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
“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.
‘Zoning, Hard-Work Responsible For APC’s C/River Victory’
National Women’s Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Betta Edu, has congratulated Sen. Bassey Otu and Mr Peter Odey, who were elected Governor and Deputy Governor, respectively in Cross River State.
Edu, who spoke in a telephone interview with The Tide’s source on Monday in Calabar, said the governorship zoning system practiced in the state and hard work were largely responsible for APC’s victory.
Edu, who was reacting to the announcement of Sen. Otu of APC as Governor-elect, told the source that the governorship position in the state is been zoned across the three senatorial districts since 1999.
According to her, the Southern Senatorial District produced Mr Donald Duke, who was Governor from 1999 to 2007, while the Central Senatorial District produced Sen. Liyel Imoke, who was Governor from 2007 to 2015.
She also explained that the North also produced the incumbent Governor, Ben Ayade, who took over power in 2015 and is serving his second term in office which will end on May 29.
She said for fairness, equity and justice, it was natural to zone the position back to the south, which the APC did.
“First, we give God the glory and this is an endorsement of APC’s hard work in Cross River, courtesy of Governor Ayade.
“APC in Cross River was rational enough to zone its governorship position back to the south after 16 years.
“Beyond this, APC was very careful in choosing a very formidable candidate, one who is the man of people, very experienced and accessible, smart and with a listening ear.
“We are confident that he will continue with the very good track record of Gov. Ayade. He will increase focus on health, education, agriculture and other sectors.
“We are happy that he defeated other candidates in the state because he was indeed the peoples candidate,” she said.
Edu expressed hope that the Governor-elect would continue with the industrialisation drive of Governor Ayade with a view to promoting the state revenue coffers.
She called on all others who contested and failed to join hands with the governor-elect and build Cross River State for good.
She gave assurance that the governor-elect would work with the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, in attracting development to the state.
The state Returning Officer for INEC, Prof. Teddy Adies, of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, had earlier announced Sen. Otu as the winner of the March 18 polls.
Adies said that the APC candidate polled 258,619 votes to emerge winner, while his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Sandy Onor, polled 179,636 votes.
Accept Defeat, PDP Tells Omo-Agege
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta Chapter, has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, to accept the outcome of the governorship election in the state.
The party also urged Omo-Agege to extend the olive branch by congratulating the PDP candidate, Sheriff Oborevwori, who was already coasting home to victory following the Saturday, March 18 governorship poll in the state.
This is contained in a statement on Monday in Asaba, by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu.
Aniagwu noted that contrary to the wrongful assertion by the APC, the state governorship and House of Assembly elections followed due process and was conducted in consonance with relevant laws especially the Electoral Act 2022 as amended.
He also noted that the results duly collated from the various units, wards and local government areas had so far been adjudged as free, fair, credible and transparent, adding that winners have been emerging across the state constituencies.
“It is, however, disturbing that the APC that unleashed terror on innocent voters in Ughelli North Local Government Area (LGA) and parts of Ethiope West LGA could turn around to point accusing fingers at others.
“So far, 24 LGAs have been duly collated and the PDP won in 20 LGAs, while the APC won in four LGAs with just only one LGA result to go out of the 25 LGA of the state.
“The APC, having won six state constituencies cannot turn around to describe the election as non-complying with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended”, he said.
The Commissioner, while thanking the people of the state for their unalloyed support and solidarity with the PDP, said, “we promised to continue delivering on the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa mandate till the last day of this administration.
“We, therefore, call on the APC governorship candidate and Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege to do the needful expected of democrats.
“He (Omo-Agege) should call on his brother, the PDP governorship candidate, Sheriff Oborevwori to congratulate him on his well deserved victory at the polls”.
APC’s Sen. Otu Wins C’River Governorship
Sen. Bassey Otu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the governorship election in Cross River State after winning in 15 out of the 18 Local Government Areas in the state.
Announcing the result on Monday at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Collation Centre in Calabar, the Returning Officer, Prof. Teddy Adies, said APC polled 258,619 votes.
He said the People Democratic Party got 179,636 votes while the Labour Party garnered 5,957 votes.
According to him, the total number of registered voters was 1,766,466, accredited voters 466,294, valid votes 451,933, and void votes 8,923.
“Eleven political parties participated in this election and for the results to get to us here at the state level, it had to pass through the Polling Units, the Ward Collation Centres and the collation centre at the the Local Government Levels.
“Otu of the APC after satisfying the requirement of the law has been returned elected,” the Returning Officer said.
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