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President Buhari reacts on ASUU Strike

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President Buhari reacts on ASUU Strike

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday decried the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Buhari, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, spoke on the development after a meeting with the 36 state governors at the State House, Abuja.

He described as “amazing” the ASUU refusal to suspend its eight-month strike. (President)

The president said the varsity “lecturers had not taken into consideration the larger challenges facing the country.”

He said: “The government conceded something. The problem is that they refused to look at the problem of the whole country.

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The Minister of Labour is working hard at it. It is amazing how ASUU will stay out of classrooms for so long. There’s a need for our elites to understand the challenges facing the country.”

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike in March over demands for more funding for public universities.

The union also opposed the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) preferred by the government for payment of its workers’ salaries and developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as an alternative to the government’s platform. (President)

However, the federal government had since agreed to exempt ASUU members from enrollment in IPPIS.

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is a Nigerian union of university academic staff, founded in 1978.

The ASUU was formed in 1978, a successor to the Nigerian Association of University Teachers formed in 1965 and covering academic staff in all of the Federal and State Universities in the country. (President)

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Civil servants in Lagos State to work from home

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Lagos Orders Civil Servants To Work From Home Till February 1

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed civil servants on Level 14 and below to work from home till February 1, 2021, as part of measures to contain the coronavirus disease’s spread the second wave of the pandemic.
This was contained in a statement signed on Saturday by the Head of Service in the state, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

Muri-Okunola, however, noted that the directive excludes staff on essential duty as well as first responders.He said, “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a further extension of the work-from-home order to all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below from Monday, January 18 2021, to Monday, February 1 2021, to curtail the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.”He urged all public servants to stay safe and ensure continued observance of all COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, use of face masks, regular washing of hands with soap and running water as well as the use of hand sanitisers.”
Muri-Okunola also stated that the weekly duty rosters should be maintained for effective service delivery by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the State Government.

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Police officers abducted by bandits in Kaduna

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Some Bandits have Abducted 18 Police Officers In Kaduna

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted 18 police officers around Farin-Ruwa junction along the Birnin Gwari- Funtua road in Kaduna State.SaharaReporters gathered that the policemen were on transit from Minna in Niger State to Kano State when they were attacked on Friday.

However, Sources said about 10 of the officers were rescued by military operatives at Maganda on Saturday.Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) Chairman, Barrister Salisu Haruna, confirmed the attack in a statement.Haruna said police officers around Dogon Dawa and other nearby communities had been told of the incident.He said, “Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) reports that the whereabouts of 18 Police Officers attacked along Birnin Gwari Funtua road on Friday 15 January 2021 is unascertained.“The 18 police officers, who are on surveillance along Birnin Gwari Funtua road, were attacked on Friday. As at the time of filing this report, we could not ascertain the number of casualties. Eyewitness feared that some of the police officers were killed while others are said to be missing in the bush.“Reports confirmed that two police have called via phone to inform home that they were attacked and that they could not locate their location.“Similarly, Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) reports that on Thursday an unconfirmed number of bandits have ransacked Damari village in Dogon Dawa constituency of Birnin Gwari local government area. The bandits who came on several bikes were said to have carted away heavy food commodities and stole many motorcycles. They did not kill anyone. They spent three hours in Damari village without any confrontation by the security.“Birnin Gwari Emirates Progressives Union begs the government, upon who the protection of our lives and property is reposed on, to sit up and face security issues in Birnin Gwari squarely until victory is ascertained.”Calls put across by SaharaReporters to Mohammed Jalige, the Kaduna State Police Command spokesperson, were not picked nor returned.

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Covid-19: 1598 new cases in Nigeria

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Covid-19: 1598 new cases in Nigeria

1598 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-461
FCT-206
Plateau-197
Rivers-168
Kaduna-116
Anambra-53
Ogun-49
Ebonyi-47
Edo-42
Sokoto-32
Imo-31
Katsina-31
Oyo-30
Akwa Ibom-27
Delta-16
Kano-16
Abia-15
Niger-15
Ondo-11
Bayelsa-10
Borno-9
Kebbi-8
Ekiti-7
Jigawa-1

108,943 confirmed
85,367 discharged
1,420 deaths

Our discharges today includes 430 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines.

 

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