The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has provided classrooms and toilet facilities to about 20,000 children across six local government areas in Borno state.
The local government areas are Gwoza, Hawul, Mobbar, Monguno, Jere and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council.
The project which is funded by the European Union and Implemented by UNICEF through state and local partnerswill provide immediate relief to children in some of the most hard-to-reach areas in the state.
In a statement, UNICEF says it has handed over 116 newly constructed and renovated classrooms as well as 53 latrines to the Borno State Universal Basic Education Board.
According to the statement, the facilities will support girls’ education, reduce classroom congestion, and improve access and retention of conflict-affected children in school.
It adds that since 2009, over 1,400 schools have been destroyed and 2,295 teachers killed across the North-East in protracted conflict.
Attacks by armed groups on education and school facilities, the influx of internally displaced families into metropolitan cities and population growth have also stretched existing school structures to the limit, creating challenges of access, retention, and school completion.
The Head of Health, Nutrition, Resilience and Human Development at the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms Montse Pantaleoni, lauded the initiative and said the EU and its member states are committed to supporting the government of Nigeria in the area of education, including the strengthening of Education Management Information System for longer term benefits in the sector.
“Education is a fundamental human right and investing in people is the most important investment any government could make for its citizens. Getting a number of out-of-school children back to school, and especially keeping the girls longer in school will contribute to better parenthood and reduce the effects of poverty that fuels protracted insurgency,’’ said Montse Pantaleoni.
The projects are components of a three-year €10 million European Union Support to Early Recovery and Resilience package to UNICEF to support children, youths, and communities in Borno State.
Niger State reaffirms support for education
Niger State Government in North-Central Nigeria has reaffirmed its continued commitment to accord priority attention to the education sector in the State.
The Niger State Governor in a statement by Lawal Tanko, an information officer, mentioned this during the commissioning of the 1000-capacity Multi-Purpose Conference Hall constructed by the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT, Niger State wing at Chanchaga, in Minna the Capital.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane further stated that education remains the greatest source of empowerment in the world.
“Therefore the present administration is leaving no stone unturned in giving the sector the desired support and assistance”, he added.
He expressed appreciation and understanding to not only the matured but also the civilized manner the leadership of the union is handling Teachers’ welfare, adding that it is always impressive to see an organized body such as the NUT, avail itself of democratic norms and principles.
The Governor however, stressed that the 1000-capacity Multi-Purpose Conference Hall, built by the NUT is a remarkable achievement worthy of commendation.
Voice of Nigeria holds Annual Secondary School French Drama Competition
Voice of Nigeria held it’s Annual Secondary School National French Drama Competition in Abuja.
The competition which held on the 29th of June, 2021 took place at the National Press Centre, Radio House, Abuja.
The event kicked off with the introduction of dignitaries and schools present followed by a stellar opening performance by students of Cor Mariae Boys Secondary School.
Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director- General, Voice of Nigeria in his opening speech thanked everyone who made it to the event noting that the Covid-19 pandemic was the reason it couldn’t hold last year.
He applauded the pioneers of the event and encouraged the students.
“Our goal is to champion the speaking of French in Nigeria and expand the linguistic frontiers of our students because the more flexible they are, they better for us Nigerians because the world is now a global village” he said.
“Knowledge is one of the fulcrum of any advancement any country hopes to achieve” he added.
There were goodwill messages from the representatives of the French and Burkinabe embassies.
The French Embassy representative, Mr Benoit Billy who spoke in French and later English language said he was impressed with the organisers of the event. “I hope next year we can work together to organise this in our facility, in our french institute” he added
The representative of the Burkina Faso Embassy, Mrs Guba Adele admonished the students and encouraged them to put more effort to learn the French language.
After a beautiful performance by a cultural group, the competing schools were introduced; Anglican Comprehensive Secondary School, Ambassadors College, Nakam Memorial School, Cor Mariae Boys College, and Ecwa Secondary school- the defending champions.
The schools present were judged on criteria of introduction, comportment, Diction, Costume/appearance.
The schools performed well and at the end, Ecwa Secondary School emerged winners of the competition. They were awarded a trophy and the grand prize
Other schools who came in second and third places were also awarded prizes.
In an interview with the Ecwa Secondary School Teacher, Samuel Douglas Joseph, he expressed excitement over the victory saying it was an honour to be the winner twice in a row.
Speaking on grooming the next group of students, he said “Grooming the next set of champions will not be difficult because the team is a mixture of junior and senior class students so we would still have students to work with and build the team”
The head of Media, Voice of Nigeria, Mr Bartholomew Ikiebe said the closing remarks. He thanked all who helped and contributed to the success of the program.
In honour of the students, a celebration and cultural night will be held at the same venue at 5pm.
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Niger gov’t pledges priority on education, teachers’ welfare
Niger state government has pledged to accord priority to the welfare of teachers in the state to enhance their performance.
State Governor Alh Abubakar Sani Bello stated this on the occasion of twenty twenty one teachers day award ceremony held in Minna Niger state.
Represented by the Deputy Governor Ahmed Mohd Ketso the Governor maintained that education which guarantees economic growths and development can only thrive and be positively impacted under conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning.
He however described the desire to identify and award deserving teachers at this time by the Niger state Universal Basic Education Board as apt and timely and called for more to succeed.
Commissioner of Education Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu charged beneficiaries of the gesture to make judicious use of the items for their comfort.
Executive Chairman SUBEB DR Isa Adamu said two teachers three head teachers three education secretaries and one principal of junior secondary were awarded among their colleagues.
Dr Isa Adamu however added that they were chosen for the award not because they are the overall best but because they have satisfied the procedure of selection process.
ASUP suspends 65-day long strike
Lecturers under the auspices of Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics (ASUP) have suspended their 65-day old strike.
National Publicity Secretary of ASUP, Abdullahi Yalwa, who announced this, said the union suspended the strike following an appraisal of the report indicating the gradual implementation of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed between the Union and the Federal Government.
Lecturers had on April 6 embarked on an indefinite strike to press home their demands which border on the failure of the government to address the sorry state of polytechnics and monotechnic and the expiration of the ultimatum issued since March 2020.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Yalwa explained that the union is not in anyway calling off the strike but suspending it for a period of three months to enable the government execute the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed with the Union on 27th April, 2021.
The Union directed all its members to resume on Thursday, saying it looked into the appeals made by the government, revered traditional stools in the country, members of the National Assembly, Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics and indeed members of the public who showed varied interests in the matter.
Yalwa said, ”As part of the efforts communicated by the Federal Ministry of Education, certain items have been fulfilled like the reconstitution and inauguration of governing councils and visitation panels in Nigerian Federal Polytechnics while we are led to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalization and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed.
”Other items include the ongoing efforts at the review of the Scheme of Service and Conditions of Service for Polytechnics as well as the commencement of work towards resolution of the issues around CONTISS 15 migration arrears for the lower cadre.
”We also acknowledge the recent passage of the Bill for removal of the dichotomy against HND holders in the country.
”In reaching the decision to suspend the strike, our Union took into cognizance the appeals made by the government, revered traditional stools in the country, members of the National Assembly, Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics and indeed members of the public who showed varied interests in the matter.”
The union expressed optimism that the suspension of its action will provide an enabling environment for the government to fulfill other aspects of the Memorandum of Action and afford the government an opportunity to reverse its trust deficit within our sector.
UTME: 160, 617 candidates write 2021 mock exams – JAMB
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has disclosed that 160, 617 candidates wrote the 2021 mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, across the country.
JAMB disclosed that the candidates took the examination on Thursday in 777 centres across the country.
The Board’s Head of Media and Protocol, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the essence of the mock exam was to test the capacity and suitability of the centres.
Addressing journalists at the end of the exercise in Abuja, Benjamin said the exercise conducted nationwide was hitch-free, except at the Dominion International School, Jabi, Abuja where there was a fire incident and candidates were redirected to other centres.
He said: “We have over 160,617 candidates sitting for this mock examination in all our CBT centres. We received a report of complaint of capacity and stability of one or two centres.
“Like in Abuja, there is a centre- Dominion International School, Jabi that caught fire during the examinations but everything has been put under control.”
Benjamin assured that JAMB is adequately prepared for the main UTME, which occurs between June 19 and July 3, 2021.
“The exams are going on well and with what we have now, it shows we are good to go for the main examinations coming up June 19,” he said.
The examination, which is aimed at preparing candidates for the actual UTME due to take place between June 19 and July 3, 2021, was administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in all centres nationwide.
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