UNILORIN gets Registrar

UNILORIN gets Registrar

By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

The Governing Council of the University of Ilorin has approved the appointment of Mr Mansur Adeleke Alfanla as the University’s Registrar-designate.

Mr Alfanla, who is a Deputy Registrar and current Secretary of the institution’s Postgraduate School, will take over from the current Registrar, Dr Fola M. Olowoleni, when her tenure ends in April.

A statement made available to newsmen in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, at the weekend by the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Kunle Akogun, disclosed that the appointment was one of the highlights of the 183rd meeting of the Council held on March 23, 2023 and presided over by Prof. Saburi A. Adesanya, the Council’s Acting Chairman.

The development, the statement explained, followed the rigorous consideration of the reports of the Selection Committee earlier constituted by the Council, which evaluated the eligibility of the candidates shortlisted for the interview to fill the soon-to-be-vacant position.

With the appointment, Mr Alfanla is scheduled to become the 7th Registrar and Secretary to the Governing Council of the University and the third occupant of the office who passed through the ranks in the administrative cadre of the University before attaining the pinnacle of his career at the same institution.

An indigene of Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State, Mr Alfanla was born on August 28, 1970 in the city of Ilorin. He attended the famous Ansarul Islam Primary School, Ilorin, where he received his primary education certificate. He was also educated at the Omupo Grammar School, Omupo, from where he earned his West African School Certificate in 1988.

In 1990, the Registrar-designate proceeded to the Bayero University, Kano, for his Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours) degree in English/Mass Communication, which he earned in 1995. Mr Alfanla also attended the University of Ilorin between 2006 and 2010 for his Bachelor’s degree in Common Law. He followed his LL.B. up with his attendance of the Nigerian Law School, Abuja at the end of which he was called to the Nigerian Bar as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2012. He, again, in 2015, enrolled for his Master’s degree in law and completed the programme in 2016.

After offering his mandatory national youth service (NYSC) programme at Girls Commercial School, Nanka, Anambra State from 1995 to 1996, the Registrar-designate joined the services of the University of Ilorin as an Administrative Assistant during the tenure of the 6th Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Shuaibu Oba AbdulRaheem, OFR in 1998. He was promoted to the rank of Administrative Officer in 2001. He became an Assistant Registrar in 2005.

Following his consistent hard work and loyalty to the University, Mr Alfanla was deservedly elevated to the rank of Senior Assistant Registrar in 2009. He became a Principal Assistant Registrar in 2013. This outstanding university administrator was eventually promoted to the rank of Deputy Registrar in 2016.

In the last 25 years of his services to be nation’s most sought-after University, Mr Alfanla has served in various capacities and on several committees either as the Chairman or Secretary. Among the several responsibilities he was saddled with was the University’s Admission Officer, which he competently offered under two different administrations headed by Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, OFR, CON and Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, OON; between 2009 and 2013. He also served as the Deputy Registrar, Academic Support Services.

A thoroughbred administrator and veteran unionist, the Registrar-designate initially served as Secretary and later as the Chairman of the University of Ilorin’s Chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SAANU) from 2004 to 2007 and between 2007 to 2015, respectively. He was also the National Treasurer of the Association between 2015 and 2016.

Mr Alfanla, who has attended many conferences, seminars and symposiums, is also a member of many professional bodies including the Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators (ANUPA), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), among others. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administrators of Nigeria (ICAN).

Despite his tight schedules, Mr Alfanla found time to serve as the Secretary, Ilorin Emirate Staff Association, University of Ilorin. He was also at a time the Secretary, University of Ilorin Muslim Community as he was the Imam, Senior Staff Quarters’ Mosque, Main Campus, Ilorin, between 2009 and 2021.

Until his new appointment, Mr Alfanla has been a member of the University’s Governing Council, representing the University Congregation.

NOUN introduces e-ticketing to ease students challenges, marks 20th anniversary

NOUN introduces e-ticketing to ease students challenges, marks 20th anniversary

National Open University of Nigeria

National Open University of Nigeria

By Emmanuel Afonne

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has introduced e-ticketing platform ahead of its 20th anniversary slated for March 25.

The Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said in Abuja that the platform was introduced to resolve challenges encoutered by students real-time.

“This helps us track the students’ challenges ,” he said.

Peters noted that the institution had achieved so much in ensuring that Nigerians irrespective of their tight schedule, obtain quality education.

He said that 28,740 students would be graduating on Saturday as part of activities for the anniversary.

“The university want to use the opportunity to showcase what it has achieved especially its exploits during the COVID-19 era.

“We have 21,339 undergraduates and 7,101 postgraduates students graduating.

“Among this number are 58 inmates out of which seven are postgraduate graduands.

“We have 14 centres in our prisons and we have been mandated to expand it.

“In all, we have 28,740 students graduating during our 12th convocation,” Peters said.

He disclosed that the graduating inmates were under scholarship adding that there were criteria to be among the beneficiaries.

Peters said the gesture was NOUN’s own way of discharging its corporate social responsibilty to help the inmates lead a normal life after leaving the correctional centres.

He added that the first female Vice-chancellor of University of South Africa (UNISA), Prof. Puleng LenkaBula, would be attending the convocation as the guest lecturer.

“Students of the five study centres in Abuja, first class and Masters students will come to the headquarters for the convocation, while others outside Abuja will join from the study centres in their various states.

“We have 141,000 active students and about 250,000, when you combine active and inactive students with 118 study centres nationwide

Okowa approves 65 years retirement age for public school staff

Okowa approves 65 years retirement age for public school staff



By Ifeanyi Olannye


The Delta State Government has approved 65 years as the retirement age for teaching and non-teaching staff of all its public schools including polytechnics and colleges of education.

It also approved 40 years as the length of service year for teaching and non-teaching staff in all its public schools.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said the approval was part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting, presided by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa on Monday in Government House, Asaba.

The commissioner, accompanied by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, noted that other approvals which included upward review of road projects and new roads contracts among others were considered at the meeting.

According to Aniagwu, teaching and non-teaching staff of public primary, secondary, polytechnics and colleges of education will now retire at age 65 years or after putting in 40 years of service in the state.

“In line with the promises we have made as an administration to work till the last day in office, the EXCO sat today and considered a number of memos.

“Today, the council approved that teachers and non-teaching staff in the public schools of Delta can be in the office up to 65 years of age.

“And that teachers can also be in the office for as much as 40 years which before now, it has been 60 years and 35 years of service before retirement but they now have additional five years in terms of age and years of service.

“We did it because at 65 years, teachers may have garnered lots of experience to teach more and matured with clearer understanding of their field of study.

“For the non-teaching staff in polytechnics and colleges of education, we have given them the advantage to remain in service for 40 years or 65 years of age,” he said.

Aniagwu noted that even when some teachers may have retired, they may not be really tired, hence the need to effect the change and to take advantage of the human capital to develop and build a more viral society.

He said the council also approved construction, expansion, redesign works on a number of roads and drainages linking many communities across the state.

“The council also approved six new solar power grid for the six zonal hospitals across the state to ensure steady power supply, function optimally and to improve service delivery at the hospitals.

He said that government also approved upward reviews of contract sums for nine technical colleges out of 10 being constructed to reflect the realities and enable the contractors deliver the projects.

KWASU promotes 20 to Professorial Cadre

KWASU promotes 20 to Professorial Cadre

* As Varsity holds 14th matriculation ceremony

By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

The Governing Council of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has approved the promotion of 20 staff of the University to the professorial cadre.

The ratification, according to a statement by the Acting Director,
University Relations. Dr. Saeedat Aliyu, was given at the 64th
Regular Meeting of the Institution’s Governing Council which held on Thursday February 16, 2023.

Five among the 20 staff, according to the statement, attained full professorship, while the 15 others were promoted to Associate Professorship.

The newly promoted Professors, the statement added, are Professor Taibat Moji Yusuf, Agricultural Production and Resource Use; Professor Dupe Olufunke Ogunbosoye, Ruminant Nutrition; Professor Issa Abdulraheem, Business & Human Resource Management & Entrepreneurship; Professor Salih Muhammed Jum’ah Alaso, Arabic Literature & Nigerian Arabic Poetry Criticism; and, Professor Yahya Duro Uthman Hambali, Criminal Justice and Criminology.

The statement said the Associate Professors include Dr. Kayode Ayantoye, Department of Agric Economics and Extension Services;
Dr. Ade Isaac Afe, Department of Crop Production; Dr. Adeshina Fadeyibi, Department of Food & Agricultural Engineering; Dr. Adesina Mutalub Lambe, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Dr. Aminu Nassir Brimah, Department of Business & Entrepreneurship; Dr. Kabiru Mustapha and Dr. Abdulrahman Sikiru Ottan, both of the Department of Material Sciences and Engineering.

Others are Dr. Ayoola Oladunke Aransi, Department of English & Linguistics; Dr. Tajudeen Yusuf, Department of Arabic & French;
Dr. Zekeri Abu, Department of Business & Entrepreneurship; Dr. Lukman Bola Abdulra’uf, Department of Chemistry & Industrial Chemistry; Dr. Jimoh Ajadi, Department of Geology & Mineral Science; Dr. Henry Sawyer, Department of Environmental Health Science; and, Dr. Majekodunmi Rachael Adedayo and Dr. Adeyinka Elizabeth Ajiboye both of the Department of Microbiology.

Meanwhile, 9,800 newly admitted students have been formally absorbed into the University for the 2022/2023 academic session during the 14th Matriculation Ceremony of the Institution which held on Friday February 17, 2023.

In his Matriculation address, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Shaykh-Luqman Jimoh, assured the new students that they would receive world class education in the institution, urging them to make the best of the golden opportunity that the school has given them.

Professor Jimoh admonished the students against involvement in social vices and other civil disturbances, saying the University has zero tolerance for indiscipline.


Kwara offers 50% transport fare for students returning home

Kwara offers 50% transport fare for students returning home


Following the directive of the federal government through the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC) to close all Universities in the country between 22nd February and14th March, 2023, the Kwara State Government has declared a 50 percent transport support to Kwara state students in tertiary institutions across the country.

Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr. Alabi Afees Abolore, who made this known in a statement in Ilorin by the Ministry’s Press Secretary, Mansurat Amuda-Kannike, said the support would be monetised and transferred to the beneficiaries’ accounts after verifications.

This gesture of 50% transport support for students returning home is coming barely 12 hours after Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration announced free bus palliative for students of the University of Ilorin and Kwara State Polytechnic which begins today Monday, 13th February, 2023.

Dr. Abolore explained that the directive to close all Nigerian Universities for that period was to allow all students of voting age to exercise their franchise during the forthcoming general elections across the country.

The Commissioner lauded Governor AbdulRazaq for according utmost priority to the welfare of the students in the state, adding that the 50 percent subsidy was meant to augment transportation fares of students returning to Kwara State.

Dr. Abolore also recalled that the state government recently offered free transportation to students of Kwara state origin who went back to school after the last protracted ASUU strike. Other gestures by the government to the students, he said, included 100 percent increment in their bursary allowances, scholarships for Kwara indigenes in Nigerian Law Schools, as well as sponsorship of Kwara students abroad to further their studies, among others.


Naira redesign: NECA advises on way forward

Naira redesign: NECA advises on way forward

Naira notes

By Esenvosa Izah

The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has urged the Federal Government to look beyond the politics of the naira redesign and focus on the damaging effects on businesses and the economy at large.

Its Director-General, Mr Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, made the call in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

‘’In the last few weeks, with the cash squeeze and the purchasing ability of Nigerians greatly impaired by the poor implementation of the policy, the economy has witnessed a significant bashing.

‘’This is so, with report stating that the Real sector witnessed about 40 per cent drop in productive activities.

‘’As the cash crush continues, thousands of productive hours are lost daily on queues by employees and many cannot even get to work.

‘’The value chain in the formal and informal sector with over N10 billion cash transaction daily is almost destroyed with consequences for employment, business sustainability and National development. ” he said.

The director-general called for critical and immediate effort to be made to improve or upgrade alternative routes to cash, thereby ensuring seamless transactions before going digital.

According to him, the series of actions being taken by the CBN now in the form of having Agent Naira Swap, among others, are afterthoughts, after the reality of resistance by Nigerians.

‘’It is callous to deprive citizens of the new naira notes after cajoling them to deposit the old ones in the banks.

‘’We urge the CBN to sanction the commercial banks that have been found to be complicit in the whole show of shame, even as the CBN cannot extricate itself from being complicit.

‘’As an immediate action, we align with the position of the Council of State that the CBN should release more new naira notes into the economy or allow the use of the old ones, pending a time when it will demonstrate competence by not always putting the cart before the horse in the implementation of monetary policies, ” Oyerinde said.

The NECA boss said that the CBN Naira redesign policy with the objectives as stated by the apex bank was laudable.

He said, however, that like many of the bank’s policy initiatives, this was also flawed by improper and shortsightedness in implementation.

‘’For a definitive monetary policy as the naira design, it is expected that the CBN will not only take lessons from other countries like India, Myanmar, Australia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and the European Union, which witnessed various degrees of successes and failures when they implanted their currency redesign.

‘’However, CBN will also do a thorough analysis and simulation of likely social and economic challenges that might arise and definitive response to those challenges.

‘’Thus far, it does not seem that the CBN understands the challenges, nor have solutions to the economic issues, thereby allowing speculators and economic saboteurs to have a field day at the expense of legitimate businesses and the economy, ” Oyerinde said.

UTME: JAMB registers 1.1m candidates, warns against extortion

UTME: JAMB registers 1.1m candidates, warns against extortion


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says that over 1.16 million tertiary institutions admission seekers have so far registered to sit for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Abuja on Saturday, during a  monitoring tour of some CBT centres in Abuja.

Oloyede, during the tour visited CBT centres located at Total Child International School, Dutse, JAMB Abuja zonal office, Life Camp, Global Distance Learning Institute and Sascon International College, Abuja .

He said that the board would not extend deadline for the 2023 Unified UTME registration, while warning centres against extortion of candidates.

“Registration is going on well except some of these schools.

“UTME is not a school based examination, it’s individual candidates and you can see  what some  schools  are doing collecting N30,000 from candidates in the name of JAMB and then end up missing up the telephone number of the candidates.

“So once they keep the telephone number of candidates it is unlikely that the candidates when we are contacting them to make a change in their timetable, you send text to them and it will not get to them,” he said.

According to him, after they have graduated from the school and want to do change of course they don’t have access to it.

“And that is a way of extorting the parents and we will take adequate steps to make sure that we stop that,” he said.

“We will tell every CBT centre to stop doing bulk purchase of pin and bulk registration.

”So if a centre sells more than one pin to a source or collect money for more than one pin from a source, then we will sanction such centre,” he said.

He urged candidates to report cases of extortion, saying that there was a code for candidates to reach the board when they come across any case of extortion, while promising there would be a reward for such act.

Recall that the sale of the 2023 UTME commenced on Jan. 14 and will close on Feb. 14.

Throwing Stones In A Glass House And Melaye Theatrics?

Throwing Stones In A Glass House And Melaye Theatrics?

By: Inuwa Bwala
There is this anecdote, from my old teacher at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, which I am very fond of.
He once told us of the relationship between two neighbours: one a farmer who maintains a lush garden in the backyard and a shepherd, who rears sheep, also in his backyard.
Very often, the sheep would invade the neighbours garden and devour his plants. Several entreaties for the sheep owner to restrict his animals fell on deaf ears.
One day, the gardener decided to change his vocation, so he went and imported two hefty hounds, which he kept in the place he used to have the garden.
As usual, the neighbour’s sheep steered into the garden, unknowingly into the waiting jaws of the dogs.
Not happy with his neighbour for letting his dogs eat up the sheep, the shepherd reported the matter to the authorities.
After listening to the stories of the two neighbours’experiences, the attorney ruled that, each one of them is entitled to keep what they like in their individual backyards.
At the end of the day, the shepherd: turn dog keeper had the day.
Having been in power for sixteen years, devouring everything from the national commonwealth, the Peoples Democratic party, qualifies as the sheep owner.
So blinded by its seeming advantage over other political parties, the PDP, felt no power can ever challenge her. Like the sheep keeper the PDP in her delusion, believed, it was destined to hold on to power for sixty years unchallenged, untill the coalition that propped up the APC.
Again like the the anecdotal shepherd, the PDP started crying foul, when she discovered that her neighbour now keeps hounds in the place of a garden. But the jury knows that, her neighbour has equal right to rear what she likes.
For some time, I have not deemed it necessary to comment on national politics, especially on the ongoing campaigns and the manner some politicians have tended to lower the bar of decency in marketing their preferred candidates in the forthcoming elections.
I however feel that allowing the vituperation of Dino Melaye in particular, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party. PDP, concerning my boss and compatriot, Kashim Shettima; Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to go unchecked, is a great disservice to Nigeria’s quest for democratic excellence.
Many Nigerians who are conversant with Dino Melaye’s antecedents in politics, will tend to agree that, Dino Melaye’s sojourn in politics is perhaps one of the most disatrous chapter of Nigeria’s democratic history.
Here is a man who trivializes every serious issue in life, including matters of National importance: even as he dramatizes every aspect of what should constitute national duty.
Calling Kashim Shettima names, can never change Dino Melaye’s estimation in the eyes of right thinking Nigerians, neither demonizing a man who is high and above him in intellect and candour diminish Kashim Shettima’s hopes of becoming Nigeria’s next Vice President.
I dare say, that Dino Melaye’s stage clowning in Damaturu, which he hoped will demarket Senators Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Kashim Shettima, turned out to be a huge plus for the ticket.
Apparently seeing that, the PDP could not match APC’s gathering, Dino Melaye resorted to some theatrics, finding faults where none exists and attributing sins to a comparatively decent fellow.
Place Kashim Shettima and Dino Melaye on the Shelf, or indeed Kashim Shettima and Melayes paymasters, Nigerians know who to pick. If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones.

Kwara: Association commences payment of students’ NECO fees

Kwara: Association commences payment of students’ NECO fees

By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

The Lade District Development Association (LADDA) in Patigi local government area of Kwara state has begun processes for the payment of NECO examination fees for senior secondary school students in the local government.

The association, which is carrying out the gesture alongside some other self-help projects for the area, has flagged off registration and screening of students for the philanthropic programme.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, the President of the LADDA, Deacon Moses Dele Ake, noted that education remains the bedrock of social, political and economic development of any society.

Ake, who was represented by the Chairman of the Education Committee of the Association, Hon. Peter Tsado Ekati, said one of the cardinal objectives of the association is to ensure that the indigenes of the area have access to qualitative education which is the best legacy one can hand over to the future generations.

He said the association embarked upon the programme in addition with the procurement of the solar street lights distributed recently to the communities in the area from the dues received from Lithium dealers in the district.

Ake also disclosed that plans are under way to procure computers for the schools in the area, as well as dig boreholes in some villages in the district.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiary public and private schools in the area, the Principal of Lade community secondary school, Mallam Mohammed Shaaba and the Principal of Zamad secondary school, Mallam Mohammed Abubakar, described the gesture of the association as timely and laudable, assuring that the opportunity would be utilised to ensure that the students perform well in their examinations.

Also contributing, Mallam Mustapha Abdulkadir Lima of senior secondary school Rifun and Jibril Abubakar Nman of Community secondary school Tankpafu in kpada district in Patigi local government area, said the support by LADDA is a good step in a right direction, which effect, they said, would last long.

Parents of the students who spoke on the occasion appreciated LADDA for the gesture, saying it would save them the burden of sourcing for the NECO examination fee of their children and prayed God to strengthen the association and move the entire Patigi Local government forward.

Also speaking, some of the students acknowledged the support of the association for taking the bull by the horn in assisting them towards shaping their future.


ITF Launches framework for National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System (NATS) to tackle unemployment

ITF Launches framework for National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System (NATS) to tackle unemployment

Abdulateef Bamgbose

In a bid to tackle unemployment in the country, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has launched the first framework for National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System (NATS) to train youths on skills acquisition that will enable them to be self-reliant and add to national development in Abuja.


The Director General/Chief Executive, Sir Joseph Ari says that the launch is aimed at effectively deploying skills acquisition as a vehicle for combatting unemployment, reducing poverty and the overall growth and development of Nigeria.

According to him, the pathway to this current policy of National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System (NATS) has come on account of a robust trajectory of vision formulation; noting that the vision threw up strategies with short, medium and long-term goals.

“For the ITF to meaningfully drive this vision, the need to have partners of like minds became imperative. Locally, the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA), the umbrella body of the Organized Private Sector (OPS), and internationally, the Skills for Prosperity (S4P) UK, became readily available. The firming up of partnership with these bodies gave rise to the First Skills Summit in March, 2022 where a new vision anchored on National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System was unveiled”.

“Since then, a lot of work has been done to strengthen this partnership. In this regard, issues like inauguration/sensitization of stakeholders, development of framework and validation have been successfully concluded and it shall witness the fruition of this laudable process, which is aimed at adding value to the Federal Government’s job and wealth creation efforts”, he added.

The Framework according to Sir Ari, when implemented has the potential to drastically reduce unemployment, while also affording the youths the opportunity to earn income while learning, enhance eligibility for financial assistance while on training, and also engage a sizeable number of youths since it does not require formal education as a prerequisite.


He also noted that, a functional National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System will ensure a structured approach to skills acquisition and certification leading to an increase in the number of MSMEs and the expansion of existing ones, a reduction in unemployment, underemployment, social vices and crime rates, and improvement in the quality of services of Technicians and Craftsmen. Above all, enriching the National Apprenticeship and Traineeship System with international certification for the various vocational trades will promote balanced employment and competition amongst our youths, just as it will serve as a viable source of foreign earnings for the country through the export of skills.

“Our optimism on the potential of NATS to change the employment situation in Nigeria is premised on the fact that countries such as Germany, China, Austria, the USA and others that at various times faced similar challenges as we are contending with today completely altered their situations with greater investments in skills acquisition and apprenticeship training”.

He stressed that the ITF is ready and open to collaboration, partnership, consultation and other forms of engagement with all Stakeholders to institutionalise NATS for employment generation, job and wealth creation in our dear country.