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October 19, 2019450


Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has been condemned for his flamboyant and intimidating posture when he drove to University of Calabar with 20 exotic cars to enrol for a Master’s Degree in Law.

Many have taken to social media to criticise him for action they refer as insensitive at a time he has laid off 100s of his appointees in which many now allege was to enable him get elected for the second term, a fear he achieved.

The Cross River State Governor is said to have already started doing his assignments and also presenting seminars like a regular student, obtained his BSc (Honours) in Microbiology at Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, 1988.

He then proceeded to obtain his MSc in Microbiology (1989 – 1990) and PhD in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Ibadan (1990-1994), winning the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Environmental Microbiology.

He was appointed a Professor at a very young age and became quite popular in the educational sector after his work in groundwater remediation led to the invention of a sewage treatment plant powered by solar energy.

It was further learnt that a former member of the state House of Assembly, Jake Otu Enya is one of his current Master’s Degree lecturers.

Daily Mail OnLine reports that journalists now sleep with one eye opened for fear of being arrested over any minor criticism as some are languishing in jail for fathom criticisms.



October 3, 2019110


For some, serving the country in their areas of primary assignment as a member of the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, means touching the lives of their hosts and leaving indelible marks.

That’s why the people of Netim, Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State are not only grateful to Mr Stephen Teru but are in tears why his service year shouldn’t have been forever.

The young man from Plateau State, saw the needs of some schools in the community he served and decided to provide them, leaving the community to sing his praise.

The elated Teru who shared the good news on his Facebook page said, “I volunteered my skill to produce desks, tables, benches and shelves for the comfort of over 80 students and pupils of the two public schools – Community Secondary School and St. Georges Primary School – in my host community -Old Netim, Akamkpa LGA, Cross River State.

“I must in a very special way appreciate the good people of the community for their support.”

He thanked the principal of one f the schools, Mr Emmanuel Eni,  whom he said, “you are too much!”

He also said his NYSC Inspector, Mr Ubong Effanga, was a great source of motivation.

Teru’s desire to add comfort to the learning period of the school children was as a result of their sitting on bare floor, broken chairs while some stood during classes.

The host community expressed appreciation and joyfully wished his presence was forever. They however wished him a great future and enjoined him to continue his good work.



September 27, 2019130



President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, on Thursday said the upper chamber will work to reduce the number of out-of-school children across the country.

Lawan made the comment after the Legislative Agenda for the ninth Senate was adopted.

“Today, the education sector suffers a lot. The 11 million or 12 million children out of school, we owe them that responsibility to do something about them. And that is taking us back to the implementation of the basic education Act.

“How do we ensure that we reduce and eliminate the number of out-of-school children on our street? Whatever name we have to give that programme, we have to do something, and government has to take responsibility,” Lawan said.

The Senate President said the government, both at the federal and state levels, will have to create some funds to employ and train more teachers.

Lawan said the upper chamber will work assiduously to implement its legislative agenda.

“This legislative agenda is particularly ours. We represent the people, we know their feelings, and we imagine that the legislative perspectives we have here maybe slightly different from the executive perspective.

“But at the same time, we are going to serve the same people, and that is where the need for us to come together and to reconcile our thinking on taking Nigeria to the next level will be,” Lawan said.

The Senate resolved that it will tackle youth unemployment, poverty and reform of the educational sector, among other challenges facing the country.

The red chamber said it will channel its energy towards strengthening Basic and Technical Education by enhancing oversight on the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the Act.


September 21, 2019150
No fewer than 300 children participated in the 2019 third edition of the Summer Tennis Clinic, an initiative of the wife of Ondo state governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.
At the closing ceremony of the two weeks clinic, held at the indoor hall of the Ondo State Sport complex, the children demonstrated the Tennis training they received to their parents.
The initiator, Mrs. Akeredolu, emphasised the need for continuity and sustainability of the training, noting that future Tennis champions would arise from Ondo state if parents keep encouraging their children to participate.
Acquainting the guests with some laudable programmes of the initiator, Barrister Adegbemile Henry Kayode described the Tennis clinic as a reflection of the personality interest of Mrs Akeredolu to encourage children to attain their maximum potential.
He further charged parents and guardians to embrace the opportunitiess of some life-changing initiatives of the First Lady, like BEMORE Summer Bootcamp for girls naija.
Adegbemile added that allowing their children/wards to participate in these summer programmes would enable them to be discovered, and demonstrate their hidden talents.
He was optimistic that in no distance time, the children would be discovered nationally and internationally, saying that the clinic was designed to make them future Tennis champions.
He informed the guests about the feat achieved by Mrs.Akeredolu in ICT and Technology through the BEMORE Bootcamp, noting that some secondary schools in the state have started building solar panels, with the help of the BEMORE girls.
Speaking, the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Youths matter, Mr. Adewumi Olabanji lauded the initiator for the attention she gives children, who are the future of the state.
He commended her motherly and leadership skills for the ability to coordinate two talents discovery programmes within the space of one month.
According to him, Mrs. Akeredolu is not only investing in the future of the children, but also promoting a peaceful coexistence in the state through her initiatives.
He, therefore, appealed to individuals, corporate organisations and government’s agencies to also key into these initiatives for better future of our children.
Earlier, the chairman planning committee of the 2019 Tennis clinic, Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi had noted that over 300 children participated in this year’s edition.
He appreciated the parents for registering their children and commended the participants for comporting themselves in a responsible manner throughout the two weeks clinic.
The Permanent Secretary of the state ministry of youth and sport development, Mrs. Dupe Eshofone commended the initiative and assured of the ministry’s continuos support.
There was a demonstration match between age 4-6 where the children displayed basic skill in Tennis game, through eye to ball coordination.
They were able to demonstrate what they have learned so far by responding quickly to some Tennis professional terms, as directed by their coach.
The event also featured presentation of song titled, “We are the world, We are the Children”  by the kids to entertain the guests, and followed by presentation of certificates.


September 21, 201990
The wife of Ondo state governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeeedolu has distributed learning materials to the school children for the annual Back-to-School programme.
This year’s edition, held at Auga Community Grammar School also featured presentation of Solayo kits to pregnant women, the distribution of incentives to teachers, and gifts to the aged.
According to Arabinrin Akeredolu, the initiative which commenced in 2017 was aimed at encouraging teachers and students to take teaching and learning processes seriously at the beginning and throughout every academic session.
The wife of the governor noted that she identified with the community, having hailed from a community that shares almost same fate with Auga in terms of lack of socio-economic and human capital development.
She noted that Auga community grammar school was purposively selected for the third edition of Back-to-School programme, in order to ascertain the level of government’s commitment towards education in rural communities.
Arabinrin Akeredolu stressed the need for individuals, and governments to develop  deliberate interest in  communities, and therefore, advised Auga leaders to work collaboratively towards the progress of the community.
“The elite most especially should constitute an all-embracing Community Development Committee in order to speak with one voice and attract sustainable development projects like the established Cattle Ranch to the community.
” No quarter or section of the community must be left behind in seeking ways to develop the community.  Every input from both the young and old, men and women, the educated and those without formal education would be required in achieving the desired goals of the community.
“Discrimination or marginalization in any form must not be tolerated, as these are traits that act as brick walls to the development of any community or society”, she advised.
The Alauga of Auga-Akoko, Oba Samuel Agunloye, the Asulu V, commended the magnanimity of Mrs. Akeredolu for remembering the community, noting that she is the first wife of the State governor to ever visit them in person.
He lauded her efforts to put smile in the faces of women and children across the state through her various initiatives, like BEMORE, FOWOSO, SOLAYO, among others.
The monach, therefore, used the medium to acquaint her with some challenges confronting the community, which she promised to brief   governor about.
Earlier, the Caretaker Chairman of Akoko North East, Mr. Ashimiyu Adekunle had also commended the First Lady for not defiling the insecurity situation in the area, and visited the community.
He described the Back-to-School initiative as a demonstration of her passion for education.
The school Principal, Mr. J. O Olaoye, decried the poor state of the school, including low patronage, and inadequate teaching and non-teaching staff, and appealed to the government to come to their rescue.
As part of her visit to Auga, Arabinrin Akeredolu also toured the Cattle Ranch situated in the community.

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