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Staff, Students Charged To Protect University’s Image

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Acting Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Port Harcourt, Prof. Okechuku Onuchuku, has charged staff and students of the university to protect the image of the institution by living up to expected standard.
“We are not running this university alone. We have other stakeholders, so we need to secure the image of the university.”
Onuchuku gave the charge during the university’s 41st convocation ceremony held at the university’s Auditorium, recently.
He announced a total number of graduating students for the academic session as 3,209, giving the breakdown to include First Class, Second Class Upper Division, Second Class Lower Division and Third Class.
“For the 2021/2022 academic session, we are graduating 20 First Class, 763 Second Class Upper Division, 2,367 Second Class Lower Division and 59 Third Class, totaling 3,209.
He said students must endeavor to obey university rules and regulations and engage themselves in meaningful activities, as the school has a zero tolerance for examination malpractices.
“We are determined to censor the few bad eggs, who brings the image and reputation of this university into disrepute and ridicule.
“The management has zero tolerance for corruption and cultism and it’s ready to show culprits the way out of this university.
“In a Duncan world in which social media is every part of our life, it is important that all staff and students must conduct themselves in a manner befitting of a people in a selected community of scholars and administrators.
“Our duty as educators is to help our students to interpret knowledge in a way to conform to 21st century information technology,” he said.
Onuchuku while calling for collaboration with industries and other stakeholders assured that all hands must be on deck to ensure there is adequate security in the area.
“We must continue to collaborate with industries and other stakeholders particularly in research and development in order to address the problem of the society powered by the triple ellipse principles. I am pleased to report that we have actively forged a closer partnership with the law enforcement agencies and host communities. Luckily, our proactive measures have brought near zero security breaches in and around the university. The relative peace we enjoy in this university will be sustained. I will like to add that we are doing close monitoring with the security agencies to ensure there is no victim”, he said.
He thanked host communities and security agencies for their unalloyed support, love and understanding.
Onuchuku further charged the graduating students to go out to the world and show proof of their merited grades.
“Having properly scrutinised your express qualifications and approved that you will be conferred with a degree, the Senate of the university has confirmed that you have been found worthy both in character and learning. It is now your own turn to prove to the university and the world that you merited your grades and that you can defend your certificates with pride and honour. If you bring shame to yourself, then, you bring shame to the university,” he added.
He used the opportunity to thank the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for the many interventions made in the school since his assumption of office.
On her part, the overall best student of the institution, Worlu Jeanetta Worluh in her valedictory speech, charge her fellow graduands to always strive to be great.
Fellow graduands, I believe the future is very bright, for we are our own destinies. Despite the economic, political, security challenges, to mention but a few, that plague our dear country, we must not forget that one man can change the world. Change begins with us. The transformation we desire must start from us. In Simple terms, charity begins at home.”
Worluh as well encourage students of the University to take their studies seriously and never to give in to negative vices
“To students in their current programmes, your dreams and aspirations are valid, do not relent. Your being here is not a mistake. You must make most of it. For anything worth doing is worth doing well. You must avoid any deviant behaviour and abide by the rules and regulations of the University.
She promised to represent the school well as well make her parents to be more proud of her.
Also speaking, a graduating student of Management Sciences, who hails from Ikwerre, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Miss Peace Azeru expressed joy and excitement that despite her poor background, she managed home front with her aged mother and siblings and scale through her academic hurdles.
“I am so excited today to be among those graduating because I never thought I could make it considering my poor background and no one to train me, but despite all odds I put my trust in God and today, I am a graduate of Management Sciences.
“I want to charge all those who are passing through the same thing to know that education is key to getting out of poverty and become rich, so no matter the challenge include education, so that you become useful citizens of your country. Never give in to cultism and other negative vices,” Azeru added.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Committee Embarks On Schools Assessment In Etche

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The representatives of Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State on “Educational Needs Assessment Committee, Rivers State”, Ministry of Education have embarked on assesement of government- owned schools across the local government.
The leader of the team, Mr Amadi ThankGod Iheayichukwu, who led other members of the group to assess the conditions of public schools in the local government area, said the exercise was in response to the state government’s desire to make every public school in the State functional and conducive for learning.
He stated that the assessment was to actually find out the conditions of schools as directed by the state government and report back to the state Ministry of Education .
According to him, the visit was in line with the state government’s special focus on healthcare, education and agriculture for the development of the State.
It is the responsibility of the State Committee to carefully assess all schools in Rivers State, to enable the Governor, through the Ministry of Education prepare a State-wide system to immediately enhance the teaching and learning business within the State.
Recall that the immediate past administration of the State paid little or no attention to public schools and even the educational sector in general.
The exercise continues and has till the end of this week to submit all reports.
Etche LGA has about 80 primary schools, 25 Junior Secondary Schools and 23 Senior Secondary Schools and about 93 per cent of all, are out of place or completely below standard.
“The educational sector in Rivers State, will soon wear a new look and standard, he said.”

By: Akujobi Amadi

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UNIPORT SSANU, NASU Protest Non-Payment Of Withheld Salaries

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and its Non-Academic Staff Union(NASU) counterpart in the University of Port Harcourt, under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee(JAC), last Tuesday embarked on a peaceful protest around their campuses to protest against non-payment of four months owed salaries by the Federal Government as directed by their national secretariats.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the protest,the Chairman of SSANU, Comrade Bernard Ezechukwu, said they embarked on the protest to press on the Federal Government to pay their four months withheld salary arrears,fallout of their last national strike, saying the strike was in line with the directive of their national leadership.
According to him, the university system cannot work effectively without the contributions of all the unions on campus.
“We called out our people today on the plight of the workers, as regards our four months salary arrears owed to us by the previous adminstration.
“The university cannot function effectively without the contribution of all the unions on campus. “As non-teaching staff we do our best administratively, the teaching staff also do their beat to keep the system running, so why would the Federal Government trivialise our role or position?”, the SSANU Chairman asked.
He accused the people working with the President of refusing to pay the owed salaries even after the President had given order to that effect.
Ezechukwu said the protest was to notify the Federal Government of the proposed strike,which he said would be total.
Also speaking,the Chairman of NASU,UNIPORT Chapter, Comrade Osorochi Ogbegbe, said the protest was to drum support for the payment of their withheld four months salary arrears.
He queried why the non-academic staff should not be paid when their academic staff counterparts have since been paid.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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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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