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Covenant University Appoints Professor Francis Idachaba Head ODL Directorate

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Covenant University, characteristic of the dynamism in leadership that ensures success on different fronts has made a new set of appointments into various university offices.

While unveiling the new appointees on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, said the Board of Regents (BOR), the apex decision-making body of Covenant University, had approved the appointment of Professor Francis Idachaba as the foundational Director of the Covenant University Open and Distant Learning (ODL) Programmes.

The two other appointments included Dr Omotayo Osibanjo as Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, and Dr Emmanuel Amoo as Sub-Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies.

Professor Adebayo, in his word of exhortation to the appointees, said leadership is about taking responsibility. According to him, God ordained and equipped one for an office. “If you leave an office the way you met it, consider yourself as a failure. If you’ve not surpassed what your predecessor did, you’ve also not done well. Leadership is about adding value,” the Vice-Chancellor explained.

Covenant University, said Professor Adebayo, kept evolving because it was vision-driven. And while emphasizing that the ODL programmes were paramount in the BOR’s mind, he said it was a new directorate with Professor Idachaba as the leader. He urged Professor Idachaba to bring his wealth of experience as former Director of the Academic Planning Unit and Head of the Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE) Department to bear on his new assignment. “You must compete with the best ODL universities in the world,” the Vice-Chancellor added.

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Professor Adebayo noted that Dr Osibanjo, who was making a comeback to the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office position, was imbued with good administrative skill considering the positions he had previously held. The Vice-Chancellor prayed that God would help Dr Osibanjo bring some innovations that would further help the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.

He said that God had helped the School of Postgraduate Studies attain great heights and as such, the new Sub-Dean, Dr Amoo must add value to the School’s success records. The Vice-Chancellor congratulated all the newly appointed officers, adding that they were occupying their current positions because God had found them faithful in their previous assignments.

Professor Idachaba, who spoke on behalf of the new officers, expressed their appreciation to God and the BOR for the singular honour of being found worthy of the appointments. He promised that they would deliver to the best of their abilities.

Other members of the Covenant Management at the event held in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office were the Registrar, Dr Oluwasegun Omidiora; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Babatunde Onatola; Dean, College of Engineering, Professor David Omole; Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Victor Omotosho; Dean, College of Management and Social Sciences, Professor Uwalomwa Uwuigbe; and Dean, College of Leadership and Development Studies, Professor Olujide Adekeye.

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Insecurity: Veritas University Abuja Shut Down

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Veritas Catholic University in Abuja shut down due to insecurity threat, a reliable source made this known on Twitter :

 

Veritas was founded by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria through a resolution given at its March 2002 meeting in Abuja.

The University emphasizes strong moral values, self-reliance and the development of the students’ entrepreneurial capabilities for the social and economic benefit of the graduates and the Nigerian society.

OBSERVERS TIMES recall thagt Suspected bandits have attacked Greenfield University, a private university in Kaduna State, and kidnapped many students.

The bandits attacked the institution in the early hours of Wednesday.

PREMIUM TIMES could not verify the exact number of students kidnapped.

Greenfield University is located along the Kaduna–Abuja Highway, some few Kilometers to the Olam feed factory which is about 30km from Kaduna town.

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Tension, As Bandits Threaten To Kill Remaining Students Abducted From Greenfield University

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Bandits have threatened to kill the remaining 17 students abducted from Greenfield University, Kaduna State.


Twenty-two students and a member of staff were abducted from the school campus along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20 and within a week, five of them were killed.

In an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA), monitored by our correspondent, a leader of the bandit group who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, said if the Kaduna State Government or their families fail to pay a ransom of N100 million as well as provide them with 10 brand Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, the remaining students will be killed.
Jalingo said there were 17 students in his custody, including 15 females and two male students among them a grandchild of the late 18th emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, whom he identified as Hamza.


The bandit revealed that the families of the students have already raised and paid N55 million to them but said they had used the money in feeding the students.
He vowed that it was his final warning and should government or the students’ families fail to meet his demands, all the students will be killed.

“You are speaking with the abductors of Greenfield students. We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms.
Asked if he sees himself as a terrorist, Jalingo laughed and said: “I’m not but a food seeker.”

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Emphasising on his threat, the bandit said: “If they fail to bring N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles known as Boko Haram by Tuesday, I can assure you they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students.”
He warned security agencies not to waste their time planting trackers on the motorcycles, saying his members do not go to cities and therefore arresting them will be difficult.

 

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As Bandits Reign: UNIJOS closes hostels over security threat

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The Management of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), has directed the closure of all its students’ hostels over security threats to the school.
Mr Abdullahi Abdullahi, Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications of the university disclosed this in a statement releeased early on Saturday in Jos, adding that the hostels would remain closed until further notice.
According to Abdullahi, the decision followed an emergency meeting between management of the university and other stakeholders, including heads of security agencies in the state, the chief security officer of the institution, students representatives and others, held on Friday, April 30.
The official said that the outcome of the meeting indicated that the university has become a soft target for insecurity, hence the decision for the students to vacate the hostels.
The meeting deliberated on a security report regarding threats to the university Staff, Students and properties. As a result of this, soft targets like the hostels are in great danger.
“In the light of this development, the hostels are to be closed with immediate effect. Students and other members of the university community are to note and strictly comply with this directive.
“This is in the interest of the safety of students until all security measures have been perfected to protect the campuses as well as the hostels,” he said.
The deputy registrar, however, said that the ongoing examinations would continue unhindered.
He called on students and all members of the university community to be security conscious and report any suspicious movements within the university to the security agencies for prompt response.
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