We’ll contact you via phones when 2019 UTME results are ready, JAMB tells candidates
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says though it is intensifying efforts to ensure that results of the 2019 UTME are released after the Easter break, it would reach out to candidates through their telephone numbers as as soon as all the results are ratified.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos.
According to him, candidates should not be carried away by what he described as rumours and misleading information in some sections of the media, especially the social media.
NAN reports that the 2019 UTME was conducted nationwide from Thursday, April 11 to Wednesday, April 18.
Over 1.8 million candidates registered for the examination.
“The board wants to distance itself from such rumours about releasing the results of candidates of the just-concluded UTME and steps to check these results as being speculated.
“Candidates should disregard this information, as it is not true. It is not emanating from the board.
“No results have been released yet. Yes, the results are all ready, but we are yet to release them because they are still being ratified.
“The board is carrying out all the checks and balances regarding these results by way of viewing the CCTV camera as well as attend to all findings brought before it while the examination lasted.
“The release of the result will be publicised as soon as we are through with all the board has set out to achieve. We will let the public know
“Candidates should not bother themselves going to any cyber cafe to check any result.
“Our result check has been standardised. We will forward the results to the respective telephone numbers of those candidates who are deserving of it,” he said.
2019 UTME: JAMB arrests over 50 professional exam writers
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Monday said it has uncovered and arrested over 50 ‘Professional Examination Writers’ who specialized in writing examination for candidates for a fee.
The board’s weekly official bulletin, tagged: ‘JAMBULLETIN’, signed by JAMB’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that over 1.8 million candidates are expected to sit for the board’s ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination that commenced nationwide on Thursday, April 11.
The board said it uncovered a group described as ‘Professional Examination Writers’ who specialises in writing examination for candidates for a fee.
According to the bulletin, as a result of the various intelligence gathering mechanism, the board was able to uncover and arrest over 50 of such fraudulent persons in centres spread across the country.
It noted that some of the suspects were Master’s Degree holders and undergraduates of tertiary institutions in the country.
According to the bulletin, these professional examination writers connived some Computer Based Centre owners to perpetuate the crime by engaging in multiple registrations whereby the fingerprints of the actual candidates and their impersonators are captured side by side.
“The modus operandi of these UTME syndicates was confirmed when one of the kingpins was apprehended recently.
“On interrogation, he confessed to the multiple registrations of his biometrics alongside other several potential candidates preparing to sit for the examination, in exchange for a huge sum of money.
“This development led to the decision of the board to revalidate all biometrics of candidates that have taken the board’s examination in recent times.
“This timely action will enable the board to not only fish out and dismantle this registration cartels and racketeers but also bring them to book along with their collaborators,” it said.
The bulletin added that another startling discovery by the board was the fact that a substantial portion of the UTME application documents, was composed of the bogus registration.
It noted that the unwholesome application had the singular effect of inflating the total statistical data of candidates’ registration that amounted to over 30 per cent of the 1.8 million that registered for the 2019 UTME.
“The board in a bid to live up to its billings has therefore resolved to set machinery in motion to effect the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in the unwholesome act, capable of subverting the sanctity of the entire examination process,” the bulletin said.
UTME: Prof arrested in Abuja for aiding daughter to cheat
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja
A self-acclaimed professor, identified only as Jide, has been arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, after he was caught assisting his daughter during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in the Jabi area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board confirmed Jide’s arrest on Thursday, which was the first day of the UTME, noting that the man sneaked into a Computer-Based Test centre in Jabi but he was later arrested by operatives and was now in custody.
Our correspondent learnt that Jide was arrested at the Brix Academy CBT Centre in Jabi while the UTME was on, trying to assist his daughter in the examination.
The JAMB Head of Information and Public Affairs, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in an interview with our correspondent, said the NSCDC would go on with Jide’s prosecution at the end of its investigations.
He said, “In Brix Academy in Jabi, a man penetrated the system, broke all security barriers, went into the examination hall and assisted his daughter. When arrested, he claimed to be a professor and also the owner of a non-governmental organisation. He has been picked up and he is with the security operatives. We believe that in no distant time, he will be prosecuted.
“He was not able to carry out his nefarious activity. He claimed to be a professor from a university outside the country.”
Benjamin noted that the outing for the UTME on Thursday was “successful and impressive,” adding that despite a few challenges in some centres, the board believed that the examination would get better.
A total of 1,855,643 candidates would be taking the UTME which would run till Monday.
18 items JAMB candidates must not take to exam venue
As the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) begins Thursday, the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned candidates against bringing in prohibited items into the examination halls.
The examination is expected to hold for about a week across Nigeria.
In a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night, the JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, said the items were prohibited in order to secure the sanctity and integrity of the board’s examination.
He said examination officials are allowed to scrutinise eye glasses or similar devices and when convinced that such items may compromise the sanctity of the examination, the examination official should confiscate them.
”We urge candidates to abide by the rules and regulations of the board. Candidates should not come with any of the prohibited items,” he said
PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how the board directed candidates for the 2019 UTME to start printing their examination notification slips from April 2.
The board also said a separate indicator had been created for the deaf (mute) candidates to differentiate them for special attention at the examination centre.
Also, the JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, warned candidates who are expected to sit for the examination to ensure their biometrics were taken and verified or risk sitting for the examination.
According to him, biometric verification will be the only mode for the admittance of candidates into the examination centres.
About 1.99 million candidates will be writing the examination across the country.
List of items prohibited:
1) Wrist Watches
3) Mobile phones or similar electronic devices
4) Spy reading glasses which should be scrutinised
5) Calculators or similar electronic devices
6) USB, CD, hard disks and or similar storage devices
7) Books or any reading/writing material.
11) Ear pieces
12) Ink/pen readers
13) Smart lenses
14) Smart rings/ jewellery
15) Smart buttons
16) Bluetooth devices.
17) Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards
2019 UTME: JAMB reschedules printing of exam slips to Thursday, April 4
by Agency Reporter The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has rescheduled printing of the 2019/20 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) slips to Thursday, April 4.
JAMB’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
NAN reports that the printing of the examination slips was initially scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 2.
Benjamin said the shift in date came after 14 Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres were on Monday, suspended due to infractions during the board’s conduct of Mock UTME, including an incident where JAMB staff were attacked at one of its centres.
“The suspension has caused some distortion in the initial arrangement and the board will have to relocate candidates who were scheduled to write in the affected centres to other suitable centres.
“We all know that one of the essence of the mock exercise was to check the level of preparedness of not only candidates but also centres that keep to the rules and regulations of the board.
“It is to check on centres that are desperate to cheat and to make sure that they do not achieve their aim.
“Immediately after the exercise yesterday, we went into a meeting and examined the conduct of the exercise, identified the structural problems and made adjustments immediately.
“We want to ensure no centre fails during the conduct of the exercise.
“So we need today and tomorrow to redistribute the candidates affected by these suspended centres who had planned to extort them, defraud and frustrate the system, to centres that are more suitable, then printing can begin Thursday. ”
He added that the board was putting all hands on deck to ensure that candidates sat for the examination in centres where they were safe, suitable and conducive for the exercise that would be globally accepted.
He apologised to all candidates of the examination for the inconvenience caused, adding that the board’s intention remained to give its best, and ensure a hitch-free and successful exercise.
NAN recalls that Prof. Ishaq Oloyede on Monday said that the board had de-listed 14 CBT centres out of the 712 accredited due to infractions like technical hitch and deceit.
He also said that two staff of the board were attacked at Lagos state Polytechnic centre and were almost murdered but were rescued. Oloyede said the 698 centres left in the operations were ready for the conduct of the UTME scheduled to hold between April 11 and April 15.
Lagos State Government Public Service Rules Foreword
It seems trite to contend that there is nothing that fairly mirrors the image, perception and indeed the effectiveness of any Government like the image, perception and effectiveness of its Public Service. I have heard people refer to the word “bureaucracy” as if it was itself a bad thing.
Checking up on the meaning of the word confirms what I already knew. It refers to a body of rules, procedures and processes by which things are done. In my opinion this is a good thing. A large workforce like the Lagos State Public Service, inclusive of its Local Government employees, numerous
Parastatals and Commissions comprising over one hundred thousand people, employed to relate with members of the public, provide services and solve problems, require Rules of Engagement. Without clear processes, rules and procedures, their conduct within and with members of the public would be simply chaotic. The “bureaucracy”, the rules, processes and procedures for the conduct of Public Service are contained in the “Public Service Rules” and this is a good thing.
What needs to be borne in mind is that society is evolving daily, people are changing, their needs are changing, technology is also having a huge impact in how things are being done. It is when the rules do not catch up with these changes that difficulties may arise and “bureaucracy” may become counter-productive.
Since the return of democratic governance in 1999, a lot of reforms have taken place in Lagos State, making the Lagos State Public Service the pack leader in developmental initiatives. Unfortunately, the existing Civil Service Rules was last reviewed in 1982.
Between then and now, reforms in Pension Administration, application of technology, adoption of Oracle software and business processes, unique Identity Numbers for Public Officers, extension of Maternity Leave for female officers from 3 months to 6 months with full pay, and the introduction of Paternity Leave for male officers have taken place. Service Charters and Mission Statements have now become part of the operational ethos of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Lagos State Government. I have had cause to utilize Executive Orders or cause the issuance of Circulars to bring these developments in conformity with the existing Rules.
In the circumstances, the necessity to revise the existing Rules becomes compelling. The new Public Service Rules is the outcome of the initiative to bring our bureaucracy in conformity with changing local and global trends. The change of nomenclature from “Civil Service Rules” to “Public” Service Rules is an attempt to make the rules applicable to Parastatals, Commissions and other Agencies of Government that have hitherto not been considered part of the main Civil Service; because Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government are inter- connected and inter-dependent, it is important
(i)that they all operate by a uniform set of processes and procedures in Human Resource Management.
The road to these new Rules is somewhat long. It started with the tenure of Yakub Abiodun Balogun as Head of Service, continued during the tenures of Adesegun Ogunlewe and Josephine Oluseyi Williams as Heads of Service and we reach a glorious completion during the tenure of Folashade Jaji as Head of Service.
I am grateful to all of them, the Office of Establishments and Training (the custodian), their staff, members of various Committees who contributed selflessly to the evolution of these new Rules and the State Executive Council members who debated and passed the motion for adoption and implementation. I can only now commend the new Rules to the entire Public Servants in the hope that they will improve the service delivery capacity of the Lagos State Public Service.
PREAMBLE This document is the product of intensive review of the rules and regulations guiding career management in the State Public Service. Without any iota of doubt, several reform programmes have been undertaken in the Lagos State Public Service since the advent of civilian rule in May 1999 and it is only logical that they be adequately accommodated in the new Public Service Rules. 2. Lagos State Public Servants are therefore enjoined to fully acquaint themselves with these Rules, which should be applied alongside corresponding Executive Orders, Instruments, Gazettes, Circulars and Notices as we are duty bound to operate in accordance with all Laws and Procedures guiding Public Service Management, Public Finance Management as well as Policies and Strategies in the State to ensure due diligence through transparency, accountability and probity in the conduct of Government business. 3. Accordingly, our attention is being drawn to the following guidelines, which should be taken into account while going through these Rules: (i) Method of Numbering Each Rule has been accorded a six-digit number. The first two indicate the Chapter; the next two, the Section; and the last two, the Rule Number. (e.g. 130201 is the First Rule in the second Section of the thirteenth Chapter or Rule One, Section Two of Chapter Thirteen.) (ii) Arrangement of Chapters, Sections and Rules There are eighteen Chapters arranged as listed in the Table of Contents (iii) Amendments Amendments to these Rules shall be effected through Circulars, which will be issued from time to time. (iv) Review of the Public Service Rules This treatise shall be reviewed periodically to update the provisions of the Rules. 4. This Public Service Rules should be widely circulated and made available to all categories of Public Servants in Lagos State as they are require to familiarize themselves with its contents. (Sgd) ‘Shade Jaji (Mrs.) Head of Service, Office of the Head of Service, The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
Lagos State Government Public Service Rules
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-ii
Preamble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi-xxiv
Chapter Subject Page
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2. Appointments and Exit from the Service . . . . . . . . 7
17. Reward for Outstanding Work . . . . . . . . . . . 147
18. Application of the Public Service Rules to Lagos State Government Parastatal Organisations . . . .. . . . 148
Lagos State Government Public Service Rules Contents
Index Lagos State Government Public Service Rules
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Application 010101 Special Definitions 010102 Application of Public Service Rules to Female Civil /Public Servants. 010105 Public Service Rules to form part of inventory items 010107
CHAPTER 2 APPOINTMENTS AND EXIT FROM SERVICE
Section I – General Appointment to Senior Posts 020102 Appointment to Junior Posts 020103 Authority for Appointment 020104 Incremental date 020105 Seniority 020106 Unpaid staff prohibited 020107 Personal Records 020108 Date of birth 020108
Section 2 – Recruitment Definition 020201 Types of Appointment 020202 Trainee or pupil 020203 Probation 020204 Eligibility for Appointment 020205 Prior approval in certain cases. 020206 Procedure for appointment 020207 Personal Particulars 020208 Change of name owing to marriage 020208 Oath of Secrecy 020209 Secret society: prohibition of membership 020210 Contravention 020211
Section 3 – Rules for Appointment on Probation Period of probation 020301 Compulsory examination 020302 Confirmation or termination at the end of probationary period 020303
Section 4 – Rules for Appointment on Contract Definition 020401 Rules for Appointment on Contract 020402 Duration of Contract Appointment- 020403 Termination during current contract 020404 Re-engagement: Responsibility of Contract Officer 020405 Re-engagement: Responsibility of Permanent Secretary/ Head of Extra 020406 Ministerial Department/Agency Earlier notification of non-re-engagement 020407 Continuity of contract service 020408 Deferred leave 020409 Incremental date 020410 Appointment of retired officers on contract 020411 Promotion 020412
Section 5 – Secondment, Transfers, Conversion and Advancement Definitions 020501 Procedure 020501 Emoluments during Secondment 020501 Conditions to be met for transfer 020502 Posting of Officers outside their professional cadres prohibited 020502 Conversion on Senior posts 020503 Conversion on Junior posts 020503 Requirements for Conversion to the Administrative Officer cadre 020504 Salary on Advancement 020506
Section 6 – Promotion Eligibility 020601 Procedure 020601 From Junior to Senior Post 020603 Effective Date 020604 Notional promotion 020606 Promotion of a Contract Officer 020607
Section 7 – Exit from the Service Termination of appointment during probationary period 020701
Relinquishment of Appointment during probationary period 020702 Termination 020703 Resignation 020704 Leaving the Service during a leave year 020705
Pregnancy not a condition for exit 020705 Leaving the Service on grounds of failing an examination or abolition of office or re-organization 020706 Compulsory pension Contribution 020707 Processing of terminal benefits: guidelines 020708 Statutory Retirement 020709 Ways of leaving the Service 020710 Attendance at mandatory pre-retirement seminar 020712
Section 8 – Certificate of Service Authority 020801 Forms 020802 Purpose 020803 Timing 020804 Schedule (of engagement) Duties Emoluments Ill-health Dismissal Termination of Engagement Liability to make good damage Further employment Gratuity Leave
APPENDIX 3 CONTRACT AGREEMENT FOR A NON – NIGERIAN MARRIED TO A NIGERIAN CITIZEN
CHAPTER 3 ACTING APPOINTMENT Section 1 – Introduction When made 030101
Not made unless necessary 030102 Not a form of trial promotion 030103 Procedure 030104 Date of Commencement 030105 Date of Cessation 030106 Effect of Casual or Special Leave 030107 Acting Allowance 030108
CHAPTER 4 DISCIPLINE Section 1 – Introduction Officers to acquaint themselves with disciplinary rules in force 040101 Authority and delegation 040102 Delegated powers 040105 Postponement of disciplinary proceedings during Maternity Leave 040107
Section 2 – Obligations of Civil/Public Servants Civil Servant to appear before Commission 040201 Relevant documents to be made available to the Commission 040202 Failure to comply with requirements by Commission, a breach of discipline 040203
Section – 3 General Inefficiency Definition 040301 Drawing attention to shortcomings 040302 Removal for general inefficiency 040303 Removal of temporary staff for inefficiency 040304 Withholding of Increment: delegated powers 040305 Withholding of Increment: non-delegated powers 040305 Notification of defects 040306 Effective date of termination for inefficiency 040307
Section 4 – Misconduct Definition 040401 Issuing query 040402 Recommendations of Tribunals of Inquiry 040403 Reporting misconduct 040404 Disciplinary procedure for misconduct and serious misconduct 040405 Notification in writing 040406
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Engaging in business after office hours 040407 Working for institutions or Government Agencies during office hours 040408 Fines 040409 Powers of surcharge 040410 Money Lending 040411 Mode of dressing 040412 Unofficial testimonials 040413
Section 5 – Serious Misconduct Definition 040501 Procedure 040504 Interdiction 040505 Responsibility of interdicted officer 040506 Suspension 040507 Dismissal and its Effects 040508 Effective date of dismissal 040509 Officer to report criminal charge and its outcome 040510 Effects of criminal proceedings 040512 Suspension of convicted officers 040513 Absence without leave 040514 Serious financial embarrassment 040515 Oath of Secrecy 040516 Unauthorized disclosure of official information 040517 Abstraction or copying of official documents 040518 Secret personal records 040519 Removal of public records 040520 Removal of historical documents 040521 Publication and public utterances 040522 Political activities 040523 Resignation before seeking elective office 040524 Investments 040525 Prohibition of private practice 040526 Mineral discoveries 040527 Seeking influence of prominent persons 040528 Posting and residence 040529 Paid appointment during leave 040530 Private agency 040531
Statement on appointment 040532 Borrowing money 040533 Presents in recognition of service 040534 Gifts from traditional rulers 040534 Prohibition of bribery and corruption 040535
Section 6 – Conduct Prejudicial to the Security of the State 040601
Section 7 – Retirement in Public Interest 040701
APPENDIX 4 Official Secrets Act, Cap. 335 Commencement Protection of Official Information, etc. Protection of Defence Establishment e.t.c. Restrictions of photography, etc during periods of emergency- Cap. 62 Control of mail forwarding agencies etc. Power to require information as to offences under this Act. Search warrants Penalties and legal proceedings Supplementary provisions as to offence Interpretation etc. Short title, extent and repeal. Cap. 144 of the 1958 Edition Limitation of repeal made by Cap. 144 of 1958 Laws of Nigeria, 1962, No. 39
CHAPTER 5 SALARIES AND INCREMENTS Section 1 – Salaries Payment of Salaries 050101 Salary on appointment 050102 Salary on transfer from other Government 050103 Salary on promotion within incremental scales 050104
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Section 2 – Increment Rules Definition 050201 Increments not as of right 050202 Incremental Date 050203 Grounds for withholding or deferring 050204 Deferred Increment 050205 Withheld Increment 050206 Withheld or deferred increment not restorable 050207 Suspending of Increments 050208
CHAPTER 6 STAFF PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
Section 1 – General Reporting Officer 060101 Performance Appraisal Reports to be detailed and candid 060103 Communication of reports to officers – Letter Day 060104 What to do by Head of Department not familiar with officer reported upon 060105
Section 2 – Progress Reports on Officers Progress Report on Officer on Probation/ Initial Contract 060201 Timing 060202 In Special Cases 060203 Reports on Officers on training courses 060204 Procedure 060205 Secondment to Ministry/Extra-Ministerial Department/ Agency 060206 Secondment to corporation, or State-owned companies 060207
Section 3 – Rendition of Staff Performance Appraisal Reports on Officers Purpose 060301 Period 060302 Action by officers 060303 Open Reporting System 060305 Department routine 060306
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Action by Permanent Secretary/ Head of Extra-Ministerial Department 060307
CHAPTER 7 PRESCRIBED EXAMINATIONS FOR CONFIRMATION/PROMOTION
Section 1 – General Textbooks allowed 070101 Examination Committee 070102 Failure to pass examination 070103 Refusal to take confirmation examination 070104 Time of holding Confirmation Examination 070105
Section 2 – Combined Confirmation/Promotion Examination for clerical officers and Clerical Assistants
Section 3 – Compulsory Examination For Administrative Officers General 070301 Exemption 070302
Section 4 – Compulsory Examination For Executive Officers (All Cadres) Officers who are required to pass 070401 Syllabuses of examination 070402 Examination Fees 070403
CHAPTER 8 MEDICAL/DENTAL TREATMENT AND PROCEDURES
Section 1 – General Definitions 080101 Medical documents to be treated as confidential 080102 Medical examination on appointment 080103 Special medical tests 080104 Medical tests for Officer on Leave of Absence 080105 Procedure 080106
Index Lagos State Government Public Service Rules
Leave to visit medical specialist/ dentist 080107
Section 2 – Facilities for Medical Treatment State Government Medical Facilities 080201 Officer bears expenses 080202 Expenses Refundable in Special Circumstances 080203
TREATMENT ON BOARD SHIP/AIRCRAFT AND ABROAD Officers embarked as invalids 080204 Officers falling seriously ill on voyage to or from Nigeria 080205 Medical expenses during overseas leave or on duty 080206 Medical treatment overseas. 080207
PROCEDURE FOR MEDICAL CHECK-UP ANNUAL MEDICAL CHECK-UP FOR PUBLIC SERVANT Annual Medical Check-up 080210
Section 3 – Absence From duty on Account of Illness
Types of Medical Certificates 080301 How obtained 080302 Responsibilities of officers: duty to notify address 080303 Duty to report to Employer when sick 080304 Duty to seek and comply with medical advice 080305 Duty to appear before a Medical Board and to comply with recommendations 080306 Who is responsible? 080307 Recording of addresses 080307 Enquiries about absentees 080307 Reporting of staff member’s sickness 080307 Instructions to Officer reporting sick 080307 Constitution of Medical Board 080307
RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEDICAL OFFICERS When patient attends in person 080308 When Department reports patient unable to attend 080309
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When a patient sends private practitioner’s report 080310 Reports to Ministries/ Extra- Ministerial Department 080311
SICK LEAVE Officer who does not cover his Absence from duty with proper authority 080312 Power to grant an extension of leave to an Officer who is ill 080313 Aggregate sick leave for Officers 080314 Invaliding 080315 Payment to hospitalised officer 080316
Section 4 – Matters relating to Injuries Application 080401 Action by injured officer 080402 Action by medical officer 080403 Action by Department 080404
Section 5 – Benefits and Repatriation of Corpses Death of Nigerian Officer/ spouse overseas. 080501
CHAPTER 9 COMPENSATION, INSURANCE SCHEME AND PERSONAL EFFECTS
Section 1 – Compensation for loss of Private Property Personal effects 090101 Motor Vehicles 090102
Section 2 – Passenger Flight Insurance Insurance at government’s expense 090201 Responsibility for insurance 090202 Stop-over facilities. 090203 Marine Insurance on motor vehicles. 090204
Section 3 – Packing of Personal Effects Application 090301 Facilities provided 090302
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Section 4 – Group Life/Group Personal Accident Insurance (Welfare Package) Definition / Scope of Cover 090401 Insurer 090402 Consideration 090403
CHAPTER 10 GRIEVANCES AND PETITIONS/APPEALS
Section 1 – General Whistle blowing /Grievance definition 100101 Procedure 100103 Petition to Head of Government 100104
Section 2 – Petition Application 100202 External influence 100203 Identity of petitioner 100204 Petition submitted on behalf of an illiterate 100205 Routing of petition 100206 Number of copies 100207 Disqualification 100208 Delay in petition to be explained 100208 Conclusion of petition 100209
CHAPTER 11 OCCUPATION OF GOVERNMENT QUARTERS
Section 1 – General : Occupation of Staff Quarters Certain postings necessitate occupation of specific quarters 110101 No compulsion to occupy Government quarters 110102 Government Housing Scheme participants not to be given preference 110103 Condition attached to occupation of State Government quarters: Payment of rent 110104 Subletting prohibited 110105
Index Lagos State Government Public Service Rules
Care of Quarters 110106 Alterations to structure and fixtures prohibited 110107 Removal of furniture prohibited 110108 Notice of vacation 110109 Taking over and handing over 110110 Responsibility for deficiency and damage 110111 Responsibility for payment of utility bills 110112 Responsibility for notifying Electricity and Water Authorities 110113 Vacation of quarters on resignation, transfer, retirement or Dismissal 110114 Ejection from Quarters 110114
Section 2 – Officers holding Senior Posts Retention of Government quarters during vacation leave 110201 Rate of Rents 110204
Section 3 – Officers holding Junior Posts Application 110301 Junior Officers not entitled to Government quarters 110302 Retention of Government quarters during vacation leave 110303 Compulsory occupant exempted 110304 Period of rent 110305
CHAPTER 12 LEAVE
Section 1 – Definitions Leave 120101 Leave Address 120102 Earned Leave 120103 Leave- Earning Service 120104 Date of resumption 120105 Leave year 120106 Tour 120107 Types of leave 120201 Annual Leave 120202 Annual vacation leave is compulsory 120203 Authority for leave 120204 Dismissal 120205
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Leave to be on working days only 120206 Casual/Sick Maternity Leave inclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 120207 Entitlement to leave allowance. 120208 Annual Leave entitlement 120209 Qualifying period for Annual leave 120209 Annual Leave Roster 120210 Approval for vacation 120210 Leave of Permanent Secretaries/ Heads of Extra- Ministerial Departments 120211 Leave without pay to be reported to the Treasury and Audit 120212 Leave for Temporary Staff 120213 Normal grant of annual leave 120214 Approval to spend Annual leave abroad 120215 Leave address 120216 Date of Resumption from Vacation Leave 120217 Curtailment of Leave 120218 Procedure on return from leave 120219 Conditions of leave for new entrants 120220 Officers entitled to pro-rata leave 120221 Deferred leave 120222 Deferment of leave: during exigencies 120223 Count against deferred leave 120224 Special leave for courses of study 120225 Duty during leave 120226 Extension of Leave Ground of Public policy 120227 Urgent Private Affairs 120228 Application for Extension 120229 Leave for Cultural and sporting events 120230 Casual leave 120231 Qualifying period for casual leave 120232 Sick Leave 120233 Maternity Leave 120234 Twenty-Four week Maternity Leave 120235 Twelve-week Adoption Leave 120235 Time-off for Nursing Mothers 120236 Paternity Leave 120237
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Leave for Examination 120238 Sabbatical Leave 120239 Study Leave 120240 Types of Study Leave 120241 Study Leave with Pay 120244 Conditions for Study Leave without pay 120245 Leave for Religious purposes 120246 Leave on compassionate grounds 120247 Leave of Absence 120248 Types of leave 120249 Leave of Absence to Join spouse on course of instruction abroad 120250 Leave of Absence to Joint spouse on grounds of public policy 120251 Leave of Absence for Technical Aid Corps Programmes 120252 Leave of Absence for Non-elective Political appointment 120253 Leave of Absence for Spouses of President, Vice President, Governor and Deputy Governor 120254 Leave on retirement 120255 Leave on Permanent invalidation 120256 Leave to attend important trade union conference/ business 120257 Overstaying Leave 120258
CHAPTER 13 FREE TRANSPORT FACILITIES WITHIN GOVERNMENT Section 1 – Economy in use of Transport Necessity for Journey 130101 Choice of route 130102
AUTHORITY FOR USE OF TRANSPORT How Given 131103 Must be specific and not exceed approved rates 130104 Free transport facilities not transferable 130105 Transport of Orderlies or Personal Assistants 130106 Precaution with use of Waterways 130107
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Section 2 – Free Transport Facilities Available General 130201
TYPES OF JOURNEYS Duty Journeys 130202 Journeys to new station 130203 Free transport facilities available for duty journeys 130204 Transport of motor vehicle and auto cycle for repair 130205 Free transport for motor vehicle and motor/auto- cycle 130206
Section 3 – Miscellaneous rules regarding Free Transport Facilities Extra Equipment 130301 Official Documents e.t.c. by Air 130302 Use of Government transport from house to airport, motor parks, etc. 130303
Section 4 – Standard guidelines for engaging newly-recruited officers with rare skill from overaeas miscellaneous rules for transport facilities at governments Eligibility 130401
CHAPTER 14 DUTY AND COURSES OF INSTRUCTION WITHIN AND OUTSIDE NIGERIA
Section 1 – General Application 140101 Definitions 140101 Interruption of training courses 140102 Bond Agreement 140103 PROCEDURE Obtaining Approval 140104 Briefing of officer 140105 Special duty visit: Effect on Leave 140106
Discharging duties during Vacation Leave, away from normal place of residence 140204 Refund of daily travelling expenses abroad 140205
Section 3 – Courses of Instruction Outside Nigeria Conditions 140301 Passage 140302 Courses with special rates 140304 Overseas employment during training courses 140305
EXTERNALLY – ASSISTED COURSES Nomination 140306 Conditions 140307 Certain courses to be granted as leave without pay 140308
Section 4 – In-service Trading and Local Courses of Instruction Definition 140401 In-Service Training 140403 Definition 140404 Local Course Allowance 140405 Mandatory Pre-Retirement Workshop for retiring officers 140406
PART-TIME COURSE OF STUDIES Part-time Studies – Approval 140407
CHAPTER 15 ALLOWANCES Section 1 – General Definition 150101 Types of Allowances 150102 Allowances Subject to Periodic Review 150103 Rent Subsidy – Officers not eligible 150104 Non- Accident Bonus 150105 Keeping of Record of all Accidents 150106 Forfeiture of bonus 150107 When payable 150108 Domestic servants of officers 150109 Allowance of domestic servants 150110
Allowance Secretarial Staff 150111 Shift Duty Allowance for non-health professionals 150112 Hotel Accommodation Allowance for newly-appointed, newly-posted officers 150113 Duty Tour Allowance 150114 Entitlement on Duty Visit Outside Nigeria 150118 Estacode Allowance 150119 Estacode Supplementation Allowance 150120 Travelling Days 150121 Local Course Allowance 150123 Book/Project Allowance 150124 Overtime Definition 150126 Authority for Overtime and Entitled Officers 150127 Treatment of officers not qualified for overtime payment 150128 Work-free days 150129 Effect on acting appointment 150130 Limitation of total monthly overtime 150131 Payment for time worked on work-free days 150132 Uniform Allowance 150134 Acting Allowance: When payable 150135 Rates of Acting Allowance 150136 Effect of Acting Appointment on allowance 150137 The effect on certain special remuneration 150138 Officer receiving personal allowances 150139 Contract Officers and re-engaged pensioners 150140 Consolidated Salary 150141 Resettlement Allowance 150142 Resettlement Allowance not an Emolument 150142 Resettlement Allowance: Rate of payment 150143 Definition of Transfer 150144 Not payable if transfer is at officer’s request 150145 Part-Time Teaching Allowance: 150146 Full-Time Teaching Allowance 150147 House Master/Mistress Allowance 150148 Science/Mathematics Teaching Allowance 150149 Laboratory Attendants Allowance 150150
Section 2 – Transport Allowance Definition 150201
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CHAPTER 16 INNOVATIONS/INVENTIONS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
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CHAPTER 17 REWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WORK
Definition 170001 Basis of awards 170002 Frequency of awards 170003 Nature of awards 170004 Procedure for selection 170005
Unique acts 170006 Certificate of merit 170007
CHAPTER 18 APPLICATION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE RULES TO LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT PARASTATAL ORGANISATIONS
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Section- 4 – Exit From the Service Exit from the Service 180401
Section 5 – Discipline Authority to Discipline 180501 General Application 180502 Application to the paramilitary 180503
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010101: It shall be the duty of every officer to acquaint himself with the Public Service Rules, other regulations and extant circulars. These Rules apply to all officers except where they conflict with specific terms approved by the State Government and written into the contract of employment or letters of appointment. In so far as the holders of the offices of: The Governor; The Deputy Governor; Rt. Hon. Speaker; Chief Judge of Lagos State; Hon. Members of the State House of Assembly; Hon. High Court Judges; The Auditor-General for Lagos State; The Auditor-General for Local Governments; The Chairmen and Members of the following Executive Bodies, namely: The State Civil Service Commission; The State Judicial Service Commission; The State House of Assembly Service Commission; The State Teaching Service Commission; The State Audit Service Commission; The State Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission; The State Health Service Commission; The State Local Government Service Commission; and any other similar organs that derive their appointments from the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or the Laws of Lagos State are concerned, these rules apply only to the extent that they are not inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or the Laws of Lagos State in so far as their Conditions of Service and any other law applicable to these officers are concerned. 010102: The special meanings, with which various words and terms are used for the purpose of particular chapters and sections in these Public Service Rules, are quoted at the beginning of such chapters or sections.
Lagos State Government Public Service Rules Chapter 1 010101
010103: Except where otherwise indicated by the context or in special definitions for particular Chapters, the following words and terms are used with the following meanings wherever they occur in this Public Service Rules: Basic Salary – a base pay excluding any inducement addition or other forms of allowances. Emolument is the total remuneration package as conveyed in an officer’s letter of appointment. Child (of a Public Servant) means a child who: (a) is under the age of 18 years; and (b) (i) is the officer’s biological offspring; or (ii) the officer’s step-child being the biological offspring of a spouse of the officer; or (iii) a child adopted by the officer in accordance with any statutory provision; and (c) is entirely dependent on the officer. Civil Service is a body or organ which enjoys continuity of existence and is usually referred to as Government’s central bureaucracy. Essentially, it covers Ministries and Extra-Ministerial Departments. Public Service is a body or organ which enjoys continuity of existence. It is made up of the Civil Service, the Teaching Service, the Health Service, the Local Government Service, the Judiciary, Parastatal Organisations, Government-Owned Companies and Tertiary Institutions. Ministry – a Government organization established for the formulation and execution of Government policies and programmes. The political head of the Ministry is the Commissioner while the Permanent Secretary who is a career officer, is the administrative head and Accounting Officer. Department/Directorate – the largest structure of a Ministry or Extra- Ministerial Department responsible for specific activities. It is headed by a Director who is accountable to the Permanent Secretary. Extra-Ministerial Department – a Department established by a constitutional provision. It is a State Executive body having the same status as a Ministry. Its head reports directly to the Governor. Examples of extra- ministerial bodies include the State Civil Service Commission, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, the State Judicial Service Commission, Office of the State Auditor General etc. Classified Correspondence means correspondence graded as Restricted, Confidential, Strictly Confidential, Secret or Top Secret. Established Post means a post provided for under the Personal Emoluments Sub-Head of the Estimates.
Gazette means the Lagos State Official Gazette. Administrative and Professional Cadres mean officers in the State Public Service holding the posts of: Director (XXX), G.L. 17 Deputy Director (XXX), G.L. 16 Assistant Director (XXX), G.L. 15 Chief XXX Officer, G.L. 14 Assistant Chief XXX Officer, G.L. 13 Principal XXX Officer, G.L. 12 Senior XXX Officer, G.L. 10 XXX Officer I, G.L. 09 XXX Officer II, G.L. 08 and such other posts as may be declared by the authority responsible for Establishments Matters in the State to be posts in the Cadres. Contract Appointment means an engagement of a person to an established office for a tour of two years renewable only once or as stipulated in the terms and conditions of his contract.
Commission includes the Lagos State Civil Service Commission and other Boards and Agencies.
Centrally Deployed Cadre means the Administrative Officer Cadre, Executive Officer Cadres, Secretarial Cadres, Accountant Cadre, Procurement Officer Cadre, Engineer Cadre, Architect Cadre, Surveyor Cadre, Information Officer Cadre, State Counsel Cadre, Medical/Dental Officer Cadres, Veterinary /Agricultural Officer Cadres, Internal Auditor Cadre, the Cadres of Statisticians, Auditors, Stores or any other that may be approved by any authority having responsibility for Establishments Matters in the State.
Civil Servant means any person or any officer holding or acting in any office in the State Civil Service and over whom the Civil Service Commission or any other similar body can exercise its powers as well as those whose Conditions of Service are covered by the Public Service Rules .All Civil Servants are Public Servants but not all Public Servants are Civil Servants. For example, Officers of the Lagos Water Corporation and Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority are Public Servants and not Civil Servants.
Executive Officer Cadre comprises Officers holding the posts of: Chief Executive Officer (XXX), G.L. 14 Assistant Chief Executive Officer (XXX), G.L. 13 Principal Executive Officer I (XXX), G.L. 12 Principal Executive Officer II (XXX), G.L. 10 Senior Executive Officer (XXX), G.L. 09 (XXX) (XXX) (XXX)
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Senior Posts are posts graded on Salary Grade Level 07 and above and other posts attracting fixed salaries of equivalent salary grade levels in Ministries or Extra-Ministerial Departments/Agencies.
Senior Officer means a member of staff in an established post, appointed on Salary Grade Level 07 and above.
Junior Officer refers to a member of staff in an established post, appointed on GL. 06 and below.
Member of staff means a person employed by any of the agencies of the Civil/Public Service of Lagos State.
Staff is the totality of all the persons employed by the Lagos State Government. Temporary Officer means a member of staff employed temporarily in an established post. Appointment should be limited to Medical Interns and Personal Aides of the Honourable Members of the State House of Assembly. Trainee means a person appointed to a training post in any grade; it includes a pupil. Monthly-Rated means employment on monthly rates of pay. Wife/Husband (of an officer) means a spouse married under the Marriage Act, Islamic or Customary Law.
Nigerian married officer includes a non-Nigerian married to a Nigerian provided he has formally acquired Nigerian citizenship.
Private Medical Practitioner includes traditional medical practitioner. 010104: – Nothing in this Public Service Rules shall be construed as limiting the powers of the State Government to amend or revoke any of its provisions at any time, provided it is not inimical to the well-being of the Public Service.
Application of Public Service Rules to Female Civil /Public Servants
010105: – Notwithstanding that throughout the Public Service Rules, the terms Officer, Member of staff and Civil/Public Servant are often referred to in the masculine gender, the provisions of the Public Service Rules apply equally to female Public Servants except that: (a) provisions about wives of Civil/Public Servants do not normally apply to the husbands of female Civil/Public Servants unless where the former are incapacitated by illness or old-age, or are unemployed; (b) a child is not normally entirely dependent on a female Civil/Public Servant unless the father of the child is dead or she is divorced from him and has been awarded legal custody of the child without a Maintenance Order. .
010106: Where the condition of service of a public servant is inadequate or does not provide for a particular issue, the employer shall have recourse to the Public Service Rules.
Public Service Rules to form part of inventory items
010107: A copy of the Public Service Rules shall form part of the inventory items in each office of the Service to be handed over by a departing Officer to his successor.
Basing Teachers’ Promotion on Students’ Exam Results Promotes Malpractice – SM Adekanye
The death has been announced of a retired Director of Education and Principal in the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr S.M Adekanye. He breathed his last on Wednesday, March 20 2019.
A teacher, an author and examiner of English Language, Adekanye was respected for his forthrightness and commitment to duty.
It is indeed a great loss for the education community in Lagos State.
He once granted Demola Adefajo’s Blog (DAB) an exclusive interview where he bared his mind on many issues.
The interview is reproduced below for your pleasure.
Mr S.M. AdebisiAdekanye is a retired Director of Education who took his bow out of the teaching service in 2013 spoke with our correspondent on a number of issues impinging on education- examination malpractice, sexual harassment, failure in English Language, discipline in school and a host of others.
Enjoy the interview
How did the journey start?
I am Mr SM AdebisiAdekanye.
I started as an ordinary teacher in 1980. I started as a teacher of English Language and English Literature at Anwar-ul-Islam College Agege in the HSC classes and Class five. That’s where I started. After some time I became the head of department of English Language and Literature. I left the school in 1990. I was posted to Lagos Baptist College, OkeOdo. I spent few months there before I was transferred to Yewa High School, Agege in the same year. I was in Yewa High School as he Vice Principal of the school from 1990 to 1999. I was posted to FESTAC College, AmuwoOdofin as the Deputy Principal in 1999. I spent just a month there. I was posted to St Joseph Secondary School, Agege, where I also served as the Deputy Principal from 1999 to 2001 when the schools were handed over to the original owners. From there I went to IjaiyeOjokoro as the Deputy Principal.
After that I came to Millennium Secondary School, Egbeda in 2002 as the Principal of the school. I was there till 2007 when I was moved to Alimoso Senor Grammar School, Alimoso as the Principal. Then in October 2010, I was transferred to Lagos Model College, Meiran as the Principal. I was there till June 26, 2013 when I retired from the service.
Factors responsible for bad results in English Language
The factors are many. Let me start with the students. The students are not properly groomed in the subject. The subject is very demanding. From the school level, the students should write essays, do comprehension passages, do summary. Then we have the objectives and Test of Orals and Lexis and Structure. All these should be done within a week. But the Essay area is the only area the child would be asked to write something for someone to interpret. So the student should be properly groomed. If he can write a good essay, there is no way he would not be able to handle the other aspects.
As for the teachers: the teachers’ knowledge and enthusiasm. Don’t let me use the word knowledge. The enthusiasm in teaching the subject is low. From the beginning they find the subject a burdensome subject, very engrossing and demanding. And then if it is the lazy type, he or she would not be able to do what is expected of him or her. There are two categories of students. Those from educationally enriched background, from literate homes and those from homes where the parents do not have deep knowledge of English Language. The students from the homes where the parents don’t have deep knowledge of the subject and government bad policies worsen the situation. Eventually, the students record low marks.
These are the basic issues.
Let me pick the example of a public secondary school. If you give them an essay topic, before you can come across a student who can score 22 over 50 in essay writing then such a student must be a brilliant student. Most of them score between 12 and 18 in essay. The paper 1 carries 100 marks. Essay: 50, Comprehension: 20, Summary: 30. If a candidate scores 12 or 15 over 50 in Essay, if he is not properly groomed, he would not be able to respond properly in Comprehension. So in all, maybe he manages to scores between 30 and 35 in paper 1. The Objective is 80 questions which may boil down to 20 marks eventually. Then you get to test of orals, 15 marks. So the Paper 1 is the Paper that can do and undo the candidate. It carries the greater proportion of the marks. But a child that does not have control over the subject would just mess up everything and it would bog down to F9.
The problems are many. The problems are with the students themselves, the teachers and even the government.
The role of the government
The government is to create an enabling environment for teaching and learning. Then the government has to go about the training and retraining the teachers. Training and retraining the teachers is not just bringing ideas not relevant to the environment. It is a question of teaching them basic things like how to write good essays, how they will go about their comprehension, how they will go about their summary passages. If a teacher has control on all these areas, there is no way the child would fail. Even if the child is from educationally disadvantaged background, it doesn’t matter. The grading is from A1 to C6. He can at least get C6.
But if the teacher is not properly equipped in these areas, the students would find it difficult to pass. That is why the government should train and retrain. They should not stop training teachers. If they want to train, they should look for relevant resource people. People who have gone through the educational system, who have been involved in marking of scripts and who actually know the demands of English Language syllabus. When all these are lacking, there is no way the student can pass English Language. Like I have said earlier, in a public school before you can come across a student who will score 40 over 100 is a difficult task.
Teachers not being examiners
As a teacher you should attend the coordination even if you are not going to mark. You should acquire the experience because the schemes vary from year to year. If a teacher is not conversant with all these things, he won’t know the right thing expected of him. For example, today in Paper 1 we have the essay, comprehension and summary. Most of the time they have been giving the students stories to react to in comprehension and summary. In essay, they ask the students to write personal letters. Most of the time they write stories that are not relevant fit into requirements. A teacher has to be conversant with all these things. When the teacher is not conversant, there is no way he can impart the needed knowledge.
Discipline of students
Discipline will break down in schools because in the home too it is not observed. The parents don’t insist on discipline. If a child is from a disciplined home, he would transfer it to the school. Maintaining discipline in schools is a very difficult area because of certain cases coming out of disciplining students. Government encroachment has been too much. Discipline in the school is necessary. It is the strength of every school. With disciplines school and disciplined administration you will have a very disciplined school. But discipline has failed in the society and at homes. It is very difficult to maintain it except you are the stubborn Principal who appreciates the necessity of discipline in the school setting. Even then, as a human being there are times you can make a mistake. If you don’t device a means of maintaining discipline it may be very difficult. Discipline is essential in the school but very difficult.
It is for the smooth running of the administration if students will comport themselves and be orderly.
When you misfire as an administrator you are in trouble. Disciplined and orderly school is essential for smooth administration and learning. When you get to a disciplined school you think you are in a graveyard. Everything is silent. Everybody is minding his or her business. It is quiet with no disturbance or students roaming about. Everybody will be seated and teaching and learning would be going on well. And the students will not come to school late.
When you want to maintain that as a Principal some of your teachers would be rebellious. They will consider it to be too harsh. The government is not helping matters. Parents are also not helping matters. Most of the young parents don’t beat their children at home. During our own time our parents beat us at home. So it was not strange if you were beaten at school. Even if you were bruised nobody would care. But these days the young parents would not want to beat their children and they would not want the teacher to beat their children.
If you say punishment, you can give the child imposition. But these days it takes time. And the government is not encouraging suspension of students. If a child has gone beyond bounds, you just give him a week or two to stay at home with the parents and return when he is sober. Government restrictions have made things very difficult for school Principals. The Principals have no authority. He is the school Principal, but if he is not diplomatic, he can incur the wrath of the society, the government.
Experience with discipline of students as a Principal
What I was doing was to call a meeting of the parents before curbing the excesses of the students. I would put a notice, inviting the parents to discuss at length. For instance on late coming, I would tell the parents “your children have been coming late and it has been disturbing teaching and learning in the first period. what do we do?” If they say we should curb the lateness, we would then deliberate on how to curb the lateness. I would take suggestions from the parents. Mine would be to implement the suggestions. The reason is this: there are some parents who have access to the ministry. They would just go and tell some cock and bull story. Eventually, they would start worrying you. They (Ministry Officials) would not let you concentrate in school.
It is better to start with the parents and give the children grace of, maybe, two weeks to adjust. You tell them “we have resumed today. If you come late to school two weeks from now, you would be sanctioned”. It is as simple as that.
You see, you cannot discipline the students without the parents’ consents because some of them may not agree with you.
So that was the way I was going by it. I would first of all invite the parents and we discuss and reach resolution. Then the students would be given time to prepare. By the time the grace period expires he would have checked himself and put some things in order. Eventually, you would have very few of them would fall into that trap. There must be consultation.
And you as the Principal must be an embodiment of discipline. If you tell the students not to come late, you too should come to school early. By 7 to 7.30 you are already in the school. If you do that, the children will learn one or two things from you. But you cannot sit somewhere, doing something different and expect the students to behave well. It won’t work. If you want to curb staff lateness, you come early to school. You should be one of the first arrivals in the school.
The problem is that the students are not properly equipped for the examination. So they panic when they want to go and write the examination. They don’t exude that confidence expected of them. That is why they go all out to look for easy way out. That easy way out is examination malpractice. They look for ‘live’ questions, solicit for assistance of some corrupt teachers to assist them in the examination hall.
The first solution to examination malpractice is to prepare the children very well. If the child is very well prepared, half of the problem is already solved.
Then with the staff, all of them cannot be corrupt. You have one or two teachers you can trust who would not compromise. These are the teachers you choose to lead the invigilators. There would be more than two who are honest who would not tolerate malpractice. They are the people you make the chief invigilators for each paper. Some of the teachers, the young teachers especially, collect money. They would even collect money for even tests,
Prepare the children well and you will need some disciplined and honest teachers who will invigilate.
So if you have the honest teachers leading the invigilation, the deviant ones cannot do anything. If they want to do anything unusual they would be curbed. Involvement of school Principals in examination malpractice
The pressure for that is from the government. When the school result is bad they indict them. In their meetings they say all sorts of uncomplimentary things about such schools as if the school is not being properly manned, when such pressure is mounted on them, they will go to the extent of aiding and abetting. Promotion of the staff should not be based on the performance of the students. Once you do it like that, you are indirectly creating an atmosphere conducive for examination malpractice.
How have you been spending your retirement period?
I have been going round some schools, assisting them on the effective teaching of English Language. I want to establish a consultancy service where teachers would be trained in the teaching of certain subjects- English Language, Mathematics, Economics and some other subjects. The teachers would be trained by the best hands you can find in this country.
Sexual harassment in schools
I heard some cases like that. It is a very delicate matter. In the first instance, when something of that nature happens in the school the school would be divided. You would have some members of staff who would say no and others would say yes. Some would be supporting the accused teachers. That is why I say it is very delicate matter. If a teacher is using his position as teacher of students to be harassing those students sexually, the best thing to do as a Principal is to request for his transfer from that school. If he goes to another school and he does that, they also would agitate for his transfer. By the time he goes round about ten or twenty schools, he would eventually be sober
Teachers who write anonymous petitions
What you should do as a Principal is to have record of everything in the school. Some teachers want to operate in an atmosphere of confusion. They don’t like well-disciplined place where things are done in proper manner. I can give you one simple example: if at the end of every term, the Principal would call for the marks, the continuous assessment marks, have a copy with him and a copy with the teacher, and do that for all the test and take the pain to vet the CA marks and ensure they agree with what is in the marked scripts, teachers would find you very strict. Some would commend you. But those who live on collecting N500 from students and so forth would gang against the Principal and write their petitions
The Ministry of Education is operating a system I will call an absentee landlord. When the landlord is not living on the premises, anytime he comes and people tell him about some things going on he would consider all the tenants as being bad. And he would just be doing some things the tenants will not like. That is what they do in their investigation. They come for investigation. They don’t have their facts. If the person who wrote the petition has been able to make himself available, it would have been easy to investigate.
Some teachers basically are cowards. They can’t call a spade a spade. If you see that the Principal is doing something bad and come out with your facts, it would be very easy. It would solve a lot of problems. You see when the Ministry officials start their investigation, if you are not careful, innocent people would be brought to their investigation because they would mention their names somewhere. By the time you get to know they would start asking foolish questions. That is what I see in the whole idea of petition writing.
A Principal who would not be subjected to anonymous petition would be one who has given them the laxity to do whatever they like. Once the Principal is disciplined and say this is what I want for my school, a lot of the teachers would commend the Principal. But you would have three or four who would be very rebellious because they cannot operate in that atmosphere. So certainly they can write a petition against the Principal .
Life as a retiree
The entitlement was delayed. But it has eventually been paid. I am sorry to say one thing, Fashola’s government was basically an anti-pensioner’s government. His emphasis was on other development, neglecting the pensioners. Ambode has been very good to the pensioners. If he can continue to clear the backlog, once someone retires they can get their entitlements within three to four months. But once there is backlog there is no way you can pay someone who has just retired. It is very painful when you retire and you don’t have any means of livelihood. You were once collecting a salary and the salary was okay for you. But when you are retired you don’t have anything. Not even N5000. It is a big money to you. And you know you are growing. And this environment when you are growing all sorts of ailments would be emerging- diabetes, hypertension. All these things would start coming. That is the time you have to take good care of your health. And when you don’t have the financial wherewithal what do you do
I believe you should do your best and leave the rest to God
It is a personal matter. I am not enthusiastic about religion. Not that I condemn religion but I have read a lot about what religion can cause in the society. Very bad people hide themselves under the cloak of religion and become hypocrites. So I am not so keen. Not that I don’t believe in God. But I am not so keen about religion.
18 die, 41 injured in Lagos Island building collapse
by Tajudeen Adebanjo, Olatunde Odebiyi and Kofoworola Belo-Osagie
No fewer than 18 persons died yesterday when a four-storey building collapsed on Lagos Island. Forty-one others were injured.
The incident occurred at No 14, Massey Street, Opposite Oja, Ita-Faaji.
The building, housing Ohen Private Nursery and Primary School on its third floor, caved in at about 10:20am, trapping scores of pupils.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, who confirmed the casualty figure, said many of the rescued were taken to Lagos Island General Hospital, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), among others.
The Nation learnt that the large number of casualties sparked a shortage of blood with the general hospital calling for donors.
Idris said rescue efforts will continue today.
According to Lagos State Emergency management Agency (LASEMA) General Manager Adeshina Tiamiyu, over 41 people were rescued from the rubble of the building, which had been marked for demolition since 2014.
An eyewitness, Abayomi Olaniyan, said he was among those rescuing the victims before the official rescue team came.
Olaniyan, said: “Some were rescued alive, some dead. One of the teachers still called shortly that she was on the ground floor of the collapsed building, trapped with 20 pupils.
“Something similar happened around here last year. The issue of building collapse is common here and government must do something about it. Houses will be marked and due for demolition but they will not demolish it; they will renovate it. So many houses here are weak; they are meant to be demolished but they will tell you they are renovating it; they will only paint it.”
An eyewitness, Bola Ogunyemi, said: “The pupils were already lined up from their third floor classes when the school owner noticed that the building was cracking. Before the kids could be arranged from their classes, the building had collapsed”. The school owner and some kids have been taken to the hospital.”
Some youths who are resident in the area were complaining that the rescue efforts were slow.
Since they were told to leave the scene, nobody was removed for about 30 minutes, they said at about 5p.m.
The officers and LASEMA officials, the boys said, were not doing enough.
Some of the boys were recalled to the scene.
The school owner was among the first casualties.
She was taken to the General Hospital, where she died after efforts by the medicals to save her proved abortive.
A distraught mother of two victims urged the rescuers to help bring out her son, Luqman, from the rubble.
The woman’s daughter, Tobi, had earlier been rescued.
Among the victims is a woman, who called his brother that she was still trapped.
She told her brother that the caterpillar was on their floor, pleading that it should be moved back
“I am under the caterpillar. Help tell the driver to move back,” the victim under the rubble told her troubled brother.
An expectant woman was among those that were pulled out of the rubble alive. A man, who was trapped in the building, was said to have come home to eat. He was yet to be rescued as at press time.
A man, Bashiru Alagbala, who came to visit his wife, was brought out dead.
A family of four – father, mother, son and grandson – was also trapped. Father, mother and grandson were rescued but the son was said to be still under the rubble.
A source told The Nation that one of the dead was a pupil, who turned 10 yesterday.
The source said: “Today (yesterday) is his birthday and it is unfortunate that he died today. I learnt that he told his mother that he did not want to go to school today (yesterday). His mother must have seen him as a lazy boy. Sometimes, these little children see what we adults do not see. His mother should have talked about why he did not want to go to school, but I learnt his mother forced him to go and he died. She must be regretting that now.”
Another source said a pair of twin brothers was also trapped in the building. One was said to have died; the other was rescued alive with serious injuries.
A woman, who refused to be named, said her daughter, Azeezat, was still trapped in the rubble. She said she had been to all the hospitals but did not find her.
A former teacher in the school, Bukola Salami, said the building had been shaking since last year.
“I worked in the school for six months and I resigned last December because the building was shaking. When I was in the school, I used to hear sounds as if someone was throwing stones from the walls. The building cracks and the walls shake at times. I told the school owner about my observations, I told her to relocate the school elsewhere, but she said there was no money for the school to be relocated. I resigned last year because of the fear that someday the building might collapse.”
Where are the victims?
A nurse at Massey Street Children Hospital, Lagos Island, told The Nation that some of the victims brought to the hospital were given first aid and transferred to other hospitals for proper medical care.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Titi Gonclaves, told reporters at the Lagos Island General Hospital that five of the 20 early casualties were transferred to other hospitals after being attended to.
At the entrance of the hospital was pasted 41 names of the stable survivors: 22 females, 17 males. Two were unidentified.
Crowd hampered rescue, says Health Commissioner
Commissioner for Health Jide Idris confirmed the casualty figures of 18 deaths and 41 injured.
He lamented that the large number of spectators slowed down rescue efforts and he could not give a definite casualty figure until today.
Idris said: “Our doctors and nurses are working round the clock. A lot of them were mobilised from different hospitals down here. Doctors from federal institutions are also assisting because of the seriousness of this incident.
“We will not be able to give full information now until tomorrow (today) morning. Some have been taken to LASUTH, LUTH and we don’t know if more people will be rescued.
“The state of things now is getting calm than earlier because there were a lot of emotions.
The medical teams have done their best. It would have been done better and faster but for the crowd.
“So far all we care is to bring people out alive.”
General Hospital seeks blood donors
The Lagos Island General Hospital was last night calling for voluntary blood donors.
The hospital’s Blood Donor Clinic said it had received 50 pints of blood at press time, with more people responding to the call.
An official at the clinic, Akin, thanked the donors.
“Most of the victims brought here today (yesterday) are casualties and most of the blood donated here are majorly used for casualties.
“We screen for our donors, we check for TTI and PCV, then we check to know if the donor is fit.
The minimum requirement for a female donor is 38 percent at least, while male is 40 percent upwards. Then we also check if the female donor is not on her period, we check for malaria and other tests; if they are fit, we start the procedure.
“Blood is life, we thank the blood donors for coming out en masse to support the hospital and the government,” Olojo told The Nation.
Ambode orders probe, takes over victims’ medical expenses
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode commiserated with families of the victims and promise to pay the victims’ medical bills.
Ambode, who visited the scene of the incident at about 2:42pm, described the incident as “unfortunate”.
He urged residents to allow rescuers space to carry out their operations.
Ambode said: “I want to commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives in this collapsed building. I want to quickly let Lagosians know that this is quite an unfortunate incident. All we are trying to do is to scale up this rescue operation.
“Our response units are already here; we are getting additional cranes to be able to go deeper than where we are now to rescue more lives.
“I just want to appeal to people that when we are doing this kind of rescue operation, yes, sympathisers will naturally come, but I want to appeal that they should give the rescue workers the chance to save more lives.”
The Governor said his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, was visiting hospitals where some of the victims rescued had been taken to.
“The Deputy Governor is in the hospital actually taking care of those that were rescued and taken to the hospital, most especially the children. We will immediately take care of whatever it is that we can do, including the hospital bills.
“All we are interested in now is to save more lives and also see how those that have been rescued are put in proper place and proper care,” Ambode said.
‘Several buildings marked for demolition’
Ambode said he had received information that the building was residential, with the school operating illegally within the premises.
He said most of the buildings in the area had been marked for demolition but that some property owners defied such notices. Structurally defective buildings would be demolished, he stressed, adding:
“The first observation is that this is an old building and it is only the penthouse and the other floors that we have been able to use to rescue people.
“So far, from what I have been briefed, we have rescued about 25 people and some already dead but we were earlier informed that it was a school; the building is not technically a school; it is a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school, so to speak, on the second floor.
“Like we have said, we have been carrying out a lot if integrity tests on the buildings in this neighborhood and, as you can see, some of them have been marked for demolition but we get resistance from landlords, but we must continue to save lives and we would intensify our efforts to see that those that have failed our integrity test, we would ensure that they are quickly evacuated and we’ll bring the structures down,” he said.
Ambode also said a probe would be carried out immediately rescue operations are concluded. Those found culpable, he promised, will be dealt with in accordance with the laws.
“This is unfortunate but we will investigate what has happened and also see the punishment for whoever are the culprits.
‘’That is the secondary level but the most important thing right now is to save lives and I just appeal to people that they should give us the chance to save more lives,” he said.
Responding to a concern raised by a resident on the increase in illegal schools in the area, Ambode said all schools that fall within that category would be closed down.
‘Why LASEMA couldn’t bring in heavy equipment’
LASEMA General Manager Adeshina Tiamiyu said the environment did not allow the agency to bring in bigger equipment.
He said: “So far, over 40 people have been rescued by joint efforts of the community. They had rescued many people and we came and joined them with the efforts of other agencies.
“The work we have done here today has been by the help of this community and those of us in the official rescue team. They had been rescuing people before we came. We are trying to decide where to rescue them from. But we are doing our best.
“We must get to the bottom of the building, and account for everybody that they claim is in the building.”
Private owners disown school
Two main private school associations – the Association for Formidable Educational Development (AFED) and the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) – denied any link with the collapsed school.
The National President of AFED, the umbrella group of private schools for low-income earners, Mr Emmanuel Orji, said the group had no records of the school’s membership.
“We have tried searching for information about the school. I don’t think it is one of our members,” he told The Nation on phone.
In the past, the government had clamped down on AFED schools for not being registered or operating according to laid down rules and regulations.
Orji said the space constraints in the densely populated area where the collapsed school was located may have limited the choice of properties available to use for schools.
Avoid pre-marital sex, develop self esteem, students charged at Jakande College outreach programme
Students have been implored to shun pre-marital sex and focus on their self esteem in order to realise their full potentials.
This counsel was given by facilitators at a three-day pre-Valentine outreach organised by Jakande Comprehensive College, Ipaja Lagos State between February 11 to 13.
One of the facilitators, Mr Ola Diamond, charged the students to be focused on their studies and avoid bad company.
He also warned them to avoid being spectators in life, saying only players stand a chance to take glory, while spectators only applaud.
The programme which featured Assembly Talk, Red Carpet, Group Discussion, Gender Talk and Counselling, according to the school Counsellor, Mrs Omolara Oyewale, was organised to enlighten the students on how to resist peer pressure and temptations which accompany Valentine Day celebration.
‘Valentine is about Godly love, not emotional love. We organised the programme to enable the students have an understanding of life and resist temptation of being lured with a bottle of minerals.
‘ The students are encouraged to stay indoor with their family and help their parents.. if they have to go out, it should be with families. They should avoid being in lonely places with members of the opposite sex, to avoid rape. They should not be deceived by Greek gifts.
‘Many young ones lose their virginity on Valentine day. We empower them on how to avoid rape. We divided the students to gender groups to ensure they are free to express their minds.
We want them to know what Valentine is for. We want them to use the period productively’, she added.
Recounting their experience, the participants made up of students from the school and nearby schools expressed delight, saying it has enriched their knowledg
The Senior Girl of the school, Malik Hamida said:
We learnt a lot. We learnt about abstinence . We were made to realise we face challenges like abuse, loss of self esteem. We learnt that Valentine is not about boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. Sex is meant for people that are married. Students should build their self esteem.
The Senior Boy Rasak Akorede Stephen
We learnt about danger of masturbation. How we can prevent it . We were taught to approach the Counsellor. We were also taught how those involved in masturbation can stop it. We were also taught to speak out whenever we are being molested or lured to engage in unholy acts.
Students of neighbouring Abesan Senior High School were not left out
We learnt about male and female organs. We were taught how to resist sexual urges. We were also taught about effects of masturbation. We were taught that it could lead to memory loss and mental imbalance
We were divided into male and female section. In the female section, we were taught about menstrual cycle. It was anchored by Mrs Motilola. She told us of the symptoms of the menstrual cycle and the materials we need. We were also taught by Mra Omolara. She warned us to resist peer pressure of going into sex because our friends are doing it. We were also taught about personal branding. We were taught that God created us to be unique.
Mrs Motilola taught us how to comport ourselves. We should resist peer pressure. Mr Diamond said to be successful we should aim high. He also challenged us to be players and not mere spectators. Only players can win. Only players can change circumstances.
The Counsellor, expressed gratitude to the School Principal, Mrs Olaitan Makinde, and other members of staff for their financial and moral contributions to the success of the programme.