Tinubu signs amended students loan Bill into law

President Bola Tinubu yesterday signed the National Students Loan Amendment Bill into law. The President signed the amended Bill in a short ceremony at the State House,Abuja, in the presence of the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, Deputy President of the Senate, Barau Jibrin, The Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Minister and Minister of State for Education, Hannatu Musawa, the Minister of State for Youth, Ayodele Olawande, the president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, other government officials and aides to the president. Tinubu initially signed…

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FG extends its School-feeding programme to cover basic education

The Federal Government has announced plans to broaden the scope of the suspended Home-Grown School Feeding Programme to include basic education, not just limited to primary schools, upon its resumption. Director of Basic Education at the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folake Olatunji-David, revealed this during the launch and fundraiser of the Create that Change Development Initiative, (CCDI) in Abuja at the weekend. She commended CCDI for its commitment to addressing critical educational issues and advancing child development, aligning with the vision of President Bola Tinubu’s administration. “We are aware…

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Activities grounded, as University unions begin strike

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have declared a 7-day warning strike over the Federal Government’s delay to pay their salaries. The decision to embark on a warning strike was part of the resolution of the joint action committee of the two unions, after a meeting held at the weekend in Akure, Ondo State. President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim, disclosed this while reading the communiqué of the meeting to newsmen in Abuja yesterday. According to him, the demand for the payment of…

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Students’ association group fingers VCs in TETFund projects misappropriation; writes Tinubu

A student group, Concerned Public Tertiary Institutions’ Students Association (CoPTISA), has written Tinubu, and fingers VCs in Federal Government’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) projects misappropriation. CoPTISA appealed to President Tinubu in a letter to urgently act and get to the root of the malfeasance in the tertiary education sub-sector because it’s the last hope Nigeria has for recovering government-owned schools from “a syndicate of looters in its ivory towers”. The group’s National President, in the letter dated 18th of January, 2024, stated that: “The Nigerian education sub-sector is on its…

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NUC denounces list of fake professors in Nigerian universities

The National Universities Commission( NUC), has denounced the list of fake professors in some Nigerian universities being circulated in the media by some mischief makers which reporting was ascribed to a Lagos based electronic media as untrue and could not have emanated from the apex regulatory educational body without due consultation with their accredited universities. According to the Deputy Executive Secretary in-charge of its Academic Directorate, Dr. Noel Abiodun Saliu, such information should be taken as mischievous and unfounded, saying it could not have emanated from the National Universities Commission,…

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Arewa youths reject proposed CBT for WAEC exam

Northern youths, under the umbrella of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), have called for the cancellation of the Computer-Based Test (CBT) format in the forthcoming West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examination in the country. The AYCF said that if such a mode of examination is introduced will ultimately result in massive failure for students, particularly in rural States where computer skills are scarce or completely absent. In a statement issued yesterday by the Forum’s President-General, Yerima Shettima, the group pointed out that the CBT exams should have been optional,…

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“Declare day of national mourning on Plateau killings”, NANS tells FG

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the Federal Government to declare a day of national mourning on the recent killings in Plateau State. It also said it was embarrassing that no one has been arrested in connection with the recent killings in the State. Recall that about 195 persons were killed in a Christmas Eve attack in 17 villages in the Barkin-Ladi, Mangu, and Bokkos local government areas of the State. The attacks had also displaced over 10,000 persons, many of whom were presently camped in…

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Tinubu moves school feeding programme to Ministry of Education

Sequel to its reintroduction, President Bola Tinubu, yesterday, directed that the school feeding programme be transferred from the Humanitarian Ministry to the Education Ministry. During a one-day workshop on incremental improvements in the middle ministerial targets between 2023 and 2027, Prof. Tahir Mamman, the Minister of Education, revealed this information. The President reportedly claimed that the relaunch would assist in addressing the issues that out-of- school children are facing, saying that it will also help curb the learning crisis. Mamman, speaking on the retreat, stated that its objective is to…

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ASUU threatens strike over low 2024 education budget

Universities across the country may witness strikes in 2024 due to the small budget allotted to the education sector and poor remuneration, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), has said. Speaking in an interview on Monday, its National president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, explained that during the campaign and election earlier this year, President Bola Tinubu promised to increase the Education sector to at least 15 percent or over. Similarly, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation, (UNESCO), also recommended for member States, a 26 percent benchmark allocation for…

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‘70% of Nigerian university students are Internet fraudsters’ – EFCC chairman  

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman, Ola Olukoyede, has labelled 70 per cent of Nigerian university students as internet fraudsters. According to a statement on the anti-corruption agency’s X (formerly Twitter) page, the EFCC boss disclosed this while speaking on Monday with a delegation from Daar Communication Plc, at EFCC headquarters in Jabi, Abuja. Olukoyede had described internet-related crimes as a menace and cankerworm in society. According to him, “It is worrisome that seven out of 10 students today are involved in cyber-crimes”, indicating that 70 percent of Nigerian…

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