The Federal Government’s initiated homegrown school feeding programme in Benue State appears to be generating concerns again.
It will be recalled that big pen was wielded against the former focal person in the state for the poor coordination of the programme as many things went wrong and the laudable programme had actually started taking a plunge in the state, when the governor sacked him.
This week, many food vendors took protest to Government House, Makurdi, signposting a new trouble as over 300, 000 pupils and many vendors have allegedly been removed from the feeding programme.
On the heels of the protest, some uninformed and illiterate food vendors operating in rural primary schools have been circulating rumours of mass sack hitting them.
In other quarters, it is bandied with that all the old food vendors in the state have been dropped and new ones who are in the good book of the wife of the state governor, Eunice Ortom, are allegedly being secretly recruited.Those who orchestrate this allegation seem to be of the opposition APC stock in the state.
While tension and panic take over the food vendors over the confused atmosphere, information from the official quarters, National Social Investment Programme/Office of the state Focal Person appears not to be diffusing the tension
An online investigation however, revealed that what is happening in the Homegrown School Feeding Programme is not unconnected with the officials of the National Statistics Office, Abuja, who recently toured primary schools in Benue to ascertain vital statistics of the schools in the scheme.
According to the source, Abuja office of the statistics has released the list of the schools toured.
In the list, many primary schools’ names were either blacklisted, omitted or downrightly expunged from the scheme.
In Oju LGA for instance, over 115 primary schools were previously enlisted in the scheme but after the visit of the officials of the National statistics, the schools have been reduced to only 90.
According to a source in the office of the state focal person, desk officers would forward the list of omitted schools up for transmission to Abuja for correction.
The earlier the correction of the error, the better for the scheme and the Buhari administration.
Or it is as good as kissing the laudable scheme bye and the good image of the government of the day will be in shreds. God forbid bad thing!
Kwara Warns Tertiary Institutions Against Illegal Recruitments
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.
58 Salem University Graduands Bag First Class Degrees
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”
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”
NYSC Reassures Commitment to Transparent Operations – Uba
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.
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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