The Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology development Fund (PTDF), Mr. Muttapha Rabe Darma has said that the agency has spent whooping sum of N3 billion in upgrading facilities in sixteen universities this year.
Mr. Darma disclosed this to newsmen after the commissioning of the department of pure and Applied Chemistry, university of Calabar.
He said the department was a PTDF project under the second phase universities programme and is the fourth of the eight upgraded departments so elected universities to be commissioned.
Placing the total cost of the project at N430 million, the Executive Secretary also said facilities provided include a new departmental building with a 300 seater auditorium, furnished classrooms with modern teaching facilities, Laboratory and workshops, library, computer rooms and offices for lecturers.
Other components are the supply and installation of laboratory and workshop equipment, installation of IT facilities and teaching aids, books, journals, generating plants and a borehole.
Darma said the agency, through a federal agency, was not only for the benefit of federal universities but also for state universities and other relevant institutions that have facilities for teaching oil and gas related courses.
For any University to qualify for PTDF upgrade, he said, its main course of study, academic programme and curricula must have been accredited by the national universities commission (NUC) and relevant to the oil and gas industry.
Also, its faculty should be able to facilitate strong scientific and technical research that are relevant to oil and gas industry collaboration in the development of local capacity.
He challenged the management of the university of Calabar to justify the huge expenditure of the Federal government by producing fist class graduates with the right academic credentials, skills and competences so as to play active roles in the operational and management segments of the oil and gas industry.
What is the Difference between Dating and Casual Dating?
Dating is going out with a person for whom you have developed some romantic interest. As two adult persons start dating with each other, they commit to a serious relationship. There are numerous dating sites where men and women find their ideal dating partners. Many of these relationships end up in marriage, where the dating partners turn into soul mates. On the contrary, casual dating is meant for people who want hookup relationships only. These casual dating partners want only the fun of dating and do not wish for a committed relationship.
Faithfulness to the partner
In a normal dating, the partners need to be faithful to each other and they should not go out with other partners without breaking up with the present partner. However, in casual dating, the partners are not answerable for infidelity or going out with other persons. The casual daters can easily date with multiple partners, without feeling guilty in this regard. Their partners also cannot charge them of cheating, as both have earlier consented on continuing a casual relationship.
Longevity of relationship
While dating with a chosen partner, people expect a long-term relationship that may culminate in marriage in the future. Actually, many people find their life partners from reputed dating sites. But in casual dating, both partners are fully aware that it is a short-term relationship that may end any day. These people may get help from a few best free hookup sites, to get good partners who will be interested in casual dating for only a brief period.
Seriousness in maintaining a relationship
When two adult persons start dating with each other, usually they become very serious in their relationship. After a few dating sessions, they may look up to their partners as their future life partners. Many dating couples also start planning together for their official engagement. On the contrary, casual daters need not be at all serious in maintaining their relationships with their chosen partners. Both casual dating partners know this fact and they go for dating only to enjoy some fun together, without taking their relationship to a more serious level.
Emotional bonding among partners
Usually, dating partners develop a strong emotional feeling for each other. They start missing their partners when they are not physically together and long for another dating session, as soon as one meeting is over. This emotional bonding may soon turn into an undying love for each other. However, in case of casual dating, the partners generally remain careful of avoiding such emotional attachment with their dating partners. They want to hang out with their partners just for having fun for the time being. Casual daters simply stay away from any commitment to their partners.
However, both serious and casual relationships are the varieties of adult dating, which are longed by all romantic men and women. Though breakup is quite common in all types of dating, it is more often seen among casual dating partners. Thus, these people are more benefitted from the best free hookup sites whenever they need new dating partners for having casual fun.
Send Your Children To School, Cleric Tells Parents
Parents and guardians have been charged to send their children and wards to schools rather than engage them in street hawking and other forms of trade which is inimical to the total development of the child.
Making the plea last week at the 2009/2010 end of year sendforth party for out-going SS3 students of Total Victory College, Ogbunabali, in Port Harcourt, Rev. Robert Okparanta appealed to the school authorities not to relent in their efforts in making good citizens out of her students’ population.
While advising the out-going students to be good ambassadors of the school, Rev. Okparanta who was chairman at the event implored the students to have the fear of God in all their educational endeavours in the future.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the Principal of the school Mr. Linus Onwumere, explained that one of the objectives for the establishment of the school was to encourage and promote sound and quality academic standard with emphasis on high moral and excellent values.
The principal stressed that it was the desire of the school to provide her students “with the best in terms of teaching and learning in a relaxed and conducive environment with minimum and optimal costs to parents and other stakeholders”.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the event the proprietress of the school, Mrs. Elizabeth Amachreee said that the school was established in 2002 and that the initial focus was on indigent children.
Mrs Amachree revealed that for the past eight years of the existence of the school, it has concerned itself not only in academics, especially the sciences but has been consistent in the identification of individual talents of the students in the furtherance of their academic pursuits.
On the proliferation of private schools in the state and poor academic standards, the proprietress hailed the Rivers State Government under Governor Chibuike Amaechi for making it mandatory for private operators to have their schools registered as it has helped check the incidence of quacks in the education sector.
Highlights of the occasion included drama, quiz, debate and presentation of gifts to students among others.
Uniport Strategises For Better Service Delivery
Issues of missing results, late release of sessional results and certificate often experienced in University of Port Harcourt are now things of the past.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of the institution, Prof. Anthony E. Arinze, stated this in his response to the concerns expressed by the University’s Alumni association during their visit to the new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph A. Ajienka.
Prof. Arinze announced that a number of things that were wrong were being corrected since the new management came on board.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Librarian of the institution, Mr. Joseph Aina, expressed gratitude to the Bayelsa State chapter of Uniport Alumni Association for donating modern sets of library equipment.
In his speech, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ajienka, said the university’s management is working to create networks for the different faculties in order to serve as a data base to fast track activities of the institution.
Professor Ajienka announced that University of Port Harcourt has really come of age to realize it dream of becoming a globally recognised first generation citadel of learning for it is the first institution in the nation to have from among its Alumni a Visitor to the University, two serving state governors, and an alumnus who is a Vice-Chancellor.
Earlier in an address, the national president of the association, Mr. Samuel Iyoyo, extolled the qualities of the new Vice-Chancellor highlighting some of the developmental projects the association has attracted to the school and promised to continue in their task of establishing chapters/branches.
Some of those on the Alumni President’s team were Dr. (Mrs) E. Chukwuigwe, Prof M. Ndimele Dean of Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Love Akonye, Lady Tumini Allison, Dr. (Mrs) Margaret Akpana, Prof. Bernard Onuegbu, Sir P.C. Nwabuzor, Dr. Andrew Efemini Okodudu, Dr. Anele, Chairman ASUU, Uniport Chapter and Chief C.E. Apena.
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