Prof. Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, says the institution has several reasons to celebrate its modest achievements on its 60th anniversary.
Bode made this known on Monday in Lagos at the opening ceremony marking LUTH’s 60th anniversary.
He said that the institution had, over the years, remained one of the best hospital in Nigeria.
“A major breakthrough of the successful conception and delivery of the first authentic test tube (In-Vitro-Fertilisation) baby was performed by the duo of Prof Frank Giwa-Osagie and Prof Oladapo Ashiru.
“LUTH has the highest concentration of skilled medical and paramedical staff in different areas of medicine.
“LUTH also boasts of a comprehensive Diagnostic Centre and VIP Clinic, state of the art Laboratories, Radiotherapy and Renal Dialysis facilities.
“From a humble beginning of 330 beds, LUTH today, is the largest Teaching Hospital in Nigeria with over 1000 beds and with the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos,” he said.
The CMD said that LUTH had trained hundreds of medical, dental, pharmacy and other allied health science students and produced thousands of nurses, laboratory scientists among others.
He said that LUTH was a unique institution in not only having such a large catchment population but also having a large concentration of highly specialised manpower.
He said the manpower enabled it to respond to a variety of health conditions and training since 1962, contributing in no small way in the training of medical and paramedical personnel.
Bode said that LUTH was the only federal teaching hospital with its independent power project that generated its own electricity.
He said that a new complex, comprising five buildings of four floors each to house 256 consultation rooms, 16 waiting areas, 16 nursing stations, eight meeting rooms and many other facilities, was presently under construction.
According to him, LUTH has grown from a 500-bedded hospital to 760-bedded facility, and then to more than 1000-bedded hospital serving more than 25 million people in Lagos and its neighbouring states.
“Recently LUTH played a very significant role in stemming the tide of COVID-19 pandemic.
As we look to the future, we must reflect on the past 60 years and imagine what LUTH shall be at its centennial in another 40 years.
“There will always be challenges, let us focus on the celebration, life is full of challenges, but we are here to rise to surmount the challenges,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that LUTH @60 logo was also unveiled immediately after the opening ceremony.
NAN also reports that there will be series of events spread over three months in celebration of LUTH @60.
The Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, has described the industry- academia interface as a route to Nigeria’s economic development and stability.
Ezemonye made the assertion on Saturday in a communique from the Differentiate Nigeria High –level Stakeholders Meeting in Lagos.
He noted that research and development results from educational institutions were the springboards of solutions necessary for industrial growth and development.
This, he explained, would in turn lead to increased productivity and enhanced national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“ interface is the beginning of growth because the industry has their demand and the academia provides their philosophy.
“There is this issue that the graduates from the academia do not ordinarily meet the demand of the industry.
“For this reason, it became necessary to find a way to bridge this gap.
“And this gave birth to the partnership between the University of Benin and Lancaster University 10 years ago, propelled by Prof. Kirk Semple; Dr Akanimo Odon, CEO, Envirofly Consulting UK Limited and myself.
“I can authoritatively say that industry- academia interface is beginning to gain grounds, and it has spread to University of Lagos, Babcock University and others,” he said.
Prof. Kirk Semple, Director, Lancaster, Environment Centre, Lancaster University, England, said the partnership was to stimulate sustainable entrepreneurial thinking for scientists.
He added that 1.5 billion pounds was earmarked for the project by the Global Challenges Research Fund. He noted that the overall aim of it was to share learning of place-based entrepreneurship in African Universities and explore the barriers and opportunities of place-based entrepreneurship in African Universities.
He added that the partnership was also to showcase the Stimulating Entrepreneurial Thinking Tool Kits for Scientists and Students (SETSS).
“Lancaster University co-designed, co-developed and have co-delivered two multi-organisational projects with African partners: Recirculate (seven million Pound Capacity Building Project with five African organisational partners from Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Botswana).
“Actuate (700,000 Pound Waste to Energy Demonstrator Plant Development Project with over 10 organizational partners from Nigeria and Ghana), launched in CSIR-FRI Ghana and delivered in partnership with African partners.
“Then Lancaster University won a British Council funding under the Digital Universities Africa programme to develop SETSS further.
“All these, in partnership with University of Benin and Igbinedion University Nigeria, Lancaster University Ghana, Kenyatta University Kenya and CSIR Ghana,” he said.
Dr Akanimo Odon, CEO, Envirofly Consulting UK Limited, stated that the project became important as Nigeria and African universities had been bedeviled with research challenges.
Odon pointed out that the project was to make researchers entrepreneurial in their thinking, adding that it was to change researchers narrative of publish or perish to research for earning money.
According to him, the British Council understands that for Africa to grow, universities must be solid and robust.
“So, we developed an innovation in African Universities Program called DIFFERENTIATE, which is why Lancaster University partners some of these African universities.
“In 2013 Africa’s gross expenditure on research and development was about 0.45 per cent of GDP, compared with 2.71 per cent in North America, 2.10 per cent in Southeast Asia, 1.75 per cent in Europe, 1.62 per cent in Asia, and 1.03 per cent in Latin America and the Caribbean.
““Africa was home to just 2.4 per cent of the world’s researchers (1.1 per cent for Sub-Saharan Africa and 1.4 per cent in North Africa).
“This is compared with 42.8 per cent in Asia, 31.0 per cent in Europe, 18.5 per cent for North America, and 3.6 per cent for Latin America and the Caribbean.
“The share of researchers in Germany (4.6 per cent), the Republic of Korea (4.1 per cent), and France (3.4 per cent) is larger than that of the African continent as a whole,” he said.
Also, Dr Chima Igwe, Director, Department of Chemical, Fibre and Environmental Technology, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, (FIIRO), stated that what most scientists needed was the twin area of entrepreneurial and kinetic thinking.
Igwe, also a stakeholder in the programme, said this would enable scientists create the much talked about wealth and generate employment using their various fields engagements.
The Milk Booster, a company that produces lactation products that help increase breast milk supply, on Friday introduced the first MilkBank in Nigeria in commemoration of the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week was : “Step up for Breastfeeding : Educate and Support”.
It seeks to involve Governments, communities, and individuals in raising awareness about sustainable breastfeeding environment.
Dr Chinny Obinwanne -Ezewike, Executive Officer (CEO), Milk Booster, said that the milkbank initiative was geared towards providing pasteurised donor breast milk for pre-term, low birth weight, and other vulnerable infants in order for them to enjoy the enormous benefits of breastmilk.
Obinwanne -Ezewike, is also a Lactation Consultant and member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
She said the idea to launch the Milkbank arose having been helping over 50,000 babies get more breast milk from their mothers through Milk Booster products since five years ago.
She explained that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had recommended that when a baby cannot get breastemilk from their mother, the next best option is donor milk before considering infant formula.
Obinwanne -Ezewike said that WHO have advised mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months with extended breastfeeding for two years and beyond.
The lactation consultant stated that breastmilk is very important for babies but not all mothers can produce enough milk or produce at all, such as the surrogate mother, working-class mothers, hence ; the need for the MilkBank to bridge the gap.
She expressed disappointment that Nigeria ranked third highest in the number of pre-term birth across the world and first in infant mortality rate in Africa.
According to her, when pre-term babies gets breastmilk, their stay in the hospital is reduced and risk of contacting the most common sicknesses that eats up their guts system is significantly reduced.
Obinwanne-Ezewike noted that the absence of donor breastmilk in Nigeria had created a misconception that the infant milk and breastmilk are equivalent.
“A human baby should get a human breast milk and mothers must not consider giving their babies processed cow milk.
“Cow milk is for calf and not human babies.
The benefits of breastmilk goes as far as increasing chances for survival and protecting the babies from several sicknesses within our community.
“Five per cent of babies within the ages of zero to five years die yearly in Nigeria because of sub-optimal breastfeeding.
“Feeding our babies with breastmilk will ensure that they are not part of the infant death statistics due to our sub-optimal breastfeeding , ” she said.
According to her, Nigeria has the capacity to sustain her babies born either pre-term or full-term by ensuring they are breast fed to give them a chance to live healthy.
Obinwanne -Ezewike urged governments and organisations to support the MilkBank project to enable mothers in the rural areas to also enjoy the facility.
She said: “We already have over 165,000 Milk Booster Community mum who are always ready to donate breastmilk free of charge and educating more to also do same.
“ Mothers that donate excess milk must be aware that there are babies whose mothers can’t produce same and needs their excess milk.
“They produce the milk ,we process it and pass it onto the babies who need it for survival to reduce Nigeria’s infant and neonatal mortality rate,.
“ We only charge the receivers about N20,000 used to process and screen the breastmilk to ensure that it is safe for consumption ” she said.
According to her, the primary recipients of the breastmilk as prioritised by the company would be low birthweight babies, sick premature babies in the Intensive Care Units, premature babies doing well before the sick full term babies and other demands.
Obinwanne -Ezewike said tht the MilkBank would service the general hospitals, government hospitals, private hospitals and surrogate agencies.
She stated that the firm had invested over 15,000 dollars into the community-based milk bank facility.
In her remark, Dr Mobolaji Olajide, Lecturer 1, Department of Nursing, University of Lagos, emphasised the need for Nigeria mothers to be educated and embrace the MilkBank which is already a global practice.
Olajide said its high time we give babies whose mothers cannot produce breastmilk or produces in low quantity, an opportunity to enough access to breastmilk officially.
She called for aggressive sensitisation on the need to dissuade superstitious cultural and religious belief that accompanies exchange of breast milk.
“Why would some Nigerians mothers prefers not to accept to give their babies breastmilk from their fellow human being but prefers that of a cow ?
“All the myth surrounding cross-breastfeeding is just a superstition, ” she said.
Some retired senior police officers and family members have described the late former Inspection-General of Police (I-GP), Mr Tafa Balogun as one of the best cops Nigeria ever produced.
The retired officers paid glowing tributes to the late Balogun in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday at his Ikoyi, Lagos residence.
Many said Balogun was one Inspector-General of Police that brought great reforms to the force.
Mr Tunde Alapinni, a retired Assistance Inspector-General of Police (AIG) and one-time Force Spokesman, said the impact made by Balogun could not be ignored.
Alapinni said that Balogun was devoted to the transformation of the police and its personnel.
In his own tribute, retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Waheed Kassim, described the late Balogun as a dear brother and friend, stressing that his death was shocking.
For DIG David Omojola, it was too early for Balogun, whom he described as his “Big Boss’’ to leave this earth suddenly.
“However, we are consoled that he impacted positively on our lives.
His tenure as I-G witnessed tremendous and good policing,’’ Kassim said.
Mr Edward Ajogun, a retired Commissioner of Police (CP) and one- time Personal Assistance to Balogun as I-GP, said his former boss was always thinking positively about the Nigeria Police Force and security of Nigeria.
Ajogun said that Balogun brought lots of reforms into the police including the creation of female mobile police.
He also introduced computer training for officers, mass promotion for officers stranded for years and ensuring that officers were promoted according to seniority.
He said that under Balogun, the Force had credible staff list which was used for promotion, stressing that the late I-GP was a unifier, encouraging officers to work as a team.
Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Mr Abiodun Alabi, described late Balogun as a visionary leader and a mentor to many retired and serving officers.
Alabi said that anytime he visited the late I-GP, he always drew attention to how best Lagos should be policed.
“The Force will miss his wealth of experience.
It is his mentorship that has piloted some of us to where we are today in the Force,’’Alabi said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State CID, Mr Fayoade Adegoke, described the late I-GP as, “a great dad, benefactor, mentor, super cop who revolutionised the Force as an I-GP.
’’ The first son of the deceased, Mr Abayomi Balogun, said that his father never changed one bit before his death as an advocate of doing anything that was right.
He said many people misunderstood his father as a strict person, stressing that members of the family were not exempted from such strictness.
He described his father as a brilliant officer, father, who always attracted standing ovations at occasions, local or international wherever he was made to deliver speeches or lectures.
The second daughter of late Balogun, Ms Bolale Balogun, said her father would be greatly missed for many things, including food recipes, words pronunciation, reading and responsible behaviour.
“My father taught me that there is no alternative to success than to follow due process in all things.
“He made me tough like himself.
If he wants to punish you for doing wrong, it is 24 strokes of the cane; because of this, no one dares get into daddy’s trouble,’’ she recollected.
The former police boss died at Reddington Hospital in Lagos on Balogun will be buried on Saturday in Osun. He was Nigeria’s 21st indigenous Inspector-General of Police.
He served as IG-P during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He joined the Nigerian Police Force in May 1973 as member of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Course 3. Balogun attended the University of Lagos and graduated in 1972 with a B.
A. in Political Science.
He worked in various police commands and rose through the ladder to become IG-P.
Balogun was at a time the Principal Staff Officer to former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Muhammadu Gambo, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edo, and pioneer Commissioner of Police in Delta.
He was also CP in Rivers and Abia states.
Balogun, a fellow of the premier highest military institution in Nigeria, the National War College, later became an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone One, Kano, from where he was named the 21st I-GP of Police on March 6, 2002.
Brian Arbic, a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Michigan, U.
S., has called for more representation of Africa in global science.
Arbic made the call on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .
He spoke on the sidelines of a weeklong 2022 Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Nigeria (COESAN) held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
NAN reports that the programme, which began on Monday, is an annual event.
The 2022 edition was organised by UNILAG in collaboration with the University of Michigan and the Nigeria Institute of Marine Research.
According to Arbic, Africa is one of the largest continents in the world and there is need for Africans to be actively engaged in making decisions about marine.
“This programme called Coastal Environment Summer School is the first time it will be hosted in Nigeria and also the first time it will be done in both the virtual and physical forms since its inception in 2015 in Ghana.
“It is basically a one-week summer school for oceanography that helps people to learn about the ocean, its importance and challenges such as pollution and over fishing.
“It also seeks to build up a network of people working around the world with Africans, so that they can collaborate with Americans and Europeans on ocean problems.
“Africa, being one of the largest continents in the world, needs therefore to be better represented in the global enterprise such as publishing scientific papers, being in international communities and making decisions about marine,” he said.
According to the don, the summer school is also aimed at promoting marine science in Africa as well as collaborations among marine scientists in Africa and the world at large.
He said that the programme had participants from the University of Michigan, University of Lagos, Ghana, China, Liberia and Malaysia, physically and virtually.
On the impact of the programme on students, Arbic said: ” This is the first time we are hosting the programme here, in Nigeria, but if you go back to Ghana, where we had been holding the programme, students have learnt about new technologies.
“They can apply it on scientific research, we hope to bring same to Nigeria”.
Arbic urged support for the programme, noting that collaborations usually brought about progress.
He lauded UNILAG for efforts to ensure success of the event.
Dr Owoyemi Elegbeye of UNILAG’s Department of Marine Science, told NAN that it was important to understand that 70 per cent of the earth was water.
According to him, 90 per cent of the water is ocean water.
Elegbeye, a member of the event’s local organising committee, said it was unfortunate that humans were not tapping enough from ocean resources.
“We must take cognisance of the things that really matter to humans.
We must dig more into the usefulness of ocean and the things therein and see how it can be applied to our daily living.
“We fall short of adequate research in this aspect of human existence; that is part of the essence of this whole programme holding in UNILAG for the first time.
“Our aim is to see how people can get to know more about the benefits of ocean and marine science.
“This programme had been held in Ghana annually; in the past two years, 2020 and 2021, it was held virtually following the pandemic.
“For the first time, it is holding here, in Nigeria, right in our campus,’’ he said.
He also noted that the summer school was being done both physically and virtually for the first time.
“The populace should be sensitised massively about this, starting from the advantages, because what you don’t know, you cannot tap from.
It is critical that we spread the news,” Elegbeye said.
UNILAG’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, described the programme as timely.
He said that it was in line with the institution’s resolve to intensify research activities among students and staff.
Ogundipe was represented by Prof. Bola Oboh, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research).
According to Ogundipe, UNILAG is excited to host the event.
He said that networking remained critical to knowledge advancement.
“I am of’ the opinion that a lot still needs to be done particularly in West Africa, considering the fact that it is bound by a lot of water.
“What happens in the aquatic space is important and needs a lot of research on.
“It is, therefore, important that we dig deep into the programme to ensure that participants have something good to take back home,” he said.
The University of Lagos says plans are on to collaborate with NORD Motors, an indigenous automobile outfit, for the manufacture of drones on its campus in Akoka.
Recall that the university had on July 14, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the automobile company for the assembling of a vehicle plant and construction of a state-of-the-art showroom on its campus.
The partnership is to further drive research among staff and students, especially those in Engineering, with first hand knowledge in the manufacturing of vehicles.
Speaking on the new development, Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development Services) of the institution, said it was another positive step in the right direction by the university.
She told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.
Atsenuwa said that the evolving trends in teaching, learning and research in the university, remained a key area of focus of the current management, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
“Everything that will provide opportunity for our researchers, students to have practical learning engagement, always brings complete fulfillment to us, because it will be seen that we are actually delivering on our mandate.
“As we have continued to interact with NORD Motors, we came to the understanding and knowledge that it is also involved in the manufacture of drones.
“Already, it is doing that within the country and we were able to get its commitment that it could also manufacture it here on our campus, and of course, make our students major actors on this.
“Don’t forget that we will also look at the entrepreneurship aspect, as it is also meant to generate income from this partnership,” the professor of Public Law stated.
She noted that the development would see the manufacturing of drones, not just for the university’s security needs, but the public at large.
Atsenuwa said it would also generate IGR, as well as create a platform for students to use the entire process as study tools.
She also gave an update on the establishment of the assembly plant for vehicles by NORD Motors.
Atsenuwa said that work had already commenced on site, in the institution.
“We have just gone around to see what was going on at the site here on our premises and we have seen the construction of the building that will house the showroom.
Mr Dumebi Kachikwu, presidential candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC),has appointed Mr Adeniyi Kunnu, a broadcast professional ,as spokesman of his 2023 campaign organisation.
Kachikwu ,who made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja ,described Kunnu as a versatile communicator, with vast experience in broadcast journalism.
“Kunnu ,who holds both Bachelors and Master of Arts Degrees in Literature-in-English from Lagos Sate University, Ojo, and the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, is currently a PhD student of Literature-in-English at the University of Abuja.
“He brings to the job a rich experience as a versatile communicator,following long years of practice in the broadcast industry and lecturing in the academia,”he said.
According to him,Kunnu has undergone several professional development courses and has held professional positions in both public and private sector.
Kachikwu added that the appointee was a news and programmes presenter cum producer and senior management executive at a radio station in Lagos.
“And he is a member of many professional bodies including the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Radio, Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union and Association of Voice Over Artists of Nigeria (AVOA),” he said.
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has appointed Mr Adewale Oyerinde, as Director-General of the association, effective Aug. 1, 2022. NECA’s President, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the position of Director-General became vacant following the demise of late Dr Timothy Olawale, in September, 2021. Adeniyi said that Oyerinde was expected to build on the legacies of professionalism and excellent service that the association was known for, and take it to greater heights.
He said that Oyerinde was the Deputy-Director and Head of Membership Services of the association.
Oyerinde joined NECA in 2010, and has worked in various capacities in the Social, Economic and Labour Affairs Department and also the Learning and Development Department of the Association.
He has over 16 years’ experience in Industrial and Human Resources (HR), Business Development, Stakeholders Management and key areas of Employers’ Membership Organisation Management.
Oyerinde, according to the statement, is an HR thought-leader and International Labour Organisation (ILO) trained Master Trainer He is also a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation-trained ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 1400:2015 Lead Auditor.
Oyerinde holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos.
He is an alumnus of the International Training Centre of the ILO and full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management among others.
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), during its policy meeting held on July 21, pegged the minimum cut-off score for admission into the country’s universities at 140 for the 20222023 academic session.
It put that of Polytechnics at 120, and Colleges of Education at 100. Two years back, it had approved 160 as cut-off mark for 20202021 university admissions.
The board also approved 120 as cut-off marks for Polytechnic and 100 for the school of Education and Innovative institutions.
Last year, it announced 140 as the cut-off mark for all federal, state, and private Universities; 100 for polytechnics; and 80 for colleges of education in Nigeria for the 2021 admission.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that, in announcing this year’s cut-off marks, the examination body said that of the over 1.7 million candidates that sat for the examination, only 378,639 scored 200 and above.
The trend of the cut-off marks over the years, dropping in the case of universities to 140, of the total 400 marks, has elicited mixed reactions.
Some describe the lowering of the cut-off, the benchmark for placement of candidates into the country’s institutions of higher learning, as worrisome, with implications for education standards.
Others, however, think otherwise, saying it is not the sole determinant.
Prof. Oluwole Familoni, immediate-past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics and Research), University of Lagos, believes that low cut-off marks would not encourage competition.
He said that there was a need to ensure that candidates are challenged to get the best for the universities especially, as well as other tertiary institutions.
This, according to him, will ensure that the best are admitted and fit for purpose, during and after graduation.
Prof. Ibrahim Bakare, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos State University, Ojo (ASUU-LASU), believes the recent JAMB cut-off is a reflection of the performance of the candidates.
Bakare, also Director of Consult, LASU, said that low cut-off had serious implications on the quality of students being produced at the moment.
“This implies that the government needs to do a lot in motivating the teachers first in our secondary schools, and providing an enabling environment for private schools to compete well.
“Government should also train and retrain our teachers in public schools and adequately equip the laboratories to enhance the performance of the students.
“More funds need to be allocated in real terms to the education sector, without delay, and the welfare of teachers should also be improved, if the performance of students are to be enhanced,” he said.
Bakare said that teachers’ rating, proper quality assurance mechanisms and teaching techniques required immediate attention of the government.
“Teaching environment must also be conducive to facilitate a smooth learning process.
” State of emergency should be declared in our education sector in Nigeria,” he said.
But Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, Deputy National President, National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), posits that cut-off marks can be seen only as a guide to university admission, but not in totality.
He said that the institutions still conducted their own internal examinations, by way of the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
“Note that students securing admission into any university must have a combination of secondary school certificate examinations result, JAMB score and the particular university internally conducted examination.
“I think and I want to believe that the wisdom Prof. Ishaku Oloyode used there, was to ensure that university admission is now flexible to ensure that it takes more students, particularly now that a lot of things are disturbing education in the country.
“But lowering the cut-off to 140 does not mean that a student who aspires to study Engineering can do so; however we don’t mind the step, as parents,” he said.
Mr Andrew Agada, Principal, King’s College, Lagos is of the view that the candidates’ performance in the examination could have been part of the reason for the cut-off marks announced.
He noted that some time back, it used to be higher for universities and the other tertiary institutions.
“Universities used to be 180 at least, but getting to this level right now, means something must be fundamentally wrong somewhere,” he said.
Agada lauded one of his students that participated at the examination and came out with a total score of 355. He noted that it was no mean feat, adding that it was a thing of honour to the college and needed to be celebrated.
Mr Sunday Fowowe, National President, Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria (ANPEIN) expressed concern at the cut-off marks for this year.
Fowowe said that the poor performance of candidates in this year’s examination were possibly due to the questions being above the curriculum or syllabus given to them to study.
“Also, maybe laziness on the part of the candidates, for which they didn’t study well for the examination, could also be a factor.
“As researchers, we are compelled by this development to carry out a survey about those that scored less than 180, that will secure admission into the various universities.
“We must do a four-year longitudinal study of their performance in their future departments, to see if there is a correlation between JAMB performance (scores) and undergraduate academic performance,” he said.
To Dr Nasir Fagge, a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), there is a need for a review of the law establishing the JAMB.
According to him, the idea of allowing the examination body to decide general cut off marks for the country’s tertiary institution must be jettisoned, if the system is to achieve its mandate.
“This is one of the things we have been engaging the government on, in the past.
Where in the world will you have a particular outfit to determine what is best for institutions of learning in terms of admission?
“The practice is foreign to university autonomy.
“The job of the board should end with conducting the examination.
All it has to do thereafter is to collate the results and handover to the respective institutions of higher learning, to decide what they want.
“These institutions will then form a committee that will do other checks, come to an agreement and then hand it over to the Senate for final decision.
“The act of deciding who is admitted into any university for instance, should lie solely with the Senates of the various universities.
“They should be able to look at the general performance of the candidates and determine where to peg their cut-off marks and not JAMB.
“In my opinion, I dare say that this sort of practice by the examination body does not encourage merit and capacity,” the unionist said.
The Brazillian Descendants Association in Lagos (BDA) has partnered with the Brazilian Embassy in Nigeria to train no fewer than 50 Nigerians in Portuguese language.
Taiwo Salvador, Education Research Director, BDA, during the class session at Holy Cross Primary School, Lagos Island, on Saturday, expressed excitement over the comprehension rate of the students.
She appreciated the Consul-General of Brazil to Nigeria, Amb. Francisco Soares-Luz, for his commitment toward supporting the programme.
She said 50 Nigerians were currently being trained in Portuguese language with the motive to ensure that the language is brought back to the community.
“The level of commitment of these students is massive, it shows that their level of willingness to maximise this opportunity to their advantage is high, which is encouraging.
“Learning a second language is always an advantage, the way they accept it is awesome for me.
“We saw the rate at which many youths indicated interest in learning this language and we decided to select 70 per cent from the Brazillian community here and 30 per cent from all over Lagos.
“We have people coming from as far as Ajah, Iyana-Ipaja, Igando, Agege and all, this shows serious commitment,” she said.
Salvador noted that at the end of the programme, the beneficiaries would be assessed and the outstanding ones would be rewarded with a four-year scholarship for further studies in Brazil with monthly allowance.
The instructor, Mr Olasunkanmi Aiyedun, said: “I am quite impressed with the rate at which the students usually comprehend everything they are taught.
“This is just the third class and they have learnt so much, I see them going far in this.
”One of the beneficiaries, Abdulganiu Idris, a Social Work student of the University of Lagos, said he could now recite the Portuguese alphabets and numbers very well.
Idris said he would love to relocate to Brazil to work after graduation as his father resides there.
Another beneficiary, Aminat Iyanda, a 15-year-old student of Mary Anne College, commended the organisers of the programme as her desire to learn a second language had been actualised.
According to her, she can now exchange pleasantries in Portuguese language and also wishes to relocate to Brazil.