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Private Schools C’ttee, Not For Witch-Hunt -Chairman …Set To Visit 1,629 Schools

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The Chairman of Rivers State Committee on Revalidation and Monitoring of privately owned Schools in Rivers State Prof Ozo Mercury Ndimele says the committee is not established to witch hunt anybody but to help improve on the existing standard in the running of the private schools  in line with the  state government educational policies.
Ndimele also disclosed that the committee was not planning to close down any private schools in the state as being speculated in many quarters, rather  the committee,he said  would work with the private school owners  to ensure that qualitative education and  conducive learning environment are attained.
He stated this while addressing proprietors and  school managers of privately owned primary and secondary schools in the state at a stakeholders meeting at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Port Harcourt, last Friday.
He told them that the committee was a mere fact finding one that would make recommendations to the state government during the one month assignment.
“We shall do our work with human face. All you need to do is to cooperate with the committee to ensure the success of our assignment
“Our assignment is a serious one. We want to find out where our children are being trained and see if they conform with the standard,” he added.
Prof Ndimele who is the Vice Chancellor of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education as well as the coordinating chairman of the committee for Rivers East senatorial district  announced that the committee would begin visitation to 1,629 schools that are registered with the office of the Secretary to State Government from this week and warned them against any form of inducements.
“Let me warn, let nobody try to bribe or induce any member of the committee because the state government has adequately funded us. If you do your school will be blacklisted,” he added.
Also speaking, Prof Okey Onuchukwu, who serves as the coordinating chairman for Rivers South East averred that the committee would visit the schools to ascertain whether the minimum standards were being complied with, adding that the committee was an independent body not attached to Schools Board or UBE.
In his own speech, the coordinating chairman for Rivers West, Prof Philip Odari commended the private school owners in the state for their various contributions to the development of the state, adding that the mission of the committee would be on how to improve what they already have and not to destroy them.
Some of the private school owners, Elder Gospel Awara-jaja, Elder Abbey Caleb Osaroigwe and Dr Dennis Woruka who spoke at the event appealed to the state government to revalidate their registration rather than cancellation, noting that some of the private schools have existed for over 30years.
They also appealed to the committee to consider the new schools as well as to categorize the schools in their assignment.

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91 Contractors Jostle For UBE Jobs In Rivers 

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A total of  ninety one contractors have participated in the opening of bidding for jobs at the Rivers State Universal Basic Board, RSUBEB,Port Harcourt over the weekend.
The various  jobs bidded for by the contractors were listed in the 2018 FGN/UBE intervention funds for the state.
Speaking at the opening of the bidding ceremony held at the board’s corporate headquarters the state chairman of RSUBEB, Rev Fyneface  Aker said  that the bidding process was a pre  requisite  condition in the procurement law, adding that occasion was to comply with the law.
Rev Aker said the law provides that the bidding be made open to select qualified  contractors who will execute government jobs, noting that the presence of the contractors at the ceremony had lightened  up the process  and affirmed the board’s  transparent stance.
He promised a fair and transparent bidding process to select qualified contractors who would deliver on the various jobs specifications ,adding that the board would not tolerate any incidence of sub standard  execution or abandonment of projects.
“We will not tolerate unprofessionalism and abandonment of contracts by the contractors; we will not hesitate to sanction any erring contractors.”
The state UBE helmsman pleaded with contractors who may not be successful at the end of the bidding exercise to be patient with the board and try next time, adding that the number of contractors were more than the number of jobs  available.
Aker used the opportunity to appeal to benefiting communities across the state to  see the projects as government gifts   to them and cooperate with the contractors to enable them deliver on the stipulated time frame and warned the communities on frivolous demands from the contractors which he said, may hamper the execution of the projects.
“We don’t have provision for marching grounds for any community .They should  see the contracts as state government gifts to them  and protect the jobs” he stated.
Also speaking, a representative from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Abuja, Mr Monday Sunday commended RSUBEB for complying with the procurement law as directed by the commission ,adding that the commission was satisfied with the entire processes adopted in the opening of bidding.
“Rivers state people are wonderful .What we are seeing here today is excellent even without supervision from the commission; it is an indications that they will go far. Procurement is one   area most states have not complied with but Rivers has cued in” he stated.
Giving the break down, the  RSUBEB director in charge of research ,planning and statistics Evang Emma Ogbugo said a total of 123 contractors registered with the board for the   jobs, 95 bought the bid application forms, while 91 returned their bids application forms, adding that the jobs sought for cut across supply, renovations and reconstruction of schools in the state.
Some contractors  who spoke to newsmen at the event, Mrs Lauretta Abu and Mr Emmanuel Chioma expressed satisfaction with the process and described the process as transparent and fair.

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Teachers, Tools For Societal Dev -Acting VC

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The Acting Vice-Chancel-lor of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Prof. Opuenebo Binya Owei says the importance of teachers in the development  of the society cannot be over-emphasised.
Prof Owei stated this while delivering  her  keynote address on the topic “The Place of the Classroom Teacher in National Development” at the 2019 Annual Teaching Practice Orientation for students of Faculty of Education of the institution held at the Amphi Theatre, recently.
The acting vice chancellor who was represented on the occasion by the institution’s director of sports, Dr Joseph Vipene opined  that it was in recognition of the all important role played by  teachers in  nation building that October 5th of every year is earmarked for the  celebration of teachers known  as “World Teacher’s Day.”
”… No education system can rise above the quality of its teachers… Think back when you were in school – from primary, secondary to date. Who was your favourite teacher? We all have at least one teacher who changed our lives, inspired us to what we are today.” she stated
The  acting vice-chancellor charged the students to teach with passion and communicate effectively with the students, parents and staff in the school, adding that they will be posted to schools across the state where they will   do their Teaching Practice.
Also speaking on the topic “The Lesson Plan: an Evaluation of Students’ Teaching Practice Experience” the former Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof. Mackson Ahiakwo averred that  Lesson Plan is very important for effective teaching, adding that a teacher in training who failed to plan before entering the class to teach, had already planned to fail.
In his own contribution on “Ethics in the Teaching Profession”, the Head of Department of Educational Foundation, Dr. Nabboth Nwafor advised the students to behave very well in the classroom, school environment and the community, adding that  as teachers in training, the school community expects so much from them, not only in teaching but also in their character and  conduct.
Our correspondent reports   that a total of 325 students are expected to participate in the three months  compulsory Teaching Practice Exercise which  commenced on the 9th of September and to terminate on the 1st of November, 2019.

 

Akujobi Amadi & Ngozie Nnadozie

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Group To Partner RSU On Physical Planning

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The Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Rivers State Chapter, Inameti Tete, says the association is ready to assist the state university to further  develop physical planning in the institution.
TPL Tete  made this promise when he led other executive members of the association  to pay a courtesy visit on the Acting Vice Chancellor of the  Rivers State University, Prof. (Mrs.) Opuenebo Binya Owei in her office in Port Harcourt over the weekend.
He told her that they were in her office to congratulate her on her elevation to the Acting Vice Chancellor ship position by Governor Nyesom Wike and commended her for the various achievements she had recorded within the short period in office.
The State Chairman of NITPL disclosed  that the acting vice chancellor mentored many of the practising town planners in the state as the  second  female professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Department and  described her as a respected mother of the profession.
He however, said the  elevation of Prof. Opuenebo Owei as the Acting Vice Chancellor was a confirmation of   her high level  of discipline and  commitment in the discharge of her professional  duties and service delivery.
“Your elevation is a further confirmation of the high virtue of life you always exhibited in carrying out your assigned roles in whatever position you occupy”.
“The Institute is highly proud of you on your achievements and as an exemplary pillar of the profession”, he stated.
The Chairman prayed God to grant the Acting Vice Chancellor wisdom and grace to excel.
Responding Prof. Owei  expressed  profound gratitude to executive members of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Rivers State Chapter, for their visit and reassured them of her commitment in working towards actualising the mandate given to her by the state chief executive ,adding  that her appointment came as a surprise, and solicited for their support  to  enable her take the institution   to greater heights.

 

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