The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned the alleged killing of two students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti, and injuring of others by security details attached to Bisi, the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.
The association further declared Mrs Fayemi a persona non grata in any Nigerian university, warning her “to always keep 50 meters away from all our campuses in the country”.
The security details had allegedly shot dead one Dada Kehinde Abiodun, a 100 level student at the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture, and another during a protest on Tuesday.
NANS National Public Relations Officer, Azeez Adeyemi, in a statement in Abeokuta, Ogun State, alleged that Bisi Fayemi directed her security personnel to maltreat students for protesting against her husband’s anti-people government.
Azeez said that trouble started when the protesting students sighted the wife of the governor and wanted to explain their reason for the protest to her, but one of her security personnel slapped the Students Union President.
Angered by Mrs Fayemi’s act, the student pelted her convoy with sachet waters, prompting the Governor’s wife to order her security aides to be ruthless with the students, NANS alleged.
“A student, Dada Kehinde Abiodun, a Part 1 student of the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture was killed while some others were severely injured and are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre.
“One of the students placed under intensive care has also given up the ghost during the early hours of today.
“Meanwhile, so as to distort the truth before it gets to the public domain, the government quickly rushed to the press and fed them with lies all because they are in possession of the financial capacity to do and undo.
“It is, however, important to note that although we do not have the financial muzzle to contend with you in the media, we shall explore every lawful means to communicate the anti – students attitude of Mrs Fayemi to the world.
“To this end, we have however declared the wife of Governor Fayemi a personal non grata anywhere 50meters of any university campus, as we request her to always keep 50 meters away from all our campuses in the country as she constitutes threat to the lives of our students.
“We are not ignorant of the move of the government to kidnap our comrades when sighted anywhere in the state.
“As a result of this unholy plot by the Ekiti state government, we would protest her wicked act in at least one state from each of the geo -political zones of the country, with effect from Monday 16, September, 2019.
“We however appealed to mothers and other international communities to join force with us to condemn this inhuman act.”
COVID-19: BOWEN commences semester exam online
The Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, has said the institution has commenced second-semester examination for students through the school online platform.
Professor Ogunwole noted that the Second Semester examination of 2019/2020 will be phased saying that the first phase which is virtual is to start on Monday 1st of June 2020.
A statement by the school Head of Information, Protocol and Public Relations, Mr Toba Adaramola, said the VC tasked the students to take time to carefully read the guidelines for the Online Examination as published on the University website.
The VC advised that students should not allow distractions and interference during the online examination and Parents should limit their meddling during the period. He noted that students who have not paid tuition fee will not participate in the online exam but will do so at a later date when they do the needful.
He said, “Students are reminded that the university has zero-tolerance for examination malpractices and irregularities and are further asked not to block the cameras of their computers while the examination is ongoing.”
He equally tasked parents and guardians to join in praying for their wards during the period.
It could be recalled that the University has since March 2020 given directive to Academic staff to be active online for effective teaching through the upload of teaching materials and real-time interaction with the students using the Bowen Smart School Hub (SSHUB), a platform designed for robust learning interaction.
FG dissolves governing councils of UNIPORT, Maritime University
The Federal Government on Thursday dissolved the Governing Councils of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Bayelsa State.
A statement by Mr. Ben Goong, a director in the Office of the Honourable Minister of Education, made this known in Abuja.
Goong quoted the Minister, Adamu Adamu as saying the dissolution of the Governing Councils was with immediate effect.
Adamu thanked members of the Governing Councils for their service to the institutions and wished them success in their future endeavors.
According to reports, the University of Port Harcourt governing council was inaugurated by the minister of education on Jan. 18, 2017 while that of Maritime University, Okerenkoko was inaugurated on March 22, 2018.
Govt can’t risk reopening schools now – education minister
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said that the Federal Ministry of Education would not risk reopening schools across the country, until all preventive measures had been put in place.
He noted that various dates of resumption being circulated in some quarters were false, adding that the government would consider introducing afternoon classes to ease rowdiness.
“We want to say that the announcement that we are reopening all schools on June 8 did not emanate from us. That is not true; until we are sure that these children can go to school, return safely and not bring home with them this COVID-19 material.
“So we are not taking that risk yet. We are going to prepare as much as possible within the guidance that we are offered, working in conjunction with the World Health Organisation, before we reopen schools.”
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