Dealing with sexual offenders in varsities

  T he termination of appointment of eight lecturers of the Akwa Ibom State University over sexual harassment has brought to the fore the endemic nature of the menace.     Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Eno Ibanga, last week, said that the lecturers were sacked for sexually harassing some female students and for extortion between 2015/2016 academic year and 2018/2019 session.     “The appointment of eight lecturers has been terminated by the university bordering on sexual harassment and extortion. “As we speak, a notorious one is on…

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Hate Speech Bill must not be allowed to stand

The Hate Speech Bill has continued to elicit reactions from Nigerians who feel that the bill is nothing but a surreptitious attempt to stifle free speech in the country. The sponsor of the bill, Senator Sabi Abdullahi Aliyu, has continued to insist on the need for the bill and that he was not backing down in spite of backlash from Nigerians. Senator Aliyu, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, said that he first initiated the bill during the lifespan of the 8th National Assembly but that he did not…

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Despicable failure of police during Kogi elections

T he breakdown of law and order, violence, ballot box snatching and killings which characterized the governorship and senatorial elections in Kogi State on Saturday 16th November not only undermined the credibility of the election, but made a mockery of the avowed preparation and competence of the Nigeria Police Force.   A situation where at least six persons lost their lives during the elections, excluding the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Woman Leader in Ochadamu Ward in Ofu Local Government Area of the state, Salome Abuh, who was incinerated in her…

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Constituency projects of controversy

P resident Muhammadu Buhari, last week, stirred the hornet’s nest when he said that Nigeria has wasted N1 trillion in the past 10 years on constituency projects. Constituency project is a unique package for members of the National Assembly to reach their constituents directly through popular projects. Such may include rural electricity, water, community halls and other sundry projects, which originally were to enable the lawmakers connect to their communities.   But, according to Buhari, the amount spent by the Federal Government on these projects has not impacted on the…

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Sports Minister, NFF and state of Nigerian football

The Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, is gradually trying to bring sanity into the sector. It was great to see the minister attend the final of a boxing tournament in Oworonsoki where he made bold his pledge to adopt an eight-year-old boxer, Sekinat Quadri. Dare saw the video of the young boxer on the social media and followed up by attending the competition and he gave out prizes to other boxers who excelled at the event. This, is part of the Talent Hunt Programme of the minister which is targeted…

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Cost of governance and over-bloated FG’s agencies

Recently, the upper chamber of the National Assembly hinted that it would soon consider pruning the number of Federal Government agencies, councils and commissions. The Senate stated that the proposal was meant to cut down on the number of parastatals drawing funds from the Federation Account through the yearly budget. Under the plan, the operations of parastatals numbering over 500 are to be reviewed to determine the relevance of each institution to governance and the economy. At the end of the assessment, it is expected that some might be merged…

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NIN: Nigerians, JAMB candidates’ headache

When the Federal Government established the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) through the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007, the intention was good. The agency’s mandate is to establish, own, operate, maintain and manage the National Identity Database, register persons covered by the Act, assign a unique National Identification Number (NIN) and issue General Multi-Purpose Cards (GMPC) to those who are citizens of Nigeria, as well as others legally residing within the country. But, the stress and hardship Nigerians are currently going through for the enrolment and issuance of the…

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Abolishing the fraudulent billing system

For decades, Nigerians have been under a heavy yoke brought upon them by the inefficiency and epileptic power supply to homes, offices, schools, markets and manufacturing concerns. The defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) and its successor company, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), were notorious for their poor service delivery. Their trademark was power outage and estimated billings due to the absence of a proper metering system. Like a typical monopoly, NEPA operated with so much arrogance and disdain towards its customers. Its officials never bothered about the feelings…

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NFF and Nigeria’s string of poor football results

    N igerian football suffered a deep setback at weekend as the country’s U-23 team failed in its bid to secure a ticket to the football event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.     The sad development came just few weeks after the country’s female team, the Super Falcons, failed in their bid to make it to Tokyo.     Two weeks ago, we warned that picking a ticket to Tokyo Games football event won’t be easy because there was no hiding place for Nigeria as defending champions…

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Bizarre hate speech proposal by Senate

The Senate last week introduced a bizarre angle to the hate speech theory of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government with a bill sponsored by Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Sabi Abdulahi (APC, Niger North). The bill, which was introduced and read for the first time, provided life jail, five years imprisonment, depending on the degree of the hate speech for offenders. It also provided an option of a fine of N10 million for those found guilty of the offence of hate speech. Most curious of the provisions of the bill is the…

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