Thursday, 13 July 2017

FCE Zaria Special Council Inauguration Change in System [FCEZ/WKLBULTN/VOL.1/18 11/07/2017]


The new Governing Council Chairman of the College, Dr Bello Yusuf Lafiaji has expressed the intention to overhaul the system towards purposeful and positive changes that will better the lot of members of staff and students and move the institution to the next level.

FCE Zaria Special Council Inauguration

Dr Lafiaji who made the promise during the inauguration of the new Council at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, told the mammoth crowd that the new Council would focus on improving the welfare of the staff.
While thanking God for the opportunity to serve in the College, Dr Lafiaji explained that the Council would work towards transforming the College for better productivity, assuring members of staff that promotion will be earned by deserving officers.

He, however, charged the College Community to shun rumour-mongering, hearsay and gossip and instead, commit themselves to discharging their lawful duties and responsibilities.

Dr Lafiaji called upon members of the new Council, Management, staff and students to cooperate with each other and work together as a team to move the College forward.

The Chairman who leads the 12 member Council which was reconstituted in April 2017 said it is “statutorily responsible for the governance and overall policy formulation in the institution”.

College 8th Governing Council Inaugurated
By Rejoice O. Chikwem

The College, last Tuesday, 4th July, at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, had its newly reconstituted Governing Council inaugurated at a ceremony that witnessed a massive turn out of staffers and guests from the Zazzau Emirate Council, sister institutions and others in and outside Zaria.

The Provost, Dr Ango Abdullahi Ladan, welcomed members of the new Governing Council, explaining that the mission of the College is to “attract and retain the best manpower for the training of dynamic teacher-trainees for service in an enabling academic environment”.

Going memory lane, Dr Ladan informed the new Council that the institution came into existence in 1962 as Northern Secondary Teachers’ College, NSTC, becoming Advanced Teachers’ College, ATC/ABU, before the Federal Government disarticulated it from ABU into Federal College of Education in 1991.

According to the Provost, the College has experienced “giant leaps in academic, manpower, economic and infrastructural development which has kept it as first among equals, and a lasting reference point for others in training for award of the Nigerian Certificate in Education, NCE”, while running affiliate programmes with ABU, Zaria and Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto, UDUS.

The Chairman of the occasion, HRH, Alh.(Dr) Shehu Idris, Emir of Zazzau, who was represented by the Fagacin Zazzau, Alh. Umar Mohammed, congratulated the council and assured them of the Emirate’s full cooperation throughout their tenure.

Alh. Mohammed asked the Governing Council to feel free to approach HRH as he is ready to offer assistance whenever there are problems and issues that demand his attention.

Unions in the College charged the new Governing Council to pay attention to issues of staff welfare and help resolve the difficulties experienced in accessing TETFUND resources for academic staff.

The Governing Council inaugurated with Dr. Bello Yusuf Lafiaji, OON, OFR, FWC, as Chairman, is the 8th since the College assumed its current status in 1991. Other members of the Council are Dr A. A. Ladan, Provost, Mrs. G. P. Ngubane, Rep. FME, Mrs. J. F. Suleiman, Rep. NCCE, Alh. Bala Wakili, Mr. Ashrel Zabs and Hon. Peter Edeh, Presidential Appointees, Dr. Y. S. Dantani and Mrs. H. S. Bamalli, Rep. Academic Board, Dr. Aishat Mohammed, Rep. ABU, Zaria, Prof. A. G. Yahaya, Rep. UDUS and Dr. Jibril Lawal, College Registrar and Council Secretary.

The inauguration ended with entertaining traditional songs and dance drama performed by Shatan Zazzau and students of Cultural and Creative Arts and Theatre Arts Departments, respectively.

COUNCIL, MGT VISIT EMIR
By Lawal Aliyu

The Chairman Governing Council, Dr. Bello Yusuf Lafiaji, Council Members and Management of the College have visited the Emir’s Palace in Zaria City to pay a courtesy visit to His Royal Highness, Alhaji [Dr] Shehu Idris.

In his speech, the Chairman stated, “Your Royal Highness, our father, our guardians, we are here on a courtesy visit for the purpose of our inauguration from Abuja to now Zaria. Your Royal Highness, we can never forget you, you are great father, you are great guardian and great personality that history will forever not forget to write your name.’’

He used the opportunity to condole the Emir over the death of his brother and prayed Allah [SWT] forgives him and grants him Al-jannatul fiddaus.

He further stated that Zaria is a traditional home to everybody, who has relations since his days at the residence of the Galadiman Magani, and also Zaria is an ancient City, well respected, well recognized in the whole Northern States.

The Chairman also thanked the Emir for the hospitality and encouragement for the College which made it to be successful, “by giving all advice, all the guidance and all the support.’’

He wished the Emir long life and prosperity, adding “may Allah [SWT] keep you longer in good health to be able to pilot the ancient town of Zaria.’’

Responding, the Emir on behalf of the Emirate Council expressed appreciation to the Management of the College, especially for introducing the newly constituted Governing Council of the College. He noted that FCEZ was the first to be established in Northern Nigeria for the 19 Northern States, and is one of the institutions that are making Zaria the centre of Education, apart from ABU, Zaria.

The Emir tasked the Chairman to uplift the College, expressing hope that they will look into the possibility of the College becoming a University. And continue to promote the Academic pursuit in Northern States of Nigeria.

He thanked the Federal Government for appointing the right people as the Chairman and members of the Governing Council and hoped the College Management will utilise their experiences so as to move the College forward.

The Provost, Dr. A. A. Ladan thanked the Emir for the guidance and advice given to the College. He prayed for the Emir’s long life and prosperity and to Allah to continue to give him good health.

The Council and the College Management were individually introduced to the Emir and photographs taken with him thereafter.

DVC Acknowledges FCE as Second
Great Educational Institution in Zaria
By Ahmed Yahaya

Deputy Vice Chancellor, DVC, Academics, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU Zaria, Professor Ezra Bako Amans has stated that FCE is next to ABU as a reputable educational institution in Zaria. He made the assertion when he represented the Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Garba during a courtesy call by the Governing Council and Management of the College.

The Chairman, Governing Council Dr. Bello Yusuf Lafiaji had stated that the essence of the visit was to say “thanks to our mother that has groomed us and had taken good care of us to attain our exalted position and the accompanying laurels”.

He added that, there should be synergy between the two institutions as the College needs the contribution of the University for its Growth. “We must go along with you and seek your advice and guidance and to be with you wherever you go” he said.

The Provost, FCE. Zaria, Dr. Ango Abdullahi Ladan expressed gratitude to the University for its incessant contributions and cooperation. He said almost all members of the entourage are products of this university and thus its good ambassadors in service to the entire humanity.

Dr. Ango admonished the authorities of the University to help the College streamline the problems it is facing about its undergraduate results presentation. He hoped the results will be out earlier so that the graduates can go for NYSC mobilization in good time.

The DVC responded by congratulating the Provost and the Chairman and members of Council on their appointments and assured that the visit of the Chairman and his entourage will make both parties consult and interact more to solve the problem.

“In view of some of the Challenges we are facing as an institution, we need to make a retreat to tackle some of them. It is embarrassing a semester will elapse and the result is not ready”, he lamented, noting that they have large numbers of students and the facilities are not available to cater for them.

Professor Amans concluded by drawing the attention of both sides on the need of synergy. He said, “we are very close. We should use this opportunity to remind ourselves to pursue things that are of mutual interest to us. This is just the beginning of improving our relationship”.

COUNCIL INSPECTS COLLEGE PREMESES
By Nuhu Abdullahi Yusuf and Abubakar B. Musa

The newly inaugurated Governing Council of the College has undertaken an inspection tour of the premises with a view to acquaint members with facilities and structures.

The Council members under the leadership of Dr. Bello Yusuf Lafiaji were accompanied by the Management led by the Provost, Dr. Ango Abdullahi Ladan. The Director of works, Architect (Mrs) Uwani Suleiman showed them around and explained completed and on-going projects, as well as existing structures and other facilities in the College. The first port of call was the Demonstration School, followed by the school of languages, ZAFEC and El-Rufai Hall among others.

Speaking after the visit at a reception, Dr. Lafiaji, reiterated the readiness of his council to uplift the College’s standard to the highest level with a view to produce good and quality teachers for the nation. He appealed for tolerance, dedication and hard work from both the management and the entire College community.

He expressed appreciation to the Provost and management for the inauguration ceremony and the tour, pointing out that council members would do all it takes to support the college in various ways towards achieving the desired goals.

Dr. A.A Ladan, thanked the Chairman and assured him and the council members that he is not going to fail them in moving the college forward. He also noted and assured the Emirate that Council and Management are going to do their best to make sure the college is progressing in all respects.

Dr. Ango stressed that he and the management would give their maximum support to the Council to make a good mark before leaving the College. He also acknowledged and appreciated the cooperation of representatives the federal ministry of education, NCCE, ABU and UDUS on the Council, Mrs. G.P Ngubane, Mrs. J.F. Suleiman, Dr. Aishat Mohammed and Professor A.G. Yahaya, respectively.


PROFILE OF THE WEEK: Dr. BELLO YUSUF LAFIAJI, OON, OFR, FWC, Sarkin Bauren Katsina CHAIRMAN, GOVERNING COUNCIL
By Lawal Aliyu

Dr. Bello Yusuf Lafiaji was born on 2nd of February 1952. He hails from Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina State. In his younger days, Lafiaji was a great sportsman as he represented his State in events like hockey, basketball and Cross Country running, in which he was the defunct North Central State champion. He joined the Nigeria Police Force, NPC, at the Police College, Ikeja, while he had his Security Intelligence Training at the SSS Training School, Lagos. That he was well trained as an officer is evident in the fact that he is a product of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Cairo, Egypt, where he trained in 1975. He also trained at the National Intelligence Academy, Fort Lauderdale, USA in 1978 and at Nigeria’s famous National War College.

The dedicated officer in him saw him becoming the Deputy Officer in charge, Abuja SSS Command, after which he became the Director of the State Security Service, DSS, for the Katsina, Kano and Borno Commands, as well as the National Director of Operation and later training.

With many years of service in intelligence behind him, he was seen as the man that could surpass the achievements of late General Musa Bamaiyi in his days as the Chairman of the Nigeria Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA. Six months after his appointment, Lafiaji reversed the 7 year de-certification of Nigeria by the United States. It was, therefore, not surprising to many when the former NDLEA Chairman emerged the Secretary General, and later, the first African President of the European Working Group of the International Drug Enforcement Conference in May, 2004.

His achievements then did not go unnoticed: he received honours both at home and abroad on account of his stream of successes at the agency. They include two National honours of the Order of the Niger, OON and the Officer of Federal Republic OFR. The belief is still held in some quarters that Alhaji Lafiaji was the one that professionalised the NDLEA. He also commanded respect for the way he refocused and restructured the Organisation in order to redeem Nigeria’s image in the International Community.

Dr. Lafiaji was appionted Chairman Governing Council of Federal College of Education, Zaria in May 2017 and is married with wives and children.

Deputy Provost’s Mother Dies at 83
By Ahmed Yahaya

The mother of the Deputy Provost, Hajiya Hurera Abubakar, died on Thursday, 29th June, 2017.
The deceased is survived by six children, namely Mallam Sulaiman Balarabe, Deputy Provost, Federal College of Education, Zaria; Mallam Salisu Balarabe, Ministry of Education, Kaduna State; Mallam Falalu Balarabe, Nigerian Army; Mallam Nasiru Balarabe, Soba Local Government Authority; Barrister Sabitu Balarabe, Bello Jahun and Co Chamber, Jos Road, Zaria and Hadiza Balarabe, a house wife.

FCE staff had thronged the deceased residence in Unguwan Alkali, Zaria City to commiserate with the family.

The deceased was described by mourners as woman of piety, virtue, humility and humour shortly after the funeral attended by hundreds of relatives and other sympathizers.

HANDY HUMOUR

A mad man saw his fellow mad friend crying by a river side. He sat down beside him and asked:
*_“Why are u crying?"_*
The other one replied:
*_“I put a cube of sugar in this river, but when I tasted, I felt nothing. It's not sweet!"_*
The mad man blew up with laughter and said:
*_"You! You are really very mad! Did you shake it?"_*
*Can't stop laughing..I was buying mangoes at the junction while waiting for change I saw a woman with a little child. The child was walking a bit faster than the woman and the woman shouted; "Degree wait for me"*. *I was so amazed hearing that name. So to satisfy my curiosity, I walked closer to the woman and asked; "ma, why do u call this child degree"*? *The woman laughed and said "I sent her mother to the* *University and this is what she brought home...*
A guy attended a wedding...
After the wedding, the reception was a gathering of about 30 people.
He sat at the front seat. Then a lady started sharing food. She started from the back and unfortunately, it didn't reach those at the front.
When her friends started sharing drinks, they started from the front, but unfortunately, he had already changed his seat to the back, again, the drink didn't reach him.
The guy was so furious and he stood up to take his leave.
But then he saw three ladies each with a big bowl, this time, he tried to be wise by seating at the middle.
To his uttermost surprise, one of the ladies started sharing from the front, and the second lady started distributing from the back.
It was turkey meat. When it got to the middle where he was seated, it got finished again.
Feeling so frustrated, he bent his head, not looking at any face.
BUT then, the third lady tapped him and stretched her bowl that he should pick.. he stretched his hand...
Guess what was in the bowl?
**TOOTHPICK.**
LESSONS:
Wait for GOD to locate you where you are.
Don't change your faith/belief. GOD knows your seat! Don’t try to be smart and miss HIS blessings. The race is not for the swift!
Keep on Believing in GOD.

ANNOUNCEMENT
2016 PROMOTION EXERCISE
SSUCOEN wishes to inform its members that the 2016 Promotion Exercise will be considered by the Council in the next two weeks, 24th July, 2017, when the Council will reconvene again.

This is sequel to the Council meeting with the Executives of the College Unions on the above subject.

Signed
Dahiru M.B Umar
Secretary of the Union,
Signed
Bala Mohammed

My Education Team.

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