The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, and other eminent personalities have called on members of the Bayero University Mass Communication Association Alumni (BUMCAA) to support the development of the their alma mater.
Bayero, who is also a graduate of Mass Communication, class 1984, made the call Saturday in Kano at a lecture organised by BUMCAA to mark the 40th Anniversary of the first set of graduates from the department.
He said, “We have no words other than to thank the Almighty Allah who has blessed us to be educated in this great university. We shall continue to congratulate each other for this blessing, it is not our making, but the will of Allah and His blessings on us.
“So, it is good for us to see how we can continue assisting our alma mater, based on our ability. We should also assist those who are less privileged in the society.”
The Emir further urged the current students and the alumni to continue to be good ambassadors of the institution wherever they find themselves.
The emir urged students and alumni to continue to be good ambassadors of the institution wherever they find themselves.
In his remarks, the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sagir Adamu-Abbas, congratulated the department for the successes recorded.
Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Management Services, Prof. Mahmud Sani, said that alumni had great roles to play in the development of the institution.
The guest lecturer, Alhaji Garba Bello-Kankarofi, former Registrar, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), who was the first student registered in the first set (Class of 1981), spoke on the “Importance of Alumni Association and its Relevance”.
He advised alumni to ensure a stable and friendly relationship with the institution.
The Head of Mass Communication Department, Dr Mainasara Yakubu Kurfi, said that the department, now a faculty, was created in 1978 with 31 students and four members of academic staff.
He said it had started a new FM radio station tagged, “BUK-FM 98.9”, serving as a platform for training broadcast students.
He added that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) had also approved the license for the establishment of a television station in the institution.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, an alumnus of 1990, donated N10 million to the faculty and the department while the member representing Kano Municipal, Sha’aban Sharada, an alumnus of 2011, secured approval for the establishment of a computer laboratory for the department through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
1,500 Nigerian students from Ukraine to resume at Igbinedion varsity
Another set of 1,500 Nigerian students displaced by the Russian invasion in Ukraine is set to commence their studies at the Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State by September 2022.
The development came as a result of a partnership agreement signed by the Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas with the management of the Igbinedion University.
The Nation had earlier reported that a Ukrainian university, the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, had signed an agreement with the Igbinedion University to help 2, 500 displaced Nigerian students continue their studies in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the representative of the Ukrainian University in Nigeria, Cliff Ogbede, the cooperation was made under the National Universities Commission trans-educational guidelines.
This was confirmed by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC, Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf.
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Providing further details, Ogbede noted that the students were about 1,500 and would resume by September.
The statement reads: “The students are about 1,500 and they will be back by September.
“In their quest to return students who were displaced by the war in Ukraine to class, another top-rated Ukrainian academic institution—Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas—has equally signed a cooperation agreement with the Igbinedion University, Okada.
“This cooperation will enable their students who were displaced by the war in Ukraine to resume classroom lectures at the Igbinedion University campus on a joint educational programme, under the Nigerian National Universities Commission Transnational Educational Guidelines.
“The joint Transnational Educational programme will enable the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Ukrainian Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas to continue their academic programme uninterrupted in addition to the existing distance learning mode, as a similar model is applied in particular for the organisation of academic cooperation with universities in Turkey and some other countries.”
WAEC releases 2022 WASSCE results
The West African Examinations Council has released the results of the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates.
Speaking on Monday at WAEC office, Yaba, the Head of Nigeria Office, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, said, “The results are being uploaded on the results website. Candidates who sat the examination and who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council can access their results on the Council’s results website within the next twelve hours.
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“Copies of the Result Listing will be sent to schools shortly. I need not restate the fact that the results of candidates who are sponsored by states indebted to the Council will not be released now until they pay up. We appeal to them to do so to enable the affected schools/candidates access their results.”
He added that some schools failed to upload their students’ Continuous Assessment Scores Capturing System at the stipulated time and many failed to meet registration deadlines, to the extent that some schools ended up not presenting their students for the examination.
“Yet, some who registered their students off-line failed to upload their entries! This showed unacceptable level of nonchalance. Again, others failed to meet deadlines due to criminal ‘shopping’ for candidates. By the time they realised it, the window had closed,” he said.
Oyo denies returning schools to original owners
Oyo State Government has denied a report that it is planning to return some schools to their original owners, whether to missionaries or individuals.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Abdulrahman Abiodun Abduraheem, said there was no time the government took such decision.
He said that the only recent event where Governor Seyi Makinde spoke about ownership of schools was at Loyola College during the commissioning of a hall named after the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, where he only advised members of the old students association of the school to direct their request to the Ministry of Education.
“There is clearly no truth to the story making the rounds that the government of Oyo State was about to return schools to their original owners.
“The government does not have the such intention and there was nowhere Governor Seyi Makinde, made that statement.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the governor was confronted about a possible return of Loyola College, Ibadan, to the old students association and he urged the association to direct its request to the Ministry of Education for necessary engagement.
“He did not give any directive on the return of the school or any school, whatsoever.”
It also stated, “It is true that the state has developed a proof of agreement with the Incorporated Trustees of GCIOBA, but that does not in any way amount to a blanket return of all schools to their original owners.
“While the state will not shy away from productive partnership with stakeholders in the education sector to support its policy of free and qualitative education, it will not take any step capable of upsetting the cord of alliance already existing in a highly treasured sector like education.
“Let me use this opportunity to address some interests who appear bent on twisting the submission of the governor on this subject upside down to look for other things to do as it is clear they will not succeed in the inglorious path of attempting to whip up religious sentiments on this issue.”
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