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NSE HONOURS YABATECH RECTOR

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Lagos branch freshly honoured the Rector of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe during the 2018 Annual Public Lecture, Awards and Induction Ceremony. Omokungbe is a prolific Engineer and the first alumnus of the College to be appointed as the Rector of Yabatech. He has attended and presented papers in several workshops, seminar and conferences both locally and internationally, also published numerous research projects. He has undertaken several construction projects around South West Nigeria both private and public structures; he is recipient of several commendations for his outstanding impact professionally and in the community. He became a member of NSE in 1999; a member of Nigeria Institution of Civil Engineers (MNICE), Nigeria Institution of Structural Engineers (FNIStructE), Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM), America Society of Civil Engineers (MASSCE). He is a fellow of (FNIStructE) and registered with Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). In his speech, the NSE Chairman Lagos Branch Engr. Johnson Akinwande revealed that NSE was honouring those who have contributed immensely to the growth of Engineering profession and supported NSE Lagos branch over the years. “The lecture of today is termed “From Engineering to Entrepreneurship, The Rainoil Story” to be delivered by our own Engr. Ogbechie the MD/CEO of Rainoil Nigeria limited an oil and gas conglomerate. The topic is specially chosen to emphasize the fact that Engineers can also be successfully as entrepreneurs. We engineers are seriously concerned by the hopelessness of our youth especially young engineers. They are losing hope in themselves and in our country so the lecturer is one of us and he has experienced all and has succeeded. We want him to share with us his experience”. Five other Engineers were also honoured; Managing Director of SLOT Systems Limited, Engr. Nnamdi Ezeigbo, Managing Director Plant Project Limited, Engr. Abiodun Adebayo, Group Managing Director Rainoil Limited, Engr. Gabriel Ogbechie, Executive Director Operation of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Engr. Oluwarotimi Fashakin, Chief Executive Officer Kenol Nigeria Limited, Engr. Olaolu Ogunduyile. Likewise 77 corporate members were inducted into the NSE, Akinwande congratulated them and requested that they should participate actively in all the programmes of the branch. He advised them to strive to become entrepreneurs and start their own business, thereby creating employment for the teeming unemployed youths in Nigeria.

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Yabatech Acquires Plagiarism Detecting Software

The Governing Council Chairman of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, hinted that Yabatech has acquired state of the art security software that can detect any act of plagiarism in projects and thesis written by students and lecturers. Fagbemi stated this at the 11th International Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Management and Social Sciences (ISTEAMS) conference organized by the Research Nexus Africa Network (RNAN) in collaboration with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) Yabatech chapter, where he spoke on the theme, “Plagiarism and its legal implications within academic environments: consequences on the institutions and offenders”. He said that the software could detect the slightest act of plagiarism and copyright fringes; with the software, the College was confident that products were now better secured and their final works, much more reassuring adding that the conference was apt as it brought to the front burner the unfortunate situation of plagiarism. “Educational institutions must step up the quality control mechanisms and academic papers submitted by writers must be thoroughly checked to detect a possibility of plagiarism. This is where the deployment of technology comes in. “Relevant software must be acquired by our institutions to detect any possible case of plagiarism so that it could be nipped in the bud”. He said. Fagbemi noted that plagiarism was prevalent not only in the higher institutions of learning but also in science, journalism, literature, film creation and other areas. The academic and intellectual industry, plagiarism was a serious ethical offence, therefore plagiarism cases could be detected even in works of famous writers, songs, filmmakers, philosopher, scientist, and public workers among others. “Plagiarism is not in itself a crime, but can constitute copyright infringement” He therefore recommended that institutions must step up the quality control mechanisms, while government must set up legislative intervention in curbing the problem of plagiarism. “Our laws must be re-jigged to cater for the menace as a specific problem which deserves a special and deliberate solution. “The legislature must promulgate laws that specifically and pointedly address plagiarism, and all its variance, taking it away from the adaptation of the copyright laws, under which it is currently treated. I am optimistic that with a specific law in place, apart from the current copyright laws on them would increase, thereby raising the awareness and acting as deterrence to further culprits”.

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YABATECH TO BEGIN OPEN DISTANCE LEARNING, TRAINS LECTURERS ON INITIATIVE

Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) in collaboration with National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) organized Open Distance & Flexible Learning (ODFL) training, titled “train the trainer workshop” for her lecturers drawn from twelve departments approved for the take off of ODFL by NBTE. The vision of NBTE for all Polytechnics in Nigeria is to adopt Distance learning and make judicious use of it to the maximum. NBTE had trained lecturers from various Polytechnics and has mandated them to go into their respective schools to train others, in order to spread the knowledge of distance learning in all departments, so that ODFL will kick off in Nigerian Polytechnics. Speaking at the workshop, the Director of Flexible Skill Development (FSD) Dr. I.A. Abdul welcomed the participants and advised them to pay rapt attention to the facilitators and ask necessary question. The representative of NBTE, Elder Ayo Aroge commended the workshop and encouraged the participants to go back to their departments after the training to train other staff on how to use the platform. Aroge stated that he was happy because ODFL is not new in Yabatech because FSD has been planted in the College which has germinated and it is growing. “Tertiary Institution E- resource is a project to capture the former sector. NBTE is saying that student can stay at home to receive lecture; it is practicable all over the world and we are finding it difficult to plant it here, how can we capture the heart of student in this aspect? They are familiar with social media; let us transform it to learning because students are technology compliance. NBTE is initially planning for 70% to 30% i.e 70% for online learning while 30% is for face-to-face revision, practical and examination, it will move next to 90% to 10% and will eventually transform to 100% online. I therefore encourage the partakers to be active and at the end of the day they will be better for it”. Earlier in his speech, Yabatech Rector Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe explained that for over seventy years our education system has relied on face-to-face methods of classroom teaching, however, to be able to maintain our leading position in the future, Yabatech must develop and perfect her ODFL system to meet the demand of time. ODFL is one of the most rapidly growing fields of education and it will be an important element of future education and training systems. “In May 24, 2017, the NBTE approved the implementation of ODFL in 12 programmes for Yabatech and 29 for other Polytechnics. Prior to this approval, the College established the FSD centre in April 2016 with 3 departments, one of which is ODFL department. The ODFL department of the FSD centre came up with a draft ODL policy for the College in January 2017 but its implementation was suspended pending the launching of the NBTE/M8 FSD/TIER project. Yabatech has been an active participant in the FSD/TIER project since inception mainly because of our belief in potential of ODFL to increase access to quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in formal and non- formal sector”. “The promise of ODFL remains unfulfilled in many education institutions in spite of their good initiatives due to their failure to recognize key planning and implementing steps. At Yabatech we ensured a great deal of planning with careful and systematic implementation strategy to avoid pitfalls and unnecessary failures. Extensive capacity development is one of such strategies and that is the focus of this staff training.” He added.

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YABATECH BIDS FIRST FEMALE RECTOR FAREWELL

The Management, staff and students of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) in collaboration with the Joint Christian Management Committee of the College recently organized a befitting farewell Service of Songs for the first female Rector in Nigeria and in Yabatech, late Chief (Mrs.) Felicia Abimbola Odugbesan. Odugbesan served as the Rector of Yabatech from 1993 to 2001 meritoriously and eventually retired from active service. She was born in November 20, 1946 and died in April 3, 2018 in the United State of America. Speaking at the Service of Songs, the Women in Technical Education (WITED) National Coordinator, Princess Regina Amadi noted that Odugbesan was the founder of WITED in Nigeria; and it has spread to 46 Polytechnics in Nigeria. She advised the attendee not to mourn her but rather emulate her. “There are a few people in life who cross your path and they leave indelible impression on your mind. Such impression does not come from just their status, wealth or lineage but from their uncommon individual with an uncommon approach and an uncommon trench. Chief Odugbesan lived a meritorious and courageous life; she positively touched many lives as a teacher, erudite scholar, a visionary, and an administrator per excellence. She is a woman of no little statute nationally and intentionally, a devoted Christian, a committed family woman, a leader, a great mentor to the younger generation, a builder of human capacity and a great contributor beyond WITED and Yabatech, but to the national development” she added. Amadi noted that there are numerous comments about our departed leader from different WITED chapters of Polytechnics in Nigeria; one can begin to understand that Odugbesan was indeed a rare gem who distinguished herself to the service of humanity and God. She had numerous laudable achievements to even keep accurate track of a great educationist and an accomplished leader; she touched and mentored many lives, and won many laurels. Now we all can understand that God the creator does not make mistake in such things, He takes the best. In his condolence message the Rector of Yabatech, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe explained that the news of Odugbesan death was received with a deep sense of shock in the entire community but with gratitude to God for the trail blazing life that she lived; indeed a life of vision, tremendous courage and great achievements. “We at Yabatech are particularly grateful for her service to the College especially in different capacities of Head of Department of Town Regional Planning; Dean Student Affairs and First Female Rector of the College. We are proud of the many legacies she left behind and shall continue to cherish our fondest memories of her as a friend; a loving mother to many and an astute administrator” Omokungbe added. The Dean, School of Environmental Studies, Dr. J.O. Oke in his tribute stated that Odugbesan motivated and taught many students who are now making waves in various capacities nationally. She belonged to many professional bodies; as an administrator she scored a number of first in these areas which are: first female Head of Department of Urban and Regional Planning; first female Dean of School of Environmental Studies, first female Dean Student Affairs, first female Rector in Yabatech. Oke revealed that her administrative prowess went beyond Nigeria as she was the former Vice Chairman West African Region of Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa. She was a socialite and she held traditional titles such as Yeye Onigege Ara of Odoragushi Lagos state and Ajisetoba of Isiwo Ogun State.

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Yabatech Multidisciplinary Journal (YAMUJO) : Call for Papers

Yaba Multidisciplinary Journal (YAMUJO) is a bi-annual double-blind peer reviewed research journal published by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics domiciled in Yaba College of Technology, Yaba Lagos, Nigeria. It is an international journal aimed at professional development of academics and professional in their respective fields for global impact. All papers will be subjected to plagiarism check.

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ASUP - International Conference of Science and Technology, Engineering and Humanity

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Yaba College of Technology Chapter holds her maiden edition of International Conference of Science and Technology, Engineering and Humanity (ICSTEH). Date: 18th - 20th September 2018 Venue: Multipurpose Hall, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

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YABATECH MATRICULATES 14,912 STUDENTS AS RECTOR PROMISES IMPROVED SERVICE DELIVERY

Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) recently matriculated 14,912 students for 2017/2018 academic session out of 23,704 applicants that applied to study in the College. In his address during the matriculation, the Rector, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe hinted that matriculation oath signifies that the newly admitted students have accepted to abide by all the rules and regulations governing the conduct of students in Yabatech, shunning all forms of anti-social activities such as: cultism, drug abuse, examination malpractices, sexual misbehaviour and other unruly behaviour. He encouraged the students to always abide by the oath. Rector implored the students to be diligent, hardworking and focus on their academics, insisting they must imbibe the culture of discipline in academic to excel in their careers, shun all forms of distraction, take studies seriously, reading and learning should be their sole pre-occupation, and refrain from all forms of examination misconduct. Omokungbe revealed that the College has some compulsory courses which must be taken by all students throughout their stay in the institution, and one of these is entrepreneurial studies which trains students from their first day in the school to be self-reliant. It is expected that by the time they graduate, they would have acquired the necessary skills to be an entrepreneur and an employer of labour rather than just another job seeker, thus contributing to the development of the nation in diverse spheres. He noted that 75% lecture attendance is required for a student to qualify to write examination at the end of the semester. Any student that fails to achieve the mandatory requirement will not be admitted for examination. He therefore counseled them to attend lectures regularly in order to qualify for examination. “In line with the federal government direction and our resolve at improving access to education, we will put more efforts to improve carrying capacity through development of physical structures that would provide additional sitting space for our students. The new administration of the College has commenced activities such as refurbishment of facilities starting with the hostel i.e procurement of 3,000 mattresses to ensure comfortability of students. Management is committed to improve service delivery through provision of modern equipment and upgrade of classrooms, studios and laboratories”.

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YABATECH PARTNERS LASG ON READYSETWORK PROJECT

The Management of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) has revealed intention to partner with the Lagos State government on ReadySetWork (RSW) project, during the visit of the LASG official to the College recently. Ready Set work is a 13 weeks Lagos State initiative designed to solve youth unemployment, capacity building with commitment to empowerment, entrepreneurship, sustainable growth and development. Representing the Governor, the Special Adviser to the Governor on education, Mr. Obafela Bank- Olemoh noted the program will focus on graduating students of all division of national diplomas and that selected students will join other students from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polythenic (LASPOTECH), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) and Caleb University, Imota in July. Stating the criteria for selection as registration and completion of an online course, the Special Adviser asserted that 5,000 participants will engage in the 13 weeks program in any of the three selected centers (LASU, LASPOTECH and UNILAG) and that graduation is dependent on 11 weeks course attendance. He encouraged the students to make judicious use of the program to change their lives for good because "youths live in a generation where they have to go extra mile to succeed in life". If you do not succeed, Nigeria will fail. Your life is in your hands. We are not about your class of grades and it does not stop you from succeeding in life. Make use of this opportunity", he added. Commenting on the partnership, Rector of the institution, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe said the College is a good pedestal to partner with the State government on the RSW project and that the initiative will provide her students with skills needed to meet global demand as quest for job creators commenced in 2016. "This project is coming particularly at a time in our national life where unemployment is a burning issue. No doubt, there will be stimulation of entrepreneurship ideas, platform for skillful employees thus increasing productivity, quality service in our industries and other productive sectors of our economy ", he explained. Engr. Omokungbe noted Management's commitment to ensure requirements for full participation is met stressing the program will expose the graduating students and nominated facility members to new ways of imparting knowledge.

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STUDENT WELFARISM: YABATECH, N.H.I.S, DISCUSS AFFORDABLE HEALTH SCHEME

Healthy living is a major ingredient in the existence of mankind, not only does it suffix humanity but a booster for productivity. It is in lieu of this, the Management, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) have met with National Health Insurance Scheme, (N. H.I.S,) and Health Management Officers (HMO) to discuss affordable N2, 000 health scheme for her students. N. H.I.S is a social scheme intended to provide quality and affordable health service to Yabatech students. According to the General Manager of the scheme, Mr. Femi Akingbade, the scheme will provides access to healthcare services, quality and equity of service. “All students must have access to healthcare. Students will be on the Tertiary Institution Social health Insurance programme so that while on holiday, any ill students can receive treatment from any registered NHIS hospitals across the country”. “To ensure parents do not go broke while pursuing healthcare, NHIS wants to partner with Yabatech to sensitize the students on the national scheme and that the scheme is not cheap nor for inferiority purpose but to provide equal access to healthcare for all”, he added. The meeting which had in attendance HMOS representatives from Marina medical Service, International Health Management Service and Mediplan Healthcare also noted that all institutions should participate in the TSHIP programme and not to burden parents on healthcare. One of the HMOs, Dr. Chidi Ukandu also explained that the scheme cost N2000 per student advising the deduction during the registration for a new session. “Every student will have a unique identification code which is tenderable at any registered NHIS hospitals and that upon graduation, the code becomes disabled. This scheme covers accidents, surgery and cancer chemotherapy treatment as well as other illnesses’, he added. In his words, Yabatech Rector, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe pledged the college support of all students for the programme, noting that previous recommendations by the body on upgrading of medical centre equipment, TSHIP awareness programme and improvement on all other deficient areas are on-going.

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Yabatech Rector hails Kolade Oshinowo at 70

The Rector, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe showered encomium on Dr. Kolade Adekunle Oshinowo during the International Conference in honour of his 70th birthday celebration. Speaking at the conference titled “The Trajectory of Kolade Oshinowo in the Development of Contemporary Visual Arts Practice” the Rector who was ably represented by Deputy Rector Academics, Dr. Taye Oyelola described Kolade Oshinowo a.k.a “Boy O Boy” as a bridge builder extraordinary in whose 70th birthday celebration, glamour, hard work and honour attracted important dignitaries within and outside Nigeria to the conference. During the conference that was organized by the Society of Nigerian Artists & National Gallery of Arts Nigeria in collaboration with School of Art, Design & Printing Yabatech; Omokungbe noted that he was particularly happy to witness the celebration of this great man, a former Deputy Rector whose contributions to the development of Yabatech is invaluable. “I once again appreciate and value your time, and wish you happy and meaningful deliberations as we celebrate one of our own Kolade Oshinowo. With the extent of what God used him for in the College since 1973 to 2008, I am not surprised about this very loud 70th birthday anniversary put together by your products, admirers and constituency and I perceived more accolades to come in the years ahead” he said. Dean, School of Art, Design and Printing Yabatech, who also doubles as Chairman organizing committee, Dr. Kunle Adeyemi revealed that this was the first time that School of Art, Design and Printing Yabatech will be hosting an international conference of this magnitude. The conference witnessed intellectual juggernauts from the world of art; the first lead paper presenter was former Dean Faculty of Environmental Design, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Jerry Buhari; the second lead paper presenter was the Head of Department, Fine and Applied Arts University of Benin, Prof. John Oghene, while the third lead paper presenter was Head of Department Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Dr. Krydz Ikumenemesi. The two key note speakers were former Deputy Vice Chancellor Ladoke Akintola University, Prof. Rom Kalilu, and Yabatech Alumnus; Chair, Art Faculty, North Carolina State University USA, Dr. Tolulope Filani.

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11th Smart Istreams Conference

The conference theme is "Multidisciplinary Innovations for Infrastructure"

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