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GAPOGS Tasks African Students On Impactful Research To Challenge Education

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Joel Ajayi

The Global Association of Postgraduate Students (GAPOGS) has called on all the postgraduate students of the African continent to bring to the fore, impactful research that will transcend borders to address global challenges.

While speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, in Abuja, the newly elected African President of GAPOGS, Amb. Peace Nwankaego Onuiri said that the association will leave no stone unturned to ensure the holistic growth and development of all postgraduate students.

She expressed that, GAPOGS aims to instill a broader perspective on education, emphasizing the role of postgraduate students in finding practical solutions to real-world problems.

According to her, GAPOHS stands as a beacon for postgraduate students globally, fostering collaboration, celebrating diversity, and advocating for the rights and interests of scholars.

“As I call upon postgraduate students in Africa, let’s come together and make an impactful research that transcends borders and transforms the landscape of postgraduate education worldwide.

“Our primary aim is to establish collaborations with academic institutions globally, steering partnerships that facilitate campus development, academic exchange programs, joint research initiatives, and mobility for postgraduate students, and together, we will build bridges connecting the gown to the town, creating a vibrant local community that transcends geographical boundaries.

“As we embark on this journey, GAPOGS will facilitate networking and collaboration among postgraduate students, encouraging interdisciplinary interactions and knowledge-sharing opportunities. We will organize seminars, webinars, and Conferences to promote academic discourse, critical thinking, and intellectual engagement across diverse fields.

“Professional development is key to our mission, GAPOGS will provide resources, workshops, and mentorship programs to enhance research skills, academic writing presentation abilities, and overall competencies crucial for the professional growth of postgraduate scholars. A shining example is the upcoming Global Postgraduate School Games in June, showcasing our commitment to supporting the holistic development of postgraduate students.

“Cultural exchange and diversity appreciation are integral components of our agenda. GAPOGS will celebrate cultural diversity through events, forums, and Initiatives that foster cross-cultural understanding, appreciation, and integration among postgraduate scholars from diverse backgrounds.

“Advocacy is a cornerstone of our mission, therefore we will serve as a vocal advocate for postgraduate students’ rights, ensuring their voices are heard at both national and international levels. GAPOGS will also provide access to resources, including databases, research grants, scholarships, and other opportunities to empower postgraduate students in their academic pursuits.

“In addressing the unique needs of Africa, we recognize the importance of result- oriented research, our focus on African tourism components aims to implement research outcomes that contribute to the development of the continent. GAPOGS is committed to addressing global challenges through impactful research, emphasizing the role of postgraduate students in implementing solutions, especially in the context of Africa.

“Lastly, on the welfare front, we are proud to illustrate our commitment through the forthcoming Postgraduate Global School Games. This event exemplifies our dedication to the overall well-being of postgraduate students, showcasing our support for both academic and extracurricular pursuits.”

While presenting the certificate of return to the African president, the Global President of GAPOGS, Amb Dr. Edward Olutoke stated that Africa needs to think outside the box for them to get the attention of the world.

“When we get to Universities all over Africa, you see piles of projects from BSc. to Ph.D. What do we do with these projects? And for people to write these projects, it involves a whole lot of energy, some go through tough times. Some of them even pay huge money for their projects to be done. That is why GAPOGS was formed to ensure we let them know that we don’t just go to school to acquire certificates, but we go to school to solve problems.”

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Nasarawa Lawmaker, Hon. Sa’ad doles out N28 million for empowerment, JAMB, Ramadan for constituents.

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“… says beneficiaries cut across party lines in all the 6 electoral wards of Umaisha/Ugya constituency…”

Nasarawa State House of Assembly Member Representing Umaisha/Ugya constituency Hon. Ibrahim Abdullahi Sa’ad, PDP has distributed rice worth N23 million to his constituency.

He also registered JAMB for 200 students of his constituency at the cost of N2million.

He made the distribution today in Umaisha, Toto Local Government Area of the state.

Hon Sa’ad also empowered 60 women with N50, 000 each in order to boost their petty business.

Hon Sa’ad, who is the Chairman House Standing Committee on Capital Market urged the students who qualify to write JAMB and yet to submit their names to do that immediately as he is ready to do more in that aspect.

He said that the gesture was borne out of his desire to assist his people, especially at this month of Ramadan in order to improve on their standard of living.

” All the people of Umaisha/Ugya are my people, what I am doing today is because of you, I am proud of you and ready to do what you want

” I have distributed this rice cutting across our people residing in Lafia, Keffi and Abuja in that order before coming home today for this distribution

” I have also empowered vulnerable women in my constituency as I gave N500, 000 each to each of the six electoral wards where 60 women were empowered with N50, 000.each

” I am ready to make the difference to better your standard of living,” he said.

The lawmaker promised quality and effective representation at the state legislature.

The assemblyman assured the people of his constituency of his readiness to provide more dividends of democracy to change their lives positively.

The lawmaker, therefore, solicited for the support of all and sundry to enable him succeed in the House.

He urged his constituents to be law abiding, respect constituted authorities and give their maximum support and cooperation to the policies and programs of Governor Sule to succeed.

He expressed concerned with what happened in Katakpa that resulted in the death of many people including security operatives and urged the people to stay calm as government is at the top of the situation.

“When there is peace, there is development, let’s continue to live in unity and peace,” he plead

Hon Sa’ad also commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for his prompt action over Katakpa killing by sending delegation to the affected communities to ascertain the level of damage.

He said Gov. Abdullahi Sule promised to provide a military base in Katakpa to address further issues of security challenges

” Let’s all continue to support Engr. A A Sule to succeed so as to enjoy more dividends of democracy” he said

On their parts, Western Zonal Chairman, PDP, Alhaji Iliyasu Ogbehya and Umaisha Women Leader, Hajiya Salamatu Ibrahim appreciated the member and pledged their total support for him to succeed.

In his welcome address at the occasion, the representative of PDP Chairman, Toto Local Government Area, Alhaji Musa Wakili commended the member for the gesture saying that it was the first of its kind in the area that involved people across political parties.

” We are proud of you even before now. You are the reason for us to have mobile phone network services in our area.

“And we know that with this opportunity as member, you can do more, and that is what we are witnessing today,” he said.

He enjoined the people of the area to give all their necessary support to Hon Sa’ad to succeed

Speaking during the occasion, Chairmen of NNPP, SDP and ADP at the ward levels of Umaisha and Ugya commended the member for fostering unity among different political parties in the area which was first of its kind.

They called on their supporters to rally round the lawmaker to succeed so that he can continue with the good job he has started.

It would be reported that the event had the presence of Ward Party leaderships of People Democratic Party (PDP), New Nigeria People Party,(NNPP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Action Democratic Party (ADP), among others.

The rice were shared according to wards, groups, parties, security agencies, campaign committees among others to reduce the people’s hardship especially in this month of Ramadan.

Highlights at the occasion was the presentation of rice to leaders of different benefiting groups by the lawmaker as well as presentation of Two Million Naira Cheque for disbursement to students registering for JAMB.

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