…Says it provides opportunity to learn and opportunity to grow
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- There’s a drawing line between stage fright and failure, the Konngol graduates have crossed the boundary to success
The Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Kashere, FUK Gombe State, Northeast Nigeria, Prof Umaru Alhaji Pate has said that Konngol SilverTongue: Media and Language Training Institute (KSMLTI) is one of the best things Yola, Adamawa state is lucky to have, being the only Institute of its kind in the entire northeast Nigeria, pointing out that it is a window opening, an opportunity to learn and opportunity to grow scholarly professionally.
Prof Pate who is also the President, Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) and the Kaigamma Adamawa Sunday, said this during the 15th joint graduation ceremony of the Class 2020-B and Class 2021-A of the Institute in Yola.
The university don lamented how disgusting, shameful and embarrassing listening to some journalists lacking media training, reporting or casting news, how boring are the politicians arguing their points and teachers lacking the art of public speaking handling students in the classrooms and how events are obnoxiously organised without consulting event management professionals, which he observed are rare in the state.
The communication scholar and professional has commended Prof Abubakar Abba Tahir, the Kaakaakey Adamawa he called a colleague, for taking the bull by the horns to establish the media and language training Institute as a community service.
The Kaigamma Adamawa, who was impressed with the event management, where papers, testimonies and debates were excellently showcased by the certified participants, congratulated them for the acquired dexterity, thanked the Institute for finding him worthy to be invited to serve as special guest of honour and has assured maximum support for the success of the Institute.
Joining Prof Pate, the chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Salihu Baba Ahmed has commended Prof Abba Tahir for establishing the training Institute, congratulated the graduates for their amazing performances and invited the people to avail themselves with the needed training in Public speaking and events management
Earlier in his speech, the founder of the Institute, Prof Tahir thanked those who graced the occasion, commended Prof Pate, whose present he considered as akin to great expectation and glad tidings, especially with the motivational experience shared and congratulated the graduates whom he described as unique and one of the most serious classes ever in the Institute.
“Let me assure you that your instructors and alumni will forever remember your incisive individual speeches, your teamwork in the group projects, your seriousness with the training and indeed your award-winning testimonials, which have thrilled this audience today.
“In fact, your special graduation left this audience spell-bound, as we have been carried away by the great work of your graduation anchors – their emceeing was marvelous, a great testimony to the event scripting lessons and the mentoring class in emceeing!
“We cannot be more proud of your achievements and accomplishments today,” the founder said.
On the rationale behind the establishment of Konngol, the Kaakaakey Adamawa said; “nowadays, many university students no longer have confidence in themselves to the extent that they can hardly present and defend their undergraduate and even postgraduate thesis.
“At the workplace, many public servants find it difficult to craft and confidently present speeches before even familiar audiences.
“Many of them can write very well but the delivery becomes a nightmare.
“The culture of debates in our schools have almost fizzled out. And in institutions of higher learning, most students offering courses in the core sciences feel that public speaking is not their trade, but for those in the humanities and other fields.
“In the private sector where outspokenness is even more compelling, only a sprinkle of daring employees, buy into the quarrel with stage fright”.
These were some of the reasons that triggered the founder to get himself engagement in such a giant community gesture.
Prof Tahir added that “we have deliberately joined events planning and project management to our public speaking training because of the organic and largely inseparable connection between them.
“There is hardly any formal public speaking that happens outside the contest of an event or ceremony.
“Unfortunately, society takes events management and delivery for granted.
“If we are only conversant about the public speaking and ignorant of events management, we will continue to plan and organise our events and ceremonies with fundamental shortfalls.
“And even before we are born, we find ourselves in a project and right through our lives until we leave this world”.
The communication scholar explained that “conceiving a child is a project, his birth is a project, his upbringing is a project, his education is another project, his career projection is a project, his community engagement is a project, his retirement is a project and his death and funeral are all projects.
“This is a fundamental reason why everyone, regardless of background, experience or expertise also needs basic knowledge about project management”.
According to Kaakaakey, over 90% of the courses at Konngol were focused on practical mentoring to enable our graduates join the public speaking and events management industry with adequate sense of professionalism.
Prof Tahir has said that the Institute’s training is more of community service considering the cost, where he revealed that the earlier trainings, which involved staff of the media organisations in the state were totally free of charge.
He commended the First Lady, Aishatu Muhammadu Bihari’s for supporting the Institute by sponsoring trainings and managing events.
He said that the Institute has graduated candidates not only from Adamawa but also other states like Kano, Kaduna, Taraba, Enugu, Imo and Rivers, etc.
Highlights of the occasion include presentation of papers, poems, testimonies, eulogies and inter-class debate.
Certificates of completion were also presented to graduates who in turn presented gift to the Institute.
Receiving the gift on behalf of the Institute, the Director Operations, Dr Yusuf Mohammed, known as Captain, thanked the graduates for their generosity by means of appreciation and reciprocity.
The Captain said there is a drawing line between stage fright referred to as glossophobia and failure.
Glossophobia is described as being not a dangerous disease or chronic condition but a medical term for the fear of public speaking.
For those affected by glossophobia, speaking in front of a group can trigger feelings of discomfort and anxiety, which the Captain said could and have been cured in Konngol SilverTongue.
The Captain has congratulated the graduates for crossing the boundary between, to success and that which was being celebrated.
The Director Operations has announced that admission forms for the Class of 2021-C is now on sale and that classes begin in the second week of August.
In their welcome address and vote of thanks, Ibrahim Ahijo karlahi, the Class Governor 2020-B and Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim, the Class Governor 2021-A, expresed their limitless appreciation to the founder, the instructors, the entire management of the Institute and the invited guests for contributing to the success of the event.
Among the dignitaries present at the occasion include the Representative of the District Head of Yola the Chika Soro Adamawa, the Ma’aji Adamawa, the Dan Adalan Chika Soro, the Representatives of Provost FCE Yola and College of Legal Studies, Yola.
27 participants have graduated; Class of 2020-B 11 and Class of 2021-A 16.
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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements
A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state
He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.
Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.
The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.
Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.
The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.
He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.
While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.
Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.
There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.
High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.
The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.
Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria
Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.
Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.
Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.
“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.
According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).
The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.
Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.
According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.
He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.
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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair
The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.
This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.
The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.
Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.
The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.
Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.
The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.
In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.
In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.
Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.
Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.
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