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Ex-Senate President Joseph Wayas dies at 80
Joseph Wayas, a former Nigerian senate president of the Second Republic, has reportedly died in London at 80.
It was gathered that the octogenarian passed on after a long illness in a London hospital.
Wayas was born on May 21, 1941, in Basang, Obudu, Cross River State.
He completed his secondary education at Dennis Memorial Grammar School in Onitsha before moving to the United Kingdom to study at Higher Tottenham Technical College in London.
The former Senate President also attended Birmingham’s West Bromwich College of Commerce, Science, Technology, and Aston University.
Wayas was the third Senate President from 1979 to 1983, when the region was snuffed out by a coup that installed then-General Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s head of state.
Wayas was one of the founders of the now-defunct All People’s Party. In 2002, he joined the opposition People’s Democratic Party.
Professor Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River State, has announced the death of Dr Joseph Wayas, the Second Republic Senate President.
Wayas’ death was described as “a monumental loss to Cross River State in particular and Nigeria as a whole” by Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade.
“As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son,” Ayade’s special adviser on media and publicity, Christian Ita, said.
“He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria.”
According to the governor, “as Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.
“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”
He expressed his condolences to Dr Wayas’ family, assuring them that his death is a collective loss and that their grief is shared, adding, “we are with you in this time of grief.” We keep you in our thoughts and prayers.”
Oyo State: Islamic cleric worries over arrested relative by the army
Sheik Taofeeq Akewugbagold, a popular Islamic cleric in Oyo State, appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde regarding the release of his relative, identified as Azeez, who was reportedly arrested by the Nigeria Army.
On November 18, Azeez was detained at his home on Alhaja Sara Street, Cele, in Oyo Town, by soldiers from the Operation Burst Office. Handcuffed and blindfolded, he was taken to an unknown destination.
The cleric said that the 52-year-old detainee was suspected of assisting Sunday Igboho in bringing money into the country. Another rumour, he added, was that the detainee was acquainted with the hoodlums that assaulted the Medium Security Custodial Centre Abolongo in Oyo.
According to Akewugbagold, Azeez is a farmer, a transporter, and a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress in the state with no criminal record and was unaware of these events he’s accused of.
The family had reported the issue to Oyo police and gone to Operation Burst Office in Oyo, but no information on his location was supplied to them.
When approached by the media, the Commander of Operation Burst, Adamu Abubakar, said he was aware of the arrest but that the order came from Abuja. “I am aware of the arrest, but it is from Abuja. The family had contacted me and I told them it is beyond us here.”
Fake Certificate: Kaduna Govt Sacks 233 Teachers, Plans Competency Test For 12,254
Kaduna State government has sacked 233 teachers who presented fake certification upon the time of their recruitment.
Addressing newsmen during a press conference in kaduna on Thursday, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education, Tijjani Abdullahi, noted the investigation was conducted to ensure the certificates presented by the teachers are genuine.
Abdullahi, said the step was taken to raise the standard of education in the state and also to confirm that the teachers have the requisite credentials that constitute the basic qualifications for employment as teachers.
He added that 451 certificates have so far been verified by contacting the institutions that awarded the certificates, while nine of the 13 institutions contacted have responded.
“So far, the Board has verified 451 certificates by contacting the institutions that awarded the certificates. Nine of the 13 institutions contacted have responded, as of today.
“The responses from the institutions show that 233 teachers presented fake certificates. This represents 51 per cent of the 451 certificates on which responses have been received from the awarding institutions. One institution disowned 212 of these 233 fake certificates.
“The Board will dismiss the 233 teachers who presented these fake certificates, while their files will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for forgery. The Board will continue to check the integrity of the certificates presented by teachers to ensure that this critical profession is not devalued by impostors.
“As part of our duty of transparency, the names of the 233 teachers found to have presented fake certificates will be uploaded on the website of the Kaduna State Government today,” he said.
The Board also announced that it will conduct a fresh competency test for 12,254 teachers from January 2022 as part of continuous assessment of its teachers both for their own improvement and for better delivery of learning.
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