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A 71-year-old woman, Ifeyinwa Felicia Onyemachi, has made history in the Nigerian University System (NUS) as she bagged PhD from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

In June, a 70-year old woman, Dr Justina Obi, bagged PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

She and 147 others will be conferred with their PhD degrees at the 51st convocation ceremony for 2018/2019 academic session on July 8.

Vice Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who disclosed this at the pre-convocation briefing, said the three-day convocation ceremonies will culminate in the graduation of 15, 753 students.

Ogundipe explained that the university produced 281 First Class/Distinction in the various faculties, which is the highest in the history of the institution.

The VC announced that Ibrahim Alimi, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, emerged the overall best graduate with 4.98 CGPA and also the best in the field of science.

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According to him, Alimi is closely followed by Popoola Opeyemi, from the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences with 4.90 CGPA as well as the best in the humanities.

Prof. Ogundipe revealed that Moruf Olatunji bagged the overall best PhD thesis and is from Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Science while Mesagan Ekundayo from the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences will be awarded the best PhD thesis in the humanities.

His words: “We have a new record in the university. Marinze, Ifeyinwa Onyemachi Felicia, born 6th March 1950 (now 71 years old) will be the oldest to be awarded PhD degree in the history of the university.

He has just demonstrated to the World that age is never a barrier to attaining any height.”

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71-year-old woman bags PhD From UNILAG

He disclosed that the convocation lecture, titled: National Development and Knowledge Economy in the Digital Age: Leapfrogging SMEs into the 21st Century” will be delivered by the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele on July 5 while the chairman of the lecture is founder, Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare.

Prof. Ogundipe said the university will confer post-humous Emeritus Professor on former VC of UNILAG and first Vice Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, late Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe.

The VC announced that four prominent Nigerians will be conferred with honorary doctorate degrees, they are Dr. Ameyo Stella-Adadevoh (post-humous), Lead Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, First Consultant Hospital, for saving Nigeria from the spread of COVID-19.

Others including Biodun Shobanjo, an advertising guru and chairman of Troyka Holdings Ltd and Insight Communication Ltd.

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Ogundipe recalled that initially the convocation slated for March 9 to 12, 2020 but for personal interest of the former Governing Council chairman, Dr. Olawale Babalakin, the event was cancelled at the last minutes.

He said Babalakin misinformed the Ministry of Education and National Universities Commission (NUC) and caused the convocation to be cancelled, adding the cost of the cancellation financially, emotionally and materially cannot be measured.”

The VC gave a breakdown of First Class graduates, Faculty of Arts 19, Faculty of Education 22, Faculty of Engineering 70, Faculty of Environmental Sciences 10, Faculty of Law 1, Faculty of Management Sciences 59, Faculty of Science 58 and Faculty of Social Science 27. The number of Distinction are Pharmacy 18, Basic Medical Sciences 6, first class 2, Clinical Sciences 5, first class 1, Dental Sciences 2 and Distance Learning 12

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Killing, kidnapping of teachers threaten education in Nigeria – ASUSS

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The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools(ASUSS), has expressed regret over incessant killings, kidnappings and harassment of teachers and students across the country, saying the sordid scenarios were affecting the teachers’ productivities adversely.

Despite the situation, ASUSS lauded the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, for employing 7,600 teachers, commending Kano and Adamawa, for legislating on extension members’ retirement to 65 years.

The ASUSS’ CWC said this in a communique issued after its meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday and made available to newsmen by its National President, Samuel Omaji and Secretary-General, Sola Adigun, who doubles as the Chairman of ASUSS in Ekiti State.

The communique reads: “We appreciate the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, for the recruitment of 7,600 teachers into its 9,000 Secondary School Tutors. This is laudable as it is geared towards quality and functional education.

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“We commend the government of Kano State for redeploying 11,000 trained teachers in its MDAs to schools to boost teaching and learning. The commendations also go to Oyo, Lagos and Delta States, for the up-to-date promotion of teachers”.

In spite of the above incentives to teaching, ASUSS frowned at the insecurity across the country, particularly, incessant attacks on schools, leading to the killing and kidnapping of teachers and students for ransoms.

“That the prevailing insecurity transcends ethnicity and politics; and for the umpteenth time, the union calls on governments at all levels to be sincere in handling security issues as it is their fundamental responsibility”.

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Killing, kidnapping of teachers threaten education in Nigeria – ASUSS

“ASUSS vehemently frowns at the recent harassment of teachers by students and parents; case studies were Plateau State where a student stabbed a teacher to death and Ekiti State where a police officer came to his child’s school with a team of three other policemen to harass the school principal and the teachers, while the police authority has refused to act on ASUSS complaints”.

It added further that its members are incurably committed to its objectives of raising future leaders and shall vigorously pursue them for meaningful and robust development of education in Nigeria.

ASUSS urged the National Assembly to expedite action on the bills to energise better welfare packages for teachers, saying dilly-dallying on the passage doesn’t correlate with the position maintained by President Muhammadu Buhari

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It stated: ” Other state governments should emulate Kano and Adamawa States that have gone ahead to legislate on elongation of service for their teachers with immediate implementation of same.

“That the leadership of the union is ready to organize all Secondary schools tutors, to scientifically pursue better welfare, improved terms and conditions of services, to enhance the dignity of members”.

ASUSS called on all other states that have allegedly denied teachers their privileges, rights and regular emoluments to do the right thing to alleviate the burdens and pains on members.

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Abia Poly Students Protest Over Non Accreditation, Rape Of Three By Police

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Students of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, yesterday brought academic activities to a standstill as they took over the Aba-Owerri road in protest over the alleged rape of three female students of the institution by policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), in Aba.

This is even as the students also protested the non-accreditation of the Civil Engineering department of the institution.

Some of the placards displayed during the protest include; “Say no to rape”’, “Sell this school and give us our money back”, among others.

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Abia Poly Students Protest Over Non Accreditation, Rape Of Three By Police

The students of the Department of Civil Engineering lamented that they were being given certificates bearing Department of Building upon graduation and urged the Abia State government and the management of the polytechnic to expedite action to accredit the department to enable them to graduate with certificates bearing Civil Engineering.

On the alleged rape of students by RRS operatives, the students stated that three female students, residing at a Lodge, near the Aba North council headquarters, were raped and taken to an undisclosed hospital in the area. The students lamented that some personnel of the RRS team had been sexually assaulting them at their lodge.

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While addressing the protesting students, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Kalu Osonwa, explained that he got information that the RRS men were assaulting students.

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FG bans SS1, SS2 students from participating in WASSCE, NECO, NABTEB

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The Federal Government has stopped students in Senior Secondary School one and two from participating in external West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE; the National Examination Council, NECO; and National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB.

The development was contained in a circular issued to principals of federal unity schools by the Federal Ministry of Education.

The circular was signed by the ministry’s Director, Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, and confirmed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, on Friday.

The circular read, “The ministry’s attention has been drawn to the flagrant disregard to its directive on (the) writing of external examinations such as NABTEB (NTC and NBC), WASSCE, NECO (SSCE) by SS1 and SS2 students.

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FG bans SS1, SS2 students from participating in WASSCE, NECO, NABTEB

“Students who are involved in the practice find it difficult to settle down on serious studies. They become unruly and distract other students from achieving their goals.

“Any student caught to have written any of the above examinations in SS1 or SS2 classes will be expelled from the college. All students must write these examinations after they have been duly registered for the examination by the college.

“All students of Federal Unity College should adhere strictly to the content of this circular. And Principals are advised to bring the content of this circular to the knowledge of all parents of the college.”

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