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  •  The Commissioner for Justice Musa Abdullahi Lawan says there is no plan by the Kano Government to sell some Shari a Courts in the state Abdullahi Lawan who doubles is also the Chairman Technical Committee on Conversation and Redevelopment of Some Kano State Owned Properties made this known in Kano on Wednesday Some Kano based legal practitioners Sanusi Umar Usman Imam and Bello Basi approached a Kano High Court seeking to restrain the state government from taking any further step on the building and premises of the courts The affected courts Include the Upper Shari a Court Gidan Maitasine Yan Awaki Upper Shari a Court Yan Alluna Upper Shari a Court Shahuci and Upper Shari a Court Goron Dutse Others are Upper Shari a Court Kasuwar Kurmi and Upper Shari a Court Filin Hockey The claims of the plaintiffs are fake unfounded and political as well as misrepresentation of facts The state government has no plans to relocate Upper Shari a Court Goron Dutse and Upper Shari a Court Filin Hockey Hausawa The state government s decision to relocate the Yan Awaki Upper Shari a Court is due to the fact that the court building was taken over by the Kofar Wambai Motor Park and Market The court is not supposed to be located were there is distraction as well as car horn noise or any other thing that will distract the attention of a judge court officials and litigants A court needs serene environment to avoid miscarriage of justice The Yan Awaki Court has been relocated to the BUK New site Road were a whole Shari a Court Division that include Shari a Court Upper Shari a Court and Shari a Court of Appeal to be completed by the end of September 2022 he said Meanwhile Abdullahi Lawan noted that the Upper Shari a court Kurmi Market and Yan alluna has also been taken over by Marketers adding that hawkers roam around the premises of the court Yan alluna court we received series of complaints from Lawyers Litigants that the court has no parking space the remaining parking space in the court premises has currently taken over by Marketers he said He said the state government will utilise the space of Shahuci Upper Shari a court to build a new court for Kurmi Market and Yan Alluna courts in a single Complex Considering the dilapidated nature of Shahuci Upper Shari a court in addition with flooding during rainy season made the government to include the court in the project The building of the seven court and renovation of Yankaba Upper Shari a court will provide serene and enabling working environment for judiciary staff in the state Abdullahi Lawan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No plans to sell Kano Sharia’a Courts, says Justice Commissioner
     The Commissioner for Justice Musa Abdullahi Lawan says there is no plan by the Kano Government to sell some Shari a Courts in the state Abdullahi Lawan who doubles is also the Chairman Technical Committee on Conversation and Redevelopment of Some Kano State Owned Properties made this known in Kano on Wednesday Some Kano based legal practitioners Sanusi Umar Usman Imam and Bello Basi approached a Kano High Court seeking to restrain the state government from taking any further step on the building and premises of the courts The affected courts Include the Upper Shari a Court Gidan Maitasine Yan Awaki Upper Shari a Court Yan Alluna Upper Shari a Court Shahuci and Upper Shari a Court Goron Dutse Others are Upper Shari a Court Kasuwar Kurmi and Upper Shari a Court Filin Hockey The claims of the plaintiffs are fake unfounded and political as well as misrepresentation of facts The state government has no plans to relocate Upper Shari a Court Goron Dutse and Upper Shari a Court Filin Hockey Hausawa The state government s decision to relocate the Yan Awaki Upper Shari a Court is due to the fact that the court building was taken over by the Kofar Wambai Motor Park and Market The court is not supposed to be located were there is distraction as well as car horn noise or any other thing that will distract the attention of a judge court officials and litigants A court needs serene environment to avoid miscarriage of justice The Yan Awaki Court has been relocated to the BUK New site Road were a whole Shari a Court Division that include Shari a Court Upper Shari a Court and Shari a Court of Appeal to be completed by the end of September 2022 he said Meanwhile Abdullahi Lawan noted that the Upper Shari a court Kurmi Market and Yan alluna has also been taken over by Marketers adding that hawkers roam around the premises of the court Yan alluna court we received series of complaints from Lawyers Litigants that the court has no parking space the remaining parking space in the court premises has currently taken over by Marketers he said He said the state government will utilise the space of Shahuci Upper Shari a court to build a new court for Kurmi Market and Yan Alluna courts in a single Complex Considering the dilapidated nature of Shahuci Upper Shari a court in addition with flooding during rainy season made the government to include the court in the project The building of the seven court and renovation of Yankaba Upper Shari a court will provide serene and enabling working environment for judiciary staff in the state Abdullahi Lawan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No plans to sell Kano Sharia’a Courts, says Justice Commissioner
    General news2 months ago

    No plans to sell Kano Sharia’a Courts, says Justice Commissioner

    The Commissioner for Justice, Musa Abdullahi-Lawan says there is no plan by the Kano Government to sell some Shari’a Courts in the state.

    Abdullahi-Lawan, who doubles is also the  Chairman, Technical Committee on Conversation and Redevelopment of Some Kano State Owned Properties, made this known in Kano on Wednesday.

    Some Kano-based legal practitioners, Sanusi Umar,  Usman Imam and Bello Basi, approached a Kano  High Court seeking to restrain the state government from taking any further step on the building and premises of the courts.

    The affected courts Include, the Upper Shari’a Court Gidan Maitasine, Yan Awaki, Upper Shari’a Court Yan Alluna, Upper Shari’a Court Shahuci, and Upper Shari’a Court Goron Dutse.

    Others are Upper Shari’a Court Kasuwar Kurmi, and Upper Shari’a Court  Filin Hockey.

    ”The claims of the plaintiffs are fake, unfounded and political as well as misrepresentation of facts.

    ”The state government has no plans to relocate Upper Shari’a Court Goron Dutse and Upper Shari’a Court Filin Hockey, Hausawa.

    “The state government’s decision to relocate the Yan Awaki Upper Shari’a Court, is due to the fact that  the court building was taken over by the Kofar Wambai Motor Park and Market.

    “The court is not supposed to be located were there is distraction as well as car horn noise or any other thing that will distract the attention of a judge, court officials and litigants.

    “A court needs serene environment to avoid miscarriage of justice.

    The Yan Awaki Court has been relocated to the  BUK New site Road, were a whole Shari’a Court Division that include, Shari’a Court, Upper Shari’a Court and Shari’a Court of Appeal to be completed by the end of September 2022.,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Abdullahi-Lawan noted that the Upper Shari’a court Kurmi Market and Yan’alluna has also been taken over by Marketers, adding that hawkers roam around the  premises of the court.

    “Yan’alluna court we received series of complaints from Lawyers, Litigants that the court has no parking space, the remaining  parking space in the court premises  has currently taken over by  Marketers,”he said.

    He said the state government will utilise the space of Shahuci Upper Shari’a court to build a new court for Kurmi Market and Yan Alluna courts in a single Complex.

    “Considering the dilapidated nature, of Shahuci Upper Shari’a court, in addition with  flooding during rainy season made the government to include the court in the project.

    “The building of the seven court and renovation of Yankaba Upper Shari’a court will provide serene and enabling working environment for judiciary staff in the state,” Abdullahi-Lawan said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mixed reactions trail the reduction in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME cut off points for admission into tertiary institutions with stakeholders in Northwest expressing divergent views In a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria whereas some of the stakeholders viewed the development as being counter productive others felt the reduction in the cut off points posed no threat to the system as the 140 points was only the minimum marks requirement All the respondents however agreed that the mass failure that forced a reduction in the cut off points was a clear indication of the decline in quality of teaching in schools and products being churned out NAN reports that the cut off marks for the 20202021 admission was 160 for universities while 120 and 100 were fixed for for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education respectively In 20212022 admission the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB gave schools the freedom to set their own minimum marks for admission For 20222023 admission JAMB adopted 140 as the minimum cut off mark for degree awarding institutions and 100 marks for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education In Kaduna some academics described the continued lowering of the cut off marks for admission as an indication of a crumbling education system in Nigeria The academics attributed the development to poor students performance in the Unified Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination UTME being conducted by JAMB which determines the cut off marks One of them Prof Terhemba Wuam a Professor of Economic History and Dean Students Affairs Kaduna State University said that such development has severe consequences on the nation s education system According to him the continued lowering of the cut off marks from 180 in the early 2000 to the current 140 for universities shows that Nigeria s education system is in crisis If performance is good and highly competitive based on the minimum expected standard an applicant with 250 out of 400 points might not be able to secure admission But 140 cut off marks for entry into degree awarding institutions is a clear case of the Nigerian education system crumbling he noted Wuam said that the way out was to improve the country s education system adding that the planners needed to go back to the drawing board Dr Peter Adamu Chairman Academic Staff Union of University KASU Chapter also said that lowering the cut off marks was an indication that the quality of education was declining For example 140 for universities means 35 per cent score and 100 for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education is 25 per cent this is below the 40 per cent E grade pass mark The yearly reduction will discourage some bright students from putting in more efforts to obtain higher scores and this is likely to affect reading culture he said Adamu suggested that at minimum the marks should tally with the 40 per cent pass marks obtainable in tertiary institutions to pressurise applicants into putting in their best Mr Dauda Pikawi a lecturer with the Kaduna State College of Education Gidan Waya described the development as counter productive to the nation s quest for quality and functional education According to him lowering the cut off marks is synonymous to lowering the standard of the already degenerated education in the country This is a country where the Colleges of Education that produce the teachers that would teach the nation s population are the ones allotted the least entry point Disturbingly for 2022 admission the cut off marks for Colleges of Education the teacher training institutions is as low as 100 out of 400 points In Malaysia and other countries students with the highest points are the ones admitted into Teachers Colleges while those with lower points are admitted for professional fields in the university and other institutions he said He advised JAMB to set a benchmark of 200 as entry points to all tertiary institutions in the country to maintain standard across the board stressing that no educational institution was less than the other Our experience in the classroom is very pathetic with most students still struggling to understand simple parts of speech The worst are those in Colleges of Education where the worst performing applicants both in secondary certificate examinations and UTME are admitted he said Also Mr Daniels Akpan Executive Director African Centre for Education Development CLEDA Africa said that lowering the cut off marks would discourage students from studying hard This also means that the lecturers will be struggling to teach students who are not mentally ready for tertiary education and the circle of churning out half baked graduates continues You do not help people by lowering standards you help them by raising the standard which is more sustainable particularly in Nigeria where we need functional education to move the country forward he said Akpan also said that the universities and other tertiary institutions would be overwhelmed with applications for admission due to the low cut off marks that would result in tight competition for space This development if not checked will breed corruption and sharp practices among the students and admission officers in the various tertiary institutions he added Dr Mansur Buhari of the Department of Modern European Languages and Linguistics Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto said lowering of cut off marks by JAMB amounted to exchanging quality for quantity in tertiary institutions The cut off mark reduction affects the quality of students admitted as the standard of education keeps declining due to mainly poor learning atmosphere Another thing is that with this decision JAMB seems to be much more interested in making profit than ensuring quality This is because the decision may only encourage more customers rather than producing quality candidates to sit for the examination An example is how the examination body is seen bragging about how much billions in revenue being made from sales of forms and other add ons for the candidates he said However Malam Isma ila Muhammad from Federal College of Education Gidan Madi Sokoto said although JAMB and other stakeholders are empowered to determine the minimum UTME score for admission tertiary institutions still had the choice of increasing their points Years ago before UTME became completely computer based JAMB considers curriculum changes in pegging cut off points The level of changes in curriculum normally affects the learner s performance as every new development in curriculum calls for adjustments in instruction Implementation coverage of syllabi is also a factor JAMB considers the extent of curriculum coverage across the federation prolonged strikes vacations availability of subventions manpower and school safety are all factor he said Muhammad added that the JAMB must determine cut off points according to the realities on ground Also Mr Ibrahim Binji a lecturer with the Sokoto State University said lowering of university cut off marks had no serious impact on the university system provided the learning and supervision mechanism remained intact He said when the students were admitted all the initial grades would be kept aside and the students would have to struggle to achieve minimum standards for retention continuation and graduation in whatever course of study According to him lowering the cut off marks will not have serious impacts on the system so long as standards and procedures during the learning process are not altered to subdue the graduation requirements Another University Don Dr Danladi Sokoto said the entrance procedures should not be so lenient to the extent of over populating tertiary institutions especially the universities Sokoto who is a lecturer in the Geography Department of Federal University Futsinma Katsina state stressed the need to safeguard the minimum entrance standards and routine measurements of students performance Also Prof Habu Mohammed lecturer at the Political Science Department Bayero University Kano BUK said lowering of UTME cut off marks would not affect quality of tertiary education in the country This year most of the candidates failed according to statistics and that is why JAMB lowered the cut off points for entrance into tertiary institutions So for universities instead of the normal 180 been the general entry points they reduced it to 140 That has nothing to do with the quality of tertiary education standard for admission by the universities will not change he argued He pointed out that big universities will start admission with normal 180 as entry point they will only admit those with marks below 180 after accepting those with points above 180 if they still have spaces he said In Gusau the Dean Faculty of Education Federal University Dr Bashir Sulaiman is also of the view that lowering UTME cut off marks has no adverse effects According to him the minimum 140 mark is average and that when average students get in to the university some of them might improve A Senior Lecturer Federal College of Education Technical Gusau Mr Nasiru Zabarma said lowering the marks will give ample opportunities for the teeming youths to secure admission into universities Dr Muttaqha Rabe Darma a senior lecturer with the Department of Mechanical Engineering Bayero University Kano said there must be set standard for quality to be achieved otherwise the purpose of the UTME would be defeated If JAMB continues to change the cut off marks it means the UTME is not even a valid thing in our education system then it should be scrapped he suggested NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lowering UTME cut-off marks, an indication of crumbling education system – Northwest stakeholders
     Mixed reactions trail the reduction in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME cut off points for admission into tertiary institutions with stakeholders in Northwest expressing divergent views In a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria whereas some of the stakeholders viewed the development as being counter productive others felt the reduction in the cut off points posed no threat to the system as the 140 points was only the minimum marks requirement All the respondents however agreed that the mass failure that forced a reduction in the cut off points was a clear indication of the decline in quality of teaching in schools and products being churned out NAN reports that the cut off marks for the 20202021 admission was 160 for universities while 120 and 100 were fixed for for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education respectively In 20212022 admission the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB gave schools the freedom to set their own minimum marks for admission For 20222023 admission JAMB adopted 140 as the minimum cut off mark for degree awarding institutions and 100 marks for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education In Kaduna some academics described the continued lowering of the cut off marks for admission as an indication of a crumbling education system in Nigeria The academics attributed the development to poor students performance in the Unified Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination UTME being conducted by JAMB which determines the cut off marks One of them Prof Terhemba Wuam a Professor of Economic History and Dean Students Affairs Kaduna State University said that such development has severe consequences on the nation s education system According to him the continued lowering of the cut off marks from 180 in the early 2000 to the current 140 for universities shows that Nigeria s education system is in crisis If performance is good and highly competitive based on the minimum expected standard an applicant with 250 out of 400 points might not be able to secure admission But 140 cut off marks for entry into degree awarding institutions is a clear case of the Nigerian education system crumbling he noted Wuam said that the way out was to improve the country s education system adding that the planners needed to go back to the drawing board Dr Peter Adamu Chairman Academic Staff Union of University KASU Chapter also said that lowering the cut off marks was an indication that the quality of education was declining For example 140 for universities means 35 per cent score and 100 for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education is 25 per cent this is below the 40 per cent E grade pass mark The yearly reduction will discourage some bright students from putting in more efforts to obtain higher scores and this is likely to affect reading culture he said Adamu suggested that at minimum the marks should tally with the 40 per cent pass marks obtainable in tertiary institutions to pressurise applicants into putting in their best Mr Dauda Pikawi a lecturer with the Kaduna State College of Education Gidan Waya described the development as counter productive to the nation s quest for quality and functional education According to him lowering the cut off marks is synonymous to lowering the standard of the already degenerated education in the country This is a country where the Colleges of Education that produce the teachers that would teach the nation s population are the ones allotted the least entry point Disturbingly for 2022 admission the cut off marks for Colleges of Education the teacher training institutions is as low as 100 out of 400 points In Malaysia and other countries students with the highest points are the ones admitted into Teachers Colleges while those with lower points are admitted for professional fields in the university and other institutions he said He advised JAMB to set a benchmark of 200 as entry points to all tertiary institutions in the country to maintain standard across the board stressing that no educational institution was less than the other Our experience in the classroom is very pathetic with most students still struggling to understand simple parts of speech The worst are those in Colleges of Education where the worst performing applicants both in secondary certificate examinations and UTME are admitted he said Also Mr Daniels Akpan Executive Director African Centre for Education Development CLEDA Africa said that lowering the cut off marks would discourage students from studying hard This also means that the lecturers will be struggling to teach students who are not mentally ready for tertiary education and the circle of churning out half baked graduates continues You do not help people by lowering standards you help them by raising the standard which is more sustainable particularly in Nigeria where we need functional education to move the country forward he said Akpan also said that the universities and other tertiary institutions would be overwhelmed with applications for admission due to the low cut off marks that would result in tight competition for space This development if not checked will breed corruption and sharp practices among the students and admission officers in the various tertiary institutions he added Dr Mansur Buhari of the Department of Modern European Languages and Linguistics Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto said lowering of cut off marks by JAMB amounted to exchanging quality for quantity in tertiary institutions The cut off mark reduction affects the quality of students admitted as the standard of education keeps declining due to mainly poor learning atmosphere Another thing is that with this decision JAMB seems to be much more interested in making profit than ensuring quality This is because the decision may only encourage more customers rather than producing quality candidates to sit for the examination An example is how the examination body is seen bragging about how much billions in revenue being made from sales of forms and other add ons for the candidates he said However Malam Isma ila Muhammad from Federal College of Education Gidan Madi Sokoto said although JAMB and other stakeholders are empowered to determine the minimum UTME score for admission tertiary institutions still had the choice of increasing their points Years ago before UTME became completely computer based JAMB considers curriculum changes in pegging cut off points The level of changes in curriculum normally affects the learner s performance as every new development in curriculum calls for adjustments in instruction Implementation coverage of syllabi is also a factor JAMB considers the extent of curriculum coverage across the federation prolonged strikes vacations availability of subventions manpower and school safety are all factor he said Muhammad added that the JAMB must determine cut off points according to the realities on ground Also Mr Ibrahim Binji a lecturer with the Sokoto State University said lowering of university cut off marks had no serious impact on the university system provided the learning and supervision mechanism remained intact He said when the students were admitted all the initial grades would be kept aside and the students would have to struggle to achieve minimum standards for retention continuation and graduation in whatever course of study According to him lowering the cut off marks will not have serious impacts on the system so long as standards and procedures during the learning process are not altered to subdue the graduation requirements Another University Don Dr Danladi Sokoto said the entrance procedures should not be so lenient to the extent of over populating tertiary institutions especially the universities Sokoto who is a lecturer in the Geography Department of Federal University Futsinma Katsina state stressed the need to safeguard the minimum entrance standards and routine measurements of students performance Also Prof Habu Mohammed lecturer at the Political Science Department Bayero University Kano BUK said lowering of UTME cut off marks would not affect quality of tertiary education in the country This year most of the candidates failed according to statistics and that is why JAMB lowered the cut off points for entrance into tertiary institutions So for universities instead of the normal 180 been the general entry points they reduced it to 140 That has nothing to do with the quality of tertiary education standard for admission by the universities will not change he argued He pointed out that big universities will start admission with normal 180 as entry point they will only admit those with marks below 180 after accepting those with points above 180 if they still have spaces he said In Gusau the Dean Faculty of Education Federal University Dr Bashir Sulaiman is also of the view that lowering UTME cut off marks has no adverse effects According to him the minimum 140 mark is average and that when average students get in to the university some of them might improve A Senior Lecturer Federal College of Education Technical Gusau Mr Nasiru Zabarma said lowering the marks will give ample opportunities for the teeming youths to secure admission into universities Dr Muttaqha Rabe Darma a senior lecturer with the Department of Mechanical Engineering Bayero University Kano said there must be set standard for quality to be achieved otherwise the purpose of the UTME would be defeated If JAMB continues to change the cut off marks it means the UTME is not even a valid thing in our education system then it should be scrapped he suggested NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lowering UTME cut-off marks, an indication of crumbling education system – Northwest stakeholders
    General news4 months ago

    Lowering UTME cut-off marks, an indication of crumbling education system – Northwest stakeholders

    Mixed reactions trail the reduction in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) cut-off points for admission into tertiary institutions , with stakeholders in Northwest expressing divergent views.

    In a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria , whereas some of the stakeholders viewed the development as being counter-productive, others felt the reduction in the cut-off points posed no threat to the system as the 140 points was only the ‘minimum’ marks requirement.

    All the respondents however agreed that the mass failure that forced a reduction in the cut-off points, was a clear indication of the decline in quality of teaching in schools and products being churned out.

    NAN reports that the cut-off marks for the 20202021 admission was 160 for universities, while 120 and 100 were fixed for for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education respectively.

    In 20212022 admission, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) gave schools the freedom to set their own minimum marks for admission.

    For 20222023 admission, JAMB adopted 140 as the minimum cut-off mark for degree awarding institutions, and 100 marks for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

    In Kaduna, some academics described the continued lowering of the cut-off marks for admission as an indication of a “crumbling education system” in Nigeria.

    The academics attributed the development to poor students’ performance in the Unified Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) being conducted by JAMB, which determines the cut-off marks.

    One of them, Prof. Terhemba Wuam, a Professor of Economic History and Dean, Students Affairs, Kaduna State University, said that such development has severe consequences on the nation’s education system.

    According to him, the continued lowering of the cut-off marks from 180 in the early 2000, to the current 140 for universities, shows that Nigeria’s education system is in crisis.

    “If performance is good and highly competitive, based on the minimum expected standard, an applicant with 250 out of 400 points might not be able to secure admission.

    “But 140 cut-off marks for entry into degree awarding institutions is a clear case of the Nigerian education system crumbling”, he noted.

    Wuam said that the way out was to improve the country’s education system, adding that the planners needed to go back to the drawing board.

    Dr Peter Adamu, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of University, KASU Chapter, also said that lowering the cut-off marks was an indication that the quality of education was declining.

    “For example, 140 for universities means 35 per cent score and 100 for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education is 25 per cent; this is below the 40 per cent ‘E’ grade pass mark.

    “The yearly reduction will discourage some bright students from putting in more efforts to obtain higher scores, and this is likely to affect reading culture”, he said.

    Adamu suggested that at minimum, the marks should tally with the 40 per cent pass marks obtainable in tertiary institutions to pressurise applicants into putting in their best.

    Mr Dauda Pikawi, a lecturer with the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, described the development as “counter-productive” to the nation’s quest for quality and functional education.

    According to him, lowering the cut-off marks is synonymous to lowering the standard of the already degenerated education in the country.

    “This is a country where the Colleges of Education that produce the teachers that would teach the nation’s population are the ones allotted the least entry point.

    “Disturbingly, for 2022 admission, the cut-off marks for Colleges of Education, the teacher training institutions, is as low as 100 out of 400 points.

    “In Malaysia and other countries, students with the highest points are the ones admitted into Teachers’ Colleges, while those with lower points are admitted for professional fields in the university and other institutions,” he said.

    He advised JAMB to set a benchmark of 200 as entry points to all tertiary institutions in the country to maintain standard across the board, stressing that no educational institution was less than the other.

    “Our experience in the classroom is very pathetic, with most students still struggling to understand simple parts of speech.

    “The worst are those in Colleges of Education where the worst performing applicants, both in secondary certificate examinations and UTME, are admitted,” he said.

    Also, Mr Daniels Akpan, Executive Director, African Centre for Education Development (CLEDA Africa) said that lowering the cut-off marks would discourage students from studying hard.

    “This also means that the lecturers will be struggling to teach students who are not mentally ready for tertiary education, and the circle of churning out half-baked graduates continues.

    “You do not help people by lowering standards; you help them by raising the standard, which is more sustainable, particularly in Nigeria, where we need functional education to move the country forward,” he said.

    Akpan also said that the universities and other tertiary institutions would be overwhelmed with applications for admission due to the low cut-off marks that would result in tight competition for space.

    “This development, if not checked, will breed corruption and sharp practices among the students and admission officers in the various tertiary institutions,” he added.

    Dr Mansur Buhari of the Department of Modern European Languages and Linguistics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, said lowering of cut-off marks by JAMB, amounted to “exchanging quality for quantity” in tertiary institutions.

    “The cut-off mark reduction affects the quality of students admitted as the standard of education keeps declining due to mainly poor learning atmosphere.

    “Another thing is that with this decision, JAMB seems to be much more interested in making profit than ensuring quality.

    “This is because the decision may only encourage more ‘customers’ rather than producing quality candidates to sit for the examination.

    “An example is how the examination body is seen bragging about how much billions in revenue being made from sales of forms and other add-ons for the candidates”, he said However, Malam Isma’ila Muhammad, from Federal College of Education, Gidan Madi, Sokoto, said although JAMB and other stakeholders are empowered to determine the minimum UTME score for admission, tertiary institutions still had the choice of increasing their points.

    “Years ago, before UTME became completely computer-based, JAMB considers curriculum changes in pegging cut-off points.

    “The level of changes in curriculum normally affects the learner’s performance as every new development in curriculum calls for adjustments in instruction.

    “Implementation (coverage) of syllabi is also a factor; JAMB considers the extent of curriculum coverage across the federation; prolonged strikes, vacations, availability of subventions, manpower and school safety, are all factor”, he said.

    Muhammad added that the JAMB must determine cut-off points according to the realities on ground.

    Also, Mr Ibrahim Binji, a lecturer with the Sokoto State University, said lowering of university cut-off marks had no serious impact on the university system, provided the learning and supervision mechanism remained intact.

    He said when the students were admitted, all the initial grades would be kept aside and the students would have to struggle to achieve minimum standards for retention, continuation and graduation in whatever course of study.

    According to him, lowering the cut off marks will not have serious impacts on the system, so long as standards and procedures during the learning process are not altered to subdue the graduation requirements.

    Another University Don, Dr Danladi Sokoto, said the entrance procedures should not be so lenient to the extent of over-populating tertiary institutions , especially the universities.

    Sokoto, who is a lecturer in the Geography Department of Federal University, Futsinma, Katsina state, stressed the need to safeguard the minimum entrance standards and routine measurements of students performance.

    Also, Prof. Habu Mohammed, lecturer at the Political Science Department, Bayero University, Kano (BUK), said lowering of UTME cut-off marks would not affect quality of tertiary education in the country.

    “This year, most of the candidates failed, according to statistics, and that is why JAMB lowered the cut-off points for entrance into tertiary institutions.

    “So, for universities, instead of the normal 180 been the general entry points, they reduced it to 140. “That has nothing to do with the quality of tertiary education; standard for admission by the universities will not change,” he argued.

    He pointed out that big universities will start admission with normal 180 as entry point; they will only admit those with marks below 180 after accepting those with points above 180, if they still have spaces,” he said.

    In Gusau, the Dean, Faculty of Education, Federal University, Dr Bashir Sulaiman, is also of the view that lowering UTME cut-off marks has no adverse effects.

    According to him, the minimum 140 mark is average, and that when average students get in to the university, some of them might improve.

    A Senior Lecturer, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau, Mr Nasiru Zabarma, said lowering the marks will give ample opportunities for the teeming youths to secure admission into universities.

    Dr Muttaqha Rabe-Darma, a senior lecturer with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bayero University, Kano, said there must be set standard for quality to be achieved, otherwise the purpose of the UTME would be defeated.

    “If JAMB continues to change the cut-off marks, it means the UTME is not even a valid thing in our education system, then it should be scrapped ”, he suggested. 


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Kano State Government has employed additional street swepers to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment in the state The state Commissioner for Environment Dr Kabiru Getso stated this on Saturday after leading the state Task Force Commitee on sanitation to monitor the monthly environmental sanitation He said the newly employed sweepers were posted to State road BUK road Kabuga Danagundi road Gandun Albasa road Zoo road Court road Aminu Kano way and Maiduguri road among others The Commissioner however said the commitee was happy with the level of cleanliness of the roads I am glad to tell you that over 80 per cent of the roads were very clean and I must commend the new street sweepers for a job well done The Commissioner who is also the Chairman of the Committee on Sanitation warned the residents against dumping wastes on the streets The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the mobile courts attached to the committee had also fined about 60 defaulters N119 500 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanitation: KNSG employs street sweepers
     Kano State Government has employed additional street swepers to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment in the state The state Commissioner for Environment Dr Kabiru Getso stated this on Saturday after leading the state Task Force Commitee on sanitation to monitor the monthly environmental sanitation He said the newly employed sweepers were posted to State road BUK road Kabuga Danagundi road Gandun Albasa road Zoo road Court road Aminu Kano way and Maiduguri road among others The Commissioner however said the commitee was happy with the level of cleanliness of the roads I am glad to tell you that over 80 per cent of the roads were very clean and I must commend the new street sweepers for a job well done The Commissioner who is also the Chairman of the Committee on Sanitation warned the residents against dumping wastes on the streets The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the mobile courts attached to the committee had also fined about 60 defaulters N119 500 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanitation: KNSG employs street sweepers
    Environment5 months ago

    Sanitation: KNSG employs street sweepers

    Kano State Government has employed additional street swepers to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment in the state.The state Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Getso, stated this on Saturday, after leading the state Task Force Commitee on sanitation, to monitor the monthly environmental sanitation.He said the newly-employed sweepers were posted to State road, BUK road, Kabuga- Danagundi road, Gandun Albasa road, Zoo road, Court road, Aminu Kano way and Maiduguri road, among others.The Commissioner however, said the commitee was happy with the level of cleanliness of the roads. “I am glad to tell you that over 80 per cent of the roads were very clean and I must commend the new street sweepers for a job well done.”The Commissioner, who is also the Chairman of the Committee on Sanitation, warned the residents against dumping wastes on the streets.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the mobile courts attached to the committee had also fined about 60 defaulters N119,500.

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  •  The police command in Kano State has arrested one Hamisu Ibrahim 55 of Sharada quarters Kano who specialised in fabrication and selling of vehicles master keys to criminals The command s Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Abdullahi Haruna Kuyawa said in a statement on Sunday in Kano that 29 different master keys were found in his possession He said that Ibrahim was arrested during an investigation on alleged car theft by one Ibrahim Usman 34 of Zaria Kaduna State According to him Usman was arrested by the police while on routine patrol on BUK road with a white Toyota Hilux car On preliminary investigation the suspect confessed to having stolen the said Toyota Hilux vehicle at Madobi road Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State The suspect belongs to a notorious syndicate that specialised in car theft by removing motor vehicles from where they were parked using master key He was previously arrested for the same offence and charged to court he said Haruna Kuyawa further revealed that the arrest and investigation led to the recovery of the following number plates BSA 272 AA JJN 782 PQ BUU 964 AA AE 560 BNK AA 955 BNK AE 485 KKU AE 871 DRA DC 360 FST and AAA 328 DW Anyone whose vehicle was stolen and discover its number plate above should report at the Public Relations Department Kano State Police Headquarters Bampai Kano he said NAN
    Kano police arrest suspected fabricator of vehicles’ master keys for criminals
     The police command in Kano State has arrested one Hamisu Ibrahim 55 of Sharada quarters Kano who specialised in fabrication and selling of vehicles master keys to criminals The command s Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Abdullahi Haruna Kuyawa said in a statement on Sunday in Kano that 29 different master keys were found in his possession He said that Ibrahim was arrested during an investigation on alleged car theft by one Ibrahim Usman 34 of Zaria Kaduna State According to him Usman was arrested by the police while on routine patrol on BUK road with a white Toyota Hilux car On preliminary investigation the suspect confessed to having stolen the said Toyota Hilux vehicle at Madobi road Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State The suspect belongs to a notorious syndicate that specialised in car theft by removing motor vehicles from where they were parked using master key He was previously arrested for the same offence and charged to court he said Haruna Kuyawa further revealed that the arrest and investigation led to the recovery of the following number plates BSA 272 AA JJN 782 PQ BUU 964 AA AE 560 BNK AA 955 BNK AE 485 KKU AE 871 DRA DC 360 FST and AAA 328 DW Anyone whose vehicle was stolen and discover its number plate above should report at the Public Relations Department Kano State Police Headquarters Bampai Kano he said NAN
    Kano police arrest suspected fabricator of vehicles’ master keys for criminals
    Defence/Security6 months ago

    Kano police arrest suspected fabricator of vehicles’ master keys for criminals

    The police command in Kano State has arrested one Hamisu Ibrahim, 55, of Sharada quarters, Kano, who specialised in fabrication and selling of vehicles’ master keys to criminals.The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Abdullahi Haruna-Kuyawa, said in a statement on Sunday in Kano that 29 different master keys were found in his possession.He said that Ibrahim was arrested during an investigation on alleged car theft by one Ibrahim Usman, 34, of Zaria, Kaduna State.According to him, Usman was arrested by the police while on routine patrol on BUK road, with a white Toyota Hilux car.“On preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to having stolen the said Toyota Hilux vehicle at Madobi road, Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State.“The suspect belongs to a notorious syndicate that specialised in car theft by removing motor vehicles from where they were parked using master key.“He was previously arrested for the same offence and charged to court,” he said.Haruna-Kuyawa further revealed that the arrest and investigation led to the recovery of the following number plates.“BSA-272 AA; JJN-782 PQ; BUU-964 AA; AE 560-BNK; AA 955-BNK; AE 485-KKU; AE 871-DRA; DC 360-FST and AAA-328 DW.“Anyone whose vehicle was stolen and discover its number plate above, should report at the Public Relations Department, Kano State Police Headquarters, Bampai, Kano,” he said. (

    (NAN)

  •  The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari led administration on May 29 2022 President Buhari had in May 29 2015 took the oath of office as President promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life The seven years milestone according to the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country and its people Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges which are being robustly tackled by the government A one stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead Nigeria under Buhari s watch has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria s Independence Under the administration s Energizing Education Economies and Agriculture Programmes the government had so far taken clean and reliable energy Solar and Gas to Federal Universities Teaching Hospitals Markets and Rural Areas across the country The four Universities completed and commissioned already are Bayero University Kano BUK Kano FUNAI Ebonyi ATBU Bauchi and FUPRE Delta Sabon Gari Market in Kano Ariaria Market in Aba and Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos On National Mass Metering Programme the Central Bank of Nigeria is providing N200 billion for this and so far more than one million meters have been rolled out in the first phase This first phase generated more than 10 000 new jobs in meter installation and assembly as the nationwide rollout of electricity meters to all on grid consumers launched in August 2020 The Solar Power Naija SPN Launched in April 2021 to deliver 5 million off grid solar connections would be impacting more than 20 million Nigerians and financed through Central Bank of Nigeria loans as well as through partnerships with NDPHC NNPC and the NSIA The programme is expected to generate an additional N7 billion increase in tax revenues per annum and 10 million in annual import substitution Under Solar Power Naija and NDPHC s partnership ASolar is rolling out 100 000 Solar Home Systems across the country while the NSIA partnering under SPN has announced a N10 billion fund for developers targeting more than 250 000 solar connections In May 2021 the Rural Electrification Agency REA announced the planned deployment of solar powered grids to 200 Primary Health Centres PHC and 104 Unity Schools nationwide Nigeria Electrification Project NEP is a 550 million programme being implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank and African Development Bank NEP is a combination of subsidies direct contracts and technical assistance to support Electrification across Nigeria NEP has so far deployed more than 20 000 Standalone Solar Systems SHS as well as Solar Hybrid Mini grids in more than 250 locations across the country The Rural Electrification Fund REF created by the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 was operationalized by the Buhari Administration in 2016 Since 2016 the REF under REA has executed more than N4 billion in projects with more than N5 billions of Off Grid mainly Solar projects slated to be executed across Nigeria in 2022 On the special grid interventions the Federal Government has many key grid initiatives with more than N125 2 billion budgeted between 2015 to 2021 for TCN and Development Finance Funding through the likes of World Bank AFDB AFD JICA and others of up to 1 7 billion The Central Bank of Nigeria is also funding 250 million for the rehabilitation of critical interfaces between Transmission and Distribution to increase and stabilize power delivery Additionally through the Presidential Power Initiative PPI aka Siemens Power Program an additional 2 0 billion or more will be invested in the Transmission Grid PPI is a Government to Government initiative involving the Governments of Nigeria and Germany and Siemens AG of Germany to upgrade and modernize Nigeria s electricity grid The Contract for the pre engineering phase of the Presidential Power Initiative PPI was signed in Feb 2021 following the 2020 approval for the payment of FGN s counterpart funding for that phase while the first set of equipment contract awards were made in Dec 2021 comprising 10 Mobitra Transformers and 10 Substations In all the PPI will encompass as many as 127 individual Transmission and Distribution projects Brownfield and Greenfield Other ongoing interventions include 330kV Quad Lines in Alaoji to Onitsha Delta Power Station to Benin as well as the Kano to Katsina 330kV line respectively The 200 million Transmission Infrastructure Project financed by JICA entails the construction of about 200 km of high voltage transmission lines and a number of high voltage substations benefiting several communities in the two States Also through a special CBN intervention for Transmission Distribution interfaces contracts have been awarded for more than 30 Substation Rehabilitations and 1 570MVA transformer capacity upgrades with 34 critical transformers to be installed or replaced On a Policy level the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC has rolled out various policies ranging from a Tariff Capping Regulation for un metered customers to the Eligible Customer Regulations to the introduction of a Service based Tariff Regime and CBN oversight of Disco Bank accounts which has helped improve payment discipline by Discos The Buhari administration has equally recorded tremendous success in the housing sector through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing The ministry has completed or is completing housing projects in 34 States of Nigeria under the National Housing Programme with the support of the State Governments who provided the land So far more than 5 000 houses are at various stages of completion and thousands more are planned The Family Homes Fund Limited FHFL incorporated by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Sept 2016 is the implementing agency for the Buhari Administration s National Social Housing scheme The Fund has now completed more than 13 000 homes across nine States with another 20 000 commencing building works in 2022 In the process these housing developments have created more than 64 000 direct and indirect jobs The administration has also achieved a lot in the area of digital economy and these include the extension of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission NIPC Pioneer Status to e Commerce and software development companies Stipulation of N145 per linear meter cap on Highway Right of Way RoW for fibre optic cabling to incentivize investment in rollout Launch of new national 5G policy in 2021 and successful licensing of two private companies to rollout 5G nationally Nigeria s 5G rollout will commence in August 2022 Establishment of new National Data Protection Bureau which is expected to develop primary legislation for data protection and privacy Launch of new National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy by President Buhari in 2019 Drafting of the Nigeria Startup Bill NSB and submission of the draft Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law Establishment in 2021 of a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics NCAIR Ongoing implementation starting 2021 of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 2 NICTIB 2 Project The goal of NICTIB is to rollout a nationwide fibre infrastructure network Ongoing construction of a Tier 4 Data Center in Kano to join existing infrastructure in Abuja Tier 3 Data Center and Enugu A Disaster Recovery Site The Kano Data Center is expected to be completed in 2022 The major achievements of the Buhari administration in the area of oil and gas include Buhari s assent to the Petroleum Industry Act on Aug 16 2021 This broke a two decades old jinx and is setting the stage for the unprecedented transformation of Nigeria s oil and gas sector Under the new Act the NNPC has transformed into a Limited Liability Company which will be formally unveiled by the President in July 2022 The regulatory framework for the sector has also changed with the establishment of a the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC and b the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA which merged the hitherto existing Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency PPPRA Petroleum Equalization Fund Management Board PEFMB and the Midstream and Downstream Divisions of the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR The historic Signing Ceremony in May 2021 of the Execution of Oil Mining Lease OML 118 Agreements between NNPC Limited and its Contractor Partners Shell Exxon Mobil TOTAL and NAOC These Agreements settled long standing disputes that stalled development and will unlock more than 10 billion of new deep water investment in Nigeria The Buhari administration has declared this decade the Decade of Gas The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of 614km Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano Gas Project the largest domestic gas project in the country Already the government has secured US 45 million financing from the Islamic Development Bank for the Front End Engineering Design FEED Study for the Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline NMGP project The Agreement for the Pipeline project was signed by the two countries during President Buhari s State Visit to Morocco in June 2018 When completed it will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world and the second longest pipeline in the world running across 13 countries 11 of them in West Africa It s believed that the successful completion of Nigeria s first Marginal Field Bid Round in almost 20 years is expected to raise in excess of half a billion dollars and open up a new vista of investment in oil and gas Launch of National LPG Expansion Programme including Removal of VAT from the domestic pricing of LPG Financial close and signing of contract for NLNG Train 7 which will grow Nigeria s LNG production capacity by 35 per cent Nigeria and Morocco in 2021 signed an agreement to develop a US 1 4 billion multipurpose industrial platform Ammonia and Di Ammonium Phosphate production plants that will utilize Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750 000 tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025 It will be located in Ikot Abasi Akwa Ibom State The nation also witnessed the inauguration in Dec 2020 of the new NPDC Integrated Gas Handling Facility in Edo the largest onshore LPG plant in the country with a processing capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet of gas daily producing 330 tonnes of LPG 345 tonnes of propane and 2 600 barrels of condensate daily The government also established a 350m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund to finance manufacturing contracts and assets in the oil and gas industry The NNPC Limited s National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS became in 2022 the first Government organization in West and North Africa to receive the ISO 22301 2019 Certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA On the financing and investment in the oil and gas Afreximbank announced in Jan 2022 that it will assist NNPC Limited to raise 5 billion financing to support investments in Nigeria s upstream industry and facilitate expanded energy supply Afrexim also disclosed plans to underwrite 1 billion of the total planned debt Final Investment Decision in January 2021 on a 10 000 tonnes per day methanol plant and a 500 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant being promoted by the NNPC Limited and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB in partnership with the private sector The plant is now under construction in Odeama Brass Bayelsa State On Policy Regulatory and Funding Support for the establishment of Modular Refineries across the Niger Delta the Buhari administration has issued licences for six additional brownfield and greenfield Modular Refinery Projects across the Niger Delta In 2020 President Buhari inaugurated the first phase of the Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Imo State and broke ground on Phase 2 which will add 20 000bpd processing capacity The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC on Dec 21 2021 handed over a symbolic cheque of N621 24 Billion for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads totalling 1 800km across the country through the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 7 signed by President Buhari in 2019 Note that this does not mean that NNPC has gone into the business of constructing roads instead it is financing the construction of roads through its tax liabilities It s also hoped that the launch of the Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimization Programme NUCOP would reduce operating expenses through process enhancement and industry collaboration as the overall target is to achieve a 10 or less per barrel production cost NAN
    Steps to changing Nigeria by Buhari Administration at 7
     The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari led administration on May 29 2022 President Buhari had in May 29 2015 took the oath of office as President promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life The seven years milestone according to the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country and its people Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges which are being robustly tackled by the government A one stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead Nigeria under Buhari s watch has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria s Independence Under the administration s Energizing Education Economies and Agriculture Programmes the government had so far taken clean and reliable energy Solar and Gas to Federal Universities Teaching Hospitals Markets and Rural Areas across the country The four Universities completed and commissioned already are Bayero University Kano BUK Kano FUNAI Ebonyi ATBU Bauchi and FUPRE Delta Sabon Gari Market in Kano Ariaria Market in Aba and Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos On National Mass Metering Programme the Central Bank of Nigeria is providing N200 billion for this and so far more than one million meters have been rolled out in the first phase This first phase generated more than 10 000 new jobs in meter installation and assembly as the nationwide rollout of electricity meters to all on grid consumers launched in August 2020 The Solar Power Naija SPN Launched in April 2021 to deliver 5 million off grid solar connections would be impacting more than 20 million Nigerians and financed through Central Bank of Nigeria loans as well as through partnerships with NDPHC NNPC and the NSIA The programme is expected to generate an additional N7 billion increase in tax revenues per annum and 10 million in annual import substitution Under Solar Power Naija and NDPHC s partnership ASolar is rolling out 100 000 Solar Home Systems across the country while the NSIA partnering under SPN has announced a N10 billion fund for developers targeting more than 250 000 solar connections In May 2021 the Rural Electrification Agency REA announced the planned deployment of solar powered grids to 200 Primary Health Centres PHC and 104 Unity Schools nationwide Nigeria Electrification Project NEP is a 550 million programme being implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank and African Development Bank NEP is a combination of subsidies direct contracts and technical assistance to support Electrification across Nigeria NEP has so far deployed more than 20 000 Standalone Solar Systems SHS as well as Solar Hybrid Mini grids in more than 250 locations across the country The Rural Electrification Fund REF created by the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 was operationalized by the Buhari Administration in 2016 Since 2016 the REF under REA has executed more than N4 billion in projects with more than N5 billions of Off Grid mainly Solar projects slated to be executed across Nigeria in 2022 On the special grid interventions the Federal Government has many key grid initiatives with more than N125 2 billion budgeted between 2015 to 2021 for TCN and Development Finance Funding through the likes of World Bank AFDB AFD JICA and others of up to 1 7 billion The Central Bank of Nigeria is also funding 250 million for the rehabilitation of critical interfaces between Transmission and Distribution to increase and stabilize power delivery Additionally through the Presidential Power Initiative PPI aka Siemens Power Program an additional 2 0 billion or more will be invested in the Transmission Grid PPI is a Government to Government initiative involving the Governments of Nigeria and Germany and Siemens AG of Germany to upgrade and modernize Nigeria s electricity grid The Contract for the pre engineering phase of the Presidential Power Initiative PPI was signed in Feb 2021 following the 2020 approval for the payment of FGN s counterpart funding for that phase while the first set of equipment contract awards were made in Dec 2021 comprising 10 Mobitra Transformers and 10 Substations In all the PPI will encompass as many as 127 individual Transmission and Distribution projects Brownfield and Greenfield Other ongoing interventions include 330kV Quad Lines in Alaoji to Onitsha Delta Power Station to Benin as well as the Kano to Katsina 330kV line respectively The 200 million Transmission Infrastructure Project financed by JICA entails the construction of about 200 km of high voltage transmission lines and a number of high voltage substations benefiting several communities in the two States Also through a special CBN intervention for Transmission Distribution interfaces contracts have been awarded for more than 30 Substation Rehabilitations and 1 570MVA transformer capacity upgrades with 34 critical transformers to be installed or replaced On a Policy level the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC has rolled out various policies ranging from a Tariff Capping Regulation for un metered customers to the Eligible Customer Regulations to the introduction of a Service based Tariff Regime and CBN oversight of Disco Bank accounts which has helped improve payment discipline by Discos The Buhari administration has equally recorded tremendous success in the housing sector through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing The ministry has completed or is completing housing projects in 34 States of Nigeria under the National Housing Programme with the support of the State Governments who provided the land So far more than 5 000 houses are at various stages of completion and thousands more are planned The Family Homes Fund Limited FHFL incorporated by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Sept 2016 is the implementing agency for the Buhari Administration s National Social Housing scheme The Fund has now completed more than 13 000 homes across nine States with another 20 000 commencing building works in 2022 In the process these housing developments have created more than 64 000 direct and indirect jobs The administration has also achieved a lot in the area of digital economy and these include the extension of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission NIPC Pioneer Status to e Commerce and software development companies Stipulation of N145 per linear meter cap on Highway Right of Way RoW for fibre optic cabling to incentivize investment in rollout Launch of new national 5G policy in 2021 and successful licensing of two private companies to rollout 5G nationally Nigeria s 5G rollout will commence in August 2022 Establishment of new National Data Protection Bureau which is expected to develop primary legislation for data protection and privacy Launch of new National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy by President Buhari in 2019 Drafting of the Nigeria Startup Bill NSB and submission of the draft Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law Establishment in 2021 of a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics NCAIR Ongoing implementation starting 2021 of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 2 NICTIB 2 Project The goal of NICTIB is to rollout a nationwide fibre infrastructure network Ongoing construction of a Tier 4 Data Center in Kano to join existing infrastructure in Abuja Tier 3 Data Center and Enugu A Disaster Recovery Site The Kano Data Center is expected to be completed in 2022 The major achievements of the Buhari administration in the area of oil and gas include Buhari s assent to the Petroleum Industry Act on Aug 16 2021 This broke a two decades old jinx and is setting the stage for the unprecedented transformation of Nigeria s oil and gas sector Under the new Act the NNPC has transformed into a Limited Liability Company which will be formally unveiled by the President in July 2022 The regulatory framework for the sector has also changed with the establishment of a the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC and b the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA which merged the hitherto existing Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency PPPRA Petroleum Equalization Fund Management Board PEFMB and the Midstream and Downstream Divisions of the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR The historic Signing Ceremony in May 2021 of the Execution of Oil Mining Lease OML 118 Agreements between NNPC Limited and its Contractor Partners Shell Exxon Mobil TOTAL and NAOC These Agreements settled long standing disputes that stalled development and will unlock more than 10 billion of new deep water investment in Nigeria The Buhari administration has declared this decade the Decade of Gas The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of 614km Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano Gas Project the largest domestic gas project in the country Already the government has secured US 45 million financing from the Islamic Development Bank for the Front End Engineering Design FEED Study for the Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline NMGP project The Agreement for the Pipeline project was signed by the two countries during President Buhari s State Visit to Morocco in June 2018 When completed it will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world and the second longest pipeline in the world running across 13 countries 11 of them in West Africa It s believed that the successful completion of Nigeria s first Marginal Field Bid Round in almost 20 years is expected to raise in excess of half a billion dollars and open up a new vista of investment in oil and gas Launch of National LPG Expansion Programme including Removal of VAT from the domestic pricing of LPG Financial close and signing of contract for NLNG Train 7 which will grow Nigeria s LNG production capacity by 35 per cent Nigeria and Morocco in 2021 signed an agreement to develop a US 1 4 billion multipurpose industrial platform Ammonia and Di Ammonium Phosphate production plants that will utilize Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750 000 tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025 It will be located in Ikot Abasi Akwa Ibom State The nation also witnessed the inauguration in Dec 2020 of the new NPDC Integrated Gas Handling Facility in Edo the largest onshore LPG plant in the country with a processing capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet of gas daily producing 330 tonnes of LPG 345 tonnes of propane and 2 600 barrels of condensate daily The government also established a 350m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund to finance manufacturing contracts and assets in the oil and gas industry The NNPC Limited s National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS became in 2022 the first Government organization in West and North Africa to receive the ISO 22301 2019 Certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA On the financing and investment in the oil and gas Afreximbank announced in Jan 2022 that it will assist NNPC Limited to raise 5 billion financing to support investments in Nigeria s upstream industry and facilitate expanded energy supply Afrexim also disclosed plans to underwrite 1 billion of the total planned debt Final Investment Decision in January 2021 on a 10 000 tonnes per day methanol plant and a 500 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant being promoted by the NNPC Limited and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB in partnership with the private sector The plant is now under construction in Odeama Brass Bayelsa State On Policy Regulatory and Funding Support for the establishment of Modular Refineries across the Niger Delta the Buhari administration has issued licences for six additional brownfield and greenfield Modular Refinery Projects across the Niger Delta In 2020 President Buhari inaugurated the first phase of the Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Imo State and broke ground on Phase 2 which will add 20 000bpd processing capacity The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC on Dec 21 2021 handed over a symbolic cheque of N621 24 Billion for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads totalling 1 800km across the country through the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 7 signed by President Buhari in 2019 Note that this does not mean that NNPC has gone into the business of constructing roads instead it is financing the construction of roads through its tax liabilities It s also hoped that the launch of the Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimization Programme NUCOP would reduce operating expenses through process enhancement and industry collaboration as the overall target is to achieve a 10 or less per barrel production cost NAN
    Steps to changing Nigeria by Buhari Administration at 7
    General news6 months ago

    Steps to changing Nigeria by Buhari Administration at 7

    The Presidency has again, reeled out 28-page of President Muhammadu Buhari’s strides in Oil and gas reforms, Digital economy, Mines and steel development, Agriculture, Education, Health, Creative Industry, Sports and infrastructural development; roads, bridges, rail, air and sea ports, housing, and many others.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president’s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari-led administration on May 29, 2022.
    President Buhari had in May 29, 2015, took the oath of office as President, promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life.
    The seven years milestone, according to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country, and its people.
    Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges, which are being robustly tackled by the government.
    A one-stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done, and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead.
    Nigeria, under Buhari’s watch, has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria’s Independence.
    Under the administration’s Energizing Education, Economies and Agriculture Programmes, the government had so far taken clean and reliable energy (Solar and Gas) to Federal Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Markets and Rural Areas across the country.
    The four Universities completed and commissioned already are, Bayero University Kano ( BUK ), Kano, FUNAI (Ebonyi), ATBU (Bauchi) and FUPRE (Delta), Sabon-Gari Market in Kano, Ariaria Market in Aba, and Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos.
    On National Mass Metering Programme, the Central Bank of Nigeria is providing N200 billion for this, and so far, more than one million meters have been rolled out, in the first phase.
    This first phase generated more than 10,000 new jobs in meter installation and assembly as the nationwide rollout of electricity meters to all on-grid consumers, launched in August 2020.
    The Solar Power Naija (SPN), Launched in April 2021 to deliver 5 million off-grid solar connections, would be impacting more than 20 million Nigerians, and financed through Central Bank of Nigeria loans, as well as through partnerships with NDPHC, NNPC and the NSIA.
    The programme is expected to generate an additional N7 billion increase in tax revenues per annum and $10 million in annual import substitution.
    ”Under Solar Power Naija and NDPHC’s partnership, ASolar is rolling out 100,000 Solar Home Systems across the country, while the NSIA (partnering under SPN) has announced a N10 billion fund for developers, targeting more than 250,000 solar connections.”
    In May 2021, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) announced the planned deployment of solar-powered grids to 200 Primary Health Centres (PHC) and 104 Unity Schools nationwide.
    Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) is a $550 million programme being implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank and African Development Bank. NEP is a combination of subsidies, direct contracts and technical assistance to support Electrification across Nigeria.
    NEP has so far deployed more than 20,000 Standalone Solar Systems (SHS), as well as Solar Hybrid Mini-grids in more than 250 locations across the country.
    The Rural Electrification Fund (REF), created by the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act of 2005, was operationalized by the Buhari Administration in 2016.
    Since 2016, the REF under REA has executed more than N4 billion in projects, with more than N5 billions of Off-Grid (mainly Solar) projects slated to be executed across Nigeria in 2022.
    On the special grid interventions, the Federal Government has many key grid initiatives with more than N125.2 billion budgeted between 2015 to 2021 for TCN, and Development Finance Funding through the likes of World Bank, AFDB, AFD, JICA and others of up to $1.7 billion.
    The Central Bank of Nigeria is also funding $250 million for the rehabilitation of critical interfaces between Transmission and Distribution to increase and stabilize power delivery.
    Additionally, through the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), aka Siemens Power Program, an additional $2.0 billion or more will be invested in the Transmission Grid.
    PPI is a Government-to-Government initiative involving the Governments of Nigeria and Germany, and Siemens AG of Germany, to upgrade and modernize Nigeria’s electricity grid.
    The Contract for the pre-engineering phase of the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) was signed in Feb. 2021, following the 2020 approval for the payment of FGN’s counterpart funding for that phase, while the first set of equipment contract awards were made in Dec. 2021, comprising 10 Mobitra Transformers and 10 Substations.
    In all the PPI will encompass as many as 127 individual Transmission and Distribution projects (Brownfield and Greenfield).
    Other ongoing interventions include 330kV Quad Lines in Alaoji to Onitsha, Delta Power Station to Benin as well as the Kano to Katsina 330kV line (respectively).
    The $200 million Transmission Infrastructure Project, financed by JICA entails the construction of about 200 km of high-voltage transmission lines and a number of high voltage substations, benefiting several communities in the two States.
    Also through a special CBN intervention for Transmission Distribution interfaces, contracts have been awarded for more than 30 Substation Rehabilitations and 1,570MVA transformer capacity upgrades, with 34 critical transformers to be installed or replaced.
    On a Policy level, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has rolled out various policies ranging from a Tariff-Capping Regulation for un-metered customers, to the Eligible Customer Regulations, to the introduction of a Service-based Tariff Regime and CBN oversight of Disco Bank accounts (which has helped improve payment discipline by Discos).
    The Buhari administration has equally recorded tremendous success in the housing sector through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
    The ministry has completed or is completing housing projects in 34 States of Nigeria, under the National Housing Programme, with the support of the State Governments, who provided the land.
    So far more than 5,000 houses are at various stages of completion, and thousands more are planned.
    The Family Homes Fund Limited (FHFL), incorporated by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Sept. 2016, is the implementing agency for the Buhari Administration’s National Social Housing scheme.
    The Fund has now completed more than 13,000 homes across nine States, with another 20,000 commencing building works in 2022. In the process these housing developments have created more than 64,000 direct and indirect jobs.
    The administration has also achieved a lot in the area of digital economy and these include the extension of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) ‘Pioneer Status’ to e-Commerce and software development companies.
    ”Stipulation of N145 per linear meter cap on Highway Right of Way (RoW) for fibre optic cabling, to incentivize investment in rollout.
    ”Launch of new national 5G policy in 2021, and successful licensing of two private companies to rollout 5G nationally. Nigeria’s 5G rollout will commence in August 2022.
    ”Establishment of new National Data Protection Bureau, which is expected to develop “primary legislation for data protection and privacy.”
    ”Launch of new “National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy”, by President Buhari in 2019.
    ‘ ‘Drafting of the Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB), and submission of the draft Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
    – Establishment, in 2021, of a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR).
    ”Ongoing implementation, starting 2021, of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 2 (NICTIB-2) Project.
    ”The goal of NICTIB is to rollout a nationwide fibre infrastructure network.
    ”Ongoing construction of a Tier-4 Data Center in Kano, to join existing infrastructure in Abuja (Tier-3 Data Center) and Enugu (A Disaster Recovery Site). The Kano Data Center is expected to be completed in 2022.”
    The major achievements of the Buhari administration in the area of oil and gas include Buhari’s assent to the Petroleum Industry Act on Aug, 16, 2021.
    This, broke a two-decades-old jinx and is setting the stage for the unprecedented transformation of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
    Under the new Act, the NNPC has transformed into a Limited Liability Company which will be formally unveiled by the President in July 2022.
    The regulatory framework for the sector has also changed, with the establishment of:
    (a) the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and
    (b) the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), which merged the hitherto-existing Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Petroleum Equalization Fund (Management) Board(PEFMB), and the Midstream and Downstream Divisions of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
    The historic Signing Ceremony, in May 2021, of the Execution of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 118 Agreements between NNPC Limited and its Contractor Partners: Shell, Exxon Mobil, TOTAL and NAOC.
    These Agreements settled long-standing disputes that stalled development, and will unlock more than $10 billion of new deep-water investment in Nigeria.
    The Buhari administration has declared this decade the “Decade of Gas.”
    The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Project, the largest domestic gas project in the country.
    Already, the government has secured US$45 million financing from the Islamic Development Bank, for the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Study for the Nigeria–Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project.
    The Agreement for the Pipeline project was signed by the two countries during President Buhari’s State Visit to Morocco in June 2018.
    When completed it will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world, and the second longest pipeline in the world, running across 13 countries, 11 of them in West Africa.
    It’s believed that the successful completion of Nigeria’s first Marginal Field Bid Round in almost 20 years, is expected to raise in excess of half a billion dollars, and open up a new vista of investment in oil and gas.
    ”Launch of National LPG Expansion Programme (including Removal of VAT from the domestic pricing of LPG)
    ”Financial close and signing of contract for NLNG Train 7, which will grow Nigeria’s LNG production capacity by 35 per cent.
    ”Nigeria and Morocco in 2021 signed an agreement to develop a US$1.4 billion multipurpose industrial platform (Ammonia and Di-Ammonium Phosphate production plants) that will utilize Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750,000 tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025.
    ”It will be located in Ikot-Abasi, Akwa-Ibom State.”
    The nation also witnessed the inauguration, in Dec. 2020, of the new NPDC Integrated Gas Handling Facility in Edo, the largest onshore LPG plant in the country, with a processing capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet of gas daily, producing 330 tonnes of LPG, 345 tonnes of propane and 2,600 barrels of condensate, daily.
    The government also established a $350m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, to finance manufacturing, contracts and assets in the oil and gas industry.
    ”The NNPC Limited’s National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) became, in 2022, the first Government organization in West and North Africa to receive the ISO 22301:2019 Certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA.”
    On the financing and investment in the oil and gas, Afreximbank announced in Jan. 2022 that it will assist NNPC Limited to raise $5 billion financing to support investments in Nigeria’s upstream industry, and facilitate expanded energy supply.
    Afrexim also disclosed plans to underwrite $1 billion of the total planned debt.
    ”Final Investment Decision in January 2021 on a 10,000 tonnes per day methanol plant and a 500 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant, being promoted by the NNPC Limited and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), in partnership with the private sector.
    ”The plant is now under construction in Odeama, Brass, Bayelsa State.
    On Policy, Regulatory and Funding Support for the establishment of Modular Refineries across the Niger Delta, the Buhari administration has issued licences for six additional brownfield and greenfield Modular Refinery Projects across the Niger Delta.
    In 2020 President Buhari inaugurated the first phase of the Waltersmith Modular Refinery, in Imo State, and broke ground on Phase 2, which will add 20,000bpd processing capacity.
    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Dec. 21, 2021, handed over a symbolic cheque of N621.24 Billion for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads (totalling 1,800km) across the country, through the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 7 signed by President Buhari in 2019.
    ”Note that this does not mean that NNPC has gone into the business of constructing roads; instead it is financing the construction of roads, through its tax liabilities.”
    It’s also hoped that the launch of the Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimization Programme (NUCOP), would reduce operating expenses through process enhancement and industry collaboration as the overall target is to achieve a $10 or less per barrel production cost.

    (NAN)

  •  The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari led administration on May 29 2022 President Buhari had in May 29 2015 took the oath of office as President promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life The seven years milestone according to the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country and its people Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges which are being robustly tackled by the government A one stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead Nigeria under Buhari s watch has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria s Independence Under the administration s Energizing Education Economies and Agriculture Programmes the government had so far taken clean and reliable energy Solar and Gas to Federal Universities Teaching Hospitals Markets and Rural Areas across the country The four Universities completed and commissioned already are Bayero University Kano BUK Kano FUNAI Ebonyi ATBU Bauchi and FUPRE Delta Sabon Gari Market in Kano Ariaria Market in Aba and Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos On National Mass Metering Programme the Central Bank of Nigeria is providing N200 billion for this and so far more than one million meters have been rolled out in the first phase This first phase generated more than 10 000 new jobs in meter installation and assembly as the nationwide rollout of electricity meters to all on grid consumers launched in August 2020 The Solar Power Naija SPN Launched in April 2021 to deliver 5 million off grid solar connections would be impacting more than 20 million Nigerians and financed through Central Bank of Nigeria loans as well as through partnerships with NDPHC NNPC and the NSIA The programme is expected to generate an additional N7 billion increase in tax revenues per annum and 10 million in annual import substitution Under Solar Power Naija and NDPHC s partnership ASolar is rolling out 100 000 Solar Home Systems across the country while the NSIA partnering under SPN has announced a N10 billion fund for developers targeting more than 250 000 solar connections In May 2021 the Rural Electrification Agency REA announced the planned deployment of solar powered grids to 200 Primary Health Centres PHC and 104 Unity Schools nationwide Nigeria Electrification Project NEP is a 550 million programme being implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank and African Development Bank NEP is a combination of subsidies direct contracts and technical assistance to support Electrification across Nigeria NEP has so far deployed more than 20 000 Standalone Solar Systems SHS as well as Solar Hybrid Mini grids in more than 250 locations across the country The Rural Electrification Fund REF created by the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 was operationalized by the Buhari Administration in 2016 Since 2016 the REF under REA has executed more than N4 billion in projects with more than N5 billions of Off Grid mainly Solar projects slated to be executed across Nigeria in 2022 On the special grid interventions the Federal Government has many key grid initiatives with more than N125 2 billion budgeted between 2015 to 2021 for TCN and Development Finance Funding through the likes of World Bank AFDB AFD JICA and others of up to 1 7 billion The Central Bank of Nigeria is also funding 250 million for the rehabilitation of critical interfaces between Transmission and Distribution to increase and stabilize power delivery Additionally through the Presidential Power Initiative PPI aka Siemens Power Program an additional 2 0 billion or more will be invested in the Transmission Grid PPI is a Government to Government initiative involving the Governments of Nigeria and Germany and Siemens AG of Germany to upgrade and modernize Nigeria s electricity grid The Contract for the pre engineering phase of the Presidential Power Initiative PPI was signed in Feb 2021 following the 2020 approval for the payment of FGN s counterpart funding for that phase while the first set of equipment contract awards were made in Dec 2021 comprising 10 Mobitra Transformers and 10 Substations In all the PPI will encompass as many as 127 individual Transmission and Distribution projects Brownfield and Greenfield Other ongoing interventions include 330kV Quad Lines in Alaoji to Onitsha Delta Power Station to Benin as well as the Kano to Katsina 330kV line respectively The 200 million Transmission Infrastructure Project financed by JICA entails the construction of about 200 km of high voltage transmission lines and a number of high voltage substations benefiting several communities in the two States Also through a special CBN intervention for Transmission Distribution interfaces contracts have been awarded for more than 30 Substation Rehabilitations and 1 570MVA transformer capacity upgrades with 34 critical transformers to be installed or replaced On a Policy level the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC has rolled out various policies ranging from a Tariff Capping Regulation for un metered customers to the Eligible Customer Regulations to the introduction of a Service based Tariff Regime and CBN oversight of Disco Bank accounts which has helped improve payment discipline by Discos The Buhari administration has equally recorded tremendous success in the housing sector through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing The ministry has completed or is completing housing projects in 34 States of Nigeria under the National Housing Programme with the support of the State Governments who provided the land So far more than 5 000 houses are at various stages of completion and thousands more are planned The Family Homes Fund Limited FHFL incorporated by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Sept 2016 is the implementing agency for the Buhari Administration s National Social Housing scheme The Fund has now completed more than 13 000 homes across nine States with another 20 000 commencing building works in 2022 In the process these housing developments have created more than 64 000 direct and indirect jobs The administration has also achieved a lot in the area of digital economy and these include the extension of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission NIPC Pioneer Status to e Commerce and software development companies Stipulation of N145 per linear meter cap on Highway Right of Way RoW for fibre optic cabling to incentivize investment in rollout Launch of new national 5G policy in 2021 and successful licensing of two private companies to rollout 5G nationally Nigeria s 5G rollout will commence in August 2022 Establishment of new National Data Protection Bureau which is expected to develop primary legislation for data protection and privacy Launch of new National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy by President Buhari in 2019 Drafting of the Nigeria Startup Bill NSB and submission of the draft Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law Establishment in 2021 of a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics NCAIR Ongoing implementation starting 2021 of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 2 NICTIB 2 Project The goal of NICTIB is to rollout a nationwide fibre infrastructure network Ongoing construction of a Tier 4 Data Center in Kano to join existing infrastructure in Abuja Tier 3 Data Center and Enugu A Disaster Recovery Site The Kano Data Center is expected to be completed in 2022 The major achievements of the Buhari administration in the area of oil and gas include Buhari s assent to the Petroleum Industry Act on Aug 16 2021 This broke a two decades old jinx and is setting the stage for the unprecedented transformation of Nigeria s oil and gas sector Under the new Act the NNPC has transformed into a Limited Liability Company which will be formally unveiled by the President in July 2022 The regulatory framework for the sector has also changed with the establishment of a the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC and b the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA which merged the hitherto existing Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency PPPRA Petroleum Equalization Fund Management Board PEFMB and the Midstream and Downstream Divisions of the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR The historic Signing Ceremony in May 2021 of the Execution of Oil Mining Lease OML 118 Agreements between NNPC Limited and its Contractor Partners Shell Exxon Mobil TOTAL and NAOC These Agreements settled long standing disputes that stalled development and will unlock more than 10 billion of new deep water investment in Nigeria The Buhari administration has declared this decade the Decade of Gas The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of 614km Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano Gas Project the largest domestic gas project in the country Already the government has secured US 45 million financing from the Islamic Development Bank for the Front End Engineering Design FEED Study for the Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline NMGP project The Agreement for the Pipeline project was signed by the two countries during President Buhari s State Visit to Morocco in June 2018 When completed it will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world and the second longest pipeline in the world running across 13 countries 11 of them in West Africa It s believed that the successful completion of Nigeria s first Marginal Field Bid Round in almost 20 years is expected to raise in excess of half a billion dollars and open up a new vista of investment in oil and gas Launch of National LPG Expansion Programme including Removal of VAT from the domestic pricing of LPG Financial close and signing of contract for NLNG Train 7 which will grow Nigeria s LNG production capacity by 35 per cent Nigeria and Morocco in 2021 signed an agreement to develop a US 1 4 billion multipurpose industrial platform Ammonia and Di Ammonium Phosphate production plants that will utilize Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750 000 tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025 It will be located in Ikot Abasi Akwa Ibom State The nation also witnessed the inauguration in Dec 2020 of the new NPDC Integrated Gas Handling Facility in Edo the largest onshore LPG plant in the country with a processing capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet of gas daily producing 330 tonnes of LPG 345 tonnes of propane and 2 600 barrels of condensate daily The government also established a 350m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund to finance manufacturing contracts and assets in the oil and gas industry The NNPC Limited s National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS became in 2022 the first Government organization in West and North Africa to receive the ISO 22301 2019 Certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA On the financing and investment in the oil and gas Afreximbank announced in Jan 2022 that it will assist NNPC Limited to raise 5 billion financing to support investments in Nigeria s upstream industry and facilitate expanded energy supply Afrexim also disclosed plans to underwrite 1 billion of the total planned debt Final Investment Decision in January 2021 on a 10 000 tonnes per day methanol plant and a 500 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant being promoted by the NNPC Limited and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB in partnership with the private sector The plant is now under construction in Odeama Brass Bayelsa State On Policy Regulatory and Funding Support for the establishment of Modular Refineries across the Niger Delta the Buhari administration has issued licences for six additional brownfield and greenfield Modular Refinery Projects across the Niger Delta In 2020 President Buhari inaugurated the first phase of the Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Imo State and broke ground on Phase 2 which will add 20 000bpd processing capacity The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC on Dec 21 2021 handed over a symbolic cheque of N621 24 Billion for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads totalling 1 800km across the country through the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 7 signed by President Buhari in 2019 Note that this does not mean that NNPC has gone into the business of constructing roads instead it is financing the construction of roads through its tax liabilities It s also hoped that the launch of the Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimization Programme NUCOP would reduce operating expenses through process enhancement and industry collaboration as the overall target is to achieve a 10 or less per barrel production cost NAN
    2: One-stop shop of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
     The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari led administration on May 29 2022 President Buhari had in May 29 2015 took the oath of office as President promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life The seven years milestone according to the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country and its people Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges which are being robustly tackled by the government A one stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead Nigeria under Buhari s watch has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria s Independence Under the administration s Energizing Education Economies and Agriculture Programmes the government had so far taken clean and reliable energy Solar and Gas to Federal Universities Teaching Hospitals Markets and Rural Areas across the country The four Universities completed and commissioned already are Bayero University Kano BUK Kano FUNAI Ebonyi ATBU Bauchi and FUPRE Delta Sabon Gari Market in Kano Ariaria Market in Aba and Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos On National Mass Metering Programme the Central Bank of Nigeria is providing N200 billion for this and so far more than one million meters have been rolled out in the first phase This first phase generated more than 10 000 new jobs in meter installation and assembly as the nationwide rollout of electricity meters to all on grid consumers launched in August 2020 The Solar Power Naija SPN Launched in April 2021 to deliver 5 million off grid solar connections would be impacting more than 20 million Nigerians and financed through Central Bank of Nigeria loans as well as through partnerships with NDPHC NNPC and the NSIA The programme is expected to generate an additional N7 billion increase in tax revenues per annum and 10 million in annual import substitution Under Solar Power Naija and NDPHC s partnership ASolar is rolling out 100 000 Solar Home Systems across the country while the NSIA partnering under SPN has announced a N10 billion fund for developers targeting more than 250 000 solar connections In May 2021 the Rural Electrification Agency REA announced the planned deployment of solar powered grids to 200 Primary Health Centres PHC and 104 Unity Schools nationwide Nigeria Electrification Project NEP is a 550 million programme being implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank and African Development Bank NEP is a combination of subsidies direct contracts and technical assistance to support Electrification across Nigeria NEP has so far deployed more than 20 000 Standalone Solar Systems SHS as well as Solar Hybrid Mini grids in more than 250 locations across the country The Rural Electrification Fund REF created by the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 was operationalized by the Buhari Administration in 2016 Since 2016 the REF under REA has executed more than N4 billion in projects with more than N5 billions of Off Grid mainly Solar projects slated to be executed across Nigeria in 2022 On the special grid interventions the Federal Government has many key grid initiatives with more than N125 2 billion budgeted between 2015 to 2021 for TCN and Development Finance Funding through the likes of World Bank AFDB AFD JICA and others of up to 1 7 billion The Central Bank of Nigeria is also funding 250 million for the rehabilitation of critical interfaces between Transmission and Distribution to increase and stabilize power delivery Additionally through the Presidential Power Initiative PPI aka Siemens Power Program an additional 2 0 billion or more will be invested in the Transmission Grid PPI is a Government to Government initiative involving the Governments of Nigeria and Germany and Siemens AG of Germany to upgrade and modernize Nigeria s electricity grid The Contract for the pre engineering phase of the Presidential Power Initiative PPI was signed in Feb 2021 following the 2020 approval for the payment of FGN s counterpart funding for that phase while the first set of equipment contract awards were made in Dec 2021 comprising 10 Mobitra Transformers and 10 Substations In all the PPI will encompass as many as 127 individual Transmission and Distribution projects Brownfield and Greenfield Other ongoing interventions include 330kV Quad Lines in Alaoji to Onitsha Delta Power Station to Benin as well as the Kano to Katsina 330kV line respectively The 200 million Transmission Infrastructure Project financed by JICA entails the construction of about 200 km of high voltage transmission lines and a number of high voltage substations benefiting several communities in the two States Also through a special CBN intervention for Transmission Distribution interfaces contracts have been awarded for more than 30 Substation Rehabilitations and 1 570MVA transformer capacity upgrades with 34 critical transformers to be installed or replaced On a Policy level the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC has rolled out various policies ranging from a Tariff Capping Regulation for un metered customers to the Eligible Customer Regulations to the introduction of a Service based Tariff Regime and CBN oversight of Disco Bank accounts which has helped improve payment discipline by Discos The Buhari administration has equally recorded tremendous success in the housing sector through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing The ministry has completed or is completing housing projects in 34 States of Nigeria under the National Housing Programme with the support of the State Governments who provided the land So far more than 5 000 houses are at various stages of completion and thousands more are planned The Family Homes Fund Limited FHFL incorporated by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Sept 2016 is the implementing agency for the Buhari Administration s National Social Housing scheme The Fund has now completed more than 13 000 homes across nine States with another 20 000 commencing building works in 2022 In the process these housing developments have created more than 64 000 direct and indirect jobs The administration has also achieved a lot in the area of digital economy and these include the extension of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission NIPC Pioneer Status to e Commerce and software development companies Stipulation of N145 per linear meter cap on Highway Right of Way RoW for fibre optic cabling to incentivize investment in rollout Launch of new national 5G policy in 2021 and successful licensing of two private companies to rollout 5G nationally Nigeria s 5G rollout will commence in August 2022 Establishment of new National Data Protection Bureau which is expected to develop primary legislation for data protection and privacy Launch of new National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy by President Buhari in 2019 Drafting of the Nigeria Startup Bill NSB and submission of the draft Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law Establishment in 2021 of a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics NCAIR Ongoing implementation starting 2021 of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 2 NICTIB 2 Project The goal of NICTIB is to rollout a nationwide fibre infrastructure network Ongoing construction of a Tier 4 Data Center in Kano to join existing infrastructure in Abuja Tier 3 Data Center and Enugu A Disaster Recovery Site The Kano Data Center is expected to be completed in 2022 The major achievements of the Buhari administration in the area of oil and gas include Buhari s assent to the Petroleum Industry Act on Aug 16 2021 This broke a two decades old jinx and is setting the stage for the unprecedented transformation of Nigeria s oil and gas sector Under the new Act the NNPC has transformed into a Limited Liability Company which will be formally unveiled by the President in July 2022 The regulatory framework for the sector has also changed with the establishment of a the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC and b the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA which merged the hitherto existing Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency PPPRA Petroleum Equalization Fund Management Board PEFMB and the Midstream and Downstream Divisions of the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR The historic Signing Ceremony in May 2021 of the Execution of Oil Mining Lease OML 118 Agreements between NNPC Limited and its Contractor Partners Shell Exxon Mobil TOTAL and NAOC These Agreements settled long standing disputes that stalled development and will unlock more than 10 billion of new deep water investment in Nigeria The Buhari administration has declared this decade the Decade of Gas The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of 614km Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano Gas Project the largest domestic gas project in the country Already the government has secured US 45 million financing from the Islamic Development Bank for the Front End Engineering Design FEED Study for the Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline NMGP project The Agreement for the Pipeline project was signed by the two countries during President Buhari s State Visit to Morocco in June 2018 When completed it will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world and the second longest pipeline in the world running across 13 countries 11 of them in West Africa It s believed that the successful completion of Nigeria s first Marginal Field Bid Round in almost 20 years is expected to raise in excess of half a billion dollars and open up a new vista of investment in oil and gas Launch of National LPG Expansion Programme including Removal of VAT from the domestic pricing of LPG Financial close and signing of contract for NLNG Train 7 which will grow Nigeria s LNG production capacity by 35 per cent Nigeria and Morocco in 2021 signed an agreement to develop a US 1 4 billion multipurpose industrial platform Ammonia and Di Ammonium Phosphate production plants that will utilize Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750 000 tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025 It will be located in Ikot Abasi Akwa Ibom State The nation also witnessed the inauguration in Dec 2020 of the new NPDC Integrated Gas Handling Facility in Edo the largest onshore LPG plant in the country with a processing capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet of gas daily producing 330 tonnes of LPG 345 tonnes of propane and 2 600 barrels of condensate daily The government also established a 350m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund to finance manufacturing contracts and assets in the oil and gas industry The NNPC Limited s National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS became in 2022 the first Government organization in West and North Africa to receive the ISO 22301 2019 Certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA On the financing and investment in the oil and gas Afreximbank announced in Jan 2022 that it will assist NNPC Limited to raise 5 billion financing to support investments in Nigeria s upstream industry and facilitate expanded energy supply Afrexim also disclosed plans to underwrite 1 billion of the total planned debt Final Investment Decision in January 2021 on a 10 000 tonnes per day methanol plant and a 500 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant being promoted by the NNPC Limited and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB in partnership with the private sector The plant is now under construction in Odeama Brass Bayelsa State On Policy Regulatory and Funding Support for the establishment of Modular Refineries across the Niger Delta the Buhari administration has issued licences for six additional brownfield and greenfield Modular Refinery Projects across the Niger Delta In 2020 President Buhari inaugurated the first phase of the Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Imo State and broke ground on Phase 2 which will add 20 000bpd processing capacity The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC on Dec 21 2021 handed over a symbolic cheque of N621 24 Billion for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads totalling 1 800km across the country through the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 7 signed by President Buhari in 2019 Note that this does not mean that NNPC has gone into the business of constructing roads instead it is financing the construction of roads through its tax liabilities It s also hoped that the launch of the Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimization Programme NUCOP would reduce operating expenses through process enhancement and industry collaboration as the overall target is to achieve a 10 or less per barrel production cost NAN
    2: One-stop shop of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
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    2: One-stop shop of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7

    The Presidency has again, reeled out 28-page of President Muhammadu Buhari’s strides in Oil and gas reforms, Digital economy, Mines and steel development, Agriculture, Education, Health, Creative Industry, Sports and infrastructural development; roads, bridges, rail, air and sea ports, housing, and many others.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president’s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari-led administration on May 29, 2022.
    President Buhari had in May 29, 2015, took the oath of office as President, promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life.
    The seven years milestone, according to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country, and its people.
    Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges, which are being robustly tackled by the government.
    A one-stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done, and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead.
    Nigeria, under Buhari’s watch, has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria’s Independence.
    Under the administration’s Energizing Education, Economies and Agriculture Programmes, the government had so far taken clean and reliable energy (Solar and Gas) to Federal Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Markets and Rural Areas across the country.
    The four Universities completed and commissioned already are, Bayero University Kano ( BUK ), Kano, FUNAI (Ebonyi), ATBU (Bauchi) and FUPRE (Delta), Sabon-Gari Market in Kano, Ariaria Market in Aba, and Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos.
    On National Mass Metering Programme, the Central Bank of Nigeria is providing N200 billion for this, and so far, more than one million meters have been rolled out, in the first phase.
    This first phase generated more than 10,000 new jobs in meter installation and assembly as the nationwide rollout of electricity meters to all on-grid consumers, launched in August 2020.
    The Solar Power Naija (SPN), Launched in April 2021 to deliver 5 million off-grid solar connections, would be impacting more than 20 million Nigerians, and financed through Central Bank of Nigeria loans, as well as through partnerships with NDPHC, NNPC and the NSIA.
    The programme is expected to generate an additional N7 billion increase in tax revenues per annum and $10 million in annual import substitution.
    ”Under Solar Power Naija and NDPHC’s partnership, ASolar is rolling out 100,000 Solar Home Systems across the country, while the NSIA (partnering under SPN) has announced a N10 billion fund for developers, targeting more than 250,000 solar connections.”
    In May 2021, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) announced the planned deployment of solar-powered grids to 200 Primary Health Centres (PHC) and 104 Unity Schools nationwide.
    Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) is a $550 million programme being implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank and African Development Bank. NEP is a combination of subsidies, direct contracts and technical assistance to support Electrification across Nigeria.
    NEP has so far deployed more than 20,000 Standalone Solar Systems (SHS), as well as Solar Hybrid Mini-grids in more than 250 locations across the country.
    The Rural Electrification Fund (REF), created by the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act of 2005, was operationalized by the Buhari Administration in 2016.
    Since 2016, the REF under REA has executed more than N4 billion in projects, with more than N5 billions of Off-Grid (mainly Solar) projects slated to be executed across Nigeria in 2022.
    On the special grid interventions, the Federal Government has many key grid initiatives with more than N125.2 billion budgeted between 2015 to 2021 for TCN, and Development Finance Funding through the likes of World Bank, AFDB, AFD, JICA and others of up to $1.7 billion.
    The Central Bank of Nigeria is also funding $250 million for the rehabilitation of critical interfaces between Transmission and Distribution to increase and stabilize power delivery.
    Additionally, through the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), aka Siemens Power Program, an additional $2.0 billion or more will be invested in the Transmission Grid.
    PPI is a Government-to-Government initiative involving the Governments of Nigeria and Germany, and Siemens AG of Germany, to upgrade and modernize Nigeria’s electricity grid.
    The Contract for the pre-engineering phase of the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) was signed in Feb. 2021, following the 2020 approval for the payment of FGN’s counterpart funding for that phase, while the first set of equipment contract awards were made in Dec. 2021, comprising 10 Mobitra Transformers and 10 Substations.
    In all the PPI will encompass as many as 127 individual Transmission and Distribution projects (Brownfield and Greenfield).
    Other ongoing interventions include 330kV Quad Lines in Alaoji to Onitsha, Delta Power Station to Benin as well as the Kano to Katsina 330kV line (respectively).
    The $200 million Transmission Infrastructure Project, financed by JICA entails the construction of about 200 km of high-voltage transmission lines and a number of high voltage substations, benefiting several communities in the two States.
    Also through a special CBN intervention for Transmission Distribution interfaces, contracts have been awarded for more than 30 Substation Rehabilitations and 1,570MVA transformer capacity upgrades, with 34 critical transformers to be installed or replaced.
    On a Policy level, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has rolled out various policies ranging from a Tariff-Capping Regulation for un-metered customers, to the Eligible Customer Regulations, to the introduction of a Service-based Tariff Regime and CBN oversight of Disco Bank accounts (which has helped improve payment discipline by Discos).
    The Buhari administration has equally recorded tremendous success in the housing sector through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
    The ministry has completed or is completing housing projects in 34 States of Nigeria, under the National Housing Programme, with the support of the State Governments, who provided the land.
    So far more than 5,000 houses are at various stages of completion, and thousands more are planned.
    The Family Homes Fund Limited (FHFL), incorporated by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Sept. 2016, is the implementing agency for the Buhari Administration’s National Social Housing scheme.
    The Fund has now completed more than 13,000 homes across nine States, with another 20,000 commencing building works in 2022. In the process these housing developments have created more than 64,000 direct and indirect jobs.
    The administration has also achieved a lot in the area of digital economy and these include the extension of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) ‘Pioneer Status’ to e-Commerce and software development companies.
    ”Stipulation of N145 per linear meter cap on Highway Right of Way (RoW) for fibre optic cabling, to incentivize investment in rollout.
    ”Launch of new national 5G policy in 2021, and successful licensing of two private companies to rollout 5G nationally. Nigeria’s 5G rollout will commence in August 2022.
    ”Establishment of new National Data Protection Bureau, which is expected to develop “primary legislation for data protection and privacy.”
    ”Launch of new “National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy”, by President Buhari in 2019.
    ‘ ‘Drafting of the Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB), and submission of the draft Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
    – Establishment, in 2021, of a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR).
    ”Ongoing implementation, starting 2021, of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 2 (NICTIB-2) Project.
    ”The goal of NICTIB is to rollout a nationwide fibre infrastructure network.
    ”Ongoing construction of a Tier-4 Data Center in Kano, to join existing infrastructure in Abuja (Tier-3 Data Center) and Enugu (A Disaster Recovery Site). The Kano Data Center is expected to be completed in 2022.”
    The major achievements of the Buhari administration in the area of oil and gas include Buhari’s assent to the Petroleum Industry Act on Aug, 16, 2021.
    This, broke a two-decades-old jinx and is setting the stage for the unprecedented transformation of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
    Under the new Act, the NNPC has transformed into a Limited Liability Company which will be formally unveiled by the President in July 2022.
    The regulatory framework for the sector has also changed, with the establishment of:
    (a) the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and
    (b) the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), which merged the hitherto-existing Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Petroleum Equalization Fund (Management) Board(PEFMB), and the Midstream and Downstream Divisions of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
    The historic Signing Ceremony, in May 2021, of the Execution of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 118 Agreements between NNPC Limited and its Contractor Partners: Shell, Exxon Mobil, TOTAL and NAOC.
    These Agreements settled long-standing disputes that stalled development, and will unlock more than $10 billion of new deep-water investment in Nigeria.
    The Buhari administration has declared this decade the “Decade of Gas.”
    The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Project, the largest domestic gas project in the country.
    Already, the government has secured US$45 million financing from the Islamic Development Bank, for the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Study for the Nigeria–Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project.
    The Agreement for the Pipeline project was signed by the two countries during President Buhari’s State Visit to Morocco in June 2018.
    When completed it will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world, and the second longest pipeline in the world, running across 13 countries, 11 of them in West Africa.
    It’s believed that the successful completion of Nigeria’s first Marginal Field Bid Round in almost 20 years, is expected to raise in excess of half a billion dollars, and open up a new vista of investment in oil and gas.
    ”Launch of National LPG Expansion Programme (including Removal of VAT from the domestic pricing of LPG)
    ”Financial close and signing of contract for NLNG Train 7, which will grow Nigeria’s LNG production capacity by 35 per cent.
    ”Nigeria and Morocco in 2021 signed an agreement to develop a US$1.4 billion multipurpose industrial platform (Ammonia and Di-Ammonium Phosphate production plants) that will utilize Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750,000 tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025.
    ”It will be located in Ikot-Abasi, Akwa-Ibom State.”
    The nation also witnessed the inauguration, in Dec. 2020, of the new NPDC Integrated Gas Handling Facility in Edo, the largest onshore LPG plant in the country, with a processing capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet of gas daily, producing 330 tonnes of LPG, 345 tonnes of propane and 2,600 barrels of condensate, daily.
    The government also established a $350m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, to finance manufacturing, contracts and assets in the oil and gas industry.
    ”The NNPC Limited’s National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) became, in 2022, the first Government organization in West and North Africa to receive the ISO 22301:2019 Certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA.”
    On the financing and investment in the oil and gas, Afreximbank announced in Jan. 2022 that it will assist NNPC Limited to raise $5 billion financing to support investments in Nigeria’s upstream industry, and facilitate expanded energy supply.
    Afrexim also disclosed plans to underwrite $1 billion of the total planned debt.
    ”Final Investment Decision in January 2021 on a 10,000 tonnes per day methanol plant and a 500 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant, being promoted by the NNPC Limited and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), in partnership with the private sector.
    ”The plant is now under construction in Odeama, Brass, Bayelsa State.
    On Policy, Regulatory and Funding Support for the establishment of Modular Refineries across the Niger Delta, the Buhari administration has issued licences for six additional brownfield and greenfield Modular Refinery Projects across the Niger Delta.
    In 2020 President Buhari inaugurated the first phase of the Waltersmith Modular Refinery, in Imo State, and broke ground on Phase 2, which will add 20,000bpd processing capacity.
    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Dec. 21, 2021, handed over a symbolic cheque of N621.24 Billion for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads (totalling 1,800km) across the country, through the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 7 signed by President Buhari in 2019.
    ”Note that this does not mean that NNPC has gone into the business of constructing roads; instead it is financing the construction of roads, through its tax liabilities.”
    It’s also hoped that the launch of the Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimization Programme (NUCOP), would reduce operating expenses through process enhancement and industry collaboration as the overall target is to achieve a $10 or less per barrel production cost.

    (NAN)

  •  The Minister of Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola represented the Comptroller of Works in Kano Ing Yahaya Baba inaugurating a 1 639 km road at the Bayero Kano University on Wednesday The Minister of Public Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola assured Nigerians on Wednesday that they will expect the massive commissioning of the Buhari project before the end of his administration Fashola speaking at the handover of a 1 639 km internal road at Bayero Kano University BUK said that the president had approved the inauguration of several completed projects The minister was represented by the controller of works in Kano state Mr Yahaya Ali This project represents one of the major infrastructure investments to be made in various federal government institutions across the country which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as the engine of economic growth and prosperity he said The minister argued that the Federal Government s projects were visible assets that were proof of what Nigeria s resources are invested in from its earned resources and loans Fashola said the project was part of the Federal Government s intervention in the reconstruction of internal roads He advised those who accuse the government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari of non compliance to listen to some of the comments from the various sectors where this type of intervention has been carried out This is consistent with our progressive ideal of improving the human condition and that process continues here today as we hand over the rehabilitated road to Bayero Kano University he said Fashola said that during construction more than 161 people were employed in the process hence the government s job creation initiatives He expressed the hope that the university will ensure that the asset is used properly and is not abused Bayero Kano University BUK Vice Chancellor Prof Sagir Adamu Abbas said that the Ministry of Public Works and Housing has awarded the contract for the installation of 7 5MVA 33KVA 11KVA and 5 0MVA 33KVA 11KVA to improve energy supply in the institution In addition to all those listed above the ministry has also awarded a contract of more than N400 million for the rehabilitation of more roads within the university and work on which will start very soon Among the paths that the Federal Government is currently building in higher institutions across the country under its special intervention BUK has been one of the main beneficiaries he said Adamu Abbas said that the roads were in poor condition before the intervention but now the roads are being rehabilitated many thanks to the Federal Government and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing for their good work
    Fashola assures Nigerians of massive projects commissioning by Buhari’s Govt
     The Minister of Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola represented the Comptroller of Works in Kano Ing Yahaya Baba inaugurating a 1 639 km road at the Bayero Kano University on Wednesday The Minister of Public Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola assured Nigerians on Wednesday that they will expect the massive commissioning of the Buhari project before the end of his administration Fashola speaking at the handover of a 1 639 km internal road at Bayero Kano University BUK said that the president had approved the inauguration of several completed projects The minister was represented by the controller of works in Kano state Mr Yahaya Ali This project represents one of the major infrastructure investments to be made in various federal government institutions across the country which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as the engine of economic growth and prosperity he said The minister argued that the Federal Government s projects were visible assets that were proof of what Nigeria s resources are invested in from its earned resources and loans Fashola said the project was part of the Federal Government s intervention in the reconstruction of internal roads He advised those who accuse the government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari of non compliance to listen to some of the comments from the various sectors where this type of intervention has been carried out This is consistent with our progressive ideal of improving the human condition and that process continues here today as we hand over the rehabilitated road to Bayero Kano University he said Fashola said that during construction more than 161 people were employed in the process hence the government s job creation initiatives He expressed the hope that the university will ensure that the asset is used properly and is not abused Bayero Kano University BUK Vice Chancellor Prof Sagir Adamu Abbas said that the Ministry of Public Works and Housing has awarded the contract for the installation of 7 5MVA 33KVA 11KVA and 5 0MVA 33KVA 11KVA to improve energy supply in the institution In addition to all those listed above the ministry has also awarded a contract of more than N400 million for the rehabilitation of more roads within the university and work on which will start very soon Among the paths that the Federal Government is currently building in higher institutions across the country under its special intervention BUK has been one of the main beneficiaries he said Adamu Abbas said that the roads were in poor condition before the intervention but now the roads are being rehabilitated many thanks to the Federal Government and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing for their good work
    Fashola assures Nigerians of massive projects commissioning by Buhari’s Govt
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    Fashola assures Nigerians of massive projects commissioning by Buhari’s Govt

    The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, represented the Comptroller of Works in Kano, Ing. Yahaya Baba, inaugurating a 1,639 km road at the Bayero Kano University, on WednesdayThe Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, assured Nigerians on Wednesday that they will expect the massive commissioning of the Buhari project before the end of his administration.Fashola, speaking at the handover of a 1,639 km internal road at Bayero Kano University (BUK), said that the president had approved the inauguration of several completed projects.The minister was represented by the controller of works in Kano state, Mr. Yahaya Ali."This project represents one of the major infrastructure investments to be made in various federal government institutions across the country, which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as the engine of economic growth and prosperity," he said.The minister argued that the Federal Government's projects were visible assets that were proof of what Nigeria's resources are invested in, from its earned resources and loans.Fashola said the project was part of the Federal Government's intervention in the reconstruction of internal roads.He advised those who accuse the government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari of non-compliance to listen to some of the comments from the various sectors where this type of intervention has been carried out.“This is consistent with our progressive ideal of improving the human condition and that process continues here today as we hand over the rehabilitated road to Bayero Kano University,” he said.Fashola said that during construction more than 161 people were employed in the process, hence the government's job creation initiatives.He expressed the hope that the university will ensure that the asset is used properly and is not abused.Bayero Kano University (BUK) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sagir Adamu-Abbas, said that the Ministry of Public Works and Housing has awarded the contract for the installation of 7.5MVA, 33KVA/11KVA and 5.0MVA, 33KVA /11KVA to improve energy supply in the institution.“In addition to all those listed above, the ministry has also awarded a contract of more than N400 million for the rehabilitation of more roads within the university and work on which will start very soon.“Among the paths that the Federal Government is currently building in higher institutions across the country under its special intervention, BUK has been one of the main beneficiaries,” he said.Adamu-Abbas said that the roads were in poor condition before the intervention, but now "the roads are being rehabilitated, many thanks to the Federal Government and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing for their good work."

  •   The MacArthur Foundation has offered scholarships to 221 female students at the Bayero University of Kano BUK to reinforce their interest in Investigative and Data Journalism The Chairman of the Grant Implementation Committee of the MacArthur Foundation School of Communication Prof Umar Pate made this known on the sidelines of the launch of BUK Digital Television in Kano on Tuesday Pate is the former Dean of the institution s Faculty of Communication and current Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Kashere Gombe State The beneficiaries were first grade and master s students who received the support of the scholarship to reinforce their interest in Investigative and Data Journalism he said According to him the foundation has obtained a direct satellite broadcasting license for the station to broadcast in Nigeria and beyond He said that more than 200 journalists had improved their capacity in investigative and data driven journalism through the foundation Pate added that the foundation had encouraged indigenous language broadcasting and media funding through regular workshops In his remarks the President of the MacArthur Foundation Mr John Palfrey described BUK s Department of Mass Communications as one of the best in the world I want to believe that it was the teachers and the students that made it great he said Palfrey said the foundation will continue its support for media gender equality and social justice to ensure a more just and peaceful world We will do everything we can to ensure a more peaceful world I think it is everyone s job to fight against corruption we must invest in gender equality she added The chairman of the foundation expressed the hope that the station will give people an opportunity to understand what is happening in Nigeria and beyond The vice chancellor of the university Prof Sagir Adamu Abbas expressed his gratitude to the foundation for its support of the institution He listed areas of support to include the establishment of the BUK Center for Dryland Agriculture an ICT center and the revision and disaggregation of the national communication studies curriculum Investigative and data journalism courses were incorporated into the new curriculum and nine new careers were created The federal government approved the initiative and all Nigerian universities will adopt and revise the curriculum he said
    MacArthur Foundation offers scholarships to 221 BUK female students
      The MacArthur Foundation has offered scholarships to 221 female students at the Bayero University of Kano BUK to reinforce their interest in Investigative and Data Journalism The Chairman of the Grant Implementation Committee of the MacArthur Foundation School of Communication Prof Umar Pate made this known on the sidelines of the launch of BUK Digital Television in Kano on Tuesday Pate is the former Dean of the institution s Faculty of Communication and current Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Kashere Gombe State The beneficiaries were first grade and master s students who received the support of the scholarship to reinforce their interest in Investigative and Data Journalism he said According to him the foundation has obtained a direct satellite broadcasting license for the station to broadcast in Nigeria and beyond He said that more than 200 journalists had improved their capacity in investigative and data driven journalism through the foundation Pate added that the foundation had encouraged indigenous language broadcasting and media funding through regular workshops In his remarks the President of the MacArthur Foundation Mr John Palfrey described BUK s Department of Mass Communications as one of the best in the world I want to believe that it was the teachers and the students that made it great he said Palfrey said the foundation will continue its support for media gender equality and social justice to ensure a more just and peaceful world We will do everything we can to ensure a more peaceful world I think it is everyone s job to fight against corruption we must invest in gender equality she added The chairman of the foundation expressed the hope that the station will give people an opportunity to understand what is happening in Nigeria and beyond The vice chancellor of the university Prof Sagir Adamu Abbas expressed his gratitude to the foundation for its support of the institution He listed areas of support to include the establishment of the BUK Center for Dryland Agriculture an ICT center and the revision and disaggregation of the national communication studies curriculum Investigative and data journalism courses were incorporated into the new curriculum and nine new careers were created The federal government approved the initiative and all Nigerian universities will adopt and revise the curriculum he said
    MacArthur Foundation offers scholarships to 221 BUK female students
    Education8 months ago

    MacArthur Foundation offers scholarships to 221 BUK female students

    The MacArthur Foundation has offered scholarships to 221 female students at the Bayero University of Kano (BUK), to reinforce their interest in Investigative and Data Journalism.

    The Chairman of the Grant Implementation Committee of the MacArthur Foundation School of Communication, Prof. Umar Pate, made this known on the sidelines of the launch of BUK Digital Television in Kano on Tuesday.

    Pate is the former Dean of the institution's Faculty of Communication and current Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State.

    "The beneficiaries were first-grade and master's students, who received the support of the scholarship to reinforce their interest in Investigative and Data Journalism," he said.

    According to him, the foundation has obtained a direct satellite broadcasting license for the station to broadcast in Nigeria and beyond.

    He said that more than 200 journalists had improved their capacity in investigative and data-driven journalism through the foundation.

    Pate added that the foundation had encouraged indigenous language broadcasting and media funding through regular workshops.

    In his remarks, the President of the MacArthur Foundation, Mr. John Palfrey, described BUK's Department of Mass Communications as one of the best in the world.

    “I want to believe that it was the teachers and the students that made it great,” he said.

    Palfrey said the foundation will continue its support for media, gender equality and social justice to ensure a more just and peaceful world.

    “We will do everything we can to ensure a more peaceful world. I think it is everyone's job to fight against corruption, we must invest in gender equality,” she added.

    The chairman of the foundation expressed the hope that the station will give people an opportunity to understand what is happening in Nigeria and beyond.

    The vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Sagir Adamu-Abbas, expressed his gratitude to the foundation for its support of the institution.

    He listed areas of support to include the establishment of the BUK Center for Dryland Agriculture, an ICT center and the revision and disaggregation of the national communication studies curriculum.

    “Investigative and data journalism courses were incorporated into the new curriculum, and nine new careers were created.

    "The federal government approved the initiative and all Nigerian universities will adopt and revise the curriculum," he said.

  •  The statistics is frightening In the last two decades University teachers have gone on nationw strikes 16 times covering a cumulative period of 51 months Local chapters of their umbrella body the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU have also declared strikes in their respective institutions over local issues some of them dragging through several months On February 14 ASUU embarked on yet another strike this time a warning one that carries a penalty of total shut down if the demands are not met As the one month strike enters the fifth week with anxious students and their parents waiting for the next action a nationwide survey carried out Agency of Nigeria has shown that Nigerians are generally tired of the incessant strikes while many young people are feeling frustrated and losing interest in education While some respondents begged government to strive toward a truce with the lecturers others say that ASUU should consider other ways of dealing with the situation as the strikes had not solved their concerns Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo Deputy National President National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN for instance believes that ASUU and their employers could sort out their differences without making the student the victim The strikes are becoming too worrisome The development does not portray the country in good light before the international community The strikes are making the youth to loose faith in education and consequently take to negative vices that may compromise their future I want to state that this development is dangerous to us as a nation It does not speak well of us as a nation that truly desires accelerated development and transformation Government should tackle this issue It must go down to work and quickly too to revisit whatever demands the lecturers are making I understand that government is saying that it cannot afford to meet the demands of the 2009 agreement entered into with ASUU But in seeking to revisit the agreement there must be genuine commitment toward ensuring a lasting solution He also appealed to ASUU not to shun the meetings called this will not lead us to anywhere All parties should be commited to finding a common ground to the issues so that we can get the children back to the classrooms because it is the parents that bear the brunt of the impasse he said For Prof Rahamon Bello the immediate past Vice Chancellor University of Lagos the strikes are a dangerous trend that has consistently weakened the fulfillment of the hopes aspiration and dreams of the country s youth According to him the development is impacting negatively on every aspect of the country s economy The rate of any nation s ddevelopment is measured of education of its citizens government must make it a priority We cannot be going back and forth on this issue that has been lingering for several years It is bastardizing education in the country It is the reason why some of our children are seeking higher education elsewhere The crisis between Ukraine and Russia has let us into knowing how many of our children are pursuing their studies there You can see how many of our youth have left this country in search of quality education and stable academic calendar Nothing says we cannot achieve that he stated He said however that aggrieved labour unions could go on strike as there could be the need to sanitise the system to create room for better conditions of service The don explained that what the lecturers were agitating for had remained the same except for the salary platform that had to do with IPPIS and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS ASUU may have it s own extremity but it means well for the nation So we don t throw away the ba bath water There is the need to look critically critically into their demands Prof Oluwole Familoni Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Research University of Lagos told that the development would heighten the crave for a short cut to success s youth The dangers inherent in keeping youth at home who ordinary should be in school cannot be overemphasised Again seeking education outside the shores of the country goes along with foreign exchange such trend may not be healthy for country s economy If we fail to fix our system here we drive these youth outside and this may lead us to loosing some of our best brains to these foreign countries Besides our youths may end up with foreign cultures and we loose a lot Let government go back to the drawing board and do the needful to save our system It must also strive to also promise what it can comfortably fulfill It must show sincerely of purpose its words are its bond Reneging in agreement is disturbing and portray the country in bad light The international people we are collaborating with us may no longer have faith in us and you know the implications of such Currently I know there is a move to revisit the issue but I think there must be an acceptable bargain so that we do not fight and run away the deputy vice chancellor stated Also speaking the Principal King s College Lagos Mr Andrew Agada expressed fear that the strikes could plunge the country into further immorality and crimes such as Internet fraud ritual killings and other vices According to him they will also lead to poor academic achievement that will produce half baked graduates while dropout rates will continue to rise Stakeholders in the South East of the country have also expressed deep concern over the debilitating effect of ASUU strikes on education and quality of graduates from the system A cross section of respondents in that geopolitical zone was uimous that a permanent solution should be found interest groups to ensure a stable system that would produce qquality graduates from the nation s universities In Abia a lecturer at the Abia State University Uturu Mr Destiny Isiguzo said the frequent strikes teachers not only halt the academic calendar but threaten the future of the undergraduates Isiguzo a lecturer in the Department of English Language said the impact of strikes could be appreciated when it is realised that students who ought to graduate and proceed for the one year national youth service were usually delayed He further said the development was also affecting the students in terms of job opportunities According to him the delayas continued to elongate students years of stay in the institution beyond their possible year of graduation He said the implication was that some of them ended up exceeding the 30 year ceiling for the national youth service By extension some of them also exceed certain age limit for employment especially in the private sector It is also affecting us as lecturers because apart from making us idle it is affecting us psychologically Don t forget that some of us are also Ph D students in other universities so strikes are also delaying our programmes Isiguzo said A student at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Miss Jennifer Okafor said the frequent strikes had caused her so much pain Okafor recalled how she lost a session due to last year s strike and had almost given up on education I m supposed to be in my 400 level but I m still in 300 level We just started our first semester examination when this warning strike started and now I don t know my fate she lamented A parent Mrs Chinyere Uchendu decried the situation and appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the crisis for the future of the children and education in the country Three of my children are in the university but are now back home doing nothing If this situation is not properly handled most students could lose focus in life and made to indulge in social vices such as internet fraud armed robbery banditry and kidnapping amongst others she cautioned In Imo some respondents blamed the incessant industrial actions poor funding of the universities in the country The Chairman Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO chapter of ASUU Mr Chinedu Ihejirika said that strikes were tools in the hand of the union to press home its demands from the relevant authorities Ihejirika said the Federal Government s inability to keep to aagreements ith the union was largely to blame for the incessant strikes A parent Mrs Patricia Chibuike lamented the negative socio economic and educational impact of persistent strikes on students Chibuike said that strikes usually affected the academic performances and educational foundation of students She wondered how the country could produce top notch graduates that would proffer solutions to the nation s multi faceted challenges with such poor and unstable educational background She appealed to ASUU to put the plight of parents and guardians into consideration and work out a modality to ameliorate the sufferings parents go through to train their children in school On his part Mr Philip Nna the immediate past President Student Union Government Federal Polytechnic Nekede near Owerri urged ASUU to collaborate with student unions to proffer lasting solutions to the incessant strikes According to him this will not only make the students better informed but elicit students understanding and actions that could aid ASUU s negotiation with the government Prof Dennis Aribodor a professor of Public Health Parasitology and former ASUU Chairman Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka described the effect of strikes on the nation as numerous Aribodor said that aside from the nation losing its prime manpower to brain drain it has also lost substantial international research funding The country also loses foreign exchange and experiences naira devaluation due to the chase for foreign currency to pay fees and services abroad The morale of lecturers in service delivery is weakened due to the lack of confidence in the system he said Aribodor further said that students lost time and opportunities to advance themselves side by side their mates outside Nigeria He said that many students forced by ststrikes remain in school above the national youth service 30 year age limit have had to miss the opportunity and experience from the service He said that Nigeria had also lost patronage from foreign students that had wished to study in the country Aribodor said that on the economic side strikes paralyse commercial activities on the campuses According to him food sellers hawkers local transporters business centre operators are all forced to shut down during strikes The youths lose confidence in the system engage in crime and social vices due to idleness he said adding that the situation further vitiates patrotic zeal in them Aribodor said that lecturers try to keep themselves productive during strikes including looking elsewhere for greener pastures Some have even quit teaching for better jobs he said adding that many lecturers lacked job satisfaction due to alleged government s poor attitude to the nation s education Also Dr Henry Duru a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication UNIZIK said that strikes not only disrupt the normal academic calendar but distort family plans He said that he always used the periods of strikes to do some of his non teaching activities such as research and writing of academic papers Meanwhile the leaderships of the union at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike AEFUNAI and Ebonyi State University EBSU have urged Nigerians to prevail on government to address ASUU s concerns They contended that the union s action was in the best interest of the Nigerian students They said that ASUU s demands were geared towards improving the quality of univesity education in the country They also argued that the current action which began on Feb 14 could have been averted if government had done the needful The Acting Chairman of ASUU in EBSU Dr Ikechuku Igwenyi rejected suggestions that ASUU was insensitive to the impact of thier action on students It will amount to historical irresponsibility on our part to sit and watch while the gains of our heroes past are being destroyed Igwenyi said Meanwhile Mr Ewa Chukwumaijem the Coordinator Zone F of S comprising AEFUNAI and EBSU has called for an end to the warning strike to pave the way for dialogue Chukwumaijem said that incessant strikes in public universities were affecting the future of the students He described strikes as ill wind that blows no one good adding that students parents and guardians bear the brunt of ASUU strikes He expressed worry that when eventually ASUU would settle its differences with the federal government students along with parents and guardians would be left to lick their wound According to Chukwumaijem students will end up paying house rent for another session because they pay per session When you pay per session and the strike takes up the session there is no way the landlord will allow you to stay in his property without paying again Again those of us that are about 30 years may not be mobilised for the national youth service It is very painful that a four or five year course would linger from seven to eight years There is no how we can benefit from the strike ASUU should devise better ways to fight for its right while federal government should also learn to honour agreements in the overall interest of the innocent students Chukwumaijem said In Enugu Dr Sam Ugwu lecturer at the Department of Public Administration University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said that lecturers suffered the great impact of ASUU strikes as they were left doing nothing According to Ugwu lecturers are not happy seeing students roaming about simply because government failed to fulfill its agreements with ASUU Nigerians resident in the North West have equally expressed concern over the incessant ASUU strikes with many urging the Federal Government and ASUU to strive to end the impasse in the interest of the innocent students their parents and the nation s future They voiced their concerns in a vox pop conducted Kaduna Kano Katsina Zamfara Sokoto and Kebbi States Mrs Temitope Faseyitan a resident of Kano said that the frequency of ASUU strikes was frustrating both parents and students She said that strikes had made many parents and students to lose confidence in public universities During such actions students become idle making some of them to indulge in all sorts of criminal activities she said A student Yazid Tanko said that strikes always constitute setbacks to their educational pursuit A student who is supposed to graduate in four years will have to spend six years because of the strike we are saddened he said The ASUU Chairman Bayero University Kano chapter Mr Haruna Musa said the only solution to the recurring problem is for government to always honour agreements it entered into with the union While agreeing that such disputes had negative consequences on tertiary education he said but for such industrial actions the story would have been different It is evidently clear that ASUU strike have impacted positively towards the revitalisation and improvement of infrastructure in the universities This has consequently assisted in producing graduates that have the required expertise and skills to contribute towards national development Nigerians should remember that it was the 1992 ASUU strike that brought the Education Trust Fund ETF it is purely a brain child of ASUU which subsequently metamorphosed to Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETfund It is the major educational intervention agency in Nigeria he said The Chairman also said that during strikes lecturers engage in both individual and group research as part of their contributions towards national development During the 2020 strike ASUU members in BUK developed an automatic ventilator machine and produced hand sanitizers for our local communities to help in the fight against COVID 19 pandemic he claimed In Zamfara parents are urging government and ASUU to consider the plight of parents and students and resolve their differences through dialogue They told in Gusau that they were fed up with the recurring impasse between ASUU and government Alhaji Abba Abubakar a parent regretted that wards were being made to bear the consequences of strike actions noting that most government officials and political office holders had options of sending their wards to study abroad In his contribution the Director Quality Assurance Zamfara Ministry of Education Kabiru Magami said that ASUU strikes were always a serious set back to education The matter is beyond the Federal Government and ASUU everyone must put hands on deck towards resolving the issues as the consequences can affect the unity peace and security of the nation he said Mikailu Abdullah a final year student in the Department of Biological Sciences Federal University Gusau has also expressed concern over the strikes that were stagnating our future COVID 19 and previous industrial actions set us back as we were supposed to complete our four years degree programme last year Now with this strike again no one knows when we shall graduate he lamented In Kaduna some lecturers said the ongoing industrial action was the only option left that would force government fulfill its pledges Mr Peter Adamu Chairman of ASUU Kaduna State University KASU Chapter said the union had exhausted all other options before deciding to use the strike action Nigeria is blessed with very qualitative lecturers but the facilities are not available which affects us negatively he said According to him lecturers engage in three activities namely teaching research and community service adding that the strike action will affect the teaching job only In Sokoto State parents say the frequent strikes have placed additional burden on them and heightened the challenges of insecurity in the country Malam Muhammadu Shehu a farmer described the situation as a disaster as idle students could take to all sorts of unwholesome activities Also speaking to Malam Saidu Mainasara a primary school teacher said that the strikes had continued to discourage both the students and their parents On the part of the students the action taken the production of half baked graduates that are not qualified to handle tasks assigned to them On the part of parents we are not getting any younger and our ficial capacity to handle payment of fees is gradually diminishing he said Students of University of Jos have also appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to find a common ground toward ending the incessant strikes in the universities They made the appeal while reacting to the ongoing strike embarked upon The students urged the duo to return to the negotiating table with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issues Miss Edlyn Pam a 400 level student of Mass Communication decried the incessant strikes saying that they had constituted a stumbling block to her academic journey She regretted that the strikes delayed her graduation noting that academic calendars in public universities were no longer predictable I have spent six years pursuing a course I should have completed in four years I m not even sure when I m going to graduate I will be graduating I may be above 30 years old and will not be eligible to go for the National Youth Service Corps NYSC So I m pleading with the gederal government and ASUU to reach a sincere agreement so as to ssave he future of university education in the country she appealed Another student Kwaptoe Fred said that both the ASUU and the federal government should be sensitive to the plights of students He called on both parties to sheathe their sswords in the interest of future generation which he said is currently bleak because of frequent strikes by lecturers To me the demands of ASUU are genuine but their approach to the whole thing sometimes looks wrong They say that when two elephants fight the ground becomes the victims the students in this case are the victims So we are appealing to both the ASUU and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table and find a common ground for the sake of future generation Fred appealed But the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University IBBU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Lapai Niger has said that the series of nationwide strike would bring about qualitative tertiary education for the country Dr Kudu Dangana Chairman ASUU IBBU Lapai told that the situation might have some negative effects on the students but not going on strike will be worse for them If we don t act government will completely abandon its responsibility of funding tertiary education The situation in tertiary schools will be like what we have in public primary and secondary schools in the country he said The public perception of the strikes is the same in the South South of the country with residents regretted the negative effects on all strata of the society Mr Patrick Titus a parent said that ASUU s strikes were largely to blame for the myriad of vices commited He said that strikes also hurt parents economically as they were forced to pay double school and accommodation fees As a parent if your son is to do a four year course you budget for the period But with the incessant strikes there is no guarantee that a four years programme will not extend to six years with the attendant consequences he said The President Students Union Government SUG University of Uyo Mr Wisdom Emmanuel said that incessant strikes ASUU over the years had crippled educational system in the country Emmanuel said that because of strikes students were no longer sure of the duration of their academic programmes He said the menace had pushed some students into crimes and made some others loose interest in education opting to pursue other forms of trade for quick money As you know an idle mind is a devil s workshop During strike students use the opportunity to engage on things they shouldn t do he said A 300 level student of English and Literature at the University of Benin El Shaddai Chinedu said that ASUU strikes were lowering the quality of graduates The school has just resumed and the course outlines have not been released When we are eventually called back everything will be rushed and we will be under undue pressure he fumed UNIBEN SUG President Foster Amadin said many students would find it difficult to easily settle for academic activities when the strike is eventually called off We don t need more frustration We are tired of being frustrated We are only begging let s go back to our classes and resume lectures A lecturer at the University of Abuja Mr Tobechukwu Ogueze regretted that ASUU strikes had promoted the establishment of expensive private institutions of learning across the country The effect is that standards will fall because some of these private universities are not properly regulated Many Nigerian students are held up in war thorn Ukraine Most of them have made their ways to Hungary Poland and other European countries Some of them don t want to come back to Nigeria because ir is ASUU strikes that will welcome them he said A civil servant and parent in Asaba Mr Ilevare Akhimie said that frequent strikes devastating effect on the nation s educational sector The effect of strike is manifested in the work place graduates employed into the public and private sectors are unable to defend their certificates Many lecturers are engaged in teaching in private universities while others are engaged in other form of business to get the family going Unending strikes have made our students and young generation loss hope in our educational sector unlike in some Africa countries he said Miss Ijeoma Ebiti a computer scientist in Festus Ajuru University said that ducation was the engine that drives economic and technological development of any nation and should not be allowed to suffer Our leaders should give education its pride of place in order to move this country forward he said Bunmi Harry a final year student of the Department of Economics Rivers State University urged the Federal Government to resolve its issues with ASUU to enable the striking lecturers to return to class According to her the frequent strikes have made many students lose interest in pursuing their studies On his part Dr Williams Wodi a lecturer and member of ASUU in UNIPORT said the negative effect of the strikes was that more Nigerians would continue to send their children to study in foreign countries Wodi disclosed that data made available in 2017 showed that parents spent about N82 billion to educate their children in Ghanaian universities alone This excludes the several other countries where Nigerian students go to study The quality of education in those nations may not even be as good as it is in Nigeria but the signal this creates to the international community is that our education system is inferior he said Stakeholders in the North East have also expressed disdain over incessant strikes ASUU and described it as major set back in Nigeria s quest for development Some of them told in Adamawa Bauchi Borno Gombe Jigawa and Yobe States that the trend was disturbing as it exposes students to examination malpractice drug abuse crimes and social vices Usman Ibrahim a student in Maiduguri said the nagging industrial action deny education to the youths and exposes them to poverty and vices Mercy Yohanna and Abdulrasheed Musa also students said the incessant strike often results to poor quality of graduates being produced in the country Similarly Usman Wali President Students Union Government Yobe State University described strikes as causing sadness frustration and hopelessness especially among final year students The state of despair and idleness caused always tempt students to engage in drug abuse with the hope of forgetting about their predicament It is a common knowledge that crime rate among students increases during strike because of prolong idleness and peer influence Wali noted that apart from delaying graduation of students frequent strikes undermined quality of degrees as students were rushed through lectures to meet deadlines each time the action called off On his part Dr Aliyu Tilde Bauchi State Commissioner for Education has dismissed the strike as unnecessary considering its negative consequences on students and delivery of quality education He said that strikes retard the progress of education research and scholarship in the country Nigerians resident in the South West have also decried the incessant strikes in the nation s tertiary education system saying that the trend had negative impact on all sectors of life One such resident is the Vice Chancellor Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE Prof Abayomi Fasina who warned that incessant strikes destroying standards of education Fasina urged ASUU and the federal government to engage in peaceful dialogue on how to avert strikes in the overall interest of the country s image and future of students He noted that FUOYE had an academic calendar to ensure that students finished their course work and graduate as scheduled But with the current strike the free flow of academic activities has been altered Honestly strike is not good for the future of the children and the university system itself because it will have adverse effects on the standard of education and delay the academics of the students In private univeristies there is nothing like strike the students enjoy free flow of academic activities and will all graduate in record time without having to wait for their colleagues in public universities In developed countries there is nothing like strike this has really promoted their education sector to enviable heights Their students steady academic activities without delay or break but in Nigeria the reverse is the case Prof Femi Omotosho a lecturer in the Department of Political Science Ekiti State University EKSU opined that it was high time for ASUU members to devise other means rather than industrial action to press home their demands for improved welfare package from government If you deployed a system to get result for a very long time and it does not seem to be working courtesy demands that you restrategise go back to the drawing board and explore other means In this circumstances the system adopted is not working and negatively impacting on the system as well as future of our country he said While acknowledging that the welfare and wellbeing of workers remained paramount achieving that objective should not be to the detriment of the system itself There is need to evolve a new effective model of promoting workers interests without necessarily disrupting totally the productive sector of the economy or paralyse the activities of the institutions he said Mr Adedapo Julius a civil servant said that parents were the most affected when lecturers abandon the classes When strikes start our plans for the future of our children are literally being shattered When these children are at home you can see that they are not happy it saddens the heart to see your children unhappy It is during this time that some youths venture into some other businesses and eventually dump their academic pursuit because they found a faster way to secure a better future he said In Ibadan Oyo State Ms Delayo Ojo a student of the University of Ibadan said that strikes in the sector only add to the number of years scheduled for students to complete their studies You can t say you have a plan for education in Nigeria especially when you enroll for a four year course in tertiary institutions most likely you will use like five to six years I had no carry over yet I used almost six years for a four year course just because of ASUU strike I also used three years for my Master Programme instead of 18 months owing to ASUU strike she said Ojo said that many students had dropped out of schools especially those on study leave granted them they are halfway and yet to conclude their programmes due to strike they will have to return to their offices Mr Akin AbAboluwade a parent has blamed the selfishness of ASUU for the unending strikes Aboluwade opined that not all issues should end up in strikes
    Nigerians tired, youths losing interest in education– Survey
     The statistics is frightening In the last two decades University teachers have gone on nationw strikes 16 times covering a cumulative period of 51 months Local chapters of their umbrella body the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU have also declared strikes in their respective institutions over local issues some of them dragging through several months On February 14 ASUU embarked on yet another strike this time a warning one that carries a penalty of total shut down if the demands are not met As the one month strike enters the fifth week with anxious students and their parents waiting for the next action a nationwide survey carried out Agency of Nigeria has shown that Nigerians are generally tired of the incessant strikes while many young people are feeling frustrated and losing interest in education While some respondents begged government to strive toward a truce with the lecturers others say that ASUU should consider other ways of dealing with the situation as the strikes had not solved their concerns Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo Deputy National President National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN for instance believes that ASUU and their employers could sort out their differences without making the student the victim The strikes are becoming too worrisome The development does not portray the country in good light before the international community The strikes are making the youth to loose faith in education and consequently take to negative vices that may compromise their future I want to state that this development is dangerous to us as a nation It does not speak well of us as a nation that truly desires accelerated development and transformation Government should tackle this issue It must go down to work and quickly too to revisit whatever demands the lecturers are making I understand that government is saying that it cannot afford to meet the demands of the 2009 agreement entered into with ASUU But in seeking to revisit the agreement there must be genuine commitment toward ensuring a lasting solution He also appealed to ASUU not to shun the meetings called this will not lead us to anywhere All parties should be commited to finding a common ground to the issues so that we can get the children back to the classrooms because it is the parents that bear the brunt of the impasse he said For Prof Rahamon Bello the immediate past Vice Chancellor University of Lagos the strikes are a dangerous trend that has consistently weakened the fulfillment of the hopes aspiration and dreams of the country s youth According to him the development is impacting negatively on every aspect of the country s economy The rate of any nation s ddevelopment is measured of education of its citizens government must make it a priority We cannot be going back and forth on this issue that has been lingering for several years It is bastardizing education in the country It is the reason why some of our children are seeking higher education elsewhere The crisis between Ukraine and Russia has let us into knowing how many of our children are pursuing their studies there You can see how many of our youth have left this country in search of quality education and stable academic calendar Nothing says we cannot achieve that he stated He said however that aggrieved labour unions could go on strike as there could be the need to sanitise the system to create room for better conditions of service The don explained that what the lecturers were agitating for had remained the same except for the salary platform that had to do with IPPIS and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS ASUU may have it s own extremity but it means well for the nation So we don t throw away the ba bath water There is the need to look critically critically into their demands Prof Oluwole Familoni Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Research University of Lagos told that the development would heighten the crave for a short cut to success s youth The dangers inherent in keeping youth at home who ordinary should be in school cannot be overemphasised Again seeking education outside the shores of the country goes along with foreign exchange such trend may not be healthy for country s economy If we fail to fix our system here we drive these youth outside and this may lead us to loosing some of our best brains to these foreign countries Besides our youths may end up with foreign cultures and we loose a lot Let government go back to the drawing board and do the needful to save our system It must also strive to also promise what it can comfortably fulfill It must show sincerely of purpose its words are its bond Reneging in agreement is disturbing and portray the country in bad light The international people we are collaborating with us may no longer have faith in us and you know the implications of such Currently I know there is a move to revisit the issue but I think there must be an acceptable bargain so that we do not fight and run away the deputy vice chancellor stated Also speaking the Principal King s College Lagos Mr Andrew Agada expressed fear that the strikes could plunge the country into further immorality and crimes such as Internet fraud ritual killings and other vices According to him they will also lead to poor academic achievement that will produce half baked graduates while dropout rates will continue to rise Stakeholders in the South East of the country have also expressed deep concern over the debilitating effect of ASUU strikes on education and quality of graduates from the system A cross section of respondents in that geopolitical zone was uimous that a permanent solution should be found interest groups to ensure a stable system that would produce qquality graduates from the nation s universities In Abia a lecturer at the Abia State University Uturu Mr Destiny Isiguzo said the frequent strikes teachers not only halt the academic calendar but threaten the future of the undergraduates Isiguzo a lecturer in the Department of English Language said the impact of strikes could be appreciated when it is realised that students who ought to graduate and proceed for the one year national youth service were usually delayed He further said the development was also affecting the students in terms of job opportunities According to him the delayas continued to elongate students years of stay in the institution beyond their possible year of graduation He said the implication was that some of them ended up exceeding the 30 year ceiling for the national youth service By extension some of them also exceed certain age limit for employment especially in the private sector It is also affecting us as lecturers because apart from making us idle it is affecting us psychologically Don t forget that some of us are also Ph D students in other universities so strikes are also delaying our programmes Isiguzo said A student at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Miss Jennifer Okafor said the frequent strikes had caused her so much pain Okafor recalled how she lost a session due to last year s strike and had almost given up on education I m supposed to be in my 400 level but I m still in 300 level We just started our first semester examination when this warning strike started and now I don t know my fate she lamented A parent Mrs Chinyere Uchendu decried the situation and appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the crisis for the future of the children and education in the country Three of my children are in the university but are now back home doing nothing If this situation is not properly handled most students could lose focus in life and made to indulge in social vices such as internet fraud armed robbery banditry and kidnapping amongst others she cautioned In Imo some respondents blamed the incessant industrial actions poor funding of the universities in the country The Chairman Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO chapter of ASUU Mr Chinedu Ihejirika said that strikes were tools in the hand of the union to press home its demands from the relevant authorities Ihejirika said the Federal Government s inability to keep to aagreements ith the union was largely to blame for the incessant strikes A parent Mrs Patricia Chibuike lamented the negative socio economic and educational impact of persistent strikes on students Chibuike said that strikes usually affected the academic performances and educational foundation of students She wondered how the country could produce top notch graduates that would proffer solutions to the nation s multi faceted challenges with such poor and unstable educational background She appealed to ASUU to put the plight of parents and guardians into consideration and work out a modality to ameliorate the sufferings parents go through to train their children in school On his part Mr Philip Nna the immediate past President Student Union Government Federal Polytechnic Nekede near Owerri urged ASUU to collaborate with student unions to proffer lasting solutions to the incessant strikes According to him this will not only make the students better informed but elicit students understanding and actions that could aid ASUU s negotiation with the government Prof Dennis Aribodor a professor of Public Health Parasitology and former ASUU Chairman Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka described the effect of strikes on the nation as numerous Aribodor said that aside from the nation losing its prime manpower to brain drain it has also lost substantial international research funding The country also loses foreign exchange and experiences naira devaluation due to the chase for foreign currency to pay fees and services abroad The morale of lecturers in service delivery is weakened due to the lack of confidence in the system he said Aribodor further said that students lost time and opportunities to advance themselves side by side their mates outside Nigeria He said that many students forced by ststrikes remain in school above the national youth service 30 year age limit have had to miss the opportunity and experience from the service He said that Nigeria had also lost patronage from foreign students that had wished to study in the country Aribodor said that on the economic side strikes paralyse commercial activities on the campuses According to him food sellers hawkers local transporters business centre operators are all forced to shut down during strikes The youths lose confidence in the system engage in crime and social vices due to idleness he said adding that the situation further vitiates patrotic zeal in them Aribodor said that lecturers try to keep themselves productive during strikes including looking elsewhere for greener pastures Some have even quit teaching for better jobs he said adding that many lecturers lacked job satisfaction due to alleged government s poor attitude to the nation s education Also Dr Henry Duru a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication UNIZIK said that strikes not only disrupt the normal academic calendar but distort family plans He said that he always used the periods of strikes to do some of his non teaching activities such as research and writing of academic papers Meanwhile the leaderships of the union at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike AEFUNAI and Ebonyi State University EBSU have urged Nigerians to prevail on government to address ASUU s concerns They contended that the union s action was in the best interest of the Nigerian students They said that ASUU s demands were geared towards improving the quality of univesity education in the country They also argued that the current action which began on Feb 14 could have been averted if government had done the needful The Acting Chairman of ASUU in EBSU Dr Ikechuku Igwenyi rejected suggestions that ASUU was insensitive to the impact of thier action on students It will amount to historical irresponsibility on our part to sit and watch while the gains of our heroes past are being destroyed Igwenyi said Meanwhile Mr Ewa Chukwumaijem the Coordinator Zone F of S comprising AEFUNAI and EBSU has called for an end to the warning strike to pave the way for dialogue Chukwumaijem said that incessant strikes in public universities were affecting the future of the students He described strikes as ill wind that blows no one good adding that students parents and guardians bear the brunt of ASUU strikes He expressed worry that when eventually ASUU would settle its differences with the federal government students along with parents and guardians would be left to lick their wound According to Chukwumaijem students will end up paying house rent for another session because they pay per session When you pay per session and the strike takes up the session there is no way the landlord will allow you to stay in his property without paying again Again those of us that are about 30 years may not be mobilised for the national youth service It is very painful that a four or five year course would linger from seven to eight years There is no how we can benefit from the strike ASUU should devise better ways to fight for its right while federal government should also learn to honour agreements in the overall interest of the innocent students Chukwumaijem said In Enugu Dr Sam Ugwu lecturer at the Department of Public Administration University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said that lecturers suffered the great impact of ASUU strikes as they were left doing nothing According to Ugwu lecturers are not happy seeing students roaming about simply because government failed to fulfill its agreements with ASUU Nigerians resident in the North West have equally expressed concern over the incessant ASUU strikes with many urging the Federal Government and ASUU to strive to end the impasse in the interest of the innocent students their parents and the nation s future They voiced their concerns in a vox pop conducted Kaduna Kano Katsina Zamfara Sokoto and Kebbi States Mrs Temitope Faseyitan a resident of Kano said that the frequency of ASUU strikes was frustrating both parents and students She said that strikes had made many parents and students to lose confidence in public universities During such actions students become idle making some of them to indulge in all sorts of criminal activities she said A student Yazid Tanko said that strikes always constitute setbacks to their educational pursuit A student who is supposed to graduate in four years will have to spend six years because of the strike we are saddened he said The ASUU Chairman Bayero University Kano chapter Mr Haruna Musa said the only solution to the recurring problem is for government to always honour agreements it entered into with the union While agreeing that such disputes had negative consequences on tertiary education he said but for such industrial actions the story would have been different It is evidently clear that ASUU strike have impacted positively towards the revitalisation and improvement of infrastructure in the universities This has consequently assisted in producing graduates that have the required expertise and skills to contribute towards national development Nigerians should remember that it was the 1992 ASUU strike that brought the Education Trust Fund ETF it is purely a brain child of ASUU which subsequently metamorphosed to Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETfund It is the major educational intervention agency in Nigeria he said The Chairman also said that during strikes lecturers engage in both individual and group research as part of their contributions towards national development During the 2020 strike ASUU members in BUK developed an automatic ventilator machine and produced hand sanitizers for our local communities to help in the fight against COVID 19 pandemic he claimed In Zamfara parents are urging government and ASUU to consider the plight of parents and students and resolve their differences through dialogue They told in Gusau that they were fed up with the recurring impasse between ASUU and government Alhaji Abba Abubakar a parent regretted that wards were being made to bear the consequences of strike actions noting that most government officials and political office holders had options of sending their wards to study abroad In his contribution the Director Quality Assurance Zamfara Ministry of Education Kabiru Magami said that ASUU strikes were always a serious set back to education The matter is beyond the Federal Government and ASUU everyone must put hands on deck towards resolving the issues as the consequences can affect the unity peace and security of the nation he said Mikailu Abdullah a final year student in the Department of Biological Sciences Federal University Gusau has also expressed concern over the strikes that were stagnating our future COVID 19 and previous industrial actions set us back as we were supposed to complete our four years degree programme last year Now with this strike again no one knows when we shall graduate he lamented In Kaduna some lecturers said the ongoing industrial action was the only option left that would force government fulfill its pledges Mr Peter Adamu Chairman of ASUU Kaduna State University KASU Chapter said the union had exhausted all other options before deciding to use the strike action Nigeria is blessed with very qualitative lecturers but the facilities are not available which affects us negatively he said According to him lecturers engage in three activities namely teaching research and community service adding that the strike action will affect the teaching job only In Sokoto State parents say the frequent strikes have placed additional burden on them and heightened the challenges of insecurity in the country Malam Muhammadu Shehu a farmer described the situation as a disaster as idle students could take to all sorts of unwholesome activities Also speaking to Malam Saidu Mainasara a primary school teacher said that the strikes had continued to discourage both the students and their parents On the part of the students the action taken the production of half baked graduates that are not qualified to handle tasks assigned to them On the part of parents we are not getting any younger and our ficial capacity to handle payment of fees is gradually diminishing he said Students of University of Jos have also appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to find a common ground toward ending the incessant strikes in the universities They made the appeal while reacting to the ongoing strike embarked upon The students urged the duo to return to the negotiating table with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issues Miss Edlyn Pam a 400 level student of Mass Communication decried the incessant strikes saying that they had constituted a stumbling block to her academic journey She regretted that the strikes delayed her graduation noting that academic calendars in public universities were no longer predictable I have spent six years pursuing a course I should have completed in four years I m not even sure when I m going to graduate I will be graduating I may be above 30 years old and will not be eligible to go for the National Youth Service Corps NYSC So I m pleading with the gederal government and ASUU to reach a sincere agreement so as to ssave he future of university education in the country she appealed Another student Kwaptoe Fred said that both the ASUU and the federal government should be sensitive to the plights of students He called on both parties to sheathe their sswords in the interest of future generation which he said is currently bleak because of frequent strikes by lecturers To me the demands of ASUU are genuine but their approach to the whole thing sometimes looks wrong They say that when two elephants fight the ground becomes the victims the students in this case are the victims So we are appealing to both the ASUU and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table and find a common ground for the sake of future generation Fred appealed But the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University IBBU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Lapai Niger has said that the series of nationwide strike would bring about qualitative tertiary education for the country Dr Kudu Dangana Chairman ASUU IBBU Lapai told that the situation might have some negative effects on the students but not going on strike will be worse for them If we don t act government will completely abandon its responsibility of funding tertiary education The situation in tertiary schools will be like what we have in public primary and secondary schools in the country he said The public perception of the strikes is the same in the South South of the country with residents regretted the negative effects on all strata of the society Mr Patrick Titus a parent said that ASUU s strikes were largely to blame for the myriad of vices commited He said that strikes also hurt parents economically as they were forced to pay double school and accommodation fees As a parent if your son is to do a four year course you budget for the period But with the incessant strikes there is no guarantee that a four years programme will not extend to six years with the attendant consequences he said The President Students Union Government SUG University of Uyo Mr Wisdom Emmanuel said that incessant strikes ASUU over the years had crippled educational system in the country Emmanuel said that because of strikes students were no longer sure of the duration of their academic programmes He said the menace had pushed some students into crimes and made some others loose interest in education opting to pursue other forms of trade for quick money As you know an idle mind is a devil s workshop During strike students use the opportunity to engage on things they shouldn t do he said A 300 level student of English and Literature at the University of Benin El Shaddai Chinedu said that ASUU strikes were lowering the quality of graduates The school has just resumed and the course outlines have not been released When we are eventually called back everything will be rushed and we will be under undue pressure he fumed UNIBEN SUG President Foster Amadin said many students would find it difficult to easily settle for academic activities when the strike is eventually called off We don t need more frustration We are tired of being frustrated We are only begging let s go back to our classes and resume lectures A lecturer at the University of Abuja Mr Tobechukwu Ogueze regretted that ASUU strikes had promoted the establishment of expensive private institutions of learning across the country The effect is that standards will fall because some of these private universities are not properly regulated Many Nigerian students are held up in war thorn Ukraine Most of them have made their ways to Hungary Poland and other European countries Some of them don t want to come back to Nigeria because ir is ASUU strikes that will welcome them he said A civil servant and parent in Asaba Mr Ilevare Akhimie said that frequent strikes devastating effect on the nation s educational sector The effect of strike is manifested in the work place graduates employed into the public and private sectors are unable to defend their certificates Many lecturers are engaged in teaching in private universities while others are engaged in other form of business to get the family going Unending strikes have made our students and young generation loss hope in our educational sector unlike in some Africa countries he said Miss Ijeoma Ebiti a computer scientist in Festus Ajuru University said that ducation was the engine that drives economic and technological development of any nation and should not be allowed to suffer Our leaders should give education its pride of place in order to move this country forward he said Bunmi Harry a final year student of the Department of Economics Rivers State University urged the Federal Government to resolve its issues with ASUU to enable the striking lecturers to return to class According to her the frequent strikes have made many students lose interest in pursuing their studies On his part Dr Williams Wodi a lecturer and member of ASUU in UNIPORT said the negative effect of the strikes was that more Nigerians would continue to send their children to study in foreign countries Wodi disclosed that data made available in 2017 showed that parents spent about N82 billion to educate their children in Ghanaian universities alone This excludes the several other countries where Nigerian students go to study The quality of education in those nations may not even be as good as it is in Nigeria but the signal this creates to the international community is that our education system is inferior he said Stakeholders in the North East have also expressed disdain over incessant strikes ASUU and described it as major set back in Nigeria s quest for development Some of them told in Adamawa Bauchi Borno Gombe Jigawa and Yobe States that the trend was disturbing as it exposes students to examination malpractice drug abuse crimes and social vices Usman Ibrahim a student in Maiduguri said the nagging industrial action deny education to the youths and exposes them to poverty and vices Mercy Yohanna and Abdulrasheed Musa also students said the incessant strike often results to poor quality of graduates being produced in the country Similarly Usman Wali President Students Union Government Yobe State University described strikes as causing sadness frustration and hopelessness especially among final year students The state of despair and idleness caused always tempt students to engage in drug abuse with the hope of forgetting about their predicament It is a common knowledge that crime rate among students increases during strike because of prolong idleness and peer influence Wali noted that apart from delaying graduation of students frequent strikes undermined quality of degrees as students were rushed through lectures to meet deadlines each time the action called off On his part Dr Aliyu Tilde Bauchi State Commissioner for Education has dismissed the strike as unnecessary considering its negative consequences on students and delivery of quality education He said that strikes retard the progress of education research and scholarship in the country Nigerians resident in the South West have also decried the incessant strikes in the nation s tertiary education system saying that the trend had negative impact on all sectors of life One such resident is the Vice Chancellor Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE Prof Abayomi Fasina who warned that incessant strikes destroying standards of education Fasina urged ASUU and the federal government to engage in peaceful dialogue on how to avert strikes in the overall interest of the country s image and future of students He noted that FUOYE had an academic calendar to ensure that students finished their course work and graduate as scheduled But with the current strike the free flow of academic activities has been altered Honestly strike is not good for the future of the children and the university system itself because it will have adverse effects on the standard of education and delay the academics of the students In private univeristies there is nothing like strike the students enjoy free flow of academic activities and will all graduate in record time without having to wait for their colleagues in public universities In developed countries there is nothing like strike this has really promoted their education sector to enviable heights Their students steady academic activities without delay or break but in Nigeria the reverse is the case Prof Femi Omotosho a lecturer in the Department of Political Science Ekiti State University EKSU opined that it was high time for ASUU members to devise other means rather than industrial action to press home their demands for improved welfare package from government If you deployed a system to get result for a very long time and it does not seem to be working courtesy demands that you restrategise go back to the drawing board and explore other means In this circumstances the system adopted is not working and negatively impacting on the system as well as future of our country he said While acknowledging that the welfare and wellbeing of workers remained paramount achieving that objective should not be to the detriment of the system itself There is need to evolve a new effective model of promoting workers interests without necessarily disrupting totally the productive sector of the economy or paralyse the activities of the institutions he said Mr Adedapo Julius a civil servant said that parents were the most affected when lecturers abandon the classes When strikes start our plans for the future of our children are literally being shattered When these children are at home you can see that they are not happy it saddens the heart to see your children unhappy It is during this time that some youths venture into some other businesses and eventually dump their academic pursuit because they found a faster way to secure a better future he said In Ibadan Oyo State Ms Delayo Ojo a student of the University of Ibadan said that strikes in the sector only add to the number of years scheduled for students to complete their studies You can t say you have a plan for education in Nigeria especially when you enroll for a four year course in tertiary institutions most likely you will use like five to six years I had no carry over yet I used almost six years for a four year course just because of ASUU strike I also used three years for my Master Programme instead of 18 months owing to ASUU strike she said Ojo said that many students had dropped out of schools especially those on study leave granted them they are halfway and yet to conclude their programmes due to strike they will have to return to their offices Mr Akin AbAboluwade a parent has blamed the selfishness of ASUU for the unending strikes Aboluwade opined that not all issues should end up in strikes
    Nigerians tired, youths losing interest in education– Survey
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    Nigerians tired, youths losing interest in education– Survey

    The statistics is frightening. In the last two decades, University teachers have gone on nationw strikes 16 times covering a cumulative period of 51 months.Local chapters of their umbrella body, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have also declared strikes in their respective institutions over local issues, some of them dragging through several months.On February 14, ASUU embarked on yet another strike, this time a warning one that carries a penalty of “total shut down” if the demands are not met.As the one month strike enters the fifth week, with anxious students and their parents waiting for the next action, a nationwide survey carried out Agency of Nigeria has shown that Nigerians are generally tired of the incessant strikes while many young people are feeling frustrated and losing interest in education.While some respondents begged government to strive toward a truce with the lecturers, others say that ASUU should consider other ways of dealing with the situation as the strikes had not solved their concerns.Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, Deputy National President, National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), for instance, believes that ASUU and their employers could sort out their differences without making the student the victim.“The strikes are becoming too worrisome. The development does not portray the country in good light  before the international community.“The strikes are making the youth to loose faith in education and consequently take to negative vices that may compromise their future.“I want to state that this development is dangerous to us as a nation.“It does not speak well of us as a nation that truly desires accelerated development and transformation.“Government should tackle this issue. It must go down to work, and quickly too, to revisit whatever demands the lecturers are making.“I understand that government is saying that it cannot afford to meet the demands of the 2009 agreement entered into, , with ASUU. But in seeking to revisit the agreement, there must be genuine commitment toward ensuring a lasting solution.”He also appealed to ASUU not to shun the meetings called “this will not lead us to anywhere”.“All parties should be commited to finding a common ground to the issues so that we can get the children back to the classrooms because it is the parents that bear the brunt of the impasse,” he said.For Prof. Rahamon Bello, the immediate past Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, the strikes are “a dangerous trend that has consistently weakened the fulfillment of the hopes, aspiration and dreams of the country’s youth”.According to him, the development is impacting negatively on every aspect of the country’s economy.“The rate of any nation’s ddevelopment is measured of education of its citizens; government must make it a priority.“We cannot be going back and forth on this issue that has been lingering for several years. It is bastardizing education in the country.“It is the reason why some of our children are seeking higher education elsewhere. The crisis between Ukraine and Russia has let us into knowing how many of our children are pursuing their studies there.“You can see how many of our youth have left this country in search of quality education and stable academic calendar. Nothing says we cannot achieve that,” he stated.He said, however, that aggrieved labour unions could go on strike as there could be the need to sanitise the system to create room for better conditions of service.The don explained that what the lecturers were agitating for had remained the same except for the salary platform that had to do with IPPIS and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).“ASUU may have it’s own extremity but it means well for the nation. So we don’t throw away the ba bath water. There is the need to look critically critically into their demands.”Prof. Oluwole Familoni, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Research, University of Lagos, told that the development would heighten the crave for a short cut to success ’s youth.“The dangers inherent in keeping youth at home, who ordinary should be in school, cannot be overemphasised.“Again, seeking education outside the shores of the country goes along with foreign exchange, such trend may not be healthy for country’s economy.“If we fail to fix our system here, we drive these youth outside and this may lead us to loosing some of our best brains to these foreign countries. Besides, our youths may end up  with foreign cultures and we loose a lot.“Let government go back to the drawing board and do the needful to save our system. It must also strive to also promise what it can comfortably fulfill.“It must show sincerely of purpose its words are its bond. Reneging in agreement is disturbing and portray the country in bad light. The international people we are collaborating with us may no longer have faith in us and you know the implications of such.“Currently, I know there is a move to revisit the issue, but I think there must be an acceptable bargain so that we do not fight and run away,” the deputy vice chancellor stated.Also speaking, the Principal, King’s College, Lagos, Mr Andrew Agada, expressed fear that the strikes could plunge the country into further immorality and crimes such as Internet fraud, ritual killings and other vices.According to him, they will also lead to poor academic achievement that will produce half-baked graduates while dropout rates will continue to rise.Stakeholders in the South-East of the country have also expressed deep concern over the debilitating effect of ASUU strikes on education and quality of graduates from the system.A cross-section of respondents in that geopolitical zone was uimous that a permanent solution should be found interest groups to ensure a stable system that would produce qquality graduates from the nation’s universities.In Abia, a lecturer at the Abia State University, Uturu, Mr Destiny Isiguzo, said the frequent strikes teachers not only halt the academic calendar but threaten the future of the undergraduates.Isiguzo, a lecturer in the Department of English Language, said the impact of strikes could be appreciated when it is realised that students, who ought to graduate and proceed for the one-year national youth service, were usually delayed.He further said the development was also affecting the students in terms of job opportunities.According to him, the delayas continued to elongate students years of stay in the institution beyond their possible year of graduation.He said the implication was that some of them ended up exceeding the 30-year ceiling for the national youth service.“By extension, some of them also exceed certain age limit for employment, especially in the private sector.“It is also affecting us as lecturers because apart from making us idle, it is affecting us psychologically.“Don’t forget that some of us are also Ph.D students in other universities, so strikes are also delaying our programmes,” Isiguzo said.A student at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Miss Jennifer Okafor, said the frequent strikes had caused her so much pain.Okafor recalled how she lost a session due to last year’s strike, and had almost given up on education.“I’m supposed to be in my 400-level but I’m still in 300-level.We just started our first semester examination when this warning strike started and now I don’t know my fate,” she lamented.A parent, Mrs Chinyere Uchendu, decried the situation and appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the crisis for the future of the children and education in the country.“Three of my children are in the university but are now back home doing nothing.“If this situation is not properly handled, most students could lose focus in life and made to indulge in social vices, such as internet fraud, armed robbery, banditry and kidnapping, amongst others,” she cautioned.In Imo, some respondents blamed the incessant industrial actions poor funding of the universities in the country.The Chairman, Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) chapter of ASUU, Mr Chinedu Ihejirika, said that strikes were tools in the hand of the union to press home its demands from the relevant authorities.Ihejirika said the Federal Government’s inability to keep to  aagreements ith the union was largely to blame for the incessant strikes.A parent, Mrs Patricia Chibuike, lamented the negative socio-economic and educational impact of persistent strikes on students.Chibuike said that strikes usually affected the academic performances and educational foundation of students.She wondered how the country could produce top-notch graduates that would proffer solutions to the nation’s multi-faceted challenges with such poor and unstable educational background.She appealed to ASUU to put the plight of parents and guardians into consideration and work out a modality to ameliorate the sufferings parents go through to train their children in school.On his part, Mr Philip Nna, the immediate past President, Student Union Government, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, near Owerri, urged ASUU to collaborate with student unions to proffer lasting solutions to the incessant strikes.According to him, this will not only make the students better informed, but elicit students’ understanding and actions that could aid ASUU’s negotiation with the government.Prof. Dennis Aribodor, a professor of Public Health Parasitology and former ASUU Chairman, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, described the effect of strikes on the nation as numerous.Aribodor said that aside from the nation losing its prime manpower to brain drain, it has also lost substantial international research funding.“The country also loses foreign exchange and experiences naira devaluation due to the chase for foreign currency to pay fees and services abroad.“The morale of lecturers in service delivery is weakened due to the lack of confidence in the system,” he said.Aribodor further said that students lost time and opportunities to advance themselves side-by-side their mates outside Nigeria.He said that many students, forced by ststrikes  remain in school above the national youth service 30-year age limit, have had to miss the opportunity and experience from the service.He said that Nigeria had also lost patronage from foreign students that had wished to study in the country.Aribodor said that on the economic side, strikes paralyse commercial activities on the campuses.According to him, food sellers, hawkers, local transporters, business centre operators are all forced to shut down during strikes.“The youths lose confidence in the system, engage in crime and social vices due to idleness,” he said, adding that the situation further vitiates patrotic zeal in them.Aribodor said that lecturers try to keep themselves productive during strikes, including looking elsewhere for greener pastures.“Some have even quit teaching for better jobs,” he said, adding that many lecturers lacked job satisfaction due to alleged government’s poor attitude to the nation’s education.Also, Dr Henry Duru, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, UNIZIK, said that strikes not only disrupt the normal academic calendar but distort family plans.He said that he always used the periods of strikes to do some of his non-teaching activities, such as research and writing of academic papers.Meanwhile, the leaderships of the union at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike (AEFUNAI) and Ebonyi State University (EBSU) have urged Nigerians to prevail on government to address ASUU’s concerns.They contended that the union’s action was in the best interest of the Nigerian students.They said that ASUU’s demands were geared towards improving the quality of univesity education in the country.They also argued that  the current action, which began on Feb. 14, could have been averted, “if government had done the needful”.The Acting Chairman of ASUU in EBSU, Dr Ikechuku Igwenyi, rejected suggestions that ASUU was insensitive to the impact of thier action on students.It will amount to historical irresponsibility on our part to sit and watch, while the gains of our heroes past are being destroyed,” Igwenyi said.Meanwhile, Mr Ewa Chukwumaijem, the Coordinator, Zone F of S, comprising AEFUNAI and EBSU, has called for an end to the warning strike to pave the way for dialogue.Chukwumaijem said that incessant strikes in public universities were affecting the future of the students.He described strikes as ill-wind that blows no one good, adding that students, parents and guardians bear the brunt of ASUU strikes.He expressed worry that when eventually ASUU would settle its differences with the federal government, students, along with parents and guardians, would be left to lick their wound.According to Chukwumaijem, students will end up paying house rent for another session because they pay per session.“When you pay per session and the strike takes up the session, there is no way the landlord will allow you to stay in his property without paying again.“Again, those of us that are about 30 years may not be mobilised for the national youth service.“It is very painful that a four or five-year course would linger from seven to eight years. There is no how we can benefit from the strike.“ASUU should devise better ways to fight for its right while federal government should also learn to honour agreements in the overall interest of the innocent students,” Chukwumaijem said.In Enugu, Dr Sam Ugwu, lecturer at the Department of Public Administration, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) said that lecturers suffered the great impact of ASUU strikes as they were left doing nothing.According to Ugwu, lecturers are not happy seeing students roaming about simply because government failed to fulfill its agreements with ASUU.Nigerians resident in the North-West have equally expressed concern over the incessant ASUU strikes with many urging the Federal Government and ASUU to strive to end the impasse in the interest of the innocent students, their parents and the nation’s future.They voiced their concerns in a vox pop conducted Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States,Mrs Temitope Faseyitan, a resident of Kano, said that the frequency of  ASUU strikes was frustrating both parents and students.She said that strikes had made many parents and students to lose confidence in public universities.“During such actions, students become idle, making some of them to indulge in all sorts of criminal activities,” she said.A student, Yazid Tanko, said that strikes  always constitute setbacks to their educational pursuit.“A student who is supposed to graduate in four years, will have to spend six years because of the strike; we are saddened ,” he said.The ASUU Chairman, Bayero University, Kano chapter, Mr Haruna Musa, said the only solution to the recurring problem is for government to always honour agreements it entered into with the union.While agreeing that such disputes had negative consequences on tertiary education, he said but for such industrial actions, the story would have been different.“It is evidently clear that ASUU strike have impacted positively towards the revitalisation and improvement of infrastructure in the universities.“This has consequently assisted in producing graduates that have the required expertise and skills to contribute towards national  development.“Nigerians should remember that it was the 1992 ASUU strike that brought the Education Trust Fund (ETF);  it is purely a brain-child of ASUU, which subsequently metamorphosed to Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund).“It is the major educational intervention agency in Nigeria,” he said.The Chairman also said that during strikes, lecturers engage in both individual and group research as part of their contributions towards national development.“During the 2020 strike, ASUU members in BUK  developed an automatic ventilator machine and produced hand sanitizers for our local communities to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” he claimed.In Zamfara, parents are urging government and ASUU to consider the plight of parents and students and resolve their differences through dialogue.They told in Gusau that they were fed up with the recurring impasse between ASUU and government.Alhaji Abba Abubakar, a parent, regretted that wards were being made to bear the consequences of strike actions, noting that most government officials and political office holders had options of sending their wards to study abroad.In his contribution, the Director, Quality Assurance, Zamfara Ministry of Education, Kabiru Magami, said that ASUU strikes were always a serious set back to education.“The matter is beyond the Federal Government and ASUU;  everyone must put hands on deck towards resolving the issues as the consequences can affect the unity, peace and security of the nation,” he said.Mikailu Abdullah, a final year student in the Department of Biological Sciences, Federal University, Gusau, has also expressed concern over the strikes that were “stagnating our future”.“ COVID-19 and previous industrial actions set us back as we were supposed to complete our four years degree programme last year.“Now, with this strike again, no one knows when we shall graduate,” he lamented.In Kaduna,  some lecturers said the ongoing industrial action was the only option left that would force government fulfill its pledges.Mr Peter Adamu ,Chairman of ASUU,  Kaduna State University  (KASU) Chapter, said the union had exhausted  all other options before deciding to use the strike action.“Nigeria is blessed with very qualitative lecturers, but the facilities are not available which affects us negatively,” he said.According to him, lecturers engage in three activities, namely teaching, research and community service, adding that the strike action will affect the teaching job only.In  Sokoto State, parents say the frequent strikes have  placed additional burden on them and heightened the challenges of insecurity in the country.Malam Muhammadu Shehu, a farmer, described the situation as a ‘disaster’ as idle students could take to all sorts of unwholesome activities.Also speaking to , Malam Saidu Mainasara, a primary school teacher, said that the strikes had continued to discourage both the students and their parents.“On the part of the students, the action taken the production of half-baked graduates that are not qualified to handle tasks assigned to them.“On the part of parents, we are not getting any younger and our ficial capacity to handle payment of fees is gradually diminishing,” he said.Students of University of Jos have also appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to find a common ground toward ending the incessant strikes in the universities.They made the appeal while reacting to the ongoing strike embarked upon .The students urged the duo to return to the negotiating table with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issues.Miss Edlyn Pam, a 400-level student of Mass Communication, decried the incessant strikes, saying that they had constituted a stumbling block to her academic journey.She regretted that the strikes delayed her graduation, noting that academic calendars in public universities were no longer predictable.“I have spent six years pursuing a course I should have completed in four years; I’m not even sure when I’m going to graduate.“ I will be graduating, I may be above 30 years’ old and will not be eligible to go for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).“So, I’m pleading with the gederal government and ASUU to reach a sincere agreement so as to ssave he future of university education in the country,” she appealed.Another student, Kwaptoe Fred, said that both the ASUU and the federal government should be sensitive to the plights of students.He called on both parties to sheathe their sswords in the interest of future generation which he said is currently bleak because of frequent strikes by lecturers.“To me, the demands of ASUU are genuine, but their approach to the whole thing sometimes looks wrong.“They say that when two elephants fight, the ground becomes the victims; the students in this case are the victims.“So, we are appealing to both the ASUU and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table and find a common ground for the sake of future generation,” Fred appealed.But the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lapai, Niger, has said that the series of nationwide strike would bring about qualitative tertiary education for the country.Dr Kudu Dangana, Chairman, ASUU, IBBU, Lapai, told that the situation might have some negative effects on the students, but not going on strike will be worse for them.“If we don’t act, government will completely abandon its  responsibility of funding tertiary education,“The situation in tertiary schools will be like  what we have in public primary and secondary schools in the country,” he said.The public perception of the strikes is the same in the South-South of the country with residents regretted the negative effects on all strata of the society.Mr Patrick Titus, a parent, said that ASUU’s strikes were largely to blame for the myriad of vices commited .He said that strikes also hurt parents economically as they were forced to pay double school and accommodation fees.“As a parent, if your son is to do a four-year course, you budget for the period.“But with the incessant strikes, there is no guarantee that a four years programme will not extend to six years with the attendant consequences,” he said.The President, Students Union Government (SUG), University of Uyo, Mr Wisdom Emmanuel,  said that incessant strikes ASUU over the years had crippled educational system in the country.Emmanuel said that because of strikes, students were no longer sure of the duration of their academic programmes.He said the menace had pushed some students into crimes and made some others loose interest in education, opting to pursue other forms of trade for quick money.“As you know, an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. During strike, students use the opportunity to engage on things they shouldn’t do,” he said.A 300 level student of English and Literature at the University of Benin, El Shaddai Chinedu, said that ASUU strikes were lowering the quality of graduates.“The school has just resumed and the course outlines have not been released. When we are eventually called back, everything will be rushed and we will be under undue pressure,” he fumed.UNIBEN SUG President, Foster Amadin, said many students would find it difficult to easily settle for academic activities when the strike is eventually called off.“We don’t need more frustration. We are tired of being frustrated. We are only begging; let’s go back to our classes and resume lectures.”A lecturer at the University of Abuja, Mr Tobechukwu Ogueze, regretted that ASUU strikes had promoted the establishment of expensive private institutions of learning across the country.“The effect is that standards will fall because some of these private universities are not properly regulated.“Many Nigerian students are held up in war-thorn Ukraine. Most of them have made their ways to Hungary, Poland and other European countries.“Some of them don’t want to come back to Nigeria because ir is ASUU strikes that will welcome them,” he said.A civil servant and parent in Asaba, Mr Ilevare Akhimie, said that frequent strikes devastating effect on the nation’s educational sector.“The effect of strike is manifested in the work place; graduates employed into the public and private sectors are unable to defend their certificates.“Many lecturers are engaged in teaching in private universities, while others are engaged in other form of business to get the family going.“Unending strikes have made our students and young generation loss hope in our educational sector, unlike in some Africa countries,” he said.Miss Ijeoma Ebiti, a computer scientist in Festus Ajuru University, said that ducation was the engine that drives economic and technological development of any nation, and should not be allowed to suffer.“Our leaders should give education its pride of place in order to move this country forward,” he said.Bunmi Harry, a final year student of the Department of Economics, Rivers State University, urged the Federal Government to resolve its issues with ASUU to enable the striking lecturers to return to class.According to her, the frequent strikes have made many students lose interest in pursuing their studies.On his part, Dr Williams Wodi, a lecturer and member of ASUU in UNIPORT, said the negative effect of the strikes was that more Nigerians would continue to send their children to study in foreign countries.Wodi disclosed that data made available in 2017 showed that parents spent about N82 billion to educate their children in Ghanaian universities alone.“This excludes the several other countries where Nigerian students go to study.“The quality of education in those nations may not even be as good as it is in Nigeria, but the signal this creates to the international community is that our education system is inferior,” he said.Stakeholders in the North-East have also expressed disdain over incessant strikes ASUU and described it as major set back in Nigeria’s quest for development.Some of them told in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe States that the trend was “disturbing,” as it exposes students to examination malpractice, drug abuse, crimes and social vices.Usman Ibrahim, a student in Maiduguri, said the nagging industrial action deny education to the youths and exposes them to poverty and vices.Mercy Yohanna and Abdulrasheed Musa,  also students, said the incessant strike often results to poor quality of graduates being produced in the country.Similarly, Usman Wali, President, Students Union Government, Yobe State University, described strikes as  causing “sadness, frustration and hopelessness, especially among final year students”.“The state of despair and idleness caused always tempt students to engage in drug abuse with the hope of forgetting about their predicament.“It is a common knowledge that crime rate among students increases during strike because of prolong idleness and peer influence.”Wali noted that apart from delaying graduation of students, frequent strikes undermined quality of degrees as students were rushed through lectures to meet deadlines each time the action called off.On his part, Dr Aliyu Tilde, Bauchi State Commissioner for Education, has dismissed the strike as unnecessary considering its negative consequences on students and delivery of quality education.He said that strikes retard the progress of education, research and scholarship in the country.Nigerians resident in the South-West have also decried the incessant strikes in the nation’s tertiary education system, saying that the trend had negative impact on all sectors of life.One such resident is the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) Prof. Abayomi Fasina, who warned that incessant strikes destroying standards of education.Fasina urged ASUU and the federal government to engage in peaceful dialogue on how to avert strikes, in the overall interest of the country’s image and future of students.He noted that FUOYE had an academic calendar to ensure that students finished their course work and graduate as scheduled.“But with the current strike, the free flow of academic activities has been altered.“Honestly, strike is not good for the future of the children and the university system itself, because it will have adverse effects on the standard of education and delay the academics of the students.“In private univeristies, there is nothing like strike; the students enjoy free flow of  academic activities and will all graduate in record time without having to wait for their colleagues in public universities.“In developed countries, there is nothing like strike, this has really promoted their education sector to enviable heights. Their students steady academic activities without delay or break, but in Nigeria, the reverse is the case.”Prof. Femi Omotosho, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Ekiti State University (EKSU), opined that it was high time for ASUU members to devise other means, rather than industrial action, to press home their demands for improved welfare package from government.“If you deployed a system to get result for a very long time, and it does not seem to be working, courtesy demands that you restrategise, go back to the  drawing board and explore other means“In this circumstances, the system adopted is not working and negatively impacting on the system as well as future of our country,” he said.While acknowledging that the welfare and wellbeing of workers remained paramount, achieving that objective should not be to the detriment of the system itself.“There is need to evolve a new effective model of promoting workers’ interests without necessarily disrupting totally the productive sector of the economy or paralyse the activities of the institutions,” he said.Mr Adedapo Julius, a civil servant, said that parents were the most affected when lecturers abandon the classes.“When strikes start, our plans for the future of our children are literally being shattered.“When these children are at home, you can see that they are not happy, it saddens the heart to see your children unhappy.“It is during this time that some youths venture into some other businesses and eventually dump their academic pursuit because they found a faster way to secure a better future,” he said.In Ibadan, Oyo State, Ms Delayo Ojo, a student of the University of Ibadan, said that strikes in the sector only add to the number of years scheduled for students to complete their studies.“You can’t say you have a plan for education in Nigeria, especially when you enroll for a four-year course in tertiary institutions, most likely, you will use like five to six years.“I had no carry over, yet I used almost six years for a four-year course, just because of ASUU strike.“I also used three years for my Master Programme, instead of 18 months, owing to ASUU strike,” she said.Ojo said that many students had dropped out of schools, especially those on study leave granted them .“ they are halfway and yet to conclude their programmes, due to strike, they will have to return to their offices.Mr Akin AbAboluwade, a parent, has blamed the selfishness of ASUU for the unending strikes.Aboluwade opined that not all issues should end up in strikes.

  •   Bayero University Kano BUK has announced the death of a final year student from the Department of Library and Information Science Babangida Ahmad The university s Assistant Secretary in charge of Public Affairs Lamara Garba made the announcement in a statement Friday in Kano He said that the deceased was also an overflow from Misau Bauchi state a spillmeovhe student is one who still has outstanding course s anyone failed or fallen In spite of completing the number of years necessary to graduation but has not exhausted Rhome for your program Mr Garba said that Ahmad s roommates revealed that he collapsed in the early hours of Friday in his hostel while preparing to go to the mosque for morning prayers Subhi He quoted one of his colleagues as saying that Ahmad left the room around 4 30 am where he suddenly collapsed He was rushed to the university clinic where his death was confirmed According to him the University management had already contacted the deceased parents about the incident He has been taken to his hometown to be buried according to Islamic rites he said Mr Garba disclosed that prior to his death the deceased had been visiting the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital AKTH for treatment of an ailment The last time he visited AKTH was January 10 2022 His next appointment will be February 7 2022 Garba said The Deputy Secretary noted that the Vice Chancellor Prof Sagir Adamu Abbas has felt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased He also quoted Abbas praying to Almighty Allah to forgive his sins and grant him Jannatul Firdaus Mr Garba explained that deceased friends described him as warm hearted jovial and friendly who gets along well with his colleagues
    BUK student dies in hostel
      Bayero University Kano BUK has announced the death of a final year student from the Department of Library and Information Science Babangida Ahmad The university s Assistant Secretary in charge of Public Affairs Lamara Garba made the announcement in a statement Friday in Kano He said that the deceased was also an overflow from Misau Bauchi state a spillmeovhe student is one who still has outstanding course s anyone failed or fallen In spite of completing the number of years necessary to graduation but has not exhausted Rhome for your program Mr Garba said that Ahmad s roommates revealed that he collapsed in the early hours of Friday in his hostel while preparing to go to the mosque for morning prayers Subhi He quoted one of his colleagues as saying that Ahmad left the room around 4 30 am where he suddenly collapsed He was rushed to the university clinic where his death was confirmed According to him the University management had already contacted the deceased parents about the incident He has been taken to his hometown to be buried according to Islamic rites he said Mr Garba disclosed that prior to his death the deceased had been visiting the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital AKTH for treatment of an ailment The last time he visited AKTH was January 10 2022 His next appointment will be February 7 2022 Garba said The Deputy Secretary noted that the Vice Chancellor Prof Sagir Adamu Abbas has felt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased He also quoted Abbas praying to Almighty Allah to forgive his sins and grant him Jannatul Firdaus Mr Garba explained that deceased friends described him as warm hearted jovial and friendly who gets along well with his colleagues
    BUK student dies in hostel
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    BUK student dies in hostel

    Bayero University, Kano, BUK has announced the death of a final year student from the Department of Library and Information Science, Babangida Ahmad.

    The university's Assistant Secretary in charge of Public Affairs, Lamara Garba, made the announcement in a statement Friday in Kano.

    He said that the deceased was also an overflow from Misau, Bauchi state.

    a spillmeovhe student is one who still has outstanding course(s), anyone failed or fallen, In spite of completing the number of years necessary to graduation, but has not exhausted Rhome for your program.

    Mr. Garba said that Ahmad's roommates revealed that he collapsed in the early hours of Friday, in his hostel, while preparing to go to the mosque for morning prayers (Subhi).

    He quoted one of his colleagues as saying that “Ahmad left the room around 4:30 am, where he suddenly collapsed. He was rushed to the university clinic where his death was confirmed.”

    According to him, the University management had already contacted the deceased parents about the incident.

    "He has been taken to his hometown to be buried according to Islamic rites," he said.

    Mr. Garba disclosed that prior to his death, the deceased had been visiting the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, for treatment of an ailment.

    “The last time he visited AKTH was January 10, 2022. His next appointment will be February 7, 2022,” Garba said.

    The Deputy Secretary noted that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sagir Adamu-Abbas, has felt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

    He also quoted Abbas praying to Almighty Allah to forgive his sins and grant him Jannatul Firdaus.

    Mr. Garba explained that deceased friends described him “as warm-hearted, jovial and friendly, who gets along well with his colleagues”.

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