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NEC moves to declare state of emergency in education

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NEC moves to declare state of emergency in education

The National Economic Council (NEC) is working towards declaring a state of emergency in the nation’s education sector.

The deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of the monthly meeting of the council presided over by vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo.

All the 36 state governors are members of the council.

Mr Shaibu said a final decision on the matter would be taken at the next council meeting holding in November.

He said the council, at its Thursday meeting, received interim report from its ad-hoc committee on the revival of education in Nigeria.

The deputy governor said the committee recommended that all state governors should declare a state of emergency on education.

He said the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had on June 28, 2018, made a presentation on the “National Education Policy, Prospects, Challenges and Way Forward” to the council.

Based on the presentation, he said the NEC set up an Ad-hoc Committee on the Revival of the Education Sector in Nigeria, to review and submit recommendations.

He said, “The Ad-hoc committee submitted an interim report to the council. The Committee observed that a multi-frontal approach is required to tackle the various factors militating against the achievement of the nation’s educational objectives in view of the multi-dimensional nature of the crisis in the education sector.

“The committee strongly recommends that the Federal Government, states and local governments collaborate to vigorously implement, and sustain action on the 10 pillars of the Ministerial Strategic Plan developed by the Ministry of Education.

“Among the areas of attention are: the issue of out-of-school children, promoting adult literacy and special needs education, reviving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Technical, Vocational Education and Training, strengthening basic education, prioritising teacher education, capacity building and professional development, ensuring quality and access in tertiary education, promoting ICT in education, boosting library services in education etc.

“The report asked all governors to declare a state of emergency in the education sectors of their respective states and demonstrate their commitment to revamping education.”

Mr Shaibu said the committee recommended that the Federal Government and states should allocate a minimum of 15 per cent of their budgets to education in order to revolutionise the sector.

He said the governments were also advised to constitute special task force to manage the funds and oversee the infrastructural overhaul of selected schools for intervention across the federation.

“Council decided that while the interim report is being reviewed by members of the council, a more detailed report be prepared and presented at the next NEC meeting when decisions would be taken on the proposed recommendations,” he said.

“Declaring state of emergency is at the basic and we must look at the indices that make up our challenges especially at the area of technology so the ministerial plan is for all the states and local government to key in, so that all will be on the same page.

“It is not going to be one of those documents that will be kept aside, and we are all unanimous in addressing it and all the states have agreed on this,” he added.

According to a report on Punch Newspaper, the deputy governor also talked about a report on States Gross Domestic Product computation for 11 states between 2013 and 2017 as presented by the National Bureau of Statistics.

He said the essence of the SGDP computation was to ascertain the sizes of the economy in states, how much state contribute to the nation’s economy, the sector which is best to invest in a particular state, the key sectors that can drive growth, create employment and generate tax revenue for states, and the sectors that need government intervention or support .

Mr Shaibu said the computation started in 2012 with seven pilot states: Rivers, Lagos, Gombe, Cross River, Kano, Anambra and Niger, following the expressed interests of states to measure their economic competitiveness over time, understand the structure of their economies and assess contribution to national output.

“Council was invited to note that the NBS has completed the first phase of the SGDP exercise involving 11 states for the five-year period covering 2013-2017 across the 46 economic activities,” he said.

He said the selected states accounted for N33.3trn in nominal GDP or 29.3 per cent of national GDP in 2017.

“Data on states GDP is generally useful to support evidence-based policy making. Efforts are ongoing to complete the next phase of compilation for the remaining 25 states and the FCT.”

According to him, the remaining states who are yet to pay are Abia, Adamawa, Benue, Borno, Imo Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Nassarawa and Plateau, noting that they will be included in 2019.

Similarly, the Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abubakar, said the issue of the new minimum wage was not discussed at the meeting.

He said, “That was not discussed at the National Economic Council meeting.

“Secondly, governors are part and parcel of the negotiation, the governors have not taken a decision either way because it is a negotiating process and it is still ongoing.

We are represented by six governors in the committee. It is a work in progress and I am sure we will get to the Promised Land.”

The governor also said the federal government was right in placing conditions for the release of the final tranche of Paris Club refund.

“The Federal Government was right in placing those conditions.”

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Why 36 Governors will work for Buhari`s re-election

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Zamfara Governor speaks on controversial APC primaries, blames party headquarters

Governor Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State has said the 36 state governors of the federation, would for many reasons work to ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming election.

Mr Yari, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at the inauguration of the Forward With Buhari Grassroots Mobilisers Goodwill Ambassadors.

He said the organisation was being sponsored by the NGF, and that it was its brain child.

According to him, governors across the federation will rather vote for Mr Buhari even if they belong to opposition political parties.

This, he said, was especially so because Mr Buhari had done a lot for the governors irrespective of party affiliation.

Mr Yari said one of such things was the bailout fund which was paid to all state governors to off-set workers’ salaries and outstanding arrears.

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The NGF chairman said this was paid across board, adding that the fund went a long way in improving the lot of people in the states.

He further said the Buhari’s administration had also embarked on infrastructural development across states, saying that this was another reason the governors were working to ensure his re-election.

He, however, tasked governors especially those in All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled states, to coordinate door-to-door campaigns across their states.

Mr Yari said this was critical to ensuring a landslide victory for Mr Buhari and all APC candidates in the coming elections.

“As governors, the responsibility is on us to work for the actualisation of President Buhari`s re-election come February 16,” he said.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, expressed happiness at the inauguration of the organisation.

Mr Osinbajo, however, noted that a lot needed to be done to sensitise the people at the grassroots on the achievements of the Buhari-led Federal Government across all sectors of the country`s economy and why he should be re-elected.

He stressed that the task ahead of the organisation was enormous considering the number of parties on the ballot paper and the need to guide the electorate to vote.

The vice president maintained that under the Buhari administration, the country`s economy was growing stronger while infrastructural development had continued across the country.

Earlier, Lawal Shuaibu, coordinator of the organisation, said it was established to give visibility, with sustained momentum, to the achievements of the Buhari-led administration.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the inauguration was attended by youths from across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

(NAN)

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Major shake up in Nigeria Air Force, 72 senior officers redeployed

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Major shake up in Nigeria Air Force, 72 senior officers redeployed

The Nigeria Air Force has redeployed a total of 72 senior officers comprising 27 Air Vice Marshalls, 30 Air Commodores, eight Group Captains, four Wing Commanders and three Squadron Leaders for operational efficiency and effectiveness.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola, announced this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr Daramola, an air commodore, said prominent among those affected by the new postings are: AVM Emmanuel Anebi who is now the Chief of Policy and Plans Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF) and AVM Nurudeen Balogun, who has been appointed as the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

He listed others to include, AVM Charles Otegbade who has been appointed as the College Secretary, National Defence College, while AVM Rufus Ojuawo who is taking over as the Chairman Air Expo and International Liaison Secretariat.

“Other appointments include those of AVM Napoleon Bali as the new Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Special Operations Command, Yenagoa, AVM Oladayo Amao as the new Chief of Training and Operations at HQ NAF”, he said.

He said AVM Abdulganiyu Olabisi as the new AOC Logistics Command, Ikeja and AVM John Baba as the new AOC Tactical Air Command.

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Mr Daramola further said AVM Mahmoud Ahmed has been redeployed as the Air Secretary HQ NAF and AVM Remigus Ekeh appointed as the new Chief of Standards and Evaluation at HQ NAF,

He also said AVM Ibukun Ojeyemi becomes the new Director of Policy at HQ NAF.

Furthermore, AVM Musibau Olatunji is now the Director of Air Engineering at HQ NAF, while AVM Peter Uzezi has been appointed as the new AOC Mobility Command.

“Also appointed are AVM Dahiru Sanda, who is now a Directing Staff at National Institute of Policy and Strategic studies, and AVM Ismaila Yahaya as the new Director of Training at HQ NAF, AVM Idi Lubo as Director NAF Transformation at HQ NAF,” he said.

Also redeployed was AVM Mohammed Yakubu, redeployed as the Chief of Logistics HQ NAF and AVM Emmanuel Wonah as the new Director of Sports at DHQ.

Mr Daramola also announced that AVM Paul Jemitola has been appointed as the new Director Research and Development at HQ NAF, AVM Anderson Kassimu as Director Civil Military Relations at DHQ and AVM Ibrahim Ali as the new Deputy Commandant, Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.

“Meanwhile, AVM Musa Tanko is to take over as Director of Space Utilization at DHQ while AVM Musa Muktar has been redeployed as the new Chief of Aircraft Engineering at HQ NAF.

“In addition, AVM Maxwell Nnaji has been appointed as the new Chief of Communication Information Systems at HQ NAF,” it said.

He further said AVM Emmanuel Chukwu is now the new Director Earth Observation at Defence Space Administration and AVM Aliyu Bello as the new Chief of Staff at Headquarters Special Operations Command.

Mr Daramola said AVM Olusegun Philip is to take over as the new Director of Evaluation at HQ NAF, while Air Commodore Abraham Adole has been appointed as the Principal Air Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff.

Air Commodore Ayodele Laoye is now Director of Procurement and Group Captain Jika Sanda is the Director of Legal Services HQ NAF.

He said the newly posted and redeployed senior officers were expected to take over their new offices not later than January 25.

(NAN)

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Minimum Wage: ULC, TUC, NLC reject N27,000; hold crucial meetings

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Minimum Wage: ULC, TUC, NLC reject N27,000; hold crucial meetings

The National Council of State adopted the N27,000 on Tuesday.

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