The Edo State government’s decision to jettison the planned competency test for teachers in the state has come with euphoria amidst total disregard for the events before and during the test.
Also, the claim by the government that it was unaware of a court order preventing it from holding the tests even as it conducted a public hearing where majority of supporters as well as traditional authorities approved the test.
While the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Enugu State chapter is lamenting the poor and decaying infrastructure in the Enugu State. The union equally lamented the poor remuneration for teachers in the state. There are emerging indications that some people at the corridors of power in the state are misappropriating the Universal Basic Education Funds accruing to the state from the federal government.
Master Vincent Uchenna Anioke is a 17 year old boy from Amoli community in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu state. But it is suprising that age has not posed a hindrance to his cause and ambition tofight against social vices in Nigeria. It is also amazing that he presently stays outside the shores of the country, specifically in the United States of America, where he is under a scholarship scheme studying Electrical Engineering/Computer Sciences at the prestigious ‘Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT. But another aspect of his life is his craze for creative writing.
The sudden change of leadership in the fountain of knowledge state, Ekiti, at the just concluded gubernatorial election that saw Mr. Ayodele Fayose of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, emerging as the governor-elect of the state has proved that ever dog has its day. Fayose beat the incumbent governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of All Progressive Congress, APC.
There has been an international effort since the 1970s to eradicate the practice of female genital mutilation, FGM. In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to take all necessary steps to end it. This led to an obvious intensification of education of the general public at all levels, with emphasis on the dangers and undesirability of FGM.
In 1995, a Platform of Action was adopted by the Beijing conference. The Plan of Action particularly called for the eradication of FGM through the enactment and enforcement of legislation against its perpetrators.
The Nupe people of North-Central Nigeria are known for brass works and glass smelting. Also, in the region is the Gbagis noted for poetry. The Benin of the South-South are known for sculpturing and carving. In Kano, North-West you find dying as major occupation of the locals.
Violence against women remains a global issue, particularly one of the major problems in developing countries. In Nigeria, reports show increase in domestic violence in the past three years from 21 per cent in 2011 to 30 per cent in 2013.
The ugly development remains the most acute form of gender inequality in Nigeria, which takes many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, and mental. Traditionally, domestic violence is committed against females.
Although holding plenary along party lines the 24-member Edo State House of Assembly was busy all week, last week. The speaker of APC assembly, Mr. Uyi Igbe debunked notions that there were two factions of the assembly in the state. He said that was far from the truth. According to him, the PDP members of the assembly who stand suspended for misconduct were being aided by the Nigerian Police to break into the assembly complex at Ring Road, which is undergoing renovation to hold illegal meetings.
Following the discovery of three improvised explosive devices, IEDs, on the premises of Living Faith Church (aka Winners’ Chapel) off Port Harcourt Road, New Owerri, recently, the entire people of Imo State have come under the tight grip of fear.
Undoubtedly, they were jolted because of the trail of high death toll, sorrow, and extreme loss caused by recurrent bomb blasts in parts of the northern Nigeria. It is, therefore, no gainsaying, “fear of bombs is the beginning of wisdom in Imo.”
Many are unease with the operations of local governments in the country today. Some of the bottlenecks identified by many as responsible for poor performance including none existence as an independent entity as well as the much talk about toxic influence by state governors, who more often than not sees the third tier of government as a honey pot.