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Poly Rector Harps On Synergy With Organisations

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The Rector of Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, Dr. Ledum Gwarah, has announced that the school is open for synergy and partnership with organisations and groups that come up with lofty ideas and proposals that will move the institution to a higher level development.
Gwarah who made the call in the school when he recently played host to the Alumni Association of the Polytechnic led by its national President, Dr. Ugo Sam Onyeka, also announced that the Polytechnic now has additional four (4) departments waiting the accreditation of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
The Rector then thanked the Alumni Association for all of its support, saying that he is available and open for any invitation from the association towards achieving its set goals, calling upon members of the Association to use their links and connections to facilitate and fastrack the accreditation of the newly approved departments for the Polytechnic.
Gwarah, who was elated by lofty ideas of the association towards the development of the institution, asked to be provided with the external dimensions of the Alumni Association’s House which the Alumni has proposed to site in the Polytechnic.
The Rector promised that when the management has carefully studied the drawings, it will then have informed decision to make as to which portion of land that the school will donate for the Alumni building.
Earlier, the national President of the Alumni Association, Dr Ugo Sam Onyeka, has informed the management of the Polytechnic that the association is in the school to felicitate with the Rector of the institution on his well deserved appointment of the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Ledum Gwarah, commending him for the changes he has to the school.
Onyeka also informed the Rector that they are in the school to present to the management of the Polytechnic of the drawings of a propsed Alumni building to be constructed by the Association to the management of the school, in line with an earlier request made to the chairman of the governing board of the Polytechnic.
The Alumni Association President also used the medium to intimate the management of the Polytechnic that the Alumni has instituted an award for the best student of the Polytechnic which is to be presented during the forthcoming convocation of the Polytechnic inorder to spur on students to work harder even as it will help to ginger lecturers to put in their best.
Earlier, the national President of the Alumni Association, Eze Dr Ugo Sam Onyeka, has informed the management of the Polytechnic that the Association is in the school to felicitate with the Rector of the Institution on his well deserved appointment of the Rector of the Polytechnic, Engr Dr. Ledum Gwarah, commending him for the changes he has to the school.
Eze Dr Onyeka also informed the Rector that they are in the school to present to the management of the Polytechnic of the drawings of a propsed Alumni building to be constructed by the Association to the management of the school, in line with an earlier request made to the chairman of the governing board of the Polytechnic.
The Alumni Association President also used the medium to intimate the management of the Polytechnic that the Alumni has instituted an award for the best student of the Polytechnic which is to be presented during the forthcoming convocation of the Polytechnic inorder to spur on students to work harder even as it will help to ginger lecturers to put in their best.
In a vote of thanks on behalf of the Polytechnic’s management, the Registrar of the school, Dr Ema Onwuka, appreciated the Association for the visit, reassuring the officials of the readiness of the Polytechnic to collaborate with the Alumni, commending the Association for its unprecedented support to the institution.
In a goodwill, a member of the Alumni, Hon Prince Ngor, thanked the management for the reception accorded them on the visit, promising that the Association will give an immediate uplift in terms of lighting to the Governing Council Conference room.
Some other personalities present at the visit were Dr. Henry Anyakwor, Bursar of the Polytechnic, Mrs Ibiwari Wokoma, Dr. Henry Kpunee, Mrs Victoria Ockiya-Jackson, all officers of the Alumni Association, among others.

 

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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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