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Unilag students develop app to improve communication, security

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A group of students of the University of Lagos has developed an app known as `Lagmobile’ and a campus life website, in a bid to improve communication and security within the university community.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe said at the launch of the app on Friday in Lagos that a student of French Language was in the group.

“We threw up this challenge open to all of students cutting across all the departments and faculties when we thought about improving communication as well the level of security on our campus.

“I am very proud to let you know that what we are launching here today was developed by students of this institution.

“This app was designed in such a way that if, for instance, there is a case of rape, kidnap, cultism, all the person affected needs to do is to click a button on his or her telephone.

“Once this is done, probably accompanied with a short message, wherever such the person is, signal will be sent to the right quarters for an urgent intervention.

“Again, the beauty about this app is that if any student is having any academic problem, such a student can reach the appropriate quarters through this same app, and information concerning it will be conveyed equally,’’ he said.

Ogundipe said that the students of the institution were also set to develop another app that would serve as a map within the university.

He  said that the app would  be launched in two week’s time.

“The essence  is to direct or inform visitors and students how to reach whoever they want to see at various locations within the university without necessarily asking questions around.”

He said that the android for the app had already been done and the IOS almost completed.

“We are migrating to a situation whereby we will have things all over the campus to make life easy for our students as well as visitors to the university.

“This development is going to push up the visibility of the university because  students are directly involved.

“These students are bloggers, and the university is encouraging them in this regard as well as supporting them as much as possible.

“We want to develop students who will not say they are thinking outside the box. We want students who will say there is no box in the first place, that is, there is no limitation – those who will  just soar like the eagle in achieving their dreams.”

Ogundipe said that the university would continue to strive in exposing its students to artificial intelligence, data processing, large data processing and others, in order to make them globally competitive.

The Acting Director of the university’s  Centre for Information Technology and System, Dr Victor Odumuyiwa, said that the development of the apps and design of the website was part of the vision upon which the institution’s ICT goals were being driven.

According to him, the university was projecting ubiquitous connectivity, which enables any student or registered member of the university to be able to connect with his or her devices.

He said that internet should not be a problem to anyone within the university community because it was a major communication tool that should be there at all times in the digital age.

According to him,  efforts are in place to fully realize this any moment from now.

“We have been able to network several places that we have over 60km of fibre cable laid round the campus.

“We are seriously working on this and pushing for more support. We are looking forward to partnering with people who have passion in developing education to come forward and support us by donating more access points,’’ he said.

Odumuyiwa, also  Senior Lecturer in the university’s Department of Computers Science, also said that another major goal of the centre was to create services and be mobile ready.

“The present and future are mobile,” he said.

He said that creating a smart way of rendering mobile  services for students informed the development of Lagmobile.

“The Lagmobile app that we just launched is basically for students to view information, send complaints as well as see events happening on campus. It is highly interactive.

“They can as well use the app to see their results as well as see the programme they registered for.

 

“This device is a panic app for the purpose of reporting incidents such as fire, abduction and others instantaneously.

“The campus life website was developed by students to share experiences on campus as well as connect and communicate among themselves,’’ he said.

The don added that the university through the centre was working hard to become a technology hub.

According to him, the university intends to train students on emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber security,

 

He said that there was an ongoing week- long training of about 100 students by a centre known as Data Science Boot camp in collaboration with a university from Benin Repuplic.

“The idea is to see how we can assist them by working on and developing their ideas, as well as see how we can incubate these ideas. All we are doing is to develop and encourage their competence in technology.

“If we are able to use that to create solutions that can become patented or used to set up a company, then we push them to the appropriate quarters.

“We must take steps in pushing the continent to take its destiny especially as it concerns technology.

“Africa needs to move faster because the fourth revolution is here and we must not let it slip.

“We, on our part in this university, are not allowing anything to chance, as we are already partnering with a good ambassador that wants to assist,’’ he said.

Ehimisan Lanumi, a second year French Language Education student of the university who was part of the success story of Lagmobile, said the initative was a major breakthrough.

She said that with Lagmobile, life and learning on campus would have a new beginning and meaning to students.

“ICT has been my passion and I enjoy doing what I am doing here,’’ she said

Edited by Ijeoma  Popoola

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Ogun governor’s wife pledges support for education as TFN graduates 44 Fellows

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The Nigeria News Agency reports that two Fellows, Mr Dinyambe Nyatua and Mrs Bosede Ogidan won N250,000 prize money from the Grace Lake Partners Care Foundation with their Child Support Initiative project.

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Anambra govt. trains 10,000 teachers to fight cyber crime

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Prof. Kate Omenugha, the Commissioner for Basic Education in Anambra, has said that 10,000 teachers were undergoing training on Information Communicate Technology (ICT) to combat Cyber Crime among students.

Omenugha said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Awka on Friday, while commending the Joint Consultative Committee and National Council on Education for developing a curriculum to regulate Cyber Security in the education sector.

She said that the curriculum was being developed to create awareness on Education ICT on cyber security.

“We need to take the minds of our pupils and students away from cyber crimes and going to sites that teach how to commit suicide and kidnap, among other crimes,” she said.

She said that the training would be for both primary and post-primary school teachers so that they would be well-informed to teach their pupils and students on the right use of ICT.

The commissioner further said that various centres mapped out for the three-week training in Awka Zone of the State Education Commission were functional and would provide the needed learning environment.

She said that Gov. Wille Obiano’s administration was committed to training teachers that would be ICT-compliant to compete favourably with their counterparts across the globe and also impart quality knowledge.

She said that the governor had great passion for teachers and students to be at the same pedestal with their counterparts on ICT know-how.

Omenugha said that Google would also train the teachers on Cyber Security in order to curb the increase in cyber site usage that takes young minds to dangerous aspects of the ICT.

The commissioner said that cyber bullying and its related crimes would soon be a thing of the past for school age children in the state.

She said that government had concluded plans to provide teachers with laptops on loan for continuous learning.

Omenugha described the training as a great initiative that had provided an avenue for the teachers to acquire computer education and training.

She said that the training would enable them to key into modern ways of teaching and learning.

 

 

 

 

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Youths coalition, NGO, partner to increase access to quality education in Sokoto

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A coalition of youth organisations in Sokoto State, has said it would collaborate with High Level Women Advocates (HiLWA), an NGO, to promote access to quality education for the girl-child.

Leader of the coalition, Mr Salman Yahaya-Maiyama, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Sokoto, on Friday.

Yahaya-Maiyama said HiLWA had supported youth groups in different areas to ensure maximum community involvement in accelerating development in the state.

He said no fewer than 120 youths had attended an education mobilisation training in the state, aimed at providing platforms for youths to interact and exchange ideas.

He said the participants, comprising of 70 women and 50 men, were mobilised to serve as community advocates for safe and quality education for every Nigerian child, with emphasis on girls.

“Youths constitute a large percentage of the Nigerian population, hence, they have a vital role to play and leverage on Sokoto State’s high budget allocation to the education sector.

“We commend the government for allocating 28 per cent of the 2019 budget to education, and appeal to stakeholders to ensure maximum support for the state in terms of legislation and policy implementation,” Yahaya-Maiyama said.

He commended HiLWA for its support to education across the state, noting that during the programme, HiLWA representatives delivered lectures on diverse topics.

“The topics comprised of gender equality and equity, positive masculinity, value of education, role of citizens and governance, as well as networking as a strategy to create awareness.

“I urge the media, community groups and civil society organisations to sustain the efforts at ensuring mass enrolment, retention and completion of students’ education.

“Various strategies were proffered to ensure increased enrollments at the grassroots; and every participating youth will serve as an advocate on spreading the message in their immediate communities,’’ he said.

The Nigeria News Agency , recalls that HiLWA with support from UNICEF, UkAid and the Federal Government, had organised youths’ capacity building conference in June, to commemorate the International Day of the African Child.

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2009 agreement: SSANU, NASU says may embark on full strike

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) on Friday urged the Federal Government to honour their 2009 agreement to avoid total strike.

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) branch of the two unions made their stand known while addressing a joint press briefing at SSANU secretariat, main campus, Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State.

“This agreement was signed in 2009. Ten years into this agreement, we are still dily-dallying, we are neither here nor there in the implementation of the content of this agreement.

“And the most worrisome aspect of it is that, recently, Federal Government released the sum of N25 billion to universities to defray part of outstanding earned allowances owed by government to the staff.”

The Chairman lamented that of this N25 billion released by the Federal Government to universities, only 20 per cent of it was given to the three non teaching unions of Nigerian universities.

“Only 20 per cent of it, which translate to N5 billion was given to the three non teaching staff unions in the universities, while ASUU was given 80 per cent which amount to N20 billion.”

According to him, this singular action of government is not only embarrassing, but it is insulting and unacceptable, adding that it was one of the reasons why the warning strike was on.

Speaking on position of staff schools, the Chairman recalled that in December 2016, there was a ruling at the National Industrial Court on the status of staff school as contained in the agreement the union signed with the Federal Government.

He said the court ruled in a favour of the union, saying that what was contained in the agreement between the union and the Federal Government should be upheld.

Abdur-Ra’uf-Bello said the ruling states that: the recurrent and the capital expenditure of University Staff School should be borned by the Federal Government, arguing that “up to today three and half years into that, the Federal Government has refused to implement that ruling.”

The Chairman said the court also ruled that most of the members that had their appointment terminated in their various universities should be reinstated.

He, however, said several frantic efforts made by the union leaders to convince the government to direct the respective Vice Chancellors to reinstate the laid-off staff had not yielded any fruitful result.

The Chairman recalled that some few weeks back the union members had embarked on a protest by drawing their roadmap on how to carry out what he described as a strategic and organised protest.

Abdur-Ra’uf-Bello said they have started with protest and now resolved to go on five days warning strike, assuring that the next action would be an indefinite, extensive and total strike.

He said sincere and frantic efforts should be put in place to ensure that the agreement the union reached with the Federal Government was consummated before the situation gets out of hand.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Taraba: NYSC hands over 3 suspects with alleged fake certificates to police 

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The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has handed over three young men, posing as graduates of tertiary institutions, caught in possession of fake certificates to the police.

Mrs Florence Yaakugh, the Taraba Coordinator of NYSC, on Friday, said the suspects were apprehended with the fake certificates during screening of prospective Batch B Stream 2 corps members at the orientation camp in Jalingo.

The suspects are; Nasiru Yau, who claimed to have studied Mass Communication, Shehu Murktar -Computer Science and Illiyasu Usman- Sociology, all from Isfop University of Cotonou in Republic of Benin .

“They came for registration and the verification officer discovered them with fake certificates and verification papers.

“If you will recall, the Director General of NYSC Brig.-Gen. Shauibu Ibrahim recently expressed deep concern over the activities of fake corps members who cannot make a correct sentence in the English language.

“He directed us to check and fish out such persons and hand them over to the security operatives for further investigation and this is what we are just doing,” the NYSC coordinator said.

Yaakugh said that their preliminary investigation revealed that the persons involved could not write or say anything logical about their courses of study.

She urged the security agents to do a thorough job so that the truth would come out and justice done to the affected persons.

The NYSC state coordinator said that another similar case involving a female, who also presented a foreign certificate, was being investigated by the verification officer.

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