The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Delta state chapter has accused governor Ifeanyi Okowa led administration of registering over 2,000 unqualified private schools which has led to the mass failure recorded in Delta State at the primary school level especially the primary six and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The Proprietors of Private Schools Association while warning governor Okowa to desist from such act, it said it will not hesitate to have a severe show down with him.
According to the Association, the unrestricted approvals of private schools by the state government revealed through a survey carried out in Delta North Senatorial District of the state indicated that over 2,000 approved private schools in Oshimili South and North council areas were in severe disrepair and below standard.
The Association displeasure was made known in a letter signed by its chairmen in the affected council areas, Mr Austin Onodarho and Mr. Callistus Ofonye, in Asaba, addressed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, copied Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori and chairman, house Committee on Education and made available to newsmen.
The letter which expressed bitterness over the standard of education said to have dropped drastically in the state, pointed out that the existence of quack private schools largely contributed to the mass failure which the state recorded in the last primary six and BECE examinations.
While calling for caution, the Association wondered why corrupt government officials in the education sector of the state would not do thorough findings before approving schools, threatening that standard private schools in the aforementioned council areas would stop paying tax or pay for license renewal as from 2018, if the state government fails to close down the unqualified schools.
“Delta state government should take a cue from Akwa-Ibom state which recently closed down over 700 schools in one fell swoop and threatened to prosecute the promoters if they re-open them. Where all entreaties fail, we shall not hesitate to convene another emergency meeting to mobilize members to protest against the madness in education sector. Besides that, no private school in the two council area will pay tax or pay for license renewal next year if the state government fails to take decisive action against their owners”, the statement read.
The association maintained that by willfully granting approval to individuals to convert their dilapidating churches, sachet water companies, hotels and plazas, to schools without due process, the future of the children of the state were being mortgaged.
They urged the state government to strengthen the inspectorate department of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for effective monitoring, even as it rejected, what he described as “Jamboree NAPPS WEEK” being proposed in the state.
NYSC to investigate Finance Minister’s exemption certificate
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC said on Monday that it has launched an investigation into an alleged fake exemption certificate in possession of Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.
The organisation, in a three paragraph statement issued on Monday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Adeyemi Adenike, confirmed that the minister applied for an exemption certificate from the NYSC.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the issue of the alleged forgery of an NYSC Exemption Certificate by the Honorable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.
“Checking our records, Mrs. Adeosun did apply for an Exemption Certificate. We shall investigate the origin of the purported Exemption Certificate in question.”
An online publication, Premium Times had reported that the Minister skipped the mandatory one year national service and obtained a forged exemption certificate.
NNPC kick-starts 7 critical gas projects to support 15GW power generation
A major stride in the attainment of national energy sufficiency was achieved in Lagos on Mobday with the commencement of technical framing workshop and subsequent project signing ceremony of the seven Critical Gas Development Projects (7CGDP) to deliver about 3.4 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (bscfd) to bridge the foreseen medium term supply gap by 2020 on an accelerated basis.
The 7CGDP is an integral leg of the gas development strategy designed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to leverage the full potential of gas to meet the target of generating at least 15 gigawatts (GW) of electricity by 2020.
In a presentation at the event, Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru enthused that the projects would not only bridge the projected shortfall in supply upon completion, but would also signal the beginning of the process of closing demand-supply gap in the domestic gas market.
He said NNPC had engaged two World Class Project Management Consultants namely Delta Afrik/Worley Parson & Crestech/Penspen who will work with NPDC and NNPC JVPartners and other stakeholders to achieve set project deliverables. He listed some of the responsibilities of the project consultants to include: working with NNPC and partners to revalidate and carry out relevant technical studies to proposed development plans, provide financial advisory services for project funding/financing strategy and appraise the fiscal requirements for viability and advice on interventions that may be required.
The PMT are also expected to study and recommend fast-track tendering process for fielddevelopment and project implementation, establish realistic cost benchmark(s) for identified projects and develop project schedules and cost estimates for the respective projects among others.
Dr. Baru explained that in addition to the above, the NNPC Project Management groups would strengthen oversight function on the seven (7) critical gas development projects by ensuring prompt decision making and timely approvals in line with international best practices. The NNPC GMD said the Corporation was working closely with other agencies like the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board (NCMDB), among others, to ensure timely approvals for the project and also ensure that lease renewals requests related to these projects were supported for renewals by relevant agency.
Osagie Okunboe, Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) which is handling three out of the seven projects, pledged the commitment of the company to the successful execution of the 7CGDP, noting that Shell was fully aligned with Nigeria’s gas strategy and aspirations.
Highpoint of the event was the formal execution of agreement for the development of the 6.4 trillion cubic feet unitized gas fields (Samabri-Bisseni, Akri-Oguta, Ubie-Oshi fields by NNPC/Shell and NAOC JV.
The 7CGDP include: development of the 4.3 trillion cubic feet (TCF) Assa North/OhajiSouth field; development of the 6.4 TCF Unitized Gas fields (Samabri-Biseni, Akri-Oguta, Ubie-Oshi and Afuo-Ogbainbri); and the development of 7TCF NPDC’s OML 26,30 &42.Others include: development of 2.2 TCF Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) JV Gas Supply to Brass Fertilizer Company; cluster development of 5 TCF OML13 to support the expansion of Seven Energy Uquo Gas Plant; and the cluster development of 10 TCF Okpokunou/Tuomo West (OML 35& 62).
Meanwhile, the NNPC on Monday provided insight into the fire incident which ravaged parts of the PPMC Depot in Minna, Niger State. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the 7CGDP launch in Lagos, the GMD said the fire incident which started late Saturday night after the collapse of the floating roof of one of the Petrol storage tanks had since been brought under control.
He thanked members of the neighbouring communities, the security agencies and emergency services for their support and prompt response.
What Buhari said about Saraki’s Supreme Court victory
President Muhammadu Buhari says the country’s judicial system, no matter the challenges it faces, is truly working and no one should be allowed to undermine or break it.
The President’ Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said Buhari made the statement while reacting to Friday’s Supreme Court verdict on Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The Supreme Court had, on Friday, set free the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of charges in the case of false assets declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
President Buhari said: “I have seen many instances where individuals and groups seek the destruction of the judicial institution in the foolish thinking of saving their skin, instead of going through the painstaking process of establishing their innocence.
“He persevered, and in the end, the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, says he is not guilty as charged.
“This is what I have done in the three elections in which I was cheated out, before God made it possible for me to come here the fourth time I ran for the office.”
The president said the Senate President’s journey from the lowest to the highest court of the land provided an important example for Nigerians to emulate.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Supreme Court had upheld the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s ruling, clearing Saraki of all 18 count charges bothering on assets declaration.