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Returnees from Ukraine enrolled into American University of Nigeria

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Some Nigerian student returnees from Ukraine are part of the recently matriculated students at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Adamawa State, said the institution.

Thousands of Nigerian students returned to Nigeria as the war between Ukraine and Russia stalled their education early this year.

AUN had wooed the returning students to enrol in its university.

A statement by the university’s spokesperson, Daniel Okereke, noted that students from other African countries including Togo, Cameroon and Burundi enrolled for its Fall 2022 semester that began on Monday.

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Mr Okereke noted that the students enrolled in diverse departments including, Information Technology, Engineering, Law, and Natural and Environmental Science programmes.

The statement read in part: “The Convocation and Pledge ceremony held inside the Lamido Musdafa Commencement Hall also marked the formal beginning of AUN’s 34th uninterrupted semester as the new students pledged to uphold the institution’s core values of excellence, integrity, and service to the Community.

“Among the students who matriculated at the ceremony were those who returned from Ukrainian universities following the outbreak of war with Russia, Nigerian students in the Diaspora, and students from Burundi, Togo, Cameroon, and Nigeria.

“Many entering students are enrolled in the School of Information Technology and Computing (SITC), which offers undergraduate and graduate degree courses in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science and Analytics, and Information Systems.

“Many choose the Biomedical degree under the Natural and Environmental Sciences program, which prepares them to study Medicine and related disciplines after graduation. Other popular programs include Engineering, Petroleum Chemistry, Law, Public Health, Accounting, Entrepreneurship Management, and Communication and Multimedia Design, offering specializations in Public Relations and Advertising, Journalism, Multimedia Design, and Radio/Television/Film studies.”

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Welcoming the new students, the Interim President of AUN, Attahir Yusuf, identified diversity management as one of the university’s most vital assets.

He said: “At the American University of Nigeria, we celebrate our diversity. We encourage our students to appreciate diversity, be inclusive in orientation, and promote diversity by respecting individuality. We expect people to have different opinions and beliefs and we accommodate all of these as a close-knitted learning community guided by certain principles”.

Mr Yusuf, a professor, encouraged the new students to take advantage of the University’s resources for academic and emotional support.

He also advised them to exercise their freedom as responsible undergraduates and reiterated the institution’s zero tolerance for sexual harassment, bullying, cultism, hard drugs, academic cheating, and other social vices.

“Here at AUN, every individual is valued, and every individual is also supported and encouraged to be the best they can be. We also demand the very best from our students and strive for them to achieve excellent academic and extra-curricular accomplishments in this community”.

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Also speaking, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Patrick Fay, said some of the advantages to be derived from the university include flexibility to choose and change programmes.

“This small class size encourages closer interaction between students and professors, e-library resources, academic support units to help struggling students, and the American liberal arts curriculum, which requires students to take courses outside their core discipline,” he said.

Mr Fay, a former Irish ambassador to Nigeria, who also chairs the AUN Committee of Deans, also advised the new students to enrich their academic experience by engaging in extra-curricular activities, including leadership training and service learning.

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ICPC Re-Arrests Former JAMB Registrar Ojerinde

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on Thursday, re-arrested the former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Adedibu Ojerinde, in Abuja.

ICPC spokesperson Azuka Oguguwa, said in a statemement that Mr Ojerinde, who is currently undergoing corruption trial, was re-arrested after he allegedly refused to honour its invitations over fresh allegations of corruption.

“The commission had on the 12 December, 2022, invited the former JAMB Registrar for questioning over the new evidence but he wrote through his solicitor requesting for 14 days grace to enable him honour the invitation.

“Mr Ojerinde, however, refused to honour the invitation as undertaken by his counsel after the expiration of the 14 days grace on 27th December, 2022,” the statement read in part.

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According to reports, Mr Ojerimde was re-arrested by operatives of the commission after a court hearing before Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, in Abuja, where he is standing trial on 18 charges of diversion of public funds to the tune of N5 billion.

The ICPC had arraigned him before the court on 8 July 2021.

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“As he’s richer than Davido, no questioning why he is celebrating his birthday on water” Mixed reactions trail Otedola’s 60th birthday celebration

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Mixed reactions have trailed billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola’s forthcoming 60th birthday celebration.

The Heute news reported earlier that the Femi Otedola was set to host an extravagant 60th birthday celebration.

Femi Otedola had spent 3 million pounds, which is about a 2.2billion naira to rent Aristotle Onassis’ Christina O super luxury yacht ahead of his 60th birthday.

Femi Otedola’s birthday celebration

The Heute reports that in celebration of his 60th birthday which holds this Friday, November 4th, the astute businessman and Chairman of Geregu, rented the super yacht.

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The super yacht belongs to one of Femi Otedola’s childhood idols, the late Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis, who was once regarded as the richest man in the world.

Otedola rented the yacht to celebrate his 60th birthday in it with his family and friends.

The yacht will sail for three weeks around the Mediterranean Sea.

Otedola was filmed entering the yacht with his family and son-in-law-to-be, Mr. Eazi, this afternoon.

Many are having a field day reacting to the news. While some cheered on him to live his best life, others faulted him for being insensitive to Davido’s son’s death.

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Netizens fault Femi Otedola

One of the commenters queried why he would be celebrating his birthday on water, knowing well that Davido lost his first son by drowning.

Identified as Fair pantherlol, he wrote, “As he is richer than David nobody is gonna say how dare you celebrate your birthday on water when Ifeanyi died inside water

Another user identified as Sweetlikecupcake wrote, “Where are those people saying people shouldn’t move on because Ifeanyi is dead. Oya food is ready”

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One I am Judenj wrote, “The reason he made the money, is to live comfortably. So I don’t see any big deal in it, he has money! Let him enjoy it while he is still alive! Cos if he doesn’t! Next of kin go still run am down!

Praying for herself, one Wendy Rose wrote, “I’ll never be broke in my life

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Also offering prayers to himself, Stephiox Travels wrote, “God I want to be rich so I can rent the while sea on my way 60tb birthday

See some cheering comments below,

One Huskylala wrote, “This is wealth mennnn. And someone eating bread and tea everyday no let person rest

One Moye Brimz wrote, “If no be say I no dey like loud my birthday wetin be yatcht wey I no fit but??? I just no want make people dey think say I proud

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Lagos fixes date for Basic Education Certificate Examination resit

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The Lagos State Examinations Board has fixed October 6 as the new date for the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) resit.

Director of the Board, Orunsolu Adebayo made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

The examination, initially scheduled for September 28, would still take place in various designated centres across the state.

Adebayo explained that the postponement became necessary to accommodate schools yet to register their candidates.

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“The Board does not wish to deny the affected candidates the opportunity of taking the examination”, he noted.

The statement urged principals to take note of the new date and make best use of the extended date to ensure that affected candidates were duly informed.

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