Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has vowed not to recall the over 22, 000 teachers sacked in the state for incompetency. Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, the governor disclosed that the sacked teachers were unqualified based on the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN). El-Rufai insists the ongoing reforms in the education sector in his state would be sustained.
He said: “They told us that we are going to lose the election if we continue with what we were doing but we said, it is better to lose the election because until we fix this problem, we do not have a future. Nobody should blame the federal government for poor education and healthcare, the state government should be blamed because it is the responsibility of the state.
“It is unfortunate that the products of public schools gave up on public schools. They have allowed unqualified people to be employed in public schools because there children are part of these schools.
“About 58% of the of the teachers they presented to us that were qualified had some contents of fake certificates. Out of the 36,000 teachers that sat for the promotion examination, 2,000 failed. We want to set a standard for our children in Kaduna State and there is no going back on our reforms.”
BREAKING: INEC Resumes Collation Of Bauchi Governorship Election Results
The Independent National Electoral Commission has decided to resume from Tuesday the collation of the governorship election result in Bauchi State and may declare the winner of the poll hitherto ruled as inconclusive.
The commission announced the decision in a press statement on Friday night after resolving some issues around the result of Tafawa Balewa Local Government and some polling units in Ningi Local Government.
INEC did not state whether by the decision, the scheduled supplementary election on March has been cancelled.
According to INEC, the number of cancelled votes in four polling units in Ningi Local Government was 2,533 and not 25,330 as recorded.
On Tafawa Balewa Local Government election result, where collation was disrupted by armed gangs, affecting seven out of 11 registration areas for governorship and six out of 11 for state assembly elections, INEC said a committee set up has found that the results in polling units and registration areas are “available and in safe custody”.
INEC thus decided to resume the resumption and conclusion of the collation of results of the council area for both the governorship and state assembly elections
A new collation and returning officer for Tafawa Balewa has been appointed “to continue and conclude the collation process in place of the original collation officer, who withdrew from the exercise citing threats to her life and those of her family members”.
The threatened collation officer was Dominion Anosike.
The governorship election in Bauchi State is a straight fight between incumbent Mohammed Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress and former minister, Bala Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Bala was said to have won the Tafawa Balewa Local Government election, putting him in an overall lead of his APC counterpart, but the INEC returning officer, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, declared the election inconclusive.
In declaring the election inconclusive, Kyari gave the scores of incumbent governor as 465,453 votes and Mohammed as 469,512 votes.
“The margin between the winner and opponent is less than the total number of votes cancelled in some polling units.By law, since the margin of winner is less than the total number of votes cancelled and registered voters in the areas where the votes have been cancelled, this elections is hereby declared inconclusive,” he said.
He said his decision was in line with section 26 part 53 of the Electoral Act.
DSS Gave Me $500,000 To Set-Up Lawan — Femi Otedola
The trial of former Rep. Farouk Lawan resumed in Abuja on Monday with Mr Femi Otedola, testifying that the $500,000 offered to the accused was from Department of State Service (DSS).
Business magnate Otedola appeared before before Justice Angela Otaluka of the FCT High Court, Apo as a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Lawan.
He said the money was given to him by the DSS to set a trap for Lawan after he wrote a petition against him.
He accused Lawan of demanding 3 million dollars as bribe from him to exonerate his oil company, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, from the alleged subsidy scam in 2012.
He further told the court that the 500,000 dollars was part payment of the 3 million dollars being demanded by Lawan, which was eventually given to him under the supervision of the DSS.
Otedola said he petitioned the DSS immediately Lawan demanded for the bribe.
“Lawan said he was going to exonerate my company after giving him the money, security cameras were mounted in my living room to capture the exchange of money between me and the defendant.
“The video is with the DSS, the money was given to him in two tranches $250,000 each,” he said.
When reminded by Chief Ozekhome, that the best time “to catch a thief is when the operation is ongoing,” Otedola said he did not know why DSS failed to arrest Lawan at that moment.
The Judge, however, adjourned the matter till March 8 for continuation of cross examination of the prosecution witness.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lawan is being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) for allegedly collecting 500,000 dollars out of 3 million dollars bribe.
The money was said to have been requested to remove Otedola’s company’s name from the list of firms indicted by the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy in 2012.
Minimum Wage: Nationwide Protest Begins Tuesday — NLC
There will be a nationwide protest on Tuesday by Nigerian workers to press for a higher minimum wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress said today.
However, the union’s general secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson clarified that the action is not a strike.
The umbrella labour union, along with the Trade Union Congress, wants minimum wage jacked from N18,000 to N30,000.
“It has come to our attention that some sections of the news media have largely misrepresented our action plan in reaction to the delay in transmitting the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee on a new national minimum wage to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It should be recalled that the National Executive Council of the NLC met on December 17 last year and directed that we hold nationwide mobilisation of workers and our allies if, by December 31, 2018, the bill on the national minimum wage has yet to be sent to the National Assembly to be passed as an Act of Parliament.
“We immediately announced then that on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, there will be a nationwide mass mobilisation and protests simultaneously across all states in Nigeria. This does not translate to a strike.” (NAN)
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