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TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES: UNILORIN CONSIDERS METRO RAILWAY

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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Prof. Wahab Egbewole (SAN

says the institution is engaging with Chinese embassy and other embassies to provide metro railway to solve the institution’s transportation problem.

 

Egbewole disclosed this during his Maiden Media Parley held at the institution’s auditorium in Ilorin Kwara State recently.

 

The Vice-Chancellor who explained that thousands of staff and students of the university are commuting to and fro, adding that the transportation of such large numbers can be challenging added that the metro railway system will be specifically designed to run in the institution and the other metropolitan city.

 

According to him, exploring the plan for possible railway metro transportation had been in the process for years, and that Unilorin is also working on getting electric buses to address the university’s transportation problem.

 

Egbewole believed that this is a market that can be tapped, and that with this development, it will ease the movement of students and staff to the university environment.

 

The vice chancellor who was appointed 109 days ago as the 11th VC of Unilorin, disclosed that N500 million was released to the institution by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund) for the construction of hostels for the students.

 

He explained that the Memorandum of Understanding was signed with some foreign universities to further improve learning and research in the institution.

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While promising to turn the institution to a Smart University, the vice chancellor noted that Unilorin is partnering with industries on turning academic researches to industrial use.

 

“We are remodeling the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to ensure ventures are run like business.

 

“We will ensure that the IGR are properly managed by blocking all loopholes,” he said.

 

The Vice Chancellor said that students of the school will be allowed to vote in the 2023 general elections without any need for the school to be on holiday.

 

According to him, the institution has made innovations with virtual learning which takes care of transportation challenge among others.

 

” Our team is prepared to ensure Revenue Generation drive through strategic repositioning of the IGR Units and Engagements of MDAs for synergy, support and collaboration.”

 

Egbewole noted that he was not prepared for an easy fix for our decayed infrastructure, dying university culture, abandoned academic traditions, intergenerational disconnect among staff and palpable feeling of disenchantment arising from a long and punitive strike.

 

 

 

 

 

Doing so would make me wear a hypocritical tag of a man who wanted to build a castle in the air. I am also not mistaken about my inability to do it alone. That is why right from the start, I identified

the imperative of teamwork, stressing that Together, Everyone Achieves More.

 

“At the University of Ilorin it is work in progress, not a mission accomplished, I am certain that we shall continue to build magnificently on the solid foundation laid by our founding fathers,” he said.

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He said with four months as VC, some modest achievements have been made by his great team, which include MoU signed with Tunil University in Italy; Another MoU is being consummated with the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

 

Egbewole also listed Kwara Eight Universities (KU8) established to create Synergy in University Education in Kwara State and another MoU with Summit University, Offa.

 

“N75M award by JAMB paid for tarring GRA Quarters Road; Reactivation of active participation in WARIMA and AWAU.

 

“The Vice Chancellor is now the Secretary General of AWAU, with the University of Ilorin regaining global visibility.

 

“Training by CODL, organised by Commonwealth of Learning, Canada; TETFund award of ₦500M hostel accommodation for our students; TETFund award of N200M zonal intervention; Renewed motivation of staff and students; Proactive engagements with all the unions on Campus; Composition of 11 strategic committees on security, investment and revenue generation, ranking, environmental issues, transportation and so on.

 

“The reports of the committees have been submitted and implementation will soon commence any moment from now

 

“Grant of N400M broadband by Ministry of Communication and Re-engagement with the Association of Commonwealth Universities” he said

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1ST NIGERIAN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS CONFERENCE ON UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS) ESSAY COMPETITION

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The 1st Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Conference on UN SDGs presents the SDG Youth Essay Competition, offering undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions a chance to contribute to the discussion on achieving SDG4, Quality Education.

Competition Overview:

1st Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Conference on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Essay Competition

The SDG Youth Essay Competition offers a grand prize of N1 million for the top three winners, along with free sponsorship to attend the 1st Nigeria Tertiary Institution Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2024 in Abuja.

Competition Requirements:

1. Eligibility:

   – Open exclusively to undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

2. Entry Guidelines:

   – Topic:The Role of Students in Attainment of SDG4

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   – length: Essays should be 1500 words.

   – Entry Period: Thursday, February 1, 2024 – Thursday, February 29, 2024

   – Referencing: APA Style (6th Edition).

   – Font: Times New Roman, 12-point font size.

   – Documentation: Typed in 1.5 line spacing, MS Word format only.

   – Plagiarism: Only original content is accepted; plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

Benefits:

– Prizes:

  – 1st Prize: N500,000

  – 2nd Prize: N300,000

  – 3rd Prize: N200,000

– Winners will also receive free sponsorship to attend the 1st Nigeria Tertiary Institution Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2024 in Abuja.

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Required Documents:

– Student’s Institution ID Card

– Copy of Student’s Admission Letter

– One recent passport-size photograph

– WhatsApp telephone number and email address

Application Procedure:

– All entries and submissions (essay and required documents) should be scanned and sent to nigeriaessay@sdgyouth.org before the deadline.

For Further Inquiries:

– Call: 08068931151, 08133846739, 07067772964

– Email: nigeriaessay@sdgyouth.org

Deadline: February 29th, 2024

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to achieving SDG4 and win exciting prizes. Submit your entry and required documents before the deadline. For any inquiries, feel free to contact them via phone or email.

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PENTAGON PARTNERS NATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION FOR UNDERGRADUATE LAW STUDENTS

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Are you an undergraduate law student in Nigeria eager to explore the intersection of law and Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Pentagon Partners presents a unique opportunity for 400-level and 500-level undergraduate law students to participate in the National Essay Competition.

Competition Overview:

Pentagon Partners National Essay Competition for Undergraduate Law Students

The National Essay Competition invites undergraduate law students to showcase their expertise and contribute to the discourse on AI, privacy, and data protection. In addition to cash prizes, participants have the chance to intern with Pentagon Partners, gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Competition Requirements:

1. Eligibility:

   – The competition is open to 400-level and 500-level undergraduate law students in Nigerian universities.

2. Essay Requirements:

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   – Length: Essays should not exceed 1500 words.

   – Format: Double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font.

   – References: OSCOLA format for citations with 10pt font size for footnotes and endnotes.

   – Submission Format: Essays must be submitted in PDF format.

   – Entrant Details: Include full names, school, level, phone number, and email address in both the body of the email and on the last page of the essay.

   – Single Entry: Each entrant is allowed only one submission.

   – Originality: Plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.

Competition Benefits and Timeline:

1. Prizes:

   – Winner: N200,000

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   – 1st Runner Up: N150,000

   – 2nd Runner Up: N100,000

2. Internship Opportunity:

   – In addition to cash prizes, winners have the exclusive opportunity to intern with Pentagon Partners, enhancing their career prospects.

Application Procedure:

– Interested participants should submit their essays to essay@pentagonpartnerslp.com during the submission period.

– The subject of the email should be the Essay topic

For additional information and updates, visit www.pentagonpartnerslp.com.

Deadline: March 22nd, 2024

Don’t miss this chance to showcase your legal expertise, contribute to important discussions on AI and law, and vie for enticing cash prizes. Pentagon Partners looks forward to receiving your submissions.

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SYSTEMSPECS CHILDREN’S DAY ESSAY COMPETITION (CDEC), 2024

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The SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition (CDEC) is an annual event aimed at fostering innovative thinking among primary and secondary school students in Nigeria. It provides a platform for young minds to propose technological solutions to national challenges.

Purpose:
Inaugurated in 2020, the CDEC is part of SystemSpecs’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment to promoting capacity development in the Nigerian ICT industry. By encouraging young Nigerians to tackle everyday issues, the competition contributes to intellectual growth and societal progress.

SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition (CDEC), 2024

Topic:
The theme for the 2024 competition is “Protecting the Nigerian Child from the Dangers of Online Technology.” Participants are tasked with exploring strategies to safeguard children in an increasingly digital world.

Eligibility:
– Open to primary and secondary school students in Nigeria aged 9 to 16.

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– Junior category (ages 9 to 12) essays must not exceed 1,000 words.

– Senior category (ages 13 to 16) essays must not exceed 1,500 words.

Prizes:

– Winners will receive generous rewards, including a high-capacity laptop, premium headphones, a portable laptop stand, a smart wristwatch, and one year of internet data, among other items.

– Consolation prizes will be awarded to other participants.

Application Process:

– Interested candidates should access the application page 

– Essays must be written in English and reflect original thought.

– Each participant is limited to one entry.

– Entries must be endorsed by an accredited school official, parent, or legal guardian.

– Deadline for submissions is April 12, 2024.

Submission Guidelines:

– All submissions must be in PDF format and include the student’s name, home and school addresses, email address, and contact phone number.

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– Double entries will result in automatic disqualification.

– Submissions must be received by March 15, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Winners:

– Successful students and schools will be contacted in the second quarter of the year.

– Updates on winners will be announced on @nercng social media platforms.

The SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition offers a unique opportunity for Nigerian students to demonstrate their creativity and problem-solving skills. By addressing the theme of online child protection, participants contribute to building a safer and more secure digital environment for all. We encourage eligible students to seize this opportunity and showcase their talent and ingenuity.

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