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Anambra private schools begin strike, accuse govt of extortion

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Private schools in Anambra State on Monday embarked on a three-day warning strike over what they called multiple levies and taxation by the state government.

The strike paralysed academic activities in aprivate schools in  the state.

The proprietors said the warning strike was to attract the attention of the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano on, “extortionist agenda of the agents of the state government against private school owners in the state.

Speaking, the National President, Owners of Private Schools Association of Nigeria, and leader of the state Coalition of Private School Proprietors in the state, Uzochukwu Nwanonyuo said the strike became necessary because the state government had refused to address the  issue over time.

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He decried the various levies and taxes imposed on private schools in the state, stating that  some of which were not receipted.

 He said, “It’s unfortunate that private schools which render social services to children have been unfortunately classified as ‘’business enterprises’’. 

“Government now demand huge sums of money from us without the schools getting anything in return.

He said on one occasion, thugs suspected to be agents of the state government invaded a private school in the area and shot the proprietor in a bid

“to enforce their multiple revenue generation” .

He enjoined the governor to intervene to save the situation.

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The  Commissioner for Basic Education in the state,  Prof Kate Omenugha said  government had met with leadership of proprietors of private schools in the state with a view to resolving the matter.

“We have met with executives of the different associations today( Monday). Our discussions are constructive. The Obiano government is a listening type.

“We will meet again on Thursday, 19th March, 2020. In the meantime, school activities will continue as scheduled”, Omenugha said.

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Three Ogun traditional rulers die in one week

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Tragedy in Ogun communities as three traditional rulers have reportedly lost their lives between Saturday, July 4 and Thursday, July 9.

The deceased traditional rulers were identified as the Alakija of Ikija Orile Egba, Oba Shamusideen Ayorinde; the Olu of Oke-Odo Ilupeju, Oba Muftau Akindele and the Olu of Imasayi, Oba Olusola Gbadebo Oni.

It was learnt that Oba Shamusideen Ayorinde died on Saturday morning after a brief illness at the age of 88.

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According to report, Oba Ayorinde, a foremost socialite and industrialist was the first monarch to be crowned as Alakija of Ikija, Oke Ona Egba.

He was buried on Sunday according to Islamic rites.

Barely 24 hours after Oba Ayorinde’s death, the Olu of Oke-Odo Ilupeju, Oba Mufutau Akindele also joined his ancestors.

The Aare Baaroyin Egba, Chief Lai Labode, confirmed that the monarch died on Sunday, July 5.

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According to Lai Labode, the late Olu of Oke-Odo Ilupeju was a close friend of the late Alakija.

Akindele was laid to rest Islamically on Monday. He was aged 90.

Likewise, the Olu of Imasayi in Yewa North Local Government Area of the State was reported to have died on Thursday.

In a statement signed by Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State Government announced his demise on Friday.

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According to Somorin, the 77-year-old monarch died after a brief illness.

The statement added that the late monarch, who ascended the throne as the 15th Olu of Imasayi on September 15, 1990, was upgraded to a First-class status in July 2005.

The Government prays that God Almighty gives the family and the people of Imasayi town the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

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Workers threaten strike over unpaid salary arrears in Ondo

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Workers in Ondo State Public Service have threatened to go on strike following the government’s failure to pay their outstanding salaries.

The workers, under the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), gave the notice in a letter made available to the newsmen in Akure on Saturday.

They gave Gov. Akeredolu till Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to do the needful.

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Their decision to embark on industrial action was contained in a letter to the governor and jointly signed by state Chairman of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Oluwaniyi Fabunmi and the State Secretary, JNC, Kehinde Olomiye.

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The letter reads,

“We write to bring to your attention the already ‘gathered cloud’ of very serious impending Labour/Government face-off which will be the very first in the life of your administration as the elected Governor of Ondo State.”

The JNC had, therefore, issued a five-day ultimatum to the state government calling for negotiations or the workers would go on strike.

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Newsmen report that the workers are demanding for their leave bonus and other entitlements pending over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Covid-19 recoveries in Oyo exceed 900- Makinde

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No fewer than 925 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection in Oyo State, following the recovery and discharge of 91 more patients.

Gov. Seyi Makinde announced this via his official Twitter account on Saturday.

However, the state has recorded 85 new COVID-19 cases following tests carried out on suspected cases.

“Ninety-one confirmed COVID-19 cases received their second NEGATIVE test results and have been discharged.

“This brings the number of discharged cases in Oyo State to 925.

“Also, the COVID-19 confirmation tests for 85 suspected cases came back POSITIVE.

“The cases are from Ibadan N (17), Ibadan SW (13), Oyo E (9), Ido (8), Lagelu (7), Oluyole (6), Orelope (3), Akinyele (3), Egbeda (3), Ibadan NE (3), Ona Ara (2), Atiba (2), Ogbomosho S (2), Iseyin (2), Ibadan SE (1), Ogbomosho N (1), Oyo W (1), Ibadan NW (1) & Ibarapa C (1) Local Government Areas.

“So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State today is 1,689.

“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre on 08095394000 | 08095863000 | 08078288999 | 08078288800 or visit a community-based testing centre, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever, tiredness, body ache, loss of smell/taste and shortness of breath,” he said.

 

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