TODAY'S COLLECTION

TODAY'S COLLECTION

SCHOOL NEWS: JAMB pegs varsity admission cut-off mark at 120, poly 100.The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Tuesday pegged the minimum cut-off mark for admissions into universities for the 2017/2018 academic year at 120.The decision was taken together with vice-chancellors, rectors and provosts of higher institutions in the country at a combined policy meeting on admissions into universities, polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.The stakeholders also adopted 100 as the minimum cut-off mark for admission into polytechnics.They agreed that admission into first choice universities should close on October 15 while December 15, 2017 was set as the closing date for second choice admission by institutions.JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said universities should not go below the minimum 120 cut-off point adopted by the meeting for admissions. He called for the adoption of flexible cut-off marks for admission processes by higher institutions in the country. He said, “What JAMB has done is to recommend; we will only determine the minimum, whatever you determine as your admission cut-off mark is your decision.“The Senate and academic boards of universities should be allowed to determine their cut-off marks.”The registrar said the board discovered over 17,160 illegally admitted students by higher institutions, adding that the body had regularised some of them.He said, “30 per cent of those in higher institutions do not take JAMB or have less than the cut-off marks.“The admission process is now automated with direct involvement of the registrar of JAMB for final approval. “We have agreed to regularise admissions that were done under the table this year. From next year, we will not accept anything like that.”The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, described as a mistake the Federal Government’s ban on tests conducted by universities after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations.He explained that post-UTME was banned because it had become an avenue for corruption. Adamu however encouraged higher institutions to conduct aptitude tests for candidates seeking admission and pegged the fee for the test at N2,000

YORUBA FOR SURE: The first Nigerian Lawyer (Sapara Williams- Yoruba) , first Civil Engineer (Herbert Macaulay- Yoruba), first Medical Doctor in Nigeria ( Nathaniel King- Yoruba) , first female (SAN Folake Solanke- Yoruba), Africa's first Professor of Criminology ( Femi Odekunle- Yoruba) Africa's first female Chartered Accountant (Toyin Olakunri- Yoruba), first Bishop(Samuel Ajayi Crowther- Yoruba) even Nigeria's undisputed millionaire (Candida Da Rocha- Yoruba, first CJN Sir Adetokunbo Ademola- Yoruba.  One vagabond called Nnamdi Kanu now said Yoruba's are fools, he said anybody attending Yoruba pastored churches is a fool, funny enough we have some guys bearing Yoruba names and supporting Kanu's foolish statement on Yoruba's, simply because they hates APC government.Well, not everybody with eyes can see, most people walk with their eyes, that's where FFK and Fayose belonged. How FFK's father died is still fresh(was he buried in Ife? Never). If anybody can wake up one day and insult a race as great as Yoruba and we've some elements backing him for political reasons, then the bastard child just woke up. You can't abuse my father and expect me to respect you. APC is a political party and not a race, Yoruba is not a political party, therefore the difference is clear. Nigeria is a zoo in Kanu's view, meaning his parents are animals within if I've to reply him.No matter who you are you can't insult my race, I will hate you with passion and those supporting you will be in my black book. Isola o go, oju la n ti fun'ra wa, Kanu should go back to his parents for tutorial, ago lo fe ko eyele po mo adie, asa ki i s'egbe eyek'eye.

LIFE TRACT+ A song popular in heaven and hell: Of course I know that that sounds incredible. Heaven and hell are two opposite places. Perhaps a sharper contrast is the conditions prevalent in the two places. One is a place of unimaginable beauty, enjoyment and splendour, while the other is a place of burning in a most horrific manner. Hell (and by extension the lake of fire) and heaven are two places that display the supremacy of God, who will punish sinners in an unimaginable way and will cause the saints to enjoy beyond their dreams.There is going to be a song that will be popular in both places. The people in heaven will sing it in a joyful mood while the people in hell will sing it in a sorrowful mood. The lyrics of the song will certainly vary but these sentences will be prominent in all the version and moods. “God is faithful, God is just. He tried enough for me. I had my chances and I made my choices.” Every human being from Adam to the last man on earth will sing this song. When all souls that ever lived on the earth shall stand before God (the righteous and faithful judge) and must have received their judgement, these words will flow freely in their mouths irrespective of whether they are going to heaven or to hell.On the last day, when the sinner is reminded every opportunity for repentance the Merciful God gave him on earth and he shunned them all; when he remembers how every now and then, preachers “disturb” him through the mass media (radio, television, magazines, tracts, internet etc.), in the bus, in school with preaching of the gospel; when he remembers how he kept on saying “I will take the decision for Christ tomorrow” or even at times chase them away raining curses on them; when he remembers how the last opportunity to repent came and went without any positive response; when he remembers all those things, he would cry aloud saying. “Had I know, I would have …”. But deep down inside him, he will say “But this God really tried enough. I had enough chances but never made any reasonable choice”. Bitterly, he would conclude “this God is faithful, He is just, it is my fault.” I don’t need to tell you that he will cry for mercy but it will be sad for him to realize that the throne of Grace which he was passionately begged in sermons to approach while on earth for mercy has turned to throne of judgment. No more mercy, but judgment. When the backslider remembers how he was once burning for God with several scriptures in his head. Shouting “Halleluiah, praise God” was his way of life. But a time came when waves of temptations came to him like an avalanche. Sincerely, he would remember that even in those temptations, he actually chose to fall because there were ways of escape from falling provided for him, but he consciously walked into sin. He would how he cried at first in repentance because of the sin, but soon returned to it again and again because he was enjoying its pleasure, which eventually became a habit. Of course he was still going to church and being called a “Christian” by every body. But every now and then, that gentle Holy Spirit kept convicting him of his sins and urging him to make his ways right again, but he refused and kept grieving the Hoy Ghost. He would remember the last time the Holy Ghost convicted him of his sins and it looked just like how the Holy Ghost used to talk, but he did not know that he was just a step away from death. Once again he snubbed the promptings of the Holy Ghost and that was all; death caught up with him unawares in sin. He would doubtlessly cry for one more chance but to no avail. But deep down in him, he would say, “This God tried enough ….”.That renowned preacher who used forty years to serve God and in His vine yard, when he remembers how in one unguided hour, temptation came despite the fact that he had overcame many, he fell into adultery; when he remembers how he was too ashamed to confess it before men but decided to postpone the restitution till a later date which never came before he passed on. He would cry. But when he remembers how that gentle Holy Ghost kept convicting him until the last moment but he never agreed to confess his sins before men; when remembers how on several occasions he read scriptures relating to that and he quickly closed that page of the scriptures; he would say “But actually God tried enough fro me….” Even that man that lived in an environment that was not open to the word of God until his death would not be excused. Although he never heard the gospel, but right inside him is his conscience that kept convicting him of things he did that were bad. When he remembers that although he did not hear any preaching, but he knew within himself what was right and what was wrong, but he chose the wrong things deliberately because he enjoyed doing them. This man will cry and say “But really this God tried for me…..”While this would be going on on the sorrowful side of the divide, from the pleasant side will arise similar sentences. Although, none will be able to say “My strength brought me here”. Not withstanding, people like Apostle Paul will say, “Although it was by grace made it, not of my works. But that same grace appeared to all men. (Titus 2: 11) “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Tit 2:11-12).The same grace was made available to everybody, but I decided not to frustrate the grace of God on my life. I decided to use the grace to walk in the way God wanted me to walk. Yes by grace I was saved but I had to hold to it tenaciously. I had to carefully work out my salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2: 12). I had my chances, I am grateful to God I made the best out of them.Beloved, you’ve heard about that song. Certainly you will sing it one day. The judgements of God are true. He is just. He will give to every man according to his work (Rev 22: 12). At first many may think they have a case with God, but in the end, they will hail Him as Just and True before they are dispatched to their eternal destinations. The big question is this, which mood do you want to be when you will be singing this song? Is it going to be on your way to the lake of fire or to the New Jerusalem? Maybe the Lord has been dealing with you concerning some things in your life, but you’ve never agreed with Him. You keep pointing to several people in church that are still doing the things God asked you to stop. You keep saying “my Pastor says there is nothing bad in that. It doesn’t matter”.  People keep urging you that all is well. But the Spirit of God has never given you rest about those things. He kept pointing to the scriptures, which other people interpret in another way; painting those things as harmless. Well, you will one day confess to yourself that God tried enough for you if you don’t yield to God now. If you think it doesn’t matter now, what will happen if you stand before God on that final day and you suddenly discover that it matters? You would be the most miserable person to have ever lived. May be you know you are not even born again at all. I want to plead with you that you should come to Jesus so that you will not sorrowfully remember several opportunities of repentance (including this one) but you turned them down all. Confess your sins to God. Repent and forsake them now. Utilize God’s grace that is available now and live righteously here on earth. By the grace of God, we will chant that song in the melodious way in golden City of Heaven.

FEATURING :SCHOOL FEES
School resumption is not the best of times for many parents. While the child may be excited about moving to a new class, the parent may be wondering how the money will come together. Many parents are losing sleep, trying to figure out how to raise money to pay fees for the school they chose to send their children. Nobody put a gun to their heads. They chose the school out of their own volition. They are writhing with pain from self-inflicted injury.I often wonder why parents send their children to schools they cannot afford. I have heard many excuses. They want to give their children good education. They don’t trust the quality of education offered by cheaper or free schools. They want to give their children opportunities they never had while growing up. Trying to convince a parent otherwise is often a waste of time or energy, unless they have endured enough school fees-inflicted pain and are ready to do something different.There is nothing wrong with wanting something better for your children. That is very noble indeed. It is how it should be. Things ought to get better, and not worse. But the issue is simple; can you afford it?  It is also painful for the child.Many parents are not aware of the pain the child goes through going to a school the parents cannot afford. It gets obvious very quickly that the child does not belong. Classmates and sometimes teachers rub it in at the earliest opportunity. When all you can afford is school fees, what about uniforms, books, school shoes, bags, sportswear, club dues, and school trips? Each time the list of students yet to pay up is called out, your child’s name comes up. The child takes the brunt of the consequences of the parent’s failure to meet up.How does the child feel watching others do stuff while the parent keeps giving excuses? How does your child feel getting locked out of class due to late payment of fees? I heard a story of a child who was denied graduation gown due to non-payment of school fees. The child missed her high school graduation. How can the parents make it right? Arrange another graduation for the child? How will the child forget such humiliation in a hurry? The child is made to suffer a huge dose of low self-esteem because of the sins of the parents. It is not a good feeling hearing your teacher and school authorities call your hard working parents irresponsible. Self-inflicted suffering. Property owners, for inability to pay the rent, throw out some parents. Some have wrecked their businesses on the altar of paying high school fees. How does being perpetually under pressure serve? If you are struggling to pay primary and secondary school tuition, what happens when the child goes to the university? What message are you sending to the child regarding cutting your coat according to your cloth?Regarding the quality of education, does going to an expensive school translate to success in life? Reality seems to show the opposite. If degrees are what makes a person or nation great, Nigeria would be a first world country. The fact that Nigerians graduate top of the class in the best universities in the world is yet to be translated to greatness as a nation. It is an established fact that emotional intelligence is a better indicator of success in life than academic intelligence. While we kill ourselves over good grades from good schools, we seem to neglect what matters most.There is nothing wrong with getting one if you can afford it. However, killing oneself with financial pressure when academic intelligence is not the only success factor does not make much sense.Focus on academics to the exclusion of other factors is an industrial age mindset. Many professions are becoming obsolete while many new ones are being born. If you are not careful, you may be killing yourself with stress and preparing your child for a world that no longer exists. The skills you need to succeed in today’s world are different from the 1980s and 1990s.The assumption that your child will take care of you in your old age may no longer hold. Someone noted that children are getting more selfish as one goes from one generation to the other. Even when the child is inclined to support the parents, he needs to have a job, which is not guaranteed by expensive education.You can always find your level.There are things parents can do if they feel the standard of education they could afford is not adequate. It ranges from getting a private teacher for the child, have one of the parents teach, or go online. The child can enroll on many online home schooling websites. Home schooling can also be an option if the child could enroll for certificate exams as an external student. There is always a way out when there is a will. What is important is getting the education the child needs, not how much you paid for it.If all fails, missing a year is not a death sentence. Success in life is not based on first to finish school. Developing other competencies gives a competitive edge compared to finishing first while remaining immature emotionally.At the end of the day, it depends on what you really want, and finding the right path to get there in one piece. We are all running an individual race. Where you start does not determine where you will end up.
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