The board and management of the Polytechnic, Ibadan, on Monday, did the foundation laying ceremony of the 72-room Seyi Makinde Office Complex.
The event drew officials of the state government, governing council members of the school, the project construction team, students and other stakeholders to the institution.
Describing the development as epochal, the Chairman, Governing Council of the polytechnic, Prof. Kunle Akinyemi, said, it was the first time such a massive project, aimed at giving maximum comfort to lecturers of the institution, was embarked upon.
He said, “This is a very special day, we rejoice and we are happy in it. I am happy to see the bulldozer work on the site to pave the way for the construction. It is well that ends well; when the construction of the complex is completed, it would bring convenience and inspire the lecturers to do more.
“This is one of our achievements. For this star-studded governing council, this is going to be one of the remarkable achievements for us. Taking care of staff and their office accommodation is very important and symbolic. How can staff be squatting with one another? By the provision of this type of office complex, staff would be free to run their affairs in their offices. This will boost academic performance of the students.
“One of the saving grace we will have is if the governor of each state allocate more money to education. If more money is allocated, they would be able to provide what is needed and the environment for learning would be conducive.”
The Rector, Prof. Kazeem Adebiyi, expressed gratitude to the state government and the governing board of the school for their support, saying that the project would also help to fast track accreditation of courses by the National Board for Technical Education.
“This is the first of its kind to my knowledge. The project has provision for standard 72 offices for chief lectures. The project is to solve the problem of offices to lecturers. This is one of the requirements for accreditation. To get accreditation, you need adequate offices for members of staff. That was why we conceived the idea and approached the government. They supported the idea through adequate funding.
“The cost of the building is N458million. The project is expected to be completed within 36 weeks; that is about three months.”
Adeola Ademuyiwa, representative of Rahmon Abiodun-Raheem, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, lauded the initiative of the institution’s management towards improving the welfare of its staff.
Ademuyiwa, who is Deputy Director in charge of Higher Education, described the development as the beginning of greater things to happen in the institution.
Those who were present on the occasion include Olori Moji Adeyemi, wife to the Alaafia of Oyo; Registrar of the institution, Modupe Fawale; Jide Ojolowo, members of the Governing Council of the institution, deans of faculties and heads of departments.
UNIBEN releases post-UTME, DE screenings date
The University of Benin has fixed dates for its Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry screenings for 2022/2023 session.
The university Registrar, Ademola Bobola, in a notice on Wednesday in Benin, said the screening exercise would hold between Nov. 14 and 25.
Bobola said the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer Based Test mode.
The registrar said, “Only candidates who applied through JAMB for the 2022/2023 UTME and Direct Entry admission and chose the University of Benin as First Choice and scoring 200 and above for UTME candidates are eligible for this screening exercise.”
Bobola, however, referred admission seekers to the university’s official website.
Lagos fixes date for BECE resit
The Lagos State Examinations Board has fixed Oct. 6, as the new date for the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) resit.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Orunsolu Adebayo, Director, Lagos State Examinations Board, on Wednesday in Lagos.
The statement noted that the examination earlier scheduled for Sept. 28, had been postponed to the new date.
It, however, said that the resit would still take place in various designated centres across the state.
The statement said that the postponement became necessary to accommodate schools that had yet to register their candidates for the resit examination.
“The Board does not wish to deny the affected candidates the opportunity of taking the examination,” it added.
It urged concerned principals to take note of the new and make best use of the extended date to ensure that all affected candidates were duly carried along.
17-yr-old breadwinner ditches marriage for school in Bauchi
One Maryam Alhassan from Barkoti, Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State, has chosen to get educated instead of kick starting her journey to motherhood in her teenage years.
The 17-year-old teenager, is relishing the prospect of attending school for the first time after her encounter with the School-based Management Committee, SBMC, of Sabuwa-Tiffi Primary School, Ningi.
Until two months ago, Alhassan, the breadwinner of her family would hawk kunu (milled millet drink) in the morning and boiled groundnut in the afternoon in various schools around Ningi, to sustain her family, even though she has been nursing the desire to go to school like other children.
According to her, she’s the only child among the seven birthed by her parents who has not seen the four walls of formal education centre.
“I really wish to go to school like other children. Every time I see other children in their classes, I wish I were them. I am 17 years old and I live with my parents. I would love to help my parents with their finances but I also want to attend classes like others.
“My father wants to marry me off to somebody from the next village. I have nothing against marriage, but I don’t want to be a powerless wife, who waits for her husband for food. That’s why I am begging for a chance to get education, so that I can be useful to myself and the society.
“My parents have seven children but I am the only one who has never been to school. I wish I could ask my father why he didn’t send me to school but I can’t (because of tradition). I hawk different things to help my family. I sell kunu in the morning and then boiled groundnut in the afternoon. I make around N1,500 from selling only kunu,” she had said, while waiting for pupils to patronise her groundnut under a mango tree.
Meanwhile, the school committee for Girls Education Project 3 (GEP3) funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, FCDO, of the UK and implemented by UNICEF, intervened through the Chairman of SBMC, Sabuwa-Tiffi Primary School Ningi, Dahiru Ali, who reached out to Maryam’s father to allow her to attend a school like other children in the community
She told Vanguard that her father was receptive to the idea of allowing his daughter to attend school.
His words: “We met Maryam’s father a few weeks ago to know why his daughter has never been to school. After our conversation, he agreed that Maryam can now go to school. However, we will observe her closely to know the appropriate class for her because she has a unique case.”
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