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Akinwumi Adesina Bags Honorary Doctorate In Canada

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Akinwumi Adesina, former Nigerian minister of agriculture and rural development and current president of the African Development Bank has bagged a honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta, Canada.

He received the honour of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, from the prestigious university on June 4, 2019.

At the event, the University of Alberta in line with its tradition of presenting rare books to honorary degree recipients, handed over Chinua Achebe’s first edition copy of Things Fall Apart published in 1958. The book was thereafter donated to the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library in line with the university’s tradition.

Speaking while recieving the award, Adesina who grew up in a village recalled his inability to get into medical school despite his father’s insistence.


He said even though he performed well in exams, his grades were not sufficient to get him into medical school but secured him admission to study agriculture to which his father’s said, “God must want you in agriculture.”

He went on to become reputed as Nigeria’s best serving minister when he served as the minister of agriculture.

Adesina, who is a first-class Agricultural Economics from the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) encouraged young people not to give up on their dreams regardless of where they started from while promising to continue to do his best to revolutionize the agricultural sector.

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Ogun polytechnic in secret moves to increase school fees, extort students – NANS raises alarm

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has cried out that the Management of DS Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori, Ogun State, was making secret moves to increase tuition fees and to extort students through the introduction of other ‘illegal’ charges.

However, the management of the polytechnic said there was nothing secretive about its plan to increase tuition fees as it had requested for upward review of the fees through a proposal sent to the Ogun State Ministry of Education Science and Technology; which is yet to get a reply.

But NANS said the polytechnic was trying to make life more difficult for indigent students.

According to NANS, students running their ND programme would now pay N61,000 instead of the current N55,000, while those running their HND programme would have their fees hiked from N71,000 to N76,000.

NANS has since rejected the increase in tuition fees by the polytechnic; alleging that, “we are not unaware of a tactical threat to the students if they dare speak up against their suffering state in the institution.”

The Nigerian students also alleged that, “the school management has also indulged in ‘modernised extortions’ which have been tagged different names such as:
Sundry fee – N12,000
Developmental fee – N15,000
Fine for late submission of file – N10,000
Updating of file – N5,000.”

NANS said it had “investigated and discovered that the increase and the new charges were true, saying it opposed the development in its entirety.

The students body said, “We are also aware of the move by the Rector, Prof. Olufemi Fatade, to pocket the Students Union after holding a meeting with the union’s executive on Wednesday. We are assuring that, against all odds, NANS will not mortgage the trust of the students in their mother body especially, the children of the poor.”

Azeez Adeyemi, NANS Public Relations Officer in a statement said the National President of NANS, Com Danielson Bamidele Akpan, had delegated a six-man panel of comrades and national executive members to meet with the polytechnic management on Monday to ensure that status quo remains.

The statement reads inter alia: “Our attention has been called to the decision of the Ogun State-owned DS Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic to increase its tuition fees by N5,000.

“We have investigated and discovered that the increase was true, the development that NANS opposes in its entirety.

“We, however, appeal to the Rector of the institution, Prof. Olufemi Fatade to immediately see to the immediate reversal of the management’s decision on the increment as we hold him in high esteem.

“Of the thirteen tertiary institutions in the state, we have discovered that none is thinking of doing such at this critical time, except DS Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic.

“We, however, request that the amount of the tuition fees be reversed to status quo effecting from this semester in the institution.”

Why we requested for N5,000 increase in tuition fees – Registrar

When DAILY POST contacted the management of DS Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, our correspondent was informed that adding N5,000 to the tuition fees became necessary if the institution is to maintain its existence.

Speaking with our correspondent, the Registrar, Mr Bayo Ogundimu, informed that the polytechnic had, after considering a lot of factors sent a letter to government, requesting for the upward review of tuition fees. He, however, said the request had not been granted.

Ogundimu revealed that the polytechnic had been self-sustaining in a way, since its creation in 2006; saying it gets N5m monthly subvention from government and it has to pay salaries of staff.

According to him, lecturers of the institution are being owed four months salaries. This, he said, was as a result of lack of funds as “the wage bill alone is about N27m monthly.”

He added that the ICT polytechnic now has more courses accredited, thereby, increasing the wage bill.

According to him, “the Gov Dapo Abiodun-led government is just settling down and it will be too early to belabour it with too much requests. We also know the government has a lot before it. That is why this increase becomes indispensable. We know there are many indigent students, but what do we do?”

On other fees, Ogundimu clarified that Developmental fee is for HND 1 students only; while Sundry fee, he said, was a combination of many fees like library, GNS, sending of result through the portal and others; adding that file updating and late submission of file are mainly for students, especially outgone ones, who defaulted in completing their registration or failed to possess the registration file.

“We introduced all these compliments of fees so as to be able to meet our overhead. Apart from the N5m, there’s no other thing coming from government. We are pushing for the upward review of the subvention, even when we know government has a lot of demands on its neck.”

Asked if he sees government approving the proposal for upward review of tuition fees, considering the public outcry it has generated, Ogundimu said, “I can’t speak for government. Except government sits on it and gives us a reply.”

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WAEC Registrar, Iyi Uwadiae retires

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West African Examinations Council WAEC, Registrar at its international office, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, has announced his retirement at the end of his tenure, which ends this month.

Uwadiae told reporters at the WAEC International Office in Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos State, during a tele-conference from Ghana headquarters of the examining body yesterday, that his seven-year tenure (consisting a five-year official tenure and two-year extension) as the 12th registrar of the council, was successful.

Recall that he took over from another Nigerian, Alhaja Mulikat Bello, on October 1, 2012.

He has, however, refused to name his successor.

The outgoing registrar said his successor, who had been appointed, would be named when he assumes office on October 1.

He said, “I anticipate that you will be anxious to know who is going to succeed me. I am glad to inform you that my successor has been appointed. I will, however, want to appeal to you to grant me the indulgence of not unveiling the personality at this forum. As you are quite aware, the Council has an official process of doing so soon, after assumption of office. There will be a press release or conference to that effect,” he said.

During his tenure, Uwadiae said the council completed its headquarters, which took 15 years to build, in 2016.

The registrar said Liberia fully adopted the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) last year, while the Council increased additional diets of the WASSCE and Basic Education Certificate Examination for private candidates in member-countries.

To prevent examination malpractice and leakages, the Registrar said the Council acquired facilities to print in-house.

“The secretariat paid the deserved attention to the issue of examination leakage and resolved to settle for nothing short of total eradication of the nuisance. We pursued a status of self-reliance in printing services, which could guarantee our set target of 100 per cent in-house printing of question papers.

“As at now, each national office has reached a certain stage in the establishment of an in-house printing press. Other types of malpractice also received our deepest reflection, as the Council constructed or furnished for use its own standard/model examination halls in places like Lagos and Benin City in Nigeria, Accra, Cape Coast, Wa and Koforidua in Ghana and Tubmanburg in Liberia,” he said.

On the use of technology, Uwadiae said the Council under him used software and various gadgets to prevent and check examination malpractices.

“We built tighter security around our examination materials and conduct as various gadgets and software were deployed for identification of candidates, capturing of data and detection of irregularities at examination centres,” he said.

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How you can study abroad, work after

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Explore study and work opportunities with UKEAS by attending the biggest educational fair in Africa this October with a rare opportunity to interact with representatives of over 60 institutions from USA, UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, IRELAND, GERMANY and more.

Why you should attend?

There are new educational policies that favor international students like the 2 years UK post study work visa, increased course duration with reduced tuition costs, more industry partnerships by universities to offer a wider range of internship options.

You also get to:

Meet directly with University Representatives

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Free Application Process

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Abuja

Date: Thursday, 10th October, 2019.

Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Ladi Kwali way, Abuja, Nigeria

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tel: 08158868765

Lagos – VI

Date: Saturday, 13th October, 2019

Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, Plot 52A Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria-Island, Lagos

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tel: 08057126717/08057126781

Don’t forget to come along with your academic credentials.

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