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Students’ hostels: Delta Govt. pledges attracrive deal for investors

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The Ministry of Higher Education in Delta has promised an attractive deal for private estate developers, who volunteer to build hostels and staff quarters in the state owned tertiary Institutions.

The Commissioner in the ministry, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, made the promise on Thursday, when he visited project sites at the state polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, to assess the level of work.

Muoboghare said that the State Government had resolved to give such developers liberal and attractive conditions that would enable them to recoup their investment without hindrance.

According to him, the policy failed in the past because the managements of the institutions where such projects were to be executed, gave impossible conditions that drove away the investors.

The commissioner said that government had not enough money to embark on such important projects, hence the need to partner private developers to complement government’s efforts.

He urged the institution’s management to give maximum support to the would-be developers, adding that such projects would improve the quality of life of the students and staff when executed.

Muoboghare disclosed that in the interim, the ministry, would, from its funds, embark on minor rehabilitation of the water scheme in the polytechnic, pending the complete si e rehabilitation in future.

Chiemeke called on the state government to adequately fund the institution in order it to achieve the desired aim of establishing it.

She appealed for the state government’s approval to enable it to recruit more academic staff, purchase farm machinery and equipment and build more students’ hostels, among others.

She congratulated the commissioner on his appointment while describing him as a “round peg in a round hole.”

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JAMB set to begin verification of centres for 2020 CBT UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it is set to commence the verification of centres that may be considered for use ahead of preparations for its 2020 all computer-based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the disclosure to the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Lagos.

According to him, preparations are already in top gear by the board to ensure that set standards for the smooth execution of the exercise is intact.

“We have concluded plans to kick start the centre verification as part of preparations to ensure a smooth conduct of the 2020 UTME nationwide.

“We will likely commence the exercise not later than Monday, Nov. 18, and we plan to use at least 700 well accredited centres across the country.

“The board in its usual penchant for excellence will not accept anything short of what is expected of the centres that wish to participate in the examination,” Benjamin told NAN.

“We have laid down rules and regulations guiding the use of any centre and as such, we expect that owners of centres who intend to collaborate with the board in ensuring the success of this upcoming examination will have no choice than to meet such rules or stay away.

“Those who are genuine stakeholders of our examinations are already aware of our position in the fight against examination infractions and other forms of sharp practices.

“They also know about the board’s zero tolerance in any behaviour of a person or group of persons that intend to undermine the integrity of our examination or that of the board.’’

The spokesman dissociated the board from reports making the rounds by a group of individuals in some sections of the media that JAMB’s move to commence the centre verification was allegedly of a short notice, ill-timed and designed to push a lot of the centre owners out of business.

He said that the board did not recognise this group, who call themselves Owners of CBT Centre Proprietors Association of Nigeria (CTAN) whom, according to him, had called a news conference to raise the allegation against the board.

“It is regrettable that this persons under whatever guise are trying to create confusion, heat up the polity and mislead the innocent public with this sort of propaganda.

“The fact remains that no amount of blackmail or intimidation will stop us from doing what is right before the law and to the interest of our children and the development of our country in general.

“We will go ahead with the centre verification any moment from today nationwide and nothing will stop us from achieving this.

“Those genuine centre owners who have been partnering with us over the years in ensuring that we carry out a seamless exercise and who do not have anything to hide, to the best of our knowledge, should be ready at any given time to face the verification,” he told NAN.

Benjamin added: “This is because such centre owners have their integrity at stake and knows what is demanded of them in a bid to collectively sanitise our education system and take this country to its desired position.

“We wish to state unequivocally that the board will not succumb to any cheap backmail in a bid to do what is right, just as we will not hesitate to mete out appropriate sanctions to centres that would at one point or the other decide to compromise the integrity of the examination.’’

Benjamin also said that for any centre to pass the verification test, it must strive to provide all the necessary requirements needed, as the board would not compromise on the quality of centres to be used.

He therefore, implored genuine CBT centre owners not to be deterred by the antics of any group of individuals seeking to distract the public.

Benjamin assured Nigerians of the commitment of the board to create conducive environment that would ensure that the businesses of these genuine centre owners continued to thrive.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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Crawford Varsity appoints Simpson as new Deputy VC

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The Management of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, on Friday, announced the appointment of Prof. Alaba Simpson as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the institution.

The university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Layi Olajumoke, said that the appointment took immediate effect.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the new DVC is expected to take over from Prof. Patrick Yalokwu, who has served his statutory two terms.

“This is the newest development emanating from the Igbesa, faith-based institution, following the vacation of the position by Prof. Patrick Yalokwu, having served the statutory two terms.

“With the vacuum thus created, the Senate of the institution met and, following its due procedure, nominated Prof Simpson to take over.

“The newly-appointed DVC is the first female professor to be so named to the position in the 14-year-old institution,” he said.

Olajumoke said that the new DVC was born some six decades ago in Lagos Island, Lagos State, and travelled to England for her ‘A’ Levels-equivalent awarding college, New Battle Abbey College.

“She also had her Masters at the University of Westminster, formerly known as the Polytechnic of Central London, where she studied The Ethnography of West Africa.

“She attended the school of Oriental and African Studies at University of London in 1982 and gained admission into the University of Jos for her third degree in 2004.

“Prof Simpson joined the service of Crawford University in 2009, where she had held various positions like the Head of Department of the Social Sciences and Director of Scholarship and Work-Study Administration, among others” he said.

Olajumoke added that Simpson later became the substantive Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences.

He said that the new DVC had also headed some critical university committees like the Capital Advocacy Project Advisory Committee and the Public Lecture Committee.

Professor Simpson is married to Mr Simpson, and the union is blessed with children.

Edited by Remi Koleoso and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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NIMASA donates educational learning materials to schools

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has presented educational learning materials in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to seven secondary schools in the South-South and South-East geo-political zones.

Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director-General of NIMASA, represented by Mrs Ronke Thomas, Head, Planning, Research and Data Management Services, made the presentation to the schools on Thursday in Port Harcourt.

Peterside said the donation of the materials was to support education and development in the country.

“It is expected that this will further inspire the students to greater heights and excellence that will help them build a career in the maritime sector and aid in unlocking of the vast potential in the Nigeria’s blue economy.

“The reach out to schools is in addition to what we have been doing in the Internally Displaced People (IDP)’s camp.

“And we realised that the education sector is very key in any country, and because the children are the future of the country,’’ he said.

According to Peterside, the donation is being done simultaneously across the six geo-political zones in the country.

“A few schools have been selected from some states in the various geo-political zones for even spread; and more schools will be receiving theirs on other days after Tursday’s ceremony.

“Items available for distribution include desktop computers, laptops, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), white boards, exercise books, biros, and pencils.

“Others are white board pens, scientific calculators, textbooks for English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Economics among others,’’ he added.

The NIMASA director-general said that the schools chosen were expected to put the materials to judicious use to achieve the set goals.

Among the seven schools were Okrika Grammar School, Comprehensive Secondary School (CSS), Opobo, Royal Court School, Rumuekini and Community Secondary School, Ubima in Rivers.

Others were Umuariam Secondary Technical School in Imo, Abayi Girls Secondary School in Abia and Modebe Secondary School, Onitsha, Anambra.

Mrs Beatrice Epelle, Principal of CSS Opobo, commended NIMASA for the presentation of the educational materials to the schools and urged other government establishments to do same.

(Edited by Kabir Muhammad/Peter Ejiofor)

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WAEC says investigating 9,457 as it releases 2019 Second Series WASSCE (Private) result

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says the results of 9,457 candidates who sat for the Second Series of its West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for (private candidates) are to be investigated before they would be released.

The council’s Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, said this at a news conference to announce the results of candidates who participated in the 2019 WASSCE (Private).

According to him, the number of these candidates, representing  9.74 per cent are  reported to have been involved in one form of examination malpractice or the other.

He said that their cases would be presented to the appropriate committee of the council and the decisions reached on the cases would be communicated to the affected candidates within the shortest possible time.

Adenipekun noted that a total of 97,080 candidates registered for the examination, while 94,884 candidates actually sat for the examination.

Giving a breakdown of the statistics of the candidates’ performance, he added that of the 94,884 that sat for the examination, a total of 91, 225 candidates had their results fully processed and released.

He also noted that 3, 659 others had a few of their subjects still being processed, saying that such results would, however, be speedily processed and released within the next one week.

According to him, 49,679 candidates, representing 52.36 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects with or without English Language and/or Mathematics.

He said that of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, 33, 304 others, representing 35.10 per cent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and Mathematics out of which was 16, 431.

According to him, out of these numbers, 16,431 were males and 16, 873 were females representing 49. 34 per cent and 50.66 per cent respectively.

“I also wish to announce that a total of 110 candidates with varying degrees of special needs registered for the examination.

“Out of this number, 38 are visually challenged, 15 have impaired hearing, 12 others with low vision and three are spastic cum mentally challenged.

“A total of eight others are physically challenged and all these candidates with special needs were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination.

“The results of these candidates have been fully processed and released along with those of other candidates,’’ Adenipekun said.

Meanwhile, the Head of National Office has said that the council in Nigeria had perfected its Electronic Certificate Management System, an online portal being deployed to enable private candidates’ request for their certificates online.

According to him, beginning with the 2019 Second Series WASSCE for Private Candidates, the collection of certificates will be based on requests by candidates online via the Electronic Certificate Management System platform.

He said that details of the simple procedures would be made available to the public shortly.

Adenipekun added that this year’s examination that took place in the five member countries of the council commenced from Aug. 29, to Oct. 2.

He added that the coordination of the examiners and marking of candidates’ scripts took place in 10 venues in the country.

According to him, in addition, two venues were used for the electronic marking of three essay papers which included Economics paper (2) Commerce paper (2) and Civic Education paper  (2).

He lauded stakeholders for their support and commitment toward the successful conduct of the examination and marking of the scripts.

“Our sincere thanks also go to the Federal and State Ministries of Education and to the Nigeria Police and other security agencies for their support and cooperation during the conduct of the examination.

“ We are equally grateful to schools that availed the council the use of their facilities for various activities of the council in spite of their other commitments,’’ he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that candidates who sat the examination had been advised to check the details of their performance on the council’s results website: www.waecdirect.org.

The result checker PIN and Serial Number needed by candidates to check their results online are contained on the candidate’s Smart Identity Card used during the conduct of the examination.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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New Federal Polytechnic Daura to begin operation in 2019/2020 academic – NBTE boss

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Dr Masaud Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), on Thursday said the new Federal Polytechnic Daura will commence operation in the 2019/2020 academic session.

Dr Kazaure made this known in Daura while presenting the Certificate of Occupancy of the 100 hectare land donated by Katsina State Government for the polytechnic to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar.

He said all the proper plans for the immedeate take off of the polytechnic had been put in place, including the recruitment of the pioneer staff.

“We have so far recieved 146 applications for the six vacancies of principal officers of the institution.

“The principal officers to be employed for immediate commencement of academic business are the Provost, Registrar, Librarian, Director Physical Planning, Director Works and Academic Secretary of the polytechnic.”

He called for support, cooperation and understanding of the host community, to enable  the polytechnic take off on a  sound footing.

Dr Kazaure assured the emir that qualified and competent hands would be recruited to successfully manage the institution.

Earlier, the Special Adviser, Higher Education to Gov. Aminu Masari, Dr Bishir Ruwangodiya said the state government had allocated the junior section of Government Day Secondary School Daura to serve as the temporary site of the polytechnic.

Ruwangodiya assured that the state government would also extend all the needed support towards successful take off of the polytechnic.

He called on students in the host community to make proper utilization of the opportunity to secure admission in the polytechnic.

In his renarks, the Emir lauded the Federal Government for siting the polytechnic in his domain, stressing that this would boost the educational and economic fortunes of his subjects.

Umar said traditional rulers in the area would extend moral, spiritual and every kind of support and cooperation for the success of polytechnic.

He commended Gov. Masari for allocating spacious land and other support to the institution.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Assembly pledges proper upgrading of Sokoto Health Technology school

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The Sokoto State House of Assembly is to review the law setting up the Sultan Abdulrahman School of Health Technology Gwadabawa, to enable it produce relevant manpower for the state health sector.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chairman, House Committee on Higher Education, Alhaji Sule Romo (PDP– Tambuwal West), made the pledge during the committee’s oversight visit to the institution.

Romo observed that the law governing the establishment of the school has become absolute and needs total review to facilitate the upgrading of the school to College of Health Technology.

“As such, I want to assure you that we will revisit the law that established Sultan Abdulrahman School of Health Technology Gwadabawa, in order to enable proper upgrading of the school to a College.

“Moreover, the Assembly will continue to support the institution to overcome all its challenges ranging from infrastructure, manpower and equipment for the overall development of the state,” he said.

Earlier, the Executive Director of the School, Alhaji Nasiru Aliyu, commended the lawmakers for the visit, saying that it  would assist in improving the standard of the school.

Aliyu further lauded the state government’s commitment in improving the standard of the school, but appealed to the Assembly to give due consideration to the school’s 2020 budget.

“Sultan Abdulrahman School of Health Technology Gwadabawa was established in the year 1992, but since its establishment the school has no privilege of any infrastructure.

“We are aware that the state government is planning massive construction of infrastructure in the school, as such we solicit for your support as lawmakers to enable our dream come to reality,” he said.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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