Nasarawa State Governor Engr.Abdullahi Sule has approved the payment of the Nasarawa State Harmonized Allowances for law officers serving in both the judicial and legislative arms of government in the state.
This was revealed when High Court of Justice appeared before the Nasarawa State House of Assembly committee on Judiciary to defend its 2021 budget at the assembly complex in Lafia today.
Those to benefit from the allowance which will commence from January 2021 include House of Assembly legal officers,lawyers from ministry of justice,magistrates and other law officers in the state.
Barrister Mohammed Ibrahim Alkali Acting Chairman of the house committee on judiciary gave the Governor a pat on the back for graciously approved the implementation of the law officers allowances in the state which is not being paid previously despite there is existing law to that effect.
Barrister Alkali (APC Lafia North)said Governor Sule is a leader that have respect for the law of the land and have the people at heart and called on all citizens in respective of affiliations to give him the necessary support to succeed.
“We as assembly we commend the Governor for this wonderful step taken and all the good things he has been doing for the good of the people of the state,that is why we have resolved as an institution to give him all the support he needs to succeed.
“We will continue to adjudicates on dispute and other lingering issues and challenges of the judicial arm for the best interest of all. He said
Hon. Alkali expressed satisfaction with their budget proposal which also captured the said allowances and called on the ministry of justice to redouble its effort in accessing funds which is necessary for improving the justice system of the state.
On his part, Ahmed Abdullahi Sani the Chief Registrar Nasarawa State High Court of justice thanked the assembly members for their support and expresses satisfaction with the budgetary allocation that was before the assembly calling for more synergy between the arms of the government for peace,progress and development of the state.
“There is an existing law in respect to harmonized allowances for all law officers in the state but the previous governments in the state did not implement it, however it is a good news now that Governor Abdullahi Sule has graciously approved the implementation of the allowances which was captured in the budget as the payment is expected to commence by January 2021.
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In a bid to ensure equitable distributions of resources to the State population, The Nasarawa State House of Assembly that is entrusted with responsibility of overseeing the activities of ministries, department and agencies (MDA’s) as well ensure check and balance has ordered its Committee on Education, Science and Technology to commence immediate investigate into the purported employment of 366 secondary school teachers by the office of the state Accountant General without following due process.
Reacting to the development, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, Speaker of the House gave the directive after Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology raised the issue on the Matters of public interest during the House proceedings on Monday in Lafia, State capital.
The Speaker said thorough investigation into the alleged employment of teachers would enable the House get more facts on true position of the matter.
” I want to appreciate Hon Daniel Ogazi for bringing this matter of public importance. This House will not fold its hands on matter of this magnitude.
” It is in view of this that I direct that the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology to carry out thorough investigation .
“You are to invite all those involved for questioning and report back to the House within three weeks, ” he said.
On his part, Hon Mohammed Omadefu ( APC- Keana), Hon John Osewu (APC- Doma South), and Hon Mohammed Muluku ( APC- Nassarawa Eggon East) constituencies all called for sincere investigation into the matter as finally get to root of the whole drama.
Earlier, Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology while raising the matter said that the purported employment emanated from the office of the state Accountant General.
” During our recess, we did not go to sleep. We have carried out our oversight functions and it is on this note that we discovered this purported employment of 366 secondary school teachers.
“Before there should be any employment of teachers, advertisement of vacancies where applicants will apply and screen for the job needed to be done through the State Teachers Service Commission TSC ”
“Even at this moment, there is no advertisement of vacancies but there was employment of 366 secondary school teachers in the state.
” We have some documents on the purported employment, ” the said
Ogazi told the House that there was no provision in the 2021 budget for the employment of 366 secondary school teachers and wondered why there was such employment without due process.
Meanwhile, The House also deliberated on report of the joint Committee on Housing and Environment/ Health on a Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Waste Management and Sanitation Authority and for Connected Matters.
Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Deputy Majority Leader of the House moved a motion for the adoption of the report which was seconded by Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House.
The speaker slated Aug.10 for the third reading of the bill.
The House also passed into second reading a Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Urban and Regional Planning Board and for Other Purposes Connected Therewith after Hon Daniel Ogazi, moved a motion for the bill to scale second reading which was seconded by Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba.
The speaker committed the bill to the House Committee on Urban Development to work on it and report back to the House on Wednesday, Aug 4.
How We Survive Covid-19 Challenges – School Proprietor
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
A school proprietor in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has described their journey through COVID-19 as a hard time to owners, students, teachers and parents.
Emmanuel Ozigi, the proprietor of New Beacon International School disclosed this while speaking to journalists on the side of the Graduation/Award ceremony held by the school weekend.
“Coping with COVID has not been easy. Part of the coping strategies which we expected that there should be palliative from governments. The private institutions should be supported,” he said.
He called on the federal government and the FCT administration to help private schools go through the challenges of COVID-19 as it has done to other private entities.
Ozigi said, although some initiatives had been taken during the peak of the pandemic, many have failed to get access to the palliatives provided.
“I don’t think that the initiative has worked because some of us have not been able to access some of those palliatives from the Federal Government.
“However, on our own as directors of the school and other partners, we put funds together to see how we can run the school without stopping.
“Even though with COVID, you would be surprised that we are still paying teachers. We paid them up to a certain level that we now have to pay them half salary, then eventually there was a lift in September.
“So, we did not allow them to go because we want to retain. So we did not stop or sack anyone or terminate any appointment. And they are happy for the fact that it did not affect our calendar because we have a uniform calendar in FCT and at the same time,” he said.
Jubilations In Obi 11 As Lawmaker Zhekaba Dole Out Over 1Million Naira Scholarship Grants for Over 140 Students
By Our Reporter, Lafia.
Member representing Obi 11 constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, has advised students studying at various higher institutions of learning in the country to take their studies more serious in order to come out with good grade.
The lawmaker made the assertion when he granted scholarship to over 140 students across his constituent in first batch.
Hon. Luka Iliya Zhekaba (PDP), who double as Chairman, House Committee on Environment made the disbursement on Saturday in his constituency office Duduguru, Obi Local Government Area of the State.
The scholarship was tagged ” Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba Scholarship 2021/ 2022″.
The lawmaker noted that his leadership will continue to identify with youths, women and vulnerable people in the society. He said 200 more students have been shortlisted for second batch in October
The lawmaker is also the House deputy minority leader said the gesture was borne out of his desire to reduce the burden of school fees on parents/guardians for improved standard of education.
According to him, This is just a token from me to you to ameliorate your academic burdens.
” Education is the bed rock of every society, that is why upon my assumption into office as member, I have left no stone unturned in pursuance of educational aspirations and yearnings of my constituents.
” Today, I am giving the sum of N10,000 each to students from 400 level and above and HND 11 who are mostly final year students.
” Whereas all other level students will receive cash alert of N5,000 each on a flat rate,” he said.
Zhekaba urged the students to desist from engaging in illicit social Vices such as cultism, drug abuse, sexual abuse , examination malpractices among other negative acts.
He urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose it was meant for.
He has also urged the beneficiaries to be of good conducts and take their studies with all seriousness in order to excel in their academic pursuits.
The lawmaker urged those students who could not see their names in the first batch to be patient while disclosing that 200 students are to benefit in the second batch of his scholarship coming up by October 2021.
Hon. Zhekaba also commended the bursary committee for a job well done and applauded party stakeholders and other people of his constituency of their support at all times.
The lawmaker has assured of quality representation at the state legislature in order to better the standard of living of the people of his constituency and the state at large.
In his keynote address, Mr Obadiah Illah, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Isah Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic, Laifa commended the lawmaker for disbursing scholarship to the students of his constituency.
Illah, who spoke on the topic ” Education in Migili Land : Motivated Enrollment for a Paradigm Shift” said that education is key to development while urging all to embrace education for the overall development of Migili nation, the state and Nigeria at large.
The academic Don has urged parents/ guardians to send their children/ wards to school considering the importance of education to societal development.
Earlier, Mr Ashikpo Joseph, the Chairman of the Bursary committee said that the beneficiaries have been screened and qualified for the bursary allowance.
Responding on behalf of the students, Mr Azige Peter, President, National Association of Koro Students ( NAKS) , Nasarawa State University, Keffi appreciated the lawmaker for the gesture and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
It would be reported that the occasion was well attended by politicians, academicians among other well wishers including Mr Ogu Awotu, the Chairman of PDP Obi Local Government Area of the State.
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