National library to get N15 billion facelift

By Opeyemi Babalola Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on Saturday disclosed that it has set aside the first tranche of N15 Billion to fast-track the commencement of the National Library construction in the country. Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc Sonny Echono, who disclosed this in Abuja after receiving in audience, the Executive Members of Nigerian Library Association led by its President, Professor Innocent Akocha, in his office, noted that the TETfund had put all plans in place for the completion of the National Library building, adding that the Fund has…

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UNIJOS governing council appoints first female Registrar

 By Opeyemi Babalola The 14th Governing Council of the University of Jos has appointed a new Registrar for the University for a term of five years. She is Dr Rejoice James Songden who until her appointment was the Registrar of the Karl Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State. The University’s Governing Council considered the report of its Selection Board which interviewed candidates for appointment into the position of Registrar and approved her appointment with effect from 24th June, 2022. A statement on Thursday by the Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, Abdullahi…

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Strike: FG says varsities will reopen soon

By Opeyemi Babalola The federal government, on Wednesday, said that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will soon be called off.  This is according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who said this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The minister, who denied the allegation that the Federal Government was planning to create a different payment platform other than the University Transparency and Accountability Solution…

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JAMB donates multimillion naira medical equipment to UITH

By Opeyemi Babalola Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in conjunction with US-based Project C.U.R.E, has donated multimillion naira medical equipment to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). University Times International (UTI) gathered that a series of such donations were made to 12 selected health institutions across the six geopolitical zones of the country. Speaking recently at the unveiling of the project inside the university campus, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, explained that the intervention of the Board was timely, noting that it was aimed at addressing the…

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Why Nigeria Needs Comprehensive Approach To Climate Change Issue – Ologunorisa

Professor Temi E. Ologunorisa is an award-winning climate and environmental scientist, a teacher-scholar, and an astute university administrator. As the 4th substantive Vice-Chancellor of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria, Ologunorisa, in this interview, speaks about his vision as vice chancellor, what Nigeria needs to do to tackle the challenges of the climate change phenomenon, poor ranking of Nigerian universities, the 4th industrial revolution and frequent strike by university workers, among other issues. What is the mandate of your university as a specialized institution of learning? Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH),…

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Kano varsity establishes research laboratory for cervical cancer

By Moyosore Salami   Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano (YUMSUK) has established a human papilloma virus (HPV) DNA modular research laboratory for screening of cervical cancer in women.  The Vice-Chancellor, Mukhtar Atiku-Kurawa, disclosed that the laboratory was established for research due to the increasing cases of cervical cancer among women adding that with a grant from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), state-of-the-art facilities were provided to ensure better service delivery. According to him, the laboratory, the first of its kind in northern Nigeria, will assist in research and treatment of women with…

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Unskilled lecturers, poor curricula undermine education standard in Nigeria – SU leaders

• Government should collaborate with administrators to run universities efficiently TOWARDS seeking a better future for the universities and the students, student leaders from Tai Solarin University (TASUED) and Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Don Sharon Great Ayomide and Adedapo Adesanya, respectively, advocate a fundamental transformation of the country’s educational system that connects society development with the outputs from the ivory towers. In this interview with the University Times International correspondents, MOYOSORE SALAMI and OPEYEMI BABALOLA, the student leaders identify some key issues confronting the institutional framework of the ivory…

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Ex-Provost OAU College of Health Sciences, Femi Soyinka, passes on at 85

By Opeyemi Babalola The former Provost of the College of Health Sciences of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Femi Soyinka, has died, aged 85. This was confirmed in a statement released by the family yesterday, announcing that he died in the early hours of Tuesday at his home in Kukumada Village, Ibadan, Oyo State. Born in 1937, Professor Femi Soyinka received a Medical degree in Medicine and Surgery MBChB from the University of Heidelberg, 1964; and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the same University in 1965. He specialised and practised…

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OAUSTECH VC advocates skill driven educational system in Nigeria

By Moyosore Salami  The Vice-Chancellor of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH) Okitipupa, Ondo State, Prof Temi Ologunrisa, has advocated for a skill driven educational system in Nigeria, saying this remains the best way of developing the educational sector of the country. Ologunrisa also  called for synergy of the stakeholders in the educational sector and the government for the sector to attain the 21st-century skill-driven system. According to him, the era of theories without significant practical knowledge and training had gone advocating for the skill-driven educational system He…

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Strike: LAUTECH ASUU dares Makinde on threat to stop subvention

…Says we are forging ahead with strike By Moyosore Salami   The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday, said that any branch that breaks the strike would lose out on the benefits of the struggle, including infrastructure development.  The chapter mentioned that its members had resolved to forge ahead with the strike and pursue it to a logical conclusion. The union in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Prof. Biodun Olaniran and Secretary, Prof. Toyin Abegunrin, after their…

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