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Makinde to recruit 7,000 teachers, 100 caregivers

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Oyo State Government is set to recruit 7,000 teachers for public primary schools across the state.

The state government also revealed plans to recruit 100 caregivers for special schools across the state.

This was disclosed by the executive chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Nureni Adeniran, during a press conference held at the Board Room on Friday.

He added that for the 7,000 fresh teachers to be engaged by the government, at least 75 per cent deficit of the gap will be plugged.

Adeniran said, “For so many months or years back, there has been a clamour for recruitment of teachers into public primary school, and as an agency, under whose purview we have these primary schools, a lot of requests, a lot of questions have been asked of us, and we have been saying, we are going to do it.

“Ahead of the last general election, a lot of questions were asked about this recruitment, and His Excellency, the governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde did promise that we are indeed going to recruit.

“So it is my pleasure to announce to the world that His Excellency Engr. Seyi Makinde, in fulfilment of his electoral promise, and response to the yearnings of the good people of Oyo State, occasioned by the dearth of teachers in our public primary schools, has graciously approved the recruitment of 7,000 teachers in our public primary schools.

Adeniran said efforts were ongoing to recruit the teachers in fulfilment of the state governor, Seyi Makinde’s promise to bridge the teachers’ deficit in the system.

“In addition, he also approved the recruitment of 100 caregivers in our special schools in the state. This recruitment, the process of which will commence very soon, needs to be brought into the hearing of the good people of Oyo State, especially the intending applicants, and this press conference becomes imperative because of various information that has dominated the media space in the last couple of months, or even years, wherein some scammers would go online and say, Oyo SUBEB is recruiting.

“I can say that we have denied that several times, over and over and over again, and your guess is as good as mine. Those who could do that, even when the approval has not been given, now knowing that the approval has been given, want to utilize the opportunity to scam the unsuspecting members of the public who are intending applicants for this particular exercise.

“So, I am coming out on behalf of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board to say that the approval has been given and we are already commencing the preliminary work on the stages of this recruitment exercise, which will also be made public at the appropriate time.”

He, however, warned the public against scammers, saying the government has not appointed any agent or agency to carry out the recruitment process but will make information available to the members of the public as soon as the recruitment begins.

“The essence of this press conference is to warn the unsuspecting intending applicants to be wary of scammers and to let them know that in the process of this recruitment exercise, the details of which will be brought out later, Oyo State government and Oyo SUBEB is not appointing anybody to serve as agents in this recruitment exercise.”

He added that applicants will be selected based on qualifications.

“Therefore, whatever the stages that will be followed to get this exercise conducted in a free, fair, and credible manner, will be emanating from this office under the signature of the Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.

“We also want to let the people know that if there is anything, even after we might have brought out the template on the stages or the procedures to be followed if there is anything or information required, people should not hesitate to come into the SUBEB headquarters to come and find out by themselves, and not rely on a second-hand or already midwife information that may not be true.

“I also want to say that no person has been empowered to collect a dime from anybody on account of this recruitment exercise. No person, whether staff or non-staff members, has been empowered to collect a dime from anybody on account of this recruitment. We want to use this opportunity to thank His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde for living up to his words as he promised that this recruitment would be done, and he has thus fulfilled that particular promise.

He noted that the public would be notified of the application term, saying, “I want to say that at the next stage of the recruitment, we’ll let the world know how we want to go about it in terms of how the intending applicant will be able to put in their application, what the requirements needed, and where and when to do what would be made available at the appropriate time.

“But I want to say that every information regarding this particular recruitment exercise will be from us, the Head of Service as well as the Civil Service Commission. So these are the agencies and the MDAs that we will be working together to ensure a seamless process.”

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Adeleke bags fellowship award on infrastructure devt

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Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun has bagged the fellowship award of a socio-cultural group, Ede Unique Club of Nigeria, in recognition of the various infrastructural development projects embarked upon since his assumption of office.

Spokesperson for the organisation, Prince Wale Ojetimi, said in a statement on Tuesday in Osogbo that the investiture of the fellowship award would hold in Ede on Thursday, as part of the organisation’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Ojetimi said that the award was a testimonial to Adeleke’s personal achievements and his progeny’s remarkable contributions to the socio-economic and political development of Osun and Nigeria at large.

He said that the governor would also perform the inauguration of the N5.5 million solar-powered facility donated by the club to the State Hospital in Ede.

The spokesperson said that the solar-powered facility was part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility component of its 40th anniversary.

He said that the event, to be presided over by the Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Lawal, will feature an anniversary lecture to be delivered by a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Prof. Mojeed Alabi.

According to him, among the prominent individuals to receive special recognition awards at the event is a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Wale Abass.

 Abass recently retired from Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as AIG after 35 years of service to the country.

The club is a non-partisan, socio-cultural organisation of leaders in business, academia, the professions and public service who have excelled in their various chosen fields and are contributing positively to the society, both in Nigeria and the Diaspora.

The organisation, established in 1983, engages in human capital and social development, focusing particularly on development of young people.

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Sallah: No security breaches in Ebonyi — NSCDC

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday, said so far there has not been any security breach as Ebonyi residents join other Nigerians to celebrate Eid-el Fitri.

The State Commandant of the corps, Dr Elijah Willie, said in Abakalikii that the celebration in the state has been peaceful.

Willie said he was monitoring operations of his personnel deployed across the state especially at security flashpoints.

“We deployed over 700 personnel across the state to ensure maximum security during the celebration.

“We are maintaining the same security deployment used during the sit-at-home directive of an outlawed group in the south east zone, on May 30.

“We are working in synergy with relevant security agencies  to ensure that there are no security breaches across the state,” he said.

He urged the citizens to continue being law-abiding and provide security agencies with relevant information to combat crime.

“I advise criminals to repent or leave the state as the NSCDC and other security agencies would make life very uncomfortable for them.

“The citizens should see security agencies as their friends because protecting their lives and properties is our business,” he said.

He thanked Gov. Francis Nwifuru for his support to security agencies in the state which, he said had made their work easier and more efficient.

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Enugu residents turn to charcoal stove as kerosene price soars

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Some Enugu residents have jettisoned their kerosene stoves, opting for charcoal stoves instead due to the high cost of kerosene which currently sells for between N1,350 and N1,600 per litre.

A market survey on charcoal on Tuesday in Enugu, revealedthat many people now prefer charcoal for cooking due to its affordable price.

A charcoal seller in Garki Market, Grace Umeh, said that although the price of charcoal had risen from N5, 000 to N8,000 per sack; the patronage had continued to soar.

Umeh said the increase in patronage was because an average family of five could use up to 20 litres of kerosene in a month for their cooking.

“So, the family spends over N20, 000 on kerosene in a month.

“On the other hand, a bag of charcoal will last for two months, no matter the pressure of use, for the same size of family,’’ she said.

Another seller at Mayor Market, ObyOkafor, said that most families were buying the commodity in large quantities due to the high cost of kerosene and other energy sources.

“We have continued to experience good and profitable business for some time now in this charcoal business,” Okafor said.

Mrs Christiana Ozor, a charcoal dealer at Achara Layout, said that due to increase in patronage, she now sells more than two bags a day.

Some buyers said that using the charcoal for cooking had saved them a lot of money.

Mr Gilbert Nnamdi, a father of four, said the new charcoal stove introduced to him by his friend had helped him to reduce the amount he spent on kerosene.

“With only N200 charcoal my wife can cook a pot of soup and a pot of rice for the family no matter the quantity of the food.

“This new charcoal stove does not take time to catch fire and does not bring out smoke while cooking with it,” he said.

Another charcoal user, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that she had been using charcoal since the increase in the price of kerosene.

“I stopped using kerosene when the price increased to N900 and because I am afraid of using cooking gas, I quickly opted for charcoal as a means of energy cooking source,” she said.

Food vendors are not left out in the rush for charcoal because they can no longer afford the prices of kerosene and cooking gas.

A restaurant owner, MsIjeoma Dim, explained that the high costs of kerosene and cooking gas had given charcoal a sudden prominence.

MrOforAnyawu, added that charcoal sellers now made brisk business due to the price increase of other cooking energy sources.

Anyawu called on the government to make all cooking energy sources affordable and available for the masses, especially in the face of economic challenges in the country.

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