See Full List Of Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Cut-Off Marks For 2018/2019

All tertiary institutions in Nigeria have fixed cut-off marks for admissions into their first year.

The cut-off marks, decided by the Senate and management of each institution, have also been sent to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

As directed by the examination body, none of the universities have cut-off marks below 120, while none of the polytechnics and colleges of education have cut-off marks below 100.

See the full cut-off marks below:

Source: Premium Times

OFFICIAL: JAMB Releases Cut Off Marks For Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Tuesday released minimum cut off marks for 2017/2018 academic session of Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

The minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria was set for 120, polytechnics and colleges of education pegged at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.

Institutions are, however, at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.

Also, admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions, it ends on January 31, 2018.

Also, decisions on first choice candidates by universities will end on October 15, and second choice candidates will end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing dates.

These decisions were taken at the 2017 Combined Policy Meetings on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria which ended on Tuesday.

The Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, said a Central Admission Processing System, CAPS, will be used to streamline admission processes among institutions, as it addresses challenges associated with the former approach.

Mr. Oloyede also said that Institutions could conduct dual mode system which involves both manual and the newly introduced CAPS.

He advocated a dynamic educational policy as related to admissions.

“All over the world, there is agitation for dynamic educational policy,” he said. “JAMB only admits for National Diploma, not Higher National Diploma; so why should we use the same requirement for ND and BSC, that is unreasonable parity.”

“We should not be sentimental in fixing our cut off mark; we need not over-dramatise issue of cut off mark.”

He said candidates’ applications to study agriculture was very low while applications to study medicine and health sciences increased.

Speaking on illegal admissions, he said the process is now automated because the Registrar of JAMB must approve all candidates.

“About 17,160 students were admitted without JAMB across institutions in Nigeria,” he said.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, also formerly announced a lift of the ban on the conduct of Post-UTME examination as a prerequisite for admission into tertiary institutions.

“Cancellation of Post- UTME is a mistake,” he said.

He noted that banning of post-UTME led to a lot of irregularities by candidates and some institutions.

The minister explained that with the lifting of the ban on the conduct of the examination, institutions are now at liberty to conduct, while adding that fee for the examination should not exceed N2000.

He explained that the 2016 admission process was a huge success, while expressing optimism that government is working assiduously to make that of 2017 better.

Mr. Adamu noted that government is also making efforts to expand access and ensure equality in the education sector.

He expressed optimism that a substantial number of candidates who sat for the 2017 UTME would gain admission into tertiary institution.

“Over 1.6 million candidates applied for degree courses, over 17,000 for ND as well as NCE,” he said.

Realities And Truth Untold

Condemnations have continued to trail the refusal of the management and labour unions of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho to allow the forensic auditing of the university’s account, as some stakeholders have attributed the main reason behind the continuous strike in the university to the failure to allow proper auditing.

The auditing has been identified as the lasting solution that can be administered to the incessant and the current seeming-not-to-end industrial action by the workers of the institution.

The labour unions of the institution were reported to have frustrated the Accounting Firm, KPMG which was engaged by the two owner states, Osun and Oyo to audit the finances of the university, as part of the recommendations by the Chief Wole Olanipekun visitation panel. Series of drama and threat have thereafter trailed and frustrated this effort to get the institution back on its feet.

The Olanipekun-led panel had found out that the LAUTECH accounts were audited last in 2012, and a sum of N400 million was in question then, just as it revealed that the university runs 97 different accounts, in spite of the Treasury Single Account policy that has since been in vogue as recommended and adopted by the Federal government since 2015.

It was also revealed that the TETFUND and Needs Assessment Funds running into billions of naira have been given to LAUTECH without commensurate research output to show for it.

Besides the alleged prevention of the auditing firm to carry out the audit, the joint labour unions of the institution had filed a suit before an Oyo State High Court to stop the exercise, a situation that had continued to raise suspicion that the management and the labour unions had skeleton in their cupboard and they have ignored the lives of students.

It has been in contention that the university should be able to finance itself without subventions from the owner states, considering the number of students and the fees being charged.  Comparisons have been made with UNIOSUN, another state University completely independent of the State of Osun’s control.

Some of the students and staffers of the institution, who spoke with this medium under the condition of anonymity wondered why such exercise would be frustrated by the labour unions.

A lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology wondered why the management and the unions would be preventing the audit of the university’s account, saying that the action was suspicious.

“It is now clear that the management and we the staff members, particularly the union leaders are the ones preventing the end to the prolonged strike in LAUTECH. Why are we then blaming the government for what we are guilty of?

“The issue of the nationwide strike by ASUU is another discussion, but as for the LAUTECH, if indeed we are sincere about what we are saying, why are we preventing what the government is claiming will bring an end to the prolong strike?

Also, a student in the department of Architecture, who also spoke anonymously, appealed to the labour unions and management of the institution to take the interest of the student as a priority.

“We can blame the government, fine, but the blame now is of the unions and the management who have been resisting the audit of the account. What are they hiding? “The governments of the two states have proffered solution to this crisis. Let us give them that opportunity. It is after they have carried out the audit and nothing is forthcoming that we can be blaming the government’, he stressed.

However, the governments of the two states have continuously called on parents, students and other stakeholders to prevail and plead with the unions to stop frustrating sincere steps of owner governments to get LAUTECH back on track, saying they are not happy and comfortable with the prolonged strike that has kept the Nigeria’s future leaders at home.

FG Gives Varsities Go Ahead To Conduct Post-UTME

The Federal Government has lifted the restriction on the examination that is conducted by universities for admission seekers after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

Minister of Education Adamu Adamu said in Abuja that universities, polytechnics and other institutions were free to organise post-UTME screening as a precondition to gaining admission into public institutions.

He explained that the Federal Government scrapped the controversial examination in order to fully understand what was going on in the institutions.

The minister added that the government was now wiser regarding the conduct of the examination.

Adamu, in June last year at a combined policy meeting on admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria, in Abuja banned the examination.

He urged the institutions and its authorities to make the fees for the post-UTME screening affordable in order not to impose huge financial burdens on parents.

“The minister said: “We are going to allow universities to have some choice. Universities can now decide to organise post-UTME if they want.

“We have asked them not to impose a huge financial burden on the parents. The burden should not be more than what they can bear.”

He expressed confidence in the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Adamu, who hailed the management of JAMB for remitting N5 billion to the Federal Government, said the money was the highest so far in the last 40 years of JAMB’s existence.

State Sponsored UNIOSUN Medical Students Arrive Nigeria From Ukraine

Medical Students of the Osun State University UNIOSUN who were sponsored by the State Government of Osun to complete their medical course in Ukraine on Saturday night returned to Nigeria.

They were received at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by a high powered delegation of the state government led by the state commissioner for Innovative, Science & Technology, Engr Remi Omowaiye.

The students where one of them, Miss Lateefat Oyeniyi led the whole institution in Kharazviv, Ukraine are expected to meet Governor Rauf Aregbesola at a grand reception organized by the state for them on Sunday evening at the Government House, Osogbo.


State Government of Osun sponsored Medical students to Karazin
National University, Ukraine returning home after the completion of
their medical training, at the Murtala International Airport, Lagos
on 13-08-2017.

The State Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye Tomori as well as the Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Engr Remi Omowaye were part of the delegation, the state government sent to their graduation ceremony which held few months ago.

Fifty of the 85 students of Osun State University were sent to Ukraine varsity to complete their medical studies by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration in 2013 as a result of non-availability of a teaching hospital for their clinical studies.

It would be recalled that in 2010, when Governor Rauf Aregbesola came on board, he decided to fully sponsor the 85 students that belonged to two different sets, to complete their Medical studies at the Kharkiv National University, Ukraine.

State of Osun Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Mr Remi
Omowaiye (center);  State Government of Osun sponsored Medical students
to Karazin National University, Ukraine returning home after the
completion of their medical training with their parents, at the Murtala
International Airport, Lagos
on 13-08-2017.

Osun’s Innovative Steel High Schools

By Inwalomhe Donald


Governor Aregbesola’s bold and brilliant initiative has changed the face of schools in Osun State. I want to use this medium to appeal to National Universities Commission (NUC) to grant university provisional licences to Osun steel structure high schools in Ilesa, Iwo and Osogbo, that can last for more than 100 years so as to expand access to, and improve the quality of facilities available for higher education in Nigeria. These steel school structures are capable of meeting the requirements for full university operational licenses.

Ilesa, Osogbo and Iwo High Schools have the required standards to operate as universities in Nigeria. There is nowhere in Africa that you can see steel structure high schools like the types in Ilesa, Iwo and Osogbo. I challenge anybody to prove me wrong as Aregbesola has taken a bold step to change the face of high schools in Africa. None of the 12 Federal Universities established in February 2011 by the Federal Government of Nigeria can boast of such structure.

Ondo and Edo States have three state-owned universities each and, based on what Aregbesola has done, NUC should please grant licence to Osun State to operate more state universities.

Osun structural steel schools are the first in Africa with 216 classrooms, 3 ICT halls, 18 laboratories and others that have the capacity to bear great loads in tension and compression, high resiliency and performance under harsh and difficult conditions. Osun steel high schools can be shaped by many processes, ranging from standard rolled sections to custom castings and digitally generated components. Osun steel high schools are wide, the  buildings’ cladding highlight their durability, technical capabilities and aesthetic versatility. Osun State is the first to build steel structure schools in Africa that can accommodate more than 9,000 students.

Osun steel structure new high schools are part of the series of the state-of-the-art schools currently being constructed across the state. With Ilesa, Osogbo and Iwo steel structure sukuk high schools, Aregbesola’s government is committed to Osun schools a model in Nigeria, Africa and the entire world.

Another good thing is that Osun Steel High schools can be easily modified during the lifecycle of a building to accommodate changing occupant requirements. As the most recycled material in the world, steel is an environmentally sound building material choice. Today, structural steel is 97% recycled with the primary source being automobiles. Architects praise the natural beauty of Osun steel schools and are excited about exposing them in the design of their structures to emphasise grace, slenderness and strength.

President Muhammadu Buhari last year described the newly completed steel structure Osogbo Government High school as an educational legacy that should be emulated by other states of the federation.

The steel buildings have many advantages, such as large span/low demand of base structure, seismic and wind resistance, fast construction and easy maintenance. The walls of the steel structure building are also flexible, You can choose colored steel plate or EPS/PU/XPS sandwich panel as your wall system. The products can be packed in one  package, are easy to upload, download and stack on the site.

They can be built on many special places such as mountains, beaches and land with bad condition.

Built from steel, the schools took some months to build instead of the two years required for a more conventional structure. Many tonnes of steel were used to build the site. Unemployed workers from the township were employed on the projects, with between 60-80 on site each day. The steel structure can be produced in kit form, allowing quick and easy assembly. All three schools were built using light weight steel and Arval panels with a view to promoting the use of steel in domestic buildings.

The prototype buildings at Ilesa, Osogbo and Iwo prove that steel can be used cost effectively and aesthetically.  The lesson is that Aregbesola has demonstrated that the three steel structure schools are excellent examples of what can be achieved with steel in the construction environment and my wish is that it will ensure an iron-clad future for the students of the State.

The other sukuk High Schools are: Wole Soyinka High School, Ejigbo, Ataoja High School, Osogbo, Fakunle Unity High School, Osogbo, Oduduwa High School, Ile Ife, Ila High School, Ila-Orangun, Adventist High School, Ede, Iwo, Akinorun High School, Ikirun and  Ayedaade High School, Ikire. What is unique about Osun State High Schools is that each of them has the capacity to take off as a state university.

I want to plead with NUC to visit Osun State Steel Structure High Schools in Iwo, Ilesa and Osogbo.

Donald writes from Benin City

OAU Commences Distance Learning Degree Programmes In Accounting, Nursing And Economics

By Adejumo Kabir

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has introduced e-Learning for some of its programmes, which are to be administered through its Centre for Distance Learning.

Following the approval of the National Universities Commission (NUC), OAUCDL has started receiving applications into its E-Learning programme for B.Sc. Degrees in Accounting, Economics and Nursing.

Since its establishment, the Centre has been striving to keep abreast of the most up-to-date methods of distance learning practice by continually updating its modes of lecture delivery to reflect the latest proven concepts, methods and practices.

The centre is designed in a way that open and distance education is best accomplished through E-learning, which is the mode adopted by OAUCDL.

The programme is administered online through a customised study tablet called the Vigitab. Students do not have to report to a physical classroom. Their lecture room is on the Vigitab which would be given to each student upon resumption.

Quizzes and assignments would be taken and submitted online while lecture videos, hand-outs in PDF format and other additional materials and references as the instructor deems necessary would be distributed through the Vigitab platform.

The curricula for various programmes are the same as for regular in-house programmes within the University; hence, certificate for degree and diploma programmes are the same as for full-time students.

The total time to complete an online course is equivalent to that of campus regular programme and the same degree would be awarded after the completion of the programme.


Osun Education: The Investment And The Gains

Educational system in the State of Osun under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been characterised by several innovations that have received accolades home and abroad. The massive construction of new schools, Osun School Feeding Programmes (OMEAL), introduction of Opon Imo amongst other innovations have not only placed Osun on the world map of educational development, it has prepared ground for a brighter future for the students of public schools in the state.

KAZEEM MOHAMMED in this piece writes on the innovations that have been brought into the education system and the gains therein.

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in his book, The Peoples’ Republic, says, “Any system of education which does not help a man to have a healthy and sound body and alert brain, and balanced and disciplined instinctive urges, is both misconceived and dangerous.”

This belief must have been the guiding principle for Governor Rauf Aregbesola in conceiving his six-point Integral Action Plan, where the “Promotion of Functional Education” is encapsulated. The pre-implementation and the implementation stages of the Osun state government policy on education since 2010 have clearly shown the commitment of the administration to ensure a healthy and sound body and alert brain, as well as balanced and disciplined instinct.

The vision of the administration, even before coming to office, was said to be geared towards radically increasing access to basic education, in furtherance to the vision of Awolowo and in line with Millennium Development Goal of achieving Universal Primary Education.

It was a public knowledge that, the education system was in comatose prior to Aregbesola’s emergence in office, but realizing the sorry state of the system, in February 2011, about three months after assumption of office, Aregbesola’s administration organised an Education Summit to chart a new way forward in the education sector of the state. The summit, chaired by the Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka with other experienced stakeholders, identified the solutions to the perennial problems in the Education system in Nigeria and Osun in particular where strategies were developed as the way out. These strategies are the ones being currently implemented by the state government and it has scored the state high.

Other stakeholders, which included, notable world-class educationists like Prof Peter Okebukola, Dr Akin Fapohunda, Dr Isaac Agboola, Prof Sola Adeyeye, Mr Lere Osundina among others agreed on reclassification of schools into elementary, middle and high, from the then existing primary, junior and secondary levels. A comprehensive overhaul of physical and human component of the education system was also recommended.

The elementary is a neighbourhood school for pupils in the 1st to 4th grade from the old primary 1 to 4, the middle school is for the 5th to 9th grade, which is primary 5 to JSS 3, while the high school comprises of students from 10th to 12th grade, which is senior secondary school 1 to 3.

However, while the physical infrastructure component of the reclassification is being carried out systematically with the building of elementary, middle and high schools across the state, the human and social component such as recruitment of teachers, provision of instructional materials, psychological and social support through value re-orientation, revival of ideal virtues such as of hard work, honesty, discipline, determination, revival of Boys and Girls Clubs, calisthenics activities have also caught the attention of the government in line with the recommendation of the summit.

Governor Aregbesola said recently at the commissioning of Government Middle School and Elementary School both in Osogbo that the education revolution was part of his administration’s resolves to build a new man in every child in the state, a decision which he said would help to sustain the future of the state.

Besides, the review of the Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme now known as O-MEALS is one of the few surviving school meal programmes in the country. It was formerly known as the Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme (HGSFP), but has now been restructured and enhanced by the Aregbesola administration.

The programme has not only been successful, records showed that it has helped increase elementary school enrolment by at least of 25 per cent since the commencement of the revised programme in 2012. Findings have however showed that the enrolments were not from new entrants alone, but also from those withdrawn from Private Schools by their parents, who have seen commitment in the government education policy.

A total number of 3,007 food vendors were initially trained and employed by the government to serve nutritious meals for pupils in elementary 1, 2 , 3 and 4. The government also facilitated provision of cooking utensils for each of the caterers at minimal cost, while First Bank PLC at the initial stage granted a loan of ¦ 124.5 million to 123 cooperative groups of food vendors for the purchase of cooking utensils. The government also agreed to pay the interest accrued on the loan facility and food vendors are to repay the loan within 36 months.

However, Osun has become a Mecca of sort for many states in Nigeria who have seen the need to emulate the strategy adopted in the school feeding programme and have come visiting to learn the system. As if that was not enough, the Federal Government has adopted the Osun system in its school feeding programme. This is no doubt a plus for the administration of Aregbesola.

This scheme has gained international endorsement. In November 2012, Partnership for Child Development (PCD) United Kingdom and the Government of the State of Osun signed the Osun Elementary School Feeding Transition Strategy Plan Document to further strengthen the programme. Thereafter, the government of the United Kingdom invited Aregbesola to address the UK’s House of Common, to explain and ‘teach’ how the programme is done in Osun.

However, Another policy of the government that has received local and international accolade is the massive construction of schools across the state, which has provided conducive physical atmosphere to aid teaching and learning. The revamping of the public school infrastructure through the building of new school structures to reflect the recommendations of the Osun Education Summit is seen to be a radical idea to provide the best in terms of infrastructural facilities for the schools.

Available record has shown that the administration of Aregbesola has constructed 96 new public schools, out of which there are 40 elementary, 45 middle and 11 high schools across the nooks and crannies of the state. This is just as several other elementary schools have been renovated across the state.

The state-of-the-art schools which were and others currently being built are of the world standard with all the facilities required in any standard educational institute anywhere in the world. With the quality of the schools, no one would ever believe that such could exist in Nigeria, except you are there.

The same seal with which elementary and middle schools were built was the approach taken to the High Schools. Some of the ones already completed and commissioned were, Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo; Ataoja Government High Schools, Osogbo; Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo; Ede Baptist High School, Ede amongst several others, while some are still ongoing. Visitation to some of the schools have clearly shown that the government is indeed committed to the development of education, as such structures could not be found anywhere else in Nigeria.

Going by the accolades that have been received home and abroad, Osun has entered the world map in the development of education with the massive construction of standard schools across the state.

Just last week, the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Lehmann during a visit to Osun said, he was proud of the achievements made by the Aregbesola administration, saying, the continued support given to education by the state would in no doubt bring a brighter future to the state and as well enhance the capacity of the state economically, socially and politically as education remains the bedrock of development in any society.

Lehmann said, “Educating young people will definitely revive the society and secure a better future for all because it is the only educated mind that advances the potentials of the society for the benefits of all. I have gone round the town. I have seen some of the interventions of this administration in all sectors most especially in education, agriculture and security.

“These are the major sectors on which government and governance are based. I was marveled when I visited some of the state-of-the-arts schools constructed by the Aregbesola led government.

“I have seen the good governance in action in Osun because the state has without any sense of doubt done so much on the need to affect the lives of her people positively as this could be deduced from all I saw”, he said.

It would also be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2016 during the commissioning of the newly constructed Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo said, he was impressed by the Aregbesola investment in education, urging other states to emulate his gesture.

He said that the system adopted by Aregbesola administration was appropriate, cost-effective and must be emulated.

A parent of one of the student of Osogbo Government High School, Mr Kolade Ismail recounted that he was proud to have his children in the school, saying he has observed that the academic performances of his children have really improved.

Just as the government has invested hugely on the infrastructural development, it has also taken further steps through its investment in human capacity to gain competitive advantage with developed countries. Besides the frequent training and retraining of teachers, particularly at the elementary, middle and high schools. One other major project that has been seen to be beneficial to teaching and learning was the introduction of the popular Opon Imo (Computer Tablet of Knowledge).

The Aregbesola administration championed the inspiring innovations through the ground breaking project which is meant to utilise ICT and concisely tackle learning problems. The state, through its Opón Ìmò Technology Enhanced Learning System (OTELS), has developed a learning tool that could revolutionise learning in developing states around the world.

However, Governor Aregbesola at the commissioning of one of the newly-constructed schools in Osogbo had expressed displeasure at the appearance of some pupils in some of the public schools in the state, a situation which he described as worrisome in view of the heavy investments made in education by the state.

The Governor, who implored parents to always see to the welfare of their children said, henceforth, the state as part of its effort to restore discipline would start operation-check- your-dress among the public schools students.

He said the stand order would further strengthen discipline in public schools and as well encourage neatness among the pupils and students.

UNIOSUN: The Triumph Of Stranded Medical Doctors

On Friday, June 30, 2017, the State of Osun was again before the world stage with the graduation of 50 Medical Students and the triumph of one of them as the overall best student of V.N Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine at its 2017 Convocation. KEHINDE AYANTUNJI in this piece reflects on the turbulent journey of the stranded medical doctors, and the outstanding success of the 2017 Kharkiv University champion, Dr Oyeleye Lateefah Abiola.

Kharkiv, Northern part of Ukraine is the second largest city of the Europe country. It is a major cultural, scientific, educational, transport and industrial centre of Ukraine, with over 60 scientific institutes, over 30 universities and higher institutions, 6 museums, 7 theatres and 80 libraries.  Kharkiv was the first capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, from December 1919 to January 1934, after which the capital relocated to Kiev.

Kharkiv is the hosting V.N Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine where 50 medical students of Osun State University recently graduated as medical doctors.   87 of them are currently on the state government scholarship but others are expected to graduate next year.

It is second oldest university in the Ukraine, second only to the University of Lviv, Ukraine. The university has produced at least three Nobel Prize laureates. They include Ilie Mechnikov (Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine); Simon Kuznet (1971 Nobel Prize in Economics); and Lev Landau (Physics). It was founded in November 1804, on the initiative of the prominent educator, V.N. Karazin and in accordance with the charter of Tsar Alexander I.

In 2012 when the state government decided to transferred the 98 students of the Osun State University who were stranded over non-availability of Teaching Hospital for Clinical training from 400 to 700 level to Ukraine, it was a very hard decision for Governor Rauf Aregbesola with stiff opposition to the decision move the students to the Southern Europe .

Among those who fervently opposed the transfer was the then National University Commission (NUC) Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Amioba Okojie, who without any hesitation downplayed the genuineness of the government and frantically ridiculed the Ukraine National University as substandard.

Although, the state government refused to spare him from deserved response, his utterances were considered political, rather than academic, inspite his position as the head of the esteemed universities regulatory body in Nigeria. The university Okojie described as substandard has never moved below 2,000 in  world ranking since its 200 years of its existence and has occupied the centre stage in Medical, Astrology, and Space Science Research in Europe. Ironically, none of the over 100 universities that Okojie was superintending and accrediting as at 2012 in Nigeria has moved closed to the first 5000 in the world ranking.  Okojie was challenged to provide any empirical evidence for his claim, instead, the former NUC boss navigated his criticism to cost effectiveness of sponsoring 100 students in foreign university when such amount could develop a teaching hospital in Nigeria.

The opposition political parties were not left out with all manner of assumptions and allegations against the governor. There was a time he was alleged to have held a share in the university and only wanted to rob the state through the foreign education trip to a country that formed part of the former Soviet Union.

Before the option of the Karazin University was adopted, the state government had in 2011 proposed to upgrade the State Hospital at Asubiaro, Osogbo, to a teaching hospital, but with the visibility study then, it would not cost less than N5 Billion to procure the necessary equipment and upgrade the facilities at the state hospital. As at then, government open up that it could not afford such, as it was a period that the state introduced what it termed “Financial Engineering” by restructuring the N18.6 billion United Bank of Africa (UBA) inherited loan and source for bond to execute some capital project without hindering smooth payment of workers salary which was N3.6 billion as at the time.  Another bottleneck that crippled the accreditation was personnel. One of the three major critical factors on which the question of adequacy or otherwise of the standard of training in any medical school depend is the availability of physical facilities in the form of buildings and equipment, both in terms of capital as well as recurrent costs. The other factor being availability of teachers, and the quantity of students selected.  Without clear evidence of the existence, and availability of the aforementioned facilities, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria scheduled with the responsibility of accrediting and monitoring medical colleges will not approve such college.  For instance, it took the pioneer medical students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, 10 years to graduate owning to accreditation challenges.

Obviously, as at that period, no matter what the state government may invest, it may not meet the expectations of the medical students who were already in 300 level, the medical students were stagnated for about two years as a result of non-availability of a teaching hospital for the university. All efforts made to get them admitted to tertiary institutions like Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife; University of Ibadan, UI; University of Lagos, UNILAG; Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, for their clinical courses failed. The reality was that the population of the affected student outnumbered the maximum quota approved for those universities clinical year.

Having tried locally, the government spread the tentacles outside Nigeria to the United State (US), United Kingdom (UK), Belarus and Cuba. The costs of tuition for the training in those countries were astronomical and subsequently considered the Karazin University of Ukraine to sponsor the 87 students on scholarship. It was the most reasonable option available despite the meagre resources of the state. Aregbesola was of the strong conviction that neglecting the students amounted to sheer irresponsibility and gross recklessness with the lives of the promising young medical doctors.

In 2013, Governor Aregbesola Constituted Transfer Committee headed by Dr Simon Afolayan to conclude all necessary arrangement with the university in Ukraine after the approval of N162 million second tranche for the scholarship.

Presenting the report of the committee, the Chairman, Dr.  Afolayan commended the governor for the huge amount spent to keep the hope of the students alive and reported that the students were enjoying their studies in a conducive atmosphere with best global facilities, saying, “Despite the fact that not all the students are of Osun State origin, Aregbesola’s government, in its magnanimity sponsored the students without any string attached. This means that the students did not sign any bond with the government.

“For this gesture, posterity will not forget Aregbesola’s courage and magnanimity to the medical students of UNIOSUN.”

One of the parents of the beneficiaries who was then the chairman of the Parents’ Representatives, Dr. Ademola Ayodele thanked the governor for a rare expression of compassion shown to their wards, saying, the news of the transfer of the students to Ukraine first came to them as a dream, but with the courage, commitment and determination of government, the goal was achieved at the end.

While receiving the report of the committee, the governor said that his government facilitated the transfer of the students because it believes that a responsible government must fulfill its part of a pact it entered with the people irrespective of which person or party in power signed the agreement so far that governance is continuum.

He said, “I feel fulfilled that the students, who would have had their dreams aborted, would now realise their ambition of becoming a full time medical Doctor. We have kept faith with these children, their parents and guidance towards realising their life time ambitions. In couple of years from now, we will be celebrating their graduation as trained Medical Doctors.

“This government is promising that it will assuage the challenges that the students may be facing during their stay in Ukraine”, the governor told the gathering.

The government in sustaining the scholarship in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 expended the sum of N60,647,2 00; N68,445,465, and N64,215,800 respectively. The Osun Government also in years 2015 and 2016 academic sessions spent N85,833,750 and N116,495,258.40, totaling N495,637,473.40. Besides the initial 87 students who then were in 300-500 levels, government also assisted a total of 29 other medical students who were in 100 and 200 levels to secure admission to the university and process their travelling documents, but were sponsored by their parents.

As whatever has a beginning will definitely has an end, the dream of the government came to reality with the graduation of the 50 students in July 1st, 2017. Beyond convocation ceremony, the whole Karazin University stood up for one of them who triumphed as the university overall best students, Oyeleye Latifah Abiola. Prof Mykola O. Azarenkov  announced Latifah as the overall best graduating student from both the Faculty of Medicine and the entire university. She came out with a percentage score of 95.6% in the KROK 2 Exams which was the final examination for graduating students.

At the graduation ceremony attended by the State Deputy Governor, Otunba Grace Laoye Tomori; UNIOSUN Vice Chancellor, Professor Labo Poopoola; the Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon Oladoyin Bamisayemi and State Commissioner for Innovation Science and Technology, Eng. Oluremi Omowaiye , parents among other dignitaries, Latifah took Osun to the fore on world map and justified the huge resources invested by the state government.

When she was called at the ceremony, for the congregation at university auditorium to rise for the champion, she was so excited and felt accomplished for the strangled journey that ended successfully in Europe with giant feet. She said “We are here today proud that from the loss of hope that we were plunged into, we have been raised with new vigour. We have seen in Osun a responsible government which would not let its citizens down. Words are not enough to celebrate our victory. We have won”, she told the crowd.

Lateefah was born in Ibadan, Oyo state, where she attended primary and secondary schools respectively. She was admitted to UNIOSUN in 2008 to study medicine and studied for 3 years before she got stagnated alongside other colleagues for the inability of the university to secure accreditation. The father of the Ukraine Champion is into transport business and her mother engages in buy and selling.

During an interview with Latifah, her vision in life was not really such good grades, but to become a great doctor and teacher of doctors. The effort of the government, presided over by Aregbesola, no doubt projected the extraordinary ability of the champion, but becoming overall best student in such world class university was an arduous task.

The feelings of Latifah at that stage were a beginning of other great things in her life with gratitude to God. She felt so happy because she had never been celebrated like that in her life with so much love and appreciation in the air. She was really overwhelmed. She recounted her mood when she was stagnated as a result of the accreditation crisis in UNIOSUN, saying “I felt really sad. I saw my dreams almost crashing down in front of me. I thought all hope was lost, but God came into the picture through the Osun state Government and I am very grateful for that”.

On why she opted for medicine, Latifah partly differed with the popular clichés that people studied medicine because they want to save lives.  She said “No. in the beginning, teaching was my passion,  but I didn’t just want to be a teacher; I wanted to be a teacher with a difference, I wanted to teach how to save lives, so I decided to study medicine, that way I will get to be a doctor and a teacher at the same time, which I still want to do, but over the years, I have come to fall in love with medicine, I want that instant gratification of treating a patient and seeing them get better right in front of me, I mean that is the definition of joy for me. So, I studied medicine because I wanted to have two established lifesaving careers, being a doctor and being a teacher.”

In pursuing her dream in Ukraine, one of the very first challenge she encountered as a medical student was coping with the large syllabus in a very short time with other accumulated responsibilities within short time. To confront the challenges, she learnt time management and positioned herself not to lag behind. Another challenge faced according to Latifah was remembering previous thoughts and ideas conceived through reading especially for a very long time. She had to constantly remember thoughts, readings and retrieving information from memory even when she does not need them and had to study with a lot of online teachers. All these challenges really helped her.

Latifah also with the help of her father invested in good books which gave her edge over others, saying, “I have my dad to thank”.

In the next 10 years, it is her wish to be a wife and mother to become a consultant cardiologist, a great lecturer and a professor. Latifah is also dreaming of establishing a chain of well-equipped diagnostic centres in Nigeria where people can do all sorts of investigations to improve Nigeria health system.

NCC To Partner With NUC To Strengthen Nigerian Varsities

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has announced its intention to partner with the National Universities Commission, to strengthen the conduct of research by Nigerian Universities.

This was made known by the Commission in Abuja while on a visit to the National Universities Commission.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission,‎ Mr Garba Danbatta, stated that a technical team would be put in place to assist the Nigerian Research and Education Network of the National Universities Commission.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, who met with the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC behind closed doors applauded the setting up of a technical committee to address some of the challenges being faced by the Nigerian Research and Educational Network.

Medical Students To Now Spend 11 Years In Study – NUC

The National Universities Commission has stated that any student who wants to study medicine will henceforth spend a minimum of 10 to 11 years for the programme.

Its Executive Secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie, stated this while delivering a lecture at the matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State.

In a lecture titled ‘Development of Medical Education: Prospects and Challenges’, Okojie, represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, said the move became imperative in order to enable the students to mature psychologically for the profession.

He said the 2015 document for the training of medical students made provision for students to spend four years studying basic sciences after which they would proceed to the medical school to spend another seven years.

Okojie added, “The new benchmark still retains the fundamental learning objectives that seek to achieve national development goals as well as a sustainable development goal.”

Stressing the need for adequate funding of medical training and practice, Okojie urged the university authorities to ensure the judicious use of the money earmarked for the development of the institution.

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, urged the university to leverage on the benefits of the medical complex around it to advance efforts in research and training.

Mimiko, who is the Visitor to school, also expressed optimism that the institution would be a leading platform for raising crops of competent individuals in the various health disciplines.

“It is our hope and belief that it will provide sound scientific, technological and professional training to address identified health needs and problems, solve them within the context of community and national needs and sustainable development,” the Visitor said.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Friday Okonofua, who said the institution would achieve its objectives, appealed to all well-meaning Nigerians to support its ‘Friends of UNIMED Funds’ initiative, targeted at raising N1bn for the school.

He also commended the state government for establishing the university.