life by adding that exotic gloss that only those very few suavely designed Apps can possibly pull off, to make you look like those superstars you see on HELLO! Magazine, on E! Online or on MTV with the verve and poise that would be simply unrivalled any day….

 

Then, the classes begin. Fun time is here! Or so you had thought at the very outset. Then, you were blown out of the water by the seismic shocks of disappointment and disbelief in what the system was capable of actually offering vis-à-vis the very high lofty expectations you had surreptitiously bellied inside, up until this very currency of time. The classrooms are just a complete joke! The buildings are not only grossly dilapidated but feistily cursed with a plethora of meandering crevices crisscrossing every nook and cranny of the walls which have somewhat conspired to provide the perfect indoor sanctuary for all sorts of assorted insects and crawlers in the zoological kingdom to fester with sheer aplomb. Worse still, the classes are just plain stuffy with two hundred pairs of ever active nostrils snorting out, without restriction, an avalanche of carbon emissions capable of snowballing the indoor temperature levels upwards in leaps and bounds! It is pointless complaining that there are no fans, let alone air conditioners, as there is just no power to propel them in the first instance. What about having generators? Hmmm…that’s like looking for a polar bear in the Sahara!

 

 It’s time to shelve the truckload of uncontrollable issues in the classroom environment and just find a way to enjoy the reason you are here in the first place. Ah, the lectures! Unfortunately, there is very little joy to be found in that space too. The lectures are just plain bland. In fact, the lecturers are some bunch of old fools who lack, in every sense of the word, the creativity and imaginative power of modern day education where fun is just supposed to be deeply embedded as an integral part of the total experience.

 

Well, it’s time to drift away and find something more fun to do in this heat. You raise your head up and out of the blue, your aerial satellite frantically picks up an unusual signal from outer space. Wow! What a site! That babe is cute. I bet you didn’t notice her all this while. Well, the class won’t be that bad after all with such a paragon of beauty who will be here to save the day for the next couple of years. Wow, her smile is so charming that it could easily freeze time! Damn, she is voluptuous. Just check out her onshore-offshore dichotomized features. Whew! The already hot temperature in the classroom may just have increased by another 5-7 degrees! You think about it again. Yeah, this may just be the reason you are here. To find her and make her your own! Damn those boring lectures. Damn that lecturer; that epitome of staleness. You are intelligent. You are smart. You did it in high school. So, what’s the biggie? You will do it again. You can study and assimilate and blast those exams. For now, you have finally found a new hobby: a new adventure with loads of fun hidden along its mysterious path. Something really close and surreal, yet feels magically out of this world. This is it. You will hunt her into any hole there is on this planet and break all the China walls on your path to finally decoding the password to her heart!

 

 

OPEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS CALL FOR SACK OF VC

NOUN

 

The students of National Open University of Nigeria, (NOUN) have signed a petition to have their Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vincent Tenebe and other members of the school management removed from office.

 

According to the statement signed by the members of the Congress of NOUN Students, the students alleged that the school has now become "a den of endemic corruption." They disclosed that the management have, so far, refused to respond to the students' questions regarding why some irregularities continue to happen in the institution. They also alleged that the management shut them down by telling them they do not owe the students any explanations.

 

The petition reads: "As a result of students' insistence over the numerous issues, the management felt threatened and sort to silence us by all means. On 9th of September 2015, leaders of the Congress of Noun Students honoured an invitation by the Nigerian Police at Ikeja police command, over a petition submitted by the management of our institution. In the said petition, the management had falsely claimed that, we threatened the life of the Vice Chancellor, planned to vandalize government properties and incite violence against the institution. The aim of the baseless petition was to criminalize leaders of the Student Congress, simply because we asked the University authorities to respect the Nigerian constitution, by granting students rights of freedom of association as contained in section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to desist from what we adjudged to be extortion without justification."

 

"Students pay for course materials without receiving the course materials. The total amount received for these course materials annually is over 14,000,000,000.00 (Fourteen Billion Naira). We asked why students should continue to pay since they don't get the materials paid for. It is not clear, why the University charges a COMPULSORY registration fee for research project for final-year students. Last semester (2014/15 academic session), this fee was charged at N10,000. Now, the University has, for unknown reasons, and without any official notice to its students, decided to increase this fee to the sum of N15,000. For its postgraduate students, the University increased the research project fee from N15,000 to N40,000."

 

The students mentioned the names of the staff members they want President Muhammadu Buhari to remove from office. They include; The Vice Chancellor (Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe ), Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic ( Prof Patrick Eke Eya), Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration ( Prof Victor O. Adedipe ), The Registrar ( Mrs Josephine O.Akinyemi ) and Bursar ( Mr.John M. Onyeme) .

 

They added that if their request isn't granted, they will be forced to stage a peaceful protest to disrupt the activities of the school. 

 

By Kindness Okoli



The Students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State protested against the varsity authorities over the exorbitant compulsory laptop fee it allegedly imposed on freshmen.

The students claimed the fee would deprive many of the new students the opportunity to study at the varsity.

It was gathered that the institution collected N25, 000 as acceptance fee and N60, 000 as school fees from the new students, with N10, 000 and N11, 000 being demanded for male and female hostels respectively.

While the addition of N70, 000 as laptop fee, totalled between N165, 000 and N171, 000 for each of the new-intakes.

The students had expressed their grievances against the school imposition and the SUG silence through social media.

However, the SUG has dissociated itself from the policy, saying “We are fully aware that the University of Nigeria is the last hope of the common man in the South East with respect to the pursuit of sound and affordable education. We wish to let you know that the SUG isn’t sleeping on this issue as we have devised measures of handling this problem headlong.

“The N70, 000 is too outrageous and the payment by instalments is cut- throat. We fully understand that the school management wants to upgrade the schooling system but it is very unwise to create a bigger problem trying to solve a smaller one.”

The SUG informed that a meeting is being planned by the union with the school management on the matter.

 

 

By: Temitope Bamidele

UNILORIN RELEASES CERTIFICATES AFTER 16 YEARS

Mr Lanre Akinola and Mrs Rasheedat Adesina have fought to have their certificates released by the University of Ilorin for 16 years.

According to the statement, the duo received their certificates after 16 years of legal battle.

The statement said the degree certificates were withheld since 1999 and 2001 respectively as punishment for their involvement in students’ unionism and struggle to end military rule.

It said Adeshina was Assistant Secretary-General of the UNILORIN Students’ Union while Lanre Akinola was member of Students Representative Council of the students’ union.

“The release of the withheld certificates has put an end to the erroneous belief of the administrators of academic institutions that they cannot be compelled to release academic results and degrees.

“It gives hope to all victims of repressive, dictatorial and vindictive administrations in every sector of the society that it is possible to defeat the oppressors.

“It also underscores the fact that the battle for justice may be long, victory is certain if we remain resolute and committed’’, it said.

 

 

By: Chika Onwuasoanya

OHIO STATE

 

The students and workers of Ohio State University have been warned concerning an anonymous threat of violence to the campus that was posted online on Monday.

 
 
 
The Ohio State Department of Public Safety sent a mass email asking recipients to be observant and aware. Though the university didn't mention the nature of the threat, the Ohio state University police are working alongside law enforcement partners to investigate the threat and take all appropriate measures to keep the campus safe.

 
 
 
Activities in the university which has more than 60,000 students are going on normally despite the threat. Campuses are open and operating normally.

 

By Kindness Okoli

KOGI STATE

 

68 students of the Kogi State University, Ayangba have been expelled due to examination malpractice and poor academic performance. 

 

 

This was disclosed by the Registrar of the University, Dr Yakubu Abubakar in Lokoja on Sunday. According to him, 19 of the affected students were expelled for various examination misconduct and 49 others withdrawn for poor academic performance.

 

 

Some other students had their admission withdrawn for not registering within the stipulated period and wrong entry requirements. The affected students cut across all the faculties.

 

 

A new Vice Chancellor Prof. Mohammed Abdulkadir was appointed and has since resumed office as at October 12th. He has promised to run an inclusive andconsultative administration and appealed to stakeholders to join hands with him in moving the school forward.

 

By Kindness Okoli

SA STUDENT

 

The week-long protest over the hike in tuition fees in South Africa took a
new turn as the protesting students took their cries to the President,
Jacob Zuma.
 

 

 

 

In front of the office however, they met Police resistance. The students
hurled stones at Police guarding the Union Buildings ahead of an address by
Zuma.

 

 

A few pushed through a cordon before being pushed back by anti-riot police
who also used water cannons to douse the fires. He’s not taking us seriously, we’ve been here for a while,” one student
said.

 

 

 

The students danced, singing, “we the students dream of free education, we
are not afraid of the Police, our fight will win.”

 

 

 

A statement by the Presidency said ‘’ Zuma was meeting in private with
Student leaders and university management to discuss the current
countrywide impasse between universities and students regarding the
proposed annual fee increments.”

 

 

 

Tuition fees vary across universities, but can run as high as 60,000 rand
($4,500) per year for medical students in a country where white households
still earn six times more than black households, according to official
figures.

 

By Kindness Okoli

ekiti state

 

 

Federal Government Girls' College, Efon Alaaye in Ekiti State has been thrown into confusion as up to 300 students of the school have been hospitalised with diarrhea.

 

 

According to reports, the first outbreak of the disease in the school was on October 10 when some of the students started vomiting and stooling. Since then, up to 300 have been hospitalised, even though most have been treated and discharged and just about 30 now remain in the hospital.

 

 

 

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Folakemi Olomojobi, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner said, "We have alerted the water corporation to chlorinate their water. They have about six boreholes and we have them chlorinated, because we knew as professionals that the water could be a source."
 

 

 

"We are trying to look into their environment, so that we can get where such could have broken out. We want to know how they dump their faeces and how they dump their sewages. We have taken blood samples of affected pupils to the hospital and the preliminary test shows that it was not cholera. It was diarrhoea and vomiting. We are sending the samples for further test to confirm that it is not cholera," she said

 
 
 
By Chika Jones



The Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal has given directive on Monday on the swift payment of scholarship to all Sokoto indigenes studying in various schools across the world.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam; saying N387,990,012.00 has been approved for students studying in schools in Europe, United States, Asia and some African countries, excluding Uganda, Sudan, Niger Republic and Bangladesh.

He added that the government had set aside the sum of N503,590,856,00 for payment to Sokoto indigenes studying in schools across Nigeria.

Imam further stressed that this development is inline with the governor's promise on bettering the educational sector.

 

Credit: This Day

By: Temitope Bamidele

UNICAL shuts down over students protest

 

The University of Calabar (UNICAL) was in chaos earlier today, as students of the institution trooped out en masse to protest.

While the bone of contention is not immediately clear, we gathered that part of the problem was with the living conditions inside the school hostel,

The School authorities have reacted by announcing  a Two Week Mid Semester Break for all students of the University with effect from today 12th October, 2015.

Students are expected to vacate the Hostels on or before 6:00pm to enable Management address the issues raised by the students.

Normal academic activities would resume on Friday, 30th October, 2015.

 

 

 

By: Chika Onwuasoanya

The GES 101 exam was held at Adebayo Akande E-centre, Ajibode, Ibadan. However the exams were delayed for over six hours, and the number of students who turned up to write the exams were over 3,000, with some coming from Ivory Coast.

When the wait got too long, the students started slumping, about 8 in all slumped.

Michael, a student, said:

“It is painful. We are disappointed that the management could not organise the examination properly. They knew the population of student who will be sitting for the examination. This is a compulsory course for everyone. Knowing the huge population and the weather condition, the management couldn’t make provision for canopies, either permanent or temporary."

Another student, Ifeoluwa, said:

“There’s lack of coordination and some things that were supposed to be put in consideration weren’t put into consideration. Every department offers GES 101 and they should have created spaces for people to stay instead of letting everyone stay under the sun.”

The President of the Student Representative Council, SRC, Mr. Oluleke Peters, said:

“This was how many students slumped last year. We hope that the management can adopt better strategy to conduct examination in the institution.

But nevertheless, suspension of the exam seems to be the best option available because time is already running out and there is risk of having more casualties if the examination is allowed to continue. A number of students that collapsed were rushed to Jaja clinic. We thank God that there was standby ambulance. The students are all in stable condition, and a few have been discharged.”

The examination was however postponed.

 

 

 

By: Kindness Okoli

 

The Nasarawa State University, Keffi, on Friday said it admitted only 4,078 out of 24,614 candidates that applied for admission into the 2015/2016 academic session.

The school registrar summarized this year's admission saying:

"After thorough scrutiny of the candidates that applied for the 2015/2016 admission in to the university, over 4,000 candidates were given admission out of which 3,255 are indigenes of the state, while 823 that got the admission are non-indigenes,’’

According to him, 24,614 candidates applied for the 2015/2016 admission in to the university, out of which 12,133 are citizens of the state while 12,401 are non-indigenes.

He added that the university admitted only 74 direct entry students out of 152 direct entry candidates that passed the school examination for the admission.

 

 

 

 

By: Chika Onwuasoanya

The verification and biometric exercise of students of Delta State origin benefiting from the State Students Assistance (Bursary) Scheme, has led to the discovery of about 8,141 ghost students who benefited immensely from the scheme during the government of the former governor of the state, Emmanuel Uduaghan.

The verification exercise had made it possible for the number of beneficiaries to be reduced from 40,000 to 31,859. All shady and fraudulent practices will be cleaned up and payments would be based on the verified and realistic figure of students obtained by the Scholarship Board.

The names of students who have been involved in the shady practice will be blacklisted from the Special Assistance Scheme (Bursary).

 

 

 

 

By: Kindness Okoli

As part of the celebration of the 2015 world's Teachers day, a cross section of teachers has urged the Federal Government to review the present secondary school curriculum as it narrows the scope of students’ knowledge.

The first vice chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers in Benue State, Mr Kaaor Simon, has said that the removal of some former core subjects from the present curriculum was a limitation to the knowledge of students.

Mrs Joy Uchidiuno, the Supervisor of the Local Education Authority, Delta State, called for the restoration of Biology and History as core subjects for both science and social science students.

She stressed the importance of History as a subject, saying that without it, students would never know what happened in the past or how their country came into existence.

Uchidiuno however commended the government for its efforts so far in teachers development, adding that it was very necessary for teachers to be given a good place in the nation by financing and empowering them.

She also called for regular training which would upgrade teachers and enable them to teach with new technologies.

 

 

 

By: Kindness Okoli



The students and indigenes  of Ila Orangun, on Saturday, protested against the alleged plan of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s to merge the College of Education in the town with another state owned College of Education in Ilesa.

The peaceful protest was led by the National President of Ila Orangun Students Association, Mr. Rilwan Sulaiman, as well as the President of the Ila Orangun College of Education, Julius Akinleyin.

Speaking to journalists, “We are against the planned merger of the College of Education, Ila Orangun. We don’t want the college to be merged with any institution. We also do not want the college to be converted to a continuous education centre.

“Ogbeni Aregbesola is not the first governor of Osun State, he should leave the college alone. The college is the mainstay of our economy in the town and merging it with any institution would collapse the economy of the people of the town.”

However, lecturers in the four tertiary institutions (from Polytechnics of Iree and Esa Oke, and the Ilesa and Ila Orangun Colleges of Education) owned by the state government had condemned the allegation, saying: “Council frowns at the clandestine move of the state government to merge the two state polytechnic and the two Colleges of Education and describes it as an ill-advised, laughable, non-progressive and obnoxious policy that will only complicate the sufferings of the masses.”

 

 


Credit: Punch

By: Temitope Bamidele

EKITI: STUDENTS PROTEST EDUCATION POLICIES


Ekiti State students under the umbrella of Federation of Ekiti State Students Union (FESSU) and the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), yesterday, condemned Governor Ayo Fayose cancellation of free education.

The student who marched from Ajilosun and stopping at various junctions to address the public showed their grievances, carrying placards which read: “Ekiti students pass vote of no confidence in Fayose”; “Primary/secondary education must be free in Ekiti”; “Ekiti bursary, nothing but a scam”; “Blackout in Ekiti State University”; “College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti fees must be reduced”; “No to N50,000 acceptance fee at College of Health Technology, Ijero”; “Don’t stop payment of WASSCE fees for poor students”; “we reject exclusion from education summit”; amongst others.

Addressing newsmen, the FESSU’s National President, Peter Obayemi, said: “We should let the world know that the government has neglected students. It organised an Education Summit and refused to invite students and instead invited artisans, motorcyclists and traders.

“We are saying no to privatisation of public schools in Ekiti.  We reject all sorts of fees that have been reintroduced in public schools.

“Government used to pay WASSCE fees for pupils before; this government says it will no longer pay. We reject all these anti-education policies.

“Many students have lost the joy of being admitted to the College of Science and Health Technology, Ijero- Ekiti as they were unable to pay the N50,000 acceptance fee before the deadline.

“The Ijero College of Health Science and Technology is the only school in Nigeria paying such an outrageous acceptance fee, which does not guarantee their admission.”

However, the state's commissioner for Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, has described the protest as an opposition motivated protest which was unnecessary.

 

 

 

 

By: Temitope Bamidele

There was chaos in Ibadan Polytechnic on Tuesday after one of their students died. Other students said this death was as a result of negligence by staff at the institution’s medical centre.

The deceased, identified as Akintaro Raphael, was said to be an ND 1 part-time student of Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the institution. The incident led to violent protest by the students. In the process, facilities at the health centre were destroyed and some workers at the health centre were beaten up.

The school management hurriedly transferred all the patients from the health centre and locked up the place. The students threatened to destroy the place again.

The front gate of the institution was locked and security was reinforced in and around the institution.

 

 

 

 

By: Kindness Okoli

Wike Spends 1.4bn on Rivers Students Abroad

The government of Rivers State has finally responded to the cries of help of the State sponsored students who are on scholarship abroad.
 
Several weeks ago it was announced that the students were in danger of being deported due to lack of payment of their fees.
 
However the State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said, "We thank the CAN president for expressing his concern about our students and want to assure you that His Excellency has so far spent N1.4billion on overseas scholarships and just last Thursday, he released N491 million to make sure that every child of Rivers State schooling abroad must receive money.

"We would continue to help the children irrespective of how they got there."he said.

 

 

 

By: Kindness Okoli

 

A student of Delta State University (DELSU)  is currently in Police custody. He allegedly baked cake and laced it with Indian hemp,  before feeding it to an unsuspecting 17 year old female colleague.

 

Bassey Aniekan confessed when interrogated by police officers,  after he was arrested.  The victim had to be taken to the hospital when she started acting strangely.

 

By: Chika Onwuasoanya

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