By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja.
As Principals of the Nation’s 110 Unity Colleges converge on Benin city, the Edo State capital to kick-start this year’s admission, Education Minister, Adamu Adamu has directed that they must be guided by the principles of fairness,equity and good conscience in the conduct of the admission exercise.
In a message to the body of Principals handling the exercise, the Minister emphasized that every part of the country must be given a sense of belonging in the admission exercise, adding that the process must reflect the ideals of the founding fathers of unity colleges as centers of academic excellence and models for states and private schools as well as instruments for National integration and unity.
In a message delivered at the opening ceremony on behalf of the Minister, the Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir said that; if we are to produce responsible citizens, we must stick to the rules in order to make the right choices of qualified candidates as a foundation for future academic excellence.
The Minister reminded the principals that they should stick to the National policy of the ratio of one teacher to forty students per class in line with UNESCO regulations, adding that carrying capacity must be adhered to.
Adamu Adamu emphasized that candidates who have applied for admission into Unity schools outside of their immediate communities should be given Priority.
The Minister directed Principals to adhere strictly to the criteria for the selection which is 60percent National merit, 30percent equality of states and 10percent exigency.
Earlier in her welcome address , the Chairperson of Principals of Federal Unity colleges who is also the Principal of Queens Collage Lagos,Dr T. F. O Yakubu-Oyinloye said government’s guidelines on merit and equality of states will be followed strictly so as to get the best candidates for the Nation’s Unity Colleges.
One of the highlights of the opening ceremony was a guided tour of the host college, Federal Government Girls College Benin, which is wearing a brand new look, more like a University campus than a secondary school.
The Principal of the collage Mrs Aghedo Osamediame who led her colleagues on the guided tour said, the brand new look of the college has been made possible courtesy of the intervention of the Ministry.
FG Insists on Treasury Management – Minister
By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja
The Minister of State for Education, Mr Goodluck Opiah has emphasized that treasury management is a must for any nation that targets sustainable development.
According to him, this is imperative because it is a strategic approach to optimising beneficial returns of innovative deployment of both public and private finance.
The Minister gave the affirmation at the inauguration of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Treasury Management (CCITM) in Abuja on Tuesday, noting that it would help to put in place preventive mechanisms to safeguard resources and ensure that there is value for money.
He pointed out that the supervision and management of cash flows and its balances will be better managed and utilised, better services from banks, proper allocation of funds will be achieved while fraud and embezzlement would be minimised.
The Minister said with the above mentioned benefits, the economy will function better with adequate financial resources appropriately allocated and disbursed.
“The Chartered Institute of Treasury Management is particularly important to the education sector because it will help ensure that finances allocated to the sector by government, civil society and nongovernmental organisations will be judiciously utilised for the achievement of the Ministry’s three focal areas of Access, Quality and Systems Strengthening and of course the timely attainment of the Ministry’s 10 Pillars of the Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan
“I am very confident that the benefits and impacts of the establishment of this Institute will be positive on our society and the Nigerian economy when fully operational” he said.
Mr Opiah therefore reminded all stakeholders of the fact that Nigeria education must prepare and arm Nigeria’s youths to take competitive advantage of the 21st century knowledge-driven economy within and outside the country.
He believed that the operations of this Institute would help achieve this target.
The Minister implored the Council members to contribute their best to ensure that the vision, mission, mandates and functions of the institute as enshrined in the Act that established it are achieved for a better, more resourceful and sustainable development in Nigeria.
“I am very confident that the benefits and impacts of the establishment of this Institute will be positive on our society and the Nigerian economy when fully operational which include:-
“Supervision and management of cash flows and its balances will be better managed and utilized. There would be better services from banks. Proper allocation of funds will be achieved. Fraud and embezzlement would be minimized. Risk of loss in management of investment in liquid assets will be eliminated and Firms would operate at the minimum cost of funds possible within the economy of their domicile.
“We all know that with the above mentioned benefits, the economy will function better with adequate financial resources appropriately allocated and disbursed.
“Chartered Institute of Treasury Management is particularly important to the education sector because it will help ensure that finances allocated to the sector by government, civil society and nongovernmental organizations will be judiciously utilized for the achievement of the Ministry’s three focal areas of Access, Quality and Systems Strengthening and of course the timely attainment of the Ministry’s 10 Pillars of the Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP).
“At this juncture, it is my singular honour and pleasure to officially inaugurate the Council of the Chartered Institute of Treasury Management, Nigeria. Congratulations” the Minister noted.
Kebbi Settles N456m WAEC fees – Commissioner
The Kebbi State Government has approved the payment of remaining balance of more than N456 million to West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for the 2022 West African School Certificate Examination (WASC).
Dr Muhammadu Magawata-Aliero, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in the state, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital on Monday.
He said: “The Kebbi State Government has approved the payment of N456,596,000 to West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for the 2022 West African School Certificate Examination (WASC).
“This is in addition to N100 million paid to WAEC in April 2022, being deposit, thus, bringing the total payment to N556.5 million.”
The Commissioner recalled that the state government sponsored 30,922 candidates for the 2022 WASC at a registration fee of N18,000 per candidate.
Magawata-Aliero added that government had also approved N2.6 million cost of materials and extra supervision. (NAN)
Ikpeazu Inaugurates ABSU Governing Council, Approves 3 Months Salary Arrears Payment
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has inaugurated the governing council of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU)with a charge to facilitate the development of the university.
Speaking during the event on Wednesday at the Government House, Umuahia, Ikpeazu said that the university occupied an important place in the comity of universities in Nigeria.
The governor charged them to evolve programmes that would encourage excellence as well as improved productivity among students and staff of the university.
He recalled that the institution grew from the 97th to 26th position to become the second best State university in Nigeria and recently won an award from Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
He said that the sterling achievements of the institution could only be sustained if students remain on campus.
Ikpeazu said that Abia government had released the sum of N200 million to support the University in the payment of three months salary owed the staff of the university.
He said that plans were underway to improve the welfare of staff and added that government had taken steps to enhance security of life and property in the university and its environs.
Ikpeazu expressed optimism that the institution would record more achievements under the watch of the newly inaugurated council, and promised that government would ensure regular release of subventions.
He congratulated the Pro Chancellor and members of the Council and urged them to work together.
Responding, Chief Mba Ukariwe, the Chairman of the council, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve, adding that it was an honour to contribute to educational development in Abia.
Ukariwe said that the members of the council would live up to expectation as they were poised to commence work immediately to restore normalcy in the university.
Newsmen report that the members of the governing council include Chief Obinna Njoku, Chief Chibuike Nwokeukwu, Mrs Precious Achumba, Chief Ndukwu Ndukwu,
Others are Mr Ogbonnaya Uwadiegwu, Mr Nwaro Kenneth Offor, Mr Eze Ajuzie and the management of the institution. (NAN)
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