Maltina to honour resourceful teachers

July 2, 2020

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This year, resourcefulness in teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic will be a strong point for teachers applying for the sixth edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year award.


Announcing the opening of entries for the competition on Tuesday in Lagos, Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mrs. Sade Morgan said the award this year would be special despite the pandemic.


She added that it was the firm’s way of recognising teachers’ hard work.



“The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted all aspects of our existence including education. Nevertheless, it has also showcased the resilient spirit of our teachers who have been unrelenting in finding new ways to continue to teach students virtually despite technological challenges and limitations. This demonstrates the important role teachers play in the development of our society and the education of our future leaders.


“Maltina teacher of the year is an initiative that is cherished and keenly supported by our management team who are deeply passionate about education. This is why we are committed and very happy to commence our annual search for the best secondary school teacher in Nigeria with the Call for Entry commencing on June 30 and closes on August 14, 2020. The winning and other qualifying teachers would be revealed in by October in commemoration of the 2020 World Teacher’s Day.”


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With the pandemic and new regulations to check its spread making people to adopt new ways of doing things, Mrs. Morgan also said the screening for the teachers would follow government’s safety protocols – with the panels of the judges and teachers observing laid down protocols for events. She added that the awards may hold remotely this year.


However, the pandemic will not affect the prizes to be presented as the firm, through its Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund has budgeted N60 million to expend on prizes for the state champions and top three winners.


The Maltina Teacher of the Year would go home with N6.5 million prize (paid on yearly basis) and a trophy. The winner will also get sponsorship for a self-development course; while his/her school gets a block of classrooms or a computer laboratory. The first runner up will get N1 million; while the second runner up receives N750,000 and trophies. All state winners will get N500,000 each.




consistent investment on the part of Nigerian Breweries Plc is the hallmark of a good corporate organization that has remained true to its ideals and commitment of improving the education,” he said.


Also speaking, Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, described the award as a Nigerian project and a great investment in teachers.


All eligible teachers can register online or download and email completed forms to the organisers.

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Corona College holds virtual matriculation

July 2, 2020

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Corona College of Education, Ilupeju held its first virtual matriculation on June 13, for the first cohort of the Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Care Education for 2019/2020 academic session.


Forty new students have been admitted for the programme.


The Provost, Dr. Martin Obinyan, in his welcome address, congratulated the students for being the first set in the history of the college to hold a virtual orientation and matriculation.



He said due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the college had moved its lectures online using virtual learning platforms and other online resources.


He said: “I sincerely salute the commitment and passion of the Corona Schools Trust Council and the Management for the growth of this great College. I must confess that this multi-dimensional support from all stakeholders has been responsible for our continued determination to making the College one of the best performing Colleges of Education.


“We recognise that in our bid to achieve world-class status, the quality of our students is an intrinsic point of the equation which accounts for the high diligence and premium we place in teaching and learning.”


Obinyan assured the students that the college would do well to provide them the best learning experiences through the use of educational technologies and therefore, expects all students to make the best of the unique learning opportunities now available to them while also respecting the rules and regulations of the College as they remain focused in their studies.

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Give scholarship to best UTME candidates, CLO urges Buhari

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Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) Anambra State chapter, has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to award scholarship to two indigenes of the state, Agnes Maduafokwa and David Nwobi who scored 365 qne 363 to come first and second positions in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).


Chairman of the group, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme said in a statement that the candidates’ outstanding performance deserved commendation, emulation and appreciation.


He said the students had bought and brought respect, honour, glory, honour and goodwill to the government and people of the state.






He said: “It is of prime importance to note that such award from our dear President will encourage hard work, motivate and influence other students and inculcate in them virtues of hardwork and voracious reading because reward for hard work is success and fulfilling one’s life potentials.


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“The unprecedented accomplishment of the students is in tandem with the foundation laid by Peter Obi administration and its sustenance by present Willie Obiano administration which has resulted in numerous awards and laurels won by the state in previous competitions both national and international.


“It is on record that last year the state won four laurels out of 24 laurels contested during presidential awards for Ministry of Education.”


Whether the President would listen to the group’s prayers is yet to be seen. However, the Nigerian Society of Engineers has already rewarded Maduafokwa with N16 million.


The teenager, who wants to study Industrial Production Engineering at the University of Ibadan was presented with the cheque at the NSE headquarters on Tuesday.




The nine other candidates on the list of top 10 performers in the examination, their states of origin, and choice programmes and universities are: David (363, Anambra, Mechanical Engineering, Kwara State University, Malete); Mezisashe Ojuba (359, Edo State, Electrical Engineering, Covenant University); Victor Elikwu (359, Delta, Computer Engineering, Covenant); Oluwatobi Adebola (358, Ekiti, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, OAU); Oluwatobiloba Gboyega (356, Ekiti, Computer Engineering, UNILAG); Ojo Samuel (355, Ondo, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, UNILAG); Jebose Utulu (355, Delta, Mechanical Engineering, OAU); Osom Akan (353, Akwa Ibom, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, UNILAG); Favour Ogundele (352, Kwara, Civil Engineering, UNILORIN); Monsurah Alatise (352, Oyo, Mechanical Engineering, UNILORIN); and Oluwasemilore Adelaja (352, Ogun, Mechanical Engineering, UNILAG).

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The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has said that contrary to reports that the Federal Government is making plans to reopen schools, it is only making plans for students in exit classes to write their final exams

Nwajiuba said this on Wednesday, during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

According to him, despite the shutting of schools as a result of the COVID-19, exams are critical for the academic progress of students.

He, therefore, stated that the ministry presented its concerns to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and plans are only being made for those who choose to write these exams.

“We presented to the PTF and by extension, the Federal Government, the plans by examination bodies to hold their exams. The exams are critical for how children progress.

“We examined it and we felt that it is important to allow those examinations to take place but ahead of them taking place, it is important that those children who have not had the opportunity to revise their syllabus, should have an opportunity to go through that and have a revision class before the exams.

“Most people who can afford it are already saying they want to be at home and go to the exams from home, that is terrific.

“But we understand the limitations of the average Nigerian because not everybody can afford laptops and devices and so if there are people who do have this access and feel confident that their children are ready for the exams, well, we are not compelling anybody to go to any school.

“What we have done is make the facilities in our schools available,” he said.



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“You all know that education is on the concurrent legislative list and we’ve asked that state government’s that own these schools, to provide places to wash hands, check the temperature of the children constantly, have sanitisers in place. Private schools should be able to provide that.

“It’s really not a compulsion, we are just making facilities available for those who want to take the exams”.

In May, the minister had said that the Federal Government was not ready to take the risk of reopening schools.

“Until we are sure that these children can go to school, return safely and not bring home with them, this COVID material, and infect people who are more susceptible to the disease than they are, then we are running a huge risk and god forbid that in our hurry, something happens to our children, I’m not sure how anybody will be able to retrieve what would have been lost.

“So we are not taking that risk yet. We are going to prepare as much as possible, within the guidance that they (health authorities) offer us, working in conjunction with the World Health Organisation before we reopen schools”.

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The Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) is set to commence Virtual Learning System for Lecturers and Students to engage in academic activities.

In a statement released by the management, students are expected to: Kindly visit to download procedures on how to access the Virtual Learning platform.



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Note: Please visit the AAUA Forum link for any vital information regarding the online class.

Students who are yet to register for the current semester are enjoined to do so without further delay to take full advantage of the facility.

Thank you.

Prof. F. A. Gbore

(DVC, Academic)

For: Implementation Committee

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, granted leave to Centre for Social Justice to file a suit against the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja and the Director-General of Security and Exchange Commission, following their alleged refusal to release financial details that were requested under the Freedom of Information Act, FOI.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu went ahead and fixed July 23 to commence hearing on legal actions against the Respondents.

The court further made an order, compelling the University of Abuja VC to grant to the Applicant access to the details of documentation evidencing the remittance to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), the sum of N603,446,911.37, being 25% of internally Generated Revenue of the school.



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The application for an order of mandamus against the UniAbuja VC was brought pursuant to Order 34 Rule 3 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedures Rules 2019, Sections 20 and 21 of FOI Act.

In the suit, the Plaintiff/Applicant sought a declaration that denying it access to the details of the documentation evidencing the remittance to the CRF the sum of N603,446,911.37, being 25% of the IGR, which was the total sum of N2,413,787,645.48 realized in 2016 and 2017 and which failed to remit same by the Respondent, contravened the provision of Finance Circular No: BO/RVE/12235/259NII/201 of November 11, 2011.

The Plaintiff also contended that such failure was also against the recommendation of the Auditor General for the Federation in page 196 of the Auditor General’s Annual Report on the Accounts of the Federation of Nigeria for the year 2017.

It maintained and that refusal to furnish the requested details without explanation constituted an infringement of the Applicant’s right guaranteed and protected by section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

In the suit against the Director-General of SEC, the CSJ wants a declaration that denying the Applicant access to the details of the documentation evidencing the remittance to the CRF, the sum of N160,271,545.85, being the interests from investing the sum N5,910,269,443.43 into Nigerian Treasury Bills, NTBs, by the Respondent, and which was not remitted to the CRF as required by Federal Treasury Circular No: TRY/A5&B5/2009 OAGF/CAD/OZGN.32 of June 19, 2009, and as contained in the recommendation of the Auditor General for the Federation in page 179 of the Auditor General’s Annual Report on the Accounts of the Federation of Nigeria for the year 2017, without explanation, constitutes an infringement of the Applicant’s right guaranteed and protected by section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

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The Rotary International has donated some medical equipment worth N15million to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, RSUTH, Port Harcourt, to support in the ongoing fight against COVID-19 in the state.

Presenting the equipment to the management of the hospital yesterday, Dr Nze Anizor, District Governor, Rotary International District 9141, said it is part of the club area of focus in health delivery.

Anizor, disclosed that the same equipment was distributed to other hospitals across the states of the district coverage.

He said: “We are here to donate medical equipment to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, RSUTH from Rotary.



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“We are actually doing this for five hospitals, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, RSUTH, Asaba Specialist Hospital, Irua Specialist Hospital, Central Hospital Warri, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.

“We just selected hospitals in each of the states that handle COVID-19 patients and this is part of our contributions supporting the hospitals get better care of patients during this pandemic.

“Some of the pieces of equipment were donated are Patient Monitor, Oxygen Concentrator, Pulse Oximeter, Suction machine, AED, Automatic hand sanitizer dispenser, 3- part Haematology Analyser, Haemoglobinometer with strips and Chemistry Analyser. We have roughly about N15million worth of equipments here”.

However, Dr Aaron Friday, the Chief Medical Director of RSUTH, thanked Rotary Club District 9141 for their benevolent in supporting the well-being of the state in terms of provision of health equipment.

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The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has said parents are not under compulsion to send their children back to school, despite the federal government’s decision to reopen learning institutions.

Pupils in Primary 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 have been asked to return to classes, so they can prepare to graduate.

But Nwajiuba, speaking on Channels Television on Wednesday evening, told parents who are not comfortable with sending their wards back, to keep them at home.

The Minister, however, allayed the fears of parents and teachers, assuring that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of everyone.

“We understand the limitations of Nigerians. Most people cannot afford laptops and devices and we know that not all our children have the same access.

“And if there are people who do have this access and who feel confident that their children are ready for these exams, nobody is compelling anybody to go to any school,” Nwajiuba said.

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Auchi Polytechnic hereby notifies all candidates who took the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and chose Auchi Polytechnic as their 1st or 2nd choice that they are to apply for POST-UTME using the following guidelines:

1. All candidates must have taken the 2020 UTME and with a minimum score of 120.
2. Candidates must have at least five (5) credit passes at one sitting or six (6) credit passes at two sittings including English Language and Mathematics in SSCE, NECO, GCE or NABTEB.
3. All candidates are required to pay the sum of Two Thousand (₦2,000) Naira as POST-UTME CBT screening fee
4. All candidates are required to apply online by visiting the Polytechnic’s portal at to complete the online application form after making payment (₦2,000) with the generated Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR).


1. Visit the Polytechnic’s website at to initiate the application process.
2. Fill in the required details. Use your UTME registration number as your username and your phone number as password preferably.
3. Generate the REMITA payment invoice (RRR) from the Polytechnic portal and proceed to any of the designated payment channel (Bank) to make payment.
Skye Bank (Polaris)
Fidelity Bank
4. Proceed to the Polytechnic portal to complete the online application. Ensure that you upload all your relevant credentials as required and complete the online eligibility clearance form if requested.

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For their excellent performance in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), 16 candidates have been awarded scholarship worth N16million by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) to study engineering courses in higher schools.

The beneficiaries, comprising males and females, have indicated interest to study mechanical, industrial production, electrical, computer as well as civil engineering in Nigerian universities. The best three of the 16 candidates, Maduafokwa Egoagwuagwa Agnes, Nwobi Okwuchuwu David, and Ojuba Mezisasha Shalom, scored 369, 363 and 359 in the examination.

Each of the candidates will get N200, 000 per year for the next five years if they gained admission this year. He said it would go a long way in deepening students’ interest in engineering profession and bridging the observed capacity gap among engineering graduates.

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