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  •  Mr Kayode Fayemi Ekiti governor and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum has said that peace and justice would determine how far Nigeria would go in its nation building efforts Kayode stated this on Wednesday in Abuja during a panel discussion titled Nigeria s Unfinished Greatness and Next Steps The discussion was part of activities to mark the 70th birthday of Most Revd Mathew Kukah Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese He said that the nation required concerted efforts and solid cohesion as it prepares for the 2023 general elections The work we put into the process of nation building national coalition peace and justice will determine how far we go The route to nation building is peace and the root of peace is justice and inclusion he pointed out He said that Nigerians had an opportunity to continue strengthening its bond of unity in spite of how challenging the process was Fact is development will only thrive when we have a nation To have a nation is to have a consensus on a definition of what nationhood means to Nigerians it means we must galvanise support for its progress We have not arrived at that destination yet but our mission is to build it he said He described Kukah as an inspiration who had always pursued the overall interest of the people in his critique of government He is good trouble Fayemi said of the Bishop Ms Gloria Balleson a member of the panel and human rights activist said that Nigerians must go beyond wishful thinking and invest on national growth if they wanted greatness She said the judiciary should be strengthened to operate independently so as to achieve justice and equity The Judiciary needs such strength to hold political leaders accountable as immunity granted the leaders is frustrating that When laws are applied for a specific subset of people it is no law Leaders in Nigeria are often above the law In normal societies leaders are to be held and upheld to a higher threshold Section 308 of the constitution gives political leaders immunity which gives them a lot of latitude she lamented Earlier Plateau governor Simon Lalong who is the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum had described Kukah as a man of wisdom who demonstrates courage and strength to say what is right so as to contribute to nation building www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Peace and justice’ll determine Nigeria’s progress – Gov Fayemi
     Mr Kayode Fayemi Ekiti governor and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum has said that peace and justice would determine how far Nigeria would go in its nation building efforts Kayode stated this on Wednesday in Abuja during a panel discussion titled Nigeria s Unfinished Greatness and Next Steps The discussion was part of activities to mark the 70th birthday of Most Revd Mathew Kukah Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese He said that the nation required concerted efforts and solid cohesion as it prepares for the 2023 general elections The work we put into the process of nation building national coalition peace and justice will determine how far we go The route to nation building is peace and the root of peace is justice and inclusion he pointed out He said that Nigerians had an opportunity to continue strengthening its bond of unity in spite of how challenging the process was Fact is development will only thrive when we have a nation To have a nation is to have a consensus on a definition of what nationhood means to Nigerians it means we must galvanise support for its progress We have not arrived at that destination yet but our mission is to build it he said He described Kukah as an inspiration who had always pursued the overall interest of the people in his critique of government He is good trouble Fayemi said of the Bishop Ms Gloria Balleson a member of the panel and human rights activist said that Nigerians must go beyond wishful thinking and invest on national growth if they wanted greatness She said the judiciary should be strengthened to operate independently so as to achieve justice and equity The Judiciary needs such strength to hold political leaders accountable as immunity granted the leaders is frustrating that When laws are applied for a specific subset of people it is no law Leaders in Nigeria are often above the law In normal societies leaders are to be held and upheld to a higher threshold Section 308 of the constitution gives political leaders immunity which gives them a lot of latitude she lamented Earlier Plateau governor Simon Lalong who is the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum had described Kukah as a man of wisdom who demonstrates courage and strength to say what is right so as to contribute to nation building www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Peace and justice’ll determine Nigeria’s progress – Gov Fayemi
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    Peace and justice’ll determine Nigeria’s progress – Gov Fayemi

    Mr Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti governor and Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, has said that peace and justice would determine how far Nigeria would go in its nation building efforts.

    Kayode stated this on Wednesday in Abuja during a panel discussion titled “Nigeria’s Unfinished Greatness and Next Steps”.

    The discussion was part of activities to mark the 70th birthday of Most Revd Mathew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese.

    He said that the nation required concerted efforts and solid cohesion as it prepares for the 2023 general elections.

    “The work we put into the process of nation building, national coalition, peace and justice will determine how far we go.

    “The route to nation building is peace and the root of peace is justice and inclusion,” he pointed out.

    He said that Nigerians had an opportunity to continue strengthening its bond of unity in spite of how  challenging the process was.

    “Fact is, development will only thrive when we have a nation.

    “To have a nation is to have a consensus on a definition of what nationhood means to Nigerians; it means we must galvanise support for its progress.

    “We have not arrived at that destination yet, but our mission is to build it,” he said .

    He described Kukah as an inspiration who had always pursued the overall interest of the people in his critique of government.

    “He is good trouble,” Fayemi said of the Bishop.

    Ms Gloria Balleson, a member of the panel and human rights activist, said that Nigerians must go beyond wishful thinking and invest on national growth if they wanted greatness.

    She said the judiciary should be strengthened to operate independently so as to achieve justice and equity.

    “The Judiciary needs such strength to hold political leaders accountable as immunity granted the leaders is frustrating that.

    “When laws are applied for a specific subset of people, it is no law.

    Leaders in Nigeria are often above the law.

    In normal societies, leaders are to be held and upheld to a higher threshold .

    “Section 308 of the constitution gives political leaders immunity which gives them a lot of latitude,” she lamented.

    Earlier, Plateau governor Simon Lalong, who is the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, had described Kukah as “a man of wisdom, who demonstrates courage and strength to say what is right so as to contribute to nation building”.

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  •  Stakeholders in the education sector have called for the adoption of a special salary structure for teaching profession to make it more attractive and rewarding The stakeholders from the South East made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on the deplorable conditions of primary schools and poor remuneration of teachers in Nigeria They decried the poor salary structure for teachers especially in public primary and secondary schools stressing that the development was affecting productivity in the sector They urged governments at all levels to place premium on salaries and welfare of teachers at primary and post primary levels in Nigeria In Ebonyi Mr Christian Chukwu a retired secondary school teacher noted that the monthly salary paid to a teacher remained among the least when compared with workers in other sectors What a teacher in a public school in Nigeria receives monthly is abysmally poor and not commensurate to the amount of time energy and work they put in shaping and nurturing the school children Chukwu said He recommended enhanced salary package for school teachers to make their work more attractive and rewarding Mr Friday Elom a former Special Assistant on Primary Education in Ebonyi stressed the need for enhanced budgetary allocation to the education sector First we do not prioritise education hence the poor budgetary allocation to the sector every fiscal year Teaching service should be fully professionalised while practitioners are made to possess relevant and requisite knowledge before they are allowed to practice in Nigeria The idea of making teaching an all comers affair in Nigeria has been the reason for payment of poor remuneration to teachers but once teaching is fully professionalised the sector will become regulated Regulation of teaching practice will make it possible for only those with teaching license to be allowed to teach in both public and private schools in Nigeria Elom said Mrs Lovelyn Ebuka a staff member in the Ebonyi Ministry of Education said that many countries where teaching service were given priority had better output and better standards Because of proper remuneration for teachers in countries such as Finland South Africa Ghana among others the standard of teaching and learning are higher and many qualified personnel troop to these countries in search of greener pastures she said In Imo stakeholders in the education sector call for the overhaul of primary education sub sector to improve quality and standard of the sector In her contribution the Proprietress of Fine Foundation Nursery and Primary Schools Owerri Mrs Charity Osuji said a total overhaul of the system was long overdue Osuji said that in her 17 years of school management she had never seen primary schools in such a deplorable state noting that in some parts of the country pupils sat on bare floors to study We cannot afford to pretend that all is well some of our pupils sit on the bare floor others stand on flooded assembly grounds like we saw on social media sometime ago This is unacceptable and only a total overhaul of the system can save the situation she said Also contributing a retired teacher Mrs Florence Irediuwa also recommended an upward review of the remunerations of primary school teachers She said it would help improve their attitude to work and reduce the possible distractions that come from part time jobs Some of our teachers do part time jobs to make ends meet and you do not blame them because they have to put food on the table So an upward review of their salaries and allowances will go a long way to boost their morale for optimal production she stressed A parent Mr Sampson Uhuegbu regretted that primary schools rather than serve as pillars of education was fast becoming endangered species Uhuegbu urged government at all levels to partner willing private individuals and organisations such as religious bodies to revive the sub sector He noted that the quarterly inspection of schools by state governors should be enshrined in Nigeria s constitution to serve as wake up call for the restructuring of education in the country A Guidance Counsellor Mrs Abigail Adams expressed concern that children were fast losing interest in education Adams a mother of three blamed it on the spate of abandonment of schools and the prioritizing of entertainment and the social media over formal education She called for a more pragmatic approach to teaching and learning in line with modern methodologies as a way of reigniting interest in education Concerned residents of Enugu State decried the deplorable condition of primary schools in terms of shortage of classrooms due to increase in enrolment within the past five years The News Agency of Nigeria reports that overcrowding of pupils was a direct fallout of the increasing population rural to urban drift and inadequate plans for expansion over some years now A Correspondent of NAN who visited public school complexes in Igbariam Idaw River WTC Uwani Zik Avenue and New Haven all in Enugu metropolis observed that their structures were in good shape with toilet facilities However Mr Olu Omotayo President Civil Right Realisation and Advancement Network CRRAN said that notwithstanding the issue of overcrowding there are very deplorable primary schools in the state especially when you move out of Enugu metropolis Apart from structures primary school teachers and supervisors do not take their jobs seriously any longer due to poor remuneration delayed pension payment to retired colleagues and lack of welfare concern Government should engage stakeholders to suggest ways to uplift public primary schools and increase their monthly pay and other entitlements to attract zealous teachers to the system Omotayo said A concerned parent Mrs Chichi Ani said that apart from deplorable structures that could be easily fixed primary schools had been made less attractive by the disdainful way teachers were treated in the society Ani said Previously the respect and acknowledgment given to teachers will definitely make one want to be a teacher or associate with them But today the reverse is the case politicians and administrators see teachers as people they can toy with their payments and even earned pensions as well as deny them their entitlement for a very long time Meanwhile primary school teachers in Enugu State had embarked on an indefinite strike for close to two months in Enugu state over the non implementation of the N30 000 minimum wage Responding state s Commissioner for Education Prof Uchenna Eze said government had already met with executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and would soon begin the process of implementing the new wage for primary school teachers Government is putting final modalities to resolve the issue leading to the indefinite strike embarked by primary school teachers in the state he said In Anambra low job satisfaction among public primary school teachers has been blamed for low enrollment into primary schools in the state Some parents and guardians who spoke to NAN in Awka said the absence of primary schools in most new residential areas was also another problem Mr Collins Okeke a resident of Ifite Awka in Awka the capital town said there was only one public primary school serving the entire area such that those who wished to enroll their children and wards could not do so Okeke said the problem of the people in the area was largely that of unavailability of school He called on Anambra government to establish primary schools in response to the growing population in the state as those existing were those set up by town unions He said those living around Government House GRA and newly developed areas of Ifite Awka were compelled by the existing situation to send their children and wards to private primary schools at a huge cost Also speaking Mrs Chinenye Emordi a Secondary School Teacher said there was need to enhance the working conditions of primary school teachers to make them more committed to their job Emordi who said she had her children in private primary school said apart from salaries the infrastructure of public primary schools should be improved She said that many parents were not sending their children to public schools because the conditions were not conducive for learning and comfort of pupils She called for attention to increase the desirability of public primary schools and make them best destinations for parents Effort to get government reactions was unsuccessful as calls and messages to Prof Ngozi Udeh Commissioner for Education in Anambra were not responded to However NAN reports that the Federal Government had in 2020 announced that teachers will begin to enjoy new salary structure promised by President Muhammadu Buhari from January 2022 The former Education Minister of State Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba made the disclosure at the 2021 World Teachers Day saying that work was being concluded on the enhanced salary structure Nwajiuba represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Sonny Echono listed other incentives to include allowances housing training and elongation of service year from 35 years to 40 years www request MNA NAN www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Experts recommend special salary structure for primary, secondary schools teachers
     Stakeholders in the education sector have called for the adoption of a special salary structure for teaching profession to make it more attractive and rewarding The stakeholders from the South East made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on the deplorable conditions of primary schools and poor remuneration of teachers in Nigeria They decried the poor salary structure for teachers especially in public primary and secondary schools stressing that the development was affecting productivity in the sector They urged governments at all levels to place premium on salaries and welfare of teachers at primary and post primary levels in Nigeria In Ebonyi Mr Christian Chukwu a retired secondary school teacher noted that the monthly salary paid to a teacher remained among the least when compared with workers in other sectors What a teacher in a public school in Nigeria receives monthly is abysmally poor and not commensurate to the amount of time energy and work they put in shaping and nurturing the school children Chukwu said He recommended enhanced salary package for school teachers to make their work more attractive and rewarding Mr Friday Elom a former Special Assistant on Primary Education in Ebonyi stressed the need for enhanced budgetary allocation to the education sector First we do not prioritise education hence the poor budgetary allocation to the sector every fiscal year Teaching service should be fully professionalised while practitioners are made to possess relevant and requisite knowledge before they are allowed to practice in Nigeria The idea of making teaching an all comers affair in Nigeria has been the reason for payment of poor remuneration to teachers but once teaching is fully professionalised the sector will become regulated Regulation of teaching practice will make it possible for only those with teaching license to be allowed to teach in both public and private schools in Nigeria Elom said Mrs Lovelyn Ebuka a staff member in the Ebonyi Ministry of Education said that many countries where teaching service were given priority had better output and better standards Because of proper remuneration for teachers in countries such as Finland South Africa Ghana among others the standard of teaching and learning are higher and many qualified personnel troop to these countries in search of greener pastures she said In Imo stakeholders in the education sector call for the overhaul of primary education sub sector to improve quality and standard of the sector In her contribution the Proprietress of Fine Foundation Nursery and Primary Schools Owerri Mrs Charity Osuji said a total overhaul of the system was long overdue Osuji said that in her 17 years of school management she had never seen primary schools in such a deplorable state noting that in some parts of the country pupils sat on bare floors to study We cannot afford to pretend that all is well some of our pupils sit on the bare floor others stand on flooded assembly grounds like we saw on social media sometime ago This is unacceptable and only a total overhaul of the system can save the situation she said Also contributing a retired teacher Mrs Florence Irediuwa also recommended an upward review of the remunerations of primary school teachers She said it would help improve their attitude to work and reduce the possible distractions that come from part time jobs Some of our teachers do part time jobs to make ends meet and you do not blame them because they have to put food on the table So an upward review of their salaries and allowances will go a long way to boost their morale for optimal production she stressed A parent Mr Sampson Uhuegbu regretted that primary schools rather than serve as pillars of education was fast becoming endangered species Uhuegbu urged government at all levels to partner willing private individuals and organisations such as religious bodies to revive the sub sector He noted that the quarterly inspection of schools by state governors should be enshrined in Nigeria s constitution to serve as wake up call for the restructuring of education in the country A Guidance Counsellor Mrs Abigail Adams expressed concern that children were fast losing interest in education Adams a mother of three blamed it on the spate of abandonment of schools and the prioritizing of entertainment and the social media over formal education She called for a more pragmatic approach to teaching and learning in line with modern methodologies as a way of reigniting interest in education Concerned residents of Enugu State decried the deplorable condition of primary schools in terms of shortage of classrooms due to increase in enrolment within the past five years The News Agency of Nigeria reports that overcrowding of pupils was a direct fallout of the increasing population rural to urban drift and inadequate plans for expansion over some years now A Correspondent of NAN who visited public school complexes in Igbariam Idaw River WTC Uwani Zik Avenue and New Haven all in Enugu metropolis observed that their structures were in good shape with toilet facilities However Mr Olu Omotayo President Civil Right Realisation and Advancement Network CRRAN said that notwithstanding the issue of overcrowding there are very deplorable primary schools in the state especially when you move out of Enugu metropolis Apart from structures primary school teachers and supervisors do not take their jobs seriously any longer due to poor remuneration delayed pension payment to retired colleagues and lack of welfare concern Government should engage stakeholders to suggest ways to uplift public primary schools and increase their monthly pay and other entitlements to attract zealous teachers to the system Omotayo said A concerned parent Mrs Chichi Ani said that apart from deplorable structures that could be easily fixed primary schools had been made less attractive by the disdainful way teachers were treated in the society Ani said Previously the respect and acknowledgment given to teachers will definitely make one want to be a teacher or associate with them But today the reverse is the case politicians and administrators see teachers as people they can toy with their payments and even earned pensions as well as deny them their entitlement for a very long time Meanwhile primary school teachers in Enugu State had embarked on an indefinite strike for close to two months in Enugu state over the non implementation of the N30 000 minimum wage Responding state s Commissioner for Education Prof Uchenna Eze said government had already met with executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and would soon begin the process of implementing the new wage for primary school teachers Government is putting final modalities to resolve the issue leading to the indefinite strike embarked by primary school teachers in the state he said In Anambra low job satisfaction among public primary school teachers has been blamed for low enrollment into primary schools in the state Some parents and guardians who spoke to NAN in Awka said the absence of primary schools in most new residential areas was also another problem Mr Collins Okeke a resident of Ifite Awka in Awka the capital town said there was only one public primary school serving the entire area such that those who wished to enroll their children and wards could not do so Okeke said the problem of the people in the area was largely that of unavailability of school He called on Anambra government to establish primary schools in response to the growing population in the state as those existing were those set up by town unions He said those living around Government House GRA and newly developed areas of Ifite Awka were compelled by the existing situation to send their children and wards to private primary schools at a huge cost Also speaking Mrs Chinenye Emordi a Secondary School Teacher said there was need to enhance the working conditions of primary school teachers to make them more committed to their job Emordi who said she had her children in private primary school said apart from salaries the infrastructure of public primary schools should be improved She said that many parents were not sending their children to public schools because the conditions were not conducive for learning and comfort of pupils She called for attention to increase the desirability of public primary schools and make them best destinations for parents Effort to get government reactions was unsuccessful as calls and messages to Prof Ngozi Udeh Commissioner for Education in Anambra were not responded to However NAN reports that the Federal Government had in 2020 announced that teachers will begin to enjoy new salary structure promised by President Muhammadu Buhari from January 2022 The former Education Minister of State Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba made the disclosure at the 2021 World Teachers Day saying that work was being concluded on the enhanced salary structure Nwajiuba represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Sonny Echono listed other incentives to include allowances housing training and elongation of service year from 35 years to 40 years www request MNA NAN www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Experts recommend special salary structure for primary, secondary schools teachers
    Education4 weeks ago

    Experts recommend special salary structure for primary, secondary schools teachers

    Stakeholders in the education sector have called for the adoption of a special salary structure for teaching profession to make it more attractive and rewarding.

    The stakeholders from the South East made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on the deplorable conditions of primary schools and poor remuneration of teachers in Nigeria.

    They decried the poor salary structure for teachers especially in public primary and secondary schools stressing that the development was affecting productivity in the sector.

    They urged governments at all levels to place premium on salaries and welfare of teachers at primary and post-primary levels in Nigeria.

    In Ebonyi, Mr Christian Chukwu, a retired secondary school teacher noted that the monthly salary paid to a teacher remained among the least when compared with workers in other sectors.

    “What a teacher in a public school in Nigeria receives monthly is abysmally poor and not commensurate to the amount of time, energy and work they put in shaping and nurturing the school children,” Chukwu said.

    He recommended enhanced salary package for school teachers to make their work more attractive and rewarding.

    Mr Friday Elom, a former Special Assistant on Primary Education in Ebonyi, stressed the need for enhanced budgetary allocation to the education sector.

    “First, we do not prioritise education hence, the poor budgetary allocation to the sector every fiscal year.

    “Teaching service should be fully professionalised while practitioners are made to possess relevant and requisite knowledge before they are allowed to practice in Nigeria.

    “The idea of making teaching an all-comers affair in Nigeria has been the reason for payment of poor remuneration to teachers, but, once teaching is fully professionalised the sector will become regulated.

    “Regulation of teaching practice will make it possible for only those with teaching license to be allowed to teach in both public and private schools in Nigeria,” Elom said.

    Mrs Lovelyn Ebuka, a staff member in the Ebonyi Ministry of Education, said that many countries where teaching service were given priority had better output and better standards.

    “Because of proper remuneration for teachers in countries such as; Finland, South Africa, Ghana among others, the standard of teaching and learning are higher and many qualified personnel troop to these countries in search of greener pastures,” she said.

    In Imo, stakeholders in the education sector call for the overhaul of primary education sub-sector to improve quality and standard of the sector.

    In her contribution, the Proprietress of Fine Foundation Nursery and Primary Schools, Owerri, Mrs Charity Osuji, said a total overhaul of the system was long overdue.

    Osuji said that in her 17 years of school management, she had never seen primary schools in such a deplorable state, noting that in some parts of the country, pupils sat on bare floors to study.

    “We cannot afford to pretend that all is well; some of our pupils sit on the bare floor, others stand on flooded assembly grounds, like we saw on social media  sometime ago.

    “This is unacceptable and only a total overhaul of the system can save the situation,” she said.

    Also contributing, a retired teacher, Mrs Florence Irediuwa, also recommended an upward review of the remunerations of primary school teachers.

    She said it would help improve their attitude to work and reduce the possible distractions that come from part-time jobs.

    “Some of our teachers do part-time jobs to make ends meet and you do not blame them because they have to put food on the table.

    “So, an upward review of their salaries and allowances will go a long way to boost their morale for optimal production,” she stressed.

    A parent, Mr Sampson Uhuegbu, regretted that primary schools, rather than serve as pillars of education was fast becoming “endangered species”.

    Uhuegbu urged government at all levels to partner willing private individuals and organisations such as religious bodies to revive the sub-sector.  

    He noted that the quarterly inspection of schools by state governors should be enshrined in Nigeria’s constitution to serve as wake-up call for the restructuring of education in the country.

    A Guidance Counsellor, Mrs Abigail Adams, expressed concern that children were fast losing interest in education.

    Adams, a mother of three, blamed it on the spate of abandonment of schools and the prioritizing of entertainment and the social media over formal education.

    She called for a more pragmatic approach to teaching and learning in line with modern methodologies as a way of reigniting interest in education.  

    Concerned residents of Enugu State decried the deplorable condition of primary schools in terms of shortage of classrooms due to increase in enrolment within the past five years.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that overcrowding of pupils was a direct fallout of the increasing population, rural-to-urban drift and inadequate plans for expansion over some years now.

    A Correspondent of NAN, who visited public school complexes in Igbariam, Idaw River, WTC, Uwani, Zik Avenue and New Haven all in Enugu metropolis, observed that their structures were in good shape with toilet facilities.

    However, Mr Olu Omotayo, President, Civil Right Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN), said that notwithstanding the issue of overcrowding, there are very deplorable primary schools in the state especially when you move out of Enugu metropolis.

    “Apart from structures, primary school teachers and supervisors do not take their jobs seriously any longer due to poor remuneration, delayed pension payment to retired colleagues and lack of welfare concern.

    “Government should engage stakeholders to suggest ways to uplift public primary schools and increase their monthly pay and other entitlements to attract zealous teachers to the system,” Omotayo said.

    A concerned parent, Mrs Chichi Ani, said that apart from deplorable structures that could be easily fixed, primary schools had been made less attractive by the disdainful way teachers were treated in the society.

    Ani said: “Previously, the respect and acknowledgment given to teachers will definitely make one want to be a teacher or associate with them.

    “But today the reverse is the case; politicians and administrators see teachers as people they can toy with their payments and even earned pensions as well as deny them their entitlement for a very long time.

    ” Meanwhile, primary school teachers in Enugu State had embarked on an indefinite strike for close to two months in Enugu state over the non implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.

    Responding, state’s Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uchenna Eze, said government had already met with executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and would soon begin the process of implementing the new wage for primary school teachers.

    “Government is putting final modalities to resolve the issue leading to the indefinite strike embarked by primary school teachers in the state,” he said. 

    In Anambra, low job satisfaction among public primary school teachers has been blamed for low enrollment into primary schools in the state. 

    Some parents and guardians who spoke to NAN in Awka said the absence of primary schools in most new residential areas was also another problem.

    Mr Collins Okeke, a resident of Ifite-Awka in Awka, the capital town, said there was only one public primary school serving the entire area such that those who wished to enroll their children and wards could not do so.

    Okeke said the problem of the people in the area was largely that of unavailability of school.

    He called on Anambra government to establish primary schools in response to the growing population in the state as those existing were those set up by town unions.

    He said those living around Government House, GRA and newly developed areas of Ifite-Awka were compelled by the existing situation to send their children and wards to private primary schools at a huge cost.

    Also speaking, Mrs Chinenye Emordi, a Secondary School Teacher, said there was need to enhance the working conditions of primary school teachers to make them more committed to their job. 

    Emordi, who said she had her children in private primary school, said apart from salaries, the infrastructure of public primary schools should be improved.

    She said that many parents were not sending their children to public schools because the conditions were not conducive for learning and comfort of pupils.

    She called for attention to increase the desirability of public primary schools and make them best destinations for parents.

    Effort to get government reactions was unsuccessful as calls and messages to Prof. Ngozi Udeh, Commissioner for Education in Anambra were not responded to.

    However, NAN reports that the Federal Government had in 2020, announced that teachers will begin to enjoy new salary structure promised by President Muhammadu Buhari from January, 2022. The former Education Minister of State, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba made the disclosure at the 2021 World Teachers Day saying that work was being concluded on the enhanced salary structure.

    Nwajiuba represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sonny Echono, listed other incentives to include allowances,housing, training and elongation of service year from 35 years to 40 years.

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  •  The Nestl Nigeria s Out of Home business arm Nestl Professional Business has collaborated with the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors in Ibadan Oyo State to deliver a food education workshop for no fewer than 200 canteen and food vendors The engagement with the theme The Business of Food was organised to educate the participants and provide tips on how to grow their food service business a statement by Nestl Nigeria said on Wednesday They were also shown how to cook tasty meals that will delight their customers and outstanding cooks were celebrated and rewarded with relevant tools and MAGGI products to cook Nigeria s favorite dishes Mrs Funmi Osineye Manager Nestl Professional Nigeria spoke at the event The collaboration with the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors provides the opportunity for Nestl to share her expertise in Nutrition Health and Wellness developed over 150 years with members of the association here today and going forward We are also delighted to use this occasion to introduce the new affordable and pocket friendly Maggi 100g powder in Chicken and Star Seasoning variants for small food business owners Nestl Professional will continue to build this partnership with caterers and food vendors to offer better services to the industry The statement said that the Business of Food event kicked off with a Cooking Masterclass where experts shared knowledge and techniques on managing the complexities of food systems Topics included food preneur food styling and food plating It said that following the masterclass was a Cooking Demo where celebrity Chef Shine demonstrated the preparation of a vegetable soup mixt of MAGGI Chicken and Star Seasoning powders Chef Shine also educated caterers on meal tasting and gave a step by step guide on how to cook affordable nutritious meals with a consistent taste for their customers Then came the Cooking Competition Caterers were divided into two groups Each group chose three representatives for the competition Participants were instructed to cook a banging party jollof with the available ingredients and seasoning The meals presented by each group were judged based on tasty meal meal presentation and plating The event combined knowledge sharing with a lot of fun and engaging activities to make it memorable for the participants The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nestl Professional s food and product education workshop was packaged to equip food vendors and caterers with the knowledge needed to optimise their food business while using MAGGI powders effectively NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nestlé  Nigeria partners  Association of Caterers, Food Vendors to improve food business
     The Nestl Nigeria s Out of Home business arm Nestl Professional Business has collaborated with the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors in Ibadan Oyo State to deliver a food education workshop for no fewer than 200 canteen and food vendors The engagement with the theme The Business of Food was organised to educate the participants and provide tips on how to grow their food service business a statement by Nestl Nigeria said on Wednesday They were also shown how to cook tasty meals that will delight their customers and outstanding cooks were celebrated and rewarded with relevant tools and MAGGI products to cook Nigeria s favorite dishes Mrs Funmi Osineye Manager Nestl Professional Nigeria spoke at the event The collaboration with the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors provides the opportunity for Nestl to share her expertise in Nutrition Health and Wellness developed over 150 years with members of the association here today and going forward We are also delighted to use this occasion to introduce the new affordable and pocket friendly Maggi 100g powder in Chicken and Star Seasoning variants for small food business owners Nestl Professional will continue to build this partnership with caterers and food vendors to offer better services to the industry The statement said that the Business of Food event kicked off with a Cooking Masterclass where experts shared knowledge and techniques on managing the complexities of food systems Topics included food preneur food styling and food plating It said that following the masterclass was a Cooking Demo where celebrity Chef Shine demonstrated the preparation of a vegetable soup mixt of MAGGI Chicken and Star Seasoning powders Chef Shine also educated caterers on meal tasting and gave a step by step guide on how to cook affordable nutritious meals with a consistent taste for their customers Then came the Cooking Competition Caterers were divided into two groups Each group chose three representatives for the competition Participants were instructed to cook a banging party jollof with the available ingredients and seasoning The meals presented by each group were judged based on tasty meal meal presentation and plating The event combined knowledge sharing with a lot of fun and engaging activities to make it memorable for the participants The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nestl Professional s food and product education workshop was packaged to equip food vendors and caterers with the knowledge needed to optimise their food business while using MAGGI powders effectively NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nestlé  Nigeria partners  Association of Caterers, Food Vendors to improve food business
    General news4 weeks ago

    Nestlé  Nigeria partners  Association of Caterers, Food Vendors to improve food business

    The Nestlé Nigeria’s Out of Home business arm, Nestlé Professional Business, has collaborated with the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors in Ibadan, Oyo State, to deliver a food education workshop for no fewer than 200 canteen and food vendors.

    The engagement with the theme “The Business of Food”,  was organised to educate the participants and provide tips on how to grow their food service business, a statement by Nestlé Nigeria said on Wednesday.

    They were also shown how to cook tasty meals that will delight their customers and  outstanding cooks were celebrated and rewarded with relevant tools and MAGGI products to cook Nigeria’s favorite dishes.

    Mrs Funmi Osineye, Manager, Nestlé Professional Nigeria, spoke at the event.

    “The collaboration with the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors provides the opportunity for Nestlé to share her expertise in Nutrition, Health and Wellness developed over 150 years with members of the association here today, and going forward.

    “We are also delighted to use this occasion to introduce the new, affordable and pocket friendly Maggi 100g powder in Chicken and Star Seasoning variants for small food business owners.

    “Nestlé Professional will continue to build this partnership with caterers and food vendors to offer better services to the industry.

    ” The statement said that the Business of Food event kicked off with a Cooking Masterclass, where experts shared knowledge and techniques on managing the complexities of food systems.

    Topics included ‘food-preneur,’ food styling and food plating.

    It said that following the masterclass was a Cooking Demo, where celebrity Chef Shine demonstrated the preparation of a vegetable soup mixt of MAGGI Chicken and Star Seasoning powders.

    Chef Shine also educated caterers on meal tasting and gave a step-by-step guide on how to cook affordable nutritious meals with a consistent taste for their customers.

    “Then came the Cooking Competition.

    “Caterers were divided into two groups.

    Each group chose three representatives for the competition.

    “Participants were instructed to cook a ‘banging’ party jollof with the available ingredients and seasoning.

    “The meals presented by each group were judged based on tasty meal, meal presentation and plating.

    “The event combined knowledge sharing with a lot of fun and engaging activities to make it memorable for the participants.

    ” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nestlé Professional’s food and product education workshop was packaged to equip food vendors and caterers with the knowledge needed to optimise their food business while using MAGGI powders effectively. 


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  •  Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has approved the procurement of more electricity transformers for deserving communities across the state Hajia Mariam Ahmed the state Commissioner for Energy confirmed this on Wednesday in Ilorin Ahmed said this while receiving the representatives of Irepodun Community phase II Akerebiata in Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state led by Malam Ibrahim Akanbi on a courtesy visit Ahmed said the government is sensitive to the socio economic needs and general well being of the people hence approving the procurement of more transformers for distribution in the state She listed other beneficiary communities to include Iderade Okefoma Ikoyi and New Yidi road communities According to her though the responsibility of providing or installing electricity transformers for the use of consumers lies with the service providers the present administration envisions the threat the apparent lack of such service is capable of posing on the local economy and security thereby taking charge She recalled that different communities for the past few weeks have been making same visit to present or renew their requests before the ministry The commissioner added that the government cannot afford to shy away from being socially and economically responsible to the citizens needs and that their agitations for a decent living would continue to be accommodated within available resources She explained that the lack or poor access to power usually hamper the socio economic activities of affected areas apart from exposing the places to security problems Ahmed assured the people of Irepodun Community phase II in Akerebiata to exercise patience while noting their complaint of a blackout due to the lack of transformer in that locality Akanbi had earlier tendered their request for the light sourcing facility He appreciated the ongoing efforts of AbdulRazaq to enhance the people s comfort through a created access to wealth and infrastructural development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Blackout: Kwara Govt approves procurement of transformers
     Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has approved the procurement of more electricity transformers for deserving communities across the state Hajia Mariam Ahmed the state Commissioner for Energy confirmed this on Wednesday in Ilorin Ahmed said this while receiving the representatives of Irepodun Community phase II Akerebiata in Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state led by Malam Ibrahim Akanbi on a courtesy visit Ahmed said the government is sensitive to the socio economic needs and general well being of the people hence approving the procurement of more transformers for distribution in the state She listed other beneficiary communities to include Iderade Okefoma Ikoyi and New Yidi road communities According to her though the responsibility of providing or installing electricity transformers for the use of consumers lies with the service providers the present administration envisions the threat the apparent lack of such service is capable of posing on the local economy and security thereby taking charge She recalled that different communities for the past few weeks have been making same visit to present or renew their requests before the ministry The commissioner added that the government cannot afford to shy away from being socially and economically responsible to the citizens needs and that their agitations for a decent living would continue to be accommodated within available resources She explained that the lack or poor access to power usually hamper the socio economic activities of affected areas apart from exposing the places to security problems Ahmed assured the people of Irepodun Community phase II in Akerebiata to exercise patience while noting their complaint of a blackout due to the lack of transformer in that locality Akanbi had earlier tendered their request for the light sourcing facility He appreciated the ongoing efforts of AbdulRazaq to enhance the people s comfort through a created access to wealth and infrastructural development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Blackout: Kwara Govt approves procurement of transformers
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    Blackout: Kwara Govt approves procurement of transformers

    Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has approved the procurement of more electricity transformers for deserving communities across the state.

    Hajia Mariam Ahmed, the state Commissioner for Energy, confirmed this on Wednesday in Ilorin.

    Ahmed said this while receiving the representatives of Irepodun Community phase II, Akerebiata in Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state, led by Malam Ibrahim Akanbi, on a courtesy visit.

    Ahmed said the government is sensitive to the socio-economic needs and general well-being of the people, hence approving the procurement of more transformers for distribution in the state.

    She listed other beneficiary communities to include Iderade, Okefoma, Ikoyi and New Yidi road communities.

    According to her, though the responsibility of providing or installing electricity transformers for the use of consumers lies with the service providers, the present administration envisions the threat the apparent lack of such service is capable of posing on the local economy and security, thereby taking charge.

    She recalled that different communities, for the past few weeks, have been making same visit to present or renew their requests before the ministry.

    The commissioner added that the government cannot afford to shy away from being socially and economically responsible to the citizens’ needs, and that their agitations for a decent living would continue to be accommodated within available resources.

    She explained that the lack or poor access to power usually hamper the socio- economic activities of affected areas, apart from exposing the places to security problems.

    Ahmed assured the people of Irepodun Community phase II in Akerebiata to exercise patience, while noting their complaint of a blackout due to the lack of transformer in that locality.

    Akanbi had earlier tendered their request for the light-sourcing facility.

    He appreciated the ongoing efforts of AbdulRazaq to enhance the people’s comfort through a created access to wealth and infrastructural development.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN