The Akwa Ibom State University has said that the management of the institution terminated the appointment of eight lecturers for sexual harassment.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eno Ibanga, disclosed this during a press conference at Ikot Akpaden in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area on Tuesday.
Ibanga said that the lecturers were sacked for sexually harassing some female students and for extortion between 2015/2016 academic year and 2018/2019 session.
“The appointment of eight lecturers has been terminated by the university bordering on sexual harassment and extortion.
“As we speak, a notorious one is on ground and the person will not go scout free.
“Some of the cases are still in court. I swore to run an institution that can stand the test of time. We are doing the best to bring sanity to the institution,” Ibanga said.
According to him, the university is doing its best to instill sanity among lecturers and students, stressing that such case were thoroughly investigated by the management before disciplinary measures are carried out.
The vice chancellor also disclosed that the university was set to award first class degrees to 41 deserving students during its 4th and 5th combined convocation.
Ibanga explained that a total of 2,000 graduates would convoke during the ceremony, comprising 920 graduates for 2016/2017 and 1, 080 graduates for 2017/2018 year respectively.
He added that the University would award a honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to His eminence, Nteyin Solomon Etuk, the Oku Ibom Ibibio and President of the Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers, who is also the Chairman of the Akwa Ibom Council of Chief.
Edited by Maureen Atuonwu
Don seeks creation of wildlife ministry
Prof. Gbolagade Lameed, a professor of Wildlife and Ecotourism at University of Ibadan , on Thursday called for the creation of a separate Ministry of Wildlife at all levels of government to boost conservation.
Lameed urged the Federal Government to revisit the laws and decrees that established the National Parks in the country to become effective for modern day natural resources management.
“It is high time Wildlife had separate ministries and departments at local, state and national levels of government.
“If concerted efforts are made in the right direction such as increasing fund allocation to management of wildlife conservation in the country, it will witness stability in their population and present opportunity for sustainable management.
“The Federal Government should establish more parks in different zones. This will present opportunity for ecotourism development thereby opening doors for employment opportunities.
“Government should serve as a major stakeholder in natural resources management and thereby assume the role of good custodian of the resources,” he said.
Lameed, who also made other recommendations such as environmental education toward developing a world of citizenry who were concerned about the environment, urged government to harness its economic opportunities.
“When we see the environment as an entity to which we rather belong to, then, we may begin to use it with love and respect, thus we become good custodians,” he said,.
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Oyo SUBEB Chairman inspects intervention projects in primary schools
The statement quoted Adeniran as reiterating the importance of the projects to the improvement of basic education in the state.
He expressed satisfaction with the standard and the speed at which the projects were being executed, saying most of them would have been ready before the second term resumption in January 2020.
Adeniran said that the completion of the projects would ease the commencement of the 2018 intervention projects, noting that the inspection had become necessary in view of the governor’s passion for the sector.
NAN reports that the chairman’s first point of call was Methodist Primary School, Bodija, Ibadan, where he assured the school authorities that government would soon site a model school there, in fulfilment of the government’s pledge to improve learning in the state.
“Therefore, let me plead with the traders displaying their wares at the entrance of the school, thus blocking the entrance, to please vacate the space, as a big project will soon commence here,” he said.
Adeniran also visited Anwaru-Islam Primary School I, II and III, Eleyele and St. Peter’s Primary School, Aremo, where he urged the contractors on site to speed up the projects, against resumption of the pupils in January 2020.
He also that the project at Elewura Community Primary School, Elewura, had been completed and was already being used by the pupils.
Speaking on the recent vandalism of facilities in public schools by hoodlums, the chairman said that government would henceforth ensure arrest and prosecution of anyone found disturbing the peace of schools, during and after school hours.
NAN reports that Adeniran also monitored the ongoing unified examinations in some of the public primary schools he visited.
He said that the essence of the monitoring exercise was to ensure that quality returned to the education system in the state.
The chairman noted that the Makinde-led administration had strengthened the unified examination so as to nurture the pupils from the scratch, adding “this will go a long way in curbing failure.
“This government has paid for the unified examination for public primary schools in the state, while the past administration rested its responsibilities on the shoulders of the parents.
“With this examination, we can know the competence level of each pupil we are nurturing and know how to help them.
“With this kind gesture by the governor, no pupil will be absent based on lack of funds,” Adeniran said.
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Be committed to tracking basic education project, plug hole of corruption- NGO
Mrs Olufunso Owasanoye, the Executive Director, HDI-Nigeria, made the call at a two-day training programme to strengthen the existing structures in the sector.
Owasanoye said, “Basic education will only thrive when members of the school Board Management Committees, Parents’ Forum and stakeholders groups are involved and committed to tracking basic education project and service delivery.
“Together, let’s plug the hole of corruption.’’
According to Owasanoye, the training is also to build the capacity of the community monitoring teams so that they could do better.
“Those that have been doing it before or those that are just joining, we don’t just want activities again, we want result.
“It is not like before, there are new strategies coming up and you are Monitoring and Evaluating (M and E) agents and M and E will be done on you.
“It is going to be like proper office work, you will go by 9.00a.m and return 5.00p.m, you will have schedule, you have duty and responsibility.
“You will be given us report because from this date, you don’t know the greater heights you are going to,” she said.
The executive director urged any of the local monitoring teams, who was not interested in the new innovation, to leave the training, adding that it was no longer business as usual.
Also, Mr James Fadokun, a trainer from the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), urged the M and E agents not to accept gratification from contractors handling UBE projects in Lagos.
He said that some members of agents that were collecting gratification from contractors had been expelled when the NGO found out that they were not sincere with their monitoring.
Fadokun said that the community-based monitoring teams would achieve their aims through factual, teamwork, investigative journalism and professionalism.
In his remarks, Mr Tayo Adelana, a staff of the HDI, urged the M and E agent to be objective, accountable and transparent in their monitoring.
Adelana also said that they should be social auditors in supervising projects in their local area.
“When supervising a building projects, no special favour should be given or solicited and no politicisation of the monitoring process must be allowed,” he said.
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Lagos SUBEB receives bids for renovation of schools
Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) on Thursday received bids for the renovation of primary schools across the state, assuring that only qualified and competent bidders would be awarded the contract.
Alawiye-King added that the exercise was in pursuance of the board’s mandate and in compliance with the requirements of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency law 2011 (as amended in 2015).
He said that the board carried out the bidding exercise, being a procedure specified in the state’s public procurement guidelines for the procurement of works and goods.
”The bidders bid for construction of blocks of classrooms and rehabilitation of blocks of classrooms.
”They also bid for furniture and construction of boreholes and overhead tanks for public schools.
”The projects being bid for were under the 2018 BEB Intervention Projects designed to ensure that the primary education system gets the needed boost it deserves, ’’ he said.
Alawiye-King noted that the board’s goal was to award timely and cost-effective contracts to qualified and reliable contractors, suppliers and service providers for the provision of goods and services.
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Unilag patents 11 inventions in 18 months
The University of Lagos says it successfully patented 11 inventions in the last 18 months, with three of them being prototyped.
Ogundipe spoke about the developmental strides in the university especially in the area of research, and the successes recorded by his administration of two years.
NAN reports that Ogundipe who was sworn in as the 12th Vice Chancellor of university in 2017 and recently celebrated two years in office on Nov. 12th.
The vice chancellor told NAN that the administration had attracted research grants of over N7 billion.
According to the professor of botany, the institution’s Innovation Unit recently received patent certificates for six inventions submitted for patenting in February.
He said that the inventions included a Unique Improved Selected Fishing Traps by scholars of the Department of Marine Science of the university, with two others from the Nigeria Institute Of Oceanography and Marine Research.
The patent application number for the innovation is NG/P/2019/00098
The don further listed the other inventions to include Solar Power Neonate Phototherapy Device Station by scholars of the Departments of Physics and Paedraitrics, College of Medicine of the university, with patent application number NG/P/2019/000099.
An Epoxy Particulate Hybrid Nanocomposite for Automobile Bumper Application, with patent application number NG/P/2019/000100 by scholars of the Dept of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is one of the inventions.
Also, Road Vehicle Black Box Security Surveillance System, with patent application number 000101 also by scholars of the Department t of Physics of the university, is among the inventions.
Equally patented is a Thick Dual-Slot Antenna for Microwave Ablation of Breast Tumour, by scholars in the College of Medicine of the institution. It has patent application number NG/P/2919/000103 among.
“Our programmes for research grants are some of those things that we are very excited about.
“University is about research grants and Unilag is about research. We are research-oriented; therefore, we are positive that what we are working on now will definitely have impact on the system, and the nation will benefit from it.
“We just had a formal presentation of the Fourth Research Grants/Award of the Professor Ayo Ogunye Chair in Chemical Engineering put together by the Professor Ayo Francis Ogunye Trust Foundation of the University of Lagos.
“It is intended to support PhD students of the institution to carry out research work as well as make it easy for the research work to be well-funded.
“The university is elated at the development because the foundation has done this, four times, with our PhD students winning it thrice.
“We have listed some of our efforts in research already, one of it, the Dolar Power Neinate Phototherapy Device Station, and other innovation ideas are even going to be exhibited at the Lagos State Innovation programme coming up on Dec. 5.
“We are indeed happy,” Ogundipe said.
According to him, the the outgoing year has been wonderful for the university in the area of research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
“What we also want to say is that we still have a lot of grounds to break as far as research is concerned in the university.
“We have a higher ground that we are moving to,” he said.
The vice chancellor said that his projection for the institution for 2020 would be to make it more visible globally.
“We also want to be celebrated more in the area of ground-breaking research works, innovation, entrepreneurship and setting up businesses for our students.
“We also want Unilag to be known for its academic programmes and in its students ability to compete globally.
“More importantly, we want it to be known as a university that is showing forth the light,” Ogundipe told NAN.
Prof. Ayo Ogunye, a former lecturer in the university, said that research output determined a university’s position in the world university ranking.
He urged Ogundipe not to relent in his determination to push for scholarship.
“I want Unilag to be number one, and we are lucky to have the kind of vice chancellor we have now who has passion for scholarship.
“We must support our scholars in the area of research.
“So far, a total of 45 scholars have benefited from the Research Grants/Award of the Professor Ayo Ogunye Chair in Chemical Engineering
“For us, it is a way of giving back to the university that made me what I am today. The research grant of N1.5 million started about four years ago but before then, we were giving prizes.
“When we do this, we feel satisfied because, it is investing in human capacity development and as well placing the system on the right path.
“We must always be willing to extend a hand of fellowship for good courses and for the sake of posterity,” he stated.
He was appointed Head of the Department at age 31.
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ENSG reiterates commitment to create conducive learning environment
The Enugu State Government, on Wednesday, reiterated its resolve to create conducive and safe learning environment for pupils and students to enhance their academic pursuits.
The Commissioner for Education in the State, Prof. Uchenna Eze, said this during the inauguration of “My Safe Space Project’’ in Enugu.
Eze, who was represented by a Director in the Ministry of Education, Chief Laz Udeh, noted that the state was working relentlessly to put in place enabling atmosphere for young people to realise their full potential.
The commissioner, however, commended the “My Safe Space Project’’ initiative.
“The ministry is ready to support the My Safe Space Project in the state through advocacy to various schools,’’ he said.
The Project Coordinator of the NGO, Amanda Okolie, said that the strategic plan of the project would focus on discussing and addressing challenges of unemployment, violence and youth participation in politics.
“The project will engage with the youth through three thematic areas of dancing, reading/storytelling and advocacy.
“It is hoped that every member of the platform can identify one thematic area to belong to and use it to express himself or herself.
“The project targets 100 youths in Enugu State, particularly the most vulnerable youth – unemployed, poor, slum dwellers, uneducated, physically-challenged, youth in conflict and others. It will run for 12 months.
“One of the key outputs expected at the end of the project is a book documentary that captures conversations and ideas coming out of the platform.
“This will hopefully be a guide on how to address issues affecting young people in Enugu State and Nigeria in general,’’ Okolie said.
She expressed optimism about new opportunities of building on the successes of the project and assuring that the project team would be committed to fulfilling the group’s responsibilities.
Edited & Vetted By: Cecilia Odey/Donald Ugwu
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