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Treat Corps Members As Permanent Staff – NYSC Urges Corps Employers

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), in Bauchi state has urged all corps employers across the country to accord the corps members posted to their organizations the same treatment given to their permanent staff.

The Director, Northeast Area Office, NYSC, Alh. Yahaya Ahidjo, made the call on Wednesday during the 2023 NYSC One-day corps employers workshop in Bauchi.

He said this could be done by prioritising their welfare as being done with the permanent staff, adding that such a gesture would help in boosting their morale to perform optimally.

“Employers are expected to make statutory welfare provisions for the corps Members, including transportation, accommodation with minimal furnishing among other provisions that will help boost their morale.

“May I therefore, make a passionate appeal to corps employers to pay particular attention to the ones posted to their organisations by according them the same treatment given to their permanent staff,” he said.

Ahidjo also called on them to apply appropriate sanctions to corps members whenever they are found wanting as well as report such acts of wrong doings to the NYSC management.

The Director further implored corps employers to appreciate the services of corps members by providing them with permanent employment after their service year, irrespective of their states of origin.

This, he said, would further promote socio-economic growth and mobility of labour as a strategy for national integration.

In her address, the state Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Rifkatu Yakubu, explained that the workshop was an avenue to get feedback from corps employers on the operations of the scheme with a view to adopt better strategies for improved performance.

She said it was also an avenue for the scheme to keep the stakeholders particularly, the corps employers abreast of its operations.

“The workshop is also to forge a closer working relationship between managers of the scheme, corps employers and corps members with a focus on their respective roles towards the upliftment of the scheme in the service of the nation,” she said.

The theme of the workshop is ‘Deepening Corps Employers Participation towards Improved Welfare and Security of Corps members’.

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Environment Ministry, ACReSAL Hands-Over Solar-Powered Borehole To Community In Taraba 

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By Sani Yarima

The Taraba State Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, in partnership with the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), officially handed over a solar-powered borehole to a community.

The handing over-ceremony took place on Friday 4th April 2024.

The borehole, which was initiated and completed by the ACReSAL project, is situated near the Galadiman Muri residence in the Jalingo local government area of the state.

During the event, the State Commissioner of Environment and Climate Change, Hajiya Aishat Barde announced the State Government’s tree-planting campaign, which is set to commence with the growing of seedlings at various nurseries across the 16 LGAs in the state.

Additionally, ACReSAL will work on reviving and operating six seedling nurseries within Taraba State. 

Barde said that the tree-planting campaign will be carried out in phases, beginning with the onset of the rainy season.

The Commissioner espoused the view that tree planting is the most effective technology for controlling climate change, and that this philosophy is driving the government’s desire to plant trees.

The Galadiman Muri, Alhaji Tukur Abba Tukur, expressed gratitude to God Almighty for the successful realization of the project and commended the State Government for installing the solar-powered borehole in his community and across the state. 

Tukur, who is also the District Head of Jalingo, pledged his unwavering support to the government in ensuring the success of the project.

Hajiya Aishat Barde and her team conducted an inspection of the seedling nurseries and solar-powered boreholes within Jalingo and at Bakin Dutse, Ardo-Kola LGA of the State to assess the level of success recorded thus far.

The delegation included the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Mr. Aminu Ayuba Kotolo, the Director of Forestry and Wildlife, Mr. Chifang Rimamkanati, and other key management personnel of ACReSAL and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

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Photos News: Gov Kefas Organizes New Year Dinner For Journalists

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Governor Agbu kefas of Taraba State has reassured the people of the State that he would remains their servant.

The Governor disclosed this at a New Year Dinner with Media practitioners in the state.

According to him, by the grace of God, “I will not fail you, whenever I go out within Jalingo or other parts of the state, and I see the way people are coming out and waving us, I used to tell myself that these people are looking up to me, therefore, I shall not fail them. We must ensure that we give our younger generation the best to enable them to become even better than us.

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The Governor further appealed to the media practitioners to assist him in policy formation and promised to continue carrying them along as partners in progress.

In a short remark, the State Commissioner for Information and Reorientation, Hon Zainab Usman Jalingo thanked Governor Kefas for the gesture and urged him to consider the requests of the journalists to enable them to project the policies and programs of the government effectively.

Hon. Barr. Zainab Usman Jalingo

In his contribution, a Veteran Journalist and former Commissioner for Information and Reorientation, Hon. Barr. Danjuma Adamu commended Governor Agbu Kefas for changing the narrative of the State through both human and infrastructure development with his Moving Forward agenda and advised him not to relent in his effort to revive ministries and make them functional for the success of his administration.

Hon. Barr. Danjuma Adamu

He also described the Press and the government as partners in progress and stressed the need to sustain the relationship as the Governor promised.

The State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Aminu Alkali, the Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kizito Bonzena, the SGS, Barr. GT Kataps, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief JJ Williams, and some of the Commissioners were in attendance.

Others included the Special Adviser to Governor Agbu Kefas on Media and Digital Communications, Hon. Emmanuel Bello, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Yusuf Sanda, the General Managers of TTV, TSBS, FRCN, and NTA, Rock FM and Shinmo FM Jalingo, Taraba News, the Taraba State NUJ Chairman, Mr. Mathew Eliud Jen, and the State Chairperson of NAWOJ, Madam Dinatu Audu among others.

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2024: How Gov Kefas Hosted Journalists To A Dinner 

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Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State recently hosted a dinner for journalists in the state, held at his residence, Gospel House in Jalingo. 

During the event, he reiterated his administration’s commitment to serving the people of the state and encouraged journalists to provide accurate reporting on government-owned institutions to facilitate necessary action.

Governor Kefas emphasized the need to revive the use of history in schools across the state and announced new educational requirements for teachers.

He stated that primary school teachers must now hold a degree, while secondary school teachers must possess a Master’s degree. 

“Once accurate statistics for the schools are obtained, the government plans to remodel the schools,” says Kefas.

Governor Kefas pledged to provide a conducive working environment for journalists to carry out their constitutional role of projecting the policies and programs of his administration. 

He promised to provide mobility for the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Correspondent’s Chapel, and the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), as well as renovate the NUJ Press Centre, while he announced that his Deputy, Alhaji Aminu Alkali will on Monday visit both the NUJ and NTA Jalingo Centre for assessment.

In her remarks, the State Commissioner for Information and Reorientation, Hon. Zainab Usman Jalingo, urged the governor to look into the requests made by journalists and emphasized the need for cooperation between the press and the government to achieve their set goals. 

She thanked the governor for the interface and urged him to grant some of the requests of the press, which she said had already been before her table.

During his remarks, Hon. Danjuma Adamu, a veteran journalist and former Commissioner in the State provided a succinct overview of the historical evolution of the Press as the fourth Estate of the realm, and the subsequent emergence of the doctrine of separation of powers. 

Barrister Adamu asserted that the press and the government are partners in progress and urged for a sustainable relationship. 

He also highlighted the importance of a healthy relationship between the press and the government in promoting societal growth and development.

He commended the governor for his developmental milestones and described him as a youthful, charming, and dynamic leader.

Hon. Barr. Danjuma Adamu, however, proceeded to urge journalists to remain steadfast in their commitment to partnering with the government for the success of Governor Kefas’s administration.

He expressed optimism that now that Governor Agbu Kefas has signed his budget into law, a lot will be done as ministries will be carrying out projects that would benefit the people of the State which is the major agenda of Dr. Kefas of “Moving Forward”. 

“He became a Governor not by accident but he was anointed and God knows his heart that is why he made him and he is doing well,” says Hon. Adamu.

Additionally, Hon. Danjuma Adamu advised the governor to revive and make ministries functional as it would enable him to achieve his set desired goals. 

However, several individuals delivered brief speeches, including Mr. Mathew Eliud Jen, the Taraba State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ); Mr. Gabriel Yough, the Chairman of the NUJ Correspondent’s Chapel; Madam Dorcas Philemon, the North-East Zonal Vice Chairperson of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ); and Mr. Joseph, who spoke on behalf of the local Publishers Forum in the State.

The distinguished attendees expressed their utmost appreciation for the Governor’s unwavering commitment to development and acknowledged his unwavering support towards the unions, even before he was elected Governor. 

In conclusion, Governor Kefas’s commitment to serving the people of Taraba State was evident during the dinner with journalists. 

His administration’s focus on improving the education sector and providing a conducive working environment for journalists demonstrates the government’s dedication to bettering the lives of its citizens.

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