Young Nigerian Pharmacist Wins International Pharmacy Award Grant


Aniekan Ekpenyong, a recent graduate of Pharmacy from University of Uyo has won the prestigious International Federation of Pharmacists FIP Young Pharmacist Group Grant for professional innovation. usually granted to carry out a project in any area of pharmacy.

This is usually granted to carry out a project in any area of pharmacy.

This is the first time an African is a recipient of the award.  The YPG Grant for professional innovation consists of € 1000 for the implementation of the project, complimentary registration for FIP Congress in Korea 2017, a return APEX airfare and hotel accommodation to attend the 77th FIP congress in Seoul Korea 2017.

Other notable young pharmacists from Nigeria who were awardees at the just concluded  2016 FIP Congress in Argentina included Oscar Ekpeyong who won the 2016 FIP Mike How Travel Grant and Ijeoma Okafor who won the FIP Congress travel grant for the African Region. She also got selected to be part of the inaugural set of FIP-YPG Mentorship programme, which would last for a year till 2017. She was assigned to Professor Parisa Aslani from Australia.

This is coming on the heels of yet another achievement from a young pharmacist from Nigeria, Seun Omobo who made history by being the first African to occupy the seat of the FIP Young Pharmacist Group YPG Chairperson in 2015.


South Africa: We Don’t Allow Braids At All – Soweto Principal

Two Soweto high school principals have sided with Pretoria High School for Girls in the debate about black girls’ hair, saying pupils need to abide by a schools’ code of conduct.

Meadowlands High School’s Ntuli Hlayisani said he did not find any fault with the Pretoria school’s stance  unless parents were not consulted.

“Rights are rights and we need to respect them; they are in the Constitution. But if you take your child to school and they know the rules of the school and halfway through their school years, they now find fault with the school. I am not sure if this is right,” Hlayisani told News24.
Another Soweto principal, who wished to remain anonymous, said no braids or dreadlocks were allowed at her high school.

“Does this mean that we are racist? These rules are explained to parents on the first day of school and even when they apply for school. We need to support the rules and make sure kids follow the rules. If it applies to all, then let it be.”

Hlayisani said all schools needed to have a debate about a standard code of conduct.
“These are problems that we all have. Maybe it’s time we have a debate around that so that schools should know how to ensure they abide by the Constitution and children’s rights are respected. It’s time you have a standardised code of conduct.”
Pretoria High School for Girls has been under the spotlight after pupils claimed hairstyles such as braids, afros, and dreadlocks were not allowed.

However, according to the school’s code of conduct: “Cornrows, natural dreadlocks and singles/braids (with or without extensions) are allowed, provided they are a maximum of 10mm in diameter. Singles/braids must be the same length and the natural colour of the girl’s hair.”

Longer braids have to be tied back. No patterned cornrows are allowed.

The Citizen reported that a petition had garnered 4 201 signatures by early Monday morning. In it, the school is accused of forcing black girls to straighten their natural hair and claiming they’re “conspiring” when standing in groups.

ABU Zaria Provides Students With Laptops On Loan

The management of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, have signed a memorandum of understanding with a computer firm, Omatek, to provide laptop computers to its students on loan.

During the agreement signing ceremony at the main campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, said the initiative was the first of its kind in the history of the university.

The VC, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Na’iya Sada, said the gesture was geared toward improving learning and research development.

He said the university was opportune to have best fibre connectivity in the country, which was established to enhance e-learning in the university.

Garba also urged the students to make effective use of the opportunity provided by coming en-mass to access the loan scheme. (NAN)

Studying These Courses In These Universities, You Are Doomed!!!!

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has released a list of some courses that have not been accredited. The unaccredited courses pose serious danger to students who study them as the certificates issued by these universities for the courses will not be officially recognised. Premium Times reports that 2016 accreditation status report indicated that these unaccredited courses were taught in 37 out of 143 universities in the country.

According to Premium Times, 13 federal universities, 16 state universities and eight private universities were running courses that had not been accredited. Some of the high profile institutions include University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Benin, University of Jos, University of Calabar. The biggest casualty seems to be the University of Abuja which has 15 of its courses, including Law, unaccredited. See full list of unaccredited courses and their universities in the table below: S/No School Course

1. University of Nigeria, Nsukka Russian Dentistry Statistics

2. University of Benin Anatomy Pharmacy

3. University of Calabar Business Management Theatre and Media Arts Public Health

4. University of Jos History and International Relations Medical Laboratory Science Biochemistry Science Laboratory Technology

5. Federal University of Technology, Owerri Architecture Microbiology

6. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola Banking

7. Federal University of Technology, Minna Biology Education Chemistry Education Geography Education Industrial and Technical Education Mathematics Education Physics Education

8. University of Abuja Accounting English Language Linguistics Philosophy Agricultural Education Biology Education Chemistry Education Economics Education Education (Social Science) Geography Education Integrated Science Mathematics Education Law Chemistry Microbiology

9. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi Automobile Education Building Technology Education Business Education Electrical Electronics Technology Education Integrated Science Architecture Building Industrial Design Survey & Geo-informatics Applied Geophysics Engineering Physics Physics Electronics

10. University of Uyo Efik/Ibibio

11. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Nursing Science Industrial/Production Engineering Mechanical Engineering

12. University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun Chemistry Environmental Management & Toxicology Geology Geophysics Mathematics

13. Federal University, Wukari English/Literary Studies

14. Rivers State University of Science & Technology Quantity Surveying

15. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma Material & Production Engineering Architecture Building Biochemistry Botany Microbiology Political Science

16. Abia State University English Language Education French Education Igbo Education History Education Religious Studies Education Education (Library Studies/Igbo/English/Social Studies/Government) Biology Education Chemistry Education Economics Education Geography Education Guidance & Counselling Mass Communication

17. Enugu State University of Science & Technology Library & Information Science

18. Olabisi Onabanjo University Christian Religious Studies Education History Education Islamic Studies Education Electrical Electronics Engineering

19. Ekiti State University African Traditional Religion Religious Studies Civil Engineering

20. Lagos State University English Language French Philosophy Yoruba

21. Imo State University English & Literary Studies French Theatre Arts Medical Laboratory Science Nursing Law

22. Delta State University Accounting & Finance Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Electrical & Electronic Engineering Mechanical & Metallurgical Engineering Petroleum Engineering Law

23. Kogi State University Medicine & Surgery

24. Niger Delta University Adult & Community Education Economics Education Geography Education Marketing Education Political Science Education Religious Studies Education Social Studies Botany Computer Science Mathematics Pure & Applied Chemistry Zoology

25. Anambra State University Early Childhood Education Human Kinetics Geology Microbiology

26. Ebonyi State University Building/Woodwork Education Physics Education Applied Biology Applied Microbiology Applied Statistics Biotechnology Geology Industrial Mathematics

27. Nasarawa State University English

28. Cross River University of Technology Physiology Wood Production Engineering Architecture

29. Kebbi State University of Science & Technology Information Technology 30. Babcock University French

31. Benson Idahosa University Business Education

32. Ajayi Crowther University Actuarial Science & Insurance

33. Caritas University Bio-technology Microbiology

34. Kwararafa University, Wukari Public Administration Computer Science Statistics Economics Mass Communication Sociology

35. Novena University Chemistry

36. Joseph Ayo Babalola University Building Quantity Surveying

37. Tansian University, Anambra Architecture




Lagos State International Scholarship Award Application Commences

The Lagos State partial merit scholarship award application for Nigerians to study in foreign universities for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic sessions is now open.

This is to inform all qualified interested applicants of Nigerian origin resident in Lagos State, to participate in the submission of their documents for screening and nomination for interview dates to undertake university study in our collaborating universities;

– Undergraduate (UG) studies tenable in India, Ukraine, Republic of South Africa, and China.
– Postgraduate (PG) studies tenable in India, Republic of South Africa and Ukraine.


  • The Scholarship awards shall be Merit based only, ranging from 1- 50% off the Annual Tuition Fees for the awarded course/field of study
  • All applicants and their Sponsors shall be responsible for the remaining part of the Tuition fees not covered by the Scholarship, as well as the cost of Lodging, Feeding, Visa, Air ticket and other related expenses that may be arise.
  • The Shortlisted applicants shall be required as a MUST to participate in a 3 day Orientation Workshop preparing her/him for life as an adult leaving home probably for the first time, the challenges of Independence as young adults outside of home in a free environment like a university campus, People and Culture of the Country where they would be going for study, the visa interview process, e.t.c.
  •  All the applications shall be treated on a first come first serve basis.

Criteria of Eligibility:

Undergraduate level:
(i) All applicants must have passed in one (1) sitting The Secondary School Certificate WAEC or NECO with a minimum of 5 passes of Grades Distinction –Credit (A-C) in relevant subjects to their choice of Course for Study.
(ii) English Language and Mathematics with minimum Credit (C) pass is compulsory for all applicants.
(iii) Minimum Age for all applicants is 16 years; Maximum age shall be 24 years.
(iv) Applicants with A’ level qualifications, Ordinary National Diploma (OND) or Higher National Diploma above 24 years but below 28 years may be considered.
(v) Applicants with Higher National Diploma (HND) with pass of Distinction in all Subjects may be given placement with an Exemption from First Year. Maximum age for this catergory of applicants shall be 30 years.
(vi) Applicants with a First degree a minimum qualification of a Second class upper (2.1) division in Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Biochemistry or Microbiology may apply for Medicine (MBBS) with exemption from years 1 and 2.

Postgraduate level:
(i) All applicants must have undergone undergraduate studies with a minimum qualification of a Second class upper (2.1) division.
(ii) Maximum Age for all Masters students is 35 years and for PhD applicants 40 years
(iii) All PhD applicants must have undergone a Masters Degree program in the relevant area she/he intends to pursue a PhD.
(iv) All PhD applicants must submit with the required documents a Proposal for their intended area/topic of research.

Fields of Studies:

– Undergraduate: Medicine, Dentistry, Pediatrics, D Pharmacy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, All spheres of Engineering, Geology, Architecture and Built Design, Information Technology, Avionics, Aerospace Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance, Film and Animation, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Law, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Computer Applications and Software Development, Business Administration with CIMA or ACCA Syllabus, Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Journalism and Mass Communication, Economics and Railway Transportation.

– Postgraduate: Masters degree, PhD and Medical Residencies available in all Fields.

Method of Application:

  1. Interested Qualified applicants are to send Certified True copies of the following Documents by e-mail to [email protected]
  2. All shortlisted candidates shall be advised by email their interview dates and venue.
  3. Successful applicants shall be required to come with all original copies of their documents for physical on the sport verification on the day of their Interview.
  4. Shortlisted Applicants will receive their Placement Offer letters 5 working days after undergoing Interview with further instructions at Laurels Associates office, 3, Bunmi Joseph close, Gbagada, Lagos.

Required Documents for ALL applicants;

a. International Passport Bio-data Page.
b. WAEC/NECO results with Scratch card for verification purpose.
c. Testimonial from Secondary School attended duly signed, stamped and dated.
d. Birth Certificate from National Population Commission (NPC) only.
e. State of Origin Certificate duly signed, stamped and dated.
f. Academic Transcripts and Research Thesis are required from ALL Masters’ students and a Copy of Proposed Area of Research for ALL PhD applicants.
g. 2 recent Passport size photography of the applicant.
h. NYSC discharge Certificate for all Postgraduate applicants.

Closing Date:

Applications are for the 2016/2017 academic year is open up to November 1, 2016.

Lagos State Governor Approves Scholarship & Bursary Payment

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the release of ₦380 million for payment of bursary and local scholarship to Lagos indigenes in tertiary institutions across the country.

This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, who said that the beneficiaries would be fresh applicants and others receiving subsequent payment.

Bank-Olemoh listed the beneficiaries to include 2015/2016 set and other sets receiving second and third payments for years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

He said that the state government was committed to sustaining the scholarship and bursary scheme in spite of the economic situation of the country.

Giving a breakdown of the payment, the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Scholarship Board, Mr. Steven Oshinowo, said that the State Government would disburse the sum of ₦250, 523, 287.99 to 6,368 beneficiaries as bursary award.

Oshinowo also said that ₦130, 166, 386.56 in local scholarships would be disbursed to 573 successful candidates who took part in the 2015/2016 Local Scholarship Computer- Based Screening Test.

According to him, these sums will accommodate the backlog of outstanding bursary and scholarship payments, as well as current awards for fresh and subsequent beneficiaries. (NAN)

NYSC Members Gets CBN Loan

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in partnership with Heritage Bank Plc has disbursed a total of N93 million to 310 young entrepreneurs in the country under the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP) of the apex bank.

The disbursement of funds worth N3 million each to serving and ex-Corps members, was carried out in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), at a ceremony which took place on Thursday in Abuja.

Speaking at the event, the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, represented by the Deputy Governor (Corporate Services}, Alhaji Sulieman Barau, said that the programme was to ensure that the creative energies of the over 64 million Nigerian youths are harnessed to stimulate growth, address restiveness and promote economic development.

He said that the programme was open to 18 to 35 years-old serving corps members, graduates or artisans.

The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Mr Ifie Sekibo, urged the CBN to expand the programme to accommodate more qualified youth entrepreneurs.

Quoting from the National Bureau of Statistics, Sekibo, who was represented by the bank’s Executive Director, Corporate Banking, Mrs Mary Akpobome, said there were about 64 million unemployed youths in the country.

Sekibo said the bank currently has over 7,000 business proposals, thus it will require additional funding to cater for the needs of Nigerians.

He added that about N3 billion has been set aside at the initial stage for the programme which is why each participant is getting N3 million each, as the pilot programme is for a thousand people.

In his reaction, the NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure, thanked the CBN for supporting efforts to empower the youths.

Kazaure noted that the launch of the YEDP would, among other things, create room for increasing the number of beneficiaries of the entrepreneurship training and venture prize competition to make meaningful impact.

The DG urged the beneficiaries of the programme to remain focused and ensure that the loans are paid back to enable other Corps members benefit from the facility.


Caleb University Academic Calendar 2016/2017 Released!!!

The management of Caleb University, Lagos (CUL) has released the approved undergraduate academic calendar for 2016/2017 Session.


The details of calendar of academic activities are stated below;

Activity                                Date

Freshmen Resume      ——————                 October 17, 2016
Returning Students Resume——————      October 19, 2016

First Semester

Lectures Start——————October 19, 2016
Christmas and New Year Break—————— December 22, 2016 – January 3, 2017
Lectures Resume—————— January 04, 2017
Lectures End for 1st Semester——————February 10, 2017
Revision Week—————— February 6, 2017 – February 10, 2017
Ist Semester Examination Start——————February 13, 2017
1st Semester Examination End—————— February 24, 2017
1st Semester Break——————February 27, 2017- March 3, 2017
Senate Meeting to consider 1st Semester Results—————— March 17, 2017

Second Semester

Students Resume ——-March 3March 6, 2017
Lecture Start ——————March 3March 8, 2017
Lecture End——————June 16, 2017
Revision Week—————— June 19 – 23, 2017
2nd Semester Examination Start—————— June 26, 2017
2nd Semester Examination End—————— July 7, 2017
Senate Meeting to consider 2nd Semester Results——————July 26, 2017
End of Session—————— July 26, 2017

Best of luck!!
Pekadis Team

Don’t Isolate Yourself

Ye also,as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus christ (1 Peter 2:5).

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Overcoming Anxiety 2

Here are three more steps you can take to overcome anxiety: (1) List your worries. For one week, make a list of the things you worry about most. Children? Health? Money? Marriage? Job? These aren’t one-time worries that come and go quickly. They’re things that make you “perpetually uneasy” (Mt 6:25 AMP), so begin to review them. Ask yourself how many of them have actually turned into reality? Charles Spurgeon said, “Our worst misfortunes never happen…most of our miseries lie in anticipation.” (2) Analyze them. You’ll detect recurring areas of preoccupation that may become obsessions: what people think of you; the fact that heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s run in your family; the fear that you won’t have enough to live on when you get old. Identify each fear and pray specifically about it. (3) Live in today. God has promised to meet your needs daily, not weekly or annually. He’ll give you what you need—when you need it! “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16 NKJV). The old hymn goes: “Not so in haste my heart! Have faith in God, and wait; although He lingers long, He never comes too late.” There are 807,361 words in the Bible, but you’ll search in vain for a single mention of the specific word “worry.” It’s not in God’s vocabulary, and it shouldn’t be in yours either. The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer…present your requests to God. And the peace of God…will guard your hearts” (Php 4:6-7 NIV).

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