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ASUU rejects court order, vows to appeal

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted to the order by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) that asked its members to call off the seven-month-long strike.

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The union in a statement signed by the Lagos Zonal Coordinator, Dr Adelaja Odukoya, quoted the National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, as saying, “our lawyer is filing an appeal and stay of execution of the judgment.”

According to the statement titled, “NICN back to work order on ASUU: Be calm”, Osodeke urged the aggrieved university teachers to remain calm as there is no cause for alarm on the back-to-work order delivered earlier today.

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“Members should remain resolute and strong. A people united can never be defeated. Solidarity without compromise,’’ he stated.

Judgment betrays equity- NANS
In a similar development, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has described the Industrial Court judgment as a black market judgment.

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The national student body’s spokesperson, Giwa Temitope, described the NICN ruling as a “black market judgment”.

Temitope said the ruling lacked equity because the Federal Government should not have taken ASUU before the industrial court from the beginning.

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He explained that the only solution to the ongoing strike is for the government to meet the demands of the union, which they willingly entered into with ASUU.

“Our attention has been drawn to news of a court judgment mandating the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its 7-month-strike. As an association, we feel disturbed to read the news of the judgment because we believe that it betrays equity.

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“Ordinarily, the federal government is not meant to have dragged ASUU to the industrial court. But, the fact that they had to drag ASUU to court is a signal that this government cannot handle crisis.

“And, we want to state categorically that the court cannot force members of ASUU back to lecture theatres.

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“And, as it stands today, with that court judgment, we maintain that the court has not resolved the problem and we reject the judgment in strong terms.

“The court could have said that the federal government should go and pay rather than say that lecturers who are on strike should go back to classrooms.

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‘’We were expecting the court to have understood that lecturers are on (a) contract of personal service hence; they cannot be compelled to render a service they don’t want to render.

“The only remedy to this strike action is for the federal government to accede to the demands of ASUU which the government willingly entered into with them and properly fund education, ” Temitope stated.(Vanguard)

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Fire service recovers two corpses, car as heavy downpour wrecks havoc in Ilorin

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By Gloria Ikibah

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The Kwara Fire Service has said that it recovered two dead bodies after a vehicle plunged into a river at Akerebiata area in Ilorin.

Head of Media and Publicity of the service, Hassan Adekunle, in a statement on Saturday in Ilorin, said that the corpses and a Toyota Yaris car with registration number: APP544E, was recovered from a river opposite Olusola Saraki Abattoir in Ilorin.

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“Rumour had it that the incident occurred during the Friday night downpour when the casualties were struggling to drive through the bridge and suddenly got stuck by the flood which pushed them into the river.

“In truth, the rescued work was like a joint operation. Because all the people in the neighbourhood gave their full support to the firemen throughout the operation”, Adekunle said.

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He, therefore, advised the general public to always avoid driving whenever there is a heavy downpour.

He added that the identities of the victims were yet to be known at the time of filling this report.

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Naijablitznews.com reports that the heavy rain, which lasted for several hours on Friday, wrecked havoc in several parts of llorin metropolis.

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Governor Bello Urges President Buhari To Declare Kogi “State Of National Disaster”

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By Gloria Ikibah

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Following the ravaging effect of flood in Kogi state and its environs, Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare Kogi a ”State of National Disaster,”.

Governor Bello who made the appeal in his Independence Day address in Lokoja, said that a lasting solution must be proffered to the yearly menace.

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Bello said that such an emergency declaration would help to unlock the nation’s latent capabilities to respond more aggressively with more men, money and materials to the harrowing situation.

“The President may wish to recall that he made such a declaration in response to the 2018 flooding – and the floods this year are projected to be much worse than anything we saw in 2018.

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“Thus, while thanking His Excellency for what the Federal agencies are already doing, I implore him to give us the help our people so desperately need at this time,” Bello said.

He asserted that the natural disaster had affected the nine local government areas of the state which were along the Rivers Niger and Benue, namely, Lokoja, Kogi-Koto, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Igalamela-Odolu, Bassa, Idah, Ibaji and Omala.

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He also noted that Ibaji LGA was almost 100 per cent under water, while the rest ranged from 30 per cent up and other inland LGAs also had some degree of flooding from smaller rivers and tributaries.

While he acknowledged that the state had a serious and humanitarian tragedy to attend to, the governor assured every person, family and community who had been affected that they were not alone and that help was around the corner.

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He stated that even before the flood, his government had activated its early response systems to make sure that succour reached those affected in a timely manner.

He narrated that flooding in Kogi happened annually which unfortunately the people had gotten used to the ritual of devastation followed by inadequate palliatives, if any.

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“As a leader, it is clear to me that I must make an attempt to break this vicious cycle, if not for all, then for as many victims as I can and I am making proposals for permanent solutions,” Bello added.

He reeled out the numerous efforts which have yielded varying degrees of success, he revealed that the most common sense and humane option left now is to clear human habitations and businesses from the banks of the Rivers Niger and Benue where possible.

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He added that his government would embark on clearing the lowlands along the entire flood-plains in the flood endemic LGAs which would allow the rivers unimpeded flow during their annual flooding.

“In Lokoja, road shoulders along the banks of the River Niger from the entrance of the city in Natako will be widened to establish a sufficient buffer zone between the city and the river.

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“Ganaja junction to Ganaja Village road has also been recently re-awarded to a more efficient contractor and we will see to it that when work commences, efforts will be made to raise the road above the water levels mentioned,” he said.

The governor also noted that lowland communities affected by the planned clearance would be relocated to higher grounds and structures which fall into the designated work areas would have to make way.

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Bello, however, assured that the government would ensure proper resettlement and rehabilitation of those who would be affected.

He added that despite the huge burdens it would place of the already strained government’s resources would be money well-spent if it brought peace of mind to the people.

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He, however, noted that although such decision would have its own effects, but anything was preferable to the annual loss of lives and livelihood while assuring that his administration would continue to work for the wellbeing of the people and posterity in the state.

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Buhari regime, Borno govt taking care of 80,000 repentant Boko Haram terrorists – Army

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The Nigerian Army says that the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari was partnering with the Borno State government to care for about 80,000 repentant Boko Haram terrorists.

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Chris Musa, Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, said the number of surrendered Boko Haram terrorists has hit “80,000,” while explaining that the military was working with the Borno government to care for the surrendered terrorists.

“The military, Operation Hadin kai working together with the state government. On the point of impact, when the terrorists come out they report to the closest unit and the commander takes him and his men and they are profiled and disarmed,” Mr Musa said in an interview with Channels TV on Saturday.

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He added: “The state government provides transportation that takes them into Maiduguri where we have three camps. The fourth camp is being constructed.

We are not directly involved in their administration and management. The state government takes care of them. We simply take care of perimeter security to ensure nobody comes in or goes out.”

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Boko Haram terrorists have killed about 350,000 people in the North-East, since they took up arms against the Nigerian state in 2009, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report.

The regime of President Buhari first established the “Operation Safe Corridor” in 2016, with the mandate to deradicalise and rehabilitate repentant Boko Haram fighters; an idea greatly criticised by the Nigerian public.

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Recently, the terrorist group raided Kuje Prison, freeing its members into the nation’s capital and raising questions on why the government is rehabilitating terrorists while their members continue to fight the Nigerian state.

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