*Lagos Hijab: Court of Appeal delivers judgement today *Sex scandal: US Ambassador ignores Reps probe again

*Lagos Hijab: Court of Appeal delivers judgement today *Sex scandal: US Ambassador ignores Reps probe again

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATES FOR JULY 21, 2016

Lagos Hijab: Court of Appeal delivers judgement today

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos State will today deliver judgement on whether or not students in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State should be allowed to put on Hijab (Muslims headscarf) with their school uniforms. In a hearing notice made available by the court, the judgement would be delivered in Court Two by nine o’clock. The special panel of the Court of Appeal set up to hear the case had previously reserved its judgement on Friday, May 27. During the panel hearing, the presiding justice, A.B. Gumel, also asked parties involved in the case to update their defence documents. Other Justices in the five-man panel set up by President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa are Justice M. Fasanmi, Justice A. Jauro, Justice J.S. Ikejegh and Justice Jombo Ofor. Read more

Sex scandal: US Ambassador ignores Reps probe again

THE outgoing United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, yesterday, failed again to appear before the House of Representatives investigative hearing committee on the alleged sex misconduct involving three members of the House. James Entwistle This is as the three members involved in the sex scandal accused the ambassador of racial discrimination, adding that the allegation, which they claimed never existed, was a plot to smear the image of the country. They also said the absence of the ambassador and the postponement of the investigative hearing on two occasions were a denial in disguise. Read more
Confusion over status of education varsity

WHEN members of Edo State House of Assembly upgraded the College of Education, Ekiadolor into a university two years ago, the workers were happy. They looked forward to a boost in their welfare since they would automatically enjoin the university salary scale as members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

Governance structure weak in state varsities, says Okojie

NATIONAL Universities Commission (NUC) Executive Secretary, Prof Julius Okojie, has described the governance structure of state universities in the country as the worst in the world. He said state universities were worse off in terms of academic standard, compromise and flouting of the Public Procurement Laws. Read more

Oyedepo, John Maxwell motivated me, says valedictorian

LANDMARK University (LMU), Omu-Aran, Kwara State valedictorian at the university’s graduation, Oyeleke Oyetunji Olumuyiwa, has said his father, the founder of the university and Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, and prolific author John Maxwe, are inspirations for his academic excellence. Read more

Lagos plans digital library

The Lagos State government has commenced work on an online knowledge database that would serve the needs of various levels of learners. Speaking on the digital library project at the Ministry of Education conference room last Thursday, the Special Adviser on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said the database would be accessible free of charge on computers and other digital devices with internet connection from all over the country. Read more

NGO teaches ethical leadership to pupils

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), The Future Builders, has taught pupils to imbibe the tenets of ethical leadership to check bad governance in the country. Read more

Alumni donate 50 sets of classroom furniture

Infrastructural transformation has begun at Ilupeju Senior Grammar School, Lagos State, thanks to the school’s newly established old students’ association. Read more

Diamonds Mine School graduates pupils

Nursery and primary pupils of Diamonds Mine Schools, Ogba graduated amid cheers from their parents and teachers. The Proprietor, Mrs Grace Aderibegbe told The Nation at the ceremony that she was grateful to God for her pupils’ success academically and otherwise. Read more

LASU x-rays Brexit

The Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University (LASU) has organised one-day seminar on the exit of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union, and its global implication, as well as the fate of Nigerians living in the UK.  Read more

Don laments disregard for teachers

University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Prof Nike Ijaiya, has blamed the decadence in the education sector on corruption, lack foresight and uncaring attitude. Ijaiya, who spoke at the graduation of Roemichs International Schools, Ilorin, lamented that teachers in public schools are not yet accorded the respect they deserve. Read more

Why Nigeria should embrace STEM, by expert

TO familiarise Nigerians with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, a nongovernmental organisation, Benignant STEM Innovation (BSI) Foundation is hosting a one-day awareness programme with the theme: “Innovative technological development through STEM awareness.” Its founder, Mrs Onyema Benigna Ajuogu, a Florida-based aerospace engineer, said the event, would expose young people, especially women, to the importance of STEM in bringing ideas to life. Read more

UNILORIN vet hospital ready

The University of Ilorin Veterinary Teaching Hospital (UIVTH) at Sabo Oke, Ilorin, is ready for inauguration. Already, surgery is being carried out on animals and staffing has started. UIVTH Director, Prof Emmanuel Olugbenga Oyedipe, noted that 85 per cent of the work is already completed.  Read more

Promotion for LASU dons

The Governing Council of Lagos State University at its 111st statutory meeting on May 31 2016, elevated Rotimi Williams Olatunji to the status of professor of Mass Communication (Advertising). Olatunji, whose promotion was back dated to last October 1, became the third professor of Communication Studies in LASU School of Communication. Also, Dr. Yinka Alawode has been elevated from Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor, Mass Communication Read more

No compromise on teacher quality, says minister

Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah, has said the Federal Government would take time to recruit qualified teachers for Unity schools. He said this at the Annual Speech Day/Prize Giving ceremony of Queen’s College, Yaba, last Saturday. Anwukah said improving teacher quality was one of the plans by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to fulfil its change promise, and assured that the recruitment process would be done with care to select qualified teachers. Read more

Vitafoam MD blames govt for poor STEM education

Group Managing Director (GMD) of Vitafoam Nigeria Plc, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, has blamed the government for the backward state of science and technology education in Nigeria. Adeniyi, who spoke on the topic: “Synergy in Science: A tool for National Development” at the annual lecture of the Faculty of Science, University of Lagos, accused the government of playing politics with education, a situation he said was responsible for Nigeria’s underdevelopment. Read more

Punishment teaches wisdom’

Living Springs Schools, Lekki Executive Director Mrs Abosede Obayomi, has said punishment is good for pupils as it makes them wise. She said pupils must be trained to shy away from telling lies or shifting blame to others because of the fear of punishment. She spoke during the 8th annual valecdictory and prize giving day. She said rather they should be taught to embrace their fears so that they would not be liars. Read more

School wins art contest

Mind Builders High School came tops in the 2016 Colour Me Right Art Exhibition Competition on “Substance Abuse  and its effect” organised by Paroche Reach-out Foundation, Ikeja, recently. The competition was organised to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Mrs Titilola Adebayo, Founder/CEO of the foundation, said the aim of the competition was to to enlighten young people in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions about the deleterious effects of substance abuse and addiction, and other social vices Read more

Joint Venture cash calls’ indebtedness rises to $6bn — SENATE

THE Senate yesterday decried the current cash call indebtedness of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Joint Venture, which has risen to well over $6 billion. It also noted that the issue had become a huge problem staring the nation’s economy in the face. According to the Senate, investigation into the implementation  of the Joint Venture Cash Calls Obligation by the Nigeria National Petroleum, NNPC, was stalled by the absence of chief executive officers of International Oil Companies, IOCs. Speaking yesterday at the public hearing on the urgent need for effective implementation of the Joint Venture cash calls obligations by the NNPC, in accordance with the appropriate Act of the National Assembly, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the indebtedness was worrisome, especially at a period of disturbing and increased pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta  Read more

Alleged child trafficking: NIS intercepts vehicle conveying children in Ebonyi

State Command of Nigeria Immigration Service yesterday intercepted a vehicle conveying 18 persons including underage children suspected to be victims of human trafficking. File: Trafficked kids The 18-seater white bus with registration number-Lagos LDD-468XH has the insignia of ‘Ondo State Sunshine Express’ boldly written on it. In a chat with newsmen at the Command Headquarters in Abakaliki, the State Acting Controller of NIS, Barrister Okey Ezugwu stated that the surveillance team of the Command intercepted the vehicle in Abakaliki axis on their way to Edo state from Bekwara in Cross River state.  Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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