Buhari congratulates ex-commonwealth SG on 85th birthday

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated with the former commonwealth secretary general, Anyaoku, on his 85th birthday,as well as congratulated friends and family of the man.

Buhari described the former SG as a highly resourceful diplomat and elder statesman whose resume on international diplomacy and community development continued to inspire and instruct on the power of discipline, focus and knowledge.

The president felicitated with Anyaoku, noting that he was only African Secretary General of the commonwealth, affirming that the elder states man contributed seminally to Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999.

According to Buhari, the 85 year old combined his thorough understanding of peculiarities of the political structures, with his office and international network of friends, in order to garner support for the country’s transition.

In a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday through the president’s special adviser, Femi Adeshina, Buhari commended Anyaoku over his unwavering patriotism and commitment to the unity and progress of the country as he continues to contribute to national affairs.

Adeshina quoted the president as saying that the celebrant had supported presidency through formal and informal advice, including chairing the meeting that led to the adoption of the Abuja Accord.

“The meeting by which all the presidential candidates in 2015 committed themselves and their political parties to non-violent campaigns and acceptance of the results in good faith,” he said.

However, president buhari prayed that God granted Anyaoku, the Ichie Adazie of Obosi kingdom, longer life and more fruitful years to serve Nigeria.

Customs debunks alleged N1.5tn set for 2018 revenue, 577 officers retirement report

see url By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

That Nigerian Customs Service set N1.5 trillion as revenue to be generated in 2018 through the service’s commands across the federation has been proven unauthentic by the office which claimed that the information did not emerged from the service and that it was never in contact with any member of the public on the alleged report.

The service also debunked report that the office had signed retirement paper of 577 officers, who were claimed to be due to exit customs, but confirmed that of promotion and redeployment of its personnel as contained in a statement attributed to the service National Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, recently.

While report on the set N1.5 trillion and other development had sunk in the public domain, with believe that since the service was able to generated declared N1.2 trillion in 2017, shooting above its target for the year, and that covering the announced set figure should not be a problem for the service, The Guild gathered that the office that had not released such information to members of press.

Finding by our correspondent after contacting the service to clarified doubts on uncleared information, discovered that the report on the retirement of 577 officers must have been scooped from an internal monthly routine circular, which serves as reminder to officers that maybe due for retirement, and that it may have been double crossed by newsmen.

Meanwhile, The Guild had reported yesterday that the service Comptroller-General, Hammed Ali, announced N1.5 trillion as targeted revenue to be generated by the NCS before close of the stated year, the report which it later found unauthentic as claimed by its sources.

Attah, who confided in The Guild on Tuesday, discredited the report that the office had pegged N1.5 trillion as revenue to be generated in 2018 and that the information was not from office of the Controller-General.

He also cleared air over the 577 reported officers that were claimed would be going for retirement by undisclosed period, saying the information were not true.

The service boss expressed concerned over impression such report would have sent to public particularly on side of stakeholders.

According to him, the Controller-General did not released information on revenue to would be generated in 2018 nor did he directed any member of the service to inform public on any planned retirement.

“I am yet to come to term with report across dailies headlines that customs set N1.5 trillion for 2018 revenue and that it is also retiring 577 officers.

“At least, if there there were anything of such, it is ethical of journalists to contact my office to verify authenticity of the report before circulating”, he Attah clarified.

The service boss stated that the report never emanated from his office and public must disregard the information, which he discredited.

He assured that the office would reach out to media organisations so as not to misinformed members of the public with untrue information.

Meanwhile, on The Guild’s previous report, the information gathered was linked to a statement credited to Attah, by our sources who claimed that the report leaked after first management meeting for 2018 held in Abuja, where Ali was reported to had said that in 2017, the Service generated N1.37 trillion, surpassing the year’s target of N770.57 billion, and that the service would prove better in 2018

Our report claimed from the statement that promotion of officers, which would soon be approved by the board and the review of salaries, payment of bonus to Customs officials, were also part of development to be expected in 2018.

The Guild also wrote that the statement disclosed 577 officers due for retirement and according to a circular released which was signed by  Comptroller Establishments.

According to our report, the officers included a Deputy Comptroller General, an Assistant Comptroller General, 11 Comptrollers, 27 Deputy Comptrollers, 27 Assistant Comptrollers and 23 Chief Superintendents of Customs.

“Similarly, the Service carried out promotion and redeployment of some officers as contained in a statement issued some weeks ago by the Service National Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah.

“Among those promoted in acting capacity were Isa Talatu Mairo to Deputy Comptroller-General Tariff and Trade; Amajam Bukar, Controller, Federal Operations Unit Zone C, elevated to the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection and David Elisha Chikan as ACG (Human Resources and Development),’’ it said.

It said that the CGC charged the affected officers to see their appointments and as opportunities to contribute their best towards consolidating the gains of the ongoing reforms in the service,” it said.

Other rank and file listed on the retirement notice include five Chief Inspectors of Customs Terminal (CIC T); 21 Chief Inspector of Customs (CIC); 21 Superintendents of Customs (SC) and 36 Deputy Chief Inspectors of Customs (DCIC)

Others are 23 Deputy Comptrollers (DCs); 121 Assistant Chief Inspectors of Customs (ACIC); four ACIC1; 131 Deputy Inspectors of Customs (DIC) and one Assistant Superintendent of Customs 11

 

 

 

 

Police arrests Aisha Buhari impersonator in FCT

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

A woman, identified as Aisha Bello, who has been impersonating in image of President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, to get contract, has been arrested by Federal Capital Territory Police Command, which went after her upon receiving tips upon her location

It was learnt that suspect make use of Buhari’s name too solicit for contracts and financial assistance from unsuspecting members of the public.

The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, said that the commanded arrested a 37 years mother of four whom parading herself as Aisha Buhari and been going about soliciting for assistance with the name.

Briefing journalists after her arrested on Monday, Bello disclosed that suspect was arrested by police operatives on recently at Fadama office in Maitama, following a report that she contacted the coordinator of the project, requesting assistance with the name.

He added that the woman had sought for assistance in her capacity as the first lady before she was arrested by the police contacted after she arrived at the office.

“Today we have a special suspect to present to you; she is Aisha Muhammed Bello, 37 years old and a mother of four from Plateau.

The commissioner hinted that a phone and a newly acquired Airtel SIM card registered in the name of the first lady were recovered from her.

“Investigation is ongoing with a view to contacting other people she must have duped in the name of the first lady,” Bello added.

The commissioner said that the suspect would be charged to court at the end of investigation.

Bello advised members of the public to always be doubly sure of who they deal with before parting with their property or money.

He reiterated the command’s determination to improve on its service delivery to the people while calling for the support and cooperation of the public.

Patience, EFCC lawyers argue over forfeiture application, Court fixes Jan. 23 for hearing

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Whether a Federal High Court in Lagos which fixed January 23 to hear a motion seeking forfeiture of funds linked to former President, Goodluck Jonathan, wife, Patience would grants the request, councils to former first lady, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Mike Ozekhome (SAN), and that of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo, have established argument on basis of the latter ex-parte application.

 

However, the EFCC had began fresh moves to seize funds in 15 bank accounts linked to Jonathan and the figure which the commission was seeking its seizure was put at N3.1 billion.

Oyedepo, who appeared on Monday before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun with an ex parte application, seeking temporary forfeiture of the funds, was countered by Adedipe and Ozekhome led team which challenged the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the ex parte application since the funds on request were already subject of litigation.

But Oyedepo, counsel for the EFCC, maintained that the SANs had no right of hearing in the court, since his application was ex parte, and wondered how they got wind of the move by the anti-graft agency in the first place.

He urged the judge to disregard their appearance before judge upheld Oyedepo’s submission despite the other party’s position of the application.  .

But in view of the development, the judge adjourned the case until Jan. 23, and directed the EFCC to file an affidavit to convince the court that there were no pending lawsuits relating to the funds sought to be forfeited.

In the said ex parte application, the EFCC listed Patience Jonathan and five firms and Esther Oba as respondents.

The firms that were listed as second to sixth defendants were Globus Integrated Services Ltd., Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd., Pagmat Oil And Gas Ltd. and Magel Resort Ltd.

The ex parte application was backed by a 15-paragraph affidavit deposed to by an investigator with the EFCC, Huleji Tukura.

Customs sets N1.5Tn as 2018 targeted revenue

By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

Following success of N1.2 trillion recorded by Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) as revenue generated in 2017, the service Comptroller-General, Hammed Ali, has set N1.5 trillion as targeted revenue to be generated by the NCS before close of the state year.

Through a statement on Monday by the Customs’ National Public Relation Officers, Joseph Attah, after first management meeting for 2018 held in Abuja, Ali said that in 2017, the Service generated N1.37 trillion, surpassing the year’s target of N770.57 billion, and that the service would prove better in 2018

According to him, promotion of officers, which would soon be approved by the board and the review of salaries, payment of bonus to Customs officials, is also part of development to be expected in 2018.

The statement added that 577 officers were retired according to a circular released which was signed by  Comptroller Establishments.

“The officers included a Deputy Comptroller General, an Assistant Comptroller General, 11 Comptrollers, 27 Deputy Comptrollers, 27 Assistant Comptrollers and 23 Chief Superintendents of Customs.

“Similarly, the Service carried out promotion and redeployment of some officers as contained in a statement issued some weeks ago by the Service National Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah.

“Among those promoted in acting capacity were Isa Talatu Mairo to Deputy Comptroller-General Tariff and Trade; Amajam Bukar, Controller, Federal Operations Unit Zone C, elevated to the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection and David Elisha Chikan as ACG (Human Resources and Development),’’ it said.

It said that the CGC charged the affected officers to see their appointments and as opportunities to contribute their best towards consolidating the gains of the ongoing reforms in the service,” it said.

Other rank and file listed on the retirement notice include five Chief Inspectors of Customs Terminal (CIC T); 21 Chief Inspector of Customs (CIC); 21 Superintendents of Customs (SC) and 36 Deputy Chief Inspectors of Customs (DCIC)

Others are 23 Deputy Comptrollers (DCs); 121 Assistant Chief Inspectors of Customs (ACIC); four ACIC1; 131 Deputy Inspectors of Customs (DIC) and one Assistant Superintendent of Customs 11

Atiku urges Nigerians on fallen heroes, families sacrifices recognition

go By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

The former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has implored Nigerians not to take for granted great sacrifices that were made by brave men and women of Nigerian Armed Forces, who put their lives on line to ensure that the nation was at peace round the clock.

Atiku said that it was the responsibility of the country to ensure the heroes; fallen or serving, and their families were not forgotten, just as he urged Nigerians both home and abroad to show respect and love to Nigerian security personnel.

Through a release from Atiku’s media office on Sunday, aimed at commemorating 2018 Nigerian Armed Forces Day, the former vice president noted that it was not only fallen heroes and their families who suffer the most, but the entire nation who were victims of wrong doers who do not want progress and development for the country, and perpetually pitch one ethnic or religious groups against the other.

To Atiku, who also condemned recent killings across Nigeria, particularly that of Benue State where killer herdsmen were reported to have claimed several lives, it was time for Nigerians to start kicking against divisions and acrimony caused by people with selfish interests at heart.

“My hope for our country is to see a time when neighbors of different tribes and tongues saw one another as brothers and sisters, when Christians and Muslims regarded each other as one under God who created all, when citizens could express opinions and grievances freely, then there would be no need for insurgency or uprising. We would all live together in peace and harmony. And, yes, our armed forces would have little to do”.

“We must never take for granted the great sacrifice that these brave men and women have made or are making. We must never forget them or their loved ones. On this Armed Forces Remembrance Day, I call on Nigerians all over the world to show respect and love to our security personnel by showing respect and love to one another.

“When we all live in peace and unity and love, we not only enable steady development and progress in our great country, Nigeria, but we minimise the unnecessary pain, grief and loss of life among our beloved armed forces, who have bravely signed up to keep us all safe and secure.

“Our fallen heroes and their families are not the only ones who suffer. We all are victims of those who do not want our progress and development and perpetually pit one ethnic or religious group against the other”.

The former vice president expressed admiration on the bravery of members of Nigerian armed forces, and their hard efforts that has been keeping the country safe, adding that, he hopes to see a time soon when guns and the armored tanks would lying idle because there would be no battles left to fight.

“Once again, it is that time of year set aside for us Nigerians to honour members of our country’s Armed Forces who fought in the first and second World Wars, the Nigerian Civil War and those who served or are still serving in different theaters of war, notably the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria.

“While many of us took time off from work and other preoccupations to be with our families over the Christmas and New Year holidays, many Nigerian soldiers and members of other security agencies were in the front lines, ensuring that we were safe, protecting our lives and property, especially in the light of the security alerts over the threat of terrorist bombing during the celebrations.

“While we ate and drank, they were lying in the trenches, watching out for and poised to quench any sign of trouble. Some have been away from their families, not just during the holidays but for months on end. Some have yet to set eyes on their newborn children.”

According to him, in recognition of sacrifices made by the people, the security personnel, missing from the family dining tables and warm embraces of families and loved ones, not because they were in the front line, but because they fell during battle.

“They made the ultimate sacrifice: giving their lives that the rest of us may live in peace and safety. They died that we might live.

“Unfortunately, the frequent headlines about Boko Haram and other violent attacks in the northeast and other parts of Nigeria can submerge the gallantry of our security personnel. As we all know, good news is hardly regarded as news. Little is heard or read about the exact numbers of soldiers who die in the defence of our country. Hardly anything is told of their acts of bravery and their moments of exceptional valour.

“I recently was informed that on Wednesday, January 10, our gallant Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed around Gamboru Ngala successfully averted what would have been a major devastating suicide attack to be carried out by three female Boko Haram terrorists against innocent citizens in Gamboru town in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State in the early hours of Tuesday,” he affirmed.

 

 

 

 

 

Atiku’s group condemns El Rufai’s downplay of Benue killing over Buhari re-election

By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

Despite President Muhammed Buhari’s correctional move over his overdue silence on herdsmen attacks and killings in Benue State, where several lives were claimed, Nigerians and political groups have continue faulting pronouncements by governors, described as campaign for re-election of the president, while indiscriminate killings were on toll across the Nigeria.

However, among governors who were pointed accused fingers of toying with lives of Nigerians, was Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, whom former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, supporting group, Turaki Vanguard, alleged of downplaying mayhem been recorded across the country, particularly that of Benue, for Buhari’s 2019 ambition.

The group stated that, at a period when the nation was in needs of solution to end  killings in  Benue and that of other part of the country including Kaduna,  states’ governors were busy planning on, and campaigning for, re-election of the president who was yet to address ships of issues sinking the country.

Reacting through a statement issued on Sunday by State Director, Turaki Vanguard, Kaduna State, Zacheaus Diwong, to a pronouncement attributed to El-Rufai, the Atiku supporters raised concerned against the Kaduna state governor’s position on crisis dreadfully rocking the nation and that such statement should not had emanated from such leaders of dignities.

It noted that the alleged El-rufai’s statement ridiculed collective intelligence of Nigerians and that it was an indication that the governors were benefiting from the crisis while Nigerians were suffering as result of incompetency of current leadership.

The Turaki Vangaurd claimed that Nigerians were currently experiencing more pain than ever, with high rate of killings, losing of jobs, while anti corruption war was on selection.

According to it, the situation in the country has got to a point where Nigeria as a country is being disgraced in the eyes of international communities by a government that has not been able to put together simple board appointment and come organised.

“In response to El Rufai arrogant and shameless call for President Buhari’s retuen in 2019, it is public knowledge that as intelligent as El Rufai is, he is the most unreliable and irresponsible individual in position of leadership.

“He should bury his face in shame after deceiving and misleading Nigerians to vote for an unprepared and incapacitated president in 2015, it advised.

“El Rufai should be reminded of how he failed as a professional quantity surveyor when he was engaged by defunct Nitell under the leadership of Prof. Buba Bajoga to design new Nitel Headquarters.

“The design was discovered to be very defective which led to the cancellation of the contract by the former MD of Nitel.

“El Rufai took Nitel to court and the case dragged until he was appointed as Director General, of Bureau of Public Enterprise. It was very disturbing, disheartening and unpatriotic too that ElRufai’s personal vendetta on Nitel brought down one of the most viable and profitable national investment as a result of vindictiveness”, it alleged.

 

President alerts public against inciting tweet linked to Buhari

source By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

The presidency has alerted members of the public on a twitter post purportedly belonging to President Muhammadu Buhari, in circulation, which justified attacks by herdsmen in Benue, as an act of nomads  defending themselves.

Through a statement released the the president’s Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, it accused people who linked such post to Buhari as evil doers and enemies of Nigeria who were at work, and seeking ways to further advance their pernicious acts.

“The message is denounced in its entirety, and Buhari stands by his earlier condemnation of the killings in Benue and other parts of the country as dastardly and unacceptable before God and man.

“Those behind the concocted message are also enemies of God and man, who have no place in a decent society’, it added.

According to the statement, the president stands by his earlier directives that all those behind wanton killings in any part of the country must be brought to book.

 

Lagos Court grants defamatory lawsuit against Sahara Reporters’ publisher

By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

The Lagos State High Court, sitting at Ikeja, has granted a defamatory lawsuit, sought by a London Based Journalist, Lekan Fatodu, against Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and his companies, with directive that the order be pasted at the premises of the defendants.

However, the court which was presided over by Justice A.O Opesanwo, ordered the action upon reading the claimant’s enrollment order motion ex perte against Sowore and Incorporated Trustees of Sahara Reporters Media foundation and   Sahara Reporters Media Inc. without opposition

The pronounced that the application for substituted service disclosed to have been made on 25th of October, 2017 on the defendants should be forward to address of the Sahara Reporter’s office and that of his two companies.

Base on the issued order that the notice be pasted at the premises of the defendants, the court was confirmed, through a returned notice, on Saturday to had fixed the directive at entrance of No. 46 Adekunle Fajuyi street at Government Residential Area of Ikeja axis of the state, claimed to belong to the Sowere and that also serves as operational office to the two companies listed in the suite.

It would be recalled that Fatodu who is the claimant accused the Sahara Reporter’s publisher of defamation and also leveled order allegations against the former 2017 which led to invitation of the latter at Lagos State Police Command before the matter was transferred to the state Central Investigation Department (CID).

Meanwhile, on Facebook page of Fatodu, the United Kingdom base journalist claimed to secured an order of court for substituted service of a defamation lawsuit against Sowore.

According to him, on a court document with suit no: ID/ADR/492/2017 a High Court of Lagos State granted an order that the lawsuit against Sowore and two other defendants should be pasted “on the entrance to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants being their last known address situated and known as 46B Adekunle Fajuyi way, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos state”.

Fatodu stated that application for the court order became necessary after several failed attempts to serve Sowore at 46B Adekunle Fajuyi way, GRA Ikeja, Lagos State, the address the Saharareporters founder provided to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as his business address, as the gateman at the property claimed the publisher had moved out of the building.

“It’s really shameful that a self-appointed apostle of probity like Sowore Omoyele will be employing cunning means to evade justice,” Fatodu said.

“This same address, 46B Adekunle Fajuyi way, GRA, Ikeja Lagos State, is the address submitted to Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) by Sowore as his official address and the same address given to MacArthur Foundation by Sowore to secure funding for his blackmailing enterprise.

“Now Sowore has abandoned the property thinking that he will hide from the long arms of the law. I was compelled to procure this court order against Sowore to bring him to justice after several attempts to serve him the defamation lawsuit failed as I suspected he had told the gateman met at the address to lie that he had moved out of the property”.

Fatodu further stated that his determination to pursue the case is premised on the need to fight corruption on all sides in Nigeria.

“The greatest mistake we will be making as a nation is to focus our fight against corruption only on politicians forgetting the fact that those politicians didn’t drop from heaven. They all emerged from different areas of our lives before stepping into politics. Therefore we should start to fight corrupt online publishers, bankers, doctors, lecturers etc before they move into political circle where it is more difficult to bring them to justice for their despicable conducts.

“Like I’ve said many times, Sowore and I have been friends for over 20 years. Nonetheless we must ensure that we live up to the highest of standards we always demand from others.

“I’m obviously not the first friend Sowore will maliciously blackmail and attack. He once did it to Barrister Festus Keyamo SAN, who is a good brother and friend of mine. Sowore only later warmed up to Keyamo as the dogged human rights advocate was ready to expose him. He also did it to Idowu Daramola, I will definitely speak more on that at a later date.

“But I’m first to get Sowore arrested and drag him to court. And I’m certain this case will be a valuable resource, reference and lesson for digital media practitioners and students of mass communication on ethical and responsible online publishing.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaduna spends N1.625Bn on teachers training withing 6yrs

source By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

The Kaduna State Government has disclosed that between 2011 and 2015, the state had invested N1.625 billion only on teachers training and that there were nothing to show for it, with N1 billion claimed to have spent in 2011-2012 while N625 million was channel on same purpose in 2015.

According to the state, upon disclosed amount spent results of the competency test was profoundly disappointing and it showed that much of the monies spent on training teachers since 2011 had been wasted.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, hinted that current government has spent more than N625m on training since 2015 and that thousands of teachers were trained in Literacy, Numeracy, Reading Skills and in other subjects of the teaching profession, with competency test results been clearly showing that the training programmes had recorded, at best, only limited impact.

Through series of posts on his Facebook account on Sunday, El Rufai lamented that with all the expense and time already devoted to training, the government came to the conclusion that it is not further training that teachers who cannot score 75% in a Primary Four exam require.

He explained that the training was about improving capacity of a teacher to impart knowledge and that competency test poor result was an indication that many of the teachers do not have basic knowledge, and are as such incapable of imparting what they do not have.

“The honest truth is that many of these teachers should themselves be adult education students, being taught basic literacy and numeracy!

To him, in such circumstances, the government would have to take  difficult, but necessary decision, to disengage all the teachers who did not meet the 75% threshold and that that the action was carried out done in accordance with the terms of their employment, and their entitlements will be payed, as appropriate. In place of the 22,000 teachers disengaged, 25,000 qualified teachers are to be recruited.

“This week, SUBEB conducted tests for the over 43,000 applicants that have indicated interest in the teaching positions. The ongoing recruitment process will sieve these applicants to ensure that only eligible teachers are recruited.

“Previous governments have sacked teachers caught with fake qualifications. The government of Sir Patrick Yakowa dismissed 4000 of such teachers.

“Furthermore, the Yakowa government responded to reports that 50% of primary school teachers were not qualified by giving such teachers a five-year deadline to acquire the appropriate qualifications. The Kaduna State Executive Council, at its meeting of 8th August 2012, after considering the report of the committee on the verification of teachers’ qualifications, gave a five-year window for under-qualified teachers to acquire the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE). This five-year grace period has now expired.

The he claimed that the government responded to implications of ESSPIN report by getting the National Opened University of Nigeria to conduct a survey of teacher competence.

“We took further steps to address gaps by arranging training and retraining for the teachers, as follows during the 2016/2017 session:

“11,315 classroom teachers were trained in Literacy and Numeracy through SUBEB.
Another 3,733 teachers were trained in Reading Skills through the Global Partnership for Education.
UBEC trained 5,945 teachers in Pedagogy, Lesson Plans and use of Teachers’ Guides

“On 3rd June 2017, the Kaduna State Government conducted a competency test for primary school teachers. This test assessed the literacy and numeracy levels of the teachers through a Primary Four test. The government considered that giving teachers a 75% threshold for a Primary Four test was an extremely generous decision!

“Alas, only 11, 591 teachers (33.9%) scored at least 75% in the test. Others fell within the following categories:  70 and 74%: 5,766 (16.9%);  60-69%: 8,759 (26.1%); and 0-59%: 8,047 (23.58%)

El Rufai revealed that the test was organised and supervised by a committee which included the state chairman and secretary of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and representatives of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

However, through a separate statement released by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, El rufai also threatened punish teachers who were alleged to be planing to embark on industrial action over sack of their colleagues reported to had fail a competent test conducted by the state recently.

He established that planned industeial action had goten to the notice of the the state government that the state branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has declared an indefinite strike and the aciton would be illegal , and not achieve its aim of derailing the education reforms being implemented by the government.

According to him, Kaduna state government is not available to be blackmailed into knowingly retaining unqualified teachers. Neither would it mortgage the future of two million primary school pupils because failed teachers are shamelessly mobilizing sentiment.

“At the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Labour, the Kaduna State Government twice met in Abuja with the officials of the NLC and the NUT. The Governor Nasir El-Rufai personally led the Kaduna State delegation to the first meeting. During these interactions, KDSG made it clear that as an employer, it has every right to determine who its employees are or can be, and the minimum qualifications they must possess.

He sai: “the Kaduna state government wishes to inform the public that it has instructed its Education administrators to open registers in all its schools, starting from Monday, 8th January 2018. Any teacher that is absent from work will be treated with the consequences that pertain to absconding from duty under the Public Service Rules.

“There can be no doubt that KDSG will take firm and decisive disciplinary action against personnel who absent themselves from duty, including dismissal from service.

“KDSG recalls that the NUT placed primary school pupils, who are the victims of failing teachers, in danger by pushing them into the streets to demonstrate for the retention of bad teachers. That ruse failed.

“Some union leaders are also likely to be prosecuted for assault, unlawful procession and destruction of public property when they attacked the State House of Assembly.

“The children of the poor are the ones that attend public primary schools. We owe them a decent standard of education, and we shall provide it”.