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Trinity University Holds Maiden Convocation Lecture.

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Trinity University, Yaba, Lagos had its maiden convocation lecture on Thursday as part of the event in commemoration of the institution 1st and 2nd Convocation ceremony.

 

The lecture which was centered on the topic, “Disruptive Technology:The Ambiguous Friend?” was delivered by Prof. Adenike Osofisan, the first African Professor of Computer Science.

 

In his welcome address, the Registrar of Trinity University, Mr. David Olubukola Oyejide, stated that the convocation ceremony is held to celebrate the success and accomplishments of the institution’s graduating students; 2021/2022 set and 2022/2023 sets respectively.

 

Prof. Clement Olusegun Olaniran Kolawole, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Trinity University, while speaking with our correspondence noted that the turn out of the event was impressive and successful.

 

“If you remember, we made an elaborate provision for a tent but the heavens open and then showers of blessing.

 

Speaking on the lecture delivered, Prof. Kolawole revealed he believed that every participant of the lecture will be more careful henceforth in the usage of social media and technology enhanced tools or gadgets.

 

He also call on media organisations/Journalist to help sentisize and create awareness to the general public by looking into the negative sides that has been taken for granted.

 

Delivering the lecture titled, “Disruptive Technology: The Ambiguous Friend?”, Prof. Adenike Oyinlola Osofisan, stressed that the lecture is aimed at addressing the three key Issues germane to the title ( Definition of Ambiguous Friend, Discussion on 8 prominent Disruptive Technology, their effects on lives (Positive and negative) and how to migigate/minimize these efforts.

 

While concluding, she noted that all disruptive technologies supercede an older process or habit with superior attributes. Most of the issue and cornerns raised in each of are topics for further research and innovation.

 

No technology is perfect. Disruptive technologies are friendly because of their usefulness every sphere of human endeavour.

 

However, they all come as a double edged sword that needs to be constantly monitored and put in Check with various methods to minimise issues such as privacy breaches minimize dangers to human beings and the environment.

 

“Disruptive technology plays a crucial role in shaping the way we interact in today’s digital world. It is an innovation that significantly alters the way that consumers, industries, or businesses operate. It has swept away the systems or habits it replaces because it has attributes that are recognisably superior. Man has long feared the rise of the machine; and that his own creation becoming smarter and more intelligent than him. But while disruptive technology such as Artificial intelligence and machine learning are rapidly changing our world and powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, humanity does not need to be afraid of disruptive technology but rather find means of mitigating its dark side.”

 

Feeding newsmen prof. Adenike noted that she opted for the topic due to the Acting vice chancellor’s request for discussion around information technology.

 

Speaking of Nigeria’s digital space, she noted that, Nigerian youths are talented when it comes to digital technology and with the necessary support from the government, they will surely take Nigeria to the greater heights the same way India Youths projected their country.

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Strike Looms In Ondo Varsities As Workers Write Aiyedatiwa Over Delay in Payment of Wage Award

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The leadership of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Ondo State Owned Tertiary Institutions, has review the level of compliance with the resolutions reached with the Ondo State Government on their agitations.

 

 

In a letter written to Governor Aiyedatiwa dated April 4, 2024 , signed by Comrade Tayo Ogungbeni the Chairman, JAC-ODSTI and

Comrade Kunle Akinwonmi the Secretary, JAC-ODSTI revealed that the Ondo State government is yet to fulfill it’s promises to the body.

 

 

 

 

The leadership of JAC noted that despite the meetings and intervention of well meaning stakeholders and government officials which led to the suspension of the previously held two weeks industrial action on 12th March, 2024 based on the promises that the Wage Award would be paid with the payment of March, 2024 salaries, none is forthcoming.

 

 

 

Read the full letter below:

 

 

His Excellency, Hon. Lucky O. Ayedatiwa.

The Executive Governor,

Governor’s Office,

Alagbaka Quarters,

Akure,

Ondo State.

 

 

*REMINDER ON PAYMENT OF WAGE AWARD TO THE STAFF OF ONDO STATE OWNED TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS.*

 

 

PREAMBLE:

 

 

The leadership of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Ondo State Owned Tertiary Institutions met at Akure to review the level of compliance with resolutions reached with the Ondo State Government on our agitations in respect of the following:

1. Payment of wage award of Thirty-Five Thousand Naira (#35,000) to our members.

2. Implementation of minimum wage of 2019

3. 100% Increment in monthly subventions to our institutions

 

 

The leadership of JAC noted that despite the meetings and intervention of well meaning stakeholders and government officials which led to the suspension of our two weeks old industrial action on 12th March, 2024 based on the promises that our Wage Award would be paid with the payment of March, 2024 salaries.

 

 

We observed with disappointment that as today, nothing has been done to pay the Wage award as promised by the state government despite several assurances that it would be paid by March, 2024.

 

 

It is noteworthy that other civil servants in the state had collected the 5th tranche of of their Wage Award without any consideration for those of us in the tertiary institutions throughout the state.

 

 

We, the entire members of SSANU, NASU and NAAT could no longer withstand the present harsh economic situation which the failure to pay this Wage Award has subjected us to.

 

 

In view of this latest development, we wish to state as follows:

1. The leadership of JAC of ODSTI once again reminded the State Government of their commitment and assurance to pay our outstanding five tranches of Wage Award to enable us be at par with other civil servants in Ondo State.

2. We wish to state that failure to pay us our Wage Award as promised could lead to industrial disharmony in the Ondo State Owned Tertiary Institutions .

3. ⁠We shall not hesitate to resume our suspended industrial action within 7 Days of this notice.

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

Comrade Tayo Ogungbeni

Chairman, JAC-ODSTI

 

 

Comrade Kunle Akinwonmi

Secretary, JAC-ODSTI

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Tinubu Appoints Management Team For Nigerian Education Loans Fund

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President Bola Tinubu, on Friday, appointed the management team of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND).

 

 

 

 

This was made known in a statement released in Abuja by Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

 

 

 

 

According to the statement, he said the appointment is in line with his determination to secure Nigeria’s socio-economic future by ensuring sustainable higher education and critical skill development for all Nigerian students and the youth.

 

 

Ngelale said with the appointment of the management team, the President expects that the necessary apparatuses are expeditiously put in place for the effective take-off of this pivotal Fund for the immediate and lasting benefit of Nigerian students and families in all parts of the country.

 

 

 

 

Below are the NELFUND management team

 

 

(1) Mr. Akintunde Sawyerr – Managing Director/CEO

 

 

(2) Mr. Frederick Oluwafemi Akinfala – Executive Director, Finance and Administration

 

 

 

 

(3) Mr. Mustapha Iyal – Executive Director, Operations.

Tinubu Signs National Student Loan Bill Into Law

 

 

Meanwhile, President Tinubu, on Wednesday, signed the National Student Loan Re-enactment bill into law.

 

 

The President signed the bill in a short ceremony at the State House on Wednesday in the presence of the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, Deputy President of the Senate, Barau Jibrin, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

 

 

 

Others were the Minister of Arts and Culture, Hannatu Musawa; the Minister of State for Youth, Ayodele Olawande, the president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, and other government officials and aides to the president.

 

 

Tinubu initially signed the student loan bill into law back in June 2023, to offer financial assistance to Nigerian students in tertiary institutions.

 

 

While the bill was signed earlier, its implementation has faced delays due to various issues hindering its rollout.

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UK Varsities To Layoff Workers, As Enrolment By Nigerians, Others Foreign Nationals Drop

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Not less than 15 universities in the United Kingdom have disclosed plans to reduce their staff numbers and discontinue some academic programs due to a marked decrease in enrolment from international students, including those from Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

A report by University World News highlights this downturn in student numbers, particularly at the postgraduate level.

 

 

According to reports the decline in foreign student enrolment is attributed to several factors, including policy changes by the UK government that have reduced certain concessions previously available to international students.

 

 

Furthermore, the global surge in the cost of living is anticipated to deter foreign students at the undergraduate level as well.

 

 

 

 

Institutions across the board, from the elite Russell Group Universities to mid-tier and Scottish universities, are feeling the impact of these changes.

 

 

The situation has prompted universities to take drastic measures to mitigate financial challenges.

 

 

According to reports, Robert Gordon University (RGU) has implemented a voluntary severance scheme in response to staff redundancies, which have arisen due to financial strains exacerbated by a significant drop in international student numbers.

 

 

 

 

This decline is partly due to the post-Brexit changes to UK immigration policies, which have made the UK a less attractive study destination for students from abroad.

 

 

RGU has pointed to increased cost pressures and a substantial reduction in public funding as additional challenges compounding the situation.

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