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August 15, 2018

RECAP: 2018 PRESTIGIOUS EDUCATION WEEK AWARDS

AWARD RECIPIENTS / CATEGORIES The list of award recipients for the 2018 Prestigious Education Week Awards is by no means exhaustive. These people are those who in one form or another have contributed or impacted in some special ways to our society, our mission schools and education in general. This is only a token of our appreciation for all the support we have received from many of our benefactors and benefactresses. The presentation of the awards is not ranked, all are outstanding and distinct in their own unique support and contribution to education. MTN FOUNDATION 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to…

Privatization and Commercialization of Education in Nigeria: The role of Nigeria Union of Teachers in functional qualitative education (1)

TRODUCTION: Most recently the Education International organized a re-awakening workshop for the leaders (NEC members) of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, specifically the 10th-12th May, 2017. The team was, “A Global Response to the Commercialization and privatization of Education”. Education International strategies and there aim was to: i          Expose and reverse government policies/trends which facilitates and encourage growth in the commercialization and privatization of education. ii          Expose, halt and reverse the role of non-state actors in the sale and provision of for-profit education and education services where it; (a)        Undermines the right…

Archbishop Obinna bags award at NINLAN …For promoting Igbo Language

The Catholic Archbishop of  Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony Obinna and the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Bappah Aliyu Muhammed, have urged the Federal Government to give more support to the National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN), Aba, for it to fulfill its given mandate on the development of Nigerian languages. The Archbishop and the Executive Secretary spoke in Aba at the official opening ceremony of a three- day National Stakeholders’ Conference on Acculturation with the theme “Building a United and Peaceful Nation through Acculturation”. In his remarks, on the…

Imo Poly Rector briefs press on forthcoming Convocation

The management of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo has set aside February 23 and 24 as days for the school’s 5th Convocation ceremony. The Rector, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Wence Madu who disclosed this on Wednesday February 15 in a press briefing at the school’s conference hall stated that the convocation would be for students of the 2005 to 2016 sessions.  He  noted that the event would feature reward of students’ performances. This he said would be “demonstrated by giving of prizes to best students of various departments in the institution.” The rector who on behalf of the school management, staff…

Agriculture: A Panacea to the economic recess in Nigeria Department Of Fisheries And Aquaculture Technology, FAT FUTO

Agriculture as defined by Merriam Webster (1828) means the science and art of farming including the work of cultivating the soil, producing crops, planting forest plants/tress, rearing livestock and fishes. It is also a productive essence through the free gift of nature where land, light, air, temperature, rainwater, humidity are potentially harnessed for secondary products like crop plants,fruits, wool, hide and lacand animal to provide end products such asmeat, milk, eggs, honey, etc. Extensively, agriculture provides us abundant food driving out famine, factories creating employment, economic earning for production, education, use of equipment, preservation,a free and fresh environment, transport and…

Entrepreneurship development: A better alternative to white-collar job

The word “entrepreneur” took its root from French language and means “one who undertakes tasks” Akanwa and Agu (late) (2005; 2011). Therefore, an entrepreneur undertakes a task that is an entrepreneur. Secondly, the word entrepreneurship came from a French word entreprendre which means ‘the act of doing something in a military expedition as a strategy to win a war. Mc Clelland (1961) described an entrepreneur as someone that met the needs of others for personal achievement. Peter Drucker in 1964 introduced an entrepreneur as a maximer of opportunity/wealth and as someone who was highly creative. Albert Shapero (1975) saw an…

It’s all about the economy!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

It’s all about the economy! Politicians are always on about it. As the economy goes, so goes the whole nation! One TV commercial even talks about a beer economy where beer becomes the means of exchange and the measure of value. For Christians too, it’s also all about the economy, but of a different kind. It’s not the economy of financial growth and prosperity; it is not the economy of rampant consumerism and profiteering; it is not the “selfie” economy of narcissism and the exaltation of the ego; rather it is all about the most enduring economy of all –…

Don’t play with fire, admit students through JAMB not Post-UTME – FG warns universities

The Federal Ministry of Education on Monday 11th ,July sent a strong-worded statement to Nigerian universities, warning them that only the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) can admit students. The Director, Press and Public Relations, in the ministry, Mr. Ben Goong, stated that any institution that acted against the directive would have itself to blame. He denied media reports that the earlier decision to cancel post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) was upturned. The ministry insisted that universities “had no business admitting candidates other than those sent to it by JAMB but could screen candidates to remove those with anti-social…

Take your studies seriously – Imo Education Commissioner advises student

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. (Mrs) Gertrude Ego Oduka, has advised Imo children to take their studies seriously so as to justify Government’s huge investment in education. Mrs. Oduka gave the advice in her office while speaking on the rationale for the establishment of the Action team called Operation Enhance Education Standard in the State. She charged Imo Children to take full benefits of the Governor’s free education programme from Primary to Tertiary level by taking their studies seriously and shun all distractions and negative tendencies. The Commissioner described the policy as a lifelong opportunity that must…

The Task Ahead For Igbo Intellectuals (2)

Akwukwo na-aso uso; m ‘0 na-a fia aru na mmuta. Onye welu ntasi-obi, oga-amuta akwukwo; m ‘obulu na nne ya na nna ya nwee ego! Most Rev. Onah   Yet, the question remains: Is education, especially higher education, still worth the trouble for our people? If material wealth was all we needed in life, then higher education would not be the shortest and best route to it. But, as Aristotle rightly observed, people do not usually seek wealth for its own sake, but rather for other things which they hope that wealth would make possible, namely, “better life” — to…

What is an Education Policy?

The Education Policy of a country may be defined as the attitude of the government of that country towards the means of the people’s livelihood and standard of living, and the best ways of achieving them. Fundamentally, an education policy should be utilitarian. It should reflect the needs and aspirations of the nation. For an education to be sensible, it must fulfil the aims of and principles of true education in relation to the society for which it is formulated. Without suggesting rigid lines of complete and generous education: – PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES – which comprise care of body and skills,…

Obi presents 100 buses to schools

Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has presented 100 buses and cheques to public and mission schools. Obi, who flagged off the distribution at Alex Ekwueme Square, assured that all public and mission schools in the state would receive vehicles before the end of his tenure. He said the schools would, in addition, receive generators and computers as well as be provided with school clinics and other necessary facilities. Obi, on the occasion, also presented a cheque of N1 million each to four students of the state origin from different universities who graduated with first class honours at their…

A PROGRAMME OF ACTION FOR THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE

BEING THE SUBMISSION OF CHIEF FELIX AMADI (WHEKUBI) TO THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE SITTING IN UMUAHIA ON 30TH OCTOBER, 2013. Protocol: President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan spoke the minds of not a few when he called for a national dialogue in his Independence Day Speech of 1st October 2013. He also expeditiously set up a dialogue committee to craft a road map appropriate for the proposed dialogue. Until the announcements, many mistook the president to be a non-risk seeking establishment man, who thrives more in avoidance than action. I join well meaning Nigerians focused on national peace and progress…

ASUU should go back to classroom now

What is this ASUU strike all about?  It is but a grave hydra-headed national malaise.  Since June 30th, lecturers in the nation’s public universities had under the aegis of ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) embarked upon what I described as comprehensive, total and indefinite strike across the country.  This very strike is one in the series and has protracted till date. Happily enough, Dr. Nasie, President of ASUU in his address to journalists on the strike sounded apologetic, indicating awareness of the harsh difficulty and hardship the strike has brought upon not only the youths but also the economy…

IMSUTH: Best graduating medical student dedicates award to souls in purgatory

A young medical doctor, Chiedozie Ikwu, who emerged the Best Overall Graduating Student of the Fifth Set of Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) doctors, has dedicated the coveted award to souls in purgatory. Dr. Ikwu, an ardent Catholic and active member of the Purgatorian society, disclosed this in his response after receiving his certificate of award and prize.  The occasion was the swearing-in/induction ceremony for the 5th set of medical doctors  at IMSUTH. He said, “God Almighty has been everything to me all the way.  I lack words to thank Him.  Some of the times I passed my exams,…

Lawmakers seek to ban overseas education for children of public officers

Children of rich politicians and public servants will now join their mates in the country’s dysfunctional secondary and primary schools as well as universities, if a bill before the House of Representatives sails through. The bill is seeking to make it mandatory for children of every government official to attend and obtain their first degree in public schools in the country before enrolling in foreign institutions. If the bill becomes law, it will be an offence for the president, vice, governors, their deputy, ministers, members of the National House of Assembly, commissioners, permanent secretaries and top civil servants to send…

Discrimination against polytechnics (1)

–        Strange paradox ANUMATA STANLEY – Education is said to be a social heritage which everybody yearns to have, irrespective of capabilities, family background and availability of funds etc.  In Nigeria, formal education starts from pre-primary through primary, secondary and then tertiary.  At these levels government has different programmes, policies, goals and objectives which must be attained.  The important thing about this is that they must reflect national goals/objectives and also solve societal problems. In life not everybody is fortunate to go through all the levels of education.   Some did not have the opportunity to attend school at all; others…

Religious Leaders in Central African Republic Pray for Peace

… As Rebel Forces Overthrow Government in Violent Coup Religious leaders of Bouar, Central African Republic have called for a day of prayer for peace on August 12th. Currently the country is in turmoil after Seleka, a rebel coalition, overthrew the government and installed rebel leader Michel Djotodia as president. According to Fides Agency, Fr. Aurelio Gazzera, a Carmelite missionary, the initiative was taken during the meeting of religious leaders held in Bouar on July 19. The meeting was attended by 31 people representing Catholics, Protestants and Muslims. The religious leaders also prepared a message that was read in the…

Pension: Not in my hands – Dr Mrs Uche Ejiogu

In church circles, she is popularly known as “Nwanyi Ukwa,” in recognition of her culinary skills in making the delicious, traditional dish Ukwa. Dr Mrs Uche Ejiogu has proudly defended that title every Harvest at Assumpta Cathedral. But she has other names not connected to her culinary ability. Nicknames such as Iron Lady and Air Raid refer to her penchant for rattling nerves when she pays a surprise visit to schools. In one of her visits, she found that teachers at the school had taken more money from students than was allowed for a particular exercise. She ordered a refund…

How Professional Associations can stop Corruption in Nigeria

Professional associations are umbrella organizations that bring people of same profession or career together mainly to protect and advance their career interests. There are ‘a million’ of them across the globe! Some that come to mind in Nigeria include: Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Association of Nigerian Medical Practitioners (ANMP), Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), etc. I asked several Nigerians what these associations stand for. Hundred percent of those asked said they fight for the right of their members. “Why do you think so?” I asked. “Because they are always…