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SOBER REFLECTION: Akinyemi bags 1st Class, Thankful Past Victimization Couldn’t Destroy his Future!



SOBER REFLECTION: Akinyemi bags 1st Class, Thankful Past Victimization Couldn't Destroy his Future
SOBER REFLECTION: Akinyemi bags 1st Class, Thankful Past Victimization Couldn't Destroy his Future

Flanked from left is Prof. Capo-Chichi, Chancellor; Dr. Musa AKINYEMI, 1st Class Honours Degree Graduate; Prof. Soncy, Vice-Chancellor; and Dr. David, Registrar at the 2021 Convocation of the ESGT University, Benin Republic, Cotonou on Saturday, 30th October 2021.

The Rector of Crown Maritime Academy (CMA), Musa Akinyemi has announced his academic landmark achievement, bagging a First Class in Transport and Logistics via sober reflection, thankful that an alleged arbitrary sack at the Nigerian Shippers Council, failed to destroy his vision or future.

Akinyemi who recently bagged the award of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours Degree at the ESGT University, Benin Republic; was reminiscing against the background of alleged victimisation, molestation and eventual (illegal) removal from work during the late General Abacha regime.

He thanked God for endowing him with what he called ‘evergreen brain’ despite the monumental and recurring challenges he had faced, especially those bordering on maltreatment by former senior staff, stressing that he was discriminated against, subjected to false accusations, and was a victim of fake news and hate speeches, without any honest reason or, valid proof.

According to him, he went through his predicament even without an official query, to enable him to explain or defend himself.

He thus felt totally ‘unsafe and exiled’ for 5 years, in Cote D’Ivoire, between 1996 and 2001.

About this time, he enrolled for a Bachelor of Science in Administration (BSA) Honours Degree from the University of Canada in Cote D’Ivoire (UCCIA).

He however could not complete the same, for insufficient finance.

“I remember how my inability to procure a personal computer then was one of the major reasons I could not complete the Canadian University programme.

“That was not all.

What about after (my) exile when I came back to Nigeria because of the restoration of peace and democratic governance? I suffered another terrible setback.

“I had written to the Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye from exile for admission into their Post-Graduate Diploma in Transport Studies which I qualified for.

But l was shockingly short-changed. How? I was, after all, asked to surrender my Letter of Admission by the Provost of the Post-Graduate School. Prof. T. T. Hassan who then, was the Provost, PGS.

“But this is an academic environment, not the erstwhile political one that thought me a bitter lesson.

I believed, they would listen to me”.

“Wow!!! They never listened to me.

Then, I started writing for justice.

“Luckily, I had retraced my life back to godliness, though there is no state religion in Nigeria.

“I wrote to the Vice-Chancellor; Dean, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences; HOD, Geography and Regional Planning; and the Co-ordinator, Post-Graduate Transport Studies.

“Of course, Prof. Ademiluyi was a comforter then, as well as Prof. Kayode Oyesiku who took over from the latter as HOD. Even Dr. Sholanke and Dr. Badmus made me to continue the programme of 2001/2002 till 2002/2003 to no avail. But I did one thing, I started quoting the qualification, PGD (T.), i. e. Post-Graduate Diploma, Transport Studies”, he also recalled.

Still going through the memory lane,

Akinyemi said he had always been a 1st Position pupil in his Primary School days in Ogun State, and he remembers one Mulikat Ajibade, the daughter of a Headmaster as his main academic rival.

He recalled being so brilliant that he was engaged as a Primary School Teacher by the Ogun State Ministry of Education from 1979 during which period he humbly tasted stardom.

“l became a Class Teacher in the same school with my former Class Teacher/Headmaster. I could never have believed it to happen in my lifetime”, Akinyemi said, reminiscing on the most-dreaded teacher in his old school days.

But why 1st degree at adulthood?

Musa said he took his A’Level of London in 1983.

He also had an Associate Degree and had amassed up to 7 Chartered and Professional Qualifications, by the time he returned from exile, apart from the Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) which was yet to be received physically, but nonetheless conferred on him by the Commonwealth University and London Post-Graduate School.

Thus, the journey to this 1st degree was the only pre-requisite for his Admission to the Doctorate in Law programme, Juris Doctor (JD) of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia since 2017.

“All tears and years of unfulfilled hopes and promises can never bury the dreams Or, aspirations of diligent hands, honest minds, cultivated and evergreen brains!” Musa Akinyemi finally concluded.


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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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