PARENTS KICK AS ONDO GOVT STOPS FREE TUITION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The Ondo State Government says it will no longer pay school fees of secondary school pupils in the state, saying that parents should henceforth take up the responsibilities of the schoolchildren. It, however, said it would keep funding pupils in primary schools, adding that tertiary institutions in the state would have their tuition reviewed. This was contained in a communique issued on Sunday at the end of the 2017 Ondo State Education Summit in Akure, the state capital. The communique was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry…

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ONDO SUSPENDS 100 MAGISTRATES

Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State Judicial Service Commission has suspended some magistrates serving in the state judiciary over impropriety in the process of their appointments. It was gathered that most of the affected magistrates were allegedly appointed by the immediate past administration of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko. A source told our correspondent that over 100 magistrates heading different magistrate courts across magisterial divisions of the state were affected. The suspension letter dated September 13, 2017 and signed by the secretary of the commission, Mr. Z.D. Egbunu, which was sent to…

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AGAIN GUNMEN ABDUCT TRAVELLERS IN ONDO

No fewer than five travellers were reportedly abducted by some gunmen in Oba Akoko, in the Akoko South-West Local Government Area of Ondo State on Friday. According to a source, the victims were coming from Lagos State in Toyota Highlander and heading for Abuja, when they were snatched by the abductors. This came barely a week after a couple were kidnapped at Akunnu town, in the Akoko North-East area of the state. However, the Ondo State Police Command said it rescued three of the new kidnap victims on Saturday, while…

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INSECURITY IN ONDO: AKEREDOLU SUMMONS TRADITIONAL RULERS, SECURITY CHIEFS, OTHERS

By Dayo Johnson Akure—WORRIED by the security challenges in the state in the last few months, governor Rotimi Akeredolu yesterday met with security chiefs, traditional rulers, council Chairmen and other stakeholders on how to end the challenges. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Cases of kidnapping of traditional rulers and innocent persons, cult war, armed robberies, killings by  herdsmen, arson among other crimes have increased anxiety across the state. Governor Akeredolu during the meeting expressed concern over the security challenges since he assumed office. According to him “There are some security challenges in…

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AKEREDOLU TO SWEAR IN ONDO COMMISSIONERS AUGUST 30

Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), will on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, swear in the 18 Commissioners of the State who were confirmed by the state Assembly on Tuesday. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Segun Ajiboye, said the event will hold at the International Event Center, The Dome, Akure, the state capital. Meanwhile, Governor Akeredolu has approved the appointment of Rt. Hon. Oluwasegunota Bolarinwa as the Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters. His appointment takes effect from August 31, 2017. He replaces Rt. Hon.…

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ONDO ASSEMBLY CLEARS 18 NOMINATED AS COMMISSSIONERS

THE Ondo State House of Assembly yesterday confirmed the 18 commissioner-nominees to man the ministries. The screening was held after its plenary, presided over by Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on July 31, transmitted a list of the commissioner-nominees, identified as technocrats, professionals and politicians, to the Assembly for confirmation. The list cuts across the state’s 18 local government areas, including: Taofiq Abdulsalam (Akoko North East), Rasheed Badmus (Akoko North West), Prince Solagbade Amodeni (Akoko South East), Otunba Adefarati Gboyega (Akoko South West), Saka Yusuf Ogunleye (Akure North),…

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ONDO WORKERS REJECT MODULATED SALARIES

Labour unions in Ondo State have kicked against the state government’s plan to pay fractional parts of their outstanding salaries and pensions from the second tranche of the Paris Club fund. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), in July, confirmed the receipt of N7.6 billion by the state as part of the Paris Club refund. The governor pledged not to spend the money until a meeting was held with labour leaders on the modality for payment. At a recent meeting with the labour unions, he hinted that only 75 per cent of…

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