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2011: NGO tasks INEC, CSOs

Abuja—Chief Ann Nosike, the National President of Gender Support Women Emancipation Development Society, an NGO, has urged INEC to partner with Civil Societies (CSO’s) and Civil Based Organisations (CBO’s) for the 2011 elections.

In an interview in Abuja, Nosike said “directors of CBOs and COSs at the state and local government levels should be recruited to monitor the 2011 elections.’’

Nosike, who is also a PDP women mobiliser, urged INEC to create awareness among the electorate as voters were mostly women and youths.

Nosike also called for a good welfare package for the media workers to prevent them from being influenced by politicians.

“Nigerians should remember that the Media is the mirror of the society,’’ she said.

A committee set up by Prof. Dora Akunyili, the Minister of Information and Communications, on better welfare package for media workers had since submitted its report to the minister.

The Ministry of Information and Communications had forwarded the report and its recommendations to the presidency for consideration.

The various unions in the media industry are expected to defend the new welfare package for their members before the Ministry of Labour and Productivity on June 15.


…faults FG on JAMB cut-off

Abuja—Mr Wale Samuel, the Policy Adviser, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All, has faulted the Federal Government’s decision to fix the JAMB cut-off mark at 180.

Samuel made the NGO’s position known on the cut-off point in an interview in Abuja, weekend.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, last Thursday in Abuja announced that the cut off mark for the UTME had been fixed at 180.

Samuel said lowering the cut-off mark was not the solution “but tackling the educational problems from a holistic point of view.

“Lowering the cut-off mark is not the solution, but the ability of the government to tackle the problems bedeviling the sector holistically,” he said.

The NGO’s policy adviser appealed to the government to ensure better funding and the development of infrastructure in the sector.

Samuel called for better training and salaries for teachers while stressing the need for quality instructional materials for students.

He urged the Federal Government to put in place a monitoring mechanism to evaluate performance and service delivery in the education sector.


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