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Friday, July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

BREAKING: Appeal Court Declare Jarigbe Duly Elected Senator For C/River North, Orders Withdrawal Of Certificate Of Return From Odey



The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has declared Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe the duly elected Senator for Cross River North.

The court declared Hon. Jarigbe the lawful candidate of the People's Democratic Party(PDP) in the December 5, 2020 By-election for the seat.

The three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Hon. Justice Chioma I. Nwosu also invalidated the certificate of return earlier issued to Steven Odey by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and directed it should be withdrawn.


See court judgment




Sunday, July 25, 2021

July 25, 2021

BREAKING: Universities May Be Shutdown Soon As ASUU Threatens Fresh Nationwide Strike


 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to resume the industrial action it suspended since December 2020 over the Federal Government’s alleged failure to honour many of the agreements it signed with the Union.


The Chairperson, ASUU, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Dr. Ibrahim Inuwa, stated this while speaking with select journalists at the Union’s Secretariat.


He said the protracted strike, which was to press home their demands for the continuous survival of public university system in Nigeria, was suspended in December after the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the various issues providing timelines for the implementation of each of the eight items.


Inuwa, who said that over seven months after the MoU was signed, only two out of the eight issues have been addressed, listed some of the issues to include Earned Academic Allowance, Funding for revitalisation of public universities, Salary shortfall, Proliferation of state universities and Visitation Panel.


Others, he added, are Renegotiation, Replacement of the Integrated payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) with the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and withheld salaries and non-remittance of Check-off Dues but “only salary shortfall and visitation panels to federal universities have been addressed.”


He said, “Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement which would have been completed within eight weeks from the date of inauguration of the committee has up till now not been concluded, even though the Committee was inaugurated since December 2020.


“The Federal Government of Nigeria willingly agreed that the UTAS will replace the IPPIS as a payment platform in Federal Universities after it passed an integrity test. However, soon after the agreement, agents of the FGN are doing everything possible to frustrate the coming of UTAS onboard.



“Meanwhile the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation through the IPPIS office have continued to omit our members from payment of salaries while others experience serious salary amputation. We are convinced this is done in connivance with the University Administration through the distortion of our members’ personal details.


“In the meantime, IPPIS appears to be the corruption headquarters of the Federal Civil service, as exemplified by double payment of salaries to employees, payment of salaries to non-employees, over taxation, dubious amputation of salaries, etc.”


Inuwa stated that the body language of the federal government on the proliferation of State Universities shows that they are not willing to put a stop to it stressing that instead, the federal government itself has joined in the Proliferation of Universities ignoring the obvious challenges of funding.


He further stated that it is obvious to the Union that the OAGF is deliberately omitting its members from payment of Salaries and withholding check off dues as a ploy for victimization and coercion to enroll ASUU members into IPPIs.


“This plague,” he said, “has been evident across all Federal Universities in Nigeria since February, 2020. This to us is an outright act of ingratitude on the part of the Government for the sacrifices members of ASUU are making in order to establish a progressive nation. A clear case of punishing citizens for being patriotic.”


Inuwa declared that “Enough is enough. ASUU is fed up with deceptive antics of the federal government of Nigeria.


“The University Campuses are becoming restive across the length and breadth as Academics are threatening to shut down activities once again. This is coming as a result of the failure of the FGN to implement many aspects of the memorandum of Action it willingly signed with ASUU that ended the last strike in December, 2020.


“Given the glaring and deliberate failure of Government to honour the agreement it willingly signed with the Union, it is becoming obvious that industrial harmony is gradually being destroyed in the University Campuses.


“We, therefore, call on well-meaning Nigerians to wake up the FGN from its slumber to avoid another disruption of academic activities on Universities Campuses across the nation” adding that “the atmosphere is tensed and charged.”


Source: PUNCH



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Arrested By Interpol, To Be Deported To Nigeria To Face Trial


 


By Ikechukwu Nnochiri (Vanguard)

The Federal Government has arrested the leader of the proscribed Indegeniuos People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.




The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who made the disclosure to journalists on Tuesday, revealed that Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday.

He said the arrest followed a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and the Interpol.

Malami further disclosed that Kanu would be taken before the Federal High Court in Abuja for continuation of his trial on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.



















Thursday, May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Cross River Governor Finally Dumps PDP For APC


 

Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade Thursday dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).


The Governor and the National Assembly members from the state had been at daggers drawn over the soul of the PDP in the state.


Governor Ayade formally declared for the ruling party at the Cross River State Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office in Calabar after a two-hour meeting with seven APC governors led by the party’s interim chairman and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Speaking on why he was joining the APC, Ayade highlighted the character attributes of President Muhammadu Buhari and the realisation that Cross River, which has been emasculated economically following the ceding of its oil wells, needed to be in sync with the party at the center, as the main reasons for moving.


According to the governor,  “having seen and known the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his commitment to this country, his nationalistic disposition and all the efforts he has made to bring Nigeria to where we are today, it is obvious that at this point we needed to join hands with him to build a Nigeria that we can be proud of . 


“We need all governors to recognize that it is not party that matters.  It is character, it is honor,  it is commitment to the vision of this great nation. We all need to as a team work ahead of the president by working towards building a prosperous country that the succession worries of 2023 will come without the fears and the worries the international community has for us. 


“I believe that if everyone of us as governor joins hands with Mr President, I think we can sit on the same dining table and fashion out a way to govern this country.”


Speaking on the development, an elated Buni said he and his team were in the state to formally welcome Governor Ayade to the APC.


His words: “I am here on behalf of the APC family to welcome His Excellency the Executive Governor of Cross River State formally to the APC.  As from today he is the leader of the party in the state.”


Other APC governors who witnessed the event were Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Solomon Lalong of Plateau State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his Jigawa state counterpart, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.


Also present was the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva.


Others at the meeting were the state deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, Speaker of the state house of assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Williams Jones and members of the state house of assembly, some National Assembly members, members of the Cross River State Executive Council members, local Government chairmen, councilors and some stakeholders, including Dame Princess Florence Ita-Giwa and High Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong amongst others.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha Arrested By EFCC For Money Laundering



The former governor of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,


Senator Okorocha was arrested on Tuesday over alleged money laundering.


Okorocha was arrested at his office in Abuja.


Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, told Vanguard that the news was true. “Okorocha has been arrested by our men”, he said in a telephone chat.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

April 08, 2021

BREAKING: Buhari Appoints Rector, Registrar, Governing Board For Fed Poly Ugep, Other Polys


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Prof. Edward Ntui Okey as the Rector of the newly created Federal Polytechnic, Ugep, Cross River State.


The president also approved the appointment of Mr. Arikpo Eno Otu as the Registrar of the institution.


The list of the appointees obtained by GRASSROOT REPORTERS also contained the approval of the appointment of other principal officers and Governing Council for the institution. The approval for the Federal Polytechnic, Ugep are: 


GOVERNING COUNCIL

PROF. ANDREW I. CHUKWUMERI

CHAIRMAN (ENUGU)

2.

HAJIYA RABI S IBRAHIM

MEMBER (KADUNA)

3.

DR AMINU MOH DUKKU

MEMBER (GOMBE)

4.

HON ELIZABETH ESHANUMI

MEMBER (KOGI)

5.

MRS BAMIDUPE OWOEYE

MEMBER (EKITI)


PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

PROF. EDWARD NTUI OKEY (RECTOR)

2.

MR ARIKPO OTU ENO (REGISTRAR)

3.

EMMANUEL MONDAY UDUEHE (BURSAR)

4.

UMOH MBOUTIDEM ODUDU (LIBRARIAN)


The president also appointed principal officers and governing councils for other newly created federal polytechnics.


See full list:


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPOINTS PRINCIPAL OFFICERS, GOVERNING COUNCILS FOR NEW POLYTECHNICS, COLLEGES OF EDUCATION

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Principal Officers and Members of the Governing Councils for newly established Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

2. The affected Institutions, Principal Officers and Members of their Governing Councils are as follows:

FEDERAL POLYTECHNICS

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, AYEDE, OYO STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

PROF. DAKAS C. J. DAKAS

CHAIRMAN

PLATEAU

2.

DR. MUYI AROWOSAFE

MEMBER

KWARA

3.

CHINWE MABEL CHIGIBO

MEMBER

ENUGU

4.

HON ABDULMUMINU HASAN

MEMBER

BAUCHI

5.

MRS MUSLIMAT SALAU

MEMBER

OYO

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

DR TAOFEEK ADEKUNLE ABDULHAMID

RECTOR

2.

AKIN ADESOLA

REGISTRAR

3.

RASHEEDAT OLADEPO

BURSAR

4.

SAMUEL OKE OGUNNIYI

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, OHODO, ENUGU STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

CHIEF DR. SYLVESTER AMEH

CHAIRMAN

BENUE

2.

JOHNSON BOSCO BASSEY

MEMBER

AKWA IBOM

3.

BAR. IBRAHIM A UMAR

MEMBER

ZAMFARA

4.

BAR. MUSLIM MAIGARI

MEMBER

BAUCHI

5.

DR AYODELE D. AMOO

MEMBER

OYO

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

PROF EDWIN ONYENEJE

RECTOR

2.

BAR. MRS GRACE EZE

REGISTRAR

3.

MRS REGINA EZE

BURSAR

4.

MR EJIKE UDENSI IGWEUIKE

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, UGEP, CROSS RIVER STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

PROF. ANDREW I. CHUKWUMERI

CHAIRMAN

ENUGU

2.

HAJIYA RABI S IBRAHIM

MEMBER

KADUNA

3.

DR AMINU MOH DUKKU

MEMBER

GOMBE

4.

HON ELIZABETH ESHANUMI

MEMBER

KOGI

5.

MRS BAMIDUPE OWOEYE

MEMBER

EKITI

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

PROF. EDWARD NTUI OKEY

RECTOR

2.

MR ARIKPO OTU ENO

REGISTRAR

3.

EMMANUEL MONDAY UDUEHE

BURSAR

4.

UMOH MBOUTIDEM ODUDU

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, SHENDAM, PLATEAU STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

SIXTUS UKELINA ABETIANBE

CHAIRMAN

CROSS RIVER

2.

MARY E ENWONGULU

MEMBER

NASSARAWA

3.

HON DAYYABU CHIROMA

MEMBER

BAUCHI

4.

HON VINCENT C OGBUAGU

MEMBER

RIVERS

5.

DIKE ONYEKWELU HERBERT

MEMBER

ANAMBRA

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

S/N

NAME

STATUS

1.

DR ZAKARI MIKAILU YA’U

RECTOR

2.

DR CELINA SHITNAN GANA

REGISTRAR

3.

DR NAZIRU SULEMAN

BURSAR

4.

JAMES K TUNLONG

LIBRARIAN

FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, MONGUNO, BORNO STATE

GOVERNING COUNCIL

S/N

NAME

STATUS

STATE

1.

DR UMAR TAMBARI

CHAIRMAN

SOKOTO

2.

ALH. BUKAR U MUNGONO

MEMBER

BORNO

3.

HAJIYA MARYAM M GALLE

MEMBER




Monday, April 5, 2021

April 05, 2021

C'River Governor Suspends Calabar Carnival Commission Chair, To Investigate Land's Ministry, CRGIA

Mr. Gabe Onah

 By Obio Monday

The governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has suspended the Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah.


Mr.  Onah who was appointed in 2007 by former Liyel Imoke was relieved of his appointment today, April 5, in a statement signed by the Governor's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita.



Though no reason was given for Onah's suspension, government sources told GRASSROOT REPORTERS that his suspension may not be unconnected with the nonpayment of contractors since after the 2019 edition of the carnival.  Another source who preferred anonymity said he may have been suspended for awarding some of the governor's fierce critics at the just concluded 2021 Carnival Commission Media awards.


In a related development, the governor has set up a committee to investigate the activities of the State Ministry of Lands and Urban Development as well as the Cross River Geographical Information Agency (CRGIA).


In a statement signed by Mr. Ita and available to GRASSROOT REPORTERS, the committee has Mrs. Franca Inok, the Auditor General for Local Government as Chairman while Mr. Efa Eja and Mrs Agede Ibe  will serve as Members.



The committee to investigate CRGIA has Mr. Henry Ojodu as Chairman while Mr. Michael Mbang and Prince Ekanem Ekpo Nya are to serve as Members.