NUC Declares NTI Degrees Illegal

NUC, NTIThe National Universities Commission (NUC) has warned prospective students not to enroll in the degree and postgraduate diploma in education programmes by the Kaduna-based National Teachers Institute (NTI) as the programmes are illegal.

This warning is contained in a statement signed by the Director, Information and Public Relations of the Commission, Mr Ibrahim Yakasai.

He said that the institute has persistently ignored advice by the commission to abstain from mounting degree programmes as the institute lacks the necessary approval for affiliation with any university.

The statement adds that degree and post graduate diploma certificates obtained from the NTI will not be recognized for the purposes of employment, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and further studies.

NTI Matriculates Students Into Various Programmes

NTIThe National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), has matriculated 35,000 fresh students into its various programmes.

Addressing the new students on Saturday during their matriculation ceremony at the institute’s headquarters in Kaduna, North West Nigeria, the Director-General of NTI, Aminu Ladan Sharehu, reiterated the commitment of the institute to offer qualitative training and retraining of teachers across the country whenever the need arises, especially on new teaching techniques.

Mr Sharehu urged the students to make use of the various programmes and courses offered by the institute to upgrade their intellectual capacity.

In his goodwill message, the guest speaker, Professor Thomas Adeyanju commended the NTI for its contribution in producing qualitative teachers in the country and also sticking to its academic calendar without any disruption.

Professor Adeyanju also advised the students to imbibe the spirit of quality and hard work if they must excel.

Some of the students expressed happiness for their admission and promised to put in their best in order to come out with good results.

A total of 11,000 Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) students, 9,000 Bachelors Degree and 15,000 National Certificate in Education (NCE) students were inducted for the 2015 academic session.

Established in 1976, the National Teachers Institute, among other things, is saddled with the responsibility of providing in-service education for teachers, through the Distance Learning System (DSL).

It also conducts capacity building for teachers to upgrade their knowledge and skills while in service.

Governor Yero Creates Over 14,000 Jobs In Kaduna

yeroGovernor Muhktar Yero’s administration in Kaduna State says it has created over 14,000 jobs and spent over N17 Billion for the payment of pensions and gratuity since inception in 2012.

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, Spokesman for the Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki said that the measure was in fulfillment of the promise by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government to provide more jobs in the state.

He stated that 2,000 graduates had been trained under the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) while 1,000 youths were trained and empowered in small scale businesses by the state government in partnership with the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SEMDAN).

Mr Maiyaki also disclosed that the Yero administration has initiated a special intervention in the education sector which informed the recruitment of over 1,800 primary and secondary school teachers and another 2,000 academic and nonacademic staff spread across all the state owned tertiary institutions.

He also explained that 10,000 teachers were undergoing training at the National Teachers Institute (NTI), aimed at building their capacity for optimal result.

Another measure which Maiyaki said the State Government has adopted in creating employment and generating revenue, is the re-opening of the Ikara Food Processing Factory which was shut down for over 25 years, while the State Government plan to revive the Kachia Ginger Company and Zaria Pharmaceuticals Company under a private partnership arrangement.

While stating that over 187 schools have been constructed by the Yero administration in the state, Mr Maiyaki told reporters that civil servants are paid their salaries every month while promotion and payment of leave grants and other allowances are also paid regularly.

Teachers threaten not to resume new session

The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has threatened not to resume the new 2012/2013 academic session in September, if the Federal Government does not implement the 27.5 percent Teachers Peculiar Allowance.

Speaking at a meeting with the Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai, the president of the NUT, Michael Olukoya said that the government had reneged on its promise since the 6th of August 2008, when the matter was resolved.

The NUT president also raised other issues including the long-standing dispute between the NUT and the National Teachers Institute (NTI).

The teachers accused the NTI of short-changing them through the 2011 Millennium Development Goals training programme organised nationwide.

The Minister of Education admitted that there were several lapses from the Federal Government and promised to address issues of welfare packages to prevent a breakdown in the nation’s education system.