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UTME: 24 inmates to write at the Ikoyi prisons school




Lagos, March 17, 2019 The Controller of Prisons, Lagos Command, Tunde Ladipo,  says that 24 inmates of the Ikoyi Prisons will participate in the forthcoming 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Ladipo disclosed this to  the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos.

NNN reports that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had fixed April 1 for its mock examination which would be optional for its candidates.

It  had scheduled April 11 for the commencement of the UTME proper across the country.

The board  had also said that no fewer than  1.8 million candidates had registered for the all Computer Based Test (CBT) under the UTME.

According to Ladipo, preparations have been concluded by the board to  ensure a hitch- free examination for the inmates in its facility .

He noted that the inmates who had been undergoing intensive coaching  at the facility’s school  had demonstrated a great zeal and a  high level of commitment in readiness for the examination

The prisons’  boss added that with the current state of facilities in the prisons’ school, he was expecting nothing but excellent performances  from the inmates.

“I want to say that we are very prepared and ready for this examination .

” A lot of work has already been done as part of our  efforts to ensure that these inmates are well tutored and exposed to the use of ICT for the coming examination.

“We have prepared them on how to use the computer during the examination as it is on this mode that all the candidates will  be tested.

“Thankfully, the organisers of this UTME have assisted the facility with  60 computers and other accessories.

“Ever since this supply was made, we have been using them to train these inmates at the prisons’  school and their responses have  been amazing.

“We expect that they will all come out in flying colours; as apart from the computers, we can also boast of a  well stocked library, coupled with some teachers who have been coming to take them on various subjects,” Ladipo told NNN


Be committed to tracking basic education project, plug hole of corruption- NGO



An NGO, Human Development Initiatives (HDI), has called on stakeholders in the education sector to be committed to tracking Universal Basic Education (UBE) projects and plug hole of corruption.

Mrs Olufunso Owasanoye, the Executive Director, HDI-Nigeria, made the call at a two-day training programme to strengthen the existing structures in the sector.

Owasanoye said, “Basic education will only thrive when members of the school Board Management Committees, Parents’ Forum and stakeholders groups are involved and committed to tracking basic education project and service delivery.

“Together, let’s plug the hole of corruption.’’

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the training programme tagged: “Training of Community-Based Monitors on Tracking UBE Projects’’ in Lagos was supported by MacArthur Foundation.

It was organised by HDI to boost the capacity of local based monitoring on tracking of Universal Basic Education (UBE) projects in Lagos State.

According to Owasanoye, the training is also to build the capacity of the community monitoring teams so that they could do better.

“Those that have been doing it before or those that are just joining, we don’t just want activities again, we want result.

“It is not like before, there are new strategies coming up and you are Monitoring and Evaluating (M and E) agents and M and E will be done on you.

“It is going to be like proper office work, you will go by 9.00a.m and return 5.00p.m, you will have schedule, you have duty and responsibility.

“You will be given us report because from this date, you don’t know the greater heights you are going to,” she said.

The executive director urged any of the local monitoring teams, who was not interested in the new innovation, to leave the training, adding that it was no longer business as usual.

Also, Mr James Fadokun, a trainer from the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), urged the M and E agents not to accept gratification from contractors handling UBE projects in Lagos.

Fadokun said that accepting gratification from the contractors would not allow them to give a factual report about the UBE projects in the local areas.

He said that some members of agents that were collecting gratification from contractors had been expelled when the NGO found out that they were not sincere with their monitoring.

Fadokun said that the community-based monitoring teams would achieve their aims through factual, teamwork, investigative journalism and professionalism.

In his remarks, Mr Tayo Adelana, a staff of the HDI, urged the M and E agent to be objective, accountable and transparent in their monitoring.

Adelana also said that they should be social auditors in supervising projects in their local area.

“When supervising a building projects, no special favour should be given or solicited and no politicisation of the monitoring process must be allowed,” he said.

Edited & Vetted By: Olagoke Olatoye

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Lagos SUBEB receives bids for renovation of schools



Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) on Thursday received bids for the renovation of primary schools across the state, assuring that only qualified and competent bidders would be awarded the contract.

The Chairman, LASUBEB, Wahab Alawiye-King told the bidders at SUBEB office, Maryland, Lagos, that the move was in consonance with basic public procurement procedures.

The event which was held in conjunction with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had several contractors, suppliers and service providers in attendance.

Alawiye-King added that the exercise was in pursuance of the board’s mandate and in compliance with the requirements of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency law 2011 (as amended in 2015).

He said that the board carried out the bidding exercise, being a procedure specified in the state’s public procurement guidelines for the procurement of works and goods.

”The bidders bid for construction of blocks of classrooms and rehabilitation of blocks of classrooms.

”They also bid for furniture and construction of boreholes and overhead tanks for public schools.

”The projects being bid for were under the 2018 BEB Intervention Projects designed to ensure that the primary education system gets the needed boost it deserves, ’’ he said.

Alawiye-King noted that the board’s goal was to award timely and cost-effective contracts to qualified and reliable contractors, suppliers and service providers for the provision of goods and services.

Edited & Vetted By: Adeleye Ajayi

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Unilag patents 11 inventions in 18 months



The University of Lagos says it successfully patented  11 inventions in the last 18 months, with three of them being prototyped.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin  Ogundipe, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Lagos.

Ogundipe spoke about the developmental strides in the university especially in the area of research, and the successes recorded by his administration of two years.

NAN reports that Ogundipe who was sworn in as the 12th Vice Chancellor of university in 2017 and recently celebrated  two years in office  on Nov. 12th.

The vice chancellor told NAN that the administration had attracted  research grants of over N7 billion.

According to the professor of botany,  the institution’s Innovation Unit recently received  patent certificates for six inventions submitted for patenting in February.

He said that the inventions included  a Unique Improved Selected Fishing Traps by scholars of the Department of Marine Science of the university,  with two others from the Nigeria Institute Of Oceanography and Marine Research.

The patent application number  for the innovation is NG/P/2019/00098

The don further listed the other inventions to include  Solar Power Neonate Phototherapy Device Station by scholars of the Departments of Physics  and Paedraitrics, College of Medicine of the university, with patent application number NG/P/2019/000099.

An Epoxy Particulate Hybrid Nanocomposite for Automobile Bumper Application, with patent application number NG/P/2019/000100 by scholars of the Dept of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is one of the inventions.

Also, Road Vehicle Black Box Security Surveillance System, with patent application number 000101 also  by scholars of the  Department t of Physics of the university, is among the inventions.

Equally  patented  is a Thick Dual-Slot Antenna for Microwave Ablation of Breast Tumour, by scholars in the College of Medicine of the institution. It has  patent application number NG/P/2919/000103 among.

“Our programmes for research grants are some of those things that  we are very excited about.

“University is about research grants and Unilag is about research. We are  research-oriented; therefore, we are positive that what we are working on now will definitely have impact on the system, and the nation will benefit from it.

“We just had a formal presentation of the Fourth  Research Grants/Award of the Professor Ayo Ogunye Chair in Chemical Engineering put together by the Professor Ayo Francis Ogunye Trust Foundation of the University of Lagos.

“It is intended to support PhD students of the institution to carry out research work as well as make it easy for the research work to be well-funded.

“The university is elated at the development because the foundation has done this, four times,  with our PhD students winning it thrice.

“We have listed some of our efforts in research already, one of it, the Dolar Power Neinate Phototherapy Device Station, and other innovation ideas are  even going to be exhibited at the Lagos State Innovation programme coming up on  Dec. 5.

“We are indeed happy,” Ogundipe said.

According to him, the the outgoing year has been wonderful for the university in the area of research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

“What we also want to say is that we still have a lot of grounds  to break as far as research is concerned in the university.

“We have a higher ground that we are moving to,” he said.

The vice chancellor said that his projection for the institution for  2020 would be to make it more visible globally.

“We also want to be celebrated more in the area of ground-breaking research works, innovation, entrepreneurship and setting up businesses for our students.

“We also want Unilag to be known for its academic programmes and in its students ability to compete globally.

“More importantly, we  want it to be known as a university that is showing forth the light,” Ogundipe told NAN.

 Prof. Ayo Ogunye, a former lecturer in the university, said that research output determined a university’s position  in the world university ranking.

He urged Ogundipe not to relent in his determination to push for scholarship.

“I want Unilag to be number one, and we are lucky to have the kind of vice chancellor we have now who has passion for scholarship.

“We must support our scholars in the area of research.

“So far, a total of 45 scholars have benefited from the Research Grants/Award of the Professor Ayo Ogunye Chair in Chemical Engineering

“For us, it is a way of giving back to the university that made me what I am today. The research grant of N1.5 million started about four years ago but before then, we were giving prizes.

“When we do this, we feel satisfied because, it is investing in human capacity development and as well placing the system on the right  path.

“We must always be willing to extend a hand of fellowship for  good courses and for the sake of posterity,” he stated.

NAN reports that Ogunye, a Professor of Chemical Engineering, facilitated the setting up of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Lagos.

He was appointed Head of the Department  at age 31.

Edited & Vetted By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ijeoma Popoola

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ENSG reiterates commitment to create conducive learning environment



The Enugu State Government, on Wednesday, reiterated its resolve to create conducive and safe learning environment for pupils and students to enhance their academic pursuits.

The Commissioner for Education in the State, Prof. Uchenna Eze, said this during the inauguration of “My Safe Space Project’’ in Enugu.

The project is being run by an NGO, Yes We Can (YWC).

Eze, who was represented by a Director in the Ministry of Education, Chief Laz Udeh, noted that the state was working relentlessly to put in place enabling atmosphere for young people to realise their full potential.

The commissioner, however, commended the “My Safe Space Project’’ initiative.

“The ministry is ready to support the My Safe Space Project in the state through advocacy to various schools,’’ he said.

The Project Coordinator of the NGO, Amanda Okolie, said that the strategic plan of the project would focus on discussing and addressing challenges of unemployment, violence and youth participation in politics.

“The project will engage with the youth through three thematic areas of dancing, reading/storytelling and advocacy.

“It is hoped that every member of the platform can identify one thematic area to belong to and use it to express himself or herself.

“The project targets 100 youths in Enugu State, particularly the most vulnerable youth – unemployed, poor, slum dwellers, uneducated, physically-challenged, youth in conflict and others. It will run for 12 months.

“One of the key outputs expected at the end of the project is a book documentary that captures conversations and ideas coming out of the platform.

“This will hopefully be a guide on how to address issues affecting young people in Enugu State and Nigeria in general,’’ Okolie said.

She expressed optimism about new opportunities of building on the successes of the project and assuring that the project team would be committed to fulfilling the group’s responsibilities.

Edited & Vetted By: Cecilia Odey/Donald Ugwu

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OAU  to honour Rwandan president, 3 others




Ile-Ife (Osun),  Dec. 4, 2019 Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, as well as three other eminent Africans are to be honoured at the 44th convocation of the Obafemi Awolowo University,  Ile-Ife.

A statement issued on Wednesday in Ile-Ife by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, said another eminent African to be honoured is Mr Biodun Shobanjo, a marketing communications practitioner.

The others are the President of African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), Dr Benedict Oramah,  and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria Plc., Mrs IbukunOluwa Awosika.

The statement said Kagame’s exemplary  leadership qualities and achievements in Rwanda were considered, especially his being actively instrumental to ending the infamous genocide in Rwanda.

According to the statement, the recognition of the outstanding and remarkable achievements of   Kagame led to the decision to confer on him  the Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa).

It also stated that Shobanjo’s trailblazing efforts and enduring legacies  in the last 50 years in marketing communications in Nigeria and his humane social activism had made him fit for the award of the Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa).

The Doctor of Science (Agric. Economics) (Honoris Causa) conferred on   Dr Ben Oramah,the statement said, was in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements.

It added that the indelible corporate achievements, unique and outstanding contributions to the growth of entrepreneurship in the society and humane social activism earned Mrs IbukunOluwa Awosika a Doctor of Business Administration  (Honoris Causa) degree.

The awardees, the statement said, would be conferred with their degrees during the 44th convocation of the university scheduled for between Dec. 11 and Dec. 14.

(Edited & Vetted By: Mufutau Ojo)

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NGO designs participatory work plan, project monitoring tools for SBMCs in Kaduna



An NGO, Connected Development (CODE) has introduced tools for School-Based Management Committees (SBMCs) to effectively participate in development of Annual Universal Basic Education (UBE) Work Plan and project monitoring in Kaduna state.

CODE Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hamzat Lawal, identified the tools at a meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday, as UBE Participatory Work Planning tool and Joint Project Monitoring tool for participatory planning and projects monitoring in the state.

The meeting was organised by CODE in collaboration with Kaduna SUBEB for critical stakeholders to review the tools designed to strengthen participatory project designs and implementation.

Lawal, represented by the State Team Lead, Zaliha Lawal, said that the measure would ensure effective monitoring of basic education budgeting and expenditure in the state.

“The tools will make it easier for government and citizens to engage the process from pre-contract award, contract award and implementation to monitoring, up to completion of the project.

“The tools were designed to make SBMCs effective drivers of change in basic education by entrenching transparency and accountability.

“The platforms will enable the SBMCs to submit their schools’ projects priorities to Kaduna SUBEB and provide feedback on project implementation.

“Since September 2017, our social accountability initiative, Follow the Money, with support from MacArthur Foundation has tracked the implementation of N569 million UBE spending on 23 projects.

“The projects were located in 20 communities, across Jema’a, Kudan, Kajuru and Zango Kataf Local Government Areas.

“We equally conducted needs assessment across 600 schools in four Local Government Areas of the State and trained SBMCs and Parent Teachers’ Associations on budget tracking, social accountability and open government,’’ he  said.

Lawal explained that one of the significant recommendations made after the assessment was the need to have non-governmental educational stakeholders such as the SBMCs, to contribute to UBE work plan and monitor implementation of projects.

The CEO said that the tools would be ready for use at the LGA levels as soon as Kaduna SUBBEB approved the draft and adopt same for use by the SBMCs.

He commended the state government for its open government policy and for allocating 27.15 per cent of the state 2020 budget to the education sector.

He equally commended Kaduna SUBEB for partnering with CODE to strengthen the delivery of quality basic education services in the state.

Also speaking, the Executive Chairman of the board, Malam Abdullahi Sani, commended CODE for helping to set a standard for project implementation and monitoring for the board.

Sani, represented by the Acting Director, Social Mobilisation, Mr Aminu Ibrahim, acknowledged the contribution of CODE in strengthening the capacity of SUBEB officials, SBMCs and other stakeholders on effective project monitoring.

On his part, the Chairman of Kajuru Council, Mr Cafra Caino, described the initiative as “very crucial” in ensuring citizens’ participation in the planning and execution of government projects in basic education sector.

Caino said that the tools would enable the SBMCs to play a decisive role in determining the projects that would be sited in their communities and ensure quality implementation of the projects.

Edited & Vetted By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Tukur Muntari.

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