Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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UNILAG, students mourn Ogbeidi, HOD History dept

The management and students of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Lagos are yet to recover from the shock of the sudden death of the Head of Department of History and Strategic Studies, Prof. Michael Monday Ogbeidi, whose news of his death threw the entire campus into mourning. Ogbeidi, a Professor of Business History at the Department of History and Strategic Studies and an alumnus of the university, was said to have died after a brief illness. The fond memories of the late lecturer, described as a ‘gentle and consummate teacher,…

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Bida Poly students bemoan hike in hostel rent

Given the current economic recession facing the country, students of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida have lamented the hike in rent of houses within the polytechnic communities. The students, who expressed their dismay over the increment in house rent, said that the unexpected increase in the house rents in the polytechnic community was arbitrary. While saying that it had made life more difficult for students living in rented apartments off campus, a National Diploma (ND) II student of the Department of Mass Communication, Abdullateef Akanbi complained that “most landlords or house…

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LASU student wins Rotary DEWEF scholarship

A sophomore at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University (LASU), Edet Polycarp Daniel has emerged as one of the winners of the Rotary Inter national, District Education Welfare Fund (DEWEF) Scholarship. The scholarship is designed for suitably qualified indigent, but brilliant students in federal and state tertiary institutions in Lagos and Ogun States, who have completed their100-Level and are cur rently in their 200-Level, under the District 9110 Education and Welfare Endowment Fund (DEWEF). To qualify for the scholarship, Edet, a 200-Level under graduate, competed with…

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College warns students against cultism, exam malpractice

Determined to enhance the academic quality of the college, the management of Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama, Bayelsa State has warned the students to steer clear of cultism, examination malpractice and other forms of anti-social behaviour that could truncate their education. According to the Provost of the college, Prof. Saviour Nathan Agoro, cultism has not only been outlawed in all higher institutions in the state under the Restoration Agenda of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, but that there are also stiff sanctions for any student or group of students…

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Fake JAMB registration centre discovered in Borno

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it had discovered a fake Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) centre in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, said yesterday in Maiduguri that operators of the fake centre were defrauding applicants. Abdullahi, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), explained that the centre was discovered on Thursday at the Kawu Shopping Complex at Lagos Street of the metropolis. He said that men of the command also arrested a 31-year-old man, Abizo Precious Idowu, from Imo State,…

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El-Rufai warns against senator’s recall

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has dismissed the purported plan to recall Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi as he reaffirmed his firm support for and solidarity with the distinguished Senator of Kaduna North Senatorial District. In a statement issued yesterday by Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the media aide to El Rufai, the governor warned those behind the move to stop tarnishing the image of respected persons as well as creating divisions within the party. El Rufai warned that those playing the childish game of a futile recall bid on Senator Hunkuyi should desist, saying: “We…

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Don restates roles of private sector in education provision

Private sector has been described as important and critical provider of education, which over the years has in its roles complemented the efforts of the government in providing qualitative education to the citizenry. A retired don and Professor of Public Administration, Prof. Ladipo Adamolekun, who disclosed this, however, said that “to ensure provision of qualitative education, there was the need for quality training of teachers, improved instructional and health care materials in primary and secondary school levels.” This was as he canvassed as a way forward for education the need…

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KIDNAPPING: ‘Big business’ that took over from armed robbery

Kidnapping began some years back with the agitation in the Niger Delta region for resource control. Overtime it assumed an alarming dimension with schools becoming targets and pupils taken away for ransom. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, looks at this disturbing menace that has seen many Nigerians lose millions to abductors   Ikorodu, the aquatic neighbourhood in the ‘centre of excellence’, has been in the news lately, though for the wrong reasons. It is gradually but steadily becoming kidnappers’ den. But, before this new dimension to criminality, armed robbers had…

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