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Kings University Steps Up as NUC Accredits More Programs

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The Kings University, Ode-Omu, Osun State, has taken another step towards its vision of raising transformational leaders after the National Universities Commission (NUC) granted full accreditation status for more of its academic programmes in the last accreditation exercise.

According to the Commission’s Director of Accreditation, Dr. Maryam Sali who signed the letter communicating the approval to the Vice-Chancellor, the full accreditation status is valid for five years.

Founded by the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in 2015, the vision of Kings University is to raise quality leaders that would transform Nigeria and continually sustain her as a technologically advanced nation. The university believes that a solution could be found to the devastating problems facing Nigeria, and the answer needed is the transformation of the minds of the coming generation.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, Kings University, Professor Adenike Kuku, the latest accreditation is another milestone in the preparedness of the University in taking on the challenges of providing quality tertiary education and the development of the total man-mind of prospective candidates.

“We will not relent in our efforts towards strengthening the quality of our academic programmes,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

In about 6 years of existence, Kings University has grown fast, ramping up the acquisition of human resources, equipment and infrastructure required to become a world class tertiary institution. The University’s Learning Management System has been fully deployed and staff members adequately trained to optimize the use of the system.

Universities Should Produce Value Creators – Kings Varsity VC

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The Vice Chancellor of the prestigious Kings University, Ode-Omu, Osun State, Professor Adenike Kuku, has urged universities to produce graduates that are value creators rather than job seekers so as to mitigate the high rate of unemployment among the teeming youth population.

Dr Mrs C.O Aje, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, made this known during the recently held 2021 Entrepreneurship Day of the University.

According to Professor Kuku, entrepreneurship education is strategic to the vision of Kings University which tailors its curriculum to prioritise Entrepreneurship education emphasised by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Professor Kuku further expressed confidence that the graduates of Kings University would proffer technology solutions to the myriad challenges plaguing the nation from the education sector to health sector, agricultural and even the financial services sector.

“The goal is for Universities to produce graduates that are value creators rather than job seekers,” she said.

Social entrepreneur and Executive Director of Izichris Berachah Vocational Institute, Mrs. Busayo Ihimikaye, who was the Guest Speaker at the event, urged Nigerian undergraduates to strive to find their niche as a first step towards achieving their dream of being a successful entrepreneur.

Speaking on the topic, “Entrepreneurship: Alternative to Individual and National Development,” she said that entrepreneurship was about people identifying and solving a problem you are passionate about.

“This could be by providing a service or making a product as entrepreneurship basically involves being innovative and meeting needs. “You identify gaps in the society and you make yourself available to bridge the gaps,” she said.

The social entrepreneur further advised the students to be diligent in their studies, be courageous, and be resilient in life as Kings University has already provided a very good environment for them to excel, adding that their purpose in the University was to be wealth creators not to seek employment and whatever they start today should be sustainable.

Mrs Ihimikaye admonished the students of Kings University and other participants from Adeleke University and Redeemer’s University, academics, and other stakeholders present at the event to begin their entrepreneurial journey for sustainable economic growth and the prosperity of the individual and the nation.

Founded by the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in 2015, the vision of Kings University is to raise quality leaders that would transform Nigeria and continually sustain her as a technologically advanced nation. The university believes that a solution could be found to the devastating problems facing Nigeria, and the answer needed is the transformation of the minds of the coming generation.

WINNERS EMERGE AT IKOYI CLUB’S CHILDREN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT

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Winners have emerged in the three categories of the Children’s Fun Day Golf tournament organised by the Ladies Golf sub-committee of the prestigious Ikoyi Club, Lagos, as part of the 2021 Children’s Day celebrations.

In the 3 Holes category, organized for children from 6 to 9 years old, Okoji Osamudiamen came first ahead of Olowola Itiaron who came second while Oni Yomiwa came third. Orungbeja Mayomile dominated the 6 Holes category, organized for children from 10 to 12 years old, ahead of Savage Akorede and Michael Seh who came second and third, respectively. In the 9 Holes category, organized for children that are 12 years old and above, Onyelukachukwu Obata clinched the prize ahead of Jaithith.R Warrier who came second and Sokefun Adejare who came third.

According to the Vice-Captain of Ikoyi Club Golf Section, Mrs. Nkoli Moka, the Children’s Day Golf Tournament is an annual event organized by the Ladies Golf Sub-Committee to expose children to the sport early.

“This year’s tournament was even more important because we didn’t have it last year due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After several months of limited interaction due to the recent lockdowns it was indeed most appropriate and well timed,” she said.

“Golf is an opportunity to get children out to exercise, instead of being glued to TVs and Video Games, and to socialise,” Mrs Moka added.

Sponsors of the event, which was organised in strict compliance to health and safety regulations, include notable brands such as MTN, Kawe, and UAC Foods. Dignitaries who graced the occasion include Mr Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of MTN Nigeria amongst others.

Founded in 1938, Ikoyi club is a Lagos’ foremost private member family Club, providing first class facilities for about 10,000 members. Besides the golf course, the Club also has many sports and relaxation amenities for members and their families.

SystemSpecs Supports the Use of Technology to Enhance National Security

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African technology giant, SystemSpecs, has expressed its support for the use of technology in enhancing Nigeria’s national security amidst current threats to the security and unity of the country. This support was manifested recently as the leading innovative payment and human capital management technology firm hosted winners of its 2021 Children’s Day Essay Competition in a recently held event at its headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Now in its second year, the SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition is organized in furtherance of the technology firm’s commitment to the development of indigenous IT capacity for national prosperity.

Themed “Building a more Secure Nigeria using Technology”, over 2000 entries were received from pupils between 9 and 16 years old from about secondary schools across the country in the 2021 SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition, a 30 percent increase from the previous year. The entries were sent online, via an internet portal.

Executive Director of SystemSpecs, Deremi Atanda, said the company is thrilled about the number of entries that came from Borno State, an area at the grip of Boko Haram’s deadly insurgency.

“It shows that even in times like this, people are interested in advancing national interest,” Atanda remarked.

He also praised the resilience of the participants and their schools.

“There were some schools that had just one entry, and you could see the weight of an entire community behind that single submission.

“Some went all the way to seek internet access in remote locations from them to send their entries. That resonates well with our objective of intervention in building capacity for the IT industry in Nigeria,” Atanda said.

 12-year-old Chetachi Best Mbalu of Lagooz College, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos emerged winner in the junior category, while 15-year-old Uchenna Rita Ohiaeri of Queensland Academy, Okota, Lagos emerged winner in the senior category.

Besides the prizes presented to the winners, SystemSpecs donated 15 laptops to the winning school in the senior category, and 10 laptops to the winning school in the junior category.

In his remarks, the special adviser to the president on education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, called the SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition, “a step in the right direction” and encouraged the company’s leadership to “keep up the good work”.

Parents Withdraw their Children from Schools in Oyo Community After Deadly Herdsmen Attack

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Parents on Monday afternoon stormed some schools in Iyete, Igangan and Tapa in the Ibarapa North Local Government area of Oyo state to withdraw their children.

It was gathered that news of another attack on residents of the areas by unknown gunmen got to the communities after children had arrived in their schools.

It will be recalled that unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded Igangan community on Sunday, killing more than 10 residents.

Confirming the development to the media, the Elepe Tapa, leader of a community in Igangan area, Oba Titiloye Oyekanmi Sunday, said people have been running helter-skelter to ensure they took their children from schools.

“We couldn’t sleep till this morning. We just heard that those Fulani people are restrategising to attack us again but they didn’t tell us the precise time. No presence of security agencies here. We need government now,” he said.

Our correspondent learnt that Ayete, Igangan and Tapa are the major communities within Ibarapa North Local Government Area.

The Convener, Igangan Development Advocates, Mr. Oladiran Oladokun had on Sunday said one of the sons of the Seriki Fulani of Oyo state who was chased out of Igangan, Ibrahim Saliu had vowed to ensure Igangan is razed to aches.

Oladokun in a statement on Sunday said; “No state security apparatus got to us during the storm. If we had not made a little cover, perhaps Igangan would have become a dunghill of ashes.”

Oladokun therefore advocated for the relocation of the base of Amotekun Corpa in Igangan, conversion of Igangan Police outpost to headquaters, among other things as solution to the challenges facing Igangan.

He further said: “When the chips were down, our local hunters were the last man standing. Let the state via Igangan Development Advocates (IDA) get their list and use IDA to empower them with necessary logistics. We suggest that the government should relocate Amotekun base to Igangan, empower Amotekun to carry pump actions.

“It is time we deploy extreme measures for this extreme situations even if someone’s toes will be stepped on. The state is empowered to make legislation towards her security, therefore let the state flex some muscles.

“On numerous occasions, Ibrahim Seriki Saliu son kept pledging that Igangan will be raze down to ashes.

He had the audacity to proclaim this on social media as well as on radio shows, perhaps his words were taken as mere groans but local Vigilantes at Igangan kept receiving the news of impending danger.

“The state I believe thought it’s just another hype, for we notified the state of our fears on the 14th of april when covert information reached us of a meeting of the Fulani towards fulfilling their oath of allegiance towards reprisals

“Today we lick our wounds

We suffered heavy loss and casualties

The Fulani fulfilled their pledge.”

Kings University Canvasses for Bio-inspired Approach to Nigeria’s National Security

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Kings University, Odeomu, Osun state has canvassed for the deployment of Bio-inspired solutions and expressed its readiness to continue to partner with relevant agencies of government and the private sector to develop an effective information security architecture amidst intensified threats to Nigeria’s national security.

The Vice Chancellor of Kings University, Prof. Adenike Kuku, announced this during the University’s recently held Annual Faculty of Science Lecture titled ‘Information Security Management: Moving from Conventional to Bio-inspired Solutions’.  

The VC said increased digitisation and automation has made the world become a global village that needs a secured storage of information systems to run businesses and the society at large.

According to her, “the combination of the conventional and Bio-inspired solutions is an innovative idea for combating emerging threats.”

The guest speaker at the event and senior lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun State, Dr. Bodunde Akinyemi, also advised the Federal Government to adopt a Bio-inspired approach to solving national security challenges.

 “Bio-inspiration involves learning from biological processes and activities in developing new computing technologies. Bio-inspired solutions used by scientists and researchers to solve real-world problems are dynamic, robust, and resilient”, said Akinyemi, who explained that the development of this novel technology could serve as an effective national information security framework.

According to the don, “Information security management is a critical issue today with the rapidly growing usage of the Internet. More complexities and diversity in information systems have given rise to intrusions and malicious attacks, thus making it increasingly difficult to manage information systems security”.

The don affirmed that the Quality of Services (QoS) of information systems has significantly deteriorated due to an upsurge of cyberattacks. She added that this degeneration has given rise to research on information security.

“Conventional information security management models such as data encryption, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning approaches are inadequate to effectively address the challenges of information security, hence, the need for the adoption of bio-inspired solutions in developing effective information security architecture.

“In this era of ‘Big Data’, there is a need to move towards data-driven intelligent decision-making process by observing and learning from nature to advance national security and boost the nation’s economic prosperity,” she added.

Founded by the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in 2015, the vision of Kings University is to raise quality leaders that would transform Nigeria and continually sustain her as a technologically advanced nation. The university believes that a solution could be found to the devastating problems facing Nigeria, and the answer needed is the transformation of the minds of the coming generation.

Akinlabi: Man on a Mission to Build and Sustain Healthy Marriages

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In this article, social commentator, Epa Stevens, writes about Godman Akinlabi, a pastor and relationship coach on a mission to stem the rising incidence of failed marriages in the society.

What is the meaning of marriage? Why do we marry? What are the benefits? What are the features of a good marriage? These and other pertinent questions about marriage are becoming increasingly complex to answer in a rapidly changing world where the dynamics of culture and values are always shifting.

With divorce rates on the rise around the world and the roles of men and women changing fast in the modern society, it is easy to predict a bleak future for the institution of marriage. It is also easy to believe marriage is no more relevant. Despite the discouraging statistics, relationship coach and author, Godman Akinlabi, is one of the people who have given Africans the reasons to believe in this sacred institution.

“Having invested seventeen years in the marriage institution and nearly twenty ministering and counselling, I have discovered the beauty in two people coming together in unity to do life and to take-on the world, and also the negative consequences of marital disharmony,” Akinlabi, who is also the Lead Pastor of frontline Christian Ministry, The Elevation Church (TEC), said in a recent news report.

Recent statistics indicate that more people around the world are giving up on marriage as an institution. One of the most available data on marriage dissolution indicates that rate of divorce around the world has doubled in the past 4 decades, peaking at 5.5 in 1000 people by 2008. Today in the United States, 39 percent of all marriages are ending in divorce. In Nigeria, the statistics are less alarming but not good either. While divorce rate remains low, due to the strong influence of a conservative culture, but has continued to climb. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), just 0.2% of Nigerian men and 0.3% of Nigerian women had legally dissolved their marriage in 2016. However, by 2018, separation rates in Nigeria had recorded a 14 percent increase.

As the Nigerian society comes increasingly under western influence and women become more empowered, the rate of divorce has soared in the country, especially in urban areas. In February 2020, a tweet by a lawyer indicated that there had been 4000 divorce applications in Abuja already that year.

Also, Marriages are becoming less common, and cohabitation has replaced marriage in many cases. Some media reports even indicate that the state of marriages in the world has changed more rapidly in the past 100 years than in the preceding 3,000 years.  Despite enduring for thousands of years of human existence, one of the oldest institutions in the world is now under severe threat.

Akinlabi is aware of this threat and feels concerned to contribute to battling it. Not only is the love guru advocating for healthy and happy marriages, but he is also teaching people how to build and sustain them. To this effect, Akinlabi is launching an online preparatory and enhancement course aimed at building and sustaining healthy matrimonies. Tagged, “Amare” (a Latin adverb meaning “to love”), the courses start in April 2021 with two crucial modules; a Marriage Preparatory Course for singles looking to start their journeys, and a Marriage Enhancement Course for married couples looking to reinvigorate their relationships. These online courses are designed to answer participants’ yearnings and to strengthen relationship bonds.

Akinlabi’s credentials and experience in public speaking, marriage counselling, and relationship advisory has positioned him uniquely as the right anchor to administer these courses. This follows the success of his online TV and weekly Twitter series, The BetterHalf Show, focused on sharing practical tips about building successful romantic relationships. As a renowned relationship coach with deep knowledge and insights on relationships, he is known to convey critical information in a uniquely simple and relatable style. Akinlabi has authored several globally acclaimed relationship books such as Solid: Building the Marriage of Your Dream, Gauging Readiness for Marriage and others.

According to the relationship coach, Amare has been designed as a safe space for vulnerability to remove the impurities and impediments to a blissful union.

“Amare has practical modules for enhanced communications to deal with pertinent questions around personal fears and trust-issues, financial management, family planning, extended family relations, building stronger foundations, tolerance and planning your collective future amongst others. The insights couples gain will help them create a template suitable for them to build and maintain a long-lasting and fulfilling marriage,” he added.

There are many reasons to heed to Akinlabi’s calls to save the marriage institution as a core component of the society. According to the Child Encyclopedia, Children of divorced parents are more likely to experience poverty, educational failure, early and risky sexual activity, non-marital childbirth, earlier marriage, cohabitation, marital discord and divorce.

The Amare online course modules are expected to address pertinent issues in relationships and marriages. such issues may include loss of interest, change in preferences, overwhelming career pressure cum-goal pursuit, financial challenges or simply the selfish pursuit of personal happiness.

By highlighting the consequences of failed marriages on the society, it has been established that good marriages are vital to the wellbeing of the society. By addressing these issues and inspiring us to stay committed to building and sustaining healthy marriages, Akinlabi is making his contributions to building a better society.

Bandits Say They Are Receiving Weapons from DSS Agents

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In a shocking revelations, armed bandits have disclosed that they have been receiving arms and ammunition from operatives of the State Security Service and often split ransom payments received at gunpoint.

The criminals told Deutsche Welle in a recent report that they “borrow weapons” from the state agents and then go to work to share ill-gotten gains together.

The bandits also said some police officers have been a part of the conspiracy that has fueled insecurity across Nigeria which President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of being too lazy to address.

The report surfaced amidst widespread claims that Nigerian security forces are fueling insecurity for financial benefits. In 2018, Theophilus Danjuma, a former chief of army staff, said the Nigerian military and other state agents were actively supplying weapons to violent criminals waging a war against minority rural settlers in Nigeria’s north-central.

The Buhari administration denied the allegation, but several indications have emerged repeatedly since then that appeared to show that the government was not as concerned about the raging crisis.

Last week, Mr Buhari warned Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue, where armed militia elements have killed thousands and razed hundreds of villages since Mr Buhari assumed power in 2015, to either accept the controversial ruga policy or continue to endure violence with his people.

Last month, Mr Buhari also stood Isa Pantami, one of his cabinet ministers who was recently exposed as a hardline jihadist and lover of Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda and other groups and persons long associated with terrorism.

The Elevation Church hails resilience of Nigeria workers

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In celebration of the International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2021, Godman Akinlabi, Lead Pastor of non-denominational Christian assembly, The Elevation Church (TEC), has hailed Nigerian workers around the world for their uncommon industry, Ingenuity and resilience.

In his message to Nigerian workers, Akinlabi said, “despite the ripple effect of the pandemic, the state of the Nigerian economy, and challenges in various sectors such as transportation, power, housing; Nigerian workers have remained resilient, hardworking and have kept commerce alive at all levels. I encourage Nigerian workers to imbibe lessons from the life of Joseph in the Bible. He was a champion of stewardship, honesty and industry while managing his father’s business, which he applied in all his endeavours. Those virtues, combined with his walk with God, propelled him to global relevance. Nigerian workers must eschew corrupt practices and lethargy, and embrace industry, honesty and the fear of God in all their dealings”.

He charged government officials and the current administration to champion the cause for better treatment of our pensioners and retirees. “There is a line in our national anthem that says, ‘the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain’, and so far, that bargain has not been fully upheld. We must recognize that the shabby treatment of our pensioners impacts negatively on the younger generation, who may be compelled towards more aggressive ventures with promises of quick returns such as internet fraud and drug peddling. We must restore the pride of place and dignity of labour, by rewarding those who put in years of diligent service, so that those coming after can aspire to greater things”.

He concluded with an admonition to young workers to take responsibility for their growth by updating their skills regularly to remain work-place relevant and globally competitive. He further stated that workers need to leverage trainings provided by NGOs, relevant government agencies and religious organizations such as The Elevation Church.

The Elevation Church aims to empower her members to achieve the highest levels of distinction and greatness in life. The Elevation Church was founded by Pastor Godman Akinlabi in October 2010.

Your Enemy can be your Mentor – John Obaro

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As mentorship becomes increasingly seen as a vital component of 21st century corporate culture, John Obaro, the Managing Director of frontline African technology firm, SystemSpecs, has taken a critical look at the role of the mentor, noting that a mentor does not have to be perfect to be effective and that one’s enemy can in fact, be his mentor.

John Obaro was speaking to a gathering of business leaders in the banking world, who have gathered to analyse the roles of the mentor and the mentee in mentoring relationships. The former banker and leader of one of Africa’s pioneering technology companies, was a panellist at the Chattered Institute of Bankers (CIBN) Mentoring Scheme Relaunch program, which took place virtually on Thursday, 18th February.

Today, mentorships have become an indispensable part of work culture. A mentorship is a relationship between two people where the individual with more experience, knowledge, and connections is able to pass along what they have learned to a more junior individual within a certain field. While identifying strong mentors in one’s field is a good way to set oneself up for significant career transitions, it is important to work productively with them to achieve a set of goals.

“Mentors are not perfect people,” said Obaro, “you just have to pick what you want and make good use of it.”  

The tech expert said he was a beneficiary of good mentorship, explaining that the advice to start SystemSpecs came from his mentor and former boss.  After 10 years in the banking industry, Obaro left to start SystemSpecs 29 years ago. Today, the company is a leading provider of Financial Technology and Human Resource Management solutions, with remarkable products like Remita, HumanManager and Paylink that are helping governments, businesses, banks, and individuals to solve problems.

According to Obaro, mentees need to demonstrate to their mentors that they are eager to learn and are worthy of being mentored by their chosen mentors.

“If anyone is worthy of been a mentor to you, then he must be someone that many people are looking up to, Therefore, many people also want to be their mentees…. why should that person pick you,” he said.

“The only reason is that you must have something different. You must therefore, be in a position to sell yourself. you must show the prospective mentor that if given the opportunity, they will be proud of you.”

He advised mentees to demonstrate the eagerness to learn, follow instructions and even exceed the expectations of their mentors.

According to Obaro, mentors can come from different walks of like. They can also be visible, or invisible, connected to their mentees digitally. Mentors can also be for a long time or for a short while.

Finally, he said an enemy can also be a mentor as long as there is something good in them to learn from.

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