12 Auchi polytechnic lecturers sacked for sleeping with their male students girlfriends in exchange for higher grades

12 lecturers at Auchi Polytechnic Edo state, have been sacked by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) after they were found guilty of giving high marks to their male students who offer them prostitutes or their girlfriends for sex. A report published in one of the National Dailies in April this year, exposed the activities of these randy lecturers. An investigative panel comprising of officials from EFCC, ICPC, NBTE, others was launched and after a thorough investigation, the lecturers were found guilty.

Executive secretary of NBTE, Masa’udu Kazaure, announced the sack of the lecturers at a press conference in Kaduna state today. He also disclosed that male students who can't offer their girlfriends or prostitutes for higher mark, were asked to pay bribe between N10,000 and N20,000.

“The summary of the publication indicated that students hire prostitutes or beg their girlfriends to sleep with lecturers on their behalf in order to earn higher grades in their courses.

The lecturer chooses a hotel of his choice and the affected students pay the hotel bills, which include the meals before the action. Some of the lecturers give the option of paying by cash, which cost between N10,000 and N20,000, which could give the student not more than a ‘C’ grade. We promptly informed the Minister of Education, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and Department of Security Services (DSS). Consequently, the minister approved the dismissal from the services of the polytechnic two chief lecturers, two principal lecturers and one Lecturer I. Also, four chief lecturers, one Principal Lecturer, one Lecturer I, one Lecturer II and one Higher Technician had their appointments terminated.

The minister also approved the demotion of one Chief Lecturer, four principal lecturers, three senior lecturers, three Lecturer I, four Lecturer II, and one Senior Instructor. One Chief lecturer, one Principal Lecturer, one lecturer I, and one Lecturer II were warned, while a Chief lecturer and one Senior Technologist were advised to be of good conduct. In addition, two senior lecturers were cautioned, an Assistant Lecturer is to be mentored and one ND student is to be advised, while another student denied admission into the polytechnic” he said.

An Osun State High Court on Thursday convicted and sentenced Kayode Idowu, a 35-year-old artisan, to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder.

The police had arraigned Idowu and his accomplice, Femi Adebowale, before the court on three counts of conspiracy, murder and armed robbery.
Idowu, who was found guilty by Justice Kudirat Akano, was said to have broken into the apartments of Rachel Ogbomoniyi and Florence Ajayi at about 1am on August 3, 2009, and found just N200 from Aina’s room.
The duo of Idowu and Adebowale were said to have stolen the N200 and headed to Ajayi’s apartment and eventually killed her.

The Principal State Counsel, Mr. Moses Faremi, told the court that the convict and the second accused, who died in the course of trial, forcefully entered the apartments of the victims in the night and they asked for the money.

He stated that the deceased told them she did not have money, adding that after they left the deceased, she was later found in a pool of blood.

The counsel said the offences were contrary to sections (1) (2) (9)and 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 34, Volume 2, Law of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

The principal witness, who was also the second victim of the attack, had told the court during the trial that she was asked to come and identify the two men at the police station and she was able to point them out.

The witness had said, “I was invited to the police station to identify who robbed me and killed Florence Ajayi. Out of the eight people – men of same height on – identified Kayode and Femi because they were the ones that robbed me on the day of the incident and killed the deceased. Nobody showed me anybody to identify.”

The counsel for the convicts, Sade Ipede, of the Legal Aid Council, had pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy.

The judge said the prosecuting counsel had proved his case beyond reasonable doubt.

She said, “The evidence brought to the court is so strong and credible. The action of the accused was intentional.

“The accused is found guilty of the charges against him. He should be hanged by the neck for conspiracy; hanged by the neck for murder and hanged by the neck for armed robbery.”

Civil servants in ministries, departments and paratatals of government have decried the huge deductions on their November salaries without any fore-warning.

This is even as they lamented the increasing prices of goods and services.

LEADERSHIP findings revealed that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Public Complain Commission (PCC) last month were respectively under lock and key as a result of payment of half salaries while many others joined in November.

While some were said to record as high as 50% cuts, others could not ascertain how much they had been shortchanged.

Speaking on grounds of anonimity, a staff of Voice of Nigeria (VON) lamented that they only learnt of the salary cut when an internal memory dated November 30, 2016 was made available to them on Wednesday.

The memo addressed by the HOF to all staff, titled: ‘Reduction in November 2016 Salary’ stated that ‘we received the Payroll report for the Month of November 2016 from IPPIS and observed there is a drastic reduction in the Net Pay of Voice of Nigeria staff’.

‘On further enquiry, we discovered that the reasons for the deductions are as stated below’
Copy of the memo herewith attached…..

The memo made available to LEADERSHIP blamed the deductions on tax, pensions and national housing funds which were all formerly based on consolidated fund but had all affected staff gross salaries for November, 2016.

Another level 14 Cadre officer who spoke with Leadership on grounds of anonymity said “when I got the alert, I could not figure what was wrong, I just realised my salary was short with over N10,000. I wonder what those on level 7/8 will go home with at this time’

She laments that this is so sad, “At a time we are crying for increase, how can they be slashing? Things are so expensive and it’s most worrisome to have the little we have be toyed with”, she lamented.

Another Staff of the Ministry of Justice who also spoke with Leadership said she got her alert on November 29 and realised a deduction of over N40,000 was made.

I don’t understand what is happening she lamented.

A CBN Staff also told LEADERSHIP that his salary was cut by half.

The affected staff have called on the accountant-general of the federation to immediately look into the matter even as they called out to the president for help.

THE Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria on Thursday informed consumers to expect poor data services, without the review of the Data Tariff Floor.

The Chairman of ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, said in a statement in Lagos that there was the need for an upward review so as to offer better data services to subscribers.

Adebayo said that the operators fully understood the public sentiments that greeted the announcement of a minimum data tariff being introduced by the Nigerian Communications Commission.

He said that the NCC intervened to set the data tariff floor in view of its statutory responsibility to promote healthy competition, by periodically reviewing voice and data tariffs in the industry.

According to him, the commission’s intervention is to ensure the sustainability of the Nigerian telecommunications industry. He also said that the regulatory body had extensive consultation with the industry prior to the finalisation of the data tariff floor.

The statement said: “Further, the commission has since Wednesday suspended the implementation of its determination on the data tariff floor.

“ALTON notes that it is within the statutory remit of the NCC for it to make decisive interventions to address the data price concerns which had led to data prices falling to unreasonably low levels.

“This is with the effect that telecommunications operators were unable to recover the cost of providing data services and reinvest in capacity expansion to accommodate the increased usage arising from lower tariffs.

“The situation has been compounded by the recent economic challenges characterised by the steep depreciation of the naira.

“It is characterised by the need to resort to the parallel market and foreign exchange scarcity, which have considerably increased the capital and operational cost of providing telecommunications services.

“This has made current data tariffs unsustainable.

“This situation, if left unaddressed, could result in a sustained deterioration in the quality of data services across all networks and the attendant poor quality of experience for users.

“In this regard, our members await the conclusion of NCC’s market study, when the commission will be in a position to determine its requisite intervention.”

Adebayo said that the NCC introduced the minimum price for data services to help ensure cost recovery and drive the continued investment in the telecommunications sector.

The ALTON chairman said it was necessary for the provision of world-class data services for the overall benefit of the Nigerian subscriber and the Nigerian economy.

He said: “It is our belief that interventions such as these are in keeping with the NCC’s tradition of implementing customer-centric regulatory initiatives such as the Do-Not-Disturb Service and the Mobile Number Portability Scheme.

“These were introduced to enhance customer satisfaction with telecommunications services.

“ALTON also notes that price changes for data services across all networks following any intervention by the NCC are not expected to have a detrimental effect on broadband penetration contrary to some sentiments being expressed in the media.

“ALTON wishes to emphasise that while it is imperative that telecommunications operators continue to explore opportunities to provide their subscribers with more value for their money, it is important that prices be set at realistic levels.

“This will ensure that subscribers are not only able to afford services, but that operators are also in a position to provide first-rate Quality of Service to their subscribers.”

The NCC on Wednesday suspended any further action on the directive to introduce price floor for data segment of the telecommunications sector beginning from December 1, 2016.

AFTER suspending the planned increase in data price, the Nigerian Communications Commission on Wednesday said the decision to rescind its earlier directive to telecom operators to commence charging the new floor price rate for data from December 1, was to allow for further consultation with industry interest groups.

“Following concerns that visited the directive to introduce price floor for data segment of the telecommunications sector beginning from December 1, 2016, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has suspended any further action in that direction,” the director, Public Affairs at the NCC, Tony Ojobo said in a statement.

“The decision to suspend this directive was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by consumers across the country.”

Mr. Ojobo said the Commission has already asked all operators to maintain the status quo until the conclusion of study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in the country.

Prior to the suspension, Nigerians had raised concerns about the impropriety of the decision by government to hike price of data at this time.

Several Nigerians accused the NCC of insensitivity, considering the high cost of living in the face of the current economic recession in the country.

Social media users expressed fears the government planned to limit citizens’ access to the Internet.

In its reaction, the Senate passed a vote asking the Commission to immediately halt the proposed Internet data tariff hike.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly, in a motion under matter of urgent importance by Bala N’ Allah, the Senate Deputy Leader, condemned the planned data tariff hike, and asked the NCC to halt the increase immediately.

On November 1, the Commission, after a consultative meeting on October 19 with all mobile network operators in the country, wrote to them on the need to determine an interim price floor for data services.

In the memo, the telecom sector regulator justified its decision to have a price floor, claiming it was primarily to promote a level playing field for all operators in the industry, encourage small operators and new entrants.

The price floor of N3.11 kobo per megabyte of data in 2014, it recalled, was removed in 2015, pointing out that the price floor that was supposed to flag off on December 1, 2016 was put at 90 kobo per megabyte.

Although the Commission said smaller operators, by virtue of their small market share, were exempted from the now suspended price regime, it said the decision on the floor price was to protect the consumers who are at the receiving end.

The commission said the decision was equally to save the smaller operators from predatory services likely to suffocate them and push them out of business into extinction.

“The price floor is not an increase in price, but a regulatory safeguard put in place by the telecommunications regulator to check anti-competitive practices by dominant operators,” Mr. Ojobo clarified.

He denied the regulator had fixed prices for data services, pointing out that “the NCC does not fix prices, but provides regulatory guidelines to protect the consumers, deepen investments and safeguard the industry from imminent collapse.”

Prior to the now suspended price floor of N0.90k/MB, the industry average for dominant operators, including MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, EMTS Limited (Etisalat) and Airtel Nigeria Limited was N0.53k per megabyte.

Etisalat offered (N0.94k per megabyte), Airtel (N0.52k per megabyte), MTN (N0.45k per megabyte) and Globacom (N0.21k per megabyte).

A comparison of the data prices by the major operators with that initially proposed by NCC shows that but for the reversal, majority of Nigerians would have had to pay  between 90 and 300 per cent increase in data prices.

The smaller operators/new entrants, including Smile Communications, Spectranet and NATCOMS (NTEL) were allowed to charge N0.84k, N0.58k and N0.72k per megabyte respectively.
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