UNICAL ASUU protests non-payment of allowances



Members of the University of Calabar Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) protested non-payment of their allowances at the university premises on Wednesday. 

Addressing the protesters, the Chairman of the chapter, Dr John Edor, said the allowances had been owed for several years.

“We are demanding full payment of our entitlements from the management of the University of Calabar. 

“Some of the entitlements include promotion arrears, fellowship and conference allowances and other entitlements.

“Some of the arrears have been owed for more than five years, depending on the individual and all efforts to make the management pay the arrears have failed. 

“So, we have no option than to embark on a peaceful protest. When this fails to yield the desired results, we will carry our mats and pillows to occupy the University of Calabar. It is our common heritage.’’  

Edor accused authorities of the university of being insensitive to the plight of lecturers even in the face of the current face-off with the Federal Government over the IPPIS issue. 

“Even when the Federal Government has refused to pay our salaries, the management could not help us. 

“We can no longer meet our family obligations. Lecturers are suffering in the midst of plenty,’’ he said. 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no principal officer of the university was available to listen to the protesting teachers.

It was learnt, however, that the absence of the principal officers might not be unconnected with preparations for the final selection of a new vice-chancellor for the institution, slated for Sept/ 10.  

Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Silas Nwoha
Source: NAN


FG committed to proactive partnership on women, girls’ protection – Minister



The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to collaborating with various organisations in enhancing the advancement of girls and women’s rights.

This, she said, was to ensure the development of the girl-child and women and enhance their contributions to the socio-economic advancement of the country.

Tallen, represented by Mrs Adediji Bukda, a Principal Community Development Officer in the ministry, stated this at a three-day Spotlight Initiative stakeholders’ zonal workshop in Sokoto on Tuesday.

She said that the ministry would fashion out different strategies and modalities towards ensuring gender equality and protection of the girl-child and women’s rights at all levels.

The minister explained that the policies were geared towards ensuring justice, equality and development processes, noting that despite the successes recorded so far, more efforts were needed in tackling the issues.

While commending state governments for their efforts in ensuring women development, the minister enjoined stakeholders to continue to promote active engagements in order to achieve the desired impacts.

She commended UNFPA for its supports to organisations, especially at the grassroots, in promoting active engagements that would strengthen women’s health and associated activities in the country.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Judith Ononoso, a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Health, said that community groups and government departments had greater roles to play in promoting girls and women’s rights in the society.

Ononoso underscored the importance of joint partnerships among stakeholders in correcting the anomalies associated with cultural and religious norms violating girls and women’s rights.

The UNFPA Project Support Officer on Spotlight Initiative Project in Sokoto State, Mr Umar Idris, said that the effort was to ensure that stakeholders contributed in tacking all forms of violence against girls and women.

Idris said that the project showcased happenings in the communities in terms of girls and women, aimed at broadening their knowledge and providing ways of tackling them.

According to him, the issues comprised of School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV), Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Stop Violence Against Girls in School (SVAGS), Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), Harmful Practices (HP) and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR).

He added that the UNFPA had partnered government departments, community groups, religious-based organisations and others on the project, stressing that Sokoto State had also recorded remarkable achievements in this regard.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a resource person, Mrs Jumoke Olanrewaju, presented findings from communication needs assessment on drivers and sources of rising cases of gender-based violence in Sokoto and Adamawa states.

Olanrewaju dwelled on perceptions, religious and cultural norms affecting women development as well as factators mitigating against the protection of girls and women’s rights.

According to her, ignorance, poverty, improper parenting and care are among the factors resulting in teenage pregnancies as well as infidelity among couples.

NAN reports that participants were drawn from Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Jigawa, Sokoto and Zamfara states, while Mrs Fatima Shehu from the Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI) facilitated the programme.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq
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Gov. Lalong celebrates Rochas @ 58



Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated the former Governor of Imo, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, on his 58th birthday.

Lalong, in a congratulatory message issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Tuesday in Jos, described Okorocha as compassionate.

He said the former governor was a kind and pragmatic politician who had deployed his resources and opportunities in life to serving the people.

He said Okorocha had endeared himself to the poor and vulnerable across the country, through his acts of generosity and sacrifices even before he got into public office.

The governor noted the contributions of the celebrant to the growth and development of Nigeria’s democracy, as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC) through his commitment and consistency with the truth.

He particularly commended Okorocha’s contributions to the development of Plateau in both economic, education and other sectors, saying he had continued to maintain his affinity with the State which he considers his home.

While wishing him well, Lalong urged Okorocha not to be deterred by challenges in the task of nation building, as his wealth of experience and knowledge would continue to be required.

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
Source: NAN
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PDP wants late Zazzau monarch immortalised



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Federal Government to immortalise late Emir of Zazzau and Chairman of Kaduna State  Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Shehu Idris, by naming a national monument after him


The party made the call in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Tuesday.

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP had been grief-stricken over the death of the highly revered Emir, describing his death as an irreparable national loss.

He described the late emir as an extraordinary and exceptionally loved monarch, who served his people with utmost dedication.

Ologbondiyan added that the deceased spent his life in  pursuit of people’s happiness as well as the wellbeing and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.

“The late Emir of Zazzau was a selfless leader and outstanding nationalist, who made immeasurable sacrifices in his relentless roles toward the development and stability of our dear nation.

“He demonstrated that the essence of statesmanship is in employing its values to the advantage of others rather than  self.

“Our party calls on the federal government to take steps to further immortalise the late Emir, including naming a national monument after him,” he said.

Ologbondiyan commiserated with Gov. Nasir el-Rufai and the government of Kaduna State, family of the departed Emir as well as the good people of Zazzau Emirate.

He prayed the Almighty Allah to console them and grant the departed an eternal rest.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Ebonyi NDE trains 205,000 youths in job creation schemes



The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Ebonyi says it has trained 205,000 unemployed youths in various job creation schemes in the state since its inception in 1998.

The Director-General of the organisation, Dr Mohammed Argungu, said this at the orientation organised for the participants in the 2020 Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS) in Abakaliki on Tuesday.

Argungu, represented by the NDE coordinator in the state, Mr Marcel Igboanude, said that the scheme was one of the job creation programmes initiated to train unemployed youths in modern agriculture.

According to him, the programme is currently engaging 100 youths in the state as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to improve food security and reduce unemployment.

“The scheme involves processing and other agribusineses to enhance food security programme of the federal government, generate employment opportunities and reduce rural-urban migration.

“Yes, today, 100 unemployed youths and women in Ebonyi will commence training in modern agricultural skills under SADTS.

“The training comprises tutorial and practical attachment and it is a three-month training.

“It will cover such topical areas as arable crops production, fishery, poultry, piggery, apiculture, small ruminants production and agro-services.

“At the end of the training, the trainees are expected to form agricultural cooperatives, which will enable them to access necessary financial support to establish modern farms to enhance food production an employment generation,” Argungu said.

He said that aside from the 205,000 trainees, no fewer than 5,000 youths have also been resettled by the directorate to establish various business enterprises.

Also, Rep. Mr Anayo Edwin, representing Ezza North/Ishielu Federal Constituency, commended NDE for putting up the programme.

Edwin, who was represented by Chukuemeka Petkin, described diversification through agriculture and human capital development as the best approach for a growing economy.

He, however, urged the participants to fully embrace the scheme and ensure that they made good use of what they would learn.

One of the resource persons, Mr Cyril Ogbogu, underscored the importance of skill acquisition to national development.

Ogbogu therefore urged the participants to be committed to the training to enable them to become employers of labour.

A beneficiary, Mr Philemon Needs, thanked the federal government for the programme and pledged to take advantage of the training to improve his economy.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Sam Oditah
Source: NAN



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