Monday, 22 May 2017

RECALL: Plateau State University suspended SSANU chairman and secretary

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The Plateau State University, Bokkos, has recalled Timnan Rimdap and Dusu Sambo, Chairman and Secretary of the varsity’s chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, suspended in January.
The recall letter, signed by the institution’s Registrar, Amos Mallo, said that the Governing Council, after considering the Vice Chancellor’s report on the matter, directed that the duo be recalled.
It directed the officials to resume duty immediately, and await further directives.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the officials were suspended in a letter dated January 27, 2017 and signed by the institution’s registrar, Amos Mallo.
Their suspension was for three months during which they received only half of their salaries.
The letter barred the duo – Mr. Rimdap, Head of the ICT unit, and Mr. Sambo of the Academic Planning unit – from being sighted around the school throughout the period of the suspension.
The management had attributed the suspension to “insubordination and lack of respect to constituted authority”, but sources from the Registry traced the development to the duo’s request for deduction of check-off dues of SSANU members.
The management had insisted that it would listen to such request after registering the union, a suggestion SSANU rejected after pointing out that it had been registered at the national level and was merely establishing a local chapter at the young university.
The school also requested members to write individual mandates allowing the school to deduct the dues, a move SSANU also objected, after declaring that the membership register was enough to warrant the deductions.
Efforts to contact the recalled officials were not successful, but a top source from the school indicated that the duo had resumed their duties as directed.

House Leader Gbajabiamila donates 501 tablets to secondary school students


The House of Representatives member representing Surulere Federal Constituency, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday donated 501 E-Learning tablets to secondary school students in his constituency.
Mr. Gbajabiamila, who spoke at the public presentation of the tablets, said the donation was one of his campaign promises of providing “life changing empowerment programmes” to his constituents.
“While we were campaigning for your mandate I did not only appeal to parents and constituents of voting age, I went to our children who are beneficiaries of today’s programme in their various schools to seek their support,” said Mr. Gbajabiamila, an All Progressives Congress member who serves as the Majority Leader at the Lower House.
“Even though I was aware that they were not old enough to vote, I saw in them a future that blooms beyond politics.”
The E-Learning tablet, also called ‘Gbaja Tab,’ is an ultra-light Android tablet with FlexTutor Learning App that has four segments – book; e-Library; pre-loaded tutorial videos; and online class, and assessment test and exam.
The book segment has 117 textbooks for Junior Secondary One to Senior Secondary Three as well as SAT candidates; the West African Examination Council syllabus; and novels such as Oliver Twist.
The tablet also has word processing applications for Word, Excel and PowerPoint; a battery life of 6,000mAh; and a solar panel that charges the battery once there is sunlight.
Mr. Gbajabiamila said the selection process for beneficiaries of the tablets was made without political consideration.
“The school management presented to us a list of their brilliant Surulere students who were thereafter taken through ICT lesson on the special educational features of the E-Learning tablet,” he said.
“For the purpose of this first edition, we have specifically targeted SS 2 students who will be preparing for their finals. I am fully confident that the Gbaja Tab will complement the ‘Educate Lagos’ and ‘Eko Project’ of the Lagos State government.”
The beneficiaries were students drawn from Government College, Eric Moore, Lagos; Iponri Estate Senior High School; Akintan Senior High School; Gbaja Girls Senior High School; Community Senior High School; Ajigbega Senior Secondary School; Ansarudeen Senior High School; Zumratul Islamiyyah High School; and Stadium Senior High School.
Originally meant to be given to 500 students, Mr. Gbajabiamila said he added an extra tablet after his family received a visit, three days before, from two 17-year-old SS 2 students who are twins.
“One of them has her name on her school’s list of beneficiaries while the other’s name didn’t make (it), apparently because she’s not as brilliant. So, she was at the house rolling on the floor and cried and cried.
“I believe the saying that we should not separate what God has joined together is not applicable only in marriages.”
The lawmaker also clarified that the tablets belong to the deserving students and not their schools, a point which drew rapturous applause from the students in the hall.
“I have facilitated this learning project and will need parents and teachers to monitor its usage by their wards,” he said.
“More importantly, parents need to know Gbaja Tab is transferrable to other children in the family as it contains textbooks for all secondary classes.”
Some of the students interviewed by journalists said the tablet would help them in their class works.
“It will help me with my assignments and also browse through the scheme of work before the teacher comes,” said Yewande Ramon, one of the beneficiaries.

Late Nigerian student immotalized by U. S govt.


The Vice-Chancellor of the University, AbdulGaniyu Ambali, said the university community believed that the demise of Mr. John-Paul was a divine call, which every soul has to answer at the appointed time.
He, however, maintained that the sad occurrence would not dampen the spirit behind the relationship between the university and the United States.
He said that staff and students of the university were endeared to the Fulbright programme of the United States and often apply for it.
Receiving the cheque and the book donation at the Auditorium Basement later on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovations), G. Olatunji, congratulated the United States for its contributions to the advancement of humanity and also commiserated with Mr. John-Paul’s father, Usman Paul, over the death of his beloved son.
While reacting to the honour accorded the late Mr. John-Paul, his father, Mr. Usman, who was also present on the occasion, recalled that it was exactly 11 months since he drove his son to the airport on his way to the United States.
Mr. Usman, an alumnus of the University of Ilorin, said as they made the journey to the airport, his son told him he would set up an NGO to cater for the less privileged.
He disclosed that the Usman family had set up John-Paul inspired Organisation in fulfillment of the dream.
The late Mr. John-Paul was a student of Information and Communication, ICS, department in the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences. He was in 400 level when he died.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, AbdulGaniyu Ambali, said the university community believed that the demise of Mr. John-Paul was a divine call, which every soul has to answer at the appointed time.
He, however, maintained that the sad occurrence would not dampen the spirit behind the relationship between the university and the United States.
He said that staff and students of the university were endeared to the Fulbright programme of the United States and often apply for it.
Receiving the cheque and the book donation at the Auditorium Basement later on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovations), G. Olatunji, congratulated the United States for its contributions to the advancement of humanity and also commiserated with Mr. John-Paul’s father, Usman Paul, over the death of his beloved son.
While reacting to the honour accorded the late Mr. John-Paul, his father, Mr. Usman, who was also present on the occasion, recalled that it was exactly 11 months since he drove his son to the airport on his way to the United States.
Mr. Usman, an alumnus of the University of Ilorin, said as they made the journey to the airport, his son told him he would set up an NGO to cater for the less privileged.
He disclosed that the Usman family had set up John-Paul inspired Organisation in fulfillment of the dream.
The late Mr. John-Paul was a student of Information and Communication, ICS, department in the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences. He was in 400 level when he died.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Rumours of marks reduction in UTME: JAMB denies

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Friday denied deducting candidates’ marks in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
It advised the candidates to disregard the rumour.
Fabian Benjamin, the head of JAMB Information and Media, denied the reports in a statement in Abuja.
According to Mr. Benjamin, the rumour is false, devilish and a ploy to cause disaffection among candidates who participated in the 2017 UTME.
“It is no longer news that all our centres have CCTV camera and we have watched all proceedings at the Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the nation.
“Those involved in any infraction will be sanctioned in accordance with the provision of the Examination Malpractice Act.
“The board has not deducted any marks from any candidate and is not contemplating doing that as it is not a condition for sanction in any of the provisions of the law against malpractice.
“Again, we call on all candidates to be mindful of fraudulent characters who will send misleading information to create panic and take advantage of the situation to defraud them.”Mr. Benjamin said the examinations had so far been conducted for 1,698,835 candidates and that the remaining 19950 would sit for the examination on Saturday, May 20.
He said the board would conclude the ongoing examination on Saturday, May 20, and examination results were being released for candidates to check, except on Friday and Saturday.
Mr. Benjamin said that report that some candidates could not check their results because they owed JAMB some money, was also false.
He advised candidates not to pay any money to anybody as their results had already been sent to their mails and on the JAMB website:
Mr. Benjamin advised candidates to login to check the result with their registration number or with email address to print.
He urged candidates with any challenge not to hesitate to contact the board or check the organisation’s Website for detailed information and numbers for enquiries.

LAUTECH students post Obituary of their still alive VC.

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Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH students published  an obituary of their Vice Chancellor, Professor Sulaiman Gbadegeshin to show their grieviances concerning the lingering strike.

Students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology ,Ogbomso have continued expressing their grievances concerning the lingering strike in the institution.

The students took a step further to announce the obituary of their Vice Chancellor who is alive. The obituary posters of the Vice chancellor was posted in the school vicinity.

It would be recalled that the school had been on a 9 months stand still and even after resumption, academic activities have not resumed.

It was in this light that the students blocked UTME canndidates from entering the school on the exam date.

JAMB:How to veiw your results in a quick and easy way.

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This is to inform all that candidates that  participated in the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that they can now check their results online few hours after writing the exam.
According to JAMB, results are being released within 24 hours after the examinations.
To access your 2017 JAMB UTME Results kindly follow the steps outlined below.


Follow the 4 simple steps below to check your 2017 JAMB UTME result online without scratch card i.e. FREE!
  1. Go to JAMB result checking portal at
  2. Supply your registered email address/JAMB Registration Number in the required column.
  3. Click on ‘Check My Results’ to access your UTME score.
NB: If the portal returns with ‘You Do Not Have Any Result Yet’, that  implies your result is not yet ready. SO you have to check back later.

UNILORIN available application slots exceeded

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No fewer than 104,000 candidates chose University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, in the ongoing Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, for the 2017/2018 academic session admission, while it has 10,000 spaces.

The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, who disclosed this, yesterday, at the 40th anniversary of the Department of History and International Studies of the university, noted that “the demand for admission into the university is due to its peaceful and stable academic calendar.” 

The Vice Chancellor, who was represented at the event by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Management Services, Professor Adedayo Yusuf Abdulka-reem, also said infrastructure, accreditation of courses and the academic abilities of students and graduates of the university, made the institution attractive to admission seekers.

Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Lasisi Jimoh, said the prevailing mutual distrust and hatred among various people in the country had triggered clamour for restructuring. He added that “we must also study history because it is divine to do so, since all the major religions of the world teach us history.” 

In his remarks, the Head of Department of History and International Studies, Dr. Ibrahim Jawondo, called on corporate organisations and individuals to assist the department meet part of its infrastructure needs aimed at improving academics.

UTME: JAMB plans to establiah mega centres

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JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, on Thursday said the board was planning to collaborate with key stakeholders to establish mega centres for the conduct of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Mr. Oloyede announced the plan at a news conference in Lagos, after an on-the-spot assessment of some Computer Based Testing (CBT) centres where the UTME was being conducted in the city.
He said he was not impressed with the standard of some of the centres, adding that the board needed to be more stringent.
According to him, most of the centres currently being used for the examination fell short of the standard.
“Having gone round 69 centres in Lagos alone, I have disqualified four.
“In fact, I do not see up to 30 of these centres being up-to-date and meeting our set rules.
“We will re-assess these centres in order to protect the sanctity of our examination,’’ the registrar said.
“The plan currently on ground is to collaborate with my colleague professors and some other key stakeholders on how to create mega centres with a capacity to sit about 1,500 candidates at once, in a centre.
“We will encourage those who have what it takes to establish CBT centres to do it.

“This is because we no longer want to work with some private centre owners,” he added.

Suicide bombers killed while in attempt to attack female hostel in UNIMAID.

BREAKING: Boko Haram bombers attack University of Maiduguri again

Three male suicide-bombers were killed while attempting to attack a female hostel in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Thursday night.
PRNigeria reports that one of the three suicide-bombers carried an AK 47 gun. At least two bombs exploded during the attack.
A student leader in the university, Abu Hanifa Babati confirmed that one of the explosion occurred around the female BOT Hostel.
He said another explosion occurred around the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
On the casualty, an emergency worker involved in the evacuation said that:
“Four security men in the university, including volunteers were treated for injury they sustained as no life was lost except the killed suicide bombers.”

The corpses have been evacuated by workers from the federal and Borno emergency agencies, NEMA and BOSEMA.
Suicide bombers have in 2017 tried to carry out repeated attacks on the University of Maiduguri. One of the attacks led to the death of a university professor.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Two students expeled and 15 others suspended from Nigerian University

The Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State has suspended 15 students and expelled two others over examination misconduct, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The Vice-Chancellor, Magaji Garbage, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, while inspecting ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination [UTME] in Gusau on Tuesday.
He said that University Governing Board took the measure to serve as deterrent to other students who might indulge in examination malpractice.
“Out of the 17 students that were caught in examination misconduct, only two students did not appear at the Senate meeting for interrogation; and so, they were expelled.
“The remaining 15 students were rusticated, which means they will miss one academic session, and will resume after serving their punishment.
“This will serve as a lesson to other students to behave themselves, study well and be of good behaviour,’’ he said.
The vice chancellor, who serves as JAMB Chief External Examiner for the 2017 UTME in the state, said the examination was going on peacefully and smoothly in all the centres.

JAMB to move UTME to Ilorin if LAUTECH protests continues

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Monday said it has made plans to move candidates of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, who were scheduled to have their examination at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, to Ilorin to write their examination due to continued unrest at the university.
The candidates who were to sit for the exams on Monday inside the LAUTECH campus Computer Based Test (CBT) centre were prevented from gaining entrance inside the premises by protesting students of the institution.
The students had mobilised themselves as early as 6.00 a.m. for the protest, and stationed themselves in teams across all entrances into the institution.
They reportedly barricaded all the entrances, thereby, preventing any movement in and outside of the campus and in the process also denying all staff of the institution entry.
Reacting to the development, JAMB’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, in a telephone conversation told journalists that the board is concluding arrangements to reschedule the exams for the affected candidates at Ilorin.
“We will reschedule them. Even though it’s not our problem, it’s the school’s problem; but they are our candidates. There is no private centre in Ogbomosho and the closest centre to Ogbomosho is Ilorin.
“This disruption happened today and we need to do some technical arrangements first; So, no date has been fixed yet. But we are going to write the exams in Ilorin except if LAUTECH resolves the students unrest”, Mr. Benjamin said.
As the UTME commenced on Saturday at 633 centres across the country with 1.7 million candidates expected to sit, many have lamented the irregularities experienced in the network at the Computer Based Centres. Some of the candidates in FCT, Osun, Ebonyi and Nasarawa states expressed dissatisfaction over poor internet challenges at their respective CBT centres.Speaking at the Digital Bridge Institute, one of the CBT centres in Abuja on Saturday, the Registrar of JAMB, Is-haq Oloyede said that over 57,000 candidates sat on the first day.
He noted that the examination was starting off with two sessions rather than three, to allow the centres cover for any contingencies.
According to him, the examination started late in few centres including the Digital Bridge Institute centre, where the first session started at about 8 a.m., an hour behind schedule.
“The first day we are having a little above 57,000; we want to be skeletal today. We do not want to have the three sessions today, this is the first day and we expect that they will have some wiring problems because we know that most of the centres have been abandoned since last year but by Monday, we will start three full sessions.”
Mr. Oloyede also disclosed that four centres, which were confronted with challenges caused by some individuals who were out to sabotage the process, were being closely monitored to forestall further hitches.
“Out of 633 centres, we have problems with four. We have two problems in Bauchi, one in Kano, one in Ekpoma not from technology problem but from those who are cutting corners in the centres, those who have not put the centres in place and for the ingenuity of certain people and criminals that do not know that we have put technology in place to detect what they are doing.
“There was a little disturbance in Ekpoma and we are monitoring what is going on, there is a little problem in Uturu; we are monitoring what is happening there too,” he added.
The centre’s JAMB administrator, Enobong Bassey, who confirmed Mr. Oloyede’s visit told journalists that only two batches sat for the exams on Saturday. He however added that the centre catered for three batches of candidates on Monday.
“We were only able to take two batches on Saturday due to some logistic issues which we have resolved. As we speak, the third batch is writing their exams today(Monday)”, he said.

Monday, 15 May 2017

UTME candidates complain of poor network and other challenges

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Candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Delta on Monday complained of poor network during the examination.
The candidates told the News Agency of Nigeria in Asaba in separate interviews that they also experienced malfunctioning mouse and computers that took too long to boot.
Chukwuemeka Chijindu said that the poor network might have adverse impact on his result.
Adeola Ayeni, however, said that she was lucky that her computer worked well but that some other candidates were not so lucky as they had to shake the computers vigorously before they responded.
According to her, all candidates in the hall were given the same time to write the examination and that no extra time was added for those having problems with their computers.
Another candidate, Ifeanyi Okpala, corroborated the complaints of other candidates.
She said that the time wasted due to poor internet network might have negative effect on candidates’ results.
Meanwhile, JAMB Coordinator in the state, refused to comment on the issues raised, saying that he was not authorised to speak.

UNILORIN: Age limit raised for VC applicants

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The Governing Council of the University of Ilorin has increased the age limit of prospective applicants for the position of its vice chancellor from 60 to 65 years.

Dada Obafemi, Registrar and Secretary to Council of the University, announced this in a statement in Ilorin on Monday.
“The Governing Council of the University of Ilorin has approved the change in the age limit of prospective applicants of the university’s vice chancellor to be from 60 to 65 years by October 16, 2017,’’ the statement said.
The Council noted that the change in age limit was in accordance with the Universities Miscellaneous Provisions, Act No. 11 of 1993, and Universities Miscellaneous Provisions, amendment Act 2012.
The university had earlier in newspaper advertisements barred candidates above 60 years from applying for the position of the university vice chancellor which becomes vacant on Oct. 16, 2017.

Suicide Bombers attack UNIMAID again.

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Three suicide bombers were killed in the early hours of Saturday when they attempted to infiltrate the Department of Works of the University of Maiduguri in Borno State‎.
The incident occurred at about 1.10 a.m last night Saturday.
A security guard at the University was also killed from the explosions which occurred at about 1:10 a.m.

The corpses have being evacuated by rescuers from the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Borno State Emergency Management Agency, BOSEMA.
Saturday’s attack is the latest in the series of attacks by suicide bombers on Borno communities. It also marks at least the third on the Maiduguri university in 2017 with a professor among the victims of earlier attacks.
The suicide attacks by suspected members of the Boko Haram have occurred despite the terror group losing most of the territory it once controlled to the Nigerian military.
The group recently released 82 Chibok girls from captivity, over three years after they were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State. The girls were released as part of a prisoner swap that also saw the government release an undisclosed number of Boko Haram suspects.

Best Graduating Student of AUN tells her story.

Ms. Onuigbo

When she was in Primary Six, two visitors came calling at Immaculata Onuigbo’s school in Enugu. They were from the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, Abuja.
“My school was one of the schools they came to and I was lucky to have been chosen for the exams,” Ms. Onuigbo recalled.
“So, I went for the exams, the first one was a written exam, the second one was an oral interview. I was lucky to emerge as one of the winners of the scholarship from my state. That was how I won my first scholarship to secondary school.”
It was a visit that set in motion Ms. Onuigbo’s journey of emerging the best graduating student at the American University of Nigeria, Yola – with the highest ever Cumulative Grade Point Average score in the school’s history.
After her secondary school, she had gotten another scholarship into the university.
On Friday night, she bagged six awards including the Afrinvest (West Africa) Award for Academic Excellence that includes a paid internship at any of the company’s subsidiaries.
But the valedictorian’s journey to the zenith of academic excellence did not come without challenges.
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She recalls the days in secondary school when she’d be left in tears while watching the retreating back of her parents, in Abuja, back to Enugu, while she continued on her way back to Yola.
Ms. Onuigbo (Second Left) in photo with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (MIddle)

Ms. Onuigbo (second left) in photo with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (middle)
“The first challenge was language barrier,” she said.
“Prior to coming here, it was only English and Igbo that I normally hear, but I came here and almost everyone was speaking Hausa, so I heard to adapt to hearing people speak Hausa, and I eventually learnt how to speak Hausa.
“Another thing was the journey; the road trip was always very stressful but then it was always worth it coming back to school.
“For academic challenges… I had great teachers in my secondary school. Whenever I needed help, I always asked for one and they were always willing to help, so it made it very easy to excel academically. I didn’t have much problem academically.”
The American University of Nigeria was established in 2003 by former vice president Atiku Abubakar as Africa’s first ‘development university.’
The student membership cuts across several African countries, including Uganda, Cameroon, and South Africa.
The university is home to several students’ associations such as the American University of Nigeria Honors Society, an association of distinguished and exemplary students created to foster academic and ethical excellence.
“Being a member (of the Honors Society), the minimum CGPA to be a member is 3.5. So, if you want to maintain your membership, you have to work hard to at least be above that 3.5. So, it helped me to keep my grades in check,” Ms. Onuigbo said.
“Also, the scholarship programme that we do, we organize jazz nights, we sell tickets and then the money we get from the ticket sales we use it go give scholarships to primary school children. So, it really helped me build my community service skills. I served as secretary.”
Ms. Onuigbo says she also participated in the school’s Feed and Read programme, a project designed to teach basic literacy and numeracy to Almajiri boys but later expanded to include children orphaned by the Boko Haram insurgency.
“We go there and teach the children how to read and how to count,” she said.On what she did differently to achieve her academic prowess, Ms. Onuigbo said she chose a course that she enjoyed.
“I would say that I was lucky to have chosen something that I enjoy doing.
“Because you know, one thing is that no matter what studying is actually hard. What makes it easier is if you are enjoying, then you feel the pain less. So, I enjoyed what I read, and I love learning, learning new things. Every day I learn a new thing. That was what helped me.”
Her days in the university were, however, not focused on only academic activities.
Her classmates said she was “really good” at football, and was always the first to report to the pitch at 4 p.m.
“One major part of my life in campus is sports, I play volleyball and soccer,” Ms. Onuigbo said.
“I believe that it’s good to keep both the intellectual part of you and the physical part of you intact. Sports always helped me to relieve stress, so that’s one of the best part of AUN. I use it to balance my academic life. My spiritual life, I’m a Catholic, I’m in the choir. Whenever I sing, I enjoy it. It makes me feel really good.”
The AUN uses the American grading system where 4.0 is the highest possible Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA). To finish Summa Cum Laude (the equivalent of the Nigerian First Class: 4.50 – 5.00), a student has to score between 3.9 and 4.0.
Ms. Onuigbo scored 3.98.
She said her ambition is to be a university professor.“For a while, I wasn’t really sure of what I wanted to do after university but like I said before, Honours Society helps students that are academically challenged and all.
“I participated in the tutorial services and actually came to see that while I teach people, I actually learn more. It gives me a special kind of happiness when I know that someone knows something because I actually helped that person. I think that was when I started thinking of venturing into the education world.
“I also have wonderful professors. The female ones, they are really worth looking up to. I admire them and I think it’s something I can actually do and would love doing. I know the work is an everyday thing and you may tend to get tired of it, but because I will be learning every day by doing that, I think I will be okay being a professor at a university.”On Friday night, Ms. Onuigbo’s parents watched quietly, inside the university’s expansive Commencement Hall, as their daughter was called up-stage a record six times for an award, each award coming with a prize money.
“I am overwhelmed because I (didn’t) expect such miracles, but everything is from God,” said Christopher Onuigbo, an Enugu-based engineer.
“I thank God, I also thank the Yar’Adua Centre because without the Yar’Adua Centre, I don’t know whether such good will come across to me or reach me. The Foundation is the pillar of this little girl.”
Her mother, Victoria, described Ms. Onuigbo as “just naturally gifted.”
“Because as from Primary Four, she used to write letters. If I am out now, she wants to tell me something, she will put it in writing, when I read it, I’ll just laugh and say ‘this girl has sharp brain,'” said Mrs. Onuigbo, a nurse.
“They are three boys and three girls, God has blessed us and crowned us with this Onyinyechukwu,” she turned and pointed to her daughter, “She goes with her name, ‘Gift from God’.”

Monday, 8 May 2017

JAMB records 1.7million registered students

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, said on Sunday that a record 1.7 million people registered for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
According to a statement by its spokesperson, JAMB urged Nigerians to have fate in its processes.
“We registered a number that has never been done in the entire 39 years of the existence of JAMB within a time frame Nigerians were sceptical about,” the agency said.
The full JAMB statement below
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has concluded the sale of 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, application document in grand style recording over 1.7 million candidates at the close of the site by 12 midnight on Friday May 5 2017.
The Board urges Nigerians to have trust in its processes as they are meant to enhance productivity, eliminate examination malpractice and promote transparency to an unprecedented level.
We registered a number that has never been done in the entire 39 years of the existence of JAMB within a time frame Nigerians were sceptical about. The highest we have ever had was 1.5 million, this is record breaking. We will look at the system so far and make adjustments where necessary to ensure a full proof process of registration and examination. We are always sure of our systems and will continue to expand our frontiers of thinking to transform the Board to an agency that Nigerians will be proud of.
JAMB wishes to state clearly that it will continue to be very open in all its activities and ensure inclusiveness even in the areas of its finances. The disclosure of the actual number of candidates registered is a clear invitation for the public to know what the Board has realised from the sale for this year and we are not perturbed because we have nothing to hide in our dealings. We are determined to make Nigerians proud of us.

Examination is all about transparency and an agency that conducts such a competitive examination must be above board in all its life cycle. As we conduct the 2017 examination beginning from Saturday May 13, we call on all Nigerians to give us the needed support. We will do our very best and where they notice challenges, we will work without hesitation to ensure that it is corrected immediately for candidates to have a smooth examination.

Nigerians should note that there could be one or two challenges in some centres; but the most important thing is our ability to urgently address such when they rear their face. We use this opportunity to call for patriotism. Let us learn to always support our agencies, they are not as bad as we are always quick to want them to be.

Nations are grown through innovation and there is no innovation if there is no trial. Please don’t be quick to condemn, rather look at the end result and see how all of us can contribute to the Nigerian education of our dream. We have resolved to bell the cat in order for other public examination agencies to thrive.

We will also not be distracted by some highly placed Nigerians who, for selfish personal interest of what they were making but which they are no longer making through corrupt practices and others for sheer envy and personal grudges against actors in JAMB, resolved to do everything to paint all our processes even at infancy level in bad light. Thank God, the number of registration and short period as against the six months in the past has vindicated us.