FG Commits To Tackling Menace Of Unqualified Teachers

Unqualified Teachers, FGThe Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to tackling the issue of unqualified teachers as part of efforts to arrest the dwindling fortunes of the nation’s education sector.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, made the declaration at the 61st meeting of the National Council on Education in Abuja.

He said “without adequate and qualified teachers, the goal of having an education system that produces quality graduates who can compete globally, cannot be achieved”.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, also advocated the need for teachers to improve themselves in order to impart quality knowledge.

In a meeting held earlier in September, the education ministry has stated its plan to align with the contemporary world and its focus on education “as an instrument of launching nations into the world of science and technology, with consequential hope of human advancement in terms of living conditions and development of the environment”.

According to the ministry, “a nation develops in relation to its achievement in education”.

OAU Gets New Vice Chancellor

OAU, OAU VC, ASUUA new Vice Chancellor, albeit in acting capacity, has emerged for the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.

He is Professor Anthony Elujoba of the Faculty of Pharmacy.

His emergence comes barely 24 hours after the Federal Government ordered the Senate of the school to use its internal mechanism in selecting a new Vice Chancellor.

There has been series of protests against the former Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole, who has been accused of mismanaging resources of the institution.

In a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, President Buhari directed the Senate not to consider any of the candidates who earlier contested for the position.

The Senate of the institution approved the appointment of Professor Anthony Elujoba as the acting VC.

Workers and students of the institution recently trooped out in jubilation following the dissolution of the school’s governing council and the suspension of the selection of the vice chancellor by the federal government.

According to the staff and students, the federal government’s decision was a step towards the redemption and integrity of the institution, which for weeks had been hit by crisis after the exit of the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole.

Shippers Council Advocates Inclusion Of Maritime Law In Nat’l Curriculum

Nigerian Shippers Council, Maritime LawThe Nigerian Shippers Council has emphasised the need for the introduction and study of Maritime Law at the undergraduate level in Nigerian universities.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Mr Has‎san Bello, made the appeal on Wednesday at a forum with the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja.

He said that the introduction of maritime law in the curriculum of Nigerian universities would help articulate improvements and understanding of maritime issues.

The Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, on his part admitted the need for Nigerian universities and lecturers to expand their knowledge base on maritime studies.

Insurgency: Shettima Extols Borno Residents’ Courage

Borno Governor Kashim Shettima UIMAIDGovernor Kashim Shettima says the residents of Borno State in northeast Nigeria have earned the respect of the world.

Governor Shettima made the statement during the 22nd convocation ceremony of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) held in the state capital.

The Governor also commended both staff and students of the University for their courage, despite the security challenges in Borno State.

“The people of Borno and anyone living in Maiduguri, including the students of this university have earned the respect of the world.

“To live in the circumstances under which you lived in the past few years with bombings and shootings and insecurity, and to have the courage to continue to come and teach and learn, and continue with your lives is indeed a remarkable achievement for any people,” he said.

Governor Shettima and his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Bello, who are both alumni of UNIMAID, renewed the hopes of undergraduates and the newly inducted alumni from their personal experiences.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, urged Nigerian universities to intensify research.

In his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, appealed for sustained support and funding of the institution to improve learning standards.

The university also conferred honorary degrees on the Chancellor of the University, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, and Professor Russel Galen while former Head of State, late General Murtala Mohammed, bagged a posthumous Doctor of Laws award.

In acceptance remark, the Emir of Kano saluted the courage of the new graduates and the university community for defying insecurity threat to pursue their goals.

The University is graduating a total of 37,259 students spread across five sets of 2009/2010 and 2014/2015 academic sessions from 12 colleges and faculties, distance learning centre and 23 affiliated colleges. In all 172 students obtained first class degrees.

According to officials, UNIMAID’s 22nd combined convocation was a fallout of the improved security situation in Borno State.

The 21st convocation ceremony was held in October 2010 as the university could not hold any convocation due to the lingering security challenge in the region.

Oshiomhole Urges Govt. To Provide Quality Tertiary Education

OshiomholeEdo State Governor has advised the Nigerian government to look inward and provide quality tertiary education for the increasing number of students seeking tertiary education.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole made the appeal on Wednesday in Abuja.

Speaking after receiving licence to establish the Edo State University, Governor Oshiomhole said that there was a need for more Nigerians to be given access to university education in order to reduce some of the social vices prevalent among the youths.

He advised government at all levels to provide quality secondary school education in order to improve the standard of education.

Every year, thousands of students sit for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board examination in order to gain admission into tertiary institutions. Only a few thousand are offered admission into schools.

To address the situation, the Edo State Government established its second state university, Edo State University, which Governor Oshiomhole said would address the quality of human capital in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, advised university authorities to positively impact on the community where they are based, as he gave recognition to Edo University.

With the recognition given to Edo University as the 41st state university in Nigeria, the dream of more young Nigerians to acquire university education, would soon be a reality.

NLNG Constructs Engineering Laboratories In ABU

NLNGThe Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas limited (NLNG) has constructed multi-million Naira engineering laboratories at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

At the commissioning of the multi-user laboratories, the Managing Director (MD) of NLNG, Mr Babs Omotowa, said the project, which cost 340 million Naira, was part of the company’s contribution to complement the various efforts of the government in stimulating the growth of research and science education in Nigeria.

Mr Omotowa also explained that the laboratory, which was equipped with the state of the art facility, would provide the staff and students of the university easy access to world class facilities that would, among other benefits, enhance their academic performance and improve their skills.

The building has six different laboratories – Materials Characterisation Laboratory, Soil Testing Laboratory, Materials Testing Laboratory, Mechatronics Laboratory, ICT Laboratory and Environmental Laboratory.

The project, which is part of NLNG’s University Support Programme, is driven by the company’s desire to develop engineering education in Nigeria.

The MD also disclosed that the company would spend 340 million Naira on the construction of modern engineering laboratories, equipped with cutting-edge technology, in five other universities.

University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Maiduguri and University of Nigeria, Nsukka are the benefiting universities.

He explained that the universities were selected based on rankings by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and their long standing contributions to the development of local capacity in Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ibrahim Garba, told the gathering that the commissioning of the multi-user laboratories was the first of its kind, since the inception of the institution.

He noted that the facility would avail students and lecturers of the institution the opportunity to conduct their research in the field of engineering technology.

He also called on other corporate organisations to emulate NLNG.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, while commending the management of NLNG for the laudable initiative, that the administration of President Buhari was committed to giving the education sector face-lift.

NUC Asks Students To Clarify Status Of West African Universities

NUC The National Universities Commission (NUC) has called on Nigerian students to get clarification from the commission before applying for admission in tertiary institutions in other West African countries.

The directive came after the National Accreditation Board of Ghana banned 53 tertiary institutions in Ghana from advertising and admitting students from anywhere in the world.

The Director of Information and Publications of the NUC, Mr Ibrahim Yakasai, commended the decision by the Ghanaian board on Thursday, at a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Yakasai emphasised that the NUC had warned students on some of the universities, especially on the West African Coast, Republic of Benin, Togo, Uganda and some other countries.

The commission then reiterated its call to students to clarify the status of foreign universities from the NUC, before applying to such institutions.

NUC Gives Provisional Licence To Newly Approved Universities

NUCThe National Universities Commission (NUC) has offered provisional licenses to the nine newly approved universities by the Federal Executive Council.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, who commended the new universities for making the cut, however, warned that substantive certificates would only be offered in the next three years to universities that have performed and grown in line with the guidelines stipulated by the commission.

He warned that any form of malpractices would attract sanctions which includes the withdrawal of the licenses of such institutions.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie, warned the newly licensed institutions that the commission would continue to monitor their activities to ensure that the standards as proscribed by the law are strictly adhered to.

Wike Defends Selection Process For Presidential Scholarship Scheme

Nyesom-WikeThe Supervising Minister of Education, Mr Nyesom Wike, has challenged the opposition on transparency and accountability, saying that the Government would not cut corners in its bid to serve the nation.

The Minister made the statement in defence of the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development.

The scheme had come under fire over the selection process as some members of the House of Representatives raised concern over the selection process of the successful candidates, which they said was based on federal character and not on merit.

Speaking at the award ceremony of the second edition of the presidential scholarship scheme, Mr Wike challenged those opposed to the scheme, saying it was aimed at solving manpower problems in the country without bias.

The Chairman of the Implementation Committee and Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okogie, in further defence of the scheme, argued that the only state that did not benefit was Bayelsa.

2,000 candidates applied for the scheme but only 623 candidates sat for the screening of the edition of the scheme on December 10, 2013.

Successful candidates of the scheme were asked to apply to study in any of the top 25 universities in the world approved for the scheme and 104 candidates scaled the final hurdle.

The candidates had applied for selected programmes in Engineering, Technology, Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Medicine and Economics among other fields, where the country might be experiencing shortfalls.

The search for qualified students was based on candidates that obtained first class honours degree from any recognised and approved university nationwide and the scheme offers the 104 beneficiaries scholarship up to PhD level.

University Commission Rejects Allegation Of Corruption

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has rejected allegation by the House of Representatives that its accreditation of universities’ programmes was designed to favour universities willing to do its bidding.

In a reaction to a resolution of the house condemning alleged imbalance in accreditation of programmes in the universities, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Julius Okogie, said the process of accreditation of programmes is transparent and subject to appeal by dissatisfied universities.

Professor Okojie said members of the accreditation panel were professors drawn from universities in each of the six geo-political zones.

He said only one staff of the universities commission was a member of the accreditation panel.

“The process is very simple. What we do is go for verification. If you write for us that you want to start a new programme, we send a panel to the school to look at what they have on ground for that programme.

“We send professors from other institution who are knowledgeable in that area to go and carry out the check,” he said.