Thursday, 7 February 2019

Nigerians react as ASUU suspends strike

Nigerians have reacted to the suspension of the three-months strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday.

ASUU agreed to suspend their strike, which has lasted for three months, after the Union signed all agreements with the Federal Government, following a conciliatory meeting in Abuja.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented the Federal Government, while the lecturers were represented by the union’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi.

According to Ngige, both parties unanimously resolved the eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike.

ASUU’s official Twitter handle also confirmed that lecturers are to resume on Friday (tommorow).

“The NEC has decided that the STRIKE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.

“Academic activities resume tomorrow,” the union quoted its president as saying in a tweet.

The latest development from ASUU has stirred diverse reactions from Nigerians online.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:

@Lukotony1 “Suspend? Which means they might still resume if agreement not implemented. Shame!!!

@Mkay “They’ve never really ended the strike, it has always been suspended.”

@Malizanna “It’s now just suspension, it’s just for the election, they might call in after getting their votes. Lets see “agreement reached and Called off”

@Djsp4all “This year’s anniversary is over. Till next four years. Suspending this incessant strikes is not the way forward. There should be an end to this. Our tertiary education has been messed up.”

@Kendo8132 “They have no choice. ATIKU was going to sort it out on his first day in office. That’s why Buhari hurriedly reaches agreement with.

@Iam_xtopher “Suspending strike Just 1 day to end collection of PVC.Good one but I think ASUU has a hidden agenda.”

@MrNoora “Asuu just wasted our semester for nothing i hope no strike again.”

@AzorgorN “This sabotage is not in favour of students, INEC closed collection of PVCs, ASSU called off strike.Could this be coincidence?

@Tobi_kalej_ “It’s because you want us to vote that’s why you suspended the strike huh. I’ll still not vote .”

BREAKING NEWS: ASUU strike called off, lecturers ordered to resume work on (08\02\2019) Friday

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday agreed to suspend their strike, which has lasted for three months.

This comes after ASUU signed all agreements with the Federal Government, following a conciliatory meeting in Abuja.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented the Federal Government, while the lecturers were represented by the union’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi.

According to Ngige, both parties unanimously resolved the eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike.

Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, Ogunyemi said: “On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumed its strike action, which was conditionally suspended on 14th September, 2017.

“The action of 2017 was suspended following the signing of a memorandum of action (MoA) in which the federal government of Nigeria (FGN) promised to address the contentious issues within a timeline that was to end in October 2017.

“While announcing the suspension of the nationwide action, however, our union made it categorically clear that ASUU will not hesitate to review its position should government renege on the signed Memorandum of Action.

“Predictably, Government implemented the MoA in the breach, thereby forcing ASUU to resume the suspended strike action. Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university

campuses. This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of non-disruption of academic calendar by proprietors and administrators of some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.

“Rather, it is about deep-seated pains members of the Union undergo to prevent strike actions and the equally painful consequences strike situations bring to all who are genuinely averse to the mercantile disposition to university education.

ASUU’s official Twitter handle also confirmed that lecturers are to resume on Friday (tommorow).

“The NEC has decided that the STRIKE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.

“Academic activities resume tomorrow,” the union quoted its president as saying in a tweet.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

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Sunday, 3 February 2019

ASUU: Buhari govt reveals when strike will be called off

The Federal Government has disclosed when the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, would be called off.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu assured that the ongoing industrial action would be called off before Monday.

He made the disclosure while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.

Adamu assured that students will soon return to school because almost all the issues under contention have been cleared off the table.

He said: “The strike will be called off today or tomorrow but certainly there will be no strike next week.

“We have virtually resolved contentious issues with the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

“It is my hope that ASUU will also come up with a pronouncement that will gladden the hearts of our students, parents and indeed all Nigerians after our meeting today in the coming hours.”

Friday, 1 February 2019

FG, ASUU meeting, deadlocked again

The meeting between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of University on Friday, has again ended in a stalemate.

The meeting, which held at the instance of Labour and Employment Minister, Chris Ngige lasted for more than three hours without a tangible outcome.

Federal Government and ASUU were not forthcoming when newsmen approached them for the outcome of the meeting. They said progress is being made and that the strike continues.

Both parties will be meeting again next week Thursday

Thursday, 31 January 2019

25-year-old man nabbed for allegedly stealing brother’s wife and sister’s pants in Ondo State

A 25-year-old man, Ojonugwa Adejoh, was on Wednesday paraded at the police headquarters in Ondo State after he was apprehended for allegedly stealing pants belonging to his brother’s wife as well as that of his younger sister for ritual purposes.

Adejoh was arrested alongside a 53-year-old Prophet, Olajide Ogunleye of the Celestial Church of Church, “Ibanujemidopin’ parish, Uso in Owo local government area of Ondo state.

It was gathered that the suspects were arrested by men of the Ondo State police command after one of the victims (Mrs. Adejoh) raised the alarm when he caught his brother-in-law in the act.

Confessing to have committed the crime, Adejoh claimed that he was hypnotized by Ogunleye to steal the pants while on his way to work.

“I went to the prophet to pray for me because I couldn’t see any progress in my work.

“When I got there, he asked me the nature of my work and I told him that I learnt panel beating and he said he wanted to pray for me that I should open my hands and he put something on it and asked me to swallowed it and he prayed for me and I left the place.

“But when I got home I don’t know what I was doing again, I just picked my brother’s wife and sister’s pants, and when I got the pants I went back to him.

“I didn’t steal the pants for rituals.

“Hours after, my brother’s wife raised alarm that she didn’t see her pants again and I was arrested.

“When the police arrested me, I was taken to Uso police station before they transferred me to Akure.

“Two of the pants belong to my brother’s wife and three belong to my younger sister.”

However, the prophet denied the allegations by Adejoh, as he maintained that he has never met him before.

Ogunleye further argued that Adejoh and his elder brother were just trying to implicate him due to his refusal to lease out his land to them.

The Spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, who said that investigation is still on towards unraveling the motive behind the pants theft, enjoyed ladies and women in the state to protect their under wears, adding that “this is a very dangerous phenomenon now.”

“We are using this opportunity to appeal to our ladies and women that this is a very dangerous phenomenon now, we have to guard whatever we are putting on, particularly, underwear.

“Parents should warn their children, particularly female to be very careful where they keep their underwears.”

Also, the command also paraded two local security guards for allegedly attempting to rape a woman (name withheld) who was coming back from night vigil around 4am along Agbogbo road, in Akure the Ondo State capital.

The suspects, Daniel John (25) and Longbap Bongven (25) from Plateau state according to police spokesman said they normally hide somewhere around the area whenever they wanted to perpetuate their act.

The PPRO assured that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Real Madrid ready to splash £100m on Rashford

Real Madrid are considering a £100million bid for Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, The Sun reports.

The deal will certainly not happen in the January window, but the Spanish giants are keen to land the England international in the summer.

Rashford has been reluctant to sign a new contract, with his existing deal running until 2020, although the club has the option of extending it by a further year.The Red Devils are ready to increase his £60,000-a-week wage up to around the £200,000 mark, but the 21-year-old is still keen to hold off.

This has alerted the attention of Real and it is believed that the reigning Champions League holders have already been in contact with Rashford’s representatives.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

ASUU: Lecturers give update on strike as FG meets major demand

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has provided update on the ongoing strike as the Federal Government, yesterday, met one of its major demands.

This is as the union has received the certificate of operation for Nigerian University Pension Management Company, NUPEMCO, from the National Pension Commission.

The refusal of the regulatory agency to approve the teachers’ union’s pension commission for operation has been one of the major issues in the dispute between ASUU and the Federal Government.

However, the National Pension Council, the regulatory agency for the country’s pension companies, granted the union the certificate of operation on Monday.

ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a short message sent across to members of the union, yesterday, said ASUU received the certificate at about 11:20 a.m.

The message reads, “Dear Comrade, We collected the final letter of approval of NUPEMCO operational license at about 11.20a.m in PENCOM office. Profound appreciation goes to all who prepared the ground and made this possible.

“While congratulating all our members for this landmark achievement of the union, we also thank them for their patience. The struggle continues! Biodun Ogunyemi.”

Prof. Ogunyemi earlier told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the leadership was still consulting with its members over offers made by the federal government.

He said the government made some offers in the course of meetings with ASUU, which are still being deliberated on.

“We are still consulting with our chapters across the country. There are promises that government made and we are trying to consult with the various university chapters on the options before the union.

“By the time we are fully aware of what is left of our demands from what the government is offering, then we will know what steps to take, even as negotiations with the government continues.

“For instance, we are in touch with about 20 universities that are affected, to be sure of the level of implementation.

“By the time we finish our assessment, we will now send our response back to the government, concerning the level of implementation.

“And depending on the outcome of our further engagements with government, we will now get back to our members,” he said.

Ogunyemi said ASUU was expected to be involved in another round of meeting with the government within the week, adding that he expected a positive outcome.


Monday, 28 January 2019

Drama As Two Men Allegedly Slap Policeman, Tear His Uniform In Public

Two men — Ifeanyi Uzoma, 33; and Chukwendu Njoku, 33; — charged with tearing a policeman’s uniform, were on Monday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Uzoma, a businessman, resident in Oshodi, and Njoku, a civil servant, who resides in Mushin, Lagos State, appeared before the Magistrate, Mrs M.O. Tanimola, on a two-count of obstruction of duty and conspiracy.

Both men, however, pleaded not guilty and were admitted to a bail of N80,000 each with one surety each, who should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The prosecutor, Inspector Aondohemba Koti told the court that the accused committed the offences on January 21, at Papa-Ajao Street, Mushin, Lagos State.

He said that the accused obstructed the complainant, Inspector Tunde Ikuomola, from performing his lawful duty and also tore his uniform.

Koti said that the complainant was assaulted when he tried to question the accused, who parked a car on the road.

“The complainant and his team saw a Mercedes Benz parked on the road, in a suspicious way.

“When asked of their mission in that place at that time, they could not give a satisfactory answer.

“The accused were asked to open the vehicle for searching, but they refused.

“When the complainant insisted on searching the vehicle, the accused came down from the car; after slapping the complainant, he held his uniform and tore it.

“The accused were taken to the station,” the prosecutor said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences violate Sections 174 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 174 stipulates three years imprisonment for serious assault while Section 411 prescribes two years for conspiracy.

Tanimola adjourned the case until February 13, for mention.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Dramatizing data as the modern day oxygen of life

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The graphic presented in the Glo television commercial enacted by Lagbaja and his band boys takes TV commercial to another level.
Lagbaja, who was about to travel out of the country at the International Airport was asked to verify his claim by playing a tune by the Immigration Officer checking his passport who asked, “How do I know you are not an impostor? Oya play me something?”

Lagbaja informed the Officer that members of his band were scattered all over the world but declared that the issue was not a problem as long as Glo 4G phones were available. He asked “who’s on Glo here?”

He got a couple of Glo smart phones and linked his band members namely the drummer, Dele in Asaba, Lekan, his gangan player in Calabar, Jide, his guitarist in Lagos, Ahmed, his keyboardist in London and Uzor, his konga drummer in Abakaliki. They played a beautiful instrumental version that viewers all over the world are excitedly gushing over.

A creative drama, so to say. This is a pointer to the importance of data to all the networks. ‘Data is oxygen’ is the novel pay-off line adopted by Globacom to aptly capture the very essence of data in today’s life.

Variously described as the very lifeblood of modern living and the flavour of the moment, data has been enabling citizens to do marvelous things in the world with the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and all what nots.

Without doubt, oxygen constitutes 21 per cent of our atmosphere, which is the precise balance of air we need to breathe as anything more would lead to conflagration that will roast humanity. The awesome delicate balance and its necessities underscore the importance of oxygen to life and by extension the essential nature of data to communication.

There can be no life without oxygen and there can be no meaningful communication without data.To give wings to communication needs, Globacom has provided a panoply of services namely 2G, 3G and 4G to enable subscribers to upload, download and surf the internet without worries. Of all the services, the Glo 4G comes with oodles of benefits and unlimited possibilities to fast track commerce and productivity in the society by creating more entrepreneurs and ”ideapreneurs” making waves in various sectors of the economy.

Danny Young Speaks On YouTube Ban Of Tiwa Savage's "One"

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Some few days ago, it was revealed that YouTube had taken down Nigerian songstress, Tiwa Savage song, “One” for copyright infringement of fellow artiste Danny Young’s 2009 single, “Ohu Ti Won”.

This was coming after Young alleged on his Instagram page that she took a line off his song without due credit. Despite pointing this out, Savage went ahead to release the visuals of the song without addressing Young’s compaints.

Now, in a recent interview with, Young said he had left everything in the hands of his lawyers. He said,

“I wasn’t the one who contacted YouTube. My lawyers handled the process; I didn’t know how they went about it. You know YouTube knows the right thing to do.”

“She felt we couldn’t do anything. I am sure she and her team know that we have a valid point. We didn’t even ask them for money, but we felt intellectual theft should be taken seriously in this part of the world.

This is just the beginning; I plan to see this to the end if she doesn’t reach us for a compromise.”

As of the time of filing this report, Savage is yet to respond to Young’s accusation.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

BBNaija: Nina Stuns As She Makes Nollywood Debut (Photos)

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Ex-BBNaija housemate, Nina has joined the growing list of Nollywood actresses making many homes in Nigeria happy after featuring in a new movies.

The reality star shared snaps of herself on a movie set with veteran actors, Maureen Okpoko and Yemi Blaq.

Sharing the photo on her Official Instagram Page, she wrote:

"Good morning Fam I am Currently On The Movie Set Of #OLAEDO with Veteran Actors @Yemiblaq and @okpokomaureen . Produced By : @infinityebereohakwe Directed By : @Iykeodife_ #Anticipate #ComingSoon #AMustWatch #nollywood #OlaedoTheMovie #lifeOfAnActor #Ninarising ���💃�"

Friday, 25 January 2019

AMCON seeks new investors to take over Polaris bank

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria is seeking new investors to take over Polaris Bank

AMCON spokesman, Jude Nwauzor said the bank will be put up for sale after elections next month.

Polaris Bank was set up last year to take over the assets of Skye Bank Plc, which collapsed and had its operating licence revoked by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Bank was then transferred to the state-owned AMCON for sale to investors.

Jude Nwauzor said the corporation was seeking to recover debts owed to Polaris that were non-performing and had asked for proposals on repayment.

Real Madrid Take Top Spot From United In ‘Money League’

Real Madrid have knocked Manchester United off the top of Deloitte’s Football Money League, but the Premier League still flexed its financial muscle, with all of England’s ‘Big Six’ featuring in the top 10 for the first time.

The Deloitte list ranked clubs on how much money they earn from broadcasting, commercial deals and match-day revenues during the 2017-18 season.

United had spent the last two years in first place in the financial charts, but they have slipped to third behind European champions Real and Spanish giants Barcelona.

Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Paris St Germain, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham make up the rest of the top 10.

Dan Jones, the report’s author and a partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “European football remains a bull market.

“We have seen Real Madrid shatter records, becoming the first club to break the three-quarters of a billion euro mark and claim a record twelfth Money League title in the process.”

After winning a third consecutive Champions League title, Real generated a record £674.6 million ($881.8 million), giving them the Money League top spot for the 12th time and the first since 2014-15.

All the British clubs were slightly affected by a three per cent year-on-year decline in the value of sterling against the euro.

United’s fall was influenced by their early exit from the Champions League in the last 16 last season and the remarkable growth in the Spanish duo’s commercial income.

While revenues at Old Trafford grew by only two per cent, they still earned £590 million last season and the latest forecasts suggest they should surge past £615 million this season.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham, the north Londoners making the top 10 for only the second time, all enjoyed healthy increases in their turnover.

Liverpool’s run to the Champions League saw their revenue increase by a massive £90.6 million, largely thanks to £222.6 million in broadcast earnings.

While the extended stay at the national stadium is starting to annoy fans, the Wembley effect helped Tottenham increase their matchday revenues by £26.5 million.

Arsenal saw their income fall by nearly £30 million and they dropped from sixth to ninth in the table, a slide that illustrates the importance of Champions League TV money to every big club’s bottom line.

Further down the table, Everton and West Ham hold on to their 17th and 20th placings, respectively, but Leicester and Southampton dropped out of the top 20 to 22nd and 23rd.

Newcastle, however, climbed to 19th, giving the Premier League nine teams in the top 20, one fewer than last year.

Taken together, the top 20 clubs, who all come from one of Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues, earned £7.4 billion, up six per cent on last year.

Chelsea Sign Higuain On Loan

Gonzalo Higuain has today joined Chelsea on a loan for the remainder of the season.

Chelsea made the announcement on its official website.

The 31-year-old striker moves to Stamford Bridge from Italian side Juventus. He spent the first half of the campaign on loan at AC Milan where he scored eight goals.

Chelsea’s official statement partly read: “A proven goalscorer throughout his career, and an Argentina international, Higuain arrives with a wealth of experience at the highest level having consistently shown his attacking quality during spells in Argentina, Spain and Italy.

“Clinical in and around the penalty area, as well as providing a strong aerial threat, Higuain previously played under Maurizio Sarri at Napoli in 2015/16, when he finished as top scorer in Serie A with 36 goals, breaking a long-standing Italian record.

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“Upon completing his loan move to Chelsea, Higuain, who will wear the number nine shirt, said: ‘When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it. It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.

“‘I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea has shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.’”

Speaking more about the move which the club is excited about, Director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘Gonzalo was our number one target in this transfer window and arrives with a proven record at the highest level. He has previously worked with Maurizio to great effect and is familiar with how the coach likes to play.

‘This was not an easy deal for us to do because of the numerous parties involved, but we are delighted we were able to make it happen and we look forward to seeing the impact Gonzalo will make for us in the second half of the season.’

Named in the Serie A Team of the Year on three separate occasions, Higuain backs his personal achievements up with collective honours. A title winner with Real Madrid and Juventus, he has also won domestic cup competitions with both teams, as well as being part of the Napoli side which won the Italian Cup in 2013/14.

On the international stage, meanwhile, Higuain has represented Argentina at three World Cups and started the final against Germany in 2014.