Connect with us

Federal Ministry of Education

  •  The United Nations Children s Emergency Fund UNICEF has called for a multi stakeholder approach for proper utilisation of the new e learning platform Nigeria Learning Passport Serekeberehan SeyoumDeres Chief Officer in Charge UNICEF Nigeria Kano Field Office made the call on Tuesday at the launch of the Nigeria Learning Passport in Kano He said that the Nigeria Learning Passport an online offline and mobile learning platform would provide children teachers and parents with resources for learning at home and in school As we all know education has faced enormous issues across the world Even before COVID 19 the globe was falling off track in realising SDG4 At the height of the COVID 19 pandemic sporadic school closures hindered the learning of 50 million students in Nigeria alone and more than 5 million in Kano state Frequent attacks on schools including abduction of children who should always be safe in school had complicated the fear of the unknown But together we are finding solutions While nothing can replace the face to face interaction with their teachers and peers in the classroom The Nigeria Learning Passport he explained would provide learning opportunities when face to face interaction isn t feasible or when children need to revise and bridge the learning poverty gap The UNICEF representative then commended the state government for unveiling the creative digital learning solution saying that it would increase access to excellent learning for all pupils The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria learning passport is an online learning platform created for Nigerian pupils with availability of diverse languages and contents The innovation was created in partnership between the Federal Ministry of Education the UNICEF Microsoft and the Global Partnership for Education GPE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF calls for proper utilisation of  e-learning platform
     The United Nations Children s Emergency Fund UNICEF has called for a multi stakeholder approach for proper utilisation of the new e learning platform Nigeria Learning Passport Serekeberehan SeyoumDeres Chief Officer in Charge UNICEF Nigeria Kano Field Office made the call on Tuesday at the launch of the Nigeria Learning Passport in Kano He said that the Nigeria Learning Passport an online offline and mobile learning platform would provide children teachers and parents with resources for learning at home and in school As we all know education has faced enormous issues across the world Even before COVID 19 the globe was falling off track in realising SDG4 At the height of the COVID 19 pandemic sporadic school closures hindered the learning of 50 million students in Nigeria alone and more than 5 million in Kano state Frequent attacks on schools including abduction of children who should always be safe in school had complicated the fear of the unknown But together we are finding solutions While nothing can replace the face to face interaction with their teachers and peers in the classroom The Nigeria Learning Passport he explained would provide learning opportunities when face to face interaction isn t feasible or when children need to revise and bridge the learning poverty gap The UNICEF representative then commended the state government for unveiling the creative digital learning solution saying that it would increase access to excellent learning for all pupils The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria learning passport is an online learning platform created for Nigerian pupils with availability of diverse languages and contents The innovation was created in partnership between the Federal Ministry of Education the UNICEF Microsoft and the Global Partnership for Education GPE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF calls for proper utilisation of  e-learning platform
    Education2 months ago

    UNICEF calls for proper utilisation of  e-learning platform

    The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has called for a multi-stakeholder approach for proper utilisation of the new e-learning platform, Nigeria Learning Passport.

    Serekeberehan SeyoumDeres, Chief Officer in Charge, UNICEF Nigeria, Kano Field Office, made the call on Tuesday at the launch of the Nigeria Learning Passport in Kano.He said that the Nigeria Learning Passport, an online, offline, and mobile learning platform, would provide children, teachers, and parents with resources for learning at home and in school.

    “As we all know, education has faced enormous issues across the world.

    Even before COVID-19, the globe was falling off track in realising SDG4.”“At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, sporadic school closures hindered the learning of 50 million students in Nigeria alone and more than 5 million in Kano state.

    “Frequent attacks on schools including abduction of children, who should always be safe in school, had complicated the fear of the unknown.

    “But together, we are finding solutions.

    While nothing can replace the face-to-face interaction with their teachers and peers in the classroom.

    ”The Nigeria Learning Passport he explained, would provide learning opportunities when face-to-face interaction isn’t feasible or when children need to revise and bridge the learning poverty gap.

    The UNICEF representative then, commended the state government for unveiling the creative digital learning solution, saying that it would increase access to excellent learning for all pupils.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria learning passport is an online learning platform created for Nigerian pupils, with availability of diverse languages and contents.

    The innovation was created in partnership between the Federal Ministry of Education, the UNICEF, Microsoft and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige on Tuesday said voluntary conciliation was adopted to ensure quick resolution of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Ngige made this known at a three day capacity building workshop on International Labour Standards and Dispute Resolution in Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja The workshop is organised by the Industrial Arbitration Panel IAP in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation ILO The minister said that voluntary conciliation was adopted instead of arbitration in order not to delay the resolution process with the striking lecturers I could have transmitted the matter to the IAP or the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN But I used my discretion to weigh the situation to know if it would cause more delay in the resolution of the dispute in a court process he said The minister however recalled that ASUU had embarked on strike on Feb 14 and voluntary conciliation started on Feb 22 and subsequently on March 1 According to him by the second meeting most of the issues arising from the 2020 Memorandum of Action MOA signed between ASUU and the Ministry of Education with other government agencies involved were conciliated leaving out only two The two outstanding issues were the conditions of service which according to the 2009 Agreement would be reviewed every four years The last review was in 2013 and we started the review in 2018 under Wale Babalakin SAN as the chairman of the renegotiation committee We could not conclude because Babalakin left A new committee headed by Munzali came Munzali finished his work and put in his report at the Federal Ministry of Education he said He noted that all the committees including the previous Onosode committee were all internal committees of the Ministry of Education He said that they discussed with the unions and gave them offers and counter offers vis a vis what they wanted Once the committees finished their products are sent up The major issue here is salary and wage review That is where they are before ASUU embarked on strike he said Ngige said that once a strike occured it triggered the content of the Trade Dispute Act TDA on how to resolve the industrial action He said the ministry of education was still handling the matter and it was transmitted back to them If a party wants us to transmit a matter back to them to have a second look you assist them That is what you call voluntary conciliation It is voluntary because if I apprehend and bring all the parties to the negotiation table and a party requests that I should take the matter to NICN I will do so he said Ngige also described the workshop as one of the reforms ongoing in his ministry as some arbitrators had not fully understood the tenets of the panel of IAP and were handicapped in discharging their duties He described arbitration as one of the statutory stages in trade dispute resolution commencing with internal mechanisms In addition to the workshop billed to reform the way and manner of discharging the statutory function of the IAP The labour laws have been worked on by tripartite body comprising the government employers and workers representatives This is in the form of the two federations of trade unions to take on board on the new developments in labour legislations and fill in identified anomalies and lacunae in our current labour laws he said He added that the bills were at the stage of proceeding to the Federal Executive Council FEC for further necessary action before going to the National Assembly for consideration Ngige said the passage of the bills would be the new dawn of labour administration in the country Chief Registrar of IAP Abduhamid Ibrahim said the purpose of the workshop was to provide unique opportunity for members of IAP and its management staff They will acquire sound knowledge and experience in modern skills regarding labour disputes prevention and resolution in line with international labour standards he said ILO Country Director to Nigeria Vanessa Phala called for investment in studies and researches to quantify what should be the impact of social dialogue and collective bargaining in the development processes She also called for the development of indicators and parameters to measure social and industrial relations and how their governance impacts productivity If we invest in these domains I am sure we shall stand and win the battle against poverty and misery she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU: We adopted voluntary conciliation for quick resolution -Ngige
     The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige on Tuesday said voluntary conciliation was adopted to ensure quick resolution of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Ngige made this known at a three day capacity building workshop on International Labour Standards and Dispute Resolution in Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja The workshop is organised by the Industrial Arbitration Panel IAP in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation ILO The minister said that voluntary conciliation was adopted instead of arbitration in order not to delay the resolution process with the striking lecturers I could have transmitted the matter to the IAP or the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN But I used my discretion to weigh the situation to know if it would cause more delay in the resolution of the dispute in a court process he said The minister however recalled that ASUU had embarked on strike on Feb 14 and voluntary conciliation started on Feb 22 and subsequently on March 1 According to him by the second meeting most of the issues arising from the 2020 Memorandum of Action MOA signed between ASUU and the Ministry of Education with other government agencies involved were conciliated leaving out only two The two outstanding issues were the conditions of service which according to the 2009 Agreement would be reviewed every four years The last review was in 2013 and we started the review in 2018 under Wale Babalakin SAN as the chairman of the renegotiation committee We could not conclude because Babalakin left A new committee headed by Munzali came Munzali finished his work and put in his report at the Federal Ministry of Education he said He noted that all the committees including the previous Onosode committee were all internal committees of the Ministry of Education He said that they discussed with the unions and gave them offers and counter offers vis a vis what they wanted Once the committees finished their products are sent up The major issue here is salary and wage review That is where they are before ASUU embarked on strike he said Ngige said that once a strike occured it triggered the content of the Trade Dispute Act TDA on how to resolve the industrial action He said the ministry of education was still handling the matter and it was transmitted back to them If a party wants us to transmit a matter back to them to have a second look you assist them That is what you call voluntary conciliation It is voluntary because if I apprehend and bring all the parties to the negotiation table and a party requests that I should take the matter to NICN I will do so he said Ngige also described the workshop as one of the reforms ongoing in his ministry as some arbitrators had not fully understood the tenets of the panel of IAP and were handicapped in discharging their duties He described arbitration as one of the statutory stages in trade dispute resolution commencing with internal mechanisms In addition to the workshop billed to reform the way and manner of discharging the statutory function of the IAP The labour laws have been worked on by tripartite body comprising the government employers and workers representatives This is in the form of the two federations of trade unions to take on board on the new developments in labour legislations and fill in identified anomalies and lacunae in our current labour laws he said He added that the bills were at the stage of proceeding to the Federal Executive Council FEC for further necessary action before going to the National Assembly for consideration Ngige said the passage of the bills would be the new dawn of labour administration in the country Chief Registrar of IAP Abduhamid Ibrahim said the purpose of the workshop was to provide unique opportunity for members of IAP and its management staff They will acquire sound knowledge and experience in modern skills regarding labour disputes prevention and resolution in line with international labour standards he said ILO Country Director to Nigeria Vanessa Phala called for investment in studies and researches to quantify what should be the impact of social dialogue and collective bargaining in the development processes She also called for the development of indicators and parameters to measure social and industrial relations and how their governance impacts productivity If we invest in these domains I am sure we shall stand and win the battle against poverty and misery she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU: We adopted voluntary conciliation for quick resolution -Ngige
    General news2 months ago

    ASUU: We adopted voluntary conciliation for quick resolution -Ngige

    The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige on Tuesday  said voluntary conciliation was adopted to ensure quick resolution of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

    Ngige made this known at a three-day capacity building workshop on International Labour Standards and Dispute Resolution in Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The workshop is organised by the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

    The minister said that voluntary conciliation was adopted instead of arbitration in order not to delay the resolution process with the striking lecturers.

    “I could have transmitted the matter to the IAP or the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN).

    “But I used my discretion to weigh the situation to know if it would cause more delay in the resolution of the dispute in a court process, ‘’ he said.

    The minister, however, recalled that ASUU had embarked on strike on Feb. 14 and voluntary conciliation started on Feb. 22 and subsequently, on March 1. According to him, by the second meeting, most of the issues arising from the 2020 Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed between ASUU and the Ministry of Education with other government agencies involved were conciliated leaving out only two.

    “The two outstanding issues were the conditions of service, which according to the 2009 Agreement would be reviewed every four years.

    “The last review was in 2013 and we started the review in 2018 under Wale Babalakin (SAN) as the chairman of the renegotiation committee.

    We could not conclude because Babalakin left.

    “A new committee headed by Munzali came.

    Munzali finished his work and put in his report at the Federal Ministry of Education,’’he said.

    He noted that all the committees including the  previous Onosode committee were all internal committees of the Ministry of Education.

    He said that they discussed with the unions and gave them offers and counter offers vis-a-vis what they wanted.

    “Once the committees finished, their products are sent up.

    “The major issue here is salary and wage review.

    That is where they are before ASUU embarked on strike,’’ he said.

    Ngige said that once a strike occured, it triggered the content of the Trade Dispute Act (TDA) on how to resolve the industrial action.

    He said the ministry of education was still handling the matter and it was transmitted back to them.

    “If a party wants us to transmit a matter back to them to have a second look, you assist them.

    That is what you call voluntary conciliation.

    “ It is voluntary because if I apprehend and bring all the parties to the negotiation table and a party requests that I should take the matter to NICN, I will do so,’’he said.

    Ngige also described the workshop as one of the reforms ongoing in his ministry as some arbitrators had not fully understood the tenets of the panel of IAP and were handicapped in discharging their duties.

    He described arbitration as one of the statutory stages in trade dispute resolution commencing with internal mechanisms.

    “In addition to the workshop billed to reform the way and manner of discharging the statutory function of the IAP.

    “The labour laws have been worked on by tripartite body, comprising the government, employers and workers representatives.

    “This is in the form of the two federations of trade unions to take on board on the new developments in labour legislations and fill in identified anomalies and lacunae in our current labour laws,’’ he said.

    He added that the bills were at the stage of proceeding to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for further necessary action before going to the National Assembly for consideration.

    Ngige said the passage of the bills would be the new dawn of labour administration in the country.

    Chief Registrar of IAP, Abduhamid Ibrahim said the purpose of the workshop was to provide unique opportunity for members of IAP and its management staff.

    “They will acquire sound knowledge and experience in modern skills regarding labour disputes prevention and resolution in line with international labour standards,” he said.

    ILO Country Director to Nigeria, Vanessa Phala, called for investment in studies and researches to quantify what should be the impact of social dialogue and collective.

    bargaining in the development processes.

    She also called for the development of indicators and parameters to measure social and industrial relations and how their governance impacts productivity.

    “If we invest in these domains, I am sure we shall stand and win the battle against poverty and misery,’’ she said.

    (
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  UNICEF in collaboration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN has developed a draft national action plan targeted at ending all forms of corporal punishment in schools The Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu who congratulated UNICEF and TRCN for the initiative said the action plan would improve enrollment retention transition and completion in education Adamu represented by Hajia Binta Abdulkadir the Director Senior Secondary Education Department said this at the National Awareness Creation Meeting on Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools According to him we are beginning to see a global change of how corporal punishment is considered and now it is easier to see that it is not effective and that there are alternatives The Federal Ministry of Education therefore endorses this plan to serve as a roadmap for ending corporal punishment in schools in line with the Child s Right Act passed into law in 2003 It will help to protect children s right to a life of violence he said The Registrar TRCN Prof Josiah Ajiboye said that learning and safety could no longer be thought of as separate entities hence the need to build a safe education to build back better and safer children Ajiboye called for more effort to educate parents and teachers on the implication of corporal punishment as well as the alternatives that were available to them According to him good school discipline depends on skilled and properly trained teachers rather than students bad behaviour Globally there is a paradigm shift from corporal punishment in schools because of its effect on pupils It has been proven to be ineffective dangerous and an unacceptable method of controlling and maintaining behaviour and discipline This is because it brings negative rather than positive consequences in the whole process of teaching and learning he said He therefore said the campaign was committed to seeing a school culture that ensured a safe and respectful environment for everyone Representative of the Technical Working Group of the action plan Mr Noah Ashibi said over 62 per cent boys and 59 per cent girls were reported to have experienced some form of physical abuse He said the pupils had the abuses such as corporal punishment in schools and at home Ashibi who is also an Assistant Director TRCN Cross River Coordinator said the findings had huge implications for children s right to education in Nigeria and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs 4 Nigeria is presently struggling with a large number of out of school children a phenomenon largely attributable to the various forms of violence affecting children In a recent survey of learners teachers parents and traditional leaders in northern Nigeria 62 per cent of learners reported experiencing various forms of corporal punishment such as flogging slapping kicking frog jump and other physical violence Over half of the respondents identified teachers as the main perpetrators of corporal punishment These violent disciplinary practices persist with the large body of research that acknowledged the physical emotional developmental and psychological harm that they inflict on children He however called for serious action from all stakeholders to eradicate the practice from schools In the same vein Mrs Odinakachi Ahanonu the Policy Advisor Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All CSACEFA called for a strong synergy in ensuring that the plan contributed to ending corporal punishment in schools Highlight of the event was a call to action at federal state local governments and schools levels to create awareness on the dangers of corporal punishment coordinated at all levels It also called on stakeholders to develop and implement a policy framework focusing on ending corporal punishment in schools among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF, TRCN develop action plan to end corporal punishment in schools
     UNICEF in collaboration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN has developed a draft national action plan targeted at ending all forms of corporal punishment in schools The Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu who congratulated UNICEF and TRCN for the initiative said the action plan would improve enrollment retention transition and completion in education Adamu represented by Hajia Binta Abdulkadir the Director Senior Secondary Education Department said this at the National Awareness Creation Meeting on Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools According to him we are beginning to see a global change of how corporal punishment is considered and now it is easier to see that it is not effective and that there are alternatives The Federal Ministry of Education therefore endorses this plan to serve as a roadmap for ending corporal punishment in schools in line with the Child s Right Act passed into law in 2003 It will help to protect children s right to a life of violence he said The Registrar TRCN Prof Josiah Ajiboye said that learning and safety could no longer be thought of as separate entities hence the need to build a safe education to build back better and safer children Ajiboye called for more effort to educate parents and teachers on the implication of corporal punishment as well as the alternatives that were available to them According to him good school discipline depends on skilled and properly trained teachers rather than students bad behaviour Globally there is a paradigm shift from corporal punishment in schools because of its effect on pupils It has been proven to be ineffective dangerous and an unacceptable method of controlling and maintaining behaviour and discipline This is because it brings negative rather than positive consequences in the whole process of teaching and learning he said He therefore said the campaign was committed to seeing a school culture that ensured a safe and respectful environment for everyone Representative of the Technical Working Group of the action plan Mr Noah Ashibi said over 62 per cent boys and 59 per cent girls were reported to have experienced some form of physical abuse He said the pupils had the abuses such as corporal punishment in schools and at home Ashibi who is also an Assistant Director TRCN Cross River Coordinator said the findings had huge implications for children s right to education in Nigeria and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs 4 Nigeria is presently struggling with a large number of out of school children a phenomenon largely attributable to the various forms of violence affecting children In a recent survey of learners teachers parents and traditional leaders in northern Nigeria 62 per cent of learners reported experiencing various forms of corporal punishment such as flogging slapping kicking frog jump and other physical violence Over half of the respondents identified teachers as the main perpetrators of corporal punishment These violent disciplinary practices persist with the large body of research that acknowledged the physical emotional developmental and psychological harm that they inflict on children He however called for serious action from all stakeholders to eradicate the practice from schools In the same vein Mrs Odinakachi Ahanonu the Policy Advisor Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All CSACEFA called for a strong synergy in ensuring that the plan contributed to ending corporal punishment in schools Highlight of the event was a call to action at federal state local governments and schools levels to create awareness on the dangers of corporal punishment coordinated at all levels It also called on stakeholders to develop and implement a policy framework focusing on ending corporal punishment in schools among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF, TRCN develop action plan to end corporal punishment in schools
    General news2 months ago

    UNICEF, TRCN develop action plan to end corporal punishment in schools

    UNICEF, in collaboration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), has developed a draft national action plan targeted at ending all forms of corporal punishment in schools.

    The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who congratulated UNICEF and TRCN for the initiative, said the action plan would improve enrollment, retention, transition and completion in education.

    Adamu, represented by Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, the Director, Senior Secondary Education Department, said this at the National Awareness Creation Meeting on Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools.

    According to him, we are beginning to see a global change of how corporal punishment is considered, and now it is easier to see that it is not effective and that there are alternatives.

    “The Federal Ministry of Education, therefore, endorses this plan to serve as a roadmap for ending corporal punishment in schools in line with the Child’s Right Act passed into law in 2003. “It will help to protect children’s right to a life of violence,” he said.

    The Registrar, TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, said that learning and safety could no longer be thought of as separate entities, hence the need to build a safe education to build back better and safer children.

    Ajiboye called for more effort to educate parents and teachers on the implication of corporal punishment as well as the alternatives that were available to them.

    According to him, good school discipline depends on skilled and properly trained teachers rather than students’ bad behaviour.

    “Globally, there is a paradigm shift from corporal punishment in schools because of its effect on pupils.

    “It has been proven to be ineffective, dangerous and an unacceptable method of controlling and maintaining behaviour and discipline.

    “This is because it brings negative rather than positive consequences in the whole process of teaching and learning,” he said.

    He, therefore, said the campaign was committed to seeing a school culture that ensured a safe and respectful environment for everyone.

    Representative of the Technical Working Group of the action plan, Mr Noah Ashibi, said over 62 per cent boys and 59 per cent girls were reported to have experienced some form of physical abuse.

    He said the pupils had the abuses such as corporal punishment in schools and at home.

    Ashibi, who is also an Assistant Director, TRCN, Cross River Coordinator, said the findings had huge implications for children’s right to education in Nigeria and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4. ‘Nigeria is presently struggling with a large number of out-of-school children, a phenomenon largely attributable to the various forms of violence affecting children.

    “In a recent survey of learners, teachers, parents and traditional leaders in northern Nigeria, 62 per cent of learners reported experiencing various forms of corporal punishment such as flogging, slapping, kicking, frog jump and other physical violence.

    “Over half of the respondents identified teachers as the main perpetrators of corporal punishment.

    “These violent disciplinary practices persist with the large body of research that acknowledged the physical, emotional, developmental and psychological harm that they inflict on children.

    ” He, however, called for serious action from all stakeholders to eradicate the practice from schools.

    In the same vein, Mrs  Odinakachi Ahanonu, the Policy Advisor, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), called for a strong synergy in ensuring that the plan contributed to ending corporal punishment in schools.

    Highlight of the event was a call to action at federal, state, local governments and schools levels to create awareness on the dangers of corporal punishment, coordinated at all levels.

    It also called on stakeholders to develop and implement a policy framework focusing on ending corporal punishment in schools, among others.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu Lagos Aug 25 2021 NAN Federal Ministry of Education says protection of schools across the country was non negotiable as it stepped up efforts in ensuring that lives of the children as well as the teaching and non teaching staff were well secured The Permanent Secretary of the ministry Arch Sonny Echono disclosed this on the sidelines of the commissioning of an all JSS 1 students hostel in Queen s College Yaba Lagos under the leadership of the Principal Dr Mrs Tokumbo Yakubu Oyinloye According to him the incessant attacks on schools and the subsequent kidnapping of students and staff by suspected bandits was worrisome given the critical role education played in the development of any nation He added that the situation was affecting Federal Government s quest for mass education for the populace noting that it was unacceptable Right now I can confirm to you that we along with other security agencies are doing alot already I may not be able to give you details of the intervention for obvious security reasons But let me assure you first of all that there is a larger security committee chaired by the Vice President that is addressing the general issue of insecurity in the country Within the larger frame there is a sub committee that is focusing on security of schools generally chaired by the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola and includes military personnel the Civil Defense and other members and I happens to serve on that committee We just concluded our report on the measures and government has taken some interim approvals It will involve three layers of security in all our schools We did consult the principals to try and articulate some of the things that will happen We are going to ensure that we have physical presence educate both the teachers and other staff as well as the students in the event that such things happens how they will manage the situation Also we will also put structures in place especially for effective communication for early warning on a rapid response team in every location and comprising all the relevant security operatives Echono said The permanent secretary disclosed that the Federal Government would partner with the local communities adding that already the schools had been sensitised on the need to relate with the local vigilante groups the community locals the local police the Civil Defense and the military where they are present He noted that already an assessment of all the schools including the 110 Federal Unity Colleges across the country and classified them in various categories that ranged from the very high risk the medium and those that were relatively safe According to Echono for the high risk areas are specific recommendations including military establishment and combined patrol team as well as other task force noting that for the medium risk areas there was specific recommendations too to what will happen Government has approved that recommendations and so they are gradually coming into the implementation phase and this will be fine behind the scene If we wait for them to start attack our schools we will be at a disadvantage so we will be taking the battle to them wherever they are he stated Earlier while commissioning the project Echono noted that Queen s College had over the years remained focused as well as shown resilience They have indeed pushed the boundaries in academic excellence especially in the area of girl child education in the country Today I want to say I feel very delighted and impressed by what I have seen on ground especially the zeal of the students in the acquisition of knowledge I have been told about the very many laurels that the students of this college have been winning both in academics sports and others I feel happy that what is going on here is not just to acquire knowledge and skills but also moulding character that as Africans as Nigerians our children are very respectful appreciative resilient Even at times when the facilities are not adequate when all the things that they require are not available they still strive for excellence and have made us proud in various fora locally and Internationally Girls of Queen s College have always made us proud he said So on behalf of the minister I want to commend the Principal of this college Dr Mrs Tokumbo Yakubu Oyinloye for her leadership qualities and for a job well done the staff the PTA for giving us their children and support and most especially our dear students for keeping the flag flying very high This college is basically our premiere all girls institution in this country and the competition is usually the highest he stated He added that the Federal Government was doing its best to maintain standard in the college interms of scholarship noting that government was also committed to improving the facilities as it recognised that due to several years of neglect alot of these facilities have degenerated Echono however said over the years too alot of intervention had also taken place in a bid to improve on the facilities in the college including the newly commissioned hostel project He pledged government s commitment for continuous investment for the provision of additional facilities to ensure the sustenance of set standards In his short address to the students he urged them to remain focused and take the academics seriously as they remained future leaders of the country Let me first of all seize this opportunity to thank the permanent secretary and indeed the Federal ministry of Education for all the support it has been giving this college It is our prayers that such will lead to the much desired national development I cannot quantify my joy to see that this project was actualised during my tenure You know the foundation of the project was actually started by my predecessor Dr Mrs Are before she retired and incidentally the Permanent Secretary too was the one that laid the foundation stone So when I came in we felt a strong need to continue with it knowing full well that it is of great importance to the students and thankfully today it is completed and being commissioned by the same permanent secretary It is a three storey building with an overhead tank and a laundry room that will accommodate not less than 550 JSS 1 students of this college The rooms are very spacious with water supply in all of them One of the reasons of having just the JSS1 students to occupy this hostel is to ensure that they bond together as well as ensure that they are protected from any form of bullying It is our desire to continue to uphold and sustain excellence in girl child education that this college is known as we also assure of more laurels the principal stated NAN
    We are making efforts to secure schools, says Federal Ministry of Education
     By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu Lagos Aug 25 2021 NAN Federal Ministry of Education says protection of schools across the country was non negotiable as it stepped up efforts in ensuring that lives of the children as well as the teaching and non teaching staff were well secured The Permanent Secretary of the ministry Arch Sonny Echono disclosed this on the sidelines of the commissioning of an all JSS 1 students hostel in Queen s College Yaba Lagos under the leadership of the Principal Dr Mrs Tokumbo Yakubu Oyinloye According to him the incessant attacks on schools and the subsequent kidnapping of students and staff by suspected bandits was worrisome given the critical role education played in the development of any nation He added that the situation was affecting Federal Government s quest for mass education for the populace noting that it was unacceptable Right now I can confirm to you that we along with other security agencies are doing alot already I may not be able to give you details of the intervention for obvious security reasons But let me assure you first of all that there is a larger security committee chaired by the Vice President that is addressing the general issue of insecurity in the country Within the larger frame there is a sub committee that is focusing on security of schools generally chaired by the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola and includes military personnel the Civil Defense and other members and I happens to serve on that committee We just concluded our report on the measures and government has taken some interim approvals It will involve three layers of security in all our schools We did consult the principals to try and articulate some of the things that will happen We are going to ensure that we have physical presence educate both the teachers and other staff as well as the students in the event that such things happens how they will manage the situation Also we will also put structures in place especially for effective communication for early warning on a rapid response team in every location and comprising all the relevant security operatives Echono said The permanent secretary disclosed that the Federal Government would partner with the local communities adding that already the schools had been sensitised on the need to relate with the local vigilante groups the community locals the local police the Civil Defense and the military where they are present He noted that already an assessment of all the schools including the 110 Federal Unity Colleges across the country and classified them in various categories that ranged from the very high risk the medium and those that were relatively safe According to Echono for the high risk areas are specific recommendations including military establishment and combined patrol team as well as other task force noting that for the medium risk areas there was specific recommendations too to what will happen Government has approved that recommendations and so they are gradually coming into the implementation phase and this will be fine behind the scene If we wait for them to start attack our schools we will be at a disadvantage so we will be taking the battle to them wherever they are he stated Earlier while commissioning the project Echono noted that Queen s College had over the years remained focused as well as shown resilience They have indeed pushed the boundaries in academic excellence especially in the area of girl child education in the country Today I want to say I feel very delighted and impressed by what I have seen on ground especially the zeal of the students in the acquisition of knowledge I have been told about the very many laurels that the students of this college have been winning both in academics sports and others I feel happy that what is going on here is not just to acquire knowledge and skills but also moulding character that as Africans as Nigerians our children are very respectful appreciative resilient Even at times when the facilities are not adequate when all the things that they require are not available they still strive for excellence and have made us proud in various fora locally and Internationally Girls of Queen s College have always made us proud he said So on behalf of the minister I want to commend the Principal of this college Dr Mrs Tokumbo Yakubu Oyinloye for her leadership qualities and for a job well done the staff the PTA for giving us their children and support and most especially our dear students for keeping the flag flying very high This college is basically our premiere all girls institution in this country and the competition is usually the highest he stated He added that the Federal Government was doing its best to maintain standard in the college interms of scholarship noting that government was also committed to improving the facilities as it recognised that due to several years of neglect alot of these facilities have degenerated Echono however said over the years too alot of intervention had also taken place in a bid to improve on the facilities in the college including the newly commissioned hostel project He pledged government s commitment for continuous investment for the provision of additional facilities to ensure the sustenance of set standards In his short address to the students he urged them to remain focused and take the academics seriously as they remained future leaders of the country Let me first of all seize this opportunity to thank the permanent secretary and indeed the Federal ministry of Education for all the support it has been giving this college It is our prayers that such will lead to the much desired national development I cannot quantify my joy to see that this project was actualised during my tenure You know the foundation of the project was actually started by my predecessor Dr Mrs Are before she retired and incidentally the Permanent Secretary too was the one that laid the foundation stone So when I came in we felt a strong need to continue with it knowing full well that it is of great importance to the students and thankfully today it is completed and being commissioned by the same permanent secretary It is a three storey building with an overhead tank and a laundry room that will accommodate not less than 550 JSS 1 students of this college The rooms are very spacious with water supply in all of them One of the reasons of having just the JSS1 students to occupy this hostel is to ensure that they bond together as well as ensure that they are protected from any form of bullying It is our desire to continue to uphold and sustain excellence in girl child education that this college is known as we also assure of more laurels the principal stated NAN
    We are making efforts to secure schools, says Federal Ministry of Education
    General news1 year ago

    We are making efforts to secure schools, says Federal Ministry of Education

    By Millicent IfeanyichukwuLagos, Aug. 25, 2021 (NAN) Federal Ministry of Education, says protection of schools across the country was non negotiable, as it stepped up efforts in ensuring that lives of the children, as well as the teaching and non teaching staff, were well secured.The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Arch. Sonny Echono disclosed this on the sidelines of the commissioning of an all JSS 1 students' hostel in Queen's College Yaba, Lagos, under the leadership of the Principal, Dr (Mrs) Tokumbo Yakubu-Oyinloye.According to him, the incessant attacks on schools and the subsequent kidnapping of students and staff by suspected bandits was worrisome, given the critical role education played in the development of any nation.He added that the situation was affecting Federal Government's quest for mass education for the populace, noting that it was unacceptable.''Right now, I can confirm to you that we, along with other security agencies are doing alot already. I may not be able to give you details of the intervention, for obvious security reasons." But let me assure you first of all, that there is a larger security committee, chaired by the Vice President, that is addressing the general issue of insecurity in the country."Within the larger frame, there is a sub committee that is focusing on security of schools generally, chaired by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, and includes military, personnel, the Civil Defense and other members and I happens to serve on that committee.''We just concluded our report on the measures and government has taken some interim approvals. It will involve three layers of security in all our schools. We did consult the principals to try and articulate some of the things that will happen.''We are going to ensure that we have physical presence, educate both the teachers and other staff, as well as the students in the event that such things happens, how they will manage the situation." Also, we will also put structures in place, especially for effective communication for early warning on a rapid response team, in every location, and comprising all the relevant security operatives,'' Echono said.The permanent secretary disclosed that the Federal Government would partner with the local communities, adding that already, the schools had been sensitised on the need to relate with the local vigilante groups, the community locals, the local police, the Civil Defense and the military, where they are present.He noted that already, an assessment of all the schools including the 110 Federal Unity Colleges across the country and classified them in various categories that ranged from the very high risk, the medium and those that were relatively safe.According to Echono, for the high risk areas, are specific recommendations, including military establishment and combined patrol team, as well as other task force, noting that for the medium risk areas, there was specific recommendations too, to what will happen.''Government has approved that recommendations and so they are gradually coming into the implementation phase and this will be fine behind the scene.''If we wait for them to start attack our schools, we will be at a disadvantage, so, we will be taking the battle to them, wherever they are,'' he stated.Earlier, while commissioning the project, Echono noted that Queen's College had over the years, remained focused, as well as shown resilience. They have indeed pushed the boundaries in academic excellence especially, in the area of girl child education in the country.''Today I want to say I feel very delighted and impressed by what I have seen on ground, especially the zeal of the students in the acquisition of knowledge. I have been told about the very many laurels that the students of this college have been winning, both in academics, sports and others.''I feel happy that what is going on here, is not just to acquire knowledge and skills, but also, moulding character, that as Africans, as Nigerians, our children are very respectful, appreciative, resilient.''Even at times when the facilities are not adequate, when all the things that they require are not available, they still strive for excellence and have made us proud in various fora, locally and Internationally. Girls of Queen's College have always made us proud,'' he said.''So, on behalf of the minister, I want to commend the Principal of this college, Dr (Mrs) Tokumbo Yakubu-Oyinloye, for her leadership qualities and for a job well done, the staff, the PTA for giving us their children and support and most especially, our dear students, for keeping the flag flying very high.''This college is basically our premiere all girls institution in this country and the competition is usually the highest,'' he stated.He added that the Federal Government was doing its best to maintain standard in the college, interms of scholarship, noting that government was also committed to improving the facilities, as it recognised that due to several years of neglect, alot of these facilities have degenerated.Echono however said over the years too, alot of intervention had also taken place, in a bid to improve on the facilities in the college, including the newly commissioned hostel project.He pledged government's commitment for continuous investment, for the provision of additional facilities, to ensure the sustenance of set standards.In his short address to the students, he urged them to remain focused and take the academics seriously, as they remained future leaders of the country.''Let me first of all, seize this opportunity to thank the permanent secretary and indeed the Federal ministry of Education, for all the support it has been giving this college. It is our prayers that such will lead to the much desired national development.''I cannot quantify my joy, to see that this project was actualised during my tenure. You know the foundation of the project was actually started by my predecessor, Dr (Mrs) Are before she retired and incidentally, the Permanent Secretary too, was the one that laid the foundation stone.''So when I came in, we felt a strong need to continue with it, knowing full well that it is of great importance to the students and thankfully today, it is completed and being commissioned by the same permanent secretary.''It is a three storey building with an overhead tank and a laundry room that will accommodate not less than 550 JSS 1 students of this college. The rooms are very spacious with water supply in all of them.''One of the reasons of having just the JSS1 students to occupy this hostel is to ensure that they bond together, as well as ensure that they are protected from any form of bullying.''It is our desire to continue to uphold and sustain excellence in girl child education that this college is known, as we also assure of more laurels,'' the principal stated. (NAN)

  •   By Joan Nwagwu The Federal Government says it will begin implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding MoU with the Nigerian Medical Association NMA on Monday Aug 23 to end the indefinite strike by Resident Doctors across the country The Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige said this while addressing newsmen before a closed door meeting with NMA and other relevant stakeholders on Saturday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was summoned at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at resolving the doctors strike that started at about 2 p m on Friday but adjourned in the early hours of Saturday before reconvening in the afternoon It would be recalled that the National Association of Resident Doctors NARD had embarked on an indefinite strike on Aug 1 to press home its demands According to Ngige both parties have reached agreements the previous night on all the 12 disputed issues and that implementation will start from the next working day Monday On the issue of non payment of some house officers he said that NARD was expected to submit the list of the affected 114 officers for further verification He added that on completion of confirmation of its genuineness and their IPPIS particulars and that their BVNs were in order they would be paid in September with the outstanding arrears Ngigi said an agreement was reached on the Residency Training Fund outstanding for 2020 and 2021 after the Budget Office had explained that N617 429 121 was the outstanding to be paid in the 2020 According to him there are reconciliations to be done here because the 2020 was done with some errors Some people who are not supposed to benefit from the fund got money and because of that the number of genuine people that were not paid also came to that quantum of persons So reconciliation is being done and some monies are being returned We have given a timeline for this reconciliation to be done and for the 2021 the money approved by government is N4 802 billion This money like I said earlier was contained in the 2021 Supplementary Budget which the President signed on the eve of his departure to UK for the meeting and medical check up So between that time and now it became a money law The funds have now been sourced and it has gotten from the CBN to the Budget Office where we expect it to be processed in one week as undertaken by the Government side he explained Ngige added that the meeting agreed that by Aug 27 residents in institutions would have started getting their money with each receiving about N542 000 He noted that the issue of consequential adjustment on National Minimum Wage cuts across the health and educational sectors which were both affected by the projection of N160 billion done in 2019 but which fell short of the people that were to benefit from this The meeting agreed that we need to let this matter Therefore the Budget Office of the Federation should start from the 2021 service vote to start paying And if we have any leftovers we roll it into the 2022 Coming to hazard allowance everybody agreed that the discussion is still ongoing and therefore government wants to finish it up We agreed with NMA position to us that they don t want to discuss holistically anymore as an association and that they have their own peculiarities that are not same with other health workers We are going to do two meetings one for NMA and affiliates and one for JOHESU But we are taking the meetings concurrently so that we don t run into troubled quarters We are starting next week he said Ngige said the meeting equally noted that the non payment of skipping allowance cuts across the entire health sector and therefore agreed that it was going to be handled holistically while awaiting the court s judgment on the matter He said the NMA had been directed to submit a written position on the controversial withdrawing NYSC doctors and house officers from the scheme of service to point out the anomaly in the circular He also said this would be for onward transmission to the Head of Service of the Federation who would look at the inputs given by NMA to the circular and process it to either the Council of Establishment or handle it administratively He however said that if the issues were not such of fundamental nature to further clarify it that a two month timeline had been set for it We also agreed on the migration of doctors on GFMIS from some university teaching hospitals like University College Hospital Ibadan University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital which had recruited doctors on GFMIS and were unable to pay them when GFMIS was tampered with We can resume when we verify those people They can be there until the recruitment is perfected in order to migrate them to IPPIS In this wise the Head of Service has granted waiver and revalidation of old waiver for University of Port Harcourt and waivers for University College Ibadan and Calabar But this is not without reprimand for CMDs who have flouted government regulations by recruiting people into the service without fulfilling the requirements of circular on this he said On hazard allowances for doctors in government hospitals that did not benefit from that 2020 payment Ngige said that the Federal Ministry of Health has compiled a list and that the list would be forwarded back again to the Federal Ministry of Fice for processing He noted that for doctors in university clinics and the rest of them we said they should route their own through the Federal Ministry of Education their parent Ministry and Employer On the controversial issue of NSIWC circular removing doctors in academia from CONMESS and also doctors who are doubling as honorary consultants lecturers from CONMESS to CONUAS we have even before their request treated one leg of it by obeying the court s order already gotten by them In the spirit of dialogue we said further discussions should continue with NSIWC NMA has undertaken that they should tell the two members and their association to do an out of court settlement by withdrawing the matter from the industrial court until we finish the negotiation We gave a time for negotiation We have empanelled a committee with NMA leading including NSIWC Federal Ministry of Health Federal Ministry of labour and others in the team The first inaugural meeting is Tuesday Aug 31 we are hopeful that this meeting will give us suggestion on how to resolve the matter he said Ngige also said on the issues relating to states there was no way the federal government would start pulling the states on the issue of domestication of Medical Residency Training Programme by their various Houses of Assembly and government and issue of Medical Training Residency Fund According to him the issue of Non payment of COVID 19 allowances by some state governments and consequential minimum wage adjustments is also being considered We have before now made contact with the Governors Forum on these matters and the onus is now on us as the Ministry of Labour to talk to the Governors Forum and impress on them on the need for this to be done The Medical Residency Training and accompanying Fund is already in the Act which the Federal Government has signed We will impress it on them as part of strengthening the health system so that we are not starved of specialist doctors There is an urgent need for them to adopt that This will also help us to stem the issue of brain drain The Federal Government cannot employ everybody We want state governments to pay more attention to secondary and tertiary health he said Source NAN
    Doctors’ Strike: FG sets Aug. 23 to commence MoU with NMA
      By Joan Nwagwu The Federal Government says it will begin implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding MoU with the Nigerian Medical Association NMA on Monday Aug 23 to end the indefinite strike by Resident Doctors across the country The Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige said this while addressing newsmen before a closed door meeting with NMA and other relevant stakeholders on Saturday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was summoned at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at resolving the doctors strike that started at about 2 p m on Friday but adjourned in the early hours of Saturday before reconvening in the afternoon It would be recalled that the National Association of Resident Doctors NARD had embarked on an indefinite strike on Aug 1 to press home its demands According to Ngige both parties have reached agreements the previous night on all the 12 disputed issues and that implementation will start from the next working day Monday On the issue of non payment of some house officers he said that NARD was expected to submit the list of the affected 114 officers for further verification He added that on completion of confirmation of its genuineness and their IPPIS particulars and that their BVNs were in order they would be paid in September with the outstanding arrears Ngigi said an agreement was reached on the Residency Training Fund outstanding for 2020 and 2021 after the Budget Office had explained that N617 429 121 was the outstanding to be paid in the 2020 According to him there are reconciliations to be done here because the 2020 was done with some errors Some people who are not supposed to benefit from the fund got money and because of that the number of genuine people that were not paid also came to that quantum of persons So reconciliation is being done and some monies are being returned We have given a timeline for this reconciliation to be done and for the 2021 the money approved by government is N4 802 billion This money like I said earlier was contained in the 2021 Supplementary Budget which the President signed on the eve of his departure to UK for the meeting and medical check up So between that time and now it became a money law The funds have now been sourced and it has gotten from the CBN to the Budget Office where we expect it to be processed in one week as undertaken by the Government side he explained Ngige added that the meeting agreed that by Aug 27 residents in institutions would have started getting their money with each receiving about N542 000 He noted that the issue of consequential adjustment on National Minimum Wage cuts across the health and educational sectors which were both affected by the projection of N160 billion done in 2019 but which fell short of the people that were to benefit from this The meeting agreed that we need to let this matter Therefore the Budget Office of the Federation should start from the 2021 service vote to start paying And if we have any leftovers we roll it into the 2022 Coming to hazard allowance everybody agreed that the discussion is still ongoing and therefore government wants to finish it up We agreed with NMA position to us that they don t want to discuss holistically anymore as an association and that they have their own peculiarities that are not same with other health workers We are going to do two meetings one for NMA and affiliates and one for JOHESU But we are taking the meetings concurrently so that we don t run into troubled quarters We are starting next week he said Ngige said the meeting equally noted that the non payment of skipping allowance cuts across the entire health sector and therefore agreed that it was going to be handled holistically while awaiting the court s judgment on the matter He said the NMA had been directed to submit a written position on the controversial withdrawing NYSC doctors and house officers from the scheme of service to point out the anomaly in the circular He also said this would be for onward transmission to the Head of Service of the Federation who would look at the inputs given by NMA to the circular and process it to either the Council of Establishment or handle it administratively He however said that if the issues were not such of fundamental nature to further clarify it that a two month timeline had been set for it We also agreed on the migration of doctors on GFMIS from some university teaching hospitals like University College Hospital Ibadan University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital which had recruited doctors on GFMIS and were unable to pay them when GFMIS was tampered with We can resume when we verify those people They can be there until the recruitment is perfected in order to migrate them to IPPIS In this wise the Head of Service has granted waiver and revalidation of old waiver for University of Port Harcourt and waivers for University College Ibadan and Calabar But this is not without reprimand for CMDs who have flouted government regulations by recruiting people into the service without fulfilling the requirements of circular on this he said On hazard allowances for doctors in government hospitals that did not benefit from that 2020 payment Ngige said that the Federal Ministry of Health has compiled a list and that the list would be forwarded back again to the Federal Ministry of Fice for processing He noted that for doctors in university clinics and the rest of them we said they should route their own through the Federal Ministry of Education their parent Ministry and Employer On the controversial issue of NSIWC circular removing doctors in academia from CONMESS and also doctors who are doubling as honorary consultants lecturers from CONMESS to CONUAS we have even before their request treated one leg of it by obeying the court s order already gotten by them In the spirit of dialogue we said further discussions should continue with NSIWC NMA has undertaken that they should tell the two members and their association to do an out of court settlement by withdrawing the matter from the industrial court until we finish the negotiation We gave a time for negotiation We have empanelled a committee with NMA leading including NSIWC Federal Ministry of Health Federal Ministry of labour and others in the team The first inaugural meeting is Tuesday Aug 31 we are hopeful that this meeting will give us suggestion on how to resolve the matter he said Ngige also said on the issues relating to states there was no way the federal government would start pulling the states on the issue of domestication of Medical Residency Training Programme by their various Houses of Assembly and government and issue of Medical Training Residency Fund According to him the issue of Non payment of COVID 19 allowances by some state governments and consequential minimum wage adjustments is also being considered We have before now made contact with the Governors Forum on these matters and the onus is now on us as the Ministry of Labour to talk to the Governors Forum and impress on them on the need for this to be done The Medical Residency Training and accompanying Fund is already in the Act which the Federal Government has signed We will impress it on them as part of strengthening the health system so that we are not starved of specialist doctors There is an urgent need for them to adopt that This will also help us to stem the issue of brain drain The Federal Government cannot employ everybody We want state governments to pay more attention to secondary and tertiary health he said Source NAN
    Doctors’ Strike: FG sets Aug. 23 to commence MoU with NMA
    General news1 year ago

    Doctors’ Strike: FG sets Aug. 23 to commence MoU with NMA

     

    By Joan Nwagwu

    The Federal Government says it will begin implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Monday (Aug. 23) to end the indefinite strike by Resident Doctors across the country.

    The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said this while addressing newsmen before a closed door meeting with NMA and other relevant stakeholders on Saturday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was summoned at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari, aimed at resolving the doctors’ strike that started at about 2 p.m on Friday, but adjourned in the early hours of Saturday before reconvening in the afternoon.

    It would be recalled that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had embarked on an indefinite strike on Aug. 1 to press home its demands.

    According to Ngige, both parties have reached agreements the previous night on all the 12 disputed issues and that implementation will start from the next working day (Monday).

    On the issue of non-payment of some house officers, he said that NARD was expected to submit the list of the affected 114 officers for further verification.

    He added that on completion of confirmation of its genuineness and their IPPIS particulars and that their BVNs were in order, they would be paid in September with the outstanding arrears.

    Ngigi said an agreement was reached on the Residency Training Fund outstanding for 2020 and 2021, after the Budget Office had explained that N617,429,121 was the outstanding to be paid in the 2020.

    According to him, there are reconciliations to be done here because the 2020 was done with some errors.

    ”Some people who are not supposed to benefit from the fund got money and because of that the number of genuine people that were not paid also came to that quantum of persons.

    “So, reconciliation is being done and some monies are being returned. We have given a timeline for this reconciliation to be done and for the 2021, the money approved by government is N4.802 billion.

    ”This money, like I said earlier, was contained in the 2021 Supplementary Budget, which the President signed on the eve of his departure to UK for the meeting and medical check-up.

    “So, between that time and now, it became a money law. The funds have now been sourced and it has gotten from the CBN to the Budget Office where we expect it to be processed in one week as undertaken by the Government side,” he explained.

    Ngige added that the meeting agreed that by Aug.27, residents in institutions would have started getting their money, with each receiving about N542,000.

    He noted that the issue of consequential adjustment on National Minimum Wage cuts across the health and educational sectors, which were both affected by the projection of N160 billion done in 2019, but which fell short of the people that were to benefit from this.

    “The meeting agreed that we need to let this matter. Therefore, the Budget Office of the Federation should start from the 2021 service vote to start paying. And if we have any leftovers, we roll it into the 2022.

    “Coming to hazard allowance, everybody agreed that the discussion is still ongoing and therefore government wants to finish it up.

    ”We agreed with NMA position to us that they don’t want to discuss holistically anymore as an association and that they have their own peculiarities that are not same with other health workers.

    “We are going to do two meetings, one for NMA and affiliates and one for JOHESU. But we are taking the meetings concurrently so that we don’t run into troubled quarters. We are starting next week,” he said.

    Ngige said the meeting equally noted that the non-payment of skipping allowance cuts across the entire health sector and therefore agreed that it was going to be handled holistically, while awaiting the court’s judgment on the matter.

    He said the NMA had been directed to submit a written position on the controversial withdrawing NYSC doctors and house officers from the scheme of service to point out the anomaly in the circular.

    He also said this would be for onward transmission to the Head of Service of the Federation, who would look at the inputs given by NMA to the circular and process it to either the Council of Establishment or handle it administratively.

    He however said that if the issues were not such of fundamental nature to further clarify it, that a two-month timeline had been set for it.

    “We also agreed on the migration of doctors on GFMIS from some university teaching hospitals, like University College Hospital Ibadan, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, which had recruited doctors on GFMIS and were unable to pay them when GFMIS was tampered with.

    “We can resume when we verify those people. They can be there until the recruitment is perfected in order to migrate them to IPPIS.

    ”In this wise, the Head of Service has granted waiver and revalidation of old waiver for University of Port Harcourt and waivers for University College Ibadan and Calabar.

    ”But this is not without reprimand for CMDs who have flouted government regulations by recruiting people into the service without fulfilling the requirements of circular on this,” he said.

    On hazard allowances for doctors in government hospitals that did not benefit from that 2020 payment, Ngige said that the Federal Ministry of Health has compiled a list and that the list would be forwarded back again to the Federal Ministry of Fice for processing.

    He noted that for doctors in university clinics and the rest of them, “we said they should route their own through the Federal Ministry of Education, their parent Ministry and Employer.

    “On the controversial issue of NSIWC circular, removing doctors in academia from CONMESS and also doctors who are doubling as honorary consultants/lecturers from CONMESS to CONUAS, we have even before their request treated one leg of it by obeying the court’s  order already gotten by them.

    ”In the spirit of dialogue, we said further discussions should continue with NSIWC.

    “NMA has undertaken that they should tell the two members and their association to do an out-of-court settlement by withdrawing the matter from the industrial court until we finish the negotiation. We gave a time for negotiation.

    ”We have empanelled a committee with NMA leading including NSIWC, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of labour and others in the team.

    ”The first inaugural meeting is Tuesday (Aug. 31); we are hopeful that this meeting will give us suggestion on how to resolve the matter,” he said.

    Ngige also said on the issues relating to states, there was no way the federal government would start pulling the states on the issue of domestication of Medical Residency Training Programme by their various Houses of Assembly and government and issue of Medical Training Residency Fund.

    According to him, the issue of Non-payment of COVID-19 allowances by some state governments and consequential minimum wage adjustments is also being considered.

    “We have before now made contact with the Governors’ Forum on these matters and the onus is now on us as the Ministry of Labour to talk to the Governors’ Forum and impress on them on the need for this to be done.

    ”The Medical Residency Training and accompanying Fund is already in the Act which the Federal Government has signed.

    “We will impress it on them as part of strengthening the health system so that we are not starved of specialist doctors.

    ”There is an urgent need for them to adopt that. This will also help us to stem the issue of brain drain. The Federal Government cannot employ everybody.

    ”We want state governments to pay more attention to secondary and tertiary health,” he said.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Funmilayo Adeyemi President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re appointment of Prof Ishaq Oloyede as Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB for another five years Buhari also approved the reappointment of the Executive Secretary National Universities Commission NUC Prof Adamu Rasheed for another five years tenure The approval is contained in a statement by Mr Ben Goong Director Press and Public Affairs Federal Ministry of Education and made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja According to the statement the re appointment takes effect on Aug 1 It also noted that the Chief Executive Officer National Mathematical Center Prof Promise Mebine was also reappointment for another five years The statement further said that Dr Hamid Bobboyi Executive Secretary Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC alongside Prof Josiah Ajiboye Registrar Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN were also reappointed for another four years It added that the president had earlier approved the reappointed of Prof Ifeoma Isiugo Abanihe Registrar National Business and Technical Examination Board NABTEB for a second term of four years The statement added that her reappointment was to sustain the efforts at sensitising Nigerians on the critical role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training TVET and business subjects in the new knowledge economy Source NAN
    President Buhari reappoints JAMB registrar
      By Funmilayo Adeyemi President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re appointment of Prof Ishaq Oloyede as Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB for another five years Buhari also approved the reappointment of the Executive Secretary National Universities Commission NUC Prof Adamu Rasheed for another five years tenure The approval is contained in a statement by Mr Ben Goong Director Press and Public Affairs Federal Ministry of Education and made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja According to the statement the re appointment takes effect on Aug 1 It also noted that the Chief Executive Officer National Mathematical Center Prof Promise Mebine was also reappointment for another five years The statement further said that Dr Hamid Bobboyi Executive Secretary Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC alongside Prof Josiah Ajiboye Registrar Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN were also reappointed for another four years It added that the president had earlier approved the reappointed of Prof Ifeoma Isiugo Abanihe Registrar National Business and Technical Examination Board NABTEB for a second term of four years The statement added that her reappointment was to sustain the efforts at sensitising Nigerians on the critical role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training TVET and business subjects in the new knowledge economy Source NAN
    President Buhari reappoints JAMB registrar
    Education1 year ago

    President Buhari reappoints JAMB registrar

    By Funmilayo Adeyemi

    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Prof. Ishaq Oloyede as  Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)  for another five years.

    Buhari also approved the reappointment of the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) Prof. Adamu Rasheed, for another five years tenure.

    The approval is contained in a statement  by Mr Ben Goong, Director, Press and Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Education and made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja.

    According to the statement, the re-appointment takes effect on Aug. 1.

    It also noted that the Chief Executive Officer, National Mathematical Center, Prof. Promise Mebine, was also reappointment for another five years.

    The statement further said that Dr Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) alongside Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, (TRCN) were also reappointed for another four years.

    It added that the president had earlier approved the reappointed of  Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, Registrar,  National Business and Technical Examination Board, (NABTEB) for a second term of four years.

    The statement added that her reappointment was  to sustain the efforts at sensitising Nigerians on the critical role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)  and business subjects in the new knowledge economy.

    Source: NAN

  •  By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu Lagos Aug 7 2021 NAN Prof Uchenna Udeani Director Distance Learning Institute DLI University of Lagos says Open and Distance mode of education is currently the most sought after in the face of the ravaging Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic Udeani told the News Agency of Nigeria NAN on Friday in Lagos that the development was contrary to past perceptions that the mode was inferior to the face to face teaching method According to her this public perception is part of the issues that will be discussed at the institution s International Colloquium scheduled for Sept 16 in Lagos The theme of the colloquium is Recalibrating Open Distance Education and E Learning for Resilient and Inclusive Education One of the most disturbing challenges we have been facing concerning this mode of learning is that of public perception The public perception is that this mode of learning is lower and an inferior brand of education which is totally wrong and far from it In the first place you chose to live around the school or check into a boarding facility and be in class physically for the conventional face to face because you have the time But because of another person s peculiar circumstance the person missed out at that time he or she could have been in school physically too either because she got married or as a result of lack of funds amongst others nbsp The person has bounced back to now pursue his or her education through the Open and Distance mode and then the public now calls it all sorts of names ranging from second chance education to inferior education and a lot more I have been inundated with questions on a daily basis on how the physical mode of education could be compared to that of Open and Distance mode of learning nbsp My response has always been in the affirmative I have told them that the COVID 19 has brought to the fore the inadequacies that abound in the country s institutions of higher learning especially in the area of infrastructure nbsp Udeani a professor of science education stated that it was against this backdrop that the institute was bringing scholars and experts together to share knowledge and come up with solutions to some of the challenges facing Open and Distance Education nbsp So far we have concluded arrangements for this much expected international colloquium with experts drawn from all over the world and within As we speak we already have about 250 participants both virtual and physical nbsp The theme captures two issues global development and the COVID 19 pandemic nbsp These two developments have changed the landscape of higher education institutions in the last one and half years As you may already know we are all used to the face to face type of instruction nbsp All of us would have gone through this without going through our education on line and that has continued For instance we have Learning Management System in this university but it was hardly put to maximum use nbsp It was only used by this institute and then the pandemic came with no prescription to migrate the distance learning mode which is virtual or online and that is one landscape that changed she said nbsp The UNILAG DLI director added that institutions of higher learning were then forced to embrace online teaching and learning method which proved to be quite challenging as most of the institutions lacked the facilities to achieve that nbsp Udeani however added that because of the attendant lockdown and the inability to move around occassioned by the COVID 19 pandemic online education became the only way to push the frontiers of learning forward nbsp According to her the other landscape that changed learning is that of accessibility It brought to the fore efforts made in getting the population to accept the mode of learning and how opportunities to change careers that will come through education manifest nbsp Therefore with the importance and leverage that we have given to Open and Distance Education people have seen that they can access learning without being physically in the classroom nbsp They can access it from anywhere even as they are working So the impetus of the Open Distance Education has widened access of online learning and this has already created so much awareness on that nbsp That is why we are looking at this colloquium as a meeting point for experts both local and international nbsp They will be dissecting open distance learning to make it more inclusive make it more resilient to withstand disruptions that could be occassioned by work conflict or another pandemic she stated nbsp Udeani stated that the colloquium was also expected to proffer solutions on how online access could be improved upon for quality service delivery as well as discover lapses in terms of skills and availability of digital tools nbsp She added that it would also seek to find out the level of availability of internal capacity as well as how much was needed externally nbsp We also expect to find out the level of instructional design lapses because digitalising learning entails a lot of things So this colloquium is going to show us alot of trends where we are now and looking into the future how prepared we are nbsp We should know that the future of online is here with us and the future is online How we go about our jobs to ensure that we are ready for may be another pandemic she said nbsp The DLI director lauded the contributions and support received so far from the Federal Ministry of Education and her women affairs counterpart other organizations corporate bodies and individuals for the successful hosting of the event nbsp May I also seize this opportunity to commend the Vice Chancellor of this university Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the university management for the tremendous support given to us for the successful hosting of the event come Sept 16 NAN reports that some of the key participants expected at the event include Prof Pat Utomi who is to serve as Chairman while Mrs Eugenia Abu is to serve as moderator Speakers and Discussants include Dr Neil Fassina President International Council for Distance Education Emeritus Prof Olu Jegede National Open University NOUN Abuja and Prof Moeketsi Letseka UNESCO Chair on Open Distance Learning University of South Africa Others are Prof Yemisi Obashoro John and Dr Akanimo Odon Africa Strategy Adviser Lancaster University Lancaster United Kingdom among others NAN
    COVID-19: Open Distance Learning most sought after – Director
     By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu Lagos Aug 7 2021 NAN Prof Uchenna Udeani Director Distance Learning Institute DLI University of Lagos says Open and Distance mode of education is currently the most sought after in the face of the ravaging Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic Udeani told the News Agency of Nigeria NAN on Friday in Lagos that the development was contrary to past perceptions that the mode was inferior to the face to face teaching method According to her this public perception is part of the issues that will be discussed at the institution s International Colloquium scheduled for Sept 16 in Lagos The theme of the colloquium is Recalibrating Open Distance Education and E Learning for Resilient and Inclusive Education One of the most disturbing challenges we have been facing concerning this mode of learning is that of public perception The public perception is that this mode of learning is lower and an inferior brand of education which is totally wrong and far from it In the first place you chose to live around the school or check into a boarding facility and be in class physically for the conventional face to face because you have the time But because of another person s peculiar circumstance the person missed out at that time he or she could have been in school physically too either because she got married or as a result of lack of funds amongst others nbsp The person has bounced back to now pursue his or her education through the Open and Distance mode and then the public now calls it all sorts of names ranging from second chance education to inferior education and a lot more I have been inundated with questions on a daily basis on how the physical mode of education could be compared to that of Open and Distance mode of learning nbsp My response has always been in the affirmative I have told them that the COVID 19 has brought to the fore the inadequacies that abound in the country s institutions of higher learning especially in the area of infrastructure nbsp Udeani a professor of science education stated that it was against this backdrop that the institute was bringing scholars and experts together to share knowledge and come up with solutions to some of the challenges facing Open and Distance Education nbsp So far we have concluded arrangements for this much expected international colloquium with experts drawn from all over the world and within As we speak we already have about 250 participants both virtual and physical nbsp The theme captures two issues global development and the COVID 19 pandemic nbsp These two developments have changed the landscape of higher education institutions in the last one and half years As you may already know we are all used to the face to face type of instruction nbsp All of us would have gone through this without going through our education on line and that has continued For instance we have Learning Management System in this university but it was hardly put to maximum use nbsp It was only used by this institute and then the pandemic came with no prescription to migrate the distance learning mode which is virtual or online and that is one landscape that changed she said nbsp The UNILAG DLI director added that institutions of higher learning were then forced to embrace online teaching and learning method which proved to be quite challenging as most of the institutions lacked the facilities to achieve that nbsp Udeani however added that because of the attendant lockdown and the inability to move around occassioned by the COVID 19 pandemic online education became the only way to push the frontiers of learning forward nbsp According to her the other landscape that changed learning is that of accessibility It brought to the fore efforts made in getting the population to accept the mode of learning and how opportunities to change careers that will come through education manifest nbsp Therefore with the importance and leverage that we have given to Open and Distance Education people have seen that they can access learning without being physically in the classroom nbsp They can access it from anywhere even as they are working So the impetus of the Open Distance Education has widened access of online learning and this has already created so much awareness on that nbsp That is why we are looking at this colloquium as a meeting point for experts both local and international nbsp They will be dissecting open distance learning to make it more inclusive make it more resilient to withstand disruptions that could be occassioned by work conflict or another pandemic she stated nbsp Udeani stated that the colloquium was also expected to proffer solutions on how online access could be improved upon for quality service delivery as well as discover lapses in terms of skills and availability of digital tools nbsp She added that it would also seek to find out the level of availability of internal capacity as well as how much was needed externally nbsp We also expect to find out the level of instructional design lapses because digitalising learning entails a lot of things So this colloquium is going to show us alot of trends where we are now and looking into the future how prepared we are nbsp We should know that the future of online is here with us and the future is online How we go about our jobs to ensure that we are ready for may be another pandemic she said nbsp The DLI director lauded the contributions and support received so far from the Federal Ministry of Education and her women affairs counterpart other organizations corporate bodies and individuals for the successful hosting of the event nbsp May I also seize this opportunity to commend the Vice Chancellor of this university Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the university management for the tremendous support given to us for the successful hosting of the event come Sept 16 NAN reports that some of the key participants expected at the event include Prof Pat Utomi who is to serve as Chairman while Mrs Eugenia Abu is to serve as moderator Speakers and Discussants include Dr Neil Fassina President International Council for Distance Education Emeritus Prof Olu Jegede National Open University NOUN Abuja and Prof Moeketsi Letseka UNESCO Chair on Open Distance Learning University of South Africa Others are Prof Yemisi Obashoro John and Dr Akanimo Odon Africa Strategy Adviser Lancaster University Lancaster United Kingdom among others NAN
    COVID-19: Open Distance Learning most sought after – Director
    Education1 year ago

    COVID-19: Open Distance Learning most sought after – Director

    By Millicent IfeanyichukwuLagos, Aug. 7, 2021 (NAN) Prof. Uchenna Udeani, Director, Distance Learning Institute (DLI), University of Lagos, says Open and Distance mode of education is currently the most sought after, in the face of the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Udeani told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos that the development was contrary to past perceptions that the mode was inferior to the ‘face-to-face’ teaching method.According to her, this public perception is part of the issues that will be discussed at the institution’s International Colloquium scheduled for Sept. 16 in Lagos.The theme of the colloquium is: Recalibrating Open Distance Education and E-Learning for Resilient and Inclusive Education.”One of the most disturbing challenges we have been facing concerning this mode of learning is that of public perception.”The public perception is that this mode of learning is lower and an inferior brand of education, which is totally wrong and far from it.”In the first place, you chose to live around the school or check into a boarding facility and be in class physically for the conventional ‘face-to-face’ because you have the time.”But, because of another person’s peculiar circumstance, the person missed out at that time he or she could have been in school physically too, either because she got married or as a result of lack of funds amongst others. ”The person has bounced back to now pursue his or her education through the Open and Distance mode and then the public now calls it all sorts of names, ranging from second-chance education to inferior education and a lot more.“I have been inundated with questions on a daily basis on how the physical mode of education could be compared to that of Open and Distance mode of learning. “My response has always been in the affirmative. I have told them that the COVID-19 has brought to the fore, the inadequacies that abound in the country’s institutions of higher learning, especially in the area of infrastructure.” Udeani, a professor of science education, stated that it was against this backdrop that the institute was bringing scholars and experts together, to share knowledge and come up with solutions to some of the challenges facing Open and Distance Education. ”So far, we have concluded arrangements for this much expected international colloquium with experts drawn from all over the world and within. As we speak, we already have about 250 participants, both virtual and physical. ”The theme captures two issues – global development and the COVID-19 pandemic. ”These two developments have changed the landscape of higher education institutions in the last one and half years. As you may already know, we are all used to the face-to-face type of instruction. ”All of us would have gone through this without going through our education on line and that has continued. For instance, we have Learning Management System in this university but it was hardly put to maximum use. ”It was only used by this institute and then the pandemic came, with no prescription to migrate the distance learning mode, which is virtual or online, and that is one landscape that changed,” she said. The UNILAG DLI director added that institutions of higher learning were then forced to embrace online teaching and learning method, which proved to be quite challenging, as most of the institutions lacked the facilities to achieve that. Udeani, however, added that because of the attendant lockdown and the inability to move around occassioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, online education became the only way to push the frontiers of learning forward. According to her, the other landscape that changed learning is that of accessibility. It brought to the fore, efforts made in getting the population to accept the mode of learning and how opportunities to change careers that will come through education manifest. ”Therefore, with the importance and leverage that we have given to Open and Distance Education, people have seen that they can access learning without being physically in the classroom. ”They can access it from anywhere, even as they are working. So, the impetus of the Open Distance Education, has widened access of online learning and this has already created so much awareness on that. ”That is why we are looking at this colloquium as a meeting point for experts, both local and international. ”They will be dissecting open distance learning, to make it more inclusive, make it more resilient, to withstand disruptions that could be occassioned by work, conflict or another pandemic,” she stated. Udeani stated that the colloquium was also expected to proffer solutions on how online access could be improved upon, for quality service delivery, as well as discover lapses in terms of skills and availability of digital tools. She added that it would also seek to find out the level of availability of internal capacity, as well as how much was needed externally. ”We also expect to find out the level of instructional design lapses, because digitalising learning entails a lot of things. So, this colloquium is going to show us alot of trends; where we are now and looking into the future, how prepared we are. ”We should know that the future of online is here with us and the future is online. How we go about our jobs to ensure that we are ready for, may be, another pandemic,” she said. The DLI director lauded the contributions and support received so far from the Federal Ministry of Education and her women affairs counterpart, other organizations, corporate bodies, and individuals, for the successful hosting of the event. ”May I also seize this opportunity to commend the Vice-Chancellor of this university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, and the university management for the tremendous support given to us for the successful hosting of the event, come Sept. 16.NAN reports that some of the key participants expected at the event include Prof. Pat Utomi who is to serve as Chairman, while Mrs. Eugenia Abu is to serve as moderator.Speakers and Discussants include Dr. Neil Fassina, President, International Council for Distance Education, Emeritus Prof. Olu Jegede, National Open University (NOUN) Abuja, and Prof. Moeketsi Letseka, UNESCO Chair on Open Distance Learning, University of South Africa.Others are Prof. Yemisi Obashoro-John and Dr. Akanimo Odon, Africa Strategy Adviser, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom, among others. (NAN)

  •   By Ayinde Ola de The Union of Academic Staff of Polytechnics ASUP suspended its 65 day industrial strike from Thursday following an agreement reached between the union and the federal government This was announced Wednesday in a statement issued by Mr Abdullahi Yalwa National Secretary of Publicity of ASUP and made available to journalists in Bauchi According to the statement the suspension of the strike was for three months in order to allow the government to complete the implementation of the issues contained in the memorandum of action signed with the union Following an evaluation of the report indicating the progressive implementation of the elements contained in the memorandum of action signed between our union and the federal government the union decided to suspend its 65 day industrial action as of June 10 2021 The suspension is for a period of three months to allow the government to complete the execution of the elements contained in the protocol of action signed with the Union from April 27 2021 The ASUP scribe who revealed some demands had already been met by the federal government said the Union had considered appeals from government traditional rulers school board chairs Federal Polytechnics and members of the public among others who have shown interest in the matter As part of the efforts communicated by the Federal Ministry of Education certain elements have been carried out such as the reconstitution and inauguration of the boards of directors and the visiting panels of the federal polytechnics We are led to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalization and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed Other elements include the on going efforts to revise the polytechnic service regime and terms of service as well as the start of work to address CONTISS 15 migration backlog issues for lower management We also recognize the recent passage of the Bill for the Removal of the Dichotomy Against HND Holders in the Country In taking the decision to suspend the strike our union became aware of the appeals launched by the government venerated the traditional stools of the country the members of the National Assembly the presidents of the boards of directors of the federal polytechnics and even members of the public all of whom have shown varying interests in the matter he said The publicity secretary further explained that the union expected the suspension of the action to provide an environment for the government to fulfill other aspects of the memorandum NAA NAN
    ASUP suspends 65 days industrial action
      By Ayinde Ola de The Union of Academic Staff of Polytechnics ASUP suspended its 65 day industrial strike from Thursday following an agreement reached between the union and the federal government This was announced Wednesday in a statement issued by Mr Abdullahi Yalwa National Secretary of Publicity of ASUP and made available to journalists in Bauchi According to the statement the suspension of the strike was for three months in order to allow the government to complete the implementation of the issues contained in the memorandum of action signed with the union Following an evaluation of the report indicating the progressive implementation of the elements contained in the memorandum of action signed between our union and the federal government the union decided to suspend its 65 day industrial action as of June 10 2021 The suspension is for a period of three months to allow the government to complete the execution of the elements contained in the protocol of action signed with the Union from April 27 2021 The ASUP scribe who revealed some demands had already been met by the federal government said the Union had considered appeals from government traditional rulers school board chairs Federal Polytechnics and members of the public among others who have shown interest in the matter As part of the efforts communicated by the Federal Ministry of Education certain elements have been carried out such as the reconstitution and inauguration of the boards of directors and the visiting panels of the federal polytechnics We are led to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalization and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed Other elements include the on going efforts to revise the polytechnic service regime and terms of service as well as the start of work to address CONTISS 15 migration backlog issues for lower management We also recognize the recent passage of the Bill for the Removal of the Dichotomy Against HND Holders in the Country In taking the decision to suspend the strike our union became aware of the appeals launched by the government venerated the traditional stools of the country the members of the National Assembly the presidents of the boards of directors of the federal polytechnics and even members of the public all of whom have shown varying interests in the matter he said The publicity secretary further explained that the union expected the suspension of the action to provide an environment for the government to fulfill other aspects of the memorandum NAA NAN
    ASUP suspends 65 days industrial action
    Education1 year ago

    ASUP suspends 65 days industrial action

    By Ayinde Olaïde

    The Union of Academic Staff of Polytechnics (ASUP) suspended its 65-day industrial strike from Thursday, following an agreement reached between the union and the federal government.

    This was announced Wednesday in a statement issued by Mr. Abdullahi Yalwa, National Secretary of Publicity of ASUP and made available to journalists in Bauchi.

    According to the statement, “the suspension of the strike was for three months, in order to allow the government to complete the implementation of the issues contained in the memorandum of action signed with the union.

    “Following an evaluation of the report indicating the progressive implementation of the elements contained in the memorandum of action signed between our union and the federal government, the union decided to suspend its 65-day industrial action as of June 10, 2021.

    "The suspension is for a period of three months to allow the government to complete the execution of the elements contained in the protocol of action signed with the Union from April 27, 2021."

    The ASUP scribe, who revealed some demands had already been met by the federal government, said the Union had considered appeals from government, traditional rulers, school board chairs Federal Polytechnics and members of the public, among others, who have shown interest in the matter.

    “As part of the efforts communicated by the Federal Ministry of Education, certain elements have been carried out such as the reconstitution and inauguration of the boards of directors and the visiting panels of the federal polytechnics.

    “We are led to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalization and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed.

    “Other elements include the on-going efforts to revise the polytechnic service regime and terms of service, as well as the start of work to address CONTISS 15 migration backlog issues for lower management.

    “We also recognize the recent passage of the Bill for the Removal of the Dichotomy Against HND Holders in the Country.

    “In taking the decision to suspend the strike, our union became aware of the appeals launched by the government, venerated the traditional stools of the country, the members of the National Assembly, the presidents of the boards of directors of the federal polytechnics and even members of the public, all of whom have shown varying interests in the matter, ”he said.

    The publicity secretary further explained that the union expected the suspension of the action to provide an environment for the government to fulfill other aspects of the memorandum. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •   By Cecilia Ijuo The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education Mr Sony Echono has harped on the need for quality delivery in the education sector Echono gave the charge at the 2021 Batch A Professional Qualifying Examination for teachers organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN in Abuja on Saturday The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that TRCN conducted the examination for 17 141 candidates in 43 centres across the nation He said that the Federal Government in its effort to ensure an improved education system in the country had put modalities in place to ensure quality delivery He said that one of the modalities was ensuring that teacher sat for the professional qualifying examination before qualifying to teach With time if you do not have this certification you are not a teacher You do not have the right to practice We have commenced the process of enforcing and implementing the policy that only qualified teachers would be allowed to teach in our schools across the country We are starting with all the government schools then we move to private schools Right now we are discussing with state governments and school proprietors to ensure this is done This is because the single largest investment one can make for the future generation is ensuring that they get quality education he said He said that the introduction of technology in the sector particularly in the writing of the teachers qualifying examination had ensured an improved process The permanent secretary stressed that this year there is additional innovation in terms of Information Technology IT We now have an application where even the process of verification of identity is done electronically Our ultimate goal in education is to collaborate with relevant agencies We have been doing this with the Ministry of Communication and other agencies that require data We want a situation where from the point where a child registers in any primary school in this country up to death you have your record You can update it but you will not change your identity he said He added that the database of all qualified teachers had been compiled as part of efforts to ensure only qualified teachers were allowed to teach According to him there are qualified teachers that are not employed across the country adding that no state had an excuse to keep unqualified teachers in their schools in view of that Echono assured teachers of the government s commitment to ensuring better welfare for them He said one thing the Federal Government has done is to approve a new welfare package for teachers and this has been encouraging People now want to return to teaching because the remuneration will be higher than the civil service scale and a tenure longer than what the civil servant has We have commenced the implementation of this We are working closely with the Head of Service and the Salaries and Wages Commission in computing rural allowances science allowances hazard allowances and all of that This is to ensure that teachers get their reward on earth and not in the hereafter We are also working out modalities to ensure that teachers with special needs get required facilities to teach effectively Dr Jacinta Ametepe Ogboso Acting Director Certification and Licencing Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN said the process was seamless across the centres nationwide She said that TRCN conducted the examination for 17 141 candidates in 43 centres across the nation She added that of the 17 141 about 1 300 candidates wrote the examination in Abuja The examination went smoothly from all the centres thanks to the use of technology The technology is helping with accreditation online helping with crowd control and impersonation In terms of the number of registered candidates and performance there is much improvement It is a Computer Based Test CBT and when it was introduced there were challenges but today there is much improvement she said The acting director disclosed that the professional qualifying examination was always conducted in two or three batches adding that the next batch would likely be in October NAN NAN
    17, 000 teachers write qualifying examination nationwide
      By Cecilia Ijuo The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education Mr Sony Echono has harped on the need for quality delivery in the education sector Echono gave the charge at the 2021 Batch A Professional Qualifying Examination for teachers organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN in Abuja on Saturday The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that TRCN conducted the examination for 17 141 candidates in 43 centres across the nation He said that the Federal Government in its effort to ensure an improved education system in the country had put modalities in place to ensure quality delivery He said that one of the modalities was ensuring that teacher sat for the professional qualifying examination before qualifying to teach With time if you do not have this certification you are not a teacher You do not have the right to practice We have commenced the process of enforcing and implementing the policy that only qualified teachers would be allowed to teach in our schools across the country We are starting with all the government schools then we move to private schools Right now we are discussing with state governments and school proprietors to ensure this is done This is because the single largest investment one can make for the future generation is ensuring that they get quality education he said He said that the introduction of technology in the sector particularly in the writing of the teachers qualifying examination had ensured an improved process The permanent secretary stressed that this year there is additional innovation in terms of Information Technology IT We now have an application where even the process of verification of identity is done electronically Our ultimate goal in education is to collaborate with relevant agencies We have been doing this with the Ministry of Communication and other agencies that require data We want a situation where from the point where a child registers in any primary school in this country up to death you have your record You can update it but you will not change your identity he said He added that the database of all qualified teachers had been compiled as part of efforts to ensure only qualified teachers were allowed to teach According to him there are qualified teachers that are not employed across the country adding that no state had an excuse to keep unqualified teachers in their schools in view of that Echono assured teachers of the government s commitment to ensuring better welfare for them He said one thing the Federal Government has done is to approve a new welfare package for teachers and this has been encouraging People now want to return to teaching because the remuneration will be higher than the civil service scale and a tenure longer than what the civil servant has We have commenced the implementation of this We are working closely with the Head of Service and the Salaries and Wages Commission in computing rural allowances science allowances hazard allowances and all of that This is to ensure that teachers get their reward on earth and not in the hereafter We are also working out modalities to ensure that teachers with special needs get required facilities to teach effectively Dr Jacinta Ametepe Ogboso Acting Director Certification and Licencing Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN said the process was seamless across the centres nationwide She said that TRCN conducted the examination for 17 141 candidates in 43 centres across the nation She added that of the 17 141 about 1 300 candidates wrote the examination in Abuja The examination went smoothly from all the centres thanks to the use of technology The technology is helping with accreditation online helping with crowd control and impersonation In terms of the number of registered candidates and performance there is much improvement It is a Computer Based Test CBT and when it was introduced there were challenges but today there is much improvement she said The acting director disclosed that the professional qualifying examination was always conducted in two or three batches adding that the next batch would likely be in October NAN NAN
    17, 000 teachers write qualifying examination nationwide
    Education1 year ago

    17, 000 teachers write qualifying examination nationwide

    By Cecilia Ijuo

    The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sony Echono, has harped on the need for quality delivery in the education sector.

    Echono gave the charge at the 2021 Batch A Professional Qualifying Examination for teachers, organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) in Abuja on Saturday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that TRCN conducted the examination for 17, 141 candidates in 43 centres across the nation.

    He said that the Federal Government in its effort to ensure an improved education system in the country had put modalities in place to ensure quality delivery.

    He said that one of the modalities was ensuring that teacher sat for the professional qualifying examination before qualifying to teach.

    “With time, if you do not have this certification you are not a teacher. You do not have the right to practice.

    “We have commenced the process of enforcing and implementing the policy that only qualified teachers would be allowed to teach in our schools across the country.

    “We are starting with all the government schools then we move to private schools.

    “Right now we are discussing with state governments and school proprietors to ensure this is done.

    “This is because the single largest investment one can make for the future generation is ensuring that they get quality education,” he said.

    He said that the introduction of technology in the sector, particularly in the writing of the teachers’ qualifying examination had ensured an improved process.

    The permanent secretary stressed that, “this year there is additional innovation in terms of Information Technology (IT).

    “We now have an application where even the process of verification of identity is done electronically.

    “Our ultimate goal in education is to collaborate with relevant agencies.

    “We have been doing this with the Ministry of Communication and other agencies that require data.

    “We want a situation where from the point where a child registers in any primary school in this country up to death, you have your record.

    “You can update it but you will not change your identity,” he said

    He added that the database of all qualified teachers had been compiled as part of efforts to ensure only qualified teachers were allowed to teach.

    According to him, there are qualified teachers that are not employed across the country, adding that no state had an excuse to keep unqualified teachers in their schools in view of that.

    Echono assured teachers of the government’s commitment to ensuring better welfare for them.

    He said, “one thing the Federal Government has done is to approve a new welfare package for teachers and this has been encouraging.

    “People now want to return to teaching because the remuneration will be higher than the civil service scale and a tenure longer than what the civil servant has.

    “We have commenced the implementation of this.

    “We are working closely with the Head of Service and the Salaries and Wages Commission in computing rural allowances, science allowances, hazard allowances and all of that.

    “This is to ensure that teachers get their reward on earth and not in the hereafter.

    “We are also working out modalities to ensure that teachers with special needs get required facilities to teach effectively.”

    Dr Jacinta Ametepe Ogboso, Acting Director, Certification and Licencing, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria(TRCN), said the process was seamless across the centres nationwide.

    She said that TRCN conducted the examination for 17, 141 candidates in 43 centres across the nation.

    She added that of the 17,141, about 1, 300 candidates wrote the examination in Abuja.

    “The examination went smoothly from all the centres, thanks to the use of technology.

    “The technology is helping with accreditation online, helping with crowd control and impersonation.

    “In terms of the number of registered candidates and performance, there is much improvement.

    “It is a Computer Based Test(CBT) and when it was introduced there were challenges but today there is much improvement,” she said.

    The acting director disclosed that the professional qualifying examination was always conducted in two or three batches, adding that the next batch would likely be in October. (NAN)

    (NAN)

  •   By Ijeoma Olorunfemi Mr Kole Jagun has emerged the new President and Chairman in Council of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria CPN Mr Aderemi Awe Head Media and Publicity of CPN said this on Thursday in a statement in Abuja According to the election results released by Prof Abimbola Soriyan the Chairperson of the CPN Electoral Committee Jagun polled 270 votes representing 70 3 per cent of the total votes cast He defeated his contender Prof Afolayan Obiniyi who polled 110 votes in the online election Jagun a consummate IT practitioner and entrepreneur is the immediate past Vice President of CPN He is expected to saddle the leadership of the council for the next two years Dr Eyo Effiong the only candidate for the post of Vice President polled 341 votes to be returned unopposed The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the online election was meant to hold concurrently with the council s IT Assembly and Annual General Meeting on April 8 but had inconsistencies and shifted to May 6 NAN also reports that Prof Charles Uwadia is the immediate past President of CPN The council is primarily charged with the responsibility of building local Information Technology IT capacity as well as the regulation of IT practice in Nigeria and supervised by the Federal Ministry of Education NAN NAN
    Jagun emerges new president of computer professionals council
      By Ijeoma Olorunfemi Mr Kole Jagun has emerged the new President and Chairman in Council of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria CPN Mr Aderemi Awe Head Media and Publicity of CPN said this on Thursday in a statement in Abuja According to the election results released by Prof Abimbola Soriyan the Chairperson of the CPN Electoral Committee Jagun polled 270 votes representing 70 3 per cent of the total votes cast He defeated his contender Prof Afolayan Obiniyi who polled 110 votes in the online election Jagun a consummate IT practitioner and entrepreneur is the immediate past Vice President of CPN He is expected to saddle the leadership of the council for the next two years Dr Eyo Effiong the only candidate for the post of Vice President polled 341 votes to be returned unopposed The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the online election was meant to hold concurrently with the council s IT Assembly and Annual General Meeting on April 8 but had inconsistencies and shifted to May 6 NAN also reports that Prof Charles Uwadia is the immediate past President of CPN The council is primarily charged with the responsibility of building local Information Technology IT capacity as well as the regulation of IT practice in Nigeria and supervised by the Federal Ministry of Education NAN NAN
    Jagun emerges new president of computer professionals council
    General news1 year ago

    Jagun emerges new president of computer professionals council

    By Ijeoma Olorunfemi

    Mr Kole Jagun has emerged the new President and Chairman in Council of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN).

    Mr Aderemi Awe, Head, Media and Publicity of CPN said this on Thursday in a statement in Abuja.

    According to the election results released by Prof. Abimbola Soriyan, the Chairperson of the CPN Electoral Committee, Jagun polled 270 votes, representing 70.3 per cent of the total votes cast.

    He defeated his contender, Prof. Afolayan Obiniyi who polled 110 votes in the online election.

    Jagun ,a consummate IT practitioner and entrepreneur is the immediate past Vice President of CPN.

    He is expected to saddle the leadership of the council for the next two years.

    Dr Eyo Effiong, the only candidate for the post of Vice President, polled 341 votes to be returned unopposed.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the online election was meant to hold concurrently with the council’s IT Assembly and Annual General Meeting on April 8, but had inconsistencies and shifted to May 6.

    NAN also reports that Prof. Charles Uwadia is the immediate past President of CPN.

    The council is primarily charged with the responsibility of building local Information Technology (IT) capacity as well as the regulation of IT practice in Nigeria and supervised by the Federal Ministry of Education. (NAN)

    (NAN)