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Sex-for-marks: EKSU lecturer alleges frame-up

A lecturer at the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Dr Olayeye Aduwo, on Monday denied involvement in the sex-for-marks allegations levelled against him.

The lecturer in the Department of Accounting alleged that he was framed-up by a female student, who he alleged, brought some armed men to assault him at his residence in Ado Ekiti on June 12.

The lecturer, following a video that went viral, was accused of attempting to have sex with one of his female students in exchange for marks before he was tortured.

Aduwo, who had since the incident kept sealed lips, said on Monday that he would approach the court on conclusion of the investigations by the police and EKSU panel probing the matter, saying, “I will take option from my lawyer’s point of view. I will take legal action”.

The lecturer, who said the allegations of sex-for-marks and being caught in the student’s hostel were mere fabrications, said he was a guardian to the student in question, who was also his daughter’s friend

He said, “I cannot really understand her motive for the act”.

Aduwo, who said the student had called him earlier in the afternoon that day to inquire about his whereabouts, said, “I was in my house that fateful day, June 12, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. when the girl knocked on my doors.

“I was about to have dinner with my friend, Mr Allen Akinmudiro, co-inhabitants in the same flat when she came in that she wanted to see me briefly. In fact, the three of us had dinner together.

“It was after the dinner that the lady signalled to some armed hoodlums, who invaded my house and wasted no time as they manhandled me and my friend. They stripped me naked right in my sitting room and subjected me to serious torture using electric device and they beat me with harmful objects”.

According to the lecturer, who said he had no choice than to obey the hoodlums’ instructions so as not to lose his life, all efforts by his landlord and neighbours to rescue him failed as they were threatened with arms and had to run for their lives.

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“My 7 years in the University inspired ‘Uyo Meyo’” says Teni

Teni the entertainer also known as Teni Makanaki has opened up on how her seven years in the university inspired her hit single, ‘Uyo Meyo’.

In a recent documentary, Teniola Apata opened up on her world as an entertainer, her inspiration and her dream to win a Grammy.

Teni is so confident of her talent and abilities that she says she will not only win Grammys but also perform and sell out stadiums globally.

“I believe I will win the Grammys, I know I will win the Grammys, I will win the Grammys and I will sell out stadiums around the world. I just know, it’s just in my soul,” she said during the 12 minute-long interview. 

In the early part of the interview, Teni reminisced on how she has prophesied greatness to herself and how it came to be. 

“I told someone, you better take my picture, you better take my number because I will be a superstar. I was just saying it, do I even know what I was saying? I was just saying my own, but I just spoke it to the universe,” she reminisced.

On her personality, the ‘Askamaya’ singer says she’s known to be a stubborn lady, who does solely what she wishes and not others wish for her.

People I grew up with, like friends, have always known me to be a stubborn person,” she began. “I do what I want to do because I just realise from a very young age that look here, how long am I going to be on this earth? I need to enjoy my life, as long as I am not harming anybody, I need to do what is best for Teni. I would rather fail at what I want to do than fail doing what someone told me to do. I’m comfortable in what I am wearing, I mean if I was wearing all these tight things, I won’t be comfortable,” she said.

For Teni, people’s worth is in their person and not their estimated worth. She says, “Everybody has something to offer, I can’t do your job, can’t hold the camera like the cameraman but you have to be with them to realise because in Nigeria, you being special depends on how much money you have. People don’t know their worth is in their skin.

Teni’s confidence in her talent when she started was so strong that she told her label owner, Dr. Dolor that he would be making a huge mistake if he fails to sign her. “Here’s what I told my boss before he signed me. I told my boss (Dr. Dolor) that if you don’t sign me, you are going to be making a very bad decision because I’m different.

The 26-year-old BET awards nominee says her hit single, ‘Uyo Meyo’ is good music. In her words, “Uyo Meyo is good music. I have had governors call me because of ‘Uyo Meyo’ and I sat across Dangote because of ‘Case’. Isn’t that good music? Actually, I saw Dangote twice in a row, why? Isn’t that good music? ‘Uyo Meyo’ was a song that was just from the bottom of my heart. 

I was just in my car driving to graduation and on my way to graduation, I was listening to a song I had and I called the producer and said send me the beat because the beat was so spiritual and I just started freestyling in my car and that’s just how ‘Uyo Meyo’ came out. It just came from me being grateful to God for everything thus far. For me, even being able to complete the programme, it took me 7 years to graduate from the university,” she told her interviewer.

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NOUN partners EFCC to fight ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ boys

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) says it will collaborate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a successful takeoff of the African Centre on Technology, Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) – a unit of the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Professor Abdalla Adamu, who said this in Abuja on Monday at the inauguration of the ACETEL School, noted that when fully operational the centre among other digital learning would focus on courses that can combat internet fraud.

Adamu said that the World Bank had earmarked 8 million dollars for the running of the centre which is the first of its kind in West Africa where Doctor of Philosophy and Master’s Degree on courses related to ICT would be obtained. “We have programmes associated with the degree and we have programmes for those doing Masters and Ph.D. in Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Management Information System (MIS).

“But courses on internet fraud are targeted for just a few months that people can read quickly and understand the basics of modern world technology and EFCC will be a facilitator on this”.

“We have people called ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ boys that are internet scammers who scam people and get a lot of money from them and do all sorts of things with it and it is critical to include EFCC as partners to develop a short course on the ethical use of the internet”.

“Having EFCC as a partner to the process will be a very good message to those who are using technology for other purposes,” Adamu said.

The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had earlier requested that such a course be introduced in the institution to fight against internet fraud and to curb the activities of “Yahoo Yahoo” boys.

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EKSU SUG Election: Harmokay withdraws from presidential race

One of the aspirants for the office of the Students’ Union president, Amoran Kayode Samuel popularly known as HARMOKAY from the prestigious department of Computer Engineering in the faculty of Engineering has announced his withdrawal in the race of the Ekiti State University, SUG president for the 2019/2020 session.

Mr Kayode made this public declaration on Tuesday 23rd of July, 2019 via a broadcast he sent to various WhatsApp groups.

Here is a brief of his statement:
“I Amoran Kayode Samuel PKA HARMOKAY from the prestigious faculty of engineering, department of computer engineering, a 400lv student, hereby tell the entire EKSUITES at large of my withdrawal from the race of eksusu president 2019/2020 session.”

Harmokay said it was a decision made by himself and not as a result of threat or intimidation from anyone or any organization but reasons best know to him, his family and his team. 

Below is the concluding part of his statement: “I wish to use this medium to appreciate everyone who saw the vision with me and supported me ‘I didn’t fail I only moved up'”

“Though to some people it’s a disappointment on my part and I’d never argue that, I tender my unreserved apologies to them too. Thanks for your support always and your understanding, they gave me hopes that I can be better in the future”

Eye balls will be raised and tongues will be restless over the withdrawal of Harmokay, but he has openly said that it is his wish and not a threat from anybody.

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NGO establishes 5-bed pediatric unit at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital

Health Place for Children Initiative (HPCI), a non governmental organisation, has established a five-bed pediatric intensive care unit at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) in Enugu. 

In a statement on Monday, Odiraa Nwankwo, founder of HPCI and a clinical assistant professor of paediatrics at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Jefferson University Philadelphia, said the required equipment/devices and supplies at the clinic were valued above $250,000. 

“In September, 2019, we will begin the initial phase of training of healthcare providers and biomedical personnel,” he said. 

“Despite improved immunisation, the Under-5 mortality ratio is still high both in Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries. Data from the Nigerian Demographic Health Survey in 2013 suggests that one out of every eight children born in Nigeria will die before their fifth birthday. Majority of the causes of these high mortality rates are either preventable or reversible.

“For Nigeria to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 3.2,  a smart comprehensive approach that includes improved immunisation, health promotion, provision of prompt acute and critical care services should be promptly adopted. However, the provision of critical care services in organised Paediatric Intensive Care Units is either rudimentary or non-existent in many low and middle income countries.

“Sadly, in Nigeria today, if a child is in respiratory distress/failure and goes to an emergency room at most of the teaching hospitals, they do not have the capacity to incubate and mechanically ventilate the child.”

It is on this premise, Nwankwo explained, that the HPCI is embarking on the project at UNTH. 

He added that this is a pilot project, and the goal is to upscale to other teaching hospitals in Nigeria. 

“We hope to establish at least one Paediatric ICU at a major teaching hospital in each of the six geo-political regions in Nigeria by the end of 2023, applying the UNTH model,” he said. 

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5 prison inmates in Lagos bag degrees from National Open University

Five inmates currently locked up in Kirikiri maximum prison, Lagos, have bagged degrees in different courses from National Open University Nigeria (NOUN).

The successful inmates who received their certificates in various degrees are: Adebayo Ojo, B.Sc Criminology & Security Studies, Idong Nelson, B.Sc Peace & Conflict Resolution and Audu Godfrey, B.Sc PCR. Others are Akolade Arowolo, PDG in Peace & Conflict Resolution and Okeke Chinonso B.Sc Entrepreneurship and Business Management.

Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, Vice Chancellor of NOUN represented by Professor Gregory Okagbare shared details of the feat achieved by the inmates during their graduation ceremony held on Friday, July 19, in Lagos.

Okagbere disclosed that over 500 inmates were currently studying at various levels in the university. He said: “There are over 526 inmates studying various courses at both under and post graduate levels while in prison detention. I congratulate the graduating inmates and urge you to seek for higher qualifications,”

It was gathered that the prison service is committed to continually provide educational platform for inmates to realise their dreams while in prison.


OAU Students attack each other with ‘Sniper’ over Bedbugs

Obafemi Awolowo University OAU, Ile-Ife, poured ‘sniper’ (very dangerous insecticide) on each other’s faces over bedbugs.

The two female students, who reside in Mozambique hall, engaged in a squabble after one accused the other that she infested her room with bedbugs.

The aggrieved student then proceeded to the ‘sniper’ at her colleague.

Another resident in Mozambique hall said: “We all shouted that it was unfair to do that but she said she was trying to kill bedbugs. The other one didn’t take it lightly; she started shouting and attempted to retaliate but we blocked her. We later reported the case to the hall warden and the case was resolved.

“When we got to the hostel, she started feeling pains and she suddenly took the ‘sniper’ and poured it on her opponent’s body too. One of us rushed to the school porter and she made calls. The two of them were then taken to the health centre.”

OAU has been in the news over report of its inhabitable hall of residents. The most notorious of the halls is the famous Obafemi Awolowo Hall, also known as Awo hall.

The university management has failed to renovate these hostels despite students protests and public outcries.\

Reacting to the ‘sniper’ fight, Abiodun Olanrewaju, OAU spokesman, said the two students had been treated at the school’s medical centre.

“One of them wanted to use it (‘sniper’), the other disagreed. That was the genesis of the matter.

“It was a minor disagreement involving two students over the use of ‘sniper’. It has been resolved. The two students were treated at our health centre here,” he said.


Stop rewarding indicted VCs with appointments, ASUU tells Buhari

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly compensating indicted persons, especially vice-chancellors with federal appointments.

It stated this on Sunday in a statement jointly signed by the University of Ibadan (UI) Chairman of the Union, Professor Deji Omole and the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Ade Adejumo.

ASUU argued that the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’allah, who was indicted by the visitation panel under Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed as Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja, makes a mockery of government’s anti-corruption campaign.

They maintained that the panel’s report of 2016 indicted Prof. Na’Allah of financial recklessness, maladministration, and abuse of due process, as entrenched in university laws.

They also disclosed that while Na’Allah’s tenure lapses at Kwara State University on July 27, 2019, he has since resumed as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Abuja.

“No matter how grievous the offense of anyone close to the presidency is, such a person is further rewarded with a federal appointment or treated with kid gloves, thereby entrenching corruption and impunity,” the statement reads.

The ASUU chiefs argued that empowering indicted persons with political offices rubbishes the fight against corruption and would only encourage other people to engage in corrupt practices since a reward of higher offices awaited them.

“A government that claims to be fighting corruption is protecting people indicted for graft and compensating them with appointments. An example is the case of KWASU Vice-Chancellor, who was indicted by the visitation panel, set up by Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed’s administration.

“The white paper recommendations were not implemented because they were suppressed by politicians. Now, the President Buhari administration has appointed the same person as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja.

“He has even resumed there, while his tenure is yet to lapse at KWASU, thereby occupying two vice chancellorship positions,” the statement added.

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Suspected Cultists Kill 300-Level OOU student

OOU Students – A 19-year-old 300 level student of Olabisi Onabanjo University with matric number SMS/16/17/0983 was reportedly killed by suspected cultists in Ago-Iwoye area of Ogun State last week.

An eye witness, who pleaded anonymity, said that the cultists came on a bike, and shot him at a close range before speeding off.

A statement by the OOU Students’ Union President, Akinbo Afolabi, and the Public Relations Officer, Najimu Oladele, partly reads, “A student of this citadel of learning, Odeyale Sideeq Damilola, in the department of Business Administration, has been shot dead at his residence, No 3, Oke Ebute, Ago-Iwoye this evening by suspected cultists.

“According to an eye witness, who pleaded anonymity, the suspected cultists came on a bike, got very close to him and shot Sideeq in the eyes.

“Owing to this, the union hereby implore OOUITES to be careful of who they relate with, accept as friends and also the people they allow into their homes.If you notice any suspicious movement within your vicinity, kindly report the person to the nearest police station.”

“A meeting was held with the university management and the king of Ago-Iwoye, and security operatives have swung into action,” Afolabi told SaharaReporters on the phone.

The General Secretary of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun JCC, Adeyemi Samson said that there had been a series of meetings among stakeholders of the university, the monarch, Oba Oba Abdulrazak Adenugba of Ago-Iwoye, and the security operatives in the bid to find the culprits and bring them to justice.

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215 bag First Class as Covenant University graduates 1,580 students

A total of 215 students of the Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State were conferred with First Class degrees at its 2018/2019 convocation last week friday.

The Vice-Chancellor, Aaron Atayero, a professor, performed the ceremony during the instititution’s14th Convocation and the Conferment of Honourary Doctorate Degrees, and Presentation of Prizes.

The event took place within the institution’s campus in Ota. It was reported that 1,580 students graduated for the academic session.

They comprised: 215 first class honours, 668 second class upper honours, 415 second class lower, nine in third class and 239 post-graduates.

Ajia Motunrayo, a student in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering, emerged the best student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.0.

This is the first time that the institution would be attaining such a feat, the closest being the 2016 convocation where Master Winner Deji-Folutile from Department of Architecture had 4.97.

Mr Atayero, in his address, noted that education is a powerful weapon which can be used to change the world and achieve sustainable economic growth, especially, on the African continent.

“The institution is committed to supporting and encouraging research and development works aimed at providing innovative solutions to societal problems and enhancing the quality of life as enunciated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda,” he said.

The VC said Covenant University had continued to provide quality education by providing lifelong learning opportunities through granting public access to resources of the institution’s Centre for Learning.

Mr Atayero also said the institution’s curriculum was designed to raise a new generation of leaders who would be spiritually and mentally equipped to restore the dignity of the black man.

Also speaking, the Chancellor of the Institution, David Oyedepo, said there was the need for Nigeria and other African countries to properly fund education so as to achieve meaningful development.

Mr Oyedepo also said there was the need for Africa to build new nations by placing more priority on qualitative education.

“Until one is transformed through education, he or she cannot transform his environment, society or nation,” he said.

The chancellor noted that the only way that Nigeria and other African countries could have equal rights like other great nations and not be seen as second class citizens was through investment in education.

In his keynote address, a former Director of Business Environment, USAID Trade Hub, Accra, Ghana, Monisoye Afolabi, said Africa was likely to have more population than China and India with time.

He said the continent should take advantage of its population and invest in education.

Mr Afolabi stressed the need for African countries to spend 30 per cent of their annual budgets on the education sector in order to ensure self-reliance.

“This is when education can take its rightful place in the development of Africa.” he said.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abubakar Rasheed, said that the commission would do everything possible to support the 173 universities in the country.

Mr Rasheed also that the commission would support innovative and flexible programmes across the tertiary institutions.

The don commended Covenant University for its excellent performance and its implementation of the strategies designed by the commission for universities in the country.