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FEC approves N4bn for construction of Uniosun senate building, others

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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.

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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.

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Why we’ll continue to approve more universities – NUC

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Why we’ll continue to approve more universities – NUC

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has announced its commitment to addressing the significant gap between the demand and supply of university education in Nigeria by continuously approving the establishment of new universities.

Chris Maiyaki, the Acting Executive Secretary of NUC, revealed this during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Thursday evening.

Maiyaki disclosed that the Commission has finalized approval for two additional universities, bringing the total number of universities in the country to 272, with an official announcement expected next week.

He emphasized the necessity of expanding university access, citing the substantial disparity between the number of candidates seeking admission and the limited available slots.

Maiyaki highlighted the challenges faced by families and prospective students due to the intense competition for university admission, underscoring the imperative for ongoing approval of new universities.

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He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing access to quality education by approving more universities, drawing parallels with countries like Brazil and Indonesia, which boast over 1000 universities despite having smaller populations.

Furthermore, Maiyaki discussed efforts to revitalize the university system through transnational education initiatives, including the facilitation of foreign universities operating in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary also mentioned the commission’s current processing of applications for distance learning centers, aimed at providing monitored quality education.

Addressing concerns raised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) regarding tuition fees charged in dollars by some private universities, Maiyaki clarified that Nigerian universities are prohibited from such practices. He reassured the public that the NUC thoroughly investigated the allegations and confirmed that the mentioned university only charges dollars to foreign students, not for tuition fees. He urged the media to disseminate this information to clarify misconceptions surrounding tuition fee policies in Nigerian universities.

Why we’ll continue to approve more universities – NUC

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Updated: Police confirm release of abducted Ekiti schoolchildren, driver killed

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Updated: Police confirm release of abducted Ekiti schoolchildren, driver killed

 

The police have confirmed the release of five pupils of Apostolic Faith School, Emure-Ekiti, Ekiti State, abducted from their school bus last Tuesday.

Three abducted female teachers of the school were also set free.

They however killed the school bus driver, according to information from the police command.

The Police Public Relations Officer Sunday Abutu, said, “All victims were rescued today at about 1.30am, but unfortunately, we lost the driver who was suspected to have been killed by the abductors.”

The children and their teachers had been with the kidnappers since they were kidnapped last Tuesday.

The police did not say if any ransom was paid or not.

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8,285 candidates register for maiden CB-WASSCE despite initial resistance

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8,285 candidates register for maiden CB-WASSCE despite initial resistance

The Head of National Office, West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Nigeria, Dr. Amos Josiah, said yesterday that despite initial resistance, 8285 candidates have registered for the first maiden computer-based West African Senior School Certificate Examination, CB-WASSCE, first series examination.

The examination slated for Wednesday, January 31 to Saturday, February 17, will see candidates get their results released after 45 days of the examination.

In a statement, Dr. Josiah explained that the body has put in place measures to have a successful examination.
He said: “The conduct of the Computer Based West African Senior School Certificate Examination, CB-WASSCE, for private candidates, 2024 – first series – will take place from Wednesday, January 31 and end on Saturday, February 17, 2024, in Nigeria, spanning two (weeks and four days.

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”Plans have, therefore, been concluded for this first-ever computer-based examination, which will be delivered in hybrid mode.

“The hybrid mode entails that the objective or multiple choice questions will be rendered on-screen and candidates are required to give their responses on the screen. The essay and practical questions will be rendered on-screen, likewise, but candidates will be required to give their responses using the answer booklets provided.

“WAEC Nigeria, in keeping with its vision of being a world-class examining body and its core value of innovation, has taken this bold step to offer candidates a viable alternative to the pen and paper model of examinations, while giving its stakeholders and public a view of the great potentials that exist in computer-based approach to assessments.

“The council is aware that the news of this innovation was initially greeted with some level of resistance. This only served as fuel for the council to forge ahead on its course to conduct the CB-WASSCE. “

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