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Senate debates sexual harassment, finance bills

***Proposes 14-year jail term for sexual predators in tertiary institutions The Senate on Wednesday debated two critical bills – the sexual harassment bill and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Finance bill, 2019. The bills, which scaled second reading on the floor of the Senate, were sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege and Senate Leader, Abdullahi…

Senate directs UNIMAID to suspend fee hike for students

***mandates Committee to carry out investigation The Senate has directed the management of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) to stay action on the recent increment of tuition fees for students attending the institution. The upper chamber on Tuesday also mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND to investigate the matter in a bid to…

Senate wades into ASUU/Govt dispute over payroll system

The leadership of the Senate on Monday waded into the raging dispute between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, alongside some members of the Senate, met with ASUU leaders at the National Assembly to better understand…

Prof Abdalla and the soaring NOUN image, by Gidado Yushau Shuaib

If the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) lasts until the end of time, and there is every likelihood it will, the name ‘Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu’ will never go into extinction. It will face no compromise. Professor Adamu, the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN has paddled the university out of the doldrums to its present admirable…

Makinde grants approval for recruitment of teachers

…threatens to deal with saboteurs of his education policies …says Schools Governing Councils not disbanded Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, announced that he has given approval for the recruitment of teachers into the State’s teaching service, noting that his government is re-engineering the education for “long-lasting positive results.” A statement signed by…

Six UI workers in DSS net over exam fraud

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, has handed over six workers at the institution’s Distance Learning Centre to the Department of the State Security for alleged involvement in examination malpractice. The workers, who were arrested last Friday, had been in the custody of the DSS. Investigation  by Punch showed that…

JAMB insists on National Identity Number for UTME, DE Exams

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has decided that all prospective candidates and examination officials (both permanent and adhoc) for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) would require the unique National Identification Number (NIN) issued by NIMC for registration and participation in examination and in all exercises relating to the…

We’ll make GCI poster school in Nigeria—Makinde

…says Oyo govt’ll recruit more teachers Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Saturday, promised to make the Government College Ibadan (GCI) the poster school in Nigeria. The Governor, who stated this while speaking at the grand finale of events marking 90th anniversary of GCI, said that his government is intent on restoring the lost…

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