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Education Comm. Roars, Vows To Reverse Transfer Of Principals, Teachers’ Accuses Them OF Dragging Govt Backward



Imo state commissioner for Education, prof Ikegwuoha has vowed to reverse the recent transfers of secondary schools’ principals, Teachers amongst others.

This is even as he accused them of dragging backward the state Government by holding back necessary information particularly the data of the students who are to write Junior WAEC.

In a release made available to Lead by the Commissioner’s media revealed that Heads of

The Hon. Commissioner for Education in Imo State is angry with Principals of Secondary School (Public, Private, Faith-Based and Corporate) in Imo State for not providing to him the list of names of JSS 3 students who registered for Junior WAEC (BECE) examination. Similarly, he fumes at the Primary School Heads, (Headmasters and Headmistresses of Public, Private, Faith-Based & Corporate Schools) because they have, in spite of repeated requests and warnings, refused to provide to him the list of the names of Primary 6 Pupils who registered for  UBEGPT (Common Entrance) and UBEAT (First School Leaving Certificate) examinations. In fact, no Ministry, Department, Agency, or even nation in the modern world can function without reliable data. The information requested by the Hon. Commissioner for Education  should be submitted in hard and soft copies by each Primary School Head and Principal.

All transfers of Principals and other appointments hastily carried and backdated recently, will soon be reversed after the conclusion of the investigation that is ongoing. Additionally, the Hon. Commissioner will soon embark on the auditing if the staff of the Ministry of Education with a view to ascertaining the number of teachers and staff (SEMB and Ministry) who have overstayed beyond their retirement age. Accordingly, all staff must provide and present his or her First School Leaving Certificate, which will be properly verified together with their declaration of age or birth certificate, if available. The Committee will soon get to work.

The Hon. Commissioner for Education, Prof. B.T.O Ikegwuoha has therefore mandated Principals of Junior Secondary School ( JSS 3 ) to urgently and without further delay, submit to him the list of names of all students who registered for BECE (Junior WAEC ) Examination through the Zonal Education Directors in each of the 6 Education Zones and through the Ag. ES – SEMB, (School by School), not later than Tuesday, October 20, 2020, before 4:00 pm, the close of work.

Furthermore, the Hon. Commissioner for Education is by this notice urgently requesting that *all Primary School Heads should through their Head in the offices of the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) submit to the Ag. Chairman, IMSUBEB who will then forward to the Hon. Commissioner for Education, the list of names of all the Pupils who registered for Primary 6 Common Entrance (UBEGPT) and First School Leaving Certificate examinations (school by school) not later than 4:00 PM, the close of work on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, failure to comply by this directive of Government will lead to severe reprimand.

It will be recalled that almost all the payments cum registrations for these examinations: Common Entrance, First School Leaving Certificate, and Junior WAEC) had been collected then mostly by Cash by the Examination Development Center (EDC) before the appointment of the Hon. Commissioner for Education on March 23, 2020 -consequently, almost all arrangements for students to sit and write these 3 examinations had been concluded by the Principals of Junior Secondary School 3 and Primary 6 School Heads but for the coronavirus pandemic, these 3 examinations would have been written by March/April 2020.

Request for Comprehensive School Data:

Apart from the request for the *list of names of pupils in primary 6 and students in JSS 3* who registered for the Common Entrance, First School Leaving Certificate and Junior WAEC, *all Principals and Primary School Heads* should equally and further be aware that, Imo State Government is urgently requesting from them, *the nominal roll of all pupils and students according to their individual classes (Nursery -Primary 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6); JSS 1, 2 and 3; SSS 1, 2 and 3),* including but not limited to the *nominal roll of all teachers and staff, their individual years of employment, file numbers, present Grade Level, year of last promotion to present rank, Retirement date, qualifications with dates beginning with FSLC, etc.

The data information being requested now should be submitted through the proper and normal channels as stated above to the Hon. Commissioner for Education, not later than *October 30, 2020.* The leadership of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) Imo State Chapter, Education Secretaries of Mission (faith-based) schools should as a matter of urgency and expediency submit their own list as requested for, from the Public School Heads and Principals. All notices and directives presented to Public Schools affect them and they must comply. The Hon Commissioner for Education had upon assumption of office requested for the list of all private schools including the names of students and especially the teachers and staff with their qualifications and dates. He met severally with the leadership of NAPPS and the Education Secretaries of Mission School and the Catholic Bishops in Imo State and yet, none of the requests and directives were complied to. This is now the directive of the Imo State Executive Council (EXCO) .

Please note that sanctions await any Nursery, Primary, and Secondary School Head or Principal who fails to comply with the directive of Government.

Hon. Commissioner for Education urges everyone to be properly guided.

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Benue Releases 210 Impounded Cattle To Owners



Benue State government has released to the owners a total of 210 cattle earlier impounded by the state Livestock Guards Task Force for violating its laws against open grazing in two Local Government Areas.

Commander of the Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki, said that 140 of the cattle were arrested at Mballgh council ward in Makurdi LGA while the remaining 70 bringing the total to 210 were impounded from Ggbajimgba in Guma LGA.

Zaki who handed the seized animals to their owners in Makurdi, encouraged them to respect the state’s law which banned open grazing since 2017, adding that they had fulfilled the requirements for violating the law.

“We can’t stop implementing the law so they (herders) should do the right thing by obeying the law,” the Livestock commander said.

Reacting, the State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Risku Mohammed, who led some members of his executives to include his secretary, Ibrahim Galma and the owners of the cattle to receive the animals appreciated the Benue government for keeping the cattle safe.

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Mohammed admitted that the herders had trespassed the anti-open grazing law of the state as he stressed that some of them were yet to fully understand the law and that was why there were still pockets of violation in different areas of the state.

He appealed for time to enable the association effectively educate and orientate their members about the law, stressing the need for government to provide a pilot ranching for them to learn the rudiments.

On his part, the owner of the 140 animals, Abdullahi Haruna, said he had followed the due process for the release of his cattle and therefore came with vans to evacuate them.

While the owner of the 70 cows, Haro Audu, said his children had herded the cattle into Benue state but appreciated the peaceful release of the animals back to him.

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45-year-old man sentenced to death, 10-year imprisonment for murder in Ekiti



The Ekiti State High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man, Mohammed Isiaka, to death by hanging for killing one Yakubu Jimoh.

The court, nonetheless, discharged and acquitted two others – Ismaila Okoro, 20, and Awolusi Bidemi, 23.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said, “The first accused is sentenced to death by hanging for murder on count one; and on count two, he is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with N20,000 option of fine for unlawful possession of firearms.”

The judge also sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of the Nigerian Army uniform with an option of fine of N2,000.

He, however, acquitted the second and third defendants, saying, “In the case, there was no bit of evidence before me from which it could be inferred that the accused persons conspired to commit the offence of murder.

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“The only option open to me in the circumstance is to hold that the prosecution had not proved the offence of conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons. In the circumstance, the 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”

According to the charge, the first accused committed the offence on or about March 27, 2017, at Igirigiri village in Ado Ekiti, when he murdered one Yakubu Jimoh contrary to Section 316 and punishable under sections 319 and 428 (d) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.

The prosecutor, Mr Gbemiga Adaramola, called six witnesses, while exhibits tendered included a gun, an army belt, a portrait picture, a mask, a human skull and bones, charms, among others.

The second and third defendants, who spoke through their counsel, Sunday Ochayi and Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, called one witness each.

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New dates, centres for post-UTME – OAU



New dates, centres for post-UTME - OAU

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in Osun State, has fixed new dates for its post-UTME screening exercise.

Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University read this in a press statement titled, ‘OAU fixes new post-UTME dates’ on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “All candidates are hereby informed that new dates, which starts from Saturday, 27th February 2021, will be conducted in two centers: Ile-Ife and Abuja.

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“The Post UTME Screening Exercise, which will be conducted in Ile-Ife centre, between Saturday, 27th February and Wednesday, 3rd March 2021 will be on OAU campus and its Centre for Distance Learning, in Moro, while the Abuja Centre will hold on Saturday, 6th March 2021 at the JAMB CBT Centre, Bwari, Abuja.

“In view of this, candidates are advised to log in to the to print out their Screening Slips which contain actual dates and venues for each of them, beginning from Sunday, 14th February 2021.

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