Tanzania MP arrested for ‘insulting’ president
A Tanzanian opposition MP has been arrested for insulting the president, his party said Wednesday, after revealing an aeroplane bought for the national carrier was being held in Canada over unpaid debts. It is the sixth time this year the opposition’s deputy leader, Tundu Lissu, has been arrested. Last week Lissu said a Bombardier Q400, […]
A Tanzanian opposition MP has been arrested for insulting the president, his party said Wednesday, after revealing an aeroplane bought for the national carrier was being held in Canada over unpaid debts. It is the sixth time this year the opposition’s deputy leader, Tundu Lissu, has been arrested.
AFP
At the time President John Magufuli was minister of public works responsible for road building.
In a separate dispute with a Canadian company, Tanzania’s government is seeking $190 billion in back taxes, penalties and interest from London-listed Acacia Mining, majority owned by Canadian giant Barrick Gold, which is accused of under-reporting production and profits over many years.
Last week Lissu said a Bombardier Q400, bought by the government for use by Air Tanzania, had been seized by Canadian authorities over an unpaid debt of $38 million (32 million euros) owed to a Canadian engineering company since 2010.
Lissu was arrested on Tuesday and is to be prosecuted for “insulting the head of state and for seditious remarks in connection with the seizure” of the plane, said Tumaini Makene, a spokesman for the opposition Chadema party.
Magufuli is praised for his stance against corruption but criticised for his autocratic tendencies.
On Saturday, the Tanzanian government confirmed the seizure of the plane while accusing the opposition of lacking patriotism.
The International Court of Arbitration in 2010 ruled in favour of Canadian company Stirling Engineering which had been contracted to build a road in Tanzania but then had the deal terminated by the government without compensation.
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Olubadan can’t stop govt from enthroning 32 kings –Commissioner
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, has said that the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, lacks the power to stop the state government from executing the Olubadan chieftaincy review being planned by the state government. The commissioner spoke at an event hosted by […]
“Both the young and old in Ibadan know that the Ibadan chieftaincy system is not a creation of the government. It is a creation of Ibadan people. No king, no governor, no elite, no high chief has the right to tamper with the system without recourse to our people.”
“It was true that originally, Baba (Olubadan) said he didn’t want another person to wear beaded crown like him in Ibadan land, but thereafter when things were better explained to him, he gave his support and went a notch further to say whatever the governor wants, he will support it as well.
“So, what is the argument in that? It is normal for people to disagree and later come back to agree. And nonetheless, the report was submitted last Friday and it will go through the normal processes before it becomes law and a declaration will be made,” Kolade added.
Asked if the Olubadan had the power to stop the governor from executing the enthronement of the 32 kings, Kolade said, “Emphatically, I will say no. Going through the Chief’s Law and declaration about the current one which was put together in 1957 and later became certified in 1959, the state government followed the processes and it is exactly the same way with what we are doing.
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He said the Olubadan was opposed to the enthronement of 32 beaded kings, as recommended by the commission which submitted its report to the governor on Friday.
He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, there was never a time that Olubadan supported the review embarked upon by the Oyo State Government. This was why the first class monarch did not submit any memorandum nor made any representation to the panel. When last week the panel submitted its report to the state governor, the public would vividly remember that Olubadan was not in the picture at all because he was not invited.
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
On Wednesday, the Director, Media and Public Affairs to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Adeola Oloko, described the report of the commission set up by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi to review the chieftaincy system in Ibadan land as a “joke carried too far.”
The commissioner spoke at an event hosted by his friends in recognition of his contributions to the state government.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, has said that the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, lacks the power to stop the state government from executing the Olubadan chieftaincy review being planned by the state government.
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Teachers protest Oyo NUT chair tenure extension
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Members of the Democratic Teachers Alliance within the Oyo State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers on Wednesday held a rally to protest against what they described as a plan by the national body to elongate the tenure of the state chairman, Olaniyi Akano. The teachers carried placards with inscriptions which […]
A communiqué issued after a meeting of the leaders of the union from all the council areas in the state before the protest had made reference to a gazette issued in 2014 which stated that the state chairman would retire on September 30, 2017 from the teaching service.
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Members of the Democratic Teachers Alliance within the Oyo State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers on Wednesday held a rally to protest against what they described as a plan by the national body to elongate the tenure of the state chairman, Olaniyi Akano.
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
The teachers carried placards with inscriptions which read, ‘NUT national should stop imposition of illegality in Oyo state wing,’ ‘The national head office of NUT should stop this meddlesomeness, says Oyo teachers,’ ‘NUT constitution is against elongation of the tenure of the incumbent in any form’ and ‘Oyo teachers say no to elongation of office of the incumbent chairman.’
The teachers claimed that Akano was not elected but was picked to complete the tenure of the late chairman, Kolawole Kayode.
The teachers said that Akano assumed office in November 2014 and that his tenure should end on September 30, 2017, when he would retire from service.
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Afe Babalola rejects 120 cut-off mark for varsity admission
Folashade Adebayo and Toluwani Eniola The founder of Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), on Wednesday slammed the Federal Government for reducing the cut-off mark for admission into universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education for the 2017/2018 academic session. The legal luminary described the reduction as violence to the university system […]
“I do hope that those behind this reduction are aware that even candidates who pass the UTME at 180 and above now find it difficult and tasking to get admission into Nigerian universities because there are more qualified candidates than the spaces available and because of the paucity of facilities in the existing universities.
“It must be appreciated that even the former 180 cut-off mark is less than 50 per cent of the total JAMB marks. As I said earlier,  a minimum of 50 per cent was regarded and acknowledged as pass mark in elementary schools in those days and now JAMB is recommending 120, a mere 30 per cent of the total score of 400.”
“What is the whole essence of reducing cut-off marks for admission to as low as 120 for universities and 100 for polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education? Will such an action enhance or reduce the quality of education?
“What we have done is to put everything in the table. There is no pass or fail grade in the UTME.”
“Will it give international recognition to the degrees awarded by the Nigerian universities which, in any case, are already being questioned? Is the reduction a deliberate ploy to make things worse?” Babalola quizzed.
But Babalola, in a statement, said he was worried that the decision was taken without due consideration for its implication on the quality of education in Nigerian tertiary institutions.
But the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has insisted that pegging the minimum cut-off benchmark for admission at 120 for universities and 100 for polytechnics, will improve access to education.
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Folashade Adebayo and Toluwani Eniola
He said,” What makes a candidate qualified for examination is not the UTME, it is the O’Level. There was no time in the last 10 years that we have filled 70 per cent of our quota. We have never filled 50 per cent quota for Physics in the last 10 years. Yet we are paying lecturers.
He, therefore, called for an urgent education summit which he suggested should be attended by stakeholders of higher education institutions to address the problems.
Oloyede,  who also noted that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination was not an achievement test, said this on Wednesday during an interview with one of our correspondents in Lagos.
The founder of Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), on Wednesday slammed the Federal Government for reducing the cut-off mark for admission into universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board announced on Tuesday the reduction of cut-off marks for candidates seeking admission into Nigerian universities to 120 and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education in the country.
The legal luminary described the reduction as violence to the university system and a major setback to quality education in the country.
The senior advocate said the caveat by JAMB that each university had the right to set its own standard did not help matters, adding that “it portrays us all as not having an acceptable limit for setting standards.”
The statement partly read, “Are we now saying there will be no uniform standards in our tertiary education in this country? Is the government or its agencies encouraging double or multiple standards?
This is just as he said that the latest admission cut-off mark, the lowest in the history of the examination body, is a collective decision of JAMB as well as vice-chancellors, rectors and provosts  of colleges of education.
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