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Nigerian firm gets ISO/IEC accreditation to calibrate aviation, oil services equipment

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The Managing Director, Engineering Automation Technology Limited (EATECH), Mr Emmanuel Okon, says the company has bagged the International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC )17025:2017 accreditation.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the accreditation allows the company to calibrate sensitive aviation and oil services equipment in Nigeria, thereby reducing millions of dollars being used in shipping them abroad for the same purposes.

Okon told newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos that the accreditation came after one year of painstaking and rigorous audit by the international standards agencies.

He said that the company’s laboratory, personnel and allied facilities were audited to ensure that they function and align with standards set by the Australian-based International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

“Attaining the accreditation will help the country save millions of dollars lost annually as capital flight in shipping critical and sensitive equipment in the aviation, oil and gas, and power sectors abroad for electrical, pressure, and temperature measurements.

“Before now, there is no laboratory that calibrates aviation and oil services equipment in Nigeria, but with this accreditation, we have provided the solution.

“It will cut down capital flight on equipment calibration abroad, and we have also created an opportunity for jobs and human capital development for Nigerians,” he said.

According to him, the accreditation was spurred by the company’s desire to invest in growing local content in the aviation, oil and gas, power, marine, and manufacturing sectors.

Okon said EATECH had over the last 10 years grown to own a fabrication yard in Eket, Akwa Ibom State and a calibration laboratory in Port Harcourt which just got the ISO/IEC accreditation.

“We are so confident of improving international trade between Nigeria and other countries because test reports and certificates issued by our company can now be accepted anywhere without the need for further testing,” he said.

Okon also commended staff of the company and officials of the Nigerian National Accreditation Service for working assiduously to assist in closing all gaps and eventually getting the accreditation.

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OAU secures NUC’s full accreditation for Law, Dentistry, others

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given full accreditation to all the academic programmes in the Faculties of Law, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences and Social Sciences of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.
He said that the NUC, with the statutory mandate to accredit academic programmes in all Nigerian universities, had fully accredited all the programmes.
Reacting to the accreditation, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, lauded the patriotic zeal of the Professor Abubakar Rasheed-led NUC.
Ogunbodede praised NUC for giving in its best to ensure that all academic programmes being run by the universities in the country were of international standards.
He also appreciated what he called the institutional spirit of the institution’s Governing Council, led by Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, the Senate as well as all the departments, faculties and alumni associations.
The vice chancellor said that their commitment had assisted, in much greater measure, in putting all the necessary facilities in place, which eventually culminated in the accreditation of all the courses, particularly those with initial outright denial or partial accreditation.
“With the latest accreditation of 42 undergraduate programmes, all the 107 programmes in the university are now accredited,” he said.
Ogunbodede pledged that his administration would put in more efforts at ensuring the sustenance of the high moral, academic and cultural standards which the university was noted for.
He called on stakeholders in the education sector to do all within their powers to assist the university in putting in place more structures and infrastructure.
According to him, such support will enhance the full realisation of the dream of the founding fathers of the institution.

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COVID-19: Oyo Govt inaugurates accreditation team for isolation, treatment centres

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The Oyo State Government has inaugurated a six-man accreditation team for COVID-19 isolation and treatment centres.

The team headed by Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the isolation centres are of high standard.

Mr Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, in a statement on Thursday in Ibadan, said Dr Bashir Bello, Commissioner for Health, inaugurated the team on behalf of Gov. Seyi Makinde.

Bello charged the team to ensure that the centres to be accredited meet expected standard.

He said that the state government has set machineries in motion towards the establishment of four new zonal isolation and treatment centres at Saki, Ogbomoso, Awe and Igboora as part of its efforts in fighting the pandemic.

The commissioner assured the team of government’s full support in the course of discharging its duties.

He said that private facilities would be accommodated in the initiative as long as such facilities meet up with the criteria for accreditation of centres, which would be rolled out soon by the accreditation committee.

In his response, Otegbayo said that the idea behind the setting up of the team was to ensure strict adherence to infection prevention and control.

He stressed that it was imperative to have certified medical personnel with required knowledge at various designated centres in order to get the desired results.

He added that the state’s accreditation team was expected to clearly map out criteria for approval of the new centres.

He assured government that the team would develop a checklist for the accreditation of centres.

Otegbayo emphasised the need for members of the accreditation team to understand one another and deploy appropriate approach in carrying out the task before them.

Other members of the team were Dr Ephraim Akanse – Consultant Infection Disease Physician at LUTH, Lagos State; Dr Mathias Orji – Consultant Anaesthesia at UCH, Ibadan and Biodun Ogunniyi from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), who was represented by Dr Adunola Oyegoke.

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COVID-19: Kaduna govt. inaugurates accreditation committee for isolation, treatment centres

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The Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Amina Mohammaed-Baloni, on Wednesday, inaugurated an accreditation committee for the isolation and treatment centres for Coronavirus in the state.

Mohammed-Baloni said in her Twitter handle that the move was in compliance with the Federal Ministry of Health’s directive that states must have isolation and treatment centres that conform to minimum standard.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee was headed by Prof. Lawal Umar of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, while Neyu Iliyasu of the State Primary Development Care Agency would serve as Secretary.

The commissioner said that the committee was saddled with the responsibility of assessing the isolation and treatment centers as well as the quarantined centers in the state.

She urged the committee to bridge the gaps and recommend solutions to improving the current status of the centres.

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FUOYE gets NUC’s accreditation for its courses

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The Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), on Monday said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had given full accreditation to some of the courses forming its academic programmes.

 

The Deputy Director, Corporate Services of the university, Mr Adeyinka Ademuyiwa, confirmed the development to the Nigeria News Agency in Oye-Ekiti.

 

Ademuyiwa added that the NUC also gave interim accreditation to some others.

 

He said that the courses given full accreditation by NUC include: Geology, Mass Communication, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Political Science, Banking and Finance and Public Administration.

 

Other accredited courses which are under the Faculty of Education include: Business Education, Education Agricultural Science, Education Biology, Education Chemistry, Education English and Education Management.

 

Ademuyiwa also listed some of the courses given interim accreditation for two years to include: Accounting, Business Administration, Education Mathematics, Library and Information Science.

 

He said, “A letter dated March 19, with reference number: /412/Vol. 12/153 was addressed to the Vice-Chancellor {V-C}, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, by the NUC on the matter.

 

“The letter signed by NUC’s Director of Accreditation, Dr Maryam Sali, confirmed that programmes examined that include:  Management Sciences, Arts, Education, Science and Social Sciences gained accreditation.

 

“The university will start admitting post– graduate students into its Masters’ classes in all the accredited academic programmes.’’

 

He said that this was in addition to courses that had already been accredited which the Post-Graduate School of the institution had already given admissions to students.

 

Ademuyiwa said that the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Soremekun and his management staff, were delighted with the results of the NUC’s accreditation team.

 

“The management of the institution promised to work hard to ensure that virtually all the courses of the university are given full accreditation,” Ademuyiwa said.

 

Ademuyiwa said that the Vice-Chancellor had also assured the students that all facilities and personnel meant for the courses that were given interim accreditation would be upgraded and provided for them to get full accreditation.

 

The deputy director also advised the students and staff of the institution to embrace hard work and make good use of the facilities provided for them by the institution.

 

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Peter Dada
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Mental Health: Accreditation team commends Sokoto Psychiatric hospital

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Mental Health: Accreditation team commends Sokoto Psychiatric hospital: A Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, Prof. Jude Ohaeri, on Monday commended the achievements recorded by the management of Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Kware, Sokoto state.

Ohaeri gave the commendation when he led other experts on accreditation visit to the FNPH Kware to determine if it meets the requirements of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria for continuous speciality training for medical doctors in the country.

”I am overwhelmed with the modern state of the art equipment, manpower and infrastructural facilities in the hospital.

”I commended the management under the leadership of Dr Shehu Sale; this has demonstrated his commitment to the development of the hospital and the speciality.

”These will surely translate to enhanced productivity and efficient services to the population as well as overall development of mental health,” Ohaeri said.

He said the accreditation is a five year activity which the hospital needed to satisfy before obtaining full accreditation for training.

”The accreditation is part of the key requirements to ensure practice and knowledge improvement in order to facilitate speciality training.

”The exercise is an objective study of manpower, equipment and infrastructure to ensure that the facility is competent to train doctors and become experts on their own.

”We are very impressed with what is on the ground at FNPH Kware in recognition of how the institution started and now become excellent place.

”Kware Hospital has good hands, modern tools and facilities besides being the cheapest in the country.”

He called on people to access the facility and cautioned them against seeking alternative therapy and patronizing unprofessional healers, adding that accessing mental health at early stage help to solve the perceived challenges.

The expert commended the federal government for supporting the hospital and appealed for release of appropriated funds to the hospital.

He decried that mental health has not been given adequate attention globally, compared to other areas such as and Malaria.

Ohaeri urged Journalists to assist in advocating for enacting law on mental health practice and collaborate with relevant stakeholders on reducing stigma on mental health patients.

A panel member, Dr Monday Igwe, who is the Chief Medical Director of Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) Enugu, also commended the hospital management of  the hospital for transforming the facility.

Dr Omole Friday, a Board member of FNPH Kware said the hospital’s transformations was to successfully undertake its mandate as a complete tertiary institution for training, research and services.

He also commended the management on careful utilisation of allocated funds which facilitates achievement of targeted goals.

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Zamfara College of Education operates for 15 years without accreditation—NCCE

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The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has said that the Zamfara State Collage of Education, Maru, has been operating without accreditation for 15 years running.

The Deputy Director in the Commission, Dr Abdulkabir Otuniyi stated this on Tuesday when he led officials of the commission to the college for accreditation assessment.

Otuniyi noted that the NCCE  accreditation for colleges of education was done once every four years.

“But since 2005 when the college was last accredited, it has recorded no other accreditation exercise until today.

“But between 2005 when the college was first accredited and now l can see the great achievements and transformation,” Otuniyi observed.

He lauded the management of the college for both infrastructural and academic achievements recorded.

“Despite lack of accreditation, the college recorded rapid transformation especially in the areas of human resources development,” he said.

He appreciated the management of the college for giving emphasis to quality assurance and improving security.

“We sympathise with you over fire outbreak which destroyed valuable properties and other belongings of the college”, he added.

Earlier, Provost of the College, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman said the second visit of the accreditation team to the college since its establishment was an indication of progress made by the current management to move the college forward.

Usman said presently, the college had a total of 221 academic staff and 166 non academic staff.

“Out of the 221 academic staff, 29 have successfully completed their PhD programmes, 19 are PhD in view, the remaining are distributed through Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

“On students’ enrollment for the current 2019/2020 academic session, 2,521 students disaggregated by 2,167 males and 354 females were admitted across all programmes of the college,” he said.

According to him, the college, through partnership with the NCCE has presently been fully restructured to offer-level specific teacher training programmes across seven schools, 23 academic departments and 34 subject combinations.

“We are seeking for accreditation of all 24 departments of the college by NCCE.

“This college is privileged to be one of the twelve pilot teacher training institutions in the country that have benefited from the NCCE,” he said.

The provost said that the college had concluded all the arrangements to commence degree programmes in affiliation with the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

“Just recently, we received Resources Assessment teams from the two Universities, we are waiting for their responses to commence the degree programmes any moment from now,,” he said.

The provost commended Gov. Bello Matawalle, Maru Emirate Council and entire people of Maru community for their support to the college.

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COE Gindiri secures accreditation for 26 programmes from NCCE

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The College of Education (COE), Gindiri, in Plateau has secured accreditation for 26 of its programmes from National Commission for Colleges and Education (NCCE).

Prof. Cletus Gotan, Acting Provost of the institution stated this on Friday at the convocation of six sets of the college graduates in Gindiri in Mangu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Gotan said that the college had also secured accreditation for six new programmes.

Nigeria News Agency , reports that the convocation was for graduates of 2012/2013 to 2017/2018 academic sessions of the college.

Gotan said that the 26 programmes were accredited in 2019, while the six new programmes had taken off with their first batch of students.

“On Dec. 18, 2019, a team of assessors from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, visited the college to inspect and assess our human and material resources for the take off of nine academic Degree programmes in the college.

“`We are very hopeful of a positive response any time from now,’’ he said.

He thanked Gov. Simon Lalong for approving recruitment of 50 lecturers in 2017 as well all categories of staff in 2018.

He said that the gesture had helped to improve the educational sector in the state.

“The college is steadily rising and witnessing expansion from hundreds of students to thousands, from a handful of teachers to 210, from 24 programmes/departments to 30, from a non-degree programme to by the grace of God, a degree awarding institution,’’ he said.

The provost said that the college had reconstituted its ventures management committee to increase Internally Revenue Generation (IGR).

In his remarks, Lalong said that the college was critical in the state’s quest to improve quality of education.

He expressed optimism that the new graduates would help address the problem of quackery in teaching profession in the state.

He said his administration had provided training opportunities for teachers at all levels and granted study leave to enable them go for further studies in various institutions.

The governor restated his administration commitment towards completing abandoned projects in the college to improve its infrastructure.

This, he said was necessary to create enabling environment for learning.

“Your capacity to pursue ground breaking research and other needful community services will earn you grants from industries, donor agencies and other international organisations,’’ he said.

He promised to facilitate the establishment of a police post at the college and warned land grabbers to steer clear of the college premises.

Lalong vowed that illegal structures in and around the college would be demolished irrespective of status of the owners.

He urged the students to shun cultism, drug abuse, examination malpractice, by being good ambassadors of the college.

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Accreditation: Kaduna College of Nursing seeks govt. support

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The Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery has appealed to the state government to ensure its full accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

The overseer of the Kafanchan campus of the school, Mr Ephraim Dyages, told Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Kafanchan that the college risked being closed over lack of full accreditation.

“We are calling on the state government to assist us in every way they can so that this school will not be closed down because of lack of full accreditation.

“We know the government is trying but it can do better because we are in a very critical situation as it is right now,” he added

Dyages stated that the college had been operating for 42 years on provisional accreditation, saying it was not healthy and ideal for an institution that had existed that long to operate without full accreditation.

According to him, inadequate staffing and facilities were the main factors hindering the institution from gaining full accreditation.

“What is stopping us from getting this full accreditation is inadequate staffing and facilities which are key requirements.

“As you can see, there are many abandoned projects here and until these things are in place, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria won’t grant us full accreditation,” he said

The official noted that the regulatory authorities would come for one more assessment visit after which the school would know its fate.

“There is a circular from the council, that if they come for two consecutive visits and you are not able to meet the requirements for full accreditation, they would withdraw your provisional accreditation.

“So when next they come to our school and we are not able to meet up, they withdraw our accreditation and we’ll have to start all over again,” he added.

He said full accreditation for the college would mean more students being admitted and graduated to cater for the shortage of health personnel in the state.

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Lafia Specialist hospital gets accreditation for residency in Obstetrics, Gynaecology-CMD

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Dr Hassan Ikrama, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia says the hospital has been given accreditation for residency on Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Ikrama made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Lafia.

The CMD said the approval followed several assesment visits to the hospital  by the West African College of Surgeons.

Ikrama said the accreditation would turn around and strengthen activities of the two departments.

“The benefit of this accreditation is that, doctors from DASH and other hospitals can now come and commence training to be consultants in both departments,” the Ikrama added.

The CMD expressed gratitude to Governor Abdullahi Sule for the various reforms in the hospital and commitment toward repositioning the health sector.

He assured the people of the state of quality health service delivery given the recent improvement in infrastructure, equipment and manpower  in DASH.

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Oyo Assembly charges tertiary institutions to be proactive on courses accreditation

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Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday urged the state government, through the Ministry of Education, to be proactive on accreditation of courses in state owned tertiary institutions.

The Speaker, Mr Adebo Ogundoyin, said management of tertiary institutions that had backlog of courses due for accreditation must be proactive to put them in place for accreditation.

” Accreditation and re-accreditation of some courses in these institutions through effective use of internally generated revenue (IGR) among other measures should be put in place,”  Ogundoyin said.

The motion on “Need to put measures in place for accreditation of some courses in some state owned tertiary institutions” was moved by Mr Mohammed Fadeyi, Deputy Speaker, (PDP/ Ona – Ara) state constituency.

Fadeyi said: “We got some calls from different quarters concerning  accreditation in some state owned tertiary institutions and as representatives of the people, saddled with the responsibility of representing them at the state assembly, we must ensure results.

“Hence, the need to call on the institutions to do the needful, so that we can call on the government and the Ministry of Education to look into their problems and ensure that they  accredit the courses.

“Some of the students passed out and discovered that some of the courses are not accredited and it becomes a big problem for them.

“It’s not only in Oyo State, it’s everywhere around the country, some institutions have done well, they can still do better for the future of the young ones that are coming behind us,”  Fadeyi said.

Fadeyi and other members of the house also supported a motion calling for the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo to become a degree awarding institution.

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2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Media accreditation gets new deadline

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Organizers of the  2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Tuesday extended the accreditation window for Journalists to Jan. 31.

Head of Communications and Media for the marathon, Olukayode Thomas, announced the extension  in a statement on Tuesday.

He said that the decision to extend the window initially meant to close Friday, Jan. 25, was to avail more journalists from across the globe the chance to cover the 2020 race.

Thomas explained that interested journalists were required to send in their passport photographs and biodata to () for them to be considered for accreditation.

“We have decided to give a one-week extension so that more journalists across the globe can be part of this epic event.

“Journalists are expected to send in their passport photographs and biodata to the email address provided or bring the same to the Marathon Village situated inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

“I hope our media partners will make use of these extended days, there is no point waiting till is too late, once we make our final collation next Friday, there would be no waiver for anyone that is not accredited,” Thomas said.

He assured journalists of a seamless environment to carry out their duties at 2020 marathon, appealing to all to follow the specified rules and regulations that would be contained in the media guide to be given out.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is slated for Feb. 8 with over 100,000 runners expected to participate from across the world.  MIO/  

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Accreditation: NBTE visits Kwara for National Diploma courses

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Kaduna, has on Thursday visited the College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS), Ilorin, for accreditation exercise of National Diploma (ND) courses.

Mrs Helen Oduntan, the Leader of the team of accreditation committee from NBTE, said they were in the college basically for advisory and resource inspection.

“We are here for four programmes; ND Accounting, ND Computer Science, ND Library Science and ND Mass Communication Science

“There are various groups from NBTE that will carry out the assessment of the institution,” Oduntan said.

The team leader appreciated the management attitude to education and for their effort to join NBTE.

“There are lots of advantages for any institution that join NBTE, among is the professional knowledge that the students will benefit before graduating.

“They will also have an opportunity of owing a qualified and standard certificate,” she said.

The Provost of the College, Dr Olokoba Abdullahi, said that ND courses will improve the status of the institution and the certificate will be nationally and internationally acknowledged.

“The only way to achieve our aim is to team up with a recognised body like NBTE, Kaduna,” he said.

Olokoba however appealed to the team to consider their request in a positive and accelerated manner.

Hajiya Sa’adatu Kawu, the state Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, said that the college was established to produce middle level manpower since inception in 1992.

The commissioner, who was represented by Mr David Oguntunde, the director of Continuous Education, said that the state was happy that the Executive Secretary of the Board will make things happen.

“This development is in line with the aspiration of the state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazak, who has magnanimously approved for the release of substantial amount of money for this accreditation exercise,” the commissioner said.

Kawu pledged to cooperate with NBTE and make things easy and achievable.

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Makinde approves N300m for Ibadan Poly for accreditation, capital projects 

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says he has approved the sum of N200 million for The Polytechnic, Ibadan to secure accreditation for some of its courses and another N100 million for capital projects in the 2020 budget.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Makinde disclosed this at the 34th convocation ceremony of the institution on Friday in Ibadan.

The governor, who was represented by Prof. Daud Shangodoyin, the state Commissioner for Education, said that his administration appreciated quality academic culture and would not do anything to hinder its development.

“My administration is determined to salvage the education sector from its doldrums.

“The problem facing education is multifaceted, but we are prepared, more than ever before, to confront the problem and make the state a model educational state to be emulated by others in terms of quality personnel engaged in academic activities at all levels.

“The budget recently presented to the state House of Assembly has given education the highest allocation of 22 percent, hence we hope that Oyo State will bounce back as the leading educational state and fountain of knowledge setting the pace for others.

“To ensure the accreditation of all your courses, the sum of N200 million was approved and released to your institution with the hope that the money would be spent judiciously and accreditation of all listed courses secured.

“We have also approved a sum of N100 million in the 2020 budget for the execution of capital projects in the institution. All these, from the records available to me, have not happened in the institution in the last 10 years,” he said.

The governor noted that the major challenge in tertiary institutions in the country was electricity, saying this had hampered learning and researches.

He, however, said it was imperative to end the parity between university and polytechnic education in Nigeria as was done in the United Kingdom.

Shangodoyin, who spoke in his capacity as the commissioner for education, said government would do its best to take the institution to an enviable position.

“This institution should be repositioned, not to maintain a fourth position among its peers, but to be the foremost polytechnic nationally and globally, taking the lead role in technological education,” he said.

The commissioner alluded to the cordial working relationship with the unions and the staff, expressing the hope that it would translate into improved level of performance in promoting the status of the institution.

He, however, charged the graduands to think of survival strategies in view of the challenges in the labour market and come up with solution with the training and education acquired from the institution.

In his address, the institution’s Rector, Prof Kazeem Adebiyi, stated that the support received from the governor had helped in making appreciable progress.

He noted that the institution’s management had given priority to the welfare of members of staff and students and had promoted peace among students, especially in the area of unionism.

“The world has become a global village and this institution cannot afford to be left out in terms of upgrade of its teaching facilities, both human and physical, as well as the by-products of teaching, which are the students,” he said.

The rector said that all hands must be on deck to ensure quality education at the tertiary level.

He charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution.

“The institution has trained you, not only to use your brains, but more importantly, your hands. Due to the nature of your training, you are job creators, not job seekers,” Adebiyi said.

In his valedictory speech, Abdulganeey Olayiwola, the overall best graduating student of the institution from the Department of Applied Chemistry, urged his colleagues to continue to work hard and pray to achieve their goals in life.

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Reps to investigate alleged corruption in NUC in universities’ accreditation

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The House of Representatives has directed the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the alleged intimidation and extortion of money from universities for accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

This followed a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Sam Onwuaso (PDP, Anambra, (Ogbaru Federal Constituency) during the plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Idris Wase on Wednesday.

The motion is entitled “Need to Investigate the Allegations of Corruption in the National Universities Commission (NUC) during its Accreditation of Universities’’.

Moving the motion, Onwuaso said that the NUC accreditation system had been used over the years to maintain and monitor quality and high academic standards in Nigerian universities.

He said that process to evaluate academic programmes by the commission was done every five years.

The house also noted that in the course of carrying out its mandate, the NUC accreditation teams undertook the spot assessment of facilities, lecture halls, quality of academic content and laboratories, among others.

This is to ensure that the universities meet up with the required standards to run such academic programmes to determine whether to revoke, withhold or grant accreditation.

The lawmakers expressed concern on allegations of intimidation and extortion of money from universities in order to ensure accreditation of their programmes.

Furthermore, the reps expressed concern that the alleged monetary demands for accreditation led to increment of tuition fees by some universities to meet up with the demands of the NUC accreditation teams.

The house directed committee to investigate the allegations and report back within six weeks for further legislative.

Edited by: Cecilia Odey/Kayode Olaitan
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Niger LG polls: Hitch free accreditation, voting begin in councils

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The Niger state local government election for Chairmen and Councilors began on Saturday in all the 25 councils of the state.

Nigeria News Agency went round some of the polling units in the state to monitor the progress.

At the Gidan Sarki polling unit 1 in Bosso Local Government Area, Malam Abdulrasheed Ishaku, Presiding Officer, told NAN that accreditation and voting started simultaneously at 8:00 a.m.

“Accreditation and voting started simultaneously here at 8 a.m. The voters in this polling unit are conducting themselves peacefully, you can see them on the queue,” he said.

He said that the polling unit has 2,462 registered voters, adding that the exercise would stop at 4:00 p.m.

Similarly, Alhaji Usman Bosso, a voter who was on queue, said that the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) officials arrived on time with electoral materials and commenced accreditation and voting.

“The process is moving on smoothly without any hitch,” he said.

Also, political party agents at the polling unit confirmed a hitch free exercise in the area.

Malam Sadiq Suleiman, Peoples Democratic Party, agent told NAN that, “we don’t have any problem here.”

Alhaji Mustapha Tanko, All Progressive Congress party agent, said, “the political parties, security agencies and the electorates are working together to make sure that we have a hitch free exercise here.”

NAN, however, observed low turnout of voters in the area.

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Accreditation: important for training firms to operate in Nigeria

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The Centre for Management Development (CMD), on Tuesday in Abuja said the accreditation of training firms is an important criteria for them to operate in the country.

Mr Bitrus Chinoko, CMD Acting Director-General said this in a statement, adding that the centre had commenced verification of training firms in the country in order to accredit them.

According to him, the verification is to ensure that training firms are credible and had necessary requisites to carry out trainings in the country.

He, therefore, advised that they should take advantage of the centre’s ongoing verification to do the needful.

“We are using this medium to advice other training firms to get accredited as its an important criteria to have a training firm in the country.

“Many accredited firms have gone through the process and ready for business, the accreditation process is done once in a year and it last for five years,’’ Chinoko said.

He added that after the necessary assessment by the centre, qualified firms would be accredited accordingly.

“This accreditation is important because it gives quality training delivery, enhance organisational performance as the sequel to higher level skills and competence,’’ he said.

According to him, the importance of the accreditation cannot be over emphasised.

This, he said was to ensure that the individual carrying out training functions had the necessary qualifications, experience and training to do so.

Chinoko added that the exercise would also help to check the incidence of unqualified persons parading themselves as trainers and ensure a culture of training that was guided by professional ethics and competence.

He said more than 557 firms applied for accreditation, out of which 414 would be visited and screened to ensure that the best was gotten.

He said that the verification which began early November would end in December, adding that 16 states would be visited.

“One of the importance of this verification is that it develops and promotes high national standards of the management education, entrepreneurial development and supervisory training programmes,’’ Chinoko said.

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Kogi 2019 poll: Accreditation commences at Ward A Lokoja peacefully

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Kogi 2019 poll: Accreditation commences at Ward A Lokoja peacefully

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Lokoja, Nov.16,2019 Accreditation at Ward A Polling Station, Growther/ Sabongari, Lokoja, was on at 8.35 a.m. when a correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency visited the polling station.

Voters were seen checking their names on the register pasted on the walls of Growther Memorial College, Lokoja, while others lined up, orderly, to be accredited.

The exercise was peaceful and orderly.

Men and officers of the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Customs Service, among other security outfits kept vigil to ensure maintenance of law and order.

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Health Training Initiative increases accreditation status, academic performance – Registrar

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Mr Faruk Abubakar, Secretary General/ Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, says the Health Public Health Training Initiative (NPHTI) has led to improved accreditation status of benefiting nursing and midwifery schools.

Abubakar said this at the ongoing two-day In-Country Mid-Term Review meeting of NPHTI in Abuja, designed to provide an opportunity to discuss the broad policy and programmatic direction of the initiative.

NPHTI is five-year Federal Government initiative supported by The Carter Centre, aimed at enhancing maternal and child health, using skilled frontline health workers in Nigeria.

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“ They (the schools) are doing wonderfully; because with our support, I want to acknowledge and to inform the centre, that schools have recorded increase in their intake, increase in their accreditation status, and also increase in their performance in their professional examinations.“

I want to say that with this support given to the states, if it can be expanded, I believe that it will improve greatly human resources for health in the country.

“I want to believe that six institutions have the capacity to expand in terms of admission of students because of the numerous and wide range of equipment and training materials provided by the centre.

“I want to say that the council appreciate the initiative and hope, this will be sustained and expanded to other states so that more manpower will be trained for the benefits of humanity of this country.’’

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Nigeria News Agency reports that the benefiting states are: School of Midwifery, Sokoto; School of Nursing, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta and School of Nursing, Umologho, Obowo, Imo.

Others are Central School of Nursing and Midwifery, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom and Plateau State College of Health Technology, Zawan, as well as Gombe State School of Health Technology, Kaltungo.

In his Presentation on NPHTI Invention in Sokoto, Mr Auwal Mabera, an official of State Ministry of Health, said the intervention had increased the academic performance of the students of School of Midwifery in the state.

Mabera, Human Resources Desk Officer, Department of Health, Planning Research and Statistics in the ministry, said the students were performing averagely in their examinations before the NPHITI intervention.

The official said the intervention had resulted in building the capacity of tutors in the college on the use of ICT and provisions of laptop computers for enhancing teaching and learning skills – pedagogical skills.

“It has resulted to provisions of adequate teaching and learning materials in classrooms, laboratory and demonstration rooms as well as supply of large volumes of books to the college library.

“ It has also resulted to obtaining full accreditation from Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria,’’ he said.

According to him, the support has led to increased indexing capacity of students from 50 to 100 per intake for nursing and 50 to 75 for midwifery.

“ It has led to improvement in students` academic performance both in their internal and external examinations as can be seen from the results released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.”

Also, in his presentation on the progress of NPHTI in Ogun, Mr Oluwatoyin Adejobi, Director Nursing Services, Ogun State Ministry of Health said, the Initiative had resulted to partial accreditation of the School of Nursing, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.

“This could be attributed to inability of the institution to meet up with criteria like lack of adequate hostel facility for students and inadequate equipment and materials to aid teaching and learning among others.

“With the support of the state in complementing the intervention of the project, the institution has achieved provisional accreditation status with an admission capacity of 50 students.

“The intervention has removed the burden of insufficient equipment from the accreditation requirement list and hopefully looking forward to a full accreditation.

“The achievements were made following the project interventions in the following strategic objectives areas,’’ the director said.

In addition, he said to the use of technology in education training had empowered the tutors to use different teaching methods, aside the traditional lecture method.

“The faculty members now confidently employ ICT in classroom teaching and assignments and test are now being given to students, using Google form and other online media assessment method,’’ Adejobi said.

NAN reports that no fewer than 84 health trainers, government representatives, partners and experts in human resources are attending the meeting from the six benefitting states and the FCT.

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Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA) says it is set to start


accreditation of health facilities that will provide healthcare services to enrollees of the contributory health scheme in the state.

The Director General of authority, Mr Aliyu Saidu, made this known at a news conference in Kaduna on Monday as it announced the commencement  of


services to enrollees.

He said accreditation of healthcare facilities was vital to ensuring quality services to enrollees.

He added that “accreditation of healthcare facilities will ensure that the right facilities are available to provide the right services to the right


population group on the scheme at the right time.

“We would accredit facilities across local government areas to ensure that enrollees did not travel long distances to access healthcare services.”

Saidu said that the authority had so far received applications from 86 healthcare facilities to render services to enrollees.

“The authority advertised an expression of interest through the State Government in May 2019, inviting submission from interested healthcare


facilities who wish to participate in the Contributory Health Scheme, and so far, we received 86 excluding applications.

“We went through a selection process and pre-qualified some facilities for an on-the-spot assessment as part of the accreditation and


issued other operational documents.”

He said that the authority had designed standard tools and guidelines for selection of best healthcare facilities in both private and public sectors.

“The Primary Healthcare facilities will provide basic services; they are expected to refer cases beyond their scope of expertise to secondary


healthcare facilities for advanced care.

The director general appreciated Dr Hadiza Balarabe, the Deputy Governor/Commissioner Overseeing Ministry of Health, “for her immense


support to the entire health sector in the state.” (NAN)


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FUOYE gets NUC’s accreditation for six postgraduate courses

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The Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), on Friday, said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had granted full accreditation for its six postgraduate courses.

The university made the known in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Mr ‎Godfrey Bakji, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Oye-Ekiti.

The statement quoted the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, as ‎expressing delight that the efforts of his administration to reposition FUOYE had started yielding result.

It said that the accreditation had given credence to the infrastructural development of the twin campuses in Oye and Ikole as well as the ever- increasing admission quota and students’ enrolment, among others.

According to the statement, the newly-accredited postgraduate programmes include Food Science and Technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Material and Metallurgical Engineering, Geology, Computer Science and Agricultural Engineering.

It also revealed that the institution’s management would sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that would empower the university to run distance learning ‎programmes after the NUC accreditation on them.

recalls that FUOYE commenced its postgraduate programme during the 2018/2019 academic session with five faculties namely: Arts, Science, Engineering, Agriculture and Social Sciences, which altogether ran 30 programmes.

The additional‎ six programmes will now bring the institution’s postgraduate programmes to 36.

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