JAMB opens portal for UTME 2017 registration

After a long wait the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has opened its official website for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 2017. The website which opened on Monday, March 20, 2017 as promised also set out some instructions for prospective candidates. Below is a screenshot from the website: jamb For the first time, It is introducing a mock examination to help students prepare adequately Here are some of the guidelines provided by the examination body:

  1. Registration fee
The registration fee for the 2017 UTME or Direct Entry is Five Thousand naira (₦5,000) only. Candidates are also, as usual, to pay Five Hundred naira (₦500) only to obtain the reading text- 'In Dependence' for UTME candidates and ''The Last Days at Forcados High School'' for Direct Entry candidates.
  1. Mock examination fees
The mock examination is optional which will take place in all the accredited CBT centres to prepare and familiarise interested candidates with the CBT environment. Interested candidates are advised to indicate their interest in the mock examination during the registration process. The CBT Centres are allowed to collect through their (CBT Centres)bank accounts, a separate Seven Hundred naira (₦700) only, for this exercise. Here are some other guidelines for registration and application documents for the UTME 2017:
  1. Each candidate must have personal e-mail address and mobile phone number.
  2. Each candidate is to use his/her functional and valid personal e-mail address. The system would reject at the point of registration any already used e-mail address.
  3. Website details
Each candidate must personally create a JAMB profile on the JAMB portal through JAMB Mobile App available on Android, Windows and iOS platforms OR visit a Bank, NIPOST to create his/her JAMB profile on the JAMB portal: www.jamb.org.ng. Name, date of birth, personal e-mail address and place of origin are required to create the profile.
  1. Registration
Payment for  E-PIN-registration and the recommended reading text is done at the banks and NIPOST. Banks have also agreed to make these services available at CBT centres and state offices.
  1. CBT centres
Each candidate should visit any accredited CBT centre (the list of accredited CBT centres are on our website i.e. www.jamb.gov.ng) with his/her personal details, the profile and evidence of payment.
  1. JAMB supplies
The CBT centre or JAMB State Office, supplies, at no extra cost, the prescribed reading text and the CD containing:
  1. a) e-brochure showing guidelines on admission detailing list of tertiary institutions and available programmes of study.
  2. b) Syllabus (e-syllabus) for the examination.
  3. c) Step by step guide on completing the application form.
  4. d) A video messages from the Registrar of JAMB and a demo on how to use eight (8) keys for UTME examination without mouse. (For candidates with little familiarity with Computers).

Cases of HIV, STIs on rise among youths in Lagos

Leadership Initiative for Youth Empowerment (LIFE) has raised alarm over the high rates of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other sexually Transmitted Infections, STI, among youth in Lagos state even as it called on youths to access primary healthcare centres rather than resorting to traditional methods of treatment. The organisation made the calls during a sensitization programme in Lagos. Speaking, the Group Programme Manager, James Unegbu,said: “Mostly affected by this scourge within the community are vulnerable persons within the community, as their styles contribute about 10 percent of all cases of infection in country. youth “A recent survey show that within Itire-Ikate and Isolo Local Community Development Area, most of the vulnerable persons do not feel inclined to access STI treatment at the primary healthcare centres rather, they resort to the traditional methods of treatment. This accounts for the rising increase of cases of HIV and other STI among Nigerians.” He maintained that, “As medical professionals and staff, we want to see an end to sexually transmitted infection particularly HIV/AIDS infection through improved access to transmitted infection treatment for community members as a whole. “Many vulnerable persons do not access health services at the primary healthcare centers. youth 2 Why because of the stigma and discrimination of communities and sadly even health workers towards vulnerable populations, most of them are not inclined to access treatment for sexually transmitted infections/diseases from the primary health care centres.” The sensitisation session is part of its activities being implemented in a 10-month intervention with the support of Amplify change organisation United Kingdom which aims at promoting community support health services for the treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), especially among vulnerable persons (injecting drug users, sex workers, out-of-school youths etc,) in Isolo and Itire-Ikate LCDAs. Browne Centres Communities Cure Customer satisfaction survey

Nigerian boy offered scholarship to most prestigious school in UK


The most prestigious school in Britain, Eton College, attended by Princes William and Harry, has offered a scholarship worth over £70,000 to a Nigerian youngster studying his GCSEs. Sixteen-year-old Joshua Adeyemi, who attends Ark Globe Academy in SE1, was picked out of hundreds of talented applicants – all predicted to bag a catalogue of A*s.
"It’s funny because it all just happened so fast," Josh said. “My mum was just thanking God and was jumping for joy.
“Between February 6 and 9 I was there to take three tests and do six interviews. They were all really rigorous. I arrived there and we had an hour to look around, then straight away we were doing a maths exam. Just three days after what could have been a humble goodbye to the college, Josh received the “overwhelming” news that the scholarship was his.
“I was ecstatic to say the least,” said Josh. “But I was also a bit gutted because I made friends with other people while I was there, who I know didn’t get the offer, and who I really got on with.”
The promising pupil will follow in the footsteps of Eton alumni like princes William and Harry; former prime minister David Cameron; and foreign secretary Boris Johnson. His chosen subjects are biology, geography, economics and politics – but he is also considering maths as a fifth A level. Josh added that he only found out about the scholarship after reading about last year’s local Eton scholarship winner, Ahmed Roble, who moved to the all-boys private school after completing his GCSEs at Walworth Academy, with four A*s, four As and two Distinction* grades.
“Seeing that Ahmed got into Eton after going to a school like mine made me realise it was possible,” He said.
Now all Josh needs to do is seal the deal by getting six As and a Grade 8 in English Language.
Source: Southwark News

19-year-old model killed during photo shoot by a train

  There is need for young adults, teenagers and older adults to be careful these days when it comes to taking photos, Selfies videos or using their phones. So many lives has been lost due to negligence and being carried away while trying to capture various moments or communication on pur phones. A 19-year-old model has been killed by a freight train after she became stuck between two railroad tracks during a photo shoot. The lady, Fredzania Thompson, was pregnant at the time of the fatal accident which occurred on Friday, March 10, near the intersection of Hollister and Lee street in downtown Navasota, Santa Fe. model 19-Year-Old model killed during photo shoot by a train after getting stuck on tracks According to the police, Thompson was standing between two set of tracks when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) train approached and she moved out of the way onto another track. She was not aware there was a Union Pacific train approaching in the opposite direction and ended up being stuck. Thompson was pronounced dead at the hospital. model 2 Family and friends pay tribute to Thompson Union Pacific spokesman, Jeff De Graff, expressed that the train crew alerted the photo shoot team with the horn as they approached and began the emergency stop process. model 3 Authorities stopped traffic in Navasota for five hours following the accident as they conducted an investigation. Authorities shut down traffic in Navasota for five hours after the sad incident So sad!

A Nigerian built Android watch that tells time in Yoruba

Despite unemployment rate in Nigeria, there are youth who against all odds have learnt to be exceptionally creative and put their creativity to bare to showcase the country not only locally and internationally clock 2 Meet Moyinoluwa Adeyemi, the Nigerian app developer who built an Android watch face that tells time in Yoruba. Moyinoluwa Adeyemi, is one of those creative young Nigerians. She is a Nigerian app developer who built an Android watch face that tells time in Yoruba.

Despite the emrging trends in the mobile ecosystem in Africa, the reality is that many African mobile entrepreneurs mainly the young Africans are yet to benefit from the growing opportunities around them largely to the fact that there is little or no structured system to support tech entrepreneurship in Africa. Looking at Nigeria for example that has over 100 million connected lines, with projections to sale over 35 million mobile devices this year with a 3G growth put at 12% and then the overall GDP growing at 7%,mobile web growing at a very fast rate in Nigeria as seen in the increase in number o Nigerian users on mobile social networks like WhatsApp,2go, Eskimi. We have seen the MNOs and the OEMs making huge money from the Nigerian mobile market, the question is how many Nigerian companies are among these MNOs or the OEMs? How many Nigerian Apps are globally recognized? These are salient questions that should inform our decisions today as a country as to determine our future relevance. One is easily drawn to several distractions signifying the enormous challenges of  Technology development in Nigeria and why things can’t work here. Of course the nascent app development community in Nigeria is just a part of the overall Technology Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Nigeria faced with several limitations. Not every app will be profitable agreed. But every good app that solves problems in the society should be a rewarding business for the developer as seen in other countries like Israel, the US, UK etc. The first principle is that app developers should  have apps that are relevant and can solve problems for the people and then more people use the service. It is very important for app developers to see what they are doing as running a business where all the qualities, strategies to make a business succeed are applied. That mindset in itself leads to focus. I see a very wide skill gap in this area, young developers need mentorship and business advisory services at this stage to help shape their ideas toward a business venture, This is where incubators, accelerators have roles to play in the system.    

16-year-old boy is the first black student to build a nuclear fusor

  A 16-year-old youngster from New Jersey is on his way to becoming the first black student ever to build a nuclear fusor. The first part of this prototype is already built, and Steven Udotong raised the needed remaining $1,500 to finish the fusor in less than one month, through a GoFundMe page he created. Once the whole fusor is finished, Steven will enter it in science fairs and competitions, which will help him achieve eventual scholarships. boy 8 This 16-year-old boy has a bright scientific future ahead of him. Steven was one of the three students from New Jersey to be accepted into the Yale Young Global Scholar Program, which allowed him to pursue the engineering workshop at the Singapore campus last summer. He is now a high school junior, and hopes his nuclear energy construction will ultimately inspire people, at a local and even national level, to adopt cleaner energy sources. Steven is convinced minorities have opportunities in diverse fields, if they are up to challenges. “I’m proof that there are many ways for minorities to pursue success. Sports and music are not the only avenues for us… Rather, there’s a need for us to participate in academia, business, art, law, medicine, and yes, nuclear energy,” he said in an interview. His older brother Emmanuel is proof of this, being a computer science student at Princeton University.   The teenager hopes the nuclear fusor project will become an example of academic excellence, for other black students to look upon. Steven comments he started to get curious about nuclear energy after at a chemistry class last year. “I decided to do more research and I soon learned that I could actually make a nuclear fusor. That sparked my interest. I want people to know that there are alternate methods for obtaining power and energy,” he said. “Nuclear energy is a lot safer than people think,” Steven thinks, so he plans to continue with this quest in the years to come. He firmly believes there has to be “more serious action towards adopting alternative energy sources.”

LASPOTECH produces drones to boost Lagos security

LAGOS State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, in conjunction with the International College of Aeronautics and Aviation Studies has produced drones to boost the security operations in the state, the Rector, Mr Samuel Oluyinka   Sogunro has said. Sogunro who disclosed this during the institution’s  pre-convocation press conference in Lagos said: “We have partnered the   International College of Aeronautic and Aviation Studies to produce drones capable of securing the institution’s campus and the State.” He said that if you get to SESA, you will see both the International College of Aeronautic Aviation and Laspotech building the drones which will be commissioned today. According to him,   there   is going to be surveillance drones that will survey the entire Laspotech campus area, adding that the institution   will   extends it to the entire Lagos State as soon as they start building it with 70 per cent local content. “By the time we built it with at least 70 per cent local content, then we will be able to go further and secure Lagos through the drones.” He said: “If you go there now, you will see them constructing the drones. drones We can see the process that really, it is being built here. “It is a partnership thing and our students,   staff and some departments are involved in the production. “Arts and design, engineering department and every thing that will make the drones workable are employed into it, he said. Sogunro who hinted that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will be at the convocation  to commission those projects, lamented that since the existence of the institution, no civilian governor has ever attended Laspotech’s convocation. “Governor Ambode will definitely brake the jinx,” he said. According to the rector, the last time they had a governor who visited the institution was 27 years ago, and that   was during the regime of governor Akhigbe as the military administrator of Lagos State visited the 40 year old institution. “We are going to Commission the school of technology complex of eight blocks. Three blocks have been completed and the fourth to be commissioned by the governor. We appeal to the governor to help complete the remaining ones,” he noted. Meanwhile, Sogunro disclosed that Laspotech will  this Thursday  churns out 9,228 graduates with 273 students graduating with distinctions. Moreover, he said that while 1223 made upper credit, 5693 had lower credit, just as 2106 graduated with pass. Source:Vanguard

Final year student of University of Ghana commits suicide

Suicide in young adults is no longer a myth but a fact and these cases is  gradually increasing. It is a mental health problem affecting the lives of young adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites suicide to be the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24. In order to prevent suicide of young adults, families need to talk about it. It is a choice that can be hard to understand and approach without judgment, and discussing the risk of suicide with young adults may feel uncomfortable. Since young adults tend to bottle up their feelings and avoid expressive conversations, parents may be unaware of the risk of suicide or unsure of how to communicate with their son or daughter regarding mental wellness. Parents have to take more time in parenting of their teenagers and young adults. You may look for warning signs, such as secrecy, isolation, depression, or expressions of despair.  A 400 level student of the University of Ghana has allegedly committed suicide by jumping from her balcony in the early hours of Wednesday, March 8th. According to reports by local media, the deceased identified as one Jennifer Nyarko, who was believed to be suffering from hay fever, reportedly jumped from the balcony of the Akuaffo Hall annex, Room 407 after missing lectures for several days. student 2student Her roommate claims that she was on the phone throughout the night talking to some guy until they slept. She was spotted on the floor by a passerby, who alerted students and school authority. She was rushed to the Legon Hospital, where she was confirmed dead. student 3student 4    

Dancer, 18, is paralysed after ‘having cervical cancer vaccine’

  A teenage dancer has been paralysed from the waist down and may never walk again after suffering from devastating chronic illnesses which she claims were caused by the HPV cervical cancer vaccine. Chloe Brookes-Holder, 18, and her family believe that the jabs have left her with a range of chronic illnesses including weakened muscles, fatigue and bone pain. But the World Health Organisation has concluded that there is no credible evidence of a link between the HPV vaccine and a range of chronic illnesses. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under the age of 35 and kills 900 people in the UK each year. Medics say the injection is the most effective way for young women and girls to protect themselves against cervical cancer. Chloe says she was a normal 12-year-old who danced six days a week and dreamed of a career on stage when she had the jab at school. But in the months that followed the healthy teenager fell ill with dizziness, headaches, fatigue and bone and joint pain, and her muscles weakened. She has since lost three stone - dropping from 8st 2oz to just 5st - has lost all feeling in her legs and is fed through a tube. cancer 5 Photos show the teenager's emaciated body, hooked up to wires and drips, as she lies in hospital, where she has spent most of the last 12 months. Devastatingly, the pretty teenager has been told she may never walk again - let alone waltz about a dance floor - because she still has no feeling in her lower body. Her mum Sophie Brookes, 41, has even been forced to give up work as a hairdresser and is now her full-time carer.   A year after having the injection, Chloe says also began experiencing paralytic episodes and collapsing at school, unable to control her lower body.   "I had a gradual input of debilitating muscular pain, chest pain and dizziness, poor temperature control, and severe headaches." can She added: "Every day is a battle against the never ending symptoms. It is not 'just a coincidence' as those who don't want to believe it say. "To all mums, dads and daughters out there who are considering getting the vaccine - don't presume, do research and educate before you sign on the dotted line. "I'm not scaremongering, I just care about others. This is real. This is the pure ugly truth. I want to make people aware so they can make a decision for themselves." Chloe claims her GP, who wishes to remain anonymous, has filed a report stating in her medical notes that the cause of her condition is the vaccine. Cervarix was given to six million girls and while it is no longer offered to girls at school by the NHS, a new HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is. cancer European Medicines Agency statistics show that up to January 2017, 3,683 adverse reactions to Cervarix were reported, and 11,802 to Gardasil. Public Health England and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency issued a joint statement in response to the claims. “The HPV vaccine is the most effective way for young girls and women to protect themselves against cervical cancer. "This cancer is the most common cancer among women under the age of 35 and still kills around 900 women every year in the UK. "Most women aged 15 to 25 years old in the UK have now received the vaccine and millions more have been vaccinated worldwide." They said: "As with all vaccines, the safety of the HPV vaccine is under constant review. Every report of a suspected side effect is taken seriously." They "concluded that there is no credible evidence of a link between the HPV vaccine and a range of chronic illnesses. "The European Medicines Agency has also ruled out a link to Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)."

Teen pressures: 18-year-old teenager commits suicide   

Suicidal behaviour is a major health concern in many countries, developed and developing alike. At least a million people are estimated to die annually worldwide. Many more people, especially the young and middle-aged.

Over the last few decades, while suicide rates have been reported as stable or falling in many developed countries, a rising trend of youth suicide has been observed. In 21 of the 30 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) European region, the rates in males aged 15-19 rose between 1979 and 1996. For females, rates rose less markedly in 18 of the 30 countries studied. Various possible explanations for these rising trends - loss of social cohesion, breakdown of traditional family structure, growing economic instability and unemployment and rising prevalence of depressive disorders - have been presented.

 The proportion of high school students who report they have thought seriously about attempting suicide continued to rise in 2015 (to 18 percent), after having fallen substantially since the early 1990s (from 29 percent in 1991 to 14 percent in 2009).
  It was the second leading cause of death among teenagers ages 15-19 in 2014.[1] Considering or attempting suicide is often indicative of serious mental health problems, and may signal other traumatic life events such as physical or sexual abuse. Youth are much more likely to think about and attempt suicide if they are depressed.[2] Other risk factors for suicide include co-occurring substance or alcohol abuse and mental disorders; a family history of suicide; physical illness; relational, social, work, or financial loss; and easy access to lethal methods, especially guns.[3] Finally, youth who have experienced stressful life events, who have poor levels of communication with their parents, and who have been exposed to the suicidal behaviors of others are more likely to commit suicide.[4] Due to these pressure teens experienced, it is critical for parents to be watchful, available, observant and support their teens
Adwoa Agyarkwa, the daughter of  Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, an NPP Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem central constituency, has hanged herself.
The 18 -year-old first-year Chemical Engineering student, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), was found dead on Friday morning in her hostel room with a rope hanging around her neck.
Although, it is yet to be confirmed what must have led to the suicide, sources at KNUST campus say she failed one of her courses and couldn’t bear the shame. Before committing the act, the deceased was said to have left a suicide note, saying: ‘am sorry to disappoint you mummy and daddy’. Her body has been deposited at a mortuary in Kumasi, Ghana. Source: Ghana Web