Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday flagged off the distribution of instructional materials and sports kits to pupils of public basic schools across the 16 local governments of the state.
The gesture, according to the Governor, was part of his administration’s plan to enhance educational standards, and reduce the burden on pupils/students’ parents amid economic reality in the country.
This comes a day after the administration opened bids for the 2020 FGN-UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects, where at least 215 contractors had signified interest.
“This flag-off ceremony for the distribution of both instructional materials and sports kits procured from UBEC/KWSUBEB interventions of 2018 and 2019 matching grants is of great significance to the upliftment of basic education in the state. It reduces the burden on pupils/students’ parents, most especially in this hard time in the country,” he said in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun local government of the state.
AbdulRazaq, who was represented at the event by Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, said the programme was also aimed at repositioning basic education in the area of sporting activities, and to provide pupils/students with good and sound health.
“Similarly, this administration is working assiduously at ensuring effective teaching and learning of physical education and other subjects in our schools through prompt payment of salary, implementation of promotions, payment of palliative and provision of instructional materials which in turn breeds a conducive teaching and learning atmosphere in our schools,” he added.
AbdulRazaq appreciated key stakeholders who he said are working round the clock in ensuring the success of all programmes of the administration, with particular reference to school leaders, administrators, teachers, and non-teaching staff.
The event was well attended by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Mrs. Rebecca Bake Olanrewaju; TIC Chairmen for Irepodun Comrade Jide Oyinloye, and Oke-Ero, Hon. Gbenga Yusuf; traditional rulers from Irepodun LG led by the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo Oba Ismaila Yahaya Alebiosu; and former deputy Chief of staff to the Governor, Princess Olubukola Babalola, among others.
Chairman Kwara SUBEB, Prof Raheem Adaramaja, for his part, said Governor AbdulRazaq has been doing so much to reposition the education sector, including the procurement of multi- million naira textbooks and sports kits that he said are meant to make the students physically and mentally fit.
He thanked AbdulRazaq for the prompt response to the yearnings and aspirations of workers in the state, especially the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Adaramaja also praised the federal government through UBEC, the royal fathers, religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders for playing outstanding roles that culminated into the successes of the state government in the sector.
Mrs. Olanrewaju, in her remarks, said what is being witnessed in the state’s education sector is unique and commendable, and affirming all this process is capable of fully reviving the lost glory in that sector.
She appealed to all benefiting schools to make sure that the given items are properly delivered and maintained to achieve the set target.
Olupo of Ajase-Ipo Oba Ismail Yahaya Alebiosu, in his submission, said the project further attests that the administration is focused on changing the face of the education sector that he called a bedrock of any society.
He hailed AbdulRazaq for truly serving the masses, and how his government encourages the youth to fulfill their life dreams, alluding to his ascension to the throne of his forebears at youthful age as a case study.
“We thank His Excellency for deeming it fit to promote education at all times. We pray that Almighty God will continue to be with His Excellency. A government that sincerely has people in mind is the government that always thinks of how to bring its people out of ignorance,” the monarch said.
Some of the instructional materials for distribution include textbooks of Mathematics, English, Basic and Technology, Computer, Nigerian History and Jolly Phonics, plastic chairs and tables, ECCD materials, ICT equipment materials, and toys for ECCD materials among others.
The sports facilities include sets of table tennis, 120 sets of Jessey, traditional opon ayo; balls – volley, focal and hand balls; boots of different grades; crutches, mobile cane, typewriters, talking calculators, print magnifiers, digital recorders, adaptive laptops, sensory toys, walking frames and wheelchairs for pupils with physical disabilities, among others.
Atere Abiola Ameenat
September 21, 2023.
Kwara Govt seeks public memoranda on proposed State University of Education
Kwara State Government has called on stakeholders in the education sector to submit memoranda for the establishment of Kwara State University of Education.
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had on the 17th of November, 2023 inaugurated Prof. Shuaibu Oba Abdulraheem-led committee to midwife the processes leading to the establishment of the institution.
“As part of the process, the government invites the general public, stakeholders, educational institutions, and interested groups to contribute their insights and recommendations through the submission of memoranda,” the committee said in a statement issued in Ilorin.
“This visionary initiative aims to enhance the quality of education and contribute to the development of human resources in the state.”
It stated that the memoranda should address relevant issues related to the establishment of the University of Education, including but not limited to:
• Preferred strategic location within the State that will ensure inclusivity
• Proposed academic programmes and faculties.
• Infrastructure and facilities requirements
• Collaboration opportunities with existing institutions.
• Strategies for community engagement and development.
The committee advised that all memoranda should be submitted in writing and sent to Council Chamber, KWASU Business School along Ajasse-Ipo Road, Ilorin or Room 33, Ministry of Tertiary Education, State Secretariat, Ilorin.
“Electronic submissions can also be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org and the deadline for the submission of memoranda is 15th December 2023,” the statement noted.
The committee encouraged active participation and engagement from all stakeholders to ensure that the university is established in a manner that best serves the educational needs of the communities.
New NANS leadership charged on effective, purposeful for progress
The newly elected leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) led by the new President, Lucky Emonefe has been urged to be fair, just and honest in its leadership.
The new leadership was also advised to ensure that it carried all facets of membership along especially those who lost in the election in order to have one indivisible and united NANS.
The assertion is contained in a statement by a group known as NANS C5, signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Abdulrahman Bala and Prince Sani Mohammed respectively.
The group congratulated the newly elected National President of NANS, Comrade Lucky Emonefe, the Senate President, Akinteye Babatunde as well as the Vice President, of External Affairs, Comrade Mu’azu Mohammed Hina.
According to the statement, the C5 members celebrate and congratulate the President and two of their members who are among the new set of Executives, Comrade Akinteye Babatunde and Comrade Mu’azu Hina.
The C5 group stated that their services were more needed by Nigerian students at this material time, the more reason the group released them.
It added, “We also appreciate the efforts and the commitments of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Students Engagement, Comrade Asefon Dayo Sunday for ensuring a successful and free fair election.”
It added “Once again, congratulations to the C5 NANS family and the President-elect, Comrade Lucky and all other elected National Executives members. Their elections were well deserved.”
The C5 NANS Group expressed confidence in the abilities of the new EXCO members to lead NANS to higher heights in the struggle for better Nigeria students
NANS convention produces three presidents
Despite the crisis that characterised its national convention on Friday, resulting in a shooting, the national convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), ended in Abuja on Saturday morning with three factional presidents.
The convention which started last Monday climaxed with the election of the national executive of the association on Saturday morning.
The trio of Lucky Emonefe, a student of the College of Education, Warri, Delta State; Rioborue Deniran of the Department of Mass Communication, Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe Ogbara and Pedro Obi, a Ph.D. student of Guidance and Counseling studies at Delta State University, who contested for the position of president, said they were elected.
Both Lucky Emonefe and Rioborue Deniran, at separate media conferences in Abuja after the election, said their emergence had brought a new lease of life for NANS.
Speaking, Lucky Emonefe, warned against factionalisation of the NANS movement by aggrieved contestants, saying Nigerian students know their leaders from the Joint Campus Committee, Zonal and the National leadership because they are involved in their elections.
He appealed to President Bola Tinubu to approve a national annual bursary of N200, 000 to all Nigerian students irrespective of their creed or tribe.
According to him, the fund will act as a palliative to cushion the effects of the hard economic situation occasioned by the highly overdue economic reforms of the Tinubu administration.
On his part, Comrade Rioborue Jude Deniran, said: “I appreciate the last administration, the Executive, and the Senate arm for their services and sacrifices to the Nigerian students.
“All committees are also appreciated, including the convention chairman. Most appreciation goes to the distinguished senators of NANS (which are the SUG presidents) and our respected stakeholders as well for their contributions and support to the success of the 2023 National Convention. The senators (delegates) have indeed spoken well by electing one of them as NANS President.
“During the convention, a lot happened that we heard and witnessed, good, bad, and ugly. To the glory of God, we have started addressing the bad and ugly situations that require urgent attention. I am calling on the Department of State Security to give a report of the 2023 elective convention as the world is eager to know.
“It’s indeed an enormous privilege and honor to be trusted with the leadership of Nigerian students. I am deeply conscious of that privilege and honor at this time.
“It is indeed a remarkable and historic victory for Nigerian students, and I have no doubt about what this means to the students’ community.
“The mandate you have freely given to us is a mandate for reform and investment in the future of NANS, and it is also very clearly an instruction for good governance. I assure you of good leadership delivery, and you can rest assured that I would keep to my promises,” he said.
The new NANS Senate President, Comrade Akinteye Babatunde Afeez. said the election was free and fair even though some forces had wanted to circumvent the process before the intervention of the police and other security agencies.
He said the shootings reported at the convention were carried out by security agents to scare people who had wanted to cause chaos and disrupt the event, denying that some persons were hurt.
“The shooting was carried out by the DSS, it was not targeted at anybody. Rather, it was meant to scare troublemakers who had wanted to disrupt our event. And contrary to some reports, no one was hurt, he said.
Speaking with InsightMedia, a member of the outgoing executive said only Emonefe was declared winner at the convention ground.
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