Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Why Jonathan failed to present 2014 budget

Why Jonathan failed to present 2014 budget

ABUJA-THE reasons President Goodluck Jonathan failed to appear to present the 2014 Budget before both legislative Houses Tuesday has been largely attributed to a grand design by some legislators to boo him.
For the second time in the last two weeks the president has failed to make a presentation of the 2014 budget.
Also, spokesperson of the House Rep Zakari Lafia Mohammed, PDP, Kwara denied the plans to embarrass Mr President during the presentation as being circulated

A principal officer in the House of Representatives who spoke anonymously to Vanguard said”we warned them, the main PDP then that they should not disrupt the Kawu Baraje led group when they came visiting. ”
“What this people want to do now is to ensure they get their own pound of flesh”.

On president’s inability to show up, he said “what Mr President has done is morally wrong because this is the first time a hale and hearty president has failed to perform this traditional rite”.
“On the other hand, constitutionally, he is at liberty to send a representative to make the presentation on his behalf. ”
“This development is a pointer to the fact that the nPDP is still very aggrieved over what the other members did to the Baraje group. ”

Source: vanguardngr.com

Monday, 18 November 2013

Jimoh Ibrahim Arrested Over N6.8 Billion Tax Fraud

Jimoh Ibrahim Arrested Over N6.8 Billion Tax Fraud

Saharareporters just learned that the Special Enforcement  Unit of Federal Inland Revenue Service has arrested shady businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, over a tax fraud that runs into N6.8 billion.
Sources within the unit told Saharareporters that Mr. Ibrahim was picked up today and is currently under detention at the offices of the agency.
According to one source, “We are investigating a case where Chief Ibrahim, defrauded the federal government to the tune of N6.8 billion.
He is in our custody, we take intend to take a statement from the suspect under caution”, he added.
One of our sources said Mr. Mr. Ibrahim have been evading agents of the unit for some time but disclosed that the eventually caught up with him in his hotel room in NICON Luxury Hotel where he was arrested this afternoon in Abuja.
Mr. Ibrahim emerged into national prominence under former President Olusegun  Obasanjo, where he was frequently described as an insurance magnate after a questionable sale of the state owned NICON insurance company to Mr. Ibrahim.
He subsequently became a player in the media industry through the controversial purchase of Newswatch magazine and also as a proprietor of Air Nigeria. An airline closed down last year due to safety concerns and Ibrahim’s inability to meet financial obligations to staff, lessors and maintenance engineers and aircraft parts suppliers.
After Mr. Ibrahim’s purchase of Newswatch, the original directors, including Ray Ekpu, accused Mr. Ibrahim of hijacking Newswatch without meeting the terms of acquisition as a majority stakeholder.
His troubles in aviation sector came to light when one of his top level employee, John Nnorom turned into a whistleblower and disclosed to Saharareporters of the airline’s extensive violation of maintenance standards and financial fraud.
Also, Aersale an aircraft lease company sued him in New York court seeking a huge payment representing Air Nigeria unpaid obligations under the term of the lease.
Mr.Ibrahim is known to have extensive political connection with former President Obasanjo as well top members of the Goodluck Jonathan regime.

Source: SaharaReporters

LOOKING FOR A JOB? 10 Silly Mistakes Job Seekers Make

LOOKING FOR A JOB? 10 Silly Mistakes Job Seekers Make

Do you feel that you are hardworking, capable and smart but you don't seem to be able to find a job?

Perhaps it's because you are making one or more of these mistakes below that is quite common between job seekers.

The tips below were shared by an HR executive;

1. Sending mail without attachment: We sometimes make this mistake during our correspondences by sending mail and forgetting to attach the required documents, until the recipient of the mail callS our attention to it. Unfortunately, Job seekers don't enjoy such luxury. No matter the number of applications you send without attaching your CV, be rest assured of not being shortlisted for interview.

2. Sending mail without content: This may look harmless but trust me, a recruiter won't find it funny if he opens an application and the only message in the mail reads: "Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN" with the subject "my CV or my application". This is exactly what some applicants do, yet they expect to be invited for interview.

3. Sending mail without cover letter: Most job seekers send out applications without cover letter. I personally don't give too much weight to cover letters (especially if it is online application) because I hardly read them, and many HR professionals don't either. You are however sending signal of an unserious job applicant if I open your mail and there is no form of introduction at least about yourself and what you are applying for (even if I did not read the content). I must quickly say most of us don't read the cover letters because we want to access as many CV as possible and the time spent reading one cover letter is enough to read another CV. God help you if I have limited CVs and I am interested in reading your cover letter and you have none or you send hard copy of your CV without cover letter.

4. Group application: I have received applications from multiple candidates through a single source at once and I have also received applications that have been forwarded to many other companies before I received them and I kept asking myself if those applicants really wanted the job or they were just testing their skills on the usage of the internet. Yet they wanted me to invite them (as unserious as they were) for interview.

5. Not following instructions: Due to the volume of applications we receive, HR professionals device means of separating each of the advertised positions. In doing this, we either formulate code for each job or give each of the job a particular 'subject of the mail'. But funny enough most jobseekers just ignore these instructions and follow their own regular way of applying for jobs. Little did they know that the complex application instructions are sometimes used to test their willingness to follow instruction and attend to details if employed.

6. Sending scanned CVs: Sometimes I find it hard to understand why applicants go the extra mile of scanning their CVs before attaching and sending it when no instruction told them to do so. And in most cases those scanned CVs were never well scanned; what I still do not understand is whether they were actually scanned or snapped with phones, and of course sent to a friend to help them apply for a job they know next to nothing about.

7. Inaccessible CVs: I sometimes wonder why, despite all the software on my system, I still cannot open some CV's. I have not met any hiring manager who will go out of his way just to open a CV to enable him invite the candidate for interview. Simple MS word is enough, except otherwise instructed. I wonder where the complication is coming from.

8. Being Too eager for the job: There is no crime in contacting the hiring manager if you have his contact, but when your calls begin to distract/disturb him, he begins to have a rethink about you, if hiring you will not be a problem to the company. Except you have a personal relationship with him and that should not be abused either.

9. Not applying early: This is an aspect many job seekers take for granted. By practice all advert should have at least a week window for application, but in reality, the CV's of the first set of people who applied for the job are considered, except where the job attracts limited applications or CV's sorted electronically. We can imagine how many cases of the exceptions abound.

10. READ 1-9 AGAIN

source: www.naij.com

Sunday, 17 November 2013

What truely killed Festus Iyayi

What Truely Killed Festus Iyayi

The name Festus Iyayi symbolizes struggle for academic freedom, democratization of our educational system, national development and socialism.

He was the President of Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) in the 1980s and in 1987, under his leadership, the Babangida administration banned ASUU, terminated the employment of Prof. Iyayi from University of Benin and subsequently arrested, detained and tortured him.

It is to the credit of Prof. Iyayi and ASUU leadership that ASUU survived those repressive measures and is operating based on its founding principles. Most organizations, even when they survive, hardly are able to make any claims to values.

No doubt, the 1980s was a defining period for popular organizations in Nigeria. It was a period that the Federal Government, under the military, virtually declared a war against freedom to organize and, to that extent, declared leaders of organizations as subversives.

In the circumstance, organizations like ASUU, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) faced direct attacks especially under military rule between1984 and 1999. During this period, these organizations were banned severallyand the leadership persecuted, victimized, arrested and detained without trials for months.

Laws were promulgated by government to justify these and in some cases, these laws besides coming with ouster clauses that disqualify our courts from entertaining cases bordering on enforcement of fundamental rights of victims (most of whom are leaders of these organizations), they in some cases even face charges of life and death sentences.

Without any questions, the capacity of organizations to survive those dark periods was challenged and leaders like the late Dr. Mahmud Tukur, Prof. Iyayi, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Alh. Hassan Sumonu,Alh. Ali Ciroma, Comrades Wahab Goodluck, Dapo Fatogun, the late Chris Abashi, Lanre Arogundade, Hilkiya Bubajoda, Emma Ezeazu and many others were illustrious in their contributions.

ASUU provided the intellectual foundation for the radical orientation of these organizations to resist and outlive military rule. Sadly, NANS is way distant from its radical nationalist orientation of the 1980s. NLC lives in virtually its old glory. Both for NANS and NLC, values may just be limited to bearing a "Comrade" title with hardly any meaning.

More than any organization, ASUU has remained consistent and was able to grow a community of leaders with organic links to wider society. Unlike NLC and NANS, the community of leaders in ASUU have till today sustained ASUU's organizational focus, orientation and commitment to broader values of national development, which has underpinned its demands and struggles over the years. In the Nigerian context, ASUU is one of the few non-governmental organizations that have been consistent and in many respect still linked to all its leadership since it was founded.

It was this link that explains Prof. Iyayi's role and why he was traveling for ASUU NEC meeting on the fateful day, Tuesday, November 12 and lost his life. The pain of Iyayi's loss has made many of us to ask questions that are at best immaterial. Of course, for many who only knew Prof. Iyayi remotely, their response reflect a confusion of what may happen to the expected suspension of the three months old ASUU strike.

'Iyayi made us'

For those us who were privileged to know Prof. Iyayi, I am not sure any word can convey our feeling. It is a feeling that borders on admiration, respect and obedience. I was privileged to serve as NANS President 1988/89 at a time when Students' Unions were banned in almost all tertiary institutions in the country.

In July 1988 when we were elected, our primary mandate was the re-activation of Students' Union structures in the country. In the face of repressive measures, a team of more than 20 students leaders from all over the country was basically reduced to a team of four. The first person that resigned from that Exco was the NANS Secretary whose father being a Deputy Commissioner of Police was threatened.

For many of us, it was a period that exposed us to the fact that there are Nigerians that have broken all barriers and risen above all primordial sentiments. These Nigerians related with us in very special ways. Although not older than their children, they discussed every issue with us with respect, treated us like their peers, which in many respects challenged our intellect. In the process, we had good access to academic literature.

Prof. Iyayi, the community of intellectuals in ASUU, patriotic leaders of NLC and other Nigerians really made us who we are today. Without the support of these people, many of us who grow through the ranks of the student movement would have simply evaporated into the confused Nigerian society that recognizes no skill or talent.

Unfortunately, some of us who are privileged to find themselves in the corridors of power forget this fact. A good example was the way one of us in the current government described Dr. Dipo Fashina as a "character" during the January 2012 fuel subsidy strike. This was to say the least an uncharitable statement coming from somebody who was a product of the sacrifices of people like Iyayi and Dipo. As brothers and comrades, we have a responsibility to be brutally frank to each other.


Part of the calamity that has befallen us is the fact that we made very stupid mistakes on account of which some of our best are today serving one of the worst governments produced in this country. I am certain this will be contested largely on opportunistic grounds. However, I can accept that, at the end of it all, the basis of all justifications is simply our stupid mistakes of not engaging the Abdulsalami transition programme in1998 in an organized way. On account of this mistake, people like the comrade now in government have taken individual decisions and may have forgotten their own history.

This highlights a strong disconnect between those of us who have passed through the mentorship of people like Iyayi. One cannot but salute the capacity of that old community of leaders that include Prof. Iyayi, Dr. Fashina, Prof. Olorode, Alh. Sumonu, etc. Somehow,these leaders must be going through traumatizing experiences of having to absorb all these shocks and continue to provide unwavering leadership in the struggles for Nigeria's development.

Part of the criticism against ASUU is the fact that it has only one weapon of fighting bad governance and dictatorship. That weapon is STRIKE. Under democracy, there are other weapons, which include lobbying National Assembly. Of course, given the realities facing us, it is legitimate to have low confidence with respect to outcomes of engagement with National Assembly. There is also the fact that strikes have worked very well for ASUU. Since the early 1990s, all ASUU strikes have succeeded in terms of winning demands. In some ways therefore, ASUU and its leadership are only responding instinctively.

Options to strike

Perhaps, we need to find ways of engaging some of our leaders and mentors such that they are challenged to act more logically and scientifically. I have no direct answers with respect to this but I believe that strike, especially the current one, may not be the best logical and scientific answer to the problem of breach of contractual agreement. There are certainly other solutions. The best tribute we can give to Prof. Iyayi is for us all as a nation to commit ourselves to finding all the options at our disposal to address the problem of irresponsible conducts of our governments and leaders.

Prof. Iyayi would have been very much alive with us today but for the irresponsible conduct of our federal government to breach the agreement it willfully entered into with ASUU. On account of that breach, unquantifiable amount of resources have been wasted, including loss of lives. The loss of Prof. Iyayi is the high point. May it be the turning point such that as a people we are able to commit ourselves to rescuing this country? May the death of Prof. Iyayi awaken all of us to the need to discover new ways and methods of solving all our societal problems especially those created by the irresponsible conducts of our governments and leaders. Finally, may the death of Prof. Iyayi serve as the watershed in the struggle for higher education in the country such that strikes become the remotest of weapons and least employed?

Rest in peace Prof. Festus Iyayi!

ASUU disowns planned resumption, lectures in ESUT

ASUU disowns planned resumption, lectures in ESUT

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday dissociated itself from the planned resumption of academic activities at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

The union said its attention has been drawn to the announcement by ESUT management that students are resuming academic activities today - November 18, 2013.

It stated this in a statement signed by the Chairman of ASUU-ESUT, Prof. Agu Gab Agu and others.

The union said, "The academic staff of ESUT dissociates itself from the above announcement."

The statement also read, "While ASUU-ESUT mourns the demise of Prof. Festus Iyayi, a former President of ASUU, it awaits the direction of the NEC on the ongoing strike."

Meanwhile, a condolence register has been opened for the late Prof. Iyayi at the ASUU Secretariat in ESUT, Agbani Campus.

Prof. Agu described the demise of Iyayi as a big loss to ASUU. "His death was a big loss to the union, the academia and the country in general," he said.

The ASUU-ESUT boss prayed that God should grant the family of the former ASUU president the fortitude to bear the loss.

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