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FUOYE Clears Air On Death of Final Year Student

By Wole Balogun

Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has cleared the air on the death of a final-year student of the institution’s Department of Geology, Ola Opeyemi Benjamin, who died in his room after leaving the examination hall where he sat for one of his papers.
Recall that on Sunday, the Ivory Tower’s management had debunked a rumour that went around that some students collapsed and later died during their examinations on the campus.
In a press release signed by Wole Balogun, Special Adviser on Media Matters to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina, the Management had debunked the fake news, as totally unfounded.
However, in a related development, the Acting Head of Department of Geology, Dr. A Oyelami, on Monday afternoon, brought it to the notice of the Management that a student of the institution, Ola Opeyemi Benjamin, died in his room on Saturday, November, 26, 2022 after leaving the examination hall hale and hearty.
In the letter made available to the University media team, and entitled: “Notification of the Demise of Ola Opeyemi Benjamin (GLY/2017/1059)”, the department disclosed that the incident of the death of the final year student had nothing to do with students allegedly collapsing in the exam hall, as the death of the deceased happened in his own room.
The memo from the Geology Department reads in part: “With grief, l write to inform you that we lost one of our final year students, Ola Opeyemi Benjamin, with matric no: GLY/2017/2059, who died shortly after the afternoon examination held at the new faculty of science auditorium on Saturday 26th, November 2022. I wish to inform you that the late student finished the said examination quite early and he was hale and hearty as at the time he left the examination hall.
The news of his sudden demise filtered in early Sunday morning and the circumstances surrounding the death was sketchy even as l write this letter. The department is proposing to send delegates on a condolence visit to the family after work today.”.
The University Management registers its condolences to the family and the University community.

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FUOYE Confers Honorary Degrees on Odegbami, Olanipekun, others at 7th Convocation

Nigerian football legend, Segun Odegbami, aka ‘mathematical Odegbami’, legal luminary, Wole Olanipekun, renown banker, and ex-First Bank Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Olabisi Onasanya and leading publisher and chairman, Trust News, Mallam Kabiru Yusuf will be garlanded with the honoris causa, (Honourary Doctoral degrees) of the prestigious Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) during the 7th Convocation ceremony of the upwardly mobile Ivory Tower which kicks off from February 6, 2023. Chairman of the University Ceremonial Committee, Prof. Tajudeen Bolanle Opoola , has revealed in a statement made available to the University media team on Wednesday
Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo will also grace the occasion to deliver a speech to herald the University’s Founder’s Day celebration, while Prof. Wahab Olasupo Egbewole gives the Convocation lecture.
According to a press statement signed by the Wole Balogun, Special Adviser, Media, to the VC the 7th Convocation ceremony will also features other important events which include a Founder’s Day Speech by His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Convocation lecture by Prof. Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, investiture of the Chancellor, Attah Igala kingdom, a Convocation play to be presented by the institution’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts currently under the headship of Associate Professor Lilian E. Bakare, which promises to be thrilling, instructive and refreshing, induction of engineering students at the Ikole campus, 7th lnuagural lecture by Prof. A. Akeem Ajiboye, world press briefing by the VC, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, presentation of the VC’s merit awards for deserving staff members as well as commissioning of infrastructural projects to mark the two year eventful and highly rewarding tenure of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Fasina, among others.
Excited about the development, Mr.Odegbami said: “Gooď News from a citadel of learning. Even in an atmosphere of ominous dark, grey clouds, some sunlight shines through… completely out of the blue, I received a call from an emissary, followed by an official letter from the office of the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, giving me the good news of the desire of the university to confer on me an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Human Kinetics at the university’s 7th Convocation ceremony coming up in February.
“I was going to keep it to myself but wiser counsel by a few friends that I shared it with prevailed. So, here I am, using this small medium to publicly acknowledge this offer.
“I humbly urge all those that read this to join me in expressing very sincere gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina, the Governing Council, the Senate, Staff and Students of the University for finding me deserving of such an exalted honour.
“This is fuel to my spirit and my being. I shall continue to make my humble contributions to the fields of sports, society and humanity.”
The VC, Prof. Fasina who is the Chief host of the occasion, said in the release: “On behalf of the Governing Council, Senate, Staff and Students of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, I have the pleasure to invite you to the 7th Convocation Ceremonies of the University scheduled to hold between Monday, 6th February and 12th February 2023. The Convocation Ceremonies are for the investiture of the University Chancellor, Awards of Postgraduate and Graduate degrees, conferment of Honorary Doctoral degrees as well as Special Meritorious Service Awards to some distinguished personalities in Nigeria.

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We Have Paid N18b Scholarship Debt From Kwankwaso’s Administration- Kano Government

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s administration has so far paid N18 billion scholarship debts incurred by Rabiu Kwankwaso, his predecessor.

Mohammed Garba, Commissioner for Information in Kano State disclosed this while speaking on the foreign scholarship programme initiated by Kwankwaso before leaving office in 2015.

He explained that there was over five million euro debt in Cyprus alone, leading to institutions in the country writing to Governor Ganduje.

“When we came into power in 2015, we met huge unpaid foreign and domestic scholarships left behind by the Government of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and this gave us a lot of problems. But we [have] settled about N18 billion so far,” Garba said.

“We have to sit down and negotiate a way out with Cyprus to reduce the debts. We [have] paid N600 million; N300 million in the beginning and another N300 million [now]. You can see how committed we are to settling all the scholarships [debts] left behind by the government of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.”

The commissioner insisted that the scholarship programme was haphazardly created and without due diligence.

“If Gawuna is elected as governor of Kano State, he will certainly look at the programme [and] fine-tune it,” he said, noting that beneficiaries would henceforth be those studying courses that will be beneficial to the state “like engineers, and other relevant courses, not historians and their likes.”

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No Admission Into Biochemistry, Petroleum Engineering For 2023 Session- UNILAG

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced that there will not be an admission of students to two programmes for the 2023 academic session.

Oladejo Azeez, Registrar of the institution and secretary to the governing council made the disclosure in a statement on the tertiary institution’s website.

“All prospective UTME and Direct Entry candidates for the 2023 admission exercise should please note that the University of Lagos will not run two programmes, namely: Biochemistry and Petroleum & Gas Engineering. Hence, there will be no admission into the two programmes.

“Candidates are hereby advised not to choose any of these two programmes, and those who have done so should change to other programmes.”

UNILAG in December 2022 announced the commencement of the student admission process and cutoff marks for the 2023 academic session.

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