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Clifford University, Owerrinta, Imo State (owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church), on Tuesday made another history when it secured provisional licence from the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja.

Other recipients of the licenses are Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos State (owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry); Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River State (owned by Clitter House Nigeria Limited); Coal City University, Enugu, Enugu State (owned by ATCOICOE Nigeria Limited); Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara State (owned by Modern Morgy and Sons Limited); Dominican University, Ibadan, Oyo State (owned by the Order of Preachers, Nigeria, Dominican Community; Kola Daisi University, Ibadan, Oyo State (owned the Kola Daisi Foundation); and Legacy University, Okija, Anambra State (owned by the Good Idea Education Foundation).

Presenting the licences to the universities in Abuja on Tuesday, Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah, said more universities are needed in the country to increase access to tertiary education.

He said  the 152 universities in the country today are grossly inadequate in relation to demand. 

“With these eight (new universities), it means the ratio of the universities in relation to population is 1 to 23 million people, a challenge that must be addressed, considering the huge population of Nigeria conservatively put at 170 million today", Anwukah stated.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of the 

National Universities Commission (NUC),  Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said private universities hold the future of Nigeria as some of the best teaching and learning in the country take place in them.

While saying that the new universities would be attached to older universities in the country, the NUC boss said the provisional licences have a life span of three years in the first instance before the issue of substantial licences will be determined.

He, however, warned proprietors of the newly licensed private universities against subjecting their academic staff into degrading treatment and all forms of practices inimical to freedom.

 

“The Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice Alhaji Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) should as a matter of national interest inform Nigerians why a justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria out of the two whose private homes were invaded in the wee hours of the night has so far been arraigned before a competent court of law whereas there is total silence on what has become of the second”.

Besides the Rights group said the Federal Attorney General and the hierarchy of DSS owe Nigerians public explanation and profound apologies to the judges who couldn't be arraigned after astonishing allegations of bribery were peddled publicly against them and for the public disgrace they were subjected to undergo whilst the controversial invasion lasted. 

 The Rights also seeks clarification on the allegation that $2 million USD cash was smuggled out of a judge's home before the DSS arrived. 

“We note that since October 7th, 2016 when the homes of some justices of the Supreme Court were invaded and the duo of Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and John Inyang Okoro were disgracefully arrested, whisked away, detained and a spokesperson of the DSS spoke to Nigerians making sensational claims but only Justice Ngwuta has had his day in Court whilst the generality of Nigerians are left in the dark concerning the decision on Justice John Inyang-Okoro of the Supreme Court and few other Federal High Court judges who were also named and shamed in the media.”

In a statement, through the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said it will be preposterous if both the offices of Attorney General of Nigeria and the Director General of the DSS would create deliberate information black out over a matter that both officials through their surrogates have publicly celebrated as a major anti-graft crusade.

HURIWA said that both under the various provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and the Freedom of Information Act, it is illegal for public officials to pick and choose when and what half information to dish out to the public even when the public image of hitherto well respected members of the public such as Judges have already been dragged into the mud and mercilessly messed up.

HURIWA cited section 15 (4) and 15(5) which provides as follows: “The State shall foster a feeling of belonging and of involvement among the various people of the Federation, to the end that loyalty to the nation shall override sectional loyalties”. “The State shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power" to affirm that government must transparently carry Nigerians along regarding information dissemination on the anti-corruption project. 

HURIWA recalled vividly that on Friday night, 7th October 2016, security operatives raided the Abuja residences of Justices Sylvester Ngwuta, John Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court, and whisked them away. 

They also picked Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja at his Apo Legislative Quarters home and searched the house of another Abuja Federal High Court Judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba. In Gombe, the operatives whisked away Justice Mu’azu Pindiga of the state High Court.

HURIWA recalled too that an official of the Service, Abdullahi Garba, who briefed newsmen at the DSS headquarters in Abuja, said the operation which attracted widespread condemnation was against corrupt Judges and that it will be sustained until sanity and sanctity is restored.

According to the DSS official, the Service, in the past few days, had embarked on a series of special sting operations involving some judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts.

He said: “The searches have uncovered huge raw cash of various denominations, local and foreign currencies, with real estate worth several millions of naira and documents affirming unholy acts by these Judges.” Garba gave a summary of the money recovered from search on the houses of three judges as: N93, 558,000; $ 530,087; £25, 970; € 5,680.

HURIWA expressed worry that nearly months after these invasions only few of the judges have been validly charged even as the image of all the judges arrested have been tarnished. 

Management of Dansa Foods Processing Company Limited, on Monday vehemently denied owing Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), to the tune of N400 million. The company, through a release made available confirmed a business relationship with the defunct Intercontinental Bank and the only facility the company once had with the bank was fully paid since August 2008.

A senior official of the company said: “We wish also to note that Dansa Foods Processing Company Limited and Dansa Foods Limited are totally two separate companies with different lines of businesses and operate from different locations. Dansa Foods Limited has no case of indebtedness with AMCON and its in operations.”

The management of Dansa Foods Processing Company Limited met with AMCON recently and informed them that the alleged debt they bought from former Intercontinental Bank never existed.  The management of the company presented the statement of its bank account to AMCON as a proof of its case.  In a letter to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Dansa Foods Processing Company Limited similarly expressed surprise by the claim of the indebtedness since it has paid off the said loan since August 26, 2008 leaving a credit balance in its account.

Following the said meeting with AMCON, the Corporation has now agreed to carry out further and thorough investigation on the alleged indebtedness and it is hoped that the outcome of the investigation will bring the matter to a close. 

The management of Dansa Foods Processing Company Limited is therefore assuring its customers and other stakeholders that there is no issue as the matter is under control and will soon be rectified amicably.

 

The Management of Gotel communications has yesterday praised the achievements of Governor Muhammadu Umaru Bindow Jibrilla over the unprecedented record of roads constructions, Education and also providing a people oriented policies in the state.

The Director General of the organization, Alhaji Mohammed El-yaqub reiterated this when he played host to Bindow Economy and Social transformation Agenda (BEST AGENDA), when they went on a familiarization tour to all the media organisation in the state.

The leader of the group Alhaji Ahmed Lawal while addressing the management of Gotel communication thank them for given a good coverage of Adamawa state and beyond.

He said BEST is a non profit Organization consciously created to support the on going work of Governor Bindow, Among its plans of programs is to distribute, delivering kits to all pregnant women in the state, Haven visited about four local governments last week they are planning to visit other ones within  the shortest possible time.

Ahmed who toured the media houses with the entire entourage of the leadership of the organization further pleaded to the management to support the present administration to enlighten the public on what BEST and the government of the day is doing.

"BEST is out to support the governor with her good will,  contribute finances from members of the group, a sacrifice we are making for the governor to succeed". Ahmed said

"I want to also beg the management of this organisation to make their doors open at any time we knock." He added

 

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