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Unpaid Salaries: Teachers In Ekiti Vow Not To Resume Classes Today

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nigeria_union_of_teachersThe Ekiti Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), on Tuesday called on its members not to resume for the new academic session on Wednesday as directed by the state government.

The state chairman of the union, Mr Samuel Akosile, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti that asking teachers to resume for the session with empty stomach was like attempting suicide.

Gov. Kayode Fayemi, on Monday announced that public and private primary and secondary schools across the state should resume on Wednesday for the 2014/2015 academic session.

The announcement came after weeks of fears of outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease and demand by teachers that government should put measures in place to contain its spread before resumption.

The NUT boss also directed his members to shun their duty posts until the August and September salaries being owed by the government were paid.

He said that government had no justification to ask teachers to resume duties when they were still being owed two months salaries and other allowances.

Akosile said: “How can we go back to work when we are being cheated? We cannot pretend that all is well when teachers are dying in silence.

“As we speak now, teachers have not received August and September salaries as well as the deductions in July salary.

“But to our surprise, local government workers have been paid up to September. So what is the justification for the governor asking us to resume to duties?

“I hereby direct that all our members must remain at home until we are paid.

“I do not want a situation whereby teachers will either be dying on the roads or working with empty stomachs”.

In its reaction to the call by the NUT chairman for teachers to stay at home, the government through the Commissioner for Information, Mr Tayo Ekundayo, pleaded for understanding.

He said that government was making efforts to pay the two months’ salary arrears owed the teachers. (NAN)

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

Also Read: Gunmen Evict NIDCOM Staff From Office On Minister’s Order

The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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