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School Feeding: Vendors claim receiving 16 eggs for 225 pupils in Kaduna

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Some food vendors under the Federal Government Home Grown School Feeding Programme in Kaura and Zangon Kataf Local Government Areas (LGA) of Kaduna State have lamented over consistent shortfall in eggs supplied for pupils under the programme.

In the menu, primary one to three pupil get Moi Moi on Monday, rice and beans on Tuesday, beans on Wednesday, rice and egg on Thursday and biscuit and juice on Friday.

But the vendors told a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria , who was in the area to monitor the programme on Thursday, that the eggs were always in short supply, sometimes below 50 per cent.

They called on the federal government to address the problem with the supply chain to ensure that adequate quantity was supplied.

One of the food vendors, Mrs Rifkatu Yashim, who supplies food to LEA Primary School B, Unguwan Rimi, said although every child was supposed to get an egg on Thursdays, most often the eggs do not go round the pupils because of the shortage in the number supplied.

“In fact, the last eggs we got before the school went on break was 16 pieces for over 225 pupils in the school, and this has been going on for a while; sometimes we get 25 eggs and sometimes 20.

“So, what we do is to give one egg to a child and when we get another supply the following week, we give to those that did not get the previous week,” she said.

Another vendor, Mrs. Alice Levi, who feeds some of  the pupils at LGEA Angwan Keta Primary School, Tum, Kaura LGA, said: “I feed 50 pupils but usually get less than the required number.

“The situation is so bad that a week before schools went on vacation, we were given just 40 pieces of eggs to give to about 200 pupils in primary one to three.”

In his reaction, Mr Bature Bonat, the School-Based Management Committee Chairman, Kaura LGA, confirmed the development and described it as ‘very unfortunate’.

Bonat told NAN that the issue of eggs’ supply has remained a very big challenge to the implementation of the school feeding programme.

“We are expected to get about 500 crates of eggs for the entire schools in the LGA, but for a very long time the supply kept decreasing to as low as 180 crates.

“In fact, I collected the supply for the LGA a week before schools went on vacation and it was 300 crates instead of the required 500 crates.

“I reported to the Local Government Education Secretary (ES), but nobody seems to know where the shortage is coming from.

“Sometimes the suppliers claimed that they do not know the exact number of pupils enrolled in the programme in the LGA,” he added.

However, the supplier, Mr Eric Osademe, told NAN that he always supplied the quantity based on the amount he received from the state’s Egg Aggregator.

Osademe, who is the Public Relation Officer, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) Kaduna State Chapter, said: “What I am asked to supply is what I supplied and is usually 400 crates.

“It is only one time that I supplied 200 crates to the LGA because we were asked to supply half of what we usually supply to the various LGAs across the state.

“Again, last week I was asked to supply 300 crates but could only supply 200 crates because the farmer could only provide 200 crates, but we agreed with the SBMC chairman that I will supply the difference hopefully next week.”

When contacted, the state aggregator, Hajiya Binta Adamu, told NAN that Kaura LGA was supposed to get 430 crates of eggs weekly based on the money released by the National Social Investment Office (NSIO), Abuja.

Adamu, who is the Vice Chairman, PAN Kaduna, said that there was no excuse whatsoever, for any supplier to supply less than the allocated quantity of egg for every local government.

“In fact, I had to replace the person supplying to Kaura with Osademe, because of complaints that he was supplying between 200 and 250 crates, far below the expected 430 crates per week.

“Also, based on recent school enrolment, the LGA is supposed to be getting 570 crates, but it is yet to be updated by the NSI Office.

“I assure you that as soon as the update is done, Kaura will be getting the quantity it required,” she said.

Also, the Coordinator of the programme in the state, Malam Musa Daudu, noted that eggs supply was the major problem affecting the smooth implementation of the programme in the state.

Daudu, who is the Director Higher Education in the state Ministry of Education, explained that the state chapter of PAN was responsible for the supply of eggs to food vendors in the state at N30 per egg.

He added that money for the egg supply is being paid directly into the aggregators account from the National Social Investment Office, Abuja.

“we have sat with them and they have claimed that they are supplying the right quantity to all the LGAs.

“They however acknowledged that sometimes shortages occurred due breakages while transporting the eggs to the respective LGAs, which they claimed to replace the following week.

“But we equally received reports that some of the teachers in the schools were taking the eggs. We have confirmed it and they have been warned.

“In fact, we received a report of a Head Teacher, who cooked the eggs himself before handing them over to the cooks. We confirmed this and he was sanctioned,” he added.

The coordinator said that to address the problem, the ministry has directed all the education secretaries to supply the ministry with the actual number of pupils benefiting from the programme in their respective areas.

“This will determine the number of eggs expected to be supplied to every LGA and the benefiting schools.

“We have equally asked the education secretaries to inform the ministry in writing, the quantity of eggs received from the suppliers every week, so that  we can determine where the shortages are coming from,” he said.

NAN reports that 1,069,140 pupils of primary one to three in 3,922 public primary schools across Kaduna state are getting free meal at N70 per day under National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

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Oyo govt. opens bid for 2018 UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects for primary schools

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No fewer than 87 local contractors, on Thursday, participated in the bid for the 2018 FGN- SUBEB intervention projects for primary schools in the state.

A statement issued in Ibadan by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, quoted Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, as saying that the exercise was in compliance with the Public Procurement Act, 2010.

“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and that the tender should be opened in the presence of the owners,” the SUBEB chairman said.

According to Adeniran, the 198 projects to be executed are to be jointly financed by the state government, through SUBEB and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

He said that the open bid was in line with the present administration’s commitment to transparency, openness and integrity at all times.

The chairman listed the projects to be executed to include construction of five model schools, six early childhood development (ECD) pilot centres, 32 blocks of three-classroom buildings and 15 blocks of four-classroom buildings.

According to him, the contractors are also bidding for renovation of 59 blocks of classrooms, sinking and erection of 40 units of boreholes and tank stands.

Others, he said, were procurement of 36 classroom furniture, sports equipment, 16 motorcycles and one Toyota Hilux pickup van.

Adeniran also disclosed that the board was in the process of accessing the 2019 FGN- SUBEB intervention funds, saying that the state government had approved the release of its counterpart fund.

The SUBEB chairman appealed to successful bidders to ensure they execute thorough jobs and timely completion of the projects.

He said: “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage as far as project execution is concerned”.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the exercise was witnessed by representatives of UBEC, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Ministry of Education.

Others were the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers.

Edited by Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Ogun State wins 2019 NNPC science quiz competition

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Ogun State has  won the 2019 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) Science Quiz Competition for secondary school students across the country.

Ogun state emerged as the winner at the grand finale of the completion held at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Thursday.

Ojo Oluwatobi from APT. Scholars Universal College, Ota, won the first price for Ogun State with 80 points while Mbazu Justice from CSMT Staff Secondary School, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, took the second position with 70+points.

Nwachukwu Ugochukwu of Dority International School Aba, Abia State took the third position with 70 points.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, said that the corporation as an enabler company would continue to contribute to education to ensure a greater Nigeria.

He said that the competition was one aspect of the corporation’s effort in supporting nation building.

“Building a successful nation has to deal with talent management and as a corporation we try to recognise them young and help them to development it well.

Also, President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, urged the students to put in their best in whatever they did in life as leaders of tomorrow.

He commended the NNPC for the initiative adding that it had helped to develop a lot of scientists in the country.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, the 2019 winner, Oluwatobi commended the NNPC for the initiative and thanked all his teachers and parents for their support.

“I am very grateful to the NNPC for the opportunity and the initiatives such as this.

“This competition has made me to read so hard, I am happy to emerge as the winner.

“I am grateful to my teachers, parents and all the oraginsers.

“With this competition, I am very sure to pass all my exams very well,’’ he said.

The corporation, also in its report, said that  the competition  started at the grassroots level in each of 774 local government areas and best three student proceeded to the state level.

“At the state level, the best student in each state emerges and proceeds to the zonal level and each winner at this level is entitled to a one-off educational grant of N100.000,’’ it said.

It further noted that the states at the geopolitical zones meet at different times to compete among themselves and then determine the best three states to compete at the national grand finale.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the first position got N300,000 scholarship per session as an undergraduate, while the second position got N250.000 and  third position N200.000 respectively.

Eighteen states participated in the grand finale with three states representing each of the geopolitical zones.

edited by Olawunmi Ashafa/Donald Ugwu

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IMT Enugu begins award of degrees, says Rector

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The Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu says it has commenced the award of degrees in some disciplines, in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), beginning from the current academic session.

The Rector of the institute, Prof. Augustine Nweze, said this in Enugu on Thursday, when the state House of Assembly Committee on Education visited the place as part of its oversight.

Nweze said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had given approval for the award of the degrees by the institute.

He said that the NUC approval followed the ratification of the affiliation by the UNN Senate and Council of the institute.

He said: “It is the desire of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to give IMT a university status in the shortest possible time.

“To give life to that dream, we have on our own gone into affiliation with one of Nigeria’s foremost universities, the UNN, to award degrees in many disciplines.

“I sincerely hope that the new students will be some of the earliest beneficiaries of this partnership.”

The rector said that IMT was established in 1973 and modeled after the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A. and currently had nine schools and 40 departments.

“Management is working assiduously to improve lecture halls, laboratories and studios to make them fit for learning.

“We are immensely thankful to the governor for giving us the opportunity to serve our people in our different capacities in IMT,” he said.

In a remark, the Chairman of the committee, Mr James Akadu, pledged that the state government would do its best to ensure that IMT regained its past glory.

Akadu said that the plan to award degrees by the institute was due, pointing out that the school had churned out prominent Nigerians in different professions.

He commended the management, staff and students of the institute for their efforts in taking the school to greater height.

(Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Sam Oditah) (NAN)

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NYSC set aside N26m to replace Corps member’s amputated limbs

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has set aside N26 million to replace a Corps member’s amputated limbs in Kano state.

The state NYSC Coordinator, Malam Ladan Baba disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday when he led other officials of the scheme to visit the corps member, Nuruddeen Tahir at his family house in Gwarzo Local Government Area of the state.

Baba sai the corps member, who already had his left hand amputated when he was 12 years old, had also lost the other one in an accident on his way to his Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) in Taraba State where he attended orientation course for 2019 Batch ‘B’, Stream l.

He said, “The DG, when he heard the information was so concerned about the condition of the Corps member, therefore, he made adequate arrangements to replace the two hands with artificial ones.

The coordinator explained that the courage and endurance of the 27 year old corps member to continue with his education after the amputation of the first hand prompted the DG to offer him the lifetime succor.

He said, “Tahir is presently stable after spending over two months on admission at Dala Orthopaedic Hospital in Kano, and the NYSC had settled all his medical bills and had since been posted to teach in a secondary school in his hometown.

“After he managed to complete his primary education, he had the zeal and determination to continue with his education up to degree level where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies from Yusuf Maitama-Sule University, Kano”.

“In order to give this patriotic young man hope of life, the DG made adequate arrangements to replace the two limbs with artificial ones worth N26 million in order to give him relief and succor,” the coordinator added”.

He said that the replacement process is ongoing as the doctors had made steady progress for completion of the implanting of the limbs.

In his remarks, the doctor who would administer the implant, Dr Rufus Arumugam, said they had already placed the order for the artificial limbs in Scotland, adding that they would be delivered in 45 days from now.

He explained that the customised prosthetic limbs, which would be built using bionic technology, would enable the patient to move his hands normal.

According to him, the limbs would come with a remote control which would be used to move the hands based on the action the patient wants to perform.

Also speaking to newsmen, the father of the corps member, Alhaji Dahiru Dalhatu expressed happiness and gratitude for the gesture.

He said that, “Tahir was grinding grains when he was 12 years, the grinding machine grabbed up his cloth and severely injured him which eventually led to the amputation of his left limb at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

My son is not lazy and wants to continue with his life struggles even with the loss of his limbs.”

But now with this gesture by the NYSC, my son will be able to continue to run his normal life. I thank the Director General. I am highly grateful to him and the Kano State Coordinator for standing with us”, he said.

Edited by Tukur Muntari. (NAN)

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Banker decries suicide rates by students, admission seekers

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An Executive Banker, Mr Adebayo Adeyinka, has decried the rate at which Nigerian youths were committing suicide due to failure in their academic pursuit.

Adeyinka, the Regional Bank Head, South-West 1, Fidelity Bank Plc, made the assertion at the 2019 National Pre-University Conference in Badagry, organised by CityMood Communications.

“Many Nigerian youths are committing suicide because of academic failure, not knowing that failure is part of life.

“Suicide is not the next thing in life, if you fail the first time, prepare and do it again.

“Nothing can stop you, not even lack of resource can stop you from achieving your dreams, it is only you that can stop you in life,” Adeyinka said.

He urged those students who did not get admission to institutions of their choices after several attempts to work hard and prepare to do it again, saying that nothing good comes easily.

Adeyinka urged students and admission seekers to be free to dream and be focussed.

“A dream is not what you see in your dream, but a dream is that which keeps you awake in the night.

“Have a clear cut goal and ask yourself if I gain admission today to the university, what do I intend to achieve at the end.

“Resist any attempt by anyone to put you in the secret cult. Please never join any cult in school,” he pleaded.

Adeyinka, however, advised them to make good friends and build good network when they gain admission into the university.

Also, Ms Chizobam Ofoegbu, a Confidence Coach, urged the students to be careful about the type of groups they mix up with in higher institution.

Ofoegbu said that peer pressure was the number one killer of youth nowadays.

According to her, peer pressure is when you are easily motivated to sabotage your life and life of others.

Ofoegbu urged students to know the type of friends to keep while in school, adding that bad friendship would destroy their lives.

She also advised them to always associate themselves with people of same character and value.

Commenting, Mr Folaranmi Oyediran, an Author and Youth Leadership expert, urged students seeking admission to know the purpose of their going to the university.

“Knowing the purpose of going to university is to study and become purposeful in life and you must give it everything to succeed.

“University is not a place where you go and play, but to study squarely.

“You will succeed in university without comparing yourself with others.

“You must manage your life within the time allocated to you,” he advised.

Also, Opeyemi Oke, the Executive Director, Equip Africa, advised students that have talents to utilise it.

Oke appealed to parents to allow their children to explore their talents, urging the students to search for their talents and develop them.

Earlier, Mr Sewhupe Akande, Chief Executive, Citymood Communications, said the aims of the event was to enlighten graduating senior secondary school students and young school leavers about higher education pursuit.

“Developments in our Ivory Towers have necessitated a national re-orientation of our admission seekers with the hope of shaping and sharpening their perspective about university education and positioning them for a quick start at excelling on campus.

“With the pedigree of speakers at this conference, participants are guaranteed of receiving knowledge that will impact their lives and nation for good,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that many students in senior secondary schools and young school leavers within and outside Badagry attended the conference.

Edited by Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Raise teachers’ salary to improve enrolment in Colleges of Education — Committee of Provosts

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The Committee of Provosts (COP) of Colleges of Education in Nigeria on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to raise teacher’s salary towards improving enrolment of students in the colleges.

Prof. Johnson Pongori, National Chairman of COP, said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency during the opening of the COP 85th Regular Meeting at Federal College of Education (Technical ) (FCE) (T), Akoka, Lagos.

Pongori, also Provost, Adamawa State College of Education, Hong, said the teaching profession could only be attractive for Nigerian youths if teachers’ salary was increased.

“The Nigerian youths of today are only interested in management courses that enable them to make quick and huge money.

“That is why a lot of them are not interested in teaching and this is affecting enrolment in the colleges of education,” he said.

According to him, teachers in developed countries such as Finland receive similar salary as other professionals in the fields of medicines, engineering and the likes, thus making teaching attractive and competitive.

Pongori said that colleges of education were specialised institutions established to provide qualitative training for teachers who would teach students from creche to tertiary level.

He noted that the teachers were trained to build individuals from cradle into a matured and enlightened citizen, as education was fundamental to the growth of any nation.

The COP Chairman said that any serious government should not ignore the teaching profession because teachers produced professionals in other sectors of the economy.

“It is unfortunate that most people at the helm in our government today are those that benefited more from education through scholarship but are not giving back to the sector.

“Education is not what we should joke with because it affects all facets of the economy,” he said.

According to him, an educated and informed population will be projective, focused and disciplined in their engagements.

Pongori however urged the private sector to partner with the government to improve quality of education in the country by providing infrastructure and support in the training of teachers.

The COP Chairman disclosed that the meeting was being held in Lagos to commiserate with the family of the late Immediate Past Provost of FCE(T), Akoka, Dr Sijibomi Olusanya, who died on July 27.

“This is in line with our tradition and to also extend our condolences to his wife, children and family and that is why the meeting was scheduled to hold at FCE(T), Akoka.

“We also give credit to the late Provost and colleagues for piloting the affairs of the college for eight years and moving it to an enviable status,” he said.

In his welcome address, Dr Wahab Azeez, Provost, FCE(T), Akoka thanked the executives and members of the committee for giving the college the right to host the meeting.

Azeez said the college would surely benefit from the wealth of experience of the provosts and would implement decisions reached at the end of the meeting.

NAN reports that the COP 85th Regular meeting ends on Thursday.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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