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Education, An 18 Years Old Student Became Commissioner In Rivers State

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Miss Sophia Oyibo Awajibene 18 years old, yesterday assumed office as the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication.

She emerged following an intensive essay competition in rivers state, where she won the first position as she scored 79 per cent to floor 14 others.

Sophia was declared an Ambassador of the Rivers State Ministry of Information and Communication with a cash prize of N60,000 and a plaque.

The Commissioner Paulinus Nsirim, who vacated the seat for the secondary school leaver  for 30 minutes, said it was necessary to encourage young people, that they can become famous and earn good  reputations through hard work, honesty and  integrity and not just via ‘Big Brothers Nigeria’

Nsirim said: “I got feedback that made me feel very bad about the prizes we were to give the winners. People asked, why would the prizes for an intellectual competition be N50,000, N30,000 and N20,000.

“They said, didn’t I see how much they are getting in Big Brothers but that is a sad commentary about our country today, everything is monetised.”

The Commissioner, however, said the ministry intends to inculcate the right values through essay competition and also showcase to the world that the right values can make someone become famous and a model to others.

The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku and his Youths Development Counterpart, Prince Ohia, expressed delight at the performance of the winner, stating that education remains the bedrock of any society that desires advancement.

Source ~ Guardian.

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Oby Ezekwesili, Wole Soboyejo, Others To Speak At Eduskos’s Business Of Education Summit.

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The fifth edition of  The Business of Education Summit is set to hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on the 28th October, 2021. The annual event is organised by Edusko Africa, Africa’s largest education marketplace.

The annual summit conveys hundreds of education stakeholders in Nigeria and beyond to deliberate and proffer actionable solutions to problems in Africa’s education system in order to build a better future for the current and coming generations of African children.

Speaking on the 2021 edition, Edusko Africa’s CEO, Jide Ayegbusi says the summit will focus on how we can open up the possibilities of science, technology, and innovation in our schools.

According to Jide, “STI has been a driver of economic growth and development all over the world. While advanced economies have used their education system to champion STI development, African schools appear to be playing no active role in the development of STI. For example, a report by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) shows that several countries in Africa have no active policy or plan to implement science and technology into the education system. It is in recognition of this that we have chosen this year’s theme”.

“At this year’s edition of the Business of Education Summit, subject matter experts and renowned innovators would be convened to dissect how we can place science, technology and innovation at the epicenter of Africa’s socio-economic development and growth through our education system. We will discuss the impact of STI on critical sectors and how our education system can be an enabler”.

Speaking on the lineup of speakers and panelists at this year’s edition, Jide Ayegbusi has this to say, “This year, we are happy to announce that some of the world-renowned scientists, innovators, educationists and thought leaders from across the globe have honoured our invitation to share their perspectives with the delegates.”

Some of the confirmed speakers and panelists for this year’s edition are Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education, Nigeria; Professor Wole Soboyejo, Senior Vice President & Provost, WPI, USA. Former Professor, Princeton University; Former President & Provost, AUST; Professor Soumitra Dutta, Professor of Management & former founding Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, New York; ‘DeRemi Atanda – Executive Director, SystemSpecs, Nigeria.

Others are Dr. Akintoye Akindele, CFA, DBA – Executive Chairman at Atlantic International Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd., Nigeria; Maliha Ahad, CEO, AIM Middle East, UAE; Dave Gabriel, CEO Standage Inc., and many other distinguished speakers.

This year’s theme is tagged, “Unlocking the Potential for Science, Technology & Innovation in Our Schools”. The event is scheduled to hold on 28th October 2021 at Muson Centre, Onikan by 10am and will also be streamed live across Edusko’s social media platforms. Attendance is free for all registered, confirmed, and invited delegates. All Covid-19 protocols will be strictly adhered to. Delegates can register to attend here: edusko.com/tbesummit

The Business of Education 2021 is proudly supported by Standage Inc, Ehizua Hub, EdVes and Aim Middle East.

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June 16 2021, Africa Commemorate Day Of The African Child (DAC).

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Today is International Day Of The African Child (DAC).

The theme for the Day of the African Child (DAC) 2021 is

“30 years after the adoption of the Charter: accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”.

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (Committee), established under Articles 32 and 33 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (the Charter) selected this theme for the commemoration of the DAC in 2021.

The day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 of every year since 1991 when the Organisation Of African Unity initiated it.

It was also in commemoration of the June 16, 1976 Soweto Uprising. That day, about ten thousand black school children marched for over half a mile protesting poor quality of education and demanded right to be taught in their own language.

Many the children were shot resulting to more than a hundred deaths and more than a thousand injured.

Based on this dastardly act, on June 16 every year, governments, NGOs, International organisations and other stakeholders meet to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Rights of African Children.

 

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University Staffs And Students Celebrates Vice Chancellor Departure With Mock Obituary Poster.

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It was jubilation galore for staffs and students of the Federal University Lokoja on Saturday as Professor Angela Freeman Miri bows out of office after completing her five-year term as the Vice-Chancellor of the university.

The obituary pictures of the over 59-year-old Vice-Chancellor was pasted in the front of her office and strategic areas of the campus to mock the woman who was described ‘as full of pride high handedness.’

‘With gratitude to God, we announce the successful passing into hell of the tyranny personified.
ANGELA FREEMAN MIRI whose happy end occurred on February 12th 2021 after 5 years of corruption.

‘She is survived by: Confused children and hate speech grandchildren.

‘End of tyranny has come

‘FUL shall breathe the breath of fresh life.

‘Hallelujah, Alhamdulilahi’.

The VC had been having a running battle with the institution’s chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which culminated in the splinting of the union into two.

The outgoing VC was accused of awarding most of the institution’s contracts to herself using her husband and children and engaging in some unwholesome practices which have negatively affected the university.

She was also accused of favouritism especially during the recent recruitment exercise where she was said to have given a larger percentage of those employed to her kit and kins from plateau State where she hailed.

At the send forth party organised for her at the school auditorium on Saturday, some staff and students were said to have booed the woman who was said to have hurriedly left the scene.

When contacted on her cell phone for her reaction, Prof Miri neither picked her calls nor responded to the text message sent to her.

The institution public relations officer Mr Benjamin Ojo did not also respond to  several calls made to him.

The Sun.

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