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Walson-Jack set to revolutionize Education Ministry 

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By Eddy Ochigbo, Abuja 

A wind of change to usher in excellence, efficiency and productivity, is blowing through the Federal Ministry of Education, with the assumption of office of the newly redeployed Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack on Tuesday, January 16, 2023.

Walson who dropped the hint on Tuesday in Abuja, on what she called the era of excellence and productivity in the ministry, while receiving her handover notes from the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Zubairu Abdullahi, maintained  that with the full support of the staff, there is no excuse for her to fail in her new assignment.

“It is a profound honour to step into the role of Permanent Secretary continuing the legacy of distinguished predecessors who have devoted themselves to service within the ministry.

Among the illustrious individuals who have graced this position, Walson recalls

 “is Dr Mrs Folashade Yeni-Esan, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, adding that she was a shining example of excellence and dedication during her tenure as permanent secretary.

The new permanent secretary went on: “I join you all again in expressing our heartfelt gratitude to the former Permanent Secretary Mr. David Adejo Andrew, for his 35 years of service to our nation. We who are still in service will continue to serve with the zeal and passion of predecessors like him.

“I am happy and excited to resume at the Federal Ministry of Education, one of the ministries with a nationwide mandate to prescribe and maintain uniform education standards throughout the country. At the heart of the work we do in this ministry must be the eight priorities of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.

“In line with the Strategic Plan, we should aim to improve the quality of public service delivery, providing a more lasting trajectory for the country’s progressive development. The six priority areas of the plan include the acceleration of capacity building and Talent Management. Institutionalization of the Performance Management System, Improvement of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System Institutionalization of Innovation in the Public Service Digitalization, and Staff Welfare,” she remarked.

On the renewed mode of operation, Walson-Jack, cautioned against  incompetence, infraction and dereliction of duty, saying such setbacks impacts the people directly and increases their suffering.

The ministry’s most significant duty, she emphasized “is to provide the expertise and administrative framework and act as the engine room to support the action plan of the ministry,” she stated, adding that “we must adhere to the principles of truth, honesty fairness and justice in our operations.”

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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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