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Governor Bello Responsible for Academic and Infrastructural Development of Kogi State Polytechnic – Rector

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By Christopher Sunday in Lokoja

The Rector of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Dr Salisu Ogbo has attributed the myriad of achievements at the institution under his leadership to the unwavering support and goodwill of the State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

Ogbo who said this at a press briefing to mark the Polytechnic’s 4th Combined Convocation in Lokoja, said without the dogged commitment of Governor Bello to entrenching high academic standards and personal goodwill to him as a person, such remarkable advancements wouldn’t have been possible.

Governor Yahaya Bello, CON

He disclosed that the convocation will see 12,080 students graduating with national diplomas in various programmes and 4,427 with higher national diplomas which represents the highest number since the institution’s inception, indicating its readiness to contribute to the country’s quality manpower needs.

The event, according to him, will also include the conferment of fellowships on distinguished Nigerians and eminent personalities for their commitment to the institution’s growth and humanity.

In his words, “First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be the Rector of the Polytechnic at this convocation. My special thanks go to the governor of Kogi State, H. E. Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for finding me worthy of the position of rector. I am sincerely grateful”.

“May I say without any ambiguity that all the achievements recorded in my tenure as a rector of this institution are a reflection of the governor’s good will to me and the institution?”.

Dr Salisu Ogbo, Rector, Kogi State Polytechnic addressing the media


“A convocation is an academic ritual and an important ceremony among tertiary institutions worldwide, showcasing the outcomes of months and years of intense research, teaching, and learning”.

Enumerating the lineup of activities for week-long event, the Rector said the activities which began on December 31st, 2023, includedthe press briefing, exhibitions by the Directorate of Entrepreneurship Development, and a convocation lecture by Professor Joseph Itah Omada, a former Rector of the Polytechnic who served from 1998–2006.

He disclosed that the main event for the award of national diplomas and higher national diplomas and the conferment of fellowships on distinguished Nigerians will be held on Saturday, January 6th, 2024.

“The Polytechnic is grateful for the privilege of holding the convocation for its graduates since 2015. The Kogi State Polytechnic faced significant challenges before its arrival, including a reputation for cultism, negative social media reports, and a lack of a functional student hostel”.

The institution, he said, also had a polarised ethnic environment and dilapidated infrastructure as well as a poor image and relationship with funding agencies due to failed contracts and abandoned projects. To restore its glory, the 3R mission of “repair, reform, and restore” was introduced.

“To tackle insecurity, measures were taken, including fortifying security architecture, constructing a security building, installing hidden CCTV cameras, providing communication gadgets, security patrol vehicles, and aggressive campus illumination. These efforts led to the arrest of some students and the discovery of the notorious “Magic Centre” at Sarkin Norma”.

“To strengthen academic excellence and improve the quality of services, measures were introduced, including the introduction of a new Statement of Results Format and a fortified original certificate.

“E-Examination/Results Computation and e-payment have allowed students to check their academic status globally and blocked revenue leakages. Additionally, regulations against indiscriminate production and sales of textbooks on campus were strengthened, empowering the committee to oversee and make recommendations”.

Other key efforts during the period, according to Ogbo, include a massive infrastructural drive, the recruitment of new staff, and the implementation of the 2015–2020 promotions.

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BREAKING! 287 Abducted Kuriga School Children Released

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About 287 Schoolchildren abducted by terrorists in Kaduna State on March 7, have regained their freedom.

This was revealed in the early hours of Sunday, March 24, by the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani.

Terrorists had early on Thursday morning March 7, stormed LGEA Primary School, Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnapped scores of pupils and teachers at about 8:20 am immediately after the morning assembly.

However, in a statement obtained  by SunriseNigeria, Sani specially thanked President Bola Tinubu, NSA Nuhu Ribadu and the Nigeria Army for the release of the Kuriga pupils and students.

 

The statement reads:

“In the name of Allah the Beneficient, the Most Merciful, I wish to announce that our Kuriga school children have been released.

“Our special appreciation goes to our dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for prioritizing the safety and security of Nigerians and particularly ensuring that the abducted Kuriga school children are released unharmed.

“While the school children were in captivity, I spoke with Mr. President several times. He shared our pains, comforted us and worked round the clock with us to ensure the safe return of the children.

“Special mention must also be made of our dear brother, the National Security Adviser, Mal. Nuhu Ribadu for his exemplary leadership. I spent sleepless nights with Mal. Ribadu finetuning strategies and coordinating the operations of the security agencies, which eventually resulted in this successful outcome.

“The Nigerian Army also deserves special commendation for showing that with courage, determination and commitment, criminal elements can be degraded and security restored in our communities.

“We also thank all Nigerians who prayed fervently for the safe return of the school children. This is indeed a day of joy. We give Almighty Allah all the glory.”

Governor Sani is expected to receive the students shortly in Kaduna.

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3 Feared Dead as Nasarawa State University Students Struggle for Palliative Rice

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Tragedy struck at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) on Friday, as 3 students (eye witnesses gave a higher figure) were feared dead on Friday in Keffi in a stampede during the distribution of rice palliative to them by the state government.

The incident occurred at the convocation square where the bags of rice were kept awaiting the arrival of Gov. Abdullahi Sule for the commencement of distribution.

According to a student who witnessed the incident, Moses Ajah, the surging crowd of students waiting to enter the square overpowered the security personnel and broke in through the gate thereby causing a stampede.

He described the incident as very unfortunate.

“Some of the students were struggling with the police over the rice and as more students got information, the situation degenerated.

“As we speak some students are injured and receiving treatment at the school,” NAN quoted him as saying.

He said some students picked up bags of rice and ran to their hostels and other places of residence even as the governor was yet to arrive to inaugurate the distribution.

As at the time of filing this report, police officers were seen retrieving the palliatives from students.

When contacted, Mr Abraham Ekpo, Information and Protocol Officer of the University, said he was aware of the incident but yet to get details about it.

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Students, Staff, Others Commend Benue University Management on Dress Codes

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By Elizabeth Okwe

Students and staff of the Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi have commended the management of the University over the recent dress codes it imposed on the students on and off the campus, saying that its impact is already being felt on the appearance and behaviour of the students.

A cross section of the students who spoke to SunriseNigeria on the recent development said they supported the regulations because the campus is a place for academic development as well as character moulding and should not be a playground for indecent behaviour and gangsterism.

The University’s management recently announced a ban on dreadlock hairs, make-up, skirts above knees and other certain dress codes it deemed inappropriate and indecent.

The implementation task force set up by the university had warned in a statement that the institution would sanction any student found violating the approved dress code.

The statement read, “The Taskforce Committee writes to address students on the dress code and artificiality both in campus and off-campus as follows:

“BOYS: No sagging, No Make up, No dreading of hair (dada), No dyeing of hair (coloring of hair), No wearing of shorts/three quarter trousers to Lectures, No leaving of hair uncombed, No wearing of armless shirts, No wearing of earring, No plaiting of hair, No keeping of heavy beards, No wearing crazy trousers, and other indecencies.

“GIRLS: No body hug, No wearing of armless clothes, No dyeing of hair (coloring of hair), No wearing short, No exposure of sensible parts of the body, No Leg chain, No Nose ring, No putting of multiple earrings (only one earring is allowed).

“No folding of shirts on a trouser or skirt, only black and brown color attachment is allowed, No wearing of crazy trousers, No wearing of skirts above the knees, No wearing of leggings without long top (shirt) and other related indecencies”.

Prof Joe Tor Iorapuu
Vice-chancellor, Beuue State University

The students, most of whom preferred to remain anonymous in the interviews, said the new measures will go a long way in eradicating or minimizing incidents of irresponsible behaviour in the institution, while students will be more focused on their academic pursuits.

Also some members of staff and parents who spoke to SunriseNigeria on the development  commended the management of standing strong in the defence of its mandate to produce graduates worthy of their certificates in character and learning.

They particularly commended the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Joe Tor Iorapuu over his pragmatic administrative steps since assuming the leadership of the institution which has resulted in massive upgrades in academic standards and staff welfare, eradication of cultism other vices on campus and improved ranking amongst universities in Nigeria.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Joe Tor Iorapuu defended the management’s position on the dressing codes, saying that the responsibility of the institution was to produce graduates that would be responsible citizens.

He restated his commitment and that of his team to the general well-being of all students and staff of the institution and to ensure that its ranking continues to rise amongst its peers.

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