Adamawa govt. to return all out-of-school children to classrooms – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

The Adamawa State Government says it is determined to ensure that all out-of-school children are returned into classrooms, as part of its agenda to provide education for all children in the state.

Alhaji Ahmad Sajoh, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, made this known in an interview, in Yola, on Thursday.

The commissioner said that the move was a policy of the state government on education for all.

Sajoh said that the government would soon launch distribution of instructional materials and new benches to schools under the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme in Mubi.

He said that the government was committed to fulfilling its campaign promises, especially in the area of education, health and road infrastructure.

The commissioner said that Gov. Mohammed Bindow had demonstrated his concern for the people by being up-to-date in the payment of workers’ salaries.

He said the governor was one of the few governors in Nigeria who had paid the August salary to all workers in the state.

Sajoh assured that the administration would continue to implement people-oriented programmes. (NAN)

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EFCC secures 137 convictions, recovers N419 billion, others in seven months – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

Members of Movement Against Corruption (MAC), during an anti-graft peaceful protest in Lagos… yesterday. PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN

• Commission invites senator over alleged bribery allegation against IGP
• Group seeks sack of IGP over corruption charges

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, yesterday disclosed that the commission recovered N419 billion and secured 137 convictions between January and August 2017.

Speaking at an interactive forum with journalists in Abuja, Magu said other cash haul within the period include £230,000.00, €610,000.00, $69.5million, 432,000.00 Dinars and 70,500 Saudi Riyad.

He appealed to the media not to relent in their support for the anti-corruption war, insisting that the corruption fight requires a concerted effort to succeed.

Magu also noted that it would be naive for anyone to expect that the fight against corruption will be smooth even as he called for unity among stakeholders to expose corrupt persons and all proceeds of corruption.

While expressing gratitude to the media for supporting the anti-graft crusade, Magu said: “The fight against corruption is getting tougher as corruption is continuously fighting back.

Magu also vowed to bring any EFCC operatives indicted for corruption to book and disclosed that nine cadet officers of the commission were recently discharged because they had issues with their certificates.

He promised to protect all whistle-blowers who provide information to the commission and maintained that it was declaring a total war against corruption.

Meanwhile, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has invited Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isah Hamman Misau, to appear before its special panel investigating allegation of corruption in the Force on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

A statement signed late Wednesday in Abuja by Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said the Commission in a letter signed by the Chairman of the Special Panel, Justice O. Adekeye, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, has invited Misau to appear before PSC panel.

“The Police Service Commission, the only organ saddled with the statutory responsibility of issuing letters of retirement to all police officers except the IGP has a vital role to play in determining the authenticity of this letter.”

“Senator Misau is invited to appear before the panel with the original copy of his letter of retirement for authentication,” the statement said.

In another development, the Progressive Mind for Development (PMDI), a civil society organisation, yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, over the recent corruption charges levelled against him by Misau.

The group said this would restore Nigerians’ hope in his anti-corruption war. President of the group, Abubakar Abdulsalam, in statement issued in Yola, Adamawa State, said that the anti-corruption war would be a shadow fight if the president fails to act decisively on the allegations against the IGP.

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Atiku calls for urgent review of education policy‎ – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

OBIORA IFOH, Abuja

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said Nigeria’s education system and policy required an urgent review for the nation to pull through the stranglehold of abject poverty which is holding down a larger chunk of its over 170 million people.

Atiku, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) made his position known in  Abuja on Wednesday when he received a delegation from NURU International, a U.S.-based social venture that equips the poor living in remote rural areas to end extreme poverty in their communities on a courtesy visit.

The organization is currently engaged in interventionist programmes in the war ravaged communities in Adamawa State.

Atiku told the delegation that a retooled education system that would emphasise functional and problem-solving strategy remained the way to go if the war against poverty is to be won.

The former Vice President said with functional education, the high incidence of school drop outs will be reduced while products of secondary education on graduation would have acquired skills that would serve as their source of income for life.

The Waziri Adamawa recalled that Nigeria and Nigerians benefitted from such an educational system in the past but that things changed after the civil war when the country adopted an education system that mainly took interest in producing candidates for the universities and not for other levels of higher education.

He explained that in the past incidence of school dropouts was so low because there were government colleges, secondary schools, technical schools and craft centres which provided spaces for primary school leavers to continue their educational pursuits based on their respective intellectual/mental ability and capabilities.

“I remember that in the 1960s in Northern Nigeria all students sit for one examination and their performance determines where they will be placed for further education. Everyone is accommodated within the four levels of higher education that was available then and this reduced the incidence of school dropout to its barest minimum,” he said.

He said that it is not every secondary student that is “a university material” adding that there is need to ensure secondary school leavers are armed with skills through which they could earn a living and raise families.

According to him, if the school leavers do not acquire knowledge and skill to engage their energies on graduation, they become willing and available tools for anti-social activities which could manifest in youth restiveness as being witnessed in the country.

Apart from investing in education, the former Vice President said that the micro-finance scheme promoted by him, has empowered 45,000 families in Adamawa state by providing them with micro-finance facilities with which they started small business.

He said that the initiative, which targeted women as beneficiaries of the loan scheme, has lifted many families out of poverty.

Atiku said that the beauty of the micro-finance arrangement which operates in all Local Government Areas in Adamawa, except two, is that it has recorded 98 per cent recovery rate just as the women have become the “bread winners” of their respective families.

Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation and founder/CEO of NURU International, Mr. Jake Harriman said that his organization, which currently operates in Michika and Madagali areas of Adamawa state aims at reducing “abject poverty” in those communities within the seven years the organisation, will operate.

He said that the essence of the visit was to solicit the support of the former Vice President so that NURU will succeed in its poverty intervention programmme in the state.

For a better society.

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