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NECO sacks 19 staff over certificate forgery



NECO sacks 19 staff over certificate forgery
The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) has dismissed another 19 staff of the institution over certificate forgery.

A staff Certificate Verification Committee constituted by NECO management found the staff guilty of gaining employment using fake certificates.

According to a statement signed by the Head, Information and Public Relations NECO, Azeez Sani, the committee had been mandated to verify the certificate presented by a variety of staff at the time of employment.

While performing its assignment, the committee had invited staff with questionable credentials to appear before it.

The statement said following investigations, the affected staff confessed to working with forged certificates.

The committee also contacted the schools and institutions where the affected staff claimed to have attended but the institutions denied having certified them.

At its 52nd Regular meeting, the Governing Board of the exam body vetted the report of the Certificate Verification Committee and approved the dismissal of the 19 staff.

Recall that the NECO Governing Board had previously at its 17th Extra-Ordinary meeting in November, 2019, dismissed 70 staff for certificate forgery.

The board said the verification exercise will continue to ensure it sanitized the system.

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Lagos Govt ordes all schools to resume Monday for second term



All public and private schools in the state are to resume on Monday, April 25, 2022, the
Lagos State Government has directed.

This was contained in a statement by the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ms. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, titled, ‘LASG public and private schools resume for third term on Monday 25th April, 2022’.

In the statement issued on Friday, Ayeni urged all proprietors and administrators to ensure compliance with the resumption directive.

“Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education hereby notifies all public and private schools in the State to resume on Monday 25th April, 2022 in line with the Harmonized Academic Calendar for the 2021/2022 session.

“The second term holiday which started on Friday 8th April 2022 ends on Friday 22nd April 2022 as stated in the 2021/2022 academic calendar, while the third term begins on 25th April, 2022. The public holidays within the term such as Workers Day, Eid-El-Fitr and Eid-El-Kabir were put into consideration and embedded in the calendar,” the statement read.

The Director-General advised students to shun all forms of social vices as they prepare for resumption and that parents should monitor the activities of their wards at home.

” As schools resume, proprietors and school administrators must ensure strict compliance with the Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. Schools are also to ensure full compliance with all safety protocols on their premises toward a safe learning environment as the State Government is committed to the delivery of quality education,” the statement added.

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Borno lawmaker offers free UTME registration to 1,000 candidates



Mr Satomi Ahmed (APC – Jere Federal Constituency) has offered free registration of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) to about 1,000 indigent students in his constituency.

The beneficiaries are mostly orphaned by Boko Haram and indigent students with no resources to register for the examination.

Satomi said this during the inauguration of the exercise on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

He said the gesture was to fast track the development of education in the state, adding that it would assist the students to realise their dreams and further their education.

“UTME is the first stage that will qualify you for tertiary education, I have a strong passion for girl education, especially in medicine, science and technology.

“I am glad to see that 60 per cent of the beneficiaries are girls,” he said.

The lawmaker said that he attracted viable education and health development projects executed by the Federal Government in the area in the past three years.

He listed the projects to include construction of classroom blocks and clinics, provision of instructional materials, scholarship awards, distribution of farm inputs to farmers, among others.

He urged the students to dedicate themselves to studies to enable them to achieve academic excellence.

In his remarks, Ali Kachalla, Chairman, All Progresive Congress (APC), Jere chapter, lauded the gesture, saying it would encouraged sustainable social and economic development in the state.

Kachallah urged the students to dedicate themselves to studies to enable them to pass the examination with good grades.

Muhammed Isa, one of the beneficiaries, also commended the gesture and pledged to work hard to excel in the examination.

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NASU, SSANU to embark on indefinite strike



The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) say they will embark on an indefinite strike, if government fails to meet their demands.

The unions under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) stated this through its spokesperson, Mr Prince Adeyemi during a news conference on Wednesday, in Abuja.

FELLOW PRESS recalls that members of the unions had embarked on two weeks warning strike that expired on midnight of April 10.

The union’s demands include the inconsistencies in payment with Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS), non-payment of Earned Allowances, non-payment of arrears of National Minimum Wage and it consequential adjustment.

Others are: poor funding of state universities, delay in renegotiation of the 2009 agreements, non-release of white papers of visitation panels, non- payment of retirement benefits to outcome members, among others.

JAC had resolved that following the failure of government to invite the leaderships for a meeting, the strike should be extended by another two weeks before an indefinite and total strike is declared.

Adeyemi said the strike was borne out of the non-responsive nature of the government and its officials to matters affecting the members of the NASU and SSANU and by extension, the entire University System.

“Arising from the last memorandum and following up on the issues, we have written no less than 10 tetters or reminders to the government to no avail, not even an acknowledgement.

“It was at the end of all these reminders with no acknowledgement by the government that we were left with no other resort but to embark on a two weeks warning strike.

“Prior to the strike, due process was duly followed and the notice were issued in line with the extant laws.

“Shamefully and painfully, there was no attempt by the government to intercept or even invite the unions to a meeting.

“As of today, the two weeks’ extension is getting to the middle and with no response in sight from government, we may be left with no resort but to embark on an indefinite and total strike, “he said.

Adeyemi, however gave conditions upon which their industrial action might be suspended.

He insisted that government should jettison the IPPIS for the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (U3PS) developed by the non-academic unions.

He also insisted that the N30billion as Earned Allowances,, which is a product of the FGN/NASU and SSANU 2009 Agreements should be paid immediately.

He said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had stated that the criteria for disbursement would be according to the computation from each University and Inter-University Centre, in line with what is outstanding for each staff.

“Sadly, when the said sum was released, it was evident that rather than adopt the submissions of Universities and Inter-University Centres, the Ministry of Education in releasing N22 Billion, adopted a lopsided sharing formula of 75 per cent for ASUU and 25 per cent for other unions,’’ he said.

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Poly Ibadan SUG urges students to return to campus



The Students’ Union Government (SUG) of The Polytechnic, Ibadan has urged students to return to the campus and assured of the provision of maximum security by the school management.

Recall that The Polytechnic Ibadan had recently witnessed several shooting incidents on the campus which led to the ‘stay away from campus’ order by the SUG.

A statement issued by SUG President, Adedeji Abdulazeez, implored students to resume to class from Monday, April 11, 2022.

“In lieu with the meeting held with the school management on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, the students leaders of the institution requested for a lasting solution to the insecurity issues on campus which led to the stay at home advice to our students.

“The Union is very glad to inform the student populace that the management have granted our request on the insecurity issues on campus by providing an external security unit which includes: State CID, DSS, Amotekun and Operation Burst.

“We say a very big thanks and kudos to the management for taking the welfare of our students as a priority,” he said.

Abdulazeez admonished the student populace to resume for their academic activities with immediate effect as lectures would commence fully on Monday.

He, however, highlighted some requirements that students were expected to adhere to while on campus.

” Over-speeding within the institution isn’t allowed. Indecent dressing won’t be allowed within the institution.

“Cars with tinted glass won’t be allowed; except if all glasses are wound down. There will always be scrutiny before entering the institution for bikes, cars, bus, and those trekking.

“All students must come with their ID cards or any means of identification. All students should get their faculty neck mesh and make use of it always.

“If you are been harassed, intimidated, extorted or bullied, report immediately, call or text 08154309162 or 08053619094,” the president said.

Abdulazeez also stated that the SUG had promised to always take the welfare of the students as its primary prerogative.

Meanwhile, Mr Soladoye Adewole, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, applauded additional measures by the SUG to beef up security on the campus.

He noted that similar measures in the past from the management were usually were resisted by the students.

“If we had gone ahead without their input they would say we are making life difficult for them. But I am glad that they have seen the impetus for such positions from the management now,” Adewole said.

NAN recalls that The Polytechnic Ibadan had recently witnessed several shooting incidents within the campus which led to the ‘stay away from campus’ order by the SUG, which did not emanate from the school management.

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2022 UTME Mock: JAMB expresses satisfaction over conduct nationwide



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has expressed satisfaction over the conduct of its Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in 757 centres nationwide.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said this on Saturday in Lagos.

A total of 1.8 million candidates registered for this year’s main UTME.

According to Benjamin, not less than 175, 000 candidates participated in Saturday’s mock examination nationwide.

“I want to say we are satisfied with the conduct of today’s examination. It is to test run our facilities in the various accredited centres. The positive feelers we got from centres are beyond our expectations.

“I monitored the examination in Abuja and with reports we got from the field across the country showed that everything went on seamlessly.

“However, we are not taking the success recorded in today’s examination for granted because most of these centres operated below capacity. We will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that we get maximum result during our main examination scheduled for May.

“The board will continue to work assiduously to further scrutinise approved centres for the examination in a bid to ensure that all expectations are met, ” he assured.

NAN reporters who monitored the examination report that the accreditation of candidates commenced as early as 7 a.m. in some centres.

At the WAEC Test and Training Centre, Ogba, candidates for the examination started their accreditation at exactly 7 a.m.

It comprised of Centre One and Centre Two. Centre One had 138 candidates while 137 candidates sat for the examination in Centre Two.

An official at the centre who preferred anonymity told NAN that the examination commenced at about 8:20 a.m. in both centres.

“I must say the examination has been hitch-free. All the systems are functioning to full capacity and the facilities are top-notch.

“We started the examination according to schedule and so far everything has been seamless.

“However, some candidates for the examination reported late. They came in while the examination was already underway and we had no choice than to turn them back. It is not allowed,” the official noted.

At another centre, Wisdom House, on Yaya Abatan Road, Ogba, which hosts two centres, the situation was not the same, as there was a technical hitch.

Mrs Amina Haruna, a Technical officer/Supervisor in charge of Centre Two, said that the generator refused to work at the commencement of the accreditation of candidates for both centres.

Haruna said that the developement led to the late commencement of the examination at the centre.

“We had a challenge of having the generator started, so that we can commence our examination in earnest.

“After much efforts, the problem was fixed and the candidates did their accreditation, followed by the examination. Some systems too were having issues.

“The examination started at about 9:17 a.m. here and everything settled in. We have a total of 152 candidates participating in the examination in this centre.

“Aside the initial challenge, I will say that the examination went well. Although, we are not operating at full capacity now and so, we may not be able to feel the impact of these challenges now.

“Having said this, I will want to urge centre owners to be on their toes by ensuring that their centres and facilities therein, are all top notch.

“This is to ensure that candidates don’t run into any form of avoidable challenges during the main examination. The board on its own had provided every necessary support to create an enabling environment for their operations to thrive,” she said.

Mr Sunday Ajiboye, an invigilator at Centre One of the Wisdom House, said a total of 140 candidates turned in for the examination.

At the Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) Centre, NAN further reports that a total of 160 candidates participated at the examination. The examination which commenced at 8:30 a.m., was concluded at exactly 10: 30 a.m.
An official at the centre also told NAN that the examination was hitch-free, while expressing optimism that the main examination would record huge success, following the excellent state of facilities on ground.

Other centres visited are ADAMSPRING Centre Ijanikin and Brain Builders Centre, Idimu road, Egbeda.

Mr Billianu Shittu, JAMB’s coordinator in Lagos, said a total of 71 centres were used for the examination in the state.

According to him, the essence of the examination was to identify technical flaws where available and tackle them as quickly as possible.

“The essence is to perfect all the gadgets that will be deployed during the main examination in May and some other new things we have introduced.

“We even deployed members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) not just to forestall order and ensure there is peace around the centres, but also to test run the scanners.

“We are using 71 centres for this examination across Lagos and we are optimistic that come the main examination, as usual, it will be seamless,” Shittu said.

Some candidates who participated at the examination and who simply gave their names as Eniola, Prudence and Mariam expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the examination.

According to them, the process was seamless without any challenge in launching their browsers as they had been practising on their own prior to the examination.

They also commended the board for providing the enabling environment for both the candidates and the centres to thrive in the examination.

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UniAbuja signs MoU with Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission



The University of Abuja, FCT, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission as part of efforts to advance development of nuclear energy in the country.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, who made this known during the signing of the MoU at the University, on Wednesday said it would also enhance research and atomic physics studies.

Na’Allah said students of the institution would soon take degrees to PhD level in nuclear energy for the development of the country.

According to him, the university is committed to the development of national goals in science and technology as well as making manpower readily available for industrial development.

He described the development as a new dawn for Nigeria in addressing its energy challenges through the development of the necessary manpower with research and innovation.

“Most of the crises of development in the country are attached to the crisis of energy, if you resolve the problems of energy, most problems are resolved.

“The way that nuclear energy has helped humanity positively, if we had explored that in this nation, we would have been at a level that is comparable to many nations of the world and our effort today is to say better late than never.

“The University of Abuja, and the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission is standing up to take this very seriously to ensure that we begin to succeed.

“Our concern is mostly on the safety use of atomic energy, to benefit lives and growth of our nation,” he said.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Prof. Yusuf Ahmed, on his part said nuclear technology centre would be located within the university premises due to its geographical advantage.

Ahmed said the commission had been fully affiliated to the University of Abuja to run undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Nuclear Science and Engineering.

He said the university would use the laboratories and equipment at the nuclear centre for the purpose of developing human capital for the country and promotion of nuclear energy and programmes.

He explained that the Energy Commission had six centres in each geo-political zones affiliated to a federal university where research, innovation and technology was being developed for capacity building, manpower training and educational activities.

The Director of Energy Research Centre, University of Abuja, Dr Kafayat Adeyemi, said the centre would develop manpower to construct nuclear installations for generating electricity, and undertake research into matters relating to the use of atomic energy.

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