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STUDENTS UNDERGO SIWES ORIENTATION

STUDENTS UNDERGO SIWES ORIENTATION

Students of Faculty of Agriculture, Departments of Mass Communication and Physics who are scheduled to commence their SIWES after the Second Semester Examinations have undergone some orientation conducted by staff of Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Addressing the students, the Fund’s Head of Training, Minna Area Office, Mr. Joel Samuel Aruwa said that the essence of the orientation was to sensitise them on dos and dont’s during the SIWES period.

According to the Head of Training, the purpose of SIWES is also to expose students to practical experience of what they are taught in the school.

He advised them to be punctual, dedicated and be inquisitive during the training and adhere strictly to the rules of the organization.

In his remarks, the University Director of SIWES, Dr. Abubakar S. I. Gudugi, advised the students to be good ambassadors of the University and dedicate their time and energy to the training.

He urged them to see the training as an opportunity to begin to prepare for a brighter future and wished them a successful industrial training.

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IBBUL TO JOIN INTERNATIONAL UNION OF UNIVERSITIES

IBBUL TO JOIN INTERNATIONAL UNION OF UNIVERSITIES

The Vice-Chancellor, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare has disclosed that every necessary arrangements would be made towards ensuring that the Institution becomes an active member of the International Union of Universities (IUU) within a shortest possible time.

He made this known while receiving in audience the President of International Union of Universities, Professor (Dr.) Mohammed Alaghbani in the Management Committee Room of the University.

Professor Maiturare assured that concerted efforts would be made in no distant time to formalise the process of the University becoming a recognised participant of activities of IUU.

The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the visit by the President of IUU and expressed support to ideals of the global Union of Universities.

Speaking earlier, the President of International Union of Universities, Professor (Dr.) Mohammed Alaghbani who led a team of the Union on courtesy visit to the Management said that the essence of the visit was to initiate the process of collaborating with IBB University, Lapai in order to encourage the Institution in becoming a member of the Union of International Universities.

He stated that there were a number of opportunities for member Universities of the Union; pointing out that no Nigerian University has registered for membership.

Professor Alaghbani enjoined the Management of the University to join the league in order for the Institution to benefit from a wide range of opportunities.

Highlight of the visit was the decoration of the Vice-Chancellor with the seal of International Union of Universities and presentation of the University plaque and souvenir to the President of IUU.

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IBBU DELIBERATES COLLABORATION WITH NNPC R&D

IBBU DELIBERATES COLLABORATION WITH NNPC R&D

The Vice Chancellor of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, Prof Muhammad Nasir Maiturare, was head of delegation of the NNPC Chair in Basinal Studies visit to the Research and Development Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Portharcourt on Wednesday 16th October 2019 on a collaboration visit. The delegation was received by the Group General Manager of the NNPC R&D, Engr Ben Norhile at his office at the Eleme EPCL Life Camp Complex in Portharcourt. Professor Maiturare stated that the visit was the first official outing of the NNPC Chair endowed on the University with the purpose to work out collaborative programs with the NNPC R&D Division. The Vice Chancellor enumerated high-impact projects of the University completed and ongoing in collaboration with several government agencies and the private sector stressing that the university has a policy of dedicated commitment to timely project delivery that impact on the society and the national economy. The GGM R&D congratulated the university for being the first university to win the prestigious NNPC Professorial Chair, the first of its kind to be endowed by the corporation. Engr Norhile expressed the readiness of the R&D Division to collaborate with the IBBU Chair for the benefit of the Nigerian oil and gas industry with particular emphasis on frontier basins exploration and increasing national reserve of oil and gas through harnessing of the potentials in the inland basins.

The NNPC Chair Professor, Nuhu Obaje, in his presentation elaborated on the drawn up chair projects for the five year tenure to include prospectivity evaluation of the Bida, Sokoto and Northern Anambra Basins through remapping of the basins to refine the stratigraphy as well as evaluation of potential source and reservoir lithologies, trapping mechanisms and the role of the sporadic volcanics in the petroleum system cycle. He stressed that sand fairway studies would also be carried out to as basis for tracking deep water reservoir packages. All studies according to him are to complement the larger studies being carried out by the Frontier Exploration Services Division of the NNPC. The Chair has its mandates and work programs strategically outlined in the contract agreement stipulated by the NNPC, according to him. He further informed the gathering that the Chair has outlined collaborations with other business units of the NNPC and international research institutions in North America, Europe and Asia. The meeting at the R&D office concluded with a tour of the laboratories in the division guided by the General Manager, Exploration and Production, Mr Adetola Babajide. The laboratories comprise E&P, Petroleum Engineering, Environmental, and Refining and Petrochemicals. On the Vice Chancellor’s team in addition to the Chair Professor were the Director of Academic Planning of the institution, Dr Aliyu Paiko and the Deputy Registrar, Council Office, Alhaji Babangida Jatau.

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IBBUL MANAGEMENT MEETS WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO  REVIEW AND STRENGTHEN SECURITY

IBBUL MANAGEMENT MEETS WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO REVIEW AND STRENGTHEN SECURITY

The Management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai has held an interactive meeting with relevant stakeholders in the University and Lapai community with a view to reviewing and strengthening security situation on the campuses of the Institution and host communities.

Addressing the meeting, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Abu-Kasim Adamu stressed the need for periodic review of the security situation both on the campuses of the University and host communities so as to evolve more pragmatic measures that would ensure more peaceful and condusive environment for academic activities.

He pointed out that the ban on all forms of social gathering such as partying within and outside the University was still in force; stressing that anyone caught by Operation Keep Lapai Safe Task-force beyond the approved time of 11:00p.m daily would be made to face the wrath of the law.

Professor Maiturare also enjoined the security operatives in Lapai town to ensure that the security situation is managed with every sense of professionalism and responsibility.

He urged the Security Task-force to educate their members on the need to always abide by rules of engagement during security operations, particularly when dealing with members of the University community.

In their separate contributions at the meeting, the University Chief Security Officer, Major Ndagi Tete Kudu and the representatives of Mayakin Lapai, Mallam Muhammad B. Muhammad, the Department of State Security Services, Mr. Doma Shehu, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mallam Ibrahim Danlami, respectively expressed their readiness to work together towards managing effectively, the emerging security challenges in Lapai and its environs.

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MAITURARE ADVOCATES ROBUST INSURANCE FOR JOURNALISTS

MAITURARE ADVOCATES ROBUST INSURANCE FOR JOURNALISTS

The Vice-Chancellor of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Professor Muhammad Nasiru Maiturare has advocated for a robust insurance policies for practicing journalists who risk their lives to keep the citizens abreast with the happenings in the country.

Professor Maiturare who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Professor Abu Kassim Adamu, at the 2019 Press Week Lecture organised by the Mass Communication Students Association, MACOSA, said this year’s lecture with the topic, “Insecurity and Governance: The Role of the Media” was apt considering the rising insecurity and other challenges facing the country.

While underscoring the necessity for the media to lead a cause for solutions to Nigeria’s problems, Professor Maiturare charged practicing journalists on professionalism and responsible practices which according to him is the only way to assist in the ongoing fight against insecurity and promoting good governance.

Professor Maiturare who lamented the negative impact of social media on the dissemination of quality of information to citizens called on the mainstream media to live up to expectations by being responsible and professional in reporting issues of national peace and development.

He, however, advised students of mass communication to always emulate good journalists and contribute their quota to the national development, pledging to support the Department of Mass Communication to continue to train its students to be professional journalists.

Earlier specking, the keynote speaker and political editor, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Headquarters, Abuja, Mister Victorson Agbenson revealed that Nigerian media have not done enough in assisting in the fight against insecurity and good governance.

He, therefore, advised journalists to always set aside ethnic and religious sentiments, stressing that national interest is above individual ethnic or religious affiliation.
He also charged the media to make national security and good governance a principal part of its agenda by providing platforms for preaching against criminal activities.

In his address, the Head of Department of Mass Communication, Mr. Tenenge Ende, said the Department has sustained efforts in creating avenues for its students to meet and interact with established professional journalist as part of ways of nurturing them to be vibrant and professionals wherever they found themselves.

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IBBUL SIGNS MoU WITH MiMet TO BOOST ITS METEOROLOGICAL RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

IBBUL SIGNS MoU WITH MiMet TO BOOST ITS METEOROLOGICAL RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The Management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) in order to boost its research activities on meteorology and climatology.

Speaking while signing the MoU on the collaboration with the University at the NiMet’s headquarters in Abuja, the Director-General of the Agency, Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi underscored the fundamental roles of the organisation in facilitating the growth and development of diverse sectors of national economy.

He pointed out that it was in realisation of the objectives of NiMet that it became necessary for the Agency to extend hands of linkages and partnerships to educational institutions for far-reaching positive impact of meteorology and climatology on various sectors of nation’s economy.

Professor Mashi applauded the Management of IBB University for being among the first few educational institutions in the country that have explored the opportunity of collaborating with NiMet; disclosing that Main Station of Resident Observatory Station (ROS) would be established in the Institution to facilitate collation, storage and quality control of meteorological and climatological activities.

The Director-General assured of support for infrastructural development, training and capacity building on meteorology for the personnel of the University.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare who led the University Management to the occasion, expressed appreciation for the hospitality accorded his team.

He disclosed that the essence of the visit was to formalise the positive relationship that has begun with the Agency and to further strengthen it.

Professor Maiturare lauded the Management of NiMet for accurate weather predictions, particularly in the 2019 weather forecasts.

The Vice-Chancellor while assuring the Management of NiMet for University’s readiness to fully comply with the terms of agreement in the Memorandum of Understanding also congratulated the Director-General for landmark achievements recorded since his assumption of office at the Agency.

Giving the Vote of thanks, the Director, Engineer and Technical Services, Engineer Bashir Sa’ad appreciated the Management of IBB University for partnering with NiMet.

Highlights of the ceremony were exchange of singed documents on MoU and presentation of sourvenirs by the two heads of organisations.

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NAPHER-SD NATIONAL CONFAB: IBBUL HOST 48TH EDITION

NAPHER-SD NATIONAL CONFAB: IBBUL HOST 48TH EDITION

The 48th edition of National Conference of Nigeria Association for Physical, Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (NAPHER-SD) has been held at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai with a call on governments at all levels and relevant stakeholders in the country to rise up against inappropriate drug use by the youths, particularly athletes.

Speaking while declaring the Conference open, the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Sports Development who was also the Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Mohammed Gana decried the rate at which youth especially athletes engage in the habit of drug abuse to perform any competitive event without taking into consideration its health consequences.

He pointed out that, although inappropriate drug use and doping were common among the athletes, the trend has become more prevalent among the youths, which are the most productive group of a nation; stressing that unless urgent strategic measure is taken, the country’s was heading towards doom.

Dr. Gana disclosed that the State Government was aware of the dangers of this unfortunate trend among the youths and athletes and was already evolving measures that would nip the menace in the bud at all strata.

The Permanent Secretary commended the NAPHER-SD for bringing to the fore a topic of national importance and pledged the State Government’s support to the activities of the association.

Also in his address at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare underscored the need for intellectuals and professional associations to periodically brain storm on issues that would foster desired growth and development of the country.

He said, the issue of drug use and doping was increasing among the athletes, which was having multiplier effects on the productive age group of the country.

Professor Maiturare also emphasised on the need for a measure to bring to the bearest level the ugly scourge, if the future of the country would not be destroyed.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that IBB University was conscious of critical role of Sports and Exercises, hence the dedication of every Wednesday of the Week for Sporting activities, to enable every member of the University participate in one or two sports activities.

He applauded the executive of NAPHER-SD for having confidence in the Management of the University to host the 48th edition of the conference; assuring to accord sport activities utmost priority in the University.

Earlier, the National President of NAPHER-SD, Professor Rafiu Okuneye expressed appreciation for the unwavering support and cooperation received from the Management of the University.

He said NAPHER-SD would continue to partner with the University on the development of its sporting activities.

The paper of the Keynote speaker, Professor James Omonu of Department of Kinetics and Health Education of the University dwelt on health implications of drug use and doping in sports: professional perspectives.

Professor Omonu also called on government to enforce laws against inappropriate use of drugs in the country.

Highlight of the conference was recognition of individuals who have contributed immensely to the growth of the association.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP: IBBUL STUDENTS ACQUIRE SKILLS ON SOLAR ENERGY

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: IBBUL STUDENTS ACQUIRE SKILLS ON SOLAR ENERGY

Pursuance to the realisation of its entrepreneurship drive for every student of the Institution, the Management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai has sponsored a contingent of 200 level students for train the trainers Solar Energy skills acquisition development programme at Asteven group Solar Academy, Lagos.

Receiving the students in the Management Committee Room of the University after an intensive and successful training programme in Lagos, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare reiterated the determination of the Management to ensure that graduates of the University were not only sound in both learning and character but also acquire relevant entrepreneurship skills that could make them self-reliant and employers of labour after graduation.

He assured of continued support to the activities of Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development of the University; pointing out that efforts would be made to ensure that the training acquired by the students would be maximally utilised in the University.

Professor Maiturare congratulated the students for successful completion of the training programme and urged them to make optimum use of the knowledge gained from the training.

Earlier, while presenting the students to the Management, the Director, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development of the University, Dr. Mohammed Mawoli expressed appreciation for the unwavering support and cooperation the students received from the University.

He disclosed that the students demonstrated high sense of discipline during the training sessions at the academy, which made them excel outstandingly above their peers at the academy.

Dr. Mawoli appealed for an immediate workshop on Solar energy development skills so that more of students in the University could benefit from the programme.

Speaking separately, the Students Union President and Solar Energy Club President, Comrade Mohammed Ayuba Muye and Shehu Ahmad Rabiu respectively appreciated the unflinching support the students received from the Management to attend the training programme in Lagos.

They promised to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired during the training programme.

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BE THE DESIRED CHANGE IN ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT- VC URGES STUDENTS

BE THE DESIRED CHANGE IN ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT- VC URGES STUDENTS

Students of of Ibrahim Badamasi Babngida University, Lapai have been enjoined to avail themselves of every opportunity of being the desired change required in the country by embibing wholly, the entrepreneurial skills capable of making them completely self reliance.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare made the call when declaring opened a two-day workshop organised by the University’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) with the theme, “Entrepreneurship Career-Choice Counselling and Orientation”.

Professor Maiturare pointed out the fact that IBB University, Lapai remains ahead of others in the promotion of entrepreneurial activities and appealed to graduates of the institution wherever they are to maintain the status-quo for others to emulate.

He expressed the hope that the students would do the University proud by being employers of labour and not job seekers.

In a welcome address, the Director of the Centre, Dr. M. A. Mawoli appreciated the University Management for the workshop, and disclosed that the mandate was to facilitate entrepreneurship education, research and community service through such programme.

He said papers presented during the workshop would answer so many question about entrepreneurial skill and why undergraduates needed attitudinal change towards entrepreneurship.

Paper were presented on, “Entrepreneurship Development Programme in IBBUL” by Dr. M.A Mawoli; “Counselling Fresh Students on the Need for Entrepreneurship Skills in Contemporary Nigeria”, by Professor Frank Carew; “Attitude Change and Students’Attitude to Entrepreneurship Skill Acquisition”, by Dr. John Jiya;” Nature and Characteristcs of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria”, by Professor George Eweniyi; and, ” Counselling Students on the Factors to Consider in Choosing Entrepreneurship Career” , by Professor (Mrs) R.O Bukoye.

Highlight of the opening ceremony was a drama presentation by IBBU Drama Group, Entrepreneurship comedy by Big-Mouth, and Entrepreneurship Story by an IBBU graduate.

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DON STRESSES NEED FOR BUDGETARY INCREASE IN EDUCATION SECTOR

DON STRESSES NEED FOR BUDGETARY INCREASE IN EDUCATION SECTOR

A Don from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago- Iwoye, Ogun State, Professor Taiwo Edun has advocated for budgetary increase in the education sector to over 20 percent by the Federal Government and continuous annual improvement on it, if Nigeria is to move out from its current state of education quagmire.

The Don who is a Professor of Sociology of Education stated this while delivering his paper as the Keynote speaker at the 4th National Conference of Faculty of Education and Arts, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai with the theme: “The Issues of Access, Quality and Equity in Nigerian Education System”, held at the Auditorium of main campus of the Institution.

The Keynote Speaker lamented that it was quite unfortunate that Nigeria has been identified to have the highest rate of out-of-school children in the world; stressing that by July, 2019, the figure was put at over sixteen million.

He pointed out that unless urgent and deliberate steps are taken by relevant stakeholders to salvage the situation, Nigeria’s educational system was heading towards irredeemable state.

Professor Edun suggested for fair distribution of nation’s resources to reduce huge income gab between the very few rich and vast majority of poor citizens in order to enable all and sundry have access to quality education.

The Keynote Speaker also emphasised the need for the Federal Government to give more powers to the National Population Commission for a more viable development plans in the country.

Declaring the Conference open, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare who spoke through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Mohammed Saba Mohammed decried the continued decay in the education sector of the country despite all the laudable recommendations that have been made by critical stakeholders in the educational institutions.

He commended the Faculty of Education and Arts of the University for coming up with a national conference on very relevant topic that would bring to fore fundamental issues that could help the educational system of the country.

Professor Maiturare charged the conference to come up with recommendations that would help to reposition the nation’s educational system.

The Vice-Chancellor also enjoined the Faculty to continue to work hard towards making the conference an annual event.

In his Goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr Mohammed Yakubu Bello Paiko represented by the Ag. Director, Science and Technology, Mallam Mohammed Etsu Saidu commended the Faculty of Education for organising a conference on a very relevant topic, particularly as stakeholders have continued to search for ways out of country’s educational predicament.

He assured of State Government’s continued support to the development of the University.

The Provost, Federal College of Education, Kontagora, Professor Farouq Haruna Abdulrashid who was the first Lead Paper presenter spoke on barriers to Access, Equity and Quality of Education in Nigeria as the paper of the second Lead Paper presenter, the Dean, School of Technology Education, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Professor Atsumbe Bernard dwelt on the issues of Access, Quality and Equity in Nigeria Education system.

Speaking earlier, the Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts, Dr. Salahu Muhammad Lawal and the Chairman Local Organising Committee of the Conference, Professor George Eweniyi welcomed participants to the conference and expressed appreciation for the unwavering support and cooperation received from the Management, which facilitated the success of the conference.

In her vote of thanks, Professor Rosemary Bukoye of Counseling Psychology Department, appreciated distinguished personalities that graced the occasion and expressed satisfaction with the unflinching support received from staff of the Faculty.

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