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Panic as ASUU may shut down universities over half salaries



Less than one month after the Academic Staff Union of Staff Universities, ASUU, suspended its 8-month industrial action, the union and the Federal Government are back on a warpath.

Already, the National Executive Council of the ASUU is set to meet on Monday (tomorrow) to decide whether to embark on another strike or not.

The meeting, which is expected to be held at the University of Abuja campus, comes on the heels of the October salary cut received by members of the union, weeks after suspending the prolonged industrial action.

Recall that ASUU had on February 14, 2023, shut down both State and Federal government-owned universities over previous agreements yet to be implemented by the government.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after what he described as “failed negotiations” dragged the striking lecturers before the National Industrial Court.

The court, on September 21, ordered ASUU to call off the strike and resume duty with immediate effect.

ASUU had swiftly appealed the judgement but the Appeal Court also handed down a similar order, asking the striking lecturers to resume academic activities as declared in the earlier judgement.

The strike was finally suspended on October 14, 2022.

During the strike, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government vowed to sustain its No work, No-pay policy in a bid to force the union back to class.

But following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, it was reported that the FG had agreed to set the policy aside and pay the arrears.

But earlier in the week, lecturers were paid half salaries for October, a development that may lead to another industrial crisis between the FG and the union.

Recall that the University of Jos (UNIJOS) chapter of ASUU had on Friday commenced a fresh ‘strike’ to protest the half salaries paid to its members for the month of October.

A member of the NEC, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said nothing would stop the union from embarking on another strike, stressing that their earlier agreement had been breached.

He said, “We are meeting on Monday to decide on the Federal Government’s move. I don’t think there will be anything that can stop the union from going on fresh strike. Agreement is agreement”.

The ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke confirmed the NEC meeting but refused to reveal the date.

Asked if the union was planning to embark on another strike, Professor Osodeke simply said, “we have procedures, we will meet soon and whatever is the outcome, we will let you know”.


I may reconsider sacked teachers — Adeleke



GOVERNOR Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, yesterday, disclosed that his administration may review the sacking of 1,500 teachers recruited by his predecessor.

Fielding questions from newsmen on the occasion of his 100 days in office, at the Executive Lounge of the Governor’s Office, in Osogbo, he said the case of the teachers will be reviewed, after the electioneering period and possibly along with others issues the administration’s review committee investigated.

His words: “I am a governor that believes in the rule of law and due process. After the electioneering period, we will look into their case. If due process is followed then I will know what to do, but I don’t believe in deploying sentiment into such issues.

“You will recall I set up various committees when I took over governance of Osun state. The committees are already submitting their reports. I have consequently set up white papers committee on the recommendations of the various committees. Before long, our government will take decisions on the various recommendations through a white paper.”

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OGSG, Tobi Fletcher team-up to Aid Young Professional’ Participation in Economic Development



Founder of a leading indigenous restaurant and outdoor catering company, Oluwatobi Fletcher (Ofadaboy)  has initiated a partnership with the Ogun State Government to rally the state’ young professional’ that have excelled in their various  fields to team-up with the government to further promote the works of the government and enhance development.


The initiative themed Homecoming is a movement of illustrious youths of Ogun State, whose core mandate is to spotlight the excellent and exceptional works being executed by various indigene of the State, and also  to  appreciate and support the government’s visionary strides, and globally promote the Gateway State in a positive light especially among  the youths.
Speaking at a courtesy visit by the Young Professionals, The Ogun State Governor, His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who received the team with other top functionaries at the state house in Abeokuta explained that team is made up of Ogun State extraction who have excelled in their various fields that has come together to initiate an idea that will encourage more indigenes be their best in every aspect of life and to boost economic development of the state.


He added that the government is prepared to partner with the team at all levels because they will be an ambassador of progress that will further propagate the desire mantra of the government to run an all-inclusive governance.
The commissioner of environment of Ogun state in his speech noted ‘We applauded the group for the Homecoming Initiative – a movement of illustrious youths of Ogun State, whose core mandate is to spotlight the excellent and exceptional works being executed by various indigene of our dear State, and also to appreciate and support the government’s visionary strides, and globally promote the Gateway State in a positive light especially among the youths



Worthy of note is their deliberate attempt geared towards sensitizing and encouraging our young achievers, to invest in developing sectors of the State such as Technology, Construction, IT, Education, Farming, Entertainment and other critical, developmental areas.
For us as an Administration, this perfectly fits into the “Building Our Future Together” Agenda under the ISEYA mantra, and we are glad to key into this lofty idea.
The Convener of the group, Mr. Oluwatobi Fletcher, commented that the young professional that were picked have had successful career of over ten years in entertainment and creative industry, Consulting, Banking and other industries. We are poised to be a group of influencers that will support the government and provide evident example to aspiring youth to get to any level in their various careers.
Homecoming Initiative will spread across all local government and constituencies in ogun state in few months with clear communication direction to achieve the set goals. Some of the professionals at the courtesy call include, Convener Tobi Fletcher, Ofadaboy, Vice Convener, Olufemi Oguntamu, CEO Penzaaville, Oluwatobi Ajayi, Chairman Nord Motion, Broda Shaggi, Seun Ajayi a reputable actor.
Others includes Bamike Adenibuyan, Actor/Enterpreneue,  MofoluwatoUthman, Vice President CEO Aplus drinks, Funmi Mustapha, Media and Communication Professional, Lateef Adedimeji, top Nigerian actor and Bode Lucan, CEO Bodeni Energy, Tolu Shokoya, CEO May5th Clothing.

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Grant students break to vote, Sowore urges FG



The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has joined Nigerians in calling on authorities to allow students to go on break to vote in the forthcoming general elections.

Sowore in his call urged the Ministry of Education through the Federal Government to grant students at least a weeklong break to vote during the election.

The election which is barely a few weeks away from now has gathered reactions in the political quarters of the country with lots of anticipations and hallucinations over who will eventually clinch the number one office in the land.

At least 3.5 million students with voters’ cards but have their polling stations outside their schooling domains may be disenfranchised from the voting exercise due to their inability to reach out to their respective polling stations.

As the case may be schooling authorities in the country may not be reflecting on allowing the already registered students to holiday with regards to the 2023 polls.

Many have already expressed concerns about the development with knocks on the tertiary institutions for lack of enthusiasm on the matter.

The human rights activist who is one of the contenders in the 2023 presidential race has been championing Nigeria’s educational system’s address in his blueprint, whose aim is for full enrolment for all children at the primary and secondary school level, among others.

Lending his voice to the development, the presidential candidate of the AAC, in a Twitter post on Thursday morning wrote “The Federal Govt led by @MBuhari, @inecnigeria, the ministry of education must grant Nigerian students at least a weeklong break to enable them to vote in the 2023 elections.

“They must be allowed to choose their leaders so they can get rid of wicked leaders #LetOurpeoplevote #SoworeMagashi2023 #WeCantContinueLikeThis,” he tweeted.

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