The Registrar of the polytechnic, Alhaji Hussaini Enagi, made this known in a statement issued in Minna on Thursday.
Enagi quoted a letter signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, a copy of which was made available to the Polytechnic Management, to confirm the reappointment of the rector.
“The appointment is for a second and last tenure of four years, with effect from 21st May, 2019 in line with the Federal Polytechnic Act CAP. F.17, Section 8,” the letter quoted the minister as saying.
According to Enagi, the minister stressed that by the rector’s reappointment, his second tenure will terminate on Feb. 15, 2021, upon his attainment of 65 years in line with the condition of service in the polytechnic sector.
Enagi said that the minister urged the rector to strive to justify the confidence reposed in him while wishing him a very successful tenure.
The registrar, on behalf of the management, staff and students of the institution,congratulated the Dzukogi on his reappointment.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dzukogi was first appointed rector of the polytechnic by the Federal Government on May 22, 2015.
Yabatech graduates 8411
He said this at the 33rd Convocation Ceremony of the institution, where 8,411 graduands recieved their certificates, having completed their studies in 2017/2018 academic session.
The rector congratulated the graduands on the successful completion of their studies, urging them to be useful members of the society and a source of pride to their alma mater.
Omokungbe said that 148 students graduated with Distinction, 1055 with Upper Credit, 1781 with Lower Credit, and 418 with Pass at the Higher National Diploma level.
He said that 1009 students graduated with Upper Credit , 2575 with Lower Credit and 1313 with Pass at National Diploma level.
According to him, three students graduated with Upper Credit, 10 with Lower Credit and two with Pass in Proffessional Diploma Programmes.
Omokungbe said that in 2018, with the support of the Governing Council, a five-year strategic plan which was adopted for the college had continued to bring positive developments.
He congratulated parents and guardians on success of their children and wards and prayed that their labour of love on them would not be in vain.
Edited by Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Oyo govt. opens bid for 2018 UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects for primary schools
No fewer than 87 local contractors, on Thursday, participated in the bid for the 2018 FGN- SUBEB intervention projects for primary schools in the state.
A statement issued in Ibadan by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, quoted Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, as saying that the exercise was in compliance with the Public Procurement Act, 2010.
“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and that the tender should be opened in the presence of the owners,” the SUBEB chairman said.
According to Adeniran, the 198 projects to be executed are to be jointly financed by the state government, through SUBEB and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
He said that the open bid was in line with the present administration’s commitment to transparency, openness and integrity at all times.
The chairman listed the projects to be executed to include construction of five model schools, six early childhood development (ECD) pilot centres, 32 blocks of three-classroom buildings and 15 blocks of four-classroom buildings.
According to him, the contractors are also bidding for renovation of 59 blocks of classrooms, sinking and erection of 40 units of boreholes and tank stands.
Others, he said, were procurement of 36 classroom furniture, sports equipment, 16 motorcycles and one Toyota Hilux pickup van.
Adeniran also disclosed that the board was in the process of accessing the 2019 FGN- SUBEB intervention funds, saying that the state government had approved the release of its counterpart fund.
The SUBEB chairman appealed to successful bidders to ensure they execute thorough jobs and timely completion of the projects.
He said: “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage as far as project execution is concerned”.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the exercise was witnessed by representatives of UBEC, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Ministry of Education.
Others were the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers.
Edited by Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Ogun State wins 2019 NNPC science quiz competition
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
IMT Enugu begins award of degrees, says Rector
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)
NYSC set aside N26m to replace Corps member’s amputated limbs
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)
Banker decries suicide rates by students, admission seekers
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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