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Mass promotion in FRSC as Corps gets six new DCMs, ACMs

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The Federal Road Safety Commission has approved the appointment of two Assistant Corps Marshals to the rank of Deputy Corps Marshal; four Corps Commanders to the rank of Assistant Corps Marshal; 39 Deputy Corps Commanders to the rank of Corps Commander; and 64 Assistant Corps Commanders to the rank of Deputy Corps Commanders.

This announcement was contained in a statement by the spokesman of the FRSC, Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem, on Thursday.

Others promoted include 57 Chief Route Commanders promoted to Assistant Corps Commanders; 132 Superintendent Route Commanders to Chief Route Commanders; as well as 427 Route Commanders elevated to the rank of Superintendent Route Commander.

In addition, the Commission also approved the promotion of 317 Deputy Route Commanders to the rank of Assistant Route Commander as well as 76 Assistant Route Commanders to the rank of Deputy Route Commander.

Others who were elevated with the mandate to proceed on terminal leave are two Assistant Corps Marshals appointed to the rank of Deputy Corps Marshal; three Corps Commanders also promoted to the rank of Assistant Corps Marshal; seven Deputy Corps Commanders promoted to the rank of Corps Commander; and six Assistant Corps Commanders equally promoted to the rank of Deputy Corps Commander respectively.

Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, who made this public, revealed that the approval came at the end of the meeting of the Commission ratifying the report of the Establishment Committee of the Commission on promotion of Officers, where the exercise was diligently deliberated upon.

The Board Chairman, Mallam Bukhari Bello, expressed delight over the level of transparency and objectivity that heralded the whole process and urged the promoted officers to show more commitment and rededicate themselves to achieving the Corporate mission of the Corps, which is to eradicate road traffic crashes and create a safer motoring environment in the country.

Bello stated that the promotion exercise is part of the Commission’s drive towards rewarding excellence, diligence and hard work which is in line with the administrative philosophy of the present leadership of the Corps.

Kazeem added that the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, equally congratulated the newly-elevated Officers for their excellent performances during the exercise, noting that every promotion comes with greater responsibilities.

Oyeyemi charged them to put in their best in the course of their duties as the new rank calls for more focus, more dedication, commitment and passion.

Speaking further, the Corps Marshal promised to improve the general welfare of the personnel of the Corps to the satisfaction of all.

As such, he beckoned on all personnel to be of good cheer and put in great efforts towards the realisation of the corporate mandate of the Corps.

Speaking on the processes and phases of the entire exercise, Kazeem disclosed that the promotion exercise, which was diligently conducted, began with medical examination and went onto physical test exercises, computer based examination and oral interview.

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FUTA: ASUU kicks against appointment of first female VC

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A crisis is currently brewing in the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) as the university chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday, kicked against the appointment of the new Vice-chancellor of the institution, Prof. Adenike Temidayo Oladiji, as the eight substantive  Vice-Chancellor of the University.

The rejection of Prof. Oladiji was contained in a press statement by the Concerned Members of Senate, signed by Prof. P. A. Aborisade and Prof. M. B. Oyun, alleging that the selection process of the first female Vice-Chancellor was fraught with fraud and lacks transparency.

According to them, the appointment tramples Act No 11 of 1993 of the law of the university, (2003 as amended) concerning the processes of selecting a Vice-Chancellor.

According to the statement, “Section 3 (b) states: The Council shall select one candidate from among the three candidates submitted to it under subsection (3) of this section and forward his name to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces”

The Concerned members, however, noted that the new head of the University emerged through the election process rather than base the selection on merit by selecting the best, saying the resort to voting during the process is alien to the law guiding the selection of a Vice-Chancellor of the school.

ASUU explained that the candidate who came first during the selection process, Prof. Shadrach Olufemi Akindele with 73.9 per cent was dropped while Oladiji who came second with 73.8 per cent was selected as Vice-Chancellor through an election.

“The Election of a predetermined preferred candidate whose overall score in the process is lower than that of the candidate who came first throws merit overboard. Unfortunately, that cannot and will not be acceptable to us and shall not stand.

“We in FUTA stand for Merit. We found problems with the process at the very end of the procedure for the appointment of the VC when the council had to pick from the list of the three candidates submitted to it.

“Three nominees will be presented to the council in order of their positions. Under normal circumstances, the council should have picked the first based on merit. There is no lobby about it.

“In case, the council will not select the first, it must give cogent reasons why the first must be jettisoned. If the second would also not be picked, there must be a set of reasons for settling for the third.

“But in this case, the council in its own wisdom decided to leave the first, second and the third, and opted for voting between the first and the second, thereby disenfranchising the third. By the law, any of the three candidates presented is good enough for the position of VC.

“If the council wanted to go for voting, we would have wanted to see the votes of the three. But we have a vote for two and zero recorded for the third and that is where we believe something played out here. If you are not picking the best for the university, there must be cogent reasons and we will not accept it until the governing council does what is needed.”

The FUTA ASUU however, stressed their rejection ”in its totality the appointment of a candidate (Prof Adenike Oladiji) who came second in the process without any acceptable cogent reason of why the candidate who came first was dropped.

The resort to voting to select a Vice-Chancellor is alien to the law (Statute) guiding the selection process. The process is called selection intentionally by the drafters of the law rather than Election. The Election is a subversion of our law for specific and pre-determined ends.

“We, ‘Concerned members of FUTA Senate’, hereby call on the Governing Council to rescind its announcement of the candidate, go back and announce the appointment of the candidate who came First in the selection process. We will not accept anything less than this.

“We, ‘Concerned members of FUTA Senate’, call on our respected colleague Professor Adenike Temidayo Oladiji of the University of Ilorin to remain steadfast at her duty post at UNILORIN and not attempt to come to FUTA as Vice-Chancellor.

“We, ‘Concerned members of FUTA Senate’, equally advise our respected colleague Professor Adenike Temidayo Oladiji not to advertise herself as the Vice-Chancellor-Elect of our University FUTA.

It will be recalled that the University council, headed by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Ambassador Godknows Igali, ratified the appointment of Prof. Oladiji as the first female Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

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Chidera Eze, 5-yr-old pulpil drowns during swimming lesson in Lagos

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Chidera Eze, a five-year-old pupil of the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School, Ogba, Lagos State, has drowned during a swimming lesson organised by the school in Ikeja.

Some teachers and caregivers of the school took Chidera and his colleagues for the swimming lesson at the Ivory Health Club, Ogundana Street, Ikeja.

During the training, Chidera and his colleagues were said to be playing at the tip of the pool when he slipped into it.

His father, Anthony, while speaking to Punch on Wednesday, said the teachers, caregivers and lifeguards were not aware that his son had fallen into the pool until he drowned.

“I dropped my children at the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School on Acme Road, Ogba, on Monday morning, and I went to work. At 10.52am, I got a call from their head teacher, Mrs Adeola Oladipo, and she told me that my son was involved in an accident and that he had been rushed to the Ikeja Medical Centre,” he told Punch.

“I rushed down there, but what I saw was the lifeless body of my son. I asked the head teacher what happened and she said she did not know. I asked the doctor what happened and he said he was brought in dead. I asked the teachers, caregivers and workers at the club what happened and they gave no explanation.

“As I was crying, my wife came in; I was trying to manage the information, but the head teacher also informed her and as she ran into the hospital, I became totally confused. I went to the Area F Police Station and after the policemen took pictures of my son’s corpse, we went to the club.

“When we got there, we discovered that it was the adult swimming pool section that they took the pupils to. I was alarmed and while the policemen were investigating, we realised that CCTV was installed at the club. So, we demanded to check the CCTV footage and it revealed everything.”

According to Anthony, the footage revealed that his son was in the pool for over 30 minutes before he died, adding that his son’s corpse was discovered by another person, who came to swim in the pool.

He told Punch, “In the footage, we saw that the school brought more than 15 children, took them to the adult side of the swimming pool and made them sit at the tip with their legs in the water and without wearing any kits. We saw only one caregiver in the video and she was just going in and coming out, leaving the children unmanned.

“My son was at the tail end of the line when he slipped into the pool the first time but he was able to bring himself out of the pool. But the second time he slipped into the water, he could not come out. All these happened and none of the teachers, caregivers, and lifeguards took notice of what was happening.

“My son was under the water for over 30 minutes and we were all shouting as we watched the video. Another pupil also fell into the water, but her colleagues raised the alarm and they pulled her out and while this was going on, nobody noticed my son was inside the water.

“My son died because of the recklessness of these people who were supposed to take care of him. I want justice to forestall this kind of thing happening again. The caregivers, lifeguards, school management and the Ivory Health Club can’t go unpunished. My son’s corpse has been deposited in the morgue.”

The spokesperson for the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Olaitan Olubiyi, did not take his calls and had yet to respond to a text message sent to his mobile number as of press time, according to Punch.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said some members of staff of the school and the club had been arrested.

“A thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the drowning of the boy is ongoing,” he added.

 

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