JAMB Introduces New Rules, Guidelines For 2017 UTME

JAMB Warns Against Fake Application Forms In CirculationThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has introduced new rules and guidelines that may eliminate fraudulent practices in the system ahead of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB Registrar, Professor Isiaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Kaduna state at a Strategic Planning Retreat on Monitoring and Supervision of the 2017 UTME organised for stakeholders that would be taking part in the examination.

He explained that unlike in the previous years, major players with requisite integrity, intelligence and appropriate knowledge of the assessment would be fully engaged in the supervision of the 2017 UTME examination to ensure a better outcome.

In attendance at the retreat were stakeholders from JAMB, tertiary institutions, civil society organisations, students union bodies, security agencies and the media.

The aim was to adopt an all-inclusive mode of supervision and evaluation that will guarantee transparent UTME in Nigeria.

The Registrar identified the new rules and guidelines to include, the adoption of CCTV cameras for all the Computer-based Training (CBT) centres, adoption of a single hall containing 250 functional desktop or laptop computer systems with extra 25 as backups, affirmative inclusiveness for blind candidates, adoption of PIN Vending System, inclusion of candidates with awaiting results.

Other guidelines were the adoption of cubicles with minimum length of 26 by 18 inches, adequate security with minimum of five technical personnel and a network engineer on site among others.

“In February, 2017 we held a retreat in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital where we were hosted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was Head of State in 1977 promulgated the enabling law of this Board and gave birth to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

“At the retreat, we looked at the processes of registration and admission, we reviewed them and we adopted new strategies in tandem with new thinking and new challenges.

“It is therefore, in our stride and continuation at bringing all stakeholders on board, our inclusive train that we have organised this retreat to take another look at the Board’s supervision and evaluation of its conduct of the UTME”, Prof. Oloyede stated.

PIN VENDING SYSTEM

Emerging from the retreat at Abeokuta, the Board has innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which has led to the elimination of scratch cards.

The Board has also adopted a cost saving procedure PIN Vending System. It is a secured system which has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

Some of the participants including the President of Women Arise for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin and Senate President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) commended JAMB for reviewing its guidelines as well as suggesting on some grey areas which they would want the board to look into before the election.

Some of them include the security of candidates and officials that would be posted to volatile areas , the number of examination hours and the collection of 10, 500 levy by JAMB which they note amounts to exploiting the candidates.

Foreigner, Accomplice Arrested Over Illegal Mining In Ogun

Two More Suspects Arrested Over Tulip School KidnapThe Ogun state government says it has arrested a Syrian and a Nigerian for allegedly engaging in illegal mining activities along the industrial corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, who disclosed this while leading an enforcement team to the illegal mining site at Boun Village, Shimawa, behind Redemption Camp in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State, said that the culprits would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He stated that illicit activities of miners had wrecked serious havoc to lives and property as well degraded the environment, warning that the present administration in the state frowns at the unlawful acts of making profit at the detriment of residents of the State.

“It is good to sound this note of warning to unscrupulous elements that are in the illegal business of destroying the environment in the name of mining.

“As a government, we will do our best to curb illegal mining because the lives of residents are precious to us.

“Unfortunately, the people involved make money at the detriment of law abiding residents. I can assure you that we will take holistic approach to end these activities and whoever is caught engaging in it would face the full weight of the law. For instance, this Syrian and his accomplice will not go unpunished”. he said.

The commissioner noted that the monitoring activities would continue until illegal mining was nipped in the bud towards forestalling environmental hazards.

Bayelsa Gov. Signs Education Bills Into Law

Environmental Sanitation
Bayelsa State Governor,  Seriake Dickson,

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the Higher Education Students’ Loan and Education Development Trust Fund bills into law, targeted at building the manpower base of the state.

Assenting to the two bills in Government House, Yenagoa, governor Dickson described the laws as the most revolutionary intervention in the education sector, as they would provide unique opportunities for the Bayelsa youths to advance their educational career.

The Governor, noted that, “The education sector has continued to receive priority attention, since my administration’s inception in 2012, the educational laws would provide a mechanism for sustainable development in the sector.

“The new legislation will go a long way in checking the issue of school drop-outs, due to financial constraints as provision is made for indigent students to draw from the Higher Education loan facility”.

Commenting on the Education Development Trust Fund, governor Dickson said “It was mandatory for all Bayelsans working in the public service, government officials as well as the private sector to contribute to the fund in addition to the 10 percent of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue in support of the fund on a monthly basis”.

To this end, he called on the organized labour and the people of the State to support rather than politicise the new educational policy, as the initiative would be beneficial to the average Bayelsan.

The Governor also noted that 50billion Naira has so far been invested into the education sector with the establishment of 25 constituency compulsory free boarding secondary schools, in addition to 15 model secondary schools, including the Ijaw National Academy, which has taken off.

Dickson, who announced the appointment of Prof. Turner Isoun, as the pioneer chairman of the State Education Development Trust Fund, said, the two boards will oversee the new educational schemes which will be established in due course.

Presenting the two bills for the Governor’s assent, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Konbowei Benson said the Bayelsa State Higher Education Students Loan Bill was forwarded to the House on August 10, 2016, while the Education Development Trust Fund bill was presented on July 19, 2016 and passed on February 13, 2017.

Edo Govt. To Settle Outstanding Pension Allowances

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo State
Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state government has restated its commitment to improving the welfare of retired workers in the state.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, gave the assurance when he received a team from the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Edo state chapter at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

Obaseki said the state government will ensure a long lasting solution to all the pension related disputes, adding that all outstanding allowances owed the retired workers will be cleared before the end of 2017.

“Where are those who already earn pension, we have them. What are they earning is it realistic, that is what we call harmonisation, which we have to deal with.

“But more importantly where are those who have worked and have not gotten even pension or gratuity, shouldn’t we deal with those ones first.

“2015, 2014, 2013 to 2012, I am hoping that by the end of this year I will be current”, he said.

The governor also insisted that local government pensioners are not included in the bailout package.

“I cannot run local government by bailout, money that comes from Abuja, yes we use it to pay teachers. How much is generated as revenues, government revenues can only be collected by government officials so that we can account for.

“Those revenues are what we use to pay salaries, pay pension and do the work of the local government”, he stated.

Gov. Ayade locks Out Employees For Lateness

CSOs, Ben Ayade, Man Of The YearPolitical Appointees and Staff of the Governor’s office in Calabar who resumed late to work on Wednesday were locked out of the Government House, following orders by Governor Ben Ayade.

The action according to the Senior Special Assistant and Chief Press Secretary to governor, Mr Christian Ita said is a way of instilling discipline on the State’s work force, which he has since his assumption into office given adequate concern to their welfare.

Speaking to Channels Television on the issue, the CPS said, even senior appointees who came late were not spared.

Ita noted that, “The action is just to instill discipline, Governor Ben Ayade has done a lot to make the work force happy and he feels that, what they owe the administration in return is to be at their duty post when they should be at their duty post to reciprocate the gesture.

“No appointee was spared from the punishment irrespective of position.

“Status does not matter, what matters is, doing the right thing at the right time, the CPS concluded”.

This is the third time, the governor is ordering that, the gates be locked out to staff who do not come early to work.

Herdsmen Kill One In Cross River

Herdsmen Kill One, Injure Three In Adamawa StateThe Cross River State Police Command, has confirmed the death of Mr Etim Okon Akpan following a clash between Fulani Herdsmen and members of Obio-Usere community in Odukpani LGA of the State.

Confirming the unfortunate incident to newsmen at the State Command Headquarters in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, said though normalcy has returned to the community, the police is doing all it can to bring to book the perpetrator of the killing.

 

CP Inuwa noted that, the death of the aged man followed an attack by the community on one of the cows belonging to the herdsmen which led to the reprisal attack where a life was lost.

He frowned at the action of the Herdsmen and reiterated the fact that, no one has the right to take laws into their hands by killing a fellow human being.

After a pattern of killings allegedly perpetrated by Fulani Herdsmen in Abraka Community, Ethiope Esat Local Government Area of Delta, it leaves the community worried and afraid to access their farms

According to the community members, they have lived with Fulani Herdsmen who have depended on them as host communities for the provision of basic needs such as grains, shelter and indeed, husks from the harvest.

But the sudden turn of events where Herdsmen have abandoned this long mutually-beneficial relationship, by taking up arms against the community calls for serious concern as some of them have been made fatherless, motherless and even orphans.

They are appealing to the government and security agencies to investigate the activities of the herdsmen and bring them to justice.