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AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY DR. SALISU OGBO USMAN, ACTING RECTOR, KOGI STATE POLYTECHNIC, LOKOJA AT THE 27TH MATRICULATION CEREMONY OF KOGI STATE POLYTECHNIC, HELD AT THE MATRICULATION GROUND, ON FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER, 2020

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Dr. Usman Ogbo, Kogi Poly Rector

I am immensely honoured and delighted to welcome you to the 27th Matriculation ceremony of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja. I am grateful to God Almighty for His benevolence, guidance and protection over the lives of our dear matriculating students, their parents and guardians. I am also grateful to God for enabling us to endure the interruptions and restrictions imposed by the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and for the return of our students to the campus. My joy knows no bound because in spite of the hiccups occasioned by the pandemic, the 27th Matriculation ceremony has become a reality.

My dear students, this Matriculation indeed signals yet another step up the ladder that your destiny beckons on you. I therefore warmly congratulate you, your parents and guardians for the current level of attainment. This is because, as someone like you in the years past, I can imagine the tedious and rigorous processes that you passed through. This is evidently reflected in the struggle to scale the hurdles of SSCE, UTME and our own Post-UTME screening before arriving at this destination.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, today’s Matriculation ceremony which is the 27th in the series, is indeed the first I am presiding over since my appointment as the Acting Rector of this great institution on 7th April, 2020. My appointment was a historic one. This is because it makes me the first alumnus and the youngest ever to be appointed as the head of this noble institution since its establishment 28 years ago.

I want to, therefore, joyfully express my profound gratitude to His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State and Visitor to the Kogi State Polytechnic for finding me worthy of the historic appointment. I shall continue to pray and work towards the realization of his dream for a united and indivisible Kogi State in every sphere of my responsibilities within and outside the institution.

My dear students, let me use this occasion to inspire you with the story of my life. My mother is a petty trader, and my father is a subsistence farmer. Both of them lacked the opportunities to be enrolled for western education because of the handicaps of their parents. My mother, being aware of the huge educational gap in our family was therfore determined to change the course. She therefore, used the proceeds of her petty trading to send me to school. Today, I have attained the pinnacle of academic qualification which is a Doctor of Philosophy.

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In the same vein, if class and backgrounds are the sole prerequisite for appointment as Rector of this great institution, my name might not have been listed amongst the first 100 candidates from my Local Government Area alone. Rather, it was the act of benevolence and avowed determination of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello to provide equal opportunities for all Kogites irrespective of class, ethnic and religious affiliations to showcase their innate talent, competence and garnered experiences that brought me to this level.

My background, age and the barrier breaking inclinations of His Excellency should therefore reinvigorate your hope, build your confidence and boost your aspiration as you journey through this great Institution and beyond. I want to specifically implore you to use the historic nature of my appointment to be focused, determined and committed to your dreams without allowing your family background and or any forms of affiliation to discourage you. In essence, if I can be here as Rector, you can also attain a position of preeminence, provided you are committed to a worthy cause.

My story is not in any way significantly different from that of His Excellency, Alhaji Adoza Bello, his Chief of Staff, Pharmacist Abdulkarim Jamiu, and numerous others in his cabinet. It means if Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello can be Governor, you also can be Governor tomorrow. If Pharmacist Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku can be Chief of Staff to the Governor today, you are also a Chief of Staff in waiting.

Although I am not a Prophet, but on the basis on my personal struggle and experience as an educator and character molder, I can confidently profess that, from amongst you matriculating today, I see:

a. future President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;
b. future Governors;
c. future Ministers;
d. future Commissioners;
e. future Local Government Chairmen;
f. future Clergymen;
g. future Royal fathers;
h. future Lecturers and Administrators;
i. future Engineers, Accountants, Architects; and above all, I see all of you in halls of fame in other distinguished professions.

In line with our core mandates, therefore, we have put necessary arrangement in place to polish you with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable you meet up with the earnest expectation of the outside world.

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Accordingly, while class room learning facilities are abundantly adequate, we equally have different trades and skills acquisition facilities in our entrepreneurship centre and our ambitiously aggressive ICT development initiatives to make you all-round graduates.

Library
We have a very spacious and well-equipped library complex for your convenient studies and research activities, under the current Acting Librarian. I assure you of adequate support and guardianship to enable you access both physical and virtual facilities of the library.

Health Centre
While we pray for your sound health, we have equally put in place a modest health centre to cater for your health needs. We therefore encourage you to make judicious use of our newly commissioned 30-bed Hajiya Hauwau Oziohu Bello Health Centre located at the heart of the Polytechnic, Lokoja, and the extension at Itakpe and Osara campuses.

Security
Security is one of the foremost concerns of our administration. Therefore, the security unit is at alert 24 hours to ensure your safety on the campus. Our newly commissioned Alhaji Adoza Bello Security House is equipped with adequate security gadgets under the capable supervision of a retired but not tired Assistant Commissioner of Police. Recently, we lifted ban on the activities of “Man O’ War” as a way of partnering with the students in our security efforts. We therefore call on all and sundry to be security conscious by reporting any suspicious person, movement or stealing of items to our ever ready security unit.

Student unions
Student unionism is an integral part of our participatory administration. The leadership of these unions have access to all critical decision making of this institution. I therefore enjoin you to relate appropriately with the Students Union Government (SUG) and the National Association of Kogi State Students (NAKOSS) that are recognized for now, as the ban on all tribal associations is still in force until further notice.

Social Vices
My dear students, within our core values of academic excellence, creativity, and discipline, we wish to remind you that you have limitless opportunities to excel in any virtuous endeavour. However, you should be informed that the institution has zero tolerance for all vices including cultism, examination malpractices, fighting, cybercrimes, violence, gangsterism, stealing and indecent dressing.

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We reiterate that while noble acts attract rewards, all vices equally attract heavy sanctions. Endeavour to obtain, read and digest the revised edition of the Students Information Handbook that will be distributed through your respective departments to avoid feigning ignorance.

Cultism for instance, is completely prohibited on our campus. Accordingly, all the security architecture of the Polytechnic has both overt and covert prohibitive mechanism to deal with the cultists, their sympathizers and their sponsors. Stay safe and stay free of cult-related life. Report any luring moves from any quarters to the Security Unit.

Similarly, the Polytechnic encourages students to dress modestly and in accordance with acceptable standards. Therefore, undue exposure of body parts that may appear offensive to the sensibilities of others will be severely sanctioned. You may check our posters, bill boards and hand bills for further information.

Identity Card
As part of our security measures and constant identity check on the campus, it is mandatory for all students to always hang their Students Identification Card while on the campus. Students are advised to obey this simple but very important instruction to avoid embarrassment.

Religious Worship Centres
Kogi State Polytechnic has three official worship centres viz: Chapel of Peace, Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church (for Christians) and a Central Mosque (for Muslims). Kogi State Polytechnic does not tolerate any act of religious fundamentalism or intolerance of any form. Any act that undermines this position will be treated accordingly.

COVID-19
As you have been informed and sensitized in a bid to curb further spread of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, I urge you all to respect, obey and maintain all the preventive, hygiene and social distance protocols as reeled out by the Presidential Task Force.

Finally, let me use this opportunity to congratulate the parents and guardians for their sacrifice and support for our dear students and for trusting us to mold your wards both in character and in learning. I enjoin you to continue to give us your maximum support and cooperation, most especially in the areas of fulfilling your obligations to the institution so that together we can achieve our collective purposes.

Ladies and Gentlemen, my dear matriculating students, I sincerely welcome you all to Kogi State Polytechnic.

Once again, Congratulations!

God bless you all.

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#ENSA_FULokoja Honored Koton-Karfe Lawmaker, Hon Tanko Okofi As Ambassador Of Egbura Nation.

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The lawmaker being decorated with his new tittle Ambassador of Egbura Nation.

A serving Koton-Karfe Lawmaker on Friday conferred with honored as an Ambassador of Egbura Kingdom by Egbura National Students Association (ENSA) Federal University, Lokoja (FUL) chapter.

Comr. Umar Abdulsalam, President of the association in a remark commended the lawmaker for all his good works particularly efforts geared towards assisting students within and outside his constituency.

The Egbura higher students body acknowledged Hon. Tanko for his tireless support to students, youths and women of his constituency.

The event took place at his official residence Legislative quarters, Gadumo Lokoja, Kogi State.

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“ENSA Federal University Lokoja decided to honored Hon. Tanko as an AMBASSADOR OF EGBURA Kingdom  in view of his numerous contribution to Youths, Women and Students in Egbura Nation”

The lawmaker, Hon. Mohammed Abubakar Tanko Okofi, (APC) Kogi/Koton-Karfe constituency while appreciating the Egbura Students thanked them for the honored accorded him, saying the gesture will spur him to do more for his people.

The Leadership of ENSA FULokoja chapter.

“I don’t know the parameters the association used in selecting me owing to fact that I have never met you people. I thanked the association for finding me worthy for the honour”.

He charge the Egbura Students body to take their study serious and continues to be good ambassadors of Egbura Nation.

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Nasarawa To Begin Payment Of Salaries To Newly Engaged Teachers, – Education Commissioner Says

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Hajiya Fatu, Education Commissioner Nasarawa State

The Commissioner, Nasarawa State Ministry of Education, Hajiya. Fatu Jemaita Sabo, says on Wednesday that the state government would commence the payment of salaries of 2,250 newly employed teachers this month.

The Commissioner said was to ensure optimal productivity, enhance standard of education and to improve on the lives of the newly employed teachers.

Sabo disclosed this when the ministry appeared before the House Committee on Education to assess their 2020 budget performance in Lafia on Wednesday.

The commissioner said  that Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration has given topmost priority to the education sector for improved standard of education through its various educational policies and programmes.

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When asked on when tertiary institutions are resuming in the state, the commissioner revealed that education and empowerment sub- committee on COVID-19 and leadership of the tertiary institutions in the state have already met with the state task force committee on COVID-19 and all presentations and proposals on resumption have been made and presented to the deputy governor.

She added that the ministry is awaiting directive from the state government and hopely in the next one to two weeks, higher institutions in the state will resume.

Responding, Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the committee said that the invitation extended to the ministry was to assess their 2020 budget performance.

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Ogazi (APC-Kokona East) said that the committee  would continue to give the ministry and the state government the necessary support in order to ensure better and improved standard of education in the state.

” We will continue to do our best in ensuring quality and improved standard of education in the state,” he said.

The committee commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for ensuring prompt payment of salaries of civil servants  in the state and make a similar case for tertiary institutions  in the state.

It would be reported that issue of delay in salaries of lecturers of tertiary institutions in the state was also brought forward and the need for state government to expedite the process of taking over their payments was also extensively discussed.

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Meantime, the management of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia appeared before the committee for the school’s 2020 budget performance assessment.

Mrs Justina Kotso, the Rector of the Polytechnic, who was represented by Engr. Obande Jonathan, Dean of Studies appealed to the state government for prompt payment of salaries and gratituties of lecturers.

Also, Alhaji Abdullahi Abu Galadima, the Chairman, Nasarawa State Teachers Service Commission along side other members of the commission  also appeared before the committee for the commission’s 2020 budget performance assessment where the committee expressed happiness with their performance.

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Barr. Tanko Describes Education As Panacea To Defeat Illiteracy, Receives ENSA FULokoja.

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Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

The Egbira National Students Association, ENSA, Federal University Lokoja chapter has been described as next crop of leadership in Nigeria which the nation will be looking up to in near future.

President of the Egbira National Students Association (ENSA) Comrade Umar Abdulsalam has led other members of the Association on a congratulatory visit to the newly appointed Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Hon. Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku.

Umar said they were in his office to rejoice with him, pray and wish him well to succeed in office just as he has done credibly in his previous office.

He said its only the Almighty Allah that ordained power to who he is so please with and has destine some things to happened the way they are right now.

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“Mr. Chairman, we are here to felicitate with over what the Almighty Allah has done for you”

“We pray to Allah to grant you sound health, long life and prosperity so that you will continue to use your good office for the benefits of your good people and humanity in general”.

“We are also here to familiarize with you and your good office in area of support in quest of our academic pursuit

The Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Alhaji Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, on Wednesday received entire leadership of Egbira National Students Association at his officer Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Chairman said their decisions to visit, congratulate and wish him well is highly commendable owing to the fact that students are the next leaders.

While thanking the Egbira students body for coming to identify with him, saying his appointment was made possible by His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, Executive Governor of Kogi State and hence to gives glory to Almighty Allah.

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Barr. Tanko said if he was not their own they won’t even think of coming to visit him and on the basis of that cordial relationships he is grateful for their visit.

Barr. Tanko who is a former Administrator of Kogi Local Government Council, one time Senior Special Assistant for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to the Executive Governor of Kogi State.

Speaking further, Barr. Tanko said their demands is incumbent on him and others leaders to ensure some of their needs especially all that has to do with academic pursuit are provided as part of support to enable them concentrate on their ongoing study at the University.

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He took them down memory lane which he said as a students then they were also paying courtesy visit to some of their leaders through various organization, unionism, group and tribal group among others with aimed to brainstorming and seeking their advises on way forward geared sustainability of their study.

However, he said as they’re doing that there should be a subsidiary to the main agenda which is a education they’re pursuing.

“I am convince and happy by your introduction which clearly shows that you have gone far in the University”

“You know the University is a society for academic excellence, having found yourself there, you have surmounted all available levels starting from day one to your present and remaining days in the University”.

“My prayer for all of you is that you will come out be certificated, inshallah, he said.

 

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