Rivers’ Elders Call For Withdrawal Of Wike Is Nonsensical-PDP

PDPThe Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday condemned the call for the withdrawal of its governorship candidate for 2015 general election, Mr Nyesom Wike, maintaining that it “amounts to day-dreaming, as such is not only nonsensical but also against democratic principles”, a statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the State Chairman of the party, Jerry Needam said.

The Party said this while reacting to a statement credited to Chief Albert Horsfall that Mr Wike should be asked to step down or do so on his own within seven days.

The call, according to the PDP, “is laughable and not achievable because directing or not directing elected candidates to proceed or not to proceed with their election mandates is not the responsibility of the party or any of its leaders.

“The PDP is therefore calling on the good people of Kalabari and the general public to discountenance the senseless call by Chief Horsfall”, the statement added.

The Party had conducted  the Governorship Primary in the State, in which accredited delegates from across the 23 LGAs of the State, participated and which produced Mr Nyesom Wike as the winner with a total of 1083 votes.

“This was a great and commendable feat that the Party made, and will continue to uphold the winner of the Primary, Barr. Wike, until the final victory is achieved in 2015 general elections.

“It is therefore, unthinkable and malicious of any one particularly, Chief Horsfall, who claims to be interested in the peace, security and development of Rivers State, to contemplate acting against the popular choice and judgement of the people.

“This latest action of Chief Horsfall however is not received by the Party as a bolt from the blue, as he has over the period, conducted himself as a paid agent of the All Progressives Congress, APC,”, the statement alleged.

Mr Needam further alleges that the “Party has on good authority that Amaechi’s N1billion to rehabilitate the ‘boys’ was the point of interest part of which was used by Chief Horsfall to rehabilitate himself.

“The Party is optimistic however, that Chief Horsfall does not have the capacity or ability to control or dictate any political, social or economic line of action to the Riverine People not to talk of the entire State.

“He also has no authority to speak for the Party or take any decision on behalf of the Party.

“Chief Horsfall’s claim of planning to substitute the Rivers State PDP Governorship flag-bearer is therefore, mere exposition of his short-sightedness, naivety, disconnect from the masses, and lack of relevance in the Kalabari region and the State.

“Chief Horsfall’s threat to mobilize Riverrine votes for APC to justify the money Amaechi gave to him is an empty threat. PDP will surely be victorious in the next elections in the State at all levels” he said.

The Elders and Leaders council in Rivers State has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to withdraw its governorship candidate, Mr Nyesom Wike, from the governorship race in Rivers State.

Mass Failure In WAEC Can Be Addressed Through e-Curriculum- NERDC

waecThe Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) said mass failure by students during the West African Examination Council (WAEC) can be addressed through the use of an e-curriculum. 

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Prof. Godswill Obioma, told journalists in Abuja that the new e-curriculum portal for senior secondary schools would improve the quality of the curriculum and assist students to have a more inclusive and independent learning.

According to the NERDC boss, students can now access the curriculum with only N200 per annum while every school can subscribe with N50,000 per annum.

He, however, emphasized that the e-curriculum is not a newly drafted one but only intended to make curriculum delivery more qualitative to address the decline in performance at examinations.

He attributed the mass failure in the last Senior School Certificate Examinations to inadequate learning and teaching, noting however that the e-curriculum would enable students to learn at home through the internet.

Obioma said, “the objective of this public Private Partnership arrangements is to, among others, harness the potentials of the private sector in tackling the challenges of access, education standards and quality, curriculum and teacher development, funding, relevance of current issues in education to Nigerian culture as well as re-orientation for positive national values.”

“The e-curriculum portal would contribute in no small measure towards ensuing that teachers, learners and other relevant stakeholders have easy access to this very important teaching and leaning resource,” he said.

The e-curriculum which would be launched on Tuesday in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, was done in collaboration with Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Ltd, and it is expected to ensure the digitalization of school curriculum to e-curriculum portal.

Nigerian Polytechnics’ Staff Strike To End Soon – Wike

The Supervising Minister of Education in Nigeria, Mr Nyisom Wike, says the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) will soon be called off, as the government has met most of the union’s demands.

Mr Wike gave the assurance while responding to issues in the education sector on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, on Monday.

He said that the government had agreed to set up a governing council and had also set up the need assessment programme for the institution.

“We have reached an agreement on the salary grade issues and we have worked out what should be paid. We are now looking at how to pay it because the government cannot afford to pay it completely. It has to be at instalments.

“We have made a proposal to them and they have taken our proposals and said that they will go back to their union. We have also made some recommendations to the government,” he said.

The union embarked on an indefinite strike on October 1 2013, demanding among other things, the removal of the dichotomy between High National Diploma holders – graduates of polytechnics – and University graduates in placement and career progression; constitution of an effective and functional governing council for polytechnics; a white paper on visitation panels to polytechnics and a much-needed assessment of polytechnics.

Appointment Of Pro-chancellors

The Supervising Minister of Education also cleared the air over the controversy surrounding the removal of the pro-chancellor of the University of Nigeria in Nsuka in the eastern part of Nigeria.

He questioned why the removal of the pro-chancellor’s issue was being politicised.

“The appointment of pro-chancellors is whose prerogative.

“We did not dissolve the council. The visitor has power to remove whoever has been appointed,” he said, defending the president’s decision.

Mr Wike explained that if the government felt that the pro-chancellor was not doing well, he could be removed.

“In the first place, he is from Nsuka, mind you. Ordinarily, why should you appoint a pro-chancellor from that community? And we saw what was happening and the government felt, listen, we can’t allow the University of Nigeria to go down by allowing the politics that was coming into that place.

“The government decided to take away this man and bring in somebody from outside and that is what we did,” he stressed.