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Ogun gives measures to prevent school land encroachment

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The Ogun State Special Adviser/Director General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr Aina Salami, has said proper land documentation and official gazette of land acquisition are panacea to encroachment on school land in the state, especially by land grabbers.

Salami stated this through his Press Officer, Ms Morolayo Fadairo, in Abeokuta at a meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

He urged the ministry and school authorities to have survey plans, register their land titles and gazette them statutorily for proper recording.

While calling on the people in the schools’ community not to buy any land around any school location, Salami urged school authorities to establish boundaries in their schools with the assistance of the Bureau of lands and Survey and put up notifications of encroachment to further dissuade buyers from falling into the hands of land grabbers.

Speaking at the meeting, representative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Omolara Okusanya, said the purpose of the meeting was to put a lasting solution to the issue of encroachment on school land, saying that it was a serious issue that needed to be sorted out at once.

Okusanya, who appreciated the DG and his team for the advice, said encroachment was a general problem in some of the government-owned schools in different zones across the state.

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Liasu appointed acting vice-chancellor of LAUTECH

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The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Prof. Mojeed Liasu, has been appointed acting VC of the institution.

He is a Professor of Plant Physiology, Department of Pure and Applied Biology.

The former vice-chancellor Prof Michael Ologunde was ordered to step down from his position by Governor Seyi Makinde.

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Senate moves to make YABATECH, Ilaro Poly universities

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The Senate on Thursday moved for the upgrade of the Federal Polytechnics, Ilaro and Yaba College of Technology, Yaba to universities of technology as well as grant legal status to the Nigeria French Village, Badagry.

Chairman of Senate Committee of Tertiary Institution and TETFUND, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, said the upgrade of the two institutions would go a long way in calibrating the spread of educational infrastructure and balance access to education among the diverse of Nigeria.

He spoke at the public hearing for the three bills, sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola.

He added that the passage of the inter-university centre for French language in Badagry will improve on the French Language proficiency and language skills required across professions at the global levels for ease of imparting knowledge and business practices.

Senator Adeola in his contribution stated the bills are pursuant of one of his legislative agenda to enhance and develop educational institution as well as human resources development adding that the passage of the bills will address the need to expand the opportunities for our teeming youths seeking admission into universities.

He noted that the upgrade of these institutions will address the issue of unemployment by providing education with potentials to create jobs by its products as well as boost the economy of the host communities through usage of technological innovations.

Stakeholders from the host communities and the academic communities of the three institutions presented oral and written memoranda in support of the bills among them the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland Ogun State, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle who came with the 5 royal fathers namely Onipokia of Ipokia Oba Olusola Olaniyan, Oba Adeyemi Adekeye, the Abepa of Joga Orile Yewa, Oba Ebenezer Akinyemi, the Eselu of Iselu, Oba Jaiyeola Agunbiade, the Alagbara of Agbara Yewa, Onimeko of Imeko, Oba Benjamin Olanite, Otunba Akkem Adigun and Mr. Taiwo Hassan aka Ogogo, a popular actor.

Others who supported the passage of the bills as it relates to them includes Professor Babatunde Aileru, the registrar of the Nigeria French Village, Professor Austin Moye Dean of Faculty of Arts, University of Benin and President of University French Teachers Association on Nigeria, Dr.(Mrs) Lauretta Offodile the President of YabaTech ASUP, Apostle Shegun Shodipe President Yabatech Alumni and Dr. Kunle Salako of Ogun State Ministry of Health among others.

-THISDAY

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UniAbuja replies JAMB, says only varsities have powers over admissions

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University of Abuja says the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB lacks constitutional powers to meddle in admissions into universities.

The university also refuted last week’s allegations by JAMB that it was engaging in “Illegal admissions”, outside the constitutional provisions.

In a statement on Monday by its Head, Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob, the university insisted that it had not done anything wrong to have conducted admissions without JAMB’s input.

It quoted the Universities Miscellaneous Provisions, (Amendment) Act 2003 7a (ii) as giving the university’s Senate the “powers in all academic matters including the organisation and control, teaching and research, admission of students.”

“What this means is that the university, not any external body, is guaranteed the power of admissions,” it stated.

The statement, entitled, ‘The University of Abuja is not engaged in illegal admissions’ read in part, “The University of Abuja has been constrained to respond to recent reports in the media that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has named the University, among others (curiously unmentioned), as being engaged in “illegal admissions” exercise because it failed to upload the list of its admission on Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS). “The University of Abuja wishes to categorically and emphatically state that it has not conducted any illegal admissions, and has nothing to hide as far as its admission exercise is concerned.

“It makes bold to state that, at the moment, the University has one of the best and most transparent systems of admission in the country.

“This, indeed, is the only federal university which catchment area is the whole of Nigeria, and truly and practically admits from all states of the country, while simultaneously upholding the principle of merit and excellence!

“Our rules are clear and transparent. As long as candidates have taken the UTME, scored 180 and above, met the University’s cut-off points and some other stringent criteria set by JAMB, the University ensures, within the limit of its capacity, that such candidates stand a chance of getting admitted. “In other words, nobody who has not taken the UTME, nor failed to meet JAMB or University guidelines, can be admitted in the University of Abuja now.

“In any case, the University is familiar with the operation of CAPS, and has since, largely embraced it as part of its contributions to ensuring that the university system serves and protects the interest of all Nigerians in the search of quality tertiary education.

“For instance, the Merit List for the 2020/2021 admissions was proposed on CAPS and all queries issued on same were replied to accordingly.

“It is important to note that candidates have been directed to ensure that they upload their ‘O’ Level results and accept their offer of admission on CAPS. This is the clearest proof if any is needed that the University is not opposed to or in violation of CAPS and what it represents.

“However, the University is careful that in following this operation, it is not hindered to effectively deliver the service for which it was created, in the first place. After all, it is not outside the powers of the University to conduct admissions of our students.”

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