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Drop the issue of use of hijab – Ifa priest to National Assembly

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Use of Hijab: Hijab bill

Amidst the contentions for the use of Hijab in schools, which has caused so much disruption to academic activities in Kwara state, the global head of Ifa priests, otherwise called the Araba Agbaye, Chief Owolabi Aworeni, on Tuesday has cautioned the Kwara State Governor, Abdualrahman Abdulrazaq, against actions that might cause further chaos in the state.

Recall, that there had been agitations against the use of hijab in some Christian mission schools, which were more pronounced in Lagos and Kwara state, with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) demanding a stop to the pursuit of the bill seeking to institutionalize the use of Hijab in Schools.

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Aworeni urged the House of Representatives to halt a bill which sought to institutionalize the use of hijab in the country.

 While this agitations continue, some Christian mission schools remain on shut down in resistance to the use of hijab by Muslim students in the schools, thereby disrupting academic activities in the state.

However, the Araba, represented by his deputy, the Araba Oluisese of Ibadan, Ifalere Odegbola, in an interview with journalists in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, said, “We are appealing to the Governor of Kwara State to caution against steps that are capable of turning Kwara State and the entire country into crises.

“Peace will reign supreme if religions generally are given pride of place. Let the Christian schools be, same for Muslim schools and schools for the traditional worshippers, without any religion lording it over the other.

“A traditional worshipper who decides to attend Christian school should imbibe the Christian practices and principles and ditto for a Christian child who chooses to attend a Muslim school. If he decides to attend the school, he has to abide by the practices.

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It is wrong for a child who belongs to another faith to want to force his way through. The governor should desist from acts that can incite violence or civil disorderliness. Academics should not continue to get interrupted as we have it at the moment.

“In the same vein, we are appealing to the National Assembly to drop the issue of use of hijab; we are warning that religious intolerance should not be allowed to polarise us as a people. Nigeria as a secular nation should be receptive to all religions and people should be free to practice their own faith without any interference.”

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Hijab Controversy: 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday

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Hijab Controversy 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday

Recall that some schools in Kwara and Lagos State, where embroiled in a Hijab Controversy, the Kwara State government has directed 10 secondary schools that were embroiled in the hijab controversy to resume on Monday.

This is contained in a contained in a communique signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for the commencement of the third term of the 2020/2021 academic session.

The intent of the resumption, is to enable the students and teachers to cover the lost grounds as other schools in the state will resume for the third term academic session on April 26, 2021.

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The Communique reads, “This is to inform parents/guardians and teachers that the 2020/2021 Third Term Academic Session for the 10 schools affected in the recent hijaab debate starts on Monday, 12th April 2021.

“This is part of the government’s efforts to bring the students in these schools up to speed in whatever they may have missed when their schools were shut. This is especially necessary for students preparing for external examinations.

“The resumption date for other schools not affected by the brief closure of schools is Monday 26th, 2021, as had earlier been communicated.

“All the teachers and staff of the affected schools should resume duty and commence classes immediately.

“The Monitoring and Inspection team of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development will be going round to ascertain compliance.”

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Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Adding up with the strike actions going on in the nation, the Labour union at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State have begun an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and other issues.

This was signed in a statement Mr. Temidayo Temola, the chairman of the Joint Action Congress (JAC) in Okitipupa.

The affected unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

“The JAC of OAUSTECH arising from an all-important congress on April 6 resolved to commence a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike.

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“This is a result of the inability of the management of the university to meet the demands of the unions on the payment of salaries from November 2020 till date.

“Also, non-remittance of over 22 months pension deductions coupled with non-implementation of minimum wage as well as non-payment of earned allowances.

“The unions will not relent on the indefinite strike until our demands are met,” the statement read.

Reacting to the development, the Registrar of the Institution, Mr Ganiyu Saliu, said that the management is aware of the strike, attributing the inability of the government to meet the union’s demand to the shortfall in the government’s subvention which could no longer be managed to meet its obligations.

He blamed the COVID-19 pandemic as being responsible for management’s inability to meet its obligations.

“Government is aware of all these issues but all these were due to the dwindling fortunes; the management is working with the unions to resolve all the issues soon,” Saliu said.

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I want answers to how Richard Okorogheye died, says mother

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The mother of a Nigerian student, Richard Okorogheye, whose body was found in a lake in Epping Forest in UK, says her heart “feels as if it has been ripped apart”.

According to Sky News, Evidence Joel said she is “completely hollow and devastated and empty” after police confirmed yesterday that the body found in Essex on Monday was the 19-year-old’s.

“At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure,” she said.

She said she will continue to support the police in order to find out what happened to her son.

Okorogheye went missing after leaving his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of 22 March.

On Monday, the Metropolitan Police said they were informed by Essex Police that the body of a man was found in a lake in Epping Forest.

The mother of the student said she had been to the site where her son’s body was found to lay flowers.

She said, “It was a very uncomfortable place to be. I wouldn’t want to be there.

“My son that I know cannot walk into that darkness – no torch, no light. An hour and 30 minutes from where he was last seen. He must have guts to do that. He’s only 19.

“What could push him to go that far if he wasn’t meeting somebody?”

Okorogheye was a student at Oxford Brookes University but had been shielding during the pandemic because he had sickle cell disease.

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Joel said he only left the house for hospital appointments.

The teenager’s death is being treated as unexplained and police do not believe at this stage that there was any third-party involvement.

Investigators are still looking at his computer and searching the forest for his shoes, phone and bag which were not with his body when it was found.

Joel said she was “surprised” to hear that police believe no one else was involved.

“Something happened there. It’s too far for Richard to walk into that darkness alone. You can’t, it’s tedious, it’s darkness.

“So how did he get there? What happened? We don’t know. I feel something happened there.”

The cause of Okorogheye’s death is pending while further investigations are carried out, however police found no evidence of physical trauma or assault, detectives said.

Joel described her son as the “perfect child” and said she was “lucky” to be his mother.

“He will always be my baby and I will always be his mother and no one can take that away from me,” she said.

Joel also told Sky News that a number of fake GoFundMe pages have been set up in her son’s name.

She said the family has not created one yet but will do so soon.

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