Showing posts with label education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label education. Show all posts

Monday, October 14, 2019

Celebrating US-Trained 1st Nigerian Neurosurgeon Olatunde Odeku

Celebrating US-Trained 1st Nigerian Neurosurgeon Olatunde Odeku

Latunde Odeku: 1st Nigerian Neurosurgeon With Great Feats In Medical Sciences

Latunde Odeku is another Nigerian whose life achievement ought to be celebrated as he was the first Nigerian neurosurgeon who was trained in the US.

Celebrating US-Trained 1st Nigerian Neurosurgeon Olatunde Odeku
Latunde Odeku

According to his public profile on Wikipedia, he was also the person who pioneered neurosurgery in Africa.

He was born in 1927 in Lagos and died in London, 1974. Odeku attended Methodist Boys High School before he went to Howard University for his degree in Zoology.

In 1954, he was given a scholarship to study medicine at the same institution, becoming a medical doctor.

Latude Odeku is the pioneer of neurosurgery in Nigeria who has served both in the US and Nigeria.

UGC Odeku got the appointment to be the instructor of neuroanatomy and neurosurgery at the College of Medicine in Howard. Later in his life, he was given several appointments in the US which included two faculty positions.

In 1962, he came to University of Ibadan and was made a senior faculty member of the institution.

It should be noted that he was behind the establishment of the National and West African Postgraduate Medical Colleges and started the same processes at the UI College of Medicine, a practice that is done in all Nigerian medical schools.

Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that the owner of Microsoft and world-known philanthropist, Bill Gates, has recognised the feat of a Nigerian, Elvis Eze, in the fight against malaria.

The tech giant said that the story of Eze is inspiring because he was once a victim of the scourge.

He never allowed that to discourage him. He is a youth ambassador for Malaria No More UK, an organisation that is in charge of looking for fund and support to combat malaria.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Delta Students To Get ₦381m Bursary In 2019

Delta Students To Get ₦381m Bursary In 2019

Delta Students To Get N381m Bursary In 2019
Delta Students To Get ₦381m Bursary In 2019

The Government of Delta has approved N381 million for the 2018/2019 bursary scheme for its students in higher institutions.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, made this known while briefing newsmen on the outcome of State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Asaba.

Aniagwu, who was in company with the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika said that the state government approved that over 17,000 students benefit from the assistance.

“Government has approved the sum of 381 million naira for the 2018/2019 bursary scheme for students of Delta State origin in higher institutions in the country. Over 17,000 students will benefit from this scheme from the over 24,000 students that applied.

He disclosed that government has also approved the recertification of all co-operative societies in the state to ensure that they meet best practices and they truly reflect the yearnings and aspirations of their members.

Aniagwu also disclosed that EXCO has approved the reorganization of the Ministry of Oil and Gas with the creation of additional six departments to ensure that the Ministry meet up its mandate of monitoring the activities of the oil sector in the state.

While expressing government’s concern on environmental cleaning, the commissioner said that government would soon embark on the clearance of illegal structures on our highways to ensure safety of motorists and other deltans on these roads.

On the palliative measures on ‘federal roads, he said that the state government would continue to carry out the repairs of the roads as they impact more on the state economy and the lives of deltans.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Infection Hits Queen’s College Again, 1,000 Leave School

Infection Hits Queen’s College Again, 1,000 Leave School

Infection Hits Queen’s College Again, 1,000 Leave School

No fewer than 1,000 pupils of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, have been taken home by their parents after the outbreak of what is suspected to be an infection.

“It is over 1,000 (pupils) now as we speak. See, I cannot talk about what I don’t know. What you have in your palm, you don’t need a mirror to look at it,” the Chairman of the Parents Teacher Association, John Ofobike, told our correspondent on Monday.

It was learnt that the pupils started falling sick after resuming about two weeks ago.

The school’s sickbay was said to be crowded with pupils, as many were also laid on benches to create extensions.

About two years ago, three pupils of the school died from water-borne infections, which drew outrage from many Nigerians who called for investigation into the crisis.

A parent, who drew the attention of our correspondent to the current situation on Monday, said, “They resumed about two weeks ago. Since they returned to school, the children had been taking exit permit. As of this morning (Monday), 700 pupils have gone home on exit permit. Yesterday (Sunday), the school’s PTA executives went to meet the principal of the school and asked to see the sickbay.

“On getting there, they saw girls on beds; everybody was alarmed. They demanded to see the list of those who had taken permission to leave the school on health grounds. The principal refused to make the records available. Most of those going home were having what has been discovered to have typhoid symptoms. There is an epidemic, but the school is trying to cover it up.”

Another parent, who asked not to be identified, alleged that the school was not fumigated before the pupils resumed.

Our correspondent demanded to know the nature of her daughter’s illness after the victim was taken to the hospital and she said the girl was diagnosed with typhoid and high fever.

The girl, who also spoke to our source, said although she could not tell the number of her colleagues that had gone home, some of them were affected.

 “But I am getting better now,” she said.

Our source obtained screenshots from a forum of parents of the school, where they narrated their experiences after visiting to take their children home.

One of them, who confirmed the 700 figure, said the school principal denied the PTA access to the records.

“The ministry is already in the know of the situation and the figures, nothing to hide. The parents we met there narrated how they have spent their hard-earned money on what doctors described as bacterial infections from food and water,” she said.

Another parent, who claimed to be a public health specialist, said he was called to the sickbay that his daughter was not feeling well.

A parent said as she typed, there were over 40 students at the sickbay.

She said, “My daughter came home with high fever and difficulty in breathing since last week Tuesday as the 95th child. Now 700?”

A parent said if any of the pupils died, they would resort to litigation.

A man on the platform said the reason the parents were being asked to pick their children was because of acute shortage of medical personnel.

“Only one doctor and a nurse attending to over 200 pupils is not ideal. As of 4.30pm when I was there, the doctor, nurse and record woman have yet to have their breakfast due to the workload. They have seen more than 150 students today.”

A parent, who disagreed with the excuse that the rainfall on Saturday was responsible for the illness, pointed out that more of the junior pupils who checked in on Sunday were ill.

A woman shared a photo of the water tank of the school, which she said was just being washed.

The spokesperson for the Parent Teacher Association, Ify Obi-Nwoye, said the federal ministry and the Lagos State Ministry of Health had gone to the school and taken samples of the food in the school.

“A nurse in the school had told me when this thing started that it was better we close down so that students would go for comprehensive tests. I reported it on the platform and the principal immediately queried the nurse. She also threatened those on duty. Everywhere is tense,” Obi-Nwoye said.

The Chairman of the Parent Teacher Association, John Ofobike, said as of 7pm on Monday, 1,000 pupils had left on health grounds.

He said, “I went there yesterday (Sunday) and I saw the pupils that left were over 900 within the space of one week and the information is being hidden from me by the principal.

“I asked her and she said why should they show me the record of the pupils and I said I am the PTA chairman.

“If you go to the school, you will see students lying down. Some had no one to pick them. I saw a girl there; she had been there since Friday. I called her parents, but they could not be reached. I don’t know why people are playing politics with the lives of children. People are only interested in profits.”

The school principal, Dr Yakubu Oyinloye, could not be reached on the telephone and she had yet to respond to a text message from our correspondent as of press time.

However, a former President of the Old Girls Association of the school, Prof. Frances Ajose, said a group in the PTA was ganging up against the principal, adding that some of the parents also had personal interest.

The current president was said to be out of the country.

Ajose explained that there was no typhoid infection in the school.

A group in the PTA is only tormenting the principal for personal gain. The principal is a very hard-working and efficient person. She has been running the school well.

“What is happening in Queen’s College is an upper respiratory tract infection, which is raging right now all over Lagos due to the weather. It is not peculiar to Queen’s College. The infection arose from the overcrowding in the dormitory, a problem we have been crying about as old girls,” she said.

Ajose said the incident could not be compared to what took the lives of three pupils two years ago.

The Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Goong, did not take his calls and had yet to respond to a text message seeking his reaction to the incident.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Unilorin Wins N120m Lab Equipment

Unilorin Wins N120m Lab Equipment

Unilorin Wins N120m Lab Equipment

The University of Ilorin announce it has secured a Seeding Lab Equipment grant worth over N120 million.

This was contained in the school Bulletin after the Department of chemistry submitted two research proposals on Cancer and Cosmeceuticals that eventually won the grant for the institution.

The Department won the grant after an unsuccessful first attempt in 2016.

 “The experiences gained in the first attempt and the previous research acumen, assisted the team in pursuing the grant.”

The Seeding Labs equipment includes Mass Spectrometer, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), and other consumables among others.

This equipment will improve the Department’s research productivity while enhancing the training of both its undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

2020 UTME: Candidates Must Acquire NIN Before Registration - JAMB

2020 UTME: Candidates Must Acquire NIN Before Registration - JAMB

2020 UTME: Candidates Must Acquire NIN Before Registration - JAMB
Candidates Must Acquire NIN Before Registration Says JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has advised candidates who wish to take part in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to enable them obtain the National Identification Number (NIN).

According to JAMB, the NIN would be compulsory for UTME registration next year and only candidates with NIN would be allowed to sit for the examination next year, Myschool reports

In view of this, all candidates desiring to register for the 2020 UTME, other JAMB processes, are urged to visit the nearest NIMC centre or its licensed agents for the NIN registration ahead of the UTME registration, if they have not done so as the board has made arrangements with NIMC for candidates who do not have the NIN to be registered at the centre by NIMC or its licensed agents.

The board also has disclosed that it would no longer need to capture the biometrics of candidates during UTME registration next year as the information of candidates required by the board would be uploaded from the data captured by the NIMC for registration.

Commenting on this, the JAMB's Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, explained that the NIN would guard against all forms of registration infractions.

He mentioned that candidates would be required to present their NIN at the point of registration.

He also advised candidates who had registered and acquired the NIN before attaining the age of 16 to update their NIN registration status before proceeding for the UTME registration.

“If a candidate has NIN but has misplaced the number, he/she can retrieve the NIN by either going to any NIMC office/its licensed agents or dialing *346# (USSD Code) on the SIM number earlier used to register for the NIN and the NIN would be sent to the candidate.

“If he/she does not have the SIM number used for the NIN registration, such a candidate should visit the nearest NIMC centre or any of its licensed agents.

“Candidate’s name, as arranged on the NIMC data base, would be same on JAMB data after registration.

“If any candidate has complaints of name arrangement such a candidate should first rectify such issue with NIMC before proceeding for registration,” he added.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Corps Member Donates 688 Sandals To Primary School Pupils In Lokoja

Corps Member Donates 688 Sandals To Primary School Pupils In Lokoja

Corps Member Donates 688 Sandals To Primary School Pupils In Lokoja

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kogi, Miss Aderonke Adeoye, on Wednesday donated 688 sandals to less privileged primary school pupils in Lokoja to encourage them to go to school.

Donating some of the sandals to the pupils of Lokongoma Primary School, Lokoja, Adeoye said the gesture was to make the children happy and encourage them to always go to school, as well as to enable them to realise the importance of education in life. Adeoye, who is an indigene of Ekiti State, said a total of six different primary schools in Lokoja would get the shoes.

 “Some of the children wear slippers to school while some wear spoilt sandals which make them look very rough and dirty.
“I want to make the children happy and encourage them to always go to school and to let them realise the importance of education in life,” she said.

She enjoined fellow corps members to make an impact on the lives of the less privileged children, saying, “it is part of what we were taught in our orientation camp – to serve our fatherland wholeheartedly”.
Corps Member Donates 688 Sandals To Primary School Pupils In Lokoja

She thanked the Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue for its support as well as other philanthropists in the state for their financial and moral support.

Speaking at the occasion, the state Commissioner for Education and Science, Rosemary Osikoya, advised the pupils to make good use of the sandals by wearing them to school.

Osikoya, who was represented by Mr Femi Sunday, the Director, Education Support Service (ESS), advised parents not to sell the sandals but use them for the benefit of their children.

He further urged the parents to pray for the corps member for putting a smile on the faces of the children. “Giving to the less privileged is what I love doing and God is the only one that can reward givers,” she said.

The benefiting schools are Kabawa Nursery and Primary school 1and 2, Serikinoma Nursery and Primary school; Maadi Nursery and Primary school; Liwaul-HAMDI Nursery and Primary School; St. Mary’s L.G.E.A Nursery/Primary School 1, and Lokongoma L.G.E.A Nursery/Primary School, Lokoja.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bowen University Beats 14 Institutions To Win Computer Programming Contest.

Bowen University Beats 14 Institutions To Win Computer Programming Contest.

Bowen University Beats 14 Institutions To Win Computer Programming Contest.

Bowen University Emerges Overall Winner In Computer Programming Contest

A group of three students from the Osun State based private institution, Bowen University, on Friday emerged the overall winner of the 2019 Nigeria Universities Programming Contest (NUCPC), after slugging it out with 15 other teams.

Bowen University is a private institution owned by the Baptist Church and run by the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
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FreshReporters News understood that the winning team will at the next level of the contest represent Nigeria with three others that came second, third and fourth in the upcomming Africa and Arab Collegiate Programming Championship (ACPC).

Earlier, Prof. Stephen Onah, the Director/Chief Executive of the National Mathematical Centre (NMC), in a speech at the closing ceremony in Sheda, Kwali Area Council, congratulated all the participants, saying that everyone was a winner.
Bowen University Emerges Overall Winner In Computer Programming Contest
Participants at the 2019 NUCPC, organised by NMC
“For many reasons, this contest in itself is not an all comers contest. Its goal was to select the best from different universities. Before you came, you were among the top persons within your departments.

“You have been ranked as the best three in each of the levels, so no one is the least intelligent among you.”

Onah also said that in order to sustain and encourage the learning of computer programming, the Centre had collaborated with other relevant stakeholders to create clubs in the schools.
According to him, this will help the Centre to “catch them young” through different intellectual activities like debates and competitions, among others.

“This annual Nigeria Universities Programming Contest (NUCPC) for the 16 teams from Nigerian universities is in fulfillment of the mandate of NMC,” he added.

Similarly, Mrs. Oluchi Bamidele, the Coordinator, Computer Science Programme of NMC, said that the aim of the contest was to discover young talents in Computer Science/IT in the universities across the country.

“The contest also seeks to foster creativity, teamwork and innovation in building new software programmes and enable students to test their abilities to perform under pressure,’’ he said.
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According to her, each university presented a minimum of one team and a maximum of three teams with each team comprising three members.

She said that the participants at the contest were undergraduate students, who had had less than five years of undergraduate studies before the competition.

Also speaking, Mr Mohamed Fouad, the Executive Director, ACPC, expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the participants and encouraged them to study harder so as to compete favourably globally.

Fouad said that the NUCPC was the most prestigious national programming contest.

“I’m very happy to see these bright students participating in the competition. This is the first time we are conducting this competition internationally.

“The conduct here is better than many other countries we have visited, considering the fact that this is the first time the country is hosting it.

“However, the students need to train hard, they need to train more and more, because internationally, they need to solve between 3,000 and 5,000 problems before we go to their final rounds.
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“This is their first experience in this type of competition, so they need to try harder to reach the international level,” he reiterated.

He also said that the team from the Africa and Arab Collegiate Programming Championship had concluded plans to conduct free online training for the teams that qualified for the next level.

Kindly wish them success!

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