Polytechnic lecturers protest EFCC detention of colleagues
The leadership and members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti chapter, has taken to the street to express their displeasure over what they described as illegal detention of their members by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
The aggrieved lecturers carried placards with various inscriptions.
Trouble started when some members of ASUP were invited to the office of the anti-graft agencies in Ilorin and Akure in Ondo State following a petition received from some persons over some transactions in the institution.
The EFCC through the office of the Rector invited the affected lecturers who traveled to Ilorin only to get detained and quizzed over an alert they received from the institution some months back.
The union said the allegations levelled against their members were unfounded, baseless and that they knew nothing about the matter.
Speaking with journalists during the protest in Ado-Ekiti, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti chapter, Dr Emmanuel Obafemi Abunbi expressed worry over the situation and called on the management to intervene.
“When they came back, we discovered that they were actually arrested because they had to provide surety, and were unjustly detained and profiled as an offender which was unacceptable.
“The money was paid as promotion arrears which was deserved, but were told to refund because they were not yet due which they did accordingly, to a designated account that the management provided.
“They did not apply and since it was refunded and now for EFCC to call it criminal, is way too far.
“We agreed that part of the key functions of the EFCC are to investigate all financial crimes, including advance fee fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, illegal charge transfers, but we are not satisfied with this particular action hence the protest to show our grievances.”
The ASUP chairman said he wants the EFCC to know its members were law abiding citizens and will support any fraud detection but it does not include subjecting members to inhuman treatment that they do not deserve.
“We want the management to reach out to EFCC to clarify that we know nothing about these transactions and the money is no longer in our custody,” he concluded.
Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the anti-graft agencies, one of the lecturers, Mr Samuel Abereola, the Head of Marketing Department, Federal Poly Ado-Ekiti said he was punished unjustly.
Reacting to the allegations, the Director of Protocols, Information and Public Relations of Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Prince Adeyemi Adejolu, claimed that the petitioners were unknown to the school management.
According to him, “It’s true that some faceless people styled as concerned old students of this institution wrote a petition to the security agencies, especially the anti-graft agencies, that’s EFCC and ICPC which received the petition.
“They were calling for an investigation of what is happening in the institution, so the EFCC wrote requesting for documents and since it is still under the law, we obliged them the list of transactions and at the end of the day, some staff were invited.
“They are alleging that some staff were colluding with the management to serve as conduit pipes to siphon the resources of the institution.”
Adejolu maintained that the Rector held a meeting with all staff regarding the matter and as such lecturers are not the only ones being investigated.”
I may reconsider sacked teachers — Adeleke
GOVERNOR Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, yesterday, disclosed that his administration may review the sacking of 1,500 teachers recruited by his predecessor.
Fielding questions from newsmen on the occasion of his 100 days in office, at the Executive Lounge of the Governor’s Office, in Osogbo, he said the case of the teachers will be reviewed, after the electioneering period and possibly along with others issues the administration’s review committee investigated.
His words: “I am a governor that believes in the rule of law and due process. After the electioneering period, we will look into their case. If due process is followed then I will know what to do, but I don’t believe in deploying sentiment into such issues.
“You will recall I set up various committees when I took over governance of Osun state. The committees are already submitting their reports. I have consequently set up white papers committee on the recommendations of the various committees. Before long, our government will take decisions on the various recommendations through a white paper.”
OGSG, Tobi Fletcher team-up to Aid Young Professional’ Participation in Economic Development
Founder of a leading indigenous restaurant and outdoor catering company, Oluwatobi Fletcher (Ofadaboy) has initiated a partnership with the Ogun State Government to rally the state’ young professional’ that have excelled in their various fields to team-up with the government to further promote the works of the government and enhance development.
The initiative themed Homecoming is a movement of illustrious youths of Ogun State, whose core mandate is to spotlight the excellent and exceptional works being executed by various indigene of the State, and also to appreciate and support the government’s visionary strides, and globally promote the Gateway State in a positive light especially among the youths.
Speaking at a courtesy visit by the Young Professionals, The Ogun State Governor, His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who received the team with other top functionaries at the state house in Abeokuta explained that team is made up of Ogun State extraction who have excelled in their various fields that has come together to initiate an idea that will encourage more indigenes be their best in every aspect of life and to boost economic development of the state.
He added that the government is prepared to partner with the team at all levels because they will be an ambassador of progress that will further propagate the desire mantra of the government to run an all-inclusive governance.
The commissioner of environment of Ogun state in his speech noted ‘We applauded the group for the Homecoming Initiative – a movement of illustrious youths of Ogun State, whose core mandate is to spotlight the excellent and exceptional works being executed by various indigene of our dear State, and also to appreciate and support the government’s visionary strides, and globally promote the Gateway State in a positive light especially among the youths
. Worthy of note is their deliberate attempt geared towards sensitizing and encouraging our young achievers, to invest in developing sectors of the State such as Technology, Construction, IT, Education, Farming, Entertainment and other critical, developmental areas.
For us as an Administration, this perfectly fits into the “Building Our Future Together” Agenda under the ISEYA mantra, and we are glad to key into this lofty idea.
The Convener of the group, Mr. Oluwatobi Fletcher, commented that the young professional that were picked have had successful career of over ten years in entertainment and creative industry, Consulting, Banking and other industries. We are poised to be a group of influencers that will support the government and provide evident example to aspiring youth to get to any level in their various careers.
Homecoming Initiative will spread across all local government and constituencies in ogun state in few months with clear communication direction to achieve the set goals. Some of the professionals at the courtesy call include, Convener Tobi Fletcher, Ofadaboy, Vice Convener, Olufemi Oguntamu, CEO Penzaaville, Oluwatobi Ajayi, Chairman Nord Motion, Broda Shaggi, Seun Ajayi a reputable actor.
Others includes Bamike Adenibuyan, Actor/Enterpreneue, MofoluwatoUthman, Vice President CEO Aplus drinks, Funmi Mustapha, Media and Communication Professional, Lateef Adedimeji, top Nigerian actor and Bode Lucan, CEO Bodeni Energy, Tolu Shokoya, CEO May5th Clothing.
Grant students break to vote, Sowore urges FG
The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has joined Nigerians in calling on authorities to allow students to go on break to vote in the forthcoming general elections.
Sowore in his call urged the Ministry of Education through the Federal Government to grant students at least a weeklong break to vote during the election.
The election which is barely a few weeks away from now has gathered reactions in the political quarters of the country with lots of anticipations and hallucinations over who will eventually clinch the number one office in the land.
At least 3.5 million students with voters’ cards but have their polling stations outside their schooling domains may be disenfranchised from the voting exercise due to their inability to reach out to their respective polling stations.
As the case may be schooling authorities in the country may not be reflecting on allowing the already registered students to holiday with regards to the 2023 polls.
Many have already expressed concerns about the development with knocks on the tertiary institutions for lack of enthusiasm on the matter.
The human rights activist who is one of the contenders in the 2023 presidential race has been championing Nigeria’s educational system’s address in his blueprint, whose aim is for full enrolment for all children at the primary and secondary school level, among others.
Lending his voice to the development, the presidential candidate of the AAC, in a Twitter post on Thursday morning wrote “The Federal Govt led by @MBuhari, @inecnigeria, the ministry of education must grant Nigerian students at least a weeklong break to enable them to vote in the 2023 elections.
“They must be allowed to choose their leaders so they can get rid of wicked leaders #LetOurpeoplevote #SoworeMagashi2023 #WeCantContinueLikeThis,” he tweeted.
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