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NO STUDENT KILLED AS NSCDC RESTORES ORDER TO JSS GWARINPA

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NO STUDENT KILLED AS NSCDC RESTORES ORDER TO JSS GWARINPA

By: Michael Mike

Contrary to claims in some sections of the media alleging the killing of two students of a secondary school in Gwarinpa, Abuja, it is noteworthy to point out that nobody was killed as alleged.

The facts of the matter are as follows;

For the records, the NSCDC FCT Command, was invited by the management of Junior Secondary School, Gwarinpa, for security coverage through a letter dated 21st November, 2023 and signed by the school Director/ Principal, Mr Akinfolajimi Olayinka.

His request was premised on the fact that the school was being terrorized by some criminal elements who always gained access into the school premises by jumping over the perimeter fence.

According to the school authority, the invitation of the Corps became necessary due to the increasing number of notorious students in the school and for the safety of other students and teachers.

However, on Wednesday 29th November, the school was invaded by some notorious elements, some of who were expelled students and their student collaborators to disturb the peace of the school and caused mayhem by destroying cars belonging to the teachers at the parking lot.

Armed with cudgels and other dangerous weapons, some of the hoodlums had launched attack on the deployed unarmed NSCDC personnel, staff and students of the school which necessitated the call for a back up by armed personnel.

In the melee that followed, two (2) students sustained bullet wounds unintentionally when warning shots were fired into the air in an attempt to prevent carnage by some notorious ex-students who were suspected cult members that had been expelled from the school.

On account of this development, and to avoid the situation getting out of hand, the NSCDC FCT Commandant intimated his police counterpart who immediately drafted police officers to the school and both agencies worked collaboratively to ensure that normalcy, peace and order was restored to the school premises.

The FCT Commandant, Odumosu Olusola had on receipt of the incident, immediately undergone an assessment tour of the school, and also paid a visit to the two (2) students currently undergoing treatment at a government facility.

Contacts have also been established with their parents and it can be authoritatively confirmed that the injured students are in a very stable condition.

Going by this development, Commandant General of the NSCDC, Ahmed Abubakar Audi PhD, mni, in his avowed commitment to professionalism and transparency policing, has ordered the Forensic Psychological Examination Wing of the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre to immediately commence evaluation of all armed personnel of the FCT Command.

Also, the Corps management has set up a panel of inquiry to get to the root of the matter and internal disciplinary mechanisms would be deployed to punish any of the personnel found wanting in the unfortunate incident.

The NSCDC FCT Command wishes to apologize to the parents/guardians of the two students who were injured unintentionally and promises to pick up the bills incurred in the course of their treatment.

The Command urges members of the public to disregard reports to the contrary as the Corps remained committed to the Federal Government’s Safe School programme and would not allow miscreants under any guise to breach the peace in our academic environments.

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Federal University of lafia produces first set of PhD and over 6000 graduates in 6th, 7th and 8th combined convocation

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Federal University of lafia produces first set of PhD and over 6000 graduates in 6th, 7th and 8th combined convocation

By: Bodunrin Kayode

About 6, 499 graduands have been produced by the Federal University of lafia out of this is the first set of PhD’s since establishment.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Shehu Abdulraman said during the recent convocation of the institution that the management was excited that finally, they have been able to produce their first set of PhD graduates.

He said that the 6499 graduates sent into the manpower market was churned out from the 6th, 7th and 8th convocation which equally produced 50 first class graduates with first degrees from about 52 programs..

While congratulating them for their academic achievements, the VC advised that the attainment of their degrees were not the end of life but the beginning of any form of achievements they have desired or aimed for as students.

The VC described them as pillars of hard work and selfless services towards the country adding that they must keep the flag flying as they advance their various professional pursuits.

Prof Abdulraham expressed hope that all the graduands must have learnt a lot from the pre-Convocation lecture which was delivered by the chair of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brigadier General Buba Marwan retired.

In his remark during the occasion, Governor Abdullahi Sule said that he was happy with the achievements of the University which has just passed its first decade of existence.

He said that he is equally very serious with education which is why he has placed it on the front burner of the list of priorities when it comes to recent appropriation bills of the state.

He called on the graduands of the University to fly the banner of excellence as they were now ambassadors of the institution anywhere they go to.

Governor Abdullahi Sule called on the 50 first class graduates to take the advantage of the skills acquisition centre in the state to enroll in a one month training of any skill of their choice

The reward of which would be their receipt of 500, 000 naira to any of them that would agree to undergo the skills at the Wing Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim, Skills Acquisition Training Centre in Lafia.

The money according to him will act as start up capital for them to start their own businesses.

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Place education at the centre of peace building in Nigeria – UN

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Place education at the centre of peace building in Nigeria – UN

By: Michael Mike

The United Nations in Nigeria has urged the government of Nigeria to place education at the centre of all peacebuilding efforts in order to build an enduring culture of peace in the country.

In a joint statement by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) to mark the International Day of Education in Nigeria, the UN emphasized the urgent need to prioritize education as a tool for promoting human dignity tolerance and peace.

“If education is placed at the centre of our commitment to peace, it can help empower learners with the necessary knowledge, competencies and attitudes to become agents of peace in their immediate communities,” said the Head of UNESCO Abuja Office and UNESCO Representative to Nigeria, Abdourahamane Diallo.

Diallo while “encouraging government to prioritize education at the top of its political agenda, a strong call is being made to rally influencers and wider civil society to push forward the movement to bring education into the center of peacebuilding at all levels,” disclosed that UNESCO has set new standard instrument on education for lasting peace, where Education offers multiple opportunities to address the root causes of hate speech and sensitize learners of all ages of its forms and consequences online and offline.

UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, Ms. Cristian Munduate, on her part noted that: “While Nigeria has shown a commitment to creating safe school environments through endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration and developing the Minimum Standards for Safe Schools, there is room for further progress. On this important day, we are reminded of the collective responsibility we share in safeguarding the educational environment for every child.”

She noted that: “Education is a key driver of gender equality, economic growth, and social development, sadly it remains inaccessible to many Nigerian children. Their educational journey is often disrupted by attacks on communities and schools, including the abduction of students. These challenges are particularly acute for adolescent girls, potentially stalling the progress made in girls’ education in Nigeria.”

In her message, the Director General of UNESCO, Ms Audrey Azoulay explained that: “Because if hatred starts with words, peace starts with education. What we learn changes how we view the world and influences how we treat others. Education must therefore be at the heart of our efforts to achieve and maintain world peace.”

According to her, this year’s International Day of Education on 24 January is dedicated to the crucial role of teaching and learning in promoting lasting peace – and the ways in which education must adapt in order to address current global challenges.

“The UNESCO Recommendation on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development adopted by our 194 Member States in November 2023, is a major milestone in this regard. This global standard-setting instrument, the only one of its kind, is a roadmap for
 re-thinking and re-designing education systems to prepare learners to collectively shape more just, sustainable, healthy and peaceful futures for all. UNESCO looks forward to supporting education reforms based on this Recommendation across the world.” Azoulay said.

On 3rd December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

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Borno govt releases #55.968.000 million for 153 medical students

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Borno govt releases #55.968.000 million for 153 medical students

By: Ladi Dapson

The Borno State Government has approved the immediate release of over N55.9million for payment of registration fees for 153 medical related courses in a bid to recoup the health sector that has been worse hits by insurgents crisis.

The Executive Secretary of the Borno State Scholarship Board, Malam Bala Isa, made this known while announcing the development in Maiduguri on Friday.

He noted that the payment would cover the registration fees of 153 Borno state indegenes admitted to the federal university of health and science, Azare Bauchi state.

He said,”I am happy to announce to the good people of Borno state that Governor Babagana Zulum has approved immediate released of #55,968,000 for 153 Borno state indegenes admitted to study medical related courses to boast health sector of our dear state.

“The students are admitted to study the following courses; MBBS, Radiography, Audiology, Epicdemology and Stastistic, Physciotherapy, IT and health information, and among other,”

He said that the gesture was part of Governor Babagana Zulum administration’s commitment to the state’s 25-year development plan and the 10-year strategic transformation initiative.

“I urge all the beneficiaries to take the advantages of the opportunity for the overall of the development of health sector for the healthier society.” He disclosed.

He said Zulum is committed to sponsoring the students throughoof their studies.

Ali said the governor had urged the students to be hardworking and to face their studies seriously to justify the government’s effort toward sponsoring their education.

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