Exam fraud: Why Court discharges Adeleke

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday discharged a former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, over examination malpractices charges. Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order following an amendment of the charges which saw Adeleke’s name dropped as a defendant in the case. The prosecuting counsel, Simon Lough, had told Justice Ekwo on Thursday that the prosecution decided to drop Adeleke’s name in the case due to his continued absence from the court which continued to stall the trial. Adeleke had not…

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Re-opening of schools will be announced at a safe time, says FG

Nigerian Government on Wednesday said schools across the nation will be reopened by at a safe time while it will soon roll out guidelines for the reopening. “The Presidential Task Force wishes to use the occasion of this celebration to congratulate our children and assure them, their parents and all stakeholders alike that all hands are on deck to reopen schools at a safe time,” Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, said. “We, therefore, use this medium to urge states, local governments, proprietors and all other…

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El-Rufai declares arrest of parents who enroll children into almajiri system

Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has warned parents who enroll their children into the almajiri system that they will be arrested. He gave the warning on Monday when he visited some almajiri children repatriated from Nasarawa state, and undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna. The governor said any Islamic cleric who enrolls any child into the almajiri system would also be prosecuted and jailed as well as fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child. The governor also promised the people that the state would continue in…

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INEC Ebonyi Resident Electoral Commissioner Prof. Obioma becomes new NECO Registrar

Professor Godswill Obioma has been appointed as the new Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the National Examinations Council. The announcement of the appointment comes two days after Prof Charles Uwakwe, former Registrar and CEO of the organisation and four others were sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari over allegations of financial impropriety. A statement from NECO on Friday said Obioma officially took over from the former Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana, on May 22 at the Council’s headquarters in Minna.  The new NECO Boss is a professor of Education Measurement and…

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Buhari sacks NECO Registrar, four other senior officials

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Charles Uwakwe as Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council. Also dismissed from service were four other management staff of the council for various offences. Uwakwe and two of the dismissed management staff were on 10th May, 2018 placed on suspension, while an investigative panel was constituted to probe the allegations of unsatisfactory conduct levelled against them. The sacked NECO boss was alleged to have awarded a N25bn contract without the knowledge of either the Federal Ministry of Education or the governing board of the…

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May/June 2020 WASSCE not cancelled – WAEC

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC has denied cancelling the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates. The Head of National Office, WAEC, Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, in a statement on Sunday urged Nigerians to disregard the fake publication circulating on social media. He said, Our attention has been drawn to a fake publication circulating in the social media, to the effect that the West African Examinations Council had cancelled the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and was,…

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FG-ASUU IPPIS crisis: Nigerian Varsity lecturers vow to continue indefinite strike despite payment of withheld salaries

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU says its ongoing strike would continue despite the order of the President Muhammadu Buhari that February and March 2020 withheld salaries of lecturers in federal universities should be paid The Federal Government had previously withheld the lecturers salaries over their refusal to register in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS. The union, among other issues, embarked on an indefinite strike, arguing that the implementation of the IPPIS was against the FG-ASUU 2009 agreement. Reacting to the payment of withheld salaries, the…

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FG postpones 2020 WAEC, NECO examinations indefinitely

The Federal Government has announced the postponement of this year’s Senior School Certificate Examination organised by the West African Examinations Council and National Examinations Council due to Coronavirus outbreak. According to Emeka Nwajubu, Minister of State for Education, government has made provisions for students to learn online. He said, WAEC and NECO for the year have been postponed indefinitely. The students can learn online, we have made a lot of provision for that. “The Director of ICT has also opened a portal for the process. We are working with the…

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Buhari approves immediate payment of two months salaries of Varsity lecturers

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved immediate payments of the two months withheld salaries of University lecturers that refused to enroll in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS. The Presidents approval came after he had a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige in Abuja. The Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have been on loggerheads over the refusal of the university teachers to join in the IPPIS payment platform. Even the other three university-based unions, the Senior…

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JAMB releases 2019 provisional admission list of candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has published the 2019 provisional matriculation list of admitted candidates on its official website. The board also advised candidates who are yet to accept their offers of admission on the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to do so or risk forfeiting the offers. According to the board, the list of admitted candidates in all the tertiary institutions in the country has been published on the JAMB website. For ease of checking, candidates can visit: www.jamb.org.gov, proceed to the menu titled STUDENTS+, select the…

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FG begins payments to 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has said that the 500,000 N-Power enrollees across the country should expect to receive bank credit alerts for outstanding payments of their monthly entitlements from Tuesday, April 14, 2020. This followed the signing of the payment mandate by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, after all due processes were concluded in line with the rules guiding Federal Governments public financial expenditures. The Minister was quoted in a statement issued by her ministry as…

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Any attempt to feed pupils at home during lockdown is a scam – PTA

The National Association of the Parent-Teacher Association has disagreed with the Federal Government over the attempt to feed pupils at home during the lockdown period. Recall that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, during his nationwide broadcast on March 29 said the school feeding programme would not be affected by the lockdown. Buhari said, Although schools are closed, I have instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with State Governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding program during this…

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ASUP suspends planned strike to support fight against COVID-19

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has said it will shelve its proposed strike to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic across the country. The ASUP President, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Ezeibe said that the unions 97th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting had resolved to embark on industrial action after the expiration of a 15-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government over its inability to meet up with agreement entered with the union. He said that the 15-day…

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Ekiti begins teaching of primary school pupils via radio

Ekiti State Government will today March 30, 2020, commence teaching of primary school pupils on the state-owned radio station as part of efforts to minimise the effect of the disruption of the school calendar by the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic across the globe. Governor Kayode Fayemi, who stated this in a statewide broadcast aired in Ado-Ekiti, said that all public gatherings of more than 20 persons are banned. However, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado- Ekiti by the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB),…

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Kadpoly Rector kicks against scrapping of Almajiri

The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Prof. Idris Bugaje has condemned those calling for the scrapping of Almajiri system of education in the northern part of the country. While calling for an improved system, he emphasised that Almajiri education cannot be scrapped due to its complexity. It is impossible for the Almajiri system of education to be scrapped. What we can do is to upgrade it, he said. Bugaje made the remark, yesterday, during the closing ceremony of a capacity building workshop for technical and vocational teachers in Kaduna. Although, he…

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