From David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi
Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Chief George Moghalu, has advised Igbo to reach out to other geopolitical zones if they must actualise the project.
He said the fact that presidential aspirants from other ethnic nationalities were also warming up for the same position, showed that no law said it must be the Igbo.
He said this was the more reason Igbo should work hard to clinch the presidency.
He said if there were any law made that it must be an Igbo, that there would also be a problem arising from which state, local government or town in Igboland.
“Nigerian president of Igbo extraction is a welcome development and also a possibility. We should have in mind that power belongs to God and He gives to whom it pleases Him at His own time. We also understand that power is not given, but power is taken. If we have this at the back of our minds, its left for us to work towards actualising the ambition.
“It now behoves on the Igbo to sit down and work out the modalities. There are only two platforms today, realistically speaking, that can be used to actualise the project. These platforms are the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). These are two political parties that have political structures across the country. That doesn’t mean that political parties can’t collapse to form a big one, but I’m looking at the realistic consideration, “ he said.
Moghalu said the Igbo were left to make their choice from either of the two existing mega political parties to actualise their presidential ambition.
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“So, we need to really work hard, extend our handshake across the Niger, reach out and do the basic political lobbying. There is need, in as much as it’s not constitutionally provided that we will be given power. But conventionally speaking, in the interest of equity, justice, fairness and unity, it will not be out of place to see an Igboman emerge the next president of Nigeria, “ he said.
On whether the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) would hurt or help the actualisation of a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction, Moghalu said the danger in the agitation was that it created a sense of mutual suspicion among all the contending forces.
“If you’re looking for a President of Nigeria of Igbo extraction, what it implies is that the man from Sokoto, the man from Lagos, the man from Calabar and the man from Rivers all have a stake. They have votes towards contributing to actualising the project. Don’t you think we should as a people do everything to avoid creating fear in the minds of these people?
“If you look at history, no political disagreement has ever been resolved at the battle front. It has always ended on a negotiating table. And the question I keep asking is why do we have to fight first before we negotiate to achieve a result? Why don’t we negotiate first and avoid the fight? So, by nature we are peaceful people and I believe that all what we are struggling or fighting to get can as well be achieved by negotiation.”
The APC aspirant in the just-concluded Anambra State governorship election said there were various platforms that could be used for peace initiative.
He praised the move by some Igbo leaders led by Chief Mbazuruike Amechi describing it as part of the process towards actualising peace.
Alumni of Osun schools pump in N2Billion: Governor Oyetola
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.
Jonathan to deliver keynote speech at Bayelsa education summit
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.”
Edo vigilantes arrests three for trafficking 28 victims from South-East to South-West
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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