The celebration of student week in delta state poly ozoro, Day 6 present rag day.
Rag day have been one of the most important way to gathered money by most student in nigeria tatiary institution.
Rag day in Nigeria institutions occur once in a year, Many Institutions in around Nigeria specialized a day for rag day and have become the habit of the student to make it fun or fund raising.
ORIGIN OF RAGGING IN OUR SOCIETY
Many student who rag today have no knowledge or origin and the cause of ragging in African or most institutions in the world.
The origin of ragging start from Victorian era where student collect rag to clothes the poor.
They go out to the society and raise fund by dancing and collecting money from the society and bring everything together and give to the poor, Rag is also know as Charities Campaigns, Charity Appeals, Charity Committees, Jool or Karnivals, but they all share many attributes.
The first African country to emits ragging was south African in the University of Pretoria in year 1925. It is referred to as “The Procession” and is still carried out today.
Rag day are mostly meant for fresher in tertiary institutions and it the best way to Raise money for theirselve while it just fun to other Student, some student involve
But what does “Rag Day” mean to the Nigerian student community? Let me describe a typical Rag Day scenario in Nigeria….
If you are a lover of movies, especially the ones produced from this side of the globe (haba! Nollywood…must I say everything?), then this description should fit into one of those movies intended to make people laugh, only that this one isn’t funny at all.
It starts on a very fine morning, as you walk out of your house (going in search of your daily bread, of course), and behold, you sight this group of crazy youths walking towards you, armed with metal tin cans (a.k.a. kom-kom), filled with coins which they shake as they approach you smiling and laughing.
Your first thoughts would be to run back into your room and shut the doors tight so you don’t get mobbed by these “mad” men. But just then, you realize what is actually happening. These are not madmen. They are not crazy at all. These are students from the nearby university; of course, it’s another Rag Day!
Rag Day or Rag activities is a voluntary charity work in the form of fund-raising campaigns for the less privileged people in our society by Nigerian higher institutions.
‘Ragging’, as students like to call it in Nigeria, is usually part of the Student Union week when students, especially the newly admitted ones, adorn rags or dress in a less sensible manner and storm the streets in a bid to raise funds for charity.
Over time, the concept of “charity” has been erased from the exercise as “rag day” has now become a day in which Nigerian students are “permitted” officially to extort money from the general public. Monies realized are not submitted to appropriate authorities as there are no laid out structure of ensuring that the students are accountable for the donations they have received. But how did we come to this point?
A student once say , “I remember when I was young and my elder siblings in the university used to tell me about rag day, emphasizing that its aim is to help the poor and needy. And then I couldn’t wait to experience it. But now, it’s just a shame that the original purpose of this event has faded away.”
Students who go out for ragging don’t do so with charity in mind anymore. Rather, they do so in a bid to enrich themselves. Even persons who are not students “join the queue” because its purpose has been defeated. It is now deemed to be a highly “lucrative” venture. That is why you see a final year student who is supposed to be in school concentrating on his academic work, out there on the streets in the name of ragging.
What is the true meaning of Rag Day? Has its original meaning been lost? Do you think its time to “take off the rags” from our tertiary institutions? Please drop your comments below.
Man Commits Suicide In Sapele Over Wife’s Infidelity
A 48 years old father of six, Felix Edore, has taken his life in Sapele, Delta State, after finding out that his wife of over l6 years was cheating on him.
Sources said the cab driver who shuttle between Abraka – Eku and Sapele took his life when he opted to drink Sniper on Friday night and was rushed to a private clinic in the Amukpe area of Sapele, where the doctors battled to save his life until he gave up on Saturday morning.
Residents described him as an easy going man, who was passionate about his job and had just bought a second hand car that he was using to play his route.
A neighbor who identified herself as Mama Rita told Vanguard that “Edore decided to end it all when he suspected that his wife was indulging in extra-marital affairs.
“The deceased was married to the wife and they have six kids, the man was always complaining of his wife infidelity and most times they would quarrel over it, and he was always saying he would kill himself because of her infidelity so that day we never knew he had bought a sniper insecticide and before we knew what was happening, he drank the insecticide in his car and people who saw him raised alarm, that was how we found out and people rushed him to the hospital, only to give up on Saturday”
A neighbor, who beg not to disclose her name, recalled how Edore drank the Sniper that evening without drawing suspicion “He came home that evening and was as usual very lively, he brought his car and was complaining about the radiator or so, it was when he left and came back that we learnt he had drank Sniper, I think he must have taken the insecticide inside the car”
The incident was reported at the Okirighwre Police Station, while relatives were said to have assisted in burying Edore’s body in his village, Kpokpogiri, along Warri – Sapele road.
Two Injured As Ambulance Conveying Corpse Causes Multiple Accident In Ughelli
The ambulance with registration number, Delta AA 232 TDU, was said to have been heading to Owerri in Imo State from Ughelli with the corpse when the driver of the ambulance lost control according to an eye witness at the scene of the accident.
Two children who were by the roadside sustained injuries during the accident involving three other vehicles.
However, the driver of the ambulance narrowly escaped mob action from sympathizers at the scene of the accident who blamed him for the crash after he was alleged to have lost control and rammed into a building by the roadside.
It took the timely intervention of a police officer from the Ughelli Police Area Command who rushed to the scene of the accident to rescue the driver from being lynched after the angry mob that had gathered had already started beating him.
Confirming the incident, a police source from the Ughelli Police Area Command said: “From investigations carried out at the scene of the accident, it appears the driver of the ambulance lost control due to break failure and rammed into a building leading to an accident involving three other cars.
“The driver had to be rescued and taken to the police station to avoid a mob action on him while the children injured during the accident, were also taken to the hospital for treatment.”
Schools In Urhobo Communities Where Students Sit On Bare Floor To Learn
Isherhe Primary School and Adagwe Grammar School in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State are places where pupils and students sit on the bare floor to learn despite provisions by the state ministries of Basic Education and Higher Education.
Founded in 1980, Adagwe Grammar School, located in Eruemukohwarien, plays host to hundreds of students from Ekrokpe and Ekakpamre communities while Ishwrhe Primary School, founded in 1929, accommodates pupils from Oviri, Orho-Agbarho and a host of other communities.
While Eruemukohwarien also plays host to the Transcorp Power Station, Beta Glass Company, the OML30 and 34 and a tank farm, known as the Ughelli Pumping Station, UPS, owned by ND-Western/Shoreline/NPDC joint ventures, Agbarho is the traditional headquarters of Agbarho Kingdom.
Similar to the Success Adegor story of the Okotie-Ebor Primary School, Sapele, who protested after being sent away from school for non-payment of school fees, students of both schools are forced to learn in ridiculous environment while using their thighs as table as others sprawl on the floor for their daily lessons.
The current Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, who was Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, had, while responding to an Instrgram post by a youth corps member in May 2019 on the poor state of Adagwe Grammar School, affirmed the efforts of the state government to transform the physical infrastructure in schools in the state with a promise that the challenges of the school will be looked into soonest.
However, a visit to the school by Sunday Vanguard proved that the promised transformation of physical infrastructures in schools in the state by the Delta government is yet to get to the school as things are going from bad to worse.
At Ishwrhe Primary School, the pupils, who seem elated by the visit, were seen on the bare ground owing to the non-availability of furniture while others, who seemed lucky, were seen kneeling on the ground while using a makeshift table without a chair as their writing pad.
Though the Headmaster and Principal of the schools refused to comment on the level of infrastructural decay in the schools, the students lambasted Delta State government for being insensitive to their plight, with one of them lamenting, “Government refused taking care of our school because we are in a rural community.”
Amrore Faith, a 12-year-old JSS 1 student of the school, said: “Delta State government is not trying at all. We need chairs in our school. Our ceilings are not good. We don’t have boards to write on. We don’t have chairs to sit down to learn; we are pleading with the government to bring chairs.”
Okeoghene Thompson, an SSS 2 student, said: “We receive our tutorials while standing or sitting by the windows.”
On his part, Senior Perfect of the school, Atumrigho Matthew, said: “Since we have no chairs in our classes. We have to move to the empty laboratory and call in teachers to teach. Students find it difficult to cope with their studies because right from SSS 1 till now, we have not been taught a single practical.
“I am appealing to the state government and the Commissioner for Education to please come to our help by providing us chairs and enabling learning environment.”
N2, 500 furniture levy
Speaking on efforts taken so far to draw the attention of government to the school, the Parent Teacher Association, PTA, Chairman of the school, Prince Felix Ogbobore, said: “We have written severally to the local and state governments all to no avail.
“There was a time when a PTA meeting was called at the instance of the immediate past Principal, Mrs. Onome Polokor, and, in that meeting, it was resolved that every parent should pay the sum of N2,500 in order to construct desks but the Principal refused, claiming that she needed to formally inform the state government first.
“After a while, she told parents that the state government had turned down the proposal of the N2, 500 levy, saying it was illegal to levy parents.
“She told us that government will do the needful by supplying desks to the school, but for the past five years, nothing has been done and we have not heard from government and that Principal has left the school now.
Govt. accuses communities
Contacted, the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah, while accusing the host communities of failing to maintain and manage furniture provided for learning in schools in Delta, warned them to use government properties properly.
He said: “Go to the schools and see how many chairs are being destroyed and ask what is destroying these chairs?
“But we have just given four awards for the supply of chairs again and we have done the needs’ assessment and already know how many schools that do not have.
“We have done our own manual of going round all the primary and secondary schools in the state to do the needs’ assessment and that is how we are going to intervene.
“So, we have awarded the contract for chairs for schools in the South, Central and North senatorial districts, then Warri and the state capital and any moment from now they will begin to come out and we embark on the needed intervention.”
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