The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to protest against the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) over the allegation that the federal government revenue-generating agency failed to remit a sum of N165 billion to the government’s coffers.
Based on the startling accusation, NANS called on the Federal Governmentovernment of Nigeria to sack the NPA Acting Managing Director, Mr Mohammed Koko, who was the Director of Finance to the ousted Managing Director, Miss Hadiza Bala Usman under whom the sleaze was allegedly perpetrated.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, NANS President Sunday Asefon stated that the students won’t fold their arms and allow economic sabotage of that magnitude to be perpetrated in the system.
Asefon, who threatened to personally lead a protest to disrupt activities at NPA, if Koko is not sacked, said it was sad that this was happening when over 32 million Nigerian youths are jobless with over 41 million students having a bleak future due to gross mismanagement of resources.
Asefon said: ‘You will agree with me that the major challenges of public education in Nigeria today is poor funding. This is so not because Nigeria is lacking in resources to fund education, but because the few people who manage the resources in trust for the nation consistently and cruelly mismanage the resources and convert it to personal use.
due to gross mismanagement of resources.
Sunday Asefon said: ‘You will agree with me that the major challenges of public education in Nigeria today is poor funding. This is so not because Nigeria is lacking in resources to fund education, but because the few people who manage the resources in trust for the nation consistently and cruelly mismanage the resources and convert it to personal use.
‘As a critical stakeholder in the Nigeria project, we commend the President for sacking the erstwhile Managing Director of the NPA Miss Hadiza Bala Usman over the non-remittance of over 165 billion in surplus.
‘We believed that should the resource be remitted or redirected to the funding of our tertiary institutions, it would have made a great impact and big difference on our schools.
‘However, we strongly believed that Hadiza Bala Usman couldn’t perpetuate this great act of economic sabotage against our nation alone as the Managing Director of NPA, without the knowledge and consent of other Executive Management Team.
‘The appointment of Mr Mohammed Koko, a former account officer to the Minister of Transportation when he was governor of Rivers State, is neither in the best interest of the nation nor the NPA.
‘The corruption purge in the NPA will amount to mere political witch-hunt, political exercise, and flagrant display of political power if the Acting MD is not removed immediately and investigated. As the Executive Director in charge of Finance and Administration, he should be investigated alongside the erstwhile MD, as he is a natural suspect and accessory to the crime if the erstwhile MD is found culpable.
‘Now that the office of the Attorney General of the Federation has confirmed that the President has terminated the appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman, presumably for finding her guilty of the allegations against her, it is therefore expedient for the Acting MD of the NPA to be removed and investigated immediately.
‘We also expect the EFCC to swiftly take over the investigation of the duo to ensure that justice is adequately and fairly served.
‘NANS under my leadership will not fold its arms and do nothing while injustice and economic sabotage are reinforced. In the days ahead, our structures in the North Central and the South West will be mobilised to protest the continuing staying in the office of the Acting MD concurrently in the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos.
‘We demand nothing but the immediate removal and investigation of the Acting MD, and where culpable, we will demand criminal prosecution of everyone involved in the purported criminal activities at the NPA.’
Asefon added that every citizen must be involved in saving our nation from the hands of the wicked minority who continue to stagnate development, sabotage the economy, and greedily convert our commonwealth to personal use.
‘Every leakage that threatens the availability of adequate resources for national development, especially educational development, must be blocked and perpetrators made to face the full weight of the law and not promoted based on favouritism and other sentiments from their promoters.’
Borno Governor Suspend Entire Management of Ramat Polytechnic
Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum on Tuesday suspended the entire management of Ramat Polytechnic for a period of six months.
The Governor, who was shocked to see the dilapidated status of the workshops and laboratories, declared that the “Polytechnic is dead”.
The Governor visited the Polytechnic in Maiduguri around 9:00am and found most of the laboratories out of use, with some covered by cobwebs and rodents roaming around due to neglect.
Zulum assessed all infrastructures and learning conditions, and thereafter, directed the State’s Commissioner of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Babagana Mallumbe, to take over the affairs of the School immediately.
Road Accident: Gov. Obaseki Commiserate with Victims Families
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commiserated with the families of the victims of the ghastly road accident on Sakponba Road, Benin City, which reportedly claimed the lives of nine persons.
Chief of Staff to the Governor, Osaigbovo Iyoha, who signed the statement on behalf of Edo State Governor, said Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki is saddened by the unfortunate incident, noting that the loss of lives was regrettable.
According to Edo state Chief of Staff, “The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, is saddened by the unfortunate accident involving a tipper and two commercial buses in the Ogbelaka axis of Sakponba Road, which reportedly claimed the lives of four persons. The state government commiserates with the survivors and families of the victims of the accident.”
“The Governor has directed the Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDTSMA) and security operatives to apprehend persons who behave and drive recklessly on roads in the state.
“He also warned tricycle, bus, tipper drivers, other operators of commercial vehicles and private vehicle owners to be cautious and avoid reckless driving as those who run foul of the law will face the full wrath of extant traffic laws in the state,” he said.
Faith Aiigbe Alleged Murder: Autopsy Frees Benin Traditional Ruler
The awaiting Traditional Ruler of Uho Community, His Royal Highness, Ogierhiakhi Friday, in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Edo State, Who was alleged to have murdered his girlfriend, Faith Aigbe, has been free of committing any criminal offense against the victim.
His exemption from the alleged Criminal offense, is a prelude to the Autopsy Confirmation results carried out by the Edo State Police Command to detect the real cause of her death.
Recall that, the Awaiting Traditional
Ruler was alleged of killing his girlfriend Faith Osamudiamen Aigbe and detained after reportedly submitting himself on September 9, 2021, to the Ologbo Divisional Police Station, where he was later transferred to the State Police Headquarters for onward questioning.
However, addressing Journalists in Benin City, the state Police Command Image maker SP Kontongs Bello, said, after a thorough investigation as well as Autopsy Conducted and provided by a Police consultant Pathologist, Dr. W.O Akhiwu, the result proved the suspect innocent.
The autopsy Conducted on September 20, 2021, by Police consultant Pathologist, Dr. W.O Akhiwu, attributed the cause of her death to Hemorrhagic Shock, Ruptured Tubal Ectopic and Massive Hemoperitoneum Conditions.
According to medical experts, Hemorrhagic shock is a condition of reduced tissue perfusion, resulting in the inadequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients that are necessary for cellular function.
Therefore, whenever cellular oxygen demand outweighs supply, both the cell and the organism are in a state of shock.
An ectopic pregnancy can cause Fallopian tubes in women to burst or rupture. Emergency symptoms are believed to include major pain, with or without severe bleeding.
So, in Hemoperitoneum Conditions, blood is expected to accumulate in peritoneal cavity, a small area of space located between internal abdominal organs and inner abdominal wall.
26-year-Old Deceased Victim, Faith Osamudiamen Aigbe, a resident of
Aigbe Street Evbuomoma Quarters, Benin City, was accused by his suspected Boyfriend, and Enogie designate, Ogierhiakhi Friday to have been nine months pregnant for him until she gave up after allegedly undergoing abortion in undisclosed hospital without his consent.
Faith Osamudiamen Aigbe was later seen lifeless in a vehicle suspected to be owned by Enogie designate of Uho Community Ogierhiakhi Friday.
A development seriously frowned at by the Family of the now deceased Victim, Faith Osamudiamen Aigbe, during an altercation that led to several calls by well-meaning citizens for autopsy conduct.
The earlier tensions generated by the death of Faith Aigbe, has now been put to bed, given the Results.