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Lagos restructures Ministry of Education, 4 other MDAs

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Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by Fellow Press

(PHOTO: Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Lagos State Head Of Service (HOS))

The Lagos State Government has restructured and renamed the Ministry of Education and some of its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), for improved performance and effective service delivery.

The Head of Service (HOS), Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said in a circular on Thursday in Lagos.

Muri-Okunola said those affected were the Ministry of Education; Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education; Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs; Office of Civic Engagement; and Central Internal Audit Department.

He said that the erstwhile Ministry of Education would now be known as Ministry of Basic Education.

Muri-Okunola said that the Ministry of Basic Education would be responsible for policy formulation and evaluation relating to education matters; supervision of pre-primary and primary education in Lagos State except staff matters.

According to him, the Ministry of Basic Education will also be responsible for policy, supervision, and management of secondary schools in Lagos State except staff matters.

The HOS said the ministry would be responsible for the approval, regulation and monitoring of private, pre-primary, primary, post-primary, vocational and technical institutions; among other responsibilities.

He said the ‘Office of the Special Adviser on Education’ had now became a full-fledged Ministry, known as the ”Ministry of Tertiary Education”.

Muri-Okunola said the Ministry of Tertiary Education had the responsibility of the supervision, monitoring and investigation of tertiary education matters, among other responsibilities.

He said the ‘Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs’ would revert to its former name prior to the Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, as the ‘Ministry of Local Government, Chieftancy Affairs and Rural Development’ with a substantive ‘Office of Rural Development’.

The HOS added that ‘Political and Legislative Bureau’ had been reintroduced under the ‘Office of Civic Engagement”’to enhance the performance of the office.

Muri-Okunola said that while the functions of the Office of Civic Engagement remained, the Political and Legislative Bureau would handle political and legislative issues relating to the Executive and Legislative arms.

He said the PLB would ensure political engagements and inclusion; advise the governor on political and legislative matters; and create congenial atmosphere for harmonious relationship of the legislature and executive arms.

Muri-Okunola said the PLB would ensure political intelligence and mobilise support for State Government Executive Bills at the Public Hearing of the Lagos State House of Assembly, among other responsibilities.

He said that the Central Internal Audit Department would now be known as the Office of Internal Audit.

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Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise

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Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft

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Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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