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Kwara COED student slumps, dies during lecture

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A 100-level student of the Kwara State College of Education, identified as Aminat Tajudeen, slumped and died while receiving a lecture in class.

According to PUNCH NEWSPAPER’s report, The incident occurred around 1:30 pm on Wednesday.

She was said to have collected her matriculation gown for the ceremony scheduled for Thursday (today) and returned to class when the incident happened.

A senior staff of the school, who did not want his name in print because he was not permitted to speak on the incident, said the late Aminat was rushed to the school clinic after she suddenly slumped during a lecture.

She was later taken to the Muslim cemetery, Osere, for her Janazah and burial.

While speaking at her burial, the deceased father was quoted to have said that “she showed no sign or symptom of any sickness. We had quite a lengthy discussion on several issues before I escorted her to get a cab to the school.”

When contacted on Thursday evening, the college Public Relations Officer, Mrs Abibat Zubair who confirmed the incident, told PUNCH Metro that she was a student of Music/Yoruba, adding that she was mourned by the college and students during the matriculation ceremony.

“The Provost visited the parents yesterday to sympathise with them and also mourned her today during the matriculation ceremony together with the students,” the PRO said.

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Children’s Day: Just Event Online Foundation Trains Students in Journalism

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In commemoration of the 2024 Children’s Day, Just Event Online Foundation, a subsidiary of Just Event Online TV, has trained 12 secondary school students from 6 schools in the basics of journalism and mass communication

The two-day training, which took place on May 23-24, aimed to introduce the students to the profession of journalism and inspire them to consider it as a career path.

During the training , the students while interviewing Chairman Kwara State Sports Writes Association of Nigeria, Mr Ayodeji Ismail commended the schools for allowing their students to participate in the training and congratulated the students for being selected by their schools

He urged Just Event Online to continue upholding the ethics of journalism and shun fake and misleading reports

He also congratulated Just Event Online for setting a good example and encouraged other media houses to adopt media advocacy for young people interested in journalism

In his remarks, Mr Isiaka A. Rasheed, the director of Just Event Online Foundation, the organization has been giving back to the society through various initiatives, including scholarships and free summer lessons for students.

Rasheed emphasized the importance of journalism as the fourth estate of the realm and encouraged the students to consider careers in journalism, photography, cinematography, and media practice.

He commended the participating schools for their commitment to providing quality education and congratulated the students for their interest in the training.

The participating schools included Pakata Secondary School, Barakat Community Secondary School, Ikhwanul Secondary School, Government Day Secondary School Alore, Best Heritage Basic School, and Al Ikhlas Secondary School, all located in Ilorin.

Just Event Online Foundation was launched in 2017 with a focus on education for less privileged students and it has provided over 50 scholarships for best outstanding students

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Again, AOA reach pays school fees, distributes educational materials to indigent students in Ilorin

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A non-governmental organization AOA Reach has announced its sponsorship of 30 underprivileged students in Ilorin.

According to Sho Pen Online Reports, this marks the second time the foundation has stepped forward to cover the school fees of indigent students.

Also, the foundation has generously provided educational materials to support 100 students, including exercise books, pens, uniforms and socks.

These beneficiaries are students of Shaaba Primary School in Ilorin.

The initiative tagged’Education for Every Child,’ also witnessed the foundation enrolling three children into Shaaba Primary School, furthering their commitment to educational access.

While expressing gratitude to all donors who have supported their initiatives, AOA Reach has pledged to continue rolling out programs aimed at benefiting the less privileged in society.”

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FG Reconstitutes Governing Councils of Public Tertiary Institutions

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The federal government has approved the reconstitution of governing councils for public tertiary institutions.

Folasade Boriowo, the media head at the federal ministry of education, confirmed this to TheCable on Saturday.

In June 2023, the National Universities Commission (NUC) dissolved the councils of all federal universities based on a presidential directive.

This directive also impacted the governing boards of government-funded parastatals, agencies, and institutions in the education sector.

The decision halted administrative processes in public tertiary institutions, requiring universities, colleges of education, and federal polytechnics to seek ministerial approval for tasks previously managed by their governing boards or councils.

After 11 months of persistent advocacy from education stakeholders, the governing councils have been reconstituted.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was among the voices urging for reinstatement, citing that the lack of governing councils led to increased cases of “illegality and flagrant violation” of institutional autonomy in public universities.

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FG Sets May 24 to Launch Student Loan Portal

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The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has scheduled May 24 for the launch of its student loan portal.

Akintunde Sawyerr, the fund’s managing director, announced this in a statement on Thursday.

Sawyerr highlighted that the portal’s opening is a significant step towards the current administration’s objective of promoting accessible and inclusive education.

“Students can now apply for loans to pursue their academic goals without financial barriers through the portal,” the statement reads.

“The portal offers a user-friendly interface for students to conveniently submit their loan applications.

“We urge all eligible students to seize this opportunity to invest in their future and contribute to our nation’s growth and development.

“Students can access the portal at www.nelf.gov.ng to start their applications.”

In June 2023, President Bola Tinubu enacted a student loan policy to provide interest-free loans to needy students.

The scheme was initially scheduled to start between September and October 2023, but its implementation faced multiple delays.

The policy faced significant criticism for its stringent requirements, which many stakeholders argued would make the scheme inaccessible.

In March 2024, the president requested the national assembly to repeal and re-enact the law.

On April 3, Tinubu re-enacted the policy, effectively repealing the old law and introducing a new version.

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Sa’adatu Kawu tours Kwara South Schools, urges Parental Involvement in Education

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Kwara State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, embarked on a supervisory visit to schools in Kwara South Senatorial District, praising schools and students who achieved outstanding results in the recent JAMB exams.

During her visit to schools in Irepodun, Offa, and Oyun LGAs, the Commissioner oversaw the conduct of the 2024 May/June Examinations, encouraging students to stay focused and wishing them success. She also assessed the implementation of the KwaraLearn program in public primary schools, interacting with learners and educators to gauge its effectiveness.

Hajia Sa’adatu expressed gratitude to Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq for his commitment to enhancing Kwara’s education sector and for the opportunity to serve the state. She emphasized the importance of parental involvement in education during a meeting with PTA members at St. Paul LGEA School in Omu-Aran, acknowledging the vital role parents play in their children’s academic success.

The visit concluded with appreciation from parents, teachers, and students, commending both Governor AbdulRazaq and Commissioner Kawu for their dedication to improving education in Kwara State and wishing them continued success.

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Foundation pays school fees of indigent students in Ilorin

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As part of its effort to make education available to all, a charitable organization, AOA Reach has covered the school fees for 20 indigent students.

These students attend Government Day Secondary School, Gaa Akanbi, in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State.

AOA Reach’s founder, Abdullahi Abdulkodir, said this gesture aligns with the foundation’s mission to support education and to ensure that even those from poorer backgrounds have access to education.

He noted that the foundation has more educational programs in the works that will benefit those in need.

The school’s principal, teachers, and the parents of the students who received the assistance expressed their sincere gratitude to AOA Reach for this act of kindness, wishing the foundation continued success in its endeavors. 

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