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Nigerian Languages Institute Gets Substantive Executive Director

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Prof. Obiajulu Emejulu has been appointed the substantive Executive Director, National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN) in Aba, Abia State, the institution said in a statement yesterday.
The statement was signed  by the Head, Information, Protocol and Public Relations, NINLAN, Mr Chris Nwankwor.
Emejulu, a professor of Communication and Language Arts, was chosen by the Governing Council of NINLAN under the chairmanship of Chief Nkwo Nnabuchi, following a screening interview conducted for shortlisted applicants.
The institution said nine other professors applied for the post but five were shortlisted and after screening them, Emejulu was chosen for the post.
Emejulu, who had overseen the activities of the institution since October 2018, would be the fourth chief executive officer of the institution since its inception.
The don holds a Bachelors degree in English, a Masters  degree in Language Arts and a doctorate in Communication and Language Arts.
Emejulu said his vision is to reposition NINLAN to effectively realise its mandate of awarding certificates, diplomas, degrees and serve as a centre for research and learning of Nigerian languages.
He said his immediate priority is the commencement of National Certificate of Education  programme in some subject areas following a recent approval by the National Commission for Colleges of Education.
Emejulu said the institution’s  mandate of awarding degrees was being hampered by some loopholes in the NINLAN Act which the National Universities Commission had spotted.
He asked for urgent action to rectify the problem and gave an assurance  that as soon as the challenge was dealt with, the institution would proceed to fulfill its mandate of awarding degrees.
The professor said the institution which sits on 209.4 hectares of land along Opobo – Azummini Road,  Ogbor Hill, Aba, has had its development retarded because of paucity of funds.
He said that NINLAN had over time made efforts to benefit from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TET-FUND) but had yet to be included in the scheme to enable it develop its vast land space.
He said the institution was in need of funds to develop and fulfill its mandate and called for the assistance of governments and organisations to support NINLAN’s quest to improve Nigerian languages.
Emejulu thanked the staff members of the institution who expressed satisfaction that he was appointed a substantive executive director of NINLAN following his performance in acting capacity.
He expressed hope that his five-year tenure would result in better staff welfare, development of academic programmes and infrastructure in the institution.

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Police Take Anti-Cultism Campaign To Rivers Schools

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The Inspector General of police, Mohammed Adamu has taken the campaign against cultism and other social vices to primary and secondary schools In Rivers State  as part of efforts to curbing insecurity and other criminal activities in the society.
The Commander of Anti-Cultism  Unit in Elele, Ikwerre Local Government Area, CSP Yusuf Idi, who delivered the message of the IGP at the launch of the campaign at the  Model Primary School,  Igwuruta, over the weekend, said the essence of the campaign was to catch the young ones in both primary and secondary schools early and prevent   them from being entangled in cultism practice.
Idi said the recent campaign became necessary following latest investigation which  revealed that sixty to seventy percent of those involved in cultism had their initiation while in primary schools.
Idi while highlighting the dangers of cultism and other social vices, encouraged the school children not to give ears to anyone who may want to lure them into belonging to cult groups and urged them to report such individuals to their  parents, teachers and police officers.
“This campaign against cultism which is aimed at catching  them young  is an initiative of the Inspector General of Police. It has a enough packaged in it. The aim is to end insecurity, because we realized that those that causes all forms of insecurity are cultists which  investigation had revealed that most of them were initated from primary and secondary schools.
“If you do not want to die young, you must reject anyone one  that will want to lure you into cultism, because if you do,the  police and other security operatives will come after you and in course of exchange of fire, you may die or you will  remain in prison. You must reports to your parents, teachers or nearest police, anyone with  character such as  indecent dressing, smoking hard drug, stubborn etc which are their signs, he stated
Some traditional rulers who were present at the event including the Chairman of Igwuruta Council of Traditional rulers, Chief Ernest Wosu and Chief Anthony Nyenche commended the Nigerian police for the sensitisation and urged the pupils to take seriously the campaign to become good and better citizens of the society.
“The Nigerian police have really shown us that they are for us, we thank them for coming to teach us and our children. Our children please, you must hear what the police has told us today, if you don’t hear, you will regret it tomorrow. If we did not do well, we will not be invited to come here today, that will show you that to live a good life is good,” he stated
On his path, the Supervisory Director of Universal Basic Education in Ikwerre Local Government, Area, Adolphus Umesi who spoke on behalf of the schools also commended the organisers of the programme and promised to ensure that the campaign gets to all the schools in the state.
He encouraged the school children to disassociate themselves from cultists and live a life that would make the society a better place to be.

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UNIPORT VC, Others Mourn Director’s Mum

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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof Ndowa Lale recently joined other prominent personalities to eulogise the mother of the Director of the Institute of Petroleum Studies(IPS), Mrs Fidelis Oriji.
Prof Lale,  who spoke at the funeral service of Mrs Oriji held in Choba said the late matriarch would be missed for her motherly care and disposition, as he urged the family to sustain her legacy.
In his sermon at the funeral, Ven Jolly Ndubuisi of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Choba, admonished christians to believe in Christ as Late Mrs. Oriji did in her lifetime.
He urged the people to do away with all forms of social ills by being Christlike.
The chief mourner and Director of IPS University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Boniface Oriji said he would miss his mum, recalling the good times they had together.
Dr. Oriji recalled that his mum sacrificed a lot to bring him and his siblings up in a polygamous family.
According to him, the mum never relented in the face of the odds and engaged in all manner of farm work and business to train them up.
He described his late mum as hardworking and one who believed in the future of the children and gave them her best.
In his words, “our mother was forthright, always forthcoming, charming, full of wisdom and and above all a very good Christian.”

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RSCHSMT Matriculates 829 Fresh Students

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A total of  829 fresh students have been offered admission  into the Rivers State College of Health Science and Management Technology (RSCHSMT)  2019/2020 academic session to study various courses and programmes in the college
The Provost of the institution , Prof Franklin Nlerum disclosed this while speaking at the college matriculation ceremony held over the weekend and  urged the fresh students to  take their studies very serious as  the school he said, has  zero tolerance for cultism, hooliganism, deviant tendencies and examination malpractice.
He congratulated the students for being able to secure a place in the  college for the 2019/2020 academic session and wished them well in their academic pursuit in the college.
The provost used the opportunity to express his profound gratitude to the governor of the state, Chief  Nyesom Wike for  graciously assenting to the re-enacted bill of the college passed recently   by the Rivers State House of Assembly which, he said, has   uplifted  the  polytechnics status.
“ We are very thankful to his Excellency for approving the Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (TISS) for staff of the college,  the new college law and the re-naming of the college arising therefrom have fundamentally widened the object and scope of academic programme of the college”he stated.
He averred   that the college has the  responsibilities to inculcating good values and morals in her students in order  to ensure that  they graduated worthy  in character and  in learning.

 

Akujobi Amadi & Kiadum Edookor

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