Edo Govt Seals Water Factory For Harmful Practices

edoThe Edo State government says it will prosecute persons who produce water that is not fit for human consumption in the court of law.

The Edo State Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy Washington Osifo disclosed this while inspecting a water packaging factory in the state, where he lamented the poor condition in which he met the factory.

Meanwhile the owners of the factory had escaped from the premises before the commissioner and his team arrived.

Low Turn Out Recorded As Edo Conducts Competency Test For Teachers

The Edo State Governor, Adams OshiomholeThe competency test ordered by Edo government for teachers in public schools recorded low turn-out, as many teachers refused to participate in the exercise which held on Saturday.

Yesterday, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Louis Odion, who briefed journalists, called on teachers to write the test or their salaries will be withheld adding that the state government was unaware of any injunction against conducting the test.

While the state government carried paid adverts on the media calling the unions to write the test, the unions carried a parallel advert stating that there was an injunction against the test.

The Edo State Commissioner for Higher Education, Washington Osifo, however said the state government has not been served the injunction notice and that the media is not the avenue to announce a notice of injunction.

“Government is set to conduct the assessment test. Nobody will force anybody to do what is right. The test is in the interest of the teachers and Edo children.

“We are not aware of any restraining order stopping the test. An attempt to get an order does not in itself translate to an order stopping the conduct of the test,” Osifo said

Counsel to the Academic Staff Union of Secondary School (ASSUS), Edo Chapter, Olayiwola Afolabi who brandished the court injunction said the relevant ministries were served and an attempt to serve the state Ministry of Justice was resisted, threatening that “If they go ahead with the test, we will file contempt charges against the government of Edo”.

The test however recorded a low turnout as only 73 teachers were accredited at about 11am at the University of Benin Centre which was billed for thousands of teachers.

The test was scheduled to hold simultaneously in the three senatorial districts of the state.

Oshiomhole Challenges Leaders To Provide Good Education

The Edo state government has made an appeal to leaders to provide good and sound education for its citizens as it is the bedrock of every development.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole said this during a town hall meeting organized to discuss the state of education in Benin, the state capital.

Oshiomhole said the state government’s target is to have every child of school age in school by providing free, compulsory and quality Basic Education.

He also said that the state has found out that some teachers in public schools are unqualified and that teachers no longer retire due to age falsification. He noted that only 1,287 out of 14,454 primary school teachers have records without discrepancies.

The State Governor further noted that many local government councils in the state cannot afford to pay primary school teachers, which is their basic responsibility, due to unchanging salary figures over the years.

He added that the state has introduced electronic payment of teachers’ salaries to eliminate fraud in the system.

A traditional ruler, HRH Kelvin Danesi Aidenojie of South Ibie Kingdom raised the issue of unqualified and insufficient teachers in the rural areas.

The state Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Patrick Ikosimi said the governor’s figures were not authentic and that those in the civil service should also be reviewed in terms of age and qualification.

Earlier in a welcome address, the state Commissioner for Education, Washington Osifo encouraged teachers to be committed to their job and be good role models for their wards to emulate.