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  •  An NGO Prince Nureni Hammed Adekanmi Foundation PANH has awarded N1 million scholarships to 20 public secondary school students in Osun The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the foundation also promised to pay the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination UTME fees for the students Director of the foundation Dr Adeoye Olasoji made this known at the 2023 WAEC sponsorship and scholarship awards held on Wednesday at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall Enuwa Ile Ife Olasoji said that the founder of the foundation whom he described as an old secondary school mate decided to give the scholarships to the brilliant but indigent students of public schools in the state to assist their parents During our own period we had parents who could not afford our WASC fee So we did lots of casual work to take care of ourselves up till the time we pass out of secondary School So this made prince Adekanmi to decide that no matter how little he would be assisting the less privileged in the society he said The Guest Lecturer at the occasion Dr Akinjide Akintola congratulated the beneficiaries even as he commended the founder of the foundation for his kind gesture NAN reports that Akintola of History Department Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife spoke on the topic Education and Role Model in Contemporary Yoruba Society According to him education is the best legacy which parents can give to their children for brighter future He urged the students to seize the opportunity of the scholarship awards to work harder prove themselves worthy and encourage the donor Akintola enjoined the students to cooperate with their teachers by harkening to their instructions as they had vital roles to play in their lives Also the Principal Ife Anglican Grammar School Ile Ife Prince Ademola Adefisan lauded Adekanmi for his generousity stressing that he had bought uniforms and drums for the school and also awarded scholarships to the students Adefisan called on the beneficiaries to be hard working and ensure that they came out in flying colours as a way of motivating the founder of the foundation One of the parents of the students Mrs Idayat Tajudeen appreciated the foundation for giving their children the scholarships pledging that the beneficiaries would not disappoint him Adewumi Ayomide who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the founder of the foundation for diming it fit to assist them in their academic pursuit Ayomide of Ansar u deen Grammar School Ifedapo Area Ile Ife pledged that they would work hard and come out of their examinations in flying colour NAN reports that the beneficiaries of the scholarships were drawn from Ife Anglican Grammar School AUD Grammar School and St Philip Grammar School all in Ile Ife NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Foundation awards scholarships to 20 students in Osun 
     An NGO Prince Nureni Hammed Adekanmi Foundation PANH has awarded N1 million scholarships to 20 public secondary school students in Osun The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the foundation also promised to pay the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination UTME fees for the students Director of the foundation Dr Adeoye Olasoji made this known at the 2023 WAEC sponsorship and scholarship awards held on Wednesday at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall Enuwa Ile Ife Olasoji said that the founder of the foundation whom he described as an old secondary school mate decided to give the scholarships to the brilliant but indigent students of public schools in the state to assist their parents During our own period we had parents who could not afford our WASC fee So we did lots of casual work to take care of ourselves up till the time we pass out of secondary School So this made prince Adekanmi to decide that no matter how little he would be assisting the less privileged in the society he said The Guest Lecturer at the occasion Dr Akinjide Akintola congratulated the beneficiaries even as he commended the founder of the foundation for his kind gesture NAN reports that Akintola of History Department Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife spoke on the topic Education and Role Model in Contemporary Yoruba Society According to him education is the best legacy which parents can give to their children for brighter future He urged the students to seize the opportunity of the scholarship awards to work harder prove themselves worthy and encourage the donor Akintola enjoined the students to cooperate with their teachers by harkening to their instructions as they had vital roles to play in their lives Also the Principal Ife Anglican Grammar School Ile Ife Prince Ademola Adefisan lauded Adekanmi for his generousity stressing that he had bought uniforms and drums for the school and also awarded scholarships to the students Adefisan called on the beneficiaries to be hard working and ensure that they came out in flying colours as a way of motivating the founder of the foundation One of the parents of the students Mrs Idayat Tajudeen appreciated the foundation for giving their children the scholarships pledging that the beneficiaries would not disappoint him Adewumi Ayomide who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the founder of the foundation for diming it fit to assist them in their academic pursuit Ayomide of Ansar u deen Grammar School Ifedapo Area Ile Ife pledged that they would work hard and come out of their examinations in flying colour NAN reports that the beneficiaries of the scholarships were drawn from Ife Anglican Grammar School AUD Grammar School and St Philip Grammar School all in Ile Ife NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Foundation awards scholarships to 20 students in Osun 
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    Foundation awards scholarships to 20 students in Osun 

    An NGO, Prince Nureni Hammed Adekanmi Foundation (PANH) has awarded N1 million scholarships to 20 public secondary school students in Osun.   The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the foundation also promised to pay the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) fees for the students.  

    Director of the foundation, Dr Adeoye Olasoji, made this known at the 2023 (WAEC) sponsorship and scholarship awards, held on Wednesday at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall, Enuwa, Ile-Ife.   Olasoji said that the founder of the foundation, whom he described as an old secondary school mate, decided to give the scholarships to the brilliant but indigent students of public schools in the state to assist their parents.  

    “During our own period, we had parents who could not afford our WASC fee.

    So we did lots of casual work to take care of ourselves up till the time we pass out of secondary School.  

    “So this made prince (Adekanmi) to decide that no matter how little, he would be assisting the less privileged in the society,” he said.  

    The Guest Lecturer at the occasion, Dr Akinjide Akintola, congratulated the beneficiaries, even as he commended the founder of the foundation for his kind gesture.  

    NAN reports that Akintola, of History Department, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, spoke on the topic: “Education and Role Model in Contemporary Yoruba Society.

    ”   According to him, education is the best legacy which parents can give to their children for brighter future.  

    He urged the students to seize the opportunity of the scholarship awards to work harder, prove themselves worthy and encourage the donor.  

    Akintola enjoined the students to cooperate with their teachers by harkening to their instructions, as they had vital roles to play in their lives.  

    Also, the Principal, Ife Anglican Grammar School,  Ile-Ife, Prince Ademola Adefisan, lauded Adekanmi for his generousity, stressing that he had bought uniforms and drums for the school and also awarded scholarships to the students.  

    Adefisan called on the beneficiaries to be hard working and ensure that they came out in flying colours as a way of motivating the founder of the foundation.  

    One of the parents of the students, Mrs Idayat Tajudeen, appreciated the foundation for giving their children the scholarships, pledging that the beneficiaries would not disappoint him.  

    Adewumi Ayomide, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, expressed appreciation to the founder of the foundation for diming it fit to assist them in their academic pursuit.  

    Ayomide, of Ansar-u-deen Grammar School, Ifedapo Area, Ile-Ife, pledged that they would work hard and come out of their examinations in flying colour.  

    NAN reports that the beneficiaries of the scholarships were drawn from Ife Anglican Grammar School, AUD Grammar School and St. Philip Grammar School, all in Ile-Ife.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Maxwell Adeyemi a lecturer in the Animal Production and Health Department of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology OAUSTECH Okitipupa Ondo State has won an International Foundation for Science IFS research grant worth 15 000 U S dollars This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Paul Adeagbo Deputy Director Information Protocol and Public Relations OAUSTECH on Wednesday in Okitipupa The IFS won by the 35 year old researcher an indigene of Supare Akoko was sponsored by the Government of Sweden for early career scholars Adeyemi on his doctoral programme in Animal Science at Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife Osun focused his research work on the Nutritive Evaluation of Cassava plant Meals as Diet in Life Cycle Feeding of Pigs The OAUSTECH academic was once a winner of the MTN Science and Technology Scholarship Phase II with which he funded his university education for three consecutive years 2010 2013 The animal scientist is also a winner of the CLIFF GRADS Doctoral Fellowship sponsored by the Government of New Zealand The CLIFF GRADS affords him a six month stay in the Universidad Technologica Nacional UTN Argentina where he will work on greenhouse gases mitigation strategies of the different diary productive systems of Argentina Adeagbo said Meanwhile Prof Temi Ologunorisa Vice Chancellor OAUSTECH has congratulated the scholar and wished him a brilliant success in his research endeavours He further encouraged other staff members to emulate the young scholar and researcher NAN also reports that Adeyemi who joined OAUSTECH as Assistant Lecturer in School of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources on Nov 1 2018 is expected to commence the Swedish IFS research in mid March 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo varsity lecturer win ,000 Swedish research grant
     Mr Maxwell Adeyemi a lecturer in the Animal Production and Health Department of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology OAUSTECH Okitipupa Ondo State has won an International Foundation for Science IFS research grant worth 15 000 U S dollars This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Paul Adeagbo Deputy Director Information Protocol and Public Relations OAUSTECH on Wednesday in Okitipupa The IFS won by the 35 year old researcher an indigene of Supare Akoko was sponsored by the Government of Sweden for early career scholars Adeyemi on his doctoral programme in Animal Science at Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife Osun focused his research work on the Nutritive Evaluation of Cassava plant Meals as Diet in Life Cycle Feeding of Pigs The OAUSTECH academic was once a winner of the MTN Science and Technology Scholarship Phase II with which he funded his university education for three consecutive years 2010 2013 The animal scientist is also a winner of the CLIFF GRADS Doctoral Fellowship sponsored by the Government of New Zealand The CLIFF GRADS affords him a six month stay in the Universidad Technologica Nacional UTN Argentina where he will work on greenhouse gases mitigation strategies of the different diary productive systems of Argentina Adeagbo said Meanwhile Prof Temi Ologunorisa Vice Chancellor OAUSTECH has congratulated the scholar and wished him a brilliant success in his research endeavours He further encouraged other staff members to emulate the young scholar and researcher NAN also reports that Adeyemi who joined OAUSTECH as Assistant Lecturer in School of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources on Nov 1 2018 is expected to commence the Swedish IFS research in mid March 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo varsity lecturer win ,000 Swedish research grant
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    Ondo varsity lecturer win $15,000 Swedish research grant

    Mr Maxwell Adeyemi, a lecturer in the Animal Production and Health Department of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State, has won an International Foundation for Science (IFS) research grant worth 15,000 U.

    S. dollars.

    This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Paul Adeagbo, Deputy Director, Information, Protocol and Public Relations, OAUSTECH, on Wednesday in Okitipupa.

    The IFS, won by the 35-year-old researcher, an indigene of Supare-Akoko was sponsored by the Government of Sweden for early career scholars.

    Adeyemi, on his doctoral programme in Animal Science at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun,  focused his research work on the “Nutritive Evaluation of Cassava plant Meals as Diet in Life Cycle Feeding of Pigs”.

    “The OAUSTECH academic was once a winner of the MTN Science and Technology Scholarship Phase II with which he funded his university education for three consecutive years (2010 – 2013).

    “The animal scientist is also a winner of the CLIFF-GRADS Doctoral Fellowship, sponsored by the Government of New Zealand.

    “The CLIFF-GRADS affords him a six-month stay in the Universidad Technologica Nacional (UTN), Argentina, where he will work on greenhouse gases mitigation strategies of the different diary productive systems of Argentina,” Adeagbo said.

    Meanwhile, Prof. Temi Ologunorisa, Vice-Chancellor, OAUSTECH, has congratulated the scholar and wished him a brilliant success in his research endeavours.

    He further encouraged other staff members to emulate the young scholar and researcher.

    NAN also reports that Adeyemi, who joined OAUSTECH as Assistant Lecturer in  School of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources on Nov. 1, 2018 is expected to commence the Swedish IFS research in mid-March 2023.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NAN An Osun High Court in Osogbo on Tuesday ordered the Nigerian Correctional Services to produce Raheem Adedoyin owner of Hilton Hotels Ile Ife alleged to have murdered one Timothy Adegoke an Obafemi Awolowo University OAU postgraduate student in court on Nov 7 The six other defendants standing trial in the murder case are Magdalene Chiefuna Adeniyi Aderogba Oluwole Florence Oyetunde Kazeem Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola Justice Adepele Ojo who delivered the ruling said Adedoyin should be brought to court to stand trial in spite of the time constraints in the case being heard Ojo said she would either grant some defendants bail and allow Adedoyin to face the murder case or transfer the case file if the Nigerian Correctional Services NCS refused to bring him The judge decried the time wasted in concluding the case on account of Adedoyin s absence in court on two occasions reportedly on health grounds She urged the NCS to ensure the presence of the defendant on the next date of adjournment adding that his presence for trial had become sacrosanct She also demanded that a medical report over Adedoyin s ill health be brought to court on the next date of adjournment Ojo adjourned the case to Nov 7 to ensure the presence of tbe defendant in court Earlier the Plaintiff s Counsel Mrs Fatima Adesina had told thewww NewsSourceCredit NAN
    OAU student’s death: Court orders NCS to present Adedoyin for trial Nov. 7
     NAN An Osun High Court in Osogbo on Tuesday ordered the Nigerian Correctional Services to produce Raheem Adedoyin owner of Hilton Hotels Ile Ife alleged to have murdered one Timothy Adegoke an Obafemi Awolowo University OAU postgraduate student in court on Nov 7 The six other defendants standing trial in the murder case are Magdalene Chiefuna Adeniyi Aderogba Oluwole Florence Oyetunde Kazeem Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola Justice Adepele Ojo who delivered the ruling said Adedoyin should be brought to court to stand trial in spite of the time constraints in the case being heard Ojo said she would either grant some defendants bail and allow Adedoyin to face the murder case or transfer the case file if the Nigerian Correctional Services NCS refused to bring him The judge decried the time wasted in concluding the case on account of Adedoyin s absence in court on two occasions reportedly on health grounds She urged the NCS to ensure the presence of the defendant on the next date of adjournment adding that his presence for trial had become sacrosanct She also demanded that a medical report over Adedoyin s ill health be brought to court on the next date of adjournment Ojo adjourned the case to Nov 7 to ensure the presence of tbe defendant in court Earlier the Plaintiff s Counsel Mrs Fatima Adesina had told thewww NewsSourceCredit NAN
    OAU student’s death: Court orders NCS to present Adedoyin for trial Nov. 7
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    OAU student’s death: Court orders NCS to present Adedoyin for trial Nov. 7

    NAN ) An Osun High Court in Osogbo, on Tuesday ordered the Nigerian Correctional Services to produce Raheem Adedoyin, owner of Hilton Hotels, Ile-Ife, alleged to have murdered one Timothy Adegoke, an Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) postgraduate student, in court on Nov. 7. The six other defendants standing trial in the murder case are Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Florence, Oyetunde Kazeem, Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola.

    Justice Adepele Ojo, who delivered the ruling, said Adedoyin should be brought to court to stand trial, in spite of the time constraints in the case being heard.

    Ojo said she would either grant some defendants bail and allow Adedoyin to face the murder case, or transfer the case file, if the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) refused to bring him.

    The judge decried the time wasted in concluding the case on account of  Adedoyin’s absence in court on two occasions, reportedly on health grounds .

    She urged the NCS to ensure the presence of the defendant on the next date of adjournment, adding that his presence for trial had become sacrosanct.

    She also demanded that a medical report over Adedoyin’s ill-health be brought to court on the next date of adjournment.

    Ojo adjourned the case to Nov. 7, to ensure the presence of tbe defendant in court .

    Earlier, the Plaintiff’s Counsel, Mrs Fatima Adesina, had told thewww.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Some farmers and experts in agriculture in the South West zone have identified post harvest losses as a major factor militating against food security in Nigeria The farmers and agricultural experts who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Oyo Ondo Ogun Osun Ekiti and Kwara states called for urgent actions to address the food scarcity currently ravaging the country Mr Segun Dasaolu Deputy National President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN told NAN in Abeokuta that the National Food Reserve Agency NFRA needed to be resuscitated This he said would further re invigorate the food system and speed up the attainment of food security in the country Dasaolu also called on the Federal Government to restore grain reserves and set up additional silos particularly in the food producing local government areas across the six geo political zones According to him this will check post harvest losses and wastages and thus help to salvage the current food crisis before it got out of hands Dasaolu who noted that losses could occur at various stages of agricultural chain including harvest drying transportation storage and market stages urged government to address the various stages in order to reduce post harvest losses According to him government should also recover all the leased silos mop up available crops add value and store adequately to arrest future food shortages Prof Kolawole Adebayo of Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development of Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta FUNNAB decried what he called abandonment of food reserves in the country He said that it was imperative for the country to revive food reserves in form of silos and other storage facilities Only when this is put in place can the country enjoy adequate food security he said The professor of agricultural extension also advised government to put in place a mechanism where buyers could get commodities directly from farmers during harvest and store the remaining to prevent post harvest losses Every commodity has a harvesting period during which the products are always available in excess One of the best strategies we can adopt as a nation is to have an arrangement where we can buy up all the excesses during the harvest and process them for storage After the period of harvest we can then begin to release them gradually from the reserves and this is where the concept of food reserves comes from Over the years we as a nation have abandoned our food reserves and I think this is the time to revive those reserves for every commodity that is produced in this country he said Corroborating Adebauoyo s views Secretary of AFAN Ogun chapter Mr Abiodun Ogunjimi stressed the need for food reserves in the agricultural sector adding that the few available reserves had been taken over by the private sector and therefore not beneficial to farmers He noted that most farmers did not have access to the few available storage facilities constructed by the federal government as they had been concession to private operators The private investors are only out to maximise profit and as such farmers cannot gain much from partnering with them he said Ogunjimi urged government to provide silos at designated areas close to farmers and revive the few ones that had become moribund The Vice Chairman Rice Farmers Association RIFAN Ogun chapter Alhaji Monsuru Adebayo also opined that food reserves needed to be revitalised in the country According to him farmers need silos close to them to store excess produce so as to prevent post harvest wastages Farmers don t need too big silos but the available ones should be located near them Unfortunately most of the existing ones are very far from the farmers and the roads are bad thereby making transportation difficult To minimise post harvest losses governm should revive all the strategic food reserves across the country because most of them are presently not functional he added An Economic Analyst Mr Bright Oleka blamed Nigeria s current food crisis on the security challenge currently facing the country He warned that if the security challenge was not addressed it would be difficult to attain food security and improve the economy Oleka noted that most of the grains were produced from the northern part of the country where the insecurity was most pronounced Before food can be stored in strategic silos they have to be harvested from the farms and evacuated to the sites where they are to be stored A situation where the farms and the roads have been taken over by hoodlums will make effective harvest and proper storage difficult to achieve the economic analyst said The AFAN Chairman in Oyo State Mr John Olateru urged the government to strategically beef up food reserves by getting back all the silos that had been sub leased to private investors stressing this is one of the reasons for food scarcity in the country He noted that some of the silos leased to some private firm were not being used for the desired purpose All those companies do is to mop up all they want to buy They don t care about the prices or other things they only use their activities to disrupt the market Government must of necessity get all its silos back so as to use them to ensure food reserves he said Olateru who lauded the government for inaugurating a committee saddled with the responsibilities of purchasing food produce from farmers towards ensuring food reserves urged the committee to involve farmers associations in order to be effective This is a welcome idea because it is during the harvesting period that prices crash due to low demands If the committee can do the mop up then that will help farmers a lot It will also help in stabilising the prices and encourage farmers to continue their business he said An Ilorin based commercial farmer Mr Tope Abolade said that crops storage and preservation as a precaution against food scarcity and post harvest wastages was a good method to sustain food security He advised Nigerians to willingly get involved in farming with the mindset that the consuming population was high Abolade decried situations where farming was still perceived as an occupation for people of low class or the unemployed History has shown that in a typical traditional society food security used to be at the family level although it was also seen as a collective responsibility by the community It is believed that the colonial administration introduced the idea of state food security to replace the traditional food security system At independence government took over the responsibility of feeding the nation to ensure that there was enough food in state granaries to avert hunger he said Abolade listed other factors undermining the agricultural sector to include political instability unfavorable policies challenges of land tenure system poor credit facilities bad roads as well as absence of technical know how farming equipment and storage facilities Government must make up for the past and deal with the present without forgetting the future We must however appreciate the federal government for improving the face of agriculture in Nigeria and its efforts at sustaining agricultural processes especially for commercial farmers We particularly appreciate the loans the subsidies the improved farming methods and produces as well as the off takers scheme but we still do not have enough storage facilities and enough industries that process farm produces into preserved state It will interest you to know that as much as we have hunger in the country today there are still lots of wastages in the agricultural chain So there is the need for government to push out funds for farmers to make storage facilities shelters as well as pesticides and preservatives available at subsidised rate Abolade said According to Prof Olubunmi Omotesho of Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management University of Ilorin Nigeria loses between 30 per cent and 70 per cent of cowpea agricultural yield to post harvest due to absence of efficient storage system Research he said had shown that Nigerian farmers were faced with the challenges of production management techniques as well as the extension needs He further noted that the adoption of improved technology was a key factor in raising crop productivity According to him research on cowpea production by farmers in Kwara showed that majority of farmers still use the traditional storage techniques with only a few of them using the improved modern practices such as cribs and silos Omotesho also identified inadequate credit facilities high cost of and poor access to improved storage facilities as constraints to efficient storage practices in the country He emphasised the importance of small scale farming in the country describing it as a system of farming characterised by low asset base low fixed capital investment labour intensive practices and small family sizes The agricultural expert identified small scale farming as driver of the rural economy and enhancer of local development while asserting the multi dimensional roles of the farmers He called for favourable agricultural policy intervention for small scale farmers in order to produce stable quantity of food for the nation The don also advised governments at all levels to help small scale farmers in providing adequate capital access to markets information and avoiding spoilage resulting from poor storage system and high cost of transportation for agricultural produce Dr Patricia Pessu the Executive Director of Nigeria Stored Products Research Institute NSPRI Ilorin said that the institute had developed several technologies that fits into the scheme adding that the technology needed to be deployed with a national strategy Storage technologies for crops can be provided in strategic locations where the communities have comparative advantage These appropriate technologies if deployed with a national strategy will go a long way in mitigating post harvest food losses in various communities across the country and providing a reliable buffer for the national food reserve Consequently this will ensure regular availability of food year round and eliminate incessant price hikes which is a common experience in Nigeria the executive director said According to her the experience with the government s response to the impact of COVID 19 pandemic in providing food as palliatives has shown clearly that the national strategic food reserve is grossly inadequate She said that recent reports by National Bureau of Statistics showed that the country had experienced a very serious hike in food prices in the last six months thus significantly affecting the livelihoods of many families The situation is likely going to be exacerbated by the war in Ukraine due to the dependence of many African countries on grains from that part of the world This calls for urgent steps to mitigate fool losses at every point of the food value chain Pessu said Dr Ola Ajila of Faculty of Agriculture Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife called for collaboration between government and agricultural engineering sector to curb post harvest losses across in the country Ajila said that agricultural engineering sector must be strengthened to develop intermediate storage and processing technology that would be affordable to individual farmers and groups To prevent food wastages she said that there must be an effective storage especially food bank for preservation of farm produce The don recommended establishment of a farm produce marketing centre in each of geo political zone where government could purchase farm produce from farmers for storage during surplus Government can process or preserve the farm produce for the off season when they will be selling to the public from the food bank Aside storage farm produce can be processed so as to add value while government can also strengthen the agricultural extension advisory agency for effective dissemination of technologies to farmers This is the major organisation that works directly with farmers at the grassroots The research institute should also be motivated for effective performance Most importantly the linkage between extension and research need to be strengthened monitored and well coordinated she said Ajila also said that courses in agriculture must be strengthened at all levels of education and made compulsory Students must also be taught more attractive ways of making agriculture course technology driven instead of manually driven as we have in the schools today If agriculture is practised with the appropriate technology and marketing system the youth will be further encouraged she said Ajila advised Nigerians to change what he called their negative attitude toward agriculture Mrs Jumoke Bakare a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Ondo State said it was important for the federal government to beef up strategic food reserves for food to be available and affordable all year round As the country is fighting insecurity all over food security is also important for the nation to survive and for economy to grow she said The director said provision of efficient and affordable food reserves would help in reducing post harvest loses in the food storage process She also said hand held machines and simple farm equipment such as dehydrators could be made available to farmers to preserve some perishable foods such as vegetables and would still retain its nutritional value Bakare urged the government to provide enabling environment for private investors to invest in food reserves She also called on the federal government to make policies that would favour the private sector as it cannot do it alone Chairman of AFAN in Ekiti Mr Adebola Adeniran blamed incessant increase in prices of food on lack of preservation of farm produce and grains after harvest Other stakeholders in the agricultural sector in the state also pointed out that proper handling and secure post harvest system were crucial to achieving food security in the country According to them lots of human and material resources are being wasted annually due to non secure post harvest system Mr Oluwashina Damilare a cash crop farmer said that failure to safeguard crops after harvest could lead to major losses and wasted efforts during the growing and harvest seasons He said that in severe cases of post harvest food losses it could cause business failures and loss of income especially for small scale business holders Damilare noted that one third of the produced foods for human consumption were lost during post harvest adding that this required urgent government attention According to him lack of secure storage facilities remained one of the contributory factors to post harvest losses even as he decries dependence of many small holder farmers on traditional storage practices which damaged their harvests He urged the country s agricultural research institutes to find lasting solutions to post harvest induced losses Messrs Benjamin Adeoye Oluropo Dada and Olatunji Ayegbusi both AFAN chiefs in Ekiti called for collaboration among the three tiers of government in expanding the nation s food reserve mechanism for future benefits With such collaboration relevant government agencies can work together to ensure that we have enough food reserve for any emergency he said An Agricultural expert Mr Babajide Oso appealed to the federal government to intensify efforts at subsidising more food preservatives and processing equipment for farmers Oso who commended government for subsidising farm inputs called for more efforts to curb wastage of farm produce especially during the harvest season He was of the opinion that many farmers especially those in rural areas lacked enough education and awareness on preservation methods Oso called for siting of food processing firms in rural areas which should be accompanied with provision of good roads for easy access to raw materials com NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Experts, farmers identify ways of stemming food scarcity in Nigeria 
     Some farmers and experts in agriculture in the South West zone have identified post harvest losses as a major factor militating against food security in Nigeria The farmers and agricultural experts who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Oyo Ondo Ogun Osun Ekiti and Kwara states called for urgent actions to address the food scarcity currently ravaging the country Mr Segun Dasaolu Deputy National President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN told NAN in Abeokuta that the National Food Reserve Agency NFRA needed to be resuscitated This he said would further re invigorate the food system and speed up the attainment of food security in the country Dasaolu also called on the Federal Government to restore grain reserves and set up additional silos particularly in the food producing local government areas across the six geo political zones According to him this will check post harvest losses and wastages and thus help to salvage the current food crisis before it got out of hands Dasaolu who noted that losses could occur at various stages of agricultural chain including harvest drying transportation storage and market stages urged government to address the various stages in order to reduce post harvest losses According to him government should also recover all the leased silos mop up available crops add value and store adequately to arrest future food shortages Prof Kolawole Adebayo of Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development of Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta FUNNAB decried what he called abandonment of food reserves in the country He said that it was imperative for the country to revive food reserves in form of silos and other storage facilities Only when this is put in place can the country enjoy adequate food security he said The professor of agricultural extension also advised government to put in place a mechanism where buyers could get commodities directly from farmers during harvest and store the remaining to prevent post harvest losses Every commodity has a harvesting period during which the products are always available in excess One of the best strategies we can adopt as a nation is to have an arrangement where we can buy up all the excesses during the harvest and process them for storage After the period of harvest we can then begin to release them gradually from the reserves and this is where the concept of food reserves comes from Over the years we as a nation have abandoned our food reserves and I think this is the time to revive those reserves for every commodity that is produced in this country he said Corroborating Adebauoyo s views Secretary of AFAN Ogun chapter Mr Abiodun Ogunjimi stressed the need for food reserves in the agricultural sector adding that the few available reserves had been taken over by the private sector and therefore not beneficial to farmers He noted that most farmers did not have access to the few available storage facilities constructed by the federal government as they had been concession to private operators The private investors are only out to maximise profit and as such farmers cannot gain much from partnering with them he said Ogunjimi urged government to provide silos at designated areas close to farmers and revive the few ones that had become moribund The Vice Chairman Rice Farmers Association RIFAN Ogun chapter Alhaji Monsuru Adebayo also opined that food reserves needed to be revitalised in the country According to him farmers need silos close to them to store excess produce so as to prevent post harvest wastages Farmers don t need too big silos but the available ones should be located near them Unfortunately most of the existing ones are very far from the farmers and the roads are bad thereby making transportation difficult To minimise post harvest losses governm should revive all the strategic food reserves across the country because most of them are presently not functional he added An Economic Analyst Mr Bright Oleka blamed Nigeria s current food crisis on the security challenge currently facing the country He warned that if the security challenge was not addressed it would be difficult to attain food security and improve the economy Oleka noted that most of the grains were produced from the northern part of the country where the insecurity was most pronounced Before food can be stored in strategic silos they have to be harvested from the farms and evacuated to the sites where they are to be stored A situation where the farms and the roads have been taken over by hoodlums will make effective harvest and proper storage difficult to achieve the economic analyst said The AFAN Chairman in Oyo State Mr John Olateru urged the government to strategically beef up food reserves by getting back all the silos that had been sub leased to private investors stressing this is one of the reasons for food scarcity in the country He noted that some of the silos leased to some private firm were not being used for the desired purpose All those companies do is to mop up all they want to buy They don t care about the prices or other things they only use their activities to disrupt the market Government must of necessity get all its silos back so as to use them to ensure food reserves he said Olateru who lauded the government for inaugurating a committee saddled with the responsibilities of purchasing food produce from farmers towards ensuring food reserves urged the committee to involve farmers associations in order to be effective This is a welcome idea because it is during the harvesting period that prices crash due to low demands If the committee can do the mop up then that will help farmers a lot It will also help in stabilising the prices and encourage farmers to continue their business he said An Ilorin based commercial farmer Mr Tope Abolade said that crops storage and preservation as a precaution against food scarcity and post harvest wastages was a good method to sustain food security He advised Nigerians to willingly get involved in farming with the mindset that the consuming population was high Abolade decried situations where farming was still perceived as an occupation for people of low class or the unemployed History has shown that in a typical traditional society food security used to be at the family level although it was also seen as a collective responsibility by the community It is believed that the colonial administration introduced the idea of state food security to replace the traditional food security system At independence government took over the responsibility of feeding the nation to ensure that there was enough food in state granaries to avert hunger he said Abolade listed other factors undermining the agricultural sector to include political instability unfavorable policies challenges of land tenure system poor credit facilities bad roads as well as absence of technical know how farming equipment and storage facilities Government must make up for the past and deal with the present without forgetting the future We must however appreciate the federal government for improving the face of agriculture in Nigeria and its efforts at sustaining agricultural processes especially for commercial farmers We particularly appreciate the loans the subsidies the improved farming methods and produces as well as the off takers scheme but we still do not have enough storage facilities and enough industries that process farm produces into preserved state It will interest you to know that as much as we have hunger in the country today there are still lots of wastages in the agricultural chain So there is the need for government to push out funds for farmers to make storage facilities shelters as well as pesticides and preservatives available at subsidised rate Abolade said According to Prof Olubunmi Omotesho of Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management University of Ilorin Nigeria loses between 30 per cent and 70 per cent of cowpea agricultural yield to post harvest due to absence of efficient storage system Research he said had shown that Nigerian farmers were faced with the challenges of production management techniques as well as the extension needs He further noted that the adoption of improved technology was a key factor in raising crop productivity According to him research on cowpea production by farmers in Kwara showed that majority of farmers still use the traditional storage techniques with only a few of them using the improved modern practices such as cribs and silos Omotesho also identified inadequate credit facilities high cost of and poor access to improved storage facilities as constraints to efficient storage practices in the country He emphasised the importance of small scale farming in the country describing it as a system of farming characterised by low asset base low fixed capital investment labour intensive practices and small family sizes The agricultural expert identified small scale farming as driver of the rural economy and enhancer of local development while asserting the multi dimensional roles of the farmers He called for favourable agricultural policy intervention for small scale farmers in order to produce stable quantity of food for the nation The don also advised governments at all levels to help small scale farmers in providing adequate capital access to markets information and avoiding spoilage resulting from poor storage system and high cost of transportation for agricultural produce Dr Patricia Pessu the Executive Director of Nigeria Stored Products Research Institute NSPRI Ilorin said that the institute had developed several technologies that fits into the scheme adding that the technology needed to be deployed with a national strategy Storage technologies for crops can be provided in strategic locations where the communities have comparative advantage These appropriate technologies if deployed with a national strategy will go a long way in mitigating post harvest food losses in various communities across the country and providing a reliable buffer for the national food reserve Consequently this will ensure regular availability of food year round and eliminate incessant price hikes which is a common experience in Nigeria the executive director said According to her the experience with the government s response to the impact of COVID 19 pandemic in providing food as palliatives has shown clearly that the national strategic food reserve is grossly inadequate She said that recent reports by National Bureau of Statistics showed that the country had experienced a very serious hike in food prices in the last six months thus significantly affecting the livelihoods of many families The situation is likely going to be exacerbated by the war in Ukraine due to the dependence of many African countries on grains from that part of the world This calls for urgent steps to mitigate fool losses at every point of the food value chain Pessu said Dr Ola Ajila of Faculty of Agriculture Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife called for collaboration between government and agricultural engineering sector to curb post harvest losses across in the country Ajila said that agricultural engineering sector must be strengthened to develop intermediate storage and processing technology that would be affordable to individual farmers and groups To prevent food wastages she said that there must be an effective storage especially food bank for preservation of farm produce The don recommended establishment of a farm produce marketing centre in each of geo political zone where government could purchase farm produce from farmers for storage during surplus Government can process or preserve the farm produce for the off season when they will be selling to the public from the food bank Aside storage farm produce can be processed so as to add value while government can also strengthen the agricultural extension advisory agency for effective dissemination of technologies to farmers This is the major organisation that works directly with farmers at the grassroots The research institute should also be motivated for effective performance Most importantly the linkage between extension and research need to be strengthened monitored and well coordinated she said Ajila also said that courses in agriculture must be strengthened at all levels of education and made compulsory Students must also be taught more attractive ways of making agriculture course technology driven instead of manually driven as we have in the schools today If agriculture is practised with the appropriate technology and marketing system the youth will be further encouraged she said Ajila advised Nigerians to change what he called their negative attitude toward agriculture Mrs Jumoke Bakare a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Ondo State said it was important for the federal government to beef up strategic food reserves for food to be available and affordable all year round As the country is fighting insecurity all over food security is also important for the nation to survive and for economy to grow she said The director said provision of efficient and affordable food reserves would help in reducing post harvest loses in the food storage process She also said hand held machines and simple farm equipment such as dehydrators could be made available to farmers to preserve some perishable foods such as vegetables and would still retain its nutritional value Bakare urged the government to provide enabling environment for private investors to invest in food reserves She also called on the federal government to make policies that would favour the private sector as it cannot do it alone Chairman of AFAN in Ekiti Mr Adebola Adeniran blamed incessant increase in prices of food on lack of preservation of farm produce and grains after harvest Other stakeholders in the agricultural sector in the state also pointed out that proper handling and secure post harvest system were crucial to achieving food security in the country According to them lots of human and material resources are being wasted annually due to non secure post harvest system Mr Oluwashina Damilare a cash crop farmer said that failure to safeguard crops after harvest could lead to major losses and wasted efforts during the growing and harvest seasons He said that in severe cases of post harvest food losses it could cause business failures and loss of income especially for small scale business holders Damilare noted that one third of the produced foods for human consumption were lost during post harvest adding that this required urgent government attention According to him lack of secure storage facilities remained one of the contributory factors to post harvest losses even as he decries dependence of many small holder farmers on traditional storage practices which damaged their harvests He urged the country s agricultural research institutes to find lasting solutions to post harvest induced losses Messrs Benjamin Adeoye Oluropo Dada and Olatunji Ayegbusi both AFAN chiefs in Ekiti called for collaboration among the three tiers of government in expanding the nation s food reserve mechanism for future benefits With such collaboration relevant government agencies can work together to ensure that we have enough food reserve for any emergency he said An Agricultural expert Mr Babajide Oso appealed to the federal government to intensify efforts at subsidising more food preservatives and processing equipment for farmers Oso who commended government for subsidising farm inputs called for more efforts to curb wastage of farm produce especially during the harvest season He was of the opinion that many farmers especially those in rural areas lacked enough education and awareness on preservation methods Oso called for siting of food processing firms in rural areas which should be accompanied with provision of good roads for easy access to raw materials com NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Experts, farmers identify ways of stemming food scarcity in Nigeria 
    General news2 months ago

    Experts, farmers identify ways of stemming food scarcity in Nigeria 

    Some farmers and experts in agriculture in the South-West zone have identified post-harvest losses as a major factor militating against food security in Nigeria.  

    The farmers and agricultural experts, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Kwara states, called for urgent actions to address the food scarcity currently ravaging the country.  

    Mr Segun Dasaolu, Deputy National President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), told NAN in Abeokuta that the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) needed to be resuscitated.  

    This, he said, would further re-invigorate the food system and speed up the attainment of food security in the country.  

    Dasaolu also called on the Federal Government to restore grain reserves and set up additional silos, particularly in the food producing local government areas across the six geo-political zones.  

    According to him, this will check post-harvest losses and wastages and thus help to salvage the current food crisis before it got out of hands.  

    Dasaolu who noted that losses could occur at various stages of agricultural chain, including harvest, drying, transportation, storage and market stages, urged government to address the various stages in order to reduce post-harvest losses.  

    According to him, government should also recover all the leased silos, mop up available crops, add value and store adequately to arrest future food shortages.  

    Prof. Kolawole Adebayo of Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNNAB), decried what he called abandonment of food reserves in the country.  

    He said that it was imperative for the country to revive food reserves in form of silos and other storage facilities.  

    “Only when this is put in place can the country enjoy adequate food security,” he said.  

    The professor of agricultural extension also advised government to put in place a mechanism where buyers could get commodities directly from farmers during harvest and store the remaining to prevent post-harvest losses.  

    “Every commodity has a harvesting period during which the products are always available in excess.  

    “One of the best strategies we can adopt as a nation is to have an arrangement where we can buy up all the excesses during the harvest and process them for storage.  

    “After the period of harvest, we can then begin to release them gradually from the reserves and this is where the concept of food reserves comes from.  

    “Over the years, we, as a nation, have abandoned our food reserves and I think this is the time to revive those reserves for every commodity that is produced in this country,” he said.  

    Corroborating Adebauoyo’s views, Secretary of AFAN, Ogun chapter, Mr Abiodun Ogunjimi, stressed the need for food reserves in the agricultural sector, adding that the few available reserves had been taken over by the private sector and therefore, not beneficial to farmers.  

    He noted that most farmers did not have access to the few available storage facilities constructed by the federal government, as they had been concession to private operators.  

    “The private investors are only out to maximise profit and as such, farmers cannot gain much from partnering with them,” he said.  

    Ogunjimi urged government to provide silos at designated areas close to farmers and revive the few ones that had become moribund.  

    The Vice Chairman, Rice Farmers’ Association (RIFAN), Ogun chapter, Alhaji Monsuru Adebayo, also opined that food reserves needed to be revitalised in the country.  

    According to him, farmers need silos close to them to store excess produce so as to prevent post-harvest wastages.  

    “Farmers don’t need too big silos, but the available ones should be located near them.

    Unfortunately, most of the existing ones are very far from the farmers and the roads are bad, thereby making transportation difficult.  

    “To minimise post-harvest losses, governm should revive all the strategic food reserves across the country because most of them are presently not functional,” he added.

    An Economic Analyst, Mr Bright Oleka, blamed Nigeria’s current food crisis on the security challenge currently facing the country.  

    He warned that if the security challenge was not addressed, it would be difficult to attain food security and improve the economy.  

    Oleka noted that most of the grains were produced from the northern part of the country where the insecurity was most pronounced.  

    “Before food can be stored in strategic silos, they have to be harvested from the farms and evacuated to the sites where they are to be stored.  

    “A situation where the farms and the roads have been taken over by hoodlums will make effective harvest and proper storage difficult to achieve,” the economic analyst said.  

    The AFAN Chairman in Oyo State, Mr John Olateru, urged the government to strategically beef up food reserves by getting back all the silos that had been sub-leased to private investors, stressing: “this is one of the reasons for food scarcity in the country.

    ”   He noted that some of the silos leased to some private firm were not being used for the desired purpose.  

    “All those companies do is to mop up all they want to buy.

    They don’t care about the prices or other things; they only use their activities to disrupt the market.  

    “Government must, of necessity, get all its silos back so as to use them to ensure food reserves,” he said.  

    Olateru, who lauded the government for inaugurating a committee saddled with the responsibilities of purchasing food produce from farmers towards ensuring food reserves, urged the committee to involve farmers’ associations in order to be effective.  

    “This is a welcome idea because it is during the harvesting period that prices crash due to low demands.

    If the committee can do the mop up then, that will help farmers a lot.  

    “It will also help in stabilising the prices and encourage farmers to continue their business,” he said.  

    An Ilorin-based commercial farmer, Mr Tope Abolade, said that crops storage and preservation, as a precaution against food scarcity and post-harvest wastages, was a good method to sustain food security.

    He advised Nigerians to willingly get involved in farming, with the mindset that the consuming population was high.  

    Abolade decried situations where farming was still perceived as an occupation for people of low class or the unemployed.  

    “History has shown that in a typical traditional society, food security used to be at the family level, although it was also seen as a collective responsibility by the community.  

    “It is believed that the colonial administration introduced the idea of state food security to replace the traditional food security system.  

    “At independence, government took over the responsibility of feeding the nation to ensure that there was enough food in state granaries to avert hunger”, he said.  

    Abolade listed other factors undermining the agricultural sector to include: political instability, unfavorable policies, challenges of land tenure system, poor credit facilities, bad roads as well as absence of technical know-how, farming equipment and storage facilities.  

    “Government must make up for the past and deal with the present, without forgetting the future.  

    “We must, however, appreciate the federal government for improving the face of agriculture in Nigeria and its efforts at sustaining agricultural processes, especially for commercial farmers.  

    “We particularly appreciate the loans, the subsidies, the improved farming methods and produces as well as the off-takers scheme, but we still do not have enough storage facilities and enough industries that process farm produces into preserved state.  

    “It will interest you to know that as much as we have hunger in the country today, there are still lots of wastages in the agricultural chain.  

    “So, there is the need for government to push out funds for farmers to make storage facilities, shelters as well as pesticides and preservatives available at subsidised rate,” Abolade said.  

    According to Prof. Olubunmi Omotesho of Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, University of Ilorin, Nigeria loses between 30 per cent and 70 per cent of cowpea agricultural yield to post-harvest due to absence of efficient storage system.

    Research, he said, had shown that Nigerian farmers were faced with the challenges of production management techniques as well as the extension needs.  

    He further noted that the adoption of improved technology was a key factor in raising crop productivity.  

    According to him, research on cowpea production by farmers in Kwara showed that majority of farmers still use the traditional storage techniques, with only a few of them using the improved modern practices, such as cribs and silos.  

    Omotesho also identified inadequate credit facilities, high cost of and poor access to improved storage facilities as constraints to efficient storage practices in the country.  

    He emphasised the importance of small-scale farming in the country, describing it as a system of farming characterised by low asset-base, low fixed capital investment, labour intensive practices and small family sizes.  

    The agricultural expert identified small-scale farming as driver of the rural economy and enhancer of local development, while asserting the multi-dimensional roles of the farmers.  

    He called for favourable agricultural policy intervention for small-scale farmers in order to produce stable quantity of food for the nation.  

    The don also advised governments at all levels to help small-scale farmers in providing adequate capital, access to markets information and avoiding spoilage resulting from poor storage system and high cost of transportation for agricultural produce.  

    Dr Patricia Pessu, the Executive Director of Nigeria Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Ilorin, said that the institute had developed several technologies that fits into the scheme, adding that the technology needed to be deployed with a national strategy.  

    ”Storage technologies for crops can be provided in strategic locations where the communities have comparative advantage.  

    ”These appropriate technologies, if deployed with a national strategy, will go a long way in mitigating post-harvest food losses in various communities across the country and providing a reliable buffer for the national food reserve.  

    ”Consequently, this will ensure regular availability of food year-round and eliminate incessant price hikes, which is a common experience in Nigeria,” the executive director said.  

    According to her, the experience with the government’s response to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in providing food as palliatives has shown clearly that the national strategic food reserve is grossly inadequate.  

    She said that recent reports by National Bureau of Statistics showed that the country had experienced a very serious hike in food prices in the last six months, thus significantly affecting the livelihoods of many families.  

    ”The situation is likely going to be exacerbated by the war in Ukraine due to the dependence of many African countries on grains from that part of the world.  

    “This calls for urgent steps to mitigate fool losses at every point of the food value chain,” Pessu said.  

    Dr Ola Ajila, of Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, called for collaboration between government and agricultural engineering sector to curb post-harvest losses across in the country.  

    Ajila said that agricultural engineering sector must be strengthened to develop intermediate storage and processing technology that would be affordable to individual farmers and groups.  

    To prevent food wastages, she said that there must be an effective storage, especially food bank, for preservation of farm produce.  

    The don recommended establishment of a farm produce marketing centre in each of geo-political zone, where government could purchase farm produce from farmers for storage during surplus.  

    “Government can process or preserve the farm produce for the off-season, when they will be selling to the public from the food bank.  

    “Aside storage, farm produce can be processed so as to add value, while government can also strengthen the agricultural extension advisory agency for effective dissemination of technologies to farmers.  

    “This is the major organisation that works directly with farmers at the grassroots.

    The research institute should also be motivated for effective performance.  

    “Most importantly, the linkage between extension and research need to be strengthened, monitored and well-coordinated,” she said.

    Ajila also said that courses in agriculture must be strengthened at all levels of education and made compulsory.  

    “Students must also be taught more attractive ways of making agriculture course technology-driven, instead of manually-driven as we have in the schools today.  

    “If agriculture is practised with the appropriate technology and marketing system, the youth will be further encouraged,” she said.  

    Ajila advised Nigerians to change what he called their negative attitude toward agriculture   Mrs Jumoke Bakare, a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ondo State, said it was important for the federal government to beef up strategic food reserves for food to be available and affordable all- year round.  

    “As the country is fighting insecurity all over, food security is also important for the nation to survive and for economy to grow,” she said.  

    The director said provision of efficient and affordable food reserves would help in reducing post-harvest loses in the food storage process.

    She also said hand-held machines and simple farm equipment, such as dehydrators, could be made available to farmers to preserve some perishable foods, such as vegetables, and would still retain its nutritional value.  

    Bakare urged the government to provide enabling environment for private investors to invest in food reserves.  

    She also called on the federal government to make policies that would favour the private sector, as it cannot do it alone.  

    Chairman of AFAN in Ekiti, Mr Adebola Adeniran, blamed incessant increase in prices of food on lack of preservation of farm produce and grains after harvest.  

    Other stakeholders in the agricultural sector in the state also pointed out that proper handling and secure post-harvest system were crucial to achieving food security in the country.  

    According to them, lots of human and material resources are being wasted annually due to non-secure post-harvest system.  

    Mr Oluwashina Damilare, a cash crop farmer, said that failure to safeguard crops after harvest could lead to major losses and wasted efforts during the growing and harvest seasons.

    He said that in severe cases of post-harvest food losses, it could cause business failures and loss of income, especially for small-scale business holders.  

    Damilare noted that one-third of the produced foods for human consumption were lost during post-harvest, adding that this required urgent government attention.  

    According to him, lack of secure storage facilities remained one of the contributory factors to post-harvest losses, even as he decries dependence of many small- holder farmers on traditional storage practices which damaged their harvests.  

    He urged the country’s agricultural research institutes to find lasting solutions to post-harvest-induced losses.  

    Messrs Benjamin Adeoye, Oluropo Dada and Olatunji Ayegbusi, both AFAN chiefs in Ekiti, called for collaboration among the three tiers of government in expanding the nation’s food reserve mechanism for future benefits.  

    “With such collaboration, relevant government agencies can work together to ensure that we have enough food reserve for any emergency,” he said.

    An Agricultural expert, Mr Babajide Oso, appealed to the federal government to intensify efforts at subsidising more food preservatives and processing equipment for farmers.  

    Oso, who commended government for subsidising farm inputs, called for more efforts to curb wastage of farm produce, especially during the harvest season.  

    He was of the opinion that many farmers, especially those in rural areas, lacked enough education and awareness on preservation methods.  

    Oso called for siting of food processing firms in rural areas, which should be accompanied with provision of good roads, for easy access to raw materials.

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  •  A Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry Lateef Taiwo has warned farmers against the application of excessive fertilizers and pesticides on soil Taiwo of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training IAR amp T Obafemi Awolowo University OAU gave the warning during the university s Inaugural Lecture Series 365 on Tuesday in Ile Ife Osun Delivering a lecture titled Anthropogenic Disruption of Microbial Ecosystem in Soil The Crisis Beneath Our Feet Taiwo drew the attention of farmers and stakeholders to the poisonous effect of excessive fertilizer use He noted that in the past the foods that people consumed were products of minimum tillage saying that the use of organic fertilizers was the norm as agro chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides were not available With the increase in the use of herbicides in modern agriculture the problem of the negative effects of these agro chemicals on soil microbes have generated more attention Applied herbicides have been reported to be harmful to allochthonous organisms disrupt the soil ecosystem and ultimately affect human health by gaining access into human food chain Their persistence in soil has also been reported to affect soil fertility Pesticide residues can be found in soils a long time after application This confirms that a shift in our practices is needed urgently he said Taiwo maintained that soil needs to function well but some modern practices effectively prevented it particularly the use of pesticides He stressed that pesticides do not just attack plant pests but also attack soil beneficial organisms thus weakening the soil s ability to deliver its full contribution to plant protection Everyone needs to take a deeper look at the long lasting damages that pesticides cause to soils and what policy makers should do about it There is a lot of activity being carried out in the soil and once the activities are disrupted they will not be able to carry out the responsibility which God has bestowed on them and that would have adverse effect on food production Especially when the soil that we all depend on is poisoned and the life of the soil which is the micro would be adversely affected the don stressed He decried the lackadaisical attitude of youths towards farming noting that they are not interested in farming because they see farming as tedious time consuming unattractive and has low return on investment There is therefore more intensification of the agricultural practices by the few people who now cultivate the land Intensive agriculture which comprises farming practices such as maximum tillage and the use of agro chemicals is now the norm he said Taiwo who advised farmers to stop excessive fertilizer and bush burning on their field also charged them to regulate the amount of pesticides which they apply to their soil All these activities distrupt the soil s microbial ecosystem adversely affecting soil fertility and end food production in the country Taiwo added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don cautions farmers against excessive fertilizer application on soil
     A Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry Lateef Taiwo has warned farmers against the application of excessive fertilizers and pesticides on soil Taiwo of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training IAR amp T Obafemi Awolowo University OAU gave the warning during the university s Inaugural Lecture Series 365 on Tuesday in Ile Ife Osun Delivering a lecture titled Anthropogenic Disruption of Microbial Ecosystem in Soil The Crisis Beneath Our Feet Taiwo drew the attention of farmers and stakeholders to the poisonous effect of excessive fertilizer use He noted that in the past the foods that people consumed were products of minimum tillage saying that the use of organic fertilizers was the norm as agro chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides were not available With the increase in the use of herbicides in modern agriculture the problem of the negative effects of these agro chemicals on soil microbes have generated more attention Applied herbicides have been reported to be harmful to allochthonous organisms disrupt the soil ecosystem and ultimately affect human health by gaining access into human food chain Their persistence in soil has also been reported to affect soil fertility Pesticide residues can be found in soils a long time after application This confirms that a shift in our practices is needed urgently he said Taiwo maintained that soil needs to function well but some modern practices effectively prevented it particularly the use of pesticides He stressed that pesticides do not just attack plant pests but also attack soil beneficial organisms thus weakening the soil s ability to deliver its full contribution to plant protection Everyone needs to take a deeper look at the long lasting damages that pesticides cause to soils and what policy makers should do about it There is a lot of activity being carried out in the soil and once the activities are disrupted they will not be able to carry out the responsibility which God has bestowed on them and that would have adverse effect on food production Especially when the soil that we all depend on is poisoned and the life of the soil which is the micro would be adversely affected the don stressed He decried the lackadaisical attitude of youths towards farming noting that they are not interested in farming because they see farming as tedious time consuming unattractive and has low return on investment There is therefore more intensification of the agricultural practices by the few people who now cultivate the land Intensive agriculture which comprises farming practices such as maximum tillage and the use of agro chemicals is now the norm he said Taiwo who advised farmers to stop excessive fertilizer and bush burning on their field also charged them to regulate the amount of pesticides which they apply to their soil All these activities distrupt the soil s microbial ecosystem adversely affecting soil fertility and end food production in the country Taiwo added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don cautions farmers against excessive fertilizer application on soil
    General news3 months ago

    Don cautions farmers against excessive fertilizer application on soil

    A Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry, Lateef Taiwo, has warned farmers against the application of excessive fertilizers and pesticides on soil.

    Taiwo, of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training(IAR&T), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), gave the warning during the university’s Inaugural Lecture Series 365 on Tuesday in Ile-Ife, Osun. Delivering a lecture titled, ”Anthropogenic Disruption of Microbial Ecosystem in Soil:The Crisis Beneath Our Feet,” Taiwo drew the attention of farmers and stakeholders to the poisonous effect of excessive fertilizer use.

    He noted that in the past, the foods that people consumed were products of minimum tillage, saying that the use of organic fertilizers was the norm as agro-chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides were not available.

    “With the increase in the use of herbicides in modern agriculture, the problem of the negative effects of these agro-chemicals on soil microbes have generated more attention.

    “Applied herbicides have been reported to be harmful to allochthonous organisms, disrupt the soil ecosystem and ultimately affect human health by gaining access into human food chain.

    “Their persistence in soil has also been reported to affect soil fertility.

    “Pesticide residues can be found in soils a long time after application.

    This confirms that a shift in our practices is needed urgently,” he said.

    Taiwo maintained that soil needs to function well but some modern practices effectively prevented it, particularly the use of pesticides.

    He stressed that pesticides do not just attack plant pests but also attack soil beneficial organisms, thus weakening the soil’s ability to deliver its full contribution to plant protection.

    “Everyone needs to take a deeper look at the long-lasting damages that pesticides cause to soils and what policy makers should do about it.

    “There is a lot of activity being carried out in the soil and once the activities are disrupted, they will not be able to carry out the responsibility which God has bestowed on them and that would have adverse effect on food production.

    “Especially when the soil that we all depend on is poisoned and the life of the soil which is the micro would be adversely affected,” the don stressed.

    He decried the lackadaisical attitude of youths towards farming, noting that they are not interested in farming because they see farming as tedious, time-consuming, unattractive and has low return on investment.

    “There is, therefore, more intensification of the agricultural practices by the few people who now cultivate the land.

    “Intensive agriculture which comprises farming practices such as maximum tillage and the use of agro-chemicals is now the norm,” he said.

    Taiwo, who advised farmers to stop excessive fertilizer and bush burning on their field, also charged them to regulate the amount of pesticides which they apply to their soil.

    “All these activities distrupt the soil’s microbial ecosystem, adversely affecting soil fertility and end food production in the country,” Taiwo added.


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  •  The Management of Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife Osun has announced the 2022 admission screening exercise for UTME and Direct Entry candidates This is contained in a statement by the Registrar and Secretary to Council of the institution Mrs Margaret Omosule on Monday in Ile Ife Omosule said the opportunity was for only the candidates who made OAU their first choice in the 2022 UTME scored 200 and above and those who applied for Direct Entry DE She adding that registration for the 2022 Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination PUTME screening exercise would begin from Thursday Sept 8 to Saturday Oct 15 According to her candidates are required to visit admissions oauife edu ng Log on to the site with their Registration Number as Username and their Surname as Password The Registrar explained further that the candidates should fill the biodata form and click continue obtain a Remita Retrieval Reference RRR from this site only and use it to make payment online or at any commercial bank Omosule stated further that once payment was accepted the system would log out and they could now login again adding that the screening exercise would be done online Applicants that provide false information or upload incorrect credentials will automatically be disqualified Candidates are required to check their screening schedule on the OAU Porter from Oct 12 Candidates will also be required to participate in the Post UTME screening on their allotted dates and time from Oct 17 to 22 She said Omosule urged applicants to note that the screening fee of N2 000 00 only and all enquires should be forwarded to admissions oauife edu ng or enquiry oauife edu ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    OAU begins admission screening exercise for UTME, Direct Entry
     The Management of Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife Osun has announced the 2022 admission screening exercise for UTME and Direct Entry candidates This is contained in a statement by the Registrar and Secretary to Council of the institution Mrs Margaret Omosule on Monday in Ile Ife Omosule said the opportunity was for only the candidates who made OAU their first choice in the 2022 UTME scored 200 and above and those who applied for Direct Entry DE She adding that registration for the 2022 Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination PUTME screening exercise would begin from Thursday Sept 8 to Saturday Oct 15 According to her candidates are required to visit admissions oauife edu ng Log on to the site with their Registration Number as Username and their Surname as Password The Registrar explained further that the candidates should fill the biodata form and click continue obtain a Remita Retrieval Reference RRR from this site only and use it to make payment online or at any commercial bank Omosule stated further that once payment was accepted the system would log out and they could now login again adding that the screening exercise would be done online Applicants that provide false information or upload incorrect credentials will automatically be disqualified Candidates are required to check their screening schedule on the OAU Porter from Oct 12 Candidates will also be required to participate in the Post UTME screening on their allotted dates and time from Oct 17 to 22 She said Omosule urged applicants to note that the screening fee of N2 000 00 only and all enquires should be forwarded to admissions oauife edu ng or enquiry oauife edu ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    OAU begins admission screening exercise for UTME, Direct Entry
    Education3 months ago

    OAU begins admission screening exercise for UTME, Direct Entry

    The Management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun has announced the 2022 admission screening exercise for UTME and Direct Entry candidates.

    This is contained in a statement  by the Registrar and Secretary to Council of the institution, Mrs Margaret Omosule, on Monday, in Ile-Ife.Omosule said the opportunity was for only the candidates who made OAU their first choice in the 2022 UTME, scored 200 and above, and those who applied for Direct Entry (DE).

    She adding that registration for the 2022 Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (PUTME) screening exercise would begin from  Thursday, Sept. 8 to   Saturday, Oct. 15.According to her, candidates are required to visit “admissions.

    oauife.

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    ng”; Log on to the site with their Registration Number as Username and their Surname as Password.

    The Registrar explained further that the candidates should fill the biodata form and click continue; obtain a Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) from this site only, and use it to make payment online or at any commercial bank.

    Omosule stated further that once payment was accepted, the system would log out and they could  now login again, adding that the screening exercise would be done online.

    “Applicants that provide false information, or upload incorrect credentials will automatically be disqualified.

    “Candidates are required to check their screening schedule on the OAU Porter from  Oct. 12.“Candidates will also be required to participate in the Post-UTME screening on their allotted dates and time from  Oct. 17 to 22 ,” She said.

    Omosule urged  applicants to note that the screening fee of N2,000.00 only and all enquires should be forwarded to admissions@oauife.

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  •  Dr Temitope Ajayeoba a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to suspend its ongoing strike Ajayeoba who made the call in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ile Ife said the country s education system had suffered a lot of depreciation over the years He said that all hands must be on deck to revive the country s educational system in order not to jeopardise the future of Nigerian youths He expressed concern over the Federal Government s inaction towards agreements and Memorandum of Understanding MoU signed with ASUU since 2009 There are lots of agreements with ASUU since 2009 till date as well as MoU signed by the Federal Governemnt over and over again ASUU had gone on strike several times while government had repeatedly appealed to them to give them time government had promised several times to put their demands in the budget but to no avail The failure of government on many occasions has necessitated ASUU going on strike this time around They have been rolling it over now indefinite strike he explained He said that the indefinite strike declared by ASUU is within their right for this is the only language the government understands He said that many female students have gotten unwanted pregnancy while others had met their untimely deaths while engaging in unwholesome activities Ajayeoba urged the Federal Government to do the needful since members of the union have no other means of sustainability He advised students to shun vices that could affect their future as they are at home NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don appeals to ASUU to suspend strike
     Dr Temitope Ajayeoba a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to suspend its ongoing strike Ajayeoba who made the call in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ile Ife said the country s education system had suffered a lot of depreciation over the years He said that all hands must be on deck to revive the country s educational system in order not to jeopardise the future of Nigerian youths He expressed concern over the Federal Government s inaction towards agreements and Memorandum of Understanding MoU signed with ASUU since 2009 There are lots of agreements with ASUU since 2009 till date as well as MoU signed by the Federal Governemnt over and over again ASUU had gone on strike several times while government had repeatedly appealed to them to give them time government had promised several times to put their demands in the budget but to no avail The failure of government on many occasions has necessitated ASUU going on strike this time around They have been rolling it over now indefinite strike he explained He said that the indefinite strike declared by ASUU is within their right for this is the only language the government understands He said that many female students have gotten unwanted pregnancy while others had met their untimely deaths while engaging in unwholesome activities Ajayeoba urged the Federal Government to do the needful since members of the union have no other means of sustainability He advised students to shun vices that could affect their future as they are at home NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don appeals to ASUU to suspend strike
    Education3 months ago

    Don appeals to ASUU to suspend strike

    Dr Temitope Ajayeoba, a lecturer at the  Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to suspend its ongoing strike.

    Ajayeoba who made the call in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ile-Ife, said the country`s education system had suffered a lot of depreciation over the years.

    He said that all hands must be on deck to revive the country`s educational system in order not to jeopardise the future of Nigerian youths.

    He expressed concern over the Federal Government`s inaction towards agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with ASUU since 2009. “There are lots of agreements with ASUU since 2009 till date as well as MoU signed by the Federal Governemnt over and over again.

    “ASUU had gone on strike several times, while government had repeatedly appealed to them to give them time;  government had promised several times to put their demands in the budget, but to no avail.

    “The failure of government on many occasions has necessitated ASUU going on strike this time around.

    They have been rolling it over, now indefinite strike,” he explained.

    He said that the indefinite strike declared by ASUU is within their right, for this is the only language the government understands.

    He said that many female students have gotten unwanted pregnancy, while others had met their untimely deaths while engaging in unwholesome activities.

    Ajayeoba urged the Federal Government to do the needful since members of the union have no other means of sustainability.

    He advised students to shun vices that could affect their future as they are at home.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A cross section of residents across the South West zone of Nigeria have urged the Federal Government FG to rescind its proposed plan to ban commercial motorcyclists in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports on Monday that while the majority said the ban might add to the hardship of both riders and users of the commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada a handful however expressed their support for the plan The respondents who expressed their views in Osogbo Ibadan Ado Ekiti Abeokuta Akure and Ilorin said that the ban might create more jobless youths thereby increasing the rate of crime and criminality in the country NAN recalls that the federal government had on July 21 through the Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN announced the plan to ban motorcycles for commercial purposes across the nation An Osogbo based economist Tunde Adelakun said that 70 per cent of people operating commercial motorcycles were making their livelihood and sustaining their families from the trade Adelakun said that the ban might add millions of Nigerians to the unemployment data in the country as well as increase crime rate He said that most youths in the business especially in the southern part of the country were graduates who could not secure corporate jobs with their certificates Many of the youth are already into internet fraud called yahoo And for those who buried their pride to go legitimate with commercial motorcycling the ban may push them into crime The economy is hard and those earning their livelihood from the business will completely be crushed if the federal government should ban commercial motorcycles in the country If motorcycles are used by bandits and terrorists in some areas then government should focus the ban on those areas rather than generalising it he said Also Mr Taiwo Jimoh Chairman Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Motorcycle Vigilante Association Ile Ife said that the proposed ban would increase crime in Nigeria urging government to rescind the decision As we are we are all graduates even some of us have master degrees while others are PhD holders After our graduation we could not get jobs and since we have wives and children the only alternative for us to cater for our families is to ride okada If the federal government that does not know of our existence not to talk of caring for us is now proposing to ban okada then they should know that the rate of crime will increase more than ever before he said Jimoh however appealed to government to shun the idea stressing that an idle hand is the devil s workshop He added that the public would also suffer if commercial motorcycles were taken off the streets especially those with houses in distant settlements In Ibadan the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria ACCOMORAN Oyo State chapter appealed to the federal government to regulate activities of commercial motorcycle rather than outright ban Secretary of the association Mr Abimbola Oyediran said that the ban was not the best solution to the current security challenge in the country The planned ban is definitely not the solution to insecurity Rather government should regulate its activities I see the ban on commercial motorcyclists increasing the suffering of the masses as most of them use their motorcycles to fend for their families Oyediran said Another ACCOMORAN unit leader in Mokola area of Ibadan Mr Aliu Ayodele aligned his thoughts with the view that the planned ban might further worsen the unemployment rate in the country According to Ayodele some graduates who could not secure jobs ride commercial motorcycles and Keke Napep to survive and cater for their wives children parents and other dependants Sadly many able bodied men who ride these motorcycles for commercial purposes are still looking impoverished as they are unable to make ends meet he said Meanwhile a security scholar at the University of Ibadan Prof Oyesoji Aremu said that a nexus had been established between motorcyclists and insurgency banditry and the likes in the northern part of Nigeria This is also true for the southern part of the country as many people have used commercial motorcycles to carry out terrorism and other criminal acts Placing a ban on okada will therefore help to stem the tide of insecurity in Nigeria especially in the northern part of the country But the ban can also precipitate other crimes and this is my concern as a security scholar If you plan to solve a problem you shouldn t create another problem Okada is a means of livelihood for some people although some criminals are unfortunately using it to their advantage The ban will force many people to be out of jobs and take to crime and criminal activities This will no doubt be counter productive It may also have great effect on Nigerians particularly those on low cadre who use okada to ferry their goods and agricultural produce Aremu said The don however advised government to regulate the business and use their unions to enforce regulations I know they are registered with National Union of Road and Transport Workers NURTW but beyond that they should be made to register with an agency of government The profiling of okada riders should be done to ascertain their identities If the commercial motorcycles are used against what they are meant for the union leaders should then be questioned Whether we like it or not they serve some good purpose in the country he said Mrs Yosoye Adedeji a teacher also said though the idea was good it would affect the means of livelihood of many Nigerians Those living far away or living in neighbourhoods with difficult terrains that are not motorable will suffer a great deal as commercial motorcycles are what they rely on as means of transportation she said Similarly Mrs Tomi Babatunde a civil servant said that the policy if implemented end bring untold hardship on the citizens It should not be completely banned Rather there can be some form of regulation through a body that can monitor their activities If the ban is placed we won t be able to handle them in their jobless state unless the government is ready to provide jobs for them Babatunde said A student Miss Olamide Abu queued behind the view that social vices would increase should the ban be effected Fear of insecurity will dominate the landscape More atrocities will abound as those without jobs will indulge in illegal means of livelihood Abu said Also Mr Moshood Ibrahim Chairman Adeoyo branch of ACCOMORAN in Ibadan reaffirmed that banning them would not solve the insecurity issue in the country adding that it would increase crime rather than reducing it According to him those using their motorcycles for kidnapping and perpetrating other crimes are not genuine commercial motorcycle riders They are ones destroying the image of authentic commercial motorcycles riders Recently a few of them were apprehended and burnt to death by some angry youths in Ibadan he said He said that most commercial motorcyclists bought their motorcycles on higher purchase ranging from N550 000 to N600 000 to pay back in installments in order to feed themselves and families Ibrahim therefore called on governments at all levels to look for other ways of tightening up security in the country rather than the planned ban A commercial motorcyclist Mr Akeem Akindele described his business as the last hope of the common man owing to lack of good jobs Akindele said that he used to be a plank seller before venturing into okada business as his previous job was not enough to take care of his family He stressed that riding motorcycles for commercial purpose was now his only means of livelihood My advice is that government should not ban commercial motorcyclists but look for other ways of dealing with those using okada to perpetrate crime he said Akindele however commended Oyo State government for commencing registration of commercial motorcyclists in the state to identify and separate authentic motorcyclists from crime perpetrators He urged the federal government to also look into the possibility of doing the same Prof Lameed Gbolagade former Head Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources University of Ibadan estimated that 20 per cent of the total population operates okada as means of livelihood According to him such individuals will be thrown into deep penury and dark poverty for simply using the same means of livelihood as those committing crimes of banditry and kidnapping If the ban is effected those using motorcycles for nefarious activities will device other means of carrying out crimes Government should rather arrest prosecute and judge the culprits accordingly to serve as deterrent to others Alternatively more jobs and alternative means of livelihood can be created by government like mass scaled employment to the teeming school leavers roaming the streets Industries and artisans should also be encouraged while soft loans can also be made available to job seekers as a form of engagement If these and other means are put in place many will not resort to commercial motorcycling as a job Gbolagade said Also an Anglican cleric Ven Wole Ogunseyinde described the proposed ban as a double edged sword According to him the riders meet the transportation needs of a sizeable proportion of the population but are also sources of danger on the road Ogunseyinde noted that the rate of accidents involving motorcycles was alarming often with severe or fatal casualties They have also become tools for robberies on the roads in estates and lately for terrorism They need to be phased out by providing alternative and affordable sources of transportation If you ban them by fiat you throw millions of able bodied youths into labour market and undoubtedly crime rate will soar he said To Pastor Francis Oghuma of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG Jesus Place Ibadan the idea of banning okada is a welcome development and should be fast tracked to reduce daily accidents and deaths Oghuma said with the ban the roads would again be peaceful while more communities would be reassured of the hope of being secured The skyrocketing death rate will diminish banning will in turn increase unemployment but on the positive side expanding the already existing access to tricycle transport business will be needed to take care of the disengaged motorcyclists Tricycle is more secure generates more revenue and has speed limits Therefore subsidising it will also help address our security challenges to a large extent Our interior communities will be strengthened security wise major cities will be free of the menace of commercial motorcycles while our roads will again enjoy cleanliness he said A community leader Mr Tunde Kazeem was however of the opinion that crime was increasing in Oyo State due to the influx of motorcycle riders banned in the neighbouring states Motorcyclists by the way they rob people have created fear in the hearts of residents in my community thus forcing us to set up a vigilance group with members including women he said Kazeem therefore expressed support for the planned ban on commercial motorcycles to reduce crime rate A trader Mrs Rashida Talabi said she started limping after being involved in motorcycle accident Motorcycle accidents constitute about 60 per cent of cases of accidents and emergencies in most hospitals she said Stakeholders in Ogun have however called on the federal government to exercise caution over the proposed plan to ban okada In Abeokuta Mr Ladipupo Adebutu the Peoples Democratic Party PDP governorship candidate for the 2023 election advised government against implementing the plan until adequate arrangements had been made to boost other means of transportation Adebutu who acknowledged that motorcycles had become veritable tools for criminals to perpetrate their acts said government should also consider the importance of the means of transportation to many Nigerians Yes there is the need to consider the implications of motorcycles in the security situation of the country With documentary just recently shown on television you only need two things to be a terrorist today AK 47 gun and motorcycle So when the government considered the ban on motorcycles it is quite understandable because of the pressures they are facing We must however remember that motorcycles serve great service to communities So provisions have to be made for alternative means of transportation such as tricycles before such action is taken Before you take motorcycles off the streets alternative provisions must be made to ensure that people don t face the attendant hardship he said Mr Nurudeen Alowonle Chairman Articulate Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria AMORAN Ogun chapter reiterated that motorcycle had become a major source of transportation in the country Also commercial motorcycle riders play major roles in the nation s transportation sector especially in transporting agricultural produce economic goods and people particularly in areas with bad roads he said Alowonle added that it remained the major source of income and livelihood for millions of Nigerians particularly the youth He opined that if implemented the proposed plan would have negative impacts on the nation s economy with serious unemployment rate The AMORAN chairman therefore urged the federal government to reconsider the plan Similarly Mr Razaq Shotayo Chairman Riders and Owners of Motorcycles Organisation of Nigeria ROMO warned that no fewer than 30 000 of its members in the state would be rendered jobless should the plan scale through Stressing the importance of motorcycles in the country he said that government might end up creating other problems in the process of solving one There was a time in this state when market women or civil servants could not move early in the morning without being harassed or robbed by unemployed youths That has been a thing of the past with many of them either riding motorcycles to make a living or being part of the monitoring teams in various communities Nobody prays for such terrible days to return in this state So government should reconsider the plan he said The chairman who noted that security challenge had existed in the country before the present administration came to power advised the federal government to seek other means of addressing the menace He urged the federal government to adopt the Ogun strategy of regulating the activities of commercial motorcyclists by registering and collating their data Over the years the state government in conjunction with security agencies and various unions of commercial motorcyclists has been fighting insecurity by regulating their activities For example all the unions set up a taskforce and with the help of the security agencies have been arresting criminal elements hiding under the guise of commercial motorcyclists to perpetrate crime in the state he said Dr Samuel Nzekwe former President Association of National Accountants of Nigeria ANAN appealed to government to put palliative measures to mitigate the effects of the planned ban Nzekwe also called for provision of employment opportunities for those who would be rendered jobless if the plan was eventually implemented The action will surely lead to idleness and more suffering and you know that an idle mind is the devil s workshop he said The former ANAN boss stressed the need for strong monitoring of the nation s borders adding that some of the commercial motorcyclists engaging in crime in the country were from neighbouring countries He noted that they could easily commit crime at one place and escape to another location without any trace due to lack of sufficient data In Ado Ekiti a commercial rider Mr Timothy Akada said he graduated five years ago from the university but could still not secure a gainful employment While finding it difficult to secure loans with low interest rate to start a business he said the development resorted into him becoming a driver to an okada owner as a source of income to feed his family The rate of unemployment in the country has led some graduates into okada business to make ends meet and cancelling it would only be suicidal he said Also Mrs Bose Adeoti a housewife said that the ban would increase the rate of robbery kidnapping and other crimes in the society She suggested that rather than outright ban the activities of the commercial motorcyclists should be restricted in order to reduce the current rate of insecurity Mr Gbenga Adagun a resident of Ikole Ekiti said the proposed plan was unfair to the numerous jobless Nigerian youth and could be disastrous One of the motorcyclists Mr Bisi Oguntuase said it was quite unfortunate that government could be thinking of banning their only means of survival while many Nigerian youths could not get jobs Oguntuase explained that in spite of the lack of jobs he had been able to build his own house from the motorcycle business and bought additional two motorcycles If the ban should take place many youths will be left with no alternative than to engage in crimes to survive while some might resort to taking their lives he said Another motorcyclist Mr Jacob Ojo said motorcycle business had been his source of income since he graduated from the University of Ibadan 20 years ago without getting a job Ojo noted that he had also through the business built a house and sponsored two of his children to tertiary institutions He appealed to government to avoid invoking hardship and uncontrollable state of lawlessness in the country by banning okada Mr Joseph Ajayi a civil servant said the planned ban was an ill advised as commercial motorcycle had become one of the most businesses in the country A businessman Mr Gbenga Awoniyi said government should provide alternative means of survival for the teeming unemployed youth before thinking of banning okada But for the commercial motorcycle business the crime rate in Nigeria would have been higher than what we are currently witnessing Although government s decision to ban commercial motorcyclists can be seen as a good it is however coming at a wrong time A community leader Chief Benjamin Adeleye said the development if implemented might bring the country to a halt Banning commercial motorcyclists nationwide will not only increase the rate of youth unemployment but also the level of crime and criminality in the society Instead of banning commercial motorcyclists government should be more responsive to its obligations of protecting lives and property through improved intelligence gathering They should beam their searchlight on the activities and operations of the commercial motorcyclists while anyone found culpable should be made to face the wrath of the law he said In Ilorin the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria in Kwara appealed to the federal government to regulate the practice of operators instead of the ban option Mallam Abdulkraheem Jimoh Vice Chairman of the state chapter of the association said that motorcycle operators had become an indispensable means of reducing unemployment in the country Jimoh observed that okada was an alternative means of transportation contributing to the economic growth of the nation If you look at the operators you will see that there are graduates who operate okada because there are not enough jobs to cater for the growing number of graduates in the country These graduates see the okada operations as alternative to being idle and thus earn some money he said According to him unemployment breeds lots of evil in the society adding that the only solution is to regulate the operations of okada riders He also advised governments at all levels to rehabilitate the roads across the country to minimise the rate of mishaps In his view CC Fredrick Ogidan Kwara Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC tasked the government on alternative transport system in order to reduce the negative economic effects of banning okada riders Ogidan however welcomed the development saying that untrained riders had been the major cause of accidents on the road The sector commander also advised private motorcycle owners to obtain rider s licence The menace of okada riders is unbecoming They daily maim and kill people and they are also being killed by motorists because of their carelessness on the road It is high time government looked for alternative means of transportation for a fast growing population like Nigeria he said In Akure Mr Mutiu Babajide Secretary Ondo State Commercial Motorcycle Association Okitipupa chapter said that the planned ban would only lead to more job loss poverty and criminal activities in the country Babajide said that many graduates and artisans took to the business because of unemployment and unavailability of patronage due to lack of power He urged the federal government to rise up to its responsibility of tackling insecurity headlong adding that banning okada would only lead to more criminal activities in the country For instance I am a welder but lack of power in Ondo South for more than 14 years and the rising cost of diesel had led me to okada business to feed my family Many graduates who could not find jobs also took to the same business in order to feed their families What does the government want us to be doing if it bans our only source of livelihood I am not saying there are no criminals among commercial motorcyclists but we have registered our motorcycles with the state government and this has made it easy to fish out the criminals among us Government needs to rise up to its responsibilities especially on security of lives and property he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders decry planned ban on commercial motorcycles, say it may spike crimes
     A cross section of residents across the South West zone of Nigeria have urged the Federal Government FG to rescind its proposed plan to ban commercial motorcyclists in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports on Monday that while the majority said the ban might add to the hardship of both riders and users of the commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada a handful however expressed their support for the plan The respondents who expressed their views in Osogbo Ibadan Ado Ekiti Abeokuta Akure and Ilorin said that the ban might create more jobless youths thereby increasing the rate of crime and criminality in the country NAN recalls that the federal government had on July 21 through the Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN announced the plan to ban motorcycles for commercial purposes across the nation An Osogbo based economist Tunde Adelakun said that 70 per cent of people operating commercial motorcycles were making their livelihood and sustaining their families from the trade Adelakun said that the ban might add millions of Nigerians to the unemployment data in the country as well as increase crime rate He said that most youths in the business especially in the southern part of the country were graduates who could not secure corporate jobs with their certificates Many of the youth are already into internet fraud called yahoo And for those who buried their pride to go legitimate with commercial motorcycling the ban may push them into crime The economy is hard and those earning their livelihood from the business will completely be crushed if the federal government should ban commercial motorcycles in the country If motorcycles are used by bandits and terrorists in some areas then government should focus the ban on those areas rather than generalising it he said Also Mr Taiwo Jimoh Chairman Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Motorcycle Vigilante Association Ile Ife said that the proposed ban would increase crime in Nigeria urging government to rescind the decision As we are we are all graduates even some of us have master degrees while others are PhD holders After our graduation we could not get jobs and since we have wives and children the only alternative for us to cater for our families is to ride okada If the federal government that does not know of our existence not to talk of caring for us is now proposing to ban okada then they should know that the rate of crime will increase more than ever before he said Jimoh however appealed to government to shun the idea stressing that an idle hand is the devil s workshop He added that the public would also suffer if commercial motorcycles were taken off the streets especially those with houses in distant settlements In Ibadan the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria ACCOMORAN Oyo State chapter appealed to the federal government to regulate activities of commercial motorcycle rather than outright ban Secretary of the association Mr Abimbola Oyediran said that the ban was not the best solution to the current security challenge in the country The planned ban is definitely not the solution to insecurity Rather government should regulate its activities I see the ban on commercial motorcyclists increasing the suffering of the masses as most of them use their motorcycles to fend for their families Oyediran said Another ACCOMORAN unit leader in Mokola area of Ibadan Mr Aliu Ayodele aligned his thoughts with the view that the planned ban might further worsen the unemployment rate in the country According to Ayodele some graduates who could not secure jobs ride commercial motorcycles and Keke Napep to survive and cater for their wives children parents and other dependants Sadly many able bodied men who ride these motorcycles for commercial purposes are still looking impoverished as they are unable to make ends meet he said Meanwhile a security scholar at the University of Ibadan Prof Oyesoji Aremu said that a nexus had been established between motorcyclists and insurgency banditry and the likes in the northern part of Nigeria This is also true for the southern part of the country as many people have used commercial motorcycles to carry out terrorism and other criminal acts Placing a ban on okada will therefore help to stem the tide of insecurity in Nigeria especially in the northern part of the country But the ban can also precipitate other crimes and this is my concern as a security scholar If you plan to solve a problem you shouldn t create another problem Okada is a means of livelihood for some people although some criminals are unfortunately using it to their advantage The ban will force many people to be out of jobs and take to crime and criminal activities This will no doubt be counter productive It may also have great effect on Nigerians particularly those on low cadre who use okada to ferry their goods and agricultural produce Aremu said The don however advised government to regulate the business and use their unions to enforce regulations I know they are registered with National Union of Road and Transport Workers NURTW but beyond that they should be made to register with an agency of government The profiling of okada riders should be done to ascertain their identities If the commercial motorcycles are used against what they are meant for the union leaders should then be questioned Whether we like it or not they serve some good purpose in the country he said Mrs Yosoye Adedeji a teacher also said though the idea was good it would affect the means of livelihood of many Nigerians Those living far away or living in neighbourhoods with difficult terrains that are not motorable will suffer a great deal as commercial motorcycles are what they rely on as means of transportation she said Similarly Mrs Tomi Babatunde a civil servant said that the policy if implemented end bring untold hardship on the citizens It should not be completely banned Rather there can be some form of regulation through a body that can monitor their activities If the ban is placed we won t be able to handle them in their jobless state unless the government is ready to provide jobs for them Babatunde said A student Miss Olamide Abu queued behind the view that social vices would increase should the ban be effected Fear of insecurity will dominate the landscape More atrocities will abound as those without jobs will indulge in illegal means of livelihood Abu said Also Mr Moshood Ibrahim Chairman Adeoyo branch of ACCOMORAN in Ibadan reaffirmed that banning them would not solve the insecurity issue in the country adding that it would increase crime rather than reducing it According to him those using their motorcycles for kidnapping and perpetrating other crimes are not genuine commercial motorcycle riders They are ones destroying the image of authentic commercial motorcycles riders Recently a few of them were apprehended and burnt to death by some angry youths in Ibadan he said He said that most commercial motorcyclists bought their motorcycles on higher purchase ranging from N550 000 to N600 000 to pay back in installments in order to feed themselves and families Ibrahim therefore called on governments at all levels to look for other ways of tightening up security in the country rather than the planned ban A commercial motorcyclist Mr Akeem Akindele described his business as the last hope of the common man owing to lack of good jobs Akindele said that he used to be a plank seller before venturing into okada business as his previous job was not enough to take care of his family He stressed that riding motorcycles for commercial purpose was now his only means of livelihood My advice is that government should not ban commercial motorcyclists but look for other ways of dealing with those using okada to perpetrate crime he said Akindele however commended Oyo State government for commencing registration of commercial motorcyclists in the state to identify and separate authentic motorcyclists from crime perpetrators He urged the federal government to also look into the possibility of doing the same Prof Lameed Gbolagade former Head Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources University of Ibadan estimated that 20 per cent of the total population operates okada as means of livelihood According to him such individuals will be thrown into deep penury and dark poverty for simply using the same means of livelihood as those committing crimes of banditry and kidnapping If the ban is effected those using motorcycles for nefarious activities will device other means of carrying out crimes Government should rather arrest prosecute and judge the culprits accordingly to serve as deterrent to others Alternatively more jobs and alternative means of livelihood can be created by government like mass scaled employment to the teeming school leavers roaming the streets Industries and artisans should also be encouraged while soft loans can also be made available to job seekers as a form of engagement If these and other means are put in place many will not resort to commercial motorcycling as a job Gbolagade said Also an Anglican cleric Ven Wole Ogunseyinde described the proposed ban as a double edged sword According to him the riders meet the transportation needs of a sizeable proportion of the population but are also sources of danger on the road Ogunseyinde noted that the rate of accidents involving motorcycles was alarming often with severe or fatal casualties They have also become tools for robberies on the roads in estates and lately for terrorism They need to be phased out by providing alternative and affordable sources of transportation If you ban them by fiat you throw millions of able bodied youths into labour market and undoubtedly crime rate will soar he said To Pastor Francis Oghuma of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG Jesus Place Ibadan the idea of banning okada is a welcome development and should be fast tracked to reduce daily accidents and deaths Oghuma said with the ban the roads would again be peaceful while more communities would be reassured of the hope of being secured The skyrocketing death rate will diminish banning will in turn increase unemployment but on the positive side expanding the already existing access to tricycle transport business will be needed to take care of the disengaged motorcyclists Tricycle is more secure generates more revenue and has speed limits Therefore subsidising it will also help address our security challenges to a large extent Our interior communities will be strengthened security wise major cities will be free of the menace of commercial motorcycles while our roads will again enjoy cleanliness he said A community leader Mr Tunde Kazeem was however of the opinion that crime was increasing in Oyo State due to the influx of motorcycle riders banned in the neighbouring states Motorcyclists by the way they rob people have created fear in the hearts of residents in my community thus forcing us to set up a vigilance group with members including women he said Kazeem therefore expressed support for the planned ban on commercial motorcycles to reduce crime rate A trader Mrs Rashida Talabi said she started limping after being involved in motorcycle accident Motorcycle accidents constitute about 60 per cent of cases of accidents and emergencies in most hospitals she said Stakeholders in Ogun have however called on the federal government to exercise caution over the proposed plan to ban okada In Abeokuta Mr Ladipupo Adebutu the Peoples Democratic Party PDP governorship candidate for the 2023 election advised government against implementing the plan until adequate arrangements had been made to boost other means of transportation Adebutu who acknowledged that motorcycles had become veritable tools for criminals to perpetrate their acts said government should also consider the importance of the means of transportation to many Nigerians Yes there is the need to consider the implications of motorcycles in the security situation of the country With documentary just recently shown on television you only need two things to be a terrorist today AK 47 gun and motorcycle So when the government considered the ban on motorcycles it is quite understandable because of the pressures they are facing We must however remember that motorcycles serve great service to communities So provisions have to be made for alternative means of transportation such as tricycles before such action is taken Before you take motorcycles off the streets alternative provisions must be made to ensure that people don t face the attendant hardship he said Mr Nurudeen Alowonle Chairman Articulate Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria AMORAN Ogun chapter reiterated that motorcycle had become a major source of transportation in the country Also commercial motorcycle riders play major roles in the nation s transportation sector especially in transporting agricultural produce economic goods and people particularly in areas with bad roads he said Alowonle added that it remained the major source of income and livelihood for millions of Nigerians particularly the youth He opined that if implemented the proposed plan would have negative impacts on the nation s economy with serious unemployment rate The AMORAN chairman therefore urged the federal government to reconsider the plan Similarly Mr Razaq Shotayo Chairman Riders and Owners of Motorcycles Organisation of Nigeria ROMO warned that no fewer than 30 000 of its members in the state would be rendered jobless should the plan scale through Stressing the importance of motorcycles in the country he said that government might end up creating other problems in the process of solving one There was a time in this state when market women or civil servants could not move early in the morning without being harassed or robbed by unemployed youths That has been a thing of the past with many of them either riding motorcycles to make a living or being part of the monitoring teams in various communities Nobody prays for such terrible days to return in this state So government should reconsider the plan he said The chairman who noted that security challenge had existed in the country before the present administration came to power advised the federal government to seek other means of addressing the menace He urged the federal government to adopt the Ogun strategy of regulating the activities of commercial motorcyclists by registering and collating their data Over the years the state government in conjunction with security agencies and various unions of commercial motorcyclists has been fighting insecurity by regulating their activities For example all the unions set up a taskforce and with the help of the security agencies have been arresting criminal elements hiding under the guise of commercial motorcyclists to perpetrate crime in the state he said Dr Samuel Nzekwe former President Association of National Accountants of Nigeria ANAN appealed to government to put palliative measures to mitigate the effects of the planned ban Nzekwe also called for provision of employment opportunities for those who would be rendered jobless if the plan was eventually implemented The action will surely lead to idleness and more suffering and you know that an idle mind is the devil s workshop he said The former ANAN boss stressed the need for strong monitoring of the nation s borders adding that some of the commercial motorcyclists engaging in crime in the country were from neighbouring countries He noted that they could easily commit crime at one place and escape to another location without any trace due to lack of sufficient data In Ado Ekiti a commercial rider Mr Timothy Akada said he graduated five years ago from the university but could still not secure a gainful employment While finding it difficult to secure loans with low interest rate to start a business he said the development resorted into him becoming a driver to an okada owner as a source of income to feed his family The rate of unemployment in the country has led some graduates into okada business to make ends meet and cancelling it would only be suicidal he said Also Mrs Bose Adeoti a housewife said that the ban would increase the rate of robbery kidnapping and other crimes in the society She suggested that rather than outright ban the activities of the commercial motorcyclists should be restricted in order to reduce the current rate of insecurity Mr Gbenga Adagun a resident of Ikole Ekiti said the proposed plan was unfair to the numerous jobless Nigerian youth and could be disastrous One of the motorcyclists Mr Bisi Oguntuase said it was quite unfortunate that government could be thinking of banning their only means of survival while many Nigerian youths could not get jobs Oguntuase explained that in spite of the lack of jobs he had been able to build his own house from the motorcycle business and bought additional two motorcycles If the ban should take place many youths will be left with no alternative than to engage in crimes to survive while some might resort to taking their lives he said Another motorcyclist Mr Jacob Ojo said motorcycle business had been his source of income since he graduated from the University of Ibadan 20 years ago without getting a job Ojo noted that he had also through the business built a house and sponsored two of his children to tertiary institutions He appealed to government to avoid invoking hardship and uncontrollable state of lawlessness in the country by banning okada Mr Joseph Ajayi a civil servant said the planned ban was an ill advised as commercial motorcycle had become one of the most businesses in the country A businessman Mr Gbenga Awoniyi said government should provide alternative means of survival for the teeming unemployed youth before thinking of banning okada But for the commercial motorcycle business the crime rate in Nigeria would have been higher than what we are currently witnessing Although government s decision to ban commercial motorcyclists can be seen as a good it is however coming at a wrong time A community leader Chief Benjamin Adeleye said the development if implemented might bring the country to a halt Banning commercial motorcyclists nationwide will not only increase the rate of youth unemployment but also the level of crime and criminality in the society Instead of banning commercial motorcyclists government should be more responsive to its obligations of protecting lives and property through improved intelligence gathering They should beam their searchlight on the activities and operations of the commercial motorcyclists while anyone found culpable should be made to face the wrath of the law he said In Ilorin the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria in Kwara appealed to the federal government to regulate the practice of operators instead of the ban option Mallam Abdulkraheem Jimoh Vice Chairman of the state chapter of the association said that motorcycle operators had become an indispensable means of reducing unemployment in the country Jimoh observed that okada was an alternative means of transportation contributing to the economic growth of the nation If you look at the operators you will see that there are graduates who operate okada because there are not enough jobs to cater for the growing number of graduates in the country These graduates see the okada operations as alternative to being idle and thus earn some money he said According to him unemployment breeds lots of evil in the society adding that the only solution is to regulate the operations of okada riders He also advised governments at all levels to rehabilitate the roads across the country to minimise the rate of mishaps In his view CC Fredrick Ogidan Kwara Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC tasked the government on alternative transport system in order to reduce the negative economic effects of banning okada riders Ogidan however welcomed the development saying that untrained riders had been the major cause of accidents on the road The sector commander also advised private motorcycle owners to obtain rider s licence The menace of okada riders is unbecoming They daily maim and kill people and they are also being killed by motorists because of their carelessness on the road It is high time government looked for alternative means of transportation for a fast growing population like Nigeria he said In Akure Mr Mutiu Babajide Secretary Ondo State Commercial Motorcycle Association Okitipupa chapter said that the planned ban would only lead to more job loss poverty and criminal activities in the country Babajide said that many graduates and artisans took to the business because of unemployment and unavailability of patronage due to lack of power He urged the federal government to rise up to its responsibility of tackling insecurity headlong adding that banning okada would only lead to more criminal activities in the country For instance I am a welder but lack of power in Ondo South for more than 14 years and the rising cost of diesel had led me to okada business to feed my family Many graduates who could not find jobs also took to the same business in order to feed their families What does the government want us to be doing if it bans our only source of livelihood I am not saying there are no criminals among commercial motorcyclists but we have registered our motorcycles with the state government and this has made it easy to fish out the criminals among us Government needs to rise up to its responsibilities especially on security of lives and property he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    A cross section of residents across the South-West zone of Nigeria have urged the Federal Government (FG) to rescind its proposed plan to ban commercial motorcyclists in the country.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports on Monday that while the majority said the ban might add to the hardship of both riders and users of the commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, a handful, however, expressed their support for the plan.  

    The respondents, who expressed their views in Osogbo, Ibadan, Ado-Ekiti, Abeokuta, Akure and Ilorin, said that the ban might create more jobless youths, thereby increasing the rate of crime and criminality in the country.  

    NAN recalls that the federal government had, on July 21, through the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), announced the plan to ban motorcycles for commercial purposes across the nation.  

    An Osogbo-based economist, Tunde Adelakun, said that 70 per cent of people operating commercial motorcycles were making their livelihood and sustaining their families from the trade.  

    Adelakun said that the ban might add millions of Nigerians to the unemployment data in the country as well as increase crime rate.  

    He said that most youths in the business, especially in the southern part of the country, were graduates who could not secure corporate jobs with their certificates.  

    “Many of the youth are already into internet fraud, called yahoo.

    And for those who buried their pride to go legitimate with commercial motorcycling, the ban may push them into crime.  

    “The economy is hard and those earning their livelihood from the business will completely be crushed if the federal government should ban commercial motorcycles in the country.  

    “If motorcycles are used by bandits and terrorists in some areas, then government should focus the ban on those areas rather than generalising it,” he said.  

    Also, Mr Taiwo Jimoh, Chairman, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Motorcycle Vigilante Association, Ile-Ife, said that the proposed ban would increase crime in Nigeria, urging government to rescind the decision.  

    “As we are, we are all graduates; even some of us have master degrees, while others are PhD holders.  

    “After our graduation, we could not get jobs and since we have wives and children, the only alternative for us to cater for our families is to ride okada.  

    “If the federal government that does not know of our existence, not to talk of caring for us, is now proposing to ban okada, then they should know that the rate of crime will increase more than ever before,” he said.  

    Jimoh, however, appealed to government to shun the idea, stressing that “an idle hand is the devil’s workshop”.  

    He added that the public would also suffer if commercial motorcycles were taken off the streets, especially those with houses in distant settlements.  

    In Ibadan, the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (ACCOMORAN), Oyo State chapter, appealed to the federal government to regulate activities of commercial motorcycle rather than outright ban.  

    Secretary of the association, Mr Abimbola Oyediran, said that the ban was not the best solution to the current security challenge in the country.  

    “The planned ban is definitely not the solution to insecurity.

    Rather, government should regulate its activities.  

    “I see the ban on commercial motorcyclists increasing the suffering of the masses, as most of them use their motorcycles to fend for their families,” Oyediran said.  

    Another ACCOMORAN unit leader in Mokola area of Ibadan, Mr Aliu Ayodele, aligned his thoughts with the view that the planned ban might further worsen the unemployment rate in the country.  

    According to Ayodele, some graduates, who could not secure jobs, ride commercial motorcycles and ‘Keke Napep’ to survive and cater for their wives, children, parents and other dependants.  

    “Sadly, many able-bodied men, who ride these motorcycles for commercial purposes, are still looking impoverished, as they are unable to make ends meet,” he said.  

    Meanwhile, a security scholar at the University of Ibadan, Prof. Oyesoji Aremu, said that a nexus had been established between motorcyclists and insurgency, banditry and the likes in the northern part of Nigeria.  

    “This is also true for the southern part of the country, as many people have used commercial motorcycles to carry out terrorism and other criminal acts.  

    “Placing a ban on okada will, therefore, help to stem the tide of insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the northern part of the country.  

    “But the ban can also precipitate other crimes and this is my concern as a security scholar.  

    “If you plan to solve a problem, you shouldn’t create another problem.

    Okada is a means of livelihood for some people, although some criminals are unfortunately using it to their advantage.  

    “The ban will force many people to be out of jobs and take to crime and criminal activities.

    This will, no doubt, be counter-productive.  

    “It may also have great effect on Nigerians, particularly those on low cadre who use okada to ferry their goods and agricultural produce,” Aremu said.

    The don, however, advised government to regulate the business and use their unions to enforce regulations.  

    “I know they are registered with National Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW), but beyond that, they should be made to register with an agency of government.

    The profiling of okada riders should be done to ascertain their identities.  

    “If the commercial motorcycles are used against what they are meant for, the union leaders should then be questioned.

    Whether we like it or not, they serve some good purpose in the country,” he said.  

    Mrs Yosoye Adedeji, a teacher, also said though the idea was good, it would affect the means of livelihood of many Nigerians.  

    “Those living far away or living in neighbourhoods with difficult terrains that are not motorable will suffer a great deal, as commercial motorcycles are what they rely on as means of transportation,” she said.  

    Similarly, Mrs Tomi Babatunde, a civil servant, said that the policy, if implemented, end bring untold hardship on the citizens.  

    “It should not be completely banned.

    Rather, there can be some form of regulation through a body that can monitor their activities.  

    “If the ban is placed, we won’t be able to handle them in their jobless state, unless the government is ready to provide jobs for them,” Babatunde said.  

    A student, Miss Olamide Abu, queued behind the view that social vices would increase should the ban be effected.  

    “Fear of insecurity will dominate the landscape.

    More atrocities will abound, as those without jobs will indulge in illegal means of livelihood,” Abu said.  

    Also, Mr Moshood Ibrahim, Chairman, Adeoyo branch of ACCOMORAN in Ibadan, reaffirmed that banning them would not solve the insecurity issue in the country, adding that it would increase crime rather than reducing it.  

    According to him, those using their motorcycles for kidnapping and perpetrating other crimes are not genuine commercial motorcycle riders.  

    “They are ones destroying the image of authentic commercial motorcycles riders.  

    “Recently, a few of them were apprehended and burnt to death by some angry youths in Ibadan,” he said.  

    He said that most commercial motorcyclists bought their motorcycles on higher purchase, ranging from N550,000 to N600,000, to pay back in installments, in order to feed themselves and families.  

    Ibrahim, therefore, called on governments at all levels to look for other ways of tightening up security in the country, rather than the planned ban.  

    A commercial motorcyclist, Mr Akeem Akindele, described his business as the last hope of the common man, owing to lack of good jobs.  

    Akindele said that he used to be a plank seller before venturing into okada business, as his previous job was not enough to take care of his family.  

    He stressed that riding motorcycles for commercial purpose was now his only means of livelihood.  

    “My advice is that government should not ban commercial motorcyclists, but look for other ways of dealing with those using okada to perpetrate crime,” he said.

    Akindele, however, commended Oyo State government for commencing registration of commercial motorcyclists in the state to identify and separate authentic motorcyclists from crime perpetrators.  

    He urged the federal government to also look into the possibility of doing the same.  

    Prof. Lameed Gbolagade, former Head, Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Ibadan, estimated that 20 per cent of the total population operates okada as means of livelihood.  

    According to him, such individuals will be thrown into deep penury and dark poverty for simply using the same means of livelihood as those committing crimes of banditry and kidnapping.  

    “If the ban is effected, those using motorcycles for nefarious activities will device other means of carrying out crimes.  

    “Government should rather arrest, prosecute and judge the culprits accordingly to serve as deterrent to others.  

    “Alternatively, more jobs and alternative means of livelihood can be created by government; like mass-scaled employment to the teeming school leavers roaming the streets.  

    “Industries and artisans should also be encouraged, while soft loans can also be made available to job seekers as a form of engagement.  

    “If these and other means are put in place, many will not resort to commercial motorcycling as a job,” Gbolagade said.  

    Also, an Anglican cleric, Ven. Wole Ogunseyinde, described the proposed ban as a double-edged sword.  

    According to him, the riders meet the transportation needs of a sizeable proportion of the population, but are also sources of danger on the road.  

    Ogunseyinde noted that the rate of accidents involving motorcycles was alarming, often with severe or fatal casualties.  

    “They have also become tools for robberies on the roads, in estates and lately, for terrorism.  

    “They need to be phased out by providing alternative and affordable sources of transportation.

    If you ban them by fiat, you throw millions of able-bodied youths into labour market and undoubtedly, crime rate will soar,” he said.  

    To Pastor Francis Oghuma of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Jesus Place, Ibadan, the idea of banning okada is a welcome development and should be fast-tracked to reduce daily accidents and deaths.  

    Oghuma said with the ban, the roads would again be peaceful, while more communities would be reassured of the hope of being secured.  

    “The skyrocketing death rate will diminish; banning will in turn increase unemployment, but on the positive side, expanding the already existing access to tricycle transport business will be needed to take care of the disengaged motorcyclists.  

    “Tricycle is more secure, generates more revenue and has speed limits.

    Therefore, subsidising it will also help address our security challenges to a large extent.  

    “Our interior communities will be strengthened, security wise; major cities will be free of the menace of commercial motorcycles, while our roads will again enjoy cleanliness,” he said.  

    A community leader, Mr Tunde Kazeem, was, however, of the opinion that crime was increasing in Oyo State due to the influx of motorcycle riders banned in the neighbouring states.  

    “Motorcyclists, by the way they rob people, have created fear in the hearts of residents in my community, thus forcing us to set up a vigilance group, with members including women,” he said.  

    Kazeem, therefore, expressed support for the planned ban on commercial motorcycles, to reduce crime rate.  

    A trader, Mrs Rashida Talabi, said she started limping after being involved in motorcycle accident.  

    “Motorcycle accidents constitute about 60 per cent of cases of accidents and emergencies in most hospitals,” she said.  

    Stakeholders in Ogun have, however, called on the federal government to exercise caution over the proposed plan to ban okada.  

    In Abeokuta, Mr Ladipupo Adebutu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for the 2023 election, advised government against implementing the plan until adequate arrangements had been made to boost other means of transportation.  

    Adebutu, who acknowledged that motorcycles had become veritable tools for criminals to perpetrate their acts, said government should also consider the importance of the means of transportation to many Nigerians.  

    “Yes, there is the need to consider the implications of motorcycles in the security situation of the country.  

    “With documentary just recently shown on television, you only need two things to be a terrorist today: AK-47 gun and motorcycle.  

    “So, when the government considered the ban on motorcycles, it is quite understandable, because of the pressures they are facing.  

    “We must, however, remember that motorcycles serve great service to communities.

    So, provisions have to be made for alternative means of transportation, such as tricycles, before such action is taken.  

    “Before you take motorcycles off the streets, alternative provisions must be made to ensure that people don’t face the attendant hardship,” he said.  

    Mr Nurudeen Alowonle, Chairman, Articulate Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (AMORAN), Ogun chapter, reiterated that motorcycle had become a major source of transportation in the country.  

    “Also, commercial motorcycle riders play major roles in the nation’s transportation sector, especially in transporting agricultural produce, economic goods and people, particularly in areas with bad roads,” he said.  

    Alowonle added that it remained the major source of income and livelihood for millions of Nigerians, particularly the youth.  

    He opined that if implemented, the proposed plan would have negative impacts on the nation’s economy with serious unemployment rate.  

    The AMORAN chairman, therefore, urged the federal government to reconsider the plan.  

    Similarly, Mr Razaq Shotayo, Chairman, Riders and Owners of Motorcycles Organisation of Nigeria (ROMO), warned that no fewer than 30,000 of its members in the state would be rendered jobless, should the plan scale through.    

    Stressing the importance of motorcycles in the country, he said that government might end up creating other problems in the process of solving one.  

    “There was a time in this state when market women or civil servants could not move early in the morning without being harassed or robbed by unemployed youths.  

    “That has been a thing of the past, with many of them either riding motorcycles to make a living or being part of the monitoring teams in various communities.  

    “Nobody prays for such terrible days to return in this state.

    So, government should reconsider the plan,” he said.  

    The chairman, who noted that security challenge had existed in the country before the present administration came to power, advised the federal government to seek other means of addressing the menace.  

    He urged the federal government to adopt the Ogun strategy of regulating the activities of commercial motorcyclists by registering and collating their data.  

    “Over the years, the state government, in conjunction with security agencies and various unions of commercial motorcyclists, has been fighting insecurity by regulating their activities.  

    “For example, all the unions set up a taskforce and with the help of the security agencies, have been arresting criminal elements hiding under the guise of commercial motorcyclists to perpetrate crime in the state,” he said.  

    Dr Samuel Nzekwe, former President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) appealed to government to put palliative measures to mitigate the effects of the planned ban.  

    Nzekwe also called for provision of employment opportunities for those who would be rendered jobless if the plan was eventually implemented.  

    “The action will surely lead to idleness and more suffering, and you know that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop,” he said.  

    The former ANAN boss stressed the need for strong monitoring of the nation’s borders, adding that some of the commercial motorcyclists engaging in crime in the country were from neighbouring countries.  

    He noted that they could easily commit crime at one place and escape to another location without any trace due to lack of sufficient data.    

    In Ado-Ekiti, a commercial rider, Mr Timothy Akada, said he graduated five years ago from the university, but could still not secure a gainful employment.    

    While finding it difficult to secure loans with low interest rate to start a business, he said the development resorted into him becoming a driver to an okada owner, as a source of income to feed his family.  

    “The rate of unemployment in the country has led some graduates into okada business to make ends meet, and cancelling it would only be suicidal,” he said.  

    Also, Mrs Bose Adeoti, a housewife, said that the ban would increase the rate of robbery, kidnapping and other crimes in the society.  

    She suggested that rather than outright ban, the activities of the commercial motorcyclists should be restricted in order to reduce the current rate of insecurity.

    Mr Gbenga Adagun, a resident of Ikole-Ekiti, said the proposed plan was unfair to the numerous jobless Nigerian youth and could be disastrous.  

    One of the motorcyclists, Mr Bisi Oguntuase, said it was quite unfortunate that government could be thinking of banning their only means of survival, while many Nigerian youths could not get jobs.  

    Oguntuase explained that in spite of the lack of jobs, he had been able to build his own house from the motorcycle business and bought additional two motorcycles.  

    “If the ban should take place, many youths will be left with no alternative than to engage in crimes to survive, while some might resort to taking their lives,” he said.  

    Another motorcyclist, Mr Jacob Ojo, said motorcycle business had been his source of income since he graduated from the University of Ibadan 20 years ago without getting a job.  

    Ojo noted that he had also, through the business, built a house and sponsored two of his children to tertiary institutions.  

    He appealed to government to avoid invoking hardship and uncontrollable state of lawlessness in the country by banning okada.  

    Mr Joseph Ajayi, a civil servant, said the planned ban was an ill-advised, as commercial motorcycle had become one of the most businesses in the country.  

    A businessman, Mr Gbenga Awoniyi, said government should provide alternative means of survival for the teeming unemployed youth before thinking of banning okada.  

    “But for the commercial motorcycle business, the crime rate in Nigeria would have been higher than what we are currently witnessing.  

    “Although government’s decision to ban commercial motorcyclists can be seen as a good, it is, however, coming at a wrong time.  

    A community leader, Chief Benjamin Adeleye, said the development, if implemented, might bring the country to a halt.  

    “Banning commercial motorcyclists nationwide will not only increase the rate of youth unemployment, but also the level of crime and criminality in the society.

    ”Instead of banning commercial motorcyclists, government should be more responsive to its obligations of protecting lives and property through improved intelligence gathering.  

    “They should beam their searchlight on the activities and operations of the commercial motorcyclists, while anyone found culpable should be made to face the wrath of the law,” he said.  

    In Ilorin, the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria in Kwara appealed to the federal government to regulate the practice of operators instead of the ban option.  

    Mallam Abdulkraheem Jimoh, Vice Chairman of the state chapter of the association, said that motorcycle operators had become an indispensable means of reducing unemployment in the country.  

    Jimoh observed that okada was an alternative means of transportation, contributing to the economic growth of the nation.  

    “If you look at the operators, you will see that there are graduates who operate okada because there are not enough jobs to cater for the growing number of graduates in the country.  

    “These graduates see the okada operations as alternative to being idle and thus earn some money,” he said.  

    According to him, unemployment breeds lots of evil in the society, adding that the only solution is to regulate the operations of okada riders.  

    He also advised governments at all levels to rehabilitate the roads across the country to minimise the rate of mishaps.  

    In his view, CC Fredrick Ogidan, Kwara Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), tasked the government on alternative transport system in order to reduce the negative economic effects of banning okada riders.  

    Ogidan, however, welcomed the development, saying that untrained riders had been the major cause of accidents on the road.

    The sector commander also advised private motorcycle owners to obtain rider’s licence.  

    “The menace of okada riders is unbecoming.

    They daily maim and kill people, and they are also being killed by motorists because of their carelessness on the road.  

    “It is high time government looked for alternative means of transportation for a fast growing population like Nigeria,” he said.  

    In Akure, Mr Mutiu Babajide, Secretary, Ondo State Commercial Motorcycle Association, Okitipupa chapter, said that the planned ban would only lead to more job loss, poverty and criminal activities in the country.  

    Babajide said that many graduates and artisans took to the business because of unemployment and unavailability of patronage due to lack of power.  

    He urged the federal government to rise up to its responsibility of tackling insecurity headlong, adding that banning okada would only lead to more criminal activities in the country.  

    “For instance, I am a welder, but lack of power in Ondo South for more than 14 years and the rising cost of diesel had led me to okada business to feed my family.  

    “Many graduates, who could not find jobs, also took to the same business in order to feed their families.

    What does the government want us to be doing if it bans our only source of livelihood?  

    “I am not saying there are no criminals among commercial motorcyclists, but we have registered our motorcycles with the state government and this has made it easy to fish out the criminals among us.  

    “Government needs to rise up to its responsibilities, especially on security of lives and property,” he said.

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  •  Stakeholders in the education sector have expressed mixed reactions to the recent lowering of the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations UTME cut off marks for admission seekers into the tertiary institutions in Nigeria They made their positions known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo Ibadan Abeokuta Ado Ekiti Akure and Ilorin on Sunday While some described the development as a sign of setback for the nation s educational development others said that lowering of the cut off marks was good news for admission seekers In his views Dr Adebayo Obadiora acting Head of Department Art and Social Science Faculty of Education Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife in Osun said that lowering the UTME cut off marks would jeopardise the standard of education in Nigeria Obadiora said that the decision of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board JAMB to adopt 140 as the minimum cut off marks for degree awarding institutions for the 20222023 admission process was not good enough According to him a student who cannot score 200 out of 400 marks in UTME may find it difficult to excel when admitted One hundred and forty out of 400 is 35 per cent at O level result This is F9 and any student who scores F9 in cogent subjects like English Language or Mathematics cannot gain admission to the university with such a result he said Obadiora said that such students when admitted would not be able to cope with their mates and would end up having to resit their papers The don said that federal universities were still finding it hard to accommodate many of the candidates even at the cut off marks of 200 and above not to talk of when it was now dropped to 140 He therefore appealed to JAMB to dialogue with the authorities of universities and other professionals in order to be advised accordingly on admission scores This he said would make the nation s graduates to be able to compete with their counterparts globally Also Prof Olugbenga Ehinola Head of Department Geology University of Ibadan Oyo State said that the continuous lowering of UTME cut off marks would definitely affect the quality of applicants being offered admission into the federal universities It only encourages applicants whose parents are wealthy to patronise private universities and this may affect standardisation of admission Ehinola said Contrarily Prof Clement Kolawole of the Department of Education University of Ibadan said there would be no serious implication It was what the agency considered to be realistic Kolawole said In his views Prof Adams Onuka a retired Professor of Education Evaluation said the decision indicated that the teaching and learning processes in our schools had been ineffective This Onuka said could be due to some intervening factors that were likely to be multifarious but including family social school funding factors amongst others The immediate implication is that our school system is not living up to expectations in the production of future leaders for the nation as garbage in equals garbage out It means that we are feeding the tertiary education system with ill prepared inputs and the outputs would therefore be half baked It s not the duty of the tertiary education system to prepare learners for the primary and secondary education system which are the foundation for the tertiary education system This trend if not arrested will likely lead to the collapse of the entire education system leadership development process and societal development as a whole Onuka said The don said that the situation could also lead to greater exodus of youths to other climes and further depreciated the Naira as a result of higher rate of capital flight Thus all hands must be on the deck to address the abnormality with immediate effect In fact we need to declare a state of emergency in the education sector We must fund it and carry out researches so that innovative measures and remedies can be evolved to bring our education system back on track Needs assessment of the sector in terms of quality of teachers at the primary and secondary subsystems infrastructure and facilities management and governance as well as teaching and learning interactions and parental responsibilities should be immediately done before any other process is carried out This is to properly evolve lasting and enduring solutions to this unexpected outcome in the education system he said In Abeokuta Mr Oluwagbenga Adeleye the Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Federal University of Agriculture expressed concern over the matter warning that the trend would ultimately destroy the fabrics of education system in the country Adeleye who lectures at the Department of Animal Production and Health said that the standard of education at the tertiary level would continue to dwindle with such policy He said that such policy would also continue to encourage mediocrity with the tertiary institutions producing half baked graduates with serious consequences upon the nation s economy and future I don t see any sense in lowering the cut off marks because there is no practical sense in it I don t know why the administration handling JAMB is bent on reducing the cut off marks annually and destroying the lives of students Are we saying that hard work doesn t matter these days These days some students cannot even express themselves or write fairly well and one wonders how they got into the tertiary institution We have destroyed values morals and hard work and we need to go back to where we are coming from Some students who are supposed to be in technical schools are finding their ways into the universities It is not that technical schools are not good they have their own advantages because they help to fix students into places where they are best fitted for the purpose of further grooming he said Adeleye explained that serious students would continue to seek for quality education abroad as the standard and quality of education continue to dwindle in the country Commenting Poju Adeniyi an SS3 student of the Abeokuta Grammar School Abeokuta told NAN that the trend would encourage laziness and discourage healthy competition among students Adeniyi however said that he preferred to work hard to be able to meet up with the cut off marks of his desired course This will prepare me for the university system in addition to making me always ready to sustain my tempo of hard work in pursuit of my educational goals he said Meanwhile the Vice Chancellor Bells University of Technology Ota Prof Jeremiah Ojediran justified the lowering of the cut off marks Ojediran said that the decision would create a level playing field for students seeking admission into Nigeria s tertiary institutions According to him the continuous lowering of UTME cut off marks will not affect the standard of education When it comes to the standard of admission what really matters is the result of the West Africa Examinations Council WAEC he said Ojediran explained that lowering the cut off marks was to safeguard those institutions who want to fix their cut off marks below the 140 stipulated by JAMB According to him JAMB result is only a prerequisite requirement for admission adding that what qualifies a student are the five O Level credits in relevant subjects Some students with 180 score enter institutions to make first class or end up being the best graduating students We have also seen students who scored 360 in JAMB but who could not compete with students who scored 180 he said In Ado Ekiti a retired school Principal and Administrator Elder Amos Ajakaye said that the lowering of the cut off marks would create room for laziness among the students Instead of them working and studying hard to achieve the desired excellent grade in the entrance examinations they will only prefer to limit their scope toward their now reduced cut off marks he said In her submission Mrs Yetunde Omonijo the Headmaster General in Ekiti said that the issue depended largely on the underlining factors that necessitated such intervention by the affected and concerned institutions What I m saying in essence is that those institutions that embarked on such may have their genuine reasons for doing so It may be that such cut off marks were seen to be over exercised in the first place which needed to be reviewed downward In that case we cannot totally blame government or institutions for lowering the cut off marks for students seeking admission to further their studies Omonijo said Also Mr Bode Afolayan a Director in the Quality Assurance Bureau Unit Ekiti State Ministry of Education and Values Orientation said the matter needed to be carefully examined by relevant government regulatory agencies This Afolayan said was necessary in order not to jeopardise the nation s education system There is need for relevant government agencies to be on top of their game especially when it concerns issues that bother on the nation s education sector No nation can develop except with a well developed quantitative and qualitative education system So lowering cut off marks for admission seeking students must be tailored not only toward improving the standards of education but also toward the overall best students performance he said Meanwhile a lecturer at the Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti Dr Sola Afolayan frowned at the rate at which JAMB was reducing its scores Afolayan said that the nationwide lockdown occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic believably had negatively impacted on the students performances in external examinations urging universities to test the students before admitting them In his remarks Dr Sandra Oyinye of the Department of English and Literary Studies Federal University of Oye Ekiti FUOYE said that continuous lowering of UTME cut off marks would not affect the standard of education Oyinye said what really mattered at measuring the standard of admission were the WAEC or the National Examinations Council NECO results I have seen students with high scores in JAMB not doing well when admitted into the university I mean students with high scores such as 350 ending up with second class lower division she said Oyinye therefore advised that the UTME scores should not be the only pre requisite in gaining admission into higher institutions Another university lecturer Mr James Gbadeyan urged JAMB to rather increase the UTME cut off marks to save the nation s education from total collapse Gbadeyan explained that lowering of UTME admission points had just shown the deliberate tendencies to bastardise the tertiary education system How can JAMB give a student who scored just 140 which is equivalent to about 35 per cent of 400 a pass mark to be admitted into a university I want to say that any student who cannot score at least 180 has no business in the university I will like to appeal to the Federal Government and JAMB to reconsider their plans to lower the UTME cut off marks and stop bastardising the tertiary education in Nigeria he said Meanwhile Mr Suleiman Yusuf of the Mass Communication Department Kwara State University KWASU Malete said he could not conceive the rationale behind the decision to lower the mark Yusuf said I find the rationale behind such a crucial decision inconceivable particularly when one considers the UTME candidates better performance this year than the previous year It all points to the fact that our tertiary education system needs a very quick intervention if it must be globally competitive Despite the fact that there is a clause which empowers individual university to fix its own cut off marks it still gives room for the age long lopsidedness in the admission policies and procedures of the Nigerian universities public and private And with the lingering ASUU strike coupled with the rising figures of admission seekers across the country all hands must be on deck to salvage our university education system Yusuf said Also an educationist Mr Wale Iborida saw the lowering of the mark as an opportunity for as many students as possible The move Iborida said would also give universities polytechnics as well as Colleges of Education more rooms to accommodate those missing admissions on yearly basis He however feared that the policy would encourage laziness and lower the standard of education in tertiary institutions of the country According to him it can have a multiplier effects on the already low standard of education in the country in addition to hindering the competitive drive for excellence among students in tertiary institutions Similarly Dr Michael Oke of the Department of Finance Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti said that the continuous lowering of the cut off marks could be attributed to the deteriorating standard in the country s educational system Oke said that the move no doubt amounted to lowering the standard of education According to him this is nothing but a reflection of the Nigeria situation where almost every tier primary secondary and tertiary of the Nigerian public educational system has been destroyed Oke while decrying the attitude of the government to education however added that reduction in the cut off marks would allow candidates to secure admission to tertiary institutions especially the private ones in the country This is because candidates with very low marks may not be able to secure admission into public institutions Each university will still set its own cut off marks which may be far above JAMB s cut off marks depending on the institution and on the course of study Thus the minimum cut off marks as set by JAMB may not automatically guarantee admission into public institutions Each university will still conduct post JAMB examinations before the final selection In most cases candidates who scored the minimum mark set by JAMB can secure admission to private institutions as long as they can afford to pay the fees he said Meanwhile Prof Bayo Aborisade Department of General Studies Federal University of Technology Akure FUTA described JAMB as part of the institutional cog in the wheel of higher education in the country Aborisade said that the original intention of streamlining admission processes for the convenience of candidates had not only been defeated but had also been compounded Higher education institutions all over the world have responsibility for their programmes and how they select their candidates but JAMB has taken over that responsibility in Nigeria Also JAMB is now forcing institutions to lower their standards by dictating what the cut off marks should be when by law and by practice it is the responsibility of the Senate of every institution to decide that matter And JAMB has made matters worse for candidates by making them sit for two examinations before admission and making the candidates pay for the examinations Aborisade said According to him it is unfortunate that institutions have little faith in examinations conducted by JAMB and that s why they insist on the institutional examinations called screening The don also said that JAMB examinations were fraught with problems of fraud inflated grades and miracle centres Aborisade said that the anomaly had continued till date making institutions to insist on choosing their candidates their own way The consistent lowering of admission cut off scores is part of the politicisation of admission process by JAMB JAMB has become an albatross and obsolete to higher education and should be scrapped he said In his views Prof Ajao Moyosore the Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU University of Ilorin supported the argument that universities should be allowed to determine the admission of their students without JAMB interference Moyosore said that JAMB should go back and give power of determination of cut off marks to the Senate of respective universities He also said that JAMB should only conduct examination and leave it at that as giving their cut off marks would create confusion in the system and present the educational system as a politicised one This national cut off marks of 140 as stated by JAMB should be totally discarded it makes us a laughing stock It means that students that are admitted or given admission are actually not qualified because if you do a mental calculations of 140 that is 35 per cent he said According to him JAMB is only giving the students false hope of being eligible for admission having scored 140 The Unilorin ASUU chairman however pointed out that no Nigerian first generation university including the university would accept 140 as its cut off mark This creates the impression that instead of students aiming to pass higher they will now relax and say Okay it s just 140 That s the situation we have found ourselves We are playing politics with everything in the system he said Moyosore reiterated that JAMB should constrain itself to organising examinations and stop pronouncing national cut off marks They should leave this to the Senate of each university if respective university decide to say its own pass mark is 100 then that is its own problem But to say that the national cut off marks is 140 is embarrassing to the country We have to stop politicising our education system because when you and I were going to school it was merit that took us to the universities We have an issue where we are bringing weak students into the university and what do you think will happen People must realise that not all students must go to the university Some of them could go to the polytechnics Colleges of Education and technical institutions he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders stand differently on lowering of UTME cut-off marks
     Stakeholders in the education sector have expressed mixed reactions to the recent lowering of the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations UTME cut off marks for admission seekers into the tertiary institutions in Nigeria They made their positions known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo Ibadan Abeokuta Ado Ekiti Akure and Ilorin on Sunday While some described the development as a sign of setback for the nation s educational development others said that lowering of the cut off marks was good news for admission seekers In his views Dr Adebayo Obadiora acting Head of Department Art and Social Science Faculty of Education Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife in Osun said that lowering the UTME cut off marks would jeopardise the standard of education in Nigeria Obadiora said that the decision of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board JAMB to adopt 140 as the minimum cut off marks for degree awarding institutions for the 20222023 admission process was not good enough According to him a student who cannot score 200 out of 400 marks in UTME may find it difficult to excel when admitted One hundred and forty out of 400 is 35 per cent at O level result This is F9 and any student who scores F9 in cogent subjects like English Language or Mathematics cannot gain admission to the university with such a result he said Obadiora said that such students when admitted would not be able to cope with their mates and would end up having to resit their papers The don said that federal universities were still finding it hard to accommodate many of the candidates even at the cut off marks of 200 and above not to talk of when it was now dropped to 140 He therefore appealed to JAMB to dialogue with the authorities of universities and other professionals in order to be advised accordingly on admission scores This he said would make the nation s graduates to be able to compete with their counterparts globally Also Prof Olugbenga Ehinola Head of Department Geology University of Ibadan Oyo State said that the continuous lowering of UTME cut off marks would definitely affect the quality of applicants being offered admission into the federal universities It only encourages applicants whose parents are wealthy to patronise private universities and this may affect standardisation of admission Ehinola said Contrarily Prof Clement Kolawole of the Department of Education University of Ibadan said there would be no serious implication It was what the agency considered to be realistic Kolawole said In his views Prof Adams Onuka a retired Professor of Education Evaluation said the decision indicated that the teaching and learning processes in our schools had been ineffective This Onuka said could be due to some intervening factors that were likely to be multifarious but including family social school funding factors amongst others The immediate implication is that our school system is not living up to expectations in the production of future leaders for the nation as garbage in equals garbage out It means that we are feeding the tertiary education system with ill prepared inputs and the outputs would therefore be half baked It s not the duty of the tertiary education system to prepare learners for the primary and secondary education system which are the foundation for the tertiary education system This trend if not arrested will likely lead to the collapse of the entire education system leadership development process and societal development as a whole Onuka said The don said that the situation could also lead to greater exodus of youths to other climes and further depreciated the Naira as a result of higher rate of capital flight Thus all hands must be on the deck to address the abnormality with immediate effect In fact we need to declare a state of emergency in the education sector We must fund it and carry out researches so that innovative measures and remedies can be evolved to bring our education system back on track Needs assessment of the sector in terms of quality of teachers at the primary and secondary subsystems infrastructure and facilities management and governance as well as teaching and learning interactions and parental responsibilities should be immediately done before any other process is carried out This is to properly evolve lasting and enduring solutions to this unexpected outcome in the education system he said In Abeokuta Mr Oluwagbenga Adeleye the Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Federal University of Agriculture expressed concern over the matter warning that the trend would ultimately destroy the fabrics of education system in the country Adeleye who lectures at the Department of Animal Production and Health said that the standard of education at the tertiary level would continue to dwindle with such policy He said that such policy would also continue to encourage mediocrity with the tertiary institutions producing half baked graduates with serious consequences upon the nation s economy and future I don t see any sense in lowering the cut off marks because there is no practical sense in it I don t know why the administration handling JAMB is bent on reducing the cut off marks annually and destroying the lives of students Are we saying that hard work doesn t matter these days These days some students cannot even express themselves or write fairly well and one wonders how they got into the tertiary institution We have destroyed values morals and hard work and we need to go back to where we are coming from Some students who are supposed to be in technical schools are finding their ways into the universities It is not that technical schools are not good they have their own advantages because they help to fix students into places where they are best fitted for the purpose of further grooming he said Adeleye explained that serious students would continue to seek for quality education abroad as the standard and quality of education continue to dwindle in the country Commenting Poju Adeniyi an SS3 student of the Abeokuta Grammar School Abeokuta told NAN that the trend would encourage laziness and discourage healthy competition among students Adeniyi however said that he preferred to work hard to be able to meet up with the cut off marks of his desired course This will prepare me for the university system in addition to making me always ready to sustain my tempo of hard work in pursuit of my educational goals he said Meanwhile the Vice Chancellor Bells University of Technology Ota Prof Jeremiah Ojediran justified the lowering of the cut off marks Ojediran said that the decision would create a level playing field for students seeking admission into Nigeria s tertiary institutions According to him the continuous lowering of UTME cut off marks will not affect the standard of education When it comes to the standard of admission what really matters is the result of the West Africa Examinations Council WAEC he said Ojediran explained that lowering the cut off marks was to safeguard those institutions who want to fix their cut off marks below the 140 stipulated by JAMB According to him JAMB result is only a prerequisite requirement for admission adding that what qualifies a student are the five O Level credits in relevant subjects Some students with 180 score enter institutions to make first class or end up being the best graduating students We have also seen students who scored 360 in JAMB but who could not compete with students who scored 180 he said In Ado Ekiti a retired school Principal and Administrator Elder Amos Ajakaye said that the lowering of the cut off marks would create room for laziness among the students Instead of them working and studying hard to achieve the desired excellent grade in the entrance examinations they will only prefer to limit their scope toward their now reduced cut off marks he said In her submission Mrs Yetunde Omonijo the Headmaster General in Ekiti said that the issue depended largely on the underlining factors that necessitated such intervention by the affected and concerned institutions What I m saying in essence is that those institutions that embarked on such may have their genuine reasons for doing so It may be that such cut off marks were seen to be over exercised in the first place which needed to be reviewed downward In that case we cannot totally blame government or institutions for lowering the cut off marks for students seeking admission to further their studies Omonijo said Also Mr Bode Afolayan a Director in the Quality Assurance Bureau Unit Ekiti State Ministry of Education and Values Orientation said the matter needed to be carefully examined by relevant government regulatory agencies This Afolayan said was necessary in order not to jeopardise the nation s education system There is need for relevant government agencies to be on top of their game especially when it concerns issues that bother on the nation s education sector No nation can develop except with a well developed quantitative and qualitative education system So lowering cut off marks for admission seeking students must be tailored not only toward improving the standards of education but also toward the overall best students performance he said Meanwhile a lecturer at the Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti Dr Sola Afolayan frowned at the rate at which JAMB was reducing its scores Afolayan said that the nationwide lockdown occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic believably had negatively impacted on the students performances in external examinations urging universities to test the students before admitting them In his remarks Dr Sandra Oyinye of the Department of English and Literary Studies Federal University of Oye Ekiti FUOYE said that continuous lowering of UTME cut off marks would not affect the standard of education Oyinye said what really mattered at measuring the standard of admission were the WAEC or the National Examinations Council NECO results I have seen students with high scores in JAMB not doing well when admitted into the university I mean students with high scores such as 350 ending up with second class lower division she said Oyinye therefore advised that the UTME scores should not be the only pre requisite in gaining admission into higher institutions Another university lecturer Mr James Gbadeyan urged JAMB to rather increase the UTME cut off marks to save the nation s education from total collapse Gbadeyan explained that lowering of UTME admission points had just shown the deliberate tendencies to bastardise the tertiary education system How can JAMB give a student who scored just 140 which is equivalent to about 35 per cent of 400 a pass mark to be admitted into a university I want to say that any student who cannot score at least 180 has no business in the university I will like to appeal to the Federal Government and JAMB to reconsider their plans to lower the UTME cut off marks and stop bastardising the tertiary education in Nigeria he said Meanwhile Mr Suleiman Yusuf of the Mass Communication Department Kwara State University KWASU Malete said he could not conceive the rationale behind the decision to lower the mark Yusuf said I find the rationale behind such a crucial decision inconceivable particularly when one considers the UTME candidates better performance this year than the previous year It all points to the fact that our tertiary education system needs a very quick intervention if it must be globally competitive Despite the fact that there is a clause which empowers individual university to fix its own cut off marks it still gives room for the age long lopsidedness in the admission policies and procedures of the Nigerian universities public and private And with the lingering ASUU strike coupled with the rising figures of admission seekers across the country all hands must be on deck to salvage our university education system Yusuf said Also an educationist Mr Wale Iborida saw the lowering of the mark as an opportunity for as many students as possible The move Iborida said would also give universities polytechnics as well as Colleges of Education more rooms to accommodate those missing admissions on yearly basis He however feared that the policy would encourage laziness and lower the standard of education in tertiary institutions of the country According to him it can have a multiplier effects on the already low standard of education in the country in addition to hindering the competitive drive for excellence among students in tertiary institutions Similarly Dr Michael Oke of the Department of Finance Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti said that the continuous lowering of the cut off marks could be attributed to the deteriorating standard in the country s educational system Oke said that the move no doubt amounted to lowering the standard of education According to him this is nothing but a reflection of the Nigeria situation where almost every tier primary secondary and tertiary of the Nigerian public educational system has been destroyed Oke while decrying the attitude of the government to education however added that reduction in the cut off marks would allow candidates to secure admission to tertiary institutions especially the private ones in the country This is because candidates with very low marks may not be able to secure admission into public institutions Each university will still set its own cut off marks which may be far above JAMB s cut off marks depending on the institution and on the course of study Thus the minimum cut off marks as set by JAMB may not automatically guarantee admission into public institutions Each university will still conduct post JAMB examinations before the final selection In most cases candidates who scored the minimum mark set by JAMB can secure admission to private institutions as long as they can afford to pay the fees he said Meanwhile Prof Bayo Aborisade Department of General Studies Federal University of Technology Akure FUTA described JAMB as part of the institutional cog in the wheel of higher education in the country Aborisade said that the original intention of streamlining admission processes for the convenience of candidates had not only been defeated but had also been compounded Higher education institutions all over the world have responsibility for their programmes and how they select their candidates but JAMB has taken over that responsibility in Nigeria Also JAMB is now forcing institutions to lower their standards by dictating what the cut off marks should be when by law and by practice it is the responsibility of the Senate of every institution to decide that matter And JAMB has made matters worse for candidates by making them sit for two examinations before admission and making the candidates pay for the examinations Aborisade said According to him it is unfortunate that institutions have little faith in examinations conducted by JAMB and that s why they insist on the institutional examinations called screening The don also said that JAMB examinations were fraught with problems of fraud inflated grades and miracle centres Aborisade said that the anomaly had continued till date making institutions to insist on choosing their candidates their own way The consistent lowering of admission cut off scores is part of the politicisation of admission process by JAMB JAMB has become an albatross and obsolete to higher education and should be scrapped he said In his views Prof Ajao Moyosore the Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU University of Ilorin supported the argument that universities should be allowed to determine the admission of their students without JAMB interference Moyosore said that JAMB should go back and give power of determination of cut off marks to the Senate of respective universities He also said that JAMB should only conduct examination and leave it at that as giving their cut off marks would create confusion in the system and present the educational system as a politicised one This national cut off marks of 140 as stated by JAMB should be totally discarded it makes us a laughing stock It means that students that are admitted or given admission are actually not qualified because if you do a mental calculations of 140 that is 35 per cent he said According to him JAMB is only giving the students false hope of being eligible for admission having scored 140 The Unilorin ASUU chairman however pointed out that no Nigerian first generation university including the university would accept 140 as its cut off mark This creates the impression that instead of students aiming to pass higher they will now relax and say Okay it s just 140 That s the situation we have found ourselves We are playing politics with everything in the system he said Moyosore reiterated that JAMB should constrain itself to organising examinations and stop pronouncing national cut off marks They should leave this to the Senate of each university if respective university decide to say its own pass mark is 100 then that is its own problem But to say that the national cut off marks is 140 is embarrassing to the country We have to stop politicising our education system because when you and I were going to school it was merit that took us to the universities We have an issue where we are bringing weak students into the university and what do you think will happen People must realise that not all students must go to the university Some of them could go to the polytechnics Colleges of Education and technical institutions he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders stand differently on lowering of UTME cut-off marks
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    Stakeholders stand differently on lowering of UTME cut-off marks

    Stakeholders in the education sector have expressed mixed reactions to the recent lowering of the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) cut-off marks for admission seekers into the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

    They made their positions known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Ado-Ekiti, Akure and Ilorin on Sunday.

    While some described the development as a sign of setback for the nation’s educational development, others said that lowering of the cut-off marks was good news for admission seekers.

    In his views, Dr Adebayo Obadiora, acting Head of Department, Art and Social Science, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun, said that lowering the UTME cut-off marks would jeopardise the standard of education in Nigeria.

    Obadiora said that the decision of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) to adopt 140 as the minimum cut-off marks for degree awarding institutions for the 20222023 admission process was not good enough.

    According to him, a student, who cannot score 200 out of 400 marks in UTME, may find it difficult to excel when admitted.

    “One hundred and forty out of 400 is 35 per cent at ‘O’ level result.

    This is F9 and any student, who scores F9 in cogent subjects like English Language or Mathematics cannot gain admission to the university with such a result,” he said.

    Obadiora said that such students, when admitted, would not be able to cope with their mates and would end up having to resit their papers.

    The don said that federal universities were still finding it hard to accommodate many of the candidates, even at the cut-off marks of 200 and above, not to talk of when it was now dropped to 140. He, therefore, appealed to JAMB to dialogue with the authorities of universities and other professionals in order to be advised accordingly on admission scores.

    This, he said, would make the nation’s graduates to be able to compete with their counterparts globally.

    Also, Prof. Olugbenga Ehinola, Head of Department, Geology, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, said that the continuous lowering of UTME cut-off marks would, definitely, affect the quality of applicants being offered admission into the federal universities.

    “It only encourages applicants, whose parents are wealthy to patronise private universities and this may affect standardisation of admission,” Ehinola said.

    Contrarily, Prof. Clement Kolawole of the Department of Education, University of Ibadan, said there would be no serious implication.

    “It was what the agency considered to be realistic,” Kolawole said.

    In his views, Prof. Adams Onuka, a retired Professor of Education Evaluation, said the decision indicated that the teaching and learning processes in our schools had been ineffective.

    This, Onuka said, could be due to some intervening factors that were likely to be multifarious, but including family, social, school, funding factors, amongst others.

    “The immediate implication is that our school system is not living up to expectations in the production of future leaders for the nation; as garbage in equals garbage out.

    “It means that we are feeding the tertiary education system with ill-prepared inputs and the outputs would, therefore, be half-baked.

    “It’s not the duty of the tertiary education system to prepare learners for the primary and secondary education system, which are the foundation for the tertiary education system.

    “This trend, if not arrested, will likely lead to the collapse of the entire education system, leadership development process and societal development as a whole,” Onuka said.

    The don said that the situation could also lead to greater exodus of youths to other climes and further depreciated the Naira, as a result of higher rate of capital flight.

    “Thus, all hands must be on the deck to address the abnormality with immediate effect.

    “In fact, we need to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

    “We must fund it and carry out researches, so that innovative measures and remedies can be evolved to bring our education system back on track.

    “Needs assessment of the sector, in terms of quality of teachers at the primary and secondary subsystems, infrastructure and facilities, management and governance, as well as teaching and learning interactions and parental responsibilities, should be immediately done before any other process is carried out.

    “This is to properly evolve lasting and enduring solutions to this unexpected outcome in the education system,” he said.

    In Abeokuta, Mr Oluwagbenga Adeleye, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Agriculture, expressed concern over the matter, warning that the trend would ultimately destroy the fabrics of education system in the country.

    Adeleye, who lectures at the Department of Animal Production and Health, said that the standard of education at the tertiary level would continue to dwindle with such policy.

    He said that such policy would also continue to encourage mediocrity, with the tertiary institutions producing half-baked graduates with serious consequences upon the nation’s economy and future.

    “I don’t see any sense in lowering the cut-off marks, because there is no practical sense in it.

    “I don’t know why the administration handling JAMB is bent on reducing the cut-off marks annually and destroying the lives of students.

    “Are we saying that hard work doesn’t matter these days?

    These days, some students cannot even express themselves or write fairly well, and one wonders how they got into the tertiary institution.

    “We have destroyed values, morals and hard work and we need to go back to where we are coming from.

    “Some students, who are supposed to be in technical schools, are finding their ways into the universities.

    “It is not that technical schools are not good; they have their own advantages, because they help to fix students into places where they are best fitted for the purpose of further grooming,” he said.

    Adeleye explained that serious students would continue to seek for quality education abroad as the standard and quality of education continue to dwindle in the country.

    Commenting, Poju Adeniyi, an SS3 student of the Abeokuta Grammar School, Abeokuta, told NAN that the trend would encourage laziness and discourage healthy competition among students.

    Adeniyi, however, said that he preferred to work hard to be able to meet up with the cut-off marks of his desired course.

    “This will prepare me for the university system in addition to making me always ready to sustain my tempo of hard work, in pursuit of my educational goals,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran, justified the lowering of the cut-off marks.

    Ojediran said that the decision would create a level playing field for students seeking admission into Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

    According to him, the continuous lowering of UTME cut-off marks will not affect the standard of education.

    “When it comes to the standard of admission, what really matters is the result of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC),” he said.

    Ojediran explained that lowering the cut-off marks was to safeguard those institutions, who want to fix their cut-off marks below the 140 stipulated by JAMB.

    According to him, JAMB result is only a prerequisite requirement for admission, adding that what qualifies a student are the five ‘O’ Level credits in relevant subjects.

    “Some students with 180 score enter institutions to make first class or end up being the best graduating students.

    “We have also seen students who scored 360 in JAMB, but who could not compete with students who scored 180,” he said.

    In Ado-Ekiti, a retired school Principal and Administrator, Elder Amos Ajakaye, said that the lowering of the cut-off marks would create room for laziness among the students.

    “Instead of them working and studying hard to achieve the desired excellent grade in the entrance examinations, they will only prefer to limit their scope toward their now reduced cut-off marks,” he said.

    In her submission, Mrs Yetunde Omonijo, the Headmaster-General in Ekiti, said that the issue depended largely on the underlining factors that necessitated such intervention by the affected and concerned institutions.

    “What I’m saying in essence is that those institutions that embarked on such may have their genuine reasons for doing so.

    “It may be that such cut-off marks were seen to be over exercised in the first place, which needed to be reviewed downward.

    “In that case, we cannot totally blame government or institutions for lowering the cut-off marks for students seeking admission to further their studies,” Omonijo said.

    Also, Mr Bode Afolayan, a Director in the Quality Assurance Bureau Unit, Ekiti State Ministry of Education and Values Orientation, said the matter needed to be carefully examined by relevant government regulatory agencies.

    This, Afolayan said, was necessary in order not to jeopardise the nation’s education system.

    “There is need for relevant government agencies to be on top of their game, especially when it concerns issues that bother on the nation’s education sector.

    “No nation can develop, except with a well-developed quantitative and qualitative education system.

    “So, lowering cut-off marks for admission seeking students must be tailored, not only toward improving the standards of education, but also toward the overall best students’ performance,” he said.

    Meanwhile, a lecturer at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Dr Sola Afolayan, frowned at the rate at which JAMB was reducing its scores.

    Afolayan said that the nationwide lockdown, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, believably had negatively impacted on the students’ performances in external examinations, urging universities to test the students before admitting them.

    In his remarks, Dr Sandra Oyinye of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), said that continuous lowering of UTME cut-off marks would not affect the standard of education.

    Oyinye said what really mattered at measuring the standard of admission were the WAEC or the National Examinations Council (NECO) results.

    “I have seen students with high scores in JAMB not doing well when admitted into the university.

    I mean, students with high scores, such as 350, ending up with second class lower division,” she said.

    Oyinye, therefore, advised that the UTME scores should not be the only pre-requisite in gaining admission into higher institutions.

    Another university lecturer, Mr James Gbadeyan, urged JAMB to rather increase the UTME cut-off marks to save the nation’s education from total collapse.

    Gbadeyan explained that lowering of UTME admission points had just shown the deliberate tendencies to bastardise the tertiary education system.

    “How can JAMB give a student, who scored just 140, which is equivalent to about 35 per cent of 400, a pass mark to be admitted into a university?

    “I want to say that any student, who cannot score at least 180, has no business in the university.

    “I will like to appeal to the Federal Government and JAMB to reconsider their plans to lower the UTME cut-off marks and stop bastardising the tertiary education in Nigeria,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Mr Suleiman Yusuf of the Mass Communication Department, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, said he could not conceive the rationale behind the decision to lower the mark.

    Yusuf said: “I find the rationale behind such a crucial decision inconceivable, particularly when one considers the UTME candidates’ better performance this year than the previous year.

    ”It all points to the fact that our tertiary education system needs a very quick intervention, if it must be globally competitive.

    ”Despite the fact that there is a clause, which empowers individual university to fix its own cut-off marks, it still gives room for the age-long lopsidedness in the admission policies and procedures of the Nigerian universities, public and private.

    “And with the lingering ASUU strike, coupled with the rising figures of admission seekers across the country, all hands must be on deck to salvage our university education system,” Yusuf said.

    Also, an educationist, Mr Wale Iborida, saw the lowering of the mark as an opportunity for as many students as possible.

    The move, Iborida said, would also give universities, polytechnics, as well as Colleges of Education more rooms to accommodate those missing admissions on yearly basis.

    He, however, feared that the policy would encourage laziness and lower the standard of education in tertiary institutions of the country.

    According to him, it can have a multiplier effects on the already low standard of education in the country, in addition to hindering the competitive drive for excellence among students in tertiary institutions.

    Similarly, Dr Michael Oke of the Department of Finance, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, said that the continuous lowering of the cut-off marks could be attributed to the deteriorating standard in the country’s educational system.

    Oke said that the move, no doubt, amounted to lowering the standard of education.

    According to him, this is nothing, but a reflection of the Nigeria situation, where almost every tier (primary, secondary and tertiary) of the Nigerian public educational system has been destroyed.

    Oke, while decrying the attitude of the government to education, however, added that reduction in the cut-off marks would allow candidates to secure admission to tertiary institutions, especially the private ones in the country.

    “This is because candidates with very low marks may not be able to secure admission into public institutions.

    “Each university will still set its own cut-off marks, which may be far above JAMB’s cut-off marks, depending on the institution and on the course of study.

    “Thus, the minimum cut-off marks, as set by JAMB, may not automatically guarantee admission into public institutions.

    Each university will still conduct post-JAMB examinations before the final selection.

    “In most cases, candidates who scored the minimum mark set by JAMB, can secure admission to private institutions, as long as they can afford to pay the fees,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Prof. Bayo Aborisade, Department of General Studies, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), described JAMB as part of the institutional cog in the wheel of higher education in the country.

    Aborisade said that the original intention of streamlining admission processes for the convenience of candidates had, not only been defeated, but had also been compounded.

    “Higher education institutions all over the world have responsibility for their programmes and how they select their candidates, but JAMB has taken over that responsibility in Nigeria.

    “Also, JAMB is now forcing institutions to lower their standards by dictating what the cut-off marks should be, when, by law and by practice, it is the responsibility of the Senate of every institution to decide that matter.

    “And, JAMB has made matters worse for candidates by making them sit for two examinations before admission and making the candidates pay for the examinations,” Aborisade said.

    According to him, it is unfortunate that institutions have little faith in examinations conducted by JAMB and that’s why they insist on the institutional examinations, called screening.

    The don also said that JAMB examinations were fraught with problems of fraud, inflated grades and “miracle centres”.

    Aborisade said that the anomaly had continued till date, making institutions to insist on choosing their candidates their own way.

    “The consistent lowering of admission cut-off scores is part of the ‘politicisation’ of admission process by JAMB.

    “JAMB has become an albatross and obsolete to higher education and should be scrapped,” he said.

    In his views, Prof. Ajao Moyosore, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ilorin, supported the argument that universities should be allowed to determine the admission of their students without JAMB interference.

    Moyosore said that JAMB should go back and give power of determination of cut-off marks to the Senate of respective universities.

    He, also said that JAMB should only conduct examination and leave it at that, as giving their cut-off marks would create confusion in the system and present the educational system as a politicised one.

    “This national cut-off marks of 140, as stated by JAMB, should be totally discarded; it makes us a laughing stock.

    “It means that students that are admitted or given admission are actually not qualified, because if you do a mental calculations of 140, that is 35 per cent,” he said.

    According to him, JAMB is only giving the students false hope of being eligible for admission, having scored 140. The Unilorin ASUU chairman, however, pointed out that no Nigerian first generation university, including the university, would accept 140 as its cut-off mark.

    “This creates the impression that instead of students aiming to pass higher, they will now relax and say, ‘Okay, it’s just 140’.

    “That’s the situation we have found ourselves.

    We are playing politics with everything in the system,” he said.

    Moyosore reiterated that JAMB should constrain itself to organising examinations and stop pronouncing national cut-off marks.

    “They should leave this to the Senate of each university; if respective university decide to say its own pass mark is 100, then, that is its own problem.

    “But to say that the national cut-off marks is 140, is embarrassing to the country.

    “We have to stop politicising our education system, because when you and I were going to school, it was merit that took us to the universities.

    “We have an issue where we are bringing weak students into the university and what do you think will happen?

    People must realise that not all students must go to the university.

    “Some of them could go to the polytechnics, Colleges of Education and technical institutions,” he said.


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  •  The Society for Family Health SFH says its project Lafiyan Yara has tested no fewer than 440 272 people in eight Taraba local government areas to control the spread of HIV and AIDS in the state Speaking at a ceremony in Jalingo on Friday to mark the end of the four year program that began in 2019 SFH State Program Director Dr Aisha Dadi explained that of that number more than 1 081 children have tested positive for HIV testing of which more than 1 020 children were linked to treatment The project registered 142 people living with HIV who started antiretroviral treatment in the last quarter of the project phase The implementation ensured that all pregnant women were tested and that positive mothers were enrolled for effective management to increase maternal and child survival The number of children and pregnant women currently undergoing treatment showed a marginal drop of 14 per cent and 21 per cent respectively he said He explained that Lafiyan Yara Child Welfare was a proof of concept project funded by Aidsfond 2019 2022 through SFH and the Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife Institute of Public Health She revealed that the project was implemented in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and the Taraba State AIDS Control Agency since 2019 In his remarks at the event Taraba Health Commissioner Dr Innocent Vakkai praised the partners for facilitating the trial He said that the state government would continue to support relevant agencies to improve the health care system in the state The Galadima of Muri Alhaji Tukur Abba Tukur also praised the program s implementing agencies especially SFH for the level of awareness created among the people of the eight local government areas who benefited from the program He assured the agencies of a sustained campaign of clarification and mobilization of the communities to always support such activities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SHF performs HIV/AIDS tests on 400,000 children in Taraba
     The Society for Family Health SFH says its project Lafiyan Yara has tested no fewer than 440 272 people in eight Taraba local government areas to control the spread of HIV and AIDS in the state Speaking at a ceremony in Jalingo on Friday to mark the end of the four year program that began in 2019 SFH State Program Director Dr Aisha Dadi explained that of that number more than 1 081 children have tested positive for HIV testing of which more than 1 020 children were linked to treatment The project registered 142 people living with HIV who started antiretroviral treatment in the last quarter of the project phase The implementation ensured that all pregnant women were tested and that positive mothers were enrolled for effective management to increase maternal and child survival The number of children and pregnant women currently undergoing treatment showed a marginal drop of 14 per cent and 21 per cent respectively he said He explained that Lafiyan Yara Child Welfare was a proof of concept project funded by Aidsfond 2019 2022 through SFH and the Obafemi Awolowo University OAU Ile Ife Institute of Public Health She revealed that the project was implemented in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and the Taraba State AIDS Control Agency since 2019 In his remarks at the event Taraba Health Commissioner Dr Innocent Vakkai praised the partners for facilitating the trial He said that the state government would continue to support relevant agencies to improve the health care system in the state The Galadima of Muri Alhaji Tukur Abba Tukur also praised the program s implementing agencies especially SFH for the level of awareness created among the people of the eight local government areas who benefited from the program He assured the agencies of a sustained campaign of clarification and mobilization of the communities to always support such activities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SHF performs HIV/AIDS tests on 400,000 children in Taraba
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    SHF performs HIV/AIDS tests on 400,000 children in Taraba

    The Society for Family Health (SFH) says its project, Lafiyan Yara, has tested no fewer than 440,272 people in eight Taraba local government areas to control the spread of HIV and AIDS in the state.Speaking at a ceremony in Jalingo on Friday to mark the end of the four-year program that began in 2019, SFH State Program Director Dr. Aisha Dadi explained that of that number, more than 1,081 children have tested positive for HIV testing, of which more than 1,020 children were linked to treatment.“The project registered 142 people living with HIV who started antiretroviral treatment in the last quarter of the project phase.“The implementation ensured that all pregnant women were tested and that positive mothers were enrolled for effective management to increase maternal and child survival."The number of children and pregnant women currently undergoing treatment showed a marginal drop of 14 per cent and 21 per cent respectively," he said.He explained that Lafiyan Yara (Child Welfare) was a proof of concept project funded by Aidsfond (2019-2022) through SFH and the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife Institute of Public Health.She revealed that the project was implemented in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and the Taraba State AIDS Control Agency since 2019.In his remarks at the event, Taraba Health Commissioner Dr. Innocent Vakkai praised the partners for facilitating the trial.He said that the state government would continue to support relevant agencies to improve the health care system in the state.The Galadima of Muri, Alhaji Tukur Abba-Tukur, also praised the program's implementing agencies, especially SFH, for the level of awareness created among the people of the eight local government areas who benefited from the program.He assured the agencies of a sustained campaign of clarification and mobilization of the communities to always support such activities.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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