Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, yesterday, in Abuja said the Federal Government has reached partial agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Speaking at the end of the Federal Government’s reconciliation meeting with the union, Ngige, who is one of Federal Government’s negotiators said:
“We have finished our deliberation for today (yesterday). I am happy to report that we touched some areas of understanding in implementation from the memorandum of action which we agreed to in 2017.
His words: “Some of these areas we have substantial compliance and some other areas have not been fully dealt with.
“Like the issue of shortfall in salaries of some federal universities’ workers and lecturers, ASUU has given a list to the accountant-general’s office and we have agreed that by Wednesday that list should be cross-checked by the presidential initiative on continuous auditing.
“So, the accountant-general’s office is to get back to us by Wednesday.
“We also have the issue of earned allowances, revitalization, these are issues of 2009 agreement and partial implementation and we have agreed on the modus operandi to look into the fund situation, this is due to low revenue on the part of government.”
He explained that the meeting had identified one area to look for the funds for the re-validation that the appropriate government organ would be contacted on the issue.
Ngige said the government was sure to have good information for the striking lecturers. He said: “We have agreed on what we are going to do to make sure that the outstanding amount is handled in a way that all parties will be properly accommodated.
Meanwhile, ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi in his reaction said: “Our own understanding is that we heard promises made on the part of government, we shall await the report on all the issues, which they have made the promises. “Only after that, we can get back to our members to take a decision.” (NAN)
Meanwhile, somewhere on Twitter, students and concerned citizens of the country are running an online campaign to end the ASUU strike that has been on for close to two months now. See posts below;
President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, explaining why he refused to assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read the President’s letter at the Tuesday Plenary.
President Buhari’s letter to the senators reads:
“Pursuant to Section 58 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision on 6th December 2018 to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.
“I am declining assent to the Bill principally because I am concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general elections, which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainty about the applicable legislation to govern the process.
“Any real or apparent change to the rules this close to the election may provide an opportunity for disruption and confusion in respect of which law governs the electoral process.
“This leads me to believe that it is in the best interest of the country and our democracy for the National Assembly to specifically state in the Bill that the Electoral Act will come into effect and be applicable to elections commencing after the 2019 General Elections.”
Continuing, Buhari explains,
“It is also important for the following drafting amendments to be made to the Bill:
”A. Section 5 of the Bill, amending section 18 of the Principal Act should indicate the subsection to which the substitution of the figure ’30” for the figure “60” is to be effected.”
“B. Section 11 of the Bill, amending Section 36 should indicate the subsection in which the provision is to be introduced.
“C. Section 24 of the Bill which amends Section 85(1) should be redrafted in full as the introduction of the “electing” to the sentence may be interpreted to mean that the political parties may give 21 days’ notice of the .. intention to merge, as opposed to the 90 days provided in Section 84(2) of the Electoral Act which provides the provision for merger of political parties.”
“D. The definition of the term “Ward Collection Officer” should be revised to reflect a more descriptive definition than the capitalized and undefined term “Registration Area Collation Officer.”
The President concluded his letter with greeting to the lawmakers: “Please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
After Saraki finished reading the President’s letter, Senate Leader moved that all items on the Order Paper be stood down to another legislative day.
Minority Leader seconded the motion and the Plenary adjourned to Wednesday, 12th December, 2018.
Women of the of No Alternative to Buhari-Osinbajo 2019 Campaign group (NATBO) have hailed Mrs Aisha Buhari over her recent comments on how the Buhari-led administration can perform better.
In a statement issued by Princess Marian Tolofari, National Woman Leader of the group, she said that contrary to what many Nigerians may think, the comments were actually a supportive way to draw attention to ills for corrective measures to be taken.
Mrs Buhari had been quoted as saying that the current administration would have achieved all it has done in three years within one year but for two powerful people whom she accused of being the clog in the wheel of her husbands success.
NABTO argued that Mrs Buhari is a pillar of democracy and good governance who had always pointed out areas of possible dysfunction in her husband’s administration, not to discredit him, but to draw his attention to same for corrective measures.
“Women of good character and strong will are always behind successful men, contributing their quota to various endeavours of the men, as the Jewel of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated the virtue of a supportive, submissive and loyal wife.
“The Women of No Alternative to Buhari-Osinbajo 2019 Campaign group (NATBO 2019) are highly impressed and encouraged by Hajia Aisha Muhammadu Buhari‘s insistence on good governance in the build up to the general elections next year.
“Hajia Aisha Muhammadu Buhari is, no doubt, a pillar of democratic good governance that wants the dividend of democracy delivered to the electorate at their doorsteps.
“The First Lady has credibility and honesty like Mr President as we all know, thus she recently pointed accusing fingers at some government officials trying to be clogs in the wheel of good governance, rather than join forces with them or feel unconcerned,” the Group said.
The Group said they were willing and ready to work with Mrs Buhari to ensure victory for APC at the 2019 polls.
We, therefore, call on great and resilient women of Nigeria to turn out in their numbers on the election days to vote for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress at all levels.
15 hours ago an alarming tweet was made on twitter by Henry Shield, the Head of Mission (Nig), Leadership & Accountability Initiative. Chairman/C.E.O, SBA Group. (The Power in Asorock Belongs To The Street). He is a strong democrat and an advocate for better governance and end of tyranny. He has long been unsupportive of the Buhari's administration and has reigned all over twitter with each posts he drops.
His tweet which got over 3k retweets and 2k retweets pointed out the unjust and unruly restraint citizens of the country get from voicing out their thoughts, especially one made to undermine the Buhari's administration.
Credible information brought to my attention today, indicates plans by security agencies to arrest me on charges of criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari. If and when this happens, let those with their freedom carry on the fight. No Retreat, No Surrender!
His tweet got a lot of positive and a few negative responses.
Deji Adeyanju@Gentlejerome Replying to @henryshield
So no one should criticize this frustrating and failed administration...?
They should be ready to arrest all of us.
FEBUHARI 19 ⛹️ ♂ Read More
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abukakar, has described as shocking the news of the reported death of 50 Policemen in Zamfara state at the hands of bandits.
The former Vice President on Monday said he was pained that those who have dedicated their lives to securing the country were being cut down in their prime. While condoling with families of the slain Policemen, Atiku called on government to find a quick solution to the security challenges in the land given that only a fortnight ago, over 100 soldiers were killed in Melete, Borno state.
“Coming so soon after the heavy losses sustained by the Nigerian Army at the hands of Boko Haram in Melete , Borno State, this new casualty figure is a red flag that calls for immediate and decisive action on the part of the leadership of Nigeria.
"As such, Atiku Abukakar calls for a state of emergency to be declared not in Borno or Zamfara, but in financing the military and security services. He calls for an immediate allocation of at least $1 billion to go towards arming and training our military, police and other security agencies as well as providing improved service conditions for the officers and men at the front lines of the war on terror and criminality.
“Atiku calls for a comprehensive insurance program for all officers and men of our military and security services such that if they are injured and killed in service, their family receives a sum equal to 10 years salary and allowances,”
Atiku said in a statement issued on Monday by his media team. Atiku also called for an emergency to be declared mandating concerned authorities to allow families of soldiers and policemen killed in service to remain in their official quarters for as long as is reasonably possible for them to get alternative accommodation and that a special agency be set up to help them in that process.
The PDP flag bearer also called for seven days period of national mourning, “for flags to be flown at half mast and for national awards to be given to these fallen heroes who should be given heroes funerals.”
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Saturday for Katowice, Poland, to attend the 24th session of the Climate Change Conference known as the Parties (COP24).
Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said in a statement on Friday that COP24, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), would hold from December 2-4, 2018.
The COP24 Summit, taking place at the International Conference Centre (MCK) and the adjacent Spodek Arena in Katowice, is being convened under the Presidency of Poland.
According to the organisers, the conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change under the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) – the rule book for implementation.
During the Leaders’ Summit at COP24, President Buhari will deliver a national statement highlighting Nigeria’s commitment to addressing climate change by implementing the goals set out in its National Determined Contributions, Adesina said.
The president would also use the occasion to accentuate Nigeria’s willingness to work with international partners to reverse the negative effects of climate change in Africa and the world over.
He said President Buhari would be expecting that developed nations scale up their emission reduction activities in order to limit the increase in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees centigrade between now and 2020.
The Leaders’ Summit is expected to adopt a ‘‘Declaration on Solidarity and Just Transition Silesia,’’ – named after the region of Poland where this year’s climate conference is taking place, he said.
As a member of the Committee of the African Heads of State on Climate Change – a group of 10 African countries that meets and takes positions concerning issues of climate change on behalf of the continent – Nigeria has been at the forefront of advancing policies and initiatives.
It is aimed at addressing significant challenges occasioned by climate change such as reviving the Lake Chad, halting and reversing desertification, flooding, ocean surge and oil spillage.
President Buhari will continue to champion these pressing issues at COP24 in Katowice, among others, as well as reiterate Nigeria’s position on the need for African countries to access financial resources, especially the Green Climate Fund to draw up climate change adaptation policies and actions for implementation.
The Nigerian delegation will also showcase the policy measures and actions of the Federal Government at ensuring environmental sustainability and effectively combating climate change through several side events within the Nigerian pavilion.
While in Poland, President Buhari will hold an interactive session with the Nigerian community in that country.
The Nigerian leader is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
The President will be accompanied by Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Yahaya Bello and Abubakar Sani Bello of Enugu, Kogi and Niger States, respectively.
Others on his entourage include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin.
The Enugu State Police Command has commenced investigation into the killing of a man identified as Osita Nwachukwu by his son, Chibuike Nwachukwu.
The command’s spokesman, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, a Superintendent of Police, made this known in a statement on Friday in Enugu.
Amaraizu said that the incident occurred at about 5.30 a.m. on Friday at Enugu-Agu village in Amuri community in Nkanu West Local Government Area.
“A son identified as Chibuike Nwachukwu, about 25 years old, has hacked his father, Mr Osita Nwachukwu, about 60 years old, to death with a machete over a yet-to-be established issue.
“The incident has thrown the entire Amuri community into mourning today,’’ he said.
Amaraizu stated that the suspect had been nabbed by the police and was already helping the command in investigation of the matter.
He said that the body of the deceased had been deposited in a hospital mortuary in the community for autopsy.
Is this a political attempt to ban drones in the country against the 2019 presidential elections?
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, says Boko Haram terrorists have deployed the technology of flying drones and adopting foreign fighters in attacking Nigerian soldiers.
He added that these renewed attacks by the terrorists over the last three months have forced the Nigerian military to review its counter-insurgency operations in the North-east.
“Since 2015, the Nigerian Army in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies have systematically degraded the capabilities and capacity of Boko Haram terrorists and many successes were achieved.
“However, in the last 2 – 3 months, we have noticed daring moves by the terrorists, increased use of drones against our defensive positions and infusion of foreign fighters in their ranks. These potent threats require us to continually review our operations,” he said.
In the statement signed on behalf of Buratai by Brigadier General for Chief of Army Staff, Sani Kukasheka Usman states that on account of the incidents, the Conference had to be moved from Benin City to Maiduguri.
He explained; "this is to enable the Nigerian Army leadership to get closer to the troops on the ground and to better appraise our activities, assess our performance and identify our shortcomings as an Army".
“We are also sensitive to the fact that the nation is approaching an election year and thus we must be prepared to assist in providing security for the peaceful conduct of elections.
“Accordingly, the theme for this year’s annual conference is aptly titled, “Optimizing the Operational Efficiency of the Nigerian Army Towards Safeguarding Democracy and National Security in Nigeria,” he added.
He also assured that the Nigerian Army will work in conjunction with other security agencies to provide a secure environment for peace and unity in Nigeria.
The level of madness and stupidity going on in the world is enough for you to give your life to Christ and await His second coming.
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 40-year-old Mukaila Aliu, who defiled a 16-year-old deaf girl on the pretext of buying the girl noodles.
According to a police statement released by Chike Oti, on Thursday, Aliu committed the offence on November 10, 2017.
The statement read: “The said Mukaila Aliu had on the aforementioned date, at Oshodi, allegedly lured the victim by pretending he was going to buy Indomie noodles for her, hence she unsuspectingly followed him to an abandoned shop along Oshodi road where he defiled her.
“Although he was caught in the act, he managed to escape and remained in hiding until on 19/11/2018 when he came out of hiding to challenge a property developer at a site in Oshodi demanding some fees with menaces from the property owner, claiming to be an 'Omoonile'.
“He was, however, identified by one of the workers at the site as a suspect on the wanted list of the police. The worker sneaked out and alerted the Divisional Police Officer, Makinde Police Station, who promptly arrested him and handed him over to the Gender Section of the Command for further investigation.”
source: Sahara reporters.