The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mallam Ja’afaru Sani, said the government has recruited additional 13,606 qualified primary school teachers, including a PhD holder in the state.
Sani said the exercise marked the completion of the 25,000 vacancy announced after the sack of the 22,000 unqualified teachers in the state in January, this year.
The Commissioner also noted that in addition to the PhD holder, 8,494 of the 25,000 recruited teachers were first degree holders while the remaining were National Certificate in Education holders.
Addressing news conference in Kaduna on Saturday, Sani also announced that the state had commenced full implementation of free education for girls in the public secondary schools across the state.
This, the commissioner said was in compliance with directives from the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
He said about 191,445 female students currently in public schools are to benefit from the gesture which would cost the government N143.587 million every term and N430.791 million every year respectively.
He said the decision became necessary in order to remove all obstacles stopping the girl-child from acquiring education in the state.
“We hope by this gesture parents will have no excuse not to send their girl-child to school and significantly increase enrolment and retention of the girl-child in school.
“It will be recalled that the female students were accorded priority when the government distribute 15,000 tablets computers to secondary school students,” he added.
He added that about N900 million and N70.335 million have been expended on girl-child scholarship and female teacher support respectively under the World Bank’s 21.5 million dollars grant for Global Partnership for Education project.
He also disclosed some of the supporters to include T. Y. Danjuma Foundation that supported 120 girls, Centre for Girl Education of ABU Zaria, 250 girls, and Girl-Child Concern, 750 girls.
“Similarly, Mercy Corps Foundation in collaboration with the education ministry had equally returned 100 married women dropped-out back to school,” Sani added.
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has replied the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, stating that no political office can replace the scheme.
The NYSC stated this while dismissing the claim by Adebayo Shittu, that taking political office had compensated for his deliberate refusal to take part in the compulsory national service.
The spokesperson of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Adenike Adeyemi, said the minister’s juxtaposition of holding an elective office and undergoing the obligatory national service is an error.
Mr Shittu has for days now been advancing the argument that his election into the Oyo State House of Assembly immediately after his studies substitutes the mandatory service.
Lawyers who spoke on the issue said Mr Shittu’s justification for skipping the scheme is flawed and ludicrous.
Mrs Adeyemi concurred said the provisions of the Act are very clear, and there are no exceptions for any person like Mr Shittu who became a lawmaker at the age of 26.
“Serving in the National (or state) Assembly is not one of them (conditions for exemption from national service)”.
“You have read the Act and you can see the circumstances where someone is exempted, you analyse it if he [Shittu] was exempted duly or there is a reason why he should have served. But the Act is very straightforward on the grounds for not coming up to serve.
“If you are a graduate locally trained or foreign trained, as long as you graduate before the age of 30, you are expected to serve. Whether foreign or locally trained, the law is the same. Our youths should be rightly guided that if you were able to complete your studies and as of the date of graduation, you are under 30, you are eligible to serve,” the NYSC spokesperson said.
Mrs Adeyemi insisted that the NYSC law gives no preferential treatment to Nigerians other than those exempted by Section 2 of the Act.
A Corp member was observed to have collapsed along the road side in Lagos the young man was identified to be Babatunde Sadiq.
A Corps member, Babatunde Sadiq bello is currently in the hospital where he was taken after being found lying on the side of a road, unconscious.
According to the eyewitness, the Corps member was found on Wednesday morning, along Adaranijo street, Pedro, Shomolu Lagos.
Folusho Love who shared the report, alleged that the corps member was found unconscious on Wednesday morning, along Adaranijo street, Pedro, Shomolu Lagos.
Babatunde sodiq bello who just graduate from university of binni now an NYSC copper under Adamawa youth camp, was found like this, this morning at adaranijo street Pedro, he can not talk, just lying down. Pls pass round, may b we can see somebody that can know him
The outcome from the Federal Road Safety Corp FRSC Eye Test is out, it was reported that a huge number of people whom did the test failed.
Arising from its renewed commitment towards creating a safer motoring environment in Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps engaged 1761 drivers nationwide in a free and voluntary Eye Test exercise during the 2018 Eid-El Kabir special patrol operations.
Out of the total number of 1761 drivers tested by the optometrists, 350 drivers were discovered to have sight defects while 35 drivers went home with free eye glasses.
The eye test which lasted from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 August 2018 was successfully carried out in collaboration with Optometrists Association across the country.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, who revealed this, said that a total of 4983 offenders were apprehended for over 6097 offences committed across 2360 routes covered by the Corps during the Sallah special patrol operations.
The most prevalent offence recorded during the period was Seatbelt Use Violation with 1540 offenders apprehended.
The call was made at a One- Day Sexual Reproductive Health Community Forum for Out –Of- School Girls in commemoration of the International Youth Day organised by United Nations Population Fund Youth Participatory Platform in collaboration with Lagos State Government in Lagos.
The Medical Officer, Health, Agege Local Government Area, Dr Akintayo Adebayo, said Nigeria needes to empower the girl child if it hopes to develop as a nation.
“We must deliberately and consistently create safe spaces for them to express themselves and explore available opportunities.
“Youths are the resource with an abundance of potentials for the development of not only this nation but the world and humanity. Unfortunately they are confused and need direction. So as adults we need to guide them.”
Also speaking, the UNFPA Youth Participatory Platform Coordinator, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams noted: “Young people become vulnerable especially when they don’t have access to information on sex and that is why we as an organisation have a Centre here where people can have access to information and send it.
“When a woman has information she is empowered. When a young girl is educated about her sexual reproductive system she has the large skills she needs like being certain to communicate and negotiate appropriately. About 200 of the girls were drawn from different wards in Agege Local Government Area.
The girls learned various lessons on HIV prevention, basic and social life skills and other personal hygiene issues.