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Desist From Collection Of Illegal Fees, Kwara Govt Tells Principals



Mary Kemi Adeosun, the permanent secretary of the Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, has issued a warning to all school administrators in the state’s 16 local governments to stop collecting any illegal fees at any of the state’s public secondary schools.

The FidelinfoNews reports Adeosun said this on Friday at a meeting with all secondary school principals at Saint Anthony Secondary School in Ilorin.

She warned that any principal found to be collecting more money from PTA dues than the government has authorized would face civil service repercussions.

Adeosun, therefore, solicited the support of the school heads for the Administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who she said wholeheartedly is committed to the welfare of teachers while also making huge investments in the education sector.

Adeosun called for sanity and discipline across the schools and urged the Principals to tolerate one another to allow peace to reign in their respective schools.

She urged the principals to keep their students indoor, saying any school whose students are found roaming the street risks government sanctions.

She also reminded them that no Principal should admit new students into SSI without the BECE result, and where there is overpopulation in school, the students should move to neighbouring schools.

“Also, Vice Principal Academics should take charge of all examinations the school, and staff should not be used as exam officers. Any school found wanting will be sanctioned,: she said.

She asserted that no NGOs, Old Students or Mission bodies, community or individual should be above the government of the State.

“Therefore, there must be appropriate permission from the Government before anyone is allowed to carry out anything in the schools,” Adeosun said.

On the issue of PTA levy, the Permanent Secretary declared: “Henceforth, the ministry will deploy auditors to all secondary Schools in the state to know the status of their account.”

She therefore listed out the Approved Fees in the Schools as follows:


JSS – 1,450
SSS – 1,500

JSS – 3,930
SSS – 3,980

JSS – 4,500
SSS – 5,600


She announced that government is to provide reading textbooks to pupils at the primary level through the SUBEB, a step she said underscores the commitment of the administration to basic education.

Earlier, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Teaching Service Commission Mallam Bello Taoheed Abubakar described as false rumours that the Commission has commercialised the appointment of principals and vice principals into all secondary Schools in the state.

He reiterated the good works of Governor AbdulRazaq in the sector, which Bello said included prompt payment of salary, promotion of teachers, and infrastructure upgrades.

Bello urged the school heads to be punctual and master their subjects to reciprocate the good gesture of the governor.

President of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Mall. Umar Abdulahi, for his part, applauded the Governor for putting round pegs in round holes in the education sector, assuring the government that they will abide by the outcome of the meeting.

He further advised the Principals to avoid any illicit acts that can dent their images.

Meanwhile reports on recent efforts of the government show a huge surge in pupils’ enrolment in public schools as public confidence grows in the government’s investments in the sector.


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OAU Announces New Resumption Date



The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Sunday, announced a change in the resumption date for the students of the institution.

Fidel Info reports that the management said the students were earlier expected to resume March 15, 2023, but would now return to campus on March 21, 2023.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewwaju, explained that the change was caused by the shift in the date for the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

“Consequent upon the postponement of the governorship and House of Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the university administration hereby notifies the general public, particularly students, that the resumption of academic activities earlier scheduled for March 15, 2023, has been shifted to March 21, 2023.

“Consequently, students are expected back on campus on Monday, March 20, 2023, and to resume academic activities accordingly. We wish our students a safe trip back to the campus,” the statement partly read.

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UNILAG Extends Resumption Dates Following Election Postponement



The University of Lagos has said it has shifted its resumption date to Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

Fidel Info reports that A statement signed by the university stated that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, approved that the resumption of academic activities be postponed to Tuesday, March 21, 2023, adding that all other activities of the university, including inaugural lectures and meetings (excluding teaching), should continue as scheduled.

It explained that the postponement of resumption to Tuesday, March 21, 2023, was due to the re-scheduling of the governorship and state House of Assembly elections from Saturday, March 11, 2023, to Saturday, March 18, 2023.

It read, “It would be recalled that the federal government had directed that students of higher institutions across the country should vacate their schools ahead of the 2023 general elections. As a result, the University Senate had approved the suspension of academic activities (teaching) from Tuesday, February 21, 2023, to Tuesday, March 14, 2023.”

“Once again, members of the university community are implored to remain safe and security conscious as well as orderly, civil and responsible in utterances and engagements, online and offline.

“Further updates would be provided as the need arises in the coming days.”

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Kwara Gov Names Emir of Lafiagi, Others Board Members Of Education Trust Fund



Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has appointed a board for the state’s Education Trust Fund, with members drawn from great backgrounds.

Fidel Info reports that the Governor appointed philanthropist Abdulhakeem Uthman Mustapha (SAN) as the chairman of the Fund that is a strong component of the Kwara State Education Transformation Agenda (KWETA), and is designed to mobilise resources to support infrastructural development and growth in the public sector education in the state.

KWETA had been borne out of the state’s Kwara Education Futures summit in 2021. Another component of it is the KwaraLEARN, which introduces technology and improved accountability and transparency to the basic education sector.

A.U. Mustapha, as he is fondly called, is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Manchester Business School, Suffolk Law School, Business School Netherlands, Nigerian Law School, and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

He is the principal partner at the A.U. Mustapha & Co. law firm headquartered in Abuja, and is currently a member of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund’s Advisory Committee on Digital, Literacy, Productivity and Emerging Skills. He is President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Appeal’s Board.

He is the 2nd Vice President of the Third Estate Foundation Ilorin, a coterie of statesmen who continually discuss public issues, community development, and offer support and advice.

The Emir of Lafiagi Alhaji Mohammed Kudu Kawu, a strong advocate of eduction, is another influential member of the Fund.

Kudu is renowned for his wealth of experience in the financial sector.

Kemi Mary Adeosun, Permanent Secretary representative of the Ministry of Education Human Capital and Development, is also a member of the board as the representative of the Ministry.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, holder of the national honour Officer of the Order of Niger, co-founder of Andela and former managing director of Flutterwave, is also on the board of the Fund.

Iyinoluwa, general partner and co-founder of Future Africa that provides support for mission-driven innovators, is a renowned entrepreneur reputed to be one of 62 global founders of unicorns the size of Andela and Flutterwave.

Deborah Adekeye (Ph.D), a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Ilorin, is another board member of the Fund.

The Fund will also kick-off with Oluwadamilola Fatimah Amolegbe as the Executive Secretary.

Damilola, who collaborated with the Ministry of Education on the Kwara Education Futures Summit in 2021, has worked on some of Kwara’s transformational changes in education, including KWETA and KwaraLEARN.

An alumnus of Manhattan College, New York City, and Vivian Fowler Memorial College, Lagos, Amolegbe is the founder of ‘W. Amolegbe Consulting.

She sits on the boards and is a member of Dar Al-Awqaf, Okeya Community Development Association, Okeya-Ipo 100, She Builds Lives, and Reach Nigeria, among others.

The Kwara State Education Trustfund board will grow to include more members to accommodate different demographies. The Fund can be reached at  www.KWETF.NG along with its social media handles.

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