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Strike: ASUU, FG To Resume Talks On Monday

Strike: ASUU, FG To Resume Talks On Monday

The Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government are to resume talks Monday (tomorrow ) on how to resolve the impasse over the two - month - old strike embarked upon by lecturers.

National President of ASUU , Prof . Biodun Ogunyemi, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with NEWSMEN, in Abuja , on Friday .

He, however , said the union was not optimistic about the prospects of an early resolution of the industrial dispute .

In response to a question on whether there had been any fresh development with regard to the resolution of the dispute , Ogunyemi said, “I ’ am afraid nothing new . I understand they will be meeting us on Monday. Let ’s wait and see if they take a reasonable step ; it will determine our next line of action . Until then , let ’s wait and see . ”

He said , “Last year , they promised to release the funds but they did not until November when the strike began . Our members are saying they do not want promises again; what they want is action , implementation or disbursement of funds .

“ The government must act in a way to convince the union that the agreement has not been set aside. To show that the government has not set aside the agreement , they should release one tranche . ”

He explained that in order to forestall a situation where ASUU and the government would restart negotiations on arrears of earned academic allowances, both sides had agreed that “ it would be mainstreamed into the 2019 budget . ”

Ogunyemi also said , “We are going to have a discussion on when to commence renegotiation because there are still grey areas . If the government can substantially address these issues , we will be more confident to face our members on the way forward . For now , the signals we are getting is that our members do not actually want to accept this government proposal from us . ”

Members of ASUU went on strike on November 4, 2018 to demand for improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government .

The union is also seeking the implementation of the 2009 FGN / ASUU agreements , Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU ; 2012 and 2013 ) and Memorandum of Action (MoA , 2017 ), among others .
The union is also asking the Federal Government to expedite action on the release of funds to revitalise public universities in accordance with the FGN- ASUU MoU of 2012, 2013 and the MoA of 2017 .

The university teachers are also demanding the release of the operational licence of the Nigerian University Employees Pension Company.

The Director of Press at the Ministry of Labour and Employment , Samuel Olowookere, could not be reached when one of our correspondents tried to get the reaction of the Federal Government on the issue
But a source in the ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity , told NEWSMEN that ASUU should be blamed for the delay in reopening the universities .

The source added that the FG had showed commitment to the ASUU ’ s demands and that it was better to start from what the FG had offered than to halt negotiation .

“ The Minister of Labour and Employment , Dr Chris Ngige , had told the leadership of ASUU that the FG would accept many of their demands but flexibility is needed to implement the rest. They left the meeting happy and said they would discuss the progress with their other organs. But they had delayed in moving forward . The blame is no longer in on the FG . ASUU should come forward with what they think of the FG ’ s commitment so far . ”
Simi Breaks Silence On What She’s Going Through After Marriage

Simi Breaks Silence On What She’s Going Through After Marriage

Nigerian singer, Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye, professionally known and referred to as Simi, has revealed what her recent marriage to fellow music star, Adekunle Gold, has put her through.

Simi last week got married to her lover and singer, Adekunle Gold.

Simi revealed that she has not slept well in a week due to her marriage.

She wrote on her Insta-stories, “I haven’t gotten decent sleep in a week but I’m happy.”

Regardless of the stress, the 30-year-old ‘Joromi’ crooner said she is very happy.

The Nigerian entertainment world went agog when news broke that the talented singers were getting married.

The music stars got married traditionally last week in Lagos while date of their white wedding is yet to be set.

Billionaire Jimoh Ibrahim’s Mother Burnt To Death In Lagos Home

Billionaire Jimoh Ibrahim’s Mother Burnt To Death In Lagos Home

Madam Theresa Jimoh, the mother of billionaire business mogul, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, was at the early hours of Saturday burnt to death in a fire which engulfed her Lagos apartment.

The 76-year-old grandmother was said to be inside her house in the Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos, when a fire broke out in her residence at the early hours of Saturday, around 2:00 am.

The helpless septuagenarian was said to have been burnt to death by the strange fire before it was put out by firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Lagos, CSP Chike Oti, when contacted on phone by Tribune Online confirmed the incident.

Oti said the unfortunate incident occurred, and investigations were ongoing to unravel the cause of the fire.
2019: Buhari Explains Why He Shunned Presidential Debate, Blasts Atiku

2019: Buhari Explains Why He Shunned Presidential Debate, Blasts Atiku

President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has provided reasons for his absence at the presidential debate on Saturday.

President Buhari spoke through the Director of Strategic Communication of his campaign organization, Festus Keyamo, SAN.

Giving his reasons in a statement forwarded to NEWSMEN on Saturday evening, Buhari said, “The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who is also the APC Presidential Candidate in the forthcoming Presidential Election, President Muhammadu Buhari, could not attend the Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria which held today, Saturday, January 19, 2019 for the following reasons:

“Firstly, out of several opportunities afforded our candidate to interact with the Nigerian people directly by different organisations, our presidential candidate has taken full advantage of another town-hall meeting organized by another group which held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

“He was also joined at that town-hall meeting by our Vice-Presidential candidate who is also the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

“Nigerians from all walks of life who were physically present and through on-line platforms asked uncensored questions which were adequately answered. It was also transmitted live by various broadcast networks in Nigeria.

“In addition, the busy and hectic official and campaign schedules of Mr. President clashed with this programme. Today, Mr. President commissioned the Baro Inland Water Port in Niger State and campaigned in Niger and Plateau States where his time was over-stretched by the tumultuous and mammoth crowds in both States, (as seen by Nigerians on live television) and only returned to Abuja late this evening.

“Whilst we thank the organisers for the invitation, we want to assure Nigerians that we shall continue to hold these debate groups and Nigerians in high esteem which our candidate has demonstrated during past election debates when he honoured similar invitations. Nigerians will also recall that a few weeks ago, our Vice-Presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, also attended the debate organized by the same organisations.

“Lastly, we note the statement of the candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who actually came for the event and left the venue when he did not see Mr. President, who is our candidate. According to him, he would not want to “attack” Mr. President in his absence.

“It should now be obvious to Nigerians that for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, this election is all about attacking the person and programmes of Mr. President and not about proffering their own solutions to the problems they created during their sixteen years of misrule, maladministration and looting of the nation’s resources. When they cannot see President Buhari to attack, the content of their campaign becomes hollow, empty and ‘full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’

“Now that Atiku Abubakar had a unique opportunity to explain to Nigerians his own vision and mission without a President Buhari in the picture, he ran away. Afterall, he has his own eight years of crass and grand corruption as Vice President to defend before the Nigerian people.

“On February 16, 2019 we urge Nigerians to demonstrate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, through their votes, how empty indeed their campaign has always been and to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN who have started the rebuilding process of our great nation.”

2019 Debate: Read What Ezekwesili, Durotoye, Moghalu Told Nigerians [Full Details]

2019 Debate: Read What Ezekwesili, Durotoye, Moghalu Told Nigerians [Full Details]

Three Presidential Candidates on Saturday clashed on the economy in the televised debate held at the Trans-corp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that they include Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

Asked how he intended to fix the economy, Moghalu said the country currently lacked an economic philosophy.

He stated that the country must first decide whether it is practicing a capitalist or socialist ideology.

“So, my approach to the Nigerian economy is first to focus on reforming the educational system; ensure that our young people have the skills that can make them competitive in the 21st century and the skills that can give them jobs or help them to set up their own jobs.

“Then we will give them access to finance which my government will do through the creation of N1 trillion venture capital fund which will give equity capital, not loans that will have to be repaid.

“This is because loans carry interests in Nigeria that is too high or we may not have the collateral to be able to access them.

“So, we will invest in new businesses that will create millions of jobs within the first four years.

“Therefore, the approach that we will have is skill, capital and literacy, that is what will fix the Nigerian economy and take it into industrialisation,’’ Moghalu said.

On his plan for economic diversification especially through building the non-oil sector, Durotoye identified agriculture, housing and infrastructure as the most important sectors that should be focused on.

He said his government would ensure that it fix the power sector, roads and provide housing for Nigerians, adding that his plan is to provide 30 million jobs.

He said the commodity sector needed to be strengthened so that farmers could have their produce promptly cleared.

On her part, Ezekwesili said her plan is to lift at least 80 million Nigerians out of poverty through improvement in the productivity of majority of Nigerians who “earn less than N700 a day’’.

To do this, she said her government would evolve policies and programmes targeting people engaged in the services sector which constitutes about 60 per cent of the country’s GDP.

EPL: Sarri Reveals Those To Blame For Chelsea’s 2-0 Defeat To Arsenal On Saturday Match

EPL: Sarri Reveals Those To Blame For Chelsea’s 2-0 Defeat To Arsenal On Saturday Match

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has accepted that he and his players, are to blame for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League.

Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored the goals in the first half, as the Gunners claimed all three points at the Emirates.

The Blues finished the game with only one shot on target and hardly troubled Unai Emery’s team, despite having superior possession.

“From a technical point of view both teams were on the same sort of level, but they had a higher level of determination in both penalty areas, so tactics don’t come into it.

“I can’t possibly say I am not partly responsible for the defeat. We have to share it.

“This is not a team that is going to be well known for its battling qualities, but we need to become a team that is capable of adapting, possibly suffering for 10 or 15 minutes, and then playing our own football. Today we didn’t play our own football,” Sarri told Chelsea’s official website.

ASUU Strike: Parents Blasted For Attending Political Rallies

ASUU Strike: Parents Blasted For Attending Political Rallies

Ahead of 2019 general elections, Seun Kuti, son of Afro legend, Fela, has called out Nigerian parents over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Kuti, in a post on his Instagram page, lamented that a religious issue such as the hijab crisis that happened in Ibadan could cause outrage but the closure of universities for months has not yielded any protest by parents.

According to the singer, the parents should not be seen at the rallies when some of them have kids who are not in school.

Alongside an inscription that read “Your children aren’t attending school but you are attending political rally. Are you maaaaad? Kuti wrote: “Until we are ready to serve our children and not just raise them, we shall never understand national development.

“How hijab crisis in a secular school can create more outrage than the closure of our universities for months is the proof we need to know that we are willing to serve everything else, but our children.”

Recall that universities in Nigeria have been on strike since November 4, 2018 over failure of government to fulfil its promise in the 2009 agreement with ASUU.

EPL: See Full Results Of Match Day 23 [Saturday]

EPL: See Full Results Of Match Day 23 [Saturday]

Saturday, February 19, 2018 was Match Day 23 of the English Premier League, EPL.

The biggest match of the day was played at The Emirates.

Former champions, Chelsea lost away 2 – 0 to Arsenal.

Following were the results:

Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-3 Leicester City

Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace

Manchester United 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Bournemouth 2-0 West Ham United

Newcastle United 3-0 Cardiff City

Southampton 2 -1 Everton FC

Watford 0-0 Burnley FC

Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea

Sunday’s Fixtures:

Huddersfield Town FC vs Manchester City FC

Fulham vs Tottenhham Hotspur

NUC Speaks On Nigerian Versity Ranking

NUC Speaks On Nigerian Versity Ranking

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rashid, has urged members of the public to disregard any university ranking purportedly published by the commission.

Abubakar, who gave an address on Saturday at the 3rd Combined Convocation of the Bingham University, Karu in Nasarawa State, described the claims as “simply fake.”

He said the commission had not carried out ranking of Nigerian universities in the past 14 years.

“The purported ranking published in the conventional and social media is false, fake and not from the NUC. It is meant to deceive members of the public and should be disregarded,’’ he said.

He mentioned that the NUC would soon carry out the ranking of the universities.

Abubakar commended the proprietor of the institution, ECWA Church, for landslide achievement in sustaining

The convocation saw 33 out of the 676 graduates bag a first class.