Indication has emerged that a Nigerian owned university college, “International School of Management and Strategic Studies” is set to begin operations in Ghana.
Speaking on arrival from an inspection tour of the campus, the Head of the Inspection Team, Senator Jonathan Zwingina told newsmen that the panel was happy with the progress so far made on the project.
During the visit, Zwingina said the team met with Ghanaian Government officials at the National Accreditation Board.
He commended the Ghanaian Government for the foresight which, according to him, made it possible for small university colleges to exist with big universities, adding that the initiative will expand university study facilities and relieve the government of the burden.
Zwingina lauded the National Accreditation Board for the transparency in Ghana and commended the Board for quality assurance procedures and standards which it had put in place.
He assured the Board that the team made up of Nigerians, Ghanaians, British and American citizens are committed to contributing their quota to the good work that is being done by the Ghanaian authorities.
Responding, the Executive Secretary, Professor Kwame Dattey, said the Board welcomes the involvement of Nigerian Group in the provision of tertiary education in Ghana, adding that the development would add value to the aspirations of cooperation and integration in the West African sub region.
Senator Zwingina was accompanied on the trip by Professor David Iornem, who is the Project Director, Prince H. Masevh, the Auditor of the Business Development Manager, Miss Doo Iornem.
Leading academics and professionals behind the Ghana University Initiative include the Executive Secretary of Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof Mark Addison Wokocha, former Nigerian Ambassador to Mexico and Canada, Prof Iyorwuese Hagher, Presudent, Abuja chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr, Solomon Nyagba and Professor P. A. aghasua (Air Cdre rtd) of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
Others include Professor Ofili Ugwudioha of Chikolo Brumelli, Dr. Stephen Ugbor (Air Cdre rtd), Prof Steve Torkuma Ugba and Dr. Mrs. Patricia Ogboru. The rest are Dr. zacharys Anger Gundu of the Ahmadu Bello University, Prof Love Chike, a Nigerian Professor, a Nigerian Professor at a University of New Zealand, Dr. Michael Addison of the Abbey College in London and Professor Bruce Duncan, Provost of the London Graduate School.
Specifically, under the Ghanaian education laws governing tertiary education, a new university must start as a university college affiliated to an existing chartered university. The degrees it should award will be those of the chartered university to which it it is affiliated. After ten years of successful operation the university college will be eligible to seel its own charter.
It is under this law that the name of the Nigerian owned University has been approved and registered in Ghana. It will be called “International School of Management and Strategic Studies”.
The University College is working towards commencing adimissions for the October 2013 session starting with 30 Bachelor of Business Administration students and 20 Master of Business Administrationcandidates.
Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike –ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), says the ongoing ASUU strike will only be called off when the government is ready to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
In an interview with The PUNCH, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, said the federal government needed to give the clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency to conduct an integrity test on UTAS.
Speaking with PUNCH, the ASUU President said: “The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.”
Professor Ogunyemi while speaking on whether the government had accepted UTAS, said, “We are still talking, we have given them the position of our members, we are thinking we should be able to hold a meeting this week if they have not changed plans. The meeting for Monday was postponed. In principle, they have accepted UTAS and told us to go for the test, and on our part, we have started the process.
Speaking further, the ASUU President also explained that ASUU was ready to resume academic activities if the government was ready to play its part.
“Our members are ready to resume work as early as government is ready to play its part. I’m sure you are not suggesting that our members should resume on empty stomach or the strike should be suspended without any concrete action on the side of the government. We don’t like to stay away from our work because we like our students, they are also our children.
“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have issue with going back to work, but we want more sincerity on the side of government. We have not seen enough reasons to believe that they don’t mean what they are telling us but as soon as we see any sign to that effect. we will tell Nigerians,” Ogunyemi opined.
NECO Postpones 2020 Exams Indefinitely
The National Examinations Council (NECO) on Sunday announced the suspension of the ongoing Senior Secondary Schools Certificate Examinations (SSCE) indefinitely.
This was made known in a statement by NECO’s Head, Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani.
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The examination body explained that the action was taken due to the closure of schools and the curfew imposed by some state governors to safeguard lives occasioned by the #EndSARS protests.
“Arising from that meeting, the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE (Internal) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges, occasioned by the #ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country,” the statement partly read.
#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos
The Lagos State Government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the closure of public and private schools indefinitely in the state.
The closure of schools in Lagos was announced in a press statement on Monday by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi.
The statement which was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’, quoted Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”
This is coming at a time #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad governance by Nigerian youths grounded academic activities in some schools in the state on Monday.
“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”
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