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A bill to convert the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, NIJ, Lagos, to a public institution has birthed in the House of Representatives.

Sponsored by Olufemi Adebanjo representing Alimosho Federal Constituency of Lagos State, the NIJ bill has been officially introduced in the House.

It is titled “A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, Lagos State, provide for the functions and for related matters, HB 1580”.

Should the bill succeed in going through the gamut of law processes and passed into law, the funding of the institution would be drawn from the annual national budget.

Its funding could also come from other revenue sources, such as gifts, grants, subscription, fees and charges for services rendered.

But president of Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, Mustapha Isah, in a swift reaction, last night said:  “We are not aware officially about that bill. Whoever is the sponsor should, however, realize that NIJ belongs to certain groups, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Guild of Editors and Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria, NPAN.

“These are the owners of that school, so you cannot just wake up one day and say you want to take over the control of the school without discussing with the owners.

“With the little I have read about the proposed bill, there no even mention of the owners whatsoever and that is bad. NIJ is not an orphan so if they want to take it over, they must talk to the owners.

”Now that the bill has come to our notice, the NIJ Board would have to meet and decide the next action to take. We will certainly hold an emergency meeting to come up with a common position.”

Also reacting yesterday, President of Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Chris Isiguzo, said: “At this moment, I’m yet to peruse the said bill. To that extent, I’m not aware of the development. However, before anybody will think of taking what belongs to us, we must be part of such discussion.

“Nobody will think of taking over the NIJ and at the same time, ignore the NUJ, NGE, NPAN, that’s not a possibility. I will look out for the said bill and we shall discuss same at our next National Executive Council meeting.”

Also reacting, veteran journalist, Mr. Ray Ekpu said: “I have not seen the detail of the bill, so I can’t comment extensively on it. My preliminary comment is that the NIJ is owned by a number of institutions and there is also an international dimension to it because the institution was started by NPAN when Lateef Jakande was its President.

“The International Press Institute, IPI, brought out the 10 pounds which was used to establish the institution. The first two provosts of the institution were actually appointed by IPI. So this is not a matter of just waking up and saying you want the government to take it over. It is not done like that. There are all forms of financial, legal and other implications involved.” 

However, Section 2(1) of the bill vested the powers of the institution on its Governing Council, with the power to “consider and approve the day to day and plan of activities of the institute, the programmes of study, courses and research to be undertaken by the institute, the yearly estimates of the institute and the structure and investments plan of the institute.”.

Similarly, section 3 of the bill stipulates the composition of the Governing Council of the Institute of which the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, and the Nigeria Guild of Editors, NGE, may not be part of.

It states: “The Governing Council of the Institute shall consist of a chairman and the following members to be appointed by the President.

“A representative of the Minister of Education, a representative of the alumni association of the institute, three persons appointed on individual merit on a nationwide basis who should have wide experience in the area of journalism, two representatives of the academic board of the institute, one representative of the general public and the Provost of the Institute.”

While granting members of the governing council a four year renewable term of office, it makes the Minister of Education a visitor to the Institute.

In section 6(1a) of the bill, the power to accredit Diploma, Higher National Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma are vested on the National Universities Commission, NUC, rather than the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE.

The bill stated further; “For the carrying out of the functions of the Institute, the Governing Council shall have powers to undertake examination and award diplomas, professional certificates and other distinction to persons who have who have pursued a course of study approved and accredited by the National University Commission.”

Section 7 of the bill also empowers the visitor to conduct visitation or appoint a visitation panel consisting of not less than five experts to evaluate the academic and administrative performance of the institute.

The bill also mandates the President to appoint the provost of the institute from among the candidates to be recommended to him from a list of applicants for the position.

On the funding of the institution, section 18 provided:  “The council shall submit to the Minister through the University Commission not later than three months before the end of each financial year or at such other times as he may direct, an estimate of its revenue and expenditure for the next succeeding financial year.”
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A report just released has indicated that 75 per cent of children in Kankara Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina state drop out of school upon completing primary school.

Alhaji Isa Muhammad, Secretary of the Katsina state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), disclosed this on Wednesday, in Kankara, while quoting the report of a survey conducted by UNICEF, at the launch of the back-to-school and dissemination of behavioural campaign in Kankara.

The programme, which was launched on Tuesday, in Katsina, is being implemented, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK.

Muhammed said that the data had revealed that only 82 per cent of children aged between 6 and 11 attend primary school, while 28 per cent were out of primary school.

“Similarly, 25 per cent of the children between the ages of 12 to 14, were those in Secondary schools, and 75 per cent are out-of-school.

“Thus, this signifies that the majority of the children that attend primary school do not transit to Junior Secondary School (JSS), as they drop-out at the primary level.

“Katsina state is one of the identified states in the northern parts of the country with a significant number of out of school children, with children within the 6-14 age bracket having a higher percentage.

“The figures are alarming, with Kankara among the leading LGAs in the state. And access to secondary Schools is challenging.

“In Kankara, which has an area of 1,462 square kms in size, some students trek more than five kms from their communities to the nearest secondary school.

“Moreover, the lack of Secondary schools in some communities in Kankara, mostly stopped pupils transiting from primary to JSS level.” Muhammed said.

He explained that the state government and other development partners had achieved a lot in terms of ensuring that school age children were in school, retained, complete, as well as transit to a higher level.

According to him, transition is one of the challenges that had contributed to the out-of-school-children in the LGA, as pupils complete the cycle, but were unable to transit to higher levels.

“This is alarming and need immediate attention or a state of emergency on education in Kankara, so as to propel avenues and activities, as well as implementing them to overcome the challenge.

The Head of Administration, Kankara Local Government Council, Alhaji Nura Labaran said the high number of out-of-school-children in the area was 95 per cent caused by insecurity.

Three per cent of the cause could be attributed to inadequate learning structures and materials, while the rest two per cent were due to human lapses.

While commending the development partners, Labaran assured of the LG administration’s support to the success of the exercise.
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Prof. Florence Obi, Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, has approved the implementation of Intelligent Digital Identity System (IDID) and the production of biometric-based intelligent identity cards, in order to have digital profiles of students of the institution.

This was announced in a statement by the Registrar of the university, Mr Gabriel Egbe, and issued to newsmen on Saturday, in Calabar.

According to the vice chancellor, the decision was in line with the management’s desire to drive a digital education transformation.

”Consequent on the decision taken, the IDID service team will be visiting the various academic departments and institutes, to digitally profile the students,” she stated.

Obi further noted that all students would be required to present themselves for the triple exercise of Personal and Demographic Data Capture, Direct Digital Image Capture, as well as the Direct Biometric Data Capture.

The vice chancellor added that departments and institutes had been directed to provide students’ information, osn excel spreadsheet.

She noted that they were to also  give the university’s IDID team the necessary cooperation, for a prompt and seamless exercise.

Prof. Florence Obi,  Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, has approved the implementation of Intelligent Digital Identity System (IDID) and the production of biometric-based intelligent identity cards, in order to have digital profiles of students of the institution.

This was announced in a statement by the Registrar of the university, Mr Gabriel Egbe, and issued to newsmen on Saturday, in Calabar.

According to the vice chancellor, the decision was in line with the management’s desire to drive a digital education transformation.

”Consequent on the decision taken, the IDID service team will be visiting the various academic departments and institutes, to digitally profile the students,” she stated.

Obi further noted that all students would be required to present themselves for the triple exercise of Personal and Demographic Data Capture, Direct Digital Image Capture, as well as the Direct Biometric Data Capture.

The vice chancellor added that departments and institutes had been directed to provide students’ information, osn excel spreadsheet.

She noted that they were to also  give the university’s IDID team the necessary cooperation, for a prompt and seamless exercise.
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The federal government has announced the reintroduction of the bursary in universities and colleges of education across the country, saying it would liaise with the 36 states Ministry of Education including the FCT Education Board, with a view to effecting it.

The government explained that its collaboration with states and the Federal Capital Territory was to identify the respective course of study required respectively by each state, saying an award of N150,000 had been proposed for undergraduates and N100,000 only to NCE students.

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Minister of Education,Malam Adamu Adamu, who said this in his keynote address delivered at the 2021 World Teachers Day celebration in Abuja, Tuesday, said the reintroduction of the bursary was part of the resolutions of the National Implementation Committee constituted by the government following President Muhammdu Buhari’s pronouncement in repositioning the nation’s education sector and the teaching profession in particular, during 2020 World Teachers Day celebration.

According to the minister,” Beneficiaries must attend public institutions only and sign a bond to serve their state for five years on graduation.”

The fund,he said,” would be sourced from UBEC, TETFund, and managed by the Federal Scholarship Board.”

He said his ministry “shall collaborate with agencies like NTI, TRCN, CPN, NUC, NCCE, UBEC, PTDF, TETFund, and non-governmental organizations organize training programmes in pedagogy and
information and communication technology for academic and non-academic staff.”

While disclosing that “UBEC, TETFund, and PTDF would assist in funding the annual training”,Adamu said: “Government should partner with developers/recognized
institutions like Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSLB), FME Staff Welfare, and NUT to finance affordable homes for teachers on Build, Operate and Transfer basis.”

“The type of house to be constructed is based on a range determined by grade level and personal choice – 2/3 bedroom home for middle-level officers and 4 bedroom homes/duplex for senior-level and directorate cadre,” he explained.

Speaking on a special salary scale for teachers in basic and secondary schools, Including provisions for rural posting, science teachers and peculiar allowances, he said: “Advocacy and sensitization to critical stakeholders like representatives of state governments, through governor’s forum, ALGON, NUT, NAPPS, OPSON, etc. for their buy-in” will be explored.

He said there would be the survey of the six geo-political zones of the country to ascertain from states and local governments the prevailing situations in their respective states and local governments for an informed decision.

The committee’s document, he said,” is awaiting presentation to the National Council on Establishment, Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Federal Executive Council for adoption.”

“I assure you all those frantic efforts are being made to implement the resolutions to complement the delivery of effective and equitable sound education that will foster development and contribute to the evolution of a strong, democratic, egalitarian, a prosperous, indivisible, and indissoluble sovereign nation,” the minister said.
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Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Friday said  that his administration had in the last two years returned five public schools to their original owners.

Fayemi said this during the inauguration of a model school as part of the activities marking the 25th anniversary of the creation of the state.

“We returned some schools to their original owners based on requests.

“We have returned Christ School, Ado Ekiti,; Annunciation Secondary School, Ikere; Mary Immaculate Secondary School , Ado Ekiti;  Saint Louis Secondary School, Ikere, and Saint Augustine’s Secondary School, Oye Ekiti, to their owners,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekiti State was created Oct.1, 1996 out of the old Ondo State  by the then military head of state, General Sanni Abacha, now deceased.

Abacha appointed  the then Col. Mohammed Bawa, now deceased,  as its first military governor.

NAN also  reports that the newly constructed model school was named after an elderstatesman and  the former Chairman, Standing Committee for the Creation of Ekiti State, Chief Deji Fasuan.

The governor said that  his administration’s decision to return the schools to their owners was to ensure their effective management.

He gave the assurance that his government would construct another five model colleges to replace those that had been returned and now are  being managed by private bodies.

Fayemi said that the model school, built along Ado-Afao road, was named after Fasuan to promote role modeling and imbue the younger generation with patriotic spirit exhibited by the beneficiary throughout his life.

“I knew him (Fasuan) about 46 years ago. His house shared boundary with  Christ’s School, which I attended.

“We all knew the role he played for the creation of Ekiti State. Those of us who had governed the state would know how he persistently troubled us just for the sake of Ekiti.

“He is one personality that will commend whatever you do well and itemise areas of inadequacies, just to ensure development”, he said.

Fayemi restated his administration’s commitment to the transformation of education and its zero tolerance to abandoning of projects.

He assured  the citizens of the state that every project started by his government and  those ones inherited from the previous administrations  would be completed before exiting office.

“Education sector was in dire strait when we came in  three years ago.

“But we have carried out reforms such as the introduction of free education up to secondary school, the payment of WAEC fees, and   the abolition of education levy.

“We paid counterpart funding worth N7.6billion  from 2015 to 2021 and  cpntinued to ensure regular running grants to schools and payment of teachers’ salaries.

Fayemi added that  all the four colleges built in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, had qualified  teachers, toilets, laboratories, basketball courts and other facilities  that would guarantee quality education to students.

“I seek the cooperation of parents and teachers by registering their children in schools, because not registering children of school age is an offence against the State Child’s Rights Law.

“We know teachers are role models to their students and that is why we make your welfare a priority, so make judicious use of this facility.”

Chief Deji Fasuan, a retired Permanent Secretary, appreciated the state government for the gesture.

“I am sitting before you today in appreciation of  your citing this school in this location apart from naming it after me when I am still on this side of the divide.

“I could remember between 1946 and 1951, when I had to carry my loads on my head, trekked on this path from Afao to Ado Ekiti and risked either being killed by animals or being drowned by Elemi River that crossed this path.

“I am happy that I am still alive to benefit from this radical change.

“People from Afao, Are and Oke Ila in Ado-Ekiti will benefit from this school.

“Many parents are already queuing up in my home everyday  lobbying to have their children enrolled here and this showed the value they placed on this facility.

“I commend the government for this lofty initiative”, he said. 
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Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday suspended Rector of the ancient Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri (Rampoly), Dr Modu Kyari, over incapability to manage the institution that led to its present deplorable condition.

The governor immediately directed the Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Mustapha Malumbe, to take over and oversee the affairs of the institution for six months period.

The directive was handed over after the governor paid an unscheduled visit/inspection to the institution where he discovered that, virtually, all the Technical and Mechanical Workshops at various Engineering Departments and other teaching facilities in the campus were in a deplorable condition/ not functioning, despite huge amount of government funds injected.

Zulum who was the former product, and later Rector of the only existing Polytechnic in the state before he became governor, appeared unsatisfied during the visit, as he couldn’t find the Rector and his Deputy on seats until both showed up later while he was inspecting the facilities of the institution.

He however said, his administration would not condone any act of laziness, non-commitment to responsibility and lackaisadical attitude from any public servant, as the present administration is poised to restore the lost glory of the education sector.

“I am here to see the condition of facilities in this great institution with a view to providing necessary government intervention to save the situation.

“I have gone round and saw virtually all the Technical and Mechanical workshops and other facilities are in a very deplorable condition despite huge amount of resources being injected.

“Therefore, to address some of these problems on ground, i have immediately directed the Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Mustapha Malumbe to take over and oversee the affairs of the institution for six months period.

“As the product and former Rector of this institution before I became governor, my administration would not condone any act of laziness, non-commitment to responsibility and lackadaisical attitude from any public servant, as the present administration is posed to restore the lost glory of the education sector.

“I also directed that the Ministry of Higher Education which would take over the management of the Polytechnic always liaise with relevant stakeholders including the Management Staff of the institution to reposition it for better learning. 

“I have also instructed the ministry of water resources to immediately drill two boreholes to mitigate water shortages within the campus.

“I want to reassure the community of the institution that government will do the needful to revive it for conducive learning, as additional hostels will be constructed while dilapidated ones be rehabilitated soon,” Zulum stated.
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The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has said that no candidate in Enugu state missed its ongoing examination in spite of the IPOB-declared Mondays’ sit-at-home order.

The Deputy Registrar/Zonal Coordinator, WAEC, Mrs Eucharia Onodu disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.

Onodu said the sit-at-home order only affected the students emotionally, as many of them had to sleep over in their schools to be able to meet up.

According to her, some had to trek long distances, while others squatted with those in the hostels to be able to write the examination

This, she said, might not be comfortable for them, adding that some had to also wake early to meet up.

“I am aware some made extra effort, while others went to a lot of stress to write this exam and on our own part, we did not compromise the protocols put in place.

“We still had the exams as scheduled on the timetable and I am happy that at the end they all made it.

“I do not think somebody missed the exam because of the sit-at-home order,” Onodu said.

The coordinator further said that before the commencement of the examination they held a stakeholders meeting with the Ministry of Education and the commissioner in charge of the Ministry on how to secure centres for the exam.

She said the commissioner later reached out to the community leaders who assured WAEC of using local vigilante to secure the centres.

“We really felt their presence at the various centres across the state and I am glad to announce that no community has reported any attack so far.

“And on our own, we used the regular police to escort security materials” she said.

Onodu expressed satisfaction with the security situation put in place, while expressing her optimism that candidates would perform better in 2021, as they were taught very well unlike in 2020 when they were only taught visually.

“They had lessons and ought to have covered the syllabus more than last year,” she said.
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…Present 259 Android Tablets to Students at Bayero University Kano, Kano Training Centre.

The Representative of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali has flagged off the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics project Centres (STEM) in both Government Secondary School Rano and Federal Government College Kano, also presents 159 Android Tablets to Students on training at Bayero University Kano.

The Permanent Secretary explained that STEM is one of the components of the National Social Investment Programme(NSIP), which is strategically aimed at providing a technical platform that would aid modern teaching and learning on STEM to students in some carefully selected schools at both Federal and State-owned Science/Technical Secondary Schools Nationwide.

Technically, the project is aimed at providing  e- learning facilities through the establishment of a State - of- the -Art Information and Communication Technology ( ICT) infrastructure and modern teaching content, to serve as a one-stop-shop environment for students in Public Secondary Schools to have access to digital and updated learning materials in sciences, while also developing their ICT skills including the use of the Internet for various purposes.


Continuing, Alkali said STEM has two components, the set-up of the centres in selected government-owned secondary schools and training the Teachers in the schools selected, while STEM centres are established to give students of the secondary schools to have practical experience in digital learning platforms,  the training component focuses on building the capacity of Teachers to significantly enhance the learning of STEM which is the foundation of the digital economy. 

The programme is designed to equip and transform STEM's Teachers to deliver digital literacy through training, mentoring, and provision of devices to aid teaching.

The Representative of the Minister, Alkali adding that each STEM centres is equipped with modern digital equipment, and a total of 218 such schools all over the 36 States and FCT are equipped with these digital gadgets. Each of the centres is equipped with the following: 

*25 All in One Desktop PC 24inch Screen Intel 2.8 GHz quad-core.

* 25Desktoptabed and chairs

*1 Projector of 5000 lumen

*1 Magnetic White Board for learning

*1 WiFi Routers multi-SIM

* 18 Elegoo Robotics set


The Minister's representative expressed his profound gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari's administration's determination and focus in the spirit of inclusion towards the development of the young people in the digital economy which the STEM project targets the youth. He appreciated the Government of Kano State, urging the students to make good use of the equipment that would aid modern teaching and learning on STEM in the digital world.

The Governor of Kano State, Abdulahi Umar Ganduje represented by the SSG, Alhaji Usman Alhaji commended the Federal Government for its foresight in providing the needed equipment and conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning of STEM nationwide, adding that Kano State is working hard to uplift the standard of Education, that free and compulsory education is yielding result in the state.

Also the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Sanusi Saidu-Kiru said  11 schools are currently benefitting from the STEM project.

Others present at the event were:-  SSG, Usman Waziri, Director Humanitarian Affairs Alhaji Grema Ali, State Focal Person STEM Aminu Zubair, N-POWER Team Lead,Nsikak Okon, Director SSG Rano Malam Umar Muktar, and others.

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The Senate of the University of Benin has approved the removal of N20,000 late registration fee that led to a two-day mass protest by students of the institution.

Mr Ademola Bobola, Registrar of the University, announced the removal in a statement issued on Thursday night in Benin.

Bobola noted that the senate, at a virtual meeting, ratified the earlier verbal pronouncement by the Vice Chancellor,  Prof. Lilian Salami.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Salami was said to have verbally withdrawn the charge on Wednesday when the protesting students reportedly stormed her lodge and forced her to trek a long distance to the school main gate.

The registrar said that the senate, at the second meeting within 24 hours, also approved the decision that money already paid by defaulting students be refunded via modalities to be worked out by the Bursary Department.

“Consequently, lectures are to resume on Monday, Sept. 20, to enable students who obeyed the directive on school closure and travelled, to return.

“The University’s decision-making body also agreed that a new time-line be set for the payment of the school charges for the 2020/2021 Academic Session.

“It also directed that the re-activation of charges for Postgraduate Programmes be sent to the Board of Postgraduate School for review,” he said.

Bobola explained that while the senate reiterated that penalty for late payment of school charges, which has been in existence for years in the university should not be set aside, it, however, called for its modification.

According to him, the senate moved a vote of confidence on the University’s Management and praised the vice-chancellor for her wisdom, courage and magnanimity in acceding to the reason for the students’ protest.
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Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is also the Visitor to the Lagos State University, LASU, yesterday, approved the appointment of Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, as the Ninth Substantive Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Prof. Olatunji-Bello’s appointment follows her recommendation by the Selection Committee of the Governing Council and Senate of LASU, and done by the LASU Law, Cap 169 Vol 7, Laws of Lagos State.

Olatunji-Bello is a Professor of Physiology and former Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university between January and October 2011.

Born in Lagos on April 23, 1964, she had her primary education at Anglican Girls Primary School, Surulere, from 1970 to 1974, and her secondary education at Lagos Anglican Girls Grammar School, Surulere, between 1974 and 1979.

She assumed duty as the first Professor of Physiology in Lagos State University College of Medicine on October 2, 2007.

On December 22, 2008, she was elected the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for two years, and re-elected for a second term in 2010.

Congratulating Olatunji-Bello on her appointment, a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Louis Odion, said her impeccable originality as a scholar sets her apart.

Odion, in his congratulatory message, said: “Watching her deliver her seminal Inaugural Lecture to a packed auditorium at LASU back in 2009 (12 years ago!), I knew instinctively she would go places. Today, my hunch has been proved right. Finally, enter the ninth Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Professor Olatunji-Bello.

“Indeed, anyone who has followed her career trajectory in academia in the last three decades will attest to her impeccable originality as a scholar with significant contributions to the body of knowledge. A distinction further garnished by an exemplary character as a tested, first-class administrator and a God-fearing woman. 

“I have no doubt this unique convergence of rich experiences and sterling qualities will enable her to take LASU to greater heights in times ahead. Doubtless, she has come a long way.”

Meanwhile, a pressure group, Omo Eko Pataki, has kicked against the choice of Olatunji-Bello, describing it as a gross marginalization of Lagosians.

In a statement by the Trustee of Omo Eko Pataki, Maj-Gen. Tajudeen Olanrewaju (retd), the group said such a skewed appointment has further pushed the natives into sheer servitude.

The statement reads: “The Lagos State government of one size fits all policy of marginalisation of Lagos State indigenes is pushing the natives further into an enclave of sheer servitude. This unwholesome decision of the government will not stop us from speaking out.

“ÌmÍ Eko Pataki will never be blackmailed or threatened into silence. We will continue to defend and protect the collective heritage and the dignity of our people against the ravages of the scourge of aliens

“It is so obvious now that the government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu is indifferent and contemptuous of the popular feelings of the indigenous community. With the skewed decision to appoint Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, a native of Ondo State as the new Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Lagosians have been inflicted with an unpopular candidate far and above well-qualified natives.

“We at ÌmÍ Eko Pataki are particularly saddened and troubled with this brazen miscarriage of justice. This decision is a lie. This is a pyrrhic victory for the ephemeral tools of power. We will not be silenced.”

We will continue to resist and rail against injustice until the truth prevails over falsehood.”