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FCTA Suspends Teachers Over Sexual Molestation of Blind Students

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja 

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has suspended two teachers of the FCT School for the Blind, Jabi, for alleged molestation of some female students of the school.

A visibly angry Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, who paid an unscheduled visit to the school, following reports of incidences of molestation of some female students by teachers, directed the immediate suspension of the accused teachers, Mr. Ilo Chukwuma and Mr Ebenezer Olateju, pending the conclusion of investigations on the matter.

The Permanent Secretary also directed that Chukwuma, who was accommodated in the school’s residential quarters, vacates the school within the week, stressing that both teachers should steer clear of the school premises as investigations continue.

He further directed the Director of Security Services in the FCTA, Mr. Adamu Gwary to ensure full compliance and implementation of the directive.

While addressing the issue of alleged rape of a student against Olateju, Ohaa pointed out that the image of the country and the FCTA was at stake.

According to him, “While we are working round the clock to give every physically challenged student the best of education, we cannot have incidences as this mar our progress and achievements.”

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On why the teachers were suspended instead of being dismissed immediately, the Permanent Secretary said, “We want to be fair and follow due process. So, we will allow the committee do its work and report by next week. But let me assure parents that anyone found culpable in any of these incidences, not only in this school, will be dismissed and prosecuted.

Our teachers, like Caesar’s wife, must be above board.”

Ohaa expressed disgust over the actions of the accused teachers as he listened to victims narrate their ordeals.

He lamented that teachers who are supposed to be protectors are now the students’ nightmare.

“We cannot allow this kind of behaviour to continue. These children more or less are helpless and they depend on teachers here.

They have confidence and trust in you, that you will protect them from immorality and even outside invasion and you turn to be the person they are now afraid of. As a government we cannot just fold our arms”, he said.

One of the Victims disclosed that the accused, Chukwuma, had touched her inappropriately while they were in the school bus on an excursion to Kwali two weeks ago.

Another victim also claimed the accused had always singled her out to berate after she had indicated that she would not condone his inappropriate action.

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Addressing the Permanent Secretary and management staff of the Universal Basic Education Board who accompanied the Permanent Secretary on the visit, the school’s Head Teacher, Abdulrazaq Suraju Ademola, explained that already, a committee had been set up to investigate the issue and the report had been forwarded to the Secretary of the Local
Education Authority for onward transmission to the FCT UBEB.

Also speaking, the Chairman, FCT UBEB, Dr Kabir Matazu, said that the directives of the Permanent Secretary were already being implemented.

He also said that a note of warning had been sounded to all school heads that such behaviour will not be condoned in FCT schools and they will henceforth be held liable if such incidences occurred.

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Kwara Warns Tertiary Institutions Against Illegal Recruitments

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Kwara State Government has warned the management of the state-owned tertiary institutions to desist from illegal recruitment of staff or face the full wrath of the law.

Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr. Alabi Afees Abolore, said the warning becomes imperative following the report that a backdoor recruitment was going on at the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, a development, he said, would attract sanctions to serve as a deterrent to others.

Dr. Abolore said such recruitment should not have taken place without the prior knowledge of the ministry, declaring that the ministry would not hesitate to penalise any school authority that is caught in the illegal act.

The commissioner also said that the ministry has communicated its position to the affected institutions in the state, adding that all recruitments of either casual, teaching or non-teaching staff should be put on hold until further notice.

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58  Salem University Graduands Bag First Class Degrees

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Fifty eight students of Salem University Graduands bagged first class degrees in various disciplines out of a total number of 960 graduating students at its 5th combined convocation ceremony held at the weekend.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Alewo Johnson Akubo who disclosed this in his speech during the occasion, said that 149 Post Graduate students also graduated from the institution.

The VC charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of their Alma mater as they go into the wider world and labour market to face theatre of challenges.

According to the VC “You can either pray nor wish troubling times away. They come to us all, both small and great, hence the need for you graduating students today to remain good ambassadors of Salem brand in and out of season

“The University since my assumption of office as the 4th Vice Chancellor, have worked assiduously to ensure full accreditation of all the programmes offered in the institution by the National Universities Commission (NUC)

“However, Salem University under my watch had its fair of challenges, particularly in the areas of students enrollment and funding.

We have, inspite of all odds, continued to consolidate on the gains made by my predecessors”

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The Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello while speaking during the ceremony, promised sustained partnership with Salem University in the provision of quality education to citizens.

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones, commended the Proprietor of Salem University, Dr Sam Amaga for the giant strides recorded in the institution interms  of academic and infrastructural growth.

Bello also praised the University for complementing government’s efforts for citizens to have access to affordable and quality education.

“My administration values education as no one priority inview of its importance as the bedrock of any nation’s economy and upliftment of the living standard of the people hence the reason why we devoted 30% of the state government budget in funding education

“Kogi Government will continue to be part and parcel of Salem University in partnership for sound education and will not hesitate to provide adequate security to enable the University operate without hindrances”

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NYSC Reassures Commitment to Transparent Operations – Uba

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By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja 

The Director overseeing the National Youth Service Corps, Mrs Christy Ifeanyiwa Uba has said the NYSC remains resolute and committed to transparency and accountability in all its operations.

She said the Scheme would continue to leverage on the template provided by the Federal Government to tackle the problems associated with poor management in respect of Access and inventory in government.

Mrs Uba disclosed this yesterday while declaring open, the 2022 second Procurement Officers Training, with the theme; “Access and Inventory Management in GIFMIS”, held in Abuja.

In the statement by the Director, Press and Public relations Eddy Megwa, she disclosed that NYSC is fully committed to the prudent management of government business using the GIFMIS module.

“I find it necessary to inform you that Management places high premium on the capacity development of staff, to enhance efficiency and productivity.

I therefore urge all participants to key into this technologically-driven IT based system that was designed for access and inventory management “, Uba said.

She appealed to participants at the training to endeavour to acquire all the requisite additional skills and knowledge that will improve their job efficiency.

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The Deputy Director, Overseeing Procurement Department, Mrs Grace Akpabio in her introductory remarks stated that the training is in conjunction with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, GIFMIS Unit and Treasury House, Abuja.

Akoabio added that the training was designed to update the Procurement Officers on their roles on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform.

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