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25 Apr
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Baru Underscores Potentials Of Girl-Child For Engineering Stard

Baru Underscores Potentials Of Girl-Child For Engineering Stard . . . . As NNPC Partners APWEN on Science, Technology Courses

The Nigerian girl-child possesses the ability to realise her full potential in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, has stated. Dr. Baru declared this weekend during the flag-off of “Invent It, Build It” Programme, a flagship project of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), in Misau, Bauchi State.

The GMD, who expressed delight at the kick-off of the project in his alma mater, Central Primary School, Misau, Bauchi State, noted that no nation had ever achieved any meaningful development without the key subjects of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The “Invent It, Build It” programme by APWEN is to inspire the girl-child (aged 8-10 in the upper primary school) to take up the sciences with a view to pursuing a career in engineering.

“The study of Science, Technology and Engineering requires an eye for details, diligence and multi-tasking ability for which women and, by extension girls, are well known. “I would like to call on teachers and parents all over the country to encourage the study of Science, Technology & Engineering among the girl-child,” Dr. Baru stated at the ceremony.

Describing engineers as the gears of progress who help accelerate development all over the world, the GMD stressed that the engineering profession held the key to Nigeria’s technological advancement and in turn, economic prosperity. He lauded APWEN for initiating the “Invent It, Build It” project, saying when the association recently intimated him of its desire to unveil the project, he could not resist the mentoring opportunities which the programme presents.

He said as an NNPC staff, he was very proud of the role played by engineering professionals in the corporation, among whom are engineers, scientists as well as technologists in most of its operations. He emphasized that the corporation would continue to partner professional bodies towards promoting science, technology and engineering studies, even as he called on well-meaning Nigerians to support APWEN in its laudable initiatives.

He said the APWEN’s initiative would not only encourage young girls nationwide to study engineering but would also spur other stakeholders across the country to invest in promoting engineering education – especially among the girl-child – for the benefit of the nation.

Speaking earlier, APWEN President, Engr. (Mrs.) Felicia Nnenna Agubata, noted that the “Invent It, Build It” programme was aimed at igniting the passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics among young girls in the country. This, she explained, was to assist them to showcase the economic value and application of engineering in everyday life right from their primary school days up to tertiary institutions. Agubata, who announced APWEN’s scholarship for 10 girls from Misau community from the primary school up to university level, also revealed plans to build and equip a model science laboratory for children at the Central Primary School, Misau, to the jubilation of the students.

She observed that later in the year, the “Invent It, Build It” project would continue in Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Edo, Kano, Kebbi and Ogun States while in 2019, it will spread to other states in the country.

She expressed APWEN’s confidence that early contact with the target group would spark off a desire and an ambition of the girl-child to study the sciences and ultimately pursue engineering as a career in the future. “We are here to mentor these girls. And it is our belief that as they begin to imagine great careers in engineering and diligently demonstrate passion and with the right guidance, the sky will be their limit,” she noted.

Also speaking during the event, the Emir of Misau. Alh. Ahmed Suleiman (II), thanked APWEN for choosing some of Misau’s primary schools among the beneficiaries of their projects. He charged parents in his community to assist their wards towards studying science, technology and engineering subjects, which he said were pivotal to the industrial development of any nation.

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25 Apr
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Nigeria Wins International Schools Debate Trophy In Singapore

Prof. Yahaya Yero, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board, disclosed this on Thursday in Bauchi, at a reception organised by the board for the Nigerian officials and participants at the competition.

Nigeria has won the 2018 edition of the International Oldham Cup Debate Competition organised by the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Debate and Oratorical Society in Singapore.

Prof. Yahaya Yero, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board, disclosed this on Thursday in Bauchi, at a reception organised by the board for the Nigerian officials and participants at the competition.

Yero said that the participants, who represented the country in a four-day long debate were drawn from five junior secondary schools in Bauchi State.   According to him, the students who defeated their counterparts from China, Hong Kong, India, Korea and Taiwan.

The students were: Rashida Dauda, Maryam Yau and Hamidu Aliyu from Dass, Jama’are and Bauchi Local Government Areas respectively. Others were Abdulbari Yahaya and Hassan Abdul-Hassan from Bauchi and Shira Local Government Areas respectively.

He said: “These students were selected and groomed for two weeks in the state, following a letter from the President, Schools Debate, Abuja, for the state to present participants for the competition.

“The five students were selected out of the 40 students who were earlier sent to the board by chairmen of the 20 local government councils in the state.
“This single act by the students from the northern part of the country will correct the wrong impression that the north is backward in terms of education and that our children are not keen and willing to learn.

“The non-participation of northerners in previous years was due to lack of opportunity given to our students to partake in such events.

“However, today is the happiest moment in my life because our children have shown the world that we are capable and that when given the opportunity, we will excel.’’
As a result of this impressive feat, Yero said he had been directed to prepare the participants for another international competition coming up this year in Sri Lanka.
He commended the Federal Government for giving the state such opportunity to represent the country and gave an assurance that the state government would support them to excel.

He said: “I also commend the contingent, comprising of 11 students and officials, for their efforts.

“The board will groom more students for future competitions.
“We will not relent in bequeathing the best education to our children to enable them to excel.’’

While presenting the trophy to the chairman of the board, the Secretary, Alhaji Mahmud Kari, also commended the participants for their efforts.

Kari, who is also the supervisor of the contingent, assured the participants that the board ensures to ensure their participation in the next competition. Responding on behalf of the participants, Abdulbari Yahaya thanked the federal and state governments for giving them the opportunity to participate.

He promised that they would excel in the forthcoming competition billed for Sri Lanka later this year.

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24 Apr
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Bauchi Promotes Over 21,000 Teachers

Bauchi – Over 21,000 Primary and Junior Secondary School teachers in Bauchi State may have a cause to smile soon following last week’s approval by Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of their promotion to their next grade levels.

Prof. Yahaya Ibrahim Yero, chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), disclosed. He recalled that 2012 was the year some teachers on the board were last promoted to their next grade levels.

Yero, who was speaking while receiving captains of the Democratic Enlightenment Initiative (DEI) in his office on Monday, explained that those who were promoted in 2012 did not get any increase in their pay.

Yero, who put the number of 21,457 primary and junior secondary school benefitting teachers of the mass promotion, said, however, that copies of promotion approvals by the Governor were immediately sent to the Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General for subsequent implementation.

He said, “The board has done its best in effecting the promotion of desired teachers, the Governor has also done his best by the quick response and approval for promoting the pencilled down teachers and directed for implementation. It is, therefore, now left to the Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General to take a queue on the matter,” Yero said.

Yero, while giving the financial details of the promotion exercise as N154,792, 920:47k, said, however, that he was not in a position to know the method or when the Finance Ministry and Office of the Accountant General would implement the teachers’ promotion as he could not speak on their behalf.

The chairman also at a meeting with the executive of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Education Secretaries across the 20 local government areas of the state briefed the participants on the magnanimity of Abubakar in approving the teachers’ promotion.

He thanked members of the five committees appointed by the board, who sacrificed their comfort, time and dedicated themselves to the groundwork without which the promotions wouldn’t have been a reality.

Yero commended the Governor for his concern for education, focus and foresightedness for uplifting education in the state, saying the governor has never turned down any memo from the board.

“The Governor happily and graciously approved for the backlog of promotion to be implemented, and that is the main reason why we felt we should call all the stakeholders, particularly the NUT to be at the board this morning so that we can formally inform them about this development”, Yero said.

Responding to the approval for the promotion by the governor, the state NUT chairman, Comrade Danjuma Saleh commended the board chairman and Governor Mohammed Abubakar who vehemently, passionately approved the promotions with all the attendant financial involvement.

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