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“Mediocrity is killing every sector” – University Don Laments the State of the Nation

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Professor Bamitale Omole, Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Professor Bamitale Omole, Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Bamitale Omole, has said Nigeria is yet to meet the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) minimum budget on education. He also described inconsistency policies and mediocrity as some of the factors challenging the nation’s educational system.

Omole who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen on Wednesday, said the falling standard of education in Nigeria had affected every sector of the economy. He was speaking against the backdrop of a report which said the country had the worst education indicators in the world.

According to him, any country which intended to develop educationally must devote about 30 to 40 per cent of her annual budgetary allocation to the sector: “I think UNESCO is right, because in this nation today, there are students who sit on bare floor and under the trees. Any nation that wants to develop must devote 30 or 40 per cent of her annual budget to education,” he said.

“We have not even met the UNESCO minimum for budgeting on education. The problem is that it is not as if our leaders do not know what to do, I think in many area, the wrong people are filling the positions. We talk about federal character, we talk about all these characters, they will never help us… There is timing for everything; I think that issue of federal character should be looked into again.

“Mediocrity is killing every sector, not only the educational sector. Also, lack of vision of putting the right thing in the right place, political consideration, pretender politics are the things killing every sector… It is clear that it would have been good for a nation if all the people at the commanding eyes of economy, at the commanding eyes of politics, are the people who know exactly their onions, but that is not what we have.”

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Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd

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Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd

Rotimi Akeredolu

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has approved the reopening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the state beginning from Monday, November 2.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Pastor. Femi Agagu.

He expressed that the state has become peaceful following the unrest that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

Also Read: BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt

Recall that the state government had earlier directed schools to reopen on October 19 after seven months of closure due to COVID- 19 outbreak.

But the schools were shut days after when the #EndSARS protest broke out.

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BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt

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BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday - Lagos Govt

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government on Thursday directed all public and private schools in the state to reopen all classes for academic activities.

Recall that schools were closed following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests in the State.

The government directed students and pupils in boarding houses to report to school on Sunday, 1st of November in preparation for the general resumption by Monday, 2nd November, 2020.

Also Read: BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Reopening Of Lagos Markets

The directive was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo which was signed by Kayode Abayomi, Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education.

The Commissioner advised pupils/students to take their studies more seriously in a bid to recover the lost period and thereby excel.

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FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

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Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform
Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended in a deadlock on Wednesday.

The union and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige led delegation failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers.

According to reports, the Federal Government offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Also Read: Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike –ASUU

However, the ASUU delegation led by National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment by the Federal Government should be made through the UTAS.

Following the failure to reach a consensus, the parties agreed to consult their respective principals and stakeholders.

They are to reconvene next week Wednesday.

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