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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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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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Ize-Iyamu Demands Swift Prosecution Of Suspected Killers Of Uwa

The candidate of the APC in the Edo Governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has tasked the Police to commence the swift prosecution of the suspected killers of Uwaila Vera Omozuwa and ensure justice.

Miss Omzuwa, a 100-level microbiology student of the University of Benin, was raped and murdered in a church in Benin City where she had gone to study. Her death sparked national outrage and refocused attention on the prevalence of sexual assault and abuse of women in the country.

On Wednesday, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, paraded six suspects involved in the murder following what he described as “united efforts” of the Police, including homicide experts and State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

In a statement forwarded to CAMPUS GIST by Mr. John Mayaki, the Chairman of Edo APC Campaign Council, Ize-Iyamu commended the Police for the arrest but insisted that it was only the beginning of the process toward ensuring justice for the family and friends of the late Uwa.

Condemning the rape and murder of Uwa as a heinous crime, he says the perpetrators must be made to face the full weight of the law without delay, and sensitization and legal efforts to prevent and protect women from sexual assault and other forms of abuse are intensified.

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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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UNIBEN Forensic Centre & DNA Studies Holds 1st Virtual Training Workshop

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) Centre for Forensic Programmes and DNA Studies (CFPS), is set to hold her first virtual training workshop, CAMPUS GIST reports.

This was disclosed in a two-page statement made available to CAMPUS GIST on Friday, in Benin City by the CFPS, Office of the Vice Chancellor.

The programme has as theme: “Application of knowledge of Forensic and DNA tools in combating pandemic and enhancing crime scene investigation.”

CAMPUS GIST reports that the workshop will hold virtually via videoconferencing software, Zoom from August 4 – 5th, 2020.

See program of events below…

DAY 1

11:30am – 11:58am: Admission of Participants

12:00 – 12:20pm: Welcome address by University of Benin Vice-Chancellor (Professor (Mrs.) Lillian Salami)

12:30pm – 12:45pm: An Introduction and overview on Forensic, Crime scene Investigation and Pandemic by the Director of Centre for Forensic Programs and DNA Studies, University of Benin (Professor Edeaghe Ehikhamenor)

12:15 pm – 01:45pm: First speaker

AIG (Rtd). Dr. Akhiwu Wilson (MBBS, MSC (Tox), PGDIP (FOREN.PSYCH), FMCPath, FWACP, CERT FOR ANTHRO)

01:45 pm – 02:00 pm: A brief break for refreshments and exchange of pleasantries by participants

02:00 pm – 02:45 pm: Second Speaker

Chief/Force Consultant Pathologist, Nigeria Police Force

Topic: Crime Scene Investigation: Application of Forensic and DNA skills in rape Investigation, Nigeria experience

Third speaker

Professor Ikhide Imumorin
Adjunct Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta USA and President CEO African Biosciences Ltd.

Topic: Pandemic Covid-19 Virus: Rationalization of Susceptibility of Victims and Enhanced Survival based on their Genetic Profile

02:50pm – 03:00pm: Announcement vote of thank by Dr. Victoria Mokwenye

DAY 2

11:45am 12:10pm: Admission of Participants

12:15 pm 01:00 pm: First Speaker

Dr. Ona Ekhomu (CFE, CPP, CSP, PCI, CPO)
Chairman of Management and Security, Lagos, Nigeria

Topic: Crime Scene Investigation: Forensic Ballistics and Firearms analysis of the gun, cartridges and other missiles to know The real shooters

01:05 pm – 01:50 pm: Second Speaker

Professor Peter O. Olayiwola (Ph.D). FCFI, FNCS, Citp, JP)

Topic: Crime Scene Investigation: Application of Computer Digital and Mobile Phone Forensics to Combat Cybercrimes in Nigeria

01:45 pm 01:55 pm: A brief break for refreshments and exchange of pleasantries by participants

02:00pm – 02:45pm: Third Speaker

Professor Ikhide Imumorin
Adjunct Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.
and President & CEO African Biosciences Ltd.

Topic: Pandemic Covid-19 Virus: Application of Forensic and DNA analysis in testing and Management

12:50 pm – 03:05 pm Fourth Speaker

Dr. Adesuwa Urhoghide Edigin (RDS, MHA, Cert LRM)

President Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Edo state branch

Topic: The Role of Networking amongst Various Stakeholders in Combating Crime in the Society

03:10 pm 03:20 pm: Vote of Thanks by Barrister Aigbe Irene

“The Centre appreciates the members of committee for the 1st Virtual training workshop namely:

“Nwawuba Stanley U
Amidu Latifu Adeniyi Okojie Beckley Odianosen
All Academic and Non-Academic Staff of CEFPADS
All Student of CEFPADS.”

To participate, register at >>> https://forms.gle/ehCV8tS6aCrDCisbAhttps://forms.gle/ehCV8tS6aCrDCisbA

or

https://bit.ly/ForensicVTWhttps://bit.ly/ForensicVTW

Request for training certificate with all the eLearning materials with regards to the 1st Virtual Forensic workshop is possible via payment to the account;

Name: Zenith Bank
Name of Account: FORDEC
A/c number: 101 660 020 4
After payment, send a scanned copy of proof of payment to email: CEFPADS@uniben.edu
For enquiry, call: 08065699068.

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UNIBEN Professor, Emoghene, Dies

A lecturer at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Professor Alexander Ochuko Emoghene, is dead.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that Professor Emoghene died on Saturday morning after a brief illness.

A close friend of the professor, who craved anonymity, confirmed the report to CAMPUS GIST on Sunday.

Until his death, Emoghene was a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences.

He was also a two-time Head of the Department of Microbiology, in the same faculty.

Emoghene was billed to deliver a lecture at the UNIBEN regular inaugural lecture series in April but was postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

He was yet to deliver same [lecture] until his demise.

Professor Emoghene studied at the University of Benin, in Edo state, graduating with a second class (upper division) degree (Hons) in Botany, in the year 1987.

He also obtained a Master of Science (MSc) in Microbiology from same UNIBEN, 1989 and later a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Plant Pathogenic Microbiology/Phytopathology, 1996.

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[PROFILE] UNIBEN Professor Appointed Adviser To Pope Francis

A Nigerian professor at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Kokunre Agbontaen-Eghafona, has been named an adviser to Pope Francis, CAMPUS GIST reports. Francis is head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.

CAMPUS GIST reports that Professor Agbontaen-Eghafona is among the only three persons appointed as Ordinary Members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS), on Friday.

The two others, according to a report by the Vatican News, are Pedro Morandé Court, a professor emeritus at the Pontifical University of Chile, from Chile; and Mario Draghi, former European Central Bank chief, from Italy.

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was established by Pope John Paul II on 1 January 1994, with the aim of “promoting the study and progress of the social sciences, primarily economics, sociology, law and political science.”

The Academy helps offer the Church “those elements which she can use in the development of her social doctrine, and reflects on the application of that doctrine in contemporary society.”

The Academy holds regular international symposiums on subjects of social concern such as human trafficking, modern slavery and debt relief, and produces reports which the pope can use to guide him on non-religious issues.

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Professor Agbontaen-Eghafona

Professor Kokunre Adetokunbo Agbontaen-Eghafona was born in London on 1 October 1959. She studied at the University of Benin, in Edo state, graduating with an undergraduate degree and later a Master of Arts in History. She also obtained a Master of Science in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Ibadan.

At the University of Benin, she has been a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology since 1992; Senior Lecturer in 1996, Associate Professor in 2003, and full Professor in 2008.

She has also held a number of administrative positions including Head of the Department of Sociology (2009-2013) and Director of part-time programs (2016).

A sustainable development champion, she was responsible for sustainable development within the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network from 2012 to 2017.

Professor Agbontaen-Eghafona is the author of numerous academic publications. Her current scientific activities include measures to combat human trafficking in Nigeria, with focus on Benin City, Edo state.

Research Works

Some of her research works include “examination of the role of the family in the trafficking of girls and women in the Benin society (2008/2009)”; and “prevailing perception of trafficking, prevention, and anti-trafficking activities among communities in Edo State (2012).”

Awards

A professor of cultural anthropology, Agbontaen-Eghafona has won numerous awards as “best lecturer” and “excellent lecturer” at UNIBEN including: “Best Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, UNIBEN Award, 1999/2000; SOSSA (Social Science Students Association) Award for Excellent Lecturer – Students Relation and Exemplary Life Style in the Academia, June 2002;…

“Best Lecturer in Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Benin. Vice Chancellor’s Award 2006/2007; Best Lecturer in Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Benin. Vice Chancellor’s Award 2006/2007; SOSSA (Social Science Students Association) Award for Excellent Lecturer. September 2014.”

Membership Union

Professor Agbontaen-Eghafona is a member of various prestigious societies including the Archaeological Association of Nigeria; Nigerian Field Society; International Society for Benin Studies; Nigerian National Museum Society; West African Archaeological Association; Society for International Relations Awareness; Ethics Committee of College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin.

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TETFund Flags Off Construction Of International Hostel At UNIBEN (Photos)

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has flagged off the construction of a 28-executive-room international hostel at the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

This was disclosed by the Institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Benedicta Ehanire, Ph.D, in a statement made available to Campus Gist, on Friday.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami, who supervised the ground-breaking ceremony of the hostel complex, said the proposed edifice is symbolic, as it marks the first of many major projects to be executed during her tenure.

Campus Gist reports that the hostel project is expected to be completed within 42 weeks.

Established as an intervention agency under the TETFund ACT 2011, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) is charged with the responsibility of managing, disbursing and monitoring the education tax to public tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

To enable the TETFund achieve the said objectives, TETFund ACT, 2011 imposes a 2 percent (2%) Education Tax on the assessable profit of all registered companies in Nigeria. The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) is empowered by the Act to assess and collect Education Tax. The Fund administers the tax imposed by the Act and disburses the amount to tertiary educational institutions at Federal and State levels.

It also monitors the projects executed with the funds allocated to the beneficiaries.

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UNIBEN urges Police to intensify investigation on student’s rape, murder

Authorities of the University of Benin has expressed concern over the slow phase of the Police investigation into the rape and gruesome murder of a student, late Uwaila Omozuwa.

In a statement, issued by Dr Benedicta Ehanire, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Lilian Salami, had complained about the slow phase of investigation when she visited the Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Johnson Kokumo in Benin City on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that late Omozuwa, 22, a 100 level Microbiology student, was reportedly raped and murdered in a church in Benin City on Wednesday, May 27.

She later died at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on Sunday, May 31.

Salami appealed to the Police to support the institution in crime prevention and management.

“My heart is still heavy, especially, because the circumstances of Miss Omozuwa’s death are yet to be unravelled and the perpetrators brought to book,’’ she said.

The VC urged the Police to do all in their power to ensure that no stone is left unturned in their investigation of the crime.

In his response, the Police Commissioner described the DNA and Forensic Centre of the University of Benin as one of the best in the country.

Kokumo told the VC that efforts were being made to bring the culprits to justice with the arrest of two key suspects.

He said that the Police would be happy to collaborate with the university in training its officers in forensic.

(NAN)

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