Redeemers University To Hold 8th Convocation Ceremony

Redeemers UniversityVice Chancellor of the Redeemers University (RUN) Ede in Osun state, Prof Debo Adeyewa, on Monday called on the Federal Government to support private universities by providing incentives that would aid the acceleration of research and development.

Professor Adeyewa said this at the Pre-Convocation Press Briefing on the activities of the institution’s 8th convocation ceremony slated for September 8, 2016 in Ede, Osun State.

The Vice Chancellor disclosed that ‎the 2016 graduating set, christened “The Chosen Generation” had the largest set so far in the history of RUN with about 619 persons graduating.

Of the 619, 25 graduated with First Class honours (4.0%), 207 had Second Class Upper Division (33.4 %) while 290 graduated with Second Class Lower Division (46.8%). Some 97 others (15.7 %) fall into the third class.

He further said ‘The Chosen Generation’ is unique for being the first to register online and to use computer based testing procedure for the Post -UTME Screening.

“Also, scripturally the number eight signifies new beginning. As the eighth set of matriculating students in RUN, the set was therefore a pointer to a new beginning for the University,” he said.

Professor Adeyewa added that with Redeemers University, the possibilities of excellence were endless just as over a decade of the university’s existence had demonstrated.

“With the contribution of private universities to the growth and wellbeing of our dear country, there is a need for government to provide incentives, single digit interest loans and access to funds that would aid the acceleration of research and development.

“This way Government would be discouraging education tourism that has helped institutions overseas to flourish with billions of dollars frittered away each year at the expense of burgeoning home institutions,” he said.

He went on to say “come Thursday, September 8, 2016, the university will be achieving another milestone as it will be graduating her first set of doctoral students.

“Furthermore, General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) will be installed as the second chancellor of the university to succeed Emeritus Professor Teenage Tamuno, the pioneer chancellor, who passed on over a year ago.”

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.

Inaugural Alumni Education UK Awards Ceremony Holds In Lagos

Education UKThe inaugural Education UK Alumni Awards held recently in Lagos South-South Nigeria and some young Nigerians who are making positive impact in the country were giving awards for job well done.

Recently, the British Council in Nigeria called for the nomination of individuals who studied in the UK and are making impact in their chosen career for the coveted Education UK Alumni Awards.

The call was heeded and nominations were announced. The awards finalists were celebrated by the British Council at a high profile award ceremony.

The award honours outstanding achievement made by entrepreneurs and professionals who have made entrepreneurial, professional and social impact on their communities and countries they live in.

The 2016 Education UK Award received more than 800 applications from alumni of 110 UK universities.

The evening started with a cocktail where the hosts, the finalists and guests mingled and networked.

 

Reps Task CBN On Foreign Exchange For Students Abroad 

Foreign ExchangeThe House of Representatives is urging the Central Bank of Nigeria to designate banks to handle the payment of school fees for Nigerians studying abroad.

This is in a bid to address the scarcity of foreign exchange and its effect on the foreign transactions.

This resolution came by way of a motion sponsored by House of Rep member, Musa Adar and supported by 76 lawmakers.

The Central Bank is expected to collate a comprehensive data bank of all Nigerian students studying abroad so that the required foreign currency can be released to their parents.

Kogi Govt. Releases 30 Million Naira To Pay Students’ Bursary

kogi25,205 students of Kogi origin in various higher institutions have began to receive bursary payment from the state government.

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Student Matters, Precious Matifo, disclosed this in Lokoja while briefing journalists on the advantages of the student web portal created recently.

She said that this was a practical demonstration of the Governor’s commitment in education.

The web portal which was created in July for Kogi State students in various institutions nationwide by the state government, is aimed at channeling students’ bursary payments straight into their various accounts.

This new initiative, Governor Idris Wada said, would lead to transparency, efficiency and accountability.

Kogi students nationwide have all registered online as directed and the first batch has began to get the alert for their bursary payments.

The SSA to the Governor, Precious Matifo, said that 100 million naira had been released to settle the backlog of Law students’ fees while 30 million was released for the first batch of about 25,000 students.

She added that 60,000 students would have gotten their bursary payment by the conclusion of the exercise.

According to the Executive Secretary, Kogi State Scholarship Board, Mrs Rebecca Acheneje, the aim of the portal was to make access easier for those that are eligible.

Nigerian Schools Rank Low Among Africa’s Top 50 Universities

UniversitiesPersistent crises in Nigeria’s institutions of higher learning may have affected the country’s position in the recent rankings of Africa’s top universities.

An online rating of Africa’s top 50 universities on 2015 University Web Rankings Africa, shows the highest ranking Nigerian university to be University of Lagos in 20th place.

Others are the Obafemi Awolowo University of Ile-ife in 23rd position, University of Ibadan in 38th, University of Ilorin 41st and Covenant University in 43rd place.

The list is dominated by universities from South Africa and Egypt.

The South Africans led the list with the top five universities while Egypt followed from 6th to ninth.

University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania in tenth breaks the sequence while South Africa and Egypt’s dominance continues from 11 to 15th.

Morocco’s Universite Mohammed V – Agdal is 16th while West African neighbours Burkina Faso and Kenya also place higher than Nigeria in 18th and 19th place respectively.

Nigeria’s universities calender has often been disrupted by frequent industrial actions.

Major stakeholders also accuse government of starving the institutions of funds resulting in the declining.

Below is the list of top 100 universities in Africa (2015).

1 University of Cape: Town South Africa
2 University of Pretoria: South Africa
3 Universiteit Stellenbosch: South Africa
4 University of the Witwatersrand: South Africa
5 University of South Africa: South Africa
6 The American University in Cairo: Egypt
7 Cairo University: Egypt
8 Mansoura University: Egypt
9 Alexandria University: Egypt
10 University of Dar es Salaam: Tanzania
11 University of KwaZulu-Natal: South Africa
12 Rhodes University: South Africa
13 Ain Shams University: Egypt
14 Assiut University: Egypt
15 University of the Western Cape: South Africa
16 Université Mohammed V – Agdal: Morocco
17 University of Johannesburg: South Africa
18 Université de Ouagadougou: Burkina Faso
19 University of Nairobi: Kenya
20 University of Lagos: Nigeria
21 Makerere University: Uganda
22 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University: South Africa
23 Obafemi Awolowo University: Nigeria
24 University of Ghana: Ghana
25 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane: Mozambique
26 Misurata University: Libya
27 The German University in Cairo: Egypt
28 North-West University: South Africa
29 Benha University: Egypt
30 Zagazig University: Egypt
31 Université de la Reunion: Reunion
32 University of Botswana: Botswana
33 Al Akhawayn University: Morocco
34 University of Namibia: Namibia
35 Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen: Algeria
36 Université Cheikh Anta Diop: Senegal
37 University of Khartoum: Sudan
38 University of Ibadan: Nigeria
39 Helwan University: Egypt
40 Sudan University of Science and Technology: Sudan
41 University of Ilorin: Nigeria
42 Université Mentouri de Constantine: Algeria
43 Covenant University: Nigeria
44 Université Mouloud Maameri de Tizi Ouzou: Algeria
45 University of Swaziland: Swaziland
46 Université de Batna: Algeria
47 Université d’Alger: Algeria
48 University of Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe
49 Université Mohammed V – Souissi: Morocco
50 South Valley University: Egypt
51 Tanta University: Egypt
52 Moi University: Kenya
53 Université Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla: Algeria
54 Université Abdelmalek Essadi: Morocco
55 Minoufiya University: Egypt
56 Université Cadi Ayyad: Morocco
57 Federal University of Technology, Minna: Nigeria
58 Minia University: Egypt
59 University of Zambia: Zambia
60 Université d’Oran: Algeria
61 Addis Ababa University: Ethiopia
62 Université Djillali Liabes: Algeria
63 Université Abdelhamid Ibn Badis Mostaganem: Algeria
64 Al-Azhar University: Egypt
65 Kenyatta University: Kenya
66 Université Hassan II – Casablanca: Morocco
67 Suez Canal University: Egypt
68 Kafr el-Sheikh University: Egypt
69 Universiteit van die Vrystaat: South Africa
70 Cape Peninsula University of Technology: South Africa
71 Université M’hamed Bouguerra de Boumerdes: Algeria
72 Université Ibn Tofail: Morocco
73 Université Hassan II Mohammedia – Casablanca: Morocco
74 University of Nigeria: Nigeria
75 Université d’Antananarivo: Madagascar
76 University of Malawi: Malawi
77 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology: Ghana
78 Universidade de Cabo Verde: Cape Verde
79 Polytechnic of Namibia: Namibia
80 Tshwane University of Technology: South Africa
81 University of Benin: Nigeria
82 Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediène: Algeria
83 Mbarara University of Science & Technology: Uganda
84 Strathmore University: Kenya
85 University of Port Harcourt: Nigeria
86 Ahmadu Bello University: Nigeria
87 Al Jabal Al Gharbi University: Libya
88 University of Agriculture, Abeokuta: Nigeria
89 Université Mohamed Khider de Biskra: Algeria
90 University of Shendi: Sudan
91 University of Mauritius: Mauritius
92 Durban University of Technology: South Africa
93 Université de Tunis El Manar: Tunisia
94 Université de la Manouba: Tunisia
95 Landmark University: Nigeria
96 Fayoum University: Egypt
97 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology: Kenya
98 Vaal University of Technology: South Africa
99 Université Ferhat Abbas Sétif: Algeria
100 Université Hassiba Ben Bouali de Chlef: Algeria

Malala Questions Nigerian Government’s Education Strategy

Malala-WikeOfficials of the Malala Foundation have decried Nigeria’s ranking as one of the countries with the worst figure of out-of-school children in the world.

The officials expressed their views during the visit of Pakistan girls’ education activist, Malala Yousafsai, to the Minister of Education in Abuja.

Members of the foundation, officials from the United Nations and the Department for State Services were on a fact-finding mission to the Ministry of Education as part of activities to mark the Malala Day in Abuja.

The team questioned the Federal Government’s strategies on education and sought to know why it was yet to achieve significant success in tackling the challenge of access to education and enrolment of the 10.5 million out-of-school children in the country.

The Minister of State was swift to reel out the various projects by the Federal Government to support the states to enrol the millions of out-of-school children across the country but the team appeared unimpressed.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Nyesom Wike, then explained that the Federal Government was not to blame for the challenge but the states. He revealed that 139 billion naira had already been given to states to improve support.

He, however, promised that the Government would ensure an additional enrolment of at least 2 million children by 2015.

The Malala Foundation officials advised the Federal Government to co-operate better with the states to alleviate the crisis.

The group’s visit to Nigeria takes place almost three months after the abduction of the Chibok girls on April 14.

The renewed pledge by the Government to up the enrolment figures is one Nigerians hope would reduce the education crisis in the country.

Southern Leaders Hold Summit Ahead Of National Conference

Nigeria’s unity has been described as non-negotiable in the coming National Conference.

This forms the common thread in the various comments by speakers at the Southern Leaders’ Conference in Calabar, southern Nigeria.

The speakers which include the host governor, Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, governors of other southern states, elder statesmen, traditional and religious leaders all agreed that the conference would present a great opportunity to discuss the collective future of Nigeria.

While looking at coming up with a mutually agreeable position that they would take to the National Conference when it is convened, it was also agreed that the South must come together to speak in one voice on issues of national importance.

The main speakers of the day gave key points on what the delegates would be looking at, ahead of the discourse.

Governors in the region were also not quiet about the issues, as they took the lead at the Southern Leaders’ Summit meant to concretise the position of the region ahead of the National Conference.

Governor Imoke, spoke with Channels Television on what he expects to be brought to the table at the summit.

“We must acknowledge the issues of justice and equity, once everyone feels that they have their rights and their rights are not being trampled upon, then you don’t have to look at issues from that perspective, and that’s what our focus should be.

“One of the key things is (that) in defining our position; we must understand the economic impact that this would have on development. So it’s not about South-South, it’s not about ethnic groups, it’s about equity,” he said.

General Gowon Backs FG On National Conference

As the debate on the proposed National Conference continues, a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, is lending a strong voice to the talks in the interest of national unity.

When Channels Television asked what his views were on the subject, General Gowon said that he hoped the participants at the conference would indeed represent the people in their negotiations.

“If they want to talk in order to keep the country one, united, peaceful and well for the people of the country, then yes, go and talk but talk in the love of your country.

“As far as the country is concerned, there is nothing that can replace it, but when you go there thinking if things do not go the way I want, therefore the country should go to hell, I hope that that is not the way they are going to talk.

“I hope they are going to talk about the wellbeing of Nigeria; how Nigeria can stay together whereby we can love each other no matter from which part of the country or which religion that you have, that you love your country and you love everybody in your country”,  he said.

ASUU Strike: FUTO Resumes, Fixes Examination For December 16

The Management of the Federal University of Technology Owerri has resumed and hence fixed the semester’s examination for December 16.

This is in compliance with the directive of the Federal Government for all federal universities to resume academic activities.

The Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Prof. Chigozie Asiabaka, disclosed this in his office while speaking to Channels Television in Owerri the Imo State capital.

He said that the resumption is in line with the directive of the Nigerian government that all university lecturers should resume work on or before December 9. He added that close to 80% of the lecturers have signed in the school register and students are in their revision week ahead of their exams starting in the coming week.

However, there is little students’ presence noticed in the school premises, as some students, who spoke to Channels TV, said that most of their colleagues, who have resumed, were in their hostels and classes revising and reading, ahead of the exam that is slated for December 16.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, FUTO Chapter, Dr. Ikenna Nwachukwu, has faulted the VC’s claims of reopening the school.

In a phone conversation with Channels Television’s Imo state correspondent, the VC said that his members were still on strike and that it was only the National Executive Council of ASUU that had the powers to call off strike.

FG Not Doing Enough To Stop Corruption – U.S. Diplomat

The United States Assistant Secretary of State, African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield has berated the level of corruption in Nigeria with the view that the political class is not doing enough to stop it.

Speaking on the Saturday edition of Channels Television’s breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise’, Ms Greenfield said “This is something that embarrasses all Nigerians, I know.”

“Given the fact that corruption has been pervasive in Nigeria for so many years; I think additional political will is required to address the issue.”

Probed further by Anchor, Kayode Akintemi, she said whatever effort that is currently being made by the Nigerian government “is not cutting it, and it is not cutting it in many places in Africa, not just in Nigeria, and it is a deterrent to investments coming into this country.”

“I know that there are people who want to invest but they changed their minds because they get pushed in a different direction because of corruption.”

She went on to state examples of corrupt practises ongoing in Nigeria, that the US government is aware of, stating that it was a conversation that the US government has had with Nigeria for many years that Nigeria ought to be “the African tiger in terms of economic growth” but one thing that is holding it back is corruption.

She stressed that she knew Nigeria quite well, having been studying the country since her first visit in 1978, in addition to her experience in foreign service on the African continent, and corruption had always been an issue.

Ms Greenfield added that the issues of corruption are not for the American government to deal with on behalf of Nigeria, but the country would have to make its own efforts.

U.S. Consul-General Urges Nigerian Youths To Take Responsibility For 2015 Election

Nigerians have again been advised to safeguard democracy and ensure that the country has free and fair polls in 2015.

This charge is from the U.S. Consul-General in Lagos, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, who was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Hubert Humphrey Annual Lecture, which held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.

Delivering the keynote address at the lecture which had as its theme, ‘The Democratic Journey in Nigeria, Learning From the American Experience’, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins said the lecture was not meant to praise the US democratic system but an opportunity for Nigeria to learn from its shortcomings.

“As you all know for example, my country just went through a 2 week government shutdown, where civil servants were forced to sit home while all but essential government services ground to a halt. Many observers in the United States and overseas asked themselves how and why this could happen in one of the strongest democracies in the world.”

Speaking on Nigeria’s democratic process, he said “in 2015, Nigeria again will go to the ballot box and I call on the young men and women here to explore the abundant resources and great opportunities in the nation to take up responsibility to make your voices heard for peace and progress, to project a powerful voice against corruption, advocate for positive change, and provide generational insight on development issues.”

The chairman of the occasion was the National President of the Nigeria-America Chamber Of Commerce (NACC), Mr Sam Ohuabunwa, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Olabintan Famutimi.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme is a programme for mid-career professionals, sponsored by the US State Department. The 2013 edition had professionals, security officials, diplomats, and students in attendance.