Gov. Buni Set to Implement report of the technical committee on education
By Daily Hint Damaturu 28/8/2019
His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni set to implement the report of the Technical Committee that was set up to revitalize Basic and Secondary Education in the State.
The Committee, led by former Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Malah Daura, was set up by the governor following the first ever Yobe Education Summit, which was held on July 1st, 2019.
While the full recommendations of the Committee will be implemented over time through various education sector agencies in coordination with the office of the Secretary to the State Government, His Excellency Governor Buni has approved that the following be undertaken immediately:
a. A manpower audit to screen all teaching staff across the state, authenticate their certificates and the forms or types of formal training they had gone through.
b. Conduct of basic, general and professional competency tests on teachers in the state.
c. Identification of teachers who need training, re-training or re-assigning to other sectors as appropriate and how to fill in any gaps that may arise.
d. Identification of additional qualified teachers for recruitment at all levels of the school system.
e. Establishment of one model school for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in each of the three senatorial districts of the state. Three existing schools will be converted for this purpose and a steering committee that has already been set up will work to formalise arrangements for conversion of the schools and the conduct of needs assessment to meet immediate take off requirements.
The schools earmarked for STEM education are Government Secondary School Damaturu (Zone A), Government Science and Technical College Potiskum (Zone B) and Government Science and Technical College Nguru (Zone C).
The public will be kept abreast of all major developments regularly as the Buni administration moves along to further re-position and develop education in the state.
Governor Zulum Flies, Distribute N65M Cash to 8000 Unaccessible Kala-Balge IDPs Households
Governor Zulum flies, distributes N65m cash to 8000 unaccessible Kala-Balge, IDPs households
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Concerned by the plight of his people, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has yesterday flew N65m in cash and distributed to 8,000 households widow Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are in critical need of humanitarian assistance in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge, Nigeria’s remotest local government area, located in Central part of Borno State.
There is no banking services in Kala-Balge while it is impossible to convey food items, hence Governor visit to bring succor to the displaced people of the area.The visit was Zulum’s fifth of similar humanitarian trip to Kala-Balge since he assumed office in May 2019.
It could be recalled that Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge can only be accessed by road through the Republic of Cameroon due to flooded road from a dam discharge in Central Africa which trapped Nigerians in Rann, cutting them from traveling to others parts of Borno and denying them access to farms which are also flooded.
The Villagers mostly buy food supplies from a border village in neighboring Cameroon Republic, for livelihoods.
Zulum, during Saturday’s trip, supervised the N65m cash distribution to families of 8,000 widows and some vulnerable residents in Rann to enable them buy food and other basic needs from the Cameroonian border village.
Each household in the community was given between N10,000 and N5,000 cash because there is no banking service in Rann. During the governor’s visit 5,000 Male householders received N10,000 each, while 3,000 of their female counterparts received N5,000 and 10k bag of rice each.
In all five different visits to the area, the Governor supervised the distribution of food and non-food aid to residents, many of them in critical humanitarian needs.
Before traveling to Kala-Balge, Zulum was in Kaduna on Friday for Northern Governors’ meeting, but he used the trip to inspect some property owned by the Borno State Government in Kaduna town.
The property include Kaduna lodge and palace of the Shehu of Borno, the Governor’s Lodge and Liason Office, Government Staff Quarters, and Borno Hotels and ordered technical evaluation of those properties in need of rehabilitation.
Borno NLC Gave BOSG 2 Weeks Ultimatum to Remove Head Of Biometric Unit, Probe the So Called Sources Of Funding the Award
Borno NLC Gave BOSG 2 weeks ultimatum to remove head of Biometric units, probe the so called sources of funding the award
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Borno state has given the Borno state government 2 weeks ultimatum within which to remove the head of Biometric units and constitute a committee to probe award giving to some personality by the units and as well probe the source of funding of the ceremony
The NLC in a press briefing read by it’s state chairman Comrade Bulama Abiso who handed down the ultimatum after a State Executive Meeting held at the Labour House, Maiduguri on Saturday said “the organised Labour therefore demand an investigation into the sources of the fund expended in funding the award ceremony and demand the immediate removal of the head of Biometric unit, in person of Bako Adamu with immediate effect”
“Evidence on ground shows that a lot of workers across the state are yet to be captured or were captured but not paid, deceased benefit not paid, non implimentation of promotion benefits, and annual incrreaent, non payment leave and transport grants for 2017, 2019 and 2020 among other issues burdering on biometric exercise, as such due to this development workers remain hopeless and unattended to..It is therefore surprising a unit responsible for all these hardship and suffering of workers will be dishing out awards to some individuals in total disregard to plight and sensitivity of workers, the NLC therefore questioned the rationale behind the award”, Comrade Abiso queried.
It could be recalled that the biometric exercise which started during the administration of former Borno Governor, Hon. Kashim Shettima 5 years ago still have some issues to attend to.
The Biometric Unit at a colourful ceremony gave an award to Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, former state governor Hon. Kashim Shetima, State Secretary to the state Government (SSG) Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa and Head of Service, Barrister Simon Malgwi, commissioner for Finance, Adamu Lawan, , Commissioner works, Arch. Yerima Sale, Commissioner for RRR, Engr Mustapha Gubio, as well as Barrister Yakubu Bukar, Alh. Mohammed Hassan and Dr Bulama Mali Gubio all former heads of Service and Alhaji Umar Ka’ana, Accountant General of Borno state and some selected Of the unit.
The organised Labour has condemned in its totally the award and demanded for the probe of public fund use in finding the ceremony and removal of the head of unit.
He said since the commencement of the Biometric exercise in 2014, 89 workers have not been captured, 150 pensioners not captured and number of workers captured but not paid, stressing that the units claimed that they have saved over N500 million in an exercise that still has some outstanding issues .
When contacted for hid reactions, the head of the Biometric Unit Bako Adamu said ” I will not comment untill I receive authorization from the head of service”.
Disengaged N Power Beneficiaries Threatens to Vote Out APC, If FG Refuses to Absorb them in Government Or Pay them Exit Package
Disengaged N Power beneficiaries threatens to vote out APC, if FG refuses to absorb them in government or pay them exit package
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
A group under the auspecies of N-Power Youths Congress has threatened to vote out All Progressive Congress (APC) , if the Federal Government failed to permanent the over 500 thousand disengaged N-Ppower batch A and B beneficiaries or provide them with exit package to engage in an entrepreneurship business to be self employed.
Addressing a press briefing at the NUJ press centre Maiduguri on Saturday, the National coordinator of the group, Mr.
Joseph Maigari threatened that if the federal government fail to address their request they have no option than to mobilize their over 500, thousand members and their families to vote APC out of power come 2023.
“” The batches A and B N power beneficiaries whom according to the minister of Humanitarian Affair, Disaster Management and social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk were disengaged since the months of June and July respectively. we are not happy for being sent back to the street .we were struggling in different spheres of life to make a living. We were meant to quit the thing we were doing and embraced N power with the promise of being absorbed into the Federal Government scheme at the end of the day”, the group said.
The group said ” we hereby call on the President to please fulfil your promises. Absorb those that want to work as Federal Government staff and give substantial reasonable exit package to those who would like to venture into business and other entrepreneurial enterprises”.
Maigari said ” We the 500,000. A and B the N power beneficiaries calling on the Federal government to respond to our demands. We don’t want to believe that it is only a state of violence, anarchy and doom will make government to listen to the youths grievances”
“in 2029 general elections we were made to understand by the Special Adviser on Job creation to the President, Mr. Afolabi that our Voters Cards determine our permanency. We mobilized ourselves come out en mass to support this government. We spent our money going to Abuja for campaign so as to ensure the President Muhammadu Buhari reelected as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, he added.
The National coordinator said “We are not happy that the Federal Government sent us back to the street without switching us to another program or give us any package. Do they want us to join Boko Haram, kidnaping, Yahoo boys or any other form of criminalities. A situation where repentant Boko Haram Insurgents and militants were being trained and giving packages or federal government jobs.we the N power beneficiaries deserved better. A hungry man is an angry Man”.
He said many of their members have been thrown into hunger and starvation, as they have families and dependants, stressing that even when they were collecting N30,000 was not enough to feed their families, pay electricity and water bills, pay school fees, talk less of looking after their aged parents and relatives.
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