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Katsina bans use of WhatsApp in public schools

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Use of WhatsApp, a social media platform, has been banned for information dissemination by teachers and non-teaching staff in public schools in Katsina State.

The state government said it took the decision because the social media platform was encouraging insubordination among staff.

It gave the order banning WhatsApp in a memo dated December 7, 2020 and sent to all public schools in the state.

One Muhammad Dikko from the Zonal Education Quality Assurance of the state Ministry of Education signed the memo.

It stated, “I am directed to write and inform all the principals to direct the various Group Admins in their respective schools to wipe out the so-called school WhatsApp.

“Principals should also remind their staff about the government circular that prohibits any civil servant from commenting positively or negatively on government activities on Facebook or WhatsApp.”

It quoted the Permanent Secretary (Administration) in the Office of the state Head of Service, Lawal Dutsim-ma, as saying government was worried about the leakage of its sensitive information on the social platforms.

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FG gets ASUP 15-day ultimatum on HND, degree dichotomy

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FG gets ASUP 15-day ultimatum on HND, degree dichotomy

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to regularise the scheme of service between degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate holders in Nigeria.

The Coordinator of ASUP Zone B, Simji Lumpye, addressed journalists at the Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos campus, on Friday.

He stated that the new scheme of service released by the Federal Government through the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to polytechnics in Nigeria is discriminatory and unacceptable to its members.

Lumpye argued that it is detrimental to the professional progression of polytechnic graduates.

Furthermore, he said the union believes that the responsibility for drafting and approving the scheme of service should not rest solely with the Office of the Head of Service and NBTE. It should include other stakeholders, especially ASUP.

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Lumpye said, “ASUP rejects the dichotomy in the Graduate Assistant entry point where an HND graduate requires an Upper Credit while a degree holder requires a Second Class Lower to enter the polytechnic as a lecturer.

“CONTEDISS 12 is demoralising, unnecessary, and detrimental to the polytechnic sector. This will discourage students from enrolling in polytechnics and will further widen the dichotomy and student apathy towards polytechnic education.

“The preference given to Bachelor’s degrees over HND certificates for the appointment of registrars and bursars is highly discriminatory. The document is biased and discriminates against its products. We vehemently reject this.

“The deliberate exclusion of HND Pharmaceutical Technology from the document, despite a subsisting court order, shows a gross violation of the rule of law. The union rejects this and urges the NBTE to make every arrangement to reinstate HND Pharmaceutical Technologists into the document.

“In view of the above observations and others not captured here, the union has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the document or face industrial disharmony.”

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LASU, UNILAG students win big at MSS undergraduate essay competition

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LASU, UNILAG students win big at MSS undergraduate essay competition

After an impressive display of intellectual prowess, and youthful enthusiasm, winners have emerged for the this year’s Lagos Intellectual Competitions (LIC) organized by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit.

The event featured quiz competitions for junior secondary pupils, debates for senior secondary category, and essay writing for undergraduates.

In the junior secondary school quiz competition, Royhana Ismail from Vetland Junior Grammar School emerged winner while Farhan Sodiq from Usoolol Iman and Abdul Rahman Olaloye from Taqwa School were runners-up.

The debate competition for senior secondary students was won by the team from Badore Community Senior Secondary School, who impressed the judges with their well-reasoned arguments and eloquence. Taqwa High School and Linksbond College came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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Aminat Ayinde of Sanya Senior Grammar Grammar School won the prize for Best Speaker, while Azeemah Afolabi from Muhimat Memorial School emerged as the prize winner for 2nd Best Speaker.

The undergraduate essay writing competition saw Shitta Romlah, Lagos State University (LASU) winning the 1st Prize; Ogundipe Nurudeen, University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Fathia Abolanle emerged runners-up.

MSSN Lagos Amir (President), Kamoldeen Abiona, celebrated the winners of various categories for their exceptional performances

Abiona hailed the organizing team and the participants.

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UNILORIN auto crash claims one life, nine injured

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UNILORIN auto crash claims one life, nine injured

In Kwara State, a lone accident on the campus of the University of Ilorin has left one person dead.

Nine other persons were injured in the auto crash that happened on Thursday.

A commercial bus carrying ten passengers and going out of campus was involved in the crash.

The institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, confirmed the incident in a statement in Ilorin.

He said: “As soon as it occurred, the University Management immediately commenced rescue operations, and all the victims were moved to the University Health Centre. They were attended to by a team of medical personnel at the University Health Centre.

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“One of them needed advanced treatment and was referred to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) after he was stabilised.

“Four had minor injuries; they were treated and discharged.

“Five victims, consisting of two males, two females and the driver, are currently being treated at the University Health Centre.

“Unfortunately, one of the victims was brought in dead; the body has been transferred to the morgue, and the university management is making efforts to contact the next of kin.

“The management regrets this unfortunate incident, condoles with the family of the deceased, and prays to God to comfort the family while we pray for a quick recovery of the injured victims.”

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