Yahaya Bello will go, but Scholarship will remain. Let’s Preserve it. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

July, 15th. 2017 
I doubt if anyone with a modicum of conscience or education can give thumbs up to the government of Kogi State. The state especially under the current administration has consistently showed its incompetence – how grossly incapable it is to effect any worthwhile deliverables. 
In fact, I’m constrained to submit that it does not posses the conscience to get embarrassed even if the entire institutions in the state closed down throughout this sad, ignoble and unhappy regime. 
They do not appear to possess enough dose of honor to process the implications of our collective disaffection and agitations. I stopped writing about them a long time ago because they won’t be around for ever, will they? 
I will forgive Bello and his gang a thousand times, than accept the debasement of our scholarship. I often can’t easily let go each time any member of this community regales in unscholarly indulgences. 
I have received some bashing for my position on the ASUU – government imbroglio. While I do apologize for appearing insensitive to the plight of the unpaid staffers, I believe the concerns raised were probably unclear (I also take responsibility) or deliberately misread. 
That being said, the import of this update is never a rejoinder, but a passionate observation on over a trend that I believe are not in our best interest. Within my extremely limited experience, I believe we must call out this trend for what it really is. 
It is simply unfair to lump up an entire demographic which takes opposing viewpoint over a particular cause as representing the problem of Nigeria. In fact, quite on the contrary, this represents the hope of a just intellectually mobile and liberal future we all aspire for. Any effort to make them feel worthless is intellectual banditry that must be promptly jettisoned. 
The tens of thousand of students who have taken a position over the protracted strike in the state’s tertiary institutions have been demonized in the most unfair and undignified manner. 
What the older generation owes this demographic is an honest, a humble (not condescending) and consistent analysis, education and engagement. And professors Andrew Efemini, Pius Adesanmi, and other progressively minded folks like Olusegun Iselaiye must be highly commended for their quality enlightenment efforts. 
I think it’s important that our university teachers be reminded how strategic their profession is to the development of an informed and tolerant society. And it cannot be achieved through the paternalistic approach which unfortunately pervades the Nigerian campus space. May I suggest that the critical stakeholders unmount the high horse of exclusive stakeholdership and duly recognize the interest of others and their rights to hold divergent views. 
You see, scholarship got badly injured the moment our academics became too intolerant to opposing views. The arrogance that made transparency become a matter of convenience, is no less a trouble for progressive thoughts. College teachers now have a feeling that they owe no one any explanation for actions or decisions they take – much less the students (the very reason for their engagement/employment). It is on record that historic movements began on college campuses – probably by young and inexperienced people – which presupposes that the concept of tolerance, free speech and an operationalized understanding of education was in force. I do not know how many of our academics still believe that peaceful protest is within the rights of students as procured by the constitution of the Federal Republic and the international charter. 
The current youth population has been repeatedly bashed for daring to give vent to its convictions. The disdain with which the older folks now treat opposing views is to say the least unintellectual. Rather than engage, they victimize; rather than present helpful and superior arguments they demonize. Where then is the difference between them and a government that opens fire on protesters? I once told my sister never to be part of any antigovernment protest – sadly I had to give same advice to my brothers who are university students. They could get withdrawn! 
Evidently, ASUU KSU does not deem it a matter of obligation to reach out to its internal and external publics particularly its students and their parents. Sadly still, pro – ASUU sentiments on various media platforms would rather decry the misguidedness of ‘our youth’ than engage with relevant information. 
Teacher – student mutually respectful engagement is neither a concession nor condescension. It is a duty. And if you believe they don’t have sufficient intelligence to understand, perhaps it is time to interrogate what they are being taught. 
We must fix this.
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What the Industry needs and our Schools won’t Teach. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade. 

As a freshman with high hopes of coming top in the career I’ve chosen – communication, I was very excited to belong to a university – the world’s highest institution of learning. To have a grasp of what really laid ahead, I read a huge collection of materials; some journals, books and other learning resources especially on the Internet, newspapers and magazines. I remember getting a satellite TV receiver for this purpose. Thanks to Yemisi, my big sister. 
I was really keen on advancing this hope. The hope of building myself into a reputable figure, post-university. 
I had jumped ship, leaving a college of education for the university with hopes of a more intellectually engaging and industry readying experience. 
Sadly, what I expected to see at the university was not matched by what I saw. I had expected a distinct learning curve that was really, really unmatched. 
I concede there is some difference between these two environments. Especially when you consider the fact that in a college of education you could have as much as twenty-five or more credit units on your hands in a single semester. Spending more time wondering how to cope with over a dozen courses than really learning. 
Either as a result of an unbridled hope, exuberance or sheer naïvety, I found our course contents not compliant with what I have read about as requirements becoming a media/communication executive in the 21st century. 
The course content which I believe reflected the Nigerian curriculum felt very detached from  reality, detached from the emerging challenges and prospects of the millennium. 
My major disappointment with ‘realities’ as classroom suggested, came when I went on internship at DAAR Communications Ltd in Lagos. I worked in the newsroom and was alarmed by the enormous amount of ‘real realities’ that was eluding our education system. The privilege of being with the big names in the industry who shared freely great practical knowledge, the hands on experience etc. appealed more to my sense of purpose.
After familiarizing myself with the nuances of the work, I was able to consolidate on the knowledge I’ve picked up from these giants within few weeks. It was at first difficult sifting through the things I’ve been stuffed with and a reality that now stood before me. Thankfully, the grace of learning prevailed, and the experience the industry offered fitted more smugly. In three months of my stay, I’d worked on hundreds of assignments to the admiration and commendations of my supervisors. 
I wrote many news stories which were broadcast over and across the company’s vast coverage.
I must also mention that the Industrial Training Fund ITF did not not pay me my allowances for which the federal government devotes billions of Naira yearly. I hope the EFCC or ICPC, beam their searchlight on this organization. 
It is disappointing to see employers getting very upset with the inadequacies of the Nigerian graduate. At every recruitment season, these organizations commit millions of Naira helping the Nigerian graduate unlearn his deposit of defective knowledge he’d suffered so much to acquire. 
They call it graduate internship, hmm. We know what it is. 
The world is changing and I expect our country to fashion out a curriculum that recognizes this. 
I believe our institutions of learning should constantly connect to the industry. By this, our  schools will produce graduates that are truly employable. 
Disclaimer: This observation is my opinion, it is not an indictment on my teachers. I’ve been blessed with very smart and forward thinking teachers from primary school. 
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KSU, Fighting for a Precious Soul, by Oshaloto Joseph Tade 

This has been my greatest fear for the institution. But I have faith that the fortunes of this Kogi’s most treasured asset would be restored soon. 
While not justifying government’s dubious [no]retirement package for its employees, we must condemn in strong terms an alleged fleeing of lecturers who were sent on further training/studies by the institution. 
Apparently under a hazy and weak agreement, beneficiaries of study grants are less inclined to impact, upon the institution on their return. It clearly appears that the ones who honor this agreement only do so with a body language that  shows that their exit is just around the corner.

This trend is a mockery of our efforts to maintain our place as a model university.
This, to me, is downright unfeeling!
This should not be a legacy that we the coming generation should inherit! 
We want to see academics grown by our commonwealth staying with us, bringing to bear the enormous skills they have acquired in their respective callings. It’s not a taboo we’re taught by foreign trained educators here too, is it? 
But first, their remunerations and retirement packages must be given serious attention by a Yahaya Bello who wants to be taken seriously!