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Abdul becomes substantive YABATECH rector

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Dr. Ibraheem Abdul as the rector of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH).

Mr Joe Ejiofor, the Deputy Registrar/Head of Public Relations of YABATECH, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

Ejiofor said that Abdul, a chief lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was until the new appointment the Director of Open Distance and Flexible E-Learning (formerly Flexible Skills Development Centre) of the college.

He said the new rector was also a former Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, in addition to serving as Chairman and member of important and strategic management and academic board committees.

According to him, the YABATECH 7th substantive Rector is a native of Ado-Odo-Otta in Ogun State.

Abdul, born in 1965,  joined the service of YABATECH in 1993 as Lecturer 2, and rose steadily to become a chief lecturer in 2012.

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He attended Okayama University, Okayama, Japan – Ph.D (Engineering)- 2011; University of Ibadan – M.Sc (Industrial &Production Engineering) – 2004; University of Lagos (M.Sc Mechanical Engineering) – 1996; University of Lagos (B.Sc, Mechanical Engineering) -1987; and Ansar-ud-deen College, Isolo (O/A Level) – 1983.

He is a fellow, Global Academic of Entrepreneurship and Innovation – 2022; member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE) – 2010; Registered Member of Council of Registered Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) – 2004; and Corporate member, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) -2003.

Abdul has published valuable and scholarly papers in both local and international journals.

The rector’s appointment was disclosed days after the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), YABATECH Chapter appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action on the appointment of a substantive rector for the institution.

Mr Monday Ojo, Chairman of ASUP, YABATECH Chapter, had made the appeal at a news conference  held on Friday, in Lagos.

According to him, three names had been forwarded to the Federal Government by the Governing Council of the College as stipulated in the Polytechnic Act (Amended 2019),.

He said that six months after, the substantive rector had not been appointed.

Ojo said that not having a substantive rector had setbacks in the general administration of activities in the college, as the acting rector had limited power and certain decisions could not be reached.

NAN reports that Abdul, who is married with children, is succeeding Mr Obafemi Omokungbe whose tenure as Rector ended on Jan. 29. (NAN)

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BREAKING: Only applicants from federal institutions can access student loans – FG

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BREAKING: Only applicants from federal institutions can access student loans – FG

Managing Director of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), Akintunde Sawyerr, has revealed that a maximum of 1.2 million students across federal tertiary institutions will access the students’ loans in its opening phase.

Speaking ahead of the portal’s formal launch for applications on Friday, he stated that students enrolled in federal tertiary institutions whose institutions have finished uploading their data would be able to apply in the first phase.

Sawyerr stated that potential candidates can start the application process as early as May 24, but stressed that the loan application process has been simplified to provide simple access for all qualified students in federal tertiary institutions.

According to Sawyerr, the program is an essential part of President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

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Its purpose is to give needy students financial support (obligatory fees and stipends) so they can pursue their academic objectives without worrying about the financial burden.

He also added that the Fund will pay 100 percent of institutional fees directly to the institutions of learning account while also providing stipends to the students monthly based on when school is in session.

He stressed the importance of some of the key features of the student loan including, No physical contact between the loan applicant and NELFUND, a user-friendly Loan Application portal, comprehensive support where applicants can access online support to assist and flexible repayment plans.

He said: “We encourage all students in federal institutions to take advantage of this opportunity to secure the required financial assistance for their education. Applicants must submit their applications as early as possible to ensure timely processing.”

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Wigwe varsity becomes most expensive Nigerian university, unseats Nile, Baze

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Wigwe varsity becomes most expensive Nigerian university, unseats Nile, Baze

“I cannot change the world overnight. But if I can empower even one youth today, or tomorrow, they could join me in empowering others. With time, we could change the world,” were the words of the late Herbert Wigwe, the founder of Wigwe University, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Wigwe, who died in a helicopter crash alongside his wife, Chizoba, and son, Chizzy, in the United States, was also a co-founder of Access Holdings (owners of Access Bank PLC).

The school, located in Isiokpo, Port Harcourt, when inaugurated in August 2024, could be Nigeria’s most expensive university, topping the likes of Covenant University, Otta; Nile University, Abuja; Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, and Baze University, Abuja, which are said to be some of Nigeria’s most expensive universities.

The varsity which is set to open its gates to its first set of students in August is also said to be run fully on 24-hour electricity and WiFi.

According to the school’s website, it also has an active conservation plan.

“With environmental protection as one of our eight sustainability pillars, we not only prioritise our impact but have looked to the area’s natural state to guide our campus design and planning.

“Port Harcourt’s tropical rainforest and indigenous plant species, lost through previous agricultural practices, are actively being reintroduced, whilst stormwater attenuation, vegetation, and fauna conservation direct our landscaping. Pedestrian, cyclist, and electric people-mover campus routes, along with forest walking/jogging/cycling trails, connect students to our surrounding environment, encouraging a lifelong love of nature,” it stated.

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The university will offer a diverse range of programmes across four major colleges – the College of Management and Social Sciences, the College of Art, the College of Science and Computing, and the College of Engineering.

Since the school mentioned that it would commence its first session in August, it has set off public debates among educational stakeholders, parents, and prospective students.

Many have said the university would only just be for the elite who could afford it but would not be made available to the children of the poor.

However, some others on the other side of the divide, have said quality education does not come cheap, adding that anyone who can not afford it should go to a school they can afford.

With the fees said to be as high as N12m per session, the university could become, undoubtedly, Nigeria’s most expensive university.

A check on the school’s website shows that the cheapest fee is the College is Arts which stands at N9.6m.

Students taking courses in the College of Engineering, College of Management and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Computing will pay a total fee of  N11,998,800 each.

The fees cover tuition, books, laboratory supplies and consumables, personal protective equipment, project lab resources, e-learning resources, health insurance, student membership in professional associations, student activities, and facilities maintenance.

There are also additional charges covering accommodation fees which include the luxury single-bedroom apartment plan at N1,000,000 per month, premium one en-suite bedroom plan at N3,845,000  per session, classic one plan at N3,707,000 per session and classic two plan at N3,500,000 per session.

The management of the university, while defending its decision to charge in dollars, recently stated that home students would pay their fees in naira, while international students could select the dollar payment option.

It also said the decision was a strategic one that aligned with its vision to attract a diverse and international student body.

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Defending the fees, the university said it was unwavering in its commitment to excellence in education and the shaping of future African leaders.

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FG fixes May 24 to open student loan portal

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FG fixes May 24 to open student loan portal

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) says the application portal for students’ loan scheme will open on 24th May 2024.

This is contained in a statement signed by Nasir Ayitogo -Media and Public Relations Lead of NELFUND, on Thursday.

He said the move marks a significant milestone in the commitment of President Bola Tinubu to fostering accessible and inclusive education for all Nigerian students.

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The statement reads in full : “The management of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) led by its Managing Director, Mr Akintunde Sawyerr are thrilled to announce 24th of May, 2024 as official date for the opening of portal for student loan applications.

This marks a significant milestone in the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR) to fostering accessible and inclusive education for all Nigerian students.

Through the portal, students can now access loans to pursue their academic aspirations without financial constraints.

The portal provides a user-friendly interface for students to submit their loan applications conveniently.

We encourage all eligible students to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in their future and contribute to the growth and development of our nation.

Students can access the portal on www.nelf.gov.ng to begin application.

For more information and assistance, please contact NELFUND via email on info@nelf.gov.ng or contact us via our social media handles.”

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