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Fees Hike: OAU students threaten to shut campuses nationwide in joint action with NANS

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, have threatened to shut down their campus in joint action with the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) over a 300 percent increase in tuition fees.

The students, led by their union leaders, gathered at the Kensarowiwa building on the university campus on Monday and demanded that the tuition hike be reversed.

Addressing the students, the President of the Student Union, Abbas Akinremi-Ojo, disclosed, “We’ve also written to all respective banks to halt the acceptance of fee payments from any student until a better resolution has been achieved. As much as we don’t want to, we are currently running out of options and might have to shut down all activities on campus and progressively on all other federal institutions’ campuses in Nigeria, with the backing of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS).”

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He recalled that the student leadership had met with the management in August when they learned about plans to increase school fees, followed by negotiations.

He continued, “It is unfortunate that the management announced the 300 percent increment in tuition fees without considering the plight of the students of the institution. When we met with the management, they claimed that the Federal Government had stopped funding OAU. However, the recent release on September 15th, 2023, listed OAU as the 9th top-funded university with a budget allocation of N13.4 billion.”

Meanwhile, the leadership of the National Association of Universities Students (NAUS), led by its chairman, Comrade Olayinka Popoola, issued a 5-day ultimatum to the management of OAU to reverse the tuition fee hike. He warned other universities planning to increase fees to desist from doing so, suggesting they seek alternative funding sources.

Popoola also expressed concern about the safety of the students in the institution in Ilesa, calling on security agencies to intervene and stop the violence in the community.

Fees Hike: OAU students threaten to shut campuses nationwide in joint action with NANS

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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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JAMB accuses 86 varsities, others of conducting illegal admissions

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JAMB accuses 86 varsities, others of conducting illegal admissions

Analysis of data on the admissions conducted for the 2022/2023 admission session in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions of learning revealed that 88 institutions conducted admissions outside of the Central Admissions Processing System popularly referred to as CAPS.

According to JAMB, admissions conducted outside CAPS are illegal, null and void.

JAMB had in 2017 introduced the Central Admissions Processing System where all tertiary institutions upload the admission status of candidates offered admission in the institutions.

CAPS has centralised and automated admission processes between candidates and their chosen tertiary institutions.

In 2020, JAMB warned institutions to stop offering admissions to candidates through their own portals.

The board described the practice as a flagrant abuse of the automated Central Admissions Processing System.

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In April 2024, the board noted that it would no longer condone illegal admissions conducted outside of the CAPS.

The board in a bulletin warned candidates to desist from accepting admissions offered by the institutions without going through it.

In the statement titled, ‘Cessation of illegal/irregular admission’, JAMB reiterated that all applications of admissions to first degree, national diploma, national innovation diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into full-time, distance learning, part-time, outreach, sandwich, etc., must be processed only through JAMB.

In a report tagged, ‘Compiled assessment of institutions on compliance with the 2022/2023 admission guidelines’, the board noted that it scored institutions who complied fully with admission guidelines 10 points; those with partial compliance, five points, while those institutions who failed to comply were awarded zero point.

Under the section for the conduct of full admissions on CAPS, our correspondent observed that 88 institutions failed to comply.

Some of the institutions are the University of Uyo, University of Abuja, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Yaba College of Technology, Plateau State University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Coal City University, Crawford University, Crescent University, Ebonyi State University, Rhema University, Borno State University, Chrisland University, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University.

JAMB accuses 86 varsities, others of conducting illegal admissions

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Osun tops number of applicants for student loan

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Managing Director of NELFUND, Akintunde Sawyerr

Osun tops number of applicants for student loan

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), Mr Akintunde Sawyer, has disclosed that Osun State has the highest number of applicants for the loan.

Speaking in Osogbo, the state capital, at a meeting with Governor Nurudeen Ademola Jackson Adeleke, Sawyer said Osun came first in terms of responsiveness and filling of requisite institutional and students data among the 36 States of the federation.

Explaining the significance of the education loan fund, Sawyer said the targeted beneficiaries are indigents students, noting that the critical step to reaching each student is credible data gathering in which he said Osun is leading other states.

He lauded Governor Adeleke for embracing the vision of President Bola Tinubu on the loan scheme.

Responding, Governor Adeleke commended President Tinubu for activating the initiative.

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“We express our appreciation to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for creating this Funding initiative as a response to the many challenges facing our student population.

“We commend the President for demonstrating strong political will by fast tracking not only the establishment of the Fund but its effective take off.

Adeleke said Osun is willing to partner with the Federal Government for the benefit of people of the state.

“When it comes to bringing dividends of democracy to our people, we are blind to partisan politics. Our focus is the improvement of the lives of our people irrespective of where it is coming from.”

“As a government, we see the Fund as a veritable platform to provide a lifeline for many indigents students in our various schools. The initiative promises to remove the pain and hardship experienced by many brilliant students in the area of funding. Again, we are elated by the prospects and opportunities for our students , hence our launching into the programme with all machinery of government.”

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