Gov amosun sack workers for setting Hard exam Questions __The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has ordered the sacking of six officials of the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, including a secondary school teacher, over alleged offensive examination question. Those sacked include two Grade Level 17 officers, Mrs. Folashade Oresegun, who was the Director, Education Support Services, and Mr. Rotimi Odunsi, who was the Director, Curriculum Development and Evaluation, and a Grade Level 16 officer, Mr. Majekodunmi Oluwole. Others are a Grade Level 10 officer, Mr. E.O. Asegbe, a Grade Level 8 officer, Taylor Damilola , and an English Language teacher in Mayflower Secondary School, Ikenne, Mr. Joel Adegbenro. The sacking of both Oresegun and Odunsi has been converted to compulsory retirement while the four others were summarily dismissed. Our correspondent gathered that their offence might not be unconnected with a comprehension passage in the English Language examination conducted by the ministry for the Unified Examination in Public Secondary Schools for the third term of the 2014/2015 academic session. The offensive section was Section C, where the pupils were asked to summarise a comprehension passage on a policy defect on education. It was alleged that it was considered too critical of the state government. The section partly read, “There is no arguing about the fact that the government is merely paying lip service to the development of education. It is true that a lot of money is being spent on the education sector but with little or no impact felt by the people, except where we want to deceive ourselves. “Many schools run by the government, which were formerly known for academic excellence have suddenly lost their prestige and are living on past glories. No wonder, many parents and guardians are threateningly left with only one option, to withdraw their wards from these schools to other ones that are better managed. “The evidences to show that the government is not doing enough to assist in the development of education are many. Even pupils in both primary and secondary schools can volunteer a good list on their finger tips. “One of the numerous indications is the government’s inability to pay running cost to schools. The running cost is the token amount per pupil paid to school administrators to run the affairs of the school in a term. This has been neglected to pile up for several academic sessions. “Another one is the regular poor conduct of terminal examinations. These examinations are not usually conducted as and when due. The government may have one excuse or the other, but real educationists know that appropriate timing is a strong factor in the process of Continuous Assessment (CA) of students. Thus, a situation, where for instance, the first term examination is shifted to second term is an outright departure from the norms and ethics of Continuous Assessment.” The summary passage was said to have been culled from Jola Adegbenro’s Issues on Education Today. The governor and some other top government officials were allegedly angry with this section, which they believed made a veiled reference to what obtained in the state. Consequently, the embattled officials were invited to Abeokuta last week to face a disciplinary panel set up by the state Bureau of Establishment and Training, where they were quizzed. The state’s Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle, while reacting to the sacking, said the government followed the due process “because the affected officials were given opportunity to defend themselves.” She said, “I am aware that not all of them were dismissed, some had their appointment terminated and some were compulsorily retired. “When the issue came up, the state government put in the necessary process, a panel was set up to investigate and based on their recommendations, the state Civil Service Commission has to decide. It is a decision that has been relayed to the affected officers. “The normal process was that a panel was set up, the report was forwarded to the Civil Service Commission for the civil servants, the Teaching Service Commission, for the teachers. “The decision was in line with the civil service rule, due process was followed to the latter.”

university-polythecnic discrimination will soon be oVer_Ojerinde assures Students_____The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde, has promised Nigerian graduates that the controversial dichotomy existing between holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelors Degree would soon come to an end. The Board’s boss, made this disclosure known during an interview with Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network on Thursday. According to Ojerinde, the present administration has set up a committee to look into the matter and other issues in the education sector. Speaking on the issue; “JAMB and Crises in University Admission”, he stated that the Federal Ministry of Education was looking into the matter and there is hope for the removal of the dichotomy. “The nation needs to rethink and attract candidates for technical and vocational education. The problems are created by the system” Ojerinde said.

Buhari Records New achievment __The administration of President Muhammadu buhari has recorded another feat in the oil sector as the Port Harcourt refining company is expected to reach 95% of its 150,000 barrels per day petrol production. The development is also expected to reduce fuel import by 40%, Vanguard reports. This was reported by Chrome Oil Services, one of the three contractors handling the rehabilitation of the refinery. READ ALSO: Refineries begin operation in Nigeria Mr. Bombey Adigbara, the project manager explained that the refinery had already commenced preliminary production. “The job on the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU)s is about 98 percent completed and by next weekend, we will hand over and the FCCUs will be re-streamed and the refinery will be working at about 95 percent of its throughput. “Three companies participated in this phased works and COS is the first, and we are still doing the work. At the moment, the refinery has started preliminary production, which means  that it is Unit 1 that is producing. “The Unit 3 is being handled by Chrome, and by the end of next week, we will hand over the plant and the FCCs will be streamed. When this is done, we will start experiencing high level of PMS production in Nigeria.  So, all the critical jobs are being done by us.” READ ALSO: House of reps to probe JTF The company, however, complained about the effect of pipeline vandalism on the success of the project. Sir Emeka Offor, the executive chairman of Chrome group urged the federal government to ensure supervision to prevent pipeline vandalism. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he will head the ministry of petroleum for one and a half years before he appoints a minster so as to reposition it.

6 killed by Boko haram in Maiduguri – At least six people have been killed during a raid by Boko Haram militants outside Nigeria’s northeastern city Maiduguri, a police officer said on Wednesday. The militants “were in Bale Mamman to rustle livestock at about 7:15 p.m. (1815 GMT) on Tuesday. Residents alerted security forces … but before the arrival of troops six persons were shot dead,” police chief Aderemi Opadokun said.

Photos: Oba leads his subjects to protest against PHCN in Ekiti The Oba of Aramoko community in Ekiti state, Oba Adegoke Adeyemi, led his subjects to protest the poor state of electricity supply in their community. The king and his subjects blocked a major road in the community. Now, that’s a leader! More photos after the cut…

katapoT of ENVY_____Unilag guys smash reekado Bank’s Car_____Katapot Of Envy? UNILAG Students Smash Reekado Banks’s Car Windscreen [See Photo] Mavin buzzing act, Reekado Banks after putting up a brilliant performance last night at an event in UNILAG got his car windscreen smashed by the overwhelming students. Poor Reekado took to instagram to express how delighted he was with his performance, however he never failed to mention on a sad note, how they broke his windscreen. See the pics below; The reason for their action isn’t justifiable but being an alumnus of UNILAG, they might be demanding he pays his dues. Anyways, Reeks apparently isn’t that bothered, at least he dines with the rich Mavin crew. Definitely he’ll get a replacement. –

 

Brymo reveals why he will never return to CHOC records_____In a recent interview with Goldmyne, former Choc City record label singer, Olawale Ashimi a.k.a. Brymo disclosed that he would never go back to the music label. According to the singer, after the dispute he had with the record label in 2013, it is only natural for him to leave and never to come back. He added that it was only business that kept them together but for Jesse Jagz, it is more that business. “I can assure you that my core followers won’t expect me to go back and it is more than business for Jesse. It is family, so his going back is expected. But for me, it was contract that tied us together and since it has been broken and they dragged me to court, it was only natural that I go my way. I would also appreciate the media to stop talking about me going back to Chocolate City because it would never happen,” he said. It would be recalled that in 2013, the split and legal tussle involving Brymo and Chocolate City made the headlines. It lingered, but finally ended in favour of the singer. Since then, Brymo decided to pursue his career without leaning on any label for survival. –

Bank reduce withdrawal limit on ATM_____In an effort to curtail the value of naira, affecting existing withdrawal limits on Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) and foreign transactions on all existing Naira debit cards (ATM cards), withdrawals limit on ATM has been further reduced. In the new arrangement, all ATMs that were previously enabled for domestic and foreign transactions have been restructured to limit naira cash withdrawal at ATMs to N60,000 per day while foreign currency is $300 per day, the previous  domestic withdrawal limit was N150,000 per day. The new arrangement has also separated traditional ATM from MasterCard credit card where the former has now been deactivated and can no longer be used for transactions abroad. In the past, a single ATM card serves for transactions for both domestic and abroad. Also, the restructured cards now have spending limits on POS/eCommerce (online shopping) pegged at $300 (about N60,000) per day. Before this, the limit was N2 million per day. In the new arrangement, a bank customer with multiple debit cards (ATM cards), only the one linked to the primary transactional account will be enabled for use abroad. Hitherto, such customers could transact with any of the cards that is funded. However, banks are putting in place alternatives in these adjustments to address the concern of customers who are now being directed by their banks to reapply for a new card arrangement to suit their purposes. These new developments are coming on the heels of Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) statement on Sunday that all legitimate requests for foreign currency for eligible transactions, normally referred to as ‘invisibles,’ such as remittances for school fees, student maintenance allowances, BTA, PTA, medical and other eligible transactions, shall be fully met at the official/interbank exchange rate. A statement from the CBN added that already all the legitimate demands for such transactions through recognised channels have so far been fully met by CBN. “The CBN hereby directs all authorised dealers in foreign exchange in Nigeria to henceforth treat as top priority all legitimate demand for foreign exchange for eligible transactions. “The CBN once again advises individuals that wish to source foreign currency for such eligible transactions to approach their banks with their legitimate demand as the CBN has made adequate provisions of foreign currency for all such legitimate and eligible purposes. “Furthermore, holders of Naira denominated debit and credit cards shall continue to have access to the use of their cards at ATMs in any part of the world but subject to the annual limit of $50,000. ATM withdraws shall continue to be a maximum of $300 per day,the statement stated. –