LASU Gives N1m To Staff Who Smerged UNILAG’s Best Doctoral Student

Lagos State University (LASU) has celebrated its Mathematics lecturer, Dr Aminat Ige, who recently completed her doctoral programme at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), emerging as the best doctoral thesis winner.

Dr Ige − an alumna of LASU and lecturer at the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, LASU − was announced the best doctoral thesis winner during the recently concluded 54th convocation ceremonies of UNILAG.

The Vice Chancellor (VC) of LASU, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, during the senate meeting on Thursday, met with Dr Ige and her husband Dr Nasir Ariyibi.

The VC stated that it is a policy of the university senate to honour outstanding achievers in the university.

“Dr Ige is a pride of LASU and one of the best we have ever produced. She has projected this university positively to the whole world by winning not just the best PhD thesis in the Faculty of Science of UNILAG but the best overall in the university. When the best of UNILAG is from us, we can truly be proud,” the VC said.

The VC, on behalf of the university senate, presented Dr Ige with a cheque of one million naira (N1,000000) and a plaque.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) Administration of LASU, Professor Adenike Boyo, noted that Dr Ige is a sociable, versatile, and hardworking woman who commits her best not just to the university but also to the Akesan Kingdom where she impacts the lives of children with a regular Mathematics competition.

The DVC urged her to continue to stay true to herself and give her best as she still has a lot to offer.

Responding,Dr Ige stated that she had received support from all members of the university community, adding, “I am overwhelmed by the show of love. I will give my best to LASU.”

The Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Moses Akanbi, who taught Dr. Ige, in her undergraduate days, emphasised that the Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Science are proud of her.

The Director of DICT, Professor Toyin Enikuomehin, said Dr Ige’s drive for knowledge is admirable, and that she deserves to be celebrated to encourage other students of the university.

The Coalition of Aworis and Descendants in Diaspora honoured Dr Ige in Lagos for her stellar academic feat.

Heritage Energy, JV Partners Support UN’s SDG 4 On Inclusive Education

Mohammed Shosanya

Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited (HEOSL) and its Joint Venture Partners in OML 30 (NNPC Exploration and Production Ltd & Shoreline Natural Resources Ltd) have presented a total of 795 scholarship awards to indigenes drawn from the 112 OML 30 Host Communities during this year’s United Nations International Day of Education on Thursday.

Speaking during the Awards/Town Hall Meeting Adesola Adebawo, HEOSL General Manager, Government Joint Venture and External Relations stated that, “This town hall meeting is particularly special as it coincides with the United Nations’ International Day of Education and highlights OML 30’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4) on inclusive and quality education for all.” “We in OML 30 have always been committed to our corporate social responsibilities, recognizing the transformative power of education in shaping the future,” he said.

He added that, the “OML 30 scholarship programme stands as a testament to our dedication to the well-being and progress of our 112 Host Communities in Delta State”.

Mr. Adebawo, who was represented by Mr. Edesiri Akpomujere stated that in 2023 alone, OML 30’s sustainability efforts include Annual Scholarship payment to 2,300 beneficiaries and industrial training opportunities for 130 undergraduates. He noted that since 2017, the scholarships programme has benefitted more than 3,000 deserving students.

According to him,”Our commitment to transparency extends to the recognition of academic excellence. We are proud to celebrate the exceptional achievements of the 12 best performing students from the 2023 OML 30 Scholarship aptitude test, conducted by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).”

Celebrating an outstanding beneficiary of the scholarship programme, Oscar Odemavi Osikorobia who graduated with first class in Sociology and Anthropology from the Benson Idahosa University, Benin in 2022 was conferred with OML 30 Academic Excellence Award at the ceremony.

Speaking on the OML 30 Scholarship as Catalyst for Human Capital Development, Prof. E. O Agbalagba a lecturer at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE) underscored the importance of diligence, determination and hard work as ingredients for success in life.

He commended the effort of the awardees as well as the sponsors HEOSL and its JV Partners who deemed it fit to include Human Capital Development training through the scholarship programme.

Also speaking was Barr. Martins Mukoro, a conflict resolution expert, who made a presentation on Issues and Conflict Management under the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA). In his presentation, he posited that the overall aim of the PIA is to foster sustainable development in the oil and gas communities.

He maintained that though conflict is inevitable, all the stakeholders need to work harmoniously to achieve the desired goal.

Rev. Esther Ajayi’s Charitable Endeavor Gives Scholarship To Over 100 University Students

Mohammed Shosanya

Founder of Love of Christ Generation Church and The Esther Ajayi Foundation extends fully funded scholarships to foster education and leadership development in Nigeria.

Renowned Christian leader Rev. Esther Ajayi is facilitating the educational aspirations of over one hundred Nigerian youths through her sponsorship of their university education.

As the founder of the Love of Christ Generation Church and the driving force behind The Esther Ajayi Foundation, Rev. Ajayi is extending fully funded scholarships to deserving individuals from less-privileged backgrounds within her church and across different States in Nigeria. The scholarships encompass tuition, accommodation, and living expenses.

At a church service on January 14, 2024,Rev. Ajayi expressed her commitment to fostering a new generation of leaders in Nigeria

“This is my contribution to the development of a new generation of leaders.” Additionally, she acknowledged and awarded 20 students during the service, recognizing their commendable backgrounds and academic achievements. Emphasizing her vision, she underscored the significance of impacting lives and ensuring that the youth are well-prepared for the challenges ahead. “By the grace of God, I am a graduate, as is every member of my family. Therefore, it is only fitting that the youths around me receive an education as well, recognizing that the younger generation is our future,” she added.

Encouraging the congregation to support the youth beyond their external appearances, Rev. Ajayi urged them to unlock their full potential in service to God and humanity. “For the youths, they must realize that there is no limitation to what they can achieve if they trust God and remain focused,” she added, offering words of encouragement.

The beneficiaries and their parents expressed gratitude during the ceremony, offering prayers for Rev. Ajayi and her family’s continued success in ministry and long life. Master Johnson Daniel, a recipient, conveyed his appreciation, stating, “I am deeply grateful to the Esther Ajayi Foundation for restoring my lost hope. I never imagined that I would be able to pursue education beyond the secondary level, let alone attend a private university. A mother who cares for all the children around her has chosen to provide me and many others with a future and expected end.”

NUC Speaks On100 Fake Professors In Varsities

Mohammed Shosanya

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has debunked a media report circulating on the social media, some national dailies and television stations, that the Commission has just “discovered over 100 fake Professors in Nigerian Universities”.

Acting Executive Secretary of NUC, Chris Maiyaki refuted the claims in a statement made available to the press on Monday in Abuja.

He said the NUC wishes to deny these media reports categorically and unequivocally. As they are fake, untrue and a figment of the imagination of the author(s), all happening at an unsuitable time, when the nation is awaiting the outcome of the investigation into the fake certificate saga from universities in some neighbouring countries.

Maiyaki said the Commission finds this development as unfair to all stakeholders.

He said the fake news items have been circulating in two forms – as a link to a 2019 online news item; and as a separate list of names of the alleged fake Professors in various Nigerian Universities,which was not the case.

According to him, “we consider these unfounded publications as ill-conceived and a ploy by unscrupulous persons to create in plausible a tone, disquiet, panic and provoking outcries at both the national and international levels.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission can confirm that it initiated in 2019 a laudable project, with the intent of compiling and publishing a list of full Professors in the Nigerian Universities System (NUS) through the use of an online portal to collate the requisite data. During the exercise, the NUC found anomalies, such as Associate Professors being listed as full Professors.

“It is essential to also state clearly that the Commission as a responsible Federal Government Agency, does not engage in half-baked exercises capable of tarnishing the image of Nigeria and the NUS.

“That was why the Commission deemed it necessary to share the collated data with the Nigerian Universities for the purpose of authentication by the competent authourities as to who qualifies to be a full professor. Based on the verified data, the Commission then in a landmark accomplishment, first published the list of full Professors who participated in the exercise in 2019.

” It was understood that this would be succeeded by a continuous process of updating the list of full Professors. It is important to state at this point that all the issues pertaining to the 2019 verification of full Professors in Nigerian Universities were concluded in 2019.

“Since then, the Commission has entrenched a more reliable system of generating the list of full Professors in the NUS. The Commission is also conscious of the fact that some of the academics not captured in the 2019 exercise may now have matured and progressed to become full Professors; this being the reason why it continuously updates the list of full Professors in the NUS.

“The National Universities Commission questions the rationale behind recycling this stale 2019 news of an activity it initiated, conducted and laid to rest in the same year. The purpose and objective of resurrecting in 2024 (more than 4 years later) this-no-longer-fresh news, is clearly intended to generate unnecessary controversy at an unsuitable time, whilst lacing it with a false list of fake Professors.

“The National Universities Commission owes it a solemn duty to protect and guard the integrity of the many hardworking and committed academics in the NUS, who have earned national and international respect and recognition. Therefore, the Commission has been saddled with the vital and strategic responsibility by its enabling laws, to uphold the sanctity of quality in all aspects of our University Education delivery.

“The Commission wishes to use this medium to advise Government officials at all levels, members of the NUS, the international community, and the public, to please disregard these items of fake and stale news which have long been laid to rest in 2019”.

Nigeria’s Basic School Enrolment Hits 45m-UBEC Boss

Mohammed Shosanya

The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC has disclosed that students enrolment at the basic school level across Nigeria is on the threshold of over 45 million pupils.

Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Boboyyi, disclosed this at a one-day meeting on Promoting Partnership with the Organised Private Sector, in Abuja.

He said despite allocating over N100 billion to education every year, resources from the federal government alone can no longer run the system.

According to him, even though the federal government is spending money on education, the sector requires more resources to deliver quality education.

He implored the private sector to appreciate the importance of providing education for children at an early age to contribute to the development of the country.

“Resources alone from the federal government cannot run the system. Nigeria has over 45 million children in basic education subsector and with this number, we require the necessary classrooms.

“A state may get a maximum of maybe N3 billion in the best times, but N3 billion cannot take care of these. It needs instructional materials, you need a lot of other things,” he said.

Stating that education is the foundation of the collective existence of Nigerians, Boboyyi noted that if the country neglects education, there would be dire consequences.

Speaking on the objective of the meeting, he said the commission is bringing together key stakeholders to in order to have a functional relationship with the private sector, in which the sector understands its activities and challenges in the basic education subsector.

He also lamented that there is 29 per cent reduction in the number of teachers in Nigeria’s basic school system following the COVID-19 pandemic that plagued the country recently.

He noted that part of the interface with the organised private sector is to work out a programme that can be beneficial to the development of basic education in Nigeria, in the areas of quality, expanding access and finding equity for the physically challenged.

He also implored stakeholders to invest in the smart school initiative to build the technological capacity of the young population.

The Head Oando Foundation, Mrs. Adegoke Adekanla, commended UBEC for its commitment towards advancing basic education in the country.

Adekanla said the commitment of Oando Foundation also aligns with the broader initiative to strengthen the Universal Basic Education, UBE, programme through collaborative partnerships between the public and private sectors.

Represented by an official of the foundation, Mr. Ede Okechukwu, she stressed that “Basic education forms the foundation upon which all other forms of learning and development rest. It is the fundamental right of every child and the cornerstone of a prosperous and equitable society. Access to quality basic education is not just a goal; it is a moral imperative that shapes the future of nations.

“The involvement of the private sector, as emphasized by UBEC, is instrumental in enhancing the pool of resources for UBE implementation. This collaboration is not only an acknowledgment of the unique strengths and capabilities that non-state actors bring to the table but also a testament to the recognition that effective partnerships are indispensable for achieving better results in development initiatives, in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17.

“Most recently through our lead role in the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) Education Cluster. We are eager to actively contribute to the shared goal of ensuring quality basic education for every child in Nigeria.”

Shell Deepens Support For Education As Boss Bags Doctorate Degree

Mohammed Shosanya

One of the multinational oil companies on  Nigeria, Shell has said that  it will continue to support education in Nigeria building on its scholarship and allied programmes which have helped thousands of Nigerians to acquire skills for leadership positions since the 1950s.

 Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Limited, Osagie Okunbor, said this while being conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in Business Administration by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) at its convocation ceremony over the weekend.

“Shell Companies in Nigeria have a long history of supporting education through scholarships and other initiatives,” he said. “Currently, we have over 3,500 university grants for Nigerian students. I am, therefore, delighted at the honour that you have bestowed upon me with this award of an honorary doctorate degree. I accept it gladly and, on behalf of my family and the Shell companies in Nigeria, I say ‘Thank you’.”

In a ceremony attended by the Enugu State Governor Peter Mbah and the State Commissioner for Education, Professor Ndubueze Mbah, Okunbor commended the Enugu State Government’s decision to deploy about 30% of its annual budget to educational development.

He said,:“This award will further cement the blossoming relationship between Shell Companies in Nigeria and Enugu State University of Science and Technology, and, indeed, with the government and good people of Enugu State.”

Earlier on arrival at the Agbani campus of the university, Okunbor was accompanied by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Aloysius-Michaels Okolie; Managing Director, Afrinvest West Africa Limited, Prince Ike Chioke, and a Shell delegation that included SPDC Director, Igo Weli on a visit to the ICT centre donated about three years ago to the university by The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo).

The centre was one of six donated by the company to universities across Nigeria’s geopolitical zones. SNEPCo’s support to ICT Centres in the country was in response to a study that indicated a dearth of knowledge in that area among students and teachers at secondary and tertiary levels.

In a related development, the Student Union honoured Okunbor with an award in recognition of Shell’s support to students of the university. The Student Union Government President, Donatus Okolieuwa, commended Osagie Okunbor for championing programmes that support students’ development.

Okunbor said: “Over the years, several of your students have been and are still on the Shell university scholarship programme which has been helping our dear country grow its human capacity. I also have several graduates of this university as colleagues and former colleagues in Shell Companies in Nigeria. They have always represented you with dignity. I will continue to cherish this award.”

Accugas Gives Varsity Scholarships To 50 Students

Mohammed Shosanya

Accugas Limited, the midstream subsidiary of Savannah Energy PLC, the British independent energy company focused around the delivery of Projects that Matter, is pleased to announce that it has granted full university education scholarships to 50 students from Akwa Ibom State through the Savannah Energy Education and Internship Training (“SEE-IT”) programme.

The 50 students, who were selected through a rigorous screening process led by university professors, were presented with the scholarships during the SEE-IT 2023 Annual Teachers/Scholarship Awards held recently in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The SEE-IT scholarship packages cover full tuition, accommodation, textbook and living costs for the duration of the beneficiaries’ university education in Nigeria.

The SEE-IT programme is a collaboration between Accugas and the Inoyo Toro Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation based in Akwa Ibom State to enhance access to quality education in Akwa Ibom State.

The programme also presented awards to 19 secondary school teachers, three principals and five mentors of secondary school teachers, who have positively impacted their pupils in Akwa Ibom State public secondary schools. The awards covered five subjects namely, Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Physics.

Pade Durotoye, Managing Director, Savannah, Nigeria said: “Education is an important part of Savannah’s sustainability strategy, where our first pillar focuses on promoting socio-economic prosperity within the countries in which we operate. As a company, we have invested over US$1bn in Nigeria, especially in the South East, to deliver Projects that Matter. We are delighted and proud to be able to impact so many lives and I am particularly pleased that we are offering full university education scholarships to the 50 students until they graduate. We plan to add more students to the SEE-IT scholarship programme every year as we see this as an important investment in one of our country’s greatest future resources, the young people around us. What we are hoping to do, in partnership with the Inoyo Toro Foundation, is to support our society to deliver excellence in education, accessible not only to those who can afford the high fees in private institutions, but also to those in our public schools.”

Governor Umo Eno, Governor of Akwa Ibom State (represented by Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet, Honourable Commissioner for Education, Akwa Ibom State) said: “This annual event has become a reference point in our Public-Private Partnership arrangements in the education sector of the state. It has registered impressive records since its inception, particularly in areas of scholarship awards to these loving students and the recognition of the immense contributions of hard-working teachers and principals of public secondary schools in the state. Your demonstration to launch a fully funded scholarship award to accommodate 50 students of Akwa Ibom State origin, admitted into public or private universities in Nigeria, as well as a conferment of excellence awards on teachers who excelled in the teaching of Biology, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics and Physics, deserves commendation. I hereby urge other world-class individuals and organisations to rise to the challenge and emulate the laudable gesture of Savannah Energy, in collaboration with Inoyo Toro Foundation, by investing in the education of our children, who represent the future of our state and our country.”

WAEC Opts For Computer Based Test For WASSCE

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has concluded plans to migrate its WASSCE for Private Candidates Examination Diets from Paper and Pencil Test to Computer Based Examination (CBE).

In a statement informing the general public, and all its stakeholders, WAEC said the innovation will commence with WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2024 – First Series, which is slated to hold in February 2024.

Moyosola Adesina – Ag. Head, Public Affairs of WAEC explained that the Objective Tests will be fully Computer Based, the Essay and Test of Practical papers will be hybrid, in which the examination questions will be delivered on screen and candidates required to write answers on the answer booklets given to them.

Adesina said, the examination will be conducted in urban centres/cities and candidates with special needs have been factored into the plan.

She noted that registration for the examination will commence on Monday, December 18, 2023.

Adesina also noted that in order to enable candidates to familiarise themselves with the new examination platform, arrangements have been concluded for a Mock Examination to be conducted in February 2024, before the examination commences.

“To this end, the Council implores all prospective candidates to hone their computer skills and be fully
prepared to embrace this innovation.

“As Africa’s foremost examining body, providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment,
encouraging academic and moral excellence, it is the vision of the Council that in the near future, all its examinations will be delivered via the computer,” the statement added.

Scholarship:NDDC Conducts CBT Tests For Foreign Applicants

Mohammed Shosanya

The Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) has commenced a Computer-Based Test, (CBT), for 5,000 applicants for its Foreign Postgraduate Scholarship programme, as part of its efforts to provide more opportunities for the youths.

At the Information and Communication Technology Centre of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, where the tests are being conducted, the NDDC Director, Education, Health and Social Services. Dr George Uzonwanne, said that over 20,000 graduates registered on the Commission’s portal for the Foreign Postgraduate Scholarship programme, out of which the 5,000 applicants were selected for the test.

He observed that the scholarship programme, which started in 2010, was designed to produce top level professionals with technical knowledge, capacity and expertise to compete in the oil and gas industry, as well as other sectors.

He said: “The Scholarship Programme will equip our young people with relevant training and skills for effective participation in the local content programme of the Federal Government, as well as enable them acquire specialisation in their fields of study to compete globally in various disciplines.

“So far, the NDDC has sponsored 2,708 scholars at both Masters and Ph.D. levels since the inception of the programme in 2010. This year’s foreign postgraduate scholarship will be limited to the Master’s Degree category.

A statement by Pius Ughakpoteni, Director, Corporate Affairs, the Director,said that the Commission initially focused on disciplines related to the activities of the oil and gas industries.

He said:”However, with the challenge of climate change and pollution and the need to sustain our environment, we have added other disciplines that we believe have a sustainable market.

“The Niger delta has huge potentials for tourism and we want to prepare the crop of people that will run these industries.”

Uzonwanne, stated that development indices of any country depended on the level of education of its populace, adding that the NDDC had a duty to build human capacity in the Niger Delta region in those areas that hold the key to the future.

The NDDC Deputy Director, Education, Mrs. Idara Akpabio, explained that the successful applicants for the Computer Based Test were drawn from all the nine Niger Delta states and they were put through several test sessions spread over three days.

She noted that to be eligible for the scholarship, a scholar must hail from the Niger Delta region and have achieved a First Class Degree, Second Class Upper, or Lower Division.

She stated that the scholarship programme covered disciplines in engineering; including Biomedical, Software, Marine, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic and Robotic Engineering.

She said:“Others are Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Math/Sciences, Medical Sciences, Hospitality Management, Law, Architecture and Environmental Science.”

The Project Consultant, Mr. Godson Ideozu commended the management of the NDDC for sustaining the NDDC postgraduate scholarship scheme and giving hope to the youths of the Niger Delta through the programme,

An applicant who participated in the NDDC Computer-Based Test, Mr. Firima Gbara, commended the Commission for giving the Niger Delta youths the opportunity of having an enriching global experience through education.

He commended the Commission for giving him the opportunity to participate in the test, saying that he was hopeful of going through to the next phase of the selection process.

Creative Contest:Total Energies,NNPCL Give Prize Money To Winners

Mohammed Shosanya

Government Secondary School Orozo and Government Secondary School Gwarimpa Life Camp both in Abuja have been handed over the prize money as respective winners the VIA Creative Competition organized by TotalEnergies in collaboration with Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited.

The VIA Creative Competition is a yearly road safety awareness campaign programme for Road Safety Education, Safe Mobility, and Citizenship was created and implemented by TotalEnergies, in partnership with the Michelin Foundation.

At the handing over ceremonyTonye Osifo, Acting General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, TotalEnergies E&P, explained that the goal is to contribute to education in road safety and citizenship with the best educational quality and the greatest possible impact through awareness on safe mobility to at least 20,000 young people within the age range of 10 to 18 years across schools in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

She said: “We are here to hand over the awards to the winning students. The first and third place winners of the VIA Creative Competition. The second place winner is a Lagos school, and that has already been done. That is Expressway High School Tolu. First place is Government Secondary School Orozo, the third place is Government Secondary School Gwarimpa Life Camp. This VIA Creative Competition is a brainchild of Total Energies Foundation and Michelin Foundation from our head office in Paris. Because of concerns about mobility accidents, road crashes, across the world, especially impacting on children.

“For Total Energies E&P Nigeria, one of our major focus is education. Teaching the children of this country in different ways, so we have scholarship programmes that we give to undergraduate students in the universities, post graduate students interested in pursuing their education in France, and we also have an Institute in Port Harcourt, part of the University of Port Harcourt, that is IPES Institute of Petroleum and Energy Studies, that school is a collaboration between UniPort, ISP in France, and it is sponsored by Total Energies where we train graduate students in Masters in Petroleum Engineering, and technology and development”.

In her remarks, the Partnership Manager,
Slums2School Africa, Hauwa Yahaya, said the programme was informed by the need to develop policy around protecting children from one place to the other, especially pedestrians from road accidents through systematic information dissemination.

“We have identified that there needs to be policy around protecting children from one place to the other, especially when crossing the road. So as far as the roads are being made safe for vehicles to go through, we also know that we have pedestrians. We have people that walk. They do not have cars. They have to do with trekking.

“So protecting the pedestrians is a challenge that have been identified. The pedestrians bridges that have been provided are not enough to protect pedestrians and keep them safe, hence the need to provide information and enlightenment to say this is how these facilities are expected to be used” she said.

The winners described the programme as very interesting and educating.

Adekunle Peace Adeola, SS2A, Government Secondary School, Orozo, said: “It is first time i am participating in this programme and it was very interesting in that what they are trying to pass on to us will reduce road crashes and accidents. We are meant to also pass the lesson to others who did not have the opportunity to participate in the competition to that road accidents would be reduced drastically. It felt good when it once announced that our school won the competition”.

Besides,Abdullahi Hauwa, of the Government Secondary School Gwarimpa, Life Camp, noted that “The competition was interesting, informative and exciting and it is nice to be an ambassador of Safe Mobility, it has really been a nice journey.

She added:” The inspiration behind our poster is because we have a lot of students who come from far places, and before they get to school they have to pass through some busy roads and expressways. So we know made a poster that enforces the use of pedestrians bridges”.