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Teachers’ Welfare Panacea for Development of Education-Buhari

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By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said reviving the educational sector, with renewed focus on teaching valuable lessons like integrity in schools, would require giving priority to the welfare and training of teachers, who directly create the enabling environment for learning.

The President said this on Tuesday when he received a delegation from the Arewa House Centre for Historical Documentation and Research at the State House, Abuja.

He noted that the quality of training, welfare and happiness of teachers directly impacts on the quality of education children and adults get in schools.

The President, therefore, called for more focus and research on the impact of teachers.

President Buhari spoke against the backdrop of a proposal by the Arewa House Centre for Historical Documentation and Research to start an annual, “Buhari Integrity Lecture Series’’.

He said: “If it has to do with integrity, we must go back to history and try to assess the contribution of teachers to education, where teachers treated every child as their own in instilling discipline and sharing of knowledge.

“I have been lucky to be in boarding school for nine years, three years in primary school and six years in secondary school before I joined the military. And if we are talking of good education, it has to start with the teaching in schools, where children grow and the environment of learning,’’ he said.

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President Buhari queried education cuts across the three tiers of government, highlighting that it was important to consider who pays the teachers at every level and if the teachers get adequately compensated to provide quality education.

He said, “We must make education and health a priority relative to the resources available.”

The President said that the challenge of repositioning the educational sector and cultivating strong moral values in children goes beyond the northern part of Nigeria, and should be pursued holistically at a national level.

“Your nomenclature is Arena, but the problem of education is a national issue,’’ the President noted.

Buhari said that focus must also be on providing accessible quality education for the privileged and underprivileged in the country, adding “we will have a better society when education is not only for those who can afford to pay expensive fees in schools.’’

In his remarks, the Director of Arewa House, Prof. Idris Shaaba Jimada, told the President that there was a need to inculcate the virtue of integrity that he had stood for over the years, and propagated as an important aspect of development.

Jimada said that the Arewa House Centre for Historical Documentation and Research had decided on instituting “The Buhari Integrity Annual Lecture Series’’, which would appraise the President’s position on morality and inspire more people to appreciate integrity as integral to Nigeria’s development.

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“Integrity should be taught in our schools as part of civic education, and we are proposing that it starts with you,’’ he said.

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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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