Category : Other News

Other News / Education - 2019-06-17 18:34:37

We’ve broken monopoly of WAEC, says NECO Boss

Acting Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), Mr Abubakar Gana, has said the examination body now releases results on time, making it possible for universities to process their admissions. Gana said the establishment of NECO in 1999 as an indigenous examination body did not only break the monopoly of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) but also resolved the problem of delayed admissions by tertiary institutions because of failure to release Senior Secondary School (SSS) examination results on time. The acting registrar noted that WAEC had been living up to its responsibilities since NECO was established. Gana spoke yesterday in Minna, the Niger State capital, when he received an Icon of Education Transformation Award from the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), led by its Senate President Gambo Mohammed. READ ALSO: WAEC: we won’t re-issue certificates He said: “Since 2000, we have been conducting examinations and one advantage I want you to understand is that we have given WAEC a wake-up call and they are now living to their responsibility. “You may recall that there were times in the past where universities and other tertiary institutions took very longer period for them to admit students. “But with our coming, we started re...

Other News / Education - 2019-06-17 04:26:06

AbdulRazaq: education, good nutrition keys to child’s future

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said that his administration will boost school enrolment and support good nutrition for the children. “We maintain that access to quality education and good nutrition are key to the future of our children,” the Chief Press Secretary to AbdulRazaq, Rafiu Ajakaye, quoted the governor as saying in a statement commemorating the Day of the African Child. The governor said: “It is for this reason that our administration is seriously considering joining the National School Feeding programme to boost good nutrition and school enrolment for our children. Read also: AbdulRazaq releases N20m to fix Kwara township roads “Also, Kwara will henceforth pay better attention to the quality of education our children get.” About the rising number of school-age children roaming the street, the governor urged parents to avoid anything that could jeopardise the future of their children and the state. “The Child Rights Act is domesticated in Kwara and thus applies to every child. What this means, in part, is that it is unlawful for any parents not to enrol their children in school. On our part, we’ll do our utmost to boost economic activities to create wealth,” the statement stated.

Other News / Education - 2019-06-17 04:06:27

WAEC: we won’t re-issue certificates

Owners of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificates have been advised to guard them well. The body said on Sunday it will not re-issue on account of misplacement, fire, flood or theft. The council’s Head of National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, said the advice became necessary as lots of people have been approaching the council at various times for a re-issue of the lost certificates. He said: “Let me make it clear that in the real sense of it, our certificates are issued only once, irrespective of who is involved or the circumstance that led to the misplacement, and that remains the truth of the matter. “We do not issue our West African Senior School Certificates Examination (WASSCE) twice. “But, if we have such cases of theft, fire, flood and others, as it concerns these certificates, yes, in reaction to our operational environment, we can consider the issuance of an ‘attestation certificate. “About five years ago, the council, that is, the highest governing body met and took a decision on this, stressing that there is no test body that issues two of its certificates to a single candidate in one examination. “But, if a candidate should experience such losses through fire, flood or theft and can provide all the necessary proofs required to that effect, that will show...

Other News / Education - 2019-06-17 02:43:36

Abiodun constitutes panel on MAUTECH, Ogun Poly

OGUN State Governor Dapo Abiodun has constituted a committee to look into the operation of Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta and Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia. Abiodun, in a  statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Somorin, stated that the committee has become necessary because the state-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) has been comatose since the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta and Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia were created. The governor added that as a result of the unresolved issues, the fate of candidates and students of MAPOLY and their lecturers now hang in a balance while academic activities have also been disrupted. He, therefore,  ordered that MAPOLY should revert to status quo ante with full academic activities restored as the committee determines the way forward for the new institutions. “As a responsible government, we cannot fold our arms and allow the situation to continue. Read also: Abiodun names SSG, CoS “We cherish human capital development. This committee is, therefore, set up to holistically review the status, viability and sustainability of these newly established institutions,” said the governor. The review committee is expected to recommend operational modalities for th...

Other News / Education - 2019-06-16 13:45:39

Old students’ association to visit Oyetola on improving education standard

The old students of St. Charles Grammar School, Osogbo, have disclosed plans to meet the Osun State governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, on how to improve standard of education in secondary schools. They further disclosed that they are planning to appeal to the state government to return their school to the Catholic Church, the founder and original owner. Addressing a press conference to mark the opening ceremony of the 59th St. Charles Founder’s Day Anniversary in Osogbo, President of the institution’s alumni association, Charlean Rotimi Aluko, said the call for return of the school and others to their original owners has become urgent and imperative because of students’ poor academic performance over the years. Aluko, who maintained that students are better managed by the owners than government, said the alumni of the school are planning to meet the state governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, to advocate returns of schools to owners as part of their strategy to restore lost glory of education system. According to him, return of schools to their original owners would stem the tide of falling education standard. He said: “When schools were in the hands of original owners, they were properly managed under strict regulations of the missionaries. So, the takeover of schools by...

Other News / Education - 2019-06-16 06:22:58

Students’ detention: Parents to withdraw wards from Madonna Varsity

Parents of students of Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State have threatened to withdraw their children from the institution following detention of six students of the institution and a lecturer. The media last week was awash of reports of school’s management detention of six students and a lecturer at the Awka prison since February. The detainees were accused of expressing opinion on Facebook the institution considered damaging. The media reports, The Nation gathered had generated public outcry including threats by some parents who thronged the university to withdraw their wards. Speaking with The Nation, one of the parents, Christopher Onyejekwe, whose son was among the detainees, said he had visited the founder of the University, Rev Fr Emmanuel Edeh over ten times to beg for his son’s release. He however regretted that such appeals  fell on deaf ears. He said, “Fr Ede arrested my son since February 19 till date, saying that he will not release them until they die in prison. Read Also: Madonna varsity alumni support the blind “I have approached Fr. Edeh to appeal to him. When the police arrested students, I went to Fr. Edeh 11 times and met him. On the 11th time, the only condition he gave me was to go and pray, which I did.” Another parent who spoke in confidence said the...

Other News / Education - 2019-06-15 15:50:31

2019 UTME: Proprietress hails performance of visually challenged candidates

Bethesda Home for the Blind in Mushin, Lagos State, says the performance of its candidates at the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is a sign of greater things to come from the school. The Proprietress of the school, Mrs Chioma Ohakwe, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos. According to her, the heart warming and encouraging performance, is a product of the hard work, dedication, commitment and determination put in place by both the staff and students of the home, before the test. “This year,   we enrolled 25 visually impaired candidates for the JAMB organised UTME, as against the 23 that sat for the same examination in 2018. “One out of these 25 visually challenged candidates, posted the highest score,: 275 while the lowest was 192. “This performance is an improvement over that of 2018, where the highest score by one of the candidates was 237, with the lowest was 189.” She attributed the secret behind the performance to early preparation, commitment and dedication on the part of the teachers and determination on the part of the students. “We are indeed proud of this performance as it showed that all the efforts put into preparing the candidates ahead of the examination were not in vain. “Again, we prepa...

Other News / Science & Tech - 2019-06-14 21:45:00

Days after pledging to expand internet, Ethiopia’s government shuts it off

Days after Ethiopian ICT officials made public pledges to improve net access, the government began playing on-again, off-again with the internet — shutting it down (almost completely) to coincide with the country’s national exams. Data provided to TechCrunch from Oracle’s Internet Intelligence confirmed intermittent net blackouts from June 11 to 14, with connectivity returning for brief periods during that time-span. Sources on the ground, including in the country’s tech community, confirmed to TechCrunch internet stoppage over the period. Mobile and IP connectivity in Ethiopia is managed by state-owned Ethio Telecom, though the government — led by newly elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Sahle-Work Zewde — has committed to break up the telecom and privatize it. On the reason for the outage, the government of Ethiopia has not issued a statement and a government official in charge of ICT policy did not respond to a TechCrunch inquiry. Press reports, and a source speaking to TechCrunch on background, said Ethiopia’s internet stoppage was done to stop students from cheating on national exams, which took place this week. Earlier this week I attended Ethiopia’s ICT Expo and first Startup Ethiopia event, moderating and sitting on panels with Ethiopian go...

Other News / Agriculture - 2019-06-13 23:02:18

Drop in global price threatens cashew exports

The National Cashew Association of Nigeria Publicity Secretary, Mr. Sotonye Anga, has said the continuous crash of commodity prices in the global market has had a huge impact on the Nigerian cashew sector. Many exporters, he said, have been forced  to hold excess stocks of raw cashew nuts bought at a time when prices were more favourable. Anga told The Nation that cashew sells for below  $1,000 per metric tonne (MT), signaling 34 per cent drop in price from last year. Last year, the price of raw cashew nuts fell by 50 per cent from N600, 000 ($1,666) per metric tonne in April to about N300, 000 ($833) in July. In 2017, a metric tonne was bought at the rate of N600,000. Since the commencement of the 2019 cashew season, exporters have been unable to meet up with their contractual agreements entered into on the back of a worsening Apapa and Tin Can traffic situation as well as the slow clearing process at the port. Cashew nut farmers in the country have lost approximately N99 billion since the commencement of production this year. The farmers produce about 220,000 metric tonnes of cashew nuts yearly. This year, however, the cost plummeted to N150,000 per tonne. The figure implies that they lose N450,000 on every tonne sold. Multiplied by 220,000 metric tonnes, the farmers are set ba...

Other News / Agriculture - 2019-06-13 23:02:17

IFAD: Boosting food production in Nigeria

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) financed rural development projects have contributed to increased productivity and incomes in Nigeria, DANIEL ESSIET writes. That rural development financed  projects by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increased productivity and revenue in Nigeria is not  in doubt as many beneficiaries have good tales to tell. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations’ agency based in Rome, which is the UN’s food and agriculture hub. One of the projects is Value Chain Development Programme, which  aims to transform the agricultural sector of rural Nigeria by achieving food security, increasing incomes and creating new employment opportunities. Juliet Ngozi Ebuo, 31, was one of those who took advantage of the programme to acquire  new irrigation systems on her 10 hectares of land. She is a rice farmer in Ayamelum community in Anambra State, and belongs to the Divine Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative. Before joining the cooperative, Juliet was unhappy with her livelihood. She found farming to be tedious and unsatisfying. But after joining Divine Destiny, she gained access to many of the resources and tools the IFAD-funded Value Chain Development Programme pr...

Other News / Education - 2019-06-13 16:08:20

Our admission cut-off mark remains 200, UI insists

The management of the University of Ibadan has declared the cut-off mark for the premier institution remains 200 as against 160 agreed on by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and stakeholders of higher institutions. JAMB announced on Tuesday that cut-off mark for admission into federal universities will be 160 for 2019. On Tuesday, JAMB and stakeholders at the 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria approved 160 and above as the national minimum benchmark for 2019 admission into public universities. But many educationists criticized the cut-off mark, describing it as ridiculously low and a further indication of the falling standard of education. UI, on its part, said it will have nothing to do with the national minimum cut-off mark. Read Also: Candidates react to JAMB’s 160 cut-off mark for admissions In a statement by the office of its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the institution said: “For the avoidance of doubts in the minds of our prospective admission seekers, their parents and guardians, our alumni and alumnae and the general public, the minimum mark for any course at the University of Ibadan, and all its Affiliated Institutions, remains 200 out of the maximum of 400. “This has been the position of the Senate of the Univ...

Other News / Education - 2019-06-13 15:40:50

LAUTECH student, 15 others arrested for alleged robbery, cultism

The Police in Oyo State on Thursday said it had arrested 16 suspects, including an accounting student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, over alleged armed robbery, cultism and conspiracy. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, disclosed this while briefing newsmen of the command’s activities at the police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan. Olukolu said that the suspects were believed to be the criminals terrorising people of the state in the last few weeks. He assured that the officers and men of the command were to ensure that they rid the state of criminal elements. He said that the arrested LAUTECH student had confessed to being a member of illegal Eiye secret confraternity in the institution and had been unleashing mayhem on members of the public and students. Olukolu said that operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested the student following a tip-off on June 6 at about 7.30 p.m. in Aroje area, Ogbomoso. Read Also: 15 police officers in detention over extortion “The suspect had been on the wanted list of the police for involvement in series of criminal activities and a team of SARs operative on patrol swung into action after getting the information about him and was arrested. “Two locally-made pistols, four live cartridges, o...

Other News / Education - 2019-06-13 14:21:48

Court fixes date for ruling in suit challenging NAU ASUU election

A High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, on Thursday, fixed July 3 for ruling in a suit seeking the removal of the Executive of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) branch. Dr. Chris Abakare, who contested for the position of the chairman of the union but lost to Dr […] Court fixes date for ruling in suit challenging NAU ASUU election