ASUU Officially Calls Off 6 month strike

ASUU Officially Calls Off 6 month strike
 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has concluded its National Executive Council meeting in Minna Niger. One of the decisions reached by the council was for the immediate suspension of the industrial action.

Lecturers are expected to return to classrooms at the earliest possible time.

More details to be provided as they emerge.

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Incredible! In Osun, Woman Who Was Fathered By A Ghost Also Got Married To A Ghost… Must Read

Incredible! In Osun, Woman Who Was Fathered By A Ghost Also Got Married To A Ghost… Must Read

This young lady above, says she was fathered by a ghost , only to later marry a ghost for whom she has 3 sons and is currently pregnant for .

According to 20 – year – old Taiyelolu Abdulrahman, while telling her chilling story to Nigerian Tribune, her father , who died almost 20 years ago, nurtured her till she was married to another dead or “ghost ” husband .

She and her twin brother , Kehinde , grew up with their father in a flat at the Ajah area of Lagos .

They led a relatively comfortable life in the house where they only depended on generator as the only source of electricity . Although their father was not engaged in any kind of work, he provided for them .

My father was not working . He never left the house except on a few occasions at night . But if I asked for N 50, 000 , he gave it to me . We had no visitors and we visited nobody, ” she said . All they had to do were sleep, eat and watch home videos.

Asked about her mother , she said she and her twin brother grew up to know only their father . They did not see any woman with him .

To go out of the house , their father gave the twins a small gourd each which they simply clasped to their palms and then they burst out on the road and board vehicles to the market to purchase food items like wheat , semovita , macaroni , spaghetti and rice. They never consumed amala ( yam flour meal) .

On a particular day , however , Taiyelolu forgot to take her gourd and as she stepped out of the house , what confronted her was a cemetery with a lot of vaults and a bushy environment .

She screamed and dashed back inside.

Then, her father told her to pick the gourd , atona ( guide ) as it was called . As she clasped the object to her palm and then ventured out , this time , she found herself on a busy tarred road .

Another incident which frightened her happened in the night .

“My father went out whenever he wanted but it was always around 10 . 00 or 11 . 00 p . m . He would not take anyone along with him.

But there was a day I begged him to take me out to where he usually went and he obliged .

When we got there, something strange and fearful happened. It was like a canteen and there, I saw a small cooking stand with a big pot on it without firewood or fire and the food was boiling . I asked my father how it was possible for food to cook without firewood and fire and the woman selling the food became angry and slapped me.

She asked my father who I was ; that I was not part of them but only wanted to expose their secrets . My father begged her and we left the place , ” she remarked .

After the incident , her father refused to take her out again so that she would not be privy to the secrets and circumstances surrounding their true identities .

Since then , she refused to take food from her father , but only cooked her own food .

By the time Taiyelolu came of age , her father did not allow her the choice of a husband , but asked her to marry someone identified as Abdulazeez .

The man moved in with them and behaved like her father .

Soon , she got pregnant . And when she eventually went into labour , she said her father went out , brought back a particular kind of leaf which he applied on her navel and she was delivered of a baby boy without any complication .

Her father , who acted as the midwife , took care of the placenta. She bore her two other boys in the same manner.

Her children were named Abdul Qayum ( now eight years old) , ‘ Rokeeb ( four ) and Jamiu ( two and a half) .

 

But what revealed the true identities of her father and husband ?

She disclosed that all the jealously guarded secrets began to come to the open when her brother Kehinde declined to marry a lady recommended by their father.

They continued their routine life until their father considered Kehinde mature enough to get married and brought a lady home for him.

But Kehinde was said to have refused outright to marry “one of them. ” Taiyelolu said she asked him what he meant by “one of them ” but he told her not to bother as she was only a woman who was oblivious of what was happening.

One day , Kehinde was eating and he suddenly coughed , slumped and died . My father did not feel any sorrow as a result of this. He buried my brother in an unknown place .

When I asked him about where he buried him, he said some Muslim clerics had come to pray over his body and he had buried it. Not convinced by his response , I said to him :

“When I had my babies , no clerics came for the naming , but they came for the burial of my brother ?’”

Disturbed by the shocking death of her brother , Taiyelolu confronted her father that she wanted to know his family .

That decision marked the beginning of her journey into a new world.

“Eventually , my father agreed to take me and the children to his hometown, Offa , Kwara State . He said he was from the imam ’ s family . When we almost got to his family house , he said he wanted to check on someone close by and pointed the house to us . He asked us to ask for Alhaji Hussein Salmoni, his uncle . When we met his uncle and explained ourselves to him, he was taken aback . He eventually showed us his grave. He said my father died over 20 years ago, ” she said .

Amid bewilderment , Taiyelolu left for the only place she knew as home , Ajah , Lagos, but could not locate their house again.

What worsened her situation was the mysterious disappearance of the gourd which her father had given her and could have guided her back to the house .

She went to Ilorin in an effort to locate her mother’ s family house which her father told her was Isale Koto .

She managed to strike up conversations with some people who introduced her to a radio presenter who narrated her story on air.

She also met a lady who she followed to Ede , Osun State , and stayed with for about a month . It was while in that city that she traced her husband ’ s parents .

She claimed that she was walking by the road one day when a car parked by her side and the driver told her that it was her birthday and in order to felicitate with her , gave her a handset with a SIM card .

Taiyelolu is uncertain of her age , but assumed that she could be more than 20 .

It was when I got to ‘ this world’ that I realised that I am too young to have given birth to three children with the fourth on the way. Also , I did not know that there is a place where people struggled to earn a living until I got here . It saddens me that I now wake up every day with no money. ”

She said she never attended a school , but that her father had the knowledge of the Qur’ an and had western education.

According to her , her father was the one who taught her and her brother Arabic and a bit of western education, ” she said .

It is obvious that Taiyelolu is truly versed in the recitation of the Qur’ an . Her children now attend a primary school in the village .

On how she got to Tonkere village in Osun State, she said she went to observe the evening prayer at a mosque in Ede when , after prayers , she was chatting with the imam and an old man appeared and told her in clear terms that she was suffering.

The man then asked her why she was obstinate about returning the children with her to Tonkere , her husband ’ s place of birth .

The man said if she refused to do so within three days , something unpleasant would become of the children and the man disappeared.

Then she asked the imam if he saw the old man who just interrupted their conversation, but the imam said no. She then collected N 200 from the cleric , fetched her children and the four of them , at about after 8 . 00 p . m . , boarded a motorcycle to Akoda junction for N 50 .

At the junction , she asked another cyclist to take her to Tonkere but the man , because of the fact that it was late in the day , charged her N 1000, whereas she only had N 150.

But it was necessary that the children got to Tonkere that night because their father , who was deceased , demanded that she took them to his people.

As she pleaded with the cyclist , a car parked by them and mediated in the matter. The driver asked the cyclist to convey the woman and her children to their destination for N 500, which was the usual fare . The man gave the cyclist the N 500, wrote down the motorcycle ’ s number and warned the cyclist to take the passengers to no place but the mosque at Tonkere .

As they alighted from the motocycle at Tonkere , Taiyelolu said her husband appeared to her physically .

She said he pointed to the shop opposite the mosque as his mother’ s and the third building to the shop as his father ’ s house , saying “ I should ask for his father , Pa Gbadamosi.

As they conversed , her husband said a lady who was passing by, Tosin , was his sister and he called her . ” Between the time Taiyelolu looked in the direction of the lady and looked back in her husband ’ s direction , he had disappeared.

The lady Taiye is with her husband ’ s people now in Tonkere village , but they did not receive her with open arms because the aged parents of Abdulazeez were confused about how their first son, who died at a tender age , could have fathered three children .

They are suspicious of their supposed daughter- in – law and are acting cautiously around her .

But she dismissed any suspicious of band motives asking why she would want to lie herself into a poor home .

Also , Taiyelolu ’ s mother- in – law , the Iyalode of Tonkere, had been down with stroke and the father – in – law is a farmer .

Financially , they are not capable of supporting Taiyelolu andher children .

The lady , who said the clothes she uses now were given to her , added that they were rags, compared to the ones she wore in her father ’ s house .

What pointed to the fact that she could truly be from another world was the way she was lamenting openly about the treatment meted out to her by her in – laws.

She said if she had made up her story , rather than bringing her children to the old mud house , she would have taken them to the governor ’ s house . The mud house , she said , did not compare with her father ’ s house in “ the other world. ”

She said she only left her father ’ s house with a black bag and a Qur’ an , which are still in her possession .

She also claimed to have dreamt of her father once, who was all tears, lamenting with his finger in his mouth that he warned his daughter not to embark on this journey. She said her husband pleaded with her in her dreams each time his people offended her . She said her husband said the reason he insisted she took his children to his parents was for his parents to have the joy of raising his children as they did not have such opportunity with him even as a first child.

The parents said they could not remember where they buried Abdulazeez.

The survival of heavily pregnant Taiyelolu and the future of her three children pose a challenge to her .

She said the aged parents of her “ ghost ” husband could no longer work, hence , the fate of her children hung in the balance.

When she called Nigerian Tribune reporter last Monday, she said she was having signs that she would soon put to bed .

She , therefore , appealed to the Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola ; his wife , Alhaja Sherifat , other well-meaning Nigerians , including corporate organisations and non – governmental organisations to come to her aid by empowering her so that her future and that of her three children abandoned could be secure.

What about her husband ? She says he, these days appears only in her dreams .

Go to hell – 2face, eLDee, 9ice, MI, others refuse to be threatened by TV & radio stations (READ)

If you have been observing copyright matters nationally, you would know that the Tony Okoroji-led Copyright Association of Nigeria (COSON) has declared war against broadcast stations – television and radio – who share Nigerian music without paying rights. Some stations have been harrassed, and others threatened legally.

Not able to take it anymore, the Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (BON) and the Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (IBAN) this week issued a statement banning activist musicians involved with COSON.

“No person or organisation, particularly a collection society such as COSON has a monopoly of authority over any other…,” reads an excerpt from IBAN. “IBAN and BON have the utmost respect for Nigerian artistes in their individual and collective capacities and have indeed contributed more than any known institution to the promotion of Nigerian music and the development of the entertainment industry as a whole.”

In a support statement issued on Thursday and signed from its Abuja office, BON threw its weight behind the ban and asked that artistes who want to be exempted from it can send it an email directly giving it permission to use their work.

In response, COSON has issued its own statement, and basically it isn’t backing down. Full text, as released by executive and artiste manager, Efe Omoregbe:

Less than 48 hours after the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBAN) and Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) issued a statement banning the broadcast of the music of nearly all of Nigeria’s topmost musicians on the radio and TV stations run by affiliate stations, a group of star musicians and top players in the music industry have fired back.

The group comprising the likes of 2 Face Idibia, 9ice, MI, Azeezat, Ill Bliss, WunmiObe, Dizzy K. Falola and representatives of Burna Boy, Sound Sultan, DammyKrane, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Ice Prince, Sunny Neji, etc met at Whitehouse Hotel, GRA, Ikeja on  Wednesday, December 4. One after the other, the music industry stars expressed outrage by the decision of BON and IBAN and their attempt to manipulate the music industry so that they can run away from their responsibility of paying copyright royalties for music broadcast by them.

They rose from the meeting with the following resolutions:

1.   That all authors, composers, songwriters, artistes, performers, publishers, record label executives, owners of sound recordings, publicists, managers, etc should ignore the IBAN email and no right owner should send any message to the email provided by IBAN.

2.   That no self-respecting right owner of the Nigerian music industry should sell his/her birth right by sending an email to BON or IBAN to request that they play his/her music.

3.   That the music industry will consider the stations that  comply with their copyright obligations and advice all right owners to move their works to the stations and encourage their fans and followers to support such stations.

4.   That a delegation of the music industry is to meet with appropriate political office holders within the shortest possible time on this matter.

5.   That all IBAN/BON stations not licensed for the use of music should take note that with immediate effect they should cease to broadcast music whether local or foreign on their stations – These stations must also suspend the use of music whether wholly or in part by way of sampling, interpolation, remixing or outright jacking pending the resolution of this matter.

6.   That this movement is a historic fight for the recognition of the fundamental human rights of all creative people in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and no creative person should sell out or allow himself/herself to be made a saboteur in this historic battle.

7.   That all important stakeholders in the music industry should make themselves available for a full briefing and Q/A session at a follow up meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Rumors Night Club, 15a, Oduduwa Way, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos by 10.00am.

The long list of COSON members said by BON and IBAN to have been banned with immediate effect include TuFaceIdibia, D’ Banj, Inyanya, Olamide, Dr Sid, Sammie Okposo, Banky W, Wiz Kid, Olu Maintain, 9ice, Sunny Neji, Flavour, Chidinma, Rugged Man, Keffee, Midnite Crew, Eldee De Don, M I, Azeezat, Jazzman Olofin, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, KC Presh, X Project, Asha, Konga, African China, Owen Gee, Dekunle Fuji, Lord of Ajasa, Zoolezoo, Ekwe Original Stereoman, Danfo Drivers, Rhymzo, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Kofi, Jedee, Muma Gee, AY. Com, ID Cabassa, Klever J, ZidonPoperella, Eva, Terry G, Nomoreloss, Mike Okri, Weird MC, Mode 9, Timaya, Sound Sultan, Waje, Mo’Cheddah, Jay Martins, Slam, Djinee, Solid Star, Omawunmi, TWO, W4, OmotolaJeladeEkehinde, YinkaAyefele, DJ Stramborella, Ebenezer Obey, Victor Uwaifo, Onyeka Onwenu, Dan Maraya Jos, Tony Okoroji, Stella Monye, Floxxy Bee, Funmi Adams, MajekFashek, Daniel Wilson, Alex Zitto, Sir Shina Peters, Ras Kimono, Wale Thompson, KollingtonAyinla, AdewaleAyuba, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, , Chris Ajilo, Emmanuel Ntia, Orlando Julius, Eddy Remedy, Mr. Kool, 2 Shotz, Baba Dee, Bouqui, Rooftop MCs, Kenny Saint Brown, Klever J, OJB Jezreel, Danny Young, Dipp, Frank D’ Nnero, Ojo, Tim Godfrey, etc.

The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has also added its voice:

The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria is appalled by the recent development spearheaded by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Independent Broadcasters’ Association of Nigeria (IBAN) via an official press release yesterday, calling for the immediate airplay ban on all media platforms on content from Nigerian artistes, the association which was created with the sole mission to PROTECT, PRESERVE, and PROMOTE Nigerian musicianshas decided to react on the ban and on-going feud between the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria(BON), Independent Broadcasters’ Association of Nigeria (IBAN) and Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) calling for an immediate reversal of the ban in the interest of these artistes whom we know that all the above mentioned organisations have their best interests at heart.

The ban on airplay of these Nigerian artistes and their music on various Nigerian media platforms is from our standpointvery unfair, demeaning and discouraging. Weall knowwithout a doubt that these same artistes who have persevered and assisted us to build, today what is known as the Nigerian music industry, Africa’s biggest entertainment export to the world are the same people that are now being victimised. With this action, the association foresees a situation where this ban will, rather than encourage well meaning members of the society, with musical talent to hone their craft and join the success story of the entertainment industry, reverse will be the case. We also foresee a situation where the bulk of the material that will be circulated on Nigerian airwaves will be foreign materials, celebrating alien artistes instead of embracing, home grown talent and ourcultural heritage.

Nelson Mandela to be buried December 15

South African government has released burial activities of its late former president, Nelson Mandela, whom the government says would be buried on December 15, 2013.

In a nationwide broadcast on Friday afternoon, South African President, Jacob Zuma announced that there would be nationwide prayer this Sunday, December 8 in honour of the late Madiba. He further announced that a memorial service would be held on December 10, while the main funeral would hold on December 15 at his ancestral home, in South Africa.

Zuma, in his address, also said that Mandela had influenced the world through his various actions – an indication that change can be attained without bloodshed. He thanked those who had supported the former leader while he was on his sick bed.

ASUU strike update: FG extends deadline for resumption to Monday

The controversial deadline for resumption given to the striking university lecturers by the Federal Government has been extended.

According to reports, the FG moved the deadline forward from December 4 to December 9.

The ultimatum was revised by government in order to enable the lecturers pay final respects to former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Festus Iyayi, whose funeral has been slated for December 5 – 7.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie, announced the new date while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mr. Okojie explained that “Government decided to shift the deadline after it received notification of Prof. Festus Iyayi’s funeral rites slated for between December 5 and 7.

Mr. Iyayi, a former President of ASUU, died on November 12, 2013 in auto crash in Lokoja on his way to attend the association’s meeting in Kano. The accident was reportedly caused by the convoy of the Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada.

According to Mr. Okojie, the decision is also to avoid a situation where government and ASUU will have to deal with the ultimatum during the funeral of the former ASUU President.

“We just received information that the burial rites of Festus Iyayi begins on the December5 and would last till Dec. 7.

“Based on this information, government decided to shift the resumption deadline to December 9, to enable lecturers to participate in the burial,” the professor said.

The executive secretary said the directive had been communicated to the various university Governing Councils and Vice Chancellors for onward transmission to the academic staff.

Mr. Okojie added that there was no intention to victimise any lecturer for participating in the strike.

He said the victimisation clause which members of ASUU were using to discredit the government never came up when the unionists met with President Goodluck Jonathan on November 4.

“On the November 4, Jonathan had a meeting with ASUU. In attendance were senior government officials, the Ministers of Labour, Finance, Education, NLC, TUC, SGF, Chief of Staff to the President and a host of others.

“I recall the remarks Mr. President made that day that something has to happen, that all parties had to find solution to the nagging problems of our universities.

“ASUU came out from that meeting which lasted for over 13 hours, to say they would communicate with us through their principal officers.

“Let me also emphasise that the drafting of that communiqué had the input of ASUU,” he said.

The NUC boss said he wondered why ASUU would return three weeks later, after it had failed to get back to government on November 8 as agreed, demanding addition of new clauses.

“The 2009 agreement stipulates that any party that wants a re-negotiation should inform the Ministry of Labour.

“If ASUU had said they would resume, but the outstanding issues must be addressed, government would have no choice,” he said.

On the N200 billion Revitalisation Fund, which ASUU wanted government to disburse within two weeks; Mr. Okojie said the money had been deposited in an account in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He explained that the money could not be disbursed based on ASUU’s demand because it was meant for capital projects.

According to Mr. Okojie, the order does not require students to commence lectures immediately.

“The school environment had to be made habitable for both students and the entire staff of the universities.’’

He said any lecturer who resumed work after the expiration of the new deadline would not have his or her salary arrears paid.

“You cannot pay someone who has failed to resume work. You are on strike and you want to be paid?

“What if some has already left the system? Some of our very bright lecturers may have got jobs elsewhere.’’

Mr. Okojie said government, as employer of labour, could not fold its arms while the institutions remained shut at the detriment of students.

The ASUU President, Nasir Fagge, had earlier explained that the union did not add any new demands in its letter to the president. Mr. Fagge, who said the strike would continue, condemned government’s ultimatum; same was condemned by other lecturers and civil society groups.

The ASUU boss explained that the government’s letter after the meeting with President Jonathan was not a total reflection of what transpired during the meeting.

“In the ordinary meaning of the word “resolution” the government’s letter was not a resolution. The document was a report of Government’s understanding of the decisions or agreement reached on the matters discussed with ASUU,” he said

ASUU: We are not aware of any N200 billion

ASUU: We are not aware of any N200 billion

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Dr. Nasir Fagge Issa, this morning disclosed that his union was not aware of the payment of N200b into an account with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, by the Federal Government, as demanded by the striking lecturers.

Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs had on a television programme this morning declared that government had paid the N200b demanded by ASUU into an account with the CBN and asked why ASUU has not deemed it fit to call off the six-month old strike.

Dr. Issa said if this is true, then the government should formally communicate this to ASUU so that the union can inform its members on the latest development and decide on whether to call off the strike or not.

The ASUU President who also spoke on Channels Television,  queried the Federal Government for not formally communicating the opening of an account credited with the sum of N200 billion in the Central Bank to the union.

Noting that ASUU operates as a democratic institution, Fagge revealed that the union “requested that once that is done (bank account opening) and the committee that is supposed to disburse the funds start working, our members will have no reason not to suspend the strike action.”

He insisted that the “most important part of this thing at this point is that let there be documentation.”

He said the union is insisting on documentation for the fear of not having to re-embark on another action “for government not meeting the requirement, particularly the promises Mr. President has made.”

“Why won’t government make available this money so that we know the money is there and the universities commence drawing from this money to address the problem of decay in infrastructure, teaching and research facilities? When that is done, our members will suspend the strike,” he promised.

He berated the fact that other unions had to re-embark on the strike actions due to the failure of the Federal Government to keep to promises made to the striking unions.

Debunking claims that the ASUU is not speaking with one voice, Fagge maintained: “Our members do not play a role in closing or opening universities, if the university administration decides to open a university, they can go ahead and do that” noting that “it is their own responsibility.”

“Our members will not be there to teach,” he insisted.

Fagge expressed disappointment in the way a previous memoranda signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and authored by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was “disowned virtually by government,” explaining the reason behind the union’s request that a person higher than the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education sign the recent document, and not necessarily the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Fagge revealed that members of the union also have children in the closed universities, adding that many members of the union are also students pursuing their Ph.d, MSc, MA degrees.

He refuted the claim that the opposition had infiltrated the ranks of the union and charged the Federal Government to sort the issues on ground and the union will suspend the strike.

ASUU Update: FG reveals it has now paid N200 Billion to ASUU

ASUU Update: FG reveals it has now paid N200 Billion to ASUU

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe has confirmed that the N200 billion demanded by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been paid.

The money was paid into an account with the CBN and is meant for renewal of infrastructure facilities in public universities in the country, Okupe explained.

The move which was announced earlier today was just in time before the expiration of the December 4 ultimatum given by the Federal Government to members ASUU who were told to resume classes or be sacked.

Okupe paid the payments public on the Channels Television programme ‘Sunrise Daily’ adding that everything that needed to be done has been done and whether the strike would be called off or not now lies in the hands of the leadership of ASUU.

He said that most of the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, have been agreed upon at the 13-hour meeting they had with the President in October.

“At the end of that meeting, the Government proposed that everything that has been agreed should be put in a memorandum of agreement and that the two parties should sign, but the leadership of ASUU declined and said instead of that, they would rather have a letter of comfort expressing everything that has been resolved therein, and that will suffice for them.”

According to him, the Government agreed to their request and issued the said letter based on the agreement that the strike would be called off within 7 days. However, this did not happen “in spite of the fact that the ASUU leadership presented the letter of comfort to its chapters nationwide and a clear majority of them endorsed the resolutions reached and actually were more inclined towards calling off the strike.”

Dr. Okupe stressed that the attitude of the ASUU leadership showed that the seed of discord and evidence of bad faith already existed. “It is unfortunate that somebody died but notwithstanding, that cannot be a justification for delaying the implementation of an agreement for 21 or more days.

Reading from the ‘Letter of Comfort’ issued by the Federal Government in agreement with the leadership of ASUU, the government agreed that Nigerian universities must be revitalized for effective service delivery, all the provisions in the agreement and MoU for the revitalization shall be fully implemented as captured in the 2012 Needs Assessment and the Federal Government shall mobilize resource towards this goal.

“Based on this, it was also agreed that a sum of N1.3 trillion shall be made available to ASUU over the next six years starting from December 2013 with (the sum of) N200 billion. The FGN therefore request that the ASUU shall within 7 days call off its 4 month strike.”

Contrary to the Federal Government’s expectation that ASUU would call off the strike, ASUU in another document said that they “could not call off the strike because of certain uncertainties or gaps that are evident in the government’s report.”

Okupe asked fiercely, “what are these uncertainties? He accused ASUU of turning around to again state four new conditions for the strike to be called off. They demanded that the agreed N200 billion should be deposited in an account at the Central Bank within 2 weeks, while the negotiation of the 2009 agreement should be included in the final document.

The ASUU, according to Okupe also demanded that a non-victimization clause should be included as well as a new MoU signed by the Attorney-General.

Dismissing their requests, he said a demand for a memorandum is a waste of people’s time because this is ideally what should follow any agreement made between two parties in the first place, and that by International Labour Laws which Nigeria is guided by, no one is expected to be victimized for going on strike.

He also said that ASUU, asking that the MoU with Federal Government should be signed by the Attorney-General “does not make sense” because anyone of high standing in government can sign for it. He added that an account has already been opened for the N200 billion they are requesting for in the Central Bank.

Okupe added that the government has shown commitment by meeting with the leadership of ASUU, and agreeing to its demands, considering that previous governments did not give them such an opportunity to sit down and discuss. He called on ASUU to do the right thing for the benefit of the nation.

“The Government cannot be seen to be contesting with any sector of the economy or the country. This President is interested in moving Nigeria forward through a very well-articulated transformation agenda.”

ASUU strike update: FUTO sacks ALL academic staff for failure to resume

ASUU strike update: FUTO sacks ALL academic staff for failure to resume

For failure to return to classrooms, the Senate of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) has sacked all academic staff on its payroll with immediate effect.

The sack order was made known by the Public Relations Officers (PRO) of the institution, Mr Chike Ezenwa, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune in Owerri, through telephone.

According to him, the senate of the university had declared all the positions of academic staff in the institution, adding that they would be advertised starting from Monday, December 2.

The senate council, he explained, had already compiled the list of vacant positions in the school, adding that who were willing to resume would be adequately protected.

Meanwhile, the FUTO branch of ASUU has said any attempt to break their ranks would be strongly resisted by their members.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end o their meeting held on Monday, and signed by both the chairman and secretary, Dr Ikenna Nwachukwu and Dr F.M. Eke respectively.

The communiqué urged members to ignore the resumption notice by FUTO management, adding that the branch would not engage in any academic activities until the Federal Government commited itself to implementing the ASUU-FGN agreement.

For failure to return to classrooms, the Senate of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) has sacked all academic staff on its payroll with immediate effect.

The sack order was made known by the Public Relations Officers (PRO) of the institution, Mr Chike Ezenwa, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune in Owerri, through telephone.

According to him, the senate of the university had declared all the positions of academic staff in the institution, adding that they would be advertised starting from Monday, December 2.

The senate council, he explained, had already compiled the list of vacant positions in the school, adding that who were willing to resume would be adequately protected.

Meanwhile, the FUTO branch of ASUU has said any attempt to break their ranks would be strongly resisted by their members.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end o their meeting held on Monday, and signed by both the chairman and secretary, Dr Ikenna Nwachukwu and Dr F.M. Eke respectively.

The communiqué urged members to ignore the resumption notice by FUTO management, adding that the branch would not engage in any academic activities until the Federal Government commited itself to implementing the ASUU-FGN agreement.

Chris Okotie: All Catholics Will Go To Hell Because They Worship Satan

Chris Okotie: All Catholics Will Go To Hell Because They Worship Satan

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Nigeria’s controversial preacher and former presidential candidate, Chris Okotie, told his congregation last Sunday, that:

”All Catholics in the world will go to hell because they worship Satan and are led by an Anti-Christ Pope who is a friend to the devil,” –

Fifty-five year old Okotie, while preaching in his Household of God Church in Ikeja area of Lagos, said the Catholic church is “a counterfeit church set up by Satan” and that Catholics “bow to idols and crucify Jesus every Sunday when they eat bread claiming they are eating Jesus’ body.”
Okotie told a stunned congregation:

They are not Christians and have never been. They don’t know Jesus. They believe that
when they eat bread on Sundays, they are eating the body of Jesus. It’s ritual.

The pope is an Anti-Christ and the Catholic church will soon declare for Satan. This is the end of times,”

He said Pope Francis is an Anti-Christ who does the job of the devil and that time is fast approaching when the Catholic church will pledge allegiance to Satan.
He advised members of his church to come to the rescue of Catholics and evangelise them.

This, he said, was not out of disrespect but out of respect for the word of God.
He said those who know the truth should bring it to those who do not know it in the Catholic Church.

Okotie said one of the Catholic most revered Popes, Pope John Paul 11, surrendered the Catholic Church to Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, instead of Jesus himself.
He said even the current Pope Francis has also done same.
He said Catholics are not Christians and do not worship the same Christ that he preaches in his church, at least the one spoken about in the Bible.
Okotie said he did not write the Bible but it was clear to him that those in the Catholic church were lost and were heading to hell fire.

“They don’t believe in heaven. They believe in purgatory, the purgatory that they invented,” Okotie said.
“That church, the Catholic church has been there for Satan and at the right time, they will declare for Satan,”Okotie said.

Okotie who has been married twice and divorced also twice said a beauty pageant will take place in his church next Sunday to select the most beautiful woman in his church.
He also said his yearly “Grace programme” where he makes donations to charity organisations will also take place next Sunday.

The once rock star turned celebrity preacher and politician has been controversial for years.
He once said it was the devil who told him for the first time that he was going to be a preacher.
He also said Nigeria’s famous preacher Prophet T.B. Joshua is the son of the devil and his followers will go straight to hell.

In recent years, he has been saying that God has anointed him to be Nigeria’s president. That prophecy has not come to pass in two presidential elections that he participated in.

Why I Married Peter Okoye(P’square) Despite The Fact He Is My Junior – Lola Omotayo

Why I Married Peter Okoye Despite The Fact He Is My Junior – Lola Omotayo

Peter Okoye of P’Square and Lola Omotayo’s love story is compelling and amazing. The couple have been in a relationship for over eight years before they finally tied the knot on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Peter and Lola 3 Why I Married Peter Okoye Despite The Fact He Is My Junior – Lola Omotayo

There has been a lot of talk and whispers about their marriage, the family issues and the fact that Lola is by far older than Peter Okoye has been trending. But why did she decide to marry someone who’s her junior?

Below is Lola Omotayo’s stand on their age difference… Lola, who was a Business Development Director at FKG2m a marketing agency in Lagos, had told the story of how she and Peter met and how the relationship started:

“My agency handles some of British American Tobacco brands and P’Square was doing a show for us at one of our events in Enugu. Though I had met Peter a couple of times before then, at the show there was some chemistry.

He asked for my number and I refused giving it to him. I told him ‘if you really want to know me, you have to find my number’. So he took it as a task and found my number and the rest is history.” Lola, said to be in her 30s then and Peter in his 20s, was not disturbed by the age difference. Her reason:

“Like I said, Peter is an old soul and he always tells me that I’m like a 23-year-old. Age is just a number. Right now, you can see it around the world. Demi Moore, Usher and some known people. Even in Nigeria here, they are dating people far older than their age. So, we shouldn’t base it on the age factor. He doesn’t make me feel like he’s younger than me.