Just In! Court orders ASUU to call off 7-month-old strike

The National Industrial Court has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), to call off the ongoing nationwide strike. Recall that ASUU has been on strike since February 14, as talks between the Federal Government and lecturers of public universities have not yielded a comprise upon which students can return to class. Delivering a ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal government, Justice Polycarp Hamman, restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit. Justice Polycap who is a vacation judge ordered…

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2023: Dogara hits APC, says Muslim-Muslim ticket will fail

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described the adoption of a same-faith presidential ticket by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a political move that is guaranteed to end in spectacular failure. Dogara stated this while delivering the keynote address at a summit, tagged: ‘Meet The Church’, organised by the Nigeria National Christian Coalition (NNCC) with the theme: ‘The Role of the Church in Nation-Building’. Taking a swipe at the APC’s insistence on fielding Muslim-Muslim presidential candidates, he said, “In their convoluted posturing, they have placed…

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Seven-month-old Strike: FG, ASUU know fate today, Wednesday

The National Industrial Court (NIC), sitting in Abuja, will today, Wednesday, deliver a ruling on an interlocutory application filed by the Federal Government for an order to compel the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), to call-off its seven months’ old lingering strike. At the end of arguments canvassed by counsel to the parties, the presiding judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman, adjourned the application for ruling. While James Igwe appeared for the Federal Government, ASUU was represented by Femi Falana. Making his submissions during yesterday’s proceedings, counsel to the Federal Government,…

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Economic Sabotage: ‘Massive crude oil thefts pushing Nigeria’s economy into coma’ – Senate President  

…Gbajabiamila also expresses concern The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday lamented that the generation and collection of revenues have remained Nigeria’s major challenges as well as the massive loss of revenue through oil theft, saying it is “debilitating and threatening to throw the nation’s economy into a coma”. Lawan, who made the observation in his opening speech while welcoming his colleagues from the long annual recess, noted that “revelations about the scale of oil theft shows that until the Government take decisive actions, Nigeria could soon lose any such revenue…

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Cooking gas price increases by 101% in one year – NBS

The average price of 5 kilogrammes of cooking gas increased from N4, 397.68 in July to N4, 456.56 in August. The assertion was made by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in its Cooking Gas Price Watch issued yesterday, in Abuja. The NBS noted that the price in August indicated a 1.34 percent increase on a month-on-month basis from what obtained in July. “On a year-on-year basis, the August 2022 price was a 101.17 percent increase over the price of N2,215.33 paid for the same volume of gas in August…

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2023 Southern Presidency:  Why PDP Govs. dumped Atiku, backs Tinubu’s presidential bid

There are strong indications that some governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), have pledged to work for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 general elections following the crisis rocking the opposition party in recent times. Recall that the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential candidate and the subsequent announcement of Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as the vice-presidential candidate, as well as the refusal of the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu,…

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Police confirm 95 dead in Jigawa flood disaster

…Governor sympathises with victims’ families The Jigawa State Police Command has confirmed the death of 95 people in flood-related accidents across the State. Confirming the number of the deceased, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PRO), DSP Lawal Shi’isu Adam, said that the disaster has caused many calamities in the State. According to him, a report available to him indicated that a total of 95 people, including males and females, drowned due to the flood at different times and places. The Police spokesman added that “out of the number, over 22…

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Nigeria to ban consumption of cow skin ‘ponmo’ for lacking nutritional value – FG

The Federal Government says it is proposing a ban on the consumption of cow skin, popularly known as ‘Ponmo’, for lacking any nutritional value. The Head of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, Kaduna State, Muhammad Yakubu, who made the disclosure, said, “To the best of my knowledge, Nigerians are the only people in the world that overvalue skin as food; after all, Ponmo has no nutritional value”. Ponmo is a popular supplement in soups prepared in many Nigerian homes, especially in the South-western part of…

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Southern governors demand State Police

…Say it’s the only solution to insecurity Governors of southern Nigeria under the umbrella of Southern Governors Forum (SGF) have demanded for the creation of State Police, noting that it is the only solution to the country’s security challenges bedevilling the country. The Ondo State governor and chairman of the Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, made the Southern governors demand known during their meeting in Asaba, Delta State, in an issued statement yesterday. According to him, the devolution of powers is the surest path to progress. The governors and key stakeholders have…

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“We need N3.4trillion to subsidise daily fuel consumption – NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited says the sum of N3.4 trillion is needed to subsidise the 66.7 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, for daily consumption, and not the N4 trillion approved in this year’s budget. The Chief Executive Officer of NNPC, Mele Kyari, disclosed this at the resumed hearing of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating subsidy regime from 2013 to 2021 in Abuja, on Monday. Kyari, who was represented by the NNPC’s Chief Financial Officer, Umar Ajia, said there is…

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