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17 Feb
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FG says hands clean on ASUU’s ‘unfortunate’ strike

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, yesterday, absolved Federal Government of blame on the four-week strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), accusing the lecturers of downing tools at a time government was attending to their demands.

Adamu, who spoke after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said: “Unfortunately, they have gone on strike and I am looking for them because all the issues are being addressed. The last thing that happened was that our committee looked at their demands. But there are re-negotiations going on. They submitted a draft agreement, which the ministry is looking at.”

He added: “We want a peaceful resolution. The Federal Government is ready to meet them on all issues they have raised and if there are so many meetings and the gap is not closing, I think it’s not the fault of the government.

“There is a solution to this. The negotiations are the solution, and that is why I have said that I am surprised that ASUU has gone on strike.”

IN a statement signed by President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, the congress urged the Federal Government to resume negotiation with ASUU and conclude signing of the contentious renegotiated 2009 agreement.

“Specifically, we call on government to sign the re-negotiated agreement with ASUU. Furthermore, President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier directed that a Federal Government team should meet with ASUU to resolve all the outstanding issues. We call on relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure Mr. President’s directive is discharged immediately to end the stalemate,” NLC said.

In the same breath, NLC named Abia, Cross River, Zamfara and Taraba as states that are yet to begin implementation of the national minimum wage, three years after the law came into existence, even as it cautioned petrol marketers from profiteering in the shortage of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).

THIS came as Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, declined comment on ASUU’s challenge to his appointment as professor of cybersecurity by Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO).

“From the evidence available to us, Dr. Pantami was not qualified, and the said appointment violated established procedure for appointment of professors in the university. ASUU National Executive Committee directs all members and branches of our union throughout the Nigerian federation not to recognise, accord or treat Dr. Isah Ali Ibrahim Pantami as a professor of cybersecurity under any guise,” the association had said.

“No comment,” Pantami said, when reporters sought his reaction, following the FEC meeting. He also resisted several overtures by newsmen seeking information on the matter.

MEANWHILE, The Guardian, yesterday, noted that academic activities at University of Ibadan (UI), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) and University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) campuses were paralysed.

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27 Jul
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Governor Darius Son expected to Tomorrow at Jalingo

The Son of the Governor of Taraba State, Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku will be wedding at the Jolly Nyame Stadium tomorrow, Saturday.

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27 Jul
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Buratai’s Step Daughter to Wed in Jalingo Today

The wedding of Buratai’s Step Daughter is holding today 27th of July, 2018 in Jalingo, Taraba State.

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27 Jul
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Offa bank robbery: Police speaks on Saraki’s ‘exoneration’

The Nigeria Police has maintained that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has a case to answer.

The Police also insisted that as such, the lawmaker must report to the Force Intelligence Response Team, Guzape, Abuja to give more details on his alleged link to the act which claimed more than 33 people in Kwara State. 

The Nigerian police also waved aside reports that the Senate President was exonerated in the case based on a report from the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, which allegedly set him free on the grounds that it had no evidence against the senator.

Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, an acting Commissioner of Police, said this in a statement in Abuja.

He added that the reaction became necessary following reports to the effect that Saraki was exonerated on the basis that, “there was no evidence that linked the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed to the armed robbery attack that left 31 persons dead in Offa, Kwara State, in April”,this year.

“It is incumbent on the Force to educate the writer of the story that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the Federation in the legal advice did not restrain or restrict the Force from investigating further, the indictments against the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfattah Ahmed by the principal suspects arrested in connection with the Offa bank robbery of 5th April, 2018, “the statement said. It added that” the DPP advice did not exonerate the Senate President, it only called for further investigations into the matter.

“It is in the course of further investigations into the case that a letter of invitation dated 23rdJuly, 2018 was sent to the Senate President to appear on 24th July, 2018 at 8.00am before the Investigation Team at Intelligence Response Team office, Guzape Junction, Abuja. ”

“Consequently, the Force is hereby re-affirming that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki has case to answer by virtue of the facts that the statements submitted by the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki earlier to the Investigation Team was not explicit and detailed enough, and was discovered to require further clarifications and interrogation, and coupled with the fact the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki in his statement, claimed that the full text of the statement of the suspects who indicted him in their confessional statements to the Police was not shown to him.

“It is therefore, imperative for the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki to report to the Police to make further statement after sighting the full text of the statement of the suspects.

“Furthermore, the Force wishes to inform the media and the public that investigation is still ongoing on the Offa bank robbery and the indictment against the Senate President from the confessions of some the arrested principal suspects, and that, there is no political influence or consideration in the matter.

“The media and the Police are veritable partners in crime prevention, protection of lives and property, and absolute compliance with the rule of law. The media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed publications be used to misinform the public.”

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22 Jul
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5 Taraba ethnic groups sign peace accord with Fulani

Nyandan and four other ethnic groups in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State on Saturday signed a peace agreement with Fulani.

The peace agreement was signed during a meeting attended by stakeholders of all the ethnic groups in Mayolope a border town between Taraba and Adamawa states.

It was agreed that all ethnic groups should immediately withdraw their militia; while security agents were directed to arrest any person or group of persons found with arms.

It was also agreed that the groups and Fulani should comb all trouble areas and arrest any criminal found there.

Daily Trust gathered that all the ethnic groups had, during the meeting, blamed one another for allowing outsiders to come in and instigate conflict.

The meeting had also accused forces not residing in the area of preaching disunity by using religion and ethnicity as tools.

A spokesperson of Nyandan, Aaron Artimas, who described the peace accord as successful, said all the ethnic groups and Fulani had been living in peace for years.

“We agreed that all the tribes should withdraw their militia and peace and reconciliation committee set up and start building bridges of understanding immediately. There is no question of whether you are a Nyandan, Mumuye or Fulani, we are also not talking of religion but all we want is peace and understanding, cohesion and mutual respect”, he said.

A spokesperson of Fulani, Buba Musa said the peace and reconciliation meeting was a good development, asking all parties to be sincere and abide by all the agreements reached.

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