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December 21, 2011

GMC says the schools no longer meet accepted standards of practice in the UK

Medical graduates from nine universities in Nigeria will no longer be able to obtain licenses to practice in the United Kingdom, following a decision by the UK's General Medical Council (GMC) to ban the higher institutions.

The GMC, a body of independent regulators which registers medical doctors to practise in the UK, took the decision to bar graduates from the nine universities from writing PLAB.

PLAB is the UK exam that enables non-UK Medical graduates to undertake post-graduate medical training in the country.

December 12, 2011

Gazing at goats is my new found catharsis. It offers me the perfect escape from the many ills that stare me in the face

The nonchalance with which goats go about their daily activities may seem to an uninterested passerby as haphazard and without ambition; just content to browse, nibble and feed on anything that comes in its way and stores it all up in its four-chambered tummy. However, goats really do have some well planned out routine, they exhibit a high level of intelligence when they execute their laid out tasks.

December 11, 2011

Levels allegations of extortion and receiving bribes against them

December 11, 2011

The ICPC calls for the support of citizens and groups to ensure a corruption-free Nigeria

Okey Igbudu  the Head of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), Kaduna Zonal office, has disclosed that the agency is currently prosecuting 270 corruption cases involving 516 persons.

Speaking at the UN Anti Corruption Day Celebration in Kaduna on Friday, Igbudu said this year's theme, "Mobilising Civil Society for Good Governance", was appropriate to  raise the people’s consciousness and encourage them to act.

December 8, 2011

Education commissioner orders improvement of student's living conditions

December 7, 2011

An 18 year old university student and 3 secondary school students attempted to steal from a school in Jos

An 18-year-old student of the University of Jos, Frank Aruku, and three others were on Tuesday arraigned before an Upper Area Court in Jos on charges of conspiracy and theft.

December 7, 2011

DG says website is part of a need to develop a proper peer-review mechanism to drive the development plan of the secretariat

The Secretariat of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has launched its website, which it described as  digital hub for all activities of the thirty-six state governors.

December 6, 2011

Says strike will go on until the government shows commitment to implementing the 2009 agreement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday vowed not to go back to classes until its demands are met fully by the Federal Government.

The Union began a nationwide indefinite strike at midnight on Sunday.

The President of ASUU, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie said that there was “no going back until government showed some level of commitment to implementing the agreement.

“Government had firmly assured that they would look into the issue in November and we were all hopeful that they would do something, having signed the MoU.

December 5, 2011

Says it has created a specal unit to take care of vulnerable groups of people

As the global community observed the International Day of Persons with Disability on December 3, 2011, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) solicited assistance for persons with disabilities, especially during emergency situations.

December 4, 2011

An assistant to a member of the House of Representatives was recently caught sitting for an exam on behalf of the Rep

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Exam Ethics Marshals International, has called on the House of Representatives to investigate the case of examination fraud against its member and make the finding public. 

December 3, 2011

Reiterates commitment to meeting the 2015 millennium development target on basic education

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Thursday, expressed its determination to eliminate illiteracy in the territory.

This was disclosed by the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed at the 2011 FCT illiteracy day celebration in Abaji area council area of the territory.

Mohammed, who was represented by the secretary for education, Malam Kabiru Usman, urged the FCT Agency for Mass Education to continue to work with the education secretariat to come out with achievable strategies that will reduce illiteracy and poverty in the territory.

November 25, 2011

The students are protesting over a 700 percent increase in the students' tuition fees

Update: The management of LASU's School of Part-Time Studies has suspended the examinations that were due to start today indefinitely. This is as a result of the ongoing protest by students against the proposed increase in tuition.

Bisola Oyelami, a 100 level student of the Guidance Psychology Department, said the proposed increase may end some quest for an education in the institution.

November 20, 2011

Following the political instability in the state, the government ordered the closure of schools for one week

Following the political drama in Bayelsa State, nursery, primary and secondary schools in the state are to be closed between Monday, November 21 and Friday November 25, 2011.

A statement signed by the commissioner of Education, Professor Tuemi Asuka, and made available to journalists on Saturday, disclosed that the order was made to ensure that lives and properties of the school children are protected during what he called the height of political activities in the state.

November 17, 2011

Owo, an international businessman, said the country is already being regarded as a high risk country by foreign investors

Due to the insecurity in the country, Nigeria has, in recent times, lost a lot of innocent lives to bombings by Islamist sect, Boko Haram. The country is also losing huge foreign investment due to the situation.

 Chukwudi Owo, the President and Chief Executive of  ResourceField Incorporated, a policy management consultancy and real estate  company based in Houston U.S.A., spoke to Daily Times on these issues.

November 14, 2011

Lagos lawmakers react to the huge population of Nigerian students in Ghana.

Two Lagos lawmakers have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

November 4, 2011

The country is currently facing acute cash crisis and increase in the prices of commodities.

The recently appointed governor of Libya's central bank, Saddek Elkaber, has disclosed that the acute cash crisis in Libya is set to get worse. He said the country’s banking system requires a complete overhaul that will be guided by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

November 3, 2011

The schools were closed down for operating below stipulated standards.

The Enugu State Government has ordered the immediate closure of 83 private schools for operating below approved standards, with 66 of them located in the rural areas.

November 1, 2011

We carry it around in our minds; the daily rat race for survival, for job security, for emancipation from the deep pits of poverty for life. Our occupation is a daily affair.

Long before the Americans began the protest against social and economic inequalities, corporate greed, and corporate power, now known popularly as the Occupy Wall Street Movement, we had been occupying in Lagos. Yes, every day we occupy the roads in Lagos protesting for our right to free movement, fighting for our rights to earn the next meal, clutching desperately to dreams that are increasingly turning into illusions by the day.

October 31, 2011

The affected people were alleged to have been engaged in misconduct

The University of Ibadan (U.I) has dismissed six officials from two departments of the institution for various offences.

According to a statement on Monday, three of the affected persons were in the Security Department, while the others were from the Works Department. 

The statement, which was signed by the Registrar of the university, Omotayo Ikotun, said that the officers were engaged in various offences, including “gross misconduct, theft and negligence”.

October 22, 2011

I have been informed by people who should know that several NFF officials and former officials represent the interests of certain players.

Most of us would remember the Aesop Fable about The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg that we read as children. The moral of the story is that short-term greed ruins the profitability of an asset. This story could well be a metaphor for Nigeria. Practically everything that required to be nurtured in order to benefit Nigeria and Nigerians has been cynically destroyed by short-term greed, from our institutions to our infrastructure to our education system.

October 21, 2011

The protest is over the planned 700percent increase in the students' tuition.

To protest a hike in tuition by the school authorities, student union executives of the Lagos State University (LASU), on Thursday, disrupted the ongoing second semester examinations in the school, as they chased students out of examination halls to join a protest.

October 16, 2011

The inadequacies of the Nigerian education system is responsible for students seeking admission into foreign universities

A former Minister of Education, Mrs. Chinwe Obaji, said that the increasing number of Nigerian students seeking admission into foreign universities was a clear evidence of failure in the country’s education system.

According to her, the trend has constituted a major drain on the country’s economy and unless the problems of the education sector are addressed by the government, there would be more pressure on the socio-economic development of the country.

October 14, 2011

The lawmakers also query the legality of such an arrangement.

The Senate has ordered a probe into the legality of the post University Matriculation Examination (UME) tests being conducted by universities, before admitting students who have already written the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination.

October 10, 2011

Going by what I see happening with the so called leaders of tomorrow, Nigeria is in big trouble.

I’m a card carrying, flag flying member of Team Nigeria. I believe that Nigeria can and will get better; especially when I am in Lagos. But then Lagos is just 1 out of 36. Even if we're counting others (Abuja, Port Harcourt and maybe a few others) it’s still about 4 or 5 or maybe even 6 out of 36. Not even up to a third. So for me this year, it’s a bit hard to be positive when you’ve come in contact with such madness as I have.