The Nigerian government is taking a US university to court, accusing it of mishandling scholarship students’ access to funds meant for rent, books and food.
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The government has joined dozens of Nigerian students in a lawsuit against Alabama State University which dates back to 2016.
It also accuses the university, which has been traditionally for black students, of charging them for accommodation they did not use and classes they did not take.
The university has denied it has done anything wrong, telling local media it had “adhered to and complied with every instruction and direction given to the University by the Nigerian government regarding that agreement”.
It admitted the Nigerian government was owed $202,000 after everything was paid, but said it had been deposited into an account.
But Anthony Ifediba, who is representing the students, says they believe the university may have withheld as much as $800,000.
He told the Montgomery Advertiser the Nigerian government had paid Alabama State about $5m, which was meant to cover tuition and living costs for all the students.
He added: “I hope it will sober Alabama State University up, and its new president, to realise that what these students are talking about is very serious and it’s having an adverse effect on them legally and I’d imagine public relations-wise.”
Lagos to recruit 2,200 teachers (SEE DETAILS)
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday approved the recruitment of additional 1200 teachers for the junior and senior secondary schools in the state.
The governor, at the last quarterly Town Hall meeting at Ibeju Lekki, had promised that his administration would employ more teachers into public schools to meet up with the manpower required to cover all public schools in the State.
Confirming the development, Deputy Governor of the State, Idiat Adebule, said the 1200 teachers was an addition to the 1000 teachers which the governor had approved for recruitment into primary schools in the state..
Ms Adebule, who superintends over the Ministry of Education, said guidelines for application would be released soon in accordance with the civil service rules.
The development, she added, would further aid teaching and learning in the public schools which according to her, has been attracting more enrollment in the last three years as a result of the improved infrastructure and welfare of teaching and non-teaching staff.
She said the improved facilities and staff motivation was evident in the high performance rate of the students of the State in local and international competitions.
NYSC: Buhari set to increase corps’ members monthly allowance
The Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure has disclosed that the President Buhari led-Federal Government has commenced a review of the monthly allowance paid to corps members.
He said the NYSC, through the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development, received a letter from the Presidency indicating that the process to review the allowance of corps members had started.
Kazaure said the Presidency also copied the Ministry of Finance in the letter.
The DG disclosed this during a tour of the NYSC orientation camp in Abuja on Thursday.
“The Buhari led-federal government is working to increase your monthly allowance therefore, wherever you find yourselves conduct yourself well, be good ambassador of your family, the scheme and the nation.
“We received a letter from the presidency, that is, ministry of youth and sport, copied the ministry of finance that shows that the corps allowance will be reviewed upward, it is in the pipeline,” Kazaure said.
FG plans to introduce compulsory N1500 devpt levy to public schools
IF resolutions reached at the just concluded National Council on Education (NCE) meeting held in Abuja are anything to rely on, the Federal Government may soon introduce a compulsory development levy to all public primary and secondary schools in the country, GREEN PARROT can report.
The Council had approved in the communique to be issued at the end of the meeting that “a compulsory annual development levy of N500 and N1000 be paid by primary pupils and secondary students into a dedicated development levy account.”
At the closing of the meeting on Thursday which was meant to ratify and adopt the communique, a delegate observed that the introduction of such levy would negate the concept of free and compulsory basic education which is already in practice in the country.
But in his response, Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwukah, who presided over the meeting, noted that though NCE was the highest policy making body in the education sector, its decisions would still pass through the National Assembly for final ratification.
He explained that the government was looking for ways to find a lasting solution to the challenge of funding facing the education sector, and urged delegates to allow the recommendation to pass through the National Assembly.
“My understanding is that the NCE, the highest policy making body in education has recommended it, if it goes through the mace and there is any hiccup along the line it can be dropped. Laws are made for human beings and can be amended.
“The UBEC Act is subject to amendment and it can be amended, and accommodate this part. We are trying to find a solution to the funding problem in the education. Let us not because of certain considerations or fears … let us pass through and see how it goes,” Anwukah said.
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