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Commissioner charges poly students to rewrite Nigerian story through research

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Commissioner charges poly students to rewrite Nigerian story through research

By John Akubo

The Kogi State commissioner of education Mrs. Rosemary Ojocbenemi Osikoya has challenged newly admitted students of Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja to rewrite the Nigerian Story through research and technological breakthroughs.
The commissioner gave the indication at the Matriculation ceremony for the 2018/2019 academic session.
She spoke against the backdrop that the education system has become more of theory than practical Osikoya indicated that one of the challenges that technical and vocational education have is because people think that it is substandard to other forms of learning.
“We must come to realise that except we make remarkable and speedy progress in science and technology we would not take our pride of place in the committee of nations.
“This is because in a world where technology drives it, education becomes the currency through which we can rule the world and until we make that count, the society where we come from theoretical knowledge alone will not help it.”
She said Nigeria as today is having science and technology as one of the area where it must make advancement and very fast at that.
“There would be need for us to have made in Kogi goods, there would be need for us to find solution besides our immediate solution, that again is the very essence of education itself.
“There is a need to move away from a theoretically based instruction to skill oriented instruction. We need practical skills and we need to adopt solution to solve our immediate problems.”
She explained that such solutions would have to cut across all the other sectors of learning and all the other sectors of life.
“Agriculture, science, water solution and enviromenral solutions for which Kogi State is in dire need of.
“If the Polytechnic can deliver on solving those problems then you would have fulfilled your purpose for being established in the first place.”According to the commissioner if technical and vocational education operates the way they should then they should be able to pay their bills.
That she said is the challenge the State polititechnic would have to confront.
The Polytechnic should look inwards so that it can generate internal revenue to be able to pick up its bills.
“Nigeria is in crises in the education sector we have been told. The data for the world in 2018 was very worrisome Nigeria tops the list on out of school children and Kogi State and other 18 States of the North Central shares the burden of this challenge.
“Most often people forget that out of school youths constitutes one of the major problems that Nigeria have. Kogi has more than its fair share of that population.
“So if you are being Matriculated today, you are one of the few privileged Nigerians with the responsibility and the opportunity to rewrite the story of Nigeria and hopefully in a way that will make the right sense.”

The Rector of the Kogi State Polytechnic Professor Muhammed Atureta warned the newly admitted students against cultistism and other social vices as there is zero tolerance for indiscipline.
Professor Atureta spoke while admitting over 3200 students for oath taking during the Matriculation ceremony for the 2018/2019 academic session.
He said, “Measures are being put in place to tackle cultism to bring it to the barest minimum or eradicate it completely. This would be done through the cooperation of security agencies like the police, the SSS and others.”

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Dream for Kabba varsity inches close to reality, as bill scales second reading

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Dream for Kabba varsity inches close to reality, as bill scales second reading

Hope rises for the establishment of full fledged Federal University of Agric Kabba as bill seeking to give it legal backing scaled second reading on the floor of the senate during plenary on Wednesday. 
The piece of legislation sponsored by Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC – Kogi West), among others seeks to develop and enable the institution to offer academic and professional programs; and train agriculturists with capabilities of exploiting existing Agro infrastructure and improve on it to develop new ones. 

The bill after scaling second reading was referred to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, chaired by Senator Ahmad Baba-Kaita (APC – Katsina North). 

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Kogi Poly inaugurates 7 committees for hostels renovation

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Kogi Poly inaugurates 7 committees for hostels renovation

By Friday Idachaba

Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Dr Salisu Usman Ogbo has inaugurated seven committees to handle renovation of students’ hostels to address the acute shortage of campus accommodation in the institution.

Inaugurating the committees on Tuesday in Lokoja, the Rector said the management had embarked on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the dilapidated hostel blocks as part of efforts to reposition the instruction for academic and all-round excellence..

He said the renovation of the hostels was sequel to approval by the state government for the Polytechnic to access a credit facility of about N268 million from Zenith Bank PLC.

Ogbo said that as one of the pioneer students of the institution, on assumption of of duty as Rector on 7th April, this year, he set up a committee on 13th of April with recommendation for it to adopt Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

In line with the directive, he said that the committee approached Zenith Bank to access a N350 million facility for the renovation projects and sought approval of the State Government.

The Governor subsequently approved the sum of N268 million and urged that direct labour model be deployed rather than contract award.

The Rector pointed out that the governor’s approval would put an end to the suffering, humiliation, harrassment, robbery and incessant attacks on off-campus students by landlords, hoodlums and cultists.

Ogbo held that the Polytechnic had highly committed and competent experts to handle the renovation projects to turn the sorry story of students’ accommodation in the institution to a thing of the past.

The Rector said that execution of the projects would run simultaneously and assured of the completion of the hostel projects within one month.

The work of the committees, according to him, Includes: structural and engineering works, roofings, fencing, construction of drainages and painting amongst others.

He pointed that the student body was represented on each of the seven committees saying, “Our students must be involved in this project to see what is happening.”

On the recent discovery of Exam Magic Centres and arrest of some students, the Rector said “The Police are handling the case. A young man admitted that they had been printing our answer booklets and receipts.

“I apologize to members of staff who were wrongly accused but this notwithstanding, one or two persons found to have been involved will surely face our laws.

“Instead of punishing an innocent person unjustly, I will allow a criminal to go free. I urge lecturers and staff who fraternize with bad students to refrain to avoid being drawn into the mud with them”, he advised.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committees inaugurated include: Male Hostel 1-2 blocks; Mary Ajayi Hostel 1-4; London Hostel 3 – 4; London Hostel 1 – 2; Afakariya 1, 2 & 3 Hostel; Wada Hostel 1 and 2 and the Central Monitoring Committee headed by the Rector himself. (NAN)

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The impasse between the academic staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government may be gradually coming to fruitful end as Friday meeting offered some hope for reopening of the Ivory towers soon.

This was as Government has agreed to make some concessions to university lecturers (ASUU).
The Government offered N65 billion to Nigerian universities to address some of the lecturers’ demands.
The government also agreed to pay the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS.
The N65 billion is meant to address the issue of earned allowances and ”revitalisation of universities”.
The minister of labour, Chris Ngige, who gave a breakdown of the N65 billion after a meeting between both parties,
said the Accountant General of the Federation has offered to release N40 billion “or in the alternative, N35 billion to be shared by all the registered trade unions in the universities after providing necessary evidence of having earned the allowance.”
“The FG reiterated that her offer of N40 billion or N35 billion, whichever is accepted by ASUU, was for all the universities’ unions.
ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions,” he said.

According to the minister, both parties held fruitful discussions and “government moved from their initial N20 billion for revitalization fund and 30 billion is now for earned allowances in the university system.”
“We have moved and brought on the table N15 extra billion and by that, a proposal in one basket for N25 billion Revitalization and N40 billion Earned Allowances for all the unions in the universities,” he said.
“While the second basket offer is the issue of revitalization getting N30 billion and Earned Allowances getting N35 billion. So the offer has been made, it is in this document and ASUU is supposed to come back to the government with acceptance on either or one of the offers,” he said.
He said the government has shifted its position as demanded by ASUU on the funds for the revitalization of public universities and the earned academic allowances; as well as on the payment of outstanding salary arrears.

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