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GT Bank MD, Segun Agbaje loses Mother inlaw, Olutoyin Olakunri at 80

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The MD/CEO, Guaranty Trust Bank, Segun Agbaje and his wife, Derin Agabje are heartbroken as his Mother inlaw, Chief Mrs. Olutoyin Olusola Olakunri, slumped and died during a church service this morning.

Born on November 4, 1937, she attended primary school in Nigeria, and completed her secondary and tertiary education in the United Kingdom.

In February 1963, Chief Mrs. Olakunri qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales; and became a Foundation Member the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria [ICAN] in 1965.

Chief Mrs. Olutoyin Olakunri is the first female Chartered Accountant in Sub-Saharan Africa and the second female President of ICAN. To date, there have been six female heads of ICAN, and quite a number of eligible women in line.

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Angola sets to close down unregistered churches

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Angola is planning to close down unregistered churches starting November, nearly a month after the state made public legislation to regulate religious activity, online newspaper Jornal de Angola has reported.

“Religious denominations that are illegal in Angola will be closed starting in November, the national director for religious issues at the Ministry of Culture, Francisco de Castro Maria, said,” the website reported.

The move is expected to impact foreign-led churches in Angola, as “Mr Castro Maria affirmed that 50% of the churches in the country are established by foreigners from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil, Nigeria and Senegal”.

Defending the plan, Culture Minister Carolina Cerqueira said that while the government was neutral, it was forced to act against unregistered bodies which “exercise commercial activities or which are a threat to human rights and against the principals of urban life and positive coexistence”.

More than 1,000 churches are waiting to pass the legal process, with the government giving unregistered denominations a month after the 4 October publication to regularise their status.

However, the discussion has been in the pipeline since as early as 28 August, when the council of ministers passed proposed legislation on freedom of religion, faith and worship to establish more rigorous conditions for the legalisation of religious activities in the country.

 

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LAUTECH lecturers drum support for students

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LAUTECH lecturers drum support for students

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has condemned the management of the institution for increasing tuition fee.

The increment by nearly 100 percent with effect from the 2018/19 academic session was announced by the school, which is jointly owned by the Oyo and Osun state governments, on Monday.

This newspaper reported that the decision was taken at the 133rd meeting of the governing council of the university on July 5 to hike the fee.

Until the adjustment,100-level students who are indigenes of Oyo or Osun paid N120,000 while those who are not from either state paid N150,000 as part of the resolution of the management of the institution after a strike by its workers that lasted several months.

However, this time around, indigenes are now to pay N200,000 while non-indigenes are to pay N250,000 for the new session which will commence on October 29.

The new fees are against the initial N63,500 for indigenes and N72,500 for non-indigenes who are returning students.

Barely 24 hours after the announcement on Monday, a protest by the students ensued leading to a shutdown of the school’s main campus in Ogbomosho as well as it’s medical school in Osogbo.

The spokesperson of the university, Lekan Fadeyi, has not been responding to calls and text messages sent to his line on the development.

PREMIUM TIMES also reported that students locked the institution’s campus gates in Osogbo and Ogbomoso to protest against the increment with the hashtag, #OccupyLautech.

However, the Secretary of LAUTECH ASUU, Toyin Abegunrin, in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday condemned the increment and vowed that the teachers would continue to support the agitation of students.

“We are not in support of the increment and ASUU believed that education should not be privatised,” Mr Abegunrin said.

“It is the duty of the management to pay necessary fee and not to put their responsibilities on parents who are struggling to survive.

“ASUU is in support of the students’ agitation because we did same during our time. If not, some of us will not graduate. It is important for them to express their displeasure and we condemn the authorities for their acts,” he said.

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Co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen dies at 65

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Paul Allen, the billionaire who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 is dead. He died Monday afternoon in his hometown of Seattle, after battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Allen, whose wealth was estimated north of $20 billion, announced 2 weeks ago his cancer had returned after 9 years in remission.

Allen and Gates, both college dropouts, hatched the idea for Microsoft in Albuquerque. They designed software for the yet-to-explode personal computer revolution.

The 2 men met when they were teenage students at Lakeside School outside Seattle. They became fast friends and bonded over their love of computers. The two would go “dumpster diving” for computer program code. Allen, who dropped out of Washington State, convinced Gates to bail from Harvard.

Allen is the one who came up with the name — Micro-Soft.

Paul was 65.

 

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