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Usmanu Danfodiyo University Gets New Vice-Chancellor

The governing council of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) has announced the appointment of Professor Lawal Suleman Bilbis as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University with effect from July 30, 2019. 

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Hon. Justice Pearl Enejere (rtd.), announced this at the university, saying that the tenure of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor will finish on the 29th of July and the council approved the new appointment at its 156th meeting held on Wednesday the 10th of July 2019. 

Professor Bilbis hails from Tsafe Local Government Area in Zamfara state and works in the Department of Biochemistry, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc. Hons) in Biochemistry in 1986 from Usmanu Danfodiyo University and later attended the University of Essex, Colchester, England where he graduated with a PhD in Biological Chemistry, in 1992.

He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi and has held several administrative positions in UDUS including Head of Department of Biochemistry, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). 

As a Biochemist, he started his career in the General Hospital, Gusau, joining the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto in 1988 as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry. He was subsequently promoted through the ranks and become a Professor in 2002.

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Source future talents from Higher Institutions’ League – Don

A university don, Prof Sam Otamiri, has said the best way to develop future talents for international football competitions is to look the way of the Higher Institutions Football League for Nigerian universities as a veritable source of scouting for players.

Otamiri, who is also the Chairman of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education Sports Council, Port Harcourt, made the assertion during an interview

He said the league was established by the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) to discover talents in football from the university communities.

He noted that the competition, which first edition began in 2018 had lived up to its objective by producing professional players from the Nigerian universities, some of whom were already playing for professional clubs within and outside the country.

“The competition is achieving its targeted purpose because at the end of the competition last year, more than five students from Nigerian universities were contracted to play in different professional football clubs within and outside Nigeria.

“How else can we project our talents, I think at the end of this second edition more students will be exposed to playing better football, for better prospects and for better revenue. I think we are achieving the reason for the establishment of this competition,” Otamiri said.

The professor of Educational Management and Basic Education, said that apart from harnessing talents from universities, the competition also fosters unity, cooperation and deepens interaction among Nigerian universities.

He expressed satisfaction with the cooperation and commitment received from the vice-chancellors and university managements toward the success of the competition..

According to him, the vice-chancellors were cooperating and all the universities qualified to play were always present during the competition.

On the standard of officiating in the game, the professor commended the organizers and the officials for the standard exhibited in the higher institutions football league.

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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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Controversy trails unveiling of ‘Dress Code’ billboard by Usmanu Danfodiyo University Management

Students of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto have reacted to the just recent unveiled billboards depicting the kind of dress code approved and disapproved by the school management.

The Dean Student’ Affairs in his reaction, reiterated that whatever was displayed on the billboards is moral opinion of the University.

“You see, everything the billboards are communicating is already in the dress code card distributed to students, it is also in the handbook. Nothing on the billboard is contrary to the rules and regulations of the university.

No university condones imorality or nudity. Everything we do here applies in all Universities in Nigeria. Every university is after the moral behavior of their students,” he said.

The Dean Student’ Affairs emphasised that the “university is after the morality of her students whether they are Muslims or Christians.

Speaking further on the matter of religion and descent dressing, he challenged defaulters to extract from their Holy Books a verse a chapter supporting nudity or immortality.

“let them bring to the school management a passage from their Holy Books a verse that supports that a girl should expose her chest or her body. Let them show us,” he challenged.

He concluded by saying that no lady is forced to put on a hijab, no male is forced to dress like an Uztaz and that defaulters shall be severely dealt with.

For the past few weeks the school management along side the security officials, launched a serious crack down on the matter of indecent dressing in campus. The Dean Student Affairs, Prof Mode, had promised earlier on that billboards depicting the University dress code will be displayed around campus. These billboards were unveiled yesterday and have generated serious controversies and opinions amongst the student populace.

Ajibola Adewale, a 300 level student from the faculty of social science, revealed that though the crack down on indecent dressing is appropriate, it has little impact on the educational progress of the students.

“There is this aphorism which says ‘the way you dress, so you’ll be addressed’ but dress code or ethics have nothing to do with our educational progress. We need a conducive reading environment in UDUS,” he said.

He further mentioned that “issues of traditions and beliefs should be disentangled from education.”

The debate on the matter of dress code displayed on the billboard was and is still raging on the social media. Students have used Facebook to share their opinions. A commenter simply known as “Salihu Malika” insisted that the school should provide uniforms for everybody to douse the dress code tension. 

An “Abdullahi Mahmood” also supported on Facebook, the fact that school uniforms should be introduced and enforced.

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Dizengoff donates equipment worth $60,000 to UNILAG

Equipment manufacturing giant, Dizengoff, has donated equipment worth 60,000 U.S. dollars to the University of Lagos, in an effort to boost entrepreneurship and innovation among students.

Mr Kai Wulff, Consultant to the organisation, who presented the equipment to the university, said that the equipment would be used to train students and provide solutions to Nigeria’s many problems.

“We are here to kick-start a fruitful and rewarding partnership with the University of Lagos because we are impressed with the level of entrepreneurial work going on here.

“What we have donated here are totally communication network equipment, components of communication network solutions,” he said.

Wulff said that the university’s efforts in entrepreneurship showed that many more innovations would start from there.

“That is why we took it upon ourselves to further enable the students by donating equipment worth 60,000 dollars.

“Basically, the equipment itself, the radio, the controllers, the trackers and the software can be taught and played with individually, but it can as well be a proof of concept that universities can design a network and test it out to the real world, if it works.

“We want to see how these equipment will be able to further enhance hands- on experience, especially in the area of communication and the technology,” he said.

The consultant said that the company would want to relate with the university deeper.

“With our software development capabilities, our integration capabilities, smart decision-making and cyber securities, we want to be part of it the (university),” he said.

He added that the company would want to be part of Nigeria’s curriculum.

According to him, it is a wrong judgement to describe Nigeria’s curriculum as outdated.

”Oftentimes, I hear people say the curriculum is outdated. I beg to be different because in the real sense of it, the industries should play their parts by going into these universities to seek ways of assisting in equipping these students with 21st century demands in their respective areas.

“Remember that these students are future professionals who will drive the economy tomorrow; so, it behooves on us to contribute actively to their development,” Wulff said.

The technology expert said that universities processed the knowledge and facilities needed in expanding the frontiers of national growth and development and, therefore, must be assisted since the industries would benefit from them.

“If I enable this Unilag for example, it will, in turn, enable many young Nigerians and sooner or later, the country’s economy will get lifted.

“Our engineers will be on hand round the clock to render the necessary services as we look forward to producing more engineers in the communication technology, while we later follow up with security technology, cyber security technology,” he said.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said that the partnership would further drive the innovation and entrepreneurial goal of the institution.

He described that donation as heartwarming, saying that, with the various entrepreneurial activities going on in the university, the institution would soon be Africa’s hub for technological advancement.

The don added that the university was set to go into more collaboration with the organisation in the areas of research and development, cyber security and other relevant areas.

“I will say that this is another breakthrough as the gesture is in alignment with the vision we have, which I know, the students are going to benefit immensely from.

“The partnership will further push our dreams of making this university an entrepreneurial, innovation and technology hub on the continent, especially going by what our students are doing out there, both locally and internationally,” he said.

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UI holds orientation Programme for 4,000 newly admitted students

The University of Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday held its orientation programme for the newly admitted 4000 students out of over 20,000 who sat for its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Prof. Kayode Adebowale, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the university presided over the three-day event which was held at the university campus for fresh students of the 2018/2019 Academic Session.

According to the DVC, He said the essence of the Post UTME was to ensure that best students were admitted.

“At the University of Ibadan, we normally cut our coat according to our clothes; it is the number of students that we have facilities for that we admit.

“The number of students that applied to the University was more than 20,000.

“We don’t go below 200 as the cut off mark for JAMB score though JAMB stated this year that universities can take 160 as cut off mark but at university of Ibadan 200 is our benchmark.”

Adebowale said that entrance into Nigerian universities has been simplified with the introduction of Post UTME.

“There is JAMB and universities are allowed to do Post UTME so as to cross check on the system.

“We all know that Nigerians can go to any length to engage in examination malpractices, but in the University of Ibadan they can’t.

“It is part of improving the quality of people that are entering the university.

“The quality of people that are coming in if they are not good, the products also cannot be good.

“We want to ensure that students that are coming in are qualified and you can match their school cert. with their JAMB result and their performance, hence the Post UTME,” he said.

He further stated that the university had taken proactive steps in addressing the accommodation challenges students often faced.

“There is no doubt that accommodation will always be a problem because of the number of students coming in.

“We are making allowance for the public private partnership; where the town can come in and build hostels under the Built Operate and Transfer, which will revert after 10 to 15 years to the university.

“And some of the students that were unable to be accommodated in the school halls will have the opportunity to be accommodated in the private hostels.

“The price could be a little bit up but at least they will be staying in a hall,” Adebowale said.

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UDUS freshmen expresses determination to graduate with first class as 2018/19 exam begins

The newly admitted students of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, UDUS have expressed strong determination to graduate with first class as the 2018/19 examination kicks-off for the undergraduate students of the University.

Over the years according to the school’s historical antecedent on academic brilliance, First Class in UDUS is regarded by many students as an achievement for the ‘league of Extraordinary Brainy, Lucky and Special students.’ For the 200 level to the 400 level students, the prospect of having a 4.5 to a 5.0 grade point in any semester may seem like a myth, a moon light folklore and almost nearly impossible.

Some senior students attributed their academic woes to their department for the deliberate refusal in giving First Class to those who bag it amongst their students. Some even go about peddling rumors of lecturers who are bent on seeing that their students never get to finish well. They support their argument by making reference to the just concluded convocation ceremony where only a minute figure were able to clinch a first class degree.

However, some 100 level students made it known that they are not settling for less in their first semester examination. Some of them even hope to get a 5.0 GP at the end of the semester and one of them is Hauwa Suleman, a 100 level Student of Biology.

“Yes, I can finish with a first class,” she believe. “In fact I want to get a very high class like a 5.0 after the semester examination.” She said with confidence. Her determination swept me off my feet that such that during the course of the interview I switched from becoming a reporter to an admirer. I admired her resilience, passion, zeal and desire.

However, Hauwa Suleman understand that such kind of a feat cannot be gotten on a platter of gold. To excel she prays hard, read hard and sometimes pore over her lecture notes through the night, which in local parlance is referred to as “TDB” [Till Day Break].

Shuaib Alkhila is fully set and ready for his first examination in UDUS. The first year student of Agriculture said that he must make a grade point between 4.8 to 5.0 this semester. The young lanky lad is however fully aware that such grade point is not easy to bag.

“Even dullards want to have a first class. Even those who don’t attend lectures want to smile at the end of the semester. Insha Allah I want to hit that first class. My target is between 4.8 to 5.0,” he said urbanely in a clear cut English.

Shuaib revealed that he has gone through his courses for about six times, is a regular visitor to the library, combs through his text books and links up with friends who will improve his academic skills even before a test.

“I’m working hard,” he said as he sets off to enter into a classroom— an evidence that he is really working hard indeed.

Dogara Imam, like his friend Shuaib, is not relenting in the pursuit of a first class grade point. The 100 level student of fishery believe that he too can make excellent grades in his first semester.

“I want a GP above 4.9,” he spoke so convincingly, so movingly, with strong emphasis on the 4.9.

“And I’m trying my best to make that happen,” he continued. In fact from the test scores I’ve seen, I earnestly believe that it is very much possible,” he declared.

To every rule there is an exception and such is the case of Ali Haidar who believes that it is possible for anyone to make a 5.0 GP in the UG 1 though for him, may not appear realistic this semester.

“I don’t think I can make a first class this semester,” says the 100 level student of Vet Medicine. “But I’ll try my best to make a second class upper,” he relayed as he glanced through his GST handout in ETF 2 where I met him.

He further mentioned that he is working hard to make a 2.1 but do not do “TDB” like other student.

“I don’t read through out the night because it affects me during the day. I read at intervals: three hours in the morning, three hours in the afternoon and three hours in the evening. I use two hours for resting,” he said.

These students are part of the many few who earnestly want to finish with flying colors. No one can tell whether they would finish strong but they themselves would soon certainly understand how easy or hard it is to get a first class in UDUS.


ASFU Cup kicks off Jan. 19 with 10 universities

10 universities across Africa will campaign for honours at the maiden African Student Football Union (ASFU) Invitational Championship tagged the “ASFU Cup 2019” billed to hold from January 19-28 in Nigeria, NationSport reports.

The African Student Football Union-organised competition, which is said to be a qualification championship for International Student Football World League 2019/2020 season in Russia, will see University of Lagos, Lagos State; Kenyatta University, Nairobi County, Kenya; Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State; Edo University, Edo State and Lagos State University campaign in Group A at the Dipo Dina International Stadium in Ijebu Ode.

In Group B, University of Ibadan, Oyo State; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Osun State; University of Development Studies, Temale, Ghana and National University of Technology, Zimbabwe will slug it out at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in Ibadan.

The arrival of teams is on the 18th January, while the preliminary stages will hold from January 19-25. The semi-final stage will take place on the 26th at the Agege Stadium and the final will also hold at the Agege Stadium on the 27th with participating teams departing on the 28th January.

Speaking at the draws and unveiling of trophies and logo of the competition held at the Ibis Hotel in Lagos on Monday, the ASFU President, Professor Seun Omotayo said ASFU is not in competition with any organization as it is complimentary to the provision of competitive recreation among Africa Students Football players.

“Africa Students Football Union (ASFU) is the International Student Football Union (ISFU) footprint in Africa. The focus is to breed students football champions in Africa that shall join their counterpart student footballers at the World Students Football League (WSFL) with the main objective of promoting the Town and Gown Philosophy through students football.

“Just as FIFA is football specific so is ASFU Students football specific. Just as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a Multisports Organization and FIFA is a mono sports organization that are not in competition with one another so is ASFU a mono sport organization focused specifically on University Students Football.

“ASFU is indeed unique as it is the first Pan Africa Students Football Union in Africa. The main objective of ASFU/ISFU is to use the prism of football to provide growth and development opportunities for students with football skills to use their skills and talent to secure livelihood by being gainfully employed in the world of professional football and allied football business after graduation from the University. ASFU provides opportunity to combine Education and football and secure a future after retiring.

“The ASFU/ISFU comes with lots of benefits to the student footballers. Major among the benefits are the scholarship opportunities and enhanced chances of breaking into the world of professional football,” Prof. Omotayo who also doubles as

ISFU Africa Coordinator said.

The trophies for the tournament were unveiled by the main organizing committee in which the Most Valuable Person (MVP) award was donated by Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, the Highest Goal Scorer award donated by Julius Agahowa and the Best Goalkeeper award donated by Peter Rufai.

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#HiFLNigeria: OAU, UNILORIN Win As Semifinals Unfold

UNILORIN Warriors secured a first leg win at home against UNICAL Malabites in the first round of the semifinal matches of the 2018 Higher Institutions Football League, HiFL. Unilorin Warriors striker, Kabir Akanbi scored the only goal in the 55th minute to put the home team in good standing for the second leg in Calabar.

At another venue in Ife, OAU Giants showed class at home against the Tillers from Makurdi, winning by five goals to three in what could be described as one of the most exciting fixtures of the tournament. Seyi James gave the Giants an eighth-minute lead with a superb strike before Ogbole Emmanuel equalized for the UAM Tillers in the 15th minute.

OAU Giants’ Toba James converted a penalty kick in the 40th minute before leading HiFL goal scorer, Ebuka David equalized for the visitors also with a penalty kick to close out the first half.

 UAM Tillers’ Ebuka scored his second in the 61st minute, but OAU Giants equalized through a penalty converted by Toba James six minutes later. OAU Giants and HiFL 2018 awesome revelation, Kehinde Oripelaye put the home team ahead in the 84th minute with an amazing strike to make the scores 4-3.

However, the visiting team had a player sent off when Shaibu Benjamin fouled OAU forward Toba James and the home team took advantage of their numerical superiority to seal the victory with a late strike from Toba James. The game ended 5-3 in favour of the home team.

The second leg of the semifinals is scheduled for October 17, 2018.The HIFL is organised by Pace Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).

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HiFL Disqualifies ABU Nobles from the Ongoing Football Match

ABU Nobles – The Higher institutions Football League that came up on August 29, 2018, has seen Players From Ahmadu Bello University back home based on a misdeed which was against the rule of the game.

The match between this team and Unilorin had come up first on August 8, 2018, where Ilorin won by one to nothing. Another match was played on August 29, 2018, between these two teams and saw ABU Nobles disqualified from the game.

According to an investigation which was carried out by the Technical Review Committee on the match, the reason for the disqualification of the Ahmadu Bello University team players is because of an act of rule breaching. The report states that “the ABU Noble teams fielded an ineligible player, who had earlier been disapproved by the HiFL/NUGA accreditation director during the registration process and was therefore ineligible to play the match in the light of the disqualification decision”

 Meanwhile, irrespective of the disqualification of the team, Unilorin, which is the opposition team of ABU Noble, has on the 6th and 19th of September, 2018, been cleared to play proceed with its quarterfinal against UDUS Sultans in the return leg.