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Babalakin pushes education as catalyst for economic recovery

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Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), has called for the reformation of the education sector with a view to improving every other sector of the nation’s economy.

“Nigeria is at crossroads and I believe very strongly that the emancipation of our great country will be led by the reformation of the education sector.

Once we get the education system on the proper footing, it will propel the other sectors of the nation and begin an unstoppable forward movement,” he said.

Babalakin, who disclosed this in Ede, Osun State at a retreat organised by the Osun State University (UNIOSUN), said “it is very unfortunate that a country with a population of about 150million persons and the largest country in the Africa continent has no tertiary institution that has any favourable rating in the world.”

He went on: “We have to set key performance indicators that are consistent with international best practices that must be aspired to by all universities.

It will among other things assess the contribution of the university to the larger society, as well as rate the universities using the appropriate criteria which include student-staff ratio. “More saddening is that once upon a time, Nigeria had universities that were highly rated in the world.

I recall watching a television programme some time ago, where Prof. Olu Akinkugbe, an outstanding academic and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin and Ahmadu Bello University, stated that at a point in time, the University College Hospital, Ibadan, was rated as the fourth among medical institutions in the Commonwealth.

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Delayed flight: Dana passengers sleep at Port Harcourt airport

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Bad weather caused it —Airline

 

This may not be the best of times for Dana Airline as its passengers are facing one challenge after another with the airline. First, on Thursday, its Port Harcourt-bound passengers booked for the 7am flight only departed by 3pm after waiting for seven hours at the airport without any form of compensation.

 

However, Thursday’s experience was a child’s play by what the Port Harcourt- Lagos passengers booked for the 7pm flight said that they experienced.

 

According to Ismail Aniemu, Publisher, Journal Magazine and Journal online, who missed his 1pm appointment in Onne, Rivers  State on Thursday because of the first delay, Danna failed to airlift the 7pm passengers on Friday night, causing them to sleep on iron benches in the open Port Harcourt Airport’s Departure Hall.

 

According to him, the stranded passengers did not get any form of attention or welfare from the airline until 9.40am on Saturday when they were loaded into the aircraft and flown to Lagos.

 

 

“We slept on rough iron benches and not even water was given to us by Dana. All we got when we arrived in Lagos was an apology letter, signed by somebody who claimed to be the Lagos Station Manager of the airline,” he said.

 

The letter, which was dated February 23, 2018, read in part: “On behalf of Dana Air, I would like to apologise to you for the inconvenience, frustration and cost that our flight delay, caused you on 342.

 

 

“You deserve smooth, uncomplicated service when you fly with us, and the wait that you were put through was unacceptable.

 

“…I’m sure you know human error, inclement weather conditions and technical problems are aspects of any large aviation business, but that does not change the fact that your schedules and plans were irreparably altered.

 

“As a gesture of goodwill, we will be happy to provide you with a discount of 25 per cent (one way, on any of your chosen route, which we operate to) on your next intended travel with us.”

 

The letter further indicated that the validity of such ticket would be restricted to a period of 180 days from the issuance of the correspondence.

 

However, Aniemu, who was livid over the whole episode accused Dana of deliberately delaying the flight due to low patronage.

 

He told Sunday Telegraph on telephone that despite the fact that the airline brought three sets of passengers from different schedules on Thursday, the aircraft was half full and its eight business class seats were almost empty, but for one occupant, when it flew at 3pm.

 

 

It would be recalled that one of the emergency exit door of Dana aircraft recently fell-off while it was taxing at the tarmac, a development that has raised serious debate over the airline’s safety standards.

 

Meanwhile, Spokesman of the airline, Kingsley Ezenwa, in his reaction to the delay on Friday, said that airline experienced bad weather on the Port Harcourt on Friday night and decided to delay the flight rather than encountering a mishap days after another of its flight over shot the runway while landing in Port Harcourt.

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BBNaija 2018: Cee-C threatens to report Tobi to Big Brother [VIDEO]

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Big Brother Naija 2018 housemate, Cee-C, has threatened to report fellow housemate, Tobi to Biggie.

This followed a quarrel that ensued between them Saturday night.

Angry Cee-c speaking to Angel said “I’m done with Tobi, leave him.

“If you manage to talk to him or come close to me I will report him to Big Brother

“I’m done with him, it has gotten to that level.”

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Sokoto Govt to assist school for kids orphaned by Boko Haram (PHOTOS)

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Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has promised to render every assistance possible to a school founded by a Sokoto-based philanthropist to cater for over 150 children orphaned by Boko Haram.

The school, established by Alhaji Umarun Kwabo, will provide shelter, clothing and basic Islamic and Western education to the children in Sokoto, away from the conflict areas in the North East of the country.

“This gesture is not only commendable but worthy of emulation by all persons. Seeing these children happy is both touching and encouraging. In my personal capacity and as government, we will render our assistance to ensure that the children are comfortable,” Tambuwal was quoted as saying via a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam in Sokoto.

Speaking further when he visited the school and boarding facility provided for the children, Tambuwal directed officials from the ministries of health and social welfare development to constantly monitor the progress of the children and ensure they are comfortable at all times.

“These are our children. The unfortunate incidence that brought them here notwithstanding, we will step in and act as all parents should. They are home in Sokoto and it’s our collective responsibilities to cater for their needs,” he added.

Conducting the Governor round the premises, the philanthropist, who also holds the traditional title of Jarman Sokoto, said he was touched by the plight of the children and decided to step in in order to create a future for them.

He said some of them are as young as three years, and that already, carers and teachers who speak their native tongues have been recruited to make their stay easier.

“Some of them speak only their mother tongues, so we took extra effort to recruit teachers who speak such languages to make their stay here as comfortable as possible,” he added.

 

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