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Children: Our Future and Pride – Osodieme

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Wife of Governor of Anambra State and founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) has called for utmost care and keen interest in the upbringing of children. Congratulating the young ones on this year’s Children’s Day, she noted that children are the future of the nation our pride therefore, they must be groomed with utmost care and protected by everyone.
Osodieme made the observation over the weekend in commemoration of the 2018 Children’s Day celebration.
A statement signed on her behalf by Chief Media Officer, Emeka Ozumba, Osodieme noted that the theme of this year’s celebration: ‘Creating Safe Spaces for Children’ is very apt and could not have been chosen at a better time than now that our nation is plagued by uncertain future which threatens the country’s future and stability.
Her words:
“In spite of glaring challenges that have put more pressure on families, we can’t ignore the fact that the future belongs to our children and they will become the product of what we sow in them. Therefore, let us show them love by creating safe and conducive spaces where we can teach them the truth; to imbibe the fear of God and manifest it always.”
Osodieme commended the efforts of government aimed at providing safety cushions for children through child-friendly policies that have been domesticated in Anambra State. She assured that her NGO, CAFE will remain steadfast in its support of government’s initiatives and sustenance of advocacy for good maternal and child healthcare while pressing for other safety-nets for their well-being of the children in homes across the state.
Osodieme urged parents not to be deterred by daily challenges. Rather they should strive to shield the children from the vagaries of life by ensuring that the homefront becomes a haven of peace. She congratulated the children on the 2018 Children’s Day celebrations and urged them to remain focused on their studies and learning good conducts at home and in the society.

  • Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) with Children of Basden Special School, Isulo Orumba South Local Government Area.

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Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika wins 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing

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Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika has won the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing – often described as Africa’s leading literary award, for her short story entitled “Fanta Blackcurrant”, published in Wasafiri (2017).
The ceremony was held for the second time in Senate House in partnership with SOAS University of London and the Centre for African Studies.

The Chair of the Caine Prize judging panel, award winning Ethiopian-American novelist and writer, Dinaw Mengestu, announced Makena as the winner of the £10,000 prize at an award dinner on Monday 2 July.
Narrated in the first person plural, “Fanta Blackcurrant” follows Meri, a street child of Nairobi, who makes a living using her natural intelligence and charisma, but wants nothing more than ‘a big Fanta Blackcurrant for her to drink every day and it never finish”. While it seems Meri’s natural wit may enable her to escape the streets, days follow days and years follow years, and having turned to the sex trade, she finds herself pregnant. Her success stealing from Nairobi’s business women attracts the attention of local criminals, who beat her and leave her for dead. After a long recovery, Meri ‘crossed the river and then we do not know where she went’.
Dinaw Mengestu praised the story in his remarks, saying, “the winner of this year’s Caine Prize is as fierce as they come – a narrative forged but not defined by the streets of Nairobi, a story that stands as more than just witness. Makena Onjerika’s ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’ presides over a grammar and architecture of its own making, one that eschews any trace of sentimentality in favour of a narrative that is haunting in its humour, sorrow and intimacy”.
Makena is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing programme at New York University, and has been published in Urban Confustions and Wasifiri. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya, and is currently working on a fantasy novel.
The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The Prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.

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Lancaster University Ghana offers African students UK degree at their doorstep

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Ranked among the top ten universities in all the three major rankings in the United Kingdom, the University of Lancaster is one of the major educational destinations for foreign students studying in the UK.
Since the first set of students were admitted in 1964, the collegiate university has consistently strived to be among the best universities in the UK. This culminated in it being named among top 150 universities in the world and the 2018 University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times.

In 2013, the university opened its first full-fledged campus in West Africa in Ghana. This campus allows students from across Africa to access Lancaster’s academic excellence in teaching and research on the African continent. For African students willing to be educated at Lancaster, the Ghana campus offers them that opportunities to have a UK degree at one-third of the price at their doorstep.

With the cost of acquiring travelling documents and moving to another continent eliminated, African students who choose to study in Ghana can do so knowing that the cost is not prohibitive. In addition, it offers scholarships, flexible payment plans and fee discounts, and there is a transfer opportunity to the UK campus, summer exchange programmes and internships.
The transfer can be done once the foundation year has been completed.
Moreover, students learn in a safe environment that is close to an airport, gyms, restaurants malls and recreational facilities.
The Ghana campus started with 67 students in 2013 and now has about 500. It also has an executive MBA programme.
Graduates from the school are automatically part of the thriving alumni network of over 100,000 alumni across 148 countries around the world.
Students are also supported to get employment or further studies. They are offered work placements, one-to-one support, as well as CV and interview skills training.

 

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500 students get US women scholarship

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Nigeria Women Association of Georgia (NWAG) has awarded scholarships to 506 female college students and shipped medical supplies worth $2 million to Nigeria.
President of the association, Dr Stella Etta, stated at the 18th Annual Awards Banquet at Atlanta, USA, that the association gave the scholarships since it was founded in 2000.
Etta said NWAG shipped the medical supplies million to Nigerian hospitals.
The association is a group of accomplished Nigerian women residing in the State of Georgia, with the aim of impacting on the lives of Nigerians at the homeland and in the diaspora.
“Currently, NWAG supports 12 orphanages in 11 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) through the ‘Beacon 100’ campaign.
“We have awarded 506 scholarships to female college students across the 36 states and the FCT and has so far awarded 52 one-time scholarships to high school seniors in Georgia.
“Last year, we increased the number of containers of medical supplies shipped to hospitals in Nigeria to five containers worth over $2 million to 13 community hospitals in 12 states.
“Efforts with our community outreach programmes in Metro Atlanta, help promote the Nigerian culture, change some of the common misconceptions about our home country and narrow the cultural gap between our various cultures,’’ Etta said.
In the USA, she listed the three 2018 Georgia winners of the NWAG’s scholarship to include Chigozie Amaeze, Justin Egbosiuba and Janet Nkwocha.
A cross-section of Nigerian women at the 18th Annual Award Banquet organised by the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia at Atlanta, USA (NAN Photo)
Etta also said the 2018 scholarships and orphanage awards for Nigeria would hold on Oct. 25 in Abuja and would feature 37 female students from the 36 states and the FCT.
“The 37 female students will receive the naira equivalent of $300 each.
“In addition, 12 orphanages will receive the naira equivalent of $700 dollar each for meals and toys.’’
According to her, the orphanages include the Little Saints, Palm Grove, Lagos; Seventh Day Adventist, Edoha, Rivers; Susana Home, Aba; Anamwim Home, Abuja; Zume Memorial, Irrua, Edo; God’s will, Anyigba and Care Peoples Foundation, Ibadan among others.
Etta also said the association had made substantial impacts in Nigeria’s health sector through its annual medical mission’s health care delivery in communities across the country.
In the U.S., she said NWAG “is planning a milestone project – the Nigeria Centre for Arts, Culture and Empowerment in Georgia – to promote Nigeria’s culture and to expand and enrich the organisation’s mission.
Etta said the centre would host lectures on Nigeria and Africa, Nigerian languages, women and children empowerment programmes, library and archiving of Nigerian historical documents and artefacts.
She said the organisation hoped to expand its projects and reach.
She, therefore, called for more support from well-meaning individuals and non-profit organisations. (NAN)

 

-Prudence Arobani

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Sex-for-marks: OAU sacks Prof. Akindele

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The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has dismissed Prof. Richard Akindele who was allegedly involved in a sex-for-marks scandal.
Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, the Vice Chancellor of OAU, announced Akindele’s dismissal in a statement on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the vice chancellor of the university had on April 19 confirmed the suspension of Akindele pending the findings of the investigative panel.
Miss Monica Osagie, a student in the Masters of Business programme, had released a recorded telephone conversation, which went viral, in which the lecturer identified as Akindele demanded five rounds of sex to enhance her marks.
Ogunbodede said that the University Senate at its meeting on June 14 considered the committee’s finding that Akindele had an inappropriate relationship with his student.
He said this was established through their conversation in the audio recording, his reply to the query, the oral evidence and the printed ‘WhatsApp conversations’ tendered before the committee.
The vice chancellor said Akindele had acted in a manner that compromised his position as a teacher and examiner in that his conversations with Osagie were about examination scores and inducement of favour for the alteration of examination scores.
Ogunbodede said : ” He offered to change Miss Osagie’s purported “33%” result to a pass mark in consideration for sexual favours; this was established in the audio recording which he admitted.
” His claim that Miss Osagie knew that she had passed with a score of ‘45’ but was seeking to score an ‘A’ and that this led to him being sexually harassed by Miss Osagie cannot be supported by any evidence.
” Professor Akindele’s actions in requesting for sexual favours from Miss Osagie to change her examination scores was scandalous behaviour that has brought ridicule to the name of the university and has tarnished the reputation of the university, as it portrays the university as an institution where its teachers and examiners trade marks for sexual favours.
” From the evidence, Miss Osagie had no idea that she scored ‘45’, a pass mark as later claimed by Professor Akindele, although she later found out she did not fail the course.
” Professor Akindele’s claim that he reported Miss Osagie’s ‘harassment’ to his colleagues cannot be supported by any evidence as all his colleagues denied it and one mentioned that she only talked about the matter with him after the audio recording was released over the internet.
” Professor Akindele operated in a position of power and authority over Miss Osagie and as such sexually harassed her.
” Professor Akindele was liable for all the allegations of misconduct levelled against him.’’
The vice chancellor said the Senate recommended that Akindele, having been found liable on all the allegations against him, should be dismissed from the services of the university.
” The Council, at its meeting of today, Wednesday, 20th of June, 2018, having considered the recommendation of Senate, as well as the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, decided that Professor Richard I. Akindele should be dismissed from the services of the university for gross misconduct.
” The university has also taken further steps to ensure the total elimination of Sexual Harassment (SH) in the OAU community.
“The university has a legal duty to prevent sexual and gender-based harassment within the institution and ensure that both men and women are protected from this menace; and thereby provide conducive environment for teaching and learning,’’ he said.
Ogunbodede said in order to create conducive environment for teaching and learning, the university was creating more awareness and disseminating information on what constitutes sexual harassment within the university.
He said the veracity of sexual harassment concepts includes sexual solicitation and advances, sex exploitation, prostitution, seduction, pimping, sexual assault, unwanted touching, vulgar sexual jokes and rape among others.
Ogunbodede said that OAU was fully committed to the eradication of sexual and other types of harassment from the university and would do all that was possible to nip the menace in the bud.
” OAU has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and as a renowned university will do everything humanly possible to maintain the rules and regulations of the university,’’ he said.(NAN)

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PROF. OKUNNA SET TO DELIVER UNIZIK’s 43rd INAUGURAL LECTURE

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All roads would tomorrow lead to Nnamdi Azikiwe University for the professorial dance of an erudite Scholar, a woman of excellence, a quintessential academic,  mentor and role model to many Nigerians.

Professor Chinyere Stella Okunna, the first female Professor of Mass Communication in Nigeria would tomorrow be delivering the 43rd Inaugural Lecture of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (the University of all times).

Inaugural Lectures offer Professors the rare opportunity to profess to both the town and gown, and tomorrow’s event would be another X-ray into the realities of Communication.

Professor Okunna would expound on the topic: “DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION IN GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA: THE PEOPLE AT THE CENTRE?

The Lecture is expected to commence by 11am on the dot at the University Auditorium.

The Doyen of Communication is a great achiever who over the years have garnered admiration most especially from the female folks. She had served as a one time Commissioner for Information as well as Commissioner for Budget and Planning under former Governor Peter Obi. Her unequalled excellence rose her to the position of Chief of Staff under the same government.

Professor Okunna who is also the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the few staff in Nnamdi Azikiwe University whose indelible marks would take time to match.

Prof. Okunna is a titled Ichie Kpakpando Ukpo of Dunukofia kingdom.

Her quest for lofty heights and passion for a better generation of young scholars have etched her name on the Marble of beautiful histories. She’s not just a staff but equally a benefactor to the institution as she single handedly built the “Professor Chinyere Stella Okunna Legacy Building” which houses the University’s campus radio, UNIZIK 94.1fm.

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Obiano Inspects the Onitsha zonal Education Secretariat

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By Obika Chidiebele.

The Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, today, inspected the Onitsha Zonal Education Secretariat in Onitsha, Onitsha North municipal council, Anambra State, where he appreciated the efforts of the contractors in delivering the project in record time.

It would be recalled that, Gov Obiano, three months ago, promised to renovate the leaky old colonial buildings housing the commission. Today, he has fulfilled that promise and even more.

Obiano who was accompanied to the visit by the Honourable Commissioner in charge of Basic/Primary Education in the state, Prof Kate Omenugha, promised to fully furnish all the offices and sink a borehole that will serve the Secretariat.

In her words of appreciation, Prof Omenugha thanked Gov Obiano for sticking to his promise. She observed that under Obiano’s administration, Education has been given the attention it requires, stressing that the number of enrollments in primary schools has quadrupled over the years.

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Corruption: Anambra sacks 2 principals

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The Anambra Government on Wednesday said it sacked two school principals for collection of unapproved fees.
Prof. Kate Omenugha, the Commissioner for Education made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka.
According to the commissioner, the action is to rid the education system in the state of corruption.
The commissioner, who declined mentioning the names of the sacked principals and their respective schools, said the move was also to demonstrate government’s position in the fight against corruption and impunity by public servants.
She said that the sacked teachers collected illegal fees from students against government position, noting that the present administration had zero tolerance for corruption.
The commissioner said that under her watch, all bad eggs would be weeded off the education system.
Omenugha said that another teacher was facing disciplinary action for aiding examination malpractice and assured that the ministry would ensure that sanity returned to the schools.
She said the measure was part of efforts to promote quality and affordable education in the state.
On welfare of teachers, she said that plans were ongoing to build teacher’s quarters in schools, especially in the rural areas.
Omenugha said this would go a long way in encouraging and motivating teachers to put in their best in the discharge of their duties.
She called on well-meaning individuals to key into the state government’s  “Adopt a School Policy Programme’’, noting that the business of education should not be left for the government alone.
Omenugha also urged wealthy individuals to also support schools in their respective communities to ensure that children of poor background have access to quality education.

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Mrs Obiano Visits Disabled Students, Assures Continued Support

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BY EMMANUEL OKONKWO

The Wife of the state Governor, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano,has promised to continue her support to the disabled persons in the state, even after the husband’s second term in twenty-twenty-two.
The Governor’s wife gave the promise when she visited disabled students at Basden Memorial Special Education Centre Isulo, Orumba South Council Area Local Government Area.
Addressing the students, Chief Mrs Obiano, who restated the commitment of the present administration and her nongovernmental organization, the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, to uplifting the living standard of the disabled persons in the state, said she would not relent in putting smiles on their faces.
She encouraged the students to always trust God and to hold onto their dreams, as God has better plans for them.
Earlier in a speech, the state Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Dr. Mrs Victoria Chikwelu, thanked the Governor’s wife for her benevolence to the disabled community in the state, noting that since Governor Obiano took the mantle of leadership of the state, the students enjoy their stay in the school, as the school has been made conducive for them, and they are provided with adequate food and other necessities of life.
Songs of solidarity for the Governor’s wife, by the students and distribution of gift items to them, formed the highpoints of the visit.

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Obiano Endorses Promotion Of Anambra State Civil Servants

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BY KENECHUKWU OFOMAH

Governor Willie Obiano has signed the 2015 and 2016 promotions of deserving teachers as well as other state and local government civil servants.
Governor Obiano disclosed this during the 2017 World Teacher’s Day celebration in the state held at Anambra Teachers House in Awka.
The event with the theme “Teaching in freedom, empowering teachers “, attracted teachers from the 21council areas of the state.
Addressing the teachers, Governor Obiano also revealed that the implementation of the promotion package will commence by the 25th of this month when the October salaries will be paid.
The Governor who emphasized that the state Education system under his leadership is waxing stronger, explained that his government is investing heavily in the welfare of teachers to keep them in the right frame of mind to give their best in training the children.
According to him, his government has renovated 2100 classroom blocks across the 3 senatorial districts and teachers are now being motivated to teach in very remote areas, while those teaching core science subjects and Igbo language also receive additional pay.
He urged the teachers to be more dedicated in their duties so as to sustain the state’s Prime position in Education in the country.
The National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Michael Olukoya represented by the Assistant NUT Secretary, Cross River state, Comrade Nathaniel Metu in an address acknowledged that teachers in the state are rejoicing because they have a Governor that cares.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof Kate Omenugha represented by the Permanent Secretary in her Ministry, Mrs Ifeoma Ezeaku pointed out that the Ministry is already achieving its mandate of leaving no child behind in its education initiatives and urged the teachers to imbibe the qualities of diligence and selflessness and keep tab with new technological advancements in the discharge of their duties as to society grows beyond the quality of its teachers.
The Chairman on the occasion and former Awka Zonal Director of the Post Primary School Service Commission, Dr Ngozi Agbasimalo noted that the occasion is used to celebrate the vital contributions teachers make to education and development as well as to reflect on ways to address the challenges militating against the teaching profession.
In an address, the State NUT chairman, reeled out the major milestones of the Obiano administration in the education sector even in the face of dwindling economy and said Anambra teachers are indebted to him.
The Governor also during the event inaugurated a 200kva generator donated to the Union by his administration as well as presented certificates of registration to School Cooperatives in Agriculture and Business Ventures.

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