Nigerian Minister of Education Praises Polytechnic Institutions

Mallam Adamu Adamu

Mallam Adamu Adamu

After being called to the bar in 1992, Nigerian lawyer Chiedu Ebie amassed nearly 20 years of experience in the practice of corporate and commercial law, later serving as managing director of a prominent oil and gas company. In 2015, Chiedu Ebie accepted a role within the Delta State Government as commissioner of basic and secondary education and has since worked to improve the state’s education system through measures such as improving technical and vocational colleges.

Recently, Nigeria’s national Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, assured the public that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to improving technical and vocational education throughout the country. The government plans to accomplish this by increasing investment and research, specifically in polytechnic schools. Speaking at the 14th-annual Federal Polytechnic convocation, Minister Adamu also praised the potential of polytechnic institutions to provide solutions to significant global challenges, such as hunger. He encouraged youth to consider pursuing a vocational skill or trade, noting both the prevalence of jobs in sectors such as construction and the crucial role they play in national development. At the same time, Minister Adamu also called on corporations and citizens alike to assist in the funding of educational institutions in order to better prepare this upcoming generation of workers.

It is interesting to note that the call by the Federal Minister on improving technical and vocational education is coming almost six months after the administration of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa commenced the revamping of technical and vocational education in Delta State.

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The Impressive Career of Kimi Raikonnen, Finnish Formula One Legend

Kimi Raikonnen pic

Kimi Raikonnen
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An accomplished professional with experience in the Nigerian legal and energy sectors, Chiedu Ebie now serves within the Delta State Government as minister of basic and secondary education. Chiedu Ebie enjoys spending his free time cheering on his favorite athletes, which include Formula One driver Kimi Raikonnen.

Kimi Raikonnen first tapped into his driving skills at age 11, when he surpassed the competition at local karting events to make a name for himself on the international circuit. In 2000, the Finnish driver entered the world of single-seaters with an impressive showing in the UK Formula Renault series, claiming the championship with a seven-win, 316-point season that garnered the attention of multiple Formula One Teams. Raikonnen competed in his first Formula One season driving for Sauber.

Kimi Raikonnen continued to catch the eyes of fans and teams alike, going on to sign a five-year contract with McLaren before rising to the pinnacle of his career at Ferrari. He took home his first drivers’ title in 2007 in a close finish, securing the championship from McLaren during the final round.

Following a series of lackluster performances, Kimi Raikkonen parted ways with Ferrari following the 2009 season. After honing his skills for two years at events such as the World Rally Championship and the NASCAR Trucks and Nationwide Series, he announced his return to Formula One racing as a member of Lotus. He then returned to Ferrari in 2014. Through he suffered a disappointing season in 2014, he claimed three podium finishes in 2015 and has had an impressive start to 2016, finishing second at the recent Bahrain Grand Prix.

Success For Nigerian Youth Soccer Team

Nigerian Youth Soccer Team pic

Nigerian Youth Soccer Team
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Chiedu Ebie is a former lawyer and a substantive managing director and CEO of an exploration and production company in Delta State, Nigeria. An avid soccer fan, Chiedu Ebie supports Manchester United as well as Nigeria, his home country’s team.

Nigeria’s under-17 national soccer team has won the World Cup five times since the tournament’s start in 1985, making them the most successful team in the history of the under-17 World Cup. The 2015 tournament against Mali marked the team’s fifth win.

Though their young players have been extremely successful, the same cannot be said about Nigeria’s senior level team. Not one senior team in Africa has progressed past the quarterfinals in the World Cup. In 2014, only two African teams progressed past the group stage out of the five African teams participating.

Some have theorized that this may be due to the falsification of players’ ages on youth African teams, which was insinuated by Mexico’s under-17 coach during the 2015 tournament. Players on youth teams are also often recruited to play for European teams, who can offer young players large sums of money.

Nigeria’s lack of senior level success may also be due to the dysfunctional management of African teams as a whole. This was exemplified by Nigeria’s federation’s firing, re-hiring, and firing again of national team coach Stephen Keshi. Fans of Nigeria’s soccer teams can only hope that the success of this past year’s youth team can eventually lead to success for their senior team as well.