The University of Benin suffered another setback over the weekend as property of the institution valued above N40 million were lost in a fire incident.
The Liaison office of the University located in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja which doubles as its guest house was razed down Friday afternoon.
Eye witness account has it that the inferno started few minutes past 1 o’clock and though the could not be ascertained, electrical fault is being suspected.
The source said Power Holden Company of Nigeria, (PHCN) seized the power supply in the area due to some fluctuation and that when eventually the power was restored, a loud sound was heared, after which the fire started.
Computers, furniture, documents, refrigerators and television were among the burnt items which total value was placed at over N40 million.
An officer of the institution in the Liaison office who pleaded anorinity said PHCN is to blame for the unfortunate inferno.
According to the officer, the office has of recent experienced regular poor power supply.
“Power supply had become a regular problem and even when you have the light, it is either very low current or frustrating fluctuation.”
He regretted that the incident would affect the administrative process in the school as vital information stored in the computers and documents got destroyed.
Proprietors Call For Improved Education Sector
The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has emphasised the need for a better and quality education sector.
Speaking at a virtual meeting, National President, NAPPS, Mr Yomi Otubela, revealed that the 2022 annual NAPPS International Conference and Exhibition was titled, “ Revamping Africa’s education for sustainable development: Private education perspective,” would discuss and proffer suggestions to the development of education.
”It will provide an avenue for the association to host a flood of participants, comprising school proprietors from across different states of Nigeria and outside the country with the participation of invited parents, private/public school teachers, government dignitaries, multinational organisations, foreign partners, exhibitors, and various stakeholders.
“The event will hold between November 29th and 1st of December, 2022 at the JOGOR CENTRE 1, off Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State,” he said.
He added that the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would deliver the keynote address, while the Governor of Oyo state, Mr Seyi Makinde would be the Special Guest of honour/host Governor.
“NAPPS International Conference and Exhibition will feature various programmes of interest such as a Master Class programme for school owners, teachers and professionals in the education sector, public lectures from erudite speakers, the exhibition of products and services from local to multinational companies, award ceremonies for distinguished members of the society and the association, policy decisions to impact education positively.
“Distinguished and eminent personalities from the political space, academics, and consulting, have been invited to grace the event as it promises to be refreshing and rewarding, “ he said.
$250,000 Orld’s Best School Prizes Open
The World’s Best School Prizes, founded by T4 Education is now open to Nigerian schools.
A statement by the organisation said the prize was in collaboration with the world’s most prestigious education prizes including Accenture, American Express, Yayasan Hasanah, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the Lemann Foundation.
It revealed that there were five prizes schools could apply for, namely The World’s Best School Prize for Community Collaboration, The World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action, The World’s Best School Prize for Innovation, The World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity, and The World’s Best School Prize for Supporting Healthy Lives.
Founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes, Vikas Pota, said governments must ensure quality education is a right, not a luxury.
Governments must take urgent action to tackle the global education crisis and ensure quality education is a right, not a luxury.
”We founded the World’s Best School Prizes to create the conversations that lead to lasting change. Conversations between educators learning from one another’s vital solutions, and conversations in the halls and corridors of power where leaders must sit up and listen to those on the front.
Nigerian Lecturer At Ugandan University Sacked Over Sex-For-Marks Scandal …As Accused Denies Allegation, Says He Is Yet To Be Served
The head of the Department of Economics and Statistics in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences at Kabale University, in the Western Region of Uganda, Dr Nafiu Lukman Abiodun, has been sacked after being found guilty of sexual harassment.
Abiodun, a Nigerian, who is also the Director of Research at the university was interdicted mid-year to pave way for investigations into complaints that he was demanding sex from female students in exchange for marks.
It was gathered Abiodun gave retakes to female students who refuse to cooperate with him.
Abiodun, however ran of luck when some of the female students recorded him demanding sex on phone.
According to a letter addressed to him on November 11 by the secretary of the institution, Canon Johnson Munono Byaryant.3uma, investigations found him guilty of sexual harassment, failure to follow examination regulations and professional guidance.
“I regret to inform you that the Appointments Board of Kabale University Under Min.598160/AB/21122 found you guilty of Sexual Harassment, failure to follow examination regulations, and professional negligence. The board therefore directed you be severely reprimanded and your interdiction be lifted,” reads the letter.
“The board further resolved not to renew your contract as a senior lecturer of Statistics when it expires on 11 November 2022. You are therefore required to hand over all university property in your possession to the dean of the faculty of Economics and Management Science in the presence of the financial auditor,” it added.
The chancellor of Kabale University, Joy Constance Kwesiga, confirmed the development when contacted on Sunday November 13, but declined to divulge details, saying that the institution had information that Dr Abiodun might petition the court.
When contacted for his reaction, Dr Abioudun claimed that he was yet to receive the letter terminating his services.
He dismissed the accusations levied against him but declined to discuss the details.
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