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FCT Teachers’ Strike: Minister Meets With Union

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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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Make tourism studies compulsory in schools, expert tells FG

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Mrs Nanna Yakubu, a Tourism professional has called on the Federal Government to make the study of tourism as a subject compulsory in schools to harness its benefit.

Yakubu made this call at her official book launch titled “Introduction to Tourism Studies for Schools and Colleges” in Abuja on Tuesday.

She said that what inspired her to write the book was to help the Nigerian children understand the country’s tourism so as to benefit from the industry.

According to her, getting the vision early will no doubt enable them understand the requirements and sway them into better decision making in the tourism sector.

“This will further sway them toward making good decisions for the industry in future. It’s believed that when we cash them young, they will be more informed.

“And the younger generation needs to be properly trained and adequately informed to be knowledgeable about tourism assets and opportunities in Nigeria and with that
they can build careers in the sector.”

Yakubu further explained that the narratives of how the book began and was gradually nurtured to the end was as a result of her ardent belief and passion for tourism especially here in Nigeria.

“The journey of my book started ten years ago when I was engaged in an adhoc assignment as one of the resource persons to plan, develop and critic tourism as a curriculum to be inculcated in schools as an
entrepreneurial subject.

“During the assignment, we had very little local resource materials to work with and we had to refer mostly to foreign educational writers on tourism.

“During this period, we discovered there was a widening gap.

“The idea came to me that if we want our schools to understand the Nigerian tourism sector, we must use our local materials, illustrations and examples for them to comprehend,”she further explained.

The tourism expert also noted that Nigeria was blessed with tourist attractions
ranging from cultural, natural and manmade attractions, hence “this catch them young project could be achieved with all of us putting our hands together.”

Earlier, in his remarks, Dr Taiwo Famogbiyele, the book reviewer noted that the study of tourism in schools and colleges would certainly add value to knowledge.

Famogbiyele, who is also the Director of Studies, National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism said that its study would enhance the understanding of Nigerian tourism space.

Also in her speech, the Commissioner for Tourism, Plateau state, Mrs Tamwakat Weli,
tourism had been identified as the next economic grower of nations and in Nigeria as the next option to oil.

Weli, who was represented by the General Manager, Plataeu state Tourism Corporation, Jos, Mrs Salome Bidda, commended the efforts of the author in contributing to the growth
and development of the sector.

“As Tourism grows through her
enormous contributions, it has become necessary that the general populace should understand what tourism is all about,
to be able to cue in for maximum benefits.

“This book therefore
provides insights to the correct processes of Tourism Development and study of Tourism in the Nation’s Secondary schools and Colleges.

“This book will no doubt bring an
improvement on Tourism Studies. The benefits no doubt, will be felt at every level of the diverse sectors of our economy.,” she said.

The book titled “Introduction to Tourism Studies for Schools and Colleges”,
a research work of many years was published in August 2020.

It was subsequently submitted to the Federal Ministry of Education for assessment through the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council

The book having met the requirements and approval was recommended as a textbook for schools and colleges in Nigeria.

The author, Nanna Yakubu is a Tourism professional, who works with Nigerian Tourism Department Corporation.

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