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JAMB: ‘Only 10 Candidates Can Use Computer In A Hall Of 250’

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An invigilator at the just concluded Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, has taken to the social media to share what is a shocking revelation about the computer literacy level of the prospective higher institution students.
Since the introduction of the Computer Based Test (CBT) in 2013, there have been the challenges of students mastering the act of using the computer, which has led to various shortcomings after the examinations.
Eniolaoluwa, who was an invigilator, shared on her Twitter handle her experience during the weeklong examinations.
“Okay so I just finished invigilating JAMB exams and all I can say is we have a very big problem that we are not aware of.
“In a hall of about 250 JAMB candidates, only 10 can successfully use a computer system. The rest cannot just understand how the computer works; they are terrified at the sight of a mouse.
“They cannot left click, they cannot pick their answers using the mouse or the keyboard, they cannot scroll, they cannot delete when they make a mistake, and they cannot locate letters on the keyboard.
“And JAMB has tried cos the candidates have the opportunity of doing mock exams, the purpose of mock is to expose them to computers and let them know what to expect in the day of their exams.
“Before they start the exam, JAMB has provided a short video for them, the video shows them how their questions will look like, how to answer questions, how to use the mouse, etc but some of them will call you and insist their pictures and reg numbers are not on the videos. How?
“The front page of their rough sheets also has instructions on how to use the computer. You can successfully write JAMB exam without using the keyboard, there are letters you can use and it is explicitly stated on the front page of their rough sheets but no.
“They still don’t understand how to go about it. One of the candidates called me and told me he wanted to submit, I looked at the screen and realised he hasn’t answered any question; apparently he has been double clicking.
“On the letters of the options, n then it highlights and he thinks he has picked the answers. He hasn’t answered any questions and at that time they had just 10mins to go, now tell me, how does he want to pass the exam?
“Meanwhile on the rough sheet and in the video it is clearly stated, press A if the answer is option A, press B if the answer is option B, etc, press S to submit, press N for previous and so but these candidates cannot just do it.
“Some submit without answering any questions, a candidate left after answering about 40 questions out of 180. If the computer hibernates all they just need to do is shake the mouse some would raise it up in the air…please how? Some would start saying prayers in Yoruba!
“Some cannot type in their reg number, they don’t know how to. At the front page of their rough sheets, JAMB explained the use of nine keys, a candidate called me to tell me he has ticked the nine keys on the rough sheet. I was like what the?
“Most cannot construct a simple sentence in English, you will start hearing ‘Iaff submit’, ‘I aff write it’, ‘ezzz not press’. Some will turn it to pidgin ‘I no fit do am’. My Yoruba people will say ‘edakunkote’, ‘mi o ri se’. Guys, it is bad.
“That means students that go to private schools are in the minority cos at the end of the day over 1000 candidates did their jamb in my center and about 50 can use the computer well. The restNahhhh.
“I asked one of them and he told me they have the only abacus in their school, ABACUS!!!! Do some secondary schools use abacus??? He said he has never seen a computer in his life. Of cos, we had this conversation in Yoruba cos we were struggling with English.
“They cannot comprehend, cos, if you ask them to explain the instructions at the front page of their rough sheet they cannot that, means they don’t understand what is written there, how then do they want to follow instructions if they can’t comprehend.

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#EndSARS Report: SERAP, 116 Others Sue Buhari, Want Arrest, Prosecution Of Suspects

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 116 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court in Abuja to “direct and compel President MuhammaduBuhari to take immediate steps to ensure the arrest of soldiers and police officers indicted by the Lagos #EndSARS panel report for the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll-gate, and police brutality cases.”
In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1482/2021 filed, last Friday, SERAP is also asking the court to “direct and compel President Buhari to bring to justice anyone suspected to be responsible for the shooting of peaceful protesters, and to ensure access to justice and effective remedies for victims, including adequate compensation.”
In the suit, SERAP is arguing that: “It is in the interest of justice to grant this application, as it would improve respect for Nigerians’ rights, the rule of law, and public confidence in government institutions, as well as reduce the growing culture of impunity of perpetrators.”
SERAP said: “The safety of protesters in Nigeria remains as precarious as ever, and impunity for crimes against them is growing. Impunity emboldens perpetrators. A failure to bring to justice those indicted for the shooting of peaceful protesters is, in itself, a violation of the rights to life and human dignity.”
According to SERAP: “The flagrant lack of accountability for past violations of the rights of protesters has given rise to a growing sense of powerlessness, and resentment not only among victims and their families, but among the general public.”
SERAP also said: “The failure to promptly arrest, and bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the shooting of peaceful protesters, and to ensure access to justice and effective remedies for victims and their families amounts to a travesty of justice, as justice delayed is justice denied.”
SERAP is also seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari to ensure that those still being detained solely for peacefully exercising their human rights are immediately and unconditionally released and all charges against them are dropped.
SERAP is further seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari to ensure full and effective respect for the human rights of everyone across the country, including the rights to life, dignity, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association.”
Joined in the suit as Respondent is the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr AbubakarMalami, SAN.
The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers,KolawoleOluwadare, and OpeyemiOwolabi, read in part: “The Buhari administration has the constitutional responsibility to allow victims of human rights violations to find out the truth in regard to acts committed, to know who the perpetrators of such acts are, and to obtain justice and adequate compensation.
“The right to life is an inherent, core, and non-derogable human right, regardless of the circumstances, and even in times of armed conflict or states of emergency. Summary, extrajudicial, or arbitrary executions are clearly prohibited under the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and international law.
“The UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary, and Summary Executions affirm that ‘extra-legal, arbitrary, and summary executions’ cannot be carried out under any circumstances.’
“According to the principles, ‘governments shall prohibit orders from superior officers or public authorities authorizing or inciting other persons to carry out any such extra-legal, arbitrary or summary executions.
All persons shall have the right and the duty to defy such orders.’
“International law requires that the use of lethal force, such as firearms, is an ‘extreme measure’ that should only be considered when strictly necessary in order to protect life or prevent serious injury from an imminent threat.
“Articles 2(1) and 2(3) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party require State Parties to ‘undertake to respect and ensure’ and provide effective remedies for violations of the rights in the Covenant.
“The remedies must be accessible and effective remedies and take into account the special vulnerability of certain categories of person.
“The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a set of principles relating to states’ obligations to the victims of serious violations of international human rights law that makes clear that states are obligated to investigate violations of international human rights law thoroughly and impartially, and where appropriate, take action against those allegedly responsible.
“States also have the duty to investigate and, if there is sufficient evidence, the duty to submit to prosecution the person allegedly responsible for violations.
“President Buhari has a constitutional duty, being the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, to ensure access to justice and effective remedies for victims, and that there is no impunity for allegations of human rights violations.”
The suit followed the submission of the Lagos #EndSARS panel report on the Lekki shooting incident and police brutality cases to the state governor, BabajideSanwo-Olu.
The leaked report is said to have indicted some soldiers and police officers for “the shooting of protesters, leading to grievous injuries and deaths.”
The panel reportedly found that “the shooting of protesters at the Lekki toll-gate on October 20, 2020 was unwarranted, excessive, provocative and unjustifiable in the circumstances of the state of the protests, which was peaceful and orderly.”
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

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Our Investment On Infrastructure, Paying Off-Banigo

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The Rivers State Government has said that its huge investment in infrastructure development was yielding significant dividends.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo stated this while playing host to a delegation of the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists and Venereology at the Government House in Port Harcourt, last Friday.
According to Banigo: “With the ongoing infrastructure development, Rivers State is fast becoming the easiest state to do business and the most secured state in the country.”
The deputy governor, who maintained that the State Chief Executive, Chief Nyesom Wike’s commitment to reduce the disease burden of the Rivers people was not negotiable, said “Our governor is healthcare-friendly, he believes that health has taken a huge bite of his budget, and I know he does as much in education, social services and security.”
On the practice of the dermatology and venereology in the country, she expressed delight that the association and its members have endeavoured to improve on the quality of life of the Nigerian society, with the promotion and application of Dermatological Sciences and Technology.
Banigo, while commending the choice of Port Harcourt to host the 2022 Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the association, said: “I thank you for choosing Port Harcourt, I do not think you have made a mistake at all, we will announce to the governor that you have also chosen him to be the patron, and I am sure in his usual manner he will be happy to receive it”.
In his remarks, the President, Nigerian Association of Dermatologists and Venereology, Dr.Tahir Mohammed said they were proud of the achievements of the state government under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike in the health sector where most governments pay less attention.
According to him, they were in the state to inform the deputy governor that Port Harcourt has been chosen to play host to the 2022 Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the association in collaboration with the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology.

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RSUBEB Inaugurates Project Monitoring Committees In 23 LGAs

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To ensure compliance and adherence to standards on job specifications, the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB) has inaugurated committees for project supervisors and monitors to ensure that 2020 Federal Government/Universal Basic Education Intervention Fund projects execution across the 23 local government areas of the state meet quality assurance matrix.
The committees had their memberships drawn from the teaching staff of the board at the various local government areas as well as those whose specialisations were in areas of Engineering, Building Technology, Urban and Regional Planning as well as Surveying.
Inaugurating the committees at the Board Headquarters in Port Harcourt, over the weekend, the Executive Chairman of the Board, Ven.FynefaceAkah said the board functions and responsibilities do not stop at classroom activities only but also in undertaking technical functions which require technical manpower, saying that they were selected to serve in the committees because of their technical, professional skills and experience.
Akah told them that the board placed high premium on integrity of work delivery through due diligence, adding that such informed the board’s commitment to work round the clock to achieve due process as set out in their relevant statutory codes and guidelines.
According to him, that formed the guidelines of processes the board has taken in implementing government programmes and policies, especially in areas where government money wastied to projects, adding that the state was not lacking in the basic education as the government has always released funds for the provision of needs in development of basic education.
The RSUBEB boss said that the committee members were chosen to contribute and add value to the improvement of basic education in the state, adding that they were appointed to help bring their technical experienceand support the contractors handling the projects in their various LGAs so as to deliver quality jobs.
Akah cautioned the committee members to avoid creating stumbling blocks and obstacles in the way of quality job delivery.
He warned that the board would not fail to bring appropriate sanctions and disciplinary measures against any member who compromised in accordance with the civil service rules, and assured that reward awaits a diligence and sincere worker.
“I am happy meeting with all of you here today because since our appointment, this is the first time we are meeting. You were selected based on your professional experience, so we will from time to time get reports from you all because you are our eyes at the LGA level. Make sure you do not compromise in your assignment,”he stated.
In their various goodwill messages, the Director,Physical Planning, Mrs Joy Ojirika; and the Director, Social Mobilisation, Mr IbeOgwe; said they were appointed to help move the board forward, adding that they were expected to visit the project sites in other to bring feedback to the board.
Also speaking, the Technical Assistant to the RSUBEB Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Ogbugo said the objectives of engaging and assigning the LGA supervisors/monitors, include having value for the money spent on the projects as well as ensure that contractors work towards job specifications in line with approved Bill of Quantities(BOQs).

By: Akujobi Amadi

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