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Insecurity, others top agenda as UBEB boss, principals meet

Apr, 2021 | By Mohammed S. Lawal | ||

Taking proactive measures in view of insecurity in parts of the country, the leadership of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) has charged school principals to keep an eagle eye on their schools and be extra vigilant. Acting Chairman of the board, Mallam Alhassan Sule, summoned the principals of Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) to a meeting recently where several urgent directives were handed down to the school heads, among them steps to guard against possible kidnapping and insecurity.

It was the first enlarged meeting the board was having with the principals this year's academic session. In his welcome address, Mallam Sule urged them to maintain surveillance of their school environment by reducing the different pathways to the school premises and immediately report any suspicious movement to the police. To further beef up security on their premises, he advised the head teachers to have functional School Based Management Committees (SBMCs) for synergy in dealing with security issues. The Acting Chairman stated that the essence of the meeting was to discuss and offer fresh direction to the principals for the progress of schools and FCT education sector generally.

Mallam Sule implored the head teachers to warn their students on the dangers of cultism and encourage them to adopt approaches that will ensure they stay off such act. He also entreated the principals to be wary of food vendors for the good of students. The Acting Chairman congratulated the teachers on the recent International Women's Day which was marked globally and also thumbed them up on extension of their years of service, announced by President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, he frowned at the resort by some principals to writing official communication to authorities of FCT Administration (FCTA) when they have issues that ordinarily could be tabled before the board's management. Further decrying such altitude, the Acting Chairman advised the school heads to use available proper communication channel in seeking redress to issues. According to him, they should direct such matters to him through the Head of Department (HOD), JSS. Mallam Sule expressed gratitude to God Almighty that there was no incident of Covid-19 in any of the schools run by UBEB, attributing the feat to the hard work and diligence of the principals who, he added, ensured that students abided by the safety protocols on Covid-19 prevention. The Acting Chairman promised to reward exceptional performance in schools.

Also speaking on the occasion, Acting Director, JSS, Alhaji Bachiru Abubakar implored the principals to always respond promptly whenever information is requested from the schools in addition to proper supervision and monitoring of schools. He revealed that the JSS department has an email address for information transmission, and gave the address as On the issue of illegal charges in schools, he advised them to stick to the approved ones.

Making a remark on the occasion, Director, School Services, Hajia Habiba Aliyu Barau, encouraged principals to cooperate and maintain good relationship with their vice principals and other subordinates. Responding to an observation by the principals, the Acting Chairman stated that FCT should be a model and a reference point in terms of structure and capacity development of teachers. On the issue of employment of more teachers, he assured the school heads that the authority will do all it takes to ensure that the needs of schools are met. Delivering a vote of thanks, Public Relations Officer, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS), Mr. Ayi Musa, of JSS Nyanya 1, thanked the board's management for organizing the meeting and reiterated the commitment of principals to greater service.

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