Ugwuanyi Approves Appointment Of Prof. Ogbonna As Vice Chancellor Of SUMAS, Enugu
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Friday, approved the appointment of Prof. James Chukwuma Ogbonna as the Vice Chancellor of the State University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS), Igbo Eno, Enugu State.
Prof. Ogbonna, a Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology, according to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, was a Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He was also a member of the Governing Council of the University of Nigeria.
Prof. Ogbonna’s appointment “takes effect from Friday the 2nd day of September, 2022,” the statement disclosed, adding that he has over 20 years experience as a professor and member of the university’s Senate.
In another development, the Enugu State Executive Council approved the constitution of a committee for the creation of autonomous communities in the state, with Prof. Felix O. Asogwa as the Chairman.
Members of the committee, in a statement by the SSG, Prof. Ortuanya, are Dr. Eric Oluedo, Barr. Anayo Enechukwu, Prof. Ngozi Ejionueme, Prof. Sam Ugwu, Prof. Ikenna Omeje and Mrs. Josephine Onyia, who serves as the secretary.
JAMB Resumes 2023 Direct Entry Registration
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has resumed the 2023 Direct Entry (DE) registration exercise.
JAMB had announced the suspension of its ongoing 2023 Direct Entry registrations on February 21 to enable the deployment of certain measures, designed to better serve prospective candidates.
The registrar of JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, who made this known at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja, said the DE registration would come to a close on 28th April, 2023.
He lamented the high level of the forgery of A-Level certificates used for the registration, saying that the Board has introduced new guidelines to checkmate such acts.
Oloyede said, “You will recall that the Board commenced the 2023 Direct Entry registration on Monday, 20th February, 2023, but had to immediately suspend it following the discovery of the plethora of devices and machinations to circumvent and compromise the standard of A ‘level qualifications required from DE candidates.
“Recall that recent joint operations of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on DE qualifications brought to light some of these unsavoury and nefarious activities.
“Bayero University, Kano (BUK) has also consistently brought to the fore the high rate of forgery of A’Level qualifications for DE.
For instance, it was discovered that, in previous years, some candidates used unacceptable and forged A’ level certificates/qualifications to register for Direct Entry and eventually got admitted. For example, of the 148 candidates verified by BUK, only six were found to be genuine. By implication 142 of the results were forged.
“The board, concerned stakeholders and institutions are working assiduously to detect such and the ones already found, are being dealt with according to the provisions of the law.
“In order to further checkmate the anomaly and to also prevent recurrence of such irregularity, the Board has decided that the 2023 DE registrations will not only be restricted to JAMB (Professional Test Centres (PTCs) but will also be done under strict supervision.
“The Board has provided additional guidelines to all DE registration outlets (JAMB-owned centres), Officers of the Board and candidates on the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise.
“At the point of registration, all candidates must fill in the registration/matriculation number of the previous school attended where the qualification was obtained; Subject(s) of qualification and awarding institution actually attended.”
Oloyede said the Board would only accept 13 qualifications/certificates for the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise, which include first degree, university diploma, Higher National Diploma (HND), Ordinary National Diploma /National Diploma (OND/ND) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), amongst others.
He, however, said that the 127 candidates who had earlier registered for the 2023 DE before the exercise was suspended, would be requested to return to the registration centres and update their application.
The JAMB boss also revealed that the Data Bank put in place to address challenges associated with the A ’level qualifications has now been renamed Nigeria Post-secondary Education Data System (NIPEDS).
On the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Oloyede said JAMB has introduced new measures in the conduct of the exam and called for understanding.
He said, “The board has instituted some measures which are to be deployed during the 2023 UTME exercise. Despite the fact that the innovations have been tested and certified, it is not unlikely that some hiccups might spring up when the new technology is deployed live and nationwide. We therefore solicit your support and understanding as we promptly address any unforeseen circumstances.
JAMB Suspends 2023 Direct Entry Registration
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced suspension of its ongoing 2023 Direct Entry registrations.
The board in a statement by its Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Fabian Benjamin, explained that the registration which commenced on Monday, February 20, was suspended with effect from Tuesday, February 21, 2023.
The suspension, according to a statement issued by JAMB on Tuesday, is to enable the deployment of certain measures, which are designed to better serve prospective candidates.
The statement said, “A new date and fresh registration procedure, which will include the upload of JAMB Admission Letter in the case of OND and NCE, admission letter issued by universities in the case of university diploma, and admission letter issued by A’ Level examination bodies (IJMBE, JUPEB, etc.), would be announced in due course so that candidates could proceed to JAMB offices nationwide to register.”
It was earlier reported that JAMB had commenced the DE registration on Monday, February 20, 2023, and had slated it to end on Thursday, April 20, 2023.
“Candidates are also to note that only JAMB offices are approved to register them for Direct Entry,” the statement added.
NECO Releases 2022 SSCE External Results
The National Examinations Council (NECO) has announced the release of results of the November/December 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
Its Registrar, Prof Dantani Wushishi, who made the announcement in Minna, Niger State said 59,124 candidates sat for the examination, with 31,316 males, representing 52.96 percent while 27,808, representing 47.03 percent were female.
Wushishi added that the number of candidates that sat for the English Language was 58,012 of which 44,162, representing 76.13 percent got Credit and above, while the number of candidates that sat for Mathematics was 57,700, of which 43,096, representing 74.69 percent got credit and above.
He further said that the number of candidates who got five Ccedits and above, including English Language and Mathematics was 33,914 representing 57.36 percent.
“Also 46,825 candidates, representing 79.20% got five (5) Credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics,” he said.
On the issue of examination malpractice, he said 11,419 candidates were booked for various forms of malpractice as against 4,454 in 2021, which shows a sharp rise in the number of malpractice cases.
According to him, this is largely due to the improvement in the strategy and technique adopted by the monitoring officers.
“This led to the blacklisting of four (4) supervisors, one (1) each from Rivers and Plateau States and two (2) from Ogun State for aiding and abetting as well as poor supervision,” he said.
Recall that the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, External was conducted by NECO from 21 November to 21 December 2022 and is being released 57 days today after.
Speaking further on the examination, Wushishi said, a total of 29 subjects were examined as was done in 2021.