Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the creation of a 250-truck capacity parking space in Ibadan to ensure free flow of human and vehicular movements within the state capital.
Dr Akin Fagbemi, Chairman of Oyo State Traffic Management Agency (OYRTMA), made the disclosure on Monday when he visited the Ibadan toll gate, an area usually characterised by haphazard parking of heavy duty trucks.
According to Fagbemi, the park, which is being sited at Sanyo area of the metropolis, will reduce the level of road carnage being caused by indiscriminate parking of haulage trucks on the highways.
He stressed that the project was aimed at enthroning sanity on the road and discourage the disorderly and dangerous parking habit among motorists at the toll gate and other road corridors in the city.
”Vigilance by everyone is safety for all; negligence of anyone is danger for all. This is why the governor has approved the heavy and light duty vehicle park at Sanyo area in Ibadan.
“The parking space can conveniently accommodate about 250 trailers and other small-sized vehicles at optimum capacity.
”It will significantly reduce the huge trailer traffic on our highways, ease traffic congestion and provide safety for the vehicles.
“The ripple effect of this is that it will enhance economic activities, encourage foreign and local investors as well as boost the overall economy of the state,” Fagbemi said.
The OYRTMA chairman assured all relevant stakeholders in the state that the agency was working round the clock to secure befitting parks in other strategic areas.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation
As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem.
The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment.
Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, in his presentation, revealed that nature had bestowed on humanity vultures with the role of environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service worth $11,000 a year.
Onoja said: “Without vultures, humans are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, because in the absence of vultures, dogs and rats become the clean-up crew.
“’The danger in this is that these animals are not equipped for such and are close to human population, exposing us to diseases.”
In his presentation, Mr Aniekan-Abasi Emmah Uwatt, a conservation biologist and ornithologist, observed that human activities were the major drivers to the vultures’ threatened status.
He added that the world could suffer from negligence if something drastic was not done to preserve the remaining vulture species in Nigeria.
“Imagine a world without vultures, it will lead to disease outbreaks such as anthrax; rabies and botulism.
‘“We would also have dirty environment with dead carcasses and foul smells,” he said.
Another facilitator, Mr Apeverga Paul Tersoo, Lecturer, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State , said that Vultures might not be very appealing by their looks, but these birds, also known as scavengers do the dirty jobs of cleaning our environment.
Tersoo said they do this by taking care of carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, which in turn keeps the ecosystem healthy.
“’The importance of these natural environmental cleaners cannot be over emphasised because the benefits we derive from them for free will cost us so much that it can only be imagined.
“A case study is seen in India where a crash in the vulture population was observed after the birds fed on carcasses of livestock that were treated with Diclofenac.
“The Indian white-rumped vulture was the most hit, with a decline rate of 99.9 per cent.
“What followed was a surge in population of feral dogs that were infected with rabies from litters of carcasses as a result of the absence of our natural cleaners (the vultures).
“Consequently, an increase in human deaths from rabies nearly caused a public health catastrophe that saw the government of India spending about $34 billion to fight the spread of the disease,” he said.
Malam Samaila Mohammed Alkali, Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Coordinator, Kano Airport, said that aviation was a major threat to the survival of vultures.
“This is due to bird strike. Bird strikes occur when bird physically collide with aircraft,” Alkali said
According to him, approximately 10,692 vultures were killed by aircraft between 2008 and 2015, these may represent 1,500 Vultures killed every year for the period of seven years.
Meanwhile, in his presentation, Mr Adewale Awoyemi, Head of Forest Centre, Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan observed that the vanishing vultures had critical implications on human health and existence.
Awoyemi said that the destruction of their habitats by deforestation was a threat to vulture conservation.
International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year to reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem.
It also aims at spreading awareness about range of threat facing vultures and urge the people to take action and prevent extinction of the ecological bird specie.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Crawford University appoints new V-C, other principal officers
The Management of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun, on Saturday announced the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Reuben Kolo and other principal Officers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prof. Kolo becomes the 4th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the 15-year old faith-based University owned by the Apostolic Faith Mission, West and Central Africa (WECA).
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Layi Olajumoke, has it that two other principal officers were ratified by the institution’s Senate.
Mr Moses Itauma becomes the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo was appointed the institution’s Bursar.
“The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, announced that the University’s Board of Trustees and the Governing Council have approved the appointment of Prof Reuben Kolo as the next Vice-Chancellor.
“Also, Mr Moses Itauma as the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo as the institution’s Bursar,” he said.
Olajumoke added: “Prof Kolo is from the Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, which is from the larger School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology, SAAT, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State.
“Prof Kolo was born in Doko, Lavun Local Government, Niger State in 1962. He obtained his first degree from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University( ABU), Zaria in Zoology in 1987.
“He bagged his second degree, M.Sc, Hydrobiology and Fisheries from the University of Ibadan. He completed his doctoral studies in FUT, Minna in the same discipline in 1996.
“He became a Professor of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology in October, 2010.
Olajumoke said that Kolo had held many positions of responsibilities in the span of engagement in FUT, Minna.
“He was designated the Dean of his Faculty, the SAAT from 2015 to 2019. He was also the Deputy Dean of the institution’s Postgraduate School between 2012 and 2013.
“He also headed specialised departments, centres, committees and special projects. He is a revered member of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, National Association of Fish Farmers and Aquaculturists and the Fisheries Society of Nigeria among others.
“He is widely published and listened to in specialised journals and conferences.
`|The appointment is for a non-renewable duration of five years and will commence from Monday, Oct. 5, 2020,” he said.
Olajumoke also said that the university had recorded another milestone with the addition of another college to the other two existing colleges; College of Arts and Communication Studies.
“The Crawford University’s management got the approval of the Governing Council for a College of Arts and Communication Studies.
“Dr. Jonathan Amuno, the erstwhile Director of Academic Planning has been approved to serve as the new college’s Acting Dean,” he said.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Ibadan Poly sacks lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct
The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI) has terminated the appointment of its lecturer, Kelani Omotosho, over alleged sexual misconduct with a former student.
This is contained in a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mrs Modupe Fawale in Ibadan on Saturday.
The management said the lecturer, from the department of Urban and Regional Planning, was sacked for allegedly embarrassing and tarnishing the image of the institution.
In the termination letter dated Sept 15, 2020 and signed by the registrar, it read: “you will recall that you were engaged in an inappropriate behaviour and poorly managed relationship with your former student.
“This act embarrassed and tarnished the image of your employer, The Polytechnic Ibadan.
“You will also recall your responses and appearance before the Investigative Panel and Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee that looked into the above matter.
“After a careful consideration of the above issue, the Governing Council found you guilty as your actions and activities amount to misconduct.
“The Governing Council therefore approved the immediate termination of your appointment with effect from Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
“You are to hand over all property of the institution in your possession to your head of department.”
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Sadiya Hamza
Institute wants stakeholders to develop useful curriculum in education
Prof. Esther Akinlabi, Director, Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI), has called on African education stakeholders to develop school curriculum that can meet the challenges in the sector.
Akinlabi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Friday that school curriculum should address the challenges of future of workplace to be relevant on the global stage.
She noted that with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and technological innovation as well as advancements in developed countries, Africa needed to prepare its youths to become relevant.
“The areas that should be looked at has to do with the future of work.
“Things that need to be considered have to do with artificial intelligence, fourth industrial revolution, sustainable development, and secular economy which will enable us to maximise and recycle waste.
“These aspects have been missing from school curriculum.
“Entrepreneurship should also be inculcated into the curriculum,” she said.
She further said that this had become imperative as there were high unemployment rates across the African continent.
“So there is a need for us to recalculate and infuse entrepreneurship skills in the mindset of students.
“So, students graduating from universities are not only looking for white collar jobs.
“We should be able to change the perception and mindset of students such that by graduation, you should be able to stand on your own.
“Think outside the box. Think of a business idea that you can do to be able to fend for yourself. I believe that is the way to go,” she said.
Akinlabi noted that though some universities had inculcated entrepreneurship into their system, “every student must come up with their idea, business proposal and concept developed.
“So that they can have something that they can launch and work on as they are graduating from the university, should they not get a white collar job that they can do.
“PAULESI is not lagging behind on that as it is in the process of having a re-curriculation in November”.
The Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI) is located in the University of Ibadan and has world class departments involved in the delivery of programmes in life, earth, agriculture and health.
The aim of the Pan African University is to develop institutions of excellence in science, technology, innovation, social sciences and governance, which will constitute the bedrock for an Africa pool of higher education and research.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Kayode Olaitan