The Nasarawa House of Assembly will take steps to tackle quackery in the education sector of the state.
Mr Daniel Ogazi, Chairman, House Committee on Education, stated this on Thursday during an oversight function to the state Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Lafia.
Ogazi, (APC-Kokona East) said the assembly was committed to evolving legal frameworks that would improve the standard of education in the state.
The committee chairman said that the education sector in the state required emergency measures.
According to him, good quality of education is the best legacy any government should strive to leave behind for its people.
“This is exactly the reason we are working tirelessly to enthrone sanity and efficiency in the sector, our visit is not to witch hunt anybody.
“Our visit is to assess the budget performance of the ministry with a view to addressing possible challenge,” he said.
The lawmaker said that stakeholders must join hands to tackle the challenges facing the education sector in order to make it more productive.
“The issues of quackery and unqualified teachers, instructional materials and training will be given priority,” he said.
Ogazi also cautioned principals and head teachers against illegal collection of fees, saying that “free education is still being enforced in the state”
“Education is free in Nasarawa. The assembly will not watch any principal and head teacher sabotage the honest efforts of government,” he said.
He charged officers of the education ministry and SUBEB to be alive to their duties of ensuring effective supervision of teachers in the interest of quality education.
“We are committed to our function to oversee the activities of this sector. We shall ensure that the right things are done,” he said.
The Education Commissioner, Mrs Fati Sabo and SUBEB Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Dan’Azumi commended the committee for its commitment to the sector.
Edited by Azubuike Okeh/Ismail Abdulaziz
Businessman docked over alleged N3.9m fraud
A businessman, Mustapha Umar, on Tuesday appeared in a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly defrauding a man of N3. 9 million.
Umar, who resides at Sabon Lugbe, Abuja, is charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating.
He, however, pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution counsel, Peter Ejike, told the court that the complainant, one Muhammed Abdullahi of Nasarawa Avenue, War College Quarters, Gwarimpa, Abuja, reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station on June 1.
Ejike alleged that the defendant on March 19, bought frozen chicken worth N4.3 million from the complainant
The prosecutor further alleged that the defendant made some payment and dishonestly refused to pay the balance of N3. 9 million.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.
The Magistrate, Chinyere Nwecheonwe, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.
She adjourned the case until Aug. 31, for hearing.
Edited byTayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
COVID-19: PTF, INEC working on elections protocols- PTF Chairman
Mustapha said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.
“This is just as the PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for elections in some parts of the country.
“The elections will begin with the Aug. 8 by-election in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo State elections in September and October respectively.
“I, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders, aspirants, members and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering and other election processes.
“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”
He also stated that the PTF would continue to push forward with the community engagement, risk communication and support to the states.
“There is an ongoing surveillance in the high-burden local government areas, just as we ramp up our precision efforts.
“Similarly, the Federal Government is supporting the states to firm up their Incidence Action Plans, preparatory to their accessing the World Bank facility for the fight against COVID-19,” Mustapha said.
According to him, subject to the President’s approval, the report would be presented with the way forward to Nigerians at the next briefing on Aug. 6.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria reports 304 fresh infections; death toll hits 888
Nigeria reported 304 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the death toll jumps to 888.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.
The centre noted that five deaths were recorded in the country.
It added that till date, the country recorded 43,841 confirmed cases, 20,308 discharged and 888 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.
It showed that the 304 new cases were reported from 15 states, namely Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6) and Gombe (5).
The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the COVID-19 national response activities across the country.
The NCDC said that Nigerians risk of the virus would be higher if they were less than six feet from people at a crowded public place or if they freely share equipment and not practice social distancing and other habits to stay healthy.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)