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Monday, October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

BREAKING: NLC To Embark On Indefinite Strike In C'River From Tomorrow, October 12

By Obio Monday

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has ordered its members to down tools in Cross River State, beginning from tomorrow, October 12, 2021.


In a bulletin dated October 11, the NLC said the strike became necessary in order to press home its grievances.


The bullentin, obtained by GRASSROOT REPORTERS, reads:

"Dear Comrades, whereas the enlarged Congress of Organized Labour met on Wednesday 6th October 2021 at Nigerian Civil Service Union(NCSU) Secretariat to deliberate on the many issues troubling the workers of Cross River State;

"Whereas the Congress, after extensive deliberation, resolved that all workers in the State and Local Government should down tools to press home our grievances, workers are hereby called upon to stay at home from tomorrow, Tuesday 12th October, 2021.

"Comrades, stay at home until you hear from us". The bullentin read. 


Similarly, in compliance with the directive of the labour union, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), said all schools be closed beginning from tomorrow.


A text message to its members read:  "Please note that by the above NLC's notice, all Branch officers are to enforce the strike in their respective areas. All schools should remain closed while teachers should remain at home."


Friday, July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

BREAKING: Appeal Court Declare Jarigbe Duly Elected Senator For C/River North, Orders Withdrawal Of Certificate Of Return From Odey



The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has declared Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe the duly elected Senator for Cross River North.

The court declared Hon. Jarigbe the lawful candidate of the People's Democratic Party(PDP) in the December 5, 2020 By-election for the seat.

The three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Hon. Justice Chioma I. Nwosu also invalidated the certificate of return earlier issued to Steven Odey by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and directed it should be withdrawn.


See court judgment




Sunday, July 25, 2021

July 25, 2021

BREAKING: Universities May Be Shutdown Soon As ASUU Threatens Fresh Nationwide Strike


 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to resume the industrial action it suspended since December 2020 over the Federal Government’s alleged failure to honour many of the agreements it signed with the Union.


The Chairperson, ASUU, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Dr. Ibrahim Inuwa, stated this while speaking with select journalists at the Union’s Secretariat.


He said the protracted strike, which was to press home their demands for the continuous survival of public university system in Nigeria, was suspended in December after the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the various issues providing timelines for the implementation of each of the eight items.


Inuwa, who said that over seven months after the MoU was signed, only two out of the eight issues have been addressed, listed some of the issues to include Earned Academic Allowance, Funding for revitalisation of public universities, Salary shortfall, Proliferation of state universities and Visitation Panel.


Others, he added, are Renegotiation, Replacement of the Integrated payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) with the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and withheld salaries and non-remittance of Check-off Dues but “only salary shortfall and visitation panels to federal universities have been addressed.”


He said, “Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement which would have been completed within eight weeks from the date of inauguration of the committee has up till now not been concluded, even though the Committee was inaugurated since December 2020.


“The Federal Government of Nigeria willingly agreed that the UTAS will replace the IPPIS as a payment platform in Federal Universities after it passed an integrity test. However, soon after the agreement, agents of the FGN are doing everything possible to frustrate the coming of UTAS onboard.



“Meanwhile the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation through the IPPIS office have continued to omit our members from payment of salaries while others experience serious salary amputation. We are convinced this is done in connivance with the University Administration through the distortion of our members’ personal details.


“In the meantime, IPPIS appears to be the corruption headquarters of the Federal Civil service, as exemplified by double payment of salaries to employees, payment of salaries to non-employees, over taxation, dubious amputation of salaries, etc.”


Inuwa stated that the body language of the federal government on the proliferation of State Universities shows that they are not willing to put a stop to it stressing that instead, the federal government itself has joined in the Proliferation of Universities ignoring the obvious challenges of funding.


He further stated that it is obvious to the Union that the OAGF is deliberately omitting its members from payment of Salaries and withholding check off dues as a ploy for victimization and coercion to enroll ASUU members into IPPIs.


“This plague,” he said, “has been evident across all Federal Universities in Nigeria since February, 2020. This to us is an outright act of ingratitude on the part of the Government for the sacrifices members of ASUU are making in order to establish a progressive nation. A clear case of punishing citizens for being patriotic.”


Inuwa declared that “Enough is enough. ASUU is fed up with deceptive antics of the federal government of Nigeria.


“The University Campuses are becoming restive across the length and breadth as Academics are threatening to shut down activities once again. This is coming as a result of the failure of the FGN to implement many aspects of the memorandum of Action it willingly signed with ASUU that ended the last strike in December, 2020.


“Given the glaring and deliberate failure of Government to honour the agreement it willingly signed with the Union, it is becoming obvious that industrial harmony is gradually being destroyed in the University Campuses.


“We, therefore, call on well-meaning Nigerians to wake up the FGN from its slumber to avoid another disruption of academic activities on Universities Campuses across the nation” adding that “the atmosphere is tensed and charged.”


Source: PUNCH



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Arrested By Interpol, To Be Deported To Nigeria To Face Trial


 


By Ikechukwu Nnochiri (Vanguard)

The Federal Government has arrested the leader of the proscribed Indegeniuos People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.




The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who made the disclosure to journalists on Tuesday, revealed that Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday.

He said the arrest followed a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and the Interpol.

Malami further disclosed that Kanu would be taken before the Federal High Court in Abuja for continuation of his trial on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.



















Thursday, May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Cross River Governor Finally Dumps PDP For APC


 

Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade Thursday dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).


The Governor and the National Assembly members from the state had been at daggers drawn over the soul of the PDP in the state.


Governor Ayade formally declared for the ruling party at the Cross River State Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office in Calabar after a two-hour meeting with seven APC governors led by the party’s interim chairman and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Speaking on why he was joining the APC, Ayade highlighted the character attributes of President Muhammadu Buhari and the realisation that Cross River, which has been emasculated economically following the ceding of its oil wells, needed to be in sync with the party at the center, as the main reasons for moving.


According to the governor,  “having seen and known the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his commitment to this country, his nationalistic disposition and all the efforts he has made to bring Nigeria to where we are today, it is obvious that at this point we needed to join hands with him to build a Nigeria that we can be proud of . 


“We need all governors to recognize that it is not party that matters.  It is character, it is honor,  it is commitment to the vision of this great nation. We all need to as a team work ahead of the president by working towards building a prosperous country that the succession worries of 2023 will come without the fears and the worries the international community has for us. 


“I believe that if everyone of us as governor joins hands with Mr President, I think we can sit on the same dining table and fashion out a way to govern this country.”


Speaking on the development, an elated Buni said he and his team were in the state to formally welcome Governor Ayade to the APC.


His words: “I am here on behalf of the APC family to welcome His Excellency the Executive Governor of Cross River State formally to the APC.  As from today he is the leader of the party in the state.”


Other APC governors who witnessed the event were Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Solomon Lalong of Plateau State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his Jigawa state counterpart, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.


Also present was the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva.


Others at the meeting were the state deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, Speaker of the state house of assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Williams Jones and members of the state house of assembly, some National Assembly members, members of the Cross River State Executive Council members, local Government chairmen, councilors and some stakeholders, including Dame Princess Florence Ita-Giwa and High Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong amongst others.