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Other News / Education - 2019-04-22 23:01:14

Nigeria needs more private varsities to expand access to tertiary education, says Sambo

Former Vice-President Namadi Sambo has said Nigeria needs more private universities to cater for its increasing population seeking tertiary education. Sambo urged stakeholders in the education sector and well-meaning Nigerians to take advantage of the enabling environment created by the Federal Government to invest in private universities. The former Vice-President spoke after he was inaugurated the Chairman of the Governing Board of Baze University, a private institution in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. According to the National Universities Commission (NUC), there are 303 applications before it jostling to get provisional license to begin operation. Sambo said that only myopic people go abroad in search of tertiary education when all the enabling environment was being created at home by the government. Read also: Second term Namadi Sambo’s Cross The former VP said: “The population of this country is huge and it is encouraging to see that there are constantly new universities being established. “So, I believe that objective to have proper number of universities that will support the number of students we have in this country.” He also noted that investment in tertiary education goes beyond financial and human capital, saying the enabling environme...

Other News / Education - 2019-04-22 17:09:29

Why Nigeria needs more private universities, by Sambo

Ex- Vice President Namadi Sambo, at the weekend said Nigeria needs more private universities to carter for its increasing population seeking tertiary education. Sambo urged stakeholders in the education sector and well-meaning Nigerians to take advantage of the enabling environment created by Federal Government to invest in private universities. The former Vice President stated this after he was inaugurated as Chairman, Governing Board of Baze University, a private institution located in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. According to the National Universities Commission, there are 303 applications awaiting provisional license to begin operation. Sambo said that only myopic people go abroad in search of tertiary education when the enabling environment was being created at home by the government. The former VP said: “The population of this country is huge and it is encouraging to see that there are constantly new universities being established. “So I believe that objective to have proper number of universities that will support the number of students we have in this country.” He also noted that investment in tertiary education goes beyond financial and human capital, saying the enabling environment was equally key. “I believe the present administration is doing its best to encourag...

Other News / Education - 2019-04-22 17:00:12

JAMB cancels results of two centres in Abia, arrests 100 nationwide

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday said it has cancelled the results of two Computer Based (CBT) centres in Abia State over widespread irregularities during the conduct of the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). It said the cancellation of the results followed visual evidence obtained from a careful review of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) recordings by a panel of experts engaged by the board. The board said all the results of the examination sessions conducted by the two centres from April 11 to 18, 2019 are therefore “null and void.” JAMB, in its Weekly Bulletin released by its Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Monday in Abuja, identified the CBT centres as Heritage and Infinity CBT centre and Okwyzil Computer Institute Comprehensive School Ugwunabo, Aba, Abia State. He said the board has decided to screen the activities of all its CBT centres through CCTV recordings before it can release the results of this year’s UTME. The spokesperson added that this is to ensure that the board does not release the results of a compromised examination. “By implication, all the results of all examination sessions starting from April 11, 2019 to 18 April, 2019 conducted by the board at these two centres...

Other News / Education - 2019-04-22 15:24:06

Dangote, 81 students to bag ABU’s Doctor of Letters, 1st Class

Billionaire business mogul and President Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote is to be conferred with Honorary Doctor of Letters, while 81 students are to bag 1st Class, as Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria convocates 15,289 students next Saturday. One time President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Hassan Adebayo Sunmonu is also to be conferred with Honorary Doctor of Science, at the event which is expected to be honoured by President Muhammadu Buhari. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the university’s Registrar, Abdullahi Ahmed Kundila and made available to The Nation on Monday. Kundila also disclosed that, convocation lecture entitled ‘It’s All About the Human Capital …’ is to be delivered on Friday by Founder/Chairman of Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) and former President, Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede. Read Also: Dangote, Emirs to get honorary degrees According to the Registrar, “There are 15,289 graduands for the Convocation. The number is made up of 10,803 first degrees and 4,486 postgraduates. The postgraduates comprise 304 PhDs, 12 M.Phil, 3092 Masters Programmes, 38 MBA by Distance Learning, and 1020 postgraduate diplomas. “The breakdown of the first degrees is as follows: First Class -81 Second C...

Other News / Education - 2019-04-22 10:17:09

JAMB dismisses report on alleged reduction of UTME scores

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has described as fake, a trending report that scores of candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are being reduced. The board in a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, said the report was false. The report had claimed that scores of candidates who sat for the UTME and were found wanting by the board were being reduced by 100 marks. JAMB said that an investigation carried out discovered that the fake news emanated from a gang who coordinated from a town called Igarra in Edo state with affiliates in Lagos and other states. The board described the act as fraudulent and meant to extort parents and candidates. “A gang being coordinated from a town called Igarra in Edo State with affiliates in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Abia, Anambra and Plateau states are circulating fake notice of impending reduction of UTME scores. “This is with intent to extort and defraud parents and candidates. “Candidates results would be received on their registered cell phones as soon as the ongoing scrutiny of the examination centers are completed and publicly announced. Read Also: EFCC probes N8.7billion fraud in JAMB “O...

Other News / Education - 2019-04-21 18:01:10

2019 UTME: JAMB speaks on release of result to candidates, gives reasons for delay

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it would reach out to candidates through their telephones as soon as all the results of the 2019 UTME were ratified. The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos. According […] 2019 UTME: JAMB speaks on release of result to candidates, gives reasons for delay

Other News / Education - 2019-04-20 19:07:14

I have plan to establish varsity, says Aisha Buhari

Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of the President, has expressed her plan to establish a private university to be known as “Muhammadu Buhari University”. She disclosed this on Saturday during a townhal meeting in Yola organized by her in collaboration with concern indigenes of Adamawa. Aisha, who did not however reveal when or where the university would be sited, explained that the university would be established in collaboration with partners from Sudan and Qatar. Aisha who lamented the challenges facing education and various sectors in the state, called for active support of the state indigenes in complementing government efforts. “I cannot conclude without suggesting how we can complement the efforts of government in achieving some of its developmental goals. “On this note, I would like to advocate for the establishment of Adamawa Development Trust Fund through which prioritized developmental projects can be financed and implemented,” she said. Amb. Fati Ballah also called for reconciliation and forgiveness among the people of the state and the setting up of a committee to come up with a blueprint for the development of the state. Alhaji Sadiq Daware, who spoke on agriculture at the meeting, noted that 80 per cent of the state land was arable and suitable for farming. Daware added that...

Other News / Education - 2019-04-20 14:04:02

Al-Qalam Varsity Matriculates 1,900 Students

Al-Qalam varsity in Katsina on Saturday matriculated no fewer than one thousand nine hundred students, who took oath of allegiance, promising to obey the rules and regulations governing their stay in the self acclaimed, First Islamic University in Nigeria. The students were admitted into the University to a pursue four year degree programme from the 2018/2019 academic session. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Shehu G. Ado represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Kabir Kado, while congratulating the students urged them to utilize their opportunity wisely by graduating with flying colors. He said ” You should not engage in any irresponsible and unwholesome lifestyles and anti-social activities not only on campus but wherever you are and above all you should constantly remember Allah and obey His command”. The varsity helmsman further thanked the University Council, Katsina Islamic Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the University for giving his Management their full support to foster the development of the University. Earlier, the Registrar of the University, Sani Abashe Adamu enjoined the students to avail themselves with provisions contained in the students Handbook. He said ’’You should understand that Al-Qalam University is an Islamic institution...

Other News / Education - 2019-04-19 19:08:57

A’Ibom varsity to expel 4 undergraduates for alleged rape

The Management of Akwa Ibom University says it would expelled four undergraduates for their alleged involvement in the rape of a female student of the institution at Obio Akpa campus in Oruk-Anam Local Government Area. The Head of Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol of the University, Mr Akaninyene Ibanga, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Oruk-Anam. Ibanga explained that the University management would expel the students based on the outcome of police investigations on the matter. He said the police could not exonerate them because the victim had obtained a medical report to support their investigations. “The students were first suspended by the university authorities as normal procedure to allow them attend police interviews as part of investigations to establish their level of involvement in the crime. “There is no way the police will exonerate them because the victim had obtained a medical report to back up police findings. “Once the police concludes their investigations and sends the report,  the university would expel them,” Ibanga said. “The alleged prepatrators are Akpan Matthew, Essien Fidelis, Bassey Joseph and  Bassey Columbus. “Kindly be informed that the Vice -Chancellor of Akwa Ibom University has taken appropriate disciplinary measures ag...

Other News / Education - 2019-04-19 12:52:13

Benue varsity to investigate death of two students in River Benue

Benue State University (BSU) will investigate the circumstances leading to the drowning of two of its students in River Benue, where they went for swimming, the institution’s management has said. The students, Adakole Christopher-100 level mathematics and Emmanuella Mson- 100 level medicine and surgery, drowned in the river on Friday, April 5, while swimming. In a statement by the university’s Information Officer, Mr Tser Vanger, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Msugh Kembe, described the deaths as unfortunate. He said in spite of the orientation given to the fresh students on social outings, the sad incident occurred. Read Also: Gunmen murder son of Benue PDP chieftain Kembe said a committee had already been inaugurated to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the deaths. He appealed to students both those living within the campus and outside, not to embark on any form of social outing without proper documentation from the Students’ Affairs Directorate. The vice-chancellor appreciated the Students’ Union Government and local fishermen who assisted in the recovery of the corpses. He also commiserated with the families of the deceased students. NAN & & &

Other News / Education - 2019-04-19 11:27:25

Ebonyi varsity names Centre after Buratai

The Ebonyi State University (EBSU) has named its newly established Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for his selfless service to the nation and humanity. According to a statement by Col. Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Chigozie Egbu, announced the honour when he led a team from the university on a courtesy visit to Buratai in Abuja. Egbu commended Buratai for the achievements the army had recorded under his leadership in promotion and maintenance of peace in the country. According to Egbu, EBSU is ready to collaborate with the army on the trust that a well-educated army is essential for effective military duties in the 21st century. “We are also delighted that you are interested in the establishment of an Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies at EBSU to offer members of the Armed Forces, Police and paramilitary agencies the opportunity to get higher and relevant education,” he said. Egbu, who was a former Deputy Governor in the state, disclosed that Gov. David Umahi, and the State Executive Council had approved that the Institute be named “Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies”. Responding, Buratai thanked the leadership of the univers...

Other News / Education - 2019-04-19 08:59:52

Minimum wage: Students react as Buhari approves payment of N30,000

The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a Pan-African Students’ group, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the New Minimum Wage Bill into Law. Buhari on Thursday signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-enactment Bill 2019 into law. Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) disclosed this while briefing […] Minimum wage: Students react as Buhari approves payment of N30,000

Other News / Agriculture - 2019-04-18 23:02:25

Boosting rural farmers’productivity

The World Bank, in colloboration with the Federal and the Lagos State Governments, is working to assist farmers improve their productivity, writes DANIELESSIET. For many farmers in rural areas, life is difficult. Factors such as poor infrastructure and limited access to business-support services limit their viability to grow more food. That is why they look forward to a sustainable solution to rural poverty. Happily, succour has come their way. The World Bank is partnering the Federal Government and the Lagos State government to assist farmers overcome  their problems. Speaking in Lagos during a  stakeholders’sensitisation workshop on Agro-Processing, Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project, the Commissioner  for Agriculture, Toyin Sarau, represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Olayiwole Onasanya, said the  government is determined to improve food production through  good quality seeds, poultry and aquaculture. APPEALS Project is  a Federal Government/World Bank agricultural initiative aimed at improving agricultural productivity of small and medium scale (SMEs) commercial farmers. According to him, such investments could help farmers in producing more food. & Getting agric back on track & The commission...

Other News / Agriculture - 2019-04-18 23:02:21

‘Agric contributed 40% to GDP in 2018’

The National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI) has said the agricultural sector contributed 40 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year and employed 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population. The institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Aliyu Umar stated this during the yearly research review meeting held at NCRI Badeggi in Niger State. He said: “Statistical profile of agricultural sector contribution to the  economy growth and sustainable development is impressive, reflecting that the sector has contributed 40 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product and has employed about 60 per cent of the population of Nigeria.” Umar declared that with this statistics, the sector plays a significant role in the growth and development of the country. He advocated that  diversification through agriculture should be approached frontally, emphasising on more effort from governments at all level. In her keynote address, the  Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Executive Director, Dr. Patricia Pessu, called for more investment in research to sustain the economy, adding that new technologies, input and techniques that lead to increased agricultural productivity and food security were developed through research. She stressed that the country should not only make agricultural development a prior...

Other News / Agriculture - 2019-04-18 23:02:05

Ogun Cooperative Societies get N26m grant

Twenty-SIX agricultural cooperative societies from six  local government areas in Ogun State have been supported with N26million   grant, to improve their farming techniques and increase food supply in the state. The Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Ms. Adenrele Adesina, presenting cheques to beneficiaries in Abeokuta, advised them to use the grant for the right purpose and ensure every member of the cooperative benefited from it. According to her, the grant was the highpoint to round up a three -day Agricultural Production Improvement course  for Ogun State Agricultural Cooperative Societies in six local government areas under the 2015 Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS)-LGAS Track Project. The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Adekunle  Hassan said the training programme, organised by the Office of the Special  Assistant to the President (OSSAP) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Ogun State Government, in collaboration with  a Management Consulting firm, Kunle Akiode& Co., would be extended to other local government areas, adding that beneficiaries would be monitored by government officials to ensure judicious  utilisation of the grant. The Assistant Secretary, Farmers Association of Nigeria,  Ogun State Branch, representing Ifo Local Government, Mr  Paul Adeku...

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