Brian Arbic, a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Michigan, U.
S., has called for more representation of Africa in global science.
Arbic made the call on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .
He spoke on the sidelines of a weeklong 2022 Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Nigeria (COESAN) held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
NAN reports that the programme, which began on Monday, is an annual event.
The 2022 edition was organised by UNILAG in collaboration with the University of Michigan and the Nigeria Institute of Marine Research.
According to Arbic, Africa is one of the largest continents in the world and there is need for Africans to be actively engaged in making decisions about marine.
“This programme called Coastal Environment Summer School is the first time it will be hosted in Nigeria and also the first time it will be done in both the virtual and physical forms since its inception in 2015 in Ghana.
“It is basically a one-week summer school for oceanography that helps people to learn about the ocean, its importance and challenges such as pollution and over fishing.
“It also seeks to build up a network of people working around the world with Africans, so that they can collaborate with Americans and Europeans on ocean problems.
“Africa, being one of the largest continents in the world, needs therefore to be better represented in the global enterprise such as publishing scientific papers, being in international communities and making decisions about marine,” he said.
According to the don, the summer school is also aimed at promoting marine science in Africa as well as collaborations among marine scientists in Africa and the world at large.
He said that the programme had participants from the University of Michigan, University of Lagos, Ghana, China, Liberia and Malaysia, physically and virtually.
On the impact of the programme on students, Arbic said: ” This is the first time we are hosting the programme here, in Nigeria, but if you go back to Ghana, where we had been holding the programme, students have learnt about new technologies.
“They can apply it on scientific research, we hope to bring same to Nigeria”.
Arbic urged support for the programme, noting that collaborations usually brought about progress.
He lauded UNILAG for efforts to ensure success of the event.
Dr Owoyemi Elegbeye of UNILAG’s Department of Marine Science, told NAN that it was important to understand that 70 per cent of the earth was water.
According to him, 90 per cent of the water is ocean water.
Elegbeye, a member of the event’s local organising committee, said it was unfortunate that humans were not tapping enough from ocean resources.
“We must take cognisance of the things that really matter to humans.
We must dig more into the usefulness of ocean and the things therein and see how it can be applied to our daily living.
“We fall short of adequate research in this aspect of human existence; that is part of the essence of this whole programme holding in UNILAG for the first time.
“Our aim is to see how people can get to know more about the benefits of ocean and marine science.
“This programme had been held in Ghana annually; in the past two years, 2020 and 2021, it was held virtually following the pandemic.
“For the first time, it is holding here, in Nigeria, right in our campus,’’ he said.
He also noted that the summer school was being done both physically and virtually for the first time.
“The populace should be sensitised massively about this, starting from the advantages, because what you don’t know, you cannot tap from.
It is critical that we spread the news,” Elegbeye said.
UNILAG’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, described the programme as timely.
He said that it was in line with the institution’s resolve to intensify research activities among students and staff.
Ogundipe was represented by Prof. Bola Oboh, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research).
According to Ogundipe, UNILAG is excited to host the event.
He said that networking remained critical to knowledge advancement.
“I am of’ the opinion that a lot still needs to be done particularly in West Africa, considering the fact that it is bound by a lot of water.
“What happens in the aquatic space is important and needs a lot of research on.
“It is, therefore, important that we dig deep into the programme to ensure that participants have something good to take back home,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, says he is optimistic that the protracted nationwide indefinite strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would soon be over.
Ogundipe gave the hint in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the inauguration of a multi-million naira laboratory, refurbished and donated to the Faculty of Engineering by Mr Oyetayo Ige, an alumnus of the university.
The event took place at the University campus in Akoka, Lagos, on Tuesday evening.
NAN reports that members of the union had on Feb.16, embarked on an indefinite strike over government’s inability to satisfactorily address all issues raised in the 2020 Memorandum of Action (MoA) agreed between the parties.
The strike, which was embarked upon following several verbal warnings by the union, began with its members downing tools for a month from Feb. 14, which later rolled over to another two months, after which it became the current indefinite industrial action.
“I want to say that things may soon pick up in the system.
We are already aware of the various interventions by some concerned stakeholders in the country, in ensuring that things are normalised in the system so that our children can come back to school.
“So, with the latest development and the kind of green light coming from government’s angle, there are strong indications that the strike may soon be over; very soon, and I want to assure you that we are very hopeful,” Ogundipe said.
Speaking on the donation of the laboratory by a former student of the university, the vice chancellor stated that he was elated, describing the development as heartwarming and the way to go.
“Today, we are unveiling the New Frederick Adegboyega Ige Laboratory Complex, a multi million naira facility donated by an alumnus of this university, who graduated from the Faculty of Engineering.
“The laboratory is for the Department of Electrical and Electronics.
“You know, what he has just done is in line with our ‘3P3’ initiative, which is Pick a Project, Pick a Person and Pick a Programme.
“So, he has been able to commit millions of naira to improve the state of this laboratory in a bid to give back to his alma mater and by extension, impact teaching and learning.
“We have three different sections in this laboratory; they comprise of the software, the electrical and the hardware sections, and with this, our engineering students will surely be unstoppable,” Ogundipe added.
He lauded Ige, the donor, and urged others to replicate same, in whatever ways they deemed fit, for the advancement of the society and for the good of humanity.
According to him, the 3P3 initiative introduced by the current management of the university has been receiving responses from key stakeholders in the society, but can be better.
“We want to appeal to more corporate organisations, public spirited individuals and the alumni of the university to partner with the university in supporting the initiative, in a bid to enhance academic excellence among the students and ultimately, nation building.
On his part, the donor of the laboratory, Mr Ige, said he was passionate about the success of the younger generation and hence the need to give back to his alma mater.
Ige, who is the Managing Director, Proyecto Technologies Ltd, noted that the greatest legacy one could bequeath to people was not only what one could offer them while they were alive, but the long-lasting memories it would leave.
Proyecto Technologies is an indigenous business service company that designs, develops and deploys cost-effective infrastructure solutions for industries.
“Part of why I undertook this project was also in honour of my late dad.
He was an educationist, a lover of mankind, who was not a man of plenty needs, but was always willing to give selflessly.
“Unfortunately he passed on in his prime and since then, his memories linger on.
I have always wanted to do something in memory of him and I thought there was no better place to do that, than to come to my alma mater here in UNILAG.
“We cannot keep on complaining about issues forever and not play our own role in our little corners, whether as individuals or collectively as a group.
“We all have a part to play in moving this nation forward.
What I have done, is my own part as an alumnus of this institution.
If anyone does same, things will surely look up for us, so my advice here is for everyone to stand up and be counted.
“We must play our part and not expect government to do everything for us.
This may not be realistic.
We need to put our money where our mouth is, if we are to build a society that we all desire ,” Ige said.
He assured that aside donating the laboratory, he would also manage it and ensure it achieves the purpose for which it was meant.
Prof. Oluwole Adegbenro, a former lecturer in the department, commended Ige for the donation, describing it as encouraging and timely.
Adegbenro, now retired, told NAN that such donations had been seen in some faculties in the university, but there was need for more.
“We are indeed happy that he took this huge step, so as to encourage the younger generation.
He is an alumnus of the department specifically, our former student.
We taught him here and he graduated in 2008.
“This laboratory was built in 196263 by UNESCO.
So, it is now left for us Nigerians to put it in modern shape, as it is in top universities in other climes.
“Before now, most of the equipment in this laboratory had outlived their usefulness, but with this new state of the art laboratory with modern equipment, our students are sure ready to fly,” he said.
The University of Lagos on Thursday in Lagos said plans were underway for the evolvement of the Department of Automobile Engineering in the institution soon.The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe disclosed this in an interview on the sidelines of the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the university and NORD Motors, an indigenous automobile firm.According to him, the signing of the memorandum is a bold step in the right direction that is positioned to further intensify the university’s quest in equipping students with all the necessary skills before graduation.“Education today has gone far beyond just theory. We are happy with this development because we are bringing the practical application right here to the university and even outside.“With what we have therefore witnessed today, it may now lead to the evolvement of the Department of Automobile Engineering. This may happen in no distant time, hopefully in 2023.“It is subsumed now in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. But very soon, we will be having the automobile engineering stand as a department of its own. It will also serve like their laboratory.“Another advantage is that they will be using the department for industrial attachment for our students,” Ogundipe said.He described the collaboration as the ‘Evolutionary Triple Helix model’, as the university was bringing the industry, government and country together.Ogundipe said that this would also stimulate research and development activities in the area of automobile among members of staf.He said that any nation with the quest for development must look inward.“This is the first time any university is bringing an automobile company into its campus in Africa.“What this means to us therefore is that they will start assembling the car in this university of Lagos, putting into consideration, the economic situation of this country.“Our students will be able to gain first hand experience. Not only students of engineering, but architecture, finance, marketing, as well as those in creative arts.“Some good ones could also be employed here and that will expose them at the international level, in the area of automobile engineering.“Asides this, it will also assist our academic staff in the area of research, may be in the area of energy or fuel consumption. It is also a thing of pride for the university, the community and indeed the country at large.“I also want to appreciate the chairman of Council for granting us the permission to go ahead with what we have witnessed here today,” the professor of Botany stated.On his part, Mr Oluwatobi Ajayi, CEO, of NORD Motors, expressed delight at the development, noting that it was his little way of contributing to the development of the country.According to him, there is the need to continuously encourage the youths, especially students in tertiary institutions, by making them understand that they have a future in engineering especially.“I want to assure you that in two months time, our company will be establishing our assembly plant, as well as an ultra modern showroom, to be commissioned by the vice chancellor.“I have always believed in Nigeria and believe in the great talents and natural resources therein. I will not stop at doing anything within my disposal to make Nigeria a pride before the entire world.“It is time we must come together to return Nigeria to a producing nation and not a consumer nation.“And one of the things we need to do in this regard is to start from our school, catching them young and equipping them,” he said.Ajayi noted that engineering was critical to nation building, adding that it is was the builder of every economy.“We cannot just continue to be importing what we are capable of producing by ourselves.“We must create the jobs, make our own cars and this is what gave rise to my conceiving the idea of approaching the university, those in the academia, to see how we can encourage our students to create a future for themselves and work together towards a better Nigeria.“My expectation thereafter is that with what we are about to start, Nigeria will be a hub for automobile in Africa.“People around the continent will come to Nigeria to shop for vehicles and their components.“And with this, Nigeria will take its place among industrial giants in the near future,” he said.
Prof Obinna Chukwu, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Management Services) of the institution described the collaboration as a thing of great joy. He noted that the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between NORD Motors, an indigenous automobile firm and UNILAG was a giant step that had brought joy to both the students, staff, management and the council.
Chukwu noted that this relationship was predicated on the fact that NORD motors would open an assembly plant in the university.
He said that the assembly plant would not only produce vehicles on campus, but also boast of a showroom.Describing the initiative as a bold move in entrepreneurship, the deputy vice chancellor said that it would also impact research and development. “In the first instance, our students will be able to have first hand knowledge in a car assembly plant.“They will also have an opportunity of taking advantage of all the supply chain logistics that accompany automobile production.” It is not just about the engineering. There are lots of other branches, some administration, some financing and others that would benefit the students. So that exposure is quite important.“Thirdly, when we were speaking with the chief executive officer of the firm, we said we need to change to a newer model.“And for you to change to a newer model, in the past, we used to travel to Germany to meet experts who will sit down and get a concept design for a new model.“That development of the newer model of NORD car, A3 specifically, will now be formed at the University of Lagos. That is, involving members of staff and our students. You can see that this will go a long way in stamping our feet in our quest to at least, do something in the area of automobile,” he said.He recalled that the University of Lagos started off such move a long time ago, under late Prof. Ayodele Awojobi, an engineering genius.“He designed a bit directional armoured vehicle we call Autonov. Autonov 1, 2, and 3.“This is still available at the Faculty of Engineering.That vehicle have the singular specification of being driven forward and backward.“You will also recall that the university of Lagos during its last convocation showcased what we call our Electric Vehicle.“This was designed in a way that will assist the SMEs, as well as those that have micro enterprises here on campus, to enable them shuttle around using the vehicle.” This will reduce our footprints in terms of emission and at the same time maximise their profits.“So, to sum it up, this relationship we witnessed today is a step in the right direction and that has been the vision and mission of the current administration under Prof. Ogundipe,” he said.Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development Services) said one of the objectives of the partnership was to facilitate and develop a platform for willing and qualifed students of the institution, in the art of manufacturing of cars.She said this was in conjunction with NORD, and to create skilks development drive of resolving unemployment crisis among the youths, through priority employment for the institution’s graduates.Atsenuwa noted that it would put the university on global map of automobile hubs in the world, by stamping on every car assembled in the institution’s facility, ‘Made in Nigeria; -Manufactured in UNILAG, among others.
Persons With Disabilities have emphasised the need for airports in Nigeria to have more facilities and assistive devices for persons with disabilities,
However, they noted that while there are limited assistive devices at airports in Nigeria for persons with physical disabilities including leg and spinal cord injured, there were absence of same for the visually-impaired, hearing-impaired and persons with albinism, among others.
A former Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Omololu Soyombo, highlighted these while presenting a report on : “Accessibility of Nigerian Airports to Persons with Disability: Presentation of Assesment Result”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the presentation was the outcome of a fieldwork of an empirical study conducted for the Coalition of Disability Organiations (CODO) from Dec. 10 to Dec. 21, 2021.
CODO, is an NGO, aimed at promoting inclusion, disability rights and mobilizations of persons with disabilities in areas critical to their survival.
The Coalition includes Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Hope Alive for Possibilities Initiatives (HAPI) and the Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigerian (SCIAN), supported by Disability Rights Fund (DRF).
Making the presentation in Lagos, Soyombo, also a Professor of Sociology, said that in spite national and international provisions for the assurance of the rights of persons with disability, their plight was further compounded by societal attitude.
“ People with disabilities are generally known to be disadvantaged in the society, and consequently suffer many deprivations, discriminations and denial of their rights.
“One important, but often ignored or under-estimated area of life where the rights of people with disabilities are flagrantly abused is in accessing facilities and services for the purpose of air travel.
“ The access of PWDs to airports and airlines facilities should be assured. As citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Constitution guarantees protection against any form of discrimination.
“The promotion of the rights of PWDs also in line with Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals, as adopted by the United Nations in 2015, to “promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.
“Despite Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation provisions and the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 provisions, that airport and airline operators shall provide facilities at the airports to enhance the movement of persons with disabilities and also ensure that no passenger is discriminated against on the ground of disabilities, PWDs still suffer so much violation of their human rights.
“ Reports of denial of air travel completely, as well as humiliating and embarrassing to the needs of PWDs exit and PWDs are sometimes prevented from travelling by air. ‘’
According to him, the study shows that where they are allowed to travel by air, they are often subjected to degrading treatment when boarding and de-boarding aircrafts as a result of absence of assistive devices that could help them.
He listed some of factors affecting PWDs access to airports to include poor arrangements, institutional deficiencies, oversight, as well as human, material, logistic and infrastructural inadequacies.
“PWDs experienced difficulty in getting on the aircraft, difficulty in climbing the stairs into the airport building due to lack -functioning elevators and ramps,
“Communication barrier, absence of sign language communication, absence of a Disability Desk at the airport, poor direction in the airport for PWDs, denied boarding, and of care by other travellers.
“Having to walk long distance to board the aircraft, having to be carried physically which was embarrassing and absence of dedicated seat for PWDs.
“Also, workers not taking wheelchairs outside the airport hall for PWDs needing wheel chairs and lack of assistance by airport and airline staff”.
He noted that those who said they had no challenges talked about assistance given by staff, having their personal aides with them, as well as issues relating to differences in the nature and degree of physical disability.
Proffering solutions, Soyombo said that travel information at airports should be provided in accessible formats (e.g. large print, bold print, audio and visual, use of sign language interpreters, etc.) for various categories of PWDs.
This, he said, should be beyond the use of Public Address Systems for announcements, which a person with auditory impairment may not be able to decode.
“Announcements should be made in multiple formats – verbally and visually.
“ There should be provision for the inclusion of information at booking point for PWDs to indicate their status and special needs for the officials to make necessary arrangements to meet their needs.
“Provision of adequate information to PWDs about services, facilities, safety, security and hazards within the airports should be widely available in different formats.
“ Special training should be organised for airport and airlines personnel involved in the provision of assistive services, including check-in staff, boarding staff, cabin crew, etc. on the needs of PWDs and how best to meet them.
“Capacity building on the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018. This is to enhance the full implementation of the Act and service delivery of the Ministry on persons with disabilities.
“Ramps and hand-rails should be constructed at various parts of the airport for wheelchair users and easy access by PWDs.’
He said there should be accessible ticketing portals at airports for use by PWDs and other passengers as well as directional guides at airports for PWDs and other airport users.
The report also urged the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to urgently conduct an audit of all airports in Nigeria for disability facilities and provisions, with the full involvement of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and other stakeholders.
Mr David Anyaele, Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), made a presentation on “Disability Rights Act: Access to Airport and Nigerians with Disabilities’’.
Anyaele, who is the Convener of CODO, restated that the Nigeria Disability Act provides for the full integration of person with disabilities into the society.
“And establish the National Commission for person with disabilities and vests the Commission with the responsibilities for their education, health, care social, economic and civil right.
“Removal of all barriers against PWDs use of their services (institutional, environmental and attitudinal barriers.
“Airport authorities and airline operators could support the government in raising awareness on the rights of PWDs,’’ Anyaele said.
NAN also reports that the study was carried out in the six geopolitical zones including South West, South East, South South, North West, North East, North Central, Federal Capital Territory.
The airports included the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 and Murtala Muhammed Airport 1, Ikeja, Lagos.
Also, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu; Akwa Ibom Airport (Victor Attah International Airport), Uyo, Akwa Ibom; Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport,Kano.
The Gombe Lawanti International Airport (Sanni Abacha International Airport),Gombe; Jos Yakubu Gowon Airport, Plateau and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, FCT Abuja.
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Wednesday urged researchers to make greater impacts toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Prof. Obinna Chukwu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services of the institution, made the call at a two-day workshop organised by the university on Wednesday.
UNILAG organised the event in collaboration with the International Research and Exchanges Board in Lagos.
The theme of the workshop is “CO-creating a Research Communication Strategy for Greater Impact”.
According to Chukwu, all researches must be relevant to the society ifresearchers truly wants to be seen as relevant in terms of tackling societal challenges.
He said that a major way to achieve the impact would be through robust communication strategies.
“I will simply describe this interactive workshop as a welcome development in the sense that the university of Lagos is gradually moving toward a research-intensive hub,” Chukwu said.
According to him, outcomes of researches should not end up only in academic publications.
“There is a very compelling need to disseminate research activities and outcomes to the general public.
“This workshop is indeed a wake-up call for us, researchers, to ensure that researches we engage in should have that needed impact.
“When you do that, communicating such research outcomes becomes easier, as you can easily see the relevance of researches; so overall, I think it is a huge step in the right direction,” he said.
The deputy vice-chancellor said that he was happy that the university was deepening communication of research activities.
According to the official, effective research communication should go beyond issuing press releases.
“I can tell you that when research outputs are properly reported and the relevance of the report bears upon individuals, it goes a long way to drive more research activities that will not only be locally-relevant, but also globally significant.
“Here, in UNILAG, there is a deliberate policy for us to make the institution not only be a conventional university, but also research-driven and entrepreneurial,” Chukwu said.
Prof. Wellington Oyibo, also of UNILAG, said that the university was in dire need of partnership with the media for effective research communication.
“We know as researchers or an institution that we are in an ecosystem where the media is part of. What we are trying to bring out is awareness that we must work together,” he said.
Oyibo, UNILAG’s Director of D. K. Olukoya Central Research Laboratory, said that there was need for both researchers and media professionals to work together.
A panelist at the workshop, Mrs Ijeoma Popoola, advised both researchers and journalists to guard against ambiguity in communicating research.
She urged multi-media approach in communicating research, adding that inclusion of pictures and videos of research activities would drive impact.
“Many news items compete for limited media space or time. Securing media space or time requires clarity of the message.
“Doing this will significantly increase impact.
“ Also, the research should involve a major discovery. It must be something new or have a fresh angle to an existing situation.
“The impact the research will have in the society should be played up.
“How the research will affect the society is important. The more the number of people likely to be impacted by a research, the more chances it will have to secure media space and time,” she said.
Popoola, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief at the News Agency of Nigeria , advised UNILAG and its researchers to involve journalists in their research activities from the onset.
According to her, this will enable the journalists to report the commencement of the studies, hindrances, such as funding, and other aspects of the study requiring publicity.
Popoola said that regular interactions between researchers and journalists was paramount to effective research communication.
She also called for training of journalists on research reporting.
According to her, an immersion programme on research reporting, for selected journalists, would enable them to learn research terminologies and be able to interpret them effectively to the general public.
Another panelist, Abigail Ogwezzy -Ndisika, a Professor of Mass Communication at UNILAG, said that the media should be involved from the start of every research activity.
She also urged effective implementation science which she said, involved various levels.
She said that research fund donors, those with technical support, as well as allies in the private sector, should be involved in research communication.
“It is a whole gamut. It is a whole component. I think we are beginning to get things right. We are beginning to look at the fact that implementation science is the way to go.
“The old method of just putting research outcomes on the shelves, putting them out for conferences, publishing them in scholarly journals and all of that, are counting numbers, but not every number counts.
“ Where is the impact? What we are saying in effect is that every research we are doing in the university should be about SDGs.”
According to the professor, there are 17 SDGs and about 167 targets.
“ There is no research that is being done that is not linked to any of these goals.
“By 2030, nations of the world will not be ruled by the number of researches done but the impacts of such researches,” she said.
A Co-convener of the workshop, Mr Bolarinwa Ajiboye, expressed delight at the turnout of participants and the robust conversation recorded.
He said that the university would continue to improve in its research activities by deploying necessary tools to support efforts of researchers.
Ajiboye said that all hands were on deck to take the university to an enviable height and make it a research hub in Africa and the world at large.
Dr Akinsola Olufemi, a researcher and construction expert, on Wednesday called for inclusion of Lime in aggregates to achieve building of durable houses that can last centuries in Nigeria.
Olufemi, who is the Director, Applied Research and Technology Innovation (ARTI), Yaba College of Science and Technology (Yabatech) made the call at a hybrid 2022 Builders’ Business Conference in Ikeja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lime is produced when Limestone, a form of sedimentary rock available in several states in the nation, is heated at extremely high temperature.
The expert said a recent research on colonial buildings across Lagos and Nigeria revealed that the Lime included in the cement and other aggregates was responsible for their resilient quality and durability.
He said that the research was conducted by the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) in collaboration with Yabatech and other experts.
Olufemi said that Lime was currently produced and available in large commercial quantity in Nigeria but building professionals and the public were not aware of its importance for achieving durable construction.
He listed buildings built by colonial masters in the 18th and 19th century still standing strong in some parts of Nigeria.
The expert said that the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Race Course and other pre Independence and Independence buildings in Lagos State were still standing strong.
“UNILAG old building built in 1967 has no single crack,” he said.
He urged members of the NIOB to lead the campaign in popularising use of Lime by getting their clients to use the mineral.
Olufemi, who is President, Nigerian Academy of Facility Management, and also the National Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Builders in Maintenance and Facility Management, enumerated the importance of using quality building materials at every stage of construction.
He also advised that professionals insist on use of oven-baked colour roof instead of the ones manually painted by fake building materials merchants.
Olufemi advised the Lagos State Government to engage in bulk importation and purchase to bring down the cost of construction and achieve affordable mass housing.
Mr Saheed Omotosho, who represented the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson, reeled out efforts made by the state government in collaborating with the built environment professionals toward quality affordable housing delivery in the state.
He said that the governor, at the last Lagos State Real Estate Market Place Conference and Exhibitions, promised developers within the state 50 hectares of land for construction of housing units, as part of efforts to reduce the shelter gap the state.
The theme of the event was “Effective Building Production Management Services: Integration of Construction Programme of Works and Building Construction Methodology in Building Project Delivery in Lagos State”.
The capacity building programme was organised by the Lagos State Chapter of NIOB for its members in collaboration with the Berger Paint Plc.
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy (CISLAC), an NGO, has urged Nigerians, particularly students, to use TIM to report cases of sexual exploitation known as “sextortion”.
TIM a platform to report cases of sexual abuse where victims can seek psychological support and reparation.
CISLAC board member Hajia Hadiza Kangiwa gave the advice at an awareness program for tertiary institutions in Lagos on Monday.
Kangiwa said the program was part of activities carried out with the support of the German Agency for International Cooperation to address the sextortion experienced in higher institutions.
“The program is organized to educate students from tertiary institutions in Lagos state about sexual exploitation, particularly from an anti-corruption perspective.
“The idea is that you speak up, seek redress and psychological support while we approach it from an anti-corruption perspective.
“Some boys also experience abuse and bullying, therefore the stereotype that women are the only victims of sextortion needs to be reconsidered,” she said.
The CISLAC official advised participants to take advantage of the TIM to obtain justice, noting that some people are abused but are unaware of the means to get help or stop the perpetrators.
He added that it was in the quest to find a solution to complaints of sexual abuse that CISLAC created the electronic channel known as the TIMBY App, a physical channel for reporting and denunciation.
Meanwhile, one of the participants, Mr. Oluwaseun Waheed, a student at Lagos State University (LASU), told the Nigerian News Agency that the program was a wonderful initiative.
Waheed said the sextortion show has exposed him while trying to help affected colleagues.
“I found out about the 'TIMBY' application courtesy of CISLAC. What I will take advantage of in my position as the leader of the student union is to make sure that other students benefit.
“We are going to infuse five minutes of motivational speaking into our orientation program and student union activity week, to raise more awareness about sextortion and how to access the app,” he said.
The LASU student said there was a need to spread awareness to elementary and middle schools to instill the knowledge in children early enough.
Furthermore, Ms Ijeoma Edozie, a student at Harvard Business and Management Studies, Abeokuta, said that sextortion had been a major challenge faced by students, particularly women, in the course of their academic studies.
Edozie said that TIM curbs the activities of perpetrators, as they would be arrested and forced to face the law if caught.
He said that the speakers had opened the understanding of the participants so that they know when their rights are being violated.
“With the TIMBY app, these cases will be addressed and the quest to eradicate sextortion in higher institutions will be accomplished. There are legal bodies associated with the NGO involved in this race,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ms. Bathsheba Tagwai, legal officer of CISLAC, said that the program aimed to inform participants that sextortion was wrong and a corrupt practice involving both genders.
"The stereotype that women are the only victims of sextortion should be reconsidered, there are cases in which men are victims although not as frequent," he said.
Tagwai said that the NGO had brought awareness to Abuja, (North Central); Akwa-Ibom, (south south) and Lagos, (south west), while plans are underway to take the campaign to other states.
reports that no fewer than 100 students from LASU, Federal College of Education, Akoka, YABATECH, Adeniran Ogunsaya, Michael Otedola College of Education, UNILAG, and Harvard College Business and Management Studies, Abeokuta, participated in the one-day program.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila lit the torch of the Nigerian University Games (NUGA) 2022 at the University of Lagos Sports Center (UNILAG), Akoka on Saturday amid fanfare.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the start of the 26th NUGA was marked by the opening ceremony at the hosts' Sports Village.
The opening ceremony also saw the march past the universities, while students from the UNILAG Staff School also performed a calisthenics and dance session.
Other dignitaries apart from Gbajabiamila included the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, while Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State was represented.
Also present on the occasion were GTco Director General Segun Agbaje, UNILAG Pro-Chancellor Dr. Olanrewaju Tejuoso, Prof. Stephen Hamafyelto and UNILAG Vice Chancellor Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
In his welcome speech, Gbajabiamila described sport as a true tool for unification between different ethnic backgrounds and religions.
“We have men and women here who are ready to show their talents like I did in years past, when I was a student at UNILAG.
“Nearly 78 universities and more than 10,000 athletes and officials are gathered here because sport is a universal language understood along lines.
“In the next few days, we will see the evolution of the talents and I have no doubts about the university that will come out on top, my only concern is the university that will be in second place.
“Sure, we know that 'Lagos don't dey carry last'. Also, I have seen sport as a means of development and unity, bringing everyone together,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, Ogundipe, pointed out that, as hosts, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) had done everything necessary to guarantee the success of the games.
“Today, we stand at the threshold of history to start the 26th NUGA and the fourth of its kind organized by UNILAG.
“We are here today because UNILAG believes in NUGA's mission to provide fertile ground for the emergence of well-rounded graduates, who are equipped for strong service to the nation, the continent and the world at large.
"That is why we spared no effort in preparing for this day by working diligently and 24 hours a day through our LOC, we did everything possible to mobilize human, official and material resources to guarantee a remarkable event," he said.
Ogundipe added: “Our sports facilities have been upgraded to a world-class standard so that our young athletes have a platform to showcase their talents without hindrance.
"Arrangements have been made to ensure that all participants in the games feel comfortable and that their experiences are positively unforgettable," he said.
NUGA President Prof. Hamafyelto remarked that NUGA 2022 would be the biggest university sports competition in recent times.
“I have no doubt that the experience we will gather here will long remain in our memories, as you will agree with me that Lagos, being the sixth largest city in the world in terms of population, is known for its youthful vibrancy in the sport business.
"Lagos, for many of the participants, is a destination for tourism, business and education," he said.
The Provost, Dr. Tejuoso, invited the participants to take advantage of the sports festival to develop mentally.
Likewise, Minister Sunday Dare, in his message of goodwill, encouraged young people to enjoy the various games of the university competition.
The events for NUGA 2022 are football, athletics, badminton, hockey, cricket, chess, judo, swimming, karate, squash, handball, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, basketball and boxing.
The Guidance Center for Ethics and Personal Courage, an NGO, presented an Icon of Integrity of Nigeria (IION) award to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, on Monday.
Making the presentation to the deputy foreign minister in Lagos, the NGO's executive director, Prince Musa Yakubu, stated that the title was reserved exclusively for civil servants not found guilty of corruption.
He pointed out that Ogundipe had shown a character that distinguished him among his peers, among which leadership in article quality stood out, compatible with Servicom, which translates into someone who provides a qualitative and expeditious service without feelings.
Yakubu added that the title conferred on the deputy chancellor was the highest in the NGO, with the likes of chief Emeka Anyaoku, a former Commonwealth secretary-general, and a few others.
He was also awarded a Certificate of Conduct and Ethical Leadership.
According to him, the NGO whistleblowers had embarked on a 16-month secret investigation of 80 federally owned colleges across the country, to conduct a wide-ranging independent investigation into their projects.
He noted that the organization focuses on exposing corruption, promoting ethical leadership, providing ethics education, and engaging in self-guidance of citizens.
According to the CEO, one of their core mandates is also to hold leaders accountable to citizens, and in doing so, they set out to work without interference.
“In doing all of this, we set parameters. In these federal institutions, for example, we were undercover for a period of 16 months according to our ethical standards.
“We seek to know if the funds earmarked for certain purposes are actually used for what they are intended, to know what contracts are awarded and to whom, roads for construction if they have been done and others.
“We also look for the leadership style of public servants there, if it is transparent and devoid of feelings and if the management style is participatory, among other qualities.
“This is the kind of thing we've done in these institutions for the last 16 months.
“And it is on this basis that we find that UNILAG has achieved a cumulative score of 79 percent in category A, which is basically for federal universities.
"Therefore, corporately as well, we have also issued a certificate of accreditation to the university as an entity that, by registering it, is among the 10 least corrupt federal universities in the country," he said.
It also individually awarded eight members of the university's leadership team with Professional Ethics Compliance titles.
The executive director noted that based on what they had seen at the university, the NGO would conduct a three-day training of 100 university staff for two days and 100 students for one day, as a way of giving back. .
He said the students would receive training on expected leadership and ethical conduct in the workplace.
In response, the rector returned all the glory to God, pointing out that the award meant more work.
“I want to give all the glory back to God and I also want to say that this award means more work, as well as shows that people are watching.
“It also shows that people should also be careful in everything they do. I want to assure you that we will continue to fulfill our duties in accordance with best practices, to ensure that the university is brought to the height it deserves.
"At the end of the day, I want to see myself as someone who has stripped himself, trying to raise the standard of this university," he said.
Ogundipe said he was optimistic that the staff and students would make an impact in their immediate communities and contribute their dues to the development of the university after the training.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo praised the number of distinguished alumni of the University of Lagos Faculty of Law (UNILAG) and their contributions to the development of the various sectors of the country.M) Vice President Yemi Osinbajo flanked Ajumogobia and Mr. Kanu Agabi at the event.Osinbajo delivered the eulogy at the UNILAG Law Alumni Dinner, themed: 'The Great Homecoming', held on Saturday at Harbor Point, Victoria Island, Lagos.“The reputation and goodwill of the alumni is the reason for the prestige of the school.“We should all be proud of the remarkable variety of alumni and their great achievements not only in Law but in practically all fields of human endeavor.“It is time to show off the weight of UNILAG, the Faculty of Law and its contributions to the development of society and the country,” he said.The vice president said that the quality of the alumni of the prestigious university has had a precedent in defining legal practice in the country.“At the pinnacle of the Nigerian judiciary is our Honorable Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, she was joined last year by Ogunwunmiju, both alumni of UNILAG Law School.“In the Court of Appeal, we have as many as Judge Patricia Mahmoud, who served as Ag. Chief Judge of Kano State.“Also the former Chief Judge of Edo, Judge Esther Edigin, who was my classmate and the current Chief Judge of Lagos State, Judge Kazeem Alogba is also a proud alumna,” she said.Osinbajo also listed Labor Court Judge Oyebiola Oyewunmi as a proud alumnus.“In the Lagos State Judiciary alone, we have as many judges as Judge Yetunde Adesanya, Judge Adenike Coker, Judge Atinuke Oluyemi, Judge Adedayo Akintoye, Judge Idowu Alakija, among others."In the private bar, we have Mr. Wole Olanipekun, and possibly the richest lawyer in the country," he said.The VP said that many former students have formed law firms of great reputation and recognition for their contributions to society.“For example, we have the late Bankole Aluko, SAN, who co-founded one of the leading law firms in Nigeria today, Aluko and Oyebode.“Then there is also Femi Olubanwo, co-founder of Banwo and Ighodalo, who recently won the Nigerian Law Firm of the Year award,” he said.Osinbajo added that he himself, as Vice President of the country and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, were alumni of the great institution.“We also have several former governors, such as Governor David Jemibewon of Oyo State and Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State.“In addition, the President's Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Ade Ipaye, and the President's Special Advisor on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, are alumni.“Both were former students and professors at the Faculty of Law, UNILAG and Oduwole is the holder of the Prince Claus Chair from 2013 to 2015,” he said.The Vice President said that the traditional rulers were also not left out of the UNILAG Law School alumni and mentioned the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akinolu, former AIG.Osinbajo said that the institution had also produced several attorneys general such as Mr. Kanu Agabi, Mr. Christopher Ojo, Mr. Adetokunbo Kayode, and Mr. Odein Ajumogobia.“Many SANs have come to prominence in different ways, such as Mr. Fidelis Oditah, who is possibly the only one of us who is both Queen's Council and SAN,” he said.The vice president also recalled when Adokiya Amiesimaka during his college days played for Sharks FC, Rivers and also won gold at the 1980 African Cup of Nations.He also said that the entertainment industry and the fashion industry have not been spared from the creative disruption made especially by the ladies who are making brilliant contributions in the industries.“Our very own Bolanle Austin-Peters, founded Nigeria's first privately owned theatre, Terraculture; his film about the Ebola outbreak, '93 Days', is the best nominated film at the 2017 African Movie Academy Awards.“In the world of fashion, Omoyemi Akinrele is raising the Nigerian flag high. She is the initiator of the Lagos Fashion Week.“So our people are everywhere and I can go on bragging about them forever,” Osinbajo said.Furthermore, Mr. Ajumogobia, who served respectively as Foreign Minister and Oil Minister, praised the multiple role played by the country and beyond.“We have achieved immeasurable success in careers as diverse as our country,” he said.