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Igbinedion Varsity Sets To Follow International Rules In Lab. Management, Others, Says VC

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The Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, says Management of the university has put everything in place to make sure its laboratory management system comply with international standard and rules.

Prof. Ezemonye disclosed this on Monday at the university while declaring open one day workshop on ‘Ethics in Research, Animal Use and Management’ organised by the university.

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A cross section of participants at the workshop

While acknowledging the roles animals play in experimental activities both in biomedical and veterinary sciences, the VC emphasised the need for proper animal management and breeding in university laboratories that comply and in the purview of international guidelines.

Prof. Cadmus (left standing) doing justice to question asked by by one of the participants while the VC and other at the high table pay rapt attention.

He added, “The intention of this one day workshop is to ensure that laboratory management in this university is upgraded to international standard and that animal breeding in this university is in purview of international guidelines. You will agree with me that in science, biomedical and veterinary sciences, animals have remain a vital role for experimental design and experimental activities.”

The Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University, Prof. Ezemonye

Speaking on ‘General Ethics in the Use of Animals in Research’, one of the guest speakers, Professor Idowu Cadmus of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, emphasised the need for all organizations and institutions into animals based research; engaged in using animals for training; interested in advancing novel drugs discoveries to have institution ethics committee.

One of the guest speakers, Prof. Aziba delivering his paper on Ethics in Laboratory Techniques and Management

He noted that appropriate housing and management of animals facilities are very important to animal well-being, adding that a good management programme provides for animal well-being and minimises variations that can affect research result.

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Prof. Cadmus said, “Appropriate housing and management of animals facilities are very important to animal well-being; just as the quality of research data and teaching or testing programmes for which the animals are to be subjected to in relation to the health and safety of of the personnels.”

Prof. Ebeigbe (left) having a handshake with the VC after he presented him souvenirs from the school management

He added, “Therefore, a good management programme provides for animal well-being and minimises variations that can affect research result.”

Professor Anthony Ebeigbe of the University of Benin, while speaking on the topic: ‘Ethics in Laboratory Services in Teaching and Research in Biomedical Sciences’, noted that Biomedical researchers must conduct and communicate research findings in accordance with the highest scientific, professional and ethical standard.

Prof. Cadmus (left) receiving the school’s souvenirs from the VC for a job well done.

Biomedical researchers obligations include conduct and communicate research findings in accordance with highest scientific, professional, and ethical standard; acquire appreciate training on the humane use and care of animals for experiments. Keep proper laboratory records of all experiments in notebook or other appropriate media.”

Earlier in his speech on ‘Ethics in Laboratory Techniques and Management’, Prof. Peter Aziba of the same university said purpose of the workshop was to intimate and remind technicians basic ethics in the use of laboratory; safety, materials and equipment, etc.

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The purpose is to focus on our laboratories; to remind users basic ethics in the use of laboratory and safety of personel, materials and equipment. Maintain of standards, regulations and also meeting standard”, he said.

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How To Check 2023 WAEC Result On Your Phone Via SMS

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The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has released the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, results.

The Council stated that it was able to surmount challenges of insecurity, and cash policy among others, via technological innovation that saw over 91 percent of candidates’ results released 44 days after the examination ended.

WAEC’s Head of Nigeria Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said this at a briefing on Monday, at the body’s national office, Yaba, Lagos.

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For the students who will be checking results, here are steps to follow.

Step 1: Type: WAECExaminationnumberPIN*Examyear through your phone (there should not be a space in between).

Step 2: Send to 32327.

Step 3: You will receive a message instantly containing your WAEC statement of result.

It should be noted that only MTN, Glo and Airtel subscribers can actually check their WAEC results using this SMS method.

Students can repeat the step if they do not receive your WAEC result via SMS, kindly repeat this step again.

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SMS charges will be applied when checking your WASSCE result using text messages.

You will need to have purchased the WAEC Direct Scratch card in order to check your result via text message. The scratch card pin is what is needed in the PIN section of the SMS you will send to 32327.

Candidates who registered for the May/June examination can do also access their results through the portal of WAEC.

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BREAKING: 8 States Owing WAEC Won’t Have Candidates 2023 WASSCE Results

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Eight states owing the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, for various services rendered, will not have their candidates’ 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE results, released.

This was stated at a press briefing on Monday at Press Briefing Hall, WAEC national office, Yaba, where the body lamented that the inability to pay for services rendered was posing a great challenge in the activities of the examination body.

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Responding to a statement on the number of States owing WAEC, the National Office of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan noted that: About eight States are owing WAEC. We won’t mention them all as some are going to pay.

However, Zamfara and Niger states are the highest debtors. Again Zamfara did not present any candidate for this year’s WASSCE.” Areghan noted.

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NANS Tackles ASUU Over Call For FUTO VC’s Resignation

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The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has cautioned Academic Staff Union of Universities ,ASUU, over its call to the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Prof. Nnenna Oti, to resign.

It warned the university lecturers’ organisation to rescind from such ugly move or face the wrath of students.

The students’ body which noted that the FUTO vice chancellor had not done anything wrong to deserve such call, accused ASUU of being responsible for instability in the nation’s universities.

Recall that members of ASUU, Owerri zone, had last Friday, demanded the immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Prof. Nnenna Oti, over alleged corrupt practices and anti-union activities.

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ASUU, through its Zonal Coordinator, Dennis Aribodor, at press conference in Awka, Anambra State capital,demanded immediate resignation of the FUTO Vice Chancellor.

The union is composed of members from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State University, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia and Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Awka.

But reacting to ASUU demand while addressing the media, Sunday evening, in Abuja, NANS’ Vice President,Comrade Ezenagu Victor, while noting that ASUU had long deviated from its core mandate,called on the federal government to proscribe the union.

He said: “It has become expedient to address the unbecoming attitude of the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities. The latest of which is the provocative call by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU,zonal leaders for the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology,Owerri,to resign her position over alleged corruption.

“We feel concerned to react to the ASUU demand because the Vice Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Nnena Oti, is a mentor to many of us, particularly, our female folks. We were shocked when we read about the ASUU demand in most national dailies about the woman who has personified integrity, honesty and transparency. Sequel to this, NANS has been able to carry out investigation by interacting with both students and staff of the institution”.

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“Although we were not able to have any discussion with members of FUTO Management as they said part of the issue we wanted to inquire of was already in court. Our finding has shown that the allegations against the vice chancellor were not only unfounded, but also malicious and wicked. Testimonial evidences garnered by NANS points to the fact that the action of the ASUU leaders is a mere political vendetta.”

NANS claimed that the alleged attack on Prof. Nnenna was because of her gender, as well as transparency in the discharge of her duties as Vice Chancellor.

“Those who lost to her during the vice chancellorship contest as well as those who could not use her to achieve their ungodly aims during the national assignment have resulted to using ASUU to grind their axe with her, thus making the university ungovernable,” he alleged.

He spoke further: “We, the National Association of Nigerian Students, wish to draw the attention of ASUU in particular and the public in general, that those fighting the Vice Chancellor of FUTO by proxy are obviously threatening peace and tranquility in the university.

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“We are already informed that the disturbance is aimed at causing industrial action at the university so as to bring her to disrepute at the expense of students’ learning. It should be well noted that all industrial disputes have major side effects on students who suffer untold hardship during and after such disputes.”

Some of the effects,he mentioned,include waste of students’ precious time, amounting to the students spending longer years in the university and waste of resources, as student end up paying more school fees.
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