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Glo gifts ICT solutions to students of OAU

Globacom, has rewarded some exceptional students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with android phones and data packages in recognition of their academic brilliance.

In addition, the telecoms company also gave out routers to the university for academic development.

Making the presentations, Globacom’s Regional Activations Manager, West 1 Territory, Mr. Bidemi Emmanuel, praised Huawei, which partnered with Globacom on the initiative that is targeted at one of the company’s critical stakeholders, youths, especially students of tertiary institutions in the country. 

Emmanuel disclosed that the company’s services in most tertiary institutions in Nigeria were second to none as its super fast 4G was making the communication experience a delight for subscribers,noting that the initiative would inspire high flyers to sustain their drive for excellence and encourage other students to aspire for top grades in their studies. 

“Without doubt, Globacom is the superior network with our own undersea cable, Glo 1, as the backbone for our inimitable nationwide 4G coverage, while our products are designed to provide solutions to all communication-related needs of our subscribers”, he added.

The Dean of Students’ Affairs of the institution, Professor I.O. Aransi, who received the gifts on behalf of the university, commended Globacom for its commitment to the empowerment of Nigerian youths through its many interventions over the years.

Speaking on behalf of the student beneficiaries, Ume Don-Pedro, a student of Pharmacy who is on Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate of 4.91, expressed appreciation to Globacom for its kind gesture, promising that they would continue to be good ambassadors of the nation.

Other beneficiaries were Adedeji Mubarak of the Department of Materials Science; Rita Esho of the Religious Studies Department and Victoria Akinyemi, of Quantity Surveying Department.

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University of Ibadan to replace bikes with tricycles on campus

The management of University of Ibadan is set to prohibit activities of commercial motorcycle transport popularly known as “Okada” on campus.

This latest development was affirmed in a special meeting convened by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Idowu Olayinka, some members of the university management with student leaders.

It was learnt the stakeholders considered prohibition of motorcycles for commercial transport (Okada) on campus amongst other issues at the boardroom of the Vice Chancellor’s Office.

In a background report to explain the reason for the ban placed on bikes, the school’s position was centered on how to consolidate the commercial transport system of the University with the best practices in service delivery.

It was further learnt the development followed serious security concerns to lives and property, accidents and fatality due to non-usage of helmet or other safety kits by passengers, illegal operation by unregistered bike riders leading to loss of revenue by the university, over-speeding and disobedience to rules.

It was gathered alternative has been provided through the University Micro-finance scheme for current motorcycle operators who want to continue operations with commercial tricycles.

However, the student representatives at the meeting made a case for the reversal of the impending ban of commercial motorcycle transport on campus but there was affirmation from the management’s end that was a direct correlation between the presence of commercial motorcycle transport and prevalence of criminal activities on campus.

The school said commercial motorcycle transport was already banned in many cities, towns, estates, universities, institutions, etc. in Nigeria due to its apparent negative tendencies hence commercial motorcycle transport remained prohibited on campus with effect from 1 July, 2019.

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Unilorin to sack lecturer over rape scandal

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has adopted a disciplinary committee report recommending the dismissal of a lecturer accused of raping a 17-year-old student.

The lecturer, Solomon Olowookere, will soon be informed of the decision, a source who asked not to be named because the decision had not been officially announced, said.

Mr Olowookere has denied wrongdoing. He said the allegation was “a lie” and that he “would never do such”.

But interviews with senior university officials, including with the head of Department of Arts Education, the dean of Faculty of Education and the dean of Students’ Affairs, confirmed the attack occurred.

The officials said Mr Olowookere had initially admitted assaulting the female student, blaming the devil and claiming it was consensual sex, before changing his testimony.

They said in assaulting the student, the lecturer also increased her test score as compensation.

The interviews, conducted by a panel set up by the university to review the case, formed the basis for a recommendation the lecturer be dismissed.

The panel held the lecturer guilty of four offences: showing the student her test score, altering the result, raping the girl and doing so in his office.

The report was submitted in April, but the university was yet to act two months after.

The vice-chancellor of the university, Sulyman Abdulkareem, said he would prefer not to comment on the matter because it “was in court” already. He said the school would make its decision known later.

A source in the school told the newspaper the university management met last week and agreed to fire the accused lecturer.

The source said the management was careful in announcing the decision to ensure it properly handled all aspects of the verdict before making it public.

The panel’s report sheds light on the challenge of rampant sexual harassment in Nigerian schools and how institutions struggle to check its occurrence or manage the fallouts.

In June, the Ekiti State University said it had questioned a lecturer after a video circulated on the internet showing the official trying to sleep with his student in return for high scores.

Between April and June 2018, three Nigerian universities – Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, and Lagos State University – faced similar scandals.

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NANS to partner with police on security challenges in Nigeria

Comrade Danielson Akpan, the president, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on Thursday, June 27, revealed that the students body will partner with the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to address security challenges occasioned by cultism, cyber criminality, campus unrest and drug abuse.

Akpan stated this while addressing journalists on the recent feud between Madonna University, NPF and NANS.

He promised that the NANS would assist the NPF by encouraging students to share intelligence with police divisions in their respective academic environments.

He also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to pay greater attention to the NPF by increasing the salaries of men and officers of the force, noting that only a well equipped and motivated police force can reverse the trend of insecurity bedeviling the nation.

His words: “Security is key to national development and prosperity of any nation. There’s no gainsaying the fact that the Nigeria Police Force deserves support to adequately and effectively ensure safety of lives and citizen, reduce crime and ensure professionalism.

“We appeal very strongly to our dear president, Muhammadu Buhari to pay greater attention to the Nigeria Police Force by increasing the salaries of men and officers of the force. “We also appeal to the president to ensure a deliberate housing policy that covers all cadres of force. Motivation of staff and their regular promotion are essential in delivering effective and professional driven police force and this must be considered.

“In the last few months, no doubt, the efforts of the IGP is visible and can be seen in the number of criminal arrests of bandits, kidnappers, robbers and cyber criminals. In ensuring more successes, we suggest that the president consider setting up the Arms Disarmament Commission to be able to mop up illegal arms in wrong hands and stem the rising tide of arms proliferation.

This commission can be placed under the command of the Nigeria Police Force. “The National Association of Nigeria Students will consider partnering with the Nigeria Police Force under the credible IGP Adamu in addressing security challenges occasioned by cultism, cyber criminality, campus unrest and drug abuse.”

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Accolades as Nigerian man emerges most outstanding student in Chinese university

A Nigerian man identified as Peter Eze has emerged the most outstanding student of University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) Beijing in China.

Eze was awarded during his convocation ceremony which held this week, June 25

The remarkable student is said to have worked as an aide to Senator Orji Uzo Kalu A Nigerian man identified as Peter Eze has made himself, family and country proud after emerging as the most outstanding student of University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) Beijing in China.

Eze who bagged a master’s degree in public administration was honoured during his convocation ceremony which held on June 25. Peter who has flown the flag of Nigeria high is said to have worked as an aide to former governor and current senator representing Abia north, Orji Uzor Kalu.

Eze expressed appreciation to God for the feat while also thanking Kalu, his boss, for his support.

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UI Matriculates 6,000 students

The University of Ibadan on Wednesday held a joint matriculation ceremony for more than 6,000 students of the regular and distance learning modes of study.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, at the occasion charged the matriculants to jealously guard and maintain the reputation of the institution.

According to him, the students should see their admission as a rare privilege to study in the nation’s premier university.

“A total of 46,836 UTME candidates applied to UI for the current admission exercise with the highest score at 357 by a candidate who applied for Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

“Out of all these, 22,447 candidates scored above 200 marks and above at the UI Post UTME screening and they were the ones considered for admission.

“This represents 7.8 per cent of the total number of candidates who initially chose Ibadan as their preferred institution.

“In other words, only one out of 13 candidates eventually got an admission slot here.

“A total of 6,156 candidates, comprising of UTME, Direct Entry and those admitted through Distance Learning mode, were admitted into the university,” he said.

Olayinka noted that those denied admission were those who had poor performance, wrong subject combination or submitted doubtful results.

He charged the students not to allow external interference to disrupt the academic calender.

“Management has been drawn to an issue that has been trending on social media over the past 10 days or so.

“It has been attributed to certain organisation that calls itself National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Joint Campus Committee, Oyo State, calling for the immediate reinstatement of Ojo Aderemi among other demands,” he said.

Olayinka said the university has adequate internal mechanism for resolving its differences.

“I hasten to add that the various security agents have been duly informed of the antics of NANS, Oyo State,” he said.

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NANS VP allegedly arrested over Madonna varsity crisis

The Vice President of National Association Nigerian Students, Chidi Ilogebe has been arrested.

He was arrested in Enugu around 11:00 p.m. on Monday

Ilogebe confirmed his arrest to our correspondent. He said he was arrested at a hotel in Enugu.

In a text message, he said,  “I was called by someone who said he wanted to see me yesterday (Monday). Because I was very busy I couldn’t meet up with him till around after 11:00 p.m. On meeting him in De Angelo Hotel, I was surrounded by some men from the IGP tactical squad.

“They said they came to arrest me following a petition. I read the petition and it was from the lawyer of Madonna University.

“I followed them and currently (Tuesday morning), we are on our way to Abuja. I will keep you posted.”

The NANS VP had planned to occupy Madonna University in protest over the arrest and detention of six students of the university and a lecturer about six months.

The students allegedly posted an opinion on Facebook considered by the university to be injurious.

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KWASU hasn’t been funded for 5 years Says VC

Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University, KWASU, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, has said the major challenge confronting the institution has been inadequate funding.

Na’Allah, in his address at the seventh convocation anniversary of the university, weekend, explained, that “for five years, the university has not received subvention from the government; not towards salary, not towards overhead, not towards nothing.”

The VC, who said the university had been surviving on internally-generated revenue, IGR, added that “KWASU has established a foundation with contributions from philanthropists.”.

The convocation lecturer and Chairman, Agreement Renegotiation Committee of Nigerian Universities, Dr Wale Babalaki (SAN) said Nigeria must restructure its university and secondary school education system to turn out employable graduates and regain the respect of world community.

This, he said, has become imperative as Nigeria’s best university ranks 800th in the world.

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Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi appointed as new EKSU Chancellor

Ekiti state government has appointed the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as the Chancellor of the state-owned Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti.

The Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs in the institution, Mr Bode Olofinmuagun, on Monday confirmed the development to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Ado Ekiti, but did not give details.

The traditional ruler replaces the Alara of Aramoko Ekiti, Oba Adegoke Olu Adeyemi who held the office for four years during the last administration of former Gov. Ayo Fayose.

NAN learnt that consequent upon Sanusi’s appointment, management of the institution had paid homage to the Emir in his palace in Kano.

It was also gathered that the Emir had since accepted the offer, through a letter addressed to the government by the Matawallen Kano, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed.

The letter by the Emir, thanked Gov Kayode Fayemi and the state government for the honour, promising to use his influence and wealth of experience to advance the course of the university.

NAN recalls that EKSU is the fourth university in the country to appointed the Emir as Chancellor since he ascended the throne.


JAMB nabs candidate with fake UTME result

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Monday apprehended one Ada Eche, a 19- year old for being in possession of a fake Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination result.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said Eche was nabbed following an invitation by the board for him to collect his admission letter at its headquarters in Abuja.

He said the culprit is among several candidates parading fake UTME results and disparaging the credibility of the board.

The registrar explained that the candidate wrote a letter to the board, claiming that his original score from the UTME had been tampered with.

Oloyede explained that unknown to the candidate, the board was in possession of his actual score of 153.

The registrar noted that Eche, with help from an examination fraudster had inflated his UTME score to 290 after paying N5,000 to the fraudster.

He urged candidates claiming to have double results from the UTME to come to its office for verification.

Eche confessed to being in possession of a fake UTME result.

The candidate explained that the desire to obtain a higher score pushed him to seek for help on how to upgrade his result.

Eche, who will be handed over to security agency for prosecution, called on other candidates claiming to have double results not to fall into the hands of fraudsters.

The registrar urged candidates with genuine complaint to visit the website of the board and log their complaint by opening a ticket on the website.

Oloyede said all complaint from candidates will be attended to, noting that candidates need not come to its offices.