The recent decision by former Vice President Abubakar Atiku to donate N50million towards the coronavirus relief effort of the Federal Government has been criticized as too small by some Nigerians.
The former Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election made the donation days after he announced that one of his sons who recently returned from London has tested positive for coronavirus.
As part of the donation, he also suggested to government at various levels to take a cue from other countries and provide financial palliatives to many Nigerians whose finances have been terribly affected by the pandemic.
“At an approximate 30 million households or thereabouts, the government should devise modalities to distribute N10,000 as a supplement for foodstuff to each household, among other palliative measures, with no one left behind,” he said.
Ironically, soon after the letter became public there was a wave of condemnation for his gestures all over social media by people who tried to attach many other uncharitable reasons to his contribution. According to Yomi Olayoriju, Atiku would have spent more than N50million if this were an election period. He added that the former VP is in a position to donate N1billion.
Ayoola Olamide Solanke also towed the same line. According to him, Atiku’s donation can only buy a handful of equipment desperately needed to fight the pandemic.
Umar Wodi Tahir, was more unforgiving in his reaction, he noted that as a billionaire, Atiku was in a position do even more. He stressed that Atiku should be ashamed to make such meager amount as some of it might go into providing care for his sick son. ”you are not ashamed to openly announce such an amount. I believe you are paying for isolation and medical bills of your son.”
Olaginju Similoluwa was even more confrontation as if she has a personal axe to grind with the politician. She noted that Atiku was only returning some of the money he had (allegedly) looted from the treasury. “Atiku N50mwas returned not donated.it is a minute fraction of our money you stole and still stealing from the port and much more. And if your son wasn’t infected, it wouldn’t have some. But all of you chicken will come to roast one by one.”
But it wasn’t all condemnation and criticism for the politician, there was some positive comments. Like this one from Arinze Jideoffor. He tried his best, but as of not money has no much value. What we need are kits and sanitizers. Use the money to buy those kits and give them to trusted organisations, it not they will end up being embezzled.”
Francis Ogude also had some kind words for Atiku, adding that this was not a time to play politics. “At least he has taken the lead. This is not time to politicize every move. Covid-19 does not care what political divide you belong. He should be commended.”
According to Olusola Adaralegbe, “what can other politicians in APC offer since you said this was too small for one individual. For your information, almost all the politicians from Nigeria make their money from Nigeria, including Mr. Integrity.”
The reactions keeping streaming in in their hundreds and it is clear that many of them are inspired by politics. But like some of the respondents have said, this is not time to play politics but to focus on how to defeat a virus that threatens human race.
774,000 jobs: Buhari directs CBN to pay N60,000 to each participantL
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to pay N60,000 stipend to participants of the Special Public Works programme of the federal government.
Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, disclosed this on Saturday on his Twitter handle @fkeyamo, saying he had consequently directed the NDE to begin processing of the payments.
The programme was designed to employ 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774 local government areas in the country.
It was initially scheduled for launch on October 1, 2020 but faced administrative delays.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously directed a release of the funds for the payment of stipends to the 774,000 participants of the SPW programme.
“I have consequently directed the NDE to begin processing the payments and participants should begin to receive payments soon.
“In order to eliminate fraud and/or double payments, I have also directed that every payment to participants should be made using the BVN of their accounts so we can have an audit trail of every single payment. Those who registered with different names shouldn’t expect payments,” Mr Keyamo tweeted.
Governor grants financial autonomy to Nasarawa LGAs
Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe says, the administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule has granted full financial autonomy to the 13 LGAs of the State.
He stated this yesterday while declaring open a two day training workshop, organized for members and staff of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission.
The deputy governor who represented the governor at the event assured that the state government will not interfere in the conduct of council elections, but will support the full independence of the commission and other assistance to conduct free, fair and credible council elections.
“In a society like ours, free, fair and credible election constitutes the basic principle of democracy. In this regards, electoral administrators are the drivers who ensure that the tenets of democracy are greatly enhanced through election” he said
Speaking earlier, chairman, Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC), Ayuba Wandai Usman, said the objective of the training was to boost the morale of staff of the commission
The objective of the training is to boost the morale of our staff, bring them in tune with recent developments in election management techniques and to introduce electoral best practices in the commission in line with the policy thrust of the Engr Abdullahi Sule administration.
According to him, the theme of the training workshop ‘conduct of credible election into local government councils,’ was carefully chosen because “it holistically covers our intention to put in place a modern day election management body.”
Recruitment: UBEC opens portal for Federal Teachers’ Scheme application
The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has opened an online application for recruitment into the Federal Teachers’ Scheme, FTS.
Dr Ossom Ossom, Public Relations Officer of the commission, confirmed this to News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, following skepticism about the authenticity of the recruitment.
A document obtained by NAN from the UBEC Headquarters in Abuja, confirming the recruitment, noted that applications were currently being invited from eligible candidates for the 2020 and 2021 service periods.
The document stated that the FTS, a two-year intervention programme established by the Federal Government in 2006, was aimed at assisting states in addressing teacher shortage at the basic education level.
Part of the requirements for application are, Bachelor’s degree in Education or Bachelor’s degree with Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE),
The qualification, according to the document, should not be lower than a Second Class (Lower Division) and not earned earlier than 2014.
The document further stated that applicants were also expected to have completed or been exempted from the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC).
It said applicants with Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), with credit passes in Teaching Practice and the Teaching Subjects, also not earned earlier than 2014, were equally eligible.
The document noted that they were, however, expected to have specialisation in any of the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Other subjects are: Agricultural Science, Home Economics, Computer Science, Technical/Technology Education, Computer Science or Information Technology, Nigerian Languages, Physical and Health Education.
It said applicants were expected not to be more than 35 years of age and not currently employed or enrolled under the NYSC, N-Power or any other similar programme.
On the method of application, the document stated that applicants were expected to complete the application forms online, by visiting https://fts.admissions.clouds
”Applicants are also required to upload their credentials with their most recent passport photographs.
”The application portal would be opened for two weeks, from Sept. 10 to Sept. 24, with no extension.
Meanwhile, shortlisted candidates would be required to sit for the Computer-Based Test (CBT) on October 10, at designated centres in every state capital.
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