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Sanwo-Olu Increases Students’ Bursary by 100%; NANS, NULASS debunk Third Mainland Bridge protest



Sanwo-Olu Increases Students’ Bursary by 100%; NANS, NULASS debunk Third Mainland Bridge protest

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has approved an increment of 100% on bursary payable to students of Lagos State, in tertiary institutions across the country.

The State government says the increment would take effect from the 2022/ 2023 academic session.

Executive Secretary, Lagos State Scholarship Board, Mr Abdur Rahaman Lekki dropped the hints at the weekend during a meeting with representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Lagos State Chapter, and National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS) at the Secretariat,  Alausa, Ikeja.

The meeting which was held at the instance of the Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo- Olu on Education, Tokunbo Wahab had in attendance, presidents and some  Executive members of both the two students union bodies NANS and NULAS and representatives of the State government.

The100% bursary increment and other benefits according to the Board Secretary were aimed at supporting the educational needs of students of Lagos State origin to let them cope with the present economic reality.

Lekki also disclosed that the Lagos  State Government at the just concluded  State Economic Summit known as ‘’Ehingbeti   Summit’’ had also approved the resolutions on the establishment of Lagos Diaspora Scholarship Funds which is aimed at providing scholarship and bursary benefits generally to all Lagos State resident students in tertiary institution in any part of the country to support their education.

While appealing to the students over a little delay in the payment of the remaining 2020/ 2021 and 2021/2022 bursary/ scholarship benefits, the Board Secretary explained that the delay was necessitated by the ongoing data-cleansing/ verification exercise across all institutions by the State government, just to ensure that only qualified students of the Lagos State origin benefited from the scheme.

He explained that the Lagos State Scholarship Board through the ongoing verification and data cleansing exercise discovered that some people who either were no more students or not even students of any higher institution were benefiting from the scheme in a fraudulent way at the expense of the original students of the State that the scheme was meant for.

The Board Secretary assured that prompt payment of both bursary and scholarship benefits for the outstanding years would commence immediately after the ongoing data cleansing/verification exercise is completed.

For the avoidance of doubt, Lekki hinted that effective from Monday, October 17, 2022, students of the Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET) would get their outstanding payments for the 2020/2021 academic year as their Management had completed their verification exercise and forwarded the list of its authentic students to the board.

He equally revealed that the Board had scheduled an assessment test for fresh beneficiaries for the year 2022/23 scholarship benefit for 29th October 2022, adding that necessary details have been sent out to all qualified applicants via SMS, E-Mails, and other social media platforms.

While allaying the students’ fear that the State government was planning to stop the scheme, the Scholarship Board boss noted that there was no basis to stop the scheme since there was provision for it in the State budget, adding that the year 2023 budget of the State government had captured the new increments and other benefits to make life more bearable for students in their studies.

‘’I want you to remember that the State government just appointed a new Board Secretary to the Lagos State Scholarship Board for the administration of both bursary and scholarship benefits, that is even enough for you to know there was no plan at any time to stop the scheme.

Both bursary and scholarship schemes will continue unstopped for the benefit of our students, rather than stopping it, Mr Governor will continue to improve on it as part of the measures to realize his vision for sustainable educational growth for the State in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda’’ he assured.

In their response, the leadership of the two students bodies, NANS and NULASS represented by their presidents,   Olusesi Tolulope (NANS) and Shasanya Akinola (NULASS) along with other Exco members dispelled the rumours making the rounds that their members planned to block the Third Mainland Bridge on Monday, October 17 in protest of the delay in the disbursement of the outstanding benefits for the  2020/2021 and 2021/22  academic sessions.

They described as blatant lies, the rumour that students of Lagos State origin planned to disrupt activities in Lagos on Monday, October 17, by blocking the ‘Third Mainland Bridge, noting that their members have absolute confidence in Governor Sanwo –Olu as a responsible governor and father who they could trust for his promise.

The student Unions leaders who presented a letter of assurances from their members to the State government noted that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu had not only demonstrated commitment to the growth of education in the State through various reforms but had also ensured prompt and seamless payment of both scholarship and bursary benefits in the past.

The students also commended the governor for payments of all the backlogs inherited by his administration,

While dispelling the rumours, the student Unions leaders said the planned protest if there was any was the handiwork of faceless and disgruntled individuals whose stock in trade was falsehood and disturbance of public peace.

Their letter, according to Oyelami Adesoye, an Assistant Director (Public Affairs), Office of the Special Adviser on Education reads in part:

’’it has come to the knowledge of the Union that certain miscreants/mischievous persons have sought to destabilize the unity of the students and citizens of the State, by spreading malicious and false information, that the indigenous students of Lagos State are planning a mass protest over the yet to be paid bursary for the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 academic sessions

‘’It should be noted that the State government through its Scholarship Board have made bursary payment to a large extent for the 2020/21 academic Session and planned to ensure that the  backdated payments, as well as those of the 2021/2022 Session, are paid’’

‘’The Stat has always reaffirmed its commitment and support under the administration of His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu to the indigenous students by ensuring the seamless disbursement of its bursary and scholarship scheme and as such, it is conspicuous that those behind the false agitation are persons/factions with ulterior motives to disturb the peace of the State and its student’s community ‘’

‘’The National Union under the leadership of Comrades Shasanya Akinola and Olusesi Tolulope  wishes to reaffirm its unwavering dedication to the indigenous students of the State as efforts are ongoing to ensure that, the disbursement of the outstanding payments are made,  as evidenced by the last communication of  September 7, 2022, between Lagos State Scholarship Board and the National Union of Students with all stakeholders in attendance’’

‘’The Union wishes to use this avenue to inform its members and the community that the date for the 2022 Scholarship Examination for fresh beneficiaries has been scheduled for the 29th of October, 2022, while bursary  screening will commence in early November’’

The Students unions’ leaders, therefore, urged their members to embrace dialogue and continued collaboration as the only weapons that could be used to press home their demands while they shun any form of violence or act that could make them look irresponsible before the public.



Safety Boosting: LASWA Trains 300 Pupils on Swimming



Safety Boosting: LASWA Trains 300 Pupils on Swimming

The General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, has said that the agency trained 300 pupils in the last three years to reduce the incidence of children drowning in Nigeria.

Emmanuel made the disclosure during the 3rd edition of LASWA’s Advocacy Programme tagged ” The Lagos Water Savvy Kids Programme.”

It was held in partnership with State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB and the Dolphin Swim School, in Epe, Lagos.

The General Manager said that swimming training would help to reduce the incidence of children drowning in water accidents and improve use of water transportation.

Emmanuel said the training was to instil water confidence in pupils by giving them theoretical and practical knowledge on waterways safety, swimming skills and basic survival techniques in an emergency.

“A total of 50 students from five public schools in riverine communities in the Epe axis of Lagos were selected to participate in this year’s edition.

“With this training, school children using the waterways will be more confident, conscious of their safety, and be self-reliant in an emergency.

“There is a need to increase swimming culture among children and we have deemed it fit to take this to public schools and to all the divisions of the state. 

“The training of kids on how to swim is not only done by Lagos State Waterways Authority, the Sport commission is also involved. 

Safety Boosting: LASWA Trains 300 Pupils on Swimming
*L-R, The Lead Instructor, Dolphin Swim School Mrs Aderoju Ope-Ajayi, The representative of SUBEB in Epe, Mrs Temidayo Oyeniran, the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, one of the trainees Gafar Waheed and the Education Secretary, Epe Local Government, Otunba Idowu Shittu during the 3rd edition of swimming programme organised by LASWA in Epe on Thursday.

”There has been a call to all stakeholders to create more awareness and encourage the swimming culture as well as ensure that there are always water guards around the pools. 

“This is the third edition, and we have taken the exercise to Ibeshe, Ojo and Epe,” Emmanuel said.

The LASWA boss promised to continue to engage schools, teachers and parents to understand that the programme is safe, and healthwise, advisable. 

He promised to look into the inclusion of teachers along riverine areas in the training.

Emmanuel said that the safety of lives on the waterways had become paramount and LASWA would continue to give it its utmost attention by providing necessary safety guidelines and life jackets.

The Education Secretary, Epe Local Government, Mr Idowu Shittu, commended LASWA for organising the swimming programme for their pupils.

Shittu pleaded with the Lagos State Government and LASWA to extend the swimming training to the teachers, to remove their phobia of water transport.

He explained that swimming was part of the psychomotor aspect of education which was also a source of generating income and employing people.

The representative of SUBEB in Epe, Mrs Temidayo Oyeniran, expressed her gratitude on the swimming training for the kids and pleaded for an extension to teachers.

Oyeniran said that they lost a teacher as a result of drowning during the rainy season, noting that if the teacher had such training, it would have saved her life.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Lead Instructor, Dolphin Swim School and Dolphin Aquatic Center Ltd., Mrs Aderoju Ope-Ajayi, said the pupils learnt how to use life jackets properly, how to swim with it and how to avoid drowning.

Ope-Ajayi said that the pupils were taught the importance of water safety and were able to grasp the concept easily because they had local knowledge of swimming.

“Currently, we run a learn-to-swim programme for children and adults.

“A child learning how to be water safe means drowning prevention; that means the rate of death by drowning will significantly reduce.

Over 800 children drown every year, now the children will demonstrate the skills they learnt during the training,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries from Local Government Primary School, Oriba in Epe, Miss Afusat Muritala, said she was able to learn basic survival strategies, diving and swimming.

Another pupil, Moshood Idowu, appreciated the State government and LASUBEB for the swimming training.

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JABU will Continue to strive for Excellence; ranked 3rd position among private varsities – VC



JABU will Continue to strive for Excellence; ranked 3rd position among private varsities – VC

The Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji Arakeji in Osun will continue to strive for excellence even as it placed third in the webometric ranking of private universities in the country, Prof. Olasebikan Fakolujo, Vice Chancellor said.

Fakollujo said this on Monday, in Ikeji Arakeji, at a news conference heralding the institution’s 13th convocation for the 2021/2022 academic session.

Fakolujo said that no fewer than 481 graduands would be awarded first degrees during its 13th convocation ceremony slated for Jan.27.

The VC said that the ceremony would also see the award of postgraduate degrees to 88 candidates with six out of the figure bagging their PhDs.

He further disclosed that three eminent Nigerians including the immediate past Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, would be conferred with honourary doctorate degrees at the convocation.

Others listed for the awards are Sen. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, a human rights activist, lawyer and politician as well as Mr. Aderemi Olowookere, the Chairman, Christy Caleb Foundation, a frontline entrepreneur and an astute philanthropist.

Fakolujo said that JABU was passionate about producing graduates that perform excellently in life.

“One of such excellent performance was recorded by one of our law graduates who passed out with a First Class Honours during the just concluded 2021/2022 academic session of the Nigerian Law School.

“This and many more notable feats keep attracting the interest of many prospective students desirous of studying at our institution.

“I am pleased to tell you that a 400-level student of the Department of Entrepreneur, Samuel Jesuyan, was appointed West Africa Youth Ambassador due to his laudable antecedents of dedication, hard work and diligence in service to humanity.

“He is an advocate and relentless crusader for promoting entrepreneurship for African youths. The award is the Nelson Mandela Leadership Award of Excellence and Integrity,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the institution had been proactive in the area of security by collaborating with the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Air Force unit, based in the state, for the safety of lives and property.

Fakolujo enumerated some major achievements by the university in the last academic year, adding that the university’s stakeholders had not rested on their oars in ensuring that JABU attained its desired aims and objectives.

“Not less than 10 members of staff bagged their PhDs in various fields and there was the improved power supply to the campus through the introduction of solar streetlights,” he said.

The VC added that Dr. L. J. Babalola, the Acting Director, Research and Grant Management Office in the university won the International Foundation for Service grant of $11, 520.000.

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LASU School of Transport Wins $50,000 Research Grant; Research covers Ghana, Kenya



LASU School of Transport Wins $50,000 Research Grant; Research covers Ghana, Kenya

Lagos State University School of Transport and Logistics has won a Volvo Educational and Research Foundation award grant of SEK500,000 (Swedish Krona — approximately 50,000 dollars).

The grant is to enable it to contribute to policy guidelines on how to minimise road and water accidents in some African cities.

Prof, Samuel Odewunmi, team lead of the research and former Dean of LASU School of Transport and Logistics, made this known in a virtual press briefing on Wednesday, in Lagos.

The research topic is: “Comparative Study of Water and Road Traffic Crashes in Selected Cities in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya”.

Odewunmi said that the research proposal was submitted to Volvo Education and Research Foundation (VREF) in June 2022 to obtain the number, pattern, causes, injuries and fatalities of road and water accidents in the cities of study.

“We examined the phenomena of travel accidents on the roads and waterways of three selected cities in West and East Africa.

“Studies of road traffic crashes are extensive, but studies on accidents on waterways are rarer, while cities with water bodies have urban forms with peculiar safety and environmental challenges.

“Safety policies are well formulated and communicated to enlighten citizens, but this is less so for water transportation, especially for the local boat and ferry operators mostly patronised by the urban poor.

“Hence accidents are common, with many of them unreported,” he said.

Odewunmi said that their research objectives include a comparative analysis of the data among the cities and between the modes.

“It will also entail evaluation of the safety regulations, enforcement and enlightenment.

“Besides the LASU team, other Co-Researchers include Prof . Kazeem Adebiyi, Rector, Polytechnic Ibadan and Prof Abane Albert, Dept of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast Ghana.

“Others include Prof Gituro Wainaina, Business and Management Sciences Dept, University of Nairobi Kenya; and Prof. Karen Lucas, School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), University of Manchester,” he said.

Odewunmi said that LASU School of Transport and Logistics had become a global Centre of excellence for transport research and education.

“It has received several streams of young scholars from Ghana and South Africa for mentoring sponsored by VREF.

”We express our gratitude to VREF for continued support for research and educational development in Africa.

“The LASU School of Transport Team is profoundly grateful for the conducive environment provided by the able leadership of Prof Ibiyemi Olatunji- Bello, for research and the current pace of quantum development of LASU,” he said.

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