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Oyo releases N500m subvention to LAUTECH, to increase education budget to 20 per cent next year



Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has announced the increment of the state’s education budget to 20 per cent in 2020.

Makinde announced the decision while speaking at a consultative meeting with stakeholders at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

He said that in 2020, Oyo State would devote 20 per cent of its budget to education.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that the Governor told the gathering at LAUTECH that the state was jerking up its budget allocation to education to 20 per cent.

Besides, the Governor also announced the approval of N500 million subvention to LAUTECH to address the demands of its workforce.

He stated that the only condition his government would give the university was that stakeholders in the school must submit a written agreement to his office on how the funds would be disbursed.

Governor Makinde is one of the two Visitors to the institution jointly owned by Oyo and Osun states.

According to the Governor, the visit to the University, which has been enmeshed in labour crisis over its joint ownership, was with a view to seeing things first-hand and ascertaining the situation in the institution ahead of the inauguration of the Oyo State’s committee on the ownership crisis.

Governor Makinde maintained that he would inaugurate the Oyo State’s committee, which will work with its Osun State counterpart on how to resolve the University’s crisis today [Wednesday], noting that in line with his promise during the electioneering period, his government would find a lasting solution to the LAUTECH crisis.

Governor Makinde, who stated that he remained committed to his promise that the University would be adequately funded and that its academic calendar would become regular and definite, said there had been challenges to the realization of the promise because the institution was jointly owned.

The Governor, however, maintained that though the issue of joint ownership has muddled things up, the aspiration of his government remained that LAUTECH would be counted among the best in the world, urging people not exercise fears over their jobs or what would become of them, as he assured that Oyo and Osun states would resolve the matter as brothers.

At the interactive meeting attended by students, workers, University management and indigenes of Ogbomoso, among others, representatives of NASU, SSANU and Federating Units of Ogbomoso Indigenes placed their demands before the Governor, with most of the speakers including the president of the Ogbomoso indigenes, Alhaji Saka Bello Aremu and Comrade Makinde Oyewande, making strong cases for the sole ownership of the institution by Oyo State.

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In his response, Governor Makinde said:

“I will always listen to you as I have just done. The reason government exists is to enable the people to benefit from the dividends of democracy. On the issue of joint ownership of LAUTECH, there is no family in Oyo State that does not have a linkage with Osun State. We were all of Oyo State before. I have appealed to the management of this institution that we should not go towards xenophobic issues. We are brothers and sisters with those in Osun.

“My wish for LAUTECH is to compete with the best of institutions in the world. To do that, wherever we can get the best hand, either Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, we don’t mind. Even, experts will still come into a lecture in this school. So, please let us push aside the issue of Osun and Oyo.

“Everybody that is working here, irrespective of where you came from, it is the duty of the government to ensure you have job security and get your salary as at when due. On the 25th of every month, which is the GSM Date in Oyo State, they receive their salaries. And very soon, it will be the same for LAUTECH. From ASUU to SSANU, to NASU, we will resolve the issues.

“By 9 am tomorrow (today), I will inaugurate the committee for Oyo State to negotiate with Osun the way forward for LAUTECH. We don’t want to make any mistake and that is the reason why I am here to interact with stakeholders to hear from them and I have heard from you loud and clear. And I promise that we will move on the path that is sustainable for all the stakeholders of LAUTECH.

“I listened to NASU, ASUU and other trade unions and learnt that they are owing you salary. I can conveniently claim that I have only been here for almost six months now and that the money you are owed was before my time but I am not one to shy away from responsibilities.

“We are taking full responsibility for all the things that have happened in the past but we have to chart a sustainable way forward. I listened to the Vice-Chancellor while speaking and learned that all the money they are owing you is about N6.07bn.

‘It is a lot easier to spend N6bn to establish a new university for Oyo State. Yes, we can do it. Some other people did it. You have heard about Technical University in Ibadan but we are not going to trail that path. For the people of Ogbomosho, LAUTECH is our own Cambridge. It is our own Oxford. It is at the arch of the economy of Ogbomosho and, by extension, Oyo State.

“The VC has read to us so many achievements from this University but now, we are asking the lecturers and the non-academic workers to deliver on empty stomach. And that is because, in the past, two elephants were fighting but who are those suffering? The people are the ones suffering. But thank God that we are not elephants. But they say ‘a dog that has followers can kill a monkey’. With your support, we will find a lasting solution to the issue of LAUTECH.

“When we got into government, we met a budget that was signed into law by the previous administration. We saw that the budget was not realistic. So, from the N285bn that was appropriated, we took out over N100bn because there was no way we could get that money. As of the time we took over, the revenue performance was at about 30 per cent. So, we shaved it off and we have lived with that budget till now.”

Governor Makinde, while addressing the issue of joint ownership of the institution, told the stakeholders that though Oyo State could shoulder the responsibility of funding LAUTECH because his government has lived up to its promise to raise budgetary allocation to education to 20 per cent, it had an engagement with Osun State and negotiations must take place on how to chart a sustainable path for the University.

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He said:

“But the good news is, tomorrow (Wednesday), I will lay a budget before the State Assembly with, at least, 20 per cent for Education. Can Oyo State shoulder the responsibility of sole ownership of LAUTECH? My answer is resounding yes. But we do have a lot of work to do. We have an engagement coming up with our brothers and sisters of the State of Osun.

“We have negotiations that must take place. We can only get ourselves on that sustainable path if we have your support. This is devoid of politics. I am not playing politics here. The time of politicking has passed. You gave me your mandate and I am exercising it on your behalf. So, there is nothing to politick right now.

“Politicking will resume in 2022. So, anyone who wants to politick can wait a little bit to start with us again. But in the interim, we have a lot of challenges ahead of us to tackle and getting a solution to the crisis in LAUTECH is one of those challenges we must tackle.

“I want to solve the problem of ownership before putting a kobo of Oyo State money into this matter. But looking at all of you here, I cannot do that. Christmas is fast approaching and all of us want to go home to celebrate with our families and friends. I will release some money from Oyo State to LAUTECH but under a certain condition. Osun State government claimed it has released N250 million for LAUTECH. It is only the VC that can confirm that.

“Oyo State will be ready to release, at least, N500 million naira to LAUTECH. We will only release that money if the leadership of ASUU, SSANU and the rest will come up with an agreement on what they will do with the money. You will get the money immediately you have that agreement. I look forward to it. If the VC can come up with a document where everybody has agreed, we will release the money the day after.

“Be of good cheer, weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. For LAUTECH, joy is coming in the morning.”

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Michael Ologunde, who expressed delight that Governor Makinde embarked on the visit to assess the things on ground, said:

“It is a special opportunity to have you here. As a matter of fact, when we were told last week that you will be here, it really gladdened our heart because as the Chief Executive of the State, the University is entirely yours and it is important for you to take a visit and access the situation to know what is on the ground. In the process, the University will have the opportunity of placing its problems and aspirations before you which we hope that, by your coming today, will disappear.

“It is our greatest pleasure to welcome you most heartily to this University which is the best University of Technology and, in Webometrics ranking of the world’s renowned assessment organisation, the 7th best in the country. We are sure that it is as a consequence of all these attainments that your passion for the sustainability of this University so as to be able to achieve its pride of place in the comity of universities the world over that you are here. And you are so much concerned and we believe, as I have said earlier, all our concerns and the problems associated with the concerns will disappear today. We are pleased to have you in our midst.”


Meet Mrs Esther Ahmadu, the widow who registered son for O’Level exams 17 times in five years



A Nigerian virtuous widow, mother of five children identified as Mrs Esther Ahmadu, who recently retired as a teacher in the civil service in Kogi State has demonstrated that there is more to motherhood than childbirth.

The unflinching effort of Mrs Esther Ahmadu over her children despite roaring obstacles is a twin to Sonya Carson’ – the mother of Dr Ben Carson who went though thin and thick before raising her son who has now become a renowned neurosurgeon in the World.

Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, the second of five children of Mrs Esther Ahmadu went from being a poor student who against repetitive failures and delays soar high to a point of representing both his university and his country – Nigeria, won numerous national and international award competitions.

Emmanuel, professionally known as Mr Voiceover, was pictured in front his mother’s house, showing his gratitude while displaying the numerous awards he received following the impacts he made in Kwara State and Nigeria at large during his just-completed National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Kwara State.

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A true template of motherhood such as Mrs Esther Ahmadu are great inspiration to others, their stories are acts of courage that can empower millions of other women in the country, and that is why Mrs. Esther Ahmadu should be supported, given national honour and recognition to encourage other African parents on good child upbringing and selfless parenting.

Emmanuel Ahmadu, on 16th July 2020 successfully completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Kwara State with several awards and recommendations bagged for his selfless service and commitments that restored hope to over 500 community households and 50 schools across 3 Local Government Areas (Ilorin East, Ilorin West, Ilorin South) of Kwara State within 154 days.

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On the international front, Emmanuel recently represented Nigeria in Bangladesh, India on 28th July 2020 via Google Meet virtual conference alongside Indian Professors and Mental Health Advocates, where he spoke on “Suicide Prevention” as an offshoot of the Covid-19 pandemic situation which has become a major health challenge across the World. Emmanuel, who seeks financial support and partnership from national and international stakeholders to drive home solutions to Nigeria was able to share innovative ideas from his sensational story and field experiences that have restored hope to over 200,000 people in Edo, Kogi, Kwara and other parts Nigeria and beyond.

Emmanuel told international television network, British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC News that the experience of raising money to register one exam after the other for 17 times in 5 years before he secured admission into the University was a traumatic experience.

“My mom has been the one God used in sponsoring majority of my enrollments throughout the 16 primary schools, 14 secondary schools and the entire 17 O’level examination attempts, including the University Matriculation Examinations (UME) I wrote 5 times”.

“As shocking as it may appear, my mom spent virtually all her salaries thereby neglecting her personal needs as a School Teacher, she borrowed money from people, engaged in all types of petty businesses shamelessly and sometimes went the extra mile to obtain bank loan just to sponsor my enrollments and education and that of my other siblings. She trained us in God’s way from childhood and she never gave up on any of her children despite oppossing tides and societal challenges. She encouraged us all the way, she will always say, “don’t be tired, all will become well.”

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UNN starts registration for 2020 post-UTME screening exam



The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has started online registration for 2020 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) screening.

This was contained in a statement signed by Dr Chris Igbokwe, UNN Registrar and posted on the university’s official website on Thursday.

Igbokwe said candidates who made UNN their first choice and scored 180 and above in UTME were eligible for the screening.

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He said candidates were expected to pay a processing fee of N2,000.00 through Remita platform in any commercial bank of their choice on or before Aug. 28.

According to him, direct entry candidates that made UNN their first choice should also register for the screening exam.

“Online registration starts on Aug. 5 and ends on Aug. 28.

“Candidates are expected to log on to UNN website: for details on process of registration,” he said.

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Kogi declares August 18 as deadline for exam registration



The internal examinations are the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), Common Entrance Examination (CEE), and First School Leaving Certificate Examination (FSLCE) for exit classes.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, made the announcement during a meeting with some departmental heads in his office in Lokoja on Wednesday.

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Idenyi said that the submission of Bio-data and subject Analysis of all learners in JSS3 and primary Six should also be done by Aug. 18.

According to him, the meeting is to ascertain their level of preparedness for the conduct of 2020 basic education certificate examination (BECE), common entrance and the first school leaving certificate examination.

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He urged parents, school heads and the general public to take advantage of the opportunity to register their wards for the examination.

He warned that the ministry would no longer entertain any further extension of date.

The permanent secretary enjoined all school principals of both private and public schools in the state to immediately submit the bio-data and subject analysis of each learner in the affected classes in hard and soft copies to ascertain the total number of eligible candidates for the Examinations for proper planning.

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Earlier in her remarks, the Director Exams and Certification, Mrs. Felicia Okeji, thanked the permanent secretary for his support and expressed the readiness of her department to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free examination.

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