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Strike: FG, ASUU Meet To Resolve Strike Today

Strike: FG, ASUU Meet To Resolve Strike Today

It was a good news to hear that the Federal Government is desirous to end the strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Since November 4, ASUU had downed tools in all public universities in the country. The university lecturers had complained that government has exhibited unparalleled bad faith in the fulfilment of the agreement they reached almost ten years ago.

They said that at every turn the issues arose, government either displayed nonchalant disposition to fulfilling the letters of the agreements, or always defaulted even in the new resolutions arising from such agreements. In particular, ASUU had expressed grave concern that government was reluctant in adequately funding the nation’s universities.

ASUU is demanding among other things, that government should fund research at the universities, build and maintain students’ hostels, construct enough classrooms and provide teaching aids and facilities that would bring about conducive learning in the universities.

While Nigerians feel that successive regimes paid hypocritical attention to issues of revitalizing falling academic standards in all strata of the nation’s educational sector, government maintained that it was not primarily responsible for the falling standard. But the back and forth attitude of government in the entire saga, has not helped matters. The inability to keep to agreements portray government as being interested only in acts that portray it as being interested in playing games akin to Advance Free Fraud (419).

However, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Just last Wednesday, the minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, issued a statement saying talks will resume to seek means of resolving the impasse. This statement has therefore, rejuvenated hope of possible resolution of the matter.

According to Samuel Olowokere, the Director of Press at the ministry “A meeting has been convened for Monday, December 10, 2018, at the Conference Room of the Minister of Labour and Employment”.

He stated that the minister had sent back the dispute for conciliation at the Federal Ministry of Education, having noticed that both parties have not exhausted the internal conciliation mechanism.

“Knowing that ASUU and her members are on essential services as contained in the Trade Dispute Act, the minister has therefore directed that the matter is re-apprehended back into his ministry to avoid unnecessary meddlesomeness by external interlopers as well as to ensure speedy resolution of all issues to enable ASUU to call off the strike.

“By this, all further discussions between the Ministry of Education and ASUU will now recommence at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment,” Olowokere said.

It is hoped that the issues in dispute will be amicably resolved this time around. It is important that a resolution be reached because all is not well with the nation’s educational system. It is equally disheartening that tertiary education which should be the citadel of learning as in other climes, has not impressed Nigerians.

For instance, it is assumed that had the universities lived up to expectation, the myriad of problems, both technological, scientific and managerial, could be easily resolved. But, due to the fact that academic works in Nigerian tertiary institutions are disrupted by intermittent strikes, the level of scientific discoveries or solution to identified problems has been much lower.

It is beyond the understanding of ordinary people that the Nigerian universities cannot find immediate and lasting solutions to some of the basic problems they face: issues of inadequate water supply, poor sanitation, epileptic electricity supply, terrible road network on campus and inadequate infrastructure generally. But how can they even attempt to do such when staffers of our universities are most often on strike.

And that is one of the primary reasons for the dwindling academic standards in our tertiary institutions and poor knowledge level of our graduates. When undergraduate programmes have turned to crash programme year-in, year-out, how can they measure up in standards, not to talk of improving on quality?

If Nigeria should rely on importation of virtually every household and industrial need, could it not be attributable to low-level research findings? With our university dons being provoked to the point of always embarking on strikes, we need no soothsayer to realise that the nation can’t make appreciable progress in the circumstances.

We should do everything humanly possible to find lasting solutions to the issues that have transformed our university lecturers to permanent “strikers”. PALITO MEDIA therefore supports the current moves by the Federal Government to finally rest the issues. However, care should be taken to ensure that those nominated to be at the dialogue table, on the part of both the Federal Government and ASUU, do not go there to further their selfish interests as was being insinuated.

Part of what could be done is to pay them sitting allowance based on achievable outcomes and not on the number of days they sat at the dialogue table. Also, people whose duty it is to advise government on whatever decisions to take, should not collect any remuneration except the items listed on such agreements have been fully implemented. That is one way to halt these back and forth movements. Enough is enough and time to sift out all intervening variables has come.
 ASUU Blasts APC, Call Them Party Of Vagabonds

ASUU Blasts APC, Call Them Party Of Vagabonds

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party of vagabonds, adding that the former national chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande is the grandfather of half-baked government for accusing striking lecturers of producing vagabonds and unemployable graduates.

The union said it was unfortunate that a supposed leader of Akande’s status could render a statement with warped logic.

Chief Bisi Akande had condemned the strike embarked upon by ASUU in Oke Ila Orangun where he went to commission one storey classroom donated to Abolarin college recently.

He was reported to have said the union is destroying the country with demands that are not genuine.

While reacting, the ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole, said it was shameful that Chief Bisi Akande by age and previous offices held in the country before now is qualified to be called an elder statesman.

Omole stated that Akande’s recent outburst against the ongoing patriotic struggle by ASUU to save public university education in Nigeria clearly exposed him that he is just an elder only by age but not a statesman.

“The same Bisi Akande who himself was a teacher during the free education programme of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo sacked hundreds of teachers and left Osun state education in tatters now claims to value  quality graduates while shying away from adequate investment in education.

“It is on record that during Akande’s time as governor all the higher institutions in Osun State were closed down due to the anti-masses policy of his administration on education.

“It is even self-indicting for the leader of a ruling party who is destroying public education with chronic underfunding of the existing institution but busy itself to mushrooming of new universities without any funding plan to still be talking in public. The budget for education in the current year was wickedly cut down to seven percent to demonstrate their hatred for public funded education,” Dr. Omole said.

According to him, ASUU is not government that promised Nigerian youths gainful employment like the ruling party did and so “could not be blamed for the failure of the clueless government to establish industries.”

The ASUU boss said it was because of the likes of Akande who is interested in killing public education to allow for their children and grandchildren to dominate and oppress the children of the masses that they go on strike.

LaLiga: Messi Sets New Record

LaLiga: Messi Sets New Record

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi on Saturday set a new record in his side’s 4-0 victory over Espanyol in the La Liga.

Goals from Lionel Messi (2), Ousmane Dembele (1) and Luiz Suarez ensured victory for Ernesto Valverde’s men.

According to OptaJose, Messi’s brace against Espanyol took him up to 10 for the season in the league, making him the first-ever player to enter double figures in 13 consecutive La Liga seasons.

The Argentine international is the only player in the history of the Spanish La Liga to have scored 10+ goals in 13 consecutive seasons.

Speaking after the match, Messi told Vamos: “I try to follow a routine a bit, trying to do it the same way so that it goes well again.

“Other times I have a lot of free-kicks and I do not put them in. I was lucky enough to get two in a row.”

Messi will now hope to lead Barca to victory when they tackle Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night in the Champions League fixture at Camp Nou.

Juju Murder: Police Speaks On Student’s Fate

Juju Murder: Police Speaks On Student’s Fate

The Ekiti State Police Command on Sunday revealed that the fate of the student of Ado Grammar School, Ekiti, Kehinde Timilehin who allegedly stabbed his colleague, Favour Mathew to death on Thursday will be determined by the judiciary.

Timilehin, a Senior Secondary School 3 student, on Thursday stabbed the victim to death during a “juju” contest which later turned bloody.

Favour died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital after being stabbed within the school premises due to disagreement between the duo which degenerated to contest over terrestrial power.

The suspect has since been detained at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti capital city.

Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said the status of the suspect, who was 16 years when he committed the offence remained an issue that would be determined by the Ekiti judiciary.

He said the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the state Ministry of Justice would determine whether the suspect will face prosecution or be taken to the Juvenile Correction Centre for detention.

“I want to say that the suspect’s fate will be determined by DPP, because being a minor a lot of things would have to be taken into consideration.

“But as for us in the police, we are investigating the matter to be able to establish whether it was a case of murder or manslaughter.

“We are investigating the elements of the case, because by law. If you less than 18 there must be special consideration for any offence committed.

“But we also have juvenile correction centre, so the DPP will study the outcome of our investigation and come up with the best alternative that would be in line with the law”, Ikechukwu stated.

However, adequate security measure had been taken to prevent carnage in the school by threat of reprisal attack as the school management in collaboration with the state government has agreed to shut the school for the rest of the first term session.

First term is to terminate on December 17 and the students had already wrapped up their first term examinations before the killing.

It was also revealed that the state government is not going to punish any teacher over the killing since it happened after the school had closed.

A source said: “ The school is to be shut but the teachers will be working , because the victim’s family threatened that 30 students will be killed in the reprisal attack.

“It is not in any way safe for us to ask students to return to school now. They had finished their examinations before the incident happened.

“Even if they resume on Monday, we shall ask them to go back in the interest of security”, he said.

EPL: Hazard Finally Speaks Out After Sarri Adopted Conte’s Style In Chelsea’s 2-0 Win

EPL: Hazard Finally Speaks Out After Sarri Adopted Conte’s Style In Chelsea’s 2-0 Win

Chelsea winger, Eden Hazard has spoken out after manager Maurizio Sarri tried to copy the style of former manager, Antonio Conte, in their 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday.

The Belgian captain admitted it was ‘strange’ that he barely touched the ball during the game.

It was goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz that gave Chelsea a superb 2-0 win over City at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard, however, spent most of the game on the fringes as Sarri opted to use him in a false 9 position.

City dominated possession throughout and Hazard cut an isolated figure against Pep Guardiola’s men, though he did superbly to set-up Kante for the opener.

Conte often used Hazard in a central striker position last season and although Hazard says he’s used to the position, he admitted that it was strange not to be in possession

Asked if he was happy to play up front, Hazard told Sky Sports, “The feeling is a little strange because I don’t get to touch the ball a lot in this position.

“But I played in this position last year under Conte, so I know what to do.”

Police Storms Ondo Forests Of Kidnapers

Police Storms Ondo Forests Of Kidnapers

Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, at the weekend, led some officers of the state police command to some forests along Owo-Abuja road to dislodge kidnappers believed to be hiding the area.

The forests located along Ikare-Owo road and Owo-Akure road were also combed

by the police who claimed that kidnappers are  hiding in them.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, Mr Femi Joseph, quoted the police commissioner as saying that

the command was determined to end kidnapping and robbery in the state, hence the police operation.

It was gathered that the police officers in their numbers stormed the forests in search of the kidnappers using the area as hideouts.

Before now, a series of kidnapping and robbery activities had taken place on major highways in the state; some of the kidnapped victims were later found on the road.

It was alleged that some Fulani herdsmen were behind some kidnapping and robbery incidents along the highways in recent times.

Mr Joseph assured that the police would intensively patrol of the roads to ensure that insecurity was wiped out in the state.

He said that the police would continue to beam their search light on the area to ensure that kidnappers no longer operate on the roads.

The Nigerian Army had in May, 2018, engaged in similar operation on the road, but soon after they withdrew the kidnappers reportedly returned to the roads.

According to the PPRO, the operation would be a continuous one aimed at ending insecurity in the affected area in particular and Ondo State in general.

During the operation, it was learnt that some buildings which criminals are suspected to be using were destroyed by the security agents; some items allegedly used by the criminals were found inside the forests.
 Petroleum Product Depot Owners Proceed On Strike

Petroleum Product Depot Owners Proceed On Strike

The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria on Sunday directed all its members to shut down operations at midnight of Sunday, December 9, 2018, until the Federal Government pays all the outstanding debt which it owed the marketers.

DAPPMAN’s declaration came less than 24 hours after the Federal Government announced that it would pay N236bn to oil marketers this Friday as the first tranche of the outstanding subsidy claims that it owed members of the depot owners as well as those of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria.

Responding to an enquiry sent by our correspondent on whether the association would still proceed on strike despite the government’s latest promise, the Executive Secretary, DAPPMAN, Olufemi Adewole, replied, “Yes, we are proceeding, since we didn’t get the Federal Government’s assurances of receiving the funds which would help pay December salaries.”

He said the association took a bold step to stop the financial haemorrhage of its members by the painful disengagement of its loyal workforce after over three years of engaging the Federal Government in the efforts to secure the payment of all subsidy induced debts owed marketers.

The association’s spokesperson stated that till date, the efforts “have not yielded the desired results.”

Adewole said, “As you are aware, the association reviewed the suspension of the ultimatum given to the Federal Government on December 25, 2017, which was suspended due to the intervention of well meaning Nigerians and the Federal Government’s promise to immediately pay marketers the outstanding subsidy- induced debts.

“Unfortunately as at today, and almost 12 months to the date, all we got so far are invitations to meetings and dialogues which have so far not stopped the daily increasing interest on these debts which are owed banks and agencies, and which, also has not manifested as credit to marketers.”

Adewole said DAPPMA duly notified the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Debt Management Office, and directly informed the presidency.

He said the association informed the government of its of financial constraints and the challenge of paying staff salaries beyond November 30, 2018, except its members received help via the payment of all outstanding debts which include subsidy, interest and foreign exchange differentials with summation calculated up to December 31, 2018.

He said, “Further talks to which we are usually invited, which now seem to be their response to our follow ups on these debts, never consented to our requests for full cash payment of these debts, hence the regrettable decision we have had to take to let go of our loyal staff who we have sustained through bank facilities at outrageous interest rates.

“Premised on our inability pay December 2018 salaries and to avoid owing staff for work done without any hope of paying them, it is hereby agreed that, since our staff have been disengaged, all DAPPMAN member depots are not in a position to operate, hence will shut down operations at midnight, Sunday, December 9, 2018 until the Federal Government pays our calculated claims: the remaining subsidy (to few members), forex differentials and interest incurred up to December 31, 2018.”

Adewole said this decision was binding on all members of the association and full compliance was expected from every member company of the association.

He said the association shall revert in the same vein with any other directives as might be deemed necessary.

 Reekado Banks Unveils New Record Label

Reekado Banks Unveils New Record Label

Nigerian singer, Reekado Banks who recently stepped away from his home record label, Mavin Records has taken that step forward and announced his own record label, Banks Music.

This announcement was made with a video on Sunday, the 9th of December where the singer posted on social media announcing himself and his team in grand style.

Reekado Banks announced his exit from Mavin on the Friday, 7th of December and his exit got reactions that were all positive as fans and social media commentators hailed him for leaving the label the right way, a statement which is in comparison to how other artistes have left their labels in the past. Even the former label, Mavin Records congratulated him and expressed their good wishes towards his new journey.

Intimate Talks: Long Distance Relationship Messages You Can Send To Your Lover

Intimate Talks: Long Distance Relationship Messages You Can Send To Your Lover

Your lover is far away from you and you are looking for long distance messages to send then check these long distance relationship messages for her. You will like it.

Great long distance relationship messages for her

1. We are far apart but it doesn’t mean that we cannot be close in our heart. I miss your fragrance your eyes that look like an apple.

2. Whenever I look at your eyes, the only thing I see is a beautiful love shape made of diamond that can fascinate the heart.

3. I will always wait for that day when eyes will see again. That precious moment that means millions of things to me. You are always on my mind my super girl.

4. With you, my mind is at rest because I will not be waiting for emptiness. You trusted me and gave your heart to me. I love you to the core.

5. Your presence is my life is like a building of love, all that you find is just passion, kindness and selflessness. I love you to the end.

6. Whenever I think about every word you altered when we were together, I see many reasons to spend the rest of my life with you.

7. I have taken a step to come closer to you. I will be with you as soon as possible and then make you a blessing in my life because I already own you.

8. Even if it is a smile from you, it will mean a lot to me. For over 3 years ago, still the passion I have for you still boils in my heart. How amazing you must be.

9. I feel like the whole world is for me since the day I set my eyes on you but what kills the entire morale is your absence. I can’t just stand the horror of missing you.

10. Loneliness they say makes the heart sad, if I can find another opportunity to be with you once again, I will never let you go again.

11. Promise is a key factor in fulfilling a mission. We are in a mission to spend the rest of our life with our children if God wills. You can still be, mine forever.

12. I have a special love for and it cannot fade away because you are away. Long lasting love I have for the pearl of my eyes.

13. Distance is nothing but a mare rope. I will cut its strength with the true love I have for you. I will stay truthful to you until we meet again.

14. Some people believe that long-distance relationship cannot work, but I told them that it is not in my own case with the angel of my life.

15. You are the press that manifests my thought about love. Since the day you came into my world, I have never experienced what is called disappointment from you.

16. You are an epitome of joy. Since the day of my life, I have never come across a treasure that can smile like you. in you, I see a tree of passion shying away from the one she loves.

17. Has anyone told you that your eyes are the moon? That your voice is honey or that your walk is a pageant? You are a show of passion that is hidden.

18. I thought of many ways to make you happy and then I came up with an idea to text you these beautiful lines: Your beauty does not has a comparison among other ladies.

19. If you can always put a smile on your face, it would have been a great sign of happiness that will boost my health too because my entire wish is to see you happy every day.

20. No one no how your love tastes like chocolate but for me alone among the living. I have tasted your caring and saw that you are just the honey hive they talk about.

Long Distance relationship Messages for him

21. Baby, you may not understand the level at which your love has turned me into a celebrity. Anytime I’m passing by the street of love, the entire trees on my way wave their hands of love at me.

22. I become so special since the day I accepted to be yours. Even if there are a thousand miles between us, our hearts are close to each other like a wife and her husband.

23. Distance is but just a fundamental quantity. It does not really matter when it comes to my love for you. It can’t even change anything about the way I feel for you.

24. Many temptations came my way but none could change my dedication to you. It is possible because I have this true love for you.

25. I wonder when shall we meet to enjoy each other’s company once again. I wonder how this life will look to me without you in it. You have played a big role in my life which I cannot forget till eternity.

26. In the peak of a love mountain, built with sympathy and compassion, I looked down and then smile at you because I could see my kids around you. I love you.

27. I ask distance why he decided to take you away and he replied: “so that you can see how much you love her better”. Thus, it is the mission of the separation between us.

28. Temptation asked frustration, what will be the matter of this young man whose lover has gone away? And then my heart whispered to them, don’t worry, he will love her forever.

29. I didn’t know that my heart will be sad when I saw you turn your back away. This is the biggest mistake I have ever made in my life. Now, loneliness has eaten so deep in my heart that I fall sick every day.

30. I have given my heart to you in respect of the kind of love I expect back from you. I was afraid that I don’t want to lose you but this distance between us eventually made my heart stronger once again.

31. I will always be there for you when you need me most. Even when you close your eyes, you shall see no one but me because I am now the air that blows to your direction.

32. The love of a dove cannot be for a cat and the love of a cat cannot be for a dove, we are meant to be together for the rest of our life.

33. I wish I ca teleport down to where you are and I will be glad to see your face once again. Or if your presence can be seen right away, I will be the happiest lady on earth.

34. I can feel you next to me, I can hear your voice from the closest distance ever. I can feel your touch even when you are not physically close to me.

35. So many months apart, thousands of mile away from my heartbeat and yet I still love you more. I cherish you even while asleep.

36. Sometimes, I smile alone and the people ask what happened? I said I can see what you cannot see. I can see giggles, songs, love and play that I experienced from a heart lover some years back.

37. People think I am mad because it is very crazy to remain loyal at this point in time. I am so blessed because you came into my world. I love you so much.

38. I am not that too bold enough to say hello to the one I love with all my heart because the power of the love I have for her has overshadowed my confidence to stand before her. I love you.

39. Just understand one thing that distance that cannot kill my feelings for you. It will only count miles away but has no significance in the way I feel for you.

40. Perhaps, you don’t understand the kind of love that I carry in this heart of mine for you. It is a divine love that I have for you.

41. You are my happiness and the love I wish I can spend the rest of my life with. I want to see you wake up next to me. I wish you all the best.

Long distance messages for him or her

42. Flying away with someone that means a lot to you is a great feeling in this life; it appears to you like a joy that will have no ending again.

43. Even when you decided to move away, it was a great decision that almost took away my soul. I thought of you every seconds of my life.

44. You are my treasure and pleasure, the most beautiful girl in my entire world. I love you so much that even a minute of missing you is like a natural disaster.

45. Ignoring a person is not the best solution to a problem, the best answer for every situation is to not see it as anything big to tackle. This distance is but a mare miles away.

46. Greatness is when you meet a woman in life that is ready to spend the rest of her life with you. Success is when she is religious and well mannered.

47. To find a true love in life is like climbing a mountain full of thorns. You will face lots of challenges on your way but in the end, the distance covered will not really matter again.

48. I have many reasons why I wish I can spend my money on you, it is not that you love money, or that you love been spoilt with material things. I love you.

49. We are meant to be, you have to believe like a subject believes his king. You belong to me so nothing can separate us from each other.

50. If I can just come to where you are right now, I will be so glad. Perhaps, my heart will be free once again and everything I need will be achieved once more.

51. A man can be a blessing in the life of a woman, just like a woman can be too. You have become my entire happiness on his earth since the day we met.

52. No matter how far the distance could be, I will endure until we meet again. I will not be so discouraged because I believe in you.

53. If you can always make me smile, why then will I not be ready to go with you? You have been the reason why I smile even when no one jokes. I love your way of life.

54. You have become a great impact in my life and your presence in my life has made everything so cool with me because you show me a kind of love another woman has not shown me before.

55. Falling in love with you is not a mistake. It is because you are just a pillar of true love that stands firmly on the ground. I love you so much.

56. How I wish you know how much the strength of my love can uproot a tree of its place, you will have been jumping around like a child given chocolate to eat.

57. I can’t possibly tell why the power of your love refused to leave my heart, even in millions of miles away, I still feel like you are very close to me.

58. Just know that I miss you. That’s just the truth. I miss you with complete passion. I wish you understand this motive of my talk to you. It is generating from the bottomless part of my heart.

59. A true love is clearer than distilled water. It kindly manifests itself for everyone to see. Distance cannot stand it because they are not of equals.

60. I have a rock in my heart for you, a solid rock of true sympathy for you. I am always ready to make you happy because you are my happiness.