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About 50 beneficiaries of MTN Foundation Scholarship for Blind Students have graduated from the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo State.

The blind students were awarded the merit scholarship after successfully applying and undergoing the selection exercise conducted across the country.

The scholarship which covered tuition and book allowances for one year was renewable yearly if the beneficiary maintains a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.5 and above.

Speaking at the convocation ceremony, the executive secretary of MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma, commended the graduating students for their resilience and hardwork.

He reserved special praise for beneficiaries who received the scholarship more than once and charged the graduates to take advantage of the training they had received as they pursue other goals in life.

The MTN Foundation Scholarship Scheme for Blind Students is aimed at providing academic scholarship annually to eligible blind students in accredited public tertiary institution across Nigeria.

Currently in its fourth phase, MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships worth N200, 000 yearly to 451 new and returning awardees.

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The Lagos State Government on Friday April 3, presented 12 fourteen-seater buses to students union executives of State and Federal Government-owned tertiary institutions in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beneficiaries were the student unions of the University of Lagos, Lagos State University (LASU), Yaba College of Education and the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka.

Others were those of the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, St. Augustine’s College of Education, and the Federal College of Fisheries and Oceanography.

The student unions of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of the Education and Lagos State College of Health Technology also benefited from the gift.

The governor explained that the buses were also presented to students of federal institutions in the state because it concerns the welfare of all students

Many Nigerian students are seeking better education in foreign universities because the Nigerian educational environment is not equipped to bring out the best in them.

An educational consultant, Bamidele Omotosho, said this at the opening of Kalesanmi House, a residential training centre in Ikeja, Lagos State.

According to him, the environment in which students study matters to their development.

"The reason our students also go out there to be excellent is because of the environment and facilities that are far better than what we have here," Omotosho said.

"The current environment still doesn't bring out the best in Nigerian students."

He made an example of the teacher to student ratio, which according to him, is by far higher in Nigeria compared to international best practice.

"The ratio of student to teacher is much lower [in foreign universities] than what we have here; averagely it is 20:1.

Omotosho noted that the situation has not always been so.

"In the 1960s and 1970s when we were in the universities, nobody was interested in going overseas because we had the best of environment for learning and foreigners were almost begging to come here," he said.

"In UI then, the total student population was 3, 000."

The educationist also noted that many programs are not available in the Nigerian educational system, thereby requiring students to look outside the country.

"Many Nigerians have no choice than to go to America for graduate programmes that are not available here."

He however noted that it is not entirely negative that Nigerian students go abroad to study, adding that the exposure is good for them.

"The goal is to broaden the horizon of our best minds.

"There is no country that does not send its citizen to other countries to study, because this is important to development.

"There are lots of Chinese and Japanese in American universities today; they are not there for the fun of it."

He said every country must be able to learn from others through its students.

The European Parliament, the parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU), has promised to help in the rescue and education of the abducted Chibok girls.

Delegates from the Parliament disclosed this on Monday when they joined the sit-out by Bring Back Our Girls group at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.

About 300 girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, on the night of 14–15 April 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents.

Some of them escaped and a few others were rescued.

But over 200 of the girls are believed to still be in captivity and the Bring Back Our Girls group has been pressuring the government to rescue them.

A member of the Parliament, Cecile Kashetu Kyenge, said they are in Nigeria to 'observe the election' but are concerned about the government's plan to rescue the girl and give them their right to education.

"I will go back to Europe and the parliament to say that it is not just for the abducted girls but for our lives and for the women because everybody must have a chance to be educated," Kyenge said.

"As a woman, I know we must support you and lend our voice to the Bring Back Our Girls cry.

"It is not only a hashtag, it is our lives.

Kyenge said the winner of the 2015 Presidential polls must have a plan on how to rescue the abducted girls.

"The winner of the election must have an agenda on how to rescue the girls. For us it is important.

"It is more important for me because I come from Africa."

The European Union deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to observe the Presidential, Parliamentary and then Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections in Nigeria

The European Parliament, the parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU), has promised to help in the rescue and education of the abducted Chibok girls.

Delegates from the Parliament disclosed this on Monday when they joined the sit-out by Bring Back Our Girls group at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.

About 300 girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, on the night of 14–15 April 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents.

Some of them escaped and a few others were rescued.

But over 200 of the girls are believed to still be in captivity and the Bring Back Our Girls group has been pressuring the government to rescue them.

A member of the Parliament, Cecile Kashetu Kyenge, said they are in Nigeria to 'observe the election' but are concerned about the government's plan to rescue the girl and give them their right to education.

"I will go back to Europe and the parliament to say that it is not just for the abducted girls but for our lives and for the women because everybody must have a chance to be educated," Kyenge said.

"As a woman, I know we must support you and lend our voice to the Bring Back Our Girls cry.

"It is not only a hashtag, it is our lives.

Kyenge said the winner of the 2015 Presidential polls must have a plan on how to rescue the abducted girls.

"The winner of the election must have an agenda on how to rescue the girls. For us it is important.

"It is more important for me because I come from Africa."

The European Union deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to observe the Presidential, Parliamentary and then Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections in Nigeria

A female Electrical Engineering student at the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Ufurum Precious Chichi, has constructed an automatic gate control as her final year project.

Ufurum did the project in pursuance of a Higher National Diploma Certificate (HNDII), Daily Trust reports.

She said her with her invention, which is suitable for banks, parts, supermarkets, hospitals and other establishments, a gateman will not be needed to open the gate manually, because it opens automatically after sensing the presence of a car or person.

According to the student, the automatic gate control has a micro copula control that works with other part of the circuit, alarm unit, motor unit, power supply, sensor unit that makes the gate open after sensing that a person or car is close to the gate.

Ufurum's project supervisor, Engr. Abdulraheem Abdulaziz, said a Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and counter should be fitted to the control for security purposes.

Friday, 03 April 2015 09:46

“THE WA-ZO-BIA REACTION”:

The poem below expresses a poet’s sentiment of what went down in the historic 2015 Presidential Elections.

It is titled “THE WA-ZO-BIA REACTION”:

 

Jega dusted the crucible

placed it on the Inec’s table

“let us sample 9ja’s medullas!”

he threw in tattered umbrellas

brooms entered the mix

“tick-tock”, time ticks

 

“pour all into the mortar”

people added Holy Water

as Jega pounded with PVC

Twitter turned a stormy sea:

OMOjuwa and OMOkri

efribodi n sare kiri!

 

Jega first said  ‘FeBUHARI

14 x 2 =  March 28. Orisirisi!

“continuity!”, many screamed

“change!” many more dreamed

as Amaechi dodged bullets

mama Peace fed gullets

 

Nyamiri, Ngbati and Gambari

all thumbed their marks for Buhari

young, aged, (cows and underaged?)

from Sokoto to Osun, the thumbs raged

Lagos quaked and Rivers rumbled

but the umbrella still crumbled!

 

mad Oru, for Joe, did bebe

but Jega drooled white kelebe..

the General penned victory piece

as uncle Jona whimpered in peace

ah, this Wa-Zo-Bia reaction!

birth of one-hope nation!

By: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson 

Born on the 8th of March 1957 to the family of late Sir Adeyemi, Osinbajo is a father of three children with Oludolapo Osinbajo, a granddaughter of Obafemi Awolowo, a Senior Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and a politician amongst many other things.

He has a very impressive academic history:

  • Osinbajostarted atCorona Schoolfor his primary school education.
  • Between 1969 and 1975, he attendedIgbobi College Yabafor his secondary education. There he won several awards including; the State Merit Award 1971; the School Prize for English Oratory, 1972; Adeoba Prize for English Oratory 1972-1975; Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC) – 1973, School Prize for Literature (HSC), 1975; African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize, 1974.
  • Between 1975 and 1978, Osinbajo studied at theUniversity of Lagos(UNILAG) where he earned a Second Class Upper Bachelor of Laws degree. He was awarded the he received the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law.
  • 1979 had the mandatory one year professional training at theNigerian Law School
  • In 1980 studied at theLondon School of Economicsand obtained his Master of Laws
  • Between late 1979 and 1980, he did hisNational Youth Service(NYSC) with the Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA)
  • Between 1981 and 1988, he commenced academic work as a lecturer at UNILAG
  • In 1990, aged 33, he became a Professor of Law
  • Between 1997 and 1999 he was a Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law at UNILAG
  • He is presently the chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) ofRedeemer's University(RUN)

Osinbajo has many publications to his name and is a member of several professional bodies including the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Body of Benchers and the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria and Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

On March 31, 2015, Professor Osinbajo became the Vice-President Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Two students at George Mason University, Virginia, have taken fire fighting to a new level with a green technology fire fighting equipment that uses only sound waves to put our flames.

Viet Tran and Seth Robertson invented a device that can put out flames using only a blast of sound.

In a demonstration video, Seth killed off leaping flames in a frying pan by blasting low-frequency sound waves t it from their portable fire extinguisher.

According to the Telegraph, Tran and Robertson say they created the green technology to stop kitchen fires and eliminate the toxic and messy chemicals used in the normal commercial extinguishers,

But they are optimistic that it could be used in wide areas outdoors, such as large forest fires, handled by robots or drones so that no human lives will be lost in fighting fires.

They are even hoping it could be used in space.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged President-elect,Muhammadu Buhari, to carry the youth along once he assumes power.

In a congratulatory message issued on Wednesday by its Public Relations Officer,Nwankwo Ezekiel, NANS congratulated Buhari on his victory at the 2015 Presidential polls.

He urged the president-elect to ensure that he carries Nigerian students and youths along in his administration.

Ezekiel also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat at the polls and urged politicians and political parties to accept the outcome of the elections.

He asked them to support the new government in order to make Nigeria a better place for everyone.

A former student of the Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo, has donated a library to a department of the institution to mark his 50th birthday.

Pastor Olatunde Oladokun, who graduated from the College 23 years ago, constructed and furnished the History Departmental Library.

In his speech during the presentation of the library, ACE Provost, Professor Olukoya Ogen, described the donor as a “man of vision determined to make impact on his generation”.

He hailed Pastor Oladokun for his contribution to societal development, while lamenting the poor reading culture among youths.

"By the nature of his business, he has touched many lives particularly youth and people who could be classified as downtrodden," Ogen said.

The Provost hailed the quality of facilities in the library which he said would become a mini-research centre when fully equipped and boost the college chances of accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

He urged members of the college alumni to take a cue from the Oladokun and give back to the institution.

 

24-year-old graduate of Petroleum Engineering, Ajumobi Yusuf Falola, during the 27th Convocation Ceremony of the institution emerged the best graduating student of the institution.


Falola despite the financial challenges he faced graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.82.

In his words, “I can’t even say that my family is an average family. But I have just been able to manage the little resources and financial assistance from some of my colleagues in the university. I thank them because they really tried a lot. Whenever I was in need of money, some of them assisted me.

“My parents are not rich, but I managed what they gave to me and with the books available in the library, I was able to be concentrate on my studies. My dad is a transporter, while my mum is a trader in Mushin, Lagos,”

The young man who attributed his achievement to the help of God said he does not shake hands with the female folks as he was very religious.

He advised students not to be discouraged if they come from a poor background, assuring that God was always available to help any serious student. 

He finally called on students to focus in their studies as no lecturer will be able to victimize them. 

One of the reasons why the standard of education dropped after the Federal Government took over mission schools is that classrooms are overcrowded.

Reverend Father Jeremiah Dermot O’Connell, who has spent most of his life as a school administrator and teacher at Government Secondary School, Minna, made the observation in an interview with news men.

"You know when a school is small you can give proper attention to school children," O’Connell.

"After the government took over the schools the population increased. At present you can even have up to 100 students in a class."

The 79-year-old Irish Catholic Priest said teachers cannot effectively impact knowledge in such crowded classrooms, negatively affecting the learning process.

"In such a situation, you cannot expect a teacher to give attention to individual student since overcrowded class is identified as one of the problems leading to low standard of education."

The educationist noted the ironical situation which sees government asking private schools to have only 36 pupils in a class but fail to regulate the government controlled schools.

"They know that such class exists; while the authority insists that the private schools should have only 36 students in a class. There is no regulation at all at the government secondary schools as to how many students should be in a class," O’Connell noted.

According to him, the facilities available are not sufficient.

"It is a problem to the school administration because the facilities are not there and there are no enough schools to absorb the students."

Mission and voluntary agency primary and secondary schools in Nigeria were taken over through the Schools Take-Over (Validation) Decree of 1977, with compensations paid to the original owners.

Father O’Connell came into Calabar, Nigeria as a missionary in September 1961. In 1963, he was posted to Minna Niger State where he remained up till date.

The management of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin hereby informs all the students of the institution that the GNS Examinations timetable is as follows;










Monday 27th , Tuesday 28th, and Wednesday 29th 2015

GNS 101
Time Venus Dept/Prog Invigilators Chief Invigilator
DAY ONE        
MODAY, 27TH8.30 – 10.30am   Auditorium Pol. Science (76)Economics (66)Accounting (67)           424Mass. Comm. (95)

Computer (120)

LR  6 Microbiology (45)
LR  7 Microbiology (27)       72Statistics (14)Marketing (8)
LR  8 Bus. Adm. (45)
LR  9 English Lang. (7)Geology (31)
LR 10 B/Finance (25)Ind. Chem. (10)
LR 12 Bus. Adm. (25) Physics (4)Mathematics (8)
LR 13 ISS (64)Arabic (22)
LR 14 Biochemistry (53)History (40)
 GNS 201 
11.30am–1.00pm Auditorium Accounting (73)Pol. Science (87)Mass. Comm. (114)      420Computer (136)

English (10)

  LR 13 Bus. Adm. (82)Statistics (8)
LR 14 Microbiology (90)
LR 2 B/F (25)Marketing (15)Microbiology (8)
LR 4 History (44)
LR 5 Geology (45)
LR6 Geology (9)ISS (26)Eng Lang. (10)
LR 7 Bio. chem. (45)
LR 8 Bio. chem. (9)Arabic (29)Physics (4)
LR 11 ISS (30)
LR 3 ISS (26
LR 9 Econs (45)
LR 10 Econs (21)Ind. Chem. (14)Mathematics (1)
 GNS 301 
DAY TWOTUESDAY, 28th 8.30 – 10.30am Auditorium Computer (141)Accounting (104)Microbiology (121)        421Islamic Stu. (55)
LR 2 Political Sciences (45)
LR 4 Political Sciences (45)
LR 5 Biochemistry (20)Industrial Chem. (15)Statics (13)
LR 6 Geology (36)Physics (4)
LR 7 Biochemistry (45)
LR 8 Arabic (33)English (15)
LR 9 B/F (26)Pol. Sciences (10)
LR 10 Economics (45)
LR 12 History (24)Economics (21)
LR 13 Bus. Admin. (68)Marketing (15)
LR 14 Mass Comm. (94)

 

The University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) has reached an agreement with National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to collaborate on life sciences research.

Both institutions at the weekend signed a memorandum of understanding.

UNIABUJA now joins Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in NIPRD's drive to foster collaboration between industry and academia.

According to a Daily Trust report, NIPRD Director General, Karniyus Gamaniel, said the agreement would be mutually beneficial.

“We want to create a program of mutual interest to our mandate and pursue it together,” Gamaniel said.

The DG said the institute will hire the best life-sciences graduates from the institution while its employees will enroll for postgraduate studies at the university while doing their research work at NIPRD.

According to him, the university's life sciences and pharmaceutical studies postgraduate students can also do their research at NIPRD with access to industry grade equipment.

Gamanie added that both institutions will exchange academic materials and develop joins research grant applications.



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