The Federal Government has been commended for reintroducing civic education in the educational curriculum. The Special Adviser to Governor Chibuike Amaechi on Primary Education, and a one-time member, Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Sam Sam Etetegwung who was speaking in a keynote address at a one-day capacity building workshop for civic education teachers in Port Harcourt, said civic education was the bedrock of national co-existence.
“Civic education teaches about the values and ethics in both our national life and public service”, he said, adding, “for us to co-exist as a state in spite of the many ethnic groups and dialects in Rivers State, we must learn to love ourselves and respect each other’s culture and beliefs.”
Etetegwung further sated that it was important to teach children to be united in diversity to equip them in their adult lives.
According to him, “if we are not united, we will destroy the state for the future generation”, stressing that, “if children grew with the right values, they will not deviate from it in adulthood”. He, therefore, charged participants to comport themselves and learn all they could, expressing the hope that they would pass their knowledge on to their pupils.
He said the workshop, which was organized by the State National Orientation Agency (NOA) in partnership with the state Ministry of Education was timely and congratulated them for its success. In his welcome address, the Rivers State Director, NOA, Chief Andy Nweye, stated that the workshop was aimed at exposing civic education teachers to the new concepts introduced into the curriculum and to formally present two new books, painstakingly researched by the National Technical Committee on Civil Education and sponsored by NOA, to the teachers, declaring that this had already been done at the national level. Chief Nweye, stated that the reintroduction of civic education in the school curriculum stems from the need to “re-awaken and strengthen the socio-political and economic values which hitherto had broken down in our families and society”, in children and to “inculcate basic values that would make them responsible and patriotic citizens of their fatherland”. He stated that, NOA recognises that the “teacher is fundamental in any programme aimed at socializing the child”, expressing regret that, “the directive to hold the workshop came at a time when public schools were not in session due to an industrial action embarked by teachers in the state, promising that public schools would have their turn. He restated the commitment of NOA to its “statutory mandate of modalising, sensitising and educating” the Nigerian populace on government programmes and policies. Speaking on the theme of the workshop, civil education as the Foundation for Democratic Governance and National Development”. Mr Samuel Egbe, noted that civic education was essential for the survival and existence of democratic governance, and prayed that the Nigerian child would form a better attitude towards the Nigerian people, state, laws and government with the help the teachers and appreciate unity in diversity. Mrs. M.O. Solomon who stood in for the state education commissioner, Mrs. Alice Nemi, presented the books to the teachers.
Wike Confers One Of Rivers’ Highest Awards On Bishop Evo Diocese
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has conferred one of the highest awards in the state on the Bishop of Diocese of Evo, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Rt. Rev. Innocent Ordu, JP.
The award, Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS), is the second highest distinction in the Rivers State Order of Service Awards and is conferred on individuals in recognition of their exceptional service in any field of human endeavour for the progress of the state.
The award ceremony, which took place last Saturday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, was attended by people from all walks of life.
Wike said the honour was to show gratitude publicly to indigenes and friends of Rivers State who stood out in their various endeavours.
Rt Rev. Ordu of Evo Diocese has, in the past 13 years as a Bishop, distinguished himself as a true shepherd who has dedicated his life to the service of God and humanity.
This year alone, the Diocese of Evo has hosted the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) as well as the Joint Council of Knights, which in a way showcased the safety of Rivers State and the hospitality of the Rivers people.
In just 13 years, Bishop Ordu, through exemplary and visionary leadership, has taken the diocese to new heights in the league of notable dioceses in the Church of Nigeria.
At the last all-Nigeria Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON) of the church, held in Abuja last month, Evo Diocese came first in terms of having the highest number of registered attendees at the event.
The entire faithful of the Diocese of Evo congratulate and felicitate with his lordship, the Rt. Rev. Ordu, on this well deserved honour bestowed on him by the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Wike.
Don Makes Case For Vocational Education
A professor of Industrial Chemistry, Rivers State University (RSU), Professor Isaac Dokubo, has called for more budgetary allocations to vocational education in the country.
Prof. Dokubo said this at the 82nd Inaugural Lecture of the university in Port Harcourt.
The lecture, titled “Man and Vocation: The Inseparable Twins, The Vocationalist and Construction Cost Analyst Perspective”, Dokubo said Federal Government should increase budgetary allocation to vocational education in line with UNESCO recommendations of 26 percent of annual budget.
He expressed regret that Nigeria’s budgetary allocation for education for the last six years was less than 10 percent, stressing that the country will continue to grapple with the problem of industrial development if the vocational sector is continously neglected.
The university don also called for private sector involvement in vocational educational education.
He commended the Rivers State University for setting up the Department for Technical Education and urged other universities to follow suit.
Accordimg to him, Nigeria’s industrial development lies with vocational education.
Speaking, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Nlerum Okogbule, said the university has taken far reaching steps towards improving vocational educational in the institution.
By: John Bibor
Students Laud Wike Over Appointment Of IAUOE Registrar
Students of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUOE), Rumuolumini, have hailed the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, over the appointment of Donald Okogba as the Acting Registrar of the university.
Some of the students who spoke with The Tide at the university campus, said the appointment was divinely made.
A student of the Faculty of Humanity who gave his name as Ikechi Amadi, said Okogba had done so much for the school and deserved a reward from the system.
She noted that Okogba left indelible imprints in all the areas he had previously headed in the institution, saying such should be the hallmark of a public servant.
Another student, Charles Igwe, who described Governor Wike as a goal-getter, said his decision to appoint Okogba was the best for the institution.
Igwe expressed optimism that the appointment would not only spur the new Registrar to action, but would also make him to right some wrongs in the institution.
Describing the Acting Registrar as a no nonsense man, he called on both the staff and students of the university to give him thier support to enable him succeed.
A staff who pleaded anonymity recalled how the new acting Registrar performed excellently when he served in his previous assignment as Director of the Senate House.
“Some appointments may be viewed as political, but to me, this Mr. Okogba’s own is just on merit. He has been too professional in all tasks given to him in the school”, he said.
By: King Onunwor
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