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CROSS PURPOSES: Auchi Polytechnic, matriculates 9,050, as NESREA seals off 8 factories in Osun



CROSS PURPOSES: Auchi Polytechnic, matriculates 9,050, as NESREA seals off 8 factories in Osun

The Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo on Wednesday matriculated 9,050 students for the 2020/2021 academic session, just as the NESREA seals off eight factories in Osun claiming environmental safety violation.

Mr Mustaphar Zubair, the Ag. Rector of the institution, said at the 39th matriculation ceremony, the polytechnic had zero tolerance for cultism, examination malpractice and other vices.

Zubair said the polytechnic would not hesitate to expel any student found wanting in this regard.

“I want to remind you that the polytechnic does not encourage cultism and it does not encourage any form of exam malpractice.

“If you are caught breaching examination rules, the consequence is rustication or expulsion from the school,’’ he said.

Zubair said that a total of 9,050 students were admitted into the institution, out of which 5,755 would pursue National Diploma (ND) and 3,295 were for the Higher National Diploma (HND) courses.

He urged the students to imbibe dialogue, peaceful co-existence, discipline and hard work to excel in their studies.

He gave the assurance that the staff and management would provide the enabling environment for students to excel.

“Management intends to sustain the high academic standards for which the polytechnic is known for.

“To ensure we remain at the top, management will continue to provide facilities and infrastructure that will make the learning environment conducive for you.

“I want to congratulate you for being found worthy to be admitted into Auchi poly,’’ he said.

In another development, the National Environmental Safety and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) says it has sealed off eight factories in Osun for violating environmental safety standards.

Also read: NESREA seals 12 industries in Kano

Prof. Aliyu Jauro, NESREA’s Director–General (DG) disclosed this to newsmen in Osogbo, on Wednesday, during the agency’s inspection and enforcement tour across of some communities.

Jauro, represented by Mr Aremu Agaka, NESREA’s Director of Inspection and Enforcement, said the sealed factories failed to comply with the agency’s environmental regulations.

He said they failed in keeping their environment clean and in the treatment of their hazardous wastes.

Jauro however, explained that the penalty to be paid by the sealed factories and industries would depend on the nature of the offence committed by each.

“The defaulting entities cannot unseal their businesses without the permission of the agency, since they failed to comply with the provision of our mandate.

“We have served them letters of notification on several occasions warning them of untreated hazards within their localities which is dangerous,’’ he said.

Jauro said that the ongoing inspection and enforcement exercise was being carried out in the 36 states of the Federation.

Earlier, Mr Muhammed Chukwuweinzu , NESREA Coordinator in Osun,  advised the public and residents of the state to ensure their environments were always kept clean.

Chukwuweinzu also warned them against throwing waste into water channels to avoid flooding.

He said the agency would not rest on its oars in sensitising the public on the dangers associated with environmental hazards.

An industry watcher, who spoke on condition of anonymity wondered if Government agencies were ever in sync with happenings in other areas of life.

“Was the only option before NESREA the sealing up of the factories?” he asked.



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Smouldering: ASUU Urges FG To Honour Agreements, Memoranda



Smouldering: ASUU Urges FG To Honour Agreements, Memoranda

…ASUU urges FG to honour agreements, memoranda

The Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU), Kano zone, has called on the Federal Government to address all the outstanding issues in the agreements and memoranda they signed with the union to ensure industrial harmony in Nigeria.

The call was made by the Zonal Coordinator, Mr Abdulqadir Muhammad, during a news briefing at the end of a zonal meeting comprising the seven universities in the zone on Thursday in Kano.

He explained that the issues include renegotiation of the Federal Government – ASUU 2009 agreement and funding for the revitalization of public universities for global reckoning, and respect for university autonomy, among others.

According to him, the non-signing of the draft renegotiated agreement has led to widespread discontent and declining morale among their members, resulting in brain drain

“Therefore, ASUU Kano zone calls on the President Bola Tinubu-led administration to respect the provisions of the International Labour Organization(ILO) convention, to which Nigeria is a signatory.”

He also called for the release of funds for the payment of salary arrears, Earned Academic Allowances (EAA)  and withheld salary.

On university autonomy, the union called on the Kano State Government to immediately reinstate the arbitrarily dissolved governing council of the two state-owned universities.

ASUU Kano zone further called on the state governments to take a queue from the presidential directive resulting from court ruling to exempt tertiary institutions from IPPIS and stop illegal enrollment of their members into related platforms.

On the state of the nation, ASUU expressed worry over recurring insecurity, poverty, unemployment, rising cost of living, livelihood displacement, and heightened destitution in the country.

They also called on the government to urgently review the Nigeria University Commission, (NUC) Act to check the proliferation of universities in the country without adequate provision for funding.

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Afolabi Foundation To Award 2000 Scholarship In 2024, Donates Furniture To Abia School



Afolabi Foundation To Award 2000 Scholarship In 2024, Donates Furniture To Abia School

The Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF), the philanthropic arm of SIFAX Group, has set a target of awarding a scholarship to 2,000 indigent students nationwide in 2024.

Foluke Ademokun, Executive Coordinator, AAAF, while speaking on the activities of the non-governmental organisation in the first quarter of this year, noted that the driving force behind this initiative was to support indigent parents and tackle the menace of out-of-school children.

She said: “We are focused on helping the government reduce the number of out-of-school children, so in our way, we have provided a platform where we source and pay for school fees of indigent students across Nigeria so they can access quality education, despite the financial circumstance of their parents or guardians and we have been doing this since the inception of the Foundation about 15 years ago. Thousands of underprivileged children have benefitted from the Foundation.

“In the first quarter of 2024, we have paid for over 237 students in Lagos and Zaria and we are optimistic that before the end of the year, we should reach more than 2,000 students. The Foundation also plans to equip the students with in-demand skills, promote life-long learning opportunities, and reduce inequalities in access to quality education.”

Ademokun further said the foundation also extended support to Umunna Comprehensive Secondary School, Umuosu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State with the donation of 3-in-1 desks and seats to foster a good learning environment that would impact the student’s overall learning experience and success.

 “When we visited the school and we saw that the environment was not conducive for learning especially the tables and desks used by the students, we knew that an intervention was necessary to make the school attractive for the students, this was why we initiated this donation of new desks and seats. We believe that the students will be motivated and better engaged with the new desks and seats”, she noted.

Other projects executed by the Foundation and SIFAX Group in the first quarter of the year, according to Ademokun, include the provision of daily meals for indigents in Zaria, donation of foodstuffs to over 1,000 Lagos residents, free medical outreaches in Lagos and Ogun states, digital training for market women in Lagos, distribution of energy-efficient stoves to women in Abia state, and start-up grants to women in Zaria, Kaduna state. 

While commenting on the various projects, Basil Agboarumi, Executive Director, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, SIFAX Group noted that the Group was committed to investing in the underprivileged Nigerians through its various intervention projects aimed at improving their quality of life.

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Lion Kills OAU Zoo Attendant 



…Lion killed instantly 

Mr Olawuyi Olarewaju, a veterinary technologist with Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun,  has been killed by a Lion.

It was learnt that Olarewaju, who had been in charge of the OAU Zoological Garden for over a decade, was attacked by a nine -year-old male lion on Monday.

He was said to have been attacked while feeding the lion at the zoological garden of the university.

Confirming the incident, Mr Biodun Olarewaju, the OAU Public Relations Officer, said the management of the university had been thrown into mourning following the incident.

Olarewaju, in a statement in Ile-Ife, said that other members of staff of the university, who were at the scene of the incident did everything within their powers to rescue the deceased but the wild cat had already caused severe fatalities.

He said that saddened by the tragic event, the aggressive lion had been euthanized.

“On hearing the sad news, the management team, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebayo Bamire, abruptly ended an on-going meeting for an on-the-spot assessment.

“The vice chancellor was informed on arrival by the Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre, Dr Tirimisiyu Olatunji, that all first aid and medical efforts to save the life of the victim failed.

“The deceased has been taking care of the lions since they were born on campus about nine years ago but tragically, the male lion killed the man who had been feeding them.

“The university management has sent a delegation to the widow and children of the deceased,    imploring them to take solace in God who gives life and also has the power to take life,” he said.

Olarewaju said that the management had ordered a comprehensive investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

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