By Ralph Agbana
Old students of Titcombe College, Egbe, Kogi State, belonging to the class set of 1978/1983 have donated to their Alma Mater, a solar powered borehole.
The project, which has been completed is ready for official Commissioning by the Elecbe of Egbe and Chairman, Yagba West Traditional Council, His Royal Highness, Oba Ayodele Irukera, on June 17, 2023.
According to a statement issued by the President, Titcombe College Egbe Old Students Association (TCEOSA) 78/83 Set, Engr (Prof) Kayode Joshua Simoyan (TC Number 2509), the borehole project commissioning is coming on the heels of the 40th anniversary of 1978/83 set and an expression of gratitude to God for His preservation, and blessings
over the years, “Like the biblical leper who came back to appreciate God (Luke 17:15-
“We left TC after our WAEC/GCE O level Examination in June 1983 with high hopes. Sadly, we have it on record that not less than 25 of those youths bubbling with life then are no more with us on planet Earth. They have gone to the great beyond.
“The platform, TC 78/83 Set was formed by Sesan Ibitomi on 02/07/2016 to bring us together for interaction and networking. Some of us have not seen each other in the last 40 years since we are all scattered all over the world in search of green pastures but with the gospel of Titcombe College.
“Over the years the conditions and states of educational institutions in Nigeria have witnessed deterioration to pathetic levels. “There is a lot of infrastructural decay and disrepair. Thus, there is the need for stakeholders to come to the aid of the country’s educational institutions as the government alone cannot finance education given the competing demands for scarce and limited resources. There is a need therefore for all stakeholders to contribute their quota to revive quality education in Nigeria”, he said.
He disclosed that the decision by the TC 1978/83 Set to give back to the College has been
on the front burner of the set’s discussions over the years, noting however that, “At the General Meeting of 18th December 2022, it was concretized that we should embark on a solar-powered borehole project. The current EXCO was elected that same day and the onus and responsibility rested on us to actualize the project.
“We took over the leadership of the Association on 23rd December 2022 and started the journey. We can now say this is our Ebenezer. Though, an uphill task but in it all, God
helped us to complete it and on time”.
He expressed gratitude to Oba Ayodele Irukera, the Elegbe of Egbe, for graciously accepting to commission the project despite the short notice amidst several other pressing commitments.
The statement reads in parts: “I appreciate all our members both at home and abroad for their solid support, encouragement, and overwhelming participation. Without your support, this will
not have been possible. May God continue to prosper us in all our endeavours.
“I appreciate the members of the project committee for their commitment and sacrifices. Kindly permit me to single out the tenacity and sacrifice of Amos Bamidele and Elder Korede Oniya for being true ambassadors of TC, though
nothing less was expected. God bless you both more abundantly.
“We went for a solar-powered borehole to reduce the issues associated with the running cost. Little did we know at the time, that a litre of petrol will go so high as over N500 per litre. With proper management, it will be able to serve the community for a long while. We, therefore, appeal to the Principal, Staff, and Students to take possession of the borehole and manage it well.
We shall by the grace of God within the year, God’s willing, come back to celebrate our 40th anniversary and homecoming when we shall focus on ceremonies and ‘paint’ the town ‘red’. Pray along with us. Water is life and a necessity”.
Don Advocates Govt Funding Of Research In Universities For Economic, Social Devt.
By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.
University Don, Prof. Benjamin Mopah Dauda, has called on the Federal and State Governments to provide adequate funding for research in universities in the country to accelerate the nation’s economic and social development.
Dauda, a Professor of Polymer Chemistry and Technology at Federal University Lokoja (FUL) made the call in his Inaugural Lecture titled, “Polymer: Material Driving Technological Advancement”, on Wednesday in Lokoja.
At the lecture which is the 15th in the FUL Inaugural Lecture Series, the Polymer expert said Nigerian professors and scholars had the know-how to evolve innovations to address the nation’s economic and social challenges.
“Government must fund research in universities for economic and social development. We have the knowhow and we can synergize with colleagues in other fields to proffer solutions”, he said.
The University Don also called on the authorities of the Federal University Lokoja to develop Post Graduate (PG) programmes that would provoke researches that can address economic and social challenges of the Country.
He said that it would be such that “every year of the PG programme, students must publish at least one paper in reputable journal or Conference proceeding such that at the end of Masters or PhD programmes their work will be a compilation of these publications.”
Prof. Dauda who is also the Dean, Faculty of Sciences and Head of Department (HOD), Department of Industrial Chemistry in FUL, urged companies to partner with Universities to help solve processing problems and improve quality of their products.
“To this end, Nigerian Companies producing for global market should have their own Research and Documentation (R&D) units where they employ researchers to conduct research that will help improve processing and quality of products”, he said.
On the use of polymer in everyday life, the Professor of Polymer said the world is in the polymer age and every effort must be made to advance the technology of polymer to help the economy.
According to him, Humans use a staggering one million plastic bottles every minute adding that the plastic bottles and lots of other containers and casings are products of polymer.
“The vehicle of Information Technology (IT) and the Internet is the “Personal Computer”, more than 70% of which is Polymer. The science and technology of polymers must therefore tag along with developments in IT.
“Such industries as in IT, Transportation, Aerospace, Music, Textiles, Medical, Construction, Packaging, etc. are totally dependent on polymers.
“Chemistry forms the basis and starting point of Polymer Science but it also depends on other scientific study-areas such as physics, engineering and manufacturing”, he said.
On crude oil spillage and devastating effect on human, aquatic lives and revenue, Prof. Dauda called for more investigation and research into oil-sorbent that would address the menace.
According to him, investigation is required to explore the complex interplay between the newly developed oil-sorbent and other environmental parameters to obtain useful information on oil spill treatment in real situations.
He said that the Oil sector provides 95 per cent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange and 80 per cent of its budgetary revenue adding that annually, a total number of 16,476 spills occur and approximately three million barrels spilled into the environment in Nigeria.
Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi,
Vice-Chancellor (VC) Federal University Lokoja (FUL), said that in our ever-evolving world, the importance of materials science and its impact on technological advancement could not be overstated.
The VC noted that Mopah-Dauda’s extensive knowledge, dedication, and pioneering research in the field of Polymer Chemistry and Technology have not only contributed significantly to the academic community but have also played a pivotal role in shaping the technological landscape of our society. (Ends)
Increased quest for UK education: UK schools’ principals to visit Nigeria in October
Nigeria is set to play host to Principals and Leaders of certain schools in London who are expected in Lagos next month due to increased quest for education in the United Kingdom by Nigerians.
The event codenamed, “UK Boarding Schools Week,” will take place in Lagos from 13-15 October at The Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to a statement issued to newsmen by the organisers, Mark Brooks Education in association with the UK’s Department for Business and Trade, activities lined up for the event includes, reception, seminar, and exhibition.
The first event will be a networking reception from 6pm – 8pm on Friday for visiting heads to meet school leaders and parents.
On Saturday, there will be a 30-minute seminar from education specialists on ‘Helping Teenagers to Thrive’
The entire programme would be concluded on Sunday 15th with a a new event ‘Lagos to London’.
Mark summed up the objective behind the summit and what it was expected to achieve.
He said:” It will create an opportunity for prospective parents to find out more and even sit entrance tests and interviews to beat the rush for places.
“An overseas education is increasingly popular for Nigerian families for a variety of reasons, an international experience, academic and sporting excellence, and a greater chance to secure a top university place.”
Some of the Principals equally revealed educational facilities and attendant advantages for prospective students.
According to Stuart Ansell, COO at Box Hill School, apart from strong academic results, the institution also ” deliver fantastic pastoral care and a ‘home away from home’ for boarding students.”
Henrietta Lightwood from Cardiff Sixth Form College disclosed that academic achievement is another reason for choosing UK school. West African students add tremendously to the community and gain “offers from world’s best universities.”
Sarah Matthews, Head at Truro High School for Girls, who is coming on the education summit for the first time said she looks “forward to spending more time in West Africa where I always receive such a warm welcome.”
She also spoke in glowing terms about her school.
“We offer a safe and affordable learning environment where girls thrive.”
Stuart Higgins of the Hereford Cathedral School said she was “delighted to be representing the school.”
“Awarded ‘great for music’ by a national publication, the school has strong Christian ethos and “offers a wide range of sporting opportunities.”
Some of the top schools in the UK to be part of the Boarding Schools Week include, Abbey College Cambridge, Bishop’s Stortford College, Bromsgrove School, among others.
Akpabio declares support for Obot in quest to break Guinness World record for longest reading aloud marathon
The Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio has declared support for an Akwa Ibom man, Mr John Obot in his official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest reading aloud marathon.
In a letter he sent to the Teacher, titled: “A note to encourage you” Senator Akpabio expressed his hope that Mr Obot would have the stamina and focus to reach his target of 145 hours to beat a previous record of 124 hours set in September 2022 by a Kyrgyzstan, Rysbai Isakov, in Bursa, Turkey.
According to the Senate President: “I am thrilled by your quest. This is especially true because you have chosen to seek global laurels on a road less travelled and in a state we have benefitted from the audacious and uncommon free and compulsory education started by my administration.
“You have shown courage. You have displayed the resourcefulness of our forebears and focus of the Akwa Ibom man in our recent history. Your dedication to this cause you believe in is unrivaled.
“I am to encourage you by reminding you that only those who stay the course eventually win the race.
“Keep up the quest, and never give up. Bring your light to shine on others who may have shown genuine interest but lack the courage to take the first step. Go ahead to inspire them and lead them through the courageous path – the only path that leads to victory.
“Keep it up, John. Your place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the 145 hours reading aloud marathon is assured on the content of your character, resilience and a spirit that never gives up,” Akpabio said.
Senator Akpabio said the quest by Obot to break the Guinness World Record will encourage other Nigerian youths to engage their energies in productive ventures rather than crime and other vices.
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