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FG inaugurates solar powered electric vehicles charging station in UNN



University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

The Federal Government has inaugurated a solar powered electric vehicles charging station at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

Mr Jelani Aliyu, the Director- General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) on Friday at the inauguration, said the organisation was committed to technological advancement in the automotive industry.

Aliyu said this would reduce the use of fossil fuel vehicles that pollute the environment and contributes to global warming.

“Global warming and climate change are detrimental to human health and pollutes our environment, many countries are moving away from fossil fuels vehicles to electric vehicles because of its adverse effects.

“This informs the reason why NADDC, an agency in Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is sponsored by government to build electric vehicle charging stations powdered by solar across the country.

“This is to ensure zero per cent carbon emission in our environment as well as reduce health problems associated with it,’’ he said.

Aliyu, represented by Mr Olarawaju Omusanya, the Director of Infrastructures in NADDC, said Usman Danfodo University, Sokoto, University of Lagos and University of Nigeria, Nsukka were the three universities selected for the pilot project.

“The Usman Danfodo University Sokoto and University of Lagos were inaugurated in 2021 and today, we are inaugurating that of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

“The automotive council encourages universities in the country to utilise this opportunity by stimulating further research and development for this project,’’ he said.

The director-general said the council would continue to promote advance technology transfer and development of domesticated human capital.

“It is expected that the solar powered charging station will offer staff and students firsthand experience in mobility and power renewable technology.

“An electric vehicle fully charged in this station will travel 480 kilometres before it will stop.

“Globally, there is ongoing transition from petrol, diesel vehicles to electric vehicles,’’ he said.

He commended Prof. Charles Igwe, the Vice-Chancellor of UNN and the management for their maximum cooperation to see that the project was completed and inaugurated.

In his remark, Igwe appreciated the NADDC for choosing UNN as one of the pilot universities in the country for the project.

He said that UNN would continue to do its best as the premier university in the country.

The vice chancellor urged UNN faculty of engineering to ensure that many of the vehicles in the university were converted to electric vehicles.

“Now there is solar powered charging electric vehicles station, our engineers in the university should take the advantage to convert our vehicles to electric, to reduce cost of buying petrol and diesel.

“The university is grateful to government for choosing UNN as one of the pilot universities in this landmark project,’’ Igwe said.

Prof. Ozomena Ani, the UNN Coordinator of the project commended the UNN vice chancellor for approving the project as well as allowing him to coordinate the project in the university.

Ani, an engineer and a lecturer in Faculty of Engineering, UNN, said that his research team would ensure the maintenance of the project.

Earlier, Prof. Emenike Ejiogu, the Dean Faculty of Engineering UNN, represented by Prof. Sunday Ezeoha, said the faculty would continue to provide the required manpower in engineering.

“The faculty is happy that NADDC solar power charging electric station is located in our faculty, the faculty will ensure the university community and other residents reap the benefits of the project,’’ Ejiogu said.


Bursary: Lagos students hail Sanwo-Olu



The National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS) has praised Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving N375,455 million for scholarship/ bursary.

The President of NULASS, Mr Shasanya Akinola, made the commendation in an interview on Friday in Lagos.

He said that the union was impressed with the commitment and consistency of the administration of Sanwo-Olu in giving bursary and scholarship since its inception.

He also thanked the Secretary of Lagos State Scholarship Board, Mr Abdur-Rahman Lekki, for ensuring that no qualified student was left behind.

“We sincerely appreciate our dear governor for doing the needful. lt is a way of encouraging us.

“This package is for all Lagos indigenes schooling across the federation, and I must say this gesture has gone a long way to take care of some of our financial burdens.

“The diligence exhibited by Lekki in establishing a cordial relationship between Lagos State students and the board cannot be over-emphasised,” Akinola said.

He described members of the union as students from ‘city of excellence’, saying that Lagos State had remained a pacesetter.

Akinola urged other states to emulate Lagos State in bursary and scholarship awards.

According to him, many states would need to review the value of the awards in view of the economic realities in Nigeria.

“ Lagos State scholarship award is N200,000, while some state scholarship awards are less and not regular,” he added.

The union leader also praised President Bola Tinubu for nominating two young people as ministers for the Federal Ministry of Youth.

“That is a big one for the youth,” Akinola said.

Tinubu on Sunday nominated a 37-year-old medical doctor, Jamila Bio Ibrahim, as the Minister of Youth.

The president also appointed a youth leader in the All Progressives Congress, Mr Ayodele Olawande, to serve as the Minister of State for Youth.

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AAU dismisses report on sales of admission to candidates



The Management of Ambrose Alli University, (AAU) Ekpoma, says it does not sell admission to candidates as being peddled in the social media.

Head, Corporate Communications and Protocols, Otunba Mike Aladenika, made the statement while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Saturday in Benin.

Aladenika described as baseless, a report that the university was engaged in the sales of admission to the highest bidders.

He described the report of the alleged admission racketeering “as a new generation-falsehood which should be dismissed and trashed in its entirety.

“The uninvestigated and completely misguided and vengeful story could better be described as a poor job done for certain elements who are out for some mischief and image damage.

“It is a fact that provisional admissions were granted to students into our various departments and faculties as required by enabling laws guiding admission processes in the university.

“It is also a fact that upon this provisional admission, acceptance comes with specific payments after which you are expected to follow through with other requirements.”

“Such requirements would enable you to register and become a bonafide student of the university.

“The process of admission is digital and seamless. Those who follow through with the process online, have no issue as we speak. “

According to him, the process of admission begins with the acceptance of the provisional admission which needs to be completed on schedule, to allow for the university’s calender to be completely implemented.

“Some of these candidates, after accepting the provisional admission, failed to complete the process until the quota was filled.

“Nevertheless, the university, in its wisdom, had to reassign such candidates to other departments and faculties mostly their second choice.

“To meet up with the deadline for registration process, the university issued a reminder to students who had made acceptance that their process must be completed on or before the Aug. 14 2023, to guarantee studentship eligibility.

“To the best of my knowledge, the affected candidates are just about 20 in number for each of the courses in question, Law and Medical Laboratory Sciences(MLS).

“The number admitted into MLS is 88 in the desire of the university to meet admission quota, while that of law is 135.

“Who then is buying these admissions? And why must a small number of candidates who failed to meet admission timelines through their own faults and therefore missed the opportunity now hold the university to ransom?”

Aladenika noted that ” the entire admission process, as driven by the acting vice chancellor, was electronically facilitated, devoid of marginal human errors.

“There is nobody given admission without meeting up with the expected academic requirements.

“Absolute merit was considered (you can come and verify that), not patronage.

“He who alleges must prove. Our hands are clean. Our actions are responsible to the effect of its discharge,” he said.

He explained that students who followed through with the process had almost concluded their registration.

“I will advise that if the candidates concerned are still interested in their studentship of the university, they should embrace their new departments and do the needful before the entire system is closed,” he said.

Aladenika advised journalists to always do due diligence in their reportage of events and issues by fact checking their stories.

“The lazy line of some journalists that ‘all efforts to get other views proved abortive’ as was in this reportage, is no longer acceptable in today’s serious journalism.

“The university is open for fact checking of the process by any journalist who cares to.

” There is nothing to hide here. We are running an open administration and using our valuable time and energy to grow our university,” Aladenika said.

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