Prof. Danladi Matawal, a Professor of Civil Engineering with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, has identified corruption, poor funding, insecurity and decline of the teaching profession as the major factors responsible for the decline in the educational standard in the country.
Matawal stated this in Abuja during the weekend while presenting a paper, titled “ Seeking Solution for a Lost Era of Educational Excellence in Nigeria”, at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Cheetah Gold Awards and N1billion launching for the completion of the Umar Musa Yar’adua e-library and academic Infrastructure at Government College, Keffi.
The Tide source reports that the AGM is for the Keffi Old Boys Association (KOBA), an umbrella body for the alumni of Government College, Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Matawal, who is member of KOBA, also identified cronyism, lack of adequate and qualified teachers/employees, incompetent planning, improper inspection or supervision and weak administration as other factors responsible for the decline in educational standard.
“Inadequate fund leads to all sorts of dilapidation, especially inadequate Infrastructure and poor remunerations and welfare, as well as the lack of innovations, especially for support services and cross-boarder disciplinary engagements.
“Cronyism is the appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority without proper regard to their qualifications.
“This is both stifling and killing education in Nigeria,” he said.
Matawal said that there is the need for synergy among stakeholders with a view to putting in place viable measures to deal with the embarrassing and insidous menance in Nigeria.
“Therefore, policymakers, academics, opinion leaders and educational administrators should consider seriously the desirability of the rescue of the education sector from decay,” he added.
The professor commended the members of the association and other well-meaning Nigerians for their efforts in improving the standard of education in the school.
Expert Advises Linguists, Language Analysts On MCP Theory
Linguists and language analysts as well as the populace have been advised to use Multimodal Critical Pragmatics (MCP) Theory and the Multimodal CPrag3SD, a multi-functional model for analysing meaning in all natural languages.
A Professor of Pragmatics in Communication at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Prof Ebiere Ken-Maduako made the call last Thursday,while delivering his inaugural lecture at the 39th Inaugural lecture series of the University in Port Harcourt.
Ken-Maduako,who emphasised the need for users of words to consider the contextual and conceptual meanings to the choice of words used, so as to avoid being misunderstood as well as mis-interpreted .
“Having been given topics by my lecturer, on the title: ‘meaning of meaning’, after doing much research and understanding cleared, meaning became an intrigue. I seek and find meaning and different dimensions of meaning in everything I see, conversation I listened to, and activities that I observe, I read people’s body language effortlessly and I just seem to hear the “unsaid said” in every speech encounter.”
The Guest Inaugural Lecturer, stressed on what meaning is and how it should be applied in communications, adding that there were various forms of communication which includes verbal; non-verbal; written and visual as modes of expression with different forms of languages.
In her view on semantics, Ken-Maduako argued that it is a branch of linguistics that is concerned with the scientific study of the meaning of words in a natural language, but lacks an in-depth expression of the meaning, while the pragmatic is the practical aspect of meaning and considers the engagement of context in meaning, interpretation or ultilisation of human language in social interactions.
She explained that humans and natural signs have different connotations such as “yawning”, which could mean sign of tiredness or hunger and “don’t be silly,” which could mean an advice to a child or close friend and an insult to an elder or distant person.
She revealed that literal semantic theory cannot adequately provide interpretation to the meaning of expressions in any natural language, while Multimodal Critical Pragmatics Theory and Multimodal as a multi-functional model for analysing meaning in all natural language.
On the topic: ‘Meaning And The Linguist’, the Inaugural Lecturer, Ken-Maduako stated that words have been used differently to mean different things.
She cited a scenario where the Bible says: “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you… Matthew 5:30 also in another scenario where drivers are held up in heavy traffic and they are looking for any possible opening to pass through, saying that words you hearing from them are: “ Madam, Oga, cut your hand to the left;” Oga na trailer you dey drive? ; Madam you no go cut your hand comot there or go your right? Which kind wahala be dis?; Abeg cut your hand comot there make I pass, concluding by asking if all the instances of the use of words above really mean to literally cut off one’s hand? No, but conceptually, the word cut, meant to leave the place, adding that in the above contexts, “cut” must have another connotative meaning different from it’s conceptual meaning,” The Prof added.
She conclude that the notion of meaning has been explored different levels, fields and contexts.
The multifarious nature of meaning highlighted immensely revealing how exceptionally ill-assorted it can be, emphasising that human language and the experiences of humans are so complex and multifaceted that a literal semantic theory cannot adequately provide interpretations to the meaning of expressions in any natural language.
The inaugural lecture thus proposed that the Multimodal Critical Pragmatics (MCP) Theory and Multimodal CPrag3SD as a multi-functional model for analysing meaning in all natural languages.
“This model has also been used in this Inaugural Lecture to foreground it’s efficacy in analysing language because it’s squeezes out the tiniest juice from the expressions under study.
She implored linguists as well as language users world wide to explore the multifunctionalism of MCP in their upcoming research and analysis of oral and written language.
“If you say this is the meaning of this, you may not be completely correct because in that context that may be the meaning of that word, but if you take it out if that context and put it to another context, you will see that it might mean something entirely different to you.
“If I say you are a fool for doing that, I am simply telling you that you have done something wrong, so in this context, it can be seen as counsel. The Speech Acts might not be to accuse you, it might be to counsel you, to open your eyes to what you have to see may be you should have done something different.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Vice Chancellor, I AUE, Prof Okey Onuchuku described academic research as relevant tool that profers solutions to problems for a better solution as well as promote innovation fir a better society.
Prof. Onuchuku commended the inaugural lecturer, Prof Ibiere Ken-Maduako for sharing her professional experience on the topic, adding that the lecture will go a long way to better the society.
“ Professor Ken-Maduako has fully presented her work with in-depth analysis of the word meaning, remarking many now have a better understanding on Semantics, Pragmatics as well as the models to be used in analysing word meaning.”
Onuchuku added that knowledge gained from the lecture will go a long way to solve problems as well create space for further research, while enjoining the university Don not to relent in her academic research so as to engender a better society.
“Inagural lecture is what actually brings out a lecturer to explain what he/she has been professing and as witnessed today, the Inaugural lecturer has really explained what she has been professing over the years. If you check out on the reference aspect of her book presentation, you will see that there are several publications that she has done and most of her speeches were drawn from there.
“She is an example of a scholar that is serious, that knows what she is doing as she excellently delivered the Inaugural lecture today.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
RSUBEB Holds Capacity Workshop For Servicom Officers
A one-day Sensitization and Capacity Building of Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board and the Local Government Education Authorities Servicom Committee Officers has come and gone with a call on the participants to ensure that the right thing is done after the training.
A press statement by the Chief Press Secretary of the Board Okechukwu Geoffrey said the training took place at the Board Headquarters over the weekend adding that the director Special Programme, Mrs Flora Timon, advised them to take the training seriously and ensure that they delivered quality service at their various local government areas.
The atatement stated that the director while thanking the participants for participating in the capacity building training, informed them that Rivers SUBEB was the first among the 36 states of the federation to submit work plan after the training at Abuja held last November and commended the Executive Chairman of the Board Ven. Fyneface Ndubuisi Akah for his visionary and purposeful leadership.
Also speaking, Mrs Stella Benson (Servicom presidency Abuja) described Servicom slogan as ‘ Government’s solution and answer to poor public service delivery.
Benson who also was a resource person at the training further maintained that Servicom is all about service delivery as well as doing what we are employed to do and expressed hope that at the end of the training Servicom would be established in all the LGEAs of the state to ensure service delivery.
Some of the participants who spoke also commended government for organising the training which they said would go a long way to repositioning the system.
By: Akujobi Amadi
Don Charts Path For Improved Healthcare System …Flays Medical Tourism Abroad
A Professor of Chemical Pathology, Department of Medical Laboratory Science ,Rivers State University Prof Ebirien Bartimaeus, has said the medical tourism been embarked by prominent citizens of the country to other advanced nations can be brought to an end if the healthcare system is improved and medical research is encouraged .
Bartimaeus stated this while delivering his inaugural lecture titled “The More We Look The More We See and that is how it is, “at the 78th inaugural lecture series of the Rivers State University (RSU held at the new Senate Complex in Port Harcourt, last Wednesday
He averred that to end the medical tourism ,all the health providers must work in synergy and function independently in order to meet up with the challenges of emerging and re-emerging infections and epidemics ,adding that with a robust medical laboratory services fully equipped and supported
with modern medical laboratory equipment and adequately trained professionals will salvage the nation ‘s health challenges .
He described Medical Laboratory Scientists as the life wire of the medical profession ,saying that there is need for greater collaboration between all the players in the health profession.
The erudite scholar while the explaining the intrigue of the lecture opined that medical Laboratory scientists are the unseen detectives and oracles of modern diagnostic medicine and def defined medical laboratory science as the practice involving the analysis of human or animal tissues ,body fluids ,execretions ,production of biological design and fabrication of equipment for the purposes of laboratory diagnosis ,treatment and research .
“The popular parlance in life is the more you look ,the less you see “vice chancellor ,sir ,in this lecture i will unravel the mystery of why my profession the paradigm shift is “the more we look ,the more we see “I will also inform us about what i have looked and see in the field of clinical pathology as part of my humble contributions in trying to provide solutions and insights into some of the myriads of medical problems affecting Nigeria and make it possible for us to understand why in modern diagnostic medicine it has to be like that “he stated
Prof Bartimaeus among other things recommended the re _opening the Diagnostic centre especially now that the university is interested in sourcing for ways to improve its internally generated revenue .
In his speech at the the Vice Chancellor ,prof Nlerum Sunday Okogbule represented by the Deputy vice chancellor ,Administration ,prof N .S Okoroma said the institution has kept faith with the monthly holding inaugural lectures ,adding that it is an occasion a professor used to show case his academic expertise and make contribution for the betterment of the society .
He commended the guest lecturer for his erudite presentations and described him as a thorough breed scholar who has distinguished himself ,adding that the lecture topic was a new concept from the known margin as it was showded with suspense.
By: Akujobi Amadi
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