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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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Jukun Woman Trains Female Students On STEM Subjects In Taraba 

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By Sani Yarima 

A Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) day programme was recently held in Wukari town, the Headquarters of Kwararrafa kingdom in Taraba State.

The programme was organized by the Jukun Woman, a group dedicated to empowering women and girls in the region.

It was aimed at providing resources to equip female students with the skills necessary to break gender limitations and succeed in STEM careers. 

Favour Wazota Agbu, the founder of the Jukun Woman, initiated the programme to offer guidance and orientation to students in choosing their future careers.

The programme was directed towards female students, who were found to be lacking interest in science subjects.

Dorcas Elisha, programme officer for the Jukun Woman, noted that girls need to be inspired and encouraged to join the STEM career, which is currently dominated by men.

Elisha assured that the programme will continue to move forward for the betterment of the girls and sought collaboration with other stakeholders in the educational and nonprofit sectors to create more awareness of the need for STEM education in the region.

Chinwendu Evian Madubueze, a lecturer at the Federal University of Agriculture Benin, encouraged female students to pursue mathematics and highlighted the benefits and opportunities available to female mathematicians. 

Daniel Yohanna Gambo Basuna, Wukari education secretary, commended the Jukun Woman for introducing the programme, stating that it is an added advantage to the community.

Finally, many science students who were interviewed expressed their gratitude for the programme, which has encouraged them to pursue science subjects in school.

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NYSC Gets New State Coordinator In Taraba 

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By Sani Yarima

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Directorate Headquarters has appointed Mr. Ella Aji Williams as the new Coordinator of the Taraba State Secretariat. 

Mr. Williams is a Deputy Director with a wealth of experience and a reputation as an astute administrator. 

He has worked in several formations of the scheme, including Enugu and Kogi State secretariats. 

Before his appointment, he was a Deputy Director at the South-West Area Office, Osun State, where he demonstrated his competence and professionalism.

As the new State Coordinator, Mr. Williams expressed his desire to deepen the relationship with Corps Members, staff, state government, and collaborating agencies in the state. 

He urged all staff to feel free to make suggestions on how to discharge their duties effectively, promising to run an open administration.

During a general meeting, Mr. Nzoka, the outgoing State Coordinator, implored staff to cooperate with Mr. Williams to enable him to achieve success in the state. 

Mr. Nzoka also introduced Mr. Williams to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs. Indo Markson, and that of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Idris Goje, reaffirming Mr. Williams’s commitment to sustaining the progress already made in the state.

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Gov Fintiri Inaugurates ADSU’s 5-member Governing Council

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has inaugurated the five-member of the Governing Council of Adamawa State University Mubi in the Government House, Yola Friday.

They are Professor Maxwell Gidado SAN as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman while Alhaji ALiyu Mohammed Gabdo, Mr Vidon Jaule, ⁠Dr Ali Danburam and ⁠Barrister Hapsat Abdullahi Jimeta will serve as members of the Governing Council.

Speaking at the event, Governor Umaru Fintiri said the positive reaction of people towards the announcement of the reconstituted governing council has showed that the appointments were and based on merit.

With their tract record, competence and experience, Governor Umaru Fintiri believes that the appointees will deploy their efforts to bear in making the institution a world class university.

“The next story I want to hear is that because we have you, the University has broken into the list of the top 10 Universities in the world. Yes, I mean the world. It is doable because, that is my own definition of a world-class University.

“A definition that spurs us to compete beyond the Nigerian space. I want you to walk into the University with a clear mandate to work with the management to geometrically advance the three success factors in university-rating with required aggression, ” he said.

Governor Fintiri stressed the commitment of his administration to education, as demonstrated by its huge investment to free education, infrastructure such as construction and rehabilitation of schools among others.

“As a government, we are committed to the education sector, that we can’t settle for anything less. So, far we have demonstrated this commitment, by investing heavily in improving access, retention and transition, ” he said.

In addition to the ongoing construction of 21 model nursery and primary schools across the state, Governor Fintiri announced that soon, the government will flag off 3 mega senior secondary schools projects across the 3 zones in Adamawa.

The new ADSU Pro-chancellor, Professor Maxwell Gidado while responding, assured that the reconstituted governing council, will conduct its assignment with honesty, transparence and accountability to the best interest of Adamawa.

He said they will uphold integrity and work tirelessly to make the university a world class centre of learning, innovation and excellence in the nation.

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