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NUT Threatens Strike Over Teachers’ Salary Arrears

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The Nigeria Union of Teachers, on Thursday, threatened to embark on strike if defaulting state governors failed to clear salary arrears of its members.

The national president of the union, Mr Michael Olukoya, said this in Abuja at the solemn assembly organised by the union.

Olukoya listed the states owing salary arrears to include Abia, Bayelsa, Benue, Ekiti, Kwara, Ondo, Taraba, Delta, Kaduna, Osun, Nasarawa, Oyo and Kogi.

“The leadership of the NUT wishes to again express our displeasure over continued nonpayment of salaries and allowances of primary and secondary school teachers in several states across the country.

“In spite of our earlier call on all defaulting states to pay up the backlogs of salaries and allowances owed teachers to galvanise effective academic activities in our schools.

“We shall embark on strike on two things and on two occasions, one is on non-payment of salaries and two is the decay in the laboratories in schools.

“Abia owes five months for primary and seven months for secondary, Bayelsa owes seven and half months for primary and three months for secondary schools.

“Benue primary schools 12 months, Ekiti: primary nine months, secondary five months, Kwara: primary two months, Ondo: primary four months, Taraba: primary six months and Kogi: primary owed 25 months.

“Delta primary owes two months, Kaduna: primary and secondary five months, Osun: primary and secondary owed 28 months (half salaries).

“Others are Nasarawa: primary owed 26 months (half salaries) and Oyo owes one month in both its primary and secondary schools.

“We call on the affected state governments to clear the salary arrears and ensure regular payment of the salaries of teachers without further delay.’’

Olukoya said, though Benue owes teachers’ arrears, the union would not allow its members in the state to join the upcoming industrial action.

“So the needful will be done to our members in the state, we need to identify with them as a result of that.

“They will not join the nationwide strike until their case is debated on at the National level.

The president also condemned the recent sack of over 21,000 primary school teachers by Kaduna State Government. He said the sack was done without recourse to the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, an agency mandated to regulate and control teaching profession in the country.

“We hereby express our dismay over this show of impunity and lack of respect for the rule of law.

“We call on the government of Kaduna State to rescind its decision and seek closer ties with relevant bodies and stakeholders and work towards amicable resolution of the issues,’’ he said.

(NAN)

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I have never felt safe or protected by African men – Victoria Kimani

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I have never felt safe or protected by African men – Victoria Kimani

Nigeria-based Kenya-born singer Victoria Kimani has been described as one of the most beautiful and sexiest women to ever graced the African music scene

Looking at her and seeing those captivating curves you cannot help but want to agree more.

Kenyan singer, Victoria Kimani has stated that she has never felt safe or protected by African men.

In series of tweets she shared, Kimani averred that African men reduce their women constantly and break them down to a size that serves them only.

She went on to state that African women should not be reduced to punching bags, sex toys, ego boosters and servants.

Her tweets read;

I can’t lie … have I ever felt safe or protected by African men? Nope

African men reduce their women … constantly. Break them down to a size that serves them only. Damned if I do & damned if I don’t. It’s in your Dna …. you can’t help it.

African women are Not your punching bag…not your sex toy, not your ego boosters, not your servant and certainly, not your enemy.

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I Am An Adopted Child: Actress Joke Silva

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I Am An Adopted Child: Actress Joke Silva

Veteran Nollywood actress, Joke Silva has unveiled the shocking moment of her life on how she figured out that she was an adopted child.

The 59-years-old businesswoman flashed backed to the faithful day she needed her international passport for an impending journey.

According to the wife of popular actor, Olu Jacobs, she stumbled on her mother’s personal box where she believed her passport could be sitting, only to open and find out the biggest shock of her life as an adopted child.

In her Joke Silva’s words, “I got to know years later when I wanted to travel and was looking for my passport where my mum kept it. Since she was not around, I opened the box in her absence and I saw my adoption papers. I never discussed it with my mum because I felt it was something that would hurt her, that was why, it was kept secret from me,”

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We didn’t deploy soldiers to disrupt #EndSARS protests — Fayemi

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We didn’t deploy soldiers to disrupt #EndSARS protests — Fayemi

The Ekiti State Government has denied deploying armed soldiers to disrupt the #EndSARS protests that were held at the state capital on Monday October 19.

The state commissioner of information Akin Omole in a statement released on Tuesday October 20, said the soldiers were sent to protect the citizens against harm and to ensure that protest was not hijacked.

The statement read;

“Reports emanating from the social media that soldiers have taken over the Ado Ekiti, the state capital and chased protesters with guns as untrue and misleading.

“Soldiers did not engage the protesters even as they barricaded most roads in the state capital throughout Monday.

“The soldiers were in the state to protect the people, including the protesters as well as to prevent hoodlums and miscreants from hijacking the peaceful protest by hiding behind the demonstration to commit crime and harass innocent citizens.

“While the present administration in Ekiti recognizes and respects the right of peaceful assembly, and in fact, identifies with the people on the demand for good governance, all stakeholders must be mindful of the safety of all lives and both public and private properties in the State.

“Innocent law-abiding citizens should be allowed to go about their lawful businesses without hindrance while there must be due cognisance of the fact that willful destruction of properties will be detrimental to the socio-economic wellbeing of the people.”

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