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How To Revive Public Schools – Tunji Olaopa

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How To Revive Public Schools - Tunji Olaopa

A retired Federal Permanent Secretary and Professor, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau State, Tunji Olaopa has identified strategies to revive public education in Nigeria.

The don spoke at a lecture delivered at the 2022 Annual General Meeting and Reunion Dinner of Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo National Old Students Association Held at NOSA Hall, Olivet Heights, Oyo on Saturday, the 12th of November, 2022.

Olaopa who highlighted the role of alumni in restoring the glory of public schools said: “Whereas private schools and universities are bridging gaps in terms of access and quality, the cost of private education is prohibitive to majority of applicants (with only 1% of eligible candidates catered for), thus putting a disproportionate demand on public education institutions.”

Olaopa listed the challenges of public education as including: “poor learning environment with dilapidated infrastructure in classroom/lecture rooms, often overcrowded and overstretched, made worse by poor maintenance provision and culture, science-based facilities are running ‘dry lab’ for lack of reagents and tools to conduct physical/real experiments, as laboratories and workshops are old with inappropriate furnishing and consumables absent in most.”

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He mentioned other challenges of public schools as the deterioration of hostel facilities due to overcrowding,overstretched lavatory, kitchenets and poor sanitation.

He continued: ” Overall, public education institutions face an existential crisis; a situation where public schools and colleges are failing by every parameter: Infrastructure/technology for learning/school management

On the way out of the educational cross Olaopa said: “Nigeria will require significant investment in education if it is to meet the requirement of access and quality education that will power a diversified, growing, inclusive, sustainable, globally competitive strong economy, and serve as a knowledge hub to the country

“With the current country’s expenditure on education far less than the 15-20% or the speculated 26% by UNESCO, the government needs to back up its stated prioritization of education sector with requisite funding.

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“In addressing the issues of access and equity, Nigeria needs to implement strategies that will exponentially grow its carrying capacity at all levels, expanding its impact, especially in terms of enrolment in Basic Education .”

Olaopa added that old students’ associations need to “shift from hands-on/out approaches to investment in their old schools that predominantly focus infrastructural development.”

 

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BREAKING:  Fresh Tension In Kano As Police, Others  Oppose Return Of Lamido Sanusi To Throne

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Banishment Of Sanusi After Dethronement As Emir Illegal - Court
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The police  and other security agencies in Kano  have opposed the return of Lamido Sanusi as the emir in the state.
The  police said they  would obey a court order restraining the Kano State Government from repealing Kano Emirate Council Law 2019, which has seen the dethronement of all the five emirs in the state and opened the door for the return of Lamido Sanusi as the emir in the state.
Governor Abba Yusuf reinstated Mr Sanusi on Friday, a day after the state House of Assembly passed a bill that scrapped the four emirates created under the 2019 law.
This was in defiance of an order of the Federal High Court in Kano, which, on Thursday restrained the authorities from implementing the new emirate law.
In the order issued by Justice AM Liman in suit number FHC/KN/CS/182/2024, the court asked the state government and the other parties involved to stop the implementation of the law, pending the hearing of the substantive case.
A title holder in Kano emirate, Aminu Dan’agundi, filed the suit to challenge the government’s decision in the matter.
But Governor Yusuf, after handing Mr Sanusi his letter of reinstatement, vowed to report Justice Liman for issuing the order while not being in the country.
However, the state commissioner of police, Muhammad Gumel, at a press conference attended by the heads of security agencies in Kano, said the agencies would implement the court order to the letter.
He asked all parties involved to obey the court order. He said the security agencies in the state would ensure peace and order and arrest anyone who caused a breach.

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BREAKING: Ex-VC Of University Of Ibadan Ayo Banjo Dies

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Emeritus Prof.Ayo Banjo.

A former vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, has died at the age of 90 years.

The don died early morning, Friday, May 24.

The top academic celebrated his 90th birthday on May 2nd.

Renowned for his contributions to the development of the English Language curriculum in Nigeria and the promotion of Nigerian varieties of English, Banjo was a former Chairman of the Board of the National Universities Commission

He was Pro-Chancellor of the Universities of Port Harcourt, Ilorin, and Ajayi Crowther.

Banjo’s scholarly contributions include over 50 publications and widely used textbooks in primary and secondary education.

He was born into the family of the late Pa. Reverend Samuel Ayodele Banjo, a graduate, an educationist and a teacher at St. Andrew Primary School, Oyo, a period when Professor Ayodeji Banjo was born. He was a native of Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.

He started his education career at the St. Andrew Anglican Primary School where he did standard One (1) to three (3). On the transfer of his father to Christ Cathedral Primary School in Lagos on the same mission, he completed his Standard Four (4) and Five (5) at St. Aroloya and Christ Cathedral Primary Schools both in Lagos.

He attended Igbobi College, Lagos from 1947 to 1952 for his secondary education.

Following his sound academic background and excellent performance at ‘A’ Level Class at the Nigeria College of Arts Science and Technology, Ibadan, on the nomination, Professor Ayodeji Banjo was awarded the British Council Scholarship in 1959 to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in English Language at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He thereafter proceeded to do a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PG in education) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Studies at the University of Leeds in England and came out, with distinction.

In 1966, he was awarded a scholarship by the American State Department to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in Linguistics, at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America (U. S. A.). He got his Ph.D with a specialization in English Language at the University Ibadan, Ibadan in 1969. Professor Banjo’s work experience was garnered across several countries of the world.

During summer, he was consistently travelling to the Oxford University press, England, to write English Course Books and Oxford Dictionaries at primary and 4 secondary levels. This work, he did from early 70’s until he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan in 1981.

Professor Ayodeji Banjo had to his credit, over 55 publications (books, chapters in books and articles in learned journals).

Professor Ayodeji Banjo spent ten (10) Years, consistently in the University of Ibadan, managing the affairs of the University; two (2) years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, one (1) year as Acting Vice-Chancellor and seven (7) years as Vice-Chancellor respectively. Records have shown that Professor Ayodeji Banjo is the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in the history of the University of Ibadan, to date!

On successful completion of his term of office as Vice-Chancellor in 1991, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, humbly displayed a beauty in the academics by returning to the classroom to lecture. In 1994, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, clocked sixty (60) years of age in service and consequently retired from the service of the university.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir of Kano State

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By John Michael Ojo

Former CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano State four years after he was humiliated and dethroned by the then Governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

This was made known on Thursday by the state governor, Alhaji Abba Yusuf moments after he abolished the five emirates earlier created by Ganduje while signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

While making the announcement, Governor Yesuf said “With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,”

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In addition to Kano Emirate, in December 2019, Ganduje created the emirates of  Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya. Thereafter, he dethroned Sanusi on March 9 2020 after a prolonged power tussel.

 

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