The Sokoto State House of Assembly has summoned the Chairman, Permanent Secretary and all Directors of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to appear before it on Oct. 15.
The affected officials are to give reasons for shunning the House Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, which was on oversight visit to the board on Tuesday.
The Committee Chairman, Buhari Haliru, gave the directive when he led members of the committee on an oversight visit to the board’s office in Sokoto.
According to him, the committee had notified the board in a letter dated Oct. 7, on its intention to undertake the oversight visit.
“But as you can see, we are here today and non of the officials is in the office as at 2:40 pm.
“The Assembly is really disappointed with the board’s attitude of denying the committee the chance to perform its constitutional responsibility.
“Therefore, the Chairman, Permanent Secretary and all Directors of SUBEB should unfailingly appear before the committee on October 15, by 10:00 am to explain their action,” he said.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Tuesday inaugurated community-driven N 19.3 million projects executed by the Ekiti State Community Development Agency (EKSCDA).
Fayemi, represented by the Speaker of the Ekiti House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye; at the event said that his administration would ensure that every school age children in Ekiti have access to basic education.
The governor also said that the projects that were inaugurated in Gboyin and Ekiti East Local Government Areas were to mark his two years in office.
The projects executed by the agency include: an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre at Kota-Ekiti worth N6.2 million and the Community Civic Centre valued N8.5 million respectively in Ekiti East Local Government Area.
Also the 12 lock-up shops, four toilets and a hand-dug well valued N4.6 million at Iluomoba-Ekiti in Gbonyin LGA.
The governor admonished the communities to ensure judicious use of the facilities.
The representative of EKSCDA, Dr Olusegun Ayeni, in his opening remarks said that the projects were community-driven development, in which the people chose that which would positively affect them directly.
Ayeni disclosed that the 10 per cent community contributions to each of the projects was their commitment to ownership of the projects.
Chief Gabriel Agboola, who spoke on behalf of the community, promised that they would ensure the protection and the maintenance of the facilities.
The projects include: the renovated three blocks of classrooms at Omuo Comprehensive High School, Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti East LGA, the renovated three blocks of classrooms at St John’s Anglican Nursery and Primary School, Iluomoba, in Gbonyin LGA.
Some of the dignitaries at the occasion include: the traditional rulers of Kota-Ekiti, Oba Ojo Fagbemi and that of Omuo-Ekiti, Oba Noah Omonigbehin.
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An NGO, Human Development Initiatives (HDI) on Saturday urged parents and guardians in Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos to ensure that their children and wards complete their basic education.
The NGO’s Senior Programme Officer, Ms. Bolanle Dare said at a Universal Basic Education Act 2004 sensitisation programme in Lagos, that children should be encouraged to complete their basic education.
According to Dare, parents should ensure that their children go to school and complete their education before engaging in any trade or vocations of their choices.
“Every child that has reached school age in your community has to go to school, parents should make sure that they feed their children well before going to school.
”All the necessary tools needed for such a child to take to school must be provided by the parent. Instead of borrowing to stage a party, that money should be channeled to the child’s education.
“Today, we are talking about compulsory basic education, which is free in Lagos State, though some people thought it is not totally free because there are still some expenses borne by the parents, such as bag, uniform, shoes.
“Government cannot do it alone.The State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Ministry of Education, and others are going to work together to make sure that free education works in Lagos,” she said.
Dare said that the NGO was in Ibeju Lekki communities to educate stakeholders on
SUBEB 2018 action plan and provide the participants adequate information on the plan.
She said the NGO would want people to help it monitor projects currently being handled by contractors in different primary schools, to prevent the use of substandard materials.
The NGO’s Project Manager, Mr Johnson Ibidapo said that the organisation had taught people on how to enroll their children in school as well as encourage their neighbors to do same.
Ibidapo said everybody must ensure that children of school age must be in school.
“Apart from raising their own children, they should also help to appeal to out -of -school children’s parents to make sure that the children are back to school.
“Stakeholders in the education sector are being encouraged to get involved in tracking and monitoring the basic educational projects in Lagos.
“Our goal is to ensure that basic education goods and services get delivered to the school, not just in the right quality, but also in the appropriate auditing of furniture delivered to schools.
“They should be able to ask contractors questions about the ongoing construction. We are training them to be bold,” he said.
Chief Muse Adele, the Baale of Oke Aje, Ogogoro in Ibeju-Lekki commended the NGO for the initiative , adding that the projects would increase the number of children returning to school in the state.
Adele urged the Lagos State Government to strengthen access to UBE in the state to encourage more pupils enrol in primary school.
Mr Afolorunsho Agbeni, a Community Development Committee official in the community, also appealed to the state government to provide more teachers in schools.
Agbeni noted that many primary schools in the area are currently in dire need of more teachers, as many school teachers had retired.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that primary schools head teachers, parents, community development committees in in Ibeju-Lekki, and education stakeholders in the SUBEB attended the programme.
Edited /Razak Owolabi
Atiku disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Yola that the fumigation was to make the schools safe for the children to learn in a conducive environment.
NAN reports that the Adamawa Government had announced Oct. 12 as resumption date for public and private schools across the state.
“We will commence the fumigation of all schools as soon as possible.
“This is to make sure all the tall grasses are cut to the barest minimum, and to make sure there are no snakes and pests around the school premises.
“Already, we are arranging how we are going to breach the gap we lost because of the COVID-19 lock down,” he said.
Atiku called on parents to contribute their own quota to the development of education, especially the observance of COVID-19 protocols at home as schools could not do it alone.
“The teachers is concerned with the pupils when they are in school, the moment the pupils leave school the responsibility goes in to the parents’ hands.
“So, you should be monitoring these pupils to make sure they are observing the COVID-19 protocols, if not they will carry the virus to the school and spread to other children,” the SUBEB chairman said.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, on Saturday inaugurated the planting of 10,100 trees in primary schools across the state, as part of efforts to tackle desertification.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the tree planting exercise, organised by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), was flagged off at Kuka Mairahu village in Talata-Mafara local government area of the state.
Matawalle represented by the State Commissioner of Education, Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi, commended SUBEB for encouraging tree planting in schools.
The governor said, “the importance of tree planting can never be underestimated, as it has numerous advantages to the environment.
“Even the current global challenges, especially global warming, flooding, erosion, desertification, among others were as a result of inadequate of trees.
“I commend the board for this exercise, we are going to encourage the board to plant more trees in our schools as well as other MDAs.
“The state government is making arrangements to initiate economic trees farming for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.
“We are going to initiate a special scheme of economic trees farming and add value to them in the state.
“The aim is to generate more employment and business opportunities to the people of the state,” Matawalle explained.
He called on people of the state to embrace the culture of maintaining trees as they have greater impact in future.
In his remark, the Emir of Talata Mafara, Alhaji Bello Barmo, lauded the government for giving priority to tree planting and assured of the support and cooperation of his emirate to the programme.
“This is a welcome development considering its impact on the society, we are calling on our people to give all necessary support to the programme”, the Emir said.
He cautioned people of the state to avoid indescriminate felling of trees.
Earlier, the SUBEB Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Maradun, said the tree planting exercise was initiated by School Based Management Committe (SBMC) in the state, but considering its importance, the board took over the programme.
“I commend the SBMC for its supportive activities to the education sector of the state, I am appealing to people of the state to embark on tree planting.
“You know that tree planting is one of good deed encouraged by Islam, we are giving priority to this programme to reduce various environmental challenges in our schools and communities,”Maradun said.
According to him, 10,100 trees are expected to be planted under the programme, out of which 1,000 trees would be planted in Talata-Mafara LGA.
He added that 700 trees to be planted in each of the remaining 13 LGAs of the state.
“We are going to take adequate measures of maintaining the trees, we want all our schools to be surrounded with trees,” he added.
The SUBEB chairman urged schools management committees, staff, students and the entire people of the state to help nurture the trees to maturity.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/ Maharazu Ahmed
The Plateau Government has revoked its contract with P.W. Nigeria Ltd., for the construction of three roads in Shendam, Mangu and Riyom local government areas of the state.
The State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr Dan Manjang, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting on Wednesday, at Government House, Jos.
Manjang said the termination of the contract was at the request of the construction company, which was burdened with the execution of the projects.
“Council approved the cancellation of 3 No. projects awarded to PW. These roads are the Shinkwan- Tunkus Shendam Bye pass road, Mangu Bye pass and Tahos Ganawuri Section one.
“The total sum of the project was N617,963,216 and what that means is that the state is supposed to recover that amount from PW.
“The cancellation was done at the instance of PW and council has mandated the State Ministry of Works to set machinery to re-award contracts for the roads,” he said.
He also said that the council had approved the supply of 5,250 metric tonnes of assorted fertilisers to various contractors and also the supply of assorted seeds and growth boosters, to boost agriculture in the state.
He further said that in addition to the supply of fertilisers, four constituencies of Qu’anPan North and South, Barkin-ladi and Mikang would be supplied fertilisers to execute their constituency projects .
“Four constituencies have supply of fertilisers as their projects, we are supplying Qu’anPan North with NPK 42.37 metric tonnes and Urea 35.71 meric tonnes,”he said.
He said Qu’anPan South and Barkin-ladi would also have the same amount of supply, except Mikang which would have NPK 39.55 metric tonnes and Urea 32.3 tonnes.
According to Manjang, the council also approved the printing of 40,000 booklets each of vehicle licence and certificate of road worthiness and 20, 000 booklets of general receipts which when produced, would check forgery.
Manjang said the State Government would scale down some of Lalong’s legacy projects by 50 per cent, in view of the paucity of resources, saying only critical areas would be considered.
He said the state government had approved the request to obtain bank facility for counterpart funding for projects at the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy.
In further explanation to the bank facility, the State Commissioner for finance, Dr Regina Soemlat, said a N100 million bank facility was required to finance the projects.
Soemlat said the gesture would enable the ministry of water resources to implement the Partnership for Expanded Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project of the Federal Government to facilitate water supply in rural areas.
Speaking also at the briefing, the Commissioner of Water Resources and Energy, Mr Sa’ad Bello, said four local government areas would benefit from the project of water supply to rural areas.
To benefit from the project, Bello said, a matching grant was required by the state government to finance it, saying the federal government had already awarded contract to facilitate water supply in Kanke and Langtang North, while the state government would finance Jos East and Wase local government areas.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Abdullahi Yusuf
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Electoral Panel for the party primaries for Cross River North Senatorial District by-election on Monday submitted its report to the party leadership in Abuja.
Chairman of the panel, Taleb Tebite, led two other members of the panel to PDP National Secretariat in Abuja to make the submission.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after the submission, Tebite described the primaries that produced Dr Stephen Odey as winner as transplant and peaceful.
“It was one of the most transparent elections I have ever seen.”
Tebite appreciated the PDP leadership for choosing members of the panel to serve and ensuring that everything was done peacefully.
He advised Odey, who was a former Chairman of Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to reconcile with aggrieved aspirants and those not in his support.
Asked on his reaction to the reported parallel primary held in the state on the same day by an aspirant of the party, Tebite said he was not aware of such.
“I do not know about any parallel election. I do not know the candidate you are talking about.
“About how aspirants were cleared for the election on the day of the election, Jarigbe Agom, Stephen Odey, Mary Iji were present,” Tebite said.
He added that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), officials monitored the primaries.
The Electoral Panel Secretary, Mr Chuks Akwiti, told newsmen that the primarprimaries was conducted in full compliance with the PDP Constitution, the Electoral Act, the Nigeria Constitution and the Coronavirus (COVID-19), protocol.
Akwiti said that there were evidences that the exercise followed due process and was monitored by INEC representatives and agents of the aspirants.
He called on the winner of the primary, other aspirants and all supporters to work together for the success of the PDP on Oct. 31.
“We call on our party faithful in Cross River to join hands with the winner of the primaries for the success of our party in the election,” Akwiti said.
The incoming chairman of PDP Cross River, Chief Alphonsus Eba, said he had begun reconciliation work to ensure that the party goes into the poll in unity.
Eba, who was former Director-General, Due Process, Cross River State, urged aggrieved members to employ internal mechanism to address their concerns.
Eba also enjoined them to trust the leadership of the party and Gov. Ben Ayade for purposeful direction.
“We will all work as a party because PDP is one party and we know how to manage crisis. We will manage the crisis.
At the primaries, Odey scored 450 votes to defeat his closest rival and member representing Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Jarigbe Agom, who polled 90 votes.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Donald Ugwu
Ahead of reopening of schools on Sept. 21, Kebbi Government on Wednesday flagged off the distribution of COVID-19 protection items to over 2,000 public schools in the state.
Alhaji Muhammadu Magawata-Aliero, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education who flagged off the distribution in Birnin Kebbi, said the items will be distributed to 1, 901 primary schools and 107 Junior Secondary Schools.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items being distributed included sanitisers, liquid soap, face masks and hand washing facilities.
The commissioner said the gesture was meant to ensure that children and their teachers were protected from the dreaded virus.
Magawata-Aliero appreciated the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) which facilitated the procurement of the materials.
He charged the beneficiaries to ensure effective and proper utilisation of the materials, adding that it was key to continuous protection from the disease.
The commissioner appreciated the state governor, education secretaries and teachers for their dedication and commitment to the education sector.
“I want to reecho that you cannot find any better place in Kebbi State where people are serious with their work than education, specifically teachers,” he added.
The commissioner explained that the government was proposing to reopen schools by September 21, as earlier agreed by all commissioners of education in the country.
The Acting Executive Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hajiya Fatima Udulu said the distribution of the materials was to mitigate the spread of coronavirus among students and teachers.
“It is in line with this, that the Kebbi SUBEB in collaboration with UBEC, Abuja procured hand sanitisers, liquid soap, face masks and hand washing facilities to be distributed to schools across the state.
“This is in attempt to ensure that COVID-19 protocols such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks, regular washing of hands with soap or sanitisers are observed in all our schools,” she said.
“Everything must be put in place to ensure that we are protected and the young ones are also protected, because they are the future of the country.
“We cannot continue to keep our schools closed. As we witness gradual relaxing of the lockdown, eventually, we have to learn to live with COVID-19 because nobody is certain of the time it will be over,” he added.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
The Kebbi Government has begun training of 2,212 public primary and secondary school teachers on COVID-19 protocols, following the reopening of schools for exiting students in the state.
The Executive Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hajiya Fatima Abubakar-Udulu, flagged off the training in Birnin Kebbi with 15 master trainers.
She said that the 15 master trainers would be trained so as to subsequently train the targeted teachers.
She said that 1,901 head teachers, 112 junior secondary schools’ principals, 115 teachers and 84 supervisors would be trained for seven days.
Abubakar-Udulu said that the training was organised in collaboration with the State Task Torce on COVID-19 Control.
She added that the training was made possible owing to the financial support secured from the Federal Government.
“To ensure absolute safety control measures for our students and teachers against COVID-19 pandemic, SUBEB in collaboration with the state Task Force on COVID-19 Control is giving training to 1,901 head teachers, 112 JSS principals, 115 teachers and 84 supervisors,” she said.
The Chairman of the task force, Alhaji Jafar Mohammed, said the training was aimed at enforcing the safety guidelines for the control of COVID-19 pandemic among the pupils, students and teachers while in school.
Mohammed who is the state Commissioner for Heath, said: “The safety guidelines of 20 students per classroom must be strictly adhered to.
“It is only the exiting students that are in the schools; so there are sufficient classrooms for such safety measures,” he said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
2020) Mr Sunny Ogwu, Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says contractors handling various classrooms projects to deliver within 90 days.
Ogwu, in a statement on Friday in Asaba, said the projects were under the 2019 Universal Basic Education Commission and the State Universal Basic Education Board’s intervention projects.
He spoke after an inspection tour of some of the projects sites mainly construction, reconstruction and renovation of classroom blocks in Delta North Senatorial District.
The chairman also commended the contractors for not only using standard quality materials as specified in the Bill of Quantity (BoQ), and expressed satisfaction at the pace of work.
According to him, with the level of work already done so far by the contractors, some of the classrooms projects would be ready within the next two weeks, urging others to redouble their efforts.
“Delta Government will continue to place high premium on education and not relent in providing critical infrastructure to promote sound and quality education in the state,’’ he said.
Ogwu, while reiterating the board’s resolve in the use of standard and quality materials in executing all the projects, said that Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration was committed to securing the future of children and youths in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that project sites visited were Anwai Primary School, where they inspected a three-classroom block under construction and Okwe Primary School with a six-classroom block under renovation, all in Oshimili South Local Government Area.
Others included: Umegbali Primary School, Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area with a-three classroom block under construction and renovation work of a four-block of classroom at Onihe Primary School, Ogwashi-uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)