Category : Education

Other News / Education - 15 hours ago

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 - 21 hours ago

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 - 21 hours ago

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 - 23 hours ago

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 - 1 day ago

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 - 1 day ago

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 - 2 days ago

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 - 3 days ago

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 - 3 days ago

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 - 4 days ago

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 - 4 days ago

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 - 4 days ago

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 / Education - 4 days ago

NUC approves new state university for Imo

The National Universities Commission has granted provisional approval for the establishment of a new state-owned university of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in Imo state. This approval takes the number of state -owned universities to 49 and 171 universities in the country. NUC’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, presented the certificate establishing the university to the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday, in Abuja. Rasheed said the approval makes this the second state-owned university in Imo. He said the state met all the requirements of the commission for the establishment of a university, hence the presentation of certificate to the governor. The executive secretary said: “In line with our rules we, shall recognise this institution because it has fulfilled all the requirements for establishing a university by a state. It is going to be a university fully owned by Imo State government. “The Imo State House of Assembly has enacted a law in respect of the university; the governor of the state has also assented to the law. “Of all the six universities proposed to establish by Imo State government, the university of Agriculture and environmental sciences has all its strategic documents ready and it’s presented to us, with effect from April 3rd....

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

JAMB: How to check UTME 2019 results

Candidates that wrote the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), can now access their results. The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) will send the results to your email and mobile phones, but you can also check them online. After purchasing the JAMB e-facility card, take the following steps: Step 1. Go to JAMB UTME […] JAMB: How to check UTME 2019 results

Other News / Education - 5 days ago

Students decry paying N50 to safeguard their bags in NOUN

Barely a week after the start of the first semester examinations in the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), the students in the Minna Study Center have decried having to pay to safeguard their bags when they write examination. The students also lamented over the attitude of some of the staff in the study center who have made it a point of duty to exploit the students in order to safeguard their bags. The Nation learnt that for each session, examinations are written three times daily, the students are asked to pay N50 to leave their bags in the open hall. Complaining bitterly, a student who brought the attention of The Nation to the situation, Georgina Paul said it has not been the trend before adding that the staff do not hide the fact that one have to pay. “They know you cannot go to the examination halls with your bag and they ask you to pay. When I first started writing exams this semester, I was not told, when I came to pick my bag, one of the lady invigilators said I will have to pay N50. “I protested and it turned to insult. They claimed they were doing is a favor. Why can’t they leave us to keep our bags at our own risks, we have been doing so, what changed. “Imagine thinking of what to write in examination and I will think of how to pay N50...

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