UI VC race: Don’t corrupt existing system, coalition warns

August 7, 2020 Bayo Agboola 0

The Coalition for Autonomy of Universities in Nigeria (CAUN)  Thursday warned against the introduction of strange factors into the appointment of a new vice chancellor for the University of Ibadan. CAUN in a statement by its coordinator, Tunde Olaoluwa, made available to journalists in Ibadan, stated that the University of Ibadan deserves and needs meritocracy and  “an astute university administrator” Read More

Covid-19: ASUU strike doesn’t affect varsity research – NUC

August 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, has said that the strike embarked on by the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) does not affect researches into COVID-19 pandemic. He said researches were ongoing in the universities despite the fact that lecturers had downed tools in the universities. He stated this during a press briefing Read More

FG’s attempt to derail our strike has failed – ASUU

June 16, 2020 Bayo Agboola 0

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Tuesday stated that all “efforts by agents of government to derail the union’s strike through deflection of IPPIS contraption and denial of salaries have failed.”  National president of the union, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, stated this in a strike bulletin 9 signed personally by him and made available to newsmen by chairman, University of Read More

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Breaking: Tension as Police gun down one in Jos

February 22, 2020 Editor 0

There is palpable tension in Naraguta Village, a suburb around Jos, Plateau state capital following alleged killing of one Babangida Saidu Adam by Police men. The Police Public Relation Officer, Plateau state command, ASP Ubah Ogaba, confirmed the incident. He said the deputy commissioner of police and the Divisional Police Officer arrived the scene immediately. Our correspondent gathered that the incident Read More

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The incessant attacks on varsity students

November 4, 2019 Editorial III 0

The prevailing insecurity in the nation is fast taking its toll on the education sector with incessant attacks on students in the universities. There is hardly any week that passes by that one case of robbery is not reported. Most of these unfortunate incidents occurred at the off-campus hostel accommodation. During the attacks, cell phones of students, laptops computers, jewelry, Read More

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I don’t believe in individual ownership of varsities –Prof Obaji

July 13, 2019 Editor 0

Professor Chinwe Obaji served as minister of education in the Obasanjo administration between 2005 and 2006. In this interview with UJI ABDULLAHI ILIYASU and AYONI AGBABIAKA, she talks about issues in education sector and her experience as a student caught in the Nigerian civil war. Education under Buhari  To start with, I am not happy the school feeding is not Read More

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Why Nigerian graduates ‘re not globally competitive –Nigerian-born US undergraduate

May 17, 2019 Editorial III 0

Aisha Balogun is a Nigerian born undergraduate at the University of Wyoming, United States of America. The teenage undergraduate who is a third year student of Computer Engineering, is already giving back to the Nigerian society through her interventions at the University of Ilorin, Kwara state. In a chat with AMEH JOHN she offers fascinating insights as to why graduates Read More

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Borno Governor elect applauds re-appointment of Unimaid VC

April 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Borno state Governor elect, Professor Babagana Zulum has applauded the re-emergence of Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi as the Vice Chancellor of University of Maiduguri for the second term. He also appealed to the university community and all stakeholders to be mindful of the position of the institution as center of academic excellence and cooperate with whomever emergences as the Read More

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Breaking: Varsities remain shut as ASUU, FG meet again

February 1, 2019 Editor 0

After barely three months since virtually all federal institutions were locked, the federal government and the leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are in another round of discussion. The lecturers embarked on an indefinite strike on November 4, demanding improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government. The meeting is about now holding Read More

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Varsities remain shut 2 months after as ASUU denies FG’s N163bn release

January 23, 2019 Editor 0

President of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi has informed Blueprint that he was not aware of any release to the union as claimed by the Minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, However, ASUU Leader told Blueprint to inquire from vice chancellors who are in a better position to confirm it.  Ogunyemi said: “I’m not Read More

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FEC approves 4 new private varsities

January 9, 2019 Editor 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of four new private universities.  This brings the total number of private universities in the country to 73. This was disclosed by the Minister of Education Mr. Adamu Adamu, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the council meeting in Abuja.  The new institutions are Greenfield University in Kaduna, Read More

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Nigerians spend N1trn annually on foreign education – Ex- UNILAG VC 

December 13, 2018 Editor 0

The Pro-Chancellor, Crawford University, Igbesa, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, yesterday said  Nigerians were spending a whooping N1 trillion annually to pursue university education abroad. Ibidapo-Obe, a former Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG), made the revelation in his address at the 10th Convocation of the faith-based Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun state. His revelation came at a time university teachers, under the aegis Read More

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Fresh ASUU/FG negotiation collapses

December 11, 2018 Editor 0

Another meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended Monday night without resolution to the dispute. The meeting which held at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment was to find a lasting solution to the ongoing industrial action by the university teachers but it ended with no compromise on either party. At least Read More

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Toddler put $1,000 through shredder

October 11, 2018 Administrator 0

A Utah toddler’s parents are in disbelief after they discovered their 2-year-old son sent more than $1,000 through a shredder Leo Belnap’s parents, Ben and Jackee, tore through their home over the weekend, desperate to find the $1,060 they had saved to pay back Ben’s parents. The couple had borrowed the money to purchase season tickets to the University of Read More

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Best creative student receives food items at Odumegwu varsity

September 28, 2018 Administrator 0

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University’s best creative student, Ezinne Okeke has received a variety of food items as reward. These items included 18 cups of beans, yam and pawpaw after winning a competition She led a team that produced an outstanding poster on a fruit juice brand and wins an advertising competition. Receiving the prizes for winning the advertising competition, Okeke reportedly Read More

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Student threatens supervisor with gun

September 14, 2018 Administrator 0

A final year student of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) has reportedly stormed a female lecturer’s office and pointed a pistol at her. The lecturer, according to reports, is the student’s project supervisor. The cause of the student’s anger and rude behaviour was not clear. The yet-to-be identified student of the Sociology department was said to have stormed the office Read More

How Salimon Oluwatosin built Cassie Hair brand into a powerhouse

June 11, 2018 Bode Olagoke 0

Fashion entrepreneur and serial businesswoman, Salimon Oluwatosin Sandra always knew she was never cut out for any 9-5 job. Immediately she graduated from University of Ilorin, Kwara State with a degree in History and International Relations she began the quest to find her station in life “Right from my days in the university, I have always known I wasn’t caught Read More

The making of Rixari Skin Secrets brand by Rita Ebigbagha

June 7, 2018 Editorial II 0

Despite the relative boom experienced in the skincare industry in Nigeria in the last ten years, some startups are still finding it rather tough to get on their feet. More often than not, the problem is not of their own creation but normal dynamics that ensue with starting a new business and getting people to trust it. For one of Read More

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On conversion of KadPoly to university

March 17, 2018 Administrator 0

Permit me to commend member representing Zaria Federal Constituency, Kaduna state, in the House of representatives, Hon Abbas Tajudeen, for sponsoring a bill seeking to convert the Federal Polytechnic, Kaduna, to Federal University of Technology, Kaduna. In my view, the polytechnic deserves to be upgraded to the status of a university. So, I call on the three senators from Kaduna Read More

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Varsity proscription: Kogi gov ignorant of the law – ASUU

December 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Patrick Ahanor Benin City The Benin zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has faulted the Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello’s proscription of the state varsity ASUU, declaring that the latter’s action is “laughable”. This was just as the union condemned the sack of 150 lecturers in Kogi state University and another seven in Lagos state University. Read More

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Atiku raises alarm over school dropout rate

December 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Martin Paul Abuja Former Vice-President and founder, American University of Nigeria (AUN), Atiku Abubakar, has frowned at the rate children drop out of school in the country. A statement made available to Blueprint, stated that Abubakar, who raised the alarm in Yola at the 12th Founders’ Day ceremony and commissioning of projects of the university, observed that this had Read More

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Court orders University to reinstate rusticated student

November 14, 2017 Administrator 0

A High Court sitting in Yenagoa has set aside and declared null and void the rustication of one Micah Diniprema, a 27 years old final year student of the Faculty of Education of the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa state and ordered the authorities of the institution to reinstate and allow him to graduate. The final year student was Read More

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OAU students says University lied, demand reinstatement of students

October 16, 2017 Administrator 0

The Students Union Government, SUG, of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, has called on the management of the institution to reinstate the recently suspended students with no condition attached. The SUG led by the president, Comrade Oyekan Ibukun, made the call in Osogbo, the state capital, during a press conference held at the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Read More