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‘Removing History from School Curriculum was one of OBJ’s biggest Errors’ – Prof Ukase

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was misled to cancel the study of History and International Studies from school curriculum in Nigeria during his administration as Executive president.

A Professor of History and International Studies with Kogi State University, Anyingba, Professor Patrick Ukase said at the 5th anniversary roundtable of Daily Asset Newspaper in Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja with the theme: The Media, National Economy, Politics and 2023 Elections, that the presidential order at that time was ill conceived and ill motivated to a developing country with rich and diverse History.

According to him, ” Historians, academics and concerned Nigerians were really disburbed when the presidential order was announced by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that History was cancelled from the curriculum of Nigerian schools.

” Historical Society of Nigerian and many stakeholders fought the unfortunate presidential order by stating that if the younger generation didn’t know the History of the pre and post independence struggle, they wouldn’t learn, cherish, tolerate and strive towards moving the country forward.

” I once told an Engineer that History is just like the rearview mirror that guides motorists to drive safely and without it, driving would be fatal” He said.

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Professor Patrick Ukase enjoins policy makers to always consider and adopt issues to do with national interest without prejudice to avoid the embarrassment that followed the cancellation and later reintroduction of History into Nigeria’s school curriculum.

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FG Insists on Treasury Management – Minister 

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By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja 

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Goodluck Opiah has emphasized that treasury management is a must for any nation that targets sustainable development.

According to him, this is imperative because it is a strategic approach to optimising beneficial returns of innovative deployment of both public and private finance.

The Minister gave the affirmation at the inauguration of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Treasury Management (CCITM) in Abuja on Tuesday, noting that it would help to put in place preventive mechanisms to safeguard resources and ensure that there is value for money.

He pointed out that the supervision and management of cash flows and its balances will be better managed and utilised, better services from banks, proper allocation of funds will be achieved while fraud and embezzlement would be minimised.

The Minister said with the above mentioned benefits, the economy will function better with adequate financial resources appropriately allocated and disbursed.

“The Chartered Institute of Treasury Management is particularly important to the education sector because it will help ensure that finances allocated to the sector by government, civil society and nongovernmental organisations will be judiciously utilised for the achievement of the Ministry’s three focal areas of Access, Quality and Systems Strengthening and of course the timely attainment of the Ministry’s 10 Pillars of the Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan

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“I am very confident that the benefits and impacts of the establishment of this Institute will be positive on our society and the Nigerian economy when fully operational” he said.

Mr Opiah therefore reminded all stakeholders of the fact that Nigeria education must prepare and arm Nigeria’s youths to take competitive advantage of the 21st century knowledge-driven economy within and outside the country.

He believed that the operations of this Institute would help achieve this target.

The Minister implored the Council members to contribute their best to ensure that the vision, mission, mandates and functions of the institute as enshrined in the Act that established it are achieved for a better, more resourceful and sustainable development in Nigeria.

“I am very confident that the benefits and impacts of the establishment of this Institute will be positive on our society and the Nigerian economy when fully operational which include:-

“Supervision and management of cash flows and its balances will be better managed and utilized. There would be better services from banks. Proper allocation of funds will be achieved. Fraud and embezzlement would be minimized. Risk of loss in management of investment in liquid assets will be eliminated and Firms would operate at the minimum cost of funds possible within the economy of their domicile.

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“We all know that with the above mentioned benefits, the economy will function better with adequate financial resources appropriately allocated and disbursed.

“Chartered Institute of Treasury Management is particularly important to the education sector because it will help ensure that finances allocated to the sector by government, civil society and nongovernmental organizations will be judiciously utilized for the achievement of the Ministry’s three focal areas of Access, Quality and Systems Strengthening and of course the timely attainment of the Ministry’s 10 Pillars of the Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP).

“At this juncture, it is my singular honour and pleasure to officially inaugurate the Council of the Chartered Institute of Treasury Management, Nigeria. Congratulations” the Minister noted.

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Kebbi Settles N456m WAEC fees – Commissioner

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The Kebbi State Government has approved the payment of remaining balance of more than N456 million to West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for the 2022 West African School Certificate Examination (WASC).

Dr Muhammadu Magawata-Aliero, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in the state, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital on Monday.

He said: “The Kebbi State Government has approved the payment of N456,596,000 to West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for the 2022 West African School Certificate Examination (WASC).

“This is in addition to N100 million paid to WAEC in April 2022, being deposit, thus, bringing the total payment to N556.5 million.”

The Commissioner recalled that the state government sponsored 30,922 candidates for the 2022 WASC at a registration fee of N18,000 per candidate.

Magawata-Aliero added that government had also approved N2.6 million cost of materials and extra supervision. (NAN)

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Ikpeazu Inaugurates ABSU Governing Council, Approves 3 Months Salary Arrears Payment

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Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has inaugurated the governing council of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU)with a charge to facilitate the development of the university.

Speaking during the event on Wednesday at the Government House, Umuahia, Ikpeazu said that the university occupied an important place in the comity of universities in Nigeria.

 The governor charged them to evolve programmes that would encourage excellence as well as  improved productivity among students and staff of the university.

He recalled that the institution grew from the 97th to 26th position to become the second best State university in Nigeria and  recently won an award from Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

He said that the sterling achievements of the institution could only be sustained if students remain on campus.

Ikpeazu said that Abia government had released the sum of N200 million to support the University in the  payment of three months salary owed the staff of the university.

He said that plans were underway to improve the  welfare of staff and added that government had taken steps to enhance security of life and property in the university and its environs.

Ikpeazu expressed optimism that the institution would record more achievements  under the watch of the newly inaugurated council, and promised that government would ensure regular release of subventions.

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He congratulated the Pro Chancellor and members of the Council and urged them to work together.

Responding, Chief Mba Ukariwe, the Chairman of the council, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve, adding that it was an honour to contribute to educational development in Abia.

 Ukariwe said that the members of the council would live up to expectation as they were poised to commence work immediately to restore normalcy in the university.

Newsmen report that the members of the governing council include Chief Obinna Njoku, Chief Chibuike Nwokeukwu, Mrs Precious Achumba, Chief Ndukwu Ndukwu,

Others are Mr  Ogbonnaya Uwadiegwu, Mr Nwaro Kenneth Offor, Mr Eze Ajuzie and the management of the institution. (NAN)

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