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Abducted Katsina students: Buhari’s aide says significant number rescued

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Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has said a good number of the abducted students of Government Science School, Kankara, in Katsina State, have been rescued.

He gave this indication on Twitter Sunday night but failed to release the specific figure of the freed students.

“A significant number of the students have been rescued. Praying for the immediate safe return of the rest,” @BashirAhmaad wrote.

The President’s aide also said, “I am sure the Katsina State Government will issue a statement in that regard.”

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina had told a Federal Government delegation on a visit on Sunday that the whereabouts of 333 schoolboys could not be determined.

 

“The school has a population of 839 and so far, we are yet to account for 333 students. We are still counting because more are still coming out of the forest,” the governor said.

“Up till this moment, no one can give a precise figure of the children abducted,” he stated, adding that students who escaped confirmed some of their peers were taken.

Bandits had invaded the school on Friday night and abducted the students after a gun duel with the police.

Global rights group, Amnesty International, has also condemned the abduction of the schoolboys while calling on the Buhari regime to ensure their speedy release.

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FG denies plans to hand over public varsities to private investors

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FG denies plans to hand over public varsities to private investors

The Federal Government has said there was no plan to hand over government-owned tertiary institutions, particularly the universities, to private investors.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, made the clarification at the second quarterly engagement of the ministry with the heads of units and chief executive officers of parastatals and agencies under the ministry.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), had accused the Federal Government of plans to hand over the federal universities to investors through public private partnership.

“There is no plan to sell off universities to investors,” he said,  noting that the policy of the government allowed for transnational education.

According to him, transnational education is a policy on what this government is doing to open up tertiary education by taking people from the rest of the world to come and invest in the tertiary system. “Some people are carrying information that the Federal Government is selling off to private investors its universities. This is an absolute lie and completely false.

“This government believes in our public institutions. However, as we all know, this government has reforms that the country needs.

“The private sector will play a major role in the provision of tertiary education as there are more private universities in Nigeria than public universities combined.

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“What this government has done is to open up the tertiary education level, in particular, the universities for global competitiveness.”

The minister stressed the need to allow those who operate universities at the international level to come into the country and set up institutions either for themselves or in collaboration with our local universities. He said this was in no way to sell its institutions, noting that guidelines on transnational education had been in place.

Mamman said the country must take a cue from what is obtainable in the other climes, so as to benefit from the advantage of transnational education.

“In other parts of the world, like Asia, they have benefited immensely from having international institutions in those countries.

“They have taken standards to those countries and also for the exchange and bringing money to those countries,” he said.

He further said engagement with the heads of agencies as parastatals was to review the progress, challenges, and reaffirm the commitment towards the educational landscape of the country.

Minister of State for Education, Dr. Tanko Sununu, in his submissions, noted the importance of the quarterly review meeting, adding that education must be earned by character, knowledge, and skills.

“We must champion a campaign that would produce graduates that would survive and fit into the 2024 century. This is also the direction of the African Union as the year is declared a year of education so that we can have an education that can guarantee experiences in lifelong learning for Nigerians to take its rightful place in the comity of nations.”

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BREAKING: NECO releases 2024 examination results for Unity schools

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BREAKING: NECO releases 2024 examination results for Unity schools

The Federal Government has released the 2024 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) results for admissions into JSS1 of the Federal Unity Colleges.

The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, who announced the results at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, said one candidate scored the highest mark of 203 in the examination.

Sununu said that of the 71,291 candidates who registered for the exams, 66,931 sat for the examination, while 4,360 were absent.

“Out of the maximum obtainable score of 210, one candidate obtained the highest score of 203, while 13 candidates obtained the lowest score of one.

“This year, an unprecedented number of 52 candidates (two candidates from Lagos State and 50 candidates from Rivers State) were involved in examination malpractice.

“For the examination conducted for the Federal Government Academy (FGA), 2,649 candidates registered for the examination, 2,336 candidates sat for the examination, while 313 candidates were absent.

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“The highest score for this examination is 180 while the lowest is five,” he said.

The minister said that the admission criteria for selection of qualified candidates into Federal Unity Colleges remained the same.

According to him, admission requirements are 60 per cent merit, 30 per cent equality of state and 10 per cent exigency.

He therefore charged the Senior Secondary Education Department in the ministry to ensure that all admission processes were concluded timely, and it should be done in line with the above criteria.

“As you are all aware, it is a common knowledge that our Federal Unity Colleges have become the first port of call for most parents in the country.

“I want to assure all Nigerian parents that government will continue to do her best to improve on infrastructural development, feeding and teacher quality for effective teaching and learning in our colleges,” he added.

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NCDMB’s Obinna Ezeobi bags PhD in Communications

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NCDMB’s Obinna Ezeobi bags PhD in Communications

One of the founding staff members of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Obinna Joseph Ezeobi, on Friday, successfully defended his thesis that earned him a doctoral degree in Communication Studies at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The thesis by the NCDMB’s deputy manager was titled, “Nigerian Oil and Gas Content Communication Campaigns and Selected Oil Companies’ Awareness and Compliance”.

At the external examination conducted by renowned academics, Ezeobi, Deputy Manager at the NCDMB, successfully defended his dissertation titled “Nigerian Oil and Gas Content Communication Campaigns and Selected Oil Companies’ Awareness and Compliance.”

His study explored how the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act was introduced and communicated as a transformational policy of the Federal Government and its challenges and limitations as a developmental strategy.

The empirical research probed the persistence of Nigerian Content non-compliant practices by international and indigenous oil and gas companies despite the extensive communication campaigns carried out on the Nigerian Content Act.

Dr. Ezeobi expects that the findings of the PhD research would improve policy formulation in the wider Nigerian economy and guide Government agencies to come up with impactful communication campaigns that would foster compliance and improve engagement with key stakeholders in various sectors of the economy.

He is confident that outcomes of the study would enhance NCDMB’s communication programmes and implementation of the NOGICD Act, in addition to contributing to the body of knowledge on the influence of media and communications on the behaviour of individuals and companies, particularly their attitude towards regulations when business interests are involved.

In his masters studies as well as the terminal degree, Dr. Ezeobi had focussed his research interests on the emerging field of Energy Communications, exploring how Communications and Media Activities impact and influence core operations of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

The scholar holds degrees from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and the University of Port Harcourt and has worked at the NCDMB since 2010, after stints in the media and the advertising industry and says that his goal is to contribute significantly to the practice and study of Energy Communications, foster improved understanding and support of the sector by members of the public.

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