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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.

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“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.

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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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Kwara Warns Tertiary Institutions Against Illegal Recruitments

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Kwara State Government has warned the management of the state-owned tertiary institutions to desist from illegal recruitment of staff or face the full wrath of the law.

Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr. Alabi Afees Abolore, said the warning becomes imperative following the report that a backdoor recruitment was going on at the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, a development, he said, would attract sanctions to serve as a deterrent to others.

Dr. Abolore said such recruitment should not have taken place without the prior knowledge of the ministry, declaring that the ministry would not hesitate to penalise any school authority that is caught in the illegal act.

The commissioner also said that the ministry has communicated its position to the affected institutions in the state, adding that all recruitments of either casual, teaching or non-teaching staff should be put on hold until further notice.

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58  Salem University Graduands Bag First Class Degrees

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Fifty eight students of Salem University Graduands bagged first class degrees in various disciplines out of a total number of 960 graduating students at its 5th combined convocation ceremony held at the weekend.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Alewo Johnson Akubo who disclosed this in his speech during the occasion, said that 149 Post Graduate students also graduated from the institution.

The VC charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of their Alma mater as they go into the wider world and labour market to face theatre of challenges.

According to the VC “You can either pray nor wish troubling times away. They come to us all, both small and great, hence the need for you graduating students today to remain good ambassadors of Salem brand in and out of season

“The University since my assumption of office as the 4th Vice Chancellor, have worked assiduously to ensure full accreditation of all the programmes offered in the institution by the National Universities Commission (NUC)

“However, Salem University under my watch had its fair of challenges, particularly in the areas of students enrollment and funding.

We have, inspite of all odds, continued to consolidate on the gains made by my predecessors”

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The Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello while speaking during the ceremony, promised sustained partnership with Salem University in the provision of quality education to citizens.

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones, commended the Proprietor of Salem University, Dr Sam Amaga for the giant strides recorded in the institution interms  of academic and infrastructural growth.

Bello also praised the University for complementing government’s efforts for citizens to have access to affordable and quality education.

“My administration values education as no one priority inview of its importance as the bedrock of any nation’s economy and upliftment of the living standard of the people hence the reason why we devoted 30% of the state government budget in funding education

“Kogi Government will continue to be part and parcel of Salem University in partnership for sound education and will not hesitate to provide adequate security to enable the University operate without hindrances”

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NYSC Reassures Commitment to Transparent Operations – Uba

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By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja 

The Director overseeing the National Youth Service Corps, Mrs Christy Ifeanyiwa Uba has said the NYSC remains resolute and committed to transparency and accountability in all its operations.

She said the Scheme would continue to leverage on the template provided by the Federal Government to tackle the problems associated with poor management in respect of Access and inventory in government.

Mrs Uba disclosed this yesterday while declaring open, the 2022 second Procurement Officers Training, with the theme; “Access and Inventory Management in GIFMIS”, held in Abuja.

In the statement by the Director, Press and Public relations Eddy Megwa, she disclosed that NYSC is fully committed to the prudent management of government business using the GIFMIS module.

“I find it necessary to inform you that Management places high premium on the capacity development of staff, to enhance efficiency and productivity.

I therefore urge all participants to key into this technologically-driven IT based system that was designed for access and inventory management “, Uba said.

She appealed to participants at the training to endeavour to acquire all the requisite additional skills and knowledge that will improve their job efficiency.

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The Deputy Director, Overseeing Procurement Department, Mrs Grace Akpabio in her introductory remarks stated that the training is in conjunction with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, GIFMIS Unit and Treasury House, Abuja.

Akoabio added that the training was designed to update the Procurement Officers on their roles on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform.

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