The 2015/2016 Post-UTME Screening Dates of UNIPORT

A series of universities in Nigeria have recently undertaken their post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) and some have already released results to candidates.

 

The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Choba, is following suit and it has scheduled its screening exercise as follows:

 

· Anatomy/Physiology/Dentistry/Pharmacy/Nursing

 

Tuesday, Aug. 25th 2015, 7.00am

 

· Humanities

 

Wednesday, Aug. 26th 2015, 7.00am

 

· Engineering

 

Thursday, Aug. 27th 2015, 7.00am

 

· Management Sciences

 

Friday, Aug. 28th 2015, 7.00am

 

· Natural and Applied Sciences

 

Saturday, Aug. 29th 2015, 7.00am

 

· Social Sciences

 

Monday, Aug. 31st 2015, 7.00am

 

· Medicine and Surgery

 

Tuesday, Sep. 1st 2015, 7.00am

 

· Agriculture/Education

 

Wednesday and Thursday, Sep. 2nd and 3rd 2015 7.00am

 

Eligible candidates are required to have with them:

 

1. A clear copy of the Photo card printed online

 

2. A pen and Non-Programmable Calculator

Indecent Dressing Can Cost You Big Time

 

University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) held their 2015 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening just recently and the rules of the examination included: no carrying of luggage and bags in the examination premises, candidates to observe descent dressing among others.

 

I must agree ‘human is to error’, or sometimes we just don’t pay much attention to rules and guidlines. After the clear rules were conveyed to candidates apparently some male and female candidates seemed to have not gotten the memo of the rules especially the ‘decent dressing’ one.

 

UNILORIN has reported that 35 candidates will not be joining the university since they were not able to sit for the 2015 post-UTME, because of indecent dressing.

 

The affected candidates who consist of mostly female students had assembled at the centre designated for the computer based test (CBT) at the permanent site of the University, when they were turned back, following indecent dressing by the officials of the test.

 

The authorities of the university confirmed the advertorial of the set rules and guidelines of the test before the commencement date of the same

 

Mr. Kunle Akogun, the Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs of the University, said he was not aware of the development but he added that because of the fight against indecent dressing on the campus, it was possible.

 

The university is known for its zero tolerance for indecent dressing and other anti-social conducts. So your guess is right, the affected candidates’ convincing pleas were turned-down by the examination officials.

UNILAG Postgraduate Admission Form is Out – 2015/16

Authorities of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), School of Postgraduate Studies, invite applications from suitably qualified candidates from recognized institutions for admission into the various Postgraduate programmes offered by the institution for the 2015/2016 academic session on full-time and Part-Time basis.

UNILAG Postgraduate – Available Programmes.

  • Postgraduate Diploma Programmes (PGD).
  • Masters Degree Programmes (i.e. M.Sc., M.Ed., M.A., LL.M, etc).
  • Professional Masters Degree Programmes (i.e. MBA, MILD, MILR, MPH, MDSS, MPIA, MPA, MGIS, etc).
  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programmes.

There is flexibility in the mode of study with Full-Time, Part-Time, Executive and Sandwich options as applicable.

UNILAG Postgraduate Admission – General Requirements.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS PGD & M.Sc.

An applicant for admission to a programme shall be:

1. Must possess a Bachelors’s degree of this University or any approved University;

2. A person who holds other qualification(s) recognized by senate of the University of Lagos;

3. In addition to (i) and (ii) above, an applicant may be required, as a condition for admission, to undergo a selection process in the form of written and/or oral examinations.

NOTES:

1. (i) Candidates who have not completed the National Youth Service Corps programme or currently undergoing a Postgraduate programme need not apply. Such applicants will be automatically disqualified.

2. Candidates awaiting Bachelor’s degree results need not apply.

3. A holder of Degree obtained from an Outreach/Satellite are not eligible to apply.

4. All academic transcripts must reach the Deputy Registrar/Administrative Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies on or before the start of the session admission is being sought.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS for M.Phil and Ph.D

Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil)
To qualify for admission to the above programme:

(i) Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s honours degree from this University or any other approved University with at least a Second Class (Upper Division).

(ii) Candidates with a Master’s degree with a minimum of CGPA of at least 3.50.

(iii) All candidates to the M.Phil. programmes must contact the respective department for availability of supervisors before applying.

(iv) The candidate may be required to undergo a selection process as determined by the respective department.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

(i) A candidate who has obtained the degree of Master of Philosophy must have a minimum CGPA of 4.0.

(ii) A candidate who has obtained the degree of Masters of Science must have a minimum CGPA of 4.0.

(iii) Candidates must clear with the respective Departments as to the availability of vacancies/supervisors before applying.

(iv) All candidates may be required to undergo a selection process as may be determined by the department.

For M. Phil and Ph.D. programmes only, admission shall be processed at the beginning of each semester.

ALL CANDIDATES FOR M. Phil./Ph.D. ADMISSIONS ARE TO PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS OF THEIR MASTERS’ DEGREES OR FORMAL EVIDENCE OF PERFORMANCE AT MASTER’S LEVEL.

UNILAG Postgraduate Admission – Method of Application.

  1. Visit the School of Postgraduate Studies website:http://spgs.unilag.edu.ng, click the “2015/2016 Application” Link for full information on the Application.
  2. Sale of Application Forms begins on Monday, June 8 and ends on Monday,  August 31, 2015.
  3. Completed Application Forms are to be submitted online not later than Monday,  August 31, 2015.
  4. Application Form fee: N22, 500:00 (Twenty-Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira only).
  5. Payment can be made through any branch of: ACCESS BANK Plc, ECOBANK Plc, FIRST BANK Plc, GUARANTY TRUST BANK Plc, UNION BANK Plc, UBAPlc, WEMA BANK Plc, and  ZENITH BANK Plc.
  6. Kindly note the following:
  • Candidates are advised to read carefully the requirements for their desired programmes to confirm eligibility.
  • Applicants are advised to check the available programmes online before applying.
  • Candidates awaiting Bachelor’s degree results and Nigerian citizens who have not completed the National Youth Service Corps assignments or are currently undergoing Postgraduate programmes are not eligible.
  • Holders of Degrees obtained from Outreach/Satellite campuses are not eligible.
  • Every applicant is required to upload all certificates listed in the application form, such as: Degree Certificates (Not Statement of Results), NYSC Certificate and Professional Certificates.
  • All Academic Transcripts must reach the Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies on or before the beginning of registration.
  • All M.Phil/Ph.D. candidates are required to contact the relevant department for availability of Supervisors/vacancies before applying.
  • Please check for the dates of Qualifying Examinations/Interviews on the University of Lagos, School of Postgraduate Studies Website: http://spgs.unilag.edu.ng
  1. Applicants will be required to print the completed Application Form and Photo Card. These will be required for submission at the examination/interview venue.
  2. Candidates are required to LAMINATE their Photo Card after printing.

Beauty and Brains

It was all pomp and color in a beauty pageant held at Surulere, Lagos; where a 19 year old nursing student won the Miss Virginity 2015 beauty pageant.

 

The nursing student, Mosunmola Oladipo, emerged victor after beating 51 other self-confessed virgin contestants at the event which was held on Aug.15 2015.

 

Oladipo confessed that despite all the temptations and pressure from all corners, she was still able to battle it and preserve her flower based on her conviction.

 

Straight from the horse’s mouth, “it is all about self-determination. It is about knowing what you want to achieve. It is a thing of honor to be a virgin,” said Oladipo.

 

The event was all organized to honor virgins, though the contestants were not physically tested to prove their virginity, the originator of the event, Princess Adunni Adediran confirmed. Adediran, added that the judges were considering the contestants’ I.Q and appearances.

 

Adediran was not amused when saying that she had the female children on mind, who are repeatedly used by men to satisfy their carnal desires and finally dump them. According to her the girls will then have to undergo several abortions to the extent that damages their wombs, and sadly when they get married they cannot have children, leading to madness in some girls.

 

Adediran added that among the 52 candidates some were mobilized by a Muslim cleric, Alfa Sharafadeen Bulala.

 

Adediran said, “When he saw our handbills, he was excited at the prospects and invited virgins in his mosque and the surrounding neighborhood.”

 

In addition Adediran said that when the contest had started they had a veteran gynecologist, Dr. Naimdeem Adeikemade, helping them. But some of the parents were not in accord with the services of the doctor, as they claimed it was a violation of their children’s privacy to inspect their private parts. The Ministry of Heath also wrote a letter to her concerning the same issue.

 

The girls were also addressed by leaders of various sectors i.e. Bulala, Dr. Adedayo Oyebamjo, a church leader and Dr. Oluyemisi Pitan, a Prof. of Guidance and Counseling.

 

“This time around, God forbid that anyone who is not a virgin would come here to contest. I am not testing them but they don’t know,” she said.

Satellite to Be Launched into Space

A partnership between the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan, and the University’s Centre for Space Research and Applications (CESRA), is cooking up hot plans that will see the launching of the Federal University of Technology, Akure beyond the clouds into space.

 

This futuristic partnership is under seal by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by FUTA and Kyutech in May 2015. The MoU states that the satellite will be launched in 2017. George Maeda, the Assistant Professor at Kyutech could not hide his joy of partnering with CESRA, when he met with Prof. Joseph Akinyede the Director of CESRA, during the signing of The MoU between Kyutech and FUTA.

 

Maeda said that the project dubbed ‘Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds’ (JGMNB) stands for the initial alphabets of the five participating countries (Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria, and Bangladesh). According to the thoughts of Maeda, the project is a scheme for a satellite programme for non-space facing countries with an objective of laying down a base of a sustainable space programme; by mounting up human workforce in universities, and launching a University Space Research and Education Programme.

 

Maeda also added that the project was aimed at building and operating the first of its kind University Satellite of nation, and to make the first step towards indigenous space programme in each country with a minimum budget of Universities in emerging or developing countries.

 

The project allows each country to send three students to Kyutech, who will be in five groups of three. The students will then receive proper training in regards to the satellite launch. After the training, each team will be given the opportunity to build a satellite for their country. By 2017, FUTA will boast to be the first Nigerian university to have not only built a satellite but to launch it into space.

 

Maeda was pleased with the cordial reception of the University Management. He said that FUTA is an excellent university that is made up of great staff and students, and he was confident that FUTA will sooner if not later be able to compete with other world class institutions accordingly.

 

Prof. Tunde Arayela, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academics), FUTA, when receiving Maeda, said that the institution is young and still growing and has made partnerships with world-class universities. He also mentioned that he was onboard with the whole idea of building a satellite from scratch and on top of it all using local manpower.

 

Damarola added that he was proud of the university being the pioneer to build and launch a satellite in the country. Damarola hopes to have a beneficial, sustainable relationship with Kyutech, specifically the type that will see the university launched into space.

 

According to Prof. Akinyede, the director of CESRA, the MoU between Kyutech and FUTA was aimed at developing capacity whereby staff and students will be familiar with Satellite technology.

Medic West Africa to Enhance Healthcare Education

The 4th edition of Medic West Africa Exhibition and Congress (MWA), organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, will take place on 14-16 October 2015 at the Eko International Convention & Exhibition Center, Lagos, Nigeria. The event boasts a strong healthcare education programme as well as CPD accredited master classes taught by some of the key healthcare companies in the industry.

“Medic West Africa is primarily concerned with providing accredited medical education to healthcare professionals who are interested in updating and furthering their clinical knowledge and skills. By ensuring that our conferences are accredited and our speakers are leading experts in their fields, MWA is committed to providing the best possible medical education available within Nigeria and West Africa,” commented Jamie Hill, Director, Informa Life Sciences Group – Africa.

This year, the main conferences themes at Medic West Africa are quality, diabetes care, cardio-renal disease, healthcare financing and social media in healthcare. The conferences are offered in partnership with Beyhealth, and in association with the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria.

“We are introducing the interactive social media workshop hosting experts from both a social media background and a healthcare background, to discuss the importance of social media in advancing healthcare in West Africa,” ads Mr. Hill.

More than 350 of the industry’s leading local and international manufacturers and distributors will showcase the latest innovative healthcare products and services to more than 4,000 attendees during the three-day exhibition. MWA also comprises of the largest IVD & medical laboratory event in West Africa. Some of this year’s international exhibitors include JNCI, Siemens, Karl Storz, Schiller, Covidien, Schiller and JNCI to name a few. Local Nigerian exhibitors include Coscharis Medical, The Biostadt Company, Emzor Hesco Ltd., General Meditech Inc., and more.

“Medic West Africa is a key platform for sharing knowledge and information in the West Africa healthcare market, “says Dr Jide Idris, Honorable Commissioner for Health, Lagos State.

Afrocet Ltd is an African conference, exhibition and training organiser that have been appointed by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions as a key partner to launch events into sub-Saharan Africa. Afrocet Ltd management launched the very first Medic Africa meeting back in 1986 and has long and extensive experience at running successful events throughout Africa.

Visit www.medicwestafrica.com for more info.

Call Off the Strike

The indefinite strike by lectures in Benue State University (BSU) in Makuridi, was finally called off on 10th Aug. 2015, by the local chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

 

The strike ignited four months ago following a rift between the lectures and the former Governor Gabriel Suswam on grounds that the governor did not pay the lecturers salaries.

 

After hours of peace meeting between the state government, the ASUU leadership, and representatives of the management, a ‘rational’ agreement to call off the strike was reached.

 

Dr. David Ikoni, the ASUU Chairman, said that the lecturers were pleased following the dedication of the governor Samuel Ortom to the conformity. The chairman said the members present at the meeting agreed to the terms of the governor and suspended the strike following an appeal from the governor. “He gave us his commitment and we felt that we should give him a benefit of the doubt,” said Dr. Ikoni.

 

He also added that if the promise by the governor is compromised by any means, then the lecturers would not think twice, embarking on a strike again.

 

Prof Charity Angya, the Vice Chancellor, said that the governor would get out of his comfort zone to ensure that the school is not closed again.

 

This agreement made many students happy as some expressed their relief of not being forced to stay at home any longer. Though, some other students were not amused by this news as they were not financially stable to go back to school and unfortunately they were their own sponsors. Concurrently, the management of the university has urged students and staff to return to school immediately, to make proper use of the limited time they have.

“The Lack of Implementation of Policies Ruins the Education System”

A stakeholder in the education sector has said that the lack of proper implementation of  policies is damaging the sector.

The founder, and Director, Al-Hikma International Academy, Alhaji Abudulrazzaq Ahmad was speaking at the second graduation and price-giving ceremony of the school.

He said, “The policies are not well implemented; we have  curriculum and other things, they are reviewed but not implemented; we have Inspectorate Education, but they don’t go to school to really inspect most of these mushroom schools.”

Speaking further, Ahmad said, “Education in this nation has some percentage of decay and that is simply because of corruption, but now we are beginning to see how the change is also going to blow in the education sector.”

The director lamented that a lot of things have come to stay in education which he said must be  flushed out as a matter of urgency in an effort to improve the quality of education in the country.

Continuing, he said, “We see children leaving for higher institutions when they are not ripe to be in the tertiary institution, we talk about children that are underage, children between 15, 16 and 17 leaving secondary school because their parents can afford WAEC and NECO, even right from SS1; this is degrading, this is not ideal because their brains are not mature enough.

“What they can assimilate at a particular point in time becomes a problem, and from there they can no longer compete favourably; what next, they join cultism, bad gangs because they cannot come back home to tell their parents that they cannot cope, this is the essence of decay.”

The award of best students in science in the senior cadre went to Fatima Umar Hong, Zainab Abdussalam, and Nana Fatima Saliu, while the award of the best students in the humanities went to Arabo Nazeef, Abubakar Naja’atu, Ibrahim Idris.

The award of the Junior Cadre went to Zakiyya Abubakar, Adamu Jawa and Abdulbasit Jibrin, among others.

Crime Doesn’t Pay

‘Crime doesn’t pay’ is a saying that has for a long time been in the mind of many smart people, but at the same time, seem to creep away or go in absentia in the mind of a significant number of hopeless or adventurous souls.

 

It goes without denial that crime will always be part of human kind. Forgery as we know is a crime, and 73 students in Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Yaba, Lagos, are facing the music because of this misdemeanor.

 

The students who were pursuing part-time National Diploma and Higher National Diploma programmes have been expelled from the school by the authorities of YABATECH for presenting suspected forged results. The 73 comprised of, 27 students for Higher National Diploma and 46 students for National Diploma.

 

Mrs. Titilayo Obadimu, the Deputy Registrar of the university stated that the students had registered for the 2013/2014 academic session. The fateful events were discovered at the time of verification of National Diploma results and Senior Secondary School certificates.

 

These events are very unfortunate and they show the extent people would go for a better education or to get to the top. The affected students are required to return any property they have that belongs to the university, including the department, librarian, and Dean of Students’ Affairs Identity Cards.

 

From this news it is clear that the university has zero tolerance for such transgressions and so if you thought of doing the same or anything close to this, then you better have a change of plans. Crime doesn’t pay.

Girl-Child Education Key to Reducing VVF in Nigeria

The United Nations Fund For Population Activities (UNFPA) on Friday said girl-child education is key to reducing increasing cases of Vesico Vaginal Fistula ( VVF) in Nigeria.

Ms Ratidzai Ndhlovu, UNFPA Country Representative in Nigeria said at a news briefing in Sokoto that Nigeria must invest more in the education of the girl-child to address the problem.

She said that education would have a multiplier effect on the girl-child’s perception of life, wellbeing and general societal development.

“To educate a woman, you educate a nation and the education of women is crucial in improving the disturbing health statistics in Nigeria,” she said.

“With more educated women, the chances are that more children will be enrolled in schools, as the women are their custodians.

“In the same vein, it is our belief that more educated women would demand for access to ante-natal care and other reproductive health services.

“This also means that more women would deliver at the health facilities, as such, reduce menace of prolonged labour which often leads to VVF as well as maternal mortality among others,” Ndhlovu further said.

She stressed that Nigeria must focus on encouraging women to patronise health centres, adding that no woman should be allowed to die as a result of child birth.

“A Woman can be saved even if there are complications if she puts to bed at the hospital.”

Ndhlovu commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar for partnering with the fund in the campaign to reverse the ugly trend.

“To this effect, more traditional and religious leaders as well as the men would be fully engaged in boosting girl -child education and the reduction of maternal mortality.

“We will henceforth work together to boost the attendance of more pregnant women to ante-natal care, hence drastically reduce maternal mortality.”