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Old Students’ Association urges FG to prioritise Technical, vocational Education

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By Friday Idachaba

Odu Old Students’ Association in Kogi has called on Federal and State Governments to give priority attention to technical and vocational education in the effort to reduce unemployment and insecurity in Nigeria.

Pioneer National President of Odu Technical School Old Students Association (OTOSA) Sunday Anaja, made the call in his inaugural speech on after his election Wednesday in Lokoja.

Anaja, a Civil Engineer noted that there was dire need for government at all levels to accord technical and vocational education and training priority attention in the nation’s educational curricular.

He said that armed with such training for which the technical schools were set up in the first place, graduands upon completion of their various courses would depend less on government for jobs.

“Technical Education with adequate entrepreneurial content will equip graduates with skills to fend for themselves through self employment and rather than look up to government for jobs, they become employers of labour.

“The current challenges of unemployment and indulgence in social vices has made this call imperative. Government should resuscitate and properly fund technical colleges across the country”, he said.

Anaja also enjoined governments to as a matter of necessity, create centres for technical and vocational training, saying technical education is key in the modern day society.

He described Odu Technical School as one which has produced “dependable personalities doing excellently well in both private and public sectors across the country and beyond.”

The National President said his vision and mission would include membership drive for unity and development, welfare of members and ensuring positive impact on their alma mata.

Others elected are Musa Halilu, National Secretary; Samuel Agbanwu, Treasurer; Emmanuel Onalo, Financial Secretary and Ilemona Unubi-Ocheni as Public Relations Officer.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that five patrons were also appointed for the body at the occasion. (NAN)

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Lawan decries backward trend in education over insecurity

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has decried the current trend of insecurity in the country that is taking its toll on the education of the younger generation.
He therefore challenged every stakeholder in the Nigerian project to come together to reverse the ugly situation before education becomes an anatherma especially in the north.
Lawan spoke to newsmen at the First Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Photographs by Stephen Binos at the weekend in Adamawa State.
This was contained in a statement issued by his media office.
He said the current trend of insecurity in the country is a very sad development whereby education is suffering especially with so much kidnapping of school children especially the girl child.

“In northern Nigeria, education has always been a problem and it is making it worse with this kind of abduction of students either in Islamiya school or normal secondary school or even in tertiary institutions like it happened in Afaka in Kaduna State.
“I believe we should continue to fight this kind of insurgency, the banditry for us to restore normalcy in our country for our country to make progress.”

Lawan said that school children in the north are deprived of education, particularly the girl child, as a result of persistent abductions and kidnappings by armed bandits.

He however, expressed the confidence that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would continue to do all in its power with the support of the National Assembly to reverse the spate of insecurity across Nigeria.

The Senate President added that the issue of insecurity plaguing the country is a challenge that must be prioritised and tackled jointly by all tiers of government for results to be realised.

He said: “I want to assure everyone that this administration, the Muhammadu Bihari APC administration, will continue to work hard to bring back security to this country.

“It is a challenge, but I believe that it is for all of us – the Federal, States and, the Local Government and all the communities and ethnic groups across the country.

“This is a situation that needs all hands on deck regardless of what you believe in. We all need to survive first before we achieve any excellence and I believe we can do so well.
On the First Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Photographs by Stephen Binos he said Nigerian leaders must make tangible effort to encourage the youths to be productive and contribute meaningfully to national development

Binos is the son of Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe who is representing Adamawa South in the Senate who exhibited the artworks to shiwcase the culture of the people of Adamawa State.

The Senate President, used the occasion to challenge the Nigerian youths on the necessity to preserve the country’s diverse cultural heritage through expressive means.
He explained that doing so would in turn preserve its traditional values against extinction from the overwhelming external influence of technology.

“I have gone round to see the art exhibition, display of various artworks by Stephen Binos and I’m really very impressed by what I have seen and I want to congratulate the man of the moment, Stephen Binos, our artist.

“What this gentleman has done is to document history, document very important moment and these artworks will remain historical.

“Art is a language that everybody speaks and you can see from the attendance here. There are diverse people here. Some came from Europe, America and what have you and everybody understands his Language.

“The situation today, across the world really demands that we are able to document some of these very historical and very important artworks because technology, while it is a blessing to all of us, has its own way of undermining our culture.

“I believe in keeping to my culture because it doesn’t in anyway stop me from being modern and contemporary but it enriches my thinking, my orientation and my behaviour and attitude.

“I believe we can take example from the Japanese. They still eat sitting and probably using hands.

“The Chinese still use sticks to eat and they stick to their culture and they are making it and we can do the same – keep our culture, value them.

“Really, that does not stop us from being modern. Adopting the technology developed elsewhere and modifying them to fit our purpose here in the country.

“There is a popular saying that a picture speaks more than a thousand words. I’m impressed to see the various communities in Adamawa reflected here.

“This is the kind of thing we need to encourage our youths. If someone choses to go this path, he should be encouraged to continue to excel and do well.
He said whichever way leaders can encourage the youths in this country, to be productive, to be focused and contribute to national development would be welcome.

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Isa Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic, calls of suspension of academic activities, resumes 17th June

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From Abel Daniel, Lafia

Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic Lafia on Thursday called off its three months old suspension of academic activities following students protest that led to destruction and vandalization of the school properties

The Academic Board of the Polytechnic at its emergency meeting of Thursday 17th June, 2021 approved the immediate reopening of the institution with effect from Thursday 17th June, 2021.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Registrar Mr. Zamani Habu Ibrahim which was made available to journalists in Lafia, the state capital.

According to the statement, all returning students are required to come with Letter of undertaking to be of good behaviour to be endorsed by a top civil servant of not below the rank of a Director in the Public Service, Clergyman or Traditional ruler.

It also directed all students to complete all registration processes including payment of school fees on or before Friday 25th June, 2021.

It directed that a fine of N5,000.00 be paid for damages of the Polytechnic properties.
“Students are to note that the second semester Examinations for 2019 /2020 Academic Session commences on Monday 28th June, 2021.
“Accordingly, students are to make all payments remotely through the school portal(https://portal.imap.edu.ng..ed.ng/imap). Students must present all payment printouts using their passwords.”

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College expels staff over alleged child molestation in Nasarawa

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From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Shepherds International College, Nursery and Primary School, Akwanga, of Nasarawa state has expelled one of its staff over alleged child molestation in the primary section of the school.

A statement signed by the principal of the college, Mr. Peter Adoga-Adoga and was made available to the NationalUpdate in Lafia, on Thursday, said a case of rape that was reported in one of the national dailies did not happened in the college, but Government Secondary School Ube in Akwanga local government area close to Mopol barrack, Akwanga.

He admitted that the incident of child molestation happened in the primary section of the college.

According to him, “The staff in question was expelled on May 14, 2021 and the matter is before the Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.
He added that the incident occurred in one of the secondary schools in Akwanga local government area of the state.

The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to report being circulated in the media about a rape case in shepherd’s International College, Akwanga.

“We wish to use this medium to set the record straight. First, the case referred involving one Mr Ndam Atiku, where the school is mentioned was not a case of rape, but a case of molestation as captured on the headline and the body of the story.”

According to the statement, the incident did not happen at the College, but at the Primary school section, where the staff had since been relieved of his duties immediately.

“The case is already before the State Criminal Investigation Department and being investigated.

The statement further added that the minor mentioned in the story was not the person involved in the incident neither were her parents those that reported to the NGO.

“She heard the story, informed her parents, who brought it to the notice of the school, which prompted the investigation by the school and subsequent disciplinary action on the staff.

“We would like the general public to know that Shepherd’s International College and Shepherd’s Nursery and Primary School do not tolerate any acts of indiscipline or child molestation,” he added.

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