Friday, 2 December 2016

FG Sacks 12 Auchi Poly Randy Lecturers

Five senior lecturers and seven other workers at the Auchi Polytechnic have been sacked for offences bordering on sexual harassment and extortion of female students in the school.

Fifteen other lecturers and one instructor were also demoted in relation to the same offences.
The disciplinary actions were announced on Thursday by the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Dr. Masa’udu Adamu-Kazaure, in Kaduna.

Adamu-Kazaure said the decision was endorsed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

It also narrated how some of the lecturers preferred to accept cash, ranging from N10,000 to N20,000, rather than sex to award grades, usually not above ‘C’ to male students.
Adamu-Kazaure commended Saturday PUNCH “for a job well done.”

He said, “When we saw the report, we promptly informed the Minister of Education, the ICPC, the EFCC and the Department of State Services and constituted a fact-finding committee with a view to getting to the root of the matter and proffering a lasting solution to the problem. Members of the committee included members of staff from the Federal Ministry of Education, the NBTE, the EFCC and the DSS.”

He said the report of the committee was submitted on June 14, 2016 at the 160th Regular Meeting of the NBTE where it was deliberated upon before being sent to the Minister of Education for approval.

The outcome of the committee’s report, he explained, was the dismissal and the termination of the appointments as well as other disciplinary actions taken against the culpable lecturers and workers of the institution.

He said, “The approval involved the dismissal from service of the polytechnic of two chief lecturers, two principal lecturers and one lecturer I.

“Also, four chief lecturers, one principal lecturer, one lecturer I, one lecturer II and one higher technician had their appointments terminated.

“The honourable minister also approved the demotion of one chief lecturer, four principal lecturers, three senior lecturers, three lecturer I, four lecturer II and one senior instructor.
“One chief lecturer, one principal lecturer I and one lecturer III were warned; while a chief lecturer and one senior technologist were advised on good conduct.

“Two senior lecturers were cautioned, an assistant lecturer is to be mentored; one ND student is to be advised, while another student, Gideon Adaengel, is denied admission into the polytechnic.”

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"Security Agencies Planning To Assassinate Me During Rerun Elections" — Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused security agencies of threatening to assassinate him during the December 10 rerun elections.
But the Police hierarchy in the state, said it was not aware of such threat.

Speaking through Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Omoni Nnamdi, the Police said there was no way any security agency would plan to assassinate the governor, insisting that no such threat had come from the Police.

“There is no way anybody can plan to kill the governor. He has paraphernalia of security. Is it the Police, Navy, Army, DSS or Air Force? Well, I am not aware of such threat,” DSP Omoni said.

However, the governor, who spoke yesterday, in Gokhana Local Government Area when he flagged off rehabilitation of two General Hospitals in the area, claimed that security agencies behind the alleged threat were saying he would be the first governor they would assassinate in the country.

According to him: “For me, they are threatening that I will be the first governor they will assassinate. They are threatening that they will show me that they are security agencies. But, I will always protect the interest of Rivers State, no matter the threat.”

He called on residents of the area to resist any form of threat from security agencies on the election day, arguing that he had also uncovered alleged plot by security agencies to procure fake Police and army uniforms for political thugs on the Election Day.

The Governor also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of recruiting members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, as Assistant Presiding Officers for the election, saying: “INEC has released a fake list of adhoc staff for the rerun elections before the conclusion of their mandatory training. Majority of those on the list are known APC Ward Chairmen and Ward Secretaries who are mainly unemployed, but listed by INEC as staff of the University of Port Harcourt.

They think that my love for peace is a sign of weakness. But I want to declare that enough is enough. We are supposed to be under an era of change, but the love for fraud by INEC and Police is unprecedented.

Anyone whose son or daughter is on that fraudulent INEC list should tell him/her to stay away on election day. All these desperate actions are geared towards the plot to rig in favour of a particular candidate. But that candidate will not win.

The people of Rivers South-East senatorial district must be allowed to vote persons of their choice”

Meanwhile, when contacted for comments, the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak, said no member of any political party was recruited by the commission as adhoc staff.

“I don’t know about that. What I know is that we only recruited students of federal universities. Where we do not have enough corps members and staff of INEC we now use students to complement it. How can we include party members?”
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Osun Denies Receiving N82b From FG

The Osun state Government has Thursday debunked the insinuation making the round that the state has received a sum of N82bn from Federal Government.

The state described as propaganda and blatant lie deliberately cooked to incite public against government of the State of Osun.

Osun has been at the centre of insinuations that the state government through the information credited to one Senator Dino Melaye, received N82bn from the $4bn being over-deductions on Paris and London Club Loans.

The Government, through the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, office of the Governor, said there was nothing like an N82bn paid to Osun out of an imaginary “$4bn being over-deductions on Paris and London Club Loans on the accounts of State and Local Governments from February 1990 to March 2002”.

According to the statement signed by the Director of the Bureau, Semiu Okanlawon said, “It sounds warped that such information would emanate from an interloper to Nigerians”.

Okanlawon said if Nigeria received the alleged funds and such huge amounts are to be credited to respective states, simple logic dictates that the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Information and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation would be duly involved and communicate such a development to Nigerians through the appropriate quarters.

“It is curious that since the misinformation was released and credited to a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Dino Melaye, who was reported to have manufactured the misinformation has not come out to deny making the statement.

“Much more curious also is the direct reference to the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who was singled out and asked to pay his state workers from the non-existent N82bn”, the statement added.

“We consider this as a direct incitement of the people of Osun and especially the workers who have shown great understanding due to the transparency the governor has brought into his handling of the affairs of the state.”
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FG Slashes Civil Servants' Salaries Weeks Before Christmas

Workers are said to be ‘losing’ as high as 50 per cent of their salaries from cuts by the federal government in November pay

– The workers said they were not notified of the cuts until the last minute just about when their salaries were about to be paid

President Buhari-led federal government has slashed civil servants’ salaries

The Federal government of Nigeria has reportedly drastically reduced the salaries of ALL civil servants in ministries, departments and paratatals for the month of November 2016, Leadership reports.
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PDP Crisis: Sheriff's Faction Seeks Indefinite Adjournment Of Appeals

The Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Thursday, asked the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal to adjourn indefinitely the various appeals relating to the leadership tussle between it and the rival faction of the party led by Ahmed Makarfi.

The Sheriff faction, represented by its lawyer, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), urged the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the appeal court to put the hearing of the three appeals before it on hold, pending when the Port Harcourt Division of the court would deliver its reserved judgment on a similar case.

The Port Harcourt Division has yet to fix a date for its reserved judgment.

The three pending appeals before the Abuja Division, one of which was filed by Makarfi and the two others filed by his faction of the PDP, are with numbers, CA/A/402/2016; CA/A/402A/2016 and CA/A/402D/M/2016.

The appeals are mainly challenging the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja delivered on June 30, 2016 recognising Sheriff faction of the party as the one with authority to brief lawyers to represent the party in any court matter.

The Sheriff faction is represented as the first and second respondents in the three pending appeals before the Abuja Division by two members of the party in Ondo and Edo states, Chief Benson Akingboye and Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, respectively.

The Independent National Electoral Commission is the third respondent in the appeals.

Olujinmi informed the three-man panel of the appeal court in Abuja on Thursday that he had filed a motion seeking the indefinite adjournment of the appeals in order to avoid the possibility of the court giving a decision that would conflict with that of Port Harcourt Division.

He said, “After reading all the processes in these appeals and those filed before the Port Harcourt Division, the central issue running through all of them has to do with the leadership of the PDP.

“Instead of dissipating energy to hear the appeals and opening another avenue for conflicting decisions of this court and the Port Harcourt Division, we took the view that the best thing to do is to implore your lordship to adjourn these appeals to await the reserved judgment of the Port Harcourt Division.

“The Court of Appeal is expected to resolve a number of conflicting decisions of the Federal High Court on this issue. The Court of Appeal should not run into the same problem.”

Counsel for Makarfi, the appellant in one of the three pending appeals, Mr. Yunus Ustaz (SAN), informed the court that he had been served with Olujinmi’s motion and had responded to it.

Ustaz said he was ready for the hearing of the application but urged that it should be heard along with the main appeal.

Counsel representing the PDP (Sheriff faction) in the appeal, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), said he would not oppose the application.

Also, INEC’s lawyer, Mr. Nelson Anih, said the commission would remain neutral by not opposing or supporting the motion.

But another lawyer representing the PDP (Makarfi faction) the other two appeals, Mr. Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), sought to be given time to respond to the motion because it would have impact in the other appeals involving him.
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Femi Fani-Kayode And His Pretty Wife, Precious, In A Lovely Photos

Fani Kayode and his pretty wife Precious Chikwendu were pictured today in a lovely selfie.Precious described Fani Kayode as her 'yin yang'.

Lovely couple!
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Zahra Buhari Gets New Wedding Date?

A new date has been announced for the wedding between Zahra Buhari, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari and Billionaire son Ahmed Indimi.


SDK reports that a source said the news dates of the wedding between Zahra Buhari and Ahmed Indimi as sent to exclusive invited guests.

''H.E Haj Aisha M Buhari cordially invites you to the wedding Fatiha of her daughter Zahra Buhari and Ahmed Indimi which will take place on December 16th while the Kamu will take place in Abuja. Details of the events will be communicated to you,'' the new invite read.

Also, another source told SDK that the wedding may also hold as earlier scheduled. The source said, 'A lot of cars and equipment to decorate were taken into the Defence house in Maitama,Abuja yesterday and the Fatiha may have taken place quietly''.
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APC to Fayose: We won’t accept you now, remain in PDP

Still basking in the euphoria of its recent governorship election victory in Ondo State, the All Progressives Congress,APC,  has mocked  the governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, advising him to stay put in his factionalized Peoples Democratic Party,PDP.

The advice was given by the governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong, who spoke on the sidelines of yesterday’s  North Central Zonal Congress of the APC in Abuja.

This came as Fayose said he would never join the party, saying he remained constant and unshaken in the PDP.

Lalong said the party was eagerly waiting to take over Ekiti, Rivers, and Anambra states just as it did in Edo and Ondo states.

He said: “The one I am waiting for is Ekiti. I understand that after Ondo, the man (Fayose) has been saying he wants to come to APC.
 He should remain in the PDP till after the elections. We just came back from Ondo and we were again recruited yesterday to go to Rivers and conduct another election.

“Before now, some people were looking down on APC, but now people with ambition for 2019 are withdrawing from the PDP and coming to the APC. We are going to Rivers and we will win the elections there. After there, we are moving to Anambra and that one is a done deal.”

However, Fayose had while clarifying what he meant by possibly seeking an alternative platform in 2018, said: “What I said is that if the current man-made crisis rocking the PDP persists till 2018, rather than allow them to mess us up like they did in Ondo, we may have to seek an alternative and credible platform. We are not people who betray the confidence of their people. We shall carry our leaders and the people along.

“I will never dump PDP for APC. I remain strong and unshaken for the PDP. I can’t jump the boat , even if I want to jump, I won’t jump into the red sea. Why should I leave the PDP and join a party of hunger like APC? Ekiti is different from Ondo. By the grace of God, there will be a repeat of history here in 2018, I shall repeat the 16-0  that I gave  them in 2014.

”I operate like the biblical Elisha because those with us are greater than theirs. The God of Israel that conquered Philistines shall be on our side. The fact that they rigged PDP out of Ondo state does not mean they won the hearts of the people. Sooner than later, the joy they procured by dubious means will turn into ashes in their mouths. Their so-called victory is nothing but pyrrhic.”
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