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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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College Of Agric Ganye To Get A Facelift – Adamawa Govt

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By Jessica John Bakari

The Adamawa State Government has reiterated its commitment to give College of Agric Ganye a facelift to make it compete with other sister institutions in Nigeria.

This was coming as the College has been selected for artificial insemination by the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project L_press, a World Bank project

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiti represented by his deputy Prof Kaletapwa Farauta revealed this at the college on Friday when he visited the institution to have a clear picture of its problems. 

From L: Deputy Governor, Prof Farauta and Gangwari Ganye, Alh Umaru Adamu Sanda

He said the move is part of efforts to fulfill his campaign promises, even as he made emphasis on the need for accreditation of the college programmes to guarantee the credibility of its certificates.

Fintiri reassured that his administration is on course to transform the education sector for good and college of Agric Ganye is not an exception, calling for cooperation, unity and patience by all and sundry for the desired result.

The Provost of the College Engineer Hussaini Idris Danjuma who conducted the Governor round the institution, acknowledged the keen interest of the government in the college, established over thirty years.

According to him, the College has suffered neglect occasioned by under funding among others over the years until the coming of Governor Fintiri who always matches word with action. 

The Provost revealed that the Governor in his magnanimity made the provision of 20 staff houses, 150 KVA generator, and approved establishment of Gyawana Campus among other interventions.

While highlighting some of the grey areas in the institution for redress, Engineer Danjuma revealed that none of the 14 programmes of the college have been accreditated.   

Governor Fintiri upon arrival in Ganye has paid a homage on the palace of Ganwari Ganye, Alh Umaru Adamu Sanda where assured the royal father the government’s commitment to better the lives of the people.

The Gangwari Gañye commended Governor Fintiri for bringing on board, Prof Farauta as his deputy, pointing out that her wealth of experience has added value to government’s quest to change education and other sectors for good.

The commissioner of Education and Human Capital Development, Dr Umar Garba Pella, and that of Land and Survey, Mr Joab Samah, Special Advisers among others were among the Governor’s entourage. 

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Gov Kefas Commends Management Of NYSC Scheme

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The Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Agbu Kefas has commended the management of the National Youth Service Corps( NYSC) for their dedication and commitment to the realization of the objectives of the scheme in the state. 

Dr. Kefas made this known when he presided over the Closing ceremony of the 2023 Batch C Stream 1 orientation course for the Corps Members deployed to the state, held at the permanent orientation course, Sibre.

He also used the medium to implore the members, particularly those who will be posted to the private and public schools in the state to make painstaking efforts and avail themselves of their attained academic qualifications and the training garnered from the orientation course to impact and mentor the students in those schools.

While appreciating the Corps Members for their excellent performance, during the orientation course, the Governor further stated that this shows glaringly that there is a renewed hope that the Nation will be one, united, and developed.

The State Chief Executive further tasked the members to see their training as one of the ways of repositioning themselves as future leaders of the Nation, urging them to always remain law-abiding, committed, focused, dedicated, and set to contribute to the development of the state.

Earlier in an address,  the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Anthony M. Nzoka expressed his gratitude to the Governor for his invaluable support and assistance to the scheme.

He used the opportunity to reassure the Special Guest of Honour of the scheme’s readiness to partner with the state government to deliver the dividends of democracy at all times.

In attendance include the Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaji Aminu Abdulahi Alkali, and the Secretary to the Government of the State, Barr. G. T. Kataps, the Hon. Commissioner of Youth and Sports, Amb. Joshua Joseph, other members of the state executive council amongst others.

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UNICEF’s Climate Change Education Averting Future Dangers – School Teacher

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Mr Abdullahi Idris, Climate Change Education teacher, Government Junior Secondary School, Sakwa in Zaki Local Government Area of Bauchi state, says that the climate change education introduced by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was averting future dangers in the state.

He stated this in an interview with newsmen when a team from UNICEF Bauchi Field Office visited the school to assess the impact of the incorporation of climate change education into the school curriculum as part of activities to commemorate the 2023 World Children’s Day.

According to him, teaching students about climate change at the junior level would not only avert several imminent dangers in the future, but also broaden the pupils’ knowledge about climate change and how to protect the environment against its adversities.

“UNICEF trained us on climate change last year, provided teaching materials and we are teaching our students the subjects.

“Not only that, we have about 100 pupils in our Nature Club who have projects they carry out.

“Each member of the club has at least one tree he is nurturing and watering daily.

They now preach afforestation against deforestation in our little community and they learn about waste recycling and erosion control and many other things,” he said.

Idris also stated that had embarked on massive tree planting in not only the school premises but in their various places of residence.

One of the students, Hafsat Sanda, said she had been effectively taught about climate change as well as waste recycling.

She said “after drinking coca-cola, people throw away the bottle, others will pick, wash and put zobo drink inside.

“Likewise sachet water bags, the polythene bags are used to make pillows, and cartons are used in making mosquito repellent and ceiling boards.

“Also if the latrine is full, the waste can be packed and used on the farm as manure. These are few of what we have learned from the climate change subject,” she said.

UNICEF also organised an inter-school quiz competition on climate change to commemorate the world children’s day in Azare, the Headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of the state.

Government Junior Secondary School, Ungwan Hadejia from Shira LGA took the first position by scoring 20 points, while Government Junior Secondary School, Katagum took the second position with 17 points.

Government Day Junior Secondary School, Yana from Shira LGA took the third position with 17 points.

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