Education, News

Security: FCE Gombe Advises Students To Relocate To Campus

Federal College of Education, Technical, Gombe, has advised all its students staying off campus, particularly residents of London Maidorowa and Kagarawal quarters, to relocate to the campus for safety reasons.

The Provost of the College, Dr Abbas Gimba,  gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday, saying that all the places mentioned were volatile and not good for students to live.

He said the advice was prompted by the recent incident at London Maidorowa, where one of the students was shot dead when security personnel invaded the area in search of criminals.

He said the school authority had to relocate some of the students whose houses were demolished when the security personnel raided the area in search of criminals’ hideouts last month.

“In spite the fact that all accommodation in the campus was allocated we still created a space for them.

“The college even gave them money to buy clothes and food because most of their belongings were destroyed,“ he said.

The provost said by next semester the college would privatise its accommodation and make arrangements for people to come and start building the facilities because government had stopped funding the construction of hostels.

The provost said the college’s major challenge was finance and expressed the hope  that government would fund the institution adequately.



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Adamawa Poly Confirms Accreditation Of 7 New Courses By NBTE

The Management of Adamawa Polytechnic,Yola, on Thursday confirmed the accreditation and approval of seven new courses in the institute by the  National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

Rector of the Institution Prof. Bobboi Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola that the development was first of its kind in the history of the institution.

Umar said, ” the institution is able to record a remarkable achievement where about seven new courses were accredited by the NBTE.”

He explained that, the accredited programmes include mass communication, social development, business administration and four engineering courses.

According to him, the management of the institution is making arrangement to establish a radio station where students will receive training, following the approval of the mass communication course.

Umar, however, said that the institution was making effort to ensure that the accreditation of other relevant courses was successful during the next visit of the board.

He said that the state government had spent a lot on upgrading and expansion of the institution where nine departments and administrative buildings were constructed.

“Government has also supplied the institution with modern and sophisticated teaching equipment that can compete with any polytechnic in the country,” he added.(NAN)

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Poor Performance In Mathematics, English Worries Govt.

The Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike,  on Thursday said  the poor performance of students in mathematics and English Language had given the Federal Government cause for concern.

Wike made the statement in Abuja at a meeting of the Steering Committee on Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) Nigeria Project.

He said that if Nigeria was to attain its vision 20:2020, improving teaching and learning in mathematics, English language and sciences would be vital.

The minister said that poor performance in the subjects, especially at the basic level, would hamper the building of a solid foundation for the Nigerian child.

He said the role mathematics and sciences played in building human capacity for national development in a technology-driven global economy could not be over-emphasised.

Wike said the meeting would enable the committee to assess the project and its implementation to take decisions on the success of the second phase of the project.

He urged the committee to ensured full implementation of the activities ear-marked in the project document.

He also urged the Department of Technology and Science Education to work with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other stakeholders to evolve strategies to enhance timely completion of the project.

“The report of our Japanese counterpart of April last year for the mid-term review evaluation of the project, drew my attention to the challenges of the project.

“It made me to constitute a bilateral task team to assess the progress of the report on the  project, identify the gaps and challenges based on the assessment.

“I, therefore, proposed strategies for accelerating the process of the project implementation and to prepare a memo to the National Economic Council on the SMASE Nigeria Project”.



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Obasanjo Advocates Quality Education For Women

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday called for the provision of quality reproductive health services for women in the country.

Obasanjo made the call at the first Dr Abel Guobadia Memorial Lecture, organised by the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre, in Benin.

He named some of the services needed to be provided by government as medical care, family planning, delivery care and treatment as well as prevention of sexually transmitted infection.

The former president added that “until we are able to have the issue elevated and addressed, we will not be dealing with the issue on the basis of root, stem and branch solution”.

“The beginning of such solution will be giving the girl-child education a pride of place and the seriousness it truly deserves.

“`Education is core in resolving a lot of the questions and challenges around women’s health.

“The person who said `educate a woman and you educate a nation’ could not have phrased or captured it better.

“And I strongly believe that even more now than ever. Your work here in this centre is highly desirous, if we must make a headway that is meaningful to our society.’’

He said government also needed to ensure that there was improvement in the social and political conditions of women, rather than emphasise on the increase of their numerical strength.

He said that government should provide the enabling environment to encourage women to have access to quality education.

“Women are faced with hard tide of second best education, after their male counterparts.

“Women must be able to access more economic opportunities, more education and they must be able to have a lot to contribute to decisions that challenge and affect them.’’

On the life of Guobadia, he said the former INEC boss’ interest in women’s health was infectious.

“His championship had effect on my administration in paying greater attention more than any other administration on women’s health, in terms of legislation passed,’’ he said.

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole commended Obasanjo for his interest in the affairs of one of his appointees, even after death.

Oshiomhole described the former president as an “African voice that is respected across the globe”.

“Those who have respect for what people have done, will surely get respect when they die.’’

He said Obasanjo was known for his hard work, dedication and delivery on his commitment.

Oshiomhole, however, tasked the public to encourage women to participate in all human endeavour and encourage girl-child access to quality education.  


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Education, News, Niger

Minna Orphanage Produces 2 Undergraduates

The Officer- in-Charge of Minna Orphanage, Hajiya Ladidi Mohammed, on Wednesday said the home had produced two undergraduates in two institutions of higher learning.

Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna that, the orphans were currently studying in the state’s College of Administrative and Business Studies, Bida and College of Education, Minna.

She said that the students, Haruna Abdullahi, 30 and Useni Abdullahi, 28, who were in their second and first year respectively, were being sponsored by the Niger Government.

Mohammed said the home catered for a total of 21 orphans including the two students.

According to her, 15 of them are males while six are females.

She said that the orphans were mainly from broken homes, mentally-deranged women or lunatics, adding that the mode of adoption was based on legal procedure.

“We do not give orphans to single parents and that those we give to must be Nigerians,’’ she said.


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Only Standard Education Will Guarantee Future For Nigerian Children – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan said on Saturday that only high standard of education would guarantee a better future for Nigerian children.

He made the remark in Nsukka at the 42nd convocation and conferment of higher and honorary degrees at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

He said the best way to derive the benefits of the country’s large population was to get the people educated, skilled and employable.

“It is for this reason that education receives the highest financial allocation in our budget in 2013,” Jonathan said.

“The present administration is determined to provide access to quality education at all levels for Nigerians”.

Represented by NUC Secretary, Prof Julius Okogie, Jonathan urged the private organisations to join hands with the Federal Government in forging partnership in funding of research and scholarship with the universities.

“We are prepared to work with all relevant stakeholders to improve education sector of our national economy.

“As a developing economy, our social progress and economic advancement will depend largely on progress we make on research and technology,”he said.

He urged the recipients of honorary doctorate degrees to see the awards as a way to strengthen their relationship with the university as well as make them to contribute more to national development.

“Let this honour done to you by the oldest university in the county spur you to greater height in your service to your fatherland, “he said.

Jonathan commended the university’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Bartho Okolo and his management team for the massive infrastructure development going on in the university, urging other universities to emulate it.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that four eminent Nigerians were conferred with honorary degrees including Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to Federal Government.

He bagged the Doctor of Law; Prof Attahiru Jega,the INEC Chairman, received Doctor of Administration; Mr Fola Adeola, the Chairman of Main One Cable, Doctor of Business Administration and Mr Alex Oti, MD/CEO of Diamond Bank PLc ,went home with Doctor of Business administration.

Responding, Anyim expressed appreciation to UNN for finding them worthy of the award.

He noting that the ward would make them to do more to the university as well as to the country.

“We are excited for finding us worthy of this prestigious award, we will continue to identify with the university in its quest to become world Class University,” he said.

Earlier, Okolo said that the awardees met the stringent conditions of the University for Conferment of honorary degree, having distinguished themselves and contributed so much to national development.

“By this award, they awardees have become alumni of UNN and will share in pride privileges and responsibilities of the university.

“As special alumni of the university we hope you will hearken to our calls in times of need,” he said.

The VC announced that 198 persons would bagged doctorate degrees, 2,268 master degrees while 269 will receive post-graduate diploma.



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