Yes, over 70% of Nigerians have been said to be living below poverty level; to be living below poverty level indirectly means to be living on less than a dollar a day; yes, Nigerian prisoners have to be poor – at least for as long as they remain in the prison. However, for that same period while they are in prison, their upkeep is supposed to be the responsibility of the government. Now, how much can the government afford to pay daily for the feeding of these prisoners?
An interview granted by a lawmaker recently to a national daily revealed that the daily feeding allowance of Nigerian prisoners is N200. The lawmaker, Hon. Chinenye Ferdinand Ike, who is representing Isiala Ngwa North in the National Assembly, described the amount as “grossly inadequate and embarrassing”, a “big shame”. The honorable was speaking with Thisday newspaper when he made these claims.
Somebody will ask: What would N200 worth of food in a day to a full grown adult? Keep them alive? Keep body and soul together? Or perhaps just the body and not the soul?
According to Hon Ike “Its a shame that somebody could even think about that amount in the first place for the feeding of Nigerian Prisoners. When it was N450 in the previous budgets, we kicked against it and yet it is slashed. It is not in tune with reality when you look at the fact that the N200 cannot give you a square meal and every human being deserves three square meal. Even people who are free in this country needs more than N1500 to have an adequate meal.”
And, finally, one might want to ask too: what about the “special prisoners” – the al Mustaphas and co – in Nigerian “maximum” prisons? Is the same gesture being extended to them?
Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd
Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has approved the reopening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the state beginning from Monday, November 2.
This was disclosed on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Pastor. Femi Agagu.
He expressed that the state has become peaceful following the unrest that trailed the #EndSARS protest.
Recall that the state government had earlier directed schools to reopen on October 19 after seven months of closure due to COVID- 19 outbreak.
But the schools were shut days after when the #EndSARS protest broke out.
BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt
The Lagos State Government on Thursday directed all public and private schools in the state to reopen all classes for academic activities.
Recall that schools were closed following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests in the State.
The government directed students and pupils in boarding houses to report to school on Sunday, 1st of November in preparation for the general resumption by Monday, 2nd November, 2020.
The directive was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo which was signed by Kayode Abayomi, Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education.
The Commissioner advised pupils/students to take their studies more seriously in a bid to recover the lost period and thereby excel.
FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform
The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended in a deadlock on Wednesday.
The union and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige led delegation failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers.
According to reports, the Federal Government offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Also Read: Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike –ASUU
However, the ASUU delegation led by National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment by the Federal Government should be made through the UTAS.
Following the failure to reach a consensus, the parties agreed to consult their respective principals and stakeholders.
They are to reconvene next week Wednesday.
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