A Benin-based human rights activist, Chief Patrick Eholor, has threatened to sue Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
This followed reports that the compulsory 2020 Primary school Leaving Certificate Examinations in Edo State, had been cancelled for undisclosed reasons.
Eholor, the President of One Love Foundation made the allegation while addressing newsmen on Saturday in Benin City, the State capital where he called on the Governor to rescind the decision.
He explained that his decision to seek redress in court, is to discourage mediocrity in the education sector and for the sake of posterity.
He wondered why some perfidious individuals in the Government who duly earned their Leaving School Certificates on merit, failed to tell the Governor the consequences of promoting pupils who did not sit for the Examinations.
“My reasons are simple and clear. Godwin Obaseki is a good man who has passion for the citizens. He is a man that is very civilized and civil, but those he surrounded himself with are his messengers. Sadly, we can no longer trust their message.
“I am going to challenge it in court that nobody should be promoted without examinations.
“What I am saying is that we are going to go to court to challenge that. Our children must write their examinations before they are promoted. You cannot carry people forward without examinations, that is wrong. It will amount to setting a wrong precedent for the state.
“He (Obaseki) must reverse that decision and the children must do their Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations before they are promoted to the next level.
“First of all, if he (Obaseki) reply me within 24 hours, I will save his cost of spending tax-payers money in court. But, if he doesn’t respond, I will engage the best lawyer in town to take him to court.
“I have never lost one case. I represented myself 37 times in court, even in Canada. In all, I represented myself 35 times while my lawyer only represented me twice and I won all the cases”, he boasted.
According to him, “When governor Godwin Obaseki said in his own words that we are going to give a Leaving School Certificates to non-performance and to non-education, he said it was because of Covid-19 and that the State doesn’t have the resources.
“But, you cannot promote people without pass. We have suffered enough”, he lamented.
Recall that the Federal Government had shut down all private and public schools nationwide for about several months during Covid-19 lockdown.
Schools that were yet to sit for their third term promotion examinations, were promoted to the next classes in a bid to make up for the lost ground as a result of the compulsory holiday.