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Nigerian Government releases list of over 37 illegal universities in Nigeria [FULL LIST]

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The Nigerian government has publicized a roster containing no less than 37 unauthorized universities currently in operation within the country. Chris Maiyaki, the Acting Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), made this revelation in an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday. He noted that arrests had been carried out in collaboration with security forces.

Maiyaki emphasized the involvement of the Department of State Services in cracking down on these illicit institutions. Urging parents to consult the commission’s website for a list of legitimate and illegitimate universities in Nigeria, he cautioned against the potential victimization of students by fraudulent schemes.

This disclosure from the NUC follows the suspension of degree certificates from two francophone West African nations. An investigative journalist exposed how he obtained a degree from a university in Benin Republic within two months and subsequently participated in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). As a response, the federal government blacklisted 18 universities from Benin Republic and Togo. Furthermore, there are indications that the government plans to expand sanctions to universities in Uganda, Kenya, Niger Republic, and other African countries. The complete list of illegal universities is provided below:

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‘Being wealthy not among qualities I look out for in potential partner’ – Phyna

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Josephina Ijeoma Otabor, better known as Phyna, a controversial personality from Big Brother Naija and an actress, has expressed that wealth is not a primary criterion she seeks in a potential partner. Instead, she prioritizes qualities like love and care.

In the latest episode of her podcast, Spill With Phyna, featuring singer Khaid as a guest, she emphasized her independence regarding financial matters and her preference for a loving and caring partner.

Phyna emphasized that she is capable of meeting her own financial needs and does not require her partner’s wealth. She mentioned that some men may feel intimidated by dating a financially independent woman, which she believes should not be the case.

Her guest, Khaid, expressed a different perspective, acknowledging the importance of money in a relationship but also stating that he would be open to dating a woman with greater wealth, provided it does not lead to discrimination against him.

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NECO releases June, July 2023 SSCE results

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The National Examination Council (NECO) has published the results of the June/July 2023 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), in which 61.60% of students achieved five credits and above in both English Language and Mathematics.

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, announced these results at the NECO headquarters during a press briefing in Minna, Niger State.

Prof. Wushishi revealed that a total of 1,205,888 students registered for the examination, with 1,196,985 candidates actually taking the exams. This figure comprises 616,398 male students and 580,587 female students.

In comparison to the 2022 SSCE results, which recorded a pass rate of 60.74%, the 2023 SSCE results showed a slight decrease of 0.86% in the number of candidates who achieved five credits and above in both subjects.

It is worth noting that in 2021, 71.64% of students managed to obtain five credits in these key subjects.

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Why Nigerians go to Ghana, Togo for higher education – Prof Akande

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According to Professor Busari Shaamsuddeen Akande, an educationist, there are a number of reasons why young Nigerians and their parents are still looking towards Ghana and Togo for higher education, despite the high costs. These reasons include:

  • A safe environment.
  • The required skills for industries.
  • A quality supply of electricity.
  • No strikes.
  • Peaceful co-existence.
  • Tailor-made specialization of university courses.

Akande believes that the massive size of a country does not matter when it comes to educational success. In his opinion, when a country is small, it can recover faster, develop faster, and make all innovative changes faster.

Akande also believes that higher institutions should be specialized so that students come out well-skilled and specialized in their chosen fields. He gave the example of Benin Republic, where there is a university of management strictly for management sciences.

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Akande also proffered ways the country can attract investors into the educational sector to make universities less reliant on the government. He emphasized the quality of learning, the expansion of higher education through alternative financing mechanisms, paying attention to early childhood development and early reading, as some of the ways that can appeal to investors.

In conclusion, Professor Akande believes that there are a number of things that Nigeria can do to improve its education system and make it more attractive to students and investors. These include creating a safe environment, providing the required skills for industries, ensuring a quality supply of electricity, eliminating strikes, promoting peaceful co-existence, developing tailor-made specialized university courses, and specializing higher institutions.

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