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  •  NAN Dr Olusegun Aina the Chairman of Opolo Global Innovation Ltd has said that there is need for universities to generate sustainable revenue outside government subventions for sustainability and efficiency Aina made the call in his acceptance speech on conferment of honorary doctorate degree by Osun State University on Thursday in Osogbo The Don noted that the university education particularly in publicly owned universities were presently at a crossroad According to him at the core of all the issues is the funding challenge which has become the pivot on which the system stands or collapses I believe that all stakeholders in the Nigerian education system really need to think through on how to respond to the funding challenges of today And prepare for the future too by adopting new and innovative strategies to generate needed resources that will help achieve Nigeria s educational goals and visions It is critical for tertiary institutions to continuously focus on sustainability with a long term view of the business of education The creative engagements between industry government universities and their host communities are vital to create a suitable ecosystem to facilitate steady business and entrepreneurial activities within local and international markets University is the light of an enlightened world As a nation if we hope to find our place among the most advanced societies of the world we need to look no further than attending to the needs of our educational institutions he said Aina however said that universities needed to be able to generate sufficient and sustainable revenue from sources outside of government Tetfund interventions and school fees He said more socially impactful outcomes could be achieved by a laser focus on innovation and commercialisation of viable ideas and projects which could be done through partnership with other stakeholders particularly the private sector He said stakeholders have roles to play in ensuring that ideas incubated in the universities by students and lecturers were supported by the university administration and industry This he noted would help to germinate and eventually provided huge revenue in perpetuity to both the university and the idea owners Aina said that was one of the reasons Opolo Global Innovation was established in 2020 as an innovation enabler incubator and accelerator to strategically focus on nurturing talents to become global innovators and entrepreneurs Aina commended the management of the university for honorary doctorate degree conferred in him describing it as unique and significant On a personal level I have been privileged to receive Honorary Doctorate Degrees in the past from a number of highly acclaimed universities But for me this award and recognition from my home State University the Osun State University is very unique and significant and I remain eternally grateful for it he said The Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Odunayo Adebooye said the award was conferred on the recipient due to his tremendous contribution to general education and professional accounting development in Nigeria www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Universities should be less dependent on govt. subvention for survival – Don
     NAN Dr Olusegun Aina the Chairman of Opolo Global Innovation Ltd has said that there is need for universities to generate sustainable revenue outside government subventions for sustainability and efficiency Aina made the call in his acceptance speech on conferment of honorary doctorate degree by Osun State University on Thursday in Osogbo The Don noted that the university education particularly in publicly owned universities were presently at a crossroad According to him at the core of all the issues is the funding challenge which has become the pivot on which the system stands or collapses I believe that all stakeholders in the Nigerian education system really need to think through on how to respond to the funding challenges of today And prepare for the future too by adopting new and innovative strategies to generate needed resources that will help achieve Nigeria s educational goals and visions It is critical for tertiary institutions to continuously focus on sustainability with a long term view of the business of education The creative engagements between industry government universities and their host communities are vital to create a suitable ecosystem to facilitate steady business and entrepreneurial activities within local and international markets University is the light of an enlightened world As a nation if we hope to find our place among the most advanced societies of the world we need to look no further than attending to the needs of our educational institutions he said Aina however said that universities needed to be able to generate sufficient and sustainable revenue from sources outside of government Tetfund interventions and school fees He said more socially impactful outcomes could be achieved by a laser focus on innovation and commercialisation of viable ideas and projects which could be done through partnership with other stakeholders particularly the private sector He said stakeholders have roles to play in ensuring that ideas incubated in the universities by students and lecturers were supported by the university administration and industry This he noted would help to germinate and eventually provided huge revenue in perpetuity to both the university and the idea owners Aina said that was one of the reasons Opolo Global Innovation was established in 2020 as an innovation enabler incubator and accelerator to strategically focus on nurturing talents to become global innovators and entrepreneurs Aina commended the management of the university for honorary doctorate degree conferred in him describing it as unique and significant On a personal level I have been privileged to receive Honorary Doctorate Degrees in the past from a number of highly acclaimed universities But for me this award and recognition from my home State University the Osun State University is very unique and significant and I remain eternally grateful for it he said The Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Odunayo Adebooye said the award was conferred on the recipient due to his tremendous contribution to general education and professional accounting development in Nigeria www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Universities should be less dependent on govt. subvention for survival – Don
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    Universities should be less dependent on govt. subvention for survival – Don

    NAN) Dr Olusegun Aina, the Chairman of Opolo Global Innovation Ltd., has said that there is need for universities to generate sustainable revenue outside government subventions for sustainability and efficiency.

    Aina made the call in his acceptance speech on conferment of honorary doctorate degree by Osun State University on Thursday in Osogbo.

    The Don noted that the university education, particularly in publicly owned universities, were presently  at a crossroad.

    According to him,  at the core of all the issues is the funding challenge, which has become the pivot on which the system stands or collapses.

    “I believe that all stakeholders in the Nigerian education system really need to think through on how to respond to the funding challenges of today.

    “And prepare for the future too, by adopting new and innovative strategies to generate needed resources that will help achieve Nigeria’s educational goals and visions.

    “It is critical for tertiary institutions to continuously focus on sustainability with a long-term view of the business of education.

    “The creative engagements between industry, government, universities, and their host communities are vital to create a suitable ecosystem to facilitate steady business and entrepreneurial activities within local and international markets.

    “University is the light of an enlightened world.

    As a nation, if we hope to find our place among the most advanced societies of the world, we need to look no further than attending to the needs of our educational institutions, “he said.

    Aina, however, said that universities needed to be able to generate sufficient and sustainable revenue from sources outside of government Tetfund interventions and school fees.

    He said more socially impactful outcomes could be achieved by a laser focus on innovation and commercialisation of viable ideas and projects, which could be done through partnership with other stakeholders particularly the private sector.

    He said stakeholders have roles to play in ensuring that ideas incubated in the universities by students and lecturers were supported by the university administration and industry.

    This, he noted would help to germinate and eventually provided huge revenue in perpetuity to both the university andthe idea-owners.

    Aina said that was one of the reasons  Opolo Global Innovation was established in 2020, as an innovation enabler, incubator, and accelerator to strategically focus on nurturing talents to become global innovators and entrepreneurs.

    Aina commended the management of the university for honorary doctorate degree conferred in him, describing it as unique and significant.

    “On a personal level, I have been privileged to receive Honorary Doctorate Degrees in the past from a number of highly acclaimed universities.

    “But for me, this award and recognition from my home State University, the Osun State University,  is very unique and significant, and I remain eternally grateful for it,” he said.

    The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Odunayo Adebooye,  said the award was conferred on the recipient due to his  tremendous contribution to general education and professional accounting development in Nigeria  www.

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  •  The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar has inaugurated the regional offices and hostels for Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute ARMTI in Abuja A statement by Ezeaja Ikemefuna Chief Information Officer of the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced this in Abuja Abubakar said this would fast track agricultural techniques boost production and generate foreign exchange by providing requisite training for stakeholders in agricultural sector He said the Institute would help the ministry in achieving its mandate to ensure food security in crops livestock and fisheries The minister said this would also stimulate agricultural employment and services He added that the facilitators of the institute would be provided with work space which has the ambiance required to imbue knowledge in the participants Abubakar said that the institute had been building fast growing networks and collaborations with local and international agencies in the area of capacity building in the agriculture and rural development He said the institute has signed Memoranda of Understanding MOU with organisations such as the Washington State University WSU on capacity building in Organic agriculture and common wealth of learning Abubakar said there was need to build more mutual benefiting networks and grow with relevant stakeholders in the agricultural and rural management capacity building sub sector He lauded the management of the institute for capacity development and empowerment of thousands of small holders farmers as well as other actors along agricultural commodity value chains The minister therefore advised the management of the Institute to ensure regular and consistent maintenance of the facility for its sustainability The Executive Director ARMTI Dr Olufemi Oladunni said that the development of the RTC of the institute was done in phases The Abuja RTC was very strategic in the pursuit of the institute s mandate Given its location in the heart of FCT and direct connection to the rest of the world a very good number of our partners and collaborators in the sector prefer Abuja RTC for their programmes he said nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG inaugurates facilities for Agric training institute 
     The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar has inaugurated the regional offices and hostels for Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute ARMTI in Abuja A statement by Ezeaja Ikemefuna Chief Information Officer of the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced this in Abuja Abubakar said this would fast track agricultural techniques boost production and generate foreign exchange by providing requisite training for stakeholders in agricultural sector He said the Institute would help the ministry in achieving its mandate to ensure food security in crops livestock and fisheries The minister said this would also stimulate agricultural employment and services He added that the facilitators of the institute would be provided with work space which has the ambiance required to imbue knowledge in the participants Abubakar said that the institute had been building fast growing networks and collaborations with local and international agencies in the area of capacity building in the agriculture and rural development He said the institute has signed Memoranda of Understanding MOU with organisations such as the Washington State University WSU on capacity building in Organic agriculture and common wealth of learning Abubakar said there was need to build more mutual benefiting networks and grow with relevant stakeholders in the agricultural and rural management capacity building sub sector He lauded the management of the institute for capacity development and empowerment of thousands of small holders farmers as well as other actors along agricultural commodity value chains The minister therefore advised the management of the Institute to ensure regular and consistent maintenance of the facility for its sustainability The Executive Director ARMTI Dr Olufemi Oladunni said that the development of the RTC of the institute was done in phases The Abuja RTC was very strategic in the pursuit of the institute s mandate Given its location in the heart of FCT and direct connection to the rest of the world a very good number of our partners and collaborators in the sector prefer Abuja RTC for their programmes he said nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG inaugurates facilities for Agric training institute 
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    FG inaugurates facilities for Agric training institute 

    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, has inaugurated the regional offices and hostels for Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) in Abuja.

    A statement by Ezeaja Ikemefuna, Chief Information Officer of the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, announced this in Abuja.

    Abubakar said this would fast-track agricultural techniques, boost production and generate foreign exchange by providing requisite training for stakeholders in agricultural sector.

    He said the Institute would help the ministry in achieving its mandate to ensure food security in crops, livestock and fisheries.

    The minister said this would also stimulate agricultural employment and services.

    He added that the facilitators of the institute would be provided with work space which has the ambiance required to imbue knowledge in the participants.

    Abubakar said that the institute had been building fast-growing networks and collaborations with local and international agencies in the area of capacity building in the agriculture and rural development.

    He said the institute has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with organisations such as the Washington State University (WSU) on capacity building in Organic agriculture, and common wealth of learning.

    Abubakar said there was need to build more mutual benefiting networks and grow with relevant stakeholders in the agricultural and rural management capacity building sub sector.

    He lauded the management of the institute for capacity development and empowerment of thousands of small holders farmers as well as other actors along agricultural commodity value chains. 

    The minister, therefore, advised the management of the Institute to ensure regular and consistent maintenance of the facility for its sustainability.

    The Executive  Director, ARMTI, Dr Olufemi Oladunni said that the development of the RTC of the institute was done in phases.

    ” The Abuja RTC was very strategic in the pursuit of the institute’s mandate.

    ” Given its location in the heart of FCT and direct connection to the rest of the world, a very good number of our partners and collaborators in the sector prefer Abuja RTC for their programmes,” he said.

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  •  Environmental stakeholders on Tuesday listed measures to have better air quality in Nigeria insisting that the fabrication of air quality sensors and development of air quality index among other interventions can ameliorate environmental issues They made the call in a communique jointly signed by Prof Babatunde Rabiu Director Centre for Atmospheric Research CAR and Dr Olusegun Fawole of Portsmouth University UK at the just concluded International Conference on COVID 19 Air Quality and Environment The conference held at the Osogbo campus of Osun State University from Aug 29 to Sept 2 It was organised by CAR an activity centre of the National Space Research and Development Agency CAR NASRDA in collaboration with Osun State University and Penn State University USA They recognised that air pollution is a trans boundary global issue while pollutants can travel incredible distances from the source Pollutants exert negative effects in a far distant land hence Nigerians are admonished to strive towards a more responsible and sustainable living There is an urgent need to encourage local fabrication of air quality sensors such sensors would be better adapted to our climate and such measurements would be more appropriate for the development of air quality models There is an urgent need for Nigeria to develop its Air Quality Index this would enable relevant agencies particularly the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria to independently monitor and control the emissions from their factories The general public should become aware and conscious of the quality of air around them hence the need for air quality reporting to become a norm weather reports the stakeholders said Other recommendations include the need for the public to be sensitise on the benefit of waste separation particularly in their homes The communique said that appropriate waste management practice can be carried out on the different categories of organic and inorganic wastes by the waste management authorities According to it the air quality monitoring network over Nigeria should be densified leading to the generation of a rich blend of original data needed for ambient air quality monitoring model initialisation and evaluation Deforestation should be discouraged the general public should be encouraged to plant trees to enhance sequestration of atmospheric carbon The general public should be sensitised on the need to take charge and responsibility of their carbon fingerprint they should be educated on the need to partake in activities like carpooling cycling reuse recycling among others which would invariably lower their daily carbon fingerprint Government parastatals should collaborate more with academic and research institutions to help enrich research outputs necessary for policy making Government agencies should work in synergy and with relevant stakeholders to promulgate effectively communicate and enforce environmental protection laws the communique said The communique further urged the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA to augment emission permit fees that will effectively force manufacturers to consciously reduce their pollution It also recommended that state governments should be encouraged to set up and own air quality monitoring stations especially in urban cities and pollution hotspots It said research into low cost alternatives to harmful technology and practices should be encouraged and funded The relevant government agencies should be encouraged to make real time air quality data readily available preferably via mobile app and online media platforms for public use www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    BASHIR RABE MANI –Stakeholders list measures to have better air quality in Nigeria
     Environmental stakeholders on Tuesday listed measures to have better air quality in Nigeria insisting that the fabrication of air quality sensors and development of air quality index among other interventions can ameliorate environmental issues They made the call in a communique jointly signed by Prof Babatunde Rabiu Director Centre for Atmospheric Research CAR and Dr Olusegun Fawole of Portsmouth University UK at the just concluded International Conference on COVID 19 Air Quality and Environment The conference held at the Osogbo campus of Osun State University from Aug 29 to Sept 2 It was organised by CAR an activity centre of the National Space Research and Development Agency CAR NASRDA in collaboration with Osun State University and Penn State University USA They recognised that air pollution is a trans boundary global issue while pollutants can travel incredible distances from the source Pollutants exert negative effects in a far distant land hence Nigerians are admonished to strive towards a more responsible and sustainable living There is an urgent need to encourage local fabrication of air quality sensors such sensors would be better adapted to our climate and such measurements would be more appropriate for the development of air quality models There is an urgent need for Nigeria to develop its Air Quality Index this would enable relevant agencies particularly the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria to independently monitor and control the emissions from their factories The general public should become aware and conscious of the quality of air around them hence the need for air quality reporting to become a norm weather reports the stakeholders said Other recommendations include the need for the public to be sensitise on the benefit of waste separation particularly in their homes The communique said that appropriate waste management practice can be carried out on the different categories of organic and inorganic wastes by the waste management authorities According to it the air quality monitoring network over Nigeria should be densified leading to the generation of a rich blend of original data needed for ambient air quality monitoring model initialisation and evaluation Deforestation should be discouraged the general public should be encouraged to plant trees to enhance sequestration of atmospheric carbon The general public should be sensitised on the need to take charge and responsibility of their carbon fingerprint they should be educated on the need to partake in activities like carpooling cycling reuse recycling among others which would invariably lower their daily carbon fingerprint Government parastatals should collaborate more with academic and research institutions to help enrich research outputs necessary for policy making Government agencies should work in synergy and with relevant stakeholders to promulgate effectively communicate and enforce environmental protection laws the communique said The communique further urged the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA to augment emission permit fees that will effectively force manufacturers to consciously reduce their pollution It also recommended that state governments should be encouraged to set up and own air quality monitoring stations especially in urban cities and pollution hotspots It said research into low cost alternatives to harmful technology and practices should be encouraged and funded The relevant government agencies should be encouraged to make real time air quality data readily available preferably via mobile app and online media platforms for public use www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    BASHIR RABE MANI –Stakeholders list measures to have better air quality in Nigeria
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    BASHIR RABE MANI –Stakeholders list measures to have better air quality in Nigeria

    Environmental stakeholders on Tuesday listed measures to have better air quality in Nigeria, insisting that the fabrication of air quality sensors and development of air quality index, among other interventions, can ameliorate environmental issues.

    They made the call in a communique jointly signed by Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, Director, Centre for Atmospheric Research(CAR) and Dr Olusegun Fawole of Portsmouth University, UK, at the just-concluded International Conference on COVID-19, Air Quality and Environment.

    The conference held at the Osogbo campus of Osun State University, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. It was organised by CAR, an activity centre of the National Space Research and Development Agency (CAR-NASRDA), in collaboration with Osun State University and Penn State University, USA.

    They recognised that air pollution is a trans-boundary global issue, while pollutants can travel incredible distances from the source.

    “Pollutants exert negative effects in a far distant land, hence, Nigerians are admonished to strive towards a more responsible and sustainable living.

    “There is an urgent need to encourage local fabrication of air quality sensors, such sensors would be better adapted to our climate, and such measurements would be more appropriate for the development of air quality models.

    “There is an urgent need for Nigeria to develop its Air Quality Index, this would enable relevant agencies, particularly the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria to independently monitor and control the emissions from their factories. 

    “The general public should become aware and conscious of the quality of air around them, hence the need for air quality reporting to become a norm weather reports,” the stakeholders said.

    Other recommendations include the need for the public to be sensitise on the benefit of waste separation, particularly in their homes. 

    The communique said that appropriate waste management practice can be carried out on the different categories of organic and inorganic wastes by the waste management authorities.

    According to it,  the air quality monitoring network over Nigeria should be densified, leading to the generation of a rich blend of original data needed for ambient air quality monitoring, model initialisation and evaluation.

    “Deforestation should be discouraged, the general public should be encouraged to plant trees to enhance sequestration of atmospheric carbon.

    “The general public should be sensitised on the need to take charge and responsibility of their carbon fingerprint, they should be educated on the need to partake in activities like carpooling, cycling, reuse, recycling, among others which would invariably lower their daily carbon fingerprint.

    “Government parastatals should collaborate more with academic and research institutions, to help enrich research outputs necessary for policy making.

    “Government agencies should work in synergy and with relevant stakeholders to promulgate, effectively communicate, and enforce environmental protection laws,” the communique said.

    The communique further urged the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), to augment emission permit fees that will effectively force manufacturers to consciously reduce their pollution.

    It also recommended that state governments should be encouraged to set up and own air quality monitoring stations, especially in urban cities and pollution hotspots.

    It said, “research into low cost alternatives to harmful technology and practices should be encouraged and funded.

    “The relevant government agencies should be encouraged to make real-time air quality data readily available, preferably via mobile app and online media platforms for public use.

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  •  The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA government agencies and stakeholders have decried human activities that contribute to poor air quality across the country They condemned this act on Friday at the close of the international conference organised by Centre for Atmospheric Research an activity centre of NASRDA in collaboration with Osun State University and Penn State University USA The conference which lasted from Monday to Friday focused on COVID 19 Air Quality and Environment with the theme Fighting Pollution A Silent Threat to our Existence Prof Babatunde Rabiu Director Centre for Atmospheric Research said the centre in the past few years had sited air quality sensors across different locations of the country Rabiu said that the sensors were primarily to aid research on air quality which should improve a habitable environment for humans The director said that the centre has several air monitors across the country We have nine clarity devices and 27 Purple Air sensors connected to us asides those connected to other individuals across the country he said Prof Israel Oyewole Provost College of Science and Engineering Osun State University drew the attention of agencies and the government to air pollution as well as the need to address issues on bush burning Oyewole called for improvement on the regulation of industry activities as well as emissions into the environment If we don t control pollution we are at a dangerous situation that will be affecting us he said Mr Chukwunweizu Maike Osun Coordinator National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA said that the agency has up to 34 regulations Maike said the regulations include regulation on Air pollution vehicular emission ozone layer surface and ground water pollution among others He further said that the agency in the state was ensuring compliance monitoring of facilities mining base metal facilities and sanitation activities We arrange mediation meetings to address community crisis and currently we have an issue of mining that almost led to the cancellation of the annual Osun Osogbo festival in August Mining in Osun was getting higher and we are currently investigating ground and surface water pollution particularly where we have the mining companies in Ilesha and Ile Ife axis Once we are done with the investigation some of these companies may be sealed or will be made to face the right penalty Maike said Mrs Olumide Olaniyan a Deputy General Manager Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMET said the agency was proposing to establish more stations across the country to further monitor air quality Olaniyan said that continuous pollution of the environment causes climate change while it affects the health of humans She recalled that according to the World Meteorological Organisation Nigeria was ranked one of the worst polluted countries in Africa Polluting the atmosphere causes global warming and this causes increase in temperature that will lead to evaporation hence intense floods Pollution is serious we need to do something about it and the Sustainable Development Goals have given the mandate for zero emission by 2030 and I don t think we are close to that Olaniyan said She urged that policy makers should be sterner in establishing policies that promote clean air Prof Fuwape Ibiyinka Vice Chancellor Michael and Cecilia Ibru University said as individuals we need to cultivate better habits that promote clean air and environment How can we reduce indoor outdoor pollution either as a nation or individuals as agencies institutions We need to start taking care of our environment whatever we do to our environment pollutes our lives collectively whether soil water or even air it is a cycle As individuals we have the responsibility to ensure that we take care of our environment because if we default the environment will react According to her rural people still use firewood adding there is need to develop renewable stoves solar operated stoves we should not just complain but provide alternatives that are cheap We also need to educate people on the dos and don t as well as the need to engage the Ministry of Health so they can carry it as a health issue for a collaborative effort towards better health Dr Gabriel Fawole from School of the Environment University of Portmouth UK recommended for wastes to be buried in place of burning them and recycling of wastes Fawole said that in the developed world some human activities like travelling on air for short trips driving some distance were regulated to avoid emissions that come from those means of transportation He also said everyone needs to control his indoor pollution adding that 10 to 20 per cent of air pollution generated outdoor affect the indoors If the environment is dusty keep your windows shut because when these pollutants come in they don t go out and when you generate pollution indoors they don t go out easily There were series of technical sessions that took place at the conference all suggesting ways government institutions and individuals can contribute towards a healthy and better environment www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NASRDA, NESREA, NiMET, others decry human activities causing poor air quality
     The National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA government agencies and stakeholders have decried human activities that contribute to poor air quality across the country They condemned this act on Friday at the close of the international conference organised by Centre for Atmospheric Research an activity centre of NASRDA in collaboration with Osun State University and Penn State University USA The conference which lasted from Monday to Friday focused on COVID 19 Air Quality and Environment with the theme Fighting Pollution A Silent Threat to our Existence Prof Babatunde Rabiu Director Centre for Atmospheric Research said the centre in the past few years had sited air quality sensors across different locations of the country Rabiu said that the sensors were primarily to aid research on air quality which should improve a habitable environment for humans The director said that the centre has several air monitors across the country We have nine clarity devices and 27 Purple Air sensors connected to us asides those connected to other individuals across the country he said Prof Israel Oyewole Provost College of Science and Engineering Osun State University drew the attention of agencies and the government to air pollution as well as the need to address issues on bush burning Oyewole called for improvement on the regulation of industry activities as well as emissions into the environment If we don t control pollution we are at a dangerous situation that will be affecting us he said Mr Chukwunweizu Maike Osun Coordinator National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA said that the agency has up to 34 regulations Maike said the regulations include regulation on Air pollution vehicular emission ozone layer surface and ground water pollution among others He further said that the agency in the state was ensuring compliance monitoring of facilities mining base metal facilities and sanitation activities We arrange mediation meetings to address community crisis and currently we have an issue of mining that almost led to the cancellation of the annual Osun Osogbo festival in August Mining in Osun was getting higher and we are currently investigating ground and surface water pollution particularly where we have the mining companies in Ilesha and Ile Ife axis Once we are done with the investigation some of these companies may be sealed or will be made to face the right penalty Maike said Mrs Olumide Olaniyan a Deputy General Manager Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMET said the agency was proposing to establish more stations across the country to further monitor air quality Olaniyan said that continuous pollution of the environment causes climate change while it affects the health of humans She recalled that according to the World Meteorological Organisation Nigeria was ranked one of the worst polluted countries in Africa Polluting the atmosphere causes global warming and this causes increase in temperature that will lead to evaporation hence intense floods Pollution is serious we need to do something about it and the Sustainable Development Goals have given the mandate for zero emission by 2030 and I don t think we are close to that Olaniyan said She urged that policy makers should be sterner in establishing policies that promote clean air Prof Fuwape Ibiyinka Vice Chancellor Michael and Cecilia Ibru University said as individuals we need to cultivate better habits that promote clean air and environment How can we reduce indoor outdoor pollution either as a nation or individuals as agencies institutions We need to start taking care of our environment whatever we do to our environment pollutes our lives collectively whether soil water or even air it is a cycle As individuals we have the responsibility to ensure that we take care of our environment because if we default the environment will react According to her rural people still use firewood adding there is need to develop renewable stoves solar operated stoves we should not just complain but provide alternatives that are cheap We also need to educate people on the dos and don t as well as the need to engage the Ministry of Health so they can carry it as a health issue for a collaborative effort towards better health Dr Gabriel Fawole from School of the Environment University of Portmouth UK recommended for wastes to be buried in place of burning them and recycling of wastes Fawole said that in the developed world some human activities like travelling on air for short trips driving some distance were regulated to avoid emissions that come from those means of transportation He also said everyone needs to control his indoor pollution adding that 10 to 20 per cent of air pollution generated outdoor affect the indoors If the environment is dusty keep your windows shut because when these pollutants come in they don t go out and when you generate pollution indoors they don t go out easily There were series of technical sessions that took place at the conference all suggesting ways government institutions and individuals can contribute towards a healthy and better environment www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NASRDA, NESREA, NiMET, others decry human activities causing poor air quality
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    NASRDA, NESREA, NiMET, others decry human activities causing poor air quality

    The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), government agencies and stakeholders have decried human activities that contribute to poor air quality across the country.

    They condemned this act on Friday at the close of the international conference organised by Centre for Atmospheric Research, an activity centre of NASRDA,  in collaboration with Osun State University and Penn State University, USA.

    The conference which lasted from Monday to Friday focused on COVID-19, Air Quality and Environment, with the theme “Fighting Pollution: A Silent Threat to our Existence.

    ’’ Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, Director, Centre for Atmospheric Research, said the centre in the past few years had sited air quality sensors across different locations of the country.

    Rabiu said that the sensors were primarily to aid research on air quality which should improve a habitable environment for humans.

    The director said that the centre has several air monitors across the country.

    “We have nine clarity devices and 27 Purple Air sensors connected to us asides those connected to other individuals across the country,” he said.

    Prof. Israel Oyewole, Provost, College of Science and Engineering, Osun State University, drew the attention of agencies and the government to air pollution, as well as the need to address issues on bush burning.

    Oyewole called for improvement on the regulation of industry activities, as well as emissions into the environment.

    “If we don’t control pollution, we are at a dangerous situation that will be affecting us,” he said.

    Mr Chukwunweizu Maike, Osun Coordinator, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) said that the agency has up to 34 regulations.

    Maike said the regulations include regulation on Air pollution, vehicular emission, ozone layer, surface and ground water pollution, among others.

    He further said that the agency in the state was ensuring compliance, monitoring of facilities, mining, base metal facilities and sanitation activities.

    “We arrange mediation meetings to address community crisis and currently, we have an issue of mining that almost led to the cancellation of the annual Osun Osogbo festival in August.

    “Mining in Osun was getting higher and we are currently investigating ground and surface water pollution, particularly where we have the mining companies in Ilesha and Ile-Ife axis.

    “Once we are done with the investigation, some of these companies may be sealed or will be made to face the right  penalty,’’ Maike said.

    Mrs Olumide Olaniyan, a Deputy General Manager, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), said the agency was proposing to establish more stations across the country to further monitor air quality.

    Olaniyan said that continuous pollution of the environment causes climate change, while it affects the health of humans.

    She recalled that, according to the World Meteorological Organisation, Nigeria was, ranked one of the worst polluted countries in Africa.

    “Polluting the atmosphere causes global warming and this causes increase in temperature that will lead to evaporation, hence intense floods.

    “Pollution is serious, we need to do something about it and the Sustainable Development Goals have given the mandate for zero emission by 2030 and I don’t think we are close to that,’’ Olaniyan said.

    She urged that policy makers should be sterner in establishing policies that promote clean air.

    Prof. Fuwape Ibiyinka, Vice-Chancellor, Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, said, ”as individuals, we need to cultivate better habits that promote clean air and environment.

    ”How can we reduce indoor, outdoor pollution, either as a nation or individuals, as agencies, institutions ?

    “We need to start taking care of our environment, whatever we do to our environment, pollutes our lives collectively, whether soil, water or even air, it is a cycle.

    “As individuals, we have the responsibility to ensure that we take care of our environment, because ,if we default, the environment will react.

    ’’ According to her, rural people still use firewood, adding, ”there is need to develop renewable stoves, solar operated stoves, we should not just complain, but provide alternatives that are cheap.

    “We also need to educate people on the dos and don’t, as well as the need to engage the Ministry of Health so they can carry it as a health issue for a collaborative effort towards better health.

    ’’ Dr Gabriel Fawole, from School of the Environment, University of Portmouth, UK, recommended for wastes to be buried in place of burning them and recycling of wastes.

    Fawole said that in the developed world, some human activities like travelling on air for short trips, driving some distance were regulated to avoid emissions that come from those means of transportation.

    He also said, ”everyone needs to control his indoor pollution,” adding that 10 to 20 per cent of air pollution generated outdoor affect the indoors.

    “If the environment is dusty, keep your windows shut, because when these pollutants come in, they don’t go out and when you generate pollution indoors, they don’t go out easily.

    ’’ There were series of technical sessions that took place at the conference, all suggesting ways government, institutions and individuals can contribute towards a healthy and better environment.

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  •  The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education has urged the state government to take over the payment of salary of the staff of the State University Keffi Mr Daniel Ogazi the Chairman of the Committee made the call when the management of the institution appeared before it on Wednesday in Lafia to explain its 2022 budget performance He assured the university management of the committee s continued support to enable them succeed in tackling the challenges facing the institution We will continue to do our best in ensuring improved standard of education We are urging the state government to take over the salary of the staff of the university Ogazi said The Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Suleiman Bala Mohammed commended the committee for its support to the institution over the years He however said that the institution s revenue performance in the last six months was adversely affected by the national industrial action embarked upon by the university unions Bala Mohammed also said that paucity of funds had affected personnel cost as management had to augment up to 57 per cent from its internally generated revenue for staff salary monthly The vice chancellor therefore appealed for the state government to fully take over the payment of staff salaries as a lasting solution to the university s financial challenge The Education Committee should intervene in the industrial crisis brewing on campus which is apparently suppressed by the national strike he said He appreciated Gov Abdullahi Sule for his efforts in developing the education sector of the state and called for its sustenance NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nasarawa Assembly wants state govt to take over own varsity salary payment
     The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education has urged the state government to take over the payment of salary of the staff of the State University Keffi Mr Daniel Ogazi the Chairman of the Committee made the call when the management of the institution appeared before it on Wednesday in Lafia to explain its 2022 budget performance He assured the university management of the committee s continued support to enable them succeed in tackling the challenges facing the institution We will continue to do our best in ensuring improved standard of education We are urging the state government to take over the salary of the staff of the university Ogazi said The Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Suleiman Bala Mohammed commended the committee for its support to the institution over the years He however said that the institution s revenue performance in the last six months was adversely affected by the national industrial action embarked upon by the university unions Bala Mohammed also said that paucity of funds had affected personnel cost as management had to augment up to 57 per cent from its internally generated revenue for staff salary monthly The vice chancellor therefore appealed for the state government to fully take over the payment of staff salaries as a lasting solution to the university s financial challenge The Education Committee should intervene in the industrial crisis brewing on campus which is apparently suppressed by the national strike he said He appreciated Gov Abdullahi Sule for his efforts in developing the education sector of the state and called for its sustenance NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nasarawa Assembly wants state govt to take over own varsity salary payment
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    Nasarawa Assembly wants state govt to take over own varsity salary payment

    The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education has urged the state government to take over  the payment of salary of the staff of the  State University, Keffi.

    Mr Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the Committee made the call when the management of the institution appeared before it on Wednesday in Lafia to explain its 2022 budget performance.

    He assured the university management  of the committee’s continued support to enable them  succeed in tackling the challenges facing the institution.

    ” We will continue to do our best in ensuring improved standard of education.

    ” We are urging the state government to take over the salary of the staff of the university,” Ogazi said.

    The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Suleiman Bala- Mohammed, commended the committee for its support to the institution over the years.

    He, however, said that the institution’s revenue performance in the last six months was adversely affected by the national industrial action embarked upon by the university unions.

    Bala-Mohammed also  said that paucity of funds had affected personnel cost as management had to augment up to 57 per cent from its internally generated revenue  for staff salary monthly.

    The vice chancellor, therefore, appealed for the state government to fully take over the payment of staff salaries as a lasting solution to the university’s financial challenge.

    ” The Education Committee should intervene in the industrial crisis brewing on campus which is apparently suppressed by the national strike,” he said.

    He appreciated Gov. Abdullahi Sule for his efforts in developing the education sector of the state and called for its sustenance.

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