THE ONLY LGA WITHOUT SECONDARY SCHOOL GETS ONE

The only local government area in Nigeria without a secondary school has just got one, thanks to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

According to a statement by the governor’s spokesman, Imam Imam, Gudu Local Government Area in Sokoto State had suffered the misfortune of having some of the worst statistics in education in the world.

Apart from suffering the ignominy of not having a senior secondary school to cater for its estimated 120,000 residents, a 2013 survey showed that out of the 1,890 students in Junior Secondary Schools in the council, only one of them was female.

“But all that is about to change, because at the weekend, the Sokoto State Executive Council gave approval for the establishment of a model boarding secondary school in Balle, the headquarters of the local government area,” said the statement.

Announcing the council’s decision in Sokoto, the state Commissioner for Information, Abdulkadir Jeli Abubakar, said N1 billion had been earmarked for the new school, among others scheduled for rehabilitation, and already 30 per cent mobilisation fee had been approved for the contractor to begin construction work.

During the last Democracy Day celebration, Tambuwal had announced that a new boarding secondary school would be established in Balle.

“Government is determined to establish a new secondary school in Balle, an initiative which is considered laudable by all stakeholders, in view of the poor state of education in Gudu Local Government Area.

“The fact is that despite concerted efforts by successive governments, the level of educational development in Gudu has consistently remained lowest in the state.

“So the establishment of a boarding school in the area will invariably improve enrolment, retention and transition of pupils from primary to secondary schools in the local government and its neighbours, such as Tangaza and Illela,” the governor had said.

The project is expected to be completed in six months.

According to the commissioner, the sum of N241 million had been approved by the council for the total renovation of GSS Tureta, while the renovation of GGSS Illela, whose approval was given by the council, would cost approximately N167 million.

“Similarly, the council has approved the sum of over N304 million for the complete renovation of Gamji Girls College, Rabah, and rehabilitation of Sabon Birni Bridge at the cost of over N194 million,” he added.

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ARE BLOGGERS, JOURNALISTS?

For some time now, this has been a very contentious issue.Its been debated internationally and quite controversial too. I spent most of my afternoon seeking opinion and I finally realized that sorting this out would probably take a while, and enlightening people would take longer.

Let me start by saying this: BLOGGERS ARE NOT JOURNALISTS! And I would advise anyone who believes a blogger is one to get his/her facts straight. That you write a blog doesn’t make you a Journalist. Blogging came into existence well into the computer age as a matter of fact, the term “weblog” was introduced by Jorn Barger in 1997. Blogging isn’t even up to two decades old! Journalism has been in around since pretty much the 17th Century, when the newspaper was established.

Journalists are trained professionals, anyone can blog. They travel round and meet people and so on. For example, how many bloggers have you guys seen gathering information at the war front? Journalist travel places. Bloggers write what they think, they write their personal opinion. Journalists write the news, their opinion doesn’t matter. Journalists have strict policies to follow, because they work under an establishment, which has laid down guidelines for them to follow. Bloggers “blog” on their own terms.

The bottomline is that, a piece of journalism, even an editorial or opinion piece, written by a trained and ethical journalist, at least attempts to give opposing sides or viewpoints an opportunity to respond before the article or program is published. A blogger just publishes, one-sided or not, assuming that if anyone wants or needs to respond they can do so in the comments.

This research isn’t finished, not by a long shot…To be continued

ASUU REJECTS SENATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT BILL

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday in Abuja said the Sexual Harassment Bill, 2016 before the Senate undermined university autonomy.

President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this at a Public Hearing on the bill, organised by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Sexual Harassment Bill was sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (LP- Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 57 other senators.

The bill seeks to criminalise sexual harassment in tertiary institutions and it, among other things, proposes a five-year jail term for lecturers found guilty of sexual harassment of students.

Ogunyemi said that universities were established by law as autonomous bodies, adding that there were laws that clearly articulated redress procedures.

“As a global norm, universities and other tertiary institutions are established by law as autonomous bodies and have their own laws regulating their affairs.

This includes misconduct generally among both staff and students, with clearly articulated appropriate redress mechanism.

Any law or bill which seeks to supplant these laws violates the university autonomy.

In this particular instance, the bill violates the Federal Government of Nigeria and ASUU agreement of 2009 and as such should be rejected,” he said.

He said that the bill was discriminatory because it was targeted at educators.

GOOGLE DOODLE: KARL LANDSTEINER

Today, Google honors Karl Landsteiner, with a “doodle” on their search engine. He was born in June 14, 1868 and died in June 26, 1943.

In 1901, Landsteiner classified human blood into different groups and created the ABO blood group system that we still use today. His discovery, which won him the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1930 and has made blood transfusion a life-saving medical practice over the years. He also played a role in the discover of Polio Virus. He was from Austria.