Foundation offers N29.9m scholarship to indigent students

Anon-governmental organisation, the Yomi Otubela Foundation, instituted to provide educational support through provision of a wide range scholarship programmes in conjunction with the office of Ooni of Ife, has offered scholarship valued at N29,817,500 to six indigent students in South West part of the country. The founder of the foundation, Otunba Yomi Otubela, while explaining the essence of the programme at the Palace of the Ooni in Ile-Ife, Osun State, said the scholarship scheme was being supported by LAGOOZ School, a private school in Lagos, as a non-governmental, non-religious and…

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585 tertiary institutions grossly inadequate for Nigeria – NUC scribe

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed has described as grossly inadequate the existing 585 higher institutions for the 180 million population of the country. He said the best solution to address the inadequacy lies mainly in the country’s ability to adopt quality and effective open and distance learning model of education. The NUC scribe stated this during a one-day Stakeholders’ Validation Symposium for the Draft National Policy on Open Education Resources (OER), which is aimed at addressing the hitherto dearth of learning resources in…

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Minister tasks council on standard, professionalism

Education Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has called on Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) to enforce the Act establishing it by ensuring that individuals and corporate organisations dealing in Information Technology are duly registered with the council. Adamu, who made the call while inaugurating the 2017/2019 members of the Council in Abuja, stressed that based on global best practices, the CPN must scale up efforts to enforce proper regulation of its members if standard and best practices must be attained in the sector. He assured the Council of Federal…

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Why school safety must be prioritised, by Corona School boss

The Chief Executive Officer of the Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mrs. Adeyoyin Adesina has offered reasons why school safety must be prioritised by school owners and government. According to her, the desire of the country to achieve socio-economic and political rebirth cannot be achieved without provision for adequate protection of schools. The school administrator further stressed that the importance of emergency preparedness in terms of safety and security of schools could not be overemphasised, adding that as a school of long standing, Corona has established structures including documented policies and…

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UNIJOS alumni set to address varsity’s infrastructural needs

Members of the University of Jos Alumni Association (UJAA) are expected to converge on the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja on September 28, to brainstorm on how to assist and address the infrastructure deficiency in the university.  The event is their 2017 edition of the UNIJOS Alumni Mega Reunion and Dinner, which will arguably attract the gathering of graduates of the university (JOSITES) being organised to discuss issues that would help attract the needed infrastructure to the ivory tower. The high points of the event are the presentation of awards to alumni…

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Parents groan over high textbook, school fees

As primary and secondary schools resumed for the 2017/2018 school year across the country, parents are still groaning under the yoke of high cost of school fees, text books, and other school materials such as sandals, bags, food and water packs for their children and wards. But, while the parents and guardians are yet to recover from the high cost of sending their children and wards to school, given the present economy situation in the country, school owners and book sellers are smiling to banks. The stakeholders, especially parents, who…

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Confusion in MAPOLY over upgrading to varsity *Lecturers boycott exams

There was anxiety and uncertainty at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, Ogun State as lecturers boycotted the scheduled second semsecond-semesterons of the institution. The lecturers, under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), apparently shunned exams in protest against the certain unresolved issues over the upgrading of MAPOLY to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH). New Telegraph gathered that the development left thousands of students stranded at examination centers as there was no one to conduct the exams nor address them about their fate. ASUP members were…

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NDDC Pledges Support for Niger Delta Universities

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has stated its resolve to support the development of infrastructure in universities and polytechnics across the Niger Delta. The Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba stated this during a courtesy visit by the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar [UNICAL], Prof. Zana Itiunbe Akpagu, at the Commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt. Senator Ndoma-Egba said that the main resource of any society could be found in its youths and not the natural resources or minerals. For this reason, he said, the youths…

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Strike: UNILAG postpones post-UTME test

As a result of the strike action embarked upon by all the workers’ unions across the nation’s universities, the authorities of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka have postponed its post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination test earlier scheduled to hold on Monday, September 18 and Friday 22 .In a statement issued yesterday by the university and signed by its Registrar, Dr. Taiwo Ipaye, noted that the development will, however, not affect the ongoing application exercise for the state. It added that the application process will close on Friday, September 15 as earlier scheduled. The…

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Igbonla: Kidnapped pupils return to school‎, say nothing to fear anymore

Four of the six pupils of the Lagos State Senior and Junior Model Colleges, Igbonla, Epe, who were released in July by kidnappers after spending more than 63 days in captivity have resumed to the school for the 2017/2018 academic session. The students including Agbaosi Judah, Yusuf Faruq, Peter Jonah and Ramon Isiaka, who is nicknamed General, said there is no basis for them to nurse any fear again, saying the worst is over. Agbaosi, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues during a tour of the facilities in the…

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