Ayade Decries Level Of Decay In Nigerian Universities

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has decried the fallen standards and level of decay in tertiary institutions across the country.

Ayade proffering solution to this fallen standard said Nigerian Government should restructure it’s educational system by focusing more on human capacity in order to graduate students who can compete with their counterparts in developed countries.

Governor Ayade, addressing the 12th Governing Council, University of Calabar, said it is saddening to discover that, most university students and graduates especially science related courses have no practical experience in order to make meaningful contributions in their line of study to the development of the country.

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“Today, we have a very sad situation where products of our universities cannot hold their hands up. It is very saddening when we look at the amount of young people who are seeking to be admitted into Nigerian universities and the entire number of universities in Nigeria, 153 with almost 10 million people seeking admission at a time.

“We cannot continue to depend on foreigners to give us solutions. The black man is in a very hot climate, it takes a foreign company to provide air conditioner for us. So where are the professors and researchers in Nigeria? The council therefore has the responsibility to restructure the academic curriculum of Nigeria to reflect our core.”

The council was led by the Pro-chancellor and chairman of the council, Senator Nkechi Justina Nwogu who were on a visit to Ayade in his office in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

He thereby called on the 12th governing council to restructure academic curriculum and encourage expertise in schools as done in the western world.

ASUU, FG Are Beginning To Agree – Senate Committee

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendmentThe Senate says some agreement have been reached between the Nigerian government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU on some of their issues except one which borders on the earned allowances of lecturers.

This was made known by the Senate committee set up by the Senate President Bukola Saraki to address the industrial crisis embarked on by ASUU.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Education, Senator Jibrin Barau, spoke after a meeting that commenced about 12 noon and ended around 8PM.

He said that the academic union were going to make consultations with their members on the way forward and that the upper house was hopeful that they would return with good news.

ASUU embarked on the strike to protest the failure of the Federal Government to implement terms of the 2009 and 2013 agreements.

The ASUU Chairman for the University of Lagos, (UNILAG), Mr Adelaja Odukoya, explained the reasons for their decision to Channels Television.

He said the Federal Government had failed to deliver on its 2009 Agreement and 2013 MoU.

According to him, the government is owing over 800 billion Naira, funds which he said were meant to upgrade the university system, in attempts to make them globally competitive.

In a meeting of the Senate President with ASUU officials in Abuja, the Chairman of ASUU, University Of Uyo Chapter, Dr Aniekan Brown, told Channels Television that she was glad that the industrial action had enjoyed 100% compliance in line with the directive.

She also said that the strike was “informed by the inability of the federal government to honor the agreement reached with ASUU on a number of issues, which you already know.

“The most important, being that the public universities are still underfunded.”

President Muhammadu Buhari recently appealed to union of Nigerian university lecturers to give government more time to sort out the shortfalls in salary payment and other related issues affecting the education sector.

President Buhari made the plea at an event at the University of Ibadan.

Govt. Is Ready To Revamp Education Sector, Buhari Begs ASUU

Govt. Is Ready To Revamp Education Sector, Buhari Begs ASUUPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to give government more time to sort out the shortfalls in salary payment and other related issues affecting the education sector.

President Buhari made the plea as the visitor at the grand finale of the 68th Founders’ Day and convocation ceremony of the University of Ibadan which took place at the International Conference Center, Ibadan.

Represented by the Director, Tertiary Education at the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Fatimah Ahmad, President Buhari decried the standard of education which has left a vast majority of the people poorly educated.

Describing the trend as unhealthy and saddening, the President reiterated his administration’s commitment to revamping the sector.

Mrs Ahmad added that government was in dialogue with the affected unions and would continue to explore means of amicable resolutions.

A total of 442 graduates bagged doctorate degrees in various fields while three eminent Nigerians including business mogul, Aliko Dangote; writer and poet, Prof. Niyi Osundare and Ibadan businessman, Bode Amao were conferred with honorary degrees of the prestigious institution.

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.

NUC Declares NTI Degrees Illegal

NUC, NTIThe National Universities Commission (NUC) has warned prospective students not to enroll in the degree and postgraduate diploma in education programmes by the Kaduna-based National Teachers Institute (NTI) as the programmes are illegal.

This warning is contained in a statement signed by the Director, Information and Public Relations of the Commission, Mr Ibrahim Yakasai.

He said that the institute has persistently ignored advice by the commission to abstain from mounting degree programmes as the institute lacks the necessary approval for affiliation with any university.

The statement adds that degree and post graduate diploma certificates obtained from the NTI will not be recognized for the purposes of employment, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and further studies.

ASUU Divided Over Choice Of New OAU VC

OAU, OAU VC, ASUUThe Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU in the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) are now divided as controversies continue over the selection and consequent announcement of a new vice chancellor for the university.

The division follows a recent statement by the chairman of the union in the university, Dr Caleb Aborisade, allegedly declaring the support of ASUU for the process leading to the announcement of a new vice chancellor for the university.

‎The pronouncement by Dr Caleb Aborisade, allegedly stating that the selection process for the new vice chancellor for the university was free, fair, and credible drew the anger of some members of the union.

They gathered under the umbrella of ‘Concerned ASUU Members’ stating that the chairman of the union did not state the position of ASUU in the university.

However, the chairman of ASUU of the university, Dr. Aborisade, when contacted declined to speak on camera stating that the union could not have taken a stand on the legality or otherwise of the process as none of the aggrieved candidates has approached it with their grievances.

Meanwhile, members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have continued their protests against the selection process and the consequent announcement of Professor Ayobami Salami as the new Vice Chancellor of the institution.

They called on the Federal Government to set up a panel of inquiry to look into allegation of fund mismanagement by the outgoing vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Bamitale Omole.

The tenure of the incumbent Vice Chancellor of the institution, ends on June 23.

FG Urged To Change School Curriculum To Accommodate Skill Acquisition

school curriculum, skill acquisitionA Human Resources Development expert, Fola Ogunsola, wants the federal government to change school curriculum to accommodate skill acquisition programmes that go beyond classrooms.

She made the call at a life after school development lecture for students of the Osun State University, Ikire Campus in Osun State.

She revealed that only about 10% of Nigerian graduates who leave the higher institutions annually can be said to be employable to employers of labour.

This, according to her, is because many of the graduates have not been well groomed for the basic skills required to sustain a job.

The HR expert also told Channels Television that the crisis between Nigerian youths and the labour market is more of employability of the products being churned out by higher institutions of learning in the country than a problem of the number of jobs available.

The expert berated the academic curriculum of Nigerian universities stating that Nigerian higher institutions of learning, in the 21st century are still only able to impact less than 20% of skills required by prospective employers of labour into their graduates.

He stressed that graduates are usually not well groomed for the task ahead after school.

She also implored graduates to stop putting blames on government, but rather enhance their skills.

Nigerian Universities On Recovery Path – UI VC

UniversitiesNigerian universities are on the path to recovery and re-positioning, despite the low ratings from international rating agencies.

The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewole, made this clarification while reacting to the latest ranking of top 50 African Universities, which put U.I as 3rd in Nigeria and 34th in Africa.

He pointed out that the prerequisites for the ratings are numerous among which webometric assessment, academic excellence and research publications are germane.

Professor Adewole added that Nigerian universities had not done badly, considering the time it took for government to seriously commit to uplifting the standard of education in the country.

In the same vein, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), U.I branch, Professor Segun Ajiboye, said webometric ranking is political, almost controversial in most cases.

Professor Ajiboye said that several obstacles still exist on the path to greatness for Nigerian universities.

According to some students interviewed by Channels Tv, lack of timely update of research findings and the method of impacting knowledge are critical factors in the rating.

FG To Start Screening University Certificates Obtained Abroad

certificatesFrom now on, all certificates obtained by Nigerians from foreign universities would be verified.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, gave the hint after the presentation of licences to two new private universities.

He says already screening committees have been set up to handle the task of screening those certificates.

The screening committee comprises of representatives from the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC).

“Some of our students who attended universities in Ukraine pass through the UK and get a second degree, in some countries, you can buy a certificate in the airport,” he said, while expressing concern over the authenticity of the certificates issued in some European and African countries.

He noted, however, that the decision was not to say that all foreign universities were bad but there is need to ensure that Nigerians attend good tertiary institutions.

Professor Okojie said that the certificate presented by graduates who come back to the country for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would be subjected to screening by the Education Ministry.

FG Spends 100 Billion Naira On Education Annually – Sambo

Namadi-Sambo.jpg1electionNigeria’s Vice President (VP), Namadi Sambo has said that the Federal Government spends about 100 billion naira annually on educational projects across the Nigerian Universities.

The VP, at a foundation laying ceremony of Dame Patience Jonathan’s 360 beds female hostel block, and the Modern International Conference Center of the Bayero University, Kano, said 1.5 trillion naira from the Presidential Support Fund on education has already been approved to cater for the needs of Nigerian Universities and other tertiary institutions.

Vice President, Namadi Sambo who said courtesy of their administration’s transformational agenda, ”projects like this will continue to full all the Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions”.

In an interactive session with members of the University Community, the VP said, in order to realise the Nigeria’s vision 2020, the Federal Government has paid special attention to the education sector, through the award of various projects costing billions of naira.

Meanwhile, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Abubakar Rasheed told the Vice President that the university had in the last four years been repositioned from an art based, to a science based university, with the introduction of about 40 new departments and research centers.

The VP was accompanied by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau and Minister for Special Duty, Tanimu Turaki.

Business Morning: Vacational Training, Panacea For Unemployment In Nigeria

business vacational trainingAbout 150,000 graduates are churned out annually by Nigerian universities and polytechnics without entrepreneurial skills and so available jobs remain inadequate to keep pace with this ever-expanding army of job seekers.

The Head, German Industry and Commerce, Mr Andre Roenne and Coordinator, German Dual Vocational Training Partnership with Nigeria, Mr Kehinde Awoyele, who were guests on Channels Television’s Business Morning, stressed that vocational training has been identified as the best means of reducing the level of unemployment among youths in the country.

This is because it helps prepare them for the immediate needs of the labour market.

According to them, vocational training has led to the development of a highly efficient workforce in some nations and they recommended the same for Nigeria to foster job creation and reduce unemployment.

 

No Discrimination For Admission Into Open University – VC

Noun_gnThe Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe, has assured Nigerians seeking admission into the university of express admission, insisting that no prospective student needs a godfather to secure admission into the institution.

Speaking at an interactive session with journalists in Kaduna, Professor Tenebe, added that NOUN has given every intending student liberty of registration without stringent measure since they are matured students with wealth of experiences in different fields of human endeavour.

He said the number of student enrolment continued to increase on daily basis with over 300,000 students currently studying at the Ivory Tower.

He however promised to hit an enrolment figure of 500, 000 ahead of the official target of 1.5 million students before he leaves office next year.

He also assured that the university has put in place measures to checkmate cyber fraud since major activities of the institution has to do with online,  adding  that  the measures would not be disclosed in the interest of safe guarding the university.