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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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KGSG Tasks 19 Northern States On Sustenance Of Students’ Exchange Programme

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KGSG Tasks 19 Northern States On Sustenance Of Students’ Exchange Programme

By Ademu Seidu

The Kogi State Government has urged the Nineteen (19) Northern States to sustain the Students’ Exchange Programme (SEP) to ensure that the aim of its establishment are effectively achieved.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, made the call at a three-Day Pre-Inspection Meeting of the Monitoring Inspectors of the Programme holding at the ministry’s Conference hall in Lokoja.

Jones said that the SEP among the 19 northern states had been in existence for ages and should be sustained by ensuring adequate security, better welfare for the students and quality teachers.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Pastor Emanuel Idenyi, Jones said Kogi was doing its best to see to the welfare and improvement of the academic performances of the students in the two schools in the state.

He stressed that the essence of the SEP was to foster unity and improve academic excellence amongst the States

The commissioner urged the participants to always take the issue of security seriously by building perimeter fencing around the schools as well as providing enough security for the schools and checking on them from time to time.

‘At the level of our state, we are trying our best to ensure that the right things are done. We have ensured we treated the students like our children and provide best teachers and welfare for them.

”I want to believe that other States are trying their best in doing the same too.

”We should try as much as possible to sustain the gesture; we met on ground and we must strive to keep the legacy and build on it”, he said.

He further urged the participants to observe COVID-19 protocols even though Kogi had been free of the virus.

Earlier, the Director, Kogi State Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs Sarah Agbaji, said the ministry would continue to support and encourage the programme because of its objectives and benefits

She urged the government to maintain the existing structure and facilities to enhance smooth running of the programme.

Agbaji noted that checking on the students unannounced by the Monitoring Inspectors from time to time and interacting with them would encourage discipline and academic excellence.

She thanked the Commissioner and the Permanent Secretary for being so supportive in ensuring that the aims and objectives of the exchange programme were achieved.

She further thanked the Commissioner for providing the enabling environment for them to operate.

Also speaking, the Chairperson, SEP Monitoring Inspection Unit, from Kaduna State, Hajiya Hannatu Gwani, appreciated Kogi State Government for hosting the nineteen northern states

She further urged the participants to be ICT compliant to ease their work and enable them compete favorably with their counterparts in the other parts of the world.

A participant from Nasarawa State, Alhaji Aliyu Yahaya, comended the government for their efforts, stressing the need for the schools to always send their students back to their respective States on time and avoid night journeys.

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Echocho lauds Ogbo’s giant strides after one year in office as rector Kogi Poly

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Echocho lauds Ogbo’s giant strides after one year in office as rector Kogi Poly

The Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Isah Jibrin (Echocho has joined all well meaning Kogi indegenes and Nigerians to commend the rector of Kogi State polytechnic, Dr. Usman Ogbo for the giant strides in taking the institution to the next level in just 365days.
In a statement the Senator personally signed which was made available to the NationalUpdate on Wednesday he stated,
“Today, Dr Usman Ogbo is one year in office as Rector Kogi state polytechnic Lokoja. One year in office is an opportunity for a proven Administrators and Colossus like Dr Ogbo to showcase his stewardship, which he has done with intensity in terms of infrastructural development and academic policies capable of repositioning the institution.

“You have demonstrated finnese on infrastructural improvement and enhancement of social amenities in the Polytechnic.

“You have touched critical sections of the school within the short time of your appointment. From giving the institution a face-lift by constructing of befitting entrance gate, to rehabilitation of shool’s clinic and renovation of hostels among others.
“Recently you displayed uncommon leadership by introducing ‘BAN ON-END-OF-EXAM CELEBRATION’ a ritual that had led to lost of lives of many students graduating.

“You have justified your appointment in all areas of performance. Nonetheless, I implore you to maintain this zeal and commitment which has fetched you these laudable achievement within this one year period. I prayed for Allah’s guidance and protection.
“It is on this note that I heartily congratulate you, on behalf of my family and the supportive people of Kogi East on the occasion of your one year in office.”

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Senator Oseni eulogizes Echocho as a prophet recognized at home

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Senator Oseni eulogizes Echocho as a prophet recognized at home

The  Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District Yakubu Oseni has  commended his colleague Sen Isah Jibrin(Echocho) of Kogi East for establishing a first class secondary school in his constituency that has been churning out quality citizens.
This was contained in a statement that was issued by his(Echocho) Special Adviser on Media & Publicity Prosper Elijah Salifu and was made availlable to the NationalUpdate in Abuja on Sunday.

According to the statement, the central Senator described the Kogi East counterpart as a prophet that is revered at home as against the usual adage that prophets are not recognised at home.
He said Senator Jibrin is a man with the midas touch, with a taste of quality in everything he sets his mind on doing hence he said Echocho is significantly celebrated in all spheres of life.

Oseni spoke at the Isah Memorial Islamic Academy (IMIA), during the 7th edition of its magazine launch and annual graduation ceremony for 2020 students.

He congratulated the graduating students and the school management for their tact in organising a qualitative and successful event.

Director Genwral of the National Productivity Center (NPC), in his remark disclosed that IMIA is one of the best pre-tertiary institutions in Nigeria, he applauded the Proprietor of the institution for his educational strides for Nigerian children.
He said Adding he was not surprised at the academic standard of the institution.
The DG however callled on parents across the country to bring their Ward to the Academy, as their academic and moral life will be well shaped, stressing that from all indication IMIA, had been tested overtime to be of International standard.

Professor S.D Musa of Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba, in his keynote address, reiterated the significance of proper parenting in accordance with Islamic teaching to be suitable to the societal norms.

The university don counselled parents to  keep their wards in check to curtail prevalent moral decadence in the society.

The Vice Chancellor of Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba, Prof. Marietu Tenuche,  expressed satisfaction with the structural facilities and academic standard of the institution given the performance of the students so far.

Tenuche promised to develope a synergy between Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba through the Interim Joint Matriculation Board of Isah Memorial Islamic Academy.

The Proprietor of the institution Senator Isah (Echocho) in his goodwill message, congratulated the graduating students and wished them well in their future academic pursuit.

The senator said, he was impressed by the large turn out of people from all works of life who graced the ocasion, as he wished all well in their personal endeavours.

Dignitaries at the event included, top government functionaries, traditional Rulers: Distinguished Senator Yakubu Oseni, Dr Kashim Akor DG NPC, Prof Marietu Tenuche VC PAAU, Hon Ahmed Attah Acting Zonal chairman (APC) Kogi East and SSA to the Governor, HRH. Alh. Akwu Obaje ,Ejeh Ofu, HRH.Alh Yahaya Salifu, the Atamodu of Odu among others.

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