Federal government urges states to focus more on Education, Healthcare

The federal government has begged every states to focus more attention to the development and building of primary healthcare and educational facilities to promote and improve the standard of living of Nigerians in rural part of the country.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Adejoke Adefulire, gave the advice at a two-day sensitization workshop for 2018 conditional grant scheme for focal persons representing states in Abuja.

She said: “In line with the requirements of the Conditional Grants Scheme Implementation Manual, two sectors – Health and Education – have been identified as the most critical that requires urgent intervention for 2018 CGS to States round. The 2018 CGS round, like that of 2017, will cover only for the States to be implemented for the Local Government because of budgetary constraints.

“States’ applications will do well by keying into the new initiatives of the Federal government, which will enhance the quality of states’ proposals, such as sustainability solution in this respect, all applications should be accompanied with detailed mechanism for sustainability and community participation.”

Sustainable development goals 3 and 4 are specific goals targeted to ensure the development of good healthcare delivery and access to education in developing countries by 2030. Since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, the Nigerian government has taken concerted steps to achieve the set goals. One of such step is giving conditional grant scheme to the states.

The conditional grant scheme will focus on two critical areas of healthcare delivery and proper development of the education sector in rural areas.

Deputy resident representative, UNDP, Joerg Kuehuel said the body is partnering with some states in Nigeria to ensure successful attainment of the goals in the country.

The National Bureau of Statistics wants the current level of poverty in the country reduced for effective implementation of the project.

Nigeria’s conditional grant scheme which started in 2007 was borne out of the need to develop new mechanisms to engage and mobilize resources from all tiers of the government towards achieving SDGs by 2030.

Despite ASUU Strike, More Nigerian Universities Make List Of Top Universities In The World As The University of Ibadan Is Ranked No. 1 In Nigeria

A newly released Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019 by Times Higher Education has seen The University of Ibadan ranking as the top university in the country. Covenant University is the second best University in the Country while the University of Nsukka is rated as the third best University in the country.

Higher education institutions in Africa have moved up university rankings. This is according to the 2019 Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings.

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According to the rankings , compiled by Times Higher Education, African countries were better represented than in previous years. Egypt holds the position as the most represented African nation on the ranking, while the highest ranking African institution on the table is in South Africa.

The list ranks 442 universities from 43 countries, across four continents. The rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the World University Rankings to judge institutions on their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. But these indicators are recalibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.

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With 19 institutions included in the 2019 list, Egypt more than doubled its representation on the rankings and achieving its strongest performance yet. Seven of these feature in the top 200, up from just two in 2018.

The University of Cape Town retained its position as the the highest ranked African university on the table, coming in again at number nine. South Africa also has seven institutions ranked in the top 200.

Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all have more institutions on the rankings than they did last year, while Ghana and Kenya have each retained one ranked institution. The University of Ghana and Kenya’s University of Nairobi have both slipped down the rankings.

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China remains the most represented nation in the annual listing, with 72 institutions ranked in total. The nation also claims four of the table’s top five spots.

Let us know what your thoughts are on this new University ranking.

Governor Fayemi places huge smile on the faces of Ekiti teachers as he approves release of N146 million for their special allowances

The Ekiti State government has released a total of N146 million for the payment of Rural Teachers Allowance and Core Subjects Allowance to teachers in its employ.

A total of 6,203 teachers from both primary and secondary schools serving in rural areas and those teaching core subjects are the beneficiaries.

 

 

The  Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, described the gesture as a “further demonstration of the present administration’s commitment to the welfare of teachers and ensure meaningful development in education sector.”

In a statement released today and signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Odunayo Ogunmola, Egbeyemi assured that the Kayode Fayemi administration places a high premium on the welfare of state workers and would ensure the timely payment of salary arrears.

The payment of the special allowances covers three-month arrears of October, November and December 2018.

A total of 3,314 teachers serving in rural areas received 77,352,843.75, while total of 2,889 core subjects teachers got N68,718,214.90.

 

 

Core Subjects Allowance is paid to public school teachers teaching Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while Rural Teachers Allowance is paid to teachers who serve in rural communities.

The two allowances, which came on stream during the first tenure of Governor Fayemi, are outside the normal monthly salaries paid to teachers by the state government.

Egbeyemi urged teachers to reciprocate the gesture and cooperate with the Fayemi administration by putting in their best in order to regain the lost glory of the state’s education system.

The deputy governor allayed fears that the administration plans on sacking teachers, making assurances that more teachers would be employed as soon as possible.

 

 

He said that the state’s education sector has enjoyed a new lease on life since the start of the new Fayemi administration, listing such reforms as an Executive Order banning collection of illegal levies in public schools and the release of N200 million housing and car loans to teachers.

Others reforms highlighted inlude the payment of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) fees for 13,000 final year students in public secondary schools, purchase of 3,000 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for Ekiti youths, and the procurement of 552 laptops for selected secondary schools.

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Basketmouth Postpones Release of His New Movie Because of Falz’s (Details)

Since the announcement and trailer release of the horror movie, the level of anticipation has hit the roof as fans can’t wait to take a bite. Sadly, the release date has been postponed and this has got everyone talking about the reason.

 

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Now, following the release of the buzzy album from rapper Falz that has presently embedded itself in our cultural conversation, and hence draining mass attention, Basketmouth posted on Instagram early this morning that he was postponing his own movie because of Falz’s Moral Instruction.

 

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@falzthebahdguy hope you’re aware that I pulled out from releasing my movie today because of this your album!! Abeg, next time de tell person say your album go hot like this. Yeye de smell.

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On social media and since yesterday, Moral Instruction peaked at the top of Twitter’s trending topics, the debate on the rapper’s politics and views on sex work which was a fragment of the ”societal ills” he addressed in his album. I can wait for the noise to be drowned out, so that we can go back to our regular schedule.

 

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Baskemouth’s horror movie, in my opinion, is far too important to be shelved aside any longer. We need a new release date, as soon as possible. kindly share your thoughts with us below.

UNILAG now has a TV station, see where to get their channel

Two years after getting the operational license to run a Television station, the University of Lagos has launched UNILAG TV.

University of Lagos television station, UNILAG TV, is expected to begin operation from Thursday, January 17, 2019, on cable TV brand, Startimes.

According to the varsity’s management, UNILAG TV is to commence broadcasting of local, national and international news to viewers across Nigeria on Channel 184.

The announcement was made by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

Ogundipe said since UNILAG pioneered campus radio broadcasting on December 14, 2004, it has been a dream to also run a campus television station.

UNILAG was issued television operational license on November 9, 2017.

Another school in Oyo state locks students out over use of Hijab

With the unresolved crisis over the use of Hijab in International School, Ibadan, ISI, owned by the University of Ibadan,, another University-owned secondary school has been embroiled in the same crisis.

About 50 students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology International School in Ogbomoso, Oyo State who went to school in hijab on Monday morning, were either locked out or asked to remove it.

An academic (names withheld) revealed the development to journalists in Ibadan, the state capital. The statement he sent via electronic mail reads, “Hijab Imbroglio: Welcome to LAUTECH Secondary School, Ogbomoso, Oyo State. The story dates back to 2011, when the first request was made to the Governing Board of the school to allow our willing Muslim female children to use hijab as part of their school uniform in line with Islamic dictates.

“Since 2011, barely eight years ago, several letters of appeal had been written while we wait endlessly without any concrete positive response to our simple request. Our Muslim girls over the period have been using beret instead of hijab contrary to the Islamic dictates.

He added, “Our patience overtime as law-abiding citizens was premised on our belief that the management of the school would do the needful and pay regard to the rule of law and provision of the Constitution guaranteeing fundamental human rights of everybody.

“Having waited endlessly since 2011, it was decided on the 4th of January, 2019 that our willing Muslim female children should commence the use of hijab as school resumed on 7/1/2019. The children are in the school presently, teachers are threatening. They are removing hijab on them. The girls disagreed. They disallowed them to enter. It’s noise presently. The school is still on. Our Muslim children that used hijab are still outside the school.”

Confirming the development, the Principal of the school, Mr Ibrahim Animashaun, sued for peace. He said in a telephone conversation, “The school board of governors has yet to approve the use of hijab and the board is looking at their letter. The status quo remains until the board approves their request.”

JAMB 2019!! Steps to follow for Registration

Many students have failed before their examinations even started. This is why it is necessary for prospective candidates of any examination to know the right steps to follow when making an application.

For the 2019 Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) Direct Entry form, here are therefore the 5 easy steps to follow for a successful registration:

1. Create a direct profile on JAMB’s site.

2. Proceed to any approved bank or a Computer Based Test (CBT) center to get an E-pin.

3. Go to a CBT center to begin the registration proper, as registration can only be done at approved CBT centers.

4. When registration is done, you will be given an e-slip as it is your proof of application.

5. Keep your login details like your phone number close to you.

Reports earlier stated that JAMB had started selling the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms.

The announcement was made on the verified Twitter account of the examination body through a number of tweets.

The tweets read:

“1. No candidate should proceed to any CBT centre without first creating a profile. Candidates are advised to create a profile by sending their name (Surname, First-name, and Middle-name) via SMS to 55019.

“2. After which a 10 digit profile code would be sent to their telephone number. This code will then be used to purchase the application document at the point of purchase (Banks, MMOs, MFBs, USSD Partners etc).

“3. A form e-pin would then be sent to the candidate via SMS. The candidate is to present the e-pin at any JAMB accredited CBT centre for registration.”

OAU Shades ASUU As New Faction Emerges, Ignores Strike As It Commences Second Semester Exams For Students

The ASUU house it seems is gradually giving way as some schools are seemingly pulling off and away from the association.

The Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, has commenced exams for its students despite the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The school on Monday commenced its 2017/2018 second semester exams.

It is reported that ASUU had, on November 4 2018, embarked on industrial action.

Since then, academic activities have been suspended in various universities.

However, some departments in OAU are carrying on with academics as they have lecturers who are not members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The lecturers said they are members of the Congress Of Nigeria University Academics, CONUA, adding that the industrial action was not binding on them.

Students of English and Literary Studies department have been receiving lectures and sat for exams on Monday.

The university’s public relations officer, Abiodun Olarenwaju told TheCable that the school calendar would not be extended.

“There’s nothing that suggests we are going to extend any calendar. Don’t let us be speculative, when we get to the bridge we will cross it.

“The senate of the university is in charge of the academic activities, if they find it to extend, they will and if not, there’s nothing anybody can do about it. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and don’t let us be speculative

“Whether they are going to extend it or not has not stopped the students from reading, they should read.”

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Strike Action: Don’t Push Your Luck Too Far, MURIC Warns ASUU, See What It Says ASUU Should Do To Speedily Get Its Demand Met!

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) group has sent out a warning and a plea to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end its lingering strike.

ASUU embarked on the ongoing industrial action on 5th November, 2018. The strike has entered its third month.

Making the appeal on Tuesday, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) said ASUU leadership should consider the state of the nation and the plight of the students.

In a statement by the Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola the Muslim group said “the Federal Government (FG) has demonstrated goodwill by offering a part-payment.

“It may be considered a small amount but when viewed against the background of this administration’s commitment to infrastructural development, falling oil prices and the recession Nigeria has just passed through, ASUU needs to exhibit more understanding.

“This regime should not be punished for the sins of all past administrations. In the past ten years for instance, the education sector received a paltry N3.5 trillion out of N55.19 trillion of the annual budgets.

“ASUU is therefore fighting a just cause, but the union must know where to draw the line. He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.

“ASUU should also consider the coming general elections. Why not collect the amount offered by FG and resume work in order to make room for a hitch-free general election? We must not give room for politicians to start reading meanings into this industrial action.

“Neither should ASUU stretch its luck. Already, ASUU lost the University of Ilorin several years ago and heaven did not fall. The University of Ife branch has followed suit.

“There are also rumours that splinter groups of ASUU are already setting up a parallel union. ASUU’s strength lies in its unity. Accepting FG’s offer and calling off the strike will therefore be the best option at this particular time. ASUU is respected nationwide as the conscience of the nation. But ASUU must not overdo it.

“As a parting shot, we plead with ASUU to compassionately consider the agony of parents countrywide and the social menace the strike has become.

“Public sentiment has metamorphosed into frustration. The next stage in the process of metamorphosis may be contempt and anger. It may be too late by then.”

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BITTER TRUTH! Stop looking for jobs, Aregbesola, former Osun governor, tells Unemployed Nigerian graduates BUT he suggested that…

Former Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday told graduating students of Fountain University, Osogbo, and the entire unemployed Nigerian graduates not to look for jobs after graduation, a bitter truth that may not go down well with of the unemployed Nigerian graduates.

The former governor instead advised them to look for teaching job.

Aregbesola, who spoke at the 8th convocation of the university, where he was honoured with a doctorate in science, said the gradaunds should think of being self-employed and employ five other people.

He decried the inability of the nation’s education system to solve some of the basic challenges facing the country, adding that Nigeria’s knowledge base was low and it had led to low productivity among the graduates.

Aregbesola said, “To me education is the means through which a good society can be guaranteed. The objectives of education include character formation, social responsibility, value orientation and financial independence. As a result, the university as the pinnacle of education, must set goals for itself and the society.

“Our knowledge base as a country is low, judging by the low knowledge productivity of Nigeria. Skills and competence to build a good society are still missing. I want to urge you gradaunds to go out and demonstrate what you have acquired during your school days, struggle to create and be of good character because character is key. Don’t bother to look for jobs. Make effort to be self-employed and employ five others.”

Also, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Amidu Sanni, said the institution’s management had reviewed the curricula that had been in operation in the past 10 years without undermining the approved Nigeria Universities Commission’s Basic Minimum Academic Standard.

He added that the university’s Senate had approved 38 new programmes for NUC’s consideration.

According to Sannni, the programmes include Islamic and Common Law, Metrology, Electronics with Computer Science,  Engineering Physics, Nursing, Public Health and Environmental Health Sciences, among others.

Do you agree with the suggestion of the governor that Nigerian graduates shouldn’t look for job other than teaching jobs? Share your thoughts with us.