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National Wage Committee: PDP Commends Choice of Adeleke As South West Rep, Raises Alarm over Sponsored Attacks in Osun

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Osun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over what it called a sponsored ploy by the opposition party to destabilize Osun State through sponsored kidnappings and formenting of conflicts across towns and villages in the state.

In a statement signed by the State party Chairman, Hon Sunday Bisi, and issued to newsmen in Osogbo, the ruling party said it was in possession of confidential intelligence from several caucus meetings of the All Progressive Congress(APC) where issues of destabilizing Osun were the center of discussions.

The party posited that some unscrupulous politicians are colluding to launch a wave of kidnappings and communal violence to portray Osun as ungovernable and disrupt ongoing delivery of good governance., adding that “ at one of the meetings attended by top APC leaders, several towns were marked as good spots for communal violence.

“It is strange that a few days after their evil meetings, Ifon/Ilobu erupted in violence again. Few days ago, APC operatives pushed for an uprising at Ikirun, Ire and Igabjo but people of the town rejected the ploy to mobilize them for violence.

“ Now, we have reports that there are plans to start kidnapping people randomly across the state. Towns like Ile Ife, Ilesa,Iwo, Ikirun, Ila Orangun , Ede and Osogbo are being targeted.

“ We have briefed Mr Governor and we know he must have alerted the security agencies. We are using this opportunity to warn the opposition to be a responsible organization. Osun people abhor viol3nce. They want good roads, modern schools and health centers. They want economic freedom.

“ That is why they voted massively for the PDP at all levels. Presently, the PDP is fulfilling its electoral promises. Roads are being fixed. Public service is being reformed. Schools and health centers are being upgraded. Pensioners are happy. Osun has never had it so good”, the PDP stated.

We call on security agencies to rise up to the occasion. They must brace up for action. Our government has just announced the setting up of. StateSecurity Trust Fund. This is a commendable step.

We also call on our local government chairmen to hold regular security council meetings with the service commanders in their area. Such meetings should now be a regular feature. It is the best way to foil the evil plot of Osun APC.

Meanwhile, the party has commended the Presidency for the nomination of Governor Adeleke as the representative of the South West on the National Minimum Wage Committee.

Thus is an endorsement of Mr Governor by the Presidency. It is an attestation to Governor Adeleke’s love and far reaching policies and programmes in favour of workers, both formal and informal.

The Presidency saw clearly that the Osun Governor is pro-workers and would have a lot to share with the committee. We thank Mr President. We are humbled as a party for the recognition bestowed on our Governor.

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Lagos Govt Warns Schools, Teachers Against Extension Classes, Fee-Paying Tutorials for Students

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The Lagos State government has issued a stern warning to teachers and schools against extending official hours for fee-paying extra lessons.

This directive was announced by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Jamiu Tolani Alli-Balogun, during the unveiling of a block of classrooms and furniture at Amuwo Odofin Junior High School complex.

Alli-Balogun emphasized that the extra hour after the official closing time – typically used for paid lessons – ought to be for extracurricular activities. The activities, the commissioner said, include clubs such as the Red Cross, Red Crescent, Boys Scouts, Boys/Girls Brigade, STEM Club, Writing and Debate Club, are essential for the well-rounded development of students.

Expressing his disapproval of the practice where the first lesson of the day is often neglected by teachers, Alli-Balogun warned that any teacher found derelict in their duties would face strict consequences.

“Do your job at the right time between 8.00am and 2.00pm and leave the extra hour for reading or extracurricular activities.

“We will no longer condone using that time for fee-paying extra lessons in our schools. Education is free in Lagos State, and nobody should be charging any fee for anything,” he warned.

The commissioner made these remarks during the inauguration of new classroom facilities and furniture at the Amuwo-Odofin Junior High School Complex, a project sponsored by Grimaldi Group and Ports & Terminal Multiservices Ltd.

He urged students to fully engage in the various social activities and clubs available to ensure their holistic development.

Alli-Balogun’s stern message underscores the government’s commitment to free education and the importance of extracurricular activities in fostering a balanced educational environment.

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Declare State of Emergency on Power Sector Now, Barth Nnaji Tells FG

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By Morakinyo Ajibade

Chairman, Geometric Power Limited, and former Minister of Power, Prof. Bartholomew Nnaji, has said that only a state of emergency on the power and gas sector will restore the comatose energy and electricity crisis in the nation.

The former Minister, who just commissioned a power station in Aba, Abia State, made this call while speaking as a guest lecturer at the inaugural Dele Momodu Leadership Lecture, held at the Nigerian Institute of International and Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos.

According to him, a state of emergency needs to be declared in the gas sector as this declaration will save the power sector and allow the government and other stakeholders to address fundamental issues in the gas sector in a robust manner.

“The issues will include how to strike a healthy balance between producing gas for export and gas for domestic consumption. Gas is equally needed in both markets.

“There is not enough natural gas or even liquefied petroleum gas used in the kitchen. Even the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company, a major foreign exchange earner that also has a guaranteed market, has been operating at 60% capacity on account of insufficient gas supply.

“The petroleum companies supplying gas to power-generating companies are in a tighter position. Because they are performing sub-optimally, there are now longer periods of electricity blackouts throughout the country. This is despite the spirited efforts of the NNPCL, the Ministry of Power and the Presidency,” he said.

The event, which attracted the who’s who in the nation’s political and economic climate, was held to mark the 64th birthday of Aare Dele Momodu, a veteran and seasoned journalist, who has dedicated most of his life time in the pursuit of equity and food governance in Nigeria.

Among dignitaries that graced the all important gathering were the former President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. John Dramani Mahama; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke; former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; traditional rulers, captains of industries, and the general public.

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Adeleke Hails Glo, Adenuga for Enormous Contributions to Economy

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The governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has praised Globacom for its enormous contributions to Nigerian society. He also lauded the company’s chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Jr., for his strong faith in the country.

Governor Adeleke, who made the remark while entertaining a Globacom team in his office in the state capital, insisted that “the subnational entities are where your market is and even though the regulatory body is national, your market base remains the states and the local governments. You must deliberately prioritize partnership with the state government”.

“The telecom community must understand that giving full support to the states in terms of payment of right taxes and corporate social responsibility is an investment in your market. The more robust the state governments are, the more buoyant your market will be,” the governor averred.

He extolled Dr Adenuga, who he described as a “great Nigerian whose impact on the Nigerian and the African economy cannot be quantified.”

He told the Globacom team that his administration was prepared to work with the corporation on a business partnership. “Be rest assured that this partnership is already a reality. We just need to work out the details”, the governor added.

The Glo Public Sector team leader, Niyi Odejobi assured the governor that the telecom behemoth is prepared to support the state to flourish.

He said Globacom is prepared to roll out digital and internet infrastructure to support companies and government in the state, promising that the cooperation will transform Osun state.

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