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Gov. Otti Tasks Michael Okpara University Management To Be Open-Minded As It Probes Recent Students’ Protest

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Dr Alex Otti, Governor of Abia State, has charged the management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) to be open-minded in their investigation into the true cause of the recent protest by students of the institution, which resulted in the school’s closure.

Governor Otti stated that the university-appointed panel investigating the student riot must get to the root of the problem to prevent future unrest.

In statement from Kazie Uko,
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Otti delivered the charge while meeting with university administration, led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Maduebibisi Iwe, who paid him a visit on Tuesday.

Governor Otti stated that the academic distortion caused by the school closure was harmful to the future of the younger generation, and promised to work with the institution’s management and other stakeholders to allow full academic activities to resume at the university.

“It is critical that you get to the root of the problem. If the investigation panel does not do a thorough job, you may not be able to get to the root of the problem, and one way to solve a problem is to avoid making assumptions. That (prejudice) will shut your mind to any other suggestions.

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“Let us find out what caused the protest; I believe it turned violent. Let us conduct a thorough investigation to determine the underlying cause and address it from there,” he advised.

The Governor, who also discussed the agricultural business incubation centre, which the university management stated would be established soon in the school, directed the Commissioner for Agriculture, Professor Monica Ironkwe, and the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, to consult with the institution on the next steps.

Governor Otti assured that the court case filed against the university by the Abia State Internal Revenue Service two years ago over unremitted PAYE would be resolved amicably.

“No way, as a government, would we take you to court. We will investigate because it predates us. “There is nothing we cannot sit down and work out,” he said.

Governor Otti also promised to work with the university and its border communities to resolve issues that are impeding the university’s ability to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for its land.

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“If it comes to issuing a Certificate of Occupancy, I can do so, but that will not solve the problem. Our government enjoys interacting with the people. We noticed little or no noise when we demolished nearly 150 buildings on Ossah Road (in Umuahia) to expand the road. The reason is that we consulted with and compensated the people before beginning the project,” the Governor explained.

He thanked the National Institute for Food Science and Technology, whose members were on the university delegation, for its letter of appreciation for the successful hosting of a programme in Abia, as well as for nominating him as a trustee.

Earlier, the delegation’s leader and Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Professor Maduebibisi Iwe, asked the Governor to intervene in a court case filed against the university by the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue during the previous administration over unremitted PAYE.

He also asked the Governor to expedite action on issuing the university a Certificate of Occupancy for its location, stating that it would help the school secure its property.

The Vice Chancellor acknowledged the government’s various efforts in infrastructural development in the state and timely payment of workers’ salaries and congratulated the Governor on keeping his promise and not giving up.

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Prof. Uche Eme-Uche, Commissioner for Education; Mr. Kenechukwu Nwosu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education; and Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Principal Secretary to the Governor and Chief Strategy Officer, attended the meeting with the Governor.

 

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ECOWAS Parliamentarians Visit BUK As Management Eulogises Senator Barau

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Ibraḥima, ECOWAS Parliamentarian Speaker

The management of Bayero University Kano (BUK) welcomed members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament to the institution’s new campus on Thursday.

The parliamentarians’ visit to the university was one of the activities planned for the Second Extraordinary Session of the Sixth Legislature of the Parliament, which is being held in Kano.

Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, the university’s Vice Chancellor, and other institution officials welcomed the parliamentarians at the Abubakar Rasheed Senate Building.

During the visit, Professor Abbas thanked the parliamentarians, saying, “This is the first time that we will be receiving the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

Senator Barau was described as a politician par excellence, and he listed the lawmaker’s numerous interventions at the university, adding that he has made significant contributions to the institution’s development.

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“He has made enormous contributions to the development of BUK. He is an excellent politician. To my knowledge, he has had a positive impact on the lives of those he represents. Aside from paying for students’ school fees, he has brought projects to the school,” he stated.

He listed several projects, including a four-story building, over 20 kilometres of road, streetlights, and a laboratory.

He urged parliamentarians to facilitate subregional university collaboration in addressing the member states’ developmental challenges.

“We need political intervention to collaborate with other universities in the subregion on research for member state development,” he said.

Senator Barau Jibrin, the First Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament and Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, explained that the ECOWAS Parliament’s second extraordinary session was held in Kano to bring the assembly closer to the people.

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“The parliament of West Africa is now in Kano and at BUK because the institution is important not only to Kano but to the entire country,” he stated.

He described education as the bedrock of society, claiming that any society without a strong educational system is doomed.

Senator Barau, while commending the university’s management for the institution’s transformation, stated that the ECOWAS Parliament will assist the university in addressing some of its challenges.

Billay Tunkara, the Fourth Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, praised Senator Barau and thanked the university for bestowing an honorary doctorate on the Senate’s Deputy President recently.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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