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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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SS2 girl missing in Abuja school after permission to fix uniform

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A15-year-old student of the Ceder International College, Abuja, Nimota Olatunde, has gone missing while trying to repair her torn school uniform.

It was gathered that the disappearance of the student had caused panic among her family members and friends.

Olatunde’s mother, Juliana Olajide, who lives in Jos, said on Thursday that her daughter had not been seen since the past one week after she took permission to fix her torn skirt by the school gate.

She said, “It is now eight days since we last saw my 15-year-old daughter, Nimota Olatunde, who is in SS 2 class at Ceder International College, Abuja.

“She was last seen in her school on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

“According to the school authorities, she went to sew her torn school skirt just by the school gate.

“According to them, she was permitted to go through the primary section gate instead of the main entrance gate because of the way the skirt was torn.

“Since then, no one has seen her. The school tailor also said that my daughter was not seen at the shop that day.

“So, we don’t know what has happened to her.”

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The school principal, Olukotun Segun, said the case was already being investigated by the police.

In another development, 13-year-old Treasure Ofunya, who went missing on April 28 while returning from her school, New Era Model School, Jakpa, Effurun, Delta State, has been found.

“I got a call this morning from the Oghara Divisional Police Officer that Treasure was with them.

“I quickly rushed to Oghara, which is near Sapele, and brought her back to Ekpan Police Divisional Headquarters for official documentation,” an elated member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent.

The victim’s elder brother, Merville, also confirmed the development.

The Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe, said the victim had been reunited with her family.

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FUOYE council found ex-registrar wanting – VC

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The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, on Sunday said he had nothing to do with the sacking of the institution’s former registrar, Mr Olatunbosun Odusanya.

He added that Odusanya was sacked by the university’s Governing Council.

Fasina advised Odusanya “to stop misleading the public over events leading to the termination of his appointment by the FUOYE Governing Council headed by Dr Mohammad Yahuza.”

Recall that the registrar was  suspended from office on April 20, 2021, to pave the way for investigations into allegations of misconduct levelled against.

Odusanya, in his reaction to the sacking, had accused the VC of being behind his predicament.

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But the VC, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Matters, Wole Balogun, titled, ‘I am not responsible for your misfortune, VC replies sacked Registrar’, said, “What happened to Odusanya leading to the termination of his appointment was simply a clear case of gross misconduct that bothered on his flagrant violation of the rules and regulations of the university regarding recruitment of staff.

“The authority that found him wanting is the Governing Council of the university ably chaired by Dr Yahuza. The governing council is above me as the highest authority of the university. It was the council that constituted the probe panel that investigated Odusanya’s misconduct.”

He added, “Attributing the consequences of his inactions to vendetta against him from me clearly amounts to character assassination and defamation on his part against my person. I advise him to desist from such unnecessary and fruitless voyage.”

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CONUA demands refund, says members’ dues paid to ASUU

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The leadership of the Congress of University Academics has alleged that check off dues deducted from its members’ salaries were remitted to the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

A statement by the CONUA National Coordinator, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, on Sunday said members of the group complained that dues deducted from their salaries were remitted to ASUU, a union they did not belong to.

Sunmonu urged the Accountant General of the Federation to ensure the refund of what had been deducted from CONUA members, saying it was against the tenets of the law to deduct check off dues of CONUA members for ASUU.

He said CONUA had also requested a stoppage of the remittance of CONUA members’ check off dues to ASUU, and expressed hope that the matter would be urgently addressed.

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The statement read in parts, “The leadership of ASUU through its president unilaterally withdrew money running into millions of naira in 2017 from the account of the OAU branch. This illegal act necessitated the request to stop check off dues deduction.

“I urge the Accountant General of the Federation to ensure the refund of what had been deducted from CONUA members. It is inappropriate and against the tenets of the law to deduct check off dues of CONUA members for a union they do not belong to

“CONUA is an independent academic staff union in Nigerian universities. Hence, remitting CONUA members’ dues to another union is tantamount to an attempt to financially strangulate it.”

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