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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.

PRESS RELEASE: Unprecedented Results Achieved in Basic Education as Taraba State Initiates Bold Measures

PRESS RELEASE: Unprecedented Results Achieved in Basic Education as Taraba State Initiates Bold Measures

The recent announcement by His Excellency Dr. Agbu Kefas, Governor of Taraba State, regarding the provision of free Basic Education, has yielded remarkable outcomes within a short span. The surge in new enrollments witnessed in our primary and secondary schools over the past ten working days has necessitated immediate action. Following consultations with His Excellency, the following measures have been approved:

1. ICT-Based Registration: Commencing this term, an ICT-based registration system will be introduced. This will apply to Teachers,andboth new and returning students. Ensuring that they are registered will guarantee the provision of essential school materials upon their arrival.

2. Provision of Uniforms and Educational Materials: Uniforms, shoes, socks, and books will be made available by January to support students in their pursuit of education.

3. Sponsorship for SS3 Students: In the coming year, the State Government will cover the examination fees for all SS3 students, enabling them to write both WAEC and NECO examinations. Exceptional students will be eligible for sponsorship and scholarships.

4.Mass Education Centers: Adult learners seeking new enrollment should be directed to the various Mass Education Centers, ensuring accessibility to education for all.

5. Optimizing School Facilities: Schools that have reached their maximum capacity in terms of facilities will implement a shifting system temporarily while additional buildings are provided to meet the increasing demand.

6. Enhanced Benefits for NYSC Members: As an emergency response to the education situation, His Excellency has approved significant allowances for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Taraba State schools:
– An additional ten thousand naira will be added to their monthly allowance.
– A one-time payment of fifty thousand naira as a medical allowance.
– An accommodation allowance of twenty-five thousand naira per term, totaling seventy-five thousand naira for three terms.

7. Employment Opportunities: Exceptional Youth Corps members who distinguish themselves while serving in schools will be offered automatic employment opportunities.

To execute these initiatives, the Commissioner of Education has collaborated with the Commissioner of Youth and Sports to chart the way forward. The Commissioner of Youth and Sports is committed to ensuring the timely implementation of these new packages for Youth Corps members serving in our schools.

These measures reinforced Taraba State’s unwavering commitment to enhancing access to quality education, fostering youth development, and ensuring a brighter future for our children.

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