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Thursday, 15 April 2021

Unilorin Student Union P.R.O Aspirant, O'Smart's Manifesto Titled "SMART INFORMATION For All Unilorites" (See Details)

April 15, 2021 0

 

Unilorin Student Union P.R.O Aspirant, O'Smart's Manifesto Titled "SMART INFORMATION For All Unilorites" (See Details)

SMART INFORMATION FOR ALL UNILORITES

Smart Unilorites,

I am OLABODE, Stephen Opeyemi, a 400 level student of the department of Computer 

Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Ilorin, Ilorin. Having satisfied the provision of the electoral laws, I consider it as a great honour and privilege to declare my intention to serve as the Public Relations Officer, University of Ilorin Students’ Union 2021/2022 Academic Session. As a responsible and proactive Unilorite who has diligently served in different capacities, my experience and commitment shall set me on the right path in delivering my constitutional duties and other responsibilities allotted to my office if elected.

MY MANIFESTO 

Student Unionism enhances the work of the school authorities and facilitates effective communication between them and the students. It is expedient that the use of communication channels will make it easier for students to access official information. Hence, I present, the SMART INFORMATION agenda. 

MY VISION 

The vision is aimed at generating easily accessible and actionable information with the development of strategies that will not only result in more transparency and integrity on the part of the union, but also a greater level of congress involvement in union affairs. 

MY MISSION 

The SMART INFORMATION agenda shall coordinate, develop, and maintain the Student Union social media presence and further promote student participation in the steering of the union. 

Furthermore, I have outlined the following to compliment the mission and vision of the SMART INFORMATION agenda for the betterment of our great Union: 

1. Students’ Union Press Conference

2. Students’ Union Monthly e-Bulletin

3. Upgrading of the Union’s Website

4. Students’ Union Media Team

5. Social Media

6. Public Campaigns

STUDENTS’ UNION PRESS CONFERENCE

In order to create a good level of interaction between the officials and members of the union, I will facilitate a press conference where the union officials will present their blueprint for the administration to members and journalists. Also, we will discuss ways the union can serve its members better as well as salient issues affecting the members and way forward.

STUDENTS’ UNION MONTHLY E-BULLETIN

As it was in the past, the production of the Students’ Union Bulletin will come back to life to promote ethical journalism, and even getting more media stance as a union. In order not to burden the union with too much financial obligations, the dissemination of this bulletin will be online (e-bulletin) via the union’s website and social media platforms. This bulletin will encompass all happenings on campus in a monthly cycle and it will circulate across other tertiary institutions to promote our union as a brand.

UPGRADING OF THE UNION’S WEBSITE

I will do my best to increase the website’s traffic with the introduction of new features and more functions. In addition to the normal posting of press release, the website will serve as a platform for yearly association’s registration, other union registrations and applications, advertising of products, promotion of articles as well as other numerable functions. This will make the website to be more productive.

STUDENTS’ UNION MEDIA TEAMS

For effective communication, there will be the establishment of a wide and well-structured Public Relation media team of the Union which will work with the office of the Public Relations Officer; the SU Central Media Team of the union and SU Faculty Media Teams. The central team will comprise of all faculty public relations officers, publicists, bloggers and journalists. Under my supervision, this team will be responsible for release of the union’s press statements, public campaigns, articles and magazine. While the media team in each faculty will comprise of departmental public relations officers, class reps and publicists. This structure will be put in place upon assumption in office in order to have proper channel for information and communication between the union and its members.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is a major technological tool used in unfolding events in expeditiously changing global environment. I will make use of the social media to build and sustain the good image of our union, also to promote the understanding of, and increase the level of students’ participation in union affairs. 

Communication is a two-away affair in which information is being SENT and also RECEIVED via well-structured media. As someone who believes in an all-inclusive leadership style, I will make use of the social media to facilitate an active feedback system where UNILORITES can communicate their feeling directly to the union executives from anywhere, at any time amongst others. These will also be a means to showcase our inventiveness and achievement. 

PUBLIC CAMPAIGNS

In order to get Unilorites empowered against proliferating and emerging societal and environment issues, I will coordinate periodic media and physical campaigns. This will no doubt encourage emotional stability and sanity amongst our colleagues. Some of the issues to be addressed include; 

RAPE, FAKE NEWS, SEX FOR GRADE, POLLUTION, CULTISM etc.

Unilorin Student Union P.R.O Aspirant, O'Smart's Manifesto Titled "SMART INFORMATION For All Unilorites" (See Details)




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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Okorocha opens up on ‘his EFCC ‘arrest’

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Okorocha opens up on ‘his EFCC ‘arrest’


A former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has insisted he was merely invited and not arrested by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday.


EFCC Head of Media, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed Okorocha was picked up from his private office.


However, Okorocha in a statement signed by his spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo, stated that the EFCC facility is not “a slaughterhouse” and was only investigating his activities while he was Governor, following several petitions written against him.


The statement read, “We have been inundated with calls by media houses and concerned Nigerians and beyond, trying to confirm the reported invitation of Senator Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, later today, being April 13, 2021.


“The truth is that Okorocha left as the governor of Imo State on May 28, 2019. And shortly after his exit as governor, Imo State Government wrote petitions upon petitions against him.


“The EFCC investigated the petitions and has been in various courts of the land with Okorocha to that effect.


“And if the EFCC has decided to invite Okorocha for clarifications on the matters already in courts, especially with a new Chairman at the helm of affairs at the Commission, there is nothing wrong with that.


“The matters between EFCC and Okorocha over his governorship in Imo have been pendent in various courts of the land.


“At the end of the day, we would know whether the Commission will be withdrawing the cases in courts, or would continue with the cases already in courts.


“But to us, the Commission is doing its job and should be given the needed cooperation. And Okorocha being a law-abiding citizen, would always cooperate with the Commission over the matters in courts. EFCC is not a slaughterhouse, but a very responsible institution and should be seen as such.


“We have no reason to complain about the invitation of today, which Okorocha honoured as a patriotic and responsible Nigerian.


“As we stated earlier, the Commission didn’t invite Okorocha today, for the first time.”

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Lives of students threatened – ASUU reacts to Plateau University attack

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Lives of students threatened – ASUU reacts to Plateau University attack

 The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has condemned the attack by gunmen at the Plateau State University in Bokkos Local Government Area of the State.


Recall that unknown gunmen attacked the university community on Monday and attempted to abduct some students residing off the school campus.


However, their operation was foiled by the joint intervention from the officers of Operation Safe Haven, Operation Rainbow, Nigeria Police, University Security and Community Watch Group.


Dr Bentse Pamson, ASUU Chairman in the university, speaking to NAN condemned the attack.


He called for more security around the institution even as he expressed concern over the threat to the lives of students.



“This issue of insecurity in the institution is what we agitated for in our Memorandum of Action with the state government about two months ago.


“It’s unfortunate that nothing from the MOA signed between ASUU and the government has been implemented,’’ he said.


Pamson expressing concern over the threat to the lives and property of members of staff and students of the institution urged the government to take more drastic measures to safeguard the institution.

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Watch The Inheritance – Movie Review And Mp4 Trailer | Download

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THE INHERITANCE is a horror movie that ultimately failed despite having so much potential.

I will preface this review with two points: (1) I enjoy films about hauntings. (2) I just wanted to like The Inheritance.

How could I say no when the trailer looked so good and it was described as a film "in the tradition of The Haunting of Hill House"?

But that was the end of the thrills.

Please trust me when I say that I wish I could say anything different. There was a lot of promise there.

“Many years of life and death, yet ghosts are forever” in The Inheritance

The premise of The Inheritance is straightforward. Following the death of Sasha’s (Natalia Ryumina) grandfather, Sasha is willed a beautiful manor in the middle of Kyiv, Ukraine, which has been gathering dust for decades. Sasha and her partner, Peter (Nick Wittman), travel to Kyiv to sign paperwork that would sell all assets in the will.

Following suspicious encounters with a local lawyer and the manor’s caretakers and the nightly witnessing of strange noises and voices in the manor, Sasha grows reluctant to sell, becoming increasingly curious of the manor’s history: Why has no one lived there in years? Why are there are always three men guarding the manor from the street? What happened to the manor’s staff?

As she digs deeper into the home’s past, uncovering family secrets, her questions are answered…

…at the expense of the viewer.

A film that couldn’t quite figure itself out

As I mentioned, I love films about hauntings, so this review does not reflect a general distaste for the subgenre.

In turn, it reflects the incessant mediocrity of The Inheritance, which was neither resemblant nor “in the tradition” of the novel or cinematic adaptations of The Haunting of Hill House. And, yes, I do take such “empty promises” into account.

The Inheritance’s fatal flaw was that it gave up on itself, characterized by an anticlimactic “twist,” a gaping absence of both jump scares and eeriness (i.e., ghostly slamming of doors should not be the only scare tactic), and a plethora of unresolved plot points that left me internally pleading for a final scene that would significantly elevate the film’s quality (cf., Contact, Pandorum).

Fails as a horror movie

In these respects, The Inheritance ultimately failed as a horror film. With the exception of the ghost-induced door-slamming, which became more telegraphed than startling, the few moments of intended jump scares were poorly edited, happening much too quickly for the viewer to appreciate, forcing me to rewind in order to know what I was meant to have experienced.

Similarly, its intended eeriness and suspense, elicited by a combination of anxious conversations about some unnamed higher powers-that-be and the nightly sounds of ghastly screaming, continued to dull throughout the film, remaining vague at best.

Ryumina’s Sasha was meant to carry the film, but she could do very little with a screenplay that, even though it answered Sasha’s own questions, will leave the viewer confused, unsatisfied, and, well, bored.

The Inheritance can be streamed on-demand from April 13

From an originality perspective, The Inheritance embarked on an unfulfilling quest of doing nothing new with an overdone concept, with hints of better films, such as La Llorona and The House at the End of Time. I wish I could have said kinder things about The Inheritance, but I was unimpressed.

Recommendation: Skip it.

The Inheritance is out on Demand and on DVD on April 13, 2021, from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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Watch Love and Monsters – Netflix Review And Mp4 Trailer | Download

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LOVE AND MONSTERS is available on Netflix worldwide beginning April 14 (except in the United States, where it is only available on VOD). This is the kind of genre mash-up that combines the best of amazing sci-fi monsters, scary horror moments, and comic relief.

It also never takes itself too seriously, which in my opinion is always a plus. For me, this is what makes a horror comedy work.

A monster horror-comedy

Love and Monsters stars Dylan O’Brien who most people will probably know from either MTV’s Teen Wolf series or The Maze Runner franchise. More recently, he was also in the Amazing Stories reboot on Apple TV+ in the episode titled The Cellar (click here to read our review).

With Love and Monsters, Dylan O’Brien is an obvious choice to star because he uses charm while also managing to be both a dork and very heartfelt. For me, he works perfectly in this movie.

And yes, Love and Monsters does have quite a lot of dark moments. Most of humanity dies when the monster-creating event happens. That’s pretty damn dark!

In other words, imagine a horror-comedy version of A Quiet Place or I Am Legend. Or, you know, just Zombieland but with monsters instead of zombies. In short, this well-executed and charming genre story featuring a monster-filled apocalypse is very entertaining.

So many excellent supporting characters
While Dylan O’Brien is the definite star of this movie – because this is the story of his character – you will also meet many wonderful supporting characters. Two of the most amazing characters are Clyde and Minnow.

Clyde is portrayed by Michael Rooker from The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, and True Detective. Most recently, he was in movies such as Brightburn and Fantasy Island so he’s certainly staying busy. His role in Love and Monsters is one that allows him to show his funnier side as well.

The young (and very awesome) Minnow should also be familiar. She’s portrayed by Arieana Greenblat who also played the young Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). She has many productions coming up including the sci-fi thriller Awake which I am definitely looking forward to!

Watch Love and Monsters on Netflix

Michael Matthews is the director of Love and Monsters which is only his second feature film. He debuted in 2017 with Five Fingers for Marseilles and prior to this, he directed two short films. The screenplay was written by Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson based on a story by Duffield.

If the name Brian Duffield seems familiar it might be because you’ve seen it quite a few times in recent years. He wrote the brilliant Netflix horror-comedy The Babysitter and also wrote the story (and co-wrote the screenplay) for Underwater which is not funny, but really works!

Also, Brian Duffield wrote and directed the very explosive coming-of-age sci-fi comedy Spontaneous which is out on Hulu now! Do check out that one as well, if you enjoy Love and Monsters. Meanwhile, the other screenwriter on Love and Monsters, Matthew Robinson, is writing the screenplay for the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors horror-comedy musical remake, which is currently in pre-production.

Basically, this new sci-fi, horror, comedy hybrid on Netflix has been crafted by some very capable filmmakers that have already proved themselves with brilliant genre productions. This one is yet another very entertaining addition to their IMDb resumés.

LOVE AND MONSTERS is coming to Netflix everywhere outside the US on April 14, 2021.



Details
Director: Michael Matthews
Writers: Brian Duffield, Matthew Robinson
Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Ariana Greenblatt


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Plot
Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, all of humanity has been forced to live in underground colonies. When Joel Dawson reconnects over the radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee, who has been living on the coast 85 miles away, he begins to fall for her again. Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, and despite all the danger that stands in his way, he decides he must venture out to find his true love.

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JAMB warns UniAbuja, other universities over illegal admission

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JAMB warns UniAbuja, other universities over illegal admission

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has condemned the admissions purportedly being conducted by some universities, including the University of Abuja (UniAbuja).


Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Affairs, in a statement, said the universities were issuing admission letters to candidates without recourse to the board.


The spokesman noted that admissions that have not been proposed, approved nor accepted on the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) are null and void.


Benjamin said asking hapless candidates to pay acceptance fees for such admissions that had not been processed through CAPS amounts to illegality.


“Such admissions are illegal, unacceptable and offensive to extant rules and regulations guiding admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria as approved by the Federal Ministry of Education and provided on CAPS.”


JAMB recalled that it instituted CAPS in 2017 as an automated platform designed to ensure that admissions are transparently done to protect the interest of all Nigerians desirous of tertiary education.


The board advised all candidates not to accept any admissions that are not provisioned on CAPS.


The statement said candidates who have not accepted and printed their admissions letter on CAPS should not pay any acceptance fee as any admission done outside CAPS is illegal.

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EFCC Arrests Rochas Okorocha Over Alleged Money Laundering

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EFCC Arrests Rochas Okorocha Over Alleged Money Laundering

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have reportedly arrested ex-Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha.


The senator was arrested at his private office at Nkwerre Street in Garki area of Abuja after he returned from a trip yesterday, April 13.


Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, confirmed the arrest.


Rumor surrounding his arrest states that the former Governor was arrested for alleged money laundering.

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Canada Rejects Ex-SARS Operative's Application for Asylum

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Canada Rejects Ex-SARS Operative's Application for Asylum

A former member of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Olushola Popoola has seen his application for asylum in Canada rejected.

 

Popoola’s application was rejected by the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board in Canada because he was a member of the defunct unit of the Nigeria Police Force between 2002 and 2015 when he was a member of the police.

 

Popoola left Nigeria in 2016 for the United States before he travelled to Canada, where he claimed refugee status. His claim was, however, suspended while his case was referred to the Immigration Division for a determination of his inadmissibility.

 

According to the Canadian immigration department, Popoola was subsequently found “inadmissible pursuant to section 35(1)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, SC 2001, c 27 [the Act]” because “the Nigeria Police Force, and the SARS in particular, have committed crimes against humanity from 2002 to 2015” including “corruption and impunity” as well as “extrajudicial killings”.

 

Popoola later approached the Federal Court of Canada to seek judicial review of his determination of inadmissibility, arguing that he had resigned in 2011 but the Force did not accept his resignation, hence he continued till 2015.

But the presiding judge, Sébastien Grammond, on April 8, 2021, dismissed the application for judicial review while upholding the decision of the Immigration Division.

 

Grammond also said Popoola resigned for personal reasons, not because he learned of human rights abuses.

 

“I am dismissing his application, because the decision-maker reasonably assessed the relevant factors for deciding whether Mr. Popoola made a knowing and significant contribution to the crimes committed by the Nigerian Police Force,” the judge ruled.

 

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the allegations of human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings had culminated into weeks of nationwide protests in Nigeria last October with youths thronging the streets seeking justice for Nigerians unjustly slain by SARS operatives.

 

The police authorities later disbanded SARS and announced the formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team to replace the defunct police unit but human rights abuses cannot be said to have been stopped.

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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

I Graduated With A Third Class In OAU And I Turned Out To Be A Genius In Canada After Having 99% In IQ Test - Twitter User Reveals

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I Graduated With A Third Class In OAU And I Turned Out To Be A Genius In Canada After Having 99% In IQ Test - Twitter User Reveals

A Twitter user, @_Larenzo, has revealed how he came top in his class in Canada despite graduating with a third class from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

@Larenzo, a Civil and Chemical Engineer who goes by the name Ray Reddington on the microblogging platform, made the comment in a reply to a post by Nebula/@Vaness_ah on Twitter.

Nebula had written: “The opportunities we will never have because we’re born Nigerian.”

Reacting @_Larenzo, shared how his lecturers in Canada helped him to know he was a genius and smarter.

He wrote,

“In OAU I graduated with a 3rd class. In Canada, my lecturers urged me to take an IQ test after they saw my methods in solving shit. Turns out I’m a genius. By my test results, I’m smarter than 99% of the world and yes I topped my class. Who would have known.”

See post below:

His post garnered a lot of reactions from social media users. See some of the reactions below;

Reacting, one Twitter user @OfficialSamkayz agreed with @_Larenzo. He noted that the same thing he would write in class and earn a poor grade, he would do the same for his sister who schools in the UK and it would earn her an exceptional grade.

He wrote;

“You are so right. I graduated with 2:2 and I sometimes help my sister who studied in the UK with her Assignment. When she submitted the Assignment, she got exceptional grade and I said “This is the thing I wrote for my Lecturer then and he manages to give me 23/70 in exam.”

He added,

“I remember one of my lecturer told us that he always feel for us in Computer Science that we are taking 9 courses(project inclusive) in 400L. He said when he was in final year in Scotland, he Only have 2 courses to deal with per semester. How can I take 2 courses & not have A”

Another Twitter user, @_neekohl said that lecturers don’t take it lightly when a student is too intelligent.

He wrote;

“There is something known as being too intelligent for Nigerian lecturers. I learnt to vomit what they tell me while keeping my additional information to myself.”

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Sunday, 11 April 2021

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

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PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral


The former chief of Arny Staff, LT General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Olowu of Owu Kuta , Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama led other dignitaries to attend the burial ceremony of late Colonel Isaac Ayodele Fayemiwo and his wife, Lady Evangelist Victoria Adejoke.


Many traditional rulers and other notable dignitaries were present at the  burial ceremony which was held at Ibokun area in Osun State. 


At the funeral service, Buratai described the late colonel and his wife as a great achiever and humane. 


Colonel  Fayemiwo was born in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State into the family of Chief Daniel Oyewole Fayemiwo and Chief Mrs Victoria Omoyefa Fayemiwo. 


He hailed from Ibokun, Osun State. At the St. Peters Anglican church, Ibokun, Papa Isaac Ayodele Fayemiwo was fondly called “BABA EGBE IJO PETERU MIMO IBOKUN”.


Isaac Ayodele Fayemiwo joined the Nigerian Army as a member of the Direct Regular Course 3 in November 1969.


 He served meritoriously in the Nigerian Army and earned his promotions progressively. 


He was a member of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Senior Staff Course 3. 


This is to mention but few among many courses he attended. 


Papa Isaac Ayodele Fayemiwo was a veteran of the Nigerian Civil War. 

An eleted Fmr Army chief thanks the Royal fathers and member house of representative in the Delegation for their fatherly support to him and president Buhari, 

Olowu of Kuta urge General Buratai to Continue his Selfless service to the nation without looking back as he can see the Natural Solidarity of support he Recieved from Natural Rulers of the land.


PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral

PhotoNews: Royal fathers Rally Round Buratai As Olowu of Kuta Leads Dignitaries To Fayemimo Funeral


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Thursday, 8 April 2021

O'Smarts Declaration Of Ambition (generating easily accessible and actionable information)

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O'Smarts Declaration Of Ambition (generating easily accessible and actionable information)


 DECLARATION OF INTENT


I like information. I love when smart people make me think of something in a new way Terry Francona


Smart Unilorites,


That period of the year is upon us again when we would be making leadership choices.


In the quest to diligently represent and serve you with timely, accurate and unambiguous information, I, OLABODE, STEPHEN OPEYEMI also known as O'SMART a 400 Level student of the department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology declare my intent and readiness to serve as the PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER (P.R.O) University of Ilorin Students' Union, 2021/2022 academic session.


Having volunteered and served in relevant capacities, I have garnered experiences from different sources specifically in the aspect of information dissemination. This has made me a firm believer of all-inclusive leadership style as well as an embracer of teamwork. I am willing and ready to work with all for the success of our Union and to the advantage of all.


I present to you the SMART INFORMATION agenda which is aimed at generating easily accessible and actionable information with the development of strategies that will not only result in more transparency and integrity on the part of the union, but also a greater level of congress involvement in

union affairs. 


I hereby seek your supports in the actualization of this agenda.


🤝 Support the SMART INFORMATION agenda


✅ Vote O'SMART as Students' Union PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, 2021/2022 ACADEMIC SESSION


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Faculty Of Life Sciences; On A Mission To Inspire Greatness

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Faculty Of Life Sciences; On A Mission To Inspire Greatness

FACULTY OF LIFE SCIENCES; ON A MISSION TO INSPIRE GREATNESS


07/04/2021


 Ever Gallant Living Scientists,


 Salutations to past leaders who have helped develop, shape the trajectory and taken this great faculty to this height, past and Current senators who have and are representing faculty of life sciences with great pride and courage. Departmental presidents, Honourables across all levels and the brilliant minded yellow taggers 



Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality - Warren Bennis


I, OSENI Islamiat Arinola a.k. a ARINOLA Be-inspired, a good ambassador and Living Scientist in the University of Ilorin, Ilorin officially declare my interest to contest for a seat at the Legislative Arm- Senate Council of the Students' Union,  University of Ilorin, Ilorin.


My ambition is borne out of the zeal and passion to represent the best interest of Life Scientists. Having served as a Parliamentarian at the Student Representative Council, Nigerian Association of Life Sciences Students 2019/2020, I have been able to garner experience on effective representation.


Thus, I seek your unwavering support, prayers and votes towards emerging as a SENATOR repesenting Life Sciences at the Students' Union Senate Council 2021/2022 Session.


Together, we will Inspire Greatness via an effective representation


VOTE, SUPPORT AND ENDORSE


OSENI, Islamiat Arinola.

ARINOLA



God bless the Department of Microbiology.

God bless the Department of Zoology

God bless the Department of Biochemistry

God bless the Department of Plant Biology

God bless the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences

God bless the great faculty of Life Sciences.

Faculty Of Life Sciences; On A Mission To Inspire Greatness


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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

JUSUN, NARD, ASUP Shut Down; ASUU Warming

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JUSUN, NARD, ASUP Shut Down; ASUU Warming


  Amid the current hardship being endured by Nigerians, some major economic sectors in the country have decided to shut down over the inability of the Federal Government to meet their demands.


In less than a week, about three major sectors embarked on indefinite strike actions to register their grievances against the government.


This is happening few days after President Muhammadu Buhari departed Nigeria for the United Kingdom for medical check-up.


Following ‘unproductive’ efforts by the FG to stop the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) from embarking on its proposed strike, the association, on Thursday, April 1st commenced an industrial action, shutting down the medical sector indefinitely. 


NARD alleged that the Federal Government had reneged in the agreements it entered with the doctors.


The aggrieved doctors’ agitations include the non-payment of salaries of three to five months of some house officers and non-recruitment of house officers.


Others are abolishment of the bench fees for doctors undergoing training in other hospitals, non-payment of National Minimum Wage and hazard allowances.


NARD also demanded an upward review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers.

 

The action became worrisome on Monday when the resident doctors ordered members at the COVID-19 isolation centres to join the nationwide strike, shutting down the entire health sector.


The NARD further threatened to impose a fine of N5m on any of its branches that fails to join the strike.

 

Similarly, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), on Tuesday shut down the judicial system in the country as the union embarked on an indefinite strike with all courts across the nation locked up.


According to the national leadership of JUSUN, the strike action is to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary.


A circular signed by JUSUN’s General Secretary, I. M. Adetola, directed all states and zonal heads of the union to comply with the strike.


As Nigerians were trying to comprehend the actions of NARD and JUSUN, figuring out the level of hardship it may further cause, they were confronted with another heartbreaking news of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, proceeding on an indefinite strike.


The union shut down Nigerian Polytechnics on Monday, demanding the implementation of a new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers.


Leaders of the union led by its president, Anderson Ezeibe, made the declaration shortly after an emergency meeting with the Federal Government officials in Abuja.


Currently, the education sector is down, courts are locked up, hospitals shut down amid threats by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and other unions to also embark on industrial actions.


Recall the recent threat by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, that they are ready to shut down the country if the National Assembly does not rescind its plan to remove minimum wage from the exclusive bill.


A coalition of NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC), National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), and several other groups staged a coordinated protests across several states in the country to express their grievances over the move by the lawmakers.


The union had several times threatened industrial actions over an increase in petroleum price and the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage in some states.


The Agriculture sector is not left out in this shutdown, even though it may not be in form of a strike action. There is now a general fear that going to the farm is almost synonymous with suicide due to the activities of bandits and the killer herdsmen attacking innocent farmers across the country.


Recall that the Governor of Benue State was recently attacked by suspected herdsmen along Makurdi-Gboko road while visiting his farm.


DAILY POST gathered that most farmers no longer visit their farms for the fear of attack by herdsmen or bandits.


This has plunged the nation into an acute food shortage, making life miserable for the masses.


Some concerned Nigerians who reacted to the ugly trend blamed President Buhari’s administration for not being proactive in tackling crisis during its warning stage.


A resident of Lugbe in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Mr Thomas Anigbo told DAILY POST correspondent that the country is facing unusual challenges currently, stressing that until the government takes proactive steps in ending the economic and security crisis, “the worst may happen.


“It’s unfortunate that despite the hardship already faced by Nigerians, all these are still happening to worsen the situation.


“The current security situation in the country is enough to send everyone into mourning.


“Even those employed and trained to secure our lives and property are no longer secured.


“If the army and the police can be running from being killed then what would happen to the vulnerable Nigerians?”


Also, a final year student of the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Miss Rose Ene Mathew, expressed shock over the decision of ASUP to shut down polytechnics.


“Despite what COVID-19 did to us in 2020, the union has decided to keep us at home again.


“I just pray that they don’t prolong the strike because it will not be funny”, she said.


Mr Reno Omokri, a former media aide to Nigerian ex-President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan also blamed the Buhari administration for the country’s current predicament.


In a post via his official Facebook page on Tuesday, Reno listed some of the challenges causing tension in the country.


“Today, judiciary workers went on strike, last week, doctors went on strike, polytechnic workers are on strike.


“There was a prison break in Imo, with 1800 escapees, bandits taking over 100 communities in Shiroro Niger.


“Communities in Sokoto now pay taxes to bandits.


“An entire village wiped out by herdsmen in Ebonyi.


“Middle Belt Forum threatening to sever links with Arewa.


“The Presidency instigating violence against Bishop Hassan Kukah


USSD crisis between MTN and CBN/Commercial Banks destabilising the economy.


“And Nigeria’s leader, Muhammadu Buhari, the same man who banned foreign rice, and closed Nigeria’s borders is on medical tourism in London,” he said.

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Facebook, Google, Apple & Microsoft shares hit record high

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Facebook, Google, Apple & Microsoft shares hit record high

 

Social media giant, Facebook today rallied as much as 3.8% to touch an intraday record of $309.89 per share.


Strong growth from the world’s biggest economy boosted buying pressure among global investors as impressive economic data from America’s service industries coupled with an advance in cyclical industries fueled the hike in Facebook’s shares.


In addition, Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, also recorded as much as 4% amid reports that it won its supreme court case against Oracle, a case that has lingered for about 3 years.


Among other notable Tech companies, Amazon.com rose 1.9%, Apple Inc surged by 2.1%, and Microsoft Corp. was up as much as 3.1%.


Tech giants are surprisingly recording impressive gains despite a rotation into utility and energy-based stocks.

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Billionaire investors in Nigeria you may not know

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Billionaire investors in Nigeria you may not know


 As a Nigerian interested in investing or making money, names like Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Mike Adenuga, Tony Elumelu, Jim OviaRabiu Abdulsalam, etc.come to mind as aspirational role models when it comes to net-worth. These men have all made billions of naira investing in companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange either as founders or strategic investors.  

  • However, there are many other ‘lesser-known investors in companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange who are worth billions (in naira).
  • These investors are seasoned and while they may not always be the founders of the companies they are invested in; they own a significant chunk of the business through strategic investment stakes that earn them billions annually in capital appreciation and dividends.  

In line with our wealth-related articles, we bring to you a Nairametrics compilation of top Investors in companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, with whom you may be unfamiliar.  

  • All the information used for this article is solely based on data available from the audited financial statements of the elite NSE 30 Index of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), while information on their profiles was sourced from their company websites amongst others.
  • Nairametrics also maintains a record of directors in all quoted companies including their direct and indirect shareholdings dating as far back as 2015.

Gbenga Oyebode – N3.23 billion 

Gbenga Oyebode is one of the founding partners and Chairman, Management Board of Aluko Oyebode law firm. He is also the Chairman at Okomu Oil Plc and a member of the board of directors of several publicly quoted and private companies in Nigeria. This man needs no introduction, especially for corporate historians and anyone experienced with the workings of corporate Nigeria.  

  • According to information on the website of his law firm, Gbenga’s extensive experience includes advising several top-tier Nigerian, international and multinational clients on energy and natural resources, project/infrastructure finance, privatization, and telecommunications.
  • In this article, we will focus on Gbenga’s ownership in Okomu Oil Plc where he owns 35.94 million units of shares directly and another 5.73 million indirectly, thereby having total share ownership of 45.94 million units and 4.37% stake in the agricultural company. 

As of 31st March 2021, his direct stake in the company was worth N3.75 billion at a share price of N90. Aluko Oyebode is worth a whole lot more than this according to our findings.


Olakunle Alake – N1.84 billion

Olakunle Alake was appointed to the Board of Dangote Cement Plc. on 22nd July 2005. He is also the Group Managing Director of Dangote Industries Limited. He was appointed to the Board of Dangote Industries Limited as Executive Director in 2001.

  • He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-Ife, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
  • He joined Dangote Industries Limited in 1990, after six years at Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has held several management positions in Dangote Industries Limited, including Financial Controller and Head of Strategic Services.

Olakunle holds 8 million direct units of shares in Dangote Cement Plc and 7.19 million units of shares in Dangote Sugar Plc, making a total of N1.84 billion in value as of 31st March 2021.

Ifeoma Esiri – N1.77 billion

Ms. Ifeoma L. Esiri is on the Board of Directors at Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Ashbert Beverages Ltd., Ashbert Oil & Gas Ltd., Ashburt Leisures Ltd., Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd., and Veritas Geophysical Nigeria Ltd.

  • According to information on the website of Stanbic IBTC, she is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association; the International Bar Association; the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, and the Institute of Directors, Nigeria. She is a Notary Public and Life Member of the Capital Market Solicitors Association.

Ifeoma owns 34.62 million units of shares in Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc. As of 31st March 2021, her stake in Stanbic IBTC was worth N1.77 billion at a price per share of N51.25.


Dr. Adaora Umeoji – N1.55 billion

Dr. Adaora Umeoji is the Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, with over 20 years of cognate banking and broad executive management experience.

  • She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Jos, an MBA from the University of Calabar, and a Doctorate degree in Business Administration from Apollos University, Great Falls, Montana, USA.
  • She is the founder of Catholic Bankers Association of Nigeria and is also on the board of Palais Vendome Ltd. and Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Member of Nigerian Institute of Management, Member of The Institute of Credit Administration, Member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria and Member of The Institute of Chartered Mediators & Conciliators.

She owns 68.87 million units of Zenith Bank shares, with a worth of N1.55 billion as of 31st March 2021.


Wole Oshin – N1.58 billion

Wole is the founder and Group Managing Director of the Custodian Investment Group with interests in Life Insurance, General Insurance, Pensions, and Trusteeship business.

He is a graduate of Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos and a Chartered Insurer by Profession, he holds the Doctor of Finance (Honoris Causa) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, The Risk Managers Society of Nigeria, and the Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers. He is a past President of Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA), as well as an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

Wale Oshin currently owns238.7 million units of Custodian Investment, which is worth about N1.58 billion as of March 31st, 2021 representing a 4.06% stake in the company.

Roger Brown – N1.56 billion


Mr. Brown joined Seplat as Chief Financial Officer in 2013. With a background in finance, he is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and also a member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.

Following Mr. Avuru’s retirement, Mr. Brown was appointed CEO and assumed the role on the 1st of August 2020.

Prior to joining Seplat, he held the position of Managing Director of Oil & Gas EMEA for Standard Bank Group and prior to this, Senior Manager in the Corporate Finance department of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Brown Rogers owns 2.84 million units of shares, representing 0.48% of the total 588.4 million listed shares of Seplat Petroleum. As of 31st March 2021, his stakes in the company was worth N1.56 billion.


Devakumar V. G. Edwin – N1.29 billion

Currently, Devakumar Victor Edwin holds the position of Chairman for Agad Nigeria Ltd. He is also on the board of Dangote Group Ltd., Benue Cement Co. and Dangote Cement Plc (former Chief Executive Officer & Non-Executive Director). Mr. Edwin received a graduate degree from the University of Madras.

He joined Dangote Industries Limited in 1992 and has since held several managerial positions within the Group. He is a Chartered Engineer, holding graduate and master’s degrees in Engineering from the Madras University, India, and holds a postgraduate diploma in Management from IITM, Holland, all obtained in 1978, 1980, and 1986 respectively.

Victor Edwin currently owns 6 million units of Shares of Dangote Cement, which sums of to a worth of N1.29 billion as of 31st March 2021.


Olusegun Agbaje – N1.06 billion

Mr. Olusegun Agabje is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the most capitalised financial institution on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He was recently announced as an independent member of the board of PepsiCo, Inc in 2020.

This icon of the Nigerian banking sector needs to introduction having been on the scene for about 3 decades. However, he is not often associated with his wealth which we estimate to be in the billions. In terms of what we can publicly verify, he currently holds 32.15 million direct shares of GT Bank, which worths a sum of N1.06 billion as of 31st March 2021 at a price per unit of N32.85.


Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu – N1.05 billion

Ebenezer Onyeagwu is the CEO/Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, with a total direct share of 46.5 million units valued at N1.05 billion as of 31st March 2021.

Mr. Onyeagwu is a graduate in accounting from Auchi Polytechnic (1987), He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1989, almost immediately after graduation. He subsequently became a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), in 2003.

Ebenezer Onyeagwu is on the board of African Finance Corp. Ltd., Zenith Pensions Custodian Ltd., Zenith Bank (Ghana) Ltd., and Zenith Nominees Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer, Director & MD at Zenith Bank Plc.

Prior to joining Zenith Bank Mr. Onyeagwu occupied the position of Branch Manager at Citizens International Bank Ltd.

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