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‘Reading Culture, Key To Success In Life’

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A specialist in youth development, founder and coordinator, Young Minds International (YMI), a non-governmental organisation,  Mrs Ibinabo Celestine Ogolo, has identified the culture of reading among secondary school students as key to achieving  success and greatness in life.
Ogolo, stated this at a one-day seminar tagged, “The Importance of Education and the Nigerian Child: What Hope for the Future,” organised by the Vision of Effective Education Advocacy (EEAG), at Community Senior Secondary School, Kalio-Ama, last Tuesday.
She explained that what can change a person’s life was in a book, and enjoined young people to imbibe reading culture in order to be successful in life.
Represented at the occasion by the Treasurer, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State Chapter, Mrs Susan Serekara-Nwikhana, said that true greatness resides in the determination to achieve excellence in one’s chosen career.
In her keynote address titled: “Think Great, Choose Right,” Ogolo stated that: “A great life can be acquired as a result of allocating your time, energy, thoughts and hard work towards what you want to be in life, ever remaining focused, dedicated and committed to harnessing the great potentials deposited in you in order to attain greatness in life”.
“It is not about wasting precious time indulging in negative vices such as disobedience to parents and the elderly, stealing, examination malpractice, cultism, premarital sex, watching of pornographic movies, abortion, negative peer influence, among others,” she added.
She emphasised that a great life does not happen by chance, but through God’s wisdom to think, resourceful, adding that embedded in man are natural abilities, skills, talents and spiritual gifts that could make one great and successful in life.
While exploring the theme of the seminar, Ogolo said it can transform the educational system in Nigeria, if everyone, especially among primary, secondary, tertiary institutions’ students imbibes the culture of reading.
“Education and reading are a sine-qua-non to good life. They are two trending words that could easily transform the fortunes and status of an individual, society and country at large, if properly imbibed by everyone, especially those who have the capacity to become great,” Ogolo said.
In his opening remarks, Chairman of the occasion and Director, Rivers State Secondary Schools Board, Okrika Zone, Mr Mpaka Daniels, thanked the organizers, Daniels commended the EEAG for the noble idea, adding that since they came on board, the Senior Secondary School, Kalio-Ama, has remained the best  and described the group as trail-blazers.
In his address of welcome, the Principal of Community Secondary School (CSS), Kalio-Ama, Mr Dafuro Papamie George, said the seminar was aimed at sensitizing and encouraging the students to discover, and actualise those inherent positive potential in them, adding that it was very important that they become useful to themselves, and contribut, meaningfully to the society and the country at large.
Also speaking, the Chairperson, EEAG, Mrs Asikiye Promise, said the group was formed to address the poor attitude of students as well as assist them to develop the boundless opportunities education offers, and  expressed optimism that having discovered the solution to the above challenges; the body was hopeful that it would reverse the ugly trend.
In their various presentations, Dr Dumoateli Iboroma, who delivered a lecture on the  “Dangers of Unwanted Pregnancies and Prevention from Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections (STDs and STIs),” described unwanted pregnancy as ‘one that is not planned or ready to have,’ and enjoined students to have positive dreams and work towards actualizing them.
He urged them to desist from acts capable of resulting into early or unwanted pregnancies, and infections, especially STDs, STIs, and Vesico Virginal Fistula (VVF).
In their presentation, Old Girls of  Government Girls Secondary School, Harbour Road, 1983 set, Miss Adiki Ndamioku and Mrs Grace Manson Endeboh, who spoke on the topic “Problems Associated with Adolescent Sexuality,” attributed the increase in premarital sexual activities to the high level of poverty, hunger, lack of unemployment and large population of unskilled youth in the society.
Some students who spoke at the end of the seminar described the programme as good one that would impacted positively in their lives.

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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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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