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UBEC tells Oyo govt. how to access its N2bn outstanding fund

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Edwin Jarumai, the Director of Administration and Supply, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has urged the Oyo State Government to do the needful in accessing its outstanding N2 billion fund with the commission.

Jarumai, who represented the commission’s Governing Board Chairman, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, stated this in Ibadan on Friday during a visit to the Executive Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran.

He said: “We went to some schools, and I must say we are impressed by the spate of work being done.

” We call on Oyo state government to please do the needful to access all categories of fund with a view to promoting basic education in the state.

“Oyo State Government has an unaccessed matching grant of  N2,088 billion between 2005 and 2018, while the Special Needs Education grant of  N83.1billion budgeted within 2005 and 2019 is also pending.

“Likewise, the state government is expected to access an outstanding Teachers’ Professional Development fund of  N554 billion allocated between year 2009 and 2018.”

In his response, Adeniran said the state would leave no stone unturned to ensure every grant for the promotion of education in the state was accessed.

“Government will ensure that Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board benefits from every unaccessed fund at UBEC.

“If accessed, the funds would be channeled into the development of education in the state, thereby encouraging enrollment in public schools across the state.” he said.

Adeniran said the board would also involve education stakeholders in addressing the menace of out-of-school children in the state.

Lamenting the increasing number of such children, Adeniran promised that the state government through the board would involve all stakeholdersnsuch as traditional rulers, parents and educationists to ensure an aggressive enrollment of children in public schools.

“Gov. Seyi Makinde is committed to education in this state and he considers that basic education is pivotal to the development of the state. Therefore, politics will not be a yardstick in siting schools.

” Rather, we will consider each school’s needs.

” The Oyo State Government will stick to replicating model schools in the state. This, in turn, will promote education in the state,” he said.

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Ogun governor’s wife pledges support for education as TFN graduates 44 Fellows

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The Nigeria News Agency reports that two Fellows, Mr Dinyambe Nyatua and Mrs Bosede Ogidan won N250,000 prize money from the Grace Lake Partners Care Foundation with their Child Support Initiative project.

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Anambra govt. trains 10,000 teachers to fight cyber crime

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Prof. Kate Omenugha, the Commissioner for Basic Education in Anambra, has said that 10,000 teachers were undergoing training on Information Communicate Technology (ICT) to combat Cyber Crime among students.

Omenugha said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Awka on Friday, while commending the Joint Consultative Committee and National Council on Education for developing a curriculum to regulate Cyber Security in the education sector.

She said that the curriculum was being developed to create awareness on Education ICT on cyber security.

“We need to take the minds of our pupils and students away from cyber crimes and going to sites that teach how to commit suicide and kidnap, among other crimes,” she said.

She said that the training would be for both primary and post-primary school teachers so that they would be well-informed to teach their pupils and students on the right use of ICT.

The commissioner further said that various centres mapped out for the three-week training in Awka Zone of the State Education Commission were functional and would provide the needed learning environment.

She said that Gov. Wille Obiano’s administration was committed to training teachers that would be ICT-compliant to compete favourably with their counterparts across the globe and also impart quality knowledge.

She said that the governor had great passion for teachers and students to be at the same pedestal with their counterparts on ICT know-how.

Omenugha said that Google would also train the teachers on Cyber Security in order to curb the increase in cyber site usage that takes young minds to dangerous aspects of the ICT.

The commissioner said that cyber bullying and its related crimes would soon be a thing of the past for school age children in the state.

She said that government had concluded plans to provide teachers with laptops on loan for continuous learning.

Omenugha described the training as a great initiative that had provided an avenue for the teachers to acquire computer education and training.

She said that the training would enable them to key into modern ways of teaching and learning.

 

 

 

 

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Youths coalition, NGO, partner to increase access to quality education in Sokoto

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A coalition of youth organisations in Sokoto State, has said it would collaborate with High Level Women Advocates (HiLWA), an NGO, to promote access to quality education for the girl-child.

Leader of the coalition, Mr Salman Yahaya-Maiyama, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Sokoto, on Friday.

Yahaya-Maiyama said HiLWA had supported youth groups in different areas to ensure maximum community involvement in accelerating development in the state.

He said no fewer than 120 youths had attended an education mobilisation training in the state, aimed at providing platforms for youths to interact and exchange ideas.

He said the participants, comprising of 70 women and 50 men, were mobilised to serve as community advocates for safe and quality education for every Nigerian child, with emphasis on girls.

“Youths constitute a large percentage of the Nigerian population, hence, they have a vital role to play and leverage on Sokoto State’s high budget allocation to the education sector.

“We commend the government for allocating 28 per cent of the 2019 budget to education, and appeal to stakeholders to ensure maximum support for the state in terms of legislation and policy implementation,” Yahaya-Maiyama said.

He commended HiLWA for its support to education across the state, noting that during the programme, HiLWA representatives delivered lectures on diverse topics.

“The topics comprised of gender equality and equity, positive masculinity, value of education, role of citizens and governance, as well as networking as a strategy to create awareness.

“I urge the media, community groups and civil society organisations to sustain the efforts at ensuring mass enrolment, retention and completion of students’ education.

“Various strategies were proffered to ensure increased enrollments at the grassroots; and every participating youth will serve as an advocate on spreading the message in their immediate communities,’’ he said.

The Nigeria News Agency , recalls that HiLWA with support from UNICEF, UkAid and the Federal Government, had organised youths’ capacity building conference in June, to commemorate the International Day of the African Child.

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2009 agreement: SSANU, NASU says may embark on full strike

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) on Friday urged the Federal Government to honour their 2009 agreement to avoid total strike.

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) branch of the two unions made their stand known while addressing a joint press briefing at SSANU secretariat, main campus, Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State.

“This agreement was signed in 2009. Ten years into this agreement, we are still dily-dallying, we are neither here nor there in the implementation of the content of this agreement.

“And the most worrisome aspect of it is that, recently, Federal Government released the sum of N25 billion to universities to defray part of outstanding earned allowances owed by government to the staff.”

The Chairman lamented that of this N25 billion released by the Federal Government to universities, only 20 per cent of it was given to the three non teaching unions of Nigerian universities.

“Only 20 per cent of it, which translate to N5 billion was given to the three non teaching staff unions in the universities, while ASUU was given 80 per cent which amount to N20 billion.”

According to him, this singular action of government is not only embarrassing, but it is insulting and unacceptable, adding that it was one of the reasons why the warning strike was on.

Speaking on position of staff schools, the Chairman recalled that in December 2016, there was a ruling at the National Industrial Court on the status of staff school as contained in the agreement the union signed with the Federal Government.

He said the court ruled in a favour of the union, saying that what was contained in the agreement between the union and the Federal Government should be upheld.

Abdur-Ra’uf-Bello said the ruling states that: the recurrent and the capital expenditure of University Staff School should be borned by the Federal Government, arguing that “up to today three and half years into that, the Federal Government has refused to implement that ruling.”

The Chairman said the court also ruled that most of the members that had their appointment terminated in their various universities should be reinstated.

He, however, said several frantic efforts made by the union leaders to convince the government to direct the respective Vice Chancellors to reinstate the laid-off staff had not yielded any fruitful result.

The Chairman recalled that some few weeks back the union members had embarked on a protest by drawing their roadmap on how to carry out what he described as a strategic and organised protest.

Abdur-Ra’uf-Bello said they have started with protest and now resolved to go on five days warning strike, assuring that the next action would be an indefinite, extensive and total strike.

He said sincere and frantic efforts should be put in place to ensure that the agreement the union reached with the Federal Government was consummated before the situation gets out of hand.

KLM/IS

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Taraba: NYSC hands over 3 suspects with alleged fake certificates to police 

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The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has handed over three young men, posing as graduates of tertiary institutions, caught in possession of fake certificates to the police.

Mrs Florence Yaakugh, the Taraba Coordinator of NYSC, on Friday, said the suspects were apprehended with the fake certificates during screening of prospective Batch B Stream 2 corps members at the orientation camp in Jalingo.

The suspects are; Nasiru Yau, who claimed to have studied Mass Communication, Shehu Murktar -Computer Science and Illiyasu Usman- Sociology, all from Isfop University of Cotonou in Republic of Benin .

“They came for registration and the verification officer discovered them with fake certificates and verification papers.

“If you will recall, the Director General of NYSC Brig.-Gen. Shauibu Ibrahim recently expressed deep concern over the activities of fake corps members who cannot make a correct sentence in the English language.

“He directed us to check and fish out such persons and hand them over to the security operatives for further investigation and this is what we are just doing,” the NYSC coordinator said.

Yaakugh said that their preliminary investigation revealed that the persons involved could not write or say anything logical about their courses of study.

She urged the security agents to do a thorough job so that the truth would come out and justice done to the affected persons.

The NYSC state coordinator said that another similar case involving a female, who also presented a foreign certificate, was being investigated by the verification officer.

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