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Gov. Obiano presents N714m to mission schools in Anambra

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The Anambra State Government has provided financial support worth about N714 million to Catholic and Anglican missions, to develop their schools in the state.

Gov. Willie Obiano handed over the cheques at two separate occasions at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Onitsha, and St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Nnewi on Thursday.

Obiano explained that the cheques were for reconstruction and upgrade of their schools.

The governor said that a total of 733 mission schools spread across the state would benefit, saying that out of the figure, Catholic missions had 433 institutions, while the Anglicans had 300 schools.

A breakdown of the money shows that the Catholic schools received about N422 million, while the Anglican schools got about N292 million.

Obiano expressed happiness at successes recorded through the partnership with the missions in the area of education.

He announced that the state would soon engage 500 new science teachers to improve teaching and learning.

The governor commended mission schools and their teachers for their efforts at promoting education of pupils and students, while urging them to step up campaigns against drug abuse and cultism.

He said that the 1,000 new teachers recently recruited were to boost education development in the state.

In her speech, Prof. Kate Omenugha, State Commissioner for Basic Education, said that huge investments made by government on technical education had attracted more students.

Also speaking, the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, described education as a basic tool for shaping humanity and building better future for children.

Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Anglican Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Godwin Okpala noted that assistance offered by government would help to reposition the schools by combating infrastructure decay.

 

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School feeding: NGO commends KDSG for setting up structures to curb corruption

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A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Action Aid Nigeria, has commended Kaduna State Government for setting up structures to curb corruption in the implementation of the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in the state.

Its Project Coordinator, Mr Kehinde Arowosegbe, gave the commendation on Sunday in Zaria, in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency at the end of a one-day dissemination meeting with relevant stakeholders.

Arowosegbe said that the bold initiative of the government would tackle the sharp practices that characterised the implementation of the school feeding programme.

He also commended Gov. Nasir El-Rufai for the recent appointment of a Focal Person for the Social Investment Prgramme (SIP) and a Programme Manager for the school feeding programme and other principal officers, domiciled in his office.

“This is the best way to go as we are already feeling the impact of this laudable step toward sanitising the school feeding programme in the state,” he said.

He explained that Action Aid, along with other organisations, had been monitoring the programme under a project tagged: “Promoting Accountability and Transparency in School Feeding (PATS-F)”, funded by MacArthur Foundation.

He said the other organisations were, Connecting Gender for Development, Girl Child Concern, Federation of Muslim Women Association, Women Association and Nigerian Popular Theatre Alliance.

He alleged that monies meant for the programme were being diverted through various corrupt practices by some officials and cooks involved in its implementation.

“For example, we have discovered during our monitoring activities, that one cook is collecting over a million naira to feed more than 1000 pupils instead of the maximum of 150 pupils.

“This is corruption because there is no way one woman can feed 1000 pupils in one school.

“There are also some instances where school administrators inflated pupils enrollment to attract more allocation to the school.

“There is equally a problem with the supply chain of eggs that created a situation where one egg is shared to four pupils in some schools.

“Not only that, some teachers, School-Based Management Committee members, including Education Secretaries and the cooks were diverting eggs and eating food meant for pupils.”

The project coordinator added that the cooks equally complained of illegal deductions and withdrawals by the banks and in some cases their husbands and children.

Arowosegbe expressed optimistic that with a formal structure in place to manage the NHGSFP, all the sharp practices that characterized the implementation of the programme would be addressed.

He said that Action Aid and the other organisations were already building community structures to strengthen community participation and ownership of the programme, for sustainability.

Arowosegbe said that the NGOs had in the past weeks, carried out advocacy visits to traditional leaders in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

“The goal was for the community to own and sustain the school feeding programme given its laudable benefits to the communities, particularly in boosting enrolment, ensuring retention, completion and transition.

“It also improves the nutrition status of pupils and grows the local economy through job creation and mopping  of food items needed for the programme from the benefiting communities,” he added.

He said that the main objective of the one-day meeting was to share experiences and feedback on the state-wide advocacy visits and strategise approaches to community engagement.

Malam Umar Abdullahi, Programme Manager of the NHGSFP in the state, acknowledged that the government was aware of some of the issues, adding that steps were being taken to address them.

Abdullahi told NAN that the issues had been segmented into different categories for proper response.

“For example, we have met with the banks to sort out the problem of alleged illegal deductions.

“What we discovered was that some of the cooks gave their ATM cards to their husbands or siblings, who made withdrawals without the knowledge of the cooks.

“But we have asked any cook with bank issue to submit their statement of account so we could reconcile the issue with the bank.

“On alleged fraud by the cooks and other officials, the government, with support from NGOs, is engaging community members and traditional leaders to build a community structure and systems to solve the problem,” he said.

Abdullahi also said that the government had resolved  that no cook would feed more than 150 pupils, adding that the issue would soon be addressed to create room for other women to participate.

“On egg supply, we have set up mechanisms to ensure that no egg aggregator supply egg outside the benefiting community.

“We want to ensure that if a pupil is in Kaura, the egg he eats should come from Kaura, if he is in Lere, the egg should come from Lere,” Abdullahi said.

The programme manager disclosed that government would soon roll out digital platforms such as free toll lines and internet App to strengthen citizens participation in monitoring the programme.

He explained that the toll line would enable all relevant stakeholder to call the SIP Office directly and make complaints to enable follow up.

For the App, he explained that anyone could download it, walk into any school, take pictures, upload them with a description of what was happening, and it would be received on the SIP dashboard.

He thanked Action Aid and other organisations for supporting the government to effectively implement the programme.

Abdullahi, specifically, lauded the community engagement efforts, which he described as crucial for the success of the programme.

“Some of my officers and I were part of the advocacy visits and I strongly believe the experience will enable us develop best practices and ensure value for money,” he said.

Edited by: Philip Dzeremo/ Maharazu Ahmed

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Kwara Deputy Gov urges OGS old students to give back to Alma Mater

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The Kwara State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi has emphasized the need for individuals and corporate bodies to complement government’s effort by contributing positively to the growth and development of the nation.

Alabi said this on Saturday while speaking at the 40th anniversary and reunion of 1979 set Old Students’ Association of Offa Grammar School, held at the school Auditorium in Offa.

The Deputy Governor, who explained that 40 years in the history of the 1979 set and Offa Grammar School had been memorable and eventful, noted that the gathering offered opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to the future with great hope.

He said renovation of the state library with full internet access and other accessories necessary for 21st century, comprehensive renovation of schools including the OGS among others were parts of the government of AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s drive to revamp and restore the glory of the education sector.

The Deputy Governor commended the organisers of the reunion for the foresight and visions of bringing old friends together to rub minds on ways to move the school, the state and nation forward.

Alabi stressed that Government, no matter how benevolent and financially buoyant, could not meet all the needs of the people, hence the need for everyone to be ready to contribute positively to bring about desired growth and development across board.

Earlier in a keynote address, the Chairman of Offa Grammar School Old Students’ Association 1979 Set, Dr Taiye Omojasola said that OGS gave them well-rounded education.

He said these include academic impact, literacy and debating skills including sporting and spiritual activities which brought about competence and courage to face life challenges.

Omojasola, however, noted that the school has suffered great dilapidation when compared with what it was 40 years ago, stressing that collective effort must be made to restore the school to its former glory.

He added that the 1979 Set has carried out massive renovation of a building of a block of 12 classrooms which involved changing the entire roof, ceiling, windows, doors, wiring, and painting among others to have an almost new building.

In their goodwill messages, The Chairman, Home branch, Offa Grammar School Old Students Association, Alhaji Jimoh Salako applauded the intention of the class of ‘79 because he believed their intention was not to display their wealth, but to bequeath onto our children a conducive environment for teaching and learning.

The Chairman, 1980 set, Mr AbdulRauf Lawal suggested that maintenance plan should be included in any act of renovation as it was becoming difficult for the school authority to maintain numerous infrastructures coming to them.

NAN reports that at the occasion was attended by Oba Samuel Fabiyi, the Oba of Idofian, who was also an old student.

Also at the gathering were the former Principal of the School, Alhaji Wahab Nasiru and his wife, and teachers; Alhaji Arowosaye, Mr Phillips Babalola, Elder Bisi Adelowo, who represented the Adelowo’s family and Rev. Adediran.

Edited by: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide

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Buhari tasks universities on IGR for sustainable education

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President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked universities in the country on the need for them to increase their internally generated revenue (IGR) to enhance sustainable education.

Buhari stated this during the 44th convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Saturday.

The president, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr Suleiman Raman-Yusuf, said that the present administration had contributed a lot in the area of education.

According to him, the future of Nigeria lies in the mode and quality of education provided to the teeming citizenry, especially the youth, as they are the nation’s future.

While reiterating that government alone could not do it, Buhari noted that in most developed countries, universities supported their governments in the funding of education.

He urged universities to be up and doing in contributing their quota to the efforts in diversifying the nation’s economy and creating opportunity for economic growth.

“It is the responsibility of all and sundry to move the nation forward and towards the right direction,” the president stated.

He warned members of staff of the country’s universities against abuse of office, especially sexual harassment, saying that anyone found wanting would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Buhari urged the graduands to become honed in entrepreneurial skills, saying they should be providers of economic solutions rather becoming its problems.

He charged them to embark on research that would address the challenges of development and contribute to making life better.

“It is high time that universities took more proactive roles in ensuring that graduands perform more meaningfully in the world of works,” he counselled.

The president assured that government would continue to provide an enabling environment for the graduands to thrive in the country.

“It is in view of this that we wish to exhort our youths to start looking inwards, stay and advance the cause of their motherland. We have no other country than Nigeria. We should remain here to salvage the country together,” he said.

Also speaking, the Chancellor of the institution, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe, observed that the relationship between the management, staff and students of OAU had remained cordial, thereby facilitating smooth academic programmes in the university.

He implored the graduands to be courageous in the world filled with twist and turns, bumpy hills, crossroads and many dead ends, adding that they should be good ambassadors of the citadel of intellectualism.

In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, disclosed that the university was currently reviewing the curricular of all academic programmes, in line with current developments and standards.

Ogunbodede added that emphasis was being placed on training job creators and not mere job seekers.

He informed the gathering that the university would no longer be dependent on the national grid, as it would soon generate its own electricity, among other innovations.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that event witnessed the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on some distinguished personalities including Mr Biodun Shobanjo, a renowned marketing communication practitioner.

Others were Mrs Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Plc. and Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK).

One of the graduands, Mrs Adeniyi Abimbola of the Department of Management and Accounting, who spoke with NAN, attributed her success to God.

Abimbola urged other students to be focused and be serious with their studies so as to achieve their lifetime ambition and be great in life.

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Inclusive education: Stakeholders urge training of more special teachers

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Stakeholders and advocates for inclusive education in Nigeria have called on government at all levels to train more special teachers to meet the needs of children in special schools.

A cross-section of the stakeholders made the call in separate interviews with the Nigeria News Agency during the end-of-year party organised by SafeHost International Academy, Abuja.

They further requested for the establishment of more special schools that could help to take special children out of the street and offer them quality education to make them self reliant.

NAN reports that the school is an inclusive education centre for both special and normal children.

Mrs Ngozi Belolisa, a special needs teacher at the school, called on parents to accept the gift given by God and stop denying the children their right to education.

According to her, “education is a basic need of every child. It is supposed to be available to every child regardless of their physical or social limitations.

“We have our challenges, one of them is our challenged parents. Some of them live in denial and that makes our work difficult.

“Whatever we do at school, we try to tell the parents to continue with it at home. We cannot do all.

“We also need support from government to be able to make progress, while taking care of the children with special needs.”

Also, Mr Gana Tuayeringha, parent of a child with special need (cerebral palsy), called for government’s intervention to inclusive schools to enable them to accomodate and take care of more children with special needs.

Tuayeringha said that although the Federal Government had some special schools, they were inadequate to meet the educational needs of the special children.

He said: “I have a child in this school whom I brought here a year ago. I have seen some considerable improvement in her.

“The school is taking care of every child based on their needs. They cannot do this alone but they need government’s support.

“It is a known fact that children with special needs are exceptionally brilliant but their skills and talents can only be developed and harnessed if they are enrolled in special school.

“Government should therefore rise to the challenge and put a proper platform on ground to assist special needs children in our society.”

Mrs Margaret Azinkpali, also a parent of 16-year-old Ebube, an autistic child, commended the school for its efforts in giving hope to the hopeless.

She thanked the school for having nurtured a lot of children with autism, saying that there had been a great improvement in the children’s hyperactivity and motor moverment.

(Edited by: Sam Oditah)

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Poor Salary: Kaduna joint tertiary institution unions shelve planned strike

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A Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions of Kaduna State has suspended its planned indefinite planned strike over poor salary.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Joint Chairman of the unions, Mr Noah Danlami and made available to Nigeria News Agency in Zaria on Saturday.

NAN recalls that the joint unions had on Nov. 21, issued a 21-day ultimatum to Kaduna State Government to address its demands or face an indefinite strike.

NAN also reports that the institutions included; Academic, Non-Academic as well as Senior Staff Associations in the state owned tertiary institutions.

The institutions are Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria; College of Education, Gidan-Waya, Kafanchan; Shehu Idris College of Health and Science Technology, Makarfi and Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Kafanchan.

Danlami listed some demands of the joint union to include; implementation of the existing salary structure payable to tertiary institutions in the state, domestication of the 65 years retirement age and address critical cases of infrastructure deficiencies in the institutions.

He said the decision to suspend the planned industrial action was informed by the interest, commitment and passion shown by the Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Muhammad-Makarfi in resolving the issue at stake.

The Chairman said the commissioner had used his office to constructively mediate between the union and Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i on the issue.

“Our unions after an elaborate meeting with the Commissioner, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry and all Directors, hereby temporarily suspend the ultimatum.

“This is with a view to allowing the Commissioner more time to consult with government and other critical stakeholders in the state towards resolving the issues in contention.

“The decision is informed by the openness, humility, transparency, understanding and interest shown by the Commissioner in the course of deliberations over the issues at the meeting,” he said.

The chairman said the temporary suspension was also to allow government more time to look into the legitimate demands between now and Jan. 2020.

He assured that the union was positively disposed to dialogue with government and hence it would embark on strike only as a last resort.

According to him, the union still believes that government will reciprocate the patience and understanding shown by the congress members in pursuing their demands over the last 10 years.

Danlami said the union would be compelled to embark on an indefinite and total strike should the Kaduna State Government fail to take advantage of the union’s positive disposition.

He appealed to well-meaning indigenes and residents of Kaduna State, who value education to intervene towards resolving the lingering problem.

Edited by: Joan Nwagwu/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Sokoto govt. solicits support on child protection laws

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Sokoto state government has called for public support towards the enactment of the children protection law aimed at making them better adults.

Nigeria News Agency reports that state’s Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and UnUnited Nations Children’s FundNICEF) are working with community groups and other stakeholders toward domesticating the law to suit the state.

At the 2-day engagement which ended on Saturday, participants discussed various issues relating to religion and cultural beliefs of some sections of the child rights law.

Three Islamic scholars, Dr Aminu Sufi, Dr Jabir Maihula and Uztaz Umar Bagarawa, presented resolutions reached on the use of DNA on child paternity issues outside statue laws provided by Islamic Shari’ah laws.

The scholars along with other participants also agreed on punishments of a child which should not harm the child as well as deter his progress.

Scholars said it is permissible in Islamic history to look at prevailing societal ills and suggest modern and relevant measures to tackle them.

The Director Shari’a in Sokoto State Ministry of Religious Affairs, Imam Muhammad Maigero, said the effort would ensure suitable legislation to protect the children and encourage its implementation.

Maigero said the state’s by-laws on children education and parental supports designed according to beliefs and cultural practices were incorporated into the draft.

He exlained that in the proposed draft, Shari’ah court judges were accorded windows on issues of DNA in parternity cases and others.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who was represented by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, said resources and efforts have being expended to ensure domesticated law were in line with Islamic and cultural beliefs of Sokoto people.

He explained that the draft would benefit Sokoto people in recognition that it is closer to what Allah has ordained as Islam is religious of past, present and future.

Hajia A’isha Dantsoho, the Permanent Secretary, Sokoto state Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, said the meeting was part of preparation to compile draft for onward transmission to State House of Assembly.

Dantsoho said state contingents have attended different national conferences on the child right act, adding that traditional, religious and other groups were involved to ensure seamless draft suitable to protect children in the state.

She said the state considered 18 year and below as a child age bracket, stressing that all parts of the draft were in conformity with religious and cultural practices of the people.

According to her, 66 district heads, 50 religious’ scholars were involved in the exercise at the state level.

She added that committees were establised in 23 local government areas and contacts were established with the office of the Attorney General, State Assembly and media organisations.

The facilitator, Dr Umar Alkali, said children are individual human beings totally dependent on adults, therefore adults must be responsible for how they are treated.

Alkali said healthy development of a child was crucial to the future and well being of any nation, noting that society cannot treat them anyhow.

He said the views of children are rarely heard, but adults should continue to make efforts to change their lives to a better one.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Kashim Ibrahim Fellows construct classrooms in Kaduna community

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The Second Cohort of Kashim Ibrahim Fellows (KIF), has begun the construction of a two block of classrooms at Local Government Education Primary School Danhonu I, to improve the learning environment.

Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i had in August 2018 inaugurated the KIF, a one-year programme for 16 fellows from all over Nigeria to develop and nurture their leadership abilities for public service.

The school located around Millennium City, Chikun Local Government Area of the state, had 1,660 pupils and 250 adults, predominantly women undergoing adult education.

The primary school has only a block of two classrooms built by the state government and additional uncompleted single classroom being built by members of the community.

Dr Maiwuya Abubakar, one of the fellows in-charge of supervising the project, said at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction on Friday in Kaduna, that the school was experiencing shortage of classrooms.

Abubakar, with a PhD in Construction Management from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, disclosed that at the moment, nursery and primary one pupils, about 542 of them use a single class.

He also said that primary two, three and four were also congested in one class; primary five and six were equally stuffed in a single class, while adult education holds in the open.

He added that the school has no fence, no source of water and no toilet facility, while the roofs of the existing classrooms were leaking.

According to him, the construction of the classrooms, which would be concluded within 50 days, was part of the KIF community service to help decongest the school and improve teaching and learning.

“Education is in the heart of the current administration and we decided to contribute our quota by supporting the government to improve school’s infrastructure to ensure conducive learning environment.

Also speaking, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, described the project as a “lasting legacy” that the fellows would be remembered for by the community and the state.

“This is very touchy, very commendable and worthy of emulation. Thank you for making a difference.

“This will go a long way in supporting the state in developing the needed human capital with requisite education, skills and talent for the overall development of the state,” Balarabe said.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, equally thanked KIF for the support and urged the community members to take ownership of the projects to ensure sustainability.

Makarfi said that the state government would take necessary steps to address the challenges of the school in line with ongoing transformation of the education sector.

Sen. Uba Sani, representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly also promised to construct and furnished additional block of two classrooms for the school.

Sani, who was represented by the Executive Director, Uba Sani Foundation, Alhaji Ibrahim Dan’Halilu, called for more support to the school to improve access to quality education in the state.

Similarly, the Caretaker Committee Chairperson of Chikun Local Government, Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza, said that provisions have been made in council’s 2020 budget to improve the infrastructure of the school.

The Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Hanatu Kadafo, thanked the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows for coming to the aid of the school and appealed for more support to provide quality teaching and improve learning outcome.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the activity was part of the KIF week-long community services to give back to the society.

The community service began with employability workshop on Monday and Tuesday that exposed 331 graduates to what was required to gain employment in the labour market and how to be self-employed.

Edited by: Yakubu Uba/Tukur Muntari.

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Makinde approves N300m for Ibadan Poly for accreditation, capital projects 

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says he has approved the sum of N200 million for The Polytechnic, Ibadan to secure accreditation for some of its courses and another N100 million for capital projects in the 2020 budget.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Makinde disclosed this at the 34th convocation ceremony of the institution on Friday in Ibadan.

The governor, who was represented by Prof. Daud Shangodoyin, the state Commissioner for Education, said that his administration appreciated quality academic culture and would not do anything to hinder its development.

“My administration is determined to salvage the education sector from its doldrums.

“The problem facing education is multifaceted, but we are prepared, more than ever before, to confront the problem and make the state a model educational state to be emulated by others in terms of quality personnel engaged in academic activities at all levels.

“The budget recently presented to the state House of Assembly has given education the highest allocation of 22 percent, hence we hope that Oyo State will bounce back as the leading educational state and fountain of knowledge setting the pace for others.

“To ensure the accreditation of all your courses, the sum of N200 million was approved and released to your institution with the hope that the money would be spent judiciously and accreditation of all listed courses secured.

“We have also approved a sum of N100 million in the 2020 budget for the execution of capital projects in the institution. All these, from the records available to me, have not happened in the institution in the last 10 years,” he said.

The governor noted that the major challenge in tertiary institutions in the country was electricity, saying this had hampered learning and researches.

He, however, said it was imperative to end the parity between university and polytechnic education in Nigeria as was done in the United Kingdom.

Shangodoyin, who spoke in his capacity as the commissioner for education, said government would do its best to take the institution to an enviable position.

“This institution should be repositioned, not to maintain a fourth position among its peers, but to be the foremost polytechnic nationally and globally, taking the lead role in technological education,” he said.

The commissioner alluded to the cordial working relationship with the unions and the staff, expressing the hope that it would translate into improved level of performance in promoting the status of the institution.

He, however, charged the graduands to think of survival strategies in view of the challenges in the labour market and come up with solution with the training and education acquired from the institution.

In his address, the institution’s Rector, Prof Kazeem Adebiyi, stated that the support received from the governor had helped in making appreciable progress.

He noted that the institution’s management had given priority to the welfare of members of staff and students and had promoted peace among students, especially in the area of unionism.

“The world has become a global village and this institution cannot afford to be left out in terms of upgrade of its teaching facilities, both human and physical, as well as the by-products of teaching, which are the students,” he said.

The rector said that all hands must be on deck to ensure quality education at the tertiary level.

He charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution.

“The institution has trained you, not only to use your brains, but more importantly, your hands. Due to the nature of your training, you are job creators, not job seekers,” Adebiyi said.

In his valedictory speech, Abdulganeey Olayiwola, the overall best graduating student of the institution from the Department of Applied Chemistry, urged his colleagues to continue to work hard and pray to achieve their goals in life.

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Sandamu LEA records 85 % increase in school enrollment–Official

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Sandamu (Katsina state) Dec 13  2019 Sandamu Local Education Authority (LEA) in Katsina State  said that it had jerked up pupils’enrollment into primary and JSS schools by 85  per cent, from the initial 65 per cent recorded in 2018.

 

Malam Aliyu Tukur, the council’s Education Secretary, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Sandamu on Friday.

He said the “dramatic increase“ in enrollment cut across all the existing 55 primary schools and JSS schools in the area.

“Even the Girl-child enrollment has moved to 80 per cent from the previous 50 per cent,” he said.

Tukur attributed the development to the recently introduced home grown school feeding programme under which 7,500 pupils were registered for the free feeding programme.

He also attributed the feat to the efforts of the School Based Management Committee (SBMC), parent teachers association (PTA), traditional, religious and community  leaders in the area.

The education secretary commended the state government for renovating 20 primary schools and constructing additional classrooms across the eleven existing electoral wards.

He also lauded the efforts of the state government and UNICEF for drilling 45 boreholes and construction of toilets across some of the primary and JSS schools, stressing.

“This positive initiative has seriously improved water supply in our schools.“

He said out of the 580 teachers deployed to the area, no fewer than 400 of them had been promoted to the next grade levels while 45 of them released for further studies.

According to him, the move would motivate the teachers to performed effectively.

“We also commend the National Primary Education Commission (NPEC) for constructing a six-classroom school at Keru village to increase access to education.”

Nigeria News Agency reports that Sandamu LEA had recently received delivery of 6,300 units of pupils books from the world bank under its better education for all programme called (BESDA) 

Edited by: Dada Ahmed

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