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President Tinubu Swears In Akume As SGF

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has sworn in Senator George Akume as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Wednesday.

Akume took his Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office in the presence of government officials at the council chamber.

Among those present at the swearing-in are Vice President Kashim Shettima; President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan; Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr FolasadeYemi-Esan; and the wife of the new SGF, Regina Akume.

 

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Pioneering Change: Prof. Temi Ologunorisa’s Vision for OAUSTECH and Beyond.

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Merit, Focus, and Determination are attributes a man should possess to succeed in this challenging life, as there is no godfatherism anywhere that can bring a man’s destiny to fulfilment in this world. It is against this backdrop that our correspondent Ilebani Titilayo in an exclusive chat went ahead to find out some challenges that serve as impediments to a man’s success in life from Prof. Temi Ologunorisa, the Vice Chancellor Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State.

 

The excerpt below;

 

QS: Can we meet you, sir?

 

Ans: Thank you very much. My name is Temi Ologunorisa. I am a Meteorology and Climate Science professor and the Vice Chancellor of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State.

 

QS: Can you tell us about your background?

 

Ans: I am 57 years old, born in October 1966. My journey to this point has been one of resilience and determination. I had my elementary and secondary school education in Akungba Akoko. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Ibadan in 1988. I then proceeded to the University of Jos, earning a Master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Planning, specialising in Hydrology and Water Resources in 1990. I completed my Ph.D. in 2001, overcoming many obstacles along the way. I have taught in the university system for almost three decades since 1994. I became a professor at Osun State University in 2007, serving as the Head of the Department of Geography, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, and Provost of the College. I worked at Osun State University for about ten years before moving to the Federal University of Technology (FUTA) in May 2016 as a professor. Two years later, I won the prestigious Scholar of Extraordinary Ability in Climate Science award, which came with a permanent residence visa for the United States. After relocating my family, I applied for the Vice Chancellor position at Ondo State University, Akungba Akoko, and came first but was not appointed. Six months later, another opportunity arose, and I came first again. The late Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, CON, (of blessed memory) appointed me, and I assumed duty on February 23rd, 2022. I am currently in my third year of a five-year appointment. I am from Akungba Akoko, from a big family. I am married and blessed with children.

QS: A leadership position requires hard work, resilience, dedication, and facing challenges. How have you overcome difficult moments before and after becoming Vice-Chancellor?

 

Ans: My upbringing and training have prepared me for challenges. My father, a focused and hardworking cocoa farmer, taught me the importance of perseverance and determination. My mother, a successful businesswoman, also instilled discipline and a strong work ethic in me. I overcame many obstacles, including financial difficulties during my PhD journey, but I persevered and eventually achieved my goal. For instance, I had to work part-time jobs to support my studies. I also believe in mentorship and have sought guidance from experienced professionals. When I became Vice-Chancellor, I was prepared, having served as a professor for 15 years, Head of Department, Dean, and Provost of a college. My international exposure, including visiting professorships in leading universities across five continents, has helped me navigate challenges.

 

QS: What is your plan to make Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology competitive among universities in Nigeria and globally?

 

Ans: We aim to enhance the university’s ranking and visibility and produce competitive graduates. As part of this, we have established the Olusegun Agagu Leadership Academy, a flagship programme that teaches 21st-century skills, soft skills, and industry-specific skills. The academy has already seen significant success, with many of our graduates securing top positions in their respective fields. We have also signed MoUs with leading universities worldwide for exchange programmes and collaborations. We plan to introduce new programs, including a certificate in German language. We have school of Management, School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences already. And we also plan to start the School of Maritime Transport and Logistics ( Maritime Academy) at Ugbo Nla in the riverine area of the state.

QS: How have you curbed institutional vices in the university?

 

Ans: We have zero tolerance for vices. I run the university on three principles: fairness, transparency, and firmness. We implement the law, and anyone found guilty of misconduct is sanctioned. For instance, we have a strict anti-plagiarism policy and use advanced software to detect any instances of academic dishonesty. We have an open-door policy, and I listen to everyone with grievances. We follow the book of law, and the law takes its course if anyone is guilty.

 

QS: How inclusive is your administration regarding gender balance and persons with disabilities?

 

Ans: We run an administration that values and includes everyone. I have women serving as deans and directors, and they are not just figureheads but active contributors to our mission. We consider gender, although we don’t have a gender policy yet. We also prioritise diversity and inclusiveness, ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard and respected. We construct our buildings to accommodate people with disabilities and strive to make provisions for them. We have yet to get residential facilities but plan to become a residential university soon, further enhancing our inclusivity.

 

QS: Any advice for parents and society?

 

Ans: I would advise parents not to over-pamper their children, but to provide them with the necessary orientation to be self-independent and contribute to society. The well-to-do in society has a crucial role to play in giving back to the university community, fostering a culture of philanthropy and support.

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SANTA CLAUS MISSION TO NIGERIA 2023 (SEASON3) PRESENTS BY JULIETGREENANDWHITE FOUNDATION & RICHMAN FOUNDATION.

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Julietgreenandwhite Foundation in collaboration with Richman Foundation are on the mission to reach out to as many less privileged children they can around the world.

SANTA CLAUS MISSION TO NIGERIA 2023, the joy of giving (Season 3)  is a programme where the less privileged children receives unexpected gifts.

The event which holds tomorrow 23rd Dec. will be live in Alimosho LGA and Agege LGA, Lagos Nigeria.

“We are charity organisation recognized for our work and transparency.

Our mission is to reach out to the less privileged in the society to put a smile on their faces every season of joy and celebration”.

Practicing kindness is important for creating a positive and supportive environment.

Cultivate joyous giving by helping others in your own little way as God leads your heart.

“For Us in our organisation, Giving becomes a tangible way we can express concern and love to others. Generosity is an act of worship, and generosity also allows us to join God and His mission to see every tongue, tribe, and nation reached.

Join us in this mission and send a meal for someone in need of food and clothes. Donate to a charity you believe in. If you cannot feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”Proverbs 22:9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

You can support by reaching out to us on the following phone numbers: +2348163050278+2348124224340.”

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Gunmen Invades, Set Ablaze Palace Of Imo Monarch Ablaze

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The palace of the traditional ruler at Ndia Iche Arondizuogu community in the Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Kanu Ikenolu,  was set ablaze by unknown gunmen.

 

Speaking about the incident, sources told the Whistler that the gunmen stormed the palace of the traditional ruler with explosives which they threw into the compound which resulted in a fire outbreak that torched the building, properties and cars in the compound.

 

A community source said that properties worth millions were destroyed and blamed the police for not responding to the distress calls from the community.

 

The villager said, “The palace of HRH Eze Ikenolu, the Eze of Ndia iche Arondizuogu has been invaded by the Unknown Gunmen and the people are in the bushes now.

 

“Until now no response from the police about the palace of HRH Eze Kanu in Ndianiche Arondizuogu, where cars, houses, and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed. Or is Arondizuogu no longer part of Imo State?”

 

The spokesperson of Imo State Police, Henry Okoye said that “frantic investigating efforts are on top gear to arrest the arsonists and bring them to justice”

 

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