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Sex-For-Marks: Randy Lecturers Risk 14-Years Jail Term As Senate Passes Bill

The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill seeking to stop sexual abuse of female students in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

The bill, christened: The proposed legislation titled “A Bill for an Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for other matters connected therewith 2019 was sponsored by Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, APC, Delta Central, and co-sponsored by 105 other Senators.

The bill which has 27 clauses, proposes up to 14 years jail term, with a minimum of 5 years, without an option of fine for any educator who commits sexual offences in tertiary institutions.

The bill defines sexual offences as including sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective student or intimidating or creating a hostile or offensive environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances.

Other forms of sexual harassment identified in the bill are grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, pinching the breasts or hair or lips or hips or buttocks or any other sensual part of the body of a student; or sending by hand or courier or electronic or any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex related objects to a student, and whistling or winking at a student or screaming, exclaiming, joking or making sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a student.

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UNIBEN urges Police to intensify investigation on student’s rape, murder

Authorities of the University of Benin has expressed concern over the slow phase of the Police investigation into the rape and gruesome murder of a student, late Uwaila Omozuwa.

In a statement, issued by Dr Benedicta Ehanire, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Lilian Salami, had complained about the slow phase of investigation when she visited the Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Johnson Kokumo in Benin City on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that late Omozuwa, 22, a 100 level Microbiology student, was reportedly raped and murdered in a church in Benin City on Wednesday, May 27.

She later died at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on Sunday, May 31.

Salami appealed to the Police to support the institution in crime prevention and management.

“My heart is still heavy, especially, because the circumstances of Miss Omozuwa’s death are yet to be unravelled and the perpetrators brought to book,’’ she said.

The VC urged the Police to do all in their power to ensure that no stone is left unturned in their investigation of the crime.

In his response, the Police Commissioner described the DNA and Forensic Centre of the University of Benin as one of the best in the country.

Kokumo told the VC that efforts were being made to bring the culprits to justice with the arrest of two key suspects.

He said that the Police would be happy to collaborate with the university in training its officers in forensic.

(NAN)

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1, 864 pass Law School Bar Final Exams- D-G

The Council of Legal Education has said that 1, 864 students of the Nigerian Law School passed the Bar Final Examinations conducted in January.

The council made this known in a statement signed by the Director-General of the School, Prof. Isa Chiroma on Sunday in Abuja.

The council, while releasing the results said that a total of 2, 515 students participated in the examinations.

Chiroma, who described the performance as outstanding, said that among the 1, 864 students who were successful, only 5 made First Class while 632 others failed the examinations.

“Candidates graded in First Class are 5, Second Class Upper 77, Second Class Lower are 633, those who got pass marks are 1,067 and those with Conditional Pass are 82.

“632 candidates failed the examination, 17 were absent and 2 results are withheld.”

Chiroma further explained that only 0.2 per cent made First Class, 3.06 per cent made Second Class Upper, 25.17 per cent made Second Class Lower and 42.42 per cent passed.

He said other performances include a 3.26 per cent for those with conditional pass, 25.12 per cent failed the examinations, 0.7 per cent were absent and 0.8 per cent results are being withheld.

He also said that screening and Call to Bar ceremony dates for the successful candidates would be communicated in due course. (NAN)

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Uwa: Police Arrests Two Over Murder Of UNIBEN Student

Two “key suspects” have been arrested in connection with the rape and gruesome murder of 100 level Microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

This was disclosed by the Edo state police commissioner, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, when he played host to the UNIBEN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami at the Force headquarters, in Benin city on Monday.

In a statement made available to Campus Gist, the police chief assured that efforts were being made by the Force to bring all the culprits to justice.

Miss Omozuwa, 22, was raped and murdered right inside a Redeemed Christian Church in Benin city, on May 27, 2020 during her study hours.

Her death had stirred reactions from activists and notable figures, especially Nigerians on social media, seeking for justice and demanding a stop to rape in Nigeria.

Students of the University of Benin, friends of the deceased and members of the public had equally taken to the streets of Benin city to protest Miss Omozuwa’s death.

The University, in a statement, said it shares in the pain of the family of the victim. While commiserating with the bereaved family on the loss of their daughter, the vice chancellor prayed God to grant her soul peaceful rest.

A statement endorsed by the Public Relations Officer of UNIBEN, Benedicta Ehanire, Ph.D, noted that losing a child at this time compounds the hardship brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Police rates UNIBEN DNA and Forensics Centre as best in Nigeria

The Nigerian police has described the DNA and Forensics Centre of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) as one of the best in the country, Campus Gist reports.

The police, on Monday, also expressed its readiness to partner with the prestigious federal higher institution to train officers of the Force in Forensics.

Edo state police commissioner, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo made the declaration while receiving UNIBEN vice chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami at the Force headquarters, in Benin city.

A statement made available to Campus Gist signed by Public Relations Officer of the institution, Benedicta Ehanire, Ph.D, said the VC was at the police office to solicit support in crime prevention and management in the university.

Prof. Salami, however, used the occasion to express concern that the gruesome rape and murder of the 100 level Microbiology student of the institution, Miss Uwaila Omozuwa, in a church in Benin city, is yet to be unravelled.

She said hearts were still heavy, especially, because the circumstances of Miss Omozuwa’s death are yet to be unravelled and the perpetrators brought to book.

Professor Salami, therefore, urged the police to do all in their power to ensure that no stone is left unturned in their investigation of the crime.

On his part, the police commissioner intimated the vice chancellor with efforts made so far to bring the culprits to justice with the arrest of two key suspects.

Campus Gist gathered that the vice chancellor was accompanied on the visit by principal officers of the University.

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Deputy Vice Chancellor Tests Positive For COVID-19

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Benue State University, Makurdi, Prof. Godwin Achinge, has tested positive for COVID-19, Campus Gist reports.

This was disclosed by the Benue state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, at a press briefing at the Government House in Makurdi, on Saturday.

Mr. Ortom noted that Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Tony Ijohor and Chief of Staff, Mr Terwase Orbunde also tested positive to the virus.

This is coming barely 48 hours after the governor’s wife and one of his sons, including the state Head of Service (HoS) tested positive too.

Governor Ortom who lamented that a total number of 35 persons were confirmed positive in a test carried out a week ago, said he was proceeding on self-isolation.

Ortom said he would be carrying out another test in three days time, as advised by medical officers, even though the result of the test earlier carried out on him returned negative.

“My test result came out negative. But the medical officers said that another test will be carried out on me after three days.

“So, after this interaction I will isolate myself. I will be in isolation until I have clearance from the medical officers,” said Ortom.

The Benue state governor appealed to the people of the state to take preventive measures against Coronavirus very serious, insisting that the virus is real.

“COVID-19 is real and I enjoin my people to take the preventive measures seriously. I want my people to be alive and free from the disease.

“We have to stop the spread of the disease by maintaining all the COVID-19 protocols,” he said.

The governor while urging Benue people to avail themselves for testing for early detection, however said COVID-19 is not a death sentence.

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COVID-19: Edo State Govt Warns Against Reopening Of Schools

Edo State Government, on Friday, said it has not authorised the reopening of schools for 3rd term academic activities amid COVID-19 crisis, warning that government will impose sanctions on schools that flouts the directive.

In a statement obtained by Campus Gist TV, Commissioner for Education, Hon. (Barr) Jimoh Ijegbai, said government did not authorise the reopening of public or private schools, including certificate classes.

The statement read in part; “It has come to the attention of the Edo State Government that some schools in Edo State have reopened and some are planning to reopen for the 3rd term academic session.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the state government has not authorised schools whether public or private, even the certificate classes to reopen under the present circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A date of resumption will be communicated to all stakeholders after modalities have been put in place to ensure the safety of our children and wards.”

The commissioner urged school proprietors to be guided by the state government’s directive, warning that adequate sanctions will be meted out on any school that flouts the directive.

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AAU Professor Dies Of Coronavirus In Edo

A lecturer in the state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State, Professor C. E Ukun has allegedly died of Coronavirus.

Campus Gist reliably gathered that the university don died of the coronavirus disease complications on Tuesday, June 30.

He was said to have been admitted at the isolation centre unit of Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo some days ago, before his demise.

A source at the hospital where he was treated, said the lecturer could not survive the disease owing to underlying medical conditions, including difficulty in breathing.

The source, was, however silent on the said medical conditions.
But a university source, who confirmed the development, said the lecturer was always falling sick.

“Yes, it’s true (that the lecturer is dead). He had some disease alongside COVID-19 hence he couldn’t have survived owing to his advanced age too,” the source said.

Until his death, Professor Ukun was a lecturer in the department of Philosophy, faculty of Arts. He was also a former Dean of the faculty.

The University management was yet to issue any formal statement as at the time of filing this report. Spokesman for the institution could not be reached for comment.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has so far announced 986 cases of COVID-19 in Edo, with 35 deaths recorded.

As of Monday, June 29, Nigeria recorded 25,133 cases of the disease. While 9,402 patients have recovered, 573 people have died.

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Jobs: President signs order prioritising skills over degree

A college or university degree will no longer give American citizens a leg up when seeking some jobs with the federal government of the United States, Campus Gist has learned.

This comes as President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order that will overhaul the government’s hiring practices so that a job applicant’s skills will be given priority over a degree.

According to American newspaper New York Post, the development will allow government to hire a more inclusive workforce based on skill instead of a person’s education level.

What this means is that applicants for federal government jobs will now be vetted based on their skills rather than if they have a relevant college or university degree.

At a signing ceremony at the White House, President Trump said the order would create a more merit-based system and opportunities for Americans who had previously been excluded from the workforce.

“The federal government will no longer be narrowly focused on where you went to school, but the skills and the talents that you bring to the job,” he said.

“The order will direct federal agencies to shift to skills-and competency-based hiring rather than degree-based hiring which “excludes capable candidates and undermines labor-market efficiencies,” Trump added.

Trump praised his daughter, senior adviser and American Workforce Policy Advisory Board co-chair Ivanka Trump for leading the charge on the hiring edict.

“This will allow us to better recognize the talents and competencies of all Americans we hire,” the First Daughter said, calling on the private sector to follow suit.

“This will ensure that we’re able to hire based on talent and expand our universe to qualified candidates and ensure a more equitable hiring process,” USA Today quoted her as saying.

“The federal government will no longer be narrowly focused on where you went to school, but the skills and talents that you bring to the job.”

Ivanka Trump said the new hiring practice will show that the government is leading by example as it tries to recruit and retain the best and brightest workers.

With 2.1 million civilian workers, the federal government is the largest employer in the US and the new order will open doors to the two-thirds of American adults who do not possess a degree.

Campus Gist understands that job applicants for federal jobs will be now be vetted by relevant experts who will assess whether they possess the skills and ability to perform the job that they are applying for.

College or university degree requirements won’t be tossed completely, but skills in jobs where having a degree is less important will be stressed under the new order.

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No plans to postpone payment of June allowance for Corps Members – NYSC

Management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said that there are no plans to postpone payment of allowance to corps members for the month of June.

The Scheme was reacting to a viral report circulated via social media weekend that stipends for the months of June and July would be paid together to corps members.

In a statement made available to Campus Gist on Saturday, which was widely published on its official social media handles, NYSC said the report did not emanate from them.

“It is the handiwork of mischief makers, bent on deceiving Corps Members and should be disregarded in its entirety,” the statement obtained by Campus Gist added.

“For the avoidance of doubt, all qualified Corps Members shall be paid allowance for the month of June, while in addition, those passing out from Service in July shall receive July stipend, as well as transport allowance.”

The NYSC management appealed to purveyors of fake news to refrain from “the ungodly act which is criminal, with devastating consequences when prosecuted and convicted.”

“Once again, Corps Members are all enjoined to always stay in touch with our official sources (social/mainstream media) for authentic information,”, it added.

On the prevailing coronavirus situation in the country, the Scheme advised corps members to “always stay safe by strictly observing the safety protocols of COVID-19, premised on social/physical distancing, use of face masks, proper washing of the hands for at least twenty seconds, and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser.”

Source: Campus Gist

The NYSC said it shall continue to accord priority attention to the welfare of Corps Members, adding, “together, we shall come out stronger in post COVID-19.”

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