A fresh trouble has steer up in Nigeria as the major non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian public universities have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike from September 11.
The Joint Action Committee, JAC, of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU; Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU; and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, announced the strike on Wednesday.
At a press conference in Abuja, the chairman of JAC who is also the President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke, explained reasons for their decisions.
Mr. Ugwoke said the nationwide strike would be total and comprehensive.
“During the strike, there shall be no provision of services, no matter how skeletal. Concessions shall not be granted while all our members are to stay at home till further notice, unless as directed by JAC through their respective presidents,” he said.



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Pastor Adeboye Pleads With FG Over Asuu Strike, Tell Union To Be Considerate

The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E. A Adeboye, has urged the Federal Government (FG) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the ongoing impasse without delay.

He said in a report by the Guardian that the industrial action embarked upon by ASUU was caused by governments’ failure to address their demands, adding that the more the strike was prolonged, the more the economy and the development of the country suffer.

He said this yesterday at the monthly thanksgiving service, where he celebrated the 50 years anniversary of his marriage with prayers for families and the unmarried at RCCG’s headquarters in Ebute-Metta, Lagos.

Adeboye, who spoke through the Assistant General Overseer, Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, said that the need for the Federal Government and ASUU to reach a consensus immediately becomes very crucial because education was the livewire of every successful country.

He added that the students were not only at the receiving end but also that the future of the country was at stake if the strike was allowed to continue.

“Higher institutions of learning are the citadels where learning takes place to bring development to any country. Therefore, continuous strike will only continue to aggravate the chaos that would eventually lead to retrogression in the economy.

“I, therefore,  plead with the Federal Government to realise that education is the live wire of this country and to the best of its ability, accede to the demands of ASUU, while the union should be considerate with its demands knowing the present state of the country’s economy”, he said.

Serena Williams Welcomes Baby Girl

Tennis superstar Serena Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.

Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.

Her elder sister, Venus Williams described herself as “super excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.

She reveived an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.

Pop goddess Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”

Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”
US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”

Universities Should Be Privatised–Ben Murray-Bruce

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has called for the privatisation of university education in Nigeria.
During his address at the 4th NIPR Stakeholders’ Conference with the theme, “Media, Communication and the Challenge of Quality Education for National Development”, held in Lagos on Tuesday August 29, 2017, Murray-Bruce said privatisation of universities in the country will help address the challenges of low capacity of institutions to admit young high school graduates in Nigeria. He said with over one million students writing UTME every year, very few were able to gain admission due to limited capacity of the institutions to take more students. He noted that most of the students always ended up schooling in neighboring countries’ such as Mali, Ghana, Cameroon and so on.
In a report by WorldStage Newsonline, the Senator stated that “the entire education sector should be privatised. Let government give scholarship to those that need it. Government has no business in running university.”
Speaking further on the need for privatisation of the university education, he said an institution such as the University of Lagos should be privatised for it to establish campuses in other part of the country to admit more young Nigerians who are seriously in need of quality university education.
He called on the media to stop running the nation down with fake stories which according to him, is not helping the image of the country.
He said Nigerian media must project the country positively to enhance its reputation outside the country.
“Almost every media organization has an agenda. For example, when something negative happens in Nigeria, CNN, BBC, RFI and SABC will cover it. But when something positive happens, they will either not cover it or they will cover it in such a way that you will hardly notice,” Senator Murray-Bruse stated.
The Chairman and Founder, Chrisland Group of Schools, High Chief Winifred Awosika who described education as the bedrock for any nation’s development said no nation paying lip service to quality education will survive in the 21st century.
The Chrisland boss said the level of education in the country was disheartened in spite of the advancement in technology all around the world. She identified inadequate funding, lack professional and quality educators, inadequate teaching facilities and remuneration and poor working conditions as some of the challenges facing the development of sector.
According to her, “I want to emphasize on the importance of quality assurance, where efforts must be made to ensure quality in every aspects: the environment, facilities, curriculum and manpower.”
She urged government to encourage owners of private schools by coming up with policies that can assist and not stifle them.

Charly Boy Calls For Alison Madueke’s Repatriation

Charly boy and his group marched down to EFCC head quarters to request for Alison Madueke’s repatriation. 
It should be recalled that he also led a #resumeorresign campaign when President Muhammad Buhari was in London for medical treatment. 
He emphatically stated that Nigeria n’s are no longer docile as people are becoming wise everyday.  He mentioned that the ill treatment of Alison Madueke is uncalled for and for this reason, she need to return to her country. 
Alison Madueke, former minster for petroleum who is battling with cancer and under a severe investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. 

Several of her properties have been seized and huge sum of money forfeited.

6 Children Rescued From Alleged Human Trafficker

The Ogun State Police Command has paraded a suspected human trafficker, Paul Aganla, who was arrested on 26th August at Isiu, in Owode -Egba area of the state. 

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, disclosed this on Monday. He said Aganla, a native of Ogoja, Cross River State, was caught with six children whose ages ranged between 7 and 13, who were said to have been brought from Cross River State to Abeokuta to be engage in child labour. 

The names of the rescued children were given as Promise Augustine, Elijah Emmanuel, Moses, Kariel, Victor Daniel, Glory Emmanuel and Felicia Owu.


PHOTOS: Senator Dino Melaye rocks the beat at Nottinghill Carnival

Up rising music artiste, Senator Dino Melaye rocks his ‘Ajekun Iya’ song at the Nottinghill carnival. 

One Killed, Several Injured In Uyo

One person has been killed and several others injured as the police opened fire on people scrambling for money scattered in the streets of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, by armed robbers on Wednesday.

The robbers had attacked a vehicle occupants were said to have withdrawn a huge sum of money from a bank and were heading to government House Uyo. The state police command has confirmed the incident. 


Osun–The State of Osun Government has given the families of the slain permanent secretary, Bureau of General Service, Mrs Oluwakemi Kolawole and her driver the sum of 17million.    

Osun State Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye made this known through a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo.

The statement read, “The Forum of Head of Service, Permanent Secretaries and equivalent positions, wishes to express our profound gratitude to all those who commiserated with and stood by us before, during and after the burial programme for the late Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole.

“The plethora of condolence messages and multifarious visits from sympathisers following the sudden and irreparable loss of our amiable colleague was overwhelming and had, indeed, truly shown that in adversity, we know our genuine friends.

“Our profound appreciation particularly goes to the State Government of Osun, under the benevolent leadership of the Governor, Raul Aregbesola, for prompt positive official steps taken to mitigate the trauma of the sad episode by releasing a total sum of N17,526, 307.76k to cover such sundry critical matters as burial assistance to the Family (N3m), medical treatment of the deceased’s driver and cost of retrieval of her official car (N930,000); her arrears of salaries and allowances from July, 2015 to the point of death (N4.42m) and her Group Life Insurance entitlements (N9.1m).

“The money that is released are to provide succour to the family of the deceased, especially the desire of the Government to ensure that the education of the children is not hampered. Government has also approved the sum of N8.8m for her up-to-date Contributory Pension Scheme remittances to be cash-backed by the Office of Accountant-General to facilitate prompt processing and delivery of her Bond Certificate by her Pension Fund Administrator to her Estate’s Administrator.”

Recall that Mrs Kolawole was murdered around Okene, in Kogi State, on her way to Abuja on Thursday, July 13 to felicitate with her friend, who is the Solicitor General in the state on her confirmation as a judge before he was accosted and shot by unknown assailants.

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Teenager, Three others Remanded In Prison For Robbery

Osun]–A Magistrate court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state presided over by Mrs. Awodele Olubukola has on Tuesday ordered that a teenager and three others be remanded in Ilesha prison for armed robbery and attempted murder.

The four accused were alleged on six count charges for conspiracy, armed robbery, felony and attempted murder.

The four suspect namely; Isaac Awe age 18 , Ojo Ayobami age 21, Rotimi Adedeji age 39 and Segun Adedeji Age 26.

The police prosecutor, Mr Elisha Olusegun told the court that the four accused committed the offense on April, 18. at Corpers Lodge Dada Estate in Osogbo.

According to him, the four accused conspired to commit felony to carry out an Armed Robbery operation.

He said “The four accused persons did arm themselves with guns and other dangerous weapons and rob one Adekanmi Taiwo Uthman of his Toyota Camry envelope car with registration number app780db valued 1,150,000, one infinix hot phone valued 24,500, two glasses valued 6,000 seat cover valued 4,500, wallet containing school identity card Of Ladoke Akintola University, his driving license, voters card, three ATM cards of first bank, Wema bank, GT bank and documents of the vehicle total valued 1,185,00.

“Did conspired among yourselves to commit felony to wit : attempted murder.

“Did unlawfully have in their possession one live cartridge which you could not give satisfactory account of.

“Did unlawfully attempted to kill one Adekanmi Taiwo Uthman by stabbing him with broken bottle in his head and right hand.

He further explained that the offense committed by the accused is contrary to and punishable under section 6(b) section 1(1) section 1(2)(a) (b) section 3(1) section 27 (1) (b) (11) of the Robbery and Firearms (special provision) Act cap Rll vol. 14 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004 and section 516, section 320 (1) of the criminal code cap 34 vol. 11 laws of Osun state 2002.

The first and second accused have one counsel known as Okobe Najite and their plea were not taken.

The chief magistrate, Mrs Awodele Olubukola in her ruling ordered that they be remanded in Ilesha prison.
She thereby adjourned the case to November 24 for mention.

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