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BOSG Reintroduces Common Entrance Examination Before Gaining Admission to JSS 1

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BOSG reintroduces common entrance Examination before gaining admission to JSS1

.‘No common entrance, no JSS 1- Governor Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state government has directed for the immediate reintroduction be of Common Entrance Examination to primary six pupils, before proceeding to Junior Secondary schools across the state.

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state who disclosed this while having a meeting with the Principals of 84 secondary schools in the state which held at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri said ‘no common entrance no JSS 1 “.

Governor Zulum also directed the enforcement of a qualifying policy that henceforth, only pupils who pass the examination by securing a cut-off mark, should be eligible for admission into the first year of junior secondary schools (JSS 1), as against giving admissions to all pupils regardless of common entrance criteria.

The governor also directed that school authorities must henceforth take all qualifying and promotional examinations seriously as Government will monitor all conducts

During the meeting with the 84 principals of all public secondary schools in the State, Governor Zulum conditioned them to be honest in telling him the realities of challenges in the system, rather than cover-up for fear of victimization.

The Governor,is, who is also a university professor himself, gave the condition in his opening remarks said “I have been to several schools, and each time I asked, some of you principals found it difficult to explain the problems in your schools. I was later made to understand that if you tell me truth, you would either be transferred somewhere you wouldn’t like, or somehow be victimized. Please I beg all of you to tell me the truth. Let us tell ourselves the truth so that we can improve Borno’s public education from where we are now.”

“I am pleading with you to please be upright, be honest. Education is the bedrock of any development. Without functional educational system, we shall continue to experience this Boko Haram insurgency in Borno. Look at the kind of students we are graduating from our public secondary schools, most of them do not qualify for admission into universities, even those who get admitted find it very difficult to cope. I assure you that telling me the truth will not lead to anything happening to any of you by God’s grace” Zulum told the principals.

The Governor who went down memory lane to remind the principals of glorious days, and the need for all stakeholders to regain quality in public school system said ““I can recall that twenty years ago, principals were not willing to even become permanent secretaries because of job satisfaction. Today, that satisfaction is longer there. There is general decline in the standard of education in public institutions all over the country.”.

“There is the lack of qualified teachers, inadequate teaching facilities, poor maintenance culture, general decay of infrastructure, Government’s inability to ensure monitoring and evaluation, centralized control by the Ministry, unnecessary bureaucracy, and irregular training and retraining of teachers and other essential staff. There is poor data management and indiscipline amongst the major problems affecting the public school system” Zulum enumerated.

The Governor assured that measures will continually be adopted to improve the training and welfare of teachers and administrators of public school system to motivate high performance while supervision will be drastically changed for the purpose of punishing those unready to change.

After the Governor’s remark, the principals took turns to voice out problems of the 84 secondary schools across Borno’s 27 local government areas.

Most of the principals complained about poor quality of primary school graduates who come into secondary schools without strong foundation. They urged the Governor to critically look into reintroduction of common entrance examination at primary six levels, which should be yardstick for admission into secondary schools.

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Governor Buni Mourns Air Strike Victims, Assures investigation of incident

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Governor Buni Mourns Air Strike Victims, Assures investigation of incident

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has commiserated with families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate Air strike on Buhari village in Yunusari local government area of the state.

He said although it could have been an accident or mistaken target, but government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.

Governor Buni directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs, to liaise with the Nigeria Airforce and the Multi National Joint Task Force, to look into the unfortunate Air strike.

“Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened” Governor Buni assured.

“This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurance and to safeguard the lives of our people.”

Governor Buni also assured the preparedness of his administration to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the state.

Meanwhile, the governor has directed government hospitals in Geidam and Damaturu to offer free medical services to those who sustained injuries from the air strike.

Similarly, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.

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MD FMC Abuja Bags Georgia Prostrate Cancer Coalition 2021 Award

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MD FMC Abuja bags Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition 2021 Award

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo, Abuja

The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, FMC Abuja, Nigeria, Prof Saad Ahmed has bagged the prestigious Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition 2021 award, in recognition of his outstanding selfless service, dedicated to improving mental and physical health worldwide and to the immediate community.

According to the press statement Saturday, released by the head of Information and Media Relations FMC Abuja, Mr Omolofe Kayode, “the award followed Prof Saad’s numerous contributions to the community and his excellent role as a Presenter/Facilitator at the International Health Summit of the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, Atlanta USA.

“This is a clear testament of reward for impactful hard work and selfless service to humanity”.

The statement further congratulated the global achiever in Prof Saad “for putting FMC Abuja and Nigeria as a whole, on the global map with this ‘international recognition award”.

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Gov. Buni Inspects Gujba-Mutai Road, As NEDC Pledge To Construct The 54 KM Mutai-Ngalda Road

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Gov Buni Inspects Gujba-Mutai Road, As NEDC Pledge To Construct The 54km Mutai- Ngalda Road

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

Yobe State Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, today inspected the 40km Gujba-Mutai road awarded under the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP)

The governor said although the pace of work on the project had been slowed down by insurgency attacks on the company, there is significant progress made on the project.

He directed the contractors to engage more equipment and personnel to facilitate its completion.

“This is very important because, the more the delay, the more the escalation in prices of materials which will attract avoidable variations of the contract” he warned.

The governor said his administration remains committed to complete all ongoing projects and put them to use for the benefit of the people of the state.

Governor Buni commended the North East Development Commission for taking over the construction of the 54km Mutai-Ngalda portion of the road.

“I am happy that the Managing Director of North East Development Commission is here and he assured us of the commencement of the 54km Wagir-Mutai-Ngalda road, this is quite encouraging.

“Of course we have to thank Mr President for establishing the North East Development Commission and what he has been doing to ensure that we rebuild the northeast,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, the NEDC Managing Director, said the execution of the 54km portion of the project was in consonance with the NEDC’s programme of providing infrastructural needs of the people.

Earlier, the MCRP state Coordinator, Mallam Musa Idi Jidawa, briefed the governor on the factors militating against the speedy progression of the project which include inadequate machines and manpower.

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