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Put An End To Gas Flaring, University Don Tells Petroleum Engineers

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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.

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He said the plea becomes necessary knowing well the hazard gas flaring causes to the environment and human.

Joseph Nwakwue, Chairman, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council.

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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.

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“SPE, you must join in this pursuit that gas flaring is eliminated in this country because of its hazardous effect.

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“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.

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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.

A cross section of SPE members and Igbinedion University management team in a group photograph.

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.

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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.

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Auchi Poly Expels 40 Students For Result Falsification

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The Management of Auchi polytechnic says it had expelled 40 students over results falsification and deficiency at the point of entry into some programmes at the institution.

A news bulletin by Adebola Ogunboyowa, Head, Information and Public Relations Unit of the institution on Wednesday said the students were expelled following the outcome of the regular verification exercise for 2020/2021 academic session.

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According to Ogunboyowa, the affected students were involved in forgery and falsification of results to gain admission into National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes.

Ogunboyowa who said the expelled students cut across different departments in the polytechnic, added that the Rector of the institution, Dr Salisu Umar, had proposed 12 new programmes to commence in 2022/2023 academic session.

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FG Unveils New Curriculum For Nigerian Universities

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The Federal Government has announced a new curriculum for university education in the country, saying it is to reflect the 21st-century realities.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this on Monday at the unveiling of the new curriculum in Abuja.

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Osibanjo said the development was part of efforts geared towards making university education become more responsive to the pressing needs of society.

Professor Osinbajo was represented at the unveiling by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

He explained that the introduction of the Core Curriculum and Minimum Standard to university education will address local issues, meet international standards and uplift scholarship in Nigerian universities.

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The Vice president also commended the NUC for the unbundling of such disciplines as Agriculture and the emergence of three courses – Allied Health Sciences, Architecture and Communication, and media studies – the three new courses in Nigerian Universities.

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“This document has indeed taken cognizance of the need to provide greater academic autonomy to universities with regards to the development of some percentage of course content.

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“I commend the commission of this decision to share the minimum credit unit required for graduation in the Nigerian university in the ratio of 70 to 30 per cent. This will further create institutional peculiarity,” he said.

Speaking also at the event, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, said the commission has commenced the journey to restructure the Benchmark for Minimum Academic Standards BMAS in 2018, saying that it has introduced in its place, the Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS).

He added that the new CCMAS is a product of sustained stakeholder interactions over two years.

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Edo NAPPS Distances Self From Viral Video Insulting Obaseki, Calls For Probe

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The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Edo State chapter, has disclaimed and distanced itself from a viral video wherein the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki was insulted and lampooned.

This followed a video circulating online wherein NAPPS in Edo State was called upon to reject all PDP candidates linked to Governor Godwin Obaseki.

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In the video already trending online, they (NAPPS) alleged that Obaseki is deliberately destroying their business after giving him all the support during the 2020 governorship election.

They further accused the state Governor of introducing damaging taxes and fees on on them

But a statement signed by Reuben Ekhosuehi, Chairman NAPPS Edo State, said: “We have observed with total dismay the attitude of some faceless group of people trying to drag the name of State Chairman, Hon. Ekhosuehi Reuben Ikponmwen and the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Edo State in a muddy water.

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“We want to state categorically that we disassociate ourselves from the trendy video and audio messages castigating our amiable Governor, His Excellency, Mr Godwin Enogheghase Obaseki, and the Hon. Commissioner for Education, Dr Joan Osa Oviawe.”

Comrade Ikponmwen explained: “We will never do anything to bring down the reputation of our state Governor, and the State Ministry of Education.As law abiding citizens, we are aware of the right avenue of negotiating with the government on any issue pertaining to the welfare of our union and that of the development of Education in the state and not to embark on cheap blackmail.

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“We hereby urge the State to use all possible means to investigate the source of this publication in order to bring the culprits to book.It should be noted that the chairman of NAPPS, Edo State Chapter is a card carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is also aspiring for a political position in the state in the fourth coming election.

“He will not be so naive to champion a course that is asking for Edo people not to vote for any PDP candidate in the 2023 elections. We see this publication as political motivated to tannish the image of our able Chairman and to put our association at a logger Head with the state government.

“We implore the government to take this issue serious in order to get to the root of this matter as the author refused to sign any of the publications.

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“Our Association as a registered body will not work under unanimous. We are responsible and established to assist the government in rendering educational services to our people and not to condemn and fight the government. We remain loyal and committed to the government of the state,” he stressed.

 

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