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College felicitates with new KWASU VC

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The Kwara College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS) has congratulated the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Prof. Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi (SAN).

This is contained in a statement signed by the Provost of the College, Dr Abdullahi Olokoba, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Ilorin on Wednesday.

Olokoba stated on behalf of the management, staff and students of the college that the appointment of Akanbi, an academic and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was well deserved.

He noted Akanbi’s impeccable scholastic records spanning over two decades.

The provost ppreciated Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his choice of Prof. Akanbi.

He said that the state university is fast growing and confident that the legal luminary would perform excellently in his new assignment.

He also commended the Commissioner for Tertiary Institution, Hajia Saadatu Modibbo-Kawu, and rejoiced with the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Zulu-Gambari, over the appointment of one of his sons.

“I pray for the Monarch to witness many more of this type of success from the sons and daughters of Ilorin Emirate,” Olokoba said.

The provost also prayed for a robust working relationship with KWASU, where the college is affiliated.

He solicited for support of stakeholders to help the new vice chancellor to bequeath a lasting legacy.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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Eid-el-Fitri: UI, Agric college felicitate with Muslims

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The University of Ibadan (UI) and Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology (OYSCATECH), Igboora, have felicitated with Muslims as they join others across the world to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri.

The institutions congratulated Muslims in separate messages made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Muslims across the world on Sunday celebrated the Eid-el-Fitri amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic

Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the Vice Chancellor of UI, said it was another season of celebration to mark the end of 30 days fasting and supplications at a time of serious global challenges.

He said that as a resilient institution, the university had continually supported efforts at containing the coronavirus global pandemic directly and indirectly.

“Members of the community continue to offer services at different levels by making their expertise and time available. We continue to observe all the recommended safety protocols by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Through the Campus Community Radio, website, social media and all available avenues, quality time has been dedicated to enlightenment programmes for the benefit of the people.

“The university has also extended her Corporate Social Responsibilities by giving gifts to those who called in to the radio station and won prizes and distribution of masks to immediate communities,” he said.

Olayinka said that as a knowledge-based institution, the institution could not afford to be defeated by COVID-19, saying that such necessitated the quick efforts to defeat the pandemic.

According to him, in the spirit of the Ramadan, we are all enjoined to continue to take all the positives from the disruption caused by the lockdown.

“We must exercise self-control by avoiding unnecessary trips and gatherings. We should use our free time for self-development and defeat procrastination.

“We should develop and maintain deeper relationship with God, family, colleagues and friends. We all need one another. These times are making us to see how inter-dependent we are.

“We should empathise with others. Let us be more charitable and generous; continuing in the spirit of zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam,’’ the vice-chancellor said.

He urged Nigerians to remain safe, calling for strict observance of all public health and safety protocols as the nation combats COVID-19.

Also, Mr Olaniyi Adekunle, OYSCATECH Acting Rector, felicitated with the staff, students, friends and Muslims all over the world on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

Adekunle in a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mr Niyi Fehintola, congratulated Muslims on witnessing the successful completion of Ramadan fasting in spite of restrictions of all activities due to COVID-19.

According to him, we should enjoin Muslims to continue to lift up the nation and other nations of the world to God in prayers as they have done during the holy month of Ramadan.

The rector urged Muslims to be closer to God.

He prayed for God’s guidance and protection over all the citizens, while wishing all Muslims a peaceful celebration.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Actress Lori Loughlin, husband to plead guilty to U.S. college admission

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Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband have agreed to plead guilty to U.S. charges they conspired to fraudulently secure their daughter’s admission to the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.

Loughlin, 55, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, 56, have agreed to serve two months and five months in prison, respectively, under plea agreements filed in federal court in Boston.

They are expected to plead guilty on Friday to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Loughlin and Giannulli also agreed to pay fines of $150,000 and $250,000, respectively.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in a statement said the plea deals ensure “these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process.”

Their lawyers declined to comment.

Loughlin and Giannulli are among 53 people charged with participating in a scheme where wealthy parents conspired with a California college admissions consultant to use bribery and fraud to secure their children’s admission to top schools.

The consultant, William “Rick” Singer, pleaded guilty last year to facilitating cheating on college entrance exams and using bribery to secure the admission of parents’ children to schools as fake athletic recruits.

Prosecutors allege Loughlin and Giannulli agreed with Singer to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters named as fake University of Southern California rowing team recruits.

The couple had been scheduled to face trial in October alongside other parents. Their lawyers previously contended they believed their money was being used for university donations.

By Friday, 24 of the 36 parents charged will have pleaded guilty, including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who received a 14-day prison sentence.

The longest sentence a parent has received was the nine-month term imposed on Douglas Hodge, the former chief executive of investment firm Pimco.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

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Group urges FG to establish College of Education in Osogbo

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The Osogbo Development Action Group (ODAG) has appealed to the Federal Government to establish the proposed Federal College of Education for Osun in Osogbo, the state capital, to enable the community feel the federal presence.

The Secretary of the Group, Mr Oladejo Shuaib, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the federal government recently approved the establishment of six Federal Colleges of Education in the six geo-political zones.

The newly approved institutions would be situated in Bauchi, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Osun and Sokoto states.

Shuaib commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for approving the new colleges for immediate take-off, in a bid to increase the number of quality teachers in the country.

He said that the establishment was another landmark achievement of the President’s administration in the education sector.

“On behalf of the Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, Larooye II, the good people of Osogbo commend the incorruptible, fearless and objectivity of the President.

“We have no doubt in your efforts toward moving Nigeria to enviable heights in the comity of nations, especially in the Africa continent.

“We pray that the Almighty God, will continue to enrich you with strength and wisdom in your relentless strives to move Nigeria to its next level,’’ the group prayed.

Giving credence to its request to have the institution located in Osogbo, the group said the town was made the capital of Osun, which was created on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1991.

The state was created alongside Abia, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Kebbi, Taraba, Kogi and Yobe states, in the same year.

“Among all the state capitals in Nigeria, Osogbo is the most deprived and neglected state capital in all ramifications, especially in term of federal presence.

“Since the president’s approval for the establishment of a Federal College of Education in Osun became known to the public, our hope was rekindled that our dream to host a federal institution has finally become a reality.

“Osogbo people are sincerely thankful to you and we are glad to inform you that Osogbo has reserved a site for immediate take-off of the institution.’’

The group, therefore, appeal to the President to consider locating the college in Osogbo.

It pointed out that six cities – Lafia, Gombe, Gusau, Ado-Ekiti, Yenagoa and Abakaliki that are five years younger than Osogbo as state capitals enjoy the presence of federal institutions located there.

“Bayelsa has its Federal Polytechnic and FMC in Yenogoa, Ebonyi has its Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki while Ado-Ekiti had already been blessed with Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti even before the state came into being in October 1996,’’ the group stated.

It added that the federal intuitions in Nigeria were located in the state capitals, while some state capitals had three or more federal tertiary institutions such as Owerri with FUTO, Federal Polytechnic and Federal College of Education all in Owerri; Ibadan with UI, UCH, Federal office of statistics all in Ibadan.

Other states had at least two tertiary intuitions such as Akure with FUTA and College of Agriculture; Abeokuta hosts the Federal University of Agriculture and a Federal College of Education.

“We, however, pleaded with President Buhari, being an advocate of fairness, equity and justice to allow the natural law of equity and fairness take its cause in his choice of location of the Federal College of Education in Osogbo.

“The people of Osogbo would forever be grateful to Buhari’s administration if their hope is restored as they await the declaration of citing of college in Osogbo.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Tanzania releases over 27 mln USD education loans as colleges to reopen

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Tanzania’s Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) announced on Thursday it has released education loans to the tune of 63.7 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 27.5 million U.S. dollars) following President John Magufuli’s announcement that universities will reopen on June 1.

A statement by HESLB said the released amount will be loaned to students for meals and accommodation for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Earlier on Thursday, President John Magufuli announced the reopening of universities on June 1 after what he described as a drop in COVID-19 infection cases.

Magufuli ordered the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance and Planning to make preparations for the reopening of the universities, including the release of education loans.

HESLB said in the statement that the loans will be availed to beneficiaries in respective universities by May 28.

Meanwhile, said the statement, HESLB was in final touches of releasing education loans of 59.1 billion Tanzanian shillings for students in 70 higher education institutions in the country.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the government will release higher education loans to the tune of 450 billion shillings to 132,119 students in universities, said the statement.

Prime minister Kassim Majaliwa announced the shutdown of universities on March 18 following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the east African nation.

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Armed Forces College begins anti insurgency field training exercise May 22

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Armed Forces College begins anti insurgency field training exercise May 22

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Kaduna, May. 2020 The Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji is to begin its first biannual Field Training Exercise, code named UBIAKISIN, from May 22 to June 4, 2020.

The College Public Relations Officer, Maj. Ajemasu  Jingina made this known in a statement issued on Thursday in Kaduna.

Jingina said the exercise would  hold along Jaji-Labar-Dunki-Wazata general area in Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

According to him, the exercise is designed to assess student officers of Junior Course 89 on various aspects of leadership and tactics as well as command and control in all phases of conventional and asymmetric warfares.

“The exercise will also evaluate students’ understanding of counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations”, he said.

Jingina  added that a medical sensitisation on the current COVID-19 pandemic would be conducted in Bina village, as part of the college’s corporate social responsibility.

He therefore advised the public, especially people living around the exercise area to remain calm and not panic on sighting movement of troops and military equipment.

“Sounds of explosives and small arms fire would also be heard intermittently during the days of the exercise,” he said.

The college spokesman assured that necessary preventive measures had been put in place for security and safety of the area, but advised civilians to keep off the area during the period.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Don thanks Buhari for new Iwo College of Education

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Prof. Razaq Abubakre, a former Vice-Chancellor, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for establishing a Federal College of Education at Iwo, Osun State.

Abubakre, the immediate past Federal Commissioner of Public Complaints Commission for Osun State, expressed his gratitude in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

The statement was signed by Mr Sulayman El-Mavericky on behalf of Ileri-Oluwa Group in Iwoland, a group led by Abubakre.

The don also thanked the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and Gov. Isiaka Oyetola of Osun for considering Iwo as the host city of one of the new federal colleges.

Besides, Abubakre appreciated the Chairman, BOT of TETFUND, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam.

He congratulated sons and friends of Iwoland for making the dream of the people come true, noting that the new college will contribute to the educational, economic and social development of the town, state and indeed the nation.

Among those congratulated are the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi; Dr Oluremi Atanda; Mr Gbadegesin Adedeji; Alhaji Liad Tella, Mr Yunusa Amobi; the Executive Secretary, NEITI, Mr Waziri Adio; and Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.

Others are Prof. Lai Olurode; Sen. Adelere Oriolowo; Dr Amidu Raheem, the state Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy; Mr Adam Adedimeji; Associate Professor Mahfouz Adedimeji, and Alhaji Semiu Okanlawon.

Abubakre also appreciated the contributions of other individuals and organisations for their efforts in extricating Iwo from the grips of non-governmental presence that seems to be greatly challenging the ancient city.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Federal Government on Monday announced the establishment and locations of six new colleges of education in the six geopolitical zones of the country, with Iwo, Osun chosen for the south-west.

Other states where similar institutions had been approved are Edo, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Bauchi and Benue.

At present, there are 152 colleges of education in Nigeria made up of 21 owned by the federal government, 82 by state governments and 49 owned by private individuals or institutions.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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FG clarifies locations of 6 new Federal Colleges of Education

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The Federal Ministry of Education says letters regarding locations of the six newly approved Federal Colleges of Education in the country have been sent to governors of the six benefitting states.

This is contained in a statement by the ministry’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Ben Goong, Director, and issued on Monday in Abuja.

According to Goong, the clarification on the locations of the colleges becomes necessary in order to dispel rumours  circulating in some sections of the media.

“The attention of the Federal Ministry of Education has been drawn to the mutilation of official correspondence between the ministry and the Government of Osun, over the location of the newly approved Federal College of Education in the state, which has been widely circulated in the social and conventional media.

“To this effect, therefore, the Federal Ministry of Education wishes to clarify the locations of the Colleges as follows: BAUCHI -Location- Jama’are in Jama’are Local Government and BENUE – Location- Odugbo in Apa Local Government.

”Others are Ebonyi- Location- Isu in Onicha Local Government, EDO – Location- Ekiadolor in Ovia North East Local Government, OSUN – Location – Iwo in Iwo Local Government and Sokoto – Location- Gidan Madi in Tangaza Local Government,” he stated.

He added that a technical team from the ministry and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) would be visiting the benefitting states to inspect and assess the sites in the coming weeks.

Goong added that these were all in preparation for the take-off of the colleges in October.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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COVID-19: Nwafor Orizu College of Education may run without holidays on resumption-Provost

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Dr Ifeyinwa Osegbo, Provost of Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe (NOCEN) in Anambra has said that the institution may run without semester breaks when it resumes after COVID-19 lockdown.

Osegbo said this on Thursday in Akwa when she led a team of management of the institution to donate hygiene items to Anambra government.

She reiterated that the outbreak of coronavirus had brought setback to education system, not only in Nigeria, but to global education community.

The provost, who recalled that the institution was writing its examination when it was shutdown, said the institution would double its workload and do without holidays.

“The last few weeks we have witnessed the lockdown of activities in the country, our students are at home, although we go to school to maintain skeletal services but academic activity is down.

“It hasn’t been easy, we were actually writing examination when the lockdown started but we have to key into it to save lives.

“You know it is a global problem, whenever we reopen, we will tackle studies with every sense of responsibility.

“We will double our efforts and I don’t think we will have holidays so that we can recover what we have lost,” she said.

Osegbo said the items being donated to the government included 20 cartons of hand sanitisers and 10 cartons of bar soap.

Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to Anambra Government, who received the donation, thanked the provost and her team for the gesture.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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COVID-19: College donates N2m items to Oyo Gov’t

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Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, in Oyo State, on Sunday donated food items and customised hand sanitisers worth N2 million to the state government as part of its contribution to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Receiving the items on behalf of the State Government in his office at the State Secretariat, Mr Jacob Ojekunle, the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, thanked the  management and students of the Institution for the gesture.

Ojekunle said that the food items donated would be of immense benefits to many residents in the state.

He assured the institution and other donors that all items received would get to the right households and individuals, urging other institutions to emulate the good gesture by assisting the less privileged at this trying period.

The Provost of the College, Dr Rasak Adefabi, said the donation was its “widow’s mite” to support efforts of government in ensuring that the people of Oyo State did not pass through undue pain from the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic.

“We were moved to make the donation because of the kindheartedness of Gov. Seyi Makinde, especially toward the welfare of staff members of the state tertiary institutions, particularly our college.

“So we believe it is time to reciprocate the generosity.

“Secondly, we observed the seriousness of the state government in curtailing the spread of the virus in the state,” Adefabi said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the food items donated included 505 packs of garri, 524 packs of yam flour and 73 hand sanitisers, all produced by the Oyo State-owned Institution.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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