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Calabar Zone ASUU Links Alleged Death Of 30 Lecturers To Salaries’ Cut

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Not less than 30 lecturers in the six universities in the Calabar zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have allegedly died in the past one year.

The Coordinator of the zone, Prof. Nsing Ogar, told journalists yesterday that their deaths “may not be unconnected with the strangulating cuts in their salaries.” Ogar explained that “16 lecturers died last year while five have died since the beginning of the year, “ while the ASUU Chairman in Uyo zone, Dr. Aniekan Brown added, “seven of our colleagues have died since last year.”

He disclosed that the shortfall in the emoluments of ASSU members since 2015 had risen to hundreds of millions, which has made it difficult for them to live decently. According to him, the issues involved are “the incomplete payment of salaries, non-implementation of promotion, non-remittance of statutory deductions to unions, co-operative societies and creditor banks with which staff have commitments.”

Ogar and the chairmen of University of Calabar zone of ASSU, Dr. Tony Eyang, his counterparts in Cross River University of Technology, Dr. Emmanuel Ettah and Dr. Aniekan Brown (University of Uyo) signed the union’s statement.

They said: “Only fragments of salaries have been paid to staff, with some universities paying between 80 and 90 per cent from December 2015 to January 2017. To complicate the insensitivity to the plight of workers in the academia, the government further cut February salary by about 30 per cent in what appeared to be an onslaught against the university system.

The leaders threatened that a strike may be inevitable if the government failed to find a solution, regretting that the governing councils of universities were indifferent to the matter.

Also, the ASSU in Benin zone yesterday gave a 14-day ultimatum to the governing councils of universities in the zone to pay the shortfall in the salaries. The Coordinator of the zone, Prof. Anthony Monye-Emina said the deficit was a threat to the peace in the university system.

The universities under the zone are the University of Benin, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Delta State University, Abraka and the rFederal University of Petroleum Resources, Warri.

Meanwhile, the beneficiaries of N-Power teachers’ initiative in Edo State have protested against the non-payment of their monthly stipends. Mr. Isaiah Okpako, who led the protesters to the state secretariat of the Union of Journalists (NUJ), said over 450 beneficiaries from Egor, Oredo and Ovia South West local council areas were not paid since their enlistment in the Federal Government’s scheme.

But the state Coordinator of the project, Samuel Uhunmwangho, urged them to be patient as the payments were ongoing. In Delta State, the ongoing teachers’ strike took a twist yesterday as members of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) chased out those who resumed duties and locked the school gates.

The union vowed not to suspend the strike until their demands were met. Governor Ifeaanyi Okowa had threatened to invoke the ‘no work, no pay’ proviso against them if they failed to suspend the strike.

While the pupils who resumed for studies were also chased away by the NUT members, only those who are currently writing the West African Examinations (WAEC) were allowed into the schools after showing their identity cards.

Source: Guardian

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

Former Governor of Lagos state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commented on the Lekki toll gate shooting that left many dead and several others injured.

The Lagos politician who was interviewed via telephone by a Channels TV reporter, Olu Philips, shared his shock over the shooting and also revealed that he is ready to complain to the highest authorities.

Contrary to people’s predictions, Tinubu however denied ordering the shooting and also stated that he can only control his security guard. He again reiterated that he will never be part of any group that uses live ammunition against protesters.

Insisting that he has always been an activist, the APC Chieftain expressed sympathy for the victims of the incident and advised the federal government to “fish out whoever gave the order (for the shooting) and put them on trial”.

He then recalled how he was falsely accused of being behind #EndSARS protests. Tinubu who noted that he doesn’t believe that Buhari ordered the shooting, appealed for calm over the incident. He also denied having a stake in the Lekki toll gate or suffering a loss due to the continous blockage of the area by #EndSARS protesters.

He said,

“It is early hours of the morning, there’s no way I can talk to the authorities or wake them up now. I have tried to reach the NSA, I have tried to reach the head of the army.

“You don’t call the president at this hour, but I strongly condemn the act. There are other means of settling or dispersing protest. Why would they use live bullets? There are rubber bullets.

“I am not even sure yet they are Nigerian army, I am not sure how well the uniforms of the army are controlled. But that is not as critical as the bloodshed that has occurred.

“We have lost our sleep, we have lost our peace of mind, (and) we just have to deal with it.”

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

It has been reported that the National Security, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari, would come up with solutions to the ongoing violence erupting in parts of the country ”in the next few hours”.

Babagana Monguno Says Buhari Is Coming Up With Solutions

According to Punch, May Babagana did not disclose the solutions, he said they would communicate to parties concerned.

Mongunu revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security presided over the President.

The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.

He said,

“The President himself, I have just left his office, is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council.

I believe in the next couple of hours, Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation.”

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“Please If Anything Happens To Me, It Wasn’t Ordinary” – Ex BBN Ifu Ennada

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“Please If Anything Happens To Me, It Wasn’t Ordinary” – Ex BBN Ifu Ennada

Nigerian reality TV star and actress, Ifu Ennada has disclosed that she is being threatened over her involvement with the ongoing #endsars protests.

The former BBNAIJA housemate told her fans that if anything bad happens to her, they should be aware that it isn’t ordinary, because she’s getting threat messages from anonymous people.

She wrote;

“They are threatening me! Guys the people where I live are getting calls that I should stop posting about these things.

Please if anything happens to me, just know that it wasn’t ordinary. I’m not posting things that aren’t happening or things that others are not already posting”.

She further mentioned that her location is currently off, and she isn’t home, so no one can trace where she is.

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