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APWEN, partners sensitise students on proper hygiene, encourage girls to study engineering



The Association of Professional Women in Engineering (APWEN), Abuja chapter has joined other stakeholders to commemorate the 2021 Global HandWashing Day, while also encouraging young girls to take up engineering courses in schools.

The Global HandWashing Day is an international handwashing promotion campaign commemorated annually on Oct. 15 to motivate and mobilise people around the world to improve their handwashing habits.

The association in collaboration with Blitz Solutions Global Concept and Tamansuwa Sanitation Water and Rural Development Initiative (TAMSWARD) took the campaign to the Junior Secondary School, Area 11.
The 2021 commemoration has the theme “ Our Future is at Hand, Let’s Move Forward Together “.

Mrs Charity Joseph-Ojobo, Chairman of the Abuja Chapter of the association, said that hand washing was critical to human livelihood, hence the need to take our hygiene serious.
Joseph-Ojobo, pledged the association’s determination to provide solutions to the students in the area of mentorship that would ignite the passion for studying engineering courses.

Mrs Lynda Bitrus, a member of the association tasked the students to take advantage of the mentorship programme offered by the association and refocus their thinking towards the study of engineering as a profession.

According to her, there is need to gather the students together to sensitise them on the need to always observe better hygiene on daily basis even as the COVID-19 is still with us.

“ The association taught it wise to commemorate this day by visiting the school to educate the students about the importance of the global hand washing day especially with the advent of COVID-19.

“ As students, we need to help ourselves and carry the information to our families on proper measures to provide hygiene for the country,” she said.

Also, the Principal of the school, Mrs Fatimah Gold, commended the association and partners for always finding time to encourage the students of the school.
Gold promised the association that in the next five years, more girls of the school would become engineers to solve the problems of the society.

According to her, engineering should not only be for male students, female students should begin to develop interest in the learning of engineering course and build a career from it.

The event feature quiz competition, demonstration of proper hand washing, distribution of hand washing liquid to all participants and presentation of certificates to partners.

Also, 12 students of the school who took part in the quiz competition went home with gifts of writing materials. (NAN)

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FCT Teachers’ Strike: Minister Meets With Union



We Will Go Back To The Classroom Without Waste Of Time –Nut Chairman

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has chaired a meeting between the FCT Administration and the leadership of the FCT Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers that have embarked on a 5 day warning strike to press home demands for enhanced security in schools and payment of arrears of promotion benefits for teachers.

The meeting which was held in the office of the Minister was attended by the senior management officers of the FCTA and heads of some security agencies in the FCT.

The NUT leadership was briefed by heads of security agencies in the FCT made up of the FCT Commissioner of Police Mr Babaji Sunday, State Director of the DSS, Mr Ado Muazu and the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Dr Peter Maigari. They said measures were being taken to improve the security situation in schools.

On the strike action embarked upon by the NUT for the payment of arrears of promotion benefits for teachers for the years of 2016-2018, the Minister informed the union members that the efforts will be made to pay all the  promotion benefit arrears of the teachers before the end of the year, following the Permanent Secretary’s submission that all arrears for 2016 had already been paid and those for 2017 were scheduled for payment between November and December of 2021.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, the NUT Chairman, Comrade Stephen Knabayi said that the Union appreciated the efforts of the security agencies and assurances from the FCT Minister that all efforts will be made to protect the lives and properties of teachers and students within the FCT.

 He also expressed the appreciation of the union to the Minister for the pronouncement on the payment of promotion arrears of 2017 and 2018 before the end of the year.

Speaking on the return of teachers to the classroom, the NUT chairman said “from this meeting and from all the resolutions we will go back without waste of time”

He also appealed to the FCT Minister to intervene in the payment of arrears of LEA teachers under the administration of the Area Councils.

 In a similar vein, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola said “it was agreed that for us in the FCT, the allowances of our teachers will be paid for 2017, since 2016 had already been paid and that consideration should also be given to prioritizing payment for those in the teaching profession of 2018 before the end of the year.

Also in attendance at the meeting were Margaret Jethro, Secretary, FCT NUT, Dr Mohammed Bashir, Director of Human Resources Management, FCTA, Mr Abdulrazak Leramo Ag Secretary for Education and Dr Abdulateef Bello, Ag Director of Security, FCTA and other senior officials of the FCTA.

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