- WAEC 2021: PNI lambasts Kwara PDP over years
of neglect of basic education
- Says consequences of their misdeeds now glaring
- Commends Governor AbdulRazaq for rescuing Kwara children’s future
The Progressive Nation Initiative (PNI) has lambasted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State for their failure to invest in basic education for over 8 years, particularly since the infamous diversion of UBEC funds under the administration of Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed in 2014.
In a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Aisha Suleiman, PNI said PDP and its leaders have committed a grievous offence for which the Kwara people should never forgive them by stealing the future of thousands of Kwara children with their destruction of basic education in the state.
“We at Progressive Nation Initiative (PNI) are very sad to receive the report that Kwara State ranked 34th in the 2021 WAEC rating of states in Nigeria. This is evidently the result of the failure of the Kwara PDP leaders to invest in basic education for several years. This particularly gives the lie to the denials by the PDP leaders. The students whom they failed to invest in their education while they were in Primary School have now grown up to be in Secondary School today, and they sat WAEC. The result was not encouraging at all and it is essentially the report card of PDP that has been telling irresponsible lies that it invested in the education of these pupils.
“The Kwara people should never forgive PDP for stealing the future of our children. Under their government, UBEC funds of about N1 billion was diverted. That was a grant given to them to invest in the education of Kwara children, but they diverted it. For this criminal diversion, Kwara State was blacklisted for years. It was when Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was sworn in that he rescued the situation and took Kwara off the list. But huge damage had been done already. The new government is just starting from the scratch.
“The PDP leaders have always been covering their ineptitude by allowing wholesale examination malpractice during WAEC, and that was why Kwara State was penalised back in 2019. They gave appointments to incompetent teachers to take charge of the education of our children. They failed to renovate our schools across the three senatorial districts. They failed to provide necessary materials for teaching and learning. Under PDP, teaching appointments were shared at party meetings. That was what they reduced the future of our children to. It is not a coincidence that this failed party is the one backing the incompetent sunset teachers they recruited at the twilight of their administration and sponsoring them to blackmail the government. They want a total collapse of our education system.
“If PDP had invested in basic education, would we have over 2,000 basic school structures dilapidated across the state? Would we have teachers who cannot communicate effectively? The result of their impunity and misdeeds are now glaring. There is no hiding place for them. When Governor AbdulRazaq said it would take us years to go out of the pit PDP threw Kwara into in terms of basic education, one of them came out to say nonsense. Are we not seeing the reality now?
“The whole of Kwara State will never forgive PDP for their crime against Kwara children. We salute the courage of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in changing the narratives of basic education. Just three years down the line, he has renovated, reconstructed and given facelift to over 600 basic school structures out of the over 2,000 dilapidated and moribund structures PDP left behind. The rot they left behind include some of our children learning under mango tree. Governor AbdulRazaq is fast correcting that. We are optimistic all of these school structures would be touched if he is given another opportunity. A vote for PDP in the 2023 election means going back to the shackles of slavery and destruction of basic education.
“We thank Governor AbdulRazaq for recruiting competent hands in our schools, especially for refusing the blackmail of the PDP sponsored, incompetent sunset teachers who are on a mission to further ruin the future of our children. Governor AbdulRazaq oversaw a recruitment process that was devoid of nepotism, favouritism.
He ensured competent hands were recruited. That’s the way to go for the future of our children. As Kwarans, we must consolidate on this to move forward and never slide back to the hands of termites.
We also laud Governor AbdulRazaq for fixing our relationship with UBEC as a key partner in basic education. We are getting the low-hanging fruits already, especially the just constructed UBEC Smart School.
We thank him for introducing technology and digital literacy to our public school system through KwaraLEARN. Our pupils are now trained diligently in public presentation, debate, and they are doing fine. We have some of these trained pupils who made a great outing at a national debate competition.
They are now representing Nigeria at the international level.
“Our advice to Kwarans is to not reverse these gains by allowing the destructive PDP to get power again. Leaders who stole the future of our children must never be returned back. The UBEC grant they diverted and incompetent teachers they recruited and failure to invest in basic education are still haunting us as a state.
But the PDP still remains shameless, irresponsible as they continue to mock the sensibilities of Kwarans. Their spokesperson will issue a long statement to say nonsense on a problem they created soon. That’s very insensitive for people who killed our basic education which used to be a great one under our forefathers. They threw the labor of our heroes past in vein. Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is restoring the lost glory now. We must support him.”
Brazilian King Of Soccer: Pele Dies At 82
The Brazillian King of soccer, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele who was hospitalized in Sao Paulo last Tuesday has died this morning.
Fidel Info reports that Pele, the greatest player to ever play the game and a three-time World Cup champion, allegedly received a respiratory illness diagnosis and was admitted to the hospital right away.
A medical report issued on Friday stated that Pele had a good response to antibiotic therapy and was stable with “general improvement in health status.”
He underwent colon tumor removal in September 2021 and has been routinely receiving hospital care.
According to reports, chemotherapy had been stopped and Pele was just receiving palliative care, which focused on treating symptoms including pain and breathing difficulties.
When he was admitted to the hospital earlier this week, he was also said to have experienced widespread edema and cardiac problems.
Pele had said in an Instagram post on Thursday that he was at the hospital for a “monthly visit” and thanked his supporters for the positive messages he had received.
The former Brazil, Santos and New York Cosmos striker’s face was projected on a building in Qatar with the message, “Get well soon”.
A sign with the same message was displayed by Brazilian fans at the Lusail Stadium last Friday ahead of the national team’s 1-0 defeat against Cameroon.
Meanhwile, ahead of Brazil’s last-16 tie at Stadium 974, Pele recalled memories of his World Cup debut in 1958, when the 17-year-old helped Brazil lift the Jules Rimet Trophy in Sweden.
He wrote on Twitter: “In 1958, I walked the streets thinking about fulfilling the promise I made to my father. I know that today many have made similar promises and are also going in search of their first World Cup.
“I’ll be watching the game from hospital and I’ll be rooting for each one of you. Good luck!”
Injury affected Pele’s contribution to the 1962 and 1966 World Cup finals, but he returned to lead Brazil to a third triumph in Mexico in 1970 as part of what is widely regarded as the greatest international team of all time.
Officially, Pele scored 757 goals in 831 games during a glittering career from 1957 to 1977, although club Santos claim his tally was closer to 1,000.
Celine Dion Has Been Diagnosed With Stiff-Person Syndrome
Celine Dion’s diagnosis with stiff-person syndrome has brought public attention to the rare neurological disorder, which affects roughly one or two out of every million people.
Fidel Info reports that Dion announced Thursday that she had postponed dates for her European tour next year due to the condition.
“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms that I’ve been having. Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to,” the singer said in an Instagram Video.
People with stiff-person syndrome often experience rigidity in their torso and limbs, as well as severe muscle spasms that can cause them to fall down. The spasms can occur at random or be triggered by certain stimuli, including loud noises, touch and emotional distress.
Dr. Richard Nowak, an assistant neurology professor at the Yale School of Medicine, said the condition “has a range of severity, from quite mild — easily managed with a little bit of medication — to folks that are quite severe that can be, frankly, quite disabled from it.”
Stiff-person syndrome overall disrupts the normal pathways of communication between the brain and the muscles.
“There’s a massive firing that’s occurring from the central nervous system, down through the spinal cord, down through the nerves as they plug into the muscles, and it’s causing them to become rigid or go into spasm, which equals the stiffness,” Nowak said.
In most but not all cases, people with stiff-person syndrome have elevated levels of antibodies that target a particular protein involved in the process of controlling muscle function. Doctors consider these patients to have an autoimmune condition.
“In stiff persons, the pathways that are attacked are the brake pathways, so you’ve lost your brakes on your muscles,” said Dr. Simon Helfgott, a rheumatologist at Harvard Medical School. “Once your muscle starts to contract, it doesn’t have a way to stop itself from contracting.”
Helfgott estimated that about two-thirds of stiff-person patients have these antibodies, which can be picked up by a blood test. But around 30% don’t, he said, so researchers don’t fully understand what’s driving their illness.
A small minority of cancer patients may also produce antibodies that attack the nervous system and trigger stiff-person syndrome, Helfgott added.
Symptoms of the syndrome go beyond the normal muscle cramps that most people experience from time to time, Helfgott said; instead, the muscles tend to lock up. Some of his patients have had difficulty walking or required wheelchairs, he added.
“This is just such a severe diagnosis to have, especially if you’re an entertainer [on] the world-class type of stage,” Helfgott said. “It’s going to be very, very challenging to be able to continue.”
Because many symptoms of stiff-person syndrome overlap with those of Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia or anxiety, it often takes time to diagnose. Doctors rely on several tools to do that, including MRIs of the brain or spinal cord, blood tests or electromyography tests that use tiny needles to measure a person’s muscle and nerve responses.
Helfgott said the syndrome is harder to treat than other autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease, and there is no cure.
Muscle relaxants or Botox injections can help relieve milder symptoms like spasms, Nowak said. Patients with more severe symptoms are often prescribed intravenous immunoglobulin, an infusion that has been shown to reduce people’s stiffness and sensitivity to noise, touch and stress.
But the symptoms and their severity levels can vary minute by minute, Helfgott said, and it’s difficult to predict whether a patient’s condition will get worse over time.
“In some cases, the condition can level off and stay the way it is. I have people who are like that — they’re no different now than they were 10 years ago,” he said. “In others, it is a slow, subtle decline.”
House Of Reps Has Ordered CBN To Suspend Latest Cash Policy
On Thursday, the House of Representatives requested that the Central Bank of Nigeria suspend its most recent policy, which among other things places restrictions on the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from deposit money banks and other financial institutions.
Fidel Info reports that the House summoned the Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, to appear and explain the policy before the parliament.
This is based on a motion of urgent public significance made at the House’s plenary on Thursday by Aliyu Magaji.
The legislation, according to several senators, would harm businesses and Nigerians without access to the banking system and have catastrophic repercussions.
Ndudi Elumelu, the minority leader, asserted that the proposal would reduce crime because money would now be monitored through the banking system. Although the timing could be off, the country would gain more from it, he claimed.
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