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THE PETITION THAT EXPOSED IMO SPEAKER -CHINOMSO OBI

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Rt.-Hon.-Benjamin-Uwajimogu

When common sense and superior argument takes centre stage in reading and analyzing so many junks and unsubstantiated write-ups dished out by one Samuelson Iwuoha through several Email accounts, one notices that the write-ups are deliberate attempts to either blackmail for ransom or misrepresent and damage people’s integrity out of malevolence or vendetta.

 

Even though I have decided to join Imo people in their bid to stop the unreasonable attitude of peddling lies in order to bring politicians down to their knees and then demand for settlement, I do not intend to make a case for the Speaker or his office but to unsympathetically analyze situation based on Samuelon Iwuoha’s reposted petition to EFCC  and ask whether the right thing was done or not.

As much as I am not against anyone with genuine intention of fighting corruption or anybody writing letters to relevant agencies with verifiable facts in order to expose corruption, the manner Samuelson Iwuoha, is going about his letters leaves a lot to be desired. When Samuelson Iwuoha, first came up with his alleged letter to the EFCC, a year ago, in 2014, knowing that the EFCC will not take him serious, intentionally refused to fellow the laid down procedures for submission of such letters, which requires that the petitioner authenticates his claims by swearing an affidavit and personally submitting the petition to enable preliminary investigation conducted on him as the petitioner.

His inability to appear in any of the probe panels set by the NUJ, IMO YOUTH NETWORK AND THE IMO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, to prove the truthfulness of his claims, which could also have made his job of exposing corruption easier and the recorded conversation with the Speaker’s Chief Press Secretary, Emeka Ahaneku, which was aired by most radio and television stations in Imo State, where Samuelson Iwuoha was reported to have said that he concocted and fabricated the allegations he sent to the EFCC by email, to get the Speaker to pay him 2 million naira and a Toyota Camry 2004 model car, promising, that if his demands are met, he will personally refute the allegations and project the Speaker. If this was the case, then his actions stands condemned.

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I am yet to see in any part of the democratic world where people brazenly and consciously violate fundamental human rights of other citizens masquerading as social commentators. The US or UK who are strong supporters of fundamental human rights would not support blackmail or any action that did not follow due process. The tactics of fabricating outrageous claims to attract people’s attention while going the other way round to negotiate for a ransom was prominent in the PDP era and will not be accommodated by the APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari who as a victim of  such dangerous blackmail has maintained that, ‘’ people must treat fellow citizens with courtesy and respect.

Buhari, has on several occasions displayed, that he is a democrat who believes in the rule of law. Which he has demonstrated by going to court severally to challenge his past losses at the pool without resorting to self-help or smear campaign against anybody. Back to Samuelson Iwuoha, one tends to ask, if he expects a sophisticated agency of EFCC magnitude to take serious a petition sent through emails and Facebook by an individual well known to the commission as a demented fellow?

 

It was on record that  this same Samuelson Iwuoha wrote malicious petitions against the former Gov.Ikedi Ohakim to the Economic & Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and when invited to the commission by the then EFCC Chairman to substantiate his allegations, he pretended to be insane. His inability to prove any of his allegation against the Former.Governor, prompted the EFCC staff who saw him as a demented fellow to  push him out of the commission, and shortly before he went to jail for murder and cultism, he openly apologized to the former Governor, saying he was given the assignment to blackmail him by Senator Ifeanyi Ararume.

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Like many people have argued, why is samuelson Iwuoha, reintroducing his unsubstantiated EFCC  petition  one year after he stopped laying claim to it because of his inability to prove or substantiate his claims at that time?  Why did he not appear before the various panels probing his allegations then?  Did he make demands from the Speaker?  Who valued the properties? Why is he sending pictures of detached duplexes as mansions that worth 400.000.000 million naira and above?

Imolites have alleged that the recent bombardment of Imo Speaker spearheaded by the major opposition in the state is political and not unconnected to the rumoured submission of his name as a ministerial nominee from Imo. The Speaker had said he wants allegations against him proved and that he will be willing to resign if one of the allegations are found to be true, but mr.Iwuoha, on his part, has refuse to appear in the public domain to prove his allegations nor Honour any of the numerous invitations extended to him for the same purpose.

In any case, it is wrong for a citizen of Nigeria to be so badly treated by Samuelson Iwuoha. Does he not deserve a little respect and even protection from human rights groups, after all he is deemed innocent until proven guilty. Why is it that Samuelson Iwuoha has continued to fabricate all kinds of things against the speaker and his aides? The right thing must be done.

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Group Pledges Educational Support For  Ota Youths

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Ota Youths
***Promises Befitting Apartment For Chief Imam After Fire Incident
It was an undiluted joy and jubilation at the Palace of Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Adeyemi Obalanlege when about 25 pupils from different Goverment Secondary Schools across Ado/Ota Local Government Area, received an educational sponsorship letters from a non-governmental group known as OTA GRAVITY GROUP.
The schools were: Iganmode Grammar School, Ansarudeen College, Anglican Grammar School, Sango-Ota High School, and Lafenwa High School, Ota.
It was gathered that the group, Ota Gravity Group (OGG), also visited the Chief Imam of Ota, Sheik Buhari, who recently lost his house and other valuable properties to a fire incident and they pledged to be part of rebuilding efforts of the edifice. To this effect, architectural design and perimeter fencing have commenced to give the Chief Imam a befitting apartment.
It was further learnt that OGG has also pledged to support the Kabiyesi Olota’s pet project & initiative, FECODIN with N1,000,000 as a contribution to the indigenous empowerment programme at the just concluded Iganmode Cultural Festival.
The two-in-one programme was used to officially introduced the group to the monarch and Ota council of chiefs.
It was gathered that the OGG obtained Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) forms, paid for the exam’s tutorials and vowed to grant all successful pupils scholarship throughout their university levels through the University Education Intervention Project (UEIP) established by the group for the purpose of sponsoring youths education in Ota, the ancient city of Aworiland.
The group, comprises of political office holders, business mogues and captain of industries.
Speaking at the event, the Group’s President, Aare Dele Bankole said the group’s primary objective is to contribute their quotas to the development of Ota, Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole.
He said they are the people of likeminds, ready to contribute out of their treasure and talents to render humanitarian service to the less-priviledged young ones in Aworiland through empowering them both on education and skills acquisitions.
Aare Dele Bankole further said sponsoring Ota Awori youths’ education would see to continually improve and prepare the indigenes’ competency to withstand & compete favourably among other communities in the state & Nigeria as a whole. Acquisition of higher education, he continued, would help reduce considerably the high level of marginalisation of Aworis from higher political and governments positions.
The President reiterated the group’s readiness to sponsor less-priviledged youths’ education throughout their choices of  tertiary institutions. Stressing that the group would also partner Olota in all developmental programme or activities that would improve the living condition of Ota indigenes & residents in the community.
The Group’s Public Relations Officer, Hon Nurudeen Aina said the group fostered her core objective on youths’ education & empowerment to complement the government efforts of rebuilding deteriorating quality of education generally.
He said youths are the leaders of tomorrow and it will be highly impossible to become good leaders if they lack quality educational background. Appealing to the youths especially the beneficiaries to put more efforts in pursuing academic excellence at all times and the skies would not be a limit.
The Ogun State Head of Service, Mrs Amope Choker (Née Bankole) who was the special guest of honour at the event urged the youths especially the ladies to avoid unnecessary distraction including irresponsible sexual behavior, cultism  and other vices that may impede their educational pursuits. She implored the beneficiaries to be study hard for the UMTE examinations, and other excel in the examinations, adding that, this would encourage the sponsorers to do more.
The Olota of Ota and other council of chiefs thanked the group for all these gestures and efforts of making life bearable for the less-priviledged.
The Kabiyesi enjoined all Awori indigenes to always encourage others in diaspora to come back home to participate in the development of Aworiland.
He appealed to the sons and daughters to dig deep in establishing social groups that will encourage the diasporas to come back home and contribute quota to the development of the ancient city of Aworis.
The Kabiyesi noted that the expectation of Ota in Council is to be seeing their sons and daughters in diaspora participating in all activities of the town, this will go a long way in the development of the city, he said.
The Monarch prayed that the Almighty God continue to favour all the group’s members, saying they’ve done wonderfully well and worthy of emulation.
He prayed that God will touch the hearts of wealthy people in Nigeria to participate in  humanitarian services to support the down trodden.
He said like a popular saying: “Think of what you can do for your country not what your country can do for you, all Aworis are expected to think how they can rebuild their community. We have every potential to lead and be the shinning light for others to emulate.
“We are next door Neighbour to Lagos State. We have so many educated elites from Ota. We are one of the most educated groups in Nigeria”, the Kabiyesi concluded.
Members  of the group in attendance include: The Chief Press Secretary to His Excellency,Governor Dapo Abiodun, Mr Kunle Somorin; Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to Ogun State Government, Hon Kola Salako; President of the association, Aare Dele Bankole, Hon Aina Akinpelu, former member of Ogun State House of Assembly; Mr Semiu Abiodun Adeniran, ACP Lateef Ahmed, Hon Segun Ojolowo Ojuko, Lady Folake Abiola, Oluwo Itoki of Ota Awori Land, Chief Ganiyu Dada Obanisiro; Seriki of Ota Land, High Chief Lanre Balogun and Chairman ,
Ado-Odo/Ota Local Goverment, Hon Wasiu Lawal.
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ABULE-EGBA EXPLOSION: SANWO-OLU VISITS VICTIMS AT RELIEF CAMP

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 …Says State Government To Meet NNPC On Compensation For Displaced Persons

Lagos State Government will be meeting with the management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to discuss on issues of compensation for victims of the January 19 pipeline fire in Abule Egba, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Saturday.

Sanwo-Olu said the Government would also be discussing with the corporation on measures to be taken in finding a lasting solution to incidents of pipeline vandalism in the State.

The Governor disclosed this while sympathising with over 300 displaced victims of the inferno resettled in Igando Emergency Relief Camp in Alimosho by the State Government.

It would be recalled that Sanwo-Olu was on a week-long working visit to the United Kingdom (UK) when the incident occurred. However, his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, led cabinet members and top Government officials on a visit to the scene of the fire last Tuesday.

The Governor said the compensation plan would be extended to those whose properties were razed in the inferno, adding that some of the victims who rented homes in the area would also be supported to re-adjust back to their normal lives.

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He said: “As a responsible Government, we need to go back and have a thorough discussion with NNPC on what kind of lasting solution we are expecting and compensation we can make available for the victims, so that we can resettle them back into their community. We will also be looking at various forms of affordable accommodation for some of them, who rent homes in the community.

“We have taken enumeration and we know the status of each of the displaced families that are clustered in this relief camp. We will work with the records for the compensation and everyone of them will be reintegrated back to their community.”

Sanwo-Olu described the incident as a “regrettable disaster”, saying the Government felt the pain of the innocent victims who bore the losses of the pipeline vandalism.

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The Governor said the State took the step to resettle the victims at the Igando relief camp to ensure they were not left to their fate and in deplorable conditions in their moments of despair.

“For the period the victims will be in settled in the relief camp, we will ensure our responsibility both medically and nutrition-wise; we will take care of them until the coast is cleared for them to return to their community,” the Governor promised.

The excited victims appreciated the State Government for looking after their welfare in the aftermath of the disaster, describing the relief programme as an “unexpected gesture”. They said the State Government’s effort had been helping them to cope and keep up with life.

The Igando relief camp is equipped with various amenities, including primary healthcare centre, constant water and electricity.

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EKOEXCEL: WE’LL CONTINUE MASSIVE INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION SECTOR – SANWO-OLU

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…Lagos Graduates Teachers In Professional And Training Programme

…Gov Promises Car Gifts To Best Primary School Teachers

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday reaffirmed his administration’s plan to transform the educational sector of the State, vowing to increase government’s investment for the good of the pupils.

Over 3000 teachers from various schools and education districts across the State converged at De Blue Roof of the Lagos Television, Ikeja where the Governor formally launched the EKOEXCEL, a teachers’ professional development and training programme.

Earlier, primary school teachers went through a 2 weeks training process, organised by the State Universal Basic Education Board (LSUBEB) to increase capacity and develop manpower of teachers in the State.

Sanwo-olu noted that at the end, over 14,000 primary school teachers would have benefited from the initiative while over 500,000 pupils would have been positively impacted.

The Governor said: “I am particularly happy that this programme is holding at a time when all hands are on deck to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is improved across all our schools in the State.

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“As a responsible government, we will continue the massive investment in this sector, with the training and retraining of our teachers, making the sector more ICT compliant, exposing our teachers to international best practices as well as ensuring that our schools become a destination for work and learning.

“We resolved to address these problems through combining innovative technological approach that is scientifically based, with effective training and empowering our teachers in every Local Government to strengthen their capacity and deliver quality education to our children.”

The Governor, in a bid to encourage teachers and make good examples from outstanding ones, said the State Government will identify the best Head Teachers in all the 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs and reward them with a car each.

He noted that his administration is not paying lip service to the repositioning of the educational sector, noting that it is the reason the education ministry got a significantly higher envelope in the 2020 budget.

The Governor also promised that teachers will undergo free sight assessment and reading glasses will be provided for every teacher that requires it to be able to discharge their duties effectively.

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EKOEXCEL, which is Excellence in Child Learning and Education Programme is a Lagos State primary education transformation initiative.

With the EKOEXCEL Programme, over 14,000 Head Teachers and teachers will be moved from analogue to digital teaching, using tablets and updated curriculum. Over 3,000 primary school teachers from 300 public primary schools have been captured under the Pilot Scheme.

An initiative of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration, the EKOEXCEL is aimed at developing a highly-skilled teaching workforce by training, supporting and motivating Lagos State teachers to succeed in the classroom of tomorrow and enhance the State Basic Education curriculum thereby empowering children to compete effectively in the world of work.

The programme will equip teachers with skills to deliver value, empower pupils with requisite knowledge to improve education and help in sustaining the growth of Lagos State as a leading knowledge driven city and economy in the world.

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