SHALL WE NOW COME BACK TO OUR SENSES?

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SHALL WE NOW COME BACK TO OUR SENSES?

I could remember few days for my examination to kick off, I started having sleepless nights with loads of assignment and tutorials upon tutorials which tightened my schedules. I had to search for materials to read. I wasn’t prepared enough for this but I doubled my preparation process.

On Friday that preceded Monday that the examination was supposed to start, some rumors started spreading. Our lecturers are going on strike, we may not write the examination. Even after getting a genuine information from a reliable source, I still had to spend one more sleepless night until Monday morning.

I couldn’t believe the news that was flooding my phone. I took a leap of faith to school because I decided to debunk the rumour, knowing fully well that it is true. But as a Mapaite, I couldn’t take such risk to sit back at home when my first examination was scheduled for the morning section.

I got to school, went to the school office to check the sitting arrangement, with my colleagues, we found nothing. For an exam scheduled for 9am and the sitting arrangement has not been pasted around 8am, that was when this rumour started getting real.

We were all in school for hours after the morning exam ought to have started. To my greatest surprise, the school management did not address us on reason(s) why the exam did not hold that morning. Not even the lecturers.

Later in the day, the school management sent a memo claiming that they made necessary arrangements for the examination but our lecturers failed to cooperate with them. Our lecturers are yet to address us, rather they were busy making use of media houses/platforms for their selfish interest.

ASUP MAPOLY has failed us. They failed to tell us why they shy away from their duty the day our exam was supposed to hold. They started a war with the government using us without getting us along. Rather as collateral damage.
We heard from radio stations and TV stations (what we should have known) that the cause of what is happening is the Ogun State Government.

We, in the name of Aluta (that should have confronted ASUP Mapoly), confronted our Governor. He took his time to address us. I could comprehend that he’s not the one who gave the order for our examination not to hold. To my surprise, our Aluta went to rest.
So, I was hoping the intelligent minds in suits and tie would go into action. Rather, our students’ leaders were planning a protest!!! They declared BLACK WEEK. PROTEST AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT? Who does that and win?

Day One

The movement started. A peaceful and effective protest. Abeokuta felt it for real. But I didn’t agree with the way we decided to address this issue.
At the end of the day, OGSG through the office of the Secretary to the State in a released statement claimed that;
(1) NBTE has approved 18 courses for the new Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia to start operations immediately.
(2) JAMB has given a directive for new students to be admitted for ND programme and the portal has been opened for that. He further released the letters he received from NBTE and JAMB.

I thought to myself, this is a good sign. But, could this be true? I felt within myself that this needs a genuine confirmation. Well, before the close of the day, our students’ leaders did perfect critics and analysis regarding the letters. There were too many flaws in those letters. Government at work.

Day Two

So, we decided to go to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta, to confirm the authenticity of the letters the State Government claimed to have received from NBTE and JAMBconcerning accreditation of Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia. Wow! That’s just the perfect place to have gone to. And that was how the peaceful protest turned to BLACK WEEK. Maybe the Acting Rector felt he was being abducted or he felt these students want to turn me against my Oga at the top. The security in Mapoly as we all know lacks intelligent and educated minds. From the CSO to the common Library security, we all know how they harass us while on campus. So, the CSO….as we all know ehn!

Mapoly students no dey get chill now. No blame us o. Na normal thing. We couldn’t tame the Aluta beast, so we unleashed it. Make dem know say werey wa nle oooooo (craze full ground).

Now, we blew everything out of proportion. Mapoly has never experienced this in a long time. Ogun state as a peaceful state and very hostile to such irresponsible displays felt it much that this triggered the anger of the Ogun State Government. Well, NPF on the other hand…no be our friend o. Arrests upon arrests. I sure say dem for don mistake one aboki for  Mapoly student.

But for real? Attempted murder bawo? Na Government chicken dem wan kill ni? A Government that the interest of its citizens is Paramount to, will not go to such extreme. A day or two days detention would have silenced us small na.

Pay for damaged properties? You mean the tires we burn? Those tires dey liter everywhere. Na Keep Ogun State clean we do na.

Now, it has gone sour. Not sure when we are going to write our exams. Our heroes (please they deserve it) are being prosecuted for a crime that is (for God’s sake) out of this world. Now, the attention has been shifted. It is now Ogun State dealing with students that don’t want peace for its environment. ASUP Mapoly (the real problem) is now totally out of the picture.

Now, our smart, intellectual and intelligent students have become a political instrument. We’ve turned to opposition party. Is now as if we’re fighting to take Amosun’s Government. I heard a political party (I’m shocked, still exists) saying our President (who should be worried about fuel scarcity) should declare a state of emergency. I thought Boko Haram dey come join force with us ni.

I appreciate our students’ leaders fighting for us to quickly rush into the labour market that is not ready to accommodate us. Our future is bright though. You guys are true leaders. We’ve gotten their attention now and I’m sure this has gone a long way better than doing nothing. I salute that Aluta spirit.

Let’s now come to our proper normal senses. Let’s leave the fight for the Government and ASUP Mapoly. Let’s prove that from now on, we will start showing them how to lead. If we decide to come in between this and let the government and ASUP Mapoly come to a mutual agreement about this matter, this will give both of them the impression that the leadership of the great nation is safe in our hands by the time we start taking over from them (Let’s kick all these old Papa out). How can we achieve this with a protest? Leave protest for Osiomole (I’m sure he won’t advise us to do it if we’d consulted him). Let’s put on the suit and tie (not a fan if it sha). Let’s command respect from both the ASUP Mapoly and the Government.

We deserve to know why ASUP Mapoly decided not to conduct our examination and yet to address the students (they owe us). Let’s meet some influential people at both State and Federal level to come to our aid. Majority of us uses a smartphone (the world in our pockets), let’s make the social media buzz.

A Concerned Student

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Ogun Assembly Passes Bill Upgrading MAPOLY to Varsity of Science and Tech

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A bill to convert the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology has been passed by the Ogun State House of Assembly.

The bill titled ‘HB No. 10/OG/2017- A bill for a law to provide for the Establishment of Moshood Abiola University of Technology and for matters of Administration and Discipline of Students Connected Therewith’ was passed on Tuesday by the state lawmakers.

Also passed yesterday was the bill to create the Ogun State Polytechnics at Ipokia, which was titled ‘HB No. 11/OG/2017- A bill for a law to provide for the Establishment, Incorporation, Constitution and Functions of the Ogun State Polytechnics, Ipokia and for other matters Incidental Thereto or Connected Therewith.’

The bill seeking the conversion of MAPOLY to a university had an amendment to its name which now reads “Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology”, in the process, clause- to – clause reading and adoption of the bills was done before the members of the House by Mr Victor Fasanya.

Mr Fasanya, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, after presenting reports of his committee to his colleagues, moved the motion for its adoption.

He was seconded by Mr Oyenuga Olufowobi and Mr Olusola Bankole.

When the bills were put up for voice votes, those in favour of the adoption won and the House subsequently passed them.

Speaker of the House, Mr Suraju Ishola Adekunbi, directed the Clerk to send clean copies of the bills to Governor Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.

FG to pay burial bills of NANS executive members who died in auto crash

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FG to pay burial bills of NANS executive members who died in auto crash

By Wale Odunsi on June 23, 2013

The Federal Government has promised to pay all burial expenses of the five executive members of the National Association of Nigerian Students,NANS, who died in an auto crash last week.

The NANS Executives met their death around Ikwuano council Area of Abia state while they were on their way to Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital to intervene in the student’s struggles against the school authority over transportation hike.

However, the Education Minister, Prof. Ruqayatu Ahmed Rufai had made a promise in Umuahia yesterday when she visited the injured students who are still on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia that the Federal Government will pay the deceased families any amount expended on the burial.

The minister also said that the Federal Government would take care of the medical expenses of the students that survived the fatal crash.

Meanwhile, sources from the hospital disclosed that the centre needs eight million naira (N8m) to buy a ventilator for one of the crash victims who is on life support machine at the hospital.

The Minister and his team, including the Executive Secretary of the National Univerities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie were conducted round the wards to have on the spot assessment of the health conditions of the students on admission at the hospital.

Conducting the theme round the hospital, the chairman of the hospital medical advisory, Dr. Uche Nwamuo explained to the Minister and her team that the patient on life support was recuperating well, but disclosed that they were only three in the hospital.

In her reaction, the Minister who appreciated the hospital management for its spirited efforts and care shown to the injured students declared that federal government has resolved to pay the students hospital bill and to take charge of their general welfare while in the hospital.

Her words: “The Federal government is ready to take charge of the medical bills of the students that died and pray for those in hospital to be part of us someday as government has also decided to take their bills and any other matters arising from the unfortunate accident”.

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Nigeria: Poly Strike – FG Not Ready to Implement Agreement – ASUP

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Nigeria: Poly Strike – FG Not Ready to Implement Agreement – ASUP
20 June 2013 , By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Source: Vanguard

Leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Wednesday accused the federal government of being unwilling to resolve the crisis that has crippled academic activities in polytechnics across the country.

National President of ASUP, Chibuzor Asomugha in a telephone interview with Vanguard said that since the federal government had remained adamant over the implementation of agreements entered with the union, the polytechnics would remain closed till when government would be ready to do the necessary thing.

Asomugha noted that the union had made spirited efforts to make government see the need to implement the agreements, stating that ASUP leadership had met with the Ministers of Education and Labour about three weeks ago to resolve the imbroglio but to no avail.

He said that out of about 15 demands of the union only one which was constitution of governing council was half met while about six governing councils were yet to be constituted, adding, “Government has not listened to us in any measure of engagement.”

The ASUP President said that going by the lip service the federal government was paying to the polytechnic education in the country, the strike would last as long as possible till the time the government would listen and implement the agreement entered into.

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Please, Call Off This Strike, Students Beg ASUP  

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Please, Call Off This Strike, Students Beg ASUP  
Published on June 14, 2013  
In a bid to return to their classrooms and continue with their academic activities, students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, have appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, to end the strike action which has crippled activities in polytechnics across the country.
This was the general consensus of students when P.M.NEWS Campus Square spoke with some of them yesterday as the strike enters its fifth week.
Some of the respondents revealed that they have been idle since the commencement of the strike action and any further delay may cause more harm than good.
An ND1 Accounting student of the institution, Adisa Oluwafehinsola Lydia siad: “I’ve been idle since ASUP embarked on the strike action and it’s really killing me. Our school calendars will also be affected with this action.”
“I want the federal government to consider us and give ASUP their demands so that this strike action will be called off as soon as possible,” she added.
Speaking in the same vein, another student, Oshilaja Olatunji, lamented that apart from the effect of the strike action on the school calendar, he has been spending more than necessary since the strike action had been embarked upon.
He also added that those who were supposed to be working on their projects would be delayed.
“It is unfortunate that the federal government has closed its eyes to the yearning of these people because we’re the ones bearing the brunt.”
Onifade Akinyemi, a Business Administration student of the institution, said the effects of the strike action are devastating as it prevents them from catching up with their counterparts in the universities.
“All my friends in the university will be ahead of me with this kind of setting, it’s also not good enough for the school calendar because it will draw us back.”
“We heard that the Board of Directors had a meeting yesterday  and t they insisted on continuing with the strike. I know it’s quite annoying but that’s what we have to live with until the federal government gives them what they want,” she said.
—Damilare Okunola

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‘Without Pay Rise We Won’t Resume’ – Polytechnics Union

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Nigeria: ‘Without Pay Rise We Won’t Resume’ – Polytechnics Union
10 June 2013

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), has said until the Federal Government meets its demand on the implementation of CONTIS 15 for its members, it will not call off the on-going strike that has grind the nation’s polytechnics.

At the Union rally led by SSANIP National Secretary, Comrade Peter Jegede in the South West Zone, SSANIP listed other demands to include, approval of new scheme of service and establishment of National Commission for Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Technology.

Others are; re-negotiation of 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and non acceptance of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics and discrimination against HND holders.

According to Jegede, “Before 2009, the terminal level of salary in the polytechnics was CONTISS 14, but in 2009, the president Jonathan gave a presidential approval elongating the salary to CONTISS 15, to be implemented down the line.

“However, the supervisory agency- The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) came up with a modality and implemented it for those on CONTISS 12 and above, leaving out those on CONTISS 11 below, in disregard to the presidential approval.

“In December 2012, arising from our General Executive Council meeting, a 21-day ultimatum was given to government to see to the resolution of the issues beginning from December 3rd, 2012. This was followed with another seven-day notice. Government did not do anything about the notices or call the union for dialogue.

“The union, between 19th and 22 March, 2013 met in Ozoro, Delta State, where another 21-day notice was again given to government which terminated on April 16, 2013. All these while, there were no serious attempts made by the government in resolving the issue,” Jegede said.

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The day of the ‘tablet of knowledge’ in Osun

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The day of the ‘tablet of knowledge’ in Osun

Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, recorded another feat with the launch of the much awaited innovative e-learning device tagged Opon Imo, tablet of knowledge, amidst showers of praises for the ingenuity of the Aregbesola-led administration as the state government is expected to save N8.4 billion from the purchase of text books for senior secondary public schools in the state.

It was the creme-de la- creme in Nigeria that unveiled the device at the Zainabab Half Moon Resort, Ilesa. Dignitaries who graced the occasion include former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; a former FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir el- Rufai; retired General Alani Akinrinade; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; and Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Aromolaran.

In his address, Aregbesola said Africans would no longer accept the tag of a continent without hope or future, insisting that with the launch of Opon Imo, Nigeria and indeed the entire black continent has sent a signal of its arrival on the world stage of development.

In the speech entitled: “Opon-Imo Enters the Stage,” the governor said there could be little argument that Opon-Imo is a veritable tablet of knowledge that levels the learning playing field for all students from different social backgrounds.

He added that the tablet will allow students to learn at their own pace, wherever and whenever they choose, saying that it provides robust and uniform learning content for them, offering a feedback mechanism for monitoring of their performance.

According to him, “this little device will greatly facilitate our free education policy by saving the state a lot of money that would have had to go into procuring text books on annual basis. Indeed, the saving is humongous.

”Were the state to engage in the physical purchase of hard-copies of textbooks for the 17 subjects taught in our public schools, hard-copies of 51 audio tutorials, hard-copies of JAMB and WAEC past questions and answers for all subjects for a period of 10 years, it would cost a whopping sum of N50.25billion.
Very much like other such computer devices, Opon-Imo contains both hardware and software components,” Aregbesola said. The governor pointed out that the tablet provides three major content categories viz: e-library, virtual classroom, and an integrated test zone.

”The virtual classroom category contains 63 e-books covering 17 academic subjects for examinations conducted by WAEC, NECO and JAMB as well as non-academic life-enriching subjects such as History of The Yoruba, Sexuality Education, Civic Education, Ifa on ethics and morals, enterprise education, hints and tips on passing SSCE and ‘How to live a Healthy and Happy life’.”

He also noted that, in the integrated test zone of the device, there are more than 40,000 JAMB and WAEC practice questions and answers dating back to about 20 years, adding that the tablet also contains mock tests in more than 51 subject areas, which approximates to 1,220 chapters, with roughly 29,000 questions referencing about 825 images.

From left, Speaker House of Representative, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during the Official Launching of Opon Imo: Tablet of Knowledge, at Zenababs Hotel, Ilesa, the State of Osun on Monday 03-06-2013

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, in his goodwill message, described the Opon Imo as a grand-breaking initiative worthy of emulation. Soyinka said with this new e-learning device, students in Osun have all the reasons to be proud and celebrate the digitalisation era the government has just exposed them to.

The UNESCO Director General, who was represented by the Country Director, Professor Hassana Alidou, said the world education and cultural organisation is ready to partner with any government like Osun, which puts education on the front burner. He said UNESCO is ready to assist Osun in the area of improving the quality of teachers through developing a regional education programme.

In his good will message, the National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria, Senator Bola Tinubu, said: “Let the bookmakers take note, let the so-called experts learn from the ordinary people and let the historians write that history is being made in Osun this very day. The power of knowledge and e-learning are the resultant benefits that now wait at the fingertips of our children. This was not the result of a gift from a stranger or from accident.
This fine development is the harvest of innovation, hard work and the commitment to public education and enlightenment of our children by the governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his excellent team. On behalf of the children and their parents, I thank the governor for opening this important portal of knowledge to our youngest ones”.

He added: “By investing in this modern tool of knowledge and adapting it to local needs so that our children may more easily benefit, Governor Aregbesola and his administration have improved our educational resources by a bold quantum leap. Things that once were outside the grasp of our system to teach or learn are now in the hands of both teachers and students.

Knowledge we would have struggled for months or years to acquire is now available in minutes and seconds. What the governor has done is revolutionary and beneficial. It is a symbol of the positive benefits of progressive governance commitment to the welfare of the people and to the future of our children.

“The governor did not do this to attract accolades. He did this because it was the right thing to do. He did this not for himself but for posterity. In so doing, he and his team have acted boldly to secure both the present and future educational well-being of the children of Osun”.

Culled from Vanguard

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