Showing posts with label education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label education. Show all posts

COCIN Karl Kumm University sets to takeoff, shops for VC

Central Nigeria: The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) headquartered in Jos, Plateau State might have fulfilled all requirements for the licensing of its proposed Karl Kumm University.

The Church hosted officials from the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Tertiary Education Trust Fund on February 8, 2020 on verification exercise.

Two weeks later, the Church began shopping for a Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor and a Prochancellor for the immediate takeoff of the 20year-old University.

Search committee at a seating

The Chancellor Search Committee comprising five professors and the Director of Education in the COCIN Headquarters, Rev. Shiwe Deshi listed 22 serving Professors of COCIN background for the post of the Vice Chancellor and five others for the post of Prochancellor.

The Committee is expected to identify and contact suitably qualified candidates for all the available positions and recommend same to the COCIN Executive Council for selection.

Among qualities sought for the VC post are at least 10 years professorial experience with local and international publications, varsity development and administrative experience among others.

The Prochancellor according to the committee’s official records is expected to be a “respected Christian leader” with “good education” and varsity administrative experience.

No date has been given for the official takeoff of the university but officials say admission will commence soon as the final verification is done by the NUC.

Entrance of the proposed university
Exterior view of lecture halls
A view of lecture halls
Admin block
Admin building/lecture halls
Boys hostel

From official documents, once ongoing male and female hostels, cafeteria, administrative building and road network are completed, the university would be okayed to start.

The ongoing projects, most of which are at least 90% completed add to over 10 projects already furnished and ready for use in the university.

"Quack Teachers" get quit notice in Plateau

Gov. Lalong

The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong on Friday said poorly grained teachers are a threat to society.

Teachers who lack the right quality of education, specifically pose “serious” danger to the younger generation, said Lalong at the at the 28th – 33rd combined convocation ceremony of the College of Education Gindiri, Central Plateau State.

This group, Lalong said “put the whole society in jeopardy by transferring half-knowledge and corrupted ideas.”

Lalong however believes the College of Education Gindiri has invested much into the training of quality teachers.

“It is one Institution that our Rescue Administration considers very crucial. This is because it is saddled with the huge task of training teachers who are to shape and mould the minds of our children.

“That is why I am excited that we are graduating many trained teachers here today and releasing them into the teaching profession to take over from those are not sufficiently qualified to be in the classroom as Teachers,” Lalong said.

25yrs old Plateau graduate joins Bill Clinton, others as Rhodes Scholar

Jos, Nigeria: A 25-year-old Nigerian graduate, Mr. Nwangele Godwin, has emerged winner of the 2020 Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa.

Born and raised in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, Godwin became the second Nigerian and the fourth recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship from the region since its relaunch in 2017, after beating 2,782 applicants for the 177th year-old scholarship.

With this, Godwin now joins former US President, Bill Clinton and other world leaders who made the list of Rhodes scholars in the past.

In a telephone call to Rhodes Scholar-Elect Nwangele, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State expressed “deep excitement” on the achievement

A statement from Simon Makut, the State Director of Press and Public Affairs, quotes Lalong as saying, “This rare achievement is another testimony to the great minds that have emerged out of Plateau State and are making the country and the world proud.

“This achievement puts you in the exclusive list of great achievers that we are planning to celebrate during the Glorious Stars Event coming up in 2020 where we plan to tell the positive stories of Plateau State as we continue to rebrand and open up our potentials to the outside world. We are very proud of as a young ambassador of our State.”

The Governor, according to the statement added, “unfortunate crises” in the State’s recent past had “sought to damage the hard-earned reputation and positive image of the State as the Home of Peace and Tourism as well as centre of learning, entertainment, sports and creativity.”

This he said “has to be countered with the right narrative which can be told simply and clearly by the testimonies of those who were groomed in Plateau State before being unleashed to the world where they made, and are still making huge impact.”

The Governor encouraged Godwin to be a good ambassador of Plateau State as he proceeds to Oxford University, United Kingdom, for his post graduate studies.

Godwin attended Albakans Pre-Science Private School, Tudun Wada-Jos before where he constantly maintained the top spot in his class and represented Plateau State at the NTIC Regional Mathematics Completion where he came tops, doing the State proud.

He went ahead to fly the colours of the State at the National Stage. He had his Secondary Education at St. John’s College, Jos where he also maintained top spot in his class, and also represented Plateau State at different competitions.

He later moved on to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Nigeria and graduated with a first class as the Best Graduating Student from the Faculty. He later received the COREN award as the Best Graduate Engineer in Nigeria for 2017.

He is currently carving out a niche in the renewable energy space of Africa, a dream he wants to live because of his love for mother earth, and the decision to join in the struggle to save earth and to redefine Africa.

Godwin intends to study Energy Systems at Oxford and says his goal is to deepen his technical knowledge, enhance leadership skills, build valuable networks and develop a global strategy that would help to grow the vision of energy sustainability in Africa and beyond.

Copyright © 2019. MK-Reporters Network.

Plateau Attacks: Displaced Christian Orphan funds 14 Muslim kids in school

A Central Nigerian youth displaced by herdsmen attacks has enrolled three Muslim children in school.

Mr. Simon David, a Plateau native of Palang village in Riyom Local Government Area, Plateau State, in the last 12 months paid tuition fees for 11 other children in primary and secondary schools, in Adamawa State.

Orphaned at childhood, David lost his house, family and friends in the June 2018 Plateau attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

However, his passion for child development could not let him turn a blind eye to the educational needs of the poor children in the Fulani dominated State.

“I want to solve one of the world’s greatest challenges – girl child education, he told MK.

His primary inspiration according to him came from Pakistani Malala Yousafzia, a young girl child education activist who was shot by Taliban in October 9th, 2012.

“Boko Haram is promoting apathy towards education but Nigeria as the rest of the world needs it to grow so we can’t let the children grow without it,” he said.

His campaign it was learnt started in 2018 when he met a little girl hawking during school hours in Demsa town, the headquarters of Demsa Local Government Area where he served.

After researching and discovering her to be from an extremely poor home, the 30-year began an educational support program using his personal savings.

Aside from paying fees and sowing uniforms for school children, the volunteer teacher organized educational enlightenment seminars in Mosques, extramural classes for students, donated cash for religious activities as well as educational books and movies to students.

Though still receiving personal “threat messages” from suspected herdsmen at home, David’s actions have strengthened peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims in Demsa Local Government, says the Demsa Central Mosque in a letter to the NYSC dated 17th October, 2019.

The letter signed by the Chief Imam of the Mosque, Mohammed Umar, and Chairman, Demsa Mosques, Bello Mohammed recommended him for special recognition by the NYSC.

The outgone corps member was however disqualified for a National award for having used his personal resources for the community development projects.

The Adamawa State government is however expected to honor him within the month.

Sources say plans are underway to retain him as a permanent government employee in the State.

Govt. spends N215m monthly feeding 220,865 kids in Plateau

Dr. Sumayya Hamza, Social Investment Official, Plateau State

Nigerian Officials say they spend about $600,000USD (N215, 564,240) on school children's feeding in Plateau State.

3304 hired cooks provide 'nourished' meals each month to 220,865 kids in public schools across the State, an Official of the state-funded Social Investment Program, Dr. Sumayya Hamza told journalists, Tuesday.

The National Home Grown School Feeding component of the SIP, Hamza said is carried out through a "Multi-sectoral Approach".

This, the Special Adviser to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Social Investment and the programme's State Focal Person said has reduced the number of out-of-school children in the State.

"We are still collating the data but so far, our records have shown a great improvement in the number of children going to school," she said.

Nigerian IDPs get African TV College Scholarship

NTA TVC Rector, Barnabas Ban addresses officials

By Pam Moses

CENTRAL NIGERIA: The Nigerian Television Authority's training College has offered scholarship to six internally displaced persons from the country's northeast.

The six were among 120 recently trained in photography and cinematography by the college. 

The training was funded by the Nigerian Commission for Refugees as a rehabilitation strategy. 

The College which aims to be the first broadcast university in Africa currently prides as the only TV college in the continent.

It recently offered admission to dozens of international students.

"The College is committed to providing high quality professional and specialized education in Television Production and Journalism, in promoting standard Television services all over the world," the College Rector, Mr. Barnabas Gbam told journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau State where the college is headquartered. 

Plateau seeks more slots in NIPSS

Gov. Simon Lalong, Plateau State

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong says the State deserves more slots in the Senior Executive Course of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area.

This is particularly as it hosts the decades old institution, said the Governor when he received the newly appointed Director General of NIPSS, Prof. Habu Galadima on a courtesy visit to Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos.

Governor Lalong lauded the role of the institution in advancing development in the State
particularly through research.

He assured that the State will continue to support the Institution in its operations.

The DG NIPSS Prof. Galadima however requested for additional land of about 100 hectares to build more facilities that will enable the admission of more participants from the current 60 to 100.

Galadima also appealed to the governor to facilitate the speedy completion of the approved 6
units of 2 bedrooms flats promised the Institute for the Directing Staff and the completion of the Legacy Project of the Governor.

He equally asked the Governor to use his influence as Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum to
urged the Governor to bring the attention of the Federal government to the needs of the institution.

Plateau kid tops 2019 WAEC, JAMB exams, misses government scholarship

Mr. Gofwen presented N30,000 to Mr. Wokrit to open a public scholarship support account official 

Mr. Favour Wokrit, 17, scored a record 323/400 in the 2019 Nigerian Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Examinations, after making 9As in his West African School Certificate Examinations, WAEC, the best in the entire Sub-Sahara region.

However, no official pronouncement has been made by state officials on the educational career of the native of Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Wokrit who graduated from Christian Royal College, Sabon Barki, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, has only gotten financial grant from the National Executive of Ngas Development Association, NDA to open a scholarship support account for public donations. 

"I desire to be a Medical Doctor," Wokrit says.

This the National President of the NDA, Engr. Gonen Gofwen says must be supported by Government to come to reality.

"The Plateau State government should ensure that this young man realizes his dreams of becoming a Medical Doctor and a Scientist of notable repute.

"He being among the top three in Nigeria and best in Plateau State is worthy of celebration especially as the Nation strives for Technological and Scientific Innovations," Mr. Gofwen said while presenting the N30,000 grant for the account opening in Pankshin. 

At the reception organized by NDA, Mr. Wokrit also received a donation of N100,000 from the Resident Independent Electoral Commissioner, Benue State, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda.

A pledge was made at the event by the Member Representing Pankshin North in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Philip Dasun to pursue a legislative action on Mr. Wokrit's case.

But whether that effort yields any results, only time will tell.

Federal University of Agriculture Underway in Bokkos, Plateau State

The Nigerian House of Representatives has commenced hearing on a bill to establish the first Federal University of Agriculture in Plateau State, not College of Agriculture as earlier reported by MK News.

The House has also received a bill for the establishment of the first suburban Federal Medical Center in the State.

The two bills tagged Federal College of Agriculture Bokkos (establishment) bill 2019 and Federal Medical Center Mangu (establishment) bill 2019 were presented on the floor of the House last week Tuesday by the Member representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency, Engr. Solomon Maren.

Hon. Engr. Solomon Maren

The bills which successfully passed first reading have added to Hon. Maren’s earlier five bills presented at the assumption of the 9th Assembly.

The earlier bills were Bill for an Act to Amend the Criminal Code Act 2019, National Building Code Enforcement Bill 2019, National Shipping Policy Act Amendment Bill 2019 and Investment and Security Tribunal (establishment) bill 2019.

Others are Army Colour (Prohibition of use Act) Amendment bill 2019 and the Institute of Chattered Economists of Nigeria (Establishment) bill 2019.

Maren who was voted for a second term in the March 2019 elections had filed at least 20 bills during the 8the Assembly with several motions and projects to his credit.

He is believed to be set for a new record in the 9th Assembly.

Plateau State tertiary institutions suspend eight weeks strike

Mr. Paul Dakogol, Chairman, Joint Unions of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI), during a press conference, Monday, in Jos, Nigeria... Credit: Masara Kim 

JOS, NIGERIA: The Joint Unions of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) on Monday suspended its eight weeks industrial strike, following new 'agreements' entered into with the government.

The State Government has agreed to pay the unremitted gratuity and Cooperative contributions deducted from staff salaries, Chairman of the Union, Mr. Paul Dakogol, told journalists in Jos.

Similarly, the state government agreed to pay the checkoff dues and "No work no pay" arrears owed the striking workers, recruit new staff for the institutions, review the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and release funds for capital projects, Mr. Dakogol said.

JUPTI had gone on an indefinite strike on April 23, 2019, over unpaid salary arrears and staff benefits, the poor implementation of the TSA, unremitted Cooperative Society deductions and unreleased subventions.

Others include understaffing, unpaid "5% and 7% peculiar allowances," "illegal" salary deductions and unpaid 24 months pension arrears.

Only three of the demands have been met, but the unions believe the government has made convincing commitments.

"The Union shall not accept non-commitment from the Ministry of Finance in implementing the agreement as resolved.

"It will not hesitate to take necessary action if the Union observes any action in violation of the terms of agreement especially in the area of funding," Dakogol said.

Most Nigerian Professors can't write good research proposals - TETFund boss

Daily Trust: The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Prof Suleiman Elias Bogoro has expressed dismay over the inability of most Nigerian Professors to access global grants for impactful research due to poor quality of research proposal.

He said in spite of the growing number of Nigerian Professors to about 8000, it borders him that many have low capacity to write fundable research proposal, saying, “We see some of the research proposals coming to TETFund and sometimes you wonder if some of the professors were actually the principal investigators in the proposal, at first reading about 80 percent are gone because they are poor.”

Prof Bogoro as Executive Secretary of TETFund
Prof Bogoro as Executive Secretary of TETFund

Prof Bogoro stated this on Wednesday at an interactive session with Directors of Research of Nigerian Universities in Abuja, organised by the National Universities Commission, tagged “Bolstering Research Impact and Relevance through Systematic Research Governance in Nigeria.
“I have been in some platforms oversees where some Nigerian professors have been invited and they were reluctant to climb the podium because they wanted to get PhD at that stage is the title that borders them not the knowledge.”

“Now they have wangled their way to top professors, but give them the topmost platform in the world they won’t want to climb because they will misrepresent the title they are carrying, this is a challenge to us,” he said.

Plateau Higher Institutions shutdown over 20yrs withheld subventions, others

[Photo: Entrance of the Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos locked, Tuesday morning by striking workers]

JOS NIGERIA: Workers of Plateau State owned tertiary institutions have shutdown operations over 'unexplained' government deductions and other entitlements.

The institutions began an indefinite strike, Tuesday demanding among others, 'immediate' payment of "Academic Relief" othetwise known as 'subventions' which have allegedly been withheld since 1999.

Most of the institutions according to the Chairman, Joint Union of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions, Mr. Paul Dakogol have survived through Tertiary Trust Fund (TeTFund) interventions.

"Most of the infrastructures you see in the State tertiary institutions are funded by Tetfund and not all the institutions are scheduled to benefit from such interventions," he said in a telephone interview.

The union leader was particularly pained that despite failing to lend support in line with its "statutory obligation", government had 'withheld' certain percentages from the institutions' entitlements, making them hard to run.

"The implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) is completely unacceptable to us.

"The centralized revenue system is fine but the deduction of up to 25% from students' school fees which are mostly used for the running of the institutions without any explanation is illegal as far as we know because we have not seen any letter from the Federal Government directing such," Mr. Dakogol said.

Other unexplained deductions as hinted by another Union leader, Mr. Simji Lompye include  "Recovery" and "cooperative" contributions. 

In a telephone interview, Mr. Lompye said, "Since March 2018, some deductions have been made from the salaries of workers under the claim of 'recovery' and we wonder what they are recovering.

"Aside of the 25% TSA deductions, as a result of which our students have not been able to go for excursions for 2years now, the government has also withheld our cooperative society contributions for months now.

"This is in addition to the 7% academic staff allowance and 5% peculiar academic allowances it is supposed to have been paying us as other tertiary institutions in the country but has failed."

Mr. Lompye who is the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic also said the government was owing the Union's retired members 24 months pension arriers.

The two union leaders however said they were willing to direct their members to resume work if government would show some commitment to their demands.

Efforts to speak with relevant government officials on the matter proved abortive as of time of publishing this report.

However, the Plateau State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Sonni Tyoden was said to have summoned an emergency meeting with the Union leaders.

Plateau tribal group, Saturday launches scholarship fund for poor students

A Central Nigerian cultural group, Ngas Development Association says it will this Saturday launch an "Education Endowment Fund" to assist poor students of Ngas origin.

The fund will specifically provide scholarship to students "whose future would be stopped if there is no one to help them with tuition fees," President of the Association, Mr. Gonen Gofwen said, Monday.

Addressing journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, Mr. Gofwen said the project aims to restore academic excellence in Ngas native land.

He said, "It is on record that several of our sons and daughters were educated to various levels and returned to be pioneers in the State.

"As an Association committed to the future of our people, we cannot just seat and watch as things deteriorate to a position that we cannot revert."

The launch according to him is in line with the theme for the 2019 edition of the Ngas annual cultural festival: "Educational Transformation in Ngasland: Imperative for Accelerated Development."

The festival locally called Pusdung holds same Saturday at Nefur Arena, Pankshin, 120kms Southeast of Jos.

Uni-Jos gets new digital library through NITDA

Nigeria's National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is currently installing a Virtual Library at the University of Jos to ease access to information for research and other academic activities.

The project funded by the 2016 TETFund Disaster Recovery Support followed a request by the University authorities after a fire disaster that destroyed its library in 2016.   

The proposed digital library contracted to Microban Standard Investment Limited is expected to be powered by solar energy.

NITDA has for years deployed "intervention funds" for such projects across Nigeria, its Director General, Dr. Ibrahim Pantami said during a supervision of the project last week.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako has commended the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for sponsoring the project.

RCCG to build College in Plateau

By Education Correspondent

The Special Assistant (Technical)  to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye who is also the Pastor in charge of Region 8, Pastor Sunday Edward Akande has laid the foundation of a Secondary  School  christened "Christ The Redeemer College" at the Northern Region Redemption camp Kassa in Barakin-Ladi local government area of Plateau State.

The school is designed to have 16 classrooms, boys and girls hostels, Administrative block and other basic facilities that would propel learning in a conducive environment.
Speaking  on Saturday during the foundation laying ceremony  of the School,  Pastor Akande said the foundation laying was part of the policy of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to promote sound education and as well raise leaders of tomorrow that would have the fear of God.

According to him, sound education couple with spiritual upbringing is the bedrock of any society adding that society that desire to grow under the watch of good leaders to pilot its affairs cannot afford to joke with the two.

"God is a master builder who works in partnership with men and a rewarder of those who are in partnership with him. The laying of this foundation is in line with the policy thrust of the RCCG to promote education and raise children that would be God-fearing.

"What we are doing today is also a stepping stone toward building another campus of Redeemer's University in this campground in line with the vision of our father in the Lord Pastor Adeboye. There is enough land to accommodate all these laudable programmes" he said.

In his comments, the School Board Chairman, Pastor Tunde Ologere commended the General Overseer and his wife Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye for their vision adding the laying of the foundation was a concept towards the expansion of the existing Christ The Redeemer College at Keana link in Jos.

He, therefore, called on members of the church and parents to team up with the management of the school towards making the project a reality within a short period of time as outlined by the board.

Rep-elect, Musa Bagos registers 40 less privileged constituents for National Exams

Newly elected National Assembly member, Musa Bagos has paid National Examination Council (NECO) fees for 40 indigent students from his constituency.

The effort was in fulfilment of his campaign mantra, “Equipping the Next Generation,” officials say.

Bagos, who lost his father at teenage hopes to provide equal socioeconomic opportunities for citizens in Plateau's Jos South/Jos East Constituency which he represents, a statement from his campaign organization said, Monday.

“As an Apostle and believer in the next generation, I know that we cannot have an equipped generation without good educational background because the performance, capacity and human capital growth of that generation would be very low.

"If we really want to compete with the developed world, we must make sure that generations coming behind us are educationally strong," the statement quotes the Rep Member-elect as saying.

It adds, “I see this as an opportunity to make a difference. I know we can't do all, but we shall help as many as possible."

The funds for beneficiaries in Jos South were received through Church representatives while the Acting District Head of Shere village, Adagwom Itse Iki Kashidung received for those in Jos East.

How varsity student escaped suicide after 17 exam failures

CAMPUS PRESS: A final year student of the University of Benin, Mr. Oluwasayomi Ahmadu says sharing one's feelings as opposed to suicidal thoughts is the best solution to human problems.

Those undergoing depression must share their problems with "a family member, friend, therapist, member of the clergy, teacher, family doctor, coach, or an experienced counselor," rather than contemplate suicide, Ahmadu told campus correspondents.

The award winning student whose inspiring story on how he wrote O'Level examinations 17 times recently went viral on the internet advised those passing through depression to not to let fear, shame, or embarrassment prevent them from seeking help.

"If the first person you reach out to doesn’t seem to understand, try someone else.

"Just talking about how you got to this point in your life can release a lot of the pressure that’s building up and help you find a way to cope,” he said.

Mr. Ahmadu's Non-Governmental Organization, Mr Voiceover  Mentorship Initiative is organizing Community Mental Health Awareness And Sensitization Programmes in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria to encourage depressed youths, he said.

He however called on government, well-meaning Nigerians and organizations to support him in fighting the rate of  suicide in Nigeria. 

JAMB shifts mock exams over elections rerun

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation (JAMB) has fixed Monday April 1 2019 for its 2019 mock examination earlier scheduled for Saturday March 23 2019.

Although the organisation attributed the decision to certain circumstances beyond its control, sources said that JAMB took the step because of the supplementary elections which had been scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Kano, Adamawa and Sokoto states.

The supplementary elections were fixed by INEC following the spate of inconclusive elections declared by INEC in six states.

A terse statement issued on Wednesday night by the spokesperson Of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said candidates who had indicated interest in the mock examination at the point of registration and have since printed their mock examination notification slips need not print another one.

According to him, all the details on the slips remain the same, except the examination date which is now April 1 2019.

Benjamin said, "JAMB has also scheduled to conduct  the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation examination from Thursday April 11 2019. Candidates are to begin the printing of the 2019 UTME notification slips from Tuesday April 2 2019.

"All candidates who registered for the 2019 UTME are to ensure that they print  their examination notification slips  before the day of the examination as no excuses would be entertained. The public should  note that JAMB would not reschedule examination for any candidate.

Candidates can print their slips anywhere. Nigerians would recall that JAMB had closed the sale of its UTME and Direct Entry application document on Thursday February 21 2019. At the close of the sale and subsequently close of registration portal, it was discovered that 41,063 candidates created profile and procured either  UTME or DE ePINS but were unable to complete their registration formalities after initiating the process.

"In view of this consideration JAMB has open the registration portal effective from Wednesday March 13 2019 for all candidates with either UTME or DE ePINS to complete their registration formalities. The portal  would be closed on Friday March 15 2019 by 12 midnight.

"This opportunity is for only candidates who had created profile and  procured UTME or DE ePINS before the close of registration portal as the sale of ePINS had since been closed. Please endeavour to register before Friday midnight if you are holding any of the ePINS (UTME/DE)."

CRS Removal: Group kicks as FG bows to pressure but withholds new curriculum

The Association of Christian Schools in Nigeria may have won its long battle against the merger of Christian Religious Studies with Islamic Religious Studies for lower schools by the country's authorities.

The two subjects were merged in 2015 under a new curriculum called Religion and National Values which ACSN challenged.

Lawmakers and the Christian Association of Nigeria had among others, joined in the fight, but only ACSN sustained its momentum, even petitioning the authorities.

The group on Wednesday confirmed the separation of the religious subject but said it had yet to see the new curriculum.

The new CRS curriculum according to a communiqué signed by the ACSN President, Mrs. Ekaeta Enang and 10 others was printed since July 2018 but remained uncirculated.

The group in the communiqué drawn after its General Meeting on the issue, demanded the dispatch of the new curriculum to CRS offering schools nationwide.

It also demanded to be part of the supervising bodies for the implementation of the new curriculum.

Homegrown school feeding: Plateau Pupils pray for Buhari's return

About 200 beneficiaries of the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme in Plateau State, Tuesday sang songs of praise and prayer for President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Simon Lalong.

The pupils in Pilot Primary School, Bisichi, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the State chorally appreciated the "sound education and free meals" provided by the APC government in a special rendition during a program to showcase the school feeding programme.

At the sight of cameras during the event, some of the pupils joyfully made double four finger signs, chanting "sai Buhari," "4+4" and other APC campaign slogans while gripping their pudding cups with their thumbs.

The NHGSFP is designed to encourage learning among school age children, as well as cater for the basic needs of pupils in public schools, said Dr. Sumayya Hamza, the Plateau State Focal Person of the Federal Government's Social Investment Programme, and Special Assistant to Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on N-Power.

According to Hamza, President Buhari's desire is for the poorest of Nigerians to rise beyond their limitations and achieve their dreams through the help of the Federal Government.

Thus, various programs have been designed to support women in business, provide quality health insurance and meet the welfare needs of poor households across the country, she said.

"For women to continue getting soft loans for micro businesses, for pregnant women to keep enjoying health insurance with their children and for households to keep receiving the N5000 conditional cash transfer grants of the Federal Government, we must support Buhari to return for a second term," she said (paraphrased).

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, represented at the event by Mr. Tigana Yakal said the APC government was ready to do more if given another four years.

APC Senatorial candidate for Plateau North, Mr. Rufus Bature announced a 30% donation of his monthly income to selected beneficiaries in each of the over 1000 wards in the Senatorial district if elected.

That according to him will be his own social investment program, complementary to the Federal Government's program.

The Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council, Mr. Dickson Chollom, together with representatives of Parents Teachers Association and teaching staff in the School lauded the welfare programmes of the APC government, while calling for support for another term.