Teachers Protest Unpaid Salaries In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Teachers Salaries ProtestSecondary school teachers in Bayelsa State have held a protest to declare their displeasure over unpaid seven-month salaries by the state government.

The teachers took to the major roads to press home their demands before marching to the state secretariat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital in south-south Nigeria.

They claimed that while other workers in the state have received half month payment three times, they have not received anything.

The teachers also rejected government’s proposition to give them half pay for the month of August on Thursday, insisting that the government must pay them as the other workers.

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) in Bayelsa State, Mr Oyiemi Ebiredeni, said that members of the union had been battling to survive, as a result of unpaid salaries.

The Commissioner of Education, Mr Markson Fefegha, told Channels Television that the executives of ASUSS and the state government had different understanding with regard to the agreement reached during their private meeting.

NECO Donates Boreholes, Learning Materials To Communities In Niger

NECO, NigerThe National Examination Council (NECO) headquarters in Minna has donated two boreholes and learning materials to the host communities in Gidan Mangoro and Gbaganako, Chanchaga local government areas of Niger State.

The Registrar/CEO of NECO, Professor Abdulrashid Garba, commissioned the boreholes and presented the learning materials to the indigent students of Day Secondary School, Gbada, in Gidan Mangoro LGA.

He said that the idea was born out of NECO’s social responsibility to maintain cordial relationship with the host communities.

Professor Garba explained that benefiting students who were identified and provided with learning materials were drawn from the only public secondary school in Gbada while they selected base on the test conducted by the Council.

According to him, three SS3 students who had earlier paid NECO 2016 SSCE (June/July) fee of 11,550 Naira were refunded their money while other three SS2 students were presented with textbooks, notebooks and mathematical sets.

He said further that three other indigent students each from JS1 to 3 were equally selected and received textbooks, notebooks, school uniform, a pair of canvass, a pair of stockings, school bag and two singlets each.

Garba reiterated the commitment of the Council to extending the same gesture of corporate social responsibility to other communities in the state.

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, who was represented by the Commissioner of Education, Fatima Madugu, appreciated the good gesture of the NECO management, saying it would go a long way in sustaining their cordial relationship.

She urged the Council not to restrict the gesture to only host communities, noting that two public schools each have been earmarked from the three geo-political zones of the state to be renovated to UNESCO standard.

The Village Head of Gidan Mogoro, Adamu Marafa, in his remark commended NECO for the foresight. He appealed to the students and people of the community to make good use of the materials.

Unpaid Teachers Tackle Kwara Government On Salaries

kwaraThe strike embarked upon by Primary and Junior Secondary School teachers in Kwara State has entered the third day, with no solution in sight.

The teachers union accused both the State and Local Governments of tossing them around over who owed them.

Reacting to the accusation, Kwara State Commissioner of Education, Musa Yeketi, claimed that it is the responsibility of the Local Government to pay the teachers, since they were employed by them.

The Commissioner also assured the striking teachers of plans of the state government to help in facilitating bank loans to offset the salary arrears.

Reacting to the issue, the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyiola Oyedepo, condemned what he called ‘usual practise of borrowing to offset salary arrears’.

Mr Oyedepo called for a stop in corruption in the Local Government, especially the over bloated staff and other vices which prevents the payments for months.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, held a closed door meeting with labour leaders and Chairmen of the 16 Local Governments to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

At the end of the meeting, the state Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Abdul-Lateef Okandeji, briefed reporters, they resolved that the Local Governments should find way of growing their revenues and reduce their expenditures.


Oyo Commences Construction Of Model Schools

AjimobiThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, says old dilapidated buildings bursting at the seams with pupils would be a thing of the past in Oyo State’s story as he flagged off the construction of new model schools across the state.

Making the promise in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Ajimobi reaffirmed that education remains one of the most important sectors for his administration and he had demonstrated this by voting 33% of the current budget, far greater than UNESCO’s benchmark, to education.

He added that the construction of the first 6 model schools would be spread across the geopolitical zones of the state and would be the first of its kind in the entire country.

According to report, serious work had began at the Oba Akinbiyi High School, Mokola, Ibadan, where old, decrepit school buildings were giving way to a brand new ones.

Structural defective schools were also getting new leases of life to accommodate deserving learning processes.

The new model schools, which would be built at a cost of 623million naira each, would comprise 8 laboratories, admin block, technical education workshop, clinic, refractory, auditorium, cafeteria and 24 modern classrooms which would accomodate 30 pupils each.

The Commissioner for Education, Professor Solomon Olaniyonu, disclosed that the model schools were esthetically appealing and structurally balanced in design and would serve as prototype of standard schools in the state.

Gov. Ajimobi also added that in addition to the e-learning about to commence in the state, primary school pupils would start enjoying free food supply from the next academic season to provide necessary nutritional component for outstanding academic performance.

Security Operatives Cannot Work With Misleading Number Of Abducted Girls – Anene

vlcsnap-2014-05-07-11h14m33s178The President, Initiative for Inspiration and Development of Young Nigerians, Emmanuel Anene has said there are misleading informations between the Commissioner of Education and the principal of Girls Government Secondary School, Chibok on the number of girls that were abducted.

He said that it is not the duty of the Commissioner of Education to give information on the number of girls missing rather it is the duty of the principal, adding that whatever information is given out, is what the security operatives will work with.

He made this known while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily in Abuja, Mr. Anene insisted that the principal should know the number of students that were present in school and those that were absent.

Mr. Anene questioned the security measures that were put in place to protect the girls while writing their exams, “The adequate security according to the principal is four policemen who are there by the day and disappear by night”.

In terms of response, Mr. Anene noted that the government is not doing enough in the release of the abducted girls because they are working with misleading information. “Nigerians believe that the government are not doing enough because of the wrong informations they are given”.

He further opined that security operatives be questioned, adding that in a state of emergency that was declared by President Goodluck Jonathan 200+ girls could not have been moved without passing of information.

Borno Governor Dares Boko Haram, Vows To Reposition Education

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has said that no amount of threat to the development of western education by the dreaded sect, Boko Haram will alter his plans for the transformation of the sector.

The Governor, who was speaking to Channels Television in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, said that schools destroyed by the insurgents have been reconstructed or rehabilitated and other measures have been taken to improve the sector.

“We are working assiduously, we have renovated almost 70% of the schools in Borno, and we are spending 100 million per month on the feeding of public school students in the state.”

The State Commissioner of Education, Musa Inuwa Kubo, also corroborated the Governor’s declaration, saying that the aim of the administration is to bridge the existing gaps between public and private schools.

“The task of His Excellency is to see to it that all the dilapidated structures in the schools are put in place,” he said.

Aside from developing the education sector, the governor is also giving priority to agricultural development and job creation.

Nigerians living in the Northern part of the country have been worst hit by the incessant terrorist activities of the dreaded Boko Haram, with business activities in the hospitality and recreation sector badly affected.

Members of the Boko Haram sect have also on several occasions attacked schools and killed students and teachers.

Kogi, Abia Students Get Scholarship

About 30 students who won laurels for their states and the country have been rewarded with scholarships up to university level.

In separate ceremonies in Kogi and Abia states, the two governors promised to ensure the education of the pupils by providing adequate sports equipment and fully equipped laboratories and libraries.

In a reception held at the Kogi State Government House for the students who made the state proud in the just concluded sport festival in Port Harcourt and in India, the state’s Commissioner Of Education, Mrs Grace Elebiyo encouraged the students to focus on their studies.

In his remark, the obviously pleased Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada reiterated his administration’s commitment to promoting holistic education and announced several scholarships and cash awards for the students.

The event had Government officials, journalists, parents and well-wishers in attendance.

In Abia state, it was an elated Governor Theordore Orji who watched some of the pupils as they displayed the talents that gave them victories.

Chairman Abia State Universal Basic Education Board, Micah Onyebuchi then went on to present the laurels won by the pupils to Governor Orji.

The governor responded by announcing scholarship awards to the pupils. He also gave cash gifts to the pupils and their teachers as well as promotion for those in the Ministry Of Education.

Government To Fence Secondary Schools In Yobe

To curtail any more attacks on staff and students of secondary schools across Yobe state, the state government has announced plans to fence all secondary schools in the state.

The state Commissioner of Education, Alhaji Mohammed Lamin, who disclosed this to journalists in Damaturu said before the fencing of the secondary schools, government in conjunction with the Joint Task Force (JTF) will deploy security operatives in all secondary schools across the state to prevent further attacks from gunmen suspected to be members of the radical Islamist, Boko Haram.

Lamin said this became necessary considering the recent attack on students of Government Secondary School Damaturu which left eleven people including teachers and students death.

He also explained that “government in conjunction with the JTF has agreed to deploy security operatives to the schools to provide 24 hours security in the schools to prevent future occurrence.”

The Commissioner described the attack on Government Secondary School Damaturu as “traumatic and pathetic” as it involves innocent souls of students and teachers.

“The trauma will remain with us for a very long time because, one cannot imagine what these students and teachers have done to deserve such gruesome murder” he added.

Alhaji Lamin said government has closed the affected school to give the staff and students adequate time to recover from the attack he described as “unfortunate”

Gunmen had ten days ago launched attack on the Government Secondary School Damaturu, killing seven students and two teachers of the school while six others sustained injuries during the attack.

Two of the insurgents were killed with three others arrested by the security forces, the JTF.