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BREAKING: Edo Govt Drops Plan To Make JSS3 Pupils Write Exams Outside Their Schools



Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has lost the control of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to Vice Chairman, South-South of the party, Chief Dan Orbih.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki

The Edo State government has dropped its plan to make JSS3 pupils in private schools in the state to write their examinations in schools different from their own.

The change of plan by the government followed protests by the parents of the pupils.

In a statement by F. J. Okundamiya,
Secretary-General of the parents association, he said that following the intervention of their BOT Chairman, Martins Osakue and other principal officers of the association, the prayers of the parents were granted by the Commissioner of Education Mrs Joan Oviawe.

The statement reads : “That we will have the BECE (JSS 3) Examinations written in our schools

” That the BECE (JSS 3) Examinations are hereby shifted to a later date to be announced by the MOE. This is to enable schools to complete their scheme of work for the term .

” That the site will be reopened immediately to allow school principals/owners who are yet to complete the registration of their pupils/students for Primary 6 and JSS 3 Examinations do so, given a grace period of two weeks.

“Other issues bordering on the smooth running of our schools were also addressed with a view to seeking our opinion in all education-related matters forthwith.

“However, Primary 6 Examination earlier scheduled for this Saturday will now hold on Saturday, 13th May, 2023.”

The parents and proprietors of the private schools on Tuesday called for a protest to drive their points home.

Earlier on Monday, a parent and a lecturer at the University of Benin, Prof.Stella Roy-Omonigho wrote a petition to the commissioner of education and urged her to rescind the descion.

In the story that was reported by New Times,
Prof. Roy-Omonigho said that she wrote on behalf of parents of JSS3 private schools’ pupils in Edo State

She urged that teachers and not pupils should be the ones to be transferred.

The letter dated May 1,2023 and addressed to the Commissioner of Education, Edo State, by Roy-Omonigho reads:”The Commissioner of Education, Edo State.

“Re: Junior Secondary School 3 State Examinations; Matters Arising.

“Your recent directives regarding the afore-referenced topic have caused ripples for the various stakeholders involved, who include students, parents, teachers and private school proprietors.
You have recently directed without recourse to the implications or adverse effect on the various participants in the displacement and unplanned mass movement of private schools‘ JS3 students to write their long-awaited JS3 state examination outside their regular designated learning environment.

“Via this medium we would like to bring to your notice the unmitigated and unforeseen consequences that could jeopardise your good intentions towards the academic welfare of our children under your astute watch.These include but are not limited to the following:
Present national insecurity, logistics (cost and risk of transportation), the dearth of basic amenities in some of these schools such as chairs and tables, potential psychological trauma meted out to students from being displaced, potential psychological trauma on parents stemming from the fear of the unknown.

“Your directive being in the public domain could be used by persons with inimical or nefarious intentions towards these children.As good as your intentions are, the above listed implications could hamper the performance and success of our children in the forthcoming examinations. In order to forestall this we ask that you consider the following:

“Like what is applicable in Senior Secondary School examinations where teachers and not students could be deployed to various schools. This way, whatever the end objective of your directive could still be achieved without risk to the welfare of our children most of whom are tender in age and far outnumber teachers.

“Thank you in anticipation of your response in the affirmative towards our concerns for our children and their academic success which is our collective primary objective.”

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BREAKING:DSS Confirms Arresting, Detainting Suspended CBN Governor Emefiele



Suspended CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele

Hours after denying that the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, was in its custody, the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday said that it had arrested and detained him.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby confirms that Mr Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is now in its custody for some investigative reasons,” Peter Afunanya, the spokesperson for the agency, said in a press statement .

There were speculations Friday night that the SSS arrested Emefiele shortly after he was suspended. But the law enforcement agency tweeted Saturday morning, saying the top banker was not in its custody.

It is unclear why the SSS is holding the embattled official. But the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said Friday that his office, the CBN, was under investigation.

The SSS and Emefiele have had a turbulent relationship recently. Last year, the agency accused the governor of a barrage of offences.

The SSS secretly requested a court order in December to arrest him on allegations of “financing terrorism, fraudulent activities, and economic crimes of national security dimension.”

This request was, however, rejected by the Federal High Court in Abuja because the secret security unit failed to present sufficient evidence to justify issuing an arrest warrant against Emefiele.

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I Removed Subsidy To Stop Nigeria From Playing Father Christmas – Tinubu



Senator Withdraws Support For Tinubu Over Choice Of Muslim Running Mate
President Bola Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has offered insight into why he declared the removal of petroleum subsidy during his inauguration on May 29,2023.

According to Tinubu, a crucial reason for the removal was to stop Nigeria from continuing to play the role of a Father Christmas to neighbouring African countries by providing them subsidised petrol.

The president, who was speaking on Friday at an interactive session with select Nigerian traditional rulers, under the auspices of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), at the State House, Abuja, described the subsidy as an elephant that could have collapsed the country “because it is struggling to pay salaries.”

Tinubu told the traditional leaders: “I am grateful that you are paying attention to what I have been doing. You have paid attention to the subsidy removal. Why should we in good heart and sense, feed smugglers and be Father Christmas to neighbouring countries, even though they say not every day is Christmas? The elephant that was going to bring Nigeria to its knees is the subsidy; a country that cannot pay salaries. I think we did the right thing.”

Tinubu appealed to the traditional leaders to persuade Nigerians to have faith in the removal of subsidy, promising that the pump prices of fuel would eventually come down.

The president reiterated his pledge to Nigerians to prioritise security until every Nigerian “goes to sleep with their two eyes closed.”

According to him, the unity and togetherness of the country cannot be compromised, saying every region of the country would get what it is due.

Condemning crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region “by a tiny percentage of the population,” President Tinubu said it was counterproductive to the growth of the economy.

He said: “We need to tame those involved in this sabotage and we will work as hard as possible to ensure that the diversity of this country is used for its prosperity, growth and stability.”

Tinubu stressed that with the campaigns and elections over, he is primed for governance, and his government has already signed a law that extends the retirement age of judicial officers from 65 to 70 years, while also addressing pension reforms. Also speaking on electricity, President Tinubu said a constitutional amendment signed into law now allows the nation’s 36 States to generate electricity.

He said: “That’s devolution of power and that should be our contribution to the developmental projects you are looking for and we will continue in ways that will help our people.”

He assured the traditional rulers in the country that his administration would run an open-door policy that is ready to listen to the yearnings of Nigerians toward transforming the country’s rich potential to reality.

Tinubu said: “We are all ears. We are ready to listen at any given time. I promise you an open-door policy and that is the way I will go.That open-door policy is for you to call me and send to me at any given time any concern that you might have.

“We may not have it right 100 percent of the time but we must get it right 90 percent of the time for this country”.

Responding to issues raised by the monarchs on challenges facing the country, President Tinubu assured them, saying “worry not because the country is in good hands,” adding that his administration is very conscious of the expectations of Nigerians.While acknowledging concerns on the need for critical infrastructure in different parts of the country, the President assured that any road block in the way of the progress of the Nigerian people would be removed by his government.

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BREAKING:Tinubu Suspends Emefiele As CBN Governo



CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele

President Bola Tinubu on Friday suspended Godwin Emefiele as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor.

The Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Willie Bassey on Friday declared in a statement: “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has suspended the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, CFR, from office with immediate effect.

“This is sequel to the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy.

“Mr Emefiele has been directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate), who will act as the Central Bank Governor pending the conclusion of the investigation and the reforms.”

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