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Oshiomhole Sacks 20 Teachers



Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has on Tuesday
ordered the dismissal of 20 teachers from some schools in the state for
absenteeism, a statement said.

The governor gave the order when he paid unscheduled visits
to the schools in Benin, the statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr
Peter Okhiria, stated.

The governor had visited Asoro Primary School, Emokpae Model
Primary School, Western Boys High School and George Idah Model School as well
as Esonere Primary School, all in Benin City.

Seven Senior Secondary School teachers were absent at
Western Boys High School when the governor visited while five Junior Secondary
School teachers of the same school were not at their duty posts.

At Asoro Primary School, seven teachers were absent from
work, while one teacher was absent from work at Emokpae Model Primary School.

But all the teachers at George Idah Model Primary School and
Esonere Model Primary School were at their duty posts and arrived in school on
time as reflected in the attendance register, the statement stated.

It said the governor also ordered deductions from the
salaries of some teachers, who got to their schools after 8a.m.

The statement said the governor frowned at the lackadaisical
attitude of some teachers to work.

The governor said “the state government has provided
suitable environment in the schools, the teachers are paid good wages and
inducement allowances.

“These beautiful classrooms are useless if teachers don’t
teach the students.”

The governor, who was also at the Asoro Primary School by
7.45a.m., went through the attendance register and discovered that names of
teachers who were not present in school were registered.

He then directed that adequate punishment be meted out to
those who filled in the names of the absent teachers.

Oshiomhole said, “anytime a teacher does not show up in
school, the students will be wasting their time.

“The headmistress will also be queried because she has the
responsibility to explain to me why people are allowed to sign fraudulently on
the register when they are not present.”

Oshiomhole also queried the long stay of some teachers in a
particular school before being posted out to other schools.

He then directed the State Universal Basic Education
Board(SUBEB) to ensure fairness and transparency in the transfer of teachers.

At Western Boys High School, the governor condemned the
dress code of some teachers and stressed that “teachers should be role models in
their dressing by being properly-dressed.

“I am not happy with some teachers who are not punctual and
are in the habit of not coming to work. The government will take disciplinary
action against them.”

The governor said the state had responsibility to protect
the future of children with quality education and improvement of the school
environment, and urged teachers to complement the effort.

“”Those teachers who are absent from school will be
dismissed because we cannot continue to pay them.

“ We will employ those who are ready to work to earn their
wages, while those who are late will forfeit part of their pay,”  he said.

At Emokpae Model Primary School, George Idah Model Primary
School and Esonere Primary School, the governor commended the teachers for their

The Chairman of SUBEB, Mr Joseph Emabino, and other members
of the board were in the governor’s entourage during the inspection.

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Monarch Raises Alarm Over Cattle Invasion Of Farm Lands



A Traditional Ruler in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mene Godwin Apere, has raised alarm over the invasion of farm lands in the Community in Khana local government by cattle rearers and their herds causing damages to the crops of local farmers.
Mene Apere who addressed newsmen in his home town of Kaani recently decried the activities of the herdsmen in the area which he described as “a strange phenomenon” to the people of Kaani and Ogoni in general.
He said, “my people are predominantly farmers and earn their daily living through farming but recently, their major occupation is undergoing serious threats by herdsmen who let loose their cattle to destroy the crops of our farmers, this is totally strange and unacceptable and we cannot concede our means of livelihood to the strange herdsmen”.
The monarch, who is the Mene Bua Kàani Community, said he had made several complaints to security operatives in the area, but the issue had not been given due attention.
He cautioned against the activities of some elements who allegedly collected money from the herdsmen to allow them access to farms and pointed out that such actions amounted to economic sabotage to the local communities.
He called for proper investigation of the matter by the government and stoppage of farm lands invasion by herdsmen to allow the farmers to continue with their farming activities.
A visit to the farm lands revealed evidence of damaged farm crops, while the farmers are apprehensive because of the activities of the herdsmen.


Taneh Beemene

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179 Households To Benefit From Delta COVID-19 Palliatives



About 179 vulnerable households across the 270 wards in the 25 local government areas of Delta State are expected to benefit from palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
The targeted beneficiaries will be given one 10kg bag of rice, 10kg bag of gari, one carton of pasta, two cartons of noodles, one 5kg bag of sugar and one pack of salt each, according to the Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Mofe Pirah, who spoke at the flag-off of the distribution exercise.
Pirah said committees had been set up at various levels for the purpose of effective distribution to the targeted households, and said the exercise would be devoid of political influence.
“CACOVID believes if you can afford to recharge your phone with N1,000 in a month then you are not vulnerable.
“They also believe that for you to be part of this exercise, you should either have a national identity card or voter’s card for verification.
“Although some of the targeted beneficiaries are in the remote villages and do not even have phones, their community leaders know how to identify them and so, the state government has warned the exercise must be devoid of politics,” he said.
Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, on his part, re-assured that modalities were in place to ensure the items got to targeted beneficiaries.
Aniagwu called on well-meaning individuals to emulate the gesture of the Central Bank of Nigeria in conjunction with some other business concerns that provided the palliatives to support efforts of the state government to make life more meaningful for the people.
He said following prevailing economic situation in the country, the state government took the decision to reverse salaries of workers and political appointees to status quo to cushion the adverse effects of the hike in petrol price and electricity tariff.
Aniagwu said the present administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa remained sensitive and responsive to the yearnings of Deltans.

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Group Tasks Diri On Consultative, People-Oriented Leadership



The Ijaw Elders Forum (IEF) yesterday, charged Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on the need for purposeful, consultative, merit-based and people-oriented leadership for the state.
The group made the call in an open letter to the governor signed by Chief Bukazi Etete, Chairman and Chief Atamuno Atamuno, Vice Chairman, and made available to newsmen.
The group, while congratulating the governor, stressed that his emergence as the new governor, after the November 2019 gubernatorial election, was an opportunity for him to render selfless service to the state.
“It is not out of place to state that Bayelsa State has not enjoyed the best of leadership since its creation and there is a general outcry for better governance.
“It is in the light of this dismal state of affairs that we call on His Excellency, to seize the moment and turn things around for the state by providing purposeful, consultative, merit-based and people-oriented leadership for the state.
“In addressing the myriad of problems facing the state and the Ijaw nation in general, we implore the state government to adopt the ‘Top 10 Desirable Qualities for Leadership in Ijaw Land.
“This demand was transmitted to your office in May especially in the area of appointing and choosing people into leadership positions.
“We also enjoin Your Excellency to adopt the Ijaw Chapter and Ijaw Nation Code of Ethics, Leadership and Governance (CELG) in dealing with the affairs of state,” the letter read.
The group also drew the attention of the governor to eight areas of focus to move the state forward.
“We implore Your Excellency to use your good office in repositioning the Ijaws; and we draw your attention to the following: the state of insecurity in the Ijaw nation; establishment of agro-allies industries.
“Youth unemployment; need to prioritise educational infrastructure and resources at all levels.
“Regular payment of pensioners; improvement in the provision of power in Bayelsa State; coastal zone development and participation in the Infrastructure Development Programme,” they added.

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