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NUC set to accredit 15 online university centers



Prospective Nigeria students who are seeking admission into higher institutions might it more easy to study more courses online as the  National Universities Commission, NUC, on Tuesday announced, that it is in the process of allowing 15 more universities to embark on open distance/online learning as this will help solve inadequate access to university education.

The Executive Secretary of NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, said this at a one day symposium on policy and practice in open and distance learning.

The event which was a collaboration between the NUC and the University of London is to promote open and distance learning in the country.

He said Open and Distance Learning, ODL, is a system of teaching and learning which is characterised by using multiple media for delivering instruction and learning interaction.

Mr. Rasheed said the commission is concerned about the quality of education in the country noting that that the issue of quality cannot be ignored.

“For NUC, quality is the main reason why we are existing not the quantity, we want to assure that every certificate obtained in Nigerian universities is worth it,” he said.

According to him, NUC cannot “order universities to double their intakes because of quantity because every programme in Nigerian universities is judged through quality assurance mechanism.”

“The physical infrastructure, quality of a staff, quality of laboratory and libraries are important.

“NUC is trying to advise government on the best way to tackle skills’ issue because the number we are talking about in secondary schools or those out of primary schools cannot just be tackled by simply enrolling them in the universities,” he said.

He said the issue of parity between ODL graduates and conventional ones would be resolved when “ODL programme is fully institutionalised in our country.”

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu who was represented by the director, tertiary education, Joel Ojo said the government iscommitted towards improving access to quality and lifelong learning through its open and distance learning initiative.

He said that globally, ODL has been embraced as a panacea to inadequate access to quality education as well as promoting lifelong learning.

According to him, the government is putting in place adequate learning support that will facilitate equitable quality education by 2030.

He urged the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, to comply with the guidelines of NUC to “internationalise world best global practices.”

Meanwhile, the president of Global University Network for Innovation GUNI-Africa, Peter Okebukola, said quality assurance should play a major role in the way education is tackled by the Nigerian government.

“The concern of GUNI is how quality is delivered and how to access the quality being delivered, we want a mechanism that will guarantee that products from the regular system and product from the open and distance learning system are at par.
These product should be better in terms of knowledge, quality and attitude”, he said.
Mike Winter, the director of Global Engagement, University of London, said there are lots of opportunities for open and distance learning in Nigeria.

“The oppurtunities include sharing ideas on how to develop these intiatives around quality and education. One is around parallel degree which is a mechanism the universities have been running for more than 20 years whereby students can study online for degree; the other is the growth of provision for post-graduate online (study)”, he said.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Fake News Triggered #EndSARS Carnage – IGP



Fake News Triggered #EndSARS Carnage – IGP

IGP Mohammed Adamu

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has expressed that the carnage that followed the #EndSARS protests across the country was triggered by fake news.

The IGP spoke on Thursday in Akure while addressing officers of the Ondo State Police Command as part of his tours of states affected by the #ENDSARS protest.

He maintained that those behind the protest were armed with the sinister motive to destabilize the government.

Also Read: #EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

While urging the officers to return to work, Adamu pointed out that no nation could survive without policing even as he informed them that the Buhari administration has taken various steps to reform the Nigerian Police.

According to him, “The government has approved an extension of health scheme to retired police personnel. The police salary structure has been reviewed affecting all ranks.

“Your job is important. Without you coming out, there will be chaos and you are special.”

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Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike



Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

Nyesom Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has an opportunity to address the demands of the people or put the country “on fire.”

He gave this warning on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

This is coming at a time when there have been serious calls for the restructuring of the country.

Also Read: NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

“We must understand in this country that political leadership is very key, having the political will to implement what the people want is very serious.

“I don’t want to talk about the issue of distrust or no trust in government. People have raised such issues, that they don’t think that nothing will come out of all this dialogue. I don’t agree with that. I believe that if the president does not do, given the opportunities he has now, then, he will be putting Nigeria on fire.”

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuses FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives



Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuse FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has accused the Federal Government of taking huge loans to acquire substandard and refurbished trains.

The former lawmaker from Kaduna made this accusation on Thursday on his Twitter page while condemning the recent breakdown of the Kaduna-Abuja railway.

Also Read: Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

The railway line was reported to have broken down between November 18 and November 20, exposing passengers on the journey to grave danger.

He expressed that for such to have happened, it means Nigeria paid for substandard or refurbished locomotives adding that the Chinese contractor in charge must be made to repair them at no cost to the government.

He wrote:

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