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FG to blacklist foreign universities issuing fake degrees to Nigerians

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The Federal Government has vowed to blacklist any university, especially in African countries found to have issued or are issuing fake degrees to Nigerians.

The government said it would publish the list so that Nigerian parents will not waste their resources sending their children to such institutions.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, disclosed this while speaking to newsmen in Abuja.

Echono noted that it was sad that African countries open and operate universities targeted at Nigerian students.

According to him, most of these institutions offer courses and programmes that are not accredited or recognised by the National Universities Commission, the regulatory body in Nigeria.

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Echono said:

“We are going to blacklist the schools that we know have issued fake and unwholesome degrees. Those ones are going to be blacklisted completely, regardless of the programmes they are doing by the Federal Government.

“We are going to make it public so that Nigerians do not waste resources sending their children to such schools. That is what we decided in our last meeting.

“We hear that some of these so-called universities operate in business centres in those countries. You go to a shopping mall you will see two campuses there all for Nigerian degrees. It is very sad.”

The permanent secretary disclosed that the government has set up a national committee to look into the illegal award of degrees to Nigerians by African countries.

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He said:

“We have activated a national committee on standard and curriculum. They are working on that. They are going to accredit not just approved programmes of even those coming from other countries because one of the trends we discovered was that some of those courses are not being offered in those countries. They are just targeted at Nigerians. Even in their own countries, they don’t run such programmes for their citizens.

“We have a platform that luckily Nigeria is chairing across Africa on uniform guidelines and minimum standard for the accreditation of programmes and for mobility of qualification so that if you finish from one school here you can go to another one in another country.

“You can even do one year here and continue in another country. Using that platform, we are subjecting all the programmes, their curriculum, their philosophy, their weighting, the duration and the number of credits to review,” he added.

 

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Folarin Coker ‘Baba Eto’ of Lagos dies

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Prominent Lagos chief and Yoruba socialite, Chief Nathaniel Folarin Coker, Baba Eto of Lagos and Yorubaland is dead.

It was gathered that Chief Coker died on Wednesday night at the age of 97 after a brief illness.

The family of the elder statesman announced his death in a statement on Thursday, signed by the deceased’s eldest child, Folorunsho Coker.

“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of appreciation to Almighty God that we announce the translation to the eternal glory of our beloved father, grandfather, uncle and patriot Chief (Elderman) Nathaniel Folarin Coker OON.

“He died comfortably and peacefully in his sleep in Lagos on the 12th of August 2020 at the ripe old age of 97 years,” the statement read.

“His life so beautifully lived which deserves to be beautifully remembered. He dutifully and meritoriously served his state and country in his lifetime, and we, his family are very proud of his life and service.

“We are comforted by the fact that his good name is worth more than gold and that his memory will always be a blessing to each and every one of us all. Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.”

Chief Coker, who is the Bobagunwa of Igede-Ekiti, contributed immensely to the development of Lagos State, which made the State Government named the Lagos State Clinic in Alausa after him.

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NBC fines Nigeria Info 99.3FM for unprofessional broadcast

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The National Broadcasting Commission has fined Nigeria Info 99.3FM, for what it tagged unprofessional conduct in the handling of the Programme, “Morning Cross Fire”, aired on August 10, 2020, between 8.30 am and 9.00 am.

According to the statement released by the commission, the station provided its platform for the guest, Dr Mailafia Obadiah, to promote unverifiably and inciting views that could encourage or incite to crime and lead to public disorder.

Reacting to the unacceptable act, the Commission categorically emphasize that no Broadcast Station should be used, to promote personal or sectional interests at the expense of the people.

“NBC wishes to reiterate that Broadcasters hold Licenses in trust for the people. Therefore, no Broadcast Station should be used, to promote personal or sectional interests at the expense of the people”

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Dr Mailafia Obadia’s comments on the “Southern Kaduna Crisis”, were devoid of facts and by broadcasting same to the public, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, is in violation of the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:

In a bid to clear the air on what the broadcasting code says, the commission highlighted the information contained in broadcasting code as follows;

3.1.1           No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate,   be repugnant to public feelings or contain an offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity;

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3.1.2        Broadcasting shall promote human dignity, therefore, hate speech is prohibited;

3.3.1 (a) The broadcaster shall ensure that any information given in a programme, in whatever form, is accurate;

3.3.3.1(b)    The Broadcaster shall ensure that all sides to any issue of public

interest are equitably presented for fairness and balance;

3.11.1(a)     The broadcaster shall ensure that language or scene likely to   encourage or incite to crime, or lead to disorder, is not broadcast;

3.11.1(b)    No programme contains anything which amounts to subversion of constituted authority or compromises the unity or corporate existence of Nigeria as a sovereign state;

5.4.1(f)       The Broadcaster shall not transmit divisive materials that may threaten or compromise the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state.

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Consequent on these provisions and in line with the amendment of the 6thedition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos, has been fined the sum of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira), only.

This is expected to serve as a deterrent to all other broadcast stations in Nigeria who are quick to provide platform for subversive rhetoric and the expositions of spurious and unverifiable claims, to desist from such.

Furthermore, the Commission added that it will not hesitate to suspend the Broadcast Licence of broadcast stations that continue to breach the Code.

It further advised stations to desist forthwith, from airing unwholesome content, or be ready to face appropriate  sanctions.

 

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IG threatens Sowore with N10bn lawsuit

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has described as false a media report accusing him of illegally raising funds to build a police training school in Nasarawa State.

Denying the August 3, 2020 report published by SaharaReporters, the IG, through his lawyer, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), threatened to file a N10bn suit against the online platform and its publisher, Mr Omoyele Sowore.

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Titled, ‘Re: Defamatory publication against Mr Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, mni (current Inspector-General of Police): Demand for retraction and unequivocal apology’, Izinyon, in the August 6, 2020, pre-action letter addressed to the United States of America address of SaharaReporters and Sowore, also threatened to file a criminal complaint against them with relevant government agencies.

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Izinyon said the IG had given SaharaReporters and Sowore only seven days to tender “a written and unequivocal retraction with an apology carried with the same prominence on their platform and three national dailies,” failing which he would head for court.

Izinyon stated in the letter:

“Our client hastened to inform you that these defamatory words in your said publications are farrago of lies, concoctions all calculated by you to bring our client to the lowest contempt as they are a product of you and your online publication to achieve your premeditated blackmail, dubious and diabolical ends.

“We would not waste our energy here but reserve it for the appropriate time.”

 

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