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Kogi State University commences recruitment of fresh lecturers to replace striking ones

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Kogi State University commences recruitment of fresh lecturers to replace striking ones

There may be no end in sight on the tussle and show of power between the Kogi State Government, the management of Kogi State University (KSU) Anyigba and the striking lecturers who have refused to be cowed by any intimidation over their demands.

The management of the university, yesterday, started recruiting fresh lecturers to replace the striking ones who have refused to call off their ongoing strike anchored by the state chapter of the Academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The advertorials of intent to employ fresh lecturers appeared in a number of dailies.

Governor Yahaya Bello remains unyielding about his decision to sack the striking lecturers as they failed to resume work on 24th July, 2017.

While issuing the proclamation proscribing the activities of ASUU- KSU chapter last week Governor Yahaya Bello had, directed the Governing Council, the management of the institution and the Kogi State Ministry of Education to replace any lecturer who failed to resume work immediately.

According to Bello’s directive, “Deem all academic staff of the Institution who do not resume their normal academic activities immediately as having resigned from the employment of the Kogi State Government and the University, and to treat them accordingly.
“Take steps to immediately find and engage suitable replacements for all crucial staff vacancies, including those who have left, or who may wish to leave or who are deemed to have left the service of the Kogi State Government and the University pursuant upon this Proclamation.

“Start the process of employing all categories of academic staff required by the Institution based on need assessment.”

In an advertorial credited to the state-owned institution, the recruitment will cut across its 7 faculties, namely: Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Education, Law, Management Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and College of Health Sciences.

Meanwhile Governor Bello challenged members the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Kogi State University who may have been aggrieved with his recent proscription of the Union to go to court and seek redress.
The Governor who spoke at the flag off ceremony for the construction of GYB Model Primary Schools Across Kogi State at St Luke’s Primary School, Adankolo Lokoja advocated for the development of the laws of the country in the light of incessant ASUU strike so that few people should not be allowed to hold everyone to ransom.
Bello said such judicial interpretation would go a long way to helping in bridging the gap in terms of dysfunctional academic calendar.
He wants the Nigerian judiciary to assist in making pronouncement on the perennial struggle between the Might of unions in institutions providing services Vis-a-vis owners of those institutions and the fate of the beneficiaries of those services.
“In particular we need to have judicial interpretations of some issues; Are we truly and angered species without any legal sanctuary whatsoever under the law any time a union down tools on essential services and we do to genuine constraints, cannot meet all of her demands immediately?
“Furthermore is it true that a Government that has done all it can to reasonably accommodate a union’s demands still remain a sitting dock until those unions willingly feel the need to relent and restore the essential services which they deny a helpless populate?.”
He said for greatness to be achieved a memorable change must be made in the system of education.

“Many commentators have spoken for or against that decision, we believe as an administration that pur students come first, and we will take any bullet for them, and indeed the good people of Kogi State. We will continue to make all financial and ancillary sacrifices in this regards.”
“In my opinion, every other change we make in the educational sector must also speak to security of the academic calendar from whimsical, and often ephemeral, labour issues.
The Governor reiterated the fact that he was convinced before banning ASUU in Kogi State University because the future of the children and youths of the State cannot be for sale.
He said he took the division as a last resort to rescue the students from the game of chess in which the lecturers have turned them into unwilling pawns.

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Zamfara government debunks reports that abducted students have regained freedom

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Zamfara State Government has indicated that the over 300 Students kidnapped by Bandits are still in the den of their abductors.

Press Secretary to the Governor, Jamilu Magaji, debunked some online media reports that claimed the female students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe have regained freedom.
He stated: “Governor Bello Matawalle and his aides have been been having sleepless nights since Friday when the girls were abducted by gunmen.

He said they have been working round the clock, making frantic efforts that will lead to the safe release of the victims.
He expressed dismay that that some persons, who do not know the details of the situation, will try to further hurt the victims’ parents, government and security by ridiculing the effort with falsehood.
“The state government will come immediately and happily inform the world as soon as the girls are released.”

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New fuel price regime in the offing

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A new fuel price regime between N170 and N175 may be approved by the federal government this week, Daily Trust has learnt.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the sole importer of refined petroleum products was selling at the old landing cost of N158.33 as of Saturday but government officials and some marketers have confirmed to Daily Trust that a new fuel price band is imminent this week.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva had two weeks ago said Nigerians should prepare for fuel price increase as oil price climbed above $60 per barrel.
The rise in crude oil price has taken the landing cost of petrol in Nigeria above N180 per litre.
“Even though the organised labour is still adamant on their stance against fuel price hike, we have told paying for the differential is not sustainable… This week a new price band will likely come into effect”, an oil agency official said yesterday.
The source said the Nigerian Petroleum Marketing Company (NPMC), a marketing arm of the NNPC, would notify depot owners and marketers of the new price by Monday.
However, NNPC said there would not be fuel price increase any time soon in an earlier statement. NNPC spokesman, Dr. Kennie had Obateru explained that the decision was to allow ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship, to be concluded.
The Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society Organisations for Petroleum and Energy Security (CONCSOPES) has said the organised labour’s refusal to allow fuel price hike and its agitation for the rollback of oil sector’s deregulation will lead to the product scarcity.
CONCSOPES’ convener Timothy Ademola told newsmen in Abuja on Saturday said market forces should be allowed to determine fuel prices.

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has allayed apprehension among Nigerians who may be planning to hoard the Premium Motor Spirit.

The Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Yakubu
on Sunday spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as long fuel queues were noticed at filling stations in many states and Abuja.

It was observed that some filling stations are reluctant dispense the PMS they have in stock to motorists while some have run out of supply.

Yakubu said the price of crude oil has gone up and affected the price of products.

The spokesman assured that PMS would soon be available in excess as loading had already commenced at depots.

“The government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available in every filling station within a few days starting from today,” he said

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