Ex-SUBEB Chairman Arraigned Over Alleged N140.9m Illegal Transfer

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The former Chairman of the Benue State Primary Education Board, Mr Augustine Dzever, has been arraigned over an alleged illegal transfer of N104.9 million belonging to the board to another account.

Dzever is being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on a 9-count charge.

ICPC in a statement by its spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said Dzever was charged before Hon. Justice S. A. Itodo of the Benue State High Court, sitting in Makurdi.

The commission is accusing the former SUBEB chairman of transferring N140, 878, 378 from the personnel account to the overhead account of the board.

ICPC’s counsel, Bako Along, informed the court that Dzever committed the offence in 2005 that is “contrary to and punishable under Section 22(5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

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“The court also heard that the accused person, Dzever, had in 2005 allegedly transferred the sum of N24, 477, 918. 98 from the personnel account to the overhead account of the Board, thereby contravening Section 22(5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

“Other allegations levelled against the accused include that he transferred the sums of N2, 477, 918. 00 and N20, 000, 000 on different occasions from the personnel account of the board to the overhead account,” the statement read in part.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Honourable Itodo granted the accused person bail on self-recognition and the sum of N1 million.

This follows Dzever’s plea of not being guilty when the charges were read to him.

The matter was however adjourned to June 24 for his trial.

SUBEB Moves To Sanitise Grassroots Education In Nasarawa

SUBEB Moves To Sanitise Grassroots Education In Nasarawa
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The Nasarawa State Basic Education Board (SUBEB) says modalities have been put in place to address challenges hampering the smooth progress of education at the grassroots level.

Chairman of the Board, Muhammad Danazumi stated this when he received to the Forum of Supervisory Councilors of Education in Lafia, the state capital.

He admitted that there were challenges facing education at the grassroots but reaffirmed the commitment of SUBEB to address them without delay.

Danazumi attributed such challenges to politicising of positions by civil servants, stressing that the Board would deploy senior staff from the Head of Civil Service to cross check files of local government staff in order to address hierarchy overlapping among other challenges.

In his word, he said: “Since we came onboard, we have been battling with these problems … but we have to do something to correct all these abnormalities”.

Over 50,000 Furniture Distributed To Schools In C/River

Over 50,000 Furniture Distributed To Schools In C/RiverThe Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has commenced the distribution of over 50,000 plastic tables and chairs to schools across the 18 local government areas of the state.

The Chairman of SUBEB, Dr. Stephen Odey, said the Board under his administration will always create a conducive environment for effective teaching and learning to take place.

He hinted that the distribution of furniture has been concluded in the southern senatorial zone of the state.

Dr. Odey added that the exercise is on-going in the central zone, with each senatorial district getting a total of 17,200 sets of plastic tables and chairs.

“No child in Cross River State will sit on the floor.

“Governor Ben Ayade is passionate about the Cross River Child and so, we will continue to partner with UBEC to do more for our education sector,” said the SUBEB boss.

While a total of 371 schools from the central senatorial zone -Boki, Etung, Ikom, Obubra, Abi and Yakurr- have benefitted from the development, the northern zone would take its turn next.

SUBEB Asks EFCC To Hunt Non-teaching Staff Defrauding C/River Govt.

SUBEB Asks EFCC To Hunt Non-teaching Staff Defrauding C/River Govt.The Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go after all non-teaching staff who do not carry out their duties, but yet receive salaries monthly.

The SUBEB Chairman, Dr. Stephen Odey, said the call was made in a bid to fight corruption to a standstill in the education sector.

He made the remark during the personnel verification, biometrics/image capturing and promotion interview of teaching and non-teaching staff in Boki Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) in Cross River State.

Dr. Odey condemned the high number of non-teaching staff in Boki LGEA, stressing that those who claimed to be teachers due to political settlement have contributed greatly to the near collapse of basic education in the state.

He described the development as unacceptable in the present dispensation, and appealed to the EFCC to help sanitise the sector for the benefit of future generations.

“The number of non-teaching staff here is ridiculous. This is as a result of political settlement and politics should not be played with basic education.

“The basic education sector is important for the future of our children; it is not a joke.

“You see a school of 80 pupils with six teachers and 11 non-teaching staff, or the other school with 14 non-teaching staff doing absolutely nothing.

“People are just sitting at home and collecting money from the government which is stealing.

“Why should the EFCC not come after people like them who are constantly defrauding the government?” he questioned.

Osun SUBEB Confirms 8,605 Persons Registered For N-Power

Osun SUBEB Confirms 8,605 Persons Registered For N-PowerNot less than 8,605 participants were registered in Osun state for the Federal Government’s initiative to reduce the menace of unemployment, coined N-Power.

The Permanent Secretary, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Fatai Kolawole, disclosed this on Thursday, as he commended the federal government for the laudable stride.

According to him, a total number of 10,042 participants registered for the programme in the state, out of which 8,605 eventually turned up for the screening exercise and onward deployment to various areas of assignment.

Fatai explained that the board, in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has embarked on deployment of corps to various areas of assignment and proper education for participants.

He described the scheme as timely and a great complement to the teaching staff in the state, especially at the secondary schools, saying it has afforded the sector ample opportunity of adding more competent hands into its fold.

“As a service delivery agency, we consider it an obligation to listen carefully to complaints of participants and meticulously attend to them.

“Our major challenge is paucity of Information Technology compliance since the whole programme is IT-driven, which required great skill.

“All in all, the initiative is a profound relief for many unemployed youths in the country, it has greatly reduced unemployment in no small way,” he said.

Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools’ Curriculum

Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools' Curriculum The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday in Benin City, advocated a quick review of the curriculum of schools as a ‘sine qua non’ to having solid educational foundation for “our children in the state”.

Governor Obaseki said this while receiving in audience, the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), led by its Acting Chairman, Mr Iyalomhe Akhagbemhe.

The governor used the occasion to assure the leadership of the NUT that the state government was working with State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancies allocated to the state.

He said that government would not only fill the vacancy but would train the teachers and provide them with instructional materials.

He also advised the NUT leadership to think of reviewing the school’s curriculum in the state so that those who pass out from schools would not only be employable but could also become entrepreneurs.

Governor Obaseki equally reiterated his electioneering promise to create 200,000 jobs and noted that teachers also had fundamental roles to play in achieving the feat.

He said the process must begin with the solid foundation for the pupils and students, stressing that it was high time stakeholders began to rethink the purpose of education and the type to be given out.

“But for us, we must begin to think about our curriculum, so that the people we produce from the school system are people who can sustain themselves in life. -So that after JSS, you should be able to do something with your life.

“So it’s time to rethink the purpose of education and the type of education to be given out.

“We are currently working with SUBEB to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancy given to the state.

Governor Obaseki disclosed that most of the subsidy to the state would be channeled towards vocational and technical education, saying “there is the need to work and ensure that by 2020 our children have skills.

“To do this, we have to train and retrain, hence our focus on technical education.

“We need to have center of excellence to strengthen our teaching call”, he added.

Obaseki, who emphasized that schools supervision was also part of the training, gave the assurance that government would re-jig the school’s management system for the better.

The Governor further stated that the teachers, mostly regarded as those who produce the best brains and the best minds, was the reason his predecessor pursued the policy that saw the upgrade of teachers to the level of permanent secretary.

Earlier, Akhagbemhe advised the governor to ensure he appointed square pegs in square holes to drive his desired developmental stride for the state.

He appealed to the governor for the support of teachers, adding that some of the challenges in the educational sector included the non-payment of leave transport grant for 2016.

Akhagbemhe listed the non-release of promotion since 2012, dearth of teachers as well as non-availability of instructional materials as challenges encountered in most schools.

Benue Govt. Condemns Poor Learning Environment For Students

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on insecurityThe Benue State Government has described the academic environment where some primary and secondary school students take classes under trees as shameful.

The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in company of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Mr Philip Tachin, disclosed made the comment during an inspection of the 7.6 Billion naira SUBEB model schools in Guma and other parts of the state.

The inspection visit to the project sites became necessary, following allegations from some contractors that, seven billion Naira had been diverted from the total 7.6  billion naira project cost.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terver Akase, has however, described the allegation of financial mismanagement as false.

Meanwhile, primary and junior secondary school students have had to gather under huge trees at the Gbajimba LGEA Model School to receive classes as most of their buildings became inhabitable due to years of neglect and herdsmen destruction.

As the reconstruction project continues, the state government officials expressed satisfaction with the pace of work as they eagerly await the return of the students to good learning environment.

The host community also commended the state government for rebuilding their school which was burnt down by herdsmen in 2014.

Benue State Govt. Denies Diverting Schools Rehabilitation Fund

Samuel-OrtomThe Benue State government has denied an allegation of fraudulent diversion of seven billion Naira out of the 7.6 billion Naira public primary schools rehabilitation fund at the State Universal Basic Education Board.

This denial followed accusation levied against the state government and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) by some contractors who bid for the 740 projects, alleging that 70% payment were made upfront to government cronies while 30% kick-backs were taken as bribe without executing the projects.

The police have opened investigation into the income and expenditure of SUBEB between 2011-2015.

Three accounting staff were arrested before the close of work on Friday, a development the SUBEB chairman said was not connected to his tenure in office.

On August 25, the Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, performed the symbolic flag off ceremony of the rehabilitation of 740 public primary schools, most of which were destroyed by herdsmen during attacks on Benue communities.

But the execution of the projects has since run into trouble waters, with controversies and alleged fraudulent diversion of the funds.

Channels Television’s correspondent in Benue State, visited the office of the Benue State Universal Basic Education Board to investigate the allegation.

But the SUBEB chairman, Philip Tachin, insisted that due process was followed in the award of the contracts.

Asked if the board had the 7.6 billion Naira to see through the 740 school projects, Mr Tachin said even the Universal Basic Education Commission in Abuja had access to the expenditure profile of the board.

Defending the state government, the Benue State Governor, through his spokesman, Terver Akase, asked those behind the allegation to come forward with proof of fraud and favouritism if indeed there were discrepancies in the entire process.

While the government believes the burden of proof rested on those fuelling the allegation of fraud, the Commissioner of Police in Benue State, Bashir Makama, said officials were looking into all the issues, believing that the truth would be revealed.

Benue Infrastructure: Govt. Threatens To Sue Officials Who Try To Siphon Funds

Benue state government, Samuel Ortom, The Benue State Government has threatened to prosecute officials of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and contractors handling the 7.6 billion Naira reconstruction of public schools.

The investigation is meant to reveal if funds meant for the reconstruction of the schools destroyed by herdsmen were diverted.

The Governor of the State,  Mr Samuel Ortom issued the threat in Makurdi, during the official flag off ceremony of the reconstruction project of over 700 schools, most of which were destroyed by herdsmen during the widespread attacks on communities and public institutions.

Mr Ortom urged the contractors to consider the future of the Benue child in the execution of the project, by avoiding sub-standard jobs.

He, promised to personally monitor work on the project sites to ensure compliance to best practices.

The school, LGEA Adem Lrimary School in Makurdi council areas along Naka road, received a face lift after it was burnt down by rampaging herdsmen in 2014.

Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Mr Philip Tachin, who was represented by a member of the board, gave details of the impact assessment of the destruction and source of funding for the projects.

Done with the flag off ceremony, all the contractors are mobilising to the various project sites to ensure work is completed within three months, as specified in the award details, to enable pupils return to class for conducive learning.

Scenes from the horrible destruction of public primary schools in Moon Council Ward of Kwande council area in 2013, like many other parts of the state, remain fresh in the heart of the people.

Today, herdsmen freely graze their cattle within the school premises while the inhabitants fled their ancestral homes due to the vicious herdsmen attacks.

Ayade Calls For Reformation Of Basic Education

Ayade, Basic Education Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has called on the Federal Government to present a new scheme and drive that would reconstruct the concept of basic education in Nigeria.

The Governor made the request when the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, led stakeholders in the education sector on a visit to the government house in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

Ayade expressed concern about Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funds being allegedly reduced to political patronage and basic day to day survival.

Decrying the fallen standards of education in the country, the Governor stated that it was high time the funds were used to design an academic programme that would create a new direction and future for the nation.

The Governor charged whoever superintends over UBEC funds to add value to education in the country and embrace the training and retraining of teachers while reconstructing the value of UBEC for the good of the people.

Professor Anwuka commended the Cross River State Government for keying into the vision and aspirations of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

The Minister affirmed the ministry’s resolve to fashion out ways to boost the operations of UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the various states.

He said that they were determined to give a new lease of life to basic education in the country.

Channels National Kids Cup: Organizers Conclude Draw for Lagos Preliminaries

Kids cupThe draw ceremony for the Channels National Kids Cup, Lagos Preliminaries has been concluded with the 32 schools cleared by the technical committee.

Two match venues, Campos Square and Onikan Stadium will host games in the three-day event which the organizers have confirmed will be done on knock-out basis.

Onikan Stadium will host group A and C games while matches in group B and D will be played at Campus Square.

Last year’s finalist, Uncle Bayus Nursery & Primary School, Ikorodu will compete from group A and will clash with New Hall International School in their first match.

The other group A fixtures have Helpers International School, Iganmu going against Donmen Schools, Ajegunle. Christ Assembly will play Revival Private School while National Nursery and Primary School will fight for a place in the next round against St. Joseph Primary School, Agege.

In group B, last year’s semi finalist, St. Paul Anglican School, will face Bols School from Ipaja, Fountain School. Surulere and Issacville from Ketu will also be in action.

Channels KidsStill on Group B, Catony Royal Schools, Ibeju-Lekki will compete against the kids from Rockford, Ikorodu while Al-Farouq International School will play Mass-Mas School from Mile 12.

In Group C, last year’s Lagos representatives, Daemm Schools, Daleko will take on Command Children’s School, Ojo in their opening game while Inner-City Mission Nursery and Primary School, Oregun will play St. Francis, Maryland in the group’s second game.

More group C fixtures will see Supreme Education Foundation, Magodo trade tackles with Darman Foundation School, Ifako while last year’s participants, Excel Immaculate will play Straight Gate School, Magodo GRA.

Group D opening action will be between Community Primary School, Abule-Egba and TBC Kiddies Nursery and Primary school.

In the other games, Toydam Children’s School from Gbagada will play Great Trust Basic Academy, Apapa. Right after that game, Maryland Convent and Christlead Primary School will take over the pitch. The group’s final game is between Lyncrest Schools, Ikorodu and Green Haven at the Campos Square.

The Lagos preliminaries will begin on Tuesday, April 19 and run till April 22.

Below are the complete groupings.

GROUP A

Uncle Bayus Nursery and Primary School

New Hall International School

Helpers International School

Donmen Schools

Christ Assembly Primary School

Revival Private School

National Nursery and Primary School

St. Joseph Nursery and Primary School

 

GROUP B

St. Paul’s Anglican School

BOLS International School

Isaacville Nursery and Primary School

Fountain School

Catony Nursery and Primary School

Rockford Private School

Al-Farouq International School

Mas-Mas Nursery and Primary School

 

GROUP C

Daemm Schools

Command Children’s School

St. Francis Nursery and Primary School

Inner-City Mission Nursery and Primary School

Supreme Education Foundation School

Darman Foundation School

Excel Immaculate School

Straight Gate School

 

GROUP D

Community Primary School

TBC Kiddies Nursery and Primary School

Toydam Children’s School

Great Trust Basic Academy

Maryland Convent Primary School

ChristLead School

Lyncrest Schools

Green Haven Montessori School

Herdsmen-Farmers’ Crisis: 500,000 Children Out Of School In Benue

Schools-in-NigeriaThe Benue State government has released alarming statistics of over 500,000 drop in school enrolment since intense fighting broke out in 2012 between farmers and herdsmen in six local government areas of the state.

The Executive Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Benue, Mr Philip Tachin, released the figure in Guma Local Government Area when Governor Samuel Ortom flagged-off the state public school enrolment campaign.

Governor Ortom while flagging off the enrolment campaign tagged, “Our Schools Shall Rise Again” urged Benue indigenes to be weary of the constant crisis and report any suspicious movement of persons in large numbers to forestall break down of law and other.

A match pass and presentation of learning materials to students were part of the activities to flag-off of the school enrolment programme.

Such activity has never been held in Guma, Agatu and other local governments which have come under attack from herdsmen in the last Four years.

Public schools and Primary health care centres were all destroyed by rampaging herdsmen along with residential houses with tales of horror and brutal murder, leaving school age children homeless and internally displaced.

The state government, through the State Universal Basic Education Board, is investing over 7.6 billion Naira into the education sector to encourage more enrolment, hence the need for this campaign.

In their speeches, representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Governor, encouraged parents and local education authority to drive the campaign through rural community with the symbolic presentation of flags to council chairman for that purpose.

With the flag-off of the school enrolment campaign in Guma Local Government Area, which has the highest number of out of school children, stakeholders in the education sector will do well to support the campaign.