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Education

Reps To Probe Payment Of ‘High Acceptance Fees’ In Public Varsities
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Reps To Probe Payment Of ‘High Acceptance Fees’ In Public Varsities

The house of representatives has asked its committee on tertiary institution and services to investigate “high acceptance fees” charged by some government-owned tertiary institutions in the country. Acceptance fees are usually paid by students offered admission in universities. The resolution of the house to order an investigation into the payment of “high acceptance fees”, followed a motion moved by Julius Ihonvbere, lawmaker from Edo, during plenary session on Wednesday. Leading the debate, Ihonvbere said arbitrary high acceptance fees charged by some public universities for new students across the country has become a matter of great concern to many families. The lawmaker noted that acceptance fees in some institutions of learning have become “mere internal revenue-gener...
Nigerian Teen, David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges
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Nigerian Teen, David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges

Bloomfield High School Senior David Odekunle, Who Grew Up In Nigeria, Receives Acceptance Letters From 7 Ivy Leagues Schools: ‘It’s Like A Once-In-A-Lifetime Feeling’ He hasn't made his final choice yet. But no matter where David Odekunle chooses to attend college, the Bloomfield High School senior is looking forward to taking the next steps to becoming a doctor and "eliciting change" in his community. Odekunle, 17, and his proud mother, Florence Odekunle, recently told Patch that he has been accepted into 15 universities, including seven Ivy League schools. So far, the ambitious teen has been accepted to Princeton University, Yale University, Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Johns Hopki...
Auchi Poly Dean Of Students’ Affairs, Shola Eshiobo Found Dead In His Office
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Auchi Poly Dean Of Students’ Affairs, Shola Eshiobo Found Dead In His Office

The Dean of Students’ Affairs, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State, Dr Shola Eshiobo, has been found dead in his office. A family source who craved anonymity, said the lifeless body of Eshiobo was discovered in his office on Sunday morning. He said the wife of the deceased raised the alarm that her husband did not return home after he left for the office on Saturday. He said, “He went to the office the house on Saturday afternoon that he was going to the office to attend to some official matter. He normally goes to the office when he has so much in his hands to do. “At about 9 pm when he was not yet back home, the wife started calling his line but there was no pick-up and the call was not returned. She tried until late, still no response. “Early in Sunday morning, she ...
JAMB Bans Parents From UTME Venues
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JAMB Bans Parents From UTME Venues

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has banned parents from the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination centres. A statement quoted JAMB’s Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, as ordering CBT Centres across the country not to allow parents/guardians into the registration hall again. Oloyede was said to have taken the decision was made after inspecting some of the registration centres in Kwara, which were overcrowded. ”The registrar said it has been discovered that the parents/guardians are always a distraction to both candidates and the centres and at the same time, congesting the halls by not following the COVID – 19 protocols. “Oloyede also advised parents/guardians to stop pushing the education of their wards faster than necessary. “For example, a 14 or 15-year-ol...
OAU Students Express Frustration Over Transcript Application Process
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OAU Students Express Frustration Over Transcript Application Process

Some students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State have expressed displeasure over what they termed as frustrating the process of getting their academic transcripts years after graduation. Over a 100 of them, who expressed their diverse experiences on a social media platform for the institution’s alumni, said they missed international academic admissions and scholarships due to the frustrating processes put in place by the school before they could get their academic transcripts. Apart from missing out from such global opportunities due to the failure of the school and etx.ng, an online consultant it engaged for the process, to send the transcripts before the specified deadlines, many ex-students said they were also not refunded monies they paid for the service. ...
Bala Mohammed Approves Payment Of 2021 UTME, NECO Fees For Bauchi Students
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Bala Mohammed Approves Payment Of 2021 UTME, NECO Fees For Bauchi Students

The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has approved the payment of UTME registration fees for 3,810 students who got grades A and B in the recently concluded SSCE Aptitude Test in the State. The Commissioner for Education, Bauchi State, Aliyu U. Tilde, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday. The statement said the governor has also approved payment of NABTEB exams fees for all the 1,751 SS3 students of Government Technical Colleges along with the 499 students sitting for NBAIS exams from Government Arabic Colleges. “Next year, these categories will also be subjected to passing the Aptitude Test. “As usual, NECO registration fees for 11,580 successful candidates who scored A, B and C in the Aptitude Test will also be paid. “The total cost of these sponsors...
Fraudsters Take Control Of Our Site, Divert N10m Allowance Of Ad-hoc Staff – JAMB
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Fraudsters Take Control Of Our Site, Divert N10m Allowance Of Ad-hoc Staff – JAMB

OVER N10 million meant to be paid to ad-hoc staff of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, as allowance has been hijacked into the accounts of over a dozen fraudsters who gained entry into the internet site of the board. To this end, the board has said the mobile phone would henceforth be the only major requirement for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, and Direct Entry, DE registration processes. Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed that the use of email is no longer required for the registration exercise explained that the new system was to ensure that candidates’ information is not exposed to dubious cyber cafe operators and other criminal elements. Oloyede, who disclosed this to newsmen, Wednesday, in Abuja, said the fraudst...
UNICAL VC, Florence Obi Asks Final Year Students To Return To 200 Level
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UNICAL VC, Florence Obi Asks Final Year Students To Return To 200 Level

Some students of the University of Calabar, Cross River State have called out the institution's new Vice-Chancellor, Florence Obi, for asking final-year students in some selected departments to go back to 200-level due to non-accreditation of their courses by the National Universities Commission. The students, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told SaharaReporters that the courses have gulped millions of naira taken from their families. They, therefore, described the VC's decision as inhumane and inconsiderate. The students explained that courses affected by the accreditation issue include Fine and Applied Arts, Mass Communication, and Music. According to them, the affected courses were newly introduced during the administration of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of t...
LAWMA, LASUBEB Move To Incorporate Waste Management In School Curriculum
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LAWMA, LASUBEB Move To Incorporate Waste Management In School Curriculum

The Lagos Waste Management Authority, (LAWMA) is collaborating with the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, (LASUBEB), to incorporate waste management in the curriculum of primary schools in the state, as a way of re-orientating the younger generations for sustainable environment. At the inaugural training of teachers, themed: Waste Education in the 21st Century, held at LASUBEB, Maryland, the Managing Director/CEO of (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, noted that incorporating waste management into the academic curriculum of primary schools, was the most creative was of reshaping the environmental consciousness of the younger generation. He said the initiative became necessary, to mitigate reckless dumping of waste around Lagos, stressing that, it was not enough to keep swee...
UI, UNILAG, OAU, Others Get Governing Councils
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UI, UNILAG, OAU, Others Get Governing Councils

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the dissolution and reconstitution of the Governing Councils of the University of Ibadan, University of Port Harcourt, University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and Maritime University in Delta. This was contained in a statement by Mr Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education on Thursday. He noted the governing councils of the five universities would be inaugurated in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on April 19. The statement listed members of the new council of UI as Chief Odigie Oyegun, Chairman; Mr Masud Kazaure, Abba Yaro, Alhaji Abubakar Maikafi, and Mr Emeka Nwagbo as members. “For UNIPORT, the governing council members are Sen. Andrew Uchendu as Chairman while Mr Kolo U...
Nigeria Needs More Varsities, 197 Not Enough – Adamu Adamu
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Nigeria Needs More Varsities, 197 Not Enough – Adamu Adamu

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said that the number of universities in the country is too small, given the nation’s population. He made the comment, yesterday, at the presentation of provisional licences to 20 newly approved private universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja. With the approval, Nigeria now has 99 private universities, and a total of 197 universities, private and public. The minister underscored the need to increase the number of universities in the country, taking into consideration the country’s 200 million population. Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, noted that private universities have contributed to the opening up of admission space for the swelling population ...
FG Gives Licences To 20 New Private Universities
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FG Gives Licences To 20 New Private Universities

The Federal Government has presented provisional licences to the 20 new private universities recently approved by Federal Executive Council. The licences, which were presented to the universities on Thursday in Abuja, brings the total number of private universities to 99. ‘A scattered family can’t fix Nigeria’, Nigerians react as Aisha Buhari launches book The Federal Executive Council in February 2021, approved the establishment of 20 new private universities. Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the approval for the establishment of these universities is a testament to the continued partnership of the federal government with the private sector towards widening access and quality of university education in Nigeria. Represented by the Mi...
WAEC Releases 2021 WASSCE Results for Private candidates
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WAEC Releases 2021 WASSCE Results for Private candidates

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates, 2021 – First Series. Head of the Nigeria National Office, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, told reporters on Tuesday the examination was primarily designed to help candidates seeking admission to tertiary institutions to reduce the waiting time for results and beat admission deadlines. He said: “The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates shows that out of the Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty-Nine (7,289) candidates that sat the examination: “Two Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty-Eight (2,938) candidates representing 40.31 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (with or without English L...
“Crying is allowed but do so quietly” Lady shares the unusual instruction on her exam question paper
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“Crying is allowed but do so quietly” Lady shares the unusual instruction on her exam question paper

A Twitter user took to the platform to share the unusual instruction included in an exam paper. Civil Engineering students of Kyambogo University, Uganda, sat for an exam on Monday, March 29, 2021. The exam question paper had a list of instructions for candidates. The last one reads: "Crying is allowed but do so quietly." "This exam no be easy crying is allowed," the Twitter user wrote in the caption as she shared a photo of the question paper.
UNILAG’s Professor Bosede Wins ₦958 Million Grant From Bill Gates Foundation
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UNILAG’s Professor Bosede Wins ₦958 Million Grant From Bill Gates Foundation

A Nigerian professor identified as Bosede Afolabi has made the country proud by winning the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant. The University of Lagos (UNILAG) gynaecologist was awarded a research grant of $2,518,474.00 (N958,908,975.50). Her project is titled Intravenous Versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women (IVON). The disclosure was made by UNILAG, which celebrated the Nigerian professor on its LinkedIn page. According to UNILAG website, Professor Bosede Afolabi is internationally recognised for her research in sickle cell pregnancy. Her project, which is titled, ‘’Intravenous Versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women {IVON}”, is sponsored to the tune of $2, 518, 474.00 of the IVON Project. As Princ...
WAEC Elects Ato Essuman As Its New Chairman
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WAEC Elects Ato Essuman As Its New Chairman

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has elected a Ghanaian professor, Ato Essuman, its 20th chairman. The election took place during the 69th meeting of Council held virtually from March 22-26. A statement by the Head of Public Affairs, WAEC, Mr. Abiodun Adukoju, noted that Essuman takes over from Mr. Baboucarr Bouy from the Gambia for three years. The top three performers out of 2,122,844 in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) West African region were also honoured. The trio, all from Ghana, included- Master Cecil Tetteh Kumah (first); Master Godfred Aseda Obeng (second); and Miss Afua Manukure Ansah.
Teaching Will Not Be A Thankless Job In Lagos – Sanwo-Olu
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Teaching Will Not Be A Thankless Job In Lagos – Sanwo-Olu

It was a defining moment for teachers in the Lagos State Education family on Tuesday. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu presented handsome rewards to teachers adjudged to have made quality impacts in the State’s teaching service. Thirteen teachers and school administrators got a brand new car each from the Governor at the Year 2020 Teachers’ Merit Award organised by the Ministry of Education. The awardees were part of the finalists nominated for the grand prize by the Screening Committee led by the chairperson of Association of Private Educators in Nigeria, Mrs. Lai Koiki. The merit award is an initiative of the Sanwo-Olu administration to reward teachers’ commitment and excellent service to boost delivery of quality education in the State. Over 3,700 applications were reviewed by t...
National Assembly Proposes 235 New Tertiary Institutions, Despite Cash Crunch
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National Assembly Proposes 235 New Tertiary Institutions, Despite Cash Crunch

Bills are at different stages of legislative activities at the National Assembly for the establishment of 235 new federal universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and specialised institutions despite poor funding of the existing federal tertiary institutions. Checks by Daily Trust show that the federal government currently has 119 universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics. Various labour unions in the tertiary institutions and the federal government often haggle over salaries and other school running costs, hence frequent strikes by staff of the institutions. In 2020, a strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over a payroll system and condition of the universities lasted nine months. Not long after ASUU ended its strike, ano...
NUC Approves Three New Universities In Delta State
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NUC Approves Three New Universities In Delta State

The National Universities Commission has approved an upgrade of three institutions to universities in Delta State. The approved universities are the Delta State University Agbor; Delta State University of Science and Technology Ozoro and Denis Osadebe University, Asaba. The Executive Secretry of the commission gave the approval when the Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa, led delegation from the State to present strategic documents of the universities to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. With this Development, Deltal State is now one of the states in Nigeria with the highest number of Universities in the Country.
Adamawa Polytechnic Shut As Students Burn Hostel
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Adamawa Polytechnic Shut As Students Burn Hostel

Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola has been shut down and students sent home. Management of the polytechnic announced the closure Thursday after violent acts by some final year students supposedly celebrating the conclusion of their programme. The students were said to have been going about their celebration in a manner considered unbecoming by officials of the polytechnic who told them to halt it. Sources said the students went wild instead and security operatives had to be called in. The security operatives, in a joint police-military operation, reportedly fired tear gas to disperse the increasingly unruly youths who calmed down only to rise again moments after and burn valuable facilities. Rector of the polytechnic, Professor Ibrahim Umar, told reporters the final year st...
Secondary Teacher Disappears With N2m WAEC Enrolment Fee In Edo
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Secondary Teacher Disappears With N2m WAEC Enrolment Fee In Edo

An unknown private school teacher in Edo State has allegedly escaped with N2 million meant for the enrolment of students for the forthcoming West African Examination Senior Secondary School Examinations (WASSCE). The incident was said to have occurred at Gilgal Private School, located at Iguobazuwa the headquarters of Ovia South-west Local Government Area of the state. DAILY POST gathered that due to lack of commercial banks in the area, the money was handed over to the teacher for safe keeping. This abnormality led to one of the parents raising alarm, and the proprietor of the said school was arrested by police operatives of Iguobazuwa division. When contacted, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police, Edo State Command, SP Bello Kotongs, promised to obtain a brief from the Div...
Baptist College Changed Dress Code To Accomodate Hijab In Australia
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Baptist College Changed Dress Code To Accomodate Hijab In Australia

A Singaporean father’s worry about his girl going to a Baptist college quickly vanished after the school authorities said they were changing the dress code to accommodate his hijabi daughter, World Of Buzz reported. “When Sumaiyah joined the local Baptist College, we were informed that she was the first hijabi student in the middle high school college,” Syahrom Rahmad, a Singaporean Muslim father who is currently living in Australia, said. “The principal of the college took the effort to prepare a praying area for Sumaiyah.” He elaborated further his wife had a discussion with the principal and they proposed to the board members that hijab and clothing that cover aurat (private parts) be included as part of the school uniform. The board members agreed on the proposal and st...
Education

Bishop Oyedepo Tells Muslims To Build Their Own Schools – Kwara Hijab Controversy

Founder of Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has advised Muslims to leave Kwara schools for their various owners. He said they should look for hijab-wearing schools their children can attend. The Nation had reported that 10 schools were shut down by the Kwara State Government in February over the crisis on the wearing of Hijab (Islamic headscarf) by Muslim female students. But according to reports, the schools resumed on Monday. Last week, students and teachers entered the school with violent resistance especially at Baptist Secondary School, Surulere and Cherubim and Seraphim College, Sabo-Oke in Ilorin where Christians and Muslims clashed. Speaking on the situation in a viral video obtained by The Nation, Oyedepo said: “It is such a nasty de...
2021 UTME: JAMB Announces Registration Date, Makes NIN Compulsory
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2021 UTME: JAMB Announces Registration Date, Makes NIN Compulsory

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced registration dates for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration. The exam body in a statement issued in Bwari, FCT, by its Head, Public Affairs and Protocols, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, on Wednesday said the registration exercise will start on Thursday, April 8 and end on Saturday, May 15, 2021. “Registration will take place in 700 centres across the country; the list is available in all the state offices of JAMB and on its website at www.jamb.gov.ng. “Candidates are also to note that the registration for Direct Entry applicants will run concurrently with that of UTME candidates. “There will be no extension of time for the sale of the UTME or DE application docum...
Maritime Academy Distances Itself From Cultist, Nzubechuwu Victor Okonkwo, Who Claimed To Be A Final Year Student Of The Institution
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Maritime Academy Distances Itself From Cultist, Nzubechuwu Victor Okonkwo, Who Claimed To Be A Final Year Student Of The Institution

The Management of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, Akwa Ibom state has distanced itself from self-confessed cultist, Nzubechukwu Victor Okonkwo, pictured above, who was recently arrested for the killing and beheading Ugochukwu Igwilo, an alleged member of a rival group, Neo - Black Movement ( Confraternity), on March 6. Nzubechukwu during his interview with newsmen claimed he is a final year student of the Maritime Academy. In a statement made available, the academy stated that Nzubechukwu's claim was false. According to the statement, Ndubechukwu indeed enrolled in the academy in 2014 but was later disenrolled in 2016 as he consistently failed his courses. Read the statement below. The attention of the Management of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria has been drawn to a re...
Nigerian, Arinzechukwu Onwurah Wins Student Union President Election In Sweden
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Nigerian, Arinzechukwu Onwurah Wins Student Union President Election In Sweden

It's a big one for the entire Nigerian students in Sweden as Arinzechukwu Onwurah emerges winner in the just concluded students union election in Malmo university Sweden. Chukwu as he is fondly called emerged winner after contesting with other students. This is a good news to all Nigerian students in Sweden as people have started jubilating already. Nigerian students are making us proud in diapora and this is just the beginning of more to come. Chukwu whose slogan for his manifesto is FIKA which stands for F- fix what is needed, I- interact to enable understanding, K(C)-compromise(democracy)& A-action to serve. Fika is widely known in Sweden for tea. Congratulations Anrizechukwu.
Strike: ASUU Denies Fresh Notice To Shut Down Universities
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Strike: ASUU Denies Fresh Notice To Shut Down Universities

ASUU president Professor Biodun Ogunyemi denied claims that the union will embark on another industrial action - According to Ogunyemi, the union is effectively engaging the federal government Following claims that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may embark on another industrial action, the union has come out to refute the claims. Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president in an interview with Tribune Online on Sunday, March 21, explained that the union has not issued a notice for any industrial action for now. According to him, he wasn't aware of any plan to embark on a fresh strike. He also stressed that ASUU has been in talks with the federal government concerning outstanding issues arising from the last strike. The ASUU president people are free to expres...
Don Jazzy Invites 15-Year-Old Mathematician, Faith Odunsi For A Tour At Mavin Headquarters
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Don Jazzy Invites 15-Year-Old Mathematician, Faith Odunsi For A Tour At Mavin Headquarters

Music label boss and record producer, Michael Collins Ajereh, known professionally as Don Jazzy has invited a 15-year-old mathematician"Faith Odunsi" for a tour at Main Records headquarters. The music label boss excited by Faith's performance at the Global Open Mathematics Tournament, an international competition took to his social media in search for the mathematics genus. He wrote; "Congratulations Faith! Seeing this reminds me of how I struggled with maths in Ijanikin! Lol. Will you like to spend a day with the amazing people at Mavin? Maybe you can also teach me some maths when you come. Help me find Faith!"
FOI: Nigerian Universities Ignore Enquiries On Sexual Harassment Cases
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FOI: Nigerian Universities Ignore Enquiries On Sexual Harassment Cases

One of the major challenges rocking Nigerian tertiary institutions is the high incidence of allegations of sexual harassment. PREMIUM TIMES has reported many cases of randy lecturers in tertiary institutions, including one involving an Obafemi Awolowo University professor, Richard Akindele, caught on tape demanding sex from a female student to pass her in an examination. Mr Akindele was later dismissed from the university and jailed for two years over the scandal. Victims in many other universities have accused their teachers of sexually harassing them. The victims are in most cases left with depression, insecurity on campus, and sometimes drop out of school. While cases that gain public attention are sometimes handled well, others are swept under the carpet. Using FOI to s...
UNILAG VC Wins €38,000 Global Biodiversity Information Facility Grant
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UNILAG VC Wins €38,000 Global Biodiversity Information Facility Grant

The Vice- Chancellor of University of Lagos, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, and another botanist, Temitope Onuminya, have won 2021 Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) grants. Nonye Oguama, a Principal Assistant Registrar, Corporate Affairs of the institution, made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday in Lagos. According to Mrs Oguama, the awards are part of the 2021 Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme, funded by the European Union. Mr Ogundipe, a Professor of Botany, won a national level grant of 38,000 euros for his project proposal: “Implementation of the Biodiversity Information and Data System for Coastal Ecosystem in Nigeria”. Mr Onuminya, on the other hand, won an institutional level grant of 18,850 euros for implementation of a BID project...
Hijab Crisis: Rename Muslim, Christian Schools, MURIC Tells Kwara Govt
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Hijab Crisis: Rename Muslim, Christian Schools, MURIC Tells Kwara Govt

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the Kwara State government to rename schools whose authorities ‘have refused to obey court pronouncements’ and government’s directives on the use of hijab in schools. The MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, gave the advice on Saturday in a statement. “The (Kwara) state government must rename those controversial schools. They may be given names derived from the areas in which they are located. We like to suggest that, by extension, all schools in Kwara State which are still bearing missionary names, whether Christian or Muslim, should be renamed in as much as funding and the teachers’ salaries are still being paid by the state government. “It is obvious that the Kwara State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is de...
Some ASUU Demands Can’t Be Met Now, Says FG
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Some ASUU Demands Can’t Be Met Now, Says FG

The Federal Government has faulted the fresh notice by the Academic Staff Union of Universities to embark on a fresh strike barely four months after calling off a 10-month industrial action. The government said any person conceiving a strike after close to one year of downing tools would be doing a disservice to students “because government is a continuum.” The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who stated this in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, said it had been difficult for the government to run the lives of over 200 million people with less than $70m a day in earnings. He said, “Whoever is conceiving a strike after being on a strike for close to one year is damaging the studentship because government is a continuum. Even if we are not in power today, ano...
ASUP Declares Nationwide Strike From April 6
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ASUP Declares Nationwide Strike From April 6

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has declared a nationwide strike from April 6, 2021 over alleged ‘’culture of neglect by government on issues affecting the technological education sub sector.’’ ASUP President, Anderson U Ezeibe, told reporters at the end of the 99th meeting of the National Executive Council of the union at Hassan Usman Polytechnic, Katsina the industrial action was informed by six key factors affecting polytechnic education. He stated government has consistently failed to address them over the years. The issues, according to him, include non- implementation of ASUP/FG agreement of 2010, non-payment of salaries and arrears of the new minimum wage in some state-owned Polytechnics, among others. While also admitting a meeting with the Federal Go...
Covenant University Sacks Stephen Ukenna, Lecturer Who Raped 17-year-old Student
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Covenant University Sacks Stephen Ukenna, Lecturer Who Raped 17-year-old Student

The management of Covenant University has sacked Dr. Stephen Ukenna, a lecturer that was arrested for allegedly raping a 17 year old student in his office. Dr. Ukenna was a lecturer in the Department of Business Management at the Covenant University before he was arrested for “forcefully having unlawful carnal knowledge of the student.” It was earlier reported that he was nabbed on March 11, after a complaint was lodged at Ota Area Command by the parents of the victim. The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed in a statement that the victim called her parents on phone from the school that she was invited by the lecturer to his office on the said date under the pretense that he wanted to plan a surprise birthday party for her close friend. ...
Two OOU Students Abducted In Ogun Regain Freedom
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Two OOU Students Abducted In Ogun Regain Freedom

The two female students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye abducted by gunmen have regained their freedom. Police authorities in Ogun State confirmed the release of the children to Channels Television on Tuesday night. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, noted that the students, identified as Adeyemo Precious and Oyefule Abiola, returned unhurt. He said the victims who have spent two nights in the custody of their abductors would be reunited with their families thereafter. Asked if any money was paid to secure their release, the command’s spokesman stated that no ransom was paid, to the best of his knowledge. Precious is said to be a student of the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, while Abiola is of the depa...
Covenant University Lecturer, Stephen Ukenna Rapes 17-Year-Old Student In His Office
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Covenant University Lecturer, Stephen Ukenna Rapes 17-Year-Old Student In His Office

The Police have arrested a lecturer in the Department of Business management at the Covenant University Ota, Ogun State, Dr. Stephen Ukenna, for allegedly raping 17-year-old student of the institution. The 41-year-old lecturer was arrested following a complaint lodged at Ota Area command by the parents of the victim. The parents reportedly told the police that the daughter informed them over the phone that the lecturer raped her in his office. They quoted the daughter to have said that the suspect invited him to the office under the pretence of a surprise birthday party for her by a friend. According to them, on getting to the lecture’s office, he locked the office door and forcefully had sex with her on top of the table in his office. The Spokesman of the Ogun Police Comm...
Universities Will Be Shut Down Again Over Non-Payment Of Salaries – ASUU To FG
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Universities Will Be Shut Down Again Over Non-Payment Of Salaries – ASUU To FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to resume its suspended strike over non-payment of salaries and alleged victimisation of members. The chairman, University of Ibadan branch of ASUU, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, in a statement on Sunday asked Nigerians to blame the Federal Government if universities are shut down again. Akinwole decried that despite agreeing to ASUU’s condition before the strike was suspended on December 24, 2020, many lecturers are still being owed salaries of between two and 10 months. ASUU had called off its nine-month strike after the FG agreed to its conditions. However, within two weeks of the conditional suspension of the nine-month strike embarked upon by ASUU, the Federal Government reportedly flouted the agreements.It was l...
UI, LASU, UNILAG Ranked Among Top 800 World Universities By Times Higher Education (THE)
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UI, LASU, UNILAG Ranked Among Top 800 World Universities By Times Higher Education (THE)

The University of Ibadan, Lagos State University, and the University of Lagos have ranked among the top 800 universities in the world. This was contained in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Ranking obtained on Wednesday. THE ranked UI, LASU, and UNILAG as first, second, and third respectively in Nigeria. Privately-owned Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, was ranked fourth ahead of the Federal Government-owned University of Nigeria, Nsukka, which came fifth; and Obafemi Awolowo University, sixth in Nigeria. A breakdown of the ranking further showed that UI ranked within 401-500th bracket; LASU, 501–600th; and UNILAG 601–800th. Covenant University ranked within the band of 801–1000th; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Obafemi Awolowo University plac...
Rivers State Teachers Protest Over 5 Years Unpaid Salaries
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Rivers State Teachers Protest Over 5 Years Unpaid Salaries

Teachers in Primary and Secondary Schools in Rivers State-owned tertiary institutions are currently protesting over non-payment of their salaries running into five years. The protesting teachers, numbering over 250, with placards and banners, alleged that they have lost about ten of their colleagues due to the hardship experienced within the period. The protesting teachers, who came out with their children, as well as sympathizers from the civil society organizations in the state, said they were from Primary and Secondary Schools in the Rivers State University, the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, and the Ken Saro–Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori. They wondered why Governor Nyesom Wike would give N500million to the Sokoto state government over a burnt market while refusing to pay...
Kwara Hijab Controversy: Government Deploys Security To Schools In Ilorin
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Kwara Hijab Controversy: Government Deploys Security To Schools In Ilorin

In order to forestall possible breakdown of law and order, security agencies were Monday deployed to the 10 public/grant-aided missions schools caught in hijab controversy in Ilorin, Kwara State capital. The affected schools include C&S College Sabo Oke, ST Anthony College, Offa Road, ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam, CAC Secondary School Asa Dam road, St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke, St. John School Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isale, and St. James Secondary School Maraba. The state government had in the wee hours of Monday ordered the indefinite closure of the schools which were billed to resume following the government’s pronouncement that students be allowed to practice their religion, b...
JAMB Made ₦400 Million From Change Of Birth Dates In One Year – Ishaq Oloyede
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JAMB Made ₦400 Million From Change Of Birth Dates In One Year – Ishaq Oloyede

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has said the organisation generated N400 million from change of birth dates by applicants in his first year in office. Oloyede was appointed JAMB Registrar in July 2016. The registrar said people were coming to change their dates of birth on JAMB portal in order to meet the requirements to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). The JAMB boss stated this in a presentation he made at the 2021 Batch ‘A’ pre-mobilisation workshop of the NYSC for institutions and other stakeholders in Abuja. Oloyede said the changes in the dates of birth on JAMB portal must be done by himself only, after due diligence would have been done. He said: “In my first year as registrar, we co...
Sex-For-Marks: OAU Lecturer Richard Akindele Loses Appeal Challenging Conviction
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Sex-For-Marks: OAU Lecturer Richard Akindele Loses Appeal Challenging Conviction

A Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State, on Friday, dismissed the appeal of Richard Akindele, the lecturer sacked by Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, for demanding sex from his student, Monica Osagie. Mr Akindele approached the appeal court to challenge his trial and conviction at the Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, following a matter filed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). PREMIUM TIMES in 2018 reported how the professor was caught on tape demanding sex to upgrade the marks of Ms Osagie, a Masters student at OAU. The leaked tape generated furore which led to his dismissal from the citadel of learning after an investigative panel set up by the institution found him guilty of misconduct. He was later arrai...
Two FUTO Students Found Dead In Their Lodge Today (Graphic Photos)
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Two FUTO Students Found Dead In Their Lodge Today (Graphic Photos)

Two FUTO students found dead in their rooms! The reason for their death is yet to be confirmed... The names of these students are Udeagbala kenechuku and Anene Stephen Nzube respectively from the department of Civil Engineering 200L as received from our source. It was also gathered that they were 3 in the room and that the 3rd person who's name is Fred is lying unconsciously at FUTO Medicals.
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Jangebe Abductions: 24-Hour Curfew Imposed As Violence Mar Schoolgirls’ Reunion

A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in a northwestern Nigerian town and its market shut after violence marred the reunion of nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls with their parents, local residents said Thursday. The girls were abducted on Friday from their hostels by gunmen known locally as bandits but were released early Tuesday after the latest mass kidnapping to target a school in Nigeria. Violence erupted on Wednesday when the girls from Government Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state were to be returned to their parents at a ceremony in the school’s hall. They had been in the government’s custody in Gusau, the state capital, receiving medical care. “After the unrest yesterday a dust-to-dawn curfew was imposed and everybody was ordered to stay indoors,” said Abubakar Za...
LASU Shortlists Candidates Without PhD For VC Position
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LASU Shortlists Candidates Without PhD For VC Position

It appears the management of the Lagos State University (LASU) has failed to learn from the controversy that led to the recent cancellation of the appointment of a new vice-chancellor for the institution. The school has again shortlisted two candidates without PhDs (Doctor of Philosophy) for its vacant vice chancellor position despite the position of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the agency that regulates university education in Nigeria, that fellowships of any professional bodies or organisation cannot be substituted for a PhD. Background Following the expiration of Olanrewaju Fagbohun’s tenure as VC, applications were called for candidates to show interest in the position. Three candidates, Olumuyiwa Odusanya, Senapon Bakre and Kabir Akinyemi were shortlisted...
Emmanuel Nworie, First-Class Mathematician & Farmer Bags PhD Scholarship
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Emmanuel Nworie, First-Class Mathematician & Farmer Bags PhD Scholarship

Emmanuel Nworie, a first-class mathematics graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has bagged a fully-funded scholarship at a university in the United States. TheCable had reported how Nworie tilled the soil in Ebonyi state owing to poverty and a lack of platform to utilise his knowledge. The 27-year-old, who graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.92/5.00, had experienced a life of hardship prior to his application for the Michael Taiwo (MT) Scholarship. “I started having challenges in 2005 when we struggled with the health of my dad. He gave up in January 2009. I have long wanted to be a mathematician. But after my dad passed away, I was deterred because at some point when I was trying to save for undergraduate studies and after two years I couldn’t save ...
Senate Moves To Create University Of Health And Medical Sciences In Suleja
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Senate Moves To Create University Of Health And Medical Sciences In Suleja

The Senate, on Wednesday, passed for second reading, a bill seeking to establish the National University of Health and Medical Sciences in Suleja, Niger State. In his lead debate, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa (APC, Niger East), who sponsored the bill, said the establishment of the institution had become imperative to create more access to higher health and medical studies in view of the large number of qualified candidates, who are annually stranded in their failed attempt in gaining admission into higher institutions in the state. He said the establishment of the National University of Health and Medical Sciences would encourage the advancement of learning, as well as develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of diplomas, first degrees, postgradua...

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