The International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (UNESCO-ICHEI) and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria had inaugurated the project on digital transformation of education through teaching and learning.
The project was to be implemented under the International Institute of Online Education (IIOE), Nigeria National Centre, hosted at the ABU Zaria.
The inauguration of the project followed signing of an agreement for Project on Empowering Institutional Policy Implementation for Digital Teaching and Learning in Nigeria.
UNESCO-ICHEI and ABU signed the agreement at a virtual ceremony held at ABU on Wednesday in Zaria.
Prof. LI Ming, Director, UNESCO-ICHEI, signed for UNESCO-ICHEI, while Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, stood in for the university and IIOE Nigeria National Centre.
The Project Manager, Prof. Muhammed Mu’azu, said the project was hinged on the design, development and production of online courses and contents.
“The agreement is on recognition of the importance of digital teaching and learning in realising quality, equitable and inclusive higher education response to the evolving needs of the labour market driven by the widespread use of digital technologies,’’ Muazu said.
In his remarks, Prof. Kabiru Bala, the Vice-Chancellor, ABU Zaria, noted that the digital learning today was the way to go in higher institutions of learning.
He said that the ABU IIOE was redesigned as the International Institute of Online Education (IIOE), Nigeria National Centre in April this year.
He added that as part of ABU’s commitment to the project, the University Senate had in January this year approved the new Teaching and Learning Policy.
According to him, the university Senate also gave the approval for the adoption of Online and Blended Teaching and Learning (OBTL) at all levels of teaching and learning in the university.
Similarly, Prof. LI Ming, Director, UNESCO-ICHEI commended the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Ahmadu Bello University for their commitment to the project.
He added explained that the effort had paid off as the IIOE Nigeria National Centre had now become attractive.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, reiterated Federal Government’s unflinching support to the project.
Rasheed, represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Chris Maiyaki, described the occasion as an “exciting moment” for the Nigerian education sector as the global programme would broaden access to higher education in Nigeria.
The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed an agreement for training on nuclear courses.
According to the agreement, ABU’s Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT) will participate in the Internet Reactor Laboratory (IRL) project on the use of research reactor for nuclear courses at the university level.
Malam Auwalu Umar, the Director, Public Affairs Directorate, ABU Zaria, made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday in Zaria.
Umar said the agreement was signed on Sept. 26 during the ongoing 66th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria.
He said that the Vice-Chancellor of ABU, Prof. Kabiru Bala, signed the agreement on behalf of the Centre and Nigeria, while the Deputy Director-General, Nuclear Energy, IAEA, Mr Mikhail Chudakov, stood in for the IAEA.
“IAEA’s Internet Reactor Laboratory Project is a cost-effective way to educate groups of students in reactor physics, and will assist Nigeria in development of the human capital needed for nuclear science and technology programmes.
“The project was facilitated by the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), and it presents a unique opportunity for the research and teaching staff as well as cooperating universities to participate in human capacity building in the field of nuclear reactor physics and engineering,” he said.
According to Umar, IAEA’s Internet Reactor Laboratory (IRL) enables live immersion into reactor technology and operation to countries that otherwise have no installed facilities, but have groups of students ready to undertake experimental reactor physics courses.
He expained that IRL works by giving access to reactor experiments in a remote location via an internet link using hardware and software installed in a research reactor in the host state.
He said signals were sent over the internet to the guest institution, where a real-time display of the reactor’s control room was visible to students.
“Then, using video conference equipment, students at the guest institution can intereact with operators in the reactor control room to conduct experiements,” Umar said.
He explained that under the agreement, ABU’s Centre for Energy Research and Training shall participate as a guest institution in the project in order to develop and strengthen nuclear education capacities in Nigeria and African sub-region.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami has approved the appointment of Mr Bulus Yakubu as acting Post-Master General (PMG) and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST).
This was contained in a statement issued by NIPOST Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Franklyn Alao on Thursday in Abuja.
Until his appointment, Yakubu was the Secretary to NIPOST Governing board, Director (Special Duties) and also NIPOST Liaison Officer to the National Assembly.
Yakubu, who holds a Bachelor in Law Degree from Ahmadu Bello University, belongs to a number of professional bodies, notably the International Bar Association (IBA), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Institute for Fraud Management and Control.
According to the statement, he joined the service of the Nigerian Postal Service in 1990 and has served in different capacities with a proven record of excellent performance.
NAN reports that Yakubu replaces Dr. Ismail Adewusi, who was appointed as NIPOST PMG in 2019. www.
No fewer than 10 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the IDP camp in Uhogua, near Benin, have graduated from various tertiary institutions across the country.
The Coordinator of the camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, disclosed this on Sunday, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Folorunsho explained that the figure represents eight of the IDPs who have completed their courses of studies and graduated earlier and two who recently graduated from the Edo University, Uzairue.
According to him, so far 10 of our IDPs have graduated from various tertiary institutions since the inception of the camp about nine years ago.
Giving a breakdown of the figure, he said two of the graduands graduated with a B.
Sc in from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the Edo University, Uzairue, respectively.
He added that one other graduated with a B.
Sc in Pharmacy, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and another with an M.
Sc in Anatomy from the same institution.
“We also have one who graduated with a B.
Sc in Microbiology from the University of Maiduguri, another one with a B.
Sc Agricultural Science from the same institution and yet another with a B.
Sc Health Education from the same school.
“Then we have one graduate each with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accounting from the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, HND, Mass Communication, Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa state and B.
A, History and International Studies, Edo University, Uzairue.
” He disclosed that presently there were about 158 of the IDPs in various institutions of higher learning across the country, with about 53 of them from the North East. He however added that of the total number of the IDPs in tertiary institutions, 10 were in their final year.
The Coordinator also disclosed that no fewer than 200 of the IDPs would have gained admission for the next academic session if not for the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
He added that in spite of the daunting challenge in footing the education bills of the IDPs, the management of the camp was resolute in ensuring that the dreams of the IDPs with regards to education was not aborted.
“I can assure you that in few years from now we will have several medical doctors, engineers and accountants, from this camp.
“We are not talking about 30 or 40, but several.
That is why in spite of the challenges of footing their educational bills, we are trying our best.
“And we are appealing to the elite and wealthy Nigerians out there to assist us to better the lives of these ones”, Folorunsho said.
Meanwhile some of the graduated IDPs who spoke with NAN via telephone said their motivation to pursue their educational dream was because of their love for education.
Yahaya Gulla told NAN he graduated with a second class upper division in from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
Gulla said he newly got admission to the university when the crisis of Boko Haram insurgency started, and he was displaced as his family members were killed.
“But today I’m a graduate, all thanks to the management of the IDP camp in Uhogua, Edo. “However, I was motivated to study the course I studied, because when I was fleeing to Edo, I saw how people were injured and were bleeding during the insurgency attacks.
“Many would have survived if there were to be any medical attention, but because there were not, many died”, he said.
Similarly, Christiana Jame, a graduate of the University of Maiduguri from the department of Health Education, said her motivation in continuing her education in spite of the challenges of insecurity was her love for education.
She also said that encouragement and support from the management of the IDP camp in Uhogua, helped her achieved her dream in education.
The Yobe government on Saturday said it spent over N2.9 billion on the procurement of fertilisers from 2019 to date.
Dr Mairo Amshi, Commissioner, the state’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural resources, stated this at a ministerial briefing in Damaturu.
She said that N1.5 billion of the amount was spent on the procurement of 3,000 tones of NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer in 2021. Amshi said that the distribution and sales of the fertilizer were ongoing through an open market at a subsidised rate of N13,000 per bag.
The commissioner also said that N1.4 billion was spent in purchasing 7,500 tones of NPK 15:15:15 in 2020. The commissioner added that the commodity was sold to he farmers at N5,000 per bag, representing 40 per cent subsidy.
She stated that in 2019, government spent N882 million in the procurement of 40 tractors, saying they were given as loans to large scale farmers at N11million each, payable within four years.
Amshi said the state, in collaboration with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), had vaccinated over 1.2 million cattle, sheep, goats and dogs within the period under review.
The commissioner said that the state’s Livestock Development Programme was supported by 135 veterinary surgeons, 47 animal scientists, five equipped veterinary clinics and 17 Area Livestock offices across the state.
She said that the state, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), set up livestock development centres at , Badegana and Gurjaje grazing reserves.
Amshi said that the facilities already provided at the centres included boreholes, earth dams, veterinary clinic, feed lot, fish ponds, access roads, electricity, artificial insemination and milk collection units, among others.
Similarly, the commissioner said a Livestock Investigation and Breeding Centres (LIBC) was equally established by the state in Nguru to enhance livestock production.
In an effort to boost irrigation farming, she said, over 2,000 hectares of land had so far been acquired for the take off of the 2022 LAVA irrigation scheme in some parts of the state.
Amshi said the state, in collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, had established National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) North-East Outreach Station in Damaturu.
The commissioner added that the state secured an approval to participate in the Federal Government’s Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Programme ( L-Pres Programme).
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has appointed Dr Abdulraheem Malik, as the new Head of the state’s Hospital Management Board.
Mr Rafiu Ajakaiye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, announced this in a statement on Friday in Ilorin.
He stated that Malik, a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), replaced Saad Aluko, whom the governor commended for his four years of exemplary services to the state.
According to him, until his appointment, Malik was the Managing Director of a popular pharmaceutical chain, Rotamedics, a household name in Nigeria’s pharmaceutical industry.
He explained that the appointee is an indigene of Ilorin, who was educated variously at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain.
Ajakaiye added that Malik was educated in University of Mary, Bismarck, United States; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, United States; and Walden University, Minneapolis, United States.
“He holds different certificates and licences, such as first and second degrees in Pharmacy, and Doctor of Philosophy Pharmacy (PharmD); Pharmacist Practice Licence (USA); Masters in Business Administration in Healthcare (USA); Masters in International Health Economics and Pharmacy Economics.
“Malik has worked in various health establishments in Nigeria and abroad, and is reputed for his philanthropy and community development efforts,” he said.
The appointment took immediate effect.
Vice -President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday in Kano, paid a condolence visit to Sen. Kabiru Gaya(APC Kano-South) over the recent loss of his son, Sadiq.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Abuja, said the vice- president met the senator and other members of his family.
The vice- president expressed sadness over the incident, saying that the late Gaya was like “a son” with whom he had a special relationship.
“This is a very, very sad visit; Sadiq was a young man; he was like a son to me.
He had visited me a few times.
“He was a lawyer also like me; so, I had a very special relationship with him.
“I feel a very personal loss; I commiserate with and condole the distinguished Senator and all members of his family, the government and the people of Kano State who have lost a very precious son in this young man “While praying for the family, Osinbajo said he believe in God as the only one who can give and take life.
“No matter what the circumstances are, only God can decide how long a man would live.
“All will be well, I know that even with his own family – his wife and his children, all will be well with them.
“I want to express my sincere condolence to all of us that are here and to pray that the Almighty God will give the family peace and that we will not see this kind of thing again.
‘We will not experience the death of young people in our midst again,”he said.
On his part, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, who had earlier received the vice-president at the airport, thanked him for the visit.
He said that Kano was the vice- president’s second home where he visited often.
“This is not the first time that you have come, you have come several times.
“Thank you and God bless you,” he said.
In his response, Gaya, who introduced his family and some members of the APC in the state, thanked the vice- president for the visit.
Gaya acknowledged that his late son and the VP were indeed very close.
He described the deceased as an amiable son, adding that the vice- president’s visit had uplifted and encouraged the entire family.
The late Gaya was a staff of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Wales, UK.
Dignitaries on Osinbajo’s entourage included the former Defence Minister, Brig.- Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retired ); Minister of State for Works and Housing, Umar El-Yakub, Special and Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Sen. Babafemi Ojodu.
Others were Kano State APC Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, and Dr Bashir Gwandu.
The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, says it will host the 50th anniversary of the Nigeria Association for Physical, Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (NAPHER-SD).
Prof. Kabiru Bala, the Vice Chancellor of the university, disclosed this while receiving executive members of the association led by its President, Prof. Rafou Okuneye.
Bala said the conference, titled “Business Potentials and Tapping in the Profession of Physical, Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance,” is packaged by the 50-year old association.
He said that ABU always accorded sports top priority as it had now become a lucrative business industry all over the world.
Bala, represented the Deputy Vice-Chancellor administration, Prof. Ahmed Ibrahim, challenged the association as a professional sports body to identify staff and students with hidden sports talent for appropriate training leading to award of a certificate and diploma.
He, therefore, implored the association to explore the ABU environment during their stay in the institution and assured that the vice-chancellor would grace the occasion, slated for Sept. 15. Earlier, Okuneye thanked the university for supporting towards successful hosting of the event.
The president expressed satisfaction with the level of preparation for the conference, stressing that the warm reception accorded them is a good sign that the conference will be a huge success.
The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Kaduna State, has urged the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to key into its entrepreneurship programme to enhance the scheme’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
Prof. Kabiru Bala, the Vice-Chancellor of the university made the call when Kaduna state Coordinator of the NYSC in Zaria, Mr Odoba Oche visited him on Tuesday in zaria.
Bala was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Prof. Ahmed-Doko Ibrahim.
He said the collaboration would enhance vital job creation skills and strengthen the competence required for job creation to the corps members among others.
The Vice-Chancellor also assured the NYSC of the University’s readiness to continue to work in synergy to enhance national development.
Earlier, Oche, NYSC Coordinator in Kaduna described ABU as a good team player in the cardinal programmes of the NYSC since the inception of the scheme in 1973. The coordinator explained that ABU had always contributed towards the success of the national youth service programme in.
Oche described the University as a great institution which had continued to live above board in its core mandate of teaching, research and community service.
The Internet Society Nigeria (ISOC- has called on internet users and stakeholders to contribute to policy formulation to foster robust and secure internet use in Nigeria and globally.
Mr Caleb Ogundele, President of Internet Society (Nigeria Chapter) made the call at the opening of the third Nigerian School on Internet Governance (NSIG) Forum on Wednesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NSIG Forum is a pre-event to the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) scheduled to hold in Lagos from Sept. 12 to Sept.15. According to him, the internet governance spectrum, which consists of the national, regional, continental and global spectrums, aims to ensure access for all stakeholders in the internet ecosystem.
He, therefore, charged members of the internet ecosystem, including individuals, corporate organisations, civil society organisations, the media and government, to ensure proper understanding of their importance in the internet governance space.
“Everyone of us is important in the multi-stakeholder approaches regarding internet governance processes.
“That is why whenever NCC is coming up with a framework or policy, they usually call for public comments where an individual, the academia, Civil Society, etc can make useful contributions.
“You can then say that internet belongs to no one.
“This is, therefore, to remind us of how important you are in making internet for everyone to be a good place and a safer environment for all,” Ogundele said.
Mr Yaovi Atohun, of International Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), harped on the importance of Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) and how it is managed by ICANN.
Dr Wale Adedokun, an academic from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a discussant at the event, underscored the need for proper understanding of the evolution of the internet and components of internet governance.
According to him, the components include Critical Internet Resources, Openness, Diversity and Inclusion and Access, among others.
“As far as internet governance is concerned, access is key; obtaining information without any form discrimination.
“Nobody says because you are black, you can’t get information; the access should be done with as much ease as possible.
“The internet governance also emphasises diversity and inclusion; openness has to do with respect for one another which must be within a defined moral acceptable standard of expression.
“One very important thing to be concerned with regarding internet governance is cyber security, security of your devices and contents,” Adedokun said.
Mrs Chiderah Ikeokonkwo, Head of Research, Development and Innovation, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), said the bureau was established to secure and safeguard Nigerians from vulnerability to cyber attacks.
According to her, the Bureau is poised to protect Nigerians from cyber fraud, cyber bullies, data manipulations and intrusions into private family and social affairs, among others.
“The Bureau is hoping that, before the end of the current administration, the National Data Protection Right (NDPR) Act 2022 amendment bill will be passed by the National Assembly.
“That will repeal the present NDPR to further institutionalise data protection in Nigeria,” Ikeokonkwo said.
NAN reports that the Forum, which will end on Sept. 13, is to deepen the role of Internet Governance in Nigeria.