Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has approved the appointment of Prof. Mu’azu Gusau as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Zamfara State University, Talata-Mafara.
This was contained in a statement signed by the governor’s Special Adviser on Higher Education, Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin-Bore, and made available to newsmen in Gusau, yesterday.
Gurbin-Bore said the governor also appointed Mr Bashiru Mafara as the Registrar and Mr Usman Bungudu as the Bursar of the institution.
He said that all the appointments were to take immediate effect.
Gurbin-Bore quoted Gov. Matawalle as imploring the new appointees to discharge their duties diligently.
“He (Matawalle), promised to give the institution all the required support to meet the demands of the new age and become a world-class university,” he said.
Our correspondent reports that the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Gusau holds a PhD in Toxicology from the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom and had been a Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) since 2009 where he lectured and held various positions for 31 years.
Gusau, who had also served as Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, also consulted for the Department of Petroleum Resources on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), on general toxicological issues.
The new Registrar, Mafara, who is currently pursuing his doctorate degree, was the Registrar, College of Agriculture and Animal Science (CAAS) Bakura, Zamfara, and had been in the tertiary education system for 20 years.
He occupied several administrative positions which included Deputy Registrar, Student Affairs Officer, while the new Bursar, Bungudu was, until his appointment, a staff of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
Schools’ Resumption: A’Ibom Reshuffles Attendance Days, Dates
Akwa Ibom State Government has announced its plans to stagger school days for Secondary schools with a population of over 2000 students.
The categorisation, according to the state government, is to avoid congestion and overcrowding of classes as full academic activities commence today for secondary schools and October 5th for primary schools.
The Secretary to State the Government and Chairman COVID-19 Management Committee, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, in a press briefing last Wednesday said students in JS1-JS3 will attend schools on Mondays to Wednesdays while SS1 -SS2 will attend from Thursdays to Saturdays between the hours of 8am and 2pm.
He said, “Primary six pupils had already resumed classes on Monday, September 21 while Primaries 1-5 are to resume on Monday, October 5, 2020 and end 14th November 2020.
He said the SS1 students would resume today and proceed on holiday from 6th-15 November 2020 and the JS1-SS1 will resume September 28 and end November 14.
“All schools will resume for the first term 2020/2021 academic year on November 16 and end January 30th, the second term will resume February 1, 2021 and end on Thursday 1st April 2021 for the Easter break. All schools are to resume for the third term of the 2020/2021 session on Monday 19th 2021 and end on Friday 23rd July 2021.
“First term 2021/2022 session will commence on 13th September 2021 and end on 17th December 2021.
The SSG assured that COVID-19 had significantly reduced in the state as a total number of active cases stood at eight, while the last tests of 75 persons produced no positive cases.
Ekuwem, however, advised parents and guardians to provide facemasks for their children as the state government would continue to follow the COVID-19 protocols earlier laid out for the reopening of schools.
Firm Unveils Educational Software For Students
The software, BrainFriend Educonnect, has been described as a tech product developed to prepare students in the country against examination malpractice.
The Managing Director, Cinfores Limited, Mr Ibifuro Asawo, says, “The major cause of examination malpractice is ill preparation. When there is ill preparation, students resort to cheating in examinations, but if students are better prepared for examinations, they would not consider malpractice and that is exactly where we come in. This improved product is built to prepare students adequately in all subjects, assess their assimilation and score them accordingly.
“Our product has video lessons with live teachers to complement what teachers do in classrooms. It also has an assessment section after learning to evaluate the level of students’ assimilation of each topic taught. It also has a virtual laboratory for pupils to carry out their experiments with the same physical experience.”
“Brainfriend has provision for a virtual study group where students link with the study partners across the country. With all these provisions, examination malpractice would be a thing of the past.”
The Director, Finance and Administration, Cinfores Limited, Nwogu Ikechi, said the goal of the company was to redefine education in Nigeria using technology.
RSUBEB Enrolls 36,015 Pupils In BESDA Programme
The authorities of Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB), Port Harcourt, say a total of 36,015 pupils across the 23 local government areas of the state have been enrolled into the BESDA programme in the state
The Director, Research, Planning and Statistics of the state UBE board, Evangelist Emmanuel Ogbugo disclosed this while giving the scorecard of the programme during a one-day training/capacity workshop organised by the board to create and train LGA safeguards regulatory team held at St Andrew’s Anglican Primary School in Port Harcourt over the weekend.
Ogbugo, while giving the scorecard, said out of the 36,015 pupils enrolled into the programme, 18,430 were girls’ while 17,585 were boys, adding that the figure represents 32% of the 110,654 out-of-school children in the state as captured in the NEDS 2015 data report
According to him,1,225 facilitators have so far been engaged ,14,400 jolly phonics books distributed , 40,000 free school uniforms, ,40,000 free school sandals as well as 1800 other supplementary reading books have also been distributed across the 15 participating LGAs in the state.
He averred that the achievements recorded by the state BESDA team was due to collaborative support from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations in the state, adding that over 13.2 million children were out of school across the country.
He described the BESDA programme as introduced by the World Bank, the Federal Government, UBEC and the state government as an interventionist approach to ensure that every child in the country has access to education .
“All hands must be on deck to ensure that those roaming the streets are brought back to school because they are the ones constituting environmental problems in the society,” he stated.
Also speaking, the Director, Social Mobilisation (DSM) and the BESDA team leader in the state, Mr Ogwe Ibe in his opening remarks said the essence of the workshop was to train the safeguards regulatory teams across the 23 local government areas on the BESDA environmental and social safeguard rules with regards to BESDA programme and its implementation
He said similar workshops had been held to disseminate proper information on BESDA environmental and social safeguards programme, adding that BESDA programme was designed to enable every child have access to education and reduce environmental hazards in the society.
Delivering a lecture on the topic: Addressing Violence or Abuse ‘Against Children,’ the Director, Legal/Administration, Barr Karibi George said violence against children ranges from emotional, physical and sexual abuses, adding that children were at risk of violence from other students, teachers or older youths either at school or at home.
By: Akujobi Amadi
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