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Supreme Court Okays Hijab In Public Schools, Rules In Favour of Lagos Muslim Students

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The Supreme Court has affirmed the rights of Muslims Female Students in Lagos state to wear Hijab to school without harassment or discrimination.

In a majority decision, Nigeria’s apex court gave the ruling on Friday in Abuja.

Among those on the panel were Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Justice John Inyang Okoro, Justice Uwani Aji, Justice Mohammed Garba, Justice Tijjani Abubakar, and Justice Emmanuel Agim.

While six ruled in favour of the use of hijab, one dissented.

The Lagos State Government had in February 2017 approached the Supreme Court to challenge the July 21, 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal which reinstated the use of hijab by Muslim pupils in Lagos public primary and secondary schools.

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This was after the state government sought to stay the execution of the judgment at the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal but failed.

While striking down Justice’s Onyeabo’s verdict, the Justice Gumel panel had held that the ban on hijab was discriminatory against Muslim pupils in the state.

The panel upheld the Muslim students’ contention that the ban violated their rights to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, dignity of human persons and freedom from discrimination guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.

Justice Gumel also held that wearing the hijab was an Islamic injunction and an act of worship required of Muslims.

He said the use of hijab by Muslim pupils could not cause disunity, distraction and discrimination against students of other faiths as declared by the lower court judge.

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ASUU Strike: Buhari Is Enjoying While Future Of Over 1.5m Students At Stake – Sowore

Human rights activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is enjoying the lingering industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Sowore said that while students and lecturers have been roaming and groaning helplessly in the streets for the past four months that lecturers of public universities have been on strike, President Buhari has been busy enjoying himself.

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Sowore on his Twitter page on Thursday lamented that there are over 1.5 million students whose future is at stake due to the lingering ASUU strike, whereas no one seems to care.

The #RevolutionNow convener added that the matter has been made worse as the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union has also joined the strike.

He said, “For 123 days now Nigerian University teachers have been on strike, also Nigerian students in Colleges of Education have been thrown into the streets, their teachers too are on strike.

“The @MBuhari is enjoying the prolonged strike, students are suffering and parents are agonizing.

“There are over 1.5 million students whose future is at stake and no one seems to care. I lived through an era when the government was afraid of Nigerian students but today students are afraid of the government, they’re scared to exercise their rights to have a future.

“I urge Nigerian students to bond together and force this despicable regime to #EndAsuuStrikeNow. It is a task that must be DONE!”

ASUU has been on strike for over four months to press home its demands.

The striking lecturers’ demands include funding for the revitalisation of public universities, Earned Academic Allowances, use of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

Also, the non-teaching staff of universities including Non-Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) have embarked on industrial actions after the failure of the government to meet the demands of the respective unions.

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Fayose writes Tinubu over APC primaries; says cabals planning MKO treatment for Tinubu

Former Governor of Ekiti State Ayo Fayose has alerted presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to walk into danger with his pursuit of the presidential ticket of the party.

Fayose in an open letter on Monday said he foresaw danger just as it happened to the likes of the late MKO Abiola.

He warned Tinubu that what he believed was a political empire has been “Balkanized “ by his outburst in Abeokuta where he made some references to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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NECO Extends 2022 June/July SSCE Registration By Three Weeks

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has extended the registration time for school-based applicants for the 2022 Examination (SSCE).

Azeez Sani, NECO’s Head of Information and Public Relations Division, made the announcement on Monday.

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The council, he claims, has agreed to extend the registration deadline for this year’s examination by three weeks.

The registration period, which was set to finish on May 30, has now been extended until June 20 at midnight.

There will be no more extensions, NECO notified the Ministries of Education, principals, commandants, and other stakeholders in various states and the Federal Capital.

It was stated that the NECO SSCE in 2022 would begin on June 27 and end on August 12.

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3rd Anniversary: Eruwa Poly Congratulates Makinde, Lauds His Unflinching Support For Institution

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The Governing Council, management, staff, and students of the prestigious Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa have rejoiced with the Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Engr. Seyi Makinde on his 3rd Anniversary as the number one citizen of Oyo State.

In a congratulatory message made available and jointly signed by the Governing Council and management of the Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa, the institution appreciated Governor Makinde’s unprecedented achievements in Oyo state and described him as a pragmatic leader and skillful politician.

The statement reads thus:

“With utmost sense of humility, sincerity, and undiluted joy in our hearts at Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa, we heartily congratulate His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State for the successful completion of three years in office and celebration of unprecedented achievements. It is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf that Gov. Makinde has performed excellently beyond imagination, making him a true projection and an epitome of a good leader.”

The statement reads further, “Governor Makinde has demostrated uncommon gesture to the well-being and progress of our dear institution, ranging from prompt payment of salary and outstanding arrears, approval of promotion exercise for qualified staff, financial and moral support for the accreditation of over 20 courses for both National Diploma and Higher National Diploma levels. It is obvious that your performance since the inception of your administration has been progressive. It is on this note that we wholeheartedly appreciate your selfless service, unwavering efforts and sterling leadership in changing the face of governance in Oyo State just within a short while. All of these are an indication that you are a charismatic leader.”

In the statement, the Governing Council Chairman, Prof. Ogundiran took a moment to personally appreciate Gov. Makinde for giving him the opportunity to serve in the capacity and commended his unfliching support for policies and decisions that are geared towards the progress of the institution without minding some disgruntled personalities.

“We also use this opportunity to congratulate Your Excellency on your emergence at the just concluded party primaries of PDP as the Gubernatorial flag bearer for 2023 general election. Your landslide victory is a testimony to your leadership acumen and outstanding performance so far. We wish you victory in the general election,” the statement reads further.

While rounding off the release, the Governing Council and management urged the Executive Governor of Oyo State to kindly look into other issues affecting the institution, such as staff shortage and lack of infrastructure.
“It is obvious that Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa is the only institution in Oyo State with low staff strength and infrastructure for students. While we believe firmly in your administrative and leadership skills, we equally hope that our humble requests will be considered and graciously approved.”

“We pray for more solomonic wisdom, sound health, and strength to take Oyo State to a better position.”

“Kindly accept our best wishes and the assurance of our maximum support in all ramifications. Congratulations sir,” the statement concludes.

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JAMB Releases 2022 UTME Results, See Details On How To Check

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has released all 2022 results of those who pertook in the recently conducted CBT tests.

To check your score, simply send a text message, UTMERESULT to 55019 using the same phone number used for your registration. Note that a service fee of ₦50 will be deducted from your airtime balance.

According to JAMB, the Board has not uploaded results on its website for obvious reasons, saying the above process is the only way to check results for now.

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ASUU Strike: OAU Students Embark On Protest, Close Down Ife-Ibadan Expressway

The lingering ASUU crisis has resulted to shutting down of Ife-Ibadan Expressway by the students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

There have been series of protests across the state over the three months strike declared by ASUU which has led to paralyzing of academic activities in all tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The students who mobilized themselves to Ife Expressway trooped out in their number carrying placards with various inscriptions.

It was also gathered that the students, who converged under the aegis of Fund Education coalition, vowed to continue the protests from today till their demands would be met by the Federal Go0vernment.

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The students held placards bearing various inscriptions like “Fund Education Now”, “Education is not a Scam” among others, as they chanted “End ASUU Strike”. They equally seemed to be proceeding towards a major roundabout, the popular OUI roundabout at Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu.

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LAUTECH ASUU Passes Vote Of No Confidence On Management Over Non-payment Of Arrears

The crisis rocking Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho has taken a new dimension as the Academic Staff Union of University, LAUTECH Chapter on Thursday passed voted of no confidence on the management.

The labour unions also implored Governor Seyi Makinde to mandate the Vice Chancellor Professor Mojeed Olaide Liasu and the Chairman Governing Council Professor Deji Omole to pay arrears owed its members for seven years.

The Union further emphasized that the Management of the institution has been shortchanging its members for a while by not giving attention to regular promotion of staff members as instructed by the Governor as well as obstructing the payment of arrears of earned allowance.

In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Professors Biodun Olaniran and Toyin Abegunrin, Secretary respectively entitled “LAUTECH Administration: A Slave Driver”, the Union leaders put the amount being owed them at over five billion naira.

The ASUU leaders said their members have lost confidence in the university administration led by the acting Vice chancellor and the Deji Omole-led Governing council to pursue their welfare.

While the governor to immediately intervene before the situation degenerates into further crisis in LAUTECH saying “It is rather unfortunate that the 2016 and 2017 avoidable crisis started because the then administration refused to address arrears of EAA.

Apparently not learning from history, the present university administration and council are now towing the same path”.

The duo of Olaniran and Abegunrin said “Our Union cooperated with the administration to realize the debt from students with the understanding that our EAA and promotion arrears will be settled, knowing full well that at least one third of it could be paid. however, as against our understanding, the university administration went ahead to appropriate the realized money on acclaimed capital projects and none of the two arrears was attended to”

While calling on the Governor to wade in on time, the ASUU leaders said “We therefore call on the Visitor, His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde that we have lost confidence in the university administration led by acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof M.O Liasu and Professor Ayodeji Omole-led Governing Council to address our welfare matters. In this regards, to avoid repeat of such avoidable scenario, he should intervene now”

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Sexual Harassment: OAU Insists On Zero Tolerance For Sexual Abuse, Vows To Discipline Indicted Lecturer

The Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, on Wednesday, vowed that a professor of Yoruba incantations and Stylistics, Joseph Opefeyitimi, won’t evade disciplinary action for alleged sexual assault on Boluwatife Bababunmi of the Department of Linguistics and African Languages.

In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, the institution said the incident happened on March 18, 2022, and the student petitioned the school management three days later.

The institution revealed that upon thorough investigation, Opefeyitimi was found prima facie liable and won’t evade the appropriate sanction.

The statement by the management was titled, ‘Sex Scandal: OAU Not Foot-dragging’.

It partly read, “Procedurally, after the receipt of the formal complaints, the first step was that the departmental committee sat on the matter and, after thorough investigation, Professor Opefeyitimi was found prima facie liable.

“Second stage was the Faculty level and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, professor Niyi Okunoye referred the matter to the anti-sexual harassment committee of the University. The committee, which also sat and clinically deliberated on this same matter, recommended appropriate disciplinary actions against professor Ayo Opefeyitimi to the University Management.

“Of course, the University administration would have to present its recommendations to the Governing Council which has the final say on the matter, considering the status of the staff involved.

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‘No Student Was Raped Under Our Watch’ — Chrisland School Finally Reacts To Sex Scandal

Chrisland School officials in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have finally responded to the s*x tape issue involving their kids.

Previously, a mother alleged that her 10-year-old daughter was raped while on a school trip to Dubai organized by the Lagos school.

Between March 10 and 13, 2022, students from a private school in Victoria Garden City were in the UAE to compete in the World School Games.

However, the pupil’s mother alleged in the now-viral video that graphic footage of the incident had been spread on social media platforms.

The state’s education ministry had also issued a warning to the broader public that uploading such footage amounted to child pornography.

According to Akin Fadeyi, a member of the Chrisland advisory board, the school did not do any rape or pregnancy tests on any of the students, as has been widely reported.

In the historic s*x scandal, there was no rape, according to the statement.

According to Fadeyi, 76 students were enlisted for the Dubai trip, with 71 of them adhering to the code of behavior.

Male and female students were kept seven storeys apart in the hotel where they stayed, according to the board member.

He claimed that the remaining five students who disobeyed the regulations had been subjected to disciplinary action.

Read full statement below:

We have followed up on reports making the rounds on certain developments bordering on the morals and ethics of some of the students under our care, who represented the school at the World School games, Dubai between 8 and 14 of March 2022.

While we understand the emotions this has generated, we assure the public that our first approach as an institution was to assume parental roles by offering support to those involved and ensuring that nothing affected their senses of esteem.

However, after a comprehensive evaluation of the situation, we cannot help but express how scandalised and distressed we feel as mothers, fathers and instructors with a relationship that holds a direct bearing on the development of those involved.

Nonetheless, we took a critical view of the number of students who partook in this recent trip and who did the school proud in our quest to expand the horizons of our students holistically through global exposure, which takes into account a wholesome development of the mind, body and spirit through sporting engagements. Of the 76 children who represented Chrisland, 71 ensured an untainted adherence to our standards, abiding with laid down regulations and code of conduct, while doing us very proud in the process. Within these 71, we kept our girls on the 11th floor and Boys on the 4th floor to draw clear lines that respect moral boundaries.

We were, however, compelled to engage with the parents of the remaining students who unfortunately got themselves involved in misconduct, and in accordance with our code of conduct processes, which are well known to the parents, we meted out measured reprimands to them to instil a sense of discipline and as deterrence to others. This was also to caution our students on the need to remain on the path of resisting wrong influences.

The disciplinary action was in order not to undermine our cohesive culture as a community of future leaders and committed instructors, but to be assertive in handing down the sort of discipline that seeks to correct and reform our children, when they stray from the path of rectitude.

While we hasten to affirm that as an institution that is managing children from diverse backgrounds, we cannot lay claim to, or embark on any sense of self-righteousness in our approach, but we learn and evolve within the frames of best practices every single day.

As such, as we recognise that there will always be space for improvement, we are therefore irrevocably committed to re-evaluating our processes to reinforce child protection protocols, even as we shall leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the senses of esteem of the children involved are uncompromisingly preserved. We have activated child protection processes and shall be engaging the expertise of child psychologists to ensure we translate this incidence to benefit the children in our care.

We are therefore not going to give room to sentiments that adopt less empathy in terms of the effects of the present situation on our children. We implore all of us as stakeholders to work together as build-up partners, rather than pull-down enablers. For every comment we make in this delicate period, we should remember that those involved are children and as such, they deserve our very responsible management of this situation in order not to affect their mental health, as we seek to clear this temporary fog in the path of their growth. This is why irrespective of currently charged emotions, we need to endeavor to keep our heads in focus, while carrying the authorities along in manners that leave nothing hidden, especially as we had nothing to hide.

We are proud to reassure our stakeholders that no rape of anyone or the administration of a pregnancy test on any child took place on our watch. For emphasis, only a COVID post travel test was conducted on the returning delegation of our students, in compliance with COVID-19 travel protocols, at the Life Centre Medical Services on March 21, 2022 at School Hall, Opebi.

This was through the nose swab test as consistent with COVID-19 health protocols. We trust that this can be verified at the source provided. To insinuate that a pregnancy test was carried out on a student, for whatever reason therefore, is a highly unfortunate conjecture.

Nevertheless, our processes would be readily opened up for the scrutiny of regulators and stakeholders at the earliest indication of this, to enable the course of scientific or forensic inspections. We are certain this will lay to rest any shred of doubt or hazy optic that the present flurry of activities might have occasioned.

Finally, we assure parents and guardians that we take unequivocal cognisance of the duty of care entrusted on us and we would never betray this, as we are more than ever resolved to work harder at keeping and building the trust reposed in us. We refuse to indulge in or give credence to the sentimental contrivances seeking to fuel this crisis the more with various renditions that have taken over the social media space. The only account we are obligated to render is how well the children entrusted in our care have been managed, as we have excelled in doing in this past 45 years of our existence as an educational institution, and to ensure that in this whole development, the only winners here shall be this children.

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