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Yabatech To Restore Students Unionism, Wins $100,000 Grant

The suspension placed on Student Union Government (SUG) in Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) will soon be lifted.

Rector of the institution, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe stated this during a courtesy visit to his office by the executives of the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS) recently.rubi

The 8-man NANS delegation was led by its Chairman, Comrade Busari Abiola NANS expressed concern about Yabatech students not being represented in NANS and appealed to the management of the College to work towards the return of Yabatech to the mainstream of the association.

In response, Obafemi acknowledged the ban preceded his tenure but assured that efforts would be made to restore SUG in the College, and the process is at an advanced stage.

He informed the guests that students at the college are actively participating internally in the administration of the College as representatives in the Students Welfare Committee, and the Students Disciplinary Committee of the Management.

In another development, the college has been awarded a $100,000 Ford Foundation Project Grant for the development of an Art Museum Project for the College.

The project which will incorporate advocacy against Sexual Harassment (SH), and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), will be handled and supervised by the grant research team made up of Dr A. A. Abiodun, a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Science, Dr Funmilayo Doherty, a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Biological Science and Mrs Odun Orimolade, a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Fine Art.

The trio wrote the proposal that won the grant for the College.

Prof. Paul Nwulu, Senior Programme Officer of Ford Foundation who was in the College to flag off the project disclosed that the partnership between Yabatech and Ford Foundation is that of progress and development.

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List of Federal Polytechnic in Nigeria

Federal Polytechnic – Yaba College of Technology, widely known as YABATECH is the first polytechnic in Nigeria.

The institution was established in 1934 as Yaba Higher College. 13 years after, precisely in 1947, it was restructured to become Yaba Technical Institute.

However, since the establishment of YABATECH, the Federal Government has created more polytechnics. Almost all states have an institution of higher education offering courses at degree level or below, especially in vocational subjects.

Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State (Hotels)

Here are the 28 Federal Government owned polytechnics in Nigeria.

1. Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, P.M.B 1007, Afikpo, Ebonyi State.

2. Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State.

3. Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.

4. Federal Polytechnic Bali, Taraba State.

5. Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, P.M. B 231, Bauchi State.

6. Federal Polytechnic Bida, P.M.B 55, Niger State.

7. Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, P.M.B 1006, Yobe State.

8. Federal Polytechnic Ede, Osun State.

9. Federal Polytechnic Ekowe, Bayelsa State

10. Federal Polytechnic Idah P.M.B 1035, Kogi State.

11. Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, P.M.B 50, Ogun State.

12. Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji, Ondo State

13. Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda, P.M.B, 1012, Zamfara State.

14. Federal Polytechnic Mubi, PMB 35 Mubi, Adamawa State.

15. Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, P.M.B. 01 Nasarawa State.

16. Federal Polytechnic Nekede, P.M.B 1036, Owerri, Imo State.

17. Federal Polytechnic Offa, P.M.B 420, Kwara State.

18. Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State.

19.Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas Bonny, Rivers State

20. Federal Polytechnic Ukana, Akwa Ibom State

21. Hussaini Adamu Federa Polytechnic, P.M.B 5004, Kazaure Jigawa State.

22. Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna.

23. National Institute of Construction Technology Uromi

24. Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, P.M.B. 1034, Birnin Kebbi.

25. Yaba College of Technology, P.M.B. 2011, Yaba, Lagos State.

26. Airforce Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna

27. Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies (NAITES) Makurdi

28. Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Effurun

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YABATECH acquires software for detecting plagiarism

The Governing Council of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) on Wednesday said it had acquired a world-class security software capable of detecting an act of plagiarism in write-ups submitted by students and lecturers.

Mr Lateef Fagbemi, Chairman, Governing Council of the college stated this at the 11th International Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Management and Social Sciences (iSTEAMS) Conference in Lagos.

Fagbemi spoke on “Plagiarism and Its Legal Implications Within Academic Environments: Consequences On The Institutions And Offender”.

The three-day conference organised by the Research Nexus Africa Network, in collaboration with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ends on June 29.

Fagbemi said the software would detect the slightest act of plagiarism and copyright.

According to him, with the software, the college is confident that products, are now better secured and their final works, much more reassuring.

He said the conference was apt as it brings to the front burner, the unfortunate situation of plagiarism.

“Educational institutions must step up the quality control mechanisms and academic papers submitted by writers must be thoroughly checked to detect a possibility of plagiarism.

“Yabatech has now acquired world-class security software that can detect even the slightest act of plagiarism in write-ups submitted by our students and lecturers.

“This is where the deployment of technology comes in.

“Relevant software must be acquired by our institutions to detect any possible case of plagiarism and be able to nip it in the bud,’’ he said.

Fagbemi further remarked that plagiarism was prevalent, not only in tertiary institutions but also in science, journalism, literature, film creation and other areas.

He said that in the academic and intellectual industry, plagiarism was a serious ethical offence.

According to him, plagiarism cases could be detected even in works of famous writers, songs, filmmakers, philosopher, scientist, and public workers, among others.

“Plagiarism is not in itself a crime, but can constitute copyright infringement.’’

Fagbemi recommended that institutions must step-up the quality control mechanisms, while government must set up legislative intervention in curbing the problem of plagiarism.

“ Our laws must be re-jigged to cater for the menace as a specific problem.

“A specific problem deserves a special and deliberate solution.

“The legislature must promulgate laws that specifically and pointedly address plagiarism, and all its variance, taking it away from the adaptation of the copyright laws, under which it is currently treated.’’

Also speaking, Dr Obafemi Bank-Olemoh, Leadership/Business Intelligence expert at Caleb Business School, Lagos urged the Federal Government to develop the human resource capital to achieve industrialisation.

Bank-Olemoh said the three tiers of government needed to re-access and reinforce the implementation of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) policies.

He spoke in a paper titled: “Nigeria’s Industrialisation Drive cannot succeed if not anchored on the Investment and Development of Human Resource Capital; particularly on Technical Vocational Education (TVE)”.

He said the success of Free Trade Zones hinged on addressing infrastructure deficit by appropriate funding.

He noted that sustainability of Nigerian Industrial Zones could not be achieved if the expatriate quota abuse is not controlled.

According to him, the integration system pathway should be adopted to bring together TVE curriculum, academic and applied curriculum, the labour market demands, institutions and the society at large.

“The focus now should be on the development of a viable natural system of a vocational and technical education programme that will have easy access and exit learning pathways.

“It must be validated by accredited learning that will lead to work or continued progress along another learning pathway.

“This will help ginger youths and adults to see TVE as challenging and worthwhile,’’ he said.

Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, Rector, Yabatech commended iSTEAMS for organising the conference and urged participants to be active in all sessions.

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Yabatech in dialogue with NBC to starts radio Transmission oon

The Management of Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH says it is dialoguing with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to resolve a disagreement delaying the take-off of the college’s radio station.

Dr Charles Oni, Director, Public Relations Unit, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos.

He said that the conflict borders on the use of the licence in both campuses of the college at Yaba and Epe, for which the college duly applied.

“We have an area of conflict with NBC. Initially, when we applied for the licence, it was intended for both campuses.

“But now, NBC is saying otherwise. We are trying to sort it out,’’ Oni said.

According to him, the management has completed a new digitalised studio for the radio station and will begin test transmission soon.

He said that the fully digitalised radio studio, with state-of-the-art gadgets, was built and funded by the college.

Oni said that the radio station would be used to train students in the non-formal education setting.

He said that the college wanted to key into training in non-formal education essentially, through the open distance and flexible learning system.

According to him, non-formal education is important and central to mass-literacy, especially in areas of vocational and technical education in Nigeria.

“We are trying to emulate India, China and some other countries where radio is being used as an input to enhance mass education.

“With the radio, students may not need to come to the classroom if they enrol with us on that platform.

“Students can receive lectures wherever they receive the radio station frequency.

“We are talking with Nigeria Broadcasting Commission on this innovation and so as soon as they give us the final approval, we will go on air fully.

“We have received our operating licence since December 2015.’’

Oni said the college would develop courses and programmes that would suit people in the non-formal sector.

“Through the radio, lectures, seminars and workshops will be transmitted to students.

“It will be based on an agreement between the students and the college.

“We can reach out to mechanics, tailors and technicians, among others who are in the informal sector.

“They can learn while at work, and when it comes to the examination, we will arrange how they write their examination,’’ he said.

Oni said apart from education, the radio would also be used for enlightenment, news and transmission of cultural programmes.

“The studio is ready; the NBC has visited the college to inspect it; everything is ready.

“We even had a test transmission during the 70 years anniversary of the college in October 2017,” he said.

Source: (NAN)

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A fresh graduate of Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech, Oluwamuyiwa Oluwagbemileke has committed suicide after failing to raise N50,000 to repair a car he allegedly damaged.

According to Punch, the 27-year-old graduate of electrical engineering took poison on Wednesday, November 8, after he was blamed for damaging a car in a sachet water factory he worked for in Ojodu Berger, Lagos.

Oluwagbemileke was reported to have become desperate to raise N50,000 to repair the car but was unable to raise the money.

Frustrated by the turn of event, the graduate who was expected to start his National Youth Service Scheme took to his Facebook page to express his frustrations.

“When a man’s life is unstable, worried, downcast and destabilised, things he does right before will become wrong no matter the best he puts in. He loses focus and strength; he becomes unhappy and angry at everything even if he tries to wear a smiling face.

“Thoughts of death will come in the scene. He keeps asking the question, ‘why me?’ He becomes helpless and even if he’s among people, he still feels lonely. Life can be truly unfair.

“Advice: Never let your ugly situations weigh you down. When you notice things are not going well, check yourself before it makes you feel worried’

An hour before he committed suicide, Oluwagbemileke wrote another note on his Facebook page asking his family to take care of his mother.

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Photo: Amazing Work of Art created Using Coke Bottle by YabaTech Student

A Student of Yaba College of Technology created an Amazing work of Art using Coke bottle.


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A female hostel of two-storey building ‘Bakassi building’ at the Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech), Lagos sate was gutted by fire. 

The fire which was reportedly caused by a spark from an electric panel started around 5:55 AM this morning and had raged for three hours before the arrival of the Fire Service.

The fire could not be put out immediately because the college Fire Service ran out of water, however, no casualties have been reported yet.

However, a report by a NEMA official revealed that four ladies who went into a state of shock and were rushed to the Federal Medical Center, Yaba, have been stabilised.

20 rooms were reported to have been damaged extensively while five rooms were partially affected at the topmost floor.

The management of YABATECH has suspended academic activities until further notice following the fire incident.