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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the date for the sales of its registration documents for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) still stands, despite the suspension of the NIN.

The Board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, said that the process for the acquisition of the PIN remained the same.

He said aside the now suspended use of National Identification Number (NIN) by the board’s management, all other process remain the same.

According to him, no other new process had been introduced by the board as being speculated by some sections of the public.

He emphasised that candidates desirous to sit for the examination should send their surname, first and middle names in that order to 55019 for their UTME PIN and profile code.

He said portal for the registration was expected to be activated on Monday, Jan. 13, the day for the commencement of the sales of the documents.

“Candidates are advised to use one unique telephone number that will be tied to him or her. Those who have also registered for the examination before now should still use the same telephone number to get their UTME PIN.

“We are looking forward to a seemless registration excercise as all logistics to ensure its success have been fully deployed to the various registration centres.

“We will stick to the registration window or calendar as agreed by other examination bodies because they equally have their own examination schedules and will not want a clash.

“To this end, therefore, we also want to implore candidates for Directed Entry to commence the process same day as those for the UTME, as it will close the same day,” he said.

Meanwhile, Benjamin stated that it has come to the notice of the board that a large number of candidates who had been offered admission for the 2019 UTME were yet to accept it.

“We also discovered that some candidates are mistaking such acceptance as being the one put in place by their universities of choice.

“We want to make it clear that clicking ‘accept’ on JAMB’s portal does not attract any fee.

“It is free. Just go to profile on the admission menu and click ‘accept’ and then go ahead to print your admission letter.

“We therefore call on all candidates that have been offered these admissions to do the needful as we round off the process for the 2019 admission on Feb. 17,” he said. 

 

At least 179 law students and new lawyers of Kwara State origin have each been paid N100,000 scholarship after online application processes and verification that lasted weeks, a government statement said on Saturday.

The payment, made straight to beneficiaries’ accounts, was done in two batches after thorough screenings of the applicants, according to the statement by Honourable Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu.

The statement said the first batch comprised 68 backlog students who are still in the law school out of the 89 who applied, while the second batch involved 111 lawyers of Kwara state origin that were called to bar last year November.

“The verification process in the first batch saved the government N2.1million as 21 of the original 89 applicants were screened out on various grounds. Some of them have graduated from law schools, some are non- Kwarans and about 7 of them are neither Kwarans nor in law schools. The successful applicants were paid late December, 2019,” the statement said.

“Yesterday, Friday 10 January, 2020, the government concluded the second batch by paying (N100,000 each) to 111 law school graduates who were recently called to bar after online and physical verification duly monitored by all the stakeholders.”

The government also saved N5.8million as only 111 of the 169 on the approved list survived the screening exercise.

The government had in November paid N5000 bursary each to 8,304 final year students in all the Government-owned (state and federal) tertiary institutions across the country.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, meanwhile, has commended one Barrister Yunusa AbdulMutallab, one of the beneficiaries, who was twice credited during the exercise due to network glitches but voluntarily returned the extra payment of N100,000 to the Ministry.

“His action is quite inspiring and reassuring that this state has a bright future. The Governor hereby commends this fine learned gentleman for his honesty and contentment. We are in fact proud of him and wish him success in all of his endeavours,” according to the statement.

 

 

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The University of Ilorin has expelled 13 students of the institution for various acts of misconduct.

Registrar of the institution, Dr Olufolake Oyeyemi, disclosed in a statement released to newsmen.

She said the affected students were found guilty of various acts of misconduct such as examination malpractices or illegal associations.

She gave the names of the affected students as Lawal Ibrahim, Department of Geography; Ayanda Isaac, Department of Computer Science; Ajayi Monsuru, Department of Arts and Social Sciences; Ijagbemi Samuel, Department of Mass Communication; and Issa Namadu, Department of Computer Science.

Others are Odeku Oluwaseun, Department of Physics; Olayiwola Yusuf, Department of Mathematics; Ademola Iyabo,Amusan Kemi and Issa Ahmed, all of the Faculty of Education.

Also on the list are Ibrahim Ayobami, Statistics Department; Akanbi Adeyinka, Home Economics and Ikotun Felix, Department of Mechanical engineering.

Dr Oyeyemi said the affected students have been advised to stay away from the campus in their own interest.

 

 

The Federal Government has assured all staff of Federal Universities that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) will efficiently address all genuine concerns and peculiarities in the institutions.

The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, stated this in a statement signed by Mr Henshaw Ogubike, the Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations), of the agency on Tuesday in Abuja.

Idris was responding to concerns raised by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Federal Universities, when they visited him.

He gave an assurance that all rules and peculiarities in the universities that were recognised by the government would be accommodated and implemented through IPPIS.

“All the peculiarities shall be stated; all the rules of engagement shall equally be stated; we are ready to go by the rules of engagement.

“All the rules that are recognised by the government in the universities, we will go by these rules, none will be set aside,” he said.

Idris said the objection by the Academic Staff Union of Universities to  IPPIS was unfounded as the Federal Government had, during many meetings with the universities, assured them that IPPIS was not to take away the autonomy of the institutions.

He said the aim was “to make the management of personnel more efficient”.

He said the practice where universities recruited staff not minding whether their budget would accommodate such employment was responsible for the issue of shortfall in personnel revenue.

Idris explained that IPPIS would help the universities solve the problem of shortfall in personnel revenue as the recruitment and remuneration of staff would be more efficient.

The accountant-general said that at the end of the last enrollment of university personnel on IPPIS, a total of 8, 146 academic and 86, 844 non-academic staff enrolled.

He said the figures represented more than 70 per cent of the staff of federal universities.

Idris, however, commended the vice-chancellors for the initiative to reach out to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation on the contentious issue of enrollment of university staff on IPPIS.

He solicited the cooperation of the vice-chancellors with the government as the implementation of IPPIS and other financial reform initiatives aimed at entrenching probity and transparency in the system had come to stay.

Earlier, Prof. Muhammad Bello, the Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, observed that the just concluded enrollment raised some issues and requested that the AGF accountant to help resolve them. (NAN)

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said the State Library under renovation would be equipped with modern books and facilities to support e-learning and brighten the future of the state.

“We plan to make a part of the library our innovation hub whereby our tech-savvy young people can try their hands on disruptive ideas to make their mark in the world of information communication technology,” AbdulRazaq disclosed at the commissioning of Awiye Memorial Library and Museum, Ijomu-Oro, in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor, who spoke through the Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, explained that the government could not in good conscience neglect educational infrastructure and claim to be committed to a brighter future for the children.

“The Awiye Memorial Library and Museum is no doubt a laudable contribution to the future of our state and we are very grateful for this community effort. Specifically, this museum is a great initiative at a time every patriotic Nigerian or proud African should be concerned about the loss of our history, cultural traditions and value system to the rampaging western pop culture,” he said.

Governor AbdulRazaq called on other well-heeled individuals to show similar concern for the future of the youths, cultural renaissance, and intellectual growth of the state.

Also speaking, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was represented by the Director, National Museum and Monument, Mallam Dauda Gafar, stressed the need to promote, protect and sustain the nation’s collective heritage from going into extinction due to the threat of civilisation.

“There is no gain saying the fact that if culture is properly harnessed, through proper orientation and development of creative industry and cultural infrastructure, the sector would enhance the growth of the economy, reduce unemployment and poverty alleviation,” the minister said.

In his remarks, the Oloro of Oro Kingdom, Oba AbdulRafiu Ajiboye, commended the initiator of the project for his interest in the development of education in the area and urged the state government to consider the community for more developmental projects in the state.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Awiye Memorial Library and Museum, Mr Oloruntele Alabi, disclosed that the library is a repository of data with over 5,000 books already shelved and e-library which could access books from anywhere in the world.