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Bayelsa community school gets maiden water scheme



Bayelsa community school gets maiden water scheme

Last Updated on August 23, 2023 by Fellow Press

Community Secondary School, Okutukutu in Yenagoa, now has a functional water scheme.

The scheme, inaugurated by the Commissioner for Education, Dr Gentle Emelah, was brought to fruition courtesy Bayelsa Educational Development Trust Fund (EDTF) and Rotary Club District 9141.

Rotary International District 9141 comprises Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta and Edo.

Emelah commended the EDTF for securing partnership with the Rotary Club to fund the 5,000-litre capacity water project.

In her remarks earlier, Dr Alice Atuwo, Executive Secretary at EDTF, applauded Rotary International for collaborating with the Fund in its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) support programme for schools in Bayelsa.

She said the support from District 9141 of the Rotary Club was commendable and should be emulated by other organisations, noting that governments across countries could not fund education alone.

Atuwo explained that provision of water in schools would ensure a hygienic environment to secure students from contracting water-borne diseases and reduce absenteeism.

Also addressing the inauguration, Mr Emeke Utebor, District Governor of Rotary International District, said the partnership with Bayelsa’s EDTF was an opportunity to render service to society.

Utebor said Rotary International was also providing grants to provide electronic learning support and electronic libraries for eligible schools.

He added that technology-aided learning was bridging the gap between rural and urban students.

He said the club was eager to extend the collaboration with EDTF in other spheres of education.

Dr Fineboy Ezekiel, Principal of the benefiting school, thanked EDTF and Rotary Club for the gesture and pledged the project’s maintenance and judicious use.

“We will not let you down. We are grateful and will want to be considered for the e-Library project. As you can see, our premises are fenced and secure,’’ he said.


Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise



Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft



Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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