Governor Fayose donates cars, N50m to teachers in Ekiti

Governor Ayodele Fayose has donated N50 million to teachers in Ekiti State. He also gave two brand new cars to best teachers in public primary and secondary schools.

Fayose, who spoke during the commemoration of this World Teachers’ Day in Ado-Ekiti, said it was to appreciate them for making the state to emerge first in the 2016 National Examinations Council (NECO).

He promised to increase the incentive to N100 million next year if the teachers could sustain the feat, adding that his government would continue to treat them with dignity and celebrate their competence to help the future of the state.

In another development, Fayose urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stop blaming past leaders, particularly his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for the current economic recession.

He said what Nigerians voted for in 2015 was a change and Buhari should live by that acronym, failing ‘which Nigerians will change the change’.He said: “ What we voted for in 2015 was plenty and bountiful blessing and not economic recession. Today, Nigerian teachers can no longer afford three-square meals a day.

“Nigerians are not begging for too much. What they wanted is to change their fortunes for better. President Buhari must stop complaining. He must address this recession that is killing Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Peters Adeyemi and Deputy National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Kelvin Nwankwo, have pleaded with states owing teachers’ salaries to pay up to cushion the effect of the hard-biting economy on the people.

The duo, who commended Fayose for honouring their colleagues, called for an upward review of teachers’ retirement age from 60 to 65 to arrest premature retirement from the service.

Also, the founder of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola, and a former governor of the old Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua, praised Ekiti teachers for their patriotic and unwavering zeal for the development of education in spite of the economic challenges.

Olumilua said: “Though Nigeria is tough, but Ekiti is lucky to have a governor that has been doing what is necessary. The recession we are passing through is not something unusual, but what we need is a man that is connected to God and who can do what is necessary and we have it in Governor Fayose.

“If you can see, Ekiti is making progress because we have a man that is committed to the well-being of the populace and he is ready to listen to you to make your future great.”

World Bank Supports Agricultural Sector In North East Nigeria With $50m

The World Bank has pledged to support Nigeria’s agricultural sector with 50 million dollars towards the restoration of agricultural livelihood of Fadama beneficiaries in the North East.

Dr Adetunji Oredipe, Task Team Leader of the Fadama III project, disclosed on Thursday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the programme would last up till December 2019.
He said the programme had begun in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba, Gombe and Yobe states.

Oredipe disclosed that Borno, Yobe and Taraba had released their N20 million counterpart fund, while the three other states had given approval for payment.

He said that the bank had launched a special programme of Fadama for the North East towards actualising the programme.

Oredipe said that actualising the programme had become imperative because the bank was determined to help to restore livelihood in the region.

“We want to reach out to 24,000 households and we have the package for them as you know most of them have lost everything.
He said that the programme would be done in stages and there is budget for every community where the bank is intervening.

“The third leg is that we are giving food assistance to farmers that we are going to work with because if you don’t provide food assistance the tendency that when you bring seedlings or fertilisers they will sell it.
Oredipe noted that it is inimical to health and food production when farmers cooked seeds instead of normal grains.

He said in this regard, Fadama would support every family with a small quantity worth 200 dollars, just to help them within the period while they were waiting for their harvest.

The coordinator revealed that damaged irrigation facilities, abandoned roads that might have lost shape would be upgraded by supporting them with water lifting devices.

Oredipe said that there was adequate budget for every household while the bank facilitators were on the field working with NGOs who are familiar with the terrain to map out farms and other facilities.

“We are not engaging in trial and error, we are working with experts who are familiar with environment so we can move quickly as the sense of urgency is there.

“Every community will prepare a community action plan for the team to work with, since we have a budget,’’ he said.
Oredipe disclosed further that 25,000 dollars had been set aside for each community as intervention fund.

“In that community they will have to sit together and put facilities that are relevant but are not functioning we have roads to fix, we have irrigation facilities.
“So, based on the consensus, they have all agreed on and identify 40 households with farmlands.

“It is a straightforward package that we have learnt from the earlier phase of the project to be able to make quick intervention that can yield very good result,’’ he said.

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