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Sexual Harassment:ABSU Fires Five Lecturers

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More than five lectur-ers at the Abia State University, (ABSU), Uturu have lost their jobs on account of their involvement in alleged sexual harassment of female students of the institution.

Also, 39 students have been thrown out of the school for their role in cultism while a religious group has been proscribed for pleading on behalf of the expelled cultists.

Vice Chancellor of ABSU, Prof Mkpa Agu Mkpa, who disclosed this to newsmen at the Uturu campus of the university, said the punitive measures were aimed at making the school conducive for academic activities.

Responding to a question to the effect that female students were facing sexual harassment by lecturers, Mkpa said such incidents took place in the past, stressing that since he assumed office about four years ago, some lecturers have received the boot for such unbecoming attitude.

“Five lecturers have sacked on account of reported cases of sexual harassment of female students. Some of the lecturers voluntarily resigned when they got wind that they would be indicted by the panel set up to investigate reported cases against them,” Mkpa said,.

The vice chancellor explained that it was partly to check exploitation and intimidation of students by lecturers that his administration introduced the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in the institution.

He said since the introduction of the MCQ, students were no longer at the mercy of lecturers as 80 is selected from the 150 objective questions submitted by a lecturer on any course to the Examination Department while the answer scripts were marked by the computer.

“The students were encouraged to report cases of sexual harassment, intimidation or exploitation when they realised that the lecturers were not in control of their fate,” Mkpa added, stressing that some lecturers have been made to refund money to students when it was discovered that they sold their handouts at exhorbitant prices.

“We will continue to work for moral excellence,” he assured, saying sexual harassment is now a thing of the past in ABSU as dress codes have equally been introduced to check female students from appearing seductive on campus.

He pledged that ABSU would continue to uphold students-friendly programmes for which the Lagos-based Institute of Humanitarian Services and Social Development recognized the school as the Most Humanitarian Friendly University in Africa.

On cultism, Mkpa said that 39 suspected cultists have been expelled from the university while others were under investigation. He said ABSU runs a counseling programme for those who renounced cultism and were willing to be redeemed.

The vice chancellor equally disclosed that a religious group known as the Thunderbolt Preachers was recently banned on campus for pleading for expelled cultists. “We proscribed the organization because we felt they had sympathy for the expelled cultists,” he said.

The vice chancellor said that ABSU’s 2009 Post UME-Screen exercise would hold as scheduled on Monday, July 6, and Thursday, July 9 despite the on-going ASUU strike and warned candidates who applied for admission into the school to beware of fraudsters who have printed the forms for sale. He said the forms are only filled online.

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State (right) having a handshake with Dr Chris Ngige, former governor of Anambra State at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, recently. Photo: Ike Wigodo.

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State (right) having a handshake with Dr Chris Ngige, former governor of Anambra State at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, recently. Photo: Ike Wigodo.

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Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room

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The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”

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Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill

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The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.

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2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria

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Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.

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