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 ..... University of Ibadan and the need for government to wade in and sanitize the system. Recently, the federal government sacked the vice chancellors of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAB), Professors Adebiyi Daramola and Olusola Oyewole respectively. A letter signed by the acting permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Hussaini Adamu, said both were suspended in connection with their ongoing trial at the behest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). They were instructed to hand over to the most senior deputy vice chancellors of their respective institutions. Daramola was sacked a month to his retirement and had a running battle with both academic and non academic staff of FUTA over mismanagement of funds and both unions repeatedly called for his removal. His case was just one of the many bothering on allegations of mismanagement of funds and maladministration bedevilling...
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. 
Recently, a one-day stakeholders meeting on the state of technical colleges in Nigeria was held in Abuja at the instance of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) to brainstorm on how to revamp technical education in the country. In this report, ABAH ADAH writes on the imperative of revamping technical education. Years ago, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), raised the alarm, over what it called the dearth of technologists, technicians and craftsmen in the engineering sector in the country. The body said technologists, technicians and craftsmen ought to outnumber the engineers for the right proportions that would facilitate smooth and effective engineering to be attained in the country. Hence, the body of engineers had set up a committee to look into the worrisome development and proffer solutions on the way forward. The discovery, according to the outcome of the committee set up by COREN,...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna In a bid to enhance teaching and learning in public secondary schools across the state, the Kaduna State Government said that it had procured 5000 computer tablets to be distributed to its secondary school students. Prof Andrew Nok, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, told newsmen in Kaduna on Monday that the step was to equip the students with Information Technology (IT) skills and integrate them into the IT world. “The tablets are loaded with all the needed programmes and will be distributed to SSI students in all public secondary school across the state. “By the time the SSI students move to SSII, the government will procure another set of tablets and distribute to the newly admitted SSI students. “We will continue this way until all our senior secondary school students have computer tablets and are part of the IT driven world,’’ he said. The commissioner added that the effort...
BY ALO ABIOLA, Ado Ekiti President Muhammadu Buhari has renamed the Federal University, Oye Ekiti after the late military governor of the old Western Region, Major General Adeyinka Adebayo. He made this pronouncement yesterday at the funeral service of the late General, held at All Saints Anglican Church, Iyin Ekiti. Buhari who was represented by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo posited that the honour was done to immortalize Adebayo for his immense contributions to the unity and development of the Nigerian nation. He said: “This is a celebration of life of sacrifice and dedication to one’s community and nation. General Adebayo was a fine gentleman and the 1st indigenous Chief of Army Staff who Mr. President had harmonious relationship with. “To let you know how respectable this man was to President Buhari, the President personally instructed me to be here. General Adebayo had demonstrated that one must learn how to impact on the community where...
BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi Chairman Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Rev. Dr. Philip Tachin, has warned contractors handling SUBEB projects across the state to desist from giving flimsy excuses, saying he can’t take such excuses because of their insincerity. “ I want to emphasize that we will not accept any excuse from the contractor for failing to execute any project. I am here to ensurethat the right thing is done.” Dr. Tachin, also assured that the Samuel Ortom administration was determined to tackle all challenges in the primary education sector including lack of teachers and basic infrastructure. He made this known while fielding questions from journalists at the end of an inspection tour of some ongoing primary school projects across the state in company of the members of the State House of Assembly and chairman house Standing Committee on Education, Mrs. Ngunan Adingi. He described the facelift of primary schools through renovation...
BY YAHYA SARKI , Kebbi The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has expended over 1 million US dollars in 3 research projects at the Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero. The acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Bello Shehu Malami stated this during the official commissioning of state of the art Biotechnology Laboratory and Screen House build by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the university at Aliero yesterday. Malami said that Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has immensely assisted the university in its research projects as well as capacity building of the staff to enhance research and development in learning . ‘’ Our staff wrote a proposal , i am happy to say that those proposals saw the light of the day . This university is now having 3 projects sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance learning’’. In his presentation at the event , Dr. Ibrahim Umar...
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...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS Some parents and candidates at the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME),  organised by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)  have lauded the conduct of the examination. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in interviews on Monday in Lagos that the Computer Based Testing (CBT)  method  used for the examination  was getting better and more orderly. One of the parents, Mrs Jane Okpara, applauded the board for being innovative in the conduct of the examination. “The CBT mode has reduced malpractice and restored sanity in the external examination,’’ she said. Okpara, a civil servant, said that she did not experience any challenge in the registration process because the school registered her child. She said JAMB had proved worthy of conducting credible examination free from any malpractice. According to her, there is orderliness at the centre her child wrote the examination and it is quite impressive. Also speaking to NAN, Mrs Cecilia Obadike,...