Nigerians Celebrates Oloyede: As JAMB Returns N5bn into the Government’s Treasure Account.

Prof-Ishaq-Oloyede
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede (JAMB Registrar)

Ever since the realization of the brave act on Friday (21 July), praises and encomiums from all works of life have continued to reach the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede. The formidable titan made history by returning a whooping N5 billion to the government’s treasury just within a year in charge. The N5billion is the remainder of the budget spent on the conduct and planning of this year’s examinations.

The JAMB Registrar achieved this feat due to his Administrative acumen after successfully conducting 2017 JAMB Examination. This constitutes a change in the status quo as JAMB used to be known before now to always beg Continue reading

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FG SCRAPS JAMB

The Federal Government of Nigeria, after much debate, have decided to SCRAP the Allmighty Post UTME leaving the admissions of candidates directly in the hands of JAMB. However, some people are of the opinion that the idea is so paralysing the system. They claim that the abnormalities and malpratices coupled up with JAMB’s technical imbalance is not good enough to test candidates knowlege.

Thus, the recent imposition of law on tertiary institutions (as it had been called) whom as well extort and paralyse the students in d process of extra scutiny(post jamb), will now be the talking point as some are of the opinion that the JAMB exercise itself is what should be scrapped and not the universities’ special screening.

In your opinion, which do you believe should be SCRAPPED? JAMB or Post JAMB?

Moreover, the FG also tagged the cut-off mark at 180 for every course and make the Jamb result valid for THREE good YEARS.

What do u think? *Pensive*

THE CON-FAB

My title today is so short; witty and tremendous, but heavily pregnant. Without mincing words, I will take my shots with profound efficacy. An old adage reads “he that knows where it’s faulty should repair it before it’s worsened”. My words today will be torch-lighting the hastily concluded national conference in the federal republic of Nigeria.

The conference, amidst much clamour and flaming from the outcome of one of the orthodox #presidentialmediachats, was set up as a committee on march 17, 2014 at the national judiciary institute, Abuja, at 11am to tackle issues relating to the integration, unity and for proper governance of the country. It ended on September 17 after a chaotic adjournment. However, some few had assumed before the establishment of the committee that nothing fruitful will emanate from the conference bowing to the fact that the nation isn’t ripe for it. They claimed that so much corrupt practices and malfunctions will gulp the process. They also taught it would be a complete waste of money and resources. These and many more were there belief about the committee.

Personally, I have no grudge against the national conference though. But their actions, decisions and recommendations is making it look as if some fellow are trying to CON us with all these FABulous display. Therefore, this is NOT a deliberate act to mess the conference. One fact remains that even if a pig is treated like rabbit, it wont keep long before it confirms it habits about being dirty. The committee did not wait long before proving these critics right. From the scratch, it was seen in the procedure for selecting members; the national conference had in attendance a total of about 500 (380) members of which majority are within the age range of old while only very few are youth.
The nominations for membership of the national conference happened to be more of the aged and very little of the youth. This began to pose series of reactions as, to majority, it sounds unethical. Unorthodoxly, that weak claim of the youth not being ripe to be the leader of the so called tomorrow came to light again. However, I don’t know why the youth should be excluded from issues that concern their future this much. Moreover, this conference is solely meant to better the life of future Nigerians and not men and women who have barely ten more years to live on earth. But to judiciously back their nominations, the organizers pointed out their fairness; they claim they chose the members based on a criteria of active participation in policy making and administration in Nigeria. Thus, only limited youths were up to the task. So it is an issue of who wants it most. They are not to blame though, we the youth proved them right by actively shying away from the mainstream. And like the yoruba sayings that reads – mi o le waku ole joba ni ile baba re meaning ‘the weak and lame cant win the throne even in his father’s house’. I think it’s high time we stopped hiding behind the yard to throw stone. It is time we rise and claim what is ours. It is time we stand to say enough! Well to be able to successfully play their conny game, they successfully excluded us.

Returning to the critics of the national conference, they did claimed and it did come to pass. They said the confab was a complete waste of time and resources. Well, I wouldn’t want to align solely with their claim as the outcome of the conference is still under check. But the amount spent was just outrageous. May be the critics were right; maybe they were not. Time will surely tell. After all, to whom much is given, much is expected.

The conference, however, stated amidst many cries and tales and the committee dint stop to amaze the populace. The start of the confab craved so many asides. There were displays of power tussles among the members, sleeping-present members, outright absence of some also showed their level of commitment, arguments about funds and allowances when there critical issues to tackle. Amidst all of these, we also witnessed some sad moments when some confabians slumped and fainted. Some lives were even lost. May their gentle soul rest in perfect peace for they died serving the nation.

Not disputing the fact that everything good must come rough, we still belief that the conference will solve the lingering problems in Nigeria. But like a man that is waiting to see the monkey swim, we are driving towards the fourth mainland bridge. Am sorry but this conference, or committee as the case may be, is in no way near solving our problems. They know this, yet they keep Coning us.

Update on asuu

ASUU STRIKE LATEST: ASUU ,NEC meeting now to hold on Friday

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may hold its postponed National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Friday to decide whether or not to suspend the indefinite strike it began since July 2. A top official of ASUU, who preferred anonymity, disclosed this to Daily Independent in a telephone interview on Sunday. He was, however, not certain if the NEC will still be held at the Bayero University, Kano where it was initially proposed to hold. The leadership of the union postponed the scheduled Kano NEC meeting following the demise of one its key members, Festus Iyayi, who died last Tuesday in a ghastly motor accident on his way to Kano for the postponed NEC meeting. The source noted that the union members are still grieved and are pre-occupied with the burial arrangement of the late Professor of Business Administration, who died along the Abuja-Lokoja highway in an accident caused by the convoy of Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada. The source debunked speculations in the social media that ASUU has jettisoned its NEC indefinitely, saying the union postponed the NEC meeting as a mark of honour and respect for the late Iyayi. According to him, all ASUU officials that were supposed to participate in the NEC meeting last week Wednesday had actually gathered at the Bayero University, Kano, but for the unfortunate accident which claimed the life of Iyayi and disrupted the agenda already set for the meeting. Meanwhile, Supervisory Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, also at the weekend led a delegation of government on a condolence visit to the residence of the late academician in Benin City. Wike assured that the Federal Government would diligently implement all the agreements it reached with ASUU in the course of the negotiations with President Goodluck Jonathan. Those in the delegation of the minister include Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie, and some top officials of Federal Ministry of Education. They also visited the injured ASUU National Welfare Officer, Ngozi Iloh, who is said to be responding to treatment at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin. In a statement in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister’s Special Assistant (Media), Simeon Nwakaudu, said Wike solicited the permission of the family to allow the Federal Government participate in the burial ceremony of the former ASUU president. “President Goodluck Jonathan and the entire administration are deeply pained by the sudden death of the former ASUU National President who played a key part in the negotiations between ASUU and the Federal Government. “We recall the significant contributions of Professor Iyayi during the 13-hour negotiations between President Jonathan and ASUU, which led to a headway in the discussions.

ASUU STRIKE LATEST: ASUU ,NEC meeting now to hold on Friday

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may hold its postponed National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Friday to decide whether or not to suspend the indefinite strike it began since July 2. A top official of ASUU, who preferred anonymity, disclosed this to Daily Independent in a telephone interview on Sunday. He was, however, not certain if the NEC will still be held at the Bayero University, Kano where it was initially proposed to hold. The leadership of the union postponed the scheduled Kano NEC meeting following the demise of one its key members, Festus Iyayi, who died last Tuesday in a ghastly motor accident on his way to Kano for the postponed NEC meeting. The source noted that the union members are still grieved and are pre-occupied with the burial arrangement of the late Professor of Business Administration, who died along the Abuja-Lokoja highway in an accident caused by the convoy of Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada. The source debunked speculations in the social media that ASUU has jettisoned its NEC indefinitely, saying the union postponed the NEC meeting as a mark of honour and respect for the late Iyayi. According to him, all ASUU officials that were supposed to participate in the NEC meeting last week Wednesday had actually gathered at the Bayero University, Kano, but for the unfortunate accident which claimed the life of Iyayi and disrupted the agenda already set for the meeting. Meanwhile, Supervisory Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, also at the weekend led a delegation of government on a condolence visit to the residence of the late academician in Benin City. Wike assured that the Federal Government would diligently implement all the agreements it reached with ASUU in the course of the negotiations with President Goodluck Jonathan. Those in the delegation of the minister include Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie, and some top officials of Federal Ministry of Education. They also visited the injured ASUU National Welfare Officer, Ngozi Iloh, who is said to be responding to treatment at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin. In a statement in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister’s Special Assistant (Media), Simeon Nwakaudu, said Wike solicited the permission of the family to allow the Federal Government participate in the burial ceremony of the former ASUU president. “President Goodluck Jonathan and the entire administration are deeply pained by the sudden death of the former ASUU National President who played a key part in the negotiations between ASUU and the Federal Government. “We recall the significant contributions of Professor Iyayi during the 13-hour negotiations between President Jonathan and ASUU, which led to a headway in the discussions.

NANS AND THE ASUU STRIKE; A CRITICAL VIEW.

NANS AND THE ASUU
STRIKE; A CRITICAL
VIEW.
The dispute between the federal
government and the association of staff
union of universities seem not to be near
the light as the federal
government (2 days ago) proclaimed she
isn’t ready to meet the demand of
the ASUU. The agreement at which the both
parties had entered in 2009 and
revisited in 2012 contains series of request
and approaches that are meant
to help boost the education sector and to
help varsities produce
outstanding graduates who won’t be
shabbily ignored in the labour market.
The ASUU, through her president Dr. Nasir
issa-fagee, lamented that some
years after agreement, it has not been
substantially implemented. He also
insisted that they will not continue to
produce unemployable graduates
because of lack of training facilities in the
institutions. He, however,
appeal to parents and students to stick to
patience as they are ready to
fight out this course to victory.
However, even if Nigerian parents will agree to his submissions, the
Nigerian students (represented by the
National Association of Nigerian
Students) are not willing to. What seem to
be a surprise is their attitude
and reactions towards this issue. They seem
to be cracking out jokes from
the scenario and at such mimicking the
struggle of the ASUU. it’s obvious
they are taking sides with the federal
government.
In my candid reaction, I will not blame the
students that much. They
obviously are tired of these occurrences. It
should be recalled that these
menace (strike) is now becoming an annual
ceremony. It looking like the
struggle seems to be worthless. A struggle
at which never gets a positive
conclusion. Therefore, the students are tired.
They are now resisting this
action as it meddles with their academics.
The government seems not to care
neither does the ASUU. The two elephants
are engaging in a power tussle
only for their weapon to drop, carelessly, on
the grass. The grass is
exhausted and now it cries out. So blame
them not. Afterall, A Yoruba adage
reads thus (in translation) – ‘if you claim not
to care about that battles
that is on going at your backyard, wont they
dump the remains by your
passage?’
Another adage reads—‘since Pansa has
refused to be at alert, Pansa got
ruined’. On this basis have the students
stand as they will to fight for
their right. As it stands, if they don’t, the FG
and ASUU will resolve this
issue to their selfish and personal interest
but such agreement may not be
so suiting for the students. So let them
speak for themselves. It’s just
funny the approach they seem to be using.
They know they have no power
compare to that of the FG and ASUU. They
played a safe game by aligning
with the federal government (the strongest
party in the game) so as to get
what they want. I mean, every pressure
group fights for the betterment of
the welfare of its member.
So funny as it looks as if the ASUU seem to
be on their own. If they want
to be wise, they should agree to the laid
down terms or else they will be
swept under the red carpet. This is my submission