Connect with us

National

NYSC wants youth corps producing institutions to digitalise students’ records

Published

on

NYSC wants youth corps producing institutions to digitalise students’ records

NYSC wants youth corps producing institutions to digitalise students’ records

Mrs Christy Uba, the Director, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has urged youth corps producing tertiary institutions to computerise all their students’ records.

She made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

According to her, computerising students’ records from start to finish will enable the NYSC to merge databases with ease.

She said that “right now, you hear that schools do Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post UTME), they pull from Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) database to do Post UTME, however it ends there after.

“They will now be typing senate approved result, why? That database from Post UTME should go through first, second, third, fourth and final year, isn’t it?

“You should be able to update such records. You don’t come and be doing manual, by now we are supposed to phase out that our data entry interface that we did in bulk”, she added.

RELATED STORY: INEC assures of peaceful, credible elections

Uba added that only few private universities have been able to computerise their students’ records from the beginning to the end, while others complain of students’ population.

She, however, said that in as much as institutions conduct Post UTME and are able to link with JAMB database, it should not be an impossible task.

The director also said that JAMB has migrated everybody to the Central Admission System (CAS) which contains the list of admitted students, adding that NYSC uploads records from JAMB and verify.

“It is only articulated records that we can pick from JAMB database. We had challenges with most universities, they want to upload some of their students but they are not in the JAMB articulated lists.

“JAMB has been driving it but our youth corps producing institutions should stand up to the occasion and begin to harmonise these things so that their data will have integrity because the manual thing has so many errors.

“So, we look at the name on the institution’s senate approved list and ensure it corresponds with the name on the JAMB data base”, Uba said.

On addition of names by Prospective Youth Corps Members, she said that the reference point was always the JAMB database as any name that was not on it would not be approved.

On accreditation of Cybercafe Business Operators (CBOs), she said it was to enable the NYSC to have some semblance of control and ensure that the CBOs are responsible to the scheme and the youth corps members.

She said that the idea was to have only CBOs registered and accredited by the scheme’s CBO Online App Platform to have access and provide services on its portal.

According to her, when the NYSC integrated system came on board in 2014 the organisation wanted to aggregate the cybercafe operators but there was so much resistance.

“We felt lets just kickstart first then along the line we will bring on board some of these controls.

“We have been having a lot of challenges from some of the cybercafe operators, a lot of manipulations.

“Sometimes, they don’t care about data integrity, all they care about is the number of prospective youth corps members that they can register in a day or within a given period and that creates a lot of challenges for us.

“Sometimes in a bid to hurry up and register as many youth corps members possible, cafe operators interchange thumbprints and even photographs and we have a policy that if your thumbprint is verified but at the camp it does not tally, you will miss that batch.”

She also said that the cafe operators tried to manipulate the records and give prospective youth corps members the impression that they could upload any type of documents for them, knowing quite well that those documents may not apply to it.

“For example, for married women, sometimes you see them uploading one set of marital documents for 100 prospective members and we check and sometimes we call the school and they say it is the cyber cafes and sometimes the students confess that it’s the cyber cafe that uploaded and they just paid for it.

“So, in accrediting them, we want to have control so that we can be able to attach CBOs that will register each member on our portal so that if there is any issue, we know who to hold responsible.”

Uba said that the exercise would kickstart with the 2022 Batch ‘C’ Stream One youth corps members presently participating in the orientation course.

She also said that the scheme had gone round to inspect over 2000 cyber cafes, saying “we can always communicate to them, they can reach us and once we start, they will be issued a code.

“We have an agreement with them already and best practices have already been set. The agreement has stipulated what should be binding, so they know the consequences of violating the rules.

“In our agreement, sanctions are stipulated and the cyber cafes are aware.”

She said list of accredited CBOs would be provided on the NYSC website and the online registration portal.

Continue Reading
2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

National

N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

Published

on

By

N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, Sadiq Atayese, has stated that the newly-approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers is not the solution to the country’s economic challenges.

Atayese made this assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ibadan.

He emphasized that sustainable solutions to the cost of living require positive economic policies from the government. Atayese highlighted the exchange rate as a key factor influencing fuel costs and subsidies.

He stressed that the government must prioritize fighting corruption and implementing policies beyond just increasing the minimum wage. According to Atayese, corruption in high places accounts for over 90 percent of corruption cases in Nigeria.

“Will this new minimum wage actually assuage the daily rising costs of foods and services? Can it bring a stable solution to the nation’s economic challenges? The answer is No,” he said.

Atayese also urged the government to focus on agricultural development and address issues such as security and funding for effective farming. He believes that addressing these critical issues would have more significant benefits than even a minimum wage of N150,000.

“Labour Party will continue to stand for the wellbeing of the people and development of the society,” he said.

The Federal Government and labor unions recently agreed on N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Initially, the government proposed N60,000, which was raised to N62,000, while labor demanded N494,000 before revising it to N250,000. Labor leaders agreed to the N70,000 offer due to additional incentives attached.

N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

Continue Reading

National

NDA 29th Regular Combatant Course Reunites in Maiduguri, Pledges Continued Nation-Building Efforts

Published

on

By

NDA 29th Regular Combatant Course Reunites in Maiduguri, Pledges Continued Nation-Building Efforts

NDA 29th Regular Combatant Course Reunites in Maiduguri, Pledges Continued Nation-Building Efforts

…as Buratai Lauds President Tinubu’s Increased Support in Counterinsurgency Operations

By Lawrence Audu

Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, played host to the 29th Regular Combatant Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA as they gathered for their 2024 Annual General Meeting. The event was a celebration of their rich heritage and a reunion of old colleagues.

The evening was filled with cultural dances, jokes, and sumptuous meals, creating a relaxing atmosphere for the members.

Former Chief of Army Staff and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, commended the federal government for the support in the war against insurgency.

“Nine years ago, we would never have had the opportunity to gather like this here in Borno and in Maiduguri in particular. Once it is 2 o’clock as someone said, everyone goes inside and remains there till the following morning probably nine or ten. The restrictions were heavy, the atmosphere was charged with so much insecurity. But today, to the Glory of Almighty God, we are thankful to God for the sustained counterinsurgency operations leading to the sustainable security being achieved and being experienced today in the Northeast,” he said.

“We must appreciate the previous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and thank President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the increased support to the Armed Forces to prosecute the counterinsurgency operations against Boko Haram and its subsequent version of ISWAP.”

Buratai also praised the members for their support during his tenure as Army Chief. “You have been wonderful for over forty years precisely 44 years when we met together for the first time 3rd January 1981 and we have maintained that relationship. I want to thank you for your support to me in particular.

“You stood by me when I was Chief of Army Staff in a very difficult period, the time of the Boko Haram rampage and it was a period that was volatile, uncertain, complex and of course ambiguous environment and times as well. The environments were charged with so much opposition and mischief that is within the sociopolitical environment and within the geographical environment of the northeast also was tensed with the various attacks that have been going on in this area but you stood by me and supported me and together, we succeeded.” He adds.

The Betara of Biu equally applauded the Theatre Commander Major General Wahidi Shuaibu, the other components as well as troops for their resilience and sacrifice.

Commodore MB Teidi (Retd), President of the Association, reflected on the journey that began over four decades ago. “Let me take a moment to reflect on the journey that has brought us to this moment. The history of NDA 29th Regular Course started on 3rd January 1981 when 155 young men reported for military training at the Nigerian Defence Academy. Most of us received the Presidential Commission and thereafter were posted to various services in the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force to pursue their Military career, while some opted out of the training to pursue their next best destined options.

“The inaugural meeting of this association was initiated by Major TY Buratai when most of the members were on Staff Course at the Command and Staff College Jaji. It was not until 2014 after the burial of one of our course mates, that the idea of a formal body with a constitution was muted. Since then the association has enjoyed consistent yearly meetings in line with its constitution.”

The event brought together former colleagues from across the services and the business community, including serving military personnel such as Major General Wahidi Shuaibu, Theater Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, and the Air Component Commander.

The reunion demonstrated the strong bonds and camaraderie forged during their military careers. As they reminisced about their past experiences, they celebrated their achievements and the progress made in the fight against insurgency.

The 29th Regular Combatant Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy is no doubt, a shining example of the power of friendship and service to the nation. As they look to the future, they continue to stand together, committed to their objectives and to the development of the nation.

NDA 29th Regular Combatant Course Reunites in Maiduguri, Pledges Continued Nation-Building Efforts

Continue Reading

National

Reps Probe Cement Price Hike, Summon Companies

Published

on

By

Reps Probe Cement Price Hike, Summon Companies

Reps Probe Cement Price Hike, Summon Companies

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The House of Representatives Joint Committee has initiated an investigation into the rising cost of cement in Nigeria, summoning major producers, including Dangote Cement Company and Lafarge Africa PLC, to present detailed production cost documents.

During a public hearing on Friday, Committee Chairman Rep. Jonathan Gaza (APC-Nasarawa) emphasized the need for transparency in the production costs from 2020 to the present, to assess whether the current market price of over N10,000 per bag is justified. The committee plans to visit production plants after reviewing the companies’ financial records.

The committee has requested information on the average daily consumption of raw materials such as coal, gas, gypsum, limestone, clay, and laterite, as well as daily cement production figures.

Additionally, they seek details on the prices of imported and local components used in cement production, monthly production quantities, and the companies’ audited accounts, including customs duties and tax incentives received.

Rep. Dabo Ismail (APC-Bauchi) highlighted the significant profits reported by Dangote Cement Company, with profits of N524 billion in 2022, N553 billion in 2023, and N166.4 billion so far in 2024. He questioned the continuous price hike in the market despite the company’s substantial local sourcing of raw materials.

Dangote Cement’s Group Managing Director, Mr. Arvind Pathack, attributed the price increases to the rising costs of imported and forex-linked materials, which have seen 100 to 333 percent hikes. He cited logistics challenges, forex shortages, and high-interest loans as contributing factors to the increased production costs.

Pathack noted that, despite the average selling price of N7,200 per bag, prices above N10,000 were due to retailer markups beyond the company’s control. He compared Nigeria’s cement prices to those in neighboring countries, where they are higher when converted to dollars.

The committee urged the companies to reconsider their pricing policies to alleviate the burden on Nigerian consumers. Rep. Gaza also criticized the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) for failing to curb middlemen’s excessive pricing, which has significantly inflated market prices.

“We are hopeful that this engagement will lead to a reduction in the price of cement,” Gaza stated, blaming the FCCPC’s inaction for the current price escalation.

The committee’s investigation aims to ensure fair pricing and protect Nigerian consumers from unjustified cost increases.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Trending

Verified by MonsterInsights