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Important Notice to All Returning Students to Federal University Lokoja (FUL)
Registration Exercise for Returning Students Commences Monday 13th November, 2017 and closes on Wednesday 13th December, 2017.

Note !!!
Late registration commences on Thursday 14th December, 2017 and closes 12:00 Midnight of 20th December, 2017 and would attract a late fee of N5,000.00.

Step 1:  Proceed to the University Portal to generate your school charges invoice.
Step 2:  Pay your school charges as prescribed on the generated invoice using REMITA services (card or bank payment):
  • For Card Payment: Visit, Click on “Pay an Electronic Invoice“, Enter your generated RRR (Remita Retrieval Reference), and process your payment with relevant card details.
    • For Bank Payment:Visit any bank of your choice that offers REMITA services and pay using your generated RRR (Remita Retrieval Reference) on your invoice.
    • Return to the University Student Portal to confirm your payment.
Step 3: Complete your course registration online.  (Please seek the advice of your Level Coordinator before completing the form).
Step 4: Submit approved copies of the completed Course Registration Forms printed online to:
  • The Faculty/Department Registration Officer, and
  • Academic Affairs Division
Step 5: Proceed to the Bursary Department and submit two (2) copies each of the REMITA Payment Slip and Online School Charges Receipt for official stamp.
Step 6: Submit the photocopies of the stamped Online School Charges Receipt to the relevant Units below.
  • Students Affairs Division
  • University Library
  • Sports Unit
  • University Health Services
  • Academic Affairs Division

Yakubu Binuyaminu November 17, 2017
Federal University Lokoja Set to Commence Post-Graduate Studies
The Vice Chancellor (VC) Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Prof. Angela Freeman Miri, on Monday says the university has concluded plans for the commencement of School of Post-Graduate Studies in the institution.
The VC disclosed this at a press briefing in Lokoja as part of activities to mark the 2nd Convocation Ceremony of the University, scheduled to hold on Nov. 4. at the school permanent site along Lokoja-Okene road at Felele.
Miri told journalists that the FUL would commence Post-Graduate Programmes (PGP) to be offered in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science, beginning from 2018/2019 Academic session.
She added that the establishment of the post graduate school in the institution remained one of the cardinal focus for a world class university, saying a board and committee had been inaugurated for the purpose.
“I am glad to inform you that upon graduation of the second set of graduands, and sequel to the approval given by the Senate and subsequent appointment of Dean of the School of PGS to effect its smooth take off.
“We are building a university for the future and as such, the school of PGS would take off in earnest as soon as the National University Commission (NUC) grant the approval.
“We are making the institution and its environs a community of scholars who would help prospective candidates obtain Higher Degrees,” she said.
The VC also said that the NUC has accredited all the established programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, saying “the Faculty of Science is awaiting full accreditation in the second quarter of 2018.
“We are on the verge of meeting up with all the requirements that would qualify the university for full accreditation of all the Science programmes”.
Miri also reiterated the desire of the university management to move to the school permanent site to commence operations as soon as possible in order to make a meaningful impact and advancement.
She noted that the 2017 convocation ceremony would be taking place at the FUL permanent site along Lokoja-Okene road at Felele, stressing that the event would obviously mark the gradual commencement of operations at the site.
The VC also told journalists the plans by the university to begin Consultancy services in information and communication technology (ICT) to be domiciled in ICT Directorate, that would offer Certificate programmes in various computer training.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that activities lined up for the 2nd convocation ceremony includes: Tree Planting, Lecture; titled “Resources and Prospects of Development in Nigerian Universities”, to be delivered by Emeritus Prof. Nimi Briggs, the Pro-Chancellor & Chairman Governing Council of FUL.
A total of 288 Graduates are expected to be conferred with First Degree award in various disciplines by the Chancellor, HRH, Dr Muhammadu Abali, the Emir of Fika and Chairman Yobe State Council of Chiefs.

Yakubu Binuyaminu October 30, 2017
NYSC Mobilization: Special Information for 2015/2016 Graduates of KSU
Students of Kogi State University who graduated in the 2015/2016 session have been advised by the school management to fill the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) mobilization form on the university website.

1. Log on
2. Click on  2015/2016 NYSC MOBILIZATION FORM
3. Fill in your details and upload your passport photograph

Yakubu Binuyaminu October 1, 2017
Don't Forget: This Ebira Female Student Broke Record At Nigerian Law School In 2015.

Fatima Bombom Sani

Fatima Bombom Sani made history at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, after she was named the winner of nine prestigious awards in 2015.

Ebira Female Student Breaks Record At Nigerian Law School Fatima Bombom Sani Daily Trust reports that 26-year-old Fatima broke the existing record in the school by bagging nine separate awards compared to the previous record of seven awards ever received at the Call to Bar of the Nigerian Law School.

The talented young woman was honoured with a standing ovation by the chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, and other members of the Body of Benchers and the Council of Legal Education, and other dignitaries.

The awards include: the “Best Student of the Year (1st Prize)’’, ‘’Council of Education Star Award’’, “Corporate Law Practice”, “Best Overall Female Student of the Year Award” and “Best Female Student in Criminal Litigation Award”.

The rest are “Best Student in Civil and Criminal Litigation Award” and the prize for 1st Class Students. Fatima was born to the family of Mr and Mrs Engr Abel. She hails from Adavi-Ege in Adavi local government area of Kogi state and attended University of Abuja.

Lois Rachiel September 16, 2017
ASUU Wahala - Not Less Than 150 Lecturers Sacked Already In Kogi State University KSU.

Not less than 150 lecturers in Kogi State University have reportedly been sacked by the state government for refusal to obey the proscription order placed on ASUU in the school. 

Ebiraland Media gathered that the sacked lecturers who began to receive their letters of dismissal from Monday 14th, refused to sign the register placed in various faculties by the management to indicate resumption of work. 
It was also gathered that about 48 lecturers were affected in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, where the ASUU Chairman, Dr Daniel Aina lectures. 
According to a source at the Bursary Department who spoke on the conditions of anonymity, the affected lecturers have been removed from the July salary schedule that will soon be forwarded to Lokoja for payment.
The state university just resumed from 7 months old strike, a resumption considered to be partly as some lecturers loyal to ASUU were bent on ensuring the state governor, Alh Yahaya Bello reverts his proscription on the union. 
They also wanted the newly constituted Heads of Departments replaced with the predecessors 'unjustly removed by the management.'

Yakubu Binuyaminu August 16, 2017
KSU Orders Lecturers to Resume Work Monday or Face Consequences
In view of the order given by the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, banning the operations of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kogi State University chapter, the management of the state owned institution has ordered lecturers to resume work tomorrow Monday, 24 July, 2017 or be ready to face the consequences.

The management also announced full resumption of academic activities in the school after a prolonged strike action embarked upon by the university since February 2017.

In a statement signed by the Registrar of the university, Dr Y.I Abubakar, he disclosed that the management had received a letter from the governor, indicating that ASUU KSU has been banned and would not be allowed to further hold the students hostage from resuming their academic activities which has been crippled for several months due to the dispute between the state government and it’s employees.

The statement reads in part; “I write on the directive of the University Management to request all Deans of faculties, Ag. Provost, College of Health Sciences, Heads of Departments/Units, to resume full academic activities with immediate effect”.

“The governor has met with our demands no need for us to suffer our student at home doing nothing anymore. This has become imperative in view of the fact that Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been proscribed and all members of Academic Staff would be treated individually based on the terms.

“The University Management order ASUU to resume school activities on Monday all faculties will commence lectures on Monday 24th July, 2017.”

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 23, 2017
Kogi State Student 2017 Bursary, How To Register - 300% This Year.
Are you a student of Kogi State origin in any tertiary institution? His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello the executive Governor of KOGI state has approved 300% increment in all categories of bursary to it's students.
Kogi State Student 2017 Bursary,
Kogi State Scholarship Board
Which include NCE, ND, schools of Nursing, Health Tech. whose bursary were N3,000 before now is N9,000 per student.

All categories of Degrees & HND now get N12,000 as against N4,000 Before.

Law and Medical students are now to earn N18,000 against N6,000 before. Please share to other students across all tertiary institutions across the Country.

To Register online see links below @  KOGI state scholarship board website: to be a beneficiary of His Excellency largees. Powered by KSSB.

What you will need to get you started before you can register for Kogi State 2017 Bursary:

Your Matric/Registration Number.
Bank Account BVN.
A Valid Email Address.
A Valid Phone Number.

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 19, 2017
Jagaban Beat Cause Fight Between GTBank MC And ABU Artists. - See Details.
The GTBank Born to Crea8 program, they are running in Nigeria Universities, its time for ABU and they were in ABU Main campus for their product advertisement (Free and Zero Student Account) with lots of fun ranging from Music, Dancing, Rap Battle and Raffle Draw.

On the 11th of July (Tuesday) was the second day of their arrival, after so much fun, it was time for Rap Battle when the Deejay played the popular Ycee Music Rap Beat (Jagaban) which all the artist were in disagreement with.

The objection was that this is Hausa land many of the artist don't like the Jagaban beat and they will not freestyle to the beat except the Deejay changed the beat. This provoked the MC that he asked the artists to vacate the stage and later told the artists their music is unprofessional.

The artists came back and tried to put a stop the program, but with the help of security officers and some of the GTBank officials they couldn't in time but later succeeded, at the end of the day they stopped the event and got a microphone to talk to the crowd: they said, GTBank has disrespect them (Artists) and the whole ABU for telling them their music is unprofessional. After paying a lot of money in the studio to produce music, use the same music to entertain people for free, while they (GTBank) are promoting their business and all they could do is to disrespect them so because of this they are not going to perform for the rest of the days GTBank are going to be in the school. Also they said GTBank MC did it because they were Hausa people that if it is in Lagos they can't try this, because of bunch of touts.

They told the GTBank officials that no one will turn up for their program on Thursday, one of the officials replied them that if the ABU artists did not perform they are going to bring their own artists.

After all the long arguments the ABU artists now announce that no artist will perform on stage again for GTBank not even the MCs will be able to step on stage and if any one should try it, they will injure such person, beat and sabotage all their instruments by casting stone on them...


We don't know what is going to happen on the 12th July, 2017 because the security officers has not dropped their comment on the issue on ground.. but i will update you later sha.

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 11, 2017
A Call to Awaken Kogi State Govt To The Plights of Our Tertiary Institution Students.
Students across various state institutions of higher learning in Kogi are currently faced with industrial action and have been experiencing this over the years either by the Academic or Non-Academic Staff Union of these various institutions. Most of these strike actions are caused by disagreement between the government and the unions of various institutions, arising from non-implementation or partial implementation of former agreements reached. But the strike this year is one of the longest recorded in recent history, the state tertiary institution have been shutdown for over six months.


As the saying goes, when two elephants fights, it is the grass that suffers. The grass, in this case are the students of Kogi state institutions of higher learning who bear the brunt of the disagreement.

Nelson Mandela said ‘’Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’’ and I say education is the weapon to fight poverty, it is the weapon to end thuggery, it is the weapon to fight insecurity, it is the weapon to facilitate peace &tranquillity. We all can see that presently Kogi state is experience insecurity issues, unlike before one can walk freely at night even till 11pm to 12am but today as early as pm everyone runs home, shops are closed, Kogi is gradually turning into a safe haven for illicit activities and a crime bed, this could rationally be thought as a consequence of the perms by shutdown of higher institutions of learning in the state after all it is often said that an idle hand is the devils workshop.

Malcolm X said Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who pare for it today, the State have denied  students of their passport to the future, a course of 4 years is study for 6 years, a programme of 2 years is study for 4 years. The so called leaders of tomorrow have been languishing at home for over six months joylessly, and how can students like this be responsible enough to take care of themselves.

Incessant strikes actions dwindles the academic performances of students. As learning is suspended for a long period, the students reading and assimilation tends to reduce. Even the knowledge acquired during the learning period is even forgotten by some students. This mostly turn some students into certificate seekers than knowledge seekers.

Strikes distort the school calendar. The after-effect is prolonged school year that exceeds stipulated periods. Most academic activities for the school year are distorted. This is one major cause of producing unqualified graduates who are deficient in their fields of study. In the same vein, students who are supposed to do a four year course end up spending six years in the school for a simple programme.

Strike periods also have the tendency of leading undergraduates into some social vices like prostitution, cultism, and oil bunkering etc. Another aftermath of this is unwarranted pregnancies and unplanned parenthood, which further jeopardizes the future of our next generation.

In solving this issues, the need for a re-evaluation of the education sectors in Kogi State, factors that often lead to strike in our institutions should be addressed. There is no doubt that the cause of this year’s strike is lack of payment of salaries and allowances by the state Government.

A conducive learning atmosphere is a sine-qua-non for quality education. In addition, education should be properly and adequately funded to encourage effective research and to avoid brain drain. Proper funding and equipping of Nigerian universities will go a long way to stop further strike action.

Kogi State Government should honour whatever agreement reached with the academic communities. Most protracted strikes can be averted if necessary steps are taken to build a good relationship between both parties. It is worth emphasizing that any government with a poor education system is heading towards a dark future.

At the same time, the various unions in our institutions of higher learning should device other means of letting their bewilderment and anger out rather than strike actions to resolve aggrieved issues. Strike action should be the last resort. This is because of the negative effect frequent strikes have on students and the entire academic community.

It is sad that no governor since 1999 till the present dispensation has averted strike actions in our institutions of higher learning in Kogi State.

Any government that does not encourage education of its youth is directly compromising the future of the nation. Such government is not worth entrusting our future with. I want to use this opportunity to call on Kogi State governor and other stakeholder in the Kogi education sector to please give us the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Long live Kogi State Governor!
​Long live Kogi State educational Institution!!
​​Long live good people of Kogi State!!!

–  Amedu Anthony & Alao Olalekan

Yakubu Binuyaminu July 3, 2017
Kogi lecturers abroad appeal for salary

Lecturers from Kogi State studying abroad have appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello to pay their 11 months outstanding salary arrears.

The leader of the affected lecturers, Mr Simon Sunday of the Department of Accounting, Kogi State University, Anyigba, who is a Doctoral candidate at University Utara, Malaysia said 26 of them are suffering abroad.

Speaking with Daily Trust in Malaysia, Sunday disclosed that efforts to get the governor to pay the salaries have yielded no positive result, while appealing to other stakeholders to intervene in the matter.
He lamented that non-payment of the salary is threatening the completion of their studies as life was becoming unbearable despite being sponsored by Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund).

 Sunday said: “It’s quite unfortunate that Kogi State government has exposed us to untold hardship for the past 11 months. The governor has declared us ghost workers and all efforts made to make him understand that we’re duly released to study abroad have yielded no result.

“Regular payment of salary is important in view of the fact that TETFund support was meant to be augmented by salary and has also lost value due to high exchange rate. This is threatening the completion of our programme and quick return home to contribute our quotas to our state development,” he said.

Source: Dailytrust

Yakubu Binuyaminu April 18, 2017
10 Courses You Need To Know About If You Want A Career In Computer Science Or Engineering. (For Beginners)

When it comes to Computer Science and Computer Engineering Studies All Students tend to think about only learning Computer Programming Languages for programming (How To Design Software) and for Computer Engineering, they thought its only about learning Hardware Designs and Infrastructure (Architecture). 


Career In Computer Science
Career In Computer Science icict

Even though the above mentions are core Courses in the field but learning just this you are an amateur. So some courses are introduce so that you as a student can think deeply know how to solve Software and Hardware related problems.

ICICT - I create this blog to put students like me and you through the needs in Computing and today I will introduce you to the courses you should be expecting if you are looking forward to get a career in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, either of the two, on (Institute of Computing and Information Communication Technology (ICICT)).

About the courses I will list the names and give short introduction of each courses below it and if I have published the course on this portal before then the link will be provided for better understanding of the course happy reading.

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Ten Courses You Need To Know About If You Want A Career In Computer Science An Computer Engineering Respectively.

1. Web Application Engineering.

Its in web Application Engineering that students are thought or introduced to Hyper Text Markup Language(HTML) and Web designing in general you can click here to read my introduction to HTML withVideo.
Recommended:  Videos: Top 10 Youtube Videos To Watch For HTML Beginners.

2. Introduction To Programming.

Depending on schools, introduction to programming in some schools introduce student their choice of programming languages eg, Visual Basic, Java, C, C++, PHP, Oracle etc

3. Computer Organization Studies(Intro. To Computing)

This is the basic Introduction to computer science as you were thought in high school, you learn; Generations of Computer, Computer Components, Software and Hardware Etc 
4. Linear Algebra (Mathematics)

Its Obvious right? Mathematics is important for computer students click any of the links below to see the maths your choice of school may begin with:

5. Introduction to Statistics.

Did you offer Economics then Statistics is waiting for you as a Computer Science or Computer Engineering Student.

6. Discrete Structure (Set Theory)

Set theory you study Venn Diagram, Set Union etc its time to Advance

7. Operating Systems Management.

Did you know Operating Systems in your PC hear you are though some things you need to know about them (Windows, Linux, Mac, Ubuntu Operating Systems etc ).

8. Digital Electronics.

You should Study the topic Electricity in your physics and Chemistry. 

9. Introduction to Computer Engineering (Hardware)

You are introduced to Hardware and the components, mainly for computer Engineering Students.

10. Uses Of English.

English Language is Important I don't need to tell you that.

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Yakubu Binuyaminu April 5, 2017
Gov. Bello Reaffirms Commitment to Successful Feeding Programme in Kogi
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday reaffirmed the commitment of his government to the successful implementation of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in the state.
The governor gave the assurance in Lokoja at the official flag-off of the Stakeholders Sensitisation Workshop on the federal government home grown school feeding programme in Kogi.
Bello, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Simon Achuba, said that the Kogi government were part of the project and had taken some drastic steps to ensure that the programme worked well.
“We would do all that we need to do to make sure that this project works successfully in Kogi State for the benefit of our children and parents.
“It is our prayer that those who are running the the programme will run it well for the benefit of mankind.
“Every service you have the opportunity to render is not just for yourself but also for the benefit of mankind and enhancement of human kind, you must be sincere in everything,” Bello said.
He noted that out of the three basic needs of mankind which include shelter, clothing and food, that food was the most important of all which was the government has decided to make the feeding programme worked.
He added: “once the life is endanger by starvation there is no medicine that can cure that; you do not need to give somebody medicine because he is hungry; the only thing he needs is food”.
Mr Adoga Ibrahim, The Special Adviser to the Governor on Multilateral Donor Agencies and Special Projects/Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, said the workshop was to enable effective implementation of the programme.
He said that the reason for the technical workshop was to allow various implementing bodies to be upgraded on the working plans, road map and the working documents for the HGSFP in Kogi.
“It is by the initiative manifesto of our great party APC, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, and domiciled in the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibajo.
“The HGSFP aims to feed children in public schools from primary one to three a meal per day, fully funded and appropriated for in the 2016 and 2017 Nigeria budget.
“All states are supposed to back up the programme with their own counterparts funding to support the operations, which Kogi State has fully backed up including provision of a fully furnished and digitalised staff office.
“The visiting team from the federal government has certified the state for meeting most of the conditions required for the implementation of the programme.
“We are sending the working and technical committee to Osun State for five days, to understudy what they are doing there to enhance our performance in Kogi,” Ibrahim said.
The National Programme Manager, HGSFP, Office of the Vice President, Mrs Abimbola Adesanmi, said the programme provided opportunities to assist vulnerable families feed their children while providing an incentive to send them to school.
She added that It would provide a linkage to health and nutrition essential intervention packages as well as enhanced community development, local production as food would be sourced from small holder farmers.
“The HGSFP seek to provide food for the public primary school pupils in Kogi State using foods produced and purchased within the state,
“This initiative is to achieve the dual objectives of increasing state food production and ensuring that children go to school,” Adesanmi stated.
Credits: Stephen Adeleye |NAN

Yakubu Binuyaminu March 23, 2017
Kogi: Gov Bello Moves to Reposition KS‎U Faculty of Medicine
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has initiated moves to reposition the Faculty of Medicine of Kogi State University (KSU), Ayingba.

The Governor’s latest move follows the inability of the Faculty of Medicine to get accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC).

NUC had on February 26 released the list of universities in the country running degree courses without accreditation.

All other faculties in the state-owned university passed all the accreditation standards of the NUC save its Faculty of Medicine.

In reaction to the development, the Governor has directed the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Ayoade Arike, to constitute a 16-man committee to look into options before it as recommended by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna Audu.

The recommendations, as contained in a press release by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Odaudu Joel, include the following:

 Need to retrieve a comprehensive checklist from NUC/MDCN on accreditation requirements for the establishment of the clinical wing/ Teaching Hospital for the training of medical students up to 600 Level as this will assist the state government in making a holistic plan and budget.

That a committee of stakeholders be constituted to look into the various options available to provide clinical training for our medical students in line with NUC/MDCN regulations.

That the committee examines the following options and recommend the cheapest, quickest, most effective and sustainable solution to the State Executive council for onward action:

The first option contained in the statement is the renovation, remodelling and upgrading of KSUTH to a standard teaching hospital. The committee is expected to brief the council on the cost implication including staffing and equipment in facts and figures; the second option involves completing the abandoned project at the permanent site of the teaching hospital in Anyigba. The committee is mandated to brief the council on the cost implication including staffing and equipment in facts and figures.

The third option is considering affiliation with existing standard hospitals within the State particularly Federal Medical Center, Lokoja. The committee is expected to brief the council on the cost implication including staffing and equipment in facts and figures while the fourth option is considering exploiting a private public partnership, PPP, arrangement with a willing private organisation. The committee is expected to brief the council on the cost implication.

Meanwhile, Governor Bello had on February 14 constituted a Visitation Panel of 8-man technical and professional strength with total compliance with NUC standards headed by a former Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University and present Provost of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) Academy, Prof. Olusola Akinrinde.

The panel is expected to carry out the following assignment: to inquire into the level of implementation of the White Paper on the last Visitation Report, if any; To look into the leadership quality of the university in terms of the roles of the Governing Council, the Vice-Chancellor and other Principal Officers; To look into the financial management of the University, including statutory allocations and Internally Generated Revenue; To investigate the application of funds, particularly the Special Grants, Loans, meant for specific projects; To examine the adequacy of the Staff and Staff Development Programmes in the university.

Additionally, the Visitation Panel is expected to: determine the relationship between the University and the various statutory bodies it interacts with; determine the ‘Law’ establishing the University, including the relationship between the various internal organs, units and officers and indicate ways the Law has been observed; to trace the historical evolution of the University and take stock of its net achievements and problems; to examine the general security of the University, how it has dealt with it and recommend appropriate measures to deal with it and to examine the processes and structures of the mechanisms of discipline of students in the University.

The panel members outside the chairman include: Prof. (Mrs) Ande Jane – Chartered Accountant Prof Yilkur N. Lohdip – Director of Academic Planning, Dr. Ruqayyat Guri – Director, Student Support Services, NUC, Barr. Femi Adegboyega – State Legal Adviser, Arc. Tade Aimola – Architect, Barr. Jili Dandam – Former Registrar and Mr. Ajode Benjamin – Deputy Director in SSG’s Office and Panel Secretary.

The statement noted that the steps taken were towards revitalizing and re-positioning the institution for strong academic excellence even as it enjoined students and academics to ‘’bear with the state government as the steps are taken to make the institution worthy of emulation in no distant time.

Source Credits: Kogireports

Yakubu Binuyaminu March 2, 2017
House of Assembly conderms state of education in Kogi - Vanguard.

The Kogi State House of Assembly standing Committee on Education, Science and Technology, has decried the sorry state of education in the state, calling on stakeholders to salvage the sector.


The chairman of the committee, Abdulkareem Kekere, made this call in Lokoja during the 2017 budget defence with the state Ministry of Education Science and Technology.

The chairman, who is also the member representing Okehi Constituency, maintained that the education sector in Kogi was in shambles and, therefore, called for a total overhauling.

The chairman said the budget would effectively address the critical areas in the sector, as the committee would do everything possible to allocate funds to those areas in line with the present administration’s new direction policy.

Kekere said in accordance with the enabling constitutional provisions, oversight functions on the appropriated funds would be vigorously pursued, as the present sixth Assembly is determined to give value to any money spent. Responding, the Commissioner for Education, Mr Sunday Tolorunleke, said the ministry was optimistic on the budget, saying that the present administration would administer the scarce resources to uplift the citizenry. He said: “with the vision of quality education for all, and the mission to enhance accessible and affordable education services, the 2017 proposal was developed based on the new direction blueprint.”

“The global recession and the position of the nation’s economy with all the attendant challenges were not undermined in the preparation.” According to him, total revenue of N807, 350,000 million has been projected in the areas of education levies, examination fees, sales of fingerlings and sanitisers among others. This represents an increase of N550 million only, representing 214% for the recurrent expenditure, which captures the overhead cost as well as the personnel cost.

“It stands at N7.97 million, which represents an increase of 27 per cent N173.5 million. “The capital expenditure revealed that the sum of N4.92 billion has been projected for 2017, which represents an increase of 165 per cent of the approved budget of N1.72 billion,” he added.

Source:  Vanguard.

Yakubu Binuyaminu February 9, 2017
JAMB Explains Why CCTV Cameras Are Needed For 2017 UTME
Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has emphasized on the reason the board will be using Closed Circuit Television Cameras for the conduct of 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

According to him, this is a part of the measures aimed at preventing examination malpractice during the UTME.

“We believe that certain things should be done.

For example, we are conducting the Computer-Based Test, I’m not aware of anywhere in the world where you do the CBT without CCTV. If you are not caught during the examination, you can be caught after the examination because the whole thing will be under coverage.

He further mentioned that operators of the CBT centres who fail to comply with the order to install CCTV cameras prior to the examination may not be accredited for the UTME.

He advised parents candidates against falling victims to fraudsters as the UTME forms are not yet on sale.

Concerning when the examination will commence, the JAMB boss stated that he cannot say categorically when it will commence but it will commence sooner than later.

In his words, “I can say clearly that I don’t know when we are going to start the sales of forms. All we want to do is to make sure that things that ought to be in place are in place. I cannot tell you exactly when it will be, but I know that sales will commence sooner than later. Why am I saying so? For instance, we are meeting with the heads of other examination bodies.

“We don’t want a situation where pupils will be put under pressure to give up either West African Senior School Certificate Examination or National Examination Council or any other examination whenever they are taking place simultaneously. That is one of the things we want to avoid.

“Secondly, if we hold our examination at a time when students are not ready, the result we get is a high rate of failure. Our examination is a ranking examination, not an achievement examination. This is why we are saying that it is not to extend the validity because the test is to be taken just once."

Yakubu Binuyaminu January 22, 2017
JAMB 2017: Factors To Consider Before Choosing Exam Centre
As we wait for the commencement of the 2017 UTME registration, we are taking our time to give out the necessary information that every JAMB candidate ought to know before registration commences.

Today, we will be giving out information on factors to consider before choosing your examination centre i.e the state and local government you intend to sit for the examination.

Over the years, it has been discovered that most JAMB candidates proceed to choose their examination centres without considering some important factors.

Before you choose your exam centre, consider the proximity of the location i.e how close the centre is to your location, this is a very important factor to consider in order to avoid arriving late to the centre on the exam.

If there is any reason why you have to choose such a centre, then you should go to your exam location at least a day before the exam.

On the other hand, student who may have reasons why they must be at the exam centre on the day of the exam, should endeavor to leave as early as possible to avoid getting stuck in a traffic or some other unforseen hinderances.

Candidates should not choose a centre because they have friends who have chosen same centre; your friend might have a favourable reason why he/she chose the centre.It is advisable to choose centres that are convenient for you.

This is the reason you should endeavor to register for the UTME on time. Candidates who are involved in late registration may end up in centres not favourable to them.

Meanwhile, 2017 UTME registration is yet to commence. We urge all the aspirants to keep calm while we look forward to the commencement of the 2017 UTME registration date.

We will bring the information to you the moment it commences officially.

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Federal Government Scholarship for Nigerian Undergraduate, Masters and PhD (Bilateral Educational Agreement) 2017/2018 -Overseas
The Federal Scholarship Board by the Federal Ministry of Education of Nigeria is now offering the 2017/2018 Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Scholarship Awards for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students to study Overseas.

Application Deadline: The 2017/2018 BEA interviews are between Monday 13th February – Thursday 16th February 2017 across the six geopolitical zones. Candidates are advised to apply online before these dates.
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: Nigeria
To be taken at (country): Russia, China, Morocco, Turkey, Algeria, Romania, Serbia, Japan, Ukraine, Cuba, Greece, Czech Republic, Syria, Macedonia, Mexico, Egypt, Tunisia etc.
Accepted Subject Areas?

  • Undergraduate level – Engineering, Geology, Agriculture, Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Sports, Law, Social Sciences, Biotechnology, Architecture, Medicine (very limited), etc; and
  • Postgraduate level (Masters Degree and Ph.D) in all fields.
About the Federal Scholarship: The Honourable Minister of Education, is hereby inviting interested and qualified Nigerians to participate in the 2017/2018 Nomination Interview for Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) Scholarship Awards for:
  • Undergraduate (UG) studies tenable in Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Serbia, Hungary, Egypt, Turkey, Cuba, Romania, Ukraine, Japan, Macedonia; and
  • Postgraduate (PG) studies tenable in Russia (for those whose first degrees were obtained from Russia), China, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, e.t.c.
Type: The Awards are for Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) studies.
Eligibility Criteria

• Undergraduate Scholarship:
  • All applicants for undergraduate degree courses must possess a minimum qualification of Five (5) Distinctions (As & Bs) in the Senior Secoundary School Certificate, WAEC (May/June) only in the subjects relevant to their fields of study including English Language and Mathematics.
  • Certificates should not be more than Two (2) years old (2015 & 2016).
  • Age limit is from 18 to 20 years.
• Postgraduate Scholarship:
  • All applicants must hold a First Degree with at least 2nd Class Upper Division.
  • The applicants who are previous recipients of Foreign Awards must have completed at least two (2) years post qualification or employment practice in Nigeria.
  • All applicants must have completed N.Y.S.C.
  • Age limit is 35 years for Masters and 40 years for Ph.D.
• Since the BEA countries are non-English speaking, applicants should be prepared to undertake a mandatory one year foreign languare of the country of choice which will be the standard medium of instruction; and
• All applicants for Hungarian Scholarship must visit the website:
Number of Scholarships: Several
What are the benefits? The participating countries are responsible for the tuition and accommodation, while Nigeria government takes care of supplement, warm clothing, health insurance, research grant where applicable and take off.
How long will sponsorship last? The duration of the scholarship offer ranges from 4- 9 years depending on the level of study and the country.
Interview Dates and Zones (Venues): 
North West: Location of interview is Kasu Main Campus
  • Mon 13th Feb: Sokoto and Zamfara states
  • Tues 14th Feb: Kano and Kebbi states
  • Wed 15th Feb: Jigawa and Katsina states
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Kaduna state
North East: Location of interview is FGGC Jalingo, Taraba State
  • Mon 13th Feb: Borno and Yobe states
  • Tues 14th Feb: Bauchi and Gombe states
  • Wed 15th Feb:  Adamawa state
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Taraba state
North Central: Crowther Memorial College, Lokoja Kogi state
  • Mon 13th Feb: Benue state and FCT
  • Tues 14th Feb: Niger and Plateau states
  • Wed 15th Feb:   Nasarawa and Kwara state
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Kogi state
South West: School of Science, Okebola, Ibadan, Oyo state
  • Mon 13th Feb: Osun and Ondo states
  • Tues 14th Feb: Lagos and Ogun states
  • Wed 15th Feb:  Ekiti state
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Oyo state
South South: Federal COE Tech Permanent Site along Asaba-Ibusa rd., Asaba, Delta state
  • Mon 13th Feb: Cross River and  Rivers states
  • Tues 14th Feb: Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states
  • Wed 15th Feb: Edo  state
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Delta state
South East: Law Faculty, Ebonyi State University, Ebonyi state
  • Mon 13th Feb: Anambra  state
  • Tues 14th Feb: Imo state
  • Wed 15th Feb: Abia and Enugu states
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Ebonyi state
What to bring to Interview: All eligible applicants are to report for interview at the venues scheduled for their respective Zones of origin for proper identification. Two sets of the Printed Completed application forms are usually submitted at the various interview centres with the following attachments:
  • Two sets of Photocopies of Educational Certificates and Testimonials of previous schools attended with the originals for sighting;
  • One certificate is accepted i.e WAEC of May/June only; • Statement of results must be confirmed by WAEC and forwarded to the Director/Secretary, Federal Scholarship Board, Abuja;
  • Two copies of Birth certificate
  • State of Origin/LGA certificate duly signed, stamped and dated;
  • Four (4) passport sized coloured photographs on white background;
  • Academic transcripts and NYSC certificates will be required from applicants for Postgraduate Studies.

How to Apply: Candidates nominated and finally selected by the awarding BEA countries will be required to submit to Federal Scholarship Board the following:
  • Photocopies of Authenticated academic certificates;
  • Data page of current International passport, and
  • Specified Medical Reports & Police clearance certificate.
Visit the scholarship webpage for details
Sponsors: The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry Of Education, through the Federal Scholarship Board (FSB), Plot 245 Samuel Ademulegun Street Central Business District, Abuja

Yakubu Binuyaminu January 20, 2017
Three Arrested over Kidnap, Murder of Kogi Lecturer
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and killing of a lecturer of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Ms Christiana Agbulu.

Kogi State Police Command confirmed the arrest.

The Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, who disclosed this Wednesday in Lokoja, said the suspects were arrested in their hideout, Tuesday.

Aya, who revealed that the handset of the murdered lecturer was found with the suspects, said the suspects are assisting the police and would soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

The female lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Christie Agbulu, kidnapped in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, on November 26, 2016 was found dead on Tuesday.

Acting chairperson of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi chapter, Dr Bemgba Anjembe, said the corpse which was found in a decomposing state by security operatives had been handed over to the family for burial.

Anjembe prayed God to grant the family and university community fortitude to bear the loss.
The lecturer was kidnapped as soon as she arrived in Kogi state and the abductors used her phone to demand a ransom of N150, 000.

ASUU had in December expressed worry over the fate of its colleague and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the police to ensure her release.

Anjembe, who spoke then through Secretary of the union, Ishaq Eneji, stated that the union was dissatisfied that security agencies were yet to rescue Ms. Agbulu.

It was gathered that the kidnappers had demanded that the N150,000 ransom to be paid into the victim’s account immediately after her abduction.

The gang leader was identified while trying to use the victim’s ATM card to make withdrawal. It was further revealed that the lecturer was raped before she was killed.

Yakubu Binuyaminu January 5, 2017
15 Reasons Nigerian Youths Do not Like a Career in Agriculture.
So I ask myself, why do youth in Nigeria or Africa, in general, do not like agriculture as a business or career? Why do youth hate agriculture so much? Here below are the reasons I came up with, join in and leave your comment below.

1. Young people perceive agriculture as a profession of intense labour: 

Not profitable and unable to support their livelihood compared to white collar jobs offer. They think agriculture would not afford them to enjoy the pleasures of owning a beautiful home, fast cars, the latest gadgets and mobile phones like what their colleagues in white collar jobs have access

2. When one talks about agriculture or farming, in the minds of young people, they think of someone far down in a village living in a shack, who wakes up very early every morning to go dig coming back home at sunset. This farmer in their minds, is so far away detached from civilization, wears barely no clothes and is the typical person who lives on less than a dollar a week.

3. There is very high drive towards industrialization as a way to get Africa out of poverty neglecting agriculture. For instance in Nigeria, the government places great emphasis for students to study subjects that lead to careers in medicine, oil, IT neglecting and diminishing the importance on agriculture but thanks to P M B Administration seams the administration has political will in agriculture.

4. African agriculture or farming, is mostly of hoe and machete which makes it very energy and labour intensive. This is the most common example of farmers that almost every young person knows. From an early stage, every young person detests and tries to avoid this sort of life.

As a child, if any of us did not want to go to school, our parents would intimidate us with words like “ok, you are going to end like a farmer..

living a very hard life and getting infected with lice and no one is going to want to be near you”

5. In Nigeria, parents always encourage their children to study to become doctors, Engineers, accountants, in other-words professionals in white collar jobs.(Abeg who no like better thing?).
From the onset, farming or a career in agriculture is frowned upon as a poor man's business.

6. In primary and secondary school, cultivation of food in the school garden has been used as a punishment for every offence committed at school by the children, which has made many young people hate Agriculture, I'm am a good example. For failing to get an exam pass mark, you would be made to slash a bush every evening for a week or dig half an acre of potatoes.

This punishment often attracted a lot of humiliation from peers, often being laughed at, jeered at and called all sorts of names such as “failures”; “mentally disabled”

7. In school, students in the faculty of agriculture are often treated as of little importance by almost everyone while their peers in management sciences, law, Computer Science and medical school are appreciated and held with high esteem. This diminishes the morale to study agriculture, let alone practice it upon graduation.

8. Admission of students into the faculties of agriculture and food sciences is often by authorization, after being considered to have not enough grades for the subjects they had initially applied for. Students who enroll in agricultural courses, do it as a fall back plan, not something they are passionate about.(That's Nigeria For You)

They study agriculture because it is an easier alternative and for the sake of having a paper degree. (I pity some students)

9. Youths in farming, often complain that agriculture is not attractive enough in terms of compensation and conditions of service compared to what other professions like law, medicine, or banking offer. In Nigeria, there is nothing like compensation apart from your wage or salary.

10. Morale of professionals in the agricultural field is low, let alone the level of education in this field. This discourages many young graduates who opt to change careers immediately after graduation to other lucrative areas such as banking.

Yakubu Binuyaminu December 18, 2016
No Need For Decentralization, Kogi Is Well And Equitably Distributed With Higher Institutions – Comrade Nasir
It is with total disagreement and quest for further clarifications on and of what the “OKUN ECONOMIC FORUM” led by chief J. O. Yusuf stands for/represent that I bring my position and part observation of the public hearing of a bill which seek to repeal and re-enact the established laws of Kogi State University Anyigba to public domain via the online media.
For the records straight, it is an acknowledgement worthy development for his Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello to have deemed it worthwhile for the prestigious Kogi State University Anyigba to be renamed after his Excellency, late Prince Abubakar Audu, the sole establisher and first executive governor of Kogi State. However, caution must be employed in the process of carrying out this significant act of immortalization and amendment of laws in order not to plunge the state into ethnic jingoism and hatred.

According to Alexander Hamilton-“we must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided” and in the light if this premise, Kogi is a state which although enjoys peaceful coexistence among its divided ethnics is very tantamount to ethnic disagreement and therefore requires optimum wisdom in discharging ethnic related issues. While it is right for the OKUN ECONOMIC FORUM to champion causes that will move her origin forward, it is also pertinent to mind the kind of figures cum fact to be tabulated for arguments and prayers that is of public concern.

The unreconcilable figures which it presented as the Junior/Senior staff break down of the university to support its prayers for decentralization of the university across the three senatorial districts is not only fictional but also represents the highest hallucination that could be originated to mislead an unsuspecting public. In the submission; KSU has a total of 1616 staff out of which the East has a total of 1118 staff with the central having 62 staff while it allotted 115 to West and 230 to non indigenes. The statistical figures here contradicts it’s alleged some total as mathematical summation of the 1118, 62, 115 and 230 which it opines as the staff distribution will be 1525 as against the 1616 which the group claimed as it’s total number of both junior and senior staff in the university.

Therefore, I call on his Excellency, the executive governor of Kogi State, the house committee on Education and judiciary as well as the general public to disregard the above figures which is already in circulation to draw public sympathy and supporting contributions. Relevant authorities and stakeholders must bear in mind that there is “no need for decentralization, Kogi is well and equitably distributed with higher institutions” of learning for presently; the west can boasts of Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja and College of Education Technical Kabba. The central on her part can boast of College of Nursing Obangede, Federal College of Education Okene as well as the Osara campus of Kogi State Polytechnic. The east which hosts the KSU in contention equally boast of Federal Polytechnic Idah and the College of Education Ankpa.

Hence, the priories now should be on how to standardize these institutions through partnership with the federal government (where need be) and good regulation of the state owned institutions. Moreover, there is no better time for the governor to justify his zero tolerance to anti ethnic moves than now. The said decentralization is a good idea but very uncalled for been that all the senatorial districts of Kogi State has access to no lesser than two citadels of higher learning. More so, at times like now when both the state and nation at large is been faced with financial inadequacies, government must resolve to focus on resourceful enterprises rather than policies that will require huge capital to effect.

God Bless Kogi State!!!

Written by Comr A. M. Nasir,
twitter handle: @Naadejohs

Yakubu Binuyaminu November 4, 2016