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AUN students develop apps for teaching Hausa , Fulfulde languages

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Dr Margee Ensign, Vice-Chancellor, American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, says Computer Science students of the institution have written a computer application for teaching Hausa and Fulfulde languages.

Ensign disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at a two-day Conference on Technology-Assisted Learning in Nigerian Higher Education organised by NUC and AUN on Tuesday in Abuja.

She said that AUN deployed ICT massively and would soon connect Yola with fibre optics to boost access to ICT.

“We have a programme called Student Empowerment through Language, Literacy and Arithmetic (STELLA) where all our students are teaching vulnerable people how to read.

“Our Computer Science students have written apps for teaching Hausa and Fulfulde because people want to learn in their mother tongues.

“We will sign an agreement with the US Government to extend STELLA to other parts of North-East Nigeria.

“We are training vulnerable children on eight weeks free ICT access to know how to access technology; we hope to bring fibre optics to Yola so that the whole community has access to technology.’’

She said that the school had established a strong internet presence; which earned it a visit from Google two years ago.

According to her, Google visited AUN because it noticed AUN presence on the worldwide usage map as the institution used some Google technology.

“We are using e-books everywhere; every student and staff uses computer – a laptop or ipad.

“So, we have access to world knowledge; our jobs as faculty members and teachers are train people on how to access technology and how to evaluate it.

“We have 22 programmes focused on STEM- Science Technology Engineering and Maths in the secondary schools.

“The American Library Association recently ranked universities according to their digital holdings; AUN was one of the top three in the world – above Oxford and Cambridge.
“We have one of the best digital holdings.’’

Ensign said that AUN took into cognisance the challenges in the North-East and believed that technology could be used in tackling the challenges.

According to her, Nigeria’s population is growing rapidly; and by 2025, it will be the third largest in the world.
The vice-chancellor said therefore that there would not be not enough time to build more schools and train more teachers; hence the need to deploy technology.

“We believe technology is an important part of the answer; we thought it was right to partner with NUC to bring all the VCs together to see how we can map out strategies on how to tackle the problem.’’

She said she believed that participants at the conference would leave with strategies on how to jumpstart education through ICT.

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra

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Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari

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The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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