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NUC instructs universities on resumption procedures



National Universities Commission (NUC) has ordered schools to conclude arrangements for reopening.

This followed federal government’s approval for resumption.

NUC directed Vice Chancellors to ensure that resumption plans are in sync with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines.

The memo was signed by Chris Maiyaki, a Director in NUC Executive Secretary’s office.

NUC told universities to expect visits for inspection of staff officers, lecture theatres, laboratories, libraries, accommodation, healthcare facilities, among others.

Universities must under no circumstances, violate the full cycle of the semester system, consistent with the NUC approved Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS),” the letter warned.

Schools are to also ensure strict compliance with other extant NUC quality assurance standards and guidelines.


20-year-old Maria Umar wins BBC competition



Maryam Umar’s entry “Rai da Cuta” (Life & sickness) has won this year’s BBC Hausa short story contest for women.

The 20 year old author of the story, Ms Umar, is a student of Law at Usman Danfodio , Sokoto.

Umar’ work “Rai da Cuta,” tells the story of Azima whose husband returns from a trip with the symptoms of Covid-19.

Although his wife is heavily pregnant, he refuses to isolate himself because he is in denial of the disease. Azima locks him in a room but soon finds out she has already contracted Covid-19 from him. This leads to the loss of her baby and a long battle for her life.

Ms Umar told PREMIUM TIMES HAUSA in a recent in Abuja, that this is her third year of entering for the competition.

“I tried two times before now and this is the third time I am trying and luckily for me, this time around I triumphed,” she said.

“I thank Allah for this opportunity by BBC Hausa and I am calling on other female writers to take advantage of this to show their skills in writing.”

The first runner-up in the competition is a story by Surayya Zakari Yahaya titled “Numfashin Siyasata” or “My Political Life.”

It is the story of a young woman who ventures into politics to address the underdevelopment of her village.

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National Open University: Peters becomes new VC



A Professor of Chemistry, Olufemi Peters, has emerged as the Vice Chancellor of the National Open of Nigeria (NOUN).

Peters, 64, beat six other candidates to clinch the seat in a keenly contested race at the nation’s only single-mode Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution.

He is to take over the reins from the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, whose five-year single tenure elapses on 10th February, 2021.

This was conveyed in a statement on Friday in Abuja by the Director, Media and Publicity, NOUN, Ibrahim Sheme, disclosing that Peters, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, boasts an impressive track record of academic excellence spanning three decades, including many competencies in the area of ODL.

The newly elected VC, who is from Ogun State, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from University of Ibadan (1979), a Masters’ degree in Polymer Science and Technology from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, (1982) and a Ph.D (Degradation and Stabilisation in Polymers) from Victoria University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (1988), United Kingdom.

He has over 60 published works, 44 of which are Journal articles, and the remaining are peer reviewed published proceedings and technical reports in the fields of chemistry, polymer science and technology, agriculture and in ODL in peer reviewed international and local journals.

He has contributed to scientific innovations by co-designing and constructing a locally made (made-in-Nigeria) 600 Gloss-metre for determining gloss levels of surfaces, including that of the human skin, and, by leading the team that patented a diatomaceous earth (DE), non-toxic grain-protectant, trademarked NSPRIDUST® which can protect stored agricultural grains for 16 months.

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