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ASUU May Face No Work, No Pay Rule

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The Federal Government (FG) May be forced to invoke the “no work no pay rule on the striking university lecturers if government did not succeed in persuading the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to work.

The Minister for Education, Dr. Sam Egwu who made this known when he monitored the Monotechnics/Polytechics and Colleges of Education (MPCE) Matriculation Examination in Lagos in the company of JAMB Registrar, Prof Dibu Ofierinde.

Dr Egwu said that ASUU should accept the 40 percent increase in emolument that the federal government approved, with effect from July 1, adding that a rejection of the offer shows that ASUU is not really after the welfare of the University system, as it has always claimed.

He appealed to ASUU to go back to the class room for the sake of students who he described as the greatest casualties of the strike, adding that quence of the disruption of the academic calendar on the students.

According to the minister “we are appealing and if they refuse, we will hooke the no work, no pay rule. We still call on them to consider the interest of the students.”

“ASUU should realize that then are punishing the students and not the government. Students are not sure of when they are graduating after seven, eight years, it is not proper” he said.

Speaking on the conduct of last Saturday’s examination, which he monitored in four centres, including King’s College Amnex XI, Government Senior Secondary School, Maroko, Osbourne Schools Complex, Ikoyi, Ikeja Senior Grammar School, Ikeja and Victory High School Ikeja, Egwu described the exams as well organised and commended Ojerinde for ensuring everything was properly done.

He also said, Remember the argument was that it (the strike) was not personal, it was not for salary, Now, why are they refusing the 40 percent increase, if salary was not their major interest.

They could have said that to demonstrate to Nigerians that they have the interest of education in this country at heart, they should go back to the class room, but still press for more improvement in the entire sector,” he said.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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