UI SENATE APPROVES PHYSICAL RESUMPTION
On the 17th of May, Campus News reported on the approval of physical resumption for the rest of the first semester of the 2020/2021 session. The article included details on the proposed amount of fees paid, hostel accommodation capacity and the process by which new students are to check their allocated halls.
This development raised a lot of comments and concerns by the student populace especially on the subject of accommodation within the Campus and the proposed date for the commencement of the physical semester -Saturday, May 22nd. While all we have are rumours and some news articles, there has still been no official statement from the school’s administrative themselves; this development has been a source of confusion as no one seems to be sure of when and how the physical resumption will take place and what it will entail.
DEBATES ON RECENTLY RAISED RANSOM BILL
“The Senate on Wednesday considered a bill that seeks to prohibit the payment and receipt of ransom for the release of any person kidnapped, imprisoned or wrongfully confined. According to the bill, Nigerians who pay ransom to kidnappers and kidnappers who receive ransom risk 15 years imprisonment.” – As reported by The Punch News Nigeria.
The Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which scaled second reading during plenary is sponsored by Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi and seeks to discourage the payment of ransom to kidnappers as it seems to turn Kidnapping into a lucrative business. This has sparked a lot of mixed reactions as some lawyers in Lagos on Friday kicked against the proposed bill on the grounds of being inhumane by punishing the victims, while others commended the lawmakers for thinking outside the box to curb the menace.
UPCOMING OYO STATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
Friday the 21th of May has been declared by the Executive Head of Oyo State, Governor Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde ahead of the Local Government Elections taking place on Saturday the 22nd of May so as to enable the state to conduct a hitch-free election. While there seems to be no conclusive confirmation, there are rumours that there will be vehicular restrictions set in place for the election. It is, therefore, advisable for citizens to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and stay conscious of their environment in the event of election-related violence.
UI’S ACTING VC TENURE EXTENDED
The Senate of the University of Ibadan extended the tenure of the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Babatunde Ekanola, on Monday 17th May at a special meeting of the Senate held at the Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan. Both the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ekanola, and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Kayode Adebowale, excused themselves from the session. It was gathered that a total of 151 members of the Senate voted for the re-appointment of Prof. Ekanola, while only a member of the Governing Council and one other Professor abstained from voting.
The tenure extension is to take effect from June 1st 2021 to October 31st 2021.
UIMSA INTRODUCES NEW ONLINE CARLSE CHESS COMPETITION
The chess competition organised by UIMSA will be the first-ever online inter-class competition. It will be played using LICHESS, an online chess platform. 2 players from each class (100L-600L) are required to participate in this tournament. The tournament will be conducted in 3 rounds and a final with the following dates;
Round 1: 1st leg- May 22nd 2021 (12:30pm); 2nd leg- May 22nd 2021 (3:30pm)
Round 2 – May 23rd, 2021 (3:30pm)
Round 3 – May 29th, 2021 (3:30pm)
Final – May 30th, 2021 (3:30pm)
The prizes to be won include;
1st prize (Super Grandmaster): 6GB worth of data.
2nd prize (Grandmaster): 4.5GB worth of data.
3rd prize (Master): 3GB worth of data.
Each class’s sport captain is required to submit the names of the class representatives to the following numbers;
- Amarachi- 08166899180
- Jennifer- 08132783835
- Teslim- 08136648895
In addition, the numbers listed above can also be contacted for further details.