Rivers State Governor,
Chief Nyesom Wike has charged the Governing Council of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), to make uptimum use of its newly commissioned Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Centre for Gas, refining and petrochemicals (CGRP), building.
Giving the charge at the commissioning of the Centre recently, Governor Wike urged the council to ensure that it transforms the centre into a world acclaimed energy research centre.
“The Governing Council of the University has a great responsibility to meet the expectations of the government and people of Rivers State and Nigeria at large.
The council must transform this centre to a centre of Excellence recognized world wide as the epicenter of modern energy research,” he said.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry- Banigo, enlogised the university for its commitment to quality teaching and research in oil and gas which has stood out in engineering education in the South-South.
This, he noted, was what earned the university the grant from NLNG used for the establishment of the (CGRP).
While expressing optimism that the Centre would transform research in gas, petroleum refining and allied industrial products in the Gulf of Guinea, the Governor also stated its implications to the university, state and country at large.
“This centre goes to consolidate our position in the country as the custodian of knowledge and technology in the oil and gas sector. The implications of this are far-reaching.
“First, University of Port Harcourt will go into history as the only university that has a modular refinery in the country,” the Governor said.
He also stated the possibility of experts in the hydrocarbon industry availing themselves of the cutting –edge facility and equipment in the centre to embark on research that would proffer solutions to the growing local demand for energy to power industrialization, transportation and electricity supply in the country.
In his remarks at the occasion, minister of science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Commended the NLNG Limited for its university support programme initiative aimed at advancing engineering education in Nigeria.
The minister, who was represented by Professor Jidere Bala, expressed gratitude to NLNG for contributing to the development of science and technology in the country.
“As the minister of Science and Technology of the federal Republic of Nigeria, I feel a sense of fulfillment that a support of this nature to Science, Technology and innovation (STI) is being provided by a corporate organization like NlNG Ltd at this point in time.
“On behalf of the Government and People of Nigeria, I thank the NLNG for supporting the development of STI through building and equipment of Engineering laboratories across the country at a cost of $ 12 million,” he said.
Also speaking, Managing Director of NLNG, Babs Omotowa, said the company decided to partner the university in order to contribute to educational growth and overall development of the Country.
He noted that Counties such as Japan, India and Singapore turned their potentials into reality through knowledge provided by science and technology.
According to him, the Centre houses state –of-the art laboratory equipped with a modular refinery, is the first of its kind in any educational institution in sub-Saharan Africa.
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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