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Court rules today on FG’s request to compel ASUU resumption

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A National Industrial Court (NIC) in Abuja on Monday scheduled a ruling for September 21 on the application by the Federal Government seeking to compel striking university lecturers to return to work pending the determination of a suit it filed against the industrial action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

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Justice prayed the court to order the striking varsity lecturers to resume work in the interim, pending the determination of the main suit.

Igwe argued that it was important that the case be urgently attended to because it is of great national interest, noting that millions of students have been at home since February 14 when the industrial action commenced.

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He cited Section 47 of the Trade Dispute Act and argued that the provision allows the court to direct that no worker should continue to embark on strike pending when the applications are heard and determined.

Igwe stressed the need for the court to promptly determine the case to enable university students to return to classrooms.

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He added that since the dispute between FG and university teachers had been submitted before the court for adjudication, it would be proper and in the interest of justice for the strike to be called off.

Lawyer to ASUU, Femi Falana (SAN) said the union’s leadership was currently meeting with stakeholders to ensure an amicable resolution of all the thorny issues.

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Falana urged the Federal Government to cooperate with the stakeholders to ensure a lasting resolution of the dispute.

He faulted a referral the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige forwarded to the court for an order to compel ASUU to return to work.

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Falana argued that such referral amounted to a directive from the Minister to the court.

He further argued that neither a Minister nor the President could wield such powers as to control a court of competent jurisdiction.

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Earlier, the judge declined to hear the preliminary objection by ASUU noting that it was not ripe for hearing and that the court’s rules provide that such objection should be heard with the substantive suit.

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Army, SSS, Police rivalry worsening Nigeria’s insecurity – Amos Ojo

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Amos Ojo, the clerk of the National Assembly, says the rivalry among the Nigerian Army, the police, the SSS and other security agencies is worsening the deterioration of insecurity in Nigeria.
He also called on Nigerians to support security operatives to tackle bandits and other criminals terrorising the country.

“The consequences of inter-agency rivalry have far-reaching implications on national security and exacerbate the already existing security challenges confronting the country,” the clerk stated. “The findings of KAS showed more light on intricacies associated with some laws guiding the operations of security agencies, which include (an) overlap of functions, unclear delineation of functions.”

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The clerk gave the charge in Abuja on Monday while delivering the opening remarks at a two-day retreat on National Security Legislative Reform for Senate Committee members, organised by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS).

Mr Ojo expressed concern over the escalation of security challenges through social media, adding a need to put relevant legislation in place to strengthen the country’s security architecture.

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He said social media was having a field day, feasting on such conflicts, especially inter-agency rivalries witnessed among security personnel, arising from the circulation of texts, pictures and videos.

The clerk said it was the duty of Nigerians to support security agencies and not to escalate situations through social media to avoid worsening the current insecurity across the country.

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Mr Ojo added that amending all existing incongruous legislations and making provisions that would eliminate counter-productivity and ensure inter-agency collaboration required deliberate efforts and resources.

The retreat was organised in furtherance of activities undertaken to address issues relating to the country’s overlapping mandates of security agencies.

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Others, according to him, are the conflicting description of conditions and guidelines for collaboration between security agencies.

The study by KAS in 2020 revealed that the duplication of duties and lack of proper coordination often led to inter-agency rivalry among security agencies.

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TCN confirms national grid restored after Monday’s collapse

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has confirmed that the national grid has been restored after its partial collapse on Monday.

TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, made this known in a statement in Abuja.

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Mbah explained that the national grid experienced partial system disturbance at about 10.51am earlier in the day.

It was caused by a sudden drop in system frequency, which created system instability.

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She said that the restoration of the affected grid commenced immediately at 11.55 am with Osogbo/Ihovbor, followed by Jebba/Osogbo, Kainji/Jebba, Benin/Onitsha, Shiroro/Kaduna, Shiroro/Katampe and Alaoji/Ikot-Ekpene.

Others are Lokoja/Gwagwalada, Odukpani/Ikot Ekpene, Benin/Omotosho, Oke-Aro/Ikeja west, Egbin/Oke-Aro and Kaduna/Kano.

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She said the grid restoration has almost been completed, adding that the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) regrets any inconveniences caused.

Mbah promised that the National Control Centre would launch a full-scale investigation “to establish and ascertain the cause of the partial disturbance as this unwholesome event has resulted in aggregated generation loss.”

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LP Chieftain Challenges Tinubu To Go For Medical Test And Make Result Public

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Popular Political economist Pat Utomi has dared Bola Tinubu to go for a medical checkup and make the result public, claiming the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate is unfit.

He threw the challenge on Monday while fielding questions on Channels Television’s Politics Today, maintaining that the signs are there to show Tinubu is unfit for the post.

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“Physically, you can see he is ailing. Let’s not kid ourselves. Let’s be honest,” he said during the show.

Utomi refuted claims by the APC that Tinubu is fit, stating that “American presidents go through medicals.

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“Let him (Tinubu) go through medicals with Nigerian doctors and make it (result) public.”

His stance, he argued, is because next year’s election and who leads the country is about “the lives of millions of people”.

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According to him, the ruling party would have fielded another candidate in the person of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“Our country has suffered so much from having ailing leaders. That was why I can say here, that was why the Vice President stepped up,” Utomi added, noting that Osinbajo “would have been a fit person”.

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He also hailed the Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere for reechoing its support for the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi.

At a press conference in the Ikoyi area of Lagos, the group said the decision was based on the “principle of justice, equity, and inclusiveness”.

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“Peter Obi is the person of Igbo extraction that Afenifere has decided to support and back, he is the man we trust to restructure the country back to federalism on the assumption of office,” Afenifere leader Ayo Adebanjo added.

And as far as Utomi is concerned, the group is on the right track as he dismissed insinuations that the Afenifere does not pull political weight.

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