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UNILORIN a terrorist organisation – ASUU

…Rejects Secretary’s sack By Agboola Bayo Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday, rejected the sack of its UNILORIN Secretary, Dr Solomon Oyelekan, by the University management. Oyelekan’s suspension was announced barely 72hours after the chairman, Dr Kayode Afolayan, was sacked for “blowing whistle on the corrupt activities of the Vice Chancellor, Professor […]

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Bauchi gov charges foreign students on Nigeria’s image

Bauchi Bauchi state Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, has enjoined Nigerian students, especially those studying abroad to concentrate on their studies and acquire knowledge to return back and contribute their quota to nation-building. He also charged them to be good ambassadors of the country, by exhibiting good character, which will project the good image of the […]

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Campuses bubble as students return

Academic and social activities returned to the various universities after the suspension of nationwide strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), last Monday. Blueprint which monitored the return of students revealed how number of passengers increased in various motor parks, even as drivers cashed-in to increase their fares. Some students, who spoke with Blueprint […]

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Corruption: I’m regular visitor to EFCC – IMT Rector

Book makers, who christened Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu a haven of corruption, may have a new story to tell as the Rector, Professor Augustine Nweze’s led administration is working to change the perception. RAPHAEL EDE writes. When the Rector, Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu, Prof. Augustine Uchenna Nweze, took over […]

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NOUN don harps on need for employable graduates

A university lecturer has reiterated the need for African universities to produce graduates with needed skills for global competitiveness, argumentative analysis and employment. Th e Dean, Faculty of Post-graduate School, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Dr. Sama’ila Mande, made the observation at the 5th annual conference of the Association of West African Universities (AWAU) […]

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JAMB’s CAPs to expand admission opportunities – Oloyede

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), said it newly introduced Central Admissions Processing Systems (CAPS), will expand admission opportunities for prospective tertiary institution students in the country. Registrar of the Board, Ishaq Oloyede, said CAPs had been designed to ensure that candidates were fairly treated as well as protect academic calendar in the system. Oloyede […]

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Mass literacy: Commission to capture 10m Nigerians

National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult Education and Non-Formal Education (NMEC), said it has developed an operational plan for a “National Mass Literacy Programme’’ aimed at reaching to 10 million Nigerians. Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abba Haladu, said this in Abuja on the sidelines of the Ministry of Education press briefing held recently […]

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NGO to partner Blueprint on education promotion

A Non-governmental Organisation called R Connect, has expressed the desire to partner with Blueprint Newspapers to promote basic education in areas of quiz competition for primary school in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Chief Executive Offi cer of the organisation, Habib Lawa, who paid a courtesy call on the management of Blueprint yesterday in Abuja, […]

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75m Nigerians Illiterate – FG’

Th e federal government yesterday described the rate of illiteracy in the country as “alarming,” saying between 65 and 75 million Nigerians were illiterate. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated this yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state in Birnin Kebbi. Th e minister was in the state […]

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Parents, students hail ASUU for calling off strike

University students have expressed happiness over the decision by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its strike. Some of the students disclosed in Kano yesterday that they were happy to hear that the union had called off the five-week old strike. Al’Amin Lawal, a 200-level student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said he […]

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FG to feed 5.5m school children – Osinbajo

Th e federal government is to feed 5.5 million primary school children as part of eff orts to ensure quality and accessible education to all children, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said. Speaking yesterday in Kaduna at the 28th convocation ceremony for the 64 Regular Course of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air […]

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Azikwe varsity, UniLag postpone post-UTME screenings

namdi Azikiwe University, Awka, yesterday announced the postponement of its postUTME screening exercise scheduled to start on September 16. Th e announcement was contained in a statement released by the director, Information and Public Relations Offi cer of the institution, Emmanuel Ojukwu, on the university’s website. According to the statement, the registration which was scheduled […]

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NMC raises alarm over death of pure maths in Nigerian universities

By Emeka Nze Abuja The National Mathematical Centre has raised alarm over the gradual death of pure mathematics in the Nigeria University System. Onah made this call in Abuja at the two-day stakeholders meeting of Professors and Heads of Departments of mathematics and mathematical sciences and postgraduate students from Nigerian universities The National Mathematics Centre […]

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Exchange programme: Soyinka leads 10 writers to Lebanon

Noble Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday led 10 Nigerian writers supported by him to Lebanon. The writers will participate in an exchange programme under the Study Abroad In Lebanon, SAIL project, a programme of the Cedars Institute, Notre Dame University, Lebanon, in collaboration with the Foundation. The participants are Oladele Faji, Khalid Imam, Salamatu Sule, Adenle […]

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Anambra monarch offers scholarship to pupils, students

At least 50 students and pupils cut across public secondary and primary schools in Ihiala community, Ihiala local government area of Anambra state have been offered scholarship to proceed to the next level of their academic pursuit through the Scholarship Scheme for Underprivileged Children of Ihiala town established by the traditional ruler of the community, […]

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UTME: Unilorin screens 64,000 applicants

University of Ilorin (Unilorin) yesterday commenced the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening for no fewer than 64,000 candidates seeking admissions there for the 2017/2018 academic session. Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs Department of the University, Mr. Kunle Akogun, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin that 104,000 candidates applied for the screening. He […]

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WAEC to re-introduce e-marking for its tests

In an effort to broaden its scope, the West African Examinations Council International Office (WIO) in Lagos, has said it was set to re-introduce electronic marking for its tests. Head of the Office, Adelowo Maliki, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos. According to him, the marking […]

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Varsity teachers access N1.7bn for research work – TETFund

As the federal government’s re-negotiation bid with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), continued over how to improve working conditions in universities in the country, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), has disclosed that state and federal university teachers have accessed N1.7 billion for research activities in the last six years. The amount is part […]

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Group buys admission forms for 100 orphans in Bauchi

As part of efforts to bring succour to the downtrodden members of the society, a   A Community Based Organisation (CBO) in Bauchi called ‘Save Bauchi State Organisation (SABSO) has bought 100 enrollment forms a select orphans and out-of-school children in parts of the state.   They are to be admitted into the newly commissioned […]

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COREG charges FG on skill acquisition in schools

ja Conference of Registrars of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria (COREG) has charged the federal government to reinvigorate entrepreneurial skills acquisition in schools to arrest the sprawling unemployment among the youths. Rising from its 71st regular meeting held at Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi, Plateau state, recently, the conference called for a review […]

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I’m not afraid of controversy, know where I’m going – JAMB Registrar Oloyede

The controversy over the minimum cut-off marks for universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics, appear unabated. Amidst several criticisms trailing the decision by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, its Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, in this interview, punctures arguments of those opposing the innovation. To him he has a mission, knows where he is […]

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I’ll reposition Unilorin – VC

Newly appointed vice-chancellor, University of Ilorin, Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has assured the university community of consolidated from where his predecessors stopped in the guest to develop the institution. Abdulkareem said in the Unilorin Bulletin made available to Blueprint shortly after his appointment that he would do his best to raise the banner of the ‘Better […]

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Edo varsity shuns ASUU, begins semester exams

Edo University, Iyamho (EUI), has shunned the strike called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as the institution commenced its second semester examinations yesterday. ASUU embarked on strike on August 14, over unpaid arrears and demands for improved infrastructure in the universities. However, Deputy Vice Chancellor Edo University, Iyamho, Prof. Stephen M. Omodia, […]

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Ebonyi lawmaker spends N1.7m on SSCE

The lawmaker representing Ohaozara west constituency in Ebonyi state House of Assembly, Deacon Onu Nwaonye, has given a total of N1.7 million for the payment of 2018 Senior Secondary certifi cate Examination (SSCE) for 110 students of Umunaga Secondary School of Enu-faith Uburu, Ohozara local government area of Ebonyi state. Blueprint gathered that each benefi […]

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Sfaff training: NOUN parleys TETFund on intervention fund

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has appealed to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to expedite action on the applications of its staff awaiting response of conference and study leave intervention. Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdalla Adamu, made the appeal yesterday when TETFund sensitisation team visited the university’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja. Represented […]