Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, ASUU hail Unilag VC at 60



In a congratulatory message made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, Osinbajo thanked God for Ogundipe’s life. and prayed Him to grant the vice chancellor more grace.

Dolapo and I, congratulate you heartily on your 60th birthday anniversary.

”We bless the name of the Lord for his great favour and mercy over your life in the past years. God is truly worthy of praise.

”As we celebrate with you and your family and friends as you attain this milestone, we pray that as your days are, so shall your strength, wisdom and favour with God  be, in Jesus name,” Osinbajo prayed.

Similarly, Sanwo-Olu  congratulated the vice chancellor, saying that he  (Ogundipe)  belonged to the privileged class of ‘Nigeria’s Independence’ children.

”You were born in the same year the country emerged as an independent nation, bearing the hopes and aspirations of the African continent and the entire black race.

”By your towering and exceptional achievement as a foremost man of God, scholar, administrator and patriot, you stand tall today.

”I have followed closely your transformational strides at Unilag, which happens to be my alma mater.

‘’Under your watch, the institution entered the 2020 Times Higher Education Ranking of the best 1000 universities in the world, for the first time,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor said that the vice chancellor

had registered his footprints  on the sands of time, by his achievements.

“I am proud of the work you are doing,  and grateful that the Almighty God  has spared your life to see this Diamond Jubilee,” he said.

The governor prayed God to continue to grant Ogundipe grace and wisdom  to take the university to greater heights.

”On behalf of my wife, Ibijoke, and myself, I congratulate you and the entire Ogundipe family on this milestone, and wish you many more glorious years,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Also in a congratulatory message, the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) wished Ogundipe more years of experience and diligence.

”The association rejoices with the vice chancellor. We believe he is 20 years old, plus 40 years of experience. We look forward to another 40 years, when we will come back to celebrate him.

”We wish him the very best in office as he continues to pilot the affairs of the Great Akokites,” ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said.

NAN reports that Ogundipe clocked 60 years on Sunday.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)


Burna Boy becomes first Nigerian artist with certified silver album in UK



Nigerian superstar, Damini Ogulu, a.k.a Burna Boy has become the first Nigerian artist with a certified silver album, “African Giant” in the UK.

The renowned singer, who said he was so excited over the achievement, took to his Instagram page @burnaboygram to announce the news to his fans and also expressed love to everyone that supported him.


“Shouts to my brudda Stormzy and love to everyone that supports us. Go stream `REAL LIFE’ now,” he wrote.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that a silver certification in the UK means an album has sold  60, 000 copies.

NAN also reports that this came after news that ‘Own It’ by Stormzy featuring Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran, has a two-time platinum certification for selling 600,000 copies.

On June 4, it was announced that ‘Be Honest’, the 2019 single by British singer, Jorja Smith featuring Grammy nominee, Burna Boy has been certified platinum in France.

Burna Boy had accepted a gold plaque for his 2018 single “On The Low’’. The gold plaque is for selling 100,000 (or more) copies.

A gold plaque can also be handed to an artist, whose single has been streamed 15 million times in the country, thus 15 million streams of a single in France is equivalent to 100,000 pure sales.

Burna Boy is a multi-awarding Nigerian Afro-Pop singer, whose sound inspired by Nigerian legend Fela Kuti.

He got his breakthrough in 2012 with his hit single such as to Party off his debut album ‘L.I.F.E’ released in 2013.

Burna Boy in 2017, signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the U. S. and Warner Music Group internationally.

He released his first major label backed album ‘Outside’ in 2018.

The artist immense contribution in entertainment industry coupled with his numerous songs has made him outstanding.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN






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FG to attract youths into agriculture through mechanised farming



Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology says the Federal government was working on plans to mechanise agriculture in order to make it more attractive to Nigerian youths.

Onu said this on Tuesday in Abuja when he received Mr Promise Amahah, Director General and National Coordinator of Nigerian Young Farmers Network in his office.

The Minister said considering the population of youths in the country, their involvement in agriculture would guarantee food security, job creation and increase foreign exchange earnings for the country.

He emphasised that the present administration placed high premium on agriculture, as demonstrated by the massive attention given to rice production by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Onu, the deployment of science, technology and innovation is crucial to the development of agriculture in Nigeria.

“Many aspects of farming are dependent on Science and Technology: from selection of seeds that are high yielding to drought and pest resistant seeds,’’ he said.

The Minister, however, regretted the misfortune of post-harvest losses in the country’s agricultural sector.

He assured that his ministry will support the sector by deploying relevant technologies to ensure significant reduction in post-harvest losses to attain food security.

He said agricultural produce were essential to the development of pharmaceuticals, adding that products like cassava provide starch which was a major ingredient for the production of medicinal drugs.

Onu advised the group to continue to work as a team to achieve its objectives.

Earlier, Amahah told his  host that the visit was aimed at seeking a working relationship with the ministry in order to positively reposition agriculture in the country.

He said the network was a melting pot for key stakeholders and investors in the agricultural sector.

He added that the group was striving towards developing a reliable and dependable data platform for agriculture in the country.

According to him, the network which has over 2 million members spread across the country and focused on driving and accelerating agricultural development in Nigeria.

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Source: NAN
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FG affirms commitment to eradication of ozone depleting substances



The Federal Government has said that it is  committed  to phasing out Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS) to mitigate  the impact of climate change and enhance  growth and development  of local manufacturing industries.

The Minister of  the Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, said this on Tuesday while  inaugurating the System House at Vitapur Nigeria Limited  established for  the production of Methyl Formate Based Pre Blended Polyols in the Rigid Polyurethane Foam Sector in Lagos.

He listed the  benefits of waste recycling which the firm was promoting through the project to include: reduction of  pollution, checking  environmental degradation  and  preservation  of  the environment.

He said that with the completion of the project, Vitapur was expected to phase out the  use of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141b in their operations by January 2021 in the manufacture of rigid polyurethane foam.

“Vitapur is also expected to supply methyl formate systems to downstream end users. These will lead to the phasing  out of 425.4 metric tons of HCFC-141b in the foam sector,” he said.

The minister quoted a 2013 report in the journal of climate change, as saying that “these and other effects of global warming, if left unchecked, may contribute to the disappearance of one-half of the earth’s plant and one-third of animals by 2080″.

He expressed satisfaction at the completion  of  the project last year  which involved: retrofits/replacement of equipment, training, establishment of laboratory/quality control facilities and trials.

“This is at a time that we are preparing for  the commencement of  the implementation of Stage II of the HPMP Project as well as the Kigali Amendment on phase down of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

“HFCs are greenhouse gases with high global warming potential used essentially as cooling agents in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector.

“Thus, the commissioning ( inauguration ) of this project is a laudable achievement for us in our plan to  phase out  Ozone Depleting Substances and in the  mitigation of climate change,” he said.

The minister commended the efforts of implementing agencies which include: UNDP and UNIDO in the implementation of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase Out Management Plan (HPMP) project for shrinking the volume of wastes for recycling.

“It is on this note that I commission the System House today. I will also be presenting the handover Protocol for the project of Vitapur Ltd, which is jointly signed by my humble self on behalf of the government and UNDP,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Babatunde Makanjuola, the Chairman of Vitafoam Nigeria PLC and Vitapur Nigeria Ltd., said that the firm had been able to beat global record by reducing the final waste generated from its foam factories to only one per cent.

He said that Vitapur Nigeria Limited as  a subsidiary of Vitafoam had successfully  used its technology to both shrink waste and control weather conditions.

It had been using its products  such as insulators for  the construction of cool classrooms for schools in  Northern Nigeria  during the  hot season, he said.

According to him, we have been initiating products that will benefit Nigerians.

He said that the  occasion marked a turning point in the nation’s quest to further demonstrate corporate e- social responsibility and commitment to global efforts at preserving the environment.

“It gives me tremendous joy and a deep sense of satisfaction that Vitafoam Nigeria PLC, through one of her subsidiary companies, Vitapur, is part of the global initiatives aimed at eradicating the use of ozone depleting substances in industrial processes and its existential threat to mankind and nature,” he said.

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Peter Dada
Source: NAN
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Staff, fire fighters put fire under control  at LASTMA headquarters



A fire incident was put under control on Tuesday at the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) head office by the swift intervention of its staff and some of the  officials of the   state fire service.

Mr Olajide Oduyoye, the General Manager of  LASTMA  confirmed the development  in a statement by the  authority’s spokesman, Mr Olumide Filade.

The LASTMA boss said: “There was a minor fire incident at the LASTMA Headquarters today, which emanated from a faulty air-conditioner on the second floor of the building.”

Filade quoting Oduyoye said, “Immediately the fire was noticed from  the air-conditioner; the headquarters staff, following the past fire drill training, evacuated from the building to a muster point where head counts were taken.

“Some of the staff trained in proper fire drill used the fire extinguishers located on all the floors of the building to douse the fire, before the fire service  officials were invited  through a telephone call.”

Oduyoye noted that the Lagos State Fire Service promptly responded to the call and put out the fire which was still slightly burning from the air-conditioner.

He said that the fire fighters ensured that the fire did not spread beyond  the office where it occurred.

Oduyoye thanked all the staff and the firemen for taking prompt actions to avert the  damage that the fire could  have caused the human and material resources of the authority.

The general manager, who said that if the fire  had  excalated, it could have been a setback to LASTMA, enjoined all residents of the state  to always be at alert to  happenings  around their environments.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a fire incident at the LASTMA office in Oshodi left several vehicles destroyed on Aug. 14.

The cause of the fire could not be ascertained, but no life was lost to it.

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Source: NAN
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