Bauchi Students Unions Flag Off Awareness Campaign On PVC In Schools
The National Union of Bauchi State Students (NUBASS) and the Kaura Students Support Forum (KSSF) Wednesday flagged off an awareness campaign in some selected secondary schools and tertiary institutions in Bauchi state on the importance of obtaining Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
Speaking at the commencement of the sensitization held at Aliko Dangote College of Nursing Sciences Bauchi, the NUBASS President, Comrade Mahmud Abubakar encouraged the students to take the advantage of the ongoing voters registration to obtain their cards to enable participate actively in electoral processes.
“Elections are coming, and therefore we are here as your leaders to sensitize you on the need to obtain your PVC for you to participate in the forthcoming general elections. I want to use this medium to appreciate the effort of His Excellency Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed CON (Kauran Bauchi) the Executive Gouernor of Bauchi State towards the advancement of education sector in the State.”
He assured that the NUBASS leadership will continue to remain focus in ensuring the welfare of Bauchi State students through collaboration with relevant stakeholders particularly the state government.
On his part, the National Chairman of the Kaura Students Support Forum (KSSF),Comrade Sani Adamu said the awareness campaign would be conducted in all tertiary institutions across the state for massive participation of youths in the next year’s general elections.
Sani expressed gratitude to Governor Bala Mohammed for his commitment towards reviving education in the state in addition to the payment of scholarship to indigenous students and pledged that the students forum will work collectively to ensure his victory in 2023 governorship election.
“We are grateful to our students for their cooperation, and showing support to vote His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed CON (Kauran Bauchi) towards his second term bid in the upcoming 2023 general election. In our part, we will assist you to get your PVCs for participation 2023 general elections.”
The KSSF National Chairman used the awareness campaign to highlight some of achievements and various projects executed by the present administration in the state, and solicited for vote and support of students to Governor Bala Mohammed in 2023 to enable him consolidate on his gains in critical sectors of the state’s economy.
Out-of-school Children: Bauchi Govt Trains 370 Enumerators On School Census
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.
Dangote Disburses Scholarship Funds To Coal Communities, Others
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.
Education Holds Key To Our Development – Provost COE Azare
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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