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Outrage As VCs’ Wives Plan To Hold Training In Turkey

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Outrage As VCs' Wives Plan To Hold Training In Turkey

By John Michael Ojo
Heavy criticism on Thursday trailed a plan by the wives of Nigerian universities’ vice- chancellors to attend a five-day training on “Leadership and Management Masterclass, and Fellowship Induction for spouses of vice- chancellors, women academics and higher education leadership in Africa.”

The training is being organised under the auspices of the Committee of Vice-chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

A circular seen by New Times disclosed that the training would help equip the VCs’ wives on the best possible support to accord their husbands in the discharge of their duties.

Each participant will pay N1.5 million for the training.

The circular said: “TO: ALL DISTINGUISHED VICE – CHANCELLORS

INVITATION TO THE ISTANBUL 5-DAY LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT MASTERCLASS,
FELLOWSHIP INDUCTION FOR SPOUSES OF VICE CHANCELLORS, WOMEN IN
ACADEMICS AND HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP.

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“I bring you warm greetings from the Secretariat of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

In this constantly evolving sector, authentic and inspirational leadership are the key to success of individuals, teams and organizations. In order to lead others effectively, it is essential that leaders understand and continue to develop their own capabilities and leadership style. Women in modern times are surpassing social and cultural barriers, making tremendous contributions to the
advancement of education, business and the community. We understand the vital role spouses play in supporting Vice Chancellors as they execute their day- to day administration of universities.

” It is therefore imperative, that capacity building exercises be put in place for the Women in Academics and spouses of Vice-Chancellors in Nigerian Universities .

“In this regard, the Committee’s Secretariat, In Partnership with Win Institute for Gender Studies (WIGS), Nigeria in collaboration with her Turkey-based learning partner, Istanbul Egitimler, have put together a 5-day Leadership & Management Masterclass, and Fellowship Induction for spouses of Vice Chancellors, women academics and higher education leadership in Africa .

“The programme is scheduled to hold from 18th -23rd July, 2022, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Course Fee: The course fee is N 1,500,000 per Participant, covering instructional manual and course materials, visa fees, Accommodation for 5 nights, venue, tea/coffee break, buffet lunch, souvenirs and Certificates. (Concept note is attached for further details)

Payment should be made directly into the following account:
Account Name: C.V.C.N.U Workshop and Conferences
Account No: 1217755695 (Naira)
Bank: Zenith Bank

“Participants are kindly requested to send names and confirmation of payment to the Secretariat’s Senior Projects and Programs Officer, Ms. Olaghere Sylverina.

You may also wish to contact her on 234-8180996500, 08052226887 or by sylverina@cvcnigeria.org, olaghere@gmail.com should you need further clarifications. Deadline for Payment is 6th June, 2022.

Please accept assurances of my highest regards,
Yakubu Aboki Ochefu Ph.D, FHSN, MNAL
Professor and Secretary General.”

Meanwhile, lecturers from various universities in the country and other citizens have condemned the initiative . They have wondered how relevant such a training in Turkey would be especially now that universities in the country have been under lock and key for months over the inability of the federal government to resolve disagreements with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the funding of the tertiary institutions.

Condemning the development, a source said : “Joblessness and an attempt to waste our money. Next will be spouses of principal officers and different categories of university staff viz, DVCs, Bursars, Registrars, DAPs, Deans, HODs, DPGSs, DPPs etc. Yeye dey smell, rubbish, rubbish.”

Another source who was shocked by the information simply replied: “Spouses of VCs? Ok na. Ala first ladies of the universities.”

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Also, a source who does not want her name in print while criticising the planned workshop, questioned where the N1.5 million registration fee for each expected participant would come from and what benefit would the seminar be to VCs’ wives who are not educated or academic.

She added that with this development, the former Pro-Chancelor of the University of Lagos, Dr. Olawale Babalakin, SAN, will be having the joy of a secret laughter.

She wrote: “My God! It’s unfortunate.Very soon, spouses of professors will have their own association.

“I ask: From which savings or salary will a female professor/senior lecturer get N1.5m to pay for this workshop?

“And, what about the unemployed spouses? Who pays for them? University IGR?

“Workshop for what? To enhance teaching and learning? To enhance their spouses’ libido? To curb their spouses’ greed level?

“Mr. Babalakin will surely have the joy of secret laughter on reading this!

“It is the hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob. Unilag and ALL current VCs are academic disasters in the garb of professors!.”

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However, a text message sent to ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke to get ASUU’s position on the development was not responded to as at the time of filing this report.

The practice of spouses travelling overseas to attend seminars has been going on for a while now.

Earlier in the year, the wives of Nigerian governors on the platform of the Nigerian Governors Wives Forum, led by the wife of the Ekiti State Governor Dr, Bisi Fayemi, were in Dubai for an undisclosed seminar as well. Their activities only became known when Nigerians back at home spotted the first ladies with a cake while celebrating the birthday of Aisha Buhari, the wife of the Nigerian president who was in Dubai at that time.

 

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BREAKING: Frank Mba Becomes Lagos Police Commissioner, Idowu Owohunwa Takes Over In Ogun

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BREAKING: Frank Mba Becomes Lagos Police Commissioner

The Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba, has approved the redeployment of two commissioners of police to Lagos and Ogun States respectively.The commissioners of police concerned are: Frank Mba and Idowu Owohunwa.

This was stated in a letter dated January 24, 2023, and signed by Hafiz Inuwa, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police to the Police Service Commission (PSC).

While Mba, who had served as the Force spokesman and appointed as the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory, would be replacing Abiodun Alabi in Lagos, while Owohunwa, former principal staff officer of the IGP, would take over from Lanre Bankole in Ogun.

This comes just over a month before the elections.

Nigerians will vote next month to elect a new president to succeed Muhammadu Buhari, who is finishing his second term in office.

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The posting, according to the letter, was part of a strategy to strengthen the strategic and operational control of the Lagos and Ogun commands.

“I am directed to humbly write and forward the proposed posting of the under-mentioned commissioners of police to state commands indicated against their names for the commission’s kind consideration and approval,” the letter reads.

“The Inspector-General of Police is deploying the under-mentioned commissioners of police to strengthen the strategic and operational control of the commands.”

 

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ICPC Re-arrestes JAMB Ex-Registrar Ojerinde For Alleged Fraud Charge

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ICPC Re-arrestes JAMB Ex-Registrar Ojerinde For Alleged Fraud Charge

A former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde, was re-arrested in court on Thursday in Abuja.

According to a statement on Thursday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, Prof. Ojerinde’s re-arrest by the commission followed a warrant issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

He is expected to face a team of investigators over new evidence uncovered in relation to his ongoing trial for diversion of funds while he was a public officer.

ICPC operatives uncovered two accounts opened in the names of Trillium Learning Centre Ltd and Sapati International Schools Ltd into which funds were diverted using fictitious names of students.

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The commission had on the 12th December, 2022, invited the former JAMB Registrar for questioning over the new evidence but he wrote through his solicitor requesting 14 days grace to enable him to honour the invitation. Ojerinde, however, refused to honour the invitation as undertaken by his counsel after the expiration of the 14 days on 27th December, 2022.

In the course of its ongoing investigation, the commission unearthed new evidence that suggests that Ojerinde is the sole signatory to various bank accounts operated in the name of Trillium Learning Centre Ltd and Sapati International School Ltd. Ojerinde allegedly operated those accounts using false identities and forged documents in the names of Joshua Olakulehin Olaniran and Akanbi Lamidi respectively. He also allegedly used another false identity, Adeniyi Banji, to operate a separate account in the name of Standout Institutes Ltd.

The ICPC has recovered the cheque books of the companies’ accounts from Ojerinde, who has been taken into custody at the headquarters of the commission.

The Commission may likely prosecute the former registrar before a court of competent jurisdiction for offences bordering on forgery of documents, stolen identity, money laundering and concealment of gratification if the new evidence is confirmed.

Ojerinde is currently being prosecuted by the commission at the Federal High Court Abuja and Federal High Court Minna on an 18-count charge bordering on abuse of office and fraud to the tune of about N10 billion while serving as heads of two government agencies, the National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB.

He had allegedly conferred corrupt advantages upon himself at different times while being Head of JAMB and NECO, thereby violating Sections 19, 24, 25 (1) (a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and Section 1 (1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, 2006.

 

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BREAKING: US Imposes Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Democracy

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BREAKING: US Imposes Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Democracy

In a fresh move to strengthen democracy in Nigeria and fight corruption, the United States has unveiled visa restrictions on some Nigerians accused of undermining democracy.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said that the sanctioned individuals, whose name he did not reveal, would be ineligible for US visas.

The diplomat also explained that some family members of those barred from the US may also be subjected to the same restriction.

He stated, ”We are committed to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world. Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process in a recent Nigerian election.

‘’Under Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, these individuals will be found ineligible for visas to the United States under a policy to restrict visas of those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria.

‘’Certain family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions. Additional persons who undermine the democratic process in Nigeria—including in the lead-up to, during, and following Nigeria’s 2023 elections—may be found ineligible for U.S. visas under this policy.’’

Blinken clarified that the visa restriction was not targeted at the Nigerian people or the government.

He described it as a reflection of the US government’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s aspiration to combat corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law.

‘’The visa restrictions announced today are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the Government of Nigeria. The decision to impose visa restrictions reflects the commitment of the United States to support Nigerian aspirations to combat corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law,’’ the statement said.

The development is coming barely two months after the political counselor at the US Embassy in Nigeria, Rolf Olson, said that the US would impose visa sanctions on people who try to undermine Nigeria’s democratic process.

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Speaking at the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship alumni association seminar last November, Olson said sanctions had been placed on persons who undermined the nation’s election before and would be repeated in the next election.

He said, ‘’Even a small number of troublemakers can cause substantial havoc to an election. It takes a comprehensive effort to try to eliminate the use of violence and inflammatory rhetoric.

“Individuals seeking to undermine the democratic process, including through violence, may be found ineligible for visas to the United States. We have imposed visa restrictions in the past against those responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process, and remain fully willing to do so again in the context of the upcoming elections.”

 

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