Ayade or­ders sus­pen­sion of prayers in schools

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Gover­nor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has given a direc­tive that hence­forth no pub­lic or pri­vate pri­mary and sec­ondary school in the state should hold morn­ing or af­ter­noon prayers.

The gover­nor also di­rected that all teach­ers with ef­fect from next year must be in suits dur­ing of­fi­cial hours. A let­ter signed by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the state Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Mrs Anne O. Odey, dated Oc­to­ber 21, said the sus­pen­sion of prayers will sub­sist till fur­ther no­tice.

The direc­tive which was sent to all zonal heads in the state said, “the min­istry hereby di­rects all pub­lic and pri­vate pri­mary and sec­ondary schools across the state to sus­pend all as­sem­blies (morn­ing and af­ter­noon) till fur­ther no­tice.”

All school heads were di­rected to com­ply strictly or risk sanc­tions.

In a re­ac­tion, the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (CAN) signed by Arch­bishop J. E. Ukpo and Apos­tle Iwara Oleh Obeten, state chair­man and sec­re­tary re­spec­tively, said such direc­tive was com­pletely un­ac­cept­able. CAN said the direc­tive will neg­a­tively af­fect the up­bring­ing of chil­dren and urged the state gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately with­draw same. The Univer­sity of Benin and Edo State House of As­sem­bly have de­cided to part­ner for mu­tual ben­e­fits.

This de­ci­sion was taken when Speaker of the house, Vic­tor Edoro, led other mem­bers to visit ViceChan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Benin, Prof. Osasere Orumwense.

The Speaker said the visit was to for­merly con­grat­u­late Prof. Osasere Orumwense, on his ap­point­ment as vicechan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Benin and to strengthen re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Edo State House of As­sem­bly and the in­sti­tu­tion.

He said “as part­ners in progress”, there is need to meet to fine-tune ways of im­prov­ing the re­la­tion­ship.

Re­spond­ing, Prof. Osasere Orumwense as­sured the Speaker and other mem­bers of the Edo State House of As­sem­bly that his ad­min­is­tra­tion is ready to col­lab­o­rate with them.

Photo: Ikechukwu Ibe

Pales­tinian am­bas­sador Saleh A. Fhied dur­ing a visit to Me­dia Trust head­quar­ters in Abuja yes­ter­day

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