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UniLag Attracts N5bn Research Grant, Invents Zero Emission Car

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The University of Lagos has attracted at least   N5 billion from international agencies in the last one year to drive research activities.

Prof. Dixon Akinleye, Chairman, Sub Committee (Abstract), made the disclosure  at a news conference in Lagos to announce the institution’s 14th Research Conference and Fair.

He said that the university would, at the  conference andfair, showcase a zero emission car invented from the funding.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference will take place from August 21 – 23 with the theme: “Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities for 21st Century Research and Development”.

Akinleye said that the foreign grants had gone a long way in supporting the university in its quest for more research activities and innovations.

“In the last one year, this university has attracted about N5 billion by way of external funding for research and development.

“One of such grants is for the invention of a zero emission car which is one of the things to be showcased at the forthcoming conference.

“Prof. Samson Adeosun, Lead Scientist, led a group of students from the Faculty of Engineering to achieve this feat.

“Also, part of what this grant has done for us as an institution is that some teams are looking at coming up with a solar refrigerator and cooler as well as solar incubator.

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“We also have a group that has already developed a more efficient brake pad made from re-cycled materials.

“This too was carried out by students from the Faculty of Engineering (Metallurgical and Material) and supervised by Prof. Olumuyiwa Agunsoye,” he said.

According to the don, these feats, among other reasons, are why the university is ranked internationally as the best in Nigeria and the 12th best in Africa.

He added that activities such as the research fair are organised to position the university among the top three in the next three years.

He called on captains of industries and the general public to support and appreciate research by partnering with the institution, saying that research remained key to national development and growth.

“Research is big business. Government has been doing its bit but cannot do it all alone.

“There is need for collaboration between town and gown,” he said.

Prof. Abayomi Okalawon, Chairman, Conference Planning Committee, said that the university would continue to attract young academics into industries.

He described the conference and fair as olympic, adding that it would be more interesting as innovations by the university and partnering institutions would be showcased.

Some of the sub-themes at the event are Telecommuting, People and Organisational Outcomes, Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence Deployment and Digitalisation of Local Research for Global Impact.

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NAN reports that Dr Dere Awosika, an Independent non Executive Director of Access Bank, would be the keynote speaker at the conference.

The conference is sponsored by the university, with Air Peace Airlines, Union Bank, Access Bank and Vitafoam Nigeria among others as co-sponsors. (NAN)

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Kwara Warns Tertiary Institutions Against Illegal Recruitments

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Kwara State Government has warned the management of the state-owned tertiary institutions to desist from illegal recruitment of staff or face the full wrath of the law.

Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr. Alabi Afees Abolore, said the warning becomes imperative following the report that a backdoor recruitment was going on at the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, a development, he said, would attract sanctions to serve as a deterrent to others.

Dr. Abolore said such recruitment should not have taken place without the prior knowledge of the ministry, declaring that the ministry would not hesitate to penalise any school authority that is caught in the illegal act.

The commissioner also said that the ministry has communicated its position to the affected institutions in the state, adding that all recruitments of either casual, teaching or non-teaching staff should be put on hold until further notice.

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58  Salem University Graduands Bag First Class Degrees

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Fifty eight students of Salem University Graduands bagged first class degrees in various disciplines out of a total number of 960 graduating students at its 5th combined convocation ceremony held at the weekend.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Alewo Johnson Akubo who disclosed this in his speech during the occasion, said that 149 Post Graduate students also graduated from the institution.

The VC charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of their Alma mater as they go into the wider world and labour market to face theatre of challenges.

According to the VC “You can either pray nor wish troubling times away. They come to us all, both small and great, hence the need for you graduating students today to remain good ambassadors of Salem brand in and out of season

“The University since my assumption of office as the 4th Vice Chancellor, have worked assiduously to ensure full accreditation of all the programmes offered in the institution by the National Universities Commission (NUC)

“However, Salem University under my watch had its fair of challenges, particularly in the areas of students enrollment and funding.

We have, inspite of all odds, continued to consolidate on the gains made by my predecessors”

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The Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello while speaking during the ceremony, promised sustained partnership with Salem University in the provision of quality education to citizens.

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones, commended the Proprietor of Salem University, Dr Sam Amaga for the giant strides recorded in the institution interms  of academic and infrastructural growth.

Bello also praised the University for complementing government’s efforts for citizens to have access to affordable and quality education.

“My administration values education as no one priority inview of its importance as the bedrock of any nation’s economy and upliftment of the living standard of the people hence the reason why we devoted 30% of the state government budget in funding education

“Kogi Government will continue to be part and parcel of Salem University in partnership for sound education and will not hesitate to provide adequate security to enable the University operate without hindrances”

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NYSC Reassures Commitment to Transparent Operations – Uba

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By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja 

The Director overseeing the National Youth Service Corps, Mrs Christy Ifeanyiwa Uba has said the NYSC remains resolute and committed to transparency and accountability in all its operations.

She said the Scheme would continue to leverage on the template provided by the Federal Government to tackle the problems associated with poor management in respect of Access and inventory in government.

Mrs Uba disclosed this yesterday while declaring open, the 2022 second Procurement Officers Training, with the theme; “Access and Inventory Management in GIFMIS”, held in Abuja.

In the statement by the Director, Press and Public relations Eddy Megwa, she disclosed that NYSC is fully committed to the prudent management of government business using the GIFMIS module.

“I find it necessary to inform you that Management places high premium on the capacity development of staff, to enhance efficiency and productivity.

I therefore urge all participants to key into this technologically-driven IT based system that was designed for access and inventory management “, Uba said.

She appealed to participants at the training to endeavour to acquire all the requisite additional skills and knowledge that will improve their job efficiency.

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The Deputy Director, Overseeing Procurement Department, Mrs Grace Akpabio in her introductory remarks stated that the training is in conjunction with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, GIFMIS Unit and Treasury House, Abuja.

Akoabio added that the training was designed to update the Procurement Officers on their roles on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform.

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