Yobe, Sudanese Government Partner For Establishment Of Medical School

yobe, Sudanese University, medical schoolThe Yobe state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam has sought for collaboration and effective partnership with Sudanese Al- Ahfad University, Khartoum, for the commencement of the School Of Medicine of the Yobe State University.

The Governor made the call when he received visiting professors and council members of Al-Ahfad University, who called on him at the Government House Damaturu, the state capital.

Governor Gaidam said the need for the partnership which could be achieved through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), was born out of the fact that the College of Medicine is set to kick-off at the Yobe state University, in 2017.

“To this end, I wish to request for collaboration from the Sudanese Government and institutions, towards take-off of the Yobe State University School of Medicine, as this will scale up studies and research in our school and it will greatly encourage training and exchange of ideas”.

The request of the partnership according to the governor, was based on the fact that Sudan has the largest number of Yobe students, studying medical sciences abroad.

“Available records have indicated that that there are 163 Yobe state students, studying medicine and related fields in Ten Sudanese Universities.

“This represents about 40% of Yobe indigenes studying medicine within and outside Nigeria and out of the 163, 10 are studying at Al-Ahfad University,” Governor Gaidam explained.

The required fields of medical sciences according to the governor are in the areas of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology as well as students exchange programmes for students of Sudan universities and university teaching hospitals.

He informed the team of the peace currently being enjoyed across the state and the efforts government has invested in remodeling hospitals across the state.

This according to him, would provide enabling an environment for the medical profession.

The leader of the delegation, Professor Mubarak who gave a vivid requirement of setting up a college of medical sciences, assured the Yobe state Government of partnership that would lead to the establishment of the school of medical sciences in the Yobe state University.

He assured that “the partnership will further scale up the number of medical students studying in Sudan as well as provide scholarships that would also encourage learning among the undergraduates”.

Furthermore, both parties discussed the need for partnership in other fields in which development still seems rudimentary across the state.

Buhari Urged To Make Education System Girl-Friendly

Girl-childThe incoming government of Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has been advised to make the Nigeria’s educational system girl-friendly.

The Buhari administration has also been urged to put more effort in the publicity of girl-child education, especially in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Nigeria’s first female commercial pilot, Captain Chinyere Kalu, who was the guest speaker at a one-day seminar organized for teenage girls by the Youths For Technology Foundation in Owerri the Imo State capital, said a recent European Union statistics shows that out of over 7 million people working in the ICT sector around the world, only 30% are women.

She stressed that the research also concluded that the ICT sector is rapidly growing by the day, thereby creating over 100, 000 new jobs every year.

She further noted that the major way to reverse this trend is to encourage the participation of young girls to take up ICT-related careers, revealing that Nigerian women has one of the lowest participation of women.

Mrs Kalu, however, called on the government to encourage the girl-child through scholarships, free education and good incentives, which would go a long way to motivate the girl-child so as to get more involved in science and technology.

For the Youths for Technology Foundation, investment in the girl child has a multiplier effect on productivity, efficiency and sustained economic growth as it will also provide access to job opportunities and skill development.

Physically Challenged Citizens Get Support In Imo

People living with disabilities under the auspices of the Joint National Association of Persons Living with Disabilities in Imo State have a cause to smile.

This is because the State Government is supporting over 700 members of the association by empowering them with different mobility aids, working tools, scholarships, skill acquisition materials and capital to start up their businesses.

While donating the items to the physically challenged citizens, chairman of the occasion, Former Governor of Enugu State and Former Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, Chief Okwesili-Eze Nwodo said there is a need for the Federal Government to enshrine programmes that will solely benefit the physically challenged into the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital, venue of the event, he called on well-meaning Nigerians to make it a point of call to render help to the physically challenged in the society at all times.

Kogi, Abia Students Get Scholarship

About 30 students who won laurels for their states and the country have been rewarded with scholarships up to university level.

In separate ceremonies in Kogi and Abia states, the two governors promised to ensure the education of the pupils by providing adequate sports equipment and fully equipped laboratories and libraries.

In a reception held at the Kogi State Government House for the students who made the state proud in the just concluded sport festival in Port Harcourt and in India, the state’s Commissioner Of Education, Mrs Grace Elebiyo encouraged the students to focus on their studies.

In his remark, the obviously pleased Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada reiterated his administration’s commitment to promoting holistic education and announced several scholarships and cash awards for the students.

The event had Government officials, journalists, parents and well-wishers in attendance.

In Abia state, it was an elated Governor Theordore Orji who watched some of the pupils as they displayed the talents that gave them victories.

Chairman Abia State Universal Basic Education Board, Micah Onyebuchi then went on to present the laurels won by the pupils to Governor Orji.

The governor responded by announcing scholarship awards to the pupils. He also gave cash gifts to the pupils and their teachers as well as promotion for those in the Ministry Of Education.