*Candidates Now Access Results *Zulum Approves N1.5bn In 3 Years
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has approved the release of over three hundred million naira to offset fees owed the West African Examination Council (WAEC) by 21,827 students of public secondary schools who wrote this year’s (2022) examination across Borno State.
The State’s Commissioner for Education, Engr Lawan Abba Wakilbe, disclosed this on Wednesday in Maiduguri during a ceremonial presentation of the cheque to officials of WAEC.
The commissioner said the money, totaling Three Hundred and Twenty Nine Million, Eight Hundred and Five Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira (N329,805,800) was already in WAEC’s account.
The cheque presentation was held at the conference hall of the state’s Ministry of Education in Musa Usman Secretariat.
Mr. Zakariyau Abdullahi, WAEC’s Zonal Coordinator in Maiduguri, received the cheque.
“Government is paying N329,805,800 out of which N295,456,150 is for the settlement of State and Local Governments share, which is a subsidy of 75% of the 2022 WAEC Examination fees for 21, 827 students studying in public schools across Borno State, while the remaining Thirty-Four Million, Three Hundred and Forty-Nine Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty Naira (N34,349,650) is to settle outstanding WAEC fees for the year 2018. With these, Government has now fully settled all its financial obligations to WAEC”, the education Commissioner said.
With the payment, Borno’s 21,827 students who wrote WAEC exams from public schools are now free to access their results as WAEC already released the results on WAEC’s online portal, Education Commissioner, Wakilbe confirmed.
He also said with 2022 payments done, the state government was focusing on 2023 exams and for that, the state government appealed to WAEC to consider extending the 2023 WASSCE to take place in eight (8) Local Government Areas, namely Damboa, Gwoza, Ngala, Dikwa, Mafa, Monguno, Gubio and Mobbar.
He noted that male and female students from the listed LGAs face serious challenges of being forced to relocate to Boarding Schools in Maiduguri for at least three (3) months.
With the recent release of over N300m to WAEC, Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has so far released the combined sum of One Billion Five- Hundred and Sixty-Eight Million, One-Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand Five-Hundred and Ten Naira (N1,568,198,510) in three years, for WAEC, NECO and NABTEB exams in public schools.
The amount included the payment of N434,726,200 for 2019 exams; N391,272,000 for 2020; N412,394,510 for 2021 and N329,805,800 released in 2022.
Mr. Zakariyau Abdullahi, Coordinator of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in Maiduguri, confirmed receipt of the payment by WAEC.
The coordinator promised to ensure that all candidates who wrote the exams were able to access their results within hours and this was done.
On the increase of examination centers to eight additional local government areas, Abdullahi said that WAEC was ready for that, but needed government support in areas of logistics (mobility, security, and accommodation of officials).
We are already in Chibok, Gwoza, Konduga and Kaga LGAs, the WAEC official said.
UNIZIK Churns Out 10,707 Degrees, Masters, PhD Graduates At 17th Convocation
By Chuks Eke
No fewer than 10,707 graduates yesterday received a first degree, master’s and PhD certificates at the 17th convocation ceremonies of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka, Anambra State.
Speaking at the occasion, held at the campus arena, the Vice Chancellor of NAU, also known as Unizik, Prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone, declared that the convocation ceremony is for the 2021/2022 academic year.
He said that the graduates include, 6,000 for first degrees, 3,300 for Post graduate Diplomas, 807 for Masters degrees, and 600 for Doctorate degrees, as well as conferment of honorary degrees to three Nigerians making enduring contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.
Commenting on Project 200, Esimone declared that he had accomplished the mission, insisting that during the 14th convocation ceremony in March, 2020, less than one year after he assumed office in June 2019, he that revealed his vision was to make Nnamdi Azikiwe University, the best university in Nigeria, among the best two hundred universities in the world.
He however explained that his administration was confronted with some challenges, including, Covid-19 pandemic which ravaged the world through 2020 to 2022, Academic Staff Union of Universities frequent strikes which adversely impacted on academic activities and infrastructure development in Nigerian university system.
He said, “Let me now take the bold step as the architect and driver of Project 200, commendably supported by the university community has been largely fulfilled.
“Since Project 200 mission is predicted on universities ranking, the Stanford University USA in 2020 included two lecturers of the NAU, Engr Dr Christopher Igwe Ifuma, dept of Polymer and textile Engineering and Joshua Ighalo of dept ok Chemical Engineering among it’s top 2 percent of world scientists. Nnamdi Azikiwe University is placed 502+in global ranking, and 5th in Nigeria for universities not more than 50 years of establishment.
“The university is ranked 1,501+in the world and 8th in Nigeria, up from 10th in 2023, Prof Cecilia Emeb, debt of Linguistics and Kinsley Anukam, debt of Medical Laboratory Sciences collaborated to translate Probiotic Infographics into Igbo language (Probiotics concerns live microorganisms which when introduced into the body would have health benefits”.
In his speech, the Chancellor, NAU, His Majesty, Dr Da Jacob Gyaung Buba who is also Chairman, Plateau state Council of Chiefs, expressed joy and congratulated the VC, Prof Esimone, the governing council, staff and students of the institution for ensuring peaceful environment that has enabled reasonable progress and academic advancement.
He also appreciated individuals and corporate bodies for giving adequate support to achieve success and growth of the university.
Hensard University Commences Admission To 30 Courses In 5 Faculties
The management of Hensard University, Nigeria’s international university in Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State has announced the commencement of admission into 30 courses that are spread across five faculties of the school. All the admission processes are online.
“We are glad to announce that our admissions have started. All the details are available on our website,” Prof Dileep Kumar M, Hensard’s Vice Chancellor said. “There is a buffet of 30 courses to choose from and as have stated we would avail students the best teaching and learning experience in the conducive environment of Toru-Orua.”
The National Universities Commission (NUC), approved its resources verification inspection team and had a final look at the facilities Hensard University was placed at the deposition of the students.
Prof Kumar listed the approved courses as:
Faculty of Agriculture
a. Agricultural Economics & Extension Services
c. Fisheries and Aquaculture
d. Animal Production and Husbandry
e. Forestry and Wildlife Management
Faculty of Arts, Social & Management Sciences
b. Business Administration
d. History and Diplomatic Studies
e. Languages and Linguistics
f. Performing and Creative Arts
g. Philosophy and Religious Studies
h. Political Science and International Relations
j. Project Management
Faculty of Environmental Sciences
a. Environmental Management
b. Geology and Geophysics
c. Meteorology and Climate Science
d. Surveying and Geo-informatics
Faculty of Mass Communication & Broadcasting
b. Film & Multimedia
Faculty of Sciences & Computing
a. Biochemistry and Biotechnology
b. Computer Science
c. Cyber Security
d. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
e. Microbiology & Molecular Biology
f. Physics with Electronics
g. Science Laboratory Technology
h. Software Engineering
“Hensard University anchors its uniqueness on its dual certifications, international linkages, access to global educational resources, experienced faculty and staff from Nigeria and abroad, research centres and institutes which work together to produce graduates who would be ethical entrepreneurs, leaders and change agents for the improvement of society,” Prof Kumar said.
Admissions are also open for the Hensard University Foundation
The school is running a one-year programme on arts, social and management sciences, and physical and natural sciences to prepare candidates for JAMB, GCE, and NECO.
NIPR Commends Gov Soludo For Appointing Prof Omenugha As COOU New VC
The Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Anambra State chapter, Professor Angela Nwammuo has described the appointment of Prof Kate Omenugha to be the new Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) as a square peg in a square hole.
Prof Nwammuo who issued a press release, yesterday, in Awka, in her capacity as the NIPR Chairman in the State said Prof Omenugha’s appointment to the number one position in the university was apt.
She further described it as a reflection of the increasing belief that public relations practitioners were bridge builders and better managers of human and material resources.
Prof Nwammuo, also the Head of, the Department of Mass Communication, COOU noted that by this appointment, Prof Omenugha became the first female and only Vice Chancellor in Anambra State.
“The appointment of Prof Omenugha as the new VC of the COOU who is also a Fellow of the Institute and Council member is in recognition of her exceptional performance as a renowned academic. Most importantly, as the Commissioner for Education in Anambra State the State is still reaping the fruit of the innovations she introduced into the educational sector.
“She is a square peg in a square hole and a familiar terrain.
“As the Institute congratulates her on the deserved honour, we commend the Governor of Anambra State, Prof Charles Soludo for being gender sensitive, identifying and rewarding hard work.
“We pray that the good Lord will be with the new VC as she pilots the affairs of the university. Thank you Mr Governor, “Prof Nwammuo concluded.