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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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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.

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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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