Orelope-Adefulire Asks Private Sector To Support FG On SDGs

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire speaks on realisation of the SDGs during the 50th anniversary of UNILAG Alumni in Lagos on October 24, 2019.

 

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire on Thursday called on stakeholders in the private sector to support the Federal Government in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

Orelope-Adefulire made this call while addressing participants at the golden anniversary of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Alumni association.

Speaking on the topic, “How Nigeria can achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030,” the presidential aide noted that the private sector is the driving force of the SDGs.

She explained that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set up by the United Nations in 2000 to ensure that all 191 member states achieve the goals by 2015.

The goals include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; access to universal primary education; promoting gender equality and empower women.

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Others include: reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development.

The presidential aide also noted that when the world leaders met in September 2015 in New York to address the journey so far, the world realised that the private sector can help the government greatly in achieving the SDGs.

“I know quite sure that on September 25, 2015, the (world) leaders met again at the United Nations General Assembly to review and adopt the SDGs.

“In the heart of the SDGs is the private sector because under the MDGs, there was no discussion of the private sector. The world believes that the private sector, with their expertise, resource mobilization, tenacity they can help the public sector (by) working together to achieve the SDGs,” she said.

Orelope-Adefulire also revealed how her office was created by the Federal Government of Nigeria when they realised the importance of the SDGs.

The SDG office was created by the Federal Government in 2015 to ensure that the institutional framework, action plan, and network were in place to achieve the SDG goals.

UNILAG Alumni Holds 50th Anniversary

The Alumni of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is currently holding its golden anniversary in Akoka, Yaba area of Lagos State.

The event has drawn participants including the immediate past Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, among others.

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Yumkella, being the guest lecturer will speak on the topic, “How Nigeria can achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030.”

Other participants include the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer at Financial Derivatives Limited, Mr Bismarck Rewane among others.

#SexForGrades: Report Cases Of Abuse, Buhari Urges Victims

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the cases of sexual violence in tertiary institutions in the country.

He faulted such incidents and appealed to victims not to cover up cases of abuse but report same to relevant agencies.

“Survivors and their families must avoid cover-up,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement on Friday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

He added, “They should be encouraged to come forth and report cases of abuses wherever and whenever they occur.”


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President Buhari was reacting to the recent high profile revelation of sexual abuse cases in institutions of higher learning in the country.

He stressed the need for stricter laws to prevent girls from being abused in schools, noting the incidents at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) which were exposed through an undercover news reporting.

The President stated he was happy that the revelation has spurred an amendment to the nation’s laws regarding the issue in the National Assembly.

He gave assurance that such proposed amendments passed by the Legislature would get his support as long as they conform to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

President Buhari said, “The country must do more to address incidents of sexual violence, sexual abuses in our schools, discrimination, human trafficking and cultural practices that violate women’s rights.”

He, therefore, urged law enforcement agencies and school administrators to take up such cases with every seriousness and ensure that perpetrators face the consequences of their actions.

Following the emergence of the report, UNILAG authorities had suspended two of their senior lecturers indicted in the 53-minute long video filmed by BBC.

Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts was suspended on Monday while Dr Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics was suspended two days later.

Both lecturers were suspended over allegations of sexual harassment, actions the university said contravened the policy of the institution.

UNILAG authorities have also called on members of staff and students with relevant information concerning the incidents to come forward.

#SexForGrades: UNILAG Suspends Another Lecturer

 

Another lecturer in the University of Lagos, Dr. Samuel Oladipo, has been suspended.

Oladipo who worked in the department of economics was captured in the investigative documentary filmed by the BBC, making sexual advances to the reporter who had disguised as a 17-year-old student seeking admission.

His actions according to the university contravene the policy of the institution which requires lecturers to provide parental care for students.

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He is, therefore, expected to face a panel set up by the university to investigate his alleged involvement in the sex-for-grade saga.

Meanwhile, the institution has called on members of staff and students that have relevant information concerning the incidents to come forward.

Oladipo’s suspension comes just days after Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu was suspended over similar allegations.

He was also suspended from the foursquare church where he is a part-time pastor.

#SexForGrades: UNILAG Suspends Lecturer Captured In Secret Video

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Authorities of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have suspended a lecturer, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, over allegations of sexual assault.

The school’s Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin, confirmed the development to Channels Television on Monday.

He also noted that the university council will investigate the matter as it does not condone such behaviour.

The suspension comes just hours after the release of a documentary filmed discreetly by the BBC.

In the video, Igbeneghu was captured in a compromising manner with a reporter who had disguised as a 17-year-old, seeking admission.

He has also been suspended by the foursquare church where he is a part-time pastor.

See the full statement by the university below:

UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS SUSPENDS DR BONIFACE IGBENEGHU, BARS HIM FROM UNILAG AND SHUTS DOWN THE STAFF CLUB “COLD ROOM”

The University of Lagos Management today suspended Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts who was caught in a sting operation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) titled “Sex for Grades”. The trending video chronicled cases of sexual harassment of female students by some lecturers in some West African Universities including University of Lagos.

Management at its emergency meeting of October 7, 2019 suspended Dr. Igbeneghu from work immediately and barred him from the University academic areas while the suspension subsists unless invited by a Panel constituted by the University to investigate the matter.

In addition to this, the University Management has ordered the shutdown of the Staff Club “Cold Room” mentioned in the documentary for further investigation. The so-called “Cold Room” is a Functions Room that may have been abused because this is a deviation from the purpose for which it was created (meetings, seminars, events, etc.).

The University assures members of the public that any other lecturer mentioned in the full version of the operation which is to be aired later today, will also be suspended to ensure a proper investigation is carried out.

The University is embarrassed and dissociates itself totally from this act(s) and any inappropriate behaviour of staff with female students and vice versa. The University has a well-articulated “Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual and Romantic Relationships”. A copy of the University Sexual Harassment Policy was distributed to all members of staff and can also be obtained on the University website: https://unilag.edu.ng/wp-content/uploads/SEXUAL-HARRASMENT-UNILAG-COMMUNICATION-UNITS.pdf

Various Committees over time have been set up to investigate reports received and those found guilty/culpable were sanctioned. To ensure our students are aware of the various opportunities for reporting any form of sexual harassment or misconduct towards them, the University organises an orientation programme for all new entrants sensitising them of the University’s zero-tolerance policy and acquainting them with the mechanisms for reporting.

The University Counselling Centre, Medical Centre and Division of Students’ Affairs amongst other organs have been well positioned to address complaints by students. These organs have cut off the bureaucracy limiting the effectiveness of the Policy, by the direct reporting system of these Centres to the Vice-Chancellor. The University encourages students who have evidence to come forward. They are assured of their anonymity and safety.

As a reputable Institution and one of the foremost Universities in Nigeria and sub-Sahara Africa, we are highly embarrassed by these allegations and we will do all that is necessary to ensure that this menace is checked in our institution.

The University of Lagos is committed to providing conducive and safe learning environment where future leaders are trained to take responsibilities for their action.

Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede

Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit)

Police Arrest Two Over Killing Of Doctor, Stephen Urueye

 

The Lagos Police Command has arrested two persons suspected to have masterminded the killing of a medical graduate of the University of Lagos, Stephen Urueye, at the Idi Araba area of the metropolis yesterday.

Urueye was one of the graduates from the university who participated in the school’s convocation on Wednesday.

According to the Lagos police, the two suspects, Gbadebo Jimoh and Malik Adeboye, were arrested on Friday by operatives from the Itire division.

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Both suspects were said to have specialised in snatching phones, money and other valuables in the idi-araba area, where the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) is located.

Both have been transferred to the state criminal investigation department at the Yaba area of Lagos for further investigation.

UNILAG Students Protest Over Killing Of Doctor 24 Hours After Graduation

UNILAG Students Protest Over Killing Of Doctor 24 Hours After Graduation

 

A medical doctor said to be working with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr Stephen Urueye, has been reported killed by armed thugs at Idi Araba area of Lagos.

The victim was one of the graduates from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who participated in the school’s convocation held on Wednesday in Akoka.

However, the Lagos State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident.

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Sources close to Urueye told Channels Television on Friday that he was rushed to the emergency wing of LUTH on Thursday night after the attack.

He later died on Friday morning after efforts by doctors to keep him alive were unsuccessful.

Following the news of his death, some students of the university staged a peaceful protest at Idi Araba to condemn the killing.

The protesters took to the streets in the area, carrying placards with various inscriptions and calling for justice for the victim.

They alleged that Idi-Araba has been overtaken by armed thugs and called on relevant agencies to beef up security in the area.

One of the students explained that they were embarking on the demonstration to call the government’s attention to the dangers students of the institution face living in the area.

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Jim Ovia Bags Honourary Doctorate Degree, Says Govt Cannot Improve Education Alone

Jim Ovia Bags Honourary Doctorate Degree, Says Govt Cannot Improve Education Alone

 

The founder of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, has been conferred with an honourary doctorate degree from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

He was conferred with the degree at the convocation ceremony of the institution which held on Thursday at the school premises in Akoka, Lagos.

In his acceptance speech, Dr Ovia said he was honoured to be awarded the degree and the vice-chancellor, the governing council, as well as the Senate of the university.

He described UNILAG as a centre of excellence that has produced a large number of illustrious individuals in both private and public sectors of the country.

The Zenith Bank chairman also noted that the institution has produced notable nation-builders who he said have contributed immensely to the development of the country.

He listed some of them to include the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, as well as Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Founder of Zenith Bank Plc, Dr Jim Ovia.

 

Also highlighted are the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Dr John Momoh, and the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr Tony Elumelu, among others.

Dr Ovia, however, decried the state of the nation’s education and called for joint efforts from the government and the private sector to improve its condition.

He said there was a need for the private sector to support the Federal and state governments, to rebuild universities across the country.

“The state of education in Nigeria today requires the intervention of the private sector,” said the Zenith Bank chief.

He added, “The Federal and state governments cannot do it alone. I now call on the private sector to support the improvement of education in Nigeria.

“In this regard, I encourage the Federal government to licence more private universities and academic institutions that can enhance the quality of education in Nigeria.”

Osinbajo Laments ‘High-Level’ Corruption, Says ‘We Mustn’t Allow It To Happen Again’

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has lamented what he termed ‘high-level’ corruption in the country.

Speaking during the UNILAG Convocation Lecture on Monday, he reiterated that corruption in the country thrived because previous governments condoned it.

“I think it’s important to continue to underscore the fact that our major problem has always been grand corruption,” he said.

According to him, such high-level corruption has affected the government’s capacity to provide the basic needs of Nigerians.

He, therefore, stressed that in the next four years, the ‘Next Level’ agenda of the Buhari-administration will not condone such grand corruption.

“The direct stealing of government resources…I keep emphasizing and every time I emphasize it, there’s a headline in the newspaper (Yemi Osinbajo blames previous governments, it’s always a headline) but I do not mind repeating it because it’s the truth and we must not allow it to happen again because there are very few people who understand how badly, the fact that somebody can sign a cheque and take money out of the treasury (any amount of money) and how that affects our capacity to do even the most basic things, provide the most basic services to our people.

“The kind of high-level corruption.

“Corruption on the size that diminishes the public revenue so substantially that you’re almost unable to do anything is what we have experienced in our country and it must never happen again,” he added.

Others present at the occasion were the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani; Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; Chairman Channels Media Group, John Momoh; Arthur Mbanefo among others.

The week-long event which took place at Akoka, Lagos State, is expected to come to a close on April 5.

UNILAG Commences 50th Convocation Programme

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The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has commenced its 50th convocation ceremony.

The programme which kicked off on Monday, April 1, in Akoka Lagos State, started off with a convocation lecture which had Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as its keynote speaker.

Others present at the occasion were the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani; Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; Chairman Channels Media Group, John Momoh; a former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Arthur Mbanefo among others.

The week-long event will see a line-up of other activities and is expected to come to a close on April 5.

Sophie Oluwole: 6 Facts About First Nigerian Woman To Bag A PhD In Philosophy

The announcement regarding the death of Professor Sophie Oluwole has stirred some buzz all over social media, with many still at a loss as to who she really was. 

Sophie Oluwole was reported dead on Monday, she died at the age of 83.

Below are 6 major facts about the erudite scholar who is the first Nigerian lady to bag a doctorate degree in Philosophy.

1. Birthplace

Sophie was born in 1963 at an area of Ondo state known as Igbara-Oke.

2. Studied in Ife

The late professor had her primary and secondary education in Ife and she was critical of the educational system in the 1940s.

3. The Philosopher

She studied History, Geography and Philosophy at the University of Lagos,  UNILAG, she would eventually settle on philosophy, a path which she plied all through her life.

4. First Female To Bag A PhD In Philosophy

After her first degree, she was employed in UNILAG for a time as an assistant lecturer in 1972, and went on to complete her PhD in philosophy at the University of Ibadan, thus making her the first female doctorate degree holder in philosophy in Nigeria.

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As a qualified professor, Oluwole taught African Philosophy at UNILAG for six years between 2002 and 2008.

5. Mamalawo

She was often called Mamalawo a nickname which was borne from her becoming the first female PhD holder in the country. The nickname was supposed to be the female version of the Yoruba word ‘Babalawo’ – a spiritual title which denotes a priest of the Ifa Oracle.

6. Yoruba Philosophy 

More to her nickname as Mamalawo is the fact that Sophie’s teachings and works were generally attributed to the Yoruba school of philosophical thought.

The ideology was ingrained in the cultural and religious beliefs (Ifá) of the various regions of Yorubaland.

According to Sophie, this branch of philosophy predates the Western tradition, as the ancient African philosopher Orunmila predates Socrates by her estimate.

Scholars believe that these two thinkers, representing the values of the African and Western traditions, are “two of Sophie’s biggest influences, and she compares the two in her book Socrates and Orunmila”.

Sophie reportedly died around 8pm on Sunday evening after a protracted illness.

Until her death, she was a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos and the Chief Executive Officer of Centre for African Culture and Development.

UNILAG To Build Modular Refinery, Procure Mining License

 

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) appears set to score another first with the plan to set up a modular refinery and also procure a mining license.

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe made this known on Tuesday during his investiture as the 12th VC of the university.

The event is part of activities lined up for the 2017 convocation of the university.