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Vice Chancellors seek establishment of Ministry of Higher Education

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The Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities on Sunday urged the Federal Government to establish a Ministry of Higher Education in the country.

AVC.The Secretary-General of the association, Prof. Michael Faborode, said that the proposed ministry would give the needed attention to the challenges facing the sector.

Faborode said the call was part of the resolutions at its conference on “Consultative Higher Education Policy Dialogue’’, held in Abuja recently.

“At that particular conference we said there is need for a ministry of higher education to look at problems of higher education different from what it has always been.

“Ministry of Education is so large, that we can divide it to tertiary education and other levels of education, Universal Basic Education (UBE) secondary education, there is enough challenges there, everywhere needs attention.

“But for a country to have left the gains of modern development, a knowledge society, you need higher education to deliver that.

“I think the National Economic Team has looked at it and supported such an initiative; it will now go to Federal Executive Council.

“And I think it should be approved because that is the way forward for countries that are moving properly on the ladder,’’ he said.

Faborode said the ministry if created would also serve as a fulcrum for the transformation of the sector.

According to him, there is global understanding that higher education is the driver of growth and development as it engenders the creation of knowledge and innovation which are vital in steering sustainable development.

He said these include reduction of poverty, improve global health and enhancing national and global prosperity and competiveness.

He said the higher education institutions in Nigeria had increased from seven in 1962 to 323 in 2012 and the universities from five to 124, this growth had not led to the realisation of the objectives of the institutions.

He said there were concerns that universities and university education were no longer promoting democratisation, nor laying enough emphasis on citizenship, resulting in their products reinforcing, rather than rejecting old stereotypes.

He said over the years, there had been constant restiveness, including violent confrontations, which characterised relations between students and the host communities of their institutions leading to civil unrest and disruptions to the academic calendar.

Furthermore, he said there were challenges of weak governance structure and processes in the Nigerian higher education sector.

“These have contributed to disruptions of academic calendar owing to the constant bickering between the Academic Staff Union and university management and government.

“This has stunted the culture of robust debate and collaborative engagement between government, university management and staff for a common vision and progress,’’ he added.

Faborode said that Nigeria needs to holistically plan the growth of its higher education system.

He said this was in terms of mix, typology and functionality in relation to relevance, niches, matching labour market, development needs and the desire to nurture globally competitive institutions. (NAN)

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This country can only get worse – Cubana Chief priest

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Celebrity barman, Cubana Chiefpriest has disclosed that the current situation in Nigeria can only get worst.

His comment follows the economic state of the country, coupled with corrupt activities of politicians in the country.

 

 

The self-acclaimed celebrity barman shared his thoughts about the ongoing nationwide looting on his Instagram page.

He expressed his concerns over the belief people have in a government who according to him, can not provide basic amenities for its citizens like good roads and proper health care.

Cubana also spoke about the rise in the price of a bag of rice in Nigeria which is ten times over the price for a bag of cement.

The summary of his post is a stirring of hopelessness and uncertainty over a government who allegedly refused to distribute palliatives to its citizens in a time of need. He also hammered on the fact that people should not expect much from a government who refused to give its citizens what is rightfully theirs.

Read the post below:

“So Funny How We Are Expecting Light, Good Roads, Health Care, Security, Education, Development, Empowerment Etc From People That Refused To Give Us Common Noodles To Eat. As Of Today Cement Na 4,000 Rice Na 38,000 We Are Finished, Sometimes I Wonder If God Dey For Real Because How Can God Comfortably Watch These Oppressors Oppress Us. This Country Na Wah !!!! To Me It Can Only Get Worse.”

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So Funny How We Are Expecting Light, Good Roads, Health Care, Security, Education, Development, Empowerment Etc From People That Refused To Give Us Common Noodles 🍝 To Eat. As Of Today Cement Na 4,000 Rice Na 38,000 We Are Finished, Sometimes I Wonder If God Dey For Real Because How Can God Comfortably Watch These Oppressors Oppress Us. This Country🇳🇬 Na Wah !!!! To Me It Can Only Get Worse #CelebrityBarMan💫

 

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Yahoo-Yahoo Responsible For Low Rate Of Cultism: Seyi Awolowo

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Yahoo-Yahoo Responsible For Low Rate Of Cultism: Seyi Awolowo

Seyi Awolowo, former Big Brother Naija housemate has opined that the rate of cultism in Nigeria has reduced, adding that youths are now more focused on making money.

Awolowo, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with GoldMyneTV, stated that youths engaging in online scam are influenced by politicians who indulge in the looting of public funds.

 

During an interview with GoldMyneTV, Seyi was asked if the youths engaging in cyber-crime are influenced by politicians who indulge in the looting of public funds.

Read his words below;

”This thing is long and deep. I don’t stand for the yahoo-yahoo thing. But do you know that yahoo is the reason we don’t have really high amount of cultism?

And this is just my perspective ‘cause when I was in university, I was always harassed by cultists. But then the next thing, there was a flow of yahoo and they all just disappeared.

People that used to slap and want to obtain would now rather give. It is something bad, so overtime we abused it.

Leaders who are supposed to make us see bad in it are doing worse things, stealing more money, and getting away with it. So yahoo boys are like, ‘if he can steal and get away, why can’t I? And I’m not even stealing from Nigeria’.”

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I don’t give people information about me: Kiddwaya

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I don’t give people information about me: Kiddwaya

Kiddwaya, former Big Brother Naija housemate has revealed that he doesn’t give people information about him or anyone close to him.

The billionaire’s son, who disclosed this in a series of tweets he sent out on Tuesday, disclosed that he is a very private person.

Taking to his Twitter page, the BBNaija 2020 star called out a particular user identified as @DoodooArmani and other bloggers.

Explaining further, Kidd said if there was anything about him that fans needed to know, they would hear it directly from his Twitter and Instagram pages. In his words:

“I’m actually a very private person and I don’t give people information about me or anyone close to me. If there’s any new information you will hear it directly from my Twitter or Instagram, not from @DoodooArmani or any other bloggers. Good morning and I love you all.”

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