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NUC Rejects NBTE’s HND Conversion Programme

NUC Rejects NBTE’s HND Conversion Programme: What does this mean for HND holders? The National Universities Commission (NUC) has rejected a programme being organized by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) on converting Higher National Diploma (HND) to university degree. The NUC described the purported one-year top-up degree programme in Nigerian polytechnics as illegal and usurpation of authority.

The NUC is the only agency empowered by law to regulate awards of degrees by institutions in Nigeria. The NBTE is responsible for the regulation of technical education in Nigeria, including polytechnics.

In a statement on October 14, 2023, the Acting Executive Secretary of the NUC, Chris Maiyaki, said that the NUC was not a party to and disavowed the so-called Top-up Scheme, being concocted by the NBTE. He also said that the NUC does not entertain any intrusion into its lawfully assigned mandate.

He further stated that the NUC has not been consulted by the NBTE on the development of the scheme and that the NUC does not recognize the scheme. He advised the public to be wary of the scheme and to avoid patronizing it.

Maiyaki also said that the NUC is committed to working with the NBTE to ensure that the quality of technical education in Nigeria is maintained and enhanced. He called on the NBTE to focus on its core mandate of regulating technical education in Nigeria and desist from introducing programmes outside its jurisdiction.

The NUC’s statement is a clear rejection of the NBTE’s top-up degree programme. The NUC is the only agency empowered by law to regulate the awards of degrees by institutions in Nigeria, and the NBTE does not have the authority to introduce a programme that awards university degrees.

The NBTE’s top-up degree programme was reportedly designed to enable holders of HND to convert their certificates to the first degrees with foreign accredited universities. The programme was criticized by some stakeholders, who argued that it was unnecessary and could devalue the quality of Nigerian university degrees.

The NUC’s rejection of the programme means that it will not be recognized in Nigeria. Holders of the HND qualification who wish to obtain a university degree will still need to enroll in a full-time degree programme at a recognized university.

NUC Rejects NBTE’s HND Conversion Programme: What does this mean for HND holders?

The NUC’s rejection of the NBTE’s top-up degree programme is a setback for HND holders who are hoping to bridge the gap between HND and university degrees. HND holders have long complained of discrimination in the job market, where they are often paid less than university graduates even when they have the same qualifications and experience.

In 2021, the National Assembly passed a bill to abolish the dichotomy between HND and university degrees. However, the bill has not yet been assented to by the president.

Until the bill is signed into law, HND holders will continue to face challenges in the job market. However, there are a few things that HND holders can do to improve their chances of success:

  • Enroll in a full-time degree programme at a recognized university. This is the most direct way to obtain a university degree and improve your job prospects.
  • Seek out employers who value HND qualifications. There are a number of employers in Nigeria who recognize the value of HND qualifications and offer equal pay and opportunities to HND and university graduates.

The NUC’s rejection of the NBTE’s top-up degree programme is disappointing for HND holders. However, it is important to remember that there are still ways to achieve your career goals and succeed in the job market.

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AI to Offers Personalized Tutors for Students

According to the founder of Khan Academy, Sal Khan, AI to Offers Personalized Tutors for Students in recent conversation at TED Talk. Khan Academy is an educational nonprofit that aims to provide free learning resources.

The discussion over the use of AI in various areas has been contentious, and it is especially heated in the realm of education. This AI tools have divided the education world, with some embracing and some banning it. Similar edtech industry such as Chegg recently released her Q1 report which state stock is trading at lowest level since April 2017, this is due to the market share lost to ChatGPT

Khan discussed the potential advantages of AI in the realm of education in a TED Talk that was published this week. He likened the possibility to a personalized instructor for each student.


“I think we’re at the cusp of using AI for probably the biggest positive transformation that education has ever seen,” he said. “The way we’re going to do that is by giving every student on the planet an artificially intelligent, but amazing, personal tutor.”

AI to Offers Personalized Tutors for Students

Khan demonstrated his academy’s chatbot, called Khanmigo, which can help students with a range of disciplines, including arithmetic, computer science, and writing, during his talk. As a part of a pilot program for Khan Academy’s partners, the chatbot was introduced in March. The chatbot has been made available to more than 500 public school districts and institutions so that they can test it out and offer comments.

Khanmigo is a technology solution that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to help both students and teachers in an educational setting. It is powered by GPT-4 technology from OpenAI.

According to Khan, AI might provide tailored support for instructors by assisting with pre-class responsibilities like lesson planning, completing report cards, and other administrative duties. He continued, “This means they can work with students more.”

NUC List of Illegal Universities in Nigeria

The National Universities Commission NUC List of Illegal Universities in Nigeria, the commission recently published a list of 67 illegal universities in Nigeria on her latest bulletin.

NUC List of Illegal Universities in Nigeria

The Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed signed a public notice on the NUC website.

“The National Universities Commission (NUC) wishes to announce to the general public, especially parents and prospective undergraduates, that the under-listed “Degree Mills” have not been licensed by the Federal Government and have, therefore, been closed down for violating the Education (National Minimum Standards etc.) Act CAPE3 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. The “Universities” are:”

1. University of Accountancy and Management Studies

2. Christians of Charity American University of Science and Technology, Nkpor, Anambra (& others)

3. University of Industry, Yaba, Lagos (& others)

4. University of Applied Sciences and Management, Port Novo, Republic of Benin (& others)

5. Blacksmith University, Awka (& others)

6. Volta University College, Volta Region, Ghana (& others)

7. Royal University, Izhia in Abakaliki, Ebonyi (& others)

8. Atlanta University, Anyigba, Kogi (& others)

9. United Christian University, Macotis campus, Imo (& others)

10. United Nigeria University College, Okija Anambra (& others)

11. Samuel Ahmadu University, Makurdi, Benue (& others)

12. UNESCO University, Ndoni, Rivers (& others)

13. Saint Augustine’s University of Technology, Jos, Plateau (& others)

14. The International University, Missouri USA, Kano and Lagos (& others)

15. Collumbus University, UK (anywhere)

16. Tiu International University, UK (anywhere)

17. Pebbles University, UK (anywhere)

18. London External Studies, UK (anywhere)

19. Pilgrims University (anywhere)

20. Lobi Business School, Makurdi, Benue (& others)

21. West African Christian University (anywhere)

22. Bolta University College, Aba (& others)

23. JBC Seminary Inc. (Wukari Jubilee University) – Kaduna illegal campus

24. Western University, Esie, Kwara (& others)

25. St. Andrews University College, Abuja (& others)

NUC List of Illegal Universities in Nigeria

26. EC-Council USA, Ikeja, Lagos Study Centre

27. Atlas University, Ikot Udoso Uko in Uyo, Akwa Ibom (& others)

28. Concept College/Universities (London) Ilorin (& others)

29. Halifax Gateway University, Ikeja (& others)

30. Kingdom of Christ University, Abuja (& others)

31. Acada University, Akinlalu, Oyo (& others)

32. Filfom University, Mbaise, Imo (& others)

33. Houdegbe North American University campuses in Nigeria

34. Atlantic Intercontinental University, Okija, Anambra

35. Open International University, Akure

36. Middle Belt University (North Central University) Otukpo

37. Lead Way University, Ugheli, Delta

38. Metro University, Dutse/Bwari Abuja

39. Southend University, Ngwuro Egeru (Afam) Ndoki, Rivers

40. Olympic University, Nsukka, Enugu

41. Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Abuja

42. Temple University, Abuja

43. Irish University Business School, London (anywhere)

44. National University of Technology, Lafia, Nasarawa

45. University of Accountancy and Management Studies, Mowe

46. University of Education, Wenneba, Ghana (anywhere)

47. Cape Coast University, Ghana (anywhere)

48. African University Cooperative Development (AUCD) Cotonou, Benin Republic

49. Pacific Western University, Denver – Colorado, Owerri

50. Evangel University of America and Chudick Management Academic, Lagos

51. Enugu State University of Science and Technology (Gboko campus)

52. Career Light Resources Centre, Jos.

53. University of West Africa, Kwali, Abuja

54. Coastal University, Iba Oku, Akwa Ibom

55. Kaduna Business School, Kaduna

56. Royal University of Theology, Minna, Niger

57. West African Union University, in collaboration with International Professional College of Administration, Science and Technology (anywhere)

58. Gospel Missionary Foundation (GMF), Theological University, Egbe Ikotun, Lagos

In addition to the closure, the following Degree Mills are currently undergoing further investigations and/or ongoing court actions. The purpose of these actions is to prosecute the proprietors and recover illegal fees and charges on subscribers

1. National University of Nigeria, Keffi, Nasarawa

2. North Central University, Otukpo, Benue

3. Christ Alive Christian Seminary and University, Enugu

4. Richmond Open University, Arochukwu, Abia

5. West Coast University, Umuahia

6. Saint Clements University, Iyin Ekiti

7. Volta University College, Aba, Abia

8. Illegal Satellite Campuses of Ambrose Alli University

9. L.I.F.E. Leadership University, Benin, Edo

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NBTE Seeks Presidential Approval to End HND/BSC Dichotomy

From the report of the national daily newspaper, The Nation, that NBTE Seeks Presidential Approval to End HND/BSC Dichotomy.

“National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has appealed to the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan to assist in facilitating a speedy presidential assent to the passed bill for an Act to abolish and prohibit discrimination between BSC and Higher National Diploma (HND).”

The statement from NBTE Executive Secretary, Prof. Bugaje Idris reads as follow:

“As we hopefully await Presidential assent, the Board wishes to thank you for the implementation of the enhanced entry point for HND holders.

“The outstanding challenge however, is achieving uniformed terminal point for both the First Degree/HND holders, which we pray with the passage of the bill by Senate, you will assist in facilitating assent by Mr. President.

NBTE Seeks Presidential Approval to End HND/BSC Dichotomy

“This move will greatly enhance enrollment rate in Polytechnics and develop skilled manpower for the national economy,” the Bugaje stated.

“In the same vein, the Board is facing serious lack of requisite manpower for the efficient supervision of the 643 TVET institutions under our regulatory purview.”

It would be recalled that the Bill for the abolition of the BSC/ HND Dichotomy was sponsored by distinguish Senator Ayo Akinyelure and was passed into law and awaiting Presidential assent.

Many former Polytechnics institutions have become Universities, especially in UK, examples as follow:

And many more.

Uniben Admission Screening Exercise for 2020/2021 Extended

Uniben Admission Screening Exercise for 2020/2021Extended according information gathered from the university website, procedures and requirements are stated below.

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) Admission Screening Exercise for 2020/2021 Academic Session; is scheduled to now take place between 23rd November 2020 and 5th December 2020 in designated centres within the Ugbowo Campus of the University.

The Screening Exercise shall be conducted using the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. All candidates are expected to be seated, latest one hour before the stipulated time for their screening exercise


Candidate must fulfill the following criteria:
Only candidates who applied through JAMB for the 2020/2021 UTME Admission and chose the University of Benin as First Choice and scored 200 and above are eligible for this Screening Exercise.

Uniben Admission Screening Exercise

NOTE THAT CANDIDATES AWAITING RESULTS CAN GO AHEAD TO APPLY FOR SCREENINGObtained at least five (5) credit passes at GCE O/L, SSCE, NECO, or their equivalent. The subjects must include English Language, and Mathematics (for courses for which a credit in mathematics is required) as well as three other relevant subjects (four if excluding mathematics); at not more than two sittings.

Follow the procedure below for first time applicants:

1. Candidates are advised to have a valid e-mail account before starting the application process.

2. Visit Click on Student Portal; Select the WAEUP PORTAL.

3. Click on Applicants and then select UNIBEN ADMISSION SCREENING 2020/2021

4. Click on Register for application at the top left of the displayed page to proceed.

5. Enter your Surname Exactly as written on the JAMB Registration slip, and JAMB Registration number. Immediately, your ID and Password will be displayed on the browser Back On click on ‘Login’ (top right of the front page).

6. Enter your username and the password to login.

7. To start the application process, please click on ‘Application record’ and provide all required information and upload your passport photograph.

8. To pay for the Application, click on “Add online payment ticket” at the bottom of the page, then click on “Pay with Remita” on the top left corner of the page, follow the instruction to pay the application fee of N 2,000:00; with a valid ATM-Enabled Card from any Commercial Bank in Nigeria

9. Preview and confirm your information before submitting your application online. (No correction will be accepted after the closing date).

10. Go back online on the appointed date (16th November2020) to print out the acknowledgement slip that contains your specific screening schedule

Please Note
Screening Invitation Slip that contains the screening schedule

NLNG 2020/2021 Post Primary Scholarship Scheme

Nigeria LNG Ltd has announced NLNG 2020/2021 Post Primary Scholarship Scheme for this year according the information from NLNG website scheme, the scholarship scheme is meant for primary schools students for the indigene of NLNG host community at the moment. see further details below.

“The scheme aims at assisting high performing basic six pupils in company’s host communities to access post primary education. The scheme kicked off in 2012 with 28 beneficiaries and, by 2019, it had grown to 342 beneficiaries with a total sum of N825,300,000 ($2.697m) expended to date. Prospective pupils are admitted to the scheme through application on company’s website based on advertised criteria. A selection test is then conducted to place the best top candidates onto the scheme.” NLNG.

NLNG 2020/2021 Post Primary Scholarship Scheme


NLNG  2020/2021 Post Primary Scholarship Scheme

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NLNG 2020/2021 Undergraduate Scholarship Award

Nigeria LNG Ltd has announced NLNG 2020/2021 Undergraduate Scholarship Award for this year according the information from NLNG website, this scholarship is meant for Nigerian Universities only.

“This was founded as a critical component of our education intervention programme for our host communities in 1998 and was opened up to the rest of Nigeria in 2003.
A total of 3,416 undergraduates from various universities in Nigeria have benefited from  the scheme and  N768.9m ($2.5130m) million has been invested on it . The introduction of online application and use of social media (Facebook) for information dissemination in 2012 made the selection process more efficient and cost effective, and increased awareness of the Scheme. The scholarship award value is N150, 000 per annum for the course duration of each awardee. The scheme was reviewed from 150 beneficiaries a year to 300 starting from the 2018/2019 academic year” NLNG.

NLNG 2020/2021 Undergraduate Scholarship Award


NLNG 2020/2021 Undergraduate Scholarship Award

NLNG 2020/2021 Post Primary Scholarship Scheme

CITN Tax Quiz for Rivers State Schools

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria CITN Tax Quiz for Rivers State Schools, CITN presents the first edition of CITN tax quiz competition for all senior secondary schools in Rivers state. This will be the first of its kind where a professional body such as CITN stimulates the interest of secondary students with tax knowledge and awareness, see more details from the institute website below.

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria in collaboration with EggHead Management Consultants present 2020 Secondary Schools in Rivers State Tax Quiz Competition whose grand finale has been scheduled to hold on Friday, December 04, 2020.

Contestants are enjoined to register via

a. Stimulate the interest of Secondary School students in Taxation as a subject of study;

b. Inspire young ones to consider pursuing career in taxation;

c. Provide a platform for intellectual interaction among students, tax practitioners and policy makers;

d. Participation of students at the National Tax Quiz Competition;

CITN Tax Quiz for Rivers State Schools

CITN Tax Quiz for Rivers State Schools

e. Improvement on the knowledge of Secondary School students in taxation;

f. Production of regional tax Ambassadors at the Secondary School level; and

g. Reduction of negative perceptions about tax payment which the young ones may have imbibed over time.

Entry is applicable to ONLY Pupils of Senior Secondary Schools: SS2 to SS3 in Rivers State, Nigeria. Upon the completion and submission of the entry forms, shortlisted candidates will participate in the competition.

The competition will be in stages:
(1) Registration: Students should register via on or before November 6, 2020 
(ii) Stage one: Computer Based Test (CBT) for all registered eligible Contestants – November 17, 2020
(iii) Stage two: CBT elimination stage, to pick the best 9 Contestants- November 24, 2020
(iv) Stage three (Final): the 3 best Contestants would emerge the Winner, 1st Runner Up, and 2nd Runner Up.

Final round and presentation of prizes to winners will hold on December 4, 2020

For further enquiries, please call Lizzy on 08023244395

Click to Register for the Quiz competition

Official Cut-off Marks for Nigerian Higher Institutions 2020/2021 Academic Session

Official Cut-off Marks for Nigerian Higher Institutions 2020/2021 Academic Session is available for all candidates that participated in UTME 2020. Directives from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB that all tertiary institutions should published their cut-off marks for 2020/2021 admission exercise purpose.

All candidates are advice to check their cut-off mark of schools of choice, this will enable candidate to proceed to the next step if score is equal or above the stipulated scores, if score is below, then change of institution is recommended.

Official Cut-off Marks for Nigerian Higher Institutions

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cut off marks

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Nigerian Universities Offering Postgraduate Admission Form for 2020/2021 Academic Session

These are Nigerian Universities offering Postgraduate Admission Form 2020/2021 Academic Session as at this moment, expect more updates on available Nigerian Universities that offer Postgraduates for 2020/2021 Academic Session on this post. Click on the highlighted link for the Admission form.

  1. Babcock University, Ilishan, Remo, Ogun State. Babcock University Postgraduate Form– 2020/2021 Academic Session
  2. Wellspring University, Edo State, Benin, Wellspring University Postgraduate Form-2020/2021
  3. Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State, LCU Postgraduate Admission Form-2020/2021
  4. University of Ilorin, Kwara State, University of Ilorin Postgraduate Form– 2020/2021 Academic Session
  5. University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State, UNILAG Postgraduate Form– 2020/2021 Academic Session
  6. Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye. OOU Postgraduate Form– 2020/2021
  7. University of Uyo , CALABAR, UNIUYO Postgraduate Admission form-2020/2021
  8. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, FUNAAB Postgraduate Form– 2019/2020
  9. Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa. FULAFIA Post Graduate Admission Form 2020/2021

Nigerian Universities Offering Postgraduate Admission Form

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