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The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has described the death of Nigeria’s highlife music icon, Sir Victor Uwaifo, as a huge loss to the entertainment industry.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami, said in a statement on Sunday that Uwaifo would be missed by the university community.
“He had an uncommon mastery of the arts. The death of the ‘Joromi crooner’ is a huge loss to Nigeria.
“The shocking and wicked news of the loss of this legend and great son of Benin Kingdom is shocking to us.
“Our most painful and heartfelt condolences go to his family, Edo State, the university community, his friends and loved ones,” she said.
The vice chancellor said the Edo-born entertainer had left a void that would be difficult to fill in Nigeria’s entertainment industry.
“Victor Uwaifo was UNIBEN’s second Alumni Honorary Graduate, may his good soul rest in peace. We pray God to grant us all the will to bear this irreplaceable loss,” she said.
On his part, Mr Dennis Idahosa, member, representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, described Uwaifo as a legend and African music icon.
Idahosa said in a statement by his Media Aide, Friday Aghedo, that Nigeria’s entertainment industry had lost one of its greatest inspirations.
“Uwaifo was a pride of Edo State in Nigeria’s creative industry. He was a musical export and a great patriot.
“We have, indeed, lost one of the bests in the creative industry. Though he is gone, his legacies will remain,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Uwaifo, whose ‘Mammy Water’ album was a hit for decades, died on Saturday at the age of 80.
One of his children, Peter Uwaifo, broke the news of the demise of the UNIBEN professor of Visual Arts, on Saturday evening. (www.)
Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), on Thursday presented allocation letters to the Vice-Chancellors of 12 universities for the take-off of their TETFund Centre of Excellence (TCOE).
Bogoro, while presenting the letters in Abuja at an event, charged the institutions on implementation of its own approved TCOE to address specific national development challenges by preparing professionals.
He also disclosed that the board would fund the centres with a grant of N1 billion each for five years to enable them attain national aspirations.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari in March approved the first set of TCOE to take up research in their respective regions for national development.
He said two universities were selected from each geopolitical zone of the country to bridge the gap between researchers and users, as well as stimulating and strengthening triple-helix relationships.
He listed the universities to include: in North Central, University of Abuja which would host TCOE in Public Governance and Leadership and University of Jos to host TCOE in Food Security.
North East has Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, to host TCOE in Food Security and University of Maiduguri will host TCOE in Arid Zone Research and Development.
He added that in North West, Usman Dan-Fodio University, Sokoto will host TCOE in Urology and Nephrology, while Bayero University, Kano will host TCOE in Renewable Energy.
Others are: South East, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike to host TCOE in Root Crop Research and Development and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka to host TCOE in Agricultural and Engineering Translational Studies.
Bogoro also named the University of Benin to host TCOE in Aquaculture and Food Technology, while University of Uyo will host TCOE in Computational Intelligence in South South region.
In the South West, the University of Ibadan to host TCOE in Multi-Disciplinary Studies and the University of Lagos on TCOE in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management.
According to him, the relevance of COEs for capacity building in developing countries cannot be overemphasised.
He said COEs were potent instruments for nation building as far as they have the potential to realise human resource development.
He said “The conceptual framework for Centres of Excellence is unlikely to be unfamiliar, alien or even novel to most of you here. Nevertheless, a Strategic Framework and Establishment Guidelines for TETFund Centres of Excellence, as approved by the TETFund Board of Trustees will be made available to all of you.
“Each selected institution is expected to implement its own approved TCOE, with the objective to address a specific national development challenge through preparation of professionals, applied research and associated outreach activities to partner, especially community services.
“Within that prism, institutions will have autonomy to implement their own institution-specific proposals to enhance capacity to deliver national high-quality training to address development challenges.”
He said the major objective of establishing the Centres was among others, to support strategic and applications-oriented research and expertise with potential industrial application.
Also, the chairman, TETFund Board of Trustees, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam said the fund’s BOT was committed to advancing the tertiary education in all ramifications.
Ibrahim-Iman promised that the fund would continue to sustain the process of research in the country, noting that an additional 12 universities would be established by 2021.
He said “We want you to invest at least 70 per cent of the research grant in safe and high-yielding financial investment.”
Responding on behalf of Vice-Chancellors of the benefiting universities, Prof. Lilian Salami, Vice Chancellor, University of Benin promised to live to expectations in delivering the task accorded to them.
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Prof. Lilian Salami, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin (UNIBEN) has vowed to vigorously pursue the vision of the founding fathers to make the institution rank among the best in the world.
Salami made this known during the 50th Founder’s Day Inter-Faith thanksgiving service in UNIBEN main auditorium on Monday.
She said the event was special as it marked the 50 years of the existence of the notable institution of higher learning established as a model for others to emulate.
“But for the unfortunate incidence of COVID-19 pandemic which has brought the entire world to its knees, this would have been a truly golden celebration.
“As the 10th substantive vice chancellor of this great institution, let me reaffirm my commitment and dedication to building on the platform of achievement by my predecessors as we work to take the University of Benin to the pedestal of a modern and world class institution.
“I, therefore, stand to serve our diverse student community and promise to encourage everyone who is committed to positive change for this great institution in whatever way possible,” she said.
According to her, the last 50 years, the University of Benin has contributed in supplying its fair share of leaders across different spheres of the nation’s political, industrial and economic sectors.
Salami said that staff of the university were committed to pursuing the vision of the founding fathers to make the institution world best and creating innovative abilities of the Nigerian people.
She said the institution was also committed to the goal of developing the human mind to be creative, innovative and competent in their areas of specialisation, knowledgeable in entrepreneurship and dedicated to service as the university’s mission statement charges.
“In the years ahead, we shall continue to deploy cutting edge technologies to build human capacity so as to make the University of Benin a world-class educational institution and an innovation as well as technology hub in Africa.
“I appreciate Papa Felix Omobude, the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, who honoured our invitation at a short notice because of his love of our university.
“The sacrifices of our resident religious ministers are also not unnoticed including Venerable Osaze Egbenusi, Rev. Fr. Andrew Obiyan and Prof. B.A Ayinde; may God reward your labours of love,” she said.
Prof. David Izekor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) UNIBEN, commended the staff of the institution for working hard to move the university to greater heights.
Rev. Felix Omobude, the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, thanked God for making the UNIBEN known all over the world.
“This university has produced great men and women who have become great leaders in our country,” he said.
Prof. David Izekor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) UNIBEN, commended the staff of the institution for working hard to move the university to greater heights.
Rev. Felix Omobude, the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, thanked God almighty for making the University of Benin(UNIBEN) known all over the world.
“This university has produced great men and women, who have become great leaders in our country, ” he said.
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The University of Benin (UNIBEN) Alumni Association, Lagos Branch, has urged all graduates of the institution to give back to the university that made them as well as strive for excellence in their careers.
According to the association, this will strengthen the quality of education in the school, encourage the lecturers, inspire students to be more focused and ultimately impact the society.
Mr Stephen Onojomete, Chairman and Mr Julius Ebhodaghe, PRO, of the UNIBEN Alumni Lagos branch, in a joint statement on Tuesday also tasked the alumni on the need to mentor students and young graduates.
They also said that the 2020 UNIBEN Alumni Association, Lagos Branch , Annual Award of Excellence and Lectures will hold on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos.
“There is need for alumni members to remember their institutions and give back to them.
“This will go a long way to provide needed infrastructure, improve the quality of education and address other needs.
“It will also help us to inspire and encourage our young ones to strive for excellence in all their chosen professions.
“The award and lecture event avails us the opportunity to give back to our Alma mater, UNIBEN and the Lagos Branch, by identifying key areas of interventions in the school and intervening, where possible.
“It is our utmost believe that if UNIBEN wins, we all win and the next generation of students will get better quality education.
“This will ensure a better and safer society for us all,’’ the association said.
The statement said that the alumni had done needs assessment of the school in 2019.
According to it, it identified shortage of quality water supply in some halls of residence as possible areas of interventions by the branch.
“Recently, we were able to provide two boreholes to the school in the affected halls of residence in Hall 1 (Female Hostel) and Hall 4 (Male Hostel) which were commissioned by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami, on Oct. 8, 2020.
“We appeal to all alumni of the great university living in and doing businesses in Lagos state to embrace this landmark event by honouring it with their presence and support at the event.
“We also encourage members to attend our monthly meetings,’’ it said.
The statement said that the event is expected to have Brig.-Gen Anthony Okpobrisi as the chairman and the keynote address to be delivered by Hon. Gbenga Omotosho, the Commissioner for Information and Strategies, Lagos State.
The Vice Chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof. Lilian Salami, will be the Special Guest of Honour.
Omo Ohiwerei, Operations Director, Ethiopia Bavaria Breweries; Mr Bestow Akeze, Director, Lafarge Africa PLC; Ikemefuna Obiorah, Key Account Manager National, Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Effiong Okon, Executive Director Operations, Seplat Petroleum Ltd will also receive awards.
Also included are Mr Elohor Okpako, 2020 UNIBEN MCB Graduate with CGP 4.97; Mr Robert Ogirri, MD, Nosak Farms Ltd.; George Okoyo, MD, Point Engineering Ltd.; Ms Onome Adewuyi, President, ICAN and Mr Nedo Osayande, MD, Belamoil Ltd.
Mr Olumide Akpata, President, NBA; Maj.-Gen Adamu Jidda, Brig.- Gen Henry Oburo, Brig.-Gen Eruwa Emiko Rtd and Amaka Onyemelukwe, Head, Public Affairs, Coca Cola PLC , among others will also be honoured.
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The Lagos Branch of the Alumni Association of the University of Benin(UNIBEN) has donated two boreholes with two1000 litre -capacity overhead tanks to the institution.
Dr Benedicta Ehanire, Public Relations Officer of UNIBEN, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Benin.
“The boreholes are sited in Hall 1(Female hostel) and Hall 4(Male hostel).
“The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lilian Salami, who commissioned the projects, expressed joy that the Institution’s Alumni have continued to show commitment in the affairs of their alma mater.’’
She urged them not to relent as the present Management was determined to make tangible improvements in the development of the University.
Mr Ikenna Obiasor, President, University of Benin Alumni Association (Worldwide), commended the Vice Chancellor and her team for the visible progress recorded so far.
He said that the Alumni body would be undertaking co-ordinated projects that will be donated to the University from its different branches and the national body at various times.
Mr Stephen Onojeme, Lagos Branch Alumni Association Chairman, intimated Prof. Salami of the resolution of the branch to continuously support the Institution.
“The ceremony was witnessed by Past Presidents of the Alumni Association and other members who are in Benin for the 99th Council Meeting of the Association,’’ the VC said.
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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin(UNIBEN),Prof Lilian Salami has approved a virtual matriculation for students admitted into the 2019/2020 academic session of the university.
Dr Benedicta Ehanire,Public Relations Officer of UNIBEN disclosed this in a statement in Benin on Friday.
“The event holds on Tuesday 15th September, 2020.
“Only the university’s principal officers and a few designated officials as well as student representatives of the various college, schools, institutes and faculties are expected to be physically present”.
“The provost, deans, directors, other matriculating students and members of the university community are to participate via a link that would be provided by the ”,she said.
She noted that the use of face masks is compulsory for those who will be physically present at the venue.Edited By: Benson Iziama/Obike Ukoh
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), and Digital Bridge Institute Abuja, to boost Research and Development (R&D).
Speaking during the ceremony on Wednesday at NAF Headquarter Abuja, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that the NAF over the years had made giant strides in R&D.
Abubakar, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, NAF Headquaters, AVM Isiaka Amao, said that the NAF had invested in high quality training of personnel, approving innovative approach to issues and encouraging out-of-the box thinking.
He said one of the tools of these progress had been collaboration with organisations in line with its “strategic partnership with Ministries, Departments and Agencies, for enhanced research and development.
“The NAF currently has 32 active Memoranda of Understanding with a variety of organisations.
” However, three of these Memoranda of Understanding have recently expired hence the need for their renewal.
” The three expired Memoranda of Understanding are with: Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), University of Benin (UNIBEN), and Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja.
” It is worthy of note that the MoUs to be signed today have been ratified by our various legal departments and are geared towards greater cooperation between our organisations.
” I, therefore, welcome you all to this event as we look forward to working together more closely and effectively,” he said.
The air Chief expressed optimism that the opportunities provided by the MoUs would lead to achieving mutual benefits for all parties.
” I therefore, believe that this MoU renewal will facilitate solutions to our technical challenges which in turn will translate into greater operational efficiency for the NAF,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the other MoU partners, the Vice- Chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof. Lilian Salami, lauded the NAF for putting professionalism in the front burner.
She thanked the air chief for moving at a great speed to acquire skills.
Salami assured that the other partners would create an understanding in a new area that would not only benefit the NAF but also others.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), on Monday visited family of Late Miss Vera Omozuwa’s family to commiserate with them on the death of their daughter.
The Management led by the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Patrick Igbinaduwa, described the murder of the institution’s 100 level student as unfortunate and evil.
In a statement issued in Benin, Prof. Igbinaduwa called on relevant authorities to step in and fish out the perpetrators of the evil act.
“The delegation conveyed the condolence message of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami, and her strong condemnation of the evil acts of rape and murder perpetrated against the late student.
“She had begun to show a lot of promise in her educational pursuit,” Igbinaduwa said.
The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), has decried the news of the rape and subsequent murder of one of its students, Miss Vera Omozuwa.
The victim was a 100 level Microbiology student of the institution before her travail.
Vice Chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof. Lilian Salami, in a statement through the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, described the news as shocking.
In the statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Benin, the VC said the actions were condemnable and should not be condoned by any society.
She said the current COVID-19 pandemic was already hard on everyone and that compounding it with inflicting additional pain on any family was a wicked act.
While commiserating with the bereaved family on the loss of their daughter, Salami prayed God to grant her soul peaceful rest.
The vice chancellor urged students of the institution and indeed all young people to be wary of the company they kept and the places they visited.
Meanwhile, a delegation had been sent by the university’s management to commiserate with the bereaved family.
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The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), says several dilapidated structures in its institution are currently undergoing renovations.
Dr Benedicta Ehanire, the UNIBEN Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in a statement to newsmen on Wednesday in Benin.
The dilapidated structures are block of flats and housing units, which had not been painted for decades and the twin lecture theaters in the Faculty of Social Sciences, John Harris Library and the University Demonstration Secondary Schools among others.
According to her, these are the work of the purpose-driven and committed Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami.
“A visit to the site showed construction workers observing required physical distancing as dictated by the COVID-19 phenomenon.
“Also receiving attention is the John Harris Library and the University Demonstration Secondary School, while the collapsed wall of Ekehuan campus and other fallen perimeter fences in the Ugbowo campus have been fixed.
“The Salami-led management had earlier renovated the University Staff School (primary) and refurbished the amenities, including chairs and desks,” she said.
Ehanire said the UNIBEN table water factory had also been refurbished and repositioned for optimum performance.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Grace Yussuf (NAN)