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NUC, NYSC Partner To fight Illegal Universities



Joel Ajayi

The National Universities Commission NUC has warned that it would continue to ensure the credibility of certificates being issued by Universities in the country and also block the increasing number of fake foreign-trained graduates coming into Nigeria for National Service.

The commission said many universities produce quality graduates while some cannot defend their certificates.

The Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed stated this when he hosted the Director-General of National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his office.

While lamenting the falling standard of education in the country especially among the affiliate institutions, Abubakar said NUC has not approved the degree of online universities in Nigeria.

The NUC boss added that University experience encompasses all-round development of every student, hence, the need for proper monitoring.

“NUC and NYSC must work together to help the country in producing quality graduates and NUC will continue to certify the credibility of certificates obtained from Nigerian universities”,  Abubakar said

Speaking further, the Executive Secretary lamented the challenges in vetting the certificates being obtained from universities established by Nigerians outside the country.

He added that NUC had approached EFCC and ICPC to shut down some illegal Universities in the country.

The Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said NYSC would not issue it’s Certificate of National Service to unqualified graduates but appealed for stakeholders’ support in its determination towards seamless and credible mobilization process.


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FG woos foreign mining investors with lower production cost



Joel Ajayi

Cutting red tapes which slow business transactions and improving the security of mining operations are among fresh commitments unfolded by Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Oladele Alake at the Mines & Money Conference which opened in London, United Kingdom on Tuesday.

Addressing global stakeholders in the mining industry, Alake, in the 15-minute speech pitched for more investment in Nigeria listing unique advantages such as lower production cost due to surface mining and billions of dollar untapped minerals.
He quoted recent reports by audit firm KPMG which reported that mining’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP rose from 0.3 percent to 0.85 percent last year, indicating 0.63 percent year on year growth.

His words: “The country’s geological bounty encompasses over 44 distinct mineral types, found in exploitable quantities across more than 500 locations. Recently, recognizing the evolving global landscape and in response to emerging trends, Lithium has been included as a crucial strategic mineral of global consequence.”

Dr. Alake said the administration of President Bola Tinubu has embarked on reforms to boost investment by streamlining procedures and reducing hurdles to attract foreign investors.

Showcasing recent progress in creating conditions for solid minerals development, Dr. Alake highlighted fresh data revealed by the Airborne Geophysical Survey, memorandum of understanding with German firm Geoscan to gather more data on solid minerals across the country and access to finance through a new funding facility launched by the Africa Finance Corporation and the Solid Minerals Development Fund.

The minister reminded the global mining community of the Federal Government ‘s policies on how mining operations must benefit the communities and lead to processing instead of wholesale export of raw minerals.

“ Nigeria is currently emphasizing Solid Minerals Beneficiation and Value-Addition as a panacea for quick and sustainable growth of the Mining Industry…By adding value to our raw materials, we not only create higher value products but also generate employment opportunities for our teeming youth and increase the sector’s overall profitability and contribution to the nation’s GDP”, he said
Dr. Alake urged investors to support socio-economic development of the communities where they mine to make mining mutually beneficial.

Citing the recent launch of the revised guidelines for Community Development Agreement which provides for social amenities, educational support, health and safety environmental facilities.

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