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  •  Dr Uwaoma Uche an Associate Professor of Mass Communication has eulogised the late British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II as one that gave integrity to leadership as the Head of the Commonwealth Uche is the Dean College of Social and Management Sciences Gregory University Uturu in Abia His reaction to the death of the 96 year old is contained in a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Saturday He stated Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership and exemplified dignity in carriage and conduct of protocols of a responsible and responsive leadership Her essence of diplomacy at local and international sphere was distinct and indispensable in the world political arithmetics Uche further described the Queen as A dotted family woman and dress essence exemplified Also Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka said that the Queen would essentially be remembered for her role in Nigeria gaining independence on Oct 1 1960 Abada recalled in an interview with NAN in Abakaliki that it was during her reign that the British Parliament enacted an Act that gave the country her independence The former Head of Department said Nigerians will continue to remember her for granting the country freedom from her country Britain that colonised Nigeria If she did not approve it who knows what could have happened to the country It was not only Nigeria that she granted independent but other African countries colonised by Britain The don said that it was unfortunate that successive Nigerian political leaders did not follow the good leadership footsteps of Britain If our leaders had followed the good examples of our colonial masters in managing our human and material resources we would not have had this level of poverty and security challenges in the country Abada said He prayed God to grant the Queen s soul enternal rest having used her life on earth to render selfless service to mankind Others who also spoke glowingly about the life and legacies of the British longest serving mornarch described her as an instrument for global peace An Abakaliki based social critic Mr Maxwell Udenta described the Queen as an ambassador of global peace Udenta said that the deceased stood for peace across the world mediated and preached for peace during many global crises and also touched lives positively According to him the death of the Queen has created a vacuum He said that under her leadership nations of the Commonwealth enjoyed robust bilateral relations and coordination Udenta said that the friendly bilateral relations between Nigeria and Britain yielded many mutual agreements including the repatriation of some stolen wealth and monuments from Nigeria He also said that during her reign many Nigerian military personnel were trained by the British Army Another public affairs analyst in Abakaliki Mr Micheal Eweru said that the British economy which has remained strong among the nations of the Commonwealth could be ascribed to the Queen s support and coordination Hopefully her son and successor Charles lll will do better Eweru said NAN reports that Charles III formally ascended to the throne on Friday at the age of 73 He succeeded his mother who was on the throne for 70 years and died on Thursday Sept 8 at 96 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership – Don
     Dr Uwaoma Uche an Associate Professor of Mass Communication has eulogised the late British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II as one that gave integrity to leadership as the Head of the Commonwealth Uche is the Dean College of Social and Management Sciences Gregory University Uturu in Abia His reaction to the death of the 96 year old is contained in a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Saturday He stated Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership and exemplified dignity in carriage and conduct of protocols of a responsible and responsive leadership Her essence of diplomacy at local and international sphere was distinct and indispensable in the world political arithmetics Uche further described the Queen as A dotted family woman and dress essence exemplified Also Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka said that the Queen would essentially be remembered for her role in Nigeria gaining independence on Oct 1 1960 Abada recalled in an interview with NAN in Abakaliki that it was during her reign that the British Parliament enacted an Act that gave the country her independence The former Head of Department said Nigerians will continue to remember her for granting the country freedom from her country Britain that colonised Nigeria If she did not approve it who knows what could have happened to the country It was not only Nigeria that she granted independent but other African countries colonised by Britain The don said that it was unfortunate that successive Nigerian political leaders did not follow the good leadership footsteps of Britain If our leaders had followed the good examples of our colonial masters in managing our human and material resources we would not have had this level of poverty and security challenges in the country Abada said He prayed God to grant the Queen s soul enternal rest having used her life on earth to render selfless service to mankind Others who also spoke glowingly about the life and legacies of the British longest serving mornarch described her as an instrument for global peace An Abakaliki based social critic Mr Maxwell Udenta described the Queen as an ambassador of global peace Udenta said that the deceased stood for peace across the world mediated and preached for peace during many global crises and also touched lives positively According to him the death of the Queen has created a vacuum He said that under her leadership nations of the Commonwealth enjoyed robust bilateral relations and coordination Udenta said that the friendly bilateral relations between Nigeria and Britain yielded many mutual agreements including the repatriation of some stolen wealth and monuments from Nigeria He also said that during her reign many Nigerian military personnel were trained by the British Army Another public affairs analyst in Abakaliki Mr Micheal Eweru said that the British economy which has remained strong among the nations of the Commonwealth could be ascribed to the Queen s support and coordination Hopefully her son and successor Charles lll will do better Eweru said NAN reports that Charles III formally ascended to the throne on Friday at the age of 73 He succeeded his mother who was on the throne for 70 years and died on Thursday Sept 8 at 96 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership – Don
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    Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership – Don

    Dr Uwaoma Uche, an Associate Professor of Mass Communication, has eulogised the late British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as one that gave integrity to leadership as the Head of the Commonwealth.

    Uche is the Dean, College of Social and Management Sciences, Gregory University, Uturu in Abia. His reaction to the death of the 96-year-old is contained in a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Saturday.

    He stated: “Queen Elizabeth II gave integrity to leadership and exemplified dignity in carriage and conduct of protocols of a responsible and responsive leadership.

    “Her essence of diplomacy at local and international sphere was distinct and indispensable in the world political arithmetics.

    ” Uche further described the Queen as: “A dotted family woman and dress essence exemplified.

    ” Also, Prof. Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that the Queen would essentially be remembered for her role in Nigeria gaining independence on Oct. 1, 1960. Abada recalled in an interview with NAN in Abakaliki that it was during her reign that the British Parliament enacted an Act that gave the country her independence.

    The former Head of Department said: “Nigerians will continue to remember her for granting the country freedom from her country (Britain) that colonised Nigeria.

    “If she did not approve it, who knows what could have happened to the country.

    “It was not only Nigeria that she granted independent but other African countries colonised by Britain.

    ” The don said that it was unfortunate that successive Nigerian political leaders “did not follow the good leadership footsteps of Britain.

    “If our leaders had followed the good examples of our colonial masters in managing our human and material resources, we would not have had this level of poverty and security challenges in the country,” Abada said.

    He prayed God to grant the Queen’s soul enternal rest, “having used her life on earth to render selfless service to mankind”.

    Others, who also spoke glowingly about the life and legacies of the British longest serving mornarch, described her as “an instrument for global peace”.

    An Abakaliki-based social critic, Mr Maxwell Udenta, described the Queen as “an ambassador of global peace”.

    Udenta said that the deceased stood for peace across the world, mediated and preached for peace during many global crises and also touched lives positively.

    According to him, the death of the Queen has created a vacuum.

    He said that under her leadership, nations of the Commonwealth enjoyed robust bilateral relations and coordination.

    Udenta said that the friendly bilateral relations between Nigeria and Britain yielded many mutual agreements, including the repatriation of some stolen wealth and monuments from Nigeria.

    He also said that during her reign, many Nigerian military personnel were trained by the British Army. Another public affairs analyst in Abakaliki, Mr Micheal Eweru, said that the British economy, which has remained strong among the nations of the Commonwealth, could be ascribed to the Queen’s support and coordination.

    “Hopefully, her son and successor, Charles lll, will do better,” Eweru said.

    NAN reports that Charles III formally ascended to the throne on Friday at the age of 73. He succeeded his mother, who was on the throne for 70 years and died on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 96.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Stakeholders in the education sector have described the recent lowering of cut off mark by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam UTME as retrogressive and unhealthy The stakeholders from the South East said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to JAMB recent pronouncements on the 2022 cut off mark for tertiary institutions NAN reports that the 20222023 UTME cut off mark for universities in Nigeria is 140 and above for polytechnics and monotechnics is 120 and above and for colleges of education is 100 and above depending on the school of choice and course of study In Imo an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry Federal University of Technology Owerri Mrs Ogedi Ugwu said the continuous reduction of cut off marks would lead to poor performance in tertiary education Ugwu said the UTME served as a tool to assess the preparedness of students for tertiary education She said their performance in basic subject areas would go a long way in identifying the courses they were best suited for and how well they would perform in those courses She noted that if the cut off marks continued to reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian tertiary institutions would be severely compromised The UTME is a tool used to assess students preparedness for tertiary education through an average score in basic subjects areas Therefore if UTME cut off mark continues to decrease it will reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian universities This will result in a poor learning outcome and performance in tertiary education she said Also contributing Mr Cyril Ofoegbu of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam described the downward trend in UTME cut off marks as appalling Ofoegbu said this could further lead to the fall in standard of education in the country as it would discourage students from studying in preparedness for higher education UTME started falling from 200 to 190 to 180 to 170 to 160 last year This year it went down to 140 and maybe next year it will further go down to 130 Soon you just simply buy form and then you get admitted into the university The National Universities Commission NUC should rather raise the standards above 200 Anyone who cannot attain the mark is not fit to study in the university Ofoegbu advised A University Lecturer in Enugu State Prof Christian Madu also said the approved lower cut off marks for students seeking admission in Nigeria tertiary institutions would lower the standard of education in the country Madu who is of the Environmental Management and Control Department University of Nigeria said that the educational standard would be affected if something was not done to accommodate the students with low grade The don said that schools that had students with low grades could groom them especially in the subject areas they did not do quite well in their UTME so as to be at par with those with high grade He said that if they were not groomed to meet up with the bright students they might end up dropping from the institutions especially after their first year in the institutions Mrs Jacintha Nweke an educationist said that the government should allow individual tertiary institution to decide its cut off mark as this would make students who were preparing for UTME to sit up Nweke said that she was very sure that no university would adopt the cut off marks announced by the government adding that it would further degrade the low standard of the Nigeria education system Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science UNN urged the Federal Government to act fast to improve funding and give required attention to education sector in the country He recalled that there was a time JAMB cut off mark for universities was 250 and today was lowered to 140 Instead of Education sector going forward it is moving backward it s retrogressive unfortunate and an unhealthy development If nothing serious is done to arrest this ugly development in education sector by the next three years cut off mark for universities will be 80 and polytechnics 50 he said Mr George Akubue a Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies UNN said the development was a dangerous indication of serious decline in the standard of education Federal state and local governments should see this as a big challenge to improve funding of education in the three tiers of government before the situation gets out of hand he said In Anambra Prof Anthony Eze of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka said that efforts should be made at enhancing teaching to enable students meet up with the standard instead of lowering it to accommodate their capacity He said that rather than making university an all comers affair those who lacked the intellectual capacity to access that level of education should be encouraged to go for vocational and other informal systems of education According to him reducing cut off marks is ill advised it will affect the standard of education adversely There is no justification for lowering the cut off mark from between 250 and 300 to as low as 120 it signals a general drop in our university education standard University is not for everybody those who don t have the capacity to meet up should be encouraged to go for vocational training he said Also speaking Mrs Jane Nwoko a parent and secondary school teacher said managers of the Nigerian education sector should not collapse the system because they wanted to accommodate everybody According to her though it will help more students to gain admission into higher institutions the implication is that the quality of learning and graduates will be reduced She called for better funding and supervision of post primary education to make them meet up with the curriculum A cross section of academics in Ebonyi said that the adverse effect of continuous lowering of UTME cut off mark into tertiary institutions would be devastating to education development of the country Mr Ejike Okoro an educationist said the NUC should introduce better things in the system rather than continuous lowering of the cut off mark We are most worried towards standard of learning structures educational materials libraries among others Okoro said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lowering of UTME cut off mark is unhealthy, retrogressive- Stakeholders bemoan
     Stakeholders in the education sector have described the recent lowering of cut off mark by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam UTME as retrogressive and unhealthy The stakeholders from the South East said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to JAMB recent pronouncements on the 2022 cut off mark for tertiary institutions NAN reports that the 20222023 UTME cut off mark for universities in Nigeria is 140 and above for polytechnics and monotechnics is 120 and above and for colleges of education is 100 and above depending on the school of choice and course of study In Imo an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry Federal University of Technology Owerri Mrs Ogedi Ugwu said the continuous reduction of cut off marks would lead to poor performance in tertiary education Ugwu said the UTME served as a tool to assess the preparedness of students for tertiary education She said their performance in basic subject areas would go a long way in identifying the courses they were best suited for and how well they would perform in those courses She noted that if the cut off marks continued to reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian tertiary institutions would be severely compromised The UTME is a tool used to assess students preparedness for tertiary education through an average score in basic subjects areas Therefore if UTME cut off mark continues to decrease it will reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian universities This will result in a poor learning outcome and performance in tertiary education she said Also contributing Mr Cyril Ofoegbu of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam described the downward trend in UTME cut off marks as appalling Ofoegbu said this could further lead to the fall in standard of education in the country as it would discourage students from studying in preparedness for higher education UTME started falling from 200 to 190 to 180 to 170 to 160 last year This year it went down to 140 and maybe next year it will further go down to 130 Soon you just simply buy form and then you get admitted into the university The National Universities Commission NUC should rather raise the standards above 200 Anyone who cannot attain the mark is not fit to study in the university Ofoegbu advised A University Lecturer in Enugu State Prof Christian Madu also said the approved lower cut off marks for students seeking admission in Nigeria tertiary institutions would lower the standard of education in the country Madu who is of the Environmental Management and Control Department University of Nigeria said that the educational standard would be affected if something was not done to accommodate the students with low grade The don said that schools that had students with low grades could groom them especially in the subject areas they did not do quite well in their UTME so as to be at par with those with high grade He said that if they were not groomed to meet up with the bright students they might end up dropping from the institutions especially after their first year in the institutions Mrs Jacintha Nweke an educationist said that the government should allow individual tertiary institution to decide its cut off mark as this would make students who were preparing for UTME to sit up Nweke said that she was very sure that no university would adopt the cut off marks announced by the government adding that it would further degrade the low standard of the Nigeria education system Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science UNN urged the Federal Government to act fast to improve funding and give required attention to education sector in the country He recalled that there was a time JAMB cut off mark for universities was 250 and today was lowered to 140 Instead of Education sector going forward it is moving backward it s retrogressive unfortunate and an unhealthy development If nothing serious is done to arrest this ugly development in education sector by the next three years cut off mark for universities will be 80 and polytechnics 50 he said Mr George Akubue a Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies UNN said the development was a dangerous indication of serious decline in the standard of education Federal state and local governments should see this as a big challenge to improve funding of education in the three tiers of government before the situation gets out of hand he said In Anambra Prof Anthony Eze of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka said that efforts should be made at enhancing teaching to enable students meet up with the standard instead of lowering it to accommodate their capacity He said that rather than making university an all comers affair those who lacked the intellectual capacity to access that level of education should be encouraged to go for vocational and other informal systems of education According to him reducing cut off marks is ill advised it will affect the standard of education adversely There is no justification for lowering the cut off mark from between 250 and 300 to as low as 120 it signals a general drop in our university education standard University is not for everybody those who don t have the capacity to meet up should be encouraged to go for vocational training he said Also speaking Mrs Jane Nwoko a parent and secondary school teacher said managers of the Nigerian education sector should not collapse the system because they wanted to accommodate everybody According to her though it will help more students to gain admission into higher institutions the implication is that the quality of learning and graduates will be reduced She called for better funding and supervision of post primary education to make them meet up with the curriculum A cross section of academics in Ebonyi said that the adverse effect of continuous lowering of UTME cut off mark into tertiary institutions would be devastating to education development of the country Mr Ejike Okoro an educationist said the NUC should introduce better things in the system rather than continuous lowering of the cut off mark We are most worried towards standard of learning structures educational materials libraries among others Okoro said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lowering of UTME cut off mark is unhealthy, retrogressive- Stakeholders bemoan
    Education2 months ago

    Lowering of UTME cut off mark is unhealthy, retrogressive- Stakeholders bemoan

    Stakeholders in the education sector have described the recent lowering of cut off mark by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam (UTME) as “retrogressive and unhealthy”.The stakeholders from the South East said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to JAMB recent pronouncements on the 2022 cut off mark for tertiary institutions.NAN reports that the 20222023 UTME cut-off mark for universities in Nigeria is 140 and above, for polytechnics and monotechnics is 120 and above and for colleges of education is 100 and above depending on the school of choice and course of study.In Imo, an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Mrs. Ogedi Ugwu, said the continuous reduction of cut-off marks would lead to poor performance in tertiary education.Ugwu said the UTME served as a tool to assess the preparedness of students for tertiary education.She said their performance in basic subject areas would go a long way in identifying the courses they were best suited for and how well they would perform in those courses.She noted that if the cut-off marks continued to reduce, the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian tertiary institutions would be severely compromised.“The UTME is a tool used to assess students’ preparedness for tertiary education through an average score in basic subjects areas.“Therefore, if UTME cut-off mark continues to decrease, it will reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian universities.“This will result in a poor learning outcome and performance in tertiary education,” she said.Also contributing, Mr Cyril Ofoegbu of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, described the downward trend in UTME cut-off marks as “appalling”.Ofoegbu said this could further lead to the fall in standard of education in the country as it would discourage students from studying in preparedness for higher education.“UTME started falling from 200, to 190, to 180, to 170, to 160 last year.This year, it went down to 140, and maybe next year, it will further go down to 130. “Soon, you just simply buy form and then you get admitted, into the university.“The National Universities Commission (NUC) should rather raise the standards above 200. Anyone who cannot attain the mark is not fit to study in the university,” Ofoegbu advised.A University Lecturer in Enugu State, Prof. Christian Madu, also said the approved lower cut off marks for students seeking admission in Nigeria tertiary institutions would lower the standard of education in the country.Madu, who is of the Environmental Management and Control Department, University of Nigeria said that the educational standard would be affected if something was not done to accommodate the students with low grade.The don said that schools that had students with low grades could groom them, especially in the subject areas they did not do quite well in their UTME so as to be at par with those with high grade.He said that if they were not groomed to meet up with the bright students, they might end up dropping from the institutions, especially after their first year in the institutions.Mrs Jacintha Nweke, an educationist said that the government should allow individual tertiary institution to decide its cut off mark as this would make students who were preparing for UTME to sit up.Nweke said that she was very sure  that no university would adopt the cut off marks announced by the government, adding that it would further degrade the low standard of the Nigeria education system.Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science, UNN, urged the Federal Government to act fast to improve funding and give required attention to education sector in the country.He recalled that there was a time JAMB cut off mark for universities was 250 and today was lowered to 140. “Instead of Education sector going forward, it is moving backward; it’s retrogressive, unfortunate and an unhealthy development.“If nothing serious is done to arrest this ugly development in education sector, by the next three years, cut off mark for universities will be 80 and polytechnics 50,” he said.Mr George Akubue, a Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies, UNN, said the development was a dangerous indication of serious decline in the standard of education.“Federal, state and local governments should see this as a  big challenge to improve funding of education in the three tiers of government before the situation gets out of hand,” he said.In Anambra, Prof Anthony Eze of the Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said that efforts should be made at enhancing teaching to enable students meet up with the standard instead of lowering it to accommodate their capacity.He said that rather than making university an all comers affair, those who lacked the intellectual capacity to access that level of education should be encouraged to go for vocational and other informal systems of education.According to him, reducing cut off marks is ill advised, it will affect the standard of education adversely.“There is no justification for lowering the cut off mark from between 250 and 300 to as low as 120; it signals a general drop in our university education standard.“University is not for everybody, those who don’t have the capacity to meet up should be encouraged to go for vocational training,” he said.Also speaking, Mrs Jane Nwoko, a parent and secondary school teacher said managers of the Nigerian education sector should not collapse the system because they wanted to accommodate everybody.According to her, though it will help more students to gain admission into higher institutions, the implication is that the quality of learning and graduates will be reduced.She called for better funding and supervision of post primary education to make them meet up with the curriculum.A cross section of academics in Ebonyi, said that the adverse effect of continuous lowering of UTME cut-off mark into tertiary institutions would be devastating to education development of the country.Mr Ejike Okoro, an educationist , said the NUC should introduce better things in the system rather than continuous lowering of the cut off mark.“We are most worried towards standard of learning, structures, educational materials, libraries among others,” Okoro said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Some residents of Nsukka town in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have commended INEC for conducting a credible free and fair governorship election in Edo on Saturday The residents spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Monday They attributed what they described as violence free election to the fact that INEC operated as a neutral umpire and gave all the political parties that fielded candidates level playing playing field during the exercise Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka said that INEC deserved commendation for presiding over a credible free fair and violence free governorship election in Edo Abada the immediate past head of the department said that what INEC did in Edo had restored the confidence of many Nigerians in the commission urging it to do same in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State I commend INEC for conducting a credible free and fair governorship election in Edo I urge the commission to do same in Ondo State during the October 10 governorship election The result of Saturday s election in Edo has shown that power indeed belongs to the people and that the era of godfatherism in that state is over I urge the APC governorship candidate to show maturity and spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election as the people of the state have spoken he said Mr Fabian Onah the chairman of People Democratic Party PDP in Nsukka Local Government area commended the people of Edo for trooping out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice The victory of Gov Godwin Obaseki in the governorship election on Saturday reflected the voice of Edo people I commend INEC and security agencies for providing a conducive environment that ensure the success of the election I want to urge them to keep it up I also urge Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory and Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu the APC candidate to show a spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election he said The Edo election should be a lesson to politicians in the country especially those who see themselves as political godfathers that only God crowns a king he said Mr Anthony Ozioko an APC chieftain in Nsukka hailed the exercise saying that the electorate came out to vote without any molestation or intimidation Ozioko attributed the loss of the governorship election by APC to what he called the misunderstanding between Obaseki and a former APC National Chairman Mr Adams Oshiomhole which resulted in the former leaving APC to join PDP With the victory of PDP Edo the number of states being controlled by APC has reduced and if care is not taken this may affect the party s performance in the 2023 general elections he said Edited By Abiodun Oluleye and Source NAN Wale Sadeeq
    Nsukka residents laud INEC on credible election in Edo
     Some residents of Nsukka town in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have commended INEC for conducting a credible free and fair governorship election in Edo on Saturday The residents spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Monday They attributed what they described as violence free election to the fact that INEC operated as a neutral umpire and gave all the political parties that fielded candidates level playing playing field during the exercise Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka said that INEC deserved commendation for presiding over a credible free fair and violence free governorship election in Edo Abada the immediate past head of the department said that what INEC did in Edo had restored the confidence of many Nigerians in the commission urging it to do same in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State I commend INEC for conducting a credible free and fair governorship election in Edo I urge the commission to do same in Ondo State during the October 10 governorship election The result of Saturday s election in Edo has shown that power indeed belongs to the people and that the era of godfatherism in that state is over I urge the APC governorship candidate to show maturity and spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election as the people of the state have spoken he said Mr Fabian Onah the chairman of People Democratic Party PDP in Nsukka Local Government area commended the people of Edo for trooping out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice The victory of Gov Godwin Obaseki in the governorship election on Saturday reflected the voice of Edo people I commend INEC and security agencies for providing a conducive environment that ensure the success of the election I want to urge them to keep it up I also urge Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory and Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu the APC candidate to show a spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election he said The Edo election should be a lesson to politicians in the country especially those who see themselves as political godfathers that only God crowns a king he said Mr Anthony Ozioko an APC chieftain in Nsukka hailed the exercise saying that the electorate came out to vote without any molestation or intimidation Ozioko attributed the loss of the governorship election by APC to what he called the misunderstanding between Obaseki and a former APC National Chairman Mr Adams Oshiomhole which resulted in the former leaving APC to join PDP With the victory of PDP Edo the number of states being controlled by APC has reduced and if care is not taken this may affect the party s performance in the 2023 general elections he said Edited By Abiodun Oluleye and Source NAN Wale Sadeeq
    Nsukka residents laud INEC on credible election in Edo
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    Nsukka residents laud INEC on credible election in Edo

    Some residents of Nsukka town in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have commended INEC for conducting a credible, free and fair governorship election in Edo, on Saturday.

    The residents spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Monday.

    They attributed what they described as violence-free election to the fact that INEC operated as a neutral umpire and gave all the political parties that fielded candidates level-playing playing field during the exercise.

    Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that INEC deserved commendation for presiding over a credible, free, fair and violence-free governorship election in Edo.

    Abada, the immediate past head of the department, said that what INEC did in Edo had restored the confidence of many Nigerians in the commission, urging it to do same in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.

    “I commend INEC for conducting a credible, free and fair governorship election in Edo. I urge the commission to do same in Ondo State during the October 10 governorship election.

    “The result of Saturday’s election in Edo has shown that power indeed belongs to the people and that the era of godfatherism in that state is over.

    “I urge the APC governorship candidate to show maturity and spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election, as the people of the state have spoken,” he said.

    Mr Fabian Onah, the chairman of People Democratic Party (PDP) in Nsukka Local Government area, commended the people of Edo for trooping out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice.

    “The victory of Gov. Godwin Obaseki in the governorship election on Saturday reflected the voice of Edo people.

    “I commend INEC and security agencies for providing a conducive environment that ensure the success of the election. I want to urge them to keep it up.

    “I also urge Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, to show a spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election,’’ he said.

    “The Edo election should be a lesson to politicians in the country, especially those who see themselves as political godfathers, that only God crowns a king,” he said.

    Mr Anthony Ozioko, an APC chieftain in Nsukka, hailed the exercise, saying that the electorate came out to vote without any molestation or intimidation.

    Ozioko attributed the loss of the governorship election by APC to what he called the misunderstanding between Obaseki and a former APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, which resulted in the former leaving APC to join PDP.

    “With the victory of PDP Edo, the number of states being controlled by APC has reduced and if care is not taken, this may affect the party’s performance in the 2023 general elections,’’ he said.


    Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and
    Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq

  •   Pension for ex governors speakers and rebellion of Hope Uzodimma By Obike Ukoh News Agency of Nigeria When Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo abolished the payment of life pension to former governors and speakers he reasoned along the same line with Zamafara Governor Bello Matawalle Uzodimma when he assented to the bill described payment of pension to former governors and speakers as anti people Matawalle when he annulled the Zamfara pension law stressed that no ex governor is poor given the perks of office they enjoyed in most cases for eight years He stressed that whoever attained the position of a governor and other top political offices were already financially well off As a result such persons should not be leeches when out of office he asserted Under the Zamafara Pension Law former governors are to receive N10million monthly as pension for life two personal staff two vehicles replaceable every four years two drivers free medical for the former governors and deputies and their immediate families in Nigeria or abroad a 4 bedroom house in Zamfara and an office free telephone and 30 days paid vacation outside Nigeria Uzodimma when he assented to the bill repealing the Governors and Speakers Pensions and Privileges Law of 2007 explained that his government sponsored the bill because it was illegal and designed to allow a few privileged people feed fat on the commonwealth of the people He said the law was against the Pension Act which stipulates that only those who have put in a minimum of 10 years in public service were entitled to pensions adding that former governors and speakers stayed in office for a maximum of eight years He also wondered how the same people who collect fat severance allowances at the end of their tenure can turn around to be paid pensions as well As a young state grappling with enormous challenges it dawned on me that the Imo State Governors and Speakers Pensions and Privileges Law No 5 of 2007 was a bad omen At the age our governors and speakers are leaving office it will not be out of place to assume that many of them will be alive and kicking in the next 15 years or more This will mean that by then the state will have more than 20 governors and speakers qualified for pensions and privileges I was alarmed that the financial implications for the state will not only be scandalous but indefensible My simple calculation told me that there could come a time when the state could be spending more than one third of its resources to maintain former governors and speakers The same governors and speakers also received severance allowances amounting to several millions of naira when they disengage from office The governor stressed that the Pensions Act made it very clear that only those who have served in the public service for a minimum of 10 years are pensionable Paying governors speakers and their deputies who spend a maximum of eight years or less in office is actually criminal because it is against the law of the land It is noteworthy that I am supposed to benefit from this law when I leave office as governor yet I called for its repeal This should leave no one in doubt that I am acting in the best interest of our state and our people I believe that those of us who have had the privilege of occupying exalted positions must be human enough to resist the temptation of feeding fat from the lean resources of the state at the expense of the people the governor said Even before the repeal of the pension laws by Zamfara and Imo states the Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP had filed a lawsuit before a Federal High Court Abuja to order the 36 state governors in Nigeria to publish details and breakdown of payment of pensions to each of the former governors and other ex officials and the names and number of ex governors and other officials receiving pensions under their respective state pension laws between 1999 and 2019 The suit followed SERAP s Freedom of Information FoI requests dated Dec 9 2019 to the governors expressing concern that Granting pension for life to ex governors and other officials represents the use of public office to advance private interests suggests the misuse of legitimate discretion for improper reasons and has created a more cynical public view of politics and politicians The provisions of most of the pension laws passed by state houses of assembly made provisions for mouth watering monthly pension and other allowances similar to that of Zamfara Mr Declan Emelumba Imo Information Commissioner who shed more light on the issue said the state currently has about 15 people who had served either as governors deputy governors and speakers He said that about N1 2 billion would be saved annually through the abolition of the pension and gratuity payments to the former governors and others The commissioner explained that the money would be channeled into the execution of people oriented projects Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu a Board of Trustees BoT member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP backed Uzodimma for halting pension payments to past governors deputy governors and speakers of House of Assembly The PDP chieftain said I commend the governor for abolishing the law I also commend the House because we have to develop our institutions In our constitution there was no time pension was meant for politicians I think the governor has taken a very right step I am sure all patriotic Nigerians will support him There is a difference between political appointment and career appointment You see a civil servant has a career and that is his job politicians some of them have had a career so such people were on pension even before they joined politics which is a vocation He urged other governors to emulate Uzodimma by repealing pension laws in their respective states An elder statesman Dr Ezekiel Izuogu who spoke on the issue argued that anybody who has had the opportunity of serving as governor deputy governor or house of assembly speaker should not be paid pension He said some of them went to the National Assembly where they are receiving salaries and allowances They should consider the common man Those who find themselves in these positions should be considerate they should not take more they should refund some money to the common purse so that the common man can be taken care of South East President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Okey Paul Nwankwo also welcomed the development He said I think other governors should emulate Uzodimma s bold courage We are behind the governor and will continue to support him to bring in good ideas and innovations that would help to move the state the South East and the entire country forward An activist Mr Ebubeagu Ekenulo on his part lauded Uzodimma for repealing the pension and gratuity law that provided for payment of pensions to former Imo governors Ekenulo said that the governor s action demonstrated selflessness in governance He described the action as a road map to sustainable development and economic stability in the state saying that people of Imo would be better for it This shows that the governor is for the people He is selfless and determined to rescue the economy for the people to enjoy He does not care about his personal gain and benefit but what the totality of Imo people will gain Ekenulo urged Imo people to continue to support the governor to reposition the state for the greater good of the people The activist who called on other states of the federation to replicate the action of Uzodimma wondered why some former governors would be earning pension together with other official salaries Ekenulo explained that the law contravened the 1999 Constitution as amended which according to him stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada Senior Lecturer Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka who commented on the issue of pension to former governors urged state houses of assembly to reject requests by governors to make law that would grant them life pension Abada the immediate past Head of Department of Political Science said contemplation of life pension for governors and political appointees remained an aberration illegal as well as an act of fraud Life pensions are only meant for civil servants and other private employees who were strictly recruited to work according to set down public service and industry rules after retirement It is therefore illegal and act of fraud to pay a governor or any elected officer pension as the constitution has not stipulated so he said The don advised state legislators in the country to resist any attempt by any governor to lure or force them to make a law that would give legal backing to the alien practice not captured by the constitution The only way we can strengthen and safeguard our democracy in this country is to reject such impunity undemocratic act and fragrant abuse of power It is undemocratic and abomination for a governor who served only eight years to receive life pension he said He also explained that most of the governors were fulfilled rich Nigerians while some others were already pensioners According to the lecturer the amended Pension Act strives on contributory scheme and not offered on a platter of gold In the same vein Mr Quadri Olaleye the President Trade Union Congress TUC says political leaders by virtue of their tenure in office do not qualify and should not be paid life pension According to him an individual must have put in not less than 10 years to 15 years in service or clock 55 years of age to be qualified for pension in the country As politicians the highest they can stay in office is eight years so they are not qualified under the pension law All the conditions put in place for pension they are totally disqualified they are not qualified for it So based on the parameters I want to say they are not entitled to pension and whatever they have taken as pension is fraud against the Nigerian populace the TUC president said NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria
    Pension for ex-governors, speakers and `rebellion’ of Hope Uzodimma
      Pension for ex governors speakers and rebellion of Hope Uzodimma By Obike Ukoh News Agency of Nigeria When Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo abolished the payment of life pension to former governors and speakers he reasoned along the same line with Zamafara Governor Bello Matawalle Uzodimma when he assented to the bill described payment of pension to former governors and speakers as anti people Matawalle when he annulled the Zamfara pension law stressed that no ex governor is poor given the perks of office they enjoyed in most cases for eight years He stressed that whoever attained the position of a governor and other top political offices were already financially well off As a result such persons should not be leeches when out of office he asserted Under the Zamafara Pension Law former governors are to receive N10million monthly as pension for life two personal staff two vehicles replaceable every four years two drivers free medical for the former governors and deputies and their immediate families in Nigeria or abroad a 4 bedroom house in Zamfara and an office free telephone and 30 days paid vacation outside Nigeria Uzodimma when he assented to the bill repealing the Governors and Speakers Pensions and Privileges Law of 2007 explained that his government sponsored the bill because it was illegal and designed to allow a few privileged people feed fat on the commonwealth of the people He said the law was against the Pension Act which stipulates that only those who have put in a minimum of 10 years in public service were entitled to pensions adding that former governors and speakers stayed in office for a maximum of eight years He also wondered how the same people who collect fat severance allowances at the end of their tenure can turn around to be paid pensions as well As a young state grappling with enormous challenges it dawned on me that the Imo State Governors and Speakers Pensions and Privileges Law No 5 of 2007 was a bad omen At the age our governors and speakers are leaving office it will not be out of place to assume that many of them will be alive and kicking in the next 15 years or more This will mean that by then the state will have more than 20 governors and speakers qualified for pensions and privileges I was alarmed that the financial implications for the state will not only be scandalous but indefensible My simple calculation told me that there could come a time when the state could be spending more than one third of its resources to maintain former governors and speakers The same governors and speakers also received severance allowances amounting to several millions of naira when they disengage from office The governor stressed that the Pensions Act made it very clear that only those who have served in the public service for a minimum of 10 years are pensionable Paying governors speakers and their deputies who spend a maximum of eight years or less in office is actually criminal because it is against the law of the land It is noteworthy that I am supposed to benefit from this law when I leave office as governor yet I called for its repeal This should leave no one in doubt that I am acting in the best interest of our state and our people I believe that those of us who have had the privilege of occupying exalted positions must be human enough to resist the temptation of feeding fat from the lean resources of the state at the expense of the people the governor said Even before the repeal of the pension laws by Zamfara and Imo states the Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP had filed a lawsuit before a Federal High Court Abuja to order the 36 state governors in Nigeria to publish details and breakdown of payment of pensions to each of the former governors and other ex officials and the names and number of ex governors and other officials receiving pensions under their respective state pension laws between 1999 and 2019 The suit followed SERAP s Freedom of Information FoI requests dated Dec 9 2019 to the governors expressing concern that Granting pension for life to ex governors and other officials represents the use of public office to advance private interests suggests the misuse of legitimate discretion for improper reasons and has created a more cynical public view of politics and politicians The provisions of most of the pension laws passed by state houses of assembly made provisions for mouth watering monthly pension and other allowances similar to that of Zamfara Mr Declan Emelumba Imo Information Commissioner who shed more light on the issue said the state currently has about 15 people who had served either as governors deputy governors and speakers He said that about N1 2 billion would be saved annually through the abolition of the pension and gratuity payments to the former governors and others The commissioner explained that the money would be channeled into the execution of people oriented projects Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu a Board of Trustees BoT member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP backed Uzodimma for halting pension payments to past governors deputy governors and speakers of House of Assembly The PDP chieftain said I commend the governor for abolishing the law I also commend the House because we have to develop our institutions In our constitution there was no time pension was meant for politicians I think the governor has taken a very right step I am sure all patriotic Nigerians will support him There is a difference between political appointment and career appointment You see a civil servant has a career and that is his job politicians some of them have had a career so such people were on pension even before they joined politics which is a vocation He urged other governors to emulate Uzodimma by repealing pension laws in their respective states An elder statesman Dr Ezekiel Izuogu who spoke on the issue argued that anybody who has had the opportunity of serving as governor deputy governor or house of assembly speaker should not be paid pension He said some of them went to the National Assembly where they are receiving salaries and allowances They should consider the common man Those who find themselves in these positions should be considerate they should not take more they should refund some money to the common purse so that the common man can be taken care of South East President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Okey Paul Nwankwo also welcomed the development He said I think other governors should emulate Uzodimma s bold courage We are behind the governor and will continue to support him to bring in good ideas and innovations that would help to move the state the South East and the entire country forward An activist Mr Ebubeagu Ekenulo on his part lauded Uzodimma for repealing the pension and gratuity law that provided for payment of pensions to former Imo governors Ekenulo said that the governor s action demonstrated selflessness in governance He described the action as a road map to sustainable development and economic stability in the state saying that people of Imo would be better for it This shows that the governor is for the people He is selfless and determined to rescue the economy for the people to enjoy He does not care about his personal gain and benefit but what the totality of Imo people will gain Ekenulo urged Imo people to continue to support the governor to reposition the state for the greater good of the people The activist who called on other states of the federation to replicate the action of Uzodimma wondered why some former governors would be earning pension together with other official salaries Ekenulo explained that the law contravened the 1999 Constitution as amended which according to him stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada Senior Lecturer Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka who commented on the issue of pension to former governors urged state houses of assembly to reject requests by governors to make law that would grant them life pension Abada the immediate past Head of Department of Political Science said contemplation of life pension for governors and political appointees remained an aberration illegal as well as an act of fraud Life pensions are only meant for civil servants and other private employees who were strictly recruited to work according to set down public service and industry rules after retirement It is therefore illegal and act of fraud to pay a governor or any elected officer pension as the constitution has not stipulated so he said The don advised state legislators in the country to resist any attempt by any governor to lure or force them to make a law that would give legal backing to the alien practice not captured by the constitution The only way we can strengthen and safeguard our democracy in this country is to reject such impunity undemocratic act and fragrant abuse of power It is undemocratic and abomination for a governor who served only eight years to receive life pension he said He also explained that most of the governors were fulfilled rich Nigerians while some others were already pensioners According to the lecturer the amended Pension Act strives on contributory scheme and not offered on a platter of gold In the same vein Mr Quadri Olaleye the President Trade Union Congress TUC says political leaders by virtue of their tenure in office do not qualify and should not be paid life pension According to him an individual must have put in not less than 10 years to 15 years in service or clock 55 years of age to be qualified for pension in the country As politicians the highest they can stay in office is eight years so they are not qualified under the pension law All the conditions put in place for pension they are totally disqualified they are not qualified for it So based on the parameters I want to say they are not entitled to pension and whatever they have taken as pension is fraud against the Nigerian populace the TUC president said NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria
    Pension for ex-governors, speakers and `rebellion’ of Hope Uzodimma
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    Pension for ex-governors, speakers and `rebellion’ of Hope Uzodimma

    Pension for ex-governors, speakers and `rebellion’ of Hope Uzodimma

    By Obike  Ukoh, News Agency of Nigeria

    When Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo, abolished the payment of life pension to former governors and speakers, he reasoned along the same line with Zamafara Governor Bello Matawalle.

    Uzodimma, when he assented to the bill described payment of pension to former governors and speakers as anti-people.

    Matawalle, when he annulled the Zamfara pension law, stressed that no ex-governor is poor, given the perks of office they enjoyed, in most cases, for eight years.

    He stressed that whoever attained the position of a governor and other top political offices were already financially well off.

    As a result, such persons should not be leeches when out of office, he asserted.

    Under the Zamafara Pension Law, former governors are to receive N10million monthly as pension for life; two personal staff; two vehicles replaceable every four years; two drivers, free medical for the former governors and deputies and their immediate families in Nigeria or abroad; a 4 bedroom house in Zamfara and an office; free telephone and 30 days paid vacation outside Nigeria.

    Uzodimma, when he assented to the bill repealing the “Governors and Speakers Pensions and Privileges Law of 2007,’’   explained that his government sponsored the bill because it was illegal and designed to allow a few privileged people feed fat on the commonwealth of the people.

    He said the law was against the Pension Act which stipulates that only those who have put in a minimum of 10 years in public service were entitled to pensions, adding that former governors and speakers stayed in office for a maximum of eight years.

    He also wondered how the same people who collect fat severance allowances at the end of their tenure can turn around to be paid pensions as well.

    “As a young state grappling with enormous challenges, it dawned on me that the Imo State Governors and Speakers Pensions and Privileges Law No 5 of 2007 was a bad omen.

    “At the age our governors and speakers are leaving office it will not be out of place to assume that many of them will be alive and kicking in the next 15 years or more.

    “This will mean that by then the state will have more than 20 governors and speakers qualified for pensions and privileges.

    “I was alarmed that the financial implications for the state will not only be scandalous but indefensible.

    “ My simple calculation told me that there could come a time when the state could be spending more than one third of its resources to maintain former governors and speakers.

    “The same governors and speakers also received severance allowances,   amounting to several millions of naira, when they disengage from office.’’

    The governor stressed that the Pensions Act made it very clear that only those who have served in the public service for a minimum of 10 years are pensionable.

    “Paying governors, speakers and their deputies who spend a maximum of eight years or less in office is actually criminal because it is  against the law of  the land.

    ” It is noteworthy that I am supposed to benefit from this law when I leave office as governor; yet I called for its repeal.

    “This should leave no one in doubt that I am acting in the best interest of our state and our people.

    “I believe that those of us who have had the privilege of occupying exalted positions must be human enough to resist the temptation of feeding fat from the lean resources of the state at the expense of the people,’’ the governor said.

    Even before the repeal of the pension laws by Zamfara and Imo states, the  Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had filed a lawsuit before a Federal High Court, Abuja, to order the 36 state governors in Nigeria to “publish details and breakdown of payment of pensions to each of the former governors and other ex-officials, and the names and number of ex-governors and other officials receiving pensions under their respective state pension laws between 1999 and 2019.”

    The suit followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information (FoI) requests dated Dec.9, 2019 to the governors, expressing concern that: “Granting pension for life to ex-governors and other officials represents the use of public office to advance private interests, suggests the misuse of legitimate discretion for improper reasons, and has created a more cynical public view of politics and politicians.”

    The provisions of most of the pension laws passed by state houses of assembly, made provisions for mouth-watering monthly pension and other allowances similar to that of Zamfara.

    Mr Declan Emelumba, Imo Information Commissioner, who shed more light on the issue, said the state currently has about 15 people who had served either as governors, deputy governors and speakers.

    He said that about N1.2 billion would be saved annually through the abolition of the pension and gratuity payments to the former governors and others.

    The commissioner explained that the money would be channeled into the execution of people-oriented projects.

    Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a Board of Trustees (BoT) member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), backed Uzodimma for halting pension payments to past governors, deputy governors and speakers of House of Assembly.

    The PDP chieftain said: “I commend the governor for abolishing the law. I also commend the House  because we have to develop our institutions.

    “In our constitution, there was no time pension was meant  for politicians. I think the governor has taken a very right step. I am sure all patriotic Nigerians will support him.

    “There is a difference between political appointment and career appointment. You see a civil servant has a career and that is his job, politicians, some of them have had a career, so such people were on pension even  before  they joined politics which is a vocation.”

    He urged other governors to emulate  Uzodimma by  repealing pension  laws in their respective states.

    An elder statesman, Dr Ezekiel Izuogu, who spoke on the issue, argued that anybody who has had the opportunity of serving as governor, deputy governor or house of assembly speaker   should not be paid pension.

    He said some of them went to the National Assembly where they are receiving   salaries and allowances.

    “They should consider the common man. Those who find themselves in these positions should be considerate; they should not take more, they should refund some money to the common purse  so that the common man can be taken care of.’’

    South-East President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, Okey Paul Nwankwo,  also welcomed the development.

    He said: “I think other governors should emulate Uzodimma’s  bold courage. We are behind the governor and will continue to support him to bring in good ideas and innovations that would help to move the state, the South-East and the entire country forward. ”

    An activist, Mr Ebubeagu Ekenulo, on his part, lauded Uzodimma for repealing the pension and gratuity law that provided for payment of pensions to former Imo governors.

    Ekenulo said that the governor’s action demonstrated selflessness in governance.

    He described the action as a road map to sustainable development and economic stability in the state, saying that people of Imo would be better for it.

    “This shows that the governor is for the people. He is selfless and determined to rescue the economy for the people to enjoy.

    “He does not care about his personal gain and benefit but what the totality of Imo people will gain.”

    Ekenulo urged Imo people to continue to support the governor, to reposition the state for the greater good of the people.

    The activist who called on other states of the federation to replicate the action of Uzodimma, wondered why some former governors would be earning pension together with other official salaries.

    Ekenulo explained that the law contravened the 1999 Constitution as amended, which according to him, stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years.

    Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka, who commented on the issue of pension to former governors,  urged state houses of assembly to reject requests by governors to make law that would grant them life pension.

    Abada, the immediate past Head of Department of Political Science, said  contemplation of life pension for governors and political appointees remained an aberration, illegal as well as an act of fraud.

    “Life pensions are only meant for civil servants and other private employees who were strictly recruited to work according to set down public service and industry rules after retirement.

    “It is therefore illegal and act of fraud to pay a governor or any elected officer pension as the constitution has not stipulated so,’’ he said.

    The don advised state legislators in the country to resist any attempt by any governor to lure or force them to make a law that would give legal backing to the alien practice not captured by the constitution.

    “The only way we can strengthen and safeguard our democracy in this country is to reject such impunity, undemocratic act and fragrant abuse of  power.

    “It is undemocratic and abomination for a governor who served only eight years to receive life pension,’’ he said.

    He also explained that most of the governors were fulfilled rich Nigerians while some others were already pensioners.

    According to the lecturer, the amended Pension Act strives on contributory scheme and not offered on a platter of gold.

    In the same vein, Mr Quadri Olaleye, the  President, Trade Union Congress(TUC), says political leaders by virtue of their tenure in office do not qualify and should not be paid life  pension.

    According to him, an individual must have put in not less than 10 years to  15 years in service or clock 55 years of age to be qualified for pension in the country.

    “As politicians, the highest they can stay in office is eight years, so they are not qualified under the pension law.

    “ All the conditions put in place for pension, they are totally disqualified,  they are not qualified for it.

    “So based on the parameters, I want to say they are not entitled to pension and whatever they have taken as pension is  fraud against the Nigerian populace,” the TUC president said.(NANFeatures)

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  •  A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada has urged state houses of assembly to reject requests by governors to make law that would grant them life pension Abada who is the immediate past Head of Department made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Nsukka The don said a contemplation of life pension for governors and political appointees remained an aberration illegal as well as an act of fraud Life pensions are only meant for civil servants and other private employees who were strictly recruited to work according to set public service and industry rules after retirement It is therefore illegal and act of fraud to pay a governor or any elected officer pension as the constitution has not stipulated so he said The don therefore advised state legislators in the country to resist any attempt by any governor to lure or force them to make a law that would give legal backing to the alien practice not captured by the constitution The only way we can strengthen and safeguard our democracy in this country is to reject such impunity undemocratic act and fragrant abuse of power It is undemocratic and abomination for a governor who served only eight years to receive life pension What pains more is that the monthly salary of a governor runs into millions of naira whereas some civil servants who spent 35 years in service collect N30 000 minimum wage only he said The former head of department also said that governors at the end of their tenure are paid severance allowances that run into millions adding that it was unthinkable for governors to insist being captured as pensioners He also explained that most of the governors were fulfilled rich Nigerians while some others were already pensioners According to the lecturer the amended Pension Act strives on contributory scheme and not offered on a platter of gold Edited By Martins Odeh Obike Ukoh NAN
    Don urges state assemblies to reject life pension for governors
     A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science University of Nigeria Nsukka Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada has urged state houses of assembly to reject requests by governors to make law that would grant them life pension Abada who is the immediate past Head of Department made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Nsukka The don said a contemplation of life pension for governors and political appointees remained an aberration illegal as well as an act of fraud Life pensions are only meant for civil servants and other private employees who were strictly recruited to work according to set public service and industry rules after retirement It is therefore illegal and act of fraud to pay a governor or any elected officer pension as the constitution has not stipulated so he said The don therefore advised state legislators in the country to resist any attempt by any governor to lure or force them to make a law that would give legal backing to the alien practice not captured by the constitution The only way we can strengthen and safeguard our democracy in this country is to reject such impunity undemocratic act and fragrant abuse of power It is undemocratic and abomination for a governor who served only eight years to receive life pension What pains more is that the monthly salary of a governor runs into millions of naira whereas some civil servants who spent 35 years in service collect N30 000 minimum wage only he said The former head of department also said that governors at the end of their tenure are paid severance allowances that run into millions adding that it was unthinkable for governors to insist being captured as pensioners He also explained that most of the governors were fulfilled rich Nigerians while some others were already pensioners According to the lecturer the amended Pension Act strives on contributory scheme and not offered on a platter of gold Edited By Martins Odeh Obike Ukoh NAN
    Don urges state assemblies to reject life pension for governors
    General news3 years ago

    Don urges state assemblies to reject life pension for governors

    A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, has urged state houses of assembly to reject requests by governors to make law that would grant them life pension.

    Abada, who is the immediate past Head of Department, made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Nsukka.

    The don said a contemplation of life pension for governors and political appointees remained an aberration, illegal as well as an act of fraud.

    “Life pensions are only meant for civil servants and other private employees who were strictly recruited to work according to set public service and industry rules after retirement.

    “It is therefore illegal and act of fraud to pay a governor or any elected officer pension as the constitution has not stipulated so,’’ he said.

    The don, therefore, advised state legislators in the country to resist any attempt by any governor to lure or force them to make a law that would give legal backing to the alien practice not captured by the constitution.

    “The only way we can strengthen and safeguard our democracy in this country is to reject such impunity, undemocratic act and fragrant abuse of power.

    “It is undemocratic and abomination for a governor who served only eight years to receive life pension.

    “What pains more is that the monthly salary of a governor runs into millions of naira, whereas some civil servants who spent 35 years in service collect N30, 000 minimum wage only,’’ he said.

    The former head of department also said that governors at the end of their tenure are paid severance allowances that run into millions, adding that it was “unthinkable for governors to insist being captured as pensioners’’.

    He also explained that most of the governors were fulfilled rich Nigerians while some others were already pensioners.

    According to the lecturer, the amended Pension Act strives on contributory scheme and not offered on a platter of gold.


    Edited By: Martins Odeh/Obike Ukoh
    (NAN)