Educationist Advocates Reorientation Against Religion Crisis in Schools
….As SAF Polytechnic’s Courses Confirmation, Accreditation Begin
*Photo shows the Rector of SAF Polytechnic, Associate Prof. Rafiu Ganiyu (left), the NBTE South-West Director, Olubode Majiyagbe and other NBTE officials at the event on Tuesday
The Director, South-West office of the National Board of Technical Education, Olubode Daniel Majiyagbe has called for a national reorientation against religious violence in higher institutions of learning and the society at large, to stem cases of killing and destruction of properties that follow such incidence.
He said this while fielding questions from journalists on the developments emanating from the killing of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto for alleged blasphemy recently at Sokoto by a mob.
Majiyagbe disclosed this on Tuesday at Iseyin, Oyo State, when he led a team of NBTE officials and resource persons on a visit to the SAF Polytechnic, Oyo Road, Iseyin for confirmation of existing courses and the process of accreditation of five new courses for the institution.
He called on religious leaders to start the reorientation efforts from their different places of worship and other available platforms, so as to change the attitude of many Nigerians towards peaceful coexistence.
He said “there is need for reorientation, especially from our religion leaders, there is need for them to reorientation their followers, to have a better understanding on the requirements of their religions and the need to respect the rule of law, the law of the society, not to take the law into their hands.
”We will not blame the parents of Deborah that said they will not allow their children to attend school again, but the society can still do its bits by encouraging the parents that what happened should not deter them from allowing their other children to have education.”
He assured the management of SAF Polytechnic that his team has not come to witch-hunt but to ensure and instill standard in the education system through the course confirmation exercise.
Among the courses to be confirmed during the exercise are Accountancy, Business Administration, Building Technology, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical engineering, Statistics and Estate Management.