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FG bows to pressure, reconstitutes governing boards of 111 tertiary institutions

The Federal Government has reconstituted the Governing Councils and Boards for the 111 federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

The government some weeks ago released a list of members of the reconstituted governing councils but the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders kicked against it over allegations of lopsidedness.

This prompted the withdrawal of the list for review.

But on Friday, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) released another list containing members of the governing councils.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the reconstitution of the governing councils and boards of federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education for the effective management of Nigerian tertiary institutions across the country,” the statement said.

According to the list, the Nigerian government appointed a former governor of Osun State and pioneer chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, as the chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State.

Others who made the list to head the governing councils included a renowned lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Wole Olanipekun (UNILAG); a former Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda (NOUN); and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU).

Senator Joy Emordi was also appointed to chair the council of the Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education, Owerri, Imo State.

The list consists of five names each for 51 universities, 35 polytechnics, and 22 colleges of education.

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JAMB candidates fake kidnap to rewrite UTME

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JAMB candidates fake kidnap to rewrite UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) stated it has identified new tricks by candidates who want to rewrite the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB disclosed this in its 2024 policy document signed by its Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede.

The Registrar had unveiled the document to stakeholders at the 2024 JAMB Policy meeting, declared open by the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, in Abuja last week.

According to Oloyede, the old trend was that the candidates will provide fake medical reports claiming that they were ill which made them unable to sit for the examination.

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He added that the new trend is that some students lied of being abducted once they perceived that they may not come out in flying colours at the entrance examination.

“Claim of kidnap is the new trend of lies by candidates, who were absent during examination.

“When JAMB rescheduled examination for genuine candidates, others wrote to JAMB that they were kidnapped days before the date of their examination and released after the conduct of the examination,” he said.

Oloyede expressed concern that parents are not also left out, as they also lie about their children/wards being kidnapped.

“A father wrote to JAMB that his son was kidnapped in Wuse, Abuja, but for the quick thinking and courage enabled him to escape and find his way to the examination centre, albeit late,” he stated.

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FG gets ASUP 15-day ultimatum on HND, degree dichotomy

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FG gets ASUP 15-day ultimatum on HND, degree dichotomy

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to regularise the scheme of service between degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate holders in Nigeria.

The Coordinator of ASUP Zone B, Simji Lumpye, addressed journalists at the Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos campus, on Friday.

He stated that the new scheme of service released by the Federal Government through the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to polytechnics in Nigeria is discriminatory and unacceptable to its members.

Lumpye argued that it is detrimental to the professional progression of polytechnic graduates.

Furthermore, he said the union believes that the responsibility for drafting and approving the scheme of service should not rest solely with the Office of the Head of Service and NBTE. It should include other stakeholders, especially ASUP.

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Lumpye said, “ASUP rejects the dichotomy in the Graduate Assistant entry point where an HND graduate requires an Upper Credit while a degree holder requires a Second Class Lower to enter the polytechnic as a lecturer.

“CONTEDISS 12 is demoralising, unnecessary, and detrimental to the polytechnic sector. This will discourage students from enrolling in polytechnics and will further widen the dichotomy and student apathy towards polytechnic education.

“The preference given to Bachelor’s degrees over HND certificates for the appointment of registrars and bursars is highly discriminatory. The document is biased and discriminates against its products. We vehemently reject this.

“The deliberate exclusion of HND Pharmaceutical Technology from the document, despite a subsisting court order, shows a gross violation of the rule of law. The union rejects this and urges the NBTE to make every arrangement to reinstate HND Pharmaceutical Technologists into the document.

“In view of the above observations and others not captured here, the union has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the document or face industrial disharmony.”

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LASU, UNILAG students win big at MSS undergraduate essay competition

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LASU, UNILAG students win big at MSS undergraduate essay competition

After an impressive display of intellectual prowess, and youthful enthusiasm, winners have emerged for the this year’s Lagos Intellectual Competitions (LIC) organized by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit.

The event featured quiz competitions for junior secondary pupils, debates for senior secondary category, and essay writing for undergraduates.

In the junior secondary school quiz competition, Royhana Ismail from Vetland Junior Grammar School emerged winner while Farhan Sodiq from Usoolol Iman and Abdul Rahman Olaloye from Taqwa School were runners-up.

The debate competition for senior secondary students was won by the team from Badore Community Senior Secondary School, who impressed the judges with their well-reasoned arguments and eloquence. Taqwa High School and Linksbond College came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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Aminat Ayinde of Sanya Senior Grammar Grammar School won the prize for Best Speaker, while Azeemah Afolabi from Muhimat Memorial School emerged as the prize winner for 2nd Best Speaker.

The undergraduate essay writing competition saw Shitta Romlah, Lagos State University (LASU) winning the 1st Prize; Ogundipe Nurudeen, University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Fathia Abolanle emerged runners-up.

MSSN Lagos Amir (President), Kamoldeen Abiona, celebrated the winners of various categories for their exceptional performances

Abiona hailed the organizing team and the participants.

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