The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has dispelled insinuations that the union is insensitive to the plight of students and parents by constantly embarking on strikes.
Dr Lazarus Maigoro, Chairman of the University of Jos chapter of the union, said this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Jos.
Maigoro insisted that the demands of the union before the Federal Government were aimed at improving the standard of universities in the country.
NAN reports that the union has started mobilising its members across the country to embark on an industrial action over what it called government’s failure to fulfill the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached with it since 2009.
NAN also reports with the news of an impending strike, many parents had decried the incessant industrial action embarked upon by university lecturers and accused ASUU of being insensitive to the dilemma of students and their parents.
But Maigoro explained that a large part of the union’s demands from government were anchored on adequate funding, infrastructure development and the need for improved facilities in the universities with a view to making learning more conducive for students.
“It is true that we are currently mobilising our members across our 13 zones in the country for a nationwide strike and this is because government has failed to fulfill the MoU of 2009.
“It was same issues that led to the strike in 2018 which was later suspended in February 2019 and as I speak to you, government has not fulfilled any of the agreements reached
“Our demands are not personal, but we want adequate funding for universities, more infrastructure development and what have you, so that students can learn under conducive atmosphere.
“So, parents and indeed Nigerians should not see us in bad light, because we are pushing for a cause that will raise the standard of our universities.
“Remember, our children and colleagues are also schooling in this system; we are also affected by the strikes, and so it is not about us, but the future generation,” he said.
Maigoro, however, accused politicians and government officials of being insensitive and treating issues of education with kid gloves, and called on government to act fast in revamping the decaying system.
“We are like any other ordinary Nigerian; we don’t have money to take our children abroad. It is the politicians that send their children overseas to school. And that is why they don’t care about improving the system at home because it doesn’t affect them in anyway
“So, government must be proactive enough in bringing back the lost glory of education in Nigeria by making the system work through adequate funding and what have you,” he said.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
Crash of Canadian aerobatics plane might be caused by bird strike
A video footage showed a bird was very close to the right engine intake of the CT-114 aircraft of Snowbirds, the Royal Canadian Air Force aerobatics team, before it crashed, said the investigative authority of the Canadian National Defence Department.
The CT-114 plane abruptly left the Snowbirds’ formation and entered a nose-down spin, and both pilots aboard ejected, but one died of her injuries, the authority said.
The plane crashed and burst into flames in the front yard of a house in Kamloops, British Columbia Province, on May 18 shortly after it took off from Kamloops Airport, according to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Nigerian troops kill 4 in airstrikes on gunmen camp
Four gunmen were killed when the Nigerian military launched airstrikes to destroy a logistics warehouse of a “criminal gang” in the country’s northwest region, the military said on Monday.
In a statement reaching Xinhua in Abuja, the military said the weekend bombardment of the gunmen’s camp in the Birnin Kogo area of the northwestern state of Zamfara followed credible intelligence.
An attack aircraft that scrambled to engage the target had scored accurate hits on a large structure within the camp, used by the gunmen group to store their ammunition and other logistics items, the statement said.
The military said the warehouse went up in flames, as a result of its volatile contents, leading to its complete destruction.
According to the statement, the airstrikes were in continuation of the renewed onslaught against “criminal gangs” in parts of the Nigerian northwest and north-central regions where kidnapping and armed banditry, among other crimes, had become rampant.
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 on Monday struck Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The temblor occurred at 6:02 a.m. local time, with its epicenter at 36.2 degrees north latitude and 140.4 degrees east longitude, and at a depth of 100 km.
The quake logged 4 in some parts of Ibaraki Prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7.
So far no tsunami warning has been issued.
PSG sign striker Icardi on permanent deal — Inter
French champions Paris St Germain have signed striker Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal from Inter Milan, the Serie A club said on Sunday.
Argentine Icardi, 27, joined PSG in September on a season-long loan with a buy-out option.
“The club thanks the player for the six seasons he spent with us and wishes him the best for his future professional career,” Inter said in a statement.
Icardi scored 20 goals in 31 matches in all competitions before the season was officially concluded on April 30, with 10 games remaining due to the COVID-19 crisis.
He has been competing for a place in the side with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, PSG’s all-time top scorer, whose contract expired on June 30.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Nigerian resident doctors issue ultimatum for strike amid COVID-19 fight
Resident doctors in Nigeria have issued an ultimatum to embark on an indefinite strike if the government failed to address their demands within 14 days, as the country continues to battle the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Sunday told the media that the agreement to embark on the indefinite strike action was reached on Saturday.
Part of the demands of the NARD from the government included the provision of adequate personnel protective equipment, such as N95 respirators, gloves, and others to all health workers during this pandemic, Aliyu said.
The resident doctors also demanded the prompt payment of their salaries, as well as the immediate recall of their sacked colleagues in central Nigeria. According to the association, 26 resident doctors at the Jos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria‘s central Plateau State were illegally disengaged without recourse to the law governing residency training.
The doctors also called on security agencies especially in Lagos, Delta, and Abuja to stop the harassment and assault of doctors while carrying out their legitimate activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NARD president noted the shortage of medical staff, especially resident doctors in most health institutions across the country, and called on the government to quickly address the problem.
Resident Doctors issue 14-day strike notice to FG
The Association stated this in a communique issued at the end of its virtual 40th Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) and Scientific Conference.
“NARD also demands immediate recall of the sacked resident doctors at Jos University Teaching Hospital and payments of their salaries.”
According to the association, 26 resident doctors at the Jos University Teaching Hospital were illegally disengaged without recourse to the law governing Residency training.
“The association also demands for universal implementation of the Residency Training Act in both Federal and State Teaching hospitals.
“OGM resolves that urgent steps be taken to ensure that the fate of our members at the State Tertiary Health Institutions be improved through engagement with the various state governments and relevant stakeholders.
The association enjoined the Federal Government through the National Assembly to ensure full capture of the residency training funding in the 2021 Appropriation Act.
It also demanded for payment of arrears of the consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage to it’s members at both Federal and state tertiary health institutions.
The Association condemned what it called “the illegal deductions in salaries” of members by some state governments and demanded for immediate refund.
“NARD observes the slashing of salaries of our members at state tertiary health institutions with particular reference to Kaduna state government that cut the salaries of health workers by twenty five percent.”
It also called on security agencies especially in Lagos, Delta and Abuja to stop the harassment and assault of doctors while carrying out their legitimate activities.
19 inducement allowance of doctors in various health institutions.
“NARD observes non-payment of arrears of the consequential adjustment of new minimum wage to some of her members.
It also observed with concern, the non-implementation of revised CONMESS and skipping arrears by some state governments in various state tertiary teaching hospitals.
Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Shallow quake strikes off central Indonesia
A 5.7 magnitude quake jolted North Sulawesi province in the central part of Indonesia on Saturday evening, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said here.
The quake hit at 8:06 p.m. Jakarta time (1306 GMT) with the epicenter at seven km southeast of the province’s sub district of Melonguane and with the shallow of 10 km under the seabed.
The quake did not potentially trigger tsunami.
Indonesia is frequently stricken by quakes as it sits on a quake-prone zone in the Pacific Ring of Fire.
2 Iraqi Kurds killed in Turkish airstrike in northern Iraq
Two Iraqi Kurds from the same family were killed on Saturday in a Turkish airstrike in a border area inside the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, a local official said.
The Turkish aircraft in the morning bombarded a village in Deralok district in the northern part of Duhok Province and killed two family members and wounded another person in the village, Sami Oshana, head of the district’s administration, said in a statement.
Turkish forces frequently carry out ground operations, airstrikes and artillery bombardments against the positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, especially the Qandil Mountains, the main base of the PKK.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
5.2-magnitude quake strikes Japan’s Gifu Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Hida District of Japan‘s Gifu Prefecture on Friday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The temblor occurred at 7:05 p.m. local time, with its epicenter at a latitude of 36.3 degrees north and a longitude of 137.6 degrees east, and at depth of 10 km.
The quake logged 4 in some parts of Gifu Prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7. No tsunami warning has been issued so far.
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