Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2020 governorship election in Edo State, has explained why the former national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, criticised him in the last Edo governorship election.
According to Ize-Iyamu, Oshiomhole called him a bad choice in 2016 because he was in a different political party then.
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Prince Uche Secondus on Saturday lamented that Nigeria is without direction.
Secondus further stated that the country needs prayers and God’s intervention. Speaking in Uyo during the commissioning of the 1,000 sitting capacity of PDP State Secretariat, he lauded Akwa Ibom state governor and described him as an example of a truthful, honest and trusted leader.
Oyo State Deputy Governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, says Mrs Florence Ajimobi, widow of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, lashed angrily at him during the burial of her husband because she was grieving.
Speaking while receiving the leadership of the South-West Group of Online Publishers on Saturday, he said she has called him afterwards and they have settled the matter.
The National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) have given the federal government 14-day ultimatum to reopen tertiary institution across the country.
The National President of NAPS, Olalere Adetunji and Ilesanmi Moses, Students Union President, Federal Cooperative College, Eleyele, Ibadan, in their joint address, queried why the federal government would reopen markets while schools remain closed. They further called on the FG to speedily release the resumption date for institutions across the country or the student body would organise a mass protest across the country.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, says Nigeria has already begun repayment of China loans.
The minister made this known when he appeared on a live television programme (Democracy Today) aired on AIT on Saturday. According to Amaechi, out of the $500m loan the federal government took to build the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, $96m has been paid, adding that Nigeria has capability to pay all the China loans.
Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi has lamented over the worsening state of insecurity in the state.
El-Kanemi made the cry during a Sallah homage to Governor Babagana Umara Zulum at Government House, Maiduguri on Friday. According to him, Borno State is no longer safe, following attack on the convoy of Governor Zulum in the northern part of the state.
Mai Mala Buni, Yobe state governor who has been appointed as the caretaker Committee of All Progressives Congress, APC, says the purported Tinubu/Dogara ticket for the Presidency in 2023 is not the Party’s priority at the moment.
Speaking during an interview with BBC Hausa Service interview monitored in Kaduna, on Thursday, he said it is impossible to prevent people from talking especially during a democratic dispensation.
President Muhammadu Buhari says there has been an abuse of trust by some appointees from both previous administrations and his government.
Buhari said this while speaking with state house correspondents after observing Eid Mubarak prayers at Aso Rock, on Friday.
The senator representing Borno South and chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume says the next presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC) must come from the South.
Speaking in during an interview with Tribune, he added that such was the zoning arrangement put in place by the ruling party.
NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest
The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.
He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.
Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.
He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.
FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock
The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday ended in a deadlock.
Although some agreements were reached at the meeting, the meeting is set to reconvene on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 3.00 pm after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of its NEC.
In a bid to end the strike, the federal government agreed to release N30billion for payment of arrears of earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.
The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting revealed that the release of N20 billion funds for revitalisation of public universities will be payable by the end of January 2021.
On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances(EAA), which had accumulated to N40 billion since November 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) made a commitment to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.
He said the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.
The communiqué also revealed that ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) almost stalled the meeting as the federal government asked that IPPIS be allowed to operate in the interim until the test run on UTAS is concluded.
But ASUU insisted on payment of outstanding salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before full implementation of UTAS.
BREAKING: FG, ASUU Meet Today To Resolve Strike
In a bid to end the ongoing industrial action by lecturers of universities, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be meeting the federal government today.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, will lead the government delegation.
This was made known in a statement by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations at the ministry, Mr Charles Akpan.
ASUU had embarked on an indefinite industrial action following its opposition to the government’s move to enforce the use of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System for salary payment (IPPIS).
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