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Why NITDA Is Sponsoring 240 IT Scholars

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The Acting Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Ashiru Sani Daura, has stated that the award of scholarship to 240 young Nigerian graduates to further their studies in Information Technology (IT) related fields at both the Masters and Doctorate levels, was to help transform the country into a knowledge based economy. The DG made the disclosure in Abuja at a send forth ceremony for 80 of its 2013 batch who will be departing for their various schools abroad. According to him, the sponsorship, which amounted to about N1.2 billion in the last three years, was also aimed at boosting human capacity in the area of IT.

Daura said the money expended on the scholars was raised from the National IT Development Fund, which is a 1 per cent tax from all IT related companies and also support from some finance companies. “Every year we budget around N300 to N400 million for all the scholars and these have been on going in the last three years. If you have 80 scholars a maximum of N400 million per session and this has been going on for the last three years,” he said.

He said an important component of transformation is education, as according to him, there cannot be transformation without the people who are the agents of transformation. For any transformation, he added that IT is paramount for success.

According to him, the vision of NITDA was to transform the country into an IT enabled economy, adding that no nation can develop its economy without human capacity development. He said: “So that is why we are sponsoring these young bright Nigerians so that they can acquire the necessary skills and education to come and develop the IT sector develop capacity towards the actualization of the Vision 2020 agenda of government.”

Daura admitted that most of the scholars who benefitted in the first batch have returned. “For those who returned we are monitoring them but some of them are yet to be employed, some are in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), some have fund jobs in other places, we are in the process of trying to monitor what they are doing and the exact impact to the economy. “In the next few weeks we shall established NITDA college of scholars, we shall establish an online and physical forum where these scholars will be interacting with themselves and with that we shall be challenging them with the various problems that should solve from the knowledge they acquire and some other thing that will be for the benefit of our country.

On how the students are selected, he said: “We normally advertise on national dailies, the applicants would apply online, thereafter they would sit for an aptitude test and two best with the highest scores are selected from each state irrespective of who they are. The prerequisite is that they would have studied IT related courses and would be pursuing IT programmes at Masters and Ph.D. levels. He congratulated the scholars on the awards adding, “Whatever you get is what you deserve, I congratulate you for getting this award. You were selected out of more than 4000 applicants who applied for this scholarship. You got the scholarship not because you know anybody. For the last three years of this award it is done purely on merit.

“I therefore urge you to imbibe this culture of hard work, selfless and diligence throughout your study abroad and thereafter. I will also commend NITDA staff for their transparency in the process.

One of the important foundations for any transformation anywhere is the knowledge in education, if you educate the people then you can easily transform the society and use them as agent of transformation. If the people are not adequately educated you cannot have adequate capacity, any transformation now has to have IT as its backbone. IT is really important and essential for any transformation so if you train in IT the transformation agenda of government will be easier.

The NITDA Boss said he would work towards leaving a workforce that is will motivated, agile dynamic that can take NITDA to it achieving its mandate which is to regulate and develop IT in Nigeria so that Nigeria joins the nations that is knowledge economy nations by that so we can achieve the Vision 2020 agenda.


Source: ThisDay Live

October 29, 2013 |

FG Committed to Centre of Excellence Projects in Universities – NUC

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THE Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, has expressed the commitment of the Federal Government to support the establishment of centres of excellence in some Nigerian universities, under the World Bank-assisted project.

Okojie disclosed this on Thursday, at a meeting with evaluators from the regional facilitation unit of the Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) project.
The evaluators were in the country to investigate the 15 universities that their proposals had been short-listed for the final competition in Dakar, Senegal, next week.

The NUC boss assured that “there is a strong government support and commitment towards the success of the centres of excellence that would emerge from Nigeria.”

He also said the Federal Government was willing to collaborate with other regional governments in establishing a strong regional higher education policy, as well as building capacity that could be shared across the region.

He was excited that 15 of the 27 proposals forwarded from Nigeria to Association of African Universities were shortlisted to progress to the final stage of the competition.

According to him, seven countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Senegal, were participating in the ACE regional project.

The project is an initiative of the World Bank, to develop regional higher education and promote specialisation among participating universities within areas that address particular common regional development challenges.

It also aims at strengthening the capacities of the universities to deliver high quality training and applied research.

Leader of the delegation from the Association of African Universities (AAU), Accra, Ghana,  Professor Jonathan Mba, in his remark, said the team was in the country to investigate the universities whose proposals had been shortlisted for the ACE.

He commended the commitment shown by the NUC and the Nigerian government towards the success of ACE project, designed to strengthen select African universities in science-based education.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

October 25, 2013 |

Remo Secondary School Old Students to Raise N150 million for Renovation of Alma-Mater

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The Old Students Association of Remo Secondary School, Sagamu, Ogun State, have concluded plans to undertake a N150 million renovation of their alma-mater.

The Chairman, Organising Committee of the old students association, Oyeniyi Famoriyo, made this known at a press conference Wednesday at the Iwe-Iroyin Press Centre, Abeokuta.

The conference was part of preparations for the 60th annual reunion of the former students scheduled to hold at the college premises on Saturday, October 19.

Mr. Famoriyo explained that the developmental fund, which would be launched on the day, would be used for the renovation of 24 classrooms, the library, staff room, school hall and school wall; provision of a new school bus, a 60KVA generator and computers; and the construction of four additional classrooms, a modern kitchen, and a science laboratory.

The committee chairman, who was accompanied by another notable old student, Abiodun Allison, said the school, founded on February 4,1946, was the first co-educational school in West Africa and has produced a number of prominent and successful Nigerians both home and abroad.

He stated that, the decision to give the school a face-lift, was as a result of the fading and dilapidated state of its structures, which, he emphasised, was not in the interest of the ex students.

He disclosed that Saturday’s ceremony would also include an award ceremony, with awards bestowed on four former students, including two posthumously.

The posthumous awards would go to former Nigeria Ambassador, Segun Olusola, and the school’s first Head Boy, Ebu Awobokan.

Other awardees include Gabriel Ogunmola and the immediate past National President of the old students association,Tola Mobolurin.

Mr. Famoriyo called on old students who were yet to register with the association to take the advantage of the association’s new website and register online. He gave the website address as www.remosecondaryschool.com and e-mail asalumni@remosecondaryschool.com


Source: Premium Times

October 24, 2013 |

2013/2014 British American Tobacco Nigeria / BAT Iseyin Agronomy Scholarship Scheme

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British_american_tobaccoBritish American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN), in conjunction with British American Tobacco Iseyin Agronomy (BATIA) invites applications from qualified Nigerian undergraduates, for the 2013/2014 Scholarship Scheme.

The Scholarship Scheme is one of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives to promote skilled manpower development in Nigeria’s Agricultural sector.

In 2005, the scope of the Scholarship Scheme was expanded to include eligible students from across the country. This expansion was based on stakeholder expectations raised at a stakeholder dialogue session. Ten eligible students are awarded scholarships every year for the duration of their study, with five slots reserved for eligible children of BAT registered tobacco farmers.

In the event that the farmers’ children do not meet the eligibility requirements, those five slots are opened up to candidates from tobacco leaf growing communities (not farmers’ children). In the event that they also do not meet the eligibility requirements, the five slots are opened up to candidates from other parts of Oyo State.

The Scheme is open to:

  • Qualified candidates who are children of BAT registered tobacco farmers
  • Other qualified candidates from across Nigeria

Students who are currently on similar scholarship awards need not apply. Dependants of employees of BAT Nigeria, BATIA and the BAT Nigeria Foundation are not eligible for this scholarship.

Important points to note:

  • All applicants are required to provide active contact addresses, phone numbers and email addresses which must be traceable and valid for the next 9 months.
  • Applicants who miss test invitations due to non-functional phone numbers or email addresses will not be given additional consideration.
  • Hardcopy and multiple applications will result in instant disqualification
  • Successful applicants will be listed on this website
  • Students who are currently on similar Scholarship Schemes need not apply.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • All applicants must be Nigerian citizens aged 18 years or above
  • For children of BAT registered tobacco farmers – admission to study or registered first year student studying any course in a Nigerian tertiary institution.
  • For other applicants across Nigeria – admission to study or registered first year student studying Agriculture / Agriculture-related course in a Nigerian tertiary institution
  • Holders of the SSCE or its equivalent with at least six subjects passed in one sitting.
  • Closing Date

The closing date for the acceptance of applications is Monday 28th October 2013. Applications sent after the closing date will not be considered.

To apply go to: www.batnscholarship.com


Source: British American Tobacco website

October 23, 2013 |

MDGs Provides Classrooms to Schools in Obantoko Community

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The  Chairman, Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State, Mr Sulaiman Mukaram Adebayo has commended the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for its intervention in the primary education sector.

Adebayo  gave the commendation during the inauguration and handing-over of the eight-classroom storey building constructed by the MDGs at the Odeda Local Government Primary School, Obantoko, Ogun State.

The local government boss, according to a release signed by the council’s Director of Information, Mr Tope Oyekan, commended the MDGs for its efforts at complementing the efforts being made in the  education sector by the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun across the local government areas in the state. While highlighting his achievements in the education sector, the council boss included the construction of blocks of classroom with offices at African Church Primary School, Jooda, Babapupa and Alagbagba; Nawarudeen Primary School, Asipa, Opeji and the rehabilitation of a block of six classrooms with office at Orile-Ilugun Comprehensive High School, Orile Ilugun.

The eight-classroom storey building, which was under the 2011 – CGS – LGA Track project was inaugurated by the State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Oluwande Muoyo, who handed it over to the local government chairman, following the signing of hand-over documents by relevant stakeholders.

October 22, 2013 |

UBA Foundation National Essay Competition 2013

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UBA Foundation2013 edition of the National Essay Competition is out. Winners will get educational grants to study in any African University of their choice.

The Essay Competition is a follow up on of the Read Africa initiative of the Foundation, which involves giving out literature books to secondary school students to help rekindle the reading culture amongst the youths in Africa. The Programme also involves mentoring and reading sessions with the students.

Topic: “How reading has impacted my knowledge”

Organizer: The UBA Foundation

Prizes

The first, second and third prize winners will receive N1,000,000.00, N750,000.00 and N500,000.00 in educational grants respectively.

Deadline: 1 November, 2013

Guidelines

  • Applicants must attach photocopies of their original birth certificates or photocopies of International passport data page
  • Applicants must be Senior Secondary School students in Nigerian Secondary Schools
  • Applicants should send in handwritten essay entries of not more than 750 words on the competition topic
  • Applicants must submit their complete contact information (school name & address, residential address, phone number and email address)
  • When the entries close, four renowned Nigerian Professors will review the entries and select an initial shortlist of 12 for further assessment until the overall 3 best candidates emerge.
  • The students would be judged on content, organization and mechanical accuracy.
  • The educational grant is only applicable to applicants who intend to study in an African university.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Entries should be sent to:
    UBA Foundation
    United Bank for Africa Plc UBA House (3rd Floor)
    57 Marina, Lagos, Nigeria

Inquiries

Got a question? Shoot an email to cfc@ubagroup.com


Source:

Naija Writer Coach

October 10, 2013 |

Age Grade Tournaments Should Not Be Staged Outside Schools – NASCOM

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To check age cheat in sports, National Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM) has said that age grade competitions should not be organized outside the school system.

Speaking at the weekend during the unveiling of NASCOM calendar for 2013/2014, chairman of the body, Yemi Idowu, age grade competitions are not supposed to be staged outside schools, saying, “We need to send a clear message to all stakeholders that age grade competition should be undertaken by school children and it should be domiciled in schools.”

He added: “We must avoid organizing age grade competitions outside the school system. This is the first objective. We should also avoid open competitions for age grade competitions. We need students who have a verifiable track record, which can stand the test of scrutiny.”

Also in its efforts to bring vibrancy to school sports across the country, NASCOM has once again reaffirmed its support for Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) and Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON).

According to Idowu, the body was set up to compliment the efforts of NSSF and YSFON, saying, “at the inaugural meeting of NASCOM, the committee agreed that it would not be organizing any new competition which would be in conflict with the work already being done by the component entities like NSSF and YSFON, rather NASCOM will be the umbrella body which will be used to jointly raise awareness and funds for the promotions of schools sports and improvement of age grade competitions at the school level.”

Idowu said that the calendar encompasses the timetable of activities of bodies like, would be made public across the country by NASCOM.

He also used the occasion to re-emphasis that the body would not be staging any competition but to support the component bodies in all its activities.

He added: “We need to create bigger talent pool for sports, which can only be achieved by increasing the percentage of school age kids participating in competitive sports. We have introduced Rythmn N Play as brand to attract more children to participate in sports. Hopefully this will keep them longer in school sports such that we will have a higher percentage of children graduating to elite sports and the sporting federations.”

He however, acknowledged, “Naturally, we all appreciate that it will take some effort to persuade and change the mindset of some groups in Nigeria, but I think the change is possible. I think we can have a win-win situation where all parties will still get what they want and Nigeria will be better off.”

October 8, 2013 |

Anniversary Competition – Reward for Five Reading Schools

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It’s that time of the year when we reward our readers with books and treats. It was at this time three years ago that we started our journey together. Sharing books every week gives me immense joy and together with our host paper, the Sunday Trust we have managed to sustain this page for three years against all odds.

I have always said that I have received the most heart-warming letters from all of you. No matter where I am in the world and no matter how challenging, I try to get the page to my Editor. The very few times I am unable to deliver, due to ill health or extremely difficult circumstances, many texts come in the day after asking, What happened to our column or wanting to know if I am okay. I am indebted to all those who wrote in, who showed concern, who shared their fears and their joys. It is now time to reward you for your loyalty. I have however decided this year that we shall reward a different set of people from our regular readers. We shall donate books to primary and secondary schools that are encouraging their pupils to read and take interest in literature. It is through schools that we fell in love with books and through our school libraries. This competition which will also challenge schools to put reading platforms in place will earn schools that are already doing so books for their pupils or for their library. We will of course verify your claims by independent sources near you. Here is what you have to do.

COMPETITION CATEGORY:

This competition is open to all primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.

COMPETITION PROCESS:

An essay indicating how your school is encouraging reading, no longer than 800 words is to be submitted. All essays must be written by either the school principal, head teacher or the literature teacher; English teacher in the case of primary schools. Essays must give school name, school postal address, a mobile phone number for contact, name of person writing the essay and position in school. If not written by school principal or head teacher, then it must be signed by Principal or Head teacher and a school stamp should appear on the essay.

FIVE QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR ESSAYS:

These five questions are to give you a general direction of what is expected to form part of your essay.

  1. Does your school have a library and if it does how often do your students use it?
  2. These days children are attracted to social media and hardly read, what are the creative innovations your school has put in place to encourage your pupils to get involved with books and reading?
  3. Has your school ever won writing, spelling or reading competition?
  4. What kind of books apart from school texts are in your pupils reading list?
  5. How do your pupils pick up new words for use in their essay writing and how do you increase their knowledge of new words and how to use them properly?

These are just tips to serve as a guide. We expect that essays will come in with certainly more interesting stories including reading clubs and other such activities from different schools. We are looking for the most creative in getting young people interested in books and how schools sustain this reading habit.

HOW THE WINNERS WILL BE DETERMINED:

Three schools with the most creative essays about how they are encouraging the reading culture in their schools will get picked as winners. The winning categories are:

SECONDARY SCHOOL:

First prize: For the essay with the most innovative in reading and book related activities.

Second prize: For the essay with the next most innovative methods of getting pupils to be engaged with reading.

Third prize: For the school with an essay in innovative and creative reading which follows the second prize winner closely.

PRIMARY SCHOOL:

Getting children to read at this age can be very challenging but this is clearly the best stage. If they get into it at this stage, they get into it for life and that is a good thing especially if they are reading the right books. It is therefore of utmost importance that Primary schools should set the tone for a child’s reading habits. It will be interesting to see how primary schools try to get their pupils to read creatively, where reading is fun and not considered punishment or a chore. What determines what the pupil think about reading is often how creative the school is, in engaging them.

First prize will go to the school with the most creative and innovative essay on how they engage their pupils in the reading department.

Second prize will go to the school with the next most creative reading engagement for pupils.

Bonus prize: for the primary school which comes close to second place winner in this category.

PRIZES:

  • All winners will receive a certificate and a batch of books for their library.
  • Our supporters have sent us a lot of books and we are still receiving books from our numerous fans nationwide.
  • Principals or literature teachers who write the essays for the winning schools will also get rewarded with personal book gifts for their effort.
  • All winning categories will get an interview published of the persona responsible for the innovative reading activities in the school. This can either be the principal who is the driving force of the creative reading activity in the school or the literature teacher or the Librarian.
  • The no. 1 essays in each category will have excerpts of their essays published.

TIMELINE:

This competition is open for one month from the date of publication. The competition will close by the 6th of November 2013. All entries will be signposted as received on the date we actually receive them. Should you wish to send your entries by post please send them to:

Mrs Eugenia Abu

Through The Arts Editor,

The Sunday Trust Newspapers Abuja.

It will be preferable however, if it came by e-mail. Please use this e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Announcement of prizes will be made by the last week of November.

Please note, there are no cash prizes for this competition; only books. Do send an sms if you need further clarification.

We look forward to hearing from you.

October 1, 2013 |

CBN spends N500m on Lisabi Grammar School

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has expended about N500m on the renovation and infrastructural development of Lisabi Grammar School, Abeokuta, Ogun State, the alma mater of the bank’s Deputy Governor (Operations), Mr. Tunde Lemo.

The infrastructural development currently going on at the school is part of the apex bank’s development policy of intervention in schools.

National President of the Lisabi Grammar School Old Students’ Association who is also the Alakija I of Ikija Orile, Egba, Oba Samusideen Ayorinde, disclosed this during a press conference to herald the school’s week-long 70th anniversary programmes holding from Monday, September 23.

Oba Ayorinde said the N500m project, which included a 200-seater capacity hall, an ultra modern library, laboratory for Physics, Chemistry and Biology; as well as  staff quarters and two boreholes were already nearing completion.

The monarch added that the school would also get two buses under the CBN project.

“Currently, there is a massive infrastructural development going on in the school through the courtesy of the CBN’s development policy of intervention in schools. We are very hopeful that this great policy will move the school much higher,” he said.

Ayorinde said the school would during its 70th anniversary give the CBN a corporate award while old students, including Lemo , Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly; and others would be conferred with the Distinguished Old Students awards for their contributions to the development of the school.

He said, “ Members of Lisabi Grammar School Old Students’ Association recognise and appreciate the role the school had played in their lives and therefore happy to maintain very close ties with the school.

“Today, the school is 70 years old, the third of the three oldest schools in Abeokuta . Lisabi Grammar School has over the years produced very many students who can be found all over the world working at very high levels in various professions and organisations.”


Source: The Punch Newspaper Online

September 19, 2013 |

Ogun to Check Concentration of Teachers in Urban Areas

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As part of measures to address the lopsided posting of secondary school teachers whereby more teachers are concentrated in the urban to the detriment of the rural areas, the Ogun State Government has commenced a data screening exercise in schools across the four divisions of the state.

Shedding light on the four-day exercise holding at the Abeokuta Grammar School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Ms. Olubukunola Onabanjo said it would bring about even distribution of the teachers and enhance qualitative teaching and learning throughout the state.

“The major objective of this exercise is to tackle the challenges of lopsidedness of teachers and solve the problem of shortage of teachers in the rural areas headlong”, Onabanjo stated.

She advised principals to give accurate data on the number of teachers and students available in their respective schools, emphasising that this would help in posting them in accordance with the recommended teacher-student ratio.

Onabanjo assured that the commission would spare no effort to ensure welfare of both teachers and students, pointing out that their needs would always be given priority attention.

Also speaking, the Principal-General, Remo Division, Mr. Michael Oredein noted that the exercise could not have come at a better time, particularly now that the resumption date for a new session was drawing nearer.

Oredein also shared the optimism expressed by the Onabanjo on the importance of the exercise, urging the principals not to withhold data needed for an effective screening programme.

Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in Egba Division, Mr, Kinkunmi Adenekan said the exercise would help ease the pressure on some teachers who have been over burdened due to the non-availability of subject teachers in some of the schools.


Source: Worldstage

September 7, 2013 |

Google Kicks off ‘Africa Connected’ Competition

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Learn more   Africa ConnectedFor those who have been positively influenced by the internet, here’s a chance to share your web journey. Google is calling on entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and web-lovers in Nigeria and across Africa to share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. Whether you’re a photographer, an entrepreneur, a fashion designer or a community activist, if the
internet and Google tools have played an important role in your success, Google wants to hear from you.

In the next five years, 7 out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are predicted to be in Africa, and the Internet is playing an important part in this. Google’s new initiative, ‘Africa Connected: Success stories powered by the web’, aims to gather the largest collection of inspiring stories about ventures established online by Africans, in Africa. Five successful entrants will win $25,000 each,
and will also have the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor over a six-month period.

“Google wants to hear from young, spirited entrepreneurial web adopters in Nigeria and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa who have a healthy disregard for the impossible and who are using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things to rise above their circumstances, change their world, and achieve success. We want to showcase the amazing achievements happening in the new Africa”, says Affiong Osuchukwu, Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative.

Aspiring filmmaker, cinematographer and editor Amuwa Oluseyi Asurf is one such example. This Nigerian videographer has gone from spending nights in internet cafes, so that he could watch YouTube to teach himself how to edit films, to running a successful film and video production company in Lagos, where he employs 10 people. His company; Asurf Films is today courted by Nigerian celebrities such as Basket Mouth, Iyanya, Wizkid, Psquare and Bovi, to film their music/entertainment videos locally and internationally.

“My journey started with a passion to become a film-maker. Unfortunately, even though I got admission to some good universities, I couldn’t afford to go. Luckily I was introduced to the internet and to YouTube. I discovered I could learn everything I needed to know online. It feels great to have some of the top celebrities in Nigeria inviting me to their projects. This inspires me to want to become even better. I am still on the journey to becoming one of the top names in African film-making, and I know the internet will still continue to play an important role.”

The owner and creator of Afrinolly, Chike Maduegbuna, based in Nigeria, is another online entrepreneur. Afrinolly is a popular mobile app which lets people across the continent watch short videos on their mobile devices. This app has transformed Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry by creating a movie trailer platform for new audiences. With over 3 million downloads already since its launch in August 2011, Chike hopes this will create a platform that connects aspiring film professionals with global film industry veterans.

Nigerian judge and radio personality / fashion photographer Temilola Balogun commented, “The internet is truly helping to reshape the story of Africa,and Nigerians are some of those taking full advantage of its power. Whether you are in technology, agriculture, energy, fashion, education, or entertainment, if the web has transformed your life, and you believe your venture can be scaled up, then the judging
panel is looking forward to hearing your story”.

Categories for entries include

Education; Entertainment/Arts/Sports; Technology; Community and NGOs; and Small Businesses. 20 semi-finalists will be selected from initial entries to take part in an interview and to produce a short promotional video. A judging panel made up of Googlers and external judges will then determine the 10 finalists. The 5 winners, in whose lives the web and Google have played a pivotal role, will then be selected by the online voting public. Submissions are open from August 27,
2013 to October 11, 2013. The competition will run until February 2014 when the winners will be announced.

Google’s media partners in Nigeria for the Africa Connected initiative include the Steam Broadcasting Group owners of Cool FM, Nigeria Info FM and Wazobia FM, and Thisday Newspapers. The Nigerian representative joining the Africa Connected judging panel is Cool FM radio personality and fashion photographer Temilola Balogun.

For more information and to enter the Africa Connected contest, visit www.africaconnected.com

The deadline for submissions is October 11, 2013. New to the web? Learn more about the web and Google through this platform, so that you too can do amazing things using the web as your springboard.


Source: This Day Newspaper

August 31, 2013 |

NYSC to Partner JAMB, Others to Check False Claims By Corps Members

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National Youth Service Corps - NYSCTHE management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said it was collaborating with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) in parts of the country  to check all forms of fictitious claims among prospective corps members nationwide.

The Director, Corps Mobilisation Department, NYSC, Mr Anthony Ani, stated this during an interactive session with newsmen in Minna, Niger State capital.

He said the synergy between the management of the scheme and its counterpart, JAMB, including CPIs in Nigeria, will make it impossible for corps members to give false information with regards to  their age and academic records.

He stressed that such a collaborative step would provide far-reaching policy, decisions and indepth evaluations towards checkmating  some of the problems confronting the scheme.

“The ICT department of the NYSC, in collaboration with the Mobilisation Department, has designed a new data entry software which will be used by CPIs to collate the data of prospective corps members,” Ani maintained.

He  further disclosed  that managers of the scheme were not happy that the incidences of fake corps members were still on the prowl at any given orientation, highlighting  that with active collaboration of relevant agencies, synergy between JAMB and CPIs will give no room for further fakery.

This is as a result of the realisation that most of the mistakes during mobilisation of prospective corps members are at the point of data entry, hence, the new software will assist in identifying mistakes, the director said.

He, however, explained that in view of the short time-span between now and the commencement of the 2013 Batch ‘C’, submission of prospective corps members’ list by student affairs officers of the respective tertiary institutions that the software would be put into use with effect from the 2014 Batch ‘A’ mobilisation exercise.

He added that for proper education of prospective corps members about procedures for participation in the scheme, there were  plans by the directorate to carry out comprehensive briefing of students in all the 202 recognised federal, states and private CPIs across Nigeria, within its limited resources


Source: Nigerian Tribune

August 31, 2013 |

UPLIFTing Under-15 Talent Hunt Aimed at Changing Lives

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Governor's wife Mrs Olufunsho Amosun PhotoWIFE of the Ogun State Governor, Olufunso Amosun, has explained that she set up the UPLIFTing youth programme to help the children of the state become successful in their football careers.

Speaking during the send-forth party organised for the 22 Ogun State boys selected for a training tour of Italy, Amosun said she was motivated to delve into grassroots football sponsorship by the successes a similar programme on education recorded.

According to Amosun, “during the Easter 2013 school holidays, we decided to engage young male talented players in the state in an Under-15 Grassroots football Talent Hunt Competition. We wanted to keep them occupied over the Easter break as well as identify raw talent in the kids that could be harnessed and create opportunities for identified talented players.

“The football competition was open to all male talented students in government owned secondary schools in the state between the ages of 13 and 15. Thousands showed up, and about 350 of them were selected and taken into a one-week camp where they were feed, kitted and coached.”

While in the camp, according to Amosun, they engaged in football matches all day everyday for the whole duration of the camp under the keen eyes of professional and internationally acclaimed footballers.

“For the whole duration of the training, elimination and selection process, the competition had in attendance Jim Colston, a renowned scout for the English Premiership League in the United Kingdom and Nigeria’s own very dear celebrated footballers, Olusegun Odegbami and Football Ambassador, John Fashanu.

“At the end of the camp, 15 young lads were identified as astonishingly outstanding, and seven others were identified as ‘wonders in boots.

“Mindful of the fact that the footballers are all minors and in full time education, Amosun said she stressed that any programme that would disturb the footballer’s schooling or studies is of no interest to her, as she insisted that UPLIFT footballer skills must be built on a solid educational foundation.

“Some of these children need to be harnessed academically, while others are sports inclined. So, what we are doing is to create the platform for then to exhibit their talents beyond the shores of Nigeria.

“We have done the exercise at the Senior Secondary School level where we identified the brilliant ones and took them to further development programmes. It is a continuous exercise that will help us get the best out of the children of Ogun State,” she added.


Source: The Guardian Nigeria

August 31, 2013 |

JAMB Warns Against Late Admissions

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JAMB LogoChief Executive of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, has directed all universities in the country to conclude all admission processes on or before October 31, 2013, stressing that it would not entertain late admission.

He gave the directive on Tuesday during the opening of the first technical committee meeting on 2013/2014 admission to degree awarding institutions held at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

At the meeting which is being attended by officials saddled with admission processes in federal, state and private universities, the registrar said, “I wish to inform you that admissions for the 2013/2014 academic session is expected to be carried out between October 14 to 18, at the boards national headquarters, Bwari, Abuja. It therefore implies that the next technical meeting scheduled to hold at Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, from Monday, September 23 to September 27, will solely be for admission into polytechnics, monotechnics, colleges of education and innovative enterprises institutions”.

The JAMB boss reminded the admission officers that the future development of the Nigeria rest on them as it’s only through education that Nigerian children would acquire appropriate skills and technology for the development of the country.

“For me, the logical response as far as the exercise before us is concerned, is that everyone present here today should be open and transparent in whatever action and decision he/she makes”, he added.

He urged not them not to compromise on standard, but strictly comply with the Federal Government’s approved criteria on admission, stressing that such would guarantee equal opportunity for all Nigerians.

Earlier, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Atim Antai, called on JAMB to sensitize the people on its planned e-testing programme.

According to her, such method of examination would reduce to the barest minimum the issue of malpractices as usually reported during the board’s examinations.

She said Akwa Ibom State has a lot of value for education, and that, that is why the government made education free and compulsory at primary and secondary levels.


Source: Daily Trust

August 31, 2013 |

Ogun to Return Mission Schools

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amosunOgun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has reiterated his administration’s determination to return mission schools in the state to their original owners.

Amosun gave this assurance at the 60th birthday thanksgiving service in honour of the state Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, at the Freeman Methodist Cathedral, Ogbe-Abeokuta, against the back drop of a request by the Presbyter, Rev. Jonathan Osin.

He also promised that his government would not rescind its decision on the return of mission schools, noting that,

I am a product of missionaries. We are not in competition with them but in collaboration. “Our commitment to educational development is evident in the on-going construction of model schools that would further help in giving everyone access to education regardless of the financial status

The governor also assured that his leadership would assist in the re-construction of all schools in the state, in line with what he called the “Ogun Standard level.” He thanked the good people of the state for their support and urged them to continue pray for the government.


Source: The Punch Newspaper

August 31, 2013 |

Be Good Ambassadors, Amosun Charges Uplifting Stars On Italy Tour

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Governor's wife Mrs Olufunsho Amosun PhotoWIFE of the Ogun State Governor, Olufunso Amosun, on Tuesday charged the 22 players selected from her pet project, UPLIFTing Football Talent Hunt, who started a training tour of Italy yesterday, to be good ambassadors of the country.

The 22 players, drawn from secondary schools from across Ogun State, alongside their parents, were hosted to a send-forth party by Mrs. Amosun in Abeokuta on Tuesday preparatory to their journey to Udinese, Italy, yesterday.

Speaking during the programme, Amosun reminded the players that they were lucky to be chosen from among the thousands of children that entered the talent hunt, and urged them to justify the resources spent on them by listening to their coaches and making good use of the opportunity to better their lives.

Explaining the rationale for the programme, Amosun said, “having identified academic excellence among our children, we realised that we also have talents in sports, so we decided to also help those talented youths to make good use of their talents for the good of the society.

“The children here are those identified to have exceptional talents in football, we are taking them to Italy for a summer camp where they will be exposed to international football under some of the best coaches in the game.

“What they will do in Udinese is to train with modern facilities, play friendly games and hone their skills in such a way that they will be ready for competition they are involved in so long as it is for players of their age grade.

“More importantly, the programme will expose them to international scouts, who might find then good for European clubs and recruit them.”

She explained that the 22 players were drawn from 15 young lads identified by a consortium of coaches as astonishingly outstanding, and seven others adjudged as ‘wonders in boots.’

Mindful of the fact that the children are all minors and in full time education, Amosun stressed that the programme was conceived in such a way that it would not disturb their studies, insisting that the UPLIFT footballer’s skills must be built on solid educational foundation.


Source: OGTV Website

August 22, 2013 |

Board Set To Uplift Technical Colleges In Ogun

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The Ogun State Technical and Vocational Education Board has assured that it would harness all available resources to ensure that learning of technical education in the State is improved upon.

The Board Chairman, Mrs. Doyin Ogunbiyi gave this assurance during an on-the-spot assessment of Government Science and Technical Colleges in Idi Aba and Ayetoro.

Ogunbiyi stated that contrary to the thinking in some quarters, technical education is not meant for school drop outs, adding that graduates of such schools are needed for technological manpower development of a developing country like Nigeria.

She affirmed that the State Government was determined to give all the logistic support to the Board to achieve set goals in line with the Ogun Standard, saying that on its part, the Board will map out strategies to help the technical colleges overcome their present challenges.

`“The Board is up to the task, the State government is favourably disposed to this sector, we are on a high spread to ensure that these colleges are uplifted to another level. We will map out strategies to help them overcome their challenges” she assured.

She revealed that already, some Corporate and philanthropic organizations had shown interest to partner her Board in rejuvenating technical colleges and establish new vocational centres in the State, expressing optimism that with all these in place, many youths would be empowered and taking off the street.

Mrs. Ogunbiyi who expressed displeasure about the condition of infrastructure in the schools however commended the teachers for their resilience and endurance at bringing out the best use from a bad situation, assuring that her Board would encourage and motivate them for better service delivery.

In their respective responses the Principals of the schools Mr. Abiodun Osinubi and Mrs. Serifat Dosunmu assured of their readiness to work with the Board towards turning around the condition of their schools and improving educational standard in the State generally.


Source: OGTV Website

August 22, 2013 |

FEC Approves N8.68b for Public Primary Schools, JSS Books

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Nigeria's CrestThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N8.68 billion for the printing and distribution of textbooks as well as library materials for public primary schools’ classes one to six and junior secondary schools. The Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, addressed State House correspondents in Abuja at the end of the FEC meeting, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. The weekly briefing was also attended by some ministers, including Labaran Maku (Information); Prof Ruqayyatu Rufai (Education) and Bala Mohammed of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Wike said the contract, to be completed in six weeks, would be funded from the utilisation of the 15 per cent and two per cent consolidated revenue fund provided as the intervention fund for the procurement of instruction materials to enhance the Universal Basic Education (UBE) in public schools. The fund was approved by council at its 26th meeting in 2008. He said: “To sustain the laudable project and to attain the 1:1 book ration for core subjects in all public primary schools across the 36 states and the FCT, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) intends to procure additional primaries one to six textbooks in maths, English language, Basic Science and Technology and Social Studies as well as Junior Secondary School (JSS) library resource materials for distribution to 36 states and the FCT to address the shortfalls.”

August 16, 2013 |

FG Develops New Teacher Education Curriculum

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The Federal Government on Wednesday said it had developed a new Teacher Education Curriculum in line with the current needs of the education system in the country.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, told newsmen in Abuja that, the new curriculum for teachers was part of the four-year strategic plan for the development of the education sector.

“We recognise the importance of teachers in the quality of education delivery.

“It is one of the reasons that a framework on National Systems is being developed on Teacher Development Needs Assessment and Teacher Professional Development.

“This will help us to continually be aware of our teacher needs, fill the gaps and also enhance the professional development of our teachers,” she said.

Rufa’i said that Micro-Teaching Laboratories were also being constructed in 58 federal and state colleges of education at a cost of N11.6 billion to further enhance the quality of training for teachers.

She said that would go a long way in supporting the integration of modern technology in the teaching and learning process.

According to her, in the area of Continuing Professional Development, over 200,000 teachers and other education personnel participated in programmes to improve their skills and competency in the past year.

She said those included specialised programmes within Nigeria and overseas for teachers of Sciences, Mathematics and the English Language.

She said that, at the tertiary education levels, 6,840 academic staff in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education were benefiting from scholarship programmes within and outside Nigeria.

The minister said that, a total of 1,641 of those were studying outside Nigeria, adding that was meant to improve the number of lecturers with Ph.D. degrees.

She said that 100 graduates were the initial beneficiaries of the Presidential Scholarship for Innovation and Development.

The minister said that those beneficiaries had started their studies and that would go a long way to further enrich our academic communities.


Source: WorldStage

August 16, 2013 |

WAEC’s deadline on collection of certificates: Things you need to know

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LAST week, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) issued an ultimatum calling on owners of certificates in its keep to come for them latest by December. The deadline was necessitated by the congestion in the storage facilities of the Council for the hard copies.According to Mr Idowu Omoya, Deputy Registrar of the WAEC office in Lagos, the Council was charging past WASSCE candidates a sum of N2,000 for the collection of their certificates.

He added that this sum will increase after the ultimatum issued by the council elapses.

“The store room in which these certificates have become congested and has become a burden. So, candidates need to make their collections for decongestion or else will be charged extra fees which has not been determined yet.”

The process required for the collection of certificates could, however not be gathered as the Council’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Y D Ari Yusuf, was unavailable.

Education Tribune investigations however revealed that candidates who wish to collect their certificates have to approach the Council with a written application and evidence of haven paid the sum of N2,000. Observers are however of the opinion that considering the present predicament in which the Council have found itself, it may need to evolve a system where pin numbers are supplied candidates such that the documents come as soft copies and can be accessible to even candidates outside West Africa without having to recourse to coming back to the location of their former schools or examinations points.

The WAEC, had threatened to impose penalties on candidates who failed to collect their certificates on or before December 31, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Mr Yusuf Ari, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

It stated that millions of certificates of candidates who sat for WAEC examinations since 1960s had long been signed but were not collected by candidates. The statement reads:

“We wish to inform the general public that certificates up to May/June 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), conducted by WAEC have been printed and dispatched to schools for collection by candidates.

“And certificates for external candidates for up to November/December 2012 WASSCE diet, also conducted by the council have also been printed and are equally awaiting collection by candidates at WAEC offices nationwide.

“The external candidates, especially who wrote the November/December examination diets are advised to go and collect their certificates from all our zonal branches or satellite offices in the states.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

August 14, 2013 |

ACSK Donates Multi-million Water, Toilet Facilities to School in Ogun

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A foremost company in poultry and aquaculture farming in Nigeria, Animal Care Services Konsult (ACSK) Limited, has donated multi-million naira water and toilet facilities to a 40-year-old secondarychool in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The facilities built and donated by the firm to Ositelu Memorial College (junior and senior sections), Ogere Remo are two boreholes with elevated water tanks and generating sets, as well as two blocks of ultra-modern toilets for students and staff of the school.

Speaking during the inauguration of the projects, the president, ACSK, Dr Olatunde Agbato, described the donation as part of the company’s constant corporate social responsibility to the Ogere community where his firm had been operating for more than 30 years.

“Any responsible company must associate itself with its host community and Ogere is our host community where we have been doing our business for over 30 years now. And we believe that we owe it a duty to give something back to the society. We have been doing it for quite a long time now. We have been involved in various community development initiatives in Ogere community.

“For this particular project, we were moved by the fact that a school that is 40 years old has no toilet facilities of its own, with the students having to go into the bush,” Agbato said.

“So, we decided to come in as our own little contribution so as to create a more conducive learning environment for the students in the school,” Agbato said.
Also speaking on the occasion, the principal of the senior school, Mr A.O Onabowale, who incidentally is an old student of the school, described the donated items as the priority needs of the school and commended the company for the multi-million naira projects.

“This family (of Dr and Dame (Mrs) Agbato) is always the first to come to mind anytime we have problem that is beyond our control and they are always bringing us out of the wood. Before this donation of toilet facility, this company had always been there for principals and in my own time, the compant has done exceedingly great.

“This toilet facility is a major need of the school as we have students strolling the streets of Ogere during school hours on the point of going home to use toilet. But today, I believe very strongly that there is no more excuse to parade the street. In fact, no more defecating in the bush by both students and teachers,” he said.
Onabowale assured the donor that the facilities would be put to good use and maintained.

The chairperson, Ogere Community Development Council (OCDC), Chief (Mrs) B.A Orebamjo, prayed to God to continue to bless and keep the company and its proprietor.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

August 14, 2013 |

WAEC 2013: Candidates Record Improved Performance

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Candidates for this year West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams have recorded an improved performance against those of the last four years, LEADERSHIP investigation has revealed.

According to the results released by the examination body, 70 per cent of the candidates that sat for the 2013 exam had credits in at least five subjects, a great improvement over the 25.99 per cent of candidates that had credits in English and Mathematics in 2009.This is despite the increased strict examination conditions that had been imbibed by WAEC in recent times to curb examination malpractices.

Each year as the examinations were conducted came with gradual decline that became worrisome, even as the students that sat for the examination coined terms for describing examination malpractice.

Special WAEC examination centres nicknamed “miracle centres” where examination malpractice was “officially” allowed at the payment of certain whopping amounts of money blossomed.

But the results of the 2013 WASSCE results which showed that 70 per cent of the students passed with five credits amid the stringent measure taken by the examiners is a radical departure from deplorable performances posted by the examination council in the past.

The result showed that a total of 1,689,188 candidates, consisting of 920,416 male and 750,852 female candidates sat for the examination. A total number of 1,543683 candidates, representing 91.38 per cent have their result fully released, while results of 112,865 candidates, representing 6.75 per cent, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.

Available statistics revealed that, “Total number of 1,543683 candidates representing 91.38 per cent have their results fully released, while results of 112,865 candidates, representing 6.75 per cent, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice”.

While not necessarily sealing the fate of those in this category, the body said, “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the Nigeria examinations Committee (NEC) and the committee’s decision will be communicated”.

“A total of 2,176 cases of multiple entries also were discovered during the processing of the results of all candidates who are guilty of this act would be cancelled”. Previous devastating imprint showed that the West African Examinations Council in the last four years recorded worse outing, especially in 2009 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) where a total of 1, 373, 009 candidates consisting of 755, 955 males and 617, 054 females sat for the examination and out of it, 25.99 per cent obtained credit in both English Language and Mathematics and three other subjects. In 2010, the total number of candidates who sat for the examination was 1,351, 557 consisting of 739,664 males and 611, 893 females sat for the examination. Out of this, 1,278, 843 candidates representing 94.62 per cent had their result fully processed. Further analysis showed that 677,007 candidates, 50.09 per cent, made five credits and above, while 534,841 candidates, 39.57 per cent have six credits and above.

Of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, it was said that 337,071 candidates, representing 24.94 per cent, obtained credits in English Language, Mathematics and at least three other subjects. A total of 451,187 candidates, 33.38 per cent, obtained credits and above in English Language, while 560,974 candidates, 41.50 per cent, obtained credits and above in Mathematics.

In 2012 there was a slight improvement as results of the WASSCE result showed that candidates performed better. A total of 649,156 candidates representing 38.81 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

This represents an 8.9 per cent increase above the previous year’s performance, where 471,474 candidates representing 30.91 per cent, had five credits and above in five subjects, including English and Mathematics.


Source: Leadership Newspaper

August 13, 2013 |

4afrika Scholarship – Microsoft Targets 1,000 Students

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The global software giant, Microsoft Corp. in recognition of the International Youth Day, has disclosed that no fewer than 1,000 talented young minds from Africa are expected to benefit from 4Afrika Scholarship program in the first phase of the pilot program beginning November this year.

Similarly, in the* *coming year, Microsoft also announced that it would provide 4Afrika Scholarships to 1,000 youth to pursue associate degrees in computer science and business administration with the first participating higher education institution, University of the People, an online university dedicated to the democratization of higher education which is affiliated with the United Nations, the Clinton Global Initiative, NYU and Yale Law School ISP.

*For talented African students:*

The program introduced today (Monday) by the software giant is part of its 4Afrika Initiative, through which it would provide mentorship, leadership and technical training, certification, university-level education and employment opportunities for promising and talented African students.

Although the number of intake will increase subsequently, the first set of 4Afrika Scholarship students, the software maker said will begin classes November this year.

Applications for 4Afrika Scholarships to University of the People, according to him can be submitted on the following site: www.uopeople.org/4afrika, while the 4Afrika Scholarship program can also be downloaded http://www.youth4afrika.com.


Source: Vanguard Newspaper

August 13, 2013 |

The Nigerian Education Bank Bill

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The Nigerian Education Bank Bill which has passed second reading at the Federal House of Representatives, as explained by the initiator, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila proposes to establish the Nigerian Education Bank, with the primary duty of granting interest-free loans to poor students seeking higher education in Nigeria.

The Bill seeks to make available to each benefiting student, a sum of five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000) repayable in two years after graduation. The repayment, according to the proponents would take the form of direct deduction of ten percent monthly deductions at source from salaries of beneficiaries or from the profits in the case of self employed graduates until the loan is liquidated. According to the provisions of the Bill, “applicants must have secured admission into any Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of education or any vocational school established by the Federal Government or the Government of the States of the Federation.”

THE NIGERIAN OBSERVER commends the initiators and promoters of the Bill, which we consider progressive in a country where more than 70 percent of its population live below the I USD per day poverty line. For most Nigerians who have had to go through hell to obtain higher education, this is a watershed Bill not only welcomed by the poor, but groups marginalised by society such as orphans, physically challenged persons among others who do not have anywhere to turn to for higher education.

It is not much of news that students of tertiary school-Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Agriculture and Colleges of education and others have gone through untold difficulties over the years to pass through such institutions. We are glad that the Bill is currently being considered by the lawmakers.

IT is equally heartwarming to note that, with the proposed law, Nigeria is on the right track to join the rest of the world in subsidizing education for the poor. It is important to note that Scandinavian countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have developed sound qualitative education and almost tuition-free higher education from cradle to grave. In fact, in Denmark, the tuition is free and, in fact, international students also enjoy free tuition provided they could show evidence of $6,000 feeding and upkeep fee per annum.

Although tuition in Australia is not free, there are a lot of grants, scholarships and bursaries instituted for both the brilliant and poor students. These are best practices that this bill seeks to emulate.

We recognise that schooling anywhere in the world is not easy and hardly cheap, it is against this backdrop that we welcome the move by the Federal House of Representatives to introduce a law that would take such a load off parents’ shoulders. We equally wish to call on the upper legislative chamber, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to con1ir the Bill as soon as it is passed by the lower house so that it can become a law in Nigeria.

Our support for the bill notwithstanding, we are of the opinion that Section 22 of the bill must be re-couched to read that “beneficiaries should be made to pay back the loan as soon as they are employed”, not the two years contained in the bill, given the high rate of unemployment in the country.

In our view, Sub-section 4 of the bill which stipulates punishments for offenders of the law in a case of default also requires a review to avoid the culture of impunity among young Nigerians who would take undue advantage of the benefits derivable from the law. Two years imprisonment or an option of fine of N500,000 being the same amount benefited by the beneficiary is not sufficient deterrence. We recommend five years imprisonment for offenders or a fine of N700,000 instead.

WE believe the Bill also throws up the need for government at all levels to take urgent steps to improve the employment market in Nigeria to absorb the army of unemployed persons roaming the streets in search of jobs. Government should redouble efforts towards guaranteeing constant electricity supply, potable water supply, roads, railway system and other infrastructure needed to boost the nation’s industrialization, as a major way of making the law work efficiently when it eventually passed and assented to by the President.


Source: The Nigerian Observer

August 5, 2013 |

NAOWA Launches N25m Vocational Training Centre in Ogun

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A vocational training centre worth N25 million has been launched by the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta chapter, in Ogun State.

This is part of efforts to check rising unemployment in the country, promote human capacity building and self-reliance, especially among jobless youths and women. The vocational training centre, when completed, will offer different vocational training ranging from catering and hotel management, computer studies, textile and fashion designing, fish farming, hairdressing and barbing, cosmetology, among other vocations, for both educated and semi-literate youths and women in Abeokuta.

Speaking at the launch of the N25 million centre at the Alamala Barracks recently, Marcella Ahmadu, NAOWA co-ordinator, said “the centre would serve as a training institution for women, youths and any interested persons at the barracks and neighbouring communities,” saying certificates would be issued to anyone that undergo any vocational courses at the centre.

Ahmadu explained that the programme would assist women, especially widows of fallen army officers, in providing adequate care to their homes and help build youths socio-economic capacities, but urged them to make good use of the centre when completed.

The NAOWA co-ordinator also said that the association intended to purchase buses to aid its activities and the movement of students in and outside the campus, as the centre will draw students from in and out of the barracks, adding that NAOWA vocational training centre would bridge the gap between the military and civilian and enhance unity among various language group in the country.

Also speaking, David Ahmadu, a brigadier general and commander, 35 Artillery Brigade, said NAOWA had been in the vanguard of providing welfare programmes targeted at women, youths, children and the less privileged in the society, expressing optimism that the intended project would not only empower NAOWA but would also make the association self-reliant in order to be able to contribute to socio-economic and national development.

“I am highly optimistic that the intended project will not only empower NAOWA, but will also make them self-reliant so as to fit into the larger society and contribute to economic and national development. Let me also inform you that it is the dream of every commander to alleviate poverty within his unit and formation.

“Once this is achieved, the troops are left with less problems which will further enable them to be in good frame of mind to discharge their duty more professionally, thereby enhancing command and control,” he said.

Earlier, Olufunso Amosun, wife of the state governor, represented by Yinka Elemide, tasked women to see themselves as change agents that would impact positively on the lives of children, adding that the project would drastically reduce crime rate both in the state and Nigeria.

Also, Victoria Isang, comptroller, Nigerian Immigration Service, Ogun State command, argued that NAOWA initiative as regards vocational training and youths empowerment would reduce crime rate and provide alternative business for the youths and women that take the larger population percentage of the country, describing the initiative as NAOWA contribution to nation building.


Source: BusinessDay

August 3, 2013 |

Sacred Heart’s Nurse Wins 6th NCP Nurses Essay Competition

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Rofeequah Okunola, a 300 level student of School of Nursing Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta, has emerged as national winner at the just concluded 6th NCP Nurses Essay Competition.  The essay competition series is specially designed to stimulate self development and enhance intellectual capabilities of nurses in Nigeria, both at student and professional levels.

In her entry, Okunola posited that NCP (Neimeth’s’ brand of antiseptic/disinfectant) has proved to be potent over the years to effectively manage, mouth, throat and skin infections.

Describing its potency, Okunola said that NCP is a brand that has immense contribution to the medical profession, pharmaceutical practice, the nation’s pharmaceutical market and every home in Nigeria as culled from a statement made by the Sam Ohuabunwa, founding father of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals Plc.

Focusing on the essay title ‘Beyond 27, 7 more innovative ways to use NCP in modern nursing care,’ she described NCP as an oral and topical antiseptic proven to prevent and treat infections, for personal hygiene and useful in general household disinfection.

Olaitan Gbadamosi, school of nursing, Sacred Heart Hospital Abeokuta and Damilola Elesho of school of nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-araba emerged 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The national winner received a 32 GB 4th Generation Apple iPad while the second and third positions went home with a 32 Samsung LED colour Television and an LG Home Theatre.

The essay competition which was conducted for Nurses PAN Nigeria had awards at the zonal levels. Zonal prize winners emerged from Lagos/Ogun, West, North and East zones as the award ceremony is expected to come up as the second level of implementation of the essay prizes.

Source: BusinessDay

August 3, 2013 |

The Channels Book Club Prize for Literature – Teenager’s Episode

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The Channels Books Club presents The Channels Book Club Prize for Literature (teenagers’ episode): A national book review and essay competition for teenagers in Nigerian Secondary Schools who are not older than 19 years old.

Entry Criteria/Procedure

  1. Candidates must be bona fide students of any Nigerian secondary school.
  2. Candidates must enrol online, download and fill an entry form for the competition from Channels Website.
  3. Candidates must send by email the following:
    • The filled entry form (in b above)
    • An essay, reviewing the selected novel, in not more than 1500 words.
    • A scanned copy of a recent passport photograph
    • A scanned copy of the candidate’s last school academic report or score sheet in the last academic year.
  4. The above requirements should be sent by email to thechannelsbookclub@channelstv.com on or before 25thof August, 2013

NOTE: All entries will be validated by an independent panel of judges. Only candidates who qualify should apply. Candidates must ensure the essays are their own original works.

Competition Process

  1. Candidates should read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
  2. Candidates should write an essay that is not longer than 1,500 words to review the book.  The essay should not have more than 10 references.
  3. The submitted essay must have: a title; the candidate’s full name; and the candidate’s contact number. The essay must be properly formatted.
  4. By entering the competition, candidates agree to transfer the copyright of the submitted essay to Channels Television giving the station the right to reproduce, distribute and broadcast the essay in printed, electronic or any other medium, and in turn to authorise others to do the same. Channels Television will also have the right to edit the essays as deemed appropriate for publishing.
  5. Candidates must ensure that the essay is his or her original work. If it contains material such as previously published works, the material must be clearly identified and acknowledged within the text. Candidates must not engage in plagiarism.
  6. Channels Television will reserve the right to withhold the prizes if the standard of the essays submitted is not of sufficient merit.
  7. The 10 best candidates in stage one (the reading and review stage) will be invited to discuss their work before a panel of judges and the winner of the competition will be picked from amongst them.

Judges

  • The competition will be supervised by a 3 member panel of judges. The judges will be experts and active participants in the literary industry in Nigeria.
  • Their task will be to assess the quality of the essays submitted and the writers of the essays.
  • They will also serve as umpires to ensure that the rules of the competition are adhered to.

Prizes

Winner

  • A sponsored trip to the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany
  • N50,000 worth of books

Second prize 

  • A sponsored trip to the Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State
  • N50,000 worth of books

Third prize 

  • N50,000 worth of books

 Sponsors

  1. Lufthansa German Airline
  2. Laterna Books
  3. Goethe Institut

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Source: Channels Television Website

July 30, 2013 |

Nestlé Technical Training Centre Holds Maiden Graduation Ceremony

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Nestle LogoNestlé, the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company said it has held its maiden graduation ceremony for graduates of its new Technical Training Centre located within its Agbara factory on the 12th of July, 2013.

A total of 13 students out of the initial sixteen students completed the 18-month multi-skill training, tailored along the syllabus of the City and Guilds of London Technicians Examinations Certificates.

The programme is open to young Ordinary National Diploma holders in Nigeria in the Electro/Mechanical/Automation Engineering Trade.

The programme is supported by the Swiss government under its Swiss- Nigeria Bilateral Agreement.

The Swiss government sponsors the top five students in each batch to undergo a three month internship in Nestlé factories in Switzerland.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Head of Human Resources, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, Marie Owoniyi commended the graduates for their hard work and diligence throughout the course.

Owoniyi charged the graduates to utilise their newly acquired skills and continue to make a positive difference wherever they find themselves.

The representative from the Industrial Training Fund, Mrs Dipeolu commended the efforts of Nestlé Nigeria Plc and the Swiss Embassy for the capacity building initiative through its Nestlé Technical Training Centre.

“Programmes such as this one offered by the Nestlé Technical Training Centre help to fill the skills gap in the technical sector because the students are exposed to highest education standards and get to apply their skills through the in industrial training component.” She said.

Chima Uche, a graduate of the Nestlé Technical Training Centre speaking on behalf of the class thanked Nestlé for the opportunity to get hands on and practical training during the course.

“We have received your education and are equipped to take on the world. A solid foundation has been laid for the future on which we must independently design and build on.” Uche added.

Describing his experience in Switzerland, he said, “Apart from the exposure to industrial processes, equipment and how they work, I have also learnt how to adapt to cultural differences.”

Raphael Omaballa describing his experience during the 18 months: “There couldn’t be a better learning experience than that which the program offered. We had a conducive environment, intelligent and practical oriented facilitators, standard learning materials and workshops/laboratories equipped with the best training workbenches and machines.”

In his closing remarks, Antonio Villalobos, Agbara Factory Manager, Nestlé Nigeria Plc. encouraged the graduates not to relent in their efforts. He advised them to imbibe the values of hard work, teamwork, discipline and leadership in their future endeavours.

The Nestlé Technical Training Programme serves to impact the students with engineering practical knowledge and skills by involving them in theoretical and practical training and providing them with industrial experience in the various plants within our factory. Furthermore, the programme serves to instill in the students discipline, character, and social skills and help them improve their personal effectiveness through training. The centre also serves as an avenue to train and retrain current Nestlé staff to increase their technical skills and competences, and to enable them become polyvalent in their skill sets.

Of the 13 graduating students, twelve have been gainfully employed and one had decided to pursue further education. A new set of sixteen students will commence studies in August 2013.


Source: World Stage Group

July 29, 2013 |

2013 Gani Fawehinmi Annual Scholarship For Nigerian Students

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The annual Gani Fawehinmi Scholarship for indigent students in Nigerian tertiary institutions is now open for applications. The award is for 20 indigent students, each of whom will receive One hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) for their education.

Eligibility Criteria For 2013 Gani Fawehinmi Scholarships

  • Applicant must be poor and indigent.
  • Applicant must be registered students of Tertiary institutions in Nigeria i.e Universities, Polytechnics and College of Education
  • Applicants must have good academic performances.

How to Apply for Gani Fawehinmi Scholarships

Each applicant shall submit an application letter, not more than two pages. The letter must include the name of the candidate, course of study, year of study, state of origin, and why the candidate believes that he/she should be given the scholarship award. The application letter must be accompanied by:

  •     A photocopy of the candidate’s current Identity card.
  •     A letter from the candidate’s current Head of Department, including correct information of the candidate’s CGPA for the last academic semester.
  •     A letter from the Registrar certifying that the candidate is a student of such institution.
  •     A copy of the candidates registration form for the current semester.

More information on the Gani Fawehinmi Scholarships application for 2013:

Gani Fawehinmi Annual Scholarship Awards for 2013 has Two Million Naira for 20 students for grabs. For full details on requirements and application process, See the DAILY TRUST of 15 July, 2013. Page 23.

Scholarship Application Closing Date:

Application closes on 25th August, 2013.


Source: Nigerian University Scholarship Website

July 29, 2013 |

National Council on Education Approves 12-Point Policy Framework

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National Council on EducationThe National Council on Education (NCE), on Friday, 28 June, 2013, rose from its 59th session with far-reaching decisions, including the approval of a 12-point policy framework for the development of education in the country. The conference held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, had the theme, Strengthening the Institutional Management of Education for Quality Service Delivery.

The following decisions were reached:

  1. NUC collaborating with Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) in closing down illegal satellite campuses and had secured the conviction of the proprietor of a ‘North Central University’, Otukpo, Benue State. The Federal Ministry of Education (FME), States and the FCT to support the efforts of NUC in obtaining appropriate legal instruments to sanction the operators of illegal satellite campuses;
  2. FME, States and FCT to offer Scholarship/Bursary awards to Students studying Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Education in Tertiary Institutions;
  3. Approved the implementation of the revised 9-Year Basic Education Curriculum, with effect from 2014 beginning with Primary 1 and Junior Secondary School 1; that States that were ready were to implement the examination of students based on the new senior secondary school curriculum in June 2014 and subsequently all states must implement this policy from June 2015.
  4. Admission ratio of students in Science and Trade subjects into Technical Colleges to be 30:70 respectively;
  5. Every student in Federal and State Science and Technical Colleges must offer a Technical subject;
  6. Re-activation of Teacher Vacation Course (TVC) by FME, States and FCT in collaboration with Professional Associations and subject Specialists;
  7. Adoption of Isoko Language Curriculum;
  8. Printing of the 2007 5th edition of the National Policy on Education;
  9. 2013 6th edition of the National Policy on Education;
  10. National Policy on Albinism and Implementation Guidelines;
  11. Incorporation of the 1-year pre-primary education into the existing 6-3-3-4 to become 1-6-3-3-4;
  12. Adoption and implementation of the strategic plan for establishing Enterprise education units and development of Enterprise Programmes and Activities in Senior Secondary Schools;

Other highlights of the meeting are:

  • The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) had directed all Polytechnics to give recognition to the Certificates awarded to graduates of Vocational Enterprise Institutions (VEIs) for admission into National Diploma (ND) programmes;
  • Holders of ND from Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs) should be considered for admission into HND programmes;
  • The need to equip and Strengthen the Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) National Training Centre to International standard;
  • The need to build the capacity of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teacher in entrepreneurial education;
  • That Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), had infused disaster-risk reduction education into relevant carrier subjects of the new Senior Secondary Education Curriculum;
  •  That States and FCT establish 1-Year Pre-Primary Education Centres with adequate facilities in every primary school;
  • That States and FCT appoint Heads of Education Planning Departments from among professionals in Education;
  • The FME, States and FCT train Head-Teachers, School Principals and other education planners and administrators on data gathering, analysis and application for effective service delivery;
  • That States and FCT implement the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) Policy, by setting up and maintaining functional EMIS Units;
  • That States and FCT appoint only persons with a minimum of first degree in education as Education Secretary;
  • FME, States and FCT include Private school teachers in capacity building programmes at a cost to be borne by the Proprietors;
  • FME, States and FCT to embark on sensitization and advocacy on IEIs and VEIs;
  • States and FCT to give due attention to Special Education by carrying out more sensitization and capacity building programmes for teachers on inclusive education;
  • The National Implementation Committee on Almajiri Education Programme to cater for the children with special needs through inclusive education;
  • That States and FCT emulate FME in providing approved guidelines for the appointment of principals/Head-Teachers in their schools for quality service delivery;
  • FME, States and FCT to collaborate with Nigerian Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) in organizing regular capacity building workshops and Professional Development Courses for School Administrators and Planners as well as States and FCT to direct Head-Teachers and Principals to constitute functional School-Based Management Committees (SBMC) in their schools.
  • NECO must produce and release all outstanding Certificates before the next NCE meeting and thereafter ensure release of certificates before the conduct of similar examinations;
  • Relevant Regulatory Agencies and Institutions to recognize and accept Senior Arabic and Islamic School Certificate (SAISSC) for admission into Tertiary Institutions;
  • FME to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments to ensure that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) caters for and supervises Technical College students on SIWES;
  • National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) to interface with NERDC on the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) Toolkit for Teaching Practice Supervision for assessment and quality assurance;
  • NUC, NBTE and NCCE to ensure that all lecturers in tertiary institutions possess teaching qualifications in conformity with the provision of the National Policy on Education;
  • NUC to sanction universities that charge above the approved Post-UTME fee of N2,000; and
  • NERDC to produce Implementation Guidelines for the 2013 6th edition of the National Policy on Education.

Source: NUC Bulletine

July 28, 2013 |
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