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Umahi appoints two immediate past Ebonyi commissioners as UBEB members

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Two Immediate past commissioners in Ebonyi have been appointed members of the Ebonyi Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) members.

Chief Sabinus Nwankwagu and Mrs Euphemia Nwali, immediate past Commissioners for Education and Water Resources respectively, were nominated by Gov. David Umahi for the position and screened by the state House of Assembly.

This was contained in a statement signed on Friday by Mr Tony Nwizi, Media Assistant to the House of Assembly Speaker.

He said that the 12-member UBEB board were successfully cleared by the House.

The statement revealed that Chief Hycinth Ikpor, a Former Commissioner for Education was retained as the board’s Chairman.

Mr Nicodemus Omenka, a former Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports and incumbent Secretary, also retained his position.

Mr Leonard Nkah, state Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Secretary, Mr Chukwuma Onwe,were also confirmed as representatives in the board.

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ENSUBEB distributes N1.4b instructional materials to over 1000 schools

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The Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) has distributed instructional materials worth N1.4 billion to over 1000 primary and junior secondary schools in the state.

The Executive Chairman of the board, Chief Ikeje Asogwa, made this known on Wednesday in Enugu, when the State House of Assembly Committee on Education visited the board on oversight function.

Asogwa noted that the educational materials were distributed to the schools to improve teaching and learning, adding that every primary school in the state benefitted from the distribution.

He said the board was also renovating dilapidated buildings and providing desks and sports equipment in schools across the state.

According to him, the project is being financed through the Universal Education Board Commission,(UBEC) fund.

On the recent recruitment of primary school teachers in the state, the executive chairman informed the committee members that the 1500 teachers were recruited on merit.

Asogwa added that the teachers would assume duty in the next academic session.

He gave the assurance that the board would cooperate with, and support the committee to ensure it succeeded in its assignment.

The Deputy Speaker of the assembly, Mr Uche Akadu-Ugwu, commended Asogwa for the achievements the board had recorded since his assumption of office as chairman.

He said the committee would not relent until total success was achieved in its assignment.

Earlier, the committee Chairman,  Mr James Akadu, said the oversight was to ensure that the state government’s massive investment in education was secured in the interest of the public.

Akadu urged the board for collaboration to ensure that government’s policies and programmes were actualised.

The committee chairman commended Asogwa for his speed in project execution and diligence in duty.

He also commended Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led administration for the transformation of the education sector.

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LASG releases results into model colleges, Upgraded junior secondary schools

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Dr Oluwafemi Hassan, Director, Lagos State Examinations, disclosed this in a statement released to newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday.

Hassan said the candidates that sat for the Computer Based Test (CBT) had already received their results through messages and email addresses of their parents and guardians.

He added that the steps to check the results were provided in the portal.

Hassan, however, said the admission of the candidates would be determined by the Basic Education Services Department of the Lagos State Ministry of Education after determining the cut – off marks.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that over 11,000 candidates participated in the common entrance examination into Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools for 2019 /2020 academic session.

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Gov. Zulum reconstitutes Teaching Service Board

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Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has approved the reappointment of Prof. Suleiman Bello, as the Chairman of the four-member state’s Teaching Service Board.

Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy to the governor, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Gusau added that Zulum also approved the appointment of the three other members of the board.

Those appointed were Hajiya Hamsatu Laminu, Mr Mohammed Joji and Alhaji Makinta Monguno.

Gusau said that the governor would accord support to the chairman and members of the board while expecting them to uplift the quality of teaching in line with his education agenda.

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While congratulating the appointees, Zulum reaffirmed his absolute confidence in them.

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Former Cross River first lady advocates girl guiding in more schools

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Mrs Onari Duke, Wife of former Governor of Cross River Donald Duke says there is need for schools across the country to embrace girl guiding to further protect the rights of the girl-child.

Duke made the call in her keynote address at the centenary celebration of the Nigerian Girl Guides Association (NGGA) on Tuesday in Lagos.

The theme of the celebration is: ” Years of Inspiring Girls.”

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the association started in Nigeria on Sept. 16, 1919 and became a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in 1966.

According to Duke, the activities of the girl guides remain a sure way of equipping the girls with the requisite knowledge, morals, skills, confidence and leadership needed to take the country to its desired height.

“The fact is, in today’s world, beyond acquiring formal education, there is the need to stand out because the field is already saturated.

“To distinguish yourself, you need to inculcate a culture of service and excellence in your sphere of influence,’’ she said.

According to her, there is therefore the need for citizens to contribute their quota to national development and growth.

This she noted by inspiring and mentoring the younger generation with sincerity of purpose and to serve genuinely.

“True service will impact lives greatly and to impact excellence in service, we must set high standards and strive to keep them.”

Duke urged girls to always strive to acquire skills that would give them the edge over others, make strong and reliable leaders as well as successful and effective entrepreneurs.

She also emphasised the need for the girl-child to acquire planning skills that would tie their vision to practical steps that their chosen endeavours could take to realise that vision.

“This, in itself is a skill and a very important one because without it, your growth will be stagnated.”

The former cross river first lady further stressed the need for the girls and even young women to be innovative and acquire communication skills, which would be evident in all of their entrepreneurial activities.

This she said was necessary, adding that professional advancement was usually enhanced by innovation.

The Chairperson, Africa Region of the World Association of the Girl Guides Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Mrs Larissa Cataria, from the Republic of Benin said there was more to be done in the area of advocacy, on the right and welfare of the girl -child in Africa.

“So as a guide, my take will be encouraging associations around the continent to keep sensitising our people in Africa, beginning from Nigeria.

“I believe the girl-child has the power to take up leadership positions, to be the voice of Africa and to be the change agent we all desire in our dear continent.

“These leadership qualities, start from the home, through to the larger society and therefore these girls must also be given the same opportunity as the boys, given that they do have the potential.

“It is not about going to school alone, but also being exposed to the same opportunity as the boys. We need to support them. “They need to be supported in order to perform better in school and outside school.

“The major challenge facing the development of the girl- child in Africa has always been the issues of the mindset and as parents, the issue is, how we see the girl-child matters in determining how far we want them to go.

“Therefore, I think for me, it starts from there.

So, once we change our perception about them, once we understand the importance of sending them to school, I think it will help get the change that we want to see,’’ she said.

The Chief Commissioner of the NGGA, Mrs Maria Sule, in her address of Wellcome said that the association had contributed immensely toward nation building,

This she said was through its numerous guiding and mentoring activities of the girl-child in the country through the years and still standing strong.

According to her, the association’s non formal training programmes are thriving, adding that girls in the country are becoming bold advocates of their rights wherever they find themselves.

“We, therefore, wish to call on the Federal Government and State Governments, and the National Assemblies at both the Federal and State levels to assist us in coming up with laws that will liberate the girl-child and women generally to fulfill their potential.

“We also want to appeal to them to assist us in completing our training centre in Abuja designed for the development and well being of the girl-child,’’ Sule said

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Ondo govt. promises to reposition Unity, Special Schools

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The Ondo State Government has promised to reposition the five unity schools and four special schools in the state.

Mr Femi Agagu, the state Commissioner for Education, said this during a meeting with  the principals and head teachers of the schools on Tuesday in Akure.

The commissioner said that the meeting was to deliberate on the various challenges facing the schools in order to proffer solutions.

He recalled that the schools were established to serve as models to others , adding that the state must maintain their status.

Agagu urged the head teachers to be responsible in the discharge of their duties and monitor the teachers and students under them to ensure better academic performance.

The commissioner also said that the government was deeply concerned about the welfare of the students in the special schools.

He admonished the head teachers to be proactive in their bid to make the students relevant in the society, adding that ” there is ability in disability.”

Speaking on security in the schools, the commissioner urged the head teachers to be more vigilant, noting that security guards must be alert always.

Responding, Mr Oyedeji Adegbenro, the Principal of Unity Secondary School, Epinmi Akoko, said inspite of the various challenges facing the schools, the principals’ efforts were yielding good results.

According to Adegbenro, beside improvement in internal examinations, the good results in the last West Africa Senor School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results was a testimony of the principals’ efficiency and government’s commitment to the sector.

Mrs Tolani Olaitan, who spoke on behalf of head teachers of the special schools, said efforts were being made to discover the talents of each student with a view to making them useful to themselves, their families and the society at large.

The meeting had in attendance the principals of Unity Secondary School Epinmi Akoko; St.John’s Mary Unity Secondary School, Owo; St. Peter’s Unity Secondary School, Akure; St. Helen’s Unity Secondary School, Ondo and Unity Secondary School, Ode Aye.

Also present were the head teachers of the Physically-Challenged School, Ikare-Akoko, Visually Impaired School, Owo, Hearing Impaired School, Akure and Mentally Impaired School, Okeigbo.

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