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18 Prisoners graduate from NOUN

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A total number of eighteen inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) that has been studying with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Corrections’ Special Study Centres have graduated in various disciplines.

In a congratulatory message to the graduating inmates, the Acting Controller General of Corrections, John Mrabure, charged them to see the educational feat as a stepping stone to a brighter tomorrow, also to avoid all anti-social behaviours capable of tainting the new course they have chosen toward a better life.

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He urged them to be good ambassadors of both the Correctional Service and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

The Custodial Centres involved in the graduation exercise are;

  1. Medium Security Custodial Centre Awka
  2. Anambra State 1 inmate
  3. Maximum Security Custodial Centres Enugu
  4. Kirikiri Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Lagos State.

Others are;

  1. Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje
  2. Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Port Harcourt-Rivers State.

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“It would be nice to note that a total of 3,000 inmates are currently running different degree Programmes with the NOUN, while 50 are undergoing the National Certificates in Education (NCE) with Yewa College of Education, Ogun State.

“At present, the Service has 12 Special Study Centres in different Custodial facilities across the country.

In 2014, the best graduating student of NOUN was an inmate in Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Enugu and the feat was repeated in 2018 by another inmate in the same Custodial Centre.

Since the inception of the collaboration between the Service and NOUN, a total of 36 inmates have graduated in different fields of study such as Conflict and Peace Resolution, Political Science, Sociology, Guidance and Counselling among others.

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200-level OAU student commits suicide

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200-level OAU student commits suicide

A level two student by name, Adedeji Emmanuel of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, in the department of Management and Accounting has committed suicide.

Emmanuel, it was said, left a suicide note after he took a poisonous substance which led to his death.

It was not immediately clear why Emmanuel took the decision, as some sources close to him gave different reasons.

A classmate of the deceased, who preferred anonymity, said Emmanuel suffered depression after a failed business deal.

But another source that commented on the matter said the deceased did not look like he was depressed when he was seen near the Conference Centre of the university on Monday.

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When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olanrewaju, confirmed the death of the student.

Olanrewaju said, “The name of the student is Adedeji Emmanuel, a part two student of the Department of Management and Accounting.

“We appeal to parent and guidance to please let our children know that failure or depression occasioned by whatever, suicide should not be an option.

“We sympathise with the parent and friends of the deceased. He was at his formative stage.

“We heard that he left a suicide note. It pains us that the boy is no more. His action was because of one challenge or the other.”

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Hijab Controversy: 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday

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Hijab Controversy 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday

Recall that some schools in Kwara and Lagos State, where embroiled in a Hijab Controversy, the Kwara State government has directed 10 secondary schools that were embroiled in the hijab controversy to resume on Monday.

This is contained in a contained in a communique signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for the commencement of the third term of the 2020/2021 academic session.

The intent of the resumption, is to enable the students and teachers to cover the lost grounds as other schools in the state will resume for the third term academic session on April 26, 2021.

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The Communique reads, “This is to inform parents/guardians and teachers that the 2020/2021 Third Term Academic Session for the 10 schools affected in the recent hijaab debate starts on Monday, 12th April 2021.

“This is part of the government’s efforts to bring the students in these schools up to speed in whatever they may have missed when their schools were shut. This is especially necessary for students preparing for external examinations.

“The resumption date for other schools not affected by the brief closure of schools is Monday 26th, 2021, as had earlier been communicated.

“All the teachers and staff of the affected schools should resume duty and commence classes immediately.

“The Monitoring and Inspection team of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development will be going round to ascertain compliance.”

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Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Adding up with the strike actions going on in the nation, the Labour union at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State have begun an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and other issues.

This was signed in a statement Mr. Temidayo Temola, the chairman of the Joint Action Congress (JAC) in Okitipupa.

The affected unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

“The JAC of OAUSTECH arising from an all-important congress on April 6 resolved to commence a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike.

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“This is a result of the inability of the management of the university to meet the demands of the unions on the payment of salaries from November 2020 till date.

“Also, non-remittance of over 22 months pension deductions coupled with non-implementation of minimum wage as well as non-payment of earned allowances.

“The unions will not relent on the indefinite strike until our demands are met,” the statement read.

Reacting to the development, the Registrar of the Institution, Mr Ganiyu Saliu, said that the management is aware of the strike, attributing the inability of the government to meet the union’s demand to the shortfall in the government’s subvention which could no longer be managed to meet its obligations.

He blamed the COVID-19 pandemic as being responsible for management’s inability to meet its obligations.

“Government is aware of all these issues but all these were due to the dwindling fortunes; the management is working with the unions to resolve all the issues soon,” Saliu said.

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