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ASUP Reaches Agreement With FG, Suspends Strike

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ASUP Reaches Agreement With FG, Suspends Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its 65 days industrial strike with effect from Thursday, following an agreement reached between the union and the federal government.

A statement by Mr. Abdullahi Yalwa, National Publicity Secretary of ASUP and made available to Newsmen in Bauchi, announced on Wednesday.

According to the statement, “the suspension of the strike action was for a period of three months, to enable the government to complete the implementation of the issues contained in the Memorandum of Action signed with the Union.

READ ALSO: NASU Warns Of Impending Strike In Universities, Polytechnics

“Following an appraisal of the report indicating the gradual implementation of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed between our Union and the Federal Government, the Union has resolved to suspend its 65 days old industrial action with effect from 10th June 2021.

“The suspension is for a period of three months to enable the government to complete the execution of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed with the Union from 27th April 2021.”

The ASUP scribe, who revealed that certain demands had already been met by the federal government, said the Union considered the appeals made by the government, traditional rulers, chairmen of governing councils of Federal Polytechnics, and members of the public, among others, who showed interest in the matter.

“As part of the efforts communicated by the Federal Ministry of Education, certain items have been fulfilled like the reconstitution and inauguration of governing councils and visitation panels to Federal Polytechnics.

“We are made to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalization and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed.

“Other items include the ongoing efforts at the review of the Scheme of Service and Conditions of Service for Polytechnics, as well as the commencement of work towards resolution of the issues around CONTISS 15 migration arrears for the lower cadre.

“We also acknowledge the recent passage of the Bill for the removal of the dichotomy against HND holders in the country.

“In reaching the decision to suspend the strike, our union took cognizance of the appeals made by the government, revered traditional stools in the country, members of the National Assembly, Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics and indeed members of the public, who all showed varied interests in the matter,” he said.

The publicity secretary further explained that it was the expectation of the union that the suspension of the action would provide an enabling environment for the government to fulfill other aspects of the memorandum.

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NCos Boss Inaugurates E-Learning Centre For Suleja Inmates

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NCos Boss Inaugurates E-Learning Centre For Suleja Inmates

The Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), FCT Command, Mr Abdul-Rahman Maiyaki, has inaugurated an e-Learning centre for inmates of the Suleja Medium Custodial centre.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Mr Chukwuedo Humphrey, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

Maiyaki stated that the centre would boost the educational and psychological growth of the inmates as well as free them from ignorance occasioned by illiteracy.

READ ALSO: Inmates Education: Correctional Service To Partner With Esut

He further expressed the appreciation of the Controller General, NCoS, Mr Haliru Nababa, to the members of the NGO parliament for providing the equipment for the takeoff of the centre.

He reiterated that the duty of reforming inmates was not solely that of the government, saying that all hands needed to be on deck to ensure the efficiency of the reformation process.

According to reports, the inauguration took place at the Suleja Medium Custodial centre on Monday, June 14.

The equipment such as furniture, computer and textbooks were donated as part of the resolutions reached at the second parliamentary session of the NGOs and staff of the command earlier in May 2021.

This is geared towards making the centre certified for the West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

The representative of the NGOs, the case manager, Infinite Respite Foundation, Ms Anita Uzama, urged other well-meaning Nigerians to focus their social responsibility towards improving the plight of inmates and thereby making society safer.

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Army To Terrorist: Shun Violence, Seek Forgiveness And Reconciliation

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Army To Terrorist: Shun Violence, Seek Forgiveness And Reconciliation

The Nigerian Army has urged remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists to surrender and embrace peace.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. A.A. Eyitayo made the call at a feast organized for journalists by the army on Sunday in Maiduguri.

Eyitayo, who is also the Commander Sector 1, Operation Hadin Kai, said the recent military onslaught against the insurgents dealt a decisive blow on the terrorists leaving their remnants in disarray.

READ ALSO: Army Went To Lekki Tollgate With Blank And Live Ammunition – Gen Taiwo

He noted that nobody including the military was happy over the bloodshed, hence, the need for the remnants of the insurgents to leverage on the amnesty and repent their nefarious ways.

This, he said, would avail them (insurgents) the opportunity to enjoy rehabilitation and acquire skills to enable them to live a useful life in society.

The GOC lauded the contributions of the media in the counter-insurgency campaign and urged it to enlighten the insurgents to see the light and repent from their wasteful ventures.

“We are not here for bloodletting, nobody is happy that people are dying.

“Some of them (insurgents) are listening to the media so it is good for us to appeal to them through the media to shun violence, turn up to seek forgiveness and reconciliation,” Eyitayo said.

According to him, the feast with journalists was to show appreciation of the media reportage of military operations in the state.

“For the past three months since I assumed duty in Maiduguri in this capacity, there has never been any bad report.

“This is to appreciate the media for positive reportage,” he said.

In his remark, Mohammed Ibrahim, Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Borno State Council, commended the GOC for carrying the media along and assured him of more support and cooperation.

Mohammed also lauded the military and other security agencies involved in the fight against insurgency for their sacrifices and urged them not to relent, adding that the people of the northeast region were solidly behind them.

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Dangote’s $2 billion Urea Fertilizer Plant Pushes Out 120 Trucks Everyday

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Dangote's $2 billion Urea Fertilizer Plant Pushes Out 120 Trucks Everyday

After months of speculations, Dangote Urea fertilizer is now finally on sales nationwide and it currently pushes out a minimum of 120 trucks per day across the country.

 

Group Executive Director, (Strategy, Capital Projects & Portfolio Development) · Dangote Industries Limited,  Devakumar  Edwin, revealed to the press over the weekend that the Plant which has the capacity to turn out more than 4,500 tonnes of urea per day will conveniently meet the local demand and even produce for exports.

 

According to him: “…We have the capacity to turn out 4,500 tonnes of Urea everyday…this is a bulk application fertilizer…each crop in Nigeria or globally will require Nitrogen and this is a rich fertilizer, having 46 per cent nitrogen…The company has the capacity to meet local demand and also export to African countries… Currently the demand is less than 1 million tonnes and we alone can  produce 3 million tonnes, so we can easily meet local demand and also produce for export to other west African countries.”

READ ALSO: Dangote Fertiliser Commences Production Of Urea

Aside fertilizer production, the company, according to Edwin is already working to support the farmers with training on application of the fertilizer and even establish laboratories across the country for proper soil examination.

 

“The uniqueness of this plant, apart from the fact that we are producing is the focus on farmers’ support, on training, education, development as we are now establishing laboratories across the country and even mobile laboratories where we can go drive around and take soil samples for proper examination to effectively grow the agricultural outputs across the country”

 

The Urea Fertilizer plant was built to tap into Nigeria’s demand for fertilizer, a critical component of achieving food sufficiency for Africa’s most populous country.

The Fertilizer plant is expected to manufacture 3 million metric tonnes of urea per annum, with a view to reducing the nation’s fertilizer imports, and generating $400m annual foreign exchange from export to Africa countries.

 READ ALSO: Nigeria on The Way to Becoming Regional Fertilizer Capital – Buhari

Meanwhile, marketers and farmers in Kano have described the newly introduced Dangote Fertilizer as a game-changer and a forecast for the expected agricultural revolution in the country.

Marketers and farmers who were apparently excited, over the weekend welcomed the more than ten trucks that entered Kano markets at the weekend.

Speaking at the event organized by Dan Hydro Company in Kano to mark the introduction of the fertilizer into the northern market, chairman of the Kano state Agro Dealers Association Alhaji Shuaibu Akarami said agro-dealers have confidence in Dangote fertilizer as they have in all his products, adding that as a dealer who spent decades in the business he has discovered that Dangote fertilizer will have no problem penetrating the market in the North.

“I have checked the product and have found out that it will have no problem penetrating the market. With my experience in agro products, I can authoritatively say the product has met our expectations and that has confirmed the confidence we have in Dangote fertilizer and other sister products of the Dangote Group,” he said.

The Dan-Hydro fertilizer Company in Kano which took delivery of the first batch of trucks in Kano said the timing and strategy for the introduction are rife.

Head of operations, Dan- Hydro operations Mr. Hamadi Sekou Drammeh said the Dangote fertilizer conforms to all set standard required by the regulatory agencies.

He said the phenomenon of perennial shortage of the fertilizer product will be over in the country.

He said as part of its public enlightenment plan, the company was going to work with all stakeholders in the agricultural sectors.

In the same vein, Sales Manager of Dan Hydro Mr. Sulaiman Tanko assured that the product will be sold at a reasonable price that will enable fair competition in the market. 

 

 

 

 

 

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