Jonathan Did Not Finish his PhD Course -Obasanjo Speaks on Buhari’s Certificate Saga

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has joined millions of Nigerians to speak on the certificate scandal plaguing Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

According to LINDA IKEJI BLOG, Obasanjo allegedly said, ”The truth of the matter is that Jonathan is aware that Buhari is qualified to contest for President Election but some hawks with Jonathan, do not want him to contest Because they believed that he will win and come for them.

”The issue came up in 2007, and we investigated and found out that his WASEC is with the military and that was why he was allowed to contest in 2007. Buhari cannot listen to anyone about his certificates because as a General of Nigeria Army,he will speak when he chooses, not by Femi Fani Kayode and Okupe asking him.

”Fayose and other corrupt People including Kashamu do not want Buhari because of his anti-corruption slogan. Even Jonathan did not finish his PhD course but when it was presented we stated that, it does not matter but many people do not know because it was PDP thing.

”I see Buhari as the next President and Jonathan is aware of that, and that is the reason they are hitting him everywhere to put confusion in his camp. But a General is always a General”

Buhari Failed as Head of State -Shehu Shagari

Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s Second Republic President on Tuesday endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election.

Shagari made the endorsement during a Presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Shagari whose tenure ended in 1983 as a result of a coup spearheaded by Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC said, ”The trains are back on track, even my 27-year-old grandchild boarded one for the first time in his life in 2014. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration was the first to construct 125 modern Almajiri Schools and 12 universities in a short period of time”.

”Now I may ask Nigerians, what are Buhari’s developmental strides as Nigeria’s head of state for the period in question?”, Shagari queried the crowd.

”Buhari was a failure as Head Of State”, Shagari added.

$50,000 OPEC/OFID Scholarship Awards 2015/2016 for Developing Countries – How to Apply

Scholarship Name: The OPEC Fund for International Development – OFID Scholarship Award

Brief description: The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) will offer $50,000 scholarship awards to students from member developing countries pursuing their master’s degree in 2015/2016

Accepted Subject Areas: The Scholarship is open to those students who wish to pursue studies in a relevant field of Development or Energy Studies such as: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.

About Scholarship

OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) Scholarship Award sponsors outstanding young students from developing countries through graduate studies in a development-related discipline.OFID Scholarship Award

OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is pleased to announce that qualified applicants who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2015/2016.

OFID scholarships will be awarded to four students or candidates for master’s degree studies. Applicants must be from a developing country (except OFID Member Countries),  and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s degree studies in a relevant field of development, from any recognized university/college in the world.

Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies. The winners of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a scholarship of up to US$50,000. The funds will be spread over a maximum of two years, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2015/2016.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

Scholarship Type: Full masters scholarship

Selection Criteria

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided. Therefore, all questions should be answered as thoroughly as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed on it.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the OFID Masters Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be between the ages of 23-32 at the time of submitting his/her application.
  • Must have obtained or be on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree with a Baccalaureate from an accredited college/university, or its equivalent.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 rating system, or its equivalent.
  • Must be matriculated at an accredited university for the upcoming academic year starting August/September 2015, and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Master’s Degree.
  • Must be a national of a developing country (except OFID Member Countries)
  • Must select a subject of study that pertains to OFID’s core mission, such as: economics of development (poverty reduction, energy and sustainable development), environment (desertification), or other related science and technology fields.

How Many Scholarship Positions are available? Four

Scholarship Benefits

The winners of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a full tuition scholarship of up to US$50,000. The funds will be spread over a maximum of one year, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2012

How long will sponsorship last? For the duration of one masters degree programme

Eligible African Countries: See the list of eligible developing countries for OFID Masters scholarship from the link below

To be taken at (country): Any recognized University in any part of the world

Application Deadline: is May 8, 2015.

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the online application.

Within the on-line application, applicants must upload the required documents as listed below in Section III. All materials including the on-line application, recommendations, and other required information must be received no later than the deadline date.

Required Documents

  • A completed on-line application form.
  • A scanned copy of the applicant’s passport.
  • A scanned copy of the last university degree or certificate.
  • A scanned letter of acceptance from chosen educational institution, confirming your admission, subject of study and duration of the Master’s degree program (must not exceed one year).
  • A proof of meeting any prerequisites, including language proficiency.
  • A short essay – of about 500 words in English – giving reasons for applying for the OFID scholarship, explaining your educational goals, and clearly describing how you will use the experience gained from your Master’s degree studies to help in the development of your home country.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or lecturers at applicant’s present university.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Application Guidelines

  • STEP 1: Ensure that you fulfill the OFID Scholarship Award Eligibility Criteria.
  • STEP 2: Register within the OFID Scholarship Portal by using your email address. Please note you can log onto the portal as many times as required before finally submitting the application.
  • STEP 3: Fill out the application form. Make sure to save data each time you update your application. Once you are logged in, if the page remains inactive for more than two hours, your session will time-out and you may lose unsaved data. Do not submit your application until you have completed the entire application process!
  • STEP 4: Upload necessary documents; CV, two recommendation letters, Bachelor’s certificate/transcript, acceptance letter into postgraduate program and essay.
  • STEP 5: When your application is complete, and all additional documents are uploaded, your application is ready to be submitted. Once your application is submitted, you can no longer make any changes or upload any more documents.

Only the winner will be notified by June 15, 2015 via OFID website at http://www.ofid.org.

Visit Scholarship Webpage  for more details

Sponsors: The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Banks stop ATM card usage in USA, China

 

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Rising cases of electronic frauds, especially Automated Teller Machine-related scams, which have made Deposit Money Banks to lose billions of naira in recent times, have forced some of the lenders to prevent their payments cards from working in the United States of America, China and a few other countries.

It was gathered that the banks took the action following the huge amount they were spending in refunding customers who had lost money in payment cards related frauds.

“A number of banks decided to deactivate their payment cards from working in the USA, China and a few other countries that are still using magnetic stripe instead of the chip and PIN,” a top bank official familiar with the situation told our correspondent on Sunday.

“The decision was caused by the rising cases of fraudsters using cloned Nigerian ATM cards to make transactions at shopping in malls in the USA and China,” he added.

Apart from fraudsters using cloned payment cards issued by Nigerian banks to buy goods abroad, it was gathered that some of the payment cards had also been used to withdraw money from ATMs in foreign countries, especially in the US.

“This scam has been on for a very long time but it has reduced drastically since some banks decided to deactivate their payment cards from working overseas. However, what we have done as a bank is to tell our customers to inform us whenever they are travelling overseas so that we can activate their payment cards to work overseas. Once they tell us, we will activate it,” the banker explained.

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria statistics, banks lost N40bn to electronic frauds in 2013 alone.

However, findings by our correspondent showed that prior to the recent deactivation of the payment cards from working overseas, refunds made by banks to customers who were victims of cards frauds were in excess of N1bn.

One of the ‘Systemically Important Banks’ made refunds in excess of N200m in 2014, a top official said.

The PUNCH had in August last year exclusively reported that electronic fraudsters had been duplicating payment cards belonging to Nigerian bank customers and using them to buy items worth millions of dollars from shopping malls in the US.

It was gathered that the development had made the Nigerian banks and their customers to be losing millions of naira to the e-fraud.

The development had forced top executives of the banks and senior officials of the CBN to meet with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission sometime last year.

Following the meeting, the EFCC was said to have commenced the process of collaborating with sister agencies in the US to effect the arrest of some of the fraudsters.

When contacted on Sunday about the deactivation of payment cards from working overseas, the Chairman, Committee of E-Banking Industry Heads, Mr. Tunde Kuponiyi, said banks had deployed a number of technologies to stem the tide of electronic frauds, including payment card related frauds.

He said millions of naira had been spent to deploy the electronic payment technologies, adding that the rate of e-frauds had gone down drastically in recent times following such moves.

He, however, was silent on whether some banks had deactivated their payments cards from working overseas unless informed by their customers travelling abroad.

The Chairman, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Lagos State Branch, Mr. Abolade Agbola, had emphasised the need for the CBN to fast-track the biometric registration of bank customers as a way of checking electronic fraud.

He said, “There is no justification for it (deactivation of ATM cards); and what that will do is that people will limit the amount of money or specify the kind of account they expose to online transactions.

“I think the CBN is also insisting that when this issue has happened, it must be resolved speedily so that confidence will not be lost. And that is one of the reasons why banks will keep on changing their software to make it safer; and, of course, that is also one of the reasons the issue of national identity card needs to be fast-tracked, which is at the government level.”

The President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Mr. Chidi Ajaegbu, said the CBN had achieved a lot in the cashless drive but there was a need to continue to build public confidence in the electronic means of payments.

“If we are striving to become a 24-hour economy, then we must have the necessary controls in place to build people’s confidence in the cashless policy we are driving. And part of this is making sure that people believe that their liquid assets and details are secure. It is the key to the 24-hour economy we are driving towards,” he said.

The General Manager, Visa West Africa, Mr. Ade Ashaye, noted that the type of card used in the US might be prone to fraud.

He, however, said the development could be mitigated by new technologies.

JAMB CBT Date for 2015/2016 Announced

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The examination date for the 2015/2016 JAMB CBT has been announced by JAMB. All candidates who are going to take the Computer-based test in the upcoming 2015 UMTE are hereby informed. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday said that no fewer than 1.4 million candidates nationwide would write the 2015 All Computer Base Test (CBT) on March 4, 2015.

When is JAMB UTME CBT Date 2015/2016

The examination has been scheduled to hold on March 4, 2015. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB public relations officer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the board would be migrating all to computer-based mode of examination for the first time.

The board also made it known that there is no going back on the issue of CBT for examination as a body, pointing out that JAMB is optimistic that soon this will apply to other sister examination bodies.

Now that you know the date for the 2015 JAMB CBT, you should start preparing now and God will crown our effort

Nigeria 2015: INEC Releases Names,Qualifications of 14 Presidential Candidates

The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published names of 14 presidential candidates for the 2015 general elections.

Details of the names were released on the Commission’s website on Tuesday, showing that one presidential candidate and four vice presidential candidates are females.

SEE LIST Below:

Party – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Presidential Candidate – President Goodluck Jonathan, PHD (Zoology)
Running Mate – Vice-President Namadi Sambo, M.Sc (Arch)

Party – All Progressives Congress (APC)
Presidential Candidate – General Muhammadu Buhari (WASC)
Running Mate – Prof. Yemi Osinbajo , (LLB,BL)

Party – Kowa Party
Presidential Candidate – Prof. Comfort Oluremi Sonaiya (PHD)
Running Mate – Saidu Bobboi (B.A)

Party – Hope Democratic Party
Presidential Candidate – Ambrose Albert (LLB, BL, PGD)
Running Mate – Haruna Shaba (HND)

Party – Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN)
Presidential Candidate – Ganiyu Galadima (HND)
Running Mate – Balarabe Ahmed (PGD)

Party – Alliance for Democracy (AD)
Presidential Candidate – Rafiu Salau (SSCE)
Running Mate – Prof. Clinton Cliff Akuchie (B.SC)

Party – United Democratic Party
Presidential Candidate – Godson Okoye (LLB, BL)
Running Mate – Haruna Adamu (NCE)

Party – African Democratic Congress
Presidential Candidate – Dr. Nani Ibrahim Ahmad (PHD)
Running Mate – Obianuju Murphy-Uzohue (PHD)

Party – National Conscience Party (NCP)
Presidential Candidate – Martin Onovo (MSC)
Running Mate – Ibrahim Mohammed (HND)

Party- Accord Alliance
Presidential Candidate – Tunde Anifowoshe-Kelani (BED)
Running Mate – Comrade Paul Ishaka Ofomile (HND)

Party – United Progressive Party
Presidential Candidate – Chekwas Okorie (PHD)
Running Mate – Bello Umar (B.A)

Party – African Peoples Alliance, APA
Presidential Candidate – Ayeni Adebayo (B.SC)
Running Mate – Anthony Ologbosere (B.SC)

Party – Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
Presidential Candidate – Chief Sam Eke (PHD)
Running Mate – Hassana Hassan (Nursing Cert & midwifery)

Party – Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN
Presidential Candiate – Allagoa Chinedu (B.SC)
Running Mate – Arabamhen Mary (SSCE)

NOTICE: Unilag Hostel Registration Extended

We hereby inform all returning students that consequent upon the recently declared public holiday,the registration window for bed space allocation is hereby extended till Friday, 9th of January 2015, and only students who are fully registered for 2014/2015 academic session as at this date will be eligible to ballot for accommodation.

Please note that the accommodation fee is N24,500. Ensure that you set it aside now as you will have limited period to pay. The specific date for balloting exercise will be announced shortly.