The Nigerian government is taking a US university to court, accusing it of mishandling scholarship students’ access to funds meant for rent, books and food.
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The government has joined dozens of Nigerian students in a lawsuit against Alabama State University which dates back to 2016.
It also accuses the university, which has been traditionally for black students, of charging them for accommodation they did not use and classes they did not take.
The university has denied it has done anything wrong, telling local media it had “adhered to and complied with every instruction and direction given to the University by the Nigerian government regarding that agreement”.
It admitted the Nigerian government was owed $202,000 after everything was paid, but said it had been deposited into an account.
But Anthony Ifediba, who is representing the students, says they believe the university may have withheld as much as $800,000.
He told the Montgomery Advertiser the Nigerian government had paid Alabama State about $5m, which was meant to cover tuition and living costs for all the students.
He added: “I hope it will sober Alabama State University up, and its new president, to realise that what these students are talking about is very serious and it’s having an adverse effect on them legally and I’d imagine public relations-wise.”
Minister’s daughter graduates top of her class at AUN
Hafsat Adamu, a daughter of Nigeria’s Education minister, was among the top performers at the 10th Commencement Ceremony of the American University of Nigeria on Saturday.
Ms Adamu bagged the award for academic distinction as the best graduating student in English Language and Literature as well as the Royal Exchange Healthcare award for Academic Excellence.
She was among the 158 students who received their graduate and masters degrees and post-graduate diplomas at the AUN, Yola.
On Friday night, Benedict Egwuchukwu
was announced as the valedictorian for the AUN Class of 2018 after he amassed a 3.90 Cumulative Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale).
Delivering his valedictorian speech at the ceremony on Saturday, Mr Egwuchukwu attributed his feat to days of hard work and several sleepless nights.
He said in his quest to earn a spot on the President’s List, a place reserved for top academic performers, he was nicknamed ‘Bookworm.’
But in his second year in the university, according to Mr Egwuchukwu, he decided to come out of his naturally introverted self and relate more with his colleagues.
“I decided not to let university pass through me,” he said.
“A few weeks ago, I received an email informing me that I’ve been shortlisted as a valedictorian,” Mr Egwuchukwu, a native of Imo State, told the gathering which included his parents and siblings as well as the university’s founder, former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
“To be honest, it was frightening, not because of the accolades but because of this moment when I have to stand before all of you to do this.
“People tend to shy away from challenges but my advice is to tackle them head on, the lessons learnt are invaluable.”
Earlier, Dawn Dekle, the AUN president, said although the AUN is based in the Northeast, it is intended to serve all of Nigeria, Africa and beyond.
“Our academic programs are grounded in the liberal arts and emphasize critical thinking. Our learning community is dedicated to diversity and tolerance, so all viewpoints are considered and debated. We don’t just teach, we transform.
“Students enter our university as eager learners, embracing a discovery-driven mindset. They exit the university as entrepreneurs and innovators, ready to assume professional and national leadership.”
Two ‘privileged’ Nigerians battered fellow student with shisha pipe in UK
Two rich Nigerian youth battered a fellow student with a shisha pipe after getting into a quarrel over who has a richer father.
According to Daily Mail , Elvis Ilonze attacked his childhood friend Prince Nnaji in the flat they co-habit in Brighton, East Sussex, UK.
The flatmates who had known each other from Nigeria came at odds when Nnaji suggested that he had the richer father which prompted Ilonze to “teach him a lesson”.
As Nnaji sought to escape from the flat, Ilonze and his friend Daniel Oluyemi chased after him and beat him with a wine bottle.
The incident was said to have taken place in April 2017.
Louanna Rayawa, Nnaji’s girlfriend, was pushed to the ground by Ilonze when she tried to intervene.
Ilonze and Oluyemi also assaulted a law student Chiedozie Dibiagwu, 23, who witnessed the incident.
Ilonze, 20, and 24-year-old Oluyemi pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.
The presiding judge, Christine Laing, spared the offenders, suspending a one-year custodial sentence for 18 months to give them “one last chance”.
The judge said: “Unlike many of the people who pass through the courts you both come from, effectively, backgrounds of privilege.
“It couldn’t be more childish, effectively an insult on somebody’s parents – who’s got the richer dad – that started this fight.
“You both appear to be incredibly immature, perhaps as a result of being cosseted in your upbringing.”
Laing added that the pair of them, though immature, have “much to contribute to society”.
Ilonze and Oluyemi thanked the judge for sparing them from going to jail.
WAEC begins registration for WASSCE private candidates
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced that it would soon conduct the second series of the West African Senior School certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.
This was made known in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the council, Demianus Ojijeogu, on Sunday.
According to Ojijeogu, registration starts May 14 and ends July 6, 2018.
He said, “After obtaining the registration pin, candidates should log on to www.waeconline.org.
“Walk –in candidates, who wish to write the examination after the close of entries may be accommodated provided they register less than 24 hours to the scheduled time of the paper they intend to write . The walk-in candidates fee is 25000 only.”
The statement added that special needs’ candidates will also register online but “they must state clearly their disabilities: blind, low vision, spastic, speech etc.
“Candidates must conclude registration within two weeks of first access to the website during registration period.”
Candidates are expected to pay a registration fee of N13,950 and a commission of N500 to banks and accredited agents.
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