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Returnees from Ukraine enrolled into American University of Nigeria




Some Nigerian student returnees from Ukraine are part of the recently matriculated students at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Adamawa State, said the institution.

Thousands of Nigerian students returned to Nigeria as the war between Ukraine and Russia stalled their education early this year.

AUN had wooed the returning students to enrol in its university.

A statement by the university’s spokesperson, Daniel Okereke, noted that students from other African countries including Togo, Cameroon and Burundi enrolled for its Fall 2022 semester that began on Monday.


Mr Okereke noted that the students enrolled in diverse departments including, Information Technology, Engineering, Law, and Natural and Environmental Science programmes.

The statement read in part: “The Convocation and Pledge ceremony held inside the Lamido Musdafa Commencement Hall also marked the formal beginning of AUN’s 34th uninterrupted semester as the new students pledged to uphold the institution’s core values of excellence, integrity, and service to the Community.

“Among the students who matriculated at the ceremony were those who returned from Ukrainian universities following the outbreak of war with Russia, Nigerian students in the Diaspora, and students from Burundi, Togo, Cameroon, and Nigeria.

“Many entering students are enrolled in the School of Information Technology and Computing (SITC), which offers undergraduate and graduate degree courses in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science and Analytics, and Information Systems.

“Many choose the Biomedical degree under the Natural and Environmental Sciences program, which prepares them to study Medicine and related disciplines after graduation. Other popular programs include Engineering, Petroleum Chemistry, Law, Public Health, Accounting, Entrepreneurship Management, and Communication and Multimedia Design, offering specializations in Public Relations and Advertising, Journalism, Multimedia Design, and Radio/Television/Film studies.”

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Welcoming the new students, the Interim President of AUN, Attahir Yusuf, identified diversity management as one of the university’s most vital assets.

He said: “At the American University of Nigeria, we celebrate our diversity. We encourage our students to appreciate diversity, be inclusive in orientation, and promote diversity by respecting individuality. We expect people to have different opinions and beliefs and we accommodate all of these as a close-knitted learning community guided by certain principles”.

Mr Yusuf, a professor, encouraged the new students to take advantage of the University’s resources for academic and emotional support.

He also advised them to exercise their freedom as responsible undergraduates and reiterated the institution’s zero tolerance for sexual harassment, bullying, cultism, hard drugs, academic cheating, and other social vices.

“Here at AUN, every individual is valued, and every individual is also supported and encouraged to be the best they can be. We also demand the very best from our students and strive for them to achieve excellent academic and extra-curricular accomplishments in this community”.


Also speaking, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Patrick Fay, said some of the advantages to be derived from the university include flexibility to choose and change programmes.

“This small class size encourages closer interaction between students and professors, e-library resources, academic support units to help struggling students, and the American liberal arts curriculum, which requires students to take courses outside their core discipline,” he said.

Mr Fay, a former Irish ambassador to Nigeria, who also chairs the AUN Committee of Deans, also advised the new students to enrich their academic experience by engaging in extra-curricular activities, including leadership training and service learning.

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FG opens student loan application portal May 24



The Federal Government, through the Nigerian Education Loan Fund, on Thursday, announced May 24, 2024, as the official date for “the opening of the portal for student loan applications.”

The announcement was made in a statement by the media lead for the NELFund, Nasir Ayantogo.

Ayantogo, in the statement, said the opening of the application portal marked a significant milestone in the commitment of President Bola Tinubu to “fostering accessible and inclusive education for all Nigerian students.”

On June 12, 2023, Tinubu signed the Access to Higher Education Act, 2023 into law to enable indigent students to access interest-free loans for their educational pursuits in any Nigerian tertiary institution.


The move was in “fulfillment of one of his campaign promises to liberalise funding of education,” a member of the then Presidential Strategy Team, Dele Alake, said.

The Act, popularly known as the Students Loan Law, also established the Nigerian Education Loan Fund to process all loan requests, grants, disbursement, and recovery.

Although the government initially announced that the scheme would be launched in September, it suffered several delays leading to an indefinite postponement in early March.

The Presidency had linked the delay to Tinubu’s directive to expand the scheme to include loans for vocational skills.

After receiving briefing from the NELFund team led by the Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, on January 22, the President had directed the Fund to extend interest-free loans to Nigerian students interested in skill-development programmes.

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Tinubu based his decision on the need for the scheme to accommodate those who may not want to pursue a university education, noting that skill acquisition is as essential as obtaining undergraduate and graduate academic qualifications.

“This is not an exclusive programme. It is catering to all of our young people. Young Nigerians are gifted in different areas.

“This is not only for those who want to be doctors, lawyers, and accountants. It is also for those who aspire to use their skilled and trained hands to build our nation.

“In accordance with this, I have instructed NELFund to explore all opportunities to inculcate skill-development programmes because not everybody wants to go through a full university education,” he had said.

Through the portal, students can now access loans to pursue their academic aspirations without financial constraints.


The portal, according to the statement, provides a user-friendly interface for students to submit their loan applications conveniently.

“We encourage all eligible students to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in their future and contribute to the growth and development of our nation.

“Students can access the portal on to begin application,” the statement said.

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Why ASUU must not go on strike – NUC



The National Universities Commission says the Federal Government is already working to reconstitute the governing councils of 61 federal universities, so it is not necessary for the Academic Staff Union of Universities to go on strike.

The ASUU had given the Federal Government a two-week ultimatum to put in place the governing councils failing which its members would embark on strike.

But in his reaction, the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Chris Maiyaki, said, the Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, had set up a panel to work on the list of the people who would be on the councils.

He said: “To reconstitute the councils of 61 universities is not a small feat. Government is working to ensure that people that are qualified and with the right pedigree are put in those councils”.


Maiyaki pleaded with ASUU to be patient as the government was working on the matter.

The Federal Government had dissolved the governing councils of all federal universities on June 22 last year.

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I’m firmly committed to ensuring no child is left out of school –Tinubu



President Bola Tinubu has reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring that no child is left out of school.

He gave the commitment at the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) Nigeria’s campaign launch, “WeAreEqual,” with the theme: “Education as a Powerful Tool for Change: No Girl Left Behind,” hosted by Oluremi Tinubu.

Addressing a distinguished audience of First Ladies from across Africa, government officials and members of the diplomatic corps, President Tinubu highlighted the critical role of education in fostering gender equity and providing equal opportunities for all.

He told the African First Ladies to feel free to ask him of anything that would make it possible for every child to access education, saying, “If there’s anything you want me to contribute, I’m ready and available.” He commended the efforts of African first ladies in advancing gender equality and lauded the initiatives undertaken in various African nations to empower women and girls.


“I salute the commitment and dedication of the African First Ladies, as members of OAFLAD, to advance gender equality and narrow the gender gap in opportunities and appointments across the African continent.

“This campaign, spearheaded by your excellencies, holds significant importance for us in Africa. I, therefore, congratulate you all. I particularly congratulate my dear wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the First Lady of Nigeria, who has chosen education as a primary tool to champion this campaign nationwide.

“I remember it all started in Lagos. I am aware that this campaign has been successfully launched in 15 other African countries, focusing on health, education, economic empowerment and gender based violence. I am also delighted to learn of all the various initiatives that you have embarked upon in your respective countries. I celebrate you all.”

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The President underscored the importance of creating inclusive educational opportunities for all children, particularly emphasising the significance of supporting the girl child.

He praised the reintroduction of the alternative high school for girls in Nigeria by the First Lady, a programme aimed at offering a second chance for young girls to pursue their education and contribute meaningfully to national development.


Tinubu emphasised the transformative power of education, citing it as a cornerstone for national progress and prosperity. He called for concerted efforts to eliminate structural inequalities that hinder women’s advancement and stressed the need for policies that promote women’s rights, education, and economic empowerment.

He said: “It is noteworthy that the launch of this laudable campaign in Nigeria came with the reintroduction of the alternative high school for girls by the First Lady. This initiative offers a second chance to young girls who have dropped out of school to further their education and fulfil their dreams and aspirations and become a very important contributor to the development of our nation.

“I am happy to note that the foundation stone of one of the schools was recently laid in Osun State, western Nigeria, by the First Lady. More schools are underway across the country, supported by state governments, and the Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), and other development partners. Nigeria’s First Lady, in her remarks, explained that the #WeAreEqual campaign is a year-long, continent-wide initiative, led by OAFLAD. She added that the campaign, which she describes as significant, unites African First Ladies, partners, and allies in their collective effort to advance gender equity and bridge the gender gap throughout the continent.

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Mrs. Tinubu added that the campaign was focused on four main pillars, namely health, gender-based violence, education and economic empowerment, to rally stakeholders and call for action around each of these key issues.

“To promote the “#WeAreEqual” campaign in Nigeria, I have decided to use education as a tool, while also not neglecting other pillars of the campaign, many of which are also being championed under the scope of the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI), which is led by my office to complement the efforts of the administration of Mr. President.”


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