THE Federal Government yesterday gave its nod to the take-off of eight new private universities in Nigeria. This was sequel to a memo approved by the National Universities Commission, NUC, and presented to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, by the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja, yesterday.
With this development, the number of universities in Nigeria has increased from 143 to 151, while the number of private universities has risen to 69 from 61.
The eight universities and their promoters include:
Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos, owned by Deeper Christian Life Ministry.
Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River, engineered by the Clitter House Nigeria Limited.
Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia, owned by Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Coal City University, Enugu, operated by African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education, Enugu.
Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara, floated by Modern Morgy and Sons Limited.
Dominican University, Ibadan, the brainchild of Order of Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community.
Kola Daisi University, Ibadan came from Kola Daisi Foundation and Legacy University, Okija, an idea of The Good Idea Education Foundation.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, said the reason for the approval was to give the teeming youths the opportunity to acquire university education Anwuka, who was joined by his counterparts in Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said: “The Ministry of Education submitted a memo to Council this morning seeking approval for eight private universities as recommended by NUC after very serious comprehensive and exhaustive compliance to the conditions that warrant such approval. Anwuka said the new universities would be supervised by the older universities within their zone for a period of three years to assist them put necessary infrastructure in place, adding that the supervision was in sync with the law.
He said: “While approving these universities for licensing provisionally for three years, the Universities should be mentored by some existing older Universities in Nigeria.
And those will include:
Anchor University will be mentored by University of Lagos, Akoka.
Arthur Jarvis University will be mentored by University of Calabar.
Cliffored will be mentored by University of Agriculture, Umudike.
Coal City University will be mentored by University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Crown-Hill University will be mentored by University of Ilorin.
Dominican University will be mentored by University of Ibadan.
Kola Daisi University will mentored by University of Ibadan.
Legacy University will be mentored by Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.”
From a global perspective, the girl child is generally considered highly vulnerable to several societal ills, especially in developing countries where it is believed that effective policies and calculated efforts are needed to safeguard the girl child from the detrimental effect of violence, limited access to education, neglect, abuse, gender disparities, among other challenges.
There is growing concern all over the world that decisive and urgent actions need to be taken to address these challenges by creating an enabling environment that will promote proper development of the girl child.
Unarguably, education and empowerment initiatives have been identified as crucial vehicles that can be utilized to correct the many troubles of the girl child and also drive sustainable development.
This year, attention of governments, non-governmental organisations, policy makers and stakeholders again turned to issues surrounding the girl child as the world observed the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11 with the theme “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement” in line with the United Nations (UN) declaration. Gender inequalities This special day is set aside annually to raise public awareness on girls’ right and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys all over the world.
According to the UN, “there are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful const-ituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities.
There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.” Like other developing countries, the girl child in Nigeria is also faced with most of the challenges confronting girls all over the world. One appalling example is the case of the 276 girls kidnapped in a school in Chibok, Borno State. The sufferings that the girls have been exposed to while in captivity for more than two years further highlight the urgency required in addressing girl child issues.
The 2016 International Day of the Girl Child brings to bear efforts being made by governments in Nigeria towards educating and empowering the girl child. Worthy of note are the decisive initiatives undertaken by Osun State. When the present government under leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola assumed office on November 27, 2010 the Public education had been so badly managed that only pupils whose parents could not afford education in private schools were left in the public schools. The students, especially in primary schools were badly dressed and mal-nourished. School build-ings were in dilapidated state, students’ performance both at the internal/external examinations was abysmally poor; there were no instructional materials, while the tuition fees in the state-owned tertiary institution was outrageous.
However, the situation has since taken an optimistic tone particularly in line with current focus to prioritise girl child education. There are 622,726 students with 309, 488 females and 313, 238 males, which is a laudable feat as the average expectation for developing nations is that among students not enrolled in school, there are twice as many girls than boys and among illiterate adults there are twice as many women than men.
The governor overhauled education in the state by restructuring the education system into elementary (ages 6-9), middle (ages 10-14) and high school (ages 15-17) structure. He also constructed 100 Elementary, 50 Middle, and 20 High Schools during his first term through the O’School programme. His attention also shifted towards improving the nutrition and health of students in public school as the school feeding programme. O’Meals was introduced in line with the recommendation of the UN.
The government believes that a well-fed pupil is likely to be more attentive in class than his/her counterpart on an empty stomach. Findings reveal that the programme has impacted positively on school enrolment with an increase of 38,000 pupils, representing 25% within four weeks of its introduction. Enrolment of pupils increased from 155,318 on May 31, 2012 to 194,253 by June 30, 2012. By December 2012, government decided to extend the programme to cover pupils in primaries 1-4 (representing the Elementary School) bringing the total number of pupils being fed to 252,000. At inception, the cost of feeding 155, 318 pupils was N7.7m per day, N38.5m per week and or N169.4m per month. With the increase in enrolment to 252,000 pupils, the cost of feeding went up to N14.8m per day, N74m per week, and N325.6m per month.
On the economic front, O’Meals Programme has helped to improve the production capacities of farmer-suppliers of farm produce, and has empowered 3,007 women who were appointed as Food Vendors by the State to serve nutritious meals to pupils on school days. It is noteworthy that the Aregbesola-led administration spends N3billion naira per annum to feed primary 1 – 4 pupils in all the public primary schools in the State of Osun. Out of the 13 original pilot states that started the programme, only the State of Osun is still implementing the School Feeding Programme, in the whole federation.
Another significant feat recorded by Osun State in its quest to promote functional education is the sponsorship of 5 outstanding female school student in an exchange program in the United State in partnership with a non-governmental organisation, AWOW International Girls Leadership Initiative, which empowers and offers life skills training, global exposure and professional mentorship to young women. The 5 girls will attend the annual AWOW Summit & College Tour Leadership Forum for young women, scheduled to hold at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, United State, with the theme ‘’ Leading the Future.”
The AWOW Summit aims to help advance the core goal and main objectives towards the attainment of the White House “Let the Girls Learn Initiative”, the Millennium Development Goal and the United Nations’ Gender Equality & Empowerment for all Women & Girls. Apart from the fact that the summit will enable the girls come together to share their experiences, knowledge, and make friends through cultural exchange, the girls would also have opportunity of scholarship for University Education in the USA, after their high school education. Statistics show that when 10% more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases by 3% on the average and a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.
Governor Aregbesola while speaking on state government’s commitment to education development, he said: “This is the continuation of our commitment to standard education. To us, education remains our priority and as a matter of fact, this government has invested hugely on this. “Our belief is that with well-equipped academic teaching and learning environment, coupled with state-of-the-art facilities, the state is on the right path to success. “That is why we are building brighter future for our children knowing that good education prepares nation for good leadership . We are turning around the public schools to bridge the gap between public and private education. “Our education policy has erased the superiority complex between private and public education as sanity has also been restored to public education system.”
The UN explained that girls’ education is both an intrinsic right and a critical lever to reaching other development objectives. Providing girls with an education helps break the cycle of poverty: educated women are less likely to marry early and against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; more likely to have healthy babies; and are more likely to send their children to school. When all children have access to a quality education rooted in human rights and gender equality, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come. Girls’ education is essential to the achievement of quality learning relevant to the 21st century, including girls’ transition to and performance in secondary school and beyond.
Adolescent girls that attend school delay marriage and childbearing, are less vulnerable to disease including HIV and AIDS, and acquire information and skills that lead to increased earning power. Evidence shows that the return to a year of secondary education for girls correlates to a 25 per cent increase in wages later in life, the UN said.
This year the admission process for universities has been fraught with several problems. From the banning of the normal Post UTME process of admission, to the introduction of the admission screening method.
JAMB released the list for Admission screening to universities Students have had to jump through several hoops, but finally many have made their through the admission screening onto the admission lists.
Here are some universities that have released their admission lists:
Babcock University is a private Christian co-educational Nigerian university owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria. The university is located equidistant between Ibadan and Lagos. Enrollment was about 6,000 as of 2009. The admission list is available on the school website. Ajayi Crowther University The Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo was established by the Supra Diocesan Board (West) of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), has its origins in the defunct CMS training institution, Abeokuta and the defunct St. Andrews College, Oyo. The admission list is available on the school website.
The major foundation of what has become Bowen University today was laid in 1854 by the family of the late Reverend Thomas Jefferson Bowen who started a school in Ijaiye Orile in the present Oyo State of Nigeria. The 2016 admission list is available on the school website. Afe Babalola University, Ado Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) is a private university located in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. It was founded by the lawyer and philanthropist, Emmanuel Afe Babalola, in 2009. Afe Babalola University offers academic programmes in five Colleges: Sciences, Law, Engineering, Social and Management Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences.
Chrisland University is located in Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria. Chrisland University is a new Federal Government approved Private tertiary Institution. Our serene Hilltop Abeokuta Campus is situated at Ajebo road, Abeokuta Township.
Igbinedion University Okada, established in 1999, is the Premier Private University in Nigeria. Located at Okada in Okada, a town near Benin City, Edo state. Veritas University The Chapel of Veritas University, Abuja was built by the Knight and Ladies of St. Mulumba as their own contribution towards the development of the first and the only Catholic University of Nigeria.
Bayero University Kano is a university situated in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria. It was founded in 1977, when it was renamed from Bayero University College and upgraded from university college to university. Kwara State University Kwara State University (KWASU), is the 77th university to be registered by the Nigerian Universities Commission. It is the 95th university to be recognized in Nigeria.
Covenant University is located in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria. It is a private Christian University and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Nasarawa State University, Keffi
Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), is a young university situated in the middle belt region of Nigeria. The University has accomplished incomparable goals within its short time of birth, this is as a result of its determination and diligence in administration.
University of Port Harcourt
The University of Port Harcourt, (UNIPORT) is a university in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, Rivers state. It was established in 1975 as the University College, Port Harcourt, and was given university status in 1977.
Niger School of Health Technology
The Niger School of Health Technology, Minna is committed to providing a positive, challenging, and academic learning environment, with our amazing curriculum choices, for all students.
Redeemer’s University is a private university in Ede, off Gbongan-Oshogbo Road, Osun state, Nigeria. Established in 2005, the university is owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
Benson Idahosa University
The Benson Idahosa University, (BIU) is a private, Christian university in Benin City, Nigeria. BIU (previously named Christian Faith University) is named after Archbishop Benson Idahosa in 1998, a Charismatic Pentecostal minister from Benin City, Nigeria, and reflects his evangelical beliefs.
American University of Nigeria
American University of Nigeria is a private university in northeastern Nigeria that offers American style higher education programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.
Delta State University
The Delta State University, Abraka – popularly known as DELSU, Abraka – is a State government university of Nigeria with a main campus located at Abraka, Delta and a campus at Anwai, Asaba. With the 1995 Amended Edict, now have a campus at Oleh.
To access the admission list of each school, you will need to visit their official websites, others have also posted the admission lists in newspapers. We wish you success.
The United Nation has unveiled plans to set up two aviation security training schools in Nigeria as part of measures aimed at supporting the nation’s counter-terrorism efforts.
The move will also assist in providing a robust national aviation security policy that will mitigate the threat posed to civil aviation by terrorist organisations and their operatives.
The development was confirmed on Thursday by a statement from the Ministry of Aviation signed by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Mr. James Odaudu.
The statement said the planned establishment of the aviation training schools was in line with the Federal Government’s vision of turning around the aviation sector to meet global standards in infrastructure, safety and security.
It added that the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had been briefed on the development by the United Nations-appointed Project Manager for the schools, Mr. Douglas Melvin.
Melvin, according to the statement, said the initiative would also enhance capacity within the organisation’s system to help interested member states to implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in an integrated manner.
This, according to him, involves assisting such member states with the implementation of the strategy to address terrorism.
He said the choice of Nigeria, out of 25 countries considered, was in appreciation of its clear and well-documented road map on developing the aviation sector, with particular emphasis on safety and security.
The minister commended the UN for the gesture and assured it of the government’s readiness to provide all that was necessary for the effective take-off and operation of the two institutes to be located in Abuja and Lagos.
Kids may not have part-time jobs but they have allowances or cash gifts. An online report by https://www.bankofamerica.com offers the following tips on how children can manage their accounts.
Set up a savings account: Parents should open a savings account with their child to teach them about money management skills.
Children can always spend some of their money, but help them learn that it is important to always save some. Even a little savings a month can have big impact over time and help create a habit that serves them later.
Save for a goal: Help your children set goals for savings—say, buying an expensive video game console or a pair of shoes—to increase motivation. Telling your children about a savings goal you had—a new TV for the family, for example, can help them better understand how they can benefit themselves. Then, explain that they can use the money in their savings for those items. And remind your preteens that the money in the savings account is not for day-to-day purchases. Discuss the value of money with children and how it grows over time.
Discuss the power of compound interest: You don’t need sophisticated financial knowledge to teach your children that their savings will earn interest—and those earnings in turn generate more interest. You can use an online calculator to demonstrate how compound interest works on even a small amount of savings.
Reviewing account activities: Parents should consider scheduling regular times to sit down with their preteens and review their account balances and activities together. This helps create a habit of paying attention to their accounts and seeing how close they are getting to their goals or remind them to continue saving versus spending.
Discuss wants versus needs. Children often need help to understand the difference between necessary and discretionary purchases. Encourage them to determine whether they truly need something, and explain how forgoing small purchases, such as pizza or music downloads, can help your child save up for more important purchases.
Managing multiple accounts
In this era of digital world, savings accounts with different banks make sense, but it is not without its disadvantages.
According to http://www.mydigitalfc.com, having multiple bank account has its advantages such as cash withdrawal at the ATMs. Banks are limiting the ATM withdrawals in a day. So, having at least two bank account doubles cash withdrawal options. It also helps when a particular bank’s ATMs run out of cash.
Even in online transactions, having multiple bank accounts helps, especially when there is an operational issue linked to a payment gateway or internet connectivity.
The functioning in public sector may get disrupted due to a strike called by a bank employees union, for instance. At this time, having another account in a private bank is like a boon. Having accounts in banks has its own share of advantages but having a private bank account ensures diversification. “One should stick to a large private bank,” says Gaurav Mashruwala, founder of the financial advisory firm, A Cutting Edge.
Multiple savings accounts are also a savvy way to play the higher yield game because you can shift money from lower yielding bank account into higher yielding bank accounts. Moreover, some banks are still not asking for minimum balance and allow zero balance.
Some banks offer personal accident death cover as well as medical insurance cover at very attractive annual premium to their account holders. As experts say it is best left to an individual to weigh the advantages and disadvantages.
Multiple bank accounts also help in issuing pay orders when you suddenly find that there are not enough cheque leaves remaining in your cheque book. You will need some working days to get new ones.
Banks offer credit cards to their account holders and they are either linked to salary or fixed deposits. With multiple bank accounts, one has more choice in selecting credit cards.
Mrs. Bunmi Willians a wife and a mother of two and CEO of Ethan & Harriet Company, Nigeria’s leading educational toy company championing the preservation of the country’s cultural heritage through fun and games.
In this interview, she talks about the idea behind the formation of the company.
What inspires your toys?
Bunmi Williams My inspiration came from my children. After children I found out that there is nothing around to teach them whom they really are and their cultural I don’t want to raise foreign children, I want to raise confident Nigerian children so I have to teach them about their cultural heritage and that of Nigeria. They need to have a strong sense of personal identity.
Would you say that your purpose of setting up the firm has been achieved so far since you started?
Yes, we try to do all these through fun and play knowing that fun and play is the most effective way of learning and that was why we created these things. And so far so good, with the type of responses we have been getting from people it has been a huge success. People are getting excited about us and they keep asking us when we are releasing another batch of toys. We have so many things lined up and we are focused on Nigeria with a broader African context. We intend to promote the culture and tradition of Africa but we are starting with home first which is Nigeria. With our toys, you can visualise Nigeria because in each state, we have a picture of what the state is known for. Like in Ebonyi state, we know they are the salt of the nation you have a picture of the salt there. We just try to make it engaging and interesting and also very colourful.
The more you engage in this thing the more you learn. We have additional information like the year each state was created and there land size, number of local government areas, among others. For us it is just a fun way of creating Nigerian history. It also helps families to bond and also to preserve our heritage. There are so many stories to tell about Nigeria and it has to be preserved.
We are at the risk of losing everything because we are raising a generation that knows nothing about Nigeria’s culture and tradition. An average Nigerian child does not know the capital of Nigeria, states and some past leaders. You cannot blame them because nobody is teaching them. Unfortunately history has been taken out of our curriculum. If we do not know where we are coming from, it will be difficult to know where we are going to. So it is important for our kids to know these.
Having a firm like this that is very time demanding, how do you cope with that and your role as a mother in the house?
I thank God for grace and supportive family. Like I said the inspiration for this came from my kids so they are also part of the business. So for me I will say it is a win thing because I have a great support from them and I also balance everything that I am doing. If they approve of it, their approval is all that I need.
About your new project?
The initiative is a very special initiative that is very dear to our heart. It aims to foster productive learning environment for children. So through partnership with government and cooperate bodies, we want to be able to get these products to public school students and students of low cost schools across the nation.
The benefits of this product cannot be restricted to a certain class and we know they cannot afford it, that is why we are partnering to give these products to the students and 10% of the proceed will be utilised in providing a healthy learning environment by providing things like, chalks, writing materials, tables and seats, and toiletries.
For some of these children, they learn in a very unhealthy environment so they end up missing out in some of the things they are supposed to do. We want to create an environment that stimulate healthy learning. Through this project the company intends to provide educational facilities as well as train the minds of both young and old Nigerians to think positively about Nigeria and Africa as a whole to get involved in the constructive development of our nation and continent.
The Universal School of Aviation, Lagos has emerged West Africa’s most innovative aviation school of year 2016.
The winner which was announced during the award/dinner which took place at the Banquet Hall of Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Lagos, had in attendance key players in West Africa’s education sector. Also present at the dinner were rectors, directors of studies and school owners across the region.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director of Studies, Universal School of Aviation, Lagos, Mr. Onifade Adekunle Eedris said that the award is an encouragement for the school to do more for the teaming youth who wish to start up a career in the air transport industry. He vowed to ensure that the school does not relent on his effort of providing job placement for its graduates after the programme.
He said: “The innovation will reduce the rate of unemployment in Nigeria.” According to him, The international award will create opportunities for students at the Universal School of Aviation who wish to use their certificate to further their studies or work outside the country. ”The award is a reflection of great work being done in the school and the performance of our students in the industry,” he added.
Meanwhile, the guest speaker of the event, Prof. Stanley Ohenhen said that the essence of quality education delivery in the country cannot be overemphasised, urging school administrators to work toward achieving targeted goal in the education sector.
A golden plaque award and a certificate were presented to outstanding institutions in the West African region. which saw Universal School of Aviation as “West Africa`s Most Innovative Aviation School of the Year”. Other categories of awards included but not limited to Best University, Polytechnic, Business School, Secondary School among other.
Prospective admission seekers into Nigerian universities are at a loss over the procedure for gaining admission into the universities following the abolition of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Many students had prepared for the UTME prior to the hard stance of the Education Minister, Mallam Adamau Adamu, who insisted that the universities screening exams should be abolished and remained banned.
Banning Post UTME in Universities
In a combined policy meeting on admissions to universities, polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria, Adamu said since the federal government and the Nigerian public have confidence in the examinations conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, there was no need for other examinations to be conducted by universities after the JAMB exams.
According to him, “As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing, the universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complaints against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it. But if JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test, then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission.
“The ministry expects that all candidates given admission must be from JAMB. But JAMB must stop issuing admission letters. JAMB should get in touch with the institutions before offering admission to students. The closing date is November 30th and no university should exceed its admission capacity and any tertiary institution that doesn’t follow the rule, the ministry would start sanctioning them.”
While the statement by the education minister may be seen as informal, the ministry as a follow up, made a press release banning all higher institutions from conducting any further examination besides the exam conducted by JAMB for the purposes of admission, warning that any institution found culpable would face necessary sanctions.
The statement was issued on behalf of the minister by the ministry’s deputy director of press and public relations, Mr. Ben Goong. The ban, in the release, was with immediate effect and directed all institutions to comply without raising eye brows.
“The ban is with immediate effect, and under no circumstance should any institution violate the directive. The responsibility for admission into public tertiary institutions lies solely with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and under no circumstance whatsoever, should anybody or institution take over that responsibility by proxy.
“For the avoidance of doubt, any educational institution after secondary education is regarded as a tertiary institution. Therefore, all tertiary institutions, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, Universities or by whatever name it is called after secondary education, must be subjected to admission through the JAMB,’’ the official statement finally read.
By this directive, all higher institutions are only expected to screen the certificates of the prospective students and ascertain qualifications for admission into the higher institutions.
The ministry further warned that the screening should be done at no financial cost to the parents and should be done upon resumption to avoid unnecessary travels which could be hazardous. Adamu was quoted as saying that since the inception of the post UTME, the universities have not been able to prove that they have gotten better students than the ones deemed fit by JAMB.
He explained that students admitted through post UTME are still being expelled on a yearly basis for poor academic performance, hence the universities have failed to convince the ministry on why it should not ban the screening examination into the higher institutions.
He said any institution which had advertised for the conduct of post UTME should drop the idea and anyone that had conducted the examination should consider it annulled and refund money collected from students with immediate effect.
Initial rejection of post UTME
A former Vice-Chancellor of Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Professor Fidelis Ogah, was quoted as saying that he had refused to bow to pressure to conduct Post-UTME tests because most institutions have turned it to a goldmine where they rake in money from prospective students.
Ogah alleged that most Nigerian universities that conduct Post-UTME do so primarily to wring money from rich parents, whose children could not be admitted using JAMB results. Ogah stated that he ignored pressure to conduct the test, pointing out that if he lacked confidence in the credibility of JAMB, he would lack confidence in a post-UME examination as well.
Students in a jamb examination centre
Similarly, during the 33rd and 34th convocation ceremony of the University of Benin, late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, through the then Director of Tertiary Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Emmanuel Okon, remarked that the post UTME might be cancelled if complaints against its conduct by students, parents, and guardians persisted.
Besides the university VC and the late president, the former JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, also lamented that universities have turned the screening test into a money-making venture. The House of Representatives Committee on Education in their oversight function, visited most of the institutions and discovered that universities had turned the screening of students seeking admission into a business centre.
While the accusations leveled against the universities cannot be thrown into the trash can, the admission process may have challenges which may be counter-productive to the expectation of Adamu, the education minister. Certainly, complications are bound to rise as students begin seeking admissions into the universities following the fact that the admission is now open to all who beat the cut off mark without going through the rigour of writing another test.
History, establishment and success story of JAMB
However, prior to the establishment of JAMB in 1978 through a decree promulgated by the then military head of state, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, universities were conducting independent examinations for admission of prospective students.
The system then had serious limitations and was inefficient. The committee of Vice-Chancellors was concerned about the problem. Consequently, the government set up a National Committee on University Entrance Examination under the Chairmanship of Mr. M. S. Angulu and that committee recommended setting up JAMB.
And from 1979 when the decree took effect, it transferred the responsibility to conduct admission examinations into JAMB. From then till 2005/2006, when the universities started the post JAMB examinations, the board has been responsible for admission examinations into the universities and the results from JAMB had been accepted by all stakeholders.
Entrance to the university of Lagos
Over the years, JAMB has been effectively conducting the examination without hitches. For over 26 years beginning from 1979 when the board was established, JAMB had conducted the admission examinations without hitches, until the universities felt the board had failed in the conduct of the examinations and decided to establish a new method of conducting screening examination for prospective students, a development which came into effect during the 2005/2006 academic year.
Introduction of post UTME into Universities
The introduction of the post UTME by the universities angered many parents while some described it as a way of checking the failure of JAMB in its responsibility to the universities. However, some stakeholders were of the view that the new admission policy of the universities was a ploy to make money from prospective students.
While the university management, led by the University of Lagos, defended their action, stakeholders and parents fought against the move but the university authorities seemed stronger than members of the public and so the decision became a norm. And this has been till the new minister made the pronouncement and banned the practice on June 2, 2016. As it is now, no university authority has power to conduct any examination for prospective students.
The challenge and dilemma of 2016 university admission seekers
According to the former JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, a total of 1,589,175 candidates applied for the 2016 JAMB examination while the cut off mark for admission was pegged at 180, although some universities, especially federal universities, increased theirs to 200. But the issue currently on ground is the criteria for the selection of students for admission.
University of Benin
Although merit, catchment area and educationally disadvantaged have been seen set as criteria for the selection, it may never work in a Nigerian setting. While NAIJ.com could not verify how many students scored above the 180 cut off mark, there is the possibility that there will serious scheming to gain admission into the universities, the end product may be admission of students with influential parents.
This is so because the admission system is open to all as many as passed the cut off mark to gain admission undermining the level of intelligence. Also, based on the quota given to the universities, the admission has ultimately become competitive and the most connected and highly placed will be the successful ones to secure the admission.
While Nigerians watch the proceedings at the universities, one is yet to know whether the decision of Adamu will stand or it may be reversed to the former stance of the university authorities.
A project tagged “The Viceroys of Mathematics” was carried out by The Viceroys group of seven youth corps members. These corps members are but a few of the many corps members trained by FifthGear Plus through the MarketPlaceReadiness programme (MPR) under the distinguished leadership of Mr Niyi Adesanya.
MPR programme is part of the NYSC LAGOS SAED (skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programme) scheme. The project was a mathematics competition between four Junior Secondary Schools in Agege LGA, they include; District Junior School, YEWA Junior School, Sango Junior School and Unity Junior College,.
The competition was held on Wednesday the 29th of June, 2016 at Sango Senior Secondary School premises in Agege. According to the group leader, Miss. Jemikalajah Mercy Onome, the project sought to educate, enlighten and encourage the students on the usefulness of mathematics. Some of the guest speakers who graced the event such as Mrs A.A Bamisile ( principal unity college) represented by Mrs Omole ( Hod English dept), Mr Emmanuel kadiri, CEO Emostel Academy, Mr Onye Ubanatu and Miss Alaboh Atonia shared their experiences on the subject of mathematics and how they overcame it.
In attendance were the school officials of the four schools, over 70 students and some dignitaries. Two students represented each school and in first position we had Abdulahi Mohammed and Ikowche Mary (District Junior School), in second place we had Mohammed Lamine and Ojeamren Dorathy (Unity College), in third place we had Odediran Shukurat and Olamilekan Olamide(Yewa School) and in fourth place , Blessing Malik and Ahmod Mohammed both represented (Sango School).
Representatives from the participating schools appreciated the corps members for embarking on the project and they equally encouraged the pupils to work harder as to attain greatness in life.
In her vote of thanks, the leader of the group, Mercy Onome Jemikalajah thanked all the participants, the facilitators, the speakers and all those that contributed to the success of the project. She also thanked Etisalat for sponsoring the project with various gift items, Bimbyz Joy Creations and Emostel Academy for their contributions.
Conclusively, she thanked Mr Niyi Adesanya for the MarketPlaceReadiness Programme that availed the corpers the opportunity and ability to carry out the project. The Viceroys group members are , Jemikalajah Mercy Onome LA/15B/0288, Olayinka Abimbola Comfort LA/15B/2835, Iheonu Chikaodinaka. O. LA/15B/1776, Enuonye Dumebi Jude LA/15B/3721, Opara Speedwell .C. LA/15B/0498, Akande Makinde Isaac , LA/15B/2973 , Franklin Olorunfemi Hayes LA/15B/1148
Nigerian novelist and MacArthur Fellowship 2008 Award winner, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has said that students who do not have the passion for reading, cannot write good essays, as she urged students who aspire to be great to make reading and writing a habit.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Speaking at the Airtel Employees Volunteer Scheme, held at Airtel Corporate office, Banana Island Lagos, Adichie said: “Reading is part of any writing experience. Reading is fun, it’s something that you should do because it’s enjoyable.” According to her, reading exercises the brain, adding that it makes one recall easily. While encouraging students not to limit their reading to school textbooks, she tasked them to read story books stressing that it is more important than textbooks. “Reading story books make students have knowledge of a complex, because it is more narrative,” she said.
Adichie who had her early education at the University of Nigeria, Nnsukka Staff school said, she read widely because she had access to the school library in her primary school. She said: “In writing, you are engaging what you learned from reading, thereby making it difficult to forget. Reading gives me joy in addition to writing. I read everyday.” I read two books the same time. I read fiction and non fiction books the same time.
She urged parents to let their children have diverse of reading materials, adding that whateverone wants to become, reading is important. “Your ability to write well can help you in your life. If you are not a good reader, you cannot communicate effectively. Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Office and Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Mr Segun Ogunsanya said: “Airtel is not just passionate about education, we are also intensely interested in helping children especially underprivileged kids.”