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Kwara Commends FG For Adopting State’s ’Every Child Counts’ Model



The Kwara State Government has commended the Federal Government for its adoption of Every Child Counts, an education model introduced ten years ago by the administration of former Governor Abubakar Bukola Saraki and scaled up by the current administration of Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had last Tuesday announced that the Federal Government’s new education policy will be named ‘Every Child Counts’.

The state government, in a statement by Governor Ahmed’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede, also urged other states to emulate the federal government and adopt other successful reforms introduced by the state government.

The statement reads as follows:

”The Kwara State Government commends the Federal Government for its adoption of the ‘Every Child Counts’ Education model. Introduced in Kwara State ten years ago by the Kwara State Government under the administration of His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, currently the Senate President, to national and global acclaim, ‘Every Child Counts’ was driven by the state government’s recognition of quality education as the bedrock of development and a tested pathway out of poverty. To that end, ‘Every Child Counts’ expanded access to quality education through improved teacher education, repositioning of Colleges of Education to enhance teaching quality, an experiential rather than instructional teaching at basic education level as well as setting and enforcing quality standards in public and private schools.

The successor administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has since upscaled ‘Every Child Counts’ by abolishing tuition fees at Senior Secondary Schools, thus making pre-tertiary education free in the state, improving school infrastructure, prioritizing Science and Technology, and establishing the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurial College, IVTEC, Ajase Ipo.

While commending the federal government for adopting our ‘Every Child Counts’ model, we urge other states to follow suit by adopting other cutting-edge reforms by the Kwara State government such as state-wide health insurance, IGR reforms and the Kwara State infrastructure development fund(IFK) among others. ”

Senior Special Assistant,
Media and Communications,
Government House,


Minimum Wage: Organised Labour To Demand 2 Years Arrears Payment



The Organised Labour on Wednesday said it would demand for two years arrears payment of the proposed new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers from the federal and state governments.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, President Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said this when Mrs Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary, Public Service International (PSI), visited him in his office in Abuja.

Wabba said that the delay by President Muhammadu Buhari in transmitting the executive bill to the National Assembly was worrisome.

“Workers in the country have made a tremendous sacrifice and I think going forward, we are going to demand for arrears of those two years we have lost.

“Because I think with all fairness and justice, as they are going out to campaign we will also go out to campaign for our minimum wage.

“I also want to inform you that we have passed the first hurdle and it took us almost a year to be at the tripartite negotiation table for a figure, and we have agreed on a figure of N30, 000.

“That figure has been transmitted to the Mr President who set up the committee and we have also told them to forward an executive bill immediately to the National Assembly.

“We are not unaware of the new tactics by the state governors to try to arm-twist what has already been done,’’ he said.

Wabba explained that six state governors were part of the negotiation process, with each representing their geopolitical zones.

He told Pavanelli how public hearings were held in the zones, where the state governors were invited to make their inputs.

“So, mutually on the negotiation table, we have looked at all other factors, especially factors that were provided in convention 131 and 95 of the International Labour Organisation on the minimum wage in which five factors were considered.

“The issue of the purchasing power parity, inflation, ability to pay, all those factors were considered and that is how our demand of N66, 500 was then agreed mutually on N30, 000.

“So, workers have made enough sacrifices as we have lost already two years,’’ he said.

Speaking earlier, the PSI General Secretary which covers over 170 countries said she was in Nigeria to show support for trade union movement in Nigeria.

She said workers in the public service were faced with a lot of challenges especially in Nigeria.

“Working for months, providing services to people without being paid is something that is unacceptable and this unfortunately what is happening here.

“In a country which is rich of resources that can have wealth distribute but it is oppressed by the greater international capital that wants to grab the resources and forget the people who create wealth for the country.

“This is very wrong and unacceptable, we must ensure good governance, social justice for the Nigerian workers, we will support you anytime you call on us,’’ she said.

She also noted that PSI was in Nigeria to fashion out ways of assisting the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

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Oba Elegushi, St. Ives, Asisat Oshoala, Odumbaku, Others Nominated For 2018 Lagos Times Achievers Award



Popular Lagos monarch Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Super Falcon star, Asisat Oshoala, wave-making women radio host, Toun Okewale-Sonaiya and prominent businessman, grassroots politician and respected cleric, Dr. James Omolaja Odumbaku lead a stellar cast of eminent dignitaries and corporate bodies nominated for recognition at the 2018 Lagos Times Achievers Awards.

They are joined by leading politicians, businessmen, captains of industries and organizations shortlisted for this high-octane event that honours those that have contributed to the development of Lagos State in different categories.

From business to politics and fashion, cultural achievements to corporate social responsibility, the 2018 Lagos Times Achievers Awards will see the state’s best and brightest compete in an atmosphere of conviviality for different awards in recognition of their contributions to maintaining Lagos’ unmatched status as the country’s center of political, economic, social, cultural and sporting excellence.

The Lagos Times Excellence Awards is an initiative of the Lagos Times magazine borne out of a desire to recognize and garland the few upstanding individuals and corporate heroes who have and continue to expend energy and resources in uplifting the state and its communities.

In furtherance of the desire to ensure only the most deserving are considered for the awards, the organizers mandated the judges to comb the length and breadth of the metropolis for uplifting stories of uncommon people doing uncommon things for the good of the state.

Hence a stellar and meritorious list of Lagos personalities was drawn up, all united by their outstanding achievements in the past year.

The 2018 Lagos Times Achievers Awards will take place in the first week of December. Other prominent names on the honour list include Mr. Hundeyin Adedeji, CEO, Club Phantom, Olawale Olaleye, political editior,Thisday newspaper, Bukola Olopade, Micheal Afolaranmi of 12 Basket Foods, Mike Dada, the CEO of AFRIMA, Dr. Tunde Okewale’s St. Ives’ Hospital, Ms. Kehinde Oyelade of MK Fashions and other prominent names.

It is expected that this year’s installment will not only deservedly recognize the meritorious but also serve as a source of encouragement for those in positions of influence, privilege, and responsibilities to redouble their efforts towards taking our beloved state to the next level.

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Watch Highlights Of The 2018 Zenith Bank Christmas Light Up Ceremony [VIDEO]



Enjoy highlights of the 2018 Zenith Bank Christmas light up ceremony below if you missed the event.


Watch this space for the Zenith Bank Light Up Ceremony giveaway.

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