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What Hope For Inclusive-Education In Lagos? By Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna.

By Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna

To all intent and purposes, Lagos state still ranks top when it comes to innovations and promotion of education. One of these innovations in the area of education is the running of several inclusive schools across the state. In Lagos state, thirty-two government owned schools run inclusive-education for the deaf, blind, dumb, mentally and physically challenged. The secondary schools operating inclusive-education for the deaf and hearing-impaired are located in Eric-Moore:Surulere, Badagry, Epe, Ikeja and Ikorodu.

Since the beginning of the 2013/2014 academic session, students of Ikeja Senior High School lacks teachers for the deaf class. The population of the deaf students, which was about seventy at the beginning of the academic year, has begun to reduce as some of the students in the senior class have withdrawn from the school.

Investigation reveals that only ten students are left in the senior high school and two have withdrawn, but they may become extinct by the end of the academic year if sign language teachers or interpreters are not employed to teach the students.

One of the teachers at Ikeja High School, who spoke under anonymity said everyday is depressing for the hearing impaired students in the senior class as the teachers who come to teach the students continue to speak to the deaf students. Also a recent visit by one of the officials from the Lagos State Ministry of Education to the school indicated that the state government is not ready to employ teachers for the hearing-impaired students.

Ikeja High School is the only government owned school under Ikeja District 6 operating inclusive education for the hearing impaired. Further investigation reveals that Ikeja High School is been directed to admit students with hearing impairment, but the school has only two sign language teachers for the whole hearing impaired student population.

Also at State Grammar Schoool Eric Moore Surulere that has an estimated population of over 400 hearing impaired students for both junior and senior school, teachers are also in short supply. The school has about ten teachers for the deaf students and only one mathematics teacher for the hearing impaired students.

One of the volunteer teacher who was part of the Lagos state “Eko Project” Mr. Olajide Adeniyi said if not for the Eko project, education in state would have suffered lots of set back. He explained that most of the teachers recruited for the project function as full time teachers but are paid only #15,000. “As at the moment, most schools have stopped paying the Eko Project teachers and this has resulted to lack of teachers in most schools across the state. Here in State Grammar School, I am no longer an Eko Project teacher but I volunteer to teach mathematics to the junior secondary school students in class 3 to assist them in preparing for the junior WAEC exam. If not for my passion for these children, I would have left but they will be ill prepared for the major examinations”, he added.

At Wesley School for the Deaf located in Surulere, one of the teachers who spoke under anonymity lamented that the introduction of inclusive education in 2007 by the Fashola administration was a good concept but it lack monitoring and is gradually becoming a burden. According to him, over ten teachers were recruited from Wesley School for the Deaf to assist other schools that started operating inclusive education but till date none of those teachers were replaced. “The government is not employing teachers for students with special need training. It takes a lot of patience and psychological development to transfer knowledge to hearing impaired students. Most times we rely on students from colleges of education who come for their basic teaching practice experience, if not for them it won’t have been easy for us the teachers to cope with the work load. Though things have changed compared to the past, as students enrollment has increased over the years. We have people enrolling there children from an early age, this is a good for the educational development of the child. Most deaf students don’t like going home after school because their family members don’t know how to communicate in sign language. I will recommend for there to be more schools for the hearing impaired especially boarding school facilities as this help the children to integrate with their fellow classmates and boost their academic performance”, he concluded.

Efforts by Our correspondent to get reaction from the Public Relations Officer PRO Mr. Jide of the Lagos State Ministry of Education proved abortive as he described the lack of teachers at Ikeja High School for the hearing impaired as an allegation that needs to be confirmed.

Access to universal basic education is one of the seven Millennium Development Goals MDG, which member countries of the United Nations are meant to attain by 2015. But these goals of which provision of universal basic education is one have challenges bedeviling it which may hinder it attainment in many states of the country. It is still unfortunate that many top government officials do not see education beyond formal schooling for the able and privileged children. Whereas so many Al-majiri children are scattered across the Northern part of the country who with little exposure to education will make them better citizens. It is in this regard that planning and catering for these children with special needs as well as the Al-majiris should be part of annual state and federal budgeting.


Prof. Kunle Lawal, Former Lagos State Commissioner, Dead At 54.

Prof. Kunle Lawal
By SaharaReporters, New York

A former Lagos State commissioner, Prof. Kunle Lawal, has died.

Family Sources in Lagos said Lawal, who served in the Ministry of Education, and then in Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, told SaharaReporters died in the early hours of Christmas Day at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

It was gathered that the former Professor of History of the University of Ibadan had been sick for a long period, during which he was flown abroad last June.  His illness resurfaced about a week ago and family members took him to LASUTH.

The late Lawal, who was 54, served his commissionerships during the second term of Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2003.
But he resigned to pursue his political ambition in the state under the umbrella of the Democratic Party Alliance, where he became the gubernatorial running mate of the party flag bearer, Mr Jimi Agbaje.

After the party lost to the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), he was widely reported to have decamped to the progressive fold before his death.

Prof. Kunle was born on the 9th of May, 1959, into the Awori clan of Ojo and Lagos Island, to the Late Haruna Ayinde Lawal of Itafaji and Epe and the Late Kehinde Lawal.

He attended Jama at ul Islamiyya Primary School, Ebute Elefun, Lagos between 1965 and 1971, Lagos City College, Sabo-Yaba, Lagos between 1972 and 1976 and Federal School of Arts and Sciences, Victoria Island between 1977 and 1979.

He obtained a B.A. (Hons) History in 1982, M.A. History in 1984 and Ph.D History in 1991 from the University of Ibadan.

He is married to Mrs. Hajarat Oluwatoyin, and they have several children.

Residence at his Ojo home disclosed yesterday his remains would be buried in accordance with Islamic rites

Advertising Guru Sesan Ogunro Murdered In Lagos-PM News, Lagos.

Marketing communications guru, Mr. Sesan Ogunro Snr., has been shot dead.

Ogunro, the Managing Director, Eminent Communications, was shot yesterday night at Alausa Central Business District, Lagos, western Nigeria by unknown gunmen in front of his wife, children and grandchildren.

A source told P.M.NEWS this morning that Ogunro was coming from a special Christmas service programme which he chaired when the gunmen stopped his car and demanded for the keys. Though he didn’t resist their order, yet one of the assailants shot him. He died few minutes later before help could come.

He was in his late 50s.

Senator Babafemi Ojudu, a friend of the deceased confirmed the death.

“It is true. So sad,” the Senator stated in a short message to our correspondent.
When contacted, the Divisional Police Office at Alausa, Ajao O. Adewale, a Chief Superintendent of Police, confirmed that a man was shot at 10.20 p.m. yesterday at Alausa. He added that his vehicle was snatched by his attackers. “We don’t know him but we have commenced investigations into the attack,” he added.

The atmosphere at his home on Atinuke Ologunde Crescent, Ogudu GRA, Lagos was filled with gloom as sympathizers trickled in to condole with the wife of the deceased. None of them was willing to speak with P.M.NEWS on the tragedy.
The Ekiti State-born Ogunro was one of the pioneers of advertising practice in Nigeria. He, alongside Mr. Biodun Shobanjo and others, changed the business of marketing communications when they all resigned from Grant Advertising to float Insight Communications Limited in January 1980.
He later left to establish Eminent Advertising in 1982 and has been able to build the company to a reputable height.
Ogunro was a fellow of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, APCON. He was one-time Chairman of APCON’s Advertising Standards Panel, ASP, and Chairman of APCON’s Membership & Privileges Committee. The deceased was also the Chairman of Professional Practice Committee of Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, AAAN.  Ogunro was survived by many children including talented music video director, Sesan Ogunro Jnr., Timayo Ogunro and Beat 99.9FM On-Air-Personality, Fade Ogunro.
—Funsho Arogundade & Ayodeji Deigbo


PHOTONEWS: Women Groups Protest Against Sodomy Of Two Women, Petitions Lagos House Of Assembly.

Women advocacy groups today marched in protest against the violent torture and sodomization of two poor women at Ejigbo over alleged stealing of pepper.

The Women Arise group presented horrible clip of the sodomy to participants during the protest and also presented copies of the video in Compact Disk to members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, who were also handed a petition demanding investigation and justice for the affected women.

The protesters created a catchphrase/hashtag “#Ejigbo2” to popularize the incidence and specifically to constant follow-up to just end.

Receiving the protesters, the Lagos House reps promised to move a motion today and set up a committee to immediately commence investigation into the incidence. The reps said chairman of the Ejigbo local government, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan; all the market women in Ejigbo central market as well as all concerned in the incidence will be called to the panel.

Women Arise and other leaders of the protest will also be invited to the panel.

The petition by Women Arise group to the Lagos House of reps is reproduced below:

Attention:  Mr. Ikuforiji Adeyemi,


Lagos State House of Assembly,

Alausa, Ikeja,


Mr Speaker Sir,


The above Subject refers:

We are Women Arise for Change Initiative and we herein petition your good offices on behalf of two Nigerian women and Lagos State Residents in Ejigbo, hereafter referred to as “The Victims,” who sometimes this year were subjected to one of the most vicious forms of human rights abuses and the unspeakable horrors of brutality by certain depraved and savage men.

Indeed, there was outrage across the nation and around the world when video shots of the victims stripped naked, and being mercilessly beaten with pepper and sodomised with strange objects went viral (Attached is a Video CD of the sordid scenes).

As Nigerians and fellow citizens of the world watched the horrific scenes, they wondered if these were shots taken in the dark ages of savagery and primitivism.

Strangely enough, a Statement this month by the Chairman of Ejigbo LCDA, Kehinde Bamigbetan at the height of the furore, acknowledged that this unimaginable horror took place in his domain in February this year, and that the victims were a mother and step daughter accused of stealing pepper, and that the husband and father was a palm-wine tapper; but Bamigbetan’s Statement sadly to say, failed to outline the measures his office had taken since then to assure justice for the victims and ensure that the perpetrators are punished. Ironically, it is the same Bamigbetan whose gruesome kidnap few months back elicited genuine emotions and public goodwill, and the Lagos State Government and concerned Nigerians spared nothing to guarantee his release, and bring the kidnappers to book. Why did he appear to have turned a blind eye over the ordeal of the victims, and why is he just acknowledging to the public these atrocities after ten good months? Or is that the victims lives are of no value to him because they are pepper sellers from the household of Mr. Palm-wine tapper?

Women Arise for Change Initiative hold the belief that all peoples, including women are created equal by the Almighty, and they are therefore equal before the law; women’s rights are human rights.

To this end, we request and urge you to kindly use your good offices to set up an inquiry into this shameful incident and compel the Ejigbo LCDA Chairman, Kehinde Bamigbetan to share his knowledge of the crime and what he has done in tracking down the purveyors of these bestialities so that they can be brought to justice; adequate provisions must also be made to rehabilitate the victims, peradventure they survived these cruelties.

We strongly believe that there is a redemptive value for Lagos State in fishing out these criminals for punishment so that the State is not seen as a haven for atrocious human rights abuses, where barbaric and savage acts are tolerated by government officials; that is surely not a good face to present to potential investors and tourists to the commercial hub of the nation.

This is certainly one issue that will not die until justice is done, and we trust that you will act quickly and ably, and use your good offices to ensure that justice is done, for justice too long delayed is justice denied.

Thank you in anticipation of your prompt action.

Yours Faithfully,

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin


Women Arise for Change Initiative 

26, Adebowale Street, 




PHOTONEWS : Prominent Nigerian Activists Celebrate The Contributions Of The People Of Nigeria Towards The Demise Of Apartheid.

Barrister Femi Falana, SAN

Funmi Falana

Comrade Isa Aremu

Comrade Malachy

Kayode Opeifa

Left : Chairman of the Ikeja branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mr. Onyekachi Ubani

Abiola Akiode

Comrade Abiodun Aremu

Kayode Opeifa and Bamidele Aturu

Prominent activists and lawyers led by Femi Falana, SAN today celebrated  the contribution made by the Nigerian people and its government in bringing about the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

But they cautioned the legacy of apartheid is not over yet in South African as seen in recent events, and elites in Nigeria and South Africa are behaving much in the same way.


Prominent Nigerian Activist To Lead March To Lagos House Assembly Over Case Of Alleged Sodomy Of Two Women.

Prominent Nigerian activist, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin of Women Arise, will lead a march and rally on Monday to protest the lack of proper investigation into a case of alleged sodomy of two women.  The march will begin outside Lagos TV, then on to the House Assembly.

The incident first surfaced in a video on Nigerian cyberspace showing a gang sodomizing two women with sticks and peppers.

Okei-Odumakin, President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, said in a statement the march was a protest against the treatment of two women who should have been handed to police for legal action rather than resort to jungle justice.

“What we don’t even know now is whether the victims survived the torture or not,” Okei-Odumakin told a gathering at a public forum where the video was shown.

Nigerian women activists are outraged at the crime, and will use the march to draw attention to this latest violent act and others against women.

The incident is said to have happened in February 2013, and reported by Sahara Reporters, has conflicting accounts about what happened and where from a government official and police.

The Council Chairman of Ejigbo local government, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan admitted the incident happened in his council area. He said he gave all the information to police for further investigation in 24 hours after the incident.  Mr. Bamigbetan’s findings said where it happened, and clues to the victims’ identities.

The Lagos Police Force’s public relations officer, Mrs. Ngozi Braide, said the police have no clue as to where the alleged crime happened or the identity of the victims.

The march and rally will be on Monday, December 23, at 10 am in front of Femine Cafe, Lagos Television and then onto Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja.

For information about the march call: 080340902205 or 08138951784  Link to the footage:


EFCC Press Release: Ajudua To Face Trial For Defrauding Ex- Army Chief Of $8.39m.

By Wilson Uwujaren

Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Monday, December 16, 2013 postponed a fresh bid by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to arraign Mr. Fred Ajudua for an $8.39m scam. Ajudua will now be arraigned on February 12, 2014 on a fresh 13-count charge that borders on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence.

EFCC counsel, Seidu Atteh, told the court that Ajudua, (alongside others who are still at large) defrauded a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd) of about $8.395 million while in detention at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Lagos between November 2004 and June 2005.

Other suspects involved in the scam and who are on the run are Alumile Adedeji(a.k.a Ade Bendel), Princess Hamabon William and one Mr. Kenneth.
Ajudua and Charles Orie are already facing trial at the Lagos High Court for allegedly defrauding two Dutch businessmen, Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen of $1.69million.

Atteh told the court that Ajudua and his accomplices, fraudulently collected the money from Bamaiyi in installments, claiming that the payments represented the professional fees charged by Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, to handle Bamaiyi’s case in court and facilitate his release from prison.

Besides, Ajudua claimed that $1million out of the money collected from Bamaiyi would be used to assist Justice Olubunmi Oyewole offset the payment of the hospital bill of his father who, Ajudua falsely claimed, was on admission at the Saint Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, for an undisclosed ailment.

Justice Oyewole was presiding over Bamaiyi’s case in court at the time.
Ajudua’s counsel, Richard Ahoharuogba told the court that his client only became aware of the matter on Saturday and could not attend the court session because “he is still seriously ill”. He then sought an adjournment to enable Ajudua appear in court.

Justice Ipaye adjourned the matter till February 12, 2014 for arraignment and ordered that a warrant of production be served on the prison authority where Ajudua is being detained to enable him appear at the next adjourned date.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media and Publicity
16th December, 2013


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