Governor Darius Ishaku has approved the employment of Fifty Nine casual staff of the College of Education, Zing.
In a brief ceremony which took place at the Government House, Jalingo, the Governor presented the new members of staff with employment letters into the State Civil Service.
Speaking during the presentation, the Governor stated that their employment was expedient since some of them had served the College for over five years.
He recalled that in the past, no casual staff was supposed to serve for more than six months before being integrated into the system.
The Governor urged them to put in their best for the upliftment of the institution emphasizing that the College of Education had remained top on his list. That he said accounted for its quick access to TETFUND.
In his remarks, Secretary to the State Government, Anthony Jellason encouraged the beneficiaries to put in their best to support the good intentions of Government.
He thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for his many developmental strides in the education sector and reiterated the resolve of the people of Zing to always support him.
Earlier, Provost of the College of Education, Zing, Mike Dio Jen who was represented by the Registrar, Martha Usman said they had come to the Government House to appreciate Governor Darius Ishaku for engaging casual staff of the Institution after many years of suffering.
The visit featured the presentation of appointment letters to the workers.
Deputy Governor Haruna Manu, Member Representing Karim, Ardo Kola and Lau Federal Constituency Danladi Baido, Head of Service, Simon Istifanus Angyu and many others were at the function.
The Former Minister of Defense, Lt. General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma on Tuesday commissioned the N1.355bn International Model Government Secondary School and College of Preliminary and Remedial Studies in Takum Taraba State, built by the Victims Support Fund (VSF).
Commissioning the ultra-modern school in Takum, Danjuma who is the Chairman of Presidential Committee on Victims Support Fund (VSF) thanked the staff of the agency for approving the money for the remodeling of the school in his hometown.
According to him, the funds were raised by individuals, the private sector and the government during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan who launched the funds raising efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the victims of terror in the north-east.
While recounting the trauma and challenges he faced in search of western education while growing up as a child Gen. Danjuma called on parents to ensure that their children are diligent in their studies so that the essence of establishing the school will not be in vain.
He charged the people of Taraba to take advantage of the school for the advancement of education in the state, even as he commended Governor Darius Ishaku for his vision in partnering VSF in remodeling the school to an international standard.
“I don’t know what the circumstances that led to the destruction of this school which we have remodeled and we are commissioning today, but whatever the circumstances were, I called on you to forgive your differences and give peace a chance.
“This school belongs to you and you must protect it. The fund was meant to alleviate the challenges faced by victims of terror.
“You are not directly affected, but you are benefiting from the fund, that is why I commend the committee for finding it worthy to bring the project to my hometown for the benefit of my people,” he said.
Governor Darius Ishaku in a remark thanked General TY Danjuma and the Victims Support Fund for the project, adding that the project was in line with his administration’s passion for educational development which he said has seen improvement in the performance of Taraba students in external examinations.
He thanked development Africa the agency that handled the construction of the project for delivering on a quality job within a record time and announced that the College of Preliminary and Remedial Studies will be manned by the Taraba State University in preparing students for advanced studies.
On his part, the Executive Director VSF Prof. Sunday Ocheche said the project which is the single largest project ever handled by VSF has 14 blocks of classrooms, Corps Members lodge, 5 blocks of staff quarters, an examination hall, a Dormitory blocks, Administrative block and Library among others.
Ochoche commended the state government for their support and partnership for the success of the project and urged the people of the state to take advantage of the project for the advancement of education in the state.
Earlier, Commissioner for Education Mr. Johannes Njigem said the commissioning of the project was a right step in the improvement of education in the state.
Njigem who lauded the Chairman of the Victim Support Fund Gen. TY Danjuma for his support in ensuring the remodeling of the school, noted that the state government has invested largely in education which has now placed Taraba first in the north-east in terms of performance in external examinations.
If many adults today had someone who could identify their innate abilities while they were younger, they would have been better off today. The Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku has stepped in once again, to support secondary school students of Taraba state in doing just that through the laudable vision of Mr. Tafida Wesley Godfrey, the CEO and Founder of “Achieve Your Dreams Initiative”. The event was declared open by the Commissioner of Education, Taraba state, on the 25th of August, 2018.
Here are some of the highlights of the program.
- The initiative brought participating students from various schools from where they currently are; confused, bored and trying to make sense of life, to where they ought to be. Most students now understand that instead of wasting much time watching films, chatting away or playing, they could invest most of their precious time doing something that will bring them closer to their life’s purpose.
- Taraba students who participated in the program now understand that a time should come in their life where they suddenly discover that they need to live life to the fullest by clearly stating why they are alive, then write a statement about it, otherwise called purpose statement.
Achieve Your Dreams Initiative
- Once they know why they are alive and what their life’s purpose is, they need to further analyze it by clearly identifying their unique stories, their gifts and talents, what they are curious about, what they dream to be in life and what they love doing over and over again without getting tired. These were illustrated through well told stories, interactive sessions, questions and answers and use of pictures.
- The students were not only taught how to find their purpose, they also clearly saw how everyone’s life’s purpose depends on their age bracket. For example, the life purpose of children from 1-9 years old will be different from those of teenagers, young adults, older adults and the elderly. In order words, a teenager could be asking about what they are good at while an adult could be asking about their most important priorities like marriage, job etc.
- Once they have discovered their life’s purpose based on their age bracket, the next thing is to use it by making a conscious effort to unlock their stories, talents, gifts, curiosity, dreams and passions. They were thoroughly exposed on how to unlock them.
- One practical and interesting aspect of the initiative was on how to achieve their dreams. It was easy to do as students were taken on a journey from how to dream big, which also involved using their power of imagination, believe in the dream, tell the dream to a trusted person, plan it, work it and enjoy it.
- Once a purpose has been fully established, the students were now taught how to go about achieving their purpose in life through goal setting. First of all, they need to make a firm and clear decision, write it down clearly and state a deadline for achieving the goal.
- Next, students were taken through tips on effectively using their current position to move towards their goals. Students were encouraged to be flexible in pursuing their life’s goals, to prevent being disappointed later in life.
- Once goals were clearly identified and written down, the next thing is to achieve these goals by following 9 practical steps. First of all, they identified current obstacles that could block them. This could either be finances, broken homes, distractions at home or school, peer pressure and the like. Next, they were told to make a list of the knowledge and people needed, then organize them into a plan, tackle the most important tasks while applying self-discipline and visualization.
- Finally, students were given refreshments during a 30 minutes break period, where they were also allowed to interface with experts based on the profession they wanted to become. They were given worksheets to fill in their purposes, goals and other briefs that helped them internalize the training and made the program successful for both the students and participating experts.
Taraba state will forever remain grateful to a leader who would not spare any opportunity to support, inspire, encourage and increase his people. God bless Gov. Ishaku and the CEO, Achieve Your Dream Initiative, Mr. Tafida Godfrey Wesley for giving our children what hundreds of thousands of other Nigerians are not getting.