JAMB denies releasing 2019 UTME results
Warns candidates against fraudsters
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it would reach out to candidates through their telephones as soon as the results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are ratified.The board’s head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday.
According to him, candidates should not be carried away by misleading information in some sections of the media, especially the social media.The 2019 UTME was conducted nationwide from April 11 to 18 for over 1.8 million candidates.“The board wants to distance itself from such rumours about releasing the results of candidates of the just-concluded UTME and steps to check these results as being speculated.
“Candidates should disregard this information, as it is not true. It is not emanating from the board.“No result has been released yet. Yes, the results are all ready, but we are yet to release them because they are still being ratified.“The board is carrying out all the checks and balances regarding these results by viewing the CCTV cameras as well as attending to all findings brought before it while the examination lasted.
“The release of the result will be publicised as soon as we are through with all the board has set out to achieve.“Candidates should not bother themselves going to any cybercafe to check any result. Our result check has been standardised. We will forward the results to the respective telephone numbers of those candidates who are deserving of it,” he said.He added that the board was intensifying efforts to ensure that results of deserving candidates were released by next week.
Benjamin further explained that it was not also true that the board was deducting marks from candidates with proven cases of examination malpractice.According to him, once the board establishes evidence of any form of examination malpractice, it will cancel the result of such candidate outright, rather than deduct marks.
“If we establish any case of infraction or examination malpractice being carried out in any centre, such centre is shut down and the entire results of candidates who wrote in that centre from the commencement of the examination, which is April 11, to the end will automatically be cancelled.
“Affected candidates are rescheduled immediately for the examination in another centre, as was the case in some centres in Abia,” he said.He added that the board made several arrests of persons caught trying to undermine the integrity of the examination and process, while it lasted, just like it shut down centres that fell short of standard.
Culled from the Guardian
To boost its capacity, infrastructure, Kogi poly partners U.S-based DACC
By Friday Idachaba
The Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has entered into a partnership with US-based Delaware African Caribbean Coalition (DACC) to enhance capacity building and infrastructure development at the institution.
Rector of the institution, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, made this known in a statement signed by Mrs Uredo Omale, Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the institution, on Saturday in Lokoja.
He said that the collaboration was sealed at a meeting between the management of the Polytechnic and a DACC team led by its President and Lead Chair for the Kogi project, Thomas Grant.
The Rector said that the Polytechnic would make positive use of the established relationship with DACC to actualise its cardinal agenda of delivering quality assurance and security, among others.
Usman commended Kogi Gov. Yahaya Bello for facilitating the meeting and collaboration, describing the partnership as timely and capable of projecting the institution on the global space.
He also lauded the governor for creating the enabling environment for infrastructure and sustainable manpower development at the institution, in line with his government’s education blueprint.
Mr Wemi Jones, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, who led the DACC team to the polytechnic, said the collaboration was to actualise the state government’s vision of providing quality education for all.
Also speaking, Asiwaju Idris, the state commissioner for finance, said that the state would partner with the DACC in other sectors, including agriculture, health, infrastructure and technology.
Idris commended the rector for the laudable development, facelift and overall transformation accomplished in the institution under his watch, through the prudent use of resources.
Thomas Grant, President and Lead Chair for the DACC Kogi project, expressed delight with the infrastructure development at the institution, as well as other quality projects carried out by students of the school.
Dr Eunice Gwanmesia, Chairman, Education and Culture, DACC, also commended the rector for his efforts in making the institution admirable, attractive and assured the Polytechnic management of a robust relationship that would be mutually beneficial.
Highlights of the DACC team’s visit included the presentation of materials produced by the institution’s Entrepreneurship Development Centre, such as towels, body creams, liquid detergents, Tie and Dye materials, among others.
The team also visited the exhibition house of the School of Art, Design and Printing and inspected some ongoing projects on the campus. (NAN)
NGOs float ambitious Urban Schools’ Tree Planting Program in Nigeria
T.R.E.E. Initiative, a Nigerian NGO and a US based not for profit, C.A.K.E. African Village in a collaboration to practically demonstrate the United Nations SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals on Wednesday 7th July, 2021 floated an ambitious Urban Schools’ Tree Planting Program at a public school, Methodist High School in Ibadan the Oyo State capital.
Urban Schools Tree Planting Program seeks to inculcate tree planting (afforestation) and environmental conservation in school children as well as create awareness on the importance of tree planting and the advocacy against deforestation in Africa, especially Nigeria.
Speaking at the event which also featured the symbolic planting of trees by Students of the school, the Executive Director of T.R.E.E. Initiative, ‘Sola Kolawole stated that the idea of engaging students in Urban Schools was mentioned in a conversation with a friend, ‘Lande Sanusi of the US based C.A.K.E. African Village about a year ago during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“She asked that we collaborate and execute this as Climate Action across selected schools in major Nigerian cities. Today, her dream is a reality with the take-off of this project her in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“As we move further, several schools will be engaged under the Urban Schools Tree Planting Program to motivate students to plant and nurture trees within their school premises and at home. This program is structured and the school management is involved.
“There is also an incentive dimension to this because we don’t want to plant these trees but we want them to nurtured by these students for a few years. Students who participate in this project will get a certificate and also a medals if the trees survive.
“This Urban Schools Tree Planting Program amplifiers the basics of SDGs 13: #ClimateAction and SDGs 15: #LifeonLand.”
In her remarks, the Principal of Methodist High School, Ibadan, Mrs. Olayinka Sanwo could not hold back her joy at the success of the event and the nomination of her school as the first beneficiary of the C.A.K.E. African Village and T.R.E.E. Initiative Urban Schools Tree Planting Program.
She thanked the facilitator, Mr. Edris Olawoyin and the T.R.E.E. Initiative team for starting with her school. She assured the team that she will supervise the projects throughout her sojourn at the school as Principal. The School’s Agricultural Science teacher, Mr. Olutumi Oyeleke was also elated. He thanked the team and assured them the trees will be well nurtured. Methodist High School, Ibadan was founded on February 13th, 1961 as a Boys only school and it currently has a student population of 350+.
T.R.E.E. Initiative (The Rural Environmental Empowerment Initiative) is a Nigerian registered not-for-profit volunteer based NGO is focused on climate change mitigation via afforestation (tree planting), food security and sustainable rural livelihood. The NGO is at the forefront of the clamour for the declaration of a National Tree Planting Day as Climate Action since 2017. Other projects by T.R.E.E. Initiative include: One Student One Tree Project (OSOTP); National Shea Tree Restoration Advocacy Program (NASTREP); Community Based Mangrove Restoration Project (COBMAREP) and Sustainable Apiculture Program (SAP).
C.A.K.E. African Village (Culture of Africa for Kids Everywhere Inc.) is a American not for profit that has proudly preserved and presented African culture experiences within the diaspora and throughout the United States.
Through exhibitions, educational programs, school assemblies, workshops and festivals, C.A.K.E. African Village have been able to foster cultural enlightenment, awareness and inclusion among both children and adults.
They also serve to help Americans seeking to reconnect with their African ancestors heritage. Working with experts in the field of exhibit creation and educators from Indiana University’s NALRC, C.A.K.E. African Village ensures that every presentation, every instruction, every workshop, and every assembly is marked by authenticity and cultural excellence.
Gov. El-rufai orders indefinite closure of schools in Kaduna over insecurity
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has ordered for the suspension of resumption of schools across the state until further notice.
Addressing a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday, the Governor explained that his administration took the decision due to the ongoing aggressive military operation against bandits in most parts of the state.
He told the gathering which gad members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), as well as professional and community-based associations that the operation was aimed at flushing out the bandits from their hideouts.
Governor El-Rufai added that the government was committed to protecting vulnerable children from being attacked by fleeing bandits who were already feeling the heat of the superior firepower of the military.
He disclosed that the military has deployed more troops to the state for the operation and warned the residents to be vigilant and mindful of unknown faces in their midst, saying fleeing bandits might infiltrate their communities.
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