… As NAEAP charges LASG to develop school improvement plan***
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South East, has issued the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) a nine-day ultimatum to open all public universities.
The Coordinator, NANS Zone F (South-East), Mr Moses Onyia, gave the ultimatum in a statement released on his behalf by the Chief Media Aide to the Coordinator, Lillian Orji, on Tuesday in Enugu.
It would be recalled that ASUU, on Monday, May 9, extended its three-month-old warning strike by yet another three months.
ASUU embarked on a nationwide warning strike on Feb. 14, 2022.
The industrial action was aimed at pressing home its demands which include revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution for payment of university lecturers.
The statement said that the government and ASUU should do the needful before nine days, adding that failure to do this within or at the expiry of this ultimatum would only leave students with the last resort of taking a drastic measure.
According to the statement, from May 20 to May 25, 2022; after the expiration of the ultimatum, we will take up measures that will see to Nigerian students of the South-East extraction in their numbers blocking one of the major entrance into South-East – The Niger Bridge.
It said: “We will also block all the three airports in the South-East, which included: Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu; Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri and Anambra Passenger and Cargo International Airport, Umeri, Anambra.
“Thus, halting all movement to and from this axis of the South-East.
“It is our hope it does not get to this point, but when we are pushed to the wall, we are ready to hold the bull by the horn.
“Emphatically, we re-emphasise once again that government should show a commitment to the oath of protecting the interest and welfare of Nigerians and Nigerian students which they swore to.
“We enjoin all students in the South-East to remain law-abiding and peacefully but stay at alert and be on the lookout for instructions from its leadership as events unfold.
When it becomes inevitable, the call to action will be made”.
It said that with the extension of ASUU for additional three months which would make it a total of six months, Nigeria’s tertiary institution students would be forced to stay at home unproductively.
The statement noted that this was also coming at a time when the children of most politicians and top government functionaries are enrolled in the best universities overseas receiving uninterrupted studies.
It said: “We will no longer keep quiet nor pretend all is well because we are no longer at ease.
“Unequivocally and in unison, we say a Big No to this extension and by the virtue of this press release notify the government, ASUU, security agencies and masses of our stand and position”.
In another development, Prof.Hauwa Imam, National President, National Association of Educational Administration And Planning (NAEAP), on Tuesday charged the Lagos State Government to develop a plan to improve the standard of education in the state.
Imam gave the charge while delivering the keynote address at the opening of the maiden Annual Education Symposium of NAEAP in Lagos,
The newsmen report that the theme of the two-day symposium is ‘Repositioning The Education Sector For Sustainable Development Through Effective Management of School” .
The NAEAP President said that the “School Improvement Plan “should be prepared, implemented and monitored through a process between the state government and other stakeholders in the education sector.
Imam noted that the involvement of all stakeholders in the implementation of the plan was key to its success.
The NAEAP also urged the state government to design a five-year plan and projection for the recruitment of teachers in the state.
“The prevailing standard of the teaching profession must be raised, so that better teachers capable of delivering quality education would be in the system.
“The state government and other school stakeholders must continuously improve on the quality and standard of education in the state, “she added.
Imam charged school managers to utilise strategies such as planning, organising, control, staff motivation, time management, and decision making, among others, to be successful.
She said that the present realities in the education sector require stakeholders and government at all levels to rise up to reposition the sector.
Imam called for the review of the current basic education, post-basic education, secondary education, mass/nomadic education and even tertiary education curriculums, to improve the sector.
She called on governments to address issues of funding and other essentials to advance the knowledge of teachers.
“If schools are to deliver good products, key stakeholders also need to take certain and critical steps to sustain our academic sector by continually improving the desired outcome”, Imam said.
In her welcome address, Dr Kemi Tunde-Adefowokan, Chairman NAEAP, Lagos State Chapter, said that the theme of the symposium was designed to inspire stakeholders in the field of education to work together to reposition the sector for national development.
“As we continue to experience challenges in the Nigerian education system which borders on governance and accountability, leadership preparation and development, school improvement and teachers quality.
“The role and work of NAEAP becomes even more central in a facilitating quality research, connecting research to improve practice and influencing policy development and effective implementation.
“Our commitment is to work with the federal, state and local governments, Institutions, as well as other organisations to make a meaningful impact and enhance education quality in Nigeria,” she said.
According to her, the association now has 1000 members in Lagos, following an aggressive membership drive by the present administration.
“We have more lecturers from our universities, colleges of education and more practitioners from the public service joining the association, ” she said.
Dignitaries, Scholars at the NAEAP annual symposium on Tuesday in Lagos
Dr Oyeyemi Ayoola, Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the programme, said that the symposium would expose participants to global practices in the teaching profession.
Ayoola said that the programme was geared toward proffering solutions to some lingering issues that would help bring the education sector at par with what obtains in other countries.
“We want to delineate how to improve the educational sector.
This stems from the belief that education officers can turn around Nigeria’s fortune for good and this starts from impacting and moulding the characters of the leaders of tomorrow.” she said.
In his lecture, Prof. Aloysius Ejiogu, a retired Professor of Management Education, urged education managers to institutionalise ethical conduct in educational institutions.
Ejiogu said that school managers must ensure that employees adhere to the institution’s vision, mission and core values and ensure effective service delivery.
He added that educationalists must adhere to professional ethics such as honesty, accountability, objectivity, and respect for laws and regulations, among others, for sustainable development.
Newsmen report that Dr Dele Ashiru of the University of Lagos was among dignitaries and scholars that spoke at the programme.