Nwaokocha Peace Ihuoma, a 300level nursing student of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Wednesday emerged entrepreneur of the year at the 7th Entrepreneurship Programme Studies (EPS) exhibition of the institution.
EPS is a compulsory programme for all students of 300level with a view to preparing them for self-reliance and self-employment and be employer of labour after graduation.
Ihuoma, who said her passion for the fashion world made her to build interest partucularly in the makeup world, was gifted a hundred thousand naira (N100,000) by management of the school for her uncommon skills in makeup.
The exhibition which saw a total of eleven schools (groups) under the EPS of the institution, had the School of Catering (group) emerging as the 1st runner-up of the entrepreneurship skills exhibition with a gift of two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) from the Management of the school to the group.
School of Perfume, Cosmetic & Toiletries emerged 2nd runner-up, while School of Fashion & Bridal Accessories emerged 3rd runner-up at the exhibition.
Other schools/groups that participated at the exhibition are: School of Desktop Computer Operation and Business Centre; School of Husbandry; School of Music; School of Bakery; School of Tailoring/Fashion Design; School of Technology and Creativity and school of Hair Care.
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In his speech at the exhibition, Vice Chancellor of the school, Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, implored the students to put into use the skills acquired in the course of training in all their endeavours regardless of the course studied.
Accroding to the VC, all the trainings have provision for business models and start-up incentives provided by the university, adding that the Management chose this path of self-reliance due to the fact that the driven force for every economy in the world is entrepreneurship.
The VC noted that one of the roles of Igbinedion University is to foster entrepreneurship culture in students and staff, stressing that this is critical in nation development.
He said, “We at Igbinedion University have chosen this path because the driving force of every great economy in the world is entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial inclusiveness provides a conducive environment culture, opportunity and practice that encourages students’ growth and entrepreneurial confidence.
“The role of the University in fostering entrepreneurial culture against students and staff is critical in national development. Entrepreneurs have power to shape the world by developing versatile skills and profitable business scheme that are needed for human development.”
Earlier, Director of Entrepreneurship Programme Studies of the school, Dr. David Umobuaie noted that the programme all the programmes under the EPS are certificated hence students would be issued certificate for the acquired skill.
According to him, over 500 students participated in the programme and went through rigorous training.
ASUU Strike: Govt Imposes ‘No Work-no-pay’ Policy On Lecturers
Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Yobe State University branch, has tasked it members not to succumb to any kind threat from the state government aimed at creating division and distraction among them.
The charge was contained in a five-point resolution raised following an emergency congress meeting held by union to review the ongoing strike action and other local issues among which is the imposition of ‘No work-No pay’ strategy by government in the state.
Dr. Mohammed Saje Jajere, YSU-ASUU branch chairperson, noted that after extensive deliberations, the congress has unanimously reiterated its position to continue with the national strike, despite the no-work-no-pay strategy without notice
“As the struggle continues, the congress has commended its members for their commitment and steadfastness in the patriotic struggle for the survival of the university system in the country.
“The congress has called on its members not to succumb to any kind threat so that it will not create division and distraction among members”, he said.
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To cushion the hardship of the salary stoppage, the Chairperson said a coping strategy is introduced via ASUU-YSU Multipurpose Cooperative Society, hence urged members to contact the EXCO of the Cooperative for more details on how to access various services.
“A people united can never be defeated”, Dr. Jajere stressed.
DAILY POST gathered that, the management of the varsity has announced resumption of academic activities on the 27th of June, 2022 after the Directorate of Academic Planning of the institution released an adjusted academic calendar for 2020/2021 academic session and urged students to take note for compliance.
Reports also indicated that, some academic staff in the university who are at managerial level have commenced lectures on the said date and vowed to continue in the line with the adjusted calendar.
Edo Schools Where Pupils Sit On Floor To Learn Uncovered, Community Demands Govt’s Intervention
The people of Ofunmwegbe community (known as Okada junction) in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State have called on the state government to come to their aide and rebuild the only primary and secondary schools in the community which are in dilapidated state.
They also lamented that several appeals in the past have not been given a positive response, just as they decried situations where pupils sit on bare floors to receive lectures besides insufficient teachers in the schools.
Lamenting the poor state of the schools, chairman of the Community Governance Council (CGC), Comrade Imuentinyan Ighodaro, said the poor state of the schools has led to parents withdrawing their wards from the school.
He said the primary school was founded in 2006 with the community donating the land and paid 10 per cent counterpart fund to build the school and thereafter donated furniture while the secondary was built in 2009 through the same process.
He said: “The school was not fenced and that has made it possible for hoodlums to also go in there and vandalise the place. As we speak, there are no windows and all the roofs have gone bad, no ceilings, no chairs and the children right now sit on the bare floor to learn, and because of that so many parents are also withdrawing their children from the school. The floors are also broken.
“The whole of the school is in very bad shape. We have a block of six classrooms and another block of five classrooms. We have government teachers there.
“As a matter of urgency, we want the government to come to our aid and put the school in order for our children. They should renovate it and fence it to give it security and stop hoodlums from coming in, and if the government is able to do that, the community will provide security. It is the same situation in secondary school.”
But a staff the State Universal Basic Education Board (SBEB) who does want his name in print said that the state government was “adopting a holistic approach to schools rehabilitation and not a one-off thing.”
JAMB To Probe CBT Centres Over Extortion, Threatens Fine
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is set to commence investigations into reported cases of extortions by some operators of Computer Based Test centres, The PUNCH reports.
The CBT centres were accused of overcharging candidates during registration for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations and Direct Entry examinations.
It was gathered that any CBT operator found guilty would be subjected to payment of N100,000 fine.
The PUNCH reports that JAMB had announced a fixed rate for the 2022 UTME/DE registration and also provided relief for CBT operators due to the hike in diesel price.
However, the examination body noted that some CBT operators still extorted candidates.
The board, in its weekly bulletin made available to The PUNCH in Abuja, said, “The attention of the board has been drawn to some reports about some unscrupulous CBT centre owners charging above the stipulated fee for services rendered to candidates.
“In a statement made available to JAMBulletin, the board made it abundantly clear to all its service providers that it would not condone any exploitative tendency in any guise and vowed that it would investigate these reports; stating that any centre found culpable would not only be made to refund the extorted money, but would also pay a fine of N100,000.”
Explaining further, the board stated that “centre owners, are by this announcement, warned that failure to desist from this nefarious act would attract a fine of N100,000 and/or would have their licences to perform the specialised services revoked.
“Candidates are, therefore, advised to report any CBT centre charging above the board’s stipulated fee for any of its services to the board.
“It is to be noted that that the board has recently given access to CBT centres to perform some specialised services hitherto rendered by only JAMB-owned centres with a proviso that they would not betray the confidence reposed in them.”
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