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- Published: 03 February 2020
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office has arrested a senior official of the Kwara State Ministry of Finance, Mrs Olajumoke Rhoda Oyawoye for allegedly defrauding many job seekers under the guise of helping them to get job placements in both federal and state employments.
Oyawoye, a level 14 with the Kwara State Ministry of Finance allegedly received various sum amounting to about three million from her victims who are seeking for jobs and issued them fake offer of appointments.
Trouble started for the senior Kwara civil servant when two separate petitioners approached the Ilorin Zonal Office of the anti-graft body, alleging that Mrs Oyawoye claimed she had been helping people to secure employments in Federal parastatals and State Civil Service.
According to one of the petitioners, Solomon Moronfoye " I met her on the 27th April 2018, in my church in Offa. She informed me and other church members that she used to help people get employment at the Kwara State Civil Service Commission and Federal Government Parastatals She told me that the money for the State Employments is two hundred and fifty thousand naira per slot while the one for Federal Government Parastatals is for three hundred and fifty thousand naira"
He stated further " I met her again in Ilorin. I informed her that my children and other church members are interested in both the State and Federal appointments which include the Nigerian Immigration Service of which she gave me slots. I gave her the sum of two million naira and she promised that the applicants have already been employed "
On September 2018, I discovered that all what she said was false and the people she collected money from through me were pestering me to return their money back and she kept giving serious of excuses "
Items recovered in her house include curriculum vitae (CVs) of her victims, letters of appointment of both the Kwara State Civil Service Commission and Federal Parastatals among others.
The Kwara Civil Servant will soon be charged to Court upon the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.
- Published: 30 January 2020
-by Ogbeni Olawale Dawodu
This article is to question the culture of immorality and indecency that lurid artiste, Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, has been preaching to boost his popularity and brand which, alarmingly has become a virus fast permeating the society, so much so that many people, young and old are falling over themselves to be identified as ‘Marlians’. This write-up therefore set to serve as the needed reminder to parents on the collective responsibilities towards giving the right grooming and parental guidance to our children in other to put a halt to the moral deterioration and bad influence people like Afeez Fashola are wrecking on our society.
I am not here to question whether Naira Marley is a product of bad parenting or why he chose to hug a lifestyle of zero manners, alcohol drug consumption and a life that celebrates disobedience to constituted authority. My fear is that on a daily basis, youths all over the country, children of the poor and the rich, as well as adults are striving to meet those qualities so as to qualify as a bonafide MARLIAN. This influence must be stopped!
There was a time, our time of growing up, when children did not allow themselves to look down on their parents—when parental authority forced the disobedient to tremble. There was a period when children trembled in their breeches literally. That time has passed, unhappily.
I am forced today to deviate from normal national discourse into an area which breaks my heart. I have five children, and I am eternally worried about this generation. I may have imparted some values in my children and will continue to drum it down their ears and heads but they are still part of the generality of the teeming population of youths all over the world. One child can change the world; true… but 10 bad children can destroy the future and change the destiny of that one child, if we do not act. When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but sadly, today’s youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint.
It is sad to say that we presently live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient and have no self-control. Children are now tyrants, not the subservient of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, rudely, interject into private conversations of parents, lack table manners or etiquettes. I see no hope for the future of our country if we are dependent on frivolous youths of today, if something is not done fast to re-thread our shredded ethical fabric, for certainly majority of them are reckless beyond words.
Ethics or lack of it as it concerns our present generation of Nigerians seems to be a popular topic in homes, business environments and the society in general nowadays and the question I’m asking today is; where did our ethics disappear to?
For me, most people’s ethics come from their parents, God and politics. First, I believe that parents play a huge role in shaping their children’s ethical behavior. Children learn what is considered to be “good” and “bad” based on their parents approval and/or disapproval which is action-based and primary in nature. Also, children learn secondarily through their own parent’s actions and viewpoints what is considered to be “good” and “bad.” Parents play a huge role in shaping their child’s world and the ethical basis for living life, grasping their place in the world, and confronting the many moral decisions faced in life, particularly during the formative years. Ethics cannot exist without concern for something or someone aside from us. In its purest form, parents are selfless as they decide to become parents, based on the assumption that the parent(s) assumes responsibility and care of that child.
Children nowadays are addicted to technological devices. They are different and hard to understand. They can get what they want like; Smart phones, Play Stations otherwise known as PSP, computer, tablets etc., as we can attest to in our respective family units and anywhere we look, in the church, restaurant, school, home they carry their devices/gadgets. I know parents are trying to give the best to their children, but don’t they ever think of the consequences?
My own childhood was amazing. My brothers and I, cousins and friends spent more time outside, we played more of outdoor activities, engaged in the Nigerian traditional games like making and flying Kites with my father’s old newspapers, (he actually taught me how to make my first kite), during holidays we engaged ourselves with many pastimes like Boju-boju (hide and seek) playing Ayo, Suwee, trap canary birds to put in our cages as pets, and my favourite the Baba and Mama! What girl can ever forget 10-10, or which village child did not throw Rubber seeds? Agbalumo seeds were used for various forms of games. We to climbed trees to pluck fruits- Guava, Mangoes and Almond fruits; we chased Dragonflies, Grasshoppers and ran after Crickets at night.
We came out early in the morning to hunt termites during their wedding flights and roasted them by the fireside. We planted Corn and went into the family garden to pluck them after which we sat by the fireside especially on rainy days and roasted them while the pear softened in the hot ash. We would enjoy games of football together that would only come to an abrupt end most often when we heard the sound of the blaring horn from our late father’s Volkswagen Beetle 1300 approaching. We learnt to ride bicycles bearing whatever rickety Raleigh was available! We played Table Tennis, placing a large enough plank on elevated Sewage areas and demarcated the board with a stick resting on rusted milk cans. Tennis Stars were born from neighbourhoods.
Outdoor activities are good for the heart, body and mind not only that, they also maintain a social connection through friendship, they bring joy and happiness. They propel stronger relationships between siblings and friends. The games we played were not only part of our learning process as children, but we had a positive influence on our mental, physical, emotional and moral being, those were the benefits that were reaped throughout our adulthood. Obesity was almost non-existent in those days.
Children now are different, they don’t know how to play the traditional games and they don’t even know what is happening around them. They only know the apps in their devices and music. Music of all sorts, they can reel the names of hip hop artistes on top of their heads but ask them questions any current issue, majority will go blank! Yet they are glued to the television set either in their rooms or the living with the television permanently on a music channel. And it’s all our fault! because instilling discipline in our children is one of the cornerstone of parenting but we often fail to take heed.
We are quick to lay the blame squarely on the influence of the society. Well for me it’s not a valid reason! Monitoring is a must for our children. Think about it.
The spread of juvenile delinquency these days is largely due to parental laxity. Parents suffer constantly from fear and guilt while their children gaily romp about pulling the place apart. A good old-fashioned spanking is out of the question: such act is perceived as not modern child-rearing method nowadays; some even view it as barbarity.
Children are hardy creatures and most of them survive the harmful influence of extreme permissiveness which is the normal condition in the modern household. But a great many do not.
Honestly, this borrowed culture is not doing our society any good at all. We should instil the same old fashion moral tutoring our own parents imbibed us with while growing up in our children too. At least this will help them to develop vigorous views of their own and give them something positive to react against and help focus them morally and ethically. In fact, I am forced to believe that perhaps there’s some truth in the idea that children who have had an excess of happiness in their childhood fail to make a success of life. As parents, we need to go back to the basics and stop this decaying trend.
Instead, we allow a character like Naira Marley into our homes and encourage our children to proclaim themselves as Marlians! Though we should know better as adults and are much aware that he uses his brand of music to spread his negative influence on the younger generation to boost his popularity! Most of these kids now see him as role model to emulate and follow, but it is our collective duty as parents to be the role model our children should look up to.
The young man is more of negative impact than positive. When you take time to listen to the lyrics in his songs, the choice of words and slangs have done more harm than good to the youths. That’s why children that listen to his music now feel they have the right to be rude and mannerless based on what Naira Marley preaches in his music.
- Published: 29 January 2020
Activities for the 20th edition of Nigeria Polytechnic Games, NIPOGA, the biennial sporting activities among the nation’s polytechnics and colleges of technology got to feverish pitch on Wednesday as the hosting institution, the Kwara State Polytechnic briefed the press and other stakeholders on its level of preparedness.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Abdul Jimoh Mohammed explained that a total of 4,000 participants comprising 3,000 athletes and 1,000 officials from 51 polytechnics will converge on the campus, including the state stadium between February8 through 16 to compete in 12 gaming events.
The events, he said, are volleyball, table tennis, scrabble, hockey, athletics, handball, tennis, basketball, chess, badminton, taekwondo and football.
Mohammed stated that “the facilities to be used for the games have been put in proper shape so as to make the participants feels at home during the event”.
He said the sum of about N190m was projected as budget for the sports meet, that is intended to “foster unity among participating institutions, encourage discipline and enhance physical fitness, while it will also remove cultural, tribal, religious, racial barriers and other parochial differences etc”.
He assured that his institution would host the best games and raise the bar beyond what was obtained in 1981 when the institution first hosted NIPOGA.
- Published: 30 January 2020
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday flagged off the rehabilitation of 31 public schools across the state, a step he said signaled the beginning of a new era for the education sector in the state.
AbdulRazaq flagged off the exercise in Baboko Community Secondary School in the capital city Ilorin where three blocks of six classrooms are to be fully rehabilitated and fixed with modern information communication facilities.
The rehabilitation of the Baboko school is to last six weeks.
The Governor said the 31 schools are the first phase of the rehabilitation he said is required to gradually guarantee decent learning environment for the children.
The school rehabilitation flag off occurred barely one hour after AbdulRazaq supervised the distribution of 932,572 free copies of customised 20, 40 and 80 leaves of exercise books for public school children in Kwara State.
He said he has approved the payment of N30.5m penalties imposed on some schools in Kwara for malpractices in the last year secondary school leaving examination.
“The lack of conducive learning environment and longstanding failure to properly fund education — we last accessed UBEC fund in 2013 — can explain rampant incidents of examination malpractices. We are working to end this menace and return Kwara to the top of the table in the north central and beyond,” he said.
AbdulRazaq said the government will soon hold an education summit bringing together all the stakeholders and private sector players to discuss the challenges and evolve with workable solutions.
Education Commissioner Fatimah Ahmed commended the Governor for his giant strides in the sector, including the establishment of an ICT centre in the school for special needs, settling outstanding arrears of N55m feeding allowance of exchange students inherited from the past administration.
Ahmed said the administration has also provided N5m worth of teaching aids and other basic equipment at the special needs school, sponsored the 2019 common entrance, and the recent approval of routine training for teachers on the state.
Various stakeholders in the education sector commended the Governor for his determined effort to bring sanity and standard to the sector.
- Published: 03 January 2020
The former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Sarakihas reacted to the demolition of ‘Ile Arugbo’ describing government’s action as “a naked show of force”
Ina latest press statement, Saraki urged his loyalists to remain calm, assuring them that justice would prevail.
The statement read in full:
“Following the development this morning in Ile Arugbo, I want to commend the women and men, old and young, who displayed their affection, love and staunch support for my late father and the family. I appreciate the genuine support of the women and youths who stood firmly in the face of aggression and naked show of force.
“Your action throughout the night gave full expression to my belief that what Ile Arugbo represents to all of us is etched in our hearts. It goes beyond the physical structure.
“I am happy that you were not intimidated as you stood your ground. This day will go down as the day you reciprocated the love and affection my father and family have for you. You have displayed a gesture of goodwill and passionate love. We assure you that justice shall prevail in a not too distant future. May God bless us all.”
The state government had earlier defended the action, saying the demolition was carried out “to reclaim the land in the spirit of what it was originally meant for.”