BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia In a bid to increase children enrolment in schools, the Federal Government said that it would commence the second phase of the school feeding program for pupils in primary 1-3 pupils next academic year in Nasarawa State. The federal government school feeding program which has since commenced in 14 states, is already feeding about 2.9 million primary school children in the country. Speaking at a 2-day stakeholders’ implementation workshop on the National Home Grown School Feeding Program, the Operation Manager of the National Social Investment Program (NSIP), a program under the office of the Vice President, Mr. Dotun Adebayo, said the workshop was aimed at building the capacity of the state government and other stakeholders to successfully kick start the program. Mr. Adebayo posited that Nasarawa state was selected as one of the pilot states to empower women, reduce malnutrition in children and increase enrolment in schools to tackle illiteracy...
By HENRY TYOHEMBA, Abuja - The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), yesterday,  declared that the controversy over the new cut-off marks issued at the just concluded stakeholders policy meeting  is quite unnecessary. In a statement signed and made available to LEADERSHIP by its public relations officer, Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB said it is also very misleading to say that vice-chancellors reject the cut off mark. JAMB noted that  all heads of tertiary institutions were requested to submit their cut-off benchmark to the Board which will then be used for the admission. “And these benchmarks once determined cannot be changed in the middle of admission exercise. “Again, it is necessary to explain that the 120 mark does not in any way suggest that once you have 120 then admission is  sure for you. Institutions will admit from the top to the least mark.” he . “We are now starting the actual monitoring of adherence to...
…..as FG seeks loan to fund Port Harcourt - Maidiguri rail line ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja  Minister of Transportation,  Rotimi Amaechi, has said that General Electric (GE) and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC), will build universities of transportation in Nigeria. This is just as the minister said the federal government was seeking a loan facility to finance the proposed Port Harcourt - Maidiguri rail line. He expressed optimism that government would secure the loan soon and commence construction before 2019 general election. Ameachi while speaking at the Osasu Show symposium yesterday in Abuja, noted that  the government is not only focusing on making the rail lines in Nigeria work, but also building capacity for Nigerians. "The President has approved it, but we are still looking for a loan, I hope we will get the loan soon so that we can commence work before the next election, " he said. The minister further stated that...
By Winifred Ogbebo, Abuja The Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN) has passed a vote of confidence on the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa over his commitment to checking process abuse and ensuring judicious utilization of intervention funds among beneficiary institution. It said the vote of confidence was part of the resolution reached after the 24th National Delegates Conference of the Union, held at the College of Education, Minna, Niger State in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP. The national president of the union, Comrade Danladi Ali Msheliza, who made a copy of the Communique available to the TETFund boss when he paid him a courtesy visit, said the union has observed the good works the Executive Secretary has been carrying out to re position the Fund since his assumption of office. Pledging the union’s support to the TETFund boss, Comrade Msheliza...
BY HENRY TYOHEMBA,  Abuja The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) has reintroduced Post-UTME tests for candidates seeking admission into Nigerian universities. This is as it has announced the minimum cut off marks for tertiary institutions. The minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria was pegged at 120, polytechnics and colleges of education at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110. This was disclosed yesterday during a policy meeting for the 2017/2018 admissions exercise  with vice chancellors, Rectors, Provosts and Registrars of tertiary institutions at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja. The JAMB registrar, professor Ishaq Oloyede who revealed this said  that the decisions on first choice candidates by universities will end on October 15, and second choice candidates will end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing date.
By Henry Tyohemba, Abuja The executive secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr Hamid Boboyyi has lamented that despite the poor funding of education sector, many states are unable to access the Universal Basic Education Commission’s intervention fund, with South-East and South-South states most affected. Boboyyi said this during an interactive section with journalists in his office in Abuja yesterday. While saying that it is worrisome from 2013 till date, there are still outstanding funds, he said in the South-West zone, there is a lot of problems as the outstanding amount reach over N9billion in 2015 and over N1billion in 2016. According to him, in the south-east zone, there are also problems. Enugu from 2013, Ebonyi 2014 and Abia have not accessed their funds despite demand for them to do so. This is just as he urged other states yet to access their funds to try and do so. He also raised the alarm over...
A former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, on Sunday said that the demands by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) were unrealistic in light of the current economic situation in Nigeria. Ezekwesili said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan while reacting to the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union. The former minster said that lasting solution to the crisis bedevilling the education sector could only be found from strong analysis of the issues raised by ASUU and evidenced based policies. “Money is not limitless and yet everyone must acknowledge that investment in education is crucial and it is key. “There are, however, some fundamental reforms that the sector needs in order to ensure that it is not about the size of the funding but about the productivity of the funding. “You cannot simply express a desire, it must be founded on reality and that means...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said only fraudulent civil servants have children in Nigeria’s private universities. The ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr Deji Omole who said in Ibadan on Sunday pointed out that civil servant with children in private universities in Nigeria must be stealing. According to him, such cannot be done by those earning Nigeria minimum wage. While receiving a delegation of labour movement led by the Chairman NLC Oyo State, Waheed Olojede who paid a solidarity visit to ASUU in UI on the ongoing strike, he said that the federal government was more interested in licensing more private universities in other to deny children of the masses the best of public varsity education. He added that Nigerians must take their country back from the wicked ruling class. “It is unfortunate that we have to go on strike again, for as long as we continue...
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on Thursday said ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be called off within one week. The minister stated this at a meeting with the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund in Abuja. He said that the ministry and other major stakeholders were already holding meetings with the union to resolve some of the issues that led to the strike. He assured that with the level of progress made in the negotiation, there was hope that students and lecturers would return to classes within one week. “The issue of renegotiation is already going on. I have already written a letter formalising the meeting I had with the union, because I went alone to face them and I wrote a letter which I gave them yesterday. “From the way they received it, I think it is possible that the strike will be called...
The Niger Delta University (NDU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has joined the ongoing nationwide strike declared by the union. Dr Stanley Oguon, Chairman of the chapter, said on Thursday that the move followed a resolution reached after the local union emergency congress. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that ASUU had on Monday directed all its state chapters to go on an indefinite nationwide industrial action. Oguon told NAN in Yenagoa that although the university was preparing for its end of semester examinations, the lecturers believe in the genuineness of the ASUU struggle. Meanwhile, a student of the university, Andy Micheal, has appealed to the Federal Government to dialogue with ASUU, so as not to prolong the strike. He said that any delay in the negotiation would be counterproductive to students and the nation’s education sector.(NAN)