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Ex-corps member threatens to drag NYSC to court over ‘N260m language project’

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An accountant, Boboye Olaribigbe, has threatened to take legal action against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over its refusal to pay him the copyright value of a language project he executed for the scheme more than a decade ago.

Olaribigbe is demanding N260 million as costs for the project, saying a failure to meet the demand could lead to a legal battle.

Olaribigbe, while speaking to The PUNCH said he got approval to convert the NYSC Language Handbook into audio format in 2006.

He said the concept, which he developed after his service year as a corps member in Enugu State, was aimed at solving language problems encountered by corps members in the country.

The 43-year-old noted that he sourced different language experts, who participated in the project, adding that the audio was produced in compact disks and cassettes.

Olaribigbe, who claimed to have gotten a letter of approval for the project from a former Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Yusuf Bomoi, said he successfully executed the project.

The NYSC is the owner of the language book comprising Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo, but I came up with the idea to put it in audio format so that every corps member can learn the languages on their own,” he said.

His lawyer, Amara Ibekwe, on November 12, 2019, wrote a letter to the NYSC demanding payment for the project.

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The letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Punch, stated,

“We established that our client served in your institution as a youth corps member in 2004/2005 in Enugu State with NYSC no: EN/EPA/04/184142, certificate no: A892295, trading under the name and style of Maltbrains Nigeria Limited.

“After his service as a corps member, he created an idea to help the institution and Nigerian youths undergoing grooming and training under your institution with a view to making profit from it.

“Our client wrote a letter to your institution informing them of how he had invented a medium of translating the language handbook of the NYSC into audio tape and CD in Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa languages.

“Your institution welcomed the development and even wrote a letter of introduction approving his application and further gave him the go ahead to produce same and promised to purchase the entire copyright from him, which prompted our client to expend more energy, time, money and expertise to accomplish the work.

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He added that it was a shock to Olaribigbe that the NYSC “circumvented and neglected his brainchild” and disregarded his work.

“It is based on the above premise that our client has written several letters and appeals for compensation, all to no avail. We demand on behalf of our client the following:

“The copyright value of the project which was the main reason he executed the project.

“The cost of each of the languages translated are N60,000,000 for Hausa; N60,000,000 for Igbo, and N60,000,000 for Yoruba, totalling N180,000,000.

“Estimated profit accruable to him, if he was assisted to sell his products in all the NYSC camps based on the terms of the approval given: N70,000,000.

“To cushion the effect of travelling from Lagos to Abuja, from time to time to follow-up the application until it was approved, N10,000,000. The grand total stands at N260,000,000,” the lawyer said.

PUNCH Metro obtained another letter dated February 7, 2020, written by Ibekwe as a reminder, urging the NYSC to pay the former corps member.

It is obvious that your institution has taken the slowness of a lion for an act of cowardice.

“We shall invoke the powers of judicial review over this issue if neglected and same shall be vehemently contended until justice is done. Let wise counsel prevail,” Ibekwe added.

The lawyer copied the Ministry of Youths and Sports, the National Orientation Agency, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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The Deputy Director of Community Development Service, NYSC, Sunday Oyinke, urged Olaribigbe to be patient.

He said,

“He has already contracted a lawyer, who wrote to us. The lawyer has given us a time limit to respond. Let him be patient; this is not the way to go about it.”

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Nigeria records 387 new COVID-19 cases, total now 9,302

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Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have increased to 9302.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this disclosure on Friday night via Twitter.

387 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-254
FCT-29
Jigawa-24
Edo-22
Oyo-15
Rivers-14
Kaduna-11
Borno-6
Kano-3
Plateau-2
Yobe-2
Gombe-2
Bauchi-2
Ondo-1

9302 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Discharged: 2697
Deaths: 261

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Buhari has only plunged Nigeria into darkness, death and destruction, Fani-Kayode says

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Buhari has only plunged Nigeria into darkness, death and destruction, Fani-Kayode says

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, a staunch critic of the President Buhari-led administration has said that the five years of President Muhammadu Buhari was “disastrous.”

Femi Fani-Kayode disagreed with Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, whose weekly column argued the President’s emergence, saved the nation from collapse in 2015.

Fani-Kayode via his Twitter handle had argued that the emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death, and destruction.

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He added that the president came to steal, kill and destroy, pointing out that for the last 5 disastrous years that is all he has done.

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He wrote;

”Buhari’s emergence in 2015 saved Nigeria’s collapse”- @FemAdesina

. Not so my friend! The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria & plunged her into darkness, death & destruction. He came to steal, kill & destroy & for the last 5 disastrous years that is all he has done.”

 

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2ND term: Buhari to mark ‘low-key’ anniversary, Presidency reveals

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2ND Term: Buhari to mark ‘low-key’ anniversary, Presidency reveals

The Presidency has said that the first anniversary of the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari will be celebrated in a low-key manner.

This was disclosed in a statement posted by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu on his official Facebook page.

Shehu, who did not give reasons for the decision, however, said the achievements of the current administration will be reeled out via digital platforms.

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He urged Nigerians to visit presidential handles to read about some of Buhari’s achievements since assuming power in 2015.

According to Shehu: “The First Anniversary anniversary of the Muhammadu Buhari government’s second term will be marked low-keyed.

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“Narratives of the government’s achievements over the past five years which normally would have been showcased by ministers and the party will go digital.

“The last five years have been full of historic achievements. Please go to the Presidential handles and read how the decades-long wishes of the Nigerian people are being met.

“‪Thank you Nigerians for entrusting the country’s government in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari.‬”

Buhari’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina had yesterday reeled out some of the president’s achievements since assuming power in 2015.

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