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ASUU Strike: JPDS Reignites Academic Spark With Spinoff MMR Webinar Series

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With the ongoing lull in academic activities in Nigeria following the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in February, organisers of the Jacksonites Professional Development Series (JPDS) have announced a spinoff webinar to focus on Mixed Methods Research (MMR) for postgraduate communication students in Nigeria as well as professionals with interest on research.

The first session of the new webinar series is billed for July 1st, 2022. It will have Prof. Charles Okigbo of the North Dakota State University who is the pioneer Registrar and Chief Executive of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) as the Lead Facilitator. He will be joined by Prof. Nnayelugo Okoro, Director of Graduate Research Courses, and Prof. Joseph Wogu, Head of Department, both of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

The MMR sessions will be moderated by Dr. Chuks Odiegwu-Enwerem of the National Open University of Nigerian (NOUN), Abuja.

Speaking on the forthcoming webinar, the JPDS Steering Committee Chairman, Prof. Chinedu Mba of the Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada stated that the MMR Webinar Series in furtherance of the JPDS capacity building focus.

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She added that the series is borne out of the need to acquaint participants with the best of global methods in communication research.

According to her, the MMR series is from under the Knowledge Hub-a brand of JPDS.

Speaking to the focus of the maiden webinar, Prof. Okigbo revealed that in the last two decades, there has been a phenomenal increase in interest in academic and professional circles and in communication because of the nationwide and global expansion in the uses of traditional and social media, and the demand for better research applications in commercial, corporate, and public communication situations.”

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Corroborating him, Prof. Wogu noted, “this has led to the establishment of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA), the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (JMMR/Sage Publications), the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches (IJMRA), and various specialist webinars and short-term training opportunities.

Prof. Nnayelugo also noted that there is an urgent need to “adopt Mixed Methods Research approaches which yield better results than using only one type of data from one data-gathering method.’’

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Providing more information on the webinar, Prof. Mba revealed that the webinar is opened to all postgraduate students in communication studies, the social sciences, education, arts and humanities, as well as for those facing challenges in designing their thesis and dissertation research using the most appropriate research methods as well as those academic and administrative staff who want to develop their skills in action research and management consulting practices.

She added that Management Consultants, PR Practitioners, Researchers as well as professionals in Advertising, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, STEM and Educators also stand to benefit from the programme.

She added that participation is free but registration is required. “Interested participants can register at jpdswb.com/kh.

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“As he’s richer than Davido, no questioning why he is celebrating his birthday on water” Mixed reactions trail Otedola’s 60th birthday celebration

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Mixed reactions have trailed billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola’s forthcoming 60th birthday celebration.

The Heute news reported earlier that the Femi Otedola was set to host an extravagant 60th birthday celebration.

Femi Otedola had spent 3 million pounds, which is about a 2.2billion naira to rent Aristotle Onassis’ Christina O super luxury yacht ahead of his 60th birthday.

Femi Otedola’s birthday celebration

The Heute reports that in celebration of his 60th birthday which holds this Friday, November 4th, the astute businessman and Chairman of Geregu, rented the super yacht.

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The super yacht belongs to one of Femi Otedola’s childhood idols, the late Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis, who was once regarded as the richest man in the world.

Otedola rented the yacht to celebrate his 60th birthday in it with his family and friends.

The yacht will sail for three weeks around the Mediterranean Sea.

Otedola was filmed entering the yacht with his family and son-in-law-to-be, Mr. Eazi, this afternoon.

Many are having a field day reacting to the news. While some cheered on him to live his best life, others faulted him for being insensitive to Davido’s son’s death.

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Netizens fault Femi Otedola

One of the commenters queried why he would be celebrating his birthday on water, knowing well that Davido lost his first son by drowning.

Identified as Fair pantherlol, he wrote, “As he is richer than David nobody is gonna say how dare you celebrate your birthday on water when Ifeanyi died inside water

Another user identified as Sweetlikecupcake wrote, “Where are those people saying people shouldn’t move on because Ifeanyi is dead. Oya food is ready”

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One I am Judenj wrote, “The reason he made the money, is to live comfortably. So I don’t see any big deal in it, he has money! Let him enjoy it while he is still alive! Cos if he doesn’t! Next of kin go still run am down!

Praying for herself, one Wendy Rose wrote, “I’ll never be broke in my life

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Also offering prayers to himself, Stephiox Travels wrote, “God I want to be rich so I can rent the while sea on my way 60tb birthday

See some cheering comments below,

One Huskylala wrote, “This is wealth mennnn. And someone eating bread and tea everyday no let person rest

One Moye Brimz wrote, “If no be say I no dey like loud my birthday wetin be yatcht wey I no fit but??? I just no want make people dey think say I proud

Femi Otedola birthday celebration

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Lagos fixes date for Basic Education Certificate Examination resit

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The Lagos State Examinations Board has fixed October 6 as the new date for the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) resit.

Director of the Board, Orunsolu Adebayo made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

The examination, initially scheduled for September 28, would still take place in various designated centres across the state.

Adebayo explained that the postponement became necessary to accommodate schools yet to register their candidates.

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“The Board does not wish to deny the affected candidates the opportunity of taking the examination”, he noted.

The statement urged principals to take note of the new date and make best use of the extended date to ensure that affected candidates were duly informed.

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JAMB introduces double fingerprints for 2023 UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has adopted new guidelines to ensure the seamless conduct of next year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board revealed the new guidelines in the latest edition of the weekly bulletin of the office of the registrar on Monday.

JAMB introduced double fingerprints, where a candidate is expected to register at least two fingers.

The exam body said any finger may be used for biometric verification before entering the examination hall on the appointed date.

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The board also said candidates with bad fingerprints would be scheduled for the exam as “exemption candidates.”

It warned that some cybercafes and tutorial centres had been prohibited from participating in UTME.

The board also introduced the CBT centre accreditation to vet centres based on whether or not they meet the board’s new requirements which include the use of laptop computer systems with a specified RAM capacity.

Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar, also announced the introduction of biometric accreditation for CBT centre registration officers which he said will now be captured ahead of the exercise.

He said the board would consider separating UTME registration from that of Direct Entry (DE) starting from 2023.

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According to Oloyede, the idea of the separation is to further consolidate its data collection efforts.

Earlier in the month, JAMB said it would no longer be conducting mop-up exercises for UTME candidates.

Mop-up exercise is usually held for candidates who could not participate in the UTME during the period of the exercise for some verified reasons.

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JAMB said the move was to further strengthen the noose around examination malpractice.

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