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Makinde insists Oypo will continue to give people free, qualitative education

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has restated his administration’s commitment towards the delivery of free and qualitative education as a way of lifting people of the state out of poverty and into prosperity.

The governor who made the commitment at the maiden convocation ceremony of the First Technical University, Ibadan, held at the University Hall, Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ibadan, on Saturday, said that the graduands of the institution have acquired the necessary skills in vocational training and entrepreneurship skills which should make them self-reliant and ultimately become job creators.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun, the governor explained that globally, emphasis has shifted from white-collar jobs to self-employment, adding that attention has shifted towards institutions that prepare graduates to be job providers and not mere job seekers.

While congratulating the eminent personalities that were conferred with distinguished fellowship award of First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan, Makinde sought for more assistance in terms of donations for the advancement of the Institution.

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He commended the management of the institution for the priority attention it gave to staff and students’ welfare, which he said has manifested in the stable academic calendar and peaceful conduct of the students of the school.

He charged the graduands to support the government in creating jobs through the vocational and entrepreneurship skills that they have acquired in the university.

He also admonished them to be good ambassadors of the Institution and Oyo state at large.

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“I am greatly delighted to be here today on the occasion of the maiden Convocation Ceremonies of this citadel of learning – First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan,” he said.

“This epoch-making event is not only significant in the history of this great Institution, it also provides more opportunities for the re-engineering of the state and its lost glory in the area of vocational and entrepreneurship skills. Before I dwell further, let me on behalf of myself and the entire State Executive Council congratulate the Vice-Chancellor of this Institution, Professor Ayo Salami together with his team for this milestone and being a part of this historic event.

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“However, it is not how long that matters but how well. It is on this background that I congratulate the graduands for the successful completion of your programmes.

“By implication, the graduands have satisfied all academic board requirements for the award of degrees of the Institution.”Let me point out at this juncture that the graduands have been certified to be worthy in learning and character.

“Also, I am aware that the kind of training that this Institution provides exposes students to practicals in various fields of their studies.

“It is no gainsaying, therefore, that these graduands have acquired the necessary skills in vocational training, skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development as prerequisite for self-reliance and job creation.”

According to him, in today’s world, emphasis has shifted from white-collar jobs, which he said are not readily available, to self-employment.

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FG unveils project to get 20 million kids back in school

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FG unveils project to get 20 million kids back in school

Worried by the increasing rate of out-of-school children in the country, President Bola Tinubu has approved the commencement of the DOTS project to overhaul the education sector, increase enrolment and ensure the academic security of the nation‘s children.

Our correspondent reports that DOTS is an acronym representing: Data Repository, Out-of-School Children’s Education, Teacher Training and Development, and Skill Development and Acquisition.

 

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The Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu, made the disclosure on Friday in Shabu, a suburb of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, while simultaneously performing the ground-breaking foundation laying ceremony of the National Examinations Council offices of Nasarawa, Abia, Sokoto, Taraba, Jigawa, Lagos, and River States.

The minister narrated that the DOTS project was to tackle the paucity of coordinated, verifiable, and authentic data in all aspects of the education sector in Nigeria.

Sununu further explained that the new initiative would enable the Federal Government to track the progress of students, thus having a clear data-driven mechanism for interventions, especially concerning out-of-school children, girls, and those with specific learning disabilities, among others.

He said, “Out-of-school children represents a major thematic area in the eight points agenda of President Bola Tinubu, with priority focus on social welfare, health and education.

“Mr. President is of the believe that the over 20million out-of-school children we have now, represents a group of Nigerians that we have to pay attention to, otherwise miscreants can use them to cause and foment trouble in Nigeria.

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“President Tinubu also believes that for Nigeria to develop and continue to take its rightful position in the comity of nations, those group of over 20million citizens must be returned back to school, and ensure that they get proper education and the necessary skills to make them self-efficient and relevant in the society.” the minister added.

While commending the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule and the governors of the other six states for their continuous support to the educational sector, the minister expressed confidence that the seven new NECO offices will empower the examination body to serve the Nigerian people better.

On his part, the Registrar and Chief Executive of NECO, Prof. Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, explained that the landmark achievement was a demonstration of the support and commitment of the Federal Government, under the visionary leadership of President Bola Tinubu.

According to him, the new state offices in Nasarawa, Abia, Sokoto, Taraba, Jigawa, Lagos and Rivers States, alongside other magnificent edifices of NECO, would serve as beacons of excellence in the administration of examinations in Nigeria.

While expressing his gratitude to the Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (rtd) and the Sangarin of Shabu, HRH Mahammood Bwallah II, for their royal support for the project, Wushishi said, “This project is a direct outcome of the Federal Government’s commitment to infrastructural development within the education sector and is therefore part of the seven capital projects captured for NECO in this year’s budget appropriation.”

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“As we look to the future, we envision a NECO that is not only a leader in the administration of examinations but also a catalyst for education transformation in Nigeria. We are committed to levearging technology and innovation to improve the quality and accessibility of our services.”

Earlier, while welcoming dignitaries from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and other parts of the country, Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Education, Muhammed Bala, reiterated the state government’s commitment to continue to support all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the federal government including the education sector.

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Nasarawa gov opens NYSC orientation, urges focus on skills

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Nasarawa gov opens NYSC orientation, urges focus on skills

The National Youth Service Corps has inaugurated 1,688 youth corps members of the 2024 Batch B Stream ‘I’ set deployed to Nasarawa state for their one-year national service.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state declared the orientation course for the set open at the Magaji Dan-Yamusa NYSC Permanent Orientation camp in the Keffi local government area of the state on Tuesday.

 

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Sule, represented by Mr Ja’afaru Ango, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, congratulated the corps members for the successful completion of their academic pursuits which qualified them for national service.

He urged them to pay attention to the content of the three-week orientation course and the by-laws of the scheme as they served as guiding principles throughout the service year.

He also urged the corps members to reflect on the weight of the responsibilities that lie on them, adding that their service transcended geographical boundaries.

The governor assured the youth corps members of the government’s statutory responsibility to their security and general well-being.

He also lauded the NYSC management, stakeholders and collaborating agencies for their dedication to service and abiding faith in the core objectives of the scheme.

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“We shall continue to provide the needed support that will improve the scheme’s capacity to deliver on its mandate.

“While wishing you a successful, hitch-free and rewarding orientation course, I enjoin you to shun all forms of vices and to participate in actively in the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development training that will prepare you for economic development.

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“May your experience in this orientation course be evolutionary and be filled with personal growth and lasting friendships,” he said.

In his remarks, Alhaji Abdullahi Jikamshi, Coordinator of the scheme in the state lauded the attitude of the new corps members posted to the state since the commencement of the orientation course especially their response to training.

“They have adjusted well enough to camp life. Their enthusiasm and resilience have created an atmosphere of unifying purpose which bodes well for a successful orientation course,” he said.

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He then urged the corps members to sustain the high level of discipline and enthusiasm they have demonstrated so far, adhere to camp rules, respect constituted authority and actively participate in all activities.

“Your cooperation is pivotal in maintaining order and harmony essential for a successful orientation experience.

“Therefore embrace the learning opportunities therein, forge meaningful connections and let this period be a chapter of growth in your personal journey,” he said.

Jikamshi also expressed gratitude to the state government for its unwavering support to the NYSC in Nasarawa state, adding that the support had been instrumental in creating an environment conducive to the success of the scheme.

“We look forward to further collaborations in the spirit of nation-building,” he added.

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HND holders must undergo one-year mandatory training- FG

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HND holders must undergo one-year mandatory training- FG

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, has asked workers with Higher National Diploma to undergo one-year mandatory training before their conversion from Executive to Officers cadre.

According to a statement on Saturday, Yemi-Esan said this at a virtual interactive session with civil servants in commemoration of the 2024 Civil Service Week with the theme, “Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Life-long, Quality and Relevant Learning in Africa.”

 

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The one-year mandatory training programme to bridge the gap between polytechnic awarded Higher National Diplomas and university degrees has been controversial between the National Universities Commission and the National Board for Technical Education.

A bill was passed at the Ninth National Assembly in 2021 to end the dichotomy but was not signed into law by the last administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Thus, NBTE, which regulates technical and vocational education, had to introduce what it describes as a one-year top-up programme which offers a platform for HND holders to level up towards obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

While fielding a question from one of the civil servants during the virtual meeting, Yemi-Esan, said, “The curriculum for HND and B.Sc holders were not the same, hence, HND graduates would have to undergo mandatory one-year training before conversion from Executive to Officers’ cadre.”

Adebayo Hassan in Grade Level 14 had earlier asked about the dichotomy between B.Sc and HND holders in the Service and what the Federal Government was doing to bridge the gap.

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Speaking on the 2024 Civil Service Week theme, Yemi-Esan emphasised the need for education to be accessible, inclusive and of high quality, while highlighting the need for it to constantly remain relevant to the rapidly evolving demands of the modern world.

According to her, “The theme also speaks to how the Nigerian Civil Service is leveraging learning and development to enhance the capacity and capability of its workforce with a view to delivering on national priorities.”

The Head of the Civil Service disclosed that the rapidly changing work environment as well as demands for greater efficiency have necessitated the adoption of a Performance Management System by the Nigerian Civil Service, adding that PMS Policy and Guidelines have been developed and circulated to all Ministries, extra-ministerial Departments and Agencies.

She pointed out that core teams for its implementation have been duly constituted.

According to her, “PMS implementation has been cascaded to the Ministries, with the Permanent Secretaries serving as the primary drivers.

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“In this regard, performance contracts are to be further cascaded down to the last officer in each MDA.

“This new system will assess each officer’s performance solely based on their respective Key Performance Indicators and it will enable tracking of job objectives across all MDAs.

“By implication, each officer across the Service can clearly link his goals and objectives with those of his department, those of the respective Ministry and the national KPIs.

She described the digitalisation of work processes in the Service as another reference point in the ongoing transformation of the Federal Civil Service.

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She further stressed that the Office has fully digitalised all personal and policy files and is implementing digital transaction workflow processes, as all official correspondences, in the form of memos and internal and external circulars, are now being processed electronically through the Enterprise Content Management solution.

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