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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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Police Arrest ESN, IPOB Members, Uncover Shrine With Python

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Seven suspected members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as well as a live python they used to fortify themselves before attacks have been arrested.

The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, who confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri, said “the Command’s Tactical Teams, on 18/5/2022 at about 0600 hours hastily mobilized when it received credible information that the native doctor who prepares charms for fortifications against bullets and knives for group has returned after fleeing the community.”

Narrating how the Police raided the camps, the police said, “with the positive revelations made in the course of interrogating the suspects earlier arrested in connection with the killing, the team was able to locate the criminal hideout in Ubah Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State and immediately cordoned-off the area and tactically went into the den.

“The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives, attempted to escape only to discover that the whole escape routes had been saturated with police operatives hence, they were arrested. ”

He gave the names of the arrested suspects as “Casmire Mgbugha ‘m’ aged 53 years, Hycent Chimezie ‘m’ aged 30 years, Hycent Azunna ‘m’ aged 28 years, Hycent Ifesinachi ‘m’ aged 26 years, Hycent Chimobi ‘m’ aged 23 years, Chukwuemeka Wisdom ‘m’ aged 22 years and Nnadike Clifford ‘m’ aged 72 years.”

The police said on searching the terror camp, the following items were recovered: one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 73 BF LAGOS, one live python, eight locally made pistols, eighteen rounds of live cartridges, one Biafra flag, a pair of police camouflage uniform belonging to the late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara ‘f’, who has been declared missing since 2017 by police authorities

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While coming out of the terror camp, one of the suspects, Hycent Chimezie for the second time, attempted escaping and was maimed on the leg, the police spokesman said.

The police further said the suspects confessed to have murdered the late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara who was the second wife to one of the suspects – Casmire Mgbugba.

The suspected hoodlums further stated that they were the manufacturers of the locally made guns recovered from them, which they also sell to robbers and kidnappers.

“The command wishes to use this medium to appreciate the good people of Imo State for their undaunting support and assures them of the command’s commitments in sustaining the already improved security architecture in the State,” he said.

 

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Supreme Court Grants Rivers’ Request To Join Electoral Act Suit

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The Supreme Court on Monday approved the request of Rivers State to join as an interested party a suit by President Muhammadu Buhari against the National Assembly on the Electoral Act 2022 .

The court has subsequently fixed Thursday, May 26, 2022 for the hearing of the suit.

Rivers State is to be represented in the suit by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the state.

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Justice Muhammad Musa Datijjo, who led a panel of seven justices of the court, adjourned the matter till Thursday following the concession by Buhari’s lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), that the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the state be joined as parties in the suit.

Justice Dattijo then ordered the parties to file and exchange necessary processes latest next week Wednesday and return to the court on Thursday for hearing.

 

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Accountant General Ahmed Idris Suspended Over N80b Fraud

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Accountant General Ahmed Idris Suspended Over N80b Fraud

The accountant general of the federation Ahmed Idris has been suspended indefinitely by Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning.

This is coming two days after his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N80 billion fraud.

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In a letter dated May 18, 2022, Ahmed said the suspension “without pay” was to allow for “proper and unhindered investigation” in line with public service rules.
He is not expected to come to office or contact any official in his office except for any disciplinary hearing that may be advised.

 

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