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Why Buhari reinstated TETFund boss he sacked in 2016

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Why Buhari reinstated TETFund boss he sacked in 2016

The Nigerian government has said it reinstated Suleiman Bogoro as the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) after it found out he was wrongly accused of misappropriating N200 billion at the agency.

President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 sacked Mr Bogoro over the allegation and appointed Abdullahi Baffa in his place.

The president sacked Mr Baffa Monday morning. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who announced the sack, did not give reasons for the president’s decision.

Mr Baffa, who was an aide to Mr Adamu, was named the head of TETFund on August 2, 2016 alongside 14 other heads of parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education.

The reinstated Mr Bogoro was appointed the Executive Secretary of TETFund by former President Goodluck Jonathan’in 2014.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu, in a statement on Monday, said his reinstatement was with immediate effect, “with the same terms and conditions as it were in his previous appointment and as stipulated in the TETFUND staff conditions of service.”

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Allegations against the reinstated TETfund Boss

Mr Bogoro was alleged to have misappropriated N200 billion released for special intervention projects to beneficiary institutions. He was accused of ploughing the funds into the failed reelection bid of Mr Jonathan in 2015.

The Senate summoned Mr Bogoro over the allegation, following a motion sponsored by Abdullahi Sabi, the senator representing Niger North.

The News Agency of Nigeria in 2015 reported Mr Sabi saying TETfund under Mr Bogoro’s administration also approved and organised a workshop and pre-retreat in the United States and Kenya in 2014-2015 without recourse to the guidelines of the TETFund Act.

“A whopping sum of about N500 million was budgeted for advertising and media in TETFund’s 2015 budget,” Mr Sabi alleged

The lawmaker said: “The state of infrastructure in tertiary institutions was still shabby, dilapidated and mostly run down” after government spent nearly N1trillion on the institutions between 2011 and 2015.

Following the resolution to probe TETFUND, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, directed the Committee on Tertiary Institutions to report back to the Senate within a month.

The probe was to cover the diversion of the tax collected between 2012 and 2013 and used for projects not recognised in or permitted under the TETFund establishment Act, 2011.

The committee was also to look into the alleged misappropriation of funds from 2011 to 2015.

“I want the Committee to do a thorough job and within a month, report to the Senate so that we get a clearer picture of the situation,” Mr Saraki said.

But nothing more was heard about the investigation until Mr Bogoro was reinstated on Monday.

Govt. Reacts

The reinstatement of Mr Bogoro generated controversy as Nigerians were not informed if he was cleared of the allegations against him.

The education minister was silent on the allegation in the statement announcing Mr Bogoro’s reinstatement on Monday.

However, speaking with PREMIUM TIMES Monday night, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Sunny Echono, said the allegedly misappropriated money was never released.

“So we discovered there is no such money that was misappropriated by him because it was never released in the first place,” he said

“The funds were used for something else, including the first tranche of revitisalisation that ASUU keeps talking about. N200 billion was given to ASUU out of the N1.3 trillion for revitilisation of public universities. Other monies was also given like that for different usage,” he said.

The current chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, was the third Executive Secretary of TETFund.

After Mr Yakubu’s exit, Manya Aliyu was appointed the executive secretary in an acting capacity for 17 months, before Mr Jonathan appointed Mr Bogoro.

TETFund was established (originally as Education Trust Fund (ETF) by the Act No 7 of 1993 as amended by Act No 40 of 1998 (now repealed and replaced with Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act 2011) as an intervention agency set up to provide supplementary support to all level of public tertiary institutions

The main source of income available to the Fund is the two per cent education tax paid from the assessable profit of companies registered in Nigeria. The Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) collects the tax on behalf of the Fund.

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N500 healed my friend of depression — Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri on Twitter Saturday narrated how N500 healed his friend of depression.

He said this while trying to enlighten his followers on depression and how someone will know if he/she is depressed.

He said in series of tweets:

“Depression is REAL. But BEFORE you take anti depression drugs, try this. Stop thinking about YOU. Think about the less privileged. Take 24 hours to FORGET YOURSELF and do something for them. Then see if you are still depressed after the experience.

I met someone who thought he was depressed. I sent him money. He received the bank alert and got INSTANT HEALING. My point isn’t to trivialise depression. But before taking anti depression drugs, make sure you are really depressed and not just broke.

Many people are LONELY, HEARTBROKEN, BROKE, DISAPPOINTED, DISILLUSIONED, REJECTED & JILTED. But they have allowed MODERN SCIENCE to deceive them that they are DEPRESSED. Don’t allow a one time temporary EVENT become your life long permanent DESTINY.

When I was in university, a friend of mine was depressed. I traveled to Benin to tell his dad. His dad said there has NEVER been depression in their family, but I should take this ₦500 (it was 94). Behold, that ₦500 healed my friend of depression.”

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Taiwan legalises Same Sex Marriage, first in Asia

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In what has been touted as the first in Asia, Taiwan’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation.

Lawmakers comfortably passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive permanent unions” and another clause that would let them apply for a “marriage registration” with government agencies.

The vote — which took place on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — is a major victory for the island’s LGBT community and it places the island at the vanguard of Asia’s burgeoning gay rights movement.

Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered outside parliament despite heavy downpours, waving rainbow flags, flashing victory signs and breaking into cheers as the news filtered out. In recent months conservatives had mobilised to rid the law of any reference to marriage, instead putting forward rival bills that offered something closer to limited same-sex unions.

But those bills struggled to receive enough votes. Gay rights groups hailed the vote on Friday, saying the ability to apply for a “marriage registration” — known as Clause Four — put their community much closer to parity with heterosexual couples.

“The passage of Clause Four ensures that two persons of the same-sex can register their marriage on May 24th and ensure that Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and to successfully open a new page in history,” said the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights.

Two years ago Taiwan’s top court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violates the constitution with judges giving the government until May 24 to make the changes or see marriage equality enacted automatically.

The law does not bring full equality with heterosexual couples — it only allows for biological adoption, for example, and marriages with foreigners are not recognised.

 

 

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EFCC arrests 22 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Delta

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Advance Fee Fraud Section, Abuja Headquarters in collaboration with men from the Benin Zonal Office in an operation on Friday 17, 2019 arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters during an early morning raid at Sapele, Delta State.

Working on intelligence reports, the suspects, who are between the ages of 18 to 30 years, were smoked out from their hideout in an early morning operation.


A day earlier, the operatives from Abuja had arrested two suspected internet fraudster in Ughelli, Delta State.

Items recovered from the suspects include lap top computers, iPhones, phones, ATM cards and three exotic vehicles. The cars are Benz C350, Benz ML 350 and Chrysler 300.

The raid on the internet fraudsters is one in the series by operatives of the Commission in line with the directive of the acting Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu to rid the entire country of internet fraud and cyber crime.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon investigations are completed.

 

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