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LAUTECH: A Win-Win Memorandum of Understanding




By Kayode Awojobi

Just like the popular saying goes, there is a time for everything under heaven. This is the current reality in the history of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

The history of the ownership of the institution is taking a new and radical turn. The ‘parents’ of the university, Oyo and Osun States, have decided to ‘divorce’ one another.

As we all know, the dual ownership of the university by the two states can be said to have caused more harm than good for the students. The brouhaha in the management of the institution has made the students of the university to waste unnecessary years while trying to pursue an undergraduate programme in the school.

The desire for academic excellence has been truncated by both the national unions and the local unions within the institution all pointing to the imbalance in the vested interest within the institution.

Recently, the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde, paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola. He stated that the division from the joint ownership of LAUTECH will meaningful progress to the school.

According to him, “the agreement reached by the two states is a win-win situation for the two states as there was no winner, neither was there vanquish. The agreement reached is mainly for the betterment of the institution and that of the students at large.

“The eventual ceding of the institution to Oyo State will not bring about the division of both states as predicted by some people; rather, it would unite the two states much more.

“As sister states, we have been together for a very long time and the issue of separation of ownership of LAUTECH will not bring division.”

On the part of Governor Oyetola, he commended the committee set up by the two states for a job well done and for coming at a resolution which will benefit the institution and the students at large.

In his words, “I believed that Oyo State will take the university to higher ground without any bias in performing her responsibilities to both students of the university and the entire staff from either of the States.”

He added that the agreement reached by both states was in the interest of all the stakeholders that have to do with LAUTECH in order to avoid the incessant crisis that become a recurring decimal in the history of the institution.

The two Governors equally commended the role of the National Universities Commission (NUC) for its support and cooperation towards finding a lasting solution to the issue of LAUTECH.

The committees from the two states were equally commended for a good job well done, working assiduously within a year putting the interest of the students and the workforce of LAUTECH at heart.

However, the institution should be very profitable considering the subvention from the states ab initio. Also, the school has a sizeable population of students much more than any thriving private university in Nigeria. The institution has been run by various administrators that have worked independently of the master plan of the institution.

It is believed that with the final takeover of Oyo State, the government will pay lots of attention to ensure that the university becomes a thing of pride to the state.

The ball is largely in the court of Oyo State, would LAUTECH return to her heydays when it brought great academic medals to the state? Time will tell.


OOU Introduces Work-Study Programme to Reduce Attrition



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By Adedapo Adesanya

To boost employment numbers and reduce the alarming attrition of students, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, has announced the commencement of a work-study programme for skilled students to earn while still attending classes.

The university said in a statement issued by its Registrar, Mr Femi Ogunwomoju, that the initiative would help ease the financial burden on parents and guardians and reduce the rate at which students drop out of school due to financial constraints.

Mr Ogunwomoju said the programme, through the directorate of entrepreneurship studies, “will enable students with demonstrable and proven vocational skills to work in the university and earn some stipends and still attend classes.”

Nigeria has the second highest number of unemployed youths in the world, with 53 per cent of the youth population without jobs. This country is second to only South Africa, which has 61 per cent youth unemployment.

OOU said it launched the work-study programme during its 40th anniversary in February to checkmate the increasing rate of dropouts in the institution.

“When we noticed the rate at which students were dropping out, we did the SWOT analysis of what happened to them,” said the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Mr Ayodeji Agboola, was quoted as saying in the statement.

“We came to realise that the major problem there is funding. So, we instituted immediate funding, but of course, it cannot take care of all of them,” the professor said.

He said the university, therefore, resolved to cater for 500 students under the work-study programme.

“With work studies, we are sure that the majority of them will be accommodated, and that will also solve the problem,” he said.

Students of the university who are interested and qualified to be part of the programme are requested to fill out a form.

The university management, therefore, urged interested qualified students should register through the Directorate of Entrepreneurship Studies within two weeks beginning from May 25.

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200 Undergraduates to Enjoy Stanbic IBTC N80m University Scholarship Scheme



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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

No fewer than 200 undergraduates who performed well in the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will enjoy N80 million worth of educational support from Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc.

The funds would be disbursed to the beneficiaries under the Stanbic IBTC 2023 University Scholarship Award Scheme.

The selection process for the scholarships was rigorous and fair, with beneficiaries chosen from each of the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. The candidates were carefully evaluated based on merit, taking into account their exceptional academic performance, the organisation said.

The 200 scholarship recipients will be able to pursue their dreams with financial confidence, knowing that Stanbic IBTC will stand firmly by their side.

The company disclosed that the money would be given to the students in annual instalments over the course of four academic years. It would provide recipients with the essential financial assistance required to meet their educational expenses.

Subsequent disbursements will be contingent upon the beneficiaries fulfilling certain criteria. These criteria include maintaining their enrolment in the universities and degree programs to which they were admitted, as well as adhering to the academic and administrative policies set forth by their respective institutions, the firm stated.

By ensuring compliance with these requirements, the recipients can continue to receive the scholarship throughout their academic journey, facilitating their uninterrupted pursuit of higher education, it added.

“At Stanbic IBTC, we recognize the importance of education and its role in shaping the future of our great nation, Nigeria.

“Our principal objective for this scholarship is to provide unlimited opportunities for bright, young Nigerians who have demonstrated academic merit,” the chief executive of Stanbic IBTC, Mr Demola Sogunle, said.

He noted that the number of annual scholarship recipients was increased from 100 to 200, as education should not be a luxury reserved for a select few but accessible to all.

By investing in the academic journeys of these exceptional students, the leading end-to-end financial institution will not only make a difference in their lives but also contribute to the development and prosperity of the nation as a whole.

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Wema Bank Employees Donate Items to Isale Eko Grammar School



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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

It was an exciting moment for students of Isalẹ Eko Grammar School, Lagos and a fulfilling time for employees of Wema Bank Plc when they delivered some tables and chairs to the institution last Friday.

The items were donated to the school as part of the financial institution’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiative aimed to contribute to the development of education in the country, especially in its host communities.

It was gathered that Wema Bank employees purchased the items for the school by contributing the salaries under the Salary for Love campaign of the lender.

The bank expressed optimism that the items would undoubtedly transform the learning environment, creating a haven of comfort and inspiration for the students as they embark on their academic journeys.

Apart from the furniture donation, Wema Bank extended its support even further by bestowing scholarships upon two students of Isalẹ Eko Grammar School.

These scholarships, provides invaluable financial assistance and will serve as stepping stones for these exceptional students as they unlock their full potential and courageously chase their dreams.

At the presentation of the items to the school, the Head of Credit Risk Management at Wema Bank, Mr Uchenna Obazeh, emphasized the bank’s firm belief in the transformative power of education.

He commended the unwavering dedication of Wema Bank’s staff members and their resolute commitment to supporting education within the community.

“Through the ‘Salary for Love’ initiative, our employees have showcased their exceptional devotion to shaping a brighter future through education. We are humbled to contribute to the growth and development of Isale Eko Grammar School, as we remain steadfast in our mission of corporate citizenship,” he said.

In his remarks, the Principal of Isalẹ Eko Grammar School, Mr Mukaila Olatoye, expressed deep gratitude on behalf of the institution, recognizing the profound influence this generous donation will have on the students’ educational pursuits.

Also, the students thanked Wema Bank for the donation.

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