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NIPPS DG Calls For Review of 6-3-3-4 System of Education

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***Attributes policy summersault to dearth of funding, political ideologies

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

Director General, NIgeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS),Kuru Jos, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, has called on the Federal Government to review the 6-3-3-4 system of Education (introduced in 1983) to meet the present realities for the nation to move forward.

Omotayo made the call at the 5th Distinguished Lecture Series of the Federal University, Lokoja, with the theme” Policy Summersault: The Bane Of Development In Public Sector.”

The Professor of Environmental Sustainability noted that the policy which was enunciated with the primary focus of meeting the educational needs of the citizenry and equipping the youths with skills to make them self reliant had failed to meet the objectives.

The NIPPS Director-General hinted that the initial concept of the policy was also to be a blend of students with biases for technical, vocational and technological education with those having flair for academics.

He lamented that prolonged dearth of funds to adequately implement the policy had altered the concept, culminating in stunted educational progress of the nation.

“Although the policy is still running , it has deviated from the original concept as poor funding has affected its continued relevance”, he said.

He added that the policy should either be scrapped or reviewed with due cognizance of the current realities and educational needs of the country.

Omotayo stated that for the policy to be effective through all the governments in power should endeavour to codify policies into law as a means for the citizenry to hold government accountable for its breach.

He added that enacting policies without backing them by law was the major cause of policy abandonment and Summersault, resulting in loss of resources and general discontentment with government programmes.

The DG explained that cognizance must be taken of certain factors such as political consideration, geographical location, religion, funding and the hydra-headed issue of corruption in policy formulation to avoid failures.

He stressed that most policies are formulated without considering these variables, causing distortions and ineffectiveness adding that lack of awareness and low intellectual capacity of the people at the grassroots and targeted beneficiaries of the policies have always constituted a hindrance.

Other inhibiting factors according to him, include lack of ideology by political parties and biases in leadership to issues and projects saying that these had always fueled policy failures.

He stressed that policy summersault has both positive and negative impact on the society as ”Policy can Summersault to correct a poorly formulated policy” adding that policies require constant reviews to measure their impact and if necessary, be either “discontinued or modified.”

Omotayo urged Nigerians to avoid tackling issue of corruption with “blame game”, as he called on the electorate to elect people with capacity and capability into positions of authority and tasked politicians to always have vibrant political ideologies.

He commended the management of the Federal University Lokoja for instituting the Distinguish Lecture Series which, he noted, had brought together the Gowns and Towns and called for sustained effort in proffering solutions to societal challenges.

Meanwhile, the vice chancellor of the University, Prof. Olayemi Akinwunmi, said the topic of the lecture was carefully selected as the nation is faced with multiple policy failures dotting the length and breadth of the country with abandoned projects and programmes.

“In Nigeria, like in many nations, the public service acts as the engine driving the implementation of policies and programs. Any inconsistency or abrupt shift in policy direction can have profound effects on our developmental efforts.

“The exchange of ideas and perspectives is fundamental to our growth as a society”, he said, adding that the lecture had contributed significantly to “our understanding of the complexities surrounding policy development in Nigeria service.”

Akinwumi commended the guest lecturer for the thought provoking scholarly treatment of the subject matter and charged each and every one to contribute their quota to the development of the nation, saying the challenges facing the nation are surmountable. (Ends)

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Ex-IPAC legal adviser tells Tinubu not to delay the regulation of prices of food items

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***Naira Gains and Losses – Product of APC’s Ineptitude

Former National Legal Adviser  Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) Barr. Chukwudi Ezeobika has raised issues over skyrocketing prices of goods and services amidst speculations on a daily basis that the Nigerian Naira is gaining value against the American dollar

Ezeobika who was also a Candidate Anambra South Senatorial District (2018) gave the indication in statement on Sunday.

He said the presumption of gains in the Nigerian currency may be erroneous as they are without the consequent effects on goods and services as the average Nigerian is yet to feel the impact

“The reason for this indescribable phenomenon, just as we have in every sector of the Nigerian economy, is indeed not far-fetched. The wilful resolve by the Bola Ahmed Tinubu – led APC government to continually deceive Nigerians amidst the glaring economic recession and crisis. 

“It is erroneous to yield to the belief that the Nigerian currency can ever make any gains against the American dollar or its economy relevant in the global stage if the country is unable to produce the basic goods and services required by it, to build and develop its dilapidated and or non-existent infrastructure in critical sectors of the economy such as health, power, transport and agriculture. 

“All known indices of economic recession are currently prevalent in the Nigerian economy as can be seen in high and unprecedented costs of goods as well as services and the continued manipulation, by the current administration,  of the Nation’s currency, against the will of the Nigerian people.

“The Federal and State agencies saddled with the responsibility of regulating the prices of goods, most especially food items which are basic to an average Nigerian, have become either obsolete or 

non-existent, hence, the absurdities prevalent in the prices of food commodities such as rice, yam and beans, in most Nigerian markets.  

“The current administration has wilfully and consciously chosen to continue the path of its predecessors by propagating ill-conceived social and economic policies and engaging in projects that are purely unconnected and at variance with the well-being of its citizens.  

“The Nigerian Legislature ought to, as a matter of urgency, re-discover its essence in enacting relevant laws which have direct bearing on the lives of ordinary citizens, re-position itself in its oversight functions and periodically justify the huge budgets passed yearly to maintain the legislative arm of the Nigerian government. 

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Ganduje: Northern Patriots accuses Kano Gov of lack of Clear Agenda

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***Say, he is Progressing In Error

The Northern Patriots (NP) has take a swipe at Governor Abba Yusuf for lacking in any clear blueprint or agenda for the people of Kano State.

Comrade Dominic Alancha, the national president of the group, gave the indication during an interview on TVC’s Journalists Hangout on Sunday.

According to Alancha, the governor has instead resorted to a witch-hunt and political vendetta against his predecessor Alhaji Umar Ganduje all in the name of a probe.

Comrade Alancha indicated Governor Yusuf is progressing in error as his perceived case against Ganduje is dead on arrival as it is not within the jurisdiction of the state to probe him.

The Northern Patriots, however, advised the governor to focus on governance and if indeed he wants to recover state funds, he should look the way of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

“It is unfortunate that Governor Abba Yusuf is progressing in error. Instead of focusing on advancing governance, he is out for a witch-hunt and political vendetta against his predecessor,” he said.

“I don’t think that he is aware that there is a judicial pronouncement on this matter. The state can’t prosecute Ganduje, it is the responsibility of the federal high court.

“For me, this case is dead on arrival. If he’s transparent enough, he should have gone back to 2011 or even beyond to probe his political godfather because there are a lot of accusations against Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of corruption and misappropriation of state resources.

“For example, in 2011, there was a 5km contract purportedly allocated to each of the 44 LGAs. Unfortunately, to date, 1km of that road has not been constructed.

“If any probe is to be done, it should be based on transparency and accountability. But this whole case is diverting the attention of the people from seeking transparency and good governance from the governor.

“Abba has nothing to point out as his achievement in the last 11 months. Rather, he is busy setting up committees to probe his predecessor.

“I think it is proper for him to sit down and make his priorities known. He should set out a clear agenda for the people. ”

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Fubara vows to liberate Rivers people from oppression

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Gov. Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers has vowed to his to liberate Rivers people from bad governance and oppression.

Fubara spoke on Saturday at a thanksgiving rally organised by the SIMplified Movement at Ibaka, Okirika Local Government Area.

The SIMplified Movement, a pro-Fubara group, organised the event to mark the governor’s successful election and victory at the Supreme Court.

Fubara who spoke through Awajinombek Abiante, the member representing, Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that Rivers people had been oppressed for too long

”A reggae artiste named Lucky Dube, once sang about the imprisonment of the mind, that song mirrors our pathetic situation in Rivers state today.

”Few days ago, a report revealed that many schools in the state lacked teachers, and are dilapidated.
”This reported decay and shortage of teachers did not happen in the last 10 months of my administration, it is an accumulation of neglect.
”They decided not to build schools because they want to imprison the minds of our people, to make us blind in loyalty and unable to ask questions,” he
Fubara said that his government had already commenced efforts to revive the education sector by renovating schools and recruiting more teachers.
”It is for this sake that this government has come to guarantee liberty and break the chains that have held us bound,” he said.
The governor said that his administration had commenced the rehabilitatiin of Okirika Grammar School to provide a sound learning ground for the people of the area.
According to him, his administration would listen to the yearnings of Rivers people and take actions without making noise about it.
Also speaking at the event, Mr Anderson Allison, APC member representing Okirika/Ogu/Bolo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that membership of the SIMplified Movement spanned across political parties.
Allison said that prominent politicians and the elite class in Rivers were in support of Fubara due to his integrity and commitment to the service of the state.
”Fubara sees the welfare of Rivers people as a priority, he has also demonstrated dedication to good governance and service delivery.
”The governor has been in office for just 10 months and has already achieved a lot without resorting to abuses, this is how a leader should behave,” he said

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