By Eromosele Emmanuel
The National Association of Seadogs, also known as the Pyrates Confraternity, Ogun State Chapter celebrated its annual Feast of Barracuda on Saturday the 18th day of June, 2022 at 11:30 am at its Ankor point, Red Brick House, Unity Estate, Gbonogun, Obantoko, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The event, which was hybrid, has as its theme: Gangsterism, Hooliganism and Cultism in Nigeria: The Role of the family. Delivering a paper titled: Cultism, Hooliganism and Gangsterism: Consequences and How to Curb it, Professor, The Otunber Adegbemi Babatunde Onakoya, who was the key speaker, made the clarification between sororities or confraternities, cultism/cult groups/gangsand hooliganism. He, however, stated that cultism may be considered the root of hooliganism and gangsterism/gang action. He also noted that secret cults have existed in Nigeria before colonialism, alongside traditional institutions as agent of spiritual fortification, instruments of cleansing the community, age grade rites of passage among other socio-cultural roles. He noted that while sororities or confraternities were formed toengender social bonds and fight one form of ills or the other, there is no denying the fact that there are sinister groups which have become agents of terror, violence and destruction on our campuses and in the larger society.
People often associate the phenomenon of confraternity in Nigerian educational institutions with the creation of the Pyrates Confraternity. He observed that the ideals of the Pyrates are noble. Accordingly, ‘’the ideals behind the formation of the confraternity were both patriotic and altruistic as it was not imagined as a secret cult’’. It was formed ‘’to fight non-violently but intellectually and effectively against the imposition of foreign conventions, revive the age of chivalry; and to find a lasting solution to the problems of tribalism and elitism’’. Hence, when copy-cat confraternities whose ideas and activities are deleterious sprang up, the Pyrates Confraternity withdrew from the educational institutions.
He noted several causes of cultism including being used as thugs by politicians, government officials act as patrons and patroness and finance them, peer group influence, parental back ground, societal decadence, erosion of educational standards, militarization of the Nigerian polity, quest for social identity, drug abuse and poverty. Again, noted that the consequences of the existence and activities of these gangs are far-reaching to the individual and the society at large politically, socially and economically. He, however, discussed the following as panacea to the problem, causes and consequences of the cultism/gangs activities to include the family through proper, responsible and responsive parenting and guidance, the government through collaborations with social agencies or organization for youth reformation that can serve as a support to the efforts of the family, community involvement, youths to be encourage into sporting activities, Agri-preneur, educational reform, improvements in the correctional centres so that they would actually serve as a place where youths can be reformed and not go worse.
The programme had a lot of other dignitaries in attendance who contributed to the discourse as well as provoke other issues. Prominent among them included Mr Ebu Aleshinloye, Esq, Director Arts Premium Times, Comrade Mustapha Tiamiyu, Chairman CDHR, Ogun State, Comrade Yinka Folarin, National Secretary, CDHR; Assistant Commandant Okeji Olusegun, Area Commander, Ogun Central Area Command, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, who represented the Ogun State Commander, representative of the Scout Organisation Nigeria, other civil society groups, families and friends who had also been invited to the occasion. Speaking on the significance of the Feast of Barracuda, Mr Ebu Aleshinloye, reiterated that barracuda is a metaphor for all the challenges, ills and constraints militating against the attainment of a just and egalitarian society. He observed that seadogs at been involved in advocacies and other activities that will be help in bringing about the needed changes. The FOB is one such activities. He presented some of his cartoon works through which he lampooned and addressed some burning past and current political, social and economic issues.
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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is set to hold the 2022 policy meeting for the 2022/2023 admission on July 21, 2022, The PUNCH has learnt.
The board’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed in a text message sent to our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday.
The PUNCH reports that the policy meeting will be chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, with all heads of tertiary institutions in attendance.
The meeting will chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines and make a holistic review of application statistics, performance as well as evaluate admission exercise.
When asked if the board would be meeting on July 21 and the topics for discussion, Fabian said, “Yes, admissions and benchmarks will be discussed.”
No fewer than 1,761,338 candidates registered for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry Examination.
The board noted that only 1,671,203 results out of the 1,707,626 candidates who sat for the examinations were released.
The statistics indicated that 27,105 results would be subjected to further screening.
The board said 69 results were withheld while 1,783 candidates are to be rescheduled to write as a result of biometric challenges.
BREAKING: LASU gets NUC full accreditation for 31 courses
• As Sanwo-Olu gets kudos
• 96.0% accreditation success unprecedented, says VC
National Universities Commission, NUC, has approved 31 out of 37 courses presented to it by the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, for accreditation.
31 of those courses, it was gathered represented 96.0 per cent got NUC full accreditation status.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu has received encomiums for bringing sustainable reforms to the state education sector, which were fast yielding positive results.
The Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, disclosed this while reacting to the excellent 96.0 per cent performance of LASU in the recently released National Universities Commission’s (NUC) Comprehensive Accreditation Exercise for the year 2021.
Wahab who was full of appreciation to the governor Sanwo-Olu for changing the face of education in the state, noted that the current administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda “is the fastest and most effective strategies in achieving transformational governance in the current democratic experience.”
Wahab noted that the state government’s huge investment in education as the third pillar of the Sanwo-Olu THEMES’ development agenda has repositioned the state education to become the model for the country.
According to the Special Adviser, “Out of 37 courses of the Lagos State University, LASU, presented by the University Authority for accreditation before NUC during October/ November 2021 NUC Academic Programmes Accreditation Exercise for Nigerian Universities, 31 of those courses representing 96.0 per cent got NUC full accreditation status.”
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ibiyemi Bello said “such excellent feat is unprecedented in the history of the University since its 40 years of existence.”
According to the notification of results letter, written by NUC to LASU and signed by its Director of Accreditation, Dr. Maryam Sali, which was made available to the press, “LASU, during the October/November 2021 Comprehensive Accreditation Exercise conducted across all Nigerian Universities, got full accreditation for 31 out of the 37 courses presented before the Commission with an excellent Grade of 96.0 per cent.
“Only 4 courses, accounting for about 10.8 per cent were still under interim accreditation status.”
LASU courses that had NUC full accreditation according to NUC notification letter are: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration and Local Government and Development Studies.
In the Faculty of Arts, six courses of the University that gained NUC full accreditation include: Arabic Studies, Christian Religious Studies CRS, English Language, Islamic Studies, Yoruba Language and Music.
Other fully accredited courses include; Nursing Science, Psychology, Pharmacology, all the 14 courses in the Faculty of Education , Law, Mathematics and Physics.
Four courses of the University with NUC interim accreditation status according to Sali include: Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Common and Islamic Law, Theatre Arts and Philosophy.
The NUC Director of Accreditation while stressing the implications of accreditation status on various courses, explained that full accreditation for any course is valid for a period of five years while interim accreditation is valid for a period of two years after which the programmes or courses will be revisited for accreditation.
According to her, any programme that earns interim status after two visits shall be denied accreditation by the commission.
Professor Bello, while describing the 96.0 per cent accreditation success of the University as unprecedented, commended Sanwo-Olu for his leadership quality and administrative excellence.
According to the Vice Chancellor, the University had witnessed progressive developments since the inception of Sanwo –Olu administration, noting that, LASU programmes were running smoothly without any interruption because the governor has been showing great commitment to the growth of education with adequate funding while prioritizing the welfare of staff and students in policy formulation.
Also, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Adeniran Kasali, urged the Management of LASU to reciprocate the state government continued funding of the university by working harder and ensure that the university maintain its status as the best state university in the country and one of the first five hundred in the world.
In his remarks, President elect of LASU Students’ Union Government, Adeoye Moses, a 300 Level Student in the Theatre Arts Department, attributed the success of the accreditation to the state government continued funding of tertiary education and the appointment of a hardworking educationist as the 9th Vice Chancellor of the University, Ibiyemi Bello.
Moses, while describing the success of the University’s new accreditation status as a huge one, assured that the students would work harder to ensure that the University retains its current status as one of the leading universities in Africa.
He advised them to shun cultism, kidnapping, alcoholism, terrorism, rapping and other vices capable of denting the image of the university before international communities.
‘ASUU strike’: Bola Tinubu promises 25% budgetary allocation to education
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has rolled out his Nigeria Economic Agenda which could address the persistent strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, as he has promised to allot 25% of budget to education.
According to a report televised on Arise TV News Morning Show, the former Lagos State Governor also listed in his nation’s economic agenda to promote six new regional economic development agencies which could address security challenges and boost autonomy.
In addition, Tinubu has plans to increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth to 12% over 4 years, achieve 15,000 megawatts, remove fuel subsidy and draft a new national infrastructure plan.
If Tinubu becomes President in 2023 and implements this economic blueprint, he will surpass the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, Member States’ agreement on a level of educational funding of 4 to 6% of GDP or 15 to 20% of public expenditure.
Nigerian lecturers working in federal and state governments’ universities have commenced strike on February 14 till date as their demands are yet to be met by the federal government.
The striking lecturers’ demands include, funding for the revitalisation of public universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osedeke, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on 11th May 2022 criticised the federal government for the strike.
“Let me give you an example because this is where we are getting it wrong, when the airline operators said they were going to stop the flights, the Senate and House of Representatives quickly stepped in.
“This is because they are affected; they quickly rushed in and addressed the problem, why would they not resolve that of the education sector that is affecting the children of the poor and the ordinary people
“If the government is willing to resolve the issues affecting the Nigerians, then there would be no need to go on strike.
Tinubu who emerged as the APC presidential flag bearer yesterday at the Special Convention which held at Eagle Square, Abuja scored 1271 votes to defeat his keen contenders including a former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi who had 316 votes and the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who garnered 235 votes.
The Presidential race has been projected to be a two-horse race between Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, especially as the third force, a former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi’s ambition is threatened due to Labour party’s internal crisis.
Tinubu, in his speech Abuja on Tuesday night, had said, “We need to build a Nigeria where sufficient jobs for the urban population are available and lead to a good life most wholly benefits the nation.”
Furthermore, after his emergence as APC flag bearer on Wednesday, he said, “Yes, we face serious problems. But I believe that we have it within us to reach our finest destiny. With help from God, we shall make this nation better for the generations to come.
“President Muhamamdu Buhari has already laid a solid foundation in security, economy, and anti-corruption. We will build upon this for the salvation of our people.
“So, I ask you: Do we dare reform our national economy such that prosperity grows as poverty vanishes? Yes, we dare. Do we dare provide meaningful education and jobs for our youths so that they may strive for a better future?”
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