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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 ...
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...
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...
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...
NASU Strike Hits Universities Hard, Students Battle Filth, Water, Power Problems
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NASU Strike Hits Universities Hard, Students Battle Filth, Water, Power Problems

The strike by non-academic unions in public universities has taken its toll on the institutions as they battle filth and struggle to keep services such as electricity and water supplies functional. The PUNCH correspondents, who visited the universities on Monday, reported that although teaching was going on, the strike by non-teaching staff had thrown up various problems in the institutions. For example, while refuse has piled up at male and female hostels of the University of Calabar, Cross River State, students of the University of Jos are battling with stoppage of water and electricity supplies. Their colleagues at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus confided in The PUNCH that they contributed N500 per room to pay cleaners they brought from outside to clean their hostel...
Vice Chancellors Counter ASUU, Say Universities Can Resume
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Vice Chancellors Counter ASUU, Say Universities Can Resume

Vice-Chancellors of some federal and state universities in Nigeria have expressed readiness to reopen schools. Though the Academic Staff Union of Universities had said that varsities were not ready for reopening, the VCs said they had planned to reopen their institutions as directed by the Federal Government. One of the VCs of a federal university in the South-West told our correspondent that it was wrong for ASUU to claim that there were no guidelines for reopening varsities. Apart from the scare arising from the second wave of COVID-19, another VC said some of them (VCs) had planned to stagger resumption. “I think ASUU should begin to speak to facts. Inasmuch as we do not want the COVID-19 outbreak on our campuses, we had our plans. Some academic activities can resume for c...
Universities To Re-open On 18 January 2021 – NUC
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Universities To Re-open On 18 January 2021 – NUC

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed vice-chancellors of universities to resume academic activities on January 18. This is in accordance with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. The directive was contained in a statement signed by NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed. Maiyaki urged universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, which have been communicated severally to the Nigerian University System through NUC’s circulars. “I am to add that universities on resumption of academic activities, must under no circumstance violate the full cyc...
Past govt responsible for persistent ASUU strike – Education minister, Adamu Adamu, says
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Past govt responsible for persistent ASUU strike – Education minister, Adamu Adamu, says

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has blamed a previous administration for the persistent strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.   Nigerian Universities have been closed for eight months after ASUU declared an indefinite strike in March this year. The union's president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, who announced the strike at a press conference, said the strike is over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement.   While fielding questions from guests at a Town Hall meeting in  Bauchi state on Monday, November 2nd, Adamu said that the insolvable problem that had resulted in incessant strikes by ASUU was that a past administration sat down with ASUU and agreed on some conditions that it would...
FG Approves Reopening Of Universities, Polytechnics, Federal Government Colleges On October 12
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FG Approves Reopening Of Universities, Polytechnics, Federal Government Colleges On October 12

Remember that schools were closed down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in March, The Federal Government had on Friday, announced that Federal Government-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria, as well as Federal Government Colleges, otherwise known as Unity Schools, will reopen on October 12th for the continuation of academic activities. State and Private universities are also expected to decide on their resumption date and resume accordingly. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, addressing a press conference in Abuja, said the decision to reopen the schools was due to the fall in the COVID-19 cases across the country. He said: “We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector including the Association of Private Schools (NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Educatio...
Universities Awarding Degrees In Less Than 6 Months, PhD Below 1 Year – NUC
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Universities Awarding Degrees In Less Than 6 Months, PhD Below 1 Year – NUC

National Universities Commission (NUC) has lamented the rate at which high institutions across the country are awarding higher degrees within six months and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in less than one year. The Spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua yesterday in Abuja quoted the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rashid Adamu, to have stated this when he led a delegation to ICPC. According to Ogugua, Adamu also said that NUC had found institutions where academic projects and thesis were on sale for N3000 per copy, adding that another disturbing scenario was the influx of graduates with fake degrees from foreign institutions into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). The Secretary also...
2020 Admission: JAMB Sets 160 as Cut-off mark for Universities
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2020 Admission: JAMB Sets 160 as Cut-off mark for Universities

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has set 160 as the minimum cut-off mark for universities across the country in the 2020 admission session. JAMB's registrar Ishaq Oloyede made the announcement on Tuesday June 16, after the 20th policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions. The cut-off mark for polytechnics was pegged at 120, while that of Colleges of Education remains at 100 and above. Commenting on the admission statistics for 2019, Oloyede said that 612,557 candidates were offered admission but 510,957 admission spaces remained unused by the institutions. He added that only 1,157,977 candidates who had the required five credits with English and Mathematics, sat for its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) last year. Minister of Educati...
Ghana President Akufo-addo Announces Resumption Of Schools
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Ghana President Akufo-addo Announces Resumption Of Schools

Ghana President, Nana Akufo-Addo has announced the resumption of schools for the final year secondary students and universities. “He said finalist of tertiary institutions will resume on Monday, June 15, followed by those in Senior High School, with the second-year students under the Gold Track, on June 22, while Basic School finalists will go on June 29. Ghana has a total of 11,964 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 54 deaths.
NUC Lists Universities Approved For Postgraduate Programmes
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NUC Lists Universities Approved For Postgraduate Programmes

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has updated the list of approved post-graduate awarding institutions in Nigeria. The commission said it observed that some Nigerian universities are running unapproved post-graduate programmes, leading to the award of Masters and PhD degrees. “The commission has also observed some parastatals and institutes awarding these same post-graduate degrees, either on their own or through unapproved affiliation with Nigerian and foreign universities,” it said. According to the commission, such practices are not only unethical, “but also antithetical to time -tested quality assurance best practices”. “The commission hereby notifies the general public that only the following universities have the approval to offer post-graduate programmes at the ...
Teenager Gets Admitted To 45 Universities With Over N1.5bn Scholarship
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Teenager Gets Admitted To 45 Universities With Over N1.5bn Scholarship

A female graduating student of the Apex High School in North Carolina has a lot to be excited about after being admitted into 45 universities with over $4 million which is 1,561,040,000 to Nigerian Naira. The student ,Ive Jones, despite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world which have affected academic,economic and other activities,she still celebrates her remarkable accomplishment. Jones,the 17-year-old graduating student had distinction and got acceptance letters from 45 out of 50 schools she applied to with $4 million in scholarships. Because of them we can reports that Jones has indicated that she was motivated by other black kids doing same. Ive Jones worked hard to get to where she is today. When she was 11 years,she organized a fund raising campaign ...
NASU Directs University Workers, Others To Begin Strike Over IPPIS
Education

NASU Directs University Workers, Others To Begin Strike Over IPPIS

THE Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has lamented the short-payment of its members since February by the Federal Government through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). It said it will begin strike in federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education once they reopen. NASU General Secretary Peters Adeyemi in a statement in Abuja said that the union had filed official complaints against the Accountant General of the Federation with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige. He said steps aimed at resolving the crisis had failed despite two meetings with the Director in charge of IPPIS, Olufehinti Olusegun. “Regrettably, despite your assurances via a telephone discussion sometimes i...
FG Alleges That Universities Are Presenting Names Of Dead Staff To Collect Salaries
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FG Alleges That Universities Are Presenting Names Of Dead Staff To Collect Salaries

The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) office has accused university administrators of providing a payroll list containing dead staff for salary payment. The government was reacting to accusations by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that IPPIS paid dead staff and generally cut its members’ salaries by as much as 50 per cent. In a statement issued on Monday by Director of Information, Press and Public Relations, Henshaw Oguike, IPPIS explained why staff of tertiary institutions were paid less than what individual universities were paying them. “On the alleged payment to dead university staff. It means the institutions deliberately forwarded to IPPIS the list containing dead ASUU members as being part of their personnel to get more personn...
Lockdowns, curfew not in our best interest, putting God first has worked for us – Tanzania President
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Lockdowns, curfew not in our best interest, putting God first has worked for us – Tanzania President

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has downplayed US fears that Dar es Salaam hospitals are overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients. Earlier this week, the US Embassy in Tanzania issued an alert warning that there is an “extremely high risk” of contracting coronavirus in Dar es Salaam. But on Sunday, May 17, President Magufuli said that many of the Covid-19 patients in Tanzania have recovered, giving a blow-by-blow account of the few patients in each of the country’s main hospitals. “I urge you to continue taking caution and praying. If the trend continues this way, I’ll open up universities for students to resume their studies. I will also consider resuming sporting activities,” said a confident Magufuli. Magufuli, exuding confidence, claimed that some planes are fully booke...
How FG Can Reopen Schools, Universities Within Four Weeks – Afe Babalola
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How FG Can Reopen Schools, Universities Within Four Weeks – Afe Babalola

The founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola, has advised the Federal Government against waiting till all towns and villages in the country are free from COVID-19 before reopening schools. Babalola, who said “only the Almighty God Himself can determine when the current coronavirus pandemic will be eradicated globally,” added that “the daily increase in the number of patients does not suggest that COVID-19 will soon come to an end”. The ABUAD founder, who, in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Monday, said schools nationwide were “hurriedly” closed down by government fiat on March 23 when some pupils and students were either writing examinations or embarking on final-year examinations, offered advice on how the Federal Government could reopen the schools and univer...
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 ...
Egypt imposes nightly curfews to curb COVID-19 spread
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Egypt imposes nightly curfews to curb COVID-19 spread

Egypt has declared a curfew starting from Wednesday, March 25) to counter the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The north African country is one of the most impacted on the continent. Schools and universities, which were shut on March 14 for two weeks, will be extended for a further two weeks. Announcing the new measures, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly said: “We announce a (nightly) curfew on public movement on all public roads starting from 7 p.m. Wednesday (1700GMT) until 6 a.m. the next day (0400GMT). I am stressing here that all the announced measures will last for two weeks.” Most public services and government offices will close their doors to the public during the curfew period and a measure to limit the number of government employees going to work will be prolonged unt...
UNILAG Ranks Best In Nigeria And 8th In Africa
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UNILAG Ranks Best In Nigeria And 8th In Africa

The University of Lagos has been ranked 1st  in Nigeria and 8th in Africa, by uniRank University Ranking™, the leading international higher education directory and search engine featuring reviews and rankings of over 13,600 officially recognized Universities and Colleges in 200 countries. uniRankTM, in a bid to answer the question of “What are the most popular Universities in Africa and Nigeria?”, published the 2020 African University Ranking of the top 200 recognized higher-education institutions in Africa and of 160 Nigerian higher-education institutions in Nigeria respectively. The University must be officially recognized, licensed and/or accredited by the appropriate higher education-related organization in each country; The University must be officially licensed or authorized...
Best Universities In Nigeria 2020 (latest Ranking)
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Best Universities In Nigeria 2020 (latest Ranking)

The best universities in Nigeria should of no doubt be judged based on mere assumption or sentiment, it should be based on a clear criteria that clearly defines it’s value and reputation. unbiased and non-influenceable web metrics provided by a dependable and trustworthy web intelligence sources and not just informations or data submitted by the Universities in question themself. Also, the best universities should selected on the basis of being accredited by the appropriate Nigerian higher education-related organization Another basis on which the best universities should be selected is on the basis of the duration of obtaining their degree, they must be offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees) ...
We’ll Position Universities To Produce Quality Graduates – Buhari
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We’ll Position Universities To Produce Quality Graduates – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said Federal Government will give more attention to improving personnel and infrastructure of universities to produce quality graduates, assuring that education will, henceforth, be a top priority in development goals of the country. President Buhari, who received leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) led by Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi at the State House, said effective and efficient operations of universities will go a long way in improving the economy, especially with focus on science and technology. The President urged members of ASUU to assist the Federal Government in realising the target of improved education and credible certificates by complying with ongoing verification and validation of human resources in the un...
Full List Of Illegal Universities In Nigeria By NUC 2020
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Full List Of Illegal Universities In Nigeria By NUC 2020

To whom it may concern, We wish to inform the general public, especially parents and prospective undergraduate students that the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria has released a list of Illegal Universities in Nigeria 2020 and they are as follows: LIST OF Illegal Universities in Nigeria 2020 (“DEGREE MILLS”) OPERATING IN NIGERIA. 1. University of Accountancy and Management Studies, operating anywhere in Nigeria 2. Christians of Charity American University of Science and Technology, Nkpor, Anambra State or any of its other campuses 3. University of Industry, Yaba, Lagos or any of its other campuses 4. University of Applied Sciences and Management, Port Novo, Republic of Benin or any of its other campuses in Nigeria 5. Blacksmith University, Akwa or any o...
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Sex for favours no big deal — Ghanaian singer Meesha

When the BBC documentary on sex for grades at universities across Africa, including the University of Ghana broke, it might have sparked outrage but not many people were surprised because the practice seems to be pervasive in all spheres of society. The matter came up for discussion on entertainment shows and while there was consensus that it had become normal in the industry, there was concern also about how to get it stopped because it was a disturbing issue but for now, entrant onto the music scene, Meesha, says sex for favours is not a big deal. According to her, there was nothing wrong with people using what they had to get what they wanted. “I don’t find anything wrong with people using what they have to get what they want, once they are okay with it and feel what is in ...
Nigerian Lecturers Do Not Hold Multiple Full Time Lecturing Jobs – IPPIS
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Nigerian Lecturers Do Not Hold Multiple Full Time Lecturing Jobs – IPPIS

Yes, it's true. Nigerian lecturers do not hold multiple full time lecturing jobs. It's a cheap blackmail by the FG to force the university staff to join IPPIS, which is against the extant laws that established the universities. A Lecturer is only allowed to do adjunct or visiting lecturing jobs, which are part time jobs. Before universities employ lecturers, they ensure that such persons do not hold any other full-time job before the appointment letters are issued. This is because they know that it's against the law to hold multiple full time jobs at same time when working in the public service. Every country is guided by laws and the rule of law must be upheld by any government if not anarchy could set in. Universities do not just come into existence, every university is established on...
Very Soon My Son’s Music Would Be Studied In Universities Across The World- Shatta Wale’s Mother
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Very Soon My Son’s Music Would Be Studied In Universities Across The World- Shatta Wale’s Mother

We cannot tell which part of the universe Shatta Wale’s mother lives but the woman believes her son Wale has greater things ahead of him in this life. According to Wale’s mother Madam Elsie Evelyn Avemegah, it would not be immediate but soon, the world would come to understand and accept his music so much so that it would be studied in schools. “Very soon, as am saying, his (Shatta Wale) music shall be a study subject across all universities. I’m still hammering for it. Everyone will understand Shatta Wale’s music if not for today,a time will come everyone will comprehend,” Madam Avemegah said in an interview on Accra-based Hot FM.
ASUU Splits, As New Academic Union Seek Stable Calendar For Universities
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ASUU Splits, As New Academic Union Seek Stable Calendar For Universities

A new academic union has called for a stable university calendar to improve the quality of education at the ivory tower and enhance innovations in the system. The union further stressed the need for interfacing between teachers at the ordinary level and academics at the higher institutions of learning to improve the quality of students admitted into the university system. Addressing journalists under the aegis of Congress of University Academic (CONUA), after its first stakeholders meeting held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, during the weekend, the National Coordinator, Dr. Niyi Sumonu, said it is time for other academia in other universities to join the union in its search for a refine academic unionism to foster quality education in the Nigerian university syst...
FG To Execute Power Projects In 37 Universities – Buhari
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FG To Execute Power Projects In 37 Universities – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says government has launched an electrification projects in 37 federal universities across Nigeria. He said this yesterday during the maiden convocation ceremony of the Federal University, Otuoke, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr Ramon Yusuf Suleiman, Buhari said the Energizing Education Programme would benefit 129,000 students and power 2850 street lights when completed. He said Federal Government has commissioned two of these projects, one at the Alex Ekueme Federal University and another 7.1 solar hybrid project at Bayero Federal University. He said: “I must not fail at this point to mention one of our initiatives in the tertiary education sub...
Goodluck Jonathan should have implemented executive orders in 2014 confab’ – Segun Osoba
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Goodluck Jonathan should have implemented executive orders in 2014 confab’ – Segun Osoba

The former governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba has said ex-President Goodluck Jonathan had enough time to implement some aspects of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference before he left office in 2015.   Osoba, in an interview with Punch, said some recommendations of the conference required executive orders to implement, adding that Jonathan had nine months after the report of the conference was presented to him before he left office.   The former President had on July 12 said his government could not implement the recommendations of the confab because of time constraint as the 2015 electioneering had reached its peak.  However, Osoba, who said he was nominated to be a member of the conference by a forum of former governors, said power devolution, w...
“Universities Spending Scarce Resource On Course That Are Not Relevant” – Ben Bruce
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“Universities Spending Scarce Resource On Course That Are Not Relevant” – Ben Bruce

Ben Murray Bruce has written in a Tweet that the country, Nigeria's Universities have been spending scarce resources on courses that are irrelevant to her. "Nigerian universities are spending scarce resources on courses that are not relevant to Nigeria. Instead of STEMs (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), we are churning out graduates whose courses cant help them find jobs or start businesses. We must focus on STEMs."
Abolish Acceptance Fees In Universities – FG Gets 7-Day Ultimatum From One Love Group
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Abolish Acceptance Fees In Universities – FG Gets 7-Day Ultimatum From One Love Group

The federal government of Nigeria has been given a 7-day ultimatum to abrogate admission acceptance fees into all tertiary institutions in the country to encourage learning. Rights group, One Love Foundation said they decided to give the one week notice to the current government of the country and should the government failed, they will not also fail to seek redress in the court of law to put an end to the ugly scenario. The group made this known in a statement issued to newsmen by its coordinator, Mr. Patrick Osagie Eholor, in Benin City, the Edo State capital. The statement said they have been overwhelmed with the outcries of the poor masses whose academic pursuits have been truncated due to their inability to pay the thousands of money as acceptance fee before they could be...
FG Spends N1.338trn On Capital Expenditure In 4 Years — Minister
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FG Spends N1.338trn On Capital Expenditure In 4 Years — Minister

THE Federal Government said yesterday it had spent N.338 trillion in capital investment in the education sector in the last four years. It also revealed that its aggregate expenditure in the education sector (public and private) exceeded the much-touted 26 percent of the national budget. Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed these during his valedictory briefing in Abuja yesterday, also said the amount was outside the N25 billion approved for public universities. He said:  “In spite of the economic downturn, we have done well in terms of investment in capital expenditure. ‘’The UBEC interventions in states have recorded a total of N350 billion, while TETFund and NEEDS Assessment interventions have recorded N857 billion with the main ministry and other agenc...
ICAN Issues Accreditation Certificates To 24 Universities, 14 Polytechnics
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ICAN Issues Accreditation Certificates To 24 Universities, 14 Polytechnics

The Institute of Chartered Accountants Of Nigeria (ICAN) has certified a total of 24 Universities, 14 Polytechnics, 3 Colleges of Education and 19 Tuition Houses and they have been presented with accreditation and recognition certificates. The presentation ceremony was held last week in Lagos, Nigeria by ICAN President Alhaji Razak Jaiyeola who said the Institute’s decision to accredit institutions was informed by the need to sustain the high quality of ICAN examinations and ensure that students are adequately prepared for the different stages of the exams. “This initiative that started in 1972 is also ICAN’s strategy for quality control and building of competent professionals capable of contributing significantly to development of the country”, he said. He explained that the mov...
Esimone beats 37 others to emerge UNIZIK VC
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Esimone beats 37 others to emerge UNIZIK VC

A former deputy vice-chancellor in charge of administration at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) and a professor of pharmacy, Professor Charles Esimone, has defeated 37 other contestants to emerge the vice chancellor of the institution. The Governing Council of the university has already approved the appointment through a letter dated 14 May 2019 and signed by the pro-chancellor and chairman of the governing council, Alhaji Azeez Bello. The letter reads: “Please, refer to your application for the above post, dated 1 February 2019, and your interactive session with the Joint Council/Senate Selection Board, held on Tuesday, 14 May 2019, at the University Council Chamber. “In accordance with the provisions of Section 4 of First Schedule, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Act CAP 139, LFN 2004...
NUC Gives Approval For 3 More Universities In Imo
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NUC Gives Approval For 3 More Universities In Imo

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of an additional three universities in Imo to address the challenges of admission in the country. The universities are: University of Science and Technology, Omuna Isiako, University of Creative Technology, Umuna and the University of Medical Sciences, Ogboko. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that with the additional three universities, Imo now has five universities, the only state with the highest number of universities in the country. Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary of the commission, while receiving the master plan, Academic brief and Environmental impact analysis from Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo on Tuesday in Abuja, said the universities would meet the needs of the country. Rasheed...
Winners Chapel Acquires Land For Universities In Ghana And Congo
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Winners Chapel Acquires Land For Universities In Ghana And Congo

As an educationist, Bishop David Oyedepo's mission currently pioneers the establishment of educational institutions at all levels in and outside Nigeria, including the recently established Covenant University with over 7,000 students as well as Faith Academy with 1,500 students both located in Canaanland. Covenant university was well documented in a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) documentary on the Nigerian 50th independence anniversary because of landmark achievements in its few years of existence. Covenant University was adjudged the best private university in Nigeria in 2005 and one of the goals of the institution is to be among the best in the world by or before 2020. According to Bishop Oyedepo, "Covenant University is not just an institution, it is a revolution in educati...
Varsities Can’t Survive On Govt Funding – Babalakin
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Varsities Can’t Survive On Govt Funding – Babalakin

The Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), has said universities cannot continue to survive on government largesse, adding that they must learn to invest and improve on revenue generation. Speaking during the conferment of postgraduate and honorary degrees at UNILAG’s 50th Convocation Ceremony, the senior lawyer said Nigerians universities cannot continue to survive as “government departments expecting government largesse”. Babalakin said while there had been a raging battle on whether education should be funded by government alone or by government and all stakeholders, his position was that quality education “is an inescapable necessity”. “It is a must that we all have to be properly educated; so, if government can afford to do it all on...
Brands Distance Themselves From Lori Loughlin And Daughter Olivia Jade
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Brands Distance Themselves From Lori Loughlin And Daughter Olivia Jade

"Fuller House" actress Lori Loughlin and her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, have lost endorsements after they were exposed for being involved in a college admissions scam (read here). So far, three companies have distanced themselves from actress Lori Loughlin and her daughter. The Hallmark Channel severed ties with Loughlin on Thursday afternoon, saying in a statement to CNN: We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production. Technology giant Hewlett Packard also removed an ad featuring Loughlin and daugh...
3 Female Students Nabbed While Performing Rituals With Ladies’ Pants
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3 Female Students Nabbed While Performing Rituals With Ladies’ Pants

Three females students have been nabbed while performing rituals with ladies’ pants in the middle of the night. The unnamed student are reportedly students of one of the universities in Ile-Ife, Osun State The trio were nabbed in the early hours of today, with calabashes on their heads. They were allegedly planning to have their bath at a T-junction when they were caught. Items found with them include buckets of water, local sponges, three charm-filled calabashes and some panties suspected to be those of their colleagues in school. While being questioned, they were not able to give tangible sources of the items found on them, especially the female panties.
Saraki Tells FG To End ASUU Strike Without Delay
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Saraki Tells FG To End ASUU Strike Without Delay

Senate president Bukola Saraki, has asked the Federal Government to end the strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) without delay. The strike action has now entered its 62nd day. The request was made in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu. Bukola Saraki emphasised the need for Nigeria’s universities to be re-opened without further delay, highlighting the fact that the education of Nigeria’s young people is being negatively affected by the stance of the government and is also disenfranchising the youths, many of whom are registered to vote in their universities??but are now stuck in their homes. Read the statement below; “In November 2016, the Senate intervened in the ASUU strike and met with the officials of the ...
Fire Outbreak Destroys Students Hostel At Kano State University
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Fire Outbreak Destroys Students Hostel At Kano State University

The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed a fire outbreak that destroyed the upper section of a female hostel at the Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil. Naija News understands that the State Fire Service spokesperson,Saidu Mohammed who confirmed the incident, stated that the fire resulted from high voltage which occurred on Tuesday night. He also said that a total of 30 rooms, 20 toilets and four kitchens were completely razed. “We received a distress call at 09:52 p.m. from one Alhaji Sagiru that there was a fire outbreak in the university. “On receiving the information, we quickly sent some of our personnel and fire fighting vehicles to the scene at 10:21 p.m. to quench the fire,’’ he said. Mr Mohammed, however, said no life was lost to ...
ASUU Members Vote for Continuation of Strike
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ASUU Members Vote for Continuation of Strike

A larger percentage of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)voted for the continuation of the ongoing nationwide strike. The national leaders of the union on Monday directed its zonal coordinators to meet and conduct the referendum. At a referendum held at the Oyo State chapter of the Union, in Ibadan, 200 members voted in agreement, while only 50 people voted to end the strike. Speaking after the referendum, Dr. Deji Omole, Chairman of the University of Ibadan Chapter, said the referendum was conducted to know if the union should end the strike or not. He affirmed that members voted for the continuation of the strike because the government is yet to meet all of its demand. ASUU and the Nigerian government are yet to come to an agreement on funds for...
National Universities Commission gives licence to four new universities
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National Universities Commission gives licence to four new universities

The National Universities Commission (NUC), has given provisional approval to four new private universities to commence academic programmes.   Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, NUC at the presentation of the licences to the universities in Abuja on Tuesday, said the four universities had been under scrutiny since 2006. The universities are: Greenfield University, Kaduna State, Dominion University, Ibadan, Trinity University, Laloko, Ogun, and Westland University, Iwo, Osun.   With the approval, Nigeria now has 79 private universities, and a total of 173 universities, private and public. Rasheed underscored the need to increase the number of universities in the country, taking into consideration the country’s 200 million population.  He added that with the c...
Universities That Pull Out Of Strike Will Regret Their Actions – ASUU
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Universities That Pull Out Of Strike Will Regret Their Actions – ASUU

The President of the Association of Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi has on Monday evening said that institutions that pulled out of the ongoing strike and opened their doors to students will regret their action in future. Ogunyemi made this known while speaking to The Punch correspondent, who asked on his view on the perceived disunity in the union’s ranks. The Punch reports that since the commencement of the industrial action no fewer than 6 institutions who are members of the union had pulled out of the industrial action. The President hinted that members that pulled out of the campaign were pressured to abandon the fight by their vice-chancellors, or governing councils. Ogunyemi said, “Those universities perceived as pulling out are certainly not against ...
List Of Church Owned Universities In Nigeria
Education, Religion

List Of Church Owned Universities In Nigeria

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14‬ The Church has consistently played her role as the source of light in the nation. Despite hues and cries about the emergence of private universities, it is an irony that most public universities are presently on strike while church owned ones are functional. Presently some of the best universities in the nation are run by churches. They can only get better. The impact of Christian universities are not readily apparent at the moment; however I make bold to say that in a decade from now, the gap would have been clear and the difference between the church owned and other universities would have been widened in favour of the Church. Universities need adequate funding in order to be main...
ASUU Strike To Be Called-Off Soon – Adamu Adamu, Minister Of Education
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ASUU Strike To Be Called-Off Soon – Adamu Adamu, Minister Of Education

The lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has caused a breakdown in the academic activities in both Federal and State Universities across the country. A lthough there have been series of meetings between the Federal Government and the Union, the strike has still persisted. The latest update on the strike which the Union says is necessary to press on their demand is from the Minster of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has reportedly assured Nigerian students that the ongoing ASUU strike would soon be suspended. Adamu while speaking at the 10th convocation ceremony of the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State on Thursday, January 17, 2018, appealed to the striking lecturers to be patient with the Federal G...
ASUU Strike Update: Lecturers Reject FG’s Offers, Continues Strike
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ASUU Strike Update: Lecturers Reject FG’s Offers, Continues Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike action s set to continue after they rejected the offers made to it early this week by the federal government. The expectations of Nigerians that academic activities will resume soon in the country’s public universities may have been dashed as Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu) has rejected offers from the Federal Government. According to PREMIUM TIMES, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, said upon reviewing the offers made by the government, members of the union across various campuses and zones rejected it. Mr. Ogunyemi, who described government’s offer on the outstanding revitalization fund of N1.1 trillion as tokenism, said members are insisting that government should release at least a tranche of N220 billion ...
SERAP Seeks UN Intervention As ASUU Strike Continues
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SERAP Seeks UN Intervention As ASUU Strike Continues

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) said it has appealed to two UN special rapporteurs urging them to prevail on the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reach a truce and end the ongoing strike. Oluwatoyin Balogun@OluwatoyinBalo3 Ur a university student, you intend to vote for Buhari, while ASUU is on strike.N50 billion was approved for cattle ranching in Kaduna alone, yet you are undeterred, Buhari has your vote:Please add yourself to any of the cattle ranches of your choice; you are a human cow. ED 2,922 20:46 - 24 Dec 2018 Twitter Ads information and privacy 2,793 people are talking about this Twitter Ads information and privacy Th...
Lingering ASUU Strike Threat to 2019 Elections, Says INEC
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Lingering ASUU Strike Threat to 2019 Elections, Says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described the lingering industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as a threat to the 2019 general election. The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, raised the alarm Thursday at a one-day workshop on Gender Sensitive Reporting of Elections, held in Abuja He noted that over 70 per cent of the ad hoc staff required for the elections was drawn from students of federal tertiary institutions.

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