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Aug. 21: Institutions in Nigeria to begin first, second choice admission – JAMB

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all tertiary institutions to begin the conduct of the first and second choice admissions from August 21.

The board gave the directive in the 2020 admission guidelines released in Abuja by the board Spokesperson, Dr Benjamin Fabian.

Dr Fabian, in the guidelines, warned institutions against duplication of forms, adding that they should desist from selling forms for admissions into some listed programmes.

He urged institutions to advise candidates to apply for the programmes through its office, saying that all admission exercise must be conducted on the Central Admission Processing System.

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“All applications for admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into full-time, distance learning, part-time, outreach, sandwich, etc, must be processed only through JAMB.

”Institutions that desire to place advertisement can do so by advising candidates who applied for the current Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to change to their institution as first choice rather than requesting the candidates to purchase another application form or apply.

”This is to prevent the issue of double registration which is a violation of the JAMB mandate,” he said.


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COVID-19: Benue University VC test positive

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The Vice-Chancellor of Benue State University, Chancellor, Prof. Msugh Hembe, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Hembe, who confirmed his COVID-19 status on Facebook on Friday, directed all staff of the institution and close associates to undergo test and isolate themselves in compliance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) directive.

He wrote: “On Monday, 29th June, 2020, my test result for COVID-19 returned positive.

“I have been in isolation since I found out on Monday about my positive exposure to the virus.

“Staff of Benue State University and close associates are advised to check themselves, isolate and be pragmatic.”


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Storyline: Bowen sacks over 100 staff

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Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, on Tuesday, announced the decision to sack over 100 workers.

NRM gathered that the sacked staff received their letters of disengagement through email late on Tuesday.

One of the affected staff said the school claimed that the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic was the reason for the retrenchment.

The mass retrenchment is reportedly “generating tension on the campus” and some are threatening to protest the action.

An affected staff said: “Over 100 of us are affected and we may resort to violence because the reason for the sack was not genuine.

“The Vice Chancellor, Prof Joshua Ogunwole, recently bought a vehicle worth over N42 million despite the economic situation. So you can see that it is caused by wickedness and insensitivity.”

University spokesman Toba Adaramola confirmed that the institution sacked some workers, including academic and non-academic staff. He said about 8-10% of the workforce was affected.

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He said: “The decision affected those in academics and non-academic staff.

“In August 2018, it was discovered that the university is heading toward inflection point and the management deliberated on the reasons for the inflection.

“It was discovered that change of culture was part of the problem. Hence we embraced technology and so many staffers were no longer needed to perform certain duties.

“Although it is a painful decision but one that is necessary to sustain the university since it is not public institution that can rely on any subvention apart from the fees it charged its students.”


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COVID-19: Kwara stretch Palliatives to Unilorin


The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) says about 643 of its workers had benefited from the COVID-19 palliatives being distributed by the Kwara Government.

According to the institution’s bulletin issued on Monday, no fewer than 643 Departmental Staff have received food items donated by the state government as palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic.

The university said that the food items, which included 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar, were distributed to the workers.

It noted that the Deputy Registrar, General Services, Mrs Maymunat Zakariyya, was charged with the distribution.

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It also said that the management of the university headed by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, had in its letter commiserated with the Kwara Government on the Global COVID-19 pandemic.

Zakariyya noted that the letter requested the state government to kindly extend the distribution of the Federal Government palliatives to its low cadre staff to ease their economic situation in this period of the lockdown.

“The state government responded by presenting 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar to the university administration.

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“She added that the university administration, however, identified 643 staff on CONTISS 1 and 2, and departmental staff of the university as the most vulnerable, and the Vice-Chancellor graciously directed that the food items be shared to this category of staff,” it stated.

Zakariyya, however, admonished the beneficiaries to observe the COVID-19 protocols, imploring them to endeavour to stay safe while hoping that the world will soon get out of thd crisis.

According to the bulletin, one of the beneficiaries, Mr Ajadi Suleiman, who spoke on behalf of others, commended the Kwara government and Unilorin management for the support.

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Suleiman however advised the beneficiaries to accept whatever they got with joy and happiness.

“What the government has done is a good thing. We should all receive whatever gets to us with joy and happiness as it will do us a lot of good,” he said.


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UNIBEN speaks on Resumption amid Lockdown relax. [Nigeria]

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The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has advised members of staff to continue to work from home until further directive from the Ministry Education.

This was confirmed in a statement by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, on Friday in Benin.

She said the staff members should maintain the status quo and work from home for now.

She made the clarification based on the Edo State Head of Service’s directives on the resumption of work by certain cadres in the public service in state.

Ehanire said, “in the wake of the continuous uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with the position of the Federal Ministry of Education, no specific date has been fixed for the reopening.”

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She urged UNIBEN staff members to continue to work from home saying, resumption date would be received from the Federal Ministry of Education.

“Staff on essential duties are to maintain all the hygiene and safety rules as stipulated by the NCDC,” she said.


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Just in: Davido, Sophia’s daughter, Imade to be handed ‘Havard Certificate’ for this Act. [Nigeria]


Sophia Momodu and Davido’s daughter, Imade Adeleke is all set to grab a Havard certificate thanks to her hype woman who is her mum.

Apparently, Imade used the word ‘perplexed’ and it shocked her mum, who couldn’t fathom how she at this age could properly make use of such word.

Sophia took to her Twitter page to share her experience with her fans adding that her daughter is ready to become a Harvard university graduate.

She wrote, “Guys my 4 year old daughter jst said ” I’m perplexed ” 😧 at this point we might as well jst hand her a Harvard certificate & tell her she’s free to go 😂😂😂”

Imade is Davido’s first daughter who he had with Sophia, before he became a serial baby daddy.


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Nigeria – DELSUTH to rise again – CMD says.


The Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area is the state’s apex health institution providing basic training, research and medical services.

It was established to give skilled health care through the training of undergraduate medical students, residency training of doctors and paramedics.

But since June 10, 2010, when it was officially inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan, DELSUTH had been plagued by multifaceted problems, ranging from industrial unrest, low staff morale, brain drain, poor funding, massive infrastructure decay, and epileptic power supply.

But with ongoing renovation of the institution by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration, there is hope the tertiary health care centre can reclaim some of its lost glory.

Dr Onome Ogueh, the chief medical director (CMD), believes the old narrative is gradually being replaced by a culture of medical excellence as envisioned by its founding fathers.

He says his priority, besides ensuring the hospital was run professionally, is to change the hearts and minds of “people who work here to have the right attitude towards the care that we provide.”

The CMD, appointed a little over three years ago, outlines his strategy for revamping the institution.

He says: “My management team has been doing a bit to reposition DELSUTH. We have approached this in various ways. One of the things we have done since I came on board just over three years ago is to make sure that all our departments are accredited for providing clinical services at a tertiary care level. For instance, for the first time we have full accreditation for Paediatrics, Radiology and Radiography, Orthopaedic, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.”

Continuing, he says “we have also ensured that we employ adequate staff for proper service delivery. We now have, for instance, a consultant dermatologist for the first time in DELSUTH. We have also employed a cardio-thoracic surgeon. We did not have one in Delta State before now. So, we are beginning to develop a cardio-thoracic surgery service. We have also employed a restorative dentist for the first time in Delta State. We are now developing a restorative dentistry service.”

He admits that for DELSUTH to play its multifarious role effectively, it requires annual subventions from government.

But Ogueh says his team is “already looking outward”. According to him, the management is exploring other avenues to generate revenue, such as “engaging in the production of medical consumables, sanitisers to hospitals, etc.”

His words: “Like all government hospitals and teaching hospitals in the world, DELSUTH requires subvention because unlike ordinary hospitals, we do not just deliver clinical services. We do more than that. As a teaching hospital, one of the pillars of the things we do is to provide research that will help to improve the quality of the services we give to the people. We also provide training for medical students, training for postgraduate doctors, and to be able to train medical students and postgraduate doctors, we need all departments to be accredited and this requires proper funding.

“We also need to train postgraduate doctors so we can have specialists that can provide specialist services in the state and in the country, and to train these people require funding. These are things you cannot achieve with internally- generated revenue. So, I must say we need to have more.”

One of the strategies includes approaching wealthy Deltans and corporate bodies to contribute towards development of the hospital.

The CMD notes that the move has yielded astounding results. “For instance, I can tell you that one of the new services we brought in is an optic laboratory. That service was funded entirely by an individual from this community. That service has been running for few years.”

He says other revenue sources being explored include leveraging on the hospital’s competencies, such as specialisation in nursing by providing services for students from other universities, including Ladoke Akintola University of Technology at Ogbomosho in Oyo State.

Dr. Ogueh says because his team emphasises medical research, internationally-recognised researchers from DELSUTH are currently engaged in research into specialised fields.

His words: “We are doing quite a lot in terms of research. Because we are a teaching hospital, we have professors, senior lecturers, and lecturers, whose pact of agreement is to carry out research, and some of the research involves international collaboration.

”For instance, we have a programme that we have been running with UT South-Western, U.S.A, where we are collaborating to do research into kidney disease. We have different types of research going on. We are in the process of setting up a telecardiology research where we can begin to view people with heart conditions or research into heart conditions by telemedicine. You are sitting here in Oghara and you are able to do some kind of consultation in Lagos or elsewhere. That is one area we are doing research collaboration. We are doing research in many other areas because that is what makes us different from the general hospital. We do research into the services that we are providing to ensure that we provide the best for patients.”

He says DELSUTH possesses a fully equipped Radiology Department, and an MRI machine (which is of the highest standard), adding that the institution provides training for resident doctors from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

The CMD notes that the tertiary health care institution is breaking grounds in the area of a paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery unit.

He says paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is not done in Nigeria, adding that the vision of the institution is to run the service on a regular basis.

“One of such is the setting up of a Paediatric Cardio-thoracic surgery service in DELSUTH. The governor has already approved funding for it because as we speak the only way one can get paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is to go to America, UK, Israel or India, or when people from those countries come to do outreach programmes here. That is the only time one can have it. What we want to do is a regular service and we are in the process of setting that up in collaboration with Hospital for Humanity based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.”

But Ogueh thinks his most astounding success is the cordial relationship blossoming with the host community and trade unions in the institution.

He says prompt payment of salaries and other emoluments by the government have lifted the morale of workers, adding that regular medical outreaches and support for local festivals have closed the gap in the relationship with the host community.

“We have bridged that gap and that is why, for instance, we have a football tournament that involves the community. We also reach out to the people during festive periods. During their traditional festival, Christmas, etc. we always give our support. We have bridged the gap that there was,” he offers.

Despite lamenting the deleterious effects of brain drain on the institution, Ogueh believes the country’s medical community stands to benefit in the long run.

According to him, “the other take I have with the brain drain issue is that sometimes, maybe it is even good for our people to go out there because when they go out there, they get more exposure because of the infrastructure they will meet there, which will improve their knowledge and experience. Some of them will bring this knowledge and experience back to Nigeria and use that to help develop the health service.

Continuing, he says: “… you are looking at a man who spent 28 years in the UK, Canada and America before coming back to Nigeria. The knowledge and experience I picked up in my sojourn is helping me to manage this place in the way I have been doing. For example, in the UK, because I was interested in management, I went through leadership training that has prepared me in leading this institution. Part of that leadership training involved my coming to Nigeria 10 years ago to do some work and help set up this hospital.”

Before his appointment, he was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Associate Medical Director with Brighton and Sussex University Hospital in the United Kingdom.

He also served as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton, United Kingdom.


How DELSUTH is preparing to battle COVID-19


Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope Local Government Area has put measures in place to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Onome Ogueh, says the management, with support from the government, has constant supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); face masks, gloves, hand sanitisers, etc. ”which we have consistently made available for use by our staff during this period.”

He adds: ”DELSUTH has a designated Isolation/Treatment Centre for COVID-19 with a screening protocol that is followed strictly with triage centres established at all clinics/ward entrances as well as the main hospital gate. This is to ensure that suspected cases are identified while making sure some form of clinical services delivery continues within the hospital”.

Dr. Ogueh notes that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been very proactive in preparing for COVID-19, saying the hospital has benefited through staff training, procurement of equipment and facilities’ upgrade.

He informs that ”management is aware that the state government is planning remuneration for all staff involved in the COVID-19 response team.”

The CMD says at this critical period, management counts on workers to give their total support in battling this pandemic.

Delta recorded its first case as of 9:45 pm last night. But the state had never relaxed its resolve to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic despite not having had an index case until on Wednesday.


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COVID-19: UCH Chairman, Ibrahim Shetima test positive again. (Nigeria)


Ibrahim Shetima, the chairman of the governing board of the University College Hospital in Ibadan, has tested positive to Coronavirus again.

Shetima had tested positive for coronavirus two weeks ago and was placed in isolation at a special ward in UCH.


Public Relations Officer of the institution, Toye Akinrinlola, had noted that the chairman manifested symptoms of the virus shortly after the last board meeting of the hospital began in Ibadan.

However, the result of the COVID-19 second test done returned positive.


Akinrinlola on Tuesday said Shetima would continue to receive treatment at the UCH and that a third test would be done in a few days.

He said, “As I earlier said, the chairman only attended the first day of the board meeting on Tuesday, 24th of March, 2020. It was at the meeting that he began to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. The meeting was suspended and a test was done and result came out positive. He was placed in a special ward at the hospital for treatment.


“A repeat test, which was done to see if he was negative after a series of treatments, was conducted two days ago (Sunday) and the result still showed positive.

“He is being treated at an isolation center at the UCH. He will continue treatment and a third test would be done at an appointed time.”

Akinrinlola, however, noted that Shetima was “sharp and alert.”

“The chairman’s case is not severe. He is sharp and alert but we have to attain that negative status before we can consider him as fully recovered. The record we have places him around 65 years of age, ” he added.


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COVID-19: University of Ibadan Staff test positive.


The Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, and the Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan have both tested positive for coronavirus.

The Public Relations Officer of UCH, Toye Akinrinlola, confirmed this in a telephone interview on Sunday.


The CMD of UCH, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, had earlier revealed news of contracting the virus on his official Twitter account: @UchCmd.

Otegbayo tweeted: “On Monday 23rd March, we commenced a 12-man quarterly board meeting which was meant to last 5 days in the hospital, we observed social distancing and other precautionary measures for covid-19 as much as possible.


“However, on Wednesday morning, one of us presented with what appeared to be symptoms of covid-19, his samples were immediately taken for test and the meeting called off.

“His results returned positive on Friday morning and every participant (including me) immediately went into self isolation while our samples were also taken for test.


“Unfortunately, my result returned positive on Saturday afternoon and I remain in isolation as I am not symptomatic.

“All staff who have been in contact with me and other participants during this period have been advised to immediately proceed on self-isolation pending the time they get tested.


“Covid-19 is spreading faster than we think and I enjoin everyone to take precautions. If one person has it, then a gathering of two becomes dangerous.

“Stay at home, avoid unnecessary outing and stay safe.”


Likewise, the Provost of the College of Medicine, Prof. Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa, in a statement, released on Sunday said he and his deputy, Prof. Obafunke Denloye, also tested positive to the deadly virus.

Olapade-Olaopa said: “I wish to inform you that the Deputy Provost and I tested positive for the COVID 19 following tests done on Friday.

“Although we are both asymptomatic, we have gone into self-isolation for 14 days whilst our contacts are being observed closely to determine if they should also be tested.”


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JUST IN: ASUU commences indefinite strike.


ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi says the strike became necessary after the Federal Government ignored issues raised by the association.

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on indefinite strike action.


The announcement was made by the President of Association, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi in Abuja, on Monday.

He explained that the action became necessary following the Federal Government’s refusal to address issues raised in its 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as well as its objection to joining the Integrated Pay Roll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)

The industrial action takes effect today, March 23rd.


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UNIABUJA suspend 24 students arrested during cult initiation. (Photo)


The University of Abuja on Friday announced the indefinite suspension of 24 students of the institution arrested during cult initiation in Gwako village along Gwagwalada Road in the Federal Capital Territory.

The students, including seven final year students, were arrested by the police on March 15 after the villagers raised the alarm of a crowd of cultists hiding in a bush.


The suspected cultists arrested with the effort of the community vigilantes had subsequently been taken into police custody.

According to an eyewitness, a total of 46 persons suspected to be students were arrested but about 24 are from the University of Abuja. It was not clear yet where the other suspects school. They were stripped and beaten by the villagers before they were moved away by the police in two vans.


The university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, on Friday approved the indefinite suspension of the 24 students of the university.

In a release by UNIABUJA’s Head of Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob, the university said suspicious activities must be promptly reported to the police and other authorities.


Yakoob said, “The vice-chancellor has approved the indefinite suspension of 24 students of the university for alleged involvement in cultism. This is the first batch of the arrested students to be suspended by the university management.

“Out of the 24 suspended students, who cut across various faculties including Science, Arts and Social Science, seven were in 400 level; 10 in 300 level; six in 200 level and one spill-over student.

“The affected students have been directed by the university authorities to hand over all the (school’s) property in their possession and vacate the hostels immediately. The vice-chancellor also directed that the students be made to appear before the Students’ Disciplinary Committee for further investigation.”

The university management maintained that it has zero tolerance for cultism and other related misconduct.


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COVID-19: Babcock, YABATECH, UNILAG close campuses.


Following the increase in the number of identified cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and Babcock University, Ilisan, Ogun State have shut down their campuses.

UNILAG management met with the provost and deans committee on Thursday, March 19, 2020, resolved to close the institution.


A statement by the university said the Senate held an emergency meeting on Friday, March 20, 2020 approved the resolution in accordance with the order issued by the Federal Government, Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission that schools nationwide should be closed for the period of one month effective from Monday, March 23, 2020, as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.


In view of the decisions, the management directed that at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020, students should vacate the hostels and return home. Resumption date is subject to review as developments unfold.

YABATECH in a statement said the college will be shut for a period of one month, from Monday, 23.


The statement by the management explained that as a result of the closure, all academic activities have been suspended until further notice and directed students to vacate halls of residence at 12noon on Saturday, March 21.

In a related development, the management of Babcock University said the school closed on Friday, March 20 until further notice.

The statement urged parents to come for their wards from Friday, March 20 to Monday, March 23.

The university management warned that “there shall be no evacuation of students on Saturday, March 21, 2020.


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COVID-19: OAU lock down indefinitely.


The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife has been shut down until further notice.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Friday, said the closure was in compliance with directives from the Federal Government.


The Federal government had on Thursday ordered all tertiary institutions and unity schools to shut down in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“All students of the university have been directed to proceed on a break, and those in the university’s halls of residence have been asked to vacate their hostels and go home.


“Accordingly, students are expected to be leaving their hostels and the campus beginning from Monday, March 23, 2020, latest by 5:00pm.

“Parents and guardians of our students are advised to ensure that their children and wards comply fully with the order,” the statement added.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, also ordered “the suspension of all local, national and international conferences, seminars or workshops, scheduled to hold in the University, until further notice.”


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COVID-19: UI Ibadan Muslim community suspends weekly Jum’ah.


NobleReporters reports that the suspension was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Imam, UIMC, Prof. Miftah AbdulRahman in Ibadan.

The Chief Imam said that the decision came having considered the recent global occurrence around COVID-19 pandemic, especially the official revelation that the Ekiti state index case stayed in Ibadan for 14 days.


“In effect, Jum’ah prayers starting from 20th March are suspended until further notice.

“This announcement will help us in the UIMC to proactively respond to COVID-19 virus and prevent its spread.”


AbdulRahman urged members to pray at their respective homes and observe personal hygiene.

“While they continue their Adhkar for Allah to a halt this deadly plague.

“Furthermore, members should constantly recite Ayatul-kursiyy (Q2:255),” the Chief Imam said.

He urged members to strictly adhere to the health guidelines laid down by the University of Ibadan Health Services


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615 prisoners studying for free in NOUN – VC


A total of 615 prison inmates have been admitted to the National Open University in Nigeria (NOUN) in a free education scheme.

Adamu Adamu, the institution’s vice chancellor, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Lagos.


NobleReporters learnt that the professor of science education said that NOUN is responsible for the payment of their fees up to PhD level.

He added that it had been his joy to encourage prisoners to acquire education and be useful on re-integration into the society.


Adamu said that he was happy seeing people who were incarcerated and had no hope, with some of them on death row and life sentence, studying.

The vice chancellor added that the inmates had preference for studying peace and conflict resolution as their major courses.


Adamu said that NOUN, established in 2002, also encouraged people living with disabilities to enroll into it.

“We don’t want a situation where people with so-called learning disabilities are separated from the society,” the VC said.


“If anybody with a learning disability wishes to enroll in NOUN, he is also welcome.

“We don’t have braille books but we have other items of tech. Phones now have enhancements that they can use, although they’ve not been able to explore these.

“We are living in an inclusive world, we want these people to be part of the society because they live in there. So, we integrate them as much as we can.”

According to Adamu, NOUN intends to further actualise the initiative but will need funding from the federal government to realise its projected goals.


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UNILORIN embark on ASUU strike – 1st time in 20 years.


The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has embarked on strike action alongside the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), disrupting its calendar for the first time in 20 years.

On Monday, ASUU had commenced a two-week warning strike to compel the federal government to implement its 2019 agreement and resolution with the union.


On Tuesday, Moyosore Ajao, ASUU chairman in UNILORIN, told TheCable Lifestyle that the institution would abide by the union’s directive, in a move that compromises on the stability of its academic calendar.

“What has the FG done to compensate UNILORIN lecturers during those times when we never went on strike? It’s not as if we’re getting anything extra for not joining our colleagues,” he said.


“Government should be held responsible for this. This is March 10 and we’ve not even received our salaries. These are the collateral damages that result when issues come up between ASUU and FG.”

Calls placed to current students of varsity revealed that the institution will be temporarily discontinuing ongoing exams for its 100 and 200 level students over the next two weeks.

In 2019, ASUU had reached an agreement with the federal government to end a protracted strike action among universities — after more than three months of halting academic activities.

But President Mohammadu Buhari would later issue a directive, threatening to stop salaries of its members if they failed to enroll in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).


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ATM allegedly robbed in UniOsun {Video}


An ATM in University of Osun state (UniOsun) was allegedly burgled last night by thieves who carted away the money in it.

A video of the burgled ATM was shared on social media by a student of UniOsun who claims some thieves were responsible for the act.


No information on whether or nor the robbers have been caught as it looks like the burgled atm was noticed this morning


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We no longer owe ASUU – Kano varsity.


The management of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil on Saturday announced that it has settled four of the five demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Sa’idu Abdullahi Nayaya, Director, Information and Public Relations Unit of the University in a press statement made available to newsmen in Kano said the University has so far settled staff entitlements including 50 per cent balance of the NI98million Postgraduate Grant and 2017/2018 SIWES Supervision Allowance and Family Air ticket allowance have been affected.


Nayaya revealed that “similarly the Excess Workload Allowances for 2014/2015, 2015/2016, as well as 2016/2017 submitted by the Union in May 2019 and August 2019, respectively have been approved by the State Executive Council and the release of the funds is in process.”

The Director further disclosed in the signed statement that stated “Hazard Allowance has been implemented in the months of January and February 2020.”

The University Management also assured the Union of the state government’s determination to improve its support and fundings for the continued growth of the University.

The statement therefore implored the union on the need to continue with the cordial relationships in order to achieve the desired objective of moving the University forward.


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University of Lagos suspend 51st convocation. (Reason)


Four days after it announced a four-day programme to marks its 51st convocation, the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has suspended the events, scheduled to start on March 9.

A circular on the institution’s website signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mr Oladejo Azeez, who announced the cancellation, gave no reason.

But a leaked memo to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Ochono, noted that the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the varsity’s Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin, had informed the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu in a letter dated March 2, that the programme was not approved by the his board.

The letter titled: “Re: Invitation to the 2019 Convocation Ceremony of the University of Lagos” reads:

“The attention of the honourable minister has been drawn to the attached copy of letter dated 2nd of March 2020 from the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. B.O. Babalakin to the effect that the 2019 convocation ceremonies were not approved by the Governing Council in line with the laws of the University.

“I am to, therefore, request that you kindly advise the Vice-Chancellor to suspend the convocation and ensure full compliance with due process.”

On Wednesday, The Nation reached out to UNILAG’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Toyin Ogundipe, and the Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, to confirm rumours of the postponement of the convocation but got no response.

However, when this reporter called her on on Thursday, she confirmed the postponement and said the University would release its official statement Thursday night.

“I did not respond to your message because I did not want to. The convocation has been postponed. We will send an official statement tonight,” she said.

The Prof. Ogundipe-led management and the Governing Council have been at loggerheads on the running of the university.

Last year, the Education ministry and the House of Representatives had to reconcile both parties.


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EFCC signs pact with Ahmadu Bello University


The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, yesterday said the agency’s academy will offer courses on how to tackle corruption.

He also asked Nigerian universities to include anti-corruption courses in their curricula.


He said the EFCC was exploring diverse channels towards raising the bar in the fight against corruption in the country.

Magu made the submissions at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria.


The MoU will lead to collaboration between the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja and the university to develop a curriculum in anti-corruption studies, cybercrime and forensic analysis.

The agreement may also lead to the management of some courses on anti-corruption.


The EFCC chairman said the agreement with ABU was in line with the preventive mandate of the anti-graft agency.

He said it was time to “incorporate anti-corruption and allied studies in the curriculum of Nigerian schools and develop courses on anti-corruption, cybercrime and forensic analysis.”


He said: “This is why the Commission is partnering with tertiary institutions for study and award of certificates in postgraduate studies, sub-degrees and diploma in anti-corruption, cybercrime and forensic studies.

“Fighting corruption cannot be one man’s job. The commission is desperate to involve other people, organizations and groups in the fight against corruption. “The EFCC took its time in conducting background check and due diligence before arriving at the choice of the ABU as the second institution it will have partnership with. The first university we have had collaboration with is the University of Abuja.


Magu appreciated the management of Ahmadu ABU for seeking to set a standard in the Nigerian education sector.

He added: “EFCC Academy has attained a high level standard when it comes to anti-corruption training,” hence the need for the partnership with this great university.


The Vice Chancellor of ABU, Professor Ibrahim Garba, said the MoU is “one of the efforts of the university at helping fill the knowledge gaps in the Nigerian education sector.

Garba said: “The battle against corruption has to be taken beyond physical actions to intellectual level.


“We appreciate this collaboration with the EFCC because it will help create more opportunities for students who are desirous of higher education.

“About 1.9million young Nigerians will write JAMB exam (Joint Admission and Matriculation Board) this year and the capacity of universities and polytechnics in Nigeria is for about 600,000 candidates.


“As for ABU, more than 80,000 applicants will apply to be admitted into our school. But we can only admit not more than 11,000 yearly.”

“To close the gap, ABU, opened distance learning centres, designed online programmes and other off-campus solutions for students to be able to study on their own with convenience through the aid of technology.


The vice chancellor disclosed that ABU will be “awarding degrees in cybercrime, anti-corruption studies, forensic and so many others in postgraduate and sub-degree levels in conjunction with the EFCC Academy”.

The acting Commandant of EFCC Academy, Professor Ladi Hamalai, said that the committee set up for the actualization of the EFCC and ABU collaboration had worked strategically for six months, which included the inspection of the Academy to verify its resources and facilities.


She said: “At the end, the academy was certified fit to offer the studies.”

Hamalai said some of the subjects in the curriculum were peculiar to the EFCC, including programmes that are not usually run by the ABU.

“All the same, you agreed to adopt the programmes and run them in affiliation. And we are so grateful for all the work that you have put in and all the efforts,” she said.

Ahmadu Bello University will provide learning and teaching support to the EFCC Academy, which will award sub-degree, certificate and diploma to students in anti-corruption, cybercrime and forensic studies.


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Man Invent Hip Hop Song To Solve Mathematical Problems. #MATMusic


In a bid to address the dismal performances of students in mathematics examinations, a lecturer in the department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ibadan, Dr Ishola Salami, has invented hip-hop song to solve some mathematical problems.

Salami, whose primary interest is in early childhood education, stated that the hip-hop song is aimed at enhancing pupils’ knowledge in the subject at the primary school level.


According to him, the dread attached to mathematics is as a result of the poor childhood learning ability and lack of friendly tools that can enhance learning.

He said, “Someone who can solve simple mathematics problems can quickly reflect and solve societal problems.”


He urged the government to adapt child-friendly strategies with a view to making the dreaded subjects simple.

Elaborating on the invention, he stated that the hip-hop song being invented, tagged MATMusic, comprises songtracks with Mathematics ideas, principles and procedures.


The 2019 WAEC results indicated that out of the 11, 892 candidates who sat for the examinations, only 3, 102 obtained five credits, including English and mathematics.

The WAEC results, covering 2016 and 2018, published by the National Bureau of Statistics, indicated that candidates with five credit and above with Mathematics and English in the South-West zone were less than 40percent.


“Learning Mathematics has always been a serious challenge for many learners starting from primary school level across the world. One of the reasons for this is the nature of the subject which is rule-governed and abstract. To do well in mathematics, one has to remember a lot of rules and procedures.

“Past efforts to make the subject learning-friendly focused largely on preparation of effective teachers and methods of teaching. Songs have also been used as instructional strategies to teach mathematics but there is dearth of information on efforts targeting child-friendly music to teach mathematics. It was discovered that one of the music types children love to listen to is hip hop music. This is because of the beats, rhythm and the danceable melody it has.

“It was also discovered that when children love a given music, they tend to remember all the lyrics. So, if Mathematics principles, formulae and ideas can be put into a child-friendly music like hip hop, this should enhance the learning of the subject. It is against this background that hip hop music on primary mathematics was written and composed. We are still hoping that government in the South-West would see this invention and embrace it for adoption in the primary school level. The song incorporate the curriculum at the primary basic level,” he said

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Sex4Grades: ASUU warns Nigeria


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned that Nigerians will pay dearly if they discredit the nation’s academics because of alleged sexual harassment in universities.

ASUU National Chairman, Dr Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this in Abuja during Senate public hearing on ‘Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Institutions (Prohibition) Bill 2019’.


He said this period was not a good time to be lecturers because they are stigmatized due to cases of sexual harassment in academic institutions.

“The bias is too much. It is as if we are stigmatizing those who should be the custodians of our innovations and progress.


“Universities are currently handling problems like this and we should not discredit the custodians of our knowledge, because if we do so and cause them to lose confidence in what they are doing, we will pay dearly to recover,” he said.

Ogunyemi said Nigerians need to recognize the autonomy of universities, where there were institutional procedures through which disciplinary issues are handled.


The bill, he said, failed to take cognizance of the various extant legislations that deal with issue of sexual harassment.

“If we have a law that addresses issue of sexual harassment, why are we wasting time talking about another law.


Are we also going to formulate separate laws to address problem of corruption in the universities, to address sexual harassment in the police, in the National Assembly?” he queried.

Ogunyemi noted that laws should not be made ad-hoc.


He said in other climes where issues of sexual harassment were reported, no new laws were formulated to address them.

He said instead of formulating new law, the National Assembly should review the existing laws.


Responding, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, said the bill was never intended to vilify the teaching professions.

He also dismissed ASUU’s stance on the need for the bill, saying if there were lacunas in the existing laws, they would be reviewed and new ones would be made.

“The bill is aimed at addressing this issue in a particular sector. It doesn’t stop anybody from bringing new bill that will address the same issue in another sector. Laws will always be made to address issues. This is to address sexual harassment in our tertiary institutions,” he said.

Earlier while declaring the public hearing open, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said there was need for stakeholders to think upon new resolutions and sanctions to check sexual harassment if the extant laws were not tight enough.


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Sex4Grade: Two Lecturers Suspended For Sexual Harassment

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The University of Ghana has suspended two lecturers for various periods without salary after they were filmed sexually harassing undercover reporters in a BBC documentary.


The documentary exposed sexual harassment and misconduct by lecturers at prestigious institutions in West Africa.

Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor, who were first suspended in October, were on Monday found to have breached the university’s code of conduct. Both deny the allegations.


In a statement, the university handed a six-month suspension without salary to Prof Gaympo and a four-month suspension without salary to Dr Butakor.

The two men must also undergo training on the university’s sexual harassment and misconduct policy, as well as the code of conduct for academic staff.

Prof Gyampo and Dr Butakor will only resume work after a positive assessment. If successful, they would then undergo yearly assessments for the next five years.

Meanwhile in Nigeria, the country’s senate is considering a bill which proposes a five-year jail term for those found guilty of sexual harassment in schools.


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