Universities Should Be Privatised–Ben Murray-Bruce

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has called for the privatisation of university education in Nigeria.
During his address at the 4th NIPR Stakeholders’ Conference with the theme, “Media, Communication and the Challenge of Quality Education for National Development”, held in Lagos on Tuesday August 29, 2017, Murray-Bruce said privatisation of universities in the country will help address the challenges of low capacity of institutions to admit young high school graduates in Nigeria. He said with over one million students writing UTME every year, very few were able to gain admission due to limited capacity of the institutions to take more students. He noted that most of the students always ended up schooling in neighboring countries’ such as Mali, Ghana, Cameroon and so on.
In a report by WorldStage Newsonline, the Senator stated that “the entire education sector should be privatised. Let government give scholarship to those that need it. Government has no business in running university.”
Speaking further on the need for privatisation of the university education, he said an institution such as the University of Lagos should be privatised for it to establish campuses in other part of the country to admit more young Nigerians who are seriously in need of quality university education.
He called on the media to stop running the nation down with fake stories which according to him, is not helping the image of the country.
He said Nigerian media must project the country positively to enhance its reputation outside the country.
“Almost every media organization has an agenda. For example, when something negative happens in Nigeria, CNN, BBC, RFI and SABC will cover it. But when something positive happens, they will either not cover it or they will cover it in such a way that you will hardly notice,” Senator Murray-Bruse stated.
The Chairman and Founder, Chrisland Group of Schools, High Chief Winifred Awosika who described education as the bedrock for any nation’s development said no nation paying lip service to quality education will survive in the 21st century.
The Chrisland boss said the level of education in the country was disheartened in spite of the advancement in technology all around the world. She identified inadequate funding, lack professional and quality educators, inadequate teaching facilities and remuneration and poor working conditions as some of the challenges facing the development of sector.
According to her, “I want to emphasize on the importance of quality assurance, where efforts must be made to ensure quality in every aspects: the environment, facilities, curriculum and manpower.”
She urged government to encourage owners of private schools by coming up with policies that can assist and not stifle them.

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ADMISSION: IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO ALL 2017/2018 JAMB CANDIDATES


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has fixed minimum cut off marks for Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

The minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria was set for 120, polytechnics and colleges of education pegged at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.

Institutions are, however, at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.

Also, admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions, it ends on January 31, 2018.

Decisions on first choice candidates by universities will end on October 15, and second choice candidates will end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing dates.

The registrar, however, appealed to heads of institutions not to charge more than N2,000 for admissions’ processes.

GOODNEWS:ASUU WILL CALL-OFF STRIKE SOON

ABUJA- According to MINISTER of Education, Adamu Adamu on Thursday, he said that the on-going strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), will be called off next week.
He made this statement on Thursday in Abuja when he appeared before the Senator Jibrin Barau, APC, Kano North led Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, the minister disclosed that executive arm of government has commenced plans to ensure that it honours the agreement between the federal government and ASUU.

Details later…

ASUU Commence Indefinite Strike Nationwide

More updates coming soon.

ASUU Threatens Indefinite Strike

Sequel to the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ grievance on the failure of the federal government fulfil her 2009 agreement and 2013 memorandum of understanding(MoU), an indefinte strike has been assumed due to the nationwide referendum conducted on August 10,2017.

 The result of the referendum conducted in University of Ibadan shows that majority of the staffs are in support of the indefinite strike. In a discussion with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, about the looming strike, he said,
    “Branches of ASUU Nationwide apparently conducted a referendum yesterday on some of their outstanding grievances with the Federal Government. I learnt that in UI, majority voted overwhelmingly for a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike. ASUU National EXCO will meet over the weekend to collate the ballots from various branches. We pray for a divine intervention as it seems that’s the only thing now that can still possibly prevent a complete shutdown of the various campuses as from next week. We have our fingers crossed”.
The academic calendar of the institution for the 2016/2017 session has also been affected in advance with the looming strike action.  The Vice chancellor expressed his displeasure against the forces that seem unstoppable. He plaintively responded that students would bear the brunt if such happens by going back home.
    “We don’t know as yet. I just want my boys and girls in Pharmacy to be allowed to complete their First Semester Exams. Obviously, if there is an indefinite strike, Students would bear the brunt by going back home while the already truncated calendar is thrown into a further state of disequilibrium. This hurts me personally but what can one do.”

 Most students of the University of Ibadan are of the opinion that there shouldn’t be any strike action because of the effect on the school calendar. 

CORPERS WILL BE POSTED TO FARMS-NYSC

National Youth Service Corps to start posting members to farms

According to General Suleiman Zakaure during his official visit to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp Shagamu, Ogun State, said that the move is in line with the Agricultural Development Programme designed for NYSC. 
He mentioned that NYSC has already acquired farmlands in some geopolitical zones like Kwali, Oyo, Bauchi and Kebbi. 

“It should interest you that we are starting the agricultural development scheme after the orientation programme for batch A corps members,  they will be posted to farms for their primary assignments to kick start the pilot phase”.
Although, we are starting with four states now but we will integrate other states, he said.

General Zakaure advised the corps members not to go out there looking for white collar jobs which are not in existence rather, develop their potentials for entrepreneurship.

URGENT NOTICE TO JAMB CANDIDATES

Did you write the 2017/2018 JAMB? 

You need to know the cut-off mark for your choice of institution.

Unilorin cut off mark for JAMB – 180 (Please take into consideration that the cut off mark may differ depending on the university course)

University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) JAMB cut off mark – 180

University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) JAMB cut off mark – 180

University of Uyo (UNIUYO) JAMB cut off mark – 180

UNN cut off mark for JAMB – 180

Yabatech JAMB cut off mark JAMB cut off mark – 150

Yobe State University (YSU) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Akwa-Ibom State University (AKSU) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education JAMB cut off mark – 180

Anambra State University Uli (ANSU) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Auchi Polytechnic JAMB cut off mark – 150

Benson Idahosa University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Bauchi State University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Bells University of Technology JAMB cut off mark – 180

Bowen University JAMB cut off mark – 170

Benue State University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Bayero University Kano JAMB cut off mark – 180

Covenant University cut off mark for JAMB – 180

Cross River University (CRUTECH) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Dental School Enugu JAMB cut off mark – 150

Ebonyi State University (EBSU) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti (EKSU) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Enugu State University of Science Technology (ESUT) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal Polytechnic Nekede JAMB cut off mark – 150

Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti JAMB cut off mark – 170

Federal Polytechnic (Bida) JAMB cut off mark – 150

Federal Poly Ede JAMB cut off mark – 150

Federal Polytechnic Idah JAMB cut off mark – 150

Federal Polytechnic Ilaro JAMB cut off mark – 150

Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa JAMB cut off mark – 150

Federal Polytechnic Offa JAMB cut off mark – 150

Federal Polytechnic Oko JAMB cut off mark – 150

Federal University of Agric Makurdi JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University Dutse JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University Dutsin-Ma JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University Kashere JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University Lafia JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University Lokoja JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University Ndufu-Alike JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University Otuoke JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University Oye-Ekiti JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University of Petroleum Resources JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University of Technology Akure JAMB cut off mark – 200

Federal University of Technology Owerri JAMB cut off mark – 180

Federal University Wukari JAMB cut off mark – 180

Gombe State University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Imo State Polytechnic JAMB cut off mark – 150

Imo State University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Institute of Management and Technology JAMB cut off mark – 150

Kaduna Polytechnic JAMB cut off mark – 150

Kaduna State University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Kogi state polytechnic JAMB cut off mark – 150

Kogi State University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Kebbi State University of Science and Technology JAMB cut off mark – 180

Kano University of Science and Technology JAMB cut off mark – 180

Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin JAMB cut off mark – 150

Kwara State University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Lagos Polytechnic JAMB cut off mark – 150

Lagos State University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) JAMB cut off mark – 200

Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike JAMB cut off mark – 180

Nasarawa State University, Keffi JAMB cut off mark – 180

Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU/UNIZIK) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Obafemi Awolowo University JAMB cut off mark – 200

Olabisi Onabanjo University OOU JAMB cut off mark – 180

Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Osun State University (UNIOSUN) JAMB cut off mark – 180 (Economics, Accounting, Law, and Political Science – 200)

Polytechnic Ibadan JAMB cut off mark – 150

Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) JAMB cut off mark – 180

TAI Solarin University of Education (TASUED) JAMB cut off mark – 180

Umaru Musa Yaradua University JAMB cut off mark – 180

Usman Danfodio University Sokoto UDUSOK JAMB cut off mark – 180

The University of Abuja JAMB cut off mark – 180

Uniben cut off mark for JAMB  cut off mark – 200

The University of Calabar JAMB cut off mark – 180

The University of Ibadan cut off mark for JAMB – 200

Unilag JAMB cut off mark for all courses – 200

EFCC INTRODUCES ANTI-CORRUPTION COURSE TO UNIVERSITIES