Ayade Calls For Reformation Of Basic Education

Ayade, Basic Education Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has called on the Federal Government to present a new scheme and drive that would reconstruct the concept of basic education in Nigeria.

The Governor made the request when the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, led stakeholders in the education sector on a visit to the government house in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

Ayade expressed concern about Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funds being allegedly reduced to political patronage and basic day to day survival.

Decrying the fallen standards of education in the country, the Governor stated that it was high time the funds were used to design an academic programme that would create a new direction and future for the nation.

The Governor charged whoever superintends over UBEC funds to add value to education in the country and embrace the training and retraining of teachers while reconstructing the value of UBEC for the good of the people.

Professor Anwuka commended the Cross River State Government for keying into the vision and aspirations of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

The Minister affirmed the ministry’s resolve to fashion out ways to boost the operations of UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the various states.

He said that they were determined to give a new lease of life to basic education in the country.

NLNG Constructs Engineering Laboratories In ABU

NLNGThe Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas limited (NLNG) has constructed multi-million Naira engineering laboratories at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

At the commissioning of the multi-user laboratories, the Managing Director (MD) of NLNG, Mr Babs Omotowa, said the project, which cost 340 million Naira, was part of the company’s contribution to complement the various efforts of the government in stimulating the growth of research and science education in Nigeria.

Mr Omotowa also explained that the laboratory, which was equipped with the state of the art facility, would provide the staff and students of the university easy access to world class facilities that would, among other benefits, enhance their academic performance and improve their skills.

The building has six different laboratories – Materials Characterisation Laboratory, Soil Testing Laboratory, Materials Testing Laboratory, Mechatronics Laboratory, ICT Laboratory and Environmental Laboratory.

The project, which is part of NLNG’s University Support Programme, is driven by the company’s desire to develop engineering education in Nigeria.

The MD also disclosed that the company would spend 340 million Naira on the construction of modern engineering laboratories, equipped with cutting-edge technology, in five other universities.

University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Maiduguri and University of Nigeria, Nsukka are the benefiting universities.

He explained that the universities were selected based on rankings by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and their long standing contributions to the development of local capacity in Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ibrahim Garba, told the gathering that the commissioning of the multi-user laboratories was the first of its kind, since the inception of the institution.

He noted that the facility would avail students and lecturers of the institution the opportunity to conduct their research in the field of engineering technology.

He also called on other corporate organisations to emulate NLNG.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, while commending the management of NLNG for the laudable initiative, that the administration of President Buhari was committed to giving the education sector face-lift.