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Government Receives $42m from US Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative

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Where is the food?

According to the United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of African Affairs, Miss Cynthia Akuetteh, Nigeria has received almost 42 million dollars from the US global hunger and food security Initiative. Akuetteh made the remark on Tuesday in Port Harcourt at the UN- Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) programme.

Akuetteh pointed out that a portion of the grant had been used to improve food security and livelihood in the Niger Delta. In her words, “This support has improved aqua culture, rice and cassava- based livelihoods and helped care-givers of orphans and vulnerable populations generate more sustainable income.”

She said that since 2006, the United States had provided over 35 million dollars worth of equipment which included automatic identification system, radars, defender class boats to Nigeria and other West African countries.

The US Deputy Assistant Secretary also said that convening the BNC Niger Delta working Group in Port Harcourt was an unprecedented demonstration of the United States commitment to stability in the Niger Delta. “We believe if we can help the Delta chart a secure, prosperous and environmentally sustainable course, then the region’s success will be Nigeria’s success as well.”

Nigerians do sincerely hope that hose funds are being used for the exact purpose for which they have been received.

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  1. myname

    October 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Shameless country that depends on US for almost everything, they have been giving us drugs for years now they are giving food and all we do is to accept because we don’t want to be developed. With this attitude what happens if we are giving guns am sure we will also take. With our resources Nigeria can feed many countries in the world but the reverse is the case.

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FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

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Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform
Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended in a deadlock on Wednesday.

The union and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige led delegation failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers.

According to reports, the Federal Government offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Also Read: Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike –ASUU

However, the ASUU delegation led by National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment by the Federal Government should be made through the UTAS.

Following the failure to reach a consensus, the parties agreed to consult their respective principals and stakeholders.

They are to reconvene next week Wednesday.

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WAEC To Release 2020 SSSCE Results Next Week

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WAEC To Release 2020 SSSCE Results Next Week
WAEC To Release 2020 SSSCE Results Next Week

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has given an update on releasing the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result.

The Council early on Wednesday morning announced that the result would be released next week.

Also Read: WAEC Releases 2020 WASSCE Timetable

The results were supposed to be out today but the examination body said the postponement was due to the violence and arson in the country which affected some of its offices and some of its operations nationwide.

The examination body stated that the exact date for the result will be announced soon.

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Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike –ASUU

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Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike –ASUU

ASUU Chairman, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), says the ongoing ASUU strike will only be called off when the government is ready to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

In an interview with The PUNCH, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, said the federal government needed to give the clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency to conduct an integrity test on UTAS.

Speaking with PUNCH, the ASUU President said: “The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.”

Also Read: ASUU strike is boosting #EndSARS protest — Chris Ngige

Professor Ogunyemi while speaking on whether the government had accepted UTAS, said, “We are still talking, we have given them the position of our members, we are thinking we should be able to hold a meeting this week if they have not changed plans. The meeting for Monday was postponed. In principle, they have accepted UTAS and told us to go for the test, and on our part, we have started the process.

Speaking further, the ASUU President also explained that ASUU was ready to resume academic activities if the government was ready to play its part.

“Our members are ready to resume work as early as government is ready to play its part. I’m sure you are not suggesting that our members should resume on empty stomach or the strike should be suspended without any concrete action on the side of the government. We don’t like to stay away from our work because we like our students, they are also our children.

“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have issue with going back to work, but we want more sincerity on the side of government. We have not seen enough reasons to believe that they don’t mean what they are telling us but as soon as we see any sign to that effect. we will tell Nigerians,” Ogunyemi opined.

 

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