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We’ll shut down Nigeria if fuel prices increase – Niger Delta activist

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A Niger Delta rights activist, Israel Joe, has asked the Federal Government not to make real its proposed increase in prices of petroleum products.

He warned that civil society organisations would not hesitate to shut down Nigeria if the Federal Government went ahead with such plan.

Joe, who stated this in a statement in Warri, said Nigerians would no longer tolerate the hardship brought upon them by the present regime at the centre.

He said, “Nigerians will no longer tolerate the hardship brought upon us by this government. We listened gleefully to the speech of the President and it wasn’t clear if the subsidy would be removed or not.

“However, we have got from reliable source that the Federal Government of Nigeria planned to remove subsidy on petrol products towards the end of February.

“Let it be on record that the Federal Government of Nigeria has not put forth any superior logical argument about the advantages of removing subsidy, as it has never reflected on the lives of average Nigerians, but inflicting suffering, pains, insecurity and stress on them.

“It is pertinent to inform the general public that we will shut down Nigeria the moment the Federal Government announces any hike in petroleum products. The civil society organisations in Delta State will meet to take a decision on this, but I can say conveniently and confidently that we will shut down the economy and Delta State will never play a second fiddle in the struggle.”

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Alumni of Osun schools pump in N2Billion: Governor Oyetola

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By Dorcas Elusogbon/Ile-Ife

Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun said his administration has attracted over N2 billion in alumni contributions across the state since the review of education policy.

Oyetola, who was represented by Folorunso Oladoyin, Commissioner for Education, made the disclosure on Saturday at the 60th anniversary of St. John’s Grammar School, Ile-Ife.

The event was organised by the Old Students Association at the school playing ground.Some alumni of St. John’s Grammar School Ile-Ife

“Since the reform of education policy that we carried out, we have attracted over N2 billion intervention fund from old students across the state.

“We thank you for your quick intervention in the structural renewal of your school infrastructures.

“We are immensely grateful that you heeded our call for a partnership between the government and all stakeholders in the education sector to move education to the next level.

“Our vision is to deliver 21st-century education that will make our student to be globally competitive, we realise that the four legs on which education stands like a table must corporate and work together.

“I agree with the Lord bishop on the level of rot in public education, it has been cumulative over the years and the improvement will not be a sudden flight, it will be gradual steps.

” We have introduced policies that are impacting education which will attract public schools to the middle and upper class,” he said.

The Chairman of Organising Committee of the Anniversary, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, said the association was not happy with the way the past administration practically destroyed education by centralising schools in Osun.

Adefaye, however, commended the governor for restoring the name, uniform and collaborated with stakeholders to transform the school.

In his benediction, Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, Catholic Church, Lord Bishop John Oyejola, charged government to revamp public education for the sake of the common man since politicians no longer send their children to public schools.

”We went to public school and we had quality education. Today, those in government do not send their children to public schools, but missionary or private schools.

“It is unfortunate that the Europeans came and planned a good future for us, but we cannot replicate same for our children.

“We must rise for the youths. The building built by government are already dilapidated while those built by missionary still stand. We must learn to begin to do the right thing for the benefit of the youths,” he said.

Also, Sen. Babajide Omoworare, Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly (Senate) to President Muhammadu Buhari, said that SJOBA has set the pace by contributing to restore the lost glory of the school.

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Jonathan to deliver keynote speech at Bayelsa education summit

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President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to deliver a keynote address at the Bayelsa education summit scheduled to hold from February 7 to 10, 2022.

The state government said the three-day summit in Yenagoa, the state capital, with the theme, ‘Optimising the delivery, performance and sustainability of outcomes in the education sector of Bayelsa State,’ was aimed at repositioning the education sector.

The Commissioner for Education, Gentle Emelah, said it had become necessary for the state to shift its focus to technical and vocational education and training, science, technology, engineering and mathematics and other modern approaches at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

The shift in focus, according to the commissioner, would enable the state government to ensure the provision and sustenance of the quality of education that meets global standards.

Emelah further said, “We have contacted and received the acceptance of very important and knowledgeable persons, institutions and organisations to both speak, attend and share useful strategies with the state on the development of our education sector. Notably, Dr Goodluck Jonathan GCFR, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, shall present the keynote address.”

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Edo vigilantes arrests three for trafficking 28 victims from South-East to South-West

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A team of local vigilantes in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has rescued 28 victims of human trafficking.

The Coordinator of the state Community Vigilante Security Network, Oboh Otoide, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Benin City on Saturday. He said the victims, who were between the ages of 13 and 17, were rescued during a stop-and-search operation by his men.

Otoide stated, “The victims were rescued by our men around 2am on Tuesday along the Akpakpava Road in Benin City. Three suspects, including two drivers conveying the victims to their destinations, were arrested during the operation and handed over to the Department of State Services for further investigation.

“Our preliminary investigations revealed that the victims were being moved from the South-East, en route from Edo State, to the southwestern part of the country.”

Otoide said in another operation, officials of the group arrested a man, who was robbing residents of their personal belongings while pretending to be insane, adding, “The man, who identified himself as Olatunji, was arrested around the Baptist Church on Ring Road, Benin City, and has been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force. Among the items recovered from the suspects are ATM cards belonging to victims of his criminal acts.” He said the ESCVSN was working with other security agencies to secure the state.

The coordinator urged residents to report criminal activities to the group’s central base control room through 09153333340 and 09153333341.

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