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Birthday: Prof. Ihonvbere Congratulates Hon. Abdul Oroh At 60

Prof. Ihonvbere Congratulates Hon. Abdul Oroh At 60

Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services in the House of Representatives, Hon. (Prof.) Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON, on Saturday, felicitated with a former Commissioner in Edo State, Alhaji Abdul Oroh, as he clocked 60.

Prof. Ihonvbere who described the APC chieftain and former federal lawmaker as a pragmatic leader, applauded his enormous contribution to the political and socio-economic growth/development of Edo State and the Nation through his selfless service.

He said: “A very happy birthday to you my brother, friend, comrade and compatriot. Today, at 60, mark the beginning of more decades of happiness, productivity and good health for you”.

“We have been through a lot together and shared many dreams. Evil men have betrayed and tried to humiliate us in the struggle for a better Nigeria. We never gave up”.

“Today, I join family, friends, and political associates of Hon. Abdul Oroh in celebrating his 60th birthday. May God continue to shower boundless blessings on you today and beyond”.

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Prof. Ihonvbere Inspects Blocks Of Classroom In Owan West (Photos)

In a bid to ensure that pupils in Owan Federal Constituency study in a conducive environment, the member representing Owan Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere OON, has embarked on construction and renovation of primary schools in the constituency.

The Lawmaker on Wednesday, 12th of August, 2020 paid a visit to Eguaoje Primary School Oah, Okpuje in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State to inspect the ongoing construction of the 3-Class room block facilitated by him.

Upon inspection, Prof. Ihonvbere appreciated the quality of job done so far, noting that when completed, the classroom will provide a conducive and habitable learning environment for the students.

The lawmaker who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, said he was not comfortable over the dilapidated condition of some of the schools, hence his decision to intervene.

“My interest is the people; our children deserve to study in a good environment, have access to quality education in fulfillment of the promise I made to the people during the electioneering period.

“With the renovation of the School, the teachers and pupils will be happy to study in a conducive environment and this will also increase the enrolment of more students into the school.

“I will continue to do my best to give them good representation and touch their lives in my own little way,” the lawmaker added.

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Eid-El-Kabir: Hon. Ihonvbere Felicitates With Muslim Faithfuls

The member representing Owan Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON, has felicitated with Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-El-Kabir celebration.

The Chairman, Committee on Basic Education and Services, in his message forwarded to CAMPUS GIST, urged Muslims to display self-sacrifice and put God first in all facets of their lives as they continue in prayers for the unity, peace and progress of the nation.

Prof. Ihonvbere stated that the Eid-El-Kabir celebration as an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness and submission of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son for mankind is very significant.

“It is important that we emulate Prophet Ibrahim’s ideals and put the Nation first in all we do. I salute the Muslim faithfuls on the occasion of the Eid-al-Adha,” the message read.

“I also want to appeal to all in this Sallah, to adhere to the safety rules of restrictions to gatherings and social distancing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s my wish that Allah in His mercy would heal our land,” he added.

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Prof. Ihonvbere mourns death of ex-Edo Speaker, Zakawanu Garuba

A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON, OGI, FNIAM, has mourned the passing of former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Zakawanu Garuba.

In a statement on his official twitter handle @HonIhonvbere, the lawmaker and Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, said he was shocked over the news of the former speaker’s death.

“I received with shock, the news of Rt. Hon. Zakawanu Garuba’s death,” he said. “I want to extend my sympathy and condolence to the entire family over the great loss,” Prof. Ihonvbere added.

Rt. Hon. Garuba was elected into the Edo State House of Assembly in 2003.

While in the House, he served as chairman of the House committee on judiciary, human rights, and legal matters. He became Speaker in 2007.

Hon. Zakawanu Garuba died at an Abuja hospital on Saturday, at 54.

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2020 WAEC: Reps, minister to seek audience with Buhari, govs

…House Committee on Basic Education to engage govs forum – Prof. Ihonvbere

The House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, the Ministry of Education and West African Examination Council (WAEC), Nigeria on Thursday met in Abuja and resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and governors on the WAEC examination, CAMPUS GIST reports.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the stakeholders in a meeting convened by the House of Representatives, however, agreed that if they were to make the September date for the examination a reality, there was the need to get Buhari and the Governors’ Forum involved in order to arrive at a timely and effective decision.

They agreed that in the interest of the 1.6 million candidates registered for the 2020 WAEC examination, there was a need to agree on a date for the regional examination as time was running out for the country.

One of the options was to find a date acceptable as the head of WAEC national office in Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, revealed that it would take quite a while to print question papers and that other convoluted logistic considerations might come into play.

Areghan said that Ghana had wanted to have the examination in June, but had to shelve it because of its election this year.

He also revealed that it took a presidential directive for the Gambia to shelve its desire to have the examination before now.

According to him, Nigeria should decide if it wants to give its candidates what he called a COVID-19 exam certificate or a WAEC certificate in concert with the other countries.

“Getting parents to pay another set of fees might be difficult if the September date is missed. If the November option is considered, someone has to pick the bills,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono said that WAEC was one of the institutions that espouses regional cooperation and having a standalone examination will defeat the element of unity it portrays.

He further noted that if there was adequate funding, it should not take more than a week to get the examination ready logistically for the 19,000 examination centres across the country.

In his contribution, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji wondered why that should be a problem pointing out that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affair spent over N13 billion as palliative for the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba reminded the members and all present that the decision they were to make was for examination date and not the resumption of schools in the country.

The members deliberated on if Nigeria could use its power as a provider of about 60 per cent of the finances in WAEC to dictate a date of its liking.

But stakeholders present eventually agreed that it was better to be democratic in arriving at a decision.

The chairman of the Committee, Rep. Julius Ihonvbere ruled that the committee would approach the state governors via the Nigeria Governors’ Forum so as to be on the same page and get President Muhammadu Buhari to assist in the diplomatic effort to get the other regional countries on Nigeria’s side concerning the yet-to-be-agreed examination date.

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