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  •  The University of Nigeria Nsuka UNN has commended consortium of Michigan State University MSU and leadership of Alliance for African Partnership AAP for promoting research and scholarship in Africa The Vice Chancellor of UNN Prof Charles Igwe made the commendation at an Alumi Reception on Wednesday in Abuja Igwe said that the AAP had created opportunity for the staff of UNN who participated in international collaborative research thereby boosting the varsity viability and ranking in the league of universities According to him the event affords him opportunity for gratitude and a special appreciation to MSU and leadership of AAP in all their commitment The MSU s strong desire to contribute to the development of research and scholarship in African continent is indeed remarkable It is worthy of note that the admission of the UNN into the APP consortium has further exposed us to the immeasurable benefits of partnering with other African universities The partnership has helped us to address a number of problems peculiar to our continent he said Igwe said that the AAP was birthed at a time when African universities desperately needed such collaborations to help bridge the gap on research on the continent He added that the consortium had offered grants to its members to address critical research problems I am pleased to acknowledge that some staff of the UNN have benefited from AAP s Partnership for Innovation Research in Africa PIRA grants they also benefitted from the Transforming Institution Strategic Grants and the African Future Research Leadership Grants So we are here to deepen the bond of our partnership We are here to build a formidable bridge of relationship between alumni of the MSU and the UNN and this has been made possible by the AAP he said Mr Steve Hanson the Association s Provost and Dean of International Studies and Programmes of Michigan University said that the UNN students could study all over the world and come out with best Hanson said that the purpose of AAP was to build the next generation of African researchers so that they could become specifically leaders in their community He said the AAP was a collaborative and cross disciplinary platform to address global challenges in a sustainable way adding that the AAP was consortium of MSU Also the Regional West Africa of Ford Foundation Dr Chichi Aniagolu expressed worry over the state of universities in the country Aniagolu called on relevant stakeholders and other meaningful Nigerians to join hands to provide necessary facilities that would strengthen the universities in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNN VC commends consortium for promoting research, scholarship in Africa
     The University of Nigeria Nsuka UNN has commended consortium of Michigan State University MSU and leadership of Alliance for African Partnership AAP for promoting research and scholarship in Africa The Vice Chancellor of UNN Prof Charles Igwe made the commendation at an Alumi Reception on Wednesday in Abuja Igwe said that the AAP had created opportunity for the staff of UNN who participated in international collaborative research thereby boosting the varsity viability and ranking in the league of universities According to him the event affords him opportunity for gratitude and a special appreciation to MSU and leadership of AAP in all their commitment The MSU s strong desire to contribute to the development of research and scholarship in African continent is indeed remarkable It is worthy of note that the admission of the UNN into the APP consortium has further exposed us to the immeasurable benefits of partnering with other African universities The partnership has helped us to address a number of problems peculiar to our continent he said Igwe said that the AAP was birthed at a time when African universities desperately needed such collaborations to help bridge the gap on research on the continent He added that the consortium had offered grants to its members to address critical research problems I am pleased to acknowledge that some staff of the UNN have benefited from AAP s Partnership for Innovation Research in Africa PIRA grants they also benefitted from the Transforming Institution Strategic Grants and the African Future Research Leadership Grants So we are here to deepen the bond of our partnership We are here to build a formidable bridge of relationship between alumni of the MSU and the UNN and this has been made possible by the AAP he said Mr Steve Hanson the Association s Provost and Dean of International Studies and Programmes of Michigan University said that the UNN students could study all over the world and come out with best Hanson said that the purpose of AAP was to build the next generation of African researchers so that they could become specifically leaders in their community He said the AAP was a collaborative and cross disciplinary platform to address global challenges in a sustainable way adding that the AAP was consortium of MSU Also the Regional West Africa of Ford Foundation Dr Chichi Aniagolu expressed worry over the state of universities in the country Aniagolu called on relevant stakeholders and other meaningful Nigerians to join hands to provide necessary facilities that would strengthen the universities in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNN VC commends consortium for promoting research, scholarship in Africa
    General news3 weeks ago

    UNN VC commends consortium for promoting research, scholarship in Africa

    The University of Nigeria Nsuka (UNN) has commended consortium of Michigan State University (MSU) and leadership of Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), for promoting research and scholarship in Africa.

    The Vice Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Charles Igwe, made the commendation at an Alumi Reception, on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Igwe said that the AAP had created opportunity for the staff of UNN who participated in international collaborative research, thereby boosting the varsity viability and ranking in the league of universities.

    According to him, the event affords him opportunity for gratitude and a special appreciation to MSU and leadership of AAP in all their commitment.

    “The MSU’s strong desire to contribute to the development of research and scholarship in African continent is indeed remarkable.

    “It is worthy of note that the admission of the UNN into the APP consortium has further exposed us to the immeasurable benefits of partnering with other African universities.

    “The partnership has helped us to address a number of problems peculiar to our continent, ” he said.

    Igwe said that the AAP was birthed at a time when African universities desperately needed such collaborations to help bridge the gap on research on the continent.

    He added that the consortium had offered grants to its members to address critical research problems.

    “I am pleased to acknowledge that some staff of the UNN have benefited from AAP’s Partnership for Innovation Research in Africa (PIRA) grants.

    `they also benefitted from the Transforming Institution Strategic Grants and the African Future Research Leadership Grants.

    “So, we are here to deepen the bond of our partnership. 

    We are here to build a formidable bridge of relationship between alumni of the MSU and the UNN and this has been made possible by the AAP, ” he said.

    Mr Steve Hanson, the Association’s Provost and Dean of International Studies and Programmes of Michigan University, said that the UNN students could study all over the world and come out with best.  

    Hanson said that the purpose of AAP was to build the next generation of African researchers so that they could become specifically leaders in their community.

    He said the AAP was a collaborative and cross disciplinary platform to address global challenges in a sustainable way, adding that the AAP was consortium of MSU.

    Also, the Regional West Africa of Ford Foundation, Dr Chichi Aniagolu, expressed worry over the state of universities in the country.

    Aniagolu called on relevant stakeholders and other meaningful Nigerians to join hands to provide necessary facilities that would strengthen the universities in the country.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has approved the appointment of more principal officers for the newly established State University of Medical and Applied Sciences SUMAS Igbo Eno This is contained in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government SSG Prof Simon Ortuanya in Enugu Ugwuanyi appointed Mr Anselem Onah as the Registrar of the university The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ugwuanyi had on Sept 5 approved the appointment of Prof James Chukwuma Ogbonna as the Vice Chancellor of the medical university Onah until his appointment was the Acting Registrar of the University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN The governor also appointed Dr Elvis Ozoadibe a Chartered Accountant as the university s Bursar and until his appointment he was the Deputy Bursar of UNN Ortuanya said the former Deputy Librarian Enugu State University of Science and Technology ESUT Associate Prof Monica Eze was appointed as the university s Librarian The SSG further stated that all appointments took effect from Sept 6 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gov. Ugwuanyi appoints more principal officers for new state varsity
     Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has approved the appointment of more principal officers for the newly established State University of Medical and Applied Sciences SUMAS Igbo Eno This is contained in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government SSG Prof Simon Ortuanya in Enugu Ugwuanyi appointed Mr Anselem Onah as the Registrar of the university The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ugwuanyi had on Sept 5 approved the appointment of Prof James Chukwuma Ogbonna as the Vice Chancellor of the medical university Onah until his appointment was the Acting Registrar of the University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN The governor also appointed Dr Elvis Ozoadibe a Chartered Accountant as the university s Bursar and until his appointment he was the Deputy Bursar of UNN Ortuanya said the former Deputy Librarian Enugu State University of Science and Technology ESUT Associate Prof Monica Eze was appointed as the university s Librarian The SSG further stated that all appointments took effect from Sept 6 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gov. Ugwuanyi appoints more principal officers for new state varsity
    General news4 weeks ago

    Gov. Ugwuanyi appoints more principal officers for new state varsity

    Gov.  Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has approved the appointment of more principal officers for the newly-established State University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS), Igbo-Eno. This is contained in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Simon Ortuanya, in Enugu.

    Ugwuanyi appointed Mr. Anselem Onah as the Registrar of the university.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ugwuanyi had on Sept. 5, approved the appointment of Prof. James Chukwuma Ogbonna as the Vice Chancellor of the medical university.

    Onah, until his appointment, was the Acting Registrar of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).

    The governor also appointed Dr Elvis Ozoadibe, a Chartered Accountant, as the university’s Bursar and until his appointment, he was the Deputy Bursar of UNN.

    Ortuanya said the former Deputy Librarian, Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Associate Prof. Monica Eze, was appointed as the university’s Librarian.

    The SSG further stated that all appointments took effect from Sept. 6.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Yaba College of Technology YABATECH Lagos on Wednesday matriculated 13 741 National Diploma and Higher National Diploma students for the 20212022 academic session Mr Obafemi Omokungbe Rector of YABATECH said that the admitted number was for the 20212022 academic session comprising full time and part time students who met the admission requirements While congratulating the students who took the matriculation oath Omokungbe said that any student who violateed the rules of the college would be penalised as stipulated by the law The matriculation is of utmost importance The oath signifies that you accept to abide by all rules and regulations governing the conduct of students in the college You must at all times ensure that you abide by this oath You must shun all forms of anti social activities such as cultism drug abuse examination malpractice sexual misbehaviour and other unruly behaviours You will be introduced to various structures systems rules and regulations in the college during the orientation programme for new students he added The YABATECH rector noted that 20 019 candidates applied for admission into the college s for Full and Part time programmes but only 4 008 were offered admission into National Diploma Full Time Programme He said that 2 563 candidates were given admission into the college s HND Full Time programme Yabatech offered admission to a total of 7 170 candidates for both Part Time programme He charged the students to give their best during their academic career in the college adding that students must record 75 per cent lecture attendance to qualify to write examinations I implore you to live up to expectations take your studies very seriously and most importantly attend lectures regularly as it s a prerequisite to qualify to write examinations Be diligent hardworking and focused on your academics you must refrain from all forms of examination misconduct you must imbibe the culture of discipline avoid distraction and take your studies very seriously You must also refrain from acts that may tarnish your image that of your family and the college at large as YABATECH has a high reputation and zero tolerance for all forms of indecent dressing he said On the sideline Omokungbe said that the management of the college had refurbished hostels and equipped them with adequate furniture to ensurethe comfort of students during their stay in the hostels He added that the Students Union in the college was in place to work hand in hand with the management to ensure peace and orderliness while ensuring the welfare of students The rector also advised the new students to be security conscious of their environment especially with the unprecedented rise of insecurity ranging from kidnapping ritual murder and banditry Security is everyone s business therefore we must work hand in hand to ensure a secured environment You must report to the college security unit if you observe or notice strange movement within the College Management is working closely with relevant security agencies to ensure safety on the two campuses of the college Omokungbe advised The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the newly admitted B Sc Ed students of the School of Technical Education an affiliate of University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN also took the matriculation oath Mr Charles Igwe the Vice Chancellor of UNN administered the oath to the students He was represented by the Dean of Faculty of Vocational and Technical Education UNN Edmond Anaele and the Acting Registrar Anselm Onah NewsSourceCredit NAN
    YABATECH  matriculates 13,741 students for 2021/2022 academic session
     The Yaba College of Technology YABATECH Lagos on Wednesday matriculated 13 741 National Diploma and Higher National Diploma students for the 20212022 academic session Mr Obafemi Omokungbe Rector of YABATECH said that the admitted number was for the 20212022 academic session comprising full time and part time students who met the admission requirements While congratulating the students who took the matriculation oath Omokungbe said that any student who violateed the rules of the college would be penalised as stipulated by the law The matriculation is of utmost importance The oath signifies that you accept to abide by all rules and regulations governing the conduct of students in the college You must at all times ensure that you abide by this oath You must shun all forms of anti social activities such as cultism drug abuse examination malpractice sexual misbehaviour and other unruly behaviours You will be introduced to various structures systems rules and regulations in the college during the orientation programme for new students he added The YABATECH rector noted that 20 019 candidates applied for admission into the college s for Full and Part time programmes but only 4 008 were offered admission into National Diploma Full Time Programme He said that 2 563 candidates were given admission into the college s HND Full Time programme Yabatech offered admission to a total of 7 170 candidates for both Part Time programme He charged the students to give their best during their academic career in the college adding that students must record 75 per cent lecture attendance to qualify to write examinations I implore you to live up to expectations take your studies very seriously and most importantly attend lectures regularly as it s a prerequisite to qualify to write examinations Be diligent hardworking and focused on your academics you must refrain from all forms of examination misconduct you must imbibe the culture of discipline avoid distraction and take your studies very seriously You must also refrain from acts that may tarnish your image that of your family and the college at large as YABATECH has a high reputation and zero tolerance for all forms of indecent dressing he said On the sideline Omokungbe said that the management of the college had refurbished hostels and equipped them with adequate furniture to ensurethe comfort of students during their stay in the hostels He added that the Students Union in the college was in place to work hand in hand with the management to ensure peace and orderliness while ensuring the welfare of students The rector also advised the new students to be security conscious of their environment especially with the unprecedented rise of insecurity ranging from kidnapping ritual murder and banditry Security is everyone s business therefore we must work hand in hand to ensure a secured environment You must report to the college security unit if you observe or notice strange movement within the College Management is working closely with relevant security agencies to ensure safety on the two campuses of the college Omokungbe advised The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the newly admitted B Sc Ed students of the School of Technical Education an affiliate of University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN also took the matriculation oath Mr Charles Igwe the Vice Chancellor of UNN administered the oath to the students He was represented by the Dean of Faculty of Vocational and Technical Education UNN Edmond Anaele and the Acting Registrar Anselm Onah NewsSourceCredit NAN
    YABATECH  matriculates 13,741 students for 2021/2022 academic session
    Education1 month ago

    YABATECH  matriculates 13,741 students for 2021/2022 academic session

    The Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos, on Wednesday, matriculated 13,741 National Diploma and Higher National Diploma students for the 20212022 academic session.

    Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, Rector of YABATECH, said that the admitted number was for the 20212022 academic session comprising full-time and part-time students who met the admission requirements.

    While congratulating the students who took the matriculation oath, Omokungbe said that any student who violateed the rules of the college would be penalised as stipulated by the law.

    “The matriculation is of utmost importance.

    The oath signifies that you accept to abide by all rules and regulations governing the conduct of students in the college.

    “You must at all times ensure that you abide by this oath.

    You must shun all forms of anti-social activities such as cultism, drug abuse, examination malpractice, sexual misbehaviour and other unruly behaviours.

    “You will be introduced to various structures, systems, rules and regulations in the college during the orientation programme for new students,” he added.   

    The YABATECH rector noted that 20,019 candidates applied for admission into the college’s for Full and Part-time programmes, but only 4,008 were offered admission into National Diploma Full Time Programme.

    He said that 2,563 candidates were given admission into the college’s HND (Full-Time) programme, Yabatech offered admission to a total of 7,170 candidates for both (Part-Time) programme.

    He charged the students to give their best during their academic career in the college, adding that students must record 75 per cent lecture attendance to qualify to write examinations.

    “I implore you to live up to expectations, take your studies very seriously and most importantly attend lectures regularly as it’s a prerequisite to qualify to write examinations.

    “Be diligent, hardworking and focused on your academics, you must refrain from all forms of examination misconduct, you must imbibe the culture of discipline, avoid distraction and take your studies very seriously.

    “You must also refrain from acts that may tarnish your image, that of your family and the college at large, as YABATECH has a high reputation and zero tolerance for all forms of indecent dressing,“ he said.

    On the sideline, Omokungbe said that the management of the college had refurbished hostels and equipped them with adequate furniture to ensurethe comfort of students  during their stay in the hostels.

    He added that the Students Union in the college was in place to work hand in hand with the management to ensure peace and orderliness while ensuring the welfare of students.

    The rector also advised the new students to be security conscious of their environment especially with the unprecedented rise of insecurity ranging from kidnapping, ritual murder and banditry.

    “Security is everyone’s business, therefore we must work hand in hand to ensure a secured environment.

    “You must report to the college security unit if you observe or notice strange movement within the College.

    “Management is working closely with relevant security agencies to ensure safety on the two campuses of the college,” Omokungbe advised.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the newly admitted B.

    Sc (Ed) students of the School of Technical Education, an affiliate of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), also took the matriculation oath.

    Mr Charles Igwe, the Vice Chancellor of UNN, administered the oath to the students.

    He was represented by the Dean of Faculty of Vocational and Technical Education, UNN, Edmond Anaele, and the Acting Registrar,  Anselm Onah.
    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

  •  The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science NISS has developed an Agro app that will make farming easier and enhance food production Prof Charles Asadu Coordinator of NISS in South East made the disclosure at a training organised by the Institute to train farmers and extension workers in South East on the use of Agro app Asadu said that the mobile app known as NISSAGRO Mobile Application was available for download in Google Play App Store The coordinator said that the App would help and guide farmers extension agents and others on how best to improve soil quality that would boost food production The development of the App by the institute is in line with the mandate of the institute in regulating the profession of soil science in Nigeria The ultimate purpose is to promote sustainable agricultural production systems that will not degrade the soil while ensuring high and sustainable food production to stem food insecurity in the country NISS primary purpose of the App is to promote registered soil scientists service and engage farmers extension workers researchers Agro dealers and other stakeholders on good agricultural practices he said According to him the app provides technology needed for improving soil and food production in each locality in Nigeria Any person or group who is interested in the needed to improve our soil increased and sustainable agricultural production will benefit from the app he said Prof Charles Igwe the Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN commended the institute for the development of the app He said the app would provide knowledge services and tools that would help improve productivity I commend NISS leadership for providing farmers with knowledge service and tools that would help them improve productivity This app will also equip farmers in modern ways of farming as well as make agriculture easier for them he said Igwe who was former Dean Faculty of Agriculture in the UNN expressed special appreciation to Asadu for always training and retraining farmers in the zone I commend Asadu in a special way who in spite of the ongoing nationwide strike in public universities have continued to train and retrain farmers and extension workers With this mobile application farmers and extension agents are now well positioned to source and access information using modern technology he said Mr Augustine Agbakoba a computer analyst and a resources person at NISS headquarters Abuja who taught participants on how to operate the app said the application was created to help farmers have adequate knowledge of soil and its functions According to him the app was designed in a such a way that farmers can get information about crops in Nigeria its efficiency and deficiency The app can help farmers and extension agents to discuss issues and challenges and get solution from the app Farmers can check farm inventories and weather conditions that will help them in making decisions he said He explained that participants who who were from five states in the South East Zone were trained on how to download install and operate the app from their Android phones as well as how to share and source information from it NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Soil Science Institute develop agric mobile app for farmers in South East
     The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science NISS has developed an Agro app that will make farming easier and enhance food production Prof Charles Asadu Coordinator of NISS in South East made the disclosure at a training organised by the Institute to train farmers and extension workers in South East on the use of Agro app Asadu said that the mobile app known as NISSAGRO Mobile Application was available for download in Google Play App Store The coordinator said that the App would help and guide farmers extension agents and others on how best to improve soil quality that would boost food production The development of the App by the institute is in line with the mandate of the institute in regulating the profession of soil science in Nigeria The ultimate purpose is to promote sustainable agricultural production systems that will not degrade the soil while ensuring high and sustainable food production to stem food insecurity in the country NISS primary purpose of the App is to promote registered soil scientists service and engage farmers extension workers researchers Agro dealers and other stakeholders on good agricultural practices he said According to him the app provides technology needed for improving soil and food production in each locality in Nigeria Any person or group who is interested in the needed to improve our soil increased and sustainable agricultural production will benefit from the app he said Prof Charles Igwe the Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN commended the institute for the development of the app He said the app would provide knowledge services and tools that would help improve productivity I commend NISS leadership for providing farmers with knowledge service and tools that would help them improve productivity This app will also equip farmers in modern ways of farming as well as make agriculture easier for them he said Igwe who was former Dean Faculty of Agriculture in the UNN expressed special appreciation to Asadu for always training and retraining farmers in the zone I commend Asadu in a special way who in spite of the ongoing nationwide strike in public universities have continued to train and retrain farmers and extension workers With this mobile application farmers and extension agents are now well positioned to source and access information using modern technology he said Mr Augustine Agbakoba a computer analyst and a resources person at NISS headquarters Abuja who taught participants on how to operate the app said the application was created to help farmers have adequate knowledge of soil and its functions According to him the app was designed in a such a way that farmers can get information about crops in Nigeria its efficiency and deficiency The app can help farmers and extension agents to discuss issues and challenges and get solution from the app Farmers can check farm inventories and weather conditions that will help them in making decisions he said He explained that participants who who were from five states in the South East Zone were trained on how to download install and operate the app from their Android phones as well as how to share and source information from it NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Soil Science Institute develop agric mobile app for farmers in South East
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    Soil Science Institute develop agric mobile app for farmers in South East

    The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) has developed an Agro app that will make farming easier and enhance food production.Prof Charles Asadu, Coordinator of NISS in South East made the disclosure at a training organised by the Institute to train farmers and extension workers in South East on the use of Agro app.Asadu said that the mobile app known as NISSAGRO Mobile Application was available for download in Google Play App Store.The coordinator said that the App would help and guide farmers, extension agents and others on how best to improve soil quality that would boost food production.“The development of the App by the institute is in line with the mandate of the institute in regulating the profession of soil science in Nigeria. “The ultimate purpose is to promote sustainable agricultural production systems that will not degrade the soil while ensuring high and sustainable food production to stem food insecurity in the country.“NISS primary purpose of the App is to promote registered  soil scientists’ service and engage farmers, extension workers, researchers, Agro-dealers and other stakeholders on good agricultural practices,” he said.According to him, the app provides technology needed for improving soil and food production in each locality in Nigeria.“Any person or group who is interested in the needed to improve our soil, increased and sustainable agricultural production will benefit from the app,” he said.Prof Charles Igwe, the Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) commended the institute for the development of the app.He said the app would provide knowledge, services and tools that would help improve productivity.” I commend NISS leadership for providing farmers with knowledge, service and tools that would help them improve productivity.“This app will also equip  farmers in modern ways of farming as well as make agriculture easier for them,” he said.Igwe, who was former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture in the UNN expressed  special appreciation to Asadu for always training and retraining farmers in the zone.“I commend Asadu in a special way, who in spite of the ongoing nationwide strike in public universities, have continued to train and retrain farmers and extension workers.“With this mobile application, farmers and extension agents are now well positioned to source and access information using modern technology,” he said.Mr Augustine Agbakoba, a computer analyst and a resources person at NISS headquarters Abuja,  who taught participants on how to operate the app, said the application was created to help farmers have adequate knowledge of soil and its functions.According to him, the app was designed in a such a way that farmers can get information about crops in Nigeria, its efficiency and deficiency.“The app can help farmers and extension agents to discuss issues and challenges and get solution from the app.“Farmers can check farm inventories and weather conditions that will help them in making decisions,” he said.He explained that, participants who  who were from  five states in the South East Zone were trained on how to download, install and operate the app from their Android phones, as well as how to share and source information from it. (

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  •  Prof Ikechukwu Dozie the Vice Chancellor kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University Ideato Imo on Thursday highlighted the vital roles of alumni in the development of their alma mater Dozie said this in Nsukka in a keynote speech titled The alumni An untapped resource in the Nigerian universities during the maiden alumni homecoming organised by faculty of Biological Sciences University of Nigeria He said leading universities in the world were rated first class universities as a result of immense contributions of their alumni Alumni if properly harnessed can make significant difference in the finance and promotion of their alma mater In countries like U S and Canada universities rely on gifts and donations from alumni to meet significant fraction of their annual budgets In 2018 Havard University reported a total alumni donation of 12 5 billion dollars he said According to him alumin in the western world in addition of donating money were also in the forefront of marketing or promoting their institutions They carry the imprint of their institutions not only on their certificate but also on personalities Wherever they alumni go they carry with them the historical conscience of their alma mater he said The VC who is an alumus of UNN urged alumni in the country to emulate their colleagues abroad in developing their alma mater that made them what they had become now If alumni assist in funding of their alma mater it will boost infrastructure as well as help to attract foreign staff and students to the institutions Lack of significant international outlook is one of the reasons Nigerian universities are poorly ranked in Africa and globally he said Dozie expressed appreciation to the faculty for finding him worthy to be the keynote speaker in the first homecoming of the faculty I am overwhelmed and humbled in this honour done to me I will continue to be a good ambassador of the UNN wherever I find myself Dozie said Speaking Prof Bartho Okolo the former VC of UNN who was the Chairman of the occasion urged Universities to always make learning an exciting experience to their students He said this was to enable them to remember their alma mater after graduation Okolo advised undergraduates to always focus on their studies so as to be important personalities in future that would contribute immensely to the their alma mater and the country If you remain focused and study hard you may be President Governor national lawmakers Vice Chancellor captains of industry Remember that your level of hardwork will determine what you will be in future he said The former VC commended the faculty for organising the first homecoming which he said would help to bring together alumni that would help to address some problems facing the faculty Earlier in a remark Prof Florence Akaneme the Dean of the faculty thanked the alumni for attending the first homecoming of the faculty Akaneme urged them to register in the alumni portal in UNN website to help the faculty to maintain close rapport with alumni of the faculty The dean said the faculty needed N153m for various projects in the faculty She named some as reroofing and painting of faculty building upgrading its laboratories installation of solar power rigid pavement parking lots cable for internet connectivity as well as dean and project vehicles We also needs a new faculty building as some staff members of the faculty have no office accommodation because of limited offices in our present building The N153m mentioned above does not include cost to construct new faculty building It s my prayer that at the end of this homecoming the faculty will be moved to the next level she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some alumni members were were given awards of excellence because of their immense contributions to the faculty NAN
    Don raps UNN alumni on role in alma mater development 
     Prof Ikechukwu Dozie the Vice Chancellor kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University Ideato Imo on Thursday highlighted the vital roles of alumni in the development of their alma mater Dozie said this in Nsukka in a keynote speech titled The alumni An untapped resource in the Nigerian universities during the maiden alumni homecoming organised by faculty of Biological Sciences University of Nigeria He said leading universities in the world were rated first class universities as a result of immense contributions of their alumni Alumni if properly harnessed can make significant difference in the finance and promotion of their alma mater In countries like U S and Canada universities rely on gifts and donations from alumni to meet significant fraction of their annual budgets In 2018 Havard University reported a total alumni donation of 12 5 billion dollars he said According to him alumin in the western world in addition of donating money were also in the forefront of marketing or promoting their institutions They carry the imprint of their institutions not only on their certificate but also on personalities Wherever they alumni go they carry with them the historical conscience of their alma mater he said The VC who is an alumus of UNN urged alumni in the country to emulate their colleagues abroad in developing their alma mater that made them what they had become now If alumni assist in funding of their alma mater it will boost infrastructure as well as help to attract foreign staff and students to the institutions Lack of significant international outlook is one of the reasons Nigerian universities are poorly ranked in Africa and globally he said Dozie expressed appreciation to the faculty for finding him worthy to be the keynote speaker in the first homecoming of the faculty I am overwhelmed and humbled in this honour done to me I will continue to be a good ambassador of the UNN wherever I find myself Dozie said Speaking Prof Bartho Okolo the former VC of UNN who was the Chairman of the occasion urged Universities to always make learning an exciting experience to their students He said this was to enable them to remember their alma mater after graduation Okolo advised undergraduates to always focus on their studies so as to be important personalities in future that would contribute immensely to the their alma mater and the country If you remain focused and study hard you may be President Governor national lawmakers Vice Chancellor captains of industry Remember that your level of hardwork will determine what you will be in future he said The former VC commended the faculty for organising the first homecoming which he said would help to bring together alumni that would help to address some problems facing the faculty Earlier in a remark Prof Florence Akaneme the Dean of the faculty thanked the alumni for attending the first homecoming of the faculty Akaneme urged them to register in the alumni portal in UNN website to help the faculty to maintain close rapport with alumni of the faculty The dean said the faculty needed N153m for various projects in the faculty She named some as reroofing and painting of faculty building upgrading its laboratories installation of solar power rigid pavement parking lots cable for internet connectivity as well as dean and project vehicles We also needs a new faculty building as some staff members of the faculty have no office accommodation because of limited offices in our present building The N153m mentioned above does not include cost to construct new faculty building It s my prayer that at the end of this homecoming the faculty will be moved to the next level she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some alumni members were were given awards of excellence because of their immense contributions to the faculty NAN
    Don raps UNN alumni on role in alma mater development 
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    Don raps UNN alumni on role in alma mater development 

    Prof. Ikechukwu Dozie, the Vice-Chancellor,  kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University, Ideato, Imo, on Thursday highlighted the vital roles of alumni in the development of their alma mater.Dozie said this in Nsukka in a keynote speech titled “The alumni – An untapped resource in  the Nigerian universities” during the maiden alumni homecoming  organised by faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Nigeria.He said leading universities in the world were rated first class universities as a result of immense contributions of their alumni.“Alumni if properly harnessed can make significant difference in the finance and promotion of their alma mater.“In countries like U.S. and Canada universities rely on gifts and donations from alumni to meet significant fraction of their annual budgets.“In 2018 Havard University reported a total alumni donation of 12.5 billion dollars,” he said.According to him,  alumin in the western world in addition of donating money were also in the forefront of marketing or promoting their institutions.“They carry the imprint of their institutions not only on their certificate but also on personalities.“Wherever they alumni go, they carry with them  the historical conscience of their alma mater,” he said.The VC who is an alumus of UNN urged alumni in the country to emulate their colleagues abroad in developing  their alma mater that made them what they had become now.“If alumni assist in funding of their alma mater it will boost infrastructure as well as help to attract foreign staff and students to the institutions.“Lack of significant international outlook is one of the reasons Nigerian universities are poorly ranked in Africa and globally,” he said.Dozie expressed appreciation to the faculty for finding him worthy to be the keynote speaker in the first homecoming of the faculty.“I am overwhelmed and humbled in this honour done to me. I will continue to be a good ambassador of the UNN wherever I find myself,” Dozie said.Speaking, Prof. Bartho Okolo, the former VC of UNN who was the Chairman of the occasion, urged Universities to always make learning an exciting experience to their students.He said this was to enable them to remember their alma mater after graduation.Okolo advised undergraduates to always focus on their studies so as to be important personalities in future that would contribute immensely to the their alma mater and the country.“If you remain focused and study hard you may be President, Governor, national lawmakers Vice-Chancellor, captains of industry.“Remember that your level of hardwork will determine what you will be in future,” he said.The former VC commended the faculty for organising the first homecoming which he said would help to bring together alumni that would help to address some problems facing the faculty.Earlier in a remark, Prof. Florence Akaneme, the Dean of the faculty, thanked the alumni for attending the first homecoming of the faculty.Akaneme urged them  to register in the alumni portal in UNN website to help the faculty to maintain close rapport with alumni of the faculty.The dean said the faculty needed N153m for various projects in the faculty.She named some as reroofing and painting of faculty building, upgrading  its laboratories, installation of solar power, rigid pavement parking lots, cable for internet connectivity as well as dean and project vehicles.“We also needs a new faculty building as some staff members of the faculty have no office accommodation because of limited offices in our present building.“The N153m mentioned  above does not include cost to construct new faculty building.“It’s my prayer that at the end of this homecoming the faculty will be moved to the next level,” she said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some alumni members were were given awards of excellence because of their immense contributions to the faculty. (

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  •   Professor Charles Igwe Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN urged the federal government to conduct studies through effective collaboration of relevant stakeholders to enhance the development of the aquaculture sector in the country Igwe made the call in Abuja at a one day workshop on A step towards improving fisheries and aquaculture in Nigeria organized by the Environmental Policy Research Center REPRC Environment for Development Initiative EfD Nigeria UNN He also advised the government to update the policies and legal framework to develop sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture in the country In order to enhance the effective growth and development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector and achieve the desired goals much remains to be done Such an effort includes conducting studies to find solutions to the sector s problems mobilizing stakeholders as well as updating policies and the legal framework for sustainable fisheries management Nigeria is the largest aquaculture producer in sub Saharan Africa FAO 2017 and aquaculture still faces many barriers and production per hectare remains very low The sector has remained underdeveloped and performance is poor despite growth in production over the years he said The deputy foreign minister said that the sector had a strategic position in the country due to the increase in the production and consumption of fish but its contribution to employment and poverty was reduced According to him about 40 percent of Nigeria s protein intake comes from fish given that fish consumption is 13 3 kg per person per year although below the world average of 20 5 kg per person per year in 2017 Total fish consumption in Nigeria is around 3 2 million metric tons with 1 2 million from local production leaving a deficit that increases with import he said Main gate University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN Igwe said that to improve production it is necessary to address issues such as reporting cases of declining fish stocks and illegal fishing to the appropriate authority as well as reviewing and updating regulations in the sector Dr Mohammad Abubakar Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the Federal Government was committed to improving the sector as it would increase the domestic production of fish in the country Abubakar the represented director of the Department of Fisheries Mr Emmanuel Okanlawon said that the commitment would help reduce the import of frozen fish to the country and the growth of the Gross Domestic Product GDP in the sector The ministry is pursuing a holistic approach to the development of the fisheries and aquaculture subsector through the government s diversification program along the value chain prices The ministry is ready to partner with all relevant stakeholders for fisheries and aquaculture development for economic growth wealth and job creation as well as food and nutrition security he said Also read UNN Inyama professor buried in Imo In addition Dr Nnaemeka Chukwuone Director of REPRC EfD UNN said that the aim of the workshop was to present the results of two studies on performance indicators of fisheries and aquaculture in Nigeria Chukwuone said the meeting was also aimed at mobilizing stakeholders to discuss issues related to fisheries and aquaculture as such would provide a proposed solution and way forward He said that the workshop would also help strengthen the sector as well as facilitate sustainable development in the country Keep reading Source NAN
    UNN urges FG to conduct studies, update policies to enhance aquaculture sector
      Professor Charles Igwe Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN urged the federal government to conduct studies through effective collaboration of relevant stakeholders to enhance the development of the aquaculture sector in the country Igwe made the call in Abuja at a one day workshop on A step towards improving fisheries and aquaculture in Nigeria organized by the Environmental Policy Research Center REPRC Environment for Development Initiative EfD Nigeria UNN He also advised the government to update the policies and legal framework to develop sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture in the country In order to enhance the effective growth and development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector and achieve the desired goals much remains to be done Such an effort includes conducting studies to find solutions to the sector s problems mobilizing stakeholders as well as updating policies and the legal framework for sustainable fisheries management Nigeria is the largest aquaculture producer in sub Saharan Africa FAO 2017 and aquaculture still faces many barriers and production per hectare remains very low The sector has remained underdeveloped and performance is poor despite growth in production over the years he said The deputy foreign minister said that the sector had a strategic position in the country due to the increase in the production and consumption of fish but its contribution to employment and poverty was reduced According to him about 40 percent of Nigeria s protein intake comes from fish given that fish consumption is 13 3 kg per person per year although below the world average of 20 5 kg per person per year in 2017 Total fish consumption in Nigeria is around 3 2 million metric tons with 1 2 million from local production leaving a deficit that increases with import he said Main gate University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN Igwe said that to improve production it is necessary to address issues such as reporting cases of declining fish stocks and illegal fishing to the appropriate authority as well as reviewing and updating regulations in the sector Dr Mohammad Abubakar Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the Federal Government was committed to improving the sector as it would increase the domestic production of fish in the country Abubakar the represented director of the Department of Fisheries Mr Emmanuel Okanlawon said that the commitment would help reduce the import of frozen fish to the country and the growth of the Gross Domestic Product GDP in the sector The ministry is pursuing a holistic approach to the development of the fisheries and aquaculture subsector through the government s diversification program along the value chain prices The ministry is ready to partner with all relevant stakeholders for fisheries and aquaculture development for economic growth wealth and job creation as well as food and nutrition security he said Also read UNN Inyama professor buried in Imo In addition Dr Nnaemeka Chukwuone Director of REPRC EfD UNN said that the aim of the workshop was to present the results of two studies on performance indicators of fisheries and aquaculture in Nigeria Chukwuone said the meeting was also aimed at mobilizing stakeholders to discuss issues related to fisheries and aquaculture as such would provide a proposed solution and way forward He said that the workshop would also help strengthen the sector as well as facilitate sustainable development in the country Keep reading Source NAN
    UNN urges FG to conduct studies, update policies to enhance aquaculture sector
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    UNN urges FG to conduct studies, update policies to enhance aquaculture sector

    Professor Charles Igwe, Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), urged the federal government to conduct studies through effective collaboration of relevant stakeholders to enhance the development of the aquaculture sector in the country.

    Igwe made the call in Abuja at a one-day workshop on "A step towards improving fisheries and aquaculture in Nigeria," organized by the Environmental Policy Research Center (REPRC), Environment for Development Initiative ( EfD) Nigeria, UNN.

    He also advised the government to update the policies and legal framework to develop sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture in the country.

    “In order to enhance the effective growth and development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector and achieve the desired goals, much remains to be done.

    “Such an effort includes conducting studies to find solutions to the sector's problems, mobilizing stakeholders, as well as updating policies and the legal framework for sustainable fisheries management.

    “Nigeria is the largest aquaculture producer in sub-Saharan Africa (FAO, 2017), and aquaculture still faces many barriers and production per hectare remains very low.

    "The sector has remained underdeveloped and performance is poor, despite growth in production over the years," he said.

    The deputy foreign minister said that the sector had a strategic position in the country due to the increase in the production and consumption of fish, but its contribution to employment and poverty was reduced.

    According to him, about 40 percent of Nigeria's protein intake comes from fish, given that fish consumption is 13.3 kg per person per year, although below the world average of 20.5 kg per person. per year in 2017.

    "Total fish consumption in Nigeria is around 3.2 million metric tons, with 1.2 million from local production, leaving a deficit that increases with import," he said.

    Main gate, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)

    Igwe said that to improve production, it is necessary to address issues such as reporting cases of declining fish stocks and illegal fishing to the appropriate authority, as well as reviewing and updating regulations in the sector.

    Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the Federal Government was committed to improving the sector as it would increase the domestic production of fish in the country.

    Abubakar, the represented director of the Department of Fisheries, Mr. Emmanuel Okanlawon, said that the commitment would help reduce the import of frozen fish to the country and the growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the sector.

    “The ministry is pursuing a holistic approach to the development of the fisheries and aquaculture subsector through the government's diversification program along the value chain prices.

    “The ministry is ready to partner with all relevant stakeholders for fisheries and aquaculture development for economic growth, wealth and job creation, as well as food and nutrition security,” he said.

    Also read: UNN Inyama professor buried in Imo

    In addition, Dr. Nnaemeka Chukwuone, Director of REPRC/EfD UNN, said that the aim of the workshop was to present the results of two studies on performance indicators of fisheries and aquaculture in Nigeria.

    Chukwuone said the meeting was also aimed at mobilizing stakeholders to discuss issues related to fisheries and aquaculture, as such would provide a proposed solution and way forward.

    He said that the workshop would also help strengthen the sector, as well as facilitate sustainable development in the country.

    Keep reading

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  •   The House of Representatives has tasked the National Automotive Design and Development Council NADDC with coming up with a feasible plan for the mass production of electric cars in the country This followed the adoption of a motion of public importance by Babajimi Benson APC Lagos on Wednesday in Abuja during plenary Introducing the motion Mr Bension noted that the Faculty of Engineering University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN recently launched its five seater electric car dubbed the Lion Ozumba 551 He added that the car which was said to be part of the drive to bring attention to innovation and technology at the institution was made from 80 per cent locally made materials He added that the car could cover a distance of 30 kilometers when fully charged Tertiary institutions are essential for the discovery proper dissemination and application of knowledge he said He said that research was essential for economic and sustainable development adding that if the country s tertiary institutions were properly funded it could result in an industrial revolution for the country Therefore the Chamber urged the Federal Government to adequately finance the institutions involved in research in the production of electric and solar cars It charged the Committees on Education and Tertiary Services Land Transportation the Environment and Science and Technology to engage stakeholders in the topic The Chamber urged the committee to direct stakeholders to devise a 10 year action plan to enhance the research capabilities of Nigeria s tertiary institutions to improve the automotive industry YAYA
    Reps task NADDC on mass production of electric cars
      The House of Representatives has tasked the National Automotive Design and Development Council NADDC with coming up with a feasible plan for the mass production of electric cars in the country This followed the adoption of a motion of public importance by Babajimi Benson APC Lagos on Wednesday in Abuja during plenary Introducing the motion Mr Bension noted that the Faculty of Engineering University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN recently launched its five seater electric car dubbed the Lion Ozumba 551 He added that the car which was said to be part of the drive to bring attention to innovation and technology at the institution was made from 80 per cent locally made materials He added that the car could cover a distance of 30 kilometers when fully charged Tertiary institutions are essential for the discovery proper dissemination and application of knowledge he said He said that research was essential for economic and sustainable development adding that if the country s tertiary institutions were properly funded it could result in an industrial revolution for the country Therefore the Chamber urged the Federal Government to adequately finance the institutions involved in research in the production of electric and solar cars It charged the Committees on Education and Tertiary Services Land Transportation the Environment and Science and Technology to engage stakeholders in the topic The Chamber urged the committee to direct stakeholders to devise a 10 year action plan to enhance the research capabilities of Nigeria s tertiary institutions to improve the automotive industry YAYA
    Reps task NADDC on mass production of electric cars
    Headlines8 months ago

    Reps task NADDC on mass production of electric cars

    The House of Representatives has tasked the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, with coming up with a feasible plan for the mass production of electric cars in the country.

    This followed the adoption of a motion of public importance by Babajimi Benson (APC-Lagos) on Wednesday in Abuja during plenary.

    Introducing the motion, Mr. Bension noted that the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, recently launched its five-seater electric car, dubbed the Lion Ozumba 551.

    He added that the car, which was said to be part of the drive to bring attention to innovation and technology at the institution, was made from 80 per cent locally made materials.

    He added that the car could cover a distance of 30 kilometers when fully charged.

    “Tertiary institutions are essential for the discovery, proper dissemination and application of knowledge,” he said.

    He said that research was essential for economic and sustainable development, adding that if the country's tertiary institutions were properly funded, it could result in an industrial revolution for the country.

    Therefore, the Chamber urged the Federal Government to adequately finance the institutions involved in research in the production of electric and solar cars.

    It charged the Committees on Education and Tertiary Services, Land Transportation, the Environment and

    Science and Technology to engage stakeholders in the topic.

    The Chamber urged the committee to direct stakeholders to devise a 10-year action plan to enhance the research capabilities of Nigeria's tertiary institutions to improve the automotive industry.

    YAYA

  •   No fewer than 12 Nigerian researchers innovators and budding scientists have won regional awards in a competition sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering Northumbria University Newcastle UK The awards were based on innovations in four thematic areas namely green materials renewable energy sustainable agriculture and waste to energy Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology ESUT Prof Charles Eze presented the award certificates to the laureates on Saturday at the British academy arm at the institution Mr Eze said it was gratifying that the academy arm was housed in the institution s Center for Innovation and Sustainable Development The vice chancellor said that ESUT s position as the leading science and technology university in Nigeria necessitated the location of the center at the school He said that ESUT over the years has pioneered innovations in the areas of science and technology It is a courtesy of the Royal Academy of Engineering that we have an arm of the academy in ESUT he said The deputy foreign minister congratulated the winners of the awards which he said are intended to produce technologies for sustainable rural development and community service We are happy that the academy uses ESUT as a hub and we are here to witness the awards to those who have distinguished themselves as researchers in those four subject areas The competition was conducted in such a transparent way that you cannot fail The entire evaluation process was done online by the Royal Academy of Engineering he said Mr Eze congratulated the awardees and urged them to do more while asking unsuccessful competitors to learn from the process Earlier the Director of the Center for Innovation and Sustainable Development Prof Paul Nnamchi said the competition aimed to promote renewable energy technologies green materials waste to energy solutions and sustainable agriculture in rural communities Mr Nnamchi said that these could be achieved through research training and entrepreneurship He cited some of the benefits of the project to include economic growth sustainable communities and healthy living for local people On several levels this project will impact a variety of stakeholders For people it will contribute to a cleaner environment high quality education and well being For organizations it will initiate new research and development projects and investments in renewable energy waste utilization and sustainable agriculture For local economies it will help contribute to the government s policy of creating high end living conditions in remote populated areas Mr Nnamchi said NAN further reports that the winners of the competition in the four categories received N650 000 each the first runners up got N400 000 while the second runners up received N200 000 For their part some speakers and corporate entities have also won awards in the four thematic areas of the Green Material Category Renewable Energy Sustainable Agriculture and Waste to Energy In the green material category they included Simon Ikechukwu third position Professor Samuel Wara and the Afe Babalola University team in second position Victor Ojiugo University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN first position Renewable energy Advanced Engineering Innovation Research Group corporate body of Federal University of Technology Minna ranked 3rd Chiagoziem Ugwu Government Technical College Enugu 2nd Chinecherem Ozoude UNN and Chinwe Udeze Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka jointly obtained the first position In sustainable agriculture Dolapo Oladeji University of Ibadan was ranked third Kingsley Obasi was ranked second while the Advanced Engineering and Innovation Research Group Minna was ranked first Chukwuka Israel came in third place in the Waste to Energy category IA Ayoade University of Ibadan came in second and Ifeanyi Aghaulo Obafemi Awolowo University came out the winner YAYA
    12 Nigerians win regional awards on research, innovations
      No fewer than 12 Nigerian researchers innovators and budding scientists have won regional awards in a competition sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering Northumbria University Newcastle UK The awards were based on innovations in four thematic areas namely green materials renewable energy sustainable agriculture and waste to energy Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology ESUT Prof Charles Eze presented the award certificates to the laureates on Saturday at the British academy arm at the institution Mr Eze said it was gratifying that the academy arm was housed in the institution s Center for Innovation and Sustainable Development The vice chancellor said that ESUT s position as the leading science and technology university in Nigeria necessitated the location of the center at the school He said that ESUT over the years has pioneered innovations in the areas of science and technology It is a courtesy of the Royal Academy of Engineering that we have an arm of the academy in ESUT he said The deputy foreign minister congratulated the winners of the awards which he said are intended to produce technologies for sustainable rural development and community service We are happy that the academy uses ESUT as a hub and we are here to witness the awards to those who have distinguished themselves as researchers in those four subject areas The competition was conducted in such a transparent way that you cannot fail The entire evaluation process was done online by the Royal Academy of Engineering he said Mr Eze congratulated the awardees and urged them to do more while asking unsuccessful competitors to learn from the process Earlier the Director of the Center for Innovation and Sustainable Development Prof Paul Nnamchi said the competition aimed to promote renewable energy technologies green materials waste to energy solutions and sustainable agriculture in rural communities Mr Nnamchi said that these could be achieved through research training and entrepreneurship He cited some of the benefits of the project to include economic growth sustainable communities and healthy living for local people On several levels this project will impact a variety of stakeholders For people it will contribute to a cleaner environment high quality education and well being For organizations it will initiate new research and development projects and investments in renewable energy waste utilization and sustainable agriculture For local economies it will help contribute to the government s policy of creating high end living conditions in remote populated areas Mr Nnamchi said NAN further reports that the winners of the competition in the four categories received N650 000 each the first runners up got N400 000 while the second runners up received N200 000 For their part some speakers and corporate entities have also won awards in the four thematic areas of the Green Material Category Renewable Energy Sustainable Agriculture and Waste to Energy In the green material category they included Simon Ikechukwu third position Professor Samuel Wara and the Afe Babalola University team in second position Victor Ojiugo University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN first position Renewable energy Advanced Engineering Innovation Research Group corporate body of Federal University of Technology Minna ranked 3rd Chiagoziem Ugwu Government Technical College Enugu 2nd Chinecherem Ozoude UNN and Chinwe Udeze Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka jointly obtained the first position In sustainable agriculture Dolapo Oladeji University of Ibadan was ranked third Kingsley Obasi was ranked second while the Advanced Engineering and Innovation Research Group Minna was ranked first Chukwuka Israel came in third place in the Waste to Energy category IA Ayoade University of Ibadan came in second and Ifeanyi Aghaulo Obafemi Awolowo University came out the winner YAYA
    12 Nigerians win regional awards on research, innovations
    Headlines9 months ago

    12 Nigerians win regional awards on research, innovations

    No fewer than 12 Nigerian researchers, innovators and budding scientists have won regional awards in a competition sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

    The awards were based on innovations in four thematic areas, namely green materials, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and waste-to-energy.

    Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Prof. Charles Eze, presented the award certificates to the laureates on Saturday at the British academy arm at the institution.

    Mr. Eze said it was gratifying that the academy arm was housed in the institution's Center for Innovation and Sustainable Development.

    The vice-chancellor said that ESUT's position as the leading science and technology university in Nigeria necessitated the location of the center at the school.

    He said that ESUT, over the years, has pioneered innovations in the areas of science and technology.

    “It is a courtesy of the Royal Academy of Engineering that we have an arm of the academy in ESUT,” he said.

    The deputy foreign minister congratulated the winners of the awards, which, he said, are intended to produce technologies for sustainable rural development and community service.

    “We are happy that the academy uses ESUT as a hub and we are here to witness the awards to those who have distinguished themselves as researchers in those four subject areas.

    “The competition was conducted in such a transparent way that you cannot fail. The entire evaluation process was done online by the Royal Academy of Engineering,” he said.

    Mr. Eze congratulated the awardees and urged them to do more, while asking unsuccessful competitors to learn from the process.

    Earlier, the Director of the Center for Innovation and Sustainable Development, Prof. Paul Nnamchi, said the competition aimed to promote renewable energy technologies, green materials, waste-to-energy solutions and sustainable agriculture in rural communities.

    Mr. Nnamchi said that these could be achieved through research, training and entrepreneurship.

    He cited some of the benefits of the project to include economic growth, sustainable communities and healthy living for local people.

    “On several levels, this project will impact a variety of stakeholders. For people, it will contribute to a cleaner environment, high-quality education and well-being.

    “For organizations, it will initiate new research and development projects and investments in renewable energy, waste utilization and sustainable agriculture.

    “For local economies, it will help contribute to the government's policy of creating high-end living conditions in remote populated areas,” Mr. Nnamchi said.

    NAN further reports that the winners of the competition in the four categories received N650,000 each, the first runners-up got N400,000, while the second runners-up received N200,000.

    For their part, some speakers and corporate entities have also won awards in the four thematic areas of the Green Material Category, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Agriculture and Waste to Energy.

    In the green material category, they included Simon Ikechukwu, third position, Professor Samuel Wara and the Afe Babalola University team in second position, Victor Ojiugo, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, first position.

    Renewable energy: Advanced Engineering Innovation Research Group (corporate body) of Federal University of Technology, Minna, ranked 3rd, Chiagoziem Ugwu (Government Technical College, Enugu), 2nd.

    Chinecherem Ozoude, UNN, and Chinwe Udeze (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka), jointly obtained the first position.

    In sustainable agriculture: Dolapo Oladeji (University of Ibadan) was ranked third, Kingsley Obasi was ranked second, while the Advanced Engineering and Innovation Research Group, Minna, was ranked first.

    Chukwuka Israel came in third place in the Waste to Energy category, IA Ayoade (University of Ibadan) came in second and Ifeanyi Aghaulo (Obafemi Awolowo University) came out the winner.

    YAYA

  •   The University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN has said that the signing of the Climate Change Bill would create enabling rights to effectively manage climate change crises in the country Dr Nnaemeka Chukwuone Director Environmental Policy and Resource Research Center Environment for Development DEPRC EfD UNN said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Friday in Abuja Chukwuone added that the signing of the law was a concrete step towards environmental sustainability and low carbon climate resilient development According to him we note with joy the signing of the Buhari Climate Change Bill on November 18 The step will give Nigeria an enabling law for the management of its climate crisis and this makes Nigeria one of the few countries in Africa with such acts We congratulate President Buhari and the National Assembly for preaching reducing Nigeria s carbon emissions to zero by 2060 There is no better time to have a Climate Change Law than now given the growing need for environmental sustainability low carbon climate resilient development and ecosystem conservation and the adoption of the Environmental Economic Accounting system in national budgets and planning The Law has come at a crucial moment in which the Federal Ministry of the Environment in partnership with REPRC EfD Nigeria and Natural Eco Capital and with the support of the World Bank has already taken the initiative The initiative aims to help Nigeria s conventional natural capital in its system of national accounts he said The director said that the association had done remarkable work in developing pilot Natural Capital Accounts NCA and a natural capital accounting roadmap for Nigeria He said the association had a pilot EQS for land cover ecosystem extent mangroves and greenhouse gases that were produced under the Bank supported Towards Natural Capital Accounts for Nigeria project REPRC ED is confident that the recently signed Climate Change Law will help accelerate the production of NCAs and incorporate them into national policies and plans We also hope that the provisions of the Act will be domesticated at the state level to achieve maximum impact Meanwhile preserving our environment and our ecosystem is a collective responsibility that requires a healthy partnership between relevant stakeholders As a UNN based research center the REPRC EfD Nigeria is always ready to provide evidence based advice and technical support to realize the government s agenda on environmental sustainability he added He said that the REPRC EfD Nigeria was established to promote interdisciplinary research capacity building and policy advocacy in different dimensions of the environmental and resource economics He said that REPR EfD Nigeria has engaged with relevant stakeholders on the need to review Nigeria s marine and fisheries policies It is our hope that very soon The country s marine and inland fisheries will have an updated law and policy that will support the sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources in Nigerian waters All of us at REPRC EfD Nigeria are delighted with the signing of the Act for its implementation to propel Nigeria on the path of climate resilient sustainable development he said Source NAN
    Climate Change Act will enable Nigeria tackle climate crisis – UNN
      The University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN has said that the signing of the Climate Change Bill would create enabling rights to effectively manage climate change crises in the country Dr Nnaemeka Chukwuone Director Environmental Policy and Resource Research Center Environment for Development DEPRC EfD UNN said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Friday in Abuja Chukwuone added that the signing of the law was a concrete step towards environmental sustainability and low carbon climate resilient development According to him we note with joy the signing of the Buhari Climate Change Bill on November 18 The step will give Nigeria an enabling law for the management of its climate crisis and this makes Nigeria one of the few countries in Africa with such acts We congratulate President Buhari and the National Assembly for preaching reducing Nigeria s carbon emissions to zero by 2060 There is no better time to have a Climate Change Law than now given the growing need for environmental sustainability low carbon climate resilient development and ecosystem conservation and the adoption of the Environmental Economic Accounting system in national budgets and planning The Law has come at a crucial moment in which the Federal Ministry of the Environment in partnership with REPRC EfD Nigeria and Natural Eco Capital and with the support of the World Bank has already taken the initiative The initiative aims to help Nigeria s conventional natural capital in its system of national accounts he said The director said that the association had done remarkable work in developing pilot Natural Capital Accounts NCA and a natural capital accounting roadmap for Nigeria He said the association had a pilot EQS for land cover ecosystem extent mangroves and greenhouse gases that were produced under the Bank supported Towards Natural Capital Accounts for Nigeria project REPRC ED is confident that the recently signed Climate Change Law will help accelerate the production of NCAs and incorporate them into national policies and plans We also hope that the provisions of the Act will be domesticated at the state level to achieve maximum impact Meanwhile preserving our environment and our ecosystem is a collective responsibility that requires a healthy partnership between relevant stakeholders As a UNN based research center the REPRC EfD Nigeria is always ready to provide evidence based advice and technical support to realize the government s agenda on environmental sustainability he added He said that the REPRC EfD Nigeria was established to promote interdisciplinary research capacity building and policy advocacy in different dimensions of the environmental and resource economics He said that REPR EfD Nigeria has engaged with relevant stakeholders on the need to review Nigeria s marine and fisheries policies It is our hope that very soon The country s marine and inland fisheries will have an updated law and policy that will support the sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources in Nigerian waters All of us at REPRC EfD Nigeria are delighted with the signing of the Act for its implementation to propel Nigeria on the path of climate resilient sustainable development he said Source NAN
    Climate Change Act will enable Nigeria tackle climate crisis – UNN
    Environment10 months ago

    Climate Change Act will enable Nigeria tackle climate crisis – UNN

    The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), has said that the signing of the Climate Change Bill would create enabling rights to effectively manage climate change crises in the country.

    Dr Nnaemeka Chukwuone, Director, Environmental Policy and Resource Research Center, Environment for Development (DEPRC-EfD), UNN, said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Friday in Abuja.

    Chukwuone added that the signing of the law was a concrete step towards environmental sustainability and low-carbon climate-resilient development.

    According to him, “we note with joy the signing of the Buhari Climate Change Bill on November 18. The step will give Nigeria an enabling law for the management of its climate crisis and this makes Nigeria one of the few countries in Africa with such acts.

    “We congratulate President Buhari and the National Assembly for preaching reducing Nigeria's carbon emissions to zero by 2060.

    “There is no better time to have a Climate Change Law than now, given the growing need for environmental sustainability, low-carbon climate-resilient development and ecosystem conservation and the adoption of the Environmental-Economic Accounting system in national budgets and planning. .

    “The Law has come at a crucial moment in which the Federal Ministry of the Environment, in partnership with REPRC-EfD, Nigeria and Natural Eco Capital and with the support of the World Bank, has already taken the initiative.

    "The initiative aims to help Nigeria's conventional natural capital in its system of national accounts," he said.

    The director said that the association had done remarkable work in developing pilot Natural Capital Accounts (NCA) and a natural capital accounting roadmap for Nigeria.

    He said the association had a pilot EQS for land cover, ecosystem extent, mangroves and greenhouse gases that were produced under the Bank-supported "Towards Natural Capital Accounts for Nigeria" project.

    “REPRC-ED is confident that the recently signed Climate Change Law will help accelerate the production of NCAs and incorporate them into national policies and plans.

    “We also hope that the provisions of the Act will be domesticated at the state level to achieve maximum impact.

    “Meanwhile, preserving our environment and our ecosystem is a collective responsibility that requires a healthy partnership between relevant stakeholders.

    "As a UNN-based research center, the REPRC-EfD, Nigeria, is always ready to provide evidence-based advice and technical support to realize the government's agenda on environmental sustainability," he added.

    He said that the REPRC-EfD, Nigeria, was established to promote interdisciplinary research, capacity building and policy advocacy in different dimensions of the environmental and resource economics.

    He said that REPR-EfD Nigeria has engaged with relevant stakeholders on the need to review Nigeria's marine and fisheries policies.

    “It is our hope that very soon; The country's marine and inland fisheries will have an updated law and policy that will support the sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources in Nigerian waters.

    "All of us at REPRC-EfD, Nigeria, are delighted with the signing of the Act for its implementation to propel Nigeria on the path of climate resilient sustainable development," he said.

    Source: NAN