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Buhari okays special salary for teachers, increases service period



New dawn is here for teachers as President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for them to mark the 2020 edition of the World Teachers Day.

Teachers across the country also get extension of teaching period with the President announcing an increase in their number of years of service from 35 to 40 and age of retirement from 60 to 65.

These incentives were announced in Abuja on Monday during a ceremony to commemorate the teachers’ day held under the theme ‘Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future’.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who represented President Buhari at the event, said the new salary scheme was meant to appreciate the worth of the teachers and encourage them to deliver improved service.

He said, “Only great teachers can produce excellent people and students that will make the future of our country great. A positive or negative influence of a teacher on any child will have an effect on that child. Therefore, the Federal Government is ensuring quality education to access.”

Buhari said his administration had resolved to give priority to quality education of teachers and ensure their continued development.

“In order to attract investment in the teaching profession, the quality of the introduction of bursary award has been restored,” he said.

According to him, the special pension scheme as well as the new teachers’ retirement would enable the teaching profession to retain its experienced talents.

He said the new incentives would include the provisions for rural posting allowance, science teachers allowance and peculiar allowance.

The package also involve building low-cost housing for teachers in rural areas; sponsorship to at least one refresher training per annum to benchmark best practices for improved teaching and learning.

“Expansion of the annual Presidential Teachers and Schools Awards to cover more categories and for the outstanding,” he said.

Buhari said he had approved the reintroduction of bursary award to education students in universities and colleges of education with the assurance of automatic employment upon graduation.

“The payment of stipends to Bachelor of Education students as well as granting them automatic employment after graduation is now a government policy,” he said.

Meanwhile, a teacher from Amoye Grammar School, Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State, Asubiojo Henry Olaoluwa, has emerged the best public secondary school teacher in Nigeria in the 2020 President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award.

Aliyu Alhasan from IPDI, Minna, and St. Joseph CRS School, Iboko Offot, Uyo, emerged first and second runners-up, respectively.

Istifanus Caroline, a teacher from ECWA. L. Crawford, Kaltungo, Gombe State, was declared the best private junior school teacher.

Olaoluwa and Caroline were presented with brand new cars, in addition to award certificates in Abuja at the event to mark the 2020 World Teachers Day Abuja.

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Gunmen attack Benue monarch



Gunmen have attacked the palace of Kindred head of Jor Fada, Chief Terhile Atser, in Gboko.

They destroyed property worth millions during the attack at the weekend.

The palace of the Kindred head is located on No 36 Jooji Kyado street Gboko East in Gboko Local Government area of Benue state.

Property destroyed during the attack include vehicles, , motorcycles and personal belongings.

The motive behind the attack was not known.

Younger brother of the traditional ruler, Mr Robert Nomishu, told newsmen the attackers, numbering five, stormed the palace around about 1:45 am last Friday.

They wore a face mask and were armed with guns, axes and clubs and asked after the traditional ruler, who was not at home during the incident.

He said they proceeded to smash window glasses and doors in an operation that lasted for over one hour when they didn’t see their target.

No life was last in the operation but the matter has been reported to Gboko Divisional Police office in Gboko.

Benue Police Command Makurdi said they are yet to get the report from Gboko.

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Umahi orders investigation into alleged torture of ex aide



Ebonyi Governor David Umahi on Sunday ordered an investigation into the alleged attack and kidnap of his former aide, Amos Ogbonnaya.

Ogbonnaya, who was the Coordinator of Anuagata Development Centre in Ohaozara local government area, was kidnapped and tortured last Thursday by suspected political thugs.

He was freed on Friday by his abductors and currently hospitalised following injuries he sustained.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have been accusing each other of masterminding the kidnap and torture.

Umahi, who condemned the kidnap, ordered full investigation into the incident.

The Governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, said: “Having followed the trend of events including accusations and counter-accusations in some quarters, The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, condemns the unsavory situation in strong terms knowing that such is unhealthy for collective democratic existence.

“To this end, the Governor has directed the Police and other Security Agencies to swing into action by unearthing all perpetrators of the dastardly act to enable them to face justice as he equally wishes Mr. Amos Ogbonna a quick recovery.”

He noted that he was committed to the security and safety of all citizens despite the political divides, adding a threat to one’s safety is a threat to the safety of all.W

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Boko Haram To Kwapre Adamawa: Pay N28m Or Lose 52 Captives In Our Custody



…Community leaders plead with Buhari, Gov Fintiri to intervene to save captives

Many weeks after Boko Haram terrorists invaded Kwapre community in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State and made away with no fewer than 52 members of the area, the insurgents have sent a demand notice to the village head to either pay a ransom of N28 million or lose the captives.

The terrorists, who are said to be emboldened by the proximity of the community to the dreaded Sambisa Forest and its inaccessibility by security agencies, have also threatened to be taking taxes from the community, which they now patrol with ease.

During the deadly attack on the community last month, the terrorists did not only kill 11 members of the village, but they also razed many houses and looted valuables belonging to the besieged community.

Arewa Voice gathered that majority of the captives are women and children whose parents, husbands and relatives are now wondering whether they are alive or dead, having not been seen since they were seized by the terrorists for over five weeks running.

Alarmed by the demand notice by the terrorists, the Village Head of Kwapre, Joel Kulaha, has sent a Save-Our-Soul plea to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Adamawa State Governor, Alhaji Fintiri, to come to the rescue of the people.

The village head lamented that they neither have the huge amount of money demanded by the terrorists nor know how to reach them for any form of negotiation to secure the release of their people from captivity.

The royal fathers called on the Governor to do everything possible towards securing the release of their relations, saying that their situation calls for concern and immediate intervention.

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