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ASUU Latest News: ASUU Strike Update Today, 27th July 2022



ASUU: FG Withdraws Order To Open Universities

Welcome to Newsrand compilation of the latest news on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike for today, 27th July 2022.

The university lecturers have been on strike since February 14, 2022, over unresolved issues with the federal government.

ASUU: Labour Threatens To Shut Down Economy With Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliate unions, have defied warnings by the Federal Government and took to the streets of major cities in the country to protest against the failure of the Federal Government to resolve the five-month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Specifically, the NLC said the money the two major political parties – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – generated from the sale of forms to aspirants could address ASUU’s demands.

In Akwa Ibom, Uche Nweke who represented the NLC National Chairman, Ayuba Wabba, faulted excuses that there were no funds to meet the demands of the university workers.

ASUU: Police To Deploy Officers As NLC Holds Solidarity Protests

The police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), would deploy personnel in critical infrastructure and facilities in response to the nationwide protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in solidarity with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) taking place on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

As security agencies moved to deploy their men and officers, the NLC has directed workers in state capitals and Abuja to join the protest.

A top source at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, confirmed that police operatives would be deployed in all protest venues nationwide to prevent a security breach or attack on the participants by thugs.

ASUU: DSS Warns Against Protests, Says Ngige

The Federal Government has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to cancel its planned protest over the prolonged strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made the appeal on Thursday at a meeting with the leadership of NLC in his office.

Also in attendance at the meeting were the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Kachollom Daju.

ASUU Strike: No Ultimatum Was Given, Buhari Reveals

President Buhari has dismissed claims of giving the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, two weeks, to resolve the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

In a State House Press release, the Presidency stated that no ultimatum was given, rather the Education minister had requested to continue in the negotiation with ASUU.

ASUU Insists On All Demands, Says Strike Continues

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said it has no plan to suspend its ongoing strike but to end it permanently.

It however said such can only happen when all demands have been met.

The union’s President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, at a press conference in Abuja.

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President-Elect, Tinubu Replaces Annual Birthday Colloquium With Nation Prayer



President-Elect, Tinubu Replaces Annual Birthday Colloquium With Nation Prayer

The President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has canceled the customary colloquium to commemorate his birthday in favor of special prayers and a gratitude service.

Tinubu who turns 71 on Wednesday, traditionally celebrates his birthday with a colloquium.

Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s communications adviser, said in a statement on Monday that prayers will be conducted in Lagos and other areas of the nation.

Rahman stated that the special prayers will be performed in the central mosque in each of the five divisions of the state, including the central mosque, Alausa, and Ikeja.

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“Also to receive prayers among others are President Muhammadu Buhari and first lady Aisha Buhari, president-elect, Tinubu, and his wife, senator Oluremi Tinubu, Vice-President-elect, senator Kashim Shettima, and Hajia Nana Shettima, governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, other state governors as well as members of national and state houses of assembly.

“This year, the president-elect said the date, which falls within the holy month of Ramadan, should be dedicated to prayers and seeking God’s guidance for him and the country as he prepares to take the reins of leadership,” he said.

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This would be the second year in a row that the former governor of Lagos State will make that sacrifice. In 2022, an attack on an Abuja-bound train that was headed to Kaduna caused Tinubu to postpone his colloquium.

He asserted that being happy, dancing, and having fun does not make him a senior citizen of this nation.

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NPC To Nigerians: Don’t Travel To State Of Origin For Census



NPC To Nigerians: Don't Travel To State Of Origin For Census

The National Population Commission (NPC), has said it had put up measures to guard against all forms of malpractices ahead of the forthcoming population and housing census.

The commission also stressed that citizens living away from their states of origin do not need to travel home for the purpose of the exercise.

It said people would be enumerated at their places of residence.

The spokesperson for the commission, Isiaka Yahaya said this in an interview with our correspondent on Monday.

He said,” People should stay where they are, to be counted. They are not to move to their states of origin. It is totally against the essence of the census. You have to be counted where you reside because that’s where you enjoy the social facilities like education and health, among others.

Apart from this, when the time comes for people to be provided with infrastructure and other things you will not allow the planners to have accurate figures. People are not to move.”

On measures to check malpractices, the NPC spokesman added: “This is a de facto census. We are asking practical questions about those who are living, not those who are yet to be born. We have not trained our enumerator to count people who are not yet born. We have a system in place to guard against all the malpractices that we have envisaged.

Also, people can only be counted in their houses.  This is to discourage people from moving from one place to another after being counted. You can only be counted in one place. There’s will nothing to lie about. When we get to your house, the enumerators would see whatever you say you have and we are not asking for the owner of the house, why will anybody lie?”

Yahaya said the commission had not finished the recruitment process for enumerators.

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Nigerian Woman Remanded In Seychelles After Being Arrested With Cocaine



Nigerian Woman Remanded In Seychelles After Being Arrested With Cocaine

The Seychelles Supreme Court has remanded a Nigerian woman on conspiracy to import and traffic an illicit drug.

According to the Seychelles news agency on Monday, the 52-year-old woman is being detained after she was arrested at the Seychelles International Airport on Thursday after her arrival on an Ethiopian Airline flight.

The arrest of the woman comes from a search, discovery, and seizure of 250 grammes of what is suspected to be cocaine.

The Seychelles’ archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has a zero-tolerance policy towards the trafficking and importation of illegal drugs. There is a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty.

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