A Professor of Administration of Higher Education, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Prof Ibekwe Robert-Okah, has called for adquate funding in the nation’s universities, so as to adequately maintain the standard of education that would in turn stimulate growth and development in Nigeria.
Ibekwe, while canvassing for massive investment in the education sector, also decried the culture of looting public funds to the detriment of the citizens by public officers.
The university lecturer made the assertion, while delivering his inaugural lecture at 38th Inaugural Lecture edition of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt titled, ‘Battered Tower And Tattered Gown: A National Dilemma,’ held at the university’s auditorium last Thursday, May 26, 2022.
He averred that quality of lecturers is determinant of the quality of education, saying: “No education system can rise above the quality of it’s teaching staffs.”
According to him, “Teachers are expected to live by example as education engineers as well as technicians, who are the soul of any educational system. The quality of teachers and their methods of teaching no doubt have declined in recent times in Nigerian universities due to lack of proper funding, poor teachers salary payment, lack of essential facilities such as books, journals, teaching aids as well as laboratory equipment. However, there is the problem of attrition and ‘brain drain.”
The Professor of described the University as a community of scholars and students engaged in a complex task where new knowledge, innovation, research and solutions could be provided for the overall development of the people.
He explained that the Nigerian university system has lost values due to negligence by the Federal Government, resulting to backwardness, underdevelopment, mediocrity and dangers, while comparing South Korea of about 52 million population to that of Nigeria which is over 250 million population, noted that there is a world power following their interest in research and quality education, rather than looting of public funds as practiced here in Nigeria.
The university Don however, enumerated other challenges facing the Nigerian university system to include: lack of quality lecturers, inadequate funding, high number of universities, failure of the FG to meet ASUU’s demands, carrying capacity, large number of members of the Senate, poverty level of citizens, among others.
He advised the government to adequately fund universities, improve the welfare package of the academic staff, and reduce the seven academic ranks in university to just three cadres, namely: “Lecturer, Senior lecturer and Professor,” adding that the measures would encourage academic research for innovations, development and dearth of professionals from the country to greener pastures.
Earlier, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, who was represented by the former Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Joseph Kinanee, appreciated the efforts of the inaugural lecturer for his outstanding academic work, noting that the academic work would help the country grow in science and technology if the Federal government pays attention to it.
Onuchuku charged members of the institution as well as participants to take full advantage of the lecture, despite the challenges been confronted with in the country in order to improve on themselves to avoid brain drain.
He enjoined lecturers to align with students in such a manner that they can assist in the infrastructural development of the institution after graduation, instead of total dependant on government.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
JAMB Releases Cut-Off Marks For Universities, Polytechnics, Others
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the cut-off marks for universities, polytechnics and other institutions for the recently concluded 2022 University, Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Below are the cut-off marks.
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBU) 180
Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria 180
Bayero University, Kano (BUK)- 180
Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE) 180
Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) 180
Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna) 180
Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) 180
Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State (FUD) 180
Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (FUDutsinma) 180
Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State (FUKashere) 180
Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULafia)- 180
Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State (FULokoja) 180
Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)- 180
Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa (FUOtuoke) 180
Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State (FUOYE)- 180
Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State (FUWukari)- 180
Michael Okpara Uni. of Agric., Umudike (MOUAU)- 180
Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola (MAUTECH, formerly FUTYOLA) 180
National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos (NOUN) N/A 180
Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna 180 Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) 180
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife 200
Police Academy Wudil 180
University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), Gwagwalada 180
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) 200
Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) 180
University of Benin (UNIBEN) 200
University of Calabar (UNICAL) 180
University of Ibadan (UI) 200
University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) 180
University of Jos (UNIJOS) 180
University of Lagos (UNILAG) 200
University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) 180
University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) 180
University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) 180
University of Uyo (UNIUYO) 180
Usumanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUSOK) 180
Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU) 180
Adamawa State University Mubi (ADSU) 180
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA) 180
Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo (AKUTECH) 180
Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma 180
Anambra State University of Science & Technology, Uli 180
Bauchi State University, Gadau (BASUG) 180
Benue State University, Makurdi (BSUM) 180,
Medicine 200 Cross River State University of Science & Technology, Calabar (CRUTECH)- 180.
Federal Polytechnic, Bida 150.
Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu N/A.
Groups Educate Students On Human Trafficking, Child Labour
To curtail increased cases of trafficking, child labour, prostitution, forced marriages, and drug peddling in the society, a non-governmental organisation, Children Emergency Relief Foundation (CERF) recently held sensitisation programme for secondary school students.
Executive Director, CERF and convener, Mrs. Abosede Oyeleye, said the foundation gives hope and transform lives of vulnerable and indigent youths in the society.
Oyeleye, at the event themed: “Human Trafficking and Child Abuse,” held at Ikorodu council secretariat Hall Lagos, said the foundation has supported more than 10,000 children with various projects over the years, promoting healthier and safer communities through regular community awareness programmes.
Some of the schools present include Christ Army Academy Ikorodu, Living Legacy Schools, Jehovah Jireh Schools, Homat College and Edfan College, Ikorodu.
Zonal commander, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs. Agboko Modupe, said NAPTIP is fully committed to the prevention of all forms of human degradation and exploitation through coordinated use of crime prevention and law enforcement resources to stamp out human trafficking, liberate and uplift the vulnerable, especially women and children.
Modupe, who is NAPTIP’s Assistant Director of Intelligence [NADI], said they ensure rehabilitation and effective reintegration of the vulnerable ones into the society.
She appealed to students, teachers and stakeholders to be mindful of people who speak ill of the country, to lure them abroad.
Varsity Students Lament As ASUU Strike Continues
Some students of Nigerian public universities have expressed frustration over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
In an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt last Friday, these students are appealing to Federal Government (FG) to at least meet 50 per cent of ASUU demands so as to put an end to the incessant strikes.
Greatness Nnamdi-Ikpo, a third year student of the University of Port Harcourt, who is studying gas engineering, said that the ongoing strike was impacting negatively on the future plans of Nigerian students.
He said although he enrolled for a five-year programme in 2017, he was still in the first semester of the third year because of ASUU constant strike and the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
“My mates who left Nigeria to study abroad have graduated, some are in their final year and it seems those of us in Nigeria are forgotten.
“You don’t expect students who spent most of their time on strike and who also studied without properly equipped laboratories to come out with good grades or become experts in their fields.
“I am appealing to the Federal Government to bring back hope to Nigerian youths by putting in some efforts to meet some of the demands of ASUU, at least 50 per cent and this will also make the lecturers not to depend on students for their upkeep.
“I also plead with the government to employ young graduates to teach new technologies and innovations in our universities,” Nnamdi-Ikpo said.
Similarly, Ms Gift Nwafor, a student of the University of Calabar, who is studying education psychology, stated that the ongoing strike had caused students lots of harm than good as such she feels frustrated, adding that the strike action was leading some students into crime.
“Honestly, I am very sad and frustrated. My two siblings and I have been at home since February 14, 2022 and our rent for this year would soon expire without being in school.
“My greatest fear is that some of us have gone into crimes. They are into theft, raping and consumption of hard drugs, among others.
“I am appealing to the Federal Government and ASUU to consider our future and call off the strike so that we can go back to school,” Nwafor said.
Enugu Govt License To Establish University Of Medical Sciences
The National Universities Commission, NUC, has granted license to Enugu State Government, recognising the establishment of the State University of Medical and Applied Sciences, SUMAS, Igbo-Eno, Enugu State.
The license, issued to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, at NUC headquarters, Abuja, yesterday, was sequel to the enactment of the State University of Medical and Applied Sciences, SUMAS, Law, Igbo-Eno, Enugu State, on April 13, 2022.
Presenting the license, the Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, congratulated Gov. Ugwuanyi and the people of the state “on the establishment of the State University of Medical and Applied Sciences to be located in Igbo-Eno of Enugu State”.
The Law establishing SUMAS was presented to NUC by Enugu State government alongside the Academic brief and Master Plan of the new university.
The License recognized SUMAS as the second Enugu State owned University.
With the final stage of granting the license, Enugu State will now have a brand new, full-fledged, State-owned University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS), Igbo-Eno, Enugu State.
SUMAS, Igbo-Eno has become the 59th State University in Nigeria. Enugu State with two state-owned universities has now joined the league of states with more than one state university.
Reacting, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Enugu, Prof. Malachy Okwueze, who witnessed the presentation of the license to Gov. Ugwuanyi at the NUC headquarters, Abuja, said that “We can’t thank Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State enough for achieving this goal of providing the platform for increased access to quality university education for our teeming youths who struggle year after year to gain admission into the university without fulfilling their desires and dreams for university education”.
According to him “This is especially so for professional courses such as medicine.”
U.S Pledges To Boost Cultural Preservation, Promote Learning Among Nigerian Students
The United States government has pledged to support initiatives that promote learning and provide students with opportunity to share ideas in an engaging environment and promote cultural preservation efforts.
Acting U.S. Consul General, James Suor, said modern educational space would stimulate curiosity in the minds of children, support learning, facilitate reflection and promote common ideals between United States and Nigeria.
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