Edo gov’ship: Wike, Fintiri, others strategise to defeat APC.
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council for Edo Governorship Election, yesterday, met in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on how to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming election.
Gov. Wike who presided over the meeting, said Edo electorate was desirous to consolidate the democratic gains the various elective representatives of the party had provided for it.
Those who attended the meeting were Governors Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo), members of the campaign council, chairmen and secretaries of all sub-committees of Edo 2020.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Gov. Fintiri said the meeting adopted the best strategies to retain “what rightly belongs to PDP”.
Fintiri who is the deputy chairman of the campaign council said they would leave no stone unturned in working with Edo people to deepen democracy.
The Chairman of the Publicity Committee for Edo 2020, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, said Edo people were convinced that Gov. Obaseki was the best candidate in the race.
Our correspondent reports that since the inauguration of the 77-member campaign council by PDP NWC on July 7, 2020, in Abuja, yesterday’s meeting was the first.
El-Rufa’i to community leaders: expose evil ones among you.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday told leaders of Zango Kataf and Kauru councils of the state to expose people behind the crises in their communities where a 24-hour curfew is in place.
The communities have been at lwar, resulting in killings and destruction of property.
El-Rufa’i was speaking after meeting with political office holders and traditional authorities, urging them to expose those who incite violence in their areas.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, after the meeting, quoted the governor as saying, “It is up to the stakeholders from the area to openly controvert false narratives”.
The governor chaired the meeting which comprised security agencies and major stakeholders from the area, as part of measures to restore stability in the communities.
El-Rufai said in the statement, “The portrayal of parts of southern Kaduna as unsafe places deters development and investments.”
The statement said the governor was awaiting advice from security agencies on the request to review the curfew hours, but promised to address the stakeholders demand for roads.
Private schoolteachers turn beggars as proprietors face lockdown hardship.
Since the COVID-19 lockdown started in March this year, Mr and Mrs Ogunlola have not been able to feed and meet other obligations for themselves and their two-year-old twins.
This is because they are both teachers in private secondary schools in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State and have not received salaries due to the lockdown and school closure.
Mrs Ogunlola, who spoke to our correspondent on the phone, said her salary was N20, 000, while her husband earns N30,000. She added that the last time she got a full salary was in March, while her husband was only paid half salary that month and had not been paid a kobo since then.
“It has been rough and tough. After the March salary payment that I got, the other teachers and I got just half salaries again mid-May and since then, we haven’t got any other. My husband’s school is even worse. After they were paid half salaries in March, the school has not bothered to pay them again till now. We always beg relatives and friends for money to feed our twins, who are always crying of hunger,” she said.
Globally, countries that recorded the COVID-19 cases closed down all activities, including schools in order to curb its spread. In Nigeria too, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said it isn’t safe yet to reopen schools due to the increasing number of infections in the country.
As such, educational professionals, especially those in the private sector, who make income basically from school fees, are at the receiving end.
Investigations revealed that most teachers were struggling to feed their families due to the lockdown and their employers’ inability to pay them salaries.
Teachers, who are getting a fraction of their salaries, are those who work in schools that are conducting e-learning and they only charge a token. These schools are proactive and have been able to harness the benefits of online teaching through which they are able to pay certain amounts to their teachers.
However, some of the school owners, who spoke to The PUNCH, maintained that most parents were not in support of e-learning as majority did not want to pay and some others complained of lack of smartphones and infrastructure that would enable their children to participate.
This implies that not all schools are having e-learning classes and teachers in such schools do not have hopes of earning any income.
A teacher at a private school in the Ojudu Berger area of the state, Evelyn Chukwu, narrated that she and the others were only paid full salaries in April and from then, the salaries had been cut down.
It is not only the teachers that are in this quagmire, some school owners have sad tales to tell too. Our correspondent gathered that some owners had put up their school building for sale, while others have vacated the rented premises due to the proprietors’ inability to pay rent.
Recently, a school owner, Esther Ometere, lamented on the social media that her rent was due and she did not know what to do to get money to pay since she had not made any income for the past three months.
The COVID-19 lockdown is also an eye-opener for most teachers, who have seen the need to have multiple sources of income.
Osun to prosecute policewoman for maltreating stepdaughter.
The Osun State Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Bukola Olaboopo, has disclosed plans by the government to arraign a policewoman, who has allegedly been maltreating her six-year-old stepdaughter.
A statement by the Press Officer in the ministry, Adereti Bolarinwa, on Wednesday, quoted Olaboopo as saying that the action of the policewoman was reported to her by some concerned residents.
She warned that violation of the Child Rights Law in the state was a criminal offence, adding that the suspect would be charged any moment from now.
The ministry also said the government was “convinced about the maltreatment of the subject, an action contrary to the provisions of the Child Rights Law of the state.”
The commissioner explained that when attention of the ministry was drawn to the plight of the minor, a delegation was dispatched to locate the house and rescue her.
She said, “We located the house, where the incident has been occurring, rescued and took custody of the abused child. She has since been under the care of the state.
“In recent times, child abuse cases have been rampant and have become major issues in Nigeria; a lot of children are exposed to psychological and emotional abuse, which affects their total well-being
“The present administration has zero tolerance for rape, child molestation, child labour and other vices that can endanger the lives of children. We shall soon commence the street raid of children, who engage in hawking and other labour.”
NCP asks electorate to reject PDP, APC.
Governorship candidate of the National conscience Party (NCP) in Edo State, Pastor Peters Osawaru Omoragbon, has called on the people of the state to reject the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Gov. Godwin Obaseki and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu at the polls.
He said the PDP and the APC are two sides of the same coin that are only interested in plundering the state’s resources, saying the electorate should elect any other party, but not the PDP or the APC.
He said: “the best alternative is anyone from any of the new political parties including the NCP. The Edo State issues cannot be divorced from the national politics of the APC. The entire leadership of the APC from the presidency have demonstrated they lack what it takes to lead a nation like Nigeria. A situation where the President panders to the caprices of an assistant general secretary as their party’s acting national chairman calls for serious questioning. Where was their Deputy National Chairman, or Vice-Chairmen? Yet, somebody said the President was given the best legal advice to do what he did. When the head of the fish is rotten, the body stinks. The stench emanating from both APC and PDP is suffocating. They need cleansing.”
Omoragbon, whose party, the NCP are in court with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the omission of the party’s name and logo as well as their candidate in the provisional register of political parties participating in the election, accused the electoral commission of trying to frustrate the party.
“NCP was likely the first party to inform INEC in writing about its primary in Edo state. When our National Secretary took the letter to INEC office Abuja, they refused to collect the letter. We had the letter delivered by Courier and we have our proof of delivery. We went as far as writing the police and the SSS. Only to be invited by the assistant commissioner of police with the SSS in attendance threatening us not to carry out our primaries. We asked if the right to free assembly was now in crime in Nigeria. They asked if we had gotten approval from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).”
He said he is not desperate to become governor, but wants to enlighten the people of the state and enrich the electoral process by letting them know that they have other alternatives to choose from.
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