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Education: FG pledges to achieve SDGs by 2030

Mallam Adamu Adamu,Minister of Education
THE federal government has pledged to ensure strict implementation of programmes and projects in order to achieve key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to the education sector by 2030.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who said this in Abuja at a two-day implementation status meeting of the 2017 SDG4 beneficiaries, warned stakeholders in the sector against cutting corners and misapplying resources provided for implementation of the SDGs.

FG should stop funding universities – Adedoyin

THE recent re-emphasis by the federal government of its policy on the non-payment of tuition in federal universities has come under criticism by one of the major stakeholders in tertiary education in Nigeria, Prince (Dr) Ramon Adedoyin.
Dr Adedoyin is the founder and chancellor of the Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, and The Polytechnic, Ile-Ife, both in Osun State.
Dr Adedoyin advocated that public universities should be granted full autonomy and be allowed to charge whatever fees suit them to be able to operate more efficiently and develop.

UI DLC pushes for 9 new programmes

IN its efforts to constantly expand access and maintain its position as the leading Open Distance Education provider, the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre is pushing for nine new programmes on its platform.
Tribune Education recalls that the Centre earlier this month received a 20-man National Universities Commission (NUC) team which came for a validation and revalidation exercise.
The NUC team’s visit happened exactly six years after a similar exercise that led to the loss of 19 programmes of the centre.

What we’re doing to cushion effect of fee hike —AAUA VC

Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun
The governing council of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, recently announced a new fees regime for the institutions, which sparked protests and temporarily led to the suspension of academic activities. In this interview with LAOLU HAROLDS, the vice chancellor, Professor Igbekele Amos Ajibefun, a Professor of Agricultural Economics, spoke on the development and other issues. Excerpts

THE recent announcement of a hike in tuition fees sparked off protests. How was the crisis eventually managed?
The protests didn’t take us unaware.

Okowa lauds commencement of academic activities at Maritime University

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa,Delta State
DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has described the commencement of academic activities at the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, as good omen that will consolidate the existing peace and sustainable development of the Niger Delta.
The Governor stated this when the Governing Council of the University led by former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, who is the Chairman of the Council,  paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba, Okerenkoko located in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Ebola: Leaving no stone unturned at the airports

It is no longer news that a fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease is presently tearing through the Democratic Republic of Congo, a sister African country almost two years after a similar experience was recorded in Liberia and subsequently many other countries across the world.
The fresh outbreak of the disease has again brought unease to world especially the African continent in view of the troubles attached to the fighting of the deadly virus due to the high risk it poses to humans.

GDPR: The Data Police

The General Data Protection Regulation (GRPR) is a new law on data protection and privacy for individuals in the European Union.
This policy has every organization that has an online presence sending emails about privacy. (I’m sure your box is filled with such emails).
GDPR aims to ensure that every organization uses the “data protection by design and by default” approach for all data collection processes.

Power project: Fayose chides Buhari, Obasanjo over $16bn controversy

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo greeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2018 Summit in Addis Ababa, on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has scoffed at President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo over their public spat over $16 billion Buhari claimed Obasanjo had allegedly spent on power without anything to show.

Governor Fayose weighed in on the controversy through his twitter handle, on Wednesday, musing that he was enjoying the public display between the two Nigerian leaders.

Group drums support for Amnesty International, says protesters were hired

A pro-democracy group has drummed support for Amnesty International, saying those protesting against the human right body were hired.
Convener of the Concerned Nigerians group, Deji Adeyanju, in a statement made available to Tribune Online stated that the group “condemns in strong terms the shameful protest by some group of persons at the premises of the Amnesty International office earlier today.”
He added that “Amnesty International has been consistent in fighting for the right of persons in Nigeria.

Protesters storm Abuja Amnesty International office 

PROTESTERS numbering over 100, under the Civil Rights Groups, on Wednesday, stormed Abuja office of Amnesty International over allegations to destabilise Nigeria.

Addressing newsmen during the protest, the coordinator, Mr. Danesi Momoh, said the decision of Amnesty International to only base its report on 2015-2018 was suspicious.

Momoh, therefore, urged the Federal Government to consider request Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) made last year for AI to be kicked out of Nigeria.