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10th Senate Will Give Education Adequate Attention – Senate Leader Bamidele ,Distributes 10,000 Textbooks To Students In Ekiti Central

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The Senate Majority Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, has assured Nigerians that the 10th Senate will strive hard to facilitate improved budgetary funding for the education sector.

The All Progressives Congress Senator, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, stressed that the measure remains the best way to rescue education from total collapse, and make it functional as a potent weapon to combat poverty.

The Federal lawmaker stated this in Aramoko Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area,
while distributing 10,000 textbooks to 5,000 students across 50 secondary schools the local councils in his Senatorial district.

Bamidele, represented by his Senior Legislative aide, Hon. Bunmi Oguntuase, expressed pleasure and concurrence with the statement credited to President Bola Tinubu that proper funding of education remains a top priority of his government.

The Lawmaker maintained that Tinubu’s friendly posture to education would complement the position being espoused by Senator Godswill Akpabio-led Senate that the sector must be funded properly to benefit Nigeria.

The Senate Leader lamented the recurrent federal government’s negation of the 26% prescribed by UNESCO as budgetary funding to the sector, describing this as the greatest undoing of education in the country.

He said: “Education remains a leveler between the children of the rich and poor in any society. It is the most potent instrument we can use to combat poverty and insecurity. This has been the position of President Tinubu and the current Senate.

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“The major focus of the Akpabio-led Senate is to ensure that the sector is properly funded. No country can advance beyond the level of its available human resources and the only way our human resources can be polished and made productive, is through qualitative education.

“So, the current Senate won’t compromise on adequate budgetary funding for education. No nation jokes with education and witness economic advancement. It is the major impetus to bolster radical development in any developing economy like ours.

“We are also happy that President Tinubu had demonstrated his love for the sector by signing the Students’ Loan into law. This gave an inkling into how desirous he is to fund education”.

Speaking about the gesture, Bamidele said the free textbooks distribution was meant to propel education in Ekiti that was widely reverred as the Fountain of Knowledge through enhancement of students’ knowledge in English Language and Mathematics .

The Senator commended Governor Biodun Oyebanji for his commitment to reposition education in Ekiti via recruitment of adequate manpower to strengthen the sector.

“Within the last few months, Governor Oyebanji had recruited over 3,000 teachers into primary and secondary schools in Ekiti and I initiated this programme to complement what the government is doing to rejig education in Ekiti.

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“I know that the English Language and Mathematics textbooks will help our students, particularly those from poor backgrounds, whose parents can’t afford to buy them books”.

Dignitaries at the presentation included: Ado Central LCDA Chairman, Hon. Toyin Ojo, Ado North LCDA chairman, Hon. Yomi Oso, Okemesi Ido Ile LCDA Chairman, Hon. Sunday Ajibade, and Ekameta LCDA Chairman, Hon. Ebenezer Adebusuyi

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Santuraki celebrates daughter, Mariam at 12. *Says she’s a gifted child

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The Santuraki of Ebira land and former Diaspora Special Assistant to ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal , Chief Saidu Ugonoh has called for concerted efforts towards ensuring that Nigeria attains her full potentials in all aspects ,stressing the need absolute patriotism ,transparency and accountability by all.

The traditional title holder of Ebira land made this call at the 12th birthday celebration of his daughter, Miss Mariam Saidu Ugonoh who also holds the United States of America’s ‘principal Honor Roll’ at grade six.

Speaking at the event that hosted friends , family and well-wishers in Abuja , the American based politician and businessman stressed that Nigeria has found herself in a position that requires all hands on the deck to avert an irredeemable embarrassing situation that will take it many years backwards .

Speaking further a visibly elated Ugonoh flanked by his wife Hauwa Saidu-Ugonoh his second daughter Mayeda Saidu Ugonoh and little Alesha Saidu Ugonoh revealed that the celebrant’s wish was to celebrate in Nigeria and enjoy the ambiance of her father land.

He stressed that ” Mariam is a gifted child in very many ways . She is efficient in art-work and her drawings are excellent .

“As we speak ,her school in the United States is already advising that he pursues advanced studies in the art field to allow her maximally apply such talent and take the world by storm”.

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In her response, the 12-year Mariam Saidu Ugonoh said she was glad her wish to be in Nigeria despite the state of insecurity was granted .

Mariam mainatined that her visit to Nigeria has presented her with the opportunity to be able to discuss with certain degree of authority with her friends and school mates about Nigeria when she returns to the United States .

“I am very happy to be in Nigeria I thank my dad and mum for making this birthday happen here and I am really happy to visit so many places. When I return to America I will be able to discuss with my friends and mention the places I have been to. I think this country is good ,the people are receptive and I am happy “.

Also at the event was a member of the House of Representative representing Bali/Gasol federal constituency of Taraba state,
Hon. Yakubu Ja’afaru
Hon yakubu, a former Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal .

In his goodwill message ,Hon Jafaru urged the celebrant to take her studies seriously and obey her parents .

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Nasarawa University commences first Medical Geology degree programmes in Nigeria

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By David Odama

Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) has begun the world’s first medical Geology Post Graduate programmes at the Jose Centino International Centre for Medical Geology (JacMedGeo) Research in the institution.

Director of Linkages and International Cooperation at the University, Dr Kitso Nghargbu confirmed the development told Journalists in Keffi, Nasarawa State Thursday. Thursday that a foremost medical geologist, medical geology is multi disciplinary in nature and a new discipline no other tertiary institution across the world has offered it.

“It is very young. The first text book in medical geology was published only in 2005. So it’s an emerging discipline and NSUK and by extension Nigeria, Africa has trailed the blaze.

“We have become the pace setters in running degree programmes at the Post Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctorate levels as far as the whole world is concerned. So it goes beyond being the first in Nigeria and translates to being the first in the whole world,” Nghargbu stated.

He assured that the institution has made available a curriculum that has been prepared, assessed and approved by relevant education authorities which the Senate of the university approved for the commencement of the degree programmes.

“So the curriculum has been prepared. It has also been peer reviewed by founding fathers of medical geology, by the best experts in medical geology research in the whole world.

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“This center that has just been established -the Jose Centino International Centre for Medical Geology Research, NSUK is a project of the International Medical Geology Association at the global level supported by several scholars and researchers within the health and environment spheres,” he added.

He explained that for the Post Graduate Diploma in the discipline will take 18 months to complete while for the Masters Degree, it will take 24 months and completing the Doctorate Degrees program takes a maximum of 48 months.

“Admissions have started and it starts with the adverts. In the next eight weeks forms will be on sale. Then we take two weeks to shortlist. Then another three weeks for resumption and registration,” he said.

He also assured that there was enough manpower to handle the discipline in the institution with about 32 faculty members from across the world who are experts in the field of medical geology.

“Just yesterday the Deputy Minister of Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran wrote to us that he wants to be a part time lecturer in this centre.

“So manpower is adequate. So I want to assure you that even before we started sale of forms yesterday we had indication of interest from over ten countries. So its going to be a foremost international research centre,” he said.

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He then defined Medical Geology as the study of geological processes and materials with processes referred to earthquakes, volcanoes, climate change activities, flooding, tsunamis and all other forms of disasters geologically induced and sometimes caused by man.

“When you talk of materials, you talk of minerals, rocks, mineral waters or medicinal waters which are beneficial to man. So it’s a study of those geological processes that impact on man and his environment,” he said.

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Breaking News: Senate removes senator Ndume from position of Chief Whip

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The APC has removed Senator Ali Ndume as Chief Whip of the 10th Senate and replaced him with Senator Tahir Mongun

Ndume’s replacement by the Senate , followed directive issued to that effect in a letter written and signed by the National Chairman of the party , Dr Umar Ganduje and National Secretary , Senator Bashir Ajibola .

The request was put to voice votes by the Senate President , Godswill Akpabio , and loudly affirmed by all the APC Senators

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