Yuletide: Niger govt declares seven days public holiday for civil servants

Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago has declared seven days public holiday for State Civil Servants.

The Governor made the declaration at the end of the Year cutting of the cake with all members of the State Executive Council and other top government officials held at the Government House, Minna.

Governor Umaru Bago said the public holiday is for the celebration of Christmas and New Year.

According to him, the holiday will commence from Friday the 22nd of December 2023, to Monday the 1st of January, 2024.

He disclosed that food stuff will be given to government officials for onward distribution to the less privileged in their local government areas and wards.

“Don’t stay in Minna, go and share food with the poor people in your local governments and wards”,  he directed.

(Tribune)

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NUC approves new university for Niger State

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the revalidation of the recognition of Niger State College of Education, Minna, to a university of education.

Acting Executive Secretary of NUC, Chris Maiyaki, made this known during a visit of Niger State governor, Mohammed Umar Bago to the headquarters of the Commission on Thursday in Abuja.

Maiyaki, who a read a letter conveying the approval, said the institution initially secured conditional recognition as university of education in 2013, but some of the conditions were never met by the succecive administrations in Niger State, until the coming on board of Governor Bago.

He said with the new development, Niger State University of Education is now fully recognized as the 63rd state-owned university in Nigeria.

“It will be recalled that Niger State University of Education, Minna, was recognized as duly established university in the Nigerian University System by the National Universities Commission….

” But that recognition was contingent to a formal concurrent in writing by the incoming administration as of at that time and its willingness to retain the university, but the process was never consummated by the successive Niger state administrations, until this government requested the activation of the NUC earlier recognition of Niger State University of Education, Minna,” Maiyaki said.

The acting NUC boss said the new university was approved following the presentation of relevant documents, including the gazetted University’s law, academic brief and masterplan.

While saying that the new recognition of the university takes effect from Thursday 28 September, 2023, Maiyaki said other relevant government agencies like the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would be informed of the new status of the institution.

He, however, urged the governor to uplift the facilities in the new university , adding that the NUC is fully ready to provide the necessary guidance to ensure the institution lives up to expectations.

Earlier, the Niger governor said the visit was to congratulate Maiyaki on his new position as acting Executive Secretary of NUC as well as shared his passion for the massive development of the education sector in the state.

He said : “In 2013, my predecessor had come here to convert Niger State College of Education, Minna to university of Education, somewhere along the line, it became a mirage, but with the guidance of Professor Yahaya Kuta, we have come to rekindle that ambition.

” Secondly, the IBB University Lapai is desirous and has applied for Medicine, we want to appeal to you (acting NUC Executive Secretary) to expedite the approvals necessary so we can have the full curriculum for medical studies.

” Thirdly, the Federal College of Education in Kontogora is supposed to be a university of education too, we want to see that become a fruition.

” The Federal Polytechnic in Bida is also desirous to be a degree awarding institution, and a lot of private initiatives have been coming too.”

On funding for the new university, Governor Bago said with the coming into force of education trust fund law in the state, such issue would not pose a problem.

“Niger state just passed a law on education trust fund, every contract of government, every transaction within the state is charged one percent for education fund,” he said.

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