Lagos Primary Schools won’t reopen on September 21 – Lagos State govt

Primary schools in Lagos State will not resume on September 21, the state government said on Thursday, as it adopts phase re-opening of schools. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had said recently that primary and secondary schools in Lagos State would resume on September 21, but said the date would be tentative. Special Adviser on Education to the Governor, Tokunbo Wahab, in an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said even though it was announced that schools would reopen on September 21, it would be done in phases. “Primary school…

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Current Travails of Theo Vincent of “Selection of African Poetry” Fame

*For any student of (African) Literature, the names: A.D. Senanu and Theo Vincent are not strange because their book: “Selection of African Poetry”, which they co-edited, was one of the recommendations by the West African Examination Council (WAEC). Both critics simplified O/L poetry, better than Donatus Nwoga’s “West African Verse”. Today, Prof. Theo Vincent has been forgotten by his students, colleagues, society and establishment he served. The last time I saw him was in 2001 in the Dept. of English, UNILAG.* *Theo Vincent: From Ivory Tower to Lagos slums* *THE…

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VIEWPOINT: Restructuring the Nigeria Federal System

By Athahiru Jega THERE is currently an upsurge of passionate demands for “restructuring”, “true federalism” and “actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra”. These demands are intricately intertwined and interconnected, and so vociferous that they are overheating the polity. Sooner than later, these matters have to be addressed squarely but dispassionately. The challenge is on how to address the issue of restructuring the Nigerian federal system without upsetting the apple-chart; that is, how to add value to the structure and systemic efficacy of the federal arrangement, without unleashing instability occasioned…

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FG scraps HND

Nigerian Government Scraps HND Certificate, Makes New Rules For Polytechnics The Nigeria Government has scrapped Award of HND Certificates by Polytechnics. The decision was reached at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday where the approval of a comprehensive reform of Nigeria’s tertiary education system was made. In effect, the award of HND will be limited to only the students currently admitted for the programmes. Also, all the programmes currently being run by polytechnics, which are not technology-based, and which are about 70 per cent, will be scrapped. Under the…

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