‘Fed. Poly Ilaro, Yaba Tech upgrade to Varsity status will stimulate industrialisation’
The Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial district Solomon Olamilekan Adeola has indicated that the innovative exploits of the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro in inventing a ventilator during the COVID-19 pandemic has set it apart for necessary upgrade to University to help in the nation’s quest for industrialisation
He spoke in Abuja at the public hearing organised by the Senate committee on six bills he sponsored: Establishing Natiknal Institute for Border Studies Imeko, Arabic Language Village and French Language Village as Inter-University Centers and Upgrade of Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Yaba College of Technology and Maritime Academy Oron to Full-fledged Federal Universiries in Nigeria.
While reacting to a poser on the need for the upgrade of the polytechnic to University, he said the institution has excelled in innovative researches that have contributed to the development of the country.
He said the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro has been given a lot of accolades as far as Polytechnic is concerned, “Infact they are the only Institution in Nigeria to invent or manufacture a ventilator during the COVID -19 pandemic.
“This was acclaimed by a University in France and by Nigeria. The only thing that we can use to stimulate that process is to upgrade this polytechnic to a university so that more researches can be done in this regard so that we can give it a legal backing to empower the Government of the day to be able to upgrade it.,”
Also he indicated that the Foremost tertiary institution in Nigeria Yaba College of Techenology which was established in 1947 has done so much in researches in the past. “It is the foremost polytechnic in Nigeria, it has been establish since 1947, from that time till now a lot of innovations, ideas have been done and don’t forget the funding for the polytechnic is quite different from that of the University.
“A lot of research process that ordinarily take place in the university can not take place in the polytechnic.
“So for us to allow YABATECH to do more exploits in this regards we need to upgrade it.
According to him, it is expedient and instructive to upgrade Yaba College of Technology and the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro to expand their exploits in researches.
“So we cannot leave behind polytechnic that are taking these giant strides in trying to reposition and industrialize our nation at polytechnic level but to go ahead and upgrade them to university status.”
Also he said the number of youths seeking admission to acquire University education outstretches the current available opportunities, hence, as the country grow in population, infrastructure should also expands.
He said, there was need for the training of technology-based students to solve technological problems in the 21st century.
Olamilekan expressed shock at the recent study by the “Population Institute Canada”, which revealed that only 26% of 10 million applicants to Nigeria’s tertiary institutions secure admissions.
Speaking on hurdles of getting admission, he said: “The trend continues unabated till date. From Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) records in 2017, only 30% out of the 1.7 million candidates who wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) got admission.
“With about 170 public and private Universities in Nigeria with a capacity for about 700,000 students at any point in time, it is clear that in Nigeria we are yet to get to the point where we have enough admission spaces in Universities for our youths in Nigeria.
The public hearing was attended by stakeholders from the educational community including Rectors of the affected Polytechnics as well as traditional rulers.
CSO canvasses Empathetic leadership adaptation
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN), in partnership with Alexijan Consults, has urged leaders in every sphere to showcase ability to understand and share the feelings of others in leadership for good mentoring.
Chief Executive Officer, FBIN, Bar. Nkiruka Okonkwo, made the call at the graduation ceremony of the leadership and empathy (Lead- Em) Ambassadors held during a Church Service in Abuja.
He indicated that the continued use of sympathy instead of empathy was capable of trauncating the current state of leadership in the country.
According to her, the initiative, was birthed basically to groom women and young people on what it takes to be empathetic among other leadership developmental strategies.
“The graduating ambassadors are fully prepared to embark on a quest to engage other youths in the initiative as they are now equipped with the knowledge and expertise to pass on this mandate.
According to her, most of the Lead-Em Ambassadors are now occupying key positions in the church where they are influencing positive Change including the CYON, Lectors Association, among others.
She thanked the Church for the support her organization received and expressed her readiness to work with the Leadership of the Church to replicate the initiative across the Archdiocese of Abuja.
She commended the graduates who she believes are now equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge to mentor their peers.
She invited the guests to take note of all the graduates and monitor their participation and leadership in the church and society.
“The organisation is opened for partnership with other well meaning organisations, adding that the initiative is a charity targeted at empowering the Nigerian youths mostly in the area of employment.
In his remarks, MD/CEO LeeaGlobal resources, Mr Leonard Okonkwo, indicated that the ambassadors are trained to think beyond available resources. Stressing that being a good human being comes from within.
According to him, ‘True Leadership is about being empathetic towards other people. Thus, if your leadership approach is sympathy, you are doing more harm than good to your subordinates.’
He also thanked the Parish Priest and the Catholic Community in Kabusa for the great support given to his wife (Barr. Mrs. Nkiruka Okonkwo) and her organizations in successfully hosting the training and mentorship
Rev. Fr. Robert Achiaga, Parish Priest of St. Anthony Parish, Kabusa, Abuja commended the organizers of the Leadership and Empathy (Lead-Em) Ambassadors Initiative for partnering with the Catholic Church in training and mentoring young people and women in St Kevin Catholic Church and its Mother Parish, St. Anthony Parish Kabusa on Empathy Leadership.
The event which also marked the 8th Anniversary of Alexijan Consults,was graced by Mr. Nnamdi Umeh (1st Vice Chairperson of St Kevin Church Council), Executive Council and members of CMO led by their President – Mr. Evans Oriri, Mrs. Chinyere Eze (CWO President), Mr. Valentine (Representative of the Parish CYON), among others.
NIN challenge forces JAMB to extend UTME, Direct Entry registration for two weeks
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has announced an extension extension of the registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the Direct Entry (DE) by two weeks.
Candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been bemoaning their inability to register, saying with JAMB insistence on National Identity Number (NIN) as mandatory, more hardship has been added to their registration predicament.
They alleged that with NIN requirement, the board has forced them to go through difficulties like extortion, long queues in scorching weather, non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols and other unwholesome practices devoid of ethics to enable them register.
Others lamented that even with NIN, they could not complete the first stage of application process.
Oloyede made the announcement at a press conference, Saturday, in Abuja.
With the announcement the board has also extended the UTME examination as well as the mock to further dates.
Oloyede noted that the outcome followed the decision, of a two-day stakeholders’ meeting of the board in Abuja.
He said stakeholders recommended that a two-week extension be granted to candidates who have not been able to register as a result of some challenges associated with the National Identification Number (NIN) and others
Ex-student describes POMA University as Fake, fraudulent
A former student of POMA University, situated at Dalemo, Alakuko, Lagos State, Miss Janet has urged the Government and its relevant regulatory agencies to investigate the unwholesome activities going at the university.
Janet is a former student of POMA University, who was issued a Fake Degree Certificate and Professional Certificate from POMA who later left to actualised her educational quest in another University, but narrated her ordeal after waiting endlessly for NYSC Mobilization.
According to her, what she experienced while on Educational voyage by secondment to POMA University, should be a thing to worry about and advised vulnarable intending students to look before they leap.
She also challenged the Government of Nigeria and Benin Republic respectively, especially those agencies of government saddled with responsibility of setting standard for education to live up to their responsibilities.
In her words. ”Subjecting innocent student to go through her experience doesn’t portray the government in a good light.
”Sadly, I received my Certificate(Fake) since 2019 from POMA University but they could not mobilize me for mandatory NYSC service because the University did not get statutory clearance and approval for operation.
“After series of investigation, we found out that POMA University is not Accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Benin Republic.
“Upon investigation from the Ministry of Higher Education, Republic of Benin, it was noted that the University is not Accredited in Benin Republic, though they often showcase a forged Accreditation Number which the ministry declined as most of the Professional Certificates it issued are not registered.
“After making us pay huge sum of about #200,000 for NYSC Mobilization, they failed to do the needful and till date, all effort to recover our monies proved abortive.
“The School does not have any reasonable activities in the address stated on their websites as Africa Campus even though it operates from a small unauthorized building at Ifelaja Road, Dalemo Alakuko Lagos.
In the past, there were allegations to the effect that POMA University or POMA Business University have been engaging in dubious Collection of monies from members of the public with a make-believe that they will be mobilised for NYSC, yet many of the innocent students were never mobilized.
“We urged the members of the public to stop patronising this institution characterised by unwholesome activities.
“POMA University is a disaster waiting to happen if the Governments of Nigeria and Benin Republic, do not take decisive action to shut down its operations.”
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