Wednesday, 13 November 2013

How DHL Staffs Has been working With Customs To Defraud Nigerians

It is common knowledge that the bane of economic decadence in Nigeria is corruption and despite the things put in place by the government to fight this monster it is however becoming more pronounced every day. It has even finds its way into some organization that are otherwise known to be holding their value and example which is the leading courier service company the DHL.  

It was recently gathered that the international courier company has turned to haven where fraud is being perpetrated against its customers. It was reliably gathered that the DHL staffs now go out of their way by charge their customers what they ordinarily call duty. The duty according to the source is an amount you must pay before your package is released to you.

Investigation revealed that the DHL staffs are fond of giving outrageous bills to customers that approach them for information about goods sent through their company, an example is one Samuel who imported some goods which was manufactured for an amount less than N60,000 only to be given a payable duty of almost N110,000 and this is after he had paid for freighting the goods to Nigeria from china where the goods were manufactured. Whereas the duty according to officials of the courier company who issued it is to be paid to the customs and in the process directs the customer to the officials of the Nigerian Customs Service that are also in the premises of the company.  

The trick now is that the customs in the place who knew the charges are out of it and is unthinkable will then asked whoever is directed to them to pay halve the money but that it must be brought in cash against the fact that such duties are supposed to be paid into the bank after which the goods will then be released based only on phone call of the customs official, while the DHL staff that brought the business will later be paid.  

We can authoritatively say that this practice has been going on for more than two years now and this we gathered has ensure that many prospective Nigerian young business had been killed just because of this act of fraud, according to Mr. Olatunji who was forced to run his business at a loss sometimes last year when he received an order to supply some materials under a time frame and after he had make his findings on shipment and the rest he realized that he will still have little profit on the supply if he decided to use the DHL for moving it based on the price given to him on the goods, and it was completely a different story when after he had paid to have the goods brought to Nigeria and these corrupt organization to ask him to pay a duty that was calculated by adding the cost price of the goods to the cost of freighting it plus the insurance. The result is that the young business was killed because the owner had to borrow money to make the supply.  

However, the courier company claimed duty is only to be paid on goods that the bill of laden indicated are purchased for more than $500, while it was revealed that such duty has been paid on goods that the bill of laden show it was purchased for an amount that is lesser than $500 as they add other costs as stated above onto it for it to really accumulate, while many had abandoned their goods their when asked to pay more than the amount the goods were purchased and moved into the country, others had paid cash to these unscrupulous officials without receipt to have their goods released.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Church Universities: For God or Money

... How Schools Built with Church Fund is being used to Educate Politicians' Children to the Detriment of the members
 
According to Karl Marx a German philosopher "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people", and this has proven to be the truth over the years as early missionaries will come from their own countries sacrificing all because of the people, then nearly everything they give are free, they provide free cloths, food and even education, but this is not so among the current league of Nigerian missionaries as they usually forces their ever willing congregation to pay excessively for what ordinarily the early missionaries would have given free.


Investigation revealed that Nigerian pastors are not really concern about how their congregation get the money the important thing is for them to make sure their children attends the church own schools, this we gathered has been responsible for the involvement of many members of the church in activities that are not befitting God. A member of one of the new generation church revealed, that he became desperate to sending his children to their church owned University because of the way the pastors who many of his congregation now regards as an emissary of God talks about the school. This kind of pep talks according to investigation has over the time forced many of their members into corruption and all sort of deals like that all because they want to measure up to the words of the pastor.

Whereas the early missionaries sees quality education as the right of their congregation and so they build schools with their personal money while encouraging their congregation to make use of the opportunities and it was all for these reasons that earliest Nigerians were able to get any form of education, as most of them were then trained from a school either established by the Catholic or Anglican Churches, so when the catholic church decided in 1999 to establish the country first private university, many were of the hope that quality education will be offered to the people at affordable price but it was disappointing when it became obvious that the school was not established like the early schools of the church to give knowledge to the people but that it was rather setup to meet the need of those who can afford to send their children to schools abroad.

It was revealed that the cheapest course in Madonna University an institution owned by the catholic church that has in its congregation petty traders and other less privilege in the country, is nothing less than ₦350,000 per session, whereas it is hoped that the woman that sells crayfish, melon, stock-fish and other little soup ingredient and still gives towards the funding of the school should be able to enjoy the benefit that comes with her commitment to the church by having her children well trained in the school owned by her church but instead of her children enjoying the quality education it is being given to children of those who are able to pay the exorbitant fees the school charges. Mr. Chibuzor a member of the church is of the believe that the church-owned university promises many things it will not do to the members of the church who are not having huge amount to cough out yet promises to revive in her community the age-long tradition of Catholic Education and the exacting demand of the contemporary society for sound education enrooted in salubrious life-promoting morality.

Here is a quick rundown of other schools owned by churches in Nigeria and how their fees will be contributing more to corruption in the country rather than reducing it because the founders now sees the schools as another means of generating funds and promoting self-induced progammes.

Apart from Madonna which was owned by the Catholic Church, it was revealed that the church concluded later after they realised how much money was made by starting a school in the church and to be able to compete favourably with other new church owned schools who will stop at nothing to push the out of the school business, the church decided to form Caritas University in Amorji-Nike, Enugu. And just like in the Madonna University, it was established to revive in the community the age-long tradition of Catholic Education and the exacting demand of the contemporary society for sound education enrooted in salubrious life-promoting morality, only that this time around, the institution that was officially opened on January 21, 2005 has the vision to rescue some of the church’s wandering and teaming youths from further slide into academic and moral decay, and development and transformation of our society through sound and unadultrated education, while its mission is to discover, sanctify and apply the knowledge of science, environmental and engineering for human well-being and sound development of man for better society and not forgetting that this will come at a price pegged at nothing less than ₦500,000 per session.

As if the way the first two has been raised farther from the reach of ordinary Nigerian who did not want to go into corrupt practices or robbery is not enough the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria decided to establish another University, Veritas University, Abuja (VUNA), which they hope will be easily accessible to the people as the fees is pegged to about 350,000, the idea which they claimed came from the Bishops’ quest for a University that would provide high quality tertiary education according to the noble tradition of the Catholic Church. The formation they hope is an appropriate response to Pope John Paul II’s call for Catholic Universities to be instruments for the educational advancement of the people of God expressed in his Encyclical Letter, Ex Corde Ecclesiae No. 30.
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It is not surprising when The Supra diocesan board of the church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) decided just like their Catholic counterpart to establish their own tertiary institution as the two were known founders on missionary schools during the period of the early missionaries, so when the Church of Nigeria decided to start its own University it was hoped it will correct the mistake of the Catholic but to the surprise of all, the church followed  the footsteps of the other early missionary schools, showing all that the establishment of the University is not to propagate the gospel by giving quality education to those who cannot afford to send their children abroad but to milk those who are here in Nigeria of their hard earn money in the name of giving quality education to their children and wards. The least of the fees at the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) owned Ajayi Crowther University is nothing less than ₦400,000 per session.

It also did not sit well with parents that are of Baptist Church as Bowen University a private institution owned by the Nigerian Baptist Convention and named after Reverend Thomas Jefferson Bowen who pioneered Baptist work in Nigeria in 1850. The University which commenced academic activities in 2002, just like other supposed missionary schools, the institution’s aim was said to be a center of learning and research of distinction; combining academic excellence with love of humanity, borne out of a God-fearing attitude. The school which lowest tuition is more than ₦600,000 claimed that the guiding philosophy is Excellence and Godliness, a situation which raise question on the fact that members of the church who were able to send their children to the University are paying through their nose. An aggrieved member who spoke with us questioned the rationale behind the fees, while reiterating that there is nothing Godly about the exorbitant fees the school is collect in anger at the school motto which is “Excellence and Godliness”.

According to the Chancellor of Covenant University who is also the Presiding Bishop of the parent church the Living Faith Tabernacle also known as Winners Chapel Bishop Dr. David O. Oyedepo “We are committed to raising a new generation of leaders who will positively impact their nation, the African continent and the world at large.” It is the aim of the church to create a leading World-class Christian Mission University committed to raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of Human endeavour. But just like the Nigerian pastors who are only emulating the early missionaries only in words but not action Covenant University who was described as a part of the Liberation Commission that God gave to the Pastor some years ago has become an avenue of generating money for the church. The cheapest course in the institution goes for nothing less 700,000 which means those who devoted their energy to working during the construction of university and those whose offering in the church had play part in the actualisation of the dream, though the presiding bishop is always quick to say that the funds that were used during construction of the church were not offering from the church but it is obvious that the school is just an arm of the church and it is therefore impossible to take offerings from the church away from the existence of the school, whereas the school is majorly attended by children of politicians and some others like that in the society.

 

Just like Covenant University also owned by the Living Faith Tabernacle also known as Winners Chapel Landmark University is also said to be a product of the education mandate given to Dr. David Oyedepo, the President of the Living Faith Church, worldwide. The focus of the church school they claim is to assist the nation and indeed the continent of Africa in self-discovery so that she may recover her leading position in education and in civilization, as it was in the 15th century. Stating further that the goal is also to set the pace in making the Nigerian nation fully, competitively and profitably engage her comparative advantage in human and agricultural resource potentials and development and it was because of this that the school was purportedly sited in Omu-Aran, the home town of the man his congregation love to call Papa, knowing that the business is now lucrative the church we gathered invested heavily in the place, placing the Bishop’s randy younger brother Pastor Gideon in charge of the construction and the fees just like its sister institution is in the region of 600,000, which made it the church second tertiary institution that was place above ordinary member of the church. In its effort to make the place even more lucrative there is an important admission message the church included which states that “Intending students of Landmark University must fear God, love Him and be unreservedly committed to obeying Him. Students are expected to show in all their conduct the core values of the university. These are, Spirituality, Possibility Mentality, Capacity Building, Integrity, Responsibility, Diligence and Sacrifice. Applicants are advised to consider these important requirements of admission before applying and recognize that the screening test will, among others, focus on these requirements.” While it is the children of those corrupt Nigerian politicians that are been given admission into the school all because of money.


It is without doubt that the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is capable of running a tertiary institution in the early missionary style where the students will not be paying any amount, but like other Nigerian churches the church could not wait to turn the education sector into a very lucrative business venture and it is indeed yielding the desired profit. The church established Redeemer's University which is said to be in line with the objective of the RCCG General Overseer Pastor E. A. Adeboye aimed at not only to increase the number of Nigerian youths seeking higher education, but also to arrest the decay in the educational system, through appropriate training. It was further stated that the vision is to seek for the return to the glorious days of mission schools, where students acquire high quality education with the fear of God and become useful citizens and with a careful omission of the fact that the mission schools are free, while the cheapest fees is about 500,000, though the church issue some discounts to some students and these category are as sated below.
Even with the discount the fees each of the students are still going is still on the high side knowing fully well that full time pastors of the church are sparsely paid and this may be attributed to all sort of atrocity being committed by pastors of the church in the recent past.

The rate at which Nigerian churches now ventures into the church business is completely something else as it has now become the ambition of every church in Nigeria to establish schools and the fees are skyrocket high
For example years after the death of Pentecostal preacher Archbishop Benson Idahosa, a University was formed in his name, Benson Idahosa University, it was said that the University was formed in accordance with the wish of the man who they claimed first applied to establish a tertiary institution in 1992, after which it began operation as the Institute of Continuous Learning (ICL), they stated further that the institute which was later named Christian Faith University became Benson Idahosa University in 1998 before it later began operations in 2002, and just like other church schools it promises to give the students what others will not give them, with a slogan that says "RAISING LEADERS WHO... ARE COMPLETE IN SPIRIT, MIND AND BODY", the school will offer all these for an amount that will not also be in the range of an ordinary public servant that based his expenses only on the salary he or she is earning. The least expensive of the fees is in the range of 350,000.

Christ Apostolic Church owned Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), is another church that was built with special offering from the church members who are predominantly Yorubas, with members spanning from market women to captains of industries, the offering it was gathered was specially called every Sunday service where members will be employed to donate towards the actualization of the dream of the church owing its own university, unlike other churches they cannot attach the vision of a university to the founder of the church whose name they call the institution, because the man did not really has any serious form of western education before his death more than 40 years ago, but the church through the support of artisans and everybody that are members of the church completed its own school and in the process of fixing fees, it was done in such a way that most members who contributed generously for the setting up of the school could not afford to send their children to the school, the school fees was pegged at between 480,000 to 550,000 per session.
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Formerly known as Evangelical Church of West Africa now called Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), in other to fall into the rank of churches with university also embark on the journey and in no time they were accredited by the National University Commission (NUC) and the bring about the ECWA Bingham University. It was revealed that the church which has its base majorly in the northern part of the country named the church owned university after one of the pioneer Sudan Interior Missionaries, Roland Victor Bingham, it would have been expected that the little known university would have been made affordable because it was named after a missionary but it was gathered that the lowest fees rages between 500,000 and 830,000.

It is not surprising when Archbishop Sam Amaga owned Salem International Christian Center decided to come to the party of churches with tertiary institution. The vision for Salem University was said to have come on the 6th of August 2002 while the Archbishop was before the Lord in his Prayer Chambers that the Lord delivered to him the vision of the University. According to the church the vision was further enhanced in 2004 while in a Council Meeting, before the church owned university eventually became operational in 2007, the institution which recently sends some of the teachers to Covenant University is said to be another of such schools that are not meant for ordinary Nigerian even when they money for its establishment is as a result of the people’s labour.


Apostolic Faith Mission is a religious institution that is believed not to be too keen about what other religious institution are doing, it is believed that they are from a different sphere entirely but findings revealed that against the believe that they are saints, the church is after all led by men, as the church did not only join the league of churches that owns their own church, but are also part of those who charges exorbitant fees. Findings revealed that the average fee in their Crawford University is not less than 400,000 per session. The institution which claimed is committed to academic excellence and the highest levels of discipline and morals.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church owned Babcock University was at a time the most popular in the country and it is still one of the most expensive universities in Nigeria, founded in 1959 as the Adventist College of West Africa (ACWA), Babcock has since grown to be strong as he’s one of the earliest private university in the country having started operations since 1999. The school which believes it has traditions that include the centrality of faith-based teaching - emphasizing the integration of faith and learning, knowing that to educate a man without God is to educate an intelligent devil, is without doubt the most expensive as their fees ranges from 400,000 to 1 million depending on the course and the choice of residence in the school, it is therefore a common knowledge that with the fee it is likely the school may be a place where intelligent devils are being bred.


They are among the newest in the church school business they had not really begin their full operations but the hype about them means they are in the league of schools that really worth mention, the Dr. D.K. Olukoya led Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry owned Mountain Top University, which was situated around Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the university is planned to be “a dynamic center of academic excellence in the liberal tradition for the production of top-rate, morally sound graduates of distinction. The newly completed university of Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo’s Kingsway International Christian Center, the KICC University which is situated at Ode-Omu area of Osun State, though the institution is yet to formally commence lecture but it was gathered that the fees for the school of this London based pastor cannot be lesser than that of his peers. The university which was cited on 500 acres of land instead of the 250 acres mandated by the NUC, is said to be necessary because of the level of poverty in the continent of Africa. It is a situation where one will be wondering if the Deeper Christian Life Ministry will also not be joining the train owning to the fact that the church also decided sometimes ago to join the league of churches with property at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway like some of their colleague in the ministry are now doing, it was later when people started seeing transformation at the church owned International Bible Training College at Ayobo area of Lagos State that one started seeing the vision of Anchor University. It was gathered that save for the ill-fated Dana Air the church own university would have begun operations, sources revealed that the NUC officials that died in the accident were actually travelling to inspect the school before the incident, but one thing that is sure is that like the rest of the Nigerian new age mission schools it is designed only for the rich or the corrupt.




Monday, 4 March 2013

Fraud Tale Trails Nigerian Breweries Maltina Dance All


There is a saying that no one will accuse you of things they know you hardly touch as everybody will come out to your defense. The act of some multinational companies in Nigeria has left them with a mark that will be going with them everywhere they go and some of them are not even that interested changing their spots as they keep walking in shadows to further cast doubt on their integrity.

Just as the current edition of Nigerian Breweries sponsored Maltina Dance All season 6 is about to start, there has been series of allegation that the organizer of the television game show may have been playing a fasts one on the audience and Nigerians as a country through the selection of the participants.

Sources disclosed to Global News that each family that is supposed come with five dancers may actually be more that what the rule of the game actually stated, as it was alleged that rather than present five members of dance loving family the organisers are actually mixing members of these families with two professional dancers, just to spice up competition and make it more competitive.

It was said that at inception the families though dances well are not doing extra-ordinary things like back-flip, spinning and even acrobatics, a professional dancer even allege that a member of the family that was in the last edition is a professional dancer they have had a gig or two together somewhere. Edem Vindah Media & Public Affairs Manager of the company while responding to questions on the allegation refuted the story, stating clearly that the guideline is there to be followed and that the company will not condone anything of such and that the story is not true.

Stories of stage managing events of such has for sometimes now been trailing the brewery, some months back it was the story of the way the company other brand Gulder, sponsored Ultimate Search is been run, the story was that the whole screening of participants at the Ultimate Search is just formalities as the contestants are mostly models. It was also reported that the company sponsored Star Quest has also for sometimes now being run the same way the Ultimate Search is been run as the best are usually not the winner in a programme whereby the winner is going to be based on the vote of the viewers.