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Monday, September 26, 2022

Monday, September 26, 2022

500,000 Nigerians await repatriation from 3 countries -Commissioner


Ms Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons says 500,000 Nigerians awaiting repatriation in three countries.

Suleiman-Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly that the refugees would be repatriated from Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

She spoke on the sidelines of a High-Level Side Event on “Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No-one Behind.’’

“We have almost about 500,000 awaiting repatriation. The next batch will consist of 1,000 people and it is spontaneous returns that are happening now, and we are looking after them as they come back,’’ the commissioner said.

According to her, there is a Presidential Committee on Repatriation in the North -East and the committee is to complement the Technical Working Group on repatriation, which is chaired by the Commission.

“It is a process that has been ongoing, and we have started repatriation, we are experiencing involuntary returns from Nigerians in those countries.

“So, it’s going to happen before the end of Mr President’s tenure. We would have brought everybody back home and there is funding allocated for us.”

Earlier at the event, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, said that over 90,000 repentant Boko Haram ISWAP terrorists had voluntarily surrendered to the Army for disarmament, de-radicalisation and reintegration.

“I want to bring to the notice of this gathering that within the last year, the Borno State government, and indeed the Federal Government has so far received over 90,000 repentant Boko Haram and ISWAP members.

“This has never happened anywhere in the history of the world, the insurgency is coming to an end.,’’ he said.

According to him, the acute humanitarian crisis has been devastating the social and economic impact on the population, other deepening fragility and poverty in the Northeast subregion.

“Before assumption of duty of Mr President, 22 local government areas in Borno state out of the 27 local government areas that we have, were under the control of Boko Haram insurgents.

“But today, none of our local government areas are under the control of Boko Haram insurgents.’’

Zulum said the Borno State government with the support of the Federal government, and indeed, the entire UN family had strengthened the resilience of the community.

He said that they had ensured peacebuilding social cohesion and sustainable development in the entire North- East sub-region of Nigeria.

“The nexus between peace, security and development need not be over-emphasised. If there is no peace, there will be no security and if there is no security, there is no development.

“I’m glad to inform you that the President has also inaugurated the Committee for the repatriation of all Nigerians that are living in the Republic of Chad, Cameroon, as well as Niger.

“And to this effect funding has been approved. And before the expiration of the tenure, we shall ensure complete repatriation of all the Nigerians that are living in other countries.”

Zulum urged the government of Nigeria, the UN and other development partners to shift their focus on providing immediate humanitarian support to medium and longer-term sustainable and durable solutions that would address the increasing problems.

“This is very important, as it has been said, by the UN Under-Secretary, the root causes of the insurgency are leading to endemic poverty, advancing illiteracy, social inequality, drug abuse, mitigate climate action, among others.

“Therefore, we shall do everything possible to address these challenges,’’ he said.

He further urged the UN to ensure the establishment of a strong monitoring and evaluation mechanism that would ensure sub-national governments take the lead through effective community participation.

“The UN partners that are coming to the Northeast must partner with sub-national governments. This is something that must be done in order to address the root causes,” the governor said.

He commended the Federal Government, the UN Deputy Secretary and the Secretary-General for the historic visit of UN top official, Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Martin Griffiths to Nigeria and to Borno State.

“Griffiths was in Borno and all of them have seen how far the Federal Government and the Borno Government are working in addressing the challenges of climate vulnerability, addressing the challenges of poverty and also addressing the challenges of hunger.“


Monday, September 26, 2022

FG orders VCs to reopen varsities, commence lectures


The Federal Government through the National Universities Commission has ordered vice-chancellors to re-open schools and allow students resume lectures.

This was made known in a letter signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

The letter which was made exclusively available to The PUNCH on Monday was addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses”, the letter partly reads.

The PUNCH reports that the national industrial court of Nigeria on Wednesday ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off its ongoing nationwide strike.

ASUU had been on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in a deadlock.

Consequently, the Federal Government went to court to challenge the strike.

The government through its counsel, James Igwe, prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining ASUU from taking further steps as regards the strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The counsel to the Federal Government James Igwe on Wednesday prayed the court to order the striking varsity lecturers to in the interim, return to work, pending the determination of the substantive suit before the court.

He maintained that the matter was not only urgent, but of a great national interest as millions of students have been at home for over seven months.

“Sections 47 of the Trade Dispute Act, TDA, gives your lordship the power to direct that no worker should continue to embark on strike pending when the applications are heard and determined,”, Igwe argued.

Igwe said there was need for the matter to be expeditiously determined to enable university students to return to school, adding that failure to call off the strike would cause irreparable damage to not only the students but also to the nation.

According to him, since the dispute between FG and lectures was already before the court for adjudication, it would be proper and in the interest of justice for the strike to be suspended.

In his ruling, Justice Hamman held that the application was meritorious and deserved to be granted by the court.

While dismissing objections ASUU raised through its lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, the court held that the strike action was detrimental to public university students that cannot afford to attend private tertiary institutions.

“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant.

“I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted”, Justice Hamman ruled.

The court, thereafter, issued an order, restraining ASUU, “whether by themselves, members, agents, privies or howsoever called, from taking further steps and doing any act in continuance of the strike action, pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed.”

ASUU had since filed 14 grounds of appeal to challenge the order.


Monday, September 26, 2022

Nigerian Who Relocated To Canada Sacked For Asking Company’s CEO Why She Is Yet To Marry

A Twitter user has taken to the microblogging platform to narrate how a Nigerian man who recently moved to Canada was dismissed from his job. According to the Twitter user with the handle, Jake Okechukwu, he was sacked over a question he asked the female Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company he works in. 

The Twitter user shared the story weeks after it was reported that another Nigerian man working abroad was fired for s3xually harassing a Nigerian woman he works in same company with. 

Jake who revealed that the Nigerian man relocated to Canada last month, disclosed that the Nigerian man was sacked for asking his company’s CEO why she is yet to marry at her age.

See the tweet below; “Dem don fire pesin wey just Japa last month come Canada. Him don go ask CEO why the CEO never marry at her age”


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Reconsider Okada ban, union begs Sanwo-Olu

The National President of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle, Tricycle Owners, Riders, Repairers Association of Nigeria, Samsudeen Apelogun, has said commercial motorcycle riders have now become hopeless and hungry, following the ban on the commercial motorcycle operation (aka okada) in some areas in Lagos.

Saturday PUNCH reports that it has been 16 weeks and three days since the ban on the activities of commercial motorcycle operators in some areas in Lagos State.

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced a total ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles in some local government areas in the state with effect from June 1, 2022.

He made the pronouncement after a meeting with all Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders in the state at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

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The local governments and local council development areas affected by the ban are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.

Later on in August, 2022, the government convened a forum of stakeholders to share the ‘good news’ about the progress made since June 1 full enforcement of the ban.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, disclosed that the crime rate reduced by 86 per cent, while the accident rate went down by 63.7 per cent.

During the period, 7,500 motorcycles were seized and crushed in line with the state’s laws.

The ban was further extended to four other more local government areas: Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Shomolu and Mushin with effect from September 1, 2022.

Reacting to this, Apelogun urged the government not to ‘throw the baby away with the bath water’.

He said most of the members in the affected areas were now begging to eat because they could no longer feed their families.

Speaking to our correspondent, he said, “The primary objective of the government is to protect lives and property of every citizen and make sure their well-being is so paramount to them, not sending 40 million Nigerians to the labour market that is already saturated.

“The ban is counter-productive as cutting the head will never be the cure of a headache. The idle hand is the devil’s workshop. The government needs to consider the lives of these okada riders. They cannot abandon them without any means of livelihood.

“Okada riders need micro-loans to be able to care for these people who have become unemployed now. Government needs to take care of them, not just to collect what they use to fend for themselves and their families.


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Polytechnic lecturers protest EFCC detention of colleagues

The leadership and members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti chapter, has taken to the street to express their displeasure over what they described as illegal detention of their members by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

The aggrieved lecturers carried placards with various inscriptions.

Trouble started when some members of ASUP were invited to the office of the anti-graft agencies in Ilorin and Akure in Ondo State following a petition received from some persons over some transactions in the institution.

The EFCC through the office of the Rector invited the affected lecturers who traveled to Ilorin only to get detained and quizzed over an alert they received from the institution some months back.

The union said the allegations levelled against their members were unfounded, baseless and that they knew nothing about the matter.

Speaking with journalists during the protest in Ado-Ekiti, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti chapter, Dr Emmanuel Obafemi Abunbi expressed worry over the situation and called on the management to intervene.

“When they came back, we discovered that they were actually arrested because they had to provide surety, and were unjustly detained and profiled as an offender which was unacceptable.

“The money was paid as promotion arrears which was deserved, but were told to refund because they were not yet due which they did accordingly, to a designated account that the management provided.

“They did not apply and since it was refunded and now for EFCC to call it criminal, is way too far.

“We agreed that part of the key functions of the EFCC are to investigate all financial crimes, including advance fee fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, illegal charge transfers, but we are not satisfied with this particular action hence the protest to show our grievances.”

The ASUP chairman said he wants the EFCC to know its members were law abiding citizens and will support any fraud detection but it does not include subjecting members to inhuman treatment that they do not deserve.

“We want the management to reach out to EFCC to clarify that we know nothing about these transactions and the money is no longer in our custody,” he concluded.

Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the anti-graft agencies, one of the lecturers, Mr Samuel Abereola, the Head of Marketing Department, Federal Poly Ado-Ekiti said he was punished unjustly.

Reacting to the allegations, the Director of Protocols, Information and Public Relations of Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Prince Adeyemi Adejolu, claimed that the petitioners were unknown to the school management.

According to him, “It’s true that some faceless people styled as concerned old students of this institution wrote a petition to the security agencies, especially the anti-graft agencies, that’s EFCC and ICPC which received the petition.

“They were calling for an investigation of what is happening in the institution, so the EFCC wrote requesting for documents and since it is still under the law, we obliged them the list of transactions and at the end of the day, some staff were invited.

“They are alleging that some staff were colluding with the management to serve as conduit pipes to siphon the resources of the institution.”

Adejolu maintained that the Rector held a meeting with all staff regarding the matter and as such lecturers are not the only ones being investigated.”


Friday, September 23, 2022

Friday, September 23, 2022

FG releases 62nd Independence programme


The Federal Government on Thursday released the timetable for the celebration of the 62nd independence anniversary of Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, released this during a press conference in Abuja.

He said, “There will be a church service on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at the National Christian Centre, Central Business District, Abuja at 3pm. This will be followed by a public lecture focused on national unity on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at the State House Conference Hall at 10am.

“On Friday, September 30, 2022, there will be Special Juma’at prayers at the National Mosque, Central Business District, in Abuja. On Saturday, October 1, 2022, a presidential broadcast will be at 7 am. Later on the same day, there will be a military parade at Eagles Square, Central Business District, Abuja, starting at 10am.

“Award of national honours will be held as part of the 62nd independence anniversary on October 11, 2022, in Abuja. The Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs will give the full details later.”


Friday, September 23, 2022

Cholera outbreak kills 10 in Gombe


The Gombe State government confirmed that about 10 people have died from cholera outbreak in the state.

The state said 236 cases were recorded between June and September 2022, saying: “This year, from June 30, 2022, we have had sporadic cases of cholera in Balanga Council, and because of preparedness and prompt response, it has been largely subdued without escalation.”

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday.

In a text, read on his behalf by the state’s Executive Secretary, Gombe State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Abdulrahman Shuaibu, number of deaths recorded in Balanga, Yemaltu-Deba, Nafada, Funakaye and Gombe councils is 10.

He said: “Increasing cases of heavy downpours and resultant flooding in parts of the state have resulted in cholera outbreaks in eight wards.”

Consequently, the state Ministry of Health promptly initiated public health actions for its prevention, which included: Incident Management System, 13 Cholera Treatment Units, across the five affected councils, for management of cases free of charge, as well as direct house-to-house sensitisation and distribution of water treatment tablets in affected communities.

The state also went on to decontaminate affected wells and boreholes, as well as activated surveillance of all councils.

Shuaibu, however, urged residents to imbibe the culture of cleanliness and hygiene to prevent further spread of the disease.

Recalled that the state recorded three deaths from cholera last year when 2,373 cases were recorded.


Friday, September 23, 2022

Two-years-old marriage set to collapse as wife refuses to return iPhone 8 gift received from ex


Young couple’s marriage struggles as the wife insist on keeping a used iPhone 8 gift received from her ex-boyfriend.

In a chat with a relationship adviser, the lady in question reached out for help over the misunderstanding with her husband.

According to the 24-year-old lady, the ex-boyfriend acquired a new phone and offered his old iPhone 8 to the now-married lady.

The husband, however, refused his wife from taking such a gift from her ex-boyfriend while insisting on divorce should in case she keeps the phone.

“Hello Mama bi, Pls hide my identity. I want to know if my husband has the right by asking me to return a phone someone gave me as a gift. Meanwhile here is what happened. My ex upgraded his phone and dash me his old one. My hubby asked to return it back. 2 years of marriage. He has never bought me a phone and this phone is the first of its kind I’m having,” she said in part.


Friday, September 23, 2022

Lottery commission pledges to boost FG’s revenue drive

The National Lottery Regulatory Commission on Thursday said it would continue to assist the Federal Government to boost its revenue profile and close the gaps of dwindling revenue.

The organisation said it had succeeded in strengthening regulations, licensing more lottery and sports betting operators and companies.

The Director-General of the NLRC, Lanre Gbajabiamila, stated this after being conferred with the Royal Star Award by StarBet for his performances in changing the narrative of betting regulation in Nigeria.

Gbajabiamila said, “Today, they (StarBet) are at the commission to announce to Nigerians and the world that their doors are now widely open to welcome patronage from the gaming public as well as confer an award to the leadership of the commission, having recognised our modest contributions to the growth and development of our industry.

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“It is therefore very crucial to once again highlight the place of the

National Lottery Regulatory Commission and the critical place it occupies as a revenue generating agency of the Federal Government. 

The commission is alive to its role as a critical agency in helping the Federal Government generate the much-needed

revenue to cushion the dwindling revenue profile of the government.”

Earlier, the Managing Director, StarBet, Tope Oni, used the occasion to unveil its betting  brand.

He said StarBet came into the betting business in the country to give people what they truly deserve and empower the sporting youths and adults in the country.

He said, “Starbet is all about innovation, giving people what they truly deserve and we want to assure the Director-General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission and the general public that this is our brand and promise to stick with it.”


Friday, September 23, 2022

DSS urges ASUU to call off the ongoing strike

The Department of State Services, yesterday, appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike.

The Director of the Service in charge of Yobe, Mr. Yunusa Abdulkadir, made the plea in Damaturu, at the Third Quarterly Conference of State Directors of Security in the North East Zone.

He noted that the strike, which has paralysed university education in the country, has security implications.

Yunusa said: “In as much as we know that ASUU is pursuing a genuine cause, they should take a deeper look at the peculiarities of North East region that has stayed for over a decade in the hands of insurgents.”

The director also called for the establishment of a psychiatric hospital in Yobe, to check post-traumatic disorder caused by the insurgency.

He said failure to do so could lead to a high number of trauma victims, who could pose a fresh security threat to the state.

In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Mr. Hassan Abdullahi, said the conference would analyse security threats, share experiences and chart a way forward.

Abdullahi, who is also the DSS Director for Bauchi State, listed security challenges in the zone as including insurgency, kidnapping, banditry and cattle rustling.

He commended the state government for its unwavering support and co-operation to the DSS and other security outfits.

The state deputy governor, Alhaji Idi Gubana, described the conference as timely, considering current security challenges in the country.

He said although successes had been recorded in the fight against insurgency, more work is required to ensure total decimation of terrorists in the state and the region.


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