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World Bank, Taraba Govt. Train 2,460 Teachers in Conflict Situations

World Bank, Taraba Govt. Train 2,460 Teachers in Conflict Situations

Training workshop organized by the Taraba State Education Program Investment Project, with the support of the World Bank.

The World Bank and Taraba State Government on Tuesday commenced the training of 2,460 Basic Education Teachers to meet the psychosocial needs of school children in communities affected by crises.

The training workshop with the theme; Support and Pedagogy for Basic Education Teachers in Conflict and Crisis Environments organized by the Taraba State Education Program Investment Project, with the support of the World Bank commenced on Tuesday in Gembu,  Bali and Wukari.

The program which is scheduled to last a week would be concluded with the training of participants in Karim – Lamido and Jalingo centres.

Declaring the workshop open in one of the Centres in Wukari, Governor Darius Ishaku represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Samson Ada urged the participants to take the programme seriously to improve the educational standard of the State.

Gov. Ishaku said the World Bank Assisted programme was in line with his administration’s Rescue Agenda which he said was already yielding results in so many sectors.

According to him, the investment of the State Government in the educational sector, especially the payment of counterpart funds for the State Education programme Investment Project assisted by the World Bank would be useless if the teachers played less attention to the programme.

He pledged his administration’s commitment to the peace and development of the State and called on all to support the government to do more.

Earlier, Taraba State Education Management Information System Officer, Mr. Job Julius said the programme was aimed at helping teachers to cope with traumatized children and teaching them to assist such children to bounce back to normal lives.

He informed the participants that they had carefully selected experts to teach them in basics of psychosocial support, healing and pedagogy for victims of trauma in public primary schools.

On his part, the training consultant of Summit Management Development Services, Mr. Olaoye Oyewole said his company was poised to give their best and enjoined participants to take the programme seriously for the good of the State and the country.

“If you as teachers, take the training seriously,  you will go home better informed that will translated in the way you handle the traumatise children”.

“The essence is that if traumatized children are well managed they will grow up as better citizens which will help in building a peaceful society and a strong economy for the country in the future,” he said.

One of the participants, Mr. Aboki Mustapha thanked the organizers of the workshop, saying it would go a long way to help basic education teachers advance their teaching methods and adopt strategies in handling children with special needs.

Gov. Ishaku Gives 57 Million Naira to Schools

Gov. Ishaku Gives 57 Million Naira to Schools

The Governor of Taraba State, Darius Dickson Ishaku has presented cheques amounting to Fifty-Seven Million Naira to one hundred and fourteen primary and secondary schools in the State to enable the schools to carry out some minor projects.

Presenting the cheques to the schools at a ceremony which took place in Jalingo yesterday, Governor Ishaku said the money was grant received from the World Bank under the State Education Programme Investment Project, SEPIP which took off in Taraba State last year.

The governor said the grants would enable the schools to carry out minor projects such as the renovation of classrooms blocks, constructions of desks and procurement of instructional materials.

Governor Ishaku warned that the grants were not intended to be shared as a national cake, stressing that the principals and headmasters would be held responsible in the event of any mismanagement of the funds. He, however, assured them that the judicious utilization of the grants would attract additional allocation.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the State Commissioner of Education, Mr. Johanes Jigem said the grants were part of the World Bank scheduled to enhance the development of Education in Taraba  State. Mr. Jigem said other components of the Banks included training of teachers and deploying them to hard-to-reach and conflict-prone areas.

He made the disclosure that so far, three thousand teachers had been trained and deployed to the affected areas, out of the five thousand teachers earmarked for training under the programme.

The commissioner also stated that the grant to the benefiting schools was the first phase, adding that others would follow in due course.

3 Killed, Several Injured as Tree Falls on Taraba Varsity Students

3 Killed, Several Injured as Tree Falls on Taraba Varsity Students

Picture of the Standing Mahogany Tree that Fell after the Thunderstorm in Bouba Njidda Wildlife Park at Garua, Cameroon Republic

Picture of the Standing Mahogany Tree that Fell after the Thunderstorm in Bouba Njidda Wildlife Park at Garua, Cameroon Republic

Three students of the Taraba State University lost their lives when they were hit by falling trees during a rainstorm at the Bouba Njidda National Wild Life Park in Cameroon.

The Deputy Registrar, Information and Publication of the university, Malam Sanusi Sa’ad, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jalingo on Wednesday.

Sa’ad said that the incident occurred on April 16 during a devastating rainstorm at about 3:15 p.m.

He said that the students were 400 level students of the Biological Science Department of the university on a research trip to neighboring Cameroon.

The official named the dead students as Nancy Sam-Achak, Grace Fyafa Thomas and Yusuf Mohammed, the President of the department’s students’ association.

He said that the Head of the Biological Science Department, Dr Robert Houmso, who was also in the trip and 16 other students were injured during the incident.

Sa’ad said that all the injured people were receiving treatment at the Garoua Hospital in Cameroon.

Insecurity: Danjuma Urges Nigerians to Defend Themselves

Insecurity: Danjuma Urges Nigerians to Defend Themselves

Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) a former Minister of Defence on Saturday urged Nigerians to defend  themselves from killers across the country instead of depending on the armed forces.

Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd), former Minister of Defence.

Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd), former Minister of Defence.

Danjuma disclosed this at the maiden convocation and 10th anniversary of the Taraba State University, Jalingo. The elder statesman explained that the armed forces of Nigeria at the moment were providing cover and defending the killers.

“You must rise to protect your selves from these people, if you depend on the armed forces for protection, you will all die one by one.

“The ethnic cleansing must stop now, otherwise, Somalia will be a child’s play. “I ask everyone of you to be on the alert and defend your country, defend your territory, defend your state because you have no where else to go.

“The armed forces are not neutral, they are conniving with the armed bandits that are killing people,” he said.

Danjuma described Taraba as a miniature Nigeria with beautiful cultures which the bandits were doing everything to destroy.

In his comments, Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba expressed delight over the growth of the university within 10 years.

Ishaku commended the founders of the institution for their foresight in bringing university education to the door steps of Taraba people. He pledged to continue to support the university to meet a world class status.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vicent Tenebe commended the state government for its continued support for the rapid growth of the university.

Tenebe congratulated the 5, 900 graduands across the first five sets of the university, urging them to be good ambassadors of the institution.

Honorary Doctorate were presented to Gen. T. Y Danjuma, Sen. Jeremiah Useni and Gov. Ishaku.

Others were Dr. Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Tony Elumelu Foundation and the former Executive Secretary  of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Prof. Suleiman Bogoro.

Governor Ishaku Assures Tarabans of Job Creation

Governor Ishaku Assures Tarabans of Job Creation

Governor Ishaku Assures Tarabans of Job Creation

Governor Ishaku Assures Tarabans of Job Creation

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has assured the people of Taraba, particularly the youths of his administration’s will to continue to explore possible ways of creating job opportunities including more skills acquisition programmes to cut over dependence on government.

He gave this assurance in Jalingo Thursday, during the graduation ceremony of the first batch of graduands under the Post Secondary School Youth Graduands Empowerment Programme at the Peter Akinola Youth Centre for Industrial Training Abeokuta.

A set of 51 trainees received training in Information Communication Technology, Fashion and Design, Electricals, Catering and Tourism,Tilling and Concreting as well as Metal Fabrication.

While delivering his speech during the occasion, Gov Ishaku stated that “The Taraba State Government expended the sum of N265,000 on each trainee, which covered the cost of feeding, accommodation and hospital bills among others for the eight months duration of the training programme”.

According to the Governor, one of his campaign promises was “to embark on an aggressive and deliberate measure to cut the rate of unemployment among our teeming youths”.

“While most of the graduates whom we are celebrating today have engaged themselves in productive ventures in the State, others have even employed others or are training other youths”, he disclosed.

Also, during the occasion, special recognition was given to 168 state sponsored trainees from the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria- an institution which he founded as Minister of State for Power.

According to the Governor, he established the school taking cognizance of the fact that he would become a governor of the state that harbours the “largest hydro electricity project in Africa”.

As one who designed the project, Gov. Ishaku stated that the graduands would form the staffing requirements that would run the proposed Ministry of Power in the State. He therefore, directed the graduands to pick employment forms preparatory to their absorption into the civil service.

Earlier on in his speech, the State Commissioner of Education, Johannes Jigem, was optimistic that the beneficiaries would create 10 Jobs each in the next two to three years.

“This simply means that by 2020, our amiable Governor will have returned for the next phase of rescue mission agenda, and about 510 youth would have been taken off the streets and be gainfully employed by this single gesture”, he stated.

He warned the beneficiaries not to sell the packs and show gratitude to the government and the good people of Taraba by creating at least ten Jobs in the next three years.

Taraba Varsity Set to Graduate 5,900 in Maiden Convocation

Taraba Varsity Set to Graduate 5,900 in Maiden Convocation

Prof. Vincent Tenebe; Vice Chancellor - Taraba State University, Jalingo.

Prof. Vincent Tenebe; Vice Chancellor – Taraba State University, Jalingo.

Taraba State University (TSU), Jalingo is set to graduate 5,900 during her maiden convocation scheduled to hold this Saturday.

Vice Chancellor of the University,  Prof. Vincent Tenebe disclosed this at a maiden convocation press briefing held at the University auditorium in Jalingo.

According to him,  the 5,900 graduands were drawn from the 1st, 2nd,  3rd, 4th and 5th graduate sets of the University since the establishment of the University ten years ago.

“Out of the number,  29 graduated with first class,  1006 second class upper division,  2083 second class lower, 1,850 with third class,  while 32 graduated with passes.

“The university started with three faculties and we now have eight faculties with a student population of over 15,000.

“We have also within the past ten years established post graduate programmes and we now have over 100 staff of the University building their capacities in other universities in Nigeria and outside the country.  So, with the 52 professors either permanent, visiting or those on sabbatical leave, we are poised to state our Ph.D programmes.

“We are the best state owned university in the North East and we are properly positioned to tackle the challenges of the present which are reflected in the courses we are offering in this university,” he said.

The VC thanked the visitor to the University, Governor Darius Ishaku and the people for their continued support to the university even as he appreciated the commitment of the academic and non academic staff of the University for maintaining high standard in the school.