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Reps call for immediate action as ASUU, others issue strike ultimatums

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The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, implored the Federal Government to ensure the prompt resolution of its pre-existing agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in order to forestall another round of strike action.

This resolution was moved during plenary in Abuja by Prof. Julius Ihonvbere representing Owan Federal Constituency of Edo State in the lower legislative chamber.

In his submission, Ihonvbere said, “We are embarrassed that the Federal Government has, since the last strike was called off in December, 2020, continued to pass the buck, make excuses and engage in diversions and distractions rather than meet the terms of agreement it signed with the union.”

He also bemoaned the strike ultimatum issued by ASUU due to the non-implementation of negotiated agreements with the government

“The Federal Government has not been quite forthcoming, neither has it attached any consistent seriousness to the urgent need to reposition and refocus the education sector in line with our developmental objectives,” Ihonvbere added.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that workers in the education sectors are set for an indefinite industrial action due to non-implementation of agreements and inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

This was noted on Tuesday in Abuja by the National President of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Hassan Makolo, during the body’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

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Makolo said, “It has become impossible for the union to continue to preach procedures to our restive members. We can no longer restrain our members from taking lawful actions that will get them what is due to them.

“We have a Memorandum of Action (MoA), which the Federal Government entered into with our union in respect of our members in the universities and inter-university centres which they have bluntly refused to honour.

“We have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which we entered into with the government in respect of our members in research institutes almost four years ago and the government has remained lackadaisical and continued to show nonchalance with respect to its implementation.

The same situation exists with federal colleges of education and polytechnics across the length and breadth of the country.”

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HURIWA berates Gov Umahi over alleged death of five engineers in Ebonyi

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Wednesday berated the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, over what it said, was the premature announcement of the deaths of five missing site engineers in Effium, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.

It was reported, that a consultant engineering firm, Nelan Consultants, on November 3, 2021, deployed five engineers to a road project at Effium in Ebonyi.

The project was the rehabilitation of the Abakiliki Ring Road project but they went missing in the conflict-torn community.

Consequently, the HURIWA in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, urged the Governor and security agencies to ensure thorough investigations into the whereabouts of the missing engineers rather than declare their deaths before the fact.

The organisation also implored President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to use his office to order search and rescue of the victims.

HURIWA‘s statement titled, ‘Alleged killing of site engineers: HURIWA raises objection, demands their immediate release alive by Ebonyi governor’, partly read, “The release of the bruised and emotionally destabilising news about the alleged death of the five engineers by the Governor during a security summit organised by Christian Association of Nigeria, Abakiliki chapter has left their families, friends and associates emotionally confused.

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“The governor made this so-called revelation without reaching out to the families of the engineers just as the wives of the missing workers told HURIWA in Enugu that the governor did not notify them and till date, he has not demonstrated any believable steps to prove that indeed, their breadwinners are dead because the governor has neither produced the so-called killers nor the alleged burial sites.

“We were in expectation and are still in high expectation that it is the sole and primary responsibility of the government to throw their weight behind the plight of the families and friends of these victims so as to unravel the entire circumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident and most importantly rescue them alive and unharmed.

“Perceiving a reasonable suspicion that the five missing engineers may have been forced to disappear by a yet to be ascertained individual owing to the fact that the governor only declared them dead and buried without consulting the families and yet failed to produce the burial sites, HURIWA demands the immediate release of the victims alive,” the group added.

The organisation also confirmed the identities of the engineers as: Nelson Onyemeh (Director and Partner of Nelan Consultants), Stanley Nwazulum, Ernest Edeani, IK Ejiofor and Samuel Aneke.

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I will not resign over prison breaks, says Aregbesola

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Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has declared that he won’t resign amid the incessant successful attacks on prison facilities in Nigeria.

Aregbesola disclosed this while addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday.

The minister noted that the attacks did not take place successfully for lack of preparation.

According to Aregbesola: “Imo was in April this year. Kabba was in September. Abologo was in October and Jos was in November. Those captured the attacks.

“When your our best does not suffice, it’s no longer a question of your inability to make preparation or failure for preparation or preparedness.

“It’s just that at that instance, you just couldn’t hold the defense and several factors are responsible.

“As to whether it calls for my resignation, I still don’t see any need for that because it’s not for lack of preparedness that the attacks were successful. No.”

Several Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) have been attacked by unknown gunmen in some states of the country.

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Senate to amend Standing Rules

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The Senate on Wednesday declared its intention to amend the Standing Rules adopted in 2015.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who disclosed this at the plenary, said the rules would be updated in line with the current realities.

He added that the amendment would allow the Senate to accommodate committees created by the 8th National Assembly and not captured in the standing rules.

Lawan said: “The copies of the proposals will be distributed today (Wednesday) and the idea is for all of us to study them between now and Monday, and on Tuesday we will look into them.

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“So, if any of us has any idea of an additional thing or suggestion on what has been introduced by Tuesday we should be able to have our positions.

“It is inevitable that the standing orders as they are today have to be amended for us to be up-to-date in everything that we do here.”

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