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Ondo Varsity joins ASUU nationwide strike



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa chapter, says it has joined the nationwide indefinite strike over dispute in pay system.

This was contained in a communique issued by Drs Dipo Akomolafe and Rotimi Olorunisola, the union Chairman and Secretary respectively, on Tuesday in Okitipupa.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that ASUU had announced the commencement of its nationwide indefinite strike on Monday.

NAN also reports that this was in spite of the Federal Government directive on closure of all public primary, secondary and tertiary institutions over the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the communiqué, the union announced its indefinite strike after the expiration of its two-week warning strike.

It said that the strike was called following government’s insistence to enroll academic staff on the Integrated Payroll Payment System (IPPIS) and some other agreements yet to be fulfilled.

The communiqué said the union members resolved to join the nationwide industrial action because the agreement reached by the national body after a meeting with government failed to resolve the issues.

The communique enjoined members not to partake in any academic activity within and outside the university.

“After discussion with the government, we observed that it is yet to show commitment to all the contentious issues that have been lingering since 2009 and the new issue of IPPIS.

“Government has failed to satisfactorily address the issues. We resolve that the ongoing warning strike should immediately be rolled over to full scale action by all ASUU branches.

“Sequel to this directive, the university chapter of the union, after its congress, decided to join the nationwide strike and urged all members not to partake in any academic activity.

“The implications are that: no member of the union will attend council, departmental, senate or faculty meetings under any guise,” it said.

The union, however, urged the university management to resolve the lingering local issues ranging from full payment of earned academic allowances and letter of approval for the deferment of the leave for 2017 and 2018 academic sessions.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq


SDP approves caretaker committee for Ondo State chapter



The National Working Committee of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has appointed an 11-man caretaker committee for its Ondo State chapter.
SDP in a letter signed by its National Secretary, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, addressed to the State Chairman, Chief Korede Duyile, also dissolved the State Working Committee (SWC).
Gabam explained that the dissolution of the SWC was one of the measures to strengthen the party’s administration and activities of the Ondo State chapter in order to maintain the position of the SDP in the political landscape of the state.
The party appointed Mr Oladele Ogunbameru as the Chairman of the committee and Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan as Secretary.
“To this end, the National Working Committee has approved the dissolution of the Ondo State Working Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Korede Duyile.
“A new Caretaker Committee of 11 members has therefore been constituted for the state, with Mr Oladele Ogunbameru as Chairman and Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan as Secretary.
“The other members of the committee selected from each of the nine Federal Constituencies in the state are Chief Sola Omojuwa, Mr. Oyibo Priye, Princess Olayinka Raji, Mr Tunde Alejo, Mr Rotimi Akinde, Mr Femi Akinmurele, Mr Bola Osho, Mr Sunday Adedoyin and Mr Remi Oluwatuyi,” he said.
Gabam said that the mandate of the Committee was to find pragmatic procedures for accomplishing reorganisation and streamlining of the party’s operations in accordance with guidelines from the National Secretariat.
He said the committee should ensure massive recruitment of fresh members especially youths and women across the state.
“The tenure of the acting chairman and member of the caretaker committee shall be 90 days from the date of this letter or as may be determined by the national working committee.
“The committee members are expected to familiarize themselves with the party’s constitution and the policies and guidelines of the SDP.
“The national working committee reposes much confidence in you and other members of the committee and expects that you will take this assignment with seriousness and devotion,” Gabam said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)




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London to offer COVID-19 risk assessments to Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers: mayor




Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff in London will have access to risk assessments after reports showing they have a higher risk of being affected by COVID-19, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced Monday.

The risk assessments — which will be open to those working across the Greater London Authority family, including Transport for London, The Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade — will consider the physical and mental health needs of all vulnerable staff, including BAME, older and those with pre-existing conditions, said City Hall in a statement.

“Far from being a great leveller, the coronavirus crisis has exposed the unacceptable major inequalities in our society,” Khan said.

“This pandemic must be a wake-up call to our country and we need the Government to show their commitment to tackling these great injustices and immediately commission an independent public inquiry that will properly address this issue,” he added.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die from coronavirus than white men and women, after taking into account age and socio-demographic factors.

City Hall published Monday a new research to further understand this disproportionate impact, comparing coronavirus cases in London to a range of measures including ethnicity, job security, poverty, deprivation, age and a range of health conditions.

The study from City Hall’s Intelligence Unit shows the highest COVID-19 death rate in London is an area of Newham, where 82 percent of the population are BAME, one in three is in insecure employment and there are high levels of deprivation, obesity and diabetes.


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London mayor urges Britain to extend Brexit transition



London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, on Monday urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to extend the transition period for Britain to negotiate post-Brexit arrangements with the European Union.

Khan asked Johnson’s cabinet chief and lead minister for Brexit, Michael Gove, to “put political ideology aside” and extend negotiations with Brussels, which are due to resume on Tuesday.

“The last thing our country needs as we try to find a way forward from this pandemic is more chaos and uncertainty.

“I’ve urged the government to put political ideology aside and pursue the pragmatic route of seeking an extension to Brexit negotiations,’’ opposition Labour politician Khan tweeted.

Britain formally left the bloc on January 31 after a slim majority voted for Brexit in a 2016 referendum.

Little has changed during a planned 11-month transition that Johnson has vowed not to extend, in spite of a lack of progress in talks that have been overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis.

EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told the Sunday Times that Britain had failed to meet its commitments to the negotiations on future trade and other arrangements.

“London had taken a step back, two steps back, three steps back, from the original commitments.

The UK negotiators need to be fully in line with what Johnson signed up to with us,’’ Barnier added, referring to a joint declaration on the principles of future relations.

Johnson and Gove have suggested they would accept a “no deal” Brexit if London and Brussels cannot agree on new trade rules by Dec. 31.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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COVID-19: Ondo state records 2 new deaths- Gov. Akeredolu



Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says the state has recorded two new deaths of COVID-19, raising the number of fatalities to four in the state.

Akeredolu confirmed this on Monday on his twitter handle.

According to him, today, we recorded three new cases and unprecedented number of deaths from COVID-19 in Ondo state.

“Two of the new cases passed on at University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital (UNIMED) in Ondo town this morning.

“The 3rd case is currently at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Akure undergoing treatment”Akeredolu said.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the number of cases in the case has increased to 28 in all, as at June 1, 2020.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)


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APC primary: Steer clear of Ondo politics, group tells Gov. Fayemi



A group, Ondo State Progressives Network, has urged Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti to steer clear of the July 20 All Progressives Congress (APC) primary in the state.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Tunde Ajayi, made the call in a statement on Monday in Akure.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there had been calls for  Direct Primary to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu by opposing camps within the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Ajayi said that there have been pressure on the leadership of the APC to impose indirect mode of primary against the wishes of majority of the party member in the state.

“The attention of the Ondo State Progressives Network has been drawn to series of moves to lure some national leaders of the APC and some governors to mount pressure on the national working committee to announce an indirect primaries for the election.

“The Network, therefore, advise that  leaders of the party in Ondo State and at the national level should be allowed to act appropriately.

“The group also condemn any move which will thwart the unity of the party in the state,” he said.

The coordinator advised Akeredolu to adopt the party’s leadership process rather than seeking to get an indirect primary process.

“We further appeal to the leadership of the party and members of the national working committee not to be intimidated.

“Only a direct primary process in the party’s guber primary can restore the hope of APC faithful in the state and move the party to the next level,” Ajayi said.

Meanwhile, Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, earlier in a statement, said that the governor was not afraid of direct primary.

“First and foremost, we have not come out as a government that we are opposed to direct primary; neither had the governor expressed aversion to  same.

“We’re not afraid of any mode of primary. I will want the public to know that the call for direct primary is to put out narrative that the governor is opposed to direct primary. In fact, we’ll even prefer a direct primary.

“For those who clamour for direct primary, the message to them is that Akeredolu is more prepared for any mode of primary than those who clamour for it,” Ojogo said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Christians obey govt’s directive on partial reopening of worship centres in Ondo



Christians in Okitipupa, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday complied with the directive of the state government on partial reopening of worship centres in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday directed a “guided” and “syndicated” resumption of mosques and churches across the state.

The state government on March 26, directed a shutdown of all religious worship centres to curtail the spread of #coronavirus.

As part of the partial reopening of the worship centres, Akeredolu also directed that mosques and churches must be disinfected.

The governor also directed that soaps, water, hand sanitisers must be provided to worshippers as well as use of face masks and maintaining social distance, among others.

A NAN correspondent who visited churches like Christ Apostolic, Anglican, Methodist, Winners Chapel, Mountain of Fire, Redeemed Christian Church of God, among others, in Okitipupa, noted that the churches complied with government directives.

NAN also reports that worshippers wore face masks, while soap, water and hand sanitisers were provided for worshippers before entering the churches.

Worshippers also observed social distancing during the  services.

Primate Elisha Akinsulere, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo South District, told NAN on telephone that the government had been magnanimous in reopening worship centres.

He urged Christians to continue to pray to God to give the leaders the necessary direction and to pray for God to take away COVID-19 permanently.

“We are happy for the partial reopening of worship centres. We thank the state government for the magnanimity and we will continue to pray for our leaders for the right direction.

“I urge all our brethren to continue to pray to God to help us defeat COVID-19 permanently for peace to return to our dear country and the world at large,” Akinsulere said.

He, however, urged Christians to continue to comply with all government preventive measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)



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Ondo 2020: Ex-PDP official joins race, promises people-oriented programmes



A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Mr Banji Okunomo, has joined the state’s Oct. 10 governorship race.

Okunomo, while speaking with newsmen in Okitipupa on Sunday, said that his quest for the governorship ambition was to improve the standard of living of the masses.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okunomo on Saturday at the PDP Secretariat in Akure picked his ‘Expression of Interest Form’  in pursuit of his gubernatorial ambition

He promised to execute people-oriented programmes and make sure the masses became part of the decision making in piloting the affairs of the state.

“I want to assure the masses that their lives will improve better if I become the flagbearer of my party and eventually win the governorship election.

“I have picked the expression of interest form yesterday in Akure and I will also be the first to obtain the nomination form which will be advertised next week,” Okunomo.said.

He, however, sought for the cooperation of the masses to ensure that he won the PDP primaries, as well as the state governorship election.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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IPMAN mourns Baru, condoles family, NNPC management



The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN),Kano chapter, has commiserated with the Management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the death of its immediate past Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru.

The association also condoled with the family of Dr Baru over his demise.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Baru died after a brief illness and had since been buried according to Islamic rights.

The condolence message was announced by the association’s Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Danmallam, during a news briefing on  Sunday in Kano.

Danmallam also condoled with the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, over the demise of his predecessor, Baru.

He described the late Baru as a consummate technocrat who served the NNPC and the country with dedication and  fear of God.

He said that Baru’s absence would be greatly missed by his family, the NNPC and Nigeria.

The chairman prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)


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Veterinary doctors donate items to Ondo Govt to fight COVID-19



The Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Ondo State Chapter on Saturday lent helping hands to the state government in its fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Adebayo Abayomi, Chairman of the association, donating the items in Akure, said it was based on professional consideration for some of their colleagues in the frontline toward contain spread of the virus.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items donated by the association include Digital Clinical Thermometers, hand sanitisers and bottle water.

Abayomi said that medical officers at various hospitals and Isolation Centres were in need of protective materials to prevent them from contracting the disease.

He said that the association was poised to support the state government’s proactive efforts at stamping out the deadly disease from the state.

Also, a member of the association, Dr Adebiyi Oluwafemi, said the association deemed it fit to contribute to flattening the curve of the deadly disease.

Oluwafemi said effect of the pandemic was overwhelming, adding that the state government could not do it alone.

He said beside donation of the items, the association had also embarked on sensitisation of the public on how to combat the COVID-19.

According to him, the major meal of people in isolation centres is table egg.

He said that eggs have components of vitamins that combat diseases as well as boost the immunity level of the body.

The State Commisioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, receiving the items, commended the association for considering it necessary at this critical time to donate the items.

Adegbenro said the state government would continue to welcome their assistance.

He then called on other associations, corporate organisations and philanthropists, to also contribute their quotas toward combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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