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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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Half-Salary: UniMaid Lecturers Threaten To Withhold Students’ Results

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Lecturers at the University of Maiduguri (UniMaid) have said they will not submit examination results or release the final results of students until the federal government resolves the issue of pro-rata payment of salary and nonpayment of their 8 months’ salaries.

The Unimaid Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) branch Chairman, Dr Abubakar Mshelia Saidu, announced this at a press conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

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Daily Trust recalls that the university had commenced examinations for students for the 2020/2022 session following the suspension of the strike by ASUU.

Saidu said, “Members of ASUU will not mark athe current examination scripts; they will also not submit the results of both the first and second semesters of the 2020/2021 academic session.

“There will be no computation of academic status by coordinators of parts 1-4, 5 or 6, as applicable.

“Government said ‘no-work, no-pay; we say ‘no-pay, no-work.”

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Kwara gov Abdulrazaq, NBA, others mourn KWASU VC Akanbi who died at 51

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Eminent Nigerians and groups including the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and the Nigerian Bar Association have commiserated with the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, over the death of the institution’s vice chancellor, Prof Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi (SAN).

Akanbi died at the age of 51.
A statement from the university’s social media on Sunday night said the VC died in Lagos after a protracted illness.
“The sad event took place after a protracted illness. We urge all to remember the immediate and extended family and the University in prayers in this very trying time,” the post said.
Also in a condolence message by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Kwara governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, described as painful and shocking the death of Prof. Akanbi.
“We submit to the decree of Allah who gives and takes. It is against that backdrop that we mourn the vice chancellor who answered Allah’s call tonight. He was a true and humble servant of Allah and we beseech our God, the oft-forgiving and merciful, to grant him al-jannah Firdaus.
“The professor of law was a colossus who played the leading role to open a new chapter of academic excellence and greatness for KWASU. Our condolences go to his family, immediate and extended, to KWASU and the rest of the academic community, and to members of the bar and the bench in Kwara State and across the country,” the statement added.
Similarly, the Emir of Ilorin and chairman Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, expressed sadness over the incident, adding that it was “quite shocking, unfortunate and saddening.”
The Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ilorin, Ridwan Musa, said “The Janāzah prayer will be offered on his remains immediately after Salatul-‘Asr at his residence in Ilorin, on Monday.
Late Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi became a professor at the age of 40 years and was appointed as Vice Chancellor at 49.
The KWASU Registrar, Mrs Kikelomo Salle, in a statement issued in Ilorin Sunday said, “Burial arrangement will be announced soon.”
Prof. Akanbi was born to the family of late Hon. Justice Muhammed Mustapha Adebayo Ajao Akanbi and late Hajia Munfaatu Aduke Akanbi.
He hails from the Ile magaji Kemberi, Awodi, Gambari Quarters, Ilorin East, Kwara State.
He attended various primary and secondary schools across the country i.e Kano, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Okigwe in Imo State. Prof Akanbi graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife with a Bachelor’s degree in law in the second class division in 1993.
Akanbi attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island Lagos, where he also bagged the second class upper division. He was called to bar in 1995.
During his service year in 1995 – 1996, Akanbi served the nation as a legal assistant in the legal unit of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Lagos.
Between March 1996 and 1998, he practised as a junior in the law firms of Wole Bamgbala & Co, Lagos, Olawoyin and Olawoyin, Lagos and Ayodele, ‘Gafar & Co, Ilorin respectively.
Prof Akanbi bagged a master’s degree in law (LLM) in 1998 from University of Lagos, Akoka. Between 2004 and 2006, he attended the prestigious Kings College, University of London, United Kingdom for his doctorate degree in law (Ph.D) which he bagged in a record time of two years.
During his doctorate programme, Akanbi also earned a Graduate Certificate (Non-award Route) in Academic Practice (GCAP), from the same university in 2005.
In August 1998, Akanbi joined the service of University of Ilorin as a lecturer 2 in the Department of Business law, faculty of law of the University. By dint of hard work and perseverance, he rose through the ranks and was appointed a Professor of Law in the Department of Business Law in October 2012.
In 2014, he was also appointed an adjunct professor of law at the Kings University College, Accra, Ghana for a period of one year.
In over two decades career period in the University of Ilorin, Akanbi had held several administrative positions, chief of which were: Sub-dean of the faculty of law, Head of Business Law Department, Faculty of Law, Postgraduate Representative, Senate member, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Deputy Director, Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT) and Director, School of Preliminary Studies, Fufu, University of Ilorin.
Akanbi has over 60 national and International publications in reputable peer-review journals with a bias in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Arbitration Law.
Other research areas include conflict resolution laws, corporate management law and practice.
In 2017, Akanbi completed a BADEA-UNITAR Online Course on Private Sector Development (2017) with specialisation on Ease of Doing Business in Africa and was awarded a Certificate of Completion by Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (BADEA-UNITAR).
Akanbi has a number of cutting-edge and trans-disciplinary research projects and consultancy to his credit, some of which include: Lead researcher (2016- 2017), ‘Developing Interventions: Understanding Prosecutors’ Routine and Pretrial Practices’. (A research project involving 6 countries: USA, Mexico, South Africa, Ukraine, Poland and Nigeria) commissioned by the Open Society Justice Initiatives, New York.

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ASUU members received their rightful salary in October – FG

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Minister of Education,  Mallam Adamu Adamu

The Federal Government has said members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU received their rightful salary in October, which was paid in pro-rata basis.

The Minister of Education,  Mallam Adamu Adamu, stated this while briefing correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Federal Government also denied the allegation that it has indirectly made Nigerian lecturers causual workers by paying them half salary in October, saying that nobody can make them casual staff.

Recall that the, called off the eight month strike it embarked on February 14 this year on October 14 and was paid the October salary based on the number of days they worked.

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ASUU called off the strike as a result of the judgment by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, NICN, that ordered the union to go back to work before it could entartain its pending case.

Angered by the payment of half salary, ASUU has embarked on protest in different universities to express their dissatisfaction with the government decision not to pay them full in October.

But despite protestations from ASUU over pro-rata October salary payment, the federal government on Wednesday insisted that the lecturers were paid what was due them

The government also insisted that the lecturers would not be paid for work not done.

Responding to the allegation made by the President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodoke, suggesting that paying the lecturers on pro-rata basis was a ploy to make them casual workers, the Minister remarked that government has no such plan.

“Nobody can make University lecturers casual workers,” he said.

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