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Adeleke flags off distribution of instructional materials to schools

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By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo

In an effort to provide quality education in Osun state, Governor Ademola Adeleke has flagged off the distribution of Exercise Books to secondary school students in the State.

Speaking at the flag-off program on Wednesday, in Osogbo, Adeleke reaffirmed that education remains one of the priorities of his administration.

Adeleke reiterated that his administration remains focussed, committed and resolute about the avowed resolve to getting education right.

According to him, “You will recall that in April, 2023, less than six months into this administration, I flagged off the distribution of instructional materials to all our public secondary schools.

“The same gesture was extended to basic education pupils via SUBEB.  Today again we shall give to our secondary school students the much needed exercise books having conducted a Need Assessment survey of schools that revealed the urgent need to do so.  It is  our sincere hope that students will maximize this opportunity to have a better learning outcome.

“Education has been and shall remain one of the priorities of this administration. That was what informed the staging of the Education Summit held in August, 2023 with the theme ‘Getting it Right and Revamping Osun Education.’  Since the release of the Summit Report as well as the White Paper thereof, our government has started the gradual implementation of the recommendations one after the other. Notable amongst our steps are:

“Recruitment of teachers into public primary and secondary schools in the State.  Screening process is still on-going and would be completed soon; Implementing to letters the controversial Federal Circular on ‘New Retirement Age for Teachers’ which has been on course and the few that applied for post service re-engagement shall be interviewed soon just as the circular dictates;

“Vacancies created by retirement of school heads across the State have been filled with capable hands leaving no vacuum in school management; Fortifying schools security system by engaging Peace Corps of Nigeria,  Osun State Command as school policing and neighbourhood watch to schools.  That was in addition to the existing cadets of Edumarshal.  These were targeted at ensuring that students and pupils operate in the peaceful atmosphere that learning demands.

“Revamping the Federal Home Grown School Feeding Programme (‘O’Meals) in the State to ensure continuity of the programme in spite of all odds occasioned by high cost of food items.  Good enough, our effort does not go unnoticed, as I speak here, a team led by the Senior Special Assistant on Federal Home Grown School Feeding, Abuja is in Osun State to conduct a ‘Value for Money’ study that will bring help our way; Parents teachers Association has been relaunched and commissioned to interface between parents, schools, education MDAs and government; with a view to sustaining responsive and responsible parents.

“Our appeal as a government is for all of us to accept change.  It is inevitable and desirable. By accepting change we shall not be complacent.  All parents and other stakeholders must repose confidence in the public education system in the State,” he said.

In his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Education, appealed to the Governor to sustain the prioritising of education and give life to the people.

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves surge by 5% to $33.58bn

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves increased by 5 percent to $33.58 billion in the last two months.

This is according to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s latest FX data as of June 19, 2024.

Accordingly, the foreign exchange reserves figure represents a $1.47 billion increase compared to $32.11 billion on April 19, 2024.

The Monetary Policy Committee, MPC during its 295th meeting reiterated its commitment to boosting Nigeria’s external reserves.

“The Committee also noted the marginal increase in the external reserve balance between March and April 2024 and urged the Bank to sustain its focus on accretion to reserves”, reads in part.

Recall that the Nigerian government received $925 million from Afrieximbank barely two weeks ago as the $3.3 billion crude oil-backed prepayment facility organized by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

Meanwhile, despite the increase in the country’s foreign reserves, Naira depreciated N1485.36 for the second consecutive time against the dollar on Thursday.

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Ondo Govt breaks silence after court declared 33 LCDAs illegal

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Following the judgment of an Ondo State High Court which declared the creation of the 33 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, as unconstitutional, the state government has stated that it is studying the judgement.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Kayode Ajulo, in a statement on Friday, said the state government would duly analyze the judgement, adding that the rule of law would be followed.

The late former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu created the LCDAs in 2023.

But in his judgement on Thursday, Justice A.O. Adebusuoye stated that the LCDAs were not lawfully created.

According to Ajulo, the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement has been requested and will be studied accordingly.

“All necessary measures, in accordance with our laws, will be taken to safeguard the interests of our citizens, foster peaceful coexistence, and uphold the rule of law.

“The Honourable Attorney General remains steadfast in his commitment to prioritising the well-being and welfare of our citizens, working tirelessly to ensure that justice and the law are served.”

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Nigeria Customs generates N249b within 5 months in Rivers

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Command, Onne in Rivers, said it has generated more than N249 billion as at May, 2024 representing 40.3 per cent of its current annual revenue target.

Comptroller of the command, Muhammed Babandede, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at Onne.

According to him, the 40.3 per cent revenue record followed a recent review of the command’s annual revenue target from N494 billion to N618 billion.

The comptroller noted that when compared to the same period in 2023, the command had recorded an increase of more than N153 billion.

He also said that six containers laden with codeine, contraband drugs and goods valued at more than N3 billion were also confiscated within the period under review.

He said that the seizures included four containers laden with bales of clothing, lace and fabrics with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of more than N911 million.

Others, the controller said, were two containers laden with 2,625 cartons of codeine syrup among other contraband valued at more than N2 billion.

Babandede commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for inter-agency collaboration while also assuring adequate handover of seizures.

He also emphasised that the command would not relent on its core function of trade facilitation which entailed streamlined and simplified technical and legal procedures for clearing import or export goods.

On the operations of bonded terminals, the comptroller explained that the final destination for clearing of consignment was at the importer’s discretion.

“These procedures are guide which all Customs officers must adhere to.

“This negates the erroneous belief that officers of the Onne command connive with operators of Bonded Terminals to transfer containers,” he said.

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