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ASUU: Gov Ishaku Vows Not To Pay TSU Lecturers Over Strike Action

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By Janet Francis, Jalingo

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has on Sunday categorically stated that he will not pay the state university Lecturer salaries for joining the eight-monthly strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The governor made his position known to the public during the combined service of the TEKAN/ECWA 3rd Quarter Combine Service held at the Trade Fair Ground in Jalingo.

He said Taraba State University Lecturers lack a reason to join the ASUU strike, hence his decision not to pay those that took part in the action salaries for the said months.

He noted that the Lecturers must face the consequences of keeping students at home for over eight months.

“We the big wings are accused of sending our children abroad for schooling and when we asked our lecturers to go back to class so that children of the common people can equally obtain the education, they refused.

Governor Darius Ishaku also informed the gathering that his administration from 2015 to date had done exceedingly well in the area of Water supply, and Education among others.

According to the outgoing Governor, he had laid a foundation for his successor and charged the Christians to be united, pointing out that his administration run an inclusive government that paved way for all and sundry regardless of​ region and ethnic nationalism.

He thanked the Christian community in the state for contributing to his government from 2015 to date, while he appreciated President Mohammadu Buhari for awarding him with Commander Of the Niger (CON) and dedicated it to the people of the state.

On the same faith ticket, the Governor disagreed with such political settings, noting that the constitution allowed balance in positions of authority.

Therefore, he advised Nigerians to do the needful by knowing where to cast their votes.

Governor Darius Ishaku (CON), however, expressed optimism that the country will have a peaceful election come 2023.

He appreciated the Chairman of TEKAN/ECWA, Rev. Philip Micah Dopah for standing by the victims of various disasters such as floods, ethnic crises, and banditry amongst others in the state.

It was gathered that many people in the state were not happy with the governor’s decision to deny the lecturers their rights.

Bitrus Kefas, and Isa Bilal in an interview said ” This has not come to us as a surprise because even before the strike, lecturers at the Taraba State University were not been paid full salaries.

“They have been receiving half salary for a while, instead of the governor to be funding the institution he only collects what they have generated,” They alleged.

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JAMB 2024: How 115 Students Of Solid Foundation Tutors Scored Above 300 In Taraba 

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By Sani Yarima 

Over 115 students from various schools who enrolled with the Solid Foundation Tutors in Taraba State have achieved scores of 250 and above in the 2024 JAMB examination.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Mr. William Moses Iro, shared this information with journalists in Jalingo, the capital city.

He said nine (9) out of the over one hundred and fifteen (115) students scored 300 and above while others scored 250 and above in their 2024 JAMB.

The organization was established in October 2015, initially operating at Success Nursery and Primary School in Magami with 48 students. 

Over the years, the student population has rapidly grown, and currently, they have over 1000 students.

In 2018, they requested a more suitable location, and the Taraba State Ministry of Education relocated them to Low-cost Nursery and Primary School, where they currently conduct their lessons.

Mr. William Moses Iro mentioned that the center has over twenty teachers, including specialized teachers for subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. 

They offer a wide range of courses, including English, Mathematics, Financial Accounting, Literature, Government, and Religious Studies. 

For younger children, they focus on developing their reading and numeric skills and also provide additional support for struggling students. 

Mr. Iro emphasized the need for serious commitment from their students and encouraged them to overcome the mentality that certain subjects are difficult.

He said they aim to contribute positively to the education system and empower young people in the community in line with Governor Agbu Kefas’s free education agenda.

Mr. Moses expressed pride in the success stories achieved by the foundation. 

He noted that many students who previously struggled with professional courses and university placements are now excelling in their chosen fields thanks to the foundation. 

Additionally, Iro pointed out that before the establishment of the foundation, many of them were not studying in universities beyond Yola, Taraba, or Maiduguri, but now they are studying in prestigious institutions such as OAU, Unilag, Nsukka, and other universities, pursuing their dream courses.

Mr. Iro shared that he was previously employed at a multimedia company in Ile-Ife, Osun State but was inspired to start the tutorial center in Jalingo to positively impact students and help them achieve their goals.

The classes run from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm on weekends and during vacations, they have full-day sessions to cover the syllabus and teach study skills.

According to him, their main challenge is the lack of suitable venues for classes, especially for general subjects like English and Mathematics. 

Mr. William Moses Iro urged Governor Kefas for assistance in providing a dedicated hall for teaching. 

Additionally, they face challenges with the stuffy environment during hot weather and expressed hope for support from the government to address these challenges to enable them to contribute to their vision of providing quality education.

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2024 JAMB: How 115 Students Of Solid Foundation Tutor Scored 300, 250 In Taraba 

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Over 115 students from various schools who enrolled with the Solid Foundation Tutor in Taraba State have achieved scores of 250 and above in the 2024 JAMB examination.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Mr. William Moses, shared this information with journalists in Jalingo, the capital city.

He said nine (9) out of the over one hundred and fifteen (115) students scored 300 and above in their 2024 JAMB.

The organization was established in October 2015, initially operating at Success Nursery and Primary School in Magami with 48 students. 

Over the years, the student population has rapidly grown, and currently, they have over 1000 students.

In 2018, they requested a more suitable location, and the Taraba State Ministry of Education relocated them to Low Past Nursery and Primary School, where they currently conduct their lessons.

Mr. William Moses mentioned that the center has over twenty teachers, including specialized teachers for subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. 

They offer a wide range of courses, including English, Mathematics, Financial Accounting, Literature, Government, and Religious Studies. 

For younger children, they focus on developing their reading and numeric skills and also provide additional support for struggling students. 

Mr. Moses emphasized the need for serious commitment from their students and encouraged them to overcome the mentality that certain subjects are difficult.

He said they aim to contribute positively to the education system and empower young people in the community in line with Governor Agbu Kefas’s free education agenda.

Mr. Moses expressed pride in the success stories achieved by the foundation. 

He noted that many students who previously struggled with professional courses and university placements are now excelling in their chosen fields thanks to the foundation. 

Additionally, Moses pointed out that before the establishment of the foundation, many of them were not studying in universities beyond Yola, Taraba, or Maiduguri, but now they are studying in prestigious institutions such as OAU, Unilag, Nsukka, and other universities, pursuing their dream courses.

Mr. Moses shared that he was previously employed at a multimedia company in Ile Ife, but was inspired to start the tutorial center in Jalingo to positively impact students and help them achieve their goals.

The classes run from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm on weekends. During vacations, they have full-day sessions to cover the syllabus and teach study skills.

According to him, their main challenge is the lack of suitable venues for classes, especially for general subjects like English and Mathematics. 

Mr. William Moses urged Governor Kefas for assistance in providing a dedicated hall for teaching. 

Additionally, they face challenges with the stuffy environment during hot weather and expressed hope for support from the government to address these challenges to enable them to contribute to their vision of providing quality education.

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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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