NAN The Carter Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Programme for Plateau and Nasarawa has called for an effective policy of prohibiting open defecation toward eradicating schistosomiasis. Dr Abel Eigege, the Director of the centre, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos that schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzias, is an infectious disease…
Exam Ethics Marshal International (EEMI), an advocacy group, has commended the Federal Government’s efforts to instill best practices in public service promotion examination.
Mr Ike Onyechere, Chairman EEMI, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.
Onyechere also commended the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Federal Civil Service Commission, Bureau of Public Service Reform, State and Local Government Service Commission for joining forces to facilitate the efforts.
He said that the efforts of these MDAs had fostered the ethics of integrity and best practices in public service recruitment, confirmation and promotion examination.
“The development of Nation states are propelled or constrained by the quality, motivation and performance of their public service sector.
“One of the standard operating procedures for building and sustaining an inspired, invigorated, high performance public service sector is through recruitment, confirmation and promotion examinations aimed at identifying selecting and installing the best and brightest officers.
“To serve the purpose of inspiring and motivating the workforce, critical stakeholders must accept and buy into the results of such examinations,” Onyechere said
He added that the federal, state and local government public service recruitment and promotion examinations were hitherto trailed by petitions, protests and conflicts.
Onyechere noted that many of these petitions end up in courts of public opinion and courts of law, and which impacted negatively on ‘espirit de corps’, team work and performance of the service.
“There is, therefore, absolute need to address and eliminate the causes of such petitions, protests and conflicts to promote acceptability of results of public service examinations by stakeholders.
“This is the only way to achieve the goal of inspired, motivated, invigorated and high performance public service.
“There is also need to deconstruct contemporary rules, regulations and processes of public service recruitment, confirmation and promotion examinations with a view to aligning them to global best practices,” the EEMI chairman said.
He, however, called on stakeholders and administrators of public service exams to participate in the first national conference scheduled to hold in Abuja from July 24 to July 28.
Onyechere explained that the conference was aimed at building capacity of administrators of public service examination on ethics, integrity and best practices.
“Resolution of the challenges of protests and conflicts that trail public service promotion examinations requires that all critical stakeholders come together to share experiences, learn from errors and contribute ideas towards proffering practical solutions,’’ the official said.
He added that the conference was in line with the anti-corruption campaign of the present administration.
— 18th April 2018
Ali Abare, Gombe Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State has decried the high prevalence of child rape in the northeastern Nigerian state, stating that more than two cases of rape are being reported daily. Dankwambo disclosed this when he had in audience the Chairperson of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Barrister Sa’adatu Bome…
— 18th April 2018
Health activities paralysed Clement Adeyi, Osogbo Members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife Chapter have declared an indefinite nationwide strike in protest of the Federal Government’s failure to meet their demands. Among their demands are the upward adjustment of Consolidated Health Salary Structure…
— 18th April 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Only a handful of ministers were present at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). At 11.02 a.m., when the meeting commenced, only 18…
— 18th April 2018
NAN The Nigerian Army on Wednesday declared five persons wanted in Taraba for their alleged roles in killings in Takum Local Government Area of the state in particular and state in general. The wanted men are Tanko Adiku Dantayi, Kurusi Danladi, Chindo, Big Olumba and Chairman Poko. The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen Texas Chukwu in a…
Entertainment— 15th April 2018
Nollywood movie Ojukokoro and three other flicks – Oblivious, The Encounter, and Tell Me Sweet Something – were screened on Saturday night at Metrograph Theatre, New York. Ojukokoro (greed) is the hilarious feature film leading the line-up at the inaugural ‘Nollywood 3.0 Images and Stories From the African Diaspora Film Series’ in New York City….
South-West Report— 12th April 2018
Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The history of Yoruba is certainly not complete without reference to Oranmiyan, a direct descendant of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the race. Oduduwa was believed to have descended from heaven and landed on Ile-Ife, Osun State, and from where he founded other Yoruba towns. Oranmiyan was a warrior who fought many wars…
Abuja Metro— 18th April 2018
Romanus Ugwu Perhaps, in consideration of its importance as an instrument of unity and symbol of peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, city planners strategically located the Abuja National Stadium at the entrance of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. It was designed to make a statement that sports was really a source of happiness to many…
Oriental News— 18th April 2018
Okey Sampson, Aba What is in a name? In Igbo, the word Buharia means ‘remove to another area’ or ‘take to another place.’ It means to carry something from one point to another. Buharia Market popularly known as Good Morning or Vegetable Market, which sits atop a hill that over looks the Orji Uzor Kalu Bridge…
Features— 18th April 2018
The threat posed by the Fulani herdsmen who have unleashed mayhem on farming communities in Nigeria has left hundreds of people dead, farmlands, crops destroyed, just as several communities have been sacked from their ancestral homes. Worst hit by this crisis are communities in the North- Central geo-political zone of Nigeria, also called the Middle…
Literary Review— 14th April 2018
Henry Akubuiro, Lagos Perhaps more than any other group in the last three decades, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), has contributed to the promotion of reading and discovery of new literary talents in Nigeria. Founded in 1981 by the legendary novelist, Chinua Achebe, the association has through, its routine creative writing workshops, award of…
Lifeline— 18th April 2018
Cosmas Omegoh An encounter with Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, is an exciting one. It is a worthwhile adventure every tourist or lover of culture or student of history would die to have. During the encounter, one gets the royal father’s blessings and gains profound knowledge of his kingdom’s rich culture and tradition….
Education Review— 17th April 2018
Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka Former Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Prof. Ikenna Onyido on Monday blamed the drastic drop in the quality in Nigerian universities on lazy Professors, who he described as “internet professors.” Onyido, delivering the keynote lecture of the 55th Meeting of the Committee of Deans of Postgraduate Schools in…
TSWeekend— 13th April 2018
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Opinion— 18th April 2018
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