Omo-Agege in a statement by his Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Mr Yomi Odunuga on Wednesday in Abuja said the support would accelerate the success of the Bill toward becoming an effective law against sexual harassment in Nigeria.
“It is a problem that has caused academic injustice, depression and countless other negative effects on individuals and the society in various parts of the world.
“But the key to lasting change is for us to begin it within our own environment.
“I applaud the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of Ekiti, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)and all those who stoutly rose in support of the BBC’s commendable journalistic endeavour that is effectively beaming light on a hidden menace.
“I am wholly convinced that the unique student-educator relationship of authority, dependency and trust should never be violated. By the maxim of loco parentis educators are like parents.
“They owe a special fiduciary duty of care to students under their authority – students who trust and depend on them to shape their future career paths.
“It must therefore be extremely offensive to a reasonable mind where an educator treats students as ‘perquisites’ of his office.
“As a father, it is an issue that I cannot just accept.
” It is a shame on our conscience as a people. We will stop it.
“In 2016, with the support of several colleagues in the Senate, I tabled the Bill on the Prohibition of Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Institutions which provides for a five-year jail term or a fine of N5 million for any lecturer convicted for sexually harassing male or female students,” he said.
Omo-Agege further said that the Bill also criminalised any act of neglect or failure by administrative heads of tertiary institutions to address complaints of sexual harassment within a specified period.
“It also made provisions to adequately punish anyone found to have levelled false allegations of harassment against lecturers and educators.
“I deeply appreciate the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) decisive change of position on this issue which they opposed three years ago.
“Nobody’s daughter deserves to be treated as ‘fringe benefit’ for anyone in position of trust and responsibility,” he said.
He said that the psychological trauma of sexual harassment had existed for too long and that was why the Bill was reintroduced.
The depute senate president said that the punishment of five-year jail term for those found guilty should serve as deterrent in a society that urgently need to address the issue of sexual harassment.(NAN)
Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa
Mongolia’s capital holds annual book festival to promote reading amid pandemic
The three-day festival starting on Friday is held both online and offline for the first time, attracting around 500 authors, publishing houses, organizations as well as thousands of readers.
Co-organized by the city’s cultural department and non-governmental organization Nomiin Soyolt Yertunts (World of Book Culture) under the auspices of the country’s education ministry, the festival includes a wide range of activities such as meetings between authors and book lovers, book exhibitions and the launch of new books.
All the cases are imported ones, mostly from Russia, with no local transmissions or deaths reported so far.
Fayemi mourns prominent Ekiti leader, Omotosho
Omotosho died barely 24-hours after the demise of one-time Governor of old Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua.
Fayemi, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, by his Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, described the late Omotosho as an illustrious son of Ekiti and a dynamic leader in the financial sector.
The governor also said that the late Omotosho was a patriot who served his fatherland diligently and made Ekiti proud through numerous achievements.
He said the sudden death of Omotosho, a boardroom guru and former Chairman of the Board of Standard Chartered Bank, early on Friday after a brief illness, was saddening.
The governor described Omotosho, who hailed from Ayedun Ekiti, as a seasoned administrator and industry leader in Nigeria’s financial sector.
Fayemi, further described the late Omotosho as a frontline investor, thoroughbred professional, seasoned administrator and community leader who lived a life of service to God and humanity.
He hailed the contributions of the late Omotosho to national development, noting that he served meritoriously in several top management positions in the last four decades.
He listed them to include, his being Chairman of the Board of Standard Chartered Bank of Nigeria, DN Meyer Paints and Greenwhich Trust Limited; as well as Group Managing Director of Odua Investment Company Limited and Director General/Chief Executive Officer of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry at different times.
Fayemi said Omotosho was also chairman, PPP Committee of Ekiti during his first tenure and served actively in the state COVID -19 Response Resource Mobilisation Committee, where he was Chairman of the Funds Management and Evaluation Committee and the Federal Government Relations Committee.
He said: “Despite Sir Omotosho’s busy schedule, he invested his time, resources and energy on many laudable initiatives that impacted positively on the lives of the people and was always ready to support successive administrations in the state with his wealth of experience and extensive national and global contacts.
“For us in Ekiti, this is a huge loss. Sir Remi Omotosho represented our very best in Ekiti and made great impact in almost every aspect of life. He remained a source of pride and inspiration to generations after him.
“ Though we shall miss his wise counsel and positive disposition to developmental issues, we are comforted by the fact that he lived a good life and left behind legacies of service and honour. He remains our pride in Ekiti.
“Our prayer is that God will grant him eternal rest and comfort the family,” the governor added.
Court acquits man, 52, of attempted homosexuality
An Ogbeson Chief Magistrates’ Court in Benin, on Friday, discharged one Mike Aibueku, 52, of an alleged attempted sexual conduct with a man.
The prosecutor had arraigned the defendant on a two-count charge of attempt to commit an unnatural offence and conduct himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace.
The prosecutor also alleged that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause the breach of the peace by “giving the complainant his breast to suck’’.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened sections 215 and 249(D) of the Criminal Code of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable to Edo.
For a convicted offender, the first count charge attracts seven years imprisonment while the second attracts one month.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
World Evironment Day: Kano State Govt. to promote policy on environment and pollution
The state Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Getso, made this known in Kano at a news conference to mark the 2020 World Environment Day.
Getso expressed the need to pay attention to biodiversity, conservation and restoration of degraded lands.
He also said that it was important to address issues of climate change, fight against dessertification and desert encroachment in the state.
“It is also vital to embark on more methods of pollution control, environmental sanitation, erosion and also prevent flooding, ” he said.
The Commissioner further revealed the state government’s efforts at biodiversity conservation, saying that it had embarked on water conservation and provision of minor irrigation facilities in some local government areas of the state.
“We also call for collective efforts to conserve the ecosystem because land degradation is responsible for the decline in ecosystem service, food insecurity and reduction in the resilience of natural climate variability,” he said.
The theme of the 2020 the World Environment Day is: “Celebrate Biodiversity/Time for Nature”, with a focus on its role in providing essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and human development.
“Love Our Locals Fiji” campaign launched in Fiji to promote tourism
Speaking at the launching ceremony here on Friday, Fiji’s Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiyaz Siddiq Koya said that the purpose of the campaign is to boost bookings and keep Fijians working during these difficult times.
“Tourism is for everybody and through the campaign, Fijians are called to become greater ambassadors of the Fijian tourism industry by immersing in some of Fiji’s unique experiences. As Fiji enters Stage Two of its market re-entry strategy, we remind the world, ‘Our Bula Spirit awaits you’, in anticipation of welcoming back international visitors to our shores,” he said.
Supported by the tourism industry stakeholders, the “Love Our Locals Fiji” campaign will play out primarily on social media and include the creation of a Facebook group where industry operators can communicate with Fiji residents.
The island nation has in recent years received more than 800,000 visitors per year. The Fijian government had also set a goal of developing the tourism industry to a 2.2 billion Fijian dollars (about 1 billion U.S. dollar) industry by 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has serious impact on Fiji’s tourism, and with travel restrictions to stop the spread of the deadly virus, the industry, which has already laid off about 40,000 people, has been at a standstill for three months now.
Legislative, Judiciary Funds bills will promote democratic ideals – Ogun lawmakers
Ogun lawmakers on Thursday said that the bills on Legislative and Judiciary Funds Management remained veritable legislations aimed at promoting democratic ideals, self-independence and accountability.
The lawmakers took turns to lend their voice in support of the bills during the second reading at plenary in Abeokuta.
The bills include a bill for a law to make provision for the Ogun State House of Assembly Legislative Funds Management and other matters connected therewith.
Mr Solomon Osho (APC-Remo North) explained that the bills were aimed at promoting separation of powers among the three arms of government.
Osho, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Justice and Public Petitions, noted that the bills were also aimed at strengthening the judiciary and legislature in the discharge of their respective duties.
Mr Abayomi Fasuwa (APC-Ijebu North East) and Kemi Oduwole (APC-Ijebu Ode) said that the implementation of the bills would make the state retained her leading position in the comity of states in the nation.
Other lawmakers commended President Buhari for the issuance of the Executive Order 10, which they noted would reposition the system of governance in the nation.
The lawmakers added that the two bills would speed up the financial autonomy of the two arms of government and curb undue interference to bring about efficiency in the principle of check and balances through unhindered oversight function.
The Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo1), noted that the bills which remained instrumental to the implementation of the Executive Order would rather promote harmonious relationship among the three arms of government as spelt out in the constitution.
He, however, committed the bills to the Committee on Rules and Businesses for further legislative actions.
The Assembly, also passed a resolution calling on the state government to compel all companies and corporate organisations operating in the state to effect not less than 30 per cent local content in all categories of their staff composition.
Vietnam’s automobile import down 29.7% in 5 months
Vietnam spent nearly $2.2 billion on importing completely-built automobiles and components for assembly in the first five months of this year, posting a year-on-year decrease of 29.7 per cent.
Specifically, the country imported 36,786 completely-built automobiles worth $800 million, down 42.5 per cent in volume and 44 per cent in value, according to the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade on Thursday.
Complex developments of the COVID-19 outbreak have weakened demand since early February, causing plummeting sales and forced several automakers to halt production and assembly activities in the country, the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association said.
In 2019, Vietnam spent over $7.4 billion importing completely-built automobiles and components for assembly, witnessing a year-on-year rise of 37.3 per cent.
Specifically, the country imported roughly 141,700 completely-built automobiles worth more than $3.2 billion, seeing respective surges of 71 per cent and 75.8 per cent.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Vietnam’s automobile import down 29.7 pct in 5 months
Vietnam spent nearly 2.2 billion U.S. dollars on importing completely-built automobiles and components for assembly in the first five months of this year, posting a year-on-year decrease of 29.7 percent.
Specifically, the country imported 36,786 completely-built automobiles worth 800 million U.S. dollars, down 42.5 percent in volume and 44 percent in value, according to the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade on Thursday.
Complex developments of the COVID-19 outbreak have weakened demand since early February, causing plummeting sales, and forced several automakers to halt production and assembly activities in the country, the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association said.
In 2019, Vietnam spent over 7.4 billion U.S. dollars importing completely-built automobiles and components for assembly, witnessing a year-on-year rise of 37.3 percent. Specifically, the country imported roughly 141,700 completely-built automobiles worth more than 3.2 billion U.S. dollars, seeing respective surges of 71 percent and 75.8 percent.
Ondo 2020: Okunomo, PDP governorship aspirant, picks party’s nomination form
Mr Banji Okunomo, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant in Ondo State, has picked a nomination form ahead of the party’s primaries scheduled for July.
Okunomo made the disclosure in a statement issued made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Okitipupa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the nomination form was also in preparation for the governorship election slated for Oct. 10 in the state.
NAN also reports that Okunomo, who picked his form at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, was the first among the array of the PDP governorship aspirants in the state to do so.
Okunomo, a former PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, said that he dedicated the form to God and the people of the state, who, he said, he intended to serve as governor.
“I picked the nomination form of N21m at Wadata House in Abuja today and this has made me the first among the PDP aspirants to purchase the form.
“I also dedicate the form to God and the good people of the state, whom I intend to serve meritoriously, if I am elected the party’s flag bearer.
“I also promise to eradicate poverty, generate employment, create wealth and enhance the livelihood of the several millions of Ondo State residents, if elected governor,” he said.
NAN recalls that Okunomo was also the first aspirant, who collected the expression of interest form at the PDP secretariat in Akure last week.
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