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ASUU: El-Rufai Promises To Sack All Striking Lecturers

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ASUU: El-Rufai Promises To Sack All Striking Lecturers

As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike continues, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has promised to sack all lecturers that are part of the demonstration in the state.

Newsrand understands that ASUU has been on strike since February, a development that had since suspended academic operations in public universities across the country.

Addressing issues on the strike, El-Rufai warned all lecturers to return to classes, saying failure to do so, they are risking to be sacked.

According to the governor, Kaduna State University (KASU) lecturers had no reason to embark on strike, adding that it was the Federal Government they had an issue with and not the state government.

His words: “The Acting Vice Chancellor has assured me that they will resume, but I have asked them to find out if they actually resumed work because I initially instructed that their salary be stopped. But I was later told they didn’t join the strike, so I asked that it should be investigated and those that who collected their salary and joined the strike will be asked to refund the salary.

This is because Nigeria’s law says ‘no work, no pay’. This is the law. So whoever joined the strike will not be paid a salary. We have been telling the KASU lecturers that they have no problem with the State government. ASUU’s problem is with the Federal government. Therefore, why will our staff who have no problems with us join the strike?

If this continues, I will wake up one day to sack them all, I swear to God. We will sack them all and declare their positions vacant on the pages of newspapers. They once did the same thing and we gave them warning, now they repeated it. I’m only waiting to receive the report from the commissioner for education. I swear to God, we will sack all those that joined the strike if they refuse to resume work.”

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Campaign Stickers: LASG Denies Involvement

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Campaign Stickers: LASG Denies Involvement

The Lagos State Government (LASG) has denied its involvement in campaign stickers for fundraising on behalf of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, debunking claims of the Ministry or any other agency creating or circulating campaign stickers.

He urged members of the public, and those providing public transportation, to report anyone caught selling the stickers in the name of the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, advising those involved in the mischief to refrain or face the wrath of the Law.

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Recall, in a video trending on Twitter, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) were forcefully demanding payment of campaign stickers from motorists.

Nigerians furiously reacted to the videos, calling out the NURTW for their insensitivity, others accused the Lagos Government of permitting such.

“The audacity of these guys!! On a property they don’t own. It’s mad!” a user wrote.

“That’s the amount of power given to these transport unions in Lagos… They know that when they do these things, nobody challenges them and when anyone comes up to challenge them, they have people in power that will come and back them up It’s mad indeed,” another user reacted.

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Hope Uzodinma Deserves Second Tenure – Buhari

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Hope Uzodinma Deserves Second Tenure - Buhari

Nigeria’s President , Muhammadu Buhari has extolled the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, comparing him to a good road that deserves a second passage.

Buhari revealed this when he visited Imo State to commission Okigwe and Orlu roads, and the rehabilitated House of Assembly Complex in Owerri, among other projects.

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“Delighted to be back in Imo State – the Eastern Heartland – to commission projects executed by the Governor Hope Uzodinma administration. I must say that, within just three years of the administration, I have made two official visits to Imo State to commission projects.

“As the Igbos say, a good road deserves a second passage. It is a pleasant coincidence that the name “Uzodinma” is derived from this same idiom. It is therefore not surprising that the Governor has made the provision of good roads one of his top priorities,” Buhari stated.

President Buhari showered more praises on the Imo State Governor, saying he is following the footsteps of his administration in commitment to critical infrastructure.

He also added that the projects were done with the State’s limited resources which are commendable.

Buhari vows continual support from his Government to the people of Imo State.

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Collapsed Building: Lagos Govt. Orders Arrest Of Developer

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Collapsed Building: Lagos Govt. Orders Arrest Of Developer

The Lagos State Government has ordered the arrest of the developer over the collapse of the seven-story building at Oba Abiodun Oniru Road in Victoria Island, Lagos State.

Killing two people, the building which was still under construction had collapsed on the morning of Sunday.

The Commissioner of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako released a statement, after visiting the scene of the incident.

He had asked that the developer and building professionals working on the structure be arrested for their disregard for the planning laws of the state.

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It, however, revealed that the state government was investigating the circumstances surrounding the collapse.

The statement read in part, “The Commissioner said the developer and professionals on the building were liable for their disregard for the planning laws of the state, having embarked on construction without a valid Planning Permit and ignoring official warnings against continuing the building works.

“He emphasized that under no circumstances should anyone construe the filling of Application for Permit through the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority as a ticket to commence construction as there must be a valid Planning Permit from the aforementioned agency, in addition to the letter of Authorisation, stage inspection at every stage and certification by the Lagos State Building Control Agency to ensure that construction works were carried out in conformity with the approval granted.

“He noted that while the State Government was investigating the circumstances surrounding the collapse, the police had started a manhunt for the developer and all professionals involved in the project such as architects, builders, or engineers who are on the project.

“Salako expressed concern with the pace of disregard for law and order by actors in the built sector, stressing that the State Government was determined to restore sanity and orderliness to the sector, where it had declared incidents of building collapse intolerable.

“He enjoined Lagosians to join hands with the government in maintaining vigilance in the built environment of the state by reporting any untoward development in their vicinity through any of the Ministry or State Government communication channels, particularly the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

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