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KSU (ASUU) softpedals as it Directs members to resume academic activities today

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KSU (ASUU) softpedals as it Directs members to resume academic activities today

Kogi State University (KSU) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may have bowed to pressure after three months industrial action as it has asked its striking members to return for academic activities to enable students write their second semester examinations.

ASUU’s Acting Chairperson, Dr Daniel O. Aina in a statement issued at the weekend, said the decision was in line with an understanding reached with the University Management Committee (UMC) that academic activities should resume on conditional grounds.
This was coming on the heels of the directive by Governor Yahaya Bello of State to the Vice Chancellor of the University to reopen the school on Monday (today).

Bello had explainef that he had met with the major demands of the lecturers, hence they were expected to return for lectures.
He said his government places high premium on education, even as he urged the different heads of tertiary institutions in the State to deepen the culture of patriotism and hardwork among their staff members.
However the statement by ASUU indicated that, the agreement does not in any way truncate their earlier resolution and struggle that led to the industrial action
He said the current move was meant to allow student write their outstanding examination slated for August 1st 2016.

According to the statement, “ASUU leadership shall abide by our earlier resolution on the total payment of the backlog of salaries as the only condition for the suspension of the ongoing struggle”, it said.

It commended the steadfastness of its members during the cause of their struggle, adding that the Union will not be swayed by the media propaganda that ASUU is out to jeopardize the future of the students for refusing to commence its services despite the payment of four months’ salary.
The Statement indicated,
“That is not true. ASUU leadership is experienced enough to read through the subterfuge of propaganda and lack of commitment”,

“For the umpteenth time, ASUU wishes to reiterate that the current action is devoid of any political or ethnic undertone, but a legitimate demand for payment of what is due to our members.
“Our struggle continues, we prevail on Government not to BACKSLIDE on its commitment”, the statement added.

ASUU had on April 14 embarked on “No pay, No work” action to prevail on the state government to offset all the arrears of salaries owed lecturers of the institution without which they would stay out of duty.

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

By Aminci Audu

The House committee on custom and excise duty on Thursday mourned the demise of her Chairman Honorable Yuguda Hassan Kila, APC -Jigawa who died in the National Hospital, Abuja today.

The deputy chairman honnorable Abejide Joseph Leke, (ADC -Kogi) communicated the report of his death during the budget defence of the Nigerian Customs Service before the committee.

Honorable Leke in his opening prayer had asked the house to pray for Kila’s quick recovery.

Leke further prayed for the peaceful repose of his colleague and expressed his deep sympathy for Kila’s family.

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has expressed dismay over the epileptic power in the State that has even forced the Govetnment House, Lafia to be on 24hour generator.

This he said is occasioned by avoidable delays in the completion of the 330 KV power sub station in Akurba.
In his words,
“The Government House is on generator for almost 24 hours. It does not make sense, especially at a period like this when people should be saving.

The Governor expressed the displeasure shortly after inspecting progress of work at the site of the project, on Wednesday.

Engineer Sule was particular about the poor handling of the project by contractors, as he vowed to intervene by meeting with all parties concerned to achieve speedy completion of the project.

In a chat with journalists at the site of the project, the Governor lamented over the power situation, especially in Lafia, the state capital, where residents enjoy only 1-2 hours of electricity daily, with residents left to depend on generators for power.

“A state like Nasarawa should be saving money, not wasting money on diesel and then generating power from a source that is even unhealthy even to the human body,” he stated.

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, said Nigeria that was a shinning star in the 60s is now a shadow of its glorious past, now pushed further into a deep mess with ethnicity as as the supreme order.

Speaking at his official presentation of his autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja, the Abia Senator said Nigeria has continually regressed and the citizens were now reclining into their ethnic enclaves.

Abaribe noted that the country has regressed to the level that it would be difficult for any citizen to survive “if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave.”

He said: “I try to say a few things (in the book) that we might have forgotten. Why is it that we had a better life – we had pipe borne water, we had electricity 24 hours – in the 1960s?

“Now it is 50-60 years later, every person has to have borehole in his house. So he becomes his own NEPA generating power for himself; he becomes his own water board. Then I asked, why would life be like this? I tried to caption the reason why we are where we are today.

“I also tried to capture that there was a Nigeria, where it is said, in our former anthem, that though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

He said in his early career life, he secured jobs and got promotions in places outside his southeast region only based on merit without anyone asking where he came from.

“Now, what we have done is that we have a big Nigeria that has continually regressed and now all of us are into our ethnic enclaves.

“And if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave, you won’t be able to survive in Nigeria today.

“In the book, I also look at the possibility of Nigeria that we may have assuming if each and everyone of us is committed to the country.”

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