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JAMB Puts 2021 UTME/DE Registration on Hold

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said the registration for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE), which was initially slated to commence on Thursday, April 8, 2022, has been put on hold.

JAMB’s head of media and protocol, Dr. Fabian Benjamim, said the shift was to ensure finishing touches on PIN vending processes before the take-off of the exercise.

“The Board’s registration exercise was to begin today 8th April,2021. To be sure all processes are completed before the commencement, the Board didn’t placed its advertorial as we are yet to complete the process of a smooth PIN vending and candidate access to the registration app for the 2021 UTME/DE.

“The advertisement is the surest indication of the beginning of the exercise as it has all the step by step process that candidates are required to follow.

“The delay is caused by some unforeseen circumstances occasioned by our determined effort to have a NIN integration. This challenge is being resolved and once that is done, all processes shall commence.

“Candidates are, therefore, requested to exercise some patience.

“The process shall be up and running shortly for our advertisement to be rollout so that candidates can begin the creation of profile,” he added.

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NYSC Trust Fund Bill Passes 2nd Reading

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A bill sponsored by Hon. Akinfolarin Mayowa for an act to establish a trust fund for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has passed the second reading stage in the House of Representatives.

Mayowa, the representative of Ileoluji-Okeigbo/Odigbo federal constituency, on Thursday at the plenary, stated that the bill seeks to provide a sustainable source of funds for Corp members.

The National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund (NYSCTF) aims at equipping corps members with skills acquisition, training and empowerment. Training and retraining of NYSC staff is inclusive

The bill sponsor mentioned that the funds would also be used for the development of NYSC camps and maintenance of its facilities.

He added that it would have a long-lasting impact on job creation and the empowerment of youths.

Hon. Mayowa stated that the NYSCTF Bill would further complement the purpose of the scheme and enhance entrepreneurship among corps members.

He said, “in the early years of the establishment of NYSC, the scheme was able to carry out its objectives under the National Youth Service Corps Act.

“The management of the scheme had not only trained, equipped and empowered corps members enrolled under the scheme, but had instilled patriotism and the spirit of nationalism in corps members.

“My colleagues and I have sincerely considered the significant role this NYSCTF Bill will play if passed by this honourable house and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Corps members and supporting staff will be trained and introduced to various skills which will make them establish a self-sustained business after the mandatory service year.”

Calling for its reading to continue and moved to the relevant committee of the house for further legislative actions, Mayowa pointed that the bill will reduce the adverse effect of COVID-19 on the nation’s economy and create employment opportunities for the youths.

“The call had become imperative in view of the effort currently being made by the government to diversify the economy, and considering the passion and willingness of the house in reducing poverty,” he said

In turn, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, referred the bill to the relevant committees of the house for further legislative actions following the consent of the house.

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Nigeria Launches e-Learning Platform to Combat Education Challenges

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced plans to improve the educational standard in the country, which will promote open education and provide certified access to high quality of education across all levels. In view of this, the Federal Government has decided to launch a new e-learning programme to aid the plan.

The Nigerian Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu launched the new e-learning platform in Abuja, saying that it would help the country in combating the problem of children who are currently out of school, and also help to bolster the delivery of education for all people through the use of technology.

Since the initial stage of the pandemic, schools across primary, secondary and tertiary levels have started to make use of online methods to deliver their lessons. This has seen platforms like Zoom, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Classroom, Google Meet, etc. take the stage as the leading learning platforms.

The new e-learning platform will not be making use of an app, but will instead be done through the web. He said that about two million people will be able to use the platform at the same time. In terms of execution, Adamu – who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono – said that those who have direct access to the internet will obviously be able to access all the materials provided. However, these learning materials will also be made available on other channels like radio and television, among others. He said that this is to consider potential learners living in rural areas.

According to Adamu, the Federal Government is not turning a blind eye to the growing need for an improvement in technologies and innovation, in order to improve digital skills and create new job opportunities for youths in this increasingly digitalised world.

Adamu referred to the COVID-19 pandemic and cited how the educational sector had to undergo a revamp concerning teaching and learning methods, calling it a new normal. This made the Federal Government develop a new COVID-19 education strategy.

Adamu stated that the country turned to the internet and technology so that those who would benefit from it would be able to access the learning materials at any place, and at any time.

 

 

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Atlantic Hall Alumni Holds Association First Induction and Hand Over Ceremony

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The Atlantic Hall Alumni association held its first-ever induction and handover ceremony on the 6th of November 2021. The Saturday night event was hosted in the Seattle Residences and Spa Victoria Island with plenty of champagne and hors d’oeuvres for all who attended at the Seattle Residences and Spa Victoria Island.

The evening started with the farewell speech of the outgoing president and first-ever head boy of Atlantic Hall Ayomide Smith. He gave accounts of his stewardship, reeling out various projects executed with the support of his excos. This was followed by a speech from Elizabeth Okogun who spoke about the journey of the Alumni association from its inception to the present day.

Part of the highlights of the evening’s activities was the presentation of awards to outstanding Alumni members and members of the outgoing excos in recognition of their dedication towards the growth of the Atlantic Hall Alumni association. Shortly afterwards, the President of the Atlantic Hall Alumni Association Terfa Tilley- Gyado gave his speech where he charged members of the Atlantic Hall alumni to invest in their relationships, both professional and personal which he hopes will turn the association into a place where members can share ideas, discuss opportunities, and create a network to manifest their full potentials.

The Oath taking and induction of new exco members and appointees was conducted by Barrister Isioma Idigbe-Agba. The new inductees took an oath to serve the association and to uphold the charter of the Atlantic Hall Alumni Association and the values of Atlantic Hall through excellence and integrity.

The induction and handover ceremony created a wonderful environment for all the alumni and an opportunity to engage in quality networking in a convivial atmosphere where old school shared fond memories of their days in Atlantic Hall.

The Atlantic Hall Alumni is a constellation of stars wonderfully spread across Nigeria and the world. It is a community of like-minded individuals ready to contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria.

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