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FCE Yola Recruitment Scandal: Former Acting Registrar Faces Investigative Panel

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A retired former acting Registrar of the Federal College of Education (FCE), Yola, Yahya Hammanyaji Jada is to face an investigative panel constituted by the College Governing Council to investigate allegations of issuance of fake employment letters, PR Nigeria can report.

The investigative panel is constituted following an investigative report published by PR Nigeria revealing alleged employment racketeering in the institution involving about 1000 ‘paying applicants’ and is to conclude investigation and submit report within two (2) weeks with effect from 31st March, 2022.

PR Nigeria has reliably gathered that the Council was angered by the refusal of the retired acting Registrar to honor invitation by College Governing Council to appear in person to give detailed explanation bordering on allegation of issuance and documentation of about 1000 unapproved employment letters.

The Governing Board is also concerned over refusal by the retired former acting Registrar to hand over all documents related to the controversial employment and that he has allegedly continued to issue additional 60 backdated employment letters few weeks before his retirement, even in the presence of a substantive College Registrar.

The Retired Former acting Registrar, Yahya Hammanyaji Jada who refused to appear before the council on health grown has admitted issuance and documentation of unapproved and fake employment letters to unsuspecting members of the public during his tenure as acting Registrar of the College in the staff recruitment exercise, PR Nigeria has gathered.

The retired former acting Registrar, who earlier told PR Nigeria that the employment saga was a “mare allegation” however confirmed the allegation in a signed report he forwarded to the council saying, “Along the line, my signature was forged and appointment letters were issued and documented with ID Cards issued.”

Jada also confirmed allegation that monies exchanged hands during the employment racketeering by a syndicate of staff within the institution believed to be closed to him, saying “ the Department of State Security Service (DSS) in Adamawa State had investigated the matter and submitted a report on the matter.”

The retired former acting Registrar is said to have deliberately refused to disclosed the exact number of persons he issued employment letters and documented with genuine staff identity cards signed by him without clearance from the Head of Service of the Federation.

He has equally deliberately refused to hand over documents pertaining to the employment scandal to the College authority even after retirement on 24th March, 2022 and has allegedly continued to secretly issue about 60 backdated employment letters to unsuspecting individuals.

Alhaji Jada says his refusal to hand over the employment documents to a substantive Registrar was because he is awaiting clearance for employment of staff from the office of the Head of Service, which according to him is delayed by her “tight schedule and constant travels.”

He however promised to follow up the matter in Abuja while on medical checkup and report back to the Governing Council on any further development.

He said, “My concern has always been to conclude this exercise before my retirement because the exercise witnessed some forgeries and I didn’t want to leave such without clearing such cases, however, this has not happened. Now that I have retired, I would hand over the documents as soon as I came back with the hope that those taking over will do justice to the exercise.”

PR Nigeria gathered from impeccable source that the Council after considering the report submitted by the retired former acting Registrar, directed that he should properly handover all documents related to the employment exercise as well as a comprehensive handover report of his stewardship to the substantive Registrar with immediate effect and unfailingly appear before the investigative panel with maximum cooperation.

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Shettima Launches NEDC’s School Enrollment Drive Programme

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Vice President Kashim Shettima has launched the Accelerated Senior Secondary School Education Programme (ASSEP) initiated by the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) in collaboration with the office of the VP to enhance child enrollment drive in schools within the North-East sub-region.

Speaking during the launching of the programme in Bauchi on Saturday, the VP said that consequences of the nation’s action and inaction were evident in all indices used to assess development.

He said while primary education provides a foundation, secondary education is a bridge, adding that the Northeast sub-region has been the victim of inability to enforce a uniform policy to drive school and the persistent cultural perversion to formal education in the country.

“We in the Northeast occupy a quantum of position in ranking of essential services. Education being a key sector of this country, this is especially pronounced in the post primary education, while the Northeast secondary school enrollment drive stands at 19 percent, far below the nation’s 39 percent,” he said.

Earlier, the Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, said that the primary education completion level of 85 per cent in the Northeast is among the best in Nigeria, but secondary school enrolment is a mere 15 per cent, the second worst nationally.

According to him, due to the challenges in the post-primary education segment, JAMB UTME applications and admissions into tertiary institutions in 2019 were the lowest for the Northeast compared to other regions.

He added that, nationally, the Northeast has the lowest number of teachers and the highest percentage 55 per cent of those available are without literacy skills.

The MD also revealed that the challenges in the post-primary education segment include weak quality indices and a wide demand-supply gap driven by economic and cultural factors.

“The Accelerated Senior Secondary Education Programme seeks to boost the post primary education rating across the North East region through improved enrolment into tertiary institutions.

“It’s also to improve skills development as well as the elevation of teacher quality. It would pay special focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and communication.

“These would foster creativity and critical thinking; motivates and inspires young people to generate new technologies and ideas to learn from inquiry-based tasks,” he said.

Alkali also explained that the programme would also raise awareness about after-school possibilities and the potential for diligent students to become successful and prominent contributors to the North East region and Nigeria at large.

He expressed gratitude to the Federal Government especially, the Vice President for the deep interest and commitment to human development in the North-East.

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BREAKING: Tinubu Reconstitutes Governing Councils of Tertiary Institutions

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the appointment of 555 persons as chairmen and members of the governing councils of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement signed and released by Mrs Didi Esther Walson-Jack, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education.

The Inauguration/Retreat for the Chairmen and Members of the Governing Councils of Tertiary Institutions will take place on Thursday, May 30th and Friday, May 31st, 2024.

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Education Minister Advocates Alternative Education For The Out Of School Citizenry

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…The Almajiri and Out of School Children Commission with a wide mandate covering out of school girls and boys is at the final stage of preparations for takeoff…

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The Hon. Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, SAN, CON is championing the advocacy for the out of school citizenry, where he revealed that “while progress has been made in increasing girls enrolment in schools, there is still much work to be done to ensure that all Nigerian girls have the opportunity to receive quality education”.

Find below the full text of the Hon Minister’s presentation

INTRODUCTION TO ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
The concept of alternative education for girls was birthed out of the desire that young girls who dropped out of school for reasons such as early pregnancy, economic hardship, child marriage or those who were marginalised due to cultural or social barriers, had another opportunity to go back to school to complete and advance their educational goals, acquire skills and be empowered.

It is one of the programmes of the Federal Ministry of Education (FME). However, in this instance, we are using one of the programmes of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), an agency of the FME as an example.

BENEFICIARIES
It is aimed at providing access to married women and young girls who for one reason or the other have not completed their Basic Education programme. It is also for women and girls who for one reason or the other, were never enrolled in school.

The Alternative School Programme is generally designed to improve access to education for all Nigerian children in line with the aspirations of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-4) on ‘Qualitative and inclusive education for all’ and to significantly reduce the number, and ultimately eliminate Out-of-School-Children.

It is to provide these categories of women and girls another chance to realise their dreams of becoming literate, educated and playing an important role in family life, community development and society like any other educated citizen

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has thirty-five (35) Alternative High School Projects in already existing schools mostly in the Northern part of the country, thirty-two (32) of which are completed, two(2) ongoing and one (1) suspended due to security challenges.

The Commission has also expanded and constructed eleven (11) Alternative High Schools in different parts of Nigeria bringing the total to 45.

Other parastatals/agencies of the Ministry such as the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC) and the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) also have similar programmes.

A new commission, the Almajiri and Out of School Children Commission with a wide mandate covering out of school girls and boys is at the final stage of preparations for takeoff.

A large proportion of the target learners are expected to be girls. . Many State Governments especially in the North-East, severely affected by insurgency have mounted programmes with most of the beneficiaries being young girls and women.

The First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON recently announced plans to strengthen and give additional impetus to the Alternative High School for Girls. This high-profile intervention is a major step towards empowering the country’s most vulnerable young women.

This programme aims to give girls who have dropped out of school a further opportunity for education. As noted by the First Lady, the goal is to reach girls impacted by issues like teen pregnancy, domestic violence, human trafficking and drug addiction. By creating pathways back to the classroom, this initiative is expected to transform their lives.

The First Lady has declared her support for the education of the girl child aimed at closing the gaps in girls’ education in Nigeria.

In furtherance of her passion, she was physically in Bauchi to commission a new UBEC Second Chance School (Renamed Alternative High School for girls) and inaugurated an ICT centre and some educational facilities in March 2024.

The First Lady also turned the sod for a new Alternative High School for Girls in Osogbo on 23rd April 2024, and urged the State governments to strengthen girl child education in their various states. These interventions by Her Excellency have turned her into the chief advocate for an effective, massive alternative high school system for girls in Nigeria. The FME could not have prayed for a better and stronger voice of support in this key programmes.

The First Lady’s visionary initiative is expected to spark similar endeavours across the country in the states, igniting a wave of empowerment and opportunity for young girls everywhere.

It serves as a reminder that every girl deserves access to quality education and the chance to realise her full potential. We must remember that these are our future mothers, wives and the foundation of our country.

WHAT FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION IS DOING
Nigeria has millions of Out of School Children (OoSC) in the school-age group, reportedly one of the largest, with the majority of them concentrated in Northern Nigeria, where secondary school completion rates among girls are lower than the southern region of the country.

There are also significant levels of violence around schools with girls being more at risk of gender-based violence, an array of issues including poverty and negative cultural practices stand as barriers to education for girls.

POLICY ENVIRONMENT
The Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with a number of bilateral partners such as UNICEF has developed number of policy initiatives as follows among others:

The National Re-entry Guidelines for adolescent girls who dropped out of secondary school for various reasons, which serve as a policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria to help get girls back to school seamlessly and without hindrance.
National Strategy for Retention, Completion and Transition for adolescent girls.

These two policies were approved by the National Council on Education (NCE) on 14th December, 2023 in Lagos, Nigeria.

SAFE SCHOOLS
Nigeria was one of the first 37 UN Member States to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) and the Federal Ministry of Education signed the Letter of Endorsement on 8th March, 2018.

A Plan of Action (PoA) 2018-2020 was developed by the FME in collaboration with Partners in Education in Emergency Working Group Nigeria (EiEWGN).

The PoA centred mostly on getting the commitment of the different arms of government to the development of Nigeria-specific policies and strategies that would aid in SSD implementation in every State and Local Government area of Nigeria.

To actualise this, the following policies were developed by the FME in collaboration and with support from Partner-members of EiEWGN:
National Policy on Safety, Security and Violence-Free Schools (NPSSVFS)
Minimum Standards (MS) for Safe Schools
Plan of Action (PoA) 2021-2023
Guidelines for Schools and Learning Facilities Reopening After Covid-19 Pandemic Closures: Taking Responsibility for Safe Schools and Quality Learning.

Safe Schools Declaration Reporting and Assessment Forms in Conflict Areas.

A Facilitator’s Guide for the Minimum Standards for Safe Schools Declaration.
Education in Emergency Curriculum: The Teachers’ Guide is currently being developed (with NERDC and Partners)

These policies are meant to ensure uniformity in the implementation of Safe Schools Declaration in all States and LGAs in Nigeria.

The National Plan for Financing Safe Schools in Nigeria was developed and launched in December 2022 along with Safe Schools documents to aid the implementation of the Plan.

The high end of these policies is the establishment of the National School Safety and Security Response Centre (NSSSRC).

ESTABLISHMENT AND COLLABORATION WITH NSSSRC
The National School Safety and Security Response Centre (NSSSRC) has been set up at the headquarters of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) with the mandate to protect all schools in Nigeria.

The Federal Ministry of Education, in collaboration with NSSSRC, all the arms of the Military and other Stakeholders, trained officers to monitor, receive reports and ensure prompt response to potential or actual attacks on schools in Nigeria.

All Schools are required to register on the NSSSRC platform for easy access to the facilities.
State governments are also expected to ensure schools in their States are registered on the platform

THE ADOLESCENT GIRLS INITIATIVE FOR LEARNING AND EMPOWERMENT (AGILE) PROJECT
In furtherance to address the issues of poverty, negative cultural practices, gender-based violence among others, which stand as barriers against girls education, the Federal Government with the support of the World Bank initiated the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) Project.

The AGILE Project aims to improve secondary education opportunities among girls in targeted areas in the seven(7) participating states namely: Borno, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, and Plateau (Parent States). The successes recorded in the AGILE Project within a relatively short time led to its expansion to 11 additional states: Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Niger, Kogi, Kwara, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara (Additional Financing States).

It is a multisectoral project being coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Education and also involves Federal Ministries of Finance, Women Affairs, Health, Youth Development, Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation and is being implemented by the State Ministries of Education.

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