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Governor donates N20m for take-off of Engineering faculty in NSUK

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Nasarawa University: Governor donates N20m for take-off of Engineering faculty

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the money is to enable the take-off of the faculty in the 2020/2021 academic session.

Mr Sule made the donation on Saturday during the 2nd stakeholders meeting of the university in Keffi.

He said that the establishment of the faculties of Health Sciences and Engineering would assist in providing the needed manpower to develop the state in those vital areas.

“As an engineer, I cannot leave here without making my commitment for the establishment of the faculty of Engineering.

“I hereby donate the sum of N20 million for the take-off of the faculty of Engineering,” he said.

Mr Sule commended the efforts of the founding fathers of the university, State House of Assembly members and other stakeholders that contributed toward the establishment of the university.

He also commended the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Suleiman Mohammed, for his development initiatives at the university and for organising the meeting toward proffering solutions to the challenges facing the institution.

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Nasarawa is ready for Coronavirus – Health Commissioner

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Nasarawa state commissioner for health, Pharm Ahmed Yahaya has explained that the state is battle ready to tackle the outbreak of coronavirus disease including the 5 suspected cases in Keffi.

He told our correspondent yesterday in Lafia that the state has close down major parks in the state and ban all social gatherings as a preventive measures.

Five family members were Thursday quarantine  at the Federal Medical Center, FMC for suspected cases of Corona virus.

The chief medical director of the hospital Dr Yahaya Baba Adamu said sample of the victims have been taken to the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC for testing and confirmation.

He said that the father of the victims returned from Ogun state to Keffi to meet his wife and children and all of them suddenly developed symptoms similar to corona virus and were quarantine at the hospital isolation center.

“The entire family is feeling very feverish, though the fever is going down but we are waiting for the laboratory test result to ascertain our suspicion” he said But the state commissioner of health Ahmed Yahaya says government  has set up a well trained response team in readiness to curtail any response team ahead of the outbreak of the disease in the state and we are battle ready for it.

He explained that the response teams who are well trained and kitted are stationed at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia and the Federal Medical Center Keffi where five suspected cases have been reported and being effectively handle by the team.

According to him “We have a case of family of five at FMC Keffi, our team have being on contact, they have taken the sample to Abuja and we are hoping that by tomorrow the confirmation will be made available to us, we are on top of the situation and our it was through adequate sensitization that the victims were able to report themselves to the hospital.

“Our isolation centers in the two hospitals are well equipped and we got some facilities from National Center for Disease Control” he said.

He explained that the they have dedicated six phone numbers for the public or medical facilities to report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the response team for prompt action and he gave the phone numbers as 08036018579, 08035871718, 08033254549,08036201904, 08032910826, and 08121243191.

The commissioner explained further that government had taken the proactive measures to ensure that the state is not taken unaware, adding that there is no medication or vaccine for the disease.

He directed all Primary and Secondary Healthcare facilities to promptly report any suspected case to the state response team, noting that the state is highly prepared and has put in machinery on ground to tackle all infectious disease.

But speaking to our correspondent, the chief medical director, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia, Dr Hassan Ikramma explained that the hospital do not have facilities for testing corona virus outbreak in the state.

He explained further that what the hospital has is a perfect isolation center for suspected cases, noting that only Lagos state and Abuja  facilities for testing the dreaded virus.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education in the state has ordered the closure of public schools to prevent outbreak of the virus.

State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology,  Hajiya Fati Jimaita Sabo, gave the orders, at an emergency meeting  with Directors, Chief Evaluation Officers and Association of Nigeria Conference of Principals of Seconadry Schools (ANCOPSS), yesterday in Lafia.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, the Commissioner directed all school principals across secondary schools in the state, to hasten and complete ongoing examination latest Thursday, 26.

Students are to proceed on vocation until further notice.

“Following the growing concern and gradual spread of Coronavirus popularly known as COVID19, the State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, has directed principals of public secondary Schools in the  state to  complete their second term examination latest Thursday 26 of March 2020, and proceed for vocation.” the statement read

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Nasarawa Organises Free JAMB CBT Training For Candidates

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Nasarawa Organises Free JAMB CBT Training For Candidates

Ahead of the 2020 Joint Admissions and  Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination scheduled to hold this month, the Nasarawa State government has organized preparatory Computer Based Test (CBT) training for candidates from the state.

Speaking at the training organised by the office of the personal assistant to the Nasarawa State Governor on Youths and Students Matters at the JAMB CBT Centre, Lafia, the governor’s assistant,  Abubakar Yamani Yammani, said the workshop supported by all the state’s local government chairmen, became necessary following the mass failure during the 2019 UTME, mostly as a result of inability to operate the computer.

Yammani disclosed that the free training exercise would be replicated across all the local government headquarters, under the supervision of the local government chairmen.

While commending Governor Abdullahi Sule for the initiative, Yammani noted the training would add value to the students, as well as build their capacity on CBT.

“It is my topmost priority and prayer that after this laudable program Nasarawa State will become the best performing state in Nigeria,” he added.

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Government sacks Rector, and Provots of Lafia Poly and College of Education Akwanga

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Government sacks Rector, and Provots of Lafia Poly and College of Education Akwanga

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has approved the suspension of Dr Rebecca Umaru, Provost College of Education Akwanga (COEA), and other management staff of the institution. In a statement issued by Mr Tijjani Ahmed, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), on Friday in Lafia, said the governor also approved the suspension of the Governing Council of the college.

Ahmed added that Sule has directed the Provost, Registrar, Bursar and Desk-officer in charge of TETFUND, to proceed on compulsory leave with immediate effect.

He said in the meantime, the governor had approved the appointment of a former Commissioner of Health, Dr Roseline Kela, as interim Administrator of the COEA for a period of six months. “Similarly, the governor has also approved the appointment of Mrs Ruth Jiriko, as the Acting Rector of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, with immediate effect,’’ he said.

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