•Royal fathers endorse gov’s re-election Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in continuation of his administration’s “One community, one project” scheme, has handed over cheques of N5 million each to another batch of 171 autonomous communities. These communities have met the requirements for the release of funds to carry out development projects of their choice….
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, says that in spite of the challenges posed by the ongoing nationwide non-academic staff strike and fuel crisis, the University will not be joining in the action.
Abdulkareem made this assertion on Monday in Ilorin at a three-day unscheduled visit to the various faculties of the University to monitor the ongoing registration of fresh students.
Speaking at the Faculty of Physical Sciences, the Vice-Chancellor said his administration was determined to work for a near seamless take-off of academic activities.
He said that the ongoing strike of the non-academic staff was a challenge to everybody.
The Vice-Chancellor said he had made several visits to Abuja to sort-out delays in the payment of earned allowances of both the academic and non- academic staff.
He noted that his efforts are yielding fruit, adding that the goal of the University was to ensure academic stability, so that students graduate at the right time.
Abdukareem commended staff of the University for keeping the academic calendar running in spite of fuel crisis pains and ongoing nationwide non-academic strike.
He said that the University administration recognised the authority of the labour unions both locally and nationally, and would desire obedient workers who recognise and reverence authorities no matter how inconvenient.
He was confident that peace would soon be restored in the education sector.
“But while negotiations are ongoing, let’s go the extra mile to keep our calendar running,” he pleaded.
In his remarks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. Gabriel Olatunji, who was also among the team that visited the faculties, suggested that faculties should adapt to the current challenges.
Olatunji further suggested that the Faculty of Agriculture should split the registration centres into five in order to reduce the long queues experienced at the faculty.
He also advised that it was possible to screen fresh students using Youth Corps members and PhD students, and thus stick to the academic registration deadlines despite non-availability of some workers.
The Dean of Agriculture, Prof. Kola Joseph, listed delays in uploading registration courses by level advisers, delays in clearing students from Central Admission Office, manpower shortage, lack of adequate funding, and poor internet connectivity as challenges facing the faculty.
He urged University management to send more officers to assist the faculty in registering students.
— 17th April 2018
•Says Araraume‘ll also be retired next year Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri; with agency report Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has boasted that he retired politicians like Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Arthur Nzeribe and former governors, Achike Udenwa and Ikedi Ohakim, to pave way for young ones to come up. Governor Okorocha, who spoke when more than 3,000…
— 17th April 2018
• State loses N12.8bn assets to fire Moshood Adebayo; Jet Stanley Madu Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has disclosed that the state’s tourism sector contributed about $2.2 billion (N800 billion) to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017. With the infrastructure and resources, the state is currently deploying in the sector, the governor projected that the…
— 17th April 2018
Tony Udemba A lawmaker representing Amuwo Odofin federal constituency, at the House of Representatives, Oghene Emmanuel Egoh, has tasked contractors handling the ongoing rehabilitation work on a section of the FESTAC Link Bridge, to ensure timely completion of the repairs, to save road users from incessant traffic jams and wastage of man-hours along the route. …
— 17th April 2018
Magnus Eze, Abuja One of the newly-registered political parties; the Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP) has expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s move to spend $1 billion to weapons to boost the fight against insurgency in the country. NDCP National leader, Dr. Johnson Edosomwan, who stated this at the party’s maiden convention in Abuja, yesterday,…
Entertainment— 15th April 2018
Nollywood movie Ojukokoro and three other flicks – Oblivious, The Encounter, and Tell Me Sweet Something – were screened on Saturday night at Metrograph Theatre, New York. Ojukokoro (greed) is the hilarious feature film leading the line-up at the inaugural ‘Nollywood 3.0 Images and Stories From the African Diaspora Film Series’ in New York City….
South-West Report— 12th April 2018
Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The history of Yoruba is certainly not complete without reference to Oranmiyan, a direct descendant of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the race. Oduduwa was believed to have descended from heaven and landed on Ile-Ife, Osun State, and from where he founded other Yoruba towns. Oranmiyan was a warrior who fought many wars…
Abuja Metro— 11th April 2018
Nkechi Onyele & Marcus Nkire A red light area is not only a place where prostitution is carried out or men go to buy sex; it is also a place where generations live and where children are born and raised. Children of women in prostitution who live in red…
Oriental News— 11th April 2018
…Want contractor back on site Okey Sampson, Aba Residents of part of Ogbor Hill, Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State comprising Federal Housing Estate, Pepple, Aguwa, Akpu, Ovom roads and other adjourning areas breathed a sigh of relief when in 2001, the administration of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu constructed access link from Ogbor Hill…
Features— 17th April 2018
•Decrepit facilities, weeds and reptiles define historic complex Joe Apu Dan Anyiam Sports Complex is a multi-purpose stadium located in Owerri, the capital of Imo State. Named after Daniel Amobi Amadi Anyiam, a former national football team player and coach, it is the home stadium of the Heartland Football Club. It also has facilities for…
Literary Review— 14th April 2018
Henry Akubuiro, Lagos Perhaps more than any other group in the last three decades, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), has contributed to the promotion of reading and discovery of new literary talents in Nigeria. Founded in 1981 by the legendary novelist, Chinua Achebe, the association has through, its routine creative writing workshops, award of…
Lifeline— 17th April 2018
Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia Youths, it is often said, are the leaders of tomorrow. They represent the future of a people. In Igboland, it is believed that any community without virile youths would eventually go into extinction. And when youths begin to lose focus, communities worry. It is feared that the youths might not have anything…
Education Review— 17th April 2018
• AAUA, UI students up in arms against gov, varsity managements Gabriel Dike; Bamigbola Gbolagunte Recent increment in school fees by the managements of the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba (AAUA), Ondo State and the University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State, is generating ripples. Students of the two institutions have vowed to continue with their protest against…
TSWeekend— 13th April 2018
Fatimah Muhammad-Omolaja Fast rising actor, Yomi Fabiyi lost his beloved mother recently. But much as he still feels the pain of her demise, he takes solace in the advice she gave him while alive. In an online chat with the thespian, he talked about how his late mother’s advice has continued to sustain him in…
Opinion— 17th April 2018
Oludayo Tade In the light of many eye-sore and ear-sore episodes which have characterised contemporary every day lived experiences of Nigerians, it is practically impossible to allow our dead leaders-of-thought to rest in peace; I need to invoke the spirit of the unusual being, (Abami Eda), Fela Anikulapo Kuti, for a perspective on Authority Stealing….
Last week, on April 14, Nigeria marked the fourth anniversary of the capture and abduction of 276 young girls, all of them students, by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Borno State. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has had 163 of them returned in tranches to Nigeria and their parents. All of them…
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Okigwe South Federal Constituency is fast gaining popularity as the nation prepares for next year’s general elections. This popularity derives from the meddlesomeness of Governor Rochas Okorocha, who, not being satisfied with his vile endorsement of his son in-law as his successor, has traversed the entire landscape of the state, dictating who gets what post…
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As a newspaper publisher, I am quite familiar with the famous journalism dictum: “Comments are free, facts are sacred.” What this means is that everyone has a right to hold and express his opinion without let or hindrance. But while that is true, I haven’t found where it is written or stated that you can…
The Federal Government has been releasing what it calls the looters’ list. The first episode of the soap opera came with its controversies. Before the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, could release the second episode, a number of characters in the cast list had threatened court action. Some have wondered why the list contained mainly…
Often times, I wish I was never on WhatsApp because it can be annoying. My phone beeps endlessly with messages that don’t make sense at all. For me, having to juggle between reading tons of inspirational quotes that have no bearing with my life, to dealing with moral stuffs threatening me to forward to others…
It is another windy and rainy day, everyone has closed and I even had to force Debbie to leave, assuring her that I will lock up properly when I am done. She left reluctantly probably convinced I will not be able to cope without her, I should feel insulted. I was so engrossed in what…
Money is good. It enables you live well and work well. The argument of the poor that money is bad is just an anticipatory defence mechanism. But money is good when it is a blessing that adds no sorrow; when it is the product of hard work and sincere efforts. Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer…