FG To Set New Policy Direction In Universities

Nigeria Needs More Private Universities - NUC Exec SecretaryThe Federal Government says that the incessant face-off between the governing councils of universities and the institutions’ authorities over the running of the day-to-day activities in the universities will no longer be tolerated.

The warning was handed down by the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, during the 31st convocation ceremony of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Rivers State.

The Minister who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the occasion also stated some new policy direction in the university system across the country.

“We must stop housing those who are adventurers, who have no business being in the universities to be in the university. In that wise, it’s being proposed and it will fly that at the end of this academic year, any student that fails to get up to 0.5 GPA should seize being a student of the university.

“The universities will continue from now on to house people who are serious with what they have come here to do. If you score less than 0.5 in your GPA, you are out and out for good.

“Secondly, Mr Vice Chancellor, starting from this year, JAMB has been advised to stop sending students to our professional universities with unrelated disciplines.

“If you are a University of Agriculture, your business should be agriculture; not in medicine, not in law, not in accountancy. Science and technology must remain University of Science and Technology.

“If states wish to have conventional universities, then they must speak to the Federal Government and such schools will be given to such states,” Professor Anwuka said.

A Dangerous Trend

The Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT, Professor Ndowa Lale, on his part, lamented the rate at which student unionism degenerates into what he described as a dangerous trend for the university authorities.

Professor Lale called on the Federal Government to regulate the operational structure of Students’ Union Government, adding that they pose threat to the statutory administration of the universities.

“Union leaders ascribe to themselves funny sounding titles as executive president and commander-in-chief of Aluta forces, secretary general and head of service, chief judge, senate president, honourable speaker of parliament, special advisers, woman leader, chief whip, stakeholders and so on.

“All these high sounding offices operate under the auspices of a Students’ Union Government which now operates at parallel point with the appointed authority of the institution,” he claimed.

The convocation ceremony was witnessed by dignitaries such as the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Ipalebo Banigo, who represented Governor Nyesom Wike; Vice Chancellors from other universities and top government officials among other guests.


FG Commits To Improving Education System For Nigeria’s Development

universityThe Nigerian government has assured citizens of its unwavering commitment to ensuring that education gets necessary attention to ensure it aids human civilization and development.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, gave the government’s position at the 26th Convocation Ceremony of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education in Owerri, the capital of Imo state.

Professor Anwuka said the administration of Muhammadu Buhari would revolutionise the education sector, emphasising that the government is looking up to professional institutions like colleges of education to actualise the vision.

“The government will continue to support worthy programmes, improve infrastructure, perfect value adding policies and encourage continual staff development.

“Let me assure you that the Federal Government remains unwavering in its unalloyed commitment to ensuring that education occupies the pride of place as a vital sector of human civilization.

“And to this end I wish to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of colleges of education to our national goals and aspirations,” he stressed.

On The Path Of Success

The minister also disclosed that the Federal Government was looking to raise the profile of teachers and placing high value on the teaching profession.

He said it would be achieved by strengthening the relevant agencies to ensure delivery on this mandate as well as providing the platform for exchange of good practices to enhance the contribution towards national development.

“I therefore congratulate all of you for your success in your various programmes and urge you to translate this success positively on younger generations. The professional teacher certificate and diplomas are key to teacher development at this stage in our national life and the need for quality education is even more urgent,” the minister told the graduating students.

On her part, the Provost of the institution, Mrs Blessing Ijioma, commended the Federal Government for their contributions to the development and growth of the renowned academic institution.

“The Federal Government’s TETFUND project and Ecological fund have no doubt paved way for giant strides in infrastructure and facility development in the Centre.

“I believe the Alvan students of today are better off than their recent predecessors. The facility they study in are one of the best in the country. They have quality and highly motivated lecturers and the environment is progressively conducive for learning. This assertion is evident in the high number of students who now apply for a place in our college,” she told the gathering.

While advising the graduating students, she said “I call on today’s graduands to move into the world with confidence and boldness. The education you received here is guaranteed to make you deploy your mind and God given talents positively. This will launch you on the path of success. Also remember to keep your eyes open for opportunities in small and medium enterprises sector, agriculture and information technology for these are areas of great opportunities for the future in Nigeria, beyond the sky is your limit”.

Alvan Ikoku College of Education celebrated her 26th Convocation Ceremony for the three cohorts, 2014, 2015 and 2016 graduands of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) and the conferment of fellowship.

The College, which believes in the reward for academic and excellent hard work, recognised and awarded Mrs Iheonu Nneka the best graduating student, for Professional Diplomatic in Education in the 2014/2015 set while Miss Egesi Amarachi got the award for the best graduating student of Nigeria Certification of Education.

FEC Approves Eight Universities, Port Harcourt Airport Renovation

FEC, Federal Executive Council, Universities, AirportThe Federal Executive Council has approved the establishment of eight new universities in Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after the council meeting.

The meeting took place on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Professor Anwuka enumerated the universities to include:

  •  Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.
  •  Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River to run by the Clitter House Nigeria Limited.
  •  Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia to also be run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
  •  Coal City University, Enugu owned by the African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education, Enugu.
  •  Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara to be run by the Modern Morgy and Sons Limited.
  •  Dominican University, Ibadan owned by the Order of Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community.
  •  Kola Daisi University, Ibadan owned by Kola Daisi Foundation.
  • Legacy University, Okija to be run by the Good Idea Education Foundation.

In a related development, the Council also approved the completion of the renovation work at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, stressed the importance of the airport to national economy.

He added that the meeting resolved that the airport cannot be allowed to remain in its poor condition.

FG To Weed Out Unqualified Teachers

special education programmeThe Federal Government says it plans to weed out all unqualified teachers in Nigeria’s primary and secondary schools to reform the education sector.

According to the government, the decision was part of efforts to re-position basic education in Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, told a news conference in Abuja on Sunday, that the Federal Government would no longer allow a situation where the teaching profession would be treated as an all-comers affair.

He reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to qualitative education, saying the developmental strides of any nation is dependent on the quality of education given to pupils at the primary and secondary school levels.

Nigerian Senate Lauded For Successful Ministerial Screening

Nigerian Senate Lauded For Successful Ministerial ScreeningThe Nigerian Senate has been commended for carrying out a thorough, unbiased, as well as successful screening and confirmation of ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former Secretary to the Imo State government and Minister Designate, Professor Anthony Anwuka, gave the recommendation while speaking to reporters at the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the Imo State capital, upon his arrival from the nation’s capital Abuja, after his ministerial screening.

He said that the Senate, to a large extent proved to Nigerians that the screening of ministers was not a child’s play, as they showed maturity and expertise in the way and manner the screening process was carried out irrespective of political differences.

Professor Anwuka expressed optimism that the new set of ministers under the leadership of President Buhari would deliver the needed dividends of democracy to all Nigerians, contribute their own quota to national development and help actualise the real change being propagated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In similar vein, a member of the House of Representatives from Okigwe South and Chairman, Committee on Health Services, Honourable Chike Okafor, also lauded the Senate for their feat on the ministerial screening.

He said for the first time in the history of democracy in Nigeria, the Senate during the screening exercise showed absolute objectivity, pointing out that it was an improvement compared to past screening.