The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) Professor Lilian Salami, on Wednesday, says the school management is ready to resume academic activities in a safe and secure manner.
She said the university management will enforce strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols to protect students and members of staff from being exposed to coronavirus infections.
The vice-chancellor spoke while featuring on NTA Good Morning Nigeria breakfast show.
Salami said some students have started issuing threats to beat up lecturers should the closure of public universities persists.
Students of public universities have been at home since March 2020 when the Academic Staff Union of Universities began a nine-month-long strike over certain demands. The union, however, conditionally suspended the industrial action on December 24, 2020, after a lot of foot-dragging by lecturers and the Federal Government.
Yet, when students were hopeful of returning to classrooms, the country entered the second wave of the pandemic while the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 subsequently ordered schools to remain closed till January 18, 2021 to contain the spike in COVID-19 infections in Nigeria.
Pointloaded had earlier reported that ASUU insisted that it is not safe for lecturers and students to return to classrooms as it cannot guarantee social distancing in crowded classes and congested hostels.
Reacting on the television programme on Wednesday, the UNIBEN vice-chancellor said the school authority will do all in its power to enforce COVID-19 protocols in the university community.
Salami said, “I want to say categorically that Vice-Chancellors are responsible persons having gone through the furnace. We will not in any way want to expose our staff, our students to any danger.
“Having said that, public-funded universities are far from what they ought to be. We have said this over and over that there is poor funding, infrastructure are down and decayed. The ratio of staff to students is quite large that for proper learning to take place, we have to address these issues.
“We know that these issues exist but how long are we going to wait until these issues are taken care of? These should not continue to be used as reasons why schools should not reopen. We will make do with what we have now available. For instance, we know that residential students are about 10 to 15 per cent of total students’ population. We will as much as possible enforce compliance and that is all we can do.
“Yes, they (students) are very restless; yes, they will want to go and visit friends but we will try as much as possible – and I think all Vice-Chancellors will do that – to protect our students and our staff so that we don’t unduly expose them to COVID-19. But to think that if all of these are not taken care of, we will not reopen, I can assure you that in the next ten years, the kids will all be home.
“We know all these deficiencies and we will continue to adjust and renovate the structures on campus. It is a gradual thing, there is no magic about it.
“On a lighter note, I have heard some students say, look, if you don’t open, we will beat up the Vice-Chancellors and start beating up the lecturers. Maybe other Vice-Chancellors can take up the beatings but I can assure you that Professor Salami is too fragile to be beaten.”
The vice-chancellor further said that UNIBEN has started the production of automated handwashing equipment, hand sanitisers and other materials crucial in dealing with the pandemic.
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Use SIWES To Be Self-reliant, FULafia V-C Advises Students
The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, has admonished students embarking on the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) to see the scheme as an opportunity to become self-reliant.
Abdul Rahman advised them to, therefore, acquire skills that would help them in their future endeavours.
Abdul Rahman spoke at the 7th Edition of the Annual SIWES Orientation Programme for 2019/2020 batch.
The vice-chancellor, represented by the Head of Department of Economics, FULafia, Dr. Ilemona Adofu, appealed to all the students to adopt learning attitude with a view to making the scheme beneficial to themselves.
The vice-chancellor said that the scheme was an essential part of students academic programme which exposed them to demands and challenges of the work place, advising them to be diligent in their work so as “to become self-reliant when they graduate.”
While commending the SIWES Directorate for organising the programme, he enjoined the students to be good ambassadors of the University wherever they may go.
In his address, the Area Manager, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Nasarawa State Area Office, Engr. Garba Hassan, advised the students to be disciplined while expanding their horizons in learning.
Hassan commended the efforts of the University’s management in adequately preparing the students for the scheme, he encouraged the students to imbibe to show dedication, loyalty, punctuality and honesty during and after the programme.
Engr. Hassan told the students that the ITF would make their SIWES experience worthwhile.
Earlier in his address, the Director of SIWES, FULafia, Dr. Amos Idzi Ambo, said that the scheme was expected to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice, noting that “experience is lacking among youths today and SIWES is the only stimulant that can correct and propel national development in Nigeria”.
Amos charged the students to be good ambassadors of FULafia during the SIWES exercise.
Present at the event were the ITF Head of Training, Mr. Ismail Akanbi, Mrs. Offiongita E. Nkang of SIWES Directorate, FULafia, other staff of the University and students.
JAMB: How To Register For 2021 UTME
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday announced the commencement of registration of candidates for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The decision came barely 48 hours after it had stopped the exercise over technical challenges of the National Identification Number (NIN).
But a terse statement issued by the spokesperson for JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said registration for the examination had now commenced in full swing as all the issues had been resolved.
How To Apply For The 2021 UTME:
1. VALID, FUNCTIONAL E-MAIL, PHONE NUMBER
It is important to get a valid and functional e-mail account. You also need an active phone number. This is because you will need this for registration and to send and receive information from JAMB.
Your e-mail is also a form of identity for you.
To Get Jamb Profile Code for E-Pin purchase simply
type NIN, leave a space & then type your NIN & send it to 55019.
To get Jamb Profile code for 2021 UTME & Direct Entry Registration, type NIN, leave a space & then type your NIN & send it to 55019.
A confirmation code of 10 characters will be received by the candidate on the same telephone number which will be used to procure the E-Pin.
In simple language, Type NIN, leave a space & type your NIN and send it to 55019 to get your Jamb Profile code at the rate of N50. Make sure you have enough airtime (at least N100) and confirm that your SIM Card can send and receive messages.
2. NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
JAMB will be making use of the National Identification Number for registration this year. Being a compulsory requirement, you will need it for your enrollment.
3. VISIT JAMB WEBSITE
After having your email address and NIN ready, you can proceed to the JAMB website.
When you get there, create a JAMB profile, preferably before purchasing the form.
4. CHECK JAMB iBass
After creating a profile, it is recommended that you check JAMB iBass to be sure of your eligibility to take this year’s examination. The information is provided on the official website of the exam body.
5. JAMB e-pin
After your eligibility has been confirmed, then you can proceed to purchase your 2021 JAMB e-pin for registration from banks, online (using ATM card) or other accredited outlets.
6. CBT CENTRE
Then, proceed to any accredited computer-based test centre with your personal details and your profile code.
FULafia To Commence Pharmaceutical Sciences – V-C
Arrangements have been concluded by the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) to establish the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences.
The faculty, when established and start to churn out pharmacists, would complement the growing needs for effective drugs and pharmacists in the country.
The Vice Chancellor of FULafia, Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, stated so when the executive members of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), led by its President, Pharmacist Okpalaeke Nwora, visited to congratulate him on his recent appointment as the third vice-chancellor of FULafia.
Abdul Rahman, who was delighted by the visit, said that he was happy to meet with the PCN officials to workout modalities for the successful take-off of the pharmaceutical programme in FULafia.
The vice-chancellor told the PCN members that the Senate of the University had since approved the commencement of faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, pointing out that their input from the Pharmacists was considered crucial “so that we can start well.”
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria is a federal government agency, established by Act 91 of 1992, known as Cap P17 of 2004, Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The council is responsible for the regulation of the practice of pharmacy in all aspects and ramifications.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Pharmacist Okpalaeke Nwora, said that Nigeria, with more than 200 people, had only 22 accredited pharmacy schools, pointing out that “eight are in the North, the majority are in the South, and only two are in the North-central, with one in Jos and the other in Ilorin.”
He said that since the inception of pharmacy practice in Nigeria in 1927, the country was only able to licensed 27,000 pharmacists.
Currently, Nwora said that “we have only 60 indigenous pharmacists practicing in Nasarawa State.”
He said that the World Health Organisation’s index and recommended standard for pharmacy per patient ratio is 12 pharmacists to every 10 thousand patients, lamenting that Nasarawa State had less than two pharmacists to 10 thousand patients.
He pointed out that the commencement of pharmacy education in FULafia would benefit both the institution (PCN) and the state at large and bridge the manpower gap in the region.
Nwora prayed to God to enable Prof. Abdul Rahman to establish the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences in the University “so that his name will be echoed for many generations to come.
On his part, the Honourable Commissioner of Health, Nasarawa State, Hon. Pharm. Ahmed Baba Yahaya, assured the vice-chancellor of the Nasarawa state government’s support, noting that the government has already donated an edifice to house the FULafia Teaching Hospital, Lafia, as part of the preparation for commencement of operations of the college of medicine.
Other members of the PCN delegation who were at the event included Prof. Yakubu Ngwai; Dr. Jacob James, the Director Pharmaceutical Services, Nasarawa State Ministry of Health; Dr. Denis Kudu Ega, Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; Dr. Danjuma Baba, Pharm. Emmanuel Anga; Pharm. Joshua Ghali, the Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Hospitals Management Board, Nasarawa State; Pharm. Christopher Ishaleku; Pharm. Augustine Luka; Pharm. Emmanuel Yona; Pharm. Mohammed Okonu; Pharm. Nuria Abene and Pharm. Hassana Mansur.