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58th Independence anniversary: CICI organises debate for secondary schools in Kogi

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58th Independence anniversary: CICI organises debate for secondary schools in Kogi

A Kogi based NGO, the Confluence Intellectual Convergence Initiative (CICI), says it has concluded plans to organise Inter-School Debate for Secondary Schools in Lokoja, to mark the Nigeria 58th Independence Day celebration on Oct. 1, at Federal University Lokoja

Miss Dara Falade, the CICI Founder and President, disclosed this in a press statement made available to journalists on Friday in Lokoja, the Confluence city.

According to her, the competition is to create a strategically driven platform through which intellectual properties converge to design innovative solutions for the state.

She said that the debate has seven topics which have been narrowed down to key issues as they affect Kogi state, such as security, economy, poverty & unemployment, education, water & rail transportation, flood and the revival of Ajaokuta Iron & Steel Company.

“Eight public and private secondary schools have been carefully selected across Lokoja metropolis to participate in the debate, which will be divided into three stages: First leg, Semi-final and Final stage.

“Every participating school is to be represented by three students from SSI and SS2 only, among which one of the debaters will be the lead while the other two will support.

“Each team is to prepare for three topics as the three stages of the debate will hold same day. Teams will have thirteen minutes each to debate their topics.

“The judging criteria include the number of points raised and their relevance in context, the ability of the debater to logically prove his/her points, and the oratory ability of the debater (eloquence, grammar, clarity and audibility).

“Others are neatness, composure, and adherence to time.

“The Judges are non-aligned members of the society who have been trained on critical evaluation. It is the first of its kind,” Falade said.

She, therefore, called on stakeholders, groups, parents, individuals and private organisations to come and support the initiative to foster discussion on development among young minds in the state.

She said: “the vision of CICI is aimed at birthing a Kogi of our dreams where her human and natural resources are refined into priced products and the standard of living of her people improved.

“We are a youths-led team of stellar individuals from various walks of life who seek to build the potentials of Kogi state into a global product.

“Our team believes in the deliberate activation of human capacity in a conducive environment using native resources geared towards all round development of the populace.

Falade further highlighted the key activities of CICI as: Spelling Bee for Primary Schools; Quiz for Junior Secondary Schools; and Debate for Senior Secondary Schools.

Others are Innovation Challenges for Tertiary Institutions; Literacy Awareness Projects for Out-of- School-Children; and the Confluence Society for Children, Students and Stakeholders.

“These platforms are to create an avenue for robust conversations as well as mentorship in self-leadership and community participation,” Falade said.

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To boost its capacity, infrastructure, Kogi poly partners U.S-based DACC

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By Friday Idachaba

The Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has entered into a partnership with US-based Delaware African Caribbean Coalition (DACC) to enhance capacity building and infrastructure development at the institution.

Rector of the institution, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, made this known in a statement signed by Mrs Uredo Omale, Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the institution, on Saturday in Lokoja.

He said that the collaboration was sealed at a meeting between the management of the Polytechnic and a DACC team led by its President and Lead Chair for the Kogi project, Thomas Grant.

The Rector said that the Polytechnic would make positive use of the established relationship with DACC to actualise its cardinal agenda of delivering quality assurance and security, among others.

Usman commended Kogi Gov. Yahaya Bello for facilitating the meeting and collaboration, describing the partnership as timely and capable of projecting the institution on the global space.

He also lauded the governor for creating the enabling environment for infrastructure and sustainable manpower development at the institution, in line with his government’s education blueprint.

Mr Wemi Jones, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, who led the DACC team to the polytechnic, said the collaboration was to actualise the state government’s vision of providing quality education for all.

Also speaking, Asiwaju Idris, the state commissioner for finance, said that the state would partner with the DACC in other sectors, including agriculture, health, infrastructure and technology.

Idris commended the rector for the laudable development, facelift and overall transformation accomplished in the institution under his watch, through the prudent use of resources.

Thomas Grant, President and Lead Chair for the DACC Kogi project, expressed delight with the infrastructure development at the institution, as well as other quality projects carried out by students of the school.

Dr Eunice Gwanmesia, Chairman, Education and Culture, DACC, also commended the rector for his efforts in making the institution admirable, attractive and assured the Polytechnic management of a robust relationship that would be mutually beneficial.

Highlights of the DACC team’s visit included the presentation of materials produced by the institution’s Entrepreneurship Development Centre, such as towels, body creams, liquid detergents, Tie and Dye materials, among others.

The team also visited the exhibition house of the School of Art, Design and Printing and inspected some ongoing projects on the campus. (NAN)

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NGOs float ambitious Urban Schools’ Tree Planting Program in Nigeria

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T.R.E.E. Initiative, a Nigerian NGO and a US based not for profit, C.A.K.E. African Village in a collaboration to practically demonstrate the United Nations SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals on Wednesday 7th July, 2021 floated an ambitious Urban Schools’ Tree Planting Program at a public school, Methodist High School in Ibadan the Oyo State capital.
 
Urban Schools Tree Planting Program seeks to inculcate tree planting (afforestation) and environmental conservation in school children as well as create awareness on the importance of tree planting and the advocacy against deforestation in Africa, especially Nigeria.
 
Speaking at the event which also featured the symbolic planting of trees by Students of the school, the Executive Director of T.R.E.E. Initiative, ‘Sola Kolawole stated that the idea of engaging students in Urban Schools was mentioned in a conversation with a friend, ‘Lande Sanusi of the US based C.A.K.E. African Village about a year ago during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“She asked that we collaborate and execute this as Climate Action across selected schools in major Nigerian cities. Today, her dream is a reality with the take-off of this project her in Ibadan, Oyo State.
 
“As we move further, several schools will be engaged under the Urban Schools Tree Planting Program to motivate students to plant and nurture trees within their school premises and at home. This program is structured and the school management is involved.
 
“There is also an incentive dimension to this because we don’t want to plant these trees but we want them to nurtured by these students for a few years. Students who participate in this project will get a certificate and also a medals if the trees survive.
 
“This Urban Schools Tree Planting Program amplifiers the basics of SDGs 13: #ClimateAction and SDGs 15: #LifeonLand.”
 
In her remarks, the Principal of Methodist High School, Ibadan, Mrs. Olayinka Sanwo could not hold back her joy at the success of the event and the nomination of her school as the first beneficiary of the C.A.K.E. African Village and T.R.E.E. Initiative Urban Schools Tree Planting Program.
She thanked the facilitator, Mr. Edris Olawoyin and the T.R.E.E. Initiative team for starting with her school. She assured the team that she will supervise the projects throughout her sojourn at the school as Principal. The School’s Agricultural Science teacher, Mr. Olutumi Oyeleke was also elated. He thanked the team and assured them the trees will be well nurtured. Methodist High School, Ibadan was founded on February 13th, 1961 as a Boys only school and it currently has a student population of 350+.
 
T.R.E.E. Initiative (The Rural Environmental Empowerment Initiative) is a Nigerian registered not-for-profit volunteer based NGO is focused on climate change mitigation via afforestation (tree planting), food security and sustainable rural livelihood. The NGO is at the forefront of the clamour for the declaration of a National Tree Planting Day as Climate Action since 2017. Other projects by T.R.E.E. Initiative include: One Student One Tree Project (OSOTP); National Shea Tree Restoration Advocacy Program (NASTREP); Community Based Mangrove Restoration Project (COBMAREP) and Sustainable Apiculture Program (SAP).
 
C.A.K.E. African Village (Culture of Africa for Kids Everywhere Inc.) is a American not for profit that has proudly preserved and presented African culture experiences within the diaspora and throughout the United States.
Through exhibitions, educational programs, school assemblies, workshops and festivals, C.A.K.E. African Village have been able to foster cultural enlightenment, awareness and inclusion among both children and adults.
They also serve to help Americans seeking to reconnect with their African ancestors heritage. Working with experts in the field of exhibit creation and educators from Indiana University’s NALRC, C.A.K.E. African Village ensures that every presentation, every instruction, every workshop, and every assembly is marked by authenticity and cultural excellence.
 

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Gov. El-rufai orders indefinite closure of schools in Kaduna over insecurity

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has ordered for the suspension of  resumption of schools across the state until further notice.

Addressing a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday, the Governor explained that his administration took the decision due to the ongoing aggressive military operation against bandits in most parts of the state.
He told the gathering which gad members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), as well as professional and community-based associations that the operation was aimed at flushing out the bandits from their hideouts.
Governor El-Rufai added that the government was committed to protecting vulnerable children from being attacked by fleeing bandits who were already feeling the heat of the superior firepower of the military.
He disclosed that the military has deployed more troops to the state for the operation and warned the residents to be vigilant and mindful of unknown faces in their midst, saying fleeing bandits might infiltrate their communities.

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