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UNIABUJA celebrates 35th anniversary

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’allah, on Sunday, hailed the institution on the commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the school.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, Na’allah commended the institution for attracting N1 billion worth of research grants in 2022. The VC also encouraged the staff and students of the institution to continually keep the flag of the institution flying high.

He said, “As you might know, today, our university, the great UofA of Nigeria, is 35 years old. Since 1988 when it was established, it has been witnessing a steady rise and growth. We have had our ups and downs, teething problems, like any child passing through the phase of development, but we have never at any time succumbed.

“Though the university is over 30, its aspirations are matured, and its hopes stronger – that we can be greater than any university, moving forward; after all, the UofA has a destiny, the destiny of location at the same seat of the nation’s President and National Assembly! No Jupiter can stop the progression of the University of Abuja to a world class status! It is its destiny!

“Perhaps more than any time in its history, the desire for the university to rise is collective. This mindset especially among members of the management, students, staff and the entire university community became even more visible after it clocked thirty years. We have realised that more than ever before we can do it, we can lead, and we can change the world.

“With great things happening in our university today, with our staff engaged in cutting-edge research, attracting about N1bn in research grants to the university in 2022 alone, several programmes coming on stream and a swirl of physical infrastructure on campus, including staff and student services, Counseling and Career Services Centre, International Centre, Student Employment and Mentoring Scheme, Indoor Sports Hall, Staff Social Centre, Staff Quarters at the Main Campus, new Student Hostels, and with the new Senate Building and new International Conference Centre underway, the University is set for greater heights!

“It is our determination that by the time the UofA reaches the golden age, it would have become the number one university in Africa and one of the finest in the World! But we are not going to achieve that feat by merely hoping, we are going to be working harder than ever before, strengthening our research base, allowing for Performance Standards at all levels of academic cadre including evaluation of full professors every three years with an annual celebration of successful Full Professors as role models on campus, perfecting our character, retraining our staff for the global ranking, and satisfying our students’ yearning for global citizenship!

“It is not a mere coincidence that we celebrate our new age on the first day of every new year. The symbolism is not lost on us that we have to make a new resolution or strengthen our resolve: to never relent but continue to work harder until we become the real number one.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Management of the University of Abuja appreciates the support the institution has enjoyed from you all, staff, students and their parents and guardians, all branches of the alumni association, government institutions, etc all through these last years.

“We particularly appreciate the goodwill that the university has enjoyed from the Federal Government, the National Universities Commission, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, professional bodies and partner institutions – locally and internationally – and community leaders from Abuja’s indigenous communities and across Nigeria.

“We shall continue to work together to lead this university to greater heights and to achieving this university’s destiny in due course!.”

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Corps member arrested for UTME registration fraud in Kano

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has arrested a corps member for allegedly engaging in UTME registration fraud in Kano state.

In the latest edition of its weekly bulletin on Monday, JAMB said the corps member was apprehended by its monitoring team led by Ishaq Oloyede, its registrar, in Kano.

The board added that the corps member was arrested alongside a graduate of engineering for allegedly using their own fingers to register multiple candidates for UTME.

“One of the culprits a corp member, who is serving at the Federal College of Education, Kano, and engaged by the College PTDF-ICT CBT Centre; and a graduate of Engineering, who also works at the Centre as a registration
officer, were caught after they had added one of their fingers to complete the ten fingers of some candidates they registered,” it reads.

“The team also apprehended four other registration officers at Butale Information Technology CBT Centre.”

The exam body said all the persons arrested would be profiled and prosecuted if necessary in line with relevant laws guiding identity theft.

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JAMB apprehends 6 CBT operators in Kano

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it apprehended six operators of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Kano State over alleged illicit registration of candidates for 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Registrar of the Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this after monitoring the registration in Kano State on Wednesday.

He said that the operators had compromised the registration process, adding that those apprehended would be handed over to security agents for prosecution.

“JAMB will not condone any infringement on its registration flow by the technical officials of any of its accredited centres.

“Over 500,000 candidates have registered for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination,’’ he said.

He said that JAMB’s target this year was 1.8 million candidates, adding that there would not be an extension of the closing date.

The registrar said, “We do not expect any extension as about 500,000 candidates have registered out of the 1.8 million candidates that we are expecting.’’

He said that the ongoing exercise would end on Feb. 14.

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JAMB suspends three UTME pin vendors in Lagos over extortion

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended three Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) pin vendors in Lagos state over alleged extortion of candidates during registration.

In a statement, the board said Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar, ordered the immediate suspension of the vendors while inspecting some registration centres in the state on Tuesday.

Oloyede said the vendors engaged in “criminal extortion” of innocent candidates participating in the 2023 UTME registration exercise.

The registrar said the board will not condone any act designed to compromise the standard of the examination process.

“You see, from my interaction with these candidates, I have discovered that three of the agents vending the PINS are over-charging the candidates,” he said.

“Rather than the stipulated N5,700, they go as far as charging N6,500 and N8,700. The Mock fee not included. One of the banks, in connivance with remita, charged N8,500, but issued receipt of N5,700 to the unsuspecting candidates.

“All these persons found culpable will be given an opportunity to defend their actions and if their excuses are not justified, they will be banned from further transactions with the board.”

The development comes a few days after JAMB also suspended eTranzact from vending the 2023 UTME e-pins over alleged extortion.

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