FG to construct N18bn University of Transportation in Daura …Buhari to launch ground-breaking ceremony Monday

President Buhari will on Monday participate in a ground-breaking ceremony for the proposed University of Transportation, in his hometown, Daura in Katsina State.The president who arrived in Daura, Katsina State, after attending the 5th Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, (GEF), in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, is on a five-day official visit to the State to launch the proposed specialised University and commissioning of Kwanar Gwante (Shargalle Road), which is off Kano-Daura Road. The construction of the university is expected to cost $50m (N18bn), the National Universities Commission (NUC), quoted the…

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FG orders nationwide crackdown on substandard secondary schools

The Federal Government has ordered a nationwide crackdown on sub-standard secondary schools doting the nation’s landscape. Minster of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, gave this directive on Friday in Abuja, following recent reports of the sordid state of some secondary schools across the country. Deputy Director, Press & Public Relations Unit, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben Goong, in a statement in Abuja quoted Nwajiuba as saying that the National Secondary Education Commission (NSEC), which is billed to take- off soon, would further strength secondary education in Nigeria. The minister…

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Strike looms in varsities over IPPIS controversy

Barring any sudden change of decision by the Federal Government on the October 31 deadline for stopping salaries of workers not enrolled on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), Federal universities in Nigeria would be plunged into crisis. The leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) already at dagger’s drawn with the Federal Government has vowed to resist any attempt to force the lecturers on IPPIS. President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, told Saturday Tribune in an interview that IPPIS was a violation of the Universities’ Miscellaneous Provisions…

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Crack in ASUU… breakaway faction seeks registration

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has confirmed receipt of application for the registration of a new University Union, Congress of University Academics, CONUA, to be formed out of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said the ministry had in April received the application from CONUA to be registered as a new union in the university. He added that the application was awaiting deliberation, as stipulated by Trade Union laws. According to him, a committee will be set up to define…

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Sex-for-Grades: UNILAG, Church suspend Lecturer/Pastor

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Foursquare Gospel Church have suspended a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, UNILAG, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, following the publication of a documentary exposing sexual harassment of students by lecturers. Dr. Igbeneghu, who is also a former sub-dean and the head pastor of a Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos., was caught on camera trying to force himself on a journalist who posed as a 17-year-old admission seeker. The UNILAG Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, confirmed to newsmen on Monday afternoon that the lecturer-cum-psator in question…

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Civil servants hail El-Rufa’i for paying new minimum wage

Some Civil Servants in Kaduna State on Friday commended Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i for paying the N30,000 minimum wage as promised. El-Rufa’i had, in a statement in August, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Muyiwa Adekeye, promised to pay the N30,000 National Minimum Wage in September. Mr. Zubairu Bello, a Grade Level-10 officer, said he was shocked when he received an alert of N65,500, representing an N25,500 increase from the N40,000 he receives monthly as a salary. “I am so happy with this development because now I can…

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2020 UTME: Candidates must acquire NIN before registration – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has advised candidates who wish to take part in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to enable them obtain the National Identification Number (NIN). According to JAMB, the NIN would be compulsory for UTME registration next year and only candidates with NIN would be allowed to sit for the examination next year. In view of this, all candidates desiring to register for the 2020 UTME, other JAMB processes, are urged to visit the…

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El-Rufai enrolls son in public primary school

Fulfilling his 2017 promise, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, of Kaduna State,on Monday enrolled his 6-year old child, Abubakar Al-Siddique El-Rufai into primary class one in Capital School Malali, Kaduna, a public school. El-Rufai, in a State broadcast in December 2017, promised to enrol his child in a public school when he turns six years. According to the governor, “The move is part of reforms to revamp public schools in the state to make them more competitive. We are determined to fix public education and raise their standards so that private education…

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Continue free feeding programme if you want our kids in school, father of 14 children tells gov

A man with 14 children, Musa Malala, has told Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State to continue the Federal Government’s school feeding programme if he wants their children to go back to the classroom. Malala made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe. He disclosed that since the initiative was stopped, parents in the community had found it difficult to convince their children to return to school. He said, “I am a father of 14 children with two…

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NECO releases SSCE results, blacklists 18 supervisors

The National Examination Council (NECO) says it has blacklisted 18 supervisors who took part in the conduct of 2019 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination for their involvement in examination malpractices. “A total of 18 supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting, connivance with non-candidates and so on,” said acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Gana, while announcing the results at the NECO Headquarters in Minna, Niger State on Tuesday. Gana disclosed that the number of candidates involved in various forms of malpractices during the conduct…

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JAMB approves cut-off marks for Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has approved cut-off marks for 2019/2020 admission into tertiary institutions in the country. The decision was taken during the 19th policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria on Tuesday in Gbongan, Osun State. During the meeting, 160 was approved as minimum score for admission seekers into public universities while 140 was approved for private universities. The policy meeting, which was presided by JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, also approved 120 cut-off marks for public polytechnics and 110 for private polytechnics for admission…

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Nuhu Bamali polytechnic Zaria expels 60 for exams malpractice

The authorities of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, Kaduna State on Thursday said it had expelled 60 students for examination malpractice in 2017/2018 academic session. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the students were expelled in first and second semester of 2017/2018 session. Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Mohammed Kabir-Abdullahi made the disclosure at the matriculation ceremony of 5,813 students for 2018/2019 academic session. He explained that only 5,813 students registered out of 15,114 students that gained admission as at the closure of the registration on April 24. Kabir-Abdullahi…

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One person registered 64 times to ghost-write UMTE for 64 candidates – JAMB

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said a candidate that registered 64 times at different locations was among 100 persons arrested nationwide for examination malpractices at just concluded 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The Board alleged that the candidate registered 64 times in a bid to “ghost write” examination for 64 candidates since the exercise lasted for seven days, with an average of three shifts per day, per center. The examination body said the arrest of the culprit was made possible by the comprehensive and mandatory identity checks conducted…

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Convocation: 103 Students Bag First Class at National Open University

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) on Saturday graduated 20, 799 students for the 2019 with 103 of them getting First Class honours in various academic disciplines. NOUN’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, disclosed this during the institution’s convocation ceremony, which held in Abuja. According to him, the university has the highest single graduation of students in a single year in Nigeria, urging them to be good ambassadors in the society. “The massive increase in the number of graduands this year is a clear indication of increasing confidence reposed by Nigerians.…

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We’ll Soon Start Jailing Parents Who Refuse to Enroll Children in School – FG

The Federal Government has warned parents and guardians that henceforth anyone who denies his or child access to basic education will be sent to jail for breaching the right of the child to education. This is coming on the heels of the revelation that over N350 billion has been spent by the Federal Government in the implementation of Universal Basic Education (UBE) in the last four years. Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who made this known on Monday at a news conference, said it was a criminal act for…

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