Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, has called on corps members posted to the state for the one-year national service to be ready to accept posting as teachers in the public schools.
He made the call on Monday during the swearing in of the 2019 Batch ‘C’ stream ‘l’ Corps members at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Kusalla, Karaye local government Area of the state.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor was represented by the the state Commissioner of youth and sports, Alhaji Ado Lakwaya.
He charged the corps members to engage in public enlightenment against drug addiction and abuse in their places of primary assignment.
“I hope you will work in the footsteps of your predecessors. I wish to charge you to be dedicated and help in the revitalisation of our educational sector by accepting posting as teachers in our public schools”, Ganduje said.
He, however pledged to make the service year memorable for the corps members by providing necessary facilities at the NYSC camp and in their respective places of assignment.
He implored the Corp members to use the golden apportunity especially in the area of skills acquisition training to enable them be self reliance.
Ganduje reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to make the service year a memorable and fruitful to the corps members.
The state Coordinator of the NYSC in Kano, Malam Laden Baba said that a total of 1,381 corps members comprising 638 males and 743 females were registered at the closing of the registration on Sunday night.
He maintained that the Corp members would be drilled in the aspect of leadership roles, skills acquisition training and enterprienueship development to prepare them to face the challenges ahead.
Baba charged the Corps members to participate fully in all the camp activities so as to achieve the set objectives.
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Don tasks Nigerian graduates on human capital devt.
Prof. Ayobami Ojebode, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, on Thursday urged Nigerian graduates to invest in themselves through human capital development and creativity for a better life.
Ojebode, who spoke on the topic, ‘The Dream, Challenges and Reality of the Contemporary Nigeria for Fresh graduates,’ said graduates must be well informed and harness technology to their advantage.
He highlighted the challenges and reality of the economic situation in the country, adding that the present administration’s policy if well implemented will bring succour in the long run.
The Economic Recovery Plan of President Muhammadu Buhari administrati, on is envisioned to have the potential of leading to better economic performance under certain conditions, with emphasis on industrialisation and agricultural development.
The Economic Recovery Growth Plan may on the long run impact and protect the economy from the shocks it experiences as the prices of crude oil undulate. There is hope, but then there are also apprehensions,” he said.
Ojebode enumerated effectsn of unemployment on some of who are personality
He urged employers in the country to stop complaining about the poor quality of the Nigerian graduates but to invest in graduate training.
Employers and potential employers must come out that exploitative illusion and begin to invest in graduate training.
Expecting graduates to serve your organisation without an in-house training is like trying to reap where you did not sow.
Graduates are like hardware computers; sound and strong as a computer may be, it does not begin to run your staff salary programmes or your results computation the moment you buy it,” Ojebode said.
The don however charged graduates to fully prepare and develop themselves so that the labour market would become a true market, where people of equal status meet.
He said “We should work towards a labour market that empowers job seekers to negotiate and make choices, that is what a true market is and that is what our national labour dream should be, not just about fighting for minimum wage.”
Ojebode said graduates should maximize the use of their smartphones to create opportunities for themselves.
“To survive this reality of contemporary Nigeria, the graduate must be well informed: what do you do with your phone beyond idle chat and online gossip about politicians and popstars? What newspaper are you reading?
“Despite all I have said about our politicians, how many people here know that the Federal Government of Nigeria has a business support project reputed to be among the most transparent in recent times?
I am referring to the GEM project which has transferred millions in Grant’s to over 950 businesses. How many know of the Tony Elumelu Foundation giving out millions of naira to young people who can demonstrate creativity and serious mindedness.
“Right this week, that Foundation awarded about 1.7 million naira each to 2,100 young people as grants to start their own businesses. “And, this is just one of the several foundations in Nigeria doing such things,” Ojebode said.
OAU to become hub of aeronautic engineering-VC
The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, says the institution would soon become the hub of aeronautic and aerospace engineering studies in Nigeria.
Ogunbodede said this in his address at the university’s 44th Convocation held on Thursday in Ile-Ife.
He said that a departmental building was already under construction, adding that none of the federal Universities across the country currently offers a programme in the field.
According to him, OAU is taking up this challenge in order to open up an entirely new paradigm of innovation in learning and practice of aeronautics in Nigeria.
The vice-chancellor also said that the university was collaborating with interested government agencies and corporate organisations to construct an airstrip.
He said that the air strip would not only serve as a training ground for the planned aeronautic engineering programme of the university, but would also assist in ameliorating the burden of air travel in Osun.
Ogunbodede stated that OAU was also partnering with Troyka Nigeria Limited to start a unique programme in Media and Communication studies with the construction of a Media School as well as television station.
The vice-chancellor further said that OAU would soon generate its own electricity to last 24 hours a day, attributing this to the education programme of the Federal Government which was providing 8.03 Mega Watts Gas-powered turbine stand-alone electricity generating system.
Moving off the national grid would enable the university to save between N35 million and N65 million, ” he added.
Ogunbodede also said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had conducted a general accreditation across all universities, .
He expressed confidence that the university would record 100 percent success when the outcome of the exercise was made public.
The courses involved, he said, were Law; Dentistry, Botany, Applied Arts and Home Economics.
Ogunbodede stated further that OAU was reviewing the curricular of all academic programmes which would train their graduands to be job creators and not job-seekers.
All graduates of OAU will be equipped with entrepreneurial knowledge in addition to vocational training that will allow them acquire at least one skill that would ensure survival in the era of massive unemployment.
“Such skills would include: Metal works, Wood works, Leather works, Aluminium fabrication, Paint-making, Fashion Designing, Photography, Film Production and Editing, Agribusiness, Block-making Kerbs and interlocking, Hair-Dressing, Barbing and Cosmetology and ICT,” he said.
Gov. Sanwo-Olu to perform groundbreaking of free school in Lagos
The General Overseer of OPM and the President of OPM Foundation, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with Nigeria News Agency .
Chinyere said that the primary and secondary school when completed in 2020 would admit about 1,000 pupils and students from less privileged families.
He said the Lagos school would be the 14th on the list of OPM existing free schools nationwide.
The OPM founder explained that the aim was to ensure that children of the less privileged in the country have access to free and quality education within a safe learning environment.
We will also go to Kenya, Burundi, and other African countries before we go to Asia and other continents, but our vision is to cover the whole world.
There is usually this fear of managing population of intakes, but I can tell you that before I bought a bus for our school in Abia, some children trek for over two hours to come to school every morning and work another two hours home.
These are children between the ages of 7 and 10; their parents don’t have money to give them for transportation but God finally provided a school bus for us and we are using it to convey them.
I was scared when we started it 10 years ago but because I was doing something right before God, the resources started coming in.
It is worthy of note that we give four pairs of school uniforms free to each person, free sandals and free feeding in all our school and Lagos will not be an exception,” Chinyere said.
According to him, the students and pupils are also given beverages, Milk and Milo, on regular occasion to compliment the schools free feeding programme.
The cleric also said that a programme titled “Something Good Must Happen in Lagos State” between Dec. 13 and Dec. 15 to prepare the minds of Christians ahead of Christmas.
It will be an opportunity to tell those in Lagos to put their trust in God because man can fail them but God cannot fail or disappoint them.
It would be recalled that the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS) had in June honoured the OPM founder with an award of Icon of Free Education in Nigeria because of his contributions in the education sector.
Bingham varsity commences post-graduate programme in communication
The Mass Communication Department of Bingham University, Nasarawa State, says it is set to commence a Post-Graduate programme in Digital and Media Communication.
Dr. S. A. Shaibu, the Head of the Department, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Shaibu said that the programme had since been approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The Don said that the course would provide tool-kits in the area of teaching, research and critical thinking in media space.
The objective of the programme is to deepen the training of skilled manpower for educational institutions and professional media organisations.
It will also enable graduates acquire special entrepreneurial skills in digital media operations,” he added.
It is one of the six private universities in the north and the only one established by a Christian organisation.
Nasarawa to provide schools with water, sanitation facilities
Sule stated this on Wednesday in Lafia and Doma local government areas while inaugurating newly built classroom blocks.
News Agency Agency of Nigeria reports that the classroom blocks were built in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme.
He said the projects were part of the state government’s commitment towards boosting access to education and healthcare delivery in the state.
We have also started building classroom blocks in other local government areas of the state. It’s our overall intention to make the learning environment conducive and to uplift the standard of education,” he said.
Sule said the classroom blocks were among the 44 projects under the 2018 SDGs programme.
According to him, the focus of the project is to ensure access to education, health, water, sanitation and renewable energy.
The governor directed all ministries, departments and agencies to key into the SDG framework in the interest of the people.
Also speaking, Hajia Jimaita Sabo, Commissioner for Education, said the projects showed that the current administration was not paying lip service to the issue of governance.
By making the environment more learning-friendly, knowledge will increase and development will be recorded.
“Education is the bedrock upon which society’s well-being is anchored. This is our reason for investing in education,” she said.
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