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PAGE 38 —SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 15, 2018 Inside the UNIBEN Academia Industry By Erasmus Ikhide Prof. Faraday Osasere Orumwense, on November 30, 2014, assumed office as the 9th Vice- Chancellor of UNIBEN. Prior to his appointment, he had over two decades of experience in university administration, the last being his appointment as pioneer Rector of Efo State owned Institute of Management and Technology, Usen. Since his stewardship as VC started in the last three and a half years, there has been rapid development across the university. The enthronement of peace remains a cardinal objective of this administration. Added to this is an uninterrupted academic calendar. Orumwense was very clear on staff and students’ welfare in his first appearance as the university VC, saying it was a major factor to improve upon after his predecessor’s prompt payment of workers’ entitlements. A former Dean of Students, Prof Francis Osagiede, harped on Orumwense’s visionary leadership thus: “Orumwense has matched words with action as the administration placed huge premium on the welfare of staff and students. To this end, the administration remains committed to regular promotion of staff as at when due with their entitlements paid”. The administration, in its effort to strengthen the committee system of university administration and, more importantly, evolve an all-inclusive system of administration, successfully conducted the 2015 congregation election, where members of staff were elected into various committees for the smooth running of the UNIBEN. Cultism and associated vices have been reduced with increased security surveillance made possible through the procurement of six patrol vehicles by this administration. ICT platforms in the university have been upgraded with the Ekehuan campus linked with the network operation centre room to improve internet services in the environment. Orumwense also saw to the provision of Methylated Spirit and Hydrogen Peroxide production unit which is awaiting approval to commence production but has successfully undergone a mandatory preassessment by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC. An astroturf football pitch was provided, just as the university embarked on the construction of a 500- capacity female hostel, a golf course building, the safety & environmental education building, an ultramodern library in college of medicine, botanical gardens research building and regrassing of the main bowl football pitch, among others. That the National Electricity Prof. Faraday Osasere Orumwense Regulatory Commission (NERC) licensed the UNIBEN to operate a 7.5 megawatt Independent Power Plant (IPP) is also a testimony to the dynamism of the top academician. He also initiated awards for outstanding lecturers like the ‘Distinguished Research and Innovative Achievement Award’ (DRIAA). The academic programmes, both undergraduate and post-graduate, have run smoothly, placing the university in the second position in the National Universities Commission accreditation. The successful launching of the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, done by UNIBEN in collaboration with Lancaster University, attracted participants from African Union Scientific Technical Research Commission, Nigerian Air Force and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, among others Under Orumwense, the university also, in partnership with Lancaster University and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Ghana), won a Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) grant. The grant, which is part of a new 225 million pounds rate of investment, aims to grow research capability to meet the challenges faced by the developing world. In recognition of the pivotal role of research and development on national growth and development, the university kick started the Annual Research Day (UBARD). The administration’s efforts at positioning UNIBEN to produce graduates for industrial work has started yielding dividends with the successful hosting of the UNIBEN Academia-Industry Interface in collaboration with Lancaster University.. To build the capacity of the teaching staff, the university recently organized workshops for the academic staff, tagged, “Workshop on Pedagogue for Young/ Intermediate Lecturer in the University of Benin”. The university administration has been able to attract over six million dollars donation to the Geo Science Centre of Excellence from Schlumbeger. Shell Petroleum Development Company is working with UNIBEN for greater development. The Managing Director, Mr Okunbor, is a worthy alumnus. The company has expressed interest in constructing an ICT Building for the university. Lately, the company has been involved in upgrading of facilities in the Sports Complex. The institution is indeed blessed with more distinguished alumni. They include Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Senator Abaribe, Hon. A. Adeyemi of the House of Representatives, Engr. Olotu, Managing Director, Chevron, and Mr Austine Alighe, current President of the Nigeria Bar Association. To harness the potentials of the old students, the Alumni Relations Division has been upgraded a Directorate and a Director appointed to oversee its affairs. With the feats achieved under Orumwense, UNIBEN is set to soar higher. TAMS Summit to reward productivity The 2018 edition of the Time Management and Productivity Summit in Nigeria, organised by IT powerhouse, SB Telecoms, holds on May 17, 2018 at the Agip Recital Hall of MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos under the theme: “Making Nigeria Work: The Imperative of Youth Engagement and Empowerment in Corporate and Public Workplaces.” The summit started in 2016 as a platform for national discourse about issues and factors that enhance workplace and national productivity. It examines the interrelationship of elements such as time management, employee performance and workforce productivity vis-a-vis their impact on operational efficiency, resource optimisation and service delivery in all sectors of the economy. Now in its third year of driving the conversation for workplace and national productivity, TAMS Summit 2018 will be conferring the prestigious TAMS Ambassador recognition on top 50 employees out of about 50,000 in over 1200 organisations in Nigeria. Afolabi Abiodun, the convener of the summit and chief architect of the TAMS workforce management solution, said: “Our dream of a great Nigeria is achievable when we all invest in human capital development by creating a team of change agents. The TAMS Ambassadors are imbued with the change culture where they influence their immediate workplace and the larger community to achieve a Nigeria that truly represents our heritage and our future.” From left: Emily Olaide, Dr. Taiwo Afisi, Sade Oyetola and David Olanrewaju, all former students of Gbagada Grammar School (1993 Set), during a re-union party held in Lagos APC senators, reps, others set to defect to PDP — Onuesoke Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, says All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, House of Representatives members and top chieftains of the party will soon defect to the PDP. Onuesoke, who spoke while addressing some PDP youths in Maiduguri, Borno State, yesterday, said the aggrieved APC lawmakers and chieftains were planning to use the crisis that will likely emanate from the upcoming APC National Convention to defect to the PDP barring any last-minute change of mind. He told the elated PDP youths that his confidant in the APC reliably informed him that the ruling party lawmakers and chieftains said they are planning to dump the party after ASO Savings & Loans Plc. is partnering Environmental Engineering and Construction Limited and Realines Global Konsult Ventures Ltd to complete the Kaduna Model Development in May.Kaduna Model Development is an 11.9-hectare parcel of land located within the Kaduna Millennium City. It offers 171 units of a mix of 3 and 4 bedroom bungalows and serviced plots of the convention since the state governors elected on the platform of the party had blocked their move to return parliament in 2019. “The plan to decamp to the PDP is not limited to APC lawmakers and YINKA M AJAYI ethodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Lagos Mainland has urged Christians to seek peace and holiness. Speaking at the 24th Synod of the church organised by Igbobi Circuit, tagged: Strive for Peace and Holiness , the guest preacher, Mr. Adeolu Odugbemi, said: “For any nation to live right, it must strive for peace and holiness, chieftains alone. Several members of the APC leadership are equally engaged in discussion with the leadership of the PDP. Their grievance is that APC had been hijacked by some caucus at their because where there is envy and strife, there is confusion and evil. Anybody who raises strife is of the devil. As a nation, Nigeria has to kill strife, for if we don’t kill, it will kill us as a nation. When Christians support strife, they unknowingly approve tribulation. And there cannot be blessings of God where there is strife”. The preacher identified patience, love, humility, selflessness. as ways through expense ,” Onuesoke said. He stressed that some of the aggrieved APC members had been telling their counterparts in the PDP to create space for them in the party as they were either returning home or seeking refuge in the party. Methodist Church tasks Christians on peace, holiness ASO Savings sets date to complete Kaduna Model Development 450sqm, 600sqm, and 900sqm. The Chairman, Board of Directors of Aso Savings, Ali Magashi, said the bank’s decision to finance the project was in line with its commitment to provide access to affordable, quality living locations for middle income earners in Kaduna and environs. “Our decision is also in recognition of the forward looking and visionary administration of Kaduna led by David Olanrewaju, Editor, Our Moment Newspaper (left), presenting an award of excellence to SP Godwin Agbebe, Officer in Charge, Anti-Cultism Unit, Nigeria Police, Lagos State Command. Governor Nasir El-Rufai”, Magashi stated. “This is one more evidence that we are living our vision to be the mortgage bank of choice. With our partners, Environmental Engineering and Construction Limited and Realines Global Konsult Ventures Ltd, we are going to deliver a model development of global standard both in the provision of amenities and quality of work.” which Christians can follow peace and holiness. “There is need for Christians to be patient with those whoirritate them the most and stop being self centred”, he said. Odugbemi urged Christians to desist from engaging in carnal warfare but rather operate in love and humble themselves by ensuring the peace of others. “Christians should kill the spirit of war that some people are trying to raise. Christians should not be an initiator of crisis by opening the doors of confusion through their statements” . Odugbemi advised. Meanwhile, Sir Bolaji Onabadejo, the diocesan lay President, told the congregation “ Peace has eluded us as a nation in various ways. We are aware of Boko Haram and herdsmen’s killings, maiming and burning down homes in villages across the country. These are signs of lack of peace.” Bishop of the Diocese, Isaac Ayo Olawuyi, after the holy communion, prayed for the peace of God to reign across Nigeria. OMO-AGEGE’S SUSPENSION Urhobo APC chides Senate The Urhobo in Delta central have condemned the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate over his comment on the reordering of the 2019 elections. Addressing a gathering of Urhobo people and APC supporters in Ughelli over the incident, the APC Chairman in Delta central, Olorogun Adelabu Bodjor, stated that the Urhobo people strongly condemned the suspension of the Senator, adding that it will not in any way deter or dampen his resolve to provide quality representation to his people and promote the interest of the nation in the National Assembly. He said: “The incident that took place in the National Assembly and the suspension of the distinguished senator representing the Urhobo people , Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has once again called to question the affairs of the lawmakers. Our Senator has been providing quality representation to the people of Delta central and we are proud of him. “By suspending him, if the Senate leadership thinks that it will deter him, then they are wrong. The Urhobo nation is solidly behind him, we believe in him and we will give him all our support in this whole process. We therefore pass a vote of confidence on him. We still believe that he will bounce back, better and stronger. “But we want to say here and very emphatically, that Urhobo nation would never tolerate any act of political intimidation and threat to our Senator whom we overwhelmingly voted for to represent us in the National Assembly. The primary responsibility of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege in the National Assembly is to provide quality representation to the people of Delta Central and attract the dividends of democracy to the Urhobo people and that he has been doing excellently well since we cast our votes for him to the Senate".

SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 15, 2018 PAGE 39 Living with Eternity in view (6) By Pastor William F. Kumuyi MATTHEW 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." Revelation 14:11 "And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who •Kumuyi worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." Those who serve the Antichrist by their lifestyle and posses his nature do not serve Christ nor posses the nature of God. You cannot be neutral. You are either for Christ or the Antichrist. And if you are serving the Antichrist, it then means that you are serving the beast, which attract dare eternal consequence because the smoke of their torment ascends upward forever and ever and they have no rest during the day or at night. So, the next time you are tempted to deny Christ, do not hesitate to ponder over the painful excruciating suffering that await you after your short stay on earth. The next time you are tempted to join affinity with those who scorn Christ and oppose His doctrines through derogatory remarks, attitude or action; just remember that you can fan the flames of opposition, but one day death will rewrite your fate, if you fail to repent. Daniel 12:2 "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." Friends, all the sins you are trying to hide today so that your reputation would not be called into question will be revealed on the last day. By then, it will serve as a sorry instrument of torture used to crush you for ever. Are you a preacher living in immorality with ladies in the church and people are not aware of your evil deeds, because you have a way of covering it up in order to avoid coming under shame; you will end up like the people at the carpark who beckon on passers-by and commuters, but never embark on the journey. On that eventful day you will wake up to everlasting shame because you did not live with eternity in view. The time is short and very soon we will all die. Even the rapture is sooner than we have anticipated. Only those who are living righteously will go home to meet with the Lord. My friend, on that great day where will you be? If you should drop dead right now, where will you spend eternity? However, for those of us that will be fortunate to get to heaven, we will come to know one another in there. We will spend hundreds of thousands of years, millions of years and millennia in endless eternity. We will all be in eternity in heaven together. We will know all those who will be absent over there, because if we do not see you the first day, we will look for you the second day and into the first year and the hundredth year all through eternity. We will search all the mansions and all the streets of gold. And if we fail to find you, we will know where your path lies in endless eternity. Why not make Jesus your Lord so that when the time is right He will take you home? We should all be concerned with eternity, because we will all get there one of these days; and we are created by an eternal God who gave His eternal nature to us that at the end of our temporal stay on earth, we will dwell with Him in the world beyond compare. As a result, we are charged as Christians, by our Maker, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, not to live as though there were no life expectancy beyond the earthly grave. This is because some people live as if there is no existence in eternity. They live without eternity in view. 1 Corinthians 15:19, 32 "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die." The people who are oblivious of eternity fail to understand that life transcends beyond the grave and into eternity; they live miserable life of hopelessness amidst challenges that life brings to their door step. When the bitter experiences of life batter them, they feel there is nothing to live for and sometimes they go on to commit suicide. They often fall into regular state of depression and are so dispirited due to life burden because they cannot foresee any glimmer of hope the future holds. They think that all there is has to be now because they live only in this world and for this world and for the allurement of this present age. Obviously, heavenly minded christians should not have such a mindset nor live like spiritual urchins who do not have an eternal resting place. Though back in the days of the apostles there were certain christians in Corinth who never had the hope of living with God in His heavenly kingdom eternally. As a result, they lived life as if they were bereft of a future or a heavenly home. That was why Paul warned them that if they should continue in such a lifestyle that they would be 'of all men most miserable.' *T0 be concluded DR. FRANCIS AKIN-JOHN Church Growth Consultant, 6/8, Mukadaq Close, Off Palace Way, Iyana-Odo, B/Stop, Isheri-LASU Road, Lagos. 08023000714. IWHOLEHEARTEDLY concur to these by my good friend, J. LEE GRADY Five hundred years ago this week, Martin Luther staged the most important protest movement in history. He was upset because Roman Catholic officials were promising people forgiveness of sins or early escape from purgatory in exchange for money. So on October 31, 1517, Luther nailed a long list of complaints on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s famous 95 Theses were translated from Latin into German and spread abroad. Like a medieval Jeremiah, REVEREND FATHER John Damian ADIZIE, OCD Director of Int'l Youth Empowerment & Rehabilitation Centre (IYERC) Tel: 08076635886 Email: Youth empowerment via Agric UNEMPLOYMENT is a major problem in Nigeria and in most countries of Africa. It is among the reasons why the youths are trooping out of the country. Most of these youths have lost their lives while many others are sold into slavery. The ma-ssive deportation of Nige-rian youths from Libya and other parts of the world is a clear indication that Nigerian youths are frustrated and even depressed due to unemployment. As we continue to app-eal to the government and non-governmental organizations to come to the Strategies to overcoming marriage challenges By Pastor Okokon Ating For couples to achieve close relationship and intimacy they must adhere to the following: Learning to do things together as one body; Learning to discuss matters together at all moment; Learning to see things together in the same direction. Though there may be slight differences of views but if they agree together, there will be a consensus and harmonization; Sleeping together in the same room brings about operation no-secret; Accepting one’s opinion as being important to the marriage; They must learn to walk and work together in constructing the home They should learn to speak with one mind. That is, discipline oneself in decision making, considering one another; They must invest together when necessary; They must perform the love exercise with each other; They must strive to achieve the objectives and goals of the marriage Luther dared to ask questions that had never been asked, and he challenged a powerful pope who was supposedly infallible. Through this brave monk, the Holy Spirit sparked the Protestant Reformation and restored the doctrine of grace to a church that had become corrupt, religious, dysfunctional, political and spiritually dead. I’m no Luther, but I’ve grown increasingly aware that the so-called “Spiritfilled” church of today struggles with many of the same things the Catholic church faced in 1517. We don’t have “indulgences”—we have aid of our unemployed youths, especially the deportees, I want to use this medium to encourage our youths to assist themselves since heaven help those who help themselves. Fortunately, most of our youths are talented and hardworking. Nigeria has vibrant youths! Majority of them are graduates. They have all it takes to make it in life. The only problem I sense is that most of our youths are busy looking for whitecollar jobs that do not exist. One has to pay through his/her nose to acquire such position. Moreover, the politicians *Pastor Okokon Ating and family together They have to show keen interest in attending to the emotional needs and challenges of each other; They must respect each other within and outside; It is a must to harmonize each other spiritually by studying the word of God together, praying together and also attending fellowship together; They must learn to forgive each other quickly when there is a mistake or an oversight of issues. They should try to build each other in Christ knowing that they are join heirs together with Christ. He is the master of the home or Marriage. He is the reward those who will keep their marriage till the end. We really need another reformation telethons. We don’t have popes—we have superapostles. We don’t support an untouchable priesthood—we throw our money at celebrity evangelists who insist on flying in private jets. In honor the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I’m offering my own list of needed reforms in the modern charismatic/Pentecostal movement. And since I can’t hammer these on the Wittenberg door, I’ll post them online. Feel free to nail them everywhere. 1. Let’s reform our theology. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is God and He is holy. He is not an “it.” He is not a blob, a force or an innate power. We must stop manipulating and the rich ones have shared the slots amongst themselves. If this is the case, what then is the way forward? Agriculture is only way forward. It is the only available job which nature has provided for the un-employed youths. Gone are the days when people see agriculture as a dirty business. Through mechanized farming one can easily make it. My visit to Holy land was indeed an eye opener. The famous Israel we have today does not have oil like Nigeria. They are predominantly farmers. Even as farmers they do not have the kind of rainfall we have here in Nigeria. They depend largely on irrigation. Yet, they are producing most of the fruits, which we are consuming in our world today. There are so many thin-gs we can gain through ag- Permit me to conclude this section by recalling what went on between my wife and I my wife was nicknamed by our colleagues as “daddy’s handbag” some years ago. Why? In every occasion and services we attended, our colleagues will see my wife and I walking together, discussing and laughing together. I do not go anywhere without telling her of my where about, this life style brought in the spirit of oneness, trust, and understanding in our marital life which continues till date. The high level of intimacy can be maintained if the couples are yielding to the yearnings and aspirations of one another. Again, when an individual has the knowledge of likes and dislikes of each other, it brings about an intimate relationship which remains unbreakable till death. I want to emphasize here that lack of intimacy in marriage can mar the peaceful stay of the couples. Therefore the couples who Him, commanding Him and throwing Him around. (And we should also stop ignoring Him, as if He is an optional “add-on” to our scripted agendas.) 2. Let’s return to the Bible. The Word of God is the foundation for the Christian experience. Any exotic experience must be tested by the Word and the Holy Spirit’s discernment. Visions, dreams, prophecies and encounters with angels must be in line with Scripture. If we don’t measure them against Scripture, we could end up spreading deception. E - M a i l : *International Church Growth Ministry holds two major conferences a year, one in second week of every February and the other in every first week in September.” riculture. With agriculture we are sure of our daily bread. Most of the food we consume are Agricultural produce. The fodder we use for domestic animal are produced through agriculture. Agriculture provides raw materials for most industries. Even the fruit producing industries rely on agriculture for their raw materials. Agriculture contributes largely to economic development and national revenue. They equally help to improve foreign exchange. Above all, beyond every reasonable doubt as a major industry that creates job for the unemployed youths. As I encourage the youths to go into agriculture I want to also use this medium to appeal to the government to also provide the necessary machineries for farming. The so-called agricultural loans should not just be given only to the rich, especially those with collateral and guarantors. The government should find a way to carry the poor youths along. find themselves in this ugly situation should encourage themselves by seriously working towards their responsibility of getting close to one another in all aspects of life. This will be the way forward for them to overcome all sort of challenges in their marital lives. Above all, genuine love between them should prevail in all ramifications of life. Of course, the Bible says “Love beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things” (1Corinthian 13:7 KJV) COMMUNICATION It is necessary to include the communication strategy in the marriage institution if one wants his/her marriage to stand firm and remain long. *For enquiries contact: Apostolic Church, 3, Tree Power Avenue, Itire, Lag-os. Or call: Pastor Okokon Ating on: 0 8 0 5 4 1 2 1 3 5 5 , 08179072635