UNIUYO Goes Tough On Land Encroachment

University of Uyo, UNIUYO Goes Tough On Land EncroachmentThe management of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) has warned those illegally erecting structures on the land belonging to the permanent site of the university at Nsukara Offot in Uyo to reconsider their action as such structures will be pulled down.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Enefiok Essien, gave the warning in Uyo on Thursday while answering questions from journalists on his first year in office as the Vice Chancellor of the institution.

He said that the university is committed to the development of befitting structures and modern facilities at its permanent site to create a conducive environment for sound academic pursuit and development.

Prof Essien added that the provision of a peaceful environment, infrastructural development and staff training and welfare are priorities of his administration.

According to the Vice Chancellor, as part of efforts to boost staff morale for increased productivity, staff welfare has been accorded top priority by the management of the institution through regular staff training to ensure that they are up-to-date with modern global academic practice.

Noting that strikes are inimical to effective teaching and learning in Nigerian universities, Prof. Essien said that the last one year under his stewardship has enjoyed a steady academic calendar.

Nevertheless, the management is working hard to further improve the ranking of the institution in Nigeria and internationally.

Several projects expected to add value to teaching and learning are ongoing in the university.

Senate Asks JAMB To Increase Validity Of UTME

jambThe Senate has asked the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to increase the validity of its results from one year to three years.

This was one of the recommendations adopted by the Senate after debating a motion on the examination body’s new admission policy.

A federal lawmaker Senator Joshua Lidani at plenary drew the attention of the Senate to a recent policy formulated by JAMB which he warned runs contrary to the laws setting up JAMB.

The policy stipulates that candidates of universities with surplus applicants for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, are reassigned to other universities with lower number of candidates than their capacities.

MINT Countries: Nigerian Government Must Build Human Capacity – Economist

Financial Analyst, Pascal Odigbo, has called on the Nigerian Government to build its internal capacity in order to achieve its potential as one of the World’s emerging economies, tagged the ‘MINT’ countries.

The MINT countries, made up of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey have been categorized as emerging economies that would become super powers by the year 2050.

Odigbo said that the World is always looking for the next big thing and the rationale for such projection was for investors to take position as the evaluation is based on the demographics in those countries.

He noted that this is a major pointer to the fact that other nations are showing attention to Nigeria. He said, “If you don’t have a I won’t call you.

“I think very strongly that there is absolute need for politicians to understand that this is not about personal gains but about our nation and our destiny” as this kind of declaration brings focus on what the country is doing and the world is watching.

He laid emphasis on ‘Potential’ using an analogy from the principles of Kinetic Energy in Physics. He explained that with the availability of power, one still needs to press a switch to light a bulb.

Therefore, with the world putting so much attention on Nigeria, “you need to know that you are doing something right, but now we need to be able to dimension it rightly.”

In analysing Nigeria’s potentials, he said that the strength of Nigeria is in its population, and this makes it a major ground for retail business, citing the successes of the many shopping malls that have sprung up in recent times in the country.

The ‘Sunrise Daily’ crew drew his attention to the dangers this may pose to the service and manufacturing sectors, and he agreed that things were wrong in those sectors but commended the Federal Government for its Automotive Policy which he sees as a step in the right direction towards improving the country’s manufacturing industry.

He however noted that the most important area was human development. He said, “We need to develop the people, we are putting so much into the assets rather than the people.”

He admitted that nothing was wrong with infrastructural development but it is counterproductive to build roads and other infrastructure without building the internal capacity of the people to work with these structures.

He pointed out that over a million students sit for the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations every year, but admission into the universities are available to about 500,000 people. He warned that Nigeria’s lack of human capacity would force foreign builders to bring their own people to man the country’s infrastructure, consequently leading to second slavery.

He added, “Most of the people in leadership, whether at state or local government level do not have a clue as to why they are there.”

“Government must begin to see this as a mission, developing a country is not in the mantra but in the things that you do. ”

University Governing Council Visits Orji, Host Community

The governing council, Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, in a bid to ensure peaceful co-existence between the university and their host communities has mapped out strategy that would be beneficiary to both parties.

The council during a courtesy call to Governor Theodore Orji at the government house, Umuahia was told to ensure that the university steps up to an international standard in the area of agricultural research.

The visit to the two host communities, Olokoro and Ikwuano, the traditional councils, led by pro-chancellor of the university, Professor Anya Oko accompanied by the vice chancellor Professor Hilary Edeoga.

During his address, Professor Anya said that the positive influence and impact of the presence of a university in a certain location cannot be over-emphasised as it encourages both economic growth and human capacity development, and therefore everything needed to make it possible including land should be made available.

Eze Obioma commended Vice chancellor Hilary Edeoga for his commitments and urge him to do more for their community by employing more of their youths while Eze Obaji complained that his community was not being carried along.

During the visit to the governor, the university authorities complained of encroachers on the school’s property which Governor Orji promised to resolve. He assured them of the administration’s readiness to assist them in any land dispute.

He also encouraged the council to work hard and ensure that peace reigns.


Edo Varsity Gets N500 Million Facility Grant

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has approved the sum of N500 million for Ambrose Alli University to upgrade its facilities.

Speaking at the inauguration of eight member Governing Council of the university chaired by Professor Greg Akenzua, Governor Oshiomhole said the money will be paid in installments, beginning from this month and spread over a couple of months.

Governor Oshiomhole who acknowledged that the institution has several challenges said the Governing Council will decide how best to put the money to use, but that he expects value for every kobo spent.

The Governor said he has total confidence in the new AAU Governing Council as it is made up of seasoned academics, administrators, and people who have demonstrated passion for quality education.

Responding, Chairman of the Council, Prof Greg Akenzua, on behalf of others, pledged that the Council would do its best to reposition the University and justify the confidence reposed in them by the Governor.

Other members of the council are Professor Thomas Audu, Professor Tom Imobighe, Dr Andrew Isegwe, Dr Andrew Okwilagbe, Dame Esohe Jacobs, Prince Tony Omoaghe and Dr Godswill Ogboghodo.


Over One Million 2013 UTME Candidates May Not Gain Admission

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that over one million candidates sitting for the University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) may not gain access into the tertiary institutions.

The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai told a news conference in Abuja that current carrying capacity of tertiary institutions across the country is only about five hundred thousand which cannot cater for the 1.7million candidates sitting for the UTME.

Professor Rufai, who bemoaned the grossly inadequate number of universities in the country, appealed for more public private partnerships for the establishment of more institutions to increase access to university education in Nigeria.

Every year, the growing number of students who enrol for admission into tertiary institutions becomes alarming; the evidence is shown by the number of students siting for this year’s Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)’s examination.

JAMB announced that over 1.7million candidates registered for the UTME, an increase of 13.35percent compared to last years. But the main worry here is that there is only space for one-third of this population, the remaining candidates who have passed may never get admitted.

Abia University Withdraws Kalu’s Bachelor’s Degree Certificate

The Senate of the Abia State University (ABSU) has approved the cancellation, withdrawal of the degree result and certificate awarded to former Governor of the state, Orji Uzor Kalu, for violation of the institution’s academic regulations.

Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu

The Senate, in a press statement signed by the University Registrar/Secretary to the Senate, Ernest Onuoha, said the decision of the institution was based on the violation of the Academic Regulations of the university on Admission – by –Transfer, which rendered the offer irregular, ab initio and non –completion of the mandatory six semesters (three academic years of study)

Mr Onuoha said, “On the strength of the findings and recommendations of an investigative panel into allegations of breach of the existing academic regulations of Abia State University, in the admission process of the admission and graduation of Kalu Orji Uzor in the discipline of Government and Public Administration, of matriculation number 00/42226, the Senate of the university at its resumed 69th extra-ordinary meeting of March 1, 2013 and by a vote of 88 against three dissenting voices only, approved the cancellation and withdrawal of the degree, result and certificate awarded to him.

“The decision of Senate was based on the following grounds among others: The violation of the academic regulations of the university on Admission-by-Transfer, which rendered the offer irregular, ab initio and the non-completion of the mandatory six semesters (i.e. three academic years of study), before he was awarded a degree of the university. He spent only two semesters in all.

“The university Senate maintained that its action, aforesaid, derived from the exercise of its onerous statutory responsibility to guard and maintain , at all times, the academic regulations of the university, its hard-earned reputation and the credibility of the certificates it awards.”

After Mr Kalu had dropped out of the University of Maiduguri, he re-enrolled at the Abia State University while he was governor of the state.

As the visitor to the university at the time and there were allegations that Mr Kalu was an absentee student.

The admission and graduation of Mr Kalu, the university stated, made mockery of its academic rules and regulations.

Kalu’s Response

Reacting to the withdrawal of his Bachelor’s Degree certificate by the Senate of ABSU, Mr Kalu, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, said the recent move by Governor Theodore Orji of Abia to revoke his Bachelor’s degrees certificate is just the latest in the failed attempts to silence him.

He said that Governor Orji’s intimidation of the Senate of ABSU to purportedly withdraw his certificate does not invalidate the authenticity of the certificate.

Mr Kalu said the move has put to test the pedigree of the men and women who make up the Senate of the university, the credibility of the certificate issued by the school and brought to fore the warped nature of the Governor.

The statement reads, “What the Senate of ABSU has done amounts to shifting the goal post after the goal has been scored.

“No one can deny the fact that His Excellency (Kalu) was in ABSU for lectures and examinations.

“And how do you withdraw a degree that has been duly awarded? To think it is the same Senate that awarded it that is withdrawing it. It is obvious where the drummer is playing for the Senate to dance from.

“Must the academic community allow politics and politicians to influence its decision? Our answer is no.

“We definitely will react appropriately to this issue of the withdrawal of a certificate issued alongside those of other students of the institution.”

The statement added that the state governor has further ridiculed himself in the eyes of right thinking members of the society.

“First, the recent moves to discredit Kalu, was the threat to set up a panel of enquiry to probe Dr. Kalu based on a kangaroo report that the tenure of His Excellency was fraught with mismanagement of the state’s resources.

“Till date, despite all the grandstanding by a man who believes he is an emperor but by all standards a weakling, nothing has been heard of that panel.

“After all, he claimed nothing, not even the law courts, can stop him from probing the eight years of Dr. Kalu in government.

“And to think he was an integral part of that government as the Chief of Staff. “Who can be closer to the chief executive of a state than his personal physician and chief of staff?

“Then followed the attempt to prevent Dr. Kalu from returning to the PDP. “It appears that Orji has a very short memory.

“How can he so quickly forget the political staying power of Dr. Kalu, which earned him (Orji) the governorship despite the fact he was in the custody of the EFCC when the election was held and a new party had to be registered for him to emerge as the governor of Abia State.

“That same staying power, which only God and forthrightness can grant, is what has kept Dr. Kalu above all foes.

“And if Orji still thinks it is possible for him to run Dr. Kalu out of Abia State, then he should have a rethink. Recent events have shown who truly is an Abian among Dr. Kalu and Orji.

“This non-performing governor is challenged to a public walk alongside Dr. Kalu on the streets of Abia State and let us see who will get stoned.

“At least, we have been able to count not less than three occasions when he was stoned by the people of the state despite his huge security apparatus, a situation that did not obtain under Dr. Kalu as the state governor.

“Even now that the man who wants to turn himself into a demigod has declared Dr. Kalu a persona non grata, the former governor still walks the streets of Abia State without a retinue of security details and yet receives standing ovation everywhere he goes.”




Okorocha slashes tuition fee of non-indigenes by 50 percent

In furtherance to his free education programme in the state, the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has slashed down by 50 percent the tuition fees of non-indigene students schooling in the state owned tertiary Institutions.

The Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha

The governor made this declaration at the government house in Owerri, the Imo state capital during a courtesy call by leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and Student Union government of all tertiary institutions in Imo state.

Mr Okorocha noted that quality education remains the best gift that can be given to any child in order to secure their future and as a result of this, his administration do not want to limit the free education programme to only indigenes of the state but to non-indigenes as well which has wararanted the reduction of their tuition fees by 50 per cent.

He however urged his counterparts in other states to adopt similar measure towards creating opportunities for Nigerian students in other tertiary institutions to quality and qualitative education.

Meanwhile, the president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Dauda Mohammed, commended the governor on his commitment and contribution to the advancement of education in the Country.

The governor was given an award by NANS as Commander of free education for his contribution to free education in Imo state.

Nigerian Bar admits 3, 897 new lawyers

A total of 3,897 candidates were on Tuesday called to the Nigerian Bar, after meeting requirements of the Nigerian Law School.

The Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Tahir Mamman, disclosed this known in Abuja at the presentation of successful candidates of the 2011/2012 session for call to the bar.

He said a total of nine candidates made First Class Honours, 195 made Second Class (Upper Division), 900 made Second Class (Lower Division), while 2,793 Candidates graduated with Pass.

He expressed optimism that the qualification obtained in the Bar programme would enable them to build their career.

“It is our hope that the education and qualification obtained in the programme have provided you with the requisite foundation to a more fulfilling life in all the sectors of the nation’s economy.

“The design and delivery of your current training under the new curriculum is meant to equip you with the toolkit that will enable you create a job for yourself and others.

“It is meant to make you look out for a wider horizon rather than limit you to the narrow confines of a traditional legal practitioner,’’ he said.

He restated the commitment of the school to uphold and enforce the values of honesty, integrity and good conduct.

The Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Idowu Sofola, called on the new Barristers to join the struggle for the eradication of corruption from the judiciary and the society at large.

He enjoined them to act fairly and with good conscience, adding that “this is a noble profession and only the nobles should be called to the Nigerian Bar.’’

He further enjoined them to make `Rules of Professional Conduct their daily guide, so as to excel in their chosen career.

University of Jos protest: Students, management agree to dialogue

Students of University of Jos have agreed to suspend their ongoing protest against the school authority following the increment on levies and charges on accommodation and other basic services in the campus as management also agreed to dialogue with the students’ leadership.

The acting President of the Student Union Government, Nanlop Maya said the school management has accepted to negotiate and discuss the students’ grievances in a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, hence the suspension of the protest.

She also disclosed that efforts are been made to shift the deadline for payment in order to avoid extra charges for late registration.

The students had last Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration against an alleged 150 percent increase in fees by the school’s management.

The placard-carrying students took over the main gate of the Bauchi Road Campus of the university condemning the increase and demanding a reversal.

Some of the placards read: Daylight rape; Our parents are government workers and have not been paid; Many parents cannot afford the increase, among others.

Ms Maya, who led the protest, had told reporters that the increase amounted to “commercialisation of education” and a demonstration of “the insensitivity of the school management to students’ plight.”

She said efforts to meet with management to discuss the matter were rebuffed, adding “I led a delegation of the students’ union body to negotiate with the deputy vice-chancellor, academics, over the increment in fees.

“However, we were denied audience. To my surprise, he said a mere student cannot interact with him,” she had said.

Aregbesola reconstitutes council for UNIOSUN

The Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday approved the reconstitution of the Council of the University of Osun (UNIOSUN).

In a press statement issued by Sunday Akere, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Osogbo, the seven-member council is to be Chaired by Professor G.A Olawoyin.

Other members of the council are Remi Olowude, Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun, Professor G.A. Adegboyega, Professor Obafemi Ajibola, Sir Ademola Aladekomo and Dr. Abeke Omotosho.

The Statutory members of the Governing Council are the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and four representatives of the University’s Senate.

The Members of the Governing Council also included one representative of the university alumni, one representative of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance.

The current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ganiyu Olatunde was also appointed as the acting Vice Chancellor to replace Professor Sola Akinrinade.

Mr Akere said the appointment of the seven members of the Council will be for four years while the statutory members will vacate their membership as soon as they leave their positions.

Over 1.5 million candidates to write Saturday’s JAMB examination – Registrar

Candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations organised by JAMB The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) said that it will go ahead with the conduct of the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in all states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory despite the insecurity in some parts of the country.

At a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, the Registrar of the board, Dibu Ojerinde debunked rumours that the examinations would not be conducted in some northern states owing to incessant bombings in the area.

He also announced the deployment of over ten thousand security personnel for this weekend’s nationwide examination exercise.

Mr Ojerinde also said that a total of 1, 503, 931 candidates have registered to take part in the examination.

According to the Registrar, this is the highest number of registered candidates the board has recorded since inception.

He said this year’s figure was a marginal increase of 10,338 candidates over the 2011 figure, as against an increase of 117,961 candidates recorded in 2011 over the 2010 figure.

He said that the examination would hold simultaneously in 375 towns in the country and in Ghana, Cameroun, Republic of Benin, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.

“It is worthy to note that there is a remarkable increase in the number of registered candidates in all our foreign centres
“No doubt this underscores the acceptability of our tertiary educational system around the world. Many Nigerians are wishing to come back home for tertiary education,” Mr Ojerinde said.

The JAMB boss said that examination body have engaged the services of independent examination watch groups to monitor this weekend examination. He warned supervisors and invigilators to adhere strictly to instructions during the exercise.

Mr Ojerinde said that he is confident that Saturday’s examination would be hitch free across all states in Nigeria.