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Unijos Graduates 60 Medical Doctors, Mounts Physiotherapy, Radiography Programmes

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The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on Friday, in Jos inducted 60 qualified graduates of University of Jos as medical doctors.

Registrar of the council, Dr T. A. B Sanusi, who administered the oath on the new physicians, charged them to adhere to the ethics of the profession.

Sanusi who was represented  by the Council’s Head of Registration, Dr Henry Okwuokenye, advised the new doctors to always give their best as they would be dealing with human lives.

“You must be very careful as you are no longer students but doctors who would be dealing with human lives.“Respect your senior colleagues and teachers as there is still much for you to learn from them.
“Always remember that first degree is not the end of studies in medical profession, you must keep updating your knowledge in order to be abreast of current issues and diseases.

“I wish to also advise you not to be in a hurry to go abroad because many that have rushed out are regretting their actions,” he advised.

Prof. Sabastian Maimako, Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, said  that so much had been put in by government,  the university and the teaching hospital as well as individual families to bring up the inductees.“This is our contribution as a training institution to to country’s healthcare system, knowing fully well the brain drain of our medical doctors to other climes.“This brain drain is a great loss not only to the country’s investment but also the loss of skilled manpower that would have been available for our people,” he lamented.

Maimako, who was represented by Prof. Tanko Ishaya, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, said that the university would spare no efforts at building infrastructure and human capacity within the available resources to make the institution to be amongst the best.The vice chancellor said that the College of Health Sciences would be a beneficiary of the efforts.He announced that the university would soon invite the MDCN registrar to accredit the school’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme.

According to him, the university was expecting the National Universities Commission (NUC) in the last quarter of 2019 for the accreditation of the BDS programme.

“We will continue to do our best to access what is due to us from TetFund and other funding agencies to enable us build more infrastructure for the university.

“The good news is that we have received funding from TetFund for the faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture as well as to complete the abandoned multipurpose lecture theatre of the College.“I believe the college has a pool of alumni that can assist the college and university to provide infrastructure as part of giving back to their Alma mater,”he added.

Dr Alkali Mohammed, Chief Medical Director, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Teaching Hospital, was the medical elder at the induction.

Mohammed advised the inductees to do their best saying, good product sold more.The medical elder also told the graduands to consider the ethics of the profession as a guide. (NAN)

UniJos Mounts Physiotherapy, Radiography Programmes

Prof. Simon Yiltok, Provost, College of Health Sciences, University of Jos, says the college is considering starting two new programmes in physiotherapy and radiography.

Yiltok made the disclosure on Friday, at the induction of 60 newly-qualified graduates of the institution.He said that there was already infrastructure for the take-off of the programmes as the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) old site would house the programmes.“The new programmes will not only add to the needed manpower in the heath care industry  of this country but also reduce the pressure for admission into our existing programmes by adding alternatives.“I am yet to see a graduate of physiotherapy who is an indigene of Plateau,” he said.The provost said that the induction ceremony was a mandatory process that would enable the inductees to commence their career having satisfied the requirements of academic and professional competence.He that the inductees that were from Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) took professional examination that were held between April and August.He said the graduands were taught by the best lecturers/doctors in the classroom, laboratories, clinics, emergency rooms, theatres and other specialised units within and outside the hospital.“We have produced quality doctors that can be attested to globally as we have been having enormous support from the vice chancellor in both infrastructure and manpower,” Yiltok said.He, however, appealed to the vice chancellor to consider providing additional structures to enable the college to move completely to its permanent site in Lamingo.He also appealed to the vice chancellor to recruit more staff in critical areas of specialisation for teaching both undergraduate and postgraduates as well as research in almost all programmes. (NAN)

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Education Minister Bows to Pressure, Pegs ‘Varsity Entry Age at 16

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By David Torough, Abuja.

Education Minister, Professor Tahir Mamman yesterday, bowed to pressure mounted by Vice Chancellors of universities and heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria to peg the minimum entry age to Nigerian universities and tertiary institutions at 16 years.

This was just as the nation’s universities adopted 140 as the baseline score for admissions as well as 100 for polytechnics and Colleges of Education (CoEs) for the next academic session (2024/25).

The 16-year age approval came moments after the minister had already announced emphatically in his speech at the opening of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) policy meeting for 2024 that the  entry age would be 18 as prescribed by extant laws of the country, particularly the National Policy on Education.

In his initial directive, the minister had explained that the minimum six years of age for primary education automatically implied that any applicant who began primary school at the prescribed age would have attained 18 years  at the time of completion of secondary education and application for university admission.

The minister’s declaration was however, met with shouts of disapproval from most of the over 3,000 top education administrators in the audience.

As the education administrators sustained their opposition, the Vice Chancellor of Elizade University, Professor Kayode Ijadunola moved a motion for reduction of the age limit to 16.

Ijadunola argued that since the applicants had already taken the UMTE, so the entry 18 years entry age be enforced in subsequent years.

After due consultation, the Minister accepted the proposals from the academic institutions but ruled however, that after the 2024/25 academic session, admission age would be pegged at 18.

He directed JAMB to ensure that adequate publicity as given to the new directive to guide future applicants and parents.

The policy meeting, attended by Vice Chancellors, provosts of CoEs, rectors of polytechnics and heads of education agencies is convened annually by JAMB to adopt admission policies and procedures after the annual Universities and Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Mamman warned admission officers and heads of tertiary institutions to adhere strictly to the guidelines as proposed by JAMB and democratically approved by yesterday’s Policy Meeting.

He regretted that improprieties in the admission process had led to the illegal admission of one million students in the universities, polytechnics and COEs since 2017 but warned that such would no longer be condoned.

The minister announced that a new curriculum for secondary schools in the country with emphasis on skills acquisition would be introduced from September and said the new policy would be presented to various stakeholders including the National Council on Education for approval before its eventual launch at the start of the next academic session.

According to the minister, the new policy was the ministry’s response to the problem of unemployment of school leavers and crisis faced by many secondary graduates in the pursuit of admission in the tertiary institutions.

“These young children live with us and we must care about their future,” he stated adding that the graduates with reasonable skills would better fend for themselves if they could not pursue higher education.

The minister warned the recently inaugurated governing councils of Federal Government owned universities and tertiary institutions to ensure they operate according to the laws guiding their respective institutions and to avoid the temptation to usurp the powers of the heads of the institutions on critical issues such as appointment of principal officers and procurement of goods and services.

He also clarified that there was no plan by the Federal Government to privatise any of its tertiary institutions or transfer its management to private hands, contrary to what he described as “propaganda in certain quarters”.

Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyode, who led participants through adoption of the comprehensive admissions policy for 2024/25 academic session warned that the board will not condone any sharp practices in line with its zero –tolerance on corruption in the admissions process.

He assured that the huge investment in technology by the board had made it impossible for criminally minded applicants to circumvent the rigorous examination and admission processes and vowed that anybody who attempted to manipulate the system would be fished out and punished according to law.

He said some applicants and staff of some institutions were already in police custody over various infractions of the law and assured that the suspects would be taken to court to face the law.

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Navy Donates Educational Materials to A’Ibom School

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The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, under Operation Delta Sanity 11, has donated educational materials to Saint Paul’s African Primary School in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

The Commanding Officer, FOB, Ibaka, Capt. Uche Aneke, who made the donation on Friday, said the gesture was part of the efforts to kick-start Operation Delta Sanity 11 and foster civil relationship with host communities.

Aneke enlightened the students that Operation Delta Sanity 11 was a renewed effort of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm.

Emmanuel Ogalla, toward ending the menace of crude oil theft.

He further enlightened them on the economic and environmental effects of illegal oil bunkering and smuggling of petroleum products as well as the security consequences on the Nigerian maritime environment.

He said that the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) exercise, which involved educational outreach and community services among others, was used to drive the message in a non-kinetic line of operation.

He emphasised that under the current leadership of the Chief of Naval Staff, such community services would be constant and sustained.

The Commanding Officer urged the female pupils to take their academics seriously and observe good hygiene.

“Parents of  girls of school-age who are out of school within the community are also encouraged to enroll in school for a brighter future,” he said.

Aneke said Operation Delta Sanity 11 as well as constant surveillance of areas under the FOB Ibaka Area of Operations and Eastern Naval Command Area of Responsibility would be sustained.

He explained that the operations were aimed at flushing out all forms of criminal elements.

In her remarks, the Head Teacher of St. Paul’s African Primary School at Ibaka, Mrs Justina Uko, thanked the Nigerian Navy for the gesture.

Uko said that the initiative would enhance education in the community.

She emphasised the importance of girl-child in the country and prayed that God would continue to bless the Nigerian Navy for impacting knowledge on the pupils of the school.

“We thank and appreciate Nigerian Navy for what they have done to the pupils of the school; we pray that God should bless them more and more,” the head teacher said.

Highlights of the outreach included sensitisation lecture and the donation of exercise books and writing materials to encourage and support the schoolgirls.

Report says that the theme of the exercise was “The impact of Girl-Child Education on Community Development with focus on the Ibaka Community”. (NAN)

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Additional 12 State-owned Tertiary Institutions Submit Student Data to NELFUND 

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The Management of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has announced the onboarding of an additional 12 state government-owned tertiary institutions to the student loan application portal.

This is disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by Nasir Ayitogo, Head, Media and Public Relations, NELFUND, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ayitogo said that the expansion came following the successful submission and verification of data completeness and accuracy required from the institutions.

He said with the latest addition, the total number of participating state government-owned tertiary institutions had been increased from the initial 36 to 48.

Ayitogo urged all institutions yet to submit their students’ data to the Student Verification Portal (SVS) of the fund to do so to enable their students benefit from the scheme.

He advised states whose data had been captured and successfully uploaded to urgently sensitise their students to apply.

He said doing this would bring succour to students, who were struggling financially whilst also bringing guaranteed revenue to the institutions.

Ayitogo urged students from the newly added state government-owned tertiary institutions to visit www.nelf.gov.ng to apply for the loan, while noting that students’ data from 121 institutions was still outstanding.

He listed the 12 additional state-owned tertiary institutions as Abia State Polytechnic, Benue State University, Makurdi, College of Education, Waka-Biu and University of Medical and Applied Sciences Enugu State.

Others are Aliko Dangote University of science and Technology Wudil, Kano State, Kwara Polytechnic, Lagos State University of Science and Technology and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, Niger State.

In the list are also Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Taraba State Polytechnic and Yobe State University.

(NAN)

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