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GSM Operators Resume Services In The North-East

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Telecommunications operators said that due to the containment of insurgency by military forces, they have started restoring base transceiver stations (BTS) that were destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists in the northeastern states of Nigeria.

The national chairman, Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Mr Gbenga Adebayo, said telecom services were being restored by its members following the provision of security as well as a return of normalcy in affected areas.

He said, “The good thing is that we have comfort from the assurances of security agencies that more attention will be paid to the security of our infrastructure there. As we are gaining access, our members are going back to install services in those areas and I am also glad to say that there has not been any case of damage in areas that have been restored.

So, we are hopeful that as services are being restored there will also be the stability of services in those areas.

Adebayo noted that the attacks on the ALTON members’ telecom infrastructure affected the rollout of telecom services nationwide which may impede the target of the National Broadband Policy.

He, however, assured that the industry and the country is making very good progress as far as ICT is concerned today, stating that the most functional public infrastructure that Nigeria has is telecommunications which is affecting positively the lives of everyone and every business in the country.

When I look at the trend that we started from 2000 till now, I think the industry has done very well in spite of the social challenges that we have as a country. We are also aware that the telecom industry is operating within the same eco-system as other sectors of the economy, but in spite of that, we are making good progress. It also goes to show that there is more to do and that these are times of innovation in the morning and absoluteness at bedtime.

Technology continues to move at a very high-speed and one is also glad to note that operators are deploying of best-of-breed and world-class standards. So to move with the trend has not been a problem and will not be. We are in tune with modern trends as a country and as an industry,” Adebayo said.

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Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd

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Rotimi Akeredolu

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has approved the reopening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the state beginning from Monday, November 2.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Pastor. Femi Agagu.

He expressed that the state has become peaceful following the unrest that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

Also Read: BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt

Recall that the state government had earlier directed schools to reopen on October 19 after seven months of closure due to COVID- 19 outbreak.

But the schools were shut days after when the #EndSARS protest broke out.

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BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt

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BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday - Lagos Govt

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government on Thursday directed all public and private schools in the state to reopen all classes for academic activities.

Recall that schools were closed following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests in the State.

The government directed students and pupils in boarding houses to report to school on Sunday, 1st of November in preparation for the general resumption by Monday, 2nd November, 2020.

Also Read: BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Reopening Of Lagos Markets

The directive was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo which was signed by Kayode Abayomi, Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education.

The Commissioner advised pupils/students to take their studies more seriously in a bid to recover the lost period and thereby excel.

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FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

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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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