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Grant students break to vote, Sowore urges FG



The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has joined Nigerians in calling on authorities to allow students to go on break to vote in the forthcoming general elections.

Sowore in his call urged the Ministry of Education through the Federal Government to grant students at least a weeklong break to vote during the election.

The election which is barely a few weeks away from now has gathered reactions in the political quarters of the country with lots of anticipations and hallucinations over who will eventually clinch the number one office in the land.

At least 3.5 million students with voters’ cards but have their polling stations outside their schooling domains may be disenfranchised from the voting exercise due to their inability to reach out to their respective polling stations.

As the case may be schooling authorities in the country may not be reflecting on allowing the already registered students to holiday with regards to the 2023 polls.

Many have already expressed concerns about the development with knocks on the tertiary institutions for lack of enthusiasm on the matter.

The human rights activist who is one of the contenders in the 2023 presidential race has been championing Nigeria’s educational system’s address in his blueprint, whose aim is for full enrolment for all children at the primary and secondary school level, among others.

Lending his voice to the development, the presidential candidate of the AAC, in a Twitter post on Thursday morning wrote “The Federal Govt led by @MBuhari, @inecnigeria, the ministry of education must grant Nigerian students at least a weeklong break to enable them to vote in the 2023 elections.

“They must be allowed to choose their leaders so they can get rid of wicked leaders #LetOurpeoplevote #SoworeMagashi2023 #WeCantContinueLikeThis,” he tweeted.

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I may reconsider sacked teachers — Adeleke



GOVERNOR Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, yesterday, disclosed that his administration may review the sacking of 1,500 teachers recruited by his predecessor.

Fielding questions from newsmen on the occasion of his 100 days in office, at the Executive Lounge of the Governor’s Office, in Osogbo, he said the case of the teachers will be reviewed, after the electioneering period and possibly along with others issues the administration’s review committee investigated.

His words: “I am a governor that believes in the rule of law and due process. After the electioneering period, we will look into their case. If due process is followed then I will know what to do, but I don’t believe in deploying sentiment into such issues.

“You will recall I set up various committees when I took over governance of Osun state. The committees are already submitting their reports. I have consequently set up white papers committee on the recommendations of the various committees. Before long, our government will take decisions on the various recommendations through a white paper.”

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OGSG, Tobi Fletcher team-up to Aid Young Professional’ Participation in Economic Development



Founder of a leading indigenous restaurant and outdoor catering company, Oluwatobi Fletcher (Ofadaboy)  has initiated a partnership with the Ogun State Government to rally the state’ young professional’ that have excelled in their various  fields to team-up with the government to further promote the works of the government and enhance development.


The initiative themed Homecoming is a movement of illustrious youths of Ogun State, whose core mandate is to spotlight the excellent and exceptional works being executed by various indigene of the State, and also  to  appreciate and support the government’s visionary strides, and globally promote the Gateway State in a positive light especially among  the youths.
Speaking at a courtesy visit by the Young Professionals, The Ogun State Governor, His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who received the team with other top functionaries at the state house in Abeokuta explained that team is made up of Ogun State extraction who have excelled in their various fields that has come together to initiate an idea that will encourage more indigenes be their best in every aspect of life and to boost economic development of the state.


He added that the government is prepared to partner with the team at all levels because they will be an ambassador of progress that will further propagate the desire mantra of the government to run an all-inclusive governance.
The commissioner of environment of Ogun state in his speech noted ‘We applauded the group for the Homecoming Initiative – a movement of illustrious youths of Ogun State, whose core mandate is to spotlight the excellent and exceptional works being executed by various indigene of our dear State, and also to appreciate and support the government’s visionary strides, and globally promote the Gateway State in a positive light especially among the youths



Worthy of note is their deliberate attempt geared towards sensitizing and encouraging our young achievers, to invest in developing sectors of the State such as Technology, Construction, IT, Education, Farming, Entertainment and other critical, developmental areas.
For us as an Administration, this perfectly fits into the “Building Our Future Together” Agenda under the ISEYA mantra, and we are glad to key into this lofty idea.
The Convener of the group, Mr. Oluwatobi Fletcher, commented that the young professional that were picked have had successful career of over ten years in entertainment and creative industry, Consulting, Banking and other industries. We are poised to be a group of influencers that will support the government and provide evident example to aspiring youth to get to any level in their various careers.
Homecoming Initiative will spread across all local government and constituencies in ogun state in few months with clear communication direction to achieve the set goals. Some of the professionals at the courtesy call include, Convener Tobi Fletcher, Ofadaboy, Vice Convener, Olufemi Oguntamu, CEO Penzaaville, Oluwatobi Ajayi, Chairman Nord Motion, Broda Shaggi, Seun Ajayi a reputable actor.
Others includes Bamike Adenibuyan, Actor/Enterpreneue,  MofoluwatoUthman, Vice President CEO Aplus drinks, Funmi Mustapha, Media and Communication Professional, Lateef Adedimeji, top Nigerian actor and Bode Lucan, CEO Bodeni Energy, Tolu Shokoya, CEO May5th Clothing.

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Elections: Borno declares eight-day holiday for schools



The Borno State Ministry of Education has declared an eight-day holiday for schools across the state ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

In a letter signed by the Director, Schools Management, Ministry of Education, Borno State, Mr Mustapha Umara, explained that the holiday would allow eligible staff and students to exercise their civic rights.

The letter titled, ‘Addendum to the school calendar 2022/2023 academic session’, read, “I am directed to release an addendum to the 2022/2023 school calendar by declaring eight day holidays during the forthcoming 2023 general elections to enable staff and eligible students exercise their civic rights and allow for the usage of schools as collation centres.

“The eight days holiday is slated between Thursday, February 23 to Wednesday, March 1, 2023 for presidential and national assembly elections and Thursday March 9 to Wednesday March 15, 2023 for governorship and state Assembly elections.

“All schools are to strictly comply with this addendum. ”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Ministry of Education through the Lagos State Examinations Board also said it had commenced the registration for the Year 2023 public service examinations.

A statement by Director, Lagos State Examinations Board, Orunsolu Adebayo, said the exams included “Combined confirmation /promotion for clerical officers on grade level 04 and clerical assistants on grade level 03, compulsory examination for administrative cadres on grade level 08 and executive cadres on grade levels 06 and 07 whose appointments are yet to be confirmed,

“External secretarial examination for secretarial officers, secretarial assistants, substantive secretarial assistants, and senior secretarial assistants and trade test for artisans in the state i.e. government employed, self-employed, students at government technical colleges or vocational institutions and staff in the state service.

“Concerned public servants are to pay the registration Fee of #10,000 only per head and #5,000 only for interested artisans. The public service examination will be conducted through computer based test only and the artisans will write theirs through theory and practicals.”

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