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Pupils kneel to beg Edo state government over deplorable school condition (Video)

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A video has surfaced showing primary school pupils in Edo kneeling to plead with the state government to address the deplorable condition of their school.

In the now-viral footage, a man who is believed to be a member of the yet-to-be-known community where the school is located lambasted the state government.

The schoolkids could also be seen in the video standing outside their classrooms which were in terrible condition.

The man accused the state government of abandoning the community and refusing to renovate the “only school which has served the community for years”.

He said the school alerted the local government authorities but was told to “relocate the children to two communities away from here”.

In the video, the community member alongside the pupils went on their knees to plead with the government to come to their aid and refurbish the school.

“The school will soon collapse but the government is not doing anything. The teachers have been managing to teach but this morning, three classrooms collapsed,” he said.

“The children and teachers are afraid and cannot enter the classrooms because of the possibility that the building will collapse.

“They just called the secretary to the local government for education and told them about the condition of the school but they said the children should be relocated to another primary school.

“This was the school that we attended for many years but our children cannot go to school anymore. The government is not doing anything about it.

“What did our children do to deserve this? The secretary said they cannot do anything about the situation. They said we should relocate the children to two communities away from here.

“How will our children trek such long distance? Our children are kneeling and begging the government to do something about this issue.”

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UniAbuja ASUU suspends 81-day strike rejecting staff appointments

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) has suspended its strike.

Sylvanus Ugoh, the chairman of the university’s branch of ASUU, addressed journalists following a congress in Abuja on Monday.

The UniAbuja ASUU has been at loggerheads with the varsity’s management in a protest against alleged illegal appointments and promotions.

The union members had disagreed with some appointments done without a governing council.

The ASUU branch also rejected an advert for the vacancy of the vice-chancellor’s position by the then Abdulrasheed Na’Allah-led university management.

They had begun a strike on May 2 to voice their demands.

Ugoh said on Monday that the UniAbuja ASUU suspended its strike after the union met with a new governing council in the university.

He said the council promised to review and address all of the union’s demands.

Ugoh said the council agreed to cancel the controversial advertorial and publish a new one in line with due process.

He said the council also agreed to review the staff employment and promotion process, especially those of the 2022/2023 season.

“Within these 82 days, we have been engaging with the former vice chancellor but he did not shift ground,” the ASUU chairman said.

“He refused in his position to comply with the rules. He refused to comply with the act establishing the university and refused to oblige the process. After all procedures failed, the union embarked on a comprehensive and indefinite strike.

“Since the inauguration of the council, the union has been engaging the council and the university administration. The council met with the union last Thursday. They communicated in writing to the union, touching on the issues that bothered the strike.

“The council agreed to cancel the advert that was placed before now and re-advertise for the position of the VC. The council also went ahead to agree with the union to review the process of recruitment that was done without due process.

“The process of employment of staff in the university is clear. There must be an advert in the national daily. These processes were not followed. So the council has agreed to review the process of recruitment and get back to the union.

“They also have mandated that the election into the position of deans of facilities and provost, College of Health Sciences, be conducted.”

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300-level AAU student shot dead in private hostel

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One Emmanuel in Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, was shot dead in his room on Sunday, July 21, 2024.

The deceased, a 300-level student of Adekunle Ajasin University, met his untimely death after some yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked him in his private hostel.

It was gathered that Emmanuel, who was studying Linguistics at the tertiary institution, was shot while on his bed.

A student, who requested anonymity, disclosed, “It happened last night; the victim was shot while on his bed, in his room.”

The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Odunlami Ibukun, confirmed that the police were informed and were investigating the incident.

“It was reported to the police, and they went to the crime scene. The incident occurred around 9:30 pm. The investigation is ongoing,” Ibukun said.

The Vice Chairman of the National Association of Universities Students (NAUS), Comrade Oladele Emmanuel, called security agencies and the university management to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The motive behind the killing is yet to be identified,” he stated. “However, the university community must be reassured that such a tragic event will be met with the full force of the law and diligent investigative efforts.”

He noted that the death of the young student was a devastating loss not only for his family and friends but also for the entire AAUA community.

“His potential and contributions to our shared academic environment are irreplaceable. We mourn his untimely departure and extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time,” the students’ union leader stated.

The NAUS Vice Chairman urged the university management to enhance security measures around the campus and surrounding areas, including increasing security patrols, providing better lighting, and ensuring more accessible emergency services. “We trust that the authorities will act with urgency and transparency in addressing this incident. Emmanuel’s memory deserves nothing less than our commitment to uncovering the truth and ensuring justice is served.”

The student union leader emphasised the need for the AAUA community to unite in their grief and resolve to create a safer and more secure environment for all.

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Two female students of TASUED robbed, raped at off-campus residence

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Two female students of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) in Ogun state have been robbed and raped.

Omolola Odutola, the spokesperson of the Ogun police command, told TheCable that the incident occurred at around 10 pm on Monday.

She said the matter was reported to the Igbeba Division of the Ogun state police command and the victims have been hospitalised.

Odutola said the robbers invaded an off-campus apartment where the victims (names withheld) resided by tearing down a netted window.

“The victims were robbed of their phones and an undisclosed amount through a POS transaction at gunpoint,” she said.

“Thereafter, the robbers took the girls to an uncompleted building opposite their home where they took turns to rape them.

“Once the ladies are discharged from the hospital, they will be questioned and further investigation will begin to arrest the culprits.”

Earlier this month, a group of cultists had disrupted an exam at TASUED to lynch a final-year student.

Odutola said the state’s police also recently handled some harassment-related cases emanating from TASUED’s host community.

She said the command is looking to engage with the vice-chancellor of TASUED to address recurring security threats affecting the school.

“Most of TASUED’s students live outside the school because the university lacks a hostel. And some of the indigenes in the host community are hostile. This is not the first time this is happening in the school,” she said.

“We had earlier arrested some set of suspects who had been involved in similar acts.

“We will be engaging with the VC to address the security threats affecting the university.”

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