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6,255 graduate from OAU, 109 bag first class



6,255 graduate from OAU, 109 bag first class

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Friday graduated a total of 6,255 students out of which 109 bag first class at all levels of academic degrees.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, made this known in his address at the 45th Convocation Ceremony of the University, held at the Oduduwa Hall on the campus, on Friday.

Ogunbodede welcomed visitors, the university governing council led by the Pro-Chancellor, Owelle Udoji, and congratulated parents, guardians of the graduands on the great occasion which also coincides with the activities marking the 60th anniversary of the university.

He charged the graduands to positively impact on the various sectors of the Nigerian economy and help in resolving the challenges facing the nation as they step to the next phase in their lives and careers.

Ogunbodede reminded them that they were not trained only for the Nigerian environment, but to also function effectively anywhere in the world as ambassadors of ”Great Ife”.

He said that 4,643 graduands bagged bachelor degrees (classified) from 13 faculties, while bachelor degrees (unclassified) were 561.

According to him, this is in addition to 903 post-graduate degrees and 146 non-degree diplomas.

Ogunbodede stated that the university had achieved rapid growth and development particularly in the areas of academic programmes, research, infrastructural and human resources development.

The VC described OAU as a leading institution in Engineering, which hosts the African Centre of Excellence in Software Engineering Project.

“The first iLab in Africa, South of Sahara was developed and established in OAU in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Transcript Processing Software are also part of good success story of the university.

“The university has developed a robust entrepreneurship programme supported by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to improve the employability and ability of the graduates to contribute effectively to national development,” he stated.

He said the university is presently collaborating with relevant government agencies and corporate organisations to construct an airstrip that would be capable of serving as a training ground for the newly established Aeronautical Engineering Programme.


Ogunbodede, however, complained about  Energising Education (8.03MW) power that suffered setbacks due to paucity of funds.

He appealed to the Federal Ministry of Power and Federal Government to the project the desired priority and ensure its speedy completion.

Ogunbodede said that in spite of the modest achievements, funding had been a major challenge to the university, saying that government subvention had been grossly inadequate for its running.

He commended TETFund, the university alumni association and friends who had been of great assistance in supporting its various projects and programmes.

He pledged to prioritise modern technology in the implementation of the university’s objectives so as to take it to higher levels with the support of all stakeholders.

Ohanekwu Favour Ebuka, a student of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, emerged as the best overall student of 2018/2019 set with 4.89 GPA and got nine prizes.

The Grand-Finale of the convocation will commence on Saturday.




Foundation Trains 100 Girls on Health, Intelligence



Foundation Trains 100 Girls on Health, Intelligence

100 girls were selected and trained on Thursday at Moba Community, Ajah area of Lagos, on mental health, financial intelligence and other topics to promote the development of the girl child.

The training was organized by the ‘R Foundation’, a non-profit organization.

President of the foundation, Dr. Boluwatife Paul, said the company was committed to enhancing individual and family lives with special focus on girls and women empowerment.

Paul added that the company would continue to aspire to improve the living conditions of the less privileged and marginalised via strategies such as community initiative, and sensitisation through health assessment screenings and literacy skills.

She said the training was in line with the company’s vision where the girl child had guaranteed opportunities to development that enabled them exercise their right to education, health, livelihood, and social security.

“The training today on mental health, financial intelligence, drug abuse, sexual purity and finding purpose would go a long way to enable the girls live the best life possible in the areas of health, education and social welfare.

“We would continue to promote community-based organisations at the grassroots level for sustainable development in rural and coastal areas,” she said.

In her own speech, Dr. Simiat Oladipo, Public Health Officer, Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, urged the girls to dare to achieve their dreams by being positive, encouraged and determined to ensure growth beyond their backgrounds and obstacles.

She advised the girls to visualise their plans for success and daily meditate upon those goals to push them towards the success of their dreams.

“Before now, as a girl child, nobody expected much from us but the society today has changed and you must not lose the focus that would enable you create wealth and provide the impact that the society needs to become a better place,” she said.

In his own remarks, Mr. Turawa Kolawole, Principal, Jais Secondary School, Moba, lauded the initiative and urged the girls to ensure that the lessons learned would encourage them to take the steps necessary for self-development and all-around growth.

“Initiatives like this, particularly for the girl child, would ensure that in the nearest future, their positive contributions to societal development cannot be quantified.

“As it is widely said, train the girl child and train a nation.

“It is my hope that initiatives like this, beyond what is being taught in the classrooms, continue so that many more lives can be impacted,” he said.

The foundation also donated materials that supported women’s personal hygiene and consumables to the participating schools: Jais Secondary School, Great Star Academy and Remaliah Secondary School.


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Ukraine Returnees: Parents cry over alleged double payment to universities



Ukraine Returnees: Parents cry over alleged double payment to universities

Parents of Nigerian students evacuated from Ukraine due to the ongoing war with Russia, have lamented the alleged double payment which they have been subjected to in order for their children to continue with their education in Nigeria.

A parent, Taofik Amade, who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Thursday on the development, alleged that the universities in Ukraine have denied their children the option of enrolling in universities of their choice by refusing to release their academic transcripts.

Rather, he said, they entered into a mobility arrangement with some Nigerian universities through the National Universities Commission (NUC) whereby the students would be taking lectures partly online with Ukraine and physically with the selected Nigerian universities.

“But the problem is that we are now forced to pay double school fees, one to the Ukrainian university and another to the Nigerian university all in US dollars.

“With this high rate of dollars, how many parents can afford the double fees?”

He, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government to urgently intervene to save the education of thousands of Nigerian students affected by this situation.

Also speaking on the same issue, another parent, Laila Usmanz expressed concern that since July when the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the affected students to apply for enrolment into Nigerian Universities, nothing has been heard, thereby leaving the students stranded.

“Even in August, the Federal Ministry of Education issued a notice that the Ukraine returnees should apply to the Federal Scholarship board which they did

“But as I speak to you, my daughter has not heard anything from them,” she said.


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‘SEA-Hub’ entrepreneurship innovation excites students in Plateau



‘SEA-Hub’ entrepreneurship innovation excites students in Plateau

…LCCI charges 57 inductees on innovation***

Students who are participating in the Students Entrepreneurship Activities-Hub (SEA-Hub) in Plateau State have expressed enthusiasm that the programme would make them job creators rather than job seekers in the future.

The student entrepreneurs were speaking during a media tour of some schools involved in the SEA-Hub programme in Jos on Tuesday.

The tour was conducted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Nigeria, in collaboration with the Plateau State Government.

SEA-Hub is a Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme (SEDAN) programmes implemented by GIZ to introduce basic entrepreneurship training for secondary schools.

Since the inception of SEA-Hub, over 30,000 school students have been reached in 342 schools across the participating states.

Also, over 300 SEA-Hub graduates now run their personal businesses, translating to 1-2 jobs created.

One of the such beneficiaries is Joseph Okoli, who was trained when he was a student of Government Secondary School, Township, Jos.

Okoli, who now runs J-Creations, a printing and graphic arts startup, said SEA-Hub opened his eyes and mind to self-reliance.

“My first attraction to the programme was the title we put in front of our names as members.

It made me feel important.

“SEA-Hub unlocked my passion for printing and graphic arts and how to convert my passion into a proper business,” he said.

Such was Okoli’s success under the programme that his former school principal retained him as a staff adviser to mentor other students.

On his part, Reuben Gadu, a former student of Government Secondary School, Tudun Wada, said his business was on a verge of collapse due to poor business management skills when he encountered SEA-Hub.

“I was already a student entrepreneur.

I was running my bakery but inexperience about bookkeeping and other business management skills was killing the business.

“After I had SEA-Hub training, my financial literacy and business management skills improved and I was able to save my business,” he said.

Gadu, whose Benlice Bakery has returned to profitmaking, has created the SEA-Hub alumni in the state to capture more young people towards self-reliance.

Current members of SEA-Hub at Gadu’s former school, led by Paul Watson and Leeway Leo, also presented their entrepreneurship activities during a visit to the school.

On display were biogas energy generated from cow and pig dung, vertical sac farming technology and furniture made of recycled plastic wastes.

Watson and Leo are also preparing for the forthcoming SEA-Hub national entrepreneurship competition and exhibition slated for Abuja on Oct. 24.

For Joy Amos, SEA-Hub was a lifesaver through which she has been able to train over 10 young people and, so far, funded her university education.

The 21-year-old 200-level student of Plant Science and Biotechnology at the University of Jos said SEA-Hub has taught her persistence and determination.

“I joined SEA-Hub in 2018. When I left secondary school in 2019, I started my beauty shop and it has helped me both financially and through the ASUU strike,” she said.

In another development, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has tasked its newly inducted member organisations to be innovative and adopt new models for their emerging needs and expectations post-COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Michael Olawale-Cole, President, LCCI, gave the advice at the induction ceremony for 57 newly inducted member organisations on Wednesday in Lagos.

Olawale-Cole said that the advice was necessary to help organisations and institutions navigate the challenges of global economic crisis that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that it was imperative for businesses to seek out and seize the opportunities emerging in the global recovery as economic activities gathered momentum across the world.

Olawale-Cole said the crisis had preempted the chamber to reevaluate operations, rejig processes and broaden the scope of services and policy advocacy initiatives to support the development of the business community.

“The challenges created by COVID-19 portend new opportunities that we must never allow to waste away.

“This involves diagnosis of actions taken, data, trend and insights on lessons learned from the pandemic, and then using the outcomes to prioritise strategic measures to enhance business operation and build strategic resilience for future,” he said.

The LCCI President charged the inductees to uphold the Chamber’s cherished tradition of high ethical standards, innovation, continuous improvement, integrity, and good corporate governance in business practice.

“As business owners and managers, though your primary obligation is to maximise profit, I charge you to pay adequate attention to the integrity of your business transactions and practices, environment, climate actions and social sustainability.

“I, therefore, enjoin you all to be committed to the core principles of high ethical standards, global best practices, and responsible corporate citizenships.

“Indeed, it is therefore expedient for us to position our organisations to benefit optimally from the specially designed initiatives and programmes of the Chamber.

“I am confident that with your active participation in the activities of the Chamber, your businesses will derive tremendous benefits,” he said.

Mr Ladi Smith, Chairman, the Membership and Welfare Committee, charged the inductees to place a high premium on their membership status for appropriate positioning which would be beneficial to their organisations.

According to him, member organisations potentially stand to benefit significantly from the LCCI on multiple levels such as access to useful and accurate business information essential for business planning and strategy.

Smith said that other benefits include credibility and trust in international business circles, the Chamber’s intervention where necessary, brand visibility and access to advocacy as well as advisory services and others.

“The membership if taken with the seriousness that it deserves will have a significant and positive impact upon the business endeavours of your firms to stimulate growth, profitability, sustainability and the creation of new jobs for Nigerians and others.

“We also expect, in the spirit of reciprocity: that your organisations contribute their own quotas to the development, growth and expansion of the frontiers currently embraced by our great institution.

“We urge that your organisations will always do business with integrity and at the highest ethical standards, pay up subscriptions and attend meetings and events,” he said.

The newsmen report that some of the companies inducted include Dangote Fertilizer Ltd., Zenith Bank Plc, Bonds Foods Ltd., August Secrets, NLPC PFA Ltd., and others.


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