OSBC gets new acting DG

By Richard Akintade, Osogbo.

A new acting Director General has been appointed for the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He is Mr. Wale Idowu.

His appointment has been described as a smooth transition, sustainability to quality and service delivery to the Corporation as well as a reward for dedication
to one’s duty in the public service.

This was contained in a congratulatory message signed by the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Mrs Femi Webster-Esho and made available to our Correspondent in Osogbo.

The congratulatory message described, the new Acting Director-General as a round peg in a round hole, a team player with relevant managerial skills needed to enhance revenue drive, harness
corporation’s uplift in the media industry and ensure positive change.

While congratulating him on this well deserved appointment, the Coordinating Director also charged him to see the appointment as a spur to put in his best in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry of the state, especially as it relates to the dissemination of information.

It would be recalled that until the new appointment, Wale Idowu was the Director, Marketing, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC).

His appointment takes effect immediately after the retirement of the former Director General, Mr. Sanjo Owoaje.

Chinese woman sold 20 iphone7 from 20 boyfriends, procure house


A Chinese woman named Xiaoli successfully ‘dupped’ 20 boyfriend and bought herself a house from the proceeds.
Xiaoli, who is the oldest child and breadwinner of the family from the city of Shenzhen in southern China, asked each of her 20 boyfriends to buy her a newly launched iPhone 7.

The woman got all 20 iPhone7 phones and then sold all of the phones to a mobile phone recycling site called Hui Shou Bao for 120,000 Chinese yuan (about £14,500), and used the money to put down a deposit on a house in the countryside.

Her friend, Qiaoba shared the story online, wrote in her blog post that when Xiaoli showed her new house to their group of friends, they were all very surprised when she revealed how she had managed to obtain the money for the deposit.

“Everyone in the office is talking about this now,” wrote Proud Qiaoba, “Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public.” Proud Qiaoba added that Xiaoli “is not from a wealthy family.Her mum is a housewife and her dad is a migrant worker, and she is the oldest daughter. Her parents are getting old and she might be under a lot pressure hoping to buy them a house… But it’s still unbelievable that she could use this method!”Many people on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo were impressed at Xiaoli’s enterprise and ability in convincing her 20 boyfriends to each buy her the phone which was only recently launched, on 16 September of this year.A hashtag #20 mobiles for a house’ quickly began to trend on Weibo, and became the country’s top trend. It has now been used in excess of 13 million times.

Many social media users, have expressed admiration for Xiaoli.
One said:

“I can’t even find one boyfriend. She can actually find 20 boyfriends at the same time and even get them to buy her an iPhone 7.Another said: “Just want to ask her to teach me such skills.”Another said: she has “a bright future.”

While others condemned her: ‘Little Bee’ wrote that Xiaoli was “the most shameless person”.BBC Trending reports that they approached Hui Shou Bao and a company spokesperson confirmed that they had indeed bought 20 iPhones from a female client at the beginning of October and paid 6,000 Chinese yuan (about £725) for each one.

However, Xiaoli refused to speak with BBC Trending.


24 Unilorin staff get merit awards …as Wahab is named Researcher of the Year

indexABOUT 24 staff members were honoured at the 9th edition of the University of Ilorin Merit Awards Ceremony. Three of the awards were awarded post-humusly Royal news has gathered.

At the event that climaxed the University’s 32nd Convocation Ceremonies, two former students were also honoured while 77 graduating scholars of the 2015/2016 session across all Faculties were also given recognition awards.

The 24 staff members, who got various awards, were the late former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University, late Prof. Felix Ayotunde Oladele; a former Ag. Head of the Department of English and immediate past Secretary General of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Unilorin Chapter, late Prof. Patrick Olajide Balogun; and the former Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, late Prof. Yekeen Abiola Abayomi.

Others were Dr. Wasiu Kolawole Wahab of the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, who won the Researcher of the Year Award; and the Chief Medical Officer of the University, Dr. Rasheed Adekeye Odunola of the University Health Services.

The Outstanding Staff of the Year awards went to Mrs. Rebecca Aimiohu Okojie, the Deputy Registrar (Academic Support Services); Mr. Abdulganiyu Olaniyan and Mr. Akande F. Albert of the Bursary Department; Mr. S. O. Olabanji of the Department of Microbiology; Mr. S.A. Fowomola of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovations), Mrs. Ugowe Innoxa of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), and Mr. Hassan Dasola Abdullateef of the Students Affairs Unit.

Others are Mr. Emhaneshi Usman Isiaka of the University Lodges, Mr. Fatai Salawu and Mr. Felix Ako of the Works Department, Mr. Ogunyemi Oloruntegbe and Mr. Woli Sijuola Ayinde Adam of the Security Unity, Mr. Sulaiman Sabonkudi Sadiq of the Sports Unit, Mrs. Shakirat Ayinde of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Mrs. Isa Nimota of the Pharmacognosy and Drug Development Department, Mr. Ajayi Kayode of the College Health and Mr. Bamidele Philips Kayode of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.

Mr. A. T. Suleiman of the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Promotion Environmental Health Education was honoured with the Sportsman of the Year while Mrs. R. O. Dauda of the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education was named the Sportswoman of the Year.

The two students honoured were Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulHakeem Temitope, who was recently selected as the Best Nigerian Engineering Graduate for the 2014/2015 Academic Session by the Committee of Deans of Engineering in Nigeria and Mr. Joel Kerimu Ikazuwagbe, the immediate past Sports Secretary of the University of Ilorin Students’ Union.

In his remarks on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of the University and Chairman of the Association of West African Universities (AWAU), Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), called on staff of the University to redouble their efforts towards achieving effective service delivery for which the University is known.

Prof. Ambali appreciated the members of the Merit Awards Committee, saying that the effort of selecting the awardees was not an easy task.

The Merit Award ceremony, which was held during the end-of- Convocation Luncheon, was witnessed by the representative of the President, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana; all the University Principal Officers, management staff, family members and well-wishers of the awardees.

Appeal Court: Makarfi, Modu Sheriff, Jegede knows fate today

pdp-logoAn Abuja Division of the Appeal Court will today (Tuesday) rule on an application challenging the June 29 court judgement that recognized the Modu Sheriff-led faction as the genuine leader of the Peoples Democratic Party.
A panel of three judges led by Jummai Sankey, on Saturday, reserved the judgment after listening to applications by parties on the matter.
The court will also decide on an application by the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the party challenging a recent court ruling which directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognize Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s flagbearer in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
Justice OkonAbang had on June 29 declared the emergence of Mr. Makarfi as the PDP chairman as a product of impunity and ordered INEC to deal only with the faction led by Mr. Sheriff in all elections involving the PDP.
In furtherance of the judgement, Mr. Abang declared the emergence of Eyotayo Jegede, from the faction led by Mr. Makarfi as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the November election of Ondo state, invalid.
He gave an order that INEC should recognise Mr. Ibrahim as the party’s flagbearer because he emerged winner in the primaries conducted by the faction led by Mr. Sheriff.
Although a High Court in Ondo State had given a counter-directive, INEC complied with the order by Mr. Abang.

Similarly, the Court of Appeal has slated today to hear the application of Eyitayo Jegede, Ondo candidate of the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Jegede had approached the court seeking to upturn the order which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) followed in announcing Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate.

On October 14, OkonAbang, a judge of the federal high court, Abuja, ordered INEC to recognise Ibrahim, who belongs to the Ahmed Makarfi commission.

When Jegede returned to the court on Thursday, Abang held that he lacked the locus standi to appeal the decision of the court.

“The only case where the applicant would have been considered as having a locus standi to contest the October 14, judgement is if he had taken part in the August 29 primary conducted by Mr. Sheriff’s faction,” Abang had said.

At the appeal court on Saturday, the three-man panel of judges led by Jummai Sankey said due to urgency of Jegede’s application, the court would hear the matter on Tuesday.
“In view of the contentious notice, the appellant objector and appellant applicant are hereby given 24 hours to file their processes. Application of the appellant applicant will be heard on Tuesday,” Sankey ruled.
The court also said it would hear an application filed by the Makarfi faction of the PDP, challenging the ruling which declared it illegal.

Sad! Couple, siblings perished in auto-crash

A couple and five other persons were among those who were burnt to death in an accident along the Gbongan-Ibadan Road in Osun State.

This is just as four pupils of the Federal Government Girls College, Oyo, Oyo State, and a driver were crushed to death in an accident that occurred a few kilometres to the school gate.

The Osun State auto crash involved a Toyota Sienna and an 18-seater Mazda passenger bus. One of our correspondents gathered on Monday that the accident, which happened on Sunday, also claimed the lives of two siblings, who were returning to their school.

Eyewitnesses said the accident was caused by a burst tyre suffered by the Mazda bus. It was learnt that the bus was speeding when the tyre burst, making the driver to lose control, while the bus eventually collided with the Sienna going towards Osogbo.

The bus reportedly caught fire after colliding with the Sienna. Seven persons, including the couple and the siblings, were reportedly burnt to death.

No fewer than 11 passengers were also said to have suffered injuries in the crash.

One of the eyewitnesses, who identified himself simply as Femi, said, “ The accident was caused by the driver of the Mazda bus because he lost the control of the bus when the front tyre burst. He collided with a Toyota Sienna that was coming towards Osogbo.

“The driver of the Sienna and his wife died on the spot, while five passengers in the bus were burnt beyond recognition. Two children of the same parent were also said to be among those burnt to death in the bus.

“We could not help them immediately because of the fire. It was a gory sight.”

Another eyewitness told one of our correspondents that those injured would have been burnt to death, but for other motorists, who brought  them out of the vehicle before the fire engulfed it.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Osun State Command, Mr. Umar Ibrahim, told one of our correspondents that those injured in the crash were taken to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile Ife.

Ibrahim appealed to motorists to always ensure that their vehicles and the tyres were in good condition before embarking on any journey.

In the Oyo State incident, four pupils of the Federal Government Girls College, Oyo, and a driver were crushed to death by a truck a few kilometres to the school gate on Sunday.

Five other pupils were said to have been injured in the accident and had been admitted in some hospitals in the town.

The deceased pupils – John Olubukola, SS3; Giwa Taibat SS3; Ladipo Mojisola, SS1; and Ibirogba Mariam JSS 3 – and those injured were reportedly returning to the school after observing the mid-term break.

The college’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Akin Omitade, told PUNCH Metro that the accident occurred near a market when an overloaded truck carrying bags of foodstuffs lost its balance while trying to negotiate a narrow bend in the busy market.

It was gathered that in the process, the truck fell on a mini-bus conveying the pupils to their school, killing four of them and the driver of the bus.

The school PRO also attributed the accident to the poor state of the road.

He said, “The students were returning to school from the mid-term break. They were already in Oyo town and boarded the mini-bus at the garage ahead of the 6pm resumption deadline.

“But the accident occurred when a truck carrying bags of garri lost its balance and fell sideways, spilling its content on the mini-bus conveying the pupils.

“The driver and four pupils died immediately, while five other pupils who managed to escape were seriously injured.

“Our appeal is for the government to quickly help us repair that narrow part of the road. We also want to call on the market and community leaders to ensure that traders are not allowed to display their wares by the roadside as that often compounds the traffic situation on the dilapidated road.”

When PUNCH Metro visited the school, it was noted that academic activities had been suspended because of the large number of parents, members of the community and other sympathisers who paid condolence visit to the school.

The market was also shut in “honour of the deceased.”

At last, Senate lifts suspension on police recruitment

policeThe recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police will now continue as the Senate has lifted its suspension on the exercise.

The new condition is that the new policemen will be employed based on their local government areas and would be deployed in their communities.

The recruitment was suspended following a clash between the Senate and the Police Service Commission.

The Senate had, in a letter four weeks ago, asked the PSC to suspend the recruitment over alleged irregularities in the criteria adopted.

The lawmakers had asked that the recruitment be done on local government but the PSC insisted that it should be done on state basis.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina-South), however, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the commission could now continue with the recruitment.

Ibrahim announced that the clash between the Senate and the PSC had been resolved.

“We have resolved the issue and the recruitment would be done on local government basis. Very soon, the exercise will resume,” he said.

The lawmaker stated that the new intakes would form the foundation for the commencement of community policing in the country.

He said, “Nine personnel would be recruited per local government area. The policemen would be used to form a unit for community policing in all the 774 local government areas of the country.”

Skye Bank disengage 50 additional staff

skye-bank-logoNo fewer than 50 members of staff of the Skye Bank Plc were disengaged barely four months after it sacked about 200 of its workers, including those in outsourced and auxiliary functions.

Although the number of the affected non-core employees could not be ascertained since they were not direct workers of the bank, it was gathered that the reasons for their exit ranged from non-performance, disciplinary issues as well as rightsizing by the lender.

It was further gathered that most of the affected personnel were in outsourced functions like tellers, drivers and internal security guards.

When contacted on the development, the Head, Corporate and Brand Communication, Skye Bank, Mr. Nduneche Ezurike, confirmed the exit of the affected workers, adding that the management of the bank approved the payment of generous entitlements and severance packages to them as contained in their engagement letters and as agreed with the workers’ union.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had on July 4 sacked the Chairman, Skye Bank, Mr. Olatunde Ayeni; Managing Director, Timothy Oguntayo; Deputy Managing Director, Mrs. Amaka Onwughalu; non-executive directors, Mr. Victor Odozi, Mr. Babajide Agbabiaka, Dr. Jason Fadeyi, Mr. Kunle Aluko, Mr. Victor Adenigbagbe, Mr. Abdul Bello and Hajiya Amunna Lawan Ali; and the two longest-serving Executive Directors, Mr. Dotun Adeniyi and Mrs. Ibiye Ekong.

In their place, the CBN announced Alhaji Muhammad Ahmad as the new chairman, while Mr. Adetokunbo Abiru was also named as the new managing director.

Other members of the reconstituted board are Bayo Sanni, Idris Yakubu, Markie Idowu and Abimbola Izu, all of who had been serving as executive directors of the lender before now.

The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, had explained that the “proactive moves have become unavoidable in view of the persistent failure of Skye Bank to meet minimum thresholds in critical prudential and adequacy ratios, which has culminated in the bank’s permanent presence at the CBN lending window”.

The bank’s reconstituted Board was mandated to run a lean and efficient organisation; control costs; aggressively recover debts owed it; grow deposits; and shore up its liquidity position.