By Aondowase Kajo, Abuja
The Federal Government on Friday, commissioned 13 projects at the National Institute of Chemical Technology (NARICT), in Zaria.
The Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi, visited the agency on a familiarization and commissioning of the projects; and commended the efforts of Director- General/ CEO Professor Jeffrey Barminas and the management of the Institute in conceiving and actualizing the enormous task for the benefit of the nation.
The Minister said what he saw gave him additional motivation towards supporting the interest of the Agency, assuring that he would do his possible best to protect the interest of the Agency.
Barrister Abdullahi also reiterated that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has set out policies that will bring about solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the country, particularly in the areas of unemployment and insecurity.
He further added that, the Ministry through the application of science technology and innovation understood the role it needs to play in providing the requisite Guidance and Leadership to Agencies under its purview towards making sure the Country’s resources are sustained.
The Presidential Executive Order No. 5, he added, is another monumental step by the Ministry which all MDAs are required to comply with; to recognize the pivotal role of Science, Technology and Innovation in National Economic Development, particularly in the area of harnessing and promoting home made goods and services.
The Minister also met with the newly Inaugurated Board Members and charged them to cooperate and synergize with the DG in ensuring that they come up with positive solutions that will benefit the Agency and the Country.
Among the projects Commissioned by the Minister includes; Upgrading and Enhancement of NARICT Library Complex (NARICT E- Granatary Digital Library), NARICT Library Conference Hall- Renovated and Refurbished with over 200 sitting capacity, Rehabilitation of Minero- Organic Fertilizer Plant: Fabrications and Installation of 1.25 Tons/ Hour Dryer for Fertilizer Production, Chemical, Biological Radiology, Nuclear and Explosive Decontamination Facilities, Pilot plant for Production of Precipitated Calcium Carbonate for Pharmaceutical and Allied Industries Building, Model Plant for the Production of Fuel Using Plants, Tyres and Plastics ( Pyrolysis) to mention but few.
Abdullahi in conclusion appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for entrusting them with the responsibility to serve the Nation in one of the key Ministries the Country depends on.
Earlier, the Interim Board Chairman Alhaji Tasiu Gano thanked the President for accepting their appointment as Board Members and promised to give their best as Board Members in making sure they make the country proud through their contributions.
The DG/ CEO Professor Jeffrey Barminas in his closing remark,thanked the Minister for his commitment and immense contributions towards the development of the country.
Nigerian Students Are Facing Excruciating Hardship-Enyinstede
Nigerian Association Of Science Students, Comrade Henry Enyinstede has cried out over the economic crisis in Nigeria, which is affecting the Nigerian students.
Enyinstede, who stated this in a press statement yesterday, said students are also struggling to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport.
He lamented that this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance.
According to him, despite the oil earnings, the Nigerian economy finds it difficult to experience an improved life style rather the economy get tough every seconds of the day and this has placed a terrible scar on the Nigerian Students.
“The High cost of tuition fees across varsities and other tertiary institutions has rendered the Nigerian Students helpless and hopeless because the Students union are bought over like hot pot of porridge by school Management and are dancing to their tones instead of seeking for justice.
“Tuitions are increased annually in some tertiary Institutions and the increment is horrific. Even the price of Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Institutions Post JAMB forms has been increased and this price increment of registration form has and it’s dashing the of hope of Aspiring Nigerian Students.
“The Nigerian Students are enormously hit by the current economic crisis as 90 percent of Students rely solely on parents and family members for source of livelihood and as a result proper spending plan must be adopted and as at that they still find it difficult to feed at least once a day because of the outrageous price of foodstuffs and goods which the sellers blamed on the removal of oil subside.
“Students struggles to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport and this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance,” he said.
He further said Nigeria is one of the World’s resource rich economies but continue to be ravaged by poverty.
UNIZIK, Group Partner on use of Mother Tongue to Promote Science Curriculum
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) and an Igbo sociocultural organisation, the Odinala Cultural Heritage Foundation (OCHIE Igbo), have partnered on the use of mother tongue to promote science curriculum in the region.
Mr Caleb Onwe, the National Publicity Secretary of OCHIE Igbo, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Onwe said UNIZIK, through its Vice Chancellor, Prof.Charles Esimone, had approved March 15 for the unveiling of the OCHIE-Igbo STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Project Committees in partnership with the university.
He said the proposed OCHIE Igbo STEM School (Igbo Silicone Valley) would be sited in UNIZIK and would take off on a virtual note targeting to enroll Igbo children from all parts of the world.
“Over the years, educationists, researchers and curriculum development experts have argued that children perform better when taught in their mother tongue.
“The efficacy of the above claim lies with the inroads and quantum of converts which the missionaries made in Igboland on their arrival.
“Therefore, the target of the OCHIE Igbo STEM Project is to raise a generation of Igbo children that can innovate, conceive, invent and interpret phenomena in Igbo language.
“This way, the educational barriers and challenges associated with the learning sciences in our primary and secondary schools would be a thing of the past,” Onwe said
He said three committees would be inaugurated on March 15 at the university.
“The Coordination Committee is led by Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu, Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Administration, with Okoro Chinedum Benedict as the committee’s Co Chairman.
“The Curriculum Development Committee is led by Prof. Lilian Akudolu of the Faculty of Education.
“Igbo Translation Committee is led by Prof. Thecla Udemmadu of the Department of Igbo,”” he concluded.(NAN)
Osun Govt. to Recruit 5,000 Teachers
The Osun government has approved the recruitment of 5,000 teachers and 250 education officers to fill the existing vacancies in the teaching service in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by Olawale Rasheed, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ademola Adeleke on Wednesday in Osogbo.
He said that the approval for the recruitment of teachers was sequel to the conclusion of the need assessment conducted by the government in 2023.
He said the council directed the Ministry of Education to fast track the process of recruiting qualified and competent hands to enhance teaching and learning.
According to him, the council has also approved the release of N1.3 billion for the immediate rehabilitation of Ora Igbomina water works in Ifedayo Local Government area. (NAN)
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