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2023 World University Ranking: Covenant Varsity Nigeria’s Leading Research Citadel 

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The latest 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings have shown that research is a strong point of Covenant University.

A cursory look at the ranking parameters indicates that Covenant is leading all Nigerian universities in research and currently ranks 562 globally.

Of the top three Nigerian universities ranked, Covenant University, with a score of 24.8, came out on top, ahead of the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos, which scored 21.8 and 14.0, respectively, in their research engagement.

Speaking on the feat, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, stated that research is one of the U
University’s topmost priorities.

According to him, the management, with active support from the Board of Regents of the institution, would continue to give appropriate support to members of faculty, staff, and students with genuine and impactful research ideas to conduct quality and ground-breaking research.

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“Covenant University has supported numerous conferences and publications and has given research grants to the tune of hundreds of millions of naira in support of this,” Professor Adebayo posited.

He also said that the university had been supporting the publication of articles by faculty members in high-impact journals in millions of foreign currencies over the years.

According to him, over 20 members of faculty and staff had won numerous grants in the last two years, and the U
university management was committed to investing in research and training, in pushing the frontiers of knowledge by addressing our local issues from global perspectives.

Professor Adebayo said apart from the funding from the proprietor base of the university, Covenant was a beneficiary of a plethora of huge research grants from several agencies.

These, he said, included the $6 million World Bank-funded Covenant Applied Informatics and Communication Africa Centre of Excellence (CApIC-ACE) project; the West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) project funded by Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation; NIH Human Heredity and Health in Africa Biotechnology Network (H3ABioNet); and NIH West African Sustainable Leadership and Innovation Training in Bioinformatics Research (WASLITBRe); UNESCO Chair on Plant Biotechnology amongst others.

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The Times Higher Education World University Rankings uses 13 metrics, which are grouped under five pillars (Teaching -30%, Research – 30%, Citation – 30%), International Outlook – 7.5 and Industry Income – 2.5%) in universities’ rankings around the world.

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ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit Kano Schools, Barau Donates Buses, Uniforms To 856 Students

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Members of the Sixth Legislature of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament paid sensitization visits to two schools in Kano State on Wednesday as part of activities planned for the regional legislative arm’s Second Extraordinary Session, which is taking place in the North West Nigeria town.

Senator Barau Jibrin, a prominent son of Kano State, led the delegation to Aliyu Saidu Bebeji Government Arabic Secondary School and Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria.

The second extraordinary session of the parliament in the ancient town is being attended by parliamentarians from 12 countries, including Nigeria, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the Republic of Togo.

The parliamentarians were greeted by jubilant crowds who were delighted that the town was hosting the historic meeting and that their son had touched their lives through impactful projects.

Senator Barau explained the importance of ECOWAS in subregional integration at the secondary school, stating that they are there to bring Parliament closer to the people and to allow students to benefit from their wealth of experience.

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He stated: “We are here today to inform the members of the ECOWAS Parliament about our educational system and to meet our students, as well as for you, the students, to learn more about the ECOWAS Parliament.

“This school is similar to my school. I am a member of this community. In 1999, I was the first member of the House of Representatives from this federal constituency (Tarauni).

“As a result, I am donating uniforms to all of the school’s students, one set per student. I will send tailors to take your measurements for the new uniform. I will also provide a new Sharon vehicle for the school and N1 million to the teachers.”

Similarly, another member of Parliament, Paschal Agbodike, who represents Anambra State’s Ihiala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, donated N1 million to the school.

Earlier, Umar Doguwa, the state commissioner of education, thanked the parliamentarians for their visit, calling it the first in history.

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Represented by the Ministry’s Director of Schools, Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi, the commissioner praised Senator Barau for bringing the ECOWAS delegation to Kano, stating that it would benefit the entire state.

The school’s principal, Yusuf Atiku, stated: “I am not surprised by what Senator Barau did to us because of his generosity. That is why he is known as Maliya.

“We appreciate your kind gesture and support for us. We will never forget what you did to us. We appreciate you and the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

At MAAUN, lawmakers spoke with students about the importance of ECOWAS.

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TEDA School Celebrates 19 Students Who Excelled In 2024 JAMB Examination, Had Best Result In 2020 WASCE

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The 19 students

Nineteen students from TEDA School in rural Eke-Owerri, Obingwa Local Government, Abia State, scored between 250 and 345 points on the 2024 JAMB examination. Their results confirmed the school’s top-tier profile in the Nigerian school community.

TEDA has a consistent track record of academic success. In 2023, TEDA represented Nigeria at the 55th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Switzerland.  Grandville Chukure, who scored 345 in the 2024 JAMB, represented TEDA and Nigeria in that contest.

Furthermore, TEDA students were the only Abia State representatives in the finals of the International Olympiad Competition in Senior Chemistry and Maths.

Furthermore, TEDA students finished first, second, and fourth place in the 2022/2023 secondary school Junior Science competition. This comes after TEDA was named the Best School in Junior Science in 2020/2021, finishing first, second, fourth, fifth, eighth, and ninth in the competition. That year, their student won the award for Best Boy in Junior Chemistry.

The Abia State Ministry of Education named TEDA the Best Government-Approved Private Junior Secondary School and the Second-Best Government-Approved Senior Secondary School for the academic year 2021/22.

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In response, TEDA founder Dr. Godson Dinneya congratulated the students and their tutors in their outstanding JAMB results. He stated that the school would continue to invest in creating an enabling environment in order to achieve consistently outstanding results.

The school has recently invested in a 1000-seat auditorium with platforms for artistic productions, laboratories for all science and technical subjects, and workshops for mechanical, electrical/electronics, and woodwork.

Dinneya stated, “We began with a vision of comprehensive and holistic education and will continue to do so.” We provide comprehensive education for the entire man. Students work hard at their studies and extracurricular activities, and those seeds produce good results in external examinations while preparing them for the

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Emeka Offor, EEDC Boss Donates N100 Million Endowment For Development At UNN

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By Chuks Eke*

Sir Emeka Offor, a renowned international philanthropist, donated a N100 million endowment fund to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) on Saturday.

Offor, Executive Chairman of the Chrome Group of Companies and Chairman of Enugu Electric Distribution Company (EEDC), made the donation shortly after receiving the Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa) degree at UNN’s 52nd Convocation in Nsukka.

Offor, who was represented by Chief Steve Ahaneku, stated that the Vice Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Charles Igwe, would be summoned later to discuss the method of disbursement of the funds and the areas of development for which the funds would be used at the university.

Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) has been at the forefront of educational, health, and youth empowerment. UNN has benefited greatly from his foundation’s Books for Africa programme, which has provided multi-million naira worth of books across disciplines.

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SEOF and Books for Africa have donated books worth $30 million to institutions in 18 African countries, covering disciplines such as law, computer science, business administration, and political science, according to Offor, also known as Sir ‘E’.

Offor stated that the foundation recently donated 100 fully equipped hospital beds to the University of Nigeri Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla near Enugu, in order to reinforce Nigerians’ desire for good health.

In 2010, the foundation endowed a professorial chair at the UNN worth N20 million. However, a comprehensive report on the endowed chair has not been sent in a long time.

“I thank this great institution for bestowing this rare and prestigious honour upon me and my group,” he said.

Earlier, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Charles Igwe, stated that the university carefully selected world-class personalities who met the stringent criteria for awarding UNN honorary degrees.

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Before reading Offor’s citation, Igwe emphasised his achievements as a student and ambassador of the institution, including in the oil and gas sectors and other endeavours.

“Sir Emeka Offor has done exceptionally well in everything God has blessed him to do; a shining example of simplicity, humility, and someone who is fully committed to uplifting humanity as a whole,” he said.

In response, Igwe Austine Ndigwe, Eze-Uzu III of Awka Ancient Kingdom, stated that Offor deserved the award for his numerous acts of charity and philanthropy, adding, “Offor gives to everyone and group without limit.”

Ndigwe encouraged Nigerians to emulate Offor’s spirit of selfless giving, saying, “God will continue to bless Sir Emeka Offor because of his spirit of giving and wiping many people’s tears.”

Chief Ikenna Ofodeme, Majority Leader of the Anambra State House of Assembly, stated that Offor had been a great blessing to humanity and had played an important role in the development of communities and institutions throughout the country.

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Ofodeme, who represents the Ekwusigo State Constituency, stated, “The people of Anambra are proud to associate with our illustrious son and foremost philanthropist.”

Offor and three others were awarded honorary doctorates from UNN.

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