Read What Bishop David Oyedepo Told Students On Friday

Bishop David Oyedepo, Chancellor, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara, on Friday charged the institution’s fresh students to be agents of agricultural entrepreneurship (agripreneurship) development.

Oyedepo, who gave the charge at the institution’s ninth matriculation ceremony, said that food security had become a global concern with over one billion people suffering from starvation, hunger and malnutrition.

He said that the charge became vital to enable the students to be well prepared to contribute their quotas to the nation’s socio-economic development.

According to him, it timely to apply innovative, creative and inventive thinking.

“It is time for us to think, rethink and put actions to our thoughts in dealing with this monster, food insecurity, and the impending dangers of hunger and starvation, amongst others.

“Regrettably, Nigeria has moved from being a self-sufficient country in food to a net importer of agricultural produce.

“Need is growing, yet the hands on the plough are getting fewer by the day to make food available to this ever-growing population.

“There is a lot in agricultural entrepreneurship, because food is a must for every living being,” Oyedepo, also the President of Living Faith Church Worldwide, said.

The chancellor added that the country was faced with unemployment, with an estimated four million graduates roaming the streets.

According to him, the cheapest way to become a job creator is to engage in agriculture.

“Agriculture is not just to earn a living, but to help others to live; it is one endeavour that can never lose value.

“We as a people must wake up to the reality of charting a pathway for strengthening the reins of our economy, via productive and creative engagements in entrenching agro-enterprise,” he said.

Oyedepo urged the new students to see the ceremony as an opportunity to affirm their commitment to the values, which Landmark University stood for.

He called on them to be solution providers and leaders.

Earlier, Prof. Adeniyi Olayanju, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, said that the university was endowed with the capacity to improve lives by uniting brilliant minds across disciplines to tackle challenges.

“We are committed to raising a generation of great-thinkers and global leaders among whom will be some matriculating students of today.

“As a foremost agriculture-based private university in Nigeria with irrevocable commitment to exploration of hidden treasures in the mother-earth, restoration of the dignity of the black race is feasible,” he said.

He thanked the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, and the entire people of the community for fostering peace.

No fewer than 823 students participated in matriculation for the 2018/2019 session.

The breakdown shows that agricultural science department had 85 students, engineering, 308; pure and applied science, 182; and business and social science, 248 students.

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REVEALED! Why ASUU Strike Will Continue

The Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have failed to make any fresh agreement after their six-hour meeting in Abuja on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

The situation means that the ongoing ASUU  strike will continue but both parties agreed to resume talks next week to resolve the ongoing strike by university teachers.

Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, told journalists at the end of a closed-door meeting with the union in Abuja on Thursday that there is hope for a possible resolution soonest.

Thursday’s meeting was called at the instance of the minister.

“We will resume discussions by next week,” Mr Ngige said.

The ASUU delegation was led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, while the government side had the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono; and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

The labour minister, during a brief session with newsmen before the closed-door meeting, apologised that “talks with the academic union are coming a bit late because we have been having negotiations on the new minimum wage.”

Ngige said, “The government appeals to ASUU to put the interest of the students first because they are at the receiving end of the consideration.”

In a copy of the 2017 Memorandum of Action, which was reviewed by the two parties, the issues of discussion included “funding for revitalisation of universities; earned academic allowances; staff schools; pension matters; salary shortfalls, Treasury Single Account exemption; and state universities.”

Ogunyemi, after the six-hour meeting, said the union had put forward its demands and the meeting had been adjourned till next week.

He said, “No date has been fixed for next week but we will communicate the date to you tomorrow (Friday). The union was forced to go on strike because our plea for the implementation of the 2017 Memorandum of Action fell on deaf ears.

“Our meeting with the Minister of Education (Adamu Adamu) in May and September 2018 to remind him of the Federal Government’s promises to implement the agreement yielded no result.”

Some of the demands by the union are that the Federal Government should nominate another chairman of the government renegotiating team of the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government Agreement to replace Dr Wale Babalakin.

Other issues bothering the union are non-payment of Earned allowance, funding of revitalization of the Nigerian universities, implementation of needs assessment report, poor funding of state universities, among others.

Those present at Thursday’s meeting were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echonu, and Isa Fagge, former ASUU President.

See How Much Delta State Approved For Students’ Bursary

Delta Government has approved N300 million for students of the state origin that applied for the 2017/2018 academic session Students’ Special Assistance Scheme.

The State Commissioner for Information, Chief Patrick Ukah, disclosed this on Wednesday in Asaba, while briefing newsmen on the resolutions of the weekly State Executive Council meeting.

He said that the meeting was presided over by the state governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa.

According to Ukah, N312.5 million required by the State Bursary and Scholarship Board to successfully implement the 2017/2018 scheme was approved by the council.

“Also, the sum of N473, 832.8 million being the balance of the state counterpart funding for the Universal Basic Education was also approved”.

He said that the council also approved the appointments of two traditional rulers.

“His Royal Majesty, Prof. Paul Oghenero Okumagba, the Idama II, the Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom in Warri South and His Royal Majesty, Henry Ezeagwukpo Jegbefume I, the Obi of Akumazi Kingdom in Ika North East Local Government got the nod of the council.

“The council also approved the construction of Abavo Circular Road (Phase II), Abavo in Ika South LGA.

“It also approve the completion of the dualisation and rehabilitation of Emore Road in Oleh town, Isoko South and the construction of Ugbomro Road (Sector II), from Ughelli/Warri expressway junction at Iteregbi village to the main gate of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Uvwie LGA,” he said.

Ukah said that government also approved the construction of Akumazi/Owerre Olubor/Ekwuoma Link Road (Phase II) with a 265 metres spur to Obior/Ogwashi-Uku Road.

“The construction of Hon. Abinoko Way, Community Road and Ekuobodo village road, (Phase I), Ekuobodo village, Mosogar, Ethiope West and the reconstruction of Igbodo/Obior Road in Ika North East/ Aniocha North LGAs were also approved by the council.

“Also the construction of Ajagbodudu township roads, including Diden Road to link the community to Oghoreki-Ajagbodudu Road to Ugbenu/Koko Road, Ajagbodudu Town Hall Road and Dudu Road,” he said.

He assured the people that government would take advantage of the dry season to speed up work on various roads across the state.

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What Sultan Of Sokoto Said About Education Will Surprise You

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has decried the deplorable state of infrastructure in education across the country and described it as a major threat to the sector.

The Sultan said this on Wednesday in Sokoto while receiving the management of the Federal University, Gusau who paid him a courtesy visit at his palace.

He said that infrastructure was one of the basic foundations of education and for any institution to develop, it must have standard infrastructure.

He said “The issue of education must be given much concern from all stakeholders, our well-meaning individuals must give maximum support to education.

“Last week, I attended a meeting on education issues in Kaduna and we discovered that we have about 10 million out- of-school children in Nigeria.

“If you look at the present situation of our schools, we don’t have infrastructure that can accommodate them, we have serious challenges ahead of us.

“For us to have standard education, we must have good infrastructure and qualitative teachers”, he said.

He urged well-meaning individuals to intervene in developing the education system in the country.

He thanked the management of the university for the visit and for good a leadership system.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Magaji Garba said they were at the sultanate palace to pay a courtesy visit to the sultane.

“We are here to seek the interventions of the sultan in reaching the well-to-do individuals on developing the institution”, he said.

Magaji said the major challenge of the university was infrastructure.

He said “The university which was established in 2013, currently has a total 4,500 students.

“We are running 28 programmes across three faculties and all the programmes have successfully been accredited by National University Commission (NUC).”

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ASUU Makes Fresh Demand To End Strike

ASUU has made a fresh demand, and that is, the federal government should call them for a meeting to negotiate.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), says it is ready to negotiate with government toward ending its one-week old industrial action.

Its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who was guest on TVC News Breakfast show on Tuesday, also advised government to establish an education bank for proper funding of universities.

He regretted the attitude of government to the university lecturers’ demands, saying that letters notifying government of the strike, which were submitted to the education and labour ministries on Nov. 5, had not been replied.

“We wrote to inform the ministries that we had resumed our strike. We told them that we had resumed the strike we suspended in Sept. 2017 because government failed to implement agreements we signed.

“The ministries signed to acknowledge receipt of the copies we gave them, but none has written a reply to us,” he said.

He accused the political class of strangling primary and secondary education in Nigeria, saying that 24 states had failed to access the Universal Basic Education Commission funds for 2018.

According to him, that has left UBEC with more than N60 billion that states have yet to access.

Ogunyemi observed that the federal government, which had consistently allocated seven per cent to education in the last two years, was not sincere in the claim that it was declaring a state of emergency in the education sector.

“The Federal Government suddenly woke up from slumber and announced a state of emergency in the education sector. It also promised to allocate 15 per cent of its budget to the sector. We find this unbelievable and deceitful.

“We feel that the `sudden’ promise has more to do with the fact that we are in an election year,” he declared.

He alleged that the ruling class in Nigeria had no concern for the education of the poor.

NAN reports that the lecturers had resolved to remain at home until their demands, which include proper funding of the universities, are met.

Other demands included the payment of full salaries by state-owned universities, payment of earned academic allowances, among others.

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GREAT: 201 Graduating Students Bag First Class At UI

A total of 201 students of the University of Ibadan bagged first class honours out of the 7,577 students that graduated with first degrees in the 2017/2018 academic session.

The vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Idowu Olayinka, disclosed this at the convocation ceremony of the institution on Monday, November 12, in Ibadan, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

“The total number of graduating students for the year 2018 is 7, 577, but only 201 were able to graduate with First Class Honours.

“My joy is boundless in view of the coincidence of this year’s convocation and graduation ceremonies with the 70th anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s premier university,” Olayinka said.

He also said that 1,735 students graduated with Second Class Upper, 4,363 students had Second Class Lower while 834, 69 and 372 students graduated in third class, pass and unclassified categories respectively.

The vice chancellor urged the graduating students to brace up for the challenges of the future, saying “there is no doubt that you will face challenges that will task your entrepreneurial spirit.”

“Do not allow any problem to overwhelm you as I pray to God to always be with you and guide your steps to success,” he added.

Responding, the best overall graduating student, Grace Oka, advised her colleagues to remain focused on their goals.

We are gap fillers; we are on the mission to succeed. Outstanding set of 2017, let us find our voices, tell our stories. Do not just graduate with the hope of fitting into the existing system.

“Rather, do something beyond what has been done or always think of something that has never been done before. If you think you can, then I tell you, you can,” she said.

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Top 20 Universities With Most Employed Graduates In Nigeria

Covenant University, Ota; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; and the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, produce the most employed graduates in Nigeria, a 2018 graduate report has found.

According to the recently released Stutern Nigerian Graduate Report, 2018, Lagos State University (LASU), is the state university with the most employed graduates in Nigeria.

 

 

The report shows that 83.70 percent of Covenant University graduates are employed, while UNN and UI boast of 68.18 percent and 61.76 percent respectively.

“For the second time in a row, Covenant University have the most employed graduates rate in Nigeria. 13 federal universities, 4 state universities and 3 private universities made the list,” the report read in part.

 

Shocking! Brigadier Advises Corp Member To Aid In 2019 Election Malpractice!

In a recent address in the orientation camp,  corp members where assembled together and and where advised on the upcoming election. Addressing corps members yesterday at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Darkingari, Kebbi State, Kazaure advised:”If politicians want to snatch election materials from you, don’t drag issues with them. Help them carry it to their vehicle to avoid problems”.

Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure hails from Kazaure, Jigawa State of Nigeria

He attended the Arewa Primary School, Kazaure for his primary education and thereater proceeded to Government College Birnin-Kudu, old Kano State and later Science Secondary School, Dawakin-Kudu, present Kano State for his secondary education.

He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army on 4th October, 1989 and posted to the Nigerian Army Education Corps.

Courses Attended:

  • Direct Short Service Course, Course 2/90 in Jaji, 1990.
  • Basic NAEC Officers’ Development Course at the Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE), 1997.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) (Army) at NASE, 2007 – 2008.
  • Executive NAEC Management Course at NASE, 2009.
  • Armour Protection for Asymmetric Conflicts Course, Defence Academy of United Kingdom (UK), 2011.
  • Research and Development (R&D) International Conference, USA, 2015.

His Academic Qualifications include:

  • BSc. Chemistry from Bayero University Kano 1987.
  • MSc. Analytical Chemistry from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 1999.
  • PGD Education from Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu ode, Ogun State 2008.
  • Ph.D Pure and Applied Chemistry from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto 2009.

His Postings and Appoitments:

  • Instructor, Nigerian Military School (NMS), Zaria from 1989 – 1996.
  • Lecturer, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna from 1996 – 1999.
  • Staff Officer II (SO2) Academics NDA, Kaduna from 1999 – 2000.
  • Staff Officer II (SO2) Administration, Headquarters Nigerian Army Education Corps, Yaba from 2000 – 2003.
  • Chief Instructor Education (CIE), NMS Zaria from 2006 – 2007.
  • Commandant, Command Day Secondary School, Oshodi from 2007 – 2009.

  • Chief Librarian Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji from Jan to Aug 2009.
  • Deputy Director Research and Development (DDR & D), Defence Industrial Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) from 2009 – 2011.
  • Divisional Education Officer (DEO), Headquarters 82 Division, Enugu from 2011 – 2013.
  • Senior Lecturer/head of Department, NDA, Kaduna from 2013 – 2015.
  • Commandant, Nigerian Army Language Institute, Ovim from 31st Dec 2015 to 18th April, 2016.

Career Progression:

  • Lieutenant – 4th October 1989.
  • Captain – 4th October 1993.
  • Major – 4th October 1998.
  • Lieutenant Colonel – 4th October 2003.
  • Colonel – 4th October 2008.
  • Brigadier General – 4th October 2014.

Special Contributions:

    • He served as a Committee Member that developed a policy for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare for the Nigerian Army (NA).
    • He was involved in the production of DICON Draw Soap which is used to lubricate and polish bullet cases during the mechanical drawing process. This lubricant was initially procured from outside the country at a huge cost in foreign exchange.
    • He has also produced some Military Pyrotechnics for the NA.

 

Assumption of Duty at NYSC:

  • Brigadier General Kazaure assumed duty as the 17th Chief Executive of the National Youth Service Corps on Monday 18th April, 2016

Family and Hobbies:

  • Brigadier General Kazaure is happily married with children. He is widely travelled, some of the countries he has visited are; UK, USA and Various African nations. His hobbies include Football and Horse riding