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Unions Appeal To Tinubu To Appoint Lemchi As VC Of Alvan Ikoku Federal University Of Education

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Prof Lemchi

As the search for a vice chancellor at the newly elevated Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education (AIFUE), Owerri continues, a coalition of four house unions in the institution has asked President Bola Tinubu to consider appointing Professor  Stella Lemchi as the substantive vice chancellor.

The four unions, which include the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) transitioning to ASUU, the Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN) transitioning to SSANU, the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), signed a communique expressing their confidence in Prof. Lemchi, the acting deputy vice chancellor, to be promoted to VC.

The unions highlighted some of Professor Lemchi’s accomplishments at Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education in Owerri, including infrastructural upgrades such as prioritising hostel renovations, improving their ambiance and functionality, deploying the federal government revitalization fund to replace over 200 doors and windows, tiling the floors of the two hostels, completely rebuilding the toilets, and installing suitable and safe kitchens for the students.

The work also included improved water supply in the hostels, complete building repainting, and the installation of electrical work, wardrobes and beds.

According to the unions, the acting DVC also started building a Professors’ Block in the Shell Camp area and expanded the campus across the River Nworie. She has also fought valiantly to prevent further encroachment on the campus in Nworie. The Lemchi administration is currently working on plans to address ecological issues along the riverbank in order to allow the bridge to be used.

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Regarding security enhancement, the unions stated that Prof Lemchi has restructured the university’s security architecture, as well as promoting best practices in the recruitment of student security operatives, arming them with adequate equipment and resources for effective performance, and that these efforts have significantly reduced security breaches, which were common prior to her appointment.

The unions believe that under her administration, staff welfare has improved dramatically, including clearing the backlog of staff promotions and conversions that had been lingering for years.

Furthermore, they stated that hundreds of non-teaching staff were converted and properly placed, including many who had earned higher qualifications on the job, as the conversions and promotions improved worker morale and motivation.

According to them, Prof Lemchi has been advocating for the welfare and proper placement of teaching staff during the transition process, including requesting that lecturers be given grace periods to obtain the qualifications required to maintain their positions rather than being abruptly demoted at the university.

On the Students’ Support Programme, the unions praised the acting DVC for implementing measures to combat student harassment as well as improving the NYSC mobilisation and certificate issuance process.

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“Last year 3 batches of students were mobilized for service, a feat unheard of in the institution in nearly a decade. Her focus on students’ welfare includes streamlining clearance procedures, improving academic standards, engaging with parents and guardians and collaborating with the student’s union to speedily solve any challenges.

“On internal revenue generation, she implemented policies to boost internally generated revenue of the institution. One major plank of this was developing a seamless fee payment portal to close loopholes. She has also revitalised the business ventures in the University like the water factory and bakery.

Recently she received a 37-man team for resource verification of the university programmes from the NUC. Working with the unions, Lemchi has submitted a bill to the National Assembly to codify the law that established the university,” the unions concluded.

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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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