Saraki Harps On Needed Investment In Nigeria’s Human Resources

Saraki Canvasses Review of Procurement Laws To Cushion RecessionNigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called for greater investments in human resources, which he described as the greatest assets of the country regardless of the nation’s abundant mineral and material resources.

At a night of recognition and dinner in honour of 72 graduates of Kwara origin who bagged first class in their studies, tagged, ‘Kwara Class of Honours’, Dr Saraki said human resources in Nigeria had not received sufficient investments and encouragement.

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The former Kwara State governor commended the beneficiaries for their determination, commitment, patience and academic exploits.

He reiterated that the youths were the future of Nigeria and urged Nigerian students to aim for excellence and be good ambassadors of their alma mater after graduation.

“We have a lot of resources. You talk about oil, solid minerals and others, but we spend less time on human resources which is the most important.

“What you have in front of us is worth more than many barrels of oils and worth more than many carats of gold,” the Senate president observed.

The 73 firstclass beneficiaries graduated from public and private universities across Nigeria which included, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, Federal University, Minna, Kwara State University, Covenant University, Bowen University and Afe Babalola University.

 

Osinbajo Expresses Hope In Africa’s Socio-Economic, Political Development

Yemi-OsinbajoNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says he has high hopes in Africa’s socioeconomic and political development despite the many challenges facing the continent.

Professor Osinbajo spoke at a boot-camp organized by the Tony Elumelu Foundation on entrepreneurship which was held at the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

The Vice President stressed the need for African leaders to provide the much needed political will through flexible and coherent policy framework that would transform the continent.

Professor Osinbajo also asked beneficiaries of the programme to always maintain a high degree of integrity, discipline and respect for the rule of law‎.

The first batch of beneficiaries drawn from across 51 African countries including Nigeria by the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, were 1000 young, determined and budding entrepreneurs.

The initiative aims at discovering and supporting 10,000 African entrepreneurs over the next decade with the mandate of creating one million jobs which would eventually remove the continent from the stereotype of a continent of famine, disease, unemployment and wars.

Also addressing the beneficiaries on what government at all levels must do to encourage budding entrepreneurs, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, challenged business and political leaders to be more responsible and responsive towards the development of the sociopolitical and economic needs of the continent.

The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme launched last December. It is a $100million initiative aimed at discovering and supporting 10,000 indigenous entrepreneurs with a focus on agriculture, education, commerce, ICT and health-care.

The event was attended by the Prime Minister of Benin Republic, Lionel Zinsou, the Founder of the Elumelu Foundation, Mr Tony Elumelu, among other dignitaries.

Nigerian Schools Rank Low Among Africa’s Top 50 Universities

UniversitiesPersistent crises in Nigeria’s institutions of higher learning may have affected the country’s position in the recent rankings of Africa’s top universities.

An online rating of Africa’s top 50 universities on 2015 University Web Rankings Africa, shows the highest ranking Nigerian university to be University of Lagos in 20th place.

Others are the Obafemi Awolowo University of Ile-ife in 23rd position, University of Ibadan in 38th, University of Ilorin 41st and Covenant University in 43rd place.

The list is dominated by universities from South Africa and Egypt.

The South Africans led the list with the top five universities while Egypt followed from 6th to ninth.

University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania in tenth breaks the sequence while South Africa and Egypt’s dominance continues from 11 to 15th.

Morocco’s Universite Mohammed V – Agdal is 16th while West African neighbours Burkina Faso and Kenya also place higher than Nigeria in 18th and 19th place respectively.

Nigeria’s universities calender has often been disrupted by frequent industrial actions.

Major stakeholders also accuse government of starving the institutions of funds resulting in the declining.

Below is the list of top 100 universities in Africa (2015).

1 University of Cape: Town South Africa
2 University of Pretoria: South Africa
3 Universiteit Stellenbosch: South Africa
4 University of the Witwatersrand: South Africa
5 University of South Africa: South Africa
6 The American University in Cairo: Egypt
7 Cairo University: Egypt
8 Mansoura University: Egypt
9 Alexandria University: Egypt
10 University of Dar es Salaam: Tanzania
11 University of KwaZulu-Natal: South Africa
12 Rhodes University: South Africa
13 Ain Shams University: Egypt
14 Assiut University: Egypt
15 University of the Western Cape: South Africa
16 Université Mohammed V – Agdal: Morocco
17 University of Johannesburg: South Africa
18 Université de Ouagadougou: Burkina Faso
19 University of Nairobi: Kenya
20 University of Lagos: Nigeria
21 Makerere University: Uganda
22 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University: South Africa
23 Obafemi Awolowo University: Nigeria
24 University of Ghana: Ghana
25 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane: Mozambique
26 Misurata University: Libya
27 The German University in Cairo: Egypt
28 North-West University: South Africa
29 Benha University: Egypt
30 Zagazig University: Egypt
31 Université de la Reunion: Reunion
32 University of Botswana: Botswana
33 Al Akhawayn University: Morocco
34 University of Namibia: Namibia
35 Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen: Algeria
36 Université Cheikh Anta Diop: Senegal
37 University of Khartoum: Sudan
38 University of Ibadan: Nigeria
39 Helwan University: Egypt
40 Sudan University of Science and Technology: Sudan
41 University of Ilorin: Nigeria
42 Université Mentouri de Constantine: Algeria
43 Covenant University: Nigeria
44 Université Mouloud Maameri de Tizi Ouzou: Algeria
45 University of Swaziland: Swaziland
46 Université de Batna: Algeria
47 Université d’Alger: Algeria
48 University of Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe
49 Université Mohammed V – Souissi: Morocco
50 South Valley University: Egypt
51 Tanta University: Egypt
52 Moi University: Kenya
53 Université Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla: Algeria
54 Université Abdelmalek Essadi: Morocco
55 Minoufiya University: Egypt
56 Université Cadi Ayyad: Morocco
57 Federal University of Technology, Minna: Nigeria
58 Minia University: Egypt
59 University of Zambia: Zambia
60 Université d’Oran: Algeria
61 Addis Ababa University: Ethiopia
62 Université Djillali Liabes: Algeria
63 Université Abdelhamid Ibn Badis Mostaganem: Algeria
64 Al-Azhar University: Egypt
65 Kenyatta University: Kenya
66 Université Hassan II – Casablanca: Morocco
67 Suez Canal University: Egypt
68 Kafr el-Sheikh University: Egypt
69 Universiteit van die Vrystaat: South Africa
70 Cape Peninsula University of Technology: South Africa
71 Université M’hamed Bouguerra de Boumerdes: Algeria
72 Université Ibn Tofail: Morocco
73 Université Hassan II Mohammedia – Casablanca: Morocco
74 University of Nigeria: Nigeria
75 Université d’Antananarivo: Madagascar
76 University of Malawi: Malawi
77 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology: Ghana
78 Universidade de Cabo Verde: Cape Verde
79 Polytechnic of Namibia: Namibia
80 Tshwane University of Technology: South Africa
81 University of Benin: Nigeria
82 Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediène: Algeria
83 Mbarara University of Science & Technology: Uganda
84 Strathmore University: Kenya
85 University of Port Harcourt: Nigeria
86 Ahmadu Bello University: Nigeria
87 Al Jabal Al Gharbi University: Libya
88 University of Agriculture, Abeokuta: Nigeria
89 Université Mohamed Khider de Biskra: Algeria
90 University of Shendi: Sudan
91 University of Mauritius: Mauritius
92 Durban University of Technology: South Africa
93 Université de Tunis El Manar: Tunisia
94 Université de la Manouba: Tunisia
95 Landmark University: Nigeria
96 Fayoum University: Egypt
97 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology: Kenya
98 Vaal University of Technology: South Africa
99 Université Ferhat Abbas Sétif: Algeria
100 Université Hassiba Ben Bouali de Chlef: Algeria

New Music: 21 Year Old Kelani Debuts Pelemo Master Ft. YQ

KELANI ARTWORK2Koncept Ent, the label that brought us YQ a few years back is here again; this time with a brand new signing, 21 year old Gabriel Abiola Kelani, popularly known as Kelani.

Born in Lagos, Kelani taught himself to sing and play several musical instruments (drums, guitar, keyboard) from a tender age and has had his share of the choir and talent shows.

Presently in his 2nd year at Covenant University, Kelani is a ladies’ favorite across campuses with previous efforts ‘So High’ and ‘Cruise’ which enjoyed massive airplay and endeared him to females and males alike across the campus circle, also earning him awards like “Entertainer Of The Year” in 2013 and 2014 in his school.

The budding star is said to have spent the last two years perfecting his art and recording with his friend and producer, Dayme. His first official single, however, is here and it is produced by veteran producer, Fliptyce.

It also features one of his mentors, YQ.

Kelani’s record label has stated that “the catchy, rhythmic groovy tune is a sign of more good music fans should expect from this sensational youngster”.

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Bowen University Remains Shut

BowenBowen University in Iwo, Osun State still remains shut, quashing expectations of some students and parents that the closure would not exceed the stipulated resumption date.

The closure continues, as the Panel of Enquiry set up by authorities of the University intensifies its investigation to find out the culprits and remote causes of the students’ unrest of March 19, 2014.

Channels Television gathered that the school had earlier proposed Tuesday April 1 as resumption day for final year students, with others to follow suit; but a source who prefers to be anonymous said that the date has been shifted pending the outcome of the Governing Council meeting in Lagos on the same day.

In the meantime the Panel of Enquiry is still going on with its investigation to determine the remote causes, the perpetrators of the act and disciplinary measures and possible solution to avert a re-occurrence of the destruction of the institution’s properties worth over 11million Naira.

Students of Bowen University, Iwo in Osun State had on March 19 protested against incessant power outage, destroying vehicles, doors, window panes and other valuables estimated to the tune of over 11million Naira.