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Badoo: MSSN cancels training camp in Ikorodu

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has ordered its branches in Ikorodu to cancel its planned Holiday Training Course Camp in the area.
 
 
The HTC camp, themed, ‘The inheritors’, was scheduled to hold between July 14 and 18 across the 44 Area Councils in Lagos State to train students on different skills.
 
The Amir of MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, gave the order during the organisation’s Executive Council meeting at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijaniki.
 
 
The cancellation order came after officials of its eight area councils in Ikorodu expressed fear over the ‘volatile’ security condition in the area.
 
According to the officials, residents of Ikorodu currently live in panic and could hardly afford to assemble together in large numbers.
 
Though they said efforts were in top gear to combat activities of the ‘badoo' cult group terrorising the area, the officials explained some residents are afraid that the 'Badoo' group may launch reprisal attack over the killing of some of their members.
 
Ashafa said, “We are so much concerned about the security situation in the area. We cannot afford to risk the lives of our members despite the importance of the training. The security report from our officials in the area is scary and not encouraging. 
 
“The police and other security officials need to step up their intelligence and mobilise more officers to the area. It is worrisome that students who are the future and hope of the country are also suffering from condemnable acts and security lapses in the state.
 
"Lagos State deserves advanced intelligence, pre-emptive and sufficient policing to really combat criminal tendencies unfolding lately."
 
Ashafa, who condemned the wave of criminality bedeviling the peace of the state in recent time, said, "Although it could be understandable that some bad elements have been frustrating the efforts of government in recent time, we appeal the state government not to relent in its effort to maintain a crime free Lagos.”
 
He explained that the theme of the training camp, ‘The inheritors’, was chosen to challenge youths to be lucrative and avoid the mistakes of past leaders.
 
He noted that Nigeria needed god-fearing youths to take-over from the current set of leaders.
 
 
SIGNED:
SAHEED ASHAFA (Ph.D),
Amir (President),
Muslim Students' society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.
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MSSN CONGRATULATES SPELLING BEE 2017 WINNER

The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria has congratulated the 2017 winner of the spelling competition, Zofun Bukola of Awodi Ora senior high school, Ajeromi in Education District 5. Bukola emerged winner of the keenly contested competition on Tuesday in Lagos.
 
 
The Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, in a press statement, congratulated Bukola and other finalists at the competition for the achievement. He charged the students to remain forward looking as the sky is not just their limit but a starting point for whoever remains resolute to succeed.
 
 
He commended Lagos State government for sustaining the initiative since inception 17 years back. 
 
 
To motivate the teachers, he advised the government to also award the teachers of the winners in subsequent editions.
 
 
He wrote "We must acknowledge and commend Lagos state government for sustaining this programme despite the huge resources it gulps annually. We however advise that teachers who coach these students to success should also be rewarded in the coming years."
 
 
Recall that MSSN Lagos State chapter organised a reception for the 2016 winner of the competition and his cabinet members in a Merit Award ceremony held July last year.
 
 
Ashafa maintained that MSSN will continue to acknowledge and support government and non- governmental organizations in academic and other youth development programmes.
 
 
Other winners at the competition include Owode Mariam of Education District 3 and Ajayi Qudrah of Education District 6.
 
 
 
SIGNED:
SAHEED ASHAFA (Ph.D),
Amir (President),
Muslim Students' society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.
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WAEC: MSSN begs parents to give candidates time for concentration

The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has appealed to parents to assist candidates taking the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination by giving them time to concentrate on their studies.
 
The advice was contained in a press release by the Amir of the MSSN Lagos, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, on the organisation's observation  on the 2017 May/June WASSCE.
 
He recalled that the examination continues fully this week.
 
According to Ashafa, among the reports gathered by officials of the MSSN Lagos on the preparation of students ahead of the commencement of the WASSCE is that some students have little time to prepare for the examination.
 
Ashafa said while this may be traced to unseriousness on the part of some students, others were being overburdened by house chores.
 
 Regardless of the economic challenges, Ashafa explained that the success of every candidate in the examination should be a priority to both the schools, government and parents.
 
He said, "Parents/Guardians are advised to assist their children/ wards to concentrate on their studies and prepare  sufficiently for  each paper as the exam progresses. Parent should reduce chores and works given to students at this critical period in their lives.
 
"They (parents) should rather encourage them and monitor their activities  and ensure they properly comply with the demand of the current academic challenges.
 
"We understand that the prevailing economic situation in the country is overwhelming but success of the students in strategic examination like WASSCE is part of the hope of every family and the nation at large."
 
He subsequently urged teachers and parents to desist from the act of encouraging candidates to engage in examination malpractice.
 
He noted that examination malpractices was one of the vices affecting standard education in the country.
 
"If we truly want our education system to grow, all stakeholders must work together to ensure a transparent system of examining candidates. It is appalling that some parents and tearchers are encouraging malpractice which should not be. Candidates must also know that when they are caught in examinational malpractice , their career may be ruined," he added.
 
While wishing candidates taking the examination success, Ashafa counselled them to obey examination rules and be hard-working.
 
He advised them to ensure maximum concentration regardless of the distractions that may come their way.
 
"This is your life and you must fight for it. The beauty of your success lies in your personal effort and ability to pass without any examination practices. This gives you the needed zeal, courage and makes you go farther in life.  We wish all students a resounding success in the 2017 WAEC exams," Ashafa added.
 
 
SIGNED:
SAHEED ASHAFA (Ph.D),
Amir (President),
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria,
Lagos State Area Unit.
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  • Review your new policy, MSSN urges JAMB 

    The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has described the recent policy by the Joint Admission Board as a welcome development requiring proper review.

    The Amir (President) of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, Saheed Ashafa, said this in a press statement ahead of the organisation’s Young Managers Quiz Competition (YMQC) final expected to hold April 29.

    While commending the policy, he urged government to organise empowerment or vocational programmes that would engage school leavers during the waiting period.

    He also expressed fear that the new policy may cause unnecessary delay for school leavers.

    He explained that with the new policy, it could be inferred that UTME was meant to be taken by school leavers who have spent about one year at home. 

    Recall that JAMB had recently introduced a policy that stipulates that only candidates with their O’level results are qualified to sit for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

    He said, “No doubt, the new policy is a good and developmental one. In addition to the fact that it will reduce the financial burden on the parents, it will also help to ensure that sound candidates get admitted. This is one bold step that the management of JAMB should be commended for.

    “However, many fears abound and if they are not tackled the policy will only serve as punishment for candidates and ruin the career of many. A holistic view at the Nigeria education system shows that the new policy may not be better enjoyed at this period that it is introduced.

    “This is because many challenges remain unsettled. The new policy needs to take New JAMB policy needs proper review – Muslim students

    The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has described the recent policy by the Joint Admission Board as a welcome development requiring proper review.

    The Amir (President) of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, Saheed Ashafa, said this in a press statement ahead of the organisation’s Young Managers Quiz Competition (YMQC) final expected to hold April 29.

    While commending the policy, he urged government to organise programmes that will engage school leavers during the waiting period.

    He also expressed fear that the new policy may discourage some school leavers from furthering their education.

    Recall that JAMB had recently introduced a policy that stipulates that only candidates with their O’level results are qualified to sit for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

    He said, “No doubt, the new policy is a good and developmental one. In addition to the fact that it will reduce the financial burden on the parents, it will also help to ensure that sound candidates get admitted. This is one bold step that the management of JAMB should be commended for. 

    “However, many fears abound and if they are not tackled the policy will only serve as punishment for candidates and ruin the career of many. A holistic view at the Nigeria education system shows that the new policy may not be better enjoyed at this period that it is introduced.

    “This is because many challenges remain unsettled. Before the implementation of the new policy, there is an important need to take the reason why many candidates apply for UTME while awaiting their results; part of which is the incessant closure/unstable calendar of universities and the delay in the release of O’level results by West Africa Examination Council and National Examination Council. Thus, a review to accommodate unforeseen circumstances caused by bodies under the control of the Federal Government like WAEC or NECO need to be done for successful implementation of the policy.”


    Ashafa also urged the management of JAMB to ensure that forms were only made available after release of Senior Secondary Council Examination (SSCE) results.

    “For this to be fully beneficial, the management of JAMB should liaise with other examination bodies to ensure that results are released on time. Also, JAMB forms should be sold after the release of WAEC and NECO results so that candidates who won’t be able to apply are those that didn’t  pass their needed papers,” he added.

    Speaking on the YMQC, Ashafa said that the competition was organised to equip pupils with necessary skill to combat economic challenges.

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    Amir (President),
    Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, 
    Lagos State Area Unit.
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    Hijab case: Lagos loses again at Court of Appeal, MSSN hails ruling

    The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit (MSSN Lagos) has hailed the striking out of a motion seeking an injunction to stop hijab usage in the state by the Court of Appeal.
     
    The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Tuesday (today) heard the motion - stay of execution - filed by the Lagos State Government and struck it out. 
     
    The case, CA/L/135/15, is between Lagos State Government, Miss Asiyat AbdulKareem (through her father), Miss Moriam Oyeniyi and Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria.
     
    The struck motion was seeking the court to stop the use of hijab in public and secondary schools in Lagos State pending the ruling of the Supreme Court on the matter.
     
    After hearing from both parties, the presiding justice, Muhammad Lawal Garba, struck out the motion.
     
    With the current ruling, students in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State can now wear hijab to school without harassment unless the Supreme Court rules otherwise.
     
    Earlier, the Lagos State Government on Thursday, July 21, 2016 lost at the Court of Appeal when a full panel of the court gave approval to the Muslim students to use hijab to school.
     
    The Amir (President) of MSSN Lagos State Area Unit, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, applauded the judgement, saying that the favourable outcome was expected.
     
    According to him, the judgement will further strengthen fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.
     
    He stated that the MSSN Lagos would not entertain any act or form of harassment after the current judgement.
     
    He said, "We applaud the judgement as this is not unexpected. The position of the law is very clear on the subject matter. This matter once more assure us that all hope is not lost on having a redeemed society. 
     
    "It gladdens to see that the injunction which the LASG is using as a basis to deny the implementation of the Court of Appeal judgement has been struck out.
     
    "We hereby urge all stakeholders to be law abiding for a peaceful implementation of the judgement. There should be no violation of human rights against our Students while we expect an immediate implementation of the judgement in all schools across the state."
     
    While congratulating and thanking Muslims on the recent victory, Ashafa said, "We Congratulate the entire Muslim Ummah (community)  and urge our Muslim students to uphold decency and cleanliness which are the hallmark of Islam while exercising their right."
     
    Recall that a special constituted panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday, July 21, 2016 unanimously set aside the judgment of a Lagos High Court which banned students in public primary and secondary schools in the state from putting on the hijab with their school uniforms.
     
    The special panel of the court presided over by Justice A.B. Gumel held that the appeal was meritorious and should be allowed.
     
    In his lead judgment, Justice Gumel held that the use of the hijab was an Islamic injunction and also an act of worship hence it would constitute a violation of the appellants’ rights to stop them from wearing the hijab in public schools.
     
    Resolving all the five issues raised in favour of the appellants, the appellate court held that the lower court erred in law when it held that the ban on hijabs was a policy of the Lagos State Government (respondent).
     
    Other justices in the five-man panel were Justice M. Fasanmi, Justice A. Jauro, Justice J.S. Ikyegh and Justice I. Jombo Ofor.
     
    Justice Modupe Onyeabor of an Ikeja High Court had on October 17, 2014, dismissed the suit instituted against the Lagos State Government by two 12-year-old girls under the aegis of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit.
     
    Dissatisfied, the appellants urged the appellate court to set aside the judgment and protect their constitutional rights.
     
    The government had banned the use of the hijab, arguing that it was not part of the approved school uniform for pupils.
     
    Following the ban, the students filed the suit on May 27, 2015, seeking redress and asked the court to declare the ban as a violation of their rights to freedom of thought, religion and education.
     
    In her judgment, Onyeabor held that the prohibition of the wearing of hijabs over school uniforms within and outside the premises of public schools was not discriminatory.
     
    According to her, the ban did not violate Sections 38 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution as claimed by the plaintiffs.
     
    SIGNED:
    SAHEED ASHAFA (Ph.D),
    Amir (President),
    Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, 
    Lagos State Area Unit.
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