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Nigerian Students In UK, Others Risk Deportation

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Nigerians and other immigrant students in the United Kingdom currently face a high-risk of deportation after completion of their studies following a row between UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman and the Department of Education.

According to The Daily Mail, Braverman is currently seeking to cut down the amount of time foreign students can stay in the UK after graduation.

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The PUNCH reports that currently, immigrants who travel to Britain to study can stay behind two years after graduation.

But the Department for Education is said to be resisting Braverman’s plan to cut that to just six months, after which they have to have a skilled job that makes them eligible for a work visa or leave the UK.

The Daily Mail further stated that the development is the latest twist in a long-running row over foreign student numbers.

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“Braverman has committed to cut immigration and ‘substantially reduce’ the number of unskilled foreign workers coming to Britain, from 239,000 to the ‘tens of thousands’.

“As part of that, she wants to reduce the number of international students who can apply for a graduate post-study work visa, which allows any student who has passed their degree to remain and work in the UK for at least two years.

“But education officials fear this will make the UK less attractive to foreign students, who pay far more than UK students for their courses and are a major source of income for universities”, the media house stated.

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The PUNCH reports that the UK is one of the choicest destinations for Nigerian students seeking to study overseas.

Recent data released by the home office of the UK revealed that the number of study visas released to Nigerians increased by 222.8 per cent, with 65,929 issued as of June 2022 as against 20,427 in the same period in 2021.

Similarly, Nigerian students and their dependents in the United Kingdom we’re said to have contributed an estimated £1.9 billion to the economy of the UK, according to an analysis by SBM intelligence.

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The data which covered the 2021/2022 academic session estimated that a sum of £680,620,000 were reportedly paid as school fees with a total of £54.3m paid in taxes by working spouses of the students.

Back home, Nigeria’s tertiary education sector faces challenges ranging from poor funding, dearth of research and poor welfare for academic and non-academic staff.

A Professor of Mathematics at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Gbolahan Bolarin, notee that the government needs to dedicate more efforts to the funding of tertiary education in the country so as to prevent a total collapse of the sector.

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The PUNCH reports that over $680m was released by the Central Bank of Nigeria for foreign education in the first nine months of 2022 alone.

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Imo poly graduating student apologises over comment

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Kayode Arewa Sanni

Ogechi Okoroafor, the graduating student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, who went viral on social media for saying that she graduated with the help of God and her private parts, has apologised to the institution.

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Okoroafor, in a letter to the institution, said she wanted to say her father and God helped her to graduate from the Polytechnic.

The letter, which was written by her lawyer, Ikechukwu Nwaopara, on her behalf said that her client’s comment was a slip of tongue.

The statement read, “We are solicitors to OKEREAFOR OGECHI SHARON, our Client under our Pro Bono (Free Legal Services) on whose behalf we write this memo to you.

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“We are aware that she will be facing the school disciplinary panel this morning and we wish to use this medium to express our confidence that the panel will carry out their duties in compliance with the principles of fair hearing, good conscience and natural justice devoid of harassment, intimidation and threats.

“We have met and discussed with our Client and evidence before us shows that she has no intention to defame the character, standard and integrity of the institution. In her words, what happened in the said viral video was a slip of tongue as a result of her uncontrollable ecstasy over her graduation. Her intended words were ‘God and Pupsy’ (Not P*ssy) in appreciation of the almighty God and  her Dad. It is clear, therefore, that she had no intention whatsoever to use such a ‘foul word’ in the said viral video to cajole or blackmail the institution as no lecturer or name of the institution was mentioned or referred to in the said viral video.

“Our lawyers are already on the ground at the institution now to follow up the proceedings at the panel against any form of intimidation or harassment. The integrity and standard of the said institution is not in doubt especially since my senior brother, Rev Dr Arimanwa, took over as the Rector.”

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2023 UTME: 445,081 Register As JAMB Targets 1.8m Candidates

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The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, has revealed that 445,081 candidates have registered for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

Oloyede who disclosed this while monitoring the registration exercise in Ilorin, Kwara State capital on Monday, said that JAMB’s target this year is 1.8 million adding that there will not be an extension.

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He further revealed that JAMB is planning to build a multi-million naira zonal office for Kwara which has been captured in its budget.

The registrar said, “We do not expect any extension. As of Sunday, 445,081 people have registered out of the 1.8 million candidates that we are expecting.

“We have gone halfway but you know some of our people will come at the last hour. But there is no room for an extension because we have made provisions for the registration of 100,000 candidates per day and we are doing 60,000 daily now.

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“So the candidates are the ones not turning up well enough. For those who want to write a mock, the space is almost filled and when that happens, we don’t want to turn the mock into another examination.

When the numbers are up to a quarter of the candidates, we will stop it. Now, we have about 144,000 who have indicated interest to write the mock,” he added.

Oloyede said, “I have discovered that in one of the centres, instead of buying enough cameras to capture the students, the owner bought just one with the possibility of missing the pictures with the names of the candidates.

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That is very detrimental to the candidates and we have to suspend the centre from registration or conduct of the exams until the proper thing is done.

“Elsewhere, we had to make a few corrections but overall, it has been excellent because there has not been a single case of extortion.

That is very gladdening to us as the purpose is to ensure that candidates have confidence in the system. We won’t allow any individual to pervert or divert the system.”

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“We don’t need to appeal to any centre because they know we don’t have any sacred cows. Once they cross the line, they will be dealt with.

“We have been fair to them and that is why we on our own raised the fee of registration point from N700 to N1000 because of the price of diesel and we collect it on their behalf including the mock fee and pay the centres which amount to about N100m.

We will continue to make the business profitable for the CBT centres but will not allow them to exploit the candidates,” Oloyede said.

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JAMB boss noted that the inspection is to ensure that the rules and regulations for registration are complied with and convince everyone that there’s no need to cut corners.

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New DG Resumes At Nigerian Scheme, NYSC, Speaks On Security, Welfare For Corps Members

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By Kayode Arewa Sani

Brigadier General Yusha’u Ahmed, on Monday, took over as the new Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), months after the former Director-General, Brig Gen Muhammed Fadah, was sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Speaking at his inauguration at NYSC Headquarters in Abuja, Ahmed, who took over from the acting Director-General, Mrs. Christy Uba, vowed to improve the security and welfare of corps members and members of staff of the Scheme.

The new DG who noted that the scheme would turn 50 years in a few months, said his administration would provide enabling environment for Research and Development for the advancement of the Scheme.

He said he would also strengthen stakeholders’ engagement for the promotion of the frontiers of the Scheme; enhance capacity building to stimulate efficiency and higher corporate performance; and deepen the impact of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme.

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He said, “I am taking over the administration of the NYSC at a very unique time in history as the Scheme will be 50 years old in few months to come. I assure you that I will not only sustain the high tempo but collectively, we will take the Scheme to greater heights.

“This administration will be open and pay special attention to strategies that will bring the desired improvement in the general operations of the Scheme.  In this regard, the Policy Thrust that will drive the administration will focus on: Improving security, welfare of Corps members and Staff to engender optimal service delivery to the nation;

“Providing enabling environment for Research and Development for the advancement of the Scheme; Strengthening stakeholders’ engagement for the promotion of the frontiers of the Scheme; Enhancement of capacity building to stimulate efficiency and higher corporate performance; and Deepening the impact of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme.

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“I therefore solicit for the cooperation of all members of Staff and our stakeholders to enable us move the Scheme to higher level of achievements. Meanwhile, let me assure the general public that the NYSC will always make the country proud.  Our participation in all national assignments will be exemplary.”

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