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NILDS HND graduates to now enroll for NYSC – DG

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NILDS DG Prof. Ladi Hamalai (Middle) during the matriculation ceremony for new intakes for the HND programme in Official Reporting

NILDS DG Prof. Ladi Hamalai (Middle) during the matriculation ceremony for new intakes for the HND programme in Official Reporting

Graduates of the Higher National Diploma (HND) course of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) are now to be enrolled for the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

Director General of the Institute, Prof. Ladi Hamalai, disclosed this on Thursday during the matriculation ceremony for the 2018 NILDS-HND programme in Official Reporting.

She said that the institute had in collaboration with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) gotten approval and full accreditation for the course.

Hamalai added that it was in the light of this that future graduates of the HND programme would now be qualified to undergo the National Service – NYSC.

“I wish to observe that the strategic collaboration between the Institute and NBTE has also led to the recent accreditation of the Institute to run a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Parliamentary Administration.

“Indeed, the future graduates of both the HND in Official Reporting and Parliamentary Administration have been approved for inclusion in the National Youth Service (NYSC) scheme or exemptions as appropriate,” she said.

Some of the matriculating students for the NILDS HND Programme

Some of the matriculating students for the NILDS HND Programme

The DG said that the creation of the course as well of the development of the curriculum became very necessary due to the dearth of official parliamentary reporters as well as other qualified legislative staff.

She stressed that NILDS was the first institution in Nigeria to run the programme adding that it was in a bid to “provide a holistic and integrated capacity building programmes for all aspects of the legislative functions in Nigeria.

“It is now widely accepted that competent technical legislative staff are essential to the effective functioning of the legislature and by extension in building a strong and virile bureaucracy.

“It is in realization of this need and in response to the manpower gap identified through a personnel audit instituted by the NASS Management that NILDS has been at the forefront of developing qualitative and targeted training and educational programmes that will address the skills gaps identified in all aspects of legislative operations.

“The NILDS-HND programme complements the various postgraduate programmes presently being run by the Institute in affiliation with the University of Benin. It is targeted at providing opportunity for lower and middle level personnel in the legislature particularly who do not possess relevant requirements for the Postgraduate programmes, to improve their educational attainment and advance their careers.

“I wish to personally recognize and thank the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and his team of experts for providing the necessary professional guidance for the final accreditation of the programme.

“We also wish to thank members of the inter-agency Technical Committee who worked tirelessly to develop the NILDS-HND Curriculum in Official Reporting. The curriculum is truly unique because it combines the best of traditional and modern technological systems of official reporting,” she said.

Hamalai said that participants in the course are expected to develop knowledge in: Keyboarding, Speed Writing/Shorthand Development, Hansard Manual Styles, Bound Volume Management, Desktop Publishing along with other Information Technology tools and Record Management Practices.

She added that the lecturers as well as instructors had been carefully selected to promote Scholar-Practitioner approach in the course delivery.

She therefore congratulated all the matriculating students for taking advantage of the unique opportunity to improve their skills, knowledge and experience in reporting parliamentary proceedings accurately and comprehensively.

Speaking at the matriculation ceremony, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Alh. Sani Omolori commended NILDS for pursuing and getting accreditation to run the programme.

He said that the programme would go a long way in getting professionals to handle official reporting in both the federal and state legislatures.

He urged the matriculating students to take the programme seriously.

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Muslim parents speak on banning of 55 Hijab-wearing female students in LAUTECH school

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Muslim School Children

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Parents of female Muslim students who were barred from entering the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) International School have condemned the development.

DAILY POST gathered that no fewer than 55 female Muslim students who wore Hijab to the school were barred from entering the school premises on Monday.

But, the parents who said that they have waited for several years to ensure that their children were allow to use Hijab in the school, urged the management of the school to expedite action on the matter.

They urged the school authority to consider the issue as an emergency situation which should be treated with required expediency.

The parents under the auspices of LAUTECH Staff School and LAUTECH International College, Ogbomoso, Muslim Parents’ Forum, expressed their grievances on the failure of the school management to address them early enough.

The parents in a communique made available to DAILY POST after a peace meeting held with stakeholders of LAUTECH Staff School (LSS) and LAUTECH International college (LICO), Ogbomoso, argued that “the school process is a continuum and nothing should retard the ongoing efforts of the Committee that has been put in place to address the issue of Hijab”.

In attendance at the meeting were: Chairman Governing Board (LAUTECH International College, Ogbomoso), Chairman Governing Board (LAUTECH Staff School), Chairman Ogbomoso Parapo, Chairman PTA LAUTECH Staff School, Chairman PTA LAUTECH International College Ogbomoso, Chairman LAUTECH Security Committee, DSS Ogbomoso North Local Government, Principal LAUTECH International College Ogbomoso, Headmistress LAUTECH Staff School, Representative of the LAUTECH Public Relation Unit and resentatives of Muslim Parents.

The concerned parents in the communique signed by the duo of Mr. Ismaheel Adigun and Mr. AbdulRahman Elegbede, Chairman and Secretary respectively, said that the process relating to the use of Hijab by willing female Muslim pupils of LAUTECH Staff School and LAUTECH International College should be concluded in earnest.

The statement reads, “Sequel to the peaceful meeting held on Monday 14th January, 2019 at LAUTECH International College, Ogbomoso (LICO) premises with the key stakeholders about the use of Hijab by the willing female Muslim pupils, the followings were the key highlights of the resolutions at the meeting.

“That the process for the consideration of the use of Hijab has dragged too long since 2011; That the parents strongly express dissatisfaction on the unruly behavior and arrant use of vulgar language by some teachers against the Muslim parents.

“The Muslim parents expressed their grievances on the failure of the School management to address the Muslim parents early enough while attack is coming from teachers.

“That it was observed that there was a communication gap between the management of the schools and the Muslim parents on the ongoing efforts of the School in respect of the use of the Hijab by willing female Muslim pupils.

“That a committee had already been put in place by the Governing Board to look at the issue of the School uniform as it relates to Hijab among other things. An appeal was made to Muslim parents to allow the ongoing process of the Committee be concluded.

“The management should consider the issue as an emergency situation and should be treated with the required expediency. That the school process is a continuum and nothing should retard the ongoing efforts of the Committee that has been put in place to address the issue of Hijab.

“We humbly appeal that the process relating to the use of Hijab by willing female Muslim Pupils of LAUTECH Staff School and LAUTECH International College be concluded in earnest”.

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Delta University sacks two lecturers, others in trouble over alleged gross misconduct, sundry offences

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Angered by what it described as sundry offences and alleged gross misconduct by some of the lecturers, the management of the Delta State University (DELSU) has dismissed two of its lecturers in the Department of Economics, and sent a professor in the same department on compulsory retirement.

Three other lecturers of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension are also in trouble over alleged sex-for-marks, a demand the university management said can never be accepted or allowed to thrive in the institution.

In a statement signed by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Victor Peretemode, a copy of which was made available to DAILY POST in Asaba, said the three lecturers are stagnated for three years while the professor would be retired from the university system next week.

The names of the affected lecturers were withheld in the release, but the Vice Chancellor said the decision to ensure the affected lecturers are dealt with accordingly, was reached at the 106th meeting of the Governing Council of the university after the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC) which carried out an investigation on acts of misconduct levelled against the lecturers, submitted its findings and recommendations to the Governing Council.

It was gathered that following the decision of the university management to lay off the affected lecturers, especially the three affected lecturers stagnated for three years, there is palpable tension and fear of the unknown in the university community as alleged efforts by them to get the State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to intervene, had been unsuccessful.

A staff of the university, who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity, said, “the affected lecturers, many of them are in the department of Animal and Environmental Biology, While another senior lecturer whose name did not appear with others, was warned for negligence of duty and told to strictly abide by the rules and regulations of the university as they relate to the conduct of the examination. All the information was also published in the school bulletin, there is serious tension and lobby to come back at all costs”.

Professor Peretemode disclosed that no fewer than 10 lecturers and non academic staff have been sacked in the last few months for gross misconduct and sundry offences, stressing that the university’s management has zero tolerance for offences committed by any staff .

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Nigeria’s private universities jump to 79

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Private universities in Nigeria are now 79, with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval of four more.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said Wednesday that the four new universities have satisfied the criteria for establishing a university in Nigeria as provided by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

They are Greenfield University, Kaduna; Dominion University, Ibadan Oyo State; Trinity University, Ogun State and Westland University in Iwo, Osun State.

Nigeria now has 164 universities, comprising 40 federal universities, 45 state-owned universities, and 79 private universities.

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