In furtherance of its goal to internationalize its programmes and produce highly competent graduates, Nigeria’s premier technical university, First Technical University, Ibadan, has signed a collaborative degree programme agreement with Girne American University in Cyprus.
With this collaboration, interested undergraduates now have the choice of spending their first three or four years in Tech-U, depending on the course being studied, and thereafter proceed to Cyprus to complete their degree programmes in GAU.
There is also the “top up” agreement through which students can complete their courses at Tech-U and apply to complete their Masters degrees in GAU.
Located in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus, GAU, is Cyprus’ top-ranked University noted for its demonstrable leadership in science, technology and innovation.
The programme is approved and coordinated by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Speaking at the signing of the collaboration, Dr. Serhat Akpinar, the Chancellor of the Cyprus-based University expressed his delight at the partnership and pledged his unwavering commitment to the success of the programme, which would also involve partnership in research and faculty members’ exchange.
Present at the ceremony which held in Girne, Cyprus, were the representatives of partner institutions and the Director of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, NUC, Mrs. Constance Goddy-Nnadi, who also represented the Commission’s Executive Secretary.
Mrs. Goddy-Nnadi agreed that the union will promote capacity-building and quality knowledge acquisition by Nigerian lecturers and students.
In his remarks, Tech-U’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami, affirmed that the partnership is in line with Tech-U’s vision of producing students who will not only change the diminishing job equation but also become key players within the national and international spaces.
The agreement with GAU is coming a year after Tech-U signed an MOU on exchange programmes with Texas Technical University, USA.
Oyo govt. moves to intervene in Oluyole LGA schools
Oyo state government has approved the construction of new blocks of classrooms at two rural public schools, namely Methodist Basic School, Adeyipo Olomi-Yeye and Union of Ratibi, School 2, Idi-iroko, Oluyole Local Government Universal Basic Education Authourity, Ibadan.
Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran disclosed this at Oluyole Local Government Area, during an on-the-spot inspection of the rural schools.
Adeniran disclosed at Olomi-Yeye in Oluyole local government area of the state that the construction would be enlisted as part of its 2019 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB intervention project.
The visit was prompted by a viral post on the social media, which called for Oyo state government’s intervention in the sorry state of learning at Methodist Primary School, Olomi-Yeye, Ibadan.
Promising that the schools would also be provided with furniture and other needed facilities, the Chairman noted that “It is very pathetic to see these children learning under a bad condition like this”
Adeniran appreciated the good intent of users of social media, who posted pictures of the schools online, saying this has assisted the government in identifying such schools.
“When we saw this via the social media, we decided to visit this place promptly and see what we can do. We must sincerely thank the social media user who posted pictures of Methodist Basic School. That was what prompted our coming here today”, he added.
Dr. Adeniran reiterated the resolution of this administration to revamp the education sector, by strongly considering rural communities in the distribution of buildings and learning facilities.
He noted that the basic education sector is a component of development, which the present administration under Governor Seyi Makinde earnestly would change.
Dr Adeniran, who lauded the teachers for their dedication and kind gesture to the pupils said other rural schools in the State would enjoy such intervention, noting that the children also deserve to learn under conducive environment.
“We would ensure we give them a block of four classrooms with toilet facilities and borehole. Schools such as this deserve to enjoy what schools in the Urban region are enjoying too”, he added.
Oyo govt. sets to recruit 7,000 teachers, 3,600 non-teaching staff
The Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has given a directive to the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to recruit no fewer than 7,000 teachers; 2,000 non-teaching staff and 1,600 night guards.
This is coming six years after the government of Oyo State last recruited secondary school teachers.
The chairman of TESCOM, Pastor Akinade Alamu, who confirmed the development during a press conference on Tuesday, added that Governor Makinde equally directed that applicants should be given the forms free of charge.
The TESCOM boss also informed that the application form would be in circulation for two weeks after which the applicants will write an aptitude test.
He lauded the governor’s compassionate directive to give forms to applicants for free, adding that all applicants could access the forms at any of the six TESCOM zonal offices in the state and its headquarters at the Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
The zonal offices include; Ibadan Zone 1, Ibadan Zone 2, Saki, Ogbomoso, Oyo and Eruwa.
Alamu informed that applicants would only need to present their local government identification before they could get a form, hinting, however, that this was not by any means discriminatory or shutting the door against applicants who are not indigenes of Oyo State.
He said: “We received approval from His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde, to recruit 7,000 teachers, 2,000 non-teaching staff and 1,600 night guards for all the schools in Oyo State and, immediately, we started the exercise. And we have gone to the press to place the advertisement.
“When the governor became aware that we were to collect N1,000 from each applicant, he gave a directive that the forms should be given freely to all applicants in the state. And, in his usual compassionate attitude, he said he would not want people coming from Saki, Kisi, Ogbomoso, Oyo and other distant areas to come down and pay 1,000 to the bank, wait for confirmation from the Accountant-General, before they finally come to obtain the form from us.
“He said he would not want people to undergo these rigours and that the forms should be given to all applicants free of charge. So, we have started that this morning.
“Also, the governor directed that the forms should be made available at all the zones in Oyo State. There are six zones and the head office is the seventh centre where the forms will be given to the applicants.
“The addresses of our offices are as follows: Ibadan Zone 1, Leaf Road, opposite NTC; Ibadan zone 2, Bishop Philips Academy, Iwo Road. People can go there to obtain the form. Oyo zone is located opposite Ajayi Crowther University’s main gate, Oyo. In Ogbomoso, they can obtain forms at the TESCOM zonal office, Atenda, Ogbomoso. At Saki, we have our office at the Old Teachers College. In Eruwa, they can get it at our zonal office located at the local government headquarters. People can also come to the headquarters here at Secretariat to obtain the forms. Nobody should collect any money from any applicant.
“However, what we want, which we think will serve as control is, people will have to come with their local government identification to obtain the forms. They will fill and submit the form to us, and after the closing of the exercise – that is in two weeks – we will announce the date for the examination. This is because we expect that there will be so many applicants and we know we won’t be able to conduct a face-to-face interview for all of them at once. So, there will be a computer-based test to prune down their number. All those that are qualified will later be invited for an interview after the examination.”
Responding to questions from newsmen, Pastor Alamu maintained that the government has put in a place the arrangement for applicants to present their local government identification even if they were not from Oyo State, noting that this would serve as a control for the system.
“As for whether people can obtain the form by proxy, let me say this, we have a system which we have put in place whereby you come with your local government identification card. This will serve as a control. And before you get the form, they will look at your local government identification. The name will be out on our register and we will give you a form on which the number of the form given to you will be recorded in our register.”
He added that the recruitment exercise was only being done through collection of forms in the seven locations, warning prospective applicants to be wary of arrangements that might lure them to paying fees for online recruitment.
He said: “Actually, doing it online is an option but we have started this and the governor has graciously, in his compassionate manner, said we should send these forms to the zones where people can obtain them without going to distant places. So, this is the arrangement we have put in place.
“As to whether you can bring your local government identification card even if you are not an indigene of Oyo State, we won’t say no. Bring it but it is the result of the weeding test that will tell us those who are qualified to take up this appointment or not. So, we are not discriminating at all but using a method to control, so that it won’t be open to people who are not even qualified.
“The forms are available from today to 24th of February. Some people, in anxiety, have gone to the banks to pay without getting clarification from us and I don’t think we will accept responsibility for such loss,” Alamu concluded.
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