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NANS JCC KWARA 2022 SPECIAL CONVENTION: CONGRATULATIONS TO GEE ROOPHAI, SAOTY AND ATOM

On behalf of every Unilorites, we congratulate Yusuf Abdulgafar (Gee Roophai), a 300-level student of the department of Science Education on his emergence as the Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Joint Campus Committee, Kwara State axis. Abdulgafar, the erstwhile Assistant General Secretary of the Association had emerge unopposed with 19 votes at the annual convention.

Also at the convention, the duo of Issa Abdulgafar (Saoty), 100-level student of the department of Social Science Education and Lawal Abdullah (Atom), 400-level student of the department of Agric Extension and Rural development both clinched the positions of Public Relations Officer 1 and Director of Contacts and Logistics respectively.

Wholeheartedly, we felicitate with these Unilorites on attaining this new feat. We equally charge them to keep flying the better-by-far flag high, duly represent the interests of students in the state and be steadfast in their service delivery.

The NANS JCC Kwara Axis 2022 Special Convention which was held yesterday at the NLC Secretariat in Ilorin had two delegates each from tertiary institutions across the State. University of Ilorin Students' Union was also well represented at the convention by the President, Taofik Waliu (Omoluabi) and General Secretary, Adeleye Isaac (Mr. Excellent).
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UNION OFFICIALS WELCOME NEW KWARA POLICE CP

The leadership of the Union paid an official familiarization visit to welcome the newly appointed Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Odama Paul at the State Headquarters of the command.

The visitation, led by the Union President, Taofik Waliu Opeyemi (OMOLUABI) was in a bid to further strengthen the existing relationship between the force and the student body. The President in his words congratulated the Police boss on his assumption to office and wished him the very best.

Earlier before the meeting, the Union had met the OC State Intelligence Bureau, CSP Kabir Wada to discuss the security challenges in student suburb areas and the essence of intelligence gathering in tackling them.

Furthermore, the Union discussed with the Commissioner challenges and security threats posed by the lingering ASUU strike on students as well as curbing police harassment and extortion.

In his remarks, the Commissioner was elated to have received the student leaders and gave words of assurance to build on the existing relationship between the command and students. He further assured of his readiness to combat insecurity, cultism, social vices and harassment in Tanke and it environs. Also present in the meeting was the DPO Tanke F' Division of the command, CSP Abdul Olayinka, 2IC State Intelligence Bureau, SP Moji Ishola and AIO Tanke, DSP Uthman Umar who facilitated the meeting.

Other student leaders in the meeting include Comr. Ajayi Akinwale (Welfare Secretary), Comr. Adeyemo Abdulwasiu (Social Secretary), Sen. Fasasi Ahmed (Fash), Sen. Oladimeji Kazeem (Algebra), Comr. Omofoma Victor (S.O.V.) and other members of the Union.
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CONDOLENCE MESSAGE

Our heartfelt condolences on the shocking demise of Dr. Abidu Ranfidandi Yazid (OON), who until his death was the Chairman, Governing Council, University of Ilorin.

We commiserate with the University community, family, friends, government and good people of Katsina State over the irreparable loss. We also pray God grant the family, colleagues and friends fortitude to bear the unfortunate loss.

We pray God forgive his shortcomings and grant him eternal rest.
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MOHAMMED AYODELE EMERGES KWARA CPN STATE CHAIRMAN

This is to express our heartiest and kind congratulations to Mohammed Ayodele Ataba, a 300-level student of the department of Arts Education, Faculty of Education on his emergence as the Chairman, Child Protections Network, Kwara State. The organization which exists in the 36 states of the Federation is responsible to carry out monitoring, documentation and reporting of child rights abuse cases as well as advocating for the freedom of every child.

Mr. Mohammed was elected unopposed last week Friday at the association's general election. He is expected to steer the affairs of the organization for three consecutive years.

His victory is well-deserving and we urge him to remain steadfast and better-by-far in discharging the duties entrusted to him.
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RE: NATIONAL PROTEST TO GET OUR CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL

MOBILIZATION FOR NLC NATIONAL PROTEST

It is so unfortunate that the inactions and lukewarmness of the Federal Government of Nigeria to yield to the yearnings and agitations of the varsity-based Unions has kept us out the four walls of our prestigious better-by-far University for more than five months.

Consequently, the leadership of the Union hereby strongly enjoin all Unilorites to participate in the National Protest organized by Nigeria Labour Congress against the lingering strikes which is scheduled to hold as follows:

Dates: Tuesday, 26th July 2022 and Wednesday, 27th July 2022
Take-off Points: NLC State Secretariats and Labour House Abuja

Unilorites in Ilorin should join the protest at the Labour House, Lajonrin Road, Behind Kwara State Ministry of Women Affairs, Offa Road, Ilorin, Kwara State by 7:00am while others should join in their respective state capitals.

As we are all tired and frustrated by the ugly situation, it is imperative that we go out in our numbers to gallantly participate in the protest as a means to advocate for quality education.

Victoria Ascerta!
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HAPPY EID-EL-KABIR CELEBRATIONS

The leadership of the Union felicitate with University of Ilorin Muslim faithfuls on the occasion of Eid-El-Kabir festival 2022.

Eid-el-Kabir is a season that calls for rededication to the cause of mankind, to appreciate the gift of life and to imbibe the virtues of tolerance, understanding and good neighbourliness. Beyond the merriment, it is pertinent that we live by the teachings and significance of the holy festival.

May the blessings of God rest on you and your family and may you be a witness to many more on earth.

Eid Mubarak!
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APPLICATION FOR THE NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE

This is to inform you of the Application for the National Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022. This is an initiative of the Directors of Entrepreneurship Centers across Nigerian Universities as supported by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC).

Application is open to all Undergraduate and Postgraduate students irrespective of course type or programme.

How to Participate
1. Fill the Expression of Interest form online.
2. Submit a 4 minutes video presentation of your project.

Guide for video presentation:
a. Your video duration should be maximum of 4 minutes.
b. Self-introduction: Name, University, Course of Study, Level and the Zone.
c. A well conceptualized problem that can respond to the challenges of an identified Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including how the idea will be commercialized.
d. Description of the product or services and state what makes it unique compared to existing ones.
e. Describe the current stage of your idea development (idea generation, idea screening, concept development and testing, building a market strategy, product development, market testing, and market commercialization).
f. Market Analysis: SWOT Analysis & Strategies (Your strength and how you will opportunity you have; and threat considering similar concepts already in take advantage of it; your weakness and how you intend to fill the gap; the existence, describe your business model/strategy).
g. Financial Analysis and sustainability (your expected income, profit, and gross margin per month, how do you intend to maximize income and reduce cost? What would be the breakeven points of your business and its implications?
g. Conclusion.

Interested students should register by filling the Express of interest from via the link below:

https://forms.gle/ACxT6GJUA3V9zJiu7

Registration deadline: 11th July, 2022

Kindly contact +2347067624913 for more information.
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INSECURITY: POLICE TO COMMENCE NIGHT PATROLS IN TANKE

Sequel to the recent robbery cases in some areas in Oke-odo, the leadership of the Student Union met the Commissioner of Police today to make few requests in a bid to end these insecurity cases.

The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Police Command has directed that night patrol of police officers be held continuously across Tipper garage to Oke Odo axis.

This is to ensure safety of lives and properties of occupants in the affected communities.

We want to implore our dearest colleagues to cooperate with the security agents in a bid to end the various social vices in Tanke Community.
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INSECURITY: UNION OFFICIALS ENGAGE COMMUNITY HEADS, LANDLORDS AND HOSTEL OWNERS

Earlier today, a team of Union officials met with the Community leaders and hostel owners both in Oke Odo and Oko Oba axis of Tanke.

At the meeting with Magaji, landlord association and hostel owners of Oko Oba, it was concluded that a team of vigilante will commence night patrols as an alternative security measure.

The meeting with Magaji of Oke Odo which was held at the Jalala Primary school also had representatives of Hostel owners of the community in attendance. The following resolutions are made during the meeting:

1. The community will organize an awareness to sensitize members on insecurity and safety measures.

2. Students staying in hostel with few occupants are advised to temporarily move in with their friends in hostels with more population pending end of the strike.

3. Students should desist from raising false alarm or creating tension through unnecessary noise and arguments.

4. Students should abstain from late night movement. Okada riders are not allowed to move beyond 9pm as stipulated by the state government.

5. Subsequently, representatives of the Union will attend the community meetings.

Implementation of these resolutions are to follow immediately. Conclusively, we advise Unilorites to stay safe, be security-conscious and report any issue to the Union and Police.
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ROBBERY ATTACKS ON STUDENTS IN TANKE

We have received the disturbing reports of incessant robbery and violent attacks on our colleagues in Oko Oba and Oke Odo axis of Tanke. The perpetrators have successfully carried out their operations owing to the inadequate security apparatus in these areas. The increasing rate of these incidents is highly condemnable and totally unacceptable.

Proactively, the administration has made efforts to work with the security operatives and hostel owners via series of engagements to ensure security is beefed up in all student areas to secure lives and properties of our colleagues. However, it seems efforts are failing as we now record stories of attack on each day.

Consequently, we are charging the Kwara State Government, Kwara State Police Command, Tanke association of hostel owners and other stakeholders to take proactive and necessary steps in averting future attacks and make Tanke a safe place for us - Unilorites. This should however be done with impelling alacrity as we are running out of patience as a Union.

Nevertheless, we encourage our colleagues in the affected areas to remain calm and be security-conscious. Information regarding any strange movements or happenings should be reported to the Union and security operatives as soon as possible.

We pacify all victims of attacks and pray that almighty God grant them speedy recoveries. Accept the assurance of our commitment to remain people focused in the struggle to attain justice.
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COMMITTEE ON POLICE BRUTALITY

As part of the resolutions of the meeting with the Kwara State Commissioner for Police on 31/05/2022, the Union hereby constitute an eighth-man committee to receive and collate report of cases of police brutality, harassment, intimidation and extortion. The committee is to submit reports to the Commissioner every fortnight and also ensure proper follow-up.

The names and contact details of the committee members are as follows:

Adeleye Isaac Adewale - https://wa.me/2349029638474
Adeyemo Abdulwasiu - https://wa.me/2348140307990
Akinyemi Oluwafemi - https://wa.me/2348139221374
Faji Oluwatobiloba - https://wa.me/2348103138104
Omofoma Victor - https://wa.me/2347011028489
Adeiga Adebimpe Esther - https://wa.me/2348147324321
Mohammed Ayodele Ataba - https://wa.me/2348065969483
Jamiu Opeyemi - https://wa.me/2349030430108

We charge every Unilorites within Ilorin metropolis to take note of this vital information for judicious use.
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RESOLUTION OF THE MEETING WITH THE COMMISSIONER FOR POLICE, KWARA STATE COMMAND

Earlier today, a delegation of Union officials ably led by the President, Taofik Waliu Opeyemi (OMOLUABI) met with the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command to discuss ways to curb the incessant police harassment and extortion.

At the meeting which also featured PPRO of Kwara State Command, DPO F' Division, Union officials and other Union members, the Union confessed its displeasure towards the actions of some of the officers harassing and extorting its members.

The Commissioner however reaffirmed his promise to put end to the menace. He also stressed that the command has began to place appropriate sanctions on erring officers.

The following are the resolutions of the meeting:

- The Command will ensure the safety of lives and properties which is its primary objective;
- Students arrested for cybercrime (or other crimes) should be allowed to communicate with people;
- Police officers should not raid students' hostel unless it is permitted by the DPO of F division and such officer must identify himself and the reasons for engaging such student;
- Any student that is able to identify himself as a student should not be arrested unless there is an huge evidence of an offence committed by him;
- Students should obey the rule of law that banned the movement of motorcycles from working beyond 9pm;
- Students should report cases of brutality to the Union.

Also, it was agreed that a seven man committee of the Student Union will be meeting the Commsioner of Police every fortnight (two weeks) to give comprehensive reports of situations of police brutality from the Tanke area. Thus, all issues of harassment should be reported to the Union officials and if there is any harassment by any police officer, the name of the officer as written on his uniform should be noted and sent to the president and any member of the committee that will soon be constituted for such purpose.

We urge every Unilorites to be law-abiding as we remain steadfast in our commitment to be people focused.
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REPORTED CASES OF POLICE HARASSMENT IN ILORIN

The leadership of the Union is not unaware of the reported cases of brutality and harassment on members of our Union by some members of the Kwara State Police Command and drastic actions are currently being taken to ensure justice is served.

After several reports and complaints, the Commissioner of Police has hereby directed that some of the erring officers be redeployed while investigations continue to ensure appropriate sanctions are taken against them.

Also, we have been scheduled for a meeting with the leadership of the command in the early hours of tomorrow, Tuesday May 31, 2022 to further discuss ways to bring end to the incessant harassment.

Ultimately, we urge our colleagues in Ilorin to remain law abiding and not hesitate to report any case of harassment, extortion, intimidation or brutality to the Union or the command. Be assured of our unalloyed commitment to remain people focused and steadfast in the struggle to attain justice.
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YOUR PVC, YOUR VOICE

As voters' registration winds off in few days time, the Union hereby admonish all Unilorites who have attained the voting age and are yet to get their Permanent Voters' Card to get it done before the deadline.

It is worthy to note that your PVC is your voice to elect credible and visionary leaders during elections.

As stated by INEC, the online pre-registration will be suspended on the 30th May, 2022 while the physical registration at designated centres will end by 30th June, 2022.

The Continuous Voters' Registration (CVR) online platform is enabled to capture your data after which you are scheduled for biometric capture at an INEC office or designated centre close to you.

Follow the steps below for the registration:

◉ Visit - cvr.inecnigeria.org for pre-registration.
◉ Create an account with a valid email address.
◉ Follow the account activation link sent to your email address.
◉ Login and fill the form.
◉ Select a convenient date for your biometric capturing.
◉ Submit form and wait for application slip containing ID, QR Code and other details.
◉ Print out the application slip.
◉ Visit your INEC registration centre to capture your biometric on the appointed date.
◉ A registration slip will be issued once registration is completed.
◉ Use the issued slip to collect your Permanent Voters' Card (PVC)
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100 DAYS AT HOME: WE ARE TIRED

It is no longer a news that today marks a 100-day that we have been at home due to the lingering ASUU strike.

Recall that few weeks ago, we organized a peaceful protest in front of the University gate where we made our positions known to the Federal Government and the respective ministers hoping that the industrial action is sorted and we can continue our academics uninterrupted.

Though shortly after that time, we saw the meeting facilitated and chaired by the Chief of staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari but no tangible result till this moment.

As the lingering strike enters 100 days today, we want to appeal to the Federal Government, concerned ministries, critical stakeholders to immediately engage ASUU among other Unions so that the demands can be sorted out finally because our patience at home is running out.

We also want to publicly advise our colleagues to use this period to obtain their voters' cards to elect credible office holders as election looms.

We remain steadfast in our demands to reopen the schools as we will continue to engage necessary stakeholders on the next steps to take if the dispute is not resolved sooner than expected.
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ADEBOLA AND RAPHAEL SHINES AT ACEN FLF DESIGN PROPOSAL COMPETITION

The leadership of the Union celebrates Adebola Sanni, 400-level Mechanical Engineering department and Bamidele Raphael, 500-level Electrical and Electronics Engineering department on their outstanding performance at the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN) FLF Design Proposal Competition.

In the competition which was keenly contested by students from various tertiary institutions across country, Adebola Sanni won the Mechanical Engineering category while Bamidele Raphael clinched first runner-up position in the Electrical Engineering category. The participants were required to develop a Computer-Aided Design Proposal for an architectural drawing based on their respective fields of Structural/Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

The duo and other winners were awarded and celebrated at the 2022 FIDIC AFRICA FUTURE LEADERS' CONGRESS SYMPOSIUM held at the Eko Hotels and Suites on Sunday 15th May, 2022.

We commend the lads for their remarkable performance which upholds the Better-By-Far nature of the University. We also charge Unilorites to always strive for outstanding excellence in their various quests.
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ILORIN #EndASUUStrike PROTEST

We use this medium to appreciate every Unilorites and Nigerian Students who came out to participate in the peaceful demonstration held earlier today against the continuous ASUU strike.

The protest which held at the University gate led by the President of the Union, Comrade Taofik Waliu (OMOLUABI) also had in attendance Union executives, faculty presidents, NANS officials, newly-elected SU officials and the general student populace.

It also featured the presence of the security agencies to maintain law and order as well as the media for coverage.

As said by the President while addressing the students and the media, the intention is to kickstart a continuous movement that will put pressure on the Federal Government to attend to the demands of the striking varsity lecturers.

Students who were on board showed their grievances towards the lingering strike by holding placards and banners with different inscriptions that communicate their various displeasures.

We also commend the efforts of our colleagues who joined the movement on Twitter and other social media platforms to ensure that the hashtag #IlorinProtest trend.

While we give the Federal Government and necessary stakeholders till the end of this week to end the strike, we enjoin everyone to continue the online protest by making different post on social media with the necessary hashtags. Further directives as regards subsequent protest are going to be announced if occasion demands.
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NOTIFICATION OF PEACEFUL PROTEST

This is to inform the general public, Unilorites, media and all Nigerian Students of the planned peaceful protest against the incessant ASUU Strike which has marred our academic stability.

The peaceful demonstration will be a platform for all Nigerian Students in Ilorin to express our grievances to the Federal Government of Nigeria for its inability to settle its feud with ASUU and other Unions in the University System thereby toiling with our future as we students are at the receiving end of this menace.

We hereby call on all Students of the better by far University and other students to come out en masse and in solidarity to join this peaceful protest. The demonstration is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date: Tuesday 10th May, 2022
Converging Point: University of Ilorin Gate
Time: 9:00am

Students are enjoined to conduct themselves in a well behaved manner. We also encourage you all not to be fearful as all necessary apparatus has been put in place for maximum security and hitch-free transportation.

Other students who are not available within reach can also join the movement by posting their contents, pictures and videos from their respective locations with the following hashtag:

#EndASUUStrike
#IlorinProtest
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