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NFVCB Partners ABU on Capacity Building for Undergraduates

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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Performing Arts, has conducted a training on film and video censoring and creative capacity development for students from Zamfara state.

The two-day capacity building programme , which held at the Samaru Campus of ABU Zaria, ended on Friday, with relevant stakeholders from the
academia, as well as officials of the board,  held different sessions for
participants.

The students were taught basic dynamics of films and videos censoring and
classification, creative and entrepreneurial skills, as well as the
preservation of Nigeria’s cultural heritage through films.

The event also featured practical interactive and film critic session, as
well as panel discussion session , anchored by erudite scholar  Prof. Steve
Abah.

In his presentation, Alh Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of NFVCB, said
the programme was in furtherance of the board’s Media Literacy and
Mentorship initiatives earlier launched for youths, especially Theatre and
other Creative Arts undergraduates in Nigerian Universities.

According to him, the board is set to equip young theatre practitioners
from the North- West with practical knowledge of the movie industry besides their academic experience.

“There is no reason to doubt that youths shape the future of a country, and
if a country’s youths are diligent and hardworking, then that nation is
bound to progress, but if its youths are indolent, then no one can save
that country from downfall.

“It is therefore, important to tap the unbridled vigor of our youths and
give it a right direction by effectively channelizing this energy into
productive endeavours  , which will in turn discourage youthful extremism.

“As the key regulator of the Nigerian motion picture industry, NFVCB has
decided to bring practical knowledge of how the sector works to these
youths to secure the future of our movie industry.

“We are teaching them classifications and rating of videos and films as
well as productive use of social media in order to properly position them
for opportunities that abound in the industry,” he said.

Thomas further said that, under his watch, NFVCB had taken its Media
Literacy and Mentorship initiatives to universities across the six-geo
political zones.

He explained that Nigeria, like most countries, seeks to protect its young
and minors from unsuitable contents, thus the inherent need for censorship
and classification of films and video works.

He noted that, as a multi ethnic developing society, Nigeria needs to
preserve ethnic, racial and religious harmony, especially with the influx
of all kinds of media.

The NFVCB boss described the Censors Board as a mediator between filmmakers and society that needs to ascertain if a film is good for the consumption of Nigerians.

He noted, among other things, that beside its educational and entertainment values, such film must not negate the Nigerian culture, interest and values.

He further explained that a film that encourages religious, racial or
ethnic discrimination was inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

In his remark, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. Abubakar Liman, expressed
delight over the collaboration and mentorship initiative by the board.

He said:”Our youths have a great future in self employment through
creativity, innovation and Imagination.

“ A workshop like this that bothers on entrepreneurship is very important
as ours youths  are inspired  to look inward, develop themselves and follow
their dreams instead of looking up to the government for everything.”

Also, Hon.Yahaya Chado, former Federal Lawmaker who represented Gora
Bakura/Maradun constituency of Zamfara State, commended the NFVCB for
extending its youths empowerment programmes in the North-West to the state.

The event had in attendance Zamfara State Students association, filmmakers from the region and government functionaries, including a member of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, Hon.Alhasssan Kanoma and representatives of the state government.

Highpoint of the event was the presentation of certificate of participation
and the screening of three short films produced by the Theatre Arts
Department of the Institution.

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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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