Management of the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN is seeking the intervention of the Kwara State Government over the persistent transportation problems that has plagued the federal Institution for years.
Fidel Info reports that the University is considering revisiting the idea of virtual lectures to help assuage the situation.
The Director of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Kunle Akogun disclosed this in a statement.
The statement read, “Management of the University of Ilorin is deeply concerned about the enormity of the transportation challenges currently being faced by our students.
“We want to assure all that measures are being put in place to ease this difficulty in the shortest possible time.
“The Management is currently engaging with the Kwara State Government on the need to conclude the Flyover construction on the Tipper Garage axis of the University Road timely and the provision of more strategic interventions to ease the burden of our students.
The management is also considering the possibility of reviving the virtual lecture option, especially for large classes, to reduce the necessity of having large number of students on the road at peak periods.
“Arrangements had already been concluded to bring in big buses for massive movement of students but they could not be deployed yet due to the Flyover construction on the University Road.
“The management, however, appeals to our better by far students to exercise patience while concerted efforts are being made to resolve the unfortunate transportation challenges.
BREAKING: JAMB releases timetable for 2024 UTME
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced dates for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
It said the sale of forms for the examination will start on January 15 and end on February 26.
In a statement by its Public Communication Advisor (PAC), Fabian Benjamin, JAMB said the main UTME will hold from April 19 to 29, 2024.
The statement reads: “Based on the series of recommendations emanating from a two-day Information Technology (IT) and management retreat held between November 26 and 28, 2023, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed January 15 to February 26, 2024, for the sale of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) application document.
“Meanwhile, March 7, 2024, has been slated for the 2024 MOCK-UTME, while the main UTME will hold from April 19 to 29, 2024.
“Candidates are expected to print their examination slips as from April 10, 2024.
“Candidates are enjoined to take note of these dates and other advisories issued by the board in relation to the administration of the examination. They are also to visit the board’s website @www.jamb gov.ng for any other information.”
Fed Govt gets additional $700m as 11 states join World Bank project on girls education
The World Bank has approved an additional $700 million for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) project to improve learning outcomes of the girl – child.
In the new funding arrangement, 11 additional financing states joined the initial seven pilot states.
The states are: Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara.
Project Coordinator, AGILE, Hajia Amina Haruna, said this during the inauguration of the national steering committee on AGILE in Abuja.
The committee inaugurated comprised executive secretaries from SUBEB, Commissioners of Education from 18 states and relevant Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
The AGILE project is a credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) to the Federal Government, and it is implemented in seven states.
The states are Borno, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Plateau, with an initial project cost of $500m.
Haruna said the project was put in place to improve secondary education opportunities among girls in targeted areas in the seven participating states.
She called for the commitment of the state government to recruit qualified teachers for proper impact of the project.
Haruna said: “Over 2.4 million beneficiaries reached across the seven states reached. More than 1,341,821 adolescent girls have so far been reached.
“Over 7,967 non functional classrooms have been renovated and in use in the seven states. 84,567 teaching and learning materials to schools and in use.”
While inaugurating the committee, Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, charged the committee members and state chapter on the sustainability of the project.
According to Mamman, one of the major challenges we have is taking millions of out-of-school children off the street.
He said: “If we can register success in the 18 states, we will be half way through in reducing the number of out-of-school children in the country.
“We need to scale up what we have to reach other states. The project has assisted us in a template we can adopt to work out deliverables in reducing the number of out-of-school children.”
Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Sununu said the inauguration was aimed at creating system reforms for expansion of access and provision of financial incentives for the girl child.
While urging the commissioners of education to make use of the available resources judiciously, Sununu also explained that the federal ministry of education had done a lot towards improving learning outcomes.
The World Bank Country Director, Shubham Chaudhuri, said the bank was passionate about the project as it would give the girl child the opportunities to contribute to their families, communities and the nation.
Chaudhuri said efficient deliverables of the project would yield increased investment in girl-child education by the world bank.
Edo 2024: UNIBEN students, Stakeholders drum support for Shaibu’s governorship ambition
The 2024 governorship aspiration of Edo state deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, on Tuesday, November 28, received a boost from students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).h
The students, who were led by past and serving leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), including executive members of many departments, converged on Shaibu’s campaign office in Benin to pledge their support for his governorship aspiration.
The speakers included Comrade Gilbert Success, aka UNIBEN Oracle; Comrade Gerald Nnamdi; and Comrade Happiness Ugheghele; and they pledged their unflinching support for the Edo deputy governor’s aspiration.
They described Shaibu, a former national president of NANS, as one of their own.
The students’ leaders noted that the Edo deputy governor was a worthy ambassador of young people in Nigeria while disclosing that they would have gone to court to compel Shaibu to join the governorship race if he had not declared on Monday in Benin.
They said: “We are here in our numbers as representatives of great Nigerian students from UNIBEN, to pledge our total support for your governorship ambition.
“We are convinced that you are one hundred percent homeboy the Edo people are looking forward to, and there is no doubt whatsoever that with your antecedents, you have the pedigree and capacity to deliver, and take Edo State to the next level.
“As one of our own and a vibrant and articulate youth for that matter, we will mobilise and support you to ensure that you become the next governor of our dear Edo State.”
Shaibu, a former majority leader of the Edo House of Assembly and ex-member of the House of Representatives, in his response, stated that by his exposure and experience as a youth, he was adequately prepared and equipped to be Edo governor from November 12, 2024.
He chronicled his struggles and sacrifices with other like-minded in fighting for the emancipation of Nigerian students and the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria.
Edo deputy governor said: “I am happy to be getting this kind of massive support from my fellow youths and students. We are told that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow. But the journey to taking over positions of leadership in our country starts today. By the grace of God, and with your support, the Edo of our collective dream is possible.
“All l enjoin you to do is to go about spreading the gospel of a better Edo State with Philip Shaibu as Governor, and let me assure you that I will not disappoint you.”
Shaibu, at Bishop Kelly Pastoral Centre of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Airport Road, Benin on Monday, while declaring his intention to vie in the September 21 next year’s governorship election, insisted that nothing and no one could stop his aspiration on the platform of the governing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and succeed Governor Godwin Obaseki, also of PDP
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