Primary school teachers in Edo State on Monday defied the state government directive for the resumption of schools.
This is in obedience to the directive of the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers which told them to disregard the government directive.
A visit to some public primary schools in the state showed that academic activities were yet to return. However, some staff of the local government education authority and State Universal Basic Education Board were sighted addressing pupils in some schools.
At Emokpae Model Primary School, along Mission Road, only four women suspected to be teachers were sighted at the school while pupils were seen in two classrooms.
The gate of the Ogbe Primary School was initially shut with pupils loitering around the area until men of the Public Works Volunteer came and forced the gate open to allow pupils into the premises.
The pupils, about 25 were led to a classroom by an official said to have come from the local government education authority.
At Asoro primary school along Sokponba Road, a PUWOV personnel was standing by the gate while a classroom was opened for pupils with a lady attending to them who refused to identify whether she was a teacher or a SUBEB official.
At Agbado Primary School, along Akpakpava Road, there were no pupils, only three staff who said they were not members of NUT but from SUBEB and local government education authority.
Also at Igbesamwan Model Primary School, off Akpakpava Road, four staff from SUBEB and local Government education authority who were in the school said they attended to few pupils that were present in the school.
One of the teachers, who pleaded anonymity said they obeyed the state government order for the sake of the children.
However, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie was at Emokpae Model Primary School to monitor the compliance of teachers to the state government resumption directive.
Ogie urged the teachers to carry out their duty, adding that it was not a crime for some people to protest but it was also not right for the protesters to deprive others of carrying out their duty.
“I am here to ensure that nobody disturbs you. Anybody has a right to protest or agitate but you cannot ask others that are ready to work not to do so”, he said.
Public primary schools in other parts of the state such as Auchi, Owan East, Ovia South- West, Ovia North-East Local Government Areas complied with the NUT directive.
At Azama Primary School, Jattu, the Headmistress was not on duty. Only one teacher was present as at 9.49am when journalists visited the school. It was the same scenario at Ebienafe Primary School in Auchi where pupils were seen loitering around the school premises.
At Omogba Primary, Uzairue, the pupils were already on their way home at 11.09am when the Council Chairman Hon Imonofi Inusa visited the school as there were no teachers present.
The Council boss who was not happy with the development, said, “I have told the security agencies to go round and check that the schools’ properties are intact and that nobody should tamper with them.
“My message to the teachers is that by tomorrow if they fail to report to the school, we shall know the necessary action to take.”
Speaking with newsmen, the Assistant Secretary-General of NUT, Edo State, Modesty Itua described the strike as total across the 18 local government areas.
Itua, who commended teachers for the compliance, urged them to remain resolute in the fight for freedom until otherwise directed by the union.
ICPC arraigns two FRSC officers for extorting motorists
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission has arraigned two officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps over alleged extortion of motorists.
The two officials, John Asegu and Otom Asueni, were brought before Honourable Justice H. Aprioku of the Rivers State High Court 11 sitting in Port Harcourt on two-count of extortion and gratification.
ICPC, according to a statement on Monday, told the court how the duo forcibly collected various sums of money totaling N3,500 from motorists as a “fee“ to allow the motorists pass their checkpoint along Port Harcourt-Ahoada expressway, even without being charged for any traffic offence.
The Commission also accused the defendants of using their position as public officers to confer undue advantage upon themselves by soliciting for, and accepting gratification. The defendants were arrested on the act after ICPC mounted a sting operation on them following intelligence
ICPC in a Charge No: PHC/3905ICPC/19 averred that the duo’s actions were contrary to and punishable under sections 8, 19, and 26 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and if they are found guilty they shall on conviction, be liable to imprisonment for seven years without option of fine.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted them bail.
They were, however, remanded in prison because of their inability to meet up with the bail conditions.
The case was adjourned to the 26th of March, 2021 for commencement of trial.
NECO RESULT RELEASE
RIVERS STATE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
The Rivers State Ministry of Education informs School Owners, Administrators, Parents and Guardians that the results of the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) have been released.
The Ministry enjoins all candidates who sat for the examination to visit their schools for collection.
The Ministry states that:
HENCEFORTH, Candidates seeking to register for SSCE must present original copy of their BECE certificate as a prerequisite for registration.
Candidates who have registered for the 2021 SSCE must present their BECE certificate before the completion of their registration.
Candidates seeking to benefit from the state government’s bankrolled UTME registration must also present original copy of their BECE certificates.
Public and Private Schools by this announcement must ensure students seeking to be admitted into SS1 to SS3 present original copy of their BECE certificates at the point of registration
The Ministry solicits the cooperation of all heads of schools to drive this course.
Schools can apply for the BECE certificates at rivemis.riversstate.gov.ng
Sir. Chidi Adiele
Rivers State Ministry of Education
Sunday Igboho storms Ogun, vows to flush out killer herdsmen
A Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho on Monday, stormed some parts of Ogun State and vowed to flush out killer herdsmen in the troubled areas in the state
Igboho, who stopped briefly in Abeokuta around 4pm and had a brief interaction with his supporters, later proceeded to Ketuland where some soldiers allegedly connived with herdsmen to flog some farmers for not allowing them grazing their cattle on their farms in Yewa-North Local Government Area of the state.
While addressing his followers in Abeokuta, the activist said, “I observe there is an injustice from the herdsmen because they know the power that they have in the Federal Government. So, they behave as if Yoruba people are nobody. They kill our people, they kidnap our people, and they rape our women.”
“Any Fulani herdsman who engages in kidnapping would be flushed out,” Igboho vowed.
When asked whether he would limit his activism to Igangan, his hometown in Oyo State, Igboho said, “Not only Igangan, we are going to visit all Yorubaland and ensure there is peace everywhere.”
The activist lauded the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, for allowing him in the state.
Appreciating the gesture, the activist said, “We have not visited the governor, we will do that after we have flushed the Fulani herdsmen out of the state.
“I am going to Yewa because that is where the Fulani are wreaking havoc.”
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