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MTN Gives N47.6bn Worth Of Scholarship To Science&Technology, Blind Students

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MTN has again given back to the society through its foundation, MTN Foundation as about 238 Nigerian students in public tertiary institutions in the Northern zone were recently presented with N200,000 scholarship awards each.

The scholarship, the 4th in the series of MTNF science and technology scholarship and MTNF Scholarship awards for blind students comprised of 205 science and technology students and 33 blind students, drawn from various institutions of higher learning across the country.

Presenting the award, Chairman, MTN Foundation, Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu, said the gesture was born out the organization’s passion to reward excellence in students who were found worthy and have worked extremely hard and deserve an opportunity to pursue their dreams of higher education.

“We celebrate academic excellence in students who have worked extremely hard and who definitely deserve an opportunity to pursue their dreams of higher education. We also recognize the exemplary efforts of a special group of students who have to overcome daily challenges in their quest for a brighter future,” he said.

“It is about shaping Nigeria’s future through education. It is about making an investment in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders, by providing them with an opportunity to pursue their dreams despite limitations. To the beneficiaries, you have done to earn a place in this scheme, and your parents and guardians should indeed be proud of you. Implore you not to rest on your oars,” said Ahmadu.

According to Amb. Hamzat, the gesture would also be extended to other successful students in Owerri and Lagos for the Eastern and Western zones on March 7th and 14th respectively.

In her goodwill message, the Minister of Women Affaires and Youth Development, Hajia Zainab Maina represented by Mr. George Osy described the gesture as indicative of the organization’s commitment to academic pursuit of persons with disability and financial challenge.

For her, the gesture would bring unprecedented advancement and bridge the widening gap between the less privileged persons and the rest of the society.

“It is an advancement of education equalization. It is coming at a time the present administration is committed to partnering with corporate entities to take education in Nigeria to the next level. This group constitutes 35 percent of the population, and I think that it is necessary to extend such support to them. I enjoin every beneficiary to see this as an opportunity to work harder and contribute to the nation building,” he said, calling on other corporate organizations to emulate the gesture.

Also speaking, the minister of education, Prof. Tukayaatu Rufai represented by Mrs. Florence Chukwu, while commended MTN for rewarding hard-work, said that the importance of the gesture to nation’s building cannot be over emphasized and urged the company to sustain the initiative.

The executive Secretary of the Foundation, Ms. Nonny Ugboma said the benefiting students were considered worthy of the awards after series of test and examination procedures that revealed them as true champions in academics.

According to her, about 500 students joined the scheme while about 800 returned for maintaining their high grades. She noted that about 300 students graduated from the scheme in December 2012 and were given technical training to enable them become employable in the labour market.

“For us, it is not just about award, we believe on building their capacities on interview techniques, building their Curriculum Vitae, all to make them employable. Our reach is beyond universities. We also involve polytechnic and colleges of education students from both federal and state government. We are confident that when we give them the final handshake, they will be ready to face the labour market with prerequisite skills and capabilities,” she added. [VN]

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

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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.

Also Read: #EndSARS protesters break into Lagos International Airport (Videos)

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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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.

He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.

Also Read: Buhari Appoints Professor Godswill Obioma As New NECO Registrar

Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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FG, ASUU Talks On IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

Although some agreements were reached at the meeting, the meeting is set to reconvene on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 3.00 pm after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of its NEC.

In a bid to end the strike, the federal government agreed to release N30billion for payment of arrears of earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.

The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting revealed that the release of N20 billion funds for revitalisation of public universities will be payable by the end of January 2021.

On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances(EAA), which had accumulated to N40 billion since November 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) made a commitment to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.

Also Read: BREAKING: FG, ASUU Meet Today To Resolve Strike

He said the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.

The communiqué also revealed that ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) almost stalled the meeting as the federal government asked that IPPIS be allowed to operate in the interim until the test run on UTAS is concluded.

But ASUU insisted on payment of outstanding salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before full implementation of UTAS.

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