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Minister Applauds FCT Students, Teachers Performance In 774 YONSPA 2020



Joel Ajayi

FCT Administration has joined the Federal Government to applaud and appreciate winners of the 774 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award (774 YONSPA 2020) organized by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology through the presentation of cash gifts to the second-place winner, Master Aimofumhe Eshiobomhe Sigmus.

Master Sigmus who represented FCT at the National Final competition of 774 YONSPA 2020 held in Abuja between 1st and 3rd of March, 2020 is a student of the FCT School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada.

In a brief ceremony witnessed by the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu and other top officials in the Education Secretariat, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello commended the student and teachers of the school for doing the FCT proud. He said the cash gift was a token to Master Sigmus to express the appreciation of the FCTA for a wonderful outing.

In an interview after the ceremony, the Chairman FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB) Hon. Yahaya Musa Muhammad commended the Honourable Minister of the FCT for providing the enabling environment to ensure that students have a conducive learning environment to put in their best.

He said: “If you go to most of our schools, you will see a series of renovations, expansions, rehabilitation of laboratories, renovation of hostels and construction of new blocks of the classroom. So, the enabling environment is being created to ensure that the students have a conducive learning environment which is giving us the result we are seeing today”.

Also speaking, the Director, FCT Secondary Education Board, Mrs. Nanre Emeje said FCT public schools have been clinching prizes in various competitions, adding that it was only fitting that the school for the Gifted, is a science-based school, excelled in the 774 YONSPA 2020.

Her words: “All our schools are doing a lot and are making us proud. We want to thank the FCT Minister because he is focusing on us and any time we go to him, he helps us in coping with the challenges of making sure these students remain the best”.

Earlier, Master Sigmus had described the gesture as a source of encouragement for him and other students to study hard. He thanked the FCT Minister for the token of appreciation and words of encouragement.

Master Sigmus attributed his success to the hard work of his mother, school teachers, and principal.

The Federal government had earlier awarded all three best students in the competition, scholarships to study up to Ph.D. level if they so desired.


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FG woos foreign mining investors with lower production cost



Joel Ajayi

Cutting red tapes which slow business transactions and improving the security of mining operations are among fresh commitments unfolded by Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Oladele Alake at the Mines & Money Conference which opened in London, United Kingdom on Tuesday.

Addressing global stakeholders in the mining industry, Alake, in the 15-minute speech pitched for more investment in Nigeria listing unique advantages such as lower production cost due to surface mining and billions of dollar untapped minerals.
He quoted recent reports by audit firm KPMG which reported that mining’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP rose from 0.3 percent to 0.85 percent last year, indicating 0.63 percent year on year growth.

His words: “The country’s geological bounty encompasses over 44 distinct mineral types, found in exploitable quantities across more than 500 locations. Recently, recognizing the evolving global landscape and in response to emerging trends, Lithium has been included as a crucial strategic mineral of global consequence.”

Dr. Alake said the administration of President Bola Tinubu has embarked on reforms to boost investment by streamlining procedures and reducing hurdles to attract foreign investors.

Showcasing recent progress in creating conditions for solid minerals development, Dr. Alake highlighted fresh data revealed by the Airborne Geophysical Survey, memorandum of understanding with German firm Geoscan to gather more data on solid minerals across the country and access to finance through a new funding facility launched by the Africa Finance Corporation and the Solid Minerals Development Fund.

The minister reminded the global mining community of the Federal Government ‘s policies on how mining operations must benefit the communities and lead to processing instead of wholesale export of raw minerals.

“ Nigeria is currently emphasizing Solid Minerals Beneficiation and Value-Addition as a panacea for quick and sustainable growth of the Mining Industry…By adding value to our raw materials, we not only create higher value products but also generate employment opportunities for our teeming youth and increase the sector’s overall profitability and contribution to the nation’s GDP”, he said
Dr. Alake urged investors to support socio-economic development of the communities where they mine to make mining mutually beneficial.

Citing the recent launch of the revised guidelines for Community Development Agreement which provides for social amenities, educational support, health and safety environmental facilities.

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