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Normalcy returns to KWASU after protest over EFCC’s arrest of KWASU

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By Saka Laaro, Ilorin

Normalcy has returned to the Kwara State University (KWASU) and Malete community after the recent unrest resulting from students protest on the raid of the campus and Malete by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nigerian NewsDirect reports that the EFCC had on Thursday, Feb. 22 said it has arrested 50 KWASU students for alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The students thereafter protested the arrest which led to a riot that saw the students destroying some property within the police station.

Our Correspondent who visited Malete yesterday afternoon to ascertain the situation of things, reports that people and students were carrying out their daily activities.

However, officers of the Nigeria Police Force at Malete Divisional Police Station barricaded the road in front of the station to check the movement of people.

A visit to the institution showed students of the University currently writing their Harmattan examination for 2023/2024 academic session.

A 300 level student of  Civil Engineering department, Hikmah Ayinla, said she is not aware of any unrest in the university as they are presently writing their harmattan examinations.

Also speaking, a 300 level student of Library and Information Sciences, Ifeoluwa Micho said though she doesn’t have details of the unrest, but it has not affected the ongoing examination in the school.

When contacted, the Acting Director of  University Relations, Dr Saeedat Aliyu, said they woke up to the news of EFCC operatives sting operations of Malete community where a sizable number of people, including students were arrested for their involvement in cybercrime.

Dr Aliyu, noted that the riot which took place outside the school was caused when some students and members of the community sighted a vehicle that escorted some people from Ila Orangun which they assumed that it was another sting operations by some security personnel.

She further noted that as against rumuors that there were casualties, nobody was shot or lost his or her life during the mayhem.

‘’The Acting Vice chancellor and his management team swung to action and de-escalated the crisis, because the university has zero tolerance for social vices and would work with relevant agencies to stamp out criminality and other vices.”Dean Students Affairs of the University, Prof. AbdulRauf Ambali, said precautionary measures had been put in place to forestall reoccurrence of such incident.

He said meetings were held with the managements of the EFCC as well as National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the need to always carry the institution along in such operations.

Prof. Ambali added that most of the students that participated in the riot were dismissed students, parading themselves as students of the University

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TETFund commits to enhancing NOUN study centres with high-speed fibre optics — NOUN VC

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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) will upgrade all the study centres of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) with fibre optics to transmit information and data with the speed of light.

The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said this during a pre-convocation news conference on Monday, ahead of its 13th convocation slated for April 13, in Abuja.

Fibre optics, or optical fibre, refers to the technology that transmits information as light pulses along a glass or plastic fibre.

Mr Peters said the rate of technology advancement at NOUN attracted the offer from TETFund.

“Right now, our academics all over the faculties and departments have video components to assist our students and we deploy this with ease.

“And because of the manner we deploy technology, TETFund has offered to assist us with fibre optics in all our study centres across the country.

“It is a testimony to where we are in terms of technology,” Mr Peters said.

He said that a lot of Nigerians were yet to understand how the university operates in spite of its years of existence in the country.

Mr Peters noted that the institution had brought development to many towns and villages where the university had its study centres.

“The forthcoming convocation would be an opportunity to showcase what the institution can do with technology,” he said.

Mr Peters said that 22,175 students in various disciplines across the country would be graduating on April 13.

He said the graduating students would join the convocation via technology from its 120 study centres across the country.

“Of this number, 15,768 are undergraduate degrees, while 6,407 are for postgraduate degrees, with the Faculty of Social Sciences producing the highest number of graduates.

“Twenty-two of these students are first class, 2,362 are PGD graduates, while 41 are Masters and six are leaving the institution as PHD holders.

“This is an indication that the school is gradually moving towards establishing a more robust postgraduate school,” he said.

Mr Peters said the interesting part of the convocation would be the conferment of an investiture on the University’s new Chancellor, His Royal Majesty, Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, with a Doctorate Degree, and his installation as the Chancellor.

He said that the convocation lecture would be delivered by the Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Tanzania, Prof. Elifas Bisanda, with the topic: “Is Western education still relevant for Africa.”

The NOUN VC said the lecture would direct Nigeria and Africa in general to areas which would be useful to citizens.

He added that the lecture would be followed by the conferment of honorary Doctorate Degrees on Dr Innocent Chukwuma, the chief executive officer of Innoson Motors, and Hafsatu Abdulwaheed, the first female novelist in northern Nigeria and an eminent activist.

“Dr Chukwuma is a well-known Nigerian entrepreneur and founder of Innoson Motors, and his creativity and commitment to local content, is one of the reasons the university considered it fit to honour him.

“The second person, Hajia Hafsatu, has dedicated her works to promoting education, particularly for girls, and she believes in the transformative power of literacy to uplift communities and break the circle of poverty.

“These two awardees reflect the core values of NOUN which is entrepreneur ingenuity and knowledge-based content creativity,” Mr Peters said.

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NUC grants UNILAG distance learning approval for four new programmes

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given its approval for the University of Lagos Distance Learning Institute (DLI) to introduce four new programmes in the upcoming academic session.

The approved programmes set to commence in the next academic session include the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counselling, and Bachelor of Educational Administration.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Folasade Ogunsola revealed this information in her address at the blended matriculation ceremony for newly admitted students of the DLI.

Ogunsola expressed the University’s commitment to providing quality education through its Distance Learning Institute and welcomed the new students to the institute’s academic community during the matriculation ceremony for the 2023/2024 academic session.

The Vice-Chancellor commended the freshers for choosing the open distance learning form of education, describing it as the way of the future and charged them to be of good character in deed and in truth.

The Distance Learning Institute serves as the operational and coordinating arm of the university’s open and distance learning programmes, enjoying an elevated status akin to that of a faculty within the institution.

With its own management and academic boards, the institute holds the authority to devise policies, hire staff, oversee academic programs and examinations, manage daily operations, and generate funds independently for its activities.

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JAMB enables printing of 2024 UTME exam slips, vital details now accessible

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that candidates for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) can now access and print their exam slips.

These slips, released on April 10th, 2024, hold crucial information such as the exam date, time, and venue.

Candidates have two options for printing their exam slips. They can either utilize the JAMB Exam Slip Printing Portal or access the slip through the JAMB eFacility portal.

Both methods require candidates to provide their JAMB Registration Number, email address, or phone number used during registration.

Once the details are entered correctly, candidates can proceed to print or save the exam slip as a PDF for future reference.

It’s imperative for candidates to note that there is no limit to the number of times they can reprint their exam slips, and both methods provided by JAMB are valid for accessing and printing the slips.

With the exam slip containing essential information for the UTME 2024, candidates are advised not to delay in accessing and printing their slips to ensure they are adequately prepared for their exam day.

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