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  •  The Commissioner for Health in Anambra Dr Afam Obidike has called for attitudinal change of healthcare workers to improve patient care and service delivery in the state s health institutions Obidike made the call on Monday in Awka at a training session for heads of state health facilities The training had the theme Achieving Universal Health Coverage Through the Health Worker Attitudinal Change He said that poor attitudinal problem among health workers particularly in the public sector could further endanger lives of patients saying that the patient is central to any health policy There is need to attitudinal change at every level of care Health workers are in business only because of the patient they care for and to ensure that patients are good health in terms of their mental physical and spiritual wellbeing The Gov Charles Soludo led administration wants to reform the healthcare sector through training and retraining And this training is to change the negligent attitude of health workers at the health institutions Obidike said He said that such attitudinal change was vital to achieving universal health coverage as well as improving patients care and healthcare service delivery in the state The commissioner said that more healthcare professionals had been recruited to drive a functional and effective performance at primary healthcare centres and general hospitals in the state He said that a taskforce team had also been established to check indiscipline truancy and corruption in the health system In his lecture Dr Okechukwu Ugwu of the Department of Surgery Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi said that regular trainings would help health workers conform with the ethics of the profession and international best practices In his remarks Dr Abdulnasir Adamu State Coordinator World Health Organisation commended the state government for organising the training and urged participants to be committed to discharge their duties NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Commissioner charges health workers in Anambra on attitudinal change
     The Commissioner for Health in Anambra Dr Afam Obidike has called for attitudinal change of healthcare workers to improve patient care and service delivery in the state s health institutions Obidike made the call on Monday in Awka at a training session for heads of state health facilities The training had the theme Achieving Universal Health Coverage Through the Health Worker Attitudinal Change He said that poor attitudinal problem among health workers particularly in the public sector could further endanger lives of patients saying that the patient is central to any health policy There is need to attitudinal change at every level of care Health workers are in business only because of the patient they care for and to ensure that patients are good health in terms of their mental physical and spiritual wellbeing The Gov Charles Soludo led administration wants to reform the healthcare sector through training and retraining And this training is to change the negligent attitude of health workers at the health institutions Obidike said He said that such attitudinal change was vital to achieving universal health coverage as well as improving patients care and healthcare service delivery in the state The commissioner said that more healthcare professionals had been recruited to drive a functional and effective performance at primary healthcare centres and general hospitals in the state He said that a taskforce team had also been established to check indiscipline truancy and corruption in the health system In his lecture Dr Okechukwu Ugwu of the Department of Surgery Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi said that regular trainings would help health workers conform with the ethics of the profession and international best practices In his remarks Dr Abdulnasir Adamu State Coordinator World Health Organisation commended the state government for organising the training and urged participants to be committed to discharge their duties NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Commissioner charges health workers in Anambra on attitudinal change
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    Commissioner charges health workers in Anambra on attitudinal change

    The Commissioner for Health in Anambra, Dr Afam Obidike, has called for attitudinal change of healthcare workers to improve patient care and service delivery in the state’s health institutions.

    Obidike made the call on Monday in Awka at a training session for heads of state health facilities.

    The training had the theme: “Achieving Universal Health Coverage Through the Health Worker Attitudinal Change”.

    He said that poor attitudinal problem among health workers, particularly in the public sector could further endanger lives of patients, saying that the patient is central to any health policy.

    “There is need to attitudinal change at every level of care.

    “Health workers are in business only because of the patient they care for, and to ensure that patients are good health in terms of their mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.

    “The Gov. Charles Soludo led-administration wants to reform the healthcare sector through training and retraining.

    And this training is to change the negligent attitude of health workers at the health institutions,’’ Obidike said.

    He said that such attitudinal change was vital to achieving universal health coverage as well as improving patients care and healthcare service delivery in the state.

    The commissioner said that more healthcare professionals had been recruited to drive a functional and effective performance at primary healthcare centres and general hospitals in the state.

    He said that a taskforce team had also been established to check indiscipline, truancy and corruption in the health system.

    In his lecture, Dr Okechukwu Ugwu of the Department of Surgery, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, said that regular trainings would help health workers conform with the ethics of the profession and international best practices.

    In his remarks, Dr Abdulnasir Adamu, State Coordinator, World Health Organisation, commended the state government for organising the training and urged participants to be committed to discharge their duties.  


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  •   Community Based Organisations CBOs in Anambra have urged the use of the whistleblowing policy of the Federal Government to expose the social ills in the state Prof Mercy Anigbogu of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka made the call on Wednesday at Awkuzu Oyi Local Government Area at a step down training for some CBOs on whistleblowing policy as a tool for fighting corruption The training was organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL an NGO funded by McArthur Foundation Anigbogu who was the guest lecturer said that other than financial corruption there were other vices affecting public safety and inhibiting development in the community The guidance and counselling expert said that the trainees should use their knowledge of the principles of whistleblowing to report corruption and other socially unacceptable behaviours including gender violence child rights abuse and drug abuse She said they should endeavour to maintain their anonymity status while giving out factual verifiable and public interest information Anigbogu urged the trainees to use whistle blowing to expose the ills in the society including corruption rape gender violence child abuse and drug abuse On her part Mrs Goodluck Ogbogu a participant said the training had further enriched their knowledge on how to hold public office holders accountable She said though the reward system was a welcome development it could not compare with the benefit of making people to execute rightly the jobs they were elected to do She praised AFRICMIL for bringing the awareness on whistleblowing to the grassroots while promising that they would put it to good use Mr Chris Azor Chairman Anambra State Civil Society Network said the three day step down training across the three senatorial districts in Anambra was a successful one Azor commended the trainees for their active participation noting that imbibing the principles would result in better governance in the communities Mr Godwin Onyeacholem Senior Programme Officer AFRICMIL said the step down training was to build public confidence for the whistleblower policy of the government NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group urges women to extend whistleblowing to gender violence, child abuse
      Community Based Organisations CBOs in Anambra have urged the use of the whistleblowing policy of the Federal Government to expose the social ills in the state Prof Mercy Anigbogu of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka made the call on Wednesday at Awkuzu Oyi Local Government Area at a step down training for some CBOs on whistleblowing policy as a tool for fighting corruption The training was organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL an NGO funded by McArthur Foundation Anigbogu who was the guest lecturer said that other than financial corruption there were other vices affecting public safety and inhibiting development in the community The guidance and counselling expert said that the trainees should use their knowledge of the principles of whistleblowing to report corruption and other socially unacceptable behaviours including gender violence child rights abuse and drug abuse She said they should endeavour to maintain their anonymity status while giving out factual verifiable and public interest information Anigbogu urged the trainees to use whistle blowing to expose the ills in the society including corruption rape gender violence child abuse and drug abuse On her part Mrs Goodluck Ogbogu a participant said the training had further enriched their knowledge on how to hold public office holders accountable She said though the reward system was a welcome development it could not compare with the benefit of making people to execute rightly the jobs they were elected to do She praised AFRICMIL for bringing the awareness on whistleblowing to the grassroots while promising that they would put it to good use Mr Chris Azor Chairman Anambra State Civil Society Network said the three day step down training across the three senatorial districts in Anambra was a successful one Azor commended the trainees for their active participation noting that imbibing the principles would result in better governance in the communities Mr Godwin Onyeacholem Senior Programme Officer AFRICMIL said the step down training was to build public confidence for the whistleblower policy of the government NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group urges women to extend whistleblowing to gender violence, child abuse
    General news2 weeks ago

    Group urges women to extend whistleblowing to gender violence, child abuse

     Community- Based Organisations  (CBOs) in Anambra have urged the use of the whistleblowing policy of the Federal Government to expose the social ills in the state.

    Prof. Mercy Anigbogu  of the Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, made the call on Wednesday at Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area at a step-down training for some CBOs on whistleblowing policy as a tool for fighting corruption.

    The training was organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) an NGO funded by McArthur Foundation.

    Anigbogu, who was the guest lecturer, said that other than financial corruption, there were other vices affecting public safety and inhibiting development in the community The guidance and counselling expert said that the trainees should use their knowledge of the principles of whistleblowing to report corruption and other socially unacceptable behaviours, including gender violence, child rights abuse and drug abuse.

    She said they should endeavour to maintain their anonymity status while giving out factual, verifiable and public interest information.

    Anigbogu urged the trainees to use whistle blowing to expose the ills in the society, including corruption, rape, gender violence, child abuse and drug abuse.

    On her part, Mrs Goodluck Ogbogu, a participant, said the training had further enriched their knowledge on how to hold public office holders accountable.

    She said though the reward system was a welcome development it could not compare with the benefit of making people to execute rightly the jobs they were elected to do.

    She praised AFRICMIL for bringing the awareness on whistleblowing to the grassroots while promising that they would put it to good use.

    Mr Chris Azor, Chairman, Anambra State Civil Society Network, said the three-day step-down training across the three senatorial districts in Anambra was a successful one.

    Azor commended the trainees for their active participation, noting that imbibing the principles would result in better governance in the communities.

    Mr Godwin Onyeacholem, Senior Programme Officer, AFRICMIL, said the step-down training was to build public confidence for the whistleblower policy of the government. 


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  •  Gov Charles Soludo of Anambra has called for a strategic partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund toward the delivery of intervention projects in higher institutions in the state Soludo made the call during a visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund Sonny Echono in Abuja on Tuesday He said such collaboration would bring about a more robust impact with regard to TETFund intervention projects in the state We have a big dream a big agenda to partner with you and other critical stakeholders to ensure we achieve desired results when it comes to TETFUND project The Federal Government is a very critical player in this field of education as we know education is on the concurrent list The federal and states work together The only way we can make it work for ourselves is to work together through collaboration coordination and cooperation I will like us to work together in a whole lot of areas we are interested in and in some years to come we will be able to say with partnership with TETFund we were able to deliver A B C D Soludo said The governor commended TETFund for its various intervention projects across the country He said that the three state owned tertiary institutions in the state Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Anambra Polytechnic Mgbakwu and College of Education Nsugbe were eager to welcome more intervention projects from TETFund He however expressed concern over the growing number of tertiary institutions in the country saying government might find it difficult to adequately fund them in the future With the tertiary institutions going the way they are now there are still questions and issues we are not asking At some point we are going to ask whether or how the government will be able to fund or adequately fund the number or the plethora of institutions But in the interim before we get there TETFund has been filling the gap in terms of infrastructure in our tertiary institutions the governor said Soludo said that TETFund had done a lot in view of the limited resources available to it compared to the massive needs of the higher education sector He said Even if the Federal Government is to spend its entire capital budget on education it will not be enough to address all the issues Responding Echono said the fund had continued to do a lot both in terms of infrastructure and academic content development He said that TETFund projects were everywhere in tertiary institutions in Anambra especially at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka adding that the fund would do more in the state owned institutions In Anambra you will see a lot of our presence but I admit at the level of state institutions we need to do more TETFund has put in place mechanisms through specialised training to ensure Nigerian graduates are easily employable The fund has trained over 35 000 academic staff with the Centre of Excellence churning out cutting edge research to meet Nigeria s developmental needs he said Echono said that in the last 11 years 35 000 academic staff had been trained in Masters and PhDs saying that a lot had been done in the research component of its intervention He said that the fund was also working on the employability of graduates by linking the institutions with industries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Soludo seeks Anambra-TETFund partnership for intervention projects
     Gov Charles Soludo of Anambra has called for a strategic partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund toward the delivery of intervention projects in higher institutions in the state Soludo made the call during a visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund Sonny Echono in Abuja on Tuesday He said such collaboration would bring about a more robust impact with regard to TETFund intervention projects in the state We have a big dream a big agenda to partner with you and other critical stakeholders to ensure we achieve desired results when it comes to TETFUND project The Federal Government is a very critical player in this field of education as we know education is on the concurrent list The federal and states work together The only way we can make it work for ourselves is to work together through collaboration coordination and cooperation I will like us to work together in a whole lot of areas we are interested in and in some years to come we will be able to say with partnership with TETFund we were able to deliver A B C D Soludo said The governor commended TETFund for its various intervention projects across the country He said that the three state owned tertiary institutions in the state Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Anambra Polytechnic Mgbakwu and College of Education Nsugbe were eager to welcome more intervention projects from TETFund He however expressed concern over the growing number of tertiary institutions in the country saying government might find it difficult to adequately fund them in the future With the tertiary institutions going the way they are now there are still questions and issues we are not asking At some point we are going to ask whether or how the government will be able to fund or adequately fund the number or the plethora of institutions But in the interim before we get there TETFund has been filling the gap in terms of infrastructure in our tertiary institutions the governor said Soludo said that TETFund had done a lot in view of the limited resources available to it compared to the massive needs of the higher education sector He said Even if the Federal Government is to spend its entire capital budget on education it will not be enough to address all the issues Responding Echono said the fund had continued to do a lot both in terms of infrastructure and academic content development He said that TETFund projects were everywhere in tertiary institutions in Anambra especially at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka adding that the fund would do more in the state owned institutions In Anambra you will see a lot of our presence but I admit at the level of state institutions we need to do more TETFund has put in place mechanisms through specialised training to ensure Nigerian graduates are easily employable The fund has trained over 35 000 academic staff with the Centre of Excellence churning out cutting edge research to meet Nigeria s developmental needs he said Echono said that in the last 11 years 35 000 academic staff had been trained in Masters and PhDs saying that a lot had been done in the research component of its intervention He said that the fund was also working on the employability of graduates by linking the institutions with industries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Soludo seeks Anambra-TETFund partnership for intervention projects
    General news2 weeks ago

    Soludo seeks Anambra-TETFund partnership for intervention projects

    Gov. Charles  Soludo of Anambra, has called for a strategic partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) toward the delivery of intervention projects in higher institutions in the state.

    Soludo made the call during a visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, in Abuja on Tuesday.

    He said such collaboration would bring about a more robust impact with regard to TETFund intervention projects in the state.

    “We have a big dream, a big agenda to partner with you and other critical stakeholders to ensure we achieve desired results when it comes to TETFUND project.

    “The Federal Government is a very critical player in this field of education; as we know, education is on the concurrent list.

    The federal and states work together.

    “The only way we can make it work for ourselves is to work together through collaboration, coordination and cooperation.

    “I will like us to work together in a whole lot of areas we are interested in and in some years to come, we will be able to say with partnership with TETFund, we were able to deliver A,B,C, D,” Soludo said.

    The governor commended TETFund for its various intervention projects across the country.

    He said that the three state-owned tertiary institutions in the state, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University; Anambra Polytechnic, Mgbakwu; and College of Education, Nsugbe; were eager to welcome more intervention projects from TETFund. He, however, expressed concern over the growing number of tertiary institutions in the country, saying government might find it difficult to adequately fund them in the future.

    “With the tertiary institutions going the way they are now, there are still questions and issues we are not asking.

    “At some point, we are going to ask whether or how the government will be able to fund or adequately fund the number or the plethora of institutions.

    “But in the interim, before we get there, TETFund has been filling the gap in terms of infrastructure in our tertiary institutions,’’ the governor said.

    Soludo said that TETFund had done a lot in view of the limited resources available to it compared to the massive needs of the higher education sector.

    He said, “Even if the Federal Government is to spend its entire capital budget on education, it will not be enough to address all the issues.

    ’’ Responding, Echono said the fund had continued to do a lot both in terms of infrastructure and academic content development.

    He said that TETFund projects were everywhere in tertiary institutions in Anambra, especially at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, adding that the fund would do more in the state-owned institutions.

    “In Anambra, you will see a lot of our presence but I admit at the level of state institutions, we need to do more.

    “TETFund has put in place mechanisms through specialised training to ensure Nigerian graduates are easily employable.

    “The fund has trained over 35,000 academic staff with the Centre of Excellence churning out cutting-edge research to meet Nigeria’s developmental needs,” he said.

    Echono said that in the last 11 years, 35,000 academic staff had been trained in Masters and PhDs, saying that a lot had been done in the research component of its intervention.

    He said that the fund was also working on the employability of graduates by linking the institutions with industries.


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  •  The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities CVCNU has set up a sustainable peace team to resolve the lingering impasse between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU The former Secretary General of CVCNU Prof Michael Faborode and the Co coordinator of the team confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday through The Sustainable Peace Team Working Paper He said that the desire of the team was not to allow the current deadlock in the ASUU strike negotiations to take hold as the toll of the strike on all stakeholders and the nation had been colossal According to him to arrive at the final list no serving vice chancellor or pro chancellor is included and membership was based on record of service as recorded by the CVCNU He said that the team comprised of Prof Jibril Aminu former Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri UNIMAID Emeritus Prof Olufemi Bamiro former Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan UI Prof Ekanem Braide President Academy of Science and Dr Nkechi Nwagogu former Pro Chancellor University of Calabar UNICAL Other members of the team are Prof Joe Ahaneku former Vice Chancellor Nnamdi Azikiwe University UNIZIK Prof Fatima Mukhtar former Vice Chancellor Federal University Dutse and Prof Akpan Ekpo former Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo UNIUYO Also in the team are Prof Yakubu Ochefu Secretary General Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities CVCNU and Prof Michael Faborode former Secretary General CVCNU and former Vice Chancellor OAU We should not fold our hands and watch our house collapse on us as elders So we should speak or act now We do not have any other industry other than the university system Whatever can be done to bring all the actors to reason and broker peace using the Prof Nimi Briggs committee recommendations as the fulcrum will be worth the effort A lot had been done already and such patriotic efforts should not be wasted nor despised he said Faborode said that the Peace Team of Elders would operate under the auspices of the According to him both the Federal Government and ASUU are being reached to accept the intervention of the independent team of elders The Team will liaise with the Prof Nimi Briggs committee to understand the basis of the elements of their proposals and check with both the federal government and ASUU to identify the areas of concern and objection Afterwards the team will brainstorm on how to mitigate the thorny areas and work with all the parties to bring the imbroglio to an amicable end in the interest of all concerned and the nation The meetings and consultations will be mainly online by Zoom and perhaps finally face to face to safe costs once we make progress This is however subject to review as we proceed he explained Faborode said that the team had itemised some preliminary considerations that could shape parties understanding and way forward He said that this was because the deadlock in the crisis seemed to be getting more disturbing with the federal government maintaining a strong stance of no work no pay and ordering ASUU to go back to work He said this had also made ASUU to firmly prolong the strike to become indefinite as both sides were unwilling to proceed with further negotiation or discussions How do we engage with the Nimi Briggs committee I am personally in touch with the chairman and he feels the outstanding issues are not insurmountable These include federal government raising its offer of salary increase from 23 to may be 50 that will ensure a Professor receives up to N800 000 monthly as opposed to the negotiated N1 2 million Also the review of the decision on salaries during strike to a mid position not 0 nor 100 as ASUU wants How can we further this admonition to both sides Fundamentally the following facts should be noted the subsisting condition of Nigerian higher education is unacceptable and inconsistent with the economic development roles envisaged for them Things have been allowed to deteriorate for too long This must be halted by all as we embark on an integrated revitalisation agenda in the education sector in the interest of our economic development Faborode said He therefore called on the National Assembly to play its role in providing a sustainable solution of raising for the effective running of the universities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: Committee of VCs constitute sustainable peace team
     The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities CVCNU has set up a sustainable peace team to resolve the lingering impasse between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU The former Secretary General of CVCNU Prof Michael Faborode and the Co coordinator of the team confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday through The Sustainable Peace Team Working Paper He said that the desire of the team was not to allow the current deadlock in the ASUU strike negotiations to take hold as the toll of the strike on all stakeholders and the nation had been colossal According to him to arrive at the final list no serving vice chancellor or pro chancellor is included and membership was based on record of service as recorded by the CVCNU He said that the team comprised of Prof Jibril Aminu former Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri UNIMAID Emeritus Prof Olufemi Bamiro former Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan UI Prof Ekanem Braide President Academy of Science and Dr Nkechi Nwagogu former Pro Chancellor University of Calabar UNICAL Other members of the team are Prof Joe Ahaneku former Vice Chancellor Nnamdi Azikiwe University UNIZIK Prof Fatima Mukhtar former Vice Chancellor Federal University Dutse and Prof Akpan Ekpo former Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo UNIUYO Also in the team are Prof Yakubu Ochefu Secretary General Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities CVCNU and Prof Michael Faborode former Secretary General CVCNU and former Vice Chancellor OAU We should not fold our hands and watch our house collapse on us as elders So we should speak or act now We do not have any other industry other than the university system Whatever can be done to bring all the actors to reason and broker peace using the Prof Nimi Briggs committee recommendations as the fulcrum will be worth the effort A lot had been done already and such patriotic efforts should not be wasted nor despised he said Faborode said that the Peace Team of Elders would operate under the auspices of the According to him both the Federal Government and ASUU are being reached to accept the intervention of the independent team of elders The Team will liaise with the Prof Nimi Briggs committee to understand the basis of the elements of their proposals and check with both the federal government and ASUU to identify the areas of concern and objection Afterwards the team will brainstorm on how to mitigate the thorny areas and work with all the parties to bring the imbroglio to an amicable end in the interest of all concerned and the nation The meetings and consultations will be mainly online by Zoom and perhaps finally face to face to safe costs once we make progress This is however subject to review as we proceed he explained Faborode said that the team had itemised some preliminary considerations that could shape parties understanding and way forward He said that this was because the deadlock in the crisis seemed to be getting more disturbing with the federal government maintaining a strong stance of no work no pay and ordering ASUU to go back to work He said this had also made ASUU to firmly prolong the strike to become indefinite as both sides were unwilling to proceed with further negotiation or discussions How do we engage with the Nimi Briggs committee I am personally in touch with the chairman and he feels the outstanding issues are not insurmountable These include federal government raising its offer of salary increase from 23 to may be 50 that will ensure a Professor receives up to N800 000 monthly as opposed to the negotiated N1 2 million Also the review of the decision on salaries during strike to a mid position not 0 nor 100 as ASUU wants How can we further this admonition to both sides Fundamentally the following facts should be noted the subsisting condition of Nigerian higher education is unacceptable and inconsistent with the economic development roles envisaged for them Things have been allowed to deteriorate for too long This must be halted by all as we embark on an integrated revitalisation agenda in the education sector in the interest of our economic development Faborode said He therefore called on the National Assembly to play its role in providing a sustainable solution of raising for the effective running of the universities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: Committee of VCs constitute sustainable peace team
    General news4 weeks ago

    ASUU Strike: Committee of VCs constitute sustainable peace team

    The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) has set up a sustainable peace team to resolve the lingering impasse between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

    The former Secretary General of CVCNU, Prof. Michael Faborode, and the Co-coordinator of the team, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday, through ‘The Sustainable Peace Team Working Paper’.

    He said that the desire of the team was not to allow the current deadlock in the ASUU strike negotiations to take hold, as the toll of the strike on all stakeholders and the nation had been colossal.

    According to him, to arrive at the final list, no serving vice chancellor or pro-chancellor is included and membership was based on record of service as recorded by the CVCNU.

    He said that the team comprised of Prof. Jibril Aminu, former Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID); Emeritus Prof. Olufemi Bamiro,  former Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan (UI); Prof. Ekanem Braide, President, Academy of Science; and Dr Nkechi Nwagogu, former Pro-Chancellor, University of Calabar (UNICAL).

    Other members of the team are Prof. Joe Ahaneku, former Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK); Prof. Fatima Mukhtar, former Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Dutse; and Prof. Akpan Ekpo, former Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo (UNIUYO).

    Also in the team are Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, Secretary General, Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), and Prof. Michael Faborode, former Secretary General, CVCNU and former Vice Chancellor, OAU.

    “We should not fold our hands and watch our ‘house’ collapse on us as elders.

    So, we should speak or act now.

    “We do not have any other industry other than the university system.

    “Whatever can be done to bring all the actors to reason and broker peace using the Prof. Nimi Briggs committee recommendations as the fulcrum, will be worth the effort.

    “A lot had been done already and such patriotic efforts should not be wasted nor despised,” he said.

    Faborode said that the “Peace Team of Elders” would operate under the auspices of the .

    According to him, both the Federal Government and ASUU are being reached to accept the intervention of the independent team of elders.

    “The Team will liaise with the Prof. Nimi Briggs committee to understand the basis of the elements of their proposals, and check with both the federal government and ASUU to identify the areas of concern and objection.

    “Afterwards the team will brainstorm on how to mitigate the thorny areas and work with all the parties to bring the imbroglio to an amicable end in the interest of all concerned and the nation.

    “The meetings and consultations will be mainly online by Zoom and perhaps finally face-to-face to safe costs once we make progress.

    This is however subject to review as we proceed,” he explained.

    Faborode said that the team had itemised some preliminary considerations that could shape parties understanding and way forward.

    He said that this was because the deadlock in the crisis seemed to be getting more disturbing with the federal government maintaining a strong stance of “no-work, no-pay” and ordering ASUU to go back to work.

    He said this had also made ASUU to firmly prolong the strike to become indefinite as both sides were unwilling to proceed with further negotiation or discussions.

    “How do we engage with the Nimi Briggs committee?

    I am personally in touch with the chairman, and he feels the outstanding issues are not insurmountable.

    “These include federal government raising its offer of salary increase from 23% to may be 50% that will ensure a Professor receives up to N800,000 monthly as opposed to the negotiated N1.2 million.

    “Also, the review of the decision on salaries during strike to a mid-position, not 0% nor 100% as ASUU wants.

    How can we further this admonition to both sides?

    “Fundamentally, the following facts should be noted: the subsisting condition of Nigerian higher education is unacceptable and inconsistent with the economic development roles envisaged for them.

    “Things have been allowed to deteriorate for too long, This, must be halted by all as we embark on an integrated revitalisation agenda in the education sector, in the interest of our economic development,” Faborode said.

    He, therefore, called on the National Assembly to play its role in providing a sustainable solution of raising for the effective running of the universities.


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  •  Some civil servants in the South East have called for the reform of the National Housing Fund NHF to make the agency meet up its mandate of housing provision They disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews while reacting to the impact of the NHF since its inception In Enugu a retired civil servant Mr Vincent Okwor said that the fund was meant to provide houses or loans for housing acquisition and other related issues Okwor a former Assistant Editor in Chief of NAN said that in recent times the fund had not met the requirements of civil servants and low income Nigerians it should be catering for According to him previously it only takes three months to collect your NHF contribution and its interest after retirement but today there is delay in this process and at times contributors are short paid The purpose of the fund is not being fulfilled and it needs some reforms for it to function exceptionally I collected my contributed money and its interest in three months about five years ago after retirement but recently a newly retired colleague went to the fund but was delayed and was about to be short paid It took him accosting the managers of NHF in Abuja and intervention of a friend working in the fund for his over N100 000 short payment to be restored he said A serving civil servant who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the fund had not lived up to its expectation as even civil servants getting simple housing related loans below N1 million was still challenging The fund mandate should be looked into again and see how to make it more functional and realistic Myself and some colleagues applied for a Home Renovation Loan in the fund for N1 million and we even paid N9 000 for the facilitation of the loan But till date close to a year we have not heard from the agency office in the South East whether the application is accepted or not So the purpose of providing little loan let alone a shelter for civil servants is not visible any longer he said Other federal and state civil servants expressed dissatisfaction over non affordability and accessibility of houses built by governments They said that the cost of accessing and acquiring the buildings were beyond their salaries urging government to do something to alleviate their plight from becoming house owners According to them it is disheartening and painful that after working for 35 years a civil servant cannot boast of personal house or land In Abia a federal civil servant and contributor to the scheme Mrs Grace Okonkwo said that the institution fell short of the expectations of its subscribers nationwide in spite of the monthly deductions from their salaries by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN Okonkwo said that she and her colleagues who also subscribed had not got the houses they were paying for She said I m not satisfied with NHF because deductions are made from my salary every month but I have nothing to show for it For those of us in the Abia office of the institution it is only one person out of the lot that got a parcel of land in Abuja I think one of the challenges for us here in Abia is that there is no Federal Secretariat where we can easily take our complaints to or make inquiries For Mr Patrick Ufomba another contributor to the scheme the purpose of establishing NHF is defeated Ufomba said that to the best of his knowledge not many civil servants have been able to access the fund to execute housing project He said that he had spent over two decades in the federal civil service but cannot boast of having his own building It pains especially when money deducted monthly from my salary for that purpose At times I feel defrauded because I cannot enjoy the benefit of the contribution The Federal Government is expected to build low cost houses for civil servants after which they deduct the money from their salaries Unfortunately such projects are not seen especially in states Ufomba said A federal health worker Mr Julius Eze said that he applied for a Home Renovation Loan since two years ago but had yet to get any positive response I m just disappointed that l have not been able to access the N1 million that I applied for since two years ago I met the necessary requirements from FMBN but no official response from the institution on the issue to date I wish that the relevant authorities would intervene so that civil servants can access the houses or get loans as and when due Eze said A Deputy Director in the federal civil service described the scheme as a scam that should be investigated urgently I appeal to the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau to beam their searchlight on NHF and tell Nigerian workers what is happening with their monthly contributions It is painful that a civil servant at my level would work for decades and not own a house of my own This is unacceptable Something is fishing and management of the institution has explanations to make the lady said on the condition of anonymity An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Enugu who pleaded anonymity urged the Federal Government to replicate same housing they built for workers at the Federal Capital Territory to states to enable workers at the state level to benefit He said We only see from television of government workers who have benefited from the FG housing plans in Abuja It is sad that after retirement one will be struggling to pay house rent school fees for children and feeding The highest thing any government can do for its working force is to provide them with personal accommodation adding that many retired civil servants die because they cannot afford house rent A staff of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity who also pleaded anonymity described Contributory National Housing Fund as a fraud explaining that in spite of the contributions many civil servants found it difficult to access housing loans I see it as a scam because the purpose of contributing is to enable workers own house but the house is not available for them while few ones built was beyond our reach This is a big challenge to civil servants that earn little government should come to our aid he appealed An Enugu State teacher who simply gave her name as Sabina also appealed to governments and developers to reduce the price at which they sold houses to low income earners She expressed dismay that civil servants in the state did not have houses of their own as well as accessing loans from the mortgage banks and other financial institutions How can a civil servant that earn N40 000 to N50 000 buy the lowest house they sell N5 5m N10m and N15m she lamented In Anambra Mrs Chinwe Orizu the state Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress said that workers were yet to benefit from national housing fund they contributed over years due to non completion of the housing estate scheme in the state Orizu said that the process of the scheme should be made open to the public for easy accessment of information to avoid a situation where contributors would miss the opportunity to own a house or get reimbursed Mr Christian Beluchukwu a retired civil servant said that he never had a house nor being reimbursed the contribution he made while in service because of the tight process involved since no estate had been built by the government for her workers Mrs Ada Okafor a Chief pharmacist with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi said that years back she filled a form regarding the process to claim a house based on their contribution but surprisingly till date nothing had been done to actualise the goal Mrs Pamela Igwe a contributor with Purity FM said that government should make the process to be transparent and easy to access for contributors Igwe said that the idea was laudable as the condition of many civil servants were pitiable in housing area and appealed to controller in charge of Anambra national housing scheme to ensure that the projects were realizable This national housing scheme is doable Lagos and Delta states have achieved it so Anambra can do better We need houses to be called our own so at retirement we can rest from rent age she said Meanwhile Mr Iwuchukwu Okafor Federal Controller Federal Housing Sector said that national housing scheme projects were ongoing in Anambra and that efforts were being made to complete them for commissioning Okafor said that the national housing projects started since 2016 in the state at Isiagu Community Layout in Awka South Local Government Area of the state He disclosed that the projects were done in three stages which involved site location clearing and erecting of the building meant for all grades of workers He explained that the stages entailed building of condominium which implies building a detachable structures that contains three bedroom flats two bedroom and one bedroom flat for all grades of workers Primarily the process starts from interested worker picking up a form from the ministry and presenting proof of contribution amongst others which at the end of the verification exercise flats would be allocated based on the contributory value of each worker Mr Chijioke Onyi a supervisor with the federal ministry collaborated the claim of the controller and said that they were working hard to ensure the problem of housing in the state for civil servants were solved Onyi said that some of the challenges they encountered include access road to the estate and expressed hope that attention would be given to that as soon as possible However some stakeholders in Ebonyi have decried the lack of awareness from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN on the possible steps to access the housing fund in the country The Stakeholders in a separate interviews with NAN said they did not know how to access the fund or have knowledge of where deductions from their salaries were being stacked Mrs Chika Oko a subscriber said she had been seeing deductions from her salary but not fully aware of how or where to access the fund I am a contributor and I don t know how to access the fund for the purpose of house ownership I am sure some people are just enriching themselves with people s contribution because I have not seen a contributor who have benefited before On houses built by the current administration I have no idea and I do not think there is anything like that in the state because I have not heard Oko added Mr Mike Chukwuka a civil servant in the state also blamed FMBN for lack of information on the Federal Housing Fund scheme It is unfair that many civil servants do not know anything on how to access the fund even when their salaries are being deducted We should blame FMBN that is managing the fund Yes I am a contributor and I have not had any need to access the fund But I have a friend who have benefited but that was when the person retired FMBN should come out to educate people especially on how to benefit to clear the negative impression by workers Chukwuka advised Another subscriber and teacher Mr Kennedy Okechukwu told NAN that he had not seen any house built for contributors in Ebonyi by the current administration in the past seven years Okechukwu said that some of the challenges plaguing the scheme remained lack of information about the fund Many people are ignorant of the scheme and how to access it he added A Retired Civil Servant Mr Wilson Okereke Former Deputy Director National Orientation Agency NOA said he was able to access the fund after his retirement On challenge Okereke said that he did not encounter any and added that the process was fast He urged the people to stop the impatient conclusion about the housing fund scheme Yes I benefited when I retired in 2020 I have no idea of anybody who have benefited while in service he stated In Imo beneficiaries of the National Housing Fund NHF said the process of accessing the fund was seamless and devoid of unnecessary stress A staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN Mr Michael Erondu said the fund was a reasonable arrangement by the Federal Government but decried the bureaucratic process involved in accessing it According to him the stress associated with bureaucracy of procuring the loan from commercial banks is a far cry from what the Federal Government intended it to serve Also contributing a senior staff of the state ministry of Information who pleaded anonymity said that the state s housing fund had gone moribund The source who hinted that the fund used to be operative before the start of the current administration expressed confidence that it would be reinstated It noted that the fund was seamlessly assessed when it was still available to workers adding that it provided a viable platform for civil servants in the state to own a house A retiree Mrs Kate Ubochioma said that she could not enjoy the Fund due to its unavailability throughout the period she worked Ubochioma called on the state government to revive the fund for the benefit of civil servants especially low income earners However a secondary school teacher Mrs Chinwendu Ohaya commended the Federal Government for the fund adding that she had begun the construction of her own house I accessed the fund from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and it was helpful I am currently building my own house Ohaya said Another beneficiary Mrs Ngozika Hyacinth said that the long duration for repayment of the loan negatively impacted her salary amounting to almost infinitesimal amount Hyacinth who works as a nurse called for a review of the initiative to guarantee a more citizen friendly process and repayment system On the other hand Mr Anthony Uwa who pleaded that the establishment should not be mentioned called for an increase in government support to the fund to enable it serve its purpose It will help restore belief in the system and attract more potential benefits he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Civil servants call for reform of National Housing Fund
     Some civil servants in the South East have called for the reform of the National Housing Fund NHF to make the agency meet up its mandate of housing provision They disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews while reacting to the impact of the NHF since its inception In Enugu a retired civil servant Mr Vincent Okwor said that the fund was meant to provide houses or loans for housing acquisition and other related issues Okwor a former Assistant Editor in Chief of NAN said that in recent times the fund had not met the requirements of civil servants and low income Nigerians it should be catering for According to him previously it only takes three months to collect your NHF contribution and its interest after retirement but today there is delay in this process and at times contributors are short paid The purpose of the fund is not being fulfilled and it needs some reforms for it to function exceptionally I collected my contributed money and its interest in three months about five years ago after retirement but recently a newly retired colleague went to the fund but was delayed and was about to be short paid It took him accosting the managers of NHF in Abuja and intervention of a friend working in the fund for his over N100 000 short payment to be restored he said A serving civil servant who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the fund had not lived up to its expectation as even civil servants getting simple housing related loans below N1 million was still challenging The fund mandate should be looked into again and see how to make it more functional and realistic Myself and some colleagues applied for a Home Renovation Loan in the fund for N1 million and we even paid N9 000 for the facilitation of the loan But till date close to a year we have not heard from the agency office in the South East whether the application is accepted or not So the purpose of providing little loan let alone a shelter for civil servants is not visible any longer he said Other federal and state civil servants expressed dissatisfaction over non affordability and accessibility of houses built by governments They said that the cost of accessing and acquiring the buildings were beyond their salaries urging government to do something to alleviate their plight from becoming house owners According to them it is disheartening and painful that after working for 35 years a civil servant cannot boast of personal house or land In Abia a federal civil servant and contributor to the scheme Mrs Grace Okonkwo said that the institution fell short of the expectations of its subscribers nationwide in spite of the monthly deductions from their salaries by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN Okonkwo said that she and her colleagues who also subscribed had not got the houses they were paying for She said I m not satisfied with NHF because deductions are made from my salary every month but I have nothing to show for it For those of us in the Abia office of the institution it is only one person out of the lot that got a parcel of land in Abuja I think one of the challenges for us here in Abia is that there is no Federal Secretariat where we can easily take our complaints to or make inquiries For Mr Patrick Ufomba another contributor to the scheme the purpose of establishing NHF is defeated Ufomba said that to the best of his knowledge not many civil servants have been able to access the fund to execute housing project He said that he had spent over two decades in the federal civil service but cannot boast of having his own building It pains especially when money deducted monthly from my salary for that purpose At times I feel defrauded because I cannot enjoy the benefit of the contribution The Federal Government is expected to build low cost houses for civil servants after which they deduct the money from their salaries Unfortunately such projects are not seen especially in states Ufomba said A federal health worker Mr Julius Eze said that he applied for a Home Renovation Loan since two years ago but had yet to get any positive response I m just disappointed that l have not been able to access the N1 million that I applied for since two years ago I met the necessary requirements from FMBN but no official response from the institution on the issue to date I wish that the relevant authorities would intervene so that civil servants can access the houses or get loans as and when due Eze said A Deputy Director in the federal civil service described the scheme as a scam that should be investigated urgently I appeal to the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau to beam their searchlight on NHF and tell Nigerian workers what is happening with their monthly contributions It is painful that a civil servant at my level would work for decades and not own a house of my own This is unacceptable Something is fishing and management of the institution has explanations to make the lady said on the condition of anonymity An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Enugu who pleaded anonymity urged the Federal Government to replicate same housing they built for workers at the Federal Capital Territory to states to enable workers at the state level to benefit He said We only see from television of government workers who have benefited from the FG housing plans in Abuja It is sad that after retirement one will be struggling to pay house rent school fees for children and feeding The highest thing any government can do for its working force is to provide them with personal accommodation adding that many retired civil servants die because they cannot afford house rent A staff of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity who also pleaded anonymity described Contributory National Housing Fund as a fraud explaining that in spite of the contributions many civil servants found it difficult to access housing loans I see it as a scam because the purpose of contributing is to enable workers own house but the house is not available for them while few ones built was beyond our reach This is a big challenge to civil servants that earn little government should come to our aid he appealed An Enugu State teacher who simply gave her name as Sabina also appealed to governments and developers to reduce the price at which they sold houses to low income earners She expressed dismay that civil servants in the state did not have houses of their own as well as accessing loans from the mortgage banks and other financial institutions How can a civil servant that earn N40 000 to N50 000 buy the lowest house they sell N5 5m N10m and N15m she lamented In Anambra Mrs Chinwe Orizu the state Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress said that workers were yet to benefit from national housing fund they contributed over years due to non completion of the housing estate scheme in the state Orizu said that the process of the scheme should be made open to the public for easy accessment of information to avoid a situation where contributors would miss the opportunity to own a house or get reimbursed Mr Christian Beluchukwu a retired civil servant said that he never had a house nor being reimbursed the contribution he made while in service because of the tight process involved since no estate had been built by the government for her workers Mrs Ada Okafor a Chief pharmacist with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi said that years back she filled a form regarding the process to claim a house based on their contribution but surprisingly till date nothing had been done to actualise the goal Mrs Pamela Igwe a contributor with Purity FM said that government should make the process to be transparent and easy to access for contributors Igwe said that the idea was laudable as the condition of many civil servants were pitiable in housing area and appealed to controller in charge of Anambra national housing scheme to ensure that the projects were realizable This national housing scheme is doable Lagos and Delta states have achieved it so Anambra can do better We need houses to be called our own so at retirement we can rest from rent age she said Meanwhile Mr Iwuchukwu Okafor Federal Controller Federal Housing Sector said that national housing scheme projects were ongoing in Anambra and that efforts were being made to complete them for commissioning Okafor said that the national housing projects started since 2016 in the state at Isiagu Community Layout in Awka South Local Government Area of the state He disclosed that the projects were done in three stages which involved site location clearing and erecting of the building meant for all grades of workers He explained that the stages entailed building of condominium which implies building a detachable structures that contains three bedroom flats two bedroom and one bedroom flat for all grades of workers Primarily the process starts from interested worker picking up a form from the ministry and presenting proof of contribution amongst others which at the end of the verification exercise flats would be allocated based on the contributory value of each worker Mr Chijioke Onyi a supervisor with the federal ministry collaborated the claim of the controller and said that they were working hard to ensure the problem of housing in the state for civil servants were solved Onyi said that some of the challenges they encountered include access road to the estate and expressed hope that attention would be given to that as soon as possible However some stakeholders in Ebonyi have decried the lack of awareness from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN on the possible steps to access the housing fund in the country The Stakeholders in a separate interviews with NAN said they did not know how to access the fund or have knowledge of where deductions from their salaries were being stacked Mrs Chika Oko a subscriber said she had been seeing deductions from her salary but not fully aware of how or where to access the fund I am a contributor and I don t know how to access the fund for the purpose of house ownership I am sure some people are just enriching themselves with people s contribution because I have not seen a contributor who have benefited before On houses built by the current administration I have no idea and I do not think there is anything like that in the state because I have not heard Oko added Mr Mike Chukwuka a civil servant in the state also blamed FMBN for lack of information on the Federal Housing Fund scheme It is unfair that many civil servants do not know anything on how to access the fund even when their salaries are being deducted We should blame FMBN that is managing the fund Yes I am a contributor and I have not had any need to access the fund But I have a friend who have benefited but that was when the person retired FMBN should come out to educate people especially on how to benefit to clear the negative impression by workers Chukwuka advised Another subscriber and teacher Mr Kennedy Okechukwu told NAN that he had not seen any house built for contributors in Ebonyi by the current administration in the past seven years Okechukwu said that some of the challenges plaguing the scheme remained lack of information about the fund Many people are ignorant of the scheme and how to access it he added A Retired Civil Servant Mr Wilson Okereke Former Deputy Director National Orientation Agency NOA said he was able to access the fund after his retirement On challenge Okereke said that he did not encounter any and added that the process was fast He urged the people to stop the impatient conclusion about the housing fund scheme Yes I benefited when I retired in 2020 I have no idea of anybody who have benefited while in service he stated In Imo beneficiaries of the National Housing Fund NHF said the process of accessing the fund was seamless and devoid of unnecessary stress A staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN Mr Michael Erondu said the fund was a reasonable arrangement by the Federal Government but decried the bureaucratic process involved in accessing it According to him the stress associated with bureaucracy of procuring the loan from commercial banks is a far cry from what the Federal Government intended it to serve Also contributing a senior staff of the state ministry of Information who pleaded anonymity said that the state s housing fund had gone moribund The source who hinted that the fund used to be operative before the start of the current administration expressed confidence that it would be reinstated It noted that the fund was seamlessly assessed when it was still available to workers adding that it provided a viable platform for civil servants in the state to own a house A retiree Mrs Kate Ubochioma said that she could not enjoy the Fund due to its unavailability throughout the period she worked Ubochioma called on the state government to revive the fund for the benefit of civil servants especially low income earners However a secondary school teacher Mrs Chinwendu Ohaya commended the Federal Government for the fund adding that she had begun the construction of her own house I accessed the fund from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and it was helpful I am currently building my own house Ohaya said Another beneficiary Mrs Ngozika Hyacinth said that the long duration for repayment of the loan negatively impacted her salary amounting to almost infinitesimal amount Hyacinth who works as a nurse called for a review of the initiative to guarantee a more citizen friendly process and repayment system On the other hand Mr Anthony Uwa who pleaded that the establishment should not be mentioned called for an increase in government support to the fund to enable it serve its purpose It will help restore belief in the system and attract more potential benefits he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Civil servants call for reform of National Housing Fund
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    Civil servants call for reform of National Housing Fund

    Some civil servants in the South East have called for the reform of the National Housing Fund (NHF) to make the agency meet up its mandate of housing provision.They disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews while reacting to the impact of the NHF since its inception.In Enugu, a retired civil servant, Mr Vincent Okwor, said that the fund was meant to provide houses or loans for housing acquisition and other related issues.Okwor, a former Assistant Editor-in-Chief of NAN, said that in recent times, the fund had not met the requirements of civil servants and low income Nigerians it should be catering for.According to him, previously, it only takes three months to collect your NHF contribution and its interest after retirement; but today there is delay in this process and at times contributors are short paid.“The purpose of the fund is not being fulfilled and it needs some reforms for it to function exceptionally.“I collected my contributed money and its interest in three months about five years ago after retirement; but recently, a newly retired colleague went to the fund but was delayed and was about to be short paid.“It took him accosting the managers of NHF in Abuja and intervention of a friend working in the fund for his over N100,000 short payment to be restored,” he said.A serving civil servant, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the fund had not lived up to its expectation as even civil servants getting simple housing related loans below N1 million was still challenging.“The fund mandate should be looked into again and see how to make it more functional and realistic.“Myself and some colleagues applied for a Home Renovation Loan in the fund for N1 million and we even paid N9,000 for the facilitation of the loan.“But till date close to a year, we have not heard from the agency office in the South-East whether the application is accepted or not.“So, the purpose of providing little loan, let alone a shelter for civil servants is not visible any longer,” he said.Other federal and state civil servants expressed dissatisfaction over non affordability and accessibility of houses built by governments.They said that the cost of accessing and acquiring the buildings were beyond their salaries, urging government to do something to alleviate their plight from becoming house owners.According to them, it is disheartening and painful that after working for 35 years, a civil servant cannot boast of personal house or land.In Abia, a federal civil servant and contributor to the scheme, Mrs Grace Okonkwo, said that the institution fell short of the expectations of its subscribers nationwide in spite of the monthly deductions from their salaries by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).Okonkwo said that she and her colleagues, who also subscribed, had not got the houses they were paying for.She said: “I’m not satisfied with NHF because deductions are made from my salary every month but I have nothing to show for it.“For those of us in the Abia office of the institution, it is only one person out of the lot that got a parcel of land in Abuja.“I think one of the challenges for us here in Abia is that there is no Federal Secretariat, where we can easily take our complaints to or make inquiries.” For Mr Patrick Ufomba, another contributor to the scheme, the purpose of establishing NHF is defeated.Ufomba said that to the best of his knowledge, not many civil servants have been able to access the fund to execute housing project.He said that he had spent over two decades in the federal civil service but cannot boast of having his own building.“It pains, especially when money deducted monthly from my salary for that purpose.At times, I feel defrauded because I cannot enjoy the benefit of the contribution.“The Federal Government is expected to build low-cost houses for civil servants, after which they deduct the money from their salaries.“Unfortunately, such projects are not seen, especially in states,” Ufomba said.A federal health worker, Mr Julius Eze, said that he applied for a Home Renovation Loan since two years ago but had yet to get any positive response.“I’m just disappointed that l have not been able to access the N1 million that I applied for since two years ago.“I met the necessary requirements from FMBN but no official response from the institution on the issue to date.“I wish that the relevant authorities would intervene so that civil servants can access the houses or get loans as and when due,” Eze said.A Deputy Director in the federal civil service described the scheme as a scam that should be investigated urgently.“I appeal to the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau to beam their searchlight on NHF and tell Nigerian workers what is happening with their monthly contributions.“It is painful that a civil servant at my level would work for decades and not own a house of my own.“This is unacceptable.Something is fishing and management of the institution has explanations to make,” the lady said on the condition of anonymity.An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in Enugu who pleaded anonymity, urged the Federal Government to replicate same housing they built for workers at the Federal Capital Territory to states to enable workers at the state level to benefit.He said, “We only see from television of government workers who have benefited from the FG housing plans in Abuja.“It is sad that after retirement, one will be struggling to pay house rent, school fees for children and feeding.“The highest thing any government can do for its working force is to provide them with personal accommodation, adding that many retired civil servants die because they cannot afford house rent.A staff of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, who also pleaded anonymity, described Contributory National Housing Fund as a “fraud” explaining that in spite of the contributions, many civil servants found it difficult to access housing loans “I see it as a scam because the purpose of contributing is to enable workers own house but the house is not available for them while few ones built was beyond our reach.“This is a big challenge to civil servants that earn little; government should come to our aid,” he appealed.An Enugu State teacher who simply gave her name as Sabina, also appealed to governments and developers to reduce the price at which they sold houses to low income earners.She expressed dismay that civil servants in the state did not have houses of their own as well as accessing loans from the mortgage banks and other financial institutions.“How can a civil servant that earn N40,000 to N50,000 buy the lowest house they sell N5.5m, N10m and N15m,” she lamented.In Anambra, Mrs Chinwe Orizu, the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, said that workers were yet to benefit from national housing fund they contributed over years due to non completion of the housing estate scheme in the state.Orizu said that the process of the scheme should be made open to the public for easy accessment of information to avoid a situation where contributors would miss the opportunity to own a house or get reimbursed.Mr Christian Beluchukwu, a retired civil servant, said that he never had a house nor being reimbursed the contribution he made while in service  because of the tight process involved since no estate had been built by the government for her workers.Mrs Ada Okafor, a Chief pharmacist with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching  Hospital, Nnewi, said that years back, she filled a form regarding the process  to claim a house based on their contribution but surprisingly, till date nothing had been done to actualise the goal.Mrs Pamela Igwe, a contributor with Purity FM, said that government should make the process to be transparent and easy to access for contributors.Igwe said that the idea was laudable as the condition of many civil servants were pitiable in housing area and appealed to controller in charge of Anambra national housing scheme to ensure that the projects were realizable.“This national housing scheme is doable, Lagos and Delta states have achieved it so Anambra can do better.“We need houses to be called our own so at retirement, we can rest from rent age,” she said.Meanwhile, Mr Iwuchukwu Okafor, Federal Controller, Federal Housing Sector, said that national housing scheme projects were ongoing in Anambra  and that efforts were being made to complete them for commissioning.Okafor said that the national housing projects started since 2016 in the state at Isiagu Community Layout in Awka South Local Government Area of the state.He disclosed that the projects were done in three stages which involved site location, clearing and erecting of the building meant for all grades of workers.He explained that the stages entailed building of condominium  which implies building  a detachable structures that contains three bedroom flats , two bedroom and one bedroom flat  for all grades of workers.“Primarily  the process starts from interested worker picking up a  form from the ministry and presenting proof of contribution amongst others which at the end of the verification exercise flats would be allocated based on the contributory value of each worker.Mr Chijioke Onyi, a supervisor with the federal ministry collaborated the claim of the controller and said that they were working hard to ensure the problem of housing in the state for civil servants were solved.Onyi said that some of the challenges they encountered include access  road to the estate and expressed hope that attention would be given to that as soon as possible.However, some stakeholders in Ebonyi, have decried the lack of awareness from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) on the possible steps to access the housing fund in the country.The Stakeholders, in a separate interviews with NAN, said they did not know how to access the fund or have knowledge of where deductions from their salaries were being stacked.Mrs Chika Oko, a subscriber, said she had been seeing deductions from her salary but not fully aware of how or where to access the fund.“I am a contributor and I don’t know how to access the fund for the purpose of house ownership.“I am sure some people are just enriching themselves with people’s contribution, because I have not seen a contributor who have benefited before.“On houses built by the current administration, I have no idea and I do not think there is anything like that in the state because I have not heard,” Oko added.Mr Mike Chukwuka, a civil servant in the state, also blamed FMBN for lack of information on the Federal Housing Fund scheme.‘‘It is unfair that many civil servants do not know anything on how to access the fund even when their salaries are being deducted.We should blame FMBN that is managing the fund.“Yes, I am a contributor, and I have not had any need to access the fund.But I have a friend, who have benefited, but that was when the person retired.“FMBN should come out to educate people, especially on how to benefit to clear the negative impression by workers,” Chukwuka advised.Another subscriber and teacher, Mr Kennedy Okechukwu told NAN that he had not seen any house built for contributors in Ebonyi by the current administration in the past seven years.Okechukwu said that some of the challenges plaguing the scheme remained lack of information about the fund.“Many people are ignorant of the scheme and how to access it,” he added.A Retired Civil Servant, Mr Wilson Okereke, Former Deputy Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) said he was able to access the fund after his retirement.On challenge, Okereke said that he did not encounter any and added that the process was fast.He urged the people to stop the impatient conclusion about the housing fund scheme.“Yes, I benefited when I retired in 2020. I have no idea of anybody, who have benefited while in service,” he stated.In Imo, beneficiaries of the National Housing Fund (NHF) said the process of accessing the fund was seamless and devoid of unnecessary stress.A staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Michael Erondu, said the fund was a reasonable arrangement by the Federal Government but decried the bureaucratic process involved in accessing it.According to him, the stress associated with bureaucracy of procuring the loan from commercial banks is a far cry from what the Federal Government intended it to serve.Also contributing, a senior staff of the state ministry of Information, who pleaded anonymity, said that the state’s housing fund had gone moribund.The source, who hinted that the fund used to be operative before the start of the current administration, expressed confidence that it would be reinstated.It noted that the fund was seamlessly assessed when it was still available to workers, adding that it provided a viable platform for civil servants in the state to own a house.A retiree, Mrs Kate Ubochioma, said that she could not enjoy the Fund due to its unavailability throughout the period she worked.Ubochioma called on the state government to revive the fund for the benefit of civil servants, especially low income earners.However, a secondary school teacher, Mrs Chinwendu Ohaya, commended the Federal Government for the fund, adding that she had begun the construction of her own house.‘I accessed the fund from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and it was helpful.I am currently building my own house,” Ohaya said.Another beneficiary, Mrs Ngozika Hyacinth, said that the long duration for repayment of the loan negatively impacted her salary, amounting to almost infinitesimal amount.Hyacinth, who works as a nurse, called for a review of the initiative to guarantee a more citizen-friendly process and repayment system.On the other hand, Mr Anthony Uwa, who pleaded that the establishment should not be mentioned, called for an increase in government support to the fund to enable it serve its purpose.“It will help restore belief in the system and attract more potential benefits,” he added.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Disciplinary Committee of the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria RRBN has suspended one Dr Anthony Ugwu for two years over alleged professional misconduct Prof Mark Okeji the Registrar of RRBN said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday Ugwu is a lecturer in the Department of Radiography Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Anambra and the owner of St Michael Diagnostic Center Nnewi Anambra The Registrar said the board heard and determined a case against Ugwu who was found guilty of contravening the code of conduct Consequent upon the above Ugwu has been suspended for the period of 24 months within which time he will cease from practising as a radiographer He also ceases from being involved in radiograhy activities with effect from Aug 5 he said The registrar said that Ugwu was also ordered by the disciplinary committee to pay N1million to offset the incidentals incurred by the board He said that Ugwu refused to honour invitations by the Investigative Panel and Disciplinary Committee of the board and had allegedly posted several derogatory remarks about the board to a fellow senior colleague Okeji said Ugwu also had circulated an official letter of the board not addressed to him on the social media He said the committee found such acts as disrespectful abusive insulting unwholesome and unbecoming of a professional According to him the committee is established by the same Act that established RRBN and empowered to receive and attend to cases of misdemeanors indiscipline and misconduct among members He said the act also gave directives on the disciplinary measures that should be meted out to erring members in the country This is to ensure that members of the profession conformed to the ethics of the profession Okeji said He said that the committee s decision showed that the board had taken one step forward to perform one of its functions He said the decision was an assurance to radiographers patients and the general public that radiography practice was safe and handled by qualified professionals NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Misconduct: Board suspends radiographer for 2 years
     The Disciplinary Committee of the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria RRBN has suspended one Dr Anthony Ugwu for two years over alleged professional misconduct Prof Mark Okeji the Registrar of RRBN said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday Ugwu is a lecturer in the Department of Radiography Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Anambra and the owner of St Michael Diagnostic Center Nnewi Anambra The Registrar said the board heard and determined a case against Ugwu who was found guilty of contravening the code of conduct Consequent upon the above Ugwu has been suspended for the period of 24 months within which time he will cease from practising as a radiographer He also ceases from being involved in radiograhy activities with effect from Aug 5 he said The registrar said that Ugwu was also ordered by the disciplinary committee to pay N1million to offset the incidentals incurred by the board He said that Ugwu refused to honour invitations by the Investigative Panel and Disciplinary Committee of the board and had allegedly posted several derogatory remarks about the board to a fellow senior colleague Okeji said Ugwu also had circulated an official letter of the board not addressed to him on the social media He said the committee found such acts as disrespectful abusive insulting unwholesome and unbecoming of a professional According to him the committee is established by the same Act that established RRBN and empowered to receive and attend to cases of misdemeanors indiscipline and misconduct among members He said the act also gave directives on the disciplinary measures that should be meted out to erring members in the country This is to ensure that members of the profession conformed to the ethics of the profession Okeji said He said that the committee s decision showed that the board had taken one step forward to perform one of its functions He said the decision was an assurance to radiographers patients and the general public that radiography practice was safe and handled by qualified professionals NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Misconduct: Board suspends radiographer for 2 years
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    Misconduct: Board suspends radiographer for 2 years

    The Disciplinary Committee of the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN), has suspended one Dr Anthony Ugwu, for two years over alleged professional misconduct.

    Prof. Mark Okeji, the Registrar of RRBN, said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

    Ugwu is a lecturer in the Department of Radiography, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra and the owner of St. Michael Diagnostic Center, Nnewi, Anambra.

    The Registrar said the board heard and determined a case  against Ugwu, who was found guilty of contravening the code of conduct.

    “Consequent upon the above, Ugwu has been suspended for the period of 24 months within which time he will cease from practising as a radiographer.

    “He also ceases from being involved in radiograhy activities with effect from Aug. 5,’’ he said.

    The registrar said that Ugwu was also ordered by the disciplinary committee to pay N1million to offset the incidentals incurred by the board.

    He said that Ugwu refused to honour invitations by the Investigative Panel and Disciplinary Committee of the board and had allegedly posted several derogatory remarks about the board to a fellow senior colleague.

    Okeji said Ugwu also had circulated an official letter of the board not addressed to him on the social media.

    He said the committee found such acts as disrespectful, abusive, insulting, unwholesome and unbecoming of a professional.

    According to him, the committee is established by the same Act that established RRBN and empowered to receive and attend to cases of misdemeanors, indiscipline and misconduct among members.

    He said the act also gave directives on the disciplinary measures that should be meted out to erring members in the country.

    “This is to ensure that members of the profession conformed to  the ethics of the profession,’’ Okeji said.

    He said that the committee’s decision showed that the board had taken one step forward to perform one of its functions.

    He said the decision was an assurance to radiographers, patients and the general public that radiography practice was safe and handled by qualified professionals.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Nnamdi Azikiwe University UNIZIK or NAU Awka Anambra has appointed the Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines Prof Obiora Okonkwo as the Visiting Professor of entrepreneurship Okonkwo made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday He noted that his appointment was conveyed in a letter dated July 21 2022 with reference number 02 signed by the university s registrar Philomena Okoye Okoye said that Okonkwo s role would include teaching students supervision and research as well as undertake other academic related services as the shall assign to him The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the University of Abuja Business School UABS had in April 2022 also appointed Okonkwo as a Professor of Business Studies of the university Okonkwo who holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science with distinction from the Russian Academy of Science Institute of World Economy and International Relations Moscow will execute the appointments on pro bono basis He earned a Master of Science Degree in Economics also with distinction from the Russian Peoples Friendship University Moscow and a First Class degree in Economics from the Russian Peoples Friendship University also in Moscow A successful businessman and intellectual Okonkwo started out at Onitsha where he had his primary and secondary education which he combined with trading at the Onitsha Main Market He also holds a Professional Fellowship Doctorate from the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria and Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and Mediators of Nigeria He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations FNIPR and Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria FCE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unizik appoints United Nigeria Airlines Chairman as Visiting Professor
     Nnamdi Azikiwe University UNIZIK or NAU Awka Anambra has appointed the Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines Prof Obiora Okonkwo as the Visiting Professor of entrepreneurship Okonkwo made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday He noted that his appointment was conveyed in a letter dated July 21 2022 with reference number 02 signed by the university s registrar Philomena Okoye Okoye said that Okonkwo s role would include teaching students supervision and research as well as undertake other academic related services as the shall assign to him The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the University of Abuja Business School UABS had in April 2022 also appointed Okonkwo as a Professor of Business Studies of the university Okonkwo who holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science with distinction from the Russian Academy of Science Institute of World Economy and International Relations Moscow will execute the appointments on pro bono basis He earned a Master of Science Degree in Economics also with distinction from the Russian Peoples Friendship University Moscow and a First Class degree in Economics from the Russian Peoples Friendship University also in Moscow A successful businessman and intellectual Okonkwo started out at Onitsha where he had his primary and secondary education which he combined with trading at the Onitsha Main Market He also holds a Professional Fellowship Doctorate from the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria and Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and Mediators of Nigeria He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations FNIPR and Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria FCE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unizik appoints United Nigeria Airlines Chairman as Visiting Professor
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    Unizik appoints United Nigeria Airlines Chairman as Visiting Professor

    Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK or NAU), Awka, Anambra, has appointed the Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, as the Visiting Professor of entrepreneurship.

    Okonkwo made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday.

    He noted that his appointment was conveyed in a letter dated July 21, 2022 with reference number .

    02 signed by the university’s registrar, Philomena Okoye.

    Okoye said that Okonkwo’s role would include “teaching, students supervision and research” as well as undertake other “academic related services as the shall assign” to him.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the University of Abuja Business School (UABS) had in April 2022 also appointed Okonkwo as a Professor of Business Studies of the university.

    Okonkwo, who holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science (with distinction), from the Russian Academy of Science, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow, will execute the appointments on pro bono basis.

    He earned a Master of Science Degree in Economics, also, with distinction, from the Russian Peoples Friendship University, Moscow, and a First Class degree in Economics from the Russian Peoples Friendship University, also, in Moscow.

    A successful businessman and intellectual, Okonkwo started out at Onitsha where he had his primary and secondary education which he combined with trading at the Onitsha Main Market.

    He also holds a Professional Fellowship Doctorate from the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria and Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and Mediators of Nigeria.

    He is  a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR) and Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (FCE).


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Stakeholders in the education sector have described the recent lowering of cut off mark by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam UTME as retrogressive and unhealthy The stakeholders from the South East said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to JAMB recent pronouncements on the 2022 cut off mark for tertiary institutions NAN reports that the 20222023 UTME cut off mark for universities in Nigeria is 140 and above for polytechnics and monotechnics is 120 and above and for colleges of education is 100 and above depending on the school of choice and course of study In Imo an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry Federal University of Technology Owerri Mrs Ogedi Ugwu said the continuous reduction of cut off marks would lead to poor performance in tertiary education Ugwu said the UTME served as a tool to assess the preparedness of students for tertiary education She said their performance in basic subject areas would go a long way in identifying the courses they were best suited for and how well they would perform in those courses She noted that if the cut off marks continued to reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian tertiary institutions would be severely compromised The UTME is a tool used to assess students preparedness for tertiary education through an average score in basic subjects areas Therefore if UTME cut off mark continues to decrease it will reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian universities This will result in a poor learning outcome and performance in tertiary education she said Also contributing Mr Cyril Ofoegbu of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam described the downward trend in UTME cut off marks as appalling Ofoegbu said this could further lead to the fall in standard of education in the country as it would discourage students from studying in preparedness for higher education UTME started falling from 200 to 190 to 180 to 170 to 160 last year This year it went down to 140 and maybe next year it will further go down to 130 Soon you just simply buy form and then you get admitted into the university The National Universities Commission NUC should rather raise the standards above 200 Anyone who cannot attain the mark is not fit to study in the university Ofoegbu advised A University Lecturer in Enugu State Prof Christian Madu also said the approved lower cut off marks for students seeking admission in Nigeria tertiary institutions would lower the standard of education in the country Madu who is of the Environmental Management and Control Department University of Nigeria said that the educational standard would be affected if something was not done to accommodate the students with low grade The don said that schools that had students with low grades could groom them especially in the subject areas they did not do quite well in their UTME so as to be at par with those with high grade He said that if they were not groomed to meet up with the bright students they might end up dropping from the institutions especially after their first year in the institutions Mrs Jacintha Nweke an educationist said that the government should allow individual tertiary institution to decide its cut off mark as this would make students who were preparing for UTME to sit up Nweke said that she was very sure that no university would adopt the cut off marks announced by the government adding that it would further degrade the low standard of the Nigeria education system Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science UNN urged the Federal Government to act fast to improve funding and give required attention to education sector in the country He recalled that there was a time JAMB cut off mark for universities was 250 and today was lowered to 140 Instead of Education sector going forward it is moving backward it s retrogressive unfortunate and an unhealthy development If nothing serious is done to arrest this ugly development in education sector by the next three years cut off mark for universities will be 80 and polytechnics 50 he said Mr George Akubue a Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies UNN said the development was a dangerous indication of serious decline in the standard of education Federal state and local governments should see this as a big challenge to improve funding of education in the three tiers of government before the situation gets out of hand he said In Anambra Prof Anthony Eze of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka said that efforts should be made at enhancing teaching to enable students meet up with the standard instead of lowering it to accommodate their capacity He said that rather than making university an all comers affair those who lacked the intellectual capacity to access that level of education should be encouraged to go for vocational and other informal systems of education According to him reducing cut off marks is ill advised it will affect the standard of education adversely There is no justification for lowering the cut off mark from between 250 and 300 to as low as 120 it signals a general drop in our university education standard University is not for everybody those who don t have the capacity to meet up should be encouraged to go for vocational training he said Also speaking Mrs Jane Nwoko a parent and secondary school teacher said managers of the Nigerian education sector should not collapse the system because they wanted to accommodate everybody According to her though it will help more students to gain admission into higher institutions the implication is that the quality of learning and graduates will be reduced She called for better funding and supervision of post primary education to make them meet up with the curriculum A cross section of academics in Ebonyi said that the adverse effect of continuous lowering of UTME cut off mark into tertiary institutions would be devastating to education development of the country Mr Ejike Okoro an educationist said the NUC should introduce better things in the system rather than continuous lowering of the cut off mark We are most worried towards standard of learning structures educational materials libraries among others Okoro said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lowering of UTME cut off mark is unhealthy, retrogressive- Stakeholders bemoan
     Stakeholders in the education sector have described the recent lowering of cut off mark by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam UTME as retrogressive and unhealthy The stakeholders from the South East said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to JAMB recent pronouncements on the 2022 cut off mark for tertiary institutions NAN reports that the 20222023 UTME cut off mark for universities in Nigeria is 140 and above for polytechnics and monotechnics is 120 and above and for colleges of education is 100 and above depending on the school of choice and course of study In Imo an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry Federal University of Technology Owerri Mrs Ogedi Ugwu said the continuous reduction of cut off marks would lead to poor performance in tertiary education Ugwu said the UTME served as a tool to assess the preparedness of students for tertiary education She said their performance in basic subject areas would go a long way in identifying the courses they were best suited for and how well they would perform in those courses She noted that if the cut off marks continued to reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian tertiary institutions would be severely compromised The UTME is a tool used to assess students preparedness for tertiary education through an average score in basic subjects areas Therefore if UTME cut off mark continues to decrease it will reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian universities This will result in a poor learning outcome and performance in tertiary education she said Also contributing Mr Cyril Ofoegbu of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam described the downward trend in UTME cut off marks as appalling Ofoegbu said this could further lead to the fall in standard of education in the country as it would discourage students from studying in preparedness for higher education UTME started falling from 200 to 190 to 180 to 170 to 160 last year This year it went down to 140 and maybe next year it will further go down to 130 Soon you just simply buy form and then you get admitted into the university The National Universities Commission NUC should rather raise the standards above 200 Anyone who cannot attain the mark is not fit to study in the university Ofoegbu advised A University Lecturer in Enugu State Prof Christian Madu also said the approved lower cut off marks for students seeking admission in Nigeria tertiary institutions would lower the standard of education in the country Madu who is of the Environmental Management and Control Department University of Nigeria said that the educational standard would be affected if something was not done to accommodate the students with low grade The don said that schools that had students with low grades could groom them especially in the subject areas they did not do quite well in their UTME so as to be at par with those with high grade He said that if they were not groomed to meet up with the bright students they might end up dropping from the institutions especially after their first year in the institutions Mrs Jacintha Nweke an educationist said that the government should allow individual tertiary institution to decide its cut off mark as this would make students who were preparing for UTME to sit up Nweke said that she was very sure that no university would adopt the cut off marks announced by the government adding that it would further degrade the low standard of the Nigeria education system Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science UNN urged the Federal Government to act fast to improve funding and give required attention to education sector in the country He recalled that there was a time JAMB cut off mark for universities was 250 and today was lowered to 140 Instead of Education sector going forward it is moving backward it s retrogressive unfortunate and an unhealthy development If nothing serious is done to arrest this ugly development in education sector by the next three years cut off mark for universities will be 80 and polytechnics 50 he said Mr George Akubue a Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies UNN said the development was a dangerous indication of serious decline in the standard of education Federal state and local governments should see this as a big challenge to improve funding of education in the three tiers of government before the situation gets out of hand he said In Anambra Prof Anthony Eze of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka said that efforts should be made at enhancing teaching to enable students meet up with the standard instead of lowering it to accommodate their capacity He said that rather than making university an all comers affair those who lacked the intellectual capacity to access that level of education should be encouraged to go for vocational and other informal systems of education According to him reducing cut off marks is ill advised it will affect the standard of education adversely There is no justification for lowering the cut off mark from between 250 and 300 to as low as 120 it signals a general drop in our university education standard University is not for everybody those who don t have the capacity to meet up should be encouraged to go for vocational training he said Also speaking Mrs Jane Nwoko a parent and secondary school teacher said managers of the Nigerian education sector should not collapse the system because they wanted to accommodate everybody According to her though it will help more students to gain admission into higher institutions the implication is that the quality of learning and graduates will be reduced She called for better funding and supervision of post primary education to make them meet up with the curriculum A cross section of academics in Ebonyi said that the adverse effect of continuous lowering of UTME cut off mark into tertiary institutions would be devastating to education development of the country Mr Ejike Okoro an educationist said the NUC should introduce better things in the system rather than continuous lowering of the cut off mark We are most worried towards standard of learning structures educational materials libraries among others Okoro said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lowering of UTME cut off mark is unhealthy, retrogressive- Stakeholders bemoan
    Education2 months ago

    Lowering of UTME cut off mark is unhealthy, retrogressive- Stakeholders bemoan

    Stakeholders in the education sector have described the recent lowering of cut off mark by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam (UTME) as “retrogressive and unhealthy”.The stakeholders from the South East said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to JAMB recent pronouncements on the 2022 cut off mark for tertiary institutions.NAN reports that the 20222023 UTME cut-off mark for universities in Nigeria is 140 and above, for polytechnics and monotechnics is 120 and above and for colleges of education is 100 and above depending on the school of choice and course of study.In Imo, an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Mrs. Ogedi Ugwu, said the continuous reduction of cut-off marks would lead to poor performance in tertiary education.Ugwu said the UTME served as a tool to assess the preparedness of students for tertiary education.She said their performance in basic subject areas would go a long way in identifying the courses they were best suited for and how well they would perform in those courses.She noted that if the cut-off marks continued to reduce, the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian tertiary institutions would be severely compromised.“The UTME is a tool used to assess students’ preparedness for tertiary education through an average score in basic subjects areas.“Therefore, if UTME cut-off mark continues to decrease, it will reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian universities.“This will result in a poor learning outcome and performance in tertiary education,” she said.Also contributing, Mr Cyril Ofoegbu of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, described the downward trend in UTME cut-off marks as “appalling”.Ofoegbu said this could further lead to the fall in standard of education in the country as it would discourage students from studying in preparedness for higher education.“UTME started falling from 200, to 190, to 180, to 170, to 160 last year.This year, it went down to 140, and maybe next year, it will further go down to 130. “Soon, you just simply buy form and then you get admitted, into the university.“The National Universities Commission (NUC) should rather raise the standards above 200. Anyone who cannot attain the mark is not fit to study in the university,” Ofoegbu advised.A University Lecturer in Enugu State, Prof. Christian Madu, also said the approved lower cut off marks for students seeking admission in Nigeria tertiary institutions would lower the standard of education in the country.Madu, who is of the Environmental Management and Control Department, University of Nigeria said that the educational standard would be affected if something was not done to accommodate the students with low grade.The don said that schools that had students with low grades could groom them, especially in the subject areas they did not do quite well in their UTME so as to be at par with those with high grade.He said that if they were not groomed to meet up with the bright students, they might end up dropping from the institutions, especially after their first year in the institutions.Mrs Jacintha Nweke, an educationist said that the government should allow individual tertiary institution to decide its cut off mark as this would make students who were preparing for UTME to sit up.Nweke said that she was very sure  that no university would adopt the cut off marks announced by the government, adding that it would further degrade the low standard of the Nigeria education system.Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science, UNN, urged the Federal Government to act fast to improve funding and give required attention to education sector in the country.He recalled that there was a time JAMB cut off mark for universities was 250 and today was lowered to 140. “Instead of Education sector going forward, it is moving backward; it’s retrogressive, unfortunate and an unhealthy development.“If nothing serious is done to arrest this ugly development in education sector, by the next three years, cut off mark for universities will be 80 and polytechnics 50,” he said.Mr George Akubue, a Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies, UNN, said the development was a dangerous indication of serious decline in the standard of education.“Federal, state and local governments should see this as a  big challenge to improve funding of education in the three tiers of government before the situation gets out of hand,” he said.In Anambra, Prof Anthony Eze of the Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said that efforts should be made at enhancing teaching to enable students meet up with the standard instead of lowering it to accommodate their capacity.He said that rather than making university an all comers affair, those who lacked the intellectual capacity to access that level of education should be encouraged to go for vocational and other informal systems of education.According to him, reducing cut off marks is ill advised, it will affect the standard of education adversely.“There is no justification for lowering the cut off mark from between 250 and 300 to as low as 120; it signals a general drop in our university education standard.“University is not for everybody, those who don’t have the capacity to meet up should be encouraged to go for vocational training,” he said.Also speaking, Mrs Jane Nwoko, a parent and secondary school teacher said managers of the Nigerian education sector should not collapse the system because they wanted to accommodate everybody.According to her, though it will help more students to gain admission into higher institutions, the implication is that the quality of learning and graduates will be reduced.She called for better funding and supervision of post primary education to make them meet up with the curriculum.A cross section of academics in Ebonyi, said that the adverse effect of continuous lowering of UTME cut-off mark into tertiary institutions would be devastating to education development of the country.Mr Ejike Okoro, an educationist , said the NUC should introduce better things in the system rather than continuous lowering of the cut off mark.“We are most worried towards standard of learning, structures, educational materials, libraries among others,” Okoro said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Nnamdi Azikiwe University Alumni Lagos State chapter says it is determined to partner Anambra Government in area of education for the indigent youth Mrs Amaka Obi its president said this during a courtesy visit by the executive members of the chapter to Dr Nelson Omenugha Special Adviser SPAD Youth Empowerment Programme to Anambra Gov Charles Soludo in Awka She said that the chapter was glad with Omenugha s appointment as an alumnus and encouraged him to be a worthy representative of the institution The president recalled that the chapter had previously donated a facility to the university and had desired to sponsor vulnerable youths to school through the instrumentality of the youth channel The office of the youths programme and empowerment would best select those indigent youth to sponsor without favour and that is our reason for going through the office to achieve the goal Obi said that the chapter was prepared to ensure that the government s initiative in providing education and skill acquisition to indigent youths was achieved and wished to be part of the success story through its contribution Miss Deka Ezeadili an alumina corroborated the president and said that the chapter decided to give back to the society that made them what they were today Ezeadili said that the chapter fancied home support because the youths from the state desired to have the very best from their people resident outside the state Ezeadili said that Anambra youths needed to get busy with developmental projects to be self reliant and contributors to the state s growth and developments Mrs Blessings Anakwuba a member of the alumni said that the chapter had plans to collaborate with the government also in areas of skill acquisition Anakwuba said that irrespective of the degrees acquired by any youth it was imperative that they got one skill or the other to compliment the certificate to ensure defeat of hunger and idleness These and more of other sustainable youth programmes are what the chapter has to offer to the state all for the development of the Anambra youth In response Omenugha said that the government was committed to generating more resourceful youths to fight poverty Omenugha said that the government was open to any group of persons or organisations that desired to partner the state on youth empowerment and wealth generation He said that the governor was very passionate about youths growth and development in every possible progressive activities that would be created to make then very productive in the state He commended the alumni chapter for the courtesy visit to initiate inclusive and sustainable wealth creation mechanism to ensure that the youth were lifted out of poverty in Anambra He said that the responsibility to advise the governor on Youth Empowerment Programme was not an easy one but also very critical and sensitive He assured the chapter that his position would be used to promote youths creative ideas that would be translated into job creation to increase the internally Generated Revenue of the state Omenugha said that he was happy that the chapter came to congratulate and ensure that he was doing well and assured the team that he would not disappoint the alumni I am a graduate of Unizik I eat breath and wear Unizik it is my home and as a former leader of Unizik union I will always welcome and partner the school at any time he said He said that his job as an adviser to the governor on youths programme and empowerment was very strategic He promised to ensure that undergraduates and graduates were trained to be creative and independent upon graduation Omenugha said he had an additional responsibility to interface with private and public sector to ultimately work on how to uplift the youth out of poverty through introduction of skills and competitive creative ideas to create wealth We have started interfacing with public and private institutions critical training institutes high network persons amongst others to ensure that the competitive youth programs are planned for and executed to achieve wealth creation for the youth Omenugha commended the Lagos Island Unizik alumni for their decision to partner the government and urged all other groups in the state to emulate their footprint in youth development NAN
    Unizik Alumni to partners Anambra govt. in education
     Nnamdi Azikiwe University Alumni Lagos State chapter says it is determined to partner Anambra Government in area of education for the indigent youth Mrs Amaka Obi its president said this during a courtesy visit by the executive members of the chapter to Dr Nelson Omenugha Special Adviser SPAD Youth Empowerment Programme to Anambra Gov Charles Soludo in Awka She said that the chapter was glad with Omenugha s appointment as an alumnus and encouraged him to be a worthy representative of the institution The president recalled that the chapter had previously donated a facility to the university and had desired to sponsor vulnerable youths to school through the instrumentality of the youth channel The office of the youths programme and empowerment would best select those indigent youth to sponsor without favour and that is our reason for going through the office to achieve the goal Obi said that the chapter was prepared to ensure that the government s initiative in providing education and skill acquisition to indigent youths was achieved and wished to be part of the success story through its contribution Miss Deka Ezeadili an alumina corroborated the president and said that the chapter decided to give back to the society that made them what they were today Ezeadili said that the chapter fancied home support because the youths from the state desired to have the very best from their people resident outside the state Ezeadili said that Anambra youths needed to get busy with developmental projects to be self reliant and contributors to the state s growth and developments Mrs Blessings Anakwuba a member of the alumni said that the chapter had plans to collaborate with the government also in areas of skill acquisition Anakwuba said that irrespective of the degrees acquired by any youth it was imperative that they got one skill or the other to compliment the certificate to ensure defeat of hunger and idleness These and more of other sustainable youth programmes are what the chapter has to offer to the state all for the development of the Anambra youth In response Omenugha said that the government was committed to generating more resourceful youths to fight poverty Omenugha said that the government was open to any group of persons or organisations that desired to partner the state on youth empowerment and wealth generation He said that the governor was very passionate about youths growth and development in every possible progressive activities that would be created to make then very productive in the state He commended the alumni chapter for the courtesy visit to initiate inclusive and sustainable wealth creation mechanism to ensure that the youth were lifted out of poverty in Anambra He said that the responsibility to advise the governor on Youth Empowerment Programme was not an easy one but also very critical and sensitive He assured the chapter that his position would be used to promote youths creative ideas that would be translated into job creation to increase the internally Generated Revenue of the state Omenugha said that he was happy that the chapter came to congratulate and ensure that he was doing well and assured the team that he would not disappoint the alumni I am a graduate of Unizik I eat breath and wear Unizik it is my home and as a former leader of Unizik union I will always welcome and partner the school at any time he said He said that his job as an adviser to the governor on youths programme and empowerment was very strategic He promised to ensure that undergraduates and graduates were trained to be creative and independent upon graduation Omenugha said he had an additional responsibility to interface with private and public sector to ultimately work on how to uplift the youth out of poverty through introduction of skills and competitive creative ideas to create wealth We have started interfacing with public and private institutions critical training institutes high network persons amongst others to ensure that the competitive youth programs are planned for and executed to achieve wealth creation for the youth Omenugha commended the Lagos Island Unizik alumni for their decision to partner the government and urged all other groups in the state to emulate their footprint in youth development NAN
    Unizik Alumni to partners Anambra govt. in education
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    Unizik Alumni to partners Anambra govt. in education

    Nnamdi Azikiwe University Alumni, Lagos State chapter, says it is determined to partner Anambra Government in area of education for the indigent youth.Mrs Amaka Obi, its president, said this during a courtesy visit by the executive members of the chapter to Dr Nelson Omenugha, Special Adviser (SPAD) Youth Empowerment Programme to Anambra Gov. Charles Soludo, in Awka.She said that the chapter was glad with Omenugha’s appointment as an alumnus and encouraged him to be a worthy representative of the institution.The president recalled that the chapter had previously donated a facility to the university and had desired to sponsor vulnerable youths to school through the instrumentality of the youth channel.“The office of the youths programme and empowerment would best select those indigent youth to sponsor without favour and that is our reason for going through the office to achieve the goal.”Obi said that the chapter was prepared to ensure that the government’s initiative in providing education and skill acquisition to indigent youths was achieved and wished to be part of the success story through its contributionMiss Deka Ezeadili, an alumina corroborated the president and said that the chapter decided to give back to the society that made them what they were today.Ezeadili said that the chapter fancied home support because the youths from the state desired to have the very best from their people resident outside the state.Ezeadili said that Anambra youths needed to get busy with developmental projects to be self reliant and contributors to the state’s growth and developments.Mrs Blessings Anakwuba, a member of the alumni, said that the chapter had plans to collaborate with the government also in areas of skill acquisition.Anakwuba said that irrespective of the degrees acquired by any youth it was imperative that they got one skill or the other to compliment the certificate to ensure defeat of hunger and idleness.“These and more of other sustainable youth programmes are what the chapter has to offer to the state, all for the development of the Anambra youth.In response, Omenugha said that the government was committed to generating more resourceful youths to fight poverty.Omenugha said that the government was open to any group of persons or organisations that desired to partner the state on youth empowerment and wealth generation.He said that the governor was very passionate about youths growth and development in every possible progressive activities that would be created to make then very productive in the state.He commended the alumni chapter for the courtesy visit to initiate inclusive and sustainable wealth creation mechanism to ensure that the youth were lifted out of poverty in Anambra.He said that the responsibility to advise the governor on Youth Empowerment Programme was not an easy one but also very critical and sensitive.He assured the chapter that his position would be used to promote youths creative ideas that would be translated into job creation to increase the internally Generated Revenue of the state.Omenugha said that he was happy that the chapter came to congratulate and ensure that he was doing well and assured the team that he would not disappoint the alumni.“I am a graduate of Unizik; I eat, breath and wear Unizik; it is my home and as a former leader of Unizik union I will always welcome and partner the school at any time,” he said.He said that his job as an adviser to the governor on youths programme and empowerment was very strategic.He promised to ensure that undergraduates and graduates were trained to be creative and independent upon graduation.Omenugha said he had an additional responsibility to interface with private and public sector to ultimately work on how to uplift the youth out of poverty through introduction of skills and competitive creative ideas to create wealth.“We have started interfacing with public and private institutions, critical training institutes, high network persons amongst others to ensure that the competitive youth programs are planned for and executed to achieve wealth creation for the youth.”Omenugha commended the Lagos Island Unizik alumni for their decision to partner the government and urged all other groups in the state to emulate their footprint in youth development.(NAN)

  •  Tertiary institutions have been allowed to determine the deadline for the 2022 admissions due to the status of 2021 admissions The decision was reached at the end the 2022 Policy meeting and 2020 National Tertiary Admissions Performance Merit Award programme organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB in Abuja Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria some Vice Chancellors suggested that each university should be made to determine the closing date for the 2022 admissions into the institution giving opportunities for universities yet to conclude 2021 admissions to end the process The Vice Chancellor University of Jos Prof Ishaya Tanko said that in spite of the fact that ASUU strike might soon end there was need to make plans that would accommodate and address pending admissions in some universities Tanko said that some tertiary institutions had not done admission for year 2021 and students waiting for these admissions adding that the 2022 admissions may not be concluded by Dec 31 it was important to consider the ASUU strike and the 2022 admissions because some universities were yet to conclude the 2021 admissions So at the policy meeting we suggested and adopted that each institution will determine the closing of admissions into their various universities because we do not know when the strike will be called off We are very optimistic following the recent meetings stakeholders had with President Muhammadu Buhari that it would soon be called off he said On the university cut off marks Tanko said that the benchmarks would provide common ground for all institutions and as well rescue candidates of first and second generation universities Also the Vice chancellor of Afe Babalola University Prof Smaranda Olarinde called for caution in efforts to sustain high standard at admission points into all levels of tertiary institutions Olarinde said that institutions must take caution while improving on efforts to reposition higher education and bring back the quality and standard education I stated in my contribution that 200 minimum cut off mark shall represent 30 per cent however some universities opined that we should go as low as 100 which I totally disagreed with Rather I made a compromise that the minimum any university should go for cut off mark is 150 and I felt strongly about it we receive graduates at discriminatory entry point applicants with different scores this is not acceptable when you are looking to increase quality of graduates we are all churning out degree holders and these set of people must have a good solid foundation at the admission point into tertiary institutions left for me it should have been 200 I made a compromise of 150 She said Meanwhile the Vice Chancellor Nnamdi Azikiwe University Prof Charles Esimone expressed confidence in the ability of the cut off marks to enrol qualified students at all levels of higher institutions According to him some of us move very strongly for the particular cut off because sometimes when you go for something higher you will not be able to come lower A cut off of 140 does not mean you must take somebody that score 140 but it gives you the latitude incase there are applicants who for some reasons do not fill into particular course and they can be considered For some of us that compromise it became necessary because we have institutes that are affiliated to us if you have College of Education that are affiliated to you and you go higher that means you are disenfranchising them it means every candidate that chose your school must meet the minimum standard he said The Registrar Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB Prof Ishaq Oloyede while revealing the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Admissions said a total of 1 351 284 candidates applied to study in higher institutions while another 76 925 students applied for the Direct Entry Oloyede said out of this number 715 scored 300 above 590 candidates secured admissions while 125 of them were not admitted given 600 000 as the target for the 2021 admission A total of 20 377 candidates scored 250 299 152 of them were admitted while 20 225 did not get admission In the category of 200 249 a total of 144 856 candidates made the score 79 338 of them were admitted while 65 518 failed to get admission he said He added that ASUU strike had been a major factor many institutions were yet to begin the 2021 admission in spite of repeated appeals On the availability of admission quota he said a total of 774 411 quota was available across the universities for the 2021 admissions 484 625 was available at the NCE level 194 196 for National Diploma while 22 500 spaces were opened to be filled at the ND level Out of this total figure of 1 475 732 quota only 429 351 admissions were secured leaving unused quota at 1 050 322 as at 14th July 2022 The Registrar added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2022 UTME : Institutions allowed to determine admission deadline
     Tertiary institutions have been allowed to determine the deadline for the 2022 admissions due to the status of 2021 admissions The decision was reached at the end the 2022 Policy meeting and 2020 National Tertiary Admissions Performance Merit Award programme organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB in Abuja Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria some Vice Chancellors suggested that each university should be made to determine the closing date for the 2022 admissions into the institution giving opportunities for universities yet to conclude 2021 admissions to end the process The Vice Chancellor University of Jos Prof Ishaya Tanko said that in spite of the fact that ASUU strike might soon end there was need to make plans that would accommodate and address pending admissions in some universities Tanko said that some tertiary institutions had not done admission for year 2021 and students waiting for these admissions adding that the 2022 admissions may not be concluded by Dec 31 it was important to consider the ASUU strike and the 2022 admissions because some universities were yet to conclude the 2021 admissions So at the policy meeting we suggested and adopted that each institution will determine the closing of admissions into their various universities because we do not know when the strike will be called off We are very optimistic following the recent meetings stakeholders had with President Muhammadu Buhari that it would soon be called off he said On the university cut off marks Tanko said that the benchmarks would provide common ground for all institutions and as well rescue candidates of first and second generation universities Also the Vice chancellor of Afe Babalola University Prof Smaranda Olarinde called for caution in efforts to sustain high standard at admission points into all levels of tertiary institutions Olarinde said that institutions must take caution while improving on efforts to reposition higher education and bring back the quality and standard education I stated in my contribution that 200 minimum cut off mark shall represent 30 per cent however some universities opined that we should go as low as 100 which I totally disagreed with Rather I made a compromise that the minimum any university should go for cut off mark is 150 and I felt strongly about it we receive graduates at discriminatory entry point applicants with different scores this is not acceptable when you are looking to increase quality of graduates we are all churning out degree holders and these set of people must have a good solid foundation at the admission point into tertiary institutions left for me it should have been 200 I made a compromise of 150 She said Meanwhile the Vice Chancellor Nnamdi Azikiwe University Prof Charles Esimone expressed confidence in the ability of the cut off marks to enrol qualified students at all levels of higher institutions According to him some of us move very strongly for the particular cut off because sometimes when you go for something higher you will not be able to come lower A cut off of 140 does not mean you must take somebody that score 140 but it gives you the latitude incase there are applicants who for some reasons do not fill into particular course and they can be considered For some of us that compromise it became necessary because we have institutes that are affiliated to us if you have College of Education that are affiliated to you and you go higher that means you are disenfranchising them it means every candidate that chose your school must meet the minimum standard he said The Registrar Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB Prof Ishaq Oloyede while revealing the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Admissions said a total of 1 351 284 candidates applied to study in higher institutions while another 76 925 students applied for the Direct Entry Oloyede said out of this number 715 scored 300 above 590 candidates secured admissions while 125 of them were not admitted given 600 000 as the target for the 2021 admission A total of 20 377 candidates scored 250 299 152 of them were admitted while 20 225 did not get admission In the category of 200 249 a total of 144 856 candidates made the score 79 338 of them were admitted while 65 518 failed to get admission he said He added that ASUU strike had been a major factor many institutions were yet to begin the 2021 admission in spite of repeated appeals On the availability of admission quota he said a total of 774 411 quota was available across the universities for the 2021 admissions 484 625 was available at the NCE level 194 196 for National Diploma while 22 500 spaces were opened to be filled at the ND level Out of this total figure of 1 475 732 quota only 429 351 admissions were secured leaving unused quota at 1 050 322 as at 14th July 2022 The Registrar added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2022 UTME : Institutions allowed to determine admission deadline
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    2022 UTME : Institutions allowed to determine admission deadline

    Tertiary institutions have been allowed to determine the deadline for the 2022 admissions due to the status of  2021 admissions.

    The decision was reached at the end  the 2022 Policy meeting and 2020 National Tertiary Admissions Performance-Merit Award programme organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Abuja.

    Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , some Vice Chancellors suggested that each university should be made to determine the closing date for the 2022 admissions into the institution, giving opportunities for universities yet to conclude 2021 admissions to end the process.

    The Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Prof.

    Ishaya Tanko, said that in spite of the fact that ASUU strike might soon end, there was need to make plans that would accommodate and address pending admissions in some universities.

    Tanko said that some tertiary institutions had not done admission for year 2021 and students waiting for these admissions, adding that the 2022 admissions may not be concluded by Dec.

    31.

    “it was important to consider the ASUU strike and the 2022 admissions because some universities were yet to conclude the 2021 admissions.

    ” So at the policy meeting, we suggested and adopted that each institution will determine the closing of admissions into their various universities because we do not know when the strike will be called off.

    ” We are very optimistic following the recent meetings stakeholders had with President Muhammadu Buhari that it would soon be called off,” he said.

    On the university cut-off marks,  Tanko said that the benchmarks would provide common ground for all institutions and as well rescue candidates of first and second generation universities.

    Also,  the Vice chancellor of Afe Babalola University, Prof.

    Smaranda Olarinde, called for caution in efforts to sustain high standard at admission points into all levels of tertiary institutions.

    Olarinde said that institutions must take caution while improving on efforts to reposition higher education and bring back the quality and standard education” I stated in my contribution that 200 minimum cut-off mark shall represent 30 per cent, however some universities opined that we should go as low as 100, which I totally disagreed with.

    ” Rather, I made a compromise that the minimum any university should go for cut-off mark is 150 and I felt strongly about it , we receive graduates at discriminatory entry point, applicants with different scores ,this is not acceptable when you are looking to increase quality of graduates.

    “we are all churning out degree holders and these set of people must have a good solid foundation at the admission point into tertiary institutions ,left for me it should have been 200, I made a compromise of 150,” She said.

     Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof.

    Charles  Esimone, expressed confidence in the ability of the cut-off marks to enrol qualified students at all levels of higher institutions.

    According to him, some of us move very strongly for the particular cut-off because sometimes when you go for something higher you will not be able to come lower.

    “A cut-off of 140 does not mean you must take somebody that score 140 but it gives you the latitude incase there are applicants who for some reasons do not fill into particular course and they can be considered.

    “For some of us that compromise, it became necessary because we have institutes that are affiliated to us, if you have College of Education that are affiliated to you and you go higher that means you are disenfranchising them ,it means every candidate that chose your school must meet the minimum standard,” he said .

    The Registrar,  Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB),  Prof.

    Ishaq Oloyede, while revealing the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Admissions, said a total of 1,351,284 candidates applied to study in higher institutions, while another 76,925 students applied for the Direct Entry.

    Oloyede said out of this number, 715 scored 300 above, 590 candidates secured admissions while 125 of them were not admitted, given 600,000 as the target for the 2021 admission.

     “A total of 20,377 candidates scored 250-299, 152 of them were admitted while  20,225 did not get admission.

    ” In the category of 200-249, a total of 144,856 candidates made the score, 79,338 of them were admitted while 65,518 failed to get admission,” he said.

    He added that ASUU strike had been a major factor many institutions were yet to begin the 2021 admission in spite of repeated appeals.

    On the availability of admission quota, he said  a total of  774,411 quota was available across the universities for the 2021 admissions, 484,625 was available at the NCE level, 194,196 for National Diploma, while 22,500 spaces were opened to be filled at the ND level.

    “Out of this total figure of 1,475,732 quota, only 429,351 admissions were secured leaving unused quota at 1,050,322 as at 14th July,2022” The Registrar added.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN