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Minimum wage: No Nigerian Professor earns N500, 000 after tax— Akanji

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The Director of the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Tajudeen Akanji, has condemned the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, over claim that governors earn equal salaries with Nigerian Professors.

It would be recalled that Governor Fayemi recently presented to the international community that a governor earns less than the $1,500 salary of the highest paid professor in Nigeria.

The varsity don who spoke to journalists in Ilorin on Thursday said: “This claim shows how our rulers have relegated governance to an art of lying.”

According to him, “A post which he sought for with a whopping 22.5m nomination form couldn’t be that cheap.No Nigerian professor earns up to 500,000 after tax. Our universities can’t even attract international professors from Niger republic not talk of Europe because they won’t accept $1500 as pay.

“That is why our universities can’t compete ratings with them. A newly promoted professor would travel through the steps for 10 years to get to 502,000 gross pay, and after tax, pension and other deductions, he gets far below N500, 000. This is a place where governors virtually live on the state with humongous allowances and countless number of aides.”

Prof Akanji further stressed that, “A nation where senators take 13.5m as running cost monthly. The budgetary allocation to education now is just 6%. You cannot put something on nothing. Establishment of universities now have become constituency projects.

“We’re being ruled by illiterates who don’t know that minimum wage issue is a constitutional matter, and that no governor can opt to establish it’s own, unless there is a constitution amendment. This is a sad moment in our history and all men of reason must speak out at this moment. Selling and buying of PVC must stop. Let us take our destinies in our hands.

“ASUU has realized that no one will struggle for the survival of public universities except intellectuals lead the way. Funding public universities should be taken as a serious matter, and we’re prepared to go the whole hog to get this through. When the primary and the secondary schools collapsed, investors and traders took over the space and made profits at the expense of standards.

“Now the focus has shifted to the universities, and this is the final onslaught. If you check the ownership structures of the existing private universities, you are likely to tremble. The national assembly is struggling to amend the TETFUND law so that private universities can now draw from our common wealth to promote their private enterprises.

“Two members of the committee have their private universities and are bent on seeing this through. They are the same set of people agitating for the establishment of education bank, the law was passed without public hearing. Students are now expected to obtain N1m loan out of which N700, 000 will be paid directly to the universities. This will help to boost their patronage and profit which are very low at present because of the very exorbitant fees which they charge in a society where majority live on less than $2 a day.

While reacting to the state of the nation’s education system, Prof. Akanji said: “By the time we all get inflicted by the raging opium and sleep away, while the public universities are sent under by the oppressors, posterity will not forgive us.

“Recently, a whopping sum of N800 billion was used to bail out Skye bank, yet we complain that we don’t have money to fund the public universities. It is really sad. A people united can never be defeated. The time to speak out is now.”

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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