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ASUU Chairman sues FUOYE over suspension



Gabriel Omonijo, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), has dragged the institution’s management before the National Industrial Court in Akure over his indefinite suspension.

Omonijo in a suit filed on April 29 by Funmi Falana and Taiwo Olawanle from Falana and Falana’s Chambers, averred that his indefinite suspension without pay by the university was illegal and violated the provisions of the Trade Union Act.

He argued that his suspension did not follow due process as stipulated in the university’s Conditions of Service which was an embodiment of the Acts that established the institution.

The union leader said the investigative panel that recommended his suspension to the university was biased based on its prejudiced composition.

Omonijo said that his suspension without pay by the university was “wrong and unjust’’, claiming that he was only invited in respect of the allegations made in the petition by ASUU to the Minister of Education.

He stated further that the investigative panel saddled with the responsibility to investigate the allegations made in the petition to the minister turned round to place him on suspension without pay due to his position as the Chairman of ASUU in the institution.

The claimant, however, engaged the services of Falana and Falana’s Chambers which wrote the university vide a letter dated March 11, 2019 informing it of the illegality of the constitution of the investigative panel, among others.

He said that the university responded vide a letter dated March 15, and signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs Olayinka Ajayi, stating that the issues raised in the said letter were receiving attention of the university authorities.

The union leader said that the university was yet to recall him from the suspension since Feb. 14, 2019 despite several efforts made to resolve the issues that led to his “hasty suspension.’’

Omonijo, however, sought the declaration of the court that his suspension without pay by the university authorities in letters dated Feb. 14 and Feb. 15, 2019 as null and void.

He also sought an order restraining the university from further interfering with his rights, privileges and performance of his duties as the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), Federal University Oye-Ekiti branch.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Omonijo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Water Resources at the university.

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Lalong engages first class female graduates to imbibe leadership skills



Lalong engages first class female graduates to imbibe leadership skills


Jos, Dec. 9, 2019 Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau said that he had directed that all first class female graduates in the state should work in his office.

Lalong, who disclosed this on Monday in Jos when he received the Minister of Women Affairs,  Mrs Pauline Tallen, said that already two had started work with him.

He said that his administration would continue to do its best for the girl-child.

“Recently, I told my Chief of Staff that any girls who have first class will work in my office to enable them to understudy his administration.

“That is what they do in other countries to prepare the youth for leadership roles.

“We have started already; and we have two first class graduates in law last year and they are working with us,” he said.

The governor said his administration had given a lot of priority to women, children and people with disability.

According to him, Plateau is one of the states in the country that has passed the Disability Act.

He said 70 per cent of the citizens empowered through the states Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency were women and the vulnerable.

The Minster of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, described as alarming, the rate of rape cases and other gender-based violence  in Nigeria.

Tallen expressed the need to urgently tackle the menace.

She said she had received reports of many incidences, which according to her, were becoming embarrassing to the country.

She said that there was need for continuous advocacy to create a society where women and children would be respected.

“I wish to appeal to governors to place emphasis on education of the girl-child to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

“We also have to ensure that the girl-child is not forced into marriage before the age of eighteen to reduce risks associated with early marriage,” the minister said.

She also called on State Governments to improve their health facilities to check maternal and infant mortalities, among others.

She, however, commended the Plateau Government for being among the twenty six states to domesticate the Child’s Right Act.

Tallen said her ministry would continue its advocacy to ensure that the remaining ten states did the same.

Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Abdullahi Yusuf

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Gbadamosi seeks repeal of Land Use Act



A real estate developer, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, has called for the repeal of Land Use Act to allow for freehold ownership system in all states across the federation.

Gbadamosi, CEO of Red Bricks Homes, told newsmen on Monday in Lagos that the repeal of the law would help attract the much-needed investment in real estate sector.

He said that the repeal of the Land Use Act would also remove land ownership from state governors and guarantee security of land ownership for the people.

He said countries like the United States, United Kingdom and other developed economies had used the freehold land ownership system to catalyse massive economic development, saying that the same was possible in Nigeria with the abolition of Land Use Act.

”The Land Use Act has an unsalutory effect of taking away the ownership of land from the people of Nigeria and handing it to state governors.

”In fact, it is something that, in my opinion, detracts from the possibility of an economic growth in Nigeria.

”And this is manifesting in the level of development we have seen in the country compared to what we see elsewhere in the world.

”The United States, the United Kingdom and all these big economies that we have gone to borrow our constitution and systems, all have freehold system and have greatly moved their economies forward with it.

”Whereas in Nigeria, there is no freehold. This is what we have to look at to catalyse economic development,” he said.

Gbadamosi added that the Land Use Act vested governors with powers to revoke land ownership, describing the law as unfair and retrogressive.

The real estate mogul, whose firm is the promoter of AMEN Estate in Lekki, said the process of obtaining Certificate of Occupancy in states was costly and cumbersome and called for the simplification of the process.

He said poor road infrastructure was a threat to real estate development in Lagos and called on Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu to give construction and rehabilitation of roads a priority.

Gbadamosi, a chieftain of Democratic , said there was also the need to address the skills deficit in the real estate sector to catalyse development.

Edited by: Wale Ojetimi

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Yuletide: Ogun FRSC deploys 1,700 personnel for special patrol



Safety says it has deployed 1700 personnel comprising special and regular marshals for its special patrol during Yuletide period.

The state Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Ota, Ogun on Monday.

Oladele said that the special patrol would hold across the state from Dec.19 to Jan. 20 to stem road crashes.

According to him, the exercise will focus on speeding; dangerous driving; wrongful overtaking; lane indiscipline and use of cell phone while driving.

Oladele listed others as: Seat belt violation; overloading violation; Tyre violation (expired/ substandard).

He said they include speed limiting violation; unlatched vehicles violation; child restraint violation; passengers manifest violation by commercial vehicles and use of drugs and intoxicating alcoholic beverages while driving.

The sector commander said the presence of its personnel would be felt on LagosIbadan Expressway; Sagamu-Benin Road; LagosAbeokuta Road; Abeokuta-Ijebu-Ode and Sango-Ota-Idiroko International Corridor to ensure free flow of traffic for travellers.

Oladele also said that the traffic rest areas had been established at Mowe; Sagamu; Ogere; Ogunmakin; Ijebu-Ode; Itori; Ota and Abeokuta, where tired travellers could briefly rest before continuing their journeys.

The FRSC will implement a robust patrol exercise by deploying 32 patrol vehicles; five patrol motor bikes; a life support ambulance and a heavy duty tow truck to ensure safety of lives and property.

We are also embarking on 24 hours patrol surveillance and night rescue teams on all corridors in Ogun and its environs to check excesses of motorists and prevent avoidable crashes during yuletide,” he said.

The FRSC boss advised motorists travelling during this period to be extra careful and ensure their journey were properly planned, with their vehicles routinely serviced.

He also advised them to pay special attention to the construction areas where overtaking was prohibited and maximum speed was pegged at 50 kilometres per hour, especially at the construction zones where traffic was diverted.

Oladele also cautioned the motorists against wrongful overtaking and driving against traffic, saying that anyone caught flouting traffic rules and regulations would be several penalised.

Edited by: Olagoke Olatoye

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Nasarawa Govt to boost fight against HIV with N1.8bn



The Nasarawa State Government says it will soon release N1.8 billion to boost the fight against in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Ahmed Yahaya, made this known on Monday at a five-day workshop on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Programme in Akwanga, Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.

Yahaya, represented by Ishaku Abari, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said that arrangement had been concluded for the release of funds to sustain the tempo of the fight against the scourge.

Yahaya said that the fight against in the state was still largely donor-driven, hence the government’s determination to increase funding toward its sustenance when the donors eventually pull out.

He said that the ministry would liaise with the state Assembly Committee on Health with a view to ensuring allocation of funds to tackle the scourge.

Also, Dr Peter Attah, the Coordinator, State AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Programme (SASCP), called for more government’s support to the programme for its sustenance beyond the donor funding.

Attah said that efforts of the team had yielded great results in reducing the prevalence rate of the disease in the state.

He added that as at June, no fewer than 60, 000 people were living with HIV and receiving treatments in various medical facilities across the state.

The commissioner expressed concern about the attitude of some people toward medical screening in order to know their health status and getting prompt treatment.

According to Attah, no fewer than 22, 000 people believed to be living with HIV have refused to make themselves available for testing so as to access treatment.

He appealed to members of the public to go for HIV testing to ascertain their health status, saying that those found to be positive would be place on treatment to prevent further spread of the virus.

Edited by: Joseph Edeh/Olagoke Olatoye

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CSR: Power coy constructs classrooms in host community



North South Power Company Limited (NSP) had constructed a four block of classrooms for its host communities in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger as part of it Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Mr Ugochukwu Chioke, NSP Chief Operating Officer, said during the commissioning of the project at Day Secondary School Zumba, on Monday that the project was to improve quality of education in the community.

NSP is interested in the welfare of host communities in terms of the community education, this is one aspect of project the community needed.

The project is a standard one and fully equipped to serve the people especially for children in the community to have easy access to quality education,” he said.

Chioke said that the project would also empower the community economically due to its importance to the well being of the residents.

In his remarks, Alhaji Hassan Abdullahi, Consultant to NSP on CSR, disclosed that the company had executed other projects such as drilling of motorised boreholes in some host communities.

He disclosed that plans were underway to establish six cottage industries in host communities and commended the communities for ensuring peaceful coexistence.

Meanwhile, Prof. Danladi Hakimi, Chairman, Dam Host Stakeholders Committee, described the project as laudable, adding that basic education was key to the development of any community.

He urged the company to work towards providing portable water and electrification for host communities in need of such services.

In his address, Mr Jafaru Wambai, Principal of the School, said that the school was established in 2013, but commenced academic session in 2014 under a tree with just one pupil.

He noted that the school which started with just primary session, has grown to junior and senior secondary classes.

Wambai disclosed that the distance of Shiroro Secondary School from Zumba community informed the establishment of the school for easy access by residents.

Nigeria News Agency report that NSP also donated 2,000 notebooks to the school and other instructional materials.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Yuletide:Police warn Plateau youths against indiscriminate use of firecrackers




Jos, Dec.9, 2019 The Police Command in Plateau has warned residents of  Jos and Bukuru metropolis against breaching  public peace during the yuletide through indiscriminate use of  firecrackers.

The command’s Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP  Gabriel Ujah, gave the warning in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Jos on Monday.

According to  Ujah, the ban on the use of firecrackers was still in force, stressing that  officers and men of the command would arrest and prosecute those contravening  the  order.

We know that some people are still selling and buying knock-outs in spite of the ban on it in the state but we would ensure that such people are arrested and prosecuted,” he said.

Ujah said the sounds of the devices were similar to the sounds of  gunshots, adding that such sounds could unduly cause tension in the metropolis.

He appealed to members of the public  to heed to the warning and report the indiscriminate use of the firecrackers to the security agents nearest to them.

Reacting to the warning, Mr James Oridupa, a resident of Jos,described it as “timely” ,saying  every night since Dec.1, the sound of firecrackers had ceaselessly pervaded his neighbourhood.

According to Oridupa, the youths in the area were in the habit of striking the devices.

Edited by: Shittu Obassa and Abdullahi Yusuf

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HIV spread: Nasarawa health stakeholders call for enforcement of anti-stigma law



HIV spread: Nasarawa health stakeholders seek enforcement of anti-stigma law


Akwanga (Nasarawa State), Dec. 9, 2019 Stakeholders in Nasarawa State’s health sector have called on the state and local governments to curtail the spread of HIV and AIDS by enforcing anti-stigma law.

The stakeholders made the call at the opening of a five-day workshop on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) on Monday in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Dr Ishaku Bako, a workshop facilitator, said the enforcement of the law would go a long way to end the spread and new HIV infections.

Bako explained that if stigmatisation against victims was eliminated, it would encourage those with the condition to avail themselves of the testing and treatment.

“One of the ways to stop the spread of HIV is for everybody who is yet to ascertain his/her status to avail himself/herself for testing and those found positive be placed on treatment.

“Efforts must be made to ensure that all pregnant women attend antenatal and deliver in the hospitals in order to prevent HIV infection through prevention of mother-to-child transmission,” he added.

On his parts, Alhassan Ibrahim, Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health, said the objective of the workshop was to review government’s performance in 2019 with the view to improving in the 2020 operational plan.

He said the prevalence of HIV scourge was reducing due to the supports from the various partners and efforts by the staff members of the health ministry.

He, therefore, expressed the determination of the medical team in the fight against HIV in the state to do their best to achieve the global target of eliminating the scourge by 2030.

Contributing, Mr Philip Lukoko, Nasarawa State Coordinator of the Network of People Living with HIV commanded the government and other development partners for assisting them to live a normal life in spite of their status.

He, however, noted that stigmatisation by medical personnel and the public was a serious impediment, saying many sufferers were shying away from testing and receiving treatment.

He, therefore, urged the public to help in curtailing the spread of HIV by desisting from discrimination against the sufferers.

Edited Shittu Obassa/Donald Ugwu

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Change corrupt ways of doing things, ICPC chairman urges Nigerians



The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Monday urged Nigerians to change their corrupt ways of doing things and stop paying lip service to the fight against corruption.

Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, ICPC Chairman, also advised them to effectively embrace integrity, transparency and accountability as the way of life for the ongoing fight against corruption to succeed.

Owasanoye made the plea at the 2019 United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day Celebration in Lagos.

He said that the fight against corruption would succeed, if we all join hands together at all levels to fight the menace.

“For the fight against corruption to succeed, Nigeria citizens should contribute their quotas,” Owasanoye said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that theme of the event was: “United Against Corruption, Do Your Part”.

According to him, when the country’s institutions are weakened by corruption, its security forces will not be trusted.

“Its borders will become porous, criminality will fester and its insecurity may be internationalised,’’ the ICPC chairman, represented by Mr Shintema Binga, Lagos State Chairman of ICPC, said.

Owasanoye said the battle against corruption was currently raging, and should not be the sole responsibility of ICPC or government alone, but should be collective responsibility of all Nigerians.

“As we explore the option of collaboration and cooperation in the fight against corruption, we will intensify activities to detect and investigate act of corruption and embezzlement of public fund.

“The day of impunity is over. The warning being giving loud and clear is that the corrupt will be dealt with firmly and with degree of ruthlessness that the law permits.

“Let me remind you that ICPC is vested with the responsibility to receive and investigate reports of corruption and prosecute offenders,” he said.

The chairman said that the commemoration would provide platform for the exchange of robust ideals that would enhance the fight against corruption for the development of Nigeria.

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Anti-Corruption Day: SERDEC urges citizens to hold leaders accountable



The Socio Economic Research and Development Centre (SERDEC), on Monday urged Nigerians to act responsibly, hold leaders accountable and take collective action against corruption.

Mr Tijani Abdulkareem, Executive Director of SERDEC, made the call at a news briefing in Lokoja after launching a campaign, tagged: ”#CorruptionNotMyDNA” to mark the 2019 International Day of Anti-Corruption.

NAN reports that the campaign with kick started with a Rally, tagged: ”’WorkOUT Corrupt Behaviour”, is aimed at mobilising citizens to frown against behaviours, practices, attitudes, social norms and values that promote corruption.

Abdulkareem said that the campaign was organised by SERDEC in partnership with African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ).

He called for collective action as part of global efforts to  ensure  united effort against corruption and galvanising effective citizen participation in the fight to curb corruption in our society.

”Tackling corruption is a collective responsibility and citizens should take the lead.

”Corruption denies millions of people around the world the prosperity, rights, services and employment which they desperately need and deserve. When corruption prevails, development is threatened,” he said.


”Most times, we see corruption as act perpetuated only within the circle a government.No, we are all indicted when we refuse to be responsible and hold our leaders accountable.

”We are all affected when we promote favouritism, tribalism, religious bias, bribery and pressurise our kinsmen occupying public position with dishonest demands.

”This leads to looting of the perceived national cake and we are all victims of bad road, insecurity, poverty, unemployment, bad leadership an infrastructural deficit which are the outcomes of corrupt societies.

He, therefore, advised citizens to stay #UnitedAgainstCorruption,  and change the narrative through change of behaviour that discouraged corruption. ”It is time to fight it with discipline, transparency, integrity and accountability.

SERDEC also urged government to mandate all schools in Nigeria to adopt anti-corruption code of conduct that would serve as a guiding tool for young people and regulate corrupt behaviours within the nation’s institutions.

”Fighting corruption is, therefore, not only an aim in itself but also the most effective way to ensure sustainable development and a better future.

”Together, lets neutralise the genetic code (DNA) of corruption in our society”.

Stakeholders at the meeting include: various NGOs, NOA, students, religious organisations, parents, media organisations, among others.

Pastor Ibitoye Jacob, CAN representative, lamented the recent rating of Kogi as the most corrupt state in Nigeria by National Bureau of Statistics, and urged the religious leaders to go back to the drawing board.

On his part Alhaji Isa Adeboye, a representative of Jama’a tu Nasril Islam (JNI), advised the youths to shun politics and find something tangible to do, stressing that “politics is not a career.“

A guest speaker, Mr Olushola Babalola, presented a paper entitled: ”Promoting Behavioural Change In Addressing Corruption in Nigeria: Roles of Social Norms, Attitudes and Values”.

Babalola urged government to advance the use of anti-corruption agencies such as ICPC, EFCC to proactively investigate corrupt practices with appropriate sanctions.

Edited by: Dada Ahmed

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