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Sexual Harassment: UNILAG dismisses two lecturers caught by BBC undercover reporter



By Gistflash

June 2, 2021

The Management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has approved the dismissal of two of its lecturers, over what it described as ‘poor moral conduct’.
The lecturers were Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies, Faculty of Arts, who was caught by an undercover reporter of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The other lecturer was Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences.
This is contained in a statement by the institution’s Principal Assistant Registrar, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Nonye Oguama and issued to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the institution had in 2019, suspended Igbeneghu who was caught on film propositioning and sexually harassing an undercover BBC reporter.
Igbeneghu, also a pastor, was equally condemned by his church.

He was one of several academics in some tertiary institutions in Africa  secretly filmed, as part of a long investigation by the BBC Africa Eye.

”The Governing Council of the university of Lagos, at its meeting on Monday, May 31, approved the immediate dismissal of Dr Igbeneghu.

”It also approved the dismissal of Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, from the services of the institution.

”It considered the report and findings of the Senate Committee set up to investigate allegations of sexual harassmenlevelled against them, in a BBC World Service Investigative Series titled AFRICA EYE (which centred on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions).

”The council consequently decided and approved that both Dr. Igbeneghu and Dr. Oladipo be dismissed from the services of the university for misconduct, with effect from Monday, May 31, in line with section 18 of the University of Lagos Act 1967,” it said.

The statement further said that council had also directed that the management should review the sexual harassment policy, as may be neccesary and institute effective strategies to prevent future occurrence.

Speaking on the development, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe in an interview with NAN, said that the university would not cover up any indecent behaviour.

He said that management would not hesitate to follow and apply the law.

The vice chancellor pledged management’s commitment to protect all the students, as well as provide a level playing field for them to exercise their right.


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Okowa lauds TETFund for contributing to educational development



By Gistflash

June 16, 2021

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, on Wednesday, lauded Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its role in the growth and development of tertiary education in the country.

The governor gave the commendation while receiving the Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Aminu Suleiman, and other members at Government House, Asaba.

Okowa said that he was proud of the outstanding contributions of TETFund to funding of research and infrastructure developments in higher institutions across the country.

While describing the National Assembly as an important organ of government, he commended it for enactment of laws and its oversight functions which, he said, had engendered advancement in education in the country.

“As it stands in this country, the more the National Assembly actually goes out on oversight functions, the more likely we are going to have better institutions.

“There is no doubt that through various laws passed by our nation and the Act establishing TETFund, a lot has been done in tertiary institutions.

“But, I still think that generally as a country, we must begin to look very closely into the funding and research of our tertiary institutions more than we are doing at the moment.

“This will help in the development of the mind and the higher institutions, and will also help in trying to bring us to compete with other universities across the world,” Okowa said.

He said that his administration had upgraded three higher institutions in the state to universities, stressing that the development was informed by the yearnings of the people of the state for higher education.

“I am glad that you have talked about Federal University of Technology, Asaba.

“I believe that with the facilities at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, the Federal Government will not be spending more to get the university running.

“It’s just a question of upgrading the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba. They have enough structures and a good number of lecturers also,’’ he said.

On his administration’s entrepreneurial programmes, Okowa said until “we begin to grow youth entrepreneurs in skill acquisition and agriculture, we may not be able to sustain the peace being built at the moment.”

He urged members of the National Assembly to play their roles to keep the country united and give hope to the people, especially in this trying period, saying that the legislature was a very important part of the polity.

Earlier, Suleiman said that his team was in the state in continuation of its oversight functions.

He said that one of the responsibilities of the legislature was to perform oversight on the state of institutions of higher learning to enable them discharge their duties, with regards to appropriation.

Suleiman commended Okowa for his commitment, honesty and dedication to duty, which, he said, had led to massive road construction across the state.

He also lauded the governor for his administration’s youth empowerment programme, leading to sustained peace in the state.


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UNICEF, SUBEB train 58 on schools management in Adamawa



By Gistflash

June 15, 2021

The Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Adamawa in collaboration with UNICEF Bauchi field office has begun  a five days training for 58 master trainers on School Based Management Committee (SBMC) in Adamawa.

Speaking during the training,  Mr Joel Jatum, Education Consultant UNICEF said that the master trainers were drawn from the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA),  Federal College of Education (FCE), Yola and College of Education (COE) Hong.

According to him, the master trainers are going to train 100 SBMC’s established in Fufore, Guyuk, Hong, Michika, Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Area.

“The objective of the training is to prepare Mater trainers that will train SBMC’s in the 100 schools to steer their participation in school management and governance.

“This is because government and partners can not meet the increasing need of the schools; Therefore community and stakeholders have to take responsibility in providing quality education for the children”, he said.

Jatum further said that, UNICEF would support the 100 SBMC’s with grant for the implementation of their school improvement plan for safe learning environment and other projects.

Mrs Wilbina Jackson, Commissioner for Education commended the effort of UNICEF for the development of education in the state.

She urged the master trainers to pay attention to be able to train other members of SBMC’s in the befitting LGAs.

Jackson assured that the monitoring team would effectively monitor the step down training that will start on June 21 to 25
In his remarks, Dr Salihi Ateequ, Board Chairman SUBEB represented by Board member II,  Mr Adiel Kurda charged the participants to ensure they understand the training.

He advised them to ask relevant questions  for clarification in areas they do not understand to enable them  pass on the message successful


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Democracy Day: NABTEB reschedules Chemistry, Literature



By Gistflash

June 12, 2021

The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) has rescheduled Chemistry and Literature in English papers in the 2021 NBC/NTC Examinations.


The subjects were earlier scheduled for Monday (June 14).

The board made the announcement in a statement signed by its Registrar, Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, on Saturday in Abuja.

Isiugo-Abanihe said the decision was due to Federal Government’s declaration of Monday public holiday to mark 2021 Democracy Day.

“The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) has announced  rescheduling of two papers in the upcoming 2021 NBC/NTC Examinations earlier fixed for Monday, June 14, 2021.

”This is due to the declaration of Monday, June 14, as public holiday by the Federal Government to mark this year’s Democracy Day.

”The affected papers will now hold on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

“Consequently, all NABTEB state and zonal coordinators have been directed to inform all supervisors, proprietors and other stakeholders in their states and zones.”


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