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Zulum appoints Engr Abubakar New Rector for Ramat Polytechnic

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Zulum appoints Engr Abubakar New Rector for Ramat Polytechnic

… He was Ramat’s student in the 90s

By: Our Reporter

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the appointment of Engr Dr Bukar Abubakar as the new rector of Ramat Polytechnic with effect from 25th September, 2023.

The appointment was announced in a statement issued on Monday by the Governor’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau.

Engr Abubakar, 51 years, hails from Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

Until his appointment as rector, Engr Abubakar was deputy rector in charge of administration at the same polytechnic from the year 2020.

The incoming rector holds an engineering PhD in Energy and Environmental Studies obtained in 2021, Masters in Engineering also on Energy and Environmental studies in 2014, and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering obtained in 2005. All the degrees were from the University of Maiduguri.

Before these, Engr Abubakar in 1994, obtained National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Ramat Polytechnic.

He attended Government Technical College, Bama, where he graduated in 1990 having attended a Federal Craft Certificate Examination (an “equivalent of City and Guild of London Institute” trainings).

Engr Abubakar holds certificates in computer appreciation.

The new rector has attended local and international courses on “Onshore-Offshore Contractors/Employee Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Competence”, on “Sustainable Manpower Development and Effective Administration in Tertiary Institution”, on “Mechatronics/Autotronics”, on “Information Technology Essentials” and on “Research for Sustainable Development: Strategies and Procedures for Developing Nations”.

Engr Abubakar began work at Bolori Group of Companies in Maiduguri from 1995 to 2000 as transport officer.

Later in 2006, the new rector joined Ramat Polytechnic where he worked and rose through the ranks till date.

At Ramat Polytechnic, he worked as departmental record officer in 2007. He was also the departmental examination officer from 2008 to 2010 and from 2011 to 2014.

The new rector was head of department, mechanical engineering technology, from 2014 to 2019, acting director, school of engineering in 2016, principal lecturer from 2018 to 2021, deputy rector (admin, from 2020), chairman, staff development committee from 2020 to date and chief lecturer from 2022 to date.

The new rector has close to 40 published (and few unpublished) research works in academic journals.

The rector is a member of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, Nigeria Association of Vocational and Technical Educators, International Association of Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Governor Zulum congratulates the new rector and conveys gratitude to the outgoing rector for his services to the state, Gusau said in the statement.

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2024 WASSCE Fees: Borno Gov’t Pays Over N500 Million for 25,075 final-year students

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2024 WASSCE Fees: Borno Gov’t Pays Over N500 Million for 25,075 final-year students

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Borno State Government has shown its commitment to education equity by disbursing N507,654,000 to cover the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) fees for 25,075 final-year students in public schools across the state.

This was disclosed by Engr. Lawan Abba Wakilbe, Honourable Commissioner of Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation, on Wednesday during the disbursement ceremony at the multipurpose hall of the Quality Assurance Office of the Ministry of Education in Maiduguri.

“Borno State Government has consistently subsidised these examination fees by 75%,” Commissioner Wakilbe said, “and this year’s disbursement is part of that commitment.”

The commissioner emphasised government’s dedication to a level playing field in the school system. “His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Borno State Governor, has fulfilled his promise,” he declared. “Students in both public and private schools can now access their results simultaneously.”

“Borno State Government expressed its sincere gratitude to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). “We are deeply grateful to WAEC for supporting the state’s resettlement efforts,” Wakilbe said.
“Extending WASSCE examinations to almost all parts of the state has significantly alleviated the challenges faced by our students.”

Meanwhile, the education commissioner commended school principals that adhered too examination ethics and quotas. However, he warned against any malpractice, stating “government will take punitive measures against any school principal that registers students without records or history in the school. While we support genuine ex-students with school records retaking examinations, we oppose the practice of registering external candidates without proper records.”

Wakilbe further elaborated on the negative consequences of this practice, explaining, “This illegal activity leads to issues with student record verification, indiscipline, corruption, and malpractice in public schools, placing a heavy financial burden on the government and straining scarce state resources.”

He went on to say “Furthermore, any principal of a public school whose examination centre is derecognized due to malpractice will be removed from their position.” The Ministry of Education will submit a list of accredited private schools for consideration in the 2025 WASSCE. Borno State Government, under the leadership of Governor Zulum, remains committed to supporting education and ensuring all students have a fair chance at success.

Responding to the commissioner, Mr. Zakari Ya’u Abdullahi, Zonal Coordinator of WAEC, Borno State, confirmed the payment of the funds. “This presentation we are making today signifies that the funds have been paid and are already in the account of West African Examinations Council,” he said.

“By the special grace of God, whenever we finish marking and the results are released, you can be assured that the results for all candidates, both government-sponsored schools and private schools, will be released at the same time.” This aligns with Governor Zulum’s earlier promise of ensuring equal access to results for all students.

The ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks from representatives of the schools and students. Abba Ali Ladan, President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), spoke on behalf of the schools, while Ahmad Kyari Ahmad the president of National Union of Borno state Student union NUBOSS delivered a vote of thanks on behalf of the students. They expressed their gratitude to Borno State Government for its continued support of education in the state. 

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BOSU: A Fast-Growing State University in Nigeria

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BOSU: A Fast-Growing State University in Nigeria

By: Balami Lazarus. 

State universities are emerging on the educational and academic map of Nigeria to quench the taste of knowledge in order to contribute to nation-building in teaching and learning to improve the standard and quality of education and research, hence quality educational service delivery in their full-baked products, graduates. 

Borno State has suffered the devastating blows of the insurgents, and insecurity challenges are the major concern of the state. However, to address these challenges, the state remains focused on her pursuits for higher education. The government established Borno State University in Maiduguri (B0SU). And recently, NEWSng was invited along with some newsmen by the Information and Public Relations Department of the university, headed by Mr. Garkuwa Mohammed, for a valiant speech and press conference by the outgoing vice chancellor, a fine scholar of repute, Prof. Umar Kyari Sandabe, who has made his mark in Bosu. 

The university was established by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2016 but began her academic activities of teaching and learning on March 7, 2019, focusing on objectives, especially her vision of “to be a first-rate institution anchored on and defined by excellence in teaching, learning, research, and innovation, as well as outstanding service delivery for the growth and development of society.” 

Interestingly, Bosu has good academic infrastructure that speaks volumes within the span of five years of her academic activities from the 17th October 2019/2020 session with thirty academic programs in four facilities, namely: Arts and Education, Social and Management Sciences, and Faculty of Science, with 647 matriculated students in various departments studying for their degree courses. 

The pioneering Vice Chancellor, Prof. Umar Kyari Sandabe, and his management team have made it possible for the university to scale up the needed standard requirements of National Universities Commissions (NUC) accreditation for all the academic courses to fully commence, especially the College of Medical and Health Sciences that was approved last year (2023) to run MBSS, Radiography, Physiotheraphy, Biochemistry, Medical Laboratory Science, and Health Information Management System. 

Prof. Sandabe’s five-year tenure has also made the university a hub of academic activities and an oasis of teaching, learning, research, and innovation, with a harvest of rich lecturers with the core objective of molding and grooming students in character and in learning. 

Every member of the academic section of the university, in her wisdom, meets from time to time with staff and the student body with the aim of maintaining a standard of academic excellence, discipline, and a good moral standard. Therefore, Bosu, as a community, has a tight security system in place. NEWSng observed that everyone is security conscious, with ears and eyes to the ground. 

The university has achieved what some universities, both state and federal, could not achieve in terms of academic programs and infrastructure—some completed, some ongoing. The College of Medical and Health Sciences, Mechanical Workshop, Entrepreneurship Center, and Mass Communication Studio were all completed. NEWSng was among the team of journalists for the on-the-spot assessment of these academic facilities. 

The secret to and beauty of Borno State University Maiduguri lies “in her mission and the progressive-minded management team under the leadership of Prof. Umar Kyari Sandabe,” said one staff member. Her mission is “to serve as an institution for intellectual development whose ideals are to train men and women to acquire appropriate skills, abilities, and competence, both mental and physical, as well as inculcating the right type of values and attitudes for the well-being of society in general.”. 

Therefore, the mission is clearly expressed and captured in her Moto, written in Arabic as “Al-ilmu laisa lahu hudud,” translated as knowledge has no boundaries. This is why Bosu was able to spread, register, and announce her presence among her finely baked graduates, who came from various states of the federation. 

Impressively, Bosu has established academic relationships and partnerships with some universities, both home and abroad, such as the University of Lagos, the University of Ibadan, the Obafemi Awolowo University of Ife, and the University of Maidugur. Across the shores are the Alliance of Islamic Universities of Africa in Pakistan and the State University of Bangladesh. We are facilitating with the recently appointed acting vice chancellor, Prof. Haruna Dantoro Dlakwa.

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Al Ansar University Maiduguri: An opinion in the contrary

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Al Ansar University Maiduguri: An opinion in the contrary

By Balami Lazarus.

Universities are centers of teaching, learning, and research to improve the quality of life for human capital growth and development.

However, while it should be acknowledged by those standards, many people, particularly in Nigeria, are taking a religious perspective to fill the gap in their opinion of certain universities across the country.

NEWSng was in Maiduguri recently and took time to visit some higher institutions, particularly Al Ansar University, the first private institution in the state. The discovery was touching, contrary to some opinions in the state.

Speaking of universities in Maidtguri, Al Ansar University is seen and wrongly referred to as an Islamic university by measure and standard, but this is not the case with Al Ansar University.

Al Ansar is Arabic, translated simply as the”helpers” or “those who bring victory.” But the view, opinion, or impression of the people is rather lacking in the meaning of the Arabic words.

NEWSNG, as usual, made an attempt to reveal the truth about this conventional university of universal standards in character, teaching, learning, research, and academic pursuits, where it recently offered admission to some selected brilliant students on full scholarship from the Borno State Government courtesy of His Excellency Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, the Executive Governor of the State.

Speaking on the university, the Vice Chancellor, a respected scholar and university administrator, Prof. Abubakar Musa Kundiri, said that the wrong opinions expressed about the university by members of the public did not actually represent the truth about the institution.

“We are not as the members of the public see and consider us. Al Ansar is like any other conventional university running accredited academic programs you might think of. I think people should not judge a book by its cover.” He said.

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