A 17-year-old boy in Kano State, Isah Auwal-Barde, has invented a robot that works with robotic exoskeleton remote control.
Exoskeleton remote control is a system of controlling a robot by the person operating it through demonstration with parts of his body.
Auwal-Barde told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Saturday that he grew up with passion of creativity.
He explained that he graduated from Government Secondary School (GSS), Sabuwar-Kofa, Kano, in 2021, and obtained seven credits in science subjects in the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Auwal-Barde said, ”it took me two years to invent the robot using local materials like DC motors, copper wires, pipes, corrugated cardboard as well as metal, among others, and the robot works with electricity.
“I want to be a robotics engineer, so that I can be producing robots that can be used in addressing security challenges bedeviling the country,” he saidAuwal-Barde stated that his father had contributed immensely in encouraging him towards ensuring the success of the project.
“I thank my father for encouraging me towards success of the project.
“Now, I want to get a scholarship to further my education abroad to fulfill my dream of becoming a robotics engineer,” he said.
Auwal-Barde further said that his prowess in robotics engineering attracted a delegation from the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), to visit him.
According to him, the delegation promised to secure an admission for him in one of the indigenous universities to study Computer Engineering.
Commenting on the development, his father, Auwal Barde said that the boy grew up with passion of creativity.
Barde said that he always encouraged his son and never prevented him from achieving his potentials.
“I have been giving him words of encouragement and telling him that he will become a robotics engineer in future.
“And whenever our electricity or electronics had faults, he was the one to repair them,” he said.
He called on the government to support his son with a scholarship to study robotics engineering abroad.
Barde said that would enable him to realize his full potentials and contribute to nation building.
Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin (Unilorin), has urged members of Old Boys Association, Government Secondary School (GSS), Ilorin, to build the right motivations among students of the institution.
Abdulkareem, represented by Prof. Musa Yakubu, the Dean of Student Affairs, of the institution gave the charge while delivering his address as the Guest Speaker during the Prize Giving Day ceremony of the school on Tuesday.
He stressed the need for them to contribute and share the values they imbibed at GSS Ilorin to restore the past glory of its usual radiating academic excellence and not to sit aloof.
According to him, the success is about struggle just as the motto of the school persistently ingrains it in the minds of its students: “Manjada Wajada” in Arabic, meaning “No Struggle, No Success”.
Abdulkareem added that true success entails having a positive mental attitude, persistent struggles against difficulties, setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success.
“True success entails having a positive mental attitude, persistent struggles against difficulties, setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success,” he said.
Abdlukareem, also the Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors in Nigeria (CVCN), expressed gratitude to National Executives of the Old Boys Association, led by the National President, Alhaji Mohammed Adebayo, and the entire management team of the school.
“I am just one of the multitudes of great boys that our great school produced and moulded as models and enviable references.
“Any old boy present at the occasion could have been a better speaker because of the manifestations of the heritage of the academic excellence and character formation known with our school,” he said.
He appreciated the national executives of the association for initiating such event, adding that though every other school organises prize award ceremony annually, that of the school has a greater and nobler purpose.
The Parents Association of Students on Exchange Programme (PASEP) of Government Secondary School (GSS), Ilorin, has commended Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara for being passionate about the welfare of the students.This is contained in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Mr Ahmed Funsho, and Secretary, Mr Shehu Gidado, on Tuesday in Ilorin.They noted that since the inception of this administration, it has been consistent about the payment of transport fares of the students.The officials added that the gesture was helping the students to enjoy stable and uninterrupted study in their respective schools outside the state.The statement said previous government was not sensitive to the students’ plight, explaining that it owed them arrears of fares to the tune of over N15 million.“Your Excellency, we wish to place on record that prior to your coming on board, there had been a backlog of unpaid transport fares for our children on the Exchange Programme, spanning about 4 years (over N15 million).”But ever since you became the Governor in 2019, we have been enjoying a steady and timely payment for the affected students who are schooling all over Northern Nigeria.”We commend you for this,” they said.The association stated further that as keen followers of the governor’s style of administration, AbdulRazaq has undoubtedly justified the ‘Otoge mantra’ that birthed his tenure.”We are also proud of your track record of achievements across key sectors.”This clearly manifests that Otoge revolution is not a fluke but a change that is genuinely placing Kwara high in the comity of states in Nigeria,” the statement read.It however requested that the government to settle the four-year arrears of fares and provide them with a coaster bus.”This is for smooth runnings of our activities.“We pray for the success of this administration and pledge our support for realisation of the governor’s second-term bid,” they said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
A lawmaker, Mr Danladi Jatau, has donated 100 bags of cement for construction of more classrooms at Government Secondary School (GSS), Kofar Gwari in Kokona Local Government Area, Nasarawa State.
Jatau, who represents Kokona West Constituency in the state assembly, made the donation on Wednesday at a meeting with APC stakeholders in Kofar Gwari.
“I want to donate 100 bags of cement for the building of more classrooms in GSS Kofar Gwari, as no society will achieve meaningful progress without sound education.
“The donation is part of my continued commitment to contribute positively to the development of the education sector in the state.
“I also want to give assurance of my continued readiness to key into good policies and programmes that will have direct bearing on your lives and the lives of others,” he said.
Jatau, who is the Chairman of the assembly’s Committee on Public Complaints, Petition and Security, sought continued support of members of his constituency to enable him to deliver on his mandate.
“I want to call on you and other people of our constituency to continue to support me and Gov. Abdullahi Sule to succeed beyond 2023.
” This is to enable you to enjoy more dividends of democracy,” he said.
The lawmaker urged the people and the entire state residents to be their brothers’ keepers and live in peace.
The Chairman of Kokona Local Government Area, Mr Awalu Adamu, lauded the lawmaker for the gesture.
Adamu said that the lawmaker had demonstrated purposeful leadership in the state legislature.
Set 2001 graduates of Government Secondary School (GSS) Kuje, Abuja, on Saturday donated study materials to their alma mater.
The Chairman, Set 2001, Mr Zakari Ahmed, while presenting the items on behalf of his mates, said the gesture was in commemoration of the set’s 21st anniversary of graduation.
Ahmed said that the community of former students was established to utilise the benefits of bond and social capital to contribute to nation building and give back to the school community that made them.
He said the group had in the past, marked its anniversaries by supporting the students of GSS Kuje with over 500 customised exercise books.
He added that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the group reached out to Pasali and Shetiko communities in Kuje with food items where over 50 households benefited.
“We equally visited an orphanage in Kuje where we donated food items, and this year’s anniversary, we decided to support learning by donating 50 desks and chairs to the school.
“Truth be told, we are counting memories of long nights of studying for exams, sports games, jocks in our locker rooms and classes, senior-junior students’ mentorship, teachers-students mentorship.
“Today, our hearts are knitted with the euphoria of fulfillment that our hopes as students have been birthed into realities.
“We are resolute in our resolve to procure comforts and conveniences that will create conducive learning environment; provide career guide to students and offer the best representation of this school in all our duty posts.’’
Ahmed further called on the school management and other old students to create a forum where the school problems would be communicated so they could be attended to.
He expressed the group’s gratitude to the principals, teaching and non-teaching staff, whose collective resilience strewn dreams into realities.
“We are transformed because of your commitment to impact in us the virtues of our various endeavours. We are celebrated because you trained and instructed us.’’
Responding, Dr Bello Gupa, the Principal of GSS Kuje, thanked the set on behalf of the school and FCT Secondary Education Board, for the gesture, adding that the school was in dire need of chairs.
“Thank you very much set 2001, the truth is that we are short of chairs; in fact, we have been thinking of what to do about it.
“Since I came, we have made about 600 chairs and year in year out, we keep on having shortage of seats.
“Now you have come to our aid and I think from now till the end of the term, our students will sit comfortably,” he said
One of the teachers who taught set 2001, Mr Dugule Hacks, thanked the group for the initiative, noting that such acts complements government’s effort towards providing conducive learning environment.
“I want to say that I am proud to be part of a set like yours, continue to do what you are doing, continue to pray, continue to stick together; the almighty God will certainly bless you.
“We want to appreciate you all, for even remembering that we, in our own little ways, touched your lives; we appreciate you for looking back to say that where you have been trained deserve much more.
Hacks advised youths to take the forefront in the affairs of the country by taking leadership positions and working hard for the good of the nation.
In his remarks, Mr Ibrahim Abubakar, Head boy, set 2001 thanked the teachers for being so impactful, adding that God had been faithful to set 2001 for 21 years.
“About 21 years ago, we thought that we were being punished by our teachers but looking behind, we discovered that they molded us to become the best we are today,’’ he said.
Abubakar told the school to expect more of such gestures and also urged the students to emulate the good virtues of set 2001.
The Head Girl of set 2001, Ms Grace Inuwa, also appreciated the teachers for their commitment towards ensuring that her mates became great men and women.
“You instilled in us character, and the determination to succeed, we realised that after the discipline comes the gift,’’ she said
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that highlight of the event was the presentation of cash gifts to appreciate their teachers.
Dr Olusola Oresanya, Executive Director, Chen Teen and Youth Development Initiative ((CTYDI)), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has called for stakeholders’ collaboration in building resilience in children.
Oresanya made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at the 2022 Annual Abuja Schools Debate Tournament organised by CTYDI.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tournament is the 5th in the series of the debate, which featured schools from the private and government sides, within the territory to debate on issues around resilience.
The theme for the debate tournament is: ‘Developing Resilience in Young People: An Essential Tool for Survival in the 21st Century’.
The executive director said that learning resilience during adolescence could make a real change to a young person’s outcome and success in life.
She also said that there was need to infuse curriculum on lifelong skills in schools which would help children make good use of their time especially, when they are idle.
According to her, low resilience has been associated with an elevated incidence of suicidal behaviour, development of mental health problems, and poor general health status.
” Abuja Schools Debate is a platform created to allow young people participate in the discourse of topical issues affecting them. We also bring experts and professionals to address such issues.
“In 2021, as the world was just recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, we focused on the theme: Addressing the Effects of COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerian Adolescents and Youths’.
” And had schools compete on the topic: ‘The devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerian youths are manifestations of a failing system rather than the pandemic itself’ with Government Day Secondary School, Wuse II, winning the trophy.
“Statistics show that about 64 million Nigerians are currently suffering from one mental illness or the other and Nigeria has Africa’s highest caseload of depression, and ranks 15th in the world, in the frequency of suicide, according to WHO,” she said.
Oresanya added that building resilience was a critical preventive tool against mental breakdown, especially among adolescents.
She, therefore, said that there was need to raise awareness and generate a discourse on developing resilience in young people as a tool for survival in the 21st century.
She said that the schools, government and relevant authorities had a role to play in achieving this.
On the face-off between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Oresanya appealed to students to make good use of their time in engaging in activities that would better their lives.
Also, Mr Joseph Ike from the Milestone Rehabilitation Centre, Kaduna, who spoke on the topic: ‘Developing Resilience in Young People: An Essential Tool for Survival in the 21st Century’, said children needed help on how to cope with exposure to change.
Ike said it was important for those involved in caring for, raising and teaching young people about resilience as a developmental resource.
According to him, every human being faces difficulties in life, even young people in childhood and adolescent resilience is a capacity that can be built.
Assistant Director, FCT Secondary Education Board, Mr Itam Nneoyi, said there was need for the society to encourage young adults due to the sequence of events happening in the society like depression, suicide and the rest.
Nneoyi said that the board had a rich curriculum on resilience taught in schools which would help develop the students on ways of handling challenges of life.
“The children need to be supported so that the resilience in them can be developed, they should be encouraged by all means to ensure that the resilience is built in them.
“We have a good curriculum with regards to resilience but the parents also must be there for their children to really help them come out of challenges,” he said.
Also, Miss Anjolaoluwa Odomo, a student of JC Best International School, Abuja, called on students to realise that they could come out of every challenge, hence the need to build their resilience.
In the same vein, David Aboko, a student of Government Secondary School, Kabusa, commended the initiative stressing that resilience was a tool students needed to cope with the challenges of life.
NAN reports that seven schools such as: JC Best International School, Government Secondary School (GSS) Kabusa, GSS Wuse II, GSS Apo, GSS Gwanrinpa, Life gate Academy, and Lela Blossom Schools participated in the debate.
Life gate Academy clinched the top position in the competition, GSS Wuse took second while GSS Apo, took the third position.(
Plan International, an NGO, has called for more girls participation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) careers to foster a more dynamic technology sector and enhance innovation and productivity.
The Country Director, Plan International, Mr Charles Usie, made the call in Abuja on Friday, at an event to commemorate the 2022 Girls in ICT Day.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event featured debate and quiz competition amongst schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The topic of the discussion is tagged “Is Technology a Critical Component of the Education of Students today”?
The selected schools in the debate and quiz competition includes Light of Day School, Kubwa, Capville School, Government Secondary School (GSS) Dutse, GSS Garki, GSS Wuse Zone 3 and Maitama Model School.
Usie, represented by the Communication Advisor of the organisation, Mr Yunus Abdulhamid, said that the competition would spur conversation of girls in ICT.
“Girls in ICT debate competition for young adolescent is to help spur conversation of girls in ICT.
” Data indicates fewer female in ICT and science generally. Also, as you progress, more girls drop out from related courses.
“In today’s world, more women are found in all human endeavours like the pilots, engineers, architects, medical doctors, bankers and many more.
“For us as a country to advance in what we do, we need more participation of girls in ICT in our world today,” he said.
Usie also said that 50 per cent of the country’s population were female, hence the need for the government to pay critical attention on the girl child in the area of technology.
“We can hardly survive in today’s world without technology. In Nigeria, 50 per cent of our population is female and involving them in ICT will help to advance the country’s development.
“Any society who looks down on this group of people will definitely fail. So, we are saying that female must imbibe technology to really grow our country.
“At Plan International, we focus on the adolescent girls. This does not mean the boys are not important, they are because in our programmes for girls, we also carry the boys along,” he said.
The Project Coordinator, Plan International, Mrs Mary Mbukpa, called for monitoring of devices used by children from home.
Mbukpa called on the government to provide digitalised library and put in place a system where the girls don’t have to go to other sites that would not be significant to their learning.
She also encouraged parents to ensure that they guide their children in the use of digital platforms
“We have had debate and quiz competition towards showing the good about ICT, so it is important for young girls to begin to access ICT and also baring in mind that they need to be safe online.
“Looking at our society, the boys have access to different ICT platforms but we are very conservative in the way we build up our young girls.
“We need to try to control a lot of things they do but we are looking at how girls can use the ICT to better their education,” she said.
One of the students, Jamie David, an SS1 student of GSS, Wuse Zone 3, said there was need for girls to be given the opportunity to be able to have access to ICT.
David said this would be one of the ways to tackle gender inequality in our society.
“We have to evolve as the world is evolving. Technology has helped us in many ways; it all depends on the choice of the technology.
” Parents should look more into what the children does and not buy gadget for children who are not matured to use it,” she said.
Mr John Osigbemhe, a Science Teacher in GSS Garki said that girls around the world were becoming more interested in ICT, hence the need to encouraged Nigeria girls to utilised the power of ICT.
Osigbemhe added that stakeholders should help the children by putting in place restrictions on the use of technology and controlled by parents.
He said that there was a limit to what the school could do to curtail the gadget being used for all manners of social vices in the society.
NAN reports that Capville School clichéd the first position, GSS Wuse Zone 3 came second while GSS Garki and GSS Dutse came third in the debate category.
Also, Maitama Model School clinched top, Light of Day School came second and GSS Dutse came third in the quiz competition.
NAN reports that Plan International in partnership with Tech Her for Women in Technology, an NGO, would offer a six months online programme for ICT mentorship from June to December for best students in the competition.
The Federal Ministry of Education has commended Zamfara for moving from the state with the least registered students, to number 14 in the 2020 common entrance examination into Federal Government Colleges.
As students write the 2020 common entrance examination across the country, the ministry commended the significant improvement by Zamfara during the monitoring of the examinations by officials of both the ministry and the National Examination Council (NECO) in Abuja on Saturday.
Mr Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education called on other states yet to do well, to improve more as the carrying capacity had been increased to 30,000.
According to him, I am impressed that the standards are rising. I call on everyone to do the right thing to expand the schools.
“The examination is going round 639 centres across the country. We have witnessed a significant increase in number.
“First, we are grateful to Mr President for the modest investment in technology to provide basic infrastructure to make our schools secure and to make sure that proper teaching and learning can take place in those schools.
“This year, we have more than 92,000 applicants for this examinations which jumped from between 72,000 and 75,000, which we have had concurrently for three years.
“But also very significant and important to mention is that for the past two years, I had the pain of complaining that I even followed it with visit to one of the states that used to be the least in terms of participation in our examination and that is Zamfara.
“But I am very pleased to announce today and this demonstrates what political will means. Zamfara that used to be number 37, which is the absolute last in the last two years, this year has moved to number 14 and more significantly has the highest number of applicants from the northern states.”
Echono said that government had approved for three years to have 16 technical schools that would boost technical education in the country, while also calling for improved mechanism within the schools.
NECO Registrar, Prof. Godswill Obioma said that deepening awareness of the council had resulted into the increase in the number of registered candidates compared with previous years.
Obioma said that 284 internal monitors were deployed by the council as well as the deployment of 295 external monitors by the ministry of education for the conduct of the examinations to maintain standards
“This year, because of deepening awareness which we have been able to do across the country prior to the examinations, has brought about the increase.
“And that is why we have above 92,000 this year. In terms of coordination, you can see the students in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines; about two metres apart and the students are putting on their face masks,” he said.
The registrar however said that the council had proposed a five-year strategic plan which included the use of information technology in the conduct of its examinations.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu commended the students for their comportment in the examination, while expressing satisfactions with the observance of COVID-19 protocols as stated by the Federal Government.
Adamu promised that the results would be ready as soon as possible.
On the regularisation of academic calendar caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Adamu said that Federal Government Colleges would resume for new academic calendar in January 2021 after completing the 2019/2020 session in December.
“The exam is very good; they have done the protocol of COVID-19 as is it expected and I think the spacing is alright and they started on time.
“The results will come out as quickly as possible. Everything is digitalised.
“They are going to finish their third term and then the new calendar can start next year, so for Federal Government Colleges, when the examination is through, you will get to know the date,”
Meanwhile, Dr Abubakar Sadiqque, the Chairman, Governing Council, NECO, said that the council had deployed modern technology that would fast track the release of results.
He said that the council reduced examination fees to allow Nigerians have more registrations in the examination.
A total number of 92,591 candidates registered for the 2020 NECO examinations with 44,021 males and 48,550 females and 22 visually impaired candidates.
Lagos State that came top, registered 26,006, FCT came second with registered applicants of 9,763, followed by Anambra with 6,440 registered applicants and Zamfara came 14th with 1,742 applicants.
Meanwhile, the last bottom three states are Kaduna with 1,197, Osun 1,194 and Cross River with 1,147 applications.
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Mrs Amina Liman, President, Fire Officers Wives Association (FOWA), on Thursday donated over 200 sanitary pads to female students of the Government Secondary School (GSS), Karshi, Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other items donated to the Junior (JSS3) and Senior Secondary School (SSS3) girls were packs of tissue and detergents.Donating the items, Liman said the association deemed it fit to ensure school girls maintained menstrual hygiene amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.She advised students to ensure proper sanitary pads usage, change and disposal to avoid infection and environmental contamination.The FOWA President further thanked the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, for supporting the association with cartons of sanitary pads which were part of the toiletries distributed to the students.“We are here today as an association and as concerned caring mothers to make this donation following the outcome of the virtual meeting organised earlier by FOWA,“ she said.NAN also reports that on Aug. 21, Tallen had donated 200 sanitary pads to FOWA during a virtual conference tagged ‘Maintaining Menstrual Hygiene during Pandemic’.The Director co-curricular Division, FCT Secondary Education Board, Mrs Fatima Babba, thanked the President of FOWA for her kind gesture and assured the association that the doors of the board were always open for collaborations.Mr Jafar Usman, Principal, GSS Karshi, thanked FOWA for the candid donation and assured that the sanitary pads, tissues and detergents would be adequately distributed among the students.An SSS III student of the school, Blessing Agu, expressed her profound gratitude to the association for sensitising the female students on menstrual hygiene and provision of sanitary pads.Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
GIFSEP Executive Director, Mr David Micheal, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said that the move was triggered by absence of electricity in Yaba community since 2016.
He said that when his NGO visited the school to establish an Environmental Club in 2018, it discovered that the boarding school had no electricity supply.
“We had earlier powered a block of classroom with solar so that the students can read and do their assignments at night instead of using candles and lanterns.
“Now we have powered the boys and girls hostels with solar.
“GIFSEP had in 2018 powered a block of classroom with solar to enable the students to study at night and now extended power to the hostels so that the students don’t live in the dark any longer,” Michael said.
According to him, the students who are currently writing WAEC exams have expressed joy at the development.
“The solar for schools initiative is part of capacity building of students to address climate change in FCT schools,” he said.
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