N136M Fraud | Ex- Air Marshal Tony Omenyi Sentenced to 7 years

Retired Air Vice Marshal Tony Omenyi has been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment on money laundering charges involving the sum of N136M which he was said to have received from a contractor with the Nigerian Air Force, while he was a public officer

The convict, a former MD of Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited, a subsidiary company of NAF, received the money as kickbacks or bribe as from SkyExperts Nigeria Limited, in 2014

The judge also ordered that the company, Huzee Nigeria Limited, through which the convict was said to have received the sum of N136m from the contractor, SkyExperts Nigeria Limited, be shut down by the FG and the sum of N62m already recovered from the convicts by the EFCC be forfeited to the FG.

Nigerian Universities: Facts & Figures by ASUU Chairman Adebayo Oni.

1. Less than 10% of the universities have Video Conferencing facility.

2. Less than 20% of the universities use Interactive Boards

3.More than 50% don’t use Public Address System in their lecture OVERCROWDED rooms/theatres.

4. Internet Services are non-existent,or epileptic and slow IN 99% of Nigerian Universities 5. Nigerian Universities Library resources are outdated and manually operated. Book shelves are homes to rats/cockroaches

6. No university library in Nigeria is fully automated. Less than 35% are partially automated. 7. 701 Development projects in Nigerian universities 163 (23.3%) are abandoned 538 (76.7%) are PERPETUALLY on-going projects.

8. Some of the abandoned projects in Nigerian universities are over 15 years old, some are over 40 years old. 9. 76% of Nigerian universities use well as source of water, 45% use pit latrine, 67% of students use bush as toilet.

10. UNN and UDUS have the highest number of abandoned projects (22 and 16 respectively). 11. All NDDC projects across universities in Niger Delta States are abandoned. About 84.6% of them are students’ hostels

12. 77% of Nigerian universities can be classified as “Glorified Primary Schools” Laboratories are non existing 13. There are 8 on-going projects at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi. None of them is funded by the State Government

14. 80% of Nigerian Universities are grossly under-staffed

15. 78% of Nigerian Universities rely heavily on part-time and visiting lecturers. 16. 88% of Nigerian Universities have under-qualified Academics

17. 90% of Nigerian Universities are bottom-heavy (with junior lecturers forming large chunk of the workforce) 18. Only 2% of Nigerian Universities attract expatriate lecturers, over 80% of Ghanian Universities attract same.

19. 89% of Nigerian Universities have ‘closed’ (homogeneous staff – in terms of ethno-cultural background) 20. Based on the available data, there are 37,504 Academics in Nigerian Public Universities

21. 83% of the lecturers in Nigerian universities are male while 17% are female. 22. 23,030 (61.0%) of the lecturers are employed in Federal universities while 14,474 (39.0%) teach in State Universities.

23. The teaching staff-students ratio is EMBARRASSINGLY very high in many universities: 24. LECTURER STUDENT RATIO: National Open University of Nigeria 1:363 University of Abuja 1:122 Lagos State University 1:111

25. (Compare the above with Harvard 1:4; MIT 1:9; Yale 1:4, Cambridge 1:3; NUS 1:12; KFUPM 1:9; Technion 1:15). 26. Nigerian Universities Instead of having 100% Academics having PhDs, only about 43% do so. The remaining 57% have no PhDs

27. Nigerian University medical students trained in the most dangerous environment, some only see medical tools in books, 28. Only 7 Nigerian Universities have up to 60% of their teaching staff with PhD qualifications.

29. While majority of the universities in the country are grossly understaffed, a few cases present a pathetic picture. 30. There are universities in Nigeria which the total number of Professors is not more than Five (5)

31. Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil, established in 2001 (11 years old) only 1 Professor and 25 PhD holders. 33. Ondo State University of Sci & Tech Okitipupa, established in 2008, has a total of 29 lecturers.

34. MAKE-SHIFT LECTURING SYSTEM: Out of a total of 37,504 lecturers, only 28,128 (75%) are engaged on full-time basis. 35. 9,376 (25%) Nigerian Lecturers are recycled as Visiting, Adjunct, Sabbatical & Contract lecturers.
36. In Gombe State University, only 4 out of 47 Profs are full-time & all 25 Readers are visiting
37. In Plateau State University, Bokkos, 74% of the lecturers are visiting. 38. In Kaduna State University, only 24 out of 174 PhD holders are full-time staff.

39. 700 EX-MILLITANTS in Nigeria are receiving more funds anualy than 20 Nigerian universities under ‘Amnesty Scam’

40. 80% of published journals by Nigerian University lectures have no visibility in the international knowledge community.

41. No Nigerian academic is in d league of Nobel Laureates or a nominee of Nobel Prize. 42. There are only 2 registered patents owned by Nigerian Academics in the last 3 years.

43. Numerically more support staff in the services of Nigerian universities than the teaching staff they are meant to support 44. More expenditure is incurred in administration & routine functions than in core academic matters in Nigerian Universities

45. There are 77,511 full-time non-teaching staff in Nigeria’s public universities 2 Times number of academic staff 46. UniBen, there are more senior staff in the Registrar cadre (Dep. Registrars, PARs, SARs) than Professors

47. Almost all the universities are over-staffed with non- teaching staff

48. There are 1,252,913 students in Nigerian Public Universities. 43% Female 57%Male 49. There is no relationship between enrollment and the tangible manpower needs of Nigeria.

50. Nigerian Uni Horrible hostel facilities, overcrowded, overstretched lavatory and laundry facilities, poor sanitation,etc 51. Except Nigerian Defence Acadamy Kaduna, no university in Nigeria is able to accommodate more than 35% of its students.

52. Some universities (e.g. MOUAU), female students take their bath in d open because d bathrooms are in very poor condition. 53. Laundries and common rooms in many universities have been converted into rooms where students live, in open prison style.

54. In most improvised cage called hostels in Nigerian Universities, there is no limit to the number of occupants. 55. Most State universities charge commercial rates for unfit and unsuitable hostel accommodation.

56. In off-campus hostels, students are susceptible to extraneous influences and violence prostitution, rape, gang violence.

0. 80% of published journals by Nigerian University lectures have no visibility in the international knowledge community.

41. No Nigerian academic is in d league of Nobel Laureates or a nominee of Nobel Prize. 42. There are only 2 registered patents owned by Nigerian Academics in the last 3 years.

43. Numerically more support staff in the services of Nigerian universities than the teaching staff they are meant to support 44. More expenditure is incurred in administration & routine functions than in core academic matters in Nigerian Universities

45. There are 77,511 full-time non-teaching staff in Nigeria’s public universities 2 Times number of academic staff 46. UniBen, there are more senior staff in the Registrar cadre (Dep. Registrars, PARs, SARs) than Professors

47. Almost all the universities are over-staffed with non– teaching staff

48. There are 1,252,913 students in Nigerian Public Universities. 43% Female 57%Male 49. There is no relationship between enrollment and the tangible manpower needs of Nigeria.

50. Nigerian Uni Horrible hostel facilities, overcrowded, overstretched lavatory and laundry facilities, poor sanitation,etc 51. Except Nigerian Defence Acadamy Kaduna, no university in Nigeria is able to accommodate more than 35% of its students.

52. Some universities (e.g. MOUAU), female students take their bath in d open because d bathrooms are in very poor condition. 53. Laundries and common rooms in many universities have been converted into rooms where students live, in open prison style.

54. In most improvised cage called hostels in Nigerian Universities, there is no limit to the number of occupants. 55. Most State universities charge commercial rates for unfit and unsuitable hostel accommodation.

56. In off-campus hostels, students are susceptible to extraneous influences and violence prostitution, rape, gang violence.

57. Nigerian University Students sitting on bare floor or peeping through windows to attend lectures
58. Over 1000 students being packed in lecture halls meant for less than 150 students
59. Over 400 Nigerian University students being packed in laboratory meant for 75 students

60. Univ admin spend millions on super-gates when their Libraries are still at foundation; millions on exotic cars for uni officers even though they lack basic classroom furnishings; millions in wall-fencing & in-fencing when students accommodation is inadequate & in tatters;

61. Govt spends money on creating new unis instead of expanding access to existing ones; keen to award new contracts rather than complete abandoned projects or standardize existing facilities; expends millions on visiting & part-time lecturers rather than recruit full-time staff.

62. Govt spending hundreds of millions in mundane administration cost instead of providing boreholes and power supplements; Govt hiring personal staff, including Personal Assistants, Special Advisers, Bodyguards, Personal Consultants, etc.

My Own Addendum:
Dear Undergraduate Twitter Warrior, b4 u start insulting people online today on behalf of your favorite politician, ask: how many have children in these circumstances? How many of those negotiating with ASUU on behalf of d Fed Govt have children in Nigerian Unis?

Buhari Signs Disability Bill Into Law | Prohibiting Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities.

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018.

Specifically, the Act prohibits all forms of discrimination on the ground of disability and imposes fine of ₦ 1,000,000 for corporate bodies and ₦100,000 for individuals or a term of six months imprisonment for violation.

The law provides for a five-year transitional period within which public buildings, structures or automobile are to be modified for access and use by persons with disabilities, including those on wheelchairs.

The Act further provides: “Discrimination employment opportunities in public transportation facilities and service providers are to make provision for the physically, visually and hearing impaired and all organizations challenged.

This applies to seaports, railways and airport facilities. The rights and privileges include education, healthcare, priority in accommodation and emergencies.”

Furthermore, all public organisations are to reserve at least 5% of employment opportunities for this special category of persons. The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities is also established in Section 31 with Executive Secretary as the head.

Nigerian Passport Can Visit These 47 countries Without a Visa

The Japanese passport has been ranked the most powerful passport in the world with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations.

According to the Henley Passport Index which depends on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA), Nigeria gained visa-free access (net-free access) to three new countries, bring its visa-free access to 47 countries.

Source: www.henleypassportindex.com

Speaking on the methodology of the ranking, Henley said: “For each travel destination, if no visa is required for passport holders from a country or territory, then a score with value = 1 is created for that passport.

“A score with value = 1 is also applied if passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) when entering the destination. These visa-types require no pre-departure government approval, because of the specific visa-waiver programs in place.

“Where a visa is required, or where a passport holder has to obtain a government-approved electronic visa (e-Visa) before departure, a score with value = 0 is assigned. A score with value = 0 is also assigned if passport holders need pre-departure government approval for a visa on arrival, a scenario we do not consider ‘visa-free’.”

Cambodia *

Maldives *

Timor-Leste *

Benin *

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Cape Verde Islands

Chad

Comores Islands *

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Djibouti *

Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Kenya *

Liberia

Madagascar *

Mali

Mauritania *

Mauritius *

Mozambique *

Niger

Rwanda *

Senegal

Seychelles *

Sierra Leone

Somalia *

Tanzania *

Togo

Uganda *

Cook Islands

Fiji

Micronesia

Niue

Palau Islands

* Samoa *

Tuvalu *

Vanuatu

Barbados

Dominica

Haiti

Montserrat

St. Kitts and Nevis

Bolivia*

Iran *

Lebanon *

Countries with asterisk require visa on arrival.