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“Pankya” Traditional Rites Of Aku-Uka, Held In Taraba



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The second Friday of the year 2022, 14th January was a unique day in the history of Jukuns, and indeed the entire Kwararrafa descendants as their supreme Leader, His Majesty, Dr.
Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II CON was formally accompanied to join his ancestors at the Aku-uka designated Burial ground “Nando” in Wukari LGA of Taraba State.

Our Correspondent who was at the occasion reports that Wukari the head Quarters of the Kwararrafa Kingdom stood still as there was no vehicular movement, both private and public Schools as well as business places were closed to honour the Aku-uka who joined his ancestors in October 2021.

Investigation by our Correspondent reveled that the event of such magnitude took place over 50 years ago, as those who had never seen the “Pankya” which is the final traditional rite of His Majesty were dazzled to their bones.

According to the Chairman of Ibi local government council, Hon. Bala Bako who is also the Taraba state ALGON Chairman, said he is witnessing “Pankya” for the second time in his life.

“This is my second time of witnessing such an occasion, the last one took place in 1972, so the generation behind us are in high spirit to see for themselves and to be part of this event, if there is no event, there won’t be history, so this event has equally added colour to our reach culture because our culture is unique in the whole of this country.

“I believe that God after creating Adam and Eve, the next set of people He created were the “Apajukun” and all Kwararrafa descendants, so we are here to pay our last respect to our Supreme Leader who served us for 45 years, I said He served us because he has brought peace and development to us as a people, he was a leader with exceptional virtue that cannot be described in a sentence or a word” said Bako.

Also speaking in an interview, the Fagachin Keffi and District Head of Keffi who represented the Emir of Keffi, Nasarawa State, Alhaji Shamsuddeen Abubakar Maikasuwa, said the Aku-uka His Majesty, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi was a great Pillar that holds the Kwararrafa People together, describing him as a father who led the Kingdom to greatness, saying that they came to Wukari to pay their last respect to the Monarch.

The Royal father, enjoyed the next Aku-uka to emulate his predecessor who against all odds ensured that peace reign supreme and has uplifted the status of the Kwararrafa kingdom, reiterating that he was a role model.

Our Correspondent also gathered that the procession known as “Akye” kicked-off at 7:30 am from the Aku-Uka Palace where all the male Children of Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi in their numbers matched barefooted with his official belongings to Puje, where mourners all converged and paid their last respects before they matched further to “Nando” his final place of abode.

Present at the “Pankya” ceremony was Traditional rulers from across the nation in the likes of Gara of Donga, Longomai of Shandam, representatives of Attah Igala, Ochi Idoma, Emir of Keffi, Chief Mark Elayo Turaki of Kiana.

Also, politicians from both local, state, and the National Assembly members, Tourists, citizens and residents of Taraba state, and a mix of persons from diverse walks of life attended the “Pankya” traditional ceremony, while Governor Darius Ishaku was represented by the Chief of staff, Government House, Hon. Istifanus Gbana.

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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.


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