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Don calls for integration of geography into primary school curriculum

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A professor of Geography at  the Bayero University Kano, Prof. Adamu Tanko, on Monday, called for the integration of geography studies into primary school curriculum, to enhance knowledge of the environment and disaster management.

Tanko made the call at the 60th annual conference of Association of Nigerian Geographers with the theme ‘Geography and Disaster Management’, held at Kaduna State University (KASU).

Tanko said geography should  be taught primary  and secondary schools for the students to acquaint themselves with their environment, help them manage disaster and be able to live and cope in environments other than theirs.

“The critical issues we have currently in this country where people are talking about all sorts of crises being ethnic or religious, have their base through lack of understanding of geography.

“If we build that understanding in our pupils from primary school, they would learn how to manage and understand differences and be able to appreciate them.

“In the colonial era, geography was taught in primary schools because they know the potentials it could have in our society, when they left, it was removed from primary school.

“Now again geography is to be removed from our secondary schools, it would lead to a bigger problems.

“Geography is very fundamental subject and that is why we feel it should be taught in our primary and secondary schools, by the time the students get to higher institutions, they will get to appreciate what differences are like,” he said.

The Director General of Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Prof. Sani Mashi, also presented a paper on ‘Combating Climate Change in Nigeria: The war we are not seriously fighting.’

Mashi noted that the United Nations 13th goal of Sustainable Development Goals was for urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.

He said that there are existing evidences showing that in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat.

“With the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago, it has marked the beginning of the modern climate era and human civilization.

“From 1880 to 2012, average global temperature increased by 0.85 degree centigrade, oceans have warmed, the amount of snow and ice have diminished and sea level has risen.”

Mashi however said that certain actions like foregoing Fossil Fuels and employing alternative plant-derived plastics, biodiesel and wind power needed to be taken to combat climate change.

“Infrastructure upgrade, reduction of travel frequencies, buying less of automobile and desisting from cutting down trees would help us achieve the 13th SDGs,” he added.

At the sideline of the event, the vice chancellor of KASU, Prof Muhammad Tanko, said that the ‘Sex for Grade’ issue was a great concern for the academic environment of Nigeria.

Tanko who was represented by the deputy vice chancellor academics, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, however, berated the BBC for sampling only two universities in West Africa, saying that the decision cannot be justified.

“Why the choice of west Africa?, why didn’t they start with the UK universities which we know they are also not immune to this problem.

“KASU has zero tolerance for such attitudes, we have deterrent measures and laws guiding engagements, If any misdemeanor is reported, we will surely test our law,” he said.

“In a bid to curb such kind of behaviors among our lecturers, we key in the students assessment on their lecturers in promoting our academic staff”, he said.

He urged the Nigerian students to report any kind of act by their lecturers aimed at tarnishing their future and the reputation of Nigerian universities.(NAN)

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Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Ogun State wins 2019 NNPC science quiz competition

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Ogun State has  won the 2019 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) Science Quiz Competition for secondary school students across the country.

Ogun state emerged as the winner at the grand finale of the completion held at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Thursday.

Ojo Oluwatobi from APT. Scholars Universal College, Ota, won the first price for Ogun State with 80 points while Mbazu Justice from CSMT Staff Secondary School, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, took the second position with 70+points.

Nwachukwu Ugochukwu of Dority International School Aba, Abia State took the third position with 70 points.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, said that the corporation as an enabler company would continue to contribute to education to ensure a greater Nigeria.

He said that the competition was one aspect of the corporation’s effort in supporting nation building.

“Building a successful nation has to deal with talent management and as a corporation we try to recognise them young and help them to development it well.

Also, President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, urged the students to put in their best in whatever they did in life as leaders of tomorrow.

He commended the NNPC for the initiative adding that it had helped to develop a lot of scientists in the country.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, the 2019 winner, Oluwatobi commended the NNPC for the initiative and thanked all his teachers and parents for their support.

“I am very grateful to the NNPC for the opportunity and the initiatives such as this.

“This competition has made me to read so hard, I am happy to emerge as the winner.

“I am grateful to my teachers, parents and all the oraginsers.

“With this competition, I am very sure to pass all my exams very well,’’ he said.

The corporation, also in its report, said that  the competition  started at the grassroots level in each of 774 local government areas and best three student proceeded to the state level.

“At the state level, the best student in each state emerges and proceeds to the zonal level and each winner at this level is entitled to a one-off educational grant of N100.000,’’ it said.

It further noted that the states at the geopolitical zones meet at different times to compete among themselves and then determine the best three states to compete at the national grand finale.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the first position got N300,000 scholarship per session as an undergraduate, while the second position got N250.000 and  third position N200.000 respectively.

Eighteen states participated in the grand finale with three states representing each of the geopolitical zones.

edited by Olawunmi Ashafa/Donald Ugwu

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IMT Enugu begins award of degrees, says Rector

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The Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu says it has commenced the award of degrees in some disciplines, in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), beginning from the current academic session.

The Rector of the institute, Prof. Augustine Nweze, said this in Enugu on Thursday, when the state House of Assembly Committee on Education visited the place as part of its oversight.

Nweze said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had given approval for the award of the degrees by the institute.

He said that the NUC approval followed the ratification of the affiliation by the UNN Senate and Council of the institute.

He said: “It is the desire of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to give IMT a university status in the shortest possible time.

“To give life to that dream, we have on our own gone into affiliation with one of Nigeria’s foremost universities, the UNN, to award degrees in many disciplines.

“I sincerely hope that the new students will be some of the earliest beneficiaries of this partnership.”

The rector said that IMT was established in 1973 and modeled after the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A. and currently had nine schools and 40 departments.

“Management is working assiduously to improve lecture halls, laboratories and studios to make them fit for learning.

“We are immensely thankful to the governor for giving us the opportunity to serve our people in our different capacities in IMT,” he said.

In a remark, the Chairman of the committee, Mr James Akadu, pledged that the state government would do its best to ensure that IMT regained its past glory.

Akadu said that the plan to award degrees by the institute was due, pointing out that the school had churned out prominent Nigerians in different professions.

He commended the management, staff and students of the institute for their efforts in taking the school to greater height.

(Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Sam Oditah) (NAN)

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NYSC set aside N26m to replace Corps member’s amputated limbs

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has set aside N26 million to replace a Corps member’s amputated limbs in Kano state.

The state NYSC Coordinator, Malam Ladan Baba disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday when he led other officials of the scheme to visit the corps member, Nuruddeen Tahir at his family house in Gwarzo Local Government Area of the state.

Baba sai the corps member, who already had his left hand amputated when he was 12 years old, had also lost the other one in an accident on his way to his Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) in Taraba State where he attended orientation course for 2019 Batch ‘B’, Stream l.

He said, “The DG, when he heard the information was so concerned about the condition of the Corps member, therefore, he made adequate arrangements to replace the two hands with artificial ones.

The coordinator explained that the courage and endurance of the 27 year old corps member to continue with his education after the amputation of the first hand prompted the DG to offer him the lifetime succor.

He said, “Tahir is presently stable after spending over two months on admission at Dala Orthopaedic Hospital in Kano, and the NYSC had settled all his medical bills and had since been posted to teach in a secondary school in his hometown.

“After he managed to complete his primary education, he had the zeal and determination to continue with his education up to degree level where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies from Yusuf Maitama-Sule University, Kano”.

“In order to give this patriotic young man hope of life, the DG made adequate arrangements to replace the two limbs with artificial ones worth N26 million in order to give him relief and succor,” the coordinator added”.

He said that the replacement process is ongoing as the doctors had made steady progress for completion of the implanting of the limbs.

In his remarks, the doctor who would administer the implant, Dr Rufus Arumugam, said they had already placed the order for the artificial limbs in Scotland, adding that they would be delivered in 45 days from now.

He explained that the customised prosthetic limbs, which would be built using bionic technology, would enable the patient to move his hands normal.

According to him, the limbs would come with a remote control which would be used to move the hands based on the action the patient wants to perform.

Also speaking to newsmen, the father of the corps member, Alhaji Dahiru Dalhatu expressed happiness and gratitude for the gesture.

He said that, “Tahir was grinding grains when he was 12 years, the grinding machine grabbed up his cloth and severely injured him which eventually led to the amputation of his left limb at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

My son is not lazy and wants to continue with his life struggles even with the loss of his limbs.”

But now with this gesture by the NYSC, my son will be able to continue to run his normal life. I thank the Director General. I am highly grateful to him and the Kano State Coordinator for standing with us”, he said.

Edited by Tukur Muntari. (NAN)

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Banker decries suicide rates by students, admission seekers

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An Executive Banker, Mr Adebayo Adeyinka, has decried the rate at which Nigerian youths were committing suicide due to failure in their academic pursuit.

Adeyinka, the Regional Bank Head, South-West 1, Fidelity Bank Plc, made the assertion at the 2019 National Pre-University Conference in Badagry, organised by CityMood Communications.

“Many Nigerian youths are committing suicide because of academic failure, not knowing that failure is part of life.

“Suicide is not the next thing in life, if you fail the first time, prepare and do it again.

“Nothing can stop you, not even lack of resource can stop you from achieving your dreams, it is only you that can stop you in life,” Adeyinka said.

He urged those students who did not get admission to institutions of their choices after several attempts to work hard and prepare to do it again, saying that nothing good comes easily.

Adeyinka urged students and admission seekers to be free to dream and be focussed.

“A dream is not what you see in your dream, but a dream is that which keeps you awake in the night.

“Have a clear cut goal and ask yourself if I gain admission today to the university, what do I intend to achieve at the end.

“Resist any attempt by anyone to put you in the secret cult. Please never join any cult in school,” he pleaded.

Adeyinka, however, advised them to make good friends and build good network when they gain admission into the university.

Also, Ms Chizobam Ofoegbu, a Confidence Coach, urged the students to be careful about the type of groups they mix up with in higher institution.

Ofoegbu said that peer pressure was the number one killer of youth nowadays.

According to her, peer pressure is when you are easily motivated to sabotage your life and life of others.

Ofoegbu urged students to know the type of friends to keep while in school, adding that bad friendship would destroy their lives.

She also advised them to always associate themselves with people of same character and value.

Commenting, Mr Folaranmi Oyediran, an Author and Youth Leadership expert, urged students seeking admission to know the purpose of their going to the university.

“Knowing the purpose of going to university is to study and become purposeful in life and you must give it everything to succeed.

“University is not a place where you go and play, but to study squarely.

“You will succeed in university without comparing yourself with others.

“You must manage your life within the time allocated to you,” he advised.

Also, Opeyemi Oke, the Executive Director, Equip Africa, advised students that have talents to utilise it.

Oke appealed to parents to allow their children to explore their talents, urging the students to search for their talents and develop them.

Earlier, Mr Sewhupe Akande, Chief Executive, Citymood Communications, said the aims of the event was to enlighten graduating senior secondary school students and young school leavers about higher education pursuit.

“Developments in our Ivory Towers have necessitated a national re-orientation of our admission seekers with the hope of shaping and sharpening their perspective about university education and positioning them for a quick start at excelling on campus.

“With the pedigree of speakers at this conference, participants are guaranteed of receiving knowledge that will impact their lives and nation for good,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that many students in senior secondary schools and young school leavers within and outside Badagry attended the conference.

Edited by Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Raise teachers’ salary to improve enrolment in Colleges of Education — Committee of Provosts

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The Committee of Provosts (COP) of Colleges of Education in Nigeria on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to raise teacher’s salary towards improving enrolment of students in the colleges.

Prof. Johnson Pongori, National Chairman of COP, said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency during the opening of the COP 85th Regular Meeting at Federal College of Education (Technical ) (FCE) (T), Akoka, Lagos.

Pongori, also Provost, Adamawa State College of Education, Hong, said the teaching profession could only be attractive for Nigerian youths if teachers’ salary was increased.

“The Nigerian youths of today are only interested in management courses that enable them to make quick and huge money.

“That is why a lot of them are not interested in teaching and this is affecting enrolment in the colleges of education,” he said.

According to him, teachers in developed countries such as Finland receive similar salary as other professionals in the fields of medicines, engineering and the likes, thus making teaching attractive and competitive.

Pongori said that colleges of education were specialised institutions established to provide qualitative training for teachers who would teach students from creche to tertiary level.

He noted that the teachers were trained to build individuals from cradle into a matured and enlightened citizen, as education was fundamental to the growth of any nation.

The COP Chairman said that any serious government should not ignore the teaching profession because teachers produced professionals in other sectors of the economy.

“It is unfortunate that most people at the helm in our government today are those that benefited more from education through scholarship but are not giving back to the sector.

“Education is not what we should joke with because it affects all facets of the economy,” he said.

According to him, an educated and informed population will be projective, focused and disciplined in their engagements.

Pongori however urged the private sector to partner with the government to improve quality of education in the country by providing infrastructure and support in the training of teachers.

The COP Chairman disclosed that the meeting was being held in Lagos to commiserate with the family of the late Immediate Past Provost of FCE(T), Akoka, Dr Sijibomi Olusanya, who died on July 27.

“This is in line with our tradition and to also extend our condolences to his wife, children and family and that is why the meeting was scheduled to hold at FCE(T), Akoka.

“We also give credit to the late Provost and colleagues for piloting the affairs of the college for eight years and moving it to an enviable status,” he said.

In his welcome address, Dr Wahab Azeez, Provost, FCE(T), Akoka thanked the executives and members of the committee for giving the college the right to host the meeting.

Azeez said the college would surely benefit from the wealth of experience of the provosts and would implement decisions reached at the end of the meeting.

NAN reports that the COP 85th Regular meeting ends on Thursday.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Uniben publishes book in honour of outgoing VC, Orumwense

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Prof. Faraday Orumwense, the outgoing Vice Chancellor(VC) of the University of Benin (Uniben) was beside himself with joy on Wednesday as guests at the launch of a book his honour poured endless encomiums on Him.

Orumwense’s five-year tenure at the university, which ends on Nov. 28, was described as very fruitful and rewarding for both staff and students.

The book titled, “Faraday Osasere Orumwense: Footprints of a Vice Chancellor,” was edited by Jacob Ehiorobo.

In his remarks, at the Book Presentation/Launch at the University’s main auditorium, Mr Michael Osasuyi, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, said the book comprised articles by the erudite professors chronicling the milestones of Orumwense’s administration.

Osasuyi said the book contained materials on developmental strides of the University, academic growth, weath creation and how these could further be improved upon by subsequent administrations.

According to him, the book openly presents performance, development and management charts of Orumwense in the areas of infrastructure, health, employment, staff and students’ welfare among others.

Orumwense said he was humbled that the book and its launch had been put together in his honour.

He thanked the committee and the 26 professors for an excellent job, which succinctly captured his achievements and challenges in the book.

Prof Lilian Salami, the incoming VC, in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency commended Orumwense for his administrative diligence while in service.

Salami, who is currently Director General/Chief Executive of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA, Ondo, will assume office as the second female VC of Uniben, after Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, on Dec. 4.

According to her, Prof Orumwense has done well for Uniben. “I hope that I will give to Uniben all that I have learnt through my experiences of work in Uniben and different ministries.

“With God on my side, I hope that we can truly move University of Benin to the height and choice of everyone.

“I wish Prof Orumwense well in his life endeavors,” she said.

Salami, professor of Home Economics/Nutritional Education, who hails from Edo was born in Jos, Plateau on Aug. 8, 1956.

Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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