Sunday, 31 January 2016

NSUK Strike: Mainoma Speaks Out on ASUU’s Allegations

By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim & Ogbu, Patrick
The Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Professor Muhammad Mainoma, has stated that the white paper of the visitation panel on NEEDS assessment has since been released and some aspects of the document are currently being implemented.
Responding to an enquiry from NSUK CampusWatch via text message concerning the planned strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Vice Chancellor said that the part of the white paper that is yet to be implemented is “the aspect that requires the approval of the Governing Council, of which a committee has been inaugurated by Council to advice it”.
Mainoma revealed that the white paper had been released since 2014, even before the constitution of the present Governing Council.
He said since the inauguration of the advisory committee, it has been working day and night to submit its report so that implementation will commence.
Hear him: “I believe the committee is working hard to submit a report to the council”.
On the unpaid-earned allowance, the Vice Chancellor said that 30 percent of the total sum has already been paid; adding that what is hampering the full payment is the dwindling revenue accruing to the university.
“Management has demonstrated willingness by settling 30 percent of the earned allowance within a short time. These arrears accumulated over a period of four years but the cash flow problem is the only hindrance to full implementation”, said Mainoma.
He appealed to ASUU to shelve the planned industrial action and exercise a little patience, promising that his administration is doing its best to ensure that their welfare is taken care of.
NSUK CampusWatch reported that NSUK chapter of ASUU has concluded plans, awaiting the nod from the National Executive Committee (NEC) of ASUU, to proceed on an indefinite strike because of the refusal of the Nasarawa State government and the university management to implement the agreement reached with the union.
The chairman of the union Dr. Theophilous Lagi in a telephone interview on Saturday told NSUK CampusWatch that both the university management and Nasarawa state government have failed to abide by the agreement entered with the body, living them with no choice but to shut down every academic activity in the institution if something is not done to avert it.
Apart from a backlog of unpaid earned allowance, the chairman revealed that the government is yet to release the white paper of a visitation panel to the university on NEEDS assessment.
“Earned allowance is part of it but it is not just the main issue. There are other issues are very fundamental. You remember the last time there was a visitation panel to the university, they came, they did their work, there was a recommendation and a white paper, but up till now the white paper has not been released. And if the white paper is released it will go a long way in addressing the rot in the system”, Lagi said.
Meanwhile, NSUK CampusWatch will soon bring you the reaction of the state government as effort is already afloat to contact the state commissioner for education.

STRIKE: ASUU NSUK chapter Waiting for NEC's Approval

“We are going on strike reluctantly”- NSUK ASUU
By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim
The chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) chapter, Dr. Theophilous Lagi, has revealed that barring a last minute  intervention from stakeholders, plans have been concluded, awaiting the nod from the National Executive Committee (NEC) of ASUU, for the union to proceed on an indefinite strike because of the refusal of the Nasarawa State government and the university management to implement the agreement reached with the union.
Dr. Lagi, in a telephone interview on Saturday, told NSUK CampusWatch that both the university management and Nasarawa state government have failed to abide by the agreement entered with the body, living them with no choice but to shut down every academic activity in the institution if something is not done to avert it.
He disclosed that the contentious issues are very fundamental and must be tackled if our educational system must improve. Apart from a backlog of unpaid earned allowance, he also revealed that the government is yet to release the white paper of a visitation panel to the university on NEEDS assessment. “Earned allowance is part of it but it is not just the main issue. There are other issues that are very fundamental. You remember the last time there was a visitation panel to the university, they came, they did their work, there was a recommendation and a white paper, but up till now the white paper has not been released. And if the white paper is released it will go a long way in addressing the rot in the system”.
According to the ASUU boss, the union has been patient enough and can no longer tolerate the non-chalant posture of the authorities: “taking cognizance of our patience and issues on ground, and the nonchalant attitude on the part of the state government and the university administration… we have no choice but to close down the university”, he confirmed.
He however refused to revealed the date when the strike will commence, saying they are waiting for a formal directive from the national office of ASUU. “Nothing is dependent on us yet. We have to wait for the outcome of the mandate that will be given to us by the NEC of ASUU to close down the university”, he said.
He also did not disclose when the NEC will be meeting to decide on the issue.
The Don said ASUU is reluctant to embark on the strike which is why they are engaging every stakeholder to see the possibility of averting it. He acknowledged the negative impact the strike will have on the system and reminded every concerned individual to intervene because, according to him, “it will be very extensive”.
He stated that the strike will be indefinite and the possibility of calling it off soon may be elusive and reminded those who may have forgotten the nature of ASUU strikes that: “going on strike is one thing but suspending it is another thing.”
He refuted the allegation that ASUU is wont to adopting strike action instead of dialogue to resolve issues. “We are going on strike reluctantly. It is not in our blood…but you know this demand has been lingering and there have been series of breaches. Nobody wants to see what the other side is doing; it is all about ASUU is going on strike but nobody wants to take an in-depth look on how patient we have been all along. We are not doing this for just our pockets; we are doing this for the quality of education”, he said.
Dr. Lagi took a swipe on students who he said are only concerned about graduating soon but not the quality of education they are getting.
“One thing with students is that they just want to graduate; they don’t want to give a damn on the future and quality of education. This place is an institution, people come and play their roles and leave but what about the quality of education? The indiscriminate admission of students—the semester is rounding up, lecturers have finished their classes but they are still bringing list of admission, who is going to teach them, where are you going to place them, what kind of quality education are you going to give them?”, he queried.
He further admonished students, as stakeholders in education to also appeal to management to fulfill the agreement with ASUU, as it is the only way to better the quality of education in Nigeria. “This thing is a sacrifice. Nobody wants to talk to management. I don’t know how many students who have organized themselves to go and talk to management to see how this strike can be averted. We are not supposed to be doing this on your behalf; you are supposed to do it for the future of this country. Students get killed off-campus because there are no befitting hostel accommodations and you are forced to stay in Angwa-Lambu, High-Court and the rest, and mix up with all manner miscreants that are not students. Are your libraries well equipped? Why are all those things not provided, nobody is asking those questions. Not that they don’t have the money but they don’t give priority to education”, the ASUU chairman fumed.
He noted the fallen standard of education in the country has made some parents to send their children and wards to neighbouring West African nations of Ghana, Benin Republic and even Togo, where he said, their educational standard have bettered that of Nigeria, in spite of the huge natural and human resources at Nigeria’s disposal.
While also questioning the inability of Nasarawa state government to take responsibility in repositioning the infrastructural deficit in the university, Dr. Lagi said: “if you go round the university you will see gigantic projects cropping up. These are intervention projects by federal government as a result of bitter ASUU struggle over the years—NEEDS assessment, Tetfund—these are the projects you see and if not because of the struggle for better education, most of these infrastructures wouldn’t have been possible. Any state government that creates a university, that state should adequately fund the university and not rely on intervention projects by the federal government. This university is gradually becoming a Tetfund university, not Nasarawa State University”.

NYSC Mobilization

You can now check to see if you are among those that have been mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

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Click on the link below,

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Friday, 15 January 2016

2015/2016 NSUK Registration Process


We want congratulate all those that saw their name in the just released NSUK 2015/2016 Admission list.

It is on this regards that we decided to provide you with a detailed step-by-step information to guide and prepare you on all the things you need to know about Registration and Screening process.
For more enquiries, please call 08036335647.

1. Data Capture.
This is the very first step. This involves creating your student's profile on the school site. At this point you will be required to verify your Admission and fill in the necessary details about yourself and your educational background as may be required.
(Pls come with photocopies of all your credentials)
2. Payment for Acceptance Fee.
After Data Capture, we will print out an Applicant summary form and your Payment Invoice for Acceptance fee of N5,300.00k, go to the Admin block to get a customised payment teller and proceed to any of the following Banks : Diamond, Ecobank, UBA, Keystone, Skye, Unity, FCMB, Zenith, First Bank, Ask to pay through e-transact Platform.
After payment of the acceptance fee is made, You will be given a print out alongside a copy of your payment teller (Just like they did during your Post UTME Registration). Please, keep this because you will be required to use the confirmation order on the print out to access your screening form and admission letter. 

Return to us at the cyber cafe and wait to print your Admission letter and Screening form.
Note: You can not get access to your Screening form and Admission Letter without first paying the N5,300 and you can't pay the N5,300 with doing your data capture.

For enquiries, please call 08036335647

3. Result Verification
Proceed to the Academic Office with the screening form and your credentials for certificate verification. Note that here you will be required to buy WAEC/NECO result checking scratch card, depending on which result you are using and if you are using two results, you will buy two cards. Take note

Proceed to your Faculty/Department with the following alongside your Admission Letter and Screening Form:
a. UTME/DE Slip
b. Original Copies of all credentials and Indigene Certificate
c. Ten (10) recent Passport-sized photographs

Make sure you are properly screened at the Academic Office at the Administrative Block Department, Faculty before proceeding to the bank for Paying of School Fees. In that order. (At your various departments, you will be given a Departmental Handbook that would contain all the courses you are to take for every semester and other relevant information). Hold extra cash because you may be ask to pay for departmental handbooks, faculty journals and some other charges during the screening (This charges varies from dept to dept).
For enquiries, please call 08036335647

3. Paying School Fees.
After you have been cleared, come back to us at Cyber Cafe again to Print a copy of the Payment Invoice and take it to any branch of the designated bank listed above.
The payment invoice is the only valid document that can tell you how much your school fee is. (The payment invoice contains a breakdown of all charges you are to pay for, which sums up to your school fees and without it, the banks will not attend to you).

You will be required to pay additional fee of:
1. Portal Access and Internet Charges = 4,000
2. Transaction Charges = 300

Upon successful payment at the bank, you will be given a payment slip which contains a confirmation number (Same as during your Post UTME Registration).

Return to us at the Cyber Cafe to comfirm and verify your payment on the school site. After that you are to print the following documents:

1. School Fees Receipt
2. Students Information Form
3. Course Registration Form (Use the departmental Handbook Issued to you to identify courses required for your 1st semester)
4. Exam Card
Note: You can not get access to these documents without first paying the school fees.

NB: Please, make sure you are properly screened before paying fees as there will be no refund after payment has been made.
For enquiries, please call 08036335647

After you have been succesfull cleared and you have paid you school fees, you can now proceed to do the following:

1. Hostel Accomodation
Proceed to the hostel Admin (Boy to the boys hostel and Girls to the girls hostel) with your school fees payment reciept we will issue to you after verifying your payment at the cafe. You will be asked to pay an amount at the bank and bring back the teller to the Hostel Admin. Make sure they write down your name, after some days, they will release the hostel placement list at the hostel notice board.

2. Student Medicals
Proceed to the school clinic also with your school fee payment receipt to open an account with the clinic. During my time we paid N1000 at the bank for that. With this you are eligible to free health care service.

3. For the N4000 internet charge you paid, All categories of students are expected to proceed to IT Centre to obtain Log in details, with which they will access the Internet for the entire session free of charge using WIFI connection.

In Summary, 1st you do your data capture, then pay N5,300k acceptance fee to get ur screening form and Admission Letter, Get screened and Cleared, Pay your fees and print out all 4 documents and you are ready, it seems like a piece of cake right? But i bet you that would probably be an experience that you will hardly forget. And don't expect to achieve all these in a day, its hardly possible.
By sunday evening, we will make a post as to if everything is ready for the screening and registration to commence, most especially the Data Capture which is the first step.

As a way of saying thank you to #TeamNsukGuide for all the support and guidance to you all, allow us to guide you all the way. We would like to invite you to our Cyber Cafe located at the faculty of Arts for all your online registration procedures and continuous guidance.
Thanks in Anticipation.
For enquiries, please call 08036335647
#TeamNsukGuide. UrPerfectGuide


Thursday, 14 January 2016


There much awaited NSUK 2015/2016 SUPPLEMENTARY ADMISSION LIST
THIS is to inform the general public and all the candidates who applied for admission into The Nasarawa State University, Keffi, NSUK that the school management has released the names of candidates who have been offered provisional admission into the Institution for the 2016/2017 academic session.

Team NSUK Guide is proud to bring to you the 2015/2016 NSUK Suplementary Admission List and all the applicants who sat for the NSUK Post-UTME screening can now check their admission status.

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

NSUK: Mass Comm. Department Gets Full Accreditation.

By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim
MACOSA President

"This is to formally thank you for your invaluable role in making our department to secure FULL accreditation from last September's exercise".
Those were the words of the HOD, Dr. Tonnie Iredia, sent to me confirming the full accreditation of Mass Communication Department from NUC. 

Today I recall a piece I wrote in the aftermath of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) accreditation exercise some three months ago, exactly between 14 -15 of September, 2015. I titled that piece, “They Came, They Saw, We Conquered" because I was certain that we will scale through.
Having seen the positive result of the collective effort of students, staff and management, I beg to reproduce that piece to remind us of some the exciting moments that led to the success of the accreditation.
But let me first thank all of you, especially those who participated actively during the accreditation. Your sacrifice has paid off. The then 300 level IT students, then 200 level IT students, volunteers from the then 100 level, all others who joined us from time to time and the entire MACOSA family, thank you!
A special thanks to the following: our hardworking and disciplined HOD, Dr. Tonnie Iredia, OON, similarly devoted former HOD, Mal. M.S. Rabiu and the entire academic staff of Mass Communication department.
The Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Zamani and his deputy, Dr. Nuhu Liman deserve every of our gratitude.
Most importantly to the VC, Prof. Mainoma led management team for their financial and moral support.
Indeed, NUC came, they saw and we conquered!


They Came, They Saw, We Conquered
By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim

At about 9.30 am on Monday,14th September, 2015- the D-day for the National Universities Commission's (NUC) accreditation panel visit to Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), NSUK CampusWatch got a signal from the Head of Department (HOD) of Mass Communication, Dr. Tonnie Iredia, OON, that the NUC team has just landed at the Vice Chancellor's Office.

In his usual manner, with a stone face, the HOD summoned the president of the Mass Communication Students Association (MACOSA)
"Where are your cameramen and reporters?” he queried.
Without allowing him to respond, the HOD ordered: "go and gather them and follow me immediately to the VC's office, you are supposed to be there already or do you want them to be waiting for you?"
Instantly, he jumped into his waiting BMW X5 straight to the venue of the event. He did not know that my men are ready. They were lurking around waiting for a signal.

At my instruction, NSUK CampusWatch reporters and cameramen led by MACOSA PRO, Markus 'Motion' and AIT's Thompson boarded another SUV and sped off.
In minutes, we were in front of NSUK's administrative block where the VC's office is located.
The entire landscape was streaming with cars of various types and makes. We were literally submerged by "sea of vehicles" that flooded the entire parking space and even threatened to swallow the whole building. 
Despite the many cars around the area, the power that emanated all around the Senate Building, dignified even the visitors. There was no mistaking that the meeting between the NUC team and the school management was already in progress.
Instantly, we made our way towards the VC's office but were re- directed by a very friendly staff who led us through the back door into the Senate Hall, to avoid distracting a hall filled with over 50 professors!.
We tiptoed into the Chamber, hoping that no one could see us  but the VC, Professor Muhammad Mainoma's eyes were bearing down us and I wished for a second that PHCN would plunge the place into temporal darkness- and give us enough time to let us settle into our place and avert the glances from these egg-heads. One professor was particularly looking or rather peeping from the roof of his thick framed spectacle in a manner that as suggested that we were actually distracting them.
Luckily, the HOD did not see us come in. He was facing the VC. The cameramen took their positions, flashing light from all angles- taking shots and recording. Behind, I sat down in one of the numerous swivel chairs and took some notes.
The University's image maker and Deputy Registrar, Alhaji Jameel Zakari was already in his elements, introducing the dignitaries in his usual profundity that underscores mastery of his trade- public relations. He called out each NUC representative, who in turn introduced members of every respective team for all the 14 programmes due for accreditation.
The climax of the event at the Senate room was when the VC was invited to make his speech. In his usual candor, Professor Mainoma was no less articulate. He was precise and at the same time humorous, "I want to first of all tell you what I expect from you and then what you expect from us", he said.
A man whose laughter provokes more laughter, the VC was not ready to give in to these men and women, who probably have come to "spoil things" for us. He went straight to the point: "In NSUK, we have a culture of excellence and you are here to help us continue in this path of excellence. I expect that at the end of the day, all the programmes will be fully accredited", the VC was unflinching.
The VC's bluntness elicited laughter from almost everyone in the hall and he was particularly commended by one of the leaders the team, who said of the VC: "since 1992 when I started doing this accreditation for NUC, no Vice Chancellor has been as straightforward as you. I like this man".
Another Professor remarked thus about Mainoma: "I have fallen in love with this man", but he was quick to disclaim that his love for the VC wasn't in the manner of "homo", prompting another episode of laughter.
In his own remarks, the team leader for the accreditation of Mass Communication, Professor Austin Enahoro told the VC that they have not come to destroy but to help in building the young university. "We are development partners", he assured.
There was a quick group photograph in front of the Administrative Building, afterwards each team dispersed to the various departments to commence business.
The Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Andrew Zamani, led the Mass Communication team to his office. The team comprised of Professor Austin Enahoro- team leader (Unijos), Professor Umar Pate (BUK) and Professor Des Wilson, who missed the briefing with the VC (UniUyo) and the NUC representative as Secretary.
Without wasting anytime the team leader, Professor Enahoro, started the inspection immediately, refusing to take a light breakfast prepared for them, even ordinary coffee!
This was a bad signal."This man is mean", a lecturer whispered to me. I wanted to say: "forget, that na initial gra gra, em go melo".
Everyone was on the edge. What kind of man is this? Everyone seemed to be asking. He barely laughed and when he did, it never lasted more than 2 seconds and he quickly reverts to a frown.
The team went from the TV to radio studio, where they were interviewed by the students. From there, they went to the complex, inspecting all the offices including that of the MACOSA president, where the HOD was embarrassed that instead of a nice table and seats, the team saw a sleeping mat on the floor!
They also inspected the school library and the e-library. They observed that there was no Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD) room, and instantly it was set up and they inspected it the next day.
In fact, the process was smooth but nothing is ever perfect. Like one of the Senior Lecturers said: "they know we are good, they're just looking for something to say, 'yes you are okay but you can improve here'".
The team insisted on interviewing the students, which was done behind closed doors at the Faculty Board room. They did same for the lecturers. They also went through all our records- files, result sheets, projects, etc.
At the end of the 2-day exercise, the team left for their various places and the result will only be made available to the VC through the NUC in about 3 months time.
In what looked like a glimpse of hope, the team after the inspection told the department's management "congratulations".
Somebody asked me: "do you tell someone who failed an exam, congratulations?"
That question is for you too.

Some Reasons Why Most Students Are Not Offered Admission

Reasons Most Students Are Not Offered Admission Despite High Post-UTME.
Most admission seekers are often left confused trying to get the reason they were not offered admission to the institution of their choice despite having a very high UTME score. At times, having a high Post-UTME is not a guarantee for admission.
The following are the reasons students may not be offered admission despite having a high post-UTME score;

1. Wrong UTME combination
This is one of the reasons a number of students lose admission despite beating the post-UTME cut-off point. Even at times, some students are being stripped of their admission or moved to another department during the process of first- year registration simply because of wrong JAMB subject combination.
For instance, a student seeking admission to study mass communication would definitely lose the admission if he or she did not take Literature-in-English as part of the four subjects for the UTME exam.
Similarly, a student seeking admission to study Physics should definitely select Physics as part of his UTME subject combination.
Before any student fills his or her JAMB form, he or she should painstakingly go through the JAMB Brochure to know the right subject combination for his or her course of study.
Read more about Jamb Subject combination HERE

2. University’s Catchment Area.
Most federal universities, including some state universities, still retain the policy of catchment area in selecting students for admission. For instance, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria. catchment area constitutes majorly North-Central states. What this implies is; prospective students from the North-Central have higher chances of gaining admission.
For example, a prospective student from Kogi state who scored 56, applying to study sociology may be offered admission while another student from Imo state, or Osun State who scored 60 may not be offered admission. This is so because if the catchment cut-off point for Kogi is 56 while the general cut-off is 62, such a student from Imo state or Osun state has definitely lost the admission despite having a higher score than his counterpart from the catchment zone.
In view of the above, admission seekers should always be aware of a university’s catchment area and requirements before selecting any university.

3. University Policy.
Despite the general catchment area policy, some universities still have their individual policy they adopt as a yardstick in admitting students. Most times, such policies are not made public.
It is therefore the duty of admission seekers to find out specific admission policies of their prospective universities from friends schooling in such universities.

4. Low UTME Score.
Most times, Jambites who score within the range of 180 and 190 will have to compete for the same admission slot with students who score as high as 200 and above. Most especially when there is a need to screen out some students in order to meet the required number of students to be admitted.
And most universities like Nasarawa State University, Keffi, still compute both UTME and post-UTME scores in calculating the student’s average score.
Hence, having a low UTME score can also hinder one’s opportunity of gaining admission.
It is always advisable for students to try to and score atleast 200 and above in order to be on a safer side.

5. O’level result
I do advise admission seekers to pass ALL the necessary subjects in their O’level exam(s) very well before going ahead to take UTME exam. Recently, I have met with students who lost their admissions to study in Nasarawa State University, Keffi, because they do not have at least a credit pass in both Mathematics and English Language in their O’level result or they do not have at least credit pass in some important subjects in their O'level results. In fact, gaining admission to study in a competitive University as Nasarawa State University, Keffi, is not easy.
On a personal note, I believe in all fairness, the management of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, takes it time in ensuring that eligible and qualified candidates, whom having met the criteria guiding the decisions for admission placements are considered for placement into various programs in the university.

6. God's Time.
Finally and above all, i believe that even when you pass all the above mentioned criterias, and yet God's plan for you is a different one, there is no way you can be admitted. There is no possible way  our plans will supersede God's Plan. After all there are some candidates who do not really meet some of the criterias mentioned above and yet they get admitted.
I hope that you find this helpful and stop the blaming and the insults.

Source: modified from reasons-most-students-not

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