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Hensard Varsity Collaborates With Leading Scientists, Nollywood Legend, Zeb Ejiro, Others To Promote Science & Climate Research, Creative Arts



The recently founded private institution, Hensard University in Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State, has announced partnerships with eminent figures in the fields of climate research, the sciences, and the creative arts. The collaborations serve to advance Hensard University’s efforts to strengthen the Hensard Advantage in the following areas: the Film School, the Centre for Genomics and Bioscience, and the Centre for Climate Research.

The Chancellor, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, met separately with Chief Zeb Ejiro, OON, a legendary figure in Nigerian cinema and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria. The two had fruitful discussions about the Department of Film and Multimedia Studies and the Film School.
Chief Ejiro commended the programme for its ability to develop future innovative businesspeople who could infuse the industry with more vitality.
Senator Dickson stated that to close gaps in the industry, the Film School provides aspiring artists with entrepreneurial skills and knowledge. Additionally, he declared that the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation would be expanding the Agriculture Scholarship programme to include the Department of Film and Multimedia Studies, Environmental Sciences, and ICT.
To build on a better future for the Niger Delta, he called for more government and institutional support to develop talent in local communities.
During a different meeting, Senator Dickson announced the addition of Dr. Nnaemeka Ndodo, a renowned molecular bioengineer and the former Chief molecular bioengineer of the National Reference Laboratory of the National Centre for Disease Control to the Centre for Genomics and Bioscience at Hensard University.
The senator urged parents and students who are enthusiastic about the sciences to enroll at Hensard University, where strong foundations have been laid to cultivate the next generation of world-class scientists and innovators. The senator expressed his commitment to making the university a premier hub for scientific research.
Hensard University and the National Space Research and Development Agency’s (NASRDA) Centre for Atmospheric Research have also inked a Memorandum of Understanding. The deal was sealed at the University of Hensard. This was the second Memorandum of Understanding that Hensard University was entering into to bolster its Research Centres within its Environmental Sciences Faculty. Hensard University and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), under the direction of Professor Mansur Bako Matazu, the agency’s former director-general, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on October 29, 2023, which included weather and climate monitoring. On behalf of the institution, Prof. Shadrack Benson Jatau, Director of Academic Planning at Hensard and a former President of the Nigerian Society of Mining Engineers, signed.
Both parties committed to working together on joint research projects, scientific conferences and workshops, staff exchanges, capacity building, academic visits, student supervision, air quality and climate monitoring, and sensitization campaigns in the Niger Delta region, where pollution from oil and gas exploration is still a major concern. These actions were outlined in the NASRDA MOU.
Modern tools for studying air pollution, meteorological factors, and climate observations to develop strategies to protect human health, the environment, and ecosystems will be available at Hensard University’s new Atmospheric Science Lab.
Professor Dileep Kumar, the university’s vice-chancellor, stated that the partnership’s broad purview included important facets of climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The purpose of the MOU is to:
– Create collaborative academic and scholarly links for climate change education, research, and community services in Nigeria. The ultimate goal is to enhance the nation’s nationally determined response to the effects of climate change.
– Short–, medium-, or long-term departmental and technical staff exchange between the two institutions to ensure and advance future environmental and climate research and academic collaboration in teaching and research.
– Plan and carry out collaborative projects and make it easier for people to obtain funding from international foundations and organisations, including the Africa Development Bank, the World Bank, MNSOFF, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
– Offer climate and environmental
monitoring tools to improve instruction, research, and development, particularly in collaboration with Hensard University’s Centre for Environment and Climate Research.
– Plan collaborative conferences, workshops, symposiums, and unique short-term academic programmes in the areas of tourism, culture, and the arts.
– To improve ties between NiMET and Hensard University, exchange publications for scholarly, scientific, teaching, and climate-related information dissemination.
Collaboratively search for and submit applications for research and project grants at the national and international levels to improve collaboration on teaching, research, and development.
Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Tudunwada, the Executive Director of NASDRA, expressed his organization’s anticipation of a fruitful collaboration that would address the sector’s problems when he signed on with the organisation. The MOU was signed by Dr. Najib Yusuf Galadanci, Assistant Director of Research at NASDRA.
At the event, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, the chancellor of Hensard University, stated that the institution places a strong emphasis on conducting research that will advance knowledge and enhance humankind’s lot.
Senator Dickson stated that Hensard University teaches its students to solve problems in a variety of fields related to the demands of society. According to him, Hensard University is forming partnerships and connections to contribute to society in meaningful ways, including agreements on climate change and the environment.
Hensard University is a brand-new, cutting-edge private university committed to offering global, moral education with an emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship, and employability.
Strong ties, partnerships, and affiliations with esteemed universities and cutting-edge research centres around the world have been established, as have its dual certification programmes, which give students the chance to obtain internationally recognised credentials. International student exchange programmes also promote cultural diversity and offer priceless experiences.
These strategic alliances between Hensard University NASRDA and NiMET demonstrate the university’s devotion to solving urgent climate issues as well as its commitment to academic excellence. Hensard University wants to innovate research, promote knowledge exchange, and support sustainable development in Nigeria by utilising the resources and experience of these esteemed organisations.
Hensard University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Dileep Kumar expressed his excitement for these partnerships and emphasised the important effects they will have on climate research and teaching. In his words, “These collaborations mark a significant turning point in our goal to establish Hensard University as a centre for climate innovation and research.” Through collaborating with NASRDA and NiMET, we can effectively contribute to regional and national efforts aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Senator Dickson’s persistent efforts to advance scientific research and the creative arts at Hensard University demonstrate his unwavering commitment to providing a variety of growth and development avenues for the university.
Hensard University hopes that by providing opportunities for young people to succeed in these crucial fields, Nigeria’s scientific and creative industries will grow in the future.

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ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit Kano Schools, Barau Donates Buses, Uniforms To 856 Students



Members of the Sixth Legislature of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament paid sensitization visits to two schools in Kano State on Wednesday as part of activities planned for the regional legislative arm’s Second Extraordinary Session, which is taking place in the North West Nigeria town.

Senator Barau Jibrin, a prominent son of Kano State, led the delegation to Aliyu Saidu Bebeji Government Arabic Secondary School and Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria.

The second extraordinary session of the parliament in the ancient town is being attended by parliamentarians from 12 countries, including Nigeria, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the Republic of Togo.

The parliamentarians were greeted by jubilant crowds who were delighted that the town was hosting the historic meeting and that their son had touched their lives through impactful projects.

Senator Barau explained the importance of ECOWAS in subregional integration at the secondary school, stating that they are there to bring Parliament closer to the people and to allow students to benefit from their wealth of experience.


He stated: “We are here today to inform the members of the ECOWAS Parliament about our educational system and to meet our students, as well as for you, the students, to learn more about the ECOWAS Parliament.

“This school is similar to my school. I am a member of this community. In 1999, I was the first member of the House of Representatives from this federal constituency (Tarauni).

“As a result, I am donating uniforms to all of the school’s students, one set per student. I will send tailors to take your measurements for the new uniform. I will also provide a new Sharon vehicle for the school and N1 million to the teachers.”

Similarly, another member of Parliament, Paschal Agbodike, who represents Anambra State’s Ihiala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, donated N1 million to the school.

Earlier, Umar Doguwa, the state commissioner of education, thanked the parliamentarians for their visit, calling it the first in history.


Represented by the Ministry’s Director of Schools, Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi, the commissioner praised Senator Barau for bringing the ECOWAS delegation to Kano, stating that it would benefit the entire state.

The school’s principal, Yusuf Atiku, stated: “I am not surprised by what Senator Barau did to us because of his generosity. That is why he is known as Maliya.

“We appreciate your kind gesture and support for us. We will never forget what you did to us. We appreciate you and the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

At MAAUN, lawmakers spoke with students about the importance of ECOWAS.

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TEDA School Celebrates 19 Students Who Excelled In 2024 JAMB Examination, Had Best Result In 2020 WASCE



The 19 students

Nineteen students from TEDA School in rural Eke-Owerri, Obingwa Local Government, Abia State, scored between 250 and 345 points on the 2024 JAMB examination. Their results confirmed the school’s top-tier profile in the Nigerian school community.

TEDA has a consistent track record of academic success. In 2023, TEDA represented Nigeria at the 55th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Switzerland.  Grandville Chukure, who scored 345 in the 2024 JAMB, represented TEDA and Nigeria in that contest.

Furthermore, TEDA students were the only Abia State representatives in the finals of the International Olympiad Competition in Senior Chemistry and Maths.

Furthermore, TEDA students finished first, second, and fourth place in the 2022/2023 secondary school Junior Science competition. This comes after TEDA was named the Best School in Junior Science in 2020/2021, finishing first, second, fourth, fifth, eighth, and ninth in the competition. That year, their student won the award for Best Boy in Junior Chemistry.

The Abia State Ministry of Education named TEDA the Best Government-Approved Private Junior Secondary School and the Second-Best Government-Approved Senior Secondary School for the academic year 2021/22.


In response, TEDA founder Dr. Godson Dinneya congratulated the students and their tutors in their outstanding JAMB results. He stated that the school would continue to invest in creating an enabling environment in order to achieve consistently outstanding results.

The school has recently invested in a 1000-seat auditorium with platforms for artistic productions, laboratories for all science and technical subjects, and workshops for mechanical, electrical/electronics, and woodwork.

Dinneya stated, “We began with a vision of comprehensive and holistic education and will continue to do so.” We provide comprehensive education for the entire man. Students work hard at their studies and extracurricular activities, and those seeds produce good results in external examinations while preparing them for the

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Emeka Offor, EEDC Boss Donates N100 Million Endowment For Development At UNN



By Chuks Eke*

Sir Emeka Offor, a renowned international philanthropist, donated a N100 million endowment fund to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) on Saturday.

Offor, Executive Chairman of the Chrome Group of Companies and Chairman of Enugu Electric Distribution Company (EEDC), made the donation shortly after receiving the Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa) degree at UNN’s 52nd Convocation in Nsukka.

Offor, who was represented by Chief Steve Ahaneku, stated that the Vice Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Charles Igwe, would be summoned later to discuss the method of disbursement of the funds and the areas of development for which the funds would be used at the university.

Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) has been at the forefront of educational, health, and youth empowerment. UNN has benefited greatly from his foundation’s Books for Africa programme, which has provided multi-million naira worth of books across disciplines.


SEOF and Books for Africa have donated books worth $30 million to institutions in 18 African countries, covering disciplines such as law, computer science, business administration, and political science, according to Offor, also known as Sir ‘E’.

Offor stated that the foundation recently donated 100 fully equipped hospital beds to the University of Nigeri Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla near Enugu, in order to reinforce Nigerians’ desire for good health.

In 2010, the foundation endowed a professorial chair at the UNN worth N20 million. However, a comprehensive report on the endowed chair has not been sent in a long time.

“I thank this great institution for bestowing this rare and prestigious honour upon me and my group,” he said.

Earlier, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Charles Igwe, stated that the university carefully selected world-class personalities who met the stringent criteria for awarding UNN honorary degrees.


Before reading Offor’s citation, Igwe emphasised his achievements as a student and ambassador of the institution, including in the oil and gas sectors and other endeavours.

“Sir Emeka Offor has done exceptionally well in everything God has blessed him to do; a shining example of simplicity, humility, and someone who is fully committed to uplifting humanity as a whole,” he said.

In response, Igwe Austine Ndigwe, Eze-Uzu III of Awka Ancient Kingdom, stated that Offor deserved the award for his numerous acts of charity and philanthropy, adding, “Offor gives to everyone and group without limit.”

Ndigwe encouraged Nigerians to emulate Offor’s spirit of selfless giving, saying, “God will continue to bless Sir Emeka Offor because of his spirit of giving and wiping many people’s tears.”

Chief Ikenna Ofodeme, Majority Leader of the Anambra State House of Assembly, stated that Offor had been a great blessing to humanity and had played an important role in the development of communities and institutions throughout the country.


Ofodeme, who represents the Ekwusigo State Constituency, stated, “The people of Anambra are proud to associate with our illustrious son and foremost philanthropist.”

Offor and three others were awarded honorary doctorates from UNN.

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