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JUST IN: Tearfund Launches ‘Trash To Cash Project’ In Adamawa

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

Tearfund, a United Kingdom based Christian Relief and Development Agency in collaboration with other partners has launched ‘Trash to Cash Project’ in Adamawa state.

The 3 year project anchored by Yola Renewal Foundation is aimed at collecting and recycling plastic waste to stop it entering the river Benue and turn it into economic benefits for people living in poverty.

The community-based social enterprise at the first instance will directly benefit five communities in Yola North local government area that include Anguwan Tana, Bwarranji, Doubeli, Jambutu and Rumde.

Speaking at the launch, Tearfund Country Director, Paul Mershak said the agency works with more than 300 local partner organisations in over fifty countries globally.

He added that Tearfund focal areas in Nigeria are northeast, northcentral and northwest where it is providing technical assistance on economic and environmental sustainability.

“It is actively involved in providing technical assistance on sexual and gender based violence, peace building and humanitarian response for several years.

“This event is unique and historic for several reasons Chief among which are (a) the public presentation of the ‘Trash to Cash Project’ and the introduction of our implementing partner Yola Renewal Foundation.

“That in putting forth this path to recovery and transformation Yola Renewal Foundation is holding out a light of hope, recovery, healing and transformation for not only Adamawa state but also for Northeast Nigeria.

“We wish to thank the Adamawa State Government for receiving this project with so much enthusiasm. Tearfund is duly informed of how the Adamawa state ministry of environment through her personnel have been very helpful,” he said.

In his presentation christened ‘Trash to Cash: Turning Plastic Pollution into Economic Opportunity,’ Mr Mbila said there are 95000 waste generated in terms of plastics.

He added that the project which aimed at building the capacity of youths, targets collection of 377.5 tones of plastic waste at the end of the period thereby providing income to 3000 households among others.

There were goodwill messages from representatives of the state ministries of environment and education, Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation Agency, National Orientation Agency, and UNHCR, among others.

The Chairman Yola Renewal Foundation, Professor Samuel Musa was optimistic that the programme will impact positively on the lives of the people adding that his team will not relent in the task ahead.

The district head of Jimeta Alhaji Inuwa Baba Paris who was represented at the event said 208 ward heads in the area will wholeheartedly support the initiative to achieve the purpose for which it was established.

Highlight of the event was documentary display on overview of plastic pollution in Yola and Jimeta as well as a ten minute playlet depicting the effects of plastic pollution in Yola.

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NUC Approves 43 Academic Programmes For Federal University Kashere

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By Tom Garba, Yola

National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved all 43 academic programs presented for certification during the October/November 2023 accreditation exercise of Federal University Kashere.

This development was made known in a press release signed by the University’s public relations officer, Mrs Janet Ibrahim Ezekiel and presented to this medium today.

NUC approval document with the reference number NUC/ES/412/VOL.14/327, which was addressed to Prof. Umaru A. Pate, Vice Chancellor of the university with the caption, “Result of the October/November 2023 Accreditation of Academic Programmes in Nigerian Universities.

This indicated that in line with the provision of section 10 (1) of the Education (National Minimum Standard and Establishment of Institutions) Act CAP E3. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, the commission organized the Accreditation of academic programs at the Federal University of Kashere in October/November and accredited all 43 academic status

Among the programs listed were postgraduate programs presented for accreditation, as well as some existing undergraduate programs presented for re-accreditation, and others were newly established programs presented for initial accreditation, all of which were approved, with no programs denied accreditation.

According to the results, out of the 43 programs offered, all four (4) postgraduate programs received accreditation status, 32 undergraduate programs received full accreditation, and 7 other undergraduate programs received interim accreditation status.

” It is important to note that any Postgraduate Programme with Accredited Status and Undergraduate Programme with Full Accreditation will remain valid for five (5) years after which they will be presented for re-accreditation, whereas those with Interim Accreditation Status will be valid for two (2) years before being re-accredited.

“You may be aware that the Federal University of Kashere offers 98 academic programs, 49 at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. It is also worth noting that all 49 Postgraduate Programmes have been authorized and recognized; 42 Undergraduate Programmes have Full Accreditation Status, while the remaining seven (7) Undergraduate Programmes have Interim Accreditation Status.” The statement said

In response to the latest development, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Umaru A. Pate, thanked Allah for the good conclusion and congratulated all staff participating in the accreditation process, calling it a communal achievement. While promising to work toward solidifying the achievement, the Vice Chancellor also requested additional cooperation from the entire University personnel in his efforts to convert the University into a true fortress of learning.

It should be noted that the Vice Chancellor, upon taking office on February 11, 2021, pledged to strengthen the University’s academic standards and quality assurance as one of his administration’s six priorities, as seen by the outcomes of this accrediting exercise.

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Cleric Advocates Educational Reform In Nigeria, Berates Change In National Anthem

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Reverend Father Maurice Kwairanga, the Parish Priest of Saint Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Ngurore is emphasizing the need for educational reform in Nigeria, rather than just changing the national anthem.

He believes that the energy spent on changing the anthem could have been better spent addressing the issues in the education system, such as decay in public schools and institutions.

The priest said this during a mass to commemorate Saint Charles Lwanga Day and also unveiled a learning institute to address the decaying standard of education across the country.

He said it is worrisome that structures in public schools are now death traps, and unqualified teachers are now mentors of the younger generation.

He said the church has taken the initiative to establish a new school, Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery, primary school, and college, to contribute to improving education in the country.

“We will build a world-class school in this part of Nigeria. As a church, we might not have the funds at the moment, but we have the will to do it. The Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery and Primary will have all the modern teaching equipment and qualified teachers, unlike what is obtainable in the public schools”

His message highlights the importance of prioritizing education to drive meaningful change and development in Nigeria.

As a church leader, he lent his voice in calling for patriotic Nigerians to invest in education by supporting initiatives that will strengthen the sector and improve the standard of education.

Highlights of the Saint Charles Lwanga Day in Ngurore were traditional dances from different communities.

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Gov Fintiri Mourns As Ndatam Wesley Fwa Dies At 85

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has mourned the passing of late Baba Ndatam Wesley Fwa, at the age of 85.

Governor Fintiri in company of his Deputy Prof Kaletapwa George Farauta, and other Government officials joined mourners at the family compound of the deceased who died after an illness.

Governor Fintiri described death of Wesley Fwa as a great lose not only to his family but, the entire Mbula Chiefdom and the state as a whole.

He revealed that the deceased’s wealth of experience will be sorely missed especially at a critical time in history of the state and country and urged the family to take solace in God and emulate the lifestyle of their late father and brother.

The Governor extended his condolences on behalf of his family and the government and prayed to God to rest the soul of baba Wesley in peace.

Responding on behalf of the family, brother of the deceased, Mr Al’ajibi Fwa, appreciated the Governor and his cabinet for identifying with the Fwa family in their moment of sorrow and wish him well.

Late Baba Prince Ndatam Wesley Fwa, died at Absolute Care Hospital and left behind 6 children, grand children and great grand children. 

Prominent among the deceased children is the former Demsa LGA Chairman, Wenakan Wesley Fwa.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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