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NUC okays Novena University’s medicine, dentistry, pharmacy programmes



The National Universities Commission has approved the commencement of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy academic programmes at the Novena University, Ogume, Delta State.

Novena University had earlier started the delivery of other Health Sciences programmes such as Nursing, Doctor of Optometry, Medical Laboratory Science, Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Public and Community Health, offered up to PhD specialising in Public Health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Information Systems, Primary Healthcare and Environmental Health.

This was disclosed in a statement from the university, which was obtained on Sunday.

It added that it had secured €100 million Euros from a German Development Bank to build 240-bed high standard facilities teaching hospital in support to the use of the Specialist Hospitals of the Delta State Government available to the university to train her students after signing an MoU with the Delta State Government.

Two healthcare providers and health services organisations in India coming in as knowledge partners have reportedly made themselves available to provide well-trained healthcare professionals to be part of the team.

This is just as the commission also gave further approvals to the institution to run PhD. Microbiology, PGD, M.Sc., PhD. Computer Science, PGD, M.Sc. and PhD. Energy and Petroleum Studies.

Novena University is pioneering the establishment of a College of Computing and Telecommunications. The courses to begin within the new College are the new approvals gotten from NUC which are B.Sc. Software Engineering, B.Sc. Cyber Security, B.Sc. Information Systems, B.Sc. Information Technology, and B.Sc. Telecommunications Technology.

These approvals came after the authorities of the NUC’s diligent examination of its facilities and lecturers for the courses.

Due to this feat, Novena University has said that the institution will commence Medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Dentistry and Doctor of Pharmacy in the 2021/2022 academic session.

In his reaction to the NUC approval of the above departments and courses, Novena University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nduka, Godwin Chukwuenweniwe said it becomes necessary for the institution to contribute its quota to the current global shortfall in medical personnel. The University has been training students for 16 years in Public and Community Health up to PhD.

Chukwuenweniwe said, “We have analysed the supply of healthcare workers globally and seen the shortages in the supply of such Professionals, we decided to venture into this critical area.”

In his analysis, he said, ”South Africa has 393 nurses and 74 doctors per 100,000 people, as compared to the United States 901 nurses and 247 doctors per 100,000 people.

“Nigeria (Africa’s most populous country) has only 23,000 physicians for its population of over 150 million. This is a ratio of only about 18.5 physicians per 100,000. (this census figure is even contestable today as no proper census has been conducted in the last three decades).

“There is an obvious need for healthcare professionals all over the world and our interest is to add to the existing number. The adequate supply of health care professionals has been a serious issue for developed countries in the last few decades.

“In the United States (US) a 20 per cent deficit in the registered nurse workforce was forecasted in 2020 if current trends were not reversed. Across the European Union, more than half of the physicians were aged over 45 in 2000; in Norway, the average age of dentists was 62.”

In developing countries, the vice-chancellor said they struggle to produce and retain a sufficiently qualified health care workforce.

He said, “Around 36 African countries do not meet targets of one doctor per 5,000 people and even in non-conflict affected countries such as Zambia and Ghana, there is only one doctor for more than 10,000 people.

“The global health care profession employs an estimated 100 million people but is not attracting enough new recruits in both developed and developing countries alike.

”According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Sub-Saharan African faces the greatest challenges. While it has 11 per cent of the world’s population and 24 per cent of the global burden of disease, it has only 3 per cent of the world’s health workers.

“Novena University is here to fill the gap in the shortage of medical personnel nationally and internationally as we commence admission for the 2021/2022 academic session.”


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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FG can’t borrow N1.1trn to end ASUU strike – Keyamo



Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo

• Education minister to ‘submit a proposal on how to end ASUU strike soon’

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Okocha celebrates daughter who graduated from UK varsity



Danielle, daughter of Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, a former Super Eagles midfielder and captain, has graduated from a United Kingdom university.

Colleagues of the football legend have taken to social media to congratulate him.
Some of those greeting Okocha are Nigeria’s ex-internationals, Kanu Nwankwo and Daniel Amokachi.
Danielle was said to have graduated from a university in the UK where she is based.
Okocha had posted a picture of himself and family members on Instagram Sunday evening to celebrate his daughter on her graduation.
In the Instagram post, Okocha congratulated Danielle for being a graduate while revealing that she had made him a happy and proud dad.
A huge number of celebrities, fans, and friends of the retired footballer also took to the comment section of the post to congratulate Daniella.
“Congratulations Congratulations Ada anyi thanks for making us proud,” Nwako wrote on his verified Twitter handle, @kingkanu4
“Congratulations,” Omokachi, @oluchi1, also wrote, using clapping and champagne emojis.
“Beautiful. Congratulations beautiful,” Yobo tweeted.
Amokachi added, “Congratulations Danielle. Proud Daddy, @officialjj10”

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