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Five Physically Challenged Get SPDC Scholarship

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Shell Petroleum Devel-
opment Company (SPDC) has awarded scholarship to five junior secondary school (JSS1) students of Special School for the handicapped children in Port Harcourt to last them through secondary school.
Making the presentation of the award to the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of education, Dr Patricia Ogbonaya in the school recently,  the Adviser, Government and Community Relations, SPDC, Mr Otonye Davies stated that it is in line with SPDCs social responsibility stands.
He stated that SPDC has been supporting education from secondary to tertiary school levels in all of its area of operations.
“We have this in Rivers today, before today we had done it in Imo and Abia States. We want to demonstrate our support for all sectors of the society”, he said.
He used the opportunity to urge the recipient to use the opportunity very well; adding that “they should also study hard to maintain the position that they have attained”.
On her part, the permanent secretary, RSMOE, Dr Patricia Ogbonaya, who represented by the Director, Higher Education, Mr Obomanu Lawrence assured management, staff and students of the school that state government has always had them in mind.
She noted that the Governor, Chief Nyeson Wike has assured that the same way he had worked assiduously for the development of Education when he was a minister for state of Education, he will also do same as Governor of the state.
The Permanent Secretary, who was represented by the Director, Higher Education, Mr Obomanu Lawrence also thanked SPDC for the gesture, but added that more still needs to eb done for the school and students, who have special needs.
She urged SPDC to come up with more programmes for the students in order to develop their skills and knowledge on developmental issues, stressing that the school also need infrastructural development to enhance their performance.
In her address, principal of the Junior Secondary School, Ms Rose Thompson identified seven key areas in which the school needs urgent assistance.
The areas are hostel facilities, feeding of boarding students, resource persons on different vocational skills, sick Bay, more classrooms, capacity building programs for teachers, as well as employment of more specialist teachers.
The awardees are Humphrey Jackson, Queen Nwifii, Confidence Sunday, Chioma Favour, and Ibierewari Tammunoibuomie.

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UNIOSUN Appoints VC After Controversy

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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.

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RSUBEB Tasks Staff On Reorientation

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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

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Firm Charges Stakeholders On Teachers’ Training

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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.
He continued
“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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