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  •  Kano varsity committed to producing qualified medical doctors VC
    Kano varsity committed to producing qualified medical doctors — VC
     Kano varsity committed to producing qualified medical doctors VC
    Kano varsity committed to producing qualified medical doctors — VC
    Education2 weeks ago

    Kano varsity committed to producing qualified medical doctors — VC

    The Vice Chancellor, Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), Prof. Mukhtar Atiku-Kurawa, has restated the institution’s commitment to producing qualified medical doctors.  

    Atiku-Kurawa stated this when the Kano State House of Assembly Standing Committees on Higher Education and Health visited the institution on Friday in Kano.The YUMSUK Head of Information, Publications, Protocol and Public Relations, Abdullahi Abba-Hassan,   disclosed in a statement.

    Abba-Hassan said the VC urged the assembly to look at the possibility of renaming the Muhammad Abdullahi Wase to Yusuf Maitama Sule University Teaching Hospital.

    He explained that would enable the institution to source intervention for its development.

    According to him, the donor agencies required the hospital to carry name of the university as requirement for their intervention.

    He further said that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) had also recommended the renaming the hospital to make it suitable for sound MBBS programme.

    The University, with the support of the state government, he said, was working tirelessly to ensure that the hospital fulfilled all the requirements for the teaching hospital status.

    He further noted that the MBBS students would soon start their clinical services.

    In their remarks, the Chairman, Higher Education Committee and that of Health, Ali Shanono and Nuhu Abdullahi, said they met with the University’s  management in respect of Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Bill.They said that the bill was for conversion of the Hospital to YUMSUK Teaching Hospital.

    The Committee Chairmen, therefore pledged support of the Kano State House of Assembly to enable the university to get a befitting teaching hospital.

    They commended the Vice-Chancellor for the remarkable developments recorded in the University.

    “We are happy with the zeal and commitment of the Vice-Chancellor in attracting developments to the University,” they said.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  ASUU strike We are losing students to incessant killings Students union
    ASUU strike: We are losing students to incessant killings — Students union
     ASUU strike We are losing students to incessant killings Students union
    ASUU strike: We are losing students to incessant killings — Students union
    Metro2 weeks ago

    ASUU strike: We are losing students to incessant killings — Students union

    The Council of Student’s Union Presidents (CSUP) says that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the ASUU strike.The Student Union President (SUG), Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Mr. Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.Yahaya said that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs were being kidnapped and killed in the process.He appealed to the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school.“It is true when they say when two elephants meet; only the grass suffers.“It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight.“This is because while the strike is ongoing, the salaries of Federal Government staff keep flowing and at the end of every strike, nothing stops the salaries of ASUU members from also flowing.“The only most unfortunate and innocent victim here you would agree with us are the Nigerian students, who have everything to lose.” Even when the strike would have been called off, so many of the students will not be able to serve the nation due to age limit.“So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration,” he said.Yahaya said that the strike had increased the rate of drug abuses, prostitution, and thuggery amongst other corresponding wantonness and purposelessness by the Nigerian students who under normal circumstances should be in school acquiring knowledge.He said that the Nigerian students and campuses had been exposed to insecurities.and as such students had now become daily victims of kidnapping by the bandits.He said that the CSUP had written to the Ministry of Education, issuing a seven days ultimatum to reach an amicable resolution with their counterparts – ASUU.He said that failure to do so would lead to the mobilization of students across the country in a mass peaceful demonstration to end the strike.” We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option but to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration even amidst this security instability.” For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing.” Also,  the SUG president of the university of Jos, Mr. Danladi Adankala, recalled an incident that happened to a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho who was kidnapped and murdered after paying the ransom.” In LAUTECH yesterday, a 500-level Rachael Opadele of the Department of Fine Art was murdered.” She was supposed to be in school finalizing her education but because of the ASUU strike, she opted to work in a hotel where she was kidnapped and killed after paying the ransom.” This is one of the many we know.Students can also be killed during a protest, so it is essential for the government to meet the demands of ASUU so that students can return to school,” he said.In the same vein, the SUG President, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Mr. Naajim Gbefwi called on the government to prioritize education in the interest of Nigerian students.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had been on strike since February demanding the adoption of UTAS against IPPIS, funds for therevitalization of public universities.Others are refusing to honor the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU, among others.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Unilorin V C tasks workers on commitment hardwork
    Unilorin V-C tasks workers on commitment, hardwork
     Unilorin V C tasks workers on commitment hardwork
    Unilorin V-C tasks workers on commitment, hardwork
    Education2 weeks ago

    Unilorin V-C tasks workers on commitment, hardwork

    Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), has enjoined workers of the institution to continue putting their best through hard work and commitment.

    Abdulkareem made the call at a send-forth get-together organised by members of staff of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Sylvia Malomo, on Wednesday in Ilorin.

    Malomo has just completed her tour of duty as DVC (Academic) after two-terms in office.

    The Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Registrar, Dr Fola Olowoleni, commended Malomo’s firm and painstaking commitment to her onerous task as DVC.

    He said her hard work and commitment contributed in no small measure to the stability of his administration in particular and the Unilorin system in general.

    “The work of DVC Academic is very enormous, as dealing with the lecturers is no mean task so also is dealing with the students.

    “It takes a fair and firm administrator and a woman of timber and calibre to make a success of the task like Prof. Malomo had done,” adding that “if she is not firm, the whole system would have collapsed”.

    The vice-chancellor also pointed out that the University’s Governing Council respected Malomo a lot, stressing that “her contributions are always meticulous and painstaking and they are often adopted”.

    Abdulkareem commended the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for putting together the event in appreciation of their benevolent boss.

    In his own tribute, Mr Hakeem Sonde, the Bursar, described Malomo as “a woman of integrity, full of wisdom and very hard working”.

    He described her as very humble and always ready to take advice.

    On his part, Mr Kunle Akogun, the Director of Corporate Affairs of the university, described the outgoing DVC as “a woman of many parts”.

    He asserted that she is a renowned Bio-Chemist, a consummate administrator, a diligent problem-solver, a very affable boss and a very dutiful Igbomina wife”.

    Highlights of the occasion was the presentation of gifts by the staff of the DVC’s Office and a private photographer, popularly known as ‘Everyday’, who came with a large painting of the outgoing deputy vice-chancellor.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Kaduna varsity promotes 13 lecturers to professors associate professors
    Kaduna varsity promotes 13 lecturers to professors,associate professors
     Kaduna varsity promotes 13 lecturers to professors associate professors
    Kaduna varsity promotes 13 lecturers to professors,associate professors
    General news2 weeks ago

    Kaduna varsity promotes 13 lecturers to professors,associate professors

    The Kaduna State University (KASU) on Wednesday announced the promotion of 13 academic staff to professors and associate professors.

    The announcement was made in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigerian and signed by the University’s Public Relations Officer, Adamu Bargo, in Kaduna.

    The statement explained that six of the 13 staff were promoted to professors while seven were upgraded to associate professors.

    Among the promoted professors were Dr. Matoh Dogara of Physics department, Dr.  Gauis Jatau of History department, Dr.  Peter Ayuba of Mathematical Science department and Dr.Tukur Abdulkadir  of Political Science.

    Others are Dr. Fuhad Sirate-Sheriff and Dr. Nasiru Murtala from the department of Arabic.

    The statement added that among the staff upgraded to associate professors were Dr. Binta Kasim of Mass Communication department and Dr. Ahmed Buba of Political Science departmentOthers are Dr. Bashir Kayode from Physics department, Dr. Aliyu Isah and Dr. Ahmed Shehu from the department of Nigerian Language and Linguistics . 

    Dr. Ahmad Bello from Education department and Dr. Patrick Noah were also promoted to associate professors.

    The statement noted that the promotion started some times ago and was completed prior to the industrial dispute and should not be treated as promoting striking academic staff.

    “While we congratulate those promoted, the should note that promotion was a privilege and therefore, we call upon you to reciprocate this gesture maturely.

    The statement urged them to rededicate themselves in the discharge of their responsibilities.


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  •  TETFund approves 40 Institution Based Research IBR grant for UNIBEN
    TETFund approves 40 Institution-Based Research (IBR) grant for UNIBEN
     TETFund approves 40 Institution Based Research IBR grant for UNIBEN
    TETFund approves 40 Institution-Based Research (IBR) grant for UNIBEN
    Education2 weeks ago

    TETFund approves 40 Institution-Based Research (IBR) grant for UNIBEN

    The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) has approved 40 Institution-Based Research (IBR) N60 million grant for the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

    The university announced this via a statement issued on Tuesday in Benin by the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Dr Benedicta Ehanire.

    The grant, she said, followed efforts by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami, to reposition the institution’s research innovations for effective service delivery.

    She said the vice chancellor was briefed by the Director of Research and Development, Prof. M.

    A. Bamikole, who also delivered the letter of award from TETFUND to her.

    According to her, the number is unprecedented in the history of IBR grants in the UNIBEN.

    “The Vice Chancellor commended the University’s Research and Development Committee (URDC) for the thorough screening and peer review process of the research proposals submitted by staff before they were presented to TETFUND.

    “Since research is central to innovations and development, the vice chancellor reaffirmed her commitment to research revolution in the university and congratulated the 40 Lead Researchers and their teams for making the University proud,” the university’s spokesperson said.


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  •  Kaduna state University structure violated extant law says Agency
    Kaduna state University structure violated extant law, says Agency
     Kaduna state University structure violated extant law says Agency
    Kaduna state University structure violated extant law, says Agency
    Environment2 months ago

    Kaduna state University structure violated extant law, says Agency

    Malam Osmail Dikko, the Director-General of the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority(KASUPDA), has said that the structure which was removed within the premises of the State University violated extant laws.

    Dikko, who made this known in a statement in Kaduna, said that the State Executive Council had earlier given a clear directive that all public buildings and institutions must submit relevant documents before erecting new structures within their premises.

    He said KASU partially complied with the directive by submitting its master plan but without an application seeking for permission for further development.

    The director-general listed the documents to include the master plan of the institution or public building and an application seeking for permission that a new structure will be built.

    ‘’While awaiting for the university to fully comply with the directive on erecting new buildings within the premises of the institution and public buildings, the development control team of KASUPDA noticed that excavation work was still going on at the site,’’ he said.

    Dikko said that he personally went to the site on June 3 but was unable to see the site Engineer.

    ”I only met labourers. ’Out of courtesy to KASU, I went back on Sunday, June 5 and this time I met the Engineer. I told him that they are in contravention of the law and I asked them to stop further work on the project until they get a permit,’’ he disclosed.

    Dikko said that on Monday,  the developers continued with the project and for that reason, KASUPDA removed the excavation that had been started for foundation development which hasn’t been completed.

    ‘’I do not know if the proposed structure would have been a church or just a building. The developers contravened the law and KASUPDA merely performed its statutory duty by removing it.’’

    (NAN)

  •  2 Unilorin students win UNESCO scholarships
    2 Unilorin students win UNESCO scholarships
     2 Unilorin students win UNESCO scholarships
    2 Unilorin students win UNESCO scholarships
    Education2 months ago

    2 Unilorin students win UNESCO scholarships

    Two students of the University of Ilorin have won the prestigious awards of the International Centre for Biotechnology under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

    According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, the students were awarded the scholarship for having good academic records in the organisation’s educational peer review.

    It stated that the duo, Mr. Samson Oyebamiji of the Department of Microbiology and Mr. Sodiq Alasi of the Department of Food Engineering, won the award of UNESCO ICB MSc. Scholarship and UNESCO ICB Final Year undergraduate scholarship.

    The University publication added that a letter, by the Chairman, Scholarships Award Committee, Prof. Umezuruike Opara, commended the students for applying for the MSc. Scholarship of the UNESCO International Centre for Biotechnology (UNESCO ICB).

    He said this was based on the criteria advertised, including course of study related to and good academic records, the Scholarships Awards Committee (SAC) reviewed all applications submitted.

    “Congratulations, it is our pleasure to award the UNESCO ICB MSc. Scholarships to you, Mr. Samson Oyebamiji of the Department of Microbiology, University of Ilorin, for N1,014,914.67 and the Final Year Undergraduate Scholarships to you, Mr. Sodiq Alasi of the Department of Food Engineering, University of Ilorin, for N500,000.00.

    “This award is to support your tuition fee, accommodation, books and living expenses during your MSc. and undergraduate studies at the university,” he said.

    (NAN)

  •  Benue Varsity appeals to TETfund for disaster relief intervention fund
    Benue Varsity appeals to TETfund for disaster relief intervention fund
     Benue Varsity appeals to TETfund for disaster relief intervention fund
    Benue Varsity appeals to TETfund for disaster relief intervention fund
    Education3 months ago

    Benue Varsity appeals to TETfund for disaster relief intervention fund

    Benue Varsity appeals to TETfund for disaster relief intervention fund

    Benue Varsity appeals to TETfund for disaster relief intervention fund

    Intervention

    By Cecilia Ijuo

    Abuja, June 1, The Pro-Chancellor, Benue State University (BSU) Sebastine Hon, SAN, has appealed to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund(TETFund) for disaster relief intervention funds for the institution.

    Hon, who is also Chairman of the university’s Governing Council, made the appeal on Tuesday in Abuja when he led the management of the institution on a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono.

    Hon said the appeal was on the heels of the institution’s central library, which suffered severe damage caused by storm.

    He also appealed for a waiver to access the 20212022 TETFund’s allocations to enable the university address some challenges.

    “We have a very small campus, and we desire to expand in terms of content-base and infrastructure.

    “Our University has commenced appreciable steps with NUC to commence the following programmes: Architecture, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Building Engineering.

    “Further to the level of completion of the above listed projects, we hereby appeal to you to grant us a waiver to allow the University to access the 2021 and 2022 annual allocations.

    “This is to enable us to proceed with the projects tied to those allocations,” Hon said.

    The Pro-chancellor called for the speedy completion of ongoing projects in the institution.

    “The Executive Secretary Sir, we have some TETFund-supported projects on-going now.

    “Whereas some of the contractors have shown commitment, some have been poor.

    “It is important to mention that the COVID-19 lockdown affected the speed and cost as it were.

    “The projects include, Construction and furnishing of Faculty of Education building -85 per cent, construction and furnishing of Research Development and Innovation Centre – 90 per cent,

    “Others are construction and furnishing of Academic Office- building-80 per cent, construction and furnishing of block of offices for College of Health Sciences – 90 per cent, construction and furnishing of Faculty of Science building – 45 per cent.”.

    Hon commended TETFund) for committing about N7 billion to its various intervention projects since 1999.

    “Our campus is dominated with TETFund-sponsored legacy structures, including the central library, laboratories, lecture theatres, faculty buildings, student social centre.

    “Others are entrepreneurship development centre, academic training and conferences (foreign and local), post-doctoral and developments in ICT, among others.

    “In all, the University has received about seven billion Naira (N7,000,000,000.00) in interventions from TETFund between 1999 and now, “he said.

    Hon, who congratulated Echono on his recent appointment as TETFund boss, also  commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing him.

    In his remarks, the new TETFund boss said that directives had been given for the completion of all ongoing projects in the university.

    He said the fund had undertaken a comprehensive review of all of outstanding projects to ensure speedy completion.

    “I am pleased to inform you that we have secured the concurrence of the Honourable Minister of Education that from next year, we will have special provision for completion of all ongoing projects

    The executive secretary attributed the slow pace of work to fluctuation in prices of construction materials.

    He said, “We have projects that commenced but because of fluctuations in prices of important building materials, delay associated with the COVID-19 lockdown and other disruptions, we now have time and cost overhead.

    He assured that the fund would look into the request for disaster intervention through its Stability Fund.

    He commended the institution for producing some of the best hands in Nigeria.


    (NAN)

  •  Milestones of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
    Milestones of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
     Milestones of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
    Milestones of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
    General news3 months ago

    Milestones of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7

    The Presidency has again, reeled out 28-page of President Muhammadu Buhari’s strides in Oil and gas reforms, Digital economy, Mines and steel development, Agriculture, Education, Health, Creative Industry, Sports and infrastructural development; roads, bridges, rail, air and sea ports, housing, and many others.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president’s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari-led administration on May 29, 2022.
    President Buhari had in May 29, 2015, took the oath of office as President, promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life.
    The seven years milestone, according to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country, and its people.
    Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges, which are being robustly tackled by the government.
    A one-stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done, and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead.
    Nigeria, under Buhari’s watch, has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria’s Independence.

    On legislative reform of the Buhari administration, Nigeria has seen the most ambitious legislative programme in its history.

    Several landmark Bills have been passed or amended in the last seven years, including the following:

    – Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022

    – Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, which repeals the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended.

    It provides a comprehensive legal and Institutional Framework for the prevention and prohibition of money laundering in Nigeria, while also conferring on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the legal status of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering.

    – Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, which repeals the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 as amended in 2013, and provides for the effective implementation of international instruments on the prevention and combating of terrorism and suppression of the financing of terrorism.

    – Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Bill, 2022, which makes comprehensive provisions for the seizure, confiscation, forfeiture, and management of properties derived from unlawful activity.

    – Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act, 1993 (Amendment) Act, 2019, which will deliver increased revenues to the Federation.

    – Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON (Amendment) Acts of 2019 and 2021.

    – Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Bill, the first legislation in Nigeria’s history focused on curbing anti-competition practices; establishing the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

    – Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Establishment Act, 2018

    – Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, an Executive Bill, signed into law in 2019.

    The Bill facilitates the identification, tracing, freezing, restraining, recovery, forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds, property, and other instrumentalities of crime, as well as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be.

    – Act establishing the Police Trust Fund, which will significantly improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force (2019).

    – Nigeria Police Act, 2020 – the first comprehensive reform of Police legislation since the Police Act of 1943.

    – Repeal and Re-Enactment of the Companies & Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020 – the first comprehensive reform since 1990.

    – Not Too Young to Run Bill (2018) – a Constitution Amendment Bill, to reduce the age of eligibility for running for elective office in Nigeria.

    – Nigerian Correctional Services Bill, 2019 – the first comprehensive reform of prison legislation in close to five decades

    – Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill, 2019 – the first anti-piracy legislation in West Africa.

    – A Bill to grant financial autonomy to States’ Houses of Assembly and States’ Judiciary (2018)

    – Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 – Finance Act 2019 and 2020

    – The Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018

    President Buhari has pioneered the use of Executive Orders by any government in Nigeria; the Buhari Administration has, since 2017, issued a number of landmark Executive Orders:

    – Presidential Executive Order on Promotion of Transparency and Efficiency in the Business Environment (2017)

    – Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Local Procurement by Government Agencies (2017)

    – Presidential Executive Order on Submission of Annual Budgetary Estimates by all Statutory and non-Statutory Agencies, including Incorporated Companies wholly owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria (2017)

    – Presidential Executive Order on the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (2017)

    – Presidential Executive Order on Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts, Science, Engineering and Technology (2018)

    – Presidential Executive Order (and Amendment) on the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme (VOARS) (2018)

    – Presidential Executive Order on Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme (2019)

    – Presidential Executive Order 11 on National Public Buildings Maintenance (2022)

    On sports and youth development, the Buhari administration through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) developed a draft National Sports Industry Policy (NSIP), in liaison with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG).

    A completed draft of the Sports Industry Policy is now with the Ministry of Justice for Vetting.

    The Ministry also facilitated the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval that reclassified sports from recreation to ‘Business’.

    In 2021, ₦148b (₦60bn for Youth Development, ₦88bn for Sports) was approved by the Federal Government for Youth and Sports Development, in the National Development Plan (2021 – 2025).

    The Federal Government, through FMYSD, initiated and launched the Adopt Campaign to improve athletes’ training regime as well as sporting facilities and infrastructure. Adopt-an-Athlete Adopt-a-Sport Adopt-a-Pitch

    The Long-overdue renovation of stadiums, including the Lagos and Abuja National Stadiums, and the Daura Township Stadium, kicked off in 2020, under the Adopt-a-Pitch initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, and ahead of concessioning for private management. Abuja revamp work completed, while Lagos is nearing completion.

    The Adopt-An-Athlete Initiative, flagged off in Dec. 2019, was designed to allow individuals, corporate bodies, and governments “adopt” Nigerian athletes, and provide funding for their training and preparation for the Olympics. 45 Athletes were adopted ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    The launch of the National Para-Sports Festival, whose inaugural edition held in April 2022, featuring more than 3,000 athletes and officials from 32 States of the country.

    The Festival was established in line with President Buhari’s commitment to the welfare and empowerment of Persons Living With Disabilities.

    The ministry also inaugurated an Athletes’ Welfare Scheme (AWS) that pays a monthly stipend to the families of deceased sporting icons like Rashidi Yekini, Sam Okwaraji, Ali Jeje and Sunday Bada; and an Athletes’ Relief Fund (ARF) during the Covid-19 Lockdowns.

    It also revived the Principals’ Cup in 2021, as a national event (with multiple Sports – Athletics, Table Tennis and football across the country), after 25 years of inactivity.

    On youth and creative industry support, 250,000 young Nigerians have so far benefited from the training and empowerment opportunities offered by the DEEL initiative of the ministry.

    The training involves digital skills acquisition, entrepreneurship, employability and leadership – introduced in November 2019.

    The president approved the establishment of the N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF), overseen by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD), in 2020, to provide business loans ranging from N250,000 to N3million to young Nigerians.

    More than 6,000 youths benefited from the first set of disbursements in 2020; the next set of beneficiaries, numbering about 25,000, have been selected and are expected to receive payments in 2022.

    The president also approved increase in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) monthly allowance in Jan. 2020, from N19,800 to N33,000 and the commencement of enrolment of members into National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), from Feb. 2022.

    In 2017, the Federal Government added Creative Industries to the list of qualifying sectors for ‘Pioneer Status’ Incentives – which grants relief from Corporate Income Tax for a specified period of time.

    Presidential Approval for the handover of the National Theatre, Lagos, to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee, for redevelopment into a world-class Creative Park serving the theatre, film, fashion, music, and ICT sectors was also granted by the president.

    ”The handover has been done, and redevelopment work (valued at around $100 million) has since kicked off, and will be completed in 2022.

    ”The re-developed National Theatre will host the 1st Global Conference on Cultural Tourism & Creative Industry, which will hold in Lagos from 14-17 November, 2022.”

    On government developmental programmes in Niger Delta, the president approved the establishment of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta.

    The University was granted approval in Jan. 2018 by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective 201718 session, and commenced academic activities on April 12, 2018.

    President Buhari approved N5 billion as take-off grant for the Maritime University.

    The Buhari administration approved the resumption of work on the 337km East-West Road project, originally awarded in 2006.

    The Federal Government also set aside $170million seed funding for Ogoni Clean-Up, in an Escrow Account established for that purpose.

    The Escrow Agreement Signing Ceremony took place in April 2018. The Clean-Up commenced in Jan. 2019.

    ”As of May 2022, 16 of the 50 Lots in Phase 1 have completed remediation works and received final certification, while 26 Lots have completed remediation works and are awaiting certification.”

    The Buhari administration also introduced various reforms in the economy to check fraudulent practices and corruption in the system.

    On Aug. 7, 2015, President Buhari issued a directive to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to close their accounts with Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and transfer their balances to the Central Bank of Nigeria on or before Sept. 15, 2015.

    The TSA system was launched in 2012, but failed to gain traction until President Buhari’s executive order in August 2015.

    The TSA system has now been implemented in more than 90 percent of all Federal MDAs.

    The Buhari Administration, despite opposition, has expanded IPPIS coverage to the Armed Forces, as well as Federal Universities and other academic institutions.

    The Project Lighthouse, a financial data collection, integration and analysis engine deployed by the Federal Government starting 2018 has helped identify debts (unpaid taxes, loans, insurance funds, etc) valued at more than N5 trillion, owed Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs); of which N1.5 trillion has been recovered so far.

    Also, the Federal Government has given priority to the deployment of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) for payroll and pension audits.

    The use of BVN to verify payroll entries on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform has so far led to the detection of more than 50,000 fraudulent payroll entries.

    The Federal Government has also ensured the deployment of BVN system to serve as the verification basis for payments to beneficiaries and vendors in the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), the N-Power Scheme and the Homegrown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).

    (NAN)

  •  UNWTO Tourism Scholarship FG seeks application from Nigerians
    UNWTO Tourism Scholarship: FG seeks application from Nigerians
     UNWTO Tourism Scholarship FG seeks application from Nigerians
    UNWTO Tourism Scholarship: FG seeks application from Nigerians
    General news3 months ago

    UNWTO Tourism Scholarship: FG seeks application from Nigerians

    The Federal Government has requested interested and qualified Nigerians to submit applications for United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Scholarship on basic training in the field of tourism.

    The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, made the announcement in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday.

    “Applications are hereby invited for the Tourism Online Academy Scholarships for a one-month programme.

    “The courses are flexible by design and participants can learn at their own pace and convenience throughout the process.

    “Participants will earn a Certificate upon completion of the course and the accompanied quiz,” she stated.

    The Permanent Secretary recalled that the UNWTO recently granted 100 Online Academy Scholarships to Nigeria for the award of Certificate on ‘Introduction to Tourism-Industry Management Course’ in conjunction with IE University of Spain.

    She said 70 of the 100 slots had been allotted to the organised private sectors in tourism, the Ministry and its relevant agencies.

    According to her, the organised private sector included the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) among others.

    Anyanwutaku said 30 slots were reserved for interested members of the public who must meet a set-out criteria.

    She said the candidates must either be a Graduate of Tourism or have at least five (5) years working experience in ​tourism either in a public or private sector tourism organisation

    The Permanent Secretary added that a student of Tourism in a Nigerian University or Government approved ​​​Tourism Institute is also qualified for the programme.

    She said candidates must have access to a computer with internet facility and must complete the 100 per cent online free-of-charge course to qualify for the scholarship.

    “Candidates must score at least 60 per cent in the course to qualify for the certificate;

    “On completion of the course, candidates should forward a screenshot of their course score as evidence to the Ministry through the designated email.

    “Only candidates with evidence of completion of the course will be given the Scholarship Code with which to access the Certificate from IE University;

    “Candidates must forward their names, email, phone number and to the Department’s email: internationaltourism1234@gmail.com on or before 1st June 2022.

    “The Scholarship Code expires on 31st October, 2022,” she said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports the UNWTO granted the scholarship awards in April in Madrid, Spain, at a bilateral meeting between Nigeria and the Organisation on the hosting of the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry.

    The UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, had said the scholarship award was granted in recognition of the efforts of Nigeria and its Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to empower youths and boost quality education in tourism.

    (NAN)