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What the Heck! NUC Budgets N8m for Research, N85m to Purchase Vehicles

When there's no adequate research, education is paralysed.

The National Universities Commission has budgeted N8m for research and development in 2018, while N85m is also earmarked for the purchase of motor vehicles at the commission’s secretariat in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. These figures were obtained by our correspondent from the 2018 budget proposal totalling N8.6tn, which was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari about two weeks ago. Our ...

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Scandals and Denials: OAU Graduate School of Controversy

OAU graduate school of controversy.

All is not well with the Post-graduate College of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Students have accused the leadership of exploitation and sharp practices in the running of its programmes. The school denies the allegations, saying no student is exploited. The last two months have been a period of bickering and arguments between post-graduate students of ...

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Take Note! 130/80 is the New Hypertension, Latest Research Reveals. Here’s Why

The new hypertension is 130/80 (Photo: Very Well)

If your blood pressure is 130/80 and you have been feeling safe, the latest guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) will give you high blood pressure. For decades, a measurement of 140/90 mmHG has been the standard to define pre- and borderline hypertension. Anything below that and you walk away with a caution on sedentary lifestyle and diet. Anything above ...

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WISP Index: Nigeria Police Ranked ‘Worst’ in the World. How True Can This be? [ANALYSIS]

Nigeria Police and WISPI report

Based on the 2016 World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI), Sub-Saharan Africa is home to seven of the ten worst performing countries. With an overall score of 0.255, and rated 127 of the 127 countries surveyed, Nigeria performed worst on the index. “However, two African sub-Sahara African countries– Botswana, which ranked 47th, and Rwanda, which ranked 50th– performed impressively. ...

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Why We All Need to Worry About Nigeria as Forecast Shows Higher Poverty Rate by 2018

Nigeria is projected to overtake India as having the most people living in extreme poverty in the world by 2018

According to a report by the Financial Times of London, forecasts from World Poverty Clock says Nigeria will become the country with most people living in extreme poverty by February 2018. Despite the fact that the global poverty rate has been halved since 2000, intensified efforts are required to boost the incomes, alleviate the suffering and build the resilience of ...

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Resignation of Britain’s Defense Minister, Scandals and Public Officials in Nigeria

Michael Fallon has just resigned (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a Nigerian public official, elected or appointed, to resign over an established misconduct not to even talk of allegations. The Britain’s defence minister Michael Fallon resigned on Wednesday over a sexual harassment scandal. He had apologized earlier this week for repeatedly touching a radio presenter’s ...

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EXPOSED: Documents Show How Malami, Dambazau Plotted Maina’s Recall

Abdulrasheed Maina

Three top officials in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari played prominent roles in the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), into the civil service, according to The Cable. Documents seen by TheCable showed the involvement and full knowledge of Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of the civil service of the federation; Abdulrahman Dambazau, minister of ...

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Stray Bullet: Who Will End the Lingering Agony of LAUTECH Students?

LAUTECH students have been away from school for several months

Since December 2013, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, has been closed down severally due to poor funding of the lecturers. So far, the institution has been on strike for close to 500 days. The institution is jointly owned by Oyo and Osun states but its viability has been questionable in recent times. It is rather unfortunate that many ...

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Stray Bullet: How We Can Make Nigerian Teachers the True Heroes That They Are

It's the World Teachers Day 2017

In an interview granted to the Nigerian Tribune on November 11, 2014, Prof Olabisi Ugbebor, Nigeria’s first woman to bag PhD in Mathematics at the record age of 25, made some amazing revelations. When asked to compare the nation’s education sector today and during her time, she had said: “When I was growing up, teachers were well paid and highly ...

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#PrayForOwerri: How 10-year-old Ibeanusi Was Shot Dead During Illegal Market Demolition

How a wave of demolition activities has unleashed anguish on Owerri

In recent times, a lot of Nigerians have been devastated by the wave of demolition activities carried out by several state governments. The basic idea behind most of these actions have been to aid “urban development,” thereby resulting in the tearing down of buildings or the expansion and reconstruction of existing small lane roads, Ventures Africa writes However, things took a ...

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