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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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Alternative Medicine Can Bridge Unemployment, Naira/Dollar Gap – Professor Says



By David Maxwell

A university don who has taken a vibrant interest in phyto-medicine research, Professor Benjamin Amodu, says Nigeria can reduce unemployment as well as bridge the forex gap between the Naira and Dollar through Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, TCAM.

He said this is very possible if both the government and the people join hands to project the vast potentials of the country to the foreign world.

Speaking to our reporter, he said: “My message. is that let us have a very huge hope in our herbs which God has endowed on us based on our location on the geography of the earth.
“This is a huge blessing God has given us and some of us have researched into them. It is just left for us to believe in them.

“So let us join hands with the government and move this country forward and get people all over the world to make Nigeria the destination for medical tourism as we reverse the incessant trips to India, China, Egypt and all the other destinations. “I can tell you categorically that TCAM is the best way to go. In fact’ if there is political will on the part of government, the Naira/dollar ratio will level up.

“The bulk of importation of drug products will fall and we will conserve our foreign exchange and channel it into other sectors.

“Government should even stand in the gap because there are a lot of things that can be done in this sector.

“Let us depend more on whatever we produce and forget about over-dependence on importation. When that happens, this huge youth unemployment ratio will be closed up as our subsistence farmers will go into extensive farming and production of the needed raw materials. And in so doing, you know they will employ many more hands to enable them to do this.

“You can imagine that the United States of America projected to make $30bn dollars in 2023 alone from alternative and complementary medicine,” Amodu said.

He then called on the Tinubu administration to build on what the previous administrator started and make Nigeria the hub for medical tourism.”

The huge government investment into this untapped multi-billion dollar industry however remains to be seen. Amodu is a 1980 graduate of Industrial Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and a professor of phytho-medicine from the Triune Biblical University, USA.

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