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BREAKING: UNILAG VC, Prof. Ogundipe, Sacked

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Olawatoyin Ogundipe, has been sacked.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that Ogundipe was sacked on Wednesday, by governing council of the Institution.

His removal was announced at a meeting of Council held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) building, Abuja.

The meeting was presided over by Pro-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Wale Babalakin, SAN.

Seven members voted for the removal of Ogundipe as UNILAG VC, while four voted against it.

One member voted that he should be suspended.

Details later…

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Ize-Iyamu condemns Obaseki’s underfunding of AAU

…promises to prioritize Education

…appreciates Edo central for massive turnout at APC rallies

The APC candidate in the Edo Governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has condemned the cut in funds allocated to the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma by the Obaseki-led Edo State Government.

He says the underfunding of the institution has had disastrous effects on its ability to meet its financial obligation to staff, fund research, and raise the standard of learning at the institution.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu was speaking at Emaudo, Ekpoma, at a campaign rally to round off his tour of the district following previous stops at Igueben, Ubiaja, Uromi, and Irrua where he was met by large crowds, some of whom hung on trees and climbed roofs to get a glimpse of the candidate.

He said, “The subvention to Ambrose Alli University when Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was Governor was N250million. But the Governor who pretends to love Esanland reduced it to N96million per month”

According to Ize-Iyamu, the deliberate underfunding of the institution, which led to its obtaining a bank loan to pay July salaries, and the lack of recorded achievements in Edo Central by Governor Godwin Obaseki, expose the falsehood of his ‘Esan Agenda’ campaign gimmick which he says he has no intention of fulfilling.

“If someone is promising you something you need to look at their actions, as action speaks louder than words. The Governor who claims to love Esan has had numerous opportunities to demonstrate that love but he repeatedly overlooked the Esan people. When his Chief of Staff resigned, they asked him to appoint an Esan person, he refused; when it was time to appoint a campaign DG, he was also requested to consider the Esan people but once again, he refused.”

Pastor Ize-Iyamu said the level of turn-out at the rallies in has strengthened his confidence that his party, the APC, will win the Senatorial District contrary to the predictions of some.

“People said Edo South will be won by APC, Edo North will be won by APC but Edo Central, they are not sure. I asked, why are you not sure? They said they are not sure. But I can tell them now that I am very very sure.”

“One of the reasons why they were not sure of Esanland is because the people said they have an Esan Agenda, which says that in four years’ time, Obaseki will hand over to an Esan Governor. But he has not been able to say this publicly just as he cannot write his promises down.”

“The very obvious fact that Governor has not made this promise publicly is all the evidence needed that he does not mean it and has no intention of fulfilling it. He merely wants to obtain the votes and support of the people through deceit, just as he did four years ago.”

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Edo: Agric College Staff Protest Prolong Closure Of School By Obaseki

Staff of the Edo State College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, are currently protesting the prolonged closure of the Institution by the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the College of Agriculture staff, in their numbers, on Thursday, took to major streets in Benin City under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of the Institution.

They accused the Governor Obaseki-led Edo State Government of being insensitive to their plight. Spokesperson for the protesters, said the College had been shut for over 3 years now.

He said Governor Obaseki had shut the college under the guise that it was due for renovation and revamping, yet, three years later, the School had remained closed.

The Iguoriakhi staff lamented that high-hopes of resumption by their students have been hanging for three years now, with those who had few weeks to graduate or serve currently stranded.

Today’s protest makes it about three times the College staff would be protesting in the last 30 days. A similar protest by staff of the College of Education, Ekiadolor – over salary arrears – held last week.

Even though an Industrial Court sitting in Ondo had declared the closure of Iguoriakhi college as unlawful, ordering immediate reopening and payment of outstanding salaries to staff, CAMPUS GIST gathered that the state government is yet to honour the court order since last year.

Efforts to obtain comment from Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, were unsuccessful. He had, however, dismissed previous protests by the Institutions’ staff as being “politically-motivated.”

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Eid-El-Kabir: Hon. Ihonvbere Felicitates With Muslim Faithfuls

The member representing Owan Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON, has felicitated with Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-El-Kabir celebration.

The Chairman, Committee on Basic Education and Services, in his message forwarded to CAMPUS GIST, urged Muslims to display self-sacrifice and put God first in all facets of their lives as they continue in prayers for the unity, peace and progress of the nation.

Prof. Ihonvbere stated that the Eid-El-Kabir celebration as an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness and submission of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son for mankind is very significant.

“It is important that we emulate Prophet Ibrahim’s ideals and put the Nation first in all we do. I salute the Muslim faithfuls on the occasion of the Eid-al-Adha,” the message read.

“I also want to appeal to all in this Sallah, to adhere to the safety rules of restrictions to gatherings and social distancing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s my wish that Allah in His mercy would heal our land,” he added.

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Covid-19: Abia Govt Plans School Reopening For Graduating Students

The Abia State Government has expressed readiness to reopen schools only for students in graduating classes (primary 6, JS3, SS3), including those in higher institutions.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Federal Government, Monday, announced that exit classes for Nigerian secondary schools are to resume on August 4th, 2020.

The reopening of exit classes, CAMPUS GIST reported, will enable the students to have 2 weeks to prepare for their West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination which is scheduled to start on August 17, 2020.

In a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, Tuesday, the Abia state government announced the “convocation” of a “special summit” on education to deliberate on modalities for reopening of both private and public schools in the state.

Signed by Chief John Okiyi Kalu, state Commissioner for Information, he said the approval was given by the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, to enable the exit class students write their relevant local and international examinations.

“Based on the foregoing, the following stakeholders are hereby invited to attend the summit holding at the Michael Okpara Auditorium of Government House, Umuahia, on Thursday, 30th July, 2020 at 11am prompt…

“The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chairman, Abia State House of Assembly Committee on Education; The Honorable Commissioners for Education, Finance, Health, Justice, Works, Local Government and Information; The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education; The Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers and his Deputies.”

Others are, “The Vice Chancellor, Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu; Rectors of all Colleges and Polytechnics in Abia State, The Registrar, Examination Development Commission; Acting Chairman, Abia State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB); Acting Executive Secretary, Secondary Education Management Board (SEMB) and the Deputy Executive Secretaries; The Executive Secretary, Hospitals Management Board (HMB); and The Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Health Care Development Agency.”

Also included are, the “State Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA); Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Abia State Chapter; Presidents of Students Union Government of State owned tertiary institutions, State Chairmen of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and Association of Primary School Heads of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Three representatives of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Abia Chapter, drawn from the 3 senatorial zones of the state; and Three representatives of National Association of Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) drawn from the 3 senatorial zones of the state.”

“All the invitees must be seated before the arrival of the Governor as well as ensure strict compliance to all relevant COVID-19 protocols,” the statement added.

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UNIBEN Staff Killed, 1 Injured As Police Chase Driver Over N100 Bribe

Dr. Stella Okotie, a staff of the University of Benin, was on Tuesday sent to early grave when a commercial bus driver running away from police extortion rammed into her.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the incident happened in Benin City at about 6:30pm along the ever-busy Benin-Lagos expressway, close to the UNIBEN main gate.

The deceased was until her demise, a lecturer at the UNIBEN faculty of Education. Aside Okotie, one person was said to have also been killed with another sustaining some injuries.

The victims were killed while a commercial bus driver was running away from the police officers who had earlier flagged his vehicle down, demanding N100 bribe.

One of the officers was said to have jumped into the moving bus and engaged in a physical struggle with the bus driver, dragging the steering wheel in the process.

According to an eyewitness, the late UNIBEN staff was standing at the walkway alongside her husband, Dr. Williams Okotie, also a staff of UNIBEN and her son when the bus hit her and their stationery UNIBEN water supply van.

“The police officers were pursuing a commercial bus in quest for money leading to a physical struggle between one of the officers and driver of the vehicle,” he told CAMPUS GIST.

“While the police was struggling the steering wheel with the driver, the bus ram into Dr. Okotie who was standing on the walk way just by the side of her vehicle killing her on the spot.”

Following the incident, the police officers fled the scene leaving behind one of their colleague who was beaten to pulp and almost left for dead by angry mob but for the quick intervention of a woman believed to be his wife.

Consequently, residents and passersby barricaded the ever-busy new Lagos road right in front of the UNIBEN Ugbowo main gate, causing heavy traffic gridlock for hours.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor could not be reached for comments. The university management is yet to issue a statement as at the time of filing this report.

In response to incident, the UNIBEN medical students are embarking on a solidarity protest on Wednesday (today) against the killing of the mother of their former colleague.

A statement issued by Comr. Goodluck Eghosa Osemwenkhae, Director of Information, Media and Publicity, on behalf of the union, said the protest would cover the police headquarters and the Edo state government house.

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Oyo State Announces Resumption Of Schools, Cancels 3rd Term Exams

The Oyo State Government on Tuesday approved the release of academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities in the State amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement was contained in a statement obtained by CAMPUS GIST signed by Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology. He said the approval was given at the State Executive Council meeting held today.

According to the approved calendar, Third Term 2019/2020 session has been cancelled and promotion of students, for all affected classes, will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessment.

Pry 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 will proceed on holiday from 30th of July and resume for their Examination as follows;

*Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)- 10th to 18th August 2020

*Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science- 19th August 2020

*Placement/Screening Test to JSS1- 20th August 2020

*Placement Test into Technical Colleges- 28th August 2020

*The SSS 3 will resume for their Examination as soon as WAEC announce the date.

*The 2020/21 academic session, according to the calendar approved by the State Council is as follows;

*First Term- 21th September to 18th December 2020

*Second Term- 11th January to 9th April 2021

*Third Term- 3rd May to 30th July 2021

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology enjoins all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.

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Prof. Ihonvbere mourns death of ex-Edo Speaker, Zakawanu Garuba

A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON, OGI, FNIAM, has mourned the passing of former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Zakawanu Garuba.

In a statement on his official twitter handle @HonIhonvbere, the lawmaker and Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, said he was shocked over the news of the former speaker’s death.

“I received with shock, the news of Rt. Hon. Zakawanu Garuba’s death,” he said. “I want to extend my sympathy and condolence to the entire family over the great loss,” Prof. Ihonvbere added.

Rt. Hon. Garuba was elected into the Edo State House of Assembly in 2003.

While in the House, he served as chairman of the House committee on judiciary, human rights, and legal matters. He became Speaker in 2007.

Hon. Zakawanu Garuba died at an Abuja hospital on Saturday, at 54.

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WAEC, FG Settle For September 5 As New Date For 2020 WASSCE

The Federal Government has announced a shift in date of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) billed for August 4 to September 5, 2020, CAMPUS GIST reports.

The shift of the 2020 WASSCE was announced by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, in a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST on Friday.

He said the development was a fallout of a meeting between the federal government and representatives of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Nigeria.

CAMPUS GIST recalls that WAEC had earlier announced August 4 – September 5 as date for the 2020 WASSCE amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It was, however, opposed by the federal government with a declaration that Nigerian final year secondary school students won’t participate in the exams.

But in a statement on Friday, the education minister said the federal government and WAEC, Nigeria have agreed to shift the Aug-Sept date for the 2020 WASSCE to a new date to be announced later.

He explained that the decision was the outcome of a meeting between the Federal Government and officials of WAEC’s Nigeria office on Monday noting that both parties have agreed to further consult with four other countries on new examination date.

The minister also revealed that the government has given school owners in the country till July 29, 2020 to meet specific guidelines towards the reopening of schools at a date to be announced in due course.

Nwajiuba urged the schools to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to state Ministries of Education, not later than July 29, 2020.

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Female Corps Member, Ifeoma, Gifts Self A Car As POP Gift (Photos)

A female corps member, Ms. Paschaline Ifeoma, has gifted self a car as a gift to mark conclusion of the compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, CAMPUS GIST reports.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that Ms. Ifeoma, a Batch ‘B’ corps member from the Southeast, who passed out July 16, served in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

According to her, she wasn’t just a corps member but a farmer, film maker, fish seller and office administrator – where she apparently made her money.

“I be ordinary corper who is a farmer, a film maker, a fish seller and an office admin!,” Ms. Ifeoma told CAMPUS GIST in an interview on Friday.

Ms. Ifeoma, who was however silent on how long it took her to raise money for the 2008 Mazda CX9, said she never depended on the monthly stipends from the federal government all through her service year.

Ifeoma said she had plenty to eat and share – as she never lacked – including sharing palliatives to people during the coronavirus pandemic.

“See eh, in this my “CORPERship”, God didn’t let me suffer or beg for bread.. instead, I gave to many, put food on people’s table even during the pandemic!

“I only witnessed LIFTING UP where others saw a casting down.

“A lot of people asked, ‘YOU NA CORPER?’…

“Yes oo, I be ordinary corper who didn’t have to sit around waiting for the governments miserable 19,800 allowance before its increase to 33k!.

“I’ve never seen a better yesterday… Thank you God for always!.”

On her next phase of life, having concluded her service year, Ms. Ifeoma simply said, “NYSC pass out is not a next phase for me ‘cos I witnessed a NEXT PHASE in my life with each breaking day and witnessing God’s amazing grace in all that concerns me.”

The visibly elated Ifeoma christened her brand new car, a Mazda CX9, 2008 model “Passy-B” – apparently coined out from (NYSC) Batch ‘B’.

“This RED baby is a gift from ME to ME on my POP and she shall be called “PASSY-B’,” she added.

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