Community Secondary School (CSS) Rumuokwurusi in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, has emerged winner of the 2011 Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), State government science Quiz competition.
The school came first with 50 per cent, Community Secondary School (CSS) Opobo Town, second with 45 per cent while Degema National High School (DNHS) had 40 per cent to emerge third.
Government Secondary School (GSS) Isiokpo had 20 per cent to take fourth competition held in Port Harcourt, Tuesday.
These four schools that participated at the finals, The Tide gathered, were selected out of 193 secondary schools that were drawn from the 23 local government areas of the state.
Our correspondent also recalls that the quiz competition was the third in the series after the governor’s cup and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) “catch them young” competition in the state.
Responding after the receipt of the cup and other awards, the Vice Principal of GSS Rumuokwurusi, Mr. Ikechukwu Okuku, commended NLNG for giving public schools the opportunity to actually fix the materials that Nigeria would be proud of tomorrow.
Mr. Ikechukwu Okuku, who spoke on behalf of the school, noted that before now, the public schools looked abandoned.
He said with the present situation under the government of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi and the Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi, the future is indeed bright for public schools.
“The prize my school has won and others, we are dedicating to the services of our Governor and Hon Commissioner for Education”, he expressed.
He appealed to other schools not to relent no matter the condition they would find themselves.
According to him, “Schools here are not schools where parents pay thousands for their children to acquire knowledge and so facilities are not there”.
He, however, appealed to the government to employ more teachers especially in the sciences.
The student, who represented the school, Master Ijokgwung Awaji-Oriongo, said his greatest achievement is that he participated in the NLNG competition.
“I was very happy and overwhelmed with joy when I heard that we came first. I have made my school proud.
“Although I participated in the PTDF competition at the state level but was dropped”, the student said.
He said his performance in previous competition challenged him to work harder.
Strike: We’re Waiting For Govt’s Reply To Our Presentation — ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it was waiting for the Federal Government to respond to its presentation, so it could determine whether to call off the over four months strike its members embarked on to press home their demands.
According to the union, calling off the strike soon rests squarely on government responding to its presentation made through a committee set up by the government to negotiate with it.
Checks by newsmen, last Friday, showed that the national leadership of ASUU had made its presentation to the Prof. Nimi Briggs-led committee set up to renegotiate the 2009 agreement signed by the two sides.
Speaking in a telephone chat with The Tide Newspaper, National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said his union had done its best in the circumstance.
“We have made our presentation to the committee and there is nothing more to add,” Osodeke said.
On when the feedback was expected from government, he said: “They promised to get back to us within a short time.”
Though he did not say anything about what the union’s presentation contained, it was gathered that the union could give the government more time to meet some demands that had financial implications.
When contacted, Briggs said his committee had met with ASUU and had done its assignment.
“We have met and ASUU have made their presentation. Some people sent me on an errand and I have to report to them. The committee is not the final authority on this matter. We are not the ones to determine what will be done,” he stated.
It would be recalled that ASUU went on a four-week warning strike on February 14 this year and had extended the strike twice, first, by eight weeks and second, by 12 weeks.
Lagos Solicit Stronger Partnership For Equitable Education
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has stated that collective committment and political will of government is required to advance quality and equitable education in the State.
The Governor who stated that the ultimate aim of government is to ensure all students in Lagos State receive quality education in a conducive environment confirmed that his administration paid 1.1billion for WAEC students in 2022 as it continue to ensure yearly increment in budgetary allocation for the sector.
The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat at the Y2022 Equal Summit held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island stated that the past three years has witnessed tremendous improvement in the overall value chain of the education ecosystem.
His words, “Our model of investment is informed by the desire to entrench 21st century technology into the sector. This huge investment will ultimately result in significant improvement in learning outcomes’’.
Expressing the desire of the state government in taking the education sector into an enviable height, Sanwo-Olu said the education summit is an opportunity to present the education score card and inform Stakeholders of the government’s future plans and needs of the industry.
He said the initiative organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment will continue to open up opportunities for public private partnership interventions and mutually beneficial investments.
According to him: “Our administration also seeks to recognise and appreciate the tremendous contribution and donations of various private partners who supported the State Government’s Education Transformation Plan, most especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown of schools.
Group Gives WAEC Scholarships To 35 Indigent Students In Imo
The Old Peers of Owerri Development Initiative, a non-governmental organisation based in Abuja, Saturday awarded WAEC scholarships to 35 indigent students from seven schools in the Owerri Municipal Council of Imo.
The award is the second edition following the maiden project in 2021.
Presenting the scholarships in Owerri, the Interim National President of the organisation, Dr Nina Nwulu, urged the beneficiaries to show determination in succeeding in life.
“Under no circumstance should you joke with your education or indulge in drugs.
“The mentality that education is a scam should be jettisoned because in Nigeria, your certificate counts,” she said.
Nwulu, who described education as the “hallmark to every development,” urged the Federal Government to do the needful in resolving its impasse with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“The issue is not about salary but about the government putting in place all the infrastructure that would make reading and learning conducive for students.
“We want our students to be exposed to every facility needed to learn properly; the lecturers are equally going through hell in terms of their packages.
“If politicians taught by teachers can be comfortable, why not the teachers,” Nwulu, a senior lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), asked.
The Coordinator of the organisation, Mr Jasper Opara, said the body aimed to assist the beneficiaries fulfill their academic pursuit.
According to him, if the students miss it at this stage of their major examination, they can lose it from there.
Opara, who explained that 25 students were sponsored in 2021, expressed delight that most of them performed excellently in the WAEC examinations.
He explained that the organisation, with different chapters in seven states and some countries, was made up of people from different tribes, who grew up and schooled in Owerri.
Also, the Secretary of the organisation, Mrs Olaedo Ike-Godson, said the body was passionate about helping government and doing charitable work, literacy, health programs, economic empowerment and sanitation.
One of the beneficiaries, Franklin Igwe from Emmanuel College, commended the organisation for the gesture.
“It will spur me to focus more on education so that when I grow up, I will be able to sponsor those around me,” another beneficiary, Miss Precious Onyemuche, said. (NAN)
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