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The Cross River State chapter of the Junior Engineers, Technicians and
Scientists (JETS) has honoured the Founder/Board Chair of Partnership
Opportunities for Women Empowerment Realization (POWER), Mrs. Obioma
Liyel-Imoke with a life-time Award for her contributions in boosting
science education in the state.
The Award was presented at this year’s Annual JETS Conference with the
theme, ‘Technological & Scientific Innovation: the Place of Women and
Youth in Cross River State’.
Receiving the Award, Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke thanked the team for
honoring her with the ‘Innovation Prestigious Award’ and pledged to do
more in pursuance of technological education in the state.
Mrs. Liyel-Imoke, who was represented by the Executive Director, POWER,
Mrs. Tammie Kammonke said she has passion for qualitative and practical
education which necessitated her establishment of the Surefoot
International School in Calabar to provide a platform for setting
excellent standards in learning as well as provide conducive environment
for young people to discover their purpose in life.
Congratulating the state JETS for their excellent performance in
national and global competitions, which, she says signals a bright
future for the state, she called on stakeholders to join hands in
according Nigerian children the best opportunities in life.
The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Offiong E. Offiong who
was honoured alongside the Governor of Cross River State, Sen.
Liyel-Imoke, acknowledged with joy government’s efforts in education
which is yielding positive results. He disclosed that the state was
placed sixth position in the 2013 West African Examination Council
(WAEC) results in the country while it emerged seventh in last year’s
Advising JETS students to keep trying their best, Prof. Offiong said
youths need proper mentoring to enable them effectively harness their
enormous potentials, emphasizing that to be a successful scientist,
engineer and technician requires hard work and creative thinking.
The State Coordinator of JETS and Executive Secretary, Technician
Education Board, Calabar, Rev. (Mrs.) Margaret Ene-Ita remarked that the
present administration has repositioned science and technology education
in the state through the building of science laboratories and workshops
as well as the renovation of schools and recruitment of science and
Rev. Mrs. Ene-Ita said the state JETS team is one of the best within and
outside the country, adding that the state has won Gold, Silver and
Bronze laurels at different competitions in Nigeria, India, China,
America, among others.
In a lecture titled, “Educational Policies: a Set-back in Women and
Youth’s Involvement in Scientific and Technological Innovation”, the
guest lecturer, Dr. (Mrs.) Eke V. Ikpeme pointed out that the awareness
for science and technology among girls boosted the ratio of boys/girls
studying science subjects to 3:2 and identified the setback in science &
technical education to include lack of equipment in technical schools,
continuity, sustainability and inadequate trained personnel.
Another guest lecturer, Dr. Udensi Ugorji who spoke on the topic:
Functional Education System – Sine Qua Non for Scientific and
Technological, called for a total overhaul of Educational policies in
the country, adding that Cross River is a good environment to work.
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