EFCC declares Professor wanted over alleged fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared one Professor Olufunmilade Adeyemi wanted for alleged fraud amounting to the tune of N34 million.

The anti-graft agency in a statement on Wednesday, September 20, alleged that the suspect swindled unsuspecting victims of the sum of N34 million under the guise of selling property situated within Complete Leisure Estate to them.

The commission said the suspect is the managing director of Stealth Groups Limited, dark in complexion and hails from Ikeja LGA of Lagos state. read more

BBNaija’s Bisola to Attend UN General Assembly as Education Ambassador

The first runner up of the Big Brother Nigeria 2017 reality show, who revealed she didn’t have the opportunity to go to the university, will be attending the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York to campaign for girls’ education.

The campaign aims to increase the access and quality of education for girls in Nigeria, with an emphasis on the northern part of Nigeria.

Bisola Aiyeola will be going as a ONE ambassador, a role she won while participating in the ‘Back to School’ presentation task, during the reality show. read more

Education has Been Politicised in Nigeria — Former Commissioner

Sylvester Momoh Onoja is a former Commissioner for Education in Kogi State and the first northerner to serve as principal at the King’s College, Lagos. In this interview, he expressed concerns over the falling standard of education in Nigeria. He believes that if politicisation of the system is stopped, the country will return to its glory days.Martins Ifijeh brings excerpts:

What is your assessment of the status of education in Nigeria?

We have witnessed a steady decline and politicisation of education in Nigeria. Education has been politicised. The most competent people are not appointed to manage the sector. Only the most accepted are the ones accepted. The quality of graduates at all levels has been most despicable. Professorship has been watered down. Those who were senior lecturers have become professors. Professors have become a chieftaincy title. The only thing that most of them professes is actually ignorance. Some of them have become vice-chancellors. How can you have 68 private universities when you cannot have 68 per cent passing basic certificate examinations? Who are those in the universities? Who are those teaching there? In Nigeria’s education sector, quality is suffering at the expense of quantity. It is saddening to note that there are actually universities in the neighbouring African countries that were built only for Nigeria. There is one in Benin Republic where Nigerians go to obtain degrees within six months. We have another in Niger Republic where they go for nursing. read more

LAUTECH won’t increase tuition fee — Council

A member of the Governing Council of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Chief Babajide Bewaji, has assured students, parents and lecturers of the university that there will not be increase in tuition fee.

Bewaji spoke against the backdrop of a rumour that the institution was planning to increase tuition when students resume next Monday.

The council member, who is the national president of LAUTECH Alumni Association, said LAUTECH’s priority was to begin a hitch-free academic session. read more

UNILORIN emerges most subscribed varsity for 4 consecutive years

The University of Ilorin has for the fourth consecutive year maintained its status as the most subscribed university by admission seekers from 2014 to 2017.

Prof. Musa Yusuf, the Director of the Computer Services and Information Technology Centre (COMSIT), of the University, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin on Tuesday.

He said that more than 104,000 candidates picked the University as their preferred institution.

Yusuf, who is also the administrator of the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening of the institution explained, that for the past four years, Unilorin has consistently emerged as  most subscribed University in Nigeria. read more

ASUU explains why it called off the strike and when it will resume again

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has explained why it called off its over one-month industrial action.

ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed that the decision was reached after an extensive consultation process with relevant stakeholders.

In a statement he signed, Ogunyemi, said the body took into cognizance major proposals from government.

Ogunyemi, however, placed a deadline of October ending for government to meet up with its promises.

The statement reads in part: “After an elaborate and extensive consultation process, the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU has agreed to conditionally suspend the ongoing action, taking into cognizance that major proposals from government to address the contending issues in the strike action has a deadline of the end of October, 2017. read more

Nigerian Commission targets 10m Nigerians in Mass Literacy Programme

The National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult Education and Non-Formal Education ( NMEC ), says it has developed an operational plan for a “National Mass Literacy Programme’’ aimed at reaching no fewer than 10 million Nigerians.

Prof. Abba Haladu, NMEC Executive Secretary, said this on Tuesday on sidelines of the Ministerial Press Briefing in celebration of The International Literacy Day in collaboration with UNESCO in Abuja.

He said the plan would speed up goverment efforts of addressing the issue of illiteracy in the country. read more

Former NYSC DG Yusuf Bomoi is dead

A former Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Yusuf Bomoi, died on Monday after a brief illness.
Mr. Bomoi was the 13th Director General of the corps and served from October 2004 to November 2009.

The current Director-General, Suleiman Kazaure, on Tuesday condoled with the family of Mr. Bomoi.

Mr. Kazaure, a brigadier-general of the Nigerian Army who paid a condolence visit to the family in Abuja on Tuesday along with top management staff of the NYSC, said the death of Mr. Bomoi was a ‘rude shock’ to the scheme. read more

Minister frowns at rejection of corps members by government agencies

The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has frowned at the incessant rejection of Corps members by government agencies.

He was reacting to the refusal of the Budget Office of the Federation to accept a Corps member from Rivers state who had been posted on primary assignment to the office in Abuja

The Minister in a statement issued by his media aide, Mrs Nneka Ikem Anibeze in Abuja on Wednesday said such decisions were not in the interest of youth development and empowerment in the country. read more

Resident Doctors Strike: Adewole orders NYSC doctors, interns to take over healthcare facilities

Sequel to the industrial action by National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has ordered heads of its facilities nationwide to ensure that all available medical doctors stand in.

The minister on Monday issued the directive to the medical directors and the chief medical directors of federal government owned hospitals.

Consequently, consultants, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) doctors and their colleagues on internship are expected to be on duty to provide health services at the hospitals to avoid total breakdown in healthcare services. read more