News Titbits… the last one week

09/04/2018: Monday
Antenatal Fee Hike: ‘You’re Destroying Our Developmental Policies,’ PDP Slams Akeredolu
The Ondo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, had taken the Akeredolu-led All Progressive Congress, APC, government to task over its handling of governmental policies which affects the welfare of Ondo people. The Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP , Mr . Ayo Fadaka, said the Akeredolu administration had destroyed the developmental policies initiated by the PDP government .
This came three days after some pregnant women staged a protest in Akure over alleged hike in antenatal fees , the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party had accused the administration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of insensitivity .

AAUA Fee Crisis: ‘Old Fees No Longer Sustainable as Govt Needs N5.7b to Run Varsity’ – Pro-chancellor
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Dr. Tunji Abayomi on Monday disclosed that the state government was spending a whooping sum of N5.7bn to run the state-owned University yearly, while the total income of the institution stands at N2.710bn.
He insisted that time has come to save the university from total collapse which necessitated the new increase in the school fees, just as he said the state Governor still has the final say as whether to maintain the new fees or review it downward.

Achievers Varsity to Commence Postgraduate programmes, as 30 Bags First Class at Convocation
The Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Achievers University, Owo, Dr Bode Ayorinde had reiterated the resolve of the institution to pursue its vision of becoming the best university in Africa and one of the best in the world.
He said this at a press briefing of the 10th anniversary and the 7th convocation of the institution held at the Senate Chamber of the institution during the weekend.
Ayorinde who said the institution has what it takes in terms of integrity of council and management, strength of character and strong partnership with parents in driving the university, noted that “we are fully on track’.

Cleric Advocates Impoved Welfare Packages for Mediamen
A Religious Leader in Ondo State, Primate Ade Ademisokun-Turton called on the federal and state governments as well as private bodies to set up welfare packages that will improve living standard of media professionals in Nigeria in view of their important constitutional roles in nation’s building.
Ademisokun-Turton expressed displeasure over poor treatment of journalists by most media owners specifically, advocating for improved salaries and reliable insurance schemes for media workers.
The Cleric said that such packages would further encourage journalists to make put political class on their toes as well as accountable and responsive to the masses.

AAUA Fee Crisis: Students’ Union Rejects New School Fees
There seems to be no end to have been the crisis that rocked the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba – Akoko triggered by the decision of the state government to increase the school fee of the institution from N35, 300 to N200, 000, as the Student’s Union Body of the University has rejected what they called ‘obnoxious hike’ declaring that until the issue is resolved, no student should resume or pay any fee.
The position of student’s union was contained in a press release Signed by AAUASU President, Comrade Ijanusi Olawale ( aka, Optimum) and Adekunle Ayo -Lawrence AAUASU General Secretary and made available to Sunshine Daily Watch.

10/04/2018 Tuesday
Okada Rider Slumps, Dies in Ondo Filling Station
A commercial motorcycle operator in Ondo, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, identified as Akinsowon Kehinde, on Monday slumped and died inside a filling station in the town.
The deceased reportedly died shortly after buying petrol at the station.
It was gathered that the deceased was healthy when he left his house located at Famakinwa Street, Ondo, and rode to the filling station, which was located few metres away from his there, before the incident.

AAUA Students Protest Hike in School Fees, Barricades Oba Adesida, High Court Roads
Uneasy calm pervaded Oba Adesida road the commercial nerve centre of Akure, the Ondo state capital in the early hours of Monday morning, as Students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba – Akoko, in collaboration with other students’body barricaded the ever busy double lane road, thereby disrupting commercial activities and preventing vehicular movements, as they denounced the recent hike in School fees annouced for the University.
The Students who took to the state capital chanting solidarity songs and carrying placards with various inscription such as School is now hell in Ondo State, Akeredolu is killing us; “Education is a right; Say no to increment in AAUA tuition fees; Education is not safe under Akeredolu”, among others, demanded that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu immediately reversed the increased in School fees.

INEC Boss Expresses Fears Over Tech-enabled Rigging
As the 2019 general elections drew closer, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has expressed fears over the increasing incidence of election meddling through the use of technology in many countries.
Yakubu, therefore, said there was the need for African countries to tackle it in order to protect democracy.
The INEC boss said this in Abuja on Monday at the opening ceremony of a conference attended by the Electoral Management Bodies of the ECOWAS member countries and the South African Development Community member states.

Agadagba Chieftaincy Tussle: Perebiri Ruling House Urges Akeredolu to Rein in Agent Provocateurs
The perebiti Ruling House at Agadagba, Arogbo in Ese – Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State had called on the state governor, Barr. Rotimi Akeredolu to urgently call to order his agents and cronies who have been attempting to impose Chief Doubra Egbunmu as the Agadagba elect on the Agadagba’s Chieftaincy rumble.

OSUSTECH SUG Denounces Statement Claiming it Condemns AAUA students Protest
The Students Union government of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa had distanced itself from a purported press statement circulating in the media, which allegedly indicates that it condemned the street protest embarked upon by students of its sister university, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, over the recently announced new school fees by the state government.
In a statement on Tuesday 10 April, jointly signed by Ogunjimi Tolulope James a.k.a Jimmy Tee, Public Relation Officer and Oladunmoye Abiodun Kingsley , President of OSUSTECH, SUG, respectively; said the alleged press statement which began circulating in the media from Monday, was not only a lie, but a wrong speculation.

11/04/2018 Wednesday
Why We increased AAUA Fees
Following the two consecutive days protests that have greeted the increase in the school fees of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State government on Tuesday came out with its position.
The position of the government was contained in a statement, signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi, stating that the government was compelled to explain its role in the decision leading to the increase in tuition for the state-owned university.

RUGIPO SUG Calls on ODSG to Re -Open School, Declare ‘Reparation’
Following the continued closure of the Ondo State – owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic by the state government, the Students’ Union Government of the institution had called on the State governor, Barr. Rotimi Akeredolu and other stakeholders involved to re – open the school within seven Days, stressing that the students are tired of sitting at home without a direction and proper information as regards the way forward.
The students union made their position know through a Press release signed by it’s president, Comrade Ayejuyo Temitayo and it’s PRO, Comr. Ayodele Tobi Samuel which was made available to journalists.

Fees Hike: Ondo Assembly Summons Tunji Abayomi, Femi Agagu
The Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday, summoned the governing council chairman of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Dr. Tunji Abayomi as well as the state commissioner for Education, Mr. Femi Agagu.
The official invitation is not unconnected to the crisis that has followed the recently announced increment in the school fees of the University
The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun gave the directive during a sitting of the honourables.

Let’s Give Room to Younger Generation’ – Cardinal Onaiyekan
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, said it was worrisome that the older generation was refusing to leave the scene for the younger generation.
Onaiyekan, who was a former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said this at the presentation of a book titled, ‘Dignity in Service,’ authored by the late Dr. Matthew Mbu, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The cleric said the post-independence leaders like the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, were young when they did great things for Nigeria.

12/04/2018 Thursday
Akeredolu Inaugurates Ondo Chief Justice, Calls for Quick Justice Delivery
Governor of Ondo State, Barr. Rotimi Akeredolu had inaugurated Justice Olanrewaju Olutoyin Akeredolu as the Chief Judge of Ondo State.
The event which took place on Wednesday at the Cocoa Conference Hall, Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure had in attendance top government functionaries, Royal Fathers among others.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in his speech said he has to vouch for Justice Oluwatoyin ‘s character, considering her past records in the judicial system and enjoined her to put up the best in ensuring quick justice delivery in the state.

JAMB Bemoans Connivance of Parents in Exam Malpractice
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, had said one of the greatest challenges it has was the involvement of parents of candidates in their children and wards’ exam malpractices and fraud.
The registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, said this during a meeting with the Itse Sagay led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption in Abuja on Wednesday
The registrar expressed his displeasure on how parents also paid huge amounts of money into fraudulent accounts in order to pave way to allow their wards pass the exams.

Consumers Paid Less for Petrol, Others in March – says NBS Report
The average price paid by consumers for petrol, diesel, and kerosene decreased in March compared to February, the National Bureau of Statistics had said
The bureau released separate reports on Wednesday on each of the fuel products.
The average price for petrol, per litre, decreased by 5.3 per cent from N172.5 in February to N163.4 in March.
The average price recorded for March 2018, however, increased by 9.6 per cent when compared to the N149.4 in March 2017
Although the official price for the sale of petrol in Nigeria is N145, the report shows that petrol is sold at higher prices in almost all Nigeria’s 36 states and Abuja.

AAUA tuition crisis: Police Arrests Protesting Students, Parents
The police in Ondo State had confirmed the arrest of 46 students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA, as well as some parents as the protest against the hike in tuition entered day three.
Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, said the arrested persons would be charged to court.
Some of the students who spoke with journalists said the police opened fire and shot teargas at them at the entrance of the Government Office in Alagbaka during the protest.
But the police spokesman said the students attacked the vehicles of top government officials as they made their way to their offices in the morning.

How Danish Husband Killed Singer Alizee and 3-Yr Old Daughter – Police Prosecutor
Fresh facts did emerged on how rising Nigerian singer, Zainab Alizee, and her three-year-old daughter, Petra, were murdered allegedly by her Danish husband, Peter Nielsen, at their Banana Island residence, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday.
Effiong Asuquo, a chief superintendent of police, told a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on Wednesday that the accused hit his wife’s head on the wall several times leading to her death and then proceeded to poison his daughter.
Mr. Asuquo, a prosecutor, alleged that the accused killed Zainab and her daughter in the house.
Mr Nielsen allegedly committed the offences on Wednesday at his residence at Block 4, Flat 17, Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi.

13/04/2018 Friday
AAUA SUG Confirms Reduction in Tuition
Following the meeting held between the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the leadership of the students Union of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba – Akoko, AAUA, alongside members of the governing council, the students union had confirmed a reduction in the tuition hike.
This was contained in a Press release signed by the students leaders and made available to Sunshine Daily Watch.

Two Children Found Dead inside Deep Freezer in Ondo
Two children of the same parents, Olufemitan Olaitan, 9; and Oluwafifunmi Olaitan, 7, had been found dead inside a non-functioning deep freezer in their house located at No 6, Road 1, Eyin Ala, Akure in Ondo State.
It was gathered that their mother, Mrs. Olubunmi Olaitan, went outside and left the two primary school pupils in the house playing; but before she returned home, the two male children were already inside the deep freezer, dead.
The incident happened on Monday, and it was unclear as to how the children got into the deep freezer and were found dead.

Deji of Akure Inaugurates C’ttee on Proposed Oyemekun University
Towards the grooming of great minds and the upliftment of Ondo State Capital, the Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II, had inaugurated a technical Committee for the establishment of Oyemekun University, Akure.
This decision was contained in a statement signed by the palace media officer, Mr Michael Adeyeye and made available to Sunshine Daily Watch Reporter in Akure.

OSUSTECH to Establish Department of Marine Studies
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, had said the state will establish a department for marine studies at the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, OSUSTECH.
He said the establishment of the department will facilitate building of ships and training of engineers.
Akeredolu was speaking when he received a delegation from Nigerian Maritime Administrative and Safety Agency, NIMASA in his office in Akure.

NYSC to Send Corps Members to Farms as PPA
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, says it will include farming and crop production as part of the one-year primary assignment for corps members from the next service year.
Bello Ballama, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on Thursday.
He said that the move was to help address corps rejection by some employers through the engagement of more corps members in all aspects of farming and crop production.

14/04/2018 Saturday
ODSG Distributes N5 Million-Worth Prosthesis to Amputees
Ondo State Government had distributed artificial limbs worth N5million to amputees in the state.
The beneficiaries were those who had their legs amputated as a result of accidents.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the State Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, said the Akeredolu-led administration will always take issues of physically challenged people serious to make life meaningful to them.

Ekiti Residents Accuse INEC Officials of Manipulation in PVC Exercise
Residents of Ekiti State yet to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards had accused officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission of manipulating the entire process for pecuniary gains .
Many of the aggrieved residents , who had visited various centres where the exercise was being conducted , alleged that officials , rather than attending to them , paid attention only to their friends and those ready to yield to their financial demands .

AAUA Fees Crisis: Students’ Union Declares Emergency Congress
The Students’ Union of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, AAUA had called for an emergency congress by students of the institution to discuss the news fees proposed by the state government.
In a statement jointly signed by the Student Union President, Olawale Ijanusi, Secretary, Adekunle Ayo-Lawrence and PRO, Samson Adelowo, they said the congress is scheduled for Monday April 16, 2018 by 8:00am.
‘The emergency congress will hold at the university’s Relaxation Centre, RC.’

Offa Robbery: Police Arrests 12 Suspects, Recover Phones, iPads, other Exhibits
…releases detail report
The police have revealed the identities of 12 suspects who were arrested for alleged connection to the last Thursday’s robbery in Offa, Kwara State.
Armed robbers stormed the community the afternoon of April 5, killing 17 people and raiding five banks . Eight police officers at Owode Division, Offa, were also killed in the attack, and the robbers made away with police arms and ammunition.
The police arrested seven suspects within the first two days of the attack, and made more arrests on later dates.
The police had earlier withheld the names of the first batch of suspects, saying doing so could jeopardise efforts to arrest the remaining members of the gang or/and threaten the entire investigation into the deadly robbery that had gripped the nation for the past one week.

Adeosun Queries SEC, Removes Acting DG, Zubair Over Oando Crisis
The Minister of Finance , Mrs . Kemi Adeosun , on Friday removed Dr . Abdul Zubair as the acting Director -General of the Securities and Exchange Commission .
The removal was confirmed in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance , Mr . Oluyinka Akintunde .
The statement said following his removal as acting SEC DG , Zubair had been redeployed to the External Relations Department.
Zubair was appointed as acting SEC DG on November 29 , 2017 after the suspension of Mounir Gwarzo for alleged abuse of office.
The minister also named Ms. Mary Uduk as the acting Director – General of the commission , the statement added .

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