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FCE Okene Gets New Committee Of Deans, Directors. 

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Idris Ahmed,  Lokoja.

The newly appointed Committee of Deans and Directors of the Federal  College of Education, (FCE)   Okene, Kogi state,  have been charged to always  be proactive while discharging their duties in order to achieve the targeted  goals of the institution.

The Provost  of the College Dr Umar  Hassan who gave the charge in a statement signed by the Director of Information Jibril Abdulrahaman shortly after the inauguration of the committee, urged them  to consider their appointments as a recognition of their respective value, confidence and trust reposed in them by their colleagues to perform.

While emphasizing that the exercise was a continuous one aimed at repositioning the college for higher productivity and service delivery,  Dr. Hassan advised  the committee to work together as a team in order to pave ways for the productive ventures that was the desire of the college.

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“It is on that backdrop that members of the committee were carefully selected with the hope that they would deliver on the respective mandate of their offices.

“Also their choice was based on the perspective of continuity and the need to reposition some outfits for a vibrant system and providing added value to all activities and policies of the current administration” the statement said.

The Provost while highlighting some of the landmark achievements his administration has recorded in the area of physical infrastructure, TETFUND intervention and capital projects , assured that with the completion of the ongoing projects, efforts are at advanced stage to access new ones.

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“Opening up  of new access roads and continuation of asphalt overlay of the road networks among others are part of our next target for the college” he added.

According to the statement, the constituted Provost, Federal College of Education Okene, Dr Umar Hassan has charged the newly appointed Committee of Deans and Directors of the college to always be proactive while discharging their duties in order to achieve the targeted  goals of the college.

Dr Hassan who gave the charge in a statement signed by the Director of Information Jibril Abdulrahaman shortly after the inauguration of the committee of Deans and Directors of the college , urged the committee to considered their appointment as a recognition of their respective value, confidence and trust reposed in them by their colleagues to perform.

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“Also their choice was based on the perspective of continuity and the need to reposition some outfits for a vibrant system and providing added value to all activities and policies of the current administration” the statement said.

While the Directors are; Dr Ogidi Musa, Dr Ene Innocent, Dr Agunsoye J.K , Dr Caleb Momoh K. , Mrs Ramatu Okonmanyi , Dr Godwin Oyibo, Mallam Musa Jibrin, Dr Abdulrahman D. Suleiman, Dr Akande Boniface, Pastor Joseph Suleiman , Alh. Japa Mohammed I. and Dr Danjuma Doma

In a related development, Dr Okpanachi Shaibu Stephen has been elected as the new Chairman of the committee.

Until his election Dr Stephen is the Dean, School of Adul, Non-Formal and Special Education and a Chief lecturer in the college.

 

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Zulum Declines Naming Orchard After Himself, Honours Former Governor Shettima

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Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday declined the naming of an orchard after him by the Ministry of Environment. He however, directed the orchard located at the Borno State University to be named after his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima.

“The Commissioner had just announced naming of the University orchard after me, instead, I have directed the orchard to be named after my predecessor. He established this University and therefore, in recognition of his tremendous achievements, I personally want to name this orchard after His Excellency, Senator Kashim Shettima”, Zulum said.

Governor Zulum was speaking during a flag off of 1,000,000 tree planting campaign across the state in response to changing ecosystem and climate conditions.

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This year’s tree planting campaign which is the first of its kind in the last ten years become necessary due to pressures from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion, poverty, and insecurity, Zulum noted.

The Governor added that human activities like bush burning, illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on the already fragile ecosystem thereby threatening food security.

Governor Zulum expressed concern on the desertification facing Borno State, stating that his administration is committed to reversing the scenario.

The Governor further said, “Government has already commenced raising of some seedlings, with the annual one kilometre desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of Environment.

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Zulum also announced a policy under which all construction should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impacts of such developmental projects.

Besides, the governor also made a symbolic presentation of an alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers and wood-efficient stoves.

The campaign which kicked off at the Borno State University premises after more than 10 years was attended by the Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, Chief of Staff, Government House, Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte, Head of Service Barr. Simon Malgwi among other top government officials.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Lawan Buba Walama said one million assorted trees including those with commercial values will be planted in nine Local Government Areas.

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TETFUND Commends Gov. Bello On Confluence Science & Tech Varsity, Promises Support

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The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof Elias Bogoro has commended the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello on the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State.

Prof Bogoro who received Governor Bello who was on a working visit to his office, stated that the effort of the state governor in establishing a specialised university in the state was a laudable one, assuring that the agency will give maximum support to the new university.

Prof Bogoro said TETFUND has core objective of providing funding for educational facilities and infrastructural developments across the country.

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He said the mandate of TETFUND also include promoting creative and innovative approach to educational learning and services and to stimulate, support and enhance improvement activities in the educational foundation areas, like teachers’ education, teaching practice, library development and special education programmes.

He noted the Confluence Univeristy of Science and Techmology which is a specialised tertiary institution will enjoy the support of the agency just like all other tertiary institutions in the country.

Prof Bogoro said the idea of setting up a university of science and technology by the state government was a well-thought out one, noting that it will bridge the human capacity gap in the nation’s industries.

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Earlier, the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello stated that the aim of his visit was to brief the Executive Secretary of the agency on the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, and to as well seek supports for the rapid development of the institution. The Governor disclosed that funds necessary for the takeoff of the school project have been earmarked but stressed that agency such as TETFUND and relevant international organisations are called upon to assist in the development of the new institution. He said in an era where almost everything are done with technology, an institutions like the Confluence University of Science and Technology will provide the needed manpower for the country in her technological advancement.

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It will be recalled that governor Bello had in August 2020 assented to the bill for the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology earlier passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly.

 

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Education: Nasarawa State To Benefit From FG Education Project For Out Of School Women.

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Gov Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa State.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says the state has all its takes to benefit from a Universal Basic Education project of the Federal Government for out of school women.

Sule revealed this when he received in audience wives of legislators of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, under the auspices of legislators wives association, LEWA in Lafia today.

He said that the project would enable the out of school women to acquired knowledge and skills for self reliance and societal development.

Appreciating the visit of the wives of members of the state Assembly, the governor said as a government that is committed towards ensuring an inclusive society, the activities of the association is in line with the focus of meeting the needs of downtrodden members of the society.

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“My administration  is committed to inclusive society to enable citizens contribute their quota to the development of the state,” he said.

Affirming that his administration enjoys cordial relationship with members of the state assembly, the governor urged the wives of the legislators to continue to play supportive roles to their husbands.

He used the medium to inform them on the inclusion of Nasarawa State among States that would benefit from the Universal Basic Education Project, captioned “Second Chance School Initiative” designed to cater for the education needs of out of school women.

Leading the delegation, wife of the speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Balarabe explained that they were at the Government house in solidarity with the governor’s commitment to the development of the state as well as the attention accorded the development of women and children.

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She said the association is registered and is aimed at pursuing issues that affect the welbeing of women and children.

The wife of the speaker of the state assembly also commended the cordial  relationship between the executive and legislative arms of Government in the state and called for its sustenance.

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