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ASUU Strike To Continue Until Demands Are Met – Omole

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ASUU Strike Halts Activities At UI

The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Ibadan, UI, Chapter, Dr Deji Omole has said that the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union would not be called off unless the Federal Government do the needful by resolving all the contending issues.

Omole stated this on Tuesday while briefing newsmen after the congress of the union in Ibadan, stressing that the union would not allow the ruling elite to destroy the heritage of the poor, which is qualitative public education.

According to him, the position of ASUU was a fall out of the first meeting held with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige which did not go into substantive issues that led to the strike.

It will be recalled that about three weeks ago, the union had declared total, indefinite and comprehensive strike over failure of the Buhari-led federal government to fulfill the content of the Memorandum of Action it signed with the Union in 2017 bothering on Revatilisation and funding of universities, unpaid accumulated earned academic earned allowances, release of University staff pension company license among other issues.

Omole pointed out that Wale Babalakin, who is the leader of Federal Government team is being rejected by the Union because he is an interested party pursuing a private university license and will do everything to jeopardize public education funding.

He stated that a situation whereby two members in the federal government team are pursuing their private university licenses indicate they would not favour funding of public education.

The ASUU scribe maintained that the three-week old ASUU strike is borne out of genuine and patriotic commitment to ensure a better future for children of the masses and that of Nigeria.

Dismissing the allegation being bandied by the government that the strike was political, Omole said, “How can our strike be political when there are matters that you as government signed into and you failed to fulfill your promises? To us, it is the Federal government that is being political with the truth by becoming untrustworthy.

“How can the President and his Vice be asking Nigerian universities to become one of the leading universities of the world without making the same commitments responsive and responsible governments in the world are making to Education? Our leadership has shown consistent disrespect for agreements and this is why they can no longer be trusted by our Union.”

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PPPRA Cautions Oil Marketers On Distorting Fuel Price

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PPPRA Cautions Oil Marketers On Distorting Fuel Price

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency on Tuesday cautioned oil marketers against distorting the approved pump price of petrol.

PPPRA secretary Abdulkadir Saidu says the agency is in charge of fixing the price of white petroleum products – petrol and kerosene, the approved cost of PMS at retail filling stations has not changed beyond N145 per litre.

Saidu has also advised oil marketers to ensure that there was no price distortion in their respective retail outlets, adding that PPPRA would continue to carry out its oversight function of monitoring depots and filling stations across the country.

He said this would ensure strict adherence to the regulated price and stop other forms of fraudulent practices at retail outlets.

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NIM President Calls ON Political Leaders In Nigeria To Reveal Salaries And Allowances

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NIM President Calls ON Political Leaders In Nigeria To Reveal Salaries And Allowances

The president of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Professor Olukunle Iyanda, has called for the disclosure of remunerations of political leaders in the country.

He frowned on the refusal of national assembly members to reveal their salaries and allowances.

Speaking at the nim’s continuing learning and development programme in Abuja, Iyanda accused politicians of elevating themselves above service to the nation.

Iyanda lamented that Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid in the world; yet, Nigeria is not among the top 10 richest nations.  He said they should not earn more than Federal Permanent Secretaries.

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Gombe State Government Confirms Death Of 4 Lassa Fever Patients

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Gombe State Government Confirms Death Of 4 Lassa Fever Patients

The Gombe state government has confirmed the deaths of four Lassa fever patients from the 53 suspected cases recorded in the state.

Acting state epidemiologist, Nuhu Bille, has advised members of the public to imbibe the culture of reporting cases of fever to hospitals for adequate action and treatment.

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