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BREAKING: NYSC Camps Reopen Nationwide Nov 10

The Federal Government has announced November 10 as date for the reopening of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps across the country.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, made the announcement, on Thursday, October 15.

“The resumption of the NYSC Orientation Camp for prospective Youth Corpers has been approved and opens on November 10th, 2020”, he said.

According to the minister, full COVID-19 protocols will be enforced as the nation reopens her NYSC orientation camps nationwide.

Details later…

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BREAKING: ‘Mugabe’ Bamidele Finally Impeached As NANS President

The embattled President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan has been impeached by the Senate Arm of the Association at an emergency Senate meeting which held on Tuesday, bringing an end to his ‘Mugabecious’ two-and-a-half-year reign.

CAMPUS GIST reports that Akpan was impeached at the meeting which had in attendance current senators (i.e Students’ Union presidents), past and serving NANS leaders and stakeholders.

Our NANS correspondent reports that the meeting held on the popular videoconferencing App, Zoom due to the COVID-19 protocols. It was hosted by the Senate President, Gambo Abubakar Mohammed.

Akpan was impeached over alleged incompetence, misappropriation of fund, corruption, elongation of one-year tenure, disregard for NANS Charter of Demand and insensitivity to the plight of Nigerian Students, amongst others.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that his Vice President (National Affairs), Mr. Chidi Ilogebe was immediately announced and sworn in as Acting National President pending the conduct of fresh elections.

Although Ilogebe is Special Assistant (SA) on Students’ Affairs to the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, against the NANS Charter Demand which forbids excos from holding political positions.

Meanwhile, the impeached NANS president, who recently got married while in Office, has been enmeshed in $200,000 fraud scandal. He has been accused of embezzling the fund said to have been released by the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) as palliative to Nigerian students.

Akpan was said to have negotiated the amount with the nation’s oil body as a way of shutting the mouth of students’ from protesting or kicking against the recent hike in pump price.

Although he has denied the allegation, but originating documents and eyewitnesses have come out to collaborate the report, including his consultant who claim to have strike the deal with the NNPC for a percentage.

Also, a former aspirant for the position of NANS president, Amb. SA Lukman, has petitioned the erstwhile president Akpan before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Abuja over the alleged $200k NNPC largesse.

Details later…

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BREAKING: Auchi Polytechnic Rector, Jimah, Is Dead

The Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State, Dr. Momodu Sanusi Jimah, is dead.

CAMPUS GIST reliably gathered that Jimah passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020.

His death came a day after management of the polytechnic debunked social media rumours that he had passed.

Our correspondent gathered that Jimah, who has been sick with stroke, died at a hospital in the State.

The late Auchi polytechnic rector was married and blessed with children. He was aged 60.

Multiple sources within the institution confirmed to CAMPUS GIST that the remains of the deceased has been brought to Auchi for burial on Saturday, according to Islamic rites.

Until his appointment as the substantive Rector, the late Jimah was in acting capacity as Rector of Auchi Polytechnic.

He was a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning.

Students have since taken to social media to mourn the late Auchi poly rector.

Many received the news with mixed feelings; with some celebrating over alleged increments of tuition fee, which they credited to Jimah.

Also confirming the report, the Institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mustapha Oshiobuge, told our correspondent on phone that the rector was no more.

“He (Jimah) passed on this evening (Friday). He was 60-year-old. He will be buried tomorrow (Saturday)”, the school spokesman added.

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Enugu Govt Okays Reopening Of Primary, Secondary Schools

The Enugu State Government has announced Monday, Sept. 28 as date for the re-opening of all primary and secondary schools in the state, for 3rd term academic activities.

This was contained in a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST issued by the State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze.

He said the decision was reached “following the Enugu State Education sector stakeholders’ consensus and gracious approval of His Excellency the Governor”.

Prof. Eze pointed out that “it is important to note that necessary measures have been put in place in our schools for safe re-opening”.

“Teachers/students/pupils are therefore requested to ensure that they abide by the approved guidelines on COVID-19”, he added, stressing that “no person will be allowed into any school without appropriate facemask/shield”.

According to the commissioner, “strong monitoring teams at state and Local Government Areas have been constituted to monitor compliance with the approved guidelines for the safety of all that operate in our schools”.

He therefore noted that “Primary six and Junior Secondary three students have completed their examinations and are not expected to be back to school”.

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NYSC Announces Passing Out Date For Batch ‘C’ Corps Members

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has announced winding-up/passing-out date for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ Stream I corps members.

A statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, Tuesday, said the Director-General of the NYSC has approved Thursday, 15th October, 2020 as the date for the passing-out.

“Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the required protocol for social/physical distancing, below is the programme of activities:

“i. Monday 12th October, 2020

(a) Release of Passing-Out Corps Members by Employers
(b) Registration/Clearing of Corps Members by Local Government Inspectors

“ii. Tuesday 13th October, 2020

“(a) Signing of final clearance by Zonal Inspectors
(b) Administration of Questionnaire (Form 4B) on 30% of the passing-out Corps Members.

“iii. Wednesday 14th October, 2020

“(a) Signing of final clearance by Zonal Inspectors

“iv. Thursday 15th October, 2020

“(a) Distribution of Certificates of National Service to deserving Corps Members at the Local Government level.”

The NYSC management, therefore, wished all affected corps members a very safe and successful exercise.

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BREAKING: Edo State Govt Announces School Reopening Date

The Edo State Government has announced full reopening of all primary and secondary schools across the state, for the 2020/2021 academic session.

In a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, on Tuesday, Commissioner for Education, Hon. (Barr.) Jimoh Ijegbai, said all classes are to resume on Monday, September 28, 2020.

He said the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, gave the approval for the resumption of academic activities in Edo State.

Ijegbai said in order to observe the social/physical distancing safety protocol in the classrooms, secondary schools: JSS 1-3 are to operate between 8am-11am, while SSS 1-3 will be between 12pm-3pm.

The Commissioner said parents and guardians are expected to provide face masks for their children and wards in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“School Heads and Proprietors are to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocol guidelines and collect copies of the 2020/21 academic calendar from the office of the Chief Inspectors of Education in the 18 Local Government Areas.”

The statement added that sale of forms for examination into the six model schools is still on, while the entrance examination has been moved from September 26th to October 3rd, 2020.

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Shun cultism, attend classes regularly – UNIBEN VC tells new students

Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has called on newly admitted students of the institution to shun social vices, including cultism, CAMPUS GIST reports.

The VC gave the advice on Tuesday, September 15, at the virtual matriculation ceremony conducted for students of the 2019/2020 academic session.

VC Salami

Addressing the new students, the vice chancellor warned that the University would not award its degrees to students who are found wanting in character and in learning.

She, therefore, urged the new students to shun all vices capable of truncating their educational pursuits, while taking their academic work seriously.

“You need to constantly remind yourselves that the distance between today’s ceremony and your convocation is quite wide. And it is important that the journey ends successfully,” Salami said.

“For this to happen, you need to be regular in attendance at lectures; at least a minimum of 75 per cent is required of you to be allowed into examination halls, as well as carrying out all assignments, shunning deviant behaviours and other vices including cultism that can expose you and others to danger.”

Prof. Salami told the students to see their admittance into the institution as an opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the country.

“The motto that we proud of this university, the University of Benin is knowledge for service. You are therefore expected to bear constantly in mind and to exhibit high sense of discipline while you are in the University and outside the walls of the University.”

CAMPUS GIST reports that a total of 10,018 new students admitted into the 2019/2020 academic session were represented by a student from the various faculties of the University at the virtual ceremony.

The live event took place at the University of Benin ‘Akin Deko’ main auditorium, with only the principal officers and few designated officials of the institution present.

Cross section of the new students representatives with some members of the UNIBEN SUG
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UNIBEN Matriculates 10,018 Students For 2019/2020 Session

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, matriculated a total of 10,018 students for the 2019/2020 academic session, CAMPUS GIST reports.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the matriculation ceremony held virtually, with a student representative from the various faculties/schools/colleges/institutes physically present.

The live event took place at the University of Benin ‘Akin Deko’ main auditorium, with only the principal officers and few designated officials of the institution present.

Our correspondent, who monitored the ceremony, reports that the matriculation oath was administered on the new students by Acting Registrar of the school, Mr. C. I. Ehigiator.

Addressing the new students of the University, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Lillian Salami, told the students to see their admittance into the institution as an opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the country.

“The motto that we pridely proud of this university, the University of Benin is knowledge for service. You are therefore expected to bear constantly in mind and to exhibit high sense of discipline while you are in the University and outside the walls of the University.

“The University of Benin would not award its degrees to students who are found wanting in character and in learning,” she warned.

The vice chancellor also urged the new students to shun all vices capable of truncating their educational pursuits.

“You need to constantly remind yourselves that the distance between today’s ceremony and your convocation is quite wide. And it is important that the journey ends successfully.

“For this to happen, you need to be regular in attendance at lectures; at least a minimum of 75 per cent is required of you to be allowed into examination halls, as well as carrying out all assignments, shunning deviant behaviours and other vices including cultism that can expose you and others to danger.”

Some of the matriculating students, who spoke to CAMPUS GIST off-camera, expressed confidence in making the institution proud.

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EXCLUSIVE: VC Abandons Accident Victims Caused By His Convoy (Photos)

The Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, Prof Edward Olanipekun, has allegedly abandoned two critically injured victims of the auto crash said to have been caused by his convoy in August this year.

CAMPUS GIST had reported how the accident, which occurred along the Ado Ekiti-Iworoko road on May 18, got Miss Ruqayat Mohammed, a 2018 law graduate of EKSU and her friend, Mr Abdulateef Oluwasegun, critically injured.

The VC, whose convoy, allegedly caused the accident

Both Ruqayat and her friend were in a Mitsubishi Lancer, one of the vehicles collided with by a vehicle in the VC’s convoy. They sustained multiple fractures in both legs and are yet to be able to walk.

To get Ruqayat on her feet, CAMPUS GIST gathered that over N1.5 million had already been spent by her parents, with no help from the VC, whose convoy allegedly caused the accident.

The VC had in a statement forwarded to CAMPUS GIST in August, said he was not directly involved in the accident. Prof. Olanipekun insisted his back up vehicle was involved in the accident after he had already passed by the scene.

The VC also disclosed that “those involved in the accident are already receiving treatment at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) and they are in stable conditions.”

However, at the weekend, CAMPUS GIST gathered that all efforts made by families of the victims to get assistance from either the EKSU VC or the University had been futile.

“Even when my dad wrote a letter to the VC, seeking his assistance, we did not get any response,” Ruqayat, who has been confined to the wheelchair told reporters.

A copy of the letter by Ruqayat’s dad, Mohammed Subar, dated July 9, 2020, is reproduced below by CAMPUS GIST;

“Sir, my name is Mohammed Subar, it is with utmost humility that I write through your good and high office to notify you of the auto crash which occurred on the 18th of May 2020, involving my daughter, Miss Ruqayat Mohammed, a 2018 graduate of Ekiti State University, faculty of Law and her friend, Mr Abdulateef Oluwasegun, both Alumni of the above mentioned institution that led to multiple fractures in both legs of my daughter and her friend.

“Sir, this accident has caused my family so much and as a result we have spent over N1.4 million at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital and still spending, because on the 6th of July, 2020, she was referred to National Orthopedic Centre, Igbobi, Lagos for a hip surgery.

“Attached to this letter are the copies of her pictures and the referral letter.

“Sir, this is to bring to your notice the untold hardship this unfortunate accident has caused my family and I believe strongly that by the reason of this letter, you will play a fatherly role in other to save both Ruqayat and Abdulateef’s career.

“Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.”

It is, however, not clear if the letter got to the vice chancellor. When contacted by CAMPUS GIST, a spokesperson for the University, declined comment. He said he was not allowed to speak on the matter.

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Transcript: UNIBEN Disengages Services Of ETX-NG

The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has disengaged the services of ETX-NG Limited, a platform for transcript application, processing and delivery, CAMPUS GIST reports.

A statement by the University spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire announcing the disengagement, advised students and alumni to stop all transactions (financial or otherwise) with the company forthwith.

“Graduating students are advised to make transcript payments directly to University of Benin account via Remita”, she said.

“All applications for transcripts should be made through www.uniben.edu via master card or call: 08099993537, email: examsandrecords-transcript@uniben.edu,” Ehanire added.

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