The Council of Student’s Union Presidents (CSUP) says that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the ASUU strike.The Student Union President (SUG), Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Mr. Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.Yahaya said that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs were being kidnapped and killed in the process.He appealed to the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school.“It is true when they say when two elephants meet; only the grass suffers.“It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight.“This is because while the strike is ongoing, the salaries of Federal Government staff keep flowing and at the end of every strike, nothing stops the salaries of ASUU members from also flowing.“The only most unfortunate and innocent victim here you would agree with us are the Nigerian students, who have everything to lose.” Even when the strike would have been called off, so many of the students will not be able to serve the nation due to age limit.“So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration,” he said.Yahaya said that the strike had increased the rate of drug abuses, prostitution, and thuggery amongst other corresponding wantonness and purposelessness by the Nigerian students who under normal circumstances should be in school acquiring knowledge.He said that the Nigerian students and campuses had been exposed to insecurities.and as such students had now become daily victims of kidnapping by the bandits.He said that the CSUP had written to the Ministry of Education, issuing a seven days ultimatum to reach an amicable resolution with their counterparts – ASUU.He said that failure to do so would lead to the mobilization of students across the country in a mass peaceful demonstration to end the strike.” We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option but to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration even amidst this security instability.” For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing.” Also, the SUG president of the university of Jos, Mr. Danladi Adankala, recalled an incident that happened to a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho who was kidnapped and murdered after paying the ransom.” In LAUTECH yesterday, a 500-level Rachael Opadele of the Department of Fine Art was murdered.” She was supposed to be in school finalizing her education but because of the ASUU strike, she opted to work in a hotel where she was kidnapped and killed after paying the ransom.” This is one of the many we know.Students can also be killed during a protest, so it is essential for the government to meet the demands of ASUU so that students can return to school,” he said.In the same vein, the SUG President, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Mr. Naajim Gbefwi called on the government to prioritize education in the interest of Nigerian students.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had been on strike since February demanding the adoption of UTAS against IPPIS, funds for therevitalization of public universities.Others are refusing to honor the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU, among others.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Thursday commenced enumeration of beneficiaries of “Traders MONI, “Market MONI” and “Farmers MONI,” programmes in Imo. The programme, under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP) is poised to lift Nigerians out of poverty.
Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, at the event in Owerri said that shortlisted candidates would receive N50,000 each to sustain their petty business.
Umar-farouq, represented by Dr Rabiuo Ibrahim, the Focal Person and Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said that the enumeration was the phase II of the programme.
According to her, no fewer than 1,800 indigenes have been shortlisted to benefit from the programme.
She noted that the state had benefited immensely from GEEP under the National Social Investments Programme N-SIP of the federal government.
The minister commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for lifting Nigerians out of poverty through social intervention programmes.
She also commended Gov. Hope Uzodimma for his support, especially for creating the state Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The state Programme Coordinator, GEEP, Mrs Kath Igwe, said that independent monitors would observe beneficiaries and ensure that the N50,000 loan would be judiciously used.
“This is an interest-free loan from Federal Government; you must ensure that the money is used judiciously so that you can be able to pay back when demanded.
“Those who are counted will be sent to Abuja for final enumeration before their accounts will be credited.
“As the focal person in Imo, I will ensure the success of the programme by strictly monitoring beneficiaries,” she added.
Some of the shortlisted candidates who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria commended the federal government for its social intervention programmes.
A trader, Mrs Felicia Okorie, said she was lucky to be one of the shortlisted people beneficiary.
She gave the assurance of investing the money into business and commended the governor for his inclusive government.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Chief Adeniyi Adebayo, the Minister of Industry, Trades and Investment, on Thursday launched a new taxi hailing service Codenamed: “AFRICAR” in Ibadan.
The taxi hailing service was launched at a well-attended ceremony with 150 of the taxi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new taxi hailing service had already commenced operations in Ibadan with residents hailing the introduction and operations.
Makinde said that introduction of the taxi hailing service in Ibadan was in line with his administration’s goal of bringing investors into the state.
The governor, represented by his Chief of Staff, Segun Ogunwuyi, said that launching of AFRICAR in Ibadan, had attested to the business-friendly atmosphere provided by his administration for investors.
Makinde expressed delight for witnessing another demonstration of his administration’s commitment to make life comfortable for residents of the state.
“I am very delighted to be at the event of today, which is a further demonstration of our administration’s commitment to making life comfortable for our people.
“This will improve the socioeconomic activities of the citizenry and the state at large,” he said.
The governor said that transportation was evidently important for economic activity and social life in a state.
According to him, the current economic status of Oyo State is due to many factors, chief among which is the development and continuous improvement of our public transport system.
“The state has witnessed and still witnessing tremendous growth in the transport sector since the inception of this administration in the areas of transport infrastructure and procurement of vehicles for mass transit,” he said.
The governor said that his administration had purchased 109 buses for mass transit tagged: “Omituntun” Bus Mass Transit and constructed four Bus Terminals at Iwo Road, Challenge, as well as Ojoo. He congratulated Stallion Group, owners of AFRICAR, expressing hope that the launch would birth more interesting fruits as they collaborate with his government for the wellbeing of the people.
In his remarks, the minister appreciated Stallion Group, a home-grown conglomerate, that has been adding value for the past 52 years.
The minister thanked Makinde for the welcoming environment provided to AFRICAR, adding AFRICAR’s platform would transform the transportation industry in the state, provide both employment opportunities and low-cost rides.
Commenting, Mr Sahil Vaswani, AFRICAR Chief Executive Officer, said all the cars used for the project were assembled in Lagos at Stallion Group’s Von Plant.
Vaswani said AFRICAR, in Partnership with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), had developed the Bajaj Qute cars used for the new ride hailing taxi.
“This car is assembled in Nigeria by Nigerians and is environmentally friendly, with 50 per cent lower carbon emissions than the average car,” he said.
Sen. Haliru Jika emerged the Bauchi State gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Thursday through a voice vote.
Jika emerged unopposed following the voluntary withdrawal of Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim, who was initially elected as the candidate of the party at its primary election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 630 delegates unanimously adopted Jika in the voice vote.
Chairman of the election committee, Malam Yusuf Kofar-Mata, said it was sent by the party’s national headquarters to conduct the election following the receipt of the letter of withdrawal by Ibrahim.
“Since Sen. Jika is now the only aspirant in the race, I hereby, affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State.
“We have 630 delegates here with us who have also affirmed and adopted Jika as gubernatorial candidate.
“I want to appreciate INEC officials for their presence to observe all that we have done here today,’’ he said.
Speaking after his affirmation, Jika, a former Member of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, expressed gratitude to the delegates.
He also appreciated the NNPP for the honour done to him by giving him the opportunity to fly the party’s flag at the 2023 governorship election.
He expressed appreciation to the INEC officials for witnessing the process.
“What is about to happen in Bauchi State is what we have laid the foundation of today; it is a revolution, a generational change, agitation for youths and women that is about to take place.
“You will agree with me that youths and women are the backbone of any society and we are duty-bound to support them and mobilise them so that we can have good governance,’’ Jika said.
He said also that he had put youths in Bauchi State into perspective and would soon announce a blueprint that would address their plights.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has inaugurated the newly renovated and equipped General Hospital Tede in Atisbo Local Government area, after a long period of neglect.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the General Hospital, Tede, was renovated and equipped by the state government through the State Health Insurance Agency Scheme (OYSHIA) from capitation on its scheme.
In his remarks, Makinde said healthcare delivery is a major pillar of his administration.
On the four agenda of his administration, the governor said: “We are collaborating with the security agencies to keep our people safe and secured.
“We have invested in education, expanding our economy and security.
The fourth pillar is healthcare.
” He promised residents of the area that the”Light up Oyo” would be implemented in Tede, as well as the enrolment of 1,250 people in health insurance from the two communities for the next one year.
Also, Dr Sola Akande, the Executive Secretary, OYSHIA, said that to achieve universal health coverage, there has to be places to access quality healthcare.
“What we are doing is in line with the vision of Gov. Seyi Makinde, who has an objective of ensuring that healthcare services are available to every citizen of the state, regardless of social status or location.
“This General Hospital in Tede is one of the manifestations and what OYSHIA is simply doing is to align with the direction of the government in implementation of qualitative healthcare facilities and equipment,” Akande said.
The OYSHIA secretary said the General Hospital in Tede, dilapidated for over 15 years and worsened by torrential rainfall of over 10 years, had been brought back to life.
He commended the healthcare workers, who had continued and persisted in giving care with the horrendous state of the hospital before the overhaul of the facility.
Akande said training and retraining would be continuous in ensuring that personnel get a hold on the use of the equipment provided for the hospital.
“The essence of the health insurance with our agency is to have about 2,500 people enrolled in the facility, such that the facility will be receiving N500, 000 monthly from OYSHIA for its sustenance aside what it will get from the government,” he said.
Also, Fasasi Adeagbo, the Chairman, Atisbo Local Government, commended the governor for bringing development to the state.
“This hospital was renovated and equipped in line with his vision despite economic hardship in the country.
“We thank him for what he has done because many people in Oke-Ogun will benefit from the hospital, they won’t have to travel to Ibadan for care,” Adeagbo said.
According to him, to ensure sustainability of the hospital, the local government will sponsor people’s treatment through the health insurance scheme yearly and also be responsible to support it financially and otherwise.
Also, Dr Salisu Salawu, the Head of General Hospital, said it was a delight for the general hospital, being the oldest hospital in Oke-Ogun to have received a complete overhaul and state-of-the-art facilities.
Salawu said: “The condition of the hospital was terrible before and like 12 years ago, the whole roof was blown away by wind, but with the help of community leaders and philanthropists, they were able to fix some parts.
“Since the creation of the hospital, it has not received a total renovation like we are witnessing now and equipping.
“The whole hospital has been renovated and it has also been stocked with state-of-art equipment in the theatre, laboratory and even wards.
” According to him, the hospital has electronic delivery machine, borehole powered supply system, newly installed 20 KVA Diesel Generator, backed with solar power and a newly constructed fence.
It also has street light to serve as a hub for all the primary healthcare centres in both Atisbo and Saki East Local Governments.
He said that before the renovation, about 200 to 250 patients were accessing care, but in the last one and half months of its renovation, more 500 patients received care in July only.
Some of the patients at the hospital, Mrs Mutia Yusuf and Mrs Aminat Oladejo, who delivered sets of twins, appreciated the state government for refurbishing the hospital and equipping it for the good of residents in the area.
Stakeholders in the automobile industry have appealed for the speedy passage of the Automobile Policy to engender growth in the industry.
At the Maiden Auto CEOs Forum held in Abuja on Thursday, they also decried lack of an Auto Purchase Credit Scheme for Nigerians purchase vehicles on a staggered payment scheme.
They argued that if such scheme was made available, people would be able to buy new vehicles and the business of local assemblers in the country would thrive.
Mr Remi Olaife, Executive Director, Nigeria Automobile Manufacturers Association (NAMA) said that lack of political will was the main constraint of the industry.
”We are not ready as a country to move.
How long are we going to wait.
”The Auto policy was approved during President Goodluck Jonathan administration and till date they are still trying to make it a law.
”All what is said today has already been said.
If we do not have the political will, nothing gets done.
The funds are there, it is for us to decide what we want to do.
Representing the Director-General of BPP, the Director of Procurement, Mr Eze Obasi, urged the automobile companies to upgrade their status to enable them benefit from the bureau’s policy.
”Federal Government have a policy aimed at enabling indeginious firms to grow.
”We recommend agencies to patronise upgraded companies who have met all the requirements of tax clearance, CAC registration, PENCOM certifications, ITF and NSITF.
”However, there is need for a deliberate collaboration among you.
You also need to collaborate with smaller firms that can provide the necessary components you need to thrive.
”If you are not registered with the bureau, you cannot do business with the government,”Obasi said.
Earlier, the former Acting Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council(NADDC), Lukman Mamood, urged the NAMA to come together in one voice.
He said they should form a formidable force that would engage the government and relevant stakeholders on the way forward for the industry.
He said the objective of the policy was to establish a dynamic fiscal policy to attract and sustain investments.
”It is aimed to one million automobiles for transport, mining and agriculture, attract FDI and renew Nigerian vehicle stock and reverse pressure on balance of payment and strengthen the naira.
”It is also aimed at establishing automotive manufacturing infrastructure and increase industry employment among other things,” Mamood said.
He said the requirements for the industry’s development, however, entailed incentives and supportive measures, legislation, market and skills development among other things.
The Controller of Customs, Musa Baba, said that the industry had to be private driven for effective and efficient growth.
On purchase of vehicles, he said: ”We have to look into financing of the industry, that is the purchase of vehicles.
”Also, let us identify people who have true passion to push through the objectives of the forum.
”Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, Nord Automobiles Ltd., Oluwatobi Atayi, decried the non financing of automobile business in Nigeria due to high interest rate.
He urged that the National Automotive Council (NAC) levy on importation of vehicles to the country should be channeled as supposed to the automobile industry.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum was attended by stakeholders and players in the industry.
The Director-General (D-G), Department of State Service (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi, says increasing political instability in some African countries cause of alienation of citizens from governments and authorities.
Bichi said this on Thursday in Abuja at the 2022 Distinguished Personality Lecture organised by the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) for participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC 15).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture titled, Building the Democratic Culture in Africa: The Pains and Gains was delivered by the Vice Chancellor, Enugu State University of Science, Prof. Aloysius Okolie.
The DSS boss represented by Mr Brown Nkoaba, the Director of Training in the DSS said deliberate efforts to ensure inclusion would guarantee political stability in the continent.
He said the political culture needed to sustain liberal democracy could best be described as weak in most of the post-colonial African nations.
Bichi said a lot had been achieved by some African leaders through focused leadership.
According to him, historically, there have been significant transformation in the political systems in many African countries and has enhanced regional security and development.
The DSS boss said significant institutional changes had taken root in many African countries, but added that, a lot was still required to leapfrog the continent to its pride of place in global affairs.
“These are institutional changes that have transitioned from the racially-based apartheid regime in South Africa to non-racial democracy.
“Many civilian and military dictatorships have fallen for the establishment of rule of law-based governance systems, characterised by constitutionalism, including reforms such as observation of pandemics in office.
“Many African countries are still struggling to deepen and institutionalise democratic niceties and culture as against governmental impunity, human rights violation and abuse of executive powers,” he said.
According to him, it is gratifying to note that most African regional organisations are involved in promoting democracy.
He said the foundations and institutions of political culture necessary to sustain liberal democracy could best be described as weak for most of the post colonial era.
Bichi said some governments across African continent were becoming more alienated from the people that claim to be representing.
The DSS boss said this had led to a rise in political instability within the region, as already being seen in some countries in Central Africa and West Africa in recent times.
Okolie in the lecture, called on African leaders to harness the advantages that accompany diversity.
The National Industrial Court, Lagos Division has fixed Aug. 24 to deliver ruling in applications filed by two unions seeking to be joined in a suit filed against the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) by some of its affiliate unions.
The presiding Judge, Justice Rabi Gwandu, fixed the date on Thursday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the TUC members have been having leadership tussle since May, 2022 over the position of the union’s president and other major positions in the union.
One of the unions, the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and other Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) and nine other affiliate unions from the TUC are seeking redress over the leadership crisis.
At the hearing, Mr Johnson Esezoobo, Counsel to the second defendant, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), filed an application seeking for the defendant to join in the suit.
Also, Mr Babatunde Adewusi, Counsel to one of the affiliate unions, a claimant, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), filed an application seeking for the claimant to join the suit.
Speaking to NAN, after the court sitting, Counsel to all claimants, including ASSBIFI and nine other affiliate unions, Mr Timothy Adewale, said: ‘’We oppose the application for PENGASSAN; we have no objection to ASCSN to join as a claimant.
‘’This is because the union can see the integrity of the just cause of the claimants.
‘’ Earlier, Adewale told NAN that he had brought to the attention of the court what he described as, the flagrant disobedience of the defendant (TUC) to an order given by the NIC, Lagos division on July 8. NAN reports that the Judge, Gwandu had stopped TUC from holding its 12th triennial delegates’ conference pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit before the court.
Gwandu also granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant (TUC), its officials or agents from conducting election into the position of president and other national offices of the congress pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matter.
Adewale said: ’’In the discharge of our duty to the honourable court, we brought the attention of the court, the acts of the defendants in disobeying the order of the court.
‘’The court gave the order that there should not be a conference or any election; they disobeyed it: they went ahead; they had their election- a flagrant disobedience to the court order.
‘’ Meanwhile, Counsel to the defendant, TUC, Mr Sola Iji, declined speaking with NAN, saying ‘’ I do not have the brief of my clients to talk to the press.
’’ In their views, two affiliate unions of TUC said the reason for the suit filed in court was to seek justice.
One of the (claimant) affiliate union member, Mr Francis Akinjole, Deputy General Secretary, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria said there was no need for the parties to be in court over leadership tussle.
Akinjole said: ‘’What the court has demonstrated today is suggestive of the need not to even come to court.
‘’The defendants are showing the world that we do not need to be in court- and we are all unions.
‘’ However, a member of the affiliate union, PENGASSAN and defendant seeking to join the suit, its Lagos Zonal Chairman, Mr Eyam Abeng, said the union had full confidence in the judiciary.
‘’At the end of the day, the desire and the mandate that was given by my principal by the 12th Delegate Conference of TUC will be sustained and will be upheld.
‘’What is before us are facts and because the leadership of TUC in line with our constitution is always decided on the floor of the TUC National Delegate Conference, Abeng said.
A food processor, Mrs Adeola Balogun, co-founder, LimLim Foods, has urged the Federal Government to promote freeze-dried fruit to reduce food loss and wastage in the country.
Balogun told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos that the demand for freeze dried fruits was huge and on the increase in the country.
She noted that there was a huge opportunity in the country’s food and processing sector if government could create a conducive environment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to thrive.
Balogun said that freeze dried fruit would help prevent food loss and ensure food security of all fruits grown locally in Nigeria.
According to her, freeze-dried fruit is a process of keeping the nutrient and product structure of a fruit intact using technology.
“When put in water, no one can tell the difference between the fresh fruit and the dehydrated fruit,” she said.
According to her, Nigerian has a huge market for the processed fruit and vegetables.
Balogun added that the company had deployed latest world-class technology to process the fruits.
“The technology we are using is different, it’s best in class, it’s world-class and our products can compete with international products.
“We cannot even meet the demand, customers pay ahead and we now schedule them for delivery day.
“All fruits and vegetables grown in Nigeria can be freeze dry,” she said.
Balogun said that the minimum shelf life of fruits was two years.
She added that the product would be available in supermarkets by September for the general public.
Balogun urged parents to patronise freeze-dried fruits for their children and wards to increase for healthy living.
“The whole idea is to help prevent loss and ensure food security of all fruits grown locally in Nigeria from pineapple, banana, mangoes and strawberry.
“Any fruit grown in Nigeria, we are able to process them and turn them into value added products.
“The fruits are good for children as an alternative to fresh fruits because when children take fresh fruits to school you are not sure of how they will handle them.
“The freezer-dried fruits comes out like biscuits, so the kids don’t know they are actually taking fruits.
It’s flaky like biscuit so its good for children and fantastic for children.
“There is a difference between dehydrated fruits and freeze dried fruits; we are the first company in Nigeria to process freeze dry fruit in Nigeria locally.
“Our freeze dried fruit take like 70 per cent of the moisture in the best in class technology that keeps the structure and nutrient intact.
“I encourage Nigerians to patronise it, it’s not too expensive but it’s also cheaper than treating your children for dysentery, cholera or diarrhea and the likes.
“I will advise Nigerians to embrace it when you see them in the market.
It will be out in supermarkets by September by God’s grace.
“We tried to sell in retail before but we are not too comfortable with our packaging, so now we are rebranding.
“We are coming out as a big brand by September,” she said.
Bayelsa Queens have reached the ongoing Federation, Aiteo Cup Round of 16 without kicking a ball.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bayelsa walked over Naija Amazons of Niger to reach the next round after Amazons confirmed their inability to honuour the match.
According to the Match Commissioner, Innocent Amuzie, Amazons informed the Enugu State FA that they could not come for the match.
Amuzie said that it was agreed at the pre-match meeting that players and officials shall arrive at the venue by 2.30 pm, while the match would kick off by 4pm.
“Bayelsa Queens were at the venue by 2.30pm but thier opponent was nowhere to be found and since it is 4.pm, we cannot help than to perform the normal thing.
“Naija Amazons called the Enugu State Football authorities and they communicated to him and that led to the walkover.
“Though, the final decision is not mine but that of the organisers who sent me to oversee the match.
“I will have to inform them of my observations.
“I believe that the authorities will do justice to the match in line with the rules and regulations of the game and that is what I can say for now,” Amuzie said.