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Minimum Wage: FCTA To Screen 17,000 Teachers In 12 Days

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The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has said that about 17,000 primary school teachers and staff of the local education authorities (LEA) across the six area councils are to be screened by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for 12 days, before the commencement of the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Chairman of the FCT wing of NUT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, disclosed this to journalists yesterday in Gwagwalada area council of Abuja.

Knabayi said the screening exercise will commence on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 and end on February 23rd, 2021.

According to him, a 75 member committee was inaugurated last Thursday, by the FCT permanent secretary, which comprises selected members from the NUT, NULGE and FCTA are to conduct the screening.

“Each of the 12 verification committee members will go to each area councils to conduct the exercise, while six other committees shall conduct that of the area council staff members.

“With the way they streamlined the screening process, that it is going to be done zone by zone, we are optimistic that the exercise shall be completed within the stipulated time”, he said.

The NUT chairman further disclosed that arrangements had also been put in place to provide security cover for the committee members that will be conducting the screening especially those that will be going to rural schools.

Knabayi further called on teachers and staff of the LEA to ensure they cooperate with members of the screening committee to ensure the exercise is successful.

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Zulum Approves N476M Scholarship Payments to Borno Students

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Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved and released the sum of N476,640,000 for payment of 2020/2021 scholarship to 15,374 citizens of Borno State in tertiary institutions across the state.

Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Engr. Babagana Mallumbe Mustapha announced the release on Monday in Maiduguri, after a meeting with the National Union of Borno State Students (NUBOSS) at the Borno State Scholarship Board.

The commissioner disclosed that e-payments will be applied for the disbursements to all beneficiaries.

The Executive Secretary scholarship Board Mallam Bala Isa called on benefiting students to face their studies seriously.

On behalf of all benefiting students, the President of the National Union of Borno State Students (NUBOSS), Comrade Sugun Abba commended Governor Zulum for his consistent passion for the welfare of students and commitment towards improving the standard of education in all parts of Borno.

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88 days after, kidnapped Tegina Islamiya Pupils finally released

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Over 70 pupils of Islamiyya school in Tegina town who were kidnapped by armed bandits in Niger State have been released by their abductors.

The pupils, PRNigeria reported, were abducted from their school premises in June.

A security source told PRNigeria that the students are on their way to Minna en route Kagara from Birnin Gwari.

The Islamiya pupils were held for 88 days and 11 hours according to the timeline of the days and time they have spent in the bandits’ captivity.

PRNigeria has been publishing counts-up since the abductions of some pupils and students in Northern Nigeria. The Abducted students of Yauri Federal Government College (FGC) have been in captivity for 70 days while the remaining abducted students of a Baptist School in Kaduna will be spending their 52nd days in captivity.

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Chibok Girl Bags Accountancy Degree from Atiku’s University

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One of the three girls who escaped from Boko Haram captivity in 2014, Mary Katambi has graduated with an accounting degree, on Saturday, July 10, alongside other 474 students who also obtained various degrees from the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola.

Katambi was one of the 276 schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists in 2014 from their hostel rooms at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok in Borno state.

Ecstatic former Nigeria’s Vice President who doubles as the founder of the institution, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said Katambi has beaten the odds to become a graduate seven years after her abduction by Boko Haram.

“Mary Katambi, I’m proud that seven years after your release from Boko Haram captivity, you’ve beaten the odds to graduate with a degree in accounting from the American University of Nigeria. The best years are still ahead of you,” Atiku said on his Facebook handle.

During its 12th commencement ceremony, the university awarded one Doctor of Philosophy, 38 masters degrees, 3 postgraduate diplomas and 433 bachelor degrees.

Margee Ensign, the President of AUN,  in her remark challenged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution.

She expressed optimism that with the kind of training and mentorship they received, they will excel in their chosen careers urging them to make both their parents and institution proud.

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group in his keynote address charged the graduating students to extol the virtues of selflessness, justice, equity and fair play.

He urged Nigerians to embrace unity and patriotism adding that “our diversity should be our source of strength.”

According to him, had Nigeria managed its diversity well, the country would have become a haven of development and prosperity, drawing an analogy with Singapore doing excellently well despite its diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities.

He called for the opening of more space for youth participation in governance, economy and all other spheres of life noting that Nigeria’s major challenge lies with the creation of predominantly rich and predominantly poor classes of citizens.

While calling on actors and policymakers to dedicate more energy to agriculture, Adesina said the sector is the biggest asset that can bail Nigeria out of the woods.

He assured of African Development Bank’s readiness to invest heavily in the agricultural sector to raise productivity by supporting women to access land and other implements.

The founder of the University, Atiku Abubakar, in response to Dr Akinwumi Adesina, advocated for the African Development Bank to consider supporting the private sector more in agribusiness.

Alhaji Abubakar who own a microfinance bank says the bank has lifted 45 thousand families out of poverty and called on the bank to assist the women in agriculture.

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