Wednesday, 19 February 2014

OGUN LAWMAKER, ADIJAT ADELEYE PLANS 3-IN-1 EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM FOR CONSTITUENTS

Delectable and eloquent member of the Ogun State House of Assembly representing Ifo II State constituency, Hon. Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo will by Friday, 21st of February again gather politicos, community leaders, women, students and youth across the lenght and breadth of Ifo LG at her newly built and equipped state-of-the-art ICT centre due for commissioning at a 3-in-1 empowerment ceremony.

According to a mail being circulated in Ogun State, the lawmaker cordially invites her lovers, admirers and associates across the state to the 3-in-1 event where she will be commisioning another ICT centre, graduating hundreds of young computer graduates and free medical services will be offered for many indigents and residents of the constituency.

‘Please be my guest at our 3-1 program of Commissioning of NEW FREE ICT TRAINING CENTRE, GRADUATION CEREMONY OF OUR STUDENTS AND FREE MEDICAL CARE on FRIDAY, 21st of FEBRUARY 2014″ the mail reads.

Speaking, the amiable lawmaker confirmed that she’s doing these things just for uplifting the youths and the downtrodden who can’t afford the services of health care consultants, ‘why we are doing this is just to help our youths, to have a complete 21st century youth, you must have a computer literate youth, you must have a well-cultured and healthy youth and we are commisioning our new ICT to compliment the one we already have and we will be admitting hundreds of new entrants as we send forth new graduates’ the amiable lawmakers divulged.

Monday, 17 February 2014

The Transformation Ethics of Kwara State Gov. Abdul Fatah Ahmed

It was with anxiety that Tunde joined the bus that will convey him from Lagos his base for the last twelve years to Ilorin the capital city of Kwara State, being an alumni of the prestigious University of Ilorin, he was looking forward to a chance to visit the town where he had spent four years which became five due to the many strike actions the lecturers of the school had embarked upon due to disagreement between them and the school authority, in his mind he was thinking of paying visit to the spots he and some of his friends has had swell time during their undergraduate years.

He was lost in thought of the good times he had that he was surprised when the driver of the chattered bus announced to him that they are in Ilorin, but to Tunde’s surprise the scene that greeted him was beyond his expectation as the city can easily compete with the revered parts of Lagos like Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki and other such places. He never envisage the sight that greeted him, he was so surprised that he gaped with his mouth wide open and could not hide his admiration to the effort the current government and the predecessor.

Just like Tunde, many are surprised by the transformation programme of the Government of Governor Abdul Fatah Ahmed, despite the fact that the State is predominantly a public servant State, the current Governor has been doing well with the little resources made available to the them, this much was confessed by the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum who is also the current executive Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amechi, who is of the opinion that the government of the State must be performing miracle with the level of development compare to the amount they are getting from the Federation purse.

Though the State can be said to be one of the poorest based on the allocation due to it from the federation account, but the foresight of the immediate past governor of the State Senator Bukola Saraki, which was built upon by the current administration has helped improve the economy of the State in no small way as the State can boast of many companies that are improving the economy of the people despite rejecting the temptation to levy tax on the people.

It will be right to say Kwara is one of the most peaceful states in the country, and it is currently enjoying the good administration under the leadership of Abdulfatah Ahmed, who has proven himself as a seasoned banker, an administrator and now a super public servant who has been guiding the ship of the State incredibly since he was elected some three years back.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Osun School of Commotion: As Students Choose Uniform Based on Religion

For two days running, tension continues to mount in Iwo, Osun state as situation at Baptist High School, Iwo yesterday took a new dimension when some students of the school mobilized masquerades to the school .

The students of the school, it was gathered also appeared in masquerade attire and prevented academic activities in the school for several hours.
The masquerades, it was gathered were mobilized to the school by some students with the collaboration of some traditionalists in the town as various religious organizations have taken interest in the crisis rocking the education sector in he state.

Confusion over different school uniforms
The students of the school on Tuesday caused confusion in the school as they appeared in different clothes that correlate with their religious beliefs.
While the Christian students who wore white garments sown into choir gowns sang Christian songs, the Muslim students who appeared in veil on the other hand sang Islamic songs.

The state government last year introduced same uniform for all the secondary school students in the state and also legalised the use of veil (hijab) in public schools.
The Christian Community, especially the Osun Baptist Conference protested against the decision then but the protest was ineffective as the government failed to reverse the policy.
Pockets of crises had been recorded at the Baptist High School, Iwo over the use of veil (hijab) by female Muslim students.
It was gathered that security personnel stormed the school yesterday to prevent breakdown of law and order, even as officials of the state Ministry of Education were seen in the school taking measures to prevent further crisis.

24 students suspended
Meantime, authorities of the school have suspended 24 of the students indefinitely for alleged immoral, cult activities and disruption of academic programme in the school.
The suspension of the affected students followed the investigation conducted by the institution’s authority where it was discovered that the students actullay belong to cult group.

Though, teachers in the school declined to comment on the matter, it was gathered that the students comprising both sexes were said to have committeed several atrocities including locking up teachers within the school premises for hours.

NUT chairman backs suspension
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in the state who also doubles as the State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Alhaji Saka Adesiyan while speaking on the matter said the suspension order served on the affected students would serve as deterrent to others.
Adesiyan who described the incident as unfortunate said different groups and clubs now spring up in secondary schools thereby having negative effect on others and denting secondary school image in the state.
He explained that the suspension order came after the state government set up a disciplinary committee to look into causes of crises in public schools, stressing the need for teachers, parents and guadians to join hands with government in instilling discipline in the students.

According to him, the crisis being witnessed in the school recently has religious and political undertone which should be nipped in the bud without delay in the interest of the country’s future.

Teachers tasked
Adesiyan called on tecahers especially NUT chairmen in all the local government councils of the state to be up and doing by reporting happenings in their schools to the appropriate authorities. - GBENGA OLARINOYE Va