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A GLIMPSE OF THE NEW PROVOST, KOGI STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ANKPA

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Dr Mohammed Kebiru Ibrahim, the new Provost of Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa, hails from Okaba, Ojoku District in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State.

A muslim by birth, conviction and devotion, Dr Ibrahim spent his formative years in Makurdi, Benue State, where he had his early educationunder the direct guidance of his father, a seasoned civil servant, AlhajiAbubakar Kola Ibrahim, and mother, Hajiya TalatuIbrahim

Education

Right from his early years, the new Provost has always had a distinctive passion for the best in academic exploits.

This began with his first taste of western education at the Royal Kindergarten Primary School, Makurdi, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He proceeded to the ECWA Secondary School, Makurdi, in 1995, and obtained his Senior School Certificate from the institution in the year 2000. In 2001, the young Kebiru was among the second set of students admitted into the Bachelor in Agriculture (B.Agric.) programme in the then newly established Kogi State University, Anyigba, from where he graduated with Honours in 2005.

In view of his avowed passion and unwavering appetite for learning, he proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 2007 and obtained a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Agricultural Economics in 2009. This in itself was outstanding, as he made it within a two year minimum calendar period required for the progarmme.  

In 2011, the future Provost took his quest for academic exploits beyond the shores of Nigeria as he proceeded to the University of Reading, the United Kingdom, for a PhD programme in Agricultural and Food Economics. He successfully completed the programme in 2014. Meeting the minimum period of three minimum years required for the progamme was, again, an outstanding record.

Employment and Career Advancement

The new Provost of Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa, has been a university teacher all his life, and all virtually devoted to the promotion of academic excellence in Kogi State University, Anyigba. He joined the services of the University as a Graduate Assistant in the year 2007. Since then, he has been involved in teaching and mentoring of students, conducting research, assisting in administration and engaging in community service.

In the area of teaching, he hastaught and supervised students at the undergraduate, Master and PhD levels. Among the courses taught include Data Programming and Analysis (PhD level), Macroeconomics and Advanced Econometrics (M.Sc level), and Econometric, Environmental Economics and Agricultural Policy and Development (undergraduate level).

In the area of research, Dr Ibrahim is well on his way to recording his name boldly among the intellectual giants in the field of Agricultural Economics. On this score, he was co-consultant on the recently concluded “Market Study for Cassava Stems and Roots in Kogi State” funded by the Catholic Relief ServicesUnited States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was involved in the study of Resource Feasibility on Market Information and Opportunity for Cassava, Rice and Cashew for APPEALS, Kogi State Coordination Office (2020). He has also been a Senior Researcher in the Agricultural-Value Addition and Post-Harvest Loss Management Research Group, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Kogi State University since 2017; Consultant/Technical Expert in the Drafting of the Kebbi State Agricultural Policy Framework, funded by USAID Nigeria through the Feed the Future (Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project) and KebbiState Government (2017 – 2020); Research Adviser, Field Survey on the Impact of Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Scheme among Farmers in Kebbi State, Nigeria, funded by IFPRI and Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project (NAPP) and Michigan State University (MSU), U.S.A. (2018); and Team Leader, Training on Statistical Data Analysis using STATA among Academic Staff of Universities and staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Ebonyi, Delta, Niger, and Kebbi States, funded by IFPRI and Michigan State University, U.S.A. (2017).  In addition, Dr Ibrahim was a Principal Facilitator, Training Workshop on “Data Presentation and Interpretation” organized by Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project of the Michigan State University in Abuja (2017); and a Visiting Senior Research Follow to the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, United State of America (2018).

In the area of administration, Dr Ibrahim’s astuteness cuts across Departments, Faculties and general University administration. At the Departmental level, he has been Chairman, Committee on Anti-cultism Campaign (May, 2020 – Till Date); Academic Adviser, 100 level students (2016 – Till Date); SIWES Coordinator (2016 – 2020); Chairman, Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee (2019); Secretary, Postgraduate Curriculum Review Committee (2017); Secretary, Strategic Plan Review Committee (2016); and Managing Editor, International Journal of Agricultural Economics Management and Development (Published by the Department of AgriculturalEconomics of the University (Mach 2015-Till Date)

At the Faculty level, he has served as Chairman, Faculty Committee of Examination Officers; Faculty Examination Officer; Faculty Timetable Officer;Chairman, Faculty Committee on Field Trip and Chairman, Faculty Undergraduate Screening Committee.

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At the general University level, Dr Ibrahim has served as Member/Faculty Representative, University Committee on E-Learning (May, 2020 – Till Date); Coordinator, SIWES (2018 –2020); Member, University Committee on Research Policy Development (2018); Deputy Director, Directorate for Research and Innovation (2018 – 2020); Member, University Senate (2018 – Till Date);Member, Postgraduate Committee on Admissions and Results (2015 – 2018), Member, Committee of Faculty Examination Officers (2016 – Till Date), and until this appointment, Chairman, Kogi State University E-Examination Committee.  

Dr Ibrahim who is currently a Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics has an extensive research interest in Agro-Value Chain Analysis, Post-Harvest Loss Management and Livelihood of the Rural Population.

Community Service

Dr Mohammed Kebiru Ibrahim has an infectious devotion to social networking and community development. This has earned him accolades and recognitions in notable social and professional circles within and outside Kogi State. He isPresident-Elect, Rotary Club of Anyigba-Metro (2020);National President, Kogi State University Alumni Association (2018 – Till Date);Financial Secretary, Savannah Staff Co-operative Society (2018 – Till Date); and Vice-Chairman PTA, Premier Kinder Model Academy, Anyigba, Kogi State. (2018). He has served as Project Coordinator, Rotary Club, Kogi State University (2017), Faculty Adviser,and Enactus, Kogi State University (2015 Till Date).

Publications and Paper Presentations

The new Provost has published over 40 articles in reputable peer reviewed journals within and outside the country and contributed chapters to books.  He has also presented papers at conferences within and outside Nigeria.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Dr Ibrahim is a distinguished member of reputable professional bodies within and outside Nigeria. He is Member, Agricultural Economics Society (AES), United Kingdom;Member, African Association of Agricultural Economists(AAAE); Member, Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists(NAAE); and Member, Farm Management Association of Nigeria(FAMAN).

Sociability and Personal Principle

Dr Ibrahim is an unassuming and amiable fellow who easily makes friends across religious, ethnic, cultural and socio-economic persuasions. He is very open, accessible, and gives due respect to the highs and lows. Although he can be very tolerant to a fault, he is also a devoted servant of firmness and decisiveness. His avowed principle is that “Everything Attainable Comes by Hardwork and Unwavering Faith in Personal Convictions”.

Hobbies and Family Life

The new Provost of Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa, loves reading, hiking and cooking. He is happily married, and the marriage is blessed with children.

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Yoruba Land only breeding area boys, fake prophets —Billionaire developer, Okeowo

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Nigerian billionaire and property investor, Olu Okeowo, believes the only thing the South-West region of the country has been able to produce are area boys and fake prophets.

Okeowo, the owner of Gibraltar Property, who spoke on the current security situation in the country during a church service to mark his birthday on Sunday, said if the Country is to disintegrate today going by the clamour for self-determination, the South-West will be the biggest losers as there has not been any positive development in the region apart from miscreants and men of God who go about deceiving the people.

”I have noticed, electricity is no longer in abundant supply because Shiroro has been surrounded.

“Electricity is being generated in the North. Those who are saying divide don’t know what they are saying.

“Even if we divide today, the gas that they would use to run any turbine comes from another area.

“Unfortunately, my people here from the South-West will be the ones to lose out most because what we have produced mostly are area boys and fake pastors. We need to pray for the unity of Nigeria,” the property merchant said.

Okeowo’s alarm also came on the heels of the demolition of an illegal structure put of up by his company last week by the Lagos State government on the basis that they were distressed and had to go down.

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The multi-storey blocks of buildings were to have multiple numbers of flats and was being put up in the prestigious Parkview Estate in Ikoyi area of the state.

The government had also said that a further 7,800 buildings had failed compliance tests in accordance with the physical planning laws of the state which resulted in their closure.

This, the billionaire believes does not augur well for the South-West region as according to him, the means of livelihood of many had been taken away from them.

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My Grandmother Behind My Ordeal And Why I Said My Father Was Dead — Amputee Hawker Clarifies, Begs For Forgiveness

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She said she had been hawking in Onitsha in Anambra state, from where she moved to Asaba in Delta state and now to Lagos where she was hawking before fortune smiled on her.

Mary Daniel, the twenty-seven-year-old Lagos amputee hawker, has pleaded with Nigerians to forgive her for lying that her father was dead.

Daniel, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Thursday, said she made a mistake by saying her father was dead because the man abandoned her.

Reacting to allegations that her story was staged, Daniel refuted such allegations stating that she had been hawking sachet water despite being an amputee because she does not know how to beg for alms but rather work to survive.

She said she had been hawking in Onitsha in Anambra state, from where she moved to Asaba in Delta state and now to Lagos where she was hawking before fortune smiled on her.

Also, a report has said Daniel had been receiving strange calls from a team who were instrumental to her fortune in Lagos.

However, the young lady told SaharaReporters that it was no other person but her maternal grandmother, who was sad that she only got N200, 000 from Daniel’s fortune so far.

She claimed there was nothing to lie about as it’s obvious she is an amputee who lost a leg to an accident.

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“My father abandoned me since I was involved in this accident, there was no one to take care of me, nothing! That was why I said he’s dead. But my mother is truly dead. I had an accident truly; I was not amputated from birth.

“It was my grandmother that called me that she does not have anything, that if I have, I should send it. I said let me give her small money so she can use it to manage herself for now. I wanted to send N100, 000, I sent N200, 000 instead. She called me and asked why I sent her such a meagre amount, that, do I think she doesn’t know what’s going on, that how will people be contributing money for me and all I do is to send N200, 000.

“She said I’d rather send more money or she will expose me and I will go back to selling ‘pure’ (satchet) water. I was shocked and asked what sort of thing is this. She’s my maternal grandmother, she is really old.

“My aunties and uncles from my mother’s side are the ones pushing my grandmother into this and if she continues like this, later she will regret it. I have told her to calm down that I will take care of her but she refused. She is busy following her children around, making videos, that’s their business.

“Nigerians should forgive me. People that stay on the streets and in noisy places, they hardly have a settled mind and I said my father is late so Nigerians can help me. I made a big mistake; Nigerians should please forgive me.

“I want to open a supermarket in Lagos. I have always been a pure water hawker. Lagos is not the first place, I started from Onitsha, from there, I sold pure water in Asaba from there I came to Lagos. I don’t beg, even in my condition, I hawk that water so I can survive. That’s the business I have always been doing.

“I really appreciate the Lagos state government, Mr Idris, the hotel man that gaveme accommodation, that celebrated my birthday. I also appreciate Princess Aderemi, for all the support and everyone that helped. I promise not to fail Nigerians.”

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So much cry as hunger, high cost of foodstuffs hit Nigerians

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In Kogi State, it is not palatable as hunger is visible seen in the street and homes,Kogite cries out

Nigerian merchant Feyintola Bolaji, struggling with stagnant earnings and dwindling sales, is now being squeezed by the ever increasing prices demanded by her food suppliers, leading her to cut down on the amount she can put on her own family’s table.

Bolaji’s belt tightening is being shared by millions across Africa’s most populous nation. Not long after Nigeria’s statistics agency revealed that one in three people in the continent’s largest economy were unemployed, on Thursday it announced that food inflation has accelerated at the highest pace in 15 years, compounding the misery of many households.

“It is really bad, I can’t simply afford to give my children what they really need in terms of food,” said Bolaji, a mother of three in her 50s based in the southwestern city of Ibadan.

“I try to make them get the nutrients they need as growing children, but it is not enough,” she said, adding “I have had to cut down on meat and fish.”

Insurgency, unrest, and the stand of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government on food imports in a nation where more than half the population lives on less than $2 a day are worsening food insecurity in the African country. Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic has robbed 70% of Nigerians of some form of income, according to a Covid-19 impact survey published by the statistics agency last month.

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In Kogi State, it is not palatable as hunger is visible seen in the street and homes.

 

Sunday Elejo, Musa Nasidi and Bright Kolawole say there feeding habits have changed drastically as they can no longer afford the basics.

 

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