WhatsApp banned in Katsina public schools


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Claims that WhatsApp usage was encouraging insubordination has led to its ban as a means of information dissemination among the staff of public schools in Katsina State.

The ban affects both teaching and non-teaching staff, according to a memo dated December 7 and issued to all public schools in the state.

It was signed by one  Muhammad Dikko from the Zonal Education Quality Assurance of the state Ministry of Education.

“I am directed to write and inform all the principals to direct the various Group Admins in their respective schools to wipe out the so-called school WhatsApp.

“Principals should also remind their staffs about the Government Circular that prohibit any civil servant from commenting positively or negatively government activities on Facebook or WhatsApp.”

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The memo warned against disobedience of the order, noting that there would be consequences.

Meanwhile, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has produced a 4D smart mobile cell phone from locally-sourced materials.

Director-General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari showcased the indigenously produced phone at the opening of the Physical/Virtual 12th National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ari officially presented five phones to Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the state minister, Amb. Mariam Katagum, at the 12th council meeting.

The ITF boss said together with its trainees from its Model Skill Training Centre located in Abuja, it was able to produce its first 4D cell phones with all the components obtainable in any mobile unit.

The phone has an inscription on the package which reads thus “ITF Mobile Developing the Nation Human Race Source, Proudly Nigeria’’.

Ari said the fund had been directed to produce seven phones to be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari while another one to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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