The Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB) has decried the level of infrastructural vandalism in public primary schools in the state.
SUBEB has therefore tasked communities hosting public schools to own and protect the infrastructure therein, in the interest of the future of their children.
Addressing newsmen in Uyo on Monday,
A board member SUBEB, overseeing Education Directorate for Akwa Ibom North East , Sir John Udoh lamented that various schools visited during an inspection exercise recently undertaken by the board, showed how hoodlums invaded the schools and Vandalized infrastructure from roof to desks.
Udoh specifically pointed out the UBE school at Itam, Uyo, where the Water Cistern, wash hand basins, overhead tank etc were all vandalized.
Udoh wondered why some people would vandalize property in their locality meant to be beneficial to everyone, saying that such act drags government behind.
“There is too much of vandalism in our schools. The public should protect government properties within their domain.
“It is disheartening that government will provide toilet facilities and human beings will destroy it. For instance the primary school in Itam, UBE school. The hoodlums removed the overhead tank they drove a pickup car to the place and removed the overhead tank in a broad day light.
“The question is, who will suffer it? What is wrong with the village, was this thing built in ONNA, they just did it to spite the governor, it was built in Itam. When I went to UBE primary school for inspection, we discovered that they have removed everything, the WCs, the wash hand basins, the seats. This is a recurring thing in so many schools in the state.
“Some places we have gone, human beings will wake up in the night and remove roofs and a school in Obio Imo, some people removed the roofs. Though government has gone ahead to build a perimeter fencing and provided dual carriage desks, at the end of the day they will break into the place that was locked and take the chairs and desks and other items.
“The rate of abuse of government property is alarming. There are some local government areas we visited for inspection, we discovered that they have removed the pumps that supply water to the school.” he said
Udoh who described the act as sabotage to government efforts, said the vandals have left a negative impression on government’s effort to equip schools in the state as their activities have continued to reduce children in the affected schools to the floor.
“People will say government is not providing infrastructure , why are our children sitting on the floor? They forgot that these desks are not made and kept somewhere, I’m talking as a person in charge of school services. It takes a little while for the person constructing the desk to finish.
“I appeal to the public to desist from the act, to the different communities and village heads to assist government to protect these properties for they are their own.” He added.
The board member disclosed that the state government has built over 100 modern classroom blocks with magnetic boards, drilled portable boreholes, constructed perimeter fencing and had given the schools accross the state a facelift, adding that these were possible through counterpart funding with the federal government.
“Many states refused to harness the facility of counterpart funding but Governor Udom Emmanuel does that, that is the funds we are using to do all those things, providing those infrastructure, we are building boreholes in our schools, that is because we want to stop our children from running to the road to get water. The boreholes are treated, many schools we built newly accross the state have magnetic board.” Udoh said
UNIZIK Churns Out 10,707 Degrees, Masters, PhD Graduates At 17th Convocation
By Chuks Eke
No fewer than 10,707 graduates yesterday received a first degree, master’s and PhD certificates at the 17th convocation ceremonies of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka, Anambra State.
Speaking at the occasion, held at the campus arena, the Vice Chancellor of NAU, also known as Unizik, Prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone, declared that the convocation ceremony is for the 2021/2022 academic year.
He said that the graduates include, 6,000 for first degrees, 3,300 for Post graduate Diplomas, 807 for Masters degrees, and 600 for Doctorate degrees, as well as conferment of honorary degrees to three Nigerians making enduring contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.
Commenting on Project 200, Esimone declared that he had accomplished the mission, insisting that during the 14th convocation ceremony in March, 2020, less than one year after he assumed office in June 2019, he that revealed his vision was to make Nnamdi Azikiwe University, the best university in Nigeria, among the best two hundred universities in the world.
He however explained that his administration was confronted with some challenges, including, Covid-19 pandemic which ravaged the world through 2020 to 2022, Academic Staff Union of Universities frequent strikes which adversely impacted on academic activities and infrastructure development in Nigerian university system.
He said, “Let me now take the bold step as the architect and driver of Project 200, commendably supported by the university community has been largely fulfilled.
“Since Project 200 mission is predicted on universities ranking, the Stanford University USA in 2020 included two lecturers of the NAU, Engr Dr Christopher Igwe Ifuma, dept of Polymer and textile Engineering and Joshua Ighalo of dept ok Chemical Engineering among it’s top 2 percent of world scientists. Nnamdi Azikiwe University is placed 502+in global ranking, and 5th in Nigeria for universities not more than 50 years of establishment.
“The university is ranked 1,501+in the world and 8th in Nigeria, up from 10th in 2023, Prof Cecilia Emeb, debt of Linguistics and Kinsley Anukam, debt of Medical Laboratory Sciences collaborated to translate Probiotic Infographics into Igbo language (Probiotics concerns live microorganisms which when introduced into the body would have health benefits”.
In his speech, the Chancellor, NAU, His Majesty, Dr Da Jacob Gyaung Buba who is also Chairman, Plateau state Council of Chiefs, expressed joy and congratulated the VC, Prof Esimone, the governing council, staff and students of the institution for ensuring peaceful environment that has enabled reasonable progress and academic advancement.
He also appreciated individuals and corporate bodies for giving adequate support to achieve success and growth of the university.
Hensard University Commences Admission To 30 Courses In 5 Faculties
The management of Hensard University, Nigeria’s international university in Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State has announced the commencement of admission into 30 courses that are spread across five faculties of the school. All the admission processes are online.
“We are glad to announce that our admissions have started. All the details are available on our website,” Prof Dileep Kumar M, Hensard’s Vice Chancellor said. “There is a buffet of 30 courses to choose from and as have stated we would avail students the best teaching and learning experience in the conducive environment of Toru-Orua.”
The National Universities Commission (NUC), approved its resources verification inspection team and had a final look at the facilities Hensard University was placed at the deposition of the students.
Prof Kumar listed the approved courses as:
Faculty of Agriculture
a. Agricultural Economics & Extension Services
c. Fisheries and Aquaculture
d. Animal Production and Husbandry
e. Forestry and Wildlife Management
Faculty of Arts, Social & Management Sciences
b. Business Administration
d. History and Diplomatic Studies
e. Languages and Linguistics
f. Performing and Creative Arts
g. Philosophy and Religious Studies
h. Political Science and International Relations
j. Project Management
Faculty of Environmental Sciences
a. Environmental Management
b. Geology and Geophysics
c. Meteorology and Climate Science
d. Surveying and Geo-informatics
Faculty of Mass Communication & Broadcasting
b. Film & Multimedia
Faculty of Sciences & Computing
a. Biochemistry and Biotechnology
b. Computer Science
c. Cyber Security
d. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
e. Microbiology & Molecular Biology
f. Physics with Electronics
g. Science Laboratory Technology
h. Software Engineering
“Hensard University anchors its uniqueness on its dual certifications, international linkages, access to global educational resources, experienced faculty and staff from Nigeria and abroad, research centres and institutes which work together to produce graduates who would be ethical entrepreneurs, leaders and change agents for the improvement of society,” Prof Kumar said.
Admissions are also open for the Hensard University Foundation
The school is running a one-year programme on arts, social and management sciences, and physical and natural sciences to prepare candidates for JAMB, GCE, and NECO.
NIPR Commends Gov Soludo For Appointing Prof Omenugha As COOU New VC
The Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Anambra State chapter, Professor Angela Nwammuo has described the appointment of Prof Kate Omenugha to be the new Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) as a square peg in a square hole.
Prof Nwammuo who issued a press release, yesterday, in Awka, in her capacity as the NIPR Chairman in the State said Prof Omenugha’s appointment to the number one position in the university was apt.
She further described it as a reflection of the increasing belief that public relations practitioners were bridge builders and better managers of human and material resources.
Prof Nwammuo, also the Head of, the Department of Mass Communication, COOU noted that by this appointment, Prof Omenugha became the first female and only Vice Chancellor in Anambra State.
“The appointment of Prof Omenugha as the new VC of the COOU who is also a Fellow of the Institute and Council member is in recognition of her exceptional performance as a renowned academic. Most importantly, as the Commissioner for Education in Anambra State the State is still reaping the fruit of the innovations she introduced into the educational sector.
“She is a square peg in a square hole and a familiar terrain.
“As the Institute congratulates her on the deserved honour, we commend the Governor of Anambra State, Prof Charles Soludo for being gender sensitive, identifying and rewarding hard work.
“We pray that the good Lord will be with the new VC as she pilots the affairs of the university. Thank you Mr Governor, “Prof Nwammuo concluded.