Gunmen Kill A Lecturer Engaging In Taxi Services To Feed His Family In Ebonyi
By Wisdom Nwedene, Abakaliki
Suspected gunmen have shot and killed a lecturer with the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ịkwo (AE-FUNAI) in Ebonyi State, Kyrian Nwoke along rice mill axis of old Ogoja road Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
The lecturer, a middle aged man had gone to pick up some passengers with his car which he was using for taxi services, following the prolong strike of the Academic Staff Union and the non payment of University lecturers by federal government for over six months now.
A source from the university said that the lecturer had registered the car with an online car-hailing service so as to make ends meet and take care of his young wife and child.
The liveless body of the deceased was discovered near the popular Rice Mill with bullets wounds on Sunday. The source further revealed that he went missing after he picked up some passengers in Abakaliki, and his car has not been found.
A colleague who took to his Facebook wall to mourn the deceased attributed the death to the Federal Government’s inability to pay the lecturers.
He said :” Kyrian Nwoke was a lecturer in the Physiology Department at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Nigeria. He was also a Ph.D. student.
“As a result of the hardship occasioned by the prolonged ASUU strike and FG withholding of lecturers salaries for over six months, he registered his car under the online taxi service to make ends meet.
“On Sunday, January 10, he was called to go and pick customers at Udemezue street and drop them at a popular eatery known for local delicacies at Ogoja road Abakaliki.
“He never returned from that journey as his lifeless body with a bullet wound was discovered the next day near the Rice Mill along the same Ogoja road and his car missing.
“That is how Kyrian Nwoke’s sunset on that faithful Sunday, leaving his wife a widow and his little daughter fatherless and AE-FUNAI bereft of a hardworking, upcoming Physiology scholar
“But the Security agents should do the needful and fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act”.
As at the time of filing this report, the police spokesman in the state, Loveth Odah could not be reached for comment at the time of this report.
Gov Akeredolu orders compulsory recitation of Oodua anthem in all schools in Ondo state
The Ondo State Government has made it compulsory for all students in the state to recite the Oodua Anthem in their schools.
The order reportedly affects all the private and public institutions from primary to tertiary level in the state.
This was contained in a circular sent to all stakeholders from the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
The circular, titled “Recitation of Oodua Anthem in all schools”, was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Akin Asaniyan.
Governor Akeredolu orders compulsory recitation of Oodua anthem in all schools in Ondo state
It reads: “Please note that at the just concluded inter-schools debate and award ceremony organised by Ondo State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, held on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the International Culture and Event Center ( The Dome), Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, announced that the state had adopted the Oodua Anthem and it is to be recited by the residents of the state.
“In the light of this development, Mr Governor has directed that the anthem is now compulsory in all public and private schools ( primary and secondary), as well as tertiary institutions in the state, to be recited by all students and teachers henceforth.”
First-class Mathematics graduate went viral after sharing photos of himself farming
First-class Mathematics graduate who went viral after sharing photos of himself farming, bags PhD scholarship in US…
Emmanuel Nworie, a first-class mathematics graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka has bagged a fully-funded scholarship at a university in the United States.
Nworie bagged the scholarship after a photo of him tilling the soil in Ebonyi state owing to poverty and a lack of a platform to utilize his knowledge went viral on social media.’
The 27-year-old who graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.92/5.00, recounted the challenges he faced before he applied for the Michael Taiwo (MT) Scholarship in an interview with The Cable.
“I started having challenges in 2005 when we struggled with the health of my dad. I have long wanted to be a mathematician. But after my dad passed away, I was deterred because at some point when I was trying to save for undergraduate studies and after two years I couldn’t save enough, so I was frustrated.”
The UNN graduate emerged as one of the 23 candidates selected from a pool of 1,509 applicants for the scholarship, covering costs for application fees and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) — a requirement for the graduate application for some courses in the US.
He received three offers from universities in the southern part of the US. Taiwo who made the announcement said;
“Today, I am pleased to announce that Emmanuel Chinweuba Nworie has accepted a fully-funded offer to study for his PhD in Mathematics at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. SMU is a prestigious private research university. Emmanuel prefers locations with warm weather. He received three great offers, all from schools in the southern part of the US.
“Mentors are our secret sauce. It is hard to exaggerate the role Dr. Busayo Aworunse, Emmanuel’s assigned mentor, played in delivering the outcome we celebrate today. Busayo, thank you. Help me congratulate Emmanuel. I cannot wait to see what he does with a Math PhD from SMU!”
Speaking with TheCable, Taiwo described Nworie’s achievement as remarkable. He said;
“He still feels the rage and sadness I spoke about a couple of months ago, but I feel happy for him in particular and hope in general that we can make a difference.
“He is going to one of the best universities in the world. SMU is a costly school, more expensive than Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale. He will be schooling with people from the richest families in the world. This is the kind of exposure we (the MT Scholarship team) and he felt like he needed so that he can think big with his God-endowed brain.
“It costs over $75,000 per year to attend SMU. Emmanuel won’t pay a single dollar out of this. In addition to this, he will be given a very generous stipend to cater for his living expenses. The interesting thing is that he got three of this type of offers from Southern Methodist University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Texas at Dallas.”
When asked about his advice for other distinguished graduates who share similar stories like Nworie, Taiwo said such people should endeavour to utilise the internet to access available opportunities.
“I would say they should keep up hope and try to move to a city where they can have access to the internet. As you can remember from Emmanuel’s story, his breakthrough came because he was in Enugu when the application window for the annual Michael Taiwo Graduate School Application scholarship was open.
“If he had been at his farm in Ebonyi, he would have missed this generation-changing opportunity. So my advice is that they should relocate to where they can get access to information, i.e. the internet.”
Kwara State releases modalities for SUBEB/TESCOM interview
…..Applicants to present exam scratch cards for verification
…..Interview begins March 15
The interview for the 9,991 applicants who met the cutoff for the ongoing SUBEB/TESCOM teaching jobs will begin on March 15, 2021, with affected candidates expected to bring the original copies of their certificates for sighting and on-the-spot online verification.
“All applicants are also required to bring scratch cards for WAEC/NECO/NABTEB or any secondary school leaving certificates they may have presented for the exercise. This is to allow panelists/representatives of the various examination bodies to fact-check their (applicants’) school leaving certificates. The applicants will have their O level results verified online as they appear for interview,” according to a statement.
“Only applicants with valid secondary school leaving certificates will proceed to the next stage of the screening/interview.”
Scheduled to begin 9.a.m. daily, the interview for the SUBEB category will come first. Applicants are to check their portals from Sunday March 7 for their venue and to print their notification slips embossed with their passport photographs.
Applicants from Kaiama, Asa, Baruten, Edu and Patigi are scheduled for March 15 in Ilorin, the statement said.
Applicants from Ilorin South, Isin, Oke Ero and Ekiti are to make appearances on Tuesday March 16.
Wednesday March 17 is scheduled for applicants from Offa, Oyun, and Irepodun; while those from Ifelodun, Moro, and Ilorin East will be screened on Thursday March 18.
Those from Ilorin West are scheduled for Friday March 19; while non-Kwara applicants will be screened alongside with spillovers from Ilorin West on Saturday March 20.
The interview and screenings of results for TESCOM applicants will hold from Monday March 22 in Ilorin in the same order as above, according to the statement.
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