Prince Abubakar University Teaching Hospital Anyigba currently under construction by the administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. *** Governor Yahaya Bello at work on the age-old erosion ravaged section of the road from Anyigba to the headquarters of Dekina LG and to the neighboring Bassa LG.*** Ultra-modern General Hospital, Under Construction At Isanlu-Yagba East LGA-Kogi State. Similar projects ongoing simultaneously in two (2) other locations in the state, ie, Gegu in Kogi LGA and Eganyi in Ajaokuta LGA*** The World Bank commended Governor Yahaya Bello for refunding $4.63 million surplus funds under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)***  This app, is an Audio/visual excursion into the stewardship of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello*** 

Education

Kogi executive council approves implementation of 65 yrs retirement age for teachers

The Kogi state government has decided to align itself with the federal policy on the retirement of teachers

Commissioner of Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, while addressing government house correspondents shortly after the state executive council meeting on Thursday disclosed that council has approved implementation of the 65 years retirement age for teachers in public schools.

Fanwo also explained that the new policy was meant to ensure that the state leverage on the experience, expertise of teachers so as to avoid retiring too early.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari in April this year assented to the Bill passed by the National Assembly including Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act, 2022.

Section 1 of the law clearly states that Teachers in Nigeria shall compulsorily retire on attainment of 65 years of age or 40 years of pensionable service, whichever is earlier.

While the provision of Section 3 of the Act provides that the Public Service Rule or any Legislation that requires a person to retire from the Public Service at 60 years of age or after 35 years of Service shall not apply to Teachers in Nigeria.

7 years in the New Direction, Education, Episode 1

The New Direction Administration landmark achievements include but are not limited to, the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara, in 2020; the Remodelling of College of Nursing and Midwifery Obangede; and the Construction of lecture theatres at College of Education and Technical, Kabba. Making the security of schools a priority, the Governor Yahaya Bello-led Administration oversaw projects that were aimed at making schools safer and more secure through the installation of over 10 CCTV cameras and over 20 Giant halogen lights in strategic of the College of Health Science and Technology, Idah campus; Construction of security houses/units at Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja and Confluence University of Science and Technology, (CUSTECH), Osara; among others. Education reform implies a continual effort to modify and improve the institutions.

This is achieved through continual revaluation of the quality of the educators and teaching environment. Training and re-training workshops and seminars were conducted for Heads of Institutions, Educational Administrators and Quality Assurance department of the Ministry. Diverse capacity building training workshops were held for various categories in 2018, training School managers of both public and private schools on effective school management, quality assurance and curriculumin February 2019, among others.

The Nigeria Korea Friendship Institute (NKFI), Lokoja, was accredited by NBTE as a Vocational Enterprise Institution in 2019. There also was construction of Technology Incubation Centre to increase the quality of Science, Technical and Vocational Education and the reclassification of 17 schools as Government Science Technical Colleges (GSTC) and startup vocational skills Centers in 17 LGAs.

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Kogi: Bello’s Midas touch as varsity, others get 100% accreditation

Education is the bedrock of any development a society can yearn for. 

It is in realisation of this important role of education, that Governor Yahaya Bello set his priority right from the very beginning as to what he wanted to achieve for the people of Kogi State. Six years down the line this concerted efforts of his administration has started bearing fruits.

The climax of this well focused attention to make the state owned higher institutions a shinning example to other states culminated into the hundred percent accreditation of courses offered there.

At a press conference to herald the sixth convocation of Prince Abubakar Audu University formerly known as Kogi State University, Ayingba, in January, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mariyetu Tenuche, said all the 48 courses offered in the university have secured full accreditation from Nigeria Universities Commission, making it the first time ever since the establishment of the institution.

Aside this feat, the Vice Chancellor also said the institution emerged 25th out of the 170 public and private universities in Nigeria that have full accreditation for all courses offered.

The state owned polytechnic in Lokoja also shared from the joy of full accreditation of all courses offered at the institution.

Dr Salisu Ogbo, the Rector of the institution, broke the news of the achievement when he visited the Kogi State Commissioner forEducation, Mr Wemi Jones, to present the results of the accreditation of all courses at the institution by the NBTE.

Ogbo said: “I’m proud to announce that Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja achieved 100 percent success at the recent accreditation exercise conducted by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).”

He attributed the resounding success to Bello’s unflinching commitment to the development of education in the state.

Another regulatory body, the National Commission for Colleges of  Education (NCCE), also found the two state owned colleges of education namely College of Education Ankpa and College of Education Technical, Kabba worthy of full accreditation of the courses offered by them.

In the case of the College of Education, Ankpa, the Provost, Professor Muhammed Kabiru Ibrahim, said the accreditation of all courses is the first ever in the history of the college.

The Provost disclosed that out of 32 courses presented to NCCE, all the courses that got full accreditation will be valid from 2022 to 2027.

Prof. Mohammed noted that aside the accreditation of courses in the College, the National Commission for Colleges of Education looked at governance, Infrastructure in the College, expressed appreciation with what was on the ground, thus making the College to get full accreditation in terms of institutional accreditation.

He said unlike in 2012 when courses in the college were last presented for accreditation, said out of the 29 courses that were presented then, only 9 got full accreditation.

The Provost said the feat achieved by the College to enjoy full accreditation for all the 32 courses presented could not have been achieved without the support of Gov. Bello, stating that the Governor gave approval for the recruitment of academic staff to fill the exiting gaps.

He added further that the Governor also released money for the purchase of educational resources, in terms of books, chemicals, reagent and furniture, an action that led to the college inviting the National Commission of  Colleges of Education to come for the accreditation.

The story is not different at the College of Education Technical, Kabba, 17 courses offered at the College got full accreditation in 2017 a year into Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration.

What entices the Provost of the institution, Mrs Olusola Victoria Jagboro most is the partial movement of the institution to it’s permanent site.

According to her,  the state government under Governor Yahaya Bello has completed 10 buildings at the permanent site now and

one big bus also given.

Worried by the gap created by the number of Kogi indigenes seeking admission yearly and the number that got admitted, Governor Yahaya Bello established the Confluence University of Science and Technology, (CUSTECH), Osara in year 2020 and appointed a renowned Engineer and academic per Excellence, Professor Sadiku Salawu as the Vice Chancellor

Barely, two years of existence, the university is a growing concern and has bridged the gap for Kogi indigenes seeking admission and even admission seekers from neighbouring states.

The university currently has three faculties with nineteen courses running and all duly approved by Nigeria Universities Commission.

In looking at the attention of Governor Yahaya Bello to health training institutions, the two in the state namely, School of Health Technology, idah and College of Nursing, Obangede were highly favored.

The School of Health Science and Technology, Idah came alive owing to the support given to the institution by Governor Bello’s administration.

Implementation of New Retirement Age

Governor Yahaya Bello demonstrated his visionary prowess proactively by being emphatic on the subject and directed at the last Exco the immediate recruitment of qualified teachers and the recall of retired but agile, competent and willing teachers to boost and Improve the quality of education at the foundation level in Kogi State.

Video Update on GYB Model Science Secondary School, Lokoja, Kogi Stat.

Status: completed. GYB Model Science Secondary School, Lokoja, Kogi Stat.

Education is the bedrock of development and the building block for nations.

It plays a pivotal role in increasing knowledge and skills, which in turn lead to increased productivity and the economic advancement of the society.

Over the years, the quality of education in our country, particularly in our public schools have been on the decline due to low levels of investments and quality assurance in the education sector.

The Nigerian educational sector is currently facing a lot of challenges that require serious and urgent attention. Some of the key challenges facing the educational sector in Nigeria range from poor funding, outdated teaching materials, and a dearth of qualified personnel. In addition, Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world. This situation needs to be addressed urgently to avert the future negative impact of a generation of uneducated citizens in a knowledge-based world.

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SSG RETURNS TO CLASSROOM…

KOGI SSG RETURNS TO CLASSROOM AS A PART-TIME LECTURER

Kogi State Governor, His Excellency Yahaya BELLO has oftentimes encouraged and charged all stakeholders in the state to contribute their quota to the development of education in the state.

On his directive, appointees of the Governor and other government officials have been contributing meaningfully to improving education in Kogi state. Their interventions include organizing Science Quiz Competition across secondary Schools, distributing learning materials, payment of WAEC, NECO, and JAMB fees including payment of school fees for indigent students.

This intervention is yielding accelerated results. Kogi has leapfrogged from 23 positions in 2010 to 15 in 2018 in WAEC rating and has moved ahead of 6 states by 2020.

In the 2022 JAMB examination result, not less than 17 students from Kogi State scored above 300/400 with the overall candidate from Ebira Community Secondary School Ogaminana scoring 330. 90% of these students took part in the Inter-School Quiz Competition organized by Pharm Abdulkareem Asuku Youths Empowerment Foundation (PAAYEF), the brainchild and initiative of the Chief of Staff to the Governor

Today, the Secretary to the Government of Kogi State, Folashade Ayoade Arike, Ph.D., a doctorate holder in Biochemistry has taken up a part-time lecturing programme at the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara.

As you can see, She is currently taking students in Chemistry which is one of her core courses.

While the Government is providing infrastructure, creating enabling learning and teaching environment, increase and improving manpower in the education sector, his appointees are also providing auxiliary support.

You can see the joy on the faces of the students; they are highly motivated to learn seeing the SSG standing and lecturing them.

This is what we do in Kogi State.

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