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FCE Obudu mourns Joseph Wayas

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The Federal College of Education, FCE Obudu is in deep mourning over the death of the Right Honourable Dr Joseph Wayas, the founding father of the College.

The announcement of the demise of the great statesman was made by the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Senator Professor Ben Ayade on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

For the College, and indeed the entire people of Cross River North Federal Constituency which he once represented at the hallowed chambers of the Senate of the Federal Republic, the exit of this iconic personality marked the end of a glorious era that was remarkably noted for his progressive politics, unbridled statesmanship and love for the people.

The Right Honourable Dr Joseph Wayas had served the Country as Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983. During this period, he was able to build bridges of love and understanding with his colleagues and also promoted the core values of justice, equity and fairness all over the Country. As a result, he became a father-figure to so many and was greatly loved and admired for his progressive politics which was anchored on making life more meaningful for everyone. He touched lives in very significant ways and made giant prints in the sands of time.

The Federal College of Education, Obudu remains the greatest beneficiary of the political struggles of this visionary leader. As Senate president, he caused the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari to establish the College in 1982. This institution of higher learning has grown in diverse ways and now awards both the National Certificate in Education (NCE) and degrees in various programmes in affiliation with the University of Calabar. With the establishment of the School, access to quality tertiary education effectively became entrenched in the area. Today, the College remains the pride of the good people of both Obudu and Obanliku Local Government Areas of Cross River State.

Dr Joseph Wayas continued with his pioneering efforts by mobilising his enormous goodwill in both government and the society at large by attracting monumental infrastructural development to the College. This can be attested to by the quantum of physical and structural development that are currently on ground in the College. He sustained this legacy of conscionable development of the College throughout his lifetime. Even with the challenges of old age and precarious health conditions which had put him out of circulation for some time, the Right Honourable Dr Joseph Wayas had rallied the support of other numerous benefactors on behalf of the College.

While reacting to the news of the passage of this great leader, Mrs Grace A. Undie, Registrar and Secretary to the Governing Council on behalf of the Council, Management, Staff and Students said the demise of the most respected Right Honourable Dr Joseph Wayas is indeed a monumental loss to the College.

Mrs Undie pointed out that Senator Wayas was a strong pillar that had supported the College right from inception and prayed God to give him eternal rest in His Kingdom.

The Registrar captured the mindset of the entire College Community as we will all remain eternally grateful to this selfless patriot for his unequalled contributions to the establishment, growth and development of our great College.

May his soul rest in Peace. Amen.

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Fuel Subsidy Removal: Labour vows to continually resist govt oppression

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has on Tuesday vowed to continue to resist any form of oppression on the masses by the Federal Government.

This was stated by Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole, while speaking with journalists in Abeokuta.

Bankole also disclosed that the organized labour has suspended its planned protest over the proposed removal of fuel subsidy by the Nigerian government.

The Labour chief said the suspension of the protest was informed by the federal government’s decision to abort the proposed increment in the price of petrol.

Ripples Nigeria on Monday reported that the government was putting on hold its initial plan of removing subsidy on petroleum products by June 2022, and this was after the labour unions and student unions threatened to hit the streets to protest.

The labour congress had fixed February 1, 2022 for a nationwide protest to resist the government’s decision, but arising from an emergency NEC meeting of the Congress, Bankole said after considering many factors, the NLC has decided to shelve the proposed protest.

Bankole said, “We have only one task before us and that is to resist government oppression in any form. We have passed through this path before and here we are again.

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“We had a NEC meeting in December when we started having insinuations that they are going to hike petroleum products come February. We had a meeting and NEC took a decision that any day we hear that any kobo has been added to it, we should not even wait for any directive, we should just shutdown the country.

“We had the directive to mobilise and sensitise our people that never again shall we allow any subsidy removal, never again shall we allow them to deceive us.

“Yesterday (Monday) there was a formal publication from the government to the leadership of the congress that government putting the fuel subsidy removal on hold”.

“So, arising from that, we had an emergency NEC meeting and we deliberated and the consensus of opinion is that since the proposed demonstration protest on the plan to hike the price of petroleum and since they have rescinded their decision that we should also shelve our proposed action.”

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Udom Emmanuel to chair Ekiti PDP primary election committee

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The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel has been selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to serve as Chairman of the Ekiti State electoral committee to conduct a ‘special congress’ for the governorship election in the state.

The nomination of Emmanuel was announced on Tuesday in Abuja by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Umar Bature, who disclosed that the committee was saddled with the task of electing a credible governorship candidate for the June 18 gubernatorial election in the state.

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Bature also announced other members of the committee as approved by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to include Toby Okechukwu who will be the Secretary of the committee, as Olusola Obada, Michael Mku, and Ibrahim Khalid, will serve as members.

According to Bature, the Ekiti State congress is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

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Hislop condemns ‘depressing’ conduct of MPs in spiky committee session

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Ian Hislop says standards in British public life are “very depressing”, as he denounced the lobbying culture of MPs in a standards committee session this afternoon.

Asked by the standards committee chair, Chris Bryant, how MPs were doing on standards in British public life, Hislop complained they were “not good”.

The editor of Private Eye added the Owen Paterson lobbying scandal was proof the “system failed.”

In a tense exchange with liaison committee chair Sir Bernard Jenkin, Hislop was pressed on whether better dialogue was needed around understanding rules on lobbying.

Hislop complained: “Why do you have to explain to a new MP why he shouldn’t lobby for a company that’s taking government contracts?

“Why isn’t that blatantly obvious?”

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