Osinbajo lauds Nigerian girls’ victory at World Technovation Pitch

Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has congratulated the young Nigerian ladies, who won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California, USA.

Osinbajo’s posted this on his Twitter handle @ProfOsinbajo on Friday.

He tweeted: “These young ladies in Junior Secondary School developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.

“Yesterday, they won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California. Congratulations.  We are proud of you.”

The five girls from Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra State, South East Nigeria, represented Nigeria and Africa, at the World Technovation Challenge in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, US, and won the contest.

The team, led by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu Ugwu defeated representatives of other countries to win the pitch.

The young ladies from Nigeria also included Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.


UNIZIK POST UTME and DIRECT ENTRY 2018/2019 Screening Exercise Dates

 Dates for UNIZIK POST UTME and DIRECT ENTRY 2018/2019 Screening Exercise
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University has scheduled its 2018/2019 POST UTME and DIRECT ENTRY screening exercise for candidates who made the University their first choice in the 2018 University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry as well as all NAU Affiliate Institutions. The dates are outlined below: 1.  SCREENING EXERCISE DATES:
Tuesday, 4th September 2018: DIRECT ENTRY EXAM FOR ALL FACULTIES.

How To Calculate Post UTME Admission Screening Scores for All Schools


…Jamb Point System : Calculations Fo All Schools  Post UTME Admission Scores Below : 


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, last year approved a new Post-UTME admission screening system for all candidates seeking admission into various tertiary institutions in Nigeria. It was called JAMB Point-System.

This was necessary following the scrapping of Post-UTME test by the Ministry of Education. It is now expected that the new admission screening system will take full effect during the 2017/2018 academic session admission exercise.

Now, following the conclusion of the 2017 JAMB UTME exam, we at UNN INFO wish to enlighten candidates and the general public on how to calculate Post-UTME admission screening scores with their O’level resuts (WAEC & NECO respectively).

Before we start, take note of the following information about 2017 JAMB UTME;

  1. UTME Examination questions will vary per candidate.
  2. Candidates who score above 250 will gain merit admission by JAMB into the institution of choice.
  3. 2017 JAMB CBT will last 3 years for candidates with a score of 200 and above
  4. Scholarship may be awarded to candidates with a score of 280 and above in various institutions for a 4-year degree program.



O Level Result:- 40%


  • A1-8%
  • B2-7%
  • B3-6%
  • C4-5%
  • C5-4%
  • C6-3%

Five A1-40%

Five B2-35%

Five B3-30%

Five C4-25%

Five C5-20%

Five C6-15%

UTME Scores-60%

180-189 = 10%

190-199 = 20%

200-209 = 30%

210-219 = 40%

220-229 = 50%

230 & Above = 60%


NYSC boss bans night parties, social events for corps members


NYSC boss bans night parties, social events for corps members
DG NYSC Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure


AKURE—THE Director General of the National Youth Corps, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, yesterday, outlawed night parties and social events by corp members during their service year across the country.
He, however, said that approval from the appropriate authority in each state will be granted if any social event will hold by the Corp members. Kazaure spoke in Akure against the backdrop of the death of nine corps members drowned during a picnic in Taraba State.
Addressing corps members in Ikare Akoko, Kazaure said: “All social events must not hold without approvals.” He pointed out that the NYSC was “devastated with the sad occurrence in Taraba state where nine corps member drowned.”
He said: “I am sure you are aware we lost nine corps members in Taraba, they were 2018 batch A corps members.
“Whenever you are going to embark on any social outings, you must seek clearance from NYSC officials, either the Local Government Inspectors or the State Coordinator that is my directive.
Kazaure reiterated the commitment of the scheme to security and welfare of corps members nationwide.

Earlier, the Ondo State coordinator, Mrs. Grace Akpabio said the visit of the Director-General will further boost the morale of the staff and the corp members in the state.

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Varsity admission: Beware of fraudsters, FUTA warns students, parents


Varsity admission: Beware of fraudsters, FUTA warns students, parents



AKURE—AUTHORITIES of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, Ondo State, yesterday, warned against fraudsters parading themselves as its officials, who could influence admission or augment scores of candidates in the ongoing Post-UTME Screening exercise.
Over 20,000 candidates picked the institution as their first choice, while 13,560 scored the required minimum score of 180 which qualified them for the screening.
In a statement by its Deputy Director Corporate Communications & Protocol, Adegbenro Adebanjo, FUTA said: “The attention of FUTA has been drawn to the activities of fraudsters and some unscrupulous elements who are parading themselves as officials who could influence admission or augment scores of candidates in the Post-UTME Screening exercise. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
“The admission process is merit driven and only qualified candidates will be considered for admission.” Therefore, members of the public should be wary of the activities of such fraudsters and their accomplices.

“FUTA will not be responsible for any loss suffered by any person in respect of such fraudulent activities.”

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Oyedepo, Awosika, challenge youths on right leadership


Varsity holds 13′ Release of Eagles’



Astute entrepreneur and Chairman First Bank of Nigeria Plc Mrs Ibukun Awosika, set the Covenant University Chapel on fire on Monday.

As one of the firm believers in the Nigerian project, Awosika said she sees avalanche of opportunities in Nigeria regardless of her current social and economic challenges, adding that the youths are gladiators of these opportunities.

Awosika was the keynote speaker at the 13th convocation of Covenant University Ota Ogun State, on Monday. This year’s convocation was tagged: ‘Release of Eagles 2018.

She spoke on the theme: ‘Influencing change in Africa: Roles and responsibilities of emerging leaders’

“I want to tell you that there is hope for this country, and you are that hope we are eagerly anticipating,” Awosika began.

“Despite our social and economic challenges, I still remain a positive person. Do no allow anybody to tell you we have all hope lost in this country.

“You are a shining example of the materials that would convince young men and women out there that they did not have to perish inside the Mediterranean Sea while desperately seeking greener pastures in Europe. You are the ones that will shut the mouth of that president who described our country as ‘shithole’

Using her life experience as an example, Awosika said hardly has anything changed over the last three decades that she started her business. Nonetheless, she said her determination to brave the odds, saw her to the pinnacle of her career.

“To succeed in life is all about perception. I recall one of the challenges I had when I started my business 30 years ago was power. Today, nothing has changed about power now; but I’m at the pinnacle of my career. This simply meant what I saw then was opportunities and not problems. If I had waited for power to adjust then, I wouldn’t have been where I am today.”

She encouraged them to be flexible in a knowledge-seeking world in their quest for relevance,

“In this generation, innovation becomes so fluid that whatever you acquired today becomes obsolete within two years. Therefore, you need to continually think through things, be more creative daring and enterprising to remain relevant,” she advised.

She warned them not to be worried when they see others getting rich without knowing the source of their wealth.  She also appealed to them to admit the stark reality that some of their contemporaries with whom they all graduated yesterday would strike gold early. She warned them not to show envy but celebrate them, knowing full well that by fate, Man is destined to arrive at his Canaan land at God’s appointed time.

She challenged them to snap out of their parents’ world, and carve themselves a lasting identity, saying they would be running the greatest risk if they continue to think the wealth of their privileged parents would sustain them after graduation.

In their quest for a life partner, Awosika also urged them to also seek a spouse who would identify with their dreams, share their moments of triumph and failure, and support them greatness

Chancellor Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo said Nigeria and other institutions have a lot to learn from Covenant University in terms of prudence and right leadership.

He said: “Since 1999 that we started this university, we have never borrowed. Besides, we have never run out of power or electricity. At no time did we have any cause to adjust our calendar for convocation. This can only be achieved through right leadership and prudent use of resources.

“This is what is lacking in Nigeria today. Unfortunately, many of our leaders don’t know the definition of leadership. A leader does not make progress by staying on the same spot; he needs to constantly be on the move. Leadership is not just mere talking but, demonstrating by taking the lead. Leadership not an endowment, but a product of outstanding accomplishments.”

This, Oyedepo explained, birthed the Total Man Concept as a course meant to instill discipline and right leadership in the students.

He said CU would remain committed to its vision of raising a new generation of leaders in every area of human endeavour for Nigeria, African and the world at large.

“I implore you all to start thinking changing and start thinking solutions to challenges confronting the nation.” Oyedepo concluded.

The graduating students comprised 238 first class recipients, 746 second class upper honours, 452 second class lower, 86 in third class as well as 365 post graduate students.

Similarly, Miss Salami Toluwani, emerged the best students with Cumulative Gradient Point of Average (CGPA) of 4.99 from Industrial Chemistry, College of Sciences.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aderemi Atayero, said five of the 1,887graduands had already been conferred chartered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

Atayero said CU is glad that many of their graduates are job creators, while those who sought employment are creating differences at their various duty posts as testified by their employers.

Atayero, however, attributed the success achieved to high quality teaching and research, and entrenchment of discipline.

He said “A major reason for this success is the focus Covenant University places on providing high quality teaching linked to high quality research. Our teaching is supported by leading edge research. Many of our teaching staff has received awards for their contributions to teaching and research.”

Atayero implored the graduating students to deploy all what they had been through to solve the nation’s problems.

Representative of the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission Dr Noah Salu who is in charge of commission’s accreditation, praised CU for being consistent with its convocation calendar, saying other institutions should learn a lesson from this.

FCMB Unveils Initiative to Support Oversea Study




First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has put together a programme to guide Nigerians who wish to study abroad on how to prepare and get necessary support from the bank as well as technical partners of the financial institution.

The scheme known as Education Advisory Service (EAS), also includes overseas admission information services, school fees remittance, school living allowances and travel fares, loans to support school fees payments, visa process, travels and examination preparation.

The bank disclosed in a statement that customers and intending candidates for the EAS can access its website for additional information.

Also, the bank revealed that it has designated some of its branches nationwide, with specialised desks and highly professional staff, to effectively respond to inquiries.

Commenting on the initiative, the statement quoted the bank’s Executive Director, Retail Banking, Mr. Olu Akanmu, to have revealed that the bank at the weekend organised a schools’ exhibition fair in Port-Harcourt, River State. It will also take place in Abuja today and Kano on Wednesday. In the same vein, the fair would hold in Lagos on Friday, July 27, and Saturday July 28, 2018, respectively, adding that it would afford prospective students the opportunity to interact with international delegates from Ireland, United Kingdom(UK), Canada, Australia and United States of America under the EAS.

Akanmu said, “at FCMB, we walk and work with our customers to fulfil their life aspirations, their families and their businesses, including the provision of the best education.

“The FCMB Education Advisory Services in partnership with MOD Services and international partners also cover school admission process, visa processing, travel and examination Preparation.

“We recognise that knowledge of what to do and how to do it matters in securing good overseas education. FCMB will also be providing prompt school fees and living allowances remittance, loans to support school fees payment and international cards to support living overseas for Nigerian students.”

Akanmu added that, “We have Lufthansa Airline, beside other partner airlines on board to offer students, discounted fares under this scheme. This also covers their guardians accompanying them.

“In addition, we have AXA Mansard coming on board to provide medical cover for the students to the tune of $60,000 a year.”

Kaduna, NGO Seal Deal on Education



The Kaduna State Government has signed agreement with a non-profit organisation, ‘Teach For Nigeria’ to boost education in the state.

The new deal would see the NGO place Fellows in high-need primary schools in the state to teach students for two years.

Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Nigeria, Folawa Omikunle made this known at the inaugural annual education cocktail and fundraising that held in Lagos. The event served as a platform to highlight the NGO’s mission as well as strategies at improving the quality of education for Nigeria’s most marginalised children.

The gathering, which was attended by captains of industry and leaders in the private and public sectors also provided an opportunity to enlist the support of and recruit champions from the private sector to secure financial and strategic commitments towards raising much needed funds needed for the transformation of the education system and ensuring that every Nigerian child, regardless of status, has an opportunity to access quality education.

In his words, Omikunle stated that continuous decline in education system has resulted in poor learning outcomes for most  students especially the disadvantaged ones from low income communities. 

“As part of efforts to ensure that the standards are raised for all our children, Teach For Nigeria was established and I am proud of our achievements so far and grateful for the support and commitment we have received from our fellows, champions and ambassadors.”

Chairman of the NGO, Gbenga Oyebode, further added: “The organisation is focused on developing a movement of leaders across the nation who are committed to putting an end to educational inequity. The present state of education in Nigeria, where about a third of our children are not in school and over half of those in school are not learning, is not acceptable. We must therefore join hands together to reverse these trends.”

 Shedding more light on the Kaduna project, Oyebode said that the first batch of Kaduna Fellows would begin to lead their classrooms by September 2018, stressing that it would further bring the programme much closer to achieving its vision of ensuring that every Nigerian child has access to excellent education.