FUTA suspends student who allegedly hacked Premium Times website



The Federal University of Technology, Akure, (FUTA) has suspended a student, Mr  Afolabi Emmanuel, for allegedly  hacking the website of Premium Times, an online news publication.

The suspension was made known in Akure on Wednesday in a statement made available by Mr Adegbenro Adebayo, the university’s Deputy Director of Corporate Communications.

Adebayo said that the alleged act of Emmanuel, a final year student of the Department of Food Science and Technology, constituted a misconduct and misuse of the university’s  IT infrastructure.

In the letter of suspension dated Aug. 5,   the university noted that it received a complaint from Premium Times  about a  Denial of Service/(DOS)  attack on its website between Feb. 28 and Feb. 29 through concerted vulnerability scanning by a person  using the IT infrastructure  of the university.

He said following the complaint, the university management initiated an investigation and it was discovered that Emmanuel carried out the alleged act of misconduct.

Emmanuel,  he alleged,  had used the log in credentials of two members of staff without authorisation to perpetrate the act.

Adebayo said while the university was still putting in place an arrangement to give Emmanuel an opportunity to explain himself, he was being  placed on indefinite suspension retroactively from March 18.

He said that the effect of the suspension was that Emmanuel should not be found anywhere in or near the precincts of the institution throughout the period.

” The university  deplores such behaviour and reiterates that it will continue to visit such aberrant act with the full weight of the rules and regulations governing students’ behaviour and conduct off and on the campus.

“For the avoidance of doubt, only students who are worthy in learning and character can lay claim to and be addressed as FUTA students,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)


Ondo Gov’s wife registers market women for democratic dividends



Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has commenced online registration of market women to ensure that they benefitted from the dividends of governance in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Akeredolu began the registration exercise on Saturday at Agagu market in Akure South and Ogbese in Akure North council areas of the state.

She said market women were crucial to the socioeconomic development of the society, adding that her visit to the markets was on how the present administration could make life more meaningful to the women.

“I understand the fact that there is a gap for government to reach out directly to the market women and this is the major reason of our visit to close the gap on why our market women are not getting what they are supposed to get from government.

“This present administration under the leadership of Gov. Akeredolu has rolled out millions of naira as soft loan to market women, but probably people cornered it,” he said.

She said the Office of the Eife of the Governor has trained people to register all the market women that would capture their details and totally avoid middlemen when reaching out to them.

Mrs Akeredolu noted that the recently launched Ondo Widow Cares Initiative was successful with the help of digital technology where all widows in the state got registered and got government benefits without bias of party affiliation.

The governor’s wife urged market women to register and again vote for continuity of Gov. Akeredolu to consolidate on his good programmes for the state and promised that government would not neglect them after the election.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Women Affairs, Mrs Toyin Akimoyo, appealed to the market women to support Gov. Akeredolu’s re-election having seen all the laudable projects executed in his first term in office.

Akinmoyo noted that Gov. Akeredolu had performed beyond measure in the area of infrastructure development, creating meaningful life for women and youths and regular payment of salary.

Mrs Akeredolu also visited Ayede Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area where the regent of the town, Alayede Ogbese, Catherine Akinyede, commended Gov. Akeredolu for rescuing the town from political marginalisation by making their son the council chairman in the just concluded LG election.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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Ondo 2020: Speaker receives SDP, ADC Councillorship candidates in Ifedore



The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun on Friday received SDP and ADC Councillorship candidates in the last LG election in Ifedore  into the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The candidates thereafter endorsed the re-election of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu.

The politicians, who were from different political parties, according to Oleyelogun, would boost the re-election bid of Gov. Akeredolu in ifedore local government area.

The speaker said that the  governor’s rural and urban renewal projects, coupled with infrastructural development across the 18 council areas had greatly earned him much support from various political angles.

According to him, `to put all sentiment apart, Mr Governor has transformed the state for good within the short period of his first term in office.

He said that by his survey, no governor had been able to meet his standards since the creation of the state.

“Akeredolu is a grassroots politician who is at home with both the young and the old, men and women across the three senatorial districts of the state,” he said

The speaker received the new members and handed them over to the governor at the government house, Akure.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new members include: Gbadamosi Yakubu of Social Democractic Party (SDP) in Ilara Ward 2; Tope Adu of SDP in Ijare Ward 2; and Ojo Busola of Action Democractic Congress (ADC) in Igbara-Oke Ward 1.

Yakubu who spoke on behalf of the new members said the transformation agenda of Akeredolu was enough to earn him a second term in office.

He added that the governor’s efforts at transforming the state could not be underestimated.

He promised to mobilise his supporters to work assiduously for the re-election of Gov. Akeredolu for a second term in office.

“Our coming to APC is not as a result of financial inducement, rather we are driven by our conviction that you will perform,” he said.

Edited /Donald Ugwu
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Waste managers call for increased budgetary allocation to environmental sector



Mr David Oriyomi, the President of Association of Waste Managers (AWAN) has called for increased budgetary allocation to the environment sector to prevent spread of disease through the provision of clean environment.

Oriyomi said this on Friday in Akure at the inauguration of the Ondo State chapter of the association.

The president described solid waste management as capital intensive that required support of financial institutions.

He said that the body was already partnering with financial institutions for the purpose of acquiring equipment for its members toward maintaining a clean environment.

Oriyomi urged all state chapters to organise training, seminars on solid waste management with a view to expanding horizon of the operators in the sector.

He appealed to governors not to politicise solid waste management system in their respective states but to create an enabling environment for the growth of the sector and enhancement of aesthetics sensibilities.

He urged the Ondo chapter to work with relevant agencies in the state for a clean environment.

Also, the new Chairman of the Association of AWAN in Ondo State, Mr Wahaab Olokungboye, promised to ensure professionalism in the operations in the state.

Olokungboye cautioned the Ondo State Government not to toy with activities of waste managers in the state.

Olokungboye said waste managers in Ondo State should be carried along in any government policy for the state to be kept clean.

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Mr Henry Adeniyi said his policies were being worked on to ensure waste collectors got more facilities to boost their business.

Akeredolu said that state government could also guarantee loan for waste collectors to support them, urging them to present workable ideas on how to support them and manage waste in the state.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN
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Ondo poll: Don’t sell your votes, conscience – Election observer urges young voters



European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), an election observer, has urged the youth in Ondo State, who are eligible to vote, not to sell their votes and conscience in the forthcoming Oct. 10, governorship election.

Dr Sylvestre Somo, Senior Project Officer of ECES, gave this advice on Thursday in Akure at the end of a two-day programme in partnership with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for eligible young female voters in the state.

The programme was titled: “Awareness Creation for Young Female Voters Toward 2020 Governorship Election in Ondo State”.

Somo said it had become imperative for all the youth to participate in the forthcoming governorship election, “especially those who have attained the age of 18 years in Ondo State”.

“The youth need to come out and vote. You are not going to gain anything if you fail to discharge your electoral rights; rather you have everything to lose if you don’t vote.

“So, you must come out to cast your votes. It is not even enough to just come out, you also need to come out and vote wisely to choose the candidate of your choice.

“You should be very clear of what you want from the voting. As young people, you desire employment, good education and good things of life.

“Also, you need to avoid temptation of selling your votes because if you sell your votes today you have sold your future for tomorrow, which is not a wise thing to do,” he said.

The ECES project officer, therefore, advised the youth to shun violence and embrace peace before, during and after the election in the state.

“You as a youth must avoid violence, it doesn’t help and it destroys the electoral process, it leads to loss of human life and damage of property.

“So, it is not a wise thing, we should see election not as war but as a celebration of peace,” he said.

Mrs Blessing Obidiegwu, Deputy Director, Gender, INEC, who appreciated the ECES for its partnership, said the commission was fully committed to providing a level playing field for all stakeholders to be part of the process.

Obidiegwu said that purposeful and enlightened participation of young women to galvanise the required actions would promote enduring democratic values and culture in the country.

“As a demonstration of its commitment and abiding faith in young women as a target group, commission has made it a tradition to always engage with the young, both male and female, especially during elections,” she said.

Edited By: Muftau Adediran/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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