Socio-Political Factor Hampering Education Standard – Varsity Don

vlcsnap-2014-08-19-02h22m54s129The President and Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, Professor James Makinde, has said that socio-political and economic factors are responsible for the poor standard of Education in Nigeria.

Speaking on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, on Tuesday, Professor Makinde also identified the quality of teachers available in Nigerian institutions as the cause of student’s failure.

“I think overall it has to do with the quality of teaching. Overall the socio-economic level of the country and nutrition also have  to do with how much a student comprehends and retains. Teacher’s strike and Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east are also contributing, as the mind of the student may not be settled as it used to be,” he said.

In finding solution to the gradual decline of the education system in Nigeria, he urged all teachers to be pro-active and emphasised the need for parents to desist from paying contractors and invigilators in an examination for their children to pass the examination.

“Teachers need to be proactive and the parents need to be cooperating. We have parents who are actually paying contractors to take examination for their children, who are paying invigilators not to come into the exam hall, who are bringing people to help their children and purchasing fake results for their children to enter university. Parents have a very big role to play. It is not just one single contribution. It is like an ailment that has serious virus digging in to pull it patient down,” he said, describing the situation of thing in Nigeria.

Also, Professor Makinde emphasised  that  the accreditation system in the University should be standardised, pointing out that the accreditation of university, should be the responsibility of the government in order to beef  the quality and standard of education in Nigeria.

According to Makinde, returning to the basics would mean checking the quality of the teachers who are to impart knowledge, thus, insisting  that in choosing personnel, the test of character should be a key factor.

“The fact that somebody has certification recognition or accreditation in any university does not mean they have the substance that you are looking for. And while those who has the substance do not have the character you want to instill to the student, so you need to test the character, and through the referral he brings to the organisation.”

From Professor Makinde’s comments, it is obvious that no nation can succeed beyond its level of education, as the quality of a nation’s education reflects in the nation itself as seen across the world.

It is pertinent for the Nigerian government to put more effort in improving the nation’s standard of education, as it has a lot to do with the level of development that the country would experience.

Regulation Of Music Industry Will Empower Artistes – Abdulkareem

vlcsnap-2014-08-16-14h18m35s90A Nigerian rapper and revolutionary artiste,  Eedris Abdulkareem, has emphasised the need for adequate regulation in the music industry, saying “artistes will benefit more”. 

The ‘Nigeria Jagajaga’ singer, pointed out that Nigerian artistes were not being treated like their international counterparts because the industry was not well regulated.

On Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise, on Saturday, Eedris said: “We are not treating our own artistes with respect and love, the music industry in Nigeria has been growing on an individual effort basis, its important that our music industry should be regulated and artistes should be paid royalties or mechanical rights,” he stressed.

The Osun-born artiste insisted that international stars were well recognised in Nigeria, with higher amount of money paid to them, contrary to what Nigerian artistes get, blaming the music industry for its negligence.

“Do you know why they want to come over? Because they do not pay them 150,000 dollars to perform a show in America. But in Nigeria you pay them 1.3 Million dollars to come teach us sex, drugs and show people how many gunshots they have in their body, while our music industry is not coordinated.”

The artiste known for the popular Nigeria Jagajaga song, which did not go down well with the President in position then, Mr Olusegun Obasanjo, stressed the need for President Jonathan to be left alone to pursue his administration’s agenda.

“I did not like President Jonathan because I thought he was working for Baba  but now, it is obvious that Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has the keen interest of Nigerians at heart.

“The future of the country lies within its citizen and there is need to allow the government perform his duty. Jonathan is passionate about the country and people should leave him alone.

“Nigeria lies in our hand, the problem I have is that we forget easily with time and date. They should leave the poor man alone let him perform his duty,” he stressed.

Responding to comments that he is passionate about President Jonathan, he said that he was only saying the fact in his songs.

“When I sang Jagajaga did any body pay me? If there was opposition by now I for don get plenty billions. The fact must be told,” he stressed.

Eedris said that he would, by next month,drop a new album ‘G to G’, meaning Good luck to Goodluck and apparently done in support of President Jonathan’s government.



Nigeria Can Operate Fraudulent-Free Transactions Online -Dahan

vlcsnap-2014-07-23-15h17m58s92As First Bank partners with PayPal to bring online service payment to Nigeria, the Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, PayPal, Mr Efi Dahan says that Nigerian can now operate a  fraudulent free  transaction online through PayPal.

Speaking on Channels Television’s programme, Business Morning, on Wednesday, Mr Efi Dahan, said “Nigeria is a major country in Africa and PayPal preparation, bring online services  to Nigeria where people can do online shopping making it easier and faster and most secured for customers to use”.

“Nigeria can open a PayPal account leave their credit card or debit card and do online shopping all over the world safe and secure with PayPal,” he said.

Another guest on the programme, was the Group Head, E-Business of First Bank, Chuma Ezirim, who said that the bank partnership with PayPal identifies a way of installing confidence in Nigeria’s online transaction, thereby opening up the market in Nigeria and the diaspora.

Mr Ezirim made an assurance that the PayPal would be different from fraudulent acts, stating how important it is that people should know the benefits of PayPal.

“Most people still pay on delivery because they are scared of online payment, which is susceptible to fraud. What PayPal does is that it hides their card and account details from the merchant of Comcast when paying with your card and account details would not have access to your bank details, that’s why over the world people decide to pay with PayPal,” he noted.

The partnership with PayPal is not restricted to only First Bank’s customers. It has opened up the scheme to Nigeria to have a Nigerian bank issued card.

He assured Nigerians that the usage of PayPal with that of First Bank would not attract hidden charges that would be debited into customer’s account, noting that it is a free transaction.

The First Bank Paypal transaction is the leading online service’s fastest payment online. The services offer consumer an opportunity to buy online and do shopping without sharing their financial information to sales online.

Confab Delegation Is Skewed In Favour Certain Interest – Prof Oloyede

Ishaq-Oloyede_ProfA delegate at the ongoing National Conference in Nigeria, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, says the composition of the National Conference has been skewed in favour of certain interests, a development that has necessitated that some certain measures must be taken in the interest of Nigerians.

He said that the voting pattern contained in the draft modalities of the conference was not absolute and depended hugely on what was being discussed.

He stressed that what should be done at the moment was to put Nigeria first and consider how to liberate the nation and ensure that we move forward.

“The way to go is to consider a give and take strategy. Consensus may be the best but if you cannot have a consensus, the closer you get to it the better.

“In my own view, consensus is the best. It is critical but may not have been necessary if the membership had not been hijacked and skewed in favour of a section against the other section of the community.

“Let us put Nigeria first and I believe that the president in his template says the decision should be taking by three-quarter of the delegates.

“If we want to throw what the president had decided out, let us do so totally and throw every rule that had been set aside and make new ones.

He insisted that nothing was sacrosanct in what the president had given to the delegates as modalities.

Biased And Fixated MindMike-Ozekhome

Countering Professor Oloyede’s assertions, another delegate at the National Conference, Mr Mike Ozekhome, described, Professor Oloyede as “one of those that came to the conference with fixation with prejudices with biases and with stereotypes, with a believe that the conference itself is ‘skewed against certain sections or certain religions’”.

Mr Ozekhome said that the professor was introducing the dangerous element of religion into the conference, saying it was very unfortunate.

“From the way the professor has spoken, it is very clear to all Nigerians that he does not believe in the conference or its outcome.”

He questioned what he was doing in the conference if he had little or no confidence in the composition of the conference at all.

“He is not discussing as a Nigerian. I thought that we came to the conference as Nigerians to re-tune Nigeria to re-engineer Nigeria and re-fabricate the fabric with which the country is made up of that has made us to be a very sick country over the years,” Mr Ozekhome stressed.

He had kicked against one of the set rules in the conference centred on how decision would be taken, insisting that the Nigerian constitution stipulates that two-third majority should decide issues and that the conference should go by that set rule in the constitution.

“The issue of two-third or three-quarter voting pattern was not mentioned by the President when he was giving his speech.

“Seventy-five per cent of individuals – 369 delegates – at the conference to vote for an issue is not achievable.

“I can predict that you can never, never get to resolve issues looking at 75 per cent support for a decision,” Mr Ozekhome insisted.

He pointed out that issues bordering on fiscal federalism and resource control, state police, indigeneship, citizenship and devolution of power, were issues that were highly emotive and critical and should be decided by two-third majority which he claimed was more realistic.


Abuja Stampede: Experts Advocate Use Of Technology In Recruitment Process

Rubbin-Minds-Tech-Start-ups-ownersTechnology entrepreneurs have emphasised the need for organisations in Nigeria to embrace the use of technology in job recruitment process to avoid a repeat of the stampede that occurred during the screening exercise of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

The Stampede led to the death of at least 7 job seekers in Abuja and some other parts of the country.

On Channels Television’s programme, Rubbin’ Minds, on Sunday, an editor with Techcabal, Bankole Olufemi, decried the use of a stadium for screening exercise for job seekers where such text questions could be put online for job seekers to access.

“I heard that about 59,000 people were assembled together for a text. Imagine if they did not leave their homes and they had to take the screening from the comfort of their homes. Put it online and let start-up like PrepClass assist in that kind of exercise.

“It is less overhead for the organising committee and less stress for the people who are coming to take the exam. If you are doing something of that scale then you definitely want to put it on the internet. We use technology to solve problems,” he said.

One of the winners of a competition organised by Techcabal for technology start-ups entrepreneurs and owner of PrepClass, Chukwuwezam Obanor, stated that the stampede could have been avoided if the NIS had used technology in handling the screening, considering the unemployment rate in Nigeria.

PrepClass is an online portal that help students prepare for examination and it is currently focusing on the Joint Admission Matriculation Examination.


Nigeria May See Only 12% Infrastructure Growth in 2014

The Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice, Mr Eze Onyekpere, says the allocation of 23.7 per cent to capital expenditure in Nigeria’s 2014 budget is too small to push the needed infrastructure development.

Analysing Nigeria’s 2014 budget on Channels Television Programme, the Gavel, Mr Onyekpere stressed that the allocation was very poor for a country aspiring to rank among the top 20 world economies by 2020.

He said that his organisation took a critical look at the ‘frivolous and wasteful expenditure’ in the budget.

“Huge amount of money is spent on travels, refreshments, security and other unnecessary expenses.

“What do these figures contribute to the nation? Nothing!

“What the government is doing is not sustainable and not the way for a country that had a lot of infrastructure deficit. It is unsustainable and the more we do this, we get worse,” he explained.

In 2013, Nigeria allocated about 27 per cent of the budget to capital expenditure.

But Mr Onyekpere pointed out that Nigeria had never used above 60 per cent of its capital expenditure.

“Going by this, you will be talking about using only 12 to 13 per cent of the budget by the end of the year.

“But of course, the recurrent expenditure is fully drawn down by the end of the year,” he said.

He said that his organisation had submitted its observation of the unnecessary expenditure to the National Assembly which had not responded.

He stressed the need for transparency in handling the budget, saying that Nigerians both the literates and illiterates should have a fair knowledge of what the budget contained and how it was spent.

Mr Onyekpere called on Nigerians to speak out and kick against the wasteful expenses by the government in order to drive the government to adjusting the expenses and channel the funds into capital expenditure.

Wages and bills have the highest allocations in the 2014 budget, a development that economists and analysts have condemned.

The Centre for Social Justice’s head called for an empirical way of determining the wage structure in Nigeria based on an individual’s contribution to the nation’s economy.

“The bloated wage of some members of the National Assembly should be based on such justification,” he said.