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ASUP calls for review of law establishing polytechnics in Nigeria

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The National Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Anderson Ezeibe, has called for a review of the law establishing polytechnic education in Nigeria to meet the emerging realities of the nation’s technological development.

Ezeibe, who made the call on Thursday at Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, while delivering a keynote address of the union’s three-day international conference noted that some policies of the Federal Government are demarketing polytechnic education in Nigeria.

Speaking on the theme “Redefining The Mandate Of Polytechnic Education For Economic Diversification And Sustainability”, Ezeibe disclosed that the government has tactically killed technological education in Nigeria through unfavourable policies.

He listed some of the Federal Government policies working against polytechnic education, including the HND/BSc dichotomy, the inability to enhance academic continuity for HND graduates, and the disparity between HND/BSc holders in government circles, among others.

The National Chairman of ASUP lamented a situation where welders were hired from India for the Dangote Refinery project at the expense of polytechnic graduates, adding that such attitude encouraged capital flight while homegrown polytechnic manpower walloped in unemployment.

He regretted that the mandate of polytechnic education has failed over the years as the government has not integrated them into national planning, especially in the technological development drive.

“Negligence of polytechnics mandate has resulted in a high level of unemployment, poverty and poor entrepreneurship.

“Polytechnic education is not encouraged. In some polytechnics, the student population is less than 1,000, while some state governors change their polytechnics to universities instead of developing them.

“Government is demarketing polytechnic education through their policies. The law that established polytechnic education must be reviewed to meet emerging realities in our nation’s technological development,” he said.

Ezeibe, a lead lecturer at the three-day conference, urged the Federal Government to integrate polytechnic education to lift quality of life in the sustainable development goals.

“Government should migrate away from monolithic economic model through diversification and promote skills education to meet skill need of the nation,” he said.

He charged all stakeholders in education to work in synergy to mainstream polytechnic education into the nation’s development plan.

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Police Probe US Businessman’s Sudden Demise in Lagos Hotel

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– US-based businessman Onyejekwe Izuchukwu found dead in Lagos hotel
– Police investigation underway to determine cause of death
– Autopsy to be performed to reveal more details

The Lagos State Police Command has launched an investigation into the sudden death of Onyejekwe Izuchukwu, a 62-year-old US-based businessman. Izuchukwu’s body was discovered in his hotel room in Ikoyi on June 9, 2024.

According to a source, Izuchukwu had been staying at the hotel since June 6, engaging in business activities. Tragically, his lifeless body was found by a cleaner on the floor of his room.

The hotel’s management reported the incident to the police, who have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Izuchukwu’s death. A doctor was called to the scene and confirmed the businessman’s demise.

Izuchukwu was a prominent figure in the oil and gas industry, having served as President of Bits and Drilling Tools, a division of Schlumberger. His death has sent shockwaves through the industry.

“The command has commenced an investigation into the case,” said Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin. “Izuchukwu’s corpse has been deposited in a morgue in Ikeja for autopsy.”

 

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Lagos Govt Opens Emergency Center To Curb Cholera Outbreak

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– Lagos activates emergency centre to combat cholera outbreak
– UNICEF urges provision of clean water and sanitation facilities
– 350 suspected cases reported with 17 confirmed and 15 deaths

Lagos State Government has activated its Public Health Emergency Operations Centre to tackle the cholera outbreak. The centre will coordinate responses to the increasing number of severe gastroenteritis cases across the state.

According to Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health, the laboratory investigation has confirmed Cholera sub-type O-1, associated with more severe disease. He urged residents to adhere strictly to precautionary measures to prevent further spread.

Meanwhile, UNICEF has called on the state government to provide high-standard water and sanitation facilities to communities. Celine Lafoucrier, Chief of UNICEF Lagos Field Office, emphasized the need for strengthened healthcare systems to respond to outbreaks.

Lafoucrier stated, “Addressing cholera outbreaks requires a deliberate focus on providing high-standard water and sanitation facilities.” She also stressed the importance of community engagement strategies to halt transmission.

The state government has confirmed 350 suspected cases of cholera in 29 wards across multiple LGAs, with 17 confirmed cases and 15 deaths. However, the number of new cases is subsiding in previously affected areas due to interventions and surveillance efforts.

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