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FG inaugurates remodelled Chibok school seven years after B’Haram attack

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday inaugurated the newly remodelled Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State.

The school was attacked by the Boko Haram terrorisms seven years ago, where they kidnapped 276 schoolgirls.

The new school is now renamed ‘Government Secondary School’ as a mixed school for boys and girls.

The attack which took place on April 14, 2014 had led to the schoolgirls, mostly Christians, being ferried into Sambisa Forest, causing agony for the parents, the state and the country.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan through his Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwella, visited Chibok in March 2015, to lay the foundations for new school building.

But not until President Muhammadu Buhari came on board, in which, the Borno State Government under the leadership of Governor Babagana Zulum took over that the project was completed, this year.

While some of the girls escaped, some rescued, about 112 of them were held captive or married off to the terrorists as their whereabouts are still unknown.

Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, who at the Monday’s inauguration represented Buhari, said she was in the state to bring a goodwill message of the President to the people of Borno, especially those in Chibok.

She thanked Borno State Government for singlehandedly renovating the school.

She said the FG was determined to provide quality education, especially to the downtrodden and improve the girl-child education.

She said the present administration was also unwavering to root out insurgency in the North-East region and the country as a whole to enable the displaced people to return to normal life.

The minister said, “We sympathize with the Chibok community. We know what you are going through. But I want to assure you that we are working day and night to make sure that life returns to normal both in your community and all others affected by terrorism.

“I want to appeal to Chibok leaders and the community to continue give their maximum support to the present administration under the leadership of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum who is ever willing to give girl child education the desire it needs.”

The chief host, Governor Zulum, thanked President Buhari for his support and cooperation to the state government to obtain the required funds which led to the completion of all the destroyed structures, and pledged his administration’s commitment to uplifting the education sector in the state.

He prayed God to rescue the remaining schoolgirls and all those still in the captivity of Boko Haram.

Zulum said, “The reconstructed Chibok school have a state of the art classrooms, library and laboratory, computer and ICT centre, a sports arena and a clinic.

“For security, it has a gate house and observation post to be manned by well-equipped security agents.

“This administration promised to rebuild the Government Secondary School in Chibok which was destroyed by terrorists. Today, I am glad that we are all witnessing the official commissioning of the completed befitting projects.

“We want our students to go back to school. We want them to get the education they need to live a decent life. We will support them and we will do everything we can to support their parents and the entire community.

“We will also not forget the Chibok girls. We are working hard to ensure that they return home. As a father, I can feel the pain of the parents. What happened was tragic. But I want you to know that this administration cares. We will not abandon our children. We are with you.”

A number of other projects executed by the state government were also commissioned to mark the governor’s two-year anniversary.

 

The projects executed by the Zulum administration are the newly constructed Government Lodges in Chibok and Askira Uba LGA,  Mbabala Technical College also in Chibok; primary health care centres in Mbalala and Wamdeo in Askira Uba; 200 housing units in Chibok town; 20 double classrooms in Damboa; boreholes in Mboa community as well as distribution of palliatives, among others.

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Buhari appoints Wushishi as NECO registrar

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi as Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examination Council (NECO).
The council has been run by an acting registrar since the death of Prof Godswill Obioma, the former registrar.
Obioma died in Minna, Niger State capital, last month.
In a letter with reference No: FME/PSE/NECO/1078/C.1/36, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated that the appointment of Wushishi is for an initial tenure of five years.
He said the appointment took effect on 12the July.
Wushishi was born on 5th April 1965 and hails from Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State.

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17-year-old best JAMB candidate, 29 others get US scholarships

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The 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) highest scorer, Ekene Ezeunala, has been offered scholarship to study Computer Science and Mathematics at the Columbia University in New York, United State.
He got the scholarship along with 29 other Nigerian brilliant students.
The 17-year-old, who graduated from Meiran Community Senior High School in Lagos, scored 347 out of 400.
Ezeunala was among the 30 Opportunity Funds Programme (OFP) scholars of the US Embassy, who have received fully-funded scholarships totaling $4.35million to pursue higher education in American universities and colleges for the 2021/2022 academic session.
The beneficiaries comprised six undergraduates, three masters and 21 doctoral candidates
Speaking Thursday in Lagos at a reception in honour of the scholars, US Consul General, Claire Pierangelo, urged them to make the most of their opportunity to get a top-notch education while gaining first-hand experience of American life and culture.
Responding, Ezeunala described the scholarship as a life-changing experience, which he said has opened up a new world of opportunities and resources he never knew were available to him.
Nigeria retained its top ranking as the number one source of African students studying in the United States, according to a report by US Institute of International Education.

It said 13,762 Nigerians are currently studying at more than 1,000 US colleges and universities.

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Buhari names former INEC boss, Jega, UniJos governing council chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, as chairman, Governing Council of the University of Jos.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

He said Buhari also approved the appointment and reassignment of chancellors to 42 federal universities.

Two former ministers, Prof Anthony Anwuka and Udoma Udo Udoma, were also appointed chairmen of governing councils.

While Anwuka is to chair the council of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Udoma will chair the council of Bayero University, Kano.

Both Udoma and Anwuka served as ministers in the first term of Buhari.

Other chairmen of councils are Prof Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo, University Of Abuja; Malam Adamu Fika, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria; Dr Sonny Kuku, University Of Benin; Chief Ikechi Emenike, University Of Nigeria; Nsukka and Ballama Manu, University Of Maiduguri.

Adamu said the President approved the re-constitution of governing councils of 23 federal universities and Inter-University Centres (IUCs) following the expiration of their tenures since 8th May, 2021.

The minister said the chancellors would be presented to the university community at an investiture ceremony to be organised during the next convocation ceremony.

“The chancellor shall in relation to the university take precedence before all other members of the university, and when he is present shall preside at all the meetings of convocation held for conferring degrees,” he said.

The appointed chancellors are Prof James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, the Tor Tiv (University of Benin), Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi III, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University), Bauchi; Obi Ofala Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha, (Ahmadu Bello University), Zaria and Oba Aremu Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland, (Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State).

Others are Oba Ewuare 11, Oba of Benin, (Bayero University, Kano); King W S Joshua Igbugburu X, Con, Ibenanawei of Bomo Kingdom, (Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State; Prof Joseph Chike Edozien, Asagba of Asaba, (Federal University Gashua, Yobe); and Alhaji (Dr.) Mohammadu Abali Ibn Mohammed Idris, Emir of Fika, (Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State).

King Dandeson Douglas Jaja Jeki, Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, (Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina); Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, Emir of Gombe, (Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike) and Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1, Emir of Lafia, (Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa), among others.

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