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Gombe govt offers 2 Corps members automatic employment



Gombe govt offers 2 Corps members automatic employment

…As 13 corps members get extension of service in Nasarawa State***

The Gombe State Government, on Thursday, offered automatic employment to Two outstanding National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members as eight others were honoured with the state merit award.

The newsmen report that the corps members are: Aisha Saba-Yabagi from Niger with state code GM/19A/0248 and Uzoamaka Blessing from Imo with state code GM/19A/0872.

A total of 1, 203 corps members passed out at a ceremony held at the Gombe Pantami Stadium to mark the completion of the mandatory one year service for the 2019 Batch “A” members in the state.

Gov. Inuwa Yahaya, who was represented by the Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Julius Ishaya, said the corps members were honoured for their exceptional roles toward the development of the state.

Yahaya said the corps members initiated programmes that benefitted their host communities and by their acts, fulfilled the essence of the scheme in fostering national unity, integration, and provision of even socio-economic development.

While commending the NYSC’s skills acquisition and entrepreneurial programmes, the governor charged the youths to take advantage of government youth-oriented programmes to be self-reliant instead of waiting for white-collar jobs.

Yahaya reiterated that his administration would continue to reward excellence and corps members’ efforts to develop communities and improve the wellbeing of the good people of the state.

Earlier, Mrs Florence Yaakugh, NYSC Coordinator in the state, said the scheme had instilled in all the corps members a sense of duty, teamwork, and spirit of co-existence among other things.

Yaakugh said the corps members had impacted healthcare delivery, education, skill acquisition, and entrepreneurship development and rural infrastructure which according to her, will go a long way in complementing government’s efforts to develop the state.

She, however, stated that two corps members who absconded during their service year would be made to repeat the exercise, while six others would serve extension of their services for various offences committed.

She added: “These punitive measures are to serve as a deterrent to other serving corps members. NYSC frowns at truancy and indiscipline and will not hesitate to correct such acts in accordance with NYSC Act’’.

Ms Aisha Saba-Yabagi, one of the corps members offered employment said that she was excited about the offer while encouraging intending corps members to cultivate the habit of finding solutions to challenges while in service .

In the meantime, thirteen corps members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Nasarawa State are to get extension of service for various misconduct committed during the service year.

Mr Stephen Dewan, NYSC Coordinator in the state, made this known in Lafia on Thursday, during the passing out parade for the 2019 Batch “A” corps members in the state.

“Your Excellency sir, a total of 2,414 corps members are passing out today while 13 of them are facing various disciplinary cases and will have their service extended based on the offences they committed during the service year,” he said.

Dewan explained that the punishments would take effect after final ratification by the Nasarawa State NYSC Governing Board.

“Some corps members erred during the service year while others left their places of primary assignment without permission among other offences.

“The extension will depend on the gravity of their misconduct,” he said.

Also read:  2020 Batch A Orientation Programme not postponed – NYSC

The coordinator said the decision to punish the erring corps members was based on the recommendation of the state NYSC Disciplinary Committee.

Dewan also noted that three corps members had distinguished themselves for the various community development projects they embarked on and completed and would soon be rewarded accordingly.

The coordinator advised the corps members who were passing out to take advantage of the skills they acquired during their service year for self-employment.

He urged them to take advantage of the skills acquisition training to support themselves pending when a government job would come.

Dewan also thanked the state government for supporting NYSC and creating a conducive atmosphere for the scheme to meet its goals in the state.

In his speech, Gov. Abdullahi Sule represented by his Deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, commended the patriotism, commitment and diligence of the corps members in the past 12 months of their national service.

“I have no doubt that the various communities and establishments in which you served have benefitted immensely from your intellectual prowess and community development activities.

“I, therefore, urge you to continue in this spirit for the overall social and economic development of our country,” Sule said.

The governor also urged them to take advantage of the skills acquisition and entrepreneurial development training they received during the service year to reduce poverty among graduate youths and to generate employment and create wealth for themselves instead of waiting for white-collar jobs.

“In the same vein, I implore you to key into the initiatives of the Federal and State Governments aimed at empowering the youth.

“These programmes include the National Directorate of Employment Entrepreneurial Development Scheme, the Social Investment Programme, among others with a view to addressing unemployment in Nigeria,” he said.

He also urged them to shun all destructive tendencies and resist being used as political thugs, kidnappers, and agents of economic sabotage, among others



Smouldering: ASUU Urges FG To Honour Agreements, Memoranda



Smouldering: ASUU Urges FG To Honour Agreements, Memoranda

…ASUU urges FG to honour agreements, memoranda

The Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU), Kano zone, has called on the Federal Government to address all the outstanding issues in the agreements and memoranda they signed with the union to ensure industrial harmony in Nigeria.

The call was made by the Zonal Coordinator, Mr Abdulqadir Muhammad, during a news briefing at the end of a zonal meeting comprising the seven universities in the zone on Thursday in Kano.

He explained that the issues include renegotiation of the Federal Government – ASUU 2009 agreement and funding for the revitalization of public universities for global reckoning, and respect for university autonomy, among others.

According to him, the non-signing of the draft renegotiated agreement has led to widespread discontent and declining morale among their members, resulting in brain drain

“Therefore, ASUU Kano zone calls on the President Bola Tinubu-led administration to respect the provisions of the International Labour Organization(ILO) convention, to which Nigeria is a signatory.”

He also called for the release of funds for the payment of salary arrears, Earned Academic Allowances (EAA)  and withheld salary.

On university autonomy, the union called on the Kano State Government to immediately reinstate the arbitrarily dissolved governing council of the two state-owned universities.

ASUU Kano zone further called on the state governments to take a queue from the presidential directive resulting from court ruling to exempt tertiary institutions from IPPIS and stop illegal enrollment of their members into related platforms.

On the state of the nation, ASUU expressed worry over recurring insecurity, poverty, unemployment, rising cost of living, livelihood displacement, and heightened destitution in the country.

They also called on the government to urgently review the Nigeria University Commission, (NUC) Act to check the proliferation of universities in the country without adequate provision for funding.

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Afolabi Foundation To Award 2000 Scholarship In 2024, Donates Furniture To Abia School



Afolabi Foundation To Award 2000 Scholarship In 2024, Donates Furniture To Abia School

The Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF), the philanthropic arm of SIFAX Group, has set a target of awarding a scholarship to 2,000 indigent students nationwide in 2024.

Foluke Ademokun, Executive Coordinator, AAAF, while speaking on the activities of the non-governmental organisation in the first quarter of this year, noted that the driving force behind this initiative was to support indigent parents and tackle the menace of out-of-school children.

She said: “We are focused on helping the government reduce the number of out-of-school children, so in our way, we have provided a platform where we source and pay for school fees of indigent students across Nigeria so they can access quality education, despite the financial circumstance of their parents or guardians and we have been doing this since the inception of the Foundation about 15 years ago. Thousands of underprivileged children have benefitted from the Foundation.

“In the first quarter of 2024, we have paid for over 237 students in Lagos and Zaria and we are optimistic that before the end of the year, we should reach more than 2,000 students. The Foundation also plans to equip the students with in-demand skills, promote life-long learning opportunities, and reduce inequalities in access to quality education.”

Ademokun further said the foundation also extended support to Umunna Comprehensive Secondary School, Umuosu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State with the donation of 3-in-1 desks and seats to foster a good learning environment that would impact the student’s overall learning experience and success.

 “When we visited the school and we saw that the environment was not conducive for learning especially the tables and desks used by the students, we knew that an intervention was necessary to make the school attractive for the students, this was why we initiated this donation of new desks and seats. We believe that the students will be motivated and better engaged with the new desks and seats”, she noted.

Other projects executed by the Foundation and SIFAX Group in the first quarter of the year, according to Ademokun, include the provision of daily meals for indigents in Zaria, donation of foodstuffs to over 1,000 Lagos residents, free medical outreaches in Lagos and Ogun states, digital training for market women in Lagos, distribution of energy-efficient stoves to women in Abia state, and start-up grants to women in Zaria, Kaduna state. 

While commenting on the various projects, Basil Agboarumi, Executive Director, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, SIFAX Group noted that the Group was committed to investing in the underprivileged Nigerians through its various intervention projects aimed at improving their quality of life.

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Lion Kills OAU Zoo Attendant 



…Lion killed instantly 

Mr Olawuyi Olarewaju, a veterinary technologist with Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun,  has been killed by a Lion.

It was learnt that Olarewaju, who had been in charge of the OAU Zoological Garden for over a decade, was attacked by a nine -year-old male lion on Monday.

He was said to have been attacked while feeding the lion at the zoological garden of the university.

Confirming the incident, Mr Biodun Olarewaju, the OAU Public Relations Officer, said the management of the university had been thrown into mourning following the incident.

Olarewaju, in a statement in Ile-Ife, said that other members of staff of the university, who were at the scene of the incident did everything within their powers to rescue the deceased but the wild cat had already caused severe fatalities.

He said that saddened by the tragic event, the aggressive lion had been euthanized.

“On hearing the sad news, the management team, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebayo Bamire, abruptly ended an on-going meeting for an on-the-spot assessment.

“The vice chancellor was informed on arrival by the Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre, Dr Tirimisiyu Olatunji, that all first aid and medical efforts to save the life of the victim failed.

“The deceased has been taking care of the lions since they were born on campus about nine years ago but tragically, the male lion killed the man who had been feeding them.

“The university management has sent a delegation to the widow and children of the deceased,    imploring them to take solace in God who gives life and also has the power to take life,” he said.

Olarewaju said that the management had ordered a comprehensive investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

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