Category: Education

NOUN appoints former Army spokesman as faculty member


The National Open University of Nigeria has appointed retired Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman as Faculty member of its Business School.

Usman voluntarily bowed out of the Nigerian army as its Director of Public relations on Thursday after more than 35 years of service.

A statement issued by the Coordinator of NOUN Business School, Prof. Samaila Mande, on Tuesday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria said the former army spokesman was appointed because of his wealth of experience.

Mande expressed optimism that as Public Relations and Communications expert, Usman would bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to bear in his new appointment.

He said with Usman’s appointment, the retired general would chair the Crisis Communication, Public Relations and Security Studies sessions of the School.9N5ktkqTURBXy8wNTY3ZTE0NDEwOTBmOWI5NDcxZjUxMWZiMWQ0ZGQ0Ny5qcGVnkpUDFgDNAlXNAVCTBc0DFM0BvA

Usman is a graduate of Bayero University Kano, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and also has a Masters degree in Media, Peace and Conflicts Studies.

He is also a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and member of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos.



Students And Parents Rejoice As ASUU Calls Off Three Months Old Strike

Its a massive relief for parents and students who have had to sit at home for about three months now since November, 2018 when ASUU embarked on its strike action meant to get the government to address matters concerning its members’ welfare.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday agreed to suspend their strike, which has lasted for three months.

This comes after ASUU signed all agreements with the Federal Government, following a conciliatory meeting in Abuja.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented the Federal Government, while the lecturers were represented by the union’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi.

According to Ngige, both parties unanimously resolved the eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike.

Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, Ogunyemi said: “On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumed its strike action, which was conditionally suspended on 14th September, 2017.

“The action of 2017 was suspended following the signing of a memorandum of action (MoA) in which the federal government of Nigeria (FGN) promised to address the contentious issues within a timeline that was to end in October 2017.

“While announcing the suspension of the nationwide action, however, our union made it categorically clear that ASUU will not hesitate to review its position should government renege on the signed Memorandum of Action.

“Predictably, Government implemented the MoA in the breach, thereby forcing ASUU to resume the suspended strike action. Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university.


campuses. This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of non-disruption of academic calendar by proprietors and administrators of some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.

“Rather, it is about deep-seated pains members of the Union undergo to prevent strike actions and the equally painful consequences strike situations bring to all who are genuinely averse to the mercantile disposition to university education.

ASUU’s official Twitter handle also confirmed that lecturers are to resume on Friday (tomorrow).“The NEC has decided that the STRIKE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.

“Academic activities resume tomorrow,” the union quoted its president as saying in a tweet.ASUU_14

Unbelievable! Over 300,000 Candidates Registered For JAMB In One Week

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has registered over 300,000 candidates for its 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in one week, despite the ongoing strike by ASUU.jamb6The Board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, in Lagos.

Mr Benjamin said this was coming a week after the commencement of the registration exercise.

NAN reports that the board commenced registration of candidates for the 2019 all Computer Based Test (CBT) on Jan.10 and it would close on February 21.

According to him, the registration so far has been seamless, and the board is happy with the development.

“We are happy with the way the process is going; we hope it will continue this way.

“So far, we have registered over 300,000 candidates, as at Thursday.

“We are happy there have not been issues because so far, there is just a tiny gap between the number of candidates that have acquired the e-pin and that of those that have registered,” he said.

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Meanwhile, JAMB has insisted that all candidates with issues of biometrics must go over to Abuja for it to be rectified.

“I want to reiterate the fact that only the Registrar of the board has the sole right to attend to such issues.

“Any candidate who may have issues with the capturing of his or her finger prints at their respective points of registration will need to come down to our office in Abuja.

“This will require the chief executive to do it himself, for the purpose of security,” Mr Benjamin said.

This, however, was contrary to calls by some stakeholders urging the board to set up special centres in every state of the country to tackle issues.

The National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) had argued that asking candidates with biometric issues to travel all the way to Abuja to get such issues sorted out was too demanding, citing dangers of transportation, fares, among others.jamb3

Adeolu Ogunbanjo, the second deputy national president of the association, said that most parents were barely struggling to get money to get their children and wards registered.

Mr Ogunbanjo said that for those with such biometric issues, travelling to Abuja was an additional burden.


ASUU strike to continue as meeting with FG ends in deadlock

The constant strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU will continue as the meeting between the leadership of the academic union and the Federal government ended in a deadlock today December 4th.

The meeting which held at the Minister of Education , Adamu Adamu ‘s office, failed to see both parties reach an agreement.

The Union began their strike action on November 5th to demand better funding for universities and alleged plans by the Federal government to increase student fees.

Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, ASUU president Biodun Ogunyemi, said

”We have been meeting but we are yet to reach any concrete decision”.

#ASUU: House of Reps declares state of emergency- puts pressure on Buhari

ASUU_14The House of Representatives, yesterday, declared a state of emergency on the education sector, vowing to rescue it from further decay. To this end, the House resolved to increase the budgetary allocation of the sector to the United Nations standard of 26 per cent from the present paltry seven percent.

It also set up an adhoc committee to interface with the relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies, MDAs, of government in the sector to proffer best solutions on the issue.

The resolutions followed a motion, titled: “Need to Reform Nigeria’s Tertiary Educational System”, sponsored by Ayodele Oladimeji. Moving the motion, Oladimeji said Nigerians now preferred sending their children abroad, a development he said was responsible for the neglect of the education sector.

He said: “The House notes that strategic importance of education to any nation cannot be over emphasized being the fulcrum of national growth and development. “Also notes that tertiary education is the platform for developing human capital for social, economic and technological transformation and advancement of any nation “Again notes that right to education is a fundamental human right and a tool of attaining not only academic excellence but also social justice and progress, through which citizens achieve not only personal growth but also develop civic and political consciousness.

“Worried that Nigeria loses a minimum of N1 Trillion to Education Tourism annually because about 75,000 Nigerians are currently studying in Ghana, Benin Republic and Egypt, among others “Also worried about the dwindling quality of education in Nigeria, thus making our graduates unemployed, as no fewer than 1.8 million graduates in the country move into labour market every year with the hope of getting jobs that are not available. “Informed that numerous problems beset Nigeria’s educational system, leading to poor quality and exodus of our youth from pursuit of tertiary education; these include inadequate funding and infrastructure, epileptic power supply and examination malpractices.

“Aware that the Nigerian Government allocates 7 per cent of the national budget to education which is far from the 26% budgetary allocation recommended by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) for developing countries like Nigeria.

“Also aware that Nigeria’s educational sector needs urgent reform, failing which it will continue to spiral down and Nigerians will continue to spend their hard-earned foreign exchange in financing education tourism.” Contributing to the motion, the Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, lamented the level of infrastructural decay in Nigeria.

Gbajabiamila, who noted that education should be made a fundamental human right for all Nigeria children, said: “The level of infrastructural decay in our schools diminishes your capacity to learn, even to teach. What have we done with our oversight function? ”

#Strike: Federal Gov’t, ASUU To Meet Again

ASUUThe Federal Government is expected to hold another emergency meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday in a bid to end the ongoing strike in public universities.

The last meeting between the two parties took place on November 15. Despite the meeting lasting for six hours, the strike was not called off because no agreement was reached.

Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that today’s meeting would again focus on the issues in the 2017 Memorandum of Action, which the union claimed the Federal Government had neglected.

Public universities lecturers began their strike on November 5, saying the Federal Government had failed to implement the key areas of focus contained in the MoA.

From a copy of the FG/ASUU 2017 agreement obtained by our correspondent, the issues still under contention are the funding of public universities, earned academic allowances, salary shortfalls and pension matters.

The President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with our correspondent on Sunday confirmed the union’s meeting with the Federal Government would take place on Monday.

Ogunyemi said, “There is supposed to be a meeting tomorrow evening (Monday). It all depends on the way government approaches it. If they invite us further, we will go. It also depends on what they put on the table. We met them briefly and we agreed to meet on Monday (today).

“We met with the Minster of Education (Adamu Adamu) on Thursday and it was a short meeting. We have given them our terms. I am not representing myself but those who have given us a clear mandate and we shall abide by the terms.”

The Federal Government’s delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in their meeting with ASUU leaders on November 15 appealed to the union to consider the interest of the students and end the strike.

Politicians have used religion to manipulate Nigerians- Wole Soyinka

Wole-SoyinkaProfessor Wole Soyinka has stated that many Nigerians have had their ideals diluted by their leaders using religion as a weapon.

“One way of stopping the bloodbath is to reconfigure the nation. States must be given maximum control over their resources.

There are some, who prefer to grow rice, there are others who prefer to grow religion and we know where religion has taken us today. Some people will like to say, it is not really religion that has gotten us to where we are, I agree with you; but some people have manipulated religion to suit their purpose. The effect of those who manipulated it is disastrous. If some people prefer to grow rice, and others to grow Sharia, then, both sides should be given the means to develop.

“Those insisting on restructuring do so because they know that there is something wrong with the state of Nigeria. Many times, Nigerians have come together to proffer solutions and the way forward for the country, but after spending so much time and effort, nothing ever comes out of it. The recommendations are left to gather dust. How much longer shall we continue like this?”

Nwachukwu canvasses return to old regions Nwachukwu, who was the chairman of the occasion, cautioned that Nigeria could only reap the benefits of its potentials through a return to the old regions. Nwachukwu said: “As we prepare for the elections, it is pertinent to remind members of the INEC that theirs is a sacred trust. Though appointed by the government, they are responsible to the people of Nigeria. To make INEC truly independent, there is the need to review the system of appointing its members.”Soyinka1

Nwodo chides opponents of restructuring Ohanaeze President, Chief Nwodo, in his speech, said: “Those campaigning against restructuring in Nigeria have painted an unfortunate and untrue picture that those of us in support of restructuring are doing so in order to deny the northern states, who have not yet any proven oil reserves of the ability to survive.

This is unfortunate. The new model we propose for Nigeria recognizes that revenue in the world today is promoted by two main sources namely, human capital development leveraging on technology to drive the critical sectors of the economy and agriculture.

“Nigeria beyond oil must contemplate the implementation of legislative independence to the federating units, sovereignty of mineral and oil resources to the federating units, a painstaking resolve to support all electoral processes and candidates that would bring about this change.” Adebanjo harps on restructuring.

Benue State University student shot dead by cultists over missing trouser

Benue State Police Command has arrested a suspected cultist over the murder of one Oketa Simon, a 300level Mass Communication undergraduate of Benue State University.

Simon, also a suspected cultist, was shot dead on November 6, 2018, in a farm opposite Rahama Clinic Logo II Makurdi.

The Police arrested 18-year-old Samuel Ochoechi, a non student in connection to the crime.

The suspect during investigation, confessed to have conspired with three others namely; Bem Uper aka Movement, Viper and Chemical, all members of the Red Confraternity and killed the deceased who is said to be a member of the Black Confraternity over a missing Jean trouser.

While effort was ongoing to arrest his accomplices, the said Bem Uper aka Movement, a 400level Theatre Arts undergraduate of same University, was hacked by rival cult group in retaliation.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, November 7, beside Kyabiz Filling Station opposite Benue University second gate.

Effort is ongoing to arrest all those involved in both killings. They would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Two Teenage Schoolgirls Under Pressure After Posting ‘Romantic’ Picture Online.

This is very disturbing, Two junior secondary school students have come under fire online after deciding to share a ‘romantic’ picture of themselves on social media.

The unidentified teenage schoolgirls in their uniform took to social media to post a picture of themselves kissing in a classroom as many internet users blasted and criticised them for engaging in the “extracurricular” activity rather than facing their studies.

A Facebook user identified as Samuel Gozie, lambasted the young girls as he called for a strict measure to prevent immorality among students.

Governor Shettima of Borno begs NYSC members not to seek redeployment from the state

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has pleaded with corps members deployed in the state not to seek redeployment, assuring them of his government’s commitment to their welfare and security.

He also told them that they are major stakeholders in the task of the development of the state.

He made the appeal in Katsina during the commencement of a three-week orientation for the 2018 Batch ‘C’ corps members deployed in the state.

The orientation is taking place at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps training camp, Babaruga in the outskirts of Katsina State.

The Governor who was represented at the occasion by the Chairman of the Borno NYSC Governing council, Alhaji Mahdi Gazali, maintained that the state government still paid extra allowances to corps members deployed in the state, aside from monthly stipends being paid them by the NYSC.

According to him, the state still pays monthly allowances of N10,000 to all categories of corps members; N50,000 to paramedics graduates and N100,000 to corps members who are medical doctors.

The Governor said, “the orientation programme has been strategically and tactically designed to acquaint and indeed instill in you the requisite leadership qualities of discipline, teamwork, sacrifice, and tolerance to co-exist peacefully with others from different socio-cultural, religious and political backgrounds.

Therefore, I charge you all to avail yourselves with this great opportunity to imbibe and internalise these noble values and apply same in your daily contributions towards our nation-building.”

The Borno State Coordinator of the NYSC, Alhaji Rabiu Aminu, disclosed that as of Wednesday night, 1,354 corps members made up of 750 males and 604 females had reported at the orientation camp.

The orientation programme is expected to end on November 12, 2018.

Dr. Kachukwu Set To Receive Honorary Citizen Award Of The State Of Georgia

Nigeria Petroleum minister, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachukwu is set to receive an honorary Citizen Award of the State of Georgia USA and the Key of the State of South Carolina also in USA on the 25th of October.

The letter reads:
The Nigerian Oil & Gas Core Strategic Investors Meeting.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018.
Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The Honorary Citizen Award of the State of Georgia, USA and the Key of the State of South Carolina, USA.

(To be conferred on the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria – Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu)
Thursday, October 25th, 2018.
Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Senate Approves Science And Technology University For FCT

The Senate on Thursday approved the establishment of a Science and Technology University for the Federal Capital Territory.

It equally stood down the consideration of the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the INEC Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The Senate’s approval of the Science and Technology University for the FCT is coming 17 months after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had at one of its weekly meetings in May 2017 approved the establishment of the specialised university in Abaji.

Presenting the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND at plenary for the establishment of the university, its Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau (APC Kano North), urged the Senate to receive and consider the report of the committee for the establishment of FCT University of Science and Technology (Est, etc) Bill, 2018.

He urged his colleagues to approve the establishment of the university because the location is central and will generate employment opportunities for the residents of Abaji and its environ.

Senator Philip Aduda (PDP FCT), who sponsored the bill for the establishment of the university, told newsmen after plenary that all was set for the take-off of the university by next academic session.

He disclosed that collaborative efforts were being made to get similar passage in the House of Representatives for the required presidential assent.

According to him, 500 hectares of land had already been provided for the university in Abaji Area Council of the FCT aside blocks of classrooms and equipment also put in place by FCTA.

“As the senator representing FCT and the sponsor of this bill, I’m very elated with its passage today in the Senate and happy to inform you that required concurrence from the House of Representatives will be carried out soonest for the awaiting presidential assent being a project conceived and approved by the federal government in May last year.

“FCT needs a university of its own outside the University of Abuja established in 1988 to cater for more and more people seeking for university education within the territory and in Nigeria at large,” he said.

Also Thursday, the Senate stood down
the consideration of its Committee on INEC on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said the Senate had to defer debate on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill to another day so as to give the committee headed by Senator Suleiman Nazif ( PDP Bauchi North) enough time to do a thorough legislative work on the Bill.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in agreeing with Lawan, then said the committee’s report will be stood down till next Tuesday.
Saraki said: “The Electoral Act Amendment Bill will now be presented at plenary by INEC committee on Tuesday.”

The Senate after a heated debate also Thursday confirmed the appointment of Dr. Abdulmalik Durnnguwa as the Commissioner of the National Population Commission (NPC).
Some senators had faulted the presentation of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Identity Card and National Population Commission, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi (PDP Kaduna North), about the credentials of Durnnguwa while presenting him for confirmation.

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujinmi, wondered how the nominee can obtain his primary school leaving certificate at the age of 10.

The Senate President quickly interjected and said: “We have passed that stage, let’s do the needful as the committee has done its work.”
He thereafter put the nominee’s name into voice vote and the ‘ayes’ had it.
Earlier, the Senate had gone into a close-door session upon resumption of plenary immediately after Saraki said the opening prayer at 11:45 am.

At the end of the session that lasted for only 15 minutes, Saraki said the session discussed issues of national importance as it affects the National Assembly in general and Senate in particular.

Nigerian Artist Who Painted Obama, Honoured By Harvard University (Photo )

Kehinde Wiley, a Nigerian painter, who was commissioned to do a portrait of former United States President Barack Obama, has been honoured with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal by Harvard University.

On Thursday, Kehinde alongside seven others — Florence Ladd, Kenneth Chenault, Shirley Ann Jackson, Pamela Joyner, Bryan Stevenson, Dave Chappelle, and Colin Kaepernick — received the medals for their works in various fields.

Past awards have been conferred on Muhammad Ali (2015) and Maya Angelou (2014), and is Harvard’s highest honour in the field of African and African American studies.

American University, Introduces A New Course ‘Trumpaganda’ To Examine Trump On Democracy

American students can now get a certificate in ‘Trumpaganda, as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign begins a course on the subject.

According to a report by, students will examine Trump’s “war on facts, press and democracy,” during the eight-week course.

The class will be offered through the university’s journalism program.
“As a candidate, Trump employed the most common propaganda device, name-calling, to define, degrade, discredit and destroy his primary opponents as well as the “fake” news media,” the course description reads.

Mira Sotirovic, associate professor in media, is teaching the class, and told the Daily Illini that students will look at President Trump’s strategies for dealing with the press to look how propaganda can exist in a democracy.

“Propaganda is effective only if it is concealed and camouflaged as something else, such as news, advertisements or PR releases, and it is critical to learn how to detect propaganda and recognise propagandistic features of any communication, including presidential,” Sotirovic told the paper.

NYSC Replies Adebayo Shittu says Political Office Not Replacement For NYSC

The National Youth Service Corps has dismissed the claim by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, that taking political office had compensated for his deliberate refusal to take part in the compulsory national service.

The spokesperson of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Adenike Adeyemi, said the minister’s juxtaposition of holding an elective office and undergoing the obligatory national service is an error.

Since PREMIUM TIMES busted his cover as an NYSC dodger, on Thursday, Mr Shittu has been advancing the argument that his election into the Oyo State House of Assembly immediately after his studies substitutes the mandatory service.

Lawyers who spoke to this newspaper on the issue said Mr Shittu’s justification for skipping the scheme is flawed and ludicrous.

Mrs Adeyemi concurred with the explanation of the lawyers who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on the unmistakable cases of exemption allowed by the law in Section 2 of the NYSC Act.

The referenced section exempted only four categories of Nigerians from the national service.

Those exempted are those who graduated after their 30th birthday, those who have served in the military or the police for at least nine months and staff of intelligence agencies.

The last set of those eligible for exemption are persons who have obtained a national honour.
Speaking to Tribune newspaper, the NYSC spokesperson said the provisions of the Act are very clear, and there are no exceptions for any person like Mr Shittu who became a lawmaker at the age of 26.

She said “Serving in the National (or state) Assembly is not one of them (conditions for exemption from national service)”.
“You have read the Act and you can see the circumstances where someone is exempted, you analyse it if he [Shittu] was exempted duly or there is a reason why he should have served.

But the Act is very straightforward on the grounds for not coming up to serve.
“If you are a graduate locally trained or foreign trained, as long as you graduate before the age of 30, you are expected to serve. Whether foreign or locally trained, the law is the same. Our youths should be rightly guided that if you were able to complete your studies and as of the date of graduation, you are under 30, you are eligible to serve,” the NYSC spokesperson said.

Mrs Adeyemi insisted that the NYSC law gives no preferential treatment to Nigerians other than those exempted by Section 2 of the Act, emphasising that
“The NYSC was set up to mobilise all eligible Nigerian youths. The Act does not talk about VIPs or children of VIPs. Anyone who is a Nigerian youth, who has a first degree and under the age of 30 must serve, the issue of VIPs or their children does not apply.

“However, if there is any reason why a corps member needs a concession, the corps member applies and concession is given, for example, for marital reasons and on health grounds. Everyone is treated the same and where concessions are to be given, it is treated.

So, VIPs or children of VIPs do not come into the Act and we do not look at that,” she said.

Legal position

Lawyers who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on the Shittu scandal said the minister is in the breach of the NYSC law for skipping the national service.

“His membership of the state assembly is not the same as national service,” said Huwaila Mohammed, a Kano-based practitioner. “He needs to serve, because the section of the law dealing with exemption did not include political office holders like him.”

Another lawyer, Abdul Mahmud, agreed with Ms Mohammed’s position, saying the minister “is a dodger who is in breach of the law”.
He said by the provision of Section 12 of the NYSC Act, Mr Shittu ought to have presented his certificate of national service before he was cleared as minister.

“The provision is clear,” Mr. Mahmud said. “It says (you must serve) before you get any job in the federation.”
Mr Mahmud, who chairs the Abuja-based pressure group, Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL), said Mr Shittu’s “case is worse than that of Kemi Adeosun because he deliberately refused to serve”.

“If we assume as a member of the Oyo House he (Mr Shittu) served, did it not defeat objective 4 (b) stated in Section 1 (4) (b) of the NYSC Act? Members serve in states other than their own,” he said.

The lawyer said Mr Shittu should be arrested immediately by the police and made to face the law.
“All positions he has held are illegal and he should return all monies he earned from those posts to government coffers,” Mahmud said

High school teacher accused of having sex with students, narrates her story during and after trial

Former high school teacher in Maine found not guilty of having sex with a student said she wants to write a book to share her story with others.

The 30-year-old former Kennebunk High School teacher, Jill Lamontagne was first accused of sex charges with a student in 2017.

She was acquitted of all charges in July after a four-day trial.

“I’ve filled multiple notebooks over the past year,” she told the Journal Tribune. “A book is a goal.”

Lamontagne resigned after teaching health at the school for almost five years in September 2017 when a student came forward with sexual allegations.

The student, now 19, was 17 at the time Lamontagne began helping him with schoolwork to graduate. She has been working at a diner since she resigned in September 2017.

Lamontagne was shocked when she learned about the allegations.

She knew people who are innocent are sometimes convicted for crimes they did not commit, and had to prepare herself for that possibility, despite not being able to sleep or eat and taking to her living room couch for a month.

The student testified that he and Lamontagne’s relationship changed toward the end of the school year in 2017 when his graduation was nearing, and claimed they engaged in a sexual relationship in a closet at her portable classroom and at her home.

A former colleague and daycare provider each testified that Lamontagne was with them during the two separate incidents where the teen claimed to engage in sexual relations with his former teacher.

“I think the weak part of the puzzle was my administration and superintendent,” Lamontagne said to the Journal Tribune, placing blame on school officials.

“The superintendent and principal assisted the police in building a case against me.”

Although she was acquitted of all 14 charges against her, Lamontagne’s life will never go back to the way it used to be.

“I don’t get my job back, (attorney) fees back, the old version of me back,” she told the newspaper. “I don’t get rid of the trauma. I’m innocent, that’s it.”

Teachers were discouraged from texting and calling students, but Lamontagne says it was not official policy until earlier this year. “It became more evident that math was not the only thing he was struggling with,” Lamontagne said to the Journal Tribune.

The student testified he tried to take his life on June 9 when he was supposed to be attending a graduation assembly for seniors. After the trial, Superintendent Dr. Kathryn Hawes released a letter commenting on Lamontagne’s violation of the school’s policy.

“Although Ms. Lamontagne was acquitted of the criminal charges, I think it is important to acknowledge that the evidence that was presented during the trial demonstrated a troubling failure by one of our teachers to comply with the standards we expect of all of our employees,” Hawes said in her letter.

Lamontagne said the the texts and phone calls were all solely for her efforts toward helping the student.

She was in communication with the school’s guidance counselor and sought advice on how to help him emotionally because she knew he was struggling. The student was not referred to the social worker at the school, however, because the two did not get along according to Lamontagne.

Although she has not ruled out teaching, Lamontagne, who studied nursing before she was a teacher, is exploring careers in the medical field.

Holistic health or counseling are two possibilities she considers. She told sources she wouldn’t do anything different today, despite all that happened.

Female Corper Dresses Her Baby In NYSC Uniform For Her Birthday Shoot (Photos)

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Ogundipe, has taken to her Instagram page @ewatommie123, to celebrate her daughter’s one-year-old birthday in a very unique way.

In the adorable photos which emerged online, the proud mother dressed her child identified as Zahra, in a replica of the NYSC uniform to celebrate her day.

The little Zahra was all smiles in her NYSC kit, as she looks good in her cute uniform.

To celebrate the toddler’s birthday, the mother shared photos from the shoot and wrote:

“Screaming, yelling, and hollering happy birthday to my little doll. I love you so much. You have brought me so much joy over the years.

You have taught me so much about life, about myself, and about being patient.

“You have taught me how to love myself.

You deserve the best, and I promise to do everything in my power to give you just that.

“Happy birthday my one and only. Happy birthday my first fruit. Happy birthday princess ZAHRA.

“Happy birthday my CEO. Long Life and Prosperity. I Love u AYINKE MII.”

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Best Graduating Student Of Afe Babalola University Gets A Brand New Car And Other Packages

It was tears of joy for the best graduating student of Afe-Babalola University medical Pioneer Medical Doctors, Dr. Esther Adaobi Azom as she went home with a brand new car and the sum of N500,000 plus another N250,000 courtesy of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, rolled out the drums to celebrate the induction of its 43 pioneer medical doctors under the chairmanship of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.

According to reports, all the 43 Final Year Medical students passed with eight distinctions, the equivalent of First Class in other disciplines.

Indian Billionaire Hires 12 Servants To Serve His Daughter At The University

It’s amazing if your father is a Billionaire, you can surely do and undo.

This is exactly the case a daughter of an unnamed Indian billionaire, who has been dubbed the “poshest” student in the UK after it was claimed that her family is hiring 12 staff members to help her during her studies at a Scottish university.

The first-year student at the University of St Andrew on the east coast of Scotland will have a house manager, three housekeepers, a gardener, a lady’s maid and a butler on hand to help her, along with three footmen, a private chef and chauffeur, according to The Sun newspaper.

They will be employed at the family’s new luxurious mansion, bought so that the daughter won’t have to stay in general student accommodation during the four years she spends studying at the leading Scottish university.

An advert was placed a few months ago looking for “an outgoing, cheerful” maid with an energetic personality to work within the household.

According to the advert, the maid would be in charge of “waking principal up, liaising with other staff regarding routine and schedule (and) assisting with grooming.”

The staff will also be responsible for wardrobe management and personal shopping, the job requirement posted by recruitment agency Silver Swan said.

The butler will be in charge of the student’s staff, who will be expected to open doors for her whenever possible, and footmen will serve meals, lay the table and clean.

The “ultra high net worth (UHNW) family” are described as very formal who want experienced staff, the advert notes in reference to the various roles on offer, which are said to pay around 30,000 pounds a year.

Final year univarsity student commits suicide over girlfriend in Bayelsa

A 22-year-old final year student of the Isaac Jasper Boro college of Education, Sagbama, Bayelsa State, has committed suicide after a misunderstanding with his girlfriend. .

According to reports, Comrade Diriyai Prince Daniel drank sniper on Tuesday, September, 4, 2018, after he had a clash with his girlfriend, also a student of the institution, who wanted to dump him.

He has since been buried.

Chinese Nursery School Hires Sexy Pole Dancers To Welcome Kids Back To School

A nursery school director has been sacked after young children were welcomed on the first day of school by scantily-clad pole dancers.

Horrified parents watched as young women took turns spinning around the pole like strippers in front of hundreds of students.

The now jobless director, Lai Rong, explained in a lengthy apology that the routine was meant to provide some “atmosphere” for the parents and kids.

But education officials said the performance was inappropriate and dismissed her from her role.

A viral video showing one woman’s routine at the Xinshahui Kindergarten in China has gone viral online, with more than five million views.

The dancers used a pole flying the People’s Republic of China flag for their inappropriate routine.

The incredible scenes played out on Monday as the nursery school welcomed new and returning pupils for the new school year in the city of Shenzhen.

In the statement, Lai admitted the decision to include a pole dance show for more than 100 parents and nearly 500 kids between the ages of three and six was “not well thought out”.

She also noted that, besides pole dancing, other performances included traditional Chinese dance – in which she took part – and a jazz concert.

Lai apologised for the embarrassing incident, saying she welcomed the parents’ supervision on future matters.

However, Bao’an district education officials announced shortly after that the director was dismissed for her role in the inappropriate commencement-day events.

Finally! JAMB Speaks On Reduction In Cost Of UTME Form

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said it is not going to reduce the cost of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 2019 exercise.

In the past few years, the cost has remained at N5,000. But there have been calls for a downward review following a constant remittance of over N7 billion realized from the sale of forms and other miscellaneous services by the Board.

JAMB Registrar, Mr. Ishaq Oloyede told journalists on Thursday in Abuja, that it is yet to give it a thought.

He added that the call for the reduction of the registration fee of its candidates is baseless.

Oloyede questioned why the agitators are not asking other boards like WAEC, NECO, NABTEB to reduce the cost of their exams.

“The secret was that we have means of managing the resources properly to the point that we now have what could be called surplus.

“That was largely because we are open enough to return the surplus to government.

That might be the reason for the intense call for downward review of the cost,” Oloyede said.

However, he said the exam body would only follow directive from the appropriate authorities on issues that concern cost of the UTME forms.

“If the government feels we should adjust, we will adjust and not as a result of unqualified, baseless request in some quarters,” he said.

Day 3: Davido causes commotion in camp

Davido is presently at the Lagos state orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps where he would stay for the mandatory three weeks.
Well, we all know that might be impossible or shockingly possible but trust us as we will be giving you the day to day activities of Nigeria’s music star.

So guys here is a detailed schedule of your favourite music star in NYSC camp.

Day 1- Singer poses with NYSC kits

A lot of people weren’t even aware that Davido was going to NYSC camp as he kept this away from his fans which is very unusual. However, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, we got to see Davido dressed in the NYSC traditional kits heading to camp.

We later got to know that he would be serving at the Lagos camp.
Day 2- Davido goes for registration

Ok, guys for those who thought Davido showing up on social media was probably a stunt for a video, well you guessed wrong as he went to the office of NYSC the following day where he got himself registered for the one-year orientation programme.

Even the officials at the camp couldn’t hide their excitement as they took turns to take photos with the music star.
Day 3- Davido causes commotion in camp

The is apparently was going to happen as it didn’t come as a surprise that the singer’s move to camp was going to cause a major commotion.

The took to his Instagram page on Thursday, August 30, 2018, where he shared photos and videos at camp.

Guys, it was crazy as everyone in camp wanted to see first hand the goldfish in the pond.

Davido goes to NYSC camp…find out which state he will be serving (video)

Davido is in NYSC camp and we are loving how cool he looks in the kits.

Ladies and gentlemen, lovers of Davido, we would love for you to see the first photo of your favourite celebrity as he embarks on the mandatory three weeks orientation at NYSC camp.

The music star took to his Instagram page on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, where he shared a photo of himself wearing the traditional NYSC kit.

“Otondo OBO … #Nysc .. tying up every loose end !” he captioned the photo.

David Adeleke popularly known as Davido is a Nigerian pop superstar born on November 21, 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia to Chief Deji and Vero Adeleke.

He attended British International School, Lekki.

He dropped out of Oakwood University in Alabama to pursue a career in music. In 2015 he graduated Babcock University in Ogun state with a degree in Music.
After relocating back to Nigeria, Davido dropped his debut single ‘Back When’ featuring popular Nigeria rapper Naeto C in 2011 on the imprint HKN Music spearheaded by his brother.

He gained a little buzz with the song. His next single ‘Dami Duro’ released within the same year and co-produced by Shizzi was a smash hit that would open the doors for Davido.

South Korean University renames its IT center after Aisha Buhari

Nigerian first lady, Aisha Buhari who is currently in South Korea has received yet another honour barely 24-hours after she was decorated with a Doctor of Philosophy honour by the Sun Moon University, South Korea.

This time, Ajou University in Seuol named their IT center after her.

‘I’m overwhelmed today over the good will I received at Ajou University for recognizing me with a leadership prize award and naming of the IT center as AISHA BUHARI CENTER’ she wrote.

Governor Shettima Honours Teenage Boy Who Scored Highest In JAMB With N5m Full Scholarship

The young teenager who scored the highest in 2018 JAMB has been honoured by his Governor and granted full scholarship.

Gov. Kashim Shettima on Tuesday honoured Galadima Isreal, Nigeria’s 2018 highest score JAMB candidate with full scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at Covenant University in Ogun state.

Israel Galadima from Borno State came first in JAMB with a score of 364.

The brilliant teenager with his mother Jummai Galadima were at the council chambers of the Borno State Government House where The Governor honoured him with N5m full scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State under the Borno State Ministry of Higher Education.

The Governor thanked them for honouring his invitation, reiterating how proud of him he is.

“It is my honour of Meeting the JAMB King Galadima Israel, an indigene of Borno who scored highest in the 2018 tertiary matriculation examination in Nigeria.

“We are mightily proud of this young man, an orphan raised by a single mother by coming first nationwide after scoring 364 in the 2018 JAMB examination.

We must identify with our son of Boko Haram ravaged Borno who defiled against all odds and became victorious,” he said.

Shettima urged all to be generous and support one another devoid of religious or tribal differences.

The Governor said since he will be completing his tenure in 2019, he prefers to approve payment upfront in order to ensure that Isreal, who made nine distinctions after taking this year’s West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) papers, does not have to follow-up on any tuition at the State scholarship board.

“Israel, as his mother has told us, was raised as an orphan. The mother lost her husband who was a Major in the Nigerian Army about 14 years ago and she singlehandedly raised three children.

“Israel is the second of her children. She works in Lagos as a Banker, we don’t have to make her travel all the way to Maiduguri again to pursue any payment, ” Shettima said.

She has done her part by raising a child with excellence, and that child has made Borno State very proud. It’s our turn to support him.

“I will suggest that the mother pays all the fees upfront to avoid any tuition increase in future. I am particular about Israel because he was raised as an orphan,” Shettima said.

Earlier in her remarks, Mrs. Jummai Galadima, the mother, thanked Governor Kashim Shettima for the support for her son.

Protest Rocks Federal University Oye-Ekiti Over Wi-fi, Poor Road, Healthcare

The students marched across the institution on Monday morning demanding improved living and learning services.

The protest has disrupted the academic and administrative activities on campus.

The students want the management of FUOYE to repair a major access road across the campus, provide Wi-Fi, and improve services at the health centre, reported our correspondent monitoring the development at the school.

Concern about examination results of the previous semester which have not been released since the start of a new semester is also part of the reasons for the protest.

The students alleged they had been given false assurances on the repair of the road, though some men began work on the road two months ago.

However, barely into the work, the men stopped appearing on site, the students said.

KIKIOTOLU learnt that the road contract had been awarded to Dere Construction Company, however, the project came to a halt weeks after the contractors began work on it.

A student of the institution said;
“The protest is actually called for, considering the poor condition of the school road.

The school road, from phase 1–2 is not motorable anytime it rains; the students experience difficulties trying to trek on the road.

“Everywhere is muddy, the situation of the school is generally appalling.”
In an interview a correspondent of CAMPUS REPORTER, the Students’ Union President of the institution, Fasakin Taiwo, said;

“We are not here to fight; rather, we are here to let the management know the challenges students are facing.

We’ve been doing a lot of consultations and consolidation and evidently that have not yield forth fruit.

“The students are beginning to lose interest in us and that is the reason why we are staging a protest here today.

“Normally, it’s supposed to be a day protest but if there is no form of positive reaction from the management, it can last more than a day.

The university is yet to comment on the protest, as efforts to get one as proved abortive.

Nigerian Couple Buy A Brand New Car For Their Kid’s Teacher… Who Had Been Taking Bus Daily!

In a beautiful act of kindness, a Nigeria couple decided to gift their daughter’s teacher a brand new car. This was to stop her from entering the bus to work everyday.

In a post on IG, the girl’s mother shared a video of the teacher’s shocked but happy reaction to the gift, and wrote:

When my husband tells me that the teacher who has been teaching my girls for the last few years has been catching multiple buses to get to and from work everyday in the hot sun and cold! He said we should give her something I said….say no more! When you ask me to define success….this is my response! (Give to those without expectations) . All glory to GOD! . She’s like legit the sweetest person you would ever want to meet!!! She said she never had a new car before!