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LASU anticipates best-ever all-Africa varsity games co-hosting with UNILAG

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The Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, has expressed optimism that the upcoming 11th All-Africa University Games (FASU), which LASU will co-host with the University of Lagos (UNILAG), will surpass previous editions in excellence.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello made this assertion during the Pre-FASU Games seminar held at LASU on Tuesday, as part of the preparations for the event scheduled to take place from September 20 to September 29.

Themed “Lagos 2014, Unite, Compete, Excel,” the seminar emphasised the importance of collaboration between LASU and UNILAG in ensuring the success of the games and fostering a spirit of sportsmanship and unity among participants.

The Vice-Chancellor highlighted that the joint efforts of both universities would play a pivotal role in realising the ambitious goal of making the upcoming All-Africa University Games the most remarkable edition yet.

“As we collaborate to create and fine-tune our ideas for the great competition, I urge us to be united, without any form of unnecessary competition or rivalry.

“Let’s put the interest of our state for which we are hosting, and the interest of the competition at heart.

“This is the second time the competition is coming to Nigeria, let’s work together as a united force to make it the best FASU Games ever.

“If in the process we do win the competition, that would be an icing on the cake.

“There is no reason for our teams not to come first and second.  We are hosting to make history, we are hosting to win,” Olatunji-Bello said.

She said that the Pre-FASU Games Seminar was the start of a monumental journey for the universities.

According to her, it marks the official merger of the organising committees of the two institutions towards the hosting of the games.

“Hosting this prestigious event is not just a testament to our university’s commitment to promotion of sports, but also a celebration of the rich diversity and talent that exists within the African continent.

“As members of the organising committees, you have been entrusted with a significant responsibility to ensure the smooth and successful execution of this historic event,” Olatunji-Bello said.

 

Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, said that the theme of the event was apt.

She said it would help the two universities to unite, compete and excel in hosting other universities and performing excellently.

Ogunsola said that it was a delight to co-host the games with LASU, and they would make sure that it was the best ever, innovative, excellent and one which would not be forgotten in hurry.

“Also, these games will build more collaboration and cooperation between the two universities going forward.

“I appreciate both the Lagos State government and Federal Ministry of Education for their constant and continuous support towards the preparation of the games,” she said.

Former Secretary-General, Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA), Mr Bola Orodele, urged the two universities to develop policies to further enhance university sports.

Orodele said that engaging critical stakeholders such as Nigeria Immigration Service, Customs Service, Police and so on was very important.

“We need to launch a strong publicity campaign that will enhance the work of the appointed marketers.

“We need to provide the best and standard facilities such as constant electricity, supply of water, good transportation, hostels, hotels and so on.

“The need to be constant by creating more awareness about the forthcoming games is very important,” he said.

Director, Centre for Multimodal Transport Studies, UNILAG, Prof. Iyiola Oni, noted the importance of planning for good transportation, logistics and a safe environment for all the participants.

Oni said that effective planning, coordination and management were essential for delivering a successful event that would meet the needs and satisfaction of athletes, spectators and host communities.

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Kwara Govt warns against illegal charges for Common Entrance exam

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The Kwara State Government has warned principals of Junior Secondary Schools and head teachers of primary schools across the state against illegal charges for the state placement examination (Common Entrance).

Any violator will face the full wrath of the law, the state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, warned on Tuesday in her office in Ilorin.

She emphasized that the common entrance is free and government will not tolerate anyone or group of people extorting money, under any guise, from the pupils because the examination is fully sponsored by the state government.

Hajia Modibbo Kawu urged the principals and head teachers to desist from all acts that could dent the image of the state government.

She also cautioned them against aiding and abetting examination malpractices, stating that the present administration has zero tolerance for examination malpractices.

The commissioner implored the parents and guardians of the pupils to report any principal or head teacher with suspicious acts to her office directly, reiterating that her office is open to everyone.

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UNILORIN appoints 40 new Professors

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By Saka Laaro, Ilorin

The University of Ilorin has announced the promotion of 40 of its senior academics to the rank of Professor.

The elevation, which was approved by the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, SAN, was sequel to the recommendations of the University Appointment and Promotion Committee.

A statement from the Office of the Registrar said that the 40 distinguished scholars were found to have excelled in the realms of teaching, research and community service and subsequently promoted to the highest rank obtainable in the academia.

The breakdown of the beneficiaries of the promotion exercise shows that 11 of the new Professors are produced by the Faculty of Agriculture and they are Prof. Sidiqat A. Aderinoye-Abdulwahab, Prof. L. L. Adefalu,Prof. F. O. Takim and Prof. A. A. Badmos.

Others are Prof. Foluke E. Sola-Ojo, Prof. W. A. Jimoh, Prof. M. I. Abubakar, Prof. T. H. Aliyu, Prof. R. O. Uddin II, Prof. T. O. Amusa and Prof. Mutiat A. Balogun.
From the Faculty of Arts are Prof. K. M. U. Gbodofu, Prof. Y. A. Abdullahi, Prof. Abosede R. O. Babatunde, Prof. Bolanle E. Arokoyo, and Prof. P. U. Nwosu while the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences produced Prof. A. S. Alabi, who teaches at the Department of Anatomy.
Two Lecturers from the Faculty of Clinical Sciences were also elevated to the rank of Professor and they are Prof. T. O. Olanrewaju and Prof. O. A. M. Adesiyun.

The Faculty of Communication & Information Science also produced two new Professors through Prof. Tinuke O. Oladele and Prof. Saudat S. Abdulbaqi while those promoted from the Faculty of Education are Prof. O. O. Okoji, Prof. Folakemi O. Adeniyi-Egbeola and Prof. Florence O. Daramola

From the Faculty of Engineering and Technology are Prof. A. T. Ajiboye, Prof. A. Y. Abdulrahman, Prof. M. O. Sumonu, Prof. Rasheedat M. Mahamood and Prof. T. K. Ajiboye.

The Faculty of Law produced one new Professor in the person of Prof. A. C. Onuora-Oguno.
The Faculty of Life Sciences produced four new professors. They are Prof. M. O. Nafiu, Prof. Faoziyat A. Sulaiman, Prof. Risikat Nike Ahmed, and Prof. I. O. Sule.

Those promoted from the Faculty of Management Sciences are Prof. M. A. Ajayi and Prof. Rihanat I. Abdulkadir as the Faculty of Physical Sciences also produced two new professors through Prof. Haleemat I. Adegoke and Prof. O. A. Abidoye.

The promotion of Prof. Monisola A. Tunde of the Department of Geography and Environmental Management was also confirmed while the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine also produced one of the new Professors in the person of Prof. Z. Jaji from the Department of Veterinary Anatomy.

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Student Union election turns deadly: One student flees for life, parents killed in tragic attack 

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In the quiet town of Ekiadolor, the College of Education became a battleground as student politics turned deadly. Odunuga Gbenga, a promising student, found himself thrust into the chaos of campus conflict.

It all began innocently enough when Gbenga was nominated as a contestant for the Student Union presidency. Little did he know that this simple act would plunge him into a nightmare.

During the election, tensions ran high as rival factions clashed violently. What was supposed to be a democratic process spiraled into chaos, with reports of killings, rapes, and riots echoing across the school grounds.

In fear for his life, Gbenga fled the campus, seeking refuge in the familiar embrace of his parents’ home in Edo State. But safety eluded him as darkness fell on that fateful night.

Under the cover of midnight, a group of assailants descended upon Gbenga’s home, shattering the peace of the night. In a desperate bid for survival, Gbenga fought bravely, but the odds were against him.

Tragically, Gbenga’s valiant efforts were in vain. Though he managed to escape, his beloved parents were not as fortunate. The attackers, driven by unknown motives, mercilessly took the lives of Mr. Samuel Odunuga and Mrs. Taiwo Odunuga, leaving a family shattered and a community reeling in shock.

Since that harrowing night in 2023, the search for Gbenga has consumed the hearts and minds of his grieving family. Their plea echoes through the pages of this newspaper, a desperate cry for justice and closure in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

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