In its bid to encourage the
study of Mathematics among the student populace of its alma mater, the 1976/1981 set of Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Borikiri, Port Harcourt, recently instituted awards for two different categories of students in the school.
These awards are for the best Mathematics Students in The Junior Secondary level( JSS) and the best Mathematics student at the Senior Secondary level (SSS)and are inaugurated by the old boys, led by its Class Captain, Mr. Wills Iniruo.
These are done in memory of a former member of the body, late Godknows T. Iso-Bobo.
According to Iniruo, the late Iso-Bobo excelled in Mathematics while in school and was highly regarded as a Mathematics guru by all and sundry.
Apart from his Mathematical prowess, the Maths prodigy was also said to have been committed to service during his life time, hence his former class mates decided to name the awards after him for his commitment to service as well.
“We are inaugurating the awards in the memory of our dear class mate, Godknows Iso-Bobo, who excelled in Mathematics while in school and who was also an epitome of dedication to service. “He dared where all others cringed. Mathematics to most of the students was a monster that was to be feared and avoided, but he earned everybody’s respect, because he mastered the subject and bested it at will”, Iniruo said.
The school, was about the best in the eastern part of the country then. It was founded by the United States Development Agency, USAID, together with the one in Aiyetoro, Ogun State. We had the best facilities in the area and the best local and expatriate teachers available in the area then. One of the expatriate teachers that we met at the school, K.D. Smith still teaches in the school today. He taught us the two most important subjects English Language and Mathematics throughout our stay in the school.”
The honouree, Godknows was not just our class mate, he was the General Secretary of the set Association and was known for his dedication and exemplary lifestyle while alive. He stood out among our colleagues and was one of the icons of mathematics in our class” , he added.
In a lecture he delivered at the inauguration ceremony, an old student of the set, Barrister Idaye Opi advised the students to be mindful of the best way to develop their minds, as it is one of the most precious gifts given them by God. According to him, everybody is either a leader or follower, but in order to achieve greatness, one has to develop his own mind.
Quoting copiously from the book, ‘The Case For Faith’ by Lee Strobe, Barrister Opi told his audience made mainly of the members of the old boys, students of the school and journalists, that one’s mindset propels one towards his objectives, and that it was the most powerful weapon one possesses which must be protected by all means.
“Your mindset sets you apart from the rest of the pack, you need to develop your own mindset and protect it strongly because it is the most powerful weapon you possess”, he said.
In another lecture, Rev Yerisoanga Peter-Kio, who is also an old student of the school and a member of the set, told the students that Mathematics was a very important subject and that it empowers its practitioners economically, adding that Mathematics was involved in all human endeavours and that those who employ it properly will be successful in life.
“All the challenges we are facing in the country at the moment are due to the fact that our leaders are not applying the right mathematical rules to the situations in the country’ “ he said.
UNICEF, Adamawa Train 50 Girls On Digital Innovation
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board (ADSUBEB), has begun a three-day training exercise for 50 girls on digital innovation.
The exercise is designed to prepare the girls ahead of the national competition as part of activities to mark the 2021 International Day for Girl-Child Education.
The United Nations has proclaimed October 11, as International Day of the Girl-Child.
The theme for this year is “Digital Revolution: Not Without Girls.”
Mr Joel Jutum, UNICEF Education Consultant, who spoke at the inauguration of the exercise, said that 10 participants were selected from each of the five participating local government areas of the state.
Jutum listed the councils to include Fufore, Guyuk, Hong, Yola South and Yola North.
He said that 10 best performing girls would be selected at the end of the session, adding that five of them would represent the state in Abuja while the remaining five would be honoured in Yola on Oct. 11.
In her remarks, Mrs Wilbina Jackson, Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development reiterated the state government’s commitment towards ensuring quality girl-child education in the state.
Jackson, represented by Mukhtar Tukur, Director, Human Capital Development of the ministry, said that the state had attained over 70 per cent computer and ICT compliant in the public schools.
She stressed the need for the girls to understand that they have the potential to change the world in the future.
Also speaking, Dr Salihi Atequ, Chairman of the Board, admonished the girls to take the advantage of the exercise and study hard for a better future.
Atequ, however, decried the high rate of rape and other forms of abuse against girls, and charged them to focus on their studies to achieve academic excellence.
On her part, Dr Jiddere Khaibo, Chairperson, High Level Women Advocate (HILWA), an Adamawa State based NGO, urged the girls to study hard so as to become good mothers and contribute positively to their families and the society.
She also urged the state government to give more employment opportunities to women.
Securing Nation, A Collective Responsibility -Lecturer
A polytechnic lecturer, Mr Adegoke Adejumo, on Saturday, said that ensuring the nation’s security is a collective responsibility which should not be left alone to the government.
Adejumo, Head of the Marketing Department, Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, gave the advice in Osogbo on the sidelines of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the department’s 2007 alumni.
“Safety is a shared responsibility, which must not be left in the hands of security personnel alone, but must be supported by individual, corporate, and social entities.
“All stakeholders must support government at all levels in the fight against banditry and kidnapping.
“The issue of insecurity has impacted a lot on the social economy of the country, leading to the loss of lives and property.
“It has also affected the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is scaring away investors willing to come into the country,’’ he said.
According to the don, government must urgently think outside the box to find solutions to the current challenges facing the country.
He added that everybody was a stakeholder so should assist security personnel in taking proactive step to tackle the issue of insecurity.
“I want to say that insecurity, unemployment and extremism have a lot to do with governance and must be given adequate consideration and not separated from each other,’’ he added.
Adejumo called for behavioural change among the die-hard extremists, who delighted in escalating tensions and heating up the polity.
He praised the alumni for organising their AGM, adding that such gathering would foster love and unity amongst them.
Adejumo also appealed to the executives of the 2007 set to support and render hands of love to their fellow colleagues who were on the verge of success.
Earlier, Mr Moshood Adeyemi, the newly elected President of the alumni group, commended the Federal Government for its effort in tackling the issue of insecurity in the country.
Don Wants Institutions To Prioritise Character In Educational Pursuits
A university teacher, Prof. Prince Nwachukwu Ololube, has called on institutions across the nation to place emphasis on character as much as education for a balanced institutional leadership and management.
Ololube made the call in his inaugural lecture titled: “Social Sins and the Character of Institutional Leadership and Management: A Nation Programmed to Fail” delivered at the Auditorium, Main Campus, of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) in Port Harcourt, Thursday.
Ololube noted with dismay the preference given to uncreative career at the expense of character stating that such act had hampered the smooth functioning of not only the nation’s institution but its overall sector.
He maintained that in education that ignores character building is an incomplete education and is bound to produce an incomplete education and is bound to produce an incomplete individual.
The professor averred that education at all levels plays weighty role in the advancement of institutions including the economic, political, social, cultural and technological development of any country, adding that in order to achieve the objective of education, institutional leaders are expected to have good character likely to manage and direct the affairs of institutions.
In his words, “Nigerians obsession with materialism in tends to make us more concerned about acquiring knowledge so that we can get better jobs and make money. A lucrative career is preferred to memorable character. Institutions emphasise career building and not character building”.
“People that are outstanding in their career, who score “As in every course and strive harder to maintain their grades become bookworms, passed with distinctions and got uncreative jobs but they can not deal with people nor can they build relationships. They do not have time to learn the important aspects of life (character). All the years of study and excellent grades cannot bring happiness or the desired character to live among people. An education that ignores character building is an incomplete education,” he said.
Ololube regretted that Nigeria lacks genuine leadership with institutions despite the abundance of highly skilled Individuals in the field of institutional leadership and management saying “thousands of millions of naira and dollars were stolen from these institutions which make them unproductive in terms of providing quality education for its students and faculty.”
Describing social sins as sins either by commission or omission with reference to political, economic, social and religious leaders behaviours in society, Ololube said they are realities that delineate societal standards.
By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu
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