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Ekiti Traditional Ruler, Alumni Seek Govt Attention Over Dilapidated School

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The Onise of Odo Oro-Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Babatunde Jemilehin, ALADESODEDERO I, has appealed to the state government to renovate and construct the dilapidated classrooms at the St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in the community.

Also, the coordinator of the Old Students Association, Prince Segun Okunoye, said there was need for the government and other stakeholders in the education sector to save the school from total neglect in the interest of the young pupils.

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They both spoke in Odo Oro-Ekiti at the weekend during the handing over of a newly renovated block of three classrooms by the old students to the school management and the school officials.

Oba Jemilehin, who lamented the unpleasant experience of the pupils under the deplorable classrooms especially during raining season, said solid and conducive infrastructures remained one of the measures in the standard of education in any society.

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While commending the old students for the timely gesture of renovating the block of classrooms as the pupils resume for the new academic session, the traditional ruler reiterated the need for the state government to act fast in giving the pupils a befitting and conducive learning environment.

According to him, “The buildings in this primary school have been in very terrible dilapidated forms for a long while. That has been source of concern to not only the school management, but equally to me as the traditional ruler of the town and the generality of the odo Oro Ekiti indigenes.

“The harrowing experiences the pupils go through to study in such a deplorable condition and the effects on their psychology as they visit others schools with good structures cannot be over emphasised. Their teachers too are not left out in the trauma of teaching pupils drenched whenever it rains

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“It is in the spirit of this understanding that I am making this passionate appeal to the government to come to the aid of our primary schools in Odo Oro Ekiti.”

Okunoye explained that the old students were moved by the pictures and videos of pupils learning under the deplorable structures and decided to pull resources together in the renovation of the block of three classrooms.

He noted that there was need for the people to collaborate with the government in improving the standard of education especially the basic, adding that government should be deliberate in attending to the other blocks for the pupils to be motivated in learning.

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“With the limited resources available to us, we set to work and the complete renovation of the building we are handling over today was completed in August this year, preparatory to the resumption of academic activities for the new session.

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“We, however, regret to say that of the four buildings that need immediate attention, we could only handle one, while the remaining three are in their dilapidated shapes as we can all see. It is therefore on that note that we want to call on the state government, the State Universal Primary Education Board and other governmental agencies that are stakeholders in the administration of primary school education, to urgently come and assist in renovating the remaining buildings in this school.”

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Speaking, the head teacher of the school, Chief Idowu Adeyemi, commended the old students for the gesture, which she said would go a long in ameliorating the suffering of the pupils and staff.

The primary school, which was established in 1954, has 240 pupils.

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Court Stops PDP From Suspending, Expelling Governor Wike

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Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday ordered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to take any action aimed at suspending or expelling Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike from the party.

The order was made upon an ex parte motion filed by Wike against the entire hierarchy of the PDP.

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Respondents in the motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/139/2023, dated and filed on February 2, are the PDP, its National Working Committee, National Executive Committee, National Chairman of the party Dr Iyorchia Ayu; PDP National Secretary Senator Samuel Anyanwu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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By the motion, the applicant is praying for an order to maintain the status quo and stay all actions in this matter relating to the threat to suspend or expel him, pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons.

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Wike also asked for an order of the Court granting him leave to serve the motion on notice, originating motion, and all other processes of the Court in the suit on the 1st to 5th Respondents by substituted means which is pasting all the said processes of Court on the PDP National Secretariat.

The Rivers state Governor equally sought an order deeming such service as made above as proper service.

Upon reading the affidavit in support of the motion exparte deposed to by one Precious Ikpe and filed at the Court Registry and after hearing, the court granted the reliefs sought.

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FG Pledges To Increase Minimum Wage Of Workers

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is committed to improving the minimum wage of workers to boost productivity.

Mustapha, who was the special guest of honour at the inauguration of Hassan Sumonu’ Court, said this in Abuja on Monday.

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He said that the Buhari-led administration is concerned about improving the welfare of public service and had paid the arrears of retired Airways workers.

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On the inauguration, he said that the two-storey building was a delight for the NLC and the entire workers.

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”This achievements and legacies are for the Nigerian people.

”I commend the outgoing NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, for delivering the edifice that will yield additional income to the Congress,” NAN quoted him as saying.

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Advise Buhari To Release Nnamdi Kanu, Ohanaeze Replies Malami

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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-cultural organization, on Monday, urged the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Ohanaeze made the call in response to Malami’s remark that the Federal Government has not received any request for Kanu’s release.

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Speaking with DAILY POST, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Okechukwu Isiguzoro lamented that Malami has advised the president wrongly on the release of Kanu.

Recall that Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State had urged the Federal Government to release Kanu to him.

Soludo had vowed to stand as surety to ensure Kanu’s release.

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The IPOB leader has been detained by the Department of State Services, DSS, on the order of the Federal Government since June 2021.

Despite the court ruling ordering his release, the Nigerian government has refused to set him free.

Malami had said the Federal Government was yet to receive a formal request for Kanu’s release.

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However, Isiguzoro said Ohanaeze and some elder statesmen of the South East had met Buhari and requested Kanu’s release.

According to Isiguzoro: “Ohanaeze has put a formal request and paid a visit to the president which the Minister of Justice was present when the late Mbazulike Amaechi, Ezeife, Bishop Onuoha paid a visit to Buhari and requested that the best thing he can do for Ndigbo was to release Nnamdi Kanu to them.

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“We want to tell Malami that the Federal Government through his department should stop playing the ostrich and come out boldly to tell us that they are not ready which they have shown in action but not in words.

“The body language of Mr President has shown that they are not ready to release Kanu having not obeyed the court order that granted his release. Malami should rightly advise the president to release Kanu.

“The body language of Malami has shown they have wrongly advised Mr President not to release Kanu based on reasons known to them. Such a situation of not obeying court order is aimed at instigating insecurity in the Southeast.”

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