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BREAKING: UI Senate Elects Prof. Ekanola As Acting VC

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Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola has been elected by the Senate of the University of Ibadan as the new Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Ekanola, who is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics was elected on Monday – the same day the tenure of Prof Idowu Olayinka expired as the VC of the 72-year-old university.

Sources at the meeting, where the election took place, said Ekanola scored 275 votes to beat four other professors nominated for the position.

Prof A. Oluleye was said to have scored 80 votes to come second while Prof Adigun Agbaje polled 15 votes to place third; Prof Gbemisola Oke polled 14 votes and Prof Olanike Adeyemi got 13 votes.

After the selection of a new VC for the university was embroiled in crisis, the process was cancelled and a fresh one was ordered by the NUC.

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Prof. Elom Appointed Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University

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Prof. Sunday Oge Elom has been named the third substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi.

The Governing Council of the institution located at Ndufu-Alike approved the appointment.

Odisa Okeke, Registrar/Secretary of the Council, made the announcement on Tuesday.

Elom, a Medical Biochemist, will assume office on February 11.

He will take over from Prof Chinedum Nwajiuba, whose five years tenure will elapse on February 10.

Okeke said Elom’s selection was based on the recommendation of the joint Council Senate Selection Board in line with the university miscellaneous provision (Amendment) Act 2003.

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BREAKING: NECO Releases Result

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The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the internal Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE) results with a two per cent increase of candidates who made five credits and above in all subjects.

The Registrar, Professor Godswill Obioma, announced these at the NECO Headquarters in Minna.

The Council also derecognised 12 schools for their involvement in mass cheating and whole school cases of malpractice.

He said the schools derecignised include four schools in Adamawa, two in kaduna, two in Kastina, Two in Niger, one in Taraba and one in FCT.

He said that 24 supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting, connivance with non candidates to write answers on chalkboards.

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FG Cancels School Resumption, Reviewing Opening Process

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The Federal Government said January 18th, 2021, which would be subjected to another review considering an upsurge in the number of Coronavirus positive cases recorded recently in the country.

The government added that from tomorrow, the Ministry of Education would commence a review of the date to determine when safe for schools to resume for the 2020/2021 second term across the country.

Announcing the new development on Monday at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press briefing in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said that the rising cases have become a source of worries to the government.

“You will all agree with me that what is happening presently is not friendly. And earlier before we made the announcement on resumption, it was agreed that it was not sacrosanct.

“And today at the PTF meeting, we took another look at the number of cases recorded across the country and we decided that there was a need to review the date”, he added.

Earlier, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who also doubles as Chairman of PTF on COVID-19, raised concerns over the increase in cases and attributed the spike currently experienced across the country to the reopening of schools, and other sectors of the economy.

Mustapha said: “It is however very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rise in numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities, reopening of schools without strict compliance with COIVID-19 safety measures.

“The full import of the fore-going is to press further on the need for us all to elevate the level of our vigilance and compliance with the recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions”.

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