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Activist Slams Oyetola, Faults Osun Government’s Integrity Tests On Mega Schools

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File copy: Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, governor of Osun State

A civil rights activist, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, has taken a

swipe at Osun State governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, describing his
government purported integrity test on the Mega Schools built across the state y his predecessor as a ruse and nothing but “politics of hatred to score cheap political points.”

Sulaiman, who happens to be the Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), warned Oyetola to “stop politics of bitterness and hatred against his immediate predecessor in office, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, saying the Governor was part of the “eight years government of pains and pangs that the people of the state went through.”

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The activist, in a statement he signed of which a soft copy was made available to INFO DAILY, noted that the present Governor was a decision maker of the then government, hence he needs not to make any noise if he (Otedola) desires to carry out maintenance works on the schools.

While stating that both the present governor and his predecessor are guilty of “shoddy infrastructures being put in place in the state”, he urged Governor Oyetola to stop claiming ignorance of all the policies of Aregbesola government before the right thinking good people of the state.

“If Oyetola has personal grievances to settle with Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola,he should not touch the radio station,I mean, Government of Rauf Aregbesola because Oyetola was a decision maker and
taker in the area of construction of Mega Schools, payment of half pensions and salaries, reclassification of schools and others,where some of Oyetola
aides today, were promoters of those acclaimed Aregbesola bad policies then.It is because some of them lack what we called shame,they are supposed
to bury their faces in shame.

“All the hullabaloo and the campaign of calumny against Aregbesola government are because of the forthcoming 2022 Governorship Election in the State, just to pretend to the good people of the State that he was not part of all decisions being taken by Aregbesola’s Government because people of the State are still nursing the injuries sustained during Aregbesola administration till date and furious against the present government in the State because Oyetola administration is an offshoot of Aregbesola’s government. (Sic)

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“I am surprised to hear the word ‘integrity’ from the administration of
Governor Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola, the Government that has no respect for
rule of law and wishes of the people. For instance, when the respected Comrade Amitolu Shittu, was pronounced and appointed as Director General of
Osun Amotekun Security Network by Oyetola,until when the designation became
the subject of litigation from opposition, before the action was reversed.Governor Oyetola was doing as if he did not have any knowledge of what contained therein as regards to designation in law established Amotekun in Osun State which he assented to after the passage by the State House of Assembly.”

READ ALSO: Ward Congress: Osun APC Divided, ‘Oyetola’s Group Boycotts Direct Primary Option,’ Scribe Alleges

Sulaiman added that the backlogs of 34months pension and salary arrears of local government administration in the state and salary increament and nominal promotions for state workforce and host of others were nothing to write home about “under the nose of Governor Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola
today.”

He added that the collection of sum of Three Thousand Naira ( N3,000)
for obtaining of Teaching employment forms by the citizens of the state, were contrary to the provision of the established labour law in Nigeria.

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Oyo Govt Suspends Female Student For Assault, Unlawful Behaviour

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Oyo State Government has suspended a female student of Jericho High School, Ibadan for unlawful behaviour, vowing to take further action on the matter in due course.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem stated in a statement made available to INFO DAILY via the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Wasiu Olatunbosun.

Expressing the displeasure of Oyo State government over the incident, which led to her suspension, Adbu-Raheem disclosed that the student in company of her mother, recently invaded the school with hefty thugs and miscreants assaulting a male student, teachers and other parents during an ongoing PTA meeting.

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The mayhem was said to be ignited by the girl’s mother and other accomplices, thereby, causing tension in the school.

Barr. Abdu-Raheem noted that the state government is taking further action, to serve as a deterrent to other unguided parents and wards.

READ ALSO: Oyo Govt Provides Structured Security for Businesses to Thrive

He appealed for caution, emphasizing that the present government has zero tolerance for impunity, while charging students, parents and all stakeholders to take advantage of Governor Seyi Makinde’s free qualitative education programs.

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Ogbomoso Special Basic School: Govt. Suspends Three Teachers, Transfers Headteacher, Principal Over Alleged Sexual Harassment

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Joseph Kanjo

The Oyo State Government has ordered an immediate suspension of three staff members, while the Headteacher, Oyo State Basic School, Ogbomoso and the Principal, Oyo State Training School for the Blind have been transferred.

The staff members were handed immediate suspension and transfer following their involvement in the alleged sexual harassment at the centre.

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A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, Esq., and made available to INFO DAILY, revealed that the suspension and transfer were Oyo State Government’s response to a viral video and unrest in the school recently.

He said this would equally enhance free and unbiased investigations by the Four- man Probe Committee put in place.

The Commissioner recalled how himself, his counterpart at Women Affairs, the Executive Adviser on Disability, Permanent Secretaries, Directors and Representatives of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board had visited the School to ascertain the causes of the agitation and the needs of the special students.

He, therefore, emphasized that the various letters issued take immediate effect, so as to restore peace in the school.

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Abdu-Raheem warned school Principals, Head- Teachers and other staff members to desist from all compromising acts that can jeopardize the efforts of the State Government ably led by His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde”, he said.

He assured parents and other stakeholders of constant unannounced monitoring of all schools in the State.

READ ALSO: Oyo Govt Provides Structured Security for Businesses to Thrive

While equally assuring the continuous support of the Oyo State Government to move the education sector to greater heights, he urged parents, students and other relevant stakeholders to support and partner with this government.

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The affected Head-teacher is Mrs Adebiyi Racheal, while the Principal is Mrs. Akanbi Oluwaseun.

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Sign Bill Abolishing B.Sc, HND Dichotomy, Graduates Beg Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Graduates with Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give his assent to the bill seeking to abolish the dichotomy between Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders in the country.

They noted that the president’s assent would ensure the growth of polytechnic education in Nigeria.

Recall that the House of Representatives had last Tuesday passed the bill seeking a perpetual end to the dichotomy.

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The legislation was titled “A Bill for an Act to Abolish and Prohibit Dichotomy and Discrimination between First Degree and Higher National Diploma in the Same Profession/Field for the Purpose of Employment; and for Related Matters.”

The bill stipulates some punitive measures against any form of discrimination against holders of HND.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, yesterday, Coordinator of the Coalition of HND stakeholders, Sebastian Onyemaobi, recalled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had in September 2007 directed that the dichotomy and ceiling on salary grade level attainable by HND holders should be removed.

He, however, noted that despite previous laws and policies, discrimination against HND holders persists because there were no sanctions for non-compliance.

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According to him, the current piece of legislation would address the problem, which he noted, was one of the key setbacks to technological growth and the nation’s quest for industrialisation.

Onyemaobi argued that the bill would also bring an end to the outdated class-concept and certificate-based approach being practised in Nigeria, including introducing the globally accepted performance-based approach to work place administration.

He said: “The passage of this Bill has rekindled the joy, hope and self-esteem of millions of HND holders who over the years have been enmeshed in abject traumatisation due to unwarranted discrimination, harsh and inhumane treatments at their various work places in both public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy in spite of their vast potentials, hard work and immense contributions to national development.

“The bill passed by the National assembly will indeed provide a succor and a cushion to the dilemma of millions of polytechnic and monotechnic students who have been engulfed in wondrous contemplation on how to approach the bleak, uncertain and insecure future as well as unbearable workplace environment that await them upon graduation from their various polytechnic and monotechnic institutions.

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READ ALSO: Reps’ Bill Finally Ends Disparity Between BSc/HND, Recommends Stern Penality For Violators

“While we wait with ecstatic expectations, the signing of this epoch-making Bill into law, the coalition wishes to assure our dear President, the National Assembly and all Nigerians that HND holders and indeed the polytechnic system will work hard to live up to their expectations and justify the confidence reposed on them if this Bill is signed into Law.

“Also, we assure you that upon signing of this momentous Bill into Law, HND holders will be greatly propelled to utilise their talents and potentials to the fullest and contribute immensely, more than ever before, to national development.”

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