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FUW Combined Convocation: VP Charges Graduates to Embark on Developmental Ventures for the Growth of the Country

FUW Combined Convocation: VP Charges Graduates to Embark on Developmental Ventures for the Growth of the Country

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo delivering his speech at the FUW Combined Convocation.

Professor Yemi Osinbajo has charged graduates to embark on ventures that would fast track the country’s development.

He made the statement on Saturday during the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th combined convocation of Federal University Wukari in Taraba state and admonished the students to engage in innovative ideas that will fetch and source them income and also grow the economy of the country as he cited Sadam Aliyu of Kano and Kamal Hassan for their innovative ideas.

While addressing the graduates, he urged them to be good ambassadors of the institution and the country at large, adding that they should engage in meaningful ventures that would aid the development of the country by taking advantage of opportunities that technology has presented such as Paystack, Flutterwave etc.

“Dear graduands, I urge you to see the various challenges in our environment as opportunities for the creation of solutions. We are a nation with a rapidly expanding population with attendant human sustenance needs.”


“You must take full advantage of the knowledge and skills you have acquired to innovate and create, be productive and make adding value your motto.”


“Government is ready and willing to support initiatives that would create wealth, jobs and opportunities. This is why we have established initiatives such as the N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund and the CBN’s Creative Sector Fund.”


“It is why President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the investing in Digital and Creative Enterprises (iDICE) programme, an over $600million programme that will support young tech and creative sector entrepreneurs through the provision of finance, skills development and infrastructure.”


“You all are an integral part of a great future already buzzing to happen; go, don’t hold back.”

At least 104 out of 3,897 graduating students of the Federal University WUkari in Taraba State were awarded first-class degrees.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jude Rabo said the 104 students have distinguished themselves both in terms of quality and performance. According to him, the institution was committed to generating knowledge for reserach and development and would continue to create more for the university and its academic staff across the world.

Taraba Scholarship Board to Commence Bursary Disbursement Soon

Taraba Scholarship Board to Commence Bursary Disbursement Soon

The Taraba State government has breezed a new lease of life into the state’s scholarship board and will soon resume disbursement of bursary awards.

This follows the release of the sum of N 50 million by the Executive Governor of the state Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, for immediate disbursement to deserving indigenes, who are studying in various tertiary institutions across the

To create an enabling environment for the seamless performance of its functions, the governor also directed the immediate and comprehensive renovation of the board’s office complex to give it a befitting outlook.

In compliance with the directive, the board has constituted three implementation committees to take charge of the three senatorial districts.

These committees were already working with various students’ union bodies from the state in all the concerned institutions to generate data of targeted beneficiaries in the efforts to commence payments of
bursary awards.

The board under the chairmanship of Alhaji Hassan Bappa, was leaving no stone unturned in the bid to execute the directive so as enable timely disbursement of funds to assist the students cushion some of the challenges they encounter in school.

The action of the governor was coming on the heels of the promise he made to the youth of the state that it was now time for him to extend to them the dividend of democracy for the continuous support and loyalty he has enjoyed from them since
assumption of office.

He had equally pledged to sustain the programme, most especially, now that the economy was biting harder than ever before.

The Governor promised the continual release of funds for the award of scholarships and reprimanded the students to make him and the state proud in their respective fields of study.

Gindiri Old Students Celebrates School @70

Gindiri Old Students Celebrates School @70

Governor Ishaku joins the Gindiri Old Students Association (GOSA) to celebrate their 70th anniversary in Jos, Plateau State.

The Gindiri Old Students Association (GOSA) has celebrated their 70th anniversary of its establishment with the donation and commissioning of a state-of-the-art laboratory, assembly and dinning Hall.

The ceremony which took place at the premises of BSS Gindiri in Mangu LGA of Plateau state brought together a multitude of former students of the school from various parts of the country.

GOSA was established in 1934 and has produced great leaders in various spheres in today’s Nigeria. Amongst its products are; Her Excellency, Dr. Barr. Anna Ishaku, wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba state who belongs to the 1976 set, Professor Suleiman Bogoro also of the 1976 set, Dr. Adamu Muazu, a former governor of Bauchi state who is of the 1978 set and the late JD Gomwalk, a former governor of the defunct Benue-Plateau state.

Governor Ishaku commissioning the 1000 capacity assembly hall.

Speaking at the ceremony while commissioning the 1000 capacity assembly hall, Governor Ishaku of Taraba state commended their unity of purpose as an association and the quality of leadership they exude wherever they found themselves.

Citing example with his wife, the governor stated that he wouldn’t have asked for a better wife than Dr. Anna and this is due to the fact that she was well trained at the school where she imbibed the virtues that made her a complete woman today.

He therefore spurred the association to keep the bond they share, adding that it was the kind of spirit needed to promote national cohesion.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state who also commissioned the science laboratory said that GOSA is an unbeatable organisation in the nation statimg that it has produced men and women who are today reference points in the society.

Lalong said that 70% of his cabinet members are products of GOSA and that is an indication that the school has an outstanding record.

He praised them for their continued cooperation and zeal in remembering the place that moulded them into what they have become in life today.

Also speaking at the occassion, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary TETFUND, said during the 50s down to 70s, the only place you could find a standard laboratory all over the nation was at Boys Secondary School (BSS) Gindiri and that made them outstanding during those periods.

Bogoro disclosed that the first school to ever offer agricultural science in 1976 in the entire West Africa was BSS Gindiri and applauded the level at which the school has attained.

President of the association, Professor Doggad Gumai appreciated the entire GOSA members and non members alike who made it to the 70th anniversary celebration of BSS.

Gov. Ishaku Approves 59 COE Employments

Gov. Ishaku Approves 59 COE Employments

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.

TY Danjuma Commissions N1.355bn Model Secondary School in Takum

TY Danjuma Commissions N1.355bn Model Secondary School in Takum

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.

How Governor Ishaku is shaping the Future of Taraba School Children through Achieve Your Dreams Initiative

How Governor Ishaku is shaping the Future of Taraba School Children through Achieve Your Dreams Initiative

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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

    Achieve Your Dreams Initiative

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.