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Maritime University gets NUC nod to begin degree programmes

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted approval to the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta, to begin undergraduate degree programmes from the 2017/2018 academic session.

Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant to the Vice President on media and publicity, gave the indication in a release issued on Wednesday.

He said the approval underscored FG’s commitment to develop the Niger Delta in line with the Buhari administration’s new vision to develop the region..

According to the release, the NUC approved that academic activities begin in three faculties namely: transport, engineering and environmental management.

Akande said the faculty of transport has four departments, namely: nautical science, transport logistics management, marine economics and finance, and port management.

He said faculty of engineering has five departments – marine engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum and gas engineering.

Also faculty of environmental management has four departments: environmental management and pollution, meteorology and climate change, fisheries and aquaculture, and marine geology.

He reiterated that the Maritime University would be extended all privileges accorded to other federal universities.

Akande recalled that the university began operations in 2017 and, in Nov. 2017, invited job applications for academic staff with advert placement in national dailies.

He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari also approved an increase in the take-off grant to the university from the N2 billion earlier announced to N5 billion.

He said the grant was included in the 2018 budget presented to the national assembly in November 2017.

Akande said another N1billion was approved by the president to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment in the university.

“Under the new vision for the Niger Delta, which followed the President’s meeting with leaders of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) in Nov. 2016, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was delegated to undertake a tour of the oil producing communities.

“The take-off of the Maritime University was one of the major requests tabled before the federal government,’’ Akande said.

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Drama as Anambra University lecturer appears in Ph.d class as ‘transgender’ (PHOTOS)

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Drama as Anambra University lecturer appears in Ph.d class as ‘transgender’ (PHOTOS)

Drama as Anambra University lecturer appears in Ph.d class as ‘transgender’ (PHOTOS)

There was drama at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (formerly Anambra State University) on Thursday when a male lecturer at the department of Mass Communication stunned Ph.D students by walking into their class looking like a woman.

It was gathered that the lecturer (name withheld) was to teach a topic on culture shock and gender issues so he decided to demonstrate this by dressing like a transgender (man to woman).

As he walked into the classroom the students were visibly uncomfortable with his appearance and one of them wanted to walk out of the class in apparent discomfort at the sight of the male lecturer suddenly making up to look female. The lecturer observed initial reactions of the students before going ahead to teach them as a ‘transgender’.

One of the students was allowed to take photos of the drama during the lecture and the photos went viral shortly after.

The story of the lecturer’s drama in class did not go down well with some other students in the department who felt disgusted by the transgender part of the story while some others hailed the lecturer for his creative teaching techniques.

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Lagos to recruit 2,200 teachers (SEE DETAILS)

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The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday approved the recruitment of additional 1200 teachers for the junior and senior secondary schools in the state.

The governor, at the last quarterly Town Hall meeting at Ibeju Lekki, had promised that his administration would employ more teachers into public schools to meet up with the manpower required to cover all public schools in the State.

Confirming the development, Deputy Governor of the State, Idiat Adebule, said the 1200 teachers was an addition to the 1000 teachers which the governor had approved for recruitment into primary schools in the state..

Ms Adebule, who superintends over the Ministry of Education, said guidelines for application would be released soon in accordance with the civil service rules.

The development, she added, would further aid teaching and learning in the public schools which according to her, has been attracting more enrollment in the last three years as a result of the improved infrastructure and welfare of teaching and non-teaching staff.

She said the improved facilities and staff motivation was evident in the high performance rate of the students of the State in local and international competitions.

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NYSC: Buhari set to increase corps’ members monthly allowance

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The Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure has disclosed that the President Buhari led-Federal Government has commenced a review of the monthly allowance paid to corps members.

He said the NYSC, through the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development, received a letter from the Presidency indicating that the process to review the allowance of corps members had started.

Kazaure said the Presidency also copied the Ministry of Finance in the letter.

The DG disclosed this during a tour of the NYSC orientation camp in Abuja on Thursday.

“The Buhari led-federal government is working to increase your monthly allowance therefore, wherever you find yourselves conduct yourself well, be good ambassador of your family, the scheme and the nation.

“We received a letter from the presidency, that is, ministry of youth and sport, copied the ministry of finance that shows that the corps allowance will be reviewed upward, it is in the pipeline,” Kazaure said.

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