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Kwara declares war on killer gangs

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has declared zero tolerance for killer gangs in the state.

“The governor warns that while the state government welcomes every Nigerian who wishes to make a decent living in the state, there would be zero tolerance for any individual or group making life unbearable for others,” Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, stated yesterday.

The statement came as the government mobilised security agencies to Baruten Council to dislodge a group of suspected criminals who reportedly came from a neighbouring state and camped in a forest in Baruten.

“The government’s proactive steps have resulted in the immediate dislodgement of the suspected criminals. The government commends the Nigerian army for helping to rid the area of the suspected criminals.

“Members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to always volunteer information in record time to continue to keep Kwara safe,” the statement added.

In another development, the outgoing Vice Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Prof. Taofeek Raji, has canvassed online education in Nigerian universities.

He made this known yesterday while addressing reporters in Ilorin during a current affairs programme, ‘Newskeg’ organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara State Council.

According to the professor of Medicine, who specialises on Epidemiology, governments and other stakeholders in the education sector should prioritise safety of students.

He noted research, teaching and community service for development as the core mandate of universities.

Giving account of his stewardship since he became the VC of the university in 2015, Raji disclosed that his vision of introducing digital technology into teaching and learning greatly helped the university to survive the challenges posed by COVID-19.

He added that all lectures and tests were concluded online.

To do this, he averred that the lectures were delivered on WhatsApp and Zoom platforms administered by the lecturers of each of the classes.

“The lectures were usually sent a week ahead followed by voice notes. The lectures were delivered for about 40 minutes before migrating to Zoom,” he said.”

Besides, he noted that the university staff rose with over 500 workers between 2015 and 2020. “The university full-time lecturers rose from 157 in 2015 to 169 in 2020, while the academic personnel quality increased from 70 per cent to 80 per cent.”


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