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.

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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.

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. 

FAMILY OF SLAIN PERMANENT SECRETARY RECEIVED 17M FROM OSUN STATE GOVERNMENT

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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We Now Monitor Social Media For Anti-Government And Anti-Military Information – Military


Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, told Channels Television that it became necessary in the light of troubling activities and misinformation capable of jeopardizing the unity of the country.

He made this comment less than 48 hours after President Buhari made his national broadcast that some of the discussions on social media in his absence crossed the line and left him distressed.
 Major General Enenche is of the opinion that social media has always been a challenge all over the world and for the military, it is no different.

“It is a double-edged sword and we are also having a bit of it,” he said when he appeared on Channels Television’s News At 10, hours after President Buhari met with service chiefs and ordered them to strengthen their operations.
“Imagine when the President came back and addressed the nation, not up to 30 minutes later, a fake speech of the Commander-In-Chief was being circulated, in order to do what? To derail the people. 
If you are not very sharp and if you didn’t listen to the speech or you don’t have a copy of it like I had it almost immediately, you wouldn’t know.  So, looking at it from that perspective, it is a challenge everywhere.”

Having observed the possibility that the social media can be misused, the military has taken steps to address that. One of such steps is the establishment of strategic media centres.

“What are we doing? In the military, we are now taking on it more seriously than ever. We have our strategic media centres that monitor the social media to be able to sieve out and react to all the ones that will be anti-government, be anti-military, (and) be anti-security.

We tackle them appropriately with appropriate responses. Ahead of that, we are also proactive. We have measures in place, scientific measures to be able to sieve this information and also to get the public and let them know that some of this information they are getting is not genuine are not true and their objective is an anti-corporate existence of this country,” he said.

BUHARI CANCELS FEC MEETING

According to Femi Adesina, Spokeperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not hold Wednesday.

Mr. Adesina,  in a statement, said President Buhari will rather  receive the report of the investigation committee into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke. 
The committee is headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and it will submit its report to the president in his office at noon, Adesina said. 
The president had constituted the panel to investigate the corruption allegation levelled against the suspended SGF by the Nigerian senate and that against Mr. Oke by the EFCC.
He was to receive the report on May 8 but his health condition deteriorated, forcing him to return to London on May 7.

THREE SUSPECTED FACEBOOK FRAUDSTERS ARRESTED IN IMO STATE


Three suspects have been apprehended in connection to a fake Facebook account allegedly used to impersonate the Chief of Staff to Imo State Governor, Chief Uche Nwosu. 


DSP Andrew Enwerem, Public Relation Officer to the police, said that the suspects, Nwokoma Ezekachi, Reuben Ogwuonye Ubongwung and Nwaeguzor Hope Miracle are the brain behind the fake account using the name and pictures of the chief to defraud unsuspecting individuals of huge some of money.

He gave the details of the account used by the fraudsters in duping their victims as: Account Name: Stella Monday, 0242239274, GT Bank and their phone number as: 08175433203 registered with the name Dr Lawson Briggs.

According Enwerem, the suspects posted transactions relating to allocation for lands, award of contracts, fertilizer distribution and employment opportunities and used that medium to defraud unsuspecting members of the public who had a conviction that they were dealing with the real Chief of Staff.

OMG! MEET THE LATEST AMBASSADOR

Nigeria famous male barbie has landed himself an ambassadorial award with a weave company.
The ‘ose baddest’ star Okunneye Idris popularly known as Bobrisky took to his snap chat page to announce his contract with a weavon outlet.
 It should be recalled that some weeks ago, Bobrisky also shared picture of himself with some Yoruba Actresses and ask his fans to be on the look out for his first movie.

ADMISSION: IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO ALL 2017/2018 JAMB CANDIDATES


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has fixed minimum cut off marks for Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

The minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria was set for 120, polytechnics and colleges of education pegged at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.

Institutions are, however, at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.

Also, admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions, it ends on January 31, 2018.

Decisions on first choice candidates by universities will end on October 15, and second choice candidates will end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing dates.

The registrar, however, appealed to heads of institutions not to charge more than N2,000 for admissions’ processes.

RODENTS ARE KEEPING BUHARI AWAY FROM HIS OFFICE–PRESIDENCY


Abuja-President Muhammadu Buhari, who resumed duties on Monday after 103-days of medical vacation abroad, will operate from his official residence until his office is completly renovated, Presidency said Monday. 
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Shehu Garba, told THISDAY that the president’s office needed renovation because of its devastation by rodents during the president’s long period of absence. 
“Following the three months period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” he said, explaining that it was impossible for his boss to operate from the office in that condition. 
Garba, however, said this would not affect the effectiveness of Buhari’s work since the residence has an annex to the office, adding that the president had been carrying out his duties from home since he resumed. 
Saying he could not tell when the renovation would be completed, the presidential spokesperson stated that the maintenance company that was seen at work on Monday at the Presidential Villa by THISDAY had been asked to speed up its pace of work. 
The president’s decision to work from home got a nod from the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, who said it was in order, explaining that the most important thing was that the president would do his job. 
“What is important is that the job gets done. Whether he does it from his bedroom, or his sitting room, or his ante room, it does not matter. Let the job be done. And the job will be done,” he said.