The Gregory University Uturu, Okigwe, Abia, says the institution has awarded scholarship to two young lads who got the highest scores in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Chief Gregory Ibe, the Chancellor of the university, announced this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Aba on Tuesday.
NAN reports that Master Ekene Franklin 15, from Imo and Master Emmanuel Chidiebube 16, from Abia scored the highest and second highest with 347 and 346 respectively in the examination.
However, the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede said that Franklin would not be offered admission for being under-aged.
“I have already granted them scholarship by directing my management to go ahead and admit them as soon as their families bring them because what we are modestly doing in our university is to promote excellence.
“And the way we look at things is that there are different levels and types of intelligence.
“You call it gift to a driver who drives for many years without accident.
“There are gifted people with intelligence that can dance and there are those gifted with intelligence to be outspoken persons and there are people that excel in what their peers don’t excel in.
“That is the intelligence we unravel, because today assumed or forced intelligence has always brought backwardness so students go to school and come out but they are unable to find their talent.
“So whenever I see a child with intelligence, I will just promote that,” Ibe said.
The Chancellor said that he had been sponsoring the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Science Expo singlehandedly for 15 years, with the aim of fishing out eggheads and talents for Nigeria.
According to him, he awards scholarships to students every year in Science and Engineering courses to develop best talents in the country.
He said that JAMB was unfair to have collected Franklin’s examination registration fee which established a contract with the body only to deny him admission even when he showed high level of intelligence.
“And then I said come on, are we not looking for these bright children? If nobody helped these bright children it means there is no hope for other younger brighter children in this age of computer in Nigeria.
“They reviewed their result and knew he was 15years, they should not have taken his money, knowing they will deny him admission because of age.
“There are no such rules guiding a private university seeking to promote knowledge at its best; they are not in the rules the NUC gave me.
“For the federal universities, those draconian rules they documented in the Act of these universities, it is high time they abrogated them,” he said.
He noted that checks on Google would show that a nine year old boy had been given BSC in Mathematics and a 15 year old had been given a Ph.D in the U.S.
“And then I make mention of my own children, two young boys who the Mayor of Bloomberg, New York celebrated for their being exceptional.
“Both of them graduated from medical school before 22 and went to train as specialists in orthopedic surgery and cardiology and they are now practising in Yale and St. Mary, Connecticut.
“So, I don’t see why I should neglect some other children in this country in that order, which was why I awarded them the scholarship.
“I should have extended it to the third child but I restrained myself so that nobody would say that I want to play to the gallery,” he said.
Ibe said Nigeria needed to review its educational policies in order to benefit every Nigerian with the desire to be educated.
He expressed hope that the National Council on Education would address these issues and change obnoxious rules to ensure flow with the tide in the current artificial intelligence age.
Gregory varsity student designs hybrid fuel-less power generator — Official
Mr Prayer Nwojoyi, a student of Electrical Electronics in the College of Engineering, Gregory University Uturu (GUU), in Abia has designed and produced a prototype of a hybrid fuel-less electricity generating machine.
Mr Sleek Ogwo, the university’s Principal Assistant Registrar/Head, Media and Public Relations, made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Umuahia on Tuesday.
Ogwo stated, “The prototype is a 3KVA, dual-battery generator that requires neither solar power nor combustive material to generate electricity.”
According to him, the prototype design was presented to the Vice-Chancellor (VC), of GUU, Prof. Augustine Uwakwe, by the Dean, College of Engineering, Dr Soccis Okoli.
Ogwo stated that “Uwakwe applauded the college for the innovation,” and gave the assurance that the university remained committed to solving problems through innovations.
“Uwakwe noted that the generator is another contribution of the College of Engineering towards combating the Coronavirus pandemic and cushioning its effect on the populace,” he stated.
The university’s spokesman further quoted the VC to have said that the institution had braced to the challenges posed by the pandemic and was poised to proffer solutions.
“Uwakwe stated that the invention of a fuel-less electricity generator will ensure the provision of uninterrupted, cost-free power supply to the masses,” Ogwo added.
He also quoted Uwakwe to have opined that the generator would help to mitigate some of the harsh effects of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Also, the dean of the college, was quoted to have described the generator as different from those in the market.
“Okoli said that the department is ready to mass produce and market the product.
“He also said that the generator is safe, cost-friendly and requires zero-input or maintenance after installation.
“In addition, it is a zero-emission generator which makes it eco-friendly,” the statement added.
Nwojoyi, the inventor, was said to have highlighted some of the features of the generator, which included “dual self-sustaining 12 volts 6 amp batteries that power the plant alternately, while also charging itself.
“According to the young innovator, ‘the machine has an automatic change-over that turns it on and off, thereby allowing instant change-over once an alternative power source comes on or off.’
“This eliminates idle-time and need for human intervention to change-over,” Ogwo stated.
He further quoted Nwojoyi to have explained that “all the materials used in the design and construction were sourced locally.”
Ogwo stated that Nwojoyi is a former winner of an annual NTA Network Programme competition for Junior Scientists.
The competition was sponsored by Prof. Gregory Ibe, the Chancellor of the university and Managing Director of Skill ‘G’ Nig. Ltd, a frontline education development company.
ABU supports 34 students for China Engineering Scholarship
The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) has supported 34 of its students with N10 million to study first degree and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Engineering in China.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba made the disclosure at a farewell reception organised for the benefiting students held at Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Engineering programme is a special arrangement where the benefiting students spend three years at Central South University (CSU), Changsha, China and come back to ABU, Zaria to spend two years.
reports that the new programme would enable the students earn dual degrees of China and Nigeria in Traffic and Transportation Engineering respectively.
Garba said: “This time around we actually invested quite a lot; we paid over N10 million to freight you to China and this is public money that is paid from the school fees of everybody.
“So bear in mind that you are going on public funds partly, and then of the scholarship of the Central South University.
“This year unfortunately CCEC has declined to support but I think it is a matter of time; it is as a result of lack of fulfillment of obligation by Nigerian Government in their contract, which two days ago, that contract had been signed.”
He, however, expressed optimism that by next year, CCEC would come up with another scholarship so that another 40 or so students would benefit.
The VC said: “Let me congratulate this second batch of our students that are departing to Central South University (CSU), China.
“By no means, you have also become part of the chosen ones that are going to utilise this very unique opportunity that has come our way in Nigeria and ABU in particular.
“So far, we are very happy to have realise that the first batch that we sent have not disappointed us, they have actually made us very proud by performing very well, living very well, respecting the traditions and situations in China.
“And by so doing, Chinese are appreciating and respecting Nigerians at least for the first time, yes, because our brothers and sisters that have found their way to China in many respects ended up bringing shame to Nigeria,” he said.
While reminding them that they were not the first set to be there, the V-C said they had a lot of experience to gain from those that went there before them.
In his speech, the Director, Directorate of University Advancement, Prof. Ahmed Adamu, recalled that in the last few years the Federal Government had invested huge amount of resources in building the railway.
He described the collaboration between China and Nigeria as an opportunity to reform the nation’s railway transport system.
The don charged the students to take full advantage of the unique opportunity to be educated toward building a vibrant nation.
Speaking on behalf of benefiting students, Malam Aliyu Kasimu, said that there was a similarity between China and Nigeria, adding that China is the most populous country in Asia while Nigeria is the largest in Africa.
Kasimu promised to make good use of the opportunity to make not only ABU proud but Nigeria as a whole, assuring that the gigantic efforts of the university would never be in vain.
Edited by Angela Okisor/Ismail Abdulaziz
Zamfara Govt. screens 200 students for foreign Scholarship
Zamfara Government has concluded the screening of 200 students to be sponsored to study in four foreign countries.
The Consultant of the programme, Dr Jazuli Musa disclosed this in Gusau on Wednesday at the special orientation programme for the students organised by the state’s Scholarship Board.
Musa said that the state government would sponsor the students to study Medicine and Para Medical courses, Engineering and Computer Science among others.
He said out of the number, 21 students would be sponsored to study in China, 70 of them in India, 50 to study in Sudan while the remaining 59 would go to Cyprus.
“We have so far concluded all the screening exercise; we are now giving them orientation.
“You know after the announcement of the programme by the state government we registered over 700 students who indicated their interest.
“We employed some academic staff from the Federal University Gusau where we conducted the examination for the candidates.
“After the first screening examination, we got 300 qualified candidates while after the second examination, we were able to get 200 students’’, he said.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor, on Scholarship Matters, Lukman Majidadi urged the students to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria while in their respective institutions outside the country.
Majidadi said that the gesture is one of the policies of the present administration of Gov. Bello Matawalle on education.
“You should consider this gesture by the state government as a great opportunity for you, you should embrace your studies with seriousness’’, Majidadi said.
Edited by Kabir Muhammad/Maharazu Ahmed