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Mass Abduction: FG Begins Relocation of Pupils from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa
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Mass Abduction: FG Begins Relocation of Pupils from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa

The Federal Ministry of Education says it has begun the relocation of pupils from Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states to other states following the alarming rate of abduction of school children in the country. The Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Ben Goong, disclosed this in an interview with Punch. Goong was asked what the government is doing to stop the trend of the abduction of school children. Responding, he said   “As we speak, there are quite a number of students from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States being relocated to other schools across the country, including the Federal Capital Territory.'' He cited the example of some students from Borno State who he said had been relocated to the Federal Government College, Kwali, Abuja. He said students wer...
FG Suspends UI Governing Council Meetings
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FG Suspends UI Governing Council Meetings

The Federal Ministry of Education has approved the suspension of all meeting of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. This was conveyed in a letter to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission by the Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry, Mr. Sonny Echono on Monday. DAILY INDEPENDENT recalls that following multiple allegations of malpractices, the selection process for the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor of the University was suspended in November last year and the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Professor Babatunde Ekanola was elected in acting capacity for the next six months
FG Says No Approval On Location Of New 6 Colleges Of Education Yet
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FG Says No Approval On Location Of New 6 Colleges Of Education Yet

The Federal Government has said it has not decided on the location of the new six (6) Colleges of Education recently approved, describing letters purportedly emanating from the Federal Ministry of Education and circulating in the social media as fake. Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Bem Goong, told Tribune Online on the telephone on Sunday that the Ministry was appalled by the fake letter purportedly signed by the Permanent Secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono. “I’m aware of the letter. The Permanent Secretary showed it to me on Friday. It is fake. We will do something about this before havoc emanates from it,” he said. There was confusion when two letters were written on the same date and addressed to Mr Gboyega Oyetola, Executive Governor ...
FG Warns Vice-Chancellors Against Reopening Universities
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FG Warns Vice-Chancellors Against Reopening Universities

The Federal Ministry of Education has ordered vice chancellors to maintain the closure of federal, state and private universities in order to keep students and university communities safe from coronavirus. The National Universities Commission gave the directive through a circular by the Director, Directorate of the Executive Secretary’s Office, Chris Maiyaki. The circular read, “Vice chancellors will please recall that following the ministerial directive of March 19, 2020, the NUC issued two circulars on Friday, March 20, to convey approval for the closure of institutions for a period of one month effective from Monday, March 23. “The Federal Ministry of Education has subsequently directed on Friday, March 8, that all schools remain closed as the Federal Government is closely ...
No Reopening Of Schools Yet, Education Ministry Tells
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No Reopening Of Schools Yet, Education Ministry Tells

The Federal Ministry of Education has urged Nigerians to disregard some false news making the rounds that the Federal Government had directed the reopening of schools. The ministry’s Director of Press, Ben Goong, said on Sunday that there was no such directive from the minister, Adamu Adamu, as everyone had been instructed to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Goong noted that parents, guardians and stakeholders must not be misled by fake news but should continue to abide by the Federal Government’s regulations to tackle the ravaging pandemic. He said, “On the issue of reopening of schools, the ministry has not directed the reopening of any school at any level. The purported press release by the minister to that effect is a clear forgery as it did not emanate from...
FG Approves 6 New Federal Colleges Of Education
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FG Approves 6 New Federal Colleges Of Education

In order to increase the number of quality of teachers in the country, the federal government has approved an establishment and immediate take-off of new six Federal Colleges of Education in each of the geo-political zone in the country. According to the public relations officer of National Commission for Colleges of Education, Mr Ameh Isaac, the newly approved institutions would be situated in Bauchi, Benue, Ebonyi, Osun, Sokoto, and Edo states, where there were no presence of Federal Colleges of Education. Mr Ameh noted that details on the take-off of the institutions would be made published through the committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Education to be chaired by Permanent Secretary of Education. In his words of appreciation, the Executive Secretary of National Commiss...
Reps Okay Compulsory Genotype Test For Intending Couples
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Reps Okay Compulsory Genotype Test For Intending Couples

The House of Representatives has okayed compulsory genotype tests for intending couples as part of measures to prevent sickle cell disease. The House charged government registries, churches and mosques with demanding the tests before joining persons as husband and wife. This is part of the resolutions passed by the lawmakers at the plenary on Thursday when they unanimously adopted a motion moved by Mr Umar Sarki, titled ‘Call on the Federal Ministry of Health to develop an efficient system for management of sickle cell disease in Nigeria.’ Adopting the motion, the House called on the Federal Ministry of Health to introduce free and compulsory new-born screening programme, which will include screening for sickle cell disease in all hospitals in Nigeria. The House also called on ...
FG To Establish Varsity For Deaf People
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FG To Establish Varsity For Deaf People

The Federal Government has reached an agreement with Gallaudet University in the United States for the establishment of a University for the Deaf either in Abuja or Sagamu, Ogun State. The Nigerian National Association of the Deaf, which broke the news, also said that a series of meetings had been held with the National Universities Commission, Federal Ministry of Education, National Assembly leadership and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on the proposed university. Others involved in the meetings included the African Democratic Bank, Tertiary Education Trust Fund and many other stakeholders. The promoters of the institution said that a site visit to Gallaudet University had also been scheduled to take place between October 28 and November 1, 2019. The National...
Nigerians Pay N500,000 To Buy Fake Degrees – NYSC Boss Reveals
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Nigerians Pay N500,000 To Buy Fake Degrees – NYSC Boss Reveals

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has said beginning from this year’s “Batch C”, only academic certificates and transcripts of foreign students authenticated by Nigerian consulates in foreign countries of study will be accepted for national service. According to a report by TheNation, the NYSC chief alleged that some African institutions sell degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates and transcripts to some Nigerian students for between N300,000 to N500,000. Ibrahim stated this on Thursday at a meeting with representatives of 159 African institutions presenting corps members to Nigeria in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The theme of the event was: Strategies for a Successful Mobilisation of Nigerian Foreign Gradua...
Buhari Approves N208bn For Public Varsities
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Buhari Approves N208bn For Public Varsities

President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday said he has approved N208billion as part of 2019 intervention through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund for infrastructural and teacher development in public tertiary institutions The president said the intervention was part of his administration’s effort to address the deficiencies in all the segments of our educational system. Buhari disclosed this at the 23rd convocation of the University of Abuja on Saturday. Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, Buhari said his administration would continue to provide funding that would address some of the challenges in the nation’s public institutions. The President said that the university system must continue to search for solutions to the nation’s...
60m Nigerians are Illiterates – FG
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60m Nigerians are Illiterates – FG

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, has said nearly 60 million Nigerians are illiterates. He made this known on Thursday at the Federal Government College Otobi, during the inauguration of a pilot Literacy Centre for the North Central Geo-Political Zone. The permanent secretary expressed regret that the illiteracy rate among the youths and adults is high, saying that the literacy level at the lower cadre of the colleges is also alarming. He also assured that literacy centres will reduce the high percentage of illiteracy in the country. According to him, Literacy Centres to be established in 104 Federal Government Colleges (FGCs) are aimed at reducing the high rate of illiteracy at the low cadre of the staff of the institutions, stressing...
Over N600bn Allocated To Education In 2018—Osinbajo
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Over N600bn Allocated To Education In 2018—Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, says over N600 billion has s far been allocated to the education sector in 2018. Osinbajo disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a two-day Stakeholders’ Workshop on Sustainable Funding for Education in Nigeria held on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa Banquet Hall, Abuja. The workshop was organised by Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Finance. He said that in spite of the difficult economic situation when the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration came on board, the Federal Government made sure that funding of education was not neglected. “We were able to increase capital allocation to education; for instance, in the Federal Budget, capital allocation was increased from N23.53 billion in 2015...
Nigeria Army University To Start Before End Of 2018 — Buratai
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Nigeria Army University To Start Before End Of 2018 — Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said that the Army University is expected to commence academic activities before the end of the year. Mr Buratai told media executives in Abuja on Thursday that the university would run courses in the sciences and humanities and that admission would be in the ratio of 30 per cent military and 70 per cent civilian, with a civilian vice-chancellor. He said the army had been holding discussions with the National Universities Commission, Federal Ministry of Education, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the Education Trust Fund. “The Army University is taking shape. Before the end of the year, the university will take off; courses have been identified in the sciences and humanities and we are waiting for the necessary gui...
Ebonyi State Lecturer, Victor Koreyo Renounces Nigerian Citizenship Over Alleged Injustice
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Ebonyi State Lecturer, Victor Koreyo Renounces Nigerian Citizenship Over Alleged Injustice

Victor Koreyo, a lecturer at the Department of Ceramics and Glass Technology, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo, Ebonyi State has declared his intention to renounce his Nigerian citizenship for what he called social injustice. In a letter to President Buhari and made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday, he said he was demoted for a period of eight years by the management of the institution and urged the President to endorse his request. Koreyo, from Nassarawa state, said a directive was given by the Federal Government in 2007 directing all lecturers to produce additional qualification relevant to the job they do. Against that background, the 7th Governing Council of the institution gave Koreyo two years to produce a foreign institution master degree in Ceramic Sc...
UNESCO Partners Fed Govt To Strengthen Early Childhood Care
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UNESCO Partners Fed Govt To Strengthen Early Childhood Care

The United Nations Educational, Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) on Tuesday said it was implementing an Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) project in collaboration with the Federal Government to improve childcare in community children. Rokhaya Diawara, Programme Specialist, Education, UNESCO, made this known in a statement in Abuja, saying the sub-title of the project would “Play and Resilence: China-Africa collaboration project for building a peaceful and sustainable future’’. According to Diawara, the project is funded by Victoria Charitable Foundation in China and will run from 2017 to 2019. She said that the project was majorly targeted at rural children in Adamawa and Ebonyi States. “In Nigeria as in the rest of the world, more children are faced with misfortunes in...
TRCN Boss Wants Enhanced Capacity Training Or Teachers
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TRCN Boss Wants Enhanced Capacity Training Or Teachers

Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has called for enhanced capacity training for teachers as a way of rebuilding the country’s educational system. The registrar also called on the Federal Government to create a more conducive environment to enable teachers practice their profession. Ajiboye made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the Teachers’ Day Symposium to commemorate the 2017 World Teachers Day. The theme for this year’s celebration is tagged: ‘’Teaching in Freedom: Empowering Teachers for the He said a survey conducted in 2010 revealed that there were 207,818 unqualified teachers in the primary schools in the country. ‘’The North-East zone had the highest figure of 57.7 per cent. Undoubtedly, the situation degenerated with in...
NANS Pleads With ASUU, Fed Govt Over Impending Nationwide Strike
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NANS Pleads With ASUU, Fed Govt Over Impending Nationwide Strike

As it becomes clearer by the day that another nationwide strike by university lecturers seems inevitable, students under the umbrella body of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) are making frantic efforts to appeal to both the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to review their stands and avoid the standoff, which will definitely bode ill for the sector. Chairmen of state chapters of ASUU are currently in Abuja, with the national leadership, collating and reviewing the results of the referendum they conducted in their separate chapters. The chairmen are expected to decide today (Sunday, August 13) whether or not to proceed on a nationwide strike, and for how long. The National Executive Council (NEC) of the union met at the Nasarawa ...
EFCC Arraigns Three ‘Ghost Workers’ Over Alleged N9.7m Fraud
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EFCC Arraigns Three ‘Ghost Workers’ Over Alleged N9.7m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned the trio of Onukaogu Onyinyechi Esther, Ebenuwa Chinazo Jennifer and Onukaogu Joshua before Justice A. S. Adepoju of the FCT High court sitting in Wuse, Abuja, on a 13-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence. The defendants were said to have drawn salaries as ghost workers from their ‘respective ministries’ for three years, to the tune of N9million before the law caught up with them. According to the EFCC, Esther allegedly abused her office while being a staff of Soft Alliance, consultants to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation on IPPIS between 2012 and 2013, to input her name and two of her siblings (Jennifer and Joshua) into the IPPIS database as staff of Federal Ministry of E...
16 Permanent Secretaries Retire; FG Looking For Replacement
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16 Permanent Secretaries Retire; FG Looking For Replacement

Sixteen Federal Permanent Secretaries are due for retirement this year, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF) Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita told Daily Trust yesterday in Abuja. She was speaking at the send-off ceremony for the Permanent Secretary Common Services Office, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Dr Saheed Yemi Adelakun, who retired after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60. While the details of the affected PS were not available as at the time of going to the press, Daily Trust reports that Adelakun’s retirement brings the number of the retired PS to four as, the PS Federal Ministry of Information and Culture Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, also retired yesterday. Her retirement was coming on the heels of that of Mrs Rabi Jimeta wh...
Deepening Uncertainty Over Buhari’s Health
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Deepening Uncertainty Over Buhari’s Health

The raging controversy over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari is a repeat nightmare Nigerians do not deserve. For the second time in eight years, inertia, uncertainty, cabalistic intrigues and primordial divisions have gripped the country as the President grapples with an illness that keeps him away from public view and raises doubts about his fitness for the job. It is also raising questions about who is really running the government. While a cabal is bent on hoodwinking the public, the President is increasingly being portrayed as one out of touch with the public. The country must rise above this dangerous swamp, compel all concerned to take the sensible steps and save Nigeria from unnecessary upheaval. On Wednesday, Buhari failed, for the third time in a row, to turn up ...
Lagos Calls For Opening Of Queen’s College
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Lagos Calls For Opening Of Queen’s College

THE Lagos State Government has recommended that the pupils of the Queen’s College, Yaba, should resume for academic activities. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, stated this on Monday while giving an update on the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the school, noting that the school authorities in collaboration with the Parent-Teacher Association, Old Girls Association and the Federal Ministry of Education had successfully addressed identified areas of lapses by instituting control measures. He said, “The control measures include decommissioning of the multiple contaminated water sources, deployment of a single water source with water treatment, renovation of the dining hall, decontamination of the hostels and overhauling of the sewage system and clearance of the septic tanks. ...
Queen’s College Orphan Pupil Buried
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Queen’s College Orphan Pupil Buried

• Education ministry admits blame Tears flowed at the Atan Cemetery, Yaba, Lagos State, on Thursday, as one of the victims of the Queen’s College diarrhoea outbreak, Praise Sodipo, was buried. Representatives of the school’s management, colleagues, family and friends of the victim paid their last respect to the 14-year-old, who died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, last Friday. Some of the mourners broke down in tears when the coffin was opened for all to see late Sodipo, who was dressed in her school uniform. The Senior Secondary School one pupil was buried around 11am. Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Education has admitted blame in the death of the three pupils of the school, saying the incident could have been prevented if proactive steps were ta...
FG Reconstitutes Boards Of Agencies, Parastatals In Education Ministry
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FG Reconstitutes Boards Of Agencies, Parastatals In Education Ministry

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the boards of 19 agencies and paratatals under the Federal Ministry of Education for a period of four years. Mrs Chinenye Ihuoma, Director of Press in the ministry, made this known in a statement issued and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. Ihuoma said the President took into cognizance provisions of the respective legislation with respect to composition, competence, credibility, integrity, federal character and geo-political spread. She said those appointed are Prof. Ayo Banjo, National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, Tertiary Education Trust Fund( TETFund) Dr Ekaete Okon, National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). Dr M...

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