Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 13 February, 2018.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University in Bokkos, Prof. Docknan Decent Sheni, has raised the alarmed over deathly grazing of cattle by Fulani herdsmen in the University premises.

Prof. Sheni stated this yesterday during a press briefing at the University in Bokkos explaining that despite the arrest of Fulani herdsmen who carry out aggressive grazing in the university premises, the menace had continued unabated.

“There are security challenges in the university because the institution has not been completely fenced, we have seen several strange persons within the university who constitute threat to lives and properties.

“Our greatest challenge is the aggressive grazing carried out by herdsmen within the premises of the University. Lectures will be going on and cattle will be roaming around, up to the administrative block and this is not pleasant to the system.”

Prof. Sheni revealed that the institution has lost two persons due to insecurity and they are working hard to stop grazing in the University. “We cannot allow that to continue because we don’t know the motive behind that, we have seen how people have been butchered in different part of the country by suspect herdsmen and we don’t want that to happen to any of us.

He lamented that female students have also been harassed by suspected hoodlums who jumped through the fence at night with the intension of raping and causing untold hardship on students.

The VC said the University does not condone activities of cultism and vowed to expel any student found wanting.

He explained that the institution has suffered several executive inferences which constituted a clog on the wheel of development, saying it’s operated for 12 years without accreditation.

Prof. Sheni noted that two set of students who graduated could not be mobilised for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) due to lack of accreditation of courses by NUC until 2015.

He said the University has recorded tremendous improvement in infrastructure and man power development where it has the capacity to admit 150 students unlike previous years that the admission was restricted to 300 students.

In another development, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has reiterated that the claim by his Plateau State counterpart, Simon Lalong that he was warned against the enactment and implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law was untrue.

Ortom stated this during a meeting between the Federal Government committee on herdsmen and farmers crisis and Benue stakeholders at the Government House in Makurdi.

Ortom who was reacting for the first time after Lalong told State House Correspondents some weeks back that he warned him against promulgating the law but he (Ortom) refused to heed his warning stated that at no time did Lalong warn him against the law.

His words: “At no time did governor Simon Lalong warned me against enacting the law. He said Lalong must mind his business and let me mind my business.

The Governor commended the committee led by the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi for deeming it fit to visit Benue first on a fact finding mission in the task of finding sustainable resolutions to the farmers/herders skirmishes in Nigeria.

He particularly appreciated the committee for choosing Benue state as its first port of call and expressed optimism that the visit would afford the members the opportunity to see things for themselves.

“We choose the path of Peace in a civilized way to tackle the crisis even when Fulani herdsmen are killing our people like chickens. We remain committed to this course in ensuring that we live in peace. We must not accept the total deceit that is going on in the country. The anti-open grazing law started smoothly until Miyetti Allah issued a threat which was actually carried out by them. Therefore, l want to urge the committee to work assiduously to bring justice to Benue.”

On his part, leader of the Federal Government delegation to Benue and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi condemned the killings in Benue and other parts of the country noting that the crisis in Benue state was a delicate one which must be handled with open minds.

Umahi said: “We are here to tell you that we feel your pains because whatever happened in Benue may affect other ethnic groups in country. That is why at the national economic council meetings, the issue of Farmers and herdsmen crisis were discussed extensively after which agreement was reached that a nine man committee be set up to proffer sustainable solutions to the crisis between the farmers and herdsmen,”

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The decision of the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector by the end of April has raised some fundamental questions which stakeholders want the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to clear the air before going ahead with its plans.

Education minister, Mallam Adamu shocked the nation when on Monday, January 29 he announced plans by the Buhari administration to declare a state of emergency in the sector. He demanded the support of all state governors to do the same in their states.

He said: “By the end of April, we are proposing that there will be a declaration of state of emergency in the education sector all over the country. We request all the state governors to do the same in their states and we hope that once this is done our educational sector will improve.

“I will also meet with the governors to appeal to them to give special emphasis to addressing the problem of low standard of education especially at the primary school level,” he said.

Prof N.W. Nwagwu, said the way Nigerian leaders perceive of education, its objectives and functions in socio-economic development has significantly influenced the management, planning and organization of the system.

Nwagwu admitted that Nigerian education system has witnessed tremendous growth and expansion since independence. He said stakeholders believe the system has undergone only quantitative improvement in terms of number of institutions and students enrolment, but no attempt to maintain standard.

A concerned stakeholder said a closer look at current trends over the last decade in quality and evaluation and control leads to some concern as to where the country is and where it must go in search of minimum standards compatible with qualitative education.   



Immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, told The Education Report that the proposal to declare state of emergency in the education sector is welcome.

Prof Obi noted that: ‘’Nigerians and Nigeria will be better off if that is done. I just hope it’s not going to be one of government’s rhetoric that will end up in the print and electronic media. I agree that this is long overdue. Also this is not the first time we will be hearing of this proposal. I think one or two previous Ministers of Education had toyed with the idea of declaring state of emergency in the sector and nothing happened.

‘’Across the country many stakeholders have been calling for a declaration of state of emergency in the sector. If the declaration is made and government has the political will to back it up with action, then we expect to see an improved funding of the sector. Improved funding will translate to improved physical facilities and infrastructures in schools that will cater and provide for the diverse needs of learners. This will mean that the physical facilities will be more inclusive. There will be well equipped libraries and laboratories with accessible ICT facilities. 

‘’Teaching will be more practical than theoretical. Teachers who are the main drivers of the sector should be better motivated by the overhaul and implementation of a special salary scale as well as befitting work environment. This will attract and retain best the brains in the teaching profession. Motivating teachers will help to minimize or completely stop the break down of the sector through constant strikes.  

‘’With improved funding there should be the reintroduction of the federal and state bursary and scholarships. Students study loans scheme should be provided for with mechanisms for repayment properly worked out at completion of studies. If smaller African countries have such schemes for their students, Nigeria the giant of African should do more. The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria will be better equipped to function effectively. The federal and state ministries of education will be alive to their monitoring and supervisory roles while other education departments and agencies will have the resources to function and achieve their organisational goals.’’

According to her, a state of emergency will also mean reviewing the nation’s educational policies, practices, and curricula along the demands of the 21st century stating that to effectively do these, there is need for government to get the right people to drive the sector.

‘’Education managers should be educationists with the right experience, passion and zeal not people who will be learning on the job. Managing the sector should not again be an all comers affairs if government is to be taken seriously even after the declaration of state of emergency.  I strongly believe that people who wear the shoes know and feel the pinch more and will be more prepared and positioned to take off the shoes to stop the pains than observers and those not directly affected. 

‘’The country should stop experimenting with the appointments of education managers and go for professionals to salvage the sector. Nigeria has not been able to achieve any of her set national education goals or live up to any global education treaty entered into such as Educational for All (EFA), Dakar 2000, Salamanca declaration, Nigeria vision 202020 MDGs among others beyond sensitisation of her populace and creating awareness of the issues involved I suggest that a decade be set aside for the state of emergency and it should be 2018-2028. Within 10 years of adequate funding, monitoring and supervision the country would raise her education standards close to globally acceptable levels,’’ she noted.



The proprietor of Royal Academy, Ibadan, Chief Laide Oluwaseun tasked the federal government to carry along stakeholders before and after declaring the state of emergency in the sector. He suggested that government must follow it up with a national summit to discuss how to address knotty issues in the sector.

The educationist wondered if the Buhari administration will muster the political will to implement the outcome of the planned state of emergency in the education sector admitiing that the sector has been in shambles for some years now with the performance of students below average in public examinations.

‘’Stakeholders in the education sector are happy with the federal government proposed state of emergency. The minister must carry along everybody and take suggestions from experts on how to fix the rot. The effort must be holistic and must reflect all subsector of education including the role of private sector,” he pointed out.

Oluwaseun said some major areas government must address include concern on funding, standard, access, industrial action, teachers’ welfare and quality of service delivery stating that these are key issues that contribute to the rot and solutions must be found. He advised government to implement the white paper or outcome of the state of emergency.

Head, Customer Service, United Bank for Africa, Mr. Ramon Olanrewaju Nasir is concerned about the intention of the government whose wards school abroad and that the trend rank high among the ills that have led to the current state of affairs and revealed that the impending declaration by the federal government of a state of emergency in the education sector may not bear fruits.  

He opined that efforts at revamping the nation’s battered education system can only produce result if children of those who form and implement education policies are made to school in Nigeria. Nasir said if children of those who drive education policies have a taste of their own pudding that policymakers would work towards the survival of the country’s education. The only way put as he stated is that such kids should attend public schools. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Key stakeholders of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State have promised to turn around the fortunes of the 36-year-old institution especially in ranking and research.

The pledges to lift OOU to greater height were made at the 27th convocation in which Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, governing council chairman, Mrs. Mosun Belo-Olusoga and Vice Chancellor, Prof Ganiyu Olatunde insisted more needed to be done to reposition the university.

Governor Amosun who donated a 10-storey Senate Complex, admitted OOU had made giant strides and required additional support from key stakeholders to make the institution one of the best among its peers.

The governor lauded the governing chairman, VC and management team for piloting the affairs of OOU to greater height and stressed that it would continue to grow bigger and better.

He pledged that his administration would support the management to improve on its current ranking and “we will make OOU a reference point. At 2017 convocation, I promised to support the university. And the results showed OOU is doing well.

“I am aware of the challenges facing OOU and I am happy the council and management have taken some initiatives to reposition OOU. We have taken note of the giant strides made by the university and have intervened to resolve some challenges. My administration will assist OOU to maintain it position in the Nigerian University System (NUS).’’

Amosun said Ogun State is now the industrial hub in Nigeria so, the government has reviewed the curriculum to empower the youths and challeneged them to embrace politics as well as take over from the old politicians.

The Pro-Chancellor and chairman of council, Mrs. Belo-Olusoga, assured that the council would sustain the progress so far made and improve on it stating that “the university has enjoyed infrastructure development in the last five years as result of judicious use of fund from state government, TETFUND, NEEDS and IGR.”

She appealed for more funds from the state government to service the agreements between the federal government and university unions, which the branches on campus expect Ogun State government to implement.

According to her, the vision of the council is to reposition the university to attain the status of a 21st Century citadel of learning within the next five years.

Belo-Olusoga said the eight-point agenda on which the vision would be anchore are, increase in internally generated funds, infrastructural development, support for research and development, availablity of basic amenities-power, water and good roads, increase in staff and students welfare, robust ICT developement and increase in carrying capacity (staff-students ratio).

‘’Council has already commenced activities to ensure the excution of the content of this agenda through the approval of the provision of counterpart fund for staff pension to enhance staff welfare, approval to run seven additional academic progrannes, in preparation for NUC resources verification visit, increase in hostel facilities for student   

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Gabriel Dike; Jet Stanley Madu; Fred Ezeh The decision of the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector by the end of April has raised some fundamental questions which stakeholders want the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to clear the air before going ahead with its plans. Education minister,... 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Olamide Babatunde A total of 5.5 million school children in the country will benefit from the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) by the Federal Government. The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Protection, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, made this known during an interactive session with media executives in Lagos .The scheme is... 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Gabriel Dike From all indications, the transition programme for a new administration in the 56-year-old University of Lagos, Akoka (UNILAG) has been concluded. The 12th Vice Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has settled down for business. The VC who assumed office on Monday, November 11, 2017 hit the ground running. Ogundipe's actions and body language suggest... 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Fred Ezeh, Abuja Mr. Adebayo Fabiyi emerged best out of 14,771 students that graduated recently from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). He shared the secret of his success. Nigerians would be interested in your journey to stardom It was a journey that was propelled by determination and the zeal for self development, aided... 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Oxfam's deputy chief executive has resigned over the prostitution scandal engulfing the charity, saying she is 'ashamed' of what happened. Penny Lawrence said she took 'full responsibility' for the behaviour of the charity's staff in Chad and Haiti 'that we failed to adequately act upon'. She said she was sorry for the 'harm and distress'... 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Fred Itua, Abuja Until the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo came into power in 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has said Nigerians 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said if Chief Uche Nwosu contests the 2019 governorship election 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Nigeria's senior women national team, the Super Falcons, have landed in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Monica Iheakam Home Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf has been handed yet another portfolio as the head coach 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Adewale Sanyaolu;Ekeogu Justice The Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN), a Sub-Sectoral 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Omodele Adigun In line with its resolve to inspire confidence and promote a financially secure future 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Chinenye Anuforo Current statistics from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has shown that Foreign Portfolio 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Omodele Adigun 'The mandate of the Nigeria Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank, as an agency of the Federal 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Uche Usim, Abuja The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Steve Agbota As part of its commitment to the economy, Nestle Nigeria Plc has invested N74.1 billion 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Chinenye Anuforo;Chinwendu Obienyi Equities trading on the Lagos floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Demand probe of ex-governor All Progressives Congress (APC) youths in Edo State, under the aegis 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has written to remind President Muhammadu 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday swore in a pioneer President of the 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Extends Oshodi-Int'l Airport road Moshood Adebayo Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Zika Bobby The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has reiterated its resolve to fight fuel smuggling through 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Three policemen attached to the Ebonyi State Police Command have reportedly 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated former governor, Dr. Orji 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Members of the House of Representatives are currently divided over a proposed 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Fred Itua, Abuja Few days after Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, gave the nod to creation of 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Two weeks after Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo delivered a savage blow on the jaw of the Muhammadu Buhari government, 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Part of the reason why President Muhammadu Buhari has remained the butt of public criticisms is not only 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Chinedu George Nnawetanma The restructuring of Nigeria has been the staple of conversations across the 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Akintola, Benson -Oke Organisations which under-prioritise the welfare of their workers do so at the 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Christine Onwuachumba Dr Onyeka Jaivbo-Ojigbo has an unwavering belief that a solid utilitarian education 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The 2018 budget estimates presented by most states are much higher than those of previous years, with 
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