President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, October 5, approved N75,000 as an allowance per semester for education students in public universities across the country.
Buhari also approved N50,000 as a stipend per semester for Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) students.
The development which is part of his last year’s promises for the education sector was announced by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, during the annual celebration of World Teachers’ Day at the Eagle Square, Abuja on Tuesday, October 5.
This, according to Buhari, is aimed at encouraging people to take up the teaching profession; as well as encourage excellent service delivery.
“Undergraduate students of B.Ed / B.A. Ed/ BSc. Ed in Public institutions are to receive stipends of N75,000.00 per semester; while NCE students will get N50,000.00 as stipends per semester,” Mr Adamu said.
He also assured that efforts were in place to grant automatic employment to students after graduation; as the ministry would collaborate with state governments.
“The Federal Government should find the modality through which respective states’ governments could provide automatic employment for NCE graduates at Basic Education level,” he added.
Meanwhile, global human rights body, Amnesty International, has condemned the violent implementation of a sit-at-home order issued by the separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Nigeria’s Southeast region.
1st News had reported that the IPOB group has continued to commit acts of violence against perceived defaulters of the order.
In its tweet on Monday, October 1, Amnesty wrote, “Violent implementation of the sit-at-home imposed by IPOB must stop.
“Attacking people or their places of business in the name of imposing sit-a-home order is a gross human rights abuse; and those behind it must be brought to justice through a fair trial.
“Violent implementation of the sit-at-home imposed by IPOB must stop. Attacking people or their places of business in the name of imposing sit-a-home order is a gross human rights abuse; and those behind it must be brought to justice through a fair trial,” Amnesty railed.