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Expert Advocates Radicalisation Of Education Sector

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A former lecturer in Education, Professor Pai Obanya, has called for the radicalisation of Nigeria’s educational sector in order to achieve global best practices in the field.
Making the proposal, Wednesday, at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education’s 10th Anniversary Public Lecture, the Emeritus Professor, Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, stated that radicalisation of the education sector is necessitated by the fact that a state of emergency needs to be declared in the sector.
“It (education) requires a paradigm shift from education for all, with all, and by all.
“It calls for concerted and radical action to be guided by a National Education Emergency Response Strategy (NEERS) that should tackle our education sector’s burning issues anchored on three pillars – politics/policy, planning/management, and operations/practicalisation”, he said.
According to Prof Obanya, under the first pillar (politics/policy), the entire citizenry has to be mobilized, with wide spread stakeholders/multisector synergy, and synergy from the beginning to the end of the policy development process.
It will also require the government to build social will to synchronise with political will, invest necessary funds, fully integrate private providers into the process, as well as have regular, inclusive policy dialogue at all levels.
In planning and management, he said, there should be planned development of education, ministerial strategic plan on education, commonality of interest in terms of pillars (policy makers) and enablers (policy executors).
He continued that there should be updating/harmonization and vigorous pursuit of policies, addressing of the data drought question, harnessing of ICT potentials and micro planning in the education sector.
The third pillar, Obanya stated, should be the era of “business unusual”, sowing/nurturing and reaping quality, instituting educative schools everywhere and returning quality teachers in their numbers to the system.
Others are institutionalization of teachers’ professional support, prioritization of lecturer psycho-social support, promotion of curriculum enrichment and mainstreaming of the implicit curriculum.
The emeritus professor, also known as the “Grand Sage of Education in Africa”, called for de-intoxication of the continuous assessment in its true form, and monitoring of learning achievement.
Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, stated that the institution has achieved a lot in ten years.
He recalled that from awarding degrees in only education, the university first got National Universities Commission’s approval for 25 programmes, then another approval to run Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in 25 new programmes, as well as creating four new programmes.
“By 2017, we applied and got approval from NUC to mount PGD, Masters, and Ph.D, and we can boast that we have one of the best Ph.D programmes in Nigeria”, he said.
He continues that “our students graduate in record time, with little hassles, and by the next convocation, we will be introducing our first Ph.D graduates”.

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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A’Ibom Seeks Int’l Support Against Insecurity

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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has called for more collaboration between countries in tackling insecurity in the world.
Emmanuel, who made the call while interacting with Foreign Defence Attaches and staff of the Defence Intelligence Agency at the Government House, Uyo said that stronger ties between countries would assist in combating insecurity.
The governor, who also called for stronger ties between countries, said that more collaboration was urgently needed in stemming the tide of terrorism in different countries.
”We believe that defence and security should be number one. We believe that once we get our nation secured, we can fight other vices that might actually derail what we do as a country.
”These days, people talk about cyber terrorism, fake news, rogue organisations, terrorist network and others that have occupied the global space.
“I just want to believe that if all nations collaborate, we can actually fight terrorism and other security challenges to a minimal level,” he said.
The governor, who decried the spate of security challenges in different countries, said that his administration was committed to the development of the state’s air, road and water sectors.
The governor said that the proposed Safe City project would be directed at checkmating criminality and makes the state attractive to more investors.
“We are building a network that would promote the Ease Doing Business and make this state actually attractive to our foreign partners.
”We have also installed a whole lot of systems and technologies needed for effective security monitoring.
“We are just one state in this country that is in the process of implementing a safe city system that will actually enable proper monitoring and effective control of criminal activities,’’ he said.
Emmanuel commended the Defence Intelligence team for the visit, adding that there were huge investment opportunities that foreigners could exploit in the state.

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SPDC Reassures On Host Communities’ Development

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Shell Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) says it is prioritising development of its host communities which provide operational environment for oil and gas exploration in Niger Delta using the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) template.
The General Manager, External Relations at SPDC, Mr Igo Weli stated this in Yenagoa during the inauguration of completed projects at Tarakiri Cluster Development Cluster in Ekeremor and Sagbama Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.
Weli said SPDC had completed 24 projects for N496.9 million in six communities within the Tarakiri cluster.
Weli, represented by Mr Evans Krukrubo, External Relations Manager, West Asset, listed Ayamasa, Agbere, Isampou, Ofoni, Agbialama and Egbema in Ekeremo and Sagbama Local Government Areas as the benefiting communities.
“Where the environment supports our business and we run our operations without disruptions, SPDC is committed to increasing the Social Investment that we make to host communities and to Nigeria.
“A peaceful and enabling environment allows SPDC Joint Venture to put more funding to social investment that benefits all our people.
“SPDC has disbursed about N41.1 billion to the 37 active clusters from 2006 till date for community development under the GMoU template,’’ he said.
Speaking on behalf of the benefiting communities, Dr Jude Ebibokefie, Chairman of Tarakiri Cluster Development Board, commended SPDC for promptly meeting its funding obligations which facilitated the completion of the projects.
He explained that the projects cut across infrastructure, skills acquisition and human capacity empowerment as well as scholarships executed and implemented by the established organs in the GMoU agreement which runs for a five year period.
The Tide’s source reports that some 25 women who successfully completed skills acquisition trainings received a startup grant of N41.1 million at the occasion.

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Serial Killings: Police Lament Delay In Prosecuting Prime Suspect

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The Police in Rivers State has lamented that murder charges against suspected serial killer, Gracious David-West is pending in the High Court one week after it was filed.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura stated this when he led the police management team on a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyayi Lamikanra, at her office in Port Harcourt.
Dandaura further said the delay in the dispensation of justice and granting of cheap bail conditions to high profile criminals were some of the challenges facing the police in criminal cases.
According to the State Police boss. “First of all I want to talk on the issue of speedy assigning of cases. Sometimes we will file cases in the High Court and for a long time we will not be given date to come and prosecute these cases.
“Like this David-West (the suspected serial killer) that was arrested. We have already filed this case over a week ago. We are still waiting. We do not want to charge him to the magistrate court because the offences here are for the High Court. It is a murder case.
“When we waited and we could not get any date and we are still waiting; I was asked why not charge him to magistrate Court?
Responding, the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Lamikanra, promised that the trial of David West will receive speedy attention following the nature of the crime, adding that other demands of the police would be looked into.
Meanwhile the police said its operatives killed a suspected cultist and kidnap kingpin who had been terrorizing passengers along the Omerelu-Owerri Road, spokesperson of the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, who disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt.
Omoni said the suspect was killed during a gun battle with policemen, noting that the deceased along with his fleeing gang members had attempted to hijack a commercial vehicle returning to Port Harcourt from Owerri before meeting his waterloo.
The State Police image maker said, “There was an attempt to hijack a bus at the Omerelu-Owerri Road. But the timely intervention of our men foiled that attack and a notorious kidnapper by the name Promise Nduka whose gang members have been terrorizing that axis was killed in the crossfire.

 

Dennis Naku

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