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UNILAG received N8bn research grants in three years – VC

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The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has said the university attracted over N8bn research grants in the past three years.

He stated this in an interview on Wednesday after a ceremony to hand over the vertical extension of the Faculty of Law of the institution in Lagos.

Alhaji Femi Okunnu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, donated N100m for the construction of the extension.

Ogundipe said, “In the past three years of this administration, I want to say that we have been able to attract research grants of over N8bn.

“Already, this Faculty of Law has just been awarded an international grant of $45,000 and another one of $20,000.

“That is the direction a university should go. The university is the light. We are supposed to lighten the society and that is the path we are taking in UNILAG, reaching out for grants.”

About 20 of his colleagues from the institution, he added, were currently being interviewed by the TETFund for research grants worth N20 million each.

He said, “I am sure they will all get the N20 million each and if I should put these amount together, it will translate to a total of N400 million other research grants and this is going to go a long way in moving the university to an envious height.

”You must realise that our research now is demand-driven to assist the country achieve its much desired accelerated growth and that is what UNILAG is aiming at, as the university of first choice that it truly is.”

He added that the gesture from Okunnu was a life-changing one, worth emulating, noting that there was the need for more of such, from friends of the institution and other stakeholders.

Ogundipe said there was the need to support scholars who could compete locally and globally, just like the students.

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FG approves 2 more private universities, total reaches 149

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FG approves 2 more private universities, total reaches 149

The federal government has sanctioned the establishment of two additional private universities in Nigeria, bringing the nation’s total count to 149 universities.

This decision elevates Nigeria’s overall university count to 274, comprising 149 private, 63 state, and 62 federal universities.

The newly approved institutions are Lighthouse University in Evbuobanosa, Edo state, and the African School of Economics, located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

During the presentation of provisional licenses to these universities in Abuja on Thursday, Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, disclosed that the approvals were granted at the Federal Executive Council meeting on December 13, 2023.

Mamman urged the university proprietors to prioritize skills development and entrepreneurship, aligning with the government’s current agenda.

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He emphasized that substantive licenses would be issued after three years if the universities meet quality assurance requirements during probation. However, failure to meet these standards could result in the withdrawal of the licenses.

Highlighting projections of Nigeria’s population reaching 400 million by 2050, Mamman stressed the need for urgent preparations to meet the educational demands of the anticipated surge.

Acting Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Chris Maiyaki, underscored the distinctive contributions of private universities to the nation’s higher education landscape.

Maiyaki noted the NUC’s support for innovative initiatives in these institutions and emphasized the commission’s commitment to aligning curricula with global standards.

He encouraged the adherence to the code of governance for private universities, emphasizing that the venture should prioritize social service over profit, reiterating that any infractions during the probationary period could lead to the withdrawal of provisional licenses.

FG approves 2 more private universities, total reaches 149

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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.

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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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