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VC Okays UNIPORT, UMAT’s Collaborative Initiative

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 Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (right), receiving a present from the Acting Provost, Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology, Dr. Nnamdi Amadi (2nd left) and  supported by the Deputy Provost, Mr. Okpara Kingsley (left), during their courtesy visit  to her office in Government House, Port Harcourt recenlty

Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (right), receiving a present from the Acting Provost, Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology, Dr. Nnamdi Amadi (2nd left) and supported by the Deputy Provost, Mr. Okpara Kingsley (left), during their courtesy visit to her office in Government House, Port Harcourt recenlty

Vice Chancellor of the
University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Professor Ndowa Lale, has expressed satisfaction over the success recorded by the collaborative efforts between the University of Port Harcourt and the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), Tarkwa, Ghana in the training of Petroleu Engineering students from UMAT.
Speaking at a farewell cocktail organised by the university for the visiting students at the conference room of the International Students Centre, recently, the Vice Chancellor admonished the students to make the best use of their time in the university by enriching their knowledge in the petroleum industry and the Nigerian culture.
“I am aware that the collaboration between UNIPORT and UMAT has just been renewed. Perhaps, by the end of the next four years, there might be another renewal, if that happens, always remember that UMAT has come to its roots in UNIPORT…and we will be there to share in the glory that will come as a result of this unqiue collaboration between two great institutions”, the VC said.
“I also believe that while you were here, you were taken around this environment to see a slice of Nigeria and what we can offer, and I believe you had a better understanding of our country. I wish you the best for your performance and as you graduate to become petroleum engineers.
“For those of you who may wish to either work or settle down here as a result of this exchange programme, I encourage you to do so without hesitation”, Professor Lale stated.
In their separate speeches, Director of the Exchange and Linkage Programmes Unit (ELPU), Professor John Otaigbe and Acting Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Boniface Oriji, expressed gratitude to UMAT for partnering UNIPORT in sustaining the exchange programme.
The duo, who expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the visiting students and their enthusiasm  to learn, charged them to be good ambassadors of both UMAT and UNIPORT.
On their parts, class representative, Iddrisil Abdul-Latif and Kalet Kingdom, who spoke on behalf of their colleagues, lauded the university, especially, the vice chancellors, Professor Lale, Director, ELPU, Professor Otaigbe and Dr Oriji for the sacrifices they made to make the latest outing successful, promising to be good ambassadors of UMAT and UNIPORT.

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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Centre Wants Govts To Update School Curriculum

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The Centre for Distance Learning, Modibbo Adama University, Yola, has urged governments at all levels to update school curriculum in tune, with the realities of the new normal.
A Deputy Director in the University, Dr Abdullahi Bashir, made the call at the National Teachers Conference organised by Maltina Teacher of the year, on Friday, in Yola, with the theme:  ”Classroom Without Border; The New Normal.”
Bashir said that the current school curriculum needed to be revisited in the light of current developments in the education sector caused by technology and current global realities.
He said this would help to improve the standard of education in the country and enable students compete with their peers around the world.
Bashir also stated the need for governments to look into teachers’ welfare with a view to align their remuneration with doctors, engineers and other professions.
In her remarks, Adamawa Commissioner for Education,Mrs Wilbina Jackson, appreciated the efforts of the organizsers for their contributions to education development in the country.
Jackson, who was represented by Executive Secretary, Post Primary Education Management Board,Mrs Maryam Abubakar, charged teachers to impact positively on the life of their students to succeed in future.
According to her, the world is moving towards technology, hence the need to encourage students to embrace it in order to succeed.
Mrs Christable Malachia, who spoke on behalf of the participants, said the conference was timely, as they had learnt a lot, having been exposed to how to relate well with the students, parents and other staff, as well as how to be good mentors.

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Admission: College Begs JAMB For Waiver On Technical Courses

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The Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka Lagos, has requested the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), to grant it a waiver in technical courses.
The Provost of the institution, Dr. Wahab Azeez, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Lagos said that such waiver would attract more prospective students to the college.
Azeez was speaking against the backdrop of the poor enrolment of students in the college.
He explained that the idea was to create openings to attract school certificate holders to the college and build a career in technical education.
“Enrollment has not been encouraging and we are not silent on it.
“So, what we did was to approach JAMB to give us a wave in certain technical and vocational courses.
“We are hopeful that our request will get positive response from JAMB and it will throw opportunity for more students to register for technical or vocational courses in our college.
“Technical and vocational education is where the money is.
“Students who finish from the college may not necessarily look for a paid job because of the training they have acquired,’’ he expressed.
According to him, part of efforts to project the image of the college, was to reach out to the ministry of education with the purpose of having direct access to technical Secondary Schools.
Azeez explains that the college teaches related vocational subjects, which serve as foundation for students, who may want to settle in the field.
“Five technical schools are here in Lagos, including our FCE, Technical, which prompted our visit to the Lagos Commissioner for Education.
“The focus is more on technical teaching, where our seasoned lecturers take them through oral, practical rudiments of vocational education and inculcate in them, self reliance,’’  he said.
Azeez said that infrastructural developments, researches, academics, welfare, administration and social activities would continue to be prioritised, in order to make the learning environment conducive for students and staff.
According to him, construction of buildings for lectures, programmes and staffroom are ongoing, as part of measures to upgrade and bring the institution to an amiable state.
He said that under his administration, the science complex was being constructed and would be equipped with modern laboratory materials for the teaching of sciences and computer studies.
“Also, part of the ongoing constructions in the college is a technical workshop.’’
The management has equally taken steps to address issues of security water projects, he added.
The provost expressed optimism that the ongoing amendment bill on the Act that established the college, now at the National Assembly, would lead to the upgrade of the institution to a Federal University of Technical Education.

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CEAPoly: Governing Council Chairman Lauds Members, Rector On Commitment

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The Governing Council of the Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic (CEAPOLY) has been described as one of the best in the comity of governing councils in the various institutions Rivers State.
Chairman of the council, Senator Lee Maeba, stated this during at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the two storey governing council building complex at the insititution in PortHarcourt, recently.
Maeba, who noted that the governing council of the institution was committed to the progress of the institution, said it remained unwavered even in the faces of the challenge of a building for members’ meetings and deliberations.
Describing the members of the council as steadfast and lovers of the institution, Maeba expressed joy over the cordial relationship that existed among members, maintaining that their zeal and forthrightness would take the polytechnic to greater heights.
He said, “This governing council is one of the best governing councils in the schools in the state. I want to thank members of the council for their forthrightness and love for the school. These are members who spend their money to come to school on private visit to see to the welfare of the school. There is no friction between governing council and members and our meetings have always ended cordially. I am happy to be associated with these cream of members”.
While assuring that the polytechnic would witness flagoff of other constructions on campus, Maeba averred that the destruction of the former governing council building by the wildwind was a deliberate act to bring about a modern and beffiting complex in the institution.
“This auditorium was blown off by wildwind sometimes in May 2018. The sole purpose of the wind was to blow off a building that was no longer befitting for the school and the aim of the wind is actualised today”, he said. 
The CEAPOLY governing council chairman further lauded the Rector of the institution, Dr Samuel B Kalagbor for his dedication towards the growth of the institution.
In his words”the Rector is committed as he wants to move the school forward. We have passed a vote of confidence on him twice. First as a provost and then seeing his dedication, it was on us to convert his duty as a provost to a rector and that was done seamlessly because he deserves it.

By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu

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