Corps members serving in Taraba State will receive a medical allowance of N50,000, according to a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Re-orientation, Zainab Usman. This allowance will be available only to corps members assigned to schools within the state. Additionally, the governor, Agbu Kefas, has approved an accommodation allowance of N25,000 per term and a monthly support of N10,000 from the state government.
This decision was driven by a significant increase in school enrollment following the government’s introduction of free basic education, uniforms, and learning materials. To address the surge in enrollments, the state government has taken immediate action. The Commissioner explained that an extra N10,000 will be added to the monthly allowance of corps members serving in Taraba State schools. They will also receive a one-time medical allowance of N50,000 and an accommodation allowance of N25,000 per term, totaling N75,000 for three terms. Outstanding corps members who excel in their service in schools will be considered for automatic employment opportunities.
Furthermore, the government will provide uniforms, shoes, socks, and books to students starting from January. An ICT-based registration system will be introduced this term for teachers and students, ensuring that registered individuals receive essential school materials upon their arrival. In cases where schools have reached their maximum capacity in terms of facilities, a shifting system will be temporarily implemented while additional buildings are constructed to accommodate the increasing demand.
In the coming year, the state government will cover examination fees for all SS3 students, allowing them to take both WAEC and NECO examinations. Exceptional students may be eligible for sponsorship and scholarships. Additionally, adult learners seeking enrollment should be directed to the various Mass Education Centers, ensuring accessibility to education for all.
The state governor has instructed the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to promptly implement these newly approved measures.