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Council affirms Aisha Maikudi’s appointment as UniAbuja acting VC

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The 10th governing council of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) has ratified the recent appointment of Aisha Sani Maikudi as acting vice-chancellor (VC).

Maikudi, a professor of international law, was appointed as acting VC of UniAbuja on June 27.

Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, the immediate former vice-chancellor, whose tenure ended on June 30, stated that the appointment was awaiting ratification by the university’s governing council.

The ratification was announced on Friday after the inaugural meeting of the governing council, led by Saddiq Ismaila Kaita, its chairman.

Maikudi, who is a former deputy vice-chancellor (academic) of the university, was earlier recommended by the senate on June 26 at its 185th regular meeting held at the main campus.

The recommendation was made under the provisions of section 4, sub-section (4b) of the University of Abuja Act and section 5(13) of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2003.

In her response to the ratification, Maikudi said the appointment is an opportunity to build on the achievements of her predecessors, address current challenges at UniAbuja, and create a brighter future for the institution.

She urged each member of the governing council to bring their wealth of experience, expertise, and passion to bear.

“Your leadership and vision are crucial in guiding our university through these challenging times and towards a future of sustained growth and excellence,” she said.

“Let us embrace this opportunity to work collaboratively and tirelessly towards realizing the full potential of the University of Abuja.”

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2-Storey school building collapses in Jos, traps students

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A two-storey school building at Saint Academy, Jos, has collapsed, trapping scores of students.

The building that housed classrooms and offices collapsed on Friday, while the students were writing their third term examination.

A correspondent of the Newsx Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who was at the scene of the accident, reports that the ground floor contains mainly Junior Secondary School One (JSS1) students, while the senior students are on the top floors.

NAN reports that at the time of filing this report, rescue efforts were ongoing by the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

Mr Sunday Abdu, the Executive Secretary of Plateau SEMA, told NAN that the agency had mobilised its personnel and relevant agencies to the scene for emergency rescue efforts.

Abdu said the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB) personnel, and others, were currently at the scene with earth-moving equipment to remove the debris, and try rescuing the children.

The Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Eugene Nyelong, also told NAN that the number of casualties would be ascertained on completion of recuse operations.

NAN reports that rescued victims are being rushed to different hospitals by ambulances of various organisations, including the FRSC, NEMA, Red Cross, Army, Police, and many others.

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NELFUND okays student loan application for 12 more state-owned tertiary institutions

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The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has announced the onboarding of additional 12 state-owned tertiary institutions to the list of institutions eligible for student loan applications, effective Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

This is contained in a statement signed by the spokesperson of NELFUND, Nasir Ayitogo, on Wednesday.

Ayitogo stated that the expansion follows the successful submission and verification of data completeness and accuracy required from the institutions.

According to him, the total number of participating state-owned tertiary institutions has increased from the initial 36 to 48.

He, however, noted that data from 121 institutions is still outstanding.

“The Management of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) is delighted to announce the onboarding of an additional twelve (12) state government-owned tertiary institutions to the student loan application portal.

“This expansion comes following the successful submission and verification of data completeness and accuracy required from the institutions.

“With this latest addition, the total number of participating state government-owned tertiary institutions has now increased from the initial 36 announced earlier to 48. Students data from 121 institutions is outstanding,” he said.

Lists of the 12 Tertiary Institutions

Below are complete lists of the 12 state-owned tertiary institutions currently approved for student loan application by NELFUND:

  1. Abia State Polytechnic
  2. Benue State University, Makurdi
  3. College of Education, Waka-Biu
  4. University of Medical and Applied Sciences Enugu State
  5. Aliko Dangote University of science and Technology Wudil, Kano State
  6. KWARA POLYTECHNIC
  7. Lagos State University of Science and Technology
  8. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, Niger State
  9. Olabisi Onabanjo University
  10. Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic
  11. Taraba State Polytechnic
  12. Yobe State University
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JAMB warns universities to stop admitting students under 18

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Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned tertiary institutions especially universities to stop admissions of underaged describing it as “illegal”.

He said that illegal admission such as admitting underage needed to be aborted. Oloyede asserted at the opening of the seventh biennial conference of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State-Owned Universities in Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.

The Theme of the conference was: “Effective University Governance: Role of Stakeholders”.

He said that for the sake of accountability, data protection and integrity of the nation, this act needed to stop because anything irregular was illegal.

“About two months ago, I received a letter from an European country to confirm if a student actually graduated from a particular university because she is 15 years old and applied for postgraduate course.

“They question they asked me is “Is this possible in Nigeria.

“I had to call the Vice Chancellor of the institution and he confirmed the student graduated from the university but was not admitted by JAMB.

“He had to include that he was not the VC at the time the student was admitted,” Oloyede said.

He noted that state-owned universities must do a lot in this situation because they constituted more in number than federal universities.

“Also illegal admission of diploma students needs to stop because last year, we admitted 9,000 diploma students; I was alarmed that about 3,000 students came from a particular university.

“Everyone of us should be accountable because all these acts can damage our education system,” Oloyede added.

Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, former Chief of Staff to the President urged the pro-chancellors to make a plan of action on how they could make their institutions as competent and attractive as federal and private universities.

Gambari said that by so doing, it ensured that they were able to retain some of the best faculty and staff which attracted the best in the pool of eligible students.

“State-owned universities must explore how best to carve out specific niches which inevitably place them in a position to exploit corresponding comparative advantages that enhance their position.

“Successfully executing this , a foundation for brand creation and recognition is ascertained,” he noted.

Sen. Joshua Lidani, Chairman of COPSUN said that the theme encompassed many issues that had to do with governance in the university system.

Lidani, Pro-Chancellor of Gombe State University, said that currently there were several challenges bedevilling the university system and tertiary education generally.

“Some of these challenges include corrupt practices, impersonation, miracle exam centres, inadequate funding, proliferation of universities.

“Others were discriminate and premature dissolution of governing councils and boards of tertiary educational institutions and delay in reconstituting them,” he said.

Lidani added that apart from the illegality of these acts, a huge vacuum was usually left in the administration of the institution leading to all kinds of anomalies.

“Incessant strike action by ASUU and other labour unions and the attendant consequences in stability, quality and standards.

“These are definitely not exhaustive but are symptomatic of the deep malaise that is affecting the system and extent of the problem.

“Of course, this conference alone will not be able to address the problem but it can raise public consciousness and alarm at the threat posed to good governance, standards and quality in the tertiary educational system.

“I have no doubt that the conference can point the way forward and advise on the way stakeholders can play a better and rightful role in uplifting the standards of education in the country,” he stated.

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