Wednesday, 15 November 2017

JAMB sets proposed date for 2018 UTME and prices of forms

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has proposed a date for the 2018 examination.
The board proposed March 9 to 17 and said it is taking into cognisance dates of other public examinations.
The Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, said this during a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday with stakeholders on the plans and programmes for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, and Direct Entry, DE.
Mr. Oloyede said students who express interest will write mock examination from January 22 to 24.
“The mock examination is starting the same date the sales of form is ending.”
He said the price of the form will be N5000.
“Eye glasses are to be examined properly before candidates are allowed into the examination hall,” he said.
Details in abit.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UNICAF offers scholarships to NYSC corps members in Lagos

UNICAF is proud to announce its partnership with the National Youth Service Corps, Lagos State Secretariat in Nigeria. The partnership was reached by the NYSC State Co-ordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh, and Dr. Nicos Nicolaou, Chief Executive Officer of UNICAF, in the presence of Olufemi Apena and Emmanuel Ebanehita, Country Manager and Marketing Manager of UNICAF Nigeria and distinguished members of the NYSC management.

Through the partnership, all eligible members of the NYSC in Lagos will be offered guaranteed 80% UNICAF scholarships to pursue online degree programmes of Unicaf University, plus free Windows 10 tablets upon payment of the required deposit. Furthermore, one selected NYSC member will receive a full UNICAF scholarship, covering 100% of tuition fees, to study with Unicaf University, with the added bonus of a free Windows 10 tablet. All successful applicants must meet the academic and financial criteria set out by UNICAF and Unicaf University.
With a physical presence in 9 African countries, with learning centres and branch campuses, UNICAF is rapidly becoming a key player in online and blended learning education on the continent. The UNICAF Scholarship Programme is one of the most generous in the world today, and the UNICAF Virtual Learning Environment is the largest digital platform available for online study in Africa. Studying with a UNICAF scholarship towards an internationally recognized undergraduate or postgraduate degree, offered from partner universities is flexible, affordable and easy to do and it connects you with an international community of UNICAF scholars in 156 countries.

  • The application for a UNICAF scholarship is quick and easy; experienced student advisers guide applicants through the whole process, helping them select payment plans that suit their financial capabilities.
  • The 24/7 online delivery of study material allows students to study at any time and in any place convenient to them, provided they have Internet access. New modules start every month, so students can commence their studies as soon as they are accepted.
  • The easy to navigate UNICAF VLE (digital platform) facilitates delivery of course material, submission of assignments, access to a well-equipped e-library, and regular contact with tutors and fellow classmates from around the world.
  • Unicaf University offers a wide range of well-structured degree programmes at Bachelor, Master’s and Doctorate levels.

Interested applicants should contact the local office of UNICAF for more information about the UNICAF Scholarship programme and the Unicaf University degree programmes on offer, at: Tel: 07066440343, email  or visit

NNPC enters into partnership with WAEC!

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says it has entered into a partnership with the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the Junior Engineering Technical Society(JETS), and the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), to grow the country’s educational sector.
Speaking at the grand finale of the 2017 National Quiz Competition, Group Managing Director of the corporation, Mr Maikanti Baru, said the partnership would help in deepening knowledge in science and technology
Baru said that the NNPC prized education, dearly adding that the corporation was working with its partners to ensure that the best standards of its competition were maintained.
He said that it was in realisation of the importance of science and technology that the NNPC decided to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, (STEM), education as a key element of its Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, and strategy.
This, he said informed the establishment of the annual quiz competition.
“In this respect, our arc tilts towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM, branches of knowledge, given the great roles they play in nation-building.
“For a reason, STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literary, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation is the pillars of any progressive economy.”
Baru said the 2017 edition was the sixteenth in the competition’s history, stating that it had been expanded from the previous editions, while the prizes had been improved upon also.
He noted that the 2017 edition took place in all the 774 local government areas of the country and also featured in states in the North-East, that were affected by insurgency.....NAN

UNIBEN, two others win £6.8m UK research grant

The University of Benin, Edo State, and two other institutions have won the Global Challenge Research Fund Grant provided by the United Kingdom to promote research and development.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing journalists on activities lined up for the 43rd convocation and 47th Founder’s Day ceremony of the institution.
Orumwense explained that the university was awarded the grant worth £6.8m in partnership with Lancaster University, United Kingdom; and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana.
He noted that the grant would assist to boost research capability to address the problems faced by developing countries.
“The grant, which is part of a new £225m rate of investment, aims to grow research capability to meet the challenges faced by the developing world.
“The Britain’s £6.8m project will be led by Lancaster University, UK, with the University of Benin and CSIR, Ghana, as core partners,” he said.

UNIBEN to graduate 9,993 students during the convocation ceremony

A total of 9,993 graduands will be awarded with various degrees and diplomas at the 43rd Convocation/47th Founder’s Day of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), scheduled to hold on Wednesday, November 22.
The awardees are made up of graduating students of 2015/2016 sessions.
Vice Chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof. Faradey Orunwense, disclosed this while announcing programs for the convocation ceremony which commences on Wednesday, 22 November.
Breakdown of the graduands are as follows: 100 made 1st Class, 1,843 made 2nd Class (Upper division), 4,607 made 2nd Class (lower division), 1,351 made 3rd Class, 188 Diplomas, 152 for Post Graduate Diplomas, 1,120 for Masters Degrees, 102 PhD and 2 unclassified certificates.
Other programmes lined up for the Convocation/Founder’s Day ceremony include Founder’s Day and Convocation lectures, exhibitions, commissioning of various projects executed by the incumbent Vice Chancellor at the two campuses of the University.
The University will also honour the first female Vice Chancellor in Nigeria and a former Vice Chancellor of UNIBEN, Professor Grace Alele-Williams, “for her outstanding contributions​ in the field of education at both national and international levels.”
Also to be honoured is Dr. George Osemwegie Agbonlahor, “in recognition of his outstanding leadership and tireless commitment towards the growth and development of education in Nigeria.”

Tambuwal Campaigns, promises to enrol 1.4m children in school

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has inaugurated a state-wide campaign to enrol 1.4 million children into primary schools in the state.

Tambuwal, who flagged off the campaign at Riji village in Rabah Local Government area of the state on Tuesday, described the campaign as the largest enrolment drive in Nigeria.
Riji is the birthplace of late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto.
The governor also used the occasion to inaugurate the State Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme, the Nigerian Partnership for Education Project and a prototype Early Childhood Development Centre.
He said that during the enrolment campaign which targets 1.4 million new intakes in the next one year, government would reach out to communities and adopt house-to-house advocacy.
“The enrolment drive is a high level advocacy mechanism to ensure that all stakeholders partake in ensuring effective awareness and mobilization.
“It involves parents, guardians, communities, religious and traditional leaders as well as the School Based Management Committees (SMBCs).’’
Tambuwal stressed that government would empower relevant stakeholders to drive the campaign and sensitise communities and parents on the importance of enrolling their children in school.
“This will be achieved through empowerment of SBMCs, mothers’ associations, religious and traditional leaders and other stakeholders to conduct campaign in their communities.
“They will, in addition, regularly track and monitor attendance of enrolled children in their respective schools and communities as part of their oversight responsibilities,” the governor explained.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Jabbi Kilgore, said the “ambitious’’ campaign was “realisable because of government’s target of integrating 4000 Qur’anic schools with existing school models, and other strategies.
“Moreover, the planning and implementation process for the enrolment drive involves working with state legislators and religious leaders as well as partnering with the media to successfully achieve the set objective.’’
He added that the mobilisation committee would collaborate with the National Population Commission for data of new births recorded in every community.
According to him, the state has recorded significant reduction in out-of-school children and recorded 7.3 per cent increment in enrolment, with girls having 4.4 per cent of the figure in 2016/2017 academic session.
In a goodwill message, UNICEF acting Chief Field Officer for Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi, Mr. Paul Mudzondo, described the event as unique and historic.
He noted that apart from the campaign to raise school enrolment, the “government has provided stipends to poor families to support enrolment and maintenance of children, especially girls, in schools.”

Best Graduating Law Student of UI tells his success story

Joseph Ogunmodede

The best graduating Law student of the University of Ibadan, 2015/2016 academic session, Joseph Ogunmodede, on Monday explained how he was able to achieve the academic feat.

Mr. Ogunmodede, who had a first class degree, said he was able to attain the feat due to hard work and diligence, adding that nobody can be a success except he or she can pay the price.
Mr. Ogunmodede also explained why he established an online platform to “creatively educate the world on their legal rights and duties.”
”In short, you can begin from anywhere and still reach for the stars. All you need is to summon the courage. As we move on in life, create value and watch yourself climb the ladder of success.
“As you know, for you to achieve anything, you must have a sense of purpose. My fellow graduating students, we need to set goals for ourselves and be focused. With patience, determination and dedication, we shall reach the better tomorrow that is ahead of us, for we have a very bright future.
”The world has gone digital; technology remains the future of human relations and we now have access to the global market if only we can make optimal use of our technological gadgets. Check out the lives of the most successful entrepreneurs, they look for a need and meet it. Why don’t we do likewise?”
‎He made the remarks on Monday while delivering a valedictory speech on behalf of his colleagues at 69th convocation ceremony of the university.
The graduand, whose father, Benjamin Ogunmodede, is also a legal practitioner said the online platform,, known as ‘The Legal Diary’, would remain ”part of his testimony as a lawyer.”
“Personally, with all sense of humility, I have led by example in this regard by founding “The Legal Diary,” which is an online platform to creatively educate the world on their legal rights and duties,” he said.......Premuim Times