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Meet 45-year-old Polygamist Who Emerged Noun’s Best Graduating Student

Many adult Nigerians without formal education would say age and family responsibilities discourage them from starting studying and any form of schooling.

But Bala Magaji, 45, a father of seven who on Saturday graduated in Islamic Studies, has challenged that claim.

Married to two wives, Mr Magaji on Saturday emerged the best graduating student of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for the 2018/19 academic year.

Mr Magaji, who was showered with encomiums at the 8th convocation ceremony of the university in Abuja on Saturday, said a university degree is not cheap or easy but can open doors to great benefits.

”I feel very happy and excited today and I will recommend the school because it is one of the best in the country and it has rich materials,”
 Mr Magaji told PREMIUM TIMES in a separate interview.

Asked how he combined his academics and marriage, he said ”I had to tell my wife to sacrifice every time she said she needed me and that is why I had to praise and thank her in my speech.

”I had the feeling that I will perform exceedingly well so I created time to study and I ensured I understood all I read. On the average, I read two to three hours daily and had lots of sleepless night,” he said.

Mr Magaji recorded a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.8.

He advised the management of the university to start a postgraduate degree in courses they are yet to have the programme.

”I will like to teach Islamic studies later,”
 he said.

Mr Magaji currently works at Unity Bank and he has a previous degree in Zoology from the University of Jos and a Masters degree in Banking and Finance from Bayero University, Kano.

In his welcome address, the vice chancellor of the institution, Abdalla Adamu, said 20,799 students graduated, the highest in the school’s history. Last year, 14,769 graduated from the university.

Mr Adamu said the number of undergraduates is 15 642, with 103 graduating first class; while the number of postgraduates is 5,157.

Speaking on the academic development of the school, Mr Adamu said all the programmes the university submitted to the National Universities Commission (NUC) were accredited.

”Of the 18 programs submitted, 15 had full accreditation, while only three had interim accreditation. Even then, one of them is being phased out,” he said.

”The three programmes that got interim accreditation are B.sc Hotel and Catering Management, B.sc Political Science and B.sc Chemistry,”
 he said.

He said the institution received over 250 PhD applications between 2017 and January 2019, out of which 34 scaled the selective examinations and were granted admission.

Similarly, the pro-chancellor of the school, Peter Okebukola, said the management of the school is confident that the authorities of the Council of Legal Education and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would discuss with NOUN on how to end the discrimination against NOUN graduates so that they can access the services offered by the agencies.

He urged all the graduates to concentrate on their life’s endeavour.

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Oxford English Dictionary Adds Gender Neutral Terms

In a bid to help people better discuss sensitive topics, the Oxford English Dictionary has introduced gender-neutral words.

According to editors, the latest additions were an ‘attempt to grapple’ with the sensitive topic.

These include ‘hir’ and zir’ as alternative pronouns to him, his or her, ‘peoplekind’ rather than mankind, and ‘Latin@’ as a gender-neutral term for someone of either sex from Latin America.

Meanwhile, the verb ‘misgender’ could apply to anyone who unwittingly or intentionally uses a pronoun that is not preferred by the person.

Also among the 650 updates were less politically-correct dog cross-breed terms, including puggle (a cross between a pug and a beagle) and a dorgi (a dachshund/corgi mix).

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Mass Jubilation as Nero celebrates POP

A former President of the department of Statistics IMO state university owerri, Comr. Stanley Okoro passed out of the one year Compulsory national youth Service, On Thursday the 14th day of March 2019, Nero as popularly called was deployed to serve at Regal Secondary school NRI Anaocha LGA of Anambra state Nigeria. While in camp he was chairman of Data Analysis committee Umunya Camp where he was involved in the analysis of data generated from the survey conducted on camp.
On successful complexion of the camping exercise he was deployed to Regal Secondary school Nri where he was assigned to teach Mathematics, He later became the President of the Education and Mass Literacy CDS group, where he distinguished himself as a true leader, he initiated the Historic partnership of CDS group with WAEC to promote better performance on students in the examination,
Nero was also distinguished in the religious sector as he was also the President of the National Association of Catholic corps members Anaocha Zone.


He was also relevant in the general CDS of the LGA.

At the End of it all we are all grateful to God for a successful service year and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors

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Handsome Ex-Corper Celebrates With His Mum At The Market After Passing Out (Photos)

A 2018 Batch A corps member, Godspower Asuquo, who passed out yesterday, March 14th, went straight to the market after receiving his NYSC discharge certificate, to celebrate with his mum.

He shared pictures of himself popping a bottle of wine with his mum and some other market women.

He wrote; “God saw me through this I overcome temptation His grace kept me never forget where you came from be proud of what contributed to your success

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NYSC: 1600 corps members pass out in Kogi on low-key

No fewer than 1,600 2018 Batch A corps members collected their discharge certificates to mark the end of their service year in Kogi State.

The passing out ceremony, which was done in a low-key at Lokoja on Thursday, saw no corps members repeating the service year.

The Kogi State coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Oludolapo Ahile, while addressing journalists in Lokoja on Thursday, said the passing out corps members comprises 834 males and 756 females.

The State Coordinator, who spoke through the NYSC Public Relations Officer, Rev. Adedapo Tayo, said the set recorded no death during the service year in review.

Explaining further, she said two corps members, Seun Albert and Dr Alabi Vincent, won the state award for their effective performance during the service year.

The State NYSC coordinator lauded the outgoing corps members for their conduct during the service year, admonishing them to sustain the tempo in their future endeavours.

She, however, urged the outgoing corps members to remain focused on becoming self-reliant and sustaining.

The coordinator, therefore, advised them to put into practice all the skills and entrepreneurship training they received during their one-year of national service.

Mrs Ahile also enjoined the corps members to continue to be good ambassadors of their homes, institutions and the country.

She urged them not to rely on government jobs but to strive to utilise the skills they learnt and become employers of labour in the nearest future.

The coordinator reminded the corps members not to think that their service to the nation had ended, urging them to go out and affect the society positively.

”As part of the end of service year activities, the corps members engaged in sanitation projects, visitation to Federal Prisons and Orphanage homes in the state.

”Also, the corps members, on Wednesday, celebrated their end of year programme at the Glass House, in Government House, Lokoja, for impactful and successful service year with several dignitaries in attendance,” Tayo said.

“NYSC is proud of this Batch A 2018 set. They conducted themselves as if they are from one family. I hope they continue like this as they move to another world of life. They have done well and am optimistic that they do not relent from what have been learnt in this compulsory one year service to our nation,” she added.

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Understanding Cerebral Malaria

Every 30 seconds, one child dies from malaria. Although taken lightly in Africa, this sickness is responsible for the deaths of over 90 percent of children under five in Sub-saharan Africa.

While it has been successfully eradicated in certain countries in the West, it still thrives in countries in Asia, Latin America, Middle East where there is a warmer climate.

Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasite which are carried by Anopheles mosquitoes. Some of its symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, headache among others. If left untreated, it can lead to death.

Of the five types of malaria, falciparum and P.Vivax are considered the most dangerous. Falciparum is commonly found in Africa and is responsible for blood loss and clogged blood vessels while P. vivax can come up months and years after the mosquito bite.

Cerebral malaria is the most severe the most severe neurological complication of infection with Plasmodium falciparum malaria. 40 percent of the world’s population at risk and over 500 million cases every year, the number of people who are affected by this parasite is of 575,000 per year.

There are several forms in which celebral malaria occurs. Sometimes, it comes as anaemia, neuro-disability, coma, seizures, metabolic acidosis and death.

Plasmodium falciparum malaria is the most severe which is often characterised by coma and brain injury, hypertension.

After a seizure, the child experience fever running to three days. This is sometimes followed by a coma, weakness and prostration. Doctors also notice a swelling of the brain, haemorrhages and abnormal respiratory and pupil size.

Thankfully, cerebral malaria is on the decline yet caution must be taken when malaria symptoms occur. While patients may fully recover, 11 percent of them suffer brain injury while some become blindness, cognition impairment and epilepsy.

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Anambra University Lecturer Wears Boxing Gloves Into Class For Morning Lecture

A lecturer in Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), formerly Anambra State University, stunned his students on Thursday morning when he appeared in class wearing boxing gloves.

The students who thought the unnamed lecturer was strangely angry and didn’t want any form of play, just gazed in astonishment at him until he introduced his topic for the day.

It was at the department of Mass Communication and the lecturer wanted to teach the students Hazards of Investigative Reporting, using a lasting impression to let the students know the seriousness of the topic. He decided to appear in boxing gloves.

A student in class managed to record part of the lecture and uploaded on social media.

The students in that class had never seen such before but the act probably left a lasting impression in their minds regarding how hazardous investigative reporting could be if you don’t tread cautiously.

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UNICAL Final Year Student Killed By Unknown Gunmen

A young man was killed by unknown gunmen after he was attacked in Akwa Ibom state.

The deceased identified as Kingsley Cletus Akpan of Ikot Andem Ukwok, Ini local government area, was shot dead by armed thugs in a case allegedly linked to political thuggery in the area due to the election.

According to report, the deceased was a final year Student of the University of Calabar, Cross River state.

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Why We Called Off Strike After 3 Months – ASUU Releases Statement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has, Thursday, suspended the over three months-old strike it embarked upon since Sunday, 4th November, 2018.

The union suspended the strike after a memorandum of Action, MoA, it reached with the Federal government towards the revitalisation of public universities.

The ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi who announced the suspension, however, said that the union had embarked on the strike to “stem the continued slide into rot and decay in public universities since the 1980s.”

He however decried the unpatriotic attitudes of some university chancellors whom he said tried to undermine the union’s struggle towards ensuring that universities in the country are revitalised.

The statement reads thus:

“ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU), NATIONAL SECRETARIAT. TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU), THURSDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY, 2019, AT NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS HEADQUARTERS, PASCAL BAFYAU HOUSE, ABUJA

Protocol

Friends and compatriots of the Press, On Sunday, 4th November, 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumed its strike action which was conditionally suspended on 14th September, 2017.

The action of 2017 was suspended following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) in which the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) promised to address the contentious issues within a timeline that was to end in October 2017.

While announcing the suspension of the nationwide action, however, our Union made it categorically clear that “ASUU will not hesitate to review its position should government renege on the signed Memorandum of Action”.

Predictably, Government implemented the MoA in the breach, thereby forcing ASUU to resume the suspended strike action.

Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university campuses.

This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of “non-disruption of academic calendar” by proprietors and administrators of some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.

Rather, it is about deep-seated pains members of the Union undergo to prevent strike actions and the equally painful consequences strike situations bring to all who are genuinely averse to the mercantile disposition to university education.

Why Strike Action? The question has been asked time and time again: Why does ASUU like embarking on strike action that causes disruption and dislocation in the universities?

However, ASUU is strongly convinced that if academics fail to fight the cause of university education, the fate that befell public primary and secondary schools would soon become the lot of the public university system in Nigeria.

ASUU’s advocacy on the need to stem the continued slide into rot and decay in public universities since the 1980s has fallen on deaf ears. Our experience, as a trade union, shows that successive governments in Nigeria always entered into negotiated agreements only to placate those pleading the cause – be it education, health, transportation, employment or any other issue of meaningful living.

This proclivity of the Nigerian ruling class, irrespective of which wing of the insensitive stock they belong, must be continually be tracked, engaged and resisted by all people of goodwill.

ASUU ‘s action strike, which started on 4th November, 2018, was situated in the context of accumulated records of indifference and lackadaisical attitude of Government to negotiated agreements with the Union.

At our media interaction in University of Lagos on 23rd  December, 2018, we highlighted the outstanding issues in the crisis to include the following:

– Funding for the revitalization of Public Universities based on the FGN-ASUU MoU of 2012, 2013 and the MoA  of 2017

– Reconstitution of the current Government Team to allow for a leader and Chairman of the FG-ASUU Renegotiating team who has the interest of the nation and the people at heart.

– Release of the forensic audit report on Earned Academic allowances (EAA), offsetting the outstanding balance of the EAA and mainstreaming of same into the 2018 budget.

– Payment of all arrears of shortfall in all universities that have met the verification requirements of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA)

– Provision of a platform by the federal government for ASUU to engage Governors on the proliferation of universities, underfunding of university education and undue interference in the affairs of the universities

– Release of PFA operational license to NUPEMCO

– Payment of EAA to loyal ASUU members at the University of Ilorin A new Memorandum of Action and Our Resolution To date, ASUU has had a total of ten (10) interactive meetings with representatives of FGN which have culminated into a Memorandum of Action of

2019.

Highlights of the MoA include the following:

In addition to the N20 billion for 2018, the sum of N25 billion only would be released in April/May 2019, after which government would resume full implementation of the MoU of 2013.

Part-payment of the outstanding arrears of the earned academic allowances; defraying the balance up to 2018 in 4 tranches within 36 months; and mainstreaming further payments of EAA into the annual budgets beginning from 2019 budget.

PICA verification and the release of the arrears of salary shortfall at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, not later than 15th February 2019.

Strengthening the Consultative Committee on State-owned Universities (CCSOU), inaugurated on Monday, 28th January, 2019 to look into the issues of proliferation, underfunding and governance to consistently deliver on its mandate.

Payment of the outstanding EAA arrears of all eligible staff in the University of Ilorin, especially the loyal ASUU members whose appointments were illegally terminated by today, 7th February, 2019.

Acknowledgement and appreciation of Government for facilitating the release of the final letter of approval for the granting of operational license to NUPEMCO.

Visitation to all Federal Universities would commence tentatively by 11th March, 2019.

Provision of documented guidelines on procedures and roles of parties in the process of renegotiating FGN-ASUU Agreement of 2009 which would commence not later than 18th February 2019 and end by Friday 29th March 2019.

Based on the initial proposals from Government, the Union made extensive consultations through its various organs. The final level of consultation was the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) which took place 6th-7th February 2019.

NEC resolved that: Following a careful review of the report of engagements with the Federal Government on proposals for addressing all outstanding in the 2013 MoU and 2017 MoA, NEC resolved that the current strike action by the Union should be suspended conditionally with effect from 12.01 a.m on Friday 8th February 2019.

However, should Government fail to fulfill its part of the agreement as reflected in the 2019 Memorandum of Action, ASUU shall resume its suspended strike action as the Union deems necessary.

Conclusion

ASUU notes, with serious concern, the covert and overt roles of some vice-chancellors in the management and application of funds attracted by our Union to Nigeria’s public universities.

Consequently, we condemn, in the strongest terms, Vice-Chancellors who have made efforts to undermine and, in some cases, attempted to break our patriotic struggles for the revitalisation of public universities in Nigeria.

ASUU will not shy away from taking headlong those Vice-Chancellors who are reputed for acts of impunity, nepotism and other forms of conduct which are antithetic to university culture and the progressive development of our universities.

Our union will compile all their shenanigans and forward them to relevant authorities for further action.

Finally, ASUU acknowledges the understanding and support demonstrated by patriotic Nigerian students and their parents all through the strike period.

We equally appreciate the comradely assistance from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), represented by the newly re-elected President, Comrade Ayuba Waba, who has stood by us throughout the struggle.

We also acknowledge the solidarity of the civil society organisations, especially the Joint Action Front (JAF) and the Education Rights Campaign (ERC), and members of the progressive wing of the media who have consistently partnered with us in our mission to rescue Nigerian public universities from imminent collapse.

While we put a closure to this phase of the struggle, it is our hope and desire that the Nigerian governments (Federal and State) will play the roles expected of them in order to make the new Memorandum work.

We shall never abandon our obligation to ensure the survival of a sound university system.

For ASUU, the struggle certainly continues!

Thank you for listening.

Biodun Ogunyemi

President

7th February 2018”

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