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Insecurity: NYSC wants deployment of more troops to orientation camps



Identify safe routes to convey corps members to camps — NYSC

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has called for deployment of more troops to its Orientation Camps nationwide in view of the growing security challenges.

The Chairman, Governing Board of NYSC, Amb. Fatima Abubakar made the call when she led members of the board on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru on Thursday in Abuja.

She said the call for more deployment was as a result of growing sizes of the camps and the nature of the current security environment.

The board chairman also called for collaboration between NYSC and the army to the safety of corps members during elections.

“We are pleading that you beef up troops at the NYSC camps because the camps have become so large these days.

“In a particular camp, sometimes we have more than 1,000 young men and women during orientation and we don’t have enough troops, especially because of the growing insecurity.

“Constantly, we are like scared and we hope that nothing like that will happen around our camps but we are pleading for beef up of troops around our orientation camps.

“We are also asking for collaboration between army and the scheme in areas of capacity and human resource building.

“We also hope that the army can teach safety and escape drills to corps members and staff on issues of safety and security in the unfortunate event of an attack during and after orientation programme,” she said.

Abubakar said that the Nigerian army, being the second major stakeholder in the NYSC scheme, had continued to play its statutory role by sending commandants to man NYSC camps.

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She commended the army for the provision of limited training and security to corps members during orientation camps and national assignments such as elections.

Abubakar also commended the army for providing accommodation for corps members across barracks.

Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, Attahiru, commended the scheme for the continuous effort to inculcate discipline in youths by instilling in them attitude of loyal service to the nation.

Attahiru assured the Corps that the Nigerian Army would continue to ensure adequate security for all members during orientation camps, primary assignments and other national duties.

He urged the board to include national patriotism and entrepreneurship into its programmes to give youths more advantage.

“I assure you of the Nigerian Army’s continued support for NYSC in the areas of provision of suitable and qualified commandants, instructors and soldiers during orientation camps as well as security to corps members in camps and in their areas of assignments.

“I therefore, encourage NYSC to include in its programmes subjects on patriotism and entrepreneurial skills which will go a long way in enhancing development,” he said.


NOUN introduces e-ticketing to ease students’ challenges, marks 20th anniversary



NOUN introduces e-ticketing to ease students challenges, marks 20th anniversary

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has introduced an e-ticketing platform ahead of its 20th anniversary slated for March 25.

The Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said in Abuja that the platform was introduced to resolve challenges encountered by students in real time.

“This helps us track the students’ challenges,” he said.

Peters noted that the institution had achieved so much in ensuring that Nigerians irrespective of their tight schedule, obtain quality education.

He said that 28,740 students would be graduating on Saturday as part of activities for the anniversary.

“The university wants to use the opportunity to showcase what it has achieved especially its exploits during the COVID-19 era.

“We have 21,339 undergraduates and 7,101 postgraduate students graduating.

“Among this number are 58 inmates out of which seven are postgraduate graduands.

“We have 14 centres in our prisons and we have been mandated to expand it.

“In all, we have 28,740 students graduating during our 12th convocation,” Peters said.

He disclosed that the graduating inmates were under scholarship adding that there were criteria to be among the beneficiaries.

Peters said the gesture was NOUN’s own way of discharging its corporate social responsibility to help the inmates lead a normal life after leaving the correctional centres.

He added that the first female Vice-chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA), Prof. Puleng LenkaBula, would be attending the convocation as the guest lecturer.

“Students of the five study centres in Abuja, first class and Masters students will come to the headquarters for the convocation, while others outside Abuja will join from the study centres in their various states.

“We have 141,000 active students and about 250,000 when you combine active and inactive students with 118 study centres nationwide.”

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Bumper Harvest: 2 Unilorin researchers win over N788m Innovate UK agric Award



Bumper Harvest: 2 Unilorin researchers win over N788m Innovate UK agric Award

Two researchers in the Department of Food Engineering, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Prof. Joshua Olaoye and Dr. Musliu Sunmonu, have won over a N788 million grant from Innovate UK.

The two researchers from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology won the grant for the 2022/2023 Africa AgriFood Knowledge Transfer Partnership (AAKTP)

The award was granted to Unilorin in partnership with De Montfort University, UK, and Microscale Embedded Limited, Abuja.

In his remark to the Unilorin Bulletin released on Monday, Olaoye, who is the Academic Lead for the project, explained that the grant award is agricultural based.

He said that the three groups, through their representatives, had earlier put up a collective proposal with major work done by Sunmonu of Unilorin as the Academic Supervisor.

“The lead supervisor is to create an enabling environment while the academic supervisor is the brain behind the project with the guidance of the lead supervisor. We must give kudos to Dr. Sunmonu for his resilience in this particular award,” he said.

According to him, the project has to be conducted in Nigeria and Unilorin is the only university to carry out the project under the ‘Innovate UK’ supervision.

“This is to ensure that we are doing the right thing in accordance with the demand of the granting body of the award.

“The company has to come again because it is not just paperwork alone; it transcends that. The focus is on how we can mitigate agricultural loss.

“Doing that involves coming out with the concept of putting all stakeholders within the agricultural value chain of multiple crops on the same page, such that we have producers.

“This particular research work will assist the farmers in doing the right thing at the right time to get the best productivity from the work they are carrying out,” he said.

Olaoye stated that this milestone would enhance the university’s Webometric ranking, and also give Unilorin opportunity for alumni to be employed in the project.

“When it starts, we hope that we will get a Laboratory where we will be training our students on Global Information Services,” he said.

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UNILAG postpones resumption of academic activities to March 21



UNILAG postpones resumption of academic activities to March 21

The University of Lagos has announced the postponement of the resumption of academic activities from March 14 to March 21.

This is contained in a statement by the institution’s Head, Communication Unit, Mrs Adejoke Alaga-Ibraheem, on Friday in Lagos.

The Federal Government had directed that students of higher institutions across the country should vacate their schools ahead of the 2023 general election.

Alaga-Ibraheem said the shift in resumption date was due to the re-scheduling of the governorship and House of Assembly elections from March 11 to March 18, by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“On behalf of the University Senate, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, has approved that the resumption of academic activities in the institution be postponed to Tuesday, March 21.

“However, all other activities of the university, including inaugural lectures and meetings (excluding teaching) should continue as scheduled.

“Once again, members of the university community are implored to remain safe and security conscious, as well as orderly, civil and responsible in utterances and engagements online and offline.

“Further updates would be provided as the need arises in the coming days,” she said.

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