There is a palpable confusion and tension among journalists in Osun State, as two leading members of the profession were last week transferred from the newsroom to the classroom.
The duo, Mr Adeyemi Aboderin, and Mrs Tunrayo Ayegbayo were both employees of Osun State Broadcasting Corporation in Ibokun and Osogbo stations respectively before the transfer.
While Aboderin is the incumbent Chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Osun, Ayegbayo is the current Chairperson of National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in the state.
However, mixed reactions have trailed the transfer of journalists who have put in over two decades of service in the profession.
A source in one of the stations, who pleaded anonymity because of the civil service rule, alleged that the transfer was done in bad faith mainly to spite the individuals and create confusion among journalists in the state.
According to the source, it is an antic of the government to silence some dissenting voices in the media, which they first put to test in the state-owned station.
“This is a lopsided transfer to say the least, no logical explanation can justify this error, it is odd as it is bizzare; it is indeed a conscious affront on the media in the state.
“I believe that the government is test running its instrument of repression against the media as gubernatorial election in the state draws near, it is pertinent for us to be vigilant and resist such antics”.
Meanwhile, moving to justify the action of the government, the Commissioner for Science and Technology in the state, Mr Remi Omowaye through a social media platform explained that the development is a fallout of a “harmonisation policy”.
“The transfer is in line with the harmonisation policy aimed at strengthening the Osun Civil Service. Those with Education qualifications, over 300 in number; have been moved to the classroom. No hard feelings,” Omowaye wrote on WhatsApp.
Over 300,000 apply for 4,000 jobs at FRSC
At least 324,000 applicants applied for jobs meant for 4,000 people at the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Boboye Oyeyemi, FRSC corps marshall, made this known on Monday when he paid a visit to two centres where applicants were being screened in Abuja.
According to NAN, the centres are the Sani Abacha Barracks, Asokoro and the National Stadium, Abuja.
The screening are reportedly for various cadres, including officers, marshal inspectorates and road marshal assistants.
Boboye said those who would be recruited at the end of the exercise “won’t be more than 4,000”.
“We are working with about 324,000 applicants nationwide out of which we have about 105, 000 graduates,” he said.
“Out of the 4,000 slots, 400 is for the officer cadre. Inspectorate has 1,000 and road marshal assistants, 3,200 slots. It will be a keenly contested exercise that is why they will go for aptitude test to be conducted by JAMB. Those being screened from today (Monday) to Tuesday are graduates and you can see their level of discipline.
“The exercise started early today, and tomorrow nationwide, it will be for the graduates, I believe with the planning put in place, everything is okay. After the aptitude test, they will go for interview then drug test, then the final screening with the corps marshal.”
He commended the smooth conduct of the exercise which he said was as a result of effective planning.
“There is orderliness. The exercise began since six o’clock in the morning. This shows the level of planning,” he said.
“The officers conducting the exercise are going by directive of the secretary to the government of the federation. He has given directive that we must ensure the planning is much better than previous exercises.”
The exercise is expected to end on Saturday.
Education crisis widening social gaps in Nigeria, others –World Bank
The World Bank Group has warned that the education crisis in Nigeria is currently widening the social inclusion gaps in the country .
The group said this in its World Development Report for 2018 titled “Learning to Realise Education ’s Promise ” which was presented in Abuja on Wednesday .
The event was attended by the Minister Finance , Mrs . Kemi Adeosun , her counterpart in the Education Ministry , Adamu Adamu , and major stakeholders in the education sector .
The bank in the report called for greater action and coordination of the education sector to achieve the objectives of poverty reduction.
It said millions of young students in low and middle -income countries face the prospect of lost opportunities and lower wages in the future because their primary and secondary schools were failing to educate them to succeed in life .
Warning of a ‘learning crisis’ in global education , the World Bank report said schooling without learning was not just a wasted development opportunity but also a great injustice to children and young people worldwide.
Without learning , it said education would fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all .
The report observed that even after several years in school , millions of children could not read , write or do basic mathematics .
This learning crisis , according to the report , is widening social gaps instead of narrowing them .
It added that young students disadvantaged by poverty, conflict, gender or disability got to adulthood without even the most basic skills of life .
The World Bank Group said like in Kenya , Tanzania, and Uganda “where third grade students find it difficult to make a sentence ,” evidence had shown that in Nigeria , when fourth grade students were asked to complete a simple two- digit subtraction problem , more than three – quarter could not solve it.
It said , “The diagnosis in this World Development Report may make for disheartening reading , but it should not be interpreted as saying that all is lost – only that too many young people are not getting the education they need .
“Learning shortfalls eventually show up as weak skills in the workforce , making it less likely that young people will find good- paying , satisfying jobs .
“But change is possible , if systems commit to learning , drawing on examples of families , educators, communities , and systems that have made real progress . ”
New study finds that 78% of black fathers are unmarried
A new study has found that most black fathers are unmarried and this revelation has led to a coversation online.
The study carried out by the Centers For Disease Control reveals that more than 3/4 of all Black fathers are not married. The study also found that 72% of Black men have had children by age 44. But only 27% of African American fathers were ever married to the child’s mother. That number applies irrespective of the race of the child’s mother.
The study goes on to point out that 78% of Black men with kids fathered at least one child outside of marriage.
Past studies have pointed out the high percentage of unwed Black mothers. The new study pointing out the percentage of unwed fathers exposes a crisis among Black men and social media activists are concerned by the high percentage of unwed fathers.
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