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FEC approves N4bn for construction of Uniosun senate building, others



Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved about N4 billion for the execution of three projects across the nation.

The projects according to the Minister of Education,Adamu Adamu include the construction of Senate Buildings in Osun State University, Osogbo and Federal University, Lokoja, as well as erection of radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education.

The Minister disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.

He gave the breakdown of the approval for construction of the Senate Building in Osun State University, Osogbo, at a cost of N2,134,686,307.88 billion with the completion period of 76 weeks awarded to WAZLAF Engineering Limited.

The second one, according to him, is the contruction of another Senate Building at the Federal University, Lokoja, at the cost of N1,607,471,754.77 billion with a completion period of 50 weeks.


He said N336,745, 631.70 was also approved for the erection of radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education –50 kilowatt AM radio, awarded to ECALPEMOS Technologies Limited, with a completion period of 14 weeks.

The last memo approved was for the takeover of David Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Ebonyi, by the Federal Government.

“What we brought in the memo is for Council to ratify the agreement that has been entered between the Ebonyi State government and the Federal Government.

“And then to approve the renaming of the university from David Umahi University of Medical Sciences to David Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences.

“And to approve a draft bill,which has been written,and then to approve the transmittal of this bill to the National Assembly for enactment into an Act.

“This brought the total approval for the four memoranda presented by the minister of education to the Council to N4,078,903,692 billion.”

Also,the council approved a memorandum presented by the Minister of Industry,Trade and Investment,Chief Niyi Adebayo, on behalf of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, a parastatal under the ministry.

The minister disclosed that the council approved N1.8 billion for the construction of a Package Sewage System (PSS) for the authority’s head office within the Liberty Free Zone in Akwa Ibom,with the completion period of 10 months,without variation.

The minister said that as part of the responsibility of regulating and attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into the country, the ministry was supervising certain oil and gas free zones in the country.

According to him,one of the free zones is the Liberty Free Zone in Ikot Abasi,Akwa Ibom.


UNILORIN appoints Mansur Alfanla registrar



The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has named Mansur Adeleke Alfanla as its new registrar.

According to the university’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, the appointment was announced after its ratification by the governing council.
He said Alfanla would be taking over from Fola Olowoleni, the current registrar, in April 2023.
Alfanla, who is currently deputy registrar and secretary of the postgraduate school, will become the seventh registrar and secretary to the governing council of the university.
He joined the university as an administrative assistant during the tenure of Shuaibu Oba AbdulRaheem, the institution’s 6th vice chancellor in 1998.
He was made an administrative officer in 2001, an assistant registrar in 2005, and a senior assistant registrar in 2009.
In 2013, he became the university’s principal assistant registrar and was subsequently promoted to the rank of deputy registrar in 2016.
Alfanla was born in Ilorin on August 28, 1970.
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Mass Communication at Bayero University, Kano in 1995.
In 1996, he completed his national youth service (NYSC) programme at Girls Commercial School, Nanka, Anambra state.
Alfanla also attended UNILORIN between 2006 and 2010 for his bachelor’s degree in Common Law.

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FG to improve welfare, allowances of corps members



The Federal Government is considering improving the welfare of corps members, including their raising the allowances.

Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Dare, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja, while speaking to newsmen after the inauguration of the NYSC@50 anniversary committee.

He said that the management of the NYSC had sent a proposal to improve on the uniform of the corps members and to increase their allowances.

Date said, “That is already with the President and if that gets the approval, even Skills Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training would go beyond three weeks and will be through the entire youth service.

“So, those are areas that are covered and we believe that this committee will also make recommendations on reforms and improvement not just for the welfare, but also for the system of the NYSC that keeps that engine running.”

The minister said that the NYSC which was established on May 22, 1973, had made huge impact on the nation’s education and health sectors.

He added that the Federal Government recognises the roles of Nigerian youths, especially members of the NYSC in the nation’s social, economic and political development, hence the desire to celebrate the 50 years existence of the scheme.

“It is gratifying to note that the SAED programme of the scheme is stirring the interest of corps members for self-employment and wealth creation.

“The scheme must be celebrated for its remarkable achievements in the promotion of national unity and integration, development of education, healthcare delivery, as well as social and infrastructural development, through its primary assignment and community development services”.

“From a mere 2,300 youth corps members, we have grown to between 350,000 and 400,000 youth corps members annually, in the last 50 years.

“Overall, the scheme has been able to pass close to eight million corps members in our country and I think that is a measure of success.”

While inaugurating the 22-member inter-ministerial committee, he charged them to identify and articulate cogent landmarks achieved by the scheme in the last 50 years with a view to showcasing it to Nigerians.

The committee is also to propose programmes and activities to undertake to mark the 50th anniversary of the scheme and to carefully examine the operations of the scheme and recommend areas of improvement to sustain its relevance.

“It is also expected to call for entries from corps members for logo and mascot to commemorate the anniversary,” the minister said.

Dare said the committee should also advise management on necessary steps to take in achieving the establishment of NYSC schools and additional NYSC garment factory, and the full and immediate take-off of all newly-established NYSC ventures and SAED centres.

While charging members of the committee to work assiduously on its terms of reference, he assured them of government’s support.

The NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, said that the positive roles of successive batches of corps members in the credible conduct of elections in the country was worthy of commendation.

He also commended their participation in other programmes such as population census, immunisation exercise, HIV/AIDS prevention and care and fight against corona virus among others.

The chairman of the inaugurated committee, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, assured that the committee would deliver on the task given it and also meet up to the desired expectation.


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UNILAG announces new resumption date



The University of Lagos(UNILAG) has changed its resumption date following the postponement of the governorship/state assembly elections.

VIce Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof Folashade Ohunsola, announced that the new resumption date would be March 21, after the governorship poll holding on March 18.
The university was initially expected to resume on March 14 after the institution closed on February 23 for presidential and National Assembly elections.
But after the postponement of the governorship poll from March 11 to March 18 by the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC), the university said the change in the resumption date became inevitable.


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