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GMMC Yola: A Tiddo Centenary Yo Daddo Anniversary, A Productive Celebration



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…celebrating generations of generated generals and generous gentlemen, marking the meeting of the made mafia, marchants, managers… congregating the company of comrades… concretising a convention of the made in, made of, worthy of credibility from Yola to beyond in GMMC Yola…

By Adamu Muhammad Dodo

GMMC Yola, Adamawa state, The only school bearing the name of a General and the General; a personification of leadership, justice, integrity, discipline, unity, sacrifice, peace and nationalism; a honoured detribalised Nigerian. Talking about General Murtala Mohammed of blessed leadership memory.

General Murtala Mohammed College, GMMC Yola has just had her Centenary, without sentiment, anniversary; a celebration that brought together alumni, some even long forgotten or hardly remembered from different works of life, within the country and across the sea.

GMMC Yola predates Nigerian independence. The one hundred years with the establishment however depends on the struggles of the citizenry to the country’s peace and unity in diversity.

The college has produced generals and gentlemen; there were and are the actors that man the executive, legislative and judiciary at the highest levels. There were and are the educationists, the men of letters, the medical doctors and other medical and health professionals, the university dons, the engineers, the philosophers, politicians, philanthropists, technocrats, entrepreneurs and media practitioners among other professions, lest I forget good husbands, good partners and good parents.

The most remarkable activity, prior to the centenary anniversary is the different projects in the school being initiated and executed by different classes of alumni. Projects that could take a government lacking political will another centenary to even talk the work than work the talk.

It is also remarkable the fundraising dinner because whatever is generated will still be invested in the oldest college in Adamawa state.

One of my senior college colleagues, currently in diaspora, wondered how the hall he knew used to be utilised for the only final examination; the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, would get to accommodate without suffocating the hundreds of thousands of alumni for a dinner.

“You can be sure that we’re more than a million times decades alumni, how could the hall get to accommodate all, for a dinner?” he would ask after having been sent the itinerary of the events.

The answer, I responded to him, lies on whether or not the college could get to accommodate the entire alumni for the centenary anniversary. “So many of you in diaspora aren’t participating, so many of us within the country aren’t also participating, due to obvious superior engagements, there are some who have given to the ghost to be remembered…”

The anniversary has indeed brought remarkable remembrance as much as has brought grandchildren, children and parents as colleagues together.

There’s no hero in the centenary anniversary, all are but alumni whose distinguished distinctions the piece deliberately distances itself from identifying, treating none with inequality in the celebration.

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Out-of-school Children: Bauchi Govt Trains 370 Enumerators On School Census




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The Bauchi state Ministry of Education has embarked on a two-day training of 370 enumerators for the annual school census in the state.

Addressing the enumerators shortly before the commencement of the training in Bauchi on Saturday, the state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Jamila Dahiru congratulated the enumerators for being selected to participate in the exercise.

According to her, the exercise was very crucial as it would help the state government to know the actual numbers of schools, students and pupils of both the integrated Quranic and public schools as well as the facilities, so as to equip itself with the necessary data for proper planning.

Dahiru, who reminded all the participants in the exercise on the need to effectively and accurately carry out the exercise, said no school must be left behind.

She explained that the census exercise would last for 10 days, starting from March 6, 2023.

“Without the correct data, we won’t have something to work on. We are hoping that using our annual school census for this year, we will be able to come up with projects and planning for anything that we want to do in the next few years.

“So, if you mislead us, we will be misled entirely, and it is important that you capture and present accurate data.

“The reason why we said we want to have a robust annual school census this year is because over the years, we have been having records of Bauchi state statistics of out-of-school children where we were told that we are now leading in Nigeria.

“We believe that this is not true. If we have people, ministries, other agencies, and recruiting teachers over the years and enrolling students, yet we keep on topping the chart, I think something is wrong.

“Either the data is not correct or we are doing something wrong. And so, we want to find out,” said the Commissioner.

She urged the participants to go out as ambassadors of the state, keeping in mind that acquisition of true data was their topmost priority which would help the ministry and any other stakeholders that might be interested in improving the educational sector in the state.

One of the enumerators who spoke on behalf of all, Ibrahim Dauda, promised to do the needful in getting and presenting credible data that would help to improve the ministry and the educational system in the state.

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Dangote Disburses Scholarship Funds To Coal Communities, Others




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The Dangote Coal Mines Limited has disbursed scholarship funds to members of host communities in Benue and Kogi States.

This is coming barely one year into coal mining operation at Effeche Akpalli in Ugbokolo Ward of Okpokwu Local Government of Benue State.

In Ankpa, Kogi State, scholarship fund was also distributed to members of the coal communities.

In the same token, the Dangote Cement Plant in Gboko also disbursed scholarship funds to host communities in Benue State.

The exercise is part of the company’s annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme for host communities, and it has been running for upward a decade.

In 2022, Group President of the Dangote Industries Limited Aliko Dangote had announced series of scholarship schemes for communities hosting the Dangote Sugar Refinery in Numan, Adamawa State.

In Benue, ten members of the Effeche community who are currently studying in higher institutions of learning benefitted from the fund.

The company’s contribution to the educational development in Nigeria has been described as immeasurable having constructed multimillion naira edifices and hostels in some selected universities in the country.

The company is adjudged to be Africa’s largest donor, and second biggest employer of labour, after government in Nigeria.

The Head of Dangote’s mining operation in Benue, Mr. Dillip Taman, said the scholarship was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility of the company, adding that the company takes the plights of the host communities very seriously.

He said the company is kick-starting several other projects contained in the Community Development Agreement.

The chairperson of the Okpokwu Local Government Amina Audu, who was represented by the Leader of the Legislative Council, urged the beneficiaries to use the money efficiently, while urging the company not to relent in the annual scholarship scheme.

A community leader Chief Samuel Ameh said the community was desirous of ensuring a smooth operational turf for the company, saying a peaceful coexistence was a major prerequisite for profitability and community development.

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Education Holds Key To Our Development – Provost COE Azare




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The Provost Aminu Saleh College of Education (ASCOE) Azare, Prof. Asabe Sadiya Mohammed has urged the government and stakeholders to pay more attention to the sector of education, saying a knowledge based economy is the key to development.

Mohammmed made the call at the first memorial lecture in honour of Late Alhaji Aminu Saleh former SGF and one year anniversary in office of the provost of ASCOE Azare Professor Mohammmed on Saturday in Azare.

According to her, Education holds the key to our development. We must continue to give priority attention to the sector because it is the bedrock of any development,” he said.

Professor Mohammmed recalled the lifetime of the late Aminu Saleh Wamban Katagum who invested immensely in her education which she prayed to Allah to grant him Jannah.

In a remark, Emir of Katagum Alhaji Umar Faruk II lauded Professor Asabe Sadiya Mohammed, Provost Aminu Saleh College of Education (ASCOE) Azare for her innovation in academics and human capital development in her one year in office.

Umar Faruk said Professor Mohammmed’s leadership role in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship in her one -year administration was commendable.

In his remarks the Guest Speaker of the occasion Alhaji Auwabu Abdullahi described the life of Late Alhaji Aminu Saleh as an extraordinary human being, smart, intellectual, religious and his generosity has reached an exceptional level beyond human thinking.

He lives an exemplary life of serving humanity. He recalled his years during service and the sacrifice he made for the development of the Nation, State and Katagum LGA in general.

He further added his tremendous contribution in policy formulations had helped the development of the country.

On his part, the Registrar of the College Malam Gimba Babaji while giving overview of the Provost one year in office described Prof. Mohammmed as one of the well accomplished women in society in view of her track-records during her academic journey.

“Parts of her records in the college, Prof. Mohammed has facilitated the completion of the process for introduction of four additional postgraduate diploma courses under the college investment.

“She succeeded in ensuring 24hrs clinical services and free drugs to both staff and students, reconnecting the College with national grid after 2-years without electricity,” Babaji said.

According to the registrer, the Provost hosted the NUC accreditation of three Degree Programmes namely; B. A. Ed. Hausa, B. A. Ed. English and B. A. Ed Islamic Studies.

“Continued with the free admission and registration of Physically Challenged Students in the College as well engaged the services of the Flexisaf for the development of College Website, portal registration and other online Academic processes.

“Facilitated through individuals for sponsorship of Students enrolment into the College. Smooth take up of the New NCE benchmark Academic Standard,” the Registrar said.

He added that Prof Mohammmed had streamlining and make academic units to meet up with the new benchmark such as the School of General Studies, Directorate of ICT and the Directorate of Continuing Education

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