The Vice Chancellor of Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Prof Barineme Fakae, led a team of literary giants in Rivers State last Saturday to unveil a new book titled Our Stories.
Represented at the event by Registrar of the University, Dr Daba Odeimabo, the Vice Chancellor who unveiled the book with the sum of One hundred thousand naira (N100,000.00) described the author of the new book, Chief Adi Wali, as a friend of the university and a great writer with skills.
Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Rivers State branch, Mr Obinna Nwodim, who was also chairman of the event decried the systematic drop in reading culture, saying that such a situation which spelts doom for any society had taken literature to the back seat in the scheme of things in Nigeria.
Remarking that the ugly situation had given ANA great concern, Mr Nwodim implored Nigerians to reactivate their reading culture by reading at least one book in one month and noted that one major way to encourage writers was by buying and reading their works .
He said he had taken time to read the new book, Our stories, and remarked that the gathering was to celebrate a great work by a creative writer and journalist.
The book reviewer, Dr Bobo Agava, described the book as a collection of short stories with its setting in an imaginary Ikwerre land with messages on inordinate acquisition of land and its dangerous consequencies, stressing that “greed is destructive.”
Dr Agava, a Deputy Registrar and Public Relations Officer of Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, said Chief Wali applied story writing device as most great African writers.
Reading Our stories’ is not only enjoyable, but also educative, because the issues and ideas couched in the stories are salient with several lessons about life,” Agava said.
In his address titled ‘Challenges and Hope for Young African Writers, the author identified publishers, attitude as an impediment to the growth of young writers and called for publishers’ encouragement to young writers.
According to Chief Wali, most publishers still believe in the old names and treat younger writers as people who do not have much to offer even before they care to has a look at your script.
He recommended hard work, dedication and sincere commitment based on patience to younger writers as strategies to succeed in the challenges ahead stressing that young African writers had a chance.
The author also called on managers of educational curriculum to make literature compulsory for the purpose of engendering learning and reading habit in our children through school system.
Our stories, is a 141 page book made up of four parts; Tragedy of land dispute, Ibeneme and Spirits, Eze Okogbule Amarachi Meets smit and the last part is a collection of Proverbs. No price was fix yet on the book.
UNIOSUN Appoints VC After Controversy
The Governing Council of Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has announced Prof. Odunayo Clement Adebooye as the fourth substantive Vice Chancellor of the University.
Adebooye’s appointment comes about two months after his predecessor, Prof. Labode Popoola completed his tenure (November 4, 2021) as a result of controversy that dogged the selection process.
A statement by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adesoji, quoted the Governing Council Chairman, Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) as saying that the selection process that produced the Professor of Plant Physiology was rigorous.
“The Council was able to exert rigorous efforts and sacrifice in the appointment procedures, which culminated in the appointment of Prof. Odunayo Clement Adebooye. We believe that he possesses the attributes to move the University forward and write a fresh chapter in the journey to achieve the dreams of the founding fathers of the University”, he said.
Born on December 18, 1966, Adebooye has spent over two decades at UNIOSUN as a member of the Governing Council, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Provost/Dean, Director, and Head of Department among others.
He has been a Visiting Professor to many universities in Nigeria, and abroad (Germany, Canada) and provides services for the United Nations.
RSUBEB Tasks Staff On Reorientation
As part of efforts to achieve maximum input and output at workplace for 2022 service year, the management of the Rivers State Universal Education Board (RSUBEB) has held a rededication service for staff to re-orientate them on the expected service delivery goals this year.
The rededication service with the theme: ‘You Are the Light of the World’ was attended by the commissioners, directors, heads of department, teaching and non-teaching staff at the board’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, over the weekend.
Delivering his brief exhortation, the President, Rivers Baptist Conference, Rev EbifaWoko, who spoke on the theme of the event, described staff of the board as light bearers, saying that they were expected to provide radiance to those who would require their services.
Woko, who took his Bible reading from the Gospel Book of Mathew 5:14-16, told RSUBEB staff that as light bearers, they were expected to establish good relationship in their various office responsibilities, and be a source light that extinguishes darkness.
“The light we are talking is knowledge that will turn around the board and bring efficient and effective service delivery.
“When you subject the light unto your comfort zones alone, you are shutting the door of service from others. You shortchange and compromise on standards of the organisation. Let your lights be on the lamp stand so as to be on the positive side, and promote good direction at the workplace”, he stated.
Earlier in an interview with newsmen, the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, VenFynefaceAkah said the essence of the rededication service was to re-orientate the staff on good moral conduct for service delivery, while appreciating God for His benevolence last year.
According to him, when things are done in God’s ways and pattern, it would reflect on both the individual and organisation, adding that great success and achievement would be accomplished.
“People who come in contact with you should feel satisfied and not the other way round. God should be seen and reflect in our character as we serve in our respective duties”, he stated.
Highlight of the event was special prayers offered for the leadership of the country, state security services as well as the RSUBEB.
By: Akujobi Amadi
Firm Charges Stakeholders On Teachers’ Training
Telecommunication Company, 9mobile, has advised stakeholders in the education sector to invest in training of teachers in order to instill quality education in pupils and students.
Executive Director, Regulator and Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Mr Abdulraham Ado, stated this at a one-day Train The Trainer Workshop for teachers within the Lagos State Education District III comprising Lagos Island and Eti-Osa Local Councils.
Represented by the Public Relations Lead, , 9mobile, Chineze Amanfo, stated that 9mobile was committed to prioritising the interest of the youths and would continue to invest in initiatives that impacted their development.
Ado said the workshop titled, ‘Understanding Affirmative Communication and the Emotional and Psychological Needs of a Child’, was aimed at equipping teachers with the skills to manage and influence the upcoming generation of students to be future agents of positive change.
He said, “Some months ago, we held a career counselling session for students of Akande Dehunsi Senior Secondary School on making career choices”.
we are back with a train the trainer workshop for teachers. Besides guiding students in academics and extracurricular activities, teachers play a critical role in shaping a child’s future.
“this has informed the decision to put this session together according to 9mobile’s focus on education as one of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) pillars. We recognize the efforts of our teachers, and we are here today to further encourage and equip them with skills that will further enhance their effectiveness and impact.”
One of the facilitators, a trained counselor and therapist, Emike Oyemade, advised the teachers to develop an effective communication strategy with their learners.
“As teachers, your style of communication must align with modern reality. You must learn to speak and understand your students’ language, use the right words to impact and influence them, and connect to correct where mistakes have been made.’’
A certified life coach and management trainer, John-Mabun Adesoga, said , “You cannot deliver well if you do not see your students as your children. Understanding the psychological and emotional needs of your students is a skill, and you must be deliberate about it.
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