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OYSCATECH directs students to resume, constitutes COVID-19 task force committee

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The Board of Studies for Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora under the chairmanship of the acting Rector, Mr. Olaniyi Adekunle at its meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 approved the resumption of ND II and HND II Students for Monday, September 28, 2020.

According to the internal memorandum signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Paul Oyediran, lectures and other academic activities will commence immediately on Monday, September 28, 2020.
According to the revised academic calendar, Monday, September 28, 2020 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020 has been scheduled as 1st semester revision week for HND II and ND II Students.

Meanwhile, the 1st Semester examination for ND II and HND Il Students will hold between Monday, October 12, 2020 and October 24, 2020, while e-learning for second semester would commence by October 26, 2020.

Similarly, other categories of Students which include the ND I and HND I are to resume for normal academic activities on Monday, October 26, 2020, while the 1st semester examination for ND I and HND I is expected to commence by November 9, 2020 and end in November 21, 2020.

The Board of Studies at its meeting also noted the constitution of OYSCATECH covid-19 task force committee by the management.

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The Committee headed by Dr. Oladapo Ojo is mandated to ensure that Staff and Students adhere strictly to covid-19 guidelines.

The Board of Studies for Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora under the chairmanship of the acting Rector, Mr. Olaniyi Adekunle at its meeting last  Thursday, approved the resumption of ND II and HND II Students for Monday, September 28, 2020.

Contained in the internal memorandum signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Paul Oyediran, lectures and other academic activities will commence immediately on Monday, September 28, 2020.

According to the revised academic calendar, Monday, September 28, 2020 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020 has been scheduled as 1st semester revision week for HND II and ND II Students.

Meanwhile, the 1st Semester examination for HND II and HND I Students will hold between Monday, October 12, 2020 and October 24, 2020, while e-learning for second semester would commence by October 26, 2020.

Also, other categories of Students which include the ND I and HND II are to resume for normal academic activities on Monday, October 26, 2020, while the 1st semester examination for ND I and HND I is expected to commence by November 9, 2020 and end in November 21, 2020.

The Board of Studies at its meeting also noted the constitution of OYSCATECH covid-19 task force committee by the management.

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The Committee headed by Dr. Ojo is mandated to ensure that Staff and Students adhere strictly to covid-19 guidelines.

 

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‘UI may admit more students as hostels increase’- Acting VC hints

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University of Ibadan Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebola Ekanola has hinted that the institution may admit more undergraduate students than it is currently doing with the establishment of more private hostels on campus.

The Vice Chancellor, who spoke at the groundbreaking and foundations laying ceremony of a private Hostel located at Ajibode, called Jad Hostel, being established by Hyperch O. A. Limited, explained that accommodation was a primary consideration in admitting students in UI, ‘as the university believes that every fresh and final year student must be accommodated on campus’.

According to him, “ now that we have private hostels springing up in UI under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, UI may admit more undergraduate students as private hostels provide additional accommodation for our students’.

Ekanola, who disclosed that provision of accommodation on campus was one of the challenges facing UI, expressed delight that private investors were coming to play key role in this regard, stressing that ‘this is a clear manifestation of an ideal relationship between town and gown’.

While commending the Chairman of Jad hostel, who is also an alumnus of the university, Mr. Yemi Abei for his bold step, the VC noted that if the ex-student had left UI with terrible experiences, he would probably not have bothered to come back to invest in his alma mater, congratulating him on his measure of success.

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Speaking earlier, the Chairman of Hyperch O. A. Ltd, Mr. Yemi Abei had lauded UI for implementing PPP policy which he said encouraged private investors to put their money in the education sector, pointing out that many universities in the country have yet to follow UI’s model.

“We are here to establish a 200 roomed world-class Hostel that the students will really enjoy. I finished from UI and I want to leverage my past experience to put in place a student-friendly hostel that will give value for money”, he said.

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LAUTECH ownership: Oyo to pay N8 billion to Osun in 3 years as asset sharing agreement

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Oyo state government has approved the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government as an asset sharing agreement, a follow-up to the earlier agreement reached between Oyo and Osun state governments on the ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

The approval, which was conveyed  by the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, would be paid in three installments spread over a period of three years.

According to a statement signed by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, the Commissioner  for Education,  Olaleye disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office.

“As a follow-up to the agreement reached with the Osun State government on the issue of sole ownership of LAUTECH, the Executive Council of Oyo State approved today the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government. It will be paid over a period of three years.

“The breakdown of the payment goes as follows: one (1) billion Naira will be paid in January 2021 and another one (1) billion Naira will be paid in December 2021. Three (3) billion Naira will be paid in 2022 and the last three (3) will be paid in 2023. This was the decision of the council today”, the commissioner explained.

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School Resumption Remains January 18th – FG Insists

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Despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, the federal government has insisted that the January 18th resumption date for schools in the country remains intact.

The Federal Ministry of Education, in a statement issued on Thursday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong submitted, “After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain”.

Meanwhile, the Ministry explained that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others. 

The ministry continued,  “These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance”.

It will be recalled that earlier in the week, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had hinted that it would review the resumption date (January 18th, 2020) for learning institutions in the country, citing the rising COVID-19 infections in Africa’s most populous nation. 

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