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22-year old emerges best graduating student of Achievers Varsity

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Miss Titilayo Jolapamo, 22, has emerged the overall best student of 2018/2019 graduating set of Achievers University, Owo in Ondo State.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the university held its eighth and ninth convocation ceremonies on Saturday at the institution’s campus.

Jolapamo, who read Microbiology, scored 4.85 cummulative grade point aggregate (CGPA) to emerge the overall best student of her set.

Although Jolapamo said that the journey was tough, she, however, added that she was able to navigate through perseverance and determination.

She noted that she did not mind the societal norm but kept fighting with interest and zeal in order to be a change agent in the society.

Jolapamo stated that she was confident in the direction of the university’s dream and lived to uphold its motto.

She, therefore, urged her colleagues to channel all they had learnt to adding value to themselves, their immediate environment and the country at large.

Jolapamo appreciated the institution’s management for imparting in the graduands wealth of expertise in various areas of life, pledging to be a good ambassador of the university.

Speaking at the occasion, Sen. Bode Olajumoke, the immediate past Chancellor of the university, called for a review of the policy which discriminated against and excluded private universities from financial assistance by both the federal and state governments.

According to him, graduates of private universities are also making impacts on the economy of the country, hence the need to consider them during their academic pursuits.

“Why must they be discriminated against? The federal government, particularly the National Assembly must do something about this,” he said.

Olajumoke enjoined graduands to face the challenges of life with courage and be good ambassadors of the institution, adding they had been trained and equipped to face the challenges of life and come out victorious.

NAN reports that Olajumoke, who stepped down as the chancellor of the school after seven years in office, was succeeded by Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the immediate past Speaker of House of Representatives.

Dogara said that before accepting the chancellorship, he had perused the vision and mission of the university as well as its history since it was established 11 years ago.

He said that he was impressed with the university’s vision and mission, pledging to join hands with other stakeholders in lifting its banner of greatness by raising the bar of academic excellence for the benefit of humanity.

The former speaker congratulated the graduands and implored them to utilise the genius in them and be patriotic to the country, saying that Nigeria was in dire need of true patriots.

He also congratulated all the awardees, saying that the honour bestowed on them was in recognition of their academic excellence, adding that it was a call for greater service to their fatherland.

The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi, said that the university started in 2008, with eight undergraduate programmes in two colleges.

Ibiyemi added that the university was currently running 22 academic programmes, while the number of colleges had risen to four.

He noted that the university got approval for running postgraduate studies in the 2017/2018 academic session in Accounting, Business Administration and Computer Science.

The vice chancellor said that the institution had admitted 13 sets and graduated nine sets of undergraduates.

He said that the two sets totalled 400, with 22 of them having First Class Honours division, 217 Second Class Honours (Upper Division), 130 Second Class Honours (Lower Division), while the remaining 31had Third Class Honours division.

Ibiyemi said that the first set of postgraduate graduands, numbering 48, would be awarded of Master of Science degrees.

He disclosed that the university had formally established academic linkage and collaboration with two universities in the USA and Kenya for exchange of students and staff as well as research collaboration.

“Our MoU with the university in USA included 50 percent fee rebate for any graduate of Achievers University who wants to do his/her postgraduate programmes in the university,” he said.

The vice chancellor urged the federal government to ensure that universities in Nigeria were true citadels of applied learning and knowledge, which must be driven by quality research.

He urged the graduands to put into use things they had seen, learnt and received from the university for the benefit of humanity.

The Pro-Chancellor and Founder of the institution, Dr Bode Ayorinde, said that Nigeria was still battling with serious challenges, bordering on security of lives and property.

Ayorinde implored the university community in the country not to fold its arms, but to engage in constant research that would proffer solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the country.

He attributed the security crisis in the country to hunger and idleness, occasioned by mass unemployment.

The pro-chancellor called on government to make a holistic approach to arresting the menace of insecurity and unemployment, in order to move the country forward.

He added that government at all levels must take advantage of the natural resources that abound in Nigeria to establish, at least, one company in each of the 774 local governments in the country.

According to him, the resources in each council area should be explored by such a company to provide employment opportunities for at least 2,000 people.

NAN reports that Dogara, Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Mrs Olusola Momoh, the Vice-Chairman of Channels Media Group and Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State were awarded honourary doctorate degrees by the university.

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LASG approves establishment of 173 private schools

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The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Education, has given approval for the establishment of 173 private schools across the state’s five divisions.

The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, made this known while issuing letters of approval to the beneficiaries in Ikeja.

Adefisayo said in a statement released on Tuesday that the approval for the private schools was part of efforts to entrench inclusiveness in the education sector.

She said that the present administration was willing to partner with critical stakeholders in the Private Education Sector, as a catalyst to take education in the state to the next level.

“Despite the fact that the number of schools in Lagos, especially in the private sector, has increased tremendously, the yawning gap between demand and supply clearly shows that more schools are needed to meet our educational target.

“We need more private schools to come on board for us to be able to cater to the ever-increasing educational needs of a fast-growing metropolis like ours,” the commissioner said.

Adefisayo urged all school owners to reflect excellence in their service delivery, integrate 21st century skills into their teaching methods and to make provision for special students.

She urged school owners to employ only qualified teachers, emphasise digital literacy and adhere to the recommended curriculum for teaching.

The Director, Private Education and Special Programmes, Mrs Adetutu Adebowale, said that there was the need for school owners to maintain the standard that earned them the approval of the state government.

Adebowale said that private school operators could not afford to fail in their complementary role needed to move the sector to greater heights.

Responding on behalf of the private nursery and primary schools, Mrs Chinyelu Anidebe, a school proprietor, urged the ministry to always make the new curriculum available on time.

Anidebe called on the ministry to update the current curriculum and initiate enlightenment programmes aimed at dissuading parents from encouraging their children to skip primary six.

In the same vein, another proprietor, Capt. Femi Olaiya, representing the secondary school subsector, encouraged the ministry to utilise all available media to disseminate information on the criteria for approval to school owners and to also hasten the process.

Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Oluwole Sogunle

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NPDC donates science books, e-library to 10 public schools in Edo

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Benin, Nov. 19, 2019 The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of NNPC on Tuesday donated science books, e-library, chairs and desks to 10 public schools  in its host communities in Edo

Mr Mansur Sambo, Managing Director of NPDC, while presenting the items on Tuesday to principals of the selected schools, said the gesture was part of the company’s cooperate social responsibility to its host communities.

The Nigeria News Agency NAN reports that Itohan Girls Grammar School, Oko Secondary School, Ohen primary school, lyekogba Secondary and Anglican Girls Grammar School were among beneficiaries of the items.

Sambo, represented by Mr Ugo Atugbokoh, the General Manager, Community Relations and Security, said the donation of the items was to encourage and support the students’ quest to acquire quality education.

“This is the second presentation, in 2018, we presented similar items to public schools in host communities in Edo, Delta and Imo.

“We have here chairs, desks, e-library and science books worth millions of naira to present to you, please allow the students to take advantage of them to enrich their knowledge.

“The science books were written by Nigerians and are domesticated and prescribed for schools. We know they are not enough, but we will still do more,” he promised.

Mr Dahiru Abubakar, the Manager Community Relations Department, said NPDC had a complete package to rehabilitate and donate the items to the selected schools.

“Because of the bureaucratic nature of government activities, we could not carry along the rehabilitation of the schools with the presentation of the items.

“Be rest assured that we will liaise with the selected schools to ensure that we carry out rehabilitation of the schools, to safeguard the books and the e-library presented to you,’’ Abubakar said.

Mr Paul Omorogbe, the Principal of Ozula Grammar School, commended the management of NPDC for the laudable initiative.

“Last year, we were here to collect our gift, it shows that NPDC’s generosity is progressive, thank you for what you are doing,” he said.

Omorogbe appealed to the management of NPDC to always get in touch with selected schools, to know areas of their priorities.

“I want to plead with you to help provide security in the schools.

“As we speak now, there are no doors and burglary proof to protect the gifts we are getting from you. The items you donated to us last year have been vandalised,’’ he said.

Mrs Matilda Temofeh, the Principal of Oba Eware Senior Secondary School, also lauded the management and staff of NPDC for the gesture.

“When things like this happen, we need to say thank you, so that more will come. We assure you that the students will gain a lot from the donation,” she said.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Dada Ahmed

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Fire guts 12 bodies in OAU’s morgue

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Ile-Ife (Osun), Nov 19, 2019 (Osun) No fewer than 12 corpses at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, were on early hours of Tuesday gutted by a midnight fire.

The incident which could have wreaked havoc at the department was averted by the combined efforts of the security and fire services unit of the institution.

Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University made the disclosure in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency , on Tuesday in Ile-Ife.

Olarewaju said that the fire, which broke out around 3:00 am, was allegedly caused by electricity surge which affected a section of the morgue where corpses are kept.

According to it, out of the 102 bodies that are kept in the morgue, 12 were affected by the fire outbreak.

“The department has made detailed arrangements to duly and adequately inform those who have kept bodies (corpses) in the morgue,” it stated.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede led other principal officers to the scene of the incident to assess the level of damage and instructed immediate repairs to the affected areas.

The vice chancellor had also constituted a three-member committee to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire outbreak.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that normalcy of academic and administrative activities have since returned to the area.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Maureen Atuonwu

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Yabatech’s products remain worthy ambassadors – ICAN

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President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chief Nnamdi Okwuadigbo, on Monday, congratulated Yaba College of Technology on its 33rd convocation, saying that its products had remained worthy ambassadors.

Okwuadigbo said that the leadership of the institute had done greatly in sustaining the institution’s legacy as the first higher college in the country.

According to him, the history of education and human capital development in the country will be grossly deficient without reference to Yabatech.

”Undeniably, this college has produced men and women of note, who are contributing to economic and social growth processes in the country.

”The products of this college have remained worthy ambassadors beyond the shores of the country,” Okwuadigbo said.

He added that his emergence as the 55th President of ICAN would not have been possible but for the foresight of one of the products of the old Yaba Higher College, Pa Akintola Williams.

”He is the doyen of Accounting in Nigeria; he co-founded ICAN with other visionary leaders.

”It is, therefore, a great delight for me to be part of this occasion, as I have benefitted, albeit indirectly, from Yabatech’s 72 years of making leaders.

According to the ICAN president, the theme of the convocation lecture, ‘Ethical Values, Good Governance and Nation Building’, speaks directly about the yearnings of Nigerians and other stakeholders in the economy.

”Even though the subject is global, the peculiarities of our political, social and economic structures make it particularly germane to us as a nation.

”Legitimate questions have been asked on why the challenges of the country remain intractable.

‘The theme of the convocation lecture is not just well-timed, but the organisers could not have chosen a better lecturer.

He enumerated the economic and infrastructural problems currently facing the country and questioned the leaders’ ethical disposition to governance as well as the roles of the followers in the entire situation.

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LAUTECH lecturers boycott lectures, other academic activities

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Lecturers of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), on Monday, carried out their threat by declaring total boycott of lectures and other academic activities.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the decision was reached at the congress of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), LAUTECH chapter, held at the campus of the institution.

This was contained in a statement issued by the institution’s ASUU Chairman, Dr Biodun Olaniran, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.

Olaniran said that the decision to boycott academic activities was reached after reviewing the situation regarding the non-payment of three months salaries to the lecturers.

He said that ASUU had earlier issued an ultimatum to the university management to pay the lecturers their outstanding salaries or face industrial action.

According to the ASUU chairman, apart from boycott of lectures, results of rain semester will be withheld, while the project defence by final year students will be put on hold.

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Govt.-private sector partnership has raised bar of education in Nigeria – Expert

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An Educationist, Mrs Olajumoke Akere, has said hailed the partnership between government and private education sector, saying it has helped in raising the bar of education in Nigeria.

Akere stated this while speaking at the Valedictory Service of JSAY Prevarsity in Ibadan, on Monday.

She lauded the partnership of the private sector with government in ensuring that candidates aspiring to gain admission into tertiary institutions were able to do so.

“Considering the large number of students who fail JAMB every year, and by so doing, are denied the opportunity of attaining tertiary education, the private sector has been able to bridge this gap by tutoring them, and the result is there to show.

“We have helped many students to effectively manage the transition from secondary school to higher institutions,” she said.

According to her, the private education sector is helping secondary school leavers to attain requisite knowledge that will help them pass various local and international qualifying examinations.

Akere also said that social vices could be reduced to the barest minimum, if the education sector was made to function at optimum capacity.

“Government cannot do it all, hence the need for more collaboration from the private sector in ensuring that our youths are educated.

“They form the largest percentage of our population; so it is paramount that they are fully engaged to secure the future of this nation,” she said.

Akere, who spoke on the theme: ‘Press Forward’, urged the graduands to strive for excellence in the next phase of their academic pursuits.

“You have to continue in the culture of excellence which you have learnt here. Nothing comes on a platter of gold; so read your books and work hard to be the best in life.

“I am certain that you have the capacity to be the best, as you pursue your dreams and goals of making your parents and the country proud,” she said.

In his address, Mr Ayoade Olayiwola, the Programme Officer of the school, enjoined the graduands to continue to being a blessing to others.

“Keep your dreams and goals right before you; fully harness your potentials; be the very best of yourselves, knowing that you are uniquely made and gifted by God.

“Watch your associations too; steer clear of friends with no value and sense of direction and those with no morals to emulate.

“Remember, man is a product of influence; ensure you keep the right influence around you,” Olayiwola said.

Edited by Moses Solanke

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