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Women in Tech Hosts Forum to Close Gender Gap in Tech

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Global advocacy group Women in Tech (WIT) is bringing together leading stakeholders in the Nigerian (and international) technology space, in order to explore the opportunities that exist for women in the space.

WIT is an international organization that is currently represented in over 100 countries, with a mission to close the gender gap while helping women gain interest in technology. The group’s objective is to enable five million women to play an important part in tech by 2030, boosting the whole sector.

The Nigerian branch of the non-profit WIT group will host its first virtual conference themed ‘Digitalizing Gender Equality for Brighter Economies’ on Wednesday November 24 2021. The digital conference will signify the official launch of the Nigerian chapter of the global advocacy group.

The conference will include discussions from vital stakeholders and experts in the tech industry which are centered on the actual problems facing the achievement of a tech ecosystem which holds a suitable gender balance. It will also discuss increasing the skill level of women who are currently a part of the tech ecosystem, while delicately offering solutions that will help make the economy better.

The digital conference will be led by the Country Manager, Solape Akinpelu (who is also the Co-founder of HerVest, a fintech platform that focuses on women and is inclusive) and will also launch the WIT Nigeria Makeathon. The Makeathon is the firm’s advancement program that seeks to empower 1,000 women and girls across both rural and urban settlements all over the country.

The programme will take place over a period of four months and will look to increase the skill level of the participants by taking them through degrees of digital skills such as Digital Marketing, Product Design, Software Development, Data Science and Product Management.

Solape Akinplu stated that WIT aims to change the widened gender gap in tech, which now sees only 1 woman out of 5 people working in the tech industry.

The WIT Nigerian launch will be the fourth chapter for the initiative in Africa, after launching in Angola, Zambia and South Africa recently.

The event’s keynote address will be given by the Co-founder of Rising Tide Africa, Mrs Yemi Keri and Professor Olayinka David West, Associate Dean & Professor of Information Systems at Lagos Business Scool, Pan-Atlantic University.

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FG to Boost Internet Connection in OAU, Unilag, Unilorin, and 14 Other Institutions

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The federal government has approved a sum of N400 million each to boost internet connection in Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, and 14 other institutions across the country.

The approval which was disclosed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, is aimed to increase broadband penetration in Nigeria. 

Investors King understands that this is in addition to the agreement which the ministry sighed with top tech company, Microsoft to train 5 million Nigerians on high-demand digital skills. 

Speaking during the award of the contracts letters in Abuja, Pantami noted that Nigeria is on course to achieve 70 percent broadband penetration by 2025. 

While highlighting the benefits of the broadband project to include improving the quality of education and overall growth of the beneficiary institutions, the minister stated that three higher institutions were selected from each geo-political zone of the country.

On the list of beneficiary institutions include Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; University of Lagos and University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; University of Calabar; University of Benin; and the University of Port Harcourt.

Others are Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Bayero University, Kano; Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina; Borno State University; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Gombe State University; Federal University of Technology, Minna; University of Ilorin; University of Abuja; and College of Education (Special), Ibadan.

In the same development, Pantami added that 20 markets, 3 each from the six geo-political zones will also benefit from the broadband projects. 

The markets include the famous computer village In Lagos, the highly patronised Wuse market in Abuja; Bodija Market in Ibadan, Kantin Kwari Market, Kano; Central Market, Lafia, Nasarawa State; Mandate Market, Ilorin; Jos Main Market, Plateau State; Jimeta Central Market, Yola; New Market, Gombe.

Others are Oja Oba, Akure, Ondo State; Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State; Ariaria International Market, Aba, Abia State; International Modern Market, Owerri, Imo State; Main Market, Onitsha, Anambra State; Watt Market, Calabar, Cross River; Oba Market, Benin, Edo State; and Swali Market, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.

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FG Hints at Alternative Funding For Tertiary Education to Address Academic Challenges

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The Federal Government has mulled the need to explore alternative means of funding for tertiary education in Nigeria amid academic disruption caused by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)

Investors King reported that academic activities in public universities in Nigeria were disrupted for about eight months. 

Speaking at a public event organised by the House of Representatives, the Minister for Works and Former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola noted that alternative funding seems to be the only forward-looking way to fund tertiary education in Nigeria. 

While acknowledging that tertiary education needs collective funding from all levels of government, he however highlights areas where the universities and polytechnics could generate funds to include printing press and consultancy services. 

“University consultancy services, data provision, poll results, value data, and printing press are value proposals of alternatives for tertiary Institutions,” he said. 

Fashola also disapproved of the autonomy sought by lecturers in tertiary education. He noted that it is a big issue that needs to be addressed going forward. 

Also speaking at the event is the Director General of the budget office of the federation, Benjamin Akabueze. 

Akabueze who aligned himself with the position of the minister noted that the current system of funding can not feed the tertiary education sector. 

‘There has to be sustainable funding of tertiary education. We can’t continue with the current system because it is not working and not sustainable.” he stated. 

Nonetheless, the event also witnessed opposing opinions, particularly from Professor Uduak Ekpo. A professor of education at the University of Calabar

Ekpo disagrees with the earlier position established by both Fashola and Akabueze. He noted that if lecturers are saddled with the responsibility of funding, it will affect the quality of education and research. 

He concluded that the funding might still not be successful noting that lectures are better off in the classrooms or labs. 

On his part, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke bemoaned any idea to increase the fee paid by students in search of alternative funding. He noted that with the level of poverty and the state of the economy, many students will not be able to afford any increase.

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Jamb UTME Result 2022: Use Registration Number to Check Jamb Result

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, has released the long-awaited 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results. 

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Check 2022 Jamb UTME Result – The Jamb result checker should follow the step below before visiting the Jamb result portal to check Jamb result with their registration number.

The 2022 Jamb UTME result was announced by Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the director of protocols and public relations, JAMB in Abuja in August 2022.

To Check Jamb Result – UTME Mop-Up Examination

Jamb result checker should send RESULT to 55019. Please ensure to use the mobile number you registered so that you can receive your result. The Jamb result can only be sent to the registered phone number.

Also, candidates can check Jamb results directly from Jamb’s website www.jamb.gov.ng. However, Jamb result checker must first link their email address to their profile.

According to Benjamin, “To check the results of the 2022 UTME Mop-Up Examination conducted on Saturday, August 6, 2022, all a candidate needs to do is to simply send RESULT to 55019 using the same phone number that he/she had used for registration and the result would be returned as a text message.

“Candidates can also print their results from the Board’s website www.jamb.gov.ng after linking their email address to their profile.

Check Jamb Result With Registration Number

  • Here is a step-by-step on how to check your Jamb Result with registration number
  • Log on to Jamb portal at https://portal.jamb.gov.ng/
  • Enter your registration number
  • Go to  “Result Notification” tab and click on Check My Result.
  • Your result will immediately be displayed.

Please note that you can also check your 2022 JAMB UTME result via mobile phone:

  • Open https://efacility.jamb.gov.ng/ on your mobile browser
  • Complete the form with your Jamb Registration number on the website
  • Now, click on check results to see your Jamb result
  • Jamb result slip should be displayed on your screen.

Explaining the Modus Operandi of the exam process, the Board said “It should be noted that, as it is the custom with the Board after every Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the various reports from its officials in the field and video footage of the examination are reviewed by its team of experts, with a view to detecting activities subversive of the examination process.

“It is after all the reports have been collated and considered that the management would take critical decisions as to the necessity or otherwise of a mop-up examination for which category of candidates. After a thorough analysis of the conduct of the 2022 UTME in 10 centres spread across five states of the Federation, where examination malpractice was established to have taken place, it became necessary to cancel the results of all the candidates who sat the examination in the 10 centres.

“The Board also took cognisance of the fact that some innocent candidates unfortunately sat for their examination at these centres. Consequently, all candidates who sat for the UTME in the centres listed below have been rescheduled for the August 6, 2022 mop-up UTME..”

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