A philanthropist, Profes
sor O. T. Adikibi has promised to offer fully-funded in-country scholarships to more than 1,000 applicants to undertake undergraduate studies in federal and state universities as well as polytechnics in the country. In an exclusive interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Administrative Manager, O.A. Adikibi Foundation, Miss Ibiene Kalio, said the scholarship programme was the first of its kind, adding that the maiden edition would begin selection of as many prospective students as possible from March 14, irrespective of local government or state of origin.
Kalio, who is also the spokesperson of the programme, stressed that the scholarship selection process closes June 24, 2016, noting that the Okrika-born philanthropist decided to use the multi-million Naira scholarship scheme to invest in education of less-privileged Nigerians as a way of reciprocating the support given to him as an intelligent but indigent teenager, to further his education and become somebody academically.
She said the scholarship targets young school leavers with required five- credit passes in the West African Examinations Council’s Senior School Certificate (SSC) and good scores in Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The administrative manager explained that the benefitting students must be within 18-25 years of age brackets, who are interested in offering courses in Medicine, Information Technology, Engineering, among others.
Kalio further added that beneficiaries must not only be Nigerians, indigent and intelligent but must be young orphans with bright future, adding that the foundation believes that one way to invest in the future is to create opportunities for the less-privileged to excel in life, and contribute their quota to national development.
She appealed to interested applicants to go online and download the scholarship forms at www.adikibi.scholarships.org. and follow the instructions in filling the forms, advising that once the forms are completed, applicants can summit same at No. 203, Victoria Street, Port Harcourt, or by post through P.O. Box 9192, Port Harcourt, with sender’s name on the reverse side of the envelope.
The spokesperson added that the foundation prefers physical submission of the application forms to give them opportunity to conduct on-the-spot interview of potential beneficiaries, given the strict selection criteria.
She hinted that to benefit fully from the scheme, selected applicants must submit four passports, birth certificate, JAMB result, O ‘Level WAEC results, and National Identity Card or Permanent Voter’s Card, emphasising that to remain a beneficiary, students must maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0: every year until graduation. The foundation’s spokesperson said that the aim of the programme was to promote academic excellence amongst indigent young Nigerians with little or no prospect of geuing good education, regretting that a large proportion of the less-privileged in the country has the “potential to turn around the fortunes of the nation, if they are integrated into the productive group of Nigerians.
She appealed to indigent teenagers from the 23 local government areas of the state to take advantage of the opening of the selection process of the scheme to rewrite their stories, and begin a new journey towards greatness, adding that the state needs their immense contributions to compete favourably in the comity of states in the federation.
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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