From Beauty John, Lafia
Nasarawa State First Lady, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi Sule, has donated COVID-19 safety equipments worth millions of Naira to 248 government owned schools in the state as schools across the 13 local government areas in the state prepare to reopen.
This, Hajiya Silifat Sule said was her personal contribution to the fight against the novel Coronavirus.
The First lady, who is also the founder of Silifat Abdullahi Sule Hope Foundation (SAS), made the donation in Lafia, on Thursday..
Accompanied by commissioners, wives of commissioners and other prominent women in the state, she said that the gesture was part of her modest contribution to curtail further spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Nasarawa state.
Items donated by the Nasarawa State first lady include 3,800 gallons of liquid soap, 2,000 hand sanitizers and 800 basins for hand washing to be distributed to 248 secondary schools in the Northern and Southern Senatorial Districts of the state.
Addressing the principals of the various schools who were the representatives of the beneficiaries, she charged them to make the safety of the students paramount by ensuring that COVID-19 safety guidelines are strictly followed.
The Nasarawa First Lady explained that her pet project, Silifat Abdullahi Sule Hope Foundation, would continue to work closely with government to initiate programmes that would have positive impact on the lives of the people.
The Nasarawa First Lady appreciated the people for their confidence and support for her husband’s administration, while calling on them to be law abiding and continue to be supportive to the government at all levels.
Earlier, the state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fatu Sabo, described the donation as the first of its kind in the state and called for support from private organizations considering the enormous needs in the education sector.
In his remark, the deputy governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, who doubles as the chairman of the state Taskforce on COVID-19 thanked the First Lady for her thoughtful contribution.
Akabe, who was represented by the state commissioner for health, Pharm. Ahmed Baba Yahaya said the donation is timely, considering the reopening of schools all over the state.
SUBEB: Oyo Govt Promotes 16,500 Primary School Teachers
The Oyo State Government has promoted 16,500 public primary school teachers that were successful in their recent promotion examinations. Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), supervised the symbolic presentation to two teachers from each of the 33 local government areas of the state on Wednesdayin Ibadan.
Yobe Approves 65 Years Retirement Age for Teachers
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has approved the revised retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years.
This is contained in a statement signed by the state’s Head of Service (HoS), Alhaji Muhammad Nura, in Damaturu on Tuesday.
Nura said the civil service years had also been reviewed from 35 to 40 years.
“This gesture is limited to education officers/teaching staff only, and it is with immediate effect,” Nura said.
The HoS, however, said the revised retirement age and years of service were not automatic as officers would be required to demonstrate fitness after medical examination.
“Those found to be unfit will be advised to retire accordingly,” he said.
Zamfara Flags-off Back-to-School Campaign
The Zamfara State government, in collaboration with Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and UNICEF, flagged off a Back-to-School and school safety campaign in Gusau yesterday.
The campaign brings to an end the closure of schools in the state because of insecurity and the outbreak of COVID-19.
The campaign flag-off was organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and UNICEF Nigeria.
GPE and UNICEF are supporting Gender Responsive and Inclusive Enrolment Drive for Back-to-School campaign and Safe School Re-opening in Maradun and Kaura-Namoda Local Government Areas of the state.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alhaji Kabiru Sani, flagged off the campaign on behalf of Gov. Bello Matawalle.
He said the closure of schools was one of the major setbacks to educational programmes in the state.
He said the outbreak of COVID-19 and insecurity disturbed the political, social, economic, religious and financial structures of the state.
“We are all aware of the negative effects that COVID-19 has caused to the education of our children in Zamfara.
“It is in the light of this that we are gathered here today to appreciate the GPE, the Federal Ministry of Education and UNICEF for bringing this laudable intervention to Zamfara.
“It is disturbing, however, that after the COVID-19 lockdown had ended and insecurity issues had abated, children were still not attending school,” Sani said.
UNICEF consultant, Dr Ahmad Hashim, described the flag-off as timely, adding that UNICEF had been supporting Zamfara over the years, especially in the area of girl child education.
“We have been providing financial and technical support to the state; we trained more than 10,000 teachers.
“Millions of naira had been spent by UNICEF as cash transfer to vulnerable children in the state aimed at reducing number of out-of-school children.
“Before our intervention, Zamfara had more than 500,000 out-of-school children, but with government’s efforts and support from partners such as UNICEF, the number has reduced to 300,000,” Hashim said.
He commended Gov. Matawalle for providing counterpart funding to UNICEF.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that various speakers at the event expressed the need for government and all stakeholders to initiate measures to ensure safe return of students to school in the state. (NAN)
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