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FEC approves N4.5b for exam papers, Abuja roads

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N2.9 billion for printing of examination materials, both sensitive and non-sensitive, a contract awarded to a group of eight printers.

FEC also approved N1,619,701,391.14 for rehabilitation and upgrade of select roads in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) satellite towns.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, told State House correspondents after the FEC meeting, that the materials are for the Basic Education Certification Examination (BECE), the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) and the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE).

“Because of the recent disturbances, we have postponed the examinations that have not taken place,” Adamu, joined by his colleague in the Ministry of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said.

FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, while also addressing the newsmen, said the council approved N900,294,304.75 to fix the roads in the Gwagwalada.

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He explained that the contract, billed to be completed six months, was awarded to Teleview International Nigeria Limited.

Bello said FEC also approved N719,407,086.38 for Kwali Council rural roads, also to be completed within six months.

IN another development, primary school teachers in Enugu State may begin indefinite strike tomorrow over non-implementation of the new minimum wage across board.

Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, Theophilus Nweke-Odo, yesterday, alleged a discriminatory implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000 to the detriment of primary school teachers in the state.

He stated that about eight months into the implementation of the new minimum wage, primary school teachers had not benefited from it.

The NUT chairman explained that months of negotiations with the government to pay the affected teachers had not yielded any positive result, noting that the earlier 21-day ultimatum given to the government on the issue had expired.

“We gave 21-day ultimatum, which expired during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-induced lockdown. We served a seven-day ultimatum from October 2, which will expire on Friday. We went into negotiations and they said they want to go into verifications to ascertain the number of teachers they have. They have finished with that and now they said they want to go into the technical committee,” he said.

According to him, from all indications, the government is not willing to pay the primary school teachers the new minimum wage.

He, however, commend President Buhari for accenting to the bill that extended the service years of teachers and expressed the hope that it would be implemented at the state level.

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