Stella Emelife Chinelo, a 2012/2013 First Class Graduate of Chemistry from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, has emerged the best graduating student from a Master’s degree from University of Mysore, India with a Final Grade Point (FGP) of 9.623%.
By this feat, the 29-year-old Anambra native who was raised in Sokoto, has broken a 100-year-old academic record at the university.
Stella’s historic performance earned her 20 gold medals and five cash prize awards at the 99th convocation of the Indian university.
Stressing the import of Stella’s performance, the management of the University of Mysore said: “This is perhaps the first time in the recent years that a foreign student has bagged so many gold medals.”
Back at her alma mater in Nigeria on Friday an excited Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, Vice Chancellor of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, who was speaking at the combined 35th, 36th and 37th combined convocation awards of degrees, diplomas and certificates of UDUS, said academic excellence and standard remain the focus of the institution.
He expressed the belief that any of the current crop of students and graduands could replicate the young Chinelo’s sterling academic performance “by remembering that learning is a lifelong endeavour and its key ingredients are observation, thinking, consultation and decision making”.
Speaking further on the general performance of students at the combined convocation, Zuru said that for the first time since inception, the university was producing a female first class student in physics.
He said the name of the record-breaker is Zainab Abdullahi Bashir from Katsina State, with a CGPA of 4.81 in the 2017/2018 academic session.
Students from other departments with similar impressive academic grades were listed as: Okeke Obinna Kingsley B. of Forestry with CGPA of 4.81 in the 2015/2016 session, Andullahi Saminu Mujammad B. of Fisheries with a 4.84 CGPA in 2016/2017 session and Ojo Suleiman Adebowale who graduated in 2017/2018 session from the Department of Mathematics with a 4.91 CGPA.
Boko Haram: Troops kill 3 terrorists in Borno
A statement from Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information MNJTF N’Djamena – Chad said, on Monday’s night, at about 01:20 am, terrorists attacked troops position at Cross Kauwa, about 40 kilometers from Monguno.
“However, the terrorists paid dearly for it as 3 were killed, while others escaped with gun shot wounds.
“Similarly, one AK 47 Riffle, Motar bomb and General Purpose Machine Gun, respectively, were captured. Additionally, assorted rounds of ammunition were impounded,” the statement said.
Kogi will still become oil-producing State despite senate rejection – Senator Isaac Alfa
The lawmaker in his lead debate at the plenary insisted that the OPLs 915 and 916 crude oil are within the basin of Ibaji local government areas of Kogi State.
In his clarification at a press conference after plenary, he said that 53% of oil being produced by Orient Oil in Anambra State comes from the affected OPLs, saying that once the grey areas noticed by the Senate were addressed, Kogi would become an oil-producing state.
“The purpose of being here today is with regards to the motion I moved stating that Kogi State be declared an oil-producing state.”
“53% of oil from Anambra basin comes from oil well in Kogi State, the oil that is being produced now”, Isaac insisted.
“From my own assessment, it was a successful motion. It was not rejected 100%. Even at that, Kogi wasn’t rejected but because of the sensitive nature of the contiguous communities, Senate needed rigorous work before passing the law.
“Senate has directed its Committee on oil and gas (upstream) to conclude reports within two weeks.
“I have a reason for moving the motion. My position as a Senator wears two caps. I am a lawmaker and a Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District.
”As a Senator representing Kogi East today, I am the highest political office holder in my districts and I have an obligation to represent their interest. ”
Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Chairman of Senate Committee on Petroleum who has not been forthcoming on the controversial issue was not willing to speak when DAILY POST visited his office.
10-year-old boy drowns in Kano
The Spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, Mr Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kano that the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon when the deceased went to take his bath.
“We received a distress call from one Malam Abdullahi Naguru at about 03:15p.m. that Musa’s body was found floating in the water.
“On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team to the scene at about 03:30p.m.
“Musa was found dead and his corpse was handed over to his father, Alhaji Musa Ya’u,’’ he said.
Mohammed advised the general public especially parents and ward heads to stop children from going into open water for whatever purpose to save their lives.
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