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ANSPOLY Holds International Conference, as UNIZIK VC Describes Those Who Rig Elections as Political Illiterates

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By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

Anambra State Polytechnic (ANSPOLY), Mgbakwu, in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State recently at the school’s auditorium held a Physical and Virtual Multi-disciplinary International Conference with Theme: Knowledge, Technology And Innovation for Africa’s Transformation in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Arts, Science, Social and Management Research (CAASSMR).

In her opening remarks, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr (Mrs.) Nneka Mefoh said the institution had her maiden International Multidisciplinary Conference in the year 2019 and was adjudged a good outing, noting that the opened their eyes to the corporate character of the members of the Polytechnic community.

She said that they worked tirelessly to ensure that the second conference met the global academic conference standard, stating that they had presentations and panel discussions, on various issues, workshops and other interactive sessions that would fill their intellectual appetite.

The ANSPOLY Rector announced that they had twelve NBTE-accredited departments in four schools at the National Diploma (ND) level and that the Polytechnic was currently preparing for the visitation for the approval of more programmes particularly the Higher National Diploma (HND) Programmes, adding that they had the list of programmes and other information on their website.

Dr Mefoh said that as a young institution birthed in 2017, though it was formerly a monotecnic, that had achieved a lot in terms of standards, the NBTE accreditation JAMB, TeTFund enlistment and most recently, the allocation of TETFund intervention funds as for other polytechnics.

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ANSPOLY Holds International Conference, as UNIZIK VC Describes Those Who Rig Elections as Political Illiterates

She thanked God for His mercies and Governor Willie Obiano for the efforts to make the institution great in the face of the global economic meltdown, the construction of access road from Awka to the Polytechnic and ongoing construction of internal roads had actually given them the push to invite people to the institution.

‘All hands were on deck, with all doggedness [even when the problem of dearth of funds was a critical challenging factor], the academic, technical and non-academic staff worked together in one mind to make sure that the conference was a success.

‘Indeed, it was a good one. With all the enthusiasm, we all dreamt of greater 2020 conference which did not hold eventually, due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged so many parts of the world,’ she said.

Dr Mefor stated that over ninety abstracts were received from scholars all over the world and that in view of the post COVID challenges in education, the conference was held in a hybrid form, appreciating God for modern Information and Communication Technology which she said, made it possible for people to attend conferences from the cool comfort of their rooms or offices.

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The ANSPOLY Rector noted that academic conferences were necessary symposia that encouraged researchers to be committed to their work, emphasizing that epoch innovations were made as a result of the inventive minds and that reasons for attending academic conferences included, but was not limited to presentation of results of research work carried out in various fields, networking among researchers for future collaborations, multicultural interaction and socialization exposition to cutting edge research, visiting other terrains, relaxation away from the challenges of work overload and unending list of issues ‘seeking urgent attention’ and many others.

‘This time around, we included a pre-conference workshop that prepared attendees for the conference proper. The theme of this year’s Pre-conference workshop was “The mid-point between Academic Research and a Technologically-driven Economy” anchored by an erudite scholar, Professor Chris Ezeibe from the UNN.

‘The paper carefully identified the mid-point and ‘married’ academic research and our dream economy. We are very sure that the participants learnt a lot and should be ready to put that into practice in their various endeavours,’ ANSPOLY Rector said.

She continued: ‘inasmuch as research work was not exclusive right of the academia, you can agree with me that academics that commit to research have a lot to offer the society. In our world today, technology has proved to be a boon to so many nations.

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‘Polytechnic education has a technological emphasis and is very practical in nature and that is why we are striving to keep on bringing scholars together for academic and practical interactions which we hope will eventually yield the desired fruits for the betterment of our society, especially Africa.

‘Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu has an agricultural background being an offspring of the erstwhile Anambra State College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu, as such we have recorded so many researches in the area of agriculture by the members of the academia in our community. The other disciplines found in the Polytechnic are not left out ad they are striving for the top of their fields.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Charles Esimone while presenting a keynote address described all those involved in election and political malpractice as illiterates, saying that there was no way Africa would move forward with people he said, mortgaged their future and that of those around them just for immediate gains.

‘Africans are backwards because of these individuals. They care less the masses. All they are concerned about are their pockets and nothing more,’ he said.

The Public Relations Officer of ANSPOLY, Chukwuanu Sunday Okagbue, Anipr anchored the event and the Master of Ceremony.

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Collaborations of NSSEC, SSEB will improve qualities of secondary schools- Abakpa

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Mr Benjamin Abakpa, the Executive Secretary, National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC) says collaborations and synergy between the commission and State Senior Secondary Education Boards (SSSEB) would improve the qualities of Senior Secondary Schools in Nigeria.

Abakpa stated this in Bauchi on Thursday, during National Advocacy and Sensitisation Forum on the Establishment of National Senior Secondary Education Commission for Education Stakeholders from the North-East Geo Political Zone.

He explained that in order to bring all the relevant stakeholders on board, NSSEC had embarked on a national advocacy and Sensitisation Forum in the six Geo-political zones of the country so as to keep all abreast of its mandate and functions.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the collaboration and synergy between the new NSSEC and the SSSEB would undoubtedly improve the quality of our Senior Secondary Schools, especially in the areas of Science, Technical, Vocational and entrepreneurial education.

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“The commission in its resolve to bring all the relevant stakeholders on board, has embarked on a National Advocacy and sensitisation forum in the six geo-political zones of the country to keep all abreast of its mandate and functions.

“To achieve this goal, we have invited experienced resource persons to educate us on the journey towards the actualisation of NSSEC, its mandate and functions as well as the various sources of funding available to the commission and our Senior Secondary Schools,” he said.

The Executive Secretary further said that only the Senior Secondary Education has no functional regulatory and intervention agency, hence the establishment of NSSEC with the effort of the Minister for Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

He explained that basic education comprising both primary and Junior Secondary Education has the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC) as its regulatory and intervention body.

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He added that the National Commission for Colleges of Education, National Board for Technical Education and the National Universities Commission regulate the Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Universities respectively.

“From this analogy, only the Senior Secondary Education has no functional regulatory and intervention agency.

“Consequently, the Honourable Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu in his resolve and determination to reposition the Education sector, sought and obtained the approval of President Mohammadu Buhari to establish the National Senior Secondary Education Commission.

“This gesture was actualised with the appointment of myself as the Executive Secretary of the commission and the appointment of the Governing Board.

“The Commission serves as a Regulatory and Intervention Agency for Senior Secondary Education in Nigeria,” he said.

In his speech, Mr Aliyu Tilde, Bauchi state Commissioner for Education, said NSSEC would be the UBEC of senior secondary schools, adding that Its subordinate organs such as SSSEB would soon be formed in states to take care of the activities of senior secondary schools.

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He said the commission would take over 95 per cent of the work of State Ministries of Education (SMEs) in senior secondary Schools, adding that SMEs would henceforth not be involved in running secondary schools but SSSEB.

Tilde, who lamented the roles of corrupt officials and politicians in handling contracts, said “But as far as contracts are concerned, many officials and politicians will smile at the banks.

“Unfortunately, this is the same money that has overwhelmed SUBEBs with unnecessary attention from politicians, corrupted its officials and diverted it from critical education management work, thereby leaving our basic schools unattended to.

“For the politicians and corrupt officials, a new portal is open. Rush there to seek for posting and grab all manna of contracts that will fall as they do in SUBEBs,” he said.

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There is uneasy calm at the permanent site of Jos University Teaching Hospital JUTH, in Nukpis Jos North LGA of Plateau state.

Our Correspondent visited the Hospital and everywhere was blocked by eight Companies that are working in the Hospital.

They staff picketed the entrance to the Hospital to protest 30 Months of their salary arrears, according to them, they have been passing through excruciating pains over the non payment of their salaries, a supervisor with one of the Security Companies who identified himself as Wakyil, said they are going to embarked on 7 days sit down strike and failure for the management to pay them, will will declare indefinite and Total strike, according to him, it has not been easy our children are no more in schools, we can’t pay house rents anymore, enough is enough even when we were organize this protest, I want to assure my colleagues that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

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The Situation was still tense as the time of filling this report,all efforts to speak to the Public Relations of the Hospital,Mrs Bridget Omini Proved abortive,when our correspondent visited her to respond to the issues raised by the aggressive staff, she sent one of her staff to tell this reporter that she is in the meeting and can not speak to the press.

The Hospital has beeing in serious and terrible condition due to the negligence of the management to meet up with the remuneration of staff particularly those that their services was outsourced. The outsourced staff include the security,cleaners and gardeners.

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If you can recall,last month,the host Community of the hospital embarked on massive protest in respect of the hospital to perform her corporate social responsibilities and give them jobs in accordance with the federal character Commission handbook.

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pandemonium in JUTH over 30 Months Salary arrears.

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Joy Onuh Ogochukwu Mass Comm Graduate Raped & Killed In Benue State (Photos)

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A 24-year-old lady, Joy Onoh, was on Wednesday murdered by some hoodlums in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The lady, a graduate of Mass Communication from the Benue State University awaiting call up from the National Youth Service Corps, was allegedly raped and killed at North Bank Area of Makurdi.

She was said to have received a call from someone to come to a particular place at North Bank, a suburb of Makurdi to supply clothes.

The mother of the deceased, Mrs Grace Onoh, a widow with three children and native of Obollo Afor, Enugu State, told journalists that Joy who was her first child told her that she was going to North Bank to supply clothes to some people.

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Mrs Onoh who said she lost her husband about twelve years ago narrated how her daughter had been struggling to send herself to the University through the little business.

The family lives off Adikpo Street behind NUJ secretariat Makurdi.

“Joy left home on Tuesday to deliver Turtle Neck cloth to some persons at Federal Housing, North Bank.

“She left the house at about 4.50pm and did not return again. I made frantic efforts to call her phone but someone busied it. Her sister Cynthia called and this time, it went through but she cried and asked her sister to send her bank details.

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Joy Onuh Ogochukwu Mass Comm Graduate Raped & Killed In Benue State

“I reported the matter to the Police that night but they asked me to come back the next day. The next day, they told me to wait till after 24 hours only to hear by 5pm that her body was found at Federal Low Cost in North Bank.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene who confirmed the case said a case of a missing person was reported to the Police and a search was conducted.

Anene said on 20th October 2021, Joy’s corpse was discovered at about 7am in a bush a Federal Low Cost.

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“She was called to deliver goods at Federal Housing North Bank Makurdi and we later discovered her corpse in a bush.

“Investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of her death,” DSP Anene said.

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