Academic activities have been disrupted at the state primary schools I & II Olanada, in Port Harcourt, one of the model primary schools built by the Rivers State Government, as security guards of the school locked the gate, preventing the headmasters, teachers and pupils from entering the premises.
The Tide gathered that the chief security, Wachukwu Banabas, who claimed to have been employed by a security outfit, Hercules Company, said he was employed in April, 2011, and since them payment of his salaries had been a problem.
He said the security outfit had not paid him and his colleagues from June till date.
Mr Barnabas explained that he made telephone calls to the office of the Director of the security outfits, Mr Chibueze, but he would always tell them to wait.
According to the security guard, the situation had made them to borrow money to sustain themselves, adding that the money lenders have disgraced them even threatened to arrest them.
One of the guards, Mr Sunday Mike said that his landlord was threatening to arrest him over his inability to pay his rent, adding that before they locked the school gate, they informed the supervisor of the company, and he told them their normal words, “they should wait.”
Barnabas maintained that they decided to take such action in order to draw the company’s attention to their plight, adding that the gate would remain locked until they were paid.
The headmistress of the school, Edith Eweze said that the security men locked the school gate since last Thursday and no place for them to set examinations for the pupils.
Eweze said on Monday, the pupils were taken to the teachers’ residence to write their examinations, adding that such situation poses danger to their security.
She maintained that efforts to see the Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Nemi, proved abortive as she was advised to come back, and therefore called on Rivers State Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi to come to their aid.
One of the teachers, Mrs Blessing Amadi noted that the school was supposed to have finished examinations but lamented the delay due to lack of classroom.
She therefore appealed to the state government to wade into the ugly situation so that the children’s education would not be jeopardized.
Our correspondent gathered that the headmistress was directed by a community leader, to take the pupils to the community town hall to enable them conclude their examination while promising to call the attention of the owner of the security outfit.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Ministry of Education has denied owing the manager of the security outfit, that has failed to pay the guards.
The permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr Richard Ofuru, told The Tide that the guards were under the employ of the contractor responsible for their salaries.
According to him, the contractor should pay the security guards immediately as they were performing essential and critical assignment and queried why he would not pay his staff when he had been paid by the ministry.
He said the model schools were open for academic activities, emphasizing that the challenge of workers hag been resolved in other model primary schools like the UBE Borokiri in Port Harcourt township.
He revealed that efforts made to open the gate of state school Olanada I and II proved abortive as the security guards insisted on their pay.
He appealed to parents, teachers and pupils to remain calm as government was taking measures to reopen the school for academic activities.
NBTE Tasks Polytechnics On Expired Programmes Accreditation
The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has urged Polytechnics to fast track the process of accreditation for their expired programmes.
The Acting Zonal Director of the NBTE in the North Central Zone, Dr Musa Koko, made the call during a familiarisation visit to the Kogi Polytechnic, Lokoja.
Koko assured polytechnics of the NBTE’s support to ensure quality assurance at all times.
He said that the team was at the institution to strengthen partnership aimed at activating the National Skills Qualifications programmes which will further raise the standard of the Polytechnic and produce more qualified professionals in vocational and technical areas.
He said the NBTE established zonal offices across the country with the aim of enhancing quality service delivery to the closest reach of all stakeholders.
Responding, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, Rector of the Polytechnic, commended the NBTE for decentralising the activities of the Board for enhanced efficiency.
The rector who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Kehinde Lamidi, said the decentralisation was a demonstration of dynamic administrative prowess aimed at enhancing effective service delivery.
Usman said the Polytechnic was committed to quality service delivery to students, adding that the institution would soon be visiting NBTE for the completion of its accreditation processes.
He noted that the State Government under Gov. Yahaya Bello and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) had been playing huge roles in improving infrastructural development and aesthetic touch in the institution.
The Rector promised the Zonal Office of the Polytechnic’s readiness to comply with its directives and solicited it’s to make Technical Education more attractive to students in view of its vintage position in the nation’s development quest.
MBBS Degree: RSU Increases Admission Quota To 100
Sequel to the approval of the award of degree in Medicine and Surgery in the Rivers State University (RSU), hopes have again been rekindled for candidates seeking for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree with the increase of admission quota from 50 to 100.
This followed the approval by the accreditation visit of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria on the institution’s MBBS programme alongside the accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Speaking at a press briefing in PortHarcourt, at the weekend, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Nlerum Okogbule said the increase in the admission quota was feasible due largely to the huge infrastructural facilities and personnel engagement facilitated by the Rivers State Government ably led by Governor Nyesom Wike.
Okogbule described the increase in admission quota as a rare feat for a new medical college and commended the state governor for the gestures in raising the college to its feet.
According to him,16 out of the 23 programmes presented to the NUC for the accreditation exercise in April this year received full accreditation with the remaining seven having interim accreditation status.
“I am happy to inform you that based on the accreditation visit of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria on our programme between 30th and 31st March, 2021, our college of Medical Science has been given approval for the training of medical students for the MBBS Programme”, Okogbule said.
The Vice Chancellor also said “the council also approved the increase of our admission quota from 50 to 100. This is a rare feat for a new medical college and it is in recognition of the enormous infrastructural facilities and personnel engagement done by the Rivers State Government under the able leadership of governor Nyesom Wike”.
Okogbule further revealed that no programme from the University was denied accreditation, adding that it scored 72.7 percent in the exercise.
By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu
Monarch Charges Students On Hard Work
Students of higher institutions in Rivers State have been enjoined to work hard to be good citizens of their communities, state and the nation at large.
They have also been advised to shun all social vices inimical to the norms of the society as leaders of tomorrow.
The Amanyanabo of ancient Ele Kingdom in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, King Felix Tamunoseipiriala Okuru Apina VII gave the advice while addressing executives of Law Students Association of Nigeria, Rivers State University Chapter and Wakirike Students Union (WASU), Kenpoly, Bori in Khana Local Government Area during a courtesy visit to him at his palace to intimate him of their forthcoming end of year activities.
King Tamunoseipiriala who expressed delight with the law students said they should not be misled but focus on their chosen career, stressing that he has love for the Law profession.
He further enjoined them to always be proud of their studies so as to come out in flying colours, assuring that with qualifications, they would surely get employment despite the economic hardship in the country.
He charged them to utilise the God-given opportunities in their lives by making their parents proud for better tomorrow and also stressed the importance of education as the bedrock of any development, assuring them of his assistance to their forthcoming celebrations in their various schools.
The monarch also appealed to parents to strive in training their children and wards to become better citizens and prayed God to guide, protect, and give them wisdom and knowledge to achieve their heart desires.
Earlier, a former lawmaker of Ogu/Bolo Legislative Assembly, Hon Fiberesima Minaseichinbo and an elder in the Kingdom, Ibiye Nemieboka thanked them for their visit to the education-friendly King and philanthropist, and charged them to be good ambassadors of their parents and society by ensuring that they graduate with their mates by being consistent in their studies without allowing the schools to pass through them and wished them God’s protection.
Earlier in her speech, the chairperson of Law Students Association of Nigeria, Rivers State University Chapter, Faith Praise Ogbutara extolled the good works and philanthropic gestures of the King in his Kingdom and Rivers State in general by giving the youths a sense of belonging, adding that he is a King of high esteem that has passion for students.
The President disclosed that they are in the palace to officially invite him to their Cultural Day slated for October 16,2021 as the Royal Father of the day, pointing out that the ceremony was geared towards promoting the cultural heritage of the area.
Also, the President of WASU, Rivpoly Chapter, Comrade Victor Tamunotonye commended the monarch for the prevailing peace and development in the ancient Kingdom since he ascended the throne and prayed God to continue to give him good health, protection and wisdom to pilot the affairs of the Kingdom.
Tamunotonye thanked him for his benevolence to the students and also invited him to grace their forthcoming Students Day slated for September 25, 2021.
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