Primary Schools in the South-west geopolitical zone of the country may soon switch to the use of Yoruba language, their mother tongue, as the language of instruction. The decision to consider the use of the language was part of the outcome of a meeting on Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) held by South- West Governors in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Thursday night. Speaking on behalf of the Governors, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi said a region-wide education summit would soon be hosted by Osun State to look at a mechanism that would allow the region come up with a common curriculum for basic education.
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said that although measures taken by his administration had resulted in a significant reduction in the wave of terrorist attacks in the country, the federal government would keep on doing everything possible to further enhance security in all parts of the country. Speaking at an audience with the outgoing Representative of the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. David Mac Rae, the president said that his administration would remain very proactive in combating terrorism and insecurity. “As a government, we are doing everything possible to improve our country on all fronts. We are consistently adapting our security architecture to deal with terrorism which has become a challenge to the whole world.
A group called South-east and South-south Professionals Group (SESS-PG), yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan was legible to contest in 2015 as president according to constitutional provisions. Speaking on behalf of the group, Chairman, SESS-PG, Chief Ray Morphy said the constitution was clear on the eligibility of a sitting president to contest for a second tenure if he wished and all other citizens from any part of the country could equally contest for the post of the president as well.
A retired Archbishop of Benin Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace, Archbishop Patrick Ebosele Ekpu, recently, marked 50th anniversary as a priest. Since his retirement three years ago, the Uromi born cleric has dedicated his life to praying for the Church. On October 26, 2013, His Grace will be marking his 82 birthday. Sunday Vanguard met him last weekend for this interview. He spoke on how he trained over 100 priests in school, the crisis in Benin Catholic Archdiocese, insecurity in some northern states, the acquisition of private jets by men of God, gay priesthood and some national issues. Excerpts: How is life in retirement?