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Lawan Hands-Over Newly Constructed Technical College To Yobe State Gov’t

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By Iyojo Ameh

President of the 9th Senate and lawmaker representing Yobe North Senatorial District, Senator Ahmad Lawan, on Saturday, handed over the Federal Science and Technical College, Gashua, to the Yobe State Government.

Lawan facilitated the establishment and construction of the college while in office as Senate President between 2019 and 2023.

The Yobe state government is in turn expected to hand over the institution to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education.

The Federal Science and Technical College, Gashua, has several ultra-modern facilities to provide students, teachers and administrative staff with the required learning and work environment.

Among the facilities provided are: an Administrative block, staff offices, two blocks of offices, a library, 500-capacity auditorium, laboratory complex, a clinic, 5 blocks of female hostels, 5 blocks of male hostels, sports complex with offices, 3 twin-blocks of classes, 1 block of classes, workshop complex, ICT centre, 7 solar-powered boreholes, gate house and perimeter fencing.

The handover ceremony was attended by the Deputy Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yau Usman Dachia, some members of the Yobe State Assembly, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Basic and Primary Education, Hamisu Alhaji, State Executive members of the All Progressives Congress, Special Advisers to the State Governor, Local Government Chairmen, amongst others.

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Senator Lawan, in his remarks, said that the Federal Science and Technical College, Gashua, is a landmark institution that will provide limitless opportunities in the coming years for youths across the country.

He disclosed that the FSTC was among the sixteen technical colleges approved by the Federal Ministry of Education last year.

Lawan said, “For today’s event, we are witnessing a landmark development in this part of Nigeria.

“We are gathered here for the official handing over of the newly constructed and established Federal Science and Technical College, Gashua.

“It is a Federal Government educational institution, approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education, last year, and constructed by various institutions of the Federal Government and the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

“Today, we are here today because this institution is ready to enroll its first set of students and then resume academic activities by the grace of God, hopefully, this year.

“We consider this as a very important development for us because it is going to provide limitless opportunities for our youths who will be educated here for many years to come.”

He also thanked the Emir of Bade, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Suleiman, for providing the land upon which the institution was built.

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On his part, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Basic and Primary Education, Hamisu Alhaji, who represented the Honourable Commissioner, showered Senator Lawan with praises for his commitment to the development of education in Yobe State.

He called on the Federal Ministry of Education to ensure the immediate take-off of the college in the 2023/2024 academic session.

“The establishment of this school is a major milestone in the development of science and technology in Yobe State.

“This giant stride by Distinguished Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, did not come as a surprise considering his numerous development projects in the state and country at large.

“This will complement the effort of His Excellency, the Executive Governor, not only in the area of science and technology education, but the development of education in the state in general,” Hamisu Alhaji said.

The Permanent Secretary said that over the years, the Yobe State government through the Science and Technical Schools Board, spent millions of naira every term on transportation of students to Federal Science and Technical Colleges across the country, such as FSTC Orozo, Shiroro, Jalingo, Otukpo, Daya, amongst others.

He added that the establishment of the FSTC in Gashua, will increase the chances of Yobe students to study science and technology courses, to enable them measure up with global trends.

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Signed:

Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, FAI, FIMC, FCP
Media Adviser to Senator Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, GCON
Yobe North Senatorial District.

Sunday, August 27, 2023.

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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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Most Reverend Michael Crotty is new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria—Pope Francis

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The Holy Father, Pope Francis has announced His Excellency, the Most Reverend Michael F. Crotty, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria.

The information is contained in a communiqué issued by the Apostolic Nunciature to Nigeria.

Archbishop Crotty, born in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, Ireland, and ordained a priest in 1994, has a distinguished career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See.

He has served in various capacities across Kenya, Canada, Iraq, Jordan, the Vatican, and Spain.

Recently, he held the positions of Apostolic Nuncio to Burkina Faso and Niger.

Archbishop Crotty brings a wealth of experience and multilingual proficiency to his new role in Nigeria.

Welcoming the new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), in a statement signed by its President and Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, expresses gratitude to Pope Francis for the appointment.

Archbishop Ugorji highlights the historic connection between Nigeria and Ireland, noting that Archbishop Crotty is the first Apostolic Nuncio from Ireland to Nigeria, mirroring Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo’s tenure as the first Nigerian Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.

The CBCN assures Archbishop Crotty of their full support and cooperation, praying for a fruitful and blessed mission.

Reacting to his new appointment, Archbishop Crotty, expressed great joy and gratitude to Pope Francis for the honor.

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In his statement, the Nuncio pledges to serve all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious or ethnic backgrounds, to the best of his abilities.

He acknowledges the deep bonds of faith and friendship between Ireland and Nigeria, established by generations of Irish missionaries.

Noting the historic significance of his appointment, which coincides with the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Archbishop Crotty invited Nigerian Catholics to pray for Pope Francis through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Patrick.

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