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Franktalk: It’s Time To Run Nigeria’s Tertiary Institutions As Business Ventures

Sometimes when you hear certain things about Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions, you cannot help but weep for this country. You just keep asking yourself how things got so degenerated and why helps seem far away. That was exactly the anguish I suffered reading the story of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Emeka Obe, and his team that had to contribute N300,000 to fund a research project in the university. Members of the Faculty’s Auto Service Centre led by Engineer Nwakile were able to produce contactless…

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Franktalk: UNILAG: Ivory Tower or Tower of Babel?

If anyone had doubted the ability of our egg-heads in this country to put up a fight whenever they think a particular issue is not in their favour, their swift reactions to the removal of the vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, on Wednesday, should be enough to make one  have a rethink. Hours before the university’s Governing Council, headed by Babawale Babalakin, issued the official statement on the removal of the VC, the academics seemed to be battle ready. One could deduce this from messages…

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Franktalk: Looking Beyond The Brick -And -Mortar Classroom In Nigeria

Again, we had a bit of good news as regards the education sector this week with the commencement of assessment of Nigerian universities to determine their readiness for resumption by the National Universities Commission. This was in addition to  seeing school doors open again early in the week for students in exit classes to enable them to prepare for their external examinations. NUC Executive Secretary, Abubakar Rasheed, had told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday that vice chancellors had been given a template of protocols and strategies  for combating the spread…

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Reopening: What Happens To Private Universities’ Final Year Students?

The Nigerian Government’s decision to reopen schools for students in exit classes and allow the country participate in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is a welcome development.  It is also heartening to know that the ministry of education has finally come up with a comprehensive schedule for other national examinations. Of course, some people might say the ministry’s response was rather too late; it is better late than never. Some of us are simply excited that at long last, we are getting some clear signals from…

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Franktalk: Will COVID-19 Donors Also Help Stranded Nigerian Teachers?

It is no longer news that many private school teachers have been at the mercy of kind-hearted people since the Federal Government shut Nigerian schools to limit the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.  Unlike their counterparts in public schools that have continued to get paid for job not done, private school teachers have since been deprived of their means of livelihood.  In certain cases, husbands and wives work in private schools and both have to rely on others’ benevolence to survive. The other time I was listening to a radio programme…

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Franktalk: US No Student Visa Policy Amid Nigeria’s Careless Approach To Education

I may not know the number of Nigerians that would be affected by the United States latest decision not to issue visa to international students whose universities have moved their classes online, the figure is likely to be substantial.   Going by the information credited to Morgan State University on the official website of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Nigeria tops all African countries in the number of students sent to the U.S., approximately 12,000 per year. This number is equivalent to 30 percent of all students from Africa and…

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Franktalk: N7.5bn For Research, N13.1bn For Home Feeding: Where Lies Nigeria’s Priority?

Two major news reports caught my attention in these last few weeks. The first was the call on Nigerian researchers to start applying for N7.5bn approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2020 National Research Fund (NRF) Grants circle. The second has to do with the amount of money that the Nigerian government is spending on feeding its 3,131,791 pupils in primary 1-3 just in this period of lockdown. The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Prof Suleiman Elias Bogoro, had released a guideline for accessing the…

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ASUU President Professor Ogunyemi’s Fallacious Verdict On Virtual Learning

Sometimes, when you think you have heard the worst about what is going on in Nigeria; that is just the beginning of contending with the unimaginable. One time, you hear the President’s wife telling the nation that she doesn’t know the whereabouts of her security aides, at another time; you read news report of shootings in the seat of power. As you are still wondering if this is some kind of plot in a blockbuster, almost immediately, a government aide confirms the shootings and at the same time describes the…

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Between Madagascar’s Lollypop Ex-Minister And Nigeria’s Kilishi Technology DG

A few days ago, Madagascar fired its education minister, Rijasoa Andriamanana, for attempted embezzlement. The minister had indicated plans to order more than $2.2m worth of sweets for schoolchildren to mask the bitter aftertaste of the herbal remedy for coronavirus.  Explaining how the money would be utilised, the minister had explained that pupils would be given three lollipops each to take after they drink the bitter COVID-Organics concoction that the country developed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately for the minister, Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina felt that she was looking…

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Franktalk: How The North Can Truly End The Almajiri System

I don’t think anyone can doubt the commitment of Governor Nasir el’ Rufai to ending the practice of Almajiri system in Kaduna State.  Give it to him, his actions of late have shown that he is indeed tired of seeing child beggars on the streets of northern states. He didn’t mince his words either in a recent interview on Channels Television when he talked about leaving other northern governors behind should they decide to continue to treat the issue with levity. To him, that would be the governors’ business. But…

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