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ANAMBRA FASHION EXPO 2022 IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT ~ Vice Chancellor, COOU

 

says, CES-COOU has a lot to offer the project in her next edition.

~ commends Governor Soludo’s leadership style that has encouraged disruptive creativity among the youth in the State.

 

Okoye Clara, Awka-

 

 The Vice Chancellor, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, Prof. Greg Nwakoby, has commended the organizers of the maiden edition of the Anambra Fashion Expo 2022 saying that it’s a welcome development to rejig the traditional fashion ecosystem and reposition it for global appeal.

The Vice-Chancellor who was ably represented at the event in Awka by the University’s Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES-COOU), Prof Vincent Ezeabasili, stressed that the Centre priorities fashion in her annual training being offered to graduating students of COOU.

 

While addressing COOUNews at the event, the Vice Chancellor said that CES-COOU since its inception has trained all graduating students in its annual Employment Readiness and Job Creation (ERJC) programs and the department of Entrepreneurship of the Faculty of Management Sciences in industrial learning and tours by the Skills Acquisition Unit of the centre.

“… we commend the organizers of the AFE 2022 and as an institution of higher learning, we are open to partnering with the organizers, especially in areas where our students will have the opportunity of being part of the Models that would perform on the runway, Master Class, among other things. We commend them and also thank the State Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo for believing in the young people by giving them opportunities to thrive and contribute to the development of the State and society at large…” He said.

The event was held at the Anambra State International Conference Centre (ICC), Awka.

 

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Opinion

Whither Safe Schooling in Nigeria

By Igboeli Arinze

Despite their declarations in 2014 and 2015, and the agreement that there is need for policy makers and the would be authorities to ensure the protection of schooling and the education of our children and wards, it is safe to say that the Nigerian State is indeed miles apart from implementing either of the Safe Schools Initiative and the Safe Schools Declaration.

 

Following the disturbing kidnap of girl students at the Chibok Girl’s Secondary School, Chibok by members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and the outrage such an act generated all over the world, policy makers all over the world came together to figure out how best to ensure that children at schools are physically and psychologically protected from all sorts of attacks.

 

Since then, there has been countless attacks against students particularly those within the NorthWest and NorthEast regions of the country. Nigerians will in anguish remember the numerous attacks on the various schools in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in which over 3,500 children were alleged to have been abducted. Perhaps, seeking to emulate Boko Haram these new breed of terrorists have added attacks on schools to their activities seeking to embarrass the government in a manner similar to how the Chibok saga much embarrassed the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

 

Even recently, the Federal Capital Territory had to close all schools after it had received intelligence reports that terrorists were planning attacks on a number of schools within its region, this was immediately followed by Nasarawa State which owing to its proximity to the FCT did not want to be taken unawares by these terrorists.

 

One cannot imagine the trauma that has been visited upon these students , their teachers and parents, even in such events where these children have been returned, there are tales of horror as to what these children did go through in the hands of their captors, with many getting dissuaded from further attending school. On another hand in other states like Zamfara, schools were shut for over eight months, this again puts the education of these children on hold , stymieing their academic progress.

 

These are thus enough reasons for the authorities be it at the Federal, State and Local Government levels to give enough attention to the Safe Schools processes.

 

As schools are set to resume there ought to be a convergence of policies between the various authorities, the security agencies and the various communities towards ensuring that these schools and their wards within are protected.

 

There is need for these authorities together with the various institutions and agencies to critically identify issues and factors that may hamper its implementation. Factors such as lack of funding, scarce logistics, poor equipment and the issue of under policing can be identified as such critical factors.

 

Again, the apparent collapse of security and the spread of these violent attacks from the NorthEast region to the Northwest and now the North Central has also hampered one of the key policy initiatives which is to move students from regions of high risk areas to schools within safer parts.

Another component of the safe school initiative is the ensuring that children and wards displaced and are found in internally displaced camps continue to receive quality access to education despite their present predicament, I cannot ascertain for now if this major component of the Safe School Initiative is been implemented as a majority of stories received makes immense reference to the poor states of these camps, how the government intends to implement such a component in such poor states leaves much questions to be answered .

 

Last of these components is the initiation of the such safe school models in 10 schools each in the three most devastated states affected by the insurgent attacks, this too has largely not been implemented owing to issues such as funding, this is despite the budgeting of funds for its implementation, For example in 2021, the National Assembly earmarked over $20 million for its implementation funding proposed and budgeted for the initiative in February, 2021. Only to find out that the funds were never domiciled in the Ministry for Education which ought to have primacy over such funds in which together with the various states would have employed such funds to tackle the issue, prompting Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President to declare that such an initiative was programmed to fail.
One cannot disagree with the Senate President and even if one wants to disagree the continuous attacks on schools in the North gives vent to such an assertion, this indeed is very sad.

 

With Nigeria having about 11 million pupils out of school, it is enough to say that we are already tinkering with fire amidst dry gun powder should we pay no heed to the issue of safe schooling . It is akin to leaving these children behind , children who’s only crime is their desire to get an education, its about time we sit up!

 

Igboeli is the publisher of Anambratimes.com

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Education

ASUU Strike: National Industrial Court Adjourns Matter

Tobenna Ezenduka, Abuja

 

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria today adjourned until September 16th, 2022 the suit filed by the Federal Government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over its industrial action which has lasted for 210 days since the union declared the strike.

 

The Federal Government had approached the court in Abuja, requesting it to order ASUU to resume while it continues to find a lasting resolution to the dispute.
At today’s proceedings, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) also made a request to join the suit as an interested party.
Ebun-Olu Adegnoruwa (SAN) who represented SERAP in the suit said his client had filed a similar suit to compel the FG to honour its 2009 agreement with ASUU. He thus submitted that SERAP’s interest in the matter was based on the need to forestall the duplicity of outcomes concerning the strike. However, counsel to the Federal Government, Tijjani Gazali (SAN) rejected SERAP’s application to consolidate the suits owing to the fact that such a request was premature in nature since the case had been slated for mention on Monday.
Ruling on the request by SERAP, the presiding judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman ruled that the suit was not ripe for consolidation by SERAP as he was only presiding over the matter as a vacation judge and that the case would be assigned to another judge for adjudication.
He however ordered the parties in the suit to file and exchange court documents while he adjourned the matter to Friday, 16 September 2022.
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Education

Three Students Found Dead In Anambra

Nkechi Nwoka, Onitsha-

News reaching Anambra Times has it that three female students of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Anambra State, have been found dead.

The incident reportedly happened at the Igbariam campus of the COOU, which is also known as Anambra State University.
The victims were found dead in their hostel and have been identified as Chidera Obidiaso, of the political science department, Mercy, a student of the pharmacy department, and Emmanuella, a student of the business administration department.
The deceased students were all 200-level students of the institution, however the cause of their deaths is yet to be ascertained as they were locked within their rooms and residents said that the students were found dead when the door to their room was forced open, residents further alleged that on opening the door, two of the girls were found dead on their beds while the other was found in the kitchen in the apartment.

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Editorial

Editorial :On Anambra State Government’s Move To Shut Down Unapproved Schools

 

The news of the planned shutting down of 1075 unapproved primary and secondary schools in the state has surely elicited mixed feelings. As a news medium we owe it as a sacred duty to stand on the side of what is right irrespective of who’s interest is affected. To this end we understand the Anambra State Government’s resolve to tackle this problem since such schools may not have met the basic requirements expected of a school.

With such, these unauthorized schools asides from been shut down would also see their pupils and students barred from taking part in the Common Entrance exams or general exams such as Transition Placement Exams, First School Leaving Examination Exams, Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE), Senior School Certificate Exams (WAEC/NECO), etc.
We however are wary of what an immediate shutdown of such schools may have on these children. Shutting them down immediately may impair the academic calendar of these pupils and students as well as put at most its staff members who are dependent on their jobs in these schools for their daily bread as well as the sustenance of their families and loved ones.
Thankfully, the administration has given these schools a window of opportunity to register these establishment and adhere to the procedures for school inspection.
We however frown on the call by parents to immediately withdraw their children from the schools and make alternative plans to enroll them in state-approved schools. Coming at this point in time when schools are rounding off the completion of their academic calendars , asking these pupils to be enrolled in other schools at such short notice will surely spell no good for anyone.
What would work would be a timeline for these schools to apply for registration and inspection say within six to nine months. Schools which then meet such a timeline and scale the inspection exercise will be allowed to continue, those which cannot meet such inspection requirements would then be asked to meet such requirements within such a time and should they fail to meet such provisions as requested of them the authorities will then shut them down until such provisions are met.
We commend the Soludo administration and urge it to ensure that the process of inspecting these schools are thorough and uncompromising in nature, since
In such a process can the quality of our education as well as the future of the Anambra child become enhanced.
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Education

NANS Anambra, ASUU Berate Ngige On ASUU Strike

Obinna Nwanekwu, Awka

  • NANS to mobilize against his ambition    
  • His children have long graduated from school

The nation’s student body, National Association of Nigerian Students as well as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has berated the Minister for Labour and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Chris Ngige for blaming ASUU for the pervading strike in Nigerian Universities describing such remarks as unbecoming of a statesman.

Ngige had made this comments while interviewed on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’.

He had reportedly stated that the industrial unrest in the universities was as a recurring decimal  and went on to quote figures deemed  by our fact checkers as unreliable.

These statements earned him the wrath of both NANS and ASUU who described the statements as baseless and unbecoming of a statesman.

Speaking for NANS Rt Hon Chibueze Ofole, Coordinator for NANS in Anambra described the statements as unfair to the plight of the Nigerian Student who had committed no crime but the ordinate desire to study and assist their parents and guardians who had sacrificed so much for them.

Ofole wondered if this was the same Ngige who had reduced the heavy school fees levied against students while he was Governor of Anambra State and had also made a number of achievements in the education sector, describing the situation now as worrisome.

” How can our minister, Ngige come on air and justify our suffering? This is not fair and should be condemned, the Nigerian student has committed no crime but for his or her desire to gain knowledge which can be used to better the lot of our parents and guardians who have suffered and sacrificed for them.

NANS is hereby demanding an unreserved apology from the Minister otherwise we will invoke the.spirit and the.principles of Alutarism and mobilize against the ambition of the Minister. That is should he even get the ticket of the APC, we will mobilize heavily against it, that is if we fail to get this apology.  “

For ASUU, the comments largely offended most members of the academic union. For Dr. Sude Olutobi a member of the ASUU implementation committee the continuous blaming of ASUU by Ngige was in bad faith and would only extend the strike. He said: “Listening to a doctor turned politician, a former governor of Anambra state and a member of the 7th senate, Dr Chris Ngige, I discovered there is no hope for the Nigerian university students. The ASUU strike is likely to linger more than expected.”

Olutobi also challenged Ngige to tell the world which of his children was still a student in any Nigerian university as all of them had graduated, and perhaps could be a reason for the Minister’s non-chalance on the matter.

ASUU had on the 14th of February , 2022 embarked on a one month warning strike which it was forced to extend and now in its 9th week following the FG’s failure to meet a number of its demands as well as the implementation of previously reached agreements, particularly the 2019 Memorandum of Action.

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Education

ASUU Strike : Students Blame FG, ASUU for Extension

Students and stakeholders have lampooned both the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU over the two-month extension of the ASUU’s one-month warning strike.

Speaking to realpoliticsnigeria.ng, they massively criticized the government and the union for failing to resolve the crisis.
ASUU has earlier in February this year embarked on a one month ‘warning ‘strike seeking that certain demands which had been agreed upon in the past. These demands include, the revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement and alleged inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) payments.
Emmanuel Osodeke, who serves as ASUU’s President had yesterday announced the strike’s extension owing to the government’s failure to address the issues raised in the warning strike.
Osodeke, states that the union’s National Executive Council meeting which was held in Abuja, had resolved to give the government another eight weeks to address all the issues “in concrete terms”.
He said, “NEC acknowledged the intervention efforts, in various ways, by patriots and friends of genuine national development (students, parents, journalists, trade union leaders, civil society activists etc) to expeditiously resolve the crisis which government’s disposition had allowed to fester.
“However, ASUU, as a union of intellectuals, has historic obligations to make government honour agreements.”
Nigerian students had taken to twitter to bash ASUU, for Mohammed Adamu, a student of Federal University of Technology Minna, he states that he agreed with FG owing to the numerous negotiations over the years and wanted ASUU to come up with new ways of protesting against government instead of resorting to strikes.
Another student Moses Ngwuyah, of Benue State University blamed the Federal Government describing the central government as insincere. He said, “ How can one be happy with the present state of things? These people in government have their children in private schools or schools outside the Federation, how then can the Federal Government renege on agreements reached, this is unfair.”
Meanwhile ASUU may contemplate rolling over the strike should the FG not come up with a resolution to their demands. This was made known to realpolitics.ng by a member of ASUU’s NEC. Craving anonymity, the NEC official told our medium that should ASUU’s demands fail to get any form of redress, then ASUU would have no other choice but to continue the strike indefinitely.
“ASUU has come to the point of no going back, we would continue to demand that tertiary education be saved in Nigeria, anything short of this will no longer be acceptable, now they are talking about setting up a committee to review the 2019 Memorandum of Action and have given it a three months mandate, we are waiting and watching, this time we will insist on the inviolability of these agreements”
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EducationInformationNews

Breaking News: ASUU Commences Nationwide Strike

 

Any  moment from now the Acadrmic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU will announce its commencement of a nationwide strike. The industrial action which is likely to be indefinite this time around stems from the refusal of the Federal Government to meet the union’s demands as agreed upon in the 2019 Memorandum of Action.

 

AT gathered this following a tweet from  ASUU’s president @comradeait which announced the commencement of the strike from Monday, February 14, 2022.

Tweet announcing commencement of industrial action by ASUU

 

The tweet went like this :

“Scenes at UNILAG for the final decision of the commencement of #ASUUstrike
Official statement coming soon. Is our right we are fighting for
#ASUUstrike
#ASUU”

Shortly after the meeting had come to an end another tweet announced the commencement of the strike:

 

With this, Nigerian Universities will likely be shutdown indefinitely until the demands of the union are met.

 

 

ASUU had earlier  threatened to embark on another strike following the FG’s repeated failure to meet a number of agreements reached with ASUU previously.

 

 

Three years after penning the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Federal Government and ASUU, a cursory look at agreement reveals that the federal government is yet to fulfill a heavy number of arrears of such an agreement. Areas such as the funding for the revitalization of our public universities, mainstreaming further payments of EAA into the annual budgets beginning from 2019 budget,as well as the provision of documented guidelines on procedures and roles of parties in the process of renegotiating FGN-ASUU Agreement of 2009 are amongst such agreements.

 

 

There is also the demand for the immediate deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to replace the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS which ASUU believes is unworkable with the concept of university autonomy!

 

 

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