…As GOC inaugurates 3 Laboratories at Command Secondary School, Ipaja***
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on Wednesday threatened to shut down the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara, over what it termed needless and continuous increment of tuition fees and others.
Mr Azeez Adeyemi, the Association’s Spokesperson, said this in a statement in Abeokuta.
Adeyemi said the hardship in the institution had been brought to the notice of the leadership of NANS; and it had to ensure that students were provided a conducive atmosphere for learning.
He explained that the national body of NANS had received complaint letters from students of the institution over incessant increment in their tuition fees.
The NAN spokesperson called on management of the institution to urgently address the students’ complaints, saying it was unfair to keep frustrating students in their quest for knowledge.
“We decided to be calm as we expect that the complaints will be attended to; we are aware that the management knew all was not well in the school, we expect a fatherly approach in tackling the issue.
“Our students have also complained of paying some needless fees which should not be so. We are against extortion and we would not take it lightly with any institution which extorts our students,’’ he added.
He said NANS was also demanding that the school’s management refrained from imposing unnecessary fees on the students.
“Failure of the school management to adhere to our demands will attract a well coordinated protest in the school, and as well as shutting down of the institution,” he said.
In the meantime, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Div., Maj.-Gen. Olubunmi Irefin, on Wednesday urged command schools to emulate Command Secondary School, Ipaja, Lagos in making learning easier for students.
The GOC, who spoke at the inauguration of the Mathematics, Agricultural and Computer Science laboratories in the school, also commended the school’s commandant’s achievement.
“Every other school should take a lesson from this and let’s find a way of impacting our children positively,’’ he said.
However, Col. Yusha’u Ahmed, the Commandant, Command Secondary School, Ipaja, said that the projects were aimed at making subjects such as mathematics friendly.
“This is intended to make the teaching and learning of mathematics friendly, and reduce students’ phobia for mathematics.
“Furthermore, the teaching of Agriculture will no doubt also receive a positive boost in line with the current Federal Government’s policy on agriculture.
“Information Communication Technology (ICT) has become an integral part of our everyday life, so much that it cannot be separated from our daily needs and activities,’’ he said.
Ahmed said the Computer laboratory had barely up to 100 sitting capacity with less than 40 functional computers, saying it has been expanded to 280 sitting capacity with 275 functional laptops.
“I am happy to report that the upgrading of the computer laboratory is fully completed. The laboratory is expanded to 280 sitting capacity with two offices created.
“And equipped with 275 functional laptops, including 10 per cent backup and all the computers are connected to a robust server and properly networked with the recommended star topology.
“The halls are secured with nine CCTV surveillance device covering the halls, entrances and the server room,’’ he said.
The commandant said the school’s target was to attain the JAMB CBT centre status that would further standardise the school as an institution.