azeezat

Azeezat Adedigba is an education reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. She holds a degree in Mass communication from the University of Jos.  She loves music and arts.

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TETfund boss, Suleiman Bogoro. [PHOTO CREDIT: Nairametrics]

Why Nigerian professors aren’t getting research grants – TETFund boss

The reinstated Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Suleiman Bogoro, has said most Nigerian professors are not capable of getting global grants for research because of poor research proposals. Despite the growing number of Nigerian professors, said to be about 8000, the TETfund boss is worried that many…

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige

Despite official data stating otherwise, Ngige claims Nigeria has ‘surplus’ doctors

Despite official data showing that Nigeria 'gravely' lacks an adequate number of doctors, a minister has claimed otherwise. The World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, as of 2013, showed there were about four doctors for every 10,000 Nigerians (one for 2,500), far below the organisation's recommendation of one doctor to 600…

Sexual Abuse: What really happened at Abuja School for the Deaf? Here’s what we found

The seven-year-old had spent just one academic term at his new school in Abuja when he told his mother he would not be returning to the institution, a special facility for children with disability. Using sign language, the boy, born with speech and hearing impairment, said he feared he might…

Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede

Nigeria processing applications for 303 new private universities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) said it is processing about 303 new applications for the establishment of private universities in Nigeria. Nigeria currently has about 170 universities (43 federal universities, 48 state-owned universities, and 79 private universities). The NUC chief, Abubakar Rasheed, said this in Abuja at a two-day summit…

Ibrahim Umar, a graduate of Biology at Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto

Another ‘mercenary’ arrested in Sokoto for writing JAMB for candidate

A suspect, described as a professional 'examination mercenary', who allegedly specialises in writing Joint Examination Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination for candidates has been arrested in Sokoto State. Ibrahim Umar, a graduate of Biology at Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto was caught in the act Saturday morning at Blue Crescent CBT centre…

IDPs used to illustrate the story.

Over 3,500 children recruited, used by militants in north-east Nigeria – UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said more than 3,500 children, have been recruited and used by non-state armed groups in North-East Nigeria since 2013. The UN organisation said most of children aged 13 to 17, were recruited by non-state armed groups between 2013 and 2017 and have been…

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2019 UTME: ‘Professor’ arrested as JAMB exams hold across Nigeria

A man who claimed to be a professor, Jide Jisus, was on Thursday arrested for alleged examination malpractice as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for this year began across Nigeria. However, officials of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which is organising the examination, and candidates in many…

NECO logo

NECO postpones common entrance examination into unity schools

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has postponed the 2019 National Common Entrance Examination into unity schools by two weeks to April 27. The examination initially scheduled for April 13, was re-scheduled to give states with low registration of candidates the opportunity to register for the examination. The Head of Information…

Kebbi commissioner for education, Muhammad Aliero

Why underaged hawkers are increasing in Kebbi – Official

An official of the Kebbi State Government has said the high number of child hawkers on the streets of Kebbi is caused by the influx of foreigners in the state. The Kebbi commissioner for education, Muhammad Aliero, said this while addressing journalists after UNICEF's media dialogue on Cash Transfers for…

Candidates writing the JAMB exam at a CBT centre

18 items JAMB candidates must not take to exam venue

As the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) begins Thursday, the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned candidates against bringing in prohibited items into the examination halls. The examination is expected to hold for about a week across Nigeria. In a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night, the…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari and Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita; NSA Major Gen. Babagana Monguno Rtd; during FEC Meeting held at the Council Chambers, Abuja.

Prisons Decongestion: FEC approves N2.8bn for digital connectivity

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a contract of N2.8 billion for the installation of a digital web-based integrated system to aid prisons decongestion in Nigeria. This was announced Wednesday by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General the Federation, Abubakar Malami, while briefing State House correspondents at the end…

Isah Usman, State project coordinator, Kebbi state.

UNICEF to mop up over 500,000 out-of-school children in four northern Nigerian states

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says it is targeting over 501,749 out-of-school children in four northern Nigerian states in its Educate A Child (EAC) programme. The organisation disclosed this at a two-day media dialogue on Cash Transfers for Improvement of Girls’ Enrolment in Schools on Monday in Kebbi State.…

IDPs

100,000 babies die every year because of conflict – Group

At least 550,000 are said to have died as a result armed conflict between 2013 and 2017 in Nigeria and nine other affected countries according to a new analysis. Save the Children, a non-governmental organisation which conducted the analysis, also said an average of well over 100,000 die every year.…

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: News Digest]

Nigerian govt revives scheme for training technical education teachers

The Nigerian government has started the resuscitation of the technical teacher training programme (TTTP). The programme aims to produce more teachers for technical and vocational education in basic and post basic schools across the country. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who was represented at the inauguration by the Minister…

Over 58,000 female teachers needed to increase girl-child education in Northern Nigeria – UNICEF

The United Nations Children and Education (UNICEF) has said 58,121 female teachers are needed to bridge the gender parity in rural classrooms in Northern Nigeria. This was part of the findings of a research conducted by UNICEF in 2018 in eight northern states titled 'What is the effect of female…

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2019 UTME: JAMB extends printing of exam slips to April 4

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has extended the process of printing of the 2019/2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination slip to Thursday, April 4. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the board urged candidates to begin printing the notification slips for the main examination from April 2, about one week…

Mock Examination: JAMB sanctions 14 CBT centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revoked the accreditation of 14 computer-based centres over various infractions in the conduct of its mock examination. Some of the infractions cited by the board include deceit and borrowing computer systems without informing the board. The board had earlier said it will…

Ako matoole market

INVESTIGATION: Despite funds releases, Ogun community projects remain abandoned

“I had to hang on to a tree for about three hours to avoid being swept away by stormwater,” Olaitan Adeiye winces as she recalls a horrific experience. The 35-year-old resident of Panu, a village in Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, sells yams and had just sold…

ASUU and Nigerian government negotiation meeting

ASUU president speaks on renewed negotiation with FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has provided some information on its renewed negotiation with the federal government. ASUU says the two parties returned to where they stopped their negotiation in May 2018. Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night, the national president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, said the union…

The Chairman, FG re-negotiation team, Dr Wale Babalakin prepring to brief journalists after the meeting

FG, ASUU resume negotiations on controversial 2009 agreement

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday resumed talks on the 2009 agreement. Wale Babalakin, the Chairman, Federal Government Re-negotiation team, while briefing journalists in Abuja, after a meeting that lasted six hours said he was hopeful the meeting would yield positive results. Mr…

The minister of education, Adamu Adamu addressing the press

Education minister confirms student abused at school for the deaf, denies other allegations

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday, said the allegations of cannibalism, sexual abuse, sucking of human blood and existence of a cult at the School for the Deaf, Kuje, Abuja was unfounded and baseless. Mr Adamu, however, confirmed that a police report as part of the investigations confirmed…

Ifeanyi Ubah

Ifeanyi Ubah denies defecting to APC

Ifeanyi Ubah, the Anambra South Senator-elect, has reacted to reports of his reported defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Many newspapers reported that the senator-elect of the Young People’s Party (YPP) dumped the party for the APC Monday night. Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday evening during a phone interview,…

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Kano Supplementary Poll: Again, Kwankwaso loses in own LGA to Ganduje

A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, lost in his local government area to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s supplementary governorship election. The incumbent governor and candidate of APC, Abdullahi Ganduje, who is seeking re-election, defeated the PDP in Madobi…

Bala Magaji, NOUN’s best graduating student

45-year-old emerges NOUN’s best graduating student

Many adult Nigerians without formal education would say age and family responsibilities discourage them from starting studying and any form of schooling. But Bala Magaji, 45, a father of seven who on Saturday graduated in Islamic Studies, has challenged that claim. Married to two wives, Mr Magaji on Saturday emerged…

Jide Sanwo-Olu

What I’ll do about building collapse in Lagos – Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has suggested regeneration of Lagos Island as a solution to building collapse in the densely-populated highbrow area of the city. Mr Sanwo-Olu stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to President Mohammadu Buhari alongside his deputy-elect, Obafemi Hamsat, in Abuja on Monday. Mr…