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‘Student Loan Is The Needed Button To Inspire Youths’ -Dr Adetunji Adeosun

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London-based educationist, Dr Adetunji Adeosun has hailed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for re-introducing students’ loan in the country.
He said this is the right button to press if the Nigerian education sector must be revamped and resuscitated. It is the best way to encourage and inspire ambitious Nigerian youths. It will also minimize ‘japa syndrome’.
While making more clarification, he submitted: “Education is not cheap, in most developed countries, students’ loans help to support and improve the quality of education. There should be no fear about students absconding with the loan because the world is a global village.
“If a student defaults in Nigeria and absconds to Canada, technology can be used to retrieve back the money because the financial institutions are linked together. Students’ loan is also available in the UK, Canada, USA and the bank of education is crucial for educational development in Nigeria”.
The forward-looking educationist also identified how generation of functional data can help revamp falling education standards in Nigeria.
He equally cautioned governments at all levels not to pay lip service to the uplift of education sector in the country.
He said, “The state of education in Nigeria has not been encouraging, there is a program for international students’ assessment that is controlled by the organization for economic development globally. It is an assessment based on Mathematics, English and one-science subject; the leading country in the world is China followed by Singapore, Estonia among others.
“In this list, Nigeria is completely missing because they do not have the data to evaluate us. The quality of our education cannot be evaluated while a country like Ghana can be evaluated. Critical data is missing in our educational system”.
The UK trained expert made these submissions while featuring on a weekly radio show, Ayekooto on Radio’ anchored by Olayinka Agboola and broadcast live on Splash 105.5FM, Felele Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State recently.
Dr. Adeosun further revealed that the current state of primary education in the country is worrisome while adding that the morale of teachers is at the lowest ebb owing to the lackadaisical attitude of successive governments in the country.
He added: “Education starts from conception; learning does not start from the primary school, it starts the moment a child is born that is why women are the most powerful influencers of education. There is a plan we designed and submitted to the federal ministry of education known as pre-natal to lifelong learning in which women are the most powerful influencers of children.
“If from conception, we can train the mothers on the importance of education, they will be able to assess, guide their children and come up with solutions. To build education start with the mothers and research has shown that children who started education within 36 months have higher cognitive and mental ability. The foundation of education is built from home”.
Adeosun further urged governments at all levels in the country to prioritize the welfare and training of teachers in the country.
“There should be a teachers’ protection act; I think if a teacher has not received his salary by month end, he should be able to collect 75% of his salary from an education bank which should be urgently set up by our government.”
Dr Adeosun spoke further, “Any country without a skilled workforce will have a high unemployment rate. If our children are educated and gainfully employed, the economy will blossom. Education is a priority and UNESCO has mandated that the budget for education must be 21% and a mechanism must be put in place to manage the funds. This is the time for a digitalized educational system in the South West States especially, in order to monitor the learning ability of each student.
The UK based expert further revealed that the Engr. Seyi Makinde-led administration in Oyo State will need about 47 billion naira to revamp basic education in the state while urging the Federal government to look for a novel way to address learning-poverty and revitalize the educational system in the country.
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From Boardroom To Politics, Ex-First Bank Boss Eyes Oyo Governor’s Seat

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Adesola Adeduntan, the erstwhile Managing Director of First Bank has been named as one of the would-be successors of the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde come 2027.

 

The banker who was allegedly eased out of banking for some undisclosed misdemeanors is claimed to have began consultations as he charts a new path in politics.

 

Sources hinted that Adeduntan had been interested in an elective position but his participation was measured because of his banking career. But now, the coast is clear and he is already aligning himself with some stakeholders ahead of 2027.

 

A list of names including Ilaji boss, Dotun Sanusi, Taofeek Arapaja, Stanley Olajide and many more has features as interested minds gunning for the number one seat in Oyo, a list Adeduntan has recently joined.

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Ex First Bank Boss, Afonja Dies In Auto Crash

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-Femi Bamgbose

 

Details have emerged on Monday, 20th May, 2024 regarding the tragic death of a former Chairman of First Bank Plc, Ajibola Afonja.

 

The 82 year-old man was said to have died in a car accident.

 

The accident occurred somewhere around Oyo town.

 

Sources hinted papermacheonline that the former Minister popularly known by his company name ‘IDS’ Integrated Dimensional System was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he eventually gave up the ghost.

 

The news spread like wildfire within the society circle across Oyo State where Afonja was highly revered.

 

Family sources claimed he would be buried today according to Islamic rites.

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‘How Yahaya Bello Withdrew Almost $1M From Kogi Account To Pay Child’s School Fees’ EFCC boss, Olukoyede

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, has revealed that a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, transferred $720,000 from the government’s coffers to a bureau de change before leaving office to pay in advance for his child’s school fee.

 

Olukoyede revealed this during an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knows he is going, moved money directly from government to bureau de change, used it to pay the child’s school fee in advance, $720,000 in advance, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House.

 

“In a poor state like Kogi, and you want me to close my eyes to that under the guise of ‘I’m being used.’ Being used by who at this stage of my life?”

 

 

Olukoyede further stated that he personally reached out to Bello, offering him a chance to clarify the situation in a respectful setting within the EFCC office but the ex-governor reportedly declined to cooperate, citing fears of harassment from an unnamed woman.

 

The EFCC boss added, “I didn’t initiate the case; I inherited the case file. I called for the file, and I said there are issues here.

 

“On my own, I called him, which I am not supposed to do, just to honour him as an immediate past governor. ‘Sir, there are issues. I’ve seen this case file. Can you just come let us clarify these issues?’

 

 

“He said, ‘Ha! Thank you, my brother. I know, but I can’t come. There’s one lady that has surrounded EFCC with over 100 people to come and embarrass me and intimitade me.’

 

Bello was said to have suggested that the EFCC come to his village rather than conduct an investigation at the agency’s quarters.

 

“I said if that is the issue, I’m going to pass you through my own gate, and you will come to my floor. We will accord you that respect. I will invite my operatives; they will interrogate and interview you in my own office. What could be more honourable than that to allay the fear?

 

“You know what he said: ‘Thank you, sir, but can’t they come to my village? Olukoyede added.

 

The chairman also highlighted the agency’s achievements during his tenure, stating, “We have recovered close to 120 billion and secured over 1,600 convictions in six months.

 

“I’m so passionate about the need for us to move forward in this country. We need the EFCC to survive. There are so many victims that we have wiped tears off their eyes, people that have been swindled in their millions. Every day, we keep recovering money for victims.”

 

PUNCH Online reports that the EFCC chairman, Olukoyede, has vowed to resign from his position if Yahaya Bello is not prosecuted.

 

The EFCC is seeking to arraign Bello on 19 counts bordering on alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N80.2 billion.

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