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AfDB Calls for Rebirth of Education in Nigeria




By Adedapo Adesanya

African Development Bank (AfDB) has made a case for the transformation and proper financing of education for a new Nigeria.

The call came from the President of the multilateral financial body, Mr Akinwumi Adesina, at the maiden 2020 Prize Presentation Ceremony and Graduation of 53 Leadership Ambassadors organised by the Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL) in Abuja on Saturday.

The event was themed Leadership Excellence and the Secret of Weaving Diversity into National Cohesion and Mr Adesina said that to produce effective leaders, the society must hold the leaders accountable for the roles they played in national development.

He noted that there was need for a rigorous learning culture that would challenge the youths on skills development and creativity.

”Leaders are change agents for good governance. For the Nigeria we hope for, we must prepare and build a leadership pipeline that will translate to effective management of human capital.

”It is important for leaders to listen to public opinions. Those who give up easily in the face of criticism are not leaders. Leaders always have clear visions and keep visions simple.

”Effective leaders must learn to appreciate diversity and desire development.

”The culture of rigourous learning enables strong academic and mental growth and exposes global interactions and it fosters excellence.

”There is therefore urgent need for a massive rebirth and proper financing of a new education system for a new Nigeria as well as full transparency of governance system,” he said.

The AfDB president called on the youths to learn from the history of past leaders as a way to redirecting their steps toward becoming successful leaders.

He also charged leaders to reinvent their approach by focussing on youths and unleash the entrepreneurial capacity in them (youths).

Meanwhile, Mr Jerry Gana, Chairman, NPL Prize Presentation Ceremony Committee, said that the youths must insist on good leadership as a criteria for moving the country forward.

Mr Gana said that the time to embrace leadership in value was now noting that the nation could not function without good leadership.

”The vital question of good leadership is fundamental, it is key for any society to move forward. If you don’t have good leadership, things may not move forward.

”In other words, good leadership brings excellence leading to positive transformation of any society. Therefore to move the society forward the key thing is to insist on good leadership.

”There are those who may think that the focus on leadership is a waste of time, but we believe that it is time to insist on good effective leadership with values, leadership with the kind of quality that move things forward is now.

”And we need to insist that the nation settles for a culture of excellence in leadership,” the former Minister said.

Also, Mr Anya Anya, Chairman, Governing Board of NPL said that body was an intervention by some eminent Nigerians to chart a new course for new leadership in the country on a sustainable basis.

Mr Anya said that there was also need to inspire Nigerians to lead a life larger than self to have a country worthy of emulation among nations of the world.

NPL is currently conducting a month-long intensive leadership transformation training for young Nigerians, within the age brackets of 21-35 years, selected from the six geo-political zones of the country and the FCT.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.


OOU Introduces Work-Study Programme to Reduce Attrition



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By Adedapo Adesanya

To boost employment numbers and reduce the alarming attrition of students, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, has announced the commencement of a work-study programme for skilled students to earn while still attending classes.

The university said in a statement issued by its Registrar, Mr Femi Ogunwomoju, that the initiative would help ease the financial burden on parents and guardians and reduce the rate at which students drop out of school due to financial constraints.

Mr Ogunwomoju said the programme, through the directorate of entrepreneurship studies, “will enable students with demonstrable and proven vocational skills to work in the university and earn some stipends and still attend classes.”

Nigeria has the second highest number of unemployed youths in the world, with 53 per cent of the youth population without jobs. This country is second to only South Africa, which has 61 per cent youth unemployment.

OOU said it launched the work-study programme during its 40th anniversary in February to checkmate the increasing rate of dropouts in the institution.

“When we noticed the rate at which students were dropping out, we did the SWOT analysis of what happened to them,” said the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Mr Ayodeji Agboola, was quoted as saying in the statement.

“We came to realise that the major problem there is funding. So, we instituted immediate funding, but of course, it cannot take care of all of them,” the professor said.

He said the university, therefore, resolved to cater for 500 students under the work-study programme.

“With work studies, we are sure that the majority of them will be accommodated, and that will also solve the problem,” he said.

Students of the university who are interested and qualified to be part of the programme are requested to fill out a form.

The university management, therefore, urged interested qualified students should register through the Directorate of Entrepreneurship Studies within two weeks beginning from May 25.

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200 Undergraduates to Enjoy Stanbic IBTC N80m University Scholarship Scheme



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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

No fewer than 200 undergraduates who performed well in the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will enjoy N80 million worth of educational support from Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc.

The funds would be disbursed to the beneficiaries under the Stanbic IBTC 2023 University Scholarship Award Scheme.

The selection process for the scholarships was rigorous and fair, with beneficiaries chosen from each of the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. The candidates were carefully evaluated based on merit, taking into account their exceptional academic performance, the organisation said.

The 200 scholarship recipients will be able to pursue their dreams with financial confidence, knowing that Stanbic IBTC will stand firmly by their side.

The company disclosed that the money would be given to the students in annual instalments over the course of four academic years. It would provide recipients with the essential financial assistance required to meet their educational expenses.

Subsequent disbursements will be contingent upon the beneficiaries fulfilling certain criteria. These criteria include maintaining their enrolment in the universities and degree programs to which they were admitted, as well as adhering to the academic and administrative policies set forth by their respective institutions, the firm stated.

By ensuring compliance with these requirements, the recipients can continue to receive the scholarship throughout their academic journey, facilitating their uninterrupted pursuit of higher education, it added.

“At Stanbic IBTC, we recognize the importance of education and its role in shaping the future of our great nation, Nigeria.

“Our principal objective for this scholarship is to provide unlimited opportunities for bright, young Nigerians who have demonstrated academic merit,” the chief executive of Stanbic IBTC, Mr Demola Sogunle, said.

He noted that the number of annual scholarship recipients was increased from 100 to 200, as education should not be a luxury reserved for a select few but accessible to all.

By investing in the academic journeys of these exceptional students, the leading end-to-end financial institution will not only make a difference in their lives but also contribute to the development and prosperity of the nation as a whole.

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Wema Bank Employees Donate Items to Isale Eko Grammar School



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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

It was an exciting moment for students of Isalẹ Eko Grammar School, Lagos and a fulfilling time for employees of Wema Bank Plc when they delivered some tables and chairs to the institution last Friday.

The items were donated to the school as part of the financial institution’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiative aimed to contribute to the development of education in the country, especially in its host communities.

It was gathered that Wema Bank employees purchased the items for the school by contributing the salaries under the Salary for Love campaign of the lender.

The bank expressed optimism that the items would undoubtedly transform the learning environment, creating a haven of comfort and inspiration for the students as they embark on their academic journeys.

Apart from the furniture donation, Wema Bank extended its support even further by bestowing scholarships upon two students of Isalẹ Eko Grammar School.

These scholarships, provides invaluable financial assistance and will serve as stepping stones for these exceptional students as they unlock their full potential and courageously chase their dreams.

At the presentation of the items to the school, the Head of Credit Risk Management at Wema Bank, Mr Uchenna Obazeh, emphasized the bank’s firm belief in the transformative power of education.

He commended the unwavering dedication of Wema Bank’s staff members and their resolute commitment to supporting education within the community.

“Through the ‘Salary for Love’ initiative, our employees have showcased their exceptional devotion to shaping a brighter future through education. We are humbled to contribute to the growth and development of Isale Eko Grammar School, as we remain steadfast in our mission of corporate citizenship,” he said.

In his remarks, the Principal of Isalẹ Eko Grammar School, Mr Mukaila Olatoye, expressed deep gratitude on behalf of the institution, recognizing the profound influence this generous donation will have on the students’ educational pursuits.

Also, the students thanked Wema Bank for the donation.

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