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Parents Lauds FCT Minister For Approving Payment Of Teachers Minimum Wage.

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Parents Lauds FCT Minister For Approving Payment Of Teachers Minimum Wage.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

Chairman of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), in the FCT, Alhaji Usman Abubakar, has commended the minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, for approving payment of the new national minimum wage for primary school teachers in the territory.

FCT Minister Approves Payment Of Minimum Wage To Teachers, Area Councils Staff.

Abubakar, who made the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Gwagwalada yesterday, said the approval of the payment of the minimum wage has doused tension among the primary school teachers in FCT.

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He noted that approval for payment of the teachers minimum wage will also encourage the teachers to be more dedicated in discharge of their duties, saying parents will continue to support the teachers course in ensuring pupils get quality education.

The PTA chairman, also commended the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the FCT for their struggle for welfare of the primary school teachers in the territory, saying the union’s struggle over a year without any rancour with FCT adminstration.

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“The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) also wished to commend the FCT NUT for their peaceful approach towards seeing that the welfare of teachers especially the new minimum wage is realized,” he said.

Minister of FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello

Minister of FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello

He therefore appealed to the minister to ensure that the payment of the new national minimum wage takes off on May, 2021 as promised to avoid the union resuming their strike action.

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Beneficiaries Of Corrupt System Of Old School Fees Structure At Isa Mustapha Agawai Polytechnic, Lafia Instigated The Recent Protest – Says SUG President

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Comrade Musa Umar Aboki, is the President, Student Union Government (SUG) of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, Nasarawa State
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Beneficiaries Of Corrupt System Of Old School Fees Structure At Isa Mustapha Agawai Polytechnic, Lafia Instigated The Recent Protest – Says SUG President.

Comrade Musa Umar Aboki, is the President, Student Union Government (SUG) of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, Nasarawa State

Comrade Musa Umar Aboki, is the President, Student Union Government (SUG) of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, Nasarawa State

More revelations has continue to emerge into what too, k place during the wanton destruction of valuable property at the State Citadel, Comrade Musa Umar Aboki, is the President, Student Union Government (SUG) of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, Nasarawa State, has alleged that those benefiting from previous analogue system of payment of school fees were those that instigated the students protest in the institution on 11th March, 2021.

Comrade Umar Aboki revealed this on Tuesday  in Lafia when the officials of the union appeared before the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education investigating students protest at the institution.

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The SUG president while condemning the act, urged the committee to deal with any persons no matter how highly place he/she was if found wanting should be dealt with as to serve as deterrent to others and for the overall development of the education sector in the state.

“I want to commend you for investigating the students protest as we have also condemned the act in its totality.

“We were suspecting that some people who were benefiting with the old ( analogue)  method of school fees payment instigated the students protest.

“They were not happy when the new management of the school introduced new portal for students registration and payment of school fees.

“As the new portal blocked linkages and checkmate corruption as before now some  students school fees goes into individuals hands, ” he said.

Umar Aboki dismissed allegations that the school management closed school fees portal and increased school fees which led to the protest.

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“On 11th March, 2021, the school portal was working as some students were paying school fees when the protest was going on and as  I am speaking, the portal is presently working

” We don’t know why some students protested ,” he said.

The SUG President commended the school management under the leadership of Dr Justina Kotso for providing purposeful and inclusive leadership as well as carrying students along in her scheme of things.

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Earlier, Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education said that the committee decided to invite them in order to get first-hand information that would assist it in carrying out its investigation.

” We have invited you to testify on the students protest of 11th March, 2021 which destroyed properties worth millions of Naira at the institution.

” Tell us  what you know about the students protest  in order to unravel the immediate and remote causes the protest,” he said.

Oga Ogazi (APC-Kokona East)  said that the committee would come up  with its findings at the end of the day in order to punish perpetrators of the protest.

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The chairman advised students to always remain calm and respect constituted authorities by  respecting  the school rules and regulations in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the education sector.

Also appeared before the committee were Mr Arinya Ogbole, the Embattled Chairman of Alumni of the institution and Jamilu Abubakar, the former Caretaker Committee Chairman of the polytechnic Alumni where the committee chairman blamed them  for incitng the public against the management of the polytechnic through their posting in the social media and other utterances.

Mr Gambo Kigbu, one of the presidential candidate of the Alumni of the institution tendered more documents to the committee on how Jamilu Abubakar is inciting the public against the management of the institution.

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On his part, Mr Hudu Suraj, a staff of the institution while defending himself before the committee told them that he did not have any problem with the rector but was on the rector’s office to tell her about what Jamilu Abubakar was posting in social media about the school.

Also appeared before the committee was the DPO of Ombi 1, Lafia Officer, A. Aliyu with his men.

The committee reinvited Jamilu Abubakar to appear before the committee Tomorrow,Thursday, May 6th, 2021  by 9am .

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Approves Payment Of Area Councils Staff, Teachers Minimum Wage.

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FCT Minister Approves Payment Of Area Councils Staff, Teachers Minimum Wage.

 

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

Minsiter of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has approved the payment of the new national minimum wage for area councils staff and primary school teachers across the territory which takes effect from May, 2021.

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The approval for payment of the new minimum wage, was contained in a letter from the director of human resources of the FCDA, Mohammed Bashir, intimating the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), of the Minister’s approval, a copy of the letter was obtained by our reporter through the NUT Acting Secretary, Comrade I. Jethro, at the teachers house in Gwagwalada, on Friday.

Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi

Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi

“I am directed to inform you that the ministerial committee constituted by the FCT admistration to carry out the above mentioned excercise had concluded the assignment and forwarded the report accordingly”.

“Thus, it is gratifying to note that after due consideration, the Administration has approved of payment of the new national minimum wage to LEA teachers and area council staff with effect from May, 2021,” the letter said.

Global Times Nigeria, had reported that the FCT minister of state, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, had on January, 2021, urged both the NULGE and NUT to carry out screening of area council staff and teachers across to enable the administration know its staff strength.

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The screening was carried out both NULGE and the NUT where 17, 000 teachers were screened during the excercise in February, 2021 while a ministerial committee later submitted its report.

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Meanwhile, the union has said that it has suspended proposed resumption of its strike action slated for Monday, May, 3, 2021, if the FCT admistration failed to commence payment of the minimum wage for primary school teachers in the territory.

Minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

Minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

The acting secretary of the FCT NUT, Comrade Margerete I. Jethro, stated this while speaking with newsmen shortly at the end the emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Committee (SWEC) of the union in Gwagwalada, on Saturday.

She said union decision to put the resumption of the strike action on hold was as a result of the renewed assurances and letter of commitment by the FCT admistration to ensure implementation of the minimum wage is sustained.

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“And in the event that the FCTA management reneged o its promise, that the union will be compelled to reconvene by the end of May, 2021 to take appropriate labour action,” she said.

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Rape and Sexual Violence: Rock ‘N’ Garden Montessori International Schools Lokoja Refutes Claim

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Rape and Sexual Violence: Rock ‘N’ Garden Montessori International Schools Lokoja Refutes Claim.

Following the malicious and damaging news making the rounds in the social media, about an alleged but unfounded claims that the school, Rock ‘N’ Gardens
Montessori International Group of Schools located in Lokoja is being used to promote rape and illicit sexual activities, the Management of the school has brazenly refuted the malicious claims.

In a statement signed by Mrs Ule Iduh, the school Proprietor and made available to newsmen, the school, in line with it’s vision and mission which included ‘Building good foundation for the upcoming generation,’ cannot live below it’s bounds and mandate by promoting acts that negate societal norms and values among which included the condemnable act of rape and sexual violence, adding that the rumor is a figment of the imagination of some mischief makers who are surreptitiously bent on damaging the good name, imagine and integrity of the highly reputable citadel of learning.

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According to the Proprietor, the suspected perpetrator of the heinous crime, Mr Abdulkareem Sule had resigned his appointment from the school since 2018 to join another organisation in Kastina State, while the alleged victim (names withheld) left the school in 2019.

So the claim by the victim that she was raped in the school premises is false especially when viewed against the backdrop that according to her, the action took place after she had sat for and concluded her WAEC examinations.

While warning peddlers of the malicious claims to desist from attempting to drag the good name of the college in the mud, Mrs Ule Iduh said that the mischief makers are jobless people whose stock in trade is to, through peddling of unfounded rumors, curry favor from unsuspecting members of the public, an act that is not only condemnable but also inimical to the throwback mechanism of educational development, an attribute the school is known for and appreciated by people of the state in particular and the nation in general.

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The Proprietor added that since coming on board in 1999, the school has been living above the board especially in the area of discipline and high academic standards and would not be distracted by some elements that mean no good for high standards of education in the nation.

She said for the records, incident did not take place in the school, (Rock ‘N’ Gardens International Schools), adding that the victim could neither substantiate her claim that the action took place in the school, nor place the actual venue where she was assaulted. According to him, the science laboratory where she claimed the incident took place was always under lock and key and as at the time the incident purportedly took place, the science laboratory was locked and there was no sign of an attempt to forcefully gain access to the facility as it is a restricted area.

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The Proprietor further stated that immediately the news was heard, the school authority suspended the school principal who was alleged to be an accomplice to the criminal act so as to pave the way for unhindered and untainted investigation into the incident.

While reiterating the avowed commitment of the Management of the school to the provision of quality education to the students under its care, the principal advised parents to always be concerned about the whereabouts of their wards, given the current state of insecurity across the nation, adding that it would be grossly irresponsible act for the Management of the school to collect money from the parents and expose their wards to insecurity and other forms of illicit affairs.

She concluded by urging parents to as usual, continue to repose implicit confidence in the ability of the school to continually render qualitative education to their wards, adding that the case would be pursued to a logical end by the Management of the school.

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