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OAU Shut Down Till Further Notice Over Student’s Death, Protest

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The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State has shut down the institution.

This followed the protest that broke out over the death of an undergrad, Adesina Omowumi Aishat.

The school management condemned in strong terms the continuous and uncontrolled protests by the students which has culminated in unbridled brigandage, blocking of the Ife/Ibadan and Ife/Ede highways as alternative routes, and engaging in acts that are detrimental to their health and the safety of the generality of the people.

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This is as it also explained that the deceased, Aishat had reported to the Health Centre of the school on Tuesday, 28th September, 2021 with signs and symptoms of a severe infection which was promptly treated with prescribed drugs after which she was asked to report back as an outpatient.

In a press release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olanrewaju and made available to DAILY POST on Friday, it was revealed that the 24-year-old student reported back to the Health Centre in the morning of Thursday, 30th September and upon examination she was referred to Seventh Day Adventist Hospital for further management where she regrettably died.

Olanrewaju, while explaining that the management understood the grief which has resulted from Aishat’s untimely death, added that the University had exhausted all necessary avenues to call the students to order and allow for normalcy to return to the campus before it took the decision to close down the school.

The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have accordingly closed down the school until further notice. This is to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

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“In view of this, all students are hereby directed to vacate their halls of residence and the campus latest by 12:00 noon on Saturday, 2nd October, 2021.

“Consequently, the swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officials has been put on hold, pending a review of the situation.

“In the meantime, the University management has put in place the machinery to unravel the circumstances surrounding the immediate and remote cause(s) of the crisis,” he said.

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The university spokesperson stated that the management sympathises with the parents, friends, colleagues and the entire students of the University on the sad loss and prays for the repose of her soul.

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UTME: JAMB Makes N400m From Correcting Errors In Candidates’ Name As Performance Declines Sharply

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, a couple of years ago, made over N400 million from candidates who requested that their names be written in other manners apart from the ones they initially inputed while filling forms to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

The Registrar Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, the body in charge of the exam, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this, said the supposed errors were intentionally made by such candidates who bought more than one form, and who hoped to present the results of the exam where they scored higher marks for admission purposes.

Oloyede stated this while delivering a lecture at the Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University LASU, Ojo, Lagos.

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The lecture was titled “Normalising the abnormal: JAMB operations during the COVID-19 era.”

Oloyede who assumed office in 2016, said the incident occurred during his first year in office.

“Then, the charges for change of name was N1,000. I was curious when I saw that the Board raked in about N400 million from that alone.

“That means about 400,000 candidates saying they did not arrange their names properly or they spelt them wrongly.

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“After digging deep into the matter, we found out that some candidates bought more than one form and then use different names with the intention of presenting the result with the highest marks for admission process.

“To curb that, we subsequently introduced the system whereby candidates are the ones who input their names directly and if anybody says he makes a mistake in the spelling of his name that is his own problem,” he said.

Oloyede decried the attitude where parents were helping their children to cheat in examination, saying the normal habit of children shying away from cheating because their parents would not condone that had been thrown away.

Giving a breakdown of the recorded cases of malpractices during the conduct of UTME from 2010 to 2018, he said the year 2010 had the highest figure of 49,371.
Year 2011 had 19,824, 2012 had 7,881, 2013 recorded 12,532, 2014 had 3,037, 2015 had 2,581, 2016 had 3,462, 2017 recorded 2,512, while 2018 had 9,831 cases.

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To stem the tide of malpractices, he said the Board introduced monitoring and remote testing if CBT centres’ network, biometric capturing of 10 fingers of candidates, embossment of photograph on all documents among others.

On the conparative performance of candidates in the last four years, Oloyede said it had been on downward movement.

In 2018, out of 1,607,743 candidates that wrote the UTME, 25.82 percent scored 200 marks and above, while in 2019, when 1,817,306 wrote it, 22.97 per cent were in that category, while in 2020 that had 1,949,692 candidates, only 20.76 percent scored that high and in 2021 with 1,312,992 candidates only 12.84 per cent scored 200 marks and above.

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The trend continued in other categories and in the category of those who scored 140 marks and above, 96.96 per cent in 2018, 90.92 percent in 2019, 91.57 per cent in 2020 and 73.43 percent in 2021.

(VANGUARD)

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NYSC Deploys 1,500 Corps Members To Bauchi

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), says it has deployed 1,500 corps members for the 2021 Batch C, Stream 1 Orientation Course to Bauchi State.

Mr Aliyu Suleiman, the Spokesman of the scheme disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Bauchi.

Suleiman said the orientation for the corps members would hold from Oct. 20 to Nov. 9, at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Wailo, in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state.

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According to him, prospective corps members would only be allowed into the camp after being certified COVID-19 negative by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

He said that any corps member who tested positive would be referred to the NCDC isolation centre outside the orientation camp for treatment, adding that only 200 persons would be registred per day.

“Registration dates have been assigned to all prospective corps members to avoid overcrowding.

“A total of 200 persons will be allowed for registration per day.

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“Participants are advised to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 safety measures put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the NCDC.

“Defaulters will be sanctioned in accordance with the NYSC bye laws,” he said.

Suleiman urged the corps members to be punctual, diligent and comply with the camp’s acceptable dress code, warning that defaulters would be sanctioned.

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“Corps members are advised to strictly adhere to the camp accepted dress code, whether physical training kits with NYSC crested vest, khaki, trousers, jungle boots, customised stockings, face cap and belt or ceremonial dress.

“Negligence of the NYSC dressing code will not be tolerated,” he said.

He said that the number of corps members for Batch C, stream II had not been released from Abuja, but their registration would commence on Nov. 24 at the orientation camp.

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Varsity Don Urges Alumni To Support Activities Geared Toward Positioning Former Institution

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Prof Henry Imhonde, Dean, faculty of social sciences, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, has called on alumni of tertiary institutions to contribute and support activities geared towards positioning their former institutions of leaning in a manner that encourages brand recognition.

According to him, alumni associations are expected to keep improving the quality of life in the area of wealth creation, education and socio belief which according to him are the basic for human existence.

The university don made this known why speaking as guest lecturer at a one-day public lecture and award night as part of activities to climax the celebration of the one-week activities organised by members of Auchi Polytechnic Alumni Association, APAA, Benin chapter, on Saturday in Benin City.

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Speaking on the tittle ‘make an impact’, Prof Imhonde said, the psychological wellbeing of any individual is geared towards satisfaction which may likely come as a result of positively impacted actions of aluminus of same higher school of learning.

According to him, life is all about complementing each other and not competing, stressing that this should be what alumni stands for.

“I hear your president said you guys have given jobs and necessary support to your members and that is the right way to go.

“You people have done well for organizing such event, you visited some secondary schools and spoke to the young ones. That which you have done is mentoring and defining positive pathways for the younger ones.”

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The chapter president, Nosa Odia, noted that the one week event was strategically designed to bring to the public the importance of technologically-based education.

“Technologically-based education is about hand and brain for development which logically negates the continuous unrealistic hopes for white collar jobs.”

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The event feature the award presentation to senior pastor of Omega Fire Ministries, Lagos. Rev. Fidelis Ayemoba, for exemplary leadership and immense contribution to the growth and welfare of members of the association and humanity.

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Other who received awards are Prof. Monday Omoregie, Mr. Omoruyi Akpata, Bldr. Aloaye Emmanuel for exemplary leadership and immense contribution to the growth and welfare of members of the association and humanity.

The association also gave financial support to two final year students from the department of Building technology and Painting of the polytechnic to aid their smooth academic exercise.

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