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TEACHERS’ DAY: GOV. ABIODUN LAVISHES HOUSE, CASH ON TEACHERS

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As the world marked Teachers’ Day on Monday, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun appreciated award-winning teachers in the State with cash prizes and a house.
The Governor offered Mr Odegbola Ayodele, a Junior Secondary School teacher from Abeokuta Grammar school, who also won the overall Best Teacher in the State, a two-bedroom bungalow in the State owned Princes Court.

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Mr. Adewale Abayomi, from Odua Comprehensive High School, Imoru, who was the Best Teacher in the Senior Secondary category was given the sum of N2.5m and Mrs. Mary Adeyemi from St. Paul’s School II, Sagamu, who was the best Primary School Teacher went home with a cash gift of N2m from the Governor.

Gov. Abiodun said the State government has formally instituted a yearly Best Teachers Awards in this category to appreciate outstanding teachers in the State and those who have distinguished themselves in the course of carrying out their duties.

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Prince Dapo Abiodun disclosed this while addressing executive members of the Nigerian Union of be Teachers (NUT), Academic Staff Union Secondary Schools (ASUSS) and All Nigerian Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), to mark this year’s World Teachers Day in his office at Oke-Mosan Abeokuta.

Gov Abiodun said to encourage teachers for efficient service delivery, it is imperative to celebrate those who have shown creativity, dedication and hard work in the course of imparting knowledge to our younger ones.

He noted that this would spur them to put in more efforts in educating the nation’s future Leaders.

According to the Governor: “We will continue to celebrate innovation. We will encourage consistency. Our administration will continue to make the welfare of our teachers our priority. Our teacher’s reward will not be in heaven, but here on earth”, he stated.

Prince Abiodun used the occasion to call on parents to be more involved in caring for their children instead of shifting the responsibility to teachers as the development process of a child would not be complete without the involvement of their parents.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that our children now spend the larger part of their days with teachers. It is alarming to see that in the pursuit of economic fulfilment, many parents have now have left their parental roles to teachers.

“While I call for a rethink by such parents, but in the meantime, I will call on our teachers to help the situation by inculcating in the children, positive attitudes, ideals and virtues. Help us to protect the rights of our children”, Prince Abiodun pleaded.

He said the commemoration of the World’s Teachers Day is significant because it draws attention to the noble role of the teaching profession in nation-building in line with a standard-setting instrument that addresses the status and situations of teachers around the world.

The Governor noted that this year’s World Teachers Day, would identify the challenges teachers face in the practice of their noble profession, especially at this period of the global emergency of the CCOVID-1, adding that event was to appreciate teachers and also assess their importance as educators of the world so as to improve on their service for the humanity.

Prince Abiodun also said the occasion would provide an opportunity to consider issues relating to teachers and teaching profession, honour and recognize of their contributions to the development of the education sector and the socio-economic development of Nigeria as a whole.

While describing teachers as partners in building the State, the Governor said his administration would continue to appreciate them for their individual and collective roles in creating new learning environment for the children of Ogun State through the Ogun digiClass and other platforms, especially during the covid-19 lockdown.

He enjoined them to be innovative and painstaking in the discharge of their duties, as they owe the State and the country, the responsibility of ensuring that children are adequately cater for the physically, mentally and socially to meet future challenges.

The Governor said that the process for the recruitment of 1, 655 Graduate teachers to fill some of the vacancies existing in Public Secondary Schools in the State was at an advanced stage just as approval for career elongation of Primary School teachers to Grade Level 15 has been approved, while Principals-General and Headmasters-General from the four Geo-Political Zones of our dear State have been appointed and sworn into office.

In his remark, the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Titilope Adebajo, while describing teachers as risk takers and mind moulders, called for the introduction of Education Trust Fund to enable government address many challenges facing the education sector.

State Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Comrade Akeem Lasisi, called for the review of the free education policy to enable participation of parents and corporate entities in fund the sector.

In an interview, this year’s best teacher awardee, Mr. Ayodele attributed his emergence as the overall best teacher in the State to hardwork. He called on other teachers to be committed and remain steadfast in the discharge of their duties, “as there is always a pay day ahead for hard workers”.

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Gerar University To Inaugurate Afolabi, Adetoro as Chancellor, VC

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Gerar University To Inaugurate Afolabi, Adetoro as Chancellor, VC

The Gerar University of Medical Sciences (GUMED), Imope-Ijebu, Ogun-State, will on Friday, inaugurate Dr Taiwo Afolabi, CON, as the University Chancellor and Professor ‘Niran Adetoro as the Vice-Chancellor.

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The event scheduled to hold at the University Auditorium commencing at 1.00pm will feature a N500 million endowment fund raising.

The founder Dr Isaac Adegoke and other members of the board of trustees of the University will preside over the investiture ceremony and institute a N500 million endowment for infrastructural development of the university.

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Adegoke established the University to add his small quota to the educational emancipation of Nigerians and to give back to humanity, helping young ones to achieve their dreams.

Afolabi, the Chancellor, is the chairman of SIFAX Group.

He has over the years transformed the conglomerate to a leader in port management, shipping, bonded terminal operation, aviation, oil & gas, haulage & logistics, financial services and hospitality.

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The company currently maintains presence in many countries of the world including Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the United States. In 2006, the company bid and won the concession of Terminal ‘C’ at the Tin Can Island Ports, Lagos, as part of the port concession programme of the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration. Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, the subsidiary incorporated to operate the concession, has successfully managed the facility with records of achievements in the last 16 years.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Niran Adetoro is an information science Scholar, University teacher and Administrator and was Director of Academic Planning, Quality Assurance and Research for 9 years at Tai Solarin University of Education, (TASUED). He was visiting Professor at the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of Ibadan in 2016.

Gerar University of Medical Sciences (GUMED) is a specialized institution established to run Medical and Allied Health Science programmes with the vision to become a Centre of excellence in Medical Scholarship in response to intellectual and developmental needs of the society.

The University is located on one Campus measuring 100.343hectares in Imope-Ijebu, Ijebu-North Local Government Area of Ogun State. It is poised to become a significant instrument for Health Sciences, Technology, Social and Economic advancement in its sphere of influence.

The University was licensed on the 9th of June,2023 by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Universities Commissions (NUC).

The institution commenced her Academic Activities in 2023/2024 session, having undergone a successful Resource Verification Exercise of its Nine Take-Off Programmes by the NUC in Allied Health and Basic Medical Sciences areas in two faculties.

Gerar University To Inaugurate Afolabi, Adetoro as Chancellor, VC

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From F9 parallel in WASSCE to first class in OAU, UNILAG don shares…

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From F9 parallel in WASSCE to first class in OAU, UNILAG don shares…

 

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Dr Adewale Tiamiyu, a lecturer in the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies at the University of Lagos, shares his remarkable educational journey from humble beginnings to academic success in this interview with IMOLEAYO OYEDEYI

From F9 parallel in WASSCE to first class in OAU, UNILAG don shares...

 

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How did you feel when you had an ‘F9 parallel’ in your O’level exam?

That was in 1987. I felt it was over and it was not possible to go back to school. But I still tried. At that time, it was my social life that affected me. I used to be a break dancer. I also marched for my school: Adelagun Memorial Grammar School in Ibadan, Oyo State. But at the end of it all, I went to check my result and it was F9 parallel. So I lost hope. Though I later sat for the GCE exam, it wasn’t successful, because I did not have the English language. I tried the examination twice and I had E8 in the language. So I abandoned education in 1990. Between 1990 to 1995, I was in Cote d’Ivoire as a meat seller. So I travelled out of the country. However, I returned in 1995 to Lagos and registered for GCE lessons. At the same time, I worked as a primary school teacher in Surulere. So I prepared to go back to school between 1995 and 1997. I made my GCE in 1996 and got admitted into Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in 1997.

However, was it only the break dancing and extracurricular activities that made you fail the ‘level examinations?

 

 

No. That was not the only issue. Then, I was too social and had about 18 girlfriends in almost all Ibadan schools. In those days, we always went to different schools for inter-house sports and I would want to have at least one girlfriend in any school we visited. I am talking of the 80s now. So, I think it was my social life. It was later in life that I understood that I was not a dullard since I had a First Class in OAU years later. I used to think I was a dullard, but my academic achievement in Ife made me believe I was not. I was just not serious during my secondary school days.

What was the reaction of your parents to your O’level result at that time, did they also give up on your education?

They were disappointed that I had an F9 parallel in my O’level. But when I did GCE in 1988, I had credits in four subjects, excluding English. So I did GCE again and kept on having E. So I tried, but I couldn’t make the full five credits. And I never wanted to go to a polytechnic anyway. Assuming I wanted to do that, I could have combined my results. But I never wanted to go. I remember that after my first attempt, it was one of my girlfriends who taught me Mathematics, which made me pass the subject in the second examination, GCE. But I never had credits in English. And when I couldn’t get admission to the university, I wasn’t comfortable in my area anymore. So, I had to travel out of the country.

 

 

But why Cote D’IVoire?

I wanted to go to the United States from a French country. This was because most of my mates who didn’t make their results back then had travelled to Holland and other foreign countries just to take away that shame of not passing O’level. You know we were big guys in those days. And all our girlfriends had all gone to the universities because they made their results. So psychologically we were disturbed. We just felt the only option available for us was to go abroad and look for money. So that was why we travelled out. I had intended to go to the USA from Cote d’Ivoire. But when I got to Abidjan, I was disappointed with what I saw. I regretted travelling out. And even now, the phobia is still in me as I don’t want to travel out. Even if they are calling me in the same USA now, I already have that phobia that I don’t want to go and suffer anywhere in the world.

Do you know where some of the bright students in your secondary days are right now?

One of them is in my Faculty. We are both lecturing there. Though he is my senior now at the university, he used to be my classmate in secondary school. He went to the University of Ibadan and graduated in 1993. But I got admitted in 1997. However, having a First Class in Ife made it easy for me to start my lecturing career immediately as I was retained as a lecturer in my department between 2003 and 2005. So I think my First Class made up for the F9 issues I had in my secondary school. And now, I am even much more educated than some of those who came out with better results during my O’level days. I am a Ph.D holder now. But some of them don’t have a PhD. Each time they see me, they wonder how I made it. But I always say, it is never over until it is over. Life is a race anyway. This means if you are still alive, you can become anything. I am a goal-getter and I don’t think anything is possible.

What about your other friends who had the same poor O’level results at the time like you, where are they now and is there anyone among them who was able to overcome that setback?

None were able to overcome that setback of poor O’level results. There is even one at the University of Lagos where I work currently. He is a bricklayer. He never furthered his education after that experience. He is doing the bricklaying job at the university. In my set at the secondary school, we were about 600. And three of us from the same secondary school and class currently work in UNILAG. One is an Associate Professor. I am a lecturer and the third man is a bricklayer. The first man is my senior because I couldn’t catch up with those who had gone ahead of me. But the third person is still a bricklayer as we speak here in UNILAG. Though we still talk, he is not always comfortable around me, because he is not happy seeing me as a Dr, while he is a bricklayer. But I wanted to encourage him because I don’t believe anything is possible. I believe that if he can dream it, it is possible. I could remember that when I was doing my master’s programme at UNILAG. I used to trek from Ikotun to the university. I trekked more than 20 times to go for my studies that year. So I am the type that doesn’t give up on something.

What do you think often goes on in the mind of your secondary school classmate who is now a bricklayer each time he sees you?

 

 

Well, I think one of them will be the age factor. I am 54 years old now. But when I made my decision to go back to school in 1995, I was 26 years of age. I left Cote d’Ivoire as a meat seller with the determination to go back to school. So I decided at the right time and I got admission at the age of 29. I eventually graduated at the age of 32. So it was still possible for me to catch up with those who had gone far ahead of me. But if you tell my secondary school classmate who is now a bricklayer to go back to school now that he is also over 50 years of age, he won’t want to do that. This is because he is married with children now. It is too late now for him unless his children will send him to school. I remembered the story of a woman who got admission at the age of 64 to OAU to study law and she graduated at the age of 70. So it is not over until it is over. Life is just like a football match, once the referee has not blown the whistle, you can’t say this is who will win the match.

You went to Cote d’Ivoire intending to travel to the United States from there, so, how did you end up as a meat seller in that country?

 

 

When I got there, they asked me if I had an O’level result. I said I didn’t have one. They said that hadn’t been that I had an O’level result, I would have been employed to teach English in the primary school. It was at that time I learnt that if you went to secondary school and didn’t have an O’level result, you remained illiterate. For me, it was very difficult to get abroad from the French country especially when I had no evidence that I attended a secondary school. So the people in Abidjan then asked me which handwork I learnt. Then, I told them I didn’t learn any work. So that was why they got me a meat-selling job. I would go around the market with the meat in my tray to sell to people. That was in the Northern part of Cote d’Ivoire. Initially, I didn’t want to do it. But my maternal uncle, whom I stayed with, stopped feeding me at some point. He said he couldn’t be feeding someone that was not ready to work. So I had to accept the job.

But when you got to Ivory Coast and got disappointed, why didn’t you return to Nigeria?

It was not possible to return because I had no fares to do that. So I had to work. More so, before leaving Nigeria, I had promised my girlfriend that I would come back to take her to the United States. So that shame of failing to make it to the United States caught me. That was why I decided to stay back in the French country to work and gather money. I invested the money in the business of selling rice, potatoes, and onions but the business collapsed. So I had to come back to Nigeria in 1995 to pursue education. I took that decision because I discovered that if one does not go to school or has money, one can’t belong to any serious class in society. And since I had pursued money and couldn’t get it, I felt the only way left for me to have class in life was to go back to school. That was why I got back and started reading the Oxford English textbook for primary four, five, and six classes. I also read a lot in Cote d’Ivoire and that allowed me to master all the basics that I lost in the English language.

How correct is the claim that you once worked as a Septic tank evacuator?

That was when I returned to Lagos from Cote d’Ivoire. When I came back to Nigeria in 1995, I stayed with my uncle in the Aguda area in Surulere, Lagos. And evacuating septic tanks is what my uncle did then for a living. So one day, I asked him to give me money to buy books for my GCE lessons and he told me that I had to join him in the work. I said I was not interested. He then said he couldn’t give me any money if I was not ready to join him to do the work. That was why I agreed to do the work with him. But whenever we got any job then, he would give me only £1 out of the £10 he charged. Yet, I was the one that would enter the septic tank. But I still managed to do it for two years before I got admission in 1997. It was the money I made during those two years that I used to buy the books I needed for my pre-university education preparations. As God would have it, I eventually got admission to OAU to study the French-German language.

 

culled from PUNCHNG

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ASR AFRICA BEGINS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ABDUL SAMAD RABIU CLASSROOM BLOCKS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF UYO UNDER ITS TERTIARY EDUCATION GRANTS SCHEME

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Uyo, May 9th, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) has commenced the construction of four classroom blocks for the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State with a groundbreaking held on the university campus today. This donation forms part of a grant given to the University of Uyo through the ASR Africa Tertiary Education Grants Scheme, which was drawn from ASR Africa’s US$100 million Fund for Social Development and Renewal.

 

 

 

 

ASR AFRICA BEGINS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ABDUL SAMAD RABIU CLASSROOM BLOCKS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF UYO UNDER ITS TERTIARY EDUCATION GRANTS SCHEME

 

 

 

 

 

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nyaudoh U. Ndaeyo, expressed his gratitude to ASR Africa for considering the University of Uyo as a worthy beneficiary of the Tertiary Education Grant Scheme. He emphasised that constructing these classroom blocks was a top priority for the university and requested that the project be completed quickly so that the institution could start using it. He also appreciated the Chairman of ASR Africa, Abdul Samad Rabiu, for his various interventions in tertiary institutions in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ubon Udoh, MD CEO of ASR Africa, whilst giving his remarks, applauded the management of the University of Uyo for their support project so far. He also reiterated the commitment of the founder and Chairman of ASR Africa, Abdul Samad Rabiu, to supporting quality education within the tertiary education system in Nigeria and Africa. He further urged the students to make good use of the new facility when it is completed.

 

 

 

 

ASR AFRICA BEGINS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ABDUL SAMAD RABIU CLASSROOM BLOCKS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF UYO UNDER ITS TERTIARY EDUCATION GRANTS SCHEME

 

 

 

 

 

So far, over 27 public and private Nigerian universities and institutions of higher learning have benefitted from the ASR Africa Tertiary Education Grants, including the University of Maiduguri, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, the University of Ilorin, the University of Benin, and the University of Ibadan; Adamawa State University, University of Jos, Federal University of Technology, Minna amongst others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About ASR Africa

ASR Africa is the brainchild of the African Industrialist, Philanthropist, and Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu. The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) was established in 2021 to provide sustainable, impact-based, homegrown solutions to developmental issues affecting Health, Education and Social Development within Africa.

 

 

 

 

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