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Universities adjust resumption as elections disrupt academic calendar



On February 9, the federal government directed the closure of universities for three weeks over the general elections.

Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, had said varsities should be shut from February 22 to March 14 to allow students to participate in the elections.

However, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA) kicked against the directive at the time.

The unions had argued that the order not only violated university autonomy but also disrupted the academic calendars of some universities.

In compliance with the directive, varsities in the country ordered students to vacate campus and asked them to resume after March 14.

But the students’ hopes of resumption suffered a setback when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shifted the governorship and state assembly elections to March 18.

The elections were earlier billed to hold on March 11 (Today).

The development has forced many varsities to postpone their resumption dates.

BODEX BLOG examines some of the institutions that have announced new resumption dates below:

University of Lagos (UNILAG) — March 21
Lagos State University (LASU) — March 21
Godfrey Okoye University (GOUNI) — March 21
Bells University of Technology, Ota — March 20
Redeemer’s University — March 20
Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) — March 20
Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) — March 20
More institutions are expected to announce their new resumption dates in the coming days.


The postponement of the resumption dates for varsities across the country has continued to elicit concerns among stakeholders in the education sector.

The development, many said, is unhealthy for the institutions still trying to settle down after last year’s eight-month strike by ASUU.

ASUU had embarked on the strike over the failure of the federal government to meet its demands.

Stakeholders observed that the frequent closure of varsities threatens the educational system.

LASU, for instance, was in the middle of its second-semester examination when Adamu ordered the three-week closure of varsities, forcing the institution to halt the exercise.

The election postponement by INEC means students of the institution would have to wait for one more week before continuing their exams.

Commenting on the development, Hassan Taiwo Soweto, the national coordinator of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC), lamented the effect of closing universities at intervals on the students.

“I would say it is unfortunate that there is a postponement of the elections. This means that public tertiary institutions will have to adjust their holidays to accommodate the new date leading to further prolongation of the academic calendar,” he told newsmen.

“At the end, it is Nigerian students who will end up bearing the brunt of all of these…at the end, you discover that the enormous sacrifice Nigerian students are making now on behalf of the nation is all for nothing. It is so sad.”

On his part, Niyi Sunmonu, CONUA’s national president, said the adjustment of resumption dates by universities is necessary for the safety of the students.

He, however, faulted how the government handled the situation.

“I have seen some universities extending their resumption date by one week. We have spent three weeks at home. looking at it from the security perspective, especially based on the outcome of the presidential and national assembly elections, one more week is not too much for the safety of the students,” he told newsmen.

“Even though we are of the opinion that this decision would have been left to the senates of each university in tandem with the autonomy.”


MBBS, civil engineering… UNIOSUN gets NUC accreditation for 26 courses




The Osun State University (UNIOSUN) in Osogbo says the National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved full accreditation of 26 undergraduate and post-graduate courses for the institution.

Ademola Adesoji, the varsity’s public relations officer, announced the accredited courses in a statement.

Adesoji said the development followed the assessment of the institution’s facilities and personnel by the accreditation team.

“I am glad to announce that we received the outcome from the NUC yesterday. I am glad to inform you that we recorded 100% full accreditation for the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, 26 in total,” the statement reads.

“Some of the undergraduate programmes include Fisheries and Aquaculture, Wildlife Management, Food Science and Technology, Computer Science, Guidance and Counseling, Urban and Regional Planning, Medicine and Surgery, Biochemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics.

“Others include Microbiology, Physics with Electronics, Statistics, Public Health, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Economics, Geography, Political Science and International Relations, Banking and Finance, among others.”

Adesoji said the institution has continued to make meaningful contributions to nation-building through various projects embarked upon by its staff.

Buttressing his point, the spokesperson said Samson Adesote, a lecturer in the department of history and international studies, recently got an invitation for the documentation of the Nigerian army’s peace-keeping interventions in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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JAMB resumes DE registration, sets guidelines against certificate forgery




The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has resumed the 2023 Direct Entry (DE) registration.

At a briefing in Abuja on Monday, Is-haq Oloyede, JAMB registrar, said the registration will end on April 28.

The board had suspended the registration in February — a few hours after the exercise commenced.

Speaking at the briefing, the JAMB registrar said the suspension was informed by the “high level of forgery of A Level certificates” required for the registration.

“You will recall that the board commenced the 2023 direct entry registration on Monday, 20th February, 2023, but had to immediately suspend it following the discovery of the plethora of devices and machinations to circumvent and compromise the standard of A ‘level qualifications required from DE candidates,” he said.

“Recall that recent joint operations of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on DE qualifications brought to light some of these unsavoury and nefarious activities.

“Bayero University, Kano (BUK) has also consistently brought to the fore the high rate of forgery of A’Level qualifications for DE. For instance, it was discovered that, in previous years, some candidates used unacceptable and forged A’ level certificates/qualifications to register for Direct Entry and eventually got admitted. For example, out 148 candidates verified by BUK, only 6 were found to be genuine. By implication 142 of the results were forged.

“The board, concerned stakeholders and institutions are working assiduously to detect such and the ones already found, are being dealt with according to the provisions of the law.”

Oloyede said the board has introduced new guidelines to checkmate forgery of results as registration resumes.

“In order to further checkmate the anomaly and to also prevent recurrence of such irregularity, the Board has decided that the 2023 DE registrations will not only be restricted to JAMB (Professional Test Centres (PTCs) but will also be done under strict supervision,” he said.

“The board has provided additional guidelines to all DE registration outlets (JAMB-owned centres), officers of the board and candidates on the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise: –

“At the point of registration, all candidates must fill in: registration/matriculation Number of the previous school attended where the qualification was obtained; Subject(s) of qualification; Awarding Institution; Institution actually attended.”

The JAMB registrar said the board would only accept 13 qualifications/certificates for this year’s DE registration which include a first degree, university diploma, Higher National Diploma (HND), Ordinary National Diploma /National Diploma (OND/ND), and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE).

Others are Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) A’ Level, Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB) A’ Level, NABTEB Advanced National Business Certificate (ANBC), NABTEB Advanced National Technical Certificate (ANTC), NABTEB GCE-A’ Level (2015 – 2021), Higher Islamic Studies Certificate (HIS) by NBAIS, International Baccalaureate (IBN) and the National Registered Nurse /National Registered Midwife (NRN/NRM).

Oloyede said the 127 candidates who registered for the 2023 DE before the exercise was suspended would be requested to return to the registration centres and update their applications.

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‘It’ll revamp Nigeria’s education sector’ — Ooni sets to unveil newly-acquired university




Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, is set to unveil Ojaja University, his newly-acquired institution, in Eyenkorin, Ilorin, Kwara state.

It is understood that the monarch acquired the institution formerly known as Crown-Hill University and changed its name.

The monarch recently announced the institution has secured full accreditation for take-off courses from the National Universities Commission (NUC).

In a statement, Ooni said the acquisition of the institution was informed by his “unending passion for education and entrepreneurship”.

He said the institution will revamp the education sector in the country by ensuring students are well-trained to meet the teeming demands of a modern technological-driven society like Nigeria.

“Nigerian Universities just churn out millions of graduates yearly but don’t arm them with the necessary skills and support they need,” he said.

“In China and the United States of America, students build most of the applications we use today. Facebook, Instagram, and the likes were built by students but today they are making billions of dollars from them. Our education curriculum should teach how to analyze situations and bring pragmatic solutions via proper research.”

The monarch also promised to assist graduates of the institution with grants needed to start up a business after school.

“Imagine a university where student graduates and there is a business grant waiting for those who are willing to delve into entrepreneurship. The grants are made readily available to help establish what they have learnt in school,” he added.

“We can’t keep churning out graduates without providing how they should be utilized. If not we would continue to witness the current brain drain and the massive exodus of our best hand to foreign countries.

“Ojaja university will be structured in a way whereby students will be given a free hand to explore and settle for what they wish to become with our solid support.

“They will be trained to be problem solvers and critical thinkers with a burning entrepreneurial mindset. Ojaja university is driven strictly by innovation and ideas. We will celebrate more innovative minds than academic excellence.”

Ooni said admission into various programmes at the institution will soon commence with an easy payment plan for students.

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