OAU Moves to Generate own Electricity, Set to Offer Aeronautic Engineering as Course
By Dele Ogunyemi, Ibadan
The Management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has said it will no longer depend on the national grid but would commence the generation of its own 24-hour electricity by the end of October this year.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof.
He told newsmen that by the end of October, the university will commission a stand-alone electricity generating system, a development, he said, will enable 24 hours generation of electricity on campus.
“Currently, we use between five and six megawatt of electricity. But, the rural electrification agency is providing a gas-powered electricity generating plant for us which will generate 8.03 megawatt of electricity beyond what we are currently consuming.
“We will be generating our own electricity on campus and will no longer be depending on the national grid. OAU will enjoy 24-hour power supply and that is exciting. It will enhance our research output among other developments.
“We also have our dam. It is currently being renovated. We will be generating our own water and our own electricity,” he said.
Maintaining that the future of transportation is air, Ogunbodede said OAU will soon start an Aeronautic Engineering Programme.
He declared: “OAU is going to be the first federal university to have an aeronautic engineering programme. The building is under construction and will be ready in four months.
“Our entrepreneurship programme is also been upgraded to serve our students. We are no longer going to produce graduates who will be looking for employment after graduation. We are working to ensure any product of OAU will not only employ himself but also others.”
Appreciating the continued support of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints to the institution, the Vice-Chancellor urged Nigerians with capacity to support humanity in ways they can saying lasting impact is one that benefits others
FG, World Bank Earmark $200m to Train Technical Teachers on Innovative Skills
By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
The Federal Government and the World Bank will spend a whopping $200 million to improve the knowledge of teachers in the federal technical colleges in the country with the 21st century skills that will digitalise the students.
While the whole $200 million is earmarked for Innovation Development and Effectiveness in the Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS) project, about $30 million will be used to train teachers from technical schools to enable them equip the students with the adequate digital skills.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr.Andrew David Adejo who was represented by the Director of Technology and Science Education, Mrs. Grace Jakko said this while declaring open a workshop on the development of a Structure for the in-service training of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teachers and instructors on Wednesday in Abuja.
Adejo said there is the utmost importance to strengthen the technical schools with the aim to increase the availability of competent and motivated technical teachers and instructors.
He explained that the workshop come on the heels of the realisation that the 21st century presents a radically different economy and society, which is having profound implications generally on education and more specifically on skills development in Technical and Vocational Education.
The Permanent Secretary said that the skills development system in Nigeria must therefore, adapt to the emerging trends of globalisation for economic viability especially in our relevant skills for the formal and informal sectors of the economy.
“All the federal technical teachers in the 27 technical schools across the federation will be trained and captured in this component and the five states that are participating in the IDEAS project, each of the state has three technical colleges and all the teachers in these technical colleges will be captured.
“I’m very certain that we except so much from the teachers, the administrators and the project’s implementors,” she said.
National Project Coordinator, Innovation Development and Effectiveness in the Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS) Project, Blessing Ehi Ogwu said the purpose of the project is to development a comprehensive structure for training technical teachers in Nigeria.
Mrs Ogwu expressed confidence that collective knowledge and expertise of the participants will help create a framework that can effectively prepare technical teachers to meet the challenges of the future.
She also disclosed that they target to equip about 5000 people with technical skills to meet up with the market demand, adding that technical education plays a crucial role in shaping the future of our society
According to her, it’s imperative that we have well-trained teachers who can effectively impart technical knowledge to our students.
However, she noted that designing an effective training program for technical teachers is not an easy task, saying it requires careful planning, coordination and collaboration among various stakeholders.
On her part, a World Bank consultant, Dr Mistura Rufai, disclosed that the entire IDEAS Project is about $200 million and that teachers training is one of the components of that project with about $25 million to $30 million will be spent on training teachers in Nigeria.
Dr Rufai however said though the teachers training has not started but they want to put in place some structure to ensure that when they start, they kickoff the training this year.
The project is for TVET teachers in Nigeria wether it’s being implemented in the state or not, it’s going to cover all the six geopolitical zones, all the states in the country.
“Already we have 38 technical colleges that have been equipped with workshops across the country this is one of the things we are going to leverage on.
“These schools are going to be used as training centres for teachers, we are also looking at boosting the capacity of tertiary institutions that are already providing training for teachers, look at how we can up skill and digitalize their training. There is also plan to up skilled these tertiary institutions providing training to teachers.
“We work with the institution to ensure that the equipment they are getting are 21st century equipment that are market relevant.”
The World Bank consultant said that they wanted the teachers to be trained with the skill demand in the market so that when the students graduatee with their skills for them to be market relevant and provide the skills that the market wants.”
Ben Akpan, a facilitator at the workshop, said the essence of the world bank is to enable the federal government to take ownership of the project so they would have acquired the know-how and continue the project.
FG Lauds NYSC At 50 and Inaugurates Anniversary Committee.
By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja
The Federal Government has lauded the immense roles of the National Youth Service Corps since inception till date, in the areas of socio-economic and political development of the country.
It said the Scheme which was established on the 22nd of May, 1973, is indeed the leading light of youth organisations in Africa.
The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare stated this today in Abuja, while inaugurating a 22-member Inter-Ministerial Committee on the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Scheme.
He said NYSC must be celebrated for its remarkable achievements adding that; “the economic empowerment of Corps Members through entrepreneurship training initiative has brought to light, the capacity of the NYSC as an organisation that is responsive to contemporary national needs.
It is gratifying to note that the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme of the Scheme is stirring the interest of Corps Members for self-employment and wealth creation.
The Scheme must be celebrated for its remarkable achievements in the promotion of national unity and integration, development of education, healthcare delivery, as well as social and infrastructural development, through its primary assignment and community development services”.
In a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa, the Minister stated further that the Federal Government recognizes NYSC achievements and decide to mark the Scheme’s milestone on what it has achieved over the past fifty years as a form of recognition.
While charging Members of the committee to work assiduously on the terms of reference, he assured them of government’s support.
The Chairman, NYSC National Governing Board, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar commended the Minister for supporting the Scheme at all times.
In his remarks, the NYSC Director General, Brigadier General YD Ahmed said worthy of commendation is the positive roles of successive batches of Corps Members in the credible conduct of elections in the country, and their participation in other programmes like population census, immunisation exercise, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, fight against corona virus among others.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi in his response promised the readiness of all members of the committee to deliver its mandate as expected.
During the programme, a minute silence was observed in memory of Corps Member Oreoluwa Aina that died in the Lagos train/bus accident last week.
NYSC Warns Against Unauthorized Use of its Uniform
By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja
Management of the National Youth Service Corps is compelled to bring to the notice of the general public on the dangers of unauthorized use of NYSC uniform, logo, lyrics, literature and other intellectual materials associated with the National Youth Service Corps.
The Scheme is greatly disturbed by the circulation of various content on social media for entertainment and political purposes where the NYSC uniform is used without consent.
The National Youth Service Corps remains apolitical and neutral in the ongoing political and electioneering process and these unregulated materials continue to portray the NYSC in bad light.
For emphasis, section 14 of NYSC Act clearly specifies that any person who, not being a person serving in the service corps or duly authorised so to do, wears the uniform or any part of the uniform of the service corps is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of N1,000. 00 or to imprisonment for a term of six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
In a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa, the Management of the Scheme henceforth, will not hesitate to initiate legal action against any individual or group that contravenes the provisions of the NYSC ACT as regards the use of the NYSC Uniform.
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