Arrangement has beenconcluded by the Government of Cross River State to engage about 1,000 teachers and 500 security men in the services of the state so as to address the twin issues of dearth of teachers and insecurity faced by the state.
Chairman, State Universal Basic Education, Dr. Stephen Odey disclosed this to journalists at the weekend in Calabar while reacting to allegations that the state government was not doing enough to take a huge percentage of qualified graduates off the streets, stressing that the Prof Ben Ayade-led administration was poised to bring quality education, particularly in the basic education sector and beef up security in primary schools.
Odey stated that the recruitment of additional 1,000 teachers was going to complement the earlier approved 1,000, for which aptitude test was administered by the board in 2016 in the recruitment process to ensure that only those qualified for the job were engaged.
The board chairman said, “from what we experienced when we conducted our personnel audit and our subsequent visits to schools when we go for monitoring and inspections, we discovered that some schools from primary one to six have two or three teachers, which is unacceptable. For us to have qualitative and quality education, teachers are very key.
“Since we came on board from October, 2015 till now, we have recorded over a 1,000 retirements and death cases, so, we needed to replace these teachers. So, when I approached him on this, he graciously approved the recruitment of 2,000 teachers and 500 security men.
“Recall that in 2016 when we got the approval to recruit 1,000 teachers, we conducted aptitude test across the three senatorial districts of the state, but along the line, we couldn’t release the results because of the poor financial status of the state.
“So, we will give opportunities to those candidates that took the aptitude test, the results of those who scored 50 and above will be published soon. If they are not up to the two thousand we want to recruit then we can also consider others,” he stated.
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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