Ogun Government Advocates Incorporation Of Security Studies In Schools

The Ogun state government has called for the incorporation of security studies and intelligence gathering in the curriculum of schools in the state, to inculcate the habit of security consciousness in pupils even at their younger age.

The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, made the call in Abeokuta, the state capital, while playing host to the Provost, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, College of Security Management, Mrs Rachael Awosusi.

She stated that the Corps would be a strong partner in promoting the new curriculum in the school with a view to broadening the horizon of the younger generation on security consciousness.

On her part, Mrs Awosusi said the purpose of the visit was to familiarise with the top management of the ministry and also see areas where they could work together, while assuring that the corps would continue to promote security and its consciousness among students in the state.

Mrs Mujota, further revealed that the ministry was already contemplating a training programme on intelligence gathering and information management for its staff in the college.

She also lauded the corps for providing security during the summer camp held in 2016, at Akin Ogunpoola Model College, Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area.

 

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I visited Buhari in London, but I won’t talk about his health – Amosun

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has confirmed visiting President Muhammadu Buhari in London where the Nigerian leader is currently receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

There has been controversy over a picture showing Mr. Amosun and the president in the United Kingdom, amid allegations an old image was edited to make it look recent.

However, on Monday at an event at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Mr. Amosun told journalists that he indeed visited the president in London.

The event at the library was a climate change knowledge immersion workshop organised by the Federal Government in conjuction with the World Bank.

“Yes it is true I visited our president in London and he is doing fine. If you ask me pointedly whether I saw him or not, yes I did and that is the only thing that I can say. And of course you can see he is very well, he is okay. So I don’t know what else you want me to say,” Mr. Amosun said.

Asked of the condition he found the president when he visited, t?he governor said he was not in the right position to talk about his health, saying such should be left to his spokes person who were already doing that.

“I am not one of the spokespersons of Mr. President; so it will be out of place for me to talk on that. But then, they are doing their job and you’ve listened to all that they have said,” Mr. Amosun said.

Dogara, Amosun congratulate Akeredolu.

The triumph of Rotimi Akeredolu in the gubernatorial election conducted in Ondo Stateyesterday shows that the ruling All Progressives Congress remains popular, Speaker Yakubu Dogara said on Sunday.

In a congratulatory statement signed by his media adviser, Turaki Hassan, Mr. Dogara hailed Mr. Akeredolu’s victory as one for democracy.

“The election of Barrister Akeredolu and the APC in Ondo state is a clear indication of the popularity of our political party,” Mr. Dogara said. “I would like to congratulate my learned colleague on his victory at the poll, and also commend our great party, the All Progressives Congress, for a thorough and successful campaign.”

The APC seized power at the centre for the first time in the 2015 general election. However, Nigerians blamed the lingering economic crisis on the party, with many suggesting that the its popularity was waning.

Mr. Akeredolu scored 244,842 votes to defeat 27 others in the governorship election held on Saturday.

Eyitatyo Jegede of the PDP came second with 150,380 votes while Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy scored 126,889 votes to book third place, figures released by INEC returning officer, Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, showed.

Mr. Dogara, however, noted that the victory should be seen as a call to service that both the candidate and the party must render to the residents of the state.

“As a party, we must take our victory in Ondo seriously  since  the people have placed  trust in us.  We must, therefore, deliver on policies that will improve  their standard of living.”

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, also distributed a congratulatory message to the media on Sunday, expressing optimism that Mr. Akeredolu’s victory will usher in an unprecedented progress for Ondo State.

“This is one choice that will bring unprecedented progress, infrastructural development as well as social and economic growth to the Sunshine State,” Mr. Amosun said. “The victory of Akeredolu in the Ondo polls also portends a good omen for the collective development and progress of the South-West geopolitical zone under the progressive socio-political and economic ideals of the APC.”

The congratulatory messages came as civic groups that monitored the election gave INEC a pass mark for its overall performance.

The Situation Room, which is a coalition of several civil society organisations, said INEC recognised the task it was faced with in the run up to the polls and made adequate preparation.

“There were early distribution and deployment of personnel and materials, which led to the commencement of voting at the scheduled time of 8:00am across the state, taking cognisance of the peculiar terrain of the riverine areas of the state,” the Situation Room said in a statement signed by its director, Clement Nwankwo.

But the group also highlighted a few grey areas where INEC failed to live up to expectation, especially as concerned the use of card readers.

“However, the inability of the smart card readers to authenticate fingerprints in a large number of instances is still a sore point in election management.

“We also observed that some of the SCRs were not fully powered and lacked back up where it became necessary,” Mr. Nwankwo said.

Mr. Nwankwo praised the professionalism of security personnel deployed for the exercise, but expressed reservations about alleged failure of police leadership to provide adequate welfare for them.

“The poor welfare condition of security personnel deployed for elections has become recurring. Situation Room is again concerned that many security personnel still complained of a lack of support and welfare package, especially for those who were deployed from distant states of the federation for the election.

“Despite assurances given by the police that all police personnel had been given their entitlements while commenting on deployment for the election at the stakeholders meeting and observers briefing held in Akure, deployed police personnel lamented that this was not the case.
“We are constrained to raise concern about the minimum standards of welfare for this assignment,” Mr. Nwankwo said.

Gov. Amosun, Fayemi Planning Massive Clampdown On AD Leaders, Party Claims.

A chieftain of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Ondo State, Barrister Tolu Babaleye, alleged on Tuesday a secret plot by the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and the Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, to have members of the party arrested commencing the same day.

 

Speaking during a press conference, Babaleye said the plot was perfected in Akure on Saturday after the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign grand finale which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the governorship electoral battle.

 

Babaleye said the plan is to arrest key leaders of the party, including the Director-General of the Olusola Oke campaign outfit, and incarcerate them until after the election.  He stated that the opposing APC adopted the plan after they saw defeat staring them in the face as a result of what he described as the “soaring” popularity of the AD candidate.

 

He said Buhari as a democrat should not allow desperadoes, hiding under the presidential seal, to commit an electoral heist that would implicate his government, and called on the APC-led federal government to rein in their members to forestall the country’s democracy from being truncated.

 

“President Buhari is a democrat and we have unflagging confidence in his ability to conduct free, fair and credible polls in Ondo State.,” he said.  “But with the way things are going, it seems Amosun, Fayemi and others are desperate to ensure that the dream of Ondo people is shattered and this will cast a cloudy impression about the ability of the federal government to hold credible elections.”

 

Describing the plan, he said that as a prelude to the APC’s plan, ex-governor Fayemi had deployed to Ondo State all his foot-soldiers, including those who served under him as Chief of Staff and Special Assistants during his tenure in Ekiti to prepare a propitious ground to effectively hatch their sinister plot.

 

“Just like we have always been reiterating, these anti-democratic forces will meet a stiff resistance in the collective resolve of Ondo people, who are ready for a free and fair poll that would throw up a candidate that represents the wishes of the people.”

 

Babaleye asserted that the plan is to arrest the AD’s key leaders, including those perceived to be giving tacit supports to Oke, and take them to Abuja for prosecution in order to destabilize his party’s “well-oiled and well organized campaign outfit,” which he characterized as a hurricane blowing across Ondo State.

 

He declared: “The people’s power is mightier than any power. The coalition of evil forces against Oke, who is now the God and people’s candidate will fail. It is sad that those who [were] victims of electoral rigging in the past are now constituting themselves as the troubles of Israel and the full wrath of God awaits them.

 

“No matter the evil machinations, Oke stands like a rock of Gibraltar. He is unshakable because democracy is a game of numbers and we have the people behind us”, he concluded.

Why we sacked NLC, TUC chairmen – Ogun Government

The Ogun State Government has given reasons why it sacked the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Akeem Ambali, the head of the teachers’ union, NUT, Dare Ilekoya, and suspended another 19 public servants from the service.

The government in a statement signed by its Head of Service, Sola Adeyemi, and made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday said Mr, Ambali was found to have held several meetings with politicians in preparation for the Teachers Day celebration, which was said to be contrary to the civil service rules.

The government said the dismissal of Mr, Ambali and others has nothing to do with the indefinite strike embarked upon by the workers.

The state government has been having a running battle with workers over allegations of illegal deductions from salaries.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun had while reacting to the workers strike at a town hall meeting held at June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, described the aggrieved workers as brainless and senseless.

The government, while further justifying the sack,? declared that the panel set up to investigate the allegations found the affected officials guilty of contravening the public service rules and recommended their dismissal from the service.

‘The panel recommended that with the facts available to it, Mr Akeem Ambali gave interviews, press statements and met several times with politicians for the D-day. The government therefore dismissed Mr Akeem Ambali from the public service”, the statement noted.

The Ogun government also justified its sack of the head of the teachers’ union, NUT, in the state, Dare Ilekoya, saying it acted on the recommendation of the panel.

“Those recommended for dismissal include Comrade Akeem Ambali, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Comrade Dare Ilekoya, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT. They were all found to have contravened the Public Service Rules 04401, 04402 (c&d) and 04406 (a) due to their involvement in the political rally they held under the guise of World Teachers Day celebration event.

“Also the government approved the suspension of another nineteen public servants for contravening the public service rules. The government has already directed the appropriate agencies such as the State Local Government Service Commission to implement the approved recommendations with immediate effect.”

The labour leaders have condemned the sack and suspension and vowed to continue with their strike.

Amosun Is Trying To Use Thugs To Intimidate Us – Striking Workers

Yesterday Striking workers in Ogun State alleged that thugs suspected to be loyal to Governor Ibikunle Amosun beat up public servants and labour union leaders

One of those affected, who pleaded anonymity, said, “The thugs came in a Toyota Camry and some others came on motorcycles; they descended on union leaders and some of us who had gathered at the secretariat, beating us blue, black.

“The thugs covered the number plate of the car, in order to shield the identity of the owner from being traced. This is sad.”

Another worker said, “They attacked our members at Laderin Estate, Kuto Roundabout and Oke Ilewo.”

The state NLC chairman, Akeem Ambali, who confirmed the attack on workers and labour leaders, said

“This is the first time in the history of this state that workers will be attacked by the agents of the state. We have heard that some people have hired some thugs to attack us. But we thought it was all a rumour. But we were shocked this morning when some thugs came in a black Toyota Camry with number plate LND 555 BD to the place where the labour leaders were standing at Kuto roundabout.

“They attacked our members at Kuto, Oke Ilewo and Laderin Housing Estate.

“They beat up two labour leaders, Comrade Benco and Comrade Olayemi, among others.

“The NLC office has been sealed off by 30 armed men, but I have gathered that two cultists have been trailing me.

“My life is not safe and I have gone underground. My life is not safe with this government.”

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Ogun State: Striking workers have no brains – Amosun

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, has lambasted workers of the state civil service who have threatened to go on strike over unpaid allowances and wages, saying they have no brains.

This is coming after the organized labour, on Wednesday, made real its threat to commence total strike in the state.

The workers had snubbed a meeting initiated by foremost traditional rulers in the state.

At a town hall meeting organized yesterday by the Ministry of Budget and Planning at June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the state capital, the governor, while reacting to their actions, said he would not succumb to the demands of the workers.

He said it was insensitive of the workers to be threatening to go on strike even when the economic recession is biting hard on all states.

Governor Amosun said, “We all know this, yet some are not using their brains. They don’t have brains and they don’t know what they are doing. They don’t have sense.

“I cannot give what I don’t have. Teachers alone collect N2 billion monthly.

“If you want to join politics go and resign, you can then become card carrying member of political parties, you can start printing posters if you want to contest,” the governor blasted.

Recall that the Ogun government had vowed to invoke ‘no work, no pay on any worker who does not resume at work.

Governor Amosun Appoints Igbo Permanent Secretary.

In a rare effort at integration, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has appointed two ‘non-indigenes’ as permanent secretaries in the Civil Service of the state. One of them, Ndimele Emmanuel Ofor is Igbo from Abia State, while the other one is Ipinniwa Steve Olusegun from Kogi State.

 

In a society where minor disagreements between people are viewed through ethnic prism, Mr Amosun’s show of faith in non-indigenes to occupy such high offices is worthy of special notice. It may have even come to the beneficiaries themselves as a surprise.

 

Speaking at the occasion, the governor said, “I believe that if someone has been serving in a place for 20, 30 years he can no longer be called a non-indigene. He has been with us and he has worked with us. He is now part of us. He cannot be called a non-indigene, and in any event, it will be unfair and unjust to deprive someone who worked for you his deserved elevation on account of where he comes from.”

 

Mr Ofor and Olusegun were among the 14 new Permanent Secretaries sworn in by Amosun at the State Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s office, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta. In his speech, the governor added that, “As for me, hard work rather than where you come from should be the basis for promotion.”

 

He noted that “This is the first time we are having non- indigenes as permanent secretaries in the state and they are part and parcel of us, irrespective of where they are from, we’ll honour them because they have proven themselves to be hard working

N22.8bn Alleged Fraud: Amosun, Others Opt For Plea Bargain

Former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun (rtd) and two senior serving Air Force officers have opted for plea bargain in their ongoing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged corruption

Amosun and the two serving senior air force officers, Air Vice Marshal Adigun, Commodore Olugbenga and some companies were charged before the court on June 29, for the alleged offences.

 The companies were Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, McAllan Oil and Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited, Trapezitrs Bureau De Change ((BDC), Fonds and Pricey Limited, Deegee Oil and Gas Limited, Timsegg Investment Limited, and Solomon Health Care Limited.

 The accused persons were alleged to have committed the offences between March 5, 2014, and May 4, 2015.

 The offences according to the EFCC are contrary to sections 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

 They all pleaded not guilty to the charge.

At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday, the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court that the defendants had commenced a move to enter into a plea bargain with the federal government.

He tendered a draft copy of the terms of the plea bargain to the court, which he said he had served on the defendants.

But the defence counsel, comprising Mr. Norrison Quakers (SAN), Mr. Kemi Balogun (SAN), Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) and Mr. A. Etuokwu, informed the court that the business of the day was for report of compliance with the order of the court regarding the verification of the defendants’ bail conditions.

Quakers argued that though the defendants were the ones who broached the idea of a plea bargain, they needed to be out of the EFCC custody first before they would be able to negotiate properly with the prosecution.

“When a man is in a custodian environment, anything you want him to say, he’d say; anything you want him to do, he will do. We should not be stampeded or boxed into a corner,” Quakers said.

Noting that the draft copy of the plea bargain was only just served on the defence counsel on Friday (yesterday) morning, Quakers argued that defendants were entitled under Section 36(6) (b) of the 1999 Constitution to be given adequate time and facility to prepare their defence.

Also, Ayorinde and Etuokwu aligned with the argument and insisted that the order of the court on the bail of the defendants must first be complied with.

Opposing, EFCC lawyer insisted that the business of the day was for the trial to commence, noting that he had a witness ready in court.

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Governor Amosun Set To Develop Agriculture In Ogun State

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has reiterated his administration’s determination to continue to develop the agriculture sector. This is in a bid to improve the socio-economic life of the people in the state.

 

The Governor made the pledge during his first media chat for the year 2016, which held at the state-owned television, OGTV, where he explained some of the polices of his administration.

Agricultural development took centre stage, especially at a time when state governments are looking for alternatives to dwindling federal allocation.

“Whatever we grow, we must process; whatever we process we must market, once it is ready. There will be a lot of added value from the packaging, presentation and selling of the product, everybody will be involved.

“Once that is done, we will attract all these investors, industrialists and entrepreneurs to come and assist us in developing Ogun State,” he said.

He also highlighted some of the projects penciled down for commissioning to mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state and debunked the rumour making the rounds that the government might have concessioned some of the newly built model schools to private operators.

On some of the challenges facing the state in the area of security, the Governor appealed to stakeholder to continue to support the government in flushing out crime.

Amosun also pledged his commitment to the development of more infrastructure in the state.

Most recently, the Ogun State House of Assembly passed the 2016 Appropriation Bill of 200.2 billion Naira.

Amosun To Present 2016 Appropriation Bill To OGHA On Tuesday

 

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State will on Tuesday, 24 November present the 2016 Appropriation bill to the State House of Assembly in line with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

In a release signed by the Clerk of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Muyiwa Adenopo, the presentation which is the first in the second term of the Amosun-led administration would take place at the Assembly chambers, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta by 10:00 am.

The budget presentation which is the fifth by the governor since assumption of office in 2011, remains one of the major responsibilities of the executive in the preparation of the yearly appropriation bill to be approved by the Legislature.

The State House of Assembly had within the last five years passed the yearly appropriation bill by the end of December.

This had preceded the fiscal year to give the executive the opportunity to deliver dividends of democracy to the people of Ogun State.

Guests, including top government functionaries, traditional, religious and political leaders and other stakeholders are expected at the event.

 

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Ogun State Government Denies That RCCG Carried Out Repairs On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Ogun state government has released a statement debunking claims that the Redeemed Christian Church of God is responsible for some repairs being carried out on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

According to the statement which was posted on the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun’s Facebook wall, the governor said his administration is responsible for the ongoing repairs on the road despite the fact that it is a Federal government road and is meant to be repaired by the FG. The statement and photos of Governor Amosun inspecting repairs on the road below…

Our attention has been drawn to a report titled, Gridlock: RCCG Repairs Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, published on page 5 of the Punch newspapers of Thursday, November 5, 2015. The report, quoting an unnamed source at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, had claimed that the ongoing palliative work being done on some bad portions of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was being handled by the revered church.

Contrary to that claim however, I will like to state that the ongoing palliative work on the Lagos Ibadan expressway is being handled by the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure. Concerned about the plight of commuters on the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the Ogun State Government, on Tuesday, embarked on palliative work on some bad portions of the expressway.

Not minding the fact that it is a federal road, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, worried about the plight of commuters who spend hours in traffic gridlock on the road, directed the state Ministry of Works and infrastructure to immediately fix the bad portions of the road and also construct drainages.

In giving the directive, the governor was particularly concerned about the need to immediately bring relieve to the road users especially as the Redeemed Christian Church of God and other churches on the ever busy road are also billed to hold events that will attract millions of worshippers this weekend.

Speaking during an inspection tour of the ongoing palliative work being carried out by the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure on the federal road at about 1 am on Wednesday, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun State Governor said, “In the real sense of it and for me there are no federal people, the people plying this road and other affected Federal roads within our axis are our people.

We are all Nigerians and we are already collaborating with the Federal government to contribute our own quota to ensure that this road is fixed.” It is surprising, therefore, for any journalist to claim that the multi-million naira job being carried out by the Ogun State government is being done by a religious organisation.

The intervention job on the ever busy expressway is an initiative of the Ogun State government to rescue millions of Nigerians who spend hours in the gridlock occasioned by some bad portions of the road. It is also on record that the Ogun State government had carried out similar palliative measures on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, Sagamu-Ogijo-Ikorodu road and other federal roads within the state, because the state is strategically located in such a way that goods and passengers going to all other parts of the country have to pass through the gateway state.

Ibrahim Okedara: Governor Amosun, Cut To The Chase

Putting in my cent worth, just how do I characterize Amosun’s government investment on education amidst its primary purse of accomplishing a charitable purpose not primarily financial gain to its droning impact? With huge lip allocation to the sector, it is not striking that our public education system is trapped far beyond other government programs malady. Suffering indigent learning facilities, dilapidated buildings, insalubrious milieu, underpay running cost, maladministration, examination irregularities and poor conduct. Heedlessly emboldening truancy and endangering the future to a hell in hand basket when all is said and done that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” says Nelson Mandela.

Apparently, the government seems totally insensitive to the trepidation of the status quo. Instead of adopting a conservation supporting system, it floated in a grave malaise among the educationist and the unfortunates with the creation of modern schools, an extremely tenuous experiment. He failed to recall that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.Could this senescence course be a quest to make the huge lip allocation to education fast and easily perceived as a high-impacted sector or because parents did not put money where their mouths are?

It is too soon for Amosun to stop thinking of our schools that inhabited to mention a few -Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Chief M.K.O Abiola, and he before the dawn of their recorded prospective history, which of course, were mission related institutions. Established to build qualitative and worth foundation with the clear intention of meaningful contribution to philanthropic mission. Successfully, it produced those historical figures and also bridged the gap of the community and people that are poor and widely dispersed.

Consequently, it is not in question that over 43.8% credit recorded in the last conducted WASSCE was produced by the private schools. From this vantage point, do I equitably characterize our public education system as one undoubtedly living on past glories? Recent years, our public schools commonly produced outstanding results in WASSCE now suffer massive failure. Justifiably, they lack learning facilities to cut mustard with their private counterparts.

Most surprising about the aforementioned is that the said private schools hired our neglected public schools human resources on part-time to set these straight records. They facilitated this outcome with less than what a government that internally generates over N5Billion allocated to its public schools.

It is worth noting that in spite of the encomium, by all means it has, Amosun’s administration deemed it to incurred loans to directly meet with its capital projects for profitable business environment hinged upon rekindling the augmentation of internally generated revenue. Thus, the government was blank over Anthony J. D’Angelo words that “develop passion for learning and you will never cease to grow”. He neglected the deleterious effect of an uneducated environment. Lest it forget that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest

My question is whether the government that is solely interested in making profit would be willing to provide cognizance to education on similar terms? Then, perhaps, Amosun with his usual pertinacity will go superfluous length for profitable methods to invest on the exigencies of education.

Rationally, this government should not see its inability to sustain a free education as a deficiency. Rather, it should replica his Oyo counterpart. However, he should prioritize the facilitation of our schools with convincing special features – academic digitization, teacher’s well-being, convivial classrooms, first-rate computer and science laboratories, special school branding besides reinstalling the past glories to harness full potential of today’s rapidly growing sector with the highest employment. If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Okedara Ibrahim

Director, Procoref (Education) Limited

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Ogun Sacks Top Education Officials Over Exam Question Critical Of Govt

Ogun State Government has fired at least six officials of its Ministry of Education over an ‘offensive’ Senior School English language summary passage which formed part of questions set by an examiner, PREMIUM TIMES reports.

 

An examiner, Adegbenro Joel, was alleged to have prepared the English language exams questions for the third term academic session of the State Unified Examination in public secondary schools.

 

The exam had a summary passage that took a critical look at the alleged negligence of education by government.

 

The controversial summary passage read, “There is no arguing about the fact that the government is merely paying lip service to the development of the education. It is true that a lot of money is being spent on education sector but, with little or no impact felt by the people, except where we want to deceive ourselves.

 

“Many school run by the government which were formally known for academic excellence have suddenly lost their prestige and are living on past glory. No wonder many parents and guardians are threateningly left with only one option, to withdraw their wards from these schools to other ones that are better managed.”

 

Governor Ibikunle Amosun reportedly got infuriated after his attention was called to the passage, and allegedly ordered the sacking of the officials of the ministry directly in charge of that examination.

 

Reliable government sources said those fired over the development include an acting Permanent Secretary, Folashade Oresegun; three directors including, Ganiyu Odunsi, and a deputy director, curriculum and evaluation, simply identified as Mr. Majekodunmi.

 

The examiner, who is a teacher at Mayflower School, was also sacked, our sources said.

 

Other sources said the dismissal of Messrs Oresegun and Odunsi was later converted to compulsory retirement while the four other affected officials remain dismissed.

 

When contacted,the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said he was not competent to comment on the matter.

 

He said “the issue is a civil service matter, the best person to comment is the state Head of Service. Please call Head of Service”.

 

But when contacted, the Head of Service, Modupe Adekunle, said “I am aware that not all of them were dismissed, some were terminated, some compulsorily retired.

 

“When the issue came up, the state government put in the necessary process, a panel was set up to investigate and based on their recommendations, the civil service commission has to decide. It is a decision that has been related to the affected officers.

 

“The normal process was that a panel was set up, the report forwarded to the Civil Service Commission for the civil servants, the Teaching Service Commission, for the teachers.

 

“The decision was in line with the civil service rule, due process was followed to the latter.”

 

Source : Premium Times

Amosun Orders Removal Of Jonathan’s Portraits From Offices

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has ordered the removal of portraits belonging to former President Goodluck Jonathan still adorning various government offices in the state.

Amosun gave the directive during his visit to a number of offices and ministries during a routine visit to government establishments. A mild drama ensued when the governor sighted Dr. Jonathan’s portrait in one of the offices at the Ministry of Finance at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The governor, who was accompanied by his deputy, Yetunde Onanuga, Head of Service, Modupe Adekunle, and number of Permanent Secretaries, could not hide his displeasure when he saw the former president’s portrait still hanging on the wall.

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Amosun Dissolves Cabinet

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Monday dissolved the State Executive Council. Amosun’s action is coming barely four days to the expiration of his first-term in office.

Those affected in the dissolution include the Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff, Commissioners, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, Special Advisers, Consultants and the Personal Assistants.

Addressing the last executive council meeting inside the council chamber in Oke Mosan, Amosun directed the appointees to hand over to the most senior civil servants in their respective ministries, department and agencies.

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Pipeline Vandalism: NNPC Should Be Held Responsible – Ibikunle Amosun

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Southwest, Nigeria has charged the Federal Government on the management of petroleum pipelines across the country.

He attributed the incessant vandalism in various parts of the country to dereliction of duty on the part of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The governor made the call on Wednesday when he visited the scene of vandalised pipeline along Ajura-Iperu-Ogere road in Ikenne local government area of the State.

Amosun disclosed that the issue of vandalism in the country is a reflection of the state of the nation.

He lamented that a similar incident occurred last week at Arepo in Obafemi-Owode local government area of the state, which claimed the life of a pregnant woman.

Amosun however hinted that President Goodluck Jonathan showed concerned and gave him audience in 2012 on how to combat the menace, adding that, nothing has been done till date.

According to him, “vandalism is a daily occurrence which shows the way we are as a nation. I still maintain that NNPC is part of the problem, being the agency assigned to ensure that things like this do not happen. This is either dereliction of duty or neglect on the part of the agency of government.

“I don’t know how it would be difficult for us as a nation to prevent the recurrence of this ugly incidence. I mentioned some solutions in 2012 when I visited Arepo and when President Jonathan invited me to his office over this matter but nothing has been done about it till now,” Governor Amosun said.

The state’s helmsman who suggested that governors of various states which the pipeline passes through should be involved in checkmating vandals, alleging complicity of influential people in this vandalism.