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Two cases of monkeypox recorded in Lagos, victims quarantined

Two cases of monkeypox recorded in Lagos, victims quarantined

The Lagos State Government confirmed that it has recorded two suspected cases and appealed to residents to remain calm and vigilant.

Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris told reporters that the two suspected cases were currently being investigated.

“Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is need to sensitise members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease in line with the policy of the State government,” he said.

Idris said the two suspected cases were recorded in a private hospital which he did not disclose. He added that one of the suspected case just came from Bayelsa State and ate bush meat.

Idris said the two suspected cases had been quarantined in their various houses pending the result of the investigation.

The commissioner said in the wake of this outbreak, the state government is reiterating the need for members of the public to observe and maintain a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread to the State.

He urged members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected case of the disease to the nearest public health facility or the Directorate of Disease Control in the State Ministry of Health.

“Also, health workers are advised to practice universal safety precautions in the management of suspected or confirmed cases, wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when attending to cases, wash hands after each contact with patient or contaminated materials while surveillance system must be strengthened.

“The state government has mobilised the Disease Surveillance Officers in the 57 LGAs and LCDAs in the state and health workers in both public and private health facilities have been placed on high alert,” Idris said.

Idris called on residents of the State to remain calm and go about their businesses without fear as the government had put in place adequate measures to effectively prevent and control the spread of the infection to the State.

“In case of any suspected case of Monkey Pox, the Lagos State Ministry of Health should be notified through the following mobile lines: 08037170614, 09087106072,” he said

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Masquerade arrested for robbery in Lagos

Masquerades arrested for robbery in Lagos


Ajibade Olusesan

Police have arrested some masquerades in full regalia for allegedly harassing and robbing the residents of Elere, Agege in Lagos.
Residents told our correspondent that the masquerades and some hoodlums were harassing and dispossessing the people of the area of their belongings before some of them made a distress call to the police who responded swiftly.
About 6p.m. on Wednesday, our correspondent saw about six operational vehicles of police with gun- wielding policemen including operatives of Federal Anti-Robbery Squad who moved to the Elere area of Agege, and after about 20 minutes, sounds of gun shots were heard as the masquerades and their followers allegedly attempted to resist arrest.
Residents became panicky as several canisters of tear gas were also fired to force the ‘hoodlums’ into submission.
A few minutes later, two masquerades in their full regalia were chained to the back of a white Hilux van by the police who took them away.
Several hoodlums, who were the followers of the masquerades, were also rounded up.
Policemen stayed back for about 30 minutes after the masquerades had been taken away as passers-by, including our correspondent, were made to raise their hands.
“We are happy the police came on time because this is what these people do regularly. They have a shrine at Anipupo Street and without authorisation from the Olu of Agege, they will come out for ‘ritual’ and used that to harass and extort money from innocent people,” a resident said.
“The last time they did their ‘ritual’ some of these hoodlums came to my shop and even attempted to rape me. They made away with the proceeds of my sales for the day, it was a terrible situation here,” a beer joint operator, who identified herself simply as Iyabo, said.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, said they were arrested about 4p.m, on Wednesday.
He said: “When I received the complaint of the masquerades, some decoy teams were sent to the area and the masquerades and their handler where all arrested. They were only using the opportunity to rob some residents of the area.
“The masquerades don’t have the authorised permission of a traditional ruler in their community to come out, because traditionally masquerade doesn’t just come out without a purpose. We have warned repeatedly that masquerades parading themselves on the streets of Lagos will not be tolerated henceforth.”
Edgal warned that any masquerader who comes out without the approval of their custodians would be arrested and arraigned.

Source: New Telegraph

Masquerades’ arrested for robbery in Lagos

Masquerades’ arrested for robbery in Lagos


Ajibade Olusesan

Police have arrested some masquerades in full regalia for allegedly harassing and robbing the residents of Elere, Agege in Lagos.
Residents told our correspondent that the masquerades and some hoodlums were harassing and dispossessing the people of the area of their belongings before some of them made a distress call to the police who responded swiftly.
About 6p.m. on Wednesday, our correspondent saw about six operational vehicles of police with gun- wielding policemen including operatives of Federal Anti-Robbery Squad who moved to the Elere area of Agege, and after about 20 minutes, sounds of gun shots were heard as the masquerades and their followers allegedly attempted to resist arrest.
Residents became panicky as several canisters of tear gas were also fired to force the ‘hoodlums’ into submission.
A few minutes later, two masquerades in their full regalia were chained to the back of a white Hilux van by the police who took them away.
Several hoodlums, who were the followers of the masquerades, were also rounded up.
Policemen stayed back for about 30 minutes after the masquerades had been taken away as passers-by, including our correspondent, were made to raise their hands.
“We are happy the police came on time because this is what these people do regularly. They have a shrine at Anipupo Street and without authorisation from the Olu of Agege, they will come out for ‘ritual’ and used that to harass and extort money from innocent people,” a resident said.
“The last time they did their ‘ritual’ some of these hoodlums came to my shop and even attempted to rape me. They made away with the proceeds of my sales for the day, it was a terrible situation here,” a beer joint operator, who identified herself simply as Iyabo, said.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, said they were arrested about 4p.m, on Wednesday.
He said: “When I received the complaint of the masquerades, some decoy teams were sent to the area and the masquerades and their handler where all arrested. They were only using the opportunity to rob some residents of the area.
“The masquerades don’t have the authorised permission of a traditional ruler in their community to come out, because traditionally masquerade doesn’t just come out without a purpose. We have warned repeatedly that masquerades parading themselves on the streets of Lagos will not be tolerated henceforth.”
Edgal warned that any masquerader who comes out without the approval of their custodians would be arrested and arraigned.

Source: New Telegraph

Lagos Education District 1 marks Teacher’s Day with five-km fitness walk

Lagos Education District 1 marks Teacher’s Day with five-km fitness walk

A cross section of participants

Lagos State Education District 1 at the weekend commenced this year’s Teacher’s Day with a five-kilometre walk by teachers in the District.
Leading the walk, Tutor-general/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Dr. Folayinmika Ayandele, lauded the commitment of Akinwunmi Ambode led administration on its concern towards capacity development of teachers in all ramifications.

The endurance trek which is tagged Building the Workforce took off at Government College, Iyana-Ipaja and ended at Agege stadium where other activities took place.
According to Ayandele, Teachers’ Day is an international event to celebrate teachers for their roles towards national development.
“A healthy workforce is paramount towards national development. So it is important to ensure the wellness of teachers which explains the concept of this 5-kilometre walk”, she said.

“You can see that they didn’t feel it, we were having fun and recognising the beautiful work done by our teachers. This is one of the intervention programmes for teachers by Lagos state Government as approved by His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and our Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule to make our teachers fit so that they can have their position in national development”

Tutor-general/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Dr. Folayinmika Ayandele, l

The Tutor-General stressed on the significance of fitness walk to their profession.
“We want to ensure that our workforce is free  from ailments; so thirty minutes walk is not too much for us and not a one day-off thing”

She also stressed the need for the teachers to make it a regular event in their private lives.
In a brief interview with journalists, Education Secretary, Agege Local Government Education Authority, Hon. Olamilekan Majiyagbe reiterated that the programme is relevant as the development of the body system is achieved through exercises.
“Most of the teachers are engaged and don’t have time for exercise, this exercise is to promote their well-being and mental development. It is a means of motivating teachers on the importance of exercise in their daily life and create bonding among ourselves. Although, we have been doing it at LGEA level, but it’s the first time at District level and commendable”.

Similarly, the education secretary, Alimosho Local Government Education Authority, Honourable  Airat Mojirade Alamu ,urged parents to complement the efforts of teachers by ensuring pupils’ punctuality to schools, saying that pupils need attention on healthy living and academics.

The event also featured march past and novelty match between Education District 1 and Local Government education authorities within the district’s jurisdiction.

The week-long teachers celebration will feature; seminar, staff rooms decorations by students among others

Education District 1 is made up of Agege, Alimoso and Ifako Ijaye Local Governments and their Local Council Development Areas.

Lagos schools risk N500,000 fine closure for not teaching Yoruba language

Yoruba language bill: Lagos schools risk N500, 000 fine, closure for non-compliance 

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

 Lagos – The Lagos State House of Assembly is proposing a fine of N500, 000 or closure of any school that flouts its proposed law on compulsory teaching and learning of Yoruba Language, when passed. • 

“A Bill for a Law To Provide for the Preservation and Promotion of the Use of Yoruba Language and for Connected Purposes’’ before the House seeks to make Yoruba language a core subject in schools. 

Presenting a report on the bill on Thursday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Mr Lanre Ogunyemi, said that it would enhance the preservation of the language. 

According to him, the bill also recommends the translation of all the laws in the state into Yoruba language in order to get to its target.

 The Assembly had previously made moves to make teaching and learning of Yoruba Language compulsory in both public and private schools in the state. 

The House said that such step had become imperative to meet its target of preserving and promoting the indigenous language of the South West from going into extinction. 

The bill states further that all state- owned tertiary institutions should incorporate the use of Yoruba Language in the General Studies (GNS) curriculum. 

It reads in part: “The use of Yoruba Language shall be an acceptable means of communication between individuals, establishment, corporate entities and government in the state if so desired by the concerned. 

“Any school that fails to comply with the provisions of Section 2 of the law commits an offence and is liable on first violation to issuance of warning and on subsequent violation be closed down and also pay a fine of N500, 000.” Ogunyemi later told newsmen that the committee might amend a provision in the bill which recommended that it should take effect after two years of its passage.

 According to him, most of the lawmakers want the bill to become effective immediately after it is signed into law by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode. The lawmaker added that the Assembly was passionate about Yoruba Language which necessitated its adoption for parliamentary debate on Thursdays.

 “The National Policy on Education provides that the language of an environment should be spoken in schools, which is why Yoruba Language is being adopted for Lagos schools. 

“After the passage of the bill into law, it would become compelling for schools to speak Yoruba Language. We want to preserve the language for generations yet unborn,’’ he said.

 On compliance by private schools after passage, the lawmaker said that schools owners were part of the bill and that they were at meetings the committee held across the education districts in the state. 

He added that private schools owners would have no choice than to key into the project as they have been properly mobilised, adding that the state Ministry of Education would ensure compliance. On the translation of the laws into Yoruba Language, 

Ogunyemi said that this was to ensure that those that are literate in Yoruba language were carried along in the scheme of things in the state. The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, commended the committee, noting that the bill should take effect once signed into law by the state governor. 

NAN reports that the House accepted the report as its resolution as the bill awaits third reading. (NAN)

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How sacked LASU lecturer delayed our results for seven years because we didn’t pay him N50,000

For six years, sacked LASU lecturer delayed our results for not paying N50,000 bribe –Alabi, Ex-student

Tunde Ajaja

Like a season movie that is yet to climax, the last seems not to have been heard of the sacking of 15 lecturers, two non-academic staff and the demotion of two others by the Governing Council of the Lagos State University, as more facts have continued to emerge about the issue.

One of the sacked lecturers, Dr. Isaac Oyewunmi, who was the branch chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in LASU, said recently that the allegations against him were mere victimisation and that it was “shameful” that LASU relied on “ghost petition” to sack him.

He had said, “If you can even prove that I demanded some amount of money from those students, nothing more than that, and some people actually collected money, it is politics of activism and we are used to it. But it is actually shameful.

“When you have incidents of a ghost petition and then you use the evidence of a third party to rubbish the career of another – well, it’s interesting; we are enjoying it honestly.”

But, as it turns out, the person who wrote the petition against Oyewunmi has come out to state his side of the story. In an exclusive interview with our correspondent earlier in the week, the petitioner, Mr. Alabi Abiodun, an ex-student of LASU, revealed how the sacked lecturer allegedly delayed the processing of the result of seven students of the (2007) set for six years because they refused to pay the N50,000 bribes he allegedly demanded from each of them.

In the course of the delay, Alabi said he lost two job offers because his result was not ready and that it took the intervention of the former governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola, to get their results.

In a narrative that turned out to be very interesting, Alabi said he gained admission into LASU in 2003 to study Political Science under the sandwich programme. It was a three-year course, but due to strike actions along the line, he graduated in 2007, instead of 2006. He noted that his experience while the programme lasted was sweet and productive.

But after graduation, that sweet experience was soon replaced with frustration, Alabi said.

He continued, “At the end of the programme in 2007, we were made to know that Dr. Isaac Oyewunmi would be the one to coordinate and process our result for onward submission, as he performed that responsibility for the entire department. We were optimistic that in no time, our results would be ready, more so that we were just seven in the class.”

Alabi noted that most of them sponsored themselves to school and so they could not wait to lay their hands on their result to start looking for job and earn better living. But throughout that year, there was no update about the result.

“By 2008, we discovered that nothing was happening as regards our result, so we approached Dr. Oyewunmi again. He said yes, he wanted to help us but that he had been using his money to make photocopies of the result, which had been delaying the work.

“On hearing that, I told my colleagues to let us motivate him and speed things up. We contributed among ourselves and gave him N10,000, even though he didn’t ask for it. We just wanted to facilitate the process and maybe that was our undoing. When we gave him the money, we then assumed that things would be faster. But sadly, that was the beginning of a torturous journey.”

Throughout 2008, 2009 and 2010; making three years after graduation, there was no update about their result. Even though they kept meeting Oyewunmi to know the update about their result, Alabi said he kept promising them he would do it and at the graduation every year, Alabi said he would always dress up like one of the graduates but would always come back deflated.

Apart from holding them to ransom, Alabi said the delay cost him two job opportunities. “In 2009, I got a job offer from the Federal Government but I lost it because I didn’t have a result to present; same thing in 2010 when I got another offer from the Lagos State government and I lost it because of no result,” he added.

When the delay became costly to bear, Alabi  said himself and his colleagues went to meet the lecturer to know what was happening and that to their greatest dismay, Oyewunmi said he could not lay his hands on the result.

He said, “There was a heavy rain that period; such that it rained for about 16 hours in Lagos. Dr. Oyewunmi told us that after the rain, he could not find our result.

“On the day we agreed to meet him, before I got there, he called the two people that first got there and took them to the tree beside the three-in-one building very close to sandwich building. He told them the rain swept away our results but that he would help us out. He said each of us should pay N50,000 if we really wanted to get our result.

“When I got there and I was told, I went to his office to ask if what they said was true and he told me that each of us should pay N50,000 before we could get our result. I’m not the type to buy result, so I told my colleagues we won’t do that and we all agreed because even in our four years, I never paid any lecturer.”

Alabi, who was sponsoring himself, explained that even if he was to raise the N50,000, he would have to work for three months without eating. “We agreed not to pay,” he added.

Dazed by the delay and the unfolding drama, Alabi said he ran to one of his lecturers named Dr. Muda, who expressed shock over the report. He said the lecturer took him to the Acting Director of Sandwich Programme, Dr. MOB Mohammed, who was equally shocked by the report.

“That day, I cried because the trouble was becoming too much and then felt suddenly helpless. Why did I go to school if I had nothing to show for it. We all know the rate of unemployment in Nigeria, so when you lose two job offers, you can imagine how it feels.”

Based on the promise by the acting director that something would be done about the result, during the next convocation in 2010, Alabi said he was prepared for the programme as one of the graduands but on getting to school, he found out his name and those of his colleagues were not included. Thus, he went back home deflated.

In fact, instead of doing the needful, Alabi alleged that Oyewunmi started using an agent in the person of one of the students in the department, known as Alhaji, who gained admission the same year Alabi graduated. “Alhaji was the one encouraging us to pay the money, in accordance with what Dr. Oyewunmi had said,” he said.

In 2011, four years after graduation, Alabi took the bull by the horn when he attended the convocation of that year and found that their names were not in the programme.

He said, “Former governor Babatunde Fashola was the visitor to the school, so I got a bulletin where his name and number was. At that point, I couldn’t bear it again. After the programme, I sent a ‘SOS’ message to the governor and I titled the text message ‘LASU result only worth N50,000’. I appealed to him to save us from Dr. Isaac Oyewunmi, through his agent, Alhaji, so that they could release our result.

“As it turned out, when Fashola received that message, he forwarded it to the then VC, Prof. Obafunwa, who couldn’t hesitate, given where the message came from. The VC called the Director of External Programmes, Dr. Abanikonda, who also called Dr. Muda, whom I had reported to earlier.

“That was how investigation into the matter began. At a point, the VC (Obafunwa) called me into his office and asked if I could repeat the allegations in front of the lecturers and I told him I was ready. I didn’t have any reason to lie, not to even talk of destroying another man’s career. I wouldn’t do that. I learnt the VC ordered that our results should be retrieved from him and released as soon as possible. But the damage had been done.”

Asked why he didn’t take other steps to put pressure on the lecturer, as six years appears a long time, Alabi said they never knew it could take that long, as they renewed their hope of graduating every year. “Initially, we didn’t see the need to petition the authorities until it dawned on us and I had to involve the governor,” he said.

Overall, Alabi said he and his colleagues spent 10 years to get their first degree, as their result was eventually released in 2013 when all the joy of being a graduate had already faded out. But that didn’t seem to be the end to the drama. Alabi said in 2015, he started receiving threats as some unknown persons were visiting where he was living, telling people to warn him to desist from trying to report or implicate their boss/lecturer.

He said, “When it got to a level, I wrote LASU, notifying the authorities of the threat. And I also told them that it was because nothing was done about it that was why people could still be threatening me on his behalf. I asked the management that if someone sat on my result for six years, should threats be the next line of action?

“They acknowledged the receipt of the letter and they set up a panel. They invited me and I went there to state my side of the story. I appeared before the panel about five times, and each of those times, I used to sit beside Dr. Oyewunmi in front of the panel.

“With the things going on in LASU now, I know they would be going about, making concocted report of what did not happen and that is why I like to talk about it. I decided to say my own story for the entire world to hear and put things in perspective, without bias.

“I’m not judging him, but what he did was a violation of our rights for him as the coordinator of our results to make a demand. It is also against the teaching etiquette for a teacher to give the result of other students to somebody else to prepare, especially when the person is also a student of the same institution.”

While there have been accusations that Oyewunmi was sacked based on his union activities as ASUU chairman in LASU, given the reported disagreement between the management and the union, Alabi, while thanking the management, his “wonderful lecturers” and his colleagues for their cooperation, stressed that people should separate the individual from the union.

He said, “Was LASU branch of ASUU on trial? No. Was it LASU branch of ASUU that delayed our result? No; it was Dr. Oyewunmi. If the authorities of the school, in their own wisdom, feel that dismissing him is the best judgment for him, so be it. Whoever that wants to be the sympathiser of Oyewunmi should separate ASUU from his person. Let us judge the matter on the basis of merit, not with bias.”

Specifically, ASUU, Lagos Zone, had claimed that the exercise by the management of LASU was to implicate the leadership of the union in the school, but Alabi insisted that anyone with conscience should put his children in their shoes.

“They should imagine that a child whose fees they are paying should finish school and would not get result for six years, not to talk of people who sponsored themselves. I sponsored myself. My parents are very rich, on the other side; likewise some of us. So, you can understand our pain,” he added.

Quoting Revelation 22 to stress that Oyewunmi would get the reward of what he did to them, Alabi added that if he had got those jobs he was offered, his life would have been better than what it is at the moment.

But, while responding to the allegations, Oyewunmi said there was no substance in the allegations that he asked for money to process results. He accused the school management of paying an agent to dent his image, being the arrowhead of ASUU in the school.

Oyewunmi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Friday, said, “The gentleman said he was admitted in 2003 when I was not even a member of staff.

“I joined LASU in 2004. If he was admitted in 2003, he was supposed to graduate in 2007, whereas I became the subject coordinator for the political science education students in 2011. And 2007 to 2011 would give us about four years, yet, I was the one who delayed his graduation all this while.

“The point is that there is this systemic problem in LASU and not until we come to stand up to our shortcomings collectively and not use anybody as a scapegoat, we won’t be moving forward.

“There is no substance in all of these and if the school finds it difficult to reverse itself, the court of law in some days from now would look at it and we are very sure we would be victorious.”

On September 8, 2017, the institution had said that the sacking of the staff members was due to different acts of misconduct and that there was thorough investigation of specific documented allegations of misconduct levelled against them.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, had also said at a press briefing on Monday that the decision was part of efforts to sanitise the system and that it was not in any way politically motivated.

Source : The Punch 

Lagos govt advocates improvement in reading culture as state celebrates World Literacy Day

World Literacy Day: Lagos calls for improved reading culture

 

As part of activities marking this year’s World Literacy Day the Lagos State Government has stepped up the campaign for improved reading culture among students across the state, saying literate citizenry enhances good governance. 

Speaking yesterday at a symbolic reading session, which held at Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Senior Secondary School, Maryland, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, advised the students to seek excellence in whatever they do, adding that part of the efforts to encourage reading among them was the provision of digital library in various public schools.

Adebule, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi, said the theme for this year’s global event is; Literacy in a Digital World. 

He said there are tendencies for the people to abuse the internet but warned the students against using the facilities for negative purposes, adding that the state has introduced other languages such as French and Chinese to offer the students greater opportunities in future.

He said: “Today is a globally recognised day to promote literacy and we are happy in this state that we are improving on daily basis. 

The latest performance of our students in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has shown that the state’s efforts are yielding positive results.” 

Also speaking, the Principal of Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Senior Secondary School, Mrs. Olutoyin Okuwobi, said the school’s multilingual laboratory is helping in no small measure to expose the students to additional skills in the foreign languages.

“In fact, I learnt the basic Chinese knowledge I have from these pupils and we do not just focus on foreign languages, but also on Fridays, we ensure that our assembly is conducted in purely Yoruba language with various presentations and renditions,” she said.

Source: New Telegraph