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LAWMA Academy organises summer school for children



LAWMA Academy organises summer school for children

… As LASG set for 9th Climate Change Summit***

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) says its academy will be organizing a four-week summer school for children between the ages of eight to 13 on effective waste management.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, LAWMA’s Director, Public Affairs, on Wednesday in Lagos.

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The statement quoted the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, as saying that the summer school was aimed at grooming the younger generation on the need to imbibe a positive mindset on environmental issues during the holiday.

“The summer school programme is designed to educate children from a tender age on the concept of waste and environmental management.

“The school seeks to raise ambassadors for a cleaner and healthier environment with seasoned facilitators in a conducive learning environment.

“This will help to groom children as responsible environmental advocates while providing other fun-filled activities to aid the learning process,” Odumboni said.

He urged parents and guardians to use the opportunity presented by the long vacation in school to enroll their children and wards for participation in summer school.

The statement also quoted the Team Lead of the Academy, Mrs Elizabeth Ademola, as saying that the programme was structured to simplify the concepts of waste and environmental management to children.

Ademola added that the goal was to ensure that every child had sufficient and holistic knowledge of issues bordering on environmental sustainability.

“Being an educative/social forum, we have designed various activities such as, classroom lessons, quiz competitions, essay competitions, debates, indoor and outdoor games.

“Impromptu speeches, excursions, video games, culinary classes, field trips and excursions, researches and experiments on waste management, career talks and lots more,” Ademola said.

She said that registration for the free summer school program would end on July 29.

The summer coaching will commence on Aug. 1 to August 26, at LAWMA’s headquarters at Ijora-Olopa, a suburb of Lagos.

In the meantime, the Lagos State Government says it is set for the ninth edition of its Climate Change Summit.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, stated this at a news conference on Wednesday in Lagos ahead of the summit.

According to Bello, the summit, which will take place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, will be action-oriented because the government has decided to do things differently.

Bello said that for the government to achieve a robust summit, it co-opted the Organised Private Sector (OPS) from the planning stage to the delivery of the Summit.

“This is in recognition of the impact of the OPS to economic growth in Lagos and our resolve to mainstream climate action in the next phase of the developmental agenda in Lagos state.

“It is also an affirmative action in the support of the role of the private sector in mitigating the effects of climate change,” Bello said.

He said that the theme of the 2022 edition of the Summit is “Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development; Investment Opportunities and Trade-offs”.

According to him, the theme demonstrates the effect of climate action on the state and how new vistas of opportunities can be developed.

News Conference on the forthcoming 9th Lagos State Climate Change Summit in Lagos. L-R: Mr Lekan Shodeinde, Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Ministry of Environment & Water Resources; Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello; Dr Omobolaji Gaji, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Ministry of Environment and Consultant on Climate Change, Prof. Babajide Alo, at a news conference on the forthcoming 9th Lagos State Climate Change Summit in Lagos on Wednesday (27/07/22)

The commissioner said that the state government inaugurated the Lagos State Climate Action Plan at the eighth edition of the summit in 2021.

He said that the projected agenda embedded in that plan was aimed at charting a course towards achieving net zero emissions; that is zero carbon emission in Lagos by 2050.

He added that the state hopes to achieve zero carbon emission through the provision of impact-oriented actions across various sectors of the economy.

“What this simply means is that we have to accelerate the development of a green economy in the state by exploring innovative climate solutions and mobilizing various resources required to achieve the target,” Bello said.

He said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will be the Special Guest of Honour at the summit.

The commissioner said that the lead paper, titled “Financing Transformative Climate Action for Lagos State”, would be delivered by Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke.

Okereke is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi.

Bello enjoined all stakeholders, development partners, and investors to join Lagos as partners in progress towards achieving green and sustainable economic growth in Lagos.

The commissioner expressed optimism that the summit will create a sustainable environment for future generations.

The newsmen report that other dignitaries present at the conference included the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Lagos State, Mr. Lekan Shodeinde, and the Consultant on Climate Change, Prof. Babajide Alo.

Also in attendance was Dr. Omobolaji Gaji, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Ministry of Environment.




NYSC: 7,350 Get Discharge Certificates In Lagos, 25 Err



NYSC: Kebbi to allow Relocation only on condition of marriage, life threatening ailment – Director

The State Coordinator of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Lagos, Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa,  said that  25 of the corps members in the 2022 Batch C, Stream 2, were found wanting during the service year.

Baderinwa spoke at the passing out ceremony of 7,350 corps members of 2022 Batch C, Stream 2, held on Thursday in Alimosho Local Government Secretariat, Lagos.

She said that 23 would have their service year extended by months, while two others would be remobilised for various offences.

The coordinator advised those discharged to continue to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.

“I am optimistic that you have gained more knowledge, ideas, and skills during your service year, therefore, the country needs you more as you are no longer in service.

“Your exit from service has put you on the same pedestal with so many people struggling to earn a living for themselves in the labour market.

Don’t cut corners, cherish your integrity, DG urges corps members

“You have to bring to bear the opportunity created by the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to enhance your certificate and tackle unemployment.

“Don’t be idle, engage in jobs that can add value to your life and in a manner that won’t jeopardise your future or bring you and your family to disrepute,” she said.

The state coordinator reminded them that not everyone would have the opportunity to secure white-collar jobs.

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Sacred Facts: Education In Nigeria



There are 37,504 academics in the country’s public universities; 23,030 (61%) in Federal Universities while 14, 474 (39 %) teach in State-owned Universities

Total Male academics are 31,128 (83%) and females 6,376 (17%).

Only about 16,127 (43%) of Nigerian universities teaching staff have doctorate degrees, instead of 75%. Only about 16,502 (44%) are within the bracket of senior lecturers and professors.

Only seven (7) Universities (IMSU, UNICAL, OSUST, NOUN, UNIPORT, UNILORIN & UNIUYO) have up to 60 % of their teaching staff with PhD qualifications.

Kano State University, which is 11 years old, has one professor and 25 lecturers with PhDs, while Kebbi State University has two professors and five lecturers who have PhDs.

74% of lecturers in the Plateau State University Bokkos are visiting.

The ratio of teaching staff to students in many universities is 1:100.

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) teaching staff to students is 1: 363

University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) teaching staff to students is 1:122

Lagos State University (LASU)staff to students is 1:144

In contrast, Harvard University, it is 1: 4; Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 1:9; and Cambridge-1:3.

There is numerically more support than teaching staff in the universities

It was discovered that the non-teaching staff double, triple, or quadruple the teaching staff.

Physical facilities for teaching and learning in public universities are inadequate, dilapidated, over-stretched, and improvised

Laboratories & workshop equipment, as well as consumables, are either absent, inadequate, or outdated. Kerosene stoves are being used as Bunsen burners in some universities

*Facts from the Government Need Assessment Committee Report 2013*

***Prof. Bamidele Badejo


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OAU Students Storm EFCC Office To Protest Colleagues’ Arrest



…58 students later released, 11 remaining***

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Wednesday, stormed the Ibadan Zonal Command of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan to protest the arrest of their colleagues by operatives of the anti-graft agency.

The students, who came in three Coaster buses and three Hummer buses, were said to have stormed the commission’s office to secure the release of their arrested colleagues.

It was further learnt that the protesting students were led by the leadership of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the institution, following an EFCC raid, during which no fewer than 70 students of the institution were reportedly arrested by officials of the commission (EFCC) in a midnight raid on off-campus hostels on Wednesday.

This was even as the institution’s management said that there had not been any communication between the anti-grant agency and the institution alleging or accusing any of its students of financial crime.

Sources in Ile-Ife confirmed that the EFCC officials stormed Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife, and rounded up the students.

Though reasons for the arrest could not be confirmed as of press time, the Students’ Union President, Abass Ojo, said the union had details of “72 students picked up from their hostels, with phones and cars taken away.

“Information at our reach revealed that EFCC officials stormed the two hostels between 1:40 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., but the question remains: how can you arrest people for using iPhones, laptops, and cars?”

Another student, simply identified as Ewatee, said that female students were among those who were picked up, adding that even some fresh students who just went to greet their senior colleagues were also arrested.

“According to our sources, the students were seen being marched into a white Hummer bus, which was one of the six vehicles on their entourage, under the supervision of some security officials, heading towards Ibadan,” the student said.

However, the institution’s management told reporters in Ile-Ife on Wednesday that the investigation into the reported arrest of the students was ongoing.

The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr Olanrewaju Abiodun, who spoke with newsmen, said it could not be confirmed if truly, those arrested are OAU students or not.

“As I’m talking to you now, there has not been any communication between the anti-grant agency and the institution alleging or accusing any student of financial crime.

“The management is still making inquiries to know if those arrested by EFCC are our students and their actual number.

“I can assure you that once we have any information or breakthrough on the identities of those arrested, the management will meet and get back to you,” he said.

When contacted, the Head of Public Affairs, Department of EFCC, Ibadan zonal command, Olumide Egbodofo, said an update would be given on the incident.

“A press statement will be released regarding that soon,” Egbodofo said.

Unconfirmed sources however told the Maritime First that the students did not leave the EFCC premises until over 50 of their arrested colleagues were released.

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