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Hon. Datti Charge Nigeria Youth to Engage in Vocational Training

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The House of Representative Member, Hon Garba Datti Muhammad, representing Sarbon Gari Federal constituency Kaduna, has charged the Nigerian Youth to think outside the box by engaging in vocational and skillful training. push({});

He reiterate this during a courtesy visit by the National Association of Kaduna state students in Abuja recently.

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Honourable Datti encouraged the students to think outside the box and advocate for vocational training, considering the surging populace that can barely be catered for.

He insinuated that the federal government may not be able to employ everybody, hence the need for the students to be more productive to face the inevitable challenges that comes after graduation.

The contingent of student that comprises of students from ABU Zaria, Kaduna State university, Federal polytechnic Zaria, and Kaduna Polytechnic had seized the opportunity of the African Youth summit that took place in Abuja to visit the House of Representative Member.

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Nigeria-born, Dr Kennedy Obohwemu Wins GBS Most Inspirational Lecturer Award In UK

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A Nigeria-born UK Lecturer, Dr. Kennedy O. Obohwemu, has won the prestigious Most Inspirational Lecturer Award at the Global Banking School (GBS) Regional Awards in Birmingham, UK.
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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

A Nigeria-born UK Lecturer, Dr. Kennedy O. Obohwemu, has won the prestigious Most Inspirational Lecturer Award at the Global Banking School (GBS) Regional Awards in Birmingham, UK.


GBS is a multi-award-winning higher education provider, operates several campuses across the UK and collaborates with multiple UK universities to offer vocational, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs.





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In a dazzling award ceremony held in Birmingham on June 26, Dr. Obohwemu, a multiple award-winning international author, triumphed over a competitive field of nominees from numerous academic institutions within the region.

The award ceremony celebrated the outstanding contributions of lecturers who inspire and impact students across these diverse institutions.

This prestigious accolade recognizes exceptional teaching talent across university campuses in all regions of the West Midlands

The nominations came from all partnerships of GBS, including esteemed institutions such as Oxford Brookes University (OBU), Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), Suffolk University, Leeds Trinity University (LTU), Bath Spa University (BSU), and Pearson, among others.

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Remarkably, Dr. Obohwemu, a Lecturer in Health and Social Care, joined GBS barely six months ago, making this win even more noteworthy.

His achievement demonstrates his passion and commitment to delivering high-quality teaching and inspiring others along the way.

It also highlights the profound impact he has made in a short time, earning the admiration and love of his students for his engaging teaching style and warm personality.

Dr. Obohwemu’s recognition as the Most Inspirational Lecturer underscores his dedication to educational excellence and his profound influence on the academic and personal development of his students.

His achievement highlights the remarkable quality of teaching at GBS and its partner universities, setting a benchmark for educational inspiration and leadership in the region.

In his remarks, Prof. Ray Lloyd, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GBS, said the award was not just the celebration of remarkable achievements of the educators, but also the profound impact they have on students and the broader academic community.

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“Our award winners have shown extraordinary dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods.

“Dr. Obohwemu, winner of the Most Inspirational Lecturer Award, has already made an indelible mark on our institution.

“His ability to connect with students and inspire them to reach their full potential is truly exceptional.

“We are incredibly proud to have him as part of the GBS family and look forward to seeing his continued positive influence on our academic community,” Lloyd said.

Reacting to the award, Obohwemu, said he was deeply honored and humbled to receive the Most Inspirational Lecturer Award.

Dr Obohwemu, who is also the Founder/CEO of PENKUP International, said the recognition was a testament to the incredible support he received from colleagues and the unwavering enthusiasm of his students.

He added: “Joining GBS just six months ago, I have been inspired by the commitment to excellence and the vibrant learning environment here.

“This award reinforces my belief in the transformative power of education and motivates me to continue striving for excellence in teaching.

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“I dedicate this award to all my students whose curiosity and passion for learning drive me every day”.


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Khalifa Isyaka Rabiu University Appoints Former NECO Registrar As Pioneer VC

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The Board of the newly-established  Khalifa Isyaka Rabiu University, Kano, has approved the appointment of Prof. Abdulrasheed Garba as its pioneer Vice-Chancellor.
 
This is contained in a statement issued by the institution’s Administrative Secretary, Malam Yusuf Datti, on Sunday 30th July. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 2023 in Kano State.
 
Professor Garba was a Registrar of the National Examination Council, NECO and  former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano.
 
According to Datti, the  appointment was approved by the board under the chairmanship of Prof. Sani Zahradeen, who is the Chief Imam of Kano and former Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University.
 
Datti said that the board expressed confidence in Garba’s ability to lead the private university on the path of excellence.
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Why I Support Fuel Subsidy Removal, How State Police Can Work – University Don

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Professor Hakeem Fawehinmi, Professor of Clinical Anatomy and Medical Anthropology, and the current Vice Chancellor of Nigeria British University Asa, Abia State
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The fuel subsidy removal is the most serious issue that greeted the President Bola Tinubu led FG Administration with mixed reactions from every quarter within and outside the country. In this interview with Professor Hakeem Fawehinmi, Professor of Clinical Anatomy and Medical Anthropology, and the current Vice Chancellor of Nigeria British University Asa, Abia State, by Informavores National Assembly Correspondent, Ogechi Okorie, the issue of Fuel Subsidy removal, State Police, Education among others were discussed. js"> adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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Following the removal of fuel subsidy by the president and the Mixed reactions that follow, what is your thought on the issue of fuel subsidy removal?

In my opinion, it is a courageous step. I command the President for doing that. I have never really been an ardent supporter of the President but any President that removes subsidy now is time and infact removal of fuel subsidy is long overdue because a lot of people think that it is poverty alleviation policy but I can tell you that it is still the rich that benefits from it more than the poor. it is the rich who drives Air conditioned vehicles. It is another way of tasking the rich for the poor. if the Government is responsive and responsive and again, the merging of the exchange rate is a step in the right direction. Let the market forces determine the price of the dollar or pound in the foreign exchange market and not artificial means of using Government money and our foreign exchange reserves in the name of supporting manufacturers to bring down prices .So for to me, it is good. Ordinarily a President who come at such a time and with not knowing the possible outcome of the Presidential petition tribunal will want to play to the gallery and come up with policies that looks like welfarist policies in a bid to hoodwink the masses but the President is going ahead taking courageous steps which I see some elements of sincerity of purpose

Not too long ago, Nigeria has an alarming number of out-of-school children. What must the Government do to make sure that the number is reduced?

The Government must improve on the security situation in the country especially in the North East. You don’t expect Families who has been displaced because of insurgency to be talking about Education or putting Education of their children in the front burner when they are
Iiving as refugees in other places

Talking about Education, the President recently signed the student loan bill and a lot of stringet conditions were attached to it. it would have been a welcome development but with the conditions attached to it, are there doubts on its workability?

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I don’t support it because anything that has to do with a large no of people in public policy in Nigeria hardly works . For instance, National Housing fund, National Health Insurance Scheme, Pension Scheme did not end well and even the tradermonie that was introduced to help businesses did not end well because many people are not really willing to pay back the money. How can you call some young people and give them 500,000(five hundred thousand naira) every year and you expect them to pay back when they get a job and how will you know they have been employed? it is not likely to work and with the mammoth crowd of young people we have here in Nigeria, how can you push that kind of policy through and which bank will be able to certify 10% of them and to worsen the situation, some people don’t have address because they live in the rural areas. How will you be able to trace this people? I advocate for a moderate increase in tuition whether we like it or not. I sympathise with Vice Chancellor of Public institutions because the tuition they are operating with or with we call school charges, has been operational for nearly 20 years. 20 years ago the salaries of their employee has tripled more than 4 to 5 times and you expect people to use charges of 20 years ago to run a municipal community?

It is unlikely to work because you will maintain security on campus, ensure there is adequate water supply, light and other municipal services, clean environment and all. I don’t see it working but a moderate increase in school fees for instance, private universities could be charging upwards of 1.5million to 2million, it won’t be too much to ask public universities to charge 10% of that. There is no where in the world where Education is for paupers, in as much as brilliant children from poor homes want to go to school, if there is no scholarship, people,families should be able to put together 100,000(hundred thousand)for a year.

We have a lot of people in middle class and even in the lower class paying for private, primary and secondary school and beyond that for their children and come to think of it, University education does not come even if you consider the services that is being rendered and the qualifications of the teachers and when you consider how long it took them to get their Degree, Masters, PhD and do so much research to become professors.

The process of the loan scheme is just not workable. How do you get students to fill forms and get their parents to also fill tax clearance forms as well, maybe get guarantors and all. How many of them will bank get to administer their accounts and how do you get the money back maybe after 10 and 20 years when the people who gave them the loan are no longer there in the bank to retrieve the loan? Look at what happens to corporate institutions taking loans from bank it takes a lot to recover those loans and that is why we have Amcon and Amcon is being stifled by corruption. So in this situation you give a young person 500,000 Naira and you think it will be easy to get the money back. It is true they do it in UK and some Western countries. They have a way of making sure that the money is payed back and it is a criminal offence when you don’tpay  back the loan but here ,because you don’t have the record you will not know when the person has gotten a job.

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Coming to Insecurity, with the rate of crime and many people advocating for State police, What is your take on this?

You cannot stay in Abuja and police 774 local Government Areas in this country. I have put a paper about my proposal on the issue of state police. I understand why the Government at the center is dragging their feet. Some Governors will be using them at will but at the same time, it can be curbed in the sense that every state police will still have its command at the center. There will be a police council that will be responsible for their professional activities like promotion and things like that but the police belongs to the state and since the Governor is the Chief Security officer of the state, every other ranked person will be an indigenes of the state and the officers will not have to be indigenes.

And when there is a countrol over how police is used by the Chief Security Officer of the State,there won’t be much need for all the various paramilitaries in the country. So at the end of the day, I seriously advocate for state police.

Infact, I even advocated a situation where the AIGs are in charge of 2 states and Commissioners of police 1 state and then the Area commands, should be under the authority an Assistant Commissioner of Police.So in every State, with 3 to 4 Area commands should be manned by a Chief Superintendent of Police because there are local Government Areas so an Area commander should Man it and in so doing, it brings police closer to the grassroot. The DPO stay where they are and the Deputy Commissioners of police will work with the Commissioners of police and once it goes beyond the state, you can now juggle people that are not from that state as AIGs so that if because the Commissioner of police of a state wants to be used by the Governor, the police Council will not allow that to happen.

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Finally Prof, let’s talk about your University?

The Nigerian British University is a very beautiful brand, it isa  world class 21st century conventional University. We have been licensed by NUC since last year and it was formally inaugurated this year. The Nigerian British University is bringing a blended British/Nigerian educational system where you can come and spend 2 years with us and spend 1 year in one of our affiliate University abroad and you can gain their Degree or ours and it is properly intertionalised to the extent that we expect people to come from outside the country to be our student and for those who cannot afford the 2 plus1, you stay there for the 4/5years (depending on the course)and graduate with a well rounded education which improves your employability and entrepreneurship skills because we are bringing a lot of mentoring and when you look at our recreational and extra curricular activities,you see that we are trying to build a global citizen and again, our security architecture is very good.

The University is opposite 144 battalion and our internal security architecture is also top notch. All our student will be on campus and I will advocate for any parent/parents who wants a top notch University who offer the very best to come to Nigerian/British

What courses does Nigerian/University offer?

We are a conventional University and we are not faith based. For a start we have faculty of computing and information technology, faculty of law, faculty of management and social sciences and our business school is going to start running post graduate programmes in the business school with our international affiliations.

We are affiliated with some Universities in the UK where they can start the program and do 6 months of their PhD research in those Universities outside the country if they chose to and we are planning to start Medicine and Engineering in the near future hopefully by the next academic section

Thank you Prof for your time.

Thank you for having me.

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