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Be agents of positive change, Lagos first lady urges students

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By Dada Jackson

All environment-related clubs in all schools in Lagos State on Wednesday came under one umbrella known as Environmental Bees Club, with the First Lady, Ibijoke Sanwo Olu, at the launch, charging the students to become agents of positive change of the environment.

The First Lady, who spoke at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, added that there was a need for sustainable environmental education with the involvement of the younger generation (students).

She explained that this could only serve as a panacea to the yearnings for a greener environment through attitudinal and self monitoring approach.

Dr Sanwo-Olu stressed that nowadays, the environment had more issues with humanity’s footprints almost everywhere with changes in the natural world having greater consequences such as climate change, famine, pollution of all forms, indiscriminate dumping of refuse which stares us in the face daily.

She said, “With the formal launch, students who are the hope of the future are adequately updated and equipped with the skills and information to transform the environment into a greener one for the benefits of all.”

She described the launch which also featured the unveiling of an EBC training manual as a brilliant collaborative initiative aimed at tackling environmental challenges that promotes a sustainable environment.

Speaking earlier, the chief host, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, said making the young ones environment champions heralded a new approach to environmental management.

Bello said the launch of the club was a milestone made possible by the support of Mr Governor and his wife, adding that it marked a new dimension to complete eradication of all environmental nuisances that stare all in the face and achievable through the practical demonstration of actions required while involving the children in ecosystem value sustainability.

He recalled that the original concept started as  Schools Environmental Advocacy Programme and took off in Y2005 during the tenure of Governor Bola Tinubu with the New Era Foundation as its main facilitator with the objective of inculcating sound environmental practices in the minds of students so that they can serve as a vehicle of change to the larger society.

He stressed that the club in years past ensured students were exposed to practical knowledge in matters relating to global environmental issues and best environmental practices employed by international communities to reduce effects of environmental degradations through exchanged visits to Germany.

Bello went down memory Lane that at inception, the club was known as Green Hands Club which later metamorphosed into Climate Change club (CCC), working with other environmental clubs introduced by various organizations in schools with different aims and objectives.

He said government deemed it fit to harmonise all the clubs hence the change of the name of the club to Environmental Bees Club (EBC).

“It is in the light of this that the ministry is desirous of harmonizing all the environment based clubs in schools and henceforth rebrand them; we are also launching a non-examinable standardized training manual for use in schools by already trained club handlers with adequate knowledge on trending environmental issues,” Bello reiterated.

He said the environmental education was geared towards developing a populace that is aware and concerned about the environment and its associated problems; adding that those equipped through training would seek remedies to environmental problems and prevent the new ones.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye, said that the care for the environment could be achieved through knowledge acquisition, attitudinal change and development of individuals capable of taking actions on environmental issues towards achieving a sustainable environment.

She said alot could be manufactured from non bio- degradable materials such as plastics, nylon, used tyres and this can be achieved through recycling as well as reusing.

The Environmental Bees Club and Training Manual for Handlers of the club was later offically unveiled by the First Lady, assisted by the Wife of the Deputy Governor, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources and other dignitaries.

Awards were also presented students and pupils who distinguished themselves in the essay competition and to various environmental ambassadors.

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JAMB extends UTME, DE registration by two weeks

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has extended the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and the Direct Entry registration by two weeks.
The board also extended the dates for the mock exam preceding the UTME and exam proper, indicating that the examination date had been shifted from June 19 to July 3.
JAMB’S Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, announced the extension at a press conference on Saturday in Abuja.
He said the decision was the outcome of a two-day stakeholders’ meeting the board had in Abuja.
He said the stakeholders recommended that the two-week extension to accommodate candidates who had not been able to register as a result of some challenges associated with the National Identification Number and others.
He said a total of 1,134,424 candidates had so far registered for the exam.
Oloyede had ahead of the stakeholders’ meeting hinted about the extension, noting that although 50 per cent of candidates had already registered without problem, there was a need to carry everyone along.
He had said, “The possibility of shifting the exam forward is still high; but that will be determined after our meeting with stakeholders.
“This is because about 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest in the exam are yet to register. There is a need to give everyone the opportunity.”
He apologised for the new initiatives introduced in the 2021 UTME, saying that it was not to punish candidates but to expose candidates in the habit of indulging in various forms of malpractices.
He added that candidates were expected to provide two pictures on the candidate slip, picture of the person who registered at the JAMB office, and a picture of the owner of the name who registered with NIN.
Oloyede said the candidates should take note of the process, stressing that the essence was to detect any disparity in the process.

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JAMB may shift UTME date – Registrar

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it may shift the date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Registrar of the board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said this during a virtual meeting with 2021 UTME Committee members that over 600,000 candidates who indicated interest in sitting for the exams, were yet to register.
he exam is scheduled for between June 5 and June 19.
He said the candidates were finding it difficult to register due to the challenges of National Identification Number (NIN).
He said so far, 1.1 million candidates have registered for the 2021 UTME, stating that the board anticipated approximately 1.9 million registrations at the end of the exercise.
The JAMB boss noted that though 50 per cent of candidates have already registered without problem, there is need to carry everyone along.
He said, “The possibility of shifting the exam forward is still high; but that will be determined after our meeting with stakeholders.
”This is because about 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest in the exam are yet to register. There is a need to give everyone the opportunity.”

Oloyede apologised for the new initiatives introduced in the 2021 UTME, saying that it was not to punish candidates but to expose candidates in the habit of indulging in various forms of malpractices.
He added that candidates were expected to provide two pictures on the candidate slip, picture of the person who registered at the JAMB office, and a picture of the owner of the name who registered with NIN.
Oloyede said the candidates should take note of the process, stressing that the essence was to detect any disparity in the process.

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Sanwo-Olu inaugurates classrooms in 20 LGAs

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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, on Friday in Lagos, said education remained the most veritable tool for wealth creation.

Sanwo-Olu said this while inaugurating 14 classrooms at the UBE Primary School and Community Junior Academy, Odo-Ayandolu, Ikorodu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a block of six classrooms was rehabilitated in the primary school and another block of eight classrooms in the secondary school respectively.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, said the huge investment in infrastructure and current technological trends had put students and pupils in the state’s public schools in the lead of academic excellence in Lagos and Nigeria.

He noted that the performance of students had improved in local, national, and international examinations and competitions, as well as in morals, etiquette and confidence in public speaking.

“Education is still the most potent tool of empowerment and one of the most tested ways to close the gap between poverty and wealth,” he said.

The governor added that public schools in the state had consistently emerged the overall best at the international Robotics Competitions, since 2015 and had continually represented Nigeria.

He listed various local, national, and international competitions where pupils and students from Lagos public schools had retained leading positions, as confirmation of the improvement in the quality and standard of education.

Sanwo-Olu then commended the hardwork and commitment of the competent teachers who in addition to infrastructure, gave the success stories.

He also commended the Ministry of Education, the Universal Basic Education Board, and other agencies of the state, for their support toward the actualisation of the vision of the government for the education sector.

Sanwo-Olu advised children to continue to study hard to justify the government’s investment in their education while assuring parents of continued quality education delivery.

He said the projects would further improve the learning and teaching environment in public schools.

According to him, the projects will further drive the “Education and Technology” pillar of the state’s THEMES Agenda of his administration.

He said the government had begun an aggressive education infrastructure regeneration and renewal, with modern equipment and security across the state and had inaugurated projects in 20 LGAs.

“We have so far completed over 1,097 projects covering 970 schools across the state.

“In the last two years, our government has ensured the prompt construction and rehabilitation of 322 dilapidated public schools, while 87,000 dual composite units of furniture were supplied to primary and secondary schools across the state,” he said.

Mr Felix Adeyemi, who represented the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, in his welcome address, lauded the state government for its investment in modern education.

According to her, the governor has also touched virtually all the value chains of education in the state.

Mr Moshood Adeyemi, Principal of the Community Junior Academy, Odo-Ayandolu, commended the state government but appealed for a perimeter fence to make the environment safer.

Also speaking, Mrs Kehinde Adeleka, Headmistress of the primary section, requested additional classrooms to cater to the growth of the population of the school.

Compassion David, a Junior Secondary (JS3) student, also thanked the government for what he described as “a superb performance” in renovating the schools.

Clement Samuel, a pupil of the renovated primary school, prayed for God’s blessings on the governor and his entire team.

Oba Ganiu Asunmo, the traditional ruler of the area, who was represented by High Chief Onabanjo Olisa, also lauded the state government for the intervention.

He, however, appealed for more of such interventions in other schools in the area with infrastructure that was already overstretched.

 

 

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