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EU Awards Scholarships to 40 Nigerian Students

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By Martin Paul, Abuja

The European Union (EU), under it ErasmuaT Programme, has awarded 40  Nigerian university students scholarships to study in European countries.

The Erasmus+ is a European Union flagship programme for higher education. It offers opportunities to students and staff to attend or work with European Higher Education Institutions.

The Ambassador of the European Union delegation to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, who spoke about the scholarship during the pre-departure orientation for the students in Abuja, said the EU had supported young Nigerians who got the scholarship with 6.

6 million Euros, about N2.6 billion since inception of the programme in 2014.

Larlsen said over 1000 students applied for the 2019 scholarship programme but only 40 of were selected.

“The students will be going to 10 different European Union countries.

Among the countries are Italy, Spain, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Poland, Netherlands and Germany.

“We have seen a high record because there has been a consistent increase in the number of students coming to Europe since 2014. This year’s scholarship scheme experienced an increase of 25 per cent. I cannot see a better way of investing in development opportunities for the youth. Over the decade, we have 12,000 Nigerians who have studied in Europe on a different scheme,” he said.

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The diplomat said the EU has supported Nigeria with about N600 million for development programmes across in the country.

Speaking on migration, Larlsen said the EU has seen a drop in irregular migration and an increase in regular migration.

 “This is a very powerful message because we want to engage Nigerians and we are not closing our borders. We are only saying there should not be irregular migration, people should not risk their lives,” he said.

He said the only challenge the EU faced was tracking some of the alumni of its educational programmes.

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ASUU Strike: FG Reverses it Decision To Re-open Varsities. 

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By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja 

The Federal Government has withdrew its circular which directed vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and governing councils to re-open Federal Universities.

 Daily Asset reported earlier that a circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 was addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities ordering them to re-open universities.

 

But in another circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136 which was also signed by the Director, finance and account of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the commission withdrew the order.

Though it did not explain why.

The letter tagged, “withdrawal of circular NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 dated 23rd September 2022” partly reads, “ I have been directed to withdraw the National Universities Commission (NUC) Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.

64/135, and dated 23″ September 2022 on the above

subject. 

“Consequently, the said Circular stands

withdrawn. All Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of Governing Councils, as well as Vice-Chancellors of Federal Universities are to please note. Further development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.

“Please accept the assurances of the Executive Secretary’s warmest regards”.

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FG Commences Activities to Commemorate 2022 World Teachers Day.

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By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja. 

The Federal Government has commenced activities to Commemorate the  2022 World Teachers Day. 

The theme for the year 2022 WTD which is “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers” strongly stresses the importance of empowering teachers for the effective transformation of education to ensure quality teaching and learning as well as galvanise technological advancements to meet the ever changing needs for national growth and development.

According Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Ministry of Education started this year’s preparation with a call for nomination instruments, attached therein, to State Ministries of Education and Federal Unity Colleges nationwide for the objective selection of meritorious nominees.

 He added that the champions so selected would then compete for National Best School, Best Teacher and Best School Administrator in the Public, Private and Federal Unity Colleges categories.

 

The Minister further stated  that the national implementation of the New National Teaching Policy has commenced.

”It is a holistic package that will ultimately address the career path, remuneration, professional teaching standards, qualification, deployment and management of teachers”. 

Speaking at the conference, the National President of Nigerian Union of Teachers appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the “Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill”which provides for retirement of teachers on attainment of 65 years or 40 years of pensionable service. 

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ASUU: Speaker Calls for Prayer

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Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has urged students and all Nigerians to pray for an end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The speaker made the call on Tuesday shortly after recieved an award of Excellence as ”Speaker of the Year” 2022 from the National Association of University Students (NAUS).


He said that the call for prayer toward the end of the strike was in the best interest of the education sector and overall development of the country.

Abdullahi, who promised to provide purposeful leadership, said that the award would spur him to initiate bills and enact laws and pass resolutions for the development of the state and the country at large.
” I am pleased and honoured with this award; I am indeed very happy because this award will spur me to do more in terms of law making, passing meaningful resolutions and providing purposeful leadership at all times.

” I don’t know that my activities in the assmebly is being monitored by Nigerian students.
“My successes in the assemby are as a result of the maximum support and cooperation given to me by my colleagues in the assembly.
“We will continue to do our best toward changing the lives of our people and other Nigerians for the better,” he said.
The speaker noted that the assembly was doing all within its powers to ensure that the state university chapter of ASUU pulls out of the national strike and resume academic activities.
“We are friends of Nigeria students at our levels and we are doing our best to ensure that ASUU of our state university pulls out of the strike and resume academic activities.
“We have engaged the state government, ASUU officials and management of the university to ensure that the strike is suspended.
“The ongoing nationwide strike has affected and still affecting the lives of our children, especially the students negatively because an idle mind they say is the devil’s workshop.
”We sympathise with the students, because what is happening is called for all hands to be on deck to ensure that the strike come to an end,” he said.
The speaker, who assured the students of his support at all times, urged them to be hard working and take their studies seriously and desist from all forms of social vice to excel in life.
Earlier, Mr Abraham Mohammed, NAUS Deputy National President and Mr Taiwo Oluwasegun, its National Publicity Secretary, who spoke separately, said that the association awarded the speaker due to his stirling leadership.
Mohammed said, “we are here to identify with you and to award you as the best Speaker of the Year, 2022.
“This is in recognition of your dexterous leader acumen, passionate professional capabilities and outstanding contributions toward the development of the Nigeria students and the society at large.
“We the Nigeria students are proud of your all-inclusive and quality leadership style,” he said.
The vice-president solicited the assembly support toward the growth and development of the association.(NAN)

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