Showing posts from June, 2021

UNILAG rolls out Convocation Safety guidelines

  Favour Olusola  The University of Lagos, (UNILAG), has today, released COVID-19 safety guidelines ahead of its 51st convocation ceremonies slated to hold between 30th June and 8th July 2021.  The Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Ademola Adeleke in a statement circulated to students on various social platforms stated that while the convocation ceremonies will maintain the COVID-19 prevention protocols, they would not be “devoid of glamour”.   In line with the government’s direction on social gatherings, the statement reads that there will be no “parties and use of canopies within the University campus”. It further states that while Parents/Guardians and the General Public are invited, access to the J.F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium is strictly by invitation. Meanwhile, the University Convocation Ceremonies is scheduled to commence with the Pre-Convocation Press Conference on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 10 am in the Senate Chamber. The Convocation lecture would be delivered by the Governor of

Struggle for Daily Bread May Hinder Quality Education

Image Favour Olusola  Times are hard, feeding is expensive. With a large population living on unbuttered loaves of bread, food inflation has made students food penny pinchers.  As the country’s economy deteriorates and citizens go through untold economic and financial hardship, Nigerian students have not been exempted from this unpleasant reality. While price inflation may not be a problem for some high-end students, for most, the upsurge in the price of food is taking the chunk of their wallets. It is rather unfortunate that feeding has become difficult, as students are forced to live with the terrible situation of food prices on campus amidst the country’s poor economic situation. Reports have shown that the current inflation crisis that has rocked Nigeria’s economy has hit a four-year peak in February as food prices skyrocket to more than 20 per cent.  Consequently, there has been a heavy financial burden on not only households but students who make up a l

UNILAG Test Runs Locally Made Vehicle

Source:News Agency of  Nigeria Soremekun Seyifunmi and Faith Enang The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academics and Research) of the University of Lagos, Professor Oluwole Familoni has disclosed that the institution is test-running its Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV). According to him, the Unilag ZEV which was inaugurated by the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe in 2018, is "a 63 per cent hardware and 100 per cent software home-made (Akoka content) mechatronics automobile device". Familoni, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, explained that the invention would encourage indigenous engineering innovation and added that it was motivated by the universal drive to minimise global warming. He told NAN that the drive train functionality which is currently run on with a six-passenger Sport Utility Shuttle Van platform can still be converted to support an 18- seater commuter bus with time. Professor Oluwole emphasized on the

All the keys to Yishau’s ‘Vaults of secrets’ -BOOK REVIEW

  Credits: labphotography Title: Vaults of Secrets Author: Olukorede Yishau Reviewer: Leye Abiola Publishers: Parresia Publishers Limited Pages: 118 Olukorede Yishau’s Vault of Secrets is rightly titled. Each chapter acts as a portal, transporting the reader to different times and places, often into the secrets and behind-the-scenes. With a hardcover book design that shows that Mr Yishau, being an avid reader has experienced regular dog-eared pages, the yellow and black-blue cover creates an atmosphere of a sensational yet serious read for the eager reader.  The book begins with a glimpse into the life of a female inmate dying of leukaemia as she reminisces about a fellow inmate who died after a long journey through life that unfortunately ended behind bars. From there, we are presented with Emmanuel’s special gift of being in the right place at the wrong time, gathering secrets all the time. Funny gift, eh? To have this superpower under control would be awesome, wouldn’t it?

Avoid future trouble, do you understand consent?

  Otomewo Jolomi Oftentimes, allegations of rape or sexual abuse trend on social media and they become topics of discussion in the media and other platforms. In some instances, some of these allegations involve two romantic partners who are no strangers to engaging in sexual activities with each other. Controversial subjects such as these elicit different concepts and one of them is consent. Without a doubt, there is a blurry line between sex and rape/ sexual assault, and that line is consent. Many sexual offenders plead innocence to clear cases of rape simply because they do not understand the rules of consent. Consent is defined as an intentional agreement between two people to engage in sexual activity. It is about setting and respecting individual boundaries. For sex to be consensual both parties must be in agreement every time.  Before you proceed with engaging in any form of sexual activity with your partner or anyone else, keep in mind that consent is that factor that

COVID-19 Vaccines: UNILAG rolls out second jab

  Abimbola Adelakun The University of Lagos (UNILAG), yesterday, announced the commencement of the second jab of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for its staff and students. The Acting Director of the school’s Medical Centre, Dr. (Mrs) O. O. Coker, in a statement on the school’s website, instructed that recipients of the first dosage should receive the second jab at the university medical centre. As part of management’s efforts to ensure the school is COVID free, the vaccine will complement non-pharmaceutical measures in place  The website reads in part, “the second dose of the Vaccine will boost the immunity of all recipients against COVID-19 and provide full protection against the dreaded disease.” The vaccination which would be administered in two batches is slated to hold between Wednesday 23rd of June and Friday 2nd July 2021 by the Lagos state ministry of health. Recall that the administration of the first dosage started on the  11th of May and ended on the 25th of May, 2021. 

CBN Governor to deliver UNILAG 51st convocation lecture

Mr. Godwin Emefiele Leye Abiola The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele is billed to deliver the 51st convocation lecture of the University of Lagos. The university management made this known yesterday in a release of the line up of activities for the convocation ceremony set to hold between June 30th - July 8th. The convocation lecture, titled, “National development and knowledge economy in the digital age: leapfrogging SME’s into the 21st century” will be delivered by the CBN governor on the third day of the convocation ceremonies at the J.F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium. According to the release, a press conference that will herald the convocation has been slated to hold on Wednesday June 30. Other activities outlined for the week include a special Jumat service on Friday, July 2nd and a Thanksgiving service on Sunday, July 4th. The release added that the award of first and postgraduate degrees across various faculties would hold from Tuesday July 6 to Wednesday Ju

UNILAG: SSANU Debunks Strike Rumour

  Seyifunmi Soremekun    The Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, University of Lagos (UNILAG) branch, Mr Olusola Showunmi, has dismissed as false reports alleging that the association may embark on strike over a Federal Government directive on Staff Schools. His statement came on the heels of reports in the media that the Budget Office on Monday issued a circular directing that teachers in Staff Schools should be removed from the Consolidated Salary Scale, CONTISS, in the 2022 budget. Mr Showunmi told UNILAG SUN in an interview that the news is still regarded as a rumour because the Federal Government has not sent a circular about the staff schools being delisted.  He said there is an agreement which states that the "staff school still remains with us, and any attempt to breach that will not be welcomed, although none has been made". The Chairman also noted that the Federal government has a statutory obligation to fund the staff schools because

Eight tips for healthy hair growth

Source: By Awofiranye Mercy There is a common belief that African hair doesn't grow past a certain length.  As kids, many of us who had natural hair hated the weekly visits to salons. It used to feel like a date with "pain". Every process from washing to drying to styling initiated pain because of the wrong method used in handling the hair. It's possible to grow long and healthy hair as in Africa. Just like skincare, it takes consistency, dedication and the use of the right products. Below are some tips that will help to grow healthy hair:   1. Have regular and consistent wash days: You do not have to wait until your hairstylist starts scratching off dandruff and dirt from your hair before you wash it. Regular washing reduces product build-up that could lead to hair breakage. It also enhances hair growth. Washing the hair in sections is advisable because it prevents unnecessary tangling. 2. Remember the Conditioner! Wash days isn't just ab

ICYMI: UNILAG sacks two lecturers over sex-for-grades scandal

  By Faith Enang and Paul Agada University of Lagos Governing Council has terminated the appointment of two of its lecturers, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu and Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo for sexual misconduct, The two men were implicated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in a 2019 World Service Investigation Series titled AFRICA EYE - with a focus on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions. Their dismissal was contained in a statement issued by the University’s management on Wednesday, june 2, 2021. UNILAG’s governing council approved the dismissal of the two lecturers at a meeting held on Monday, May 31 to weigh the reports of the Senate Committee set up to probe allegations charged against the lecturers.  The statement reads, “The governing council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting on Monday, May 31, 2021 approved the immediate dismissal of Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integration studies, Faculty of Art and Dr Samuel Omoniyi of th

Nigerian Universities Cannot Afford an Imminent Blackout!

By Paul Agada                                                                                      Source: Dailypost. ng The Nigerian university education sector is constantly confronted with challenges that threaten the quality of its products. The latest is a looming blackout following the increase in nationwide electricity tariffs.  The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, had during an interview with UNILAG SUN in February hinted at a possible blackout in many of the higher institutions over the hike in electricity tariff by the power distribution companies. Generally, poor power supply has been regarded as an endemic challenge for Nigeria. For many, a stable supply of power is considered a luxury; while some others would receive it with suspicion. According to World Bank’s Nigeria Power Sector Recovery Programme report, “78% of Nigerians have less than 12 hours daily access of power supply and up to 58% of electricity consumers are unmetered.”  In