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Other News / Education - 2019-02-22 10:45:42

2019 UTME: JAMB closes sale of forms

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has closed the sale of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms. The board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the sale of forms, ended on Thursday. Benjamin, however, said that online registration was still ongoing. Benjamin said: ” […] 2019 UTME: JAMB closes sale of forms

Other News / Agriculture - 2019-02-21 23:02:24

Farmers begin dry season rice farming

Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN)  has   kicked off its multi-billion naira dry season rice farming. Its President, Aminu Goroyo said, during the flag off in Abuja, that the project was being executed under the Central Bank on Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers programme (ABP). The president, however, said the group was working out the modalities for the fund disbursement with the bank. He said planting would start simultaneously in the 774 local government areas of the 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Goroyo said each state and the FCT would distribute high-breed seeds and farm input to over 700,000  farmers that were expected to cultivate 570,000 hectares. “To this end, for easy cultivation and good harvesting, 52 registered input suppliers, 20 service providers and 450 private extension officers will be involved. “The programme, being a technology-driven process, will ensure that all aspects of the farming are involved. “This dry season farming is in strict compliance with the use of only irrigable land with adequate irrigation facilities under the supervision of extension agents,” he said. Goroyo said the CBN had expressed its willingness to continue to assist RIFAN because of its success in rice production. He said most farmers are enthu...

Other News / Agriculture - 2019-02-21 23:02:03

Farming without soil

Farmers are growing crops without soil. They are on a national campaign to promote this type of agriculture, DANIEL ESSIET writes. In a room in Anifowoshe, Ikeja, Lagos, kale, romaine, lettuce, oregano, thyme, arugula  and basil  are grown in trays under energy bulbs. The seeds are cultivated without soil. You are greeted by the pleasant sight of rows of young maize leaves growing out of pipes filled with water and saw dust –no soil. Though they are growing in a protected environment, the leaves are thick, lush green, and free of dust particles, giving them a clean and healthy look. BIC Farms Concept Chief Executive, Pastor Debo Onafowora, believes hydroponics – growing plants without soil – is the best way to go. Hydroponics, he explained, involves growing plants without soil. An Associate Pastor with Living Faith Church (aka Winners’ Chapel), Ota in Ogun State, Onafowora grows crops hydroponically. The most common are tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and maize. The seeds are placed  in trays and watered several times daily with a nutrient solution. Onafowora added that hydroponics is better than conventional farming. He emphasised that a plant only need  some nutrients, water, and sunlight to grow. He listed the advanges of hydroponics as high quality products, less spa...

Other News / Education - 2019-02-21 15:57:58

Buhari vs Atiku 2019: ASUU tells lecturers, students what to do

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on all electoral officers, especially members of the academia, to strive to live above board as Nigerians go to the polls on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Chairman, University of Lagos chapter of the union, Dr Dele Ashiru, made the call in an interview with the News […] Buhari vs Atiku 2019: ASUU tells lecturers, students what to do

Other News / Education - 2019-02-20 23:02:44

Teachers’ retirement age rift in Anambra

Teachers in Anambra State are excited that the government has extended their retirement age from 60 to 65 years. But some people believe that it was politically motivated. The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) dismissed such claims, saying the extension would enable older hands to help mentor young graduates desirous of making their mark in teaching. EMMA ELEKWA ONITSHA, reports. Mixed reactions have continued to trail Anambra State’s approval of the extension of teachers’ retiring age from 60 to 65 years. The Government of Anambra State had announced the approval which took effect from January 17, this year. A circular signed by the Head of Service, Harry Udu, on January 23, said the initiative became necessary in view of the spate of early retirement in the Teaching Services (post primary and primary), a development Udu said had depleted the number of experienced teachers. According to the circular, the extension is in accordance with the statutory provision of 35 years of service or 60 years for the computation of pension benefits. The circular urged officers in charge of the Post Primary School Service Commission (PPSSC) and Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB) to take necessary steps to notify all teachers of the latest development. However, while...

Other News / Education - 2019-02-20 23:00:58

YSU to become Centre of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence

Yobe State University (YSU), is to become the Centre of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ICT University, Louisiana, USA. The short ceremony was held at the university’s Senate Chambers in Damaturu, penultimate week. Vice Chancellor of Yobe State University, Prof Yakubu Mukhtar, and the President, Board of Trustees of the ICT University, Prof. Victor Mbarika, both signed on behalf of their institutions. “We will be having a lot of lecturers and students exchanges in this institution. Our number one goal is research and scholarship and we will ensure that good researches come out of both institutions, so that Yobe State will be one of the premier destinations of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and modern areas of IT research,” Prof Mbarika said. Speaking shortly before the MoU was signed, Prof Mukhtar assured that YSU would continue to establish linkages with other institutions, home and abroad, to fast track its growth and development. Mukhtar is optimistic the MoU would open ways for YSU in future collaboration to various opportunities and institutions across the world. “No organisation can exist as an island in itself. As an institution of higher learning, we need to collaborate both within and outside the cou...

Other News / Education - 2019-02-20 23:00:56

Monarch urges Fed Govt to establish education varsity in Ikere

Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado has called on the Federal Government to establish a university of education in his domain. The monarch said Ikere deserves the university because of its strategic location and contribution of its indigenes in the field of education in Nigeria and other parts of the world. The monarch spoke during a courtesy visit by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to his palace in lkere Ekiti. Oba Alagbado, who also stated that the community was due for the establishment of a federal institution, made case for the establishment of a Federal University of Education in the town. “We have the highest number of professors in Ekiti State; with over 110 professors from this community. We have several medical doctors as well five Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), the highest (in Ekiti) from this area. We are also the second largest town in Ekiti, therefore, we deserve a federal institution.” Ikere Ekiti had since 1978 played host to the College of Education which has created an identity for the community in the education sector. Former Governor Segun Oni’s administration in 2008 decided to site a state university- The University of Education, Ikere Ekiti (TUNEDIK) in Ikere and withdrew the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, saying two insti...

Other News / Education - 2019-02-20 23:00:31

‘Parents role vital to kids’ foundation’

Parents have key roles to play in laying solid foundation for their children. This can  be made possible through value orientation, which helps support the children’s natural development. Director-General, Quality Control, Lagos State Ministry of Education Mrs Ronke Soyombo, is optimistic that once this is done, it would make the child more flexible to acquiring knowledge at nursery level, and ultimately make the caregivers’ job a lot easier. Soyombo addressed parents in Ikorodu during the Aid to Life workshop by the Lagos State government in conjunction with Foundation Montessori Education in Nigeria (FMEN) Aid to Life is an initiative of the Association of Montessori International (AMI) in Amsterdam,of which FMEN is an affiliate. The initiative aims to support every child’s natural development. Addressing parents at the Ikorodu Local Government Education Authority; Soyombo underscored the theme of the workshop, ‘Effective parenting’, saying it is to again re-emphasies parents’ noble roles. She reminded parents in attendance that Montessori education is simply how to make children independent, how they can be empowered to do things themselves. Though Montessori education could be an expensive venture, Soyombo said parents could improvise by deployin...

Other News / Education - 2019-02-20 23:00:24

FUTMinna lecturer exhibits mobile science lab in Kaduna

An academic staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Mr. Lawal Sadiq, has invented a multi-functional mobile teaching laboratory for science teachers in secondary schools across the country. Speaking in Kaduna, at the workshop on the use of the mobile laboratory for secondary schools in Kaduna State, Prof Moses Olutoye, who represented the Vice Chancellor of FUTMINNA, Prof Abdullahi Bala, expressed satisfaction and excitement about the importance of the equipment. He said: “We have brought this equipment for the benefit of students in Kaduna. It was 100 per cent made in Nigeria. It was a product of a research in our university. “When this project was in incubation, we protected it so it could  not be duplicated in any part of the world. We believe in technology for development. This is a project from FUT that has now been commercialised for the good of the students. “The students who are the end users will benefit tremendously. The equipment has taken the place of conventional laboratories where you spend a lot of money to set up. WAEC or NECO can no longer tell you that you cannot do science subject because there is a no laboratory. This equipment itself is laboratory”. Also speaking, Director...

Other News / Education - 2019-02-20 23:00:22

Firm to organise spelling bee competition for pupils

An education promotion firm, Decipher Solutions, has said it has concluded plans to organise Spelling Bee Competitions for students in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS1 – 3) across Nigeria. In a statement in Abuja, the firm’s Project Manager, Amina Abdulmalik, said that the competition is designed to help students improve their reading culture, spelling proficiencies and increase the range of their vocabulary. She said the competition hosted by the firm was formerly known as the FCT Spelling Bee Competition. According to her, the contest, which is in its sixth year, will hold in six cities-Lagos, Abuja, Port – Harcourt, Gombe, Enugu and Kano. She added that finalists from each zone would proceed to the grand finale, which will hold in Abuja in July. The winners from the competition will win a cumulative cash prize of one million naira Students are expected to visit to register and download the rules and study materials for the competition. The statement reads: “The Solutions Spelling Bee is a literacy programme that teaches students not only the accurate pronunciation of words, but their corresponding meaning and proper context of usage in the English Language” “It creates a platform for students from diverse backgrounds across the...

Other News / Education - 2019-02-20 23:00:19

Firm donates textbooks to pupils in Ondo

A firm, Rubber Estates Nigeria Limited (RENL), Araromi-Obu, has presented textbooks in core subjects to about 2, 500 pupils of primary and secondary schools within the area of its operation. Textbooks presented by the company include Mathematics, English Language, Social Studies, and Vocational Studies/Agricultural Science, among other educational materials. About 2, 500 school pupils covering Pry 1-6, JSS 1-3 and SSS 1-3 benefited from the gesture. Presenting the books to beneficiaries, Managing Director, RENL, Philippe Carty, said that the reason for the gesture was to ensure the school pupils get quality education. Carty said this has become the company’s tradition every year , adding that it is geared towards contributing their quota to the development of over 40 communities within their areas of operation across four states of Ondo, Edo, Delta and Ogun. Read also: ‘Govt’s intervention in Arik, Aero kept over 3, 000 jobs’ Some of the beneficiary schools include: Local Authority Primary School Araromi Rubber Estate; and Community High School; Araromi Rubber Estate, all in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State. Carty disclosed that the distribution of the textbooks was also held simultaneously in three other aforesaid states. He said: “Every year, we allocate funds for spe...

Other News / Education - 2019-02-20 23:00:16

‘Our partnership with Skool Media will enhance lCT skills’

The federal Government has restated its commitment to effective deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) education in Nigerian schools. This was announced at the commissioning of Skool Media Technology Experience Centres at Queens College, Yaba, Federal Government College, ljanikin and Federal Science and Technical College (F.S.T.C), Yaba. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, said ICT delivery in schools would redefine the teaching processes in order to give students the leverage to compete with their counterparts in other countries. Echono described Skool Media as an education technology infrastructure firm focused on redefining learning processes and experiences in schools and communities, using technology. Echono, who was represented by the Director ICT, Ministry of Education, Mr Abubakar Isah, said the centres would facilitate students’ technology experience, promote design thinking and enhance project-based learning in schools. Echono,who acknowledged the initiative, added that government believes in such Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects to develop the country. Project Director, Skool Media, Mr Moses Imayi, said the firm had invested about N500 million towards driving the growth of digital educational sector across the s...

Other News / Education - 2019-02-20 23:00:16

Winners emerge at Maths contest

Ten-year-old Madumere Rejoice Ngozi, has emerged winner in the 2019 The Ultimate Mathematics Ambassador (TUMA) competition, Ota, Ogun State. Ngozi, a pupil of Giant Stride Nursery and Primary School, Ifo, competed with over 1,200 others from 408 schools in Ogun State and other neighbouring states. With a staggering 93 per cent, Ngozi beat nine-year-old Enwere Kingsley Ikenna of Cuddly Kids School and 10-year-old Oyindamola Olawale Hann of Vickstell International School, Ikorodu who both emerged first and second runners up respectively. Ngozi was presented with a N500, 000 cash and a plaque. Her teacher Mr Moses Issa, went home with N150, 000 and a plaque, while her school was given a laptop, printer, textbooks and a plaque.  Kingsley received N300, 000 and a plaque. His teacher Kehinde Mukadaz was also presented with N100, 000 and a plaque; while the school was given a laptop, textbooks and a plaque. Third place Olawale was handed N200, 000 and a plaque, her teacher Mr Edeh Anayo Samuel got N75, 000 and a plaque while her school got a printer, textbooks and a plaque. Others who emerged fourth to 10th positions were presented with N50, 000 cash prize and N25,000.00 for their teachers.  Contestants between 11th to 15th positions went home with prizes. The Ambassadors Schools, organ...