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According to him, it is a wrong judgement to describe Nigeria’s curriculum as outdated.

”Oftentimes, I hear people say the curriculum is outdated.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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A DAY IN RAGS OR A DAY FOR RAGS? – Damilola A. Baruwa

The first tertiary institution to introduce the Rag Day in South Africa was the University of Pretoria in 1925. It is referred to as “The Procession” and is still carried out today. The origin of the word “Rag” according to the Oxford English Dictionary is “an act of ragging; especially, an extensive display of noisy disorderly conduct, carried on in defiance of authority or discipline. Much more recently, monetary donations have been integrated into this activity. Rag Day displays have seen passers-by “ragged” until they made a donation.
Rag Day is an activity carried out by student-run charity organisations and are widespread in the Britain. Most universities in the UK and Ireland, as well as some in the Netherlands and South Africa observe the Rag Day.

Many children in the then South Africa, were highly poor and malnourished, they are mostly known by their dressing (Mostly torn and patched cloths) which made a fraction of some student of University of Pretoria build on this condition, taking cognisance of the most glaring situation of the poor children who are always in rags to raise fund for them i.e raising fund to remove the rags from their body(some are now putting on that rag intentionally, some even half naked to get money)

WHAT IT MEANS IN AFRICA (ESPECIALLY NIGERIAN INSTITUTION)
On a very fine morning to you, as you walk out of your house (going in search of your daily bread, of course), and behold, you sight this group of crazy youths walking towards you, armed with metal tin cans (a.k.a. kom-kom), filled with coins which they shake as they approach you smiling and laughing.
Your first thoughts would be to run back into your room and shut the doors tight so you don’t get mobbed or bitten by these “mad” men. But just then, you realize what is actually happening. These are not mad men. They are not crazy at all. These are students from the nearby university; of course, it’s another Rag Day!
They are dressed in rags, and as you watch, you see them stop people going about their legitimate businesses and ask, beg or demand for money. They enter homes, shops, and offices with reckless abandon, begging for money. They litter the street like a bunch of zombies who have taken over the town and are trying to infect everyone (a reminder of those blockbuster zombie movies like the Evil Dead or the Return of the Living Dead) and you wonder what their driving force is.
Rag Day or Rag activities is suppose to be a charity work in the form of fund-raising campaigns for the less privileged people in our society by Nigerian higher institutions.

‘Ragging’, as students like to call it in Nigeria, is usually part of the Student Union week when students, especially the newly admitted ones, adorn rags or dress in a less sensible manner and storm the streets in a bid to raise funds for charity. Over time, the concept of “charity” has been erased from the exercise as “rag day” has now become a day in which Nigerian students are “permitted” officially to extort money from the general public. Monies realized are not submitted to appropriate authorities as there are no laid out structure of ensuring that the students are accountable for the donations they have received. But how did we come to this point?. Students who go out for ragging don’t do so with charity in mind anymore. Rather, they do so in a bid to enrich themselves. Even persons who are not students “join the queue” because its purpose has been defeated. It is now deemed to be a highly “lucrative” venture. That is why you see a final year student who is supposed to be in school concentrating on his academic work, out there on the streets in the name of ragging.
In conclusion, if something had lost it original meaning, then it is something else, therefore it is nothing at all.

Observations

  1. It’s fun for you, but will it be for your parents if by accident they get to know: remember they go through hard and thick to get that same money you are looking for as a 1 day abnormal person.
  2. After that day you’ll. Still fresh up and shake head for a mad man( forgetting you were in the same class yesterday.
  3. You get something and you discover its not leaving you for life.
  4. Insults that you’ll abhor from other sources may come yet it doesn’t matter.
  5. You’ll put your integrity and honour away just for what.
  6. Dangers lurking around is not an overstatement.

 

I’m not stopping anyone, but just ask yourself What Do You Think Of RAG Days In Universities?

Thanks for reading, please share if you have nothing to be afraid of.

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THE ULSU PARLIAMENTARY WING AND THE ALMIGHTY MACE: USAGE AND ABUSAGE

The first time I heard the word mace, wrongly sounding like “maize” to me, and still sometimes confuse it subconsciously and maybe depends on the orator who makes its pronouncement as naive as I was then. But as an erstwhile student representative, I had the opportunity to see some persons, with the title “Honourable” prefixed to their names, fight on it (mace) which got me more troubled on what actually the almighty “maize” could do. Imperative to know, the “maize” is a symbol of authority present in the legislative / parliamentary arm of any government being in custody of the chief whip and greater than the speaker himself. What a “WOW” for a supposedly carved structure, How Mighty? No pun intended.

Usage of the “maize” in the ULSU parliamentary council is so gargantuan, copious to the verified honourables and sometimes obfuscated to the electorates who watch from outside, it is politically known for its notoriety as the cure all (gbogbonise) staff for all activities and resolutions passed either in favour or otherwise. In other words, No “maize”, No resolution and nothing is binding. How about a situation where resolutions have been made unanimously and passed, then subsequently disobeyed? ABUSAGE.

The ULSU parliamentary council passed some resolutions on July 11th 2015 which was later released on July 13th 2015 through the clerk of the house. Their positions amongst others were:

That the Student Union President, Comrade Martins Abiodun, give a comprehensive details about the alleged accident he had.

That the Student Union Team give a stewardship report / account of the few weeks spent after inauguration.

Where then does the supremacy of the constitution or by extension, the “maize” lies, if we are yet to get a feedback on the SPC’s resolutions; suffix to say, this is a flagrant disregard of the supremacy of the MACE.