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My ICAN success story BY Donyabi Godfrey Ebimobowei

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My name is Donyabi Godfrey Ebimobowei. The road was never easy for me but I scaled through by His grace.

ROAD TO MY ICAN SUCCESS

2010

My dad lost his lucrative job, my younger brother was seriously ill which cost my dad a lot of money to treat him, my parent separated and the same year I gained admission into the higher institution but I couldn’t further my studies because I had no sponsor. It was like hell for me that year coupled with the fact that I had not gotten out of the pains I passed through when my best friend, Late Daniel kelvin Ebikabowei betrayed our friendship by allowing death to take his life. And my dad gave me his blessings “ Godfrey anything you do in life ; God will surely expose you for good and people will acknowledge you for your worth” and he further gave me a caveat to this prayer “ But Godfrey you must work hard because if you fail today neither me nor your mother will be held responsible but you”

2011

I started my first work on January 4, 2011 in a factory (LG) and the first Salary I received was N9,000 and subsequently N11,000 as salary and I was just trying to manage myself to keep body and soul together and also to comply with the advice of my dad.

2012

I was still working in the factory and later in the year I came across my secondary classmate( Lawal Sikiru(AAT)) who was running ICAN ATS programme and he gisted me about ICAN and he convinced me “ you don’t have to be rich to run ICAN programme”…this was what gingered me to run this ICAN programme, that year I enrolled for the programme even though my salary then was meagre, I registered with Safe Associates Ltd ICAN tutorial as recommended by my friend(Sikiru) in December 2012 to write March 2013 diet; my first day in class was not funny, I was asked if I would be able to cope with the system lecture-wise(becuase they had gone far with lectures), financially and otherwise because I registered late and I said let us how it goes.

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2013

I wrote my first exam in March 2013 (ATS 1) while still working in the factory and my exam fee was far higher than my salary; thank God to Sherifat (Sherry) who assisted me with the payment of my ATS 1 exam fee. The result came out after 6 weeks based on the standard and I passed 3 out of 4, I was demoralized but my motivator (Akinsulire Yewande(AAT,Bsc,ACA)) gave me reasons to continue with the programme.I wrote the paper I failed in September 2013 and I passed.That year most times I do trek from Apapa to Ojuelegba just to meet up with classes and there was no fund to finance my transport.

2014

I wrote my ATS 2 exams in March 2014 while still working in the factory and I got another work immediately after the exam in an accounting firm as office assistance with the help of my ATS 1 classmate and co-worker Nwankwo Fidelia on March 24,2014. When the result came out I passed 3 out of 4. I still picked up the courage to continue and I wrote again in September 2014 and passed. This time around I was staying in my tutorial to read overnight and also to minimize expenses.

2015

I wrote my ATS 3 exams in March 2015 and passed all and was inducted in June 2015 as AAT and I was promoted . I registered for ICAN professional programme the same year and I was given some exemtions as AAT member. I was supposed to write November 2015 but I didnt write because I was not financially bouyant.During my ATS 3 days ; Thanks to sochima Umeh(my friend turn brother who was trying in his own little way to assist me with his food and we lived as brothers those days, same goes to my Ijaw sister Hannah Clement(AAT) and Shakirat(AKA Shakira) who assisted in their ways to see me happy in class. I must not forget Jide(AAT,Bsc)(Omo Bababeji) in a rush,Toheeb and Collins Ibe(AAT,ACA) you made my ATS 3 a memorable one.God bless you for me.

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2016

I wrote May 2016 diet (Skilled level) and passed 3 out of 4.I wrote the outstanding paper and passed it in November 2016 diet. As usual I was short of fund but thank God to Nigerian Army Lt. Bola(ACA) who paid 3 quarter of my exam fee in Skill Level and also to Tosin(ACA)( Tosin my woman like I do call her in class).

2017

I wrote my Final papers in May 2017(Final Level) and passed 3 out 5 and I wrote the oustanding 2 papers in November 2017 and passed all and to the Glory of God I became a qualified Chartered Accountant.Thanks to Merit Isaac who tried in her own little way and to my sister from my Mother’s Village who completed my final exam fee (Mercy Ogori).

2018

I was promoted after I qualified.

2019

I was inducted as an ACA member of ICAN on May 8,2019. A day I live to remember. Thanks to Ann Onyinyechi Eze my paddy of life who is always bordered about my career and also to my Boss (Mr Solomon Osunba(FCA) who has always given me reasons to be focused and determined in life and also to my fellow colleagues in Solomon Osunba & Co.(Chartered Accountants) for your support and to my family members and friends (The list is too long) for your support.

CHALLENGES TO MY ICAN PROGRAMME

I faced so many challenges while running the programme:

I was downgraded that people who are not rich cannot run ICAN programme.

I had to tutor my friends just to get food in return (i.e stomach infrastructure…LOL)

I passed through hell just to scale through my ICAN programme. I remembered my final exams in may 2017 I was admitted almost one month in the hospital; my friends had a secret meeting with the doctor and told the doctor “Godfey doesn’t give himself rest that he is always in Church,School or Work and he is workaholic” and the funny doctor recommended that I should stop reading for a while and if possible I should forfeit my exams; I adhered to the non-reading aspect recommendation of the doctor but I refused to forfeit the exams slated for May 2017 and I managed to pass 3 out of 5 even though I was black out in the exam hall.

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KEYS TO MY ICAN SUCCESS

I was always determined and focus to be successful in my life even though the road was rough and some people discouraged me that I cannot enroll for ICAN programme with my financial status.

I was not discouraged by the words of people with negative thought instead I see them as instrument to suceed.

I listened to the advice of my parent who always wanted me to be educated at all cost because they were not educated but they value it and also to the advice of my mentor and friends.

ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO FACING ONE CHALLENGE OR THE OTHER

You might think that the problems of this world is on you but I tell you that if you strive hard you will surely reach the top.

Be focused and disciplined no matter the circumstance

Always plan adequately and give yourself deadlines for every tasks you have.

Pray and work hard.

If I CAN make it; you are not exempted from scaling through. On this note I wish to congratulate myself and also wish to appreciate all my well wishers and those who contributed financially and otherwise to see through this programme.

I am the first Chartered Accountant from Donyabi’s race…more wins and celebration to come from the donyabi’s family…stay tune.

Thanks and God bless.

Donyabi, Godfrey Ebimobowei (AAT,ACA).

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Lagos to recruit 2,000 teachers

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The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to employ no fewer than 2,000 more teachers in its public primary schools.

Speaking on behalf of the state government, the state Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo during an online show, Covinspiration show, moderated by a United Nations (UN) Youth Ambassador, Dayo Isreal, while giving scorecard of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration within the 360 days, said the move to employ more teachers was aimed at the standard of public primary school education in the state.

She lamented that the pandemic has held the ministry of education back in the completion of its plans for the sector.

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According to Adefisayo:

“The administration after assumption of office decided to address the challenges in education aggressively in 2020 but the pandemic which country’s index case happened in Lagos has halted various plans for education in the state.”

She stressed that administration went back to the drawing as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari lifted the lockdown earlier imposed on Lagos and other states so as to fast track completion of 2020 plans which includes recruitment of teachers.

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Adefisayo said,

‘The most important aspect of learning is the quality of teachers and we did not have enough teachers to actualize the set plan for learning in our public schools.

“And one of the earliest things we requested for and was granted by the governor was the recruitment of teachers.

“We have concluded the recruitment of 1,000 secondary school teachers. And we are currently working on the recruitment of 2,000 teachers for public primary schools.

“And we are looking at employing teachers every quarter because the rate of retirement of teachers is very high in Lagos.

“The administration has granted the ministry permission to replace retired teachers.

“Aside from recruitment, we have sent a lot on the training of current teachers to improve their teaching skills in classrooms. And this COVID-19 period was the time when we were able to do a lot of things in the education sector of Lagos state,” she added.

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Kaduna govt. will jail parents who enroll children into Almajiri system – El-Rufai

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Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State has warned that parents who enroll their children in the Almajiri education system stand the risk of prosecution and up to two years jail.

El-Rufa’i stated this in Kaduna on Monday when he visited some 200 Almajiri children repatriated from Nasarawa State and undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna.

Almajiri are children enrolled to be taught Islamic knowledge under Islamic Clerics, but who loiter on the streets with bowls begging for alms and food.

The governor also said that any Islamic cleric who enrolls any child into the Almajiri system would also be prosecuted and jailed as well as fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child.

He said that all the Almajiri pupils repatriated from other states of the country were indigenes of the state adding that the government would give them all the opportunity they deserved to grow and develop.

El-Rufai expressed satisfaction with the ongoing transformation of the Almajiri pupils from hopelessness to hope and confidence.

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According to him, the state has a responsibility to do whatever it can to give them hope and a better future.

“We will, therefore, continue to take delivery of every Almajiri pupil indigenous to Kaduna state for rehabilitation, treatment and enrollment into formal school nearest to where their parents live.

“We will continue to do this until we clear Kaduna state of the menace of Almajiri system, which is not education but the abuse of the privilege and future of a child.

“Our ultimate goal is for them to acquire formal education without depriving them of the opportunity to acquire Quranic education.

“They will continue their Quranic education but under the care of their parents and not under someone who does not know them or paid to look after them.”

He explained that the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD), along with UNICEF would closely monitor them and ensure that no child would leave his locality until he finished primary and junior secondary school.

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The governor stressed that every child in Kaduna state must get 12-year free and compulsory primary and secondary school education.

“Those that cannot proceed to senior secondary school will have the opportunity to go to vocational school, also free.

“As such, no parent has any excuse for his child not to go to school,” El-Rufa’i said.

He thanked MHSSD and other state agencies for the commitment and passion for the welfare of the children.

He equally thanked AMA foundation and other NGOs and civil societies for supporting the government to provide the Almajiri pupils with the needed medical care, food, and clothing, among others.

The governor particularly appreciated UNICEF for supporting the state government in ensuring that all the repatriated children were well documented.

El-Rufa’i said that the care and support provided had restored the sense of dignity of the children.

Also speaking, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, Commissioner, MHSSD, said that the state had so far received more than 900 Almajiri pupils from Kano, Bauchi, Plateau and Nasarawa states.

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Baba said that no fewer than 500 of them were rehabilitated, treated (those who tested positive to COVID-19), and reunited with their families.

She added some 400 others were still undergoing rehabilitation and would soon be reunited with their families.

On his part, Dr. Zakari Adam, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, commended Kaduna state government for the efforts to ensure that all children go to school as against begging in the streets.

Adam reiterated UNICEF’s continued support to the state in all children-related issues such as child protection, education, and health among other areas, for uninterrupted growth and development of every child.

He stressed the need for all stakeholders, the government, civil society, parents, communities, religious and traditional leaders and the media to work together in ensuring that children acquired quality education.

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Nigerian, 24, bags PhD in Law from George Washington University

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A Nigerian, Dr Damilola Arowolaju, has bagged a PhD in Law from The George Washington University, Washington DC, United States of America.

Damilola, who hails from Omuo Ekiti, in Ekiti East Local Government area of Ekiti State is the son of a former Special Adviser to Governor Segun Oni on Due Process, Dr Bayo Arowolaju

He was decorated with the honour at the university’s virtual convocation ceremonies held on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Damilola was also the President of the 2020 PhD graduating students, which further made his honour more grandiose.

The former Special Adviser who confirmed this to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Saturday was elated that his son could be decorated with such a high academic honour at the age he secured admission to the University of Lagos, where he studied Sociology.

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He said:

“My baby, Dr. Damilola Arowolaju, with the grace of God just graduated with a PhD in Law from The George Washington University School of Law, Washington DC, USA.

“He gave an address to the fellow graduands as the President of the GW Bar Association. Graciously, he did this at 24 years of age, when I was just entering the University in Nigeria for my first degree. May our children be higher and be more successful than us all. Amen

“I am overwhelmed, speechless and flabbergasted by this outstanding feat. I am excited and more motivated to do more to uplift humanity”.

Arowolaju appealed to the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to rejig and expand the scope of the State’s scholarship board to be able to benefit the children of the poor, who are outstanding in their academics.

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In a video clip containing his speech to the graduand, Damilola said he shall continue to promote justice for all manners of men, irrespective of creed, race and class.

The young academic added that no sacrifice is too much to make to protect human rights and promote self-respect among humanity, describing these as the best way to entrench equality in the system.

“Justice means making huge sacrifices that would guarantee all constitutional freedoms for all and sundry.

“When I say justice, I mean for both innocent and guilts. The one that brings equality, stability and raise the hope for a better society. That is what we should all pursue using morality and the instrumentality of Law.

“My graduation today was a result of the sacrifices made by my parents to ensure that I excel in my academic pursuit”, he said.

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