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Buhari Asks Varsities to Seek External Funding to Survive

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday asked public universities nationwide to source for external funds to meet their needs, noting that the federal government could not provide all the funds they would require.
He gave the advice at the ninth convocation of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, saying the governing councils of universities should lead the way in mobilising external funds.
Buhari, who was represented by the Deputy Registrar, National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr Gidado Kumo, said the federal government was looking up to the ivory towers to come up with solutions to the various problems facing Nigeria.
He said: “It is the expectation of government that beyond husbanding resources allocated to the university, governing councils should assist universities to mobilize external resources to meet their needs, as allocations are usually limited.”
He specifically noted that the universities of agriculture, by their mandate, were expected “to fast-track agricultural development and hence diversify our economy which currently heavily dependent on crude oil”.
According to him, agriculture remains a critical sector of our economy both for reducing our dependence on imported food and stimulating agro-industrial development to create jobs and reduce unemployment.
The president noted that the policy thrust of the federal government in the agricultural sector “places premium on value chain approach to research and development.”
He, therefore, charged the universities of agriculture “to scale up activities to transform our agriculture along value chains while assuring them of the support of government.”
In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Francis Otunta called on both government and private business concerns to encourage the emergence of agro-processing industries in rural areas that are close to urban centres.
He added that the university was poised “to improve agriculture production through “articulate increase in application of scientific procedure. The assistance of public and private sector operators is needed to achieve this goal.”
Certificates were awarded to 6,215 first degree graduates, out of which 100 got first class while post graduate certificates were awarded to 788 successful persons, including 142 doctorate degrees.
Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika was the sole recipient of an honorary doctorate degree at the co

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NIN: JAMB speaks on sale of forms, reveals how to get UTME PIN, profile code, others

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the date for the sales of its registration documents for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) still stands, despite the suspension of the NIN.

The Board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, said that the process for the acquisition of the PIN remained the same.

He said aside the now suspended use of National Identification Number (NIN) by the board’s management, all other process remain the same.

He emphasised that candidates desirous to sit for the examination should send their surname, first and middle names in that order to 55019 for their UTME PIN and profile code.

He said portal for the registration was expected to be activated on Monday, Jan. 13, the day for the commencement of the sales of the documents.

“Candidates are advised to use one unique telephone number that will be tied to him or her. Those who have also registered for the examination before now should still use the same telephone number to get their UTME PIN.

“We are looking forward to a seamless registration exercise as all logistics to ensure its success have been fully deployed to the various registration centres.

“We will stick to the registration window or calendar as agreed by other examination bodies because they equally have their own examination schedules and will not want a clash.

“To this end, therefore, we also want to implore candidates for Directed Entry to commence the process same day as those for the UTME, as it will close the same day,” he said.

Meanwhile, Benjamin stated that it has come to the notice of the board that a large number of candidates who had been offered admission for the 2019 UTME were yet to accept it.

“We also discovered that some candidates are mistaking such acceptance as being the one put in place by their universities of choice.

“We want to make it clear that clicking ‘accept’ on JAMB’s portal does not attract any fee.

“It is free. Just go to profile on the admission menu and click ‘accept’ and then go ahead to print your admission letter.

“We therefore call on all candidates that have been offered these admissions to do the needful as we round off the process for the 2019 admission on Feb. 17,” he said.

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2020 UTME: Reactions trail suspension of NIN requirement by JAMB

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Some candidates from Badagry who were preparing for the forthcoming 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) expressed joy on Saturday as JAMB suspended the National Identification Number ( NIN) registration.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that it was a welcome development.

Mr Felix Godonu, a parent said that the suspension was prompt and a welcome development.

“This will save the time during which students queue for the collection of NIN which has also given room for extortion from the students.

“The stress that the students have been going through in the last few months is uncalled for.

“The Federal Government should decentralise the registration process by using banks, tertiary institutions and online registration method.

“Our association had to support some students with transportation fares before they could travel to Ogun to register for NIN.

“It is high time for our government to have an up-to-date database; these students had written examinations conducted by WAEC, NECO and GCE in the past.

“Even, the JAMB registration process is enough for the government to generate NIN for their intending candidates,” he said.

Godonu urged JAMB to use the period between now and when the next candidates would be registering for UTME to find a lasting solution to NIN registration.

According to him, this will save the students and their parents the stress they had gone through in recent weeks because some of the children’s health cannot withstand such.

Mrs Tonia Kalu, a Deputy Director, National Population Commission (NPC), commended the Federal Government for its current action.

“When government is ready, they should make available adequate equipment to match the teeming population of students seeking admission into the country’s universities,” she said.

Mrs Sewede Pot-Balogun, a parent and the Coordinator, Badagry Women Development Forum, commended the Federal Government for suspending the exercise.

“I always feel sad every morning while passing through the NIMC office in Badagry and seeing our youths on endless queue waiting for NIN registration.

“Most of the periods they would have used to study were being wasted on the exercise. Some of our children have not been able to get it done in the past one month.

“Touts had hijacked the exercise thus extorting money from our children. This is bad and we are grateful that the pain has ended for the main time,” she said.

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