Abductors of ASUP Chairman, Secretary and two other staff of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora and one other person who were kidnapped on Thursday, have demanded the sum of five hundred million naira N500 million as ransom for the release of the abductees,Dammylink reports.
Our correspondent recalls that the four staff of the institution, who were kidnapped included the Chairman of the Academic Staff of Polytechnics (ASUP), Mr. Opadijo Oluyide, Secretary of the union, Mr. Gbenga Alayande, two other staff of the institution and wife of one of the victims.
They were on Thursday evening kidnapped along Iseyin-Igbo Ora Road, on their way back from a meeting of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of unions in all the six Oyo state owned tertiary institutions, held at the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki.
It was, however, confirmed on Saturday that the abductors have contacted family members of the victims and have demanded the sum of one hundred million naira for the release of each of the victims.
An official of JAC, who asked not be be named, informed that the abductors called the families on Friday and demanded for a ransom of N500 million for the release of the five persons.
He added that the abductors demanded the sum of one hundred million naira for the release of each of the victims.
The JAC member while speaking on Saturday, however, added that JAC will not make further revelation since the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina Olukolu has promised to take over the matter.
JAC, DAILY POST recalls was formed in 2017 by all the staff unions in the six Oyo state owned tertiary institutions, following the reduction of subventions for the institutions to 25 percent by the administration of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
It was learnt that the JAC meeting in Saki was called to discuss the modalities on how the incumbent administration of Governor Seyi Makinde, would pay the outstanding salaries arrears, being owed workers in the Oyo tertiary institutions, ranging from between six to eighteen months.
A source at the Oke – Ogun Polytechnic Saki, informed that the meeting ended by 4.00p.m on Thursday, and that as delegates from different institutions began to depart to their various destinations, it was discovered the Toyota Sienna bus that conveyed the Igbo Ora delegates was faulty.
He said, “The Igbo Ora people said they would manage to return to their station with the vehicle. They left Saki around 4.30p.m. We learnt the vehicle was giving them problem on the road, but they were managing themselves. They even had a stop over at Iseyin, to pick a wife to one of the delegates.
“After leaving Iseyin around 7.00p.m, we were told that the eventually broke down along Iseyin-Maya-Igbo Ora road. By that time it was around 8.00p.m, and they were close to Igbo Ora already. So, they called one of their people in Igbo Ora to come with another vehicle to convey them”.
It will be recalled that the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mrs. Opeyemi Olawoore had also confirmed that the abductors have demanded for ransom though, she did not state the amount being requested for from the families by the kidnappers.
Olawoore while confirming the abduction, said that the institution decided to keep mum over the matter of ransom due to “security reasons”.
She said, “Of course, they have contacted the family members. But, I can’t say that this is the amount of money demanded by the kidnappers to secure their release. The security operatives in the state are aware. We don’t want to make it a media issue. We are being careful on this matter.”
But, Public Relations Officer (PPO) of the state police command, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, when contacted however said he was not aware of the demand for a N500 million ransom.
Fadeyi said, “I have not been updated about the development. What I know is that police are seriously working on the issue, and we are on top of the situation. Just yesterday, the CP was personally at the scene for an on – the – spot assessment. He went there with his strategic officers. We will soon ensure the release of the people”.
Afe Babalola University Conferred Tinubu With Honorary Degree
The national Leader of All Progressive Congress(APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Obi of Onitsha and the Sultan of Sokoto were conferred with honorary Doctorate degrees at the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.
The University had its graduation ceremony on Monday, October 21, 2019 and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Obi of Onitsha, and the Sultan of Sokoto were three of the four conferred with honorary Doctorate degrees.
Present at the occasion were Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Minister of Internal Affairs Rauf Aregbesola, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, and Lagos Governor Jide Sanwolu.
The dignitaries present at the conferment ceremony congratulated Bola Tinubu, Minister of interior Aregbesola, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal among others
Oyo Govt Imposes N20, 000, N15,000 Fees For Transfer Of Pupils To State Public Schools
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has imposed the sum of Twenty Thousand Naira (N20,000) as the fee for forms, to transfer pupils from outside the country into the State public schools.
The Governor has also directed that transfer of pupils from other states of the federation such as Lagos, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja into the state public schools will cost the sum of Fifteen Thousand Naira (N15,000).
Makinde made this declaration via a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, a copy of which was made available on Wednesday. He said that his government-imposed fees on the transfer of students from private to government-owned schools, in order to offset administration procedures.
Makinde in the statement informed that the costs of forms for prospective students seeking transfer from private to public school would be determined by the part of the country such candidate was coming from.
The statement added that forms for transfer from outside Nigeria is N20,000.00, form for transfer from major cities across the country including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt is N15, 000, other states of the federation is N10,000 while transfer within the state is N7,500.00.
He said, “The Government of Oyo State has announced that it was pleased to discover that measures taken thus far in the implementation of the free education policy have started yielding fruits.
The huge number of parents applying to register their wards in the state’s public primary and secondary schools is a clear evidence that the free education policy of the administration is well received by the people.
We are particularly pleased that a number of parents have been besieging the Oyo State Ministry of Education in the past few weeks to make inquiries on steps to be taken to transfer their wards from private schools to public schools.
“The huge turnout of parents and guardians seeking transfer for their wards to our public schools in view of the free education policy of Governor Makinde’s administration, has, therefore, necessitated the introduction of some administrative measures which are meant to control admission and safeguard illegality in the admission process.
“Some costs have, therefore, been introduced to offset administration procedures as approved by the administration. The cost of obtaining forms for transfer of pupils/students to Oyo State public schools are stated as follows: “Inter-state; from major cities across the country including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt-N15,000 (Fifteen thousand Naira);
Other states of the federation-N10,000 (Ten Thousand Naira); “Those seeking transfer from within Oyo State-N7,500.00 (seven thousand five hundred Naira; “Transfer from outside Nigeria-N20,000.00 (Twenty thousand Naira).
“As we have started before now, the policy of the state government is to promote free education in line with its desire to uplift the standards and enhance excellence in educational pursuits.
“In line with the current administration’s four-point service agenda, Education, Health, Security and Economic expansion via agriculture value chain have been so designated as the major pillars. The administration hereby assures the people of its commitment to implement the agenda for the good of all in Oyo State.
Let us also place on record that the decision to implement the charges listed above is not aimed at constraining the people, but to ensure standardization in the process of transferring pupils and students from private to public schools.
Nigeria Teachers To Get 1GB Free Data Regularly, Says Buhari’s Minister
Minister of Education Adamu Adamu has said public schools teachers would be given 1GB (Gigabyte) data free to enable them to access and browse the internet on a regular basis.
Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at the 2019 World Teachers Day celebration on Saturday in Abuja, said the ministry was working with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other stakeholders to provide at least 1GB of data free to each public school teacher to surf the web and obtain educational materials.
He said government was also working to obtain life insurance policy for all public school teachers and that families of all insured teachers would be given benefits upon the death of the holder.
In that regard, government would pay N1 million as premium for male teachers, N1.2 million for female teachers while science teachers would be insured with N1.5 million, he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘Young Teachers:
The Future of the Profession,’ highlighted the need for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the teaching profession. He said teachers were in the forefront of ensuring the achievement of inclusive education.
“Inclusive education is achievable through accepting, understanding and attending to student differences and diversities which include among others physical, cognitive, academic, social and emotional differences,” he said.
He said there was the urgent need for policies that would provide allowances and initiate annual retention benefits for teachers to attract them to rural communities.
The federal government shall collaborate with state governments with a view to providing incentives to teachers, especially in the rural areas with a view to encouraging young talents to the teaching profession,” he said.
A total of 24 awards were conferred on different beneficiaries including Elusakin Agnes iyabo from Lagos State, who won the best public school teacher award, given a new Hyundai Sonatra car and Owabi Ifeoma, from Anambra State, who also received new Hyundai Elantra car as winner of the best school administrator award. Also, Adebiyi Abiola Temitayo from Ogun State, winner of the best teacher, private school category award got new Hyundai Accent, Flora Azikiwe Model Comprehensive Secondary School, Neni, Anabra State, winner of best school, public category award got the donation of 18 seater bus from JAMB while Pearlville School, Avu, Owerri, Imo State, winner of the best school, private category, also got 18 seater bus.
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