Lawyer Says Ex-Pension Director’s Punishment Mocks Judiciary

A lawyer and lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Wahab Shittu has described the judgement delivered in the case between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and a former director in the Pension office, John Yakubu as a mockery of the judiciary.

Lawyer and lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Wahab Shittu

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Shittu said he was shocked when he heard that the former pension boss was handed a two-year jail term or an option of N750, 000 fine for an over N2 billion scam.

“Honestly, when I listened to that judgement, my immediate reaction was one of shock, one of disbelief, one of disappointment,” he said.

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Governing Council appoints Bello as 11th VC of UNILAG

The governing council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced the appointment of Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello, a Professor of Chemical Engineering as the 11th Vice-Chancellor of the university.

The appointment which is for a period of five years and takes effect from Monday, November 12, 2012, was announced over the weekend in a statement by the governing council.

According to the statement, “the Governing Council at its special meeting held on November 10, 2012 unanimously adopted the report of the Selection Board that Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello be appointed Vice-Chancellor with effect from Monday, November 12, 2012.”

Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello

Professor Bello who was the Deputy Vice-chancellor (Management Services) has been serving in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor in an acting capacity since May 12, 2012, following the death of former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe.

Born on October 6, 1948, in Iboro, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello attended Egbado College, Ilaro, Ogun State for his secondary school education and passed out in 1966 with Grade One in the West African School Certificate Examination.

He later attended Technical College, Ibadan, now The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and obtained the Ordinary National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1968.

Professor Bello proceeded to University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he graduated with First Class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering (1974).

Professor Bello started work as a Mechanical Engineering Technician with the Nigerian Tobacco Company in 1969, and after graduation at Ile-Ife in 1974, he served his NYSC year with the then North-Eastern State Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Maiduguri.

He worked briefly at the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources as a Petroleum Engineer before proceeding to the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he earned M.A.Sc (1977) and PhD (1981) in Chemical Engineering.

He joined the service of the University of Lagos as Assistant Lecturer in 1977 and rose steadily to the posts of Lecturer II, Lecturer 1 and Senior Lecturer, in 1981, 1982 and 1985 respectively.

He was appointed Associate Professor in 1991 and Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1998.

Professor Bello specializes in Biochemical Engineering Processes and has carried out researches and consultancy in Industrial Biotechnology.

He has supervised many postgraduate students and taught courses in Chemical Process Industries, Transport Phenomena, Biochemical Engineering and so on.

He has also been a reviewer of various national and international journals including the Journal of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineering, African Journals of Science and Technology and Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering.

Professionally, he has offered consultancy and professional services to various organizations including; Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Nig. Ltd., Elf Petroleum, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Proceng Limited, among others.

He was the National Project Manager for the UNDP/ILO project on “Strategies for Self-Employment Promotion” in 1991/1992. He later in 1994 became a member of the Ogun State Executive Council as the State Commissioner for Special Duties, a position he held till 1996.

Professor Bello was a member of the Central Working Group of Vision 20-2020 and served as alternative Chairman for the Energy and Transportation Sub-section. He has also been a member of the Governing Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University (2007-2011), and Ogun State College of Education.

In the University of Lagos, he was the Head of Department of Chemical Engineering between 1999 and 2002; Chairman, Biotechnology Group from 2000; Chairman, Human Resources Development Board (2003-2009); Chairman, UNILAG Muslim Community from 2005 and Member, University Senate (1988-1992 and 1998 to date).

He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services) in April 2010 and became the Acting Vice-Chancellor in May 12, 2012.

Professor Bello is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers; Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers and Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Engineering.

Professor Bello is a community man. He has been the Chairman of his own community’s association in Lagos, Yewa Union Lagos since 2000.

Professor Bello is married and blessed with four children, all of whom are alumni of the University of Lagos.

 

UNILAG and 11 universities to get TETFUND’s N25 billion fund

Twelve tertiary institutions across the six geo-political zones of the country have been allocated N25 billion for academic upgrade under the Special High Impact Programme of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

The Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufai, at the 2012 Strategic Planning Workshop organised by TETFUND on Tuesday, announced the 12 benefiting institutions which included the University of Lagos, for the fourth phase of the Special Intervention Fund.

The fund is meant for the execution of high impact projects covering learning, postgraduate training, research and publications.

According to Prof. Rufai, “six federal and state universities will each get N2 billion while three polytechnics and three colleges of education will get N1 billion each.”

These funds are in addition to N589 million given to all Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education as normal intervention fund for the year 2012 is meant to impact the academic growth of universities and other tertiary institutions.

She further revealed that besides the Special High Impact Fund, the 12 tertiary institutions are given normal interventions funds for the year.

These funds, she also disclosed, will be closely monitored to ensure they are put to good use by each university authorities.

The TETFUND is dedicated towards the improvement and maintenance of standards in higher educational institutions in the country. The minister also said “the allocations to institutions have increased with each passing year”.

The Minister of Education noted that with these intervention funds, inadequate funding can no longer be blamed for substandard education in Nigeria.

 

UNILAG ranked amongst top 20 Universities in Africa

The University of Lagos has taken the 16th position in the recent ranking of Top 100 Universities and Colleges in Africa by the 4icu.org University Web Ranking.

University of Cape Town, South Africa was the first on the list, followed closely by University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The first six Universities on the list were South African Universities.

Other Nigerian Universities that made the list and their positions are University of Ilorin (39),University of Ibadan (40), Obafemi Awolowo University (42), University of Benin (45),University of Port Harcourt (52), University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (64), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (84) and University of Jos (88).

According to 4icu.org, this ranking is based on web popularity.

4 International Colleges & Universities is an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world. 4icu.org includes 11,000 Colleges and Universities, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries.

The current ranking is based upon an algorithm including three unbiased and independent web metrics extracted from three different search engines:

  • Google Page Rank
  • Alexan Traffic Rank
  • Majestic Seo Referring Domains

To click here to see the complete list.

Court says UNILAG’s name remains unchanged

The suit filed by some students of the University of Lagos challenging the move by President Goodluck Jonathan to change the name of the University of Lagos was stalled today following the failure of the Federal Government and other respondents to file their reply to the suit.

This development made the presiding judge, Justice Steven Adah of the Federal High Court, Lagos to restate his earlier order that all parties should maintain status quo on the matter.

Justice Adah reiterated that the order would subsist throughout the period of hearing and final determination of the suit challenging the propriety of renaming the university through a broadcast by President Jonathan on the 29th of May, 2012.

Meanwhile lawyers to the respondents, Taiwo Osipitan representing the University of Lagos and the Council of the University, Titi Akinlawon representing the Senate of the University, J. J Usman representing the Federal Government and Helen Obayagbon representing the National Assembly all pleaded for more time to file their replies.

Following no opposition to the request from the counsel to the students, Wole Olanipekun, the judge adjourned the matter till September 21, 2012 to enable all the processes to be before the court.

The judge also ordered that the suit filed separately by the alumni association and the students should be consolidated.

The National President and Secretary of the Alumni Association of the university, Olayide Abass and Femi Olatunji, respectively, on behalf of the association, instituted the suit seeking nine reliefs as those contained in the one filed by the students.

The seven students suing on behalf of the entire students of the university are, Ogunmola Olajide, Olawaye Elijah, Boatman Eniekenemi, Mathias Abraham, Asimiyu Ayodeji, Banjo Omojomi and Balogun Ismalia.

The plaintiffs are asking the court to declare that “the pronouncement of the President of Republic of Nigeria in his national broadcast of May 29, 2012 to the effect that ‘the University of Lagos is renamed by the Federal Government of Nigeria as Moshood Abiola University, Lagos is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and of no effect whatsoever and howsoever.”

They are also seeking an order of injunction, restraining “the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the fourth defendant (the Attorney General of the Federation) either by itself or acting through any of its agencies, organs, person or persons howsoever from renaming or changing the name of the University of Lagos with the name Moshood Abiola University pursuant to the national broadcast of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2012 and/or giving effect in any manner whatsoever to the said broadcast.”

Among other orders being sought by the plaintiffs is one restraining the university and its Council from complying with the President’s broadcast and another restraining the Senate of the university from “awarding or attempting to award any Degree, certificate or Diploma of the University of Lagos in any name whatsoever (particularly Moshood Abiola University) other than the university of Lagos.”

FG will not reverse decision on UNILAG’s name – Minister of Information

The Federal government has announced that it will not rescind its decision of renaming the University of Lagos after the late winner of the 1993 presidential elections and business mogul, MKO Abiola.

Speaking to state house correspondents after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku said  that what the president did was an answer to the outcry of concerned Nigerians who witnessed the events of June 12 and the subsequent demise of the man that was the acclaimed winner of the election.

The Minister called on Nigerians not to allow the protest by some students to overshadow the significance of the president’s decision to immortalize  Abiola.

Students of the University of Lagos have taken to the streets for two days consecutively after the pronouncement to protest the name change of the 50 year old institution.

School Senate shut down UNILAG

The Senate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Wednesday announced the suspension of all academic activities in the institution.

The Senate further issued an ultimatum to all students to vacate the University’s premises by 11am and instructed the school security to arrest any student seen in the premises after the deadline.

The decision of the school authority to shut down the university for two weeks may not be unconnected to the protest by students over the change of name of the institution to Moshood Abiola University, Lagos.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday announced that the Federal Government have decided to rename the University of Lagos after the late MKO Abiola, who died while struggling for the growth of democracy in Nigeria.

The president said that the institution will now be known as Moshood Abiola University, Lagos.

On Wednesday, students of the University of Lagos disrupted the flow of traffic in Lagos by blocking the third mainland bridge in continuation of their protest over the renaming of their institution after Abiola.

Jonathan honours Abiola, names University of Lagos after him

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday renamed the University of Lagos as Moshood Abiola University of Lagos.

Mr Jonathan disclosed this during a nationwide broadcast to mark this years’ democracy day celebration.

The President said that renaming the University is in appreciation and honour of the contribution of late MKO Abiola the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

“The Federal Government has decided that late Chief MKO Abiola should be honoured. In honour of Chief MKO Abiola, the University of Lagos is renamed the Moshood Abiola University,” Mr Jonathan said.

The 1993  election was declared Nigeria’s freest and fairest presidential election by national and international observers, with Abiola even winning in his Northern opponent’s home state.

In 1994, Abiola declared himself the lawful president of Nigeria in Lagos. He had recently returned from a trip to win the support of the international community for his mandate. After declaring himself president he was declared wanted and was accused of treason and arrested on the orders of the then Head of States, General Sani Abacha who sent 200 police vehicles to bring him into custody.

Abiola was detained for four years, largely in solitary confinement.

Abiola died under suspicious circumstances shortly after the death of Abacha. He died on the day that he was due to be released, on July 7, 1998.
While the official autoposy state that Abiola died of natural causes, Abacha’s Chief Security Officer, al-Mustapha has alleged that Abiola was in fact beaten to death. al-Mustapha, who is still being detained by the Nigerian government, claims to have video and audiotapes showing how Abiola was beaten to death.

UNILAG to introduce Terrorism and Security Studies

In view of the security challenges across the country, with bombings and attacks by fundamentalist sects, the University of Lagos UNILAG is concluding plans to start programmes in terrorism and security studies.

This was disclosed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe at a press briefing to flag off the institution’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

According to him, the proposed department will help in research and training to tackle the menace.

Professor Sofoluwe also noted that the University is being positioned to be one of the first 100 universities in the world, as it marks its golden jubilee.

UNILAG was established in 1962.

 

 

Fire razes sciences building at the University of Lagos

The three-story Faculty of Sciences building of the University of Lagos went up in flames in the early hours of Tuesday morning, destroying the Mathematics and Physics departments on the second and third floors, media reports confirmed.

No lives were lost in the fire incident, which started at about 6 a.m., but academic materials, furnishings and personal belongings were lost in the fire.

Fire fighters from UNILAG’s Fire Service, the Federal Fire Service, Lagos State Fire Service and the Union Bank of Nigeria Fire and Rescue Unit combated the fire and put it out at about 9:55 a.m.

Students and lecturers were seen at the fire site desperately trying to salvage their documents and belongings from being destroyed by the fire.

A staff of the Department of Physics, Mrs. Tina Elechi, was emotional as she told reporters of her loss.

“I am finished. My documents are all gone. The original National Diploma certificate I kept in that office has been consumed by the fire. I only brought it here in order to make photocopies to forward to the university authorities and fast-track my promotion,” she said.

“The N30,000 contribution kept with me for the purpose of organising a send-off for an outgoing member of staff has also been burnt in that office.”

Sheba Michael, a final year student at the Department of Physics, called the fire “unfortunate”.

“I will definitely be starting my project work all over again as my preliminary work has been consumed by the fire.

“The university examination is starting next week and I’m not sure if the two affected departments would begin the exams with the others because as you can see almost everything is gone.”

A firefighter with the UNILAG Fire Service, Mr. Majuka Patrick, did not speculate as to the cause of the fire, but said he was thankful it had not spread to the Department of Chemistry.

“It would have been a lot disastrous because a lot of explosive chemical materials being used for practical are in that department.

“These chemicals would have aided the fire and explosions, which might have affected the whole building.”

Information Officer of the university, Mrs. Adejoke Alaga, “assures the students that the incident will not disrupt academic activities especially the forthcoming examinations.”

She thanks the fire services for their combined efforts, but also declined to reveal the cause of the fire.