Shell Inducts 27 Nigerian Academics Into Sabbatical,Research Positions

Mohammed Shosanya

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture has inducted 27 Nigerian academics and research interns.

This year’s programme, a 35% increase from the previous year, welcomed eight professors, four senior lecturers, and 15 other participants.

The induction ceremony which held at the company’s headquarters in Port Harcourt,marked the beginning of a one-year programme focused on knowledge exchange and skill development. Drawn from 13 Nigerian universities, these participants will gain valuable industry experience in fields like biodiversity, petroleum engineering, and environmental impact assessment.

“The research and internship programmes are central to our commitment to supporting higher education in Nigeria,” explained Shell Nigeria’s Head of Corporate Relations, and SPDC Director, Mr. Igo Weli. He described the programme as mutually beneficial nature by offering Shell access to specialised expertise from professors and lecturers, who in turn acquire practical industry knowledge and exposure to cutting-edge technologies.

Mr. Weli reaffirmed Shell’s position as the industry leader in fostering a positive learning environment and empowering people.

Representing the NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services, Mrs. Bunmi Edith Lawson echoed Mr. Weli’s sentiments. She highlighted the programme’s significance in scientific exploration, environmental stewardship, and knowledge advancement. “This is an investment in the next generation of innovators,” she stated, “and a way for us to give back to our stakeholders.”

The 2024 programme includes participants from a diverse range of universities across Nigeria, including the University of Benin, Rivers State University, University of Ibadan, Niger Delta University, and Ahmadu Bello University.

Others are Bingham University Karu, Federal University Wukari, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo State, Covenant University, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, University of Uyo, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture.

NNPC-SPDC JV Gives ICT Centre To Bauchi Varsity

Mohammed Shosanya

The Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) and its joint venture partners – Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC); TotalEnergies and Nigeria Agip Oil Company,Thursday inaugurated a state-of-the-art ICT centre at the Sa’adu Zungur University (formerly Bauchi State University), Gadau in Bauchi State in the latest support for education in Nigeria .

The centre,fully funded by the SPDC-operated joint venture, boasts a visually stimulating collaborative workspace where students can engage in group work and brainstorming sessions.

At the inauguration, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, who was represented by the Director of ICT in the state, Hayatuddeen Babamaji said: “The landmark project would complement the efforts of the government to improve education and boost digital transformation in Bauchi State.”

SPDC Managing Director and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, who was represented by Director SPDC and Country Head Corporate Relations, Igo Weli, said: “The journey to establish this facility was driven by a vision to enhance critical educational infrastructure, support access to high-demand IT skills and inspire growth of the IT ecosystem in Bauchi State and Northeast Nigeria.”

Bala Wunti, Chief Upstream Investment Officer (CUIO) of NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services described the project as “a glimpse of the positive impact of the oil and gas industry on the fortunes of our nation,” and requested “sustained collaboration as we strive to do more.”

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Sa’adu Zungur University, Professor Fatima Tahir, had said the centre would serve as a hub for innovation by improving teaching and learning in the institution. The Emir of Bauchi and Chancellor of the university Dr. Rilwanu Adamu sent in a goodwill message thanking the SPDC-operated JV for initiating the project.

The ICT centre has its own power and water supply, offering a chance for uninterrupted learning for students and lecturers and link up with the rest of the world real-time.

To foster sustainable development, the construction strategy included upskilling of indigenous contractors with some of them playing key roles ranging from critical supplies and craftsmanship to medical services and scaffolding.

In addition, 75 staff and students were trained in data science, embedded systems, robotics, and hardware engineering to grow in-house capacity. Sa’adu Zungur University marked the sustainability content of the project with the set-up of a tree planting club which has already planted about 1,000 fruit-bearing trees.

The establishment of the ICT centre is just one aspect of several interventions of the joint venture in Northeast Nigeria. Early this year, the joint venture inaugurated a primary health care centre and completed two livelihood-strengthening programmes to support displaced families in Yobe and Borno states.

The JV has also supported a broad range of initiatives in the region including education, health, shelter and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects.

The support for education by the joint venture has seen the award of hundreds of secondary school and university scholarships, donation of physical infrastructure to schools and the provision of industry experience for students and lecturers from Nigerian universities through sabbatical and internship opportunities.

Egbin Power Unveils Innovation Hub To Equip Future Leaders

Mohammed Shosanya

Egbin Power, one of Nigeria’s power generation company, has commissioned an innovation centre designed to equip students with entrepreneurial, practical, and creative skills needed to thrive in the modern educational landscape.

Named the ‘Bright Gyimah Centre for Innovation,’ this state-of-the-art facility is located within the Powerfields Group of Schools in Ikorodu, owned by Egbin Power (a member of the Sahara Group).

The centre offers students the opportunity to develop skills in Information Technology (IT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and explore their creativity in arts, music, culinary, and hospitality fields.

Head of Corporate Communications & Branding at Egbin Power Plc, Felix Ofulue, explained that the initiative aims to create a dynamic learning environment that fosters creativity and innovation.

“The facility will open doors to exciting career opportunities for learners, serving as a beacon of hope for comprehensive, quality education and has the potential to revolutionize education in our society,” he said.

Ofulue emphasized the company’s commitment to nurturing future leaders who will drive progress and prosperity in Nigeria.

“This initiative demonstrates our dedication to advancing education and highlights our readiness to continuously groom future leaders. The skills acquired here will enable learners to become architects of their success, supporting socio-economic growth,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the Governing Council, Powerfields Group of Schools, the Director of Governance and Sustainability, Sahara Group, Ejiro Gray, highlighted the import of equipping students with skills for the future.

She said: “At Sahara Group, sustainability extends beyond organizational boundaries to include positive societal impact. We aim to position students to compete globally, providing them with the right platform to learn and apply their skills,” she said.

Gray further noted that the Innovation Centre is a transformative initiative offering in-demand 21st-century skills, empowering students to cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit and become innovators.

The Administrator of Powerfields group of Schools, Ngozi Emezue, noted that the facility will provide experiential learning, boost students’ confidence, and enable them to translate theoretical knowledge into practical applications.

“This Centre represents a significant investment in the future, playing a key role in nurturing the next generation of leaders and innovators. The Governing Council and the Management are excited to witness the impact of the innovation hub on students, teachers and the community around us”, she said.

“It will also enhance the continuous professional development of the teachers. It has added to our value proposition, giving us a competitive advantage, because not so many schools have such facilities. Therefore, we want to commend everyone who has made this possible,” Emezue noted.

Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Matthew Amadi applauded the Governing Council for continuously elevating the standard and making it a one-stop learning institution that sets itself apart among others.

“The establishment of this Center for Innovation further positions Powerfields School as an exemplary learning institution where students receive quality education, practical skills and also expand their horizon beyond the textbook, thereby giving them an edge and making them outstandingly creative and competitive globally.

Chairman of the Governing Council, Powerfields Group of Schools, Tope Sonubi; and members including Olubunmi Olukoju; Tolulope Orojo; Muhtar Bakare and Akodu Kamardeen; were among those who graced the commissioning.

In her remarks, Caroline Uzoigwe, Bright Gyimah’s daughter commended the Board and Management of Egbin Power for naming the innovation centre after her late father, a former General Manager of the Plant.

She said: “Education has gone beyond just the classrooms and textbooks. it involves being able to practicalize and implement knowledge. That is why this Centre for Innovation is significant. It is laudable and meaningful. The management deserves commendation for this initiative because it shows commitment to the growth and development of the school, the students and the education sector.”

The innovation hub has an Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for students to learn, create and deploy applications. The well-equipped Cooking Lab and Hospitality Room will enable the students to acquire professional training and skills in catering and hospitality. Other facilities at the centre are the Music Lab, IT Lab, Art Studio, Auditorium, etc.

Egbin Power has consistently demonstrated its commitment to education through initiatives such as its yearly scholarship programme for students from public primary and secondary schools, donation of furniture, educational materials and solar-powered boreholes to schools in the host communities and celebrating special occasions with the students.

This initiative aligns with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. By providing access to quality education and empowering future generations, Egbin Power contributes to building a more sustainable and prosperous future.

The programmes offered at the Centre for Innovation are tailored to meet the current demands of the education landscape, ensuring that students are well-prepared to excel academically and globally.

Oyo Opens Job Portal For 7,500 Secondary School Teachers

Mohammed Shosanya

The Oyo State Government has approved the recruitment of 7,500 teachers, and 3,000 non-teaching staff into the state teaching service, as part of its efforts to improve the Post-Primary education sector.

The Chairman, Oyo State Post-Primary Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, Pastor Akinade Alamu made this known on Friday in Ibadan.

In 2021,the Oyo State government through the Commission employed about 5,000 teachers in the State.

He said the recruitment exercise then, was commended by stakeholders in Oyo state, including the World Bank Global Partnership on education.

Pastor Akinade Alamu said the present administration in Oyo State, would continue to prioritise education, and job opportunities for the public.

He said candidates with requisite credentials,can apply through the link,tescom.jobportal.oyostate.gov.ng,for about two weeks.

He Alamu also advised applicants to ensure they have a National Identification Number, functioning email; phone numbers among other requirements.

He said the recruitment of new teachers will be based on merit to raise the standard of education, advising all qualified candidates, including Physically challenged, to jump on the offer.

According to him,merit-based employment is key to qualitative education, hence the need to adhere strictly to the stated guidelines on the portal.

He warned applicants from applying simultaneously for both categories, saying that each applicant is entitled to either teaching or non-teaching category.

The Chairman said steps for the employment exercise include, online application, CBT examination, and Oral interview.

Pastor Alamu applauded Governor Seyi Makinde, for approving mass recruitment exercise in Oyo State.

“Oyo State government’s huge investment in the education sector is yielding positive results as our students are doing well on all fronts. Therefore, the government is set to recruit more teachers, in addition to those on ground”, he said.

The Chairman said the recruitment exercise is being supervised by an inter-ministerial committee, that would ensure a seamless exercise.

He stressed that the exercise is free of charge, assuring the public of another transparent and credible, as mandated by the World Bank Global Partnership on Education (GPE).

JAMB Releases UTME Supplementary Results

Mohammed Shosanya

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB ) has released the results of candidates, who participated in the supplementary Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted between Friday, 21st and Saturday, 22nd June, 2024.

The supplementary examination was conducted for 28,835 candidates, who were unable to be biometrically verified during the main 2024 UTME and were, therefore, unable to take their examination.

The other category of candidates were those suspected to have been involved in examination malpractices during the main UTME but who were given a second chance to sit the examination.

The exercise, which recorded a huge success nationwide, was marked by heightened security measures put in place by the Board to preclude any instance of examination infractions.

As such, some nefarious characters, who had attempted to impersonate bona fide candidates were apprehended and handed over to law enforcement agencies for further investigation and prosecution.

JAMB’s Head of Communication, Dr Fabian Benjamin said the Board would continue to ensure that no candidate benefit from any acts of infractions through the deployment of state-of-the-art technology before, during and after its examinations.

He urged candidates to in their own interest refrain from engaging in any form of irregularities during their examinations. They are also enjoined to desist from soliciting score upgrade from fraudsters or engage in the mutilation of their result sheets while trying to generate fake result sheets with higher scores.

To check their supplementary UTME results, the JAMB authorities advised candidates to send UTMERESULT to either 55019 or 66019 through the same phone number they had used to generate their profile codes at the start of registration.

We Don’t Love Strike-ASUU

Mohammed Shosanya

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria have disabused minds of some Nigerians on their perception on strike over agitations, saying that members of the union do not love going on strike.

Speaking with journalists on the campus of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete on Wednesday, the institution’s ASUU chairman, Abdulganiyu Sheu Salau, said that the union is tired of alleged hypocrisy of the federal government.

The union recalled that in 2009, the federal government reached an agreement with the ASUU on key issues bordering on conditions of service, funding and university autonomy without fulfilling the agreement.

“Members of ASUU are parents who have students in various Nigerian universities. Why would we want a case whereby our children are sent home?

“But we have to go on strike because we’ve reached out to government on several occasions and there was no response.

“We’ve gone through the normal doors and backdoors, but nothing has happened. And the last resort, as allowed by the law establishing universities, is to go on strike.

“Our members are being owed and some are leaving the country in droves for South Africa and England, for example.

“I want to say with all authorities that struggles and strike by the members of the union brought about some of the infrastructures we have today, especially, in this university.

” So, if we’ve not been struggling, Nigerian universities would have been down. We’re not strike mongers and we don’t always love to go on strike. We’re hardworking citizens”,said Salau.

The union also criticised the federal government for non-implementation of UNESCO recommendations of a 26 per cent benchmark educational budget for developing countries like Nigeria, as advocated for by the union.

Oyo To Renovate Primary Schools With N3.5bn

Mohammed Shosanya

Oyo State, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde has disbursed the sum of N3.5billion educational support grant to 105 primary schools in rural areas across the three senatorial districts of the state.

Presenting dummy cheques to representatives of the beneficiary-schools at the Conference Room of the Secretary to the State Government, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, the governor noted that in spite of challenges, the government has continued to rate education high and first in every of its policies.

The grant support is a World Bank Project under Better Education Service Delivery for All – Additional Funding (BESDA-AF), which the state is a beneficiary of; it is aimed at increased equitable access for out-of-school children and improvement of literacy in focus states.

It also seeks to strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.

Speaking through the Deputy Governor, Barr. Bayo Lawal, Governor Makinde explained that the grant is meant for renovation of primary schools with critical attention, saying that the renovation exercise will commence simultaneously in all the 105 schools.

Congratulating the schools benefiting from the educational support grant, he charged them to avoid doing shoddy jobs and ensure that all the projects are in accordance with the prescriptions, so that the pupils can benefit and appreciate government efforts in the education sector.

He said: “This is in furtherance of the record of Oyo State Government at ensuring that education comes on the front burner in the activities of the state government.

“A couple of months back, it was in this conference room that presentations were made by representatives of the World Bank and other critical stakeholders as to how to assist in improving the standard of education in the state.

“I recall that the major requirement was for the state government to put in its counterpart funding, which has been done.

“This is to let all of us know that despite various challenges the state government is facing, the current administration still puts education on the front burner. Education is taking almost 21 per cent of the state’s annual budget.

“Education comes first always. Without education, you and I cannot be here. So, I have to congratulate the stakeholders – TESCOM, the Ministry of Education, and the driver of the project, who is the S.A Education Intervention.

“A huge amount of money is being put into this project and I am saying this to the beneficiaries that you must put your eyes into what is being done in your various schools.

“The standard must be in accordance with prescriptions, so that our children will take maximum advantage of the facilities the government is putting in place.

“We are starting simultaneously and if we have a commencement period, there must be a conclusion period. So, we will walk the rope, start and put a timeline for completion.

“The representatives here must spread the news to other places and there should not be excuses for non-performance. Representatives of schools from the Senatorial Districts will also be involved to carry the message. You have a lot to do, as the facilities are not good enough but we will catch up gradually and put our education system in proper perspective.”

“So, on this note, on behalf of the governor of Oyo State, I appreciate BESDA and congratulate all the beneficiary-schools.”

Earlier in his address, the Commissioner, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Saliu Adelabu, explained that the project is a form of Educational Grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in collaboration with the World Bank and it involves three states in the country; Oyo, Adamawa and Katsina.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser, (Education Intervention), Oloye Suraj Abiodun Tiamiyu, said that the renovation of approved primary schools in the rural areas across the senatorial Districts will be done within six weeks of commencement.

He added that the renovations will be encompassing with thorough monitoring for effective delivery to standard and time framework.

UI Elevates Ekiti First Lady To Associate Professor

Mohammed Shosanya

The University of Ibadan,has pronounced the First Lady of Ekiti State, Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji, an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Management.

Odunayo Ogunmola, Senior Special Assistant (Media) ,Office of the First Lady, Ekiti State said the promotion of Dr. Oyebanji to the rank of Associate Professor, according to the management of the institution is backdated to year 2022.

She is due for the rank of Professor next year.

Reacting to her elevation as an Associate Professor, Dr. Oyebanji described the feat as a “milestone, though long awaited which marks a significant step in her academic journey.”

She said: “I am thrilled to announce that I have been promoted to the position of Associate Professor of Educational Management at the prestigious University of Ibadan, effective from 2022.

“This milestone, though long-awaited, marks a significant step in my academic journey. I am grateful for the support from my faculty, department, and the recognition from the University of Ibadan.

“A heartfelt thank you to my wonderful husband, His Excellency Governor Biodun Oyebanji, and my children for their support. I also dedicate this promotion to all the women of Ekiti State and beyond who inspire me every day.

“Onward to even greater achievements as I graciously await the announcement of my Professorship next year by God’s grace!”

Dr. Oyebanji started her academic career at the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti in year 2000 where she lectured for thirteen years before she transferred her services to the University of Ibadan in 2013 for family reasons.

She has attended local and international academic conferences where she presented to papers to the global academic community while her works have been published in prestigious and renowned international journals.

She has produced many PhD graduates in the course of her academic career and during her tour of duty as the First Lady of Ekiti State.

While still holding office as the First Lady of Ekiti State, Dr. Oyebanji performed community service of lecturing at the Ekiti State University and Afe Babalola University both located in Ado Ekiti.

Oyo To Employ 7000 Teachers

Mohammed Shosanya

The Oyo State government says it is set to recruit 7000 teachers into public primary schools, across the 33 Local Government Areas of the state.

The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, OYOSUBEB, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran,announced this at a press briefing in Ibadan on Friday.

The state government also said One hundred (100) caregivers will be employed into the special needs sub-sector in the state.

Dr. Adeniran said efforts were ongoing before now to recruit the teachers, in fulfilment of Governor Seyi Makinde’s promise.

“In fulfilment of his electoral promise and the yearnings of the people of Oyo State, occasioned by the gap of Teachers in our public primary schools, Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the recruitment of 7,000 teachers in our public primary schools. In addition, he also approved the recruitment of 100 caregivers in our special schools”, he said.

Adeniran said the recruitment needs to be brought to the public domain, to avoid misleading information by scammers.

He appealed to intending applicants not to fall victim to fraudulent people, and be wary of scammers.

Dr. Adeniran stressed that the Board has not appointed anyone to be an agent to the Board, adding that the Board has just started preliminary work on the recruitment process.

“The stages to follow to have a free, fair, credible exercise will emanate from this Board, signed by me”, Adeniran said.

He advised applicants not to hesitate to come to the Board to make enquiries and not rely on third-party information.

He added:”No staff member has been empowered to collect money from applicants. We thank His Excellency for living up to his words. He fulfilled his promise and may God give him divine wisdom to navigate the affairs of the state.”

He said at the next stage, the Board will announce when applicants can apply, saying the Board is working with other relevant agencies for a seamless exercise.

Dr. Adeniran said the Board will comply strictly with the Governor’s directive to conduct an exercise, based on merit.

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Dear Editor, this is a relieving story from the Oyo State Government. The Governor has approved the employment of 7,000 Teachers.

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Oyo Gov’t Set To Recruit 7,000 Teachers

The Oyo State government has announced that it is set to recruit Seven thousand (7,000) teachers into public primary schools, across the 33 Local Government Areas of the State.

This announcement was made by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, OYOSUBEB, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, during a press briefing in Ibadan on Friday.

The state government also said One hundred (100) caregivers will be employed into the special needs sub-sector in the State.

Speaking during the briefing, Dr. Adeniran said efforts were ongoing before now to recruit the teachers, in fulfilment of Governor Seyi Makinde’s promise.

“In fulfilment of his electoral promise and the yearnings of the people of Oyo State, occasioned by the gap of Teachers in our public primary schools, Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the recruitment of 7,000 teachers in our public primary schools. In addition, he also approved the recruitment of 100 caregivers in our special schools”, he said.

Adeniran said the recruitment needs to be brought to the public domain, to avoid misleading information by scammers.

He appealed to intending applicants not to fall victim to fraudulent people, and be wary of scammers.

Dr. Adeniran stressed that the Board has not appointed anyone to be an agent to the Board, adding that the Board has just started preliminary work on the recruitment process.

“The stages to follow to have a free, fair, credible exercise will emanate from this Board, signed by me”, Adeniran said.

He advised applicants not to hesitate to come to the Board to make enquiries and not rely on third-party information.

“No Staff member has been empowered to collect money from applicants”, he reiterated.

“We thank His Excellency for living up to his words. He fulfilled his promise and may God give him divine wisdom to navigate the affairs of the State.”

He said at the next stage, the Board will announce when applicants can apply, saying the Board is working with other relevant agencies for a seamless exercise.

Dr. Adeniran said the Board will comply strictly with the Governor’s directive to conduct an exercise, based on merit.

E-signed:

Media Team,
Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board,
OYOSUBEB,
MAY 17, 2024.

UTME Malpractices:Two Suspects Still In Prison Over Failure To Fulfil Bail Conditions

Mohammed Shosanya

Two suspects facing trial over infractions in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are still in custody over failure to perfect their bail conditions spanning five months at the moment.

Only one of the suspect has been able to secure bail.

All suspects are standing trial at the Federal High Court, Akure, Ondo State.

The two other suspects who are still in custody have not been able to present the requisite sureties and other requirements.

The suspects were first arraigned and took their pleas on 23rd May, 2023 when the charge sheet was first read to them.

The 2nd defendant, Akinwale Timilehin, and the 3rd defendant, Mustapha Olayinka Idris, are still being held at the Olokuta Correctional Centre for their failure to perfect their bail conditions.

In his verdict,Justice T.O. Adegoke, had on 7th December, 2023, ruled that for each of the defendants, one surety each in the sum of one million bond each must be provided and the sureties must have a company registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) and do his or her business within the Akure metropolis.

The sureties, the Judge also ruled, must show evidence of tax clearance for the last three years and must deposit the original copies of their company registration certificates with the Registrar of the Court while the sum of one million by each of the defendants must also be deposited in the account to be provided by the Court Registrar.

The sureties and each of the defendants, according to Justice Adegoke, must also write an undertaking that the defendants would attend their trial till the conclusion of the case and finally, the Prosecuting Counsel and the Court Registrar must know the residence of the sureties.

The first defendant, Peter Okereke, was the only one, who was able to perfect his bail conditions and was in court on Monday, 13th May, 2024.