THE NATION THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013
Fulani students mark Cultural Day
T was merriment at the Bayero University, (BUK) Kano when students under the aegis of Fulfulde Promotion Club marked their cultural day. Clad in their cultural attire, the students danced to Ramat Car Park amidst sounds of flute and Fulani songs. The males held sticks across their shoulders while hopping to the dampe dance in rows. The women clutched bowls of calabash to their heads bowls and were dressed in handmade white fabric. Students’ spectators were held spell bound as they praised the dancers. Some of them who spoke
• One of the trainees asking question at the programme
Club trains new officers
HE Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI) has organised a training programme for her new officers. The occasion featured training on parliamentary procedures facilitated by JCI leader, Tunji Alade, and Editor-in Chief of the club, Adeniyi Ogunsola. The event also
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witnessed a personal development session with the theme The power to re-invent yourself facilitated by the Area B Director of Training, Ekemini Akpan. Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE, Akpan said the training was tai-
lored to imbue the new executives with requisite competences in the discharge of their responsibilities. However, the Officers’ Training School was held at the Multimedia Room of the Petroleum Training Institute Library. The participants told our correspondent that they were happy to have attended such training, adding that the workshop has prepared them to serve the organisation.
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to CAMPUSLIFE said they were happy to witness the event. A 300 level student of Adult Education, Bilkisu Jami said: “It feels great to witness the dampe dance for the first time in my life. It’s awesome.” Speaking at the event, President of the club, Murtala J. Julde said the association aims to foster cultural unity among Fulani students of different dialects. He noted that the group “seeks to encourage non-speakers of Fulfulde to learn the language.”
Symposium for Muslim HE Association of Faculty of Arts students Arts Muslim Students
(AFAMS) at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has held a symposium for members. The seminar, which took place at the Humanities Auditorium II, was well attended by students and seasoned Islamic scholars In his opening speech, co-coordinator of the group Taofeeq Adebayo, praised the growth of the association. He said: “we are moving from grass to grace and from nothing to something.” The chairman of the occasion, Prof. Muhib Opeloye, a former Commissioner of Local Govern-
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ment and Chieftaincy Title in Osun State, encouraged the students to be more dedicated in whatever they do. While delivering his lecture titled The Place of the Arts in Islam, Dr Zafaran Adeniyi, charged the students to seek Islamic knowledge. The students were taken through practical aspects of the campus life and how to strike a balance between academic and social life.
Alumni body lectures graduating students
HE Lagos Chapter of the University of Ilorin Alumi Association (UIAA) has held a public lecture with the theme: Life after Graduation. The event took place at the University auditorium. In attendance was the Vice-Chancellor Professor Abdulganiu Ambali, who was represented by Prof. C.O Bewaji, Dean School of Post graduate, Mr. Tolu Ogunkoya, Managing Director, Media Reach Mr. T.A odedele, National President Unilorin Alumni Association, Dr. L.A Yahaya, and Dr. Mahfouz Adedimeji, Chairman Directorate of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin.
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In his address, Prof Bewaji praised the alumni body for their contribution to the growth of the institution. President of the association, Mr. Odedele told the students to brace up for the challenges of life after graduation and be versatile. He said: “Whatever job your hands find to do, give it your best shot.” The event also witnessed the presentation of awards to members and students who have distinguished themselves in their various endeavours.
NANS urges fees reduction •Cross section of the freshers at the event
Fellowship welcomes freshers
HE Joint Christian Campus Fellowship (JCCF) of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun has welcomed new members. The occasion was attended by president of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Stanley
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Okpako, immediate past president of the fellowship, Pastor Justice Okeoma, and members of the fellowship. Students rendered song ministrations, powerful prayer sessions and
drama presentations during the programme. In his welcome message, President of the group, Pastor Emeka Omah, urged the students to be hard working and remember their primary goal on campus. Students who spoke to Campus Life said the event was spiritually invigorating.
Council appraises department’s facilities HE department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT MINNA), has hosted the accreditation team of the Town Planning Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC). The team was in the department to re-accredit its Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech), post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Urban and Regional Planning and post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Housing. Other programmes re-accredited included Master’s in Technology (M. Tech), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban and Regional
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Planning. The exercise featured inspection of the department’s design studios, facilities, e-library and data rooms. Also, the team assessed the curriculum, admission and administrative policies, staffing in the bid to uphold the academic standard and service delivery. The accreditation team also held an interactive session with students of the department to ascertain if they understood the scope
of the discipline. Students were further encouraged to maximally use a high-level technology provided in the department to achieve academic excellence. In his remarks, the Head of the department, Dr Musa Dalil, praised the team for its constructive criticisms in the past five years, which he said had led to the high academic performance of the department’s students. He assured the team that the department would continue to be ‘‘a centre of excellence in research and development.”
HE National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the management of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu to reduce its fees. The Director of Action and Mobilisation of the association, Chidozie Kingsley make the plea to the institution’s authorities in a statement last week. He noted that NANS, as an umbrella body of Nigerian students, must push for students’ interest in the fee crisis rocking the school. “We have decided to wade into the ongoing school fees crisis in most of our tertiary institutions, especially the Abia State University through consultation and consoli-
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dating approach instead of confrontation. NANS is a body that is value-oriented and seeks to fight for the interest of Nigerian students in an uncompromised manner against oppression. We have started consultation in view of ABSU school fees increment, and we advise students to be law-abiding pending the outcome of the consultation.” He, however, assured students of favourable outcome, saying ABSU was not the only institution experiencing school fees increment in the country.
THE NATION JANUARY 3, 2013