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ASUU carpets Ngige, AGF; says their comments are reckless




The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday lashed out at the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige describing his statement that lecturers are sitting at home playing Ludo as reckless and uncharitable.

The Union stated that the arrogance of the Buhari administration is manifested through the unclipped mouths of his Ministers.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Ngige had reportedly asked ASUU to suspend its ongoing strike as precondition for renegotiating ASUU/FGN agreements saying the lecturers were sitting at home playing Ludo games when they are supposed to be doing research on how to solve COVID-19 pandemic.

ASUU in a release signed by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of the Union Professor Ade Adejumo stated that in a clime of responsible governance and leadership, the government will be making moves to meet the demands of the Union to get the strike suspended.

According to the Union, the members of the Union have been making giant inventions and playing frontline role in the fight against COVID-19 even when they have to contribute their money to develop ventilators because they have “irresponsible government that has refused to fund and invest in research.”

Adejumo stated that in a saner clime, people like Ngige would have resigned or become ex-Minister as a conciliator general of a government that lacks the will to honor Memorandum of Actions (MoAs) signed with the Union.

ASUU maintained that the Pandemic has exposed the wickedness of the leadership of Nigeria who votes 8percent of her 2020 budget to education as against 26percent prescribed by UNICEF.

On the accusation against ASUU by the Accountant General of the Federation, ASUU declared that the accountant general should be bold enough to account for the corruption surrounding the IIPIS as exposed by the Union.

It maintained that AGF is boasting on trampling of the university Autonomy Act by forcefully enrolling her members into the fraudulent platform.

But the Union disclosed that the AGF should invite EFCC to arrest those who supplied fictitious names to the IPPIS stating that members of the Union do not prepare salaries nor work in Bursary department of institutions.

“We are also constrained to respond to the Minister’s uncharitable claim that Nigerian academics have been sitting down “at home playing Ludo and drafts and other games’ instead of conducting research for the discovery of new drugs and equipment for combating COVID-19 is least expected of someone who wears the garb of concilliator general of Nigeria. Such reckless statements has made him unqualified to stand as third party neutral in labour matters in Nigeria. In saner climes, he would have been advised to resign from his position or be removed ignominy. 

Records are available everywhere to show that most meaningful interventions on combanting the corona virus in Nigeria today are still being led academics in many states with the support of ASUU, even in the face of the general strike. We do this because we are aware of our responsibilities to the society as contained in our principles and laws.

Chris Ngige should tell Nigerians how committed is the government to funding research activities in our universities? Is funding not at the centre of ASUU’s agitation over the years? A government that allocates less than 8% of its national budget to education instead of the universally agreed 26% benchmark for developing nation has lost the moral fibre to challenge its academics of not conducting research.

 A nation that develop hunger as a weapon against its academics should be looking for atonement of the sins of its moral deficit rather than embarking on face-saving blackmail that further offends man and God. Ngige should atone for this reprehensible sin by impressing it on this government to act right by earnestly paying attention to ASUU’s demands. To set the record straight, Ngige must be living in another planet if he has not seen or read about ASUU’s interventions in the war.

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COVID-19 Update by the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu




Covid-19: Lagos discharge cases rises to 707 as 45 patients gets discharge

Lagos State has recorded the discharge of 45 fully recovered Covid-19 patients. This brings the total number of discharged cases in the state to 707.

This was disclosed by the state governor and incident commander for Covid-19, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu on Saturday while giving Covid-19 update for the state.

He urged all to take responsibility in ensuring safety for self and for all.

He said:

Good people of Lagos,

“I bring you great news from our isolation facilities. Today, 45 fully recovered COVID19Lagos patients; 22 females and 23 males, all Nigerians were discharged to join the society.

“The patients; 19 from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 3 from Onikan, 8 from Agidingbi, 7 from Lekki, 1 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and 7 from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID19.

“With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Isolation facilities has risen to 707.

“As we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I urge you all to take responsibility and play your part for a #COVID19FreeLagos #ForAGreaterLagos.”

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Is all well with Mr President? – Nigerians react as Buhari prays sitting, without face mask



Nigerians have taken to social media platforms especially Twitter to ask what exactly may be the problem with President Muhammadu Buhari as pictures surfaced online of him sitting while observing the Eid-il-fitri prayers.

The president was also seen without a mask as a one of the precautionary measures to guard against the novel and deadly Covid-19.

The photograph showed the president sitting on a chair without a mask while his aides with masks sat on a mat as expected by the tenets of Islam in observing prayers.

This has triggered controversies on why the president had to disregard the teachings of Islam by sitting on a chair.

While some explained that there are some exceptions in Islam that exempts one to sit while praying, others believed all may not be well with Mr President.

Read some reactions below:

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Abia State Commissioner for Environment, Solomon Ogunji is dead




Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has reacted to the death of the Commissioner for Environment in the state, Solomon Ogunji, who reportedly gave up the ghost on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

The commissioner as disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, had died at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital in Aba yesterday.

Given an update on the incident to newsmen on Sunday in Umuahia, Kalu revealed that the deceased pass away after a brief illness relating to High blood pressure.

Reacting to the commissioner’s death, Governor Ikpeazu expressed his sadness and shock over the news which he described as unfortunate.

Ikpeazu commiserates with the family, friends and well-wishers, praying that God will give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and rest his soul in the bosom of the Lord.

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