The Benue State University [BSU] was on Monday shut to avoid breakdown of law and order in and around the campus, a statement has said.
The Registrar of the University, Dr Mfaga Modom, in the statement, also asked students to vacate the campus latest 4:00 p.m.
WuzupNigeria reports that the closure followed the protest embarked on by the students against the five Point Grading System.
The students as early as 6.00 a.m. blocked the two gates of the university located along the busy Makurdi/Gboko Highway.
The students were seen singing and calling on the university management to reverse the policy on grading system to the old practice of calculating Cumulative Grade Point Average.
To avoid breakdown of facilities on the campus, armed security personnel, comprising Police, Civil Defence and DSS were drafted to the campus.
A 300-level student in the Department of Political Sciences, Peter Agbo, said the University management began the implementation of the new grades without notifying the students.
He alleged that the school wanted to implement the policy mainly to victimize some students whom they think are brilliant but are not in the good books of some lecturers, revealing that already 150 of such students had been pencilled down to recalculate their point grade based on the new arrangement.
“To me, this is not too good for some students particularly those in 400 level who are about to graduate”, he said.
But in a separate statement, the Registrar of the University, Dr Mfaga Modom said, the management of the University was aware of the grievances of the students especially as it relates to the Five (5) Point Grading System.
She said that the University Senate had constituted a Committee to consider the appeal by the students for the recalculation of their previous results from Four (4) Point Grading System to Five (5) Point Grading System and submit its recommendations.
She stated that the committee requested and received memoranda from the university community including the students; met several times and its report is to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of Senate scheduled for Thursday, 5th September 2019 before students started to protest.
Mrs Modom maintained that the students must acknowledge the fact that the University had already complied with the directive by the National Universities Commission by reverting to the 5-Point Grading System with effect from the 2018/2019 academic session.
“In the interim, the University Management met the students and informed them of the efforts of the Senate and appealed for their patience to enable the committee to complete the assignment.
“Management also, through the Dean of Students issued a circular informing the students of its efforts.
“The closure of the University gates by students on account of this issue is therefore unwarranted. Management wishes to reiterate that it can only consider their appeal when the report of the Senate Committee is received.
“Management, therefore, appeals to students to be law-abiding and respect constituted authority, policies and properties of the University and allow due process to prevail”, the statement read in part.
Kaduna govt. will jail parents who enroll children into Almajiri system – El-Rufai
Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State has warned that parents who enroll their children in the Almajiri education system stand the risk of prosecution and up to two years jail.
El-Rufa’i stated this in Kaduna on Monday when he visited some 200 Almajiri children repatriated from Nasarawa State and undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna.
Almajiri are children enrolled to be taught Islamic knowledge under Islamic Clerics, but who loiter on the streets with bowls begging for alms and food.
The governor also said that any Islamic cleric who enrolls any child into the Almajiri system would also be prosecuted and jailed as well as fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child.
He said that all the Almajiri pupils repatriated from other states of the country were indigenes of the state adding that the government would give them all the opportunity they deserved to grow and develop.
El-Rufai expressed satisfaction with the ongoing transformation of the Almajiri pupils from hopelessness to hope and confidence.
According to him, the state has a responsibility to do whatever it can to give them hope and a better future.
“We will, therefore, continue to take delivery of every Almajiri pupil indigenous to Kaduna state for rehabilitation, treatment and enrollment into formal school nearest to where their parents live.
“We will continue to do this until we clear Kaduna state of the menace of Almajiri system, which is not education but the abuse of the privilege and future of a child.
“Our ultimate goal is for them to acquire formal education without depriving them of the opportunity to acquire Quranic education.
“They will continue their Quranic education but under the care of their parents and not under someone who does not know them or paid to look after them.”
He explained that the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD), along with UNICEF would closely monitor them and ensure that no child would leave his locality until he finished primary and junior secondary school.
The governor stressed that every child in Kaduna state must get 12-year free and compulsory primary and secondary school education.
“Those that cannot proceed to senior secondary school will have the opportunity to go to vocational school, also free.
“As such, no parent has any excuse for his child not to go to school,” El-Rufa’i said.
He thanked MHSSD and other state agencies for the commitment and passion for the welfare of the children.
He equally thanked AMA foundation and other NGOs and civil societies for supporting the government to provide the Almajiri pupils with the needed medical care, food, and clothing, among others.
The governor particularly appreciated UNICEF for supporting the state government in ensuring that all the repatriated children were well documented.
El-Rufa’i said that the care and support provided had restored the sense of dignity of the children.
Also speaking, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, Commissioner, MHSSD, said that the state had so far received more than 900 Almajiri pupils from Kano, Bauchi, Plateau and Nasarawa states.
Baba said that no fewer than 500 of them were rehabilitated, treated (those who tested positive to COVID-19), and reunited with their families.
She added some 400 others were still undergoing rehabilitation and would soon be reunited with their families.
On his part, Dr. Zakari Adam, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, commended Kaduna state government for the efforts to ensure that all children go to school as against begging in the streets.
Adam reiterated UNICEF’s continued support to the state in all children-related issues such as child protection, education, and health among other areas, for uninterrupted growth and development of every child.
He stressed the need for all stakeholders, the government, civil society, parents, communities, religious and traditional leaders and the media to work together in ensuring that children acquired quality education.
Nigerian, 24, bags PhD in Law from George Washington University
A Nigerian, Dr Damilola Arowolaju, has bagged a PhD in Law from The George Washington University, Washington DC, United States of America.
Damilola, who hails from Omuo Ekiti, in Ekiti East Local Government area of Ekiti State is the son of a former Special Adviser to Governor Segun Oni on Due Process, Dr Bayo Arowolaju
He was decorated with the honour at the university’s virtual convocation ceremonies held on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Damilola was also the President of the 2020 PhD graduating students, which further made his honour more grandiose.
The former Special Adviser who confirmed this to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Saturday was elated that his son could be decorated with such a high academic honour at the age he secured admission to the University of Lagos, where he studied Sociology.
“My baby, Dr. Damilola Arowolaju, with the grace of God just graduated with a PhD in Law from The George Washington University School of Law, Washington DC, USA.
“He gave an address to the fellow graduands as the President of the GW Bar Association. Graciously, he did this at 24 years of age, when I was just entering the University in Nigeria for my first degree. May our children be higher and be more successful than us all. Amen
“I am overwhelmed, speechless and flabbergasted by this outstanding feat. I am excited and more motivated to do more to uplift humanity”.
Arowolaju appealed to the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to rejig and expand the scope of the State’s scholarship board to be able to benefit the children of the poor, who are outstanding in their academics.
In a video clip containing his speech to the graduand, Damilola said he shall continue to promote justice for all manners of men, irrespective of creed, race and class.
The young academic added that no sacrifice is too much to make to protect human rights and promote self-respect among humanity, describing these as the best way to entrench equality in the system.
“Justice means making huge sacrifices that would guarantee all constitutional freedoms for all and sundry.
“When I say justice, I mean for both innocent and guilts. The one that brings equality, stability and raise the hope for a better society. That is what we should all pursue using morality and the instrumentality of Law.
“My graduation today was a result of the sacrifices made by my parents to ensure that I excel in my academic pursuit”, he said.
Gov Okowa appoints Imide as Provost
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has approved the appointment of Dr Israel Imide as the Provost, College of Education, Mosogar, for a single tenure of five years with effect from May 21.
The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muohoghare, made this known in a statement in Asaba on Friday.
Until his appointment, Imide was a Chief Lecturer at the College of Education, Agbor.
While congratulating Imide, the commissioner urged him to use his wealth of experience to bring development to the institution.
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