By Nick Dugba
As part of the promise of the Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku’s government to create employment for the youth and rescue the decaying educational system in the State, screening for the employment of a total of three thousand teachers tagged ‘rescue teachers’, has began to ensure their eligibility to nurture students in schools across the entire state.
At a ceremony to flag off the process today at the State Post Primary Schools Management Board office in Jalingo, the State Commissioner of Education, Johannes Jigem, stated that there were two reasons why the government embarked on the recruitment which include, to improve and maintain the standard of education in the State and also to curb unemployment.
He reiterated hat the recruitment was for teachers alone and that anyone who is an employee of any local government council or a primary school teacher should count himself out of the exercise, warning that anyone caught and identified as having to belong to any of those categories of workers would be prosecuted.
Jigem, while addressing the teeming applicants, explained the challenges being faced by the government in addressing issues of primary school teachers in the state.
According to him, there were about 2500 ‘bonafide teachers’ that have not been paid while the banks have been able to capture about 2100 fake teachers.
He said the government was in a dilemma as certain false teachers were benefitting from what was suppose to be for the bonafide ones.
He however, appealed to the ‘bonafide teachers’ to be more patient as steps were being taken to address the issue.
He used the opportunity to state that after the screening and interview of the candidates, a comprehensive list of primary school teachers and local government staff would be verified to ensure there was no foul play.
The commissioner warned the applicants to be wary of fraudulent persons who may come around asking them to pay them certain amount of money for favour.
He then thanked the governor, Darius Ishaku, for bringing to reality his promise to recruit new teachers and enjoined the screening committee to avoid truancy and do a thorough job to secure the future generation of Tarabans.
Meanwhile, a total of one thousand applicants with degrees and NCEs have been shortlisted for screening out of the possible 3000 that would be recruited.
A collection of stakeholders in Taraba state and across the nation, has hailed the appointment of Professor Vincent Tenebe as the new Vice Chancellor of the Taraba State University (TSU). Tenebe was, among many things, the immediate Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Speaking to KWARARAFA REPORTERS, current spokesman of NOUN, Mallam Ibrahim Sheme, said he believes Taraba state has made a “great” choice in the VC pick. He said, “I believe that was a fantastic choice. When we came here we were astounded by all we heard of the former VC. You know, not many people say good things about predecessors. But Prof Tenebe was lauded by many people here. He also helped us as we transited. I think he is a credible choice and I want to commend him.”
In a similar vein, Hassan Zanau, a public affair commentator, said Tenebe is one of the best decisions of Mr. Darius Ishaku. KWARARAFA REPORTERS monitored many online reactions that showed that Tenebe enjoyed a close to 100% acceptance among many stakeholders. Some respondents said his track record has qualified him for the new office.
A renown academic, Tenebe is credited with turning NOUN around and making it a veritable institution of learning.
Governor Ishaku is being lauded by many who believe Tenebe would move the Taraba State University to enviable heights.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has commended graduands of the National Maritime Academy for their comportment and gallantry during their training.
Gov. Ishaku said this at Takum Local Government Secretariat when graduates of the Academy paid him a courtesy call to felicitate with him during this Yuletide season.
According to the Governor, he is pleased with their performance and would have them compile their names, particularly, those that have graduated and forward them to him so that he can work on it with a view to seeing how he can assist them become reproductive members of the society.
He urge them to remain united and continue to make the State proud wherever they find themselves.
The Governor, further thanked them for identifying with the State after their programmes and praised them for having faith in the State pointing out that, the growth of the State is a collective responsibility.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku maintained that Taraba State belongs to all Tarabans, and his administration is poised to make life comfortable to all so that they can contribute to the development of the State.
Speaking earlier,The spokesperson of the Taraba State Association of Maritime Students told the Governor some of the challenges which they faced which hindered them not be able to attain their 18 months practicals of been on the sea and also enrolling into courses of high level due to financial constraints.
They pleaded with the Governor to assist them by ensuring that they are established so that they can in return to contribute their quota to the development of the State and country at large.
They further assured the Governor of their total support and loyalty to the State at anytime the need arises, adding that, they enjoy unity amongst themselves seeing each other as brothers and sisters from the same family.
The Taraba State Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Education Resource Centre has donated sixty mattresses to two exchange schools in the state.
The Commissioner Of Education Mr Johannes Jigem while presenting the materials restated the State Government’s determination to re-position the education sector in the state.
It is an established fact that conducive learning atmosphere helps greatly in impacting positively to the educational standard of students.
With this in mind, the state ministry of education in collaboration with the Education Resource Centre, Jalingo donated sixty mattresses to the two exchange schools located in the state.
Presenting the materials to the beneficiaries today at the premises of the Education Resource Centre, the state commissioner of Education, Johannes Jigem said looking at the challenges faced by Marmara Government Girls Secondary school Wukari and its counterpart Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Jalingo, the ministry deemed it necessary to support them with the materials with a view to alleviating their sufferings as well as improve educational standard of the students.
Mr Johannes Jigem explained that education remains among top priorities of the Darius Dickson’s administration, calling on all stakeholders to contribute their quota towards the development of education in the state.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Director Resource Centre Jalingo Mustafa Muhammad Buhari applauded the effort of the state government toward revamping the sector in the state despite the economic challenges being faced in the country.
He said the mattresses are meant to cushion the hardship faced by the students, calling on the beneficiaries to use the materials given for the purpose intended.
While appreciating the gesture, the principal Government Girls Secondary School Wukari, Mrs Hadiza Danasabe Amadu promised judicious utilisation of the materials, adding that the materials will go along way in alleviating the challenges faced by the students.
By Nick Dugba
Principals in the education sector would be spared the rigours of having to purchase instructional materials in the open market as the Rescue Mission led by Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has provided them with records and instructional materials to enhance the learning process.
During the occasion held Thursday in Jalingo to distribute the materials, the Governor, Darius Ishaku, stated that the materials would aid in the learning process hence the reason for the provision of the learning materials.
The Governor who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Anthony Jellason, said there was a setback in the educational sector, and the administration had to restructure the sector for better results.
In his speech, the Commissioner of Education, Johannes Jigem, presented the scorecard of the Governor in the Ministry to include among others: The payment of WAEC fees for Exchange Schools in the State and Special Education Center in the State, termly transportation of Exchange students to the 19 northern states of the country, monthly subvention for feeding off Exchange schools and Special Education Center in the state, release and settlement of counterpart funding to UNICEF, release of matching- grant fund to TSUBEB.
Others include, presentation of Education Sector Plan and School Annual Census to the public in conjunction with UNICEF, sponsoring Taraba students for the Presidential Debate, Abuja 2016, in which Taraba came second in the Federation, sponsoring Taraba students for National Computer Competition, Abuja 2016, in which Taraba emerged second in the Federation and the Train- the- Trainers workshop proposal for Principals, Directors, Education Secretaries, Area Inspectors of Education, Zonal Monitoring Officers and Headmasters has been approved by the Governor.
However, Jigem called for support in certain areas to reposition education in line with the Rescue Agenda.
These include provision of additional teachers in public schools, renovation and provision of furniture in schools and provision of ICT Teachers in Schools.
He revealed that the Ministry of Education, Post Primary Schools Management Board and all secondary schools do not have any vehicle and that the staff used their personal vehicles to run their affairs.
The Commissioner observed that there are ineffective schools supervision and monitoring due to lack of vehicles.
He advised the Principals saying, “we must live by example as role models to others and our students to bring about human and economic development in the State as education is a critical veritable”.
Taraba State Governor Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku said Taraba state government does not owe civil servants in the state salaries.
Darius Ishaku stated this yesterday in Hyuku, Wukari during the commissioning ceremony of Rufkatu Asibi Kuru Danjuma library constructed by TY Danjuma in Kwararafa University Wukari, explaining that, he discovered Taraba state is a civil service state and it is imperative not to play with salary of the civil servants.
The State Governor maintained that, he never intended to go into borrowing to sustain the state but discovered that the only thing that keeps life going in Taraba state is the payment of workers salary and pointed out that he had to collect loan so as to meet up with obligation of salary payments in the state.
Speaking on Kwararafa University which is the first Community University in Nigeria, Darius Ishaku said when he was contacted to design the master plan of the University, to him it sounded ambitious and audacious but with a feeling of nostalgia, he did it free of charge , saying that he was confident it was going to improve on the quality and standard of education in the area.
He maintained that today the Kwararafa University has placed Wukari in a global map in terms of quality education, averring that education is a necessary prerequisite that is critical in the development of every society and added that, he has directed that immediate inventory of Government property in Wukari with a view to assisting the University.
Governor Darius Ishaku then donated the sum of two million Naira (2million) Naira in support of the Library project and task the Vice Chancellor to develop a roadmap that he would personally take the lead to motivate people of southern Taraba to contribute not only to the Library project but for the advancement of qualitative and conducive environment for learning.
Darius Ishaku said TY Danjuma is not only the patron of Kwararafa University, but the patron of Nigeria because of his unequalled philanthropic activities with special interest on Education and health and encouraged the gathering to emulate the attitude of the Retired General in selflessly giving back to the society and stated that, he is typical example of, “Action Speaks Louder than Words.”
The Taraba State Governor used the opportunity to appreciate the immediate past Chairman of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND Professor Elias Suleiman Bogoro for the wonderful work he did as chairman of TETFUND which tertiary institution in State which included Federal University Wukari, State University Jalingo, Federal Polytechnic Bali, State Polytechnic Suntai and the State College of Education Zing benefited maximally and lamented that Kwararafa University could not benefit because of its scope which starts at Federal tertiary institutions and stops at states Government owed tertiary institutions.
He also informed the crowd of Taraba State Government renewed interest in the fields of Agriculture and Mining, positing that, Taraba State is naturally blessed in these two areas and there is the need to urgently diversify, with particular attention on tomatoes farming and the mining of solid minerals in the Mambila Plateau which he said will engaged the people productively.
In his usual few words, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma advised the VC and the entire management of Kwararafa University Wukari to be prudent in the management of resources at their disposal, saying that, the nation is passing through difficult times and challenged the management to do away with the culture of waste and look inward and invent ways that they can prudently manage funds at their disposal
TY Danjuma then donated additional sum of twenty million Naira (N20 million), with the instruction that the money is strictly for the Library and explained that the donation would be paid in two installments, the first installment is this week and the second, is subject to satisfying the said condition and would be subject to verification as to whether the money was spent as directed.
He said most books have now been converted into either audio or video format, hence the need to put in place a hi-tech digital Library for the institution and advised the management to effectively reposition the institution, positing that education is most potent tool in human development.
Speaking as the visitor to the University, the Aku-Uka of Wukari and Chairman Council of Chiefs Taraba State, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuyvon II, appreciated TY Danjuma for what he has being doing to sustain the Kwararafa University, maintaining that he is always available to contribute to growth of education in southern Taraba.
Dr. Shekarau Angyu used the opportunity to call on all Taraban most especially people of southern Taraba to join hand with TY Danjuma to move Kwararafa University, which is a community Institution to greater heights and make it a pride of former Wukari Federation.
He emphasized the need for all to contribute positively for the advancement of knowledge in the region and posited that if all indigenes of southern Taraba will have the will to support Kwararafa University it will compete favourably with other tertiary institutions in the country.
In their collective speeches, the Pro Chancellor, Prof. Jerry Gana, the Chairman Governing Council, Dr. Idris Waziri and Dr. Danjuma Adi Gani, Chairman Board of Trustees, described TY Danjuma as unique and rare gem to Taraba state and asserted that the contribution of TY Danjuma to the Kwararafa University has earned it a recognition that the university is getting today.
They maintained that, though University is a knowledge center but the Library is the nerve the center, stressing that all educational activities revolves round the Library.
They revealed that Kwararafa University is among the top 200 Universities in the world with well equip Library, in books, audio and video and specially appealed to the Taraba state Governor to support the community University.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Kwararafa University, Prof. Yakubu Aboki Ochefu thanked TY Danjuma for his magnanimity and having confidence in him and which has translated into placing Kwararafa University in the global map with one of the most viable resource center in the country.
Prof. Yakubu Ochefu disclosed that when he took over as the VC and with the burning urge to transform and reposition Kwararafa University, coupled with the fact that, the institution failed to secure accreditation in many courses, took up the challenged and approached TY Danjuma who in his magnanimity assisted the University with the sum of 49.6 million which was used in the construction of a library and is now one of the most richest resource center in the country.
Accordingly, the Library which has a total floor of 317.5 square metres with seating capacity of about 300 was built at the cost of 34 million naira and a physical collections of over 10,000 books, journal and other publication, E-Library with access to over 1.5 million publications across globally recognized channels of both Audio and video.
Prof. Ochefu said the commissioning ceremony was to celebrate two major things, one is the conviction, that Education is prime mover of societies, secondly is the fact that, women see farther than men on the power of Education and a particular reference on how Mama Rufkatu stood firm to ensure that her son, young TY Danjuma was educated and added that, the entire world today celebrates him because of his mothers concern for Education.
He said the University unanimously agreed to name the Library after his Mother, with the consent of her son TY Danjuma, as Rufkatu Asibi Kuru Danjuma Library, asserting that the library will meet the educational requirements of the institution.
The VC lamented the institution is faced with the problem of poor accreditation and debt profile and solicited for support, revealing that the institution is set for another round of accreditation and the total money required is 170 million and quickly pointed out that the institution has already raised 70 million naira for the programmes and stressed that with more courses accredited, it would guarantee more admission and added that, presently, the University has 1006 students, 65 academic staff and 115 non teaching staff.
Yakubu Aboki Ochefu used the forum to appeal Taraba state Governor and other well to do individuals to support the effort being put in place to make Kwararafa University one of the best in the country.
High point of the event was the commissioning of the library with insignia of Rufkatu Asibi Kuru Danjuma Library as well as cultural displays.
The event was well attended by top Government Functionaries and dignitaries from other parts of the country.