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The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has appealed to the Lagos State Government to make the reviewed policies in the state’s education policy public and available to stakeholders before implementation.


This, the organisation said, would aid a collective acceptance of the policy and prevent a similar crisis currently witnessed with the Land Use Charge.


The Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said this after attending the Lagos State Stakeholders Engagement Forum on the review of the state’s policy on education.


The event, which held on Tuesday in Lagos, saw stakeholders being informed about the introduction of new education policies in the state.


Ashafa, who commended the move, said that it was important to give education stakeholders the opportunity to assess the policies before implementation.


He noted that implementing the policies without adequate input from stakeholders may not yield the desired result.


He said, “We commend Lagos State Government for bringing stakeholders together to consider the proposed new policies on education. The involvement of stakeholders is a step to success but we must avoid shortcut. We love the tall aspiration of Lagos state government for striving to meet up with the status of leading nations in the education sector like Finland, South Korea and Singapore.


“While we commend the state government for involving stakeholders in the validation of the document, we feel it is fundamental to share necessary documents with stakeholders for quality contribution and unquestionable acceptance.


“A situation where a ready-made policy is just being read to stakeholders without giving room for input or contributions may defeat the good notion of the state government to maintain a good relationship with stakeholders in the education sector.”


He, however, appealed to the Lagos State Government not to allow the implementation of the new policy disrupt the peace and relative progress being enjoyed in the state’s education sector.


“We advocate for all-inclusive implementation of the policy. One way to do this is to allow non-governmental organisations to participate in the monitoring of the policy to enhance objectivity in reporting,” he added.


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MSSNLagos Tasks Govt on Decent Life for Citizenry

The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit has called on the Government at all levels to utilize the numerous resources of the country to secure a decent life for the citizenry.

The society made the charge Wednesday as a press conference addressed in Lagos by its Amir (President), Dr. Saheed Ashafa, where it expressed pleasure that stability is gradually returning to the country.

However, the society said, though peoples’ dreams that appeared shattered about three years ago is now metamorphosing into hope, saying what people really want now is no more hope but to see real development and growth of the country.

“We are fed up with ‘white paper’ development without a corresponding comfort in both the standard and cost of living,” it stated challenging the government of the day to utilise the numerous resources of the country to secure a decent life for the citizenry.

“The government needs to remain focused and avoid distractions. There is no government without development. We are tired of efforts and predictions, we want accomplishments. We want to start having the real feeling of development,” it emphasised.

On education, the MSSN expressed great concern on the deplorable state of the sector, tasking Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to nib in the bud finally, the seemingly intractable problem of industrial actions in the education sector.

“And a way to do that is by ensuring adequate funding of the sector at all levels, and close monitoring of how allocated funds are utilized,” the Muslim Students suggested.

The society however singled out the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), not just in standard but also in transparency and thereby reaffirmed its confidence in the Registrar of the board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who has just remitted an additional N2.6bn to the coffers of the Federal Government.

“We should remember that the board under his administration earlier returned N5.2bn. If one person can lead the board for only one year and return such an amount of money, then he deserved to be commended, the MSSN submitted.

While it challenged the Federal Government to probe and investigate how former Registrars had managed the funds of the board, it noted that only people of integrity like Prof. Oloyede should be appointed to public office calling on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), to beam its searchlight on the education sector.

“Also, we urge the Buhari government to painstakingly audit other agencies and Parastatals in the sector to restore ethical standards deserving of those institutions,” it suggested.

On the issue of hijab and human rights, the society lamented alleged deliberate ploy to suppress Islamic religion using pedestal of public  authority, regretting that harassment and oppression of females in hijab have become a recurring exercise in recent time especially in Lagos State Public Schools.

It reminded that the Court of Appeal in its judgment of Thursday, July 21, 2016 upturned the judgment of the High Court of Lagos State by granting the use of hijab in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State.‎

“Painfully however, despite the court judgement, our members have continuously been punished, harassed and intimidated for putting on hijab. In some cases, the culprits, usually principals and teachers hide under the excuse that they are not aware of the judgement; some claim that there is no directive from the government to that effect while others insist that regardless of the verdict, hijab would not be allowed under their jurisdiction.

“We like to reiterate that when the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja granted the Lagos State Government a favourable judgment, we neither denounced it nor incited our members but we simply complied and went on appeal. But since we got the Court of Appeal judgment, the agents and officials of LASG have not stopped harassing, intimidating, beating our members.

“Even though the governor of Lagos State has shown commitment to ensuring peaceful and harmonious co-existence among people of different faiths, it is obvious that overzealous individuals are hellbent on jeopardising such strides. We are carefully documenting our facts for proper legal actions,” it assured.

Speaking on the plights of the workers, the MSSN asserted that the current economic realities in Nigeria have made it inevitable for the government to hasten the process of reviewing upwards the salaries of workers, stressing that, “the current minimum wage of N18,000 is no longer acceptable as the prices of virtually everything has skyrocketed, with the purchasing power of most Nigerians plummeting.”

The society expressed sadness that, despite the interventions by the federal government to assist states to pay salaries of their workers, some governors still owe up to five, six months unpaid salaries!

“In the midst of this unfortunate situation, we see a state governor still owing workers commissioning his newly-built mansion. To say it mildly, it’s share wickedness! Many parents are not finding it easy to provide food for their family not to talk of paying their children’s school fees.

These people should fear the wrath of the Almighty Allah by doing what is right at to right time,” MSSN warned!

However, the society commended the Nigerian government’s effort towards improving the security of lives and property of the citizens and therefore urged President Buhari to ensure the judicious utilisation of the just-approved $1bn for the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and other security threats in the country.

The fund, it advised, should not go the way the previous administration mismanaged similar funds, which led to more deaths of innocent civilians and loss of prized soldiers!

On the war against corruption, the MSSN also commended the zeal with which the federal government is prosecuting the war on corruption suggesting however, that, the president needs to leave no stone unturned to make the war total and nonpartisan.

The President was further urged to ensure that all those with one indictment or the other who have found their way into the ruling party, and were received with warm embrace, must be made to face the full wrath of the law!

Making its position clear on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the Muslim Students stated that, President Donald Trump’s recent declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite global condemnation, is the height of insensitivity and a deliberate attempt to perpetuate continuous dehumanization of the Palestinians under Israeli brutality!

It reminded of the UN resolution which stated that “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded”.

It therefore called for the withdrawal of Mr Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“That’s why we call on president Buhari to end his silence and join other world leaders to condemn the US shameful steps in the Palestinian issue. The issue is not about religion alone, but injustice to humans. Jerusalem is the hub of Aqsa Mosque. Enough of maltreatment and injustice to the Palestinians who are the rightful owners of the land, the press conference concluded. 


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Strike suspension: Students warn FG to fulfil agreement

MSSN warns FG against reneging on agreement with ASUU
The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has commended the Academic Staff Union of Universities for agreeing to suspend its industrial action.
The students-body warned the Federal Government not to renege on the agreement that resulted to the 'conditional' suspension of strike.

The President of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, in statement on Monday, said the understanding showed by ASUU proved that the lecturers were genuinely interested in the development of education in the country.
He subsequently told the FG that it would be saddening to see universities shut down in few months again.
He said, "The plight of ASUU is clearly understood. They deserved to be commended for agreeing to suspend the strike, though on condition. This goes a long way to show that the ASUU mean well for the Nigerian education sector. 
The government should at this stage not sabotage the considerations of the ASUU or make the body regret granting such an opportunity. 
"The government should justify the sacrifice of ASUU for taking this good decision in the interest of Nigerian students by fulfilling its part of the agreement. We understand what it takes to make this enormous sacrifice at this point in time.
"Obviously, if the Federal government should fail to fulfill its part of the agreement, it will amount to lack of trust and a more regrettable strike."
Ashafa urged the FG not to enter agreement that it cannot fulfil to forestall any other strike in the future. 
"Any attempt to renege on this agreement or make it appear like a deceit will result to closing of universities  and that comes with several consequences among which is the colossal loss in the lives of innocent students that will have to travel long distances," he added.
Amir (President),
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria,
Lagos State Area Unit.
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  • 2017 Teachers' Day: MSSN asks FG to institute Gratifying Teachers' Specific Allowance

    The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit has expressed felicitations with teachers nationwide on the occasion of the 2017 Teachers' Day, while commending their contributions to nation building.

    The Amir, MSSN Lagos, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, in a statement issued in Lagos, said teachers are worth celebrating going by the  successes they have recorded over the years.

    Ashafa, noted that MSSN  acknowledges and appreciates their contributions to nation building despite the innumerable challenges hindering their strides.

    "We hope that the teachers will not be deterred by the lukewarm response from their employers," he said.

    Advocating for improved welfare packages for teachers to motivate a better performance, Ashafa called on the Federal Government to institute a gratifying teachers specific allowance (GTSA) to complement the unmatched contributions rendered by teachers nationwide.

    He urged the government at all levels to complement and reward teachers adequately for their unquantifiable contributions to the developments witnessed in the  education sector over the years.

    "All the stakeholders should be reminded that the teachers make enormous sacrifice and record the greatest contributions for providing the required human capital to advance the frontiers of different sectors of our economy."

    Ashafa however, commended the Lagos State government for setting an exemplary standard in the treatment of their employees.

    He stated that prompt payment of salary and expeditious implementation of promotions in the state are noteworthy.





    Amir (President),

    Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria,

    Lagos State Area Unit.

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    MSSN hails Lagos over improved security in schools

    ...Ambode, others to speak on education as tool for peaceful co-existence
    The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has said that the improvement in security in public schools across Lagos State was commendable.
    The group said the commencement of 24-hour surveillance in public schools showed government's concern for literacy.
    The Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said this in a press release ahead of the organisation’s conference holding between Friday (today) and Sunday in Badagary.
    During the conference, which is expected to produce another set of leaders for the MSSN Lagos,  the executive governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode will deliver the keynote address on the theme.
    Among other speakers at the conference are: President of The Companion, Alhaji Najeem Jimoh; Director, Vanguards Academy, Zafaran Adeniyi;  and Head of Television Continental News, Babajide Otitoju.
    Ashafa explained that the improved state of security would boost the morale of parents and students towards education.
    He explained that it was important for the state government to also ensure adequate supply of electricity in schools.
    He said, “Education remains a key element and yardstick for measuring the growth of any state. Lagos lofty plan of becoming a smart city will not be of any benefit without  the provision of a conducive learning environment.  Neither the teachers nor students can perform at their best in an environment laden with fear and insecurity. Hopefully, with the improved security situation, many parents will have confidence to return their children to school.
    “However, we urge government not to wait for crisis to occur in any school or the education section before being proactive in tacking its challenges. The provision of qualitative education in the state should be a priority in the plan of government at all levels.”
    The educationist urged pupils and teachers to also justify the investment of government in education through outstanding performances.
    He appealed to security personnel to approach the task of ensuring surveillance in schools with diligence.
    Speaking on the conference, Ashafa explained that the theme: ‘Peaceful coexistence: The education agenda’, was chosen due to the need for the review of the Nigerian education system.
    “Investment in education remains a vibrant tool for ensuring peace, but this seems to have been neglected. We hope to unveil new dimensions to ensuring peace in the nation,” he added.
    Amir (President),
    Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, 
    Lagos State Area Unit.
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