Education

Otokpa calls for academic session cancellation

By Egbe Attah

The Special Adviser on Secondary and Tertiary Education to Benue State Governor, Chief Otse Otokpa, has advocated that the current academic session should be outrightly cancelled in the country. 

This comes at the heels of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), suspending its prolonged strike.

Speaking to journalists at the sideline of the memorial church service held recently at the Presbyterian Church, Makurdi, in honour of late Prof. Marita Samba, formerly of Benue State University, the former Editor of The Voice newspaper held that after losing almost eight months, it is practically impossible to effectively cover the workload for the academic session.

“Returning the students to school only to be rushed into writing examinations will merely produce half-baked graduates, the universities are for learning and not examinations centres.

“If the session is cancelled, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will have to adjust its age limit policy to accommodate those whose age might be affected, in order to enable them to participate in the scheme,” he said.

On the request of Governor Samuel Ortom to procure sophisticated weapons for the Benue State Community Volunteer Group, the former Chairman of Ado Local Government Council, stressed that the governor had been pushed to the wall, in view of the precarious security challenges of the state, occasioned by the spate of unprovoked attacks by suspected herders, and would do everything humanly possible to protect and defend his people.

Quoting from William Shakespeare, Otokpa concluded that, “The arm is fair when the intent of bearing it is just.”

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