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Unity Bank in race to boost e-learning in Nigeria

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Unity Bank Plc. has partnered Dynamiss to enable schools acquire robust learning management system at affordable rates.


Mr DeVoe Okorie, Unity Bank’s Head of Corporate Communications stated this on Monday in Lagos.

Okorie said under the partnership, a full e-learning package comprising Microsoft School Portal, Discounted Airtel Data and Free Contents and Devices powered by Dynamiss would be supported with financing from Unity Bank.

According to him, the Dynamiss’ Learning Management System (LMS) has been developed by the largest learning platform provider in the UK in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation.

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“The provision of LMS is coming at a time when Nigeria grapples with a global pandemic,” Okorie said in a statement.

The statement quoted Mr Opeyemi Ojesina, Head, Personal and SME Banking, as saying during the unveiling of the initiative that the bank would remain committed to empowering the next generation.

“Unity Bank is supporting the initiative in order to empower and prepare the next generation for a competitive future defined by cutting edge technology.

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“The e-learning market is estimated to hit over 600 billion dollars by 2025, therefore, partnering with Dynamiss to drive this initiative provides a huge opportunity for everyone interested in the education sector.

“On our part, we are committed to providing low-interest credit to as many schools that sign up to the Dynamiss Learning Management System across the country,” Ojesina stated.

He said this was in addition to making available to the schools, cost-effective account products suitable and tailored for the schools and their employees.

“Beyond our loan products, which are tailored to assist schools to grow their businesses effectively, we also offer rich bouquet that includes, but not limited to asset finance and working capital.

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“This is even as we train and equip schools with the necessary financial tools for success,” he said.

He added that the adoption of the Dynamiss Learning Management System would help students return to classrooms and mitigate the impact of the loss of learning on students at this period of COVID-19.

“The LMS also comes with other incredible capabilities such as access to over one million free international and local contents and the ability to download the curriculum from the portal and use offline.

“This is even as Dynamiss offers a free subscription to all schools that come onboard before September,” he said.


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Insecurities: Femi Gbajabiamila seek China’s support


The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has asked for the support of the Peoples’ Republic of China to help tackle security challenges in the country.


Speaking when he received the Ambassador of China to Nigeria Mr Zhou Pingjian, in Abuja, Mr. Gbajabiamila said Nigeria needs help at this time to help tackle its security challenges.

He noted that Nigeria and China already have good economic and political relationship and stressed on the need for strong military ties between the two countries to reduce insecurity.


“What I’ll implore you is on the military relationships. Our biggest problem right now is the issue of insecurity, and we’ll be happy to get help now from wherever we can.

So, in terms of military ties, we’ll be happy to get help from you at this time,” Mr. Gbajabiamila said.


On Coronavirus, Speaker Gbajabiamila commended the Chinese Government for measures taken so far to contain the virus and avoid spread to other parts of the world.

He said Nigeria would continue to support China as it battles the virus, adding that there was a need for proper enlightenment to avoid panic among the people.


“Our country will continue to ensure that the relationship is good.

You have the issue of coronavirus, and we commend you for what you’ve done so far. You’ve been proactive so far. You built a 1000-bed hospital in about a week and another 1600-bed hospital.


We know that all these things are temporary but necessary measures. You did address the issue of misinformation and all of that. But we must always recognize the fact that there will always be fear of the unknown.

We met with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) ‎here. The DG gave us the same assurances that you gave us. With the measures taken, I know in no time it will go. But whatever that caused it in the first place should be addressed.


We’re here to support you even if it’s morally so that you’ll continue to fight this disease,” the Speaker maintained.

The Chinese Ambassador, Mr Pingjian, had earlier told the Speaker that his country considers Nigeria a very important trade partner, especially with the recent trade volume between the two countries rising to around nineteen billion US Dollars.


While calling for the continuous peaceful relationship between the two countries, Mr Pingjian said China would continue to support Nigeria to achieve her set goals.

On the Coronavirus epidemic, the ambassador said the Chinese Government is doing a lot to contain the disease.

“We’ll protect the lives and properties of Nigerians in China, We have the competence, capacity and will to contain the epidemic and China would emerge stronger from the epidemic.” The ambassador added.

So far, he said, no Nigerian living in China was infected with the disease, noting that his country would do everything to protect foreign nationals’ resident in China.


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Gov. Ganduje appoints aide on street lights


Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has appointed one Auwalu Salisu Kingdom as a Senior Special Assistant on Street Lights in the state.

This was made known in an appointment letter signed by the Kano State Secretary to the State Government.


According to the letter, the new SSA on Street Lights has already commenced his work as the appointment was already effective as at Monday, February 10.

“This is to formally convey to you that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has approved your appointment as Senior Special Assistant, Street Lights III with effect from 10th February 2020.

“Your appointment into this position of trust and confidence was made upon careful assessment of your credentials, competence, track record of performance, dedication to duty, vast experience, patriotic disposition and expressed loyalty. It is hoped that you will employ these qualities to bear towards ensuring effective discharge of your assigned duties.

“As we move the State to Next Level of development, it is my sincere hope that you will live above board and justify the confidence reposed in you by the Government. I pray that God in His infinite mercy accord you the wisdom and determination to execute the assignment diligently and to the expectation of the administration. Accept my congratulations, please,” the appointment letter reads.


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UTME candidates should not involve in exam malpractice – Adamu Adamu warned


As the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) holds mock for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) today (Tuesday, February 18, 2020), Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has warned sitting candidates against examination malpractices.

While warning universities and other tertiary institutions to abide by the rules of the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) established by JAMB, Adamu noted that the government is aware of the corrupt practices such as admission racketeering, amongst others.

“Candidates who are billed to sit for the 2020 UTME are urged to refrain from any form of malpractices as this administration detests all forms of corruption, including examination malpractice and admission racketeering.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

“Permit me to seize this opportunity to state that the leadership of any higher institution found to be involved in admitting any candidate without the prior approval of the board or outside the established platform – CAPS – would be considered and treated as corrupting the system,” Punch quoted Adamu as saying.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, had however disclosed that the board has so far registered over 1.9 million prospective candidates for its 2020 UTME, with a few hours to the end of the exercise.


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