IAUE VC’s Appointment, By Pure Merit – RSG
The Rivers State
Government has declared that the appointment of Prof Rosemund Dienye Green-Osahogulu as the first Vice Chancellor of Ignatus Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt is by pure merit.
Rivers State governor, Rt Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi made the declaration yesterday at a special thanksgiving ceremony organised in honour of the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Rosemund Dienye Green-Osahogulu for her appointment as substantive Vice Chancellor of the institution at the Chapel of Transfiguration, Rumuolumeni.
The governor who was represented at the event by Evangelist Sam Eke noted that though there were pressures from several quarters against her appointment but that after all due considerations devoid of ethnicity, politics, religion and gender, she came out top and the government had no reason not to approve her appointment.
According to the governor,” the VC was found very transparent in all her track records,” and expressed the hope that if the Vice Chancellor continued the way she was going, her services would not end at state level but would get to the national level and possibly above.
Governor Amaechi who commended the VC for her hard work and transparency which he said led to the transformation of the institution and enjoined the staff and students of the IAUE to co-operate with her to achieve her maximum target.
Evangelist Eke, however, promised to inform the governor of the deplorable state of Iwofe road and expressed hope that the governor being a lover of high standard would take steps to ensure the road was rehabilitated.
He further disclosed that like the VC of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkolu Oroworukwo, Prof Barineme Fakae, the AIEU had transformed the institution in the area of infrastructure and academic standard hence would not be influenced by unnecessary Nigerian factors but to approve such appointments.
In similar manner, Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey (JP) hailed the VCof IAUE, Prof Green-Osahogulu for her transparency saying,”fromwhat I’ve have read and also seen, you have done very well.
The Most Revered who expressed delight at the high performance of the VC maintained that with the enviable track record in infrastructural development and academic standard, the state and the nation at large would have many things to remember her for many years after she left office.
In her speech, the VC narrated her experiences over the appointment said it was by the unabaised action of the governor and the mercy of God that she emerged top in all the processes that saw her through.
She said it got to a stage, she almost lost hope because she neither knew the governor nor his wife and that she refused to reach out to them for help but of all that travails, the governor approved her appointment, “that’s why I belief that Governor Amaechi is passionate about merit and transparency, hence I respect him”, she said.
Prof Green-Osahogulu stated that she was delighted that her appointment came the very way of did and promised to continue to do her best for the state and Nigeria.
The event was attended by who is who in the state particularly the academic sector saw all celebrate with the first female Vice Chancellor of the state for making the state and the nation especially the women folk proud.
New NYSC Welfare, Allowances Await Buhari’s Consent, Says Minister
The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has disclosed that a new monthly allowance for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members is awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval.
He noted that the economic empowerment of corps members through entrepreneurship training initiative has brought to light the capacity of NYSC as an organisation that is responsive to contemporary national needs.
Dare disclosed this in Abuja, during the inauguration of a 22-man inter-ministerial committee to plan the 50th anniversary celebration of the agency. He said: “Under the leadership of President Buhari, monthly allowances of corps members were increased from 19,000 to 33,000, which is even above the minimum wage. NYSC has sent a proposal to improve on corps members’ uniforms and their allowances.
“That is already with the President and if approved, the Skills Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training may be extended beyond three weeks. So, those are areas that are covered and we believe that this committee will also make recommendations on reforms, not just for improved welfare, but for the system that keeps the NYSC engine running.”
Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Ahmed, commended the corps members for their roles in the peaceful conduct of the just-concluded Presidential election.
Chairman of the newly inaugurated committee, Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi, assured that the group would deliver on the task given it. Apart from planning the 50th anniversary, the committee is also to propose programmes and activities for the event; examine operations of the scheme and recommend areas of improvement to sustain its relevance.
It is also expected to call for entries from corps members for logo and mascot to commemorate the anniversary.
Why Children Should Not Skip Classes – Educationist
A consultant with True Teachers Organisations (TTO), Mrs Violet Ubah, says children should be given opportunity to progress through all classes, rather than skipping some.
Ubah spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday, in reaction to skipping of classes by some pupils in the foundation stage of their academics.
She said that passing through the normal progression of classes was helpful in boosting their chances of academic excellence.
According to her, the standard has been made clear by the government that the country operates the 6-3-3-4 system of education, except in some courses in tertiary institutions that require additional year.
“The system obtainable in our country is six years in primary school, (that is primary 1 to 6), three years in junior, three years in senior secondary school and four years in tertiary institution.
“It is rather unfortunate that some parents encourage their children in Primary 4 to write entrance examinations into secondary schools and they deny them opportunity of passing through Primary 5 and 6.
“This affects such students’ general performances as they will be struggling to cover gaps of topics in missed classes and challenges in catching up with scheme of work in the secondary school.
“The early and foundational stage of a child’s education is very fundamental, so there should be a level playing ground for them to progress and get the quality education they require,” she said.
The educationist identified being ‘ child centred against teacher centred’ as part of measures to make learning easy in nursery schools, advising secondary school management to also engage students with low performances in extra classes.
“Teachers in nursery section should have plans for the week by taking each child from what they don’t know to what they need to know, and with love; that is, simply coming down to their level.
“The services of guidance and counseling unit will also come in handy for students with low performances in the secondary, as they might be having personal challenges from the home that is affecting them,” she said.
Meanwhile, she called on management of schools, particularly the private, to make entrance examinations to secondary classes standard, as part of measures to ascertain the qualifications of the pupils and their ability to cope.
University Admissions Must Be Based On Merit -Don
Prof. Jacob Olorunfemi of the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Ilorin, has called on tertiary institutions to insist on merit for students’ admission into Nigerian varsities.
Olorunfemi made the appeal on Thursday in Ilorin while delivering his valedictory lecture titled: “Revisiting the why and how of what is where”.
According to him, admission of students should be based on merit and any admission request to the Vice Chancellor must be strictly based on merit and not on quota/distribution policy.
He said: “There is even no provision for discretion, and that subsists until the rule is changed.”
The don, who until his retirement teaches in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the university, also called for the abrogation of 25 per cent quota for educationally less developed states in Nigeria.
He argued that there is no longer any state in Nigeria without a state-owned university in Nigeria.
“The 25 per cent quota for educationally less developed states be jettisoned, as there is no state without a state-owned university in Nigeria (NUC, 2022).
“Catchment area should be modified to include all the states that are contiguous to the state of location of the university.
“The university Senate should not under any circumstances abrogate its role in the development of curriculum for the university,” he said.
The expert in Geography also stated that admission into universities be separated from those of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
He explained that applicants to tertiary institutions be given the choice of at least three institutions with the second and third choices from institutions located in the other two major ethnic groups of Nigeria.
Olorunfemi called for the reintroduction of Geography as among the six core courses at the senior secondary school level.
He submitted that Geography be reintroduced as one of the six compulsory core courses at the senior secondary level, because of its utility.
“Geography should be retained in both the faculties of Science and Social Sciences to provide additional entry opportunities for potential students.
“It should be immediately introduced to the Police Academy, Wudil, Kano, because of its importance and relevance to the training of police and other security officers,” he added.
Besides, the Geographer called for sufficient investments to develop education in Nigeria, adding that good education is a catalyst for national transformation and development.
He also advocated that the right of all and sundry in an organisation must be assured, guaranteed and protected.
“Promotion should not be based on sentiments, while appropriate criteria should be advertised far ahead of time, such that staff members can do a self-assessment,” he advised.
Speaking also, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, the Vice Chancellor of the university. commended Olorunfemi for his contribution towards development of education.
Egbewole, who was represented by Prof. Abayomi Omotesho, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), described the professor as an academic worthy of emulation, while congratulating him on his retirement.
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