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HURIWA Asks Buhari to Sack Adeosun, Others over Forgery

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Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance

The Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has told President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance, and other members of his cabinet accused of certificate forgery.

 

The association demanded that President Buhari relieves from their offices such persons like Mr. Obono Obla, his senior Special Assistant on prosecution over the West African Examination Certificate.

 

HURIWA said the silence of President Buhari to damaging allegations amongst some of his top officials was an indication that Nigeria was becoming a country of fraudsters.

 

HURIWA also stated that such tendencies to accommodate persons with questionable academic credentials will rubbish the national policy on education, constitutionally enshrined in Section 18 (1), which emphasizes merit and honesty at all times.

 

HURIWA recalled that the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, on June 5th 2018, described as “altered and invalid” the results and certificate it allegedly issued to Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property.

 

In a statement forwarded to DAILY POST by Emmanuel Onwubiko, national coordinator, HURIWA recalled that WAEC whilst testifying before the House of Representatives ad hoc Panel investigating Obono-Obla’s alleged forgery, WAEC Registrar, represented by the Femi Ola, deputy registrar, said available evidence indicated that the results were “altered” and thus “invalid.”

 

“Considering the results, particularly on what is before me, I would say what I have brought here is the authentic and genuine one; his is not because it has been altered and such alteration renders it invalid,” Mr. Ola told the panel.

 

“From our record, the genuine candidate is Ofem Okoi Ofem, 09403/247 of Mary Knoll College, Ogoja.

 

“The exam number and number of subjects are the same. The difference is the grade in English literature in which he claimed to have scored C6 despite being marked absent in the true, certified copy,” he added.

 

HURIWA recalled that when asked by the National legislators how he would qualify Obono-Obla’s results, the WAEC Registrar said it was “fake, not genuine.”

 

HURIWA recalled that Mr. Aliyu Pategi (APC, Kwara), chairman of the Reps Investigative Panel, lauded WAEC for striving to maintain its “integrity and probity.”

 

Quoting news reports, HURIWA stated that the House committee Chairman added that the implication was that Obono-Obla gained admission to the University of Jos with a fake WAEC result.

Also, HURIWA asked president Buhari to sack with immediate effect the Finance Minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for making use of allegedly forged NYSC discharged certificate which amounted to a serious misdemeanor that should fetch her a criminal prosecution and jail if proven in the competent court of law.

 

“The current administration must desist from polluting the international image of Nigeria by toleration many persons of questionable academic credentials who are working in the federal government of Nigeria when there are millions of highly qualified Nigerians from diverse fields searching frantically for employments.

 

“The silence of the current government to the cacophony of allegations of certificate forgery involving top rated government officials shows that the corporate image of the country is imperiled and if this silence and failure to act persists, then the rest of the world will see Nigeria as a country of certificate forgers.

 

“Corruption also includes such crime like forgery of academic credentials which runs contrary to section 15 (5) of the constitution which makes it obligatory that government must abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power.”

 

HURIWA disclosed that it has briefed some patriotic lawyers to head to court to secure the legal sanction of all the identified persons in government with fake certificates just as it has started drafting a bill to compel the forensic investigations of all the academic qualifications tendered by all federal government officials to weed off the holders of forged certificates and sanitize the federal government.

 

HURIWA reminded Buhari that the Black’s law dictionary clearly identified certificate forgery as a grave criminal offence and as a specie of fraud even as the Rights group wondered why a government that makes heavy weather of its anti-corruption campaign is the same that accommodates top officials with highly questionable academic credentials.

 

HURIWA told Buhari that “both the Criminal and Penal Codes that apply in the southern and northern parts of Nigeria prohibit forgery, citing Sections 463 of the Criminal Code which provides for three years imprisonment for forgery while sections 362 to 364 of the Penal Code deal with forgery with punishment of up to 14 years imprisonment with option of fine or both.”

 

“It becomes life imprisonment if, amongst others, the thing forged purports to be a document which is evidence of title to public debt of Nigeria or a state, or of another country, or forges a document that purports to be a debt of Nigeria, or signature of the president or governor of a state.

 

“Also, both forgery and perjury are criminal offences, the Criminal Code views perjury as an offence whether made under judicial oath, that is a court proceeding or document or not, while under the Penal Code, perjury must be an evidence given under oath or under express provision of law compelling a person to state the truth.

 

“Forgery and perjury are both criminal offences that go to one’s integrity and credibility.

 

“It vitiates the moral and legal trust that public service demands. It calls to question a person’s qualification and competency. And we must etch new paradigms in public services by proceeding in the Courts of Law against forgers and those who lie under oath.”

 

 

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FG Mulls N5000 Cash Transfer to Nigerians through NIPOST

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Federal government said it would soon commence the payment of N5000 to vulnerable poor Nigerians in three states, using the newly introduced financial services of the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) for the cash transfer.

 

The government said the package is under the present administration’s social welfare programme to help the poor and the needy in the society.

 

Under the new contract, NIPOST is expected to dispense the N5,000 cash to the poor in three states including Nasarawa, Benue and Anambra.

 

Bisi Adegbuyi, postmaster general and chief executive officer of NIPOST, made the disclosure  in Oyo town at the occasion of 2018 World Post Day celebration.

 

He said NIPOST was able to win the contract due to its innovative programme and use of technology to advance its services to the people across the country.

 

He said ” For instance, the National Cash Transfer Office which caters for the vulnerable, the poor  in the society awarded NIPOST the job to transfer cash to the poor . They give them N5000, every month, and because NIPOST has transformed and leveraging on technology , we were  awarded  the cash disposal of N5000 in Benue, Nasarawa and Anambra . Who are we serving , we are serving the poor , the post is ready to deliver the goods to bring happiness .”

 

Present at the celebration are the Alaafin of Oyo , Oba Lamidi Adeyemi represented by the retired archbishop of Methodist Church Nigeria,  Ayo Ladigbolu , the Postmaster of the Federation, Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi, the Managing Director of Wema  Bank, Mr. Ademola Adebise , former Chairman of First Bank PLC, Rev. Akinboboye, NIPOST Zonal Manager , Mrs Ekeleme Kristie and Vice Chairman, Oyo East Local Government, Hon. Wahab Tajudeen .

 

Others included top security chiefs, school children, artisans and officials of Wema Bank and Keystone bank.

 

The Postmaster General in his speech informed the gathering that the present administration led by President Mohammadu Buhari has embarked on people oriented programme to improve the social welfare of the vulnerable poor in the country.

 

Speaking further on the 2018 World  Post Day with the theme ” The Post: Delivering good to the world” , Adegbuyi said ”  Its not just a question of NIPOST alone World Post Day is celebrated in 192 countries that belong to Universal Postal Union to bring to the fore the achievement of Post in the past year the agenda they have set for them in terms of renovation and all the likes.”

 

He further disclosed that NIPOST in its transformation drive has commenced financial services and e-banking to bring financial services to the rural people across the country.

 

”  But why we are here today is to flag off our agency banking in partnership with We a bank and Keystone bank. What is agency banking? It is aimed at bringing basic financial services to the people in semi urban areas and rural area. The financially excluded, the un-banked , the under- bank . They have been estimated to be around 41 percent of adults in Nigeria .

 

” It is also in line with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Governance is not for the rich but for the poor who live in the rural areas. Our people, artisans, women, men, laborers and others should have access to basic financial banking services. We are here to demonstrate to Nigerians that NIPOST has moved beyond mere letter delivery. We are going to financial services, you members of the press have seen it when we demonstrated account opening procedure where you can paid in deposit, you can do withdraw, how you can pay utility bills, WAEC, NECO.

 

“We also demonstrated that our E-money is ready. We must leverage on technology that trendy everywhere, that is enabling Post Offices who are ready to subscribe to 21st century postal administration.

 

We are just flagging it off. This is the first location; we will move from one location to the other. Nigeria is a massive country with 180million people. It’s a gradual process,” he said.

 

Earlier, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi commended NIPOST for its giant strides in recent years, describing the event as very significant in the history of the agency.

 

Speaking through his representative, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, Oba Adeyemi said NIPOST has remained the only agency that has continued to connect the people, facilitating communication and enabling the people to stay in touch.

 

” But it has gone beyond that limit, today your money is save if you send it through NIPOST. It is a great pleasure to continue to identify and relate with NIPOST,” the royal father said.

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Vodacom Business Nigeria Scoops Four Major Awards

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Vodacom Business Nigeria was honored with four awards at the prestigious 2018 Nigeria Technology Innovation and Telecoms Awards over the weekend.

The industry celebration, organized by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, aims to recognize organizations and individuals at the fore front of technological advancement and innovation in the Telecoms industry.

Vodacom Business Nigeria was recognized as Enterprise Solution Provider of the year, IoT Solutions Provider of the year for the second consecutive year and as Managed Service Provider of the year.

For the company’s stellar performance in providing optimum services for its customers both locally and internationally, it also received the coveted Telecom Business of the Year award.

Speaking at the event, Lanre Kolade, Managing Director, Vodacom Business Nigeria said: “We are honored to accept the awards. Opportunities such as these remind us of the importance to go beyond just providing a service to clients.

“We aim to collaborate and enable large and small businesses with specific problem solving solutions that make the lives and businesses of our customers more efficient and ultimately more profitable. Our gratitude goes to these customers whose businesses are at the epicenter of the development of the Nigerian economy and look forward to exploring opportunities in future.”

Vodacom Business Nigeria is taking the lead in the telecoms industry by providing tailor-made solutions that maximize productivity regardless of location. We ensure businesses are confidently connected.

According to Kolade: “As the world progresses further into the digital age and people and services expand across borders, the need for a reliable end to end managed network service becomes invaluable.

“Our managed services provide the same high level of comfort for global businesses with reach across different territories as it does for new startup businesses with partners and stakeholders on different continents.”

These accolades follow a long standing track record that Vodacom Business Nigeria has developed in the market over time, delivering superior enterprise-grade Connectivity Solutions, Cloud and Hosted Services, Enterprise Voice Solution and Internet of Things to business in Nigeria.

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LG Electronics Strengthens Family Bond, Encourages Dining Together

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Across cultures and time, food sharing is an almost universal medium for expressing fellowship; it embodies values of hospitality, duty, gratitude, sacrifice and compassion.

The shared meal is an opportunity not only to eat but also to talk, to create and strengthen bonds of attachment and friendship, to teach and learn. Not surprisingly, the family meal is often celebrated as a supremely important component of family life.

According to Alice Julier, Associate Professor of Food Studies at Chatham University, in her book Eating Together, eating dining together can radically shift people’s perspectives: reduces people’s perceptions of inequality, and tend to view those of different races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds as more equal than they would in other social scenarios.

A dinner table which is usually situated in the kitchen in modern homes is an important place for the socialization of children. The family meal is a prime setting for their introduction to the rules and norms of accepted behaviour and family values and expectations.

For toddlers and pre-schoolers, it teaches what is considered culturally acceptable food and, on a more basic level, what is considered food and non-food.

Speaking on how LG is strengthening family bond, Mr Taeick Son, Managing Director, LG Electronics, West Africa Operation said LG is committed to innovative designs that will enable lifestyle convenience while creating seamless user experience of its products.

“Today, families are paying more attention to healthy lifestyle and appreciating the importance of having a family meal. These have led to a rising interest in getting smarter in the kitchen. We want to make life better for everyone by providing affordable devices”, he said.

Mr Son stated that “LG is offering consumers even more exciting choices when it comes to designing their kitchen with LG’s fastest-growing feature for the kitchen — LG Instaview — proving that with LG there’s no need to compromise”.

LG Instaview Door-in-Door refrigerator

When you knock twice on the mirrored dark-tinted glass panel on the right side door of an LG Instaview Door-in-Door refrigerator, the interior lights up to reveal the contents without letting cold air out. A clear barrier called a Coldsaver Panel between the rest of the fridge and the Door-in-Door compartment reduces air loss even more. Savvy consumers who want to save time and money will likely learn to put refrigerated snack foods and drinks in the Door-in-Door compartment for quickest access.

LG’s collection of high-end Door-in-Door refrigerators set the gold standard for food preservation. In addition to their innovative and ergonomic designs, these refrigerators use insights gleaned from decades of research to lock in cold air and prevent food from degrading.

Equipped with special temperature controlled cabinets, Door-in-Door refrigerators can keep fruits and vegetables in a pristine state while also prolonging the lifespan of leftovers stored inside.

The ergonomically-friendly Door-in-Door design can even decrease the refrigerator’s environmental footprint by decreasing energy consumption. And newer LG refrigerator models offer improved smart functionality that simplifies everything from shopping to preparation.

With all these exciting features packed in the LG Instaview Door-in-Door refrigerators, consumers can chill and enjoy good meals and wine with their families with great assurance of freshness and health benefits.

LG EasyClean

The demand of cooking does not only lie in its preparation but cleaning the appliance inside out is also a great deal to making it ready for the next usage as this goes a long way to making cooking experience lovely and the kitchen a warm and convenient space to encourage your loved ones to join in cooking because when it’s clean, good health is assured as you rid of contaminants or bacteria and you can stay strong and healthy to bond more with your family.

LG kitchen package comes with 99.99% Anti-Bacterial EasyClean™ feature in NeoChef Microwave Ovens and a Catalytic easy clean feature in their gas cookers as these features allows effortless cleaning

NeoChef™ Microwave oven has 99.99% Anti-Bacterial EasyClean™ Coating, which is 2 times easier cleaning than the conventional. It has a dense structure, thereby preventing oil from spreading out and multiplication of bacteria.

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