FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has inaugurated FCT-UBEB Centre for Science, Technology and Innovative Training for capacity building and teaching in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as basic agricultural technique.
In a statement signed by Austine Elemue, S.A Media To FCT Minister of State said the project which was rehabilitated, equipped and donated to FCT-UBEB by Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Limited, is aimed at improving the quality of Basic Education in the Federal Capital Territory.
While inaugurating the project at the Junior Secondary School, Hajj Camp Gwagwalada, the minister noted that the project would help the territory to catch up with global trends in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM) education, starting from the basic level.
Aliyu, however, commended Skill ‘G’ for the laudable initiative and for choosing the Federal Capital Territory as one of the states for the pilot project, stressing, that the FCT-UBEB Science and Technology Resource Centre which was domiciled at the JSS Hajj Camp Gwagwalada was identified as appropriate for the pilot scheme.
“It is important to stress here that the Universal Basic Education Commission and the World Bank have been partnering on strategies to inject new ideas into Basic Education Science, Mathematics and Technology in order to strengthen functional education in schools.
“Accordingly, UBEC, the World Bank and Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Limited have agreed that a pilot be conducted in order to provide for “Proof of Concept” that will serve as a guide to both UBEC and World Bank,” she stressed.
In his remarks, the chairman of FCT-UBEB, Dr. Kabir Matazu, said Skill ‘G’ had before now renovated and equipped three science and mathematics laboratories at LEA primary school Kuje, science primary school, Gwagwalada and LEA primary school Bako in Kuje, Gwagwalada and Kwali area councils respectively.
He noted that the impact of the training and supply of the science equipment has raised FCT above other states in the areas of science and technology competition in Nigeria. He further revealed that FCT UBEB schools have won several laurels at the 22nd National JETS competition that took place in Bariga, Lagos state.
Matazu, therefore, appealed to other donors to support and provide for the educational needs of children in basic education.
How We Survive Covid-19 Challenges – School Proprietor
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
A school proprietor in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has described their journey through COVID-19 as a hard time to owners, students, teachers and parents.
Emmanuel Ozigi, the proprietor of New Beacon International School disclosed this while speaking to journalists on the side of the Graduation/Award ceremony held by the school weekend.
“Coping with COVID has not been easy. Part of the coping strategies which we expected that there should be palliative from governments. The private institutions should be supported,” he said.
He called on the federal government and the FCT administration to help private schools go through the challenges of COVID-19 as it has done to other private entities.
Ozigi said, although some initiatives had been taken during the peak of the pandemic, many have failed to get access to the palliatives provided.
“I don’t think that the initiative has worked because some of us have not been able to access some of those palliatives from the Federal Government.
“However, on our own as directors of the school and other partners, we put funds together to see how we can run the school without stopping.
“Even though with COVID, you would be surprised that we are still paying teachers. We paid them up to a certain level that we now have to pay them half salary, then eventually there was a lift in September.
“So, we did not allow them to go because we want to retain. So we did not stop or sack anyone or terminate any appointment. And they are happy for the fact that it did not affect our calendar because we have a uniform calendar in FCT and at the same time,” he said.
Jubilations In Obi 11 As Lawmaker Zhekaba Dole Out Over 1Million Naira Scholarship Grants for Over 140 Students
By Our Reporter, Lafia.
Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, has advised students studying at various higher institutions of learning in the country to take their studies more serious in order to come out with good grade.
The lawmaker made the assertion when he granted scholarship to over 140 students across his constituent in first batch.
Hon. Luka Iliya Zhekaba (PDP), who double as Chairman, House Committee on Environment made the disbursement on Saturday in his constituency office Duduguru, Obi Local Government Area of the State.
The scholarship was tagged ” Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba Scholarship 2021/ 2022″.
The lawmaker noted that his leadership will continue to identify with youths, women and vulnerable people in the society. He said 200 more students have been shortlisted for second batch in October
The lawmaker is also the House deputy minority leader said the gesture was borne out of his desire to reduce the burden of school fees on parents/guardians for improved standard of education.
According to him, This is just a token from me to you to ameliorate your academic burdens.
” Education is the bed rock of every society, that is why upon my assumption into office as member, I have left no stone unturned in pursuance of educational aspirations and yearnings of my constituents.
” Today, I am giving the sum of N10,000 each to students from 400 level and above and HND 11 who are mostly final year students.
” Whereas all other level students will receive cash alert of N5,000 each on a flat rate,” he said.
Zhekaba urged the students to desist from engaging in illicit social Vices such as cultism, drug abuse, sexual abuse , examination malpractices among other negative acts.
He urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose it was meant for.
He has also urged the beneficiaries to be of good conducts and take their studies with all seriousness in order to excel in their academic pursuits.
The lawmaker urged those students who could not see their names in the first batch to be patient while disclosing that 200 students are to benefit in the second batch of his scholarship coming up by October 2021.
Hon. Zhekaba also commended the bursary committee for a job well done and applauded party stakeholders and other people of his constituency of their support at all times.
The lawmaker has assured of quality representation at the state legislature in order to better the standard of living of the people of his constituency and the state at large.
In his keynote address, Mr Obadiah Illah, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Isah Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic, Laifa commended the lawmaker for disbursing scholarship to the students of his constituency.
Illah, who spoke on the topic ” Education in Migili Land : Motivated Enrollment for a Paradigm Shift” said that education is key to development while urging all to embrace education for the overall development of Migili nation, the state and Nigeria at large.
The academic Don has urged parents/ guardians to send their children/ wards to school considering the importance of education to societal development.
Earlier, Mr Ashikpo Joseph, the Chairman of the Bursary committee said that the beneficiaries have been screened and qualified for the bursary allowance.
Responding on behalf of the students, Mr Azige Peter, President, National Association of Koro Students ( NAKS) , Nasarawa State University, Keffi appreciated the lawmaker for the gesture and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
It would be reported that the occasion was well attended by politicians, academicians among other well wishers including Mr Ogu Awotu, the Chairman of PDP Obi Local Government Area of the State.
Kogi Poly: Rector warns against indiscipline, cultism, exam malpractice.
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The Rector of Kogi state Polytechnic, Dr Salihu Usman Ogbo, has re affirmed the commitment of the institution to train students both in character and education to enable them be worthy of certificates they will acquire.
Addressing guests and students during the 29th matriculation of the Polytechnic held recently at the matriculation ground, the Rector charged the newly admitted students to conform with the laid down rules and regulations and avoid acts capable of bringing disrepute to themselves and the entire institution.
Dr Ogbo said the vision of the institution is to build an agreeable learning environment that will enable independent, group and interdependent experiences, hence the motto of the school, ” Reliability, Self reliance and Service, assuring that the students will be unlocked and more refined in talents and creativity after graduation.
Though the Polytechnic has provided adequate opportunity for attainment of academic excellence, creativity and self reliance, students were also warned that there will be zero tolerance for all forms of social and academic vices like cultism, gun running, examination malpractices, drug abuse and divisive tendencies.
The school also promised not to tolerate cybercrime, incitement, violence, gangsterism, misuse and wilful destruction of property, stealing and indecent dressing among other anti social behaviours.
To ensure strict compliance of the laws, the Rector advised the students both fresh and old to obtain, read and digest the students ‘information handbook that will be distributed through their respective departments as ignorance of the law will not be condoned in the school.
” Cultism and examination malpractice are completely forbidden on our campus. All the security architecture of the Polytechnic placed in so many places has both visible and invisible preventive mechanism to deal with cultists and examination fraudsters, their sympathisers and sponsors.
” Students are advised to stay safe and free from cult related lifestyles, examination misconducts and other social vices. Students are also advised to report any move intended to intimidate or lure them into cultism from any quarters to the security unit. Students are further advised to dress modestly and in accordance with acceptable standard”. The Rector maintained.
He disclosed further that as part of the aggressive measures to rid the institution of misfits like cultists, examination fraudsters and entry documents scammers,150 students have been expelled in line with the laid down rules and regulations of the school.
Dr Ogbo also announced that with the full support of the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the institution has embarked on aggressive expansion of the hitherto grossly inadequate infrastructural facilities inherited 15 months ago.
Among such successfully completed projects are the comprehensive students hostel abandoned since 2016, provision of a 30 bed medical centre, model security house, equipped library with relevant text books, 200 seat capacity lecture theatre among other necessities of the students and the entire academic community.
The Rector therefore congratulated the 6,385 students that secured admission in the academic programmes of the institution 1,873 of them are for the High National Diploma.
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