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Free Education: Kefas, Elumelu, Others Flag Off Students Identification Project

Free Education: Kefas, Elumelu, Others Flag Off Students Identification Project

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas at the Flag Off ceremony of TESIS.

Taraba state governor, Dr Agbu Kefas has flagged the Taraba State Students Identification System (TESIS). The data capturing seeks to get the accurate number of schools and pupils in the entire state.

The governor in his speech at the event said government policy on free education has come to stay. He stressed that a major plank of the free education program is to ensure that data plays a central role. Describing the event as a significant one, he said the identification project officially flags off the free education policy.

He stressed that while every child in Taraba state is entitled to free education, parents must take responsibility for the ward by making them available. Calling on the state to key into the initiative, the governor said teachers are a corner stone of the policy. Teachers, he said, will be motivated to play a pivotal role in learning.

Dr. Agbu Kefas being guided through the TESIS platform by the Project Consultant.

Dr. Kefas said the financial burden of education has been officially rolled off from parents. He enjoined all to support the efforts of government by providing necessary information on how best to improve on the model. He said the journey will be of deep benefits to parents, teachers and students.

Earlier in her comments, the commissioner of education, Dr Augustina Godwin, said the governor has matched words with actions by ensuring that the free education becomes reality. She commended the level of architectural work that went into building the new schools.

The Managing Director of Zip Warehousing Limited and Project Consultant, Mrs Uchenna Eshareturi delivering her speech at the event.

The Managing Director of Zip Warehousing Limited, Mrs Uchenna Eshareturi, the Project Consultant Zip TESIS assured that they will provide a system that will aid the education of the students.

A student from Nyamusala Secondary School Jalingo Abdulsama Aliyu in his vote of thanks appreciated the Governor for his huge investment in the education sector.

The occasion witnessed performances from the Taraba Cultural Troupe and some music artists.

The occasion which took place in Nyamusala Primary and Secondary School, one of the new model schools in Jalingo, saw the coming together of top politicians in the state.

A special guest, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu noted that Dr Kefas has demonstrated seriousness in the quest for free education.

The occasion had in attendance members of the National Assembly which includes; Senator Haruna Manu, Senator Shuaibu Lau and Senator Jim Kuta. Others are House of Representatives members Hon ADC Jaafaru, Hon Abdullahi Louya and Ho. David Abel Fuoh.

A highlight of the program was a demonstration of the data capturing by the governor who registered some students along side the TESIS field team led by the Managing Director ZIP Warehousing Limited, Mrs Uchenna Eshareturi.

– Emmanuel Bello,
Special Adviser Media and Digital Communications.

Taraba Had Fulfilled Its Financial Obligations to UBEC – Commissioner of Education

Taraba Had Fulfilled Its Financial Obligations to UBEC – Commissioner of Education

Taraba State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Augustina Godwin

In a resolute demonstration of its commitment to education, the Taraba State Government has ensured the full payment of its counterpart funding to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), amounting to 1,395,784,959.14. This decisive action underscores the state’s unwavering dedication to supporting educational initiatives aimed at enhancing learning outcomes for its citizens.

The assertion comes in response to a legal suit filed by Barrister Femi Falana against the federal government and 36 states, including Taraba, regarding the non-payment of counterpart funding to institutions like UBEC. However, the Taraba State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Augustina Godwin, swiftly clarified the state’s position, affirming that Taraba had fulfilled its financial obligations to UBEC.

The payment, which was promptly made following Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas’s assumption of office in June 2023, exemplifies Taraba State’s proactive approach to education financing and its commitment to upholding its responsibilities.

Addressing concerns surrounding the legal action, the State Attorney General, Barr Maikasuwa Yakubu (SAN), emphasized that Taraba State’s diligent fulfillment of its obligations exempts it from inclusion in the suit. He further highlighted the state’s significant allocation of 24% of its 2024 budget to education, reaffirming its dedication to educational advancement.

Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas’s declaration of free education upon assuming office has yielded remarkable results, with the state witnessing a notable reduction in the number of out-of-school children and a staggering 300% increase in school enrollment since September. The ripple effects of this initiative extend beyond the classroom, with reports of Taraba indigenes relocating back to the state to take advantage of the educational opportunities provided, thereby bolstering economic activities within the state.


Gov. Kefas Strengthens Educational Ties with UBEC During Abuja Visit

Gov. Kefas Strengthens Educational Ties with UBEC During Abuja Visit

In a significant show of commitment to education development, Governor Kefas of Taraba State paid a noteworthy courtesy visit to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Secretariat in Abuja. The visit served as a clear testament to the collaborative spirit between state and federal authorities and underscored a shared vision for improving the educational landscape in Taraba.

Upon his arrival at the UBEC Secretariat, Governor Kefas received a warm welcome from the Executive Secretary, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, and a delegation of directors from various commission departments. The governor began by extending his heartfelt gratitude to UBEC for their unwavering support in advancing education within Taraba State.

In his remarks, Governor Kefas expressed his confidence that the recently declared free education policy in Taraba would be a resounding success, thanks to UBEC’s continued support. He reaffirmed his belief that the commission would stand by him in his mission to enhance educational access and quality in the state. The governor also took a moment to congratulate Dr. Hamid Bobboyi on his reappointment as the Executive Secretary of UBEC, acknowledging his significant contributions to the field of education.

In his response, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi lauded Governor Kefas for the groundbreaking nature of his visit. It marked the first time a sitting governor had graced the commission with nearly half of his cabinet, emphasizing the governor’s eagerness to collaborate and strengthen ties with the commission.
The Executive Secretary also commended Governor Kefas for his ambitious and visionary educational policies, which, he noted, garnered recognition not only at the national level but on a global scale.

Dr. Bobboyi also expressed his satisfaction with Governor Kefas’ proactive approach to the educational sector. The governor had meticulously developed a comprehensive framework and strategies to implement these policies even before declaring a state of emergency on education. The Executive Secretary couldn’t hide his pride in the governor’s leadership style and commitment to transforming Taraba State’s educational landscape.

Furthermore, Dr. Bobboyi assured Governor Kefas of UBEC’s steadfast support in making basic education accessible to all residents of Taraba. This commitment reiterated the commission’s dedication to fostering a brighter future for the state by ensuring that quality education reaches every corner of Taraba.

Among the Governor’s entourage were Barrister Zainab Usman Jalingo, the Commissioner of Information and Re-orientation; Honorable Peter George, the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce; Professor Nicholas Nimesen, the Commissioner for Agriculture; Honorable Nonso Gideon, the Commissioner for Digital Economy; and Yakubu Maikasuwa, SAN, who serves as the Commissioner for Justice.

– Barr Zainab Usman Jalingo,
Commissioner for Information and Re-orientation

World Teachers’ Day: Gov. Agbu Kefas Pledges Unwavering Support for Teachers

World Teachers’ Day: Gov. Agbu Kefas Pledges Unwavering Support for Teachers

The Governor of Taraba state, His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas.

The Governor of Taraba state, His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas.

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas in commemorating World Teachers’ Day, reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to improving the welfare of teachers and enhancing the quality of education in the state.

World Teachers’ Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the invaluable contributions of teachers worldwide in transforming societies through education. It is also a day to reflect on the necessary support teachers require to fully utilize their talents for the betterment of society.

Governor Kefas, while stressing the importance of teachers in shaping the future, declared that in Taraba State, the welfare of both teachers and their students is a top priority. During recent engagements, he reiterated his administration’s determination to leave no stone unturned in reviewing and implementing all necessary measures to make teaching and learning in Taraba State not only effective but also memorable.

He acknowledged that teachers play a pivotal role in nurturing and imparting knowledge to the youth, likening their efforts to planting seeds of knowledge that grow and flourish perpetually, impacting generations to come.

As the world marks World Teachers’ Day, Governor Agbu Kefas’ commitment to improving teachers’ welfare and education in Taraba State stands as a testament to his dedication to the growth and development of the state.

“Addressing Outstanding Payments; a Moral Obligation” – Governor Kefas

“Addressing Outstanding Payments; a Moral Obligation” – Governor Kefas

The Vice Chancellor, members of TSU Chapter of ASSU during their visit to Governor Kefas.

The Vice Chancellor, members of TSU Chapter of ASSU during their visit to Governor Kefas.

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas has observed that addressing outstanding payment is not only a matter of financial responsibility but a moral obligation as he ordered the immediate release of three months’ salaries of university lecturers from July to September 2023.

This was the outcome of the meeting of the Governor with the Management of the University and union leaders at the Exco Chamber Government House, Jalingo this Monday while addressing the gathering of management of Taraba State University Jalingo, ASSU, and other Union leadership and representatives of the students union.

Cross section of other members during their visit to Governor Kefas.

Cross section of other members during their visit to Governor Kefas.

The Governor condemned the threat of imminent strikes from the unions and said the issues of outstanding salaries in the Institution was inherited by the immediate past administration of former Governor Darius Ishaku, adding that he is going to address them all.

According to him, he understood the gravity of the situation and challenges confronting the Institution and acknowledged the contributions of the academic staff in shaping the future of the state through education.

He identified dialogue and understanding as a way of resolving problems confronting the Taraba State University, Jalingo, describing the academic staff as builders of dreams and guardians of the future of the younger generation.

The Governor reiterated the commitment to prompt payment of salaries, pension, and gratuity and said he is committed to the implementation of the minimum wage by October, 2023.

President, Student Union Government also present at the meeting.

President, Student Union Government also present at the meeting.

He describe the students of the University as the heart and soul of the educational system and urged them to focus on their studies.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of Taraba State University, Prof Sunday Bako commended the Governor for convening the meeting, describing it as the first of its kind, and for agreeing to offset three months’ Salaries of the Institution.

On his part, the Chairman of ASUU, TSU chapter, Dr Mbave Garba lauded the sincerity of Governor Kefas Agbu in resolving issues that affect the welfare of staff and creating a conducive academic environment.

Taraba NYSC Members: Gov. Agbu Kefas Approves New Welfare Packages

Taraba NYSC Members: Gov. Agbu Kefas Approves New Welfare Packages

His Excellency, the Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Agbu Kefas.

His Excellency, the Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Agbu Kefas.

In a significant move to rejuvenate the educational landscape in Taraba State, His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas has announced a series of welfare packages for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Taraba State schools.

These measures aim to address the declining growth of education in the state and underscore Taraba’s commitment to fostering youth development and improving access to quality education.

The key highlights of these new welfare packages are as follows:

Monthly Allowance Boost: NYSC members serving in Taraba State schools will receive an additional Ten thousand naira (N10,000) per month, providing them with greater financial support during their service year.

Medical Allowance: A one-time payment of Fifty thousand naira (N50,000) will be granted as a medical allowance to ensure that corps members have access to adequate healthcare services.

Accommodation Support: To ease the burden of accommodation expenses, NYSC members will receive an accommodation allowance of Twenty-five thousand naira (N25,000) per term, totaling Seventy-five thousand naira (N75,000) for three terms.

Employment Opportunities: Exceptional Youth Corps Members who distinguish themselves during their service in Taraba State schools will be offered automatic employment opportunities, creating a pathway for them to contribute to the state’s educational development.

Governor Kefas stated that these initiatives are part of Taraba’s unwavering commitment to providing quality education and ensuring a brighter future for the state’s children.

By enhancing the welfare of NYSC members, the state aims to attract and retain talented educators while also improving the overall learning experience for students in Taraba State.

These new welfare packages represent a significant step forward in bolstering education in Taraba State and fostering the growth and development of its youth.