Monthly Archives: June 2019

You collect fees for personal use – Gov. Wike to School heads, as he bans fees in Rivers Schs.

– Gov Nyesom Wike has directed state-owned primary and secondary schools in Rivers state to stop collecting fees and levies from pupils and students

– The governor said the directive was intended to create access to quality education

– Wike said his government will not only dismiss school heads who collects fees or levies, but will prosecute them also

Legit.ng reports that he said that the abolition of all forms of fees and levies in public primary and secondary schools across the state was intended to create access to quality education.

Wike also stated that the state government would be sending direct allocations to all primary and secondary schools management for their operations.

He said “From today henceforth, no child either in primary and secondary schools should pay fees and levies in any school across the state.

“The monies you collect from these children are just used for your personal purposes.

“If I hear that any school head collects any fees or levies, be they examination, NECO or WAEC fees, that school head would be sanctioned.

“We shall not only dismiss the school head who collects fees or levies, we will prosecute the person involved.

“Government will work out grants that will be sent to the schools for their regular management and operations.’’

He directed the Ministry of Education, the Senior Secondary Schools Board and the Universal Basic Education Board to monitor all public schools across the state to ensure full compliance. The governor also noted that his administration funded the salaries, allowances, examinations and equipment of all public schools.

He assured parents that his administration was commitment to the provision of quality education and its accessibility to the less privileged. “I have abolished all fees and levies and it will never happen again in our public primary and secondary schools.

“Nobody should collect fees and levies from the children of the less privileged,’’ he said.

Tribunal yet to “decide” on INEC Serve matter – Atiku.

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the presidential election tribunal did not reject his request to inspect the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to the former vice-president, the tribunal only ruled that the request being sought is not relevant at the interlocutory stage of the process.

“The request by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party to inspect the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission was NOT rejected,” Paul Ibe, his spokesman, said in a statement on Tuesday. 

“What the honourable Tribunal said is that it is still at preliminary stages and the main case HAS NOT begun and that the matter of granting access to inspect the INEC server is not relevant to the preliminary stages. It is a matter to be adjudicated upon when the case proper is being heard.”

The statement added that not only did Abubakar win the presidential election in February, “but that the administration of General Muhammadu Buhari lacks executive temperament and capacity as we will now establish.”

“In their rush to claim a Pyrrhic victory, the General Buhari administration missed out the fact that the 2019 budget has multiple line items for procurement, maintenance and service of the server they claim does not exist.” it added. 

“In the light of this, we remind those who are gloating in their ignorance that ‘he who laughs last, laughs best’. The last has not been heard of this matter and we eagerly anticipate the ACTUAL ruling of the Tribunal when the case proper begins.”

The PDP’s request to inspect the said server was premised on its arguments that results from the electronic platform shows Abubakar defeated President Muhammadu Buhari.

#PFMDAILY9: Are we back to the waiting game of 2015?

Nigeria held presidential election in February 2019 with President Buhari declared the winner.

March, April, May and now heading to the end of June, the President is yet to make up his mind on ministers and other key appointments.

This is the same scenario that worsened a bad economy and led us into recession in 2015/16.

We need a team to set the fiscal and economic direction. According to the street lingo – delay is dangerous! The President should make a decision today.

Breaking: You can’t Access INEC’s Server – Tribunal to Atiku, PDP

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has rejected the request of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to have access to the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

A five-man panel of the tribunal unanimously refused the request, saying issues have been joined by parties on the existence or otherwise of the server.

The judges say the tribunal cannot delve into those issues at the interlocutory stage.

Details later…

Oshiomhole is Putting Edo state under tension – Oyegun

John Odigie-Oyegun, former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Adams Oshiomhole, his successor, is putting Edo State under tension with the way he’s going his rift with the current Governor.

Odigie-Oyegun was reacting to the crisis rocking the Edo state house of assembly.

In a statement by Ray Murphy, his special adviser on political affairs, the former national chairman accused Oshiomhole of engaging in anti-party activities, saying he is a major distraction to Obaseki.

He described what is happening in the state as “unfortunate”, adding that Oshiomhole is heating up the polity since he does not want the governor to be reelected.

“This party must be stronger because we cannot go into the 2023 general elections with these discordant tunes especially as President Buhari will not be contesting. We need to get our acts together,” he said.

“Oyegun has no personal grievances with Oshiomhole but Nigerians must know that he cannot go to equity with unclean hands.

“Today, there are all kinds of rancour coming from Edo State. They all boil down to attempt by godfather and godfatherism that is hitting up the polity in the state.

“Obaseki is the executive governor of Edo state and he should be allowed to exercise the powers vested in him by the law. To what purpose is this idea of the APC chairman putting the state under tension?

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