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Tai Solarin University of Education to Honour Segun Ogunsanya

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Tai Solarin University of Education

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

One of the leading tertiary institutions in Nigeria, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, will on Sunday, November 28, 2021, honour the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Africa Plc, Mr Segun Ogunsanya.

On that day, the telecommunications expert will be conferred with a Doctor of Science, D.Sc Ed (Honoris Causa) in Computer Science Education.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Oluwole Banjo, explained that the conferment is in recognition of his passion for education and numerous contributions to the development of the telecommunications industry in general.

“The university took special cognizance of Mr Ogunsanya’s exemplary leadership and it is our modest desire to honour a leader of a global acclaim who represents the ideals of integrity and selflessness which our university stands for.

“The university joins well-meaning Nigerians in celebrating Mr Ogunsanya’s enviable worth and outstanding legacies in the service of humanity. We also congratulate him and his family on this noble achievement,” he said.

It was gathered that the ceremony to formally confer the award on Mr Ogunsanya will take place at the school’s auditorium at the Ijagun Main Campus.

Mr Ogunsanya, while speaking on the award, thanked the leadership of Tai Solarin University for according him such a great honour, noting that he is humbled by the recognition and inspired to continue to promote and support laudable initiatives and causes that will be beneficial to people across Africa.

“I express profound gratitude to the Tai Solarin University of Education for awarding me an Honourary Doctoral degree. I believe the award is an invitation to continue to use the platforms I have to create value as well as empower people across the African continent.

“I will not rest on my laurels as I am committed to making a difference across Africa. Backwardness should not and will not be a permanent feature of Africa,” he said.

Mr Ogunsanya, a product of Mayflower School established by the late Dr Tai Solarin, is an accomplished Engineer and Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ cognate experience garnered across multiple geographies, organisations and diverse sectors such as telecoms, consulting, Banking and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG).

He joined Airtel Nigeria in 2012 and repositioned the company to become profitable and the 2nd largest telecommunications company by revenue and serving over 50 million customers. His appointment as Airtel Africa PLC Group CEO came into effect on October 1, 2021.

The Tai Solarin University of Education is Nigeria’s Premier University of Education and the preferred University of Education of the 21st Century.

It was proclaimed by the Ogun State Government on January 29, 2005, and approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) on November 28, 2005, as the 76th and the first specialized University of Education in Nigeria, 2nd in Africa and 8th in the World, hence its adoption of the formula 1-2-8.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Egbeyinka Elizabeth Shines at 8th Glorious Vision University Convocation

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A student of the Department of Chemical Science of Glorious Vision University (GVU), Ogwa, Edo State, Miss Egbeyinka Elizabeth, was the cynosure of all eyes at the institution’s 8th convocation ceremony held recently.

Miss Egbeyinka emerged as the best graduating student with a 4.82 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), sweeping several awards and cash gifts at the event.

Business Post gathered that the brilliant student went home with the Vice-Chancellor prize for Overall Best Student, TACN Remo Area prize for Best Graduating TACN Member Student, and Departmental prize for Best Student in the Department of Chemical Sciences.

She also won Professor (Mrs) May Foluso Ogbe prize for Overall Best Graduating Female Student, Professor (Mrs) Olusola Omueti prize for Overall Best Graduating Student in Bio-Chemistry, Deaconess (Dr) P. A. Akpan prize to the Best Graduating Science Student, and Dean, COLBAS prize for Best Student in the College of Humanities.

At the programme, Miss Egbeyemi was commended for her brilliance and charged to continue to be a good ambassador of the institution by imbibing the knowledge she has acquired from the school.

In his speech at the convocation, the Visitor and Chancellor of Glorious Vision University, Pastor Emmanuel Segun Awojide, congratulated the graduating students, saying the accomplishment was worth celebrating.

He also tasked Nigerians to keep praying for the country, especially as the nation prepares for the general elections in 2023, stating that Nigeria, especially the church, is in dire need of the right leaders to steer the ship of the country to the Promised Land.

The cleric, who doubles as the National Vice President and LAWNA Territorial Chairman of The Apostolic Church Nigeria (TACN), emphasised that Nigerians must cry out to God, who he said owns Nigeria.

The man of God, represented by the Vice Chairman of LAWNA Territory, Pastor Okpako Uyeh, also used the occasion to thank members of the church for supporting GVU, which used to be known as Samuel Adegboyega University (SAU).

“Let me thank all sponsors and members of The Apostolic Church Nigeria LAWNA Territory for their overwhelming support to the growth and development of the Glorious Vision University despite the current economic hardship in the country. This sacrifice will not go unrewarded in Jesus’ name,” Pastor Awojide, who is also the National Chairman of the Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN), stated.

A total of 100 students graduated with various degrees at the 2022 convocation attended by several persons. The school, established by TACN, awarded diploma degrees to three students, first degrees to 94 students and second degrees to four students.

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Adeniran Praises Makinde for Allocating 18.78% of 2023 Budget to Education

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has been applauded by the Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (Oyo SUBEB), Mr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, for allocating more funds to education in the 2023 budget.

Speaking recently on a live programme on the Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation (BCOS) in Ibadan, the state capital, the educationist said this was commendable.

According to him, education has the second largest allocation in the proposed 2023 appropriation bill presented to the Oyo State House of Assembly by Mr Makinde.

He said with a budget of N58.2 billion, the government has recorded an unprecedented affection for education.

Mr Adeniran said Governor Makinde had maintained an unbroken record of allocating huge funds for the overhaul of the sector, especially the basic education sub-sector he supervises.

“Governor Makinde’s record of allocating funds for education conforms to UNESCO standards of 15-20 per cent of the budget. In fact, this time, education is 18.78 per cent of the total budget proposal,” he said.

Speaking further, the Oyo SUBEB chief lauded the current administration for consistently maintaining an 18 per cent to 22 per cent budgetary allocation.

He insisted that this has helped the state in regular payment of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) counterpart funding and received matching grants, “enabling us to execute numerous projects in the education sector.”

“Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board has so far completed over 56 model schools and constructed and renovated over 700 classroom blocks across Oyo State, among other projects,” he affirmed.

He, therefore, appealed to residents of the state to re-elect Governor Makinde for a second term, saying his efforts to make Oyo better could be further actualised with continuity.

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GOMYCODE Opens New Flagship Hackerspace in Lagos

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Africa’s leading edtech platform, GOMYCODE Nigeria, has opened a bigger office space in Lagos at 230 Herbert Macaulay, Alagomeji-Yaba.

Comprising 5 floors, the new GOMYCODE hackerspace has a capacity five times larger than the old one, about 600 students compared with the 120 students the previous hackerspace accommodated.

In a statement, the firm disclosed that the new space is remarkable, with unique colours that stand out from the other buildings around it and can accommodate even more students in a more comfortable environment where they can learn.

GOMYCODE is pushing the limits on students’ experience to the next level with 3 floors of classrooms, each dedicated to teaching. The classrooms are equipped with fibre optics and comfortable equipment for the students’ success.

The new hackerspace has a rest and relaxation room for students to balance learning and leisure time or simply to continue working on their projects. There is also ample parking space in a dedicated garage for students that ensures easier accessibility to the facility.

The second floor of the hackerspace will be occupied by the educational advisors who now have even more facilities to welcome, inform, guide and support the current and future students.

Lastly, a large conference room, with enough seating for 200 people, allows guests to gather for talks and conferences, giving the setting an even greater range.

“This move signals our intentions for and deep commitment to the Nigerian market. Whilst we provide training online through what we call our online ‘hackerspace’, we know from research and our own experience that students prefer in-person classes and what we do is to ensure that these classes take place in the best possible spaces”, says Babatunde Olaifa, General Manager, GOMYCODE Nigeria.

The move from a 3-room training space to a 5-storey centre in the heart of Yaba underscores our commitment to providing quality, relevant and affordable digital skills education to anyone in Nigeria looking to future-proof their careers. This is just the beginning. We are expanding rapidly, and in a few months, we will open hackerspaces in multiple locations in Lagos and Abuja”, adds Olaifa.

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