Uniport Management And lGraduated Students Legal Tussle(Attach Documents)


UNIPORT Ignores Court Order And Demands That Graduated Students Return To Repeat Final Year + One Alleges Commits Suicide.
The University Of Port Harcourt has refused to let its 2016 set of graduates go…It is a sad story…..Please read and help spread this to anyone who can mediate ad broke a settlement………….#sad

UNIPORT Ignores Court Order And Demands That Graduated Students Return To Repeat Final Year + One Alleges Commits Suicide.
The University Of Port Harcourt has refused to let its 2016 set of graduates go…It is a sad story…..Please read and help spread this to anyone who can mediate ad broke a settlement………….#sad

According to the story,University of Port Harcourt Students ranging to over 1227 who graduated in 2016, had their names approved in the in the graduating list, published in the convocation brochure, done and finished clearance, and most of who have been issued certificates and has their names mobilize for NYSC in 2016 were asked to come back and repeat their final year because “ They PAID their school fees for that section LATE”.

According to the affected Students…

”The school management set that impromptu policy which led to the protest and death of a final year student by name Peter Ofurum on April 11th 2016. The school was shut down for that incident for over 3 months.

The fate of the students hung in thin air as the university’s directives that they should repeat class has kept them stagnant and confused. All attempts and several appeals to the university management to reverse that policy and let them go was proved abortive as the university gave no positive response but rather kept their fates hanging for over a year.

The students resorted to approach the judiciary which they recognize as the hope of the common man.

Luckily for us, we got in contact with our lawyers who had pity and took up the legal action without charging a dime. After all court proceedings within few months, Judgment was given and delivered in our Favour( attached is a copy of the judgment given by the Judge in the federal high court ).

The judgement contained that the university should mobilize us for NYSC, writhing 14 days, refund us our monies which include another 45k we were asked to pay to validate the one they termed as been paid late and also publish apologies in 2 national dailies.

Out of respect for our alma matter we wrote to the university, through our lawyers suggesting a waiver for the refund of monies which amounts to over 65 million naira and also the apologies, For our certificates to be issued for those who haven’t been issued and also for all to be mobilized for NYSC.

The management of the school through their lawyers agreed to negocaite with us to that effect but since nov. 21, 2018 when the judgment was given till now, the university and its lawyers has kept on posting the process as a deliberate attempt to further aggravate things by delaying us more. We were even more shocked that the university has gone ahead to appeal the case at the appeal.

It’s now 3 years since we graduated and our fate still hanging yet to be decided at the appeal.

We wish to bring again to notice of the general public, the gross violation of the rule of law, administrative rascality and adjunct mis-conduct been perpetrated by the megalomaniac management of the university led by the vice chancellor.

Attached is the judgment and judgment orders and other relevant docs to verify our claims…The names of the plaintiffs withheld for security reasons”.

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63Lecturers,Staff For Forgery,Sexual Harassment Sacked In Ebonyi Varsity

About 63 lecturers and other staff of Ebonyi State University (EBSU) have been relieved of their duties for alleged certificate forgeries, sexual harassment and extortion. Also sacked were adjunct lecturers of the school who have over-stayed in the university. Most of the staff sacked were said to have obtained their West African School Certificate Examination (WAEC) before their First School Leaving Certificate.

They were also said to have falsified their age, certificates and other relevant credentials. Their sack followed audit report submitted by a committee set up to verify credentials of workers of the institution. There were reports that over 300 persons were affected by the sack, but the management of the institution stated that only 63 were dismissed.

Some of the lecturers sacked for alleged sexual harassment are – Chinedu Ogah of the Department of History and International Relations and Dr. Egbo of Faculty of Education. Some other lecturers are being tried for same offences. Public Relations Officer of the university, Patrick Itumo, confirmed the sack of the lecturers and other staff to our correspondent He said: “That is the reason for the action we are talking about; the disengagement. They are not over 300 as being speculated. As I speak to you, they are 63 in number that have been disengaged.

“There is this audit report that was brought out from where these people were disengaged, 63 of them. Some of them have age discrepancies in their records. Some people obtained doubtful First School Leaving Certificates; some obtained their WAEC before their First School Leaving Certificates. “There are people who should have retired at the age of 65 or 70 years and they are still in service and also some adjunct professors who come from various places whose contracts have been reviewed up to five times.

As of now, nobody among these people has been reinstated. “Students are encouraged to come up with report of sexual harassment so that the school will look into it. They should talk to the authorities and they will be protected if they are afraid to make an open report on it.

They should send message to the VC’s phone, to me or their course adviser; they will be protected. “Recently, Chinedu Ogah of the Department of History and International Relations was dismissed for sexual harassment and extortion. Also Dr. Egbo of Education Faculty was also dismissed for sexual harassment. Other cases are still ongoing and as soon as they are determined, they will be published.”

Breaking News:NYSC Canceled Davido’s One Year Service

While one revealed how he was commended for a job well done, the other revealed how his was canceled.

Ever since news broke of Nigerian singer, Davido, going for the one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps program, Nigerians have steady followed the progress from his end.

It was only at the beginning of the program earlier this year, we got to see the singer participate in the program as he made sure to show it on his social media page.

Not long after, he began going on his music tour, outside the confinement of the NYSC program and hence, a penalty was awarded to him – there was not much of news after this, not until recently when the singer revealed his one-year program was canceled.

After entertainment promoter, Adesegun Adeosun took to his page to reveal that he was lauded by the NYSC official body for his works during his service year, Davido took to the comment section to reveal that his was canceled.

Adesegun Adeosun had written on his page,

Whatever you do, do it well and with PASSION. I love my country and I’m always super proud to represent it as well as keeping the flag flying everywhere I go!!! Wanna give a big thanks to @mreazi @bankywellington @cdqolowo @airboyrado @ushbebecomedian @kokopee_ for coming to entertain us despite the crazy traffic around camp also those that tried but couldn’t make it before lightsout. I’m dedicating this award to all Nigerian Youths striving to do something positive and making a difference home and abroad. #SelfMade #KingSMADE

And in the comment section of his post, Davido wrote,

Nah so dem cancel my own 

ASUU Strike: Lecturer Dresses As Spider Man To Attend To Students(Photos)

A lecturer at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli, Anambra State, yesterday, transformed into a Spider-Man in order to rescue his masters students from the jaws of the ongoing ASUU strike.

It was gathered that the lecturer, who is a strong member of ASUU, had to undergo the transformation so as not to contravene the union’s directive which requires lecturers to stay away from academic work.

In his capacity as a Spider-Man and not an ASUU member, he was able to attend to the students who wanted to have a final discussion with him ahead of their project defence.

See photos below:-

182 Graduates Bag First Class As OAU Holds 43rd Convocation

About 182 graduates will receive First Class degrees at the 43rd convocation of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, out of 13,492 graduating students.

The chairman of the ceremonial committee, Oluseye Bolaji, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.

Mr Bolaji, a professor, said that the convocation would involve graduates of the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions.

He added that the event would hold between December 11 and 14.

Mr Bolaji added that the convocation lecture entitled, “University Education in Nigeria: Revisiting the Ife Dream,” would be delivered by a retired professor of History and Second Republic senator, Banji Akintoye.

The committee chairman also said exhibition of research activities carried out in the faculties and units of the university would be unveiled as part of the activities during the convocation. (NAN

Breaking News:Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics (ASUP) To Begin Strike On 12/12/2018.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared that it would begin an indefinite strike from Wednesday, 12th December. This is as the strike by university lecturers clocked a month today.

In a phone interview with EduCeleb.com on Tuesday, the National President of ASUP, Usman Dutse said that this had become imminent because the Federal Government had failed to meet the demands of the polytechnic lecturers.

Prior to this impending strike, the union had on 2nd October issued a 21 day ultimatum to the government before it extended it to November but did not eventually go strike.

But Mr Dutse said that the proposed strike later this December would be total and indefinite. This further emphasises the resolution of the 93rd National Executive Council meeting reached at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos last week.

“Government has failed to implement and fulfil agreements it reached with the union as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed,” he said.

EduCeleb.com recalls that after ASUP last went on strike in November 2017, the Federal government had reached an agreement to implement the recommendations of the 2014 NEEDS assessment for the strike to be suspended fifteen days after.

The agreement particularly highlighted the need for increased funding of polytechnics.

Dutse, however, gave other reasons too bordering on the roles of state governments and the National Assembly.

“The issue of the funding of the institutions has always been a major concern. After government conducted the NEEDS assessment in 2014, it promised to implement it. Years after, there is no designed roadmap to implement that.”

“The institutions are not funded. The states are even worse because state governments just establish schools without actually funding those schools. So, no infrastructure is in place,” he added.

He said that the bill meant to review the act on the establishment of polytechnics in the country was yet to be passed by the National Assembly, hoping that the strike would also help fast track its passage.

The ASUP president also alleged that some state governments were owing salaries for up to 14 months just as institutions victimise union leaders who voice out against what he termed injustice.

“We have states that are owing about 14 month salaries. Some owe eight months,” he said.

He gave instances of Abia, Benue, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Kogi as states owing up to as long as 14 months.

As for institutions where members were being victimised, he mentioned Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwuashi Uku; Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; and Adamawa State Polytechnic, Numan as instances.

Dutse also hoped that the strike would make government look into improving the condition of service and the payment of additional allowances government owed polytechnic lecturers

Unilorin Students Committed Suicide After Failing Final Year Project

A 27- year old student of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), who failed in his final year project last session and was made to repeat the current one, has reportedly killed himself.

The deceased, identified as Adigun, Olawale Emmanuel, from the Faculty of Agriculture, was believed to have died after he drank a pesticide, Sniper. Sources at the university claimed he had a grade of Second Class Upper Division but that with the failed project he would necessarily have to drop to Second Class Lower Division.

In a social media note left behind, the deceased indicated that he had been accused of ‘copy and paste’, a reference to plagiarism in research works. Some neighbours claimed the deceased had been subject to depression since he failed to make the last graduation list of the institution.

The incident happened on Thursday night at Oke-Odo, a student-populated area in Ilorin, Kwara state, but the corpse was only discovered on Saturday after neighbours noticed a foul smell oozing out of his room. When the door was broken, his bloated body was found on the floor.

Checks indicated that the deceased had communicated his intention to end his life to a female friend who however pleaded with him to have a rethink and face the challenge like most other men in life. According to available records from his social media interactions, the deceased had uploaded a picture of the Sniper on his WhatsApp page at about 5.14 pm, some two hours after he had lamented online about his situation to his friend.

He had opened the conversation at about 3.39 pm when he said in short statements: ‘same research work. He said I did copy and paste. Ever since den, things changed from bad to worst. Am in a deep mess at @the moment. My life don tire me. I feel like dying. I wish I can sleep and wake not wake up again”.

His friend, however, responded with words of encouragement, “Don’t give up bros, it gets better”. And as if he had accepted the admonition, the deceased had then responded, “I pray xo, Thanks a lot for ur concern. I appreciate a lot. May God continue to bless you. Amen.”

However, by the time he uploaded the Sniper picture, his friend apparently became frantic and pleaded with him not to take any wrong step. The friend said: “Wale Abeg, Calm Down. Abeg You In the Name of God. Nothing Happen wey God no know about ooo please don’t do anything stupid ooooo”.

When contacted, spokesman for the university, Alhaji Kunle Akogun, said he was yet to be briefed about the incident. Similarly, spokesman for the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, said his office was also yet to be briefed but promised to get in touch with the appropriate quarters on the development.

In another development, another final year student of the school, Alada Babatunde, who was expelled for alleged examination malpractice has appealed to the management of the institution for “compassionate consideration” after the “regrettable mistake” that led to his expulsion.

Babatunde, from the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology was reportedly expelled for alleged examination misconduct. According to online reports, Babatunde was accused by the university’s Students’ Disciplinary Committee (SDC) of being caught with a Blackberry phone containing materials relevant to the examination written on July 24 during the 2016/2017 academic session.

According to SaharaReporters, the letter of expulsion signed by the Registrar, Modupe Olowoleni, indicated that Babatunde was expelled after the SDC found him guilty of examinations misconduct.

He has however denied the allegations, stating that he wasn’t involved in examination malpractice. In the letter written to the SDC, he argued that the said phone was neither caught with him nor was he caught using the phone in the exam hall.

The letter read: “It is worthy to note that the phone was switched off while charging and kept in a place very far from my reach (at the window side, to avoid it being stolen) when the invigilator saw it and took it, while the exam was ongoing.

“As I look forward to your compassionate consideration on the regrettable mistake of keeping the switched off phone close to the examination hall, I also tender my apology that it was not intended for any form of examination malpractice or misconduct.”

He lamented not being given fair hearing, noting that there was no proper proceeding during his appearance at the panel and that the invigilator who was said to have caught him was not called to testify against him during the disciplinary committee sittings.

“Neither was my phone or alleged materials viewed in my presence to guarantee fair hearing, despite the demand of the chairperson of the SDC, Professor N.Y.S. Ijaiya to see the invigilator, to ensure fair hearing and a just conclusion,” he added.

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ASUU Blows Hot As FG Directs Universities To Implement “No Work, No Pay” Policy

Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Deji Omole has described the federal government as shameless for owing lecturers seven years of unpaid earned academic allowances and still want them to continue to work for free while the Presidency and the National Assembly feed fat on the wealth of the nation.

Omole made this declaration while reacting to a memo which directed Vice Chancellors of universities to implement the “no work, no pay” policy on the sticking lecturers across the country.

The Federal Government, it was gathered had directed Vice Chancellors of striking public universities across the country to enforce “no-work-no-pay” rule on the striking lecturers.

The memo which was signed by NUC Director of Research, Information and Technology Dr S.B Ramon-Yusuf stated that payment of salaries from any other sources will be viewed as a violation of extant rules and government directive.

It will be recalled that ASUU had on Sunday, November 4th this year, declared indefinite and total strike over issues bothering on welfare of its members, infrastructure and non-implementation of some agreements made to the union by the federal government.

But, Omole in a statement emailed to us Friday evening said it is sad that a government that prides itself as having integrity has shamefully shown that it lacks integrity by failing to honour agreements reached with the union and resorted to harassment and intimidation of ”our members on a patriotic struggle to save public education in Nigeria. ”

He said that the directive will add fuel to the struggle as academic staff have resolved to get proper education for the children of the masses.

According to Omole, the Military government tried unsuccessfully to intimidate the collective will of Nigerian masses, adding that members of the union have resolved to fight for the future of the country.

Omole said, “We have passed this road before. It is a familiar terrain which we can navigate with our eyes closed.

“We shall triumph any attempt to destroy the common patrimony”. The power of the people is stronger than the people in power.”

Breaking News:Buhari Approved Reduction In The Costs Of JAMB, SSCE, NECO Forms

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reduction in the cost of forms for the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), National Examinations Council (NECO), Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination.Approved 

Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, announced the decision during the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

The change will take effect from January 2019.

The cost of JAMB UTME form will now cost N3,500 instead of N5,000, while for NECO it will drop from N11,350, to N9,850.

Details later..

Nov/Dec SSCE: NECO Announced Change In Exam Date

The National Examinations Council (NECO) on Wednesday announced that its November/December 2018 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) earlier scheduled to commence on November 15th, has been shifted to November. 19th.

This was contained in a statement released in Abuja and signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana.

“Candidates are hereby requested to download the new examination time table on the NECO website: www.mynecoexams.com and the e-mail used for the registration,” the statement read.

“Please note that this information supersedes the earlier media publication on the commencement date for the examination date,’’ the statement said.

According to the Registrar, “NECO expressed regrets over any inconveniences the change might have caused candidates.”

The Nigeria Police Force Have Arraigned Ademola Adeleke, Senator Representing Osun West, For Alleged Examination Malpractice

The Nigeria Police Force have arraigned Ademola Adeleke, Senator representing Osun West, for alleged examination malpractice.

Adeleke was arraigned on Wednesday on a four-count charge before Justice I.E. Ekwo at the Federal High Court in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The Osun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and four others were accused of fraudulently registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School in the state, to enable them sit for the National Examination Council (NECO) O’level examination in 2017.

The others are Aregbesola Mufutau, principal of the school, Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo, the registrar, and Dare Olutope, a teacher and the Senator’s cousin, Sikiru Adeleke.

A few days before the Osun governorship election, Adeleke was declared wanted by the Nigerian Police.

The Nigeria Police Force accused him of accused the senator of impersonation few days to the Osun Governorship

Adeleke, however, obtained a court order restraining the Police from arresting him.

Meanwhile, after pleading “not guilty” to the charge, the presiding judge granted the Senator bail on self-recognizance.

The lawmaker was asked to submit his international passport to the court registrar and sign an undertaking that he will present himself for trial.

Gunmen Kidnap Another Professor In Adamawa.

Allan Kadams, a Professor with the Crop Production Department of Modibbo Adamawa University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, Adamawa State, has been kidnapped.

According to NAN, Kadam’s kidnap comes two weeks after another Professor, Ibrahim Adamu of the same university’ Department of Soil Science, was kidnapped. Adamu was released after one day.

Hajiya Halima Bala, Registrar of the university, confirmed the kidnap, noting that the incident took place around 2am on Tuesday.

She said Kadams was kidnapped in his residence at the Federal Housing Estate, Bajabure, on the outskirts of Yola.

SP Othman Abubakar, Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa, also confirmed the incident, stating that policemen had been dispatched to track and rescue the professor.

“We are also in touch with the family of the professor for any development,” Abubakar said.

Abubakar also said the Police, in its effort to check kidnapping in the state, had arrested 11 suspects operating in Wuro-Jabbe and Vunoklang wards of Yola.

Osinbajo:FG’s School Feeding Programme Costs $1.8m Per Day

According to NAN, Osinbajo stated this in his keynote address at the closing ceremony of the 20th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum held at Four Seasons Hotel in Tunis, Tunisia, on Thursday.

Osinbajo was quoted as saying more than nine million primary pupils were benefitting across 26 states where the programme had taken effect.

The programme featured more than 353 delegates and experts from nine countries. The delegates included experts in the nutrition industry, United Nations officials from the World Food Programme, Global Child Nutrition Fund, the World Bank and stakeholders.

He said: “By tackling the broader issues of eradication of poverty, food and nutrition security, and increasing school enrolment. It is becoming clearer that the 21st century will be defined by knowledge and skills.

“The nations that are best able to present the most knowledgeable and most skilful citizens will prevail in commerce, in science and technology and of course, will enjoy the greatest prosperity and the longevity to enjoy the prosperity.

“Nations that do not invest enough to produce the required level of talent and skills will be left behind; a farther distance than ever before in the history of mankind.

“By 2035, Africa will have 1.2billion people. Over 50 per cent of that number will be young persons under the age of 25. Today, 60 per cent of the unemployed in Africa are young people.”

Osinbajo said at the cost of $0.19 per child per day, a balanced meal was provided for every one of the children, as 9,300,892 million pupils in 49,837 public primary schools in 26 states across Nigeria benefitted daily.

According to Osinbajo, at current numbers, the programme costs $1,767,169.48 per day and over $183 million has been invested so far in the programme.

He continued: “The programme employs 95,422 cooks, and over 100,000 smallholder farmers linked to the programme, supplying locally sourced ingredients.

“This translates to 594 cattle, 138,000 chickens, 6.8 million eggs, 83 metric tons of fish that are procured, prepared, and distributed each week. As you can imagine, the quantity of starch and vegetables required for this programme on a weekly basis is equally impressive”.

He listed highlighted partnerships with international donors such as Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and Partnership For Child Development, Imperial College, among others, justa s he commended the Global Child Nutrition Forum and World Food Programme, for their efforts.

Present at the occasion were Hatem Ben Salem, Minister of Education, Republic of Tunisia; Arlene Mitchell, Executive Director, Global Child Nutrition Fund; Don Burdy, Specialist at World Food Programme/World Bank, Daniel Balaban, Director of Centre of Excellence Against Hunger in Brazil and other regional representatives of WEF and GCNF, international donors.

Jos varsity under siege, students, staff killed on regular basis – ASUU

The University of Jos chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that the institution was under siege with staff and students killed on regular basis. Dr..Lazarus Maigoro, the chairman, who briefed newsmen on Thursday in Jos, said that the fear-stricken students and staff were always scared of the unknown while in the classes or at their residences “Everyday, when we leave our homes to come and discharge our duties, there is no guarantee that we will go back home alive.

“We make bold to say that the University of Jos has not known peace since the first major crisis that hit Plateau on Sept. 7, 2001. “That particular crisis, and subsequent ones, claimed the lives and property of staff and students.

“The recent violence, which hit most parts of Jos town, claimed the lives of two students and one member of staff. “The violence before it claimed the lives of 11 members of the family of a member of staff when his residence was  attacked by gunmen.

 

“As we speak, one student is still missing while another one is in the hospital nursing a bullet wound. “Staff and students of the institution have become major targets of hoodlums within and outside the university campus,” he said. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/10/ex-gov-sylva-denies-dumping-apc-for-pdp/ Maigoro said that as a result of inadequate infrastructure and multi-campus nature operated by the university, many members of staff and students live off campus, making them always vulnerable.

“Living in scattered directions make us vulnerable to attacks while going to, or returning from, work or school because the institution is surrounded by violent-prone communities,” he explained. The union demanded immediate reclamation of all lands belonging to the institution which had been encroached upon illegally on different fronts.

It also challenged security agencies to identify the killers of the students and staff so as to bring them to justice, and called for the creation of a permanent buffer zones around the university to guarantee security of members of its community.

 

The lecturers also called for the strengthening of the internal security apparatus within the institution for improved efficiency during crisis, and advocated a Special Intervention Fund to erect a perimeter fence around the entire land mass belonging to school. They also called for the provision of a Special Intervention Fund for the construction of more hostels and staff quarters to reduce the number of those living outside the campus. The union also called for the creation of alternative routes on campus to aid escape to safety during emergencies.

It also called for an immediate end to the grazing of cattle on the campus, saying that the menace was distracting  academic activities and causing lots of anxiety among members of the university community. ASUU also appealed to the Federal Government to release immediately, the outstanding take-off grant due to the university since its creation more than 40 years ago.

“The release of the grant will facilitate the development of needed infrastructure to bring University of Jos at par with other second generation universities in the country,” the ASUU chairman said.
Culled from Vanguardngr

Polytechnics Teachers Issue 21-day Strike Ultimatum

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has issued a 21-day ultimatum for the government to address the lingering issues bothering welfare and funding.

The Union National President Comrade Usman Dutse, in a statement, said the strike would shut down the sector.

He said key issues in dispute were: “The non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014; Non release of promotion arrears of members as well as persistent shortfalls in the personnel releases of Federal Polytechnics since 2016; nonpayment of negotiated allowances in polytechnics; nonpayment of salaries and other staff entitlements in many state-owned institutions; non release of CONTISS 15 migration arrears; infractions in the appointment process of rectors in polytechnics; non passage of the amendment bill of the Polytechnics Act; victimization of union officers.”

He said the union met on the 2nd of October, 2018 in Abuja to appraise the extent of execution of MoU reached so far with FG and found government unserious in abiding by the signed agreements.

Emeka Offor donates $25 m books to Nigerian Universities

According to a statement released to Vanguard in Abuja on Tuesday by the Spokesperson Alex Aghome, the aim of the philanthropic gesture is to restore better reading culture in schools, provide better research materials for students and reduce the financial burden on parents. Speaking at the ceremony, the promoter of the foundation, Sir Offor, who was represented by Dr. Steve Dike, said that he was worried by the declining academic standards in the country arising from inadequate research and reading materials for students and decided to take a bold step to address the inadequacy by making the books available to the schools.

Offor said it was an embarrassment for Nigeria to rely on foreign nations for the training of its manpower needs, pointing out that the economic development of a country can best be sustained when there are is solid human capital to support it.

“It is in a bid to earnestly develop the human capital of Nigeria that I and my foundation have come out today to make these very essential books and other vital resource materials available to the schools,” Offor explained. The Chairman Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities and Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, said there was need to pay more attention to reading by students in Nigerian educational institutions not just to pass examinations but also to acquire requisite knowledge to help in developing the country.

Ahaneku said that the books distributed by the foundation would be useful to those who are development-oriented and facilitate the accreditation of university courses in the benefitting institutions. Among the beneficiaries were: Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu, Ebonyi State, University of Ibadan, University of Abuja, Federal University, Lokoja and its Taraba counterpart. It will be recalled that Sir Emeka Offor, in collaboration with Books for Africa, in 2013, started a philanthropic mission of books distribution to several secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria and other African countries with a view to giving Africans a better academic advantage.

Since 2013 till date, many tertiary institutions in Nigeria and Africa have benefited from the books distribution scheme by the Emeka Offor Foundation

Culled from Vanguardngr

LASU:2 Professors, Lecturer Sacked For Sexual Harassment

The Lagos State University Governing Council has approved the dismissal of three lecturers for sexual harassment and misconduct.

The council took the decision at its 119th statutory Meeting held on Thursday, 4 October as recommended by the Joint Council/Senate (Academic) Disciplinary Committee.

Those dismissed are: Dr. Odubunmi, Ayoola Sunkanmi, Associate Professor, Department of Economics; Dr. Ogunwande Isiaka Ajani, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Dr. Gbeleyi Emmanuel Orilade, Lecturer II, Department of Anatomy, Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja, Lagos.

The Council also approved the promotion of 49 academic staff and 200 non-academic staff into various positions.

In a similar development, 29 non-academic staff of the university have benefited from an internal recruitment exercise recently conducted by the university. They include 18 Administrative Officers II, 3 Technologists II, 4 System Analysts, 2 Academic Planning Officers II and 2 Industrial Liaison Officers.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Breaking News:WAEC Confirms Adeleke Wrote His Exams In 1981

The West African Examination Council, WAEC, Wednesday confirmed that the embattled Senator Ademola Adeleke who was accused of not having its certificate actually wrote his WAEC exams in 1981. In a report published by Thecable, the council confirmed Adeleke’s participation in an affidavit deposed at an FCT high court in Bwari, Abuja.

Breaking: WAEC confirms Adeleke wrote his exams in 1981 In the affidavit sworn to by Henry Sunday Adewunmi Osindeinde, deputy registrar, head of school examination department, WAEC confirmed Adeleke sat for the May/April 1981 at Ede Muslim High School in Osun state. Recall that the dancing senator Adeleke who is also the Osun state PDP gubernatorial candidate was accused of not having West African School Certificate and he did not graduate from Jacksonville State University (JSU) in the United States by  icirnigeria.org, Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu respectively.

In view of that, policemen from Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Alagbon, Lagos in August 2, started an investigation and stormed Ede Muslim High School I, where the principal of the school, Mr. Khalid Abbas, was arrested and taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Osogbo. In a bid to maintain the democratic principle and rule of law, Court therefore gave WAEC five days to produce Adeleke’s results.

The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Othman Musa, directed that WAEC should depose an affidavit, to either deny or confirm that Adeleke who is currently representing Osun West Senatorial District, sat for the

Anambra School Girls Win Gold in World Technovation Challenge in US-James Eze(Pictures)

GOODNEWS FROM SAN FRANCISCO U.S.A

The five Anambra girls from Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha who represented Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, US last night have won the Gold Medal in the contest.

The team, led by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu Ugwu defeated representatives of other technological giants including the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to clinch the gold medal.

The Anambra girls who have now become Africa’s Golden Girls is made up of five brilliant girls including

1 Promise Nnalue
2 Jessica Osita
3 Nwabuaku Ossai
4 Adaeze Onuigbo
5 Vivian Okoye

The world champions who are reported to be attracting a lot of attention in the world’s greatest technological hub won the Challenge with a mobile application called the FD-Detector which they developed to help tackle the Challenge of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.

Under the tutelage of Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu the CEO of Edufun Technik STEM, the Golden Girls spent five months researching and developing FD-Detector which swept through over 2000 competing applications to get to the finals in San Francisco.

Technovation is a programme that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the programming skills they need to emerge as tech-entrepreneurs and leaders.

Every year, girls are invited to identify a problem in their communities, and then challenge them to solve them by developing Andriod applications that would address those problems.

115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.

The girls will also be attending Field trips, life-changing workshops including a networking session during their one week stay in USA.

The Governor of Anambra State,Chief Willie Obiano had personally sent them off to the US in a brief ceremony at the last Executive Council Meeting where he charged the girls to put Nigeria and Africa on the global technological map with their rare talent.

Breaking News :Obaseki approves training for 5000 teachers on use of digital teaching device, others

The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has approved the commencement of training for 5000 school teachers on the use of digital technology in teaching, as part of the ongoing reforms in the state’s education sector.

Obaseki The training, according to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education and Acting Chairman Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, “is a component of the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo-BEST) initiative, geared towards providing qualitative Basic Education for every Edo child using correct and up-to-date pedagogy in schools.”

The training is coming on the back of the huge success of the pilot programme where 2,000 teachers were trained on the use of handheld digital devices for teaching, a skill that has been in use in the pilot schools in the state. Dr. Osa Oviawe explained that Edo SUBEB will commence the teacher training programme on Monday August 6, 2018. She assured that “data gathering and planning for the phase 2 training have been properly executed, adding that the teachers are eager to participate and become Digital Teachers.” The SUBEB boss said: “Edo-BEST Programme will be expanded to over 60 per cent of public primary schools across the state and will cover Kindergarten to Primary Six. Five thousand (5000) teachers drawn from the selected schools will be trained in three batches. In addition to teacher training, Osa Oviawe said

“Headteachers will also receive training on school management; going forward, we aim to instil a strong culture of maintenance in our schools. “It is no longer going to be okay to allow school furniture, for example, to completely deteriorate until the point where fixing it is no longer an option. From when the first screws become loose, headteachers will have to report it.

“We are building a system of scheduling maintenance for every component of the school, from roof, flooring, whiteboards etc. Governor Obaseki has said that Headteachers are the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of schools and we want to assist them to better manage our schools.” Related

News Update :Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday Approved The Recruitment t Of 2200 Teachers

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday approved the recruitment of additional 1200 teachers for the Junior and Senior Secondary schools in the State. teachers The Governor, at the last quarterly Town Hall meeting at Ibeju Lekki, had promised that his administration would employ more teachers into public schools to meet up with the manpower required to cover all public schools in the State.

Confirming the development, Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs. Idiat Adebule said the 1200 teachers was an addition to the 1000 teachers which the Governor had approved for recruitment into Primary Schools in the State. Adebule, who superintends over the Ministry of Education, said guidelines for application would be released soon in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

The development, she added, would further aid teaching and learning in the public schools which according to her, has been attracting more enrollment in the last three years as a result of the improved infrastructure and welfare of teaching and non-teaching staff.

She said the improved facilities and staff motivation was evident in the high performance rate of the students of the State in local and international competitions.

BREAKING: SERAP Issue NYSC 7 Days To Produce Documents On Adeosun’s Certificate

In the FOI request dated August 2, 2018 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the organization said: “By providing information and documents on the Exemption Certificate, the NYSC would help put an end to any insinuation of complicity and show that the institution can embrace transparency and accountability in the discharge of its statutory mandates. This would in turn contribute to improved integrity and public image of the NYSC.”

According to the organization, Adeosun remains innocent until the allegations against her are properly tested and proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of competent jurisdiction based on relevant admissible evidence, but the continuing silence by the NYSC management on the matter may create an impression that an offence may have been committed, and lead to accusation that the management has something to hide.

“We urge you and the entire NYSC management and leadership to open up on the matter and provide information and documents as requested. This will be one step in the right direction. If the information is not provided to us within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, the Registered Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request,

 

“SERAP is concerned about the perceived lack of transparency and accountability of the NYSC management and leadership in this matter, which has seriously undermined public trust and confidence in the NYSC as a public institution established to serve the public interests.

“SERAP notes that following allegations of NYSC Exemption Certificate forgery against Mrs Adeosun, the NYSC management issued a statement confirming that she did apply for an Exemption Certificate and promising to ‘investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question’.

“However, we are concerned that the statement lacks specificity as to whether Mrs Adeosun was issued the Exemption Certificate. Further, although the statement was issued on 9 July 2018, the NYSC management has so far failed and/or neglected to publish the outcome of the investigation it promised. Nigerians are also entitled to the right to truth derived from the obligations of the government and its institutions to carry out an investigation into allegations of issues like forgery that have been levelled against Mrs Adeosun.

“By Section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011, SERAP is entitled as of right to request for or gain access to information, including information on the circumstances and the provisions of the NYSC Act under which any NYSC Exemption Certificate was granted to Mrs Adeosun.

“By Section 4 (a) of the FOI Act when a person makes a request for information from a public official, institution or agency, the public official, institution or urgency to whom the application is directed is under a binding legal obligation to provide the applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within 7 days after the application is received.

“By Sections 2(3)(d)(V) & (4) of the FOI Act, there is a binding legal duty to ensure that documents containing information relating to the granting of any NYSC Exemption Certificate are widely disseminated and made readily available to members of the public through various means. The information being requested does not come within the purview of the types of information exempted from disclosure by the provisions of the FOI Act. The information requested for bothers on an issue of national interest, public concern, good governance, transparency and accountability.”

 

Over Sharing Video Of Herself Masturbating, University undergraduate remanded in prison

Lilian_yans.ng_.pngLilian Rukundo of the Uganda Christian University has been reportedly charged to court for sharing a video of herself masturbating online.

According to media reports, the 23-year-old was on Monday arraigned in Buganda Road Court in Kampala, Uganda and charged with 10 counts before being convicted on her own plea of being guilty.

Rukundo also pleaded guilty to publishing pictures of her naked body from the breast to the knees.

According to the charge sheet, in 2017 while in her hostel in Mukono District, Rukundo in Uganda, produced a video showing herself masturbating, while pushing a middle finger in and out of her vagina, for purposes of sexually arousing whoever watched it.

The chief magistrate, Mrs Mary Babirye remanded her to Luzira Prison until July 13, 2018, when she will return to court for sentencing.

Luck reportedly ran out of Rukundo last month when a whistleblower tipped the Pornographic Control Committee.

Sources say that Lillian is currently remanded in prison where she will stay until Friday this week to give the court a chance to watch videos before judgment.

31 lawyers appointed Senior Advocate of Nigeria [See full list]

The Legal Practitioner’s Privilege Committee (LPPC) has announced comfirmed2018_7$large_SANs-new a list of 31 senior legal practitioners short-listed for the prestigious Senor Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) title.

Hadizatu Mustapha, Secretary of the LPPC, made the announcement on Thursday at the end of the 133rd plenary of the committee.

The short list comprises 30 males and only one female — Oluyemisi Bamgbose, a Professor of Law at the University of Ibadan (UI).

Mustapha explained that 106 lawyers applied for the rank, two of them females. Eighty-three were in the advocate category while 28 applied under the academic category.

THE FULL LIST

Oluyemisi Bamgbose
Adeniji Kazeem
Adekola Olawoye
Isa Chiroma
Olanrewaju Fagbohun
Chinonye Obiagwu
Olalekan Ojo
Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika
Olabode Olanipekun
Oba Maduabuchi
Essien Udom
Metong Urombo
Wahab Egbewole
George Igbokwe
Olubowale Taiwo
Oluwole Iyamu
Stephen Adehi
Oluseun Akinbiyi
Emmanuel Achukwu
Keneth Ahia
Louis Alozie
Wole Agunbiade
Olayode Delano
Taminu Inuwa
Sonny Wogu
Offorinze Amucheazi
Adewale Atake
Kehinde Ehighelua
Muhammed Akanbi
Cosmas Enweluzo
Ishiaka Mudi

Obasanjo was appointed recently as a facilitator – an academic counsel for students – by the management of NOUN and getting resumed work on Thursday

Former President of Nigeria, Dr Olusegun Obasanjo, officially resumed at  centre of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) as a students’ facilitator, at Obasanjo-NOUNAbeokuta, Ogun State study

Obasanjo met with two final-year undergraduate students of Christian Theology assigned to him by the University for Supervision.

The name  of the two students are Elijah Egehedi-Oke and Toriola Abigael.

Obasanjo was appointed recently as a facilitator – an academic counsel for students – by the management of NOUN. Obasanjo recently bagged a PhD on Christian Theology from NOUN making him the first PhD holder from the university.

The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) on Wednesday, July 4, released the results of the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

 

The apex exam council said that only 49.98 per cent of candidates who wrote the school certificate examination obtained credit passes and above.

Speaking while announcing the result in Lagos at the WAEC Training and Testing Centre (WTTC), Ogba, Mr Olu Adenipekun, WAEC’s Head of National Office (HNO) said a total of 786,016 candidates of the 1,572,396 that wrote the examination had five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics

 

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He directed candidates who sat for the examination and have fulfilled their financial obligations to the council to check the details of their performance on the Council’s result website: http://www.waecdirect.org.

He said they recorded a 49.98 percent pass rate in the number of candidates that obtained credits and above in minimum of five subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.

According to Adenipekun, “Statistics of the result showed that a total of 1,213,244 candidates representing 76.84 percent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects with or without English Language and or Mathematics.

“858,424 candidates representing 54.59 percent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language but without Mathematics.”

Guide line How to check 2018 May/June WAEC results

The exam body has enabled its online portal and also urged candidates to visit its results website: www.waecdirect.org as from Wednesday Evening.

WAEC: How To Check 2018 May/June WASSCE Results Online
  • Enter your 10-digit WAEC Examination Number. (This is your 7-Digit centre number followed by your 3-digit candidate number eg. 4123456789)
  • Enter the 4 digits of your Examination Year eg. 2018.
  • Select the Type of Examination.
  • Enter the Card Serial Number found on the reverse side of your Scratch card.
  • Enter the Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your Scratch card.

Click Submit and wait for the results window to come up.