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May 27, 2018

Privatization and Commercialization of Education in Nigeria: The role of Nigeria Union of Teachers in functional qualitative education (1)

TRODUCTION: Most recently the Education International organized a re-awakening workshop for the leaders (NEC members) of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, specifically the 10th-12th May, 2017. The team was, “A Global Response to the Commercialization and privatization of Education”. Education International strategies and there aim was to: i          Expose and reverse government policies/trends which facilitates and encourage growth in the commercialization and privatization of education. ii          Expose, halt and reverse the role of non-state actors in the sale and provision of for-profit education and education services where it; (a)        Undermines the right…

Court Declares Imo Task Force Illegal …Awards N5m to victim

If you have been bruised and insulted by the excesses of some young, over-zealous and under-employed men, ambushing motorists on “One Way” streets with nails and planks, deflating tyres, removing plate numbers, extorting money, bullying and harassing motorists and impounding vehicles, you may now dry your tears. This is because the Imo State High Court has declared the task force illegal and awarded N5 million to one of their victims. Hon. Justice Eze Francis Njemanze turned the table, when he delivered judgment in favour of Mr. Jude Ogamba on March 21, 2017. He declared as illegal, the Task Force Committee…

It’s not your Business to Build Chapels …Anglican Church tells Imo Government

The Anglican Church is shaking its head in objection, over government’s style of using state money to build chapels, when the state has more than enough churches. This was contained in a communiqué issued by the Anglican Communion Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, at the end of its 29th Regular Meeting of the Provincial Council, held at Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Mgbidi diocese in Oru-West L.G.A and presided over by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Caleb A. Maduoma, Archbishop of the province. “That religion is a veritable tool in nation building is not in doubt. However, the effect of its misuse can…

Ezeship tussle in Obosima – Ohaji may boil again, Government should intervene

Crises in Ohaji have claimed so many lives amidst tension resulting to food shortage and militancy in the entire state. This was not only caused by Ezeship tussles and crises but by the undemocratic tendencies of the powers that be on issues affecting the communities. In each case the mafia so glorified until “the come come came”. Regrettably the mother and the worst of these crises loom high in Obosima Autonomous community. The community is accommodating more than 70% of those displaced by similar crises in Ohaji. Any crises therefore will be calamitous. Barely 24 days after the memorial service…

Could There Be Development Cum Corruption? (3)

(A Review of an African Situation) ‘Petty’ Corruption: This could be expressed in the inappropriate offering and acceptance of gifts, or favours; no matter what is the person’s position in the society – junior or higher level official or independent person or a ward, even down to the trader in the market and their aids including buyers and sellers and all levels of business men and women who might be presenting all forms of excuses for example, underpayment, insufficiency of government aid, unruly husband or wife, or simply because every other  person is living that way and hence presumably it…

SECURITY CHALLENGES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN ORLU 2

SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS The challenges of security, law enforcement and unemployment cannot be wished away but a careful consideration and reevaluations will ensure a remarkable improvement of the security services and infrastructures of law enforcement that ensures a sustainable social justice system. The best way to improve the security system is to build a military cantonment in Orlu town centre preferably, now, besides NEPA to ensure proper engagement of violent crimes. The state government can build and hand over to the army such a compact cantonment   with an existing prototype by St Dominic’s, yaba Lagos. This will be complimented by the…

ENDING FG ASUU FACE OFF

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s Education System, particularly at the tertiary level have continued to express disgust at the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which has now entered its fifth month. Opinion analysts think that rather than help matters, the threat by the Federal Government to sack every university lecturer who fails to return to the classroom by Wednesday, December 4, 2013 (later extended to Monday, Dec. 9) and the counter directive by ASUU to its members to ignore the threat, has worsened rather than helped matters.  While the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike,…

Pope: Bribery Is Extremely Sinful Habit, Dignity Comes From Dignified, Honest Work, Holy Father Says

Parents who feed their children on “unclean bread”, earned through bribes and corruption, are starving their children of dignity, because dishonest work robs us of our dignity. These were the words of Pope Francis during his homily at Mass on Friday morning in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis focused his homily on the parable of the dishonest steward, in order to talk about the dangers “of worldliness, of mundane affairs”. Jesus “prayed to the Father that his disciples might not fall into the trap of worldliness”, which is “the enemy”. “When we think of our enemies, we really…

Making Money for Government and Smiling

Politics is not for Lilian Asuzu until she hangs her hat as a civil servant. Then, you can check her out on any political platform – the lucky party isn’t known yet. It may be DPP, PCA, PUGA or any other.  But until then, you cannot draw the soft-spoken, conscientious permanent secretary into any public political banter or debate. She’s keeping it close to her chest for now. Like most top civil servants, hers is to support the Government of the day until she hangs her boots. Former Head of Service Mrs. Nkechi Onumajulu made that clear in her interview…

Code of Conduct For Public Officers

There are rules and professional ethics governing the employment of public officers under the employment of local councils, state and federal Government’s public services to prevent abuse of office and check corruption. It is in this regard that section 153 of the 1999 constitution as amended provided for the establishment of the code of conduct Bureau which enforces the strictures of public service employment ethics or rules. These rules are made to be followed like a code of conduct and when there is a breach, it is strictly sanctioned. The 5th schedule, part 1 of the 1999 constitution provides answers…

Abortion in any form is murder: It is anti-Christ

That Imo people have been betrayed by their own government following the signing into law of the bill which for all intent and purposes legalizes Abortion is no longer news.  Today, Imolites keep wondering what better reason is on the table of the present administration justifying its signing of the bill into law which previous administrations hadn’t the privileged of accessing. For once, one wonders whether both the sponsors of the bill on the floor of Imo State House of Assembly, the members of Imo State House of Assembly and the Governor (the apostle of rescue mission who cannot rescue…

ASUU: ONE STRIKE TOO MANY

As the current strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) enters its sixth week, concerned citizens of all walks of life have continued to appeal to both the Federal Government and the striking Lecturers to yield grounds, in a spirit of give and take, to end the ugly impasse. Many people have described this indefinite strike which has paralysed Nigerian’s tertiary education as ”one strike too many”. This is particularly so when one recalls the havoc a similar strike in 2009 wrecked not only on the education sub sector but on our entire socio-economic system. Nigerians still remember how…

How corruption is “killing” Nigeria – US Consul General

Corruption is a scourge that undermines virtually everything that could move Nigeria towards a brighter economic future as it hinders economic growth and investment This was the statement of Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, United States Consul General to Nigeria.  According to the diplomat who bared his mind Wednesday, during an interactive session with the civil society at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), corruption diverts financial resources, as well as from building roads and bridges, curtailing the development of infrastructure that is needed to make the country more competitive. The Consul General said that corruption drains the federal treasury of…

Governor’s Overseas Trip paralyses Imo

Imo State appears to have grounded to a halt and nothing seems to be moving since Governor Rochas Okorocha travelled to the United States of America, last month. Our investigations revealed that government activities were paralysed as most of his aides were neither empowered nor have any authority to transact serious business. Last week, the Deputy Governor ordered the contractor handling the Nekede-Ihiagwa Road to return to site immediately. The order was ignored as the contractor is yet to return to site more than a week the order was issued. Observers say the contractors feel the deputy governor doesn’t have…

Njiko Igbo Condemns deportation of Igbo

Njiko Igbo, a socio-political group, has described the recent alleged deportation of 67 people by the Lagos State Government to Onitsha in Anambra State, as unlawful. In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Brady Chijioke Nwosu, the group stated that it was unlawful for a government to detain citizens of the country without proper trial. Recall that 67 people were recently deported from Lagos and brought to Onitsha. Some of them who spoke to newsmen said they were arrested and detained for crimes they knew nothing about and subsequently, deported. Nwosu, in his statement said: “It is prejudicial…

Sub-standard Nigeria

Although the civil war (July 1967 – January 1970), challenged the ingenuity of our local manufacturers to produce alternatives to imported goods, our industrialists and importers for a long time, continued to maintain the high standards inherited from our British colonial masters.  Such was the case till the early 1990s.  Until then, one could go into the market and find quality materials to buy, such as textiles, electronics, hard wares, building materials and car spare parts. Due to the availability of quality products the consumer had the choice of what to spend his money on.  But today, the story has…

Imo govt abandons Nsu tiles and ceramic industry -Equipment looted

The question agitating the minds of Agbahara Nsu indigenes in Ehime Mbano LGA is whether the Owelle Rochas Okorocha led administration in Imo State has abandoned the Nsu Tiles and Ceramic Industry. It will be recalled that the Governor informed natives of the community during a visit in 2012 that his administration is poised in establishing the Nsu Tiles Industry under a joint partnership with Italian investors who will provide machinery and technical expertise, while the government will provide the logistics, financial backing and enabling environment as the raw material is readily available in commercial quantity. A high powered government…

NULGE strike paralyses LGAs in Imo State

The 3-day warning strike by members of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in the 774 Local Governments in Nigeria has crippled activities in all the councils in the federation. According to the Ehime Mbano NULGE Chairman, Comrade Ebirim Chinedu, the strike is precipitated on the decision of the Senate of the Federal Republic not to grant autonomy to the local government Councils. It is noteworthy that the Federal House of Representatives granted autonomy to the Local Governments in the ongoing constitutional amendments. While the senate is opposed to it. But the staffs of the Local Government councils insist…

National Outrage on the Pro Child Senate

“Nigeria is what it is because its leaders are not what they should be.” Chinua Achebe Nigeria was recently ranked as one of the foremost countries were children are killed for going to school following the Yobe message of 29 school children. More recently, the senate has made a downward review of the age of consent for girls from 18 years to advance religious sentiments. It is clear that under Islamic practices amongst fundamentalist Muslim countries, it is a stricture of law to validate the marriage of children often, between the ages of 8 to 13 years. A child is…

Nigerian Democracy: The Amaechi Case

When Nigerian’s military dictators handed back power to the political class on May 29, 1999, the expectations worldwide were that our country was ready to practice civil democracy the way it should, having learnt the hard way.  It was a legitimate expectation considering the fact that Nigeria was just emerging from a long period of military rule and suppression of democratic institutions. Ironically and sadly too, our politicians seem to have learnt nothing from Nigeria’s chequered past despite the price paid by patriots especially pro-democracy groups in lives and property in an effort to entrench the rule of law.  They…