A student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) says many lecturers have “comfortable sofas” in their offices.
Speaking on the sex for grades scandal rocking the institution, she said sexual harassment is no news on the campus.
Boniface Igbeneghu, a lecturer of the University of Lagos, has been in the news for sexually harassing an undercover journalist who posed as an admission seeker.
The senior lecturer, who is also pastor of a Foursquare Gospel Church, was exposed in a documentary released by the BBC Africa Eye on Monday.
In the documentary, Igbeneghu narrated how he and some of his colleagues patronise the UNILAG Staff club “cold room” to commit several sexual atrocities with female students.
The student, who craved anonymity for the fear of being punished by her lecturers, said many senior lecturers engage less in lecturing because there are situations when more than one lecturer take a course.
She accused some of them of using the time expected to be used for research and community service for meeting with students for sexual gains.
“I have heard of a lot of cases of sexual harassment. It’s no news on campus. It is a normal thing,” she told TheCable.
“One of our lecturers will invite female students over and tell them to come in the evening to do things that are 18+… they do it in their offices. Time is not a barrier, but most times it is around 6pm. The lecturers have comfortable sofas in their offices. The sofas are really long, three-seater in some of the offices.”
She also narrated an instance of sexual harassment during her conversation with TheCable.
“There was a time a friend of mine did a group work. They were unable to submit the group work because the lecturer wanted a lady, who is a member of the group, to submit the work so she can see him,” she said.
“But the ladies in the group objected and told others that they would have to forfeit the mark and pray hard to pass the course.”
She added that students who are victims of sexual harassment are scared to speak up.
“Everybody is scared to speak up. If such happens to me, I don’t know if I will come out to say anything,” she said.
“That is the truth. The problem is that it is not safe to speak to school authorities because you don’t know who is who.”
The school authorities have since suspended the lecturers indicted in the BBC report while the “cold room” where some of the atrocities took place have been shut.
When TheCable visited the “cold room” on Tuesday, a security official refused to allow the reporter in.
The reporter also observed that the office of Igbeneghu at department of linguistics in the faculty of arts was locked.
When contacted, Taiwo Oloyode, a spokesperson of the institution, told TheCable to send a text message because she was in a meeting.
She had not replied the text message as of the time this report was filed.
Nigeria’s premier and leading financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2019 Customer Service Week themed “The Magic of Service’. The weeklong event is to be celebrated from 7 – 11 October 2019 across the Bank’s over 700 branch networks in Nigeria and its FBNBank subsidiaries in over half a dozen countries across 3 continents.
The Customer Service Week is an international celebration which highlights the importance of customer service and staff who serve and support customers daily to deliver exceptional service to customers.
With its robust customer service network over the years, cutting across diverse cultures, tribes and races, transcending to its digital channels; FirstBank has since the last 125 years supported its customers’ – beyond the shores of Nigeria – at meeting their individual and business needs, thereby contributing to national growth and development. This, the bank achieves through its innovative, interactive, self-service banking platforms like WhatsApp banking, *894# Quick Banking mobile solution, Firstmobile banking application, internet banking and ATM amongst many others. These electronic banking channels are constantly updated with new and exciting features to put the customers experience and service at an edge in the industry.
According to Taiwo Shonekan, the Bank’s Head, Customer Experience & Value Management “with our dynamic and vibrant customer services operations at FirstBank, we remain committed to rendering the gold standard of services to our customers and stakeholders alike regardless of where they may be across the globe. Efficient customer services forms part and parcel of our DNA, our responsibility at putting our customers first and indeed the centerpiece of our impact since we were founded in 1894.”
“Our robust customer service puts our stakeholders and the public alike at an advantage in meeting their personal and business needs as it underscores the magic of our services through a hundred and a quarter of a century,” she concluded.
A Lagos State prosecutor, Y. A. Pitan, on Wednesday said a former Super Eagles’ Captain, Augustine Okocha, accused of income tax evasion since 2017, had finally settled with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS).
She told an Igbosere High Court in Lagos that the LIRS informed it that the defendant visited its office and reconciled his accounts.
Ms Pitan then prayed the court for an adjournment to enable her file a notice of discontinuance of the charge preferred against Mr Okocha.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye, consequently, withdrew the warrant of arrest earlier issued on the defendant.
She adjourned the further hearing until November 14, to enable prosecution file notice of discontinuance of the charge.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prosecutor had on May 28 informed the court that the defendant visited the office of LIRS to reconcile his accounts.
The prosecutor then said the defendant could not reach a common ground with the agency.
Earlier, the prosecutor had filed a three-count charge against Mr Okocha on June 6, 2017, accusing him of:
“Failure to furnish returns of income for tax purposes with the LIRS, and failure to pay income tax.
“The offences contravene Section 56(a) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No. 8 of 2006 and Section 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 (As Amended)”.
Hot on the heels of the graduating class of 2019, the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy in Lagos, is buzzing with excitement as the class of 2020 sit for their first day in class. The 20 students from Nigeria and Ghana were chosen after a month-long process which shortlisted candidates from thousands of entries. This year’s applicants were put through the standard rigorous interview and adjudication process by a group of leading film and television industry experts and the West African Academy Director and represent the very best in young talent from across West Africa.
The 20 new students start the academic year with an orientation programme in partnership with Pan-Atlantic University in Nigeria. This academic partner has been onboard since the academies first opened their doors in October 2018 as part of MultiChoice ground-breaking corporate shared value (CSV) initiative, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) aimed at igniting Africa’s creative industries through TV and filmmaking.
The second intake of students from Nigeria and Ghana (West African region) will be provided with training and hands-on experience in the film industry, with a focus on storytelling, production, audio and directing among other key areas. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn directly from leading African and international industry experts, work on live sets of local TV productions and create original content aired on local M-Net channels across the MultiChoice platforms – DStv, GOtv and Showmax.
The MTF Director West Africa, Mr. Femi Odugbemi noted that the 20 aspiring filmmakers carry a lot of hope for the African continent in our quest to tell our stories that reflect who we are and how far we’ve come as storytellers. Odugbemi attests to this “We are very excited to welcome the Class of 2020 and to begin a new journey of discovery. We learn filmmaking by making films and that process of hands-on exposure and learning from the best industry leaders remains our path to infusing the passion of our students with creative power.”
Speaking during a formal meeting with the new MTF students, John Ugbe, Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria said “MultiChoice is committed to enriching lives by improving the skills of talent in the film and television industry and the success of these students will over time, deliver a more professionalized, networked film and television industry across Africa and an expanded community of highly skilled professionals who are passionate about creating quality home-grown content,”
It would be recalled that Pan-Atlantic University, New York Film Academy, Dolby and Universal Music Group partnered with MultiChoice to produce the pioneer graduates of the MTF project last month.
The MTF has over the past 12 months, partnered with government, local and international film industry associations and partners to hone and sharpen the skills of emerging filmmakers and industry professionals.
Representatives of schools from Oyo, Ogun and Rivers States outshined others to pick the last sets of semi-final tickets in the on-going Season 5 of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.
In the junior category preliminary Group I (week 9) contest last weekend, David Charles of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers state and Toluwanimi Adeeko of Rhema Chapel International college, Ibadan, Oyo State snatched the two available semi-final tickets at the expense of four others.
The participants who bid the competition farewell include Oshioke Anavberokhai of Gloryland Secondary School, Igarra, Edo State; Fahad Murtala of Abdu Gusau Polythenic Secondary School, AGPSS, Talata-Marafa, Zamfara State; Temitope Oluwaseun, a student of Reality High School, Ilesha, Osun State and Emmanuel Appoh of Teto Model College, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.
David who ascribed his success so far in the competition to speed and accuracy, was confident of victory in the remaining stages of the contest. His colleague, Toluwani linked her confidence to the moral support and advice of her mother. “My mother said I should not be afraid, but rather face my fear. And this is just what I did. I am looking forward to a great outing in the days ahead,” she told journalists at the sidelines outside the studio last week.
In the senior category, the brilliance of Folayemi 0yekunle, from Deeper Life High School Ibadan, Oyo State and Gift Omoegbeleghan of The Crescent International High School, Ijoko-Ota, Ogun State shot them into the semi-finals.
Consequently, the journey ended for other contestants. These include: Abubakar Saadatu of Yamusa Science Academy, Zauro, Kebbi State; Akinbode Wuraola of Greater Tomorrow Model College, Odo Ado, Ekiti State and Qasim Abubakar from Iqra Science Academy, Jalingo, Taraba State. Abaragu Cyprian, a student of Divine Academy College, Ikwo, Ebonyi State was absent from the competition.
Folayemi, who was a junior category semi-finalist in 2017 edition of the competition, vowed to put in all her efforts to surmount every obstacle and emerge champion this time around. Gift, on her part was confident that her meticulous preparation is good enough to get her to the top and win the ultimate prize as a gift to her parents.
The quiz show will run for 13 weeks and divided into nine preliminary stages and three semi-finals before the grand finale in November 2019. This year’s edition is living up to its billing in terms of excitement and reward as promised by the organisers in line with the goal of “nurturing great inventors”.
Aside the N2 million grand prizes, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anders Einarsson disclosed that the winner in each of the two categories, (junior and senior) will enjoy an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country at the end of the initiative.
In addition, the first and second runners-up in each category will receive N1.5 million and N1 million respectively, while the teachers of the top prize winners will be awarded N500, 000. Those of the first and second runners-up will receive N400, 000 and N300, 000 respectively.
The 2019 edition of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematic TV Quiz continues this weekend. It will be aired on DSTV Africa Magic Family Channel, AIT Network and other six television stations across the country.
Any federal government worker not captured on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by October 31 would not be paid his monthly salary.
President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this during the presentation of the 2020 budget proposal to the joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said this was part of the federal government’s efforts aimed at managing personnel costs in line with its fight against corruption.
He said all agencies of government must obtain permission and follow due process as they embark on any recruitment exercise.
“We shall sustain our efforts in managing personnel costs.
“Accordingly, I have directed the stoppage of the salary of any Federal Government staff that is not captured on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform by the end of October 2019.
“All agencies must obtain the necessary approvals before embarking on any fresh recruitment and any contraventions of these directives shall attract severe sanctions,” he said.
He said total overhead cost for the year 2020 stood at over N400 billion, with additional provisions for the newly created ministries.
“Overhead costs are projected at N426.6 billion in 2020. Additional provisions were made only for the newly created Ministries,” he said.
“I am confident that the benefits of these new Ministries as it relates to efficient and effective service delivery to our citizens significantly outweigh their budgeted costs.
“That said, the respective Heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) must ensure strict adherence to government regulations regarding expenditure control measures.
“The proliferation of Zonal, State and Liaison Offices by Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (‘MDAs’), with attendant avoidable increase in public expenditure, will no longer be tolerated,” the president said.
Mr Buhari said the 2020 budget tagged “Budget of Sustainable Growth and Job Creation,” has a proposed non-debt recurrent expenditure of N3.6 trillion, covering personnel and pension costs.
“The non-debt recurrent expenditure includes N3.6 trillion for personnel and pension costs, an increase of N620.28 billion over 2019.
“This increase reflects the new minimum wage as well as our proposals to improve remuneration and welfare of our Police and Armed Forces.
“You will all agree that good governance, inclusive growth and collective prosperity can only be sustained in an environment of peace and security.
“Our fiscal reforms shall introduce new performance management frameworks to regulate the cost to revenue ratios for Government Owned Enterprises, which shall come under significant scrutiny,” he added.
Mr Buhari maintained that his administration would reward exceptional revenue and cost management performance, while “severe consequences will attend failures to achieve agreed revenue targets.”
Nigerians will henceforth be requested to carry identification cards to prove their identity to the military as the Nigerian Army begins quick profiling of citizens under a new military exercise, codenamed: Operation Positive Identification.
The exercise, according to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, is to uncover those with questionable identities.
He said the operation will also stop dislodged and fleeing insurgents from accessing peaceful zones.
Buratai, who gave the hint during the launching of routine military exercises, Crocodile Smile IV, Egwu Eke IV and Ayem Akpatuma II, said the operation, which is currently taking place in the Northeast, will be extended to other parts of the country.
The COAS said the operation is meant to curtail the movement of bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic militia and other criminals.
Buratai, who was represented by Chief of Training and Operations in the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. E. O. Udoh, stressed that the exercises became “necessary owing to the myriad of emergent threats that are burgeoning across the geo-political zones”.
He added: “As part of its constitutional roles, the Nigerian Army, acting in aid of civil authority, is poised to combating these threats.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the national assembly to redirect the 2020 budget to areas that would better serve the interest of majority of Nigerians.
Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the party, gave the advice in a statement on Tuesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari had presented a N10.33 trillion budget to the joint session of the national assembly.
But Ologbondiyan said the budget mortgage the future of the nation.
“The core of the budget remains hazy, showing streaks of padding, duplication, replete with false performance indices, deceptive projections and inexplicable expenditure assertions,” he said.
“The budget is skewed to serve the interest of the opulent, as projects that have direct bearing on the well-being of the masses were not substantially accommodated in the overall expenditure profile.”
Ologbondiyan also criticised what he referred to as allocations for “vague projects”, particularly the ministries of works and housing as well as transportation, where according to him there were of diversion of public funds in the last budget.
While works and housing got N262 billion, 123 billion was allocated to the ministry of transportation.
He added that his party was “standing with millions of Nigerian youths and women to reject the paltry budgets of N48 billion for education and N46 billion for health and urges the national assembly to review the allocations in the interest of Nigerians.”
The Nigerian Medical Association has recommended psychological counselling for persons, including Idris Okuneye, popularly called Bobrisky, who are males but have a feeling that they are females.
The Chairman of NMA in the Federal Capital Territory and Chief Medical Director, Nyanya General Hospital, Dr Ekpe Phillips, made the recommendation in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Federal Government had claimed to have received a report on how Bobrisky allegedly caused a stir at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja when he used a female toilet.
But Philips, a consultant gynaecologist and specialist in reproductive health, said a separate toilet facility would be better for people in same category as Bobrisky.
Philips said, “Nigeria is anti-gay and this was what worked against ex-President Goodluck Jonathan while the West went against him. Nature has already identified who is who and you cannot now choose to be who you are.
“So, in my own view, it is not about Bobrisky feeling he is a woman, it is about others knowing that he is not a woman. They have to create another toilet or another place for those who were born men and decided to say they are women and those who were born women and decided to be men. These are people that can function in that type of life.
“The only health implication is that he cannot function like the normal woman from birth, he doesn’t have uterus and womb. He still has ability to impregnate, if his penis is still there.
“As doctors, we may not have an opinion because it is a controversial area. But what doctors identify is biological male and biological female. Those who are males and have a feeling that they are females need psychological counselling. It is only when you are born a hermaphrodite that you can now chose the one you wish to be.” (Punch)
Abdullahi Babalele, the son-in-law to the Nigeria’s former vice president and presidential candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku’s Abubakar, was yesterday re-arraigned before the Federal High Court, Lagos, on two counts charge of money laundering.
He was re-arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Babalele’s re-arraignment was sequel to re-assigning the case to Justice Aneke.
Babalele had earlier been arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo on August 14, during the court’s annual vacation.
At the resumed hearing of the charge against Babalele, the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that his agency has two- counts against the defendant.
Oyedepo told the court that though the plea of the defendant had earlier been taken when he was first arraigned before Oweibo, during the court’s long vacation.
He, however, stated that it is a law that when the case file is reassigned to another judge, the plea of such defendant must be retaken.
He, therefore, urged the court to let the charge be read to the defendants for their plea to be retaken.
Oyedepo stated that he would not oppose any application for the defendant to continue the bail granted him earlier.
However, Babalele’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), argued that since the plea of the his client had earlier be taken, the court should discountenance prosecution’s plea and hear his client’s pending application for bail variation.
The judge, however, acceded to prosecutor’s request and ordered that the defendant plea be taken.
After taking of defendant’s plea, Ozekhome moved his application for bail variation. He told the court that granting the application would enable his client to travel abroad for medical treatment of a life threatening sickness.
Ozekhome told the court that the application dated and filed on September 3, was supported with 15 paragraphs affidavit deposed to by one Ubong Ukong.
Ozekhome also informed the court that the application has four different documents attached with it and marked as Ab1, Ab2, Ab3 and Ab4, which were medical reports from Samiya Hospital, National hospital, all in Abuja and from Michael Warren, from a London hospital.
He urged the court to grant the application and release his client’s passport to enable him travel abroad to medical treatment.
Responding, Oyedepo, urged the court to discountenance Babalele’s application as there was nothing before the court to grant the request.
In urging the court to discountenance the application, Oyedepo told the court that there was no invitation as the one purportedly issued by a so- called Doctor Michael Warren was dated September 12, which he said had passed and “there is no appointment to be kept.”
Oyedepo also stated that all the documents tendered by the defendant did not suggest that the defendant could not be treated in Nigerian hospitals.
He stated that none of the documents stated that the defendant has history of trauma, diabetic, hypertension, asthma and distress.
Oyedepo, therefore, urged the court to refuse the application and order for accelerating hearing of the charge.
Aneke adjourned the matter till October 11, for ruling on the application.
Similarly, further hearing of the money laundering charges filed against Atiku’s lawyer, Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, and his brother, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, was adjourned till October 15.
Uyiekpen, a partner in African Law Practice (ALP), and his brother Erhunse, were earlier arraigned on August 14, before Oweibo over alleged money laundering of $2million.
The Giwa-Osagie brothers were arraigned on three counts charge of conspiracy, aiding and abating and money laundering of the said.