Security Chiefs Appear Before Senate Over Arms Proliferation

Security chiefs on Wednesday appeared before the Senate over the proliferation of dangerous firearms and spate of killings by terrorists and hoodlums in Nigeria.

Their appearances followed a resolution last week by the Senate as a result of the mass killings across the country.

Heads of security agencies seen at the chambers by DAILY POST, as at the time of filing this report are those of Defense and the Department of State Services, DSS.

Again, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, was represented at the Senate.

Reports say immediately they were allowed into the chambers by the Clerk of the Senate, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki ordered for an executive session.

Civil Service Must Be Incorruptible, Efficient – Oyo-Ita

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Wednesday said she was committed to reforms aimed at ensuring that the nation’s civil service is efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centred.

This, she said, was in line with the present administration’s change agenda and the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020.

Oyo-Ita spoke at a sensitisation workshop on the 2017-202 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan organised for civil servants in the directorate level in Abuja.

She said the FCSSIP was prepared with a number of characteristics which have increased the likelihood of success relative to previous reform attempts.

She listed some of the unique features to include high impact prioritisation of initiatives; specificity with actionable and detailed implementation plan; clear governance to drive reforms; partnerships for resources to support implementation; and change management as well as communication plan.

Oyo-Ita said the strategy which has been approved by the Federal Executive Council has eight priority areas selected based on their potential for impact in the short term and their relevance to the ERGP implementation roles.

She identified salary review as a first step to enhance civil servants’ values.

“We need to launch a salary review of the civil service as a first step to enhance the value proposition of civil servants.

“I am for salary review. We must increase salary. I am not saying this as a union leader but because I am aware of what workers go through,” she said.

Court Rules Metuh’s Trial To Proceed In His Absence

…Summons Channels TV reporter, General Manager

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the criminal trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, will henceforth proceed in his absence.

Justice Okon Abang, in a ruling on Wednesday, said the court was entitled to proceed with the trial in Metuh’s absence, considering the defendant’s previous several attempts to frustrate the trial and the way he allegedly conducted himself after he fell down in court on Monday.

The judge ruled, “The application by prosecution deserves to succeed.

“The trial shall proceed in the absence of the defendant. See Section 266(a) and section 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.”

The court also summoned the General Manager of the Channels Television in Abuja and a presenter with the television, Mrs. Maupe Ogun-Yusuf, to appear before the court on May 25.

The judge said the television’s officials were being summoned in respect of the prosecution’s allegation that the television aired prejudicial statements allegedly made by a lawyer in Metuh’s defence team, Mr. Ben Chuks Nwosu, during the medium’s Tuesday’s edition of Sunrise Daily.

Metuh fell down as he was making his way to the dock on Monday.

He was later taken away in the court’s ambulance and has since been absent from court during both the Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s proceedings.

But Justice Abang held on Wednesday that Metuh deliberately fell down on Monday.

The judge noted that Metuh chose to deliberately ignore the lawful directive of the court instructing him to remain seated and not to go into the dock.

He said Metuh chose to move towards the dock and then fell down.

He said Metuh went on to disturb proceedings by whimpering and groaning loudly “to give the impression that he was in pains” and made the court to look like an accident scene.

Absence Of Convicted SAN Stalls Trial Of Ex-NIMASA Chief Akpobolokemi

The absence of the convicted Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Joseph Nwobike, on Wednesday stalled the trial of ex-NIMASA D-G, Patrick Akpobolokemi, before a Federal High Court, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Nwobike, who is the counsel to Mr Akpobolokemi, was convicted of criminal charges on April 30 by Justice Raliat Adebiyi for attempting to pervert the course of Justice.

He was sentenced by Justice Adebiyi to a month imprisonment for the offence.

Mr Akpobolokemi, a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is being charged for N8.5 billion fraud.

Also joined in the suit are a former Military Commander of the Niger-Delta Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield, Emmanuel Atewe, and two other staffs of the agency, Kime Engonzu and Josephine Otuaga.

The defendants are being tried before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

When the case came up on Wednesday, there was no legal representation for Akpobolokemi, but Chidinma Okoronkwo appeared for the second accused while Adamu Ibrahim appeared for the third and fourth accused.

The judge, Ayokunle Faji, consequently, adjourned the case until June 26, for continuation of trial.

Mr Faji said, while adjourning the case that: “In view of the issue surrounding legal representation of the first defendant, this case will be adjourned until June 26.”

The judge ordered that the date be communicated to the representative of EFCC, who was not also in court.

Mr Akpobolokemi and others are being accused of diverting N8.5 billion from Operation Pulo Shield between Sep. 5, 2014 and May 20, 2015, through some companies.

The companies are Jagan Ltd; Jagan Trading Company Ltd; Jagan Global Services Ltd; Al-Nald Ltd; Paper Warehouse Ltd; Eastpoint Integrated Services Ltd and De-Newlink Integrated Services Ltd.

The accused had each pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail.

(NAN)

Anniversary Of June 12 Presidential Election (2) By Eric Teniola

In January 1990, the Federal Military Government amended Decree Two, shortening the time a person may be detained without charge from 6 months to 6 weeks; it named the Chief of the General Staff, Admiral Augustus Akhabue Aikhomu (1939-2011) as the only authorized signatory of detention orders and created a review panel to make recommendations for the release or continued detention of detainees. Ministry of Justice officials stated that Decree 24, issued in late 1990, transferred those authorizing powers to the civilian Vice Presidency, the office that replaced the CGS in August.

The Decree had not been made public at year’s end, causing some civil rights attorneys to criticize its issuance as an effort to sidetrack wrongful detention suits pending against the Federal Military Government. Modifications notwithstanding, many Nigerians considered Decree Two a threat to their basic freedoms because the Decree’s judicial ouster clause encourages arbitrary detention, with impunity for the arresting officers.
Additionally, there were widespread credible reports that the provisions of Decree Two were not always followed by police and security officers.

Police and security officials routinely forged detention orders. In the aftermath of the April 22 coup attempt, the Federal Military Government detained more than 100 civilians for statements critical of the Government or possible association with suspected coup plotters. Some were detained under Decree Two, others without being charged.

Among the prominent detainees were former Presidential candidate, Tunji Braithwaite, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) vice president Jolly Tanko Yusuf, former Minister of Mines, Power and Steel Paul Unongo, and several university professors and student leaders. Their periods of detention ranged from a few days to over 3 months for Professor Obaro Ikime.

On May 19, 1990 General Ibrahim Babangida lifted the 3 months ban on political campaign and May 26, 1990, ward elections were held in the 5,575wards in the country.

On June 8, 1990, THE PUNCH newspaper was closed down for 3 weeks by the Federal Government and thereafter the publisher of NEWBREED magazine was detained.

On July 25 1991, the National Conventions of the two political parties were held in Abuja. Chief Tom Ikimi (74) defeated Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu to emerge as the chairman of the National Republican Convention. Chief Tom Ikimi is from Igueben in the present Edo state.

He was born in Kumba-Southern, British Cameroons (modern-day Cameroon) to John Onile Ikimi and Victoria Isiemoa Ikimi, both from Igueben. In the Social Democratic Party, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingigbe defeated Mohammed Arzika. Ambassador Kingibe (73) from Maiduguri, was former head, current affairs and features department, Northern Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation(now Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria), 1970-1972, external affairs officer, Ministry of External Affairs, Lagos, Nigeria, 1972-1975, senior counselor, Nigeria High Commission, London, Nigeria Ambassador to Greece with accreditation to Cyprus, 1981-1984, Nigerian ambassador to Pakistan , 1984-1987, secretary, Constituent Assembly, Abuja, Nigeria, 1988-1989.

In later years Tom Ikimi and Baba Gana Kingibe became Ministers under General Sanni Abacha while under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Arzika became Minister for Communications and Ibrahim Mantu became deputy Senate President.

On December 8, 1990, elections were held into local government councils with voters’ turn out estimated roughly as under 20% nationwide. The SDP won 53% of the local government chairmanships and local counselors positions.

On March 27 1991, the Armed Forces Ruling Council opted for open ballot for all future elections. And on June 15 1991, delegates elections into local government and state congresses were held throughout the nation. On August 27 1991, General Babangida created nine new states.

They were– Abia, Anambra, Delta, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Osun, Yobe and Taraba states as well as 47 new local governments. On September 23 1991, General Babangida created 89 local governments while on October 19 1991, governorship primaries were held in all the states. On October 6 1991, SDP held elections in 10states while the NRC held its own on November 9, 1991.

On November 15 1991, NRC presented governorship candidates to the NEC meeting. On November 25 1991, the government disqualified 12 governorship aspirants including Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Bala Takaya, from nine states and ordered fresh elections in those states.

On December 2, 1991, General Babangida disqualified prominent politicians and detained them. They were Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, Alhaji Maitama Yusuf, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Chief C.C. Onoh, Chief Bola Ige, Chief Arthur Nzeribe, Chief Olusola Saraki, Mr. Solomon Lar and Major General(rtd.) Musa Shehu Yar’adua. On December 18, 1991, General Babangida released the detained politicians and threw open the presidential race.

On January 2, 1992, all the elected governors of the 30 states were sworn-in and the entire federal cabinet was dissolved. The governors and their deputies were Abia-Dr Ogbonnaya Onu-Clement Nwankwo, Adamawa- Alhaji Sale Michika-Mr. Lynn Nathan, Akwa Ibom-Obong Akpan Isemin-Etim Okpoyo, Anambra- Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife-Dr Chidi Mwike, Bauchi-Alhaji Dahiru Mohammed-Alhaji Umaru Ahmed, Benue-Reverend Father Moses Adasu-Yakubu Agda, Borno-Alhaji Maiji Lawan-Alhaji Hassan, Cross River-Clement Ebri-Cecilia Ekpeyong, Delta-Felix Ibru-Samson Ebonka, Edo-John Oyegun-Reverend Peter Obada, Enugu- Okwesilieze Nwodo-Dr. Icha Ituma, Imo- Evan Enwerem-Dr. Douglas Acholonu, Jigawa-Alhaji A.S. Birmikudi-Alhaji Shehu Kwafalo, Kaduna-Alhaji Mohammed Lere-James Mugaji, Kano-Alhaji Kabiru Gaya-Alhaji Ahmed Usman, Katsina-Alhaji Saidu Barda-Alhaji Abdullahi Amidu.

Kwara- Alhaji Shaaba Lafiagi-Prince Ojo Fadumila, Kebbi-Alhaji Abubakar Musa-Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, Kogi-Alhaji Abubakar Audu-S. Ola Akande, Lagos- Michael Otedola-Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu, Niger- Dr. Musa Inuwa-Alhaji Jibo Garba, Ogun-Olusegun Osoba-Alhaji Rafiu Ogunleye,Ondo-Bamidele Olumilua-Dr. Olusegun Agagu, Osun-Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke-Clement Adesuyi Haastrup, Oyo-Kolapo Ishola-Alhaji Ahmed Gbadamosi, Plateau-Fidelis Tapgun- Alhaji Bala Usman, Rivers-Rufus Ada-George-Dr. Peter Odili, Sokoto-Alhaji Yahaya Abdulkarim-Alhaji Ahmed Gusau, Taraba-Reverend Jolly Nyame- Alhaji S.D. Gani and Yobe-Alhaji Abba Ibrahim-Alhaji Goni Bura.

The following served as Ministers under General Babangida. They were—General Sani Abacha, Lt-Colonel Ahmed Aboki Abdullahi, Air Commodore Hamza Abdullahi, Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar, Prince Bola Ajibola, Lt-General (rtd) Julius Alani Ipoola Akinrinade, Alex Akinyele,Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Clement Akpamgbo, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji, Professor Jubril Aminu, Alhaji Mamman Ankah, Lt-Colonel Abubakar Tanko Ayuba, Major –General Domkat Yah Bali, Professor Gordian Ezekwe, Professor Emmanuel Emovon, Eyoma Ita Eyoma, Professor Babatunde Fafunwa, Olu Falae, T.O. Graham-Douglas, Air Commodore Lamba Deng Gwom,Alhaji Abubakar Hashidu, Zakari Ibrahim, Olawale Ige, Air Commodore Anthony Ikhazobor, Air Vice-Marshall Nuradeen Mohammed Imam, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, Major-General Mamman Tsofo Kontagora, Rear Admiral Sebo Patrick Koshoni, Major-General Yohanna Yerima Kure, Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, Air Commodore Adebayo Hammed Lawal, Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman, Brigadier David Bonaventure Mark, Alhaji Lawal Mala, Major-General Abdullahi Bagudu Mamman, Alhaji Ismaila Mamman, Prince Tony Momoh, Alhaji Bunu Sheriff Musa, Dr Shetima Mustapha, Major-General Muhammadu Gado Nasko, Major-General Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu, Dr Chu Okongwu, Air Vice-Marshal Anthony Okpere, Dr. Tunji Olagunju, Professor Sam Oyovbaire, Air Vice-Marshal Ishaya Aboi Shekari, Senas Ukpanah, Lt-Colonel Anthony Ukpo, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, Brigadier Jeremiah Timbut Useni, Major-General Mamman Jiya Vatsa, Professor Tam David-West and Alhaji Ibrahim Zakaw.

Malaysia Slashes Ministers’ Salary

Malaysia has slashed the salary of ministers by 10 per cent and also cut public spending.

The decision was taken to control spending as the new government deals with high-level debt, the 92-year-old leader said exceeded one trillion ringgit (US$251.5 billion).

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday announced the measures at the first cabinet meeting which was attended by more than a dozen of the newly sworn-in ministers.

 

“We are concerned about the country’s financial problem,” Mahathir told reporters after the meeting.

Mahathir said he will not force other senior civil servants to follow suit, but he said they can do so if they want to contribute towards reducing the cost of running the country.

Since taking power after his election victory, Mahathir has been focusing on implementing the commitments promised during the campaign, including abolishing the six-per cent goods and services taxes, which the rating firm Moody’s said could narrow the country’s tax base and strain fiscal strength.

At the news conference, Mahathir said Malaysia’s debt was around 65 per cent of the country’s GDP.

Aside from the pay cut, he has been advocating other measures, including forming a small cabinet, downsizing the government and recovering some assets related to the 1MDB state fund overseas.

He said the Land Public Transport Commission will be disbanded, with its previous functions placed under the transport ministry, while several other “non-essential” institutions will be dissolved.

Besides, he touched on the review process of some mega projects, saying the government is studying which will be scraped and which will be continued.

In addition, he said the government was reviewing the contract for the search of the missing MH370 flight.

“If we find that it is not necessary, we will not renew (the contract),” he said. (Xinhua/NAN)

Olori Omobolawa: Remembering A Selfless Icon

In a time like this, one would appreciate the reality of Bob Marley’s saying that: “Live for yourself and you will live in vain; live for others, and you will live again.” Sometimes last year December  (13th Dec.2017) the world lost one of her rare gems in an unfortunate tragedy. Birds refused to leave their nests, displaying muteness in unison and sorrow. The rivers of Osun charged at onlookers uncommonly and everyone close could see the river beds pouring out sands in grief.  It was the day Olori Omobolawa Margaret Akinyemi departed this pain-filled world to the world of bliss.

Olori Omobolawa Akinyemi was a Rotarian, a selfless icon whose adventures in serving humanity were of great impacts on the lives of countless masses – women, children, aged and youths. Her contribution to the success of Osun Ambulance Agency can not be over emphasis, she was accommodating to strangers and kind to kits and kin; with a generosity that competed with soothing breeze. Her short sojourn on planet earth was purposeful and fixed on putting smiles on faces of the downtrodden and the depressed. Indeed, she exemplified the maxim that life is all about contribution not acquisition; that life is all about fulfilment not attainment.

In recognition of her noble sacrifices to make lives better for others, Rotary Club of Osogbo GRA which she was the president before her demise has decided to organize its Annual Medical Outreach in honour of the late selfless icon .The medical outreach took place  on Friday 18 May 2018 at the Alayegun Palace Ode-Omu, HRM Oba Lamidi Oke Ladowe 1 Osun State. The sole aim is to promote medical services and increase access to health for people whose happiness and well-being was the cardinal call of the late Olori Omobolawa Akinyemi.

The activities embedded in the medical outreach include checking of BP, eye tests and provision of free eye glasses, mental health counselling, and ear tests among others. Happily, the natives and residents of Ode-Omu have continued to troop out en masse as they know the unique saying that health is wealth. They cannot quantify their elation and appreciation.

As days go by, our memories continue to swing with thoughts about the loss of Olori Omobolawa – a priceless jewel. At times our hearts become filled with sorrow and our eyes, laden with tears. But we find solace in the fact she has indeed left indelible paths in the memories of many and remarkable feats that will continue to shine in the sands of time. The honour by Rotary Club of Osogbo GRA today – a community she served whole-heartedly is one of the numerous manifestations that  she was one of a kind. It clearly depicts that goodness outlives us all and we cannot but agree that: Olori Omobolawa lives on!

FG: 14.8m People Affected By Boko Haram Insurgency

No fewer than 14.8 million people were affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria with at least 1.7 million of them displaced.

Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, told the UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts that most adversely affected were women and children.

Bande regretted that the Boko Haram insurgency had led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in northeastern Nigeria.

He, however, assured the international community that ‘The Buhari Plan’ would bring relief to Northeast Nigeria, currently ravaged the by Boko Haram activities as all efforts were being taken against the insurgency.

The Presidential Committee for North East Initiative developed ‘The Buhari Plan’ – a framework of action to ensure the rehabilitation of the victims of insurgency and the reconstruction of their communities.

Bande said a robust Social Protection Initiative, and a second National Action Plan to fully implement the provisions of resolution 1325 (2000) had been instituted to protect civilians, particularly women and children from the Boko Haram ravages.

“To that end, the initiatives will also complement the implementation of ‘The Buhari Plan’, which provides a blueprint for the comprehensive humanitarian relief and socioeconomic stabilisation of the North-East, as well as the return and resettlement of displaced persons.

“We are collaborating with our neighbours, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, within the framework of the Multinational Joint Task Force, to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency, which is targeting civilians, particularly women and children,” Bande said.

The Buhari Plan’ aims to achieve a safe and prosperous Northeast that would be a global model for post-conflict socio-economic recovery and development.

The envoy noted that Nigeria was among the first group of states to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration in Oslo, thereby making a pledge to protect schools during armed conflicts and using and promoting the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict.

Bande said the declaration complemented and strengthened Nigeria’s national Safe Schools Initiative established in 2014, as part of the response by the Federal Government to promote safe zones for learning.

He said these initiatives reflected government’s commitment to ensuring the security of women and children during armed conflicts and enhancing their active and direct participation in conflict prevention and peace-building.

The ambassador said: “It is heartening to note that over a thousand kidnapped women and children have been rescued, and all territories once controlled by the group have been recovered.

“Indeed, our experience in the Lake Chad Region today, is evidence that with determined international collaboration, terrorism can be defeated.

“In addition, the Government of Nigeria has adopted a multinational and multi-agency approach tagged ‘Operation Safe Corridor’, to effectively handle the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration of willing and surrendered Boko Haram members back to the society”.

The Nigerian envoy said so far, many insurgents had willingly surrendered to the military, while about 700 others had indicated interest to surrender.

He said Nigeria had taken steps to cater to victims of Boko Haram. According to him, these steps include providing humanitarian relief, financial, economic, educational and psycho-social support.

“Despite the tremendous efforts being made at the national level, we acknowledge that protecting civilians in conflict situations remains a critical challenge, not only for the United Nations, but also for the entire international community.’’ (NAN)

Foundation Empowers Osun Indigents With N6.5M

By Nofisat Marindoti 
A charitable organisation, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, has distributed the proceed of Zakat (poor dues) worth N6.5 million in forms of cash and materials to 229 beneficiaries in the State of Osun.
Materials distributed to the indigents on Saturday at the Multipurpose Hall of Western Sun International Hotel, Ede, included sewing machines, deep freezers, generators, clippers, among others.
The foundation also made cash donations to the aged who were selected from Ede, Osogbo and their suburbs.
Speaking at the event, the Director of the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Alhaji Sulaiman Olagunju said the resources were sourced from Zakat (poor dues) collected from few rich Muslims in the state.
Olagunju noted that the purpose of Zakat in Islam is to eradicate poverty among the poor members of the society, saying many have so far benefited from the programme.
“170 elders both males and females from Osogbo and Ede axis received varying amount, just as the youths also benefited from the empowerment exercise across the state.
“Zakat is a directive from Allah to assist the poor and the needy in order to establish a balanced society. When the rich show love to the poor by giving the poor-due from their wealth, the rich will feel secure and the poor will have rest of mind. They will eschew envy and reciprocate the good gesture by showing love to the rich in return. This is a veritable means of setting up a just, peaceful and egalitarian society that ensures equity and fairness.”
Olagunju explained that early response of the Zakat payers helped the foundation to distribute the materials early of Ramadan, stating that any Muslim who has N1,183,030 or farm that worth the amount is entitled to pay Zakat.
“Zakat is the 4th pillar of Islam which is a compulsory due that every wealthy Muslim must pay as soon as his or her money reaches Nisab (measure). It’s been observed that many wealthy Muslims wrongly equate and misunderstood Sadaqat (voluntary donation or charity) for Zakat but these are two distinct institutions in Islam.
“Zakat is meant for the poor and the needy. When collected from the wealthy Muslims, it must be centrally administered to get to the expected beneficiaries in the society.”
The Osun State Administrative Officer, Mallam Moshood Olaoye, said the Zakat distribution was part of a week long humanitarian programmes which had earlier featured an Iftar (breaking of fast) for the Ilesa Prison Inmates on Thursday.
“Today’s event will be followed by presentation of valuable materials to FOMWAN Orphanage Home in Osogbo tomorrow (Monday), before another Iftar which will be conducted for the Ile-Ife Prison inmates on Tuesday.”
Olaoye thereby called on well-meaning Nigerians to donate generously to the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation especially in this month of Ramadan to enhance its capacity to further alleviate poverty, empower the masses and bring succour to the poor.

OAU Students Lament Accommodation Policy, Transportation Crisis 

By Sodiq Lawal

Barely two weeks into the resumption of the returning students (stallites) of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife,  it has been gathered that the recently imposed accommodation policy by the university management has birthed a lot of inconveniences for students, which includes transportation crisis amongst many others.

Our correspondent who bodies the S.U.B bus stop  discovered the hardship being faced by students, which was a result of the accommodation policy which led to the mass migration of students from their campus residences to town residences.

This has led to an increase in the need for a transport system considering the number of students who now require commercial vehicles to transport themselves to various destinations outside campus. Something similar to the regular bus-hustling in Lagos is gradually surfacing on OAU campus, as students now struggle to board buses.

Some students have complained bitterly about the academic implications of the transportation crisis.

In a brief chat with a part 3 student of the faculty of Technology who pleaded to speak under anonymity, he narrated an experience of how he missed an early class attendance because of the transportation crisis.

He had gotten to the AP (a location in Ife town)  bus stop around 6:00am for a 7:00am lecture but was unable to catch a bus till 6:30 because bus drivers don’t operate early enough. After, a long struggle for transport, he got to campus at 7:04 but was unable to enter the lecture room because the lecturer had shut the doors and taken attendance.

Another female student who spoke to us said she feels she is the most affected by the crisis because since she started staying in town, she has not been able to catch early transport and feels reluctant to join the bus-hussle as it poses a lot of negativity to her religious doctrines.

According to a release of the hall executive council (H.E.C), it was gathered that the university management had released three coaster buses and increased the number of commercial buses to alleviate the transportation crisis but the crisis has persisted.

The climax of the day was when a long-stretch construction trailer stopped at the bus stop and a large number of students (estimately 100) struggled to climb and get a spot as that seems the only alternative they had.

The scene could have made one think they were migrants running away from a war zone.

A lot of students have begun to blame the insensitivity of the university management and demanded the restoration of the students’ union as the only solution to the present predicament.

A student had said;”Why are they chasing us outside campus and yet denying a platform to organise against this ugly development, later they will come and say they are our mummies and daddies.

Conclusively, analytical observations have shown that the only effective measure to combat the  transportation crisis is the construction of more hostels on campus. But, surprisingly the management now construct hostels with public funds in areas off-campus like Parakin in Ile-Ife town.

OAU Governing Council, Senate To Jointly Probe Sex For Marks Scandal

By Sodiq Lawal

The Governing Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, has set up a joint investigative panel with the Senate of the institution to further probe the sex-for-mark allegation levelled against Prof. Richard Akindele by a female post-graduate student of Business Administration, Monica Osagie.

Osagie had released a telephone conversation between her and Akindele where the lecturer allegedly demanded to have sex with her five times as a condition to jerk up her score from 33 to a pass mark.

The audio conversation went viral on the Internet and the university management set up a fact-finding committee, which authenticated the veracity of the audio recording and subsequently recommended the suspension of the lecturer.

Though Osagie did not appear before the committee during their first sitting, she later appeared with two human rights activists led by Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi where she told the committee that she scored 45 in the course and not 33 as claimed by Akindele.

Speaking with our correspondent in Ile Ife, the Vice-Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, said the committee set up by the university management had submitted their final report which he said had been passed on to the university’s governing council.

The Vice-Chancellor said, “The governing council has now set up the real investigative panel which is a joint panel of council and senate of the university. It is this joint panel that will allow the man to bring his lawyer and the university’s lawyer will be there. The lady involved in the matter can also bring her lawyer.

“Now, the joint committee, comprising members of the council and senate, has been formed and it is the joint committee investigating the matter that can now pronounce him guilty. It is only then that the final punishment can be dished out to him.”

Ogunbodede explained that the committee set up by the management on the matter was an internal one, adding that neither the lecturer nor the alleged victim was represented by a lawyer.

The vice-chancellor stated that the university had zero tolerance for sexual harassment, saying the joint committee would be thorough and the university would not sweep the case under the carpet.