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Ministry to Collaborate with Taraba State on Science Dev’t

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By Aondowase Kajo, Abuja

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the ministry will work in synergy with Taraba State Government in the development and advancement of science, technology and innovation in the country.

Dr Onu said this when he had audience with the Taraba State Governor, Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku in his office on Monday, in Abuja.

He reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment in helping the state restore the affected facilities of Bio-technology Centre under the ministry that was vandalized during the ENDSARS protest of 2020.

Besides, the Minister expressed Federal Government’s commitment to work very closely with the State government in order to positively reposition the country technologically.

Onu further added that the nation is gradually moving from a resource to a knowledge-based economy through the efforts of the ministry by making sure that certain policies are put in place.

“We are gradually moving the nation away from depending on commodities, so that we can use our brain to add value to the enormous resources God has endowed to the nation,” Onu said.

He further said that for Nigeria to be truly great like other technologically advanced countries, it must pay special attention to the development of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

Earlier, His Excellency, the Governor of Taraba State, Architect Darius Ishaku said his visit to the ministry is to appeal to the Hon. Minister to resuscitate the vandalized Bio Technology Centre that was destroyed during the Endsars protests in the state.

He also appreciated the Ministry’s effort and cooperation through STI especially in the area of Bio Technology Development and other Agencies.

The Governor also added that the ministry was helping the farmers in the state using machine technology located in Jalingo for production of bricks and drying of fish.

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Nigerian Students Are Facing Excruciating Hardship-Enyinstede

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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.

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UNIZIK, Group Partner on use of Mother Tongue to Promote Science Curriculum

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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)

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Osun Govt. to Recruit 5,000 Teachers

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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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