The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, has become the first Polytechnic in Nigeria, whose Higher National Diploma Graduates would be inducted Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST).
A former Secretary of the Institute and Executive Chairman of Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, Dr. Akin Fagbemi revealed this during an induction ceremony of graduating students of the institution into the Professional membership cadre of NIFST, yesterday.
Representing the National President and Chairman of the Council of NIFST, Prof. M.O. Iwe at the Induction ceremony, Dr. Fagbemi advised the graduates to put into use academic knowledge acquired in the institution in the past five years.
Administering the oath of Professional allegiance on the inductees, he charged them to contribute meaningfully to their personal and national economic development, while conveying goodwill messages of the National President.
At the induction, Dr. Fagbemi commended Governor Makinde, who he noted has positioned Oyo State as the first State in Nigeria whose Polytechnic Students have been inducted into the Professional Membership Cadre of the Institute.
The OYRTMA Boss currently holds the National Ex-Officio position in the Institute having served as Assistant National Secretary and National Secretary in the recent past.
Meanwhile, the Okeere of Saki Kingdom, His Royal Highness, Oba Khalid Olabisi has commended the activities of Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) in Saki and its environs, saying it has helped to save the lives of numerous residents of the town.
He made this known through the Bagi of Saki Land, High Chief Abdul-Rasheed Gazaal Adegoke while receiving a courtesy visit in his Palace, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), Dr. Akin Fagbemi.
Akin Fagbemi who was on a sensitization and advocacy program to Oke-Ogun Zone advised residents and motorists on the need to drive more carefully and imbibe highest road safety standards, particularly during these ember months.
UNIBEN releases post-UTME, DE screenings date
The University of Benin has fixed dates for its Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry screenings for 2022/2023 session.
The university Registrar, Ademola Bobola, in a notice on Wednesday in Benin, said the screening exercise would hold between Nov. 14 and 25.
Bobola said the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer Based Test mode.
The registrar said, “Only candidates who applied through JAMB for the 2022/2023 UTME and Direct Entry admission and chose the University of Benin as First Choice and scoring 200 and above for UTME candidates are eligible for this screening exercise.”
Bobola, however, referred admission seekers to the university’s official website.
Lagos fixes date for BECE resit
The Lagos State Examinations Board has fixed Oct. 6, as the new date for the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) resit.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Orunsolu Adebayo, Director, Lagos State Examinations Board, on Wednesday in Lagos.
The statement noted that the examination earlier scheduled for Sept. 28, had been postponed to the new date.
It, however, said that the resit would still take place in various designated centres across the state.
The statement said that the postponement became necessary to accommodate schools that had yet to register their candidates for the resit examination.
“The Board does not wish to deny the affected candidates the opportunity of taking the examination,” it added.
It urged concerned principals to take note of the new and make best use of the extended date to ensure that all affected candidates were duly carried along.
17-yr-old breadwinner ditches marriage for school in Bauchi
One Maryam Alhassan from Barkoti, Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State, has chosen to get educated instead of kick starting her journey to motherhood in her teenage years.
The 17-year-old teenager, is relishing the prospect of attending school for the first time after her encounter with the School-based Management Committee, SBMC, of Sabuwa-Tiffi Primary School, Ningi.
Until two months ago, Alhassan, the breadwinner of her family would hawk kunu (milled millet drink) in the morning and boiled groundnut in the afternoon in various schools around Ningi, to sustain her family, even though she has been nursing the desire to go to school like other children.
According to her, she’s the only child among the seven birthed by her parents who has not seen the four walls of formal education centre.
“I really wish to go to school like other children. Every time I see other children in their classes, I wish I were them. I am 17 years old and I live with my parents. I would love to help my parents with their finances but I also want to attend classes like others.
“My father wants to marry me off to somebody from the next village. I have nothing against marriage, but I don’t want to be a powerless wife, who waits for her husband for food. That’s why I am begging for a chance to get education, so that I can be useful to myself and the society.
“My parents have seven children but I am the only one who has never been to school. I wish I could ask my father why he didn’t send me to school but I can’t (because of tradition). I hawk different things to help my family. I sell kunu in the morning and then boiled groundnut in the afternoon. I make around N1,500 from selling only kunu,” she had said, while waiting for pupils to patronise her groundnut under a mango tree.
Meanwhile, the school committee for Girls Education Project 3 (GEP3) funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, FCDO, of the UK and implemented by UNICEF, intervened through the Chairman of SBMC, Sabuwa-Tiffi Primary School Ningi, Dahiru Ali, who reached out to Maryam’s father to allow her to attend a school like other children in the community
She told Vanguard that her father was receptive to the idea of allowing his daughter to attend school.
His words: “We met Maryam’s father a few weeks ago to know why his daughter has never been to school. After our conversation, he agreed that Maryam can now go to school. However, we will observe her closely to know the appropriate class for her because she has a unique case.”
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