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Umahi Lobbies JAMB over Listing of Ebonyi Medical University

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Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has met with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to seek the listing of Ebonyi Medical University, Uburu, ahead of the National Universities Commission’s approval.

Francis Nweze, Umahi’s media assistant, who announced the development in a statement on Friday, said the governor spoke with Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar, on Thursday during a visit to the board in Abuja.

The spokesman quoted Umahi as saying that the institution had met JAMB’s preliminary requirements and that the governor urged the board to approve the varsity for placement for prospective students in the next admission year.

The governor said the varsity is “one of the best in West African” with accommodation for students and lecturers.

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He also said it is a “centre of excellence in eye treatment, kidney transplant, surgeries, as well as production of dialyzers.”

According to him, the varsity had the “capacity to end medical tourism in Nigeria, considering its sophistication.”

“Of course, we have dialysis centre, oxygen production centre and so many other centres. Interestingly, there is something we never had in Africa that we are going to have there and that is the production of dialyzers,” he added.

The governor said he hopes the centre will begin to contribute meaningfully to the state coffers in the next three years.

It is understood that the JAMB registrar assured Umahi of the board’s support for the successful take-off of the varsity.

The Ebonyi Medical University had yet to be listed on the NUC’s website as of the time of this report.

But when contacted for clarification, Nweze told TheCable Lifestyle that Umahi’s visit was a precursory one, adding that the NUC will soon be approached.

“Courses and the school need to get listed with JAMB before candidates can gain admission,” the spokesman said.

“That’s what the visit was about. This thing is an ongoing process. Even the VC of the institution, the former VC of AE-FUNAI, accompanied his excellency to see the JAMB registrar for this. The school is not already running.

“NUC will be approached once all is ready. The [governor’s] administration has about two years to go, so this school must get running fully before the administration ends. Recently, the house of assembly approved the name.

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“We’re getting these things ready so when the NUC comes to inspect the varsity, it (accreditation) will be easy.

“You can’t say that because the NUC has not been met, then JAMB should not get involved. We have departmental accreditation; we also have institutional accreditation. These things are all going hand-in-hand. That’s just it.”

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Zulum Approves N476M Scholarship Payments to Borno Students

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Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved and released the sum of N476,640,000 for payment of 2020/2021 scholarship to 15,374 citizens of Borno State in tertiary institutions across the state.

Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Engr. Babagana Mallumbe Mustapha announced the release on Monday in Maiduguri, after a meeting with the National Union of Borno State Students (NUBOSS) at the Borno State Scholarship Board.

The commissioner disclosed that e-payments will be applied for the disbursements to all beneficiaries.

The Executive Secretary scholarship Board Mallam Bala Isa called on benefiting students to face their studies seriously.

On behalf of all benefiting students, the President of the National Union of Borno State Students (NUBOSS), Comrade Sugun Abba commended Governor Zulum for his consistent passion for the welfare of students and commitment towards improving the standard of education in all parts of Borno.

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88 days after, kidnapped Tegina Islamiya Pupils finally released

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Over 70 pupils of Islamiyya school in Tegina town who were kidnapped by armed bandits in Niger State have been released by their abductors.

The pupils, PRNigeria reported, were abducted from their school premises in June.

A security source told PRNigeria that the students are on their way to Minna en route Kagara from Birnin Gwari.

The Islamiya pupils were held for 88 days and 11 hours according to the timeline of the days and time they have spent in the bandits’ captivity.

PRNigeria has been publishing counts-up since the abductions of some pupils and students in Northern Nigeria. The Abducted students of Yauri Federal Government College (FGC) have been in captivity for 70 days while the remaining abducted students of a Baptist School in Kaduna will be spending their 52nd days in captivity.

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Chibok Girl Bags Accountancy Degree from Atiku’s University

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One of the three girls who escaped from Boko Haram captivity in 2014, Mary Katambi has graduated with an accounting degree, on Saturday, July 10, alongside other 474 students who also obtained various degrees from the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola.

Katambi was one of the 276 schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists in 2014 from their hostel rooms at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok in Borno state.

Ecstatic former Nigeria’s Vice President who doubles as the founder of the institution, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said Katambi has beaten the odds to become a graduate seven years after her abduction by Boko Haram.

“Mary Katambi, I’m proud that seven years after your release from Boko Haram captivity, you’ve beaten the odds to graduate with a degree in accounting from the American University of Nigeria. The best years are still ahead of you,” Atiku said on his Facebook handle.

During its 12th commencement ceremony, the university awarded one Doctor of Philosophy, 38 masters degrees, 3 postgraduate diplomas and 433 bachelor degrees.

Margee Ensign, the President of AUN,  in her remark challenged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution.

She expressed optimism that with the kind of training and mentorship they received, they will excel in their chosen careers urging them to make both their parents and institution proud.

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group in his keynote address charged the graduating students to extol the virtues of selflessness, justice, equity and fair play.

He urged Nigerians to embrace unity and patriotism adding that “our diversity should be our source of strength.”

According to him, had Nigeria managed its diversity well, the country would have become a haven of development and prosperity, drawing an analogy with Singapore doing excellently well despite its diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities.

He called for the opening of more space for youth participation in governance, economy and all other spheres of life noting that Nigeria’s major challenge lies with the creation of predominantly rich and predominantly poor classes of citizens.

While calling on actors and policymakers to dedicate more energy to agriculture, Adesina said the sector is the biggest asset that can bail Nigeria out of the woods.

He assured of African Development Bank’s readiness to invest heavily in the agricultural sector to raise productivity by supporting women to access land and other implements.

The founder of the University, Atiku Abubakar, in response to Dr Akinwumi Adesina, advocated for the African Development Bank to consider supporting the private sector more in agribusiness.

Alhaji Abubakar who own a microfinance bank says the bank has lifted 45 thousand families out of poverty and called on the bank to assist the women in agriculture.

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