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.
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
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.
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.
The Permanent Secretary, Taraba State Ministry of Education, Mr. Samson Ada has said the state government was seriously looking into the issues that led to the strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Taraba State University branch with a view to addressing them.
Mr Samson Ada – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education
The permanent secretary disclosed this on Wednesday in Jalingo during a programme “Face the Press,” an initiative of the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Public Affairs, Hon. Emmanuel Bello for public servants to engage the media on issues in the state.
He explained that when the new Vice Chancellor came in, he saw the need to introduce new faculties and courses in the University which led to increase in manpower and rise in the salary bills of the University.
“The University has come to stay and government is committed in making the University one of the best, so very soon the issues will be resolved.
“The bill of quantity in respect to the parameter fencing of the University is ready and soon work on the fence will commence and I want to appeal to the striking lecturers to exercise patience and understand with us to move the University forward,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary informed that in a bid to sanitize the educational system of the state, the Ministry of Education recently queried 14 secondary school Principals over their schools’ alleged involvement in examination malpractice conducted by the West African School Examination Council (WAEC).
According to him, the warning and query letters issued to the Principals was part of the disciplinary measures put in place by the Ministry to ensure quality educational service to the people of the state.
“Principals are not supposed to leave the school premises while examinations are going on, so that if there are issues they can address them, but from the letters written by WAEC to the schools intimating them of why results of some subjects in their schools were withheld, it was obvious the principals were not on ground during the examination.
“We are going to do a follow up matter to ascertain what exactly happened so to prevent future occurrence,” he said.
Digital Learning is to be introduced in Schools in Northern States of the Country to make students of the region digitally compliant.
This was revealed by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku while fielding questions from Journalists at the Jalingo Airport recently on the outcome of their interactive seminar with PROFUTURO Group.
The seminar, which was chaired by the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Kashim Shettima in Abuja, focused on introducing Digital Learning in Northern Nigeria.
Darius Ishaku remarked that, the interactive session took into cognisance the importance of Education in the society and stressed that it is the most critical sector that every society needs to take seriously for it to develop and forge ahead.
The Governor said PROFUTURO Group based in Spain, is poised to collaborate with Northern States Governors to improve the quality of education, particularly, in Digital Learning, which is the global practice.
He stated that, the interactive seminar brainstormed on issues affecting most schools in Northern Nigeria, saying that, most learning institutions, particularly, Primary and Secondary Schools functions below average which is a serious problem that needs Government, stakeholders and Non Governmental Organisations to intervene with a view to revitalising learning in the region.
Governor Darius Ishaku mentioned that, the Northern Governors Forum led by the Chairman commended the Catholic Mission for the establishment of schools and giving all equal opportunities to all, not minding the tribe or religion one belongs.
He said, there is need to key into such beautiful ideology of the Catholic Mission.
Accordingly, Darius Ishaku said the Managing Director of the PROFUTURO Foundation, Sofia Fernandes assured the forum that, the organization is going to work jointly with the Governors and the schools to achieve the desired results.
While requesting the support of professionals in the field of education, he stressed that, the main objective of PROFUTURO Foundation is to give opportunity to children by inculcating in them qualitative Education.
He disclosed that, the Governors and the Managing Director of the Foundation, have agreed that teachers would be equipped with digital Learning tools to meet the aims and objectives of the programme.
The interactive seminar was initiated by the Roman Catholic Church from the Vatican city with the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese, Matthew Dangoso and his counterpart from Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Mathew Kukah, representing the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria.
Governor Darius Ishaku said the Catholic Bishops also restated the desire of the mission to redouble its efforts in rejuvenating the educational sector of Northern Nigeria for the better.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has tasked the Kwararafa University new Governing council to work as a team to reposition the community University so that it would compete favourably with other Universities in the country.
Governor Darius Ishaku gave the charge today when the newly constituted Governing Council of Kwararafa University paid him a thank you visit to appreciate him for his support and also being physically present during the maiden convocation ceremony of the first community University in the country.
Darius Ishaku maintained that it is only through teamwork, focus and hard work that the community University would be effectively turned around, asserting that, Education is the bedrock of development that every society thrives on and told the new Governing Council of the Kwararafa University that Education is a priority in his administration.
He restated that he is working assiduously to reposition all the learning institutions in the state, adding that, a roadmap is being designed to provide a conducive learning environment for both teachers and students across the state particularly, the tertiary institutions.
The Governor stated that, Wukari is lucky to have three Universities in its domain and encouraged the people of Wukari to work towards galvanising the three institutions for the overall benefit of the people of the area and stressed that, the present team of the Governing Council are experienced persons and advised the Vice Chancellor to tap from their wealth of experience so that the institution would be a force to reckoned with in terms of learning.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku who promised to assist the institution in linking it with Electricity, water and housing, however, encouraged the University to set up consultancy units to help strengthen the financial base of the institution.
Speaking on the plea to speak to General TY Danjuma Rtd to speed up the process of investing in the Kwararafa University, Darius Ishaku remarked that, TY Danjuma had said he is ready to invest in the institution if only the management would provide him with working document that is realistic and transparent to create the necessary partnership to make the institution vibrant.
He suggested to the New Governing Council to also look into the possibility of venturing into Agriculture, saying that, Wukari is a fertile ground for Agricultural activities, and urged them to take advantage of the agrarian nature of the area by tilting the focus of the institution towards harnessing such viable potentials that abound in the area, particularly, Rice and Yam farming, stressing that it will also help in generating revenue for the institution.
Darius Ishaku told them that when he took over as the Governor of the state, he inherited 25 moribund companies, but however said about five have already been revived and are now functional.
They include Mambila beverage company, Viva Feed Mills Zing, Taraba Gas, Baissa oil Mills and Taraba polythene company.
The Governor informed them that he has successfully completed the Taraba Greenhouse which has commenced production and that Dangote Group of Companies will soon establish a sugar processing company and commence sugar cane farming in the state, saying very soon Taraba state will join the league of sugar manufacturing states in the country.
He also revealed that the state will soon venture into mining, pointing out that the state is blessed with seven of the most rarest solid minerals in the world, pointing out that the opening of the airport will go a long way in making Taraba state the most favoured investment destination in Nigeria.
Governor Darius Ishaku assured the New Governing Council that his administration will accord them the desired support to succeed.
Earlier in his speech, the New Chairman of Kwararafa University, Dr. Julius Bala told Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku that they were in his office to appreciate him for the support and contribution he has been rendering to the Kwararafa University, since its inception to date, particularly during the maiden convocation ceremony of the community University.
Dr. Julius Bala said his contribution to the University has helped tremendously in its repositioning and pledge their support and loyalty to his administration and used the forum to intimate him on some of the challenges faced by the school.
The New Chairman Kwararafa University enumerated some of the challenges to include, lack of water in the University, lack of capacity, lack of Electricity and housing for the staff of the institution and equally appreciated him for his support in the School’s ICT project, books donation among other numerous support he has rendered to the University.
He revealed that about ten of the courses of the institution have been accredited and said the institution is now poised to give it’s best in terms of giving out qualitative Education.
Dr. Julius Bala pleaded with the Governor to prevail on TY Danjuma to invest in the institution so that it would further strengthen its financial base so that it would compete favourably with other Universities in the country, saying that, partnering with TY Danjuma will assist the institution to attend greater heights academically.
The Chairman commended Governor Darius Ishaku for the wonderful work he is doing in the state, particularly, in roads construction, Education, health and Agriculture, human development and empowerment and encouraged him to do more so that the state can develop rapidly.
Accordingly, he commended Governor for opening up the airport, saying that, the airport will significantly impact positively on the lives of the people of the state in the areas of investments.
Dr. Julius Bala assured the Governor that the new team will work collaboratively with him so that Kwararafa University and indeed other Universities in the state would benefit.
The Governing Council presented an award to the Governor for his contribution to the Kwararafa University right from concept, design and other support too numerous to mention.