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Students Want STEM Introduced At Primary Level 

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Some students have underscored the need to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in their curriculum right from the primary level to stimulate their interest in the fields.
They stated this on Saturday at the STEM showcase organised by the Pan African University of Life and Earth Sciences Institute (PAULESI), University of Ibadan, in collaboration with Co-Creation Hub (CCH) to mark the African Union Day celebration.
It was gathered that the 110 students, mainly drawn from both secondary and primary schools in Ibadan were introduced to Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, 3D design and scientific-practical to solve real-life problems.
Anuoluwapo Okunneye, a JSS III student of UCH Staff School, Ibadan, said learning on how some scientific practical work and what he can do with it was exciting for him.
“I learnt about things like crafts and other robotics that can be made with scraps at home, thereby recycling what was initially considered as waste.
“I learnt in practical ways how mechanical energy turns to mechanical and the light energy that can be used to power appliances.
“This is an edge for me to start thinking of how to deploy all I have learnt to solve problems in my environment, especially the problem of waste management,” Okunneye said.
Another student, Inioluwa Ireniyi, a JSS II student said “the event has opened my mind to the fact that I can be an engineer, that STEM is not only for males, but that I can excel there too.
“That I can be an inventor also and I would like to solve the problem of light for Nigeria by inventing a machine from renewable sources that switches itself on whenever there is a power outage.
Isabella Akinyede, a Primary Four pupil of Richmab International School, said she was fascinated about how robotics and artificial intelligence were used to make things work.
“I would like to become a medical doctor in the future and use the knowledge I am gaining in STEM to make things better,” Akinyede said.
Also, Michael Oladunjoye, a Primary Six pupil of Rolis International School, Ibadan said he would like to become a physicist and the event has further stimulated his interest in STEM.
“I would like to develop more in this field and also build machines that will ease work when I grow up,” Oladunjoye said.
In her address, the Director, PAULESI, Prof. Titilayo Akinlabi, said as a professor of Mechanical Engineering, there was the need to encourage many more students, right from their tender age into STEM.
According to her, this would turn them into solutions providers and make them compete favorably with their counterparts worldwide, especially girls whose numbers are few in the STEM field.
“For the young girl-child here today, for you to know that it is possible to be a woman and excel in STEM fields and even be at the top of your career,” Akinlabi said.
In an interview, Mr Abraham Akpan, the Programme Manager, Co-Creation Hub, said that the company organised community engagement projects for communities and stakeholders to drive technology toward problem-solving in the country.
According to him, the programme focused on students from age 10 to 16 years old, to have firsthand knowledge of what STEM was all about.
“As technology and youths are taking over our world, students need to have hands-on knowledge and this is our way of contributing and impacting our world,” Akpan said.

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RSG Distributes Science Equipment To Secondary Schools

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Rivers State Government has distributed  science equipment worth over  N180 million to all Senior Secondary Schools in the State.
The reception and distribution ceremony took place last Monday at the Senior Secondary Schools Board( RSSSSB) office, Emekuku Street, D/Line, in Port Harcourt.
The State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Ovy  Chinedu, who flagged off the event, said the science equipment were to improve learning, mostly on science subjects in schools.
According to him, the State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, is committed and determined to take education to the next level, adding that the Governor has passion for quality education.
“ I appreciate the Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, as he approved and released the money to make this happen.
“He has great passion to deliver quality education and take education to the next level in the State. It was sleepless nights for us to ensure that the equipment arrives so that students can use them for their exams and learn”, Dr. Chinedu said.
The Commissioner urged teachers to put more effort to deliver equality education, saying that they can request for whatever thing needed to improve the system in terms of education and Government will respond immediately, hence they want to give students the right  of training and learning.
Earlier in his address, the acting Chairman of the Board and Director of Administration, Ikechi Godpower, said, since the inception of this administration led by Governor Siminalayi Fubara, education in general, particularly teaching and learning is wearing a new look in the State.
He explained that despite the rough terrain the Governor found himself for the past one year of his administration, he has continuously proved to the world that education is the bedrock of growth in our society.
According to him, the last time the board experienced such was in 2019, during the tenure of late Dame Grace Okwulehie, adding that since then six acting Chairmen have headed the  board without this favour.
“ I thank the Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, for giving education priority, mostly the elevation of seven teachers to the position of permanent secretary, to makeup the counsel of Ahithophel to support the administration, This is the first time since the creation of Rivers State.
“Thank you,  Governor Fubara, for giving us a resourceful , diligent and dutiful commissioner of education, who shared the same character traits with you and has uncommon passion for education”, Godpower said.
Speaking on behalf of the principals, while receiving the equipment the Principal of Government Secondary School, Borikiri, Port Harcourt,  Mr. Nwala Henry Uzoma, pledged to use the materials.
He thanked the governor through the commissioner of education to have provided the science materials to aid learning, saying that this will certainly improve the knowledge of science students.

By: Tonye Orabere

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RSU Receives Full Accreditation In 18 Courses

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The authorities of Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt says it has received full accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC) for all 18 programmes presented to the commission.
The institution said the approval for the academic programmes followed the last accreditation exercise conducted by the commission in October/November 2023.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nlerum Okogbule, disclosed this during a press briefing  at the Council auditorium in Port Harcourt , recently.
Prof. Okogbule said it was the second time the institution has achieved 100 accreditation exercises since its inception, following a similar milestone last year.
He stated, “It is my pleasure to inform you and the general public that Rivers State University scored 100 per cent in the October/November 2023 Accreditation Exercise conducted by the National Universities Commission.
“The university obtained full Accreditation status for all 18 academic programmes presented for the exercise.
“This is a rare and unprecedented feat in the annals of the history of the University. It is the second time that the university will record this level of success in the accreditation exercise since its establishment in 1980. It will be recalled that last year we received 100 per cent in the 24 programs presented.”
On the availability of facilities for the newly accredited programmes, Prof. Okogbule noted that the university has the needed facilities in place to run the programmes.
He stated, “The clause of every accreditation exercise looked at not only the academic programme, the content, the staff, and all that but also the physical facilities. They looked at the number of classrooms you have, the staff offices, all those things, the laboratories, and so on.
“So it’s on the basis of that, that they came up with their recommendations and in our own case, in respect of these programmes inspected, we have satisfied and met the requirements for the running of these programmes.
So they looked at the facilities and found them worthy, but as I always say, we can always improve. We can always add to what is available.”

By: Akujobi Amadi

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UNIPORT Honours Prof Ebeku

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The Management and Staff of the Law Faculty, University of Port Harcourt, have honoured Professor Kaniye Ebeku for instituting an academic award for the overall best graduating student of the faculty.
This unanimous decision was reached at the Law Faculty Meeting held at the Faculty Board Room, UNIPORT, at the Weekend.
In his Remarks, the Acting Dean of the Faculty, Dr Bristol Alagbariya,  while commending Professor Ebeku, said he has laid a solid foundation in the faculty, insisting that his works and legacies cannot go unrecognised.
Alagbariya, who described Ebeku as an erudite Professor of Law and astute academician, stated that it was upon such recognition of good works that the management of the faculty decided on the honour.
Receiving the award on behalf of Prof Ebeku, a member of the academic staff of the faculty, Dr Solomon Ebeku, lauded the thoughtfulness of the management of the faculty for the honour bestowed on Professor Ebeku.
According to him, Professor Ebeku had contributed immensely not only to the welfare and growth of the faculty but also to the legal profession.
He said, “Professor Ebeku is my elder brother and is in Abuja for  the inauguration and retreat of the Chairmen and members of Nigerian Universities Governing Council.
“He has done well for himself and the people of Ekpeye land. He served the state in various capacities, and is currently serving the country. Certainly, here is a man who has contributed so much to the development of this faculty and the legal profession, both nationally and internationally”.
Recall that Professor Kaniye Ebeku, a former Rivers State Commissioner for Education as well as Water Resources and Rural Development, was the pioneer Dean of the faculty upon its founding and played significant roles in laying the structural and academic foundations of the young faculty.

By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu

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