President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday relived his experience in middle and secondary schools while growing up and said his teachers never spared the rod, whenever he and his schoolmates misbehaved.
“I spent nine years in the boarding school where the teachers showered us with love, care and total commitment. They treated you as their own children.
“They commended you when you did well, and flogged you on bare buttocks if you misbehaved,” said the President.
He shared his schooling experience in Daura, Katsina State, today after he was honoured by the town’s Community Secondary School, which he co-founded with five other persons, 50 years ago.
Buhari said he became an orphan at a young age, but his nine years in boarding school and joining the army shaped his life.
He said Nigeria’s socio-economic and political salvation will come from education, urging citizens to embrace learning as a way of life while the government will do its best to provide access.
He praised the current management of the school, which is now renamed Pilot Secondary School, Daura, for maintaining high standards.
President Buhari implored the old boys association to carry on the good work they were doing, leading up to the current position of the school.
The leader of the team, Alhaji M.T Bature, the Sarkin Kudu of Katsina, said the vision of the founding fathers, including the President, had ensured the success of so many sons of the state, with many growing up to become professors, engineers, doctors and military generals.
Reps Reject Castration As Punishment For Rapists
The House of Representatives has rejected the recommendation for castration of rapists.
The Nation reports that the reps voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists at the plenary on Thursday, considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria.
A member of the house, Mr James Faleke, had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated.
The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male, just before the prayer was subjected to a voice vote.
The House of Representative put the prayer to vote and it was rejected by the majority.
Ogoni: We’ve Started Clean-up At 57 Sites — FG
The Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, says no fewer than 57 sites at Ogoni land in Rivers are being cleaned up currently.
Abubakar made the disclosure while speaking with State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja, saying that he had presented a report on the ministry’s mandate to a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The virtual meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Ogoni cleanup in the past has been a story. Finally, President Buhari came in 2016 and the contract was given out.
“We are currently cleaning 21 plus 36 sites in Ogoni land. All these are impacted areas with hydrocarbon — a very big project.
“The world is watching this project because of the nature of hydrocarbons and what they can cause to the environment and the people living there.’’
The minister said that planting of 25 million trees was also in the fore burner and that the ministry was collaborating with state governments on the project.
Abubakar said that the Federal Ministry of Environment was one of the implanting ministries of the 774, 000 jobs approved by the president.
“So, those skilled and unskilled labours are coming through the ministry. About 200, 000 people will be employed plus additional 2,000, who are going to be employed by the erosion department of the ministry.’’
He said that the ministry was also handling waste recycling, describing waste management as a big project.
Abubakar said that waste management entailed waste reduction, waste recycling, waste re-use and waste recovery, among others.
According to him, it is no longer fashionable to produce, use and dispose waste.
The minister said that his report to FEC also covered efforts being made on erosion control in the South East and the upper North areas of the country.
“We have two programmes on erosion control. One is being handled by the department in the ministry of environment, which is in charge of mostly conventional erosion.
“Then, we have the big one which is being sponsored by the World Bank and we call that Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project.
“The project deals with gully erosion — huge erosion that will gulp houses and you know South-East is prone to this type of erosion because of the geologic nature of the area.’’
On job creation, the minister said that the Ogoni cleanup had created 765 jobs, adding that more jobs would be created through the cleanup.
He said that a programme on training of 400 women in agriculture, aquaculture and poultry was also underway.
“We have the National Generator Emission Control Programme that will be coming on line.
“These are jobs that will be crated immediately after COVID-19,’’ said the minister.
Court Orders Immediate Release Of Orji Kalu
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Nigerian Correctional Services to immediately release a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
Kalu is in the Kuje Correctional Service centre following his conviction last December for looting N7.65billion belonging to Abia State.
Justice Mohammad Liman granted the lawmaker’s application for release moved by his counsel Lateef Fagbemi.
The judge made the order after he received no opposition to Kalu’s application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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