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Lagos By- Election : PDP In Dilemma As APC Settles For Bank MD

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State is currently in a quandary over the selection of its candidate ahead of the October 31 Lagos East senatorial district election in the state.
This is as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) appears to have settled for the outgoing Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Bank, Tokunbo Abiru, as its candidate for the vacant senatorial seat.
The position became vacant following the death of Senator Bayo Osinowo aka Pepperito who died on June 15. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently announced the schedule for by-elections affecting 12 constituencies across eight states in both federal and state legislative houses, including Lagos East and Kosofe state constituency II.
The vacancies across the federation were as a result of litigation and death of members. Ahead of the by-election, it was gathered that no fewer than six members of the party have signified interest to represent the party and they have all obtained the party’s nomination form.
Among those already signified interest for the party’s senatorial ticket is the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in 2019 election, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi; the party’s candidate for the district in 2019 and daughter of the late Ayangburen of Ikorodu – Oba S.A.A Oyefusi, Princess Abiodun Oyefusi.
Others include the immediate past Vice President, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Yeye Adenike Shobajo; a trade unionist, Babatunde Olanrewaju; a legal practitioner, Aare Oladotun Hassan and Princess Saidat Fawora.
New Telegraph learnt that delegates and leadership of the party are currently divided on who will become the flag bearer of the party following the decision of some blocs within the party to support Gbadamosi who recently returned to the party ahead of Oyefusi who represented the party in the 2019 polls.
A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said: “The PDP has a better chance of winning Lagos East if we present BOG (Gbadamosi), but it appears some people within our party don’t want him. He is popular, has a deep pocket, and understands the issues, even the APC is scared of him. I hope we get it right resig this time.”
But a former member of the state executive in the state said the party should conduct free-and-fair primaries ahead of the election, asking: “Why are we always looking for short cut in our affairs?
Someone left the party to contest on another platform against our candidate, and he came back again and we are already putting him forward. Don’t we have other capable people within the party again?”
Meanwhile, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP has inaugurated a five-man screening committee for the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe state assembly by-elections.
The committee has Hon. Tajudeen Ayo Yusuff as Chairman while Barr. Jacob Otokpa will serve as its Secretary. In the meantime, the APC may have settled for Abiru who announced his retirement from the service of Polaris Bank, effective August 31, 2020, having completed his second two year tenure at the helm of the bank.
Some of the aspirants within the party are said to have withdrawn their interest following the resignation of the former Commissioner for Finance who appears to have the backing of the party’s National Leader and former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
A former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Lanre Odesanya, a few days ago stepped down for Abiru.

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We have not suspended strike – ASUU

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images 2020 09 26T173847.266 We have not suspended strike – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has debunked speculations that its ongoing strike has been suspended .
It made the clarification via its Twitter handle
while reacting to #ASUUResumes trend on Friday.
According to the union , the report claiming that its members have resumed is false .
“ Contrary to speculations making the rounds in the social media that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU , has called off strike , nothing of such is true .
“ If we are going to call off our going strike , there is a process that will be followed and nothing of such has been done .”
The President of ASUU , Prof . Biodun Ogunyemi , had vowed that the union would sustain its ongoing strike action until the Federal Government addresses all its demands .
Ogunyemi said ASUU was asking the Federal Government to implement the 2012 universities ’ needs assessment .
He added that it was saddening that Nigerian university lecturers were still on the same salary scale of 2009 , stressing that this must be addressed before ASUU would suspend its ongoing strike .
Ogunyemi stated , “ Salary issues are still there ; we have not fully addressed that . It appears that some forces in government are bent on making our members to suffer by withholding their salaries. But we believe that once we sort out the issues of the Universities ’ Transparency and Accountability Solution , other issues will fall in place .
“ The 2009 agreement we had with the government stipulates that that agreement will be reviewed every three years , but since then , we have not been able to review the salary scale .
“ That is why we are saying that the negotiation we started with the government in 2017 ought to have been completed and with the completion of that negotiation process , a new salary scale should be in place .
“ We are insisting that the process is completed before this ongoing strike is suspended among other things . ”

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Rivers reopens schools Oct 5

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The Rivers State Government has approved the reopening of universities, other tertiary institutions , as well as secondary and vocational schools in the state, with effect from Monday , October 5, 2020.
The decision was reached at the end of an emergency State Executive Council meeting on Friday and presided over by Governor Nyesom Wike in Government House , Port Harcourt .
Commissioner for Education , Prof . Kaniye Ebeku , disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the meeting.
He said the council ’s approval did not include primary schools .
“ The council approved that schools in the State reopen on the 5th of October , 2020, with only the following – all secondary schools in the state, vocational schools in the state , universities and other tertiary institutions .
“ For the avoidance of doubt , the council based on expert medical advice did not approve the reopening of primary schools in the state, which would await a new date in the future ,” Ebeku stated.
The commissioner said the council also approved the setting up of a seven – man taskforce to monitor and enforce the compliance of COVID – 19 protocols in the various schools .
He said the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party , Amb. Desmond Akawor , would serve as the task force Chairman , while himself ( Ebeku ) is the Secretary.
Also , the state government approved the immediate reopening of restaurants , cinemas, and parks between 6am and 9pm daily, the Information and Communications Commissioner , Paulinus Nsirim, added
Nsirim, however , said nightclubs , bars , the Oil Mill market as well as the slaughter market at Oginigba , both in Obio /Akpor Local Government Area of the state remain closed till further notice .
Nsirim said , “ Rivers State Executive Council had an emergency session to review issues concerning the COVID – 19 protocols in the State.
“ Parts of the decisions reached include that public places like parks , cinemas, and restaurants will be opened , but between the hours of 6 am and 9pm daily and must comply with COVID – 19 protocols .
“ Nightclubs and bars remain closed . Oil Mill market and Slaughter market , Oginigba also remain closed , ” the commissioner added.

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Lagos Launches 5 Billion Recovery Support For Stakeholders In Education Sector

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images 2020 09 25T214738.592 Lagos Launches 5 Billion Recovery Support For Stakeholders In Education Sector

1. To mitigate the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education industry, The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund in partnership with First Bank has launched the LSETF Edu-Fund Programme, a ₦5bn Post COVID Recovery Support for stakeholders in the education sector. #EducationMeetsFunding
2. The LSETF Edu-Fund Programme is targeted at low-cost privately owned schools and vocational training centres in Lagos State to support economic recovery efforts of stakeholders in the education sector in Lagos State. #EducationMeetsFunding
3. Through this partnership, LSETF & First Banking willingness collaborate to provide matching funds that would be disbursed as a loan programme to support low-cost private schools and vocational training centres in Lagos State. #EducationMeetsFunding
4. This scheme aligns with the Lagos State Government T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, which seeks to improve Traffic management & transportation; Health & Environment; Education & Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy; Security and Governance. #EducationMeetsFunding
5. The Nigerian Bureau Of Statistics and NESG report that Education is one of the top 5 sectors that created over 59m jobs in 2017, buttressing Education as a critical growth area for job creation in Nigeria.
6. The loan scheme will be provided to 2 categories of applicants; Micro-Enterprise businesses will receive a sum of not more than ₦500,000 while SMEs will receive a sum of not more than ₦5,000,000.
7. The Fund is available at a fixed interest rate of 9% per annum with an additional business development support to low cost private schools & vocational training centers operating in Lagos State.
8. The qualified institutions are expected to have been in operation for at least one year and have a minimum of 100 students.
9. The objective of the Fund is to improve the quality of education for our youth by providing access to affordable finance to low-cost private schools and vocational training centres.
10. The Loan programme offers participating schools & training centres up to N5 million in facility as well as professional & institutional supports comprising capacity building programmes & business advisory.
11. This intervention is expected to spur significant growth of the schools & the education ecosystem in Lagos State. It will enable job creation opportunities for our teeming young and productive population.
12. The LSETF Edu-Fund Programme is a part of the proactive sustainable solutions by the State Government to curb & limit the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both individuals & businesses in Lagos State.
13. The N5bn LSETF Edu-Fund Programme for stakeholders in the Education sector in Lagos is a precursor of many more sector-specific support programmes that would be unveiled by the LSETF on behalf of the Government in October 2020.
14. The LSETF Edu-Fund Programme will help tackle the current issues in the educational sector which demands an instant upturn such as the persistent decline in the quality of education & inconsistent investment in the sector over the decades.
15. Edu-Fund will provide loans to Lagos-based low-cost private schools & vocational training centers that have been in operation for at least one (1) year prior to the date of application & have a minimum of 100 students.
16. Presently, low-cost private schools in Lagos State account for over 60% (12,000) of the total number of schools providing education to millions of children from not-so-privileged communities across the state.
17. Before the pandemic, these schools depended on low-cost tuition fees from parents, and double-digit interest loan facilities to fund the provision of the amenities and services needed to aid learning.
18. By providing access to low-cost funding for privately owned schools & vocational training centres in the state, LSETF and First Bank Edu-Fund will help accelerate sustainable & painless return to world-class learning & skills acquisition of our youth
19. The LSETF application process for the Edu-Fund is fair and credible, irrespective of applicant’s affiliation, tribe or gender. This is in line with the ethos of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund.
20. The LSETF application process is simple and interested applicants can follow the easy steps in the attached image.
21. The LSETF believes that joining forces with First Bankngr is critical to mitigating the adverse economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state’s education system.

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