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Making NIN a criteria for JAMB is giving us headaches

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Making NIN a criteria for JAMB is giving us headaches

Recently, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced that all students seeking admission into universities must provide the National Identity Number (NIN).

This, as demanded, was a mandated pre-requisite, for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration.

The Board had suspended the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for the registration of candidates for the 2020 UTME.

This happened, following criticisms from the public over the poor timing of the policy and the difficulty in obtaining it by prospective candidates.

However, not long after the examination body mandated use of NIN as prerequisite for 2021 registration, prospective candidates, especially those who reside in rural areas have been subjected to undue stress while applying to register for the exercise.

Given that the JAMB registration will be closed on 15th May, 2021, the pressure on candidates to complete their registration before the deadline is raising concerns.

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Some of the candidates who spoke in an interview, urged the government to provide enabling environment for candidates to be able to meet up with the deadline.

In one of such, an aspiring JAMB candidate, Iganya Asiya Muhammed lamented the challenge he has been facing in Ankpa, Kogi state trying to register for NIN.

“The issue of making National Identification Number as a criteria for JAMB registration is seriously giving us headaches, especially those of us in a remote area.

I have been to my Local government Secretariat time without number since the registration started, but up till now I have not done it.

As it stands now, I don’t think I’m going to sit for this year’s Joint Admission and Matriculation examination (JAMB) because of this thing called NIN.

“I am not against it but if you’re doing it, a conducive environment should be provided so that people would not be complaining or go through any form of stress.

The issue is not limited to Ankpa here but across the federation. I have seen and read how many people have reacted towards this particular stuff and are not speaking good about them.

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“If you want to make NIN as mandatory in everything we do, why not make a conducive environment for your citizens to do it without any form of manipulation and stress.

As big as my local government is, we only have one centre for registration that is not fair. When you are in Abuja making orders and enforcing law on your citizens, always think about those in the rural area because they are facing a lot of challenges,” he added.

Another aspiring candidate in Abuja, Benjamin Akange lamented that even though he lives in the Federal Capital Territory, getting his NIN registration has not been easy. He said it took him two weeks before he was able to get registered.

According to him, “I want the government to ensure transparency in the system and ensure that there is a conducive environment for people, especially those in the rural areas.

We have less than two months to the deadline given by JAMB so the government needs to consider the future of these children.

Something needs to be done to ensure that all the prospective candidates get their NIN before the deadline.”

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Hijab Controversy: 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday

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Hijab Controversy 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday

Recall that some schools in Kwara and Lagos State, where embroiled in a Hijab Controversy, the Kwara State government has directed 10 secondary schools that were embroiled in the hijab controversy to resume on Monday.

This is contained in a contained in a communique signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for the commencement of the third term of the 2020/2021 academic session.

The intent of the resumption, is to enable the students and teachers to cover the lost grounds as other schools in the state will resume for the third term academic session on April 26, 2021.

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The Communique reads, “This is to inform parents/guardians and teachers that the 2020/2021 Third Term Academic Session for the 10 schools affected in the recent hijaab debate starts on Monday, 12th April 2021.

“This is part of the government’s efforts to bring the students in these schools up to speed in whatever they may have missed when their schools were shut. This is especially necessary for students preparing for external examinations.

“The resumption date for other schools not affected by the brief closure of schools is Monday 26th, 2021, as had earlier been communicated.

“All the teachers and staff of the affected schools should resume duty and commence classes immediately.

“The Monitoring and Inspection team of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development will be going round to ascertain compliance.”

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Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Adding up with the strike actions going on in the nation, the Labour union at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State have begun an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and other issues.

This was signed in a statement Mr. Temidayo Temola, the chairman of the Joint Action Congress (JAC) in Okitipupa.

The affected unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

“The JAC of OAUSTECH arising from an all-important congress on April 6 resolved to commence a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike.

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“This is a result of the inability of the management of the university to meet the demands of the unions on the payment of salaries from November 2020 till date.

“Also, non-remittance of over 22 months pension deductions coupled with non-implementation of minimum wage as well as non-payment of earned allowances.

“The unions will not relent on the indefinite strike until our demands are met,” the statement read.

Reacting to the development, the Registrar of the Institution, Mr Ganiyu Saliu, said that the management is aware of the strike, attributing the inability of the government to meet the union’s demand to the shortfall in the government’s subvention which could no longer be managed to meet its obligations.

He blamed the COVID-19 pandemic as being responsible for management’s inability to meet its obligations.

“Government is aware of all these issues but all these were due to the dwindling fortunes; the management is working with the unions to resolve all the issues soon,” Saliu said.

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I want answers to how Richard Okorogheye died, says mother

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The mother of a Nigerian student, Richard Okorogheye, whose body was found in a lake in Epping Forest in UK, says her heart “feels as if it has been ripped apart”.

According to Sky News, Evidence Joel said she is “completely hollow and devastated and empty” after police confirmed yesterday that the body found in Essex on Monday was the 19-year-old’s.

“At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure,” she said.

She said she will continue to support the police in order to find out what happened to her son.

Okorogheye went missing after leaving his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of 22 March.

On Monday, the Metropolitan Police said they were informed by Essex Police that the body of a man was found in a lake in Epping Forest.

The mother of the student said she had been to the site where her son’s body was found to lay flowers.

She said, “It was a very uncomfortable place to be. I wouldn’t want to be there.

“My son that I know cannot walk into that darkness – no torch, no light. An hour and 30 minutes from where he was last seen. He must have guts to do that. He’s only 19.

“What could push him to go that far if he wasn’t meeting somebody?”

Okorogheye was a student at Oxford Brookes University but had been shielding during the pandemic because he had sickle cell disease.

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Joel said he only left the house for hospital appointments.

The teenager’s death is being treated as unexplained and police do not believe at this stage that there was any third-party involvement.

Investigators are still looking at his computer and searching the forest for his shoes, phone and bag which were not with his body when it was found.

Joel said she was “surprised” to hear that police believe no one else was involved.

“Something happened there. It’s too far for Richard to walk into that darkness alone. You can’t, it’s tedious, it’s darkness.

“So how did he get there? What happened? We don’t know. I feel something happened there.”

The cause of Okorogheye’s death is pending while further investigations are carried out, however police found no evidence of physical trauma or assault, detectives said.

Joel described her son as the “perfect child” and said she was “lucky” to be his mother.

“He will always be my baby and I will always be his mother and no one can take that away from me,” she said.

Joel also told Sky News that a number of fake GoFundMe pages have been set up in her son’s name.

She said the family has not created one yet but will do so soon.

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