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250 Rivers Students Scramble For Oil Firm’s Scholarship Award

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A total of 250 students from both secondary and tertiary institutions in some parts of Rivers State last week besiege the Rivers State University Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre to participate in the aptitude test for scholarship award thrown open by Eroton E&P Limited.
The Tide reports that Eroton Exploration and Production Limited is a joint venture partner with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the operation of Oil Mining License OML 18 which until 2014 belonged to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the Cawthone Channel areas around Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
It would be recalled that in 2018 the Managing Director of Eroton E&P, Obiaho Emafor, had expressed his confidence in the dynamics of Nigerian oil and gas sector and Eroton’s plan to grow its gas reserves.
Meanwhile, Eroton insider, told newsmen at the venue of the aptitude test that the scheme in addition to other donations were part of the JV’s “give back” programme to the host communities, adding that Eroton informed the host communities about the scheme and they asked teachers in their area to select the best brain and forward to the company.
This is the third series of the scheme out of the four years programme, specifically for indigent students from host communities, 100 from the secondary school level and 150 from the tertiary institution against 2020/2021 school calendar year and with a view to promoting education and assist indigent students in the area of operation”, he stated.
Attesting to the necessity of the scholarship scheme a teacher from Comprehensive College, Abalama in Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Bob-Manuel David who said he came to present his students for the aptitude test examination, expressed his gratitude that his school was fortunate to participate in another round of the scheme, stressing that the process was good and that the community was happy to be a host to Eroton and advised the oil company to sustain the scheme.
An English teacher in Kalabari National College (KNC), Buguma, Otelemaba Orugbani, on her part pleaded for transparency in the selection to give opportunity to brilliant indigent students.
In her reaction, a 200 level English/Communication student of Federal University, Otueke, Sandra Gillis Harry, expressed joy for being part of the exercise, saying that the exam at the tertiary level was ICT base and that if awarded the scholarship, it would boost the financial status of her parent, as well enhance her education.
Miracle Seberekon, of Comprehensive Secondary School Minama, expressed her optimism to be among the beneficiaries of the scholarship.

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Group Warns Against Underage Drinking In Educational Institutions

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As concerns grow over underage drinking, especially among young students in higher institutions, the Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) has disclosed that its ‘Smashed Project,’ advocacy against underage alcohol drinking, has impacted over 65,000 adolescents in 35 institutions across the country in the last five years.
BSG Chairman, Baker Magunda, stated this at the launch of the fourth edition of the smashed programme in Abuja, as part of its renewed commitment to addressing the menace of underage drinking in Nigeria.
Smashed project is a programme of BSG, an umbrella body for leading brewing companies in Nigeria, who are members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). They include, Guinness, Nigeria Breweries and Ab-In Bev.
Smashed is a global project that started in 2005, with the aim of using drama and theatre to help adolescents understand the dangers of alcohol to their health.
Speaking, Magunda noted that the renewed effort is aimed at furthering the objective of the Smashed project in line with global strategy to reduce the harmful effects of underage consumption of alcohol.
“Every time young people experience the core messages of the smashed project through drama, it sticks because the message is clear and it also makes them avoid the social pressures of trying alcohol before they are of age. At BSG, we are committed to this and we will continue to invest in this programme,” Magunda said.

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Expert Harps On Importance Of Indigenous Languages

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A Professor of French and Translation Studies at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni,  Port Harcourt, Prof. Priye Enemi Iyalla-Amadi, has identified the importance of  indigenous languages  on the development of technology, and called on African leaders to take advantage of the multiplicity of languages to advance technology in Africa.
Amadi stated this while delivering her lecture at the 40th Inaugural Lecture Series of the institution titled: “Translation As Tool For Indigenous Language Engineering: The African Experiment,” last Thursday in Port Harcourt.
“Translation as a communicative tool, should serve as a needed bridge to provide a platform for accessing the world technological heritage of which we are all a part. I am charging you my fellow African speakers, that the technological future is here, so let’s own it linguistically.
“We have to be able to translate our languages, expressly using these languages to visualise what is being expressed. The power to invent like other countries across the globe lies in our ability to be able to understand and translate our indigenous languages,” Amadi added.
She lamented that Nigeria as an Anglophone country, has thrown away her various indigenous languages, making everyone disintegrated instead of united through their various indigenous languages that would have helped form a strong positive force in language translation as well as world affairs technologically.
“There is nothing wrong with a child to be able to speak six different languages. It is high time parents stop speaking English to their children, while at home. Leave English Language for their school teachers and speak your languages to them while they are home because this practice forms a strong family bond which finally transcends to national unity.”
She described Translation as the cross cultural, cross national and inter-disciplinary linguistic tool per excellence, saying that it can be used as a potent tool  for language engineering to better express thoughts, desires and linguistic goals of speakers of various languages, adding that through translation, members of different races, and tongues can unite to formulate policies and strategies aimed at the communal good.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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School Advises On Children’s Intellectual Dev

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The Director, Spring Lake School, Mrs Judith Usiakpor, has said the cognitive and psychological development of learners should be considered in teaching.
A statement signed by the school during its graduation ceremony said that the school ensured the provision of teaching and learning aids that would aid the development of learners’ cognitive and psychological tendencies.
It read, ‘‘Spring Lake School, a faith-based institution with a niche to providing exceptional day care services and after-school programmes for children between one to five years of age, recently graduated their first intake in grand style at their Oniru- Lekki auditorium.
‘The Director, Mrs. Judith Usiakpor, while speaking at the fifth year graduation of the school, reiterated the school’s commitment towards contributing selflessly in the role of moulding children cognitively and psychologically as well.
‘‘She also expressed her gratitude to all the pioneer parents who have come this far with them.”
A  lawyer and parent, Mrs Zulei Momodu, appreciated the Spring Lake School for the exemplary turnaround job they did for the kids.

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