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Buhari okays special salary for teachers, increases service period

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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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FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office  

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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).

This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.

The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.

“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

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56 people eating Nigeria like termites — Al Mustapha alleges

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Former Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha

…Says Nigerian soldiers have turned into a police

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Buhari appoints Semiu Adeniran new stastician general

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeniran as the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”

“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”

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