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UNIBEN speaks on Resumption amid Lockdown relax. [Nigeria]


The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has advised members of staff to continue to work from home until further directive from the Ministry Education.

This was confirmed in a statement by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, on Friday in Benin.

She said the staff members should maintain the status quo and work from home for now.

She made the clarification based on the Edo State Head of Service’s directives on the resumption of work by certain cadres in the public service in state.

Ehanire said, “in the wake of the continuous uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with the position of the Federal Ministry of Education, no specific date has been fixed for the reopening.”


She urged UNIBEN staff members to continue to work from home saying, resumption date would be received from the Federal Ministry of Education.

“Staff on essential duties are to maintain all the hygiene and safety rules as stipulated by the NCDC,” she said.



Nigeria – DELSUTH to rise again – CMD says.

The Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area is the state’s apex health institution providing basic training, research and medical services.

It was established to give skilled health care through the training of undergraduate medical students, residency training of doctors and paramedics.

But since June 10, 2010, when it was officially inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan, DELSUTH had been plagued by multifaceted problems, ranging from industrial unrest, low staff morale, brain drain, poor funding, massive infrastructure decay, and epileptic power supply.

But with ongoing renovation of the institution by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration, there is hope the tertiary health care centre can reclaim some of its lost glory.

Dr Onome Ogueh, the chief medical director (CMD), believes the old narrative is gradually being replaced by a culture of medical excellence as envisioned by its founding fathers.

He says his priority, besides ensuring the hospital was run professionally, is to change the hearts and minds of “people who work here to have the right attitude towards the care that we provide.”

The CMD, appointed a little over three years ago, outlines his strategy for revamping the institution.

He says: “My management team has been doing a bit to reposition DELSUTH. We have approached this in various ways. One of the things we have done since I came on board just over three years ago is to make sure that all our departments are accredited for providing clinical services at a tertiary care level. For instance, for the first time we have full accreditation for Paediatrics, Radiology and Radiography, Orthopaedic, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.”

Continuing, he says “we have also ensured that we employ adequate staff for proper service delivery. We now have, for instance, a consultant dermatologist for the first time in DELSUTH. We have also employed a cardio-thoracic surgeon. We did not have one in Delta State before now. So, we are beginning to develop a cardio-thoracic surgery service. We have also employed a restorative dentist for the first time in Delta State. We are now developing a restorative dentistry service.”

He admits that for DELSUTH to play its multifarious role effectively, it requires annual subventions from government.

But Ogueh says his team is “already looking outward”. According to him, the management is exploring other avenues to generate revenue, such as “engaging in the production of medical consumables, sanitisers to hospitals, etc.”

His words: “Like all government hospitals and teaching hospitals in the world, DELSUTH requires subvention because unlike ordinary hospitals, we do not just deliver clinical services. We do more than that. As a teaching hospital, one of the pillars of the things we do is to provide research that will help to improve the quality of the services we give to the people. We also provide training for medical students, training for postgraduate doctors, and to be able to train medical students and postgraduate doctors, we need all departments to be accredited and this requires proper funding.

“We also need to train postgraduate doctors so we can have specialists that can provide specialist services in the state and in the country, and to train these people require funding. These are things you cannot achieve with internally- generated revenue. So, I must say we need to have more.”

One of the strategies includes approaching wealthy Deltans and corporate bodies to contribute towards development of the hospital.

The CMD notes that the move has yielded astounding results. “For instance, I can tell you that one of the new services we brought in is an optic laboratory. That service was funded entirely by an individual from this community. That service has been running for few years.”

He says other revenue sources being explored include leveraging on the hospital’s competencies, such as specialisation in nursing by providing services for students from other universities, including Ladoke Akintola University of Technology at Ogbomosho in Oyo State.

Dr. Ogueh says because his team emphasises medical research, internationally-recognised researchers from DELSUTH are currently engaged in research into specialised fields.

His words: “We are doing quite a lot in terms of research. Because we are a teaching hospital, we have professors, senior lecturers, and lecturers, whose pact of agreement is to carry out research, and some of the research involves international collaboration.

”For instance, we have a programme that we have been running with UT South-Western, U.S.A, where we are collaborating to do research into kidney disease. We have different types of research going on. We are in the process of setting up a telecardiology research where we can begin to view people with heart conditions or research into heart conditions by telemedicine. You are sitting here in Oghara and you are able to do some kind of consultation in Lagos or elsewhere. That is one area we are doing research collaboration. We are doing research in many other areas because that is what makes us different from the general hospital. We do research into the services that we are providing to ensure that we provide the best for patients.”

He says DELSUTH possesses a fully equipped Radiology Department, and an MRI machine (which is of the highest standard), adding that the institution provides training for resident doctors from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

The CMD notes that the tertiary health care institution is breaking grounds in the area of a paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery unit.

He says paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is not done in Nigeria, adding that the vision of the institution is to run the service on a regular basis.

“One of such is the setting up of a Paediatric Cardio-thoracic surgery service in DELSUTH. The governor has already approved funding for it because as we speak the only way one can get paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is to go to America, UK, Israel or India, or when people from those countries come to do outreach programmes here. That is the only time one can have it. What we want to do is a regular service and we are in the process of setting that up in collaboration with Hospital for Humanity based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.”

But Ogueh thinks his most astounding success is the cordial relationship blossoming with the host community and trade unions in the institution.

He says prompt payment of salaries and other emoluments by the government have lifted the morale of workers, adding that regular medical outreaches and support for local festivals have closed the gap in the relationship with the host community.

“We have bridged that gap and that is why, for instance, we have a football tournament that involves the community. We also reach out to the people during festive periods. During their traditional festival, Christmas, etc. we always give our support. We have bridged the gap that there was,” he offers.

Despite lamenting the deleterious effects of brain drain on the institution, Ogueh believes the country’s medical community stands to benefit in the long run.

According to him, “the other take I have with the brain drain issue is that sometimes, maybe it is even good for our people to go out there because when they go out there, they get more exposure because of the infrastructure they will meet there, which will improve their knowledge and experience. Some of them will bring this knowledge and experience back to Nigeria and use that to help develop the health service.

Continuing, he says: “… you are looking at a man who spent 28 years in the UK, Canada and America before coming back to Nigeria. The knowledge and experience I picked up in my sojourn is helping me to manage this place in the way I have been doing. For example, in the UK, because I was interested in management, I went through leadership training that has prepared me in leading this institution. Part of that leadership training involved my coming to Nigeria 10 years ago to do some work and help set up this hospital.”

Before his appointment, he was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Associate Medical Director with Brighton and Sussex University Hospital in the United Kingdom.

He also served as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton, United Kingdom.

How DELSUTH is preparing to battle COVID-19

Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope Local Government Area has put measures in place to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Onome Ogueh, says the management, with support from the government, has constant supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); face masks, gloves, hand sanitisers, etc. ”which we have consistently made available for use by our staff during this period.”

He adds: ”DELSUTH has a designated Isolation/Treatment Centre for COVID-19 with a screening protocol that is followed strictly with triage centres established at all clinics/ward entrances as well as the main hospital gate. This is to ensure that suspected cases are identified while making sure some form of clinical services delivery continues within the hospital”.

Dr. Ogueh notes that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been very proactive in preparing for COVID-19, saying the hospital has benefited through staff training, procurement of equipment and facilities’ upgrade.

He informs that ”management is aware that the state government is planning remuneration for all staff involved in the COVID-19 response team.”

The CMD says at this critical period, management counts on workers to give their total support in battling this pandemic.

Delta recorded its first case as of 9:45 pm last night. But the state had never relaxed its resolve to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic despite not having had an index case until on Wednesday.


COVID-19: UCH Chairman, Ibrahim Shetima test positive again. (Nigeria)

Ibrahim Shetima, the chairman of the governing board of the University College Hospital in Ibadan, has tested positive to Coronavirus again.

Shetima had tested positive for coronavirus two weeks ago and was placed in isolation at a special ward in UCH.

Public Relations Officer of the institution, Toye Akinrinlola, had noted that the chairman manifested symptoms of the virus shortly after the last board meeting of the hospital began in Ibadan.

However, the result of the COVID-19 second test done returned positive.

Akinrinlola on Tuesday said Shetima would continue to receive treatment at the UCH and that a third test would be done in a few days.

He said, “As I earlier said, the chairman only attended the first day of the board meeting on Tuesday, 24th of March, 2020. It was at the meeting that he began to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. The meeting was suspended and a test was done and result came out positive. He was placed in a special ward at the hospital for treatment.

“A repeat test, which was done to see if he was negative after a series of treatments, was conducted two days ago (Sunday) and the result still showed positive.

“He is being treated at an isolation center at the UCH. He will continue treatment and a third test would be done at an appointed time.”

Akinrinlola, however, noted that Shetima was “sharp and alert.”

“The chairman’s case is not severe. He is sharp and alert but we have to attain that negative status before we can consider him as fully recovered. The record we have places him around 65 years of age, ” he added.


JUST IN: ASUU commences indefinite strike.

ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi says the strike became necessary after the Federal Government ignored issues raised by the association.

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on indefinite strike action.

The announcement was made by the President of Association, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi in Abuja, on Monday.

He explained that the action became necessary following the Federal Government’s refusal to address issues raised in its 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as well as its objection to joining the Integrated Pay Roll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)

The industrial action takes effect today, March 23rd.


We no longer owe ASUU – Kano varsity.

The management of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil on Saturday announced that it has settled four of the five demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Sa’idu Abdullahi Nayaya, Director, Information and Public Relations Unit of the University in a press statement made available to newsmen in Kano said the University has so far settled staff entitlements including 50 per cent balance of the NI98million Postgraduate Grant and 2017/2018 SIWES Supervision Allowance and Family Air ticket allowance have been affected.

Nayaya revealed that “similarly the Excess Workload Allowances for 2014/2015, 2015/2016, as well as 2016/2017 submitted by the Union in May 2019 and August 2019, respectively have been approved by the State Executive Council and the release of the funds is in process.”

The Director further disclosed in the signed statement that stated “Hazard Allowance has been implemented in the months of January and February 2020.”

The University Management also assured the Union of the state government’s determination to improve its support and fundings for the continued growth of the University.

The statement therefore implored the union on the need to continue with the cordial relationships in order to achieve the desired objective of moving the University forward.

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University of Lagos suspend 51st convocation. (Reason)

Four days after it announced a four-day programme to marks its 51st convocation, the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has suspended the events, scheduled to start on March 9.

A circular on the institution’s website signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mr Oladejo Azeez, who announced the cancellation, gave no reason.

But a leaked memo to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Ochono, noted that the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the varsity’s Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin, had informed the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu in a letter dated March 2, that the programme was not approved by the his board.

The letter titled: “Re: Invitation to the 2019 Convocation Ceremony of the University of Lagos” reads:

“The attention of the honourable minister has been drawn to the attached copy of letter dated 2nd of March 2020 from the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. B.O. Babalakin to the effect that the 2019 convocation ceremonies were not approved by the Governing Council in line with the laws of the University.

“I am to, therefore, request that you kindly advise the Vice-Chancellor to suspend the convocation and ensure full compliance with due process.”

On Wednesday, The Nation reached out to UNILAG’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Toyin Ogundipe, and the Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, to confirm rumours of the postponement of the convocation but got no response.

However, when this reporter called her on on Thursday, she confirmed the postponement and said the University would release its official statement Thursday night.

“I did not respond to your message because I did not want to. The convocation has been postponed. We will send an official statement tonight,” she said.

The Prof. Ogundipe-led management and the Governing Council have been at loggerheads on the running of the university.

Last year, the Education ministry and the House of Representatives had to reconcile both parties.


EFCC signs pact with Ahmadu Bello University

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, yesterday said the agency’s academy will offer courses on how to tackle corruption.

He also asked Nigerian universities to include anti-corruption courses in their curricula.

He said the EFCC was exploring diverse channels towards raising the bar in the fight against corruption in the country.

Magu made the submissions at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria.

The MoU will lead to collaboration between the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja and the university to develop a curriculum in anti-corruption studies, cybercrime and forensic analysis.

The agreement may also lead to the management of some courses on anti-corruption.

The EFCC chairman said the agreement with ABU was in line with the preventive mandate of the anti-graft agency.

He said it was time to “incorporate anti-corruption and allied studies in the curriculum of Nigerian schools and develop courses on anti-corruption, cybercrime and forensic analysis.”

He said: “This is why the Commission is partnering with tertiary institutions for study and award of certificates in postgraduate studies, sub-degrees and diploma in anti-corruption, cybercrime and forensic studies.

“Fighting corruption cannot be one man’s job. The commission is desperate to involve other people, organizations and groups in the fight against corruption. “The EFCC took its time in conducting background check and due diligence before arriving at the choice of the ABU as the second institution it will have partnership with. The first university we have had collaboration with is the University of Abuja.

Magu appreciated the management of Ahmadu ABU for seeking to set a standard in the Nigerian education sector.

He added: “EFCC Academy has attained a high level standard when it comes to anti-corruption training,” hence the need for the partnership with this great university.

The Vice Chancellor of ABU, Professor Ibrahim Garba, said the MoU is “one of the efforts of the university at helping fill the knowledge gaps in the Nigerian education sector.

Garba said: “The battle against corruption has to be taken beyond physical actions to intellectual level.

“We appreciate this collaboration with the EFCC because it will help create more opportunities for students who are desirous of higher education.

“About 1.9million young Nigerians will write JAMB exam (Joint Admission and Matriculation Board) this year and the capacity of universities and polytechnics in Nigeria is for about 600,000 candidates.

“As for ABU, more than 80,000 applicants will apply to be admitted into our school. But we can only admit not more than 11,000 yearly.”

“To close the gap, ABU, opened distance learning centres, designed online programmes and other off-campus solutions for students to be able to study on their own with convenience through the aid of technology.

The vice chancellor disclosed that ABU will be “awarding degrees in cybercrime, anti-corruption studies, forensic and so many others in postgraduate and sub-degree levels in conjunction with the EFCC Academy”.

The acting Commandant of EFCC Academy, Professor Ladi Hamalai, said that the committee set up for the actualization of the EFCC and ABU collaboration had worked strategically for six months, which included the inspection of the Academy to verify its resources and facilities.

She said: “At the end, the academy was certified fit to offer the studies.”

Hamalai said some of the subjects in the curriculum were peculiar to the EFCC, including programmes that are not usually run by the ABU.

“All the same, you agreed to adopt the programmes and run them in affiliation. And we are so grateful for all the work that you have put in and all the efforts,” she said.

Ahmadu Bello University will provide learning and teaching support to the EFCC Academy, which will award sub-degree, certificate and diploma to students in anti-corruption, cybercrime and forensic studies.


Shocker: DELSU post graduate hostel on fire

A midnight fire, on Friday, gutted a two-storey Post Graduate Hostel in Campus Three of the Delta State University, Abraka in Ethiope East Council Area of the state.

It was learnt that the fire started about 1:04 am, destroying about 10 rooms before help arrived.

But there was no casualty recorded in the inferno.

NobleReporters gathered that the parts of the hostel destroyed were on the first and second floors.

Details of the cause of the fire incident were sketchy as of the time of filing this report.

When contacted, the DELSU Public Relations Officer, Mr. Eddy Agbure, confirmed the incident.

“Yes it true. It is colossal damage,” he added.


Padding Salary Scandals: UBTH, UI, UNIJOS, Dan Fodio University

Many Federal Government agencies, including universities and teaching hospitals are involved in the inflation of personnel budget running into billions of naira, according to Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Investigation Commission(ICPC).
In a startling report made public late last year in Abuja, in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, the ICPC chief revealed “gross abuse of personnel budget and inflation or padding of the nominal role”, running into N18.62billion.

This figure, Owasanoye said, was conservative.

The inflated personnel budget fraud covered 2017 to July 2019 in 300 MDAs, whose books had been scrutinised by the anti-graft agency.

But Owasanoye, a former academic himself, was scandalised that most of the theft occurred in the universities and colleges of medicines and Federal medical centres.

Among the institutions flagged are University of Benin Teaching Hospital N1.1b, Federal Medical Center, Bayelsa N915m, Nnamdi Azikwe University N907m, University of Jos N896m, University College Hospital Ibadan N701m, University of Benin Teaching Hospital N1.1b, Usman Dan Fodio University N636m and University of Ibadan N558m.

“These institutions and all those implicated will be given the opportunity to explain themselves however, while investigations are on to confirm any credible explanations they may have, we have alerted the Minister of Finance of our findings and appropriate steps are being taken to ensure that implicated MDAs will not be able to spend the excess built into their personnel budget.

Owasanoye also revealed another sharp practice by some MDAs, who divert excess personnel budget into other uses.

“Let me note with regret sir that in the 2017–2018 fiscal year the balances recorded for personnel were wrongfully utilized by MDAs for other purposes due to lack of pro activity by late enforcement and related agencies. That sum amounted to N18.39b”.

The massive fraud committed by universities in inflating their personnel budget, may well be the main reason President Buhari and the accountant general of the Federation, Ahmed Idris have insisted that staff of the universities should be enrolled under The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities(ASUU), is threatening to go on strike should government go ahead with the plan effective from this month.


Law graduate shot dead by suspected cultists in BSU ..

Suspected cultists have reportedly shot dead a law graduate of the Benue State University (BSU) identified as Adzua Defence on Tuesday night in Makurdi, the capital of Benue state.

It was learnt that Adzua who was into modelling and a resident of Lagos, was killed by his assailants around Gyado Villa Street after he was shot in the head.

The victim was said to have been rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) where he was confirmed dead.

It was further learnt that the sudden killing of the young graduate sparked a protest in Makurdi before policemen quickly waded in and brought the situation under control.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperosn of Benue State Police Command, DSP Catherine Anene said the Police are ontop of the situation and the planned protest by some students was stopped by policemen.

“I can confirm the report, though we are still waiting for more details from the station. But we (police) had to move around the area on Tuesday to stop the planned protest,” Anene said.


Precious Cornerstone University Partners Foreign Varsity

Precious Cornerstone University (PCU), Ibadan, has entered into partnership with a foreign institution, All Saints University, Dominica, for value addition to teaching and learning.

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Kola Oloke, disclosed this in a statement issued in Ibadan on Monday and made available to newsmen.

“PCU, a faith-based private university, owned by the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Ibadan, has partnered with All Saints University, which specialises in Medicine and is based in Roseau, Dominica.

“The cooperation between the two universities is expected to be mutually beneficial in the areas of research, teaching, capacity building, scholarship, exchange of staff and students’ recruitment,” the statement said.

Oloke, who said that the signing of the MoU was done on Monday, quoted the President and Proprietor of All Saints University, Dr Joshua Yusuf, as expressing optimism that the ‘marriage’ between the two institutions would be mutually beneficial.

The vice-chancellor described the event as historic and one of the steps, not only to make the university a world-class institution as envisioned by its founders but also, to enhance the standard of education in Nigeria.

He assured that efforts would be made towards achieving the set target, as outlined in the MoU, adding that more programmes that would add value to teaching and learning would soon be unfolded.

In his remarks, Yusuf said that the PCU management, led by Oloke, was made up of people with proven track academic records, adding that relating with them would be symbiotically beneficial to the two parties.


UNIABUJA undergraduates reacted to expulsion of 100s, says it is ‘Babaric’

Students of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) have expressed displeasure over expulsion of 100 students in the institution, saying management’s decision was harsh and inconsiderate.

Recall that the management of the university had last month expelled about 100 students of the school for their involvement in examination malpractices.

But some students of the university, who spoke with The Guardian, claimed that the school management did not follow due process in their judgment, as they also expelled innocent students for the offence they didn’t commit.

They alleged that the decision of the management was too drastic and harsh, as no prior notice was given to the accused to defend themselves.

A student, who identified himself as Michael, said while some innocent students were wrongfully accused, some offenders who were influential brought their families to plead on their behalf, “and the senate accepted their pleas.”

Another student who pleaded anonymity, said, “I was shocked when I heard that they released an expulsion list during my examination period. I was shocked not because they released the list but because there was no prior notice or warning. There was no invitation, like first or second call to the panel before the victims were expelled. The management went to the extreme. Some of the affected students are innocent.”

Another 400-level student, simply called Joe, said: “It is irrational to dismiss these students without following due process. I saw the name of a friend to my classmate on that list that dreadful day. This guy is good and notable in his department. He is intelligent and a faithful Christian. He is not only a church worker, but also a nice person in reality. Many of us can vouch for him. He was supposed to write his exams in UNIABUJA in two weeks and now, his four years in UNIABUJA is a waste due to the drastic decision taken by the school management without proper investigations.”

Also, a victim of the expulsion, who identified himself as Sage, said: “I almost committed suicide when the news broke out. I honestly could not believe it. I believe people should be given fair hearing and second chance. I thought that is the way life should be. But, it seems that the system will always be corrupt and I could not bribe my way through or will I say I don’t have those who will plead my case.”

He called on the school management to reconsider its decision, and call back the affected students if possible. “They can call us back, scrutinise their decisions, caution some offenders and discipline others accordingly. They cannot throw away the baby with the bath water.”

Meanwhile, Head of Information and University Relations, Dr. Habib Yakoob, has informed that the university’s Senate approved the expulsion and rustication of the students, after due diligence.


Adekunle Ajasin plans to hold first ever SMF to bring creative minds

Social media enthusiasts at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), are set to organise a first of its kind Social Media Festival (SMF), which will bring together creative minds within and outside various institutions in Ondo State.

A statement issued by the Convener, Ikulajolu Adesola and the event Coordinator, Tosin Adebayo, showed that the event tagged, “Digital Media and I,” is aimed at providing ideas, trends, insights and initiatives to assist personalities, brands and organisations in achieving more in their fields using digital tools.

According to them the event will feature the coming together of social enthusiasts, digital marketers, celebrities, entertainers, techpreneurs, entrepreneurs, business owners, SMEs, journalists, writers, OAPs, organisations and the entire students beyond the four walls of AAUA.

“SMF will focus on the use of digital media tools and how businesses and individual brands can take advantage of story-telling, ideas and experiences for business and personal advancement.

“It will be free to attend and targeted at brands and communication managers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, techpreneurs, Digital media strategists, SME owners/managers, Start-Ups, MDAs, FinTechs, corporate bodies, government officials, management staff and the general public,” the statement read in part.

Scheduled to hold in February 2020, the event the organisers said will be an avenue for brands, individuals and participants to interact with speakers and facilitators as well as learn from their wealth of knowledge and experience.

“It is also aimed at discovering, developing and deploying talents within the campus, as sponsors are available to scout and collaborate with worthy ideas.”