Yobe Govt. Flags Off Distribution Of Radio Sets To IDP’s

Yobe, Yobe state government on Tuesday, commenced the distribution of 5000 radio sets to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the state.

The government believes giving the IDP’s transistor radio sets would keep them conversant with happenings across the globe.

Flagging off the distribution exercise at the Pompomari IDP camp in Damaturu the state capital, the state commissioner of home affairs, information and culture, Aji Bularafa, said it would also enable them contribute their opinions in the daily activities of governments.

The commissioner noted with dismay, that the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency displaced the people, thereby depriving them access to timely and accurate information.

“Today’s occasion is catalyzed by the North East Regional Initiative (NERI), to fill the gap in the information dissemination process in our communities.

“The 5,000 radio sets are provided to the state government by NERI, through bilateral agreement for distribution to IDP’s in the 17 LGA’s of the state.

“It is my fervent hope and believe that these radio sets would help in providing the necessary information on the activities of government to the IDP’s, which may eventually enlighten and educate them, thereby giving them the opportunity to express their views and opinions,” the commissioner said.

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Internally Displaced Persons In Yobe

He disclosed that the state government has been magnanimous in the area of providing both food and non-food items to the IDP’s.

The state coordinator of the North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Mr Kachalla Abacha, also added that the aim of providing the IDP’s with the transistor radio is to bridge the gap between the government and the governed in the area of keeping themselves up to date with happenings.

He described the radio as an indispensable companion that would help them know and contribute to the nation’s development, he therefore urged beneficiaries to make the best use of the facility.

“Radio is a ubiquitous medium which is very important in the area of educating, entertainment and enlightening the populace.

“This medium will help them know of developments and contribute their opinions that will directly or indirectly shape the policies of government at all levels,” Mr Abacha said.

Since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency and with the presentation of food and non-food items to the IDPs in the state, this is the first time the Displaced Persons are been provided with a transistor radio which the government believes would help to educate, enlighten and entertain them while in the camp.

Nigerian Teachers Make Daunting Demands On World Teachers Day

Unqualified Teachers, FGOctober 5 of every year has been set aside for teachers worldwide in recognition of those described as the vessels of knowledge across the globe.

Teachers have marked the 2016 “World Teachers Day” across Nigeria, with the theme “Valuing Teachers’, Improving their Status”.

They, however, do not have much cause for celebration as they spent most of their time on the streets, carrying placards to demand for better salaries and improvement on their welfare packages.

This comes as at least 80% of Nigerian states owe teachers with some states owing up to nine months salaries and others paying half of the remuneration.

Two-week Ultimatum

However, officials of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) vowed to take drastic step to address the development, as they claimed that payment of gratuities and general welfare of teachers had been handled with kid gloves.

Speaking in Abuja, the NUT President, Michael Olukoya, gave the state governments owing teachers a two-week ultimatum to address the situation.

He threatened that failure to comply would lead to the teachers embarking on a nationwide strike.

Mr Olukoya noted that the effect of the harsh economy had also made their plight worse as their hopes of receiving salaries at the end of the month had been dashed.

Lending his voice, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, called for support for families of about 600 teachers who lost their lives to the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

A representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Saidou Jallow, also advocated adequate remuneration of teachers.

 

In Kaduna State, the teachers lamented the irregular payment of their salaries and expressed concerns over their general well-being.

The State NUT Chairman, Mr Titus Ambah, claimed that primary school teachers were the most affected with many of them being owed up to eight months salaries.

He also complained that the teachers’ annual Leave Transport Grant, which was deducted from their salaries, had not being paid in spite of several appeals to the relevant government authorities.

Ambah, however, commended the Kaduna State government for upgrading teachers’ terminal salary grade-to-grade level, thereby putting them on same with permanent secretaries.

Low Key Celebrations

In Nigeria’s southwest region, the celebration in Osun State was marked in low key with prayers session instead of the usual pomp and parade at the NUT House in Osogbo, the state’s capital.

The NUT State Chairman, Mr Amudah Wakeel, said the decision was taken as a result of the challenges Nigeria was grappling with, especially the economic recession.

He called on the Federal Government to consider the teachers’ demand for a raise in their retirement age from 60-65 years.

Amudah also highlighted some of the problems facing teachers in the state to include payment of half salary, but gave the assurance that they would remain committed to their jobs.

On her part, the Osun State Deputy Governor, Titi Laoye-Tomori urged the teachers to rededicate themselves to impacting quality knowledge in the children.

She noted that whatever they teach would reflect on the wards and reassured them of the state government’s commitment to their welfare.

In Kwara State, teachers also made an appeal for improvement in their status.

They acknowledged that they were the worst hit at a period of economic recession.

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was with the teachers to commemorate the occasion, admitted that all their needs could not be met because of the present economic reality.

He, however, said he was committed to their needs within the available resources and urged them to carry out their responsibilities with conscience to the pupils, students and the government.

On their part, the teachers called for a pragmatic approach to their plights and urged the state government to address some of the challenges.

Unlike their counterparts, Ekiti State teachers had a different experience, with Governor, Ayodele Fayose, saying that his administration will continue to motivate and support teachers in the state for improved performance and better results.

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Governor Ayodele Fayose and teachers in Ekiti State celebrating

Governor Fayose made the statement at an event to mark the celebration in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, where he rewarded some outstanding teachers with cash and car gifts.

He also donated 50 million Naira to the teachers for their achievements in the recently released National Examination Council (NECO) results, where the state came first with 96.48 percent performance.

The World Teachers’ Day was celebrated in Ekiti State in a grand style, with teachers from all the 16 local government areas converging on the Oluyemi Kayode stadium in the state’s capital.

In their goodwill messages, some dignitaries and the state’s NLC Chairman, Kayode Akosile, stressed the importance of teachers in the society and commended the Governor for his giant strides in the education sector.

Borno Governor Shettima Makes State Broadcast, Says Nigeria Will Overcome Terrorism

Gov Shettima BornoThe governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will overcome terrorism in the northeast, but asked citizens of the region to maintain the right attitude in the fight against the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, that has carried out series of attacks in the state.

In a state-wide broadcast on Friday, Governor Shettima said: “I am confident that together we can overcome this challenge. Our condition cannot be permanent, no condition, ever was. We can overcome this problem with the right attitude from the top to the bottom. Indeed we can”.

He condemned the attacks by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, which he said had a doctrine that was completely at variance with the religion of Islam which they claim to promote.

“They promote a doctrine that negates the dignity and existence of humanity on earth, despite Allah’s decree in the glorious Quran, that He has dignified the human creature, prohibited unjust killings and made the religion of Islam that which does not sanction compulsion in a multi-faith society like ours.”

He sympathised with families that have lost their loved ones and property in the recent killings carried out by the members of the sect.

Mr Shettima reassured the indigenes of the state government’s commitment to ensuring that the insurgency was brought to an end soon.

“We had faced and survived threats in years past and we shall survive this insha Allah. We are confident of victory through a reinforcement of our armed forces and the collective will of all of us, citizens, who are committed to defeating the Boko Haram scourge. Collectively as a people, we have exhibited great determination. Our youth volunteers have made us proud. We are all in this, fellow citizens. We all have roles to play. One of these roles is the devoted offer of prayers and ceaseless appeal to the Almighty to make us victorious.

“In the past, our armed forces have proven their mettle even in global warfare where they were in foreign terrain in the Second World War, in the Congo, in Liberia, in Sierra Leon, in the Sudan and elsewhere. Our armed forces have also, during the Civil War, successfully saved our country from dismemberment. Our armed forces that have outstandingly proven their capability in such difficult times can by the grace Allah defeat the Boko Haram insurgency with overwhelming federal reinforcement in all areas of their needs,” he stressed.

The Borno State governor, last year, said that the members of the Boko Haram sect were better equipped than the Nigerian military, but the Federal government dismissed the statement, saying it was unpatriotic.

In the State broadcast, Governor Shettima appealed to the Federal Government to redouble its present efforts in order to witness a historic and speedy containment of the Boko Haram insurgency.

He stressed that the Borno State government would continue to do whatever it could to compliment the constitutional roles of the Federal Government in the battle.

Mr Shettima reassured the people of Borno State that measures had been taken to ensure that the insurgency would end soon and stressed the need for citizens to provide useful information to security agencies.

“Hiding information that threatens us never helps us or others. We must be very vigilant in all our communities. We must take copious note of anyone or anything strange around us but without raising false alarm or spreading any form of rumour that will cause panic. Let us try to reach out to those in position of authority to verify information concerning public safety or related matters,” he further stressed.

The state-owned Radio and Television stations have been directed to immediately come up with programmes that would have dedicated telephone lines that could be reached by citizens for enquiries on public issues in relation to security.

The programmes are also expected to help in orientation and mobilisation of victims and help them in locating missing persons and keeping citizens regularly updated on matters affecting security, victims support and their comfort.