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MSSN petitions Ambode over cult attack on LASPOTECH students

Worried by the attack unleashed on students of Lagos State Polytechnic by suspected cult members, the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has written a petition to the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.
 
The petition dated Wednesday, August 30, sought for an investigation into the attack unleashed on the Muslim students of LASPOTECH.
 
The petition, which was signed by the President of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, urged the governor to ensure that culprits of the attack were punished.
 
The petition titled, 'Attack of members by cultists’, read in part, “I hereby use this medium to report to your office that members of our prestigious organisation were attacked by cultists in their hostel  on Monday.
 
“At about 9:20pm of the said day, the cultists came in their multitude to one of the hostels inhabited by our members in the pretext and with the claim of searching for a lost item.
 
“Upon entering, they attacked residents, our members and students of your prestigious institution. They were assaulted and battered with various weapons thereby inflicting on them various degrees of injuries that could lead to death.
 
“This attack which is suspected to be have been carried out by cultists is not the first on our calm and easygoing members.
 
“Being aware of your strive and stride towards ensuring a peaceful Lagos, we hereby urge your office to make investigations into this attack of our teeming members who have been peaceful and enjoining peaceful coexistence   within and outside campus.”
 
 
SIGNED:
 
SAHEED ASHAFA (Ph.D)
 
Amir (President),
 
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit.
 
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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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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.

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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