The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will on Saturday matriculate more than 20,000 students.   A statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity of the university, Malam Ibrahim Sheme, said the 16th matriculation ceremony will be holding simultaneously at NOUN’s 78 study centres across the country.   He noted that this year’s ceremony was a necessary requirement in the admission process of students. 
JOSHUA DADA, Osogbo The Coroner Inquest setup by the Osun State Government to investigate the cause of death of Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke yesterday in its verdict said the first civilian governor of the State died of drug overdose and not poison. Chief Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, the coroner said all evidence and accounts of witnesses before him indicated that Adeleke died of drug overdose. Ayilara upheld the autopsy reports carried out on the late Adeleke at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital LAUTECH, Osogbo and the toxicology report on the late Senator. He said: "I have critically gone through all the evidences before me. From the totality of evidence, the possibility of poisoning of the deceased is not sustainable. "I have not been able to trace any link to the poisoning by anybody. The autopsy report and also the toxicologist report are very specific to say there was no traces of poison...
BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has received the nomination of Dr. Shehu UsmanYamusa III, the Emir of Keffi from Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for confirmation as the chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi. The deputy speaker, Mr.Godiya Akwashiki,  announced this yesterday in  Lafia after the Deputy Majority leader of the house, Mr. Daniel Ogazi read the governor’s letter for the confirmation of the Emir as the chancellor of the state University. Akwashiki directed the clerk to the house to invite the royal father for screening and possible confirmation on Wednesday, May 3. Akwashiki assured the executive arm of the assembly’s readiness to continue to partner with it in order to achieve speedy development in the state. The Deputy Speaker restated the assembly commitment to continue to enact laws that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state. Earlier, the Deputy Majority leader of the house,...
The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency has faulted the recent call by the Egalitarian Movement of Africa (EMA) for the sack of the Vice Chancellors of University of Illorin, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali and his University of Calabar counterpart, Professor Zana Akpagu. The group warned EMA not to allow itself to be used in the hands of saboteurs within the educational sector who do not mean well for the good of our country. EMA, a non-partisan society of academics had during the weekend called for the sack of the duo over alleged corruption. Reacting however, via a statement on Tuesday, the Executive Secretary of the group, Comrade Isaac Ikpa said that there was no logic in the call for the suspension of the two Vice Chancellors after a thorough investigation by the Centre. According to Ikpa, “It is clear from our investigations that the facts of the Vice Chancellors who...
By Winifred Ogbebo, Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that four computer-based test (CBTs) centers  are being closely monitored  for involvement in some form of malpractices despite the heavy security in place at the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Speaking to journalists yesterday in Abuja during the monitoring exercise of the UTME’s CBTs centers where the ongoing seven-day UTME is taking place, the JAMB registrar, Prof Is-haq  Oloyede, said, “Four centers which were confronted with challenges caused by some individuals, who were out to sabotage the process, are closely being monitored to forestall further hitches. He said out of four centres, JAMB only has four with problems, saying, “Out of 642 centers, we have problems with four. We have two problems in Bauchi, one in Kano, one in Ekpoma not from technology problem but from those who are cutting corners in the centers, those who have not...
By Winifred Ogbebo, The minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said that the Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) developed by the Federal Ministry of Education will revive the education system in the country and make it competitive globally when fully implemented. This is even as he said that the system has witnessed a steady stability, particularly at the tertiary level under this government. Adamu stated this while speaking with journalists in his office recently on the achievements in the sector within the two years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. At the basic level of the education system, he said that one of the major focuses in the MSP is not just to address the issue of the out-of-school children but to ensure that the children in school are taught. To achieve this, he said, plans are underway to attract best brains to the teaching profession. According to him, one of the ways...
Candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have confirmed receiving their examination centres as promised by JAMB. Some candidates, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, said that they have started getting their centres from Wednesday. However, a few others told NAN that they were yet to get their centres. NAN reports that the JAMB Registrar had promised that all candidates would receive their centres before Saturday. In a related development, Mr Ikeh Callistus, ICT, Lab Manager, Christ the King College, (CKC) Gwagwalada said the centre was ready for the UTME which would commence on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Callistus said the college had 278 computer systems but only 250 would be used for the examination per batch while 28 systems would be kept in case of any unforeseen circumstances. Similarly, at the Digital Bridge Centre and the Global Distance Learning Institute the stories were the same; the centres would...
BY ANDY ASEMOTA,Katsina Katsina State plans to recruit about 1200 additional teachers in an bid to improve its standard of education, the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, has said. The deputy governor, who stated this in Katsina during an interactive session organised by national leadership of Ahmadu Bello Uinversity (ABU) Alumni Association, said the current state administration led by Governor Aminu Bello Masari has rehabilitated about 700 classrooms and built more than 300 new ones in the last two years. Yakubu said: "When we came on board, we found very deplorable condition in the education sector. We have tried our best to improve it; we have made education our number one, number and even number three priority." The old student of ABU lauded the determination of members of the asociation to augment the efforts of the varsity authority at enhancing the within development of their Alma Mata with an assurance that the...
  ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja  The House of Representatives committee on Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) yesterday approved a Bill for an Act, seeking to establish a university of science and technology for the FCT, located in Abaji. The committee had last week approved a Bill to establish the FCT College of Agriculture which will be located in Yaba. Chairman of the committee, Hon. Herman Hembe noted that the two institutions would focus on the purpose for their establishment in line with their acts of establisment.. Hembe said the committee would ensure it worked with its Senate counterpart for the two chambers to pass the two bills and forward them to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent before the next academic session. "One of the problems that contributed to this long delay is probably one one of the Chambers complete work on the bill and the other could not. It could also be that the two...
By Winifred Ogbebo, Abuja Following the purported increase of tuition fees by some Nigerian universities, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)  has flayed the action, calling for a reversal immediately. A statement signed and made available to LEADERSHIP‎ by the association's  national president, Comrade Chinonso Obasi,said the tuition increase would be met with maximum resistance. Part of the statement read, "NANS received the report that about 38 tertiary institutions have concluded plans to jack up tuition fees in their institutions with utter pain and disgust, because over the years, Nigerian students have been made to bear the brunt of poverty ideas and administrative ineptitude of managers and chief executives of tertiary institutions." The statement said ‎in saner climes, education funding include revenue from researches and consultative collaborations. It said the implementation of UNESCO strategies, particularly commercializing research findings should occupy Nigeria educational institutions rather than constant hike in tuition fees payable by helpless...