By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu
A faction of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has come hard on the Northern youths over their call for the imprisonment of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
The Arewa youths had asked the federal government to commence process of Abaribe’s imprisonment over his inability to produce IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The youths said it was discriminatory for Senator Ali Ndume to be imprisoned over ex-pension boss, Maina Abdulrasheed; whereas Abaribe was walking freely.
Reacting, Comrade Uchenna Madu cautioned Arewa youths to stop blackmailing Abaribe. “AYCF’s stinking vomit against Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is an expression of sadism and tribalism in Nigeria. The northern youths are always willing tools of destruction in the hands of their primitive leaders.
“Senator Abaribe’s stand as surety to Nnamdi Kanu was totally different from the one Senator Ali Ndume stood for Maina Abdulrasheed.”
MASSOB claimed that “Maina was a corrupt criminal that shamelessly looted public fund when he was the chairman of the defunct National Pension Task Team. He laundered money meant for aged pensioners. He can never be compared with Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB.
“Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s standing as surety for Nnamdi Kanu was a unanimous decision of Ndigbo. It was not a personal venture. The baseless treasonable and felonious court case against Nnamdi Kanu is closed, because, Nigeria government knows they have no evidence against Kanu. Any attempt or arrest on Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe will be resisted by Ndigbo.
“MASSOB warns Alhaji Yerima Shettima led Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) to stop their systematic and calculated plans to blackmail the personality of Enyinnaya Abaribe, Nigeria most distinguish Senator in the red chamber. MASSOB will never allow Arewa people to play their hypocritical game of pulling down the best leaders of Ndigbo because of politics.”
NAPTAN decries teachers’ shortage in Anambra schools (NEWS)
By Lawrence Nwimo
The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), Anambra state chapter, has cried out to the Anambra state government over dearth of teachers in schools across the state.
This was made known during the association’s election of new officers that will pilot the affairs of the body in Awka South local government area.
The association’s state chairman and deputy national president, Sir Larry Anichebe Nnadike, told Orient Daily that the association was not at peace with the number of teachers in the primary and secondary schools across the state and urged Governor Willie Obiano led government to address the situation.
He said that the association has played vital role in ensuring smooth running of school system in the state through its recruitment of PTA teachers, who according to him, are paid from the association’s purse.
“Government has been trying, but we want them to try more. Let them employ more teachers. We spend a lot of money on these PTA teachers on monthly basis. We have more than 1,000 primary schools and over 300 secondary schools in the state and there is no primary school or secondary school that don’t have PTA teacher. Some have up to eight and we are paying them.”
He further urged the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB, to take full responsibility of funding examination materials and discontinue the habit of allowing teachers to use their personal money to run some vital school activities such as printing of examination papers.
Congratulating the newly elected executives, Nnadike charged the incoming excos to ensure that discipline is returned to schools. He decried the habit of children wandering the streets and roads during school hour and urged teachers in schools to sit up to their responsibilities and ensure that students do not loiter around during school hours.
He said that the election of the executive was in line with the constitution of the association; stating that both the teachers and parents have their quota and roles they play in the association.
Nnadike, who said he has huge expectations on the incoming exco, charged them to make visitation to schools their primary responsibility so as to learn what happens around the schools and even detect some challenges experienced by teachers and pupils.
He urged the incoming exco to maintain the standard by ensuring that experienced teachers are recruited, so that they could be drafted as permanent teachers, when the need arises.
Speaking with Orient Daily, the new PTA Awka South chairman, who Mr. Emma Nwankwo, who expressed delight at his election, said the development shows the huge trust that the members have in him. He also said that the new executive will perform better than expected.
Even as he said that education in Anambra state is going down because of inadequate number of teachers, he, however, assured that his administration would work closely with the government and schools to secure more quality and certified teachers for the schools.
Orient Daily reports that the peaceful election was held after a brief meeting in Awka, on Monday, barely one month after appointing interim executive, having dissolved earlier exco members whose tenure elapsed.
However, former PRO of the association, Mr. Emmanuel Nwankwo, emerged the new chairman in the keenly contested election, while Azubuike Nweze won the position of the vice president.
In other results, Enwelu Grace, Okoye Regina and Okoye Peter won positions of financial secretary, assistant financial secretary and welfare officer respectively; while Nwobi Basil and Atogu emerged treasurer and secretary respectively.