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“They Called Me Names For Taking Extra Sheets in Exams- First Class Graduate (See His CGPA)

Clifford Omonini is a 26-year-old first class graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Michael Opara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State. Finishing with a cumulative CGPA of 4.76 in the 2015/2016 academic session, he shares some of his success secrets in this interview with Eric Dumo

Finishing with a first class honours must have been fulfilling for you, would you attribute the feat to providence or you specifically set out to achieve the goal?

Actually, I would say my result is a combination of God’s blessings and my determination to succeed.

Achieving this target must have come at a price, what were some of the challenges you constantly had to deal with while in school?

It was not an easy journey I must confess. There were several trials along the way including a particular incident during my 200 level when I had to retake a course. It was not easy at all. It all started well but along the line, I started having issues. I still can’t forget my worst experience. It happened during my 200 level second semester. I am used to collecting at least two extra sheets during each paper, so, during my exam in one of the courses, I collected extra sheet and it happened that during the course of marking the scripts, the main sheet was marked and scored 60 while the extra sheet was scored 40 after marking, bringing my total to 100 marks even though the overall score was supposed to be 70. So, it was as if I had 100/70, which of course sounded absurd. For that reason, my script was withheld while Fail was recorded against my name. I did everything possible to prove that the fault wasn’t from me but nobody listened. I had to rewrite that course the following year. But I thank God it never stopped me from achieving my goal.

Though that incident affected my CGPA a bit, it did not stop me from achieving my goal.

Has anything changed about the way people relate with you?

Yes, a lot has changed in that regard. Most people now accord me a lot of respect because they feel that I am someone who has already succeeded in life.

How did your parents receive the news that you finished with a first class?

My parents were not surprised because they knew how hardworking I was regarding my academics. Even though they were excited, they didn’t expect anything less from me.

Have you always had a similar performance in your previous schools?

Yes. Right from my primary school days, I had won several prizes participating in quiz and debate competitions. In 2009, I won the best science student award in my secondary school.

How easy was it passing SSCE and UTME?

It was very easy passing both exams. I sat for both just once.

As a new student on campus, what were the initial challenges you faced?

One of the biggest challenges I encountered at the time was the problem of locating lecture halls and coping with the heat, noise and distractions from students during lectures. It was quite a tough experience for me.

Would you say you are a genius for coming out with such grade or was it simply a function of hard work?

When it comes to calculations, I can humbly say I am a genius but when it comes to theory, I had to work extremely hard to get by.  So to achieve success, I combined my top-notch abilities in calculations with hard work.

Were you coerced into being serious or was it self-driven?

I have never been forced to work hard. I am naturally inquisitive. I am always self-driven at finding solutions to my problems. Most times, I stay awake for several nights just to get an answer to a particular problem.

What attracted you to studying mechanical engineering?

My undying love for calculation and passion for solving problems attracted me to studying mechanical engineering.

What part of the course did you find challenging and which part did you find interesting?

Like I said earlier, the theoretical part of mechanical engineering was not that easy for me and so, I had to spend more nights studying that aspect. But I am glad I was able to cope eventually.

What would you say contribute to students’ failure?

In my view, students fail because they don’t invest in their studies like purchasing textbooks and having time to study except during exam periods. Most students spend most of their time on social activities, only remembering to study a few days to exams.

How many of you finished with first class in your department?

We were two. I count it a privilege to be in this category.

As an undergraduate, how many hours did you actually read in a day?

I usually read from 10:00pm to 4:00am. Most, times I dedicated my reading periods to teaching others in tutorial classes. I observed that not only do I love teaching, but also, I research more and study harder whenever I am to teach. That strategy helped me a lot in school.

What was your typical day like while in the university?

I went to church, played football, cooked, visited friends, taught in tutorial classes, chatted, slept and finally went to night class by 10:00 pm.

How many hours did you sleep in a day?

I slept for an average of four hours each day.

What was your reading style?

First, I looked for an empty and isolated class where people normally didn’t stay at night to carry out any activity nor read. This is due to the fact that I hate distractions of any sort while reading. In fact, some of my colleagues felt I was crazy for reading only at night.

Secondly, I prayed before reading. Once tired or I had achieved my goal for the night, I packed my things and went back to my room.

Many good students spend most of their time in the library, how often did you use the place during your time on campus?

Library is usually open during the day and I don’t read at that time. I only visited the library when I needed to borrow textbooks.

Were you involved in other school activities?

I was only involved in football trainings during weekends.

What was your schedule like towards and during exams?

I didn’t have any special schedule for exams because I was always prepared and read from the very first day of resumption.

Have you ever had cause to regret your choice of course?

I have never had any such regret.

Are you disturbed by the rate of unemployment in Nigeria?

Of course I am bothered by the situation but I believe that by the grace of God, I won’t be a victim. It really hurts me to see brilliant and qualified youths roaming all about the country without a job.

Did you face financial challenges while in school?

I faced a lot of financial difficulties during my 100 level. However, I later realised that I could use my brain to make money. So, I started going for scholarship exams as well as running tutorials. With the scholarship I got and the little fund I was raising from tutorial classes, I was able to stabilise financially at some point.

Did you get any special encouragement or reward from your parents for your performances?

My parents knew my potential and so were not surprised with the type of result I ended up with. All they kept telling me as a way of encouragement was that, ‘’Nobody can do it better than you”.

Did you ever have time for social activities while in school?

My social life was nothing to write home about then because I was always occupied with books, assignments, research and tutorial classes.

Can you recall your happiest and most embarrassing moments as an undergraduate?

My happiest moments are each time I was in the exam hall and I said “excuse me sir.” Everybody in the hall would shout “extra sheet.” This is because, no matter how difficult any exam was, I would not spend more than an hour writing it and I would collect so many extra sheets.

Also, I felt so excited each time I went to the notice board to check my GPA and CGPA for the previous semester’s performance.

What are your aspirations in life?

My aim in life is to remain humble no matter my status in life, to be a team player always, to add value and solve problems in any place I find myself.

Would you like to practise your course of study or you have interest in other things?

My interest is not only limited to practising the profession but also trying my hands in other areas as well. I am willing to learn and develop myself beyond the field of mechanical engineering.

Were you told stories by anyone about how difficult it was to have a first class and did it affect you in any way?

Yes. I could remember a lot of people telling me that first class was not easy to achieve. At first, that really disturbed my concentration level, I was able to conquer that fear and move on to meet my goal.

Where would you like to work?

I would love to work in a place where I will be challenged to research and learn more. There is still so much that I don’t know, I want to be in an environment where learning will be an everyday thing for me.

Is there anything you would have loved to do as a student that you could not do, maybe because of your dedication to your studies?

Every positive thing that came my way then, I did, not minding my dedication to studies. I only abstained from things that would not help me academically or spiritually.

Did some of your colleagues see you as too serious?

My belief is that God destined us all to excel in various spheres of life. Due to this fact, I was never proud nor looked down on other people just because they weren’t good academically.

So, I never gave people the opportunity to see me as one who was too serious. I played when others were playing and each time they saw me during the day, they didn’t see me reading. I only read at night alone and in isolated areas. So, most people never knew how I did the magic of writing exam less than an hour and collecting extra sheets.

What should students do to have your kind of result?

I remember failing mathematics in my Junior Secondary School 3 mock examination. It was after that I realised I failed because I didn’t have mathematics textbook. So, I went to the bookshop to purchase mathematics textbooks and started practising. Not too long after that period, I became good at the subject.

Therefore students must learn to invest in textbooks and literatures that would enhance their academic performance. This is one of the secrets of my success.

OMG! FG Suspends FUTA, FUNAAB VCs (See Details)

The Federal Government on Thursday suspended the embattled Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola and his counterpart at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Olusola Oyewole.

A letter signed by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Hussaini Adamu, noted that the duo was suspended in connection with their ongoing trial at the behest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. They were instructed to handover to the most senior Deputy Vice-Chancellors of their respective institutions.

While attempts to reach the Head, Information and Protocol Unit of FUTA to confirm the suspension were unsuccessful on Thursday, a statement by the Head Directorate of Public Relations, FUNAAB, Mrs. Emi’ Alawode, neither affirmed nor denied the suspension.

“Consultations are in progress with the university administration on the true position of things, while a formal statement will be issued in due course. Meanwhile, all normal academic and administrative activities are ongoing unabated, in the university,’’ she said.

It would be recalled that Daramola has a running battle with academic and non-academic staff of the university over mismanagement of funds. The unions had also urged the governing council of the university to remove Daramola from office.

Daramola who had been arraigned by the EFCC, is due for retirement this month. In an earlier interview with our correspondent, he denied the allegations leveled against him.

“Essentially, what is responsible for this, between the management which I personify and the unions is that, unions usually want some of the resources meant for the development of the university to be given out to them as welfare packages under one guise or the other. On this, I am referring to the non teaching unions asking for productivity allowance.

“Again, the unions try to resist developmental initiatives in the university. They will rather you spend the money on their welfare after collecting their salaries, to using it to develop infrastructure on the campus. A case in point is the number of projects that we have and the staff unions insisting that we give them 40 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue as welfare. If we do that, the business of the university such as the maintenance of facilities, provision of power and even the construction of lecture theatres and other things will be grounded,’ he had said.

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Acada Genuis: Meet Covenant Uni First Class Graduate (see his CGPA)

 Oredola Opeyemi, 26, made first class in Mass Communication at Covenant University, with 4.61 CGPA in the 2015/2016 academic session.
In this interview with TUNDE AJAJA, Opeyemi, who is a sickle cell carrier, talks about the hurdles he passed through to achieve the feat

It’s about a year since you graduated, what have you been doing?

After graduation, I worked with Covenant University radio, Hebron FM, for some time before I commenced my National Youth service Corps programme. Presently, I’m working in a telecommunication company where I was posted for my primary assignment.

Was it all about your academics while in school or you had other engagements?

I was involved in other school activities. I served as the course representative from my first year to final year. I also joined the Classical Choir in the second week of my resumption as a fresher. I was actively involved in Hebron FM from my second year, where I served as a broadcaster, news caster (Yoruba), and acting Head of Programmes. In my final year, I joined the Student Council where I served as the Head of Residency as well as a hall representative.

You seem to enjoy broadcasting so much. What fuelled that interest?

I would trace it back to when I was young. I remember I used to read the news during children anniversary in church. I think it all started from there. When it was time to choose a course, it was my ready choice. I have passion for broadcasting and I enjoy every aspect of it, because it offers me the opportunity to do what I know how to do best; news casting and presenting. Apart from these, I also love going for field work. I have always envisaged being a war/investigative journalist. Hence, I like to be on the field providing first hand information for the audience. Even when Landmark University offered me Business Administration, I declined the admission and opted for Mass Communication in CU. When you have passion for something, what people say about it that could discourage you would not suffice. And that helped a lot.

Given your deep interest in it, was it very easy to have first class?

Having a first class wasn’t that easy, it required dedication, lots of sacrifice and commitment. It was my aspiration to make first class, which I felt would be a great reward to my mum for her tireless efforts. I prayed, planned and worked hard for it, and God watered my efforts.

How many of you had first class in your department?

About five of us, but I was the only male and the first male student to have first class in the department. Having first class wasn’t by providence. I had the determination to make a first class. Beyond the determination, I was dedicated to my studies, my assignments and projects. Also, I never allowed any negative influence or anything else to derail me from the track and the goal I had set for myself. I started having first class from my 100-level first semester, and at the end of that session, my CGPA was 4.65.

How would you have received it if you didn’t make first class?

I would have been disappointed in myself but I would have taken it in good faith. I’m happy I made it though. It was a great moment for my mum. She felt fulfilled and was very happy.

Was your performance a continuation of what you had in your previous schools?

Yes, I have always had excellent results. My performance in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination was good but I had difficulty with my Literature in English due to lack of a literature teacher in my secondary school days. It took me few years to have credit in Literature. I took UTME for about four years. I never failed it, but I had difficulties with University of Lagos’s post-UTME. I was so keen on schooling in University of Lagos that I never tried out any other option for about four years until my mum changed my orientation and asked me to try out a private institution. But I made sure I made good use of those four years I spent at home. I engaged in skill acquisition, computer training and I acquired some working experience in a primary school.

Why were you keen on going to UNILAG?

I wanted UNILAG because my brother was there and then being an institution in Lagos, I felt it would be closer to my house because of my health. But it didn’t work out. I missed being there in my first year. It was more so because it wasn’t easy adapting to the environment and other things, such as dress pattern and other religious activities at CU. But after some time, I started enjoying the experience.

What was the reading style that worked for you?

I didn’t have a fixed number of hours for reading every day because I had other things to attend to. In fact, my typical day was usually hectic. But on the average, I read for four hours every day and I preferred to study at midnight alone. However, sleep in Covenant University was not by choice, it was by availability. Hence, you do not sleep when you want to; you only do when you have the chance to. I barely used the library, as I preferred reading in my room or in the departmental newsroom. And during holidays, I got engaged in self-development activities like acquiring some computer skills, screen printing and some communication skills. I love to be excellent in everything I do, and I have always been determined and self-driven to achieve that, so I didn’t need anybody to coerce me into being hardworking.

Did you enjoy any award or scholarship as an undergraduate?

Yes, I received several awards while in school and I enjoyed ADDAX scholarship throughout my stay in the university.

For the benefit of those in school, how did you win the scholarship?

I applied for it in the first semester of my second year and then I took the exam. When the list of successful candidates was out, I was successful. It was N100,000 per session, and they even paid us in arrears for the preceding session; our first year.

What was the most extreme thing (or sacrifice) you did for your academics?

The extreme sacrifice I made for my academics was when I discharged myself from the school’s Health Centre straight to the exam room to take my final year first semester examination.

Why would you do that?

I didn’t want to do make-up exam. My coursemates and lecturers were against it. They said I should have applied for make-up exam instead of discharging myself, but I didn’t want to do any make-up exam, and I hadn’t written any make-up exam before then, so I took the risk.

What were you being treated for?

I’m a sickle cell warrior, so it was one of those times I wasn’t feeling fine.

Do you recall some of the times you had health challenge because of that?

I don’t usually have crisis, but anytime I do, it could last for one week or more, and I would be in the hospital because it isn’t something I could manage on my own. If it was something the health centre couldn’t handle, they would call my parents. There were times I wanted to stay back for Shiloh and I ended up having crisis. It happened twice. In 2015, around the Shiloh period, I fell ill and was in the hospital when we crossed into 2016. Meanwhile, I want to demystify the stigmatisation of sickle cell carriers and erase the notion that anyone living with such disorder can achieve little or no success due to frequent crisis. Also, the understanding of my lecturers, who are committed to raising future leaders, cannot be overemphasised. They were helpful.

There are many first class graduates in Nigeria who have remained unemployed. Are you sometimes troubled with the rate of unemployment in Nigeria?

Sometimes would be an understatement, always will be preferable. Let’s hope the dreams of persons like me become a reality whereby we will be able to provide jobs for qualified average Nigerians.

What was your happiest moment in school?

My happiest moment in school was when my course mates gave me an award for having served them in various aspects for four years.

Do you have mentor(s)?

I believe in having mentors but I never really had one until my third year when I met Professor Cecil Blake. He worked at the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, United States and he once served as Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Chief Government Spokesman in Sierra Leone. He came to CU on sabbatical and he influenced my performance in various ways. I’m glad to have met him.

Where would you like to work?

I would like to work in an Afrocentric media organisation and gain experience in global communication systems so as to acquire adequate knowledge and become an expert in investigative and war journalism. I aspire to establish a media outlet in Nigeria capable of being competitive with the likes of BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, etc. Also, I like to establish a sickle cell centre where underprivileged persons living with the disorder could be helped.

What are the basic things students should do to be excellent?

Achieving success and excellent result only comes with dedication and commitment to purpose. Students should ensure they stay focused on their academics while in school and shun any form of distraction.

Source: Punch

University of Ibadan Gets ‘Entrepreneurial Boost’ (See Full Gist)

IN its quest to promote employability and entrepreneurial skills among undergraduates, Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange has reiterated commitment to sponsor students of the University of Ibadan.

In a release, it stated that Ayomide Shittu, a Texas-based American attorney of Nigerian descent will be joining the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Emeka Ossai, a Project Lead at Inceptum Services, an organisation that aims to raise one million student entrepreneurs across Nigerian universities by 2020.

It states: “The goal is to bridge the gaps between what the students are taught at the university and the skills needed for the real world, whether in corporate Nigeria or in their various entrepreneurial pursuits.”

The duo, it was noted, met in 2016 when Emeka Ossai was a Mandela Washington Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, adding that “they both realised a mutual desire to continue working to reduce youth unemployment and underemployment in Nigeria, especially in finding ways to involve the diaspora in their efforts.”

According to Shittu, the U.S. Department of State partnered IREX, a non-profit organisation that focuses on international education and research to help continue collaboration between Mandela Washington Fellows and American professionals. He maintained that the program was  one of many of such, taking U.S citizens to several countries in sub-Saharan Africa in April and May 2017.

His words: “Project E1T1 will take its participants – 50 University of Ibadan students, through several topics including applying design-thinking to goal-setting, business communication, networking and building social capital, interview skills. The programme will be led by American exchange fellow – Ayo Shittu and Mandela Washington Fellow 2016,  Emeka Ossai, including several subject-matter experts on business plan formulation, applying and accessing opportunities for internships, fellowships, and other experiential opportunities.”  

Ambassadors of Africa: What these AAUA Students Are Doing in Akungba Akoko will Surprise You! (Photos)

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If you are a student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, ensure you read to the end!

Ok, so, who are these AOA guys?

The Ambassadors of Africa (AOA) is an organization that focuses on building a generation of young, talented and passionate Africans who will change the world. We to create a platform for young leaders to discover themselves, and become agents of positive change in the communities, nation and the world at large.

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Our sole aim is to build Africans into global giants through impact driven sensitization and empowerment programmes for Africans across all levels by helping them to identify and develop their innate abilities as well as inspiring the utilization of these exceptional skills towards individual fulfillment and global usefulness.

The organization has her international headquarters at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.
The mantra of the organization, according to the Team Leader (AAUA branch) in an interview with #teamBAGIT, is “building Africans into global giants.”



On Saturday 29th April, 2017, in her quest to ‘Do Something’, the organization had a colourful “Pre-Community Service Survey” in Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, asking the local people their problems with a view to proffering solutions to them.

One of the respondents

The organization fulfils her mandate through her three (3) cardinal programs:
1. ‘A’ Students

This is a secondary school outreach where young minds are built up mentally, morally and academically by way of mentoring, heart to heart talks, public presentations and what have you.

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AOA has made tremendous impacts across schools in Africa through this program.
2. Brainstorm

Leaders from various fields are gathered in a panelist kind of setting to dish out great contents to the ever learning audience. The results have always been amazing!

 

3. KickStart

An entrepreneurial program where students are equipped with practical, hands-on skills so they too can start something.

Testimonies attributes some businesses in Aluta Market, AAUA to this impartful program.

Some members of #teamAOA after the survey

 

Good News!

AOA is recruiting New members!

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For more inquiries about this amazing organization in AAUA campus, please contact the Team Leader, AOA_AAUA branch on +2348087326994

More Photos from the survey

 

#teamAOA Marching Out for the Survey

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UNILORIN Gets NUC’s Full Accreditation For 23 Of Its Courses (See the List)

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given full accreditation to 23 academic programmes presented by the University of Ilorin to the commission.

This was disclosed by the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, in a letter he wrote to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali on Tuesday.

According to the letter, the full accreditation status given to the 23 courses cut across eight Faculties in the University.

A breakdown of the accredited programmes showed that two are in the Faculty of Administration; three in the Faculty of Agriculture, 10 in the Faculty of Arts, 2 is in the Faculty of Engineering; 1 in the Faculty of Law; 3 in the Faculty of Physical Sciences, 1 in the Faculty of Social Sciences and one in the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, among others.

The NUC, however, denied accreditation to two programmes, Social Works and Psychology, in the Faculty of Social Science.

Source: MySchool

“I was Twice Refused Admission Into University Over Age Issues’-LASU Best Graduating Student (See Her CGPA) [Photo]

—Oluwatomi Oyende, LASU best graduating science student

Faith Oluwatomi Oyende, 21, and  biochemistry student, graduated  with a 4.68  cumulative  grade point  average, CGPA,  to emerge the best graduating student from the Faculty of Science at the 21st convocation ceremony of Lagos State University (LASU).

The  first child  in  a family of six tells  how hardwork and providence propelled her to come out tops and to secure immediate employment.

Her words, “I like to work on priority basis. As an undergraduate,  I was doing  one job or the other in addition to my studies. I engaged in all faculty activities; I taught as a lesson teacher; I  was the General Secretary of the university’s fellowship,  Chapel of Light, and I was one-time  Chief Editor of my department’s  magazine.  I also  received bursary awards three times. I have a very social life.”

The beginning

I am the  first child of my parents. I have two siblings and  a cousin  who has  stayed with my family for over 10 years. LASU, besides being my  alma mater,  has been my home since I was five years old. This because  my two parents  work in the university.

How did you emerge as the best  science student for the 2015/2016 academic year ?

It is a long story. I actually wanted to become a  medical  doctor. But I was denied admission at both University of Lagos, UNILAG, and LASU because I was not yet 16years old. Having finished secondary school at age 15, I wrote and passed the Joint Admission Matriculation Board Examination. But during post-JAMB test,  I was told I must have completed 16 years on or before October 1, 2011. Unfortunately I was to be 16 on January 1 , 2012.
So, when JAMB came out the following  year, I bought the form and applied for medicine at Bowen University. I  later applied for microbiology at LASU because my parents felt that I was too young to leave home  at time. So,   providence made me study biochemistry.

My success was achieved through God almighty and through collective efforts. These include the efforts of  my mum, my lecturers and my classmates while my dad,   Dr Kayode Oyende, took care of the logistics. My mum was practically amazing as she took care of my studying  and research even at nights.

How I studied?

I  would sleep at10pm  and wake up by 3am everyday.  And  I  read most of the  time from 3 am to 7 am. This pattern may change due to my busy schedule.   I could also read on the road anytime the urge came. But during exams,   my mum made sure I suspended all my house chores and  extra-curricular activities. This was because I work  on priority basis.  As an  undergraduate,   I was  doing one job or the other in addition to my studies.

I understood you got employed even before your convocation. How  did it happen?

During my final semester,  I applied for the ReadySetWork, RSW,  instituted by Lagos State government for final year students under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Prof.   Lanre   Fagbohun. So. with the mind to be the best in whatever I do, I put in  my best in all the activities that saw me being selected among those sent for three months internship programme. The programme started from November 2016 to January 2017.  At the end of the internship, Simply Green Limited  retained me   and made me a staff.   I am involved in customer care,   and also in procurement and quality control department.

Your social life?

I am a  sociable person but I don’t do partying. I like  surprises. However,  I make use of my social platforms wisely.  Besides  using them for academic group chats, if  I must chat, it must be productive.

Male admirers

I made   up my mind as an undergraduate not to dabble into any relationship that would affect my studies.   However, I  have  nice male friends.

Mentors

My VC, Prof.   Lanre Fagbohun, is my number one mentor apart from God and my parents. I will never forget the day the VC shocked  me by giving me back my school fees   as a scholar. I also appreciate his endowment of RSW. That initiative is doing a lot to remove graduates from the streets.

Advice to undergraduates

All youths should have plan and follow what my mum teaches: The four Ds of success: Desire, determination,   diligence and discipline.  If any youth applies these principles,   he or she will come out tops.

Source: Vanguard

Meet Another Acada Genius: Best Graduating Student with 4.97 CGPA! (Photo)

HERS was a success story enveloped in hard work and the grace of God despite facing the type of challenge that had halted many brilliant students from achieving greatness in life. Many of her mates would have taken to other trades and end up being a minus to womanhood. Ironically, she lived her name Success Oluremi Odebode, and stood tall as the graduating student with the best overall performance with a CGPA of 4.97 in Geology at the fifth convocation of the nine year old Achievers University, Owo in Ondo State.

Thirty four students of the university had first class honours, 253 second class upper division while 135 were in the second class lower division and seven in third class division.

Success, 22 years old spoke with Vanguard on the challenges she went through and how she fought through to emerge as the best graduating student of the 2015/2016 set.

She wrote JAMB  twice before she got admitted into the university. Asked how she wriggled through not only in a male dominated department but the set to emerge the best graduating student, Success said:

“I made it through hard work and the special grace of God. Growing up was not that okay family wise, but I never allowed that to put my back on the ground, so I had to pursue whatever I had to do diligently because all I dreamt about was to leave a mark in whatever I did.

“So by the help of God I was able to achieve this through study. I was never involved in any form of partying or socials and I made sure I maximized my time to the fullest and I am telling you today that it yielded positive result.”

Pressed to explain those things that she didn’t allow to affect education, she said, “maritally, my parents were separated for sometime and it was supposed to affect my studies but I just put it behind me and concentrated on my studies. Most time, psychologically, I would be concerned about what happened between my parents but thank God that He provided help for me through my uncle, so I was never left behind because he supported my education.”

She said her joy was that both her mum and uncle witnessed her day of celebration. On her educational background she said “I attended Holy Infant School, Lagos State for my elementary school, then for secondary school I went to Omotayo College, Ogijo along Sagamu road, then Achievers University.

“Funny enough I never picked Achievers university from onset, I picked Obafemi Awolowo University but because I couldn’t make the cut off marks with just a point in Pharmacy I was not given admission. The geology course was given to me by Achievers University, I never knew anything about geology. On that fateful Sunday after service, when I received a message from the university that I have been admitted to Achievers University, I thought it was a scam because there was nothing that cannot happen in Nigeria anymore, so I had to call the number that was used to send the message.

“The man who spoke to me, his name his Mr. Ogunleye and confirmed that it was actually true. I inquired how they got to know my contact and explained it was through OAU. So that was how I came here to verify and lo and behold I was given my admission letter to study geology in this school.

“Things I denied myself to achieve this feat included sleep, pleasure though I really don’t go out, even most of the school social activities I don’t usually involve myself in them but when it comes to study, doing my assignments, tests and every other academic activities like debate, I made sure I put my best in it.

“I had no boyfriend but now I have a fiance. I love geology as a course because it’s a very practical and applicable science and if you look around the world, the world itself it’s geology. Studying geology is just like having close access to God and studying what God has made as well. My advice to those coming behind is that they should just put in their best because opportunity comes but once and whenever you have the opportunity, just maximize it.”

Meanwhile, the Vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Samuel Ibiyemi has said that the number of academic programmes approved for the institution by the NUC has increased from 12 to 22 when he assumed office three years ago.

Source: Vanguard

Unbelievable! What these Secondary School Students Did Will Surprise You!

Two secondary school girls just raised 1.7m for another school

They found a small problem in another school, and they made a monumental change.

Two students raised money to build toilets for another school in their community.

The one thing we must always do to incredible stories, is to tell them and then inspire others to action. Samantha Chiazor and Aisha Mohammed, are senior secondary school students of Corona Secondary School, Agbara.

They collaborated to raise an incredible N1.7 million, but what they did with that money was even more amazing. They built a toilet for a public school in their community.

Adie-Owe Community High School, Agbara, Ogun State, has a toilet problem, so these two girls threw all the raised funds into building one for them.

The money raised was used in constructing a facility of six toilets. The Ogun State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujuota, sent a representative, Mr. Olalekan Adeleke, for the commissioning of the project, of course. It took three months to complete.

But what inspired them?

Chiazor came up with the initiative, so while speaking at the commissioning, she shared what inspired her. According to her, she and some of her school mates went for a course in Harvard where they were thought to always give back to the community.

According to her, they visited the school “to paint the classrooms”. It was after asking students of the school what their biggest challenge was that many of them said they wanted better toilets.

Chiazor said, “the toilet they had was a hole in the ground. I had never seen such before and thought it was not how a child should learn”.

She also said:

“I partnered with my friend, Aisha Mohammed and we spoke to the principal about our plans. We organised film shows at nights to raise money. We had a programme called Mufti Day, where interested pupils wore mufti to school instead of uniforms and paid us. I made T-shirts and sold them. I also sold three of my puppies to raise fund for the project.”

She thanked her parents who she said provided the chunk of the money as a gift for her 16th birthday.

Aisha said this had to be done because a good learning environment was vital for mental, psychological and moral development of students.

Mr. Olalekan Adeleke said:

“On behalf of the state government, we appreciate the donors for their thoughtful deeds.”

He said the regular stuff people say at commissions; stuff about stakeholders, and community development.

The deeds of Chiazor and Aisha will not be forgotten any time soon though.

 Source: Pulse

Landmark University-NUC Accredits 6 Undergraduate Courses (See the List)

Landmark University-NUC accredits 6 undergraduate courses. Obayan listed the accredited courses and programmes as Computer Science, Economics, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Sociology.
Prof. Aize Obayan, Vice-Chancellor of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, says the National University Commission (NUC) has accreditation six undergraduate courses in the institution.

Obayan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Omu-Aran on Thursday, that the NUC letter conveying the approval of the courses was received by the management on April 3..

She disclosed that the approval was the fall out of NUC team’s visit to the institution for the November/December 2016 accreditation when the courses were presented.

Obayan listed the accredited courses and programmes as Computer Science, Economics, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Sociology.

She further said that the approval was significant, showing clear demonstration of the success of the exercise for an institution that had penchant for best academic practices.

The vice-chancellor also attributed the feat to God’s faithfulness upon the institution as well as the exemplary leadership style of its Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regent, Dr David Oyedepo.

She said the courses which were highly rated by the NUC would be for five years.

Obayan also said other courses such as Accounting, Banking and Finance as well as five other engineering programmes had also been given full professional accreditation status by ICAN and COREN respectively.

“Recently, the Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) conferred full accreditation status on the institution’s Computer Science programme”.

The vice-chancellor reiterated the commitment of the institution to pursue an agrarian revolution drive toward attaining sustainable agriculture production in fighting poverty and unemployment.

Obayan, who commended members of staff and students of the institution for their dedication and cooperation toward achieving the feat, promised that the university would maintain high level of academic performance.

 Source: Pulse

OMG! This Undergraduate was Accused of Stealing (and She Did This)_(Photo)

– 100 level student of Unilag killed herself

– The young lady, a student of faculty of Administration was accused of stealing a make-up box

– She reportedly drank the popular insecticide, Sniper which ends her life Ayomide Ariyibi, 100 level student of department of Employee Relations and Human Resources Management, killed herself over allegations that she stole.

A make-up box valued at N2000 went missing in Ariyibi’s hostel room and a search party traced the missing property to her bag. According to a report by a mate, a roommate of Ariyibi cried out over missing clothes and make-up on Thursday, April 27, and a search party decided to check all roommates belongings. The missing clothes and Make-up where discovered in bags belonging to Ariyibi, which made the roommates to drag her out and publicly embarrassed her.

Ariyibi’s mother was called and she came over on Friday, April 28 to settle the quarrel between the girls. She paid the sum of N2000 which the stolen make-up reportedly cost. After that, her mum reportedly ordered her to pack her bags and follow her home which she did but as she was going d room mates shouted on her and called her so many names.

After following her mother home, Ariyibi reportedly drank Sniper while her mother returned to work and help didn’t come for her until her mother returns in the evening to discover that she had ingested the poison. She was reportedly given palm oil and rushed to a medical centre in Ebute Meta, Lagos, where she was referred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Ariyibi gave up ghost at about 7pm on Friday at the hospital.

Source: NAIJ

Probe ASUU! -Group Tells Police (See Why)

A civil society group has urged the Nigeria police to investigate officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the hacked website of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The group, Concerned Stakeholders in Education and Governance said the officials must be investigated to ascertain the roles in the hacked website.

 A statement jointly signed by group’s president Bala Kuta and its secretary general Silas Awulu said the CSEG condemns the statement credited to the ASUU University of Ibadan chapter’s chairman Deji Omole. Omole had called for the sack of Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB’s registrar, and scrapping of the examination bodyBut in his reaction, Kuta said CSEG view Omole’s statement against Oloyede and the examination body as a plot to sabotage the admission process in Nigeria.

He said the plot is also aimed a favouring syndicates that some dubious lecturers, who are no doubt ASUU members, use for populating the nation’s higher institutions with mediocre candidates.We also demand that the Police should further probe the hackers of the JAMB website to see if there is any nexus between the criminals and members of ASUU, University of Ibadan that they can go any length to destroy Professor Oloyede and his good reforms for Nigeria,” Kuta said.

Recall that the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested five suspects in this regard. We think that it is no coincidence that some of these suspects were arrested in Oyo state, where Dr Omole is based, in addition to the others caught in Ogun and Borno state.He added that the solution ASUU’s tactics is simply to get back at the chief executive of a government agency.

The group said the statement attributed to the University of Ibadan ASUU chapter chairman on scrapping of JAMB is a ploy to sabotage the education in NigeriaHe said that members of ASUU have focused on the perennial demand for increase in their wages while leaving the welfare and quality of education to the dogs that they cannot appreciate trends in education.Even as it tries to remove the speck from another’s eye, in the ultimate insult to Nigerians, ASUU has refused to address the numerous cases of cultism, examination malpractice and sexual abuses perpetrated by its members on Nigerian campuses.

 “It is therefore ridiculous that it has appointed itself into a tribunal over the Governing Board of JAMB. “We therefore call on the University of Ibadan Chapter of ASUU and Dr Omole to apologize to Nigerians for calling for the scrapping of JAMB,” Kuta added.

Information for All AAUA Students

This is to inform all students that, Senate had, at its 145th Regular Meeting held on Wednesday 26th April, 2017, decided that registration exercise for the First Semester, 2016/2017 Session shall end on Thursday, 11 May, 2017 and consequently, the edu-portal shall be closed at midnight of that day.

All students admitted in 2016/2017 Session have up till mid-night on Thursday, 11th May, 2017 to complete their registration, as no reason for inability to complete registration shall be entertained.
For the purpose of clarification, the following information should be noted:
i. That the edu-portal closes at midnight on the stipulated date; and 
ii. That submission of on-line registration printout to the Department also closes on the expiration of the deadline. 
Therefore, all students are to avail themselves of this opportunity of extension to complete their registration on or before the deadline. 

Any fresh student who fails to complete his/her registration on or before   the date will be deemed to have forfeited his/her admission, while returning students will have missed the First Semester of 2016/2017 Session. 
All students are strongly advised to ensure that they complete their Registration or Screening on or before MID-NIGHT ON THURSDAY, 11TH MAY, 2017 as the case may be. 

Thank you.

Signed:

M S AYERUN,

REGISTRAR