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Enugu begins construction work on tech hub centres

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Enugu State Government says it has commenced construction work in Enugu and Obollo Afor on tech hub and youth innovation centres.

A statement by the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Obi Kama, stated that the project was initiated by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to take technology-driven innovations to the grassroots.

He said the target of the administration “is to turn Enugu into a tech tourism state within the next three years by bringing in the best tech solutions and innovations through localisation and consequently increase the state Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by at least 15 per cent.”

The commissioner added that “the hub also targets to create more than 1,500 small-scale tech businesses in the region; employ more than 10,000 youths within the short space of time”.

Kama listed some of the services to be rendered at the centres for the benefit of the people of Enugu State, especially the youth, as computer training programmes, solar skills acquisition training, computer coding, web site designs, graphic designs, confectionaries and hands-on technical skills training.

He stated that “the centres will be equipped with computer sets, solar power source, 100 KVA Generator, internet access, training tools and consumables.”

He explained that the facilities being installed at the centres are state-of-the-art “in line with Governor Ugwuanyi’s vision for ICT and technical skills acquisition for employment generation and wealth creation.”.

Kama noted that “Enugu State, over the years, has been rated the highest academic hub of the southern Nigeria, hosting more than 10 indigenous universities, polytechnic and colleges of education”, which turn out great number of first-class and second-class graduates in the science-related courses.

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Katsina govt okays use of dogs to secure boarding schools

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The Katsina State Government has approved the use of dogs by the security personnel deployed to secure the state’s boarding schools.

This move, according to the Katsina State Commissioner for Education, Dr Badamasi Charanchi, is to complement the efforts of the security personnel attached to each boarding schools.

“We were advised to deploy these dogs in each school because they have special abilities to detect intruder faster than human beings in many instances.

“These dogs, when deployed, will alert the students and other security agents in case of any intruder or bandits when they are coming,” he said.

Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, said his administration had reinforced the security architecture of the state’s boarding schools before reopening them.

He said apart from deploying five security guards in each school, a perimeter fence was erected and a security watch tower constructed in each of the  boarding schools.

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JAMB stops use of email for UTME, Direct Entry registration

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says use of email is no longer required for registration processes for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said email addresses of applicants would be needed only at the successful completion of the registration to access information on the examination.

He said as from Thursday, April 15, 2021, candidates would no longer be required to provide any email address during registration, adding that they would have the options to access their profile during or after registration.

According to him, the new system is to ensure candidates’ details are not exposed to dubious cyber cafe operators and other criminal elements who in the course of UTME/DE registration steal email passwords to perpetrate fraud.

The JAMB registrar said an individual’s mobile phone now remains the only major tool to carry out all the registration processes.

He said the options include “mobile APP on the candidates’ phone, on the 55019 option (being designed) for example admission status checking, acceptance of admission etc on their profile.”

The registrar added, “Printing of examination slip (notification) or result notification slip or ticketing can be done anywhere using the candidates JAMB registration number only.

“At the conclusion of the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise, candidates will provide their email addresses only after the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise has been declared closed by JAMB through (a) mobile APP on his/her registered phone.

“Sending the word email (space then the email address) on his /her registered phone to 55019.

“The email is typed twice for correctness (email addresses will be entered twice for validation and prevention of typographical errors.”

Oloyede said the board had phased out the use of cash for any transactions in the computer-based test (CBT) centres owned by JAMB, saying only the use of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards is now allowed.

He said the move was to frustrate the antics of touts who hang around JAMB CBT centres, as well as prevent illegal charges, noting that candidates that were only keen in using cash could visit privately-owned centres for their registration and other activities.

Earlier, a final year student of the University of Abuja (UNIAbuja), Adegoke Justina, told newsmen how she was lured to hand over her email details to a cyber cafe worker, who posed as an employee of JAMB.

Adegoke had visited JAMB CBT centre in Kogo-Bwari area of Abuja to rectify issues with her admission when she was accosted by the young man, who promised to help do necessary applications, only for him to be issuing threats and demanding money days later after taking over the student’s email address.

Moses Peter, the cyber cafe operator, nabbed by police over the incident, however, identified the perpetrator of the crime as one David Ahmad, a student of Auchi Polytechnic, who sometimes works in the cafe.

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Students protest: KWASU suspends hostel exemption fee increase

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The Kwara State University has reverted the exemption fee for hostel accommodation to N5,000 after the students’ protest on Monday over its increase to N20,000.

A statement signed by the Acting Registrar of the institution, Mr Mohammed Shuaib, said staff and students were expected to continue with academic activities and their normal duties since the situation has been brought under control.

He added that students in the following categories: health/ physical challenges, married students/pregnant/ nursing mothers are expected to apply to the Dean of Students’ Affairs for hostel exemption.

Students of the school had earlier protested over the increase in the hostel accommodation exemption free from N5,000 to N20,000.

The institution’s Director of University Relations, Mr Abdulrazaq Sanni, said the increase was to discourage off-campus stay by students.

“The school has only decided to stand strictly by what the policy in accommodation says because we discovered that students don’t want to stay in school hostel again and only want to just pay exemption fee and not stay in the hostel.

“Students actually protested, saying that the school has increased the exemption fee for not staying in the school hostel.

”The increment in the exemption fee is just to discourage them from staying off-campus and be forced to stay in school hostel where we can monitor them properly,” Sanni said.

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