Thursday, 24 January 2019

Barcelona Sign De Jong From Ajax For 75 Million Euros

The 21-year-old will join Barca on July 1 for 75 million euros ($85 million), with a further 11 million euros due to Ajax in additional payments. De Jong, who is considered one of the most exciting young players in Europe, will begin a five-year contract with his new club.

“Barcelona and Ajax have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who will be joining the Catalan club from July 1, 2019,” a Barcelona statement read.

“The cost of the transfer is 75 million euros, plus a further 11 million in variables. The player will be signing a contract for the next five seasons, through to 2023/24.”

De Jong had attracted interest from a host of European clubs, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City reportedly among those keen.

After coming through the ranks at Willem II in the Netherlands, De Jong signed for Ajax in 2015. He has been a first-team regular for the past two seasons.

READ ALSO: Chelsea Sign Higuain On Loan

“He’s a great player, who certainly has a great future,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Saturday.

De Jong will also follow a prestigious line of Dutch players to represent Barcelona, which includes Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Patrick Kluivert and Frank de Boer.

He will be given an early taste of Spanish football when Ajax face Real Madrid next month in the last 16 of the Champions League.

FG transmits new National Minimum Wage bill to NASS

The federal government has transmitted the new national minimum wage bill of  N27,000 (twenty-seven thousand naira) to the national assembly.President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Legislative Aide, Ita Enang, confirmed the National Assembly is in receipt of the bill in a telephone chat with TVC News.

Enang said federal government has kept to its promise to transmit the bill to the parliament by 23rd of January. The presidential aide said he delivered the bill on behalf of the government.

Both chambers of the national assembly are expected to give accelerated attention to the bill which has pitched organised labour against state and federal governments.

It would be recalled the Natiional Council of State had on Tuesday, approved twenty-seven thousand naira as the new national minimum wage. The council also said the federal government has agreed to pay thirty thousand naira to its workers and state government and private sector can pay any amount to their workers, but must not be below N27,000.

But labour union has rejected the new amount, saying Council of state has no power to approve new national minimum wage.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

ASUU Strike Continues As Union Demands Strong Commitment From FG


Leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that there is no going back on its ongoing nationwide strike.

The union stated this despite meeting with the Federal Government on Monday in Abuja to resolve the issues raised by the lecturers which led to the industrial action in the universities that has lasted over two months.

The meeting reconvened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, with the leaders of the union led by ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, failed to bring an end to the strike as the issues could not be resolved.

READ ALSO: FG Reaches Agreement With ASUU, Releases N15.4bn For Salary Shortfalls

The striking lecturers insisted that the Federal Government must show a strong commitment to funding and revitalisation of universities before they would suspend the industrial action.

Professor Ogunyemi told reporters at the end of the meeting which lasted over four hours that the issue of universities revitalisation was very important to the union that it cannot suspend the industrial action if left untouched.

“The most critical of all is revitalisation,” he said. “Revitalisation is central to our work as academics and unless that area is addressed, members will have issues with ongoing action.”

The ASUU President added, “They gave us their response to our proposals, there were still grey areas that we are trying to sort out. So, when we finish those areas, you will know the full outcome.”

On his part, the minister was hopeful that the union would suspend the strike soon.

According to him, the government has demonstrated commitment by way of disbursing money through the Tertiary Education Trust (TET) fund to revitalise public universities.

“We have started defraying the end allowances there, we have also released N15.4 billion for the shortfall in payment of salaries, and we have also agreed today to fund revitalisation,” Ngige told reporters.

“We are going to expend some money there; this is irrespective of the fact that government has released from the TETfund account about N163 billion.”

The minister added that the meeting would reconvene at the instance of ASUU which said it needed to consult its members before taking the next step.

The union went on strike in November 2018 following the alleged inability of the government to address its demands.

It had also raised concerns over the poor funding of Nigerian Universities, the alleged plot to increase students’ fees, introduction of an education bank, as well as non-implementation of previous agreements, among other issues.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

FG Reaches Agreement With ASUU, Releases N15.4bn For Salary Shortfalls

The Federal Government has reached an agreement with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Addressing journalists on Monday evening after the meeting with the striking lecturers in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the majority of their demands have been met including the release of N15.4 billion for payment of salary shortfalls.

According to him, the Federal Government is also in the process of releasing another N20 billion for payment of earned allowances for university lecturers.

Read Also: ASUU Strike Continues As Union Demands Strong Commitment From FG

Meanwhile, the ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the National Executive Committee of the union will review their decisions based on the new commitment by the government.

According to him, it is only after that meeting of the ASUU leadership that the union will announce its position on the ongoing strike action.

Its been over two months since the union went on strike following the alleged inability of the government to respond to its demands.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

NFF lauds presidency, FEC, others for resolving crisis

The board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for stepping in to resolve the federation’s lingering leadership crisis, which helped the country to ‘avert suspension from international football on Monday
The NFF also thanked “heads of the various security agencies, members of the National Assembly, members of its congress, sponsors/partners, football stakeholders, analysts and ball fans who stood solidly by the tenets of association football.”
However, while the Presidency stepped in to avert further crisis in Nigerian football, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung is still insisting on the ‘rule of law,’ saying, the intervention of the Vice President should not be viewed as different from an attempt to abate an escalating situation.


Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung also welcomed the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo’s intervention, which saved Nigeria from being suspended by FIFA, saying he believed in the resolution of the crisis, “which has a history dating back to almost 20 years since the removal of Mr. Anthony Kojo Williams from office.”

However, in what seems as a disagreement with the Federal Government’s stance on the issue, Dalung said, “as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who took oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will prefer to stand with the Rule of Law instead of the opinion of men.  


“We are a constitutional democracy and the doctrine of separation of powers is the foundation of democratic experience, therefore, the Rule of Law is the only mechanism that guarantees liberty and freedom of citizens.  

“This administration was elected on the change mantra meaning that impunity has no accommodation anywhere, so Nigerians must learn to believe and practice the doctrine of the Rule of Law.
I believe we shall overcome this if we remain within the confines and dictates of the laws of our country.”

Buhari walks 800 metres to prove physical fitness

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday “demonstrated his fitness” to continue in office.
After Eid-el-Kabir prayers in Daura, Katsina State, he shunned protocol, and amid cheers from hundreds of well-wishers who lined the route, the president walked 800 metres from the prayer ground to his private residence.

“I think there are two things here,” said Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu.

Pres. Buhari addresses Nigerians to take part in the National Youth Service

“One is that the president is responsive to the enormous support and commitment of his own people that came out in their numbers to see him.

And he just decided that he couldn’t go on riding in a black vehicle, and he came out and walked the distance.

“The second thing, he is curious that these days, one or two people who are aspiring to be president are campaigning on their youthfulness and good health.

I think the president has done one thing today – that the issue is not how old one is but how fit he is; how healthy he is.



That the president has proven his fitness and wellbeing to continue in office is a settled matter.”

Shehu advised people who wish to campaign against the president to do so “on issues that are of significance to Nigerians,” because “the president is fit. He is healthy. He is good to go for a second term.”

Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, had suggested last week that the president should not seek re-election on account of his age.

“We love President Buhari and that was why we supported him in 2015 unconditionally. But when things are wrong, we have to tell him.

We still believe in his integrity, patriotism and courage. But these are not enough for a leader.

We all know that there is a vacuum in the government, occasioned by his disposition, probably because of his old age or health condition.

That is why Nigerians are yearning for younger ones to lead this country,” Tambuwal said.

Buhari also received members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who paid him a courtesy call.

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Describing the visit as a Sallah tradition he “looks forward to the most,” he reaffirmed faith in the scheme saying: “I think the NYSC is one of the best things to happen to Nigeria, because it gives young Nigerians opportunity to see and know different parts of the country.”

He noted that for many of the youths, being “brought to the desert or near the Sahel region is a difficult thing” but admitted the experience would leave them with fond memories.

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, meanwhile, urged Nigerians to live in peace with one another.

He made the call while addressing people of the state, shortly after he led prayers at the Kofar Mata Central Eid ground in Kano.

Nigerians, irrespective of their political and religious inclinations, must promote peaceful co-existence, to ensure economic growth and development, he said.

The monarch also called on wealthy individuals to support the less privileged.

He said there was the need for the people to pray for the peace and progress of the state and the country as the 2019 elections draw nearer.

He charged unemployed youths to engage in meaningful ventures, to become self-reliant and contribute to national development. The people were also enjoined to obtain voter cards to enhance their participation in the polls.

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello admonished Nigerians to be patient, saying the economic policies of the Buhari administration would soon yield dividends.

He made the appeal in his Okene country home after Eid-el-Kabir prayers.

“The National Bureau of Statistics record shows that the economy of the country is growing on a daily basis, so Mr. President is doing a good job,” he said.

He expressed confidence that Buhari would win another term in office because “Nigerians believe in him and this is evident in the conduct of all the recent by-elections in the country.”

Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on his part, joined the Muslim community at the Central Mosque, Owerri Road, to celebrate the event, and called for special prayers for Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other leaders in the country.



He was received amid jubilation by Muslim faithful, including Commissioner of Police Danmallam Mohammed; the Director, Department of State Services (DSS); and Sarkin Hausawa, Alhaji Abukakar Yusuf Sambo.

“As you celebrate in this season of sacrifice, may we all continue to see one another as brothers and sisters for the good of our dear state and our dear country Nigeria,” Ugwuanyi said.

The climax of the event was the presentation of a ram to the governor to celebrate the feast as a friend of Muslims.

UNIZIK Post UTME Registration Form, Date, Cut off Mark For 2018 is Out

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Unizik Post UTME registration and application form for the 2018/2019 academic session has commence, and using this platform, we wish to inform and notify all Members of the general public, that they can commence registering for the unizik post utme screening exercise for 2018.
Please take note that the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Management board has scheduled her much awaited 2018/2019 Post UTME Screening / Quality Assurance Exercise for all eligible candidates who chose the tertiary institution as first choice.
Please all candidates who made the affiliate institutions of the University, including:
Enugu State College of Education (Technical);
Federal College of Education, Umunze;
Auchi Polytechnic,
Pope John Paul II Major Seminary Okpuno (For Philosophy)
as their first choice are required to apply and participate in the unizik post utme screening exercise.
The dates are listed below;
The dates are as outlined below:
1. SCREENING EXERCISE DATES:
MONDAY, 7TH – THURSDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER
The dates are as outlined below:
1. SCREENING EXERCISE DATES:
DAY 1:
S/NFaculty
IBasic Medical Sciences
IIBiosciences
IIIHealth Sciences and Technology
IVMedicine
VPharmacy
DAY 2:
S/NFaculty
IEngineering
IIEnvironmental Sciences
IIIPhysical Sciences
IVAgriculture
DAY 3:
S/NFaculty
IManagement Sciences
IISocial Sciences
IIILaw
IVArts
DAY 4:
S/NFaculty
IEducation
IIAffiliate Institutions:
a.Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze
b.Enugu State College of Education(Technical)
c.Pope John Paul II Major Seminary, Okpuno
d.Auchi Polytechnic

2. Qualification

The school management has disclosed that all candidates who made Nnamdi Azikiwe University and its affiliate institutions their first choice are eligible to apply, but anyone who did not choose the school as their preferred choice of institution should not bother applying, because their application will be rejected.

Unizik 2018 Post UTME Cut off Marks

Please take note that the general cut-off mark is 200 except for Faculties/Departments indicated below:

Faculties with UTME cut off mark of 180

(a) Arts (All programmes except English)
(b) Education
(c) Agriculture
(d) Environmental Sciences
(e) Engineering (Agric & Bio Resources Eng., Polymer /
Textiles only)
(f) Physical Sciences ( Mathematics, Statistics only)
(g) Health Sciences and Technology (Radiography, Nursing science only)

STEP BY STEP PROCEDURES FOR POST UTME REGISTRATION

Please take note that the Unizik POST UTME registration is billed to commence on (the new date is yet to be set).
Please make sure that you beat the dateline set by the school, because just in case you don’t know, there won’t be any space to register on the deadline, since most people are confused on which institution they should apply.
All applying candidates are required to register online at the University’s portal my.unizik.edu.ngor go to www.unizik.edu.ng for the link to the above portal.
Please note that the school requires all candidates to scan and upload to the portal their recent digital passport-size photographs measuring not more than 200 x 150 mm showing both ears and no cap or eye glasses.

Please take note of the following:

The school won’t accept any blurred photographs, because this will automatically disqualify the applicant.
The school board requires all candidates to print out the completed online form for presentation on
the day of the examination.
All unizik applicants should note that the pin codes for registration can be obtained from branches of any of the following banks which are listed below.
Take note htaon the payment of the sum of N2,000.00 (Two Thousand Naira) only:
1Diamond Bank
2Fidelity Bank
3First Bank,
4Access Bank,
5UBA,
6Enterprise Bank,
7Zenith Bank,
8GTB
After a successful registration and collection of pin codes, each and every candidate who will be sitting for the Nnamdi Azikiwe University post utme screening test should proceed to any cybercafé of their choice for the online registration.

4. TIME AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SCREENING EXERCISE

Take note that the accreditation of candidates is scheduled to start at 8.00 a.m. each day.

Documents/Items Candidates are Expected to Bring Along to the POST UTME Screening Venue

  • Two (2) copies of their online registration forms which must show their photographs.
  • Each candidate must also bring along their Baptismal Card or Certificate of Birth Registration.
  • Please bring along the photocopies (a copy each) of JAMB Slip showing their photographs and JAMB Original Result
  • Slip showing their passport photograph.(please note that this is not compulsory and mandatory)
  • You should also bring along with you, your Local Government Identification Certificate, this is mandatory.

RESTRICTIONS

All applicants and candidates should note that ONLY bona-fide candidates shall be allowed into the University.
While for all Guardians, friends, Parents and body guards are strongly advised against attempting to enter the University Campus. Security shall be tight.
While for candidates who do not register online, please take note that you won’t be received for the screening exercise.
Take note that the University management will not be held responsible for any payment made with wrong JAMB registration number at the Bank.
All applicants should also note that the University shall also not be held reliable to any fraudulent payments made anywhere that are not in line with the directives of the University.
This article is coming directly from the office of the Registrar.

EPL: Manchester United speak on contacting Zidane to replace Mourinho


Manchester United have denied contacting Zinedine Zidane to replace Jose Mourinho as their manager.
Bookmakers have installed Mourinho as favourite, to become the first Premier League boss to be sacked this season, following his team’s 3-2 defeat at Brighton.

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It comes amid speculation that former Real Madrid coach Zidane, is interested in succeeding Mourinho, three months after winning a hat-trick of Champions League titles and leaving the Bernabeu.

However, SportsMail claims United’s spokesman, has rubbished such speculations, saying: “Why would we discuss him when there is no job available?”

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United are refusing to panic after just one defeat. However, Mourinho’s position is coming under even more scrutiny, after his side conceded three goals before half-time.

The club’s chief executive, Ed Woodward, sat stony-faced at the final whistle and visited the away dressing-room as usual after the game.

Pres. Buhari addresses Nigerians to take part in the National Youth Service

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the need for Nigerians to take part in the national youth service, NYSC, but continued to maintain silence over the revelation that his minister skipped the mandatory programme and obtained a fake exemption certificate.

A PREMIUM TIMES investigation showed that finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, failed to serve despite graduating before the age of 30. The minister obtained a forged discharge certificate afterwards, when she was apparently not entitled to one.
Over 44 days after the revelation, the Minister has refused to react to the scandal. The federal government has also failed to address the matter.

LAUTECH will shut down if owners States refuse to fund it- ASUU

On Tuesday however, while celebrating Sallah in Daura, his hometown, Mr Buhari said his support for the scheme remains unchanged.
The president, after prayers, received members of the NYSC serving in Daura community- an audience that has become part of his schedule during the Sallah celebrations in the past years.
While reaffirming his support for the scheme established in 1973, Mr Buhari told the corps members that: ‘‘It is better to know all about the country than for people to be state-inclined.
‘‘I always look forward to meeting the NYSC team because I served mostly in the south when I was in the military.”
He said that during his military career that many people did not know much outside their immediate environment.
‘‘For them (NYSC members) to be brought to the desert or near the Sahel region is a very difficult thing but it will make an impact on Nigeria.
‘‘I have personally spoken to Gen. Gowon to thank him for having the initiative to start the NYSC programme. It is very good for Nigeria.’’


The president also welcomed the corps members to the ancient town of Daura and asked them to enjoy their service year.

ASUU threatens strike over 10-months salary debt at LAUTECH

In his remarks, the Corps Liaison Officer, Jibrin Ishak, thanked the president for prioritising the welfare of the youth to secure their future through his style of leadership and developmental initiatives.
‘‘The voice of the people is the voice of God and by the grace of God, we pray that in 2019 you will continue to be president of Nigeria to do more for us,’’ Mr Ishak said.
Mr Buhari also expressed delight over Nigeria’s steady progress toward food sufficiency.
The president made his feelings known when he fielded questions from reporters at his private residence in Daura.
He thanked Almighty God for a bumper harvest being recorded across the country.
“I hope the rainy season will be as good as the previous ones so that there would be plenty of food so that we may even completely stop importation of food items,’’ he added.



The president wished all Nigerians a happy and successful celebration and expressed delight that the country was spending less on food importation.
According to him, the development is a major boost to the agricultural policies of his administration.
On the mammoth crowd chanting `Sai Baba’ on his way back home after performing the Eid-el Kabir prayer at Daura Eid ground, the president said he did not expect anything less from his ‘immediate constituency’.
‘‘I am very happy about it (the warm reception) and I do not expect anything less from my immediate base,’’ he said.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Borno gives full scholarship to best JAMB student, Israel Galadima

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has ordered for the full payment of tuition fees  for Israel Galadima for his five years university education at Covenant University in Ogun State.
Israel Galadima Zakari from Biu in Borno State,  emerged ‎overall best in Nigeria after scoring 364 in the 2018 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

Gov. Shettima who disclosed this today at a meeting with the Borno ambassador  at the Government House in Maiduguri in company of  his mother, Jummai, said he was the payment of the scholarship with be paid upfront because he wouldn’t want to family to be subjected to any government bureaucracy after he has left office next year.

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The Governor at the event ordered  the State’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Usman Jaha to raise a cheque of N5m  that will cover upfront payment of tuition, accommodation, books and maintenance at Covenant University in Ogun State where the student has already gained admission for Degree in electronics engineering.

His words: “Israel, as his mother has told us, was raised as an orphan. The mother lost her husband who was a Major in the Nigerian Army about 14 years ago and she singlehandedly raised three children. Israel is the second of her children.

“She works in Lagos as a Banker, we don’t have to make her travel all the way to Maiduguri again to pursue any payment. She has done her part by raising a child with excellence and that child has made Borno State very proud.

“It’s our turn to support him. I will suggest that the mother pays all the fees upfront to avoid any tuition increase in future. I am particular about Israel because he was raised as an orphan” Shettima said.

Israel’s mother, Jummai, who was overwhelmed by  tears of joy praised the commitment of Gov. Shettima for the honor done to the family, describing the gesture as “beyond expectation”.

“Your Excellency, I have been taking care of the three children since I lost my husband. I work in the bank in Lagos. Israel has a sister in the University.

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“With your kindness that is beyond our expectation, you have lifted a big burden on me. ‎Honestly, when I received your invitation to come to Maiduguri with Isreal, I didn’t expect something as huge as what you have just done.

“May God bless you and I pray that all Borno children surpass what Israel has achieved. Northerners are intelligent, they only need support and Your Excellency we all know what you are doing in Borno. The changes you are making are visible. I am very sure that with what you are doing, the sky will be the limit of Borno children. God will forever bless you, sir”,  Jummai said.

JAMB welcomes application for CBT centers in Katsina

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Thursday in Katsina said it will welcome application from qualified business centers willing to establish Computer Based Test centers, CBT, that could be deployed to use in the conduct of unified tertiary matriculation examinations, UTME

The state coordinator of JAMB, Isyaku Mohammed Kankia told the Nation in an exclusive interview in his office, that the present number of CBT center which he put about 7, is grossly inadequate and cannot take over 25,000 applicants expected to write the UTME exams from the state each year

He said ‘’the 7 CBT centers presently located as follows: Daura 2,Funtua,Malumfashi and Kusada one each, and Dutsin-Ma 2  ,are grossly inadequate so we invite more qualified applicants for CBT centers to come forward’’

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The JAMB boss further admonished applicants for the UTME exams to embrace the various innovations introduced by the management of the board, especially during registration and processing of applications for admission, to ensure a hitch free admission exercise

He said ’’intending applicants must during registration, ensure the posses valid email address, functional telephone lines which they can even source from close relatives in case they don’t have. There is no registration by proxy, because of data capturing’’

‘’Awaiting results must quickly come forward to upload their results as soon as they were released by the various examination bodies’’

LAUTECH students threaten to take protest to Abuja

Reviewing the conducts of the last UTME exercise, especially with the flood gate of complaints particularly from two CBT centers in the state capital, the cordinator adduced some reasons that usually occasioned complaints of missing center numbers and candidates not finding their examination centers to include; mistakes made at the registration points by candidates, poor finger print capturing, and poor profile creation by candidates and re-selling of pin by candidates.

Kankia further admitted that some of the challenges facing JAMB in Katsina state include awareness and adequate knowledge of the various innovations and technology introduced by the examination body

He said ’’we are presently reaching out to relevant stakeholders to create better awareness level on our activities through visits to media houses, schools, traditional rulers and allied agencies. This is because when candidates are well informed about the innovations taking place in JAMB the better for a seamless service delivery’’

He admonished candidates to discourage second hand information and that when in doubt about the activities of the board ,they should approach the office for clarification.

ASUU threatens strike over 10-months salary debt at LAUTECH

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday threatened to embark on strike over ‘the worrisome situation’ at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho owned by Osun and Oyo states government.
The body disclosed that lecturers were being owed 10-month salaries, warning that the shabby treatment of its members at the institution by both governments may trigger a nationwide industrial action.

The union made the threat in a press conference in Awka, Anambra state through its Owerri zonal leadership, comprising of comprised of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State University, Owerri, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

LAUTECH will shut down if owners States refuse to fund it- ASUU

The zonal coordinator, Comrade Uzo Onyebinama, accused the two governors of conspiracy to deny the workers of the institution the right to wages as well as neglect of their constitutional responsibilities of providing quality education to their citizenry.

He said the union had a duty to alert critical stakeholders and citizens of Nigeria on an issue that had continued to threaten the essence of the university system, warning that the situation was capable of truncating academic programmes in the institution.

According to him, the university had continued to lag behind because of abysmal condition of learning, governance and infrastructure brought about by near absence of funding by the proprietors of the university.



He said: “The festering case of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomosho, jointly owned by Osun and Oyo states, is particularly pathetic and very worrisome. LAUTECH has continued to have problems of very poor funding since 2013 due to failure by owner state governments of Oyo and Osun, to take responsibility of funding the university.

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the by-election for Port Harcourt Constituency III state assembly seat.

“LAUTECH has for long not received subvention and presently depends solely on funds from tuition. The university currently owes staff ten months salary arrears, (2013-2017), promotion arrears and 2009-2017 Earned Academic Allowances (EAA).

“There is no evidence of infrastructural development at LAUTECH since the inception of the present governments of Oyo and Osun states. In view of this ugly situation, staff and students of the university, as well as their parents and sponsors have been subjected to untold hardship.

“Despite the fact that several visitation panels have been sent to the university, especially the committee set up by owner state governments chaired by Wole Olanipekun, SAN, which made recommendations for resolving the funding crisis in the university, the owner state governments have not implemented any of the recommendations.

“Our union has continued to bring up issues of concern about the governance of our universities and the nation because they form part of our professional and moral responsibility as enshrined in our Constitution.

“ASUU is one body and whatever affects any branch affects the entire body. If the two state owner governments fail to act fast, we might call out our members nationwide for industrial action as our immediate concern is the welfare of our members and students in the institution who are suffering.”

The union called on members of the public and well- meaning Nigerians to prevail on the governments of Oyo and Osun states to take the training and education of Nigerian children more seriously by adequately finding LAUTECH and addressing all the welfare issues of all stakeholders in the university.

LAUTECH will shut down if owners States refuse to fund it- ASUU

The Branch Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Mr Biodun Olaniran has said the institution will collapse if the owner states refuses to fund it.
Olaniran who stated this while speaking with our correspondent said the major problem LAUTECH is facing is lack of proper funding and timely release of subvention.

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“Efforts have been made by our officials to reach an agreement with the school management as to solve the looming strike over the university, but all what the university management are all saying is that the matter is getting government attention but am sure that very soon the government would do the needful.

“We appeal to the two governments to the needful and they shouldn’t play with education.  They should take it serious so that they won’t jeopardize the future of the future leaders to be.

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“The school management should also be able to keep themselves on toes and look for a way out to the predicament of the varsity,” the ASUU Chairman said.

Over the years, LAUTECH has been encountering reoccurring strike due to lack of proper funding by the owner states which has resulted in students dropping out of school.

Gernot Rohr returns back as Super Eagles'Coach

Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr returns to Nigeria today to face a multitude of challenges, which he must quickly deal with before next month’s 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier with minnows Seychelles.

After leading the Eagles to group stage exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Rohr is desperate to pander his way back into the hearts of skeptical Nigerian fans, who were left bewildered with the performance of the three-time African champions at the last Mundial.

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The Franco-German born trainer knows he has his work cut out for him as he resumes duties, with the little issue of the game with Seychelles on September 8 top on his to-do-list, as he attempts to plough Nigeria back into contention for the 2019 Nations Cup holding in Cameroon. Eagles are third in Group E, after an opening day loss to South Africa, who are second behind leaders Libya and Rohr will start assessing the players he hopes to invite for the Seychelles game, in view of the fact that talismanic midfielder, Victor Moses has ended his romance with the national team.

Moses decision to dump Eagles to focus on his Chelsea career will certainly be troubling Rohr, who may try to reach out to the player to have a change of mind as well as explore other options should the Chelsea wing-back stick to his guns.

Craziest thing I’ve done was slapping my dad – Femi Adebayo

As if his worries are not enough, Rohr will also be keen to see an end to the never-ending leadership tussle for the soul of the Nigeria Football Federation, that has seen world-football governing body, FIFA hand Nigeria an ultimatum to resolve its issues or face a possible ban today. A FIFA ban would deal a serious blow to any effort that Rohr may be nursing in his attempt to rebuild the Super Eagles for a  strong and successful campaign in the 2019 AFCON qualification process. 

Monday, 20 August 2018

Craziest thing I’ve done was slapping my dad – Femi Adebayo


Actor, Femi Adebayo, has explained that being an actor has made him do some terrible things such as slapping his father, Adebayo Salami, aka Oga Bello.
He said as an actor, one must be ready to do anything to play unbelievable roles. He stated, “I have been presented with scripts where I had to slap my father on set and I must do it as an actor. He has slapped me on set too countless times. The moment we are acting, I don’t see him as my father anymore; I see him as a colleague and we need to interpret our roles very well.


 He trained me and he is my boss in the industry. He has taught me not to fear whenever I come across a bigger actor or someone like him on set. But the moment the director says stop, I prostrate to him and apologise.”
Similarly, he said he and his father decided to support Jigan with their viral ‘Sho Mo Age Mi Ni’ skit on Instagram.He said, “Jigan is more like a boy to us. When he came out with the trend, we felt we could do a skit to endorse it. The irony was in asking my biological father if he knew my age.”
Adebayo, who recently featured in an English movie, The Island, insisted that he had no regrets being a Yoruba actor.He said, “The only difference between an English and Yoruba movie is the language but the reaction as well as interpretation, most times, are the same. Given another chance, I would still prefer to come into the industry as a Yoruba actor because it has made me know my culture. All my days in school, I was taught a foreign culture and language. Later, I had the opportunity of learning about my culture, which I would not have learnt if I had started as an English actor. Majority of the people who started with English movies don’t have the opportunity I have had.”


He, however, admitted that there was no way Yoruba actors would earn more than English actors.Adebayo said, “English is a general language and it is universally accepted, unlike the Yoruba language. We cannot expect a Yoruba movie to have the same audience as an English movie. The majority of Yoruba movies’ fans are Yoruba people. Based on this, English movies make more money because it has a wider market. But I don’t regret being a Yoruba actor. We have many Yoruba actors who are very comfortable and Yoruba actors are better appreciated outside their environment than English actors. We get more accolades from our fans.”