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Nasarawa first indigenous private varsity to begin academic activities Jan. 2024

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Phoenix University, Agwada, Nasarawa State, the first indigenous privately-owned university in the state is set to begin academic activities in January 2024.

The university is owned by Abdullahi Adamu, former governor of Nasarawa State and immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Prof. Abdullahi Bala, pioneer Vice Chancellor (VC) of the university made the disclosure during a press conference at the institution on Wednesday in Agwada, Kokona Local Government Area of the state

The VC said that the institution was currently admitting students into eight departments in the three faculties and that  lectures would begin in January 2024.

He listed the faculties to include Natural and Applied Sciences, Computing, as well as Social and Management Sciences.

Prof. Bala explained that the university had received formal approval and registration from the Federal Government on May 27, 2023 having fulfilled all initial regulatory requirements.

He also said that the National University Commission (NUC) had issued them final approval to commence formal academic activities.

He added that NUC was satisfied with the quality of infrastructure and academic resources inspected at the university.

“We intend to embrace a model of pragmatic teaching, learning and research capable of creating a balance between practical and theoretical modes of teaching and learning.

“We are not going to be the usual tertiary institution because it was conceived to provide qualitative and functional education that will equip our students with skills to make them employable as well as employers of labour,” he added.

Bala pointed out that the institution would leverage technology to ease teaching and learning, thereby providing quality education to the students in a serene environment.

“This institution is built on the foundation of the use of technology to deliver cutting edge education in all spheres.

“From classroom instruction to practical sessions, we have installed strong Information Technology infrastructure that will allow for seamless virtual interaction between students and lecturers.

“All our classrooms are fitted with interactive boards as well as white boards to enable transition  from one mode of instruction to another,” he said.

The VC said that only 500 students would be admitted for the 2023/2024 academic session but hoped to increase in subsequent sessions.

According to the VC, all students will be housed in campus-based hostels and staff quarters will be provided for all categories of staff.

On the issue of security, the vice chancellor said that security gadgets have been installed within and around the university, adding that management was collaborating with all the security agencies in order to protect staff and students.

“Serious security measures were taken to ensure that our staff and students will be safe given the security challenges confronting the nation, where tertiary institutions were often used as soft targets,” he said.

The VC also took journalists on a facility tour of the university.

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FUBK scores big in NUC accreditation exercise, gets 12 programmes accredited

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The Federal University Birnin Kebbi (FUBK) has achieved a significant milestone in its academic journey, as the National Universities Commission (NUC) has accredited 12 of its undergraduate programmes.

According to the results of the accreditation exercise conducted between November and December 2023, 11 programmes received full accreditation, while one programme was granted interim accreditation.

The accredited programmes span across the Faculties of Arts, Social and Management Sciences, and the Faculty of Science, demonstrating the university’s commitment to academic excellence across various disciplines. The full accreditation status is valid for five years, while the programme with interim accreditation will be revisited in two years.q

The accreditation exercise was conducted by the NUC, and the results were signed by Ag. Director of Accreditation, Engr. Abraham Chundusu, on behalf of the Executive Secretary.

The university community and the public have been informed of this achievement, which is expected to boost the university’s reputation and attract more students to its accredited programmes.

The programmes that secured full accreditation include: Business Administration, History and International Studies, Demogragraphy and Social Statistics, Economics, Political Science and Sociology. The rest are Applied Geophysics, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. On the other hand, the programme with interim accreditation would be fully accredited in the next two years.

While speaking on the development, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammad Zaiyan Umar, “expressed delight over the results. He was optimistic that the other programme with interim accreditation would achieve full accreditation in the next two years.”

The Vice Chancellor “expressed gratitude to all stakeholders who participated in the exercise. He thanked the Management of FUBK, Deans, Directors and Heads of Department. He also appreciated staff and students of the University for their support and cooperation which contributed to the success of the exercise.”

The NUC report revealed that “Section 10 (1) of the education (national minimum standard and establishment of Institutions) Act CAP 3LE3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, empowers the NUC to lay down Minimum Academic Standards for all academic programmes taught in Nigerian Universities and also to accredite such programmes.”

“The implementation of the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) commenced in 2023/2024 academic session. The University is expected to ensure compliance in the utilisation of the CCMAS for all programmes.”

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KWASU gets news VC

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The Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has a new substantive Vice Chancellor in the person of Prof. Shaykh-Lukman Alade Jimoh.

The appointment was made by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, following the outcome of the screening exercise conducted by the university’s governing council, in which Prof. Shaykh-Lukman emerged as the top candidate.

Prof. Shaykh-Lukman, 60, has been serving as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university and was previously the Deputy Vice Chancellor between 2020 and 2022.

He brings to the position decades of experience as an administrator and university scholar, with a stellar academic record that includes several honours and awards.

Some of his notable academic achievements include being the Best Graduating Student of the Department of Religions at the University of Ilorin in 1988, as well as receiving the University Undergraduate Scholarship Award and University Scholar awards in 1987/1988.

The appointment has been widely welcomed by the university community, with many expressing confidence in Prof. Shaykh-Lukman’s ability to lead the institution to greater heights.

He is a Fellow and member of many professional bodies such as Chartered Institute of Public Advocacy and Management and Council of Experts for International Centre on Contemporary Research in Islamic Sciences (United Kingdom).

Shaykh-Lukman hails from Igbaja in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The Governor also approved for the Kwara State College of Education Ilorin to transmute into the University of Education for ease of take off and other logistic advantages.

“The government will continue ongoing efforts to transform the two other colleges of education and make them more viable in line with current realities in the sector,” according to a statement from the Government House.

Recall that the decision on the location of the university comes a few days after the governor assented to the Kwara State University Teaching Hospital (Establishment) and Kwara State University of Education (Establishment) Bills, effectively birthing a teaching hospital and the university of education.

The signing took place in Government House in Ilorin in the presence of House of Assembly Speaker Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu; Majority Leader Hon. Oba AbdulKadir Magaji; and the Clerk of the House AbdulKareem Ahmed; and a member of the Committee on the Establishment of Kwara State University of Education/Special Adviser (Special Duties) Abdulrazaq Jiddah.

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NYSC debunks news on introducing new uniform

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By Matthew Denis

The Management of National Youths Service Corp (NYSC) has described the trending New uniform on social media as fake news and baseless.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Director of Information and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa which was made available to Newsmen on Friday.

The statement Reads ” the attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to a fake tiktok video trending online indicating that Corps Members’ uniform has been changed to a new one.

“For clarity sake, NYSC Management wish to State categorically that all the items of Corps Members’ uniforms that they collect on arrival during registration at the Orientation Camps remain the same.

It further urged Members of the public, especially Prospective Corps Members are hereby advised to disregard the misleading and highly embarrassing tiktok video in its entirety, as efforts are on-going on the distribution of uniforms and other essential variables to all the 37 NYSC Orientation Camps across the country in preparation for the forthcoming 2024 Batch ‘B’ Stream One Orientation Course.

Recall that the Federal Government approved for the improvement in the quality of the material used in sowing Corps Members’ uniform. This is already done and Corps Members are already enjoying the improved quality.

“Social Media Influencers are strongly warned to desist forthwith, from using NYSC Corporate brand in any online medium that may attract negative publicity to the Scheme, while defaulters would be prosecuted according to legal provisions.”

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