Threat to sue the Edo government in 24 hours
By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja
After the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19 that caused the closure of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the country, a Civil Society Organization, CSO, One Love Foundation, OLF, on the weekend, opposed alleged measures of the Governor of the State Edo. , Godwin Obaseki, to graduate six elementary school students in the state without taking their first certificate of completion, FSLC, exam.
Obaseki objected to the alleged moves by OLF founder and chairman Chief Patrick Eholor in a telephone interview with, where Eholor threatened to sue the Edo state government if it did not rescind the decision within 24 hours.
According to him, the alleged measure is not in the interest of the people of Edo and is a deliberate attempt to reduce education to the background under any guise and would not be acceptable.
He further stated that the excuse of the confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of funds to take the exam for the First School Graduation Certificate does not speak well of the government, because it has never happened in the country’s history, including the Civil War of 1967- Period of 1970, where the six primary school students graduated without their founding certificate.
He said: “I believe that Governor Godwin Obaseki’s decision to graduate six elementary school students in Edo State without showing up for their first school completion certificate is a great injustice and a disservice to children, parents, the community. Edo people and Nigerians in general because this will be a great aberration and abnormality that has never occurred in the history of the Edo state and Nigeria as a whole.
“This has serious implications for the present and future of these children who are destined to be leaders of the State and Nigeria, and if really Governor Obaseki, who knows the implications of this, continues with his decision, these children will not forgive him.
“I am opposed to this because the Elementary School Completion Certificate is very important to everyone who started their primary education as the foundation for achieving their dreams and where they are today.
“One Love Foundation condemns and rejects this decision to strip innocent children of their right to obtain and possess a certificate of completion of the first school in this 21st century.”
He also said that “Many people in Edo are not aware of what is happening because we do not have the Ministry of Communication. We do not have any communication from the Government House on this matter. We have no responsible members of the House of Assembly. We are living through a very difficult time in Edo State. Most of the people who are educated in Edo State say nothing about it.
“They are playing politics blindly. They have become educated illiterates. We live in a very dangerous time in which people do not value education. The people of Edo should reject the indifferent attitude of the governor.
“I give the governor 24 hours to review this policy or I will take it to court in the public interest. It has serious implications. It’s more than one reason why the Governor is lowering our educational standards in the first place.
“Second, it is also telling our children that it is okay not to study and prepare for tests.”
However, the social crusader called on parents in the state to officially write to the governor on the issue expressing their dismay and repealing the policy.
“My advice to parents and guardians on this issue is to write to the governor and tell him that you are not happy with his decision. If we lower the academic level in our state, it will lead to more violence and increase the malefactors, thugs and cult groups, that we are already experiencing several cult wars in our state and that the government led by Obaseki has not yet found any solution to arrest them. “he added.
Meanwhile, he recommended to the governor that he abandon the decision to graduate the six elementary school students without the certificate of completion of the first school: “My advice to Governor Obaseki is to reverse the decision because the certificate of completion of the first school is very important to the children of Edo State and our lives.
“I am pleading with you to use your good practice to review the decision within 24 hours. If not, I will have no choice but to seek redress in court.”