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Free Condoms for Participants in 2012 Osun Osogbo Festival

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Worshippers collecting the sacred water from the Osun River during the festival. This is believed to bring them fertility and divine favour (Credits: webhykers.com)

The Osun Osogbo Festival, an event which draws tourists from all over the world, is known for the fertility purposes it serves for the culture to which it belongs since its inception. The festival takes place annually at the Osun Grove, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, reports emerging about this year’s edition of the festival seem to suggest that a new dimension is being introduced to the festival.

A few weeks ago it was announced that popular Yoruba erotic singer, St. Janet was part of the lineup of artistes that will be performing at the festival this year. This raised questions regarding the relevance of the erotic performer to the festival. The organizers of the event can easily defend the decision on the ground that the festival is a fertility festival. In fact they can make reference another fertility festival which celebrates eroticism – the Oke’badan Festival.

But recent developments on this year’s edition of the festival have confirmed that either the organizers are truly confused on what they intend to achieve with the festival, or they simply want to promote casual sex. The state government has promised to donate condoms and conduct free HIV/AIDS tests during the Osun Osogbo Festival grand finale. And, the chairperson, Osun Osogbo HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee, Dr Temitope Ilori, said the initiative was aimed at checking the spread of the disease during the festival.

Also, the statement by the Press Officer of the Ministry of Health, Mr Niyi Kolawole, said “The initiative would halt the spread of the disease and ensure that uninfected people are free of the virus.” And, Ilori said any visitor to the Osun Osogbo grove was free to “visit the Osun State HIV/AIDS stands and get free condoms.”

A discerning observer would ask: “of what use are contraceptives in a festival which seeks to promote fertility?” The argument about the prevention of HIV/AIDS cannot hold water also, because couples who want children would – HIV or not – not be expected to be using condoms during the festival. What the Osogbo HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee could have done is to make arrangements for the counseling of infected couples on how to have babies who are HIV-free. Meanwhile, the Consultant, Osun Osogbo Festival, Chief Ayo Olumoko, has assured visitors that this year’s event will be memorable and hitch-free.

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Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd

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Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd

Rotimi Akeredolu

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.

Also Read: BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt

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.

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BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt

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Lagos Govt Relaxes Curfew From 10pm To 6am
BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday - Lagos Govt

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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.

Also Read: BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Reopening Of Lagos Markets

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.

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FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

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Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform
Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform

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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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