The Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, Friday, February 21 implored Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nigeria Council, to reduce and totally eliminate gas flaring in the country.
Ezemonye made this plea while welcoming participants to the 2020 Student Technical Symposium and Exhibition (STSE) hosted by Igbinedion University, Okada.
He said the plea becomes necessary knowing well the hazard gas flaring causes to the environment and human.
With the theme: ‘Exploring Cleaner Oil and Gas Production Technology for a Sustainable Global Energy Industry’, the Vice Chancellor said the theme was apt, futuristic, pragmatic and appropriate, stressing that it captures the essence of the current trend in the exploration of gas resources against the backdrop of global focus.
Emphasizing that every oil and gas activity goes with the cost of gas flaring, Ezemonye noted that mitigation and control become necessary for a safer environment.
“SPE, you must join in this pursuit that gas flaring is eliminated in this country because of its hazardous effect.
“No oil and gas activities take place without environmental cost. Why control is necessary, mitigation remains a viable option”, he said.
Ezemonye, however, posited that this year’s SPE-STSE would provide platform for professional to enhance their technical and professional competence.
Speaking, Chairman, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Nigeria Council, Joseph Nwakwue, said the symposium was to make sure students members of SPE get a fresh shape of the society’s activities.
He noted that, as professionals, they are concerned about producing oil and gas in a most environmentally sensible manner, thereby leaving a sustainable system for children unborn.
“We are not an irresponsible Industry. We are industry that is sensitive to its environment and that intends to leave a sustainable system for our children.
“Our business is to make sure we produce oil and gas in the most environmentally sensible manner; to produce and use oil and gas in the most environmentally sensible manner” he posited.
The Chairman, however, confessed that the industry has not be so environmentally responsible looking at what is happening in Ogoniland and other areas in the Niger Delta.
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He stressed that things are gradually changing in this regard, adding that to make such change happen, people with professional skills and that are imaginative, creative with modern technology are needed.
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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