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Commissioner Challenges Scholars On Quality Research

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Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Professor Prince Chinedu Nmon, has challenged scholars to produce quality research for them to be acknowledged globally.
He gave the challenge recently at the third annual symposium organised by the Directorate of Research and Development and Postgraduate School, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) at the University Auditorium.
Nmon, who was the Special Guest of Honour, expressed his pleasure over the theme of the symposium “Contemporary Issues in Research, Development and Innovation”, saying it was apt.
“Learning and reinforcing what has been learnt, as well as being listed in goggle scholar and other search engines improves the rankings of a University,” he said.
The Commissioner noted the benefits of bridging the gap between “town and gown”, saying that “researches and other scholarly contributions should be geared towards solving societal problems instead of being used solely for the purposes of promotions”.
Prof. Nmon, who emphasized that no meaningful development can be achieved without research, added that “new ideas facilitate growth and progress”.
He lauded IAUE for investing in research, innovations and development, and for living up to expectations by driving research development.
“Universities that are unable to produce quality research outcomes do not stand the chance of being counted as those with real value to the society”, he stated.
While commending participants at the event, he assured that their participation would be worth while and rewarding.
Declaring the symposium open, the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, expressed appreciation to the Commissioner and the Executive Secretary, National Council for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Abuja, for sacrificing their time to be at the event.
He hinted that the well packaged and loaded topics on various aspects of research would help postgraduate students to conduct proper research and expose lecturers to the rudiments and technics of writing proposals on research grants.
In his remarks, the Director, Research and Development, Professor Kemka Humphrey Ogbonda, thanked the Vice Chancellor for support given to actualise the training, and stressed the importance for students to be abreast with the nitty gritty of research and how to go about their project defense at various levels.
He expressed hope that the symposium would help reduce the stress that supervisors face when reading students’ work.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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Wike Confers One Of Rivers’ Highest Awards On Bishop Evo Diocese

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has conferred one of the highest awards in the state on the Bishop of Diocese of Evo, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Rt. Rev. Innocent Ordu, JP.
The award, Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS), is the second highest distinction in the Rivers State Order of Service Awards and is conferred on individuals in recognition of their exceptional service in any field of human endeavour for the progress of the state.
The award ceremony, which took place last Saturday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, was attended by people from all walks of life.
Wike said the honour was to show gratitude publicly to indigenes and friends of Rivers State who stood out in their various endeavours.
Rt Rev. Ordu of Evo Diocese has, in the past 13 years as a Bishop, distinguished himself as a true shepherd who has dedicated his life to the service of God and humanity.
This year alone, the Diocese of Evo has hosted the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) as well as the Joint Council of Knights, which in a way showcased the safety of Rivers State and the hospitality of the Rivers people.
In just 13 years, Bishop Ordu, through exemplary and visionary leadership, has taken the diocese to new heights in the league of notable dioceses in the Church of Nigeria.
At the last all-Nigeria Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON) of the church, held in Abuja last month, Evo Diocese came first in terms of having the highest number of registered attendees at the event.
The entire faithful of the Diocese of Evo congratulate and felicitate with his lordship, the Rt. Rev. Ordu, on this well deserved honour bestowed on him by the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Wike.

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Don Makes Case For Vocational Education

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A professor of Industrial Chemistry, Rivers State University (RSU), Professor Isaac Dokubo, has called for more budgetary allocations to vocational education in the country.
Prof. Dokubo said this at the 82nd Inaugural Lecture of the university in Port Harcourt.
The lecture, titled “Man and Vocation: The Inseparable Twins, The Vocationalist and Construction Cost Analyst Perspective”, Dokubo said Federal Government should increase budgetary allocation to vocational education in line with UNESCO recommendations of 26 percent of annual budget.
He expressed regret that Nigeria’s budgetary allocation for education for the last six years was less than 10 percent, stressing that the country will continue to grapple with the problem of industrial development if the vocational sector is continously neglected.
The university don also called for private sector involvement in vocational educational education.
He commended the Rivers State University for setting up the Department for Technical Education and urged other universities to follow suit.
Accordimg to him, Nigeria’s industrial development lies with vocational education.
Speaking, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Nlerum Okogbule, said the university has taken far reaching steps towards improving vocational educational in the institution.

By: John Bibor

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Students Laud Wike Over Appointment Of IAUOE Registrar

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Students of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUOE), Rumuolumini, have hailed the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, over the appointment of Donald Okogba as the Acting Registrar of the university.
Some of the students who spoke with The Tide at the university campus, said the appointment was divinely made.
A student of the Faculty of Humanity who gave his name as Ikechi Amadi, said Okogba had done so much for the school and deserved a reward from the system.
She noted that Okogba left indelible imprints in all the areas he had previously headed in the institution, saying such should be the hallmark of a public servant.
Another student, Charles Igwe, who described Governor Wike as a goal-getter, said his decision to appoint Okogba was the best for the institution.
Igwe expressed optimism that the appointment would not only spur the new Registrar to action, but would also make him to right some wrongs in the institution.
Describing the Acting Registrar as a no nonsense man, he called on both the staff and students of the university to give him thier support to enable him succeed.
A staff who pleaded anonymity recalled how the new acting Registrar performed excellently when he served in his previous assignment as Director of the Senate House.
“Some appointments may be viewed as political, but to me, this Mr. Okogba’s own is just on merit. He has been too professional in all tasks given to him in the school”, he said.

By: King Onunwor

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