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Solving Mathematics Saved Me From Insanity During 27 Months Incarceration – Soyinka

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Solving Mathematics Saved Me From Insanity During 27 Months Incarceration - Soyinka
Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka presenting cash and laptop gift to Aishat Kareem of Aminat International College, Obantoko, winner of 2020 JET Competition, while Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu and the permanent secretary in the ministry, Mrs Abosede Ogunleye look on when Soyinka hosted Ogun State young academic laureates at his Ijegba Forest amphitheatre in Abeokuta on Thursday.

…Ogun Rewards Academic Laureates

Elder statesman and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has disclosed how solving mathematical problems saved him from insanity during his 27 months incarceration.

Soyinka, said though he disliked the subject while in secondary school, the mathematics actually became his saving grace while he was undergoing incarceration by a military junta.

He said it was while in detention that he ” realized that you must always have an integration, a common line – be you an historian, horticulturist, mathematician…”

At school, the Nobel laureate said ” I hated mathematics at school but with… I even had a C. I hated my teachers who were very brilliant at mathematics and they forced it down our throats whether we like it or not.”

The literary icon made these disclosures on Thursday when he played host to the academic laureates who did Ogun State proud in various academic competitions, at his Kemta, Idi Aba residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

While addressing the laureates, Soyinka advised them not to prioritise any subject above others.

Governor Dapo Abiodun had on April 22, 2021 showered the academic laureates and their teachers with cash prizes, houses and laptops at a ceremony held at the Obas’ Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

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Noting that the efforts of the Dapo Abiodun administration on education were evident in the emergence of the academic laureates who have shown great excellence and exploits, Soyinka further encouraged them to always have a holistic sense of integration and interaction of subjects, which he said would help them to excel in all spheres of life.

At the event, while highlighting some of the achievements of his administration in the education sector, Abiodun promised to continue to sustain and uphold the legacy of the founding fathers of the state who strived to make Ogun a citadel of education.

The governor represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, enjoined the awardees to thrive in giving their best and promised that the state would continue to create an enabling environment for learners to excel.

“We are indeed proud of all our academic laureates who have distinguished themselves in different competitions. And as a state, we promise to continue to put in the required provisions that will continue to aid teaching and learning activities that will produce more academic giants”, the governor said.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, enjoined the students to draw inspiration from the Nobel laureate by not relenting in achieving greatness in all they do.

Some of the laureates were given cheques raging from N50,000, to N5m, laptops and other goodies.

 

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Okorocha Declares Bid For Presidency In 2023

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Okorocha Declares Ambiton For President In 2023

The former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has declared his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election.

This was disclosed in a letter read at the plenary on Wednesday by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.

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Okorocha in the letter, stated that he will address a world press conference on Monday, January 31, 2022 to speak more on his ambition.

 

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PDP Primaries: Over 150 Thugs From Oyo Arrested In Ekiti

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PDP Primaries: More Than 150 Thugs From Oyo Arrested In Ekiti

More than 150 political thugs with different harmful objects including guns, cutlasses and charms planning to disrupt the PDP governorship primary election holding today have been arrested.

The political thugs who were said to have come from Oyo State were halted by the men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, Ondo State at Ita Awure/Efon Junction in Efon Alaaye in Ekiti State.

They were said to have been arrested at about 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

The thugs were in many vehicles before they were intercepted.

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It was gathered that the thugs were believed to be members of Oyo state Park Management System (PMS).

Sources said that the thugs were caught with various weapons.

Items recovered from the suspects included guns, machetes and charms.

It was also gathered that the soldiers would take the suspects to Owens Barracks in Akure for further investigation.

The Public Relations Officer of the Brigade, Akin Omojokun, when contacted, confirmed the arrest and said the brigade would soon issue a statement on the development.

 

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NLC Suspends Plan To Protest Against Fuel Subsidy Removal

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NLC Suspends Plan To Protest Against Fuel Subsidy Removal

Following the new position of the Federal Government on fuel subsidy removal, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its nationwide protests slated for Thursday 27 and February 2.

The congress took the decision at its National Executive Council meeting held virtually on Tuesday.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who broke the news at a press conference hinged the decision to suspend the protests on the reversal of the Federal Government’s plan to stop the subsidy on petrol.

He said members of the NLC who had been mobilised would be demobilised following the decision to suspend the protests.

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The congress said on Monday that it would continue with the preparations for the protests.

Wabba stated that the National Executive Council of the NLC had given directives for the mobilisation of workers and citizens for the national protests if the Federal Government refused to reverse the planned hike in the pump price of petrol.

But justifying its decision, the NLC president said the congress dropped the planned protests “following the reversal and reapproach by government.”

He said, “At the peak of very rigorous mobilization of Nigerians by the Nigeria Labour Congress and a host of her civil society allies, the government through the Minister of Finance yesterday, January 24, 2022, made a public announcement reversing the plans to increase petrol pump price.

“The position of the government was also officially communicated to the Congress with calls for further engagement. Following the reversal and reapproach by the government, the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress met this morning virtually to consider the new position of the government.

“The NEC after vigorous debates took a decision to suspend the planned nationwide protest scheduled for January 27, 2022, and the national protest scheduled for February 2, 2022.”

The labour leader said the congress has communicated the decision to its civil society allies who have stood stoically behind Nigerian workers in their quest for social and economic justice.

The union argued that the attendant effect of the proposed removal of petrol subsidy would push the pump price of petrol to between N320 and N340 per litre.

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This, it noted, would have exacerbated the inflation in the country, deepened poverty, heightened social tensions and pushed the country and millions of poor citizens to the very precipice.

Going forward, the NLC said it would continue to engage with the government on the very critical issues of ensuring local refining of petroleum, creation of sustainable jobs and affordable price of petrol for Nigerian workers and people.

It commended the workers, people and the civil society allies for “their unwavering solidarity and support during this struggle.”

 

 

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