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N-Power: A Federal Government Empowerment Initiative

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n-powerN-Power is part of Federal Government of Nigeria’s Social Investment Programmes designed to help young Nigerians develop and acquire life long skills to become Solution providers in their communities and become players in the domestic and global markets. The focus is to provide our young graduates and non-graduates with the skills, tools and livelihood to enable them advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation. The first phase of N-Power  targets Nigeria’s critical need in education, agriculture, technology, creative, construction and artisan industries. N-Power is segmented as follows:

N-Power Teachers Corps (N-Power Teach)

A paid volunteer programme that train and engage 500,000 young unemployed graduates for a 2-year duration. Besides their monthly take home pay estimated at about N23,000, the selected 500,000 graduates will also get computer devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development. They get to keep the devices even after exiting from the programme.

Participants will provide teaching, instructional, and advisory solutions in 4 key areas.

  • N-Power Agro: function as intermediaries between research and farmers. They will operate as facilitators and communicators, helping farmers in their decision-making and ensuring that appropriate knowledge is implemented to obtain the best results on farms.
  • N-Power Health: work as public health assistants teaching preventive health to community members including pregnant women, children, families and individuals and providing basic diagnostic services. 
  • N-Power Teach:  deployed as teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools across Nigeria.  They will not replace the current teachers, but will work as support teachers, assisting with teaching, school management and other functions within the schools. They will also assist in taking basic education to children in marginalised communities.
  • N-Power Community Education: instruct on:
    • Civic Education: focus on the core values that are vital to nation building such as promoting patriotism, integrity, productivity, ethics, and efficiency.
    • Adult Education: enables young as well as mature adults (above 18 years) to improve or supplement their knowledge and skills within general subjects. From literacy to numeracy, to other skills, this programme will also enhance adults’ ability to improve their future job and educational possibilities.

N-Power Knowledge

Train 25,000 young Nigerians in any of the following aspects

  • Creative: a 3 months programme (1-month in-class and a 2-month hands-on group project) designed to train 5000 youths in Animation, Graphic Design, Post-Production, Script-Writing Training.
  • Technology Software: An 11 weeks programme to train, tool and position 10,000 hands-on software developers for the local and international software development market. Participants will undergo a project based model to training wherein they will be exposed to foundational software development tools as well as resources to thrive as a modern day software developer entrepreneur.
  • Technology Hardware: A 3 months programme  to train and facilitate tooling for at least 10,000 technicians in hardware repair, maintain and assemble mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices  to boost the device servicing and manufacturing industry.  1 month of assessment , graduation and setup.

N-Power Build

An accelerated (3 months) training and certification programme that will engage and train 75,000 young unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals in building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.

Who can Apply?

Nigerian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 who meets the minimum requirements (if any) for your respective programme.

  • on your expression of a genuine interest in whichever area you decide;
  • passing the relevant tests;
  • your willingness to push yourself beyond your comfort zone; and
  • ability to show a flair to develop all the skills you need to be the best you can be.

While there are fixed requirements along the way, we will be relying on you to take ownership of the process and take the lead in shaping your route, by making the most of the training that you will receive.

Application and Details:

Visit the N-Power website

June 9, 2016 |

ICT For Change

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huawei_FGNAn enterprenuer programme by Huawei Technologies Co. Nig. Let in collaboration with Federal Government of Nigeria (as part of FG Youth and Student Development and Job Creation Programme) for young undergraduates to position them for a career in the ICT departments of E-government, Telecommunication Companies & Subcontractors, Information Technology, Engineering, Oil &Gas, Banking, Manufacturing, Power Companies & Subcontractors or  Self-Employment in Power Solutions & Repairs.

Courses:

  • ICT Fundamentals
  • HCDA(HCNA) Fundamentals
  • TeleComs Power System Training
  • BTS and Microwave Installation Training.

Eligibility:

Universities/Polytechnics Graduates of Electrical, Electronics, Computer Science, ICT, Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and other ICT related courses between 18 – 30 years.

Venue:

Huawei Training Centers in Abuja & Lagos.

Fees:

The training is FREE (excluding living and transport expenses).

Application and other Details

ICT for Change Website: http://www.ictforchange.gov.ng/

 

June 7, 2016 |

JAMB Fixes Cut Off Mark for 2016 Examination

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JAMB LogoThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and tertiary education stakeholders on Thursday in Abuja adopted 180 as the cut-off mark for 2016 admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

The decision was reached at the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Degree, Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) and National Diploma (ND) chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

In his opening remark, Mr. Adamu said if there was confidence in JAMB’s conduct of the University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), there should be no need for post-UTME.

The post-UTME is organised by various tertiary institutions to screen candidates who applied to such institutions and who had scaled through JAMB’s UTME.

“If the universities have problem with what JAMB is doing, they should come forward with it and we will address it.

“JAMB is one of the most active parastatals in the ministry; I expect that policies that would be beneficial to Nigerian students should be discussed at this meeting.

“I believe there should be no ground to lower the quality; Nov. 30 remains the closing date for 2016 admission.

“No institution should exceed its quota in admission; we will start issuing penalties to defaulting institutions.’’

Mr. Adamu urged JAMB to provide permanent scratch cards for candidates per session so that they do not need to buy new cards to effect changes or corrections.

In his speech, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, said the screening of candidates at institution level would no longer be written examinations.

He said that the 180 cut-off mark was the minimum benchmark as different institutions could modify according to their specifications, capacity and other variables.

Mr. Ojerinde said more candidates performed better in 2016 than in 2015.

The JAMB boss said that Imo state retained its position as the state with the highest number of candidates while FCT had the least number.

He said there was also a significant reduction in irregularities because of the introduction of the Computer-Based Test (CBT).

Earlier, Monday Joshua, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education, said that whatever cut-off mark adopted for universities should also apply to colleges of education.

Prof. Joshua urged universities to carry out their admission processes early enough in order to release students who could not secure admissions to universities to fall back to other institutions.

However, Joe Ahaneku, the Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, argued that post-UTME was vital for quality assurance and maintenance of standard.

He said that his institution arrested 183 impersonators during its 2015 post-UTME, who were able to evade JAMB’s UTME.

No fewer than 1.5 million candidates sat for the 2016 UTME.

(NAN)

June 2, 2016 |

Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIELP)

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YIELP: Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development ProgrammeThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in furtherance of its intervention in the real sector of the economy and job creation effort has launched the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP) and adopted Heritage Bank as the sole pilot bank for the Programme. The programme is aimed at harnessing the latent entrepreneurial spirit among the teeming youths by providing timely and affordable loans to implement their business ideas. This further provides a sustainable mechanism to stimulate employment, contribute to the Nation’s non-oil GDP, and address the challenge of youth restiveness.

Eligibility:

The following categories of youth (aged 18 – 35) are eligible under this scheme:

  1. Serving youth corps members
  2. Non-NYSC (not more than 5 years post NYSC)

 Qualified Business Sectors:

  1. Agro – Allied
  2. Food Processing / Preservation
  3. Arts & Crafts
  4. Manufacturing / Cottage Industry
  5. Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  6. Construction Support
  7. Power & Energy
  8. Education & Financial Inclusion
  9. Film & Photography
  10. Automobile
  11. Others

Procedure:

  • Eligible youth can apply for the loan through this portal http://www.yiedp-hbng.com/using his/her NYSC State Code.
  • Applications can be made as an Individual or as a group (of 3-5 applicants with similar business interest)
  • A single applicant can access up to a facility limit N3m while group project jointly owned by 3-5 qualified beneficiaries can access up to a facility limit of N10m.
  • Applicants can also track application status via the same portal.
  • Security: Graduate entrepreneurs will use their tertiary institution(s) certificate(s) and their NYSC discharge certificate. Serving Corp members will pledge their NYSC discharge certificate and their tertiary institution(s) certificates(s). Also, legal ownership of assets financed by the Bank and 3rd party guarantors will be requested as additional collateral from all entrepreneurs.
April 10, 2016 |

The 2016 Yale Young Global Scholars application

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The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is offering six financial need-based scholarships for high school students from the African continent to attend YYGS this summer at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. The program is a rigorous academic experience, featuring lectures from renowned Yale faculty.

Participants in the Yale Young Global Scholars Program for Outstanding High School Students can expect an amazing summer experience studying in beautiful campus lecture halls and classrooms, living in Yale’s historic residential colleges, eating in award-winning dining halls, meeting a talented community of fellow students, engaging with world-renowned professors, and interacting with extraordinary visiting practitioners.

Scope

The scholarship will cover tuition, airfare and travel expenses to the program.

Eligibility

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program is open to students who have one or two years of secondary school remaining, and offers six unique two-week sessions. 

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of an African country and currently reside in that country;
  • Have attended school in that country for most of the applicant’s education;
  • Complete the Yale Young Global Scholars online application, including the financial aid portion

Deadline

The application deadline is February 11, 2016. 

Quick Links

Download the 2016 prospectus
Before you apply: View the 2016 sample application 


 

Source: http://globalscholars.yale.edu/

January 19, 2016 |

National Technology Competition

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National Technology Competition,  an initiative of Open Source Global Limited, is an annual events intended to showcase, develop, discover and encourage the state of ICT in Nigerian education system. The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is our proud partner and major sponsor of this competition.

Categories

  • ICT education in secondary school
  • ICT education in tertiary institution
  • ICT for job seekers and for professional

 

Assessment criteria!

  • Website content – 40%
  • Website format and style – 30%
  • Functionality and navigation – 15%
  • Technical competency – 10%
  • Overall impression – 5%

Competition Schedule!

  • Competition is open from 23rd Nov 2015 to 11th Dec 2015.
  • Finals will be held in Abuja Federal Capital Territory, 17th – 18th 2015.

Prizes!

  • Runner Up – Trip to Dubai internet city this December 2015.
  • 2nd Runner Up – 500gb HDD,4gb Ram Laptop and internet modern and further advance training on web design.
  • Third Runner Up – 500gb HDD, 4gb Ram laptop.

Registration and Details

Visit: National Technology Competition website

November 30, 2015 |

2015 Cowbell Mathematics Competition Result – First Stage

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15th NASSMC LogoCongratulations to everyone who participated in the First Stage of the 2015 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition which held nationwide on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The results of the examination as been released; students that qualify for the 2nd stage will be contacted

The 2015 Cowbell Mathematics Competition Result (First Stage) has been posted on Promasidor’s website. Find below he summary of the result for Ogun State.

Junior Category: Entries for this year increased to 921 as against 827 last year. Number of students who scored 50% and above similarly increased to 92 as against 53 students last year. 12 year old Miss Fatunmbi Oluwafeyikemi of Scholars Universal School, Otta came out top with 91%, followed by Masters Abdulsalam Aminu (13 years) and Ige Temiloluwa (12 years) both of The Ambassadors College, Otta with 89% and 88% respectively.

Senior Category: 2014 Mathematics Olympiad winner, 14 year old Miss Ogbu Deborah of Scholars Universal School, Ota led the pack with 80%. He is followed by Masters Anyaegbunam Obinna (15 years) and Daniel Aguebor (14 years) both of The Ambassadors College, Otta held the second and third positions. Only 29 students of the 867 entries from Ogun State scored at least 50%.

Prize for this year’s state award (Junior and Senior Categories) is N25,000, N20,000 and N15,000 for the 1st,2nd and 3rd respectively. Mathematics Teachers of Winning Candidates (1st Prize) wins N15,000

Master Akintokun Adegboyega of Ota Total Academy, Ota in Ogun State was crowned the winner of the 2014 Cowbell Mathematics Competition (Senior Category).

Ogun State 2015 Cowbell Mathematics Competition Result

General Results – First stage (All States)

 

May 20, 2015 |

AICTT Camp 2015: Advanced ICT Training for Young ECOWAS Professionals

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aictt-logoAICTT Camp 2015 is an annual advanced ICT for Development training program organised by Ace Communications Executive Ltd; a communications management, training and PR consultancy firm focused on meeting the growing communications demands for business and public institutions across the West African sub-region.

The training camp is the first of its kind and is designed for young male and female ICT professionals from West Africa between the ages of 23 to 35. AICTT Camp is targeting participants with low-medium ICT sector knowledge and experience, employed by governmental institutions, NGOs or civil organizations, private sector businesses, being self-employed or working as an entrepreneur. The program strives to link young ICT professionals across the West African region in a global knowledge-sharing platform to enhance regional integration.

100 young ICT professionals from West Africa will have an opportunity to advance their theoretical and practical knowledge in ICT during an Advanced ICT Training (AICTT) Camp, hosted in The Gambia.

The intensive camp training program will consist of three subject areas including:

  • Geographic Information Service (GIS) & Data Management
  • Cyber-Security and Advanced Intrusion Protection
  • Application Development & E-commerce

Throughout the program, participants will not only gain the advancement they have been seeking in the fields, but will also have the opportunity to foster relationships through a series of networking events.

Date: 1st to 24th April 2015

Apply for scholarship:

Registration Form: Deadline (20th March, 2015)


Source:
AICTT Camp Website: http://aictt-wa.com/

March 16, 2015 |

2015 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition

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15th NASSMC LogoThe schedule for the 15th edition of the Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) has been released. The Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition is an annual event sponsored by Cowbell Milk (a quality food product from Promasidor Nigeria Limited) and approved by the Federal Ministry of Education. The national is widely acclaimed as one of the most credible educational competitions in Nigeria that truly seeks to reward excellence.

The 2015 edition marks the 15th year sponsorship of NASSMAC by Cowbell. To commemorate this feat, the Second Stage has been modified to include an interactive QUIZ format (Quarter-Final, Semi-FInal & Final). Also, the prize money has been improved for both students and teachers.

How to enter

  1. The Mathematics Competition is FREE and open to students from 10 – 18 years of age attending full time Secondary Education in both Public and Private Schools in Nigeria.
  2. Each School is required to present their BEST six (6) students in Mathematics (three from JSS3 and three from SSS2), irrespective of sex, religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chances of qualifying for the next stage of the competition.
  3. Each School head should collect six (6) registration forms which must be correctly filled, stamped and signed by the School Principal and presented by the Students to the officials at the examination centre on the examination day. School Principals may also download registration forms online at www.promasidor-ng.com. Forms can also be obtained at the various State Ministries of Education in Nigeria and Promasidor Nig. Ltd, depots and offices nationwide. Please note that photocopied forms are allowed, as long as the School Principal endorses it.
  4. The organizers would like this competition announced daily at the assembly and the posters conspicuously displayed at all Notice Boards, Assembly Halls and School entrances.

Examination Centres

The first stage examination for this year’s competition will hold in the 36 states and the Federal capital. Examination Centres in Ogun state are:

  • Yewa College, Ilaro.
  • Abeokuta Grammar School, Abeokuta.
  • Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode.
  • Ansar-Ur-Deen Comprehensive College, Otta.
  • Remo Secondary School, Sagamu.
  • Pakoto High School, Ifo.

For National Examination Centres: 2015 List of Cowbell Mathematics Competition Examination Centres

Important Dates

Examination: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10:00am (accreditation from 8:00am).

Release of Result: Friday, March 20, 2015.

Rules and Regulation:

  1. The First stage examination will hold in all states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 10:00am. However, accreditation of all candidates begins at 8:00am.
  2. Candidates must come to their designated examination centres with their Registration Forms.
  3. Late comers will not be allowed to write the examination.
  4. Candidates are to come along with only a pencil, biro, eraser, ruler and statistical table, NO CALCULATORS WILL BE ALLOWED.
  5. Any act of misconduct will lead to disqualification of the candidate.
  6. All candidates MUST be in their School Uniform.
  7. Please refer to examination centre list to check for the centre nearest you.
  8. The competition is ONLY open to Students in JSS 3 and SSS 2. Candidates in any other Grade/Class will be disqualified.
  9. The decision of the board of examiners is final! We shall not enter into any correspondence with anyone regarding the conduct of this examination.

National Awards (Junior and Senior Categories)

Students’ Prize

  • 1st Prize: N750,000
  • 2nd Prize: N500,000
  • 3rd Prize: N250,000

Mathematics Teachers of Winning Candidates

  • 1st Prize: N250,000
  • 2nd Prize: N200,000
  • 3rd Prize: N150,000

Apart from cash prizes, the National Champions and their Teachers will be sponsored to an all expense paid vacation.

Winning School Prize

  • 1st Prize: 5 Desktop Computers and Printer
  • 2nd Prize: 3 Desktop Computers and Printer
  • 3rd Prize: 2 Desktop Computer and Printer

State Awards (Junior and Senior Categories)

Students’ Prize

  • 1st Prize: N25,000
  • 2nd Prize: N20,000
  • 3rd Prize: N15,000

Mathematics Teachers of Winning Candidates

  • 1st Prize: N15,000

Benson Oweka’s Memorial Prize

The school with the most consistent and outstanding performance over a three year period (2013 – 2015).

  • Higher education exercise books and pens for all the students of the winning school.

Download details

Cowbell NASSMAC 2015 Poster: Poster
Cowbell NASSMAC 2015 : Guidelines & Instructions for Registration
Cowbell NASSMAC 2015 : Entry form
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2014)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2013)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2012)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2011)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2010)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2009)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2007)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2003)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2002)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Junior (2001)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Senior (2011)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Senior (2010)
Cowbell NASSMAC Past Exam Question: Senior (2009)

February 26, 2015 |

Ogun Scholar Emerges Best WAEC Candidate 2013

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)Oloruntoba Ogunfolaji of Sacred Heart Catholic College, Abeokuta, Ogun State has emerged the best scholar in the 2013 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC).

He received WAEC’s prestigious National Distinction Award having scored A1 in all his subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science, Geography and Yoruba Language) and gathered a total grade of 666.6525.
By this feat, the lad becomes the current holder of the National Distinction award instituted by the council in 1984 to encourage academic excellence.

The 19 year old lad’s success has placed the Sacred Heart Catholic College on the WAEC Excellence honours’ list, and the winner of the Omo N’oba Erediauwa Coronation Trophy for producing the best male candidate in the May/June 2013 WASSCE.

To be considered for the distinction award, a candidate must obtain Grade 1 in at least seven subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, one of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and one subject from any of the three sub-categories of core subjects. In addition, the candidate must obtain a minimum of Grade 6 in at least one subject from each of the core subject sub-categories.

Furthermore, the results of candidates eligible for an award should have been obtained at the first attempt and at the same sitting. The grades would also have been obtained without any hint of impropriety.

November 29, 2014 |

Google Code-In 2014

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googleCodeIn2014The Google Code-in is an online contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to open source software development. The contest runs from December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015.

For many students the Google Code-in contest is their first introduction to open source development. Participating students are provided “bite sized” tasks to complete during the seven week contest for 12 open source projects (including KDE, Sahana Software Foundation, Wikimedia, Drupal, OpenMRS, FOSSASIA and Sugar Labs).

These tasks include:

  1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  2. Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  3. Outreach/Research Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing or studying problems and recommending solutions.
  4. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality.
  5. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction

Students earn one point for each task completed. Students will receive a certificate for completing one task and can earn a t-shirt when they complete three tasks.

At the end of the contest each of the open source organizations will name two (2) grand prize winners for their organization based upon the students’ body of work. The grand prize winners will receive a trip to Google’s Mountain View, California, USA Headquarters for themselves and a parent or legal guardian for an award ceremony, an opportunity to meet with Google engineers, explore the Google campus and have a fun day in the San Francisco, California sun.

For Details: Visit google-melange.com

November 25, 2014 |

World Robotic Olympiad 2014

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wroThe Bells University of Technology, Ota Ogun will represent Nigeria at the 11th World Robotic Olympiad holding to be hosted in the Olympic city of Sochi, Russia between 21st and 23rd November 2014. This is sequel to her emergence as the winner of the senior category in a keen contest between over 50 participating schools from across the country. Other schools that will also represent the country are Troika School, Lekki, Lagos and Fountain Heights Secondary School, Surulere which emerged winner in the elementary and junior regular categories respectively.

World Robot Olympiad is a global robotics competition for young people. It brings together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity, design & problem solving skills through challenging & educational robot competitions and activities using Lego Mindstorms manufactured by LEGO Education.

Tayo Obasanya, Managing Director, Arc lights Ltd (Ltd, exclusive representative and distributor of LEGO Education in Nigeria) noted the World Robot Olympiad is a competition that involves children in the primary, junior secondary and senior secondary school and engages them in robotic education which promotes computer science, science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is open to students who are in public or private schools. He further stated that the competition is good because it helps bring technology which children today are already used to, introduces it to them in such a fun way that learning becomes not just exciting, but key concepts in science and technology are well understood.


Source: Business Day Online

October 31, 2014 |

Ogun Student Shines at 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

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Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

Fifteen-year-old Olubunmi Agusto  of Day Waterman College, Abeokuta clinched the second position for Microsoft Word 2007 along with the sum of $2,500 in scholarships at the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship for students held at Anaheim, USA. She is the first African to emerge among the top three since the first edition of the competition, 13 years ago.

The global competition organised by Certiport, a Pearson VUE business,  is designed to test the proficiency of students in the use of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel and open to students in both secondary schools and tertiary institutions, aged between 13 and 22 year. This year, attracted more than 400,000 unique candidates from 130 countries with 123 student finalists participating in the final round of competition.

The finaliOlubunmi Agustosts in Microsoft Word took a timed exam in which they had to recreate a an image of a Word document containing picture, text boxes, tables and other features by following instructions on specifications, such as the same margins and horizontal and vertical height of each object. They were scored on accuracy and speed.

To emerged as Nigeria representatives at the world stage, Olubunmi Agusto joined by Ntekim Toluwani and Adonijah Airede emerged best at the 2014 Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist National Championship organized by ReadManna to get the best students in Microsoft Office Specialist who will contest in the World Championship.

Olubunmi Agusto from Day Waterman College, Abeokuta, Ogun state scored 967 in 15 minutes 88 seconds in Word 2007. Closely allied was Ntekim Toluwani from Thomas Adewunmi International College, Oko, Kwara state who scored 936 in PowerPoint 2010 in 25 minutes 28 seconds. Just as Adonijah Oshioselaga Airede from Regent School Abuja scored 931 in Word 2010 in 22 minutes 38 seconds.

The competition is an annual event.

September 11, 2014 |

2015/2016 Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development

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Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and DevelopmentThe PRESSID Implementation Committee invites qualified candidates to apply for the third edition (2015/2016 academic session) of  the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID). The Scheme, which sponsors graduates that have obtained First Class Honours degrees from any recognized and approved university, for postgraduate studies in the top 25 universities in the world was established in January 2012 and has awarded a total of two hundred and five (205) scholarships under two editions (the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions).

It is part of efforts to the the Federal Government of Nigeria to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda, by developing a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts of change and agents of scientific and technological advancement, as well as sustainable economic development.

Ogun state topped the list of beneficiaries of the 2014/2015 Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) awards claiming 17 out of the 104 slots.

Eligibility Criteria for the Scheme

Interested candidates should:

  • Be graduates from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions, who would have completed their National Youth Service by October 2014;
  • Have obtained First Class Honours degree from any recognised and approved University in the following disciplines and aim at postgraduate degrees in the specified and allied programmes:
    • Sciences: Nuclear Physics, Operations Research, Industrial Chemistry, Quantitative Genetics, Biometrics, Molecular Biology, etc;
    • Medicine*: Clinical Sciences, Dentistry, Oncology, Human Genetics, Forensic Medicine, Physiotherapy, Hepatology, Nuclear Medicine, Geriatrics, ophthalmology, etc.;
    • Veterinary medicine*: Veterinary Parasitology, Theriogenology, Public Health, etc;
    • Basic Medical Sciences: Biochemistry, Physiology, Dentistry, Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Human Nutrition, Nursing Science, Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Microbiology, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, etc;
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences*: Drug formulations, Natural products, Drug design, Phytochemistry, Ethnopharmacology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, etc;
    • Accounting/Actuarial Science: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Petroleum Accounting, Cost & Management Accounting, Environmental Accounting, etc;
    • Economics: Econometrics, Development Economics, Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Applied Economics, Labour Economics, etc;
    • Engineering: Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronics, Control Systems, Material Science and Production Engineering, Nanotechnology, Process Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Refinery Design and Operations, Subsea Engineering, Thermal Power (Gas Turbine Option), Reservoir Analysis, Drilling Optimization, Chemical Process Dynamics & Control, Process Modelling and Simulations, etc;
    • Computing and Information Technology: Intelligent Robotic Systems, Computer Systems and Software Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber-Security, etc./li>

Exceptions

*In the case of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, candidates must have a minimum of 2 Distinctions in their Part 3 and Part 4 MBBS examinations or in their final results. In all cases, candidates must:

  • not be above 30 years of age by October 2014;
  • be computer literate; and
  • be ready to be bonded and to work, preferably, as academic staff in any public university or research institute for a minimum period of five (5) years.

Approved Institution

Applicants are expected to apply for and seek admission from any of the approved top 28 universities in the world.  You are advised to cross check with the courses offered by your preferred institution before completing your application.

Please note that universities in the United States of America require candidates to sit for the Graduate Record Exams (GRE) before they can secure admission.

For further enquiries, please contact the Committee through pressid@nuc.edu.ng.

Deadline: Application closes on 18th October 2014.

Only shortlisted candidate will be invited for further screening.

To Apply

Visit the PRESSID Application Portal . Ensure you carefully read the application warning and application instruction on the portal before proceeding.

August 24, 2014 |

Ogun tops Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development Award

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Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development

Ogun state topped the list of beneficiaries of the 2014/2015 Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) awards claiming 17 out of the 104 slots. PRESSID was introduced by President Goodluck Jonathan last year as part of initiatives to encourage the first-class graduates   to study in the top 25 universities in the world up to masters and Ph.D levels. The 2014/2015 awardees who were between the ages of 22-25 were 28 females and 76 males and was an improvement of last year when the awardees were 20 females and 81 males.

During the presentation of certificates, the supervising minister of education, Barr Nyesom Wike, said

this is the first time in Nigeria, we have a programme whose selection process is purely on merit.

He said that through the presidential scholarship initiative, the Federal Government planned to develop a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts of change agents of scientific and technological advancement, as well as sustainable economic development.

At the event, the executive secretary of NUC (National University Commission), Prof Julius Okojie revealed that out of 2,000 entries received, but only 623 candidates were shortlisted to sit for the the Computer-Based aptitude test on December 10, 2013. Successful candidates of the scheme were asked to apply to study in any of the top 25 universities in the world approved for the scheme and 104 candidates scaled the final hurdle in a highly competitive process which was done purely on merit.

The search for qualified students was based on candidates that obtained first class honours degree from any recognised and approved university nationwide and the scheme offers the 104 beneficiaries scholarship up to PhD level. The candidates had applied for selected programmes in Engineering, Technology, Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Medicine and Economics among other fields, where the country might be experiencing shortfalls.

June 11, 2014 |

Google AdCamp 2014

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google logoOnline advertising is at the core of Google’s business and Google will be sharing the magic of her platforms with university students through Google AdCamp. AdCamp offers a collaborative curriculum focused on Google’s advertising sales and services operations, an overview of Google’s ad products and insight into the industry.

Up to 70 current university students will be selected to participate in an all-expense-paid AdCamp experience at one of Google’s offices. Participants will get the opportunity to meet with Googlers and interns, compete in a case competition, participate in social activities and get an inside look into helping small and medium businesses thrive.

Eligibility

To apply, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a 4-year BA/BS program, in any major, at a university in the same country/region of the session to which you are applying
  • Be a current undergraduate student; current graduation year requirements vary by region
  • Be on track to graduate in 2015 or 2016.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence and an interest in online advertising sales and services (e.g. have taken courses in advertising and/or have experience within the industry)
  • Students who have participated in another Google program (AdCamp 2013, BOLD, GSA) or Google internship in the past are not eligible to apply.
  • Students require a passport valid until at least 6 months after the event. If a visa is required, Google can provide a letter for a participant to engage in the administrative process.

Locations

Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland or Google Poland in Wroclaw (participants will be allocated at Google’s discretion)

Date

September 17-19, 2014

How to Apply

Complete our application form by May 31, 2014.  All decisions will be communicated to applicants by the end of July 2014.


Source: http://www.google.ie/edu/programs/adcamp/

May 30, 2014 |

2014 Cowbell Mathematics Competition Result – First Stage

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Special Raffle Draw All students are required to bring two (2) empty 400 gram sachets of Cowbell milk to the first stage examination centres to participate in the raffle draw to win the following branded prizes: Rechargeable Lamps, Golf Bags, Portable Audio Players, Wall Clocks, Wristwatches, Scientific Calculators and School Bags.Congratulations to everyone who participated in the First Stage of the 2014 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition held nationwide on Saturday, 15 March, 2013.

The 2014 Cowbell Mathematics Competition Result (First Stage) has been posted on Promasidor’s website. Of the 827 entries from Ogun State for the Junior category, only 53 students scored as least 50%. Leading the pack is 13 year old ATOLAGBE Yusuf Olayinka of Nigerian Turkish International, Isheri with 88%, followed by Master FATOKE Ademola Paul  (12 yrs) of Ota Total Academy, Ota (85%) and Master NWIGWE Chilolum (12 years) of Nigerian Turkish International, Isheri with 82%.

In the Senior category, Ota Total Academy held the top two position with Master AKINTOKUN Adegboyega (93%) and Master FOLORUNSO Temitope (76%). Miss OMOTOSHO Rukayat Yetunde of Iganmode Grammar School got the 3rd spot with 74%. Only 24 students of the 827 entries from Ogun State scored at least 50%.

Last year, Iganmode Grammar School, Ogun State won the trophies of the Cowbell Mathematics Competition 2013 senior category.

Ogun State 2014 Cowbell Mathematics Competition Result

General Results – First stage (All States)

May 22, 2014 |

Amosun’s Wife Lauded over 20 Best Students’ Leadership Training in UK

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The Nigerian High Commission to the United Kingdom has commended the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun over her 10-day leadership training programme for the 20 best secondary students in the 2012/2013 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

Speaking while receiving the students accompanied by the wife of the governor at the residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner in London, the wife of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Hajiya Salamatu Tafida commended Mrs. Amosun for exposing the students to the leadership training programme.

“It is indeed our pleasure to welcome the beneficiaries of the second batch of the UPLIFTing SS3 Students and their accompanying officials to London. We are very happy that you have indeed sustained the leadership training programme for these students who I describe as the leaders of tomorrow. We commend your wisdom to expose these children to contemporary leadership skills which would help them in their future endeavours. Your levels of interaction with these students clearly show your motherly love and care for them. We appreciate your contributions in making our society a better tomorrow,” Hajiya Tafida said.

She advised the students not to limit themselves to the environment that hailed from, noting that “this programme would provide you with an excellent opportunity to imbibe good ethics of orderliness among other virtues which would be very useful for you later in life and I know you are going to do better as the leaders of tomorrow, because you are the change Nigeria represents.”

In her remarks, the wife of the governor thanked the Nigerian High Commission to the United Kingdom for accepting to host the students, saying the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida contributed to the leadership training programme for the first batch of best students brought to the United Kingdom in year 2012.

She said: “The leadership training programme is uniquely designed to help the students academically and broader their horizon. It is also to encourage the students to study harder. It is not a jamboree and am very happy to note that almost all the beneficiaries of the first leadership training programme are already in different higher institutions reading various courses like law, mechanical engineering, medicine and others.

The leadership training is being organised by the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun in partnership with The Buckwood School, Hastings in the United Kingdom as a reward for hard work for the 20 best students from the public secondary schools in the 20 local government areas of Ogun State and to motivate others to face their studies in order to put in their best in their academic endeavours.

The beneficiaries of the second batch of the UPLIFTing SS3 Students currently in the United Kingdom include Animashaun Israel (Abeokuta North); Sobowale Bukola (Abeokuta South); Aderoju Kudirat (Ado-Odo/Ota), Eguabor Davidson (Yewa South), Yusuf Kabirat (Ewekoro), Oladeinde Olatunji (Ifo), Momoh Boluwatife (Ijebu East), Yinusa Munirudeen (Ijebu North), Rosenje Abdullahi (Ijebu North-east), Abdulkabir Madina (Ijebu-Ode), and Adeniyi Kehinde (Ikenne).

Others include Adebayo Funmilayo (Imeko-Afon), Ojo Shamsudeen (Ipokia), Akinwole Elijah (Obafemi/Owode), Karounwi Aminat (Odeda), Abimbola Seun (Odogbolu), Badekale Yinusa (Ogun Waterside), Kolawole Ibrahim (Remo North), Fagbire Ajibike Grace (Yewa North), and Oparinde Olayemi (Sagamu).


Strong: persecondnews.com

May 10, 2014 |

Ogun tops medal table at President’s teachers’ award

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For the second time, Ogun State has won the annual President’s Teaching and School Excellence Award for primary, secondary, student and administrators categories across the country.

The state won nine out of the 28 prizes at the event held at the Conference Room, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja.

Also, representatives of the state; Mrs. Sosanwo Folashade of Ijebu-Igbo Girls Grammar School won Best Secondary School Administrator, Best Teacher in junior school went to Mrs. Akintade Ilawo while Best Teacher primary school category was won by Olayemi Abiodun Olatunji.

Supervising Minister of Education, Nyeson Wike in his address said the award organised by his ministry was meant to reward hard work and excellence among major stakeholders in the education sector emphasising that “gone were the days when teachers’ rewards was in heaven”.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Macjohn Nwaobiala, the minister charged both teachers and school heads to be more dedicated to their duties, urging recipients to see the award as a challenge to put in more efforts in their callings.

Meanwhile, principals of public secondary schools in the state have been urged to support government’s effort at improving the quality of education among students.

Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Segun Odubela gave the advice while monitoring the on-going unified examinations for public secondary schools in Ijebu-North Local Government Area of the state.

Expressing dissatisfaction at the absence of both the principal and his deputy in a particular school while students are writing examination, the commissioner stated that such attitude left much to be desired and could give room for examination malpractices and other unwholesome activities among students in the examination hall.


Source: Daily Independent

April 7, 2014 |

Meet Best Student App Developer

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Kayode Sowole, a 400-level Computer Science student of University of Lagos who won the ‘Best Student App’ for developing the Wazobia Bible application which allows people to read the bible in Pidgin, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and all English translations offline. In this interview with Vanguard Learning, he speaks on his inspiration for application development. Excerpts

TELL us about yourself.

My name is Kayode Sowole. I am from Sodeke town in Abeokuta, Ogun State. I am currently a 400-level Computer Science student of University of Lagos.

I am a highly motivated individual who always enjoys a good challenge. My interest in computing since my childhood has been a major factor in helping me to develop my programming skills that have led to my high level of success in mobile app development. I love developing web and mobile applications. My leisure activities include writing, travelling and listening to music.

When did you realise you wanted to become an App developer?

I made the decision to become a mobile application developer in my first year in University of Lagos in 2010 after an online video training on app development on YouTube.

So what steps did you take?

I started by downloading and installing the Java IDE, which the YouTube training had recommended. I also got the Netbeans IDE on my laptop. Then, I searched Google for related e-books and downloaded them on my laptop for references. From that moment, I started building Java and Android apps. I found my kicks in getting online to research and learning new stuff about app development.

What was the first app you developed?

The first app I developed is called the Picpuzzle, a picture puzzle game that requires the player to rearrange the items in a picture in the proper order. I had fun putting that one together.

Where did you get inspiration for the app you created?

The Holy Spirit was the author of my inspiration. The thinking behind the app was that when God communicates with you in your native language, it seems as if God is from your town for Him to have been able to talk to you.

It allows for a closer and deeper transaction with the Almighty that is very native and heartfelt. When you read the Yoruba Bible, it seems as if God is a Yoruba man, which is true because we are all copies of God’s image. Language is very powerful.

If you want a people to lose their sense of identity, all you need to do is to take their language away from them. As such, providing the word of God to people in a language that they can understand is so powerful and has a very good feeling.

The Wazobia Bible app, affords you the opportunity to read God’s word in Pidgin, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and all English translations offline. It’s all about creating value and opportunities for people to access God’s word.

What were the high points of your preparation?

The incorporation of the Bible into Bible programming languages such as THML (Theological Mark-up Language) and OSIS (Open Scripture Information Standard) was the most significant part of my preparation.

The Theological Markup Language is a new markup language that is being used to mark up texts for the Christian Classics Ethereal Library and other projects.

This XML application can be thought of as HTML with additions for electronic books and rich digital libraries, with special support for theological needs such as scripture references and Strongs numberings.

Also the Open Scripture Information Standard (OSIS) is an XML application (or schema), that defines tags for marking up Bibles, theological commentaries, and other related literature. These are useful languages I had to code with to develop the app.

Did you know that you were going to win?

I was shocked when I received the news of my win. Someone had called me to tell me I won because I didn’t attend the presentation.

How do you feel about winning?

This is so comforting and assuring. I feel so exhilarated. I’m so happy my hard work on the app has really paid off. This is a reward for the value I have tried to create by opening up the word of God to reach more people in a language they can understand and appreciate.

How do you plan to maximise the platform your victory has brought?

I intend to use social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter so as to reach out to a lot of people.

Development of the app

Also the 6 month- promotion of the app promised by MTN would help popularise the app.

Could you take us through the start-up process and its growth trajectory?

I started the project by compiling the Holy Bible in Pidgin, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and all English translations in plain text format.

Next, I built the GUI (Graphical User Interface) in Eclipse which made the project about fifty percent ready. After that, I developed the connection between the Bible files and the core of the app. At this stage, the project was seventy five percent completed.

To complete the development of the app, I introduced the reading of other documents such as Bible in one year, Every day in the word and other Christian books. I also made a collection of 384 bible verses which will be highlighted when reading the Bible. At the end of this stage, Wazobia Bible app was hundred per cent ready for use.

How have mobile users embraced the app and what kind of numbers have you churned out?

Wazobia Bible app has been downloaded beyond my expectation. The app has had over 2,800 downloads on MTN App Store.

Have you been able to monetize the application?

No. It’s a free app for now.

How do you intend to deal with the competition within the mobile industry?

I intend to introduce other features like reading the Bible out in audio and in the selected language such as Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Pidgin.

How would you assess current level of local mobile applications development?

I think local mobile applications development is increasing rapidly and a few years from now, the local mobile applications development community would have doubled.

MTN has launched the MTN NextApps store for various platforms, how will this impact the development of mobile applications and related content for mobile uses?

MTN NextApps store has definitely expanded the reach of apps to various platforms which will definitely improve mobile applications development speedily because it will encourage developers to port their apps to several platforms.

Would you say Nigeria has the local capacity to effectively support the growth and development of mobile content and applications?

Not at the moment. We have a lot of talented students in Nigeria but most cannot even afford a laptop. Even those who have laptops have to use N100 from their pocket money to get 10MB of data to browse. Only a few can afford to fuel their generators because there’s no light. As students, we need laptops, data and electricity to effectively support the growth and development of mobile content and applications.

What advice would you have for the government or corporate bodies in a bid to strengthen the local mobile application industry?

The government needs to make electricity stable to strengthen the local mobile application industry. Corporate bodies need to divert the millions they give to music stars for adverts to buy laptops for secondary school students who just finished their WAEC and are awaiting results.

SOURCE: The Vanguard

April 2, 2014 |

2014 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Scholarship Scheme – Graduates and Students

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The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria has put in place a strategy which will make accountancy profession more attractive to the brightest youths from any academic discipline by introducing a scholarship scheme for outstanding students of Institutions whose Accounting/Accountancy programmes are accredited by ICAN.2014 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Scholarship Scheme - Graduates And Students

Institution’s Obligation

The scholarship shall cover examination fees and provision of study packs and shall subsist as long as the student does not completely fail any level of the examination.

Categories of Scholarship:

  1. Diamond: The Diamond Scholarship is for first class/distinction graduates of ICAN-Accredited Institutions, irrespective of the discipline or course of study to write the Professional Examinations of the Institute.
  2. Gold: The Gold scholarship is for the Best Graduating Student of an ICAN accredited Accounting/Accountancy programme for professional examination level.
  3. Silver: The Silver Scholarship is for the BEST STUDENT in year one of any ICAN-accredited Accounting/Accountancy programme in tertiary institutions to write the Accounting Technicians Scheme for West Africa (ATSWA) Examination.

For further information, please contact :

Olusoji O. Odukoya, MBA, FCA
Ag. Registrar/Chief Executive
PC 16 Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel: 01-7642294-5;
E-mail: info.ican@ican.org.ng or  studentsaffairs@ican.org.ng
website: http://www.ican-ngr.org


Source: Nairacareer website

April 2, 2014 |

World Bank Scholarship for Specialised Post-Graduate Programme in Agriculture and Sustainable Environment

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ceadese logoThe Federal University Of Agriculture, Abeokuta has commenced the training programme in its World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Agriculture and Sustainable Environment. The centre will run specialized international postgraduate courses designated as Master (M.AgSE) and Doctorate (Phd AgSE) degrees in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment. The courses are M.AgSE and PhD AgSE in:

  • Crop Improvement and Seed Enterprise Development
  • Livestock Science and Climate Change
  • Food Processing and Value Addition
  • Hydrology and Climate Change
  • Mechanised Agriculture and Climate Change

Limited and Very competitive scholarships are available to candidates from the following countries in West Africa:

  • Benin
  • Gambia
  • Liberia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo
  • Nigeria

The Selection for schloarships is equal opportunity basis with emphasis on gender balance. Thus, women are encouraged to apply

Eligibilty

  • Candidates of all nationalities within and outside africa possessing qualifications equivalent to recognized first degrees in relevant disclines are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates with degrees equivalent to second Class Lower Division are eligible to apply for the programmes but only candidates with grade point averages equivanlent to Second Class Upper Division and above shall be eligible to apply for scholarship
  • For Hydrology Programmes, eligible candidates are required to possess Bachelor’s degrees or equivalent in physical, mathematical, hydrological and environmental sciences.
  • For Hydrology Programmes, eligible candidates are required to possess Bachelor’s degrees or equivalent in physical, mathematical, hydrological and environmental sciences.
  • For Mechanized Agriculture Programme, eligible candidates for the M. AgSE programme are required to possess Bachelors degree or equivalent in either Agricultural, Food, Chemical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering.
  • Graduates with first degrees in biological and social sciences are eligible to apply for the M. AgSE programme in any of the agriculture-based options. Since the programme is agriculture-based, applicants from academic backgrounds other than agriculture shall be required to audit relevant pre-requisite courses (that will be determined by the course faculty) in basic agriculture under the B. Agric Programme of FUNAAB.
  • Applicants with degrees from Environmental fields are eligible to apply for any of the options, provided the relevant proficiency to perform in the option can be demonstrated e.g. the need for adequate mathematical backgrounds for Mechanisation and Hydrology progammes. The PhD AgSE programme is open to Master degree holders in the relevant field for the different options in the programme.

Application Site: http://pg.unaab.edu.ng

April 2, 2014 |

Malaria Destroyer Game

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MDGThe Start-up that won the Best Software Start-Up of the Year 2013 Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) award which was unveiled at the institute’s President Dinner 2014 has released a mobile game, MDG Runner.

MDG Runner is a subset of The Malaria Destroyer Game (MDG Series), a digital knowledge-entertainment and educational mobile Psycho-Game. The game is geared towards the eradication of malaria in Africa. Its central focus is to ensure that Nigeria/Africa attains a fundamental requirement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Malaria Destroyer Game (MDG) aims to reduce the cost of lost-productivity in Nigeria/Africa, by 50% before 2015.

MDG is endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Motivation:

Each year 1 million of the 300-500 million cases of malaria result in death – most of them occurring in Africa! Nigeria accounts for over 300,000 deaths yearly. Nigerians Health profile is in great danger! Economically, Malaria costs Africa an estimated $12 billion in lost productivity each year! According to the Minister of Health, a child dies of malaria every 45 seconds in Africa!

The Federal Government of Nigeria spends N480billon on Malaria prevention and treatment annually.

Malaria is a major public health problem in Nigeria, where it accounts for more cases and deaths than any other country in the world.

  • Nigeria looses more death to Malaria than other countries at War!.
  • Malaria is a risk for 97% of Nigeria’s population. The remaining 3% of the population live in the malaria free highlands.
  • There is an estimated 100 million malaria cases with over 300,000 deaths per year in Nigeria. This compares with 215,000 deaths per year in Nigeria from HIV/AIDS.
  • Malaria contributes to an estimated 11% of maternal mortality.
  • The Game (Malaria Destroyer Game) is a full graphics animated mobile game which runs across all mobile platforms (Andriod, Apple IOS, e.t.c); originated, designed and developed by Mobile Software Solutions Limited – a Nigerian IT firm.

Visit GooglePlay Apps Store to download, review and comment this game.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yahoo.nobleogyify.mdgRunnerLast&hl=en


Source: Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON)

March 26, 2014 |

Education Crucial To Rural Development – Awolowo Dosumu

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THE chairman, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosunmu, on Saturday, described rural education as one of the basic ingredients for rural development as pioneered by the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in his days as the Premier of the Western Region.

She stated this at the 34th Founder’s Day and the official re-naming of Odonoko/Odoroga Comprehensive High School in Ijebu North-East Local Government Area of the state, to Obafemi Awolowo Comprehensive High School.

Dr Awolowo Dosunmu said that Chief Awolowo believed in social justice, equality of men and women and the very idea that rural dwellers must enjoy same and equal rights as urban dwellers.

Delivering a lecture on “The Rural Education Legacy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Rebuilding Mission Agenda of Senator Ibikunle Amosun in the Ogun State Education Sector”, the Executive Director of Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, noted that education was dear to the sage’s heart.

She said: “Rural integration and development had remained one of the cardinal programmes that Papa held dear to his heart. Crucial to rural development was, and is, education. Both as Premier and later as leader of opposition, Papa placed utmost premium on four governance issues; education, health, economic development and democratization of local governments.

“The policies and programmes of Awo, which are listed above became so successful that practically everyone of us here today is a beneficiary of those innovations. Since the purpose of our gathering here today in Odonoko/Odoroga is to re-launch and rename a school that bears the imprint of Papa, it is important that we emphasise the significance of rural education.

“Papa’s administration in the Western Region believed in social justice, equality of men and women and in the very idea that rural dwellers must enjoy the same and equal rights as urban dwellers. So, the practical result of that philosophy was the establishment of farm settlements, primary schools, and the eventual declaration o free education throughout the region.

“It should also be pointed out that an integrated rural development strategy embarked upon by Papa and his team was a multi-faceted one: rural development involved rural education, rural communication, and rural health provision.”

She commended the state government for its concerted effort in the education sector, saying that the bridge between Awolowo’s legacy and Amosun’s government would be sustained.

Dr Awolowo Dosumu also commended the Odonoko/Odoroga community for revitalising the school and specially thanked Professor Japheth Adeneye for sacrificing his money and time towards the development of the school, whose foundation was laid by the sage on the 22nd of March, 1980.

“I commend the government of Ogun State for supporting this community. I urge the government to do more, however. The fact that this same school built so many decades ago is being resuscitated and sustained suggests to us that every person and agency that has contributed to today’s reality, including the government of Ogun State of course, believes in legacies. I would therefore, urge you all to continue to preserve the best policies and programmes that constitute our worthy heritage,” she added.

In his remarks, Professor Adeneye, described Dr. Awolowo Dosunmu, as a lover of education, especially at rural community, adding that the free education policy of the sage afforded him the ability to attend a secondary school.

Highlights of the ceremony were the investiture of Dr. Awolowo Dosumu as the Grand Matron of the school and an award given to Professor  Adeneye.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

March 24, 2014 |

2014 Imagine cup: Microsoft begins search for best tech students

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microsoft logo Microsoft Nigeria has begun search for best technology students in Nigeria to participate in its 2014 annual Imagine Cup student technology competition aimed at encouraging students to create imaginative technology solutions that can solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

Now in its twelveth year, the competition has grown to become the world’s global student technology competition with more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries having participated in the Microsoft Imagine Cup annual competition from inception.

According to Microsoft, If you are a student and sixteen years or older as of 10 September 2013 and are or will be enrolled as a student of a University at any time between 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, then you are eligible to compete for the competition.

Interested applicants, Microsoft said are to register for the competition on http://www.imaginecup.com/ and follow up with news and updates about the competition on Imagine Cup Blog.

The devices and services giant said that students have until 12.00am, April 10th, 2014 to register for this year’s competition in their three main competitions , Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship.

Accordingly, a team is made up to four eligible students and a mentor, who advises on the teams’ project.

Each competing team will make an original technology project from start to finish: come up with a great idea, make a plan, build a project, and submit it to Imagine Cup. It can be either purely software or a combination of software and hardware. It needs to use either Windows, Windows Phone, or Windows Azure.

In addition to the vast opportunities presented from competing on the world stage at the technology competition, participants in Imagine Cup stand to win cash prizes and grants.

The National Finals selects the best teams from Nigeria who then enter the World Semifinals. The very best of teams at the World Semifinals in-turn wins a trip to Seattle in July 2014 for the Imagine Cup World Finals.

The Director, Developer and Platform Evangelist, Microsoft Anglophone, West Africa, Mr. Shina Oyetosho, in a sattement to said that ‘Team Life Saver did the country and continent proud last year, and we are hoping to see this year’s entries follow in their footsteps. There are so many challenges faced by our country, and we believe that the solutions to many of these problems lie in the power of technology and the potential imagination of our youths. We hope to see a record number of entries for this year’s competition.’

To accommodate the anticipated number of entries the national finals will hold in Lagos on April 24th 2014 while the Worldwide Finals, previously hosted in Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Korea, France, Egypt, Poland, USA, Australia and Russia goes back home to Seattle, USA in July 2014.


Source:Vanguard Newspaper

March 24, 2014 |

National Information Technology Development Agency Scholarship 2013/2014

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nitda-logoThe National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in pursuance of her mandate of producing globally competitive manpower in order to bridge the digital divide and transform Nigeria into an Information Technology capable country, has established a scholarship scheme for Post Graduate (PG) studies in Master’s and Doctorate (PhD) degrees in relevant areas of Information Technology (IT) obtainable in National and international Universities.

Criteria

The scholarships will be strictly based on merit and cover the six Geo-political Zones of the country. The Agency will collaborate with the various institutions of higher learning within and outside the country to ensure that the scheme is successfully executed.

Eligibility

Masters Degree Candidate for the award of Masters Degree Scholarship must have 1st class or 2nd class upper Division in relevant Information Technology field of study.

PhD Candidates for the award of PhD degree scholarship must have Masters Degree in relevant Information Technology field of study.

Links

Registration page | Enquiry | Contact 

March 15, 2014 |

CBT – JAMB Extends Closing Date

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has extended the closing date for the sale of application documents for the Computer Based Test, CBT, to Monday, 31st March, 2014.

In a statement that was issued Thursday by JAMB and signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fabian Benjamin in Abuja.

He said the extension would give assess for more candidates desirous of tertiary education who could not register for the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) mode. This is also to ensure that every Nigerian is given equal educational opportunity.

According to the statement, “The Board wishes to state that it would shut its site after the expiration of this new date to allow for proper logistics and planning in preparation for the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Computer Based Test mode scheduled to begin from May 17.

“Candidates are therefore advised to avail themselves of this opportunity the extension has provided”.


Source:  Vanguard Newspaper

March 14, 2014 |

2014 Cowbell Mathematics Competition

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2014 Cowbell Mathematics CompetitionThe schedule for the 14th edition of the Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) has been released. The Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics competition is an event sponsored by Cowbell Milk (a quality food product from Promasidor Nigeria limited) and approved by the Federal Ministry of Education.  The competition is widely acclaimed as one of the most  credible educational competitions in Nigeria that truly seeks to reward excellence.

How to enter

  1. The Mathematics Competition is open to students from 10 – 18 years of age attending full time Secondary Education in both Public and Private Schools in Nigeria.
  2. Entry into this competition is FREE.
  3. Each School is required to present their BEST 6 (SIX) students in Mathematics (3 from JSS3 and 3 from SSS2), irrespective of sex, religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chances of qualifying for the next stage of the competition.
  4. Each School head should collect 6 (SIX) registration forms which must be correctly filled, stamped and signed by the School Principal and presented by the Students to the officials at the examination centre on the examination day. School Principals may also download registration forms online at www.promasidor-ng.com. Forms can also be obtained at the various State Ministries of Education Pan Nigeria and Promasidor Nig. Ltd,

Examination Centres

The first stage examination for this year’s competition will hold  in 200 centres in the 36 states and the Federal capital. Examination Centres in Ogun state are:

  • Yewa College, Ilaro.
  • Abeokuta Grammar School, Abeokuta.
  • Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode.
  • Ansar-Ur-Deen Comprehensive College, Otta.
  • Remo Secondary School, Sagamu.
  • Pakoto High School, Ifo.

Date

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00am (accreditation from 8:00am).

Rules and Regulation:

  1. The First stage examination will be held in all states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00am. However, accreditation of all candidates begins at 8:00am.
  2. Candidates must come to their designated examination centres with their Registration Forms.
  3. Late comers will not be allowed to write the examination.
  4. Candidates are to come along with only a pencil, biro, eraser, ruler and statistical table, NO CALCULATORS WILL BE ALLOWED.
  5. Any act of misconduct will lead to disqualification of the candidate.
  6. All candidates MUST be in their correct School Uniform.
  7. Please refer to examination centre list to check for the centre nearest you.
  8. The competition is ONLY open to Students in JSS 3 and SSS 2. Candidates in any other Grade/Class will be disqualified.
  9. The decision of the board of examiners is final! We shall not enter into any correspondence with anyone regarding the conduct of this examination.

National Awards

Category A (Junior)

Student Prize

  • 1st Prize N250, 000 + Trophy + Medal
  • 2nd Prize N200, 000 + Plaque + Medal
  • 3rd Prize N150, 000 + Plaque + Medal

School Prize
5 Desktop Computers and Printer + Mathematics Textbooks + High Class Metal Sign Post + Plaque
3 Desktop Computers and Printer + Mathematics Textbooks + High Class Metal Sign Post + Plaque
1 Desktop Computer and Printer + Mathematics Textbooks + High Class Metal Sign Post + Plaque

Category B (Senior)

Student Prize

  • 1st Prize N300, 000 + Trophy + Medal
  • 2nd Prize N250, 000 + Plaque + Medal
  • 3rd Prize N200, 000 + Plaque + Medal

Category B (Senior)
5 Desktop Computers and Printer + Mathematics Textbooks + High Class Metal Sign Post + Plaque
3 Desktop Computers and Printer +Mathematics Textbooks + High Class Metal Sign Post + Plaque
1 Desktop Computer and Printer + Mathematics Textbooks + High Class Metal Sign Post + Plaque

Teacher:
1st Prize = N50, 000, 2nd Prize = N30, 000, 3rd Prize = N20, 000, Consolation Prize = N15, 000.

State Awards

CATEGORIES: Junior and Senior Categories (1st Prize N25, 000; 2nd Prize N20, 000 and 3rd Prize N15, 000)

Teachers of best students at the state level in each category will get the sum of N15, 000.

Special Raffle Draw

All students are required to bring two (2) empty 400 gram sachets of Cowbell milk to the first stage examination centres to participate in the raffle draw to win the following branded prizes: Rechargeable Lamps, Golf Bags, Portable Audio Players, Wall Clocks, Wristwatches, Scientific Calculators and School Bags.

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March 10, 2014 |

Government must secure Nigeria’s standard of education

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Worried by the fallen standard of education in Nigeria, government at all levels have been advised to arrest it, by providing qualitative education from primary to tertiary levels.

The admonition was the crux of the address of Senator Adegbenga Sefiu Kaka, during the bursary award disbursement exercise, organised for final year students in all tertiary institutions in Ogun East Senatorial District.
Kaka, a member of the National Assembly, representing Ogun East, noted that the intervention of government and well-spirited Nigerians would guarantee the nation’s future development and growth.
He charged the nation’s graduates not to be deterred in the face of the challenges, but to brace up and make the best out of the situation.

The former deputy governor of the state, also called on those endowed within the society to rally round governments and the private sectors in promoting the advancement of education in Nigeria.
He said, “The fallen standard of education must be arrested for a guaranteed future development and growth. All hands must be on deck to arrest the decay and generate the much needed momentum.
“Our young graduates must not despair in the face of daunting challenges of the moment. They must brace up, make the best out of the available situation and be courageously ready to take responsibilities at any stratum of the societal pyramid.

“In wishing the beneficiaries and others, deserved success in their examinations, I urge the endowed elites in the society to join hands with all the tiers of government and the private sectors, to promote the advancement of education. It is the most worthy legacy we can bequeath to our children, wards and neighbours alike.”
The lawmaker, submitted that a N12,000 per student bursary awards would help the beneficiaries in defraying the cost, or part of their final year dissertation project.

The ceremony held at Ijebu Muslim College, Ijebu-Ode, recently, also witnessed the handing over of a newly renovated block of four classrooms facilitated by Kaka.

In his remarks, the chairman, Adegbenga Sefiu Kaka Senatorial Advisory Committee, Professor Kayode Ajayi, said that the broad- based bursary awards was instituted to cushion the financial burden of final year students in the district.

Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Miss Adebanke Ogunde, a final year student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, (OOU), enjoined well-to-do Nigerians to salvage the sinking boat of education and to also emulate the gesture of Kaka.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

February 22, 2014 |

Teaching of History to Be Restored in Primary, JSS, Says FG

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The federal government yesterday disclosed that the processes aimed at restoring the teaching of history as a subject in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools would commence soon. President Goodluck Jonathan dropped the hint when the Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN) paid him a courtesy call at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The association had requested the restoration of the teaching of history in schools from the president. In his opening remarks, the president of the society, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, recalled that the directive had already been given by former President Olusegun Obasanjo towards the end of his administration, but till date “implementation is yet to commence due to administrative bottlenecks on the side of the government.”

They equally appealed Jonathan to help in revitalising and restocking the archives which is the historian’s laboratory. “Past government files are littering various offices instead of been properly kept in the archives,” HSN president said. The society also requested for the establishment of an institute for historical studies and documentation in Abuja as well as the appointment of a Presidential Historian.

They appreciated the president for his efforts at ending the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and his efforts at curbing the security challenges in the country amongst his other achievements. The society, which has been in existence since 1955, conferred Jonathan with the title of grand patron and dressed him with a professorial attire and gave him a plaque.

Responding, Jonathan thanked them for their commitment towards working with government. The president promised to meet with the education minister and other stakeholders to discuss and kickstart the process of restoring history as a teaching subject in school. He noted that his administration had decided to build a centenary city which will have a presidential archive with different floors, each floor for a past president.

The archive, Jonathan said, will help children get the best eye view of history. He subsequently approved a plot of land for the society, but said they will have to source money for the building. He urged his Chief of Staff to ensure that they are inculcated in the forth coming national conference as they complained that they had been omitted.


Source: ThisDay Live

February 22, 2014 |
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