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Don Identifies Importance Of DNA Markers

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A Professor of Biotechnology at the Rivers State University, Prof Ebiamad Barisibe, says with the latest research in DNA, parents can know the sex of their unborn baby at the fotus in the womb of a woman  within  five weeks of development
This was the highpoint of Prof  Brisibe’s keynote Lecture at the opening ceremony of a five-day Workshop on Basic Molecular and Computational Biology, organised by the Department of Medical Laboratory Science of the  State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, recently
Speaking on the topic “DNA Markers: A Tool for Unlocking Challenges in Forensic and Diagnostic Sciences,” Prof. Brisibe noted that unlike in the past when expectant parents had to wait for several months to know the sex of their unborn child, with DNA Markers, they can get the same result within 5-6 weeks and also find out the likely diseases the child may have. He explained that the early discovery helps couples to take a decision on the pregnancy”.
Very individual carries a specific DNA identity code, which according to him, is found in the cells of the body, stressing that the DNA markers can be used to find out true identity of individuals.”
He expressed worries that inspite of this latest DNA markers technology, most of the people who indulge in criminal activities in Nigeria are hardly caught and prosecuted because security agencies are yet to explore the rich potentials in the technology for investigation.
He called on security agencies to adopt the DNA Markers as a tool for investigation, adding that the Federal Government can also use the technology to conduct proper census that will be accepted globally, pointing out that previous census have been bedeviled with fictitious results.
In her address, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Opuenebo Binya Owei commended the Department of Medical Laboratory Science for the initiative, noting that workshops and seminars of this nature are engaging avenue for fruitful collaboration and the sharing of ideas and discoveries.

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RSUBEB Flags Off 1,400 BESDA Centres 

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In a bid to realise the  mandate given to it by the Rivers State Government in ensuring  the development of education in the state with regards to the rural communities ,the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB), has inaugurated 1,400 learning centres for the commencement of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme in some  communities across the state.
The BESDA  programme is an  initiative of  the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the State Universal Basic Education Board to eradicate the challenges of out-of-school children in  17 states of the country with a view to providing  basic education to the affected children.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony of the BESDA programme held at Egbeda community in Emohua Local Government Area of the state last Friday, the  chairman  of the State Universal Basic Education Board(RSUBEB),Ven. Fyneface Akah said the programme was targeted at the 110,654 out-of-school children of  age  6-11 years in the state who have  no opportunity to access formal education , adding that 300,000 facilitators  and 300,000 food vendors would  be engaged across the centers .
Akah stated that the programme  was in line with the mandate given to the board since 2016  by the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike  to   develop education in the state through provision of infrastructure with focus on the rural communities.
The state SUBEB boss opined that the BESDA scheme would afford the  children the opportunity to learn basic literacy and numerical skills within the nine months duration of the programme and added that at the end of the programme ,the children would be enrolled into any UBE schools within their communities and where there is none, the World Bank would provide.
He further  disclosed that the commission had been consistent in providing educational infrastructure in  Egbeda community, saying that was why the programme was brought to the community in order for the board to  continue on its rural educational development in the area.
“The children will be taught twice a week and eight times in a month and it will last for nine months period.The programme can be hosted in town halls and even individual houses where available.
BESDA was borne out of years of research studies on children who have been out of school and do not have the opportunity to acquire basic literacy and numerical skills and not able to read or count. Rivers State is among the benefiting  seventeen states in the country.” he stated
Ven. Akah told the people that the state governor had mandated them to embark on sensitisation and advocacy campaigns in the state and urged the benefiting communities to support the board for the success of the scheme in the state.
Earlier in their various good will messages, the Nyenwe Ali Egbeda/Ubimini, Eze C.Didia, and the Amanyanabo of Ele community , King Fred l Trene Peref, , Ele V11 commended the state UBEB for their efforts in ensuring the implementation of the programme in the state and assured of their support to the board to enable it succeed
Our correspondent who covered the programme reports that the  enrolled children were provided with free school uniforms, books, shoes by World Bank and supported by the state government .

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Girl Guides  Link Girl Child Education To World Peace, Dev

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The Nigerian Girl Guides Association (NGGA) has identified sound and qualitative education as a critical tool in empowering the girl-child toward attaining  leadership positions.
The association’s Chief Commissioner, Mrs Maria-Goretti Sule, said in Lagos that such empowerment would bring about global peace.
Sule spoke at the opening of the Nigeria Hub of the 2019 Juliet Low Seminar (JLS).
The seminar had the theme: “Lead Out Loud: Tackling Gender Barriers to Leadership”.
JLS is hosted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
According to Sule, the potential of any girl- child may remain untapped if not educated.
She said that education had the key to unlocking the potential.
Sule said that lack of education of the girl-child was a challenge to  achieving purposeful  leadership, national growth and global development, peace and harmony.
“That is the essence of this event.  Today marks a new dawn for us in the NGGA because this happens to be the first time we are hosting our movement’s global event.
“We have been playing host to many national and Africa region events and some others sponsored by the WAGGGS but when Nigeria was granted the hosting rights as one  of the 20 hubs for the seminar, our joy knew no bounds.
“You will agree with me that the girl-child is going through many issues such as gender discrimination, rape, poverty, barriers to education, violence and female genitsl mutilation, among others.
“We must not feign ignorance of these issues if we intend to give our girls the much needed empowerment through education to ensure freedom for them and find the space to develop their potential.
“The theme for the 2019 JLS is a very timely one;  this is the reason we must call on stakeholders to join forces with  us to break barriers that hinder the girl-child and young women from developing their talents  and becoming who God wants them to be,” she said.
The commissioner  urged that from homes to schools,  workplaces,  markets or political campaign grounds, all barriers to girl-child development must be broken.
She called  for legislation that would destroy barriers working against  females, to achieve accelerated national  transformation.
“We appeal  for legislation that will help young women to gain the confidence to pursue their life dreams and pursue success in whatever field they desire.
“We appeal for appointments for women who have the capacities to lead and make  impacts rather than discriminate against them because of their gender.
“As an association, we are ready to continue equipping our girls and playing our part to ensure they are mentored and polished to be of great service to the world,” Sule said.
The Assistant National Project Commissioner of the NGGA, Mrs Lilian Damie, told newsmen on the sidelines of the event that  about 700 members of the association were participating in the JLS in different countries, including Nigeria.
She said that the leadership programme  targeted females between ages of 18 years and 25.
According to her, the purpose is to identify gender barriers to leadership and come up with ways to overcome them.
“It is expected that when these participants and facilitators drawn from 18 countries  return to their local communities, they should be able to transfer skills and impact knowledge  garnered during the JLS experience to at least  100  girls, each.
‘“We strive to deal with  the issues facing the 21st century young women and girls by equipping them with the right education (formal and non formal), and skills that will enable them to discover themselves and unleash their potential for leadership roles.
“For us, education  remains the gateway. It remains the key to preventing all forms of challenge working against women.

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250 Rivers Students Scramble For Oil Firm’s Scholarship Award

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A total of 250 students from both secondary and tertiary institutions in some parts of Rivers State last week besiege the Rivers State University Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre to participate in the aptitude test for scholarship award thrown open by Eroton E&P Limited.
The Tide reports that Eroton Exploration and Production Limited is a joint venture partner with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the operation of Oil Mining License OML 18 which until 2014 belonged to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the Cawthone Channel areas around Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
It would be recalled that in 2018 the Managing Director of Eroton E&P, Obiaho Emafor, had expressed his confidence in the dynamics of Nigerian oil and gas sector and Eroton’s plan to grow its gas reserves.
Meanwhile, Eroton insider, told newsmen at the venue of the aptitude test that the scheme in addition to other donations were part of the JV’s “give back” programme to the host communities, adding that Eroton informed the host communities about the scheme and they asked teachers in their area to select the best brain and forward to the company.
This is the third series of the scheme out of the four years programme, specifically for indigent students from host communities, 100 from the secondary school level and 150 from the tertiary institution against 2020/2021 school calendar year and with a view to promoting education and assist indigent students in the area of operation”, he stated.
Attesting to the necessity of the scholarship scheme a teacher from Comprehensive College, Abalama in Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Bob-Manuel David who said he came to present his students for the aptitude test examination, expressed his gratitude that his school was fortunate to participate in another round of the scheme, stressing that the process was good and that the community was happy to be a host to Eroton and advised the oil company to sustain the scheme.
An English teacher in Kalabari National College (KNC), Buguma, Otelemaba Orugbani, on her part pleaded for transparency in the selection to give opportunity to brilliant indigent students.
In her reaction, a 200 level English/Communication student of Federal University, Otueke, Sandra Gillis Harry, expressed joy for being part of the exercise, saying that the exam at the tertiary level was ICT base and that if awarded the scholarship, it would boost the financial status of her parent, as well enhance her education.
Miracle Seberekon, of Comprehensive Secondary School Minama, expressed her optimism to be among the beneficiaries of the scholarship.

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