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Osun govt cautions Makinde against unguarded comments on LAUTECH, says ‘he needs proper briefing’

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The Osun state government on Friday cautioned Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state against making unguarded comments on Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), advising him  to be more cautious while dishing out information especially on any issue that affects the citadel of learning.

Speaking on behalf of the government, the state Supervisor, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Hon Adelani Baderinwa in a statement signed and made available to journalists in Osogbo, the state capital further advised Governor Makinde to always do his findings properly on any issue that is of  public interest before such an information be released to the public.

Baderinwa was reacting to the a statement credited to Governor Seyi Makinde on his verified Twitter handle where he accused the government of Osun of not paying the salary of workers of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.

The former Commissioner for Information and Strategy said contrary to Governor Makinde’s claims, Osun state government has been living up to its expectations and performing its responsibility as equal partner in the LAUTECH ownership since its creation.

The statement reads, in part: “Governor Seyi Makinde needs proper briefing and extensive readings on LAUTECH before he could make factual and objective remarks. Presently, he obviously does not have sufficient facts, or may be playing greed man script. And as a matter of fact, we are aware that the governor had during his campaign promised to acquire LAUTECH and makes it the property of Oyo government alone. We are not surprised that he started on a wrong note of blackmail on the university matter.”However, Governor Seyi Makinde needs to be properly informed that Osun government does not owe LAUTECH workers’ salary, since it took over the payment in July this year. What is outstanding is the August subvention which is being arranged alongside other statutory expenses of Osun government. It is unpleasant that Governor Makinde took to his twitter handle in attempt to make cheap political point on Osun. That is unbecoming of a governor.”May we remind the governor that in 2017, the Osun government committed a sum of N1, 250, 000, 000, and in 2018, Osun government paid N500, 000, 000. Between July 2010 and July 2016, Osun paid a total sum of N8, 692, 488, 234.04. Osun has offset the LAUTECH workers July salary with N300, 000, 000 in this year. We challenged Governor Seyi Makinde to tell the public what Oyo has contributed to LAUTECH between 2010 and 2019. The governor should be mindful of what he will say on LAUTECH.”When owner states were asked to pay N500m each for take off after the visitation panel, Osun duly paid its own, but we are yet to have evidence of payment by our boasting counterpart.”Governor Seyi Makinde should be worried on why LAUTECH has not been self sufficient in terms of funding and academic advancement since its creation, while Osun State University which was created few years ago is making ways financially and academically.”We expect Governor Makinde to rise above the petty game of blackmail and attempt to incite the LAUTECH Workers and the Oyo people at large against the government of Osun and the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola who is very responsive and committed to workers plight.”It is a known fact that Oyo had always wanted to own LAUTECH alone but it is our common patrimony and nobody can appropriate it through blackmail or whatever. Osun is not in any way forcing itself on the joint ownership of LAUTECH. The supposed ‘plan to split’ signed by former governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and former governor Alao Akala was a ruse. There is a legal and sincere process to be followed if Oyo state is indeed interested in taking over LAUTECH. Osun government will be happy if Governor Makinde initiates that process.

“Osun has always been cheated on LAUTECH: only one (1) out of the eight (8) academic faculties is in Osun, while Oyo has about twice of the staff strength of the University. Osun single-handedly funded the infrastructure development in the LAUTECH campus in Osun; also 85 per cent of the total institution’s infrastructure is in Oyo, whereas funding is equally carried out. Despite this, we are fully committed to joint ownership of our joint heritage.”Governor Oyetola who is passionate about functional education, a team player and a goal getter will not cease in funding LAUTECH.”The amiable Governor Seyi Makinde is urged to take a deeper and more rational outlook at the matters of existence and operation of LAUTECH, otherwise he will get lost in the shenanigans of LAUTECH OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL. Oyo has been a great cheat on Osun in this matter and only a dispassionate and discerning mind can deductively make good sense out of the situation. GSM is thus advised to take rational path before making statements on LAUTECH matter”, the statement continued.

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Magu to Corps Members: ‘Always Think Like A Leader’

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has challenged corps members to always think like leaders, saying such mindset would prepare them better for the leadership assignments ahead of them.

 

Magu gave the charge on Tuesday, at the orientation camp centre of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Oyo State Directorate, in Iseyin.

 

The EFCC boss’ message was delivered by Friday Ebelo, zonal head of the Commission’s Ibadan office, during the orientation programme organised for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members.

 

According to him, the level of education attained by the corps members must reflect in their thinking and conduct as it is expected to help them impact their environment positively.
“Nigeria places high premium on you. You cannot afford to let it down. A true leader will always do things that will lift up the society and refrain from getting involved in act that will pull it down,” he said.

The anti-graft czar also advised them to have a clear vision about their future and explore all legitimate means to ensure that their goals are achieved.

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Grow, don’t ‘blow’, EFCC boss, Magu admonishes Youth

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Friday Ebelo,

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has charged Nigerian youths to patiently follow their dream through to success and always stay away from criminal acts in order not to fall into the raging hand of the law.

 

Magu gave the charge at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife on Friday, while delivering the keynote address at the 2019 Symposium of the National Association of Philosophy Students (NAPS), OAU branch.

 

The EFCC boss, who was represented by the Zonal Head of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office, Friday Ebelo, admonished the students to take their studies seriously and always look inwards to discover and nurture their talents to maturity. He added that with diligence and persistence success was sure for them.

 

He cautioned them against joining the band wagon of the quest to ‘blow’ – the modern slang that depicts desperation for quick wealth, insisting that such mental state could push them into committing crimes which may in turn cut short their dreams.

 

“At the individual level, every youth must shun all temptation to be corrupt or be corrupted by any means. They must realise that the only way to success is hard work. The fast way only leads to destruction. GROW, don’t BLOW! An attempt to sacrifice steady growth on the alter of a ‘blowing success’ is an invitation to self-destruct,” he noted.

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While lamenting the disturbing trend in the involvement of the Nigerian youths in internet-related crimes, Magu challenged them to re-direct their energy into positive activities that will benefit them and the Nigerian nation.

 

He said the EFCC is doing its best to ensure that the exceptional talents of the Nigerian youths are properly harnessed and put into appropriate use in the nation building efforts.

 

The EFCC team was earlier welcomed to the institution by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede.

 

The professor of medicine lauded the efforts of the anti-graft agency in ridding the Nigerian society of economic and financial crimes.

 

He hunted that the university would at a latter date organise the students in a larger scale to provide an avenue through which the commission would better and more effectively deliver its anti-corruption message to members of the OAU community.

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Tech-U Signs Collaborative Agreement with Girne American University, Cyprus

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In furtherance of its goal to internationalize its programmes and produce highly competent graduates, Nigeria’s premier technical university, First Technical University, Ibadan, has signed a collaborative degree programme agreement with Girne American University in Cyprus.

 

With this collaboration, interested undergraduates now have the choice of spending their first three or four years in Tech-U, depending on the course being studied, and thereafter proceed to Cyprus to complete their degree programmes in GAU.

 

There is also the “top up” agreement through which students can complete their courses at Tech-U and apply to complete their Masters degrees in GAU.

 

Located in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus, GAU, is Cyprus’ top-ranked University noted for its demonstrable leadership in science, technology and innovation.

 

The programme is approved and coordinated by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

 

Speaking at the signing of the collaboration, Dr. Serhat Akpinar, the Chancellor of the Cyprus-based University expressed his delight at the partnership and pledged his unwavering commitment to the success of the programme, which would also involve partnership in research and faculty members’ exchange.

 

Present at the ceremony which held in Girne, Cyprus, were the representatives of partner institutions and the Director of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, NUC, Mrs. Constance Goddy-Nnadi, who also represented the Commission’s Executive Secretary.

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Mrs. Goddy-Nnadi agreed that the union will promote capacity-building and quality knowledge acquisition by Nigerian lecturers and students.

 

In his remarks, Tech-U’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami, affirmed that the partnership is in line with Tech-U’s vision of producing students who will not only change the diminishing job equation but also become key players within the national and international spaces.

 

The agreement with GAU is coming a year after Tech-U signed an MOU on exchange programmes with Texas Technical University, USA.

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