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ABIA

WAEC: Ikpeazu rewards Abia students with scholarship

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has praises students of the state who wrote the 2017 West African School Certificate Examination for coming out overall best performers in the WAEC examination.

Governor Ikpeazu directed the newly inaugurated state scholarship board to ensure that the best performing student from each of the 17 local government areas is given tertiary education scholarship to study in any school in Nigeria.

The Governor applauded the students and their teachers for a job well done promising to give topmost attention to the welfare of teachers in the state.

Governor Ikpeazu assured that his administration will continue to work hard to ensure that the state maintains its prime position in education in Nigeria.

Ikpeazu re-stated his commitment to construct new model schools that are equipped with modern learning tools and resources across the state before the end of the year.

 

ADAMAWA

Bindow sacks state varsity governing board, management

Governor Muhammad Umar Jibrilla of Adamawa State recently dissolved the governing council and management of the state university, naming the commissioner for Education, Prof Keletapwa George Farauta, as new Acting Vice Chancellor.

According to the Adamawa State Information commissioner, Ahmed Sajoh, the decision to ease the board and management was arrived at the weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor following the report of a visitation panel, which looked into the activities of the university.

The governor mandated the acting vice chancellor to take urgent steps to restore sanity and stability to the university.

 

BAYELSA

Bayelsa varsity, UNIAFRICA takes off in September – Dickson

Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson has assured that the newly established University of Africa, Toru Orua would commence undergraduate programmes by September 2017.

Dickson disclosed this to reporters during an unscheduled inspection visit to the permanent site of the university at Toru-Orua in Sagbama LGA of the state recently.

Accompanied by former Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Muktar Shagari and a former House of Representatives member, Abba Lawan, Dickson, expressed happiness with the quality and level of construction work at the university site.

The university is a brainchild of the Bayelsa State governor and funded through the public-private partnership arrangement by the state government and private investors.

LAGOS:

Aregbesola lauds Ambode as Nigeria’s Governor-General

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor of Osun State has described his Lagos State governor counterpart, Akinwunmi Ambode as Nigeria’s Governor-General.

Aregbesola said the position of Lagos as the economic nerve centre of the country and the brilliant performance of the Ambode informed the status.

The Osun Governor stated this while playing host to Governor Ambode who paid him a courtesy visit in Osogbo.

Aregbesola said considering the fact that the economy of Lagos was about the summation of economies of thirty States in Nigeria, one would be denying the obvious not to recognize the place of state and its governor in the scheme of affairs in the country.

NASARAWA

Nasarawa procures 60 million e-books for e-library takeoff

Nasarawa State government said 60 million e-books have been purchased for the full takeoff of the five e-libraries built in the state.

The e-library has 100 workstations and 200 seating capacity in Lafia, 100 in Akwanga, 200 in Keffi, 100 in Nasarawa and 100 in Karu which will cater for all classes of readers.

The state government already purchased a broadband to provide internet connection for a period of one year for the 5 libraries in the state.

The e-library consists of two categories for readers; one for in-house reader registration where users come and read in the library. The second category of members will be patrons who will register with N1000 annually with access to resources of the library in the comfort of their homes.

Nasarawa people have been advised to take advantage of the e-library and update their knowledge on critical issues as the e-library would takeoff as soon as security features have been fixed.

 

SOKOTO

How Sokoto uncovers 706 ghost students

The Sokoto State Government recently uncovered 706 ‘ghost’ students among those enrolled in its scholarship scheme.

The discovery was made by a committee set up by the Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to verify the actual number of students in the state’s scholarship scheme.

Chairman of the Committee, Shehu Wurno, made the disclosure at the occasion of the presentation of the report of the committee’s findings to the Governor in the state capital.

In discharging its duties, Wurno said that his committee visited 40 tertiary institutions within and outside Nigeria. He said 14,532 students were verified and confirmed to be qualified for the scholarship.

Similarly, the committee chairman said the total cost of students’ registration for the year 2016/2017 academic session stood at N544, 613,724 while the state spends N143, 560,855 on the allowances to the verified students.

“We have also verified and confirmed that N688, 174,579 is the actual amount owed as students registration and allowances for the current 2016/2017 session.”

In his response, Governor Tambuwal thanked the committee for its efforts, restating that the state would continue to accord top priority to the education sector.

Tambuwal said the state has introduced an education levy where civil servants and political office holders are taxed to complement other sources of funding education in the state.

The Governor stated that so far, N260 million has been realized from the levy with the hope to liaise with the state consultative committee on revitalisation of education, headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.