Tuesday, September 20, 2022

September 20, 2022

BBNaija: Why I want Phyna to win grand prize – Doyin

Doyin, evicted Big Brother Naija housemate, has revealed that she wants Phyna to win the N100 million grand prize.

Doyin made this known in her post eviction interview on Monday.

She said she wants Phyna to win the grand prize because she is interesting to watch and attentive.

“I have always wanted a woman to win, so I am rooting for Phyna. I want her to win the money, I think she is phenomenal, attentive and interesting to watch and she needs the money.”

Doyin added that she will miss Chizzy the most and looks forward to starting her business.

“I just want to see the opportunity waiting for me outside and grasp as many as I can.

“I want to start my business and work with a lot of brands,” she added.

September 20, 2022

Chinese group condemns compatriot’s killing of Nigerian lover

The Chinese Business Community Association of Nigeria has condemned the alleged killing of Ummul-Kulthum Buhari by her Chinese lover, Geng Quanrong.

The association under the leadership of Wakilin Mutanen China a Kano, Mike Zhang, in a statement signed by Wakili’s personal assistant, Guang Lei Zhang, on Monday, condemned the killing.

 The statement also said a criminal act should be allowed to be professionally handled by relevant security agencies.

“The Chinese community in Kano is fully in support of the law taking its proper course,” the statement read.

The association also appreciated the hospitality extended to members of the Chinese Community in Kano, adding that Chinese nationals would continue to be law abiding, friendly and contribute to the development of Kano.

 In the statement, the community also condoled with the family of the deceased.

 Recall that Quanrong, 47, of Nassarawa GRA Quarters, Kano State, went to the residence of Ummul-Kulthum, 22, and allegedly stabbed her to death.

September 20, 2022

ASUU strike: Travellers miss flights, motorists held up for hours as students lock down Lagos airport road

It was a hectic time for travellers and motorists plying  Lagos airport road , yesterday,  as leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) took over the Murtala Muhammed  International Airport (MMIA) Road, in protest against the seven-month old industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The resultant effect was that many travellers missed their flights, while motorists shunned the road to avoid being caught up in a likely scuffle.

Those who dared were stranded as the students, who converged on the road as early as 5:0a.m. defied the heavy downpour to remain on the road.

Some parents, who joined the protest, asked the Federal government to meet ASUU’s demands to avoid a repeat of the EndSARS protest

The NANS public relations officer Southwest, Comrade Awoyinfa Opeoluwa, said the students will not back off from protesting, until they return to class:

He said:  “After following the first and second C of Aluta, which are Consultation and Consolidation, this is the third C which is, confrontation.  So, we are taking it to the first- class citizens, because we have demonstrated on the Lagos-Ibadan-Gbongan, and Ore-Benin expressways. We are here, so that the first-class citizens and foreigners going outside the country can come to our aid and beg the Federal Government to bring students back on campuses.

“We didn’t jump into protest. We once had a meeting with the authorities and issued a threat to shutdown the airport three months ago, but they never took us serious. Over seven months, they are wasting our time.

“This protest is a sustained one, no retreat, no surrender, until the strike is called off. Our protest cannot be hijacked. We are protesting under the rain. So, nothing will stop us.”

Speaking on the manner government has handled the strike is being handled, he said: “The Muhammadu Buhari government has failed.

The government has scored F9 on education because the President has shown a nonchalant attitude to our plight. Saner societies invest heavily in education and that is why our people are running to the United States and  United Kingdom to continue their education because they invested in education. We are not leaving until they attend to us.”

A traveller, who could not continue his trip as a result of the protest said: “This is just to prove to us that we don’t have a responsive government in Nigeria. The children are doing the right thing with this protest.

“I was in the gridlock for hours before coming down, just not to avoid missing my flight. I wanted to go through Ikeja, but it was blocked. So ,I had to come through Oshodi and discovered it was blocked too, it’s really bad.

“Government must respond to the request of ASUU and let the children go back to school. There is no parent who has a child in school and will be happy  to have them at home for seven months.”

Speaking on the situation, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operation, Airport, Kayode Sunday, said: “We have engaged the students and the Lagos State Police Command also supported us. We are asking the students to sheath their swords. Nobody is happy that the students are staying at home. However, we are asking them not to block the road, because this is an international corridor, but we are managing them and they are also cooperating with us. They are not violent and we are not allowing miscreants to hijack the protest.”


September 20, 2022

Serie A: Angel di Maria blames one person for Juventus’ shock defeat to Monza

Juventus winger, Angel di Maria, has blamed himself for his team’s Serie A 1-0 shock defeat to Monza last weekend.

Di Maria received a red card during the encounter at the Stadio Brianteo as Christian Gytkjaer’s goal gave the hosts all three points against Juventus.

Reacting, the Argentine international, in a post via his Instagram account, also apologized to everyone for his inappropriate reaction on the field of play.

“I want to apologize to everyone for this inappropriate reaction I had on the field,” the former Real Madrid, Juventus and Man United star wrote.

“Leaving the team with one less in such a difficult moment of the championship made us lose the game. Losing is only my fault. I’m so sorry.

“I am a professional but also a human being who makes mistakes and knows how to recognize them.”

Meanwhile, Di Maria’s wife, Jorgelina Cardoso, later defended her husband.

She posted: “Making mistakes is everyone’s fault, accepting the mistake and apologizing is a virtue of a few …”

September 20, 2022

FG debunks taking ASUU to court, hints of fresh negotiation

The Federal Government did not take the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to court over its prolonged strike, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has clarified.

In the same breath, Ngige claimed he would have failed in his duties if he did not refer the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations with the union.

He recalled that ASUU was at the stage of Collective Bargain Agreement negotiation with its employers – the Federal Ministry of Education – when it embarked on the industrial action.

The minister regretted that the union’s leadership “does not even understand the import of CBA negotiation because they lacked the nutrients of labour unionism.”

His words: “We have to counsel our brothers on negotiation. No negotiation is forced. You cannot say it is either you give me 200 per cent or I will continue my strike. There are laws guiding strike. There are ILO principles on right to strike. Nobody can take it away.

“But there are things that follow it when you embark on strike as a worker, and they are enshrined in the laws of our land. It is written in Trade Dispute Act. The ILO principles on strike talk about the right of a worker to withdraw services. There is also right to picket. These are things that are done.

“Nigeria is respected in ILO. Some people said Federal Government took ASUU to court. No. I referred the matter after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations that failed.”

Ngige explained that he conciliated the dispute twice, first on February 22, one week after the commencement of the strike, adding some agreements were reached, even as he brought everybody back on March 1 for another conciliation.

According to him, the only thing left was going back to the Federal Ministry of Education for the renegotiation of the 2013 agreement.

“Some people are saying 2009 agreement. The 2009 agreement has been renegotiated in 2013/2014 with the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. It is an anathema to use 2009 agreement,” he stated.

Ngige, however, said the transmission does not mean that the matter cannot be settled out of court.

IN a related development, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, is meeting stakeholders today to find a lasting solution to the ASUU crisis.

He said the lower legislative chamber is deeply concerned about the renewed strike, which seems to have defied all efforts for amicable resolution.

In a statement by Clerk of the House, Yahaya Danzaria, yesterday, in Abuja, the Speaker asked the relevant stakeholders to submit a written presentation of ASUU’s perspective on the matter ahead of the meeting.

“The House is more worried on the negative consequences of the strike on the future and quality of education of our teeming youths, who have been kept at home for the past six months despite the intervention of the House and several well-meaning Nigerians overtime to see that the matter was resolved.

“In the light of the foregoing, the House hereby requests for another opportunity to come together with stakeholders and leadership of ASUU to seek an amicable resolution without prejudice to the fact that the matter is already in the industrial court.


Monday, September 19, 2022

September 19, 2022

Shocking As 19 Persons Burnt Beyond Recognition In Abuja Auto Crash

19 burnt beyond recognition in FCT auto crash ineteen persons have been confirmed dead in an accident that occurred at the Yangoji- Gwagwalada road in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The accident was said to have occurred in the early hours of yesterday. Dauda Biu, Acting Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the development to NAN when he visited the accident scene. Biu said the crash involved three vehicles — two Toyota Hiace buses and an articulated vehicle.

Out of the 31 victims, eight persons comprising seven male and one female sustained various degrees of injuries, while 19 others were burnt beyond recognition,” he said. “Investigation showed that the main causes of the crash were speed limit violation and wrongful overtaking, which eventually resulted in loss of control.

“The Toyota Hiace bus, with registration number MUB- 30 LG, crashed into the Citroen articulated vehicle and burst into flames, killing everyone on board. “The second bus hit the first bus from behind and also caught fire. The fire melted the second bus with Bauchi State number plate. It was coming from Takai, Kano State, while heading to Benin. “The Citroen vehicle loaded  chicken feed from Zaria in Kaduna State and was heading to Akwa Ibom State.

“The nineteen corpses were trapped, but extricated by rescue operatives.” He added that the police have taken over the investigation and met with relevant authorities for  the mass burial of 18 of the victims. He also said the bodies could not be preserved for identification as they were “burnt beyond recognition.”

“Clearing obstructions for free flow of traffic is ongoing as you can see and we will do our best to ensure we have a crash-free society,” he added.

September 19, 2022

BBNaija S7: Eloswag, Chomzy hint on relationship after eviction

Big Brother Naija housemates, Eloswag and Chomzy have said they will continue their relationship outside the house.

Recall that the duo, who were evicted last week but remained in the show as guests’, were finally evicted on Sunday.

Biggie had during the live show told them to leave the house.

Speaking to Ebuka, Eloswag said he intends to continue the relationship although it depends on the situation of things when they go outside.

”I actually want to take this outside the house but it depends on the vibes,” he said.

Also speaking, Chomzy said her relationship with Eloswag will continue because they are together.

Chomzy said, ”We are still the same, we will continue outside the house.”

Meanwhile, there are now nine housemates battling to win the N100 million grand prize.

September 19, 2022

ISWAP exploiting WhatsApp, Telegram to destabilise Nigeria – Report

A report by the Institute for Security Studies has revealed that the Boko Haram terrorists’ breakaway group, the Islamic State of West Africa, are skillfully exploiting digital platforms, particularly, WhatsApp and Telegram, to organise and carry out their criminal activities in the West African region.

This is as the institute urged governments across the African continent to pressure tech companies to deal with terrorism online.

The report noted that as the physical and online worlds fuse, many groups, especially Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, are embedding the internet deeper into their operations in the West African region.

“Groups such as the Boko Haram breakaway faction, Islamic State West Africa Province, appear to rely on messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram to communicate internally and externally because they prefer these apps’ encrypted nature. ‘Telegram is becoming the new frontline for terrorist groups in Africa,’ warns Mr Bukarti. ‘On last count, ISWAP had over 50 Facebook and Telegram accounts.’ Furthermore, ‘there’s no scrutiny; nobody seems to care in Africa.

“While larger platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have the resources to offer a degree of content moderation, many smaller operators don’t. These are the ones terrorist groups prefer’.

“According to researchers such as Bulama Bukarti of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. What’s more, given their decentralised character, these groups are proving harder to intercept and are achieving a reach online that would not be possible in the physical world,” the report said.

It noted that a recent workshop in Ghana organised by Tech Against Terrorism laid out the expansive nature of online terrorist content in West Africa and highlighted strategies to mitigate the risks. TAT is a non-governmental organisation established by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate to forge ties between tech platforms, academia and civil society.

The institute stated further that violent extremist groups in West Africa, especially in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin, use the internet to deliver propaganda, recruit, radicalise and incite attacks, and finance and plan their operations.

“When al-Shabaab attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013, the group live-blogged the terrifying event on Twitter, taunting the authorities who were struggling to end the siege. It represented a chilling milestone in the weaponisation of social media platforms and demonstrated the audacity and adaptive nature of Africa’s armed groups.

“Nearly a decade later, terrorist groups in West Africa are fine-tuning their tactics to hijack social media platforms and messaging apps. Parts of the region have been home to the fastest growing and deadliest violent extremists, the Global Terrorism Index reveals. And there has been a steady rise in incidents where social media platforms and messaging apps have become an integral part of extremists’ modus operandi.

“A former head of Facebook’s Counterterrorism and Dangerous Organizations Policy section and now programming leader for the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, a TAT partner, Dr Erin Saltman, is a prominent voice in this field. She says greater efforts are needed to encourage tech companies to ‘prevent and respond’ to terrorism online by increasing their transparency and reporting while respecting human rights,” the September 15 report added.

It added that Anne Craanen, who monitors developments in West Africa, noted that extremists are now using smaller platforms to circumvent controls aimed at removing terrorist content,

“For example, AQIM – arguably the region’s most aggressive user of online communication – uses ‘beacon’ websites to draw internet traffic to smaller sites. It also uses ‘aggregators’ designed to offer viewers a cluster of links to the same piece of terrorist content, to evade content moderation.”

September 19, 2022

Ex-convict arrested for importing 5.90 kilograms of cocaine in Lagos airport

An ex-convict, Onyeka Madukolu, has been apprehended by operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly importing 5.90 kilograms of cocaine concealed in cans of deodorants and ladies’ lip gloss into Nigeria at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Femi Babafemi, the agency’s spokesperson, in a statement on Sunday, said Onyeka was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in Ethiopia for drug trafficking offences and released from prison in 2020.

According to the statement, on his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa, aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight, the drug dealer was arrested at the Lagos airport.

According to Babafemi, “A search of his luggage revealed that he concealed 5.90kg cocaine inside cans of deodorants and female lip gloss. During a preliminary interview, he claimed to have ventured into the drug business to raise fresh capital to kick-start a legitimate business after his release from Ethiopian prison in 2020.”

The statement explained that Onyeka, the father of two kids, one from a Nigerian woman and the other from a Brazilian lady, was into motor spare parts business before he commenced the criminal trade, saying that he was expecting to be paid N2m on successful delivery of the illicit drug in Nigeria.

The arrest of the producer of a new psychoactive substance, popularly called Akuskura, Qasim Ademola, in Kano State was confirmed in another development by Babafemi

He explained that anti-narcotic officers intercepted 26, 600 bottles of the illicit substance, meant for distribution across Northern States when Ademola was apprehended.

The statement stated that the consignment was impounded on Thursday September 15, 2022, on Zaria-Kano Road, Gadar Tamburawa, Kano State, while the 39-year-old proprietor from Akinyele LGA, Oyo State and three of his distributors were arrested in follow-up operations.

The statement also explained that on Tuesday, 13th September, 2022, NDLEA operatives intercepted another trafficker, Chukwu Kingsley, on his way to Rome, Italy, on an Asky Airline flight.

The statement explained that a search of his luggage showed he had concealed among food condiments, 11,460 tablets of tramadol 225mg with a gross weight of 5.7kg and 39 bottles of codeine syrup, saying that the 49-year-old suspect is a known haulage agent, who hails from Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State.

The statement stated that also at the Lagos airport, a freight agent, Lawal Adeyemi, was arrested same day for attempting to export some sachets of lexotan, among other non-controlled drugs to Liberia, while operatives equally seized 593.90 kilograms of khat leaf at the NAHCO import shed of the airport on Thursday September 15, 2022, after a joint examination of the cargo by a combined team of security agencies.

September 19, 2022

No monkeypox vaccines in Nigeria says NCDC, confirms requests to WHO, U.S

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), yesterday, told The Guardian: “There are currently no vaccines available in the country. But official requests have been made to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States for available vaccines (second or third generation).”

It stated this in response to concerns that the ongoing monkeypox pandemic might become more fatal, as vaccines, treatments and tests are unavailable in much of the world, especially Africa and Nigeria.

A report published, last week, by The New York Times showed that African countries don’t have monkeypox vaccines, treatments and tests.

How true is this? Does it mean Nigeria does not yet have solution to monkeypox? The Director General, NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, answered: “The NCDC has testing and genomic sequencing capacity for monkeypox at our National Reference Laboratory (NRL), Abuja. Monkeypox diagnostic capacity is also being rolled out at Central Public Health Laboratory, Lagos, a campus of the NRL, as a first step to increasing access to testing, given a large number of cases in 2022.

“Monkeypox is a self-limiting disease, which has been primarily managed in Nigeria through supportive treatment; meaning the symptoms are treated in the patients. We have identified a few patient groups at very high risk for severe disease, hospitalisation and death. As a result, NCDC is looking into procuring the only medication licensed for monkeypox treatment, Tecovirimat (TPOXX), for high-risk groups (immunosuppressed patients).”

On implications of the absence of vaccines and treatment for monkeypox in Nigeria and indeed Africa, Adetifa said the current clade found in Nigeria is less virulent and self-limiting. Most people who get it recover, with symptoms lasting between two and three weeks.

He said NCDC’s priority is to procure a therapeutic option to offer those at high risk of severe symptoms, hospitalisation and death, given its local epidemiology and experience.

The public health physician said, with the world now more interconnected than ever, a drawn-out outbreak of monkeypox in Africa, without adequate medical countermeasures, will eventually have a ripple effect on global health.

On the way forward, Adetifa said sustained support in building capacity among African countries will help to achieve equitable availability of vaccines, biomedical innovation, and strengthen public health systems globally.

A professor of virology, educational administrator and former vice chancellor of Redeemer’s University, Oyewale Tomori, said the current global spread of monkeypox reminds Nigerians, once again, that infectious diseases know no borders, and responses should protect everyone, leaving no country behind. This also requires an equitable contribution from each country.

He said: “By applying resources responsibly, countries where these diseases are endemic can gradually move away from depending on the crumbs of equity for their disease control and response activities and contribute appropriately and effectively to national and global action needed to mitigate the effects of emerging infectious diseases.”

Meanwhile, the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) has convened a meeting of COVID-19 epidemiology focal points from ministries of health of selected high-risk countries in Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo).

The aim was to discuss initiatives aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of COVID-19 surveillance, including genomic surveillance.

AFRO, in a statement, said: “Currently, 40 out of the 47 member-states (85 per cent) in the African region have in-country capabilities for genomic sequencing and 46 member-states (98 per cent) are sharing their genetic sequence data through a publicly accessible database.

“The region has established a coordinated mechanism to sustain and strengthen these gains and has set up three centres of excellence for genomic surveillance, developed standardised guidance documents, offered capacity building for ministries of health personnel, and set up laboratory infrastructure for routine pathogen genomic surveillance, including wastewater surveillance.”

Epidemiologist, Dr. Abubakar Jafiya, said: “Nigeria’s genomic sequencing capacities has been built across diverse public and private sector institutions, including the National Public Health Institute and academic and research centres, to help inform the response to COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Nigeria has shared over 7,000 sequences on the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID).

“The sequencing capability built during the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for us to strengthen pathogen genomic surveillance for other priority pathogens in the country. We are committed to strengthening coordination, human capacities and infrastructure for genomic surveillance.”

September 19, 2022

Oracle to pick Alaafin from 65 aspirants – Kingmakers

The Oyo Mesi Traditional Council has said all the 65 contestants to the Alaafin stool who appeared for an interview recently are to proceed further in the selection process.

 The regent and Basorun of Oyo, Chief Yussuf Ayoola, disclosed this on Sunday.

 The Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo, Bode Durojaiye, in a statement, quoted the Basorun as saying the kingmakers had agreed that the remaining process would no longer be restricted to the 10 contestants earlier shortlisted.

The statement read, “All contestants who appeared for the interview are qualified for the next level, which is Ifa consultation, after the meeting of members of the Oyo Mesi.

 “Whoever emerges among the aspirants will be the candidate and the next Alaafin of Oyo.

 “There is no rift among members of the Oyo Mesi contrary to insinuations and misinformation milling around. We are as united as ever. Misunderstanding can happen at any given point in time. It is natural. What is important is the amicable resolution so as not to let the misunderstanding degenerate into violence.

“None of the Oyo Mesi members has a favoured aspirant as all the contestants are equal before us. For the umpteenth time, we are conscientious, not money conscious and greedy.”

The PUNCH reported that the Basorun had on Friday announced that 10 contestants out of the 65 who appeared for the interview were shortlisted to be further screened by the Ifa oracle.

 This announcement was rejected by some kingmakers and princes.

Meanwhile, one of the kingmakers in the town, Chief Abdul-Rasheed Shehu, is dead.

 Shehu, who was the Alapinni of Oyoland, it was gathered, died in the early hours of Sunday after battling an undisclosed sickness.

September 19, 2022

Strike: Anxieties, despair as FG, ASUU resume legal battle

Nigerians, especially University students and their parents wait with bated breath as legal fireworks begin today, Monday, in the suit filed by the Federal Government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

DAILY POST recalls that the Federal Government has filed the suit before the National Industrial Court, seeking an order of court to compel the lecturers to resume work.

However, the Court adjourned the suit today, Monday, September 19 for a hearing of the interlocutory application of the Federal Government.

As previously reported by DAILY POST, some of the contentious issues that led to the strike by the union include the non-release of revitalization fund, earned academic allowance, renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement, release of white paper on visitation panel, non-payment of minimum wage arrears and the inconsistency occasioned by the use of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.

DAILY POST reports that the FG decided to take the matter to court over what it termed ASUU’s recalcitrant and unyielding stand to the offers it has made to the union.

The Court had previously adjourned the case twice. The first was September 16, but when the matter came up to be heard on the scheduled date, it was again adjourned by the court to September 19.

Justice Polycap Hamman said the adjournment was to enable both parties to file the necessary papers for the suit. The counsel to FG, James Igwe, had earlier asked the court to give the suit an accelerated hearing due to the urgency of the matter to enable the students to return to school.

Igwe told the court that since the matter was already in court, it would be proper for the strike to be called off, pending the determination of the suit.

Like it is always said, when two elephants fight, the grass suffers. In this case, both the students and their parents/guardians have been at the receiving end of this action.

Most of the respondents, who spoke to DAILY POST, expressed their disapproval of the FG’s decision, a similar stand taken by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, which faulted the FG for going to court.

Mrs Grace Ozazuwa is a widow who recently lost her job in one of the first generation banks after sixteen years of service, said that all she has wanted was to see her two daughters make it to the university, but the dream is receding quickly in her own eyes.

She lamented the mental depression her daughters had been passing through since the strike.

“I don’t expect anything positive to come out of it, it’s just a delay tactic by the government to buy time, seeing that it can’t meet the unions’ demands. I don’t see any chance of making progress from here.

“My daughter has been at home for more than seven months waiting to resume as a first year student but it seems the wait may linger till another year.

“It is just too much for her to bear the brunt of a failed government which cares less about its subjects”, she said.

Dr Samson Ugwoke, an entrepreneur, couldn’t hold back his anger against the government.

He blamed the government for the crisis in the education sector. He is of the opinion that the outcome might not lead to ending the industrial action by the union.

“If you look at the way this government has treated education, your guess is as good as mine.

“If I were in a position to advise the government, I wouldn’t have supported the idea of taking ASUU to court. I don’t think it will change anything. Even if the decision of the court goes against them, they may even refuse to obey it,” he said.

Speaking to the DAILY POST, Calistus Onyeka, a taxi driver, who runs his service at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, questioned why the government should head to court, when it doesn’t obey court orders.

“Let me ask you, does the government obey the court’s judgement? They don’t. So why are we deceiving ourselves?

“See, you can’t give what you don’t have. If it is a government that obeys court rulings, it would have been a different case. But what we have here is a government that picks what it likes and what it doesn’t like”, he pointed out.

When DAILY POST sought the view of a senior lecturer at the University of Abuja, who didn’t want his name mentioned, he showed no sign of giving up the struggle amidst the unpaid backlog of salaries by the government.

He would rather see the end of it than surrendering at this point.

He said, “I think it was a wrong step in the first place taking us to court. It is an issue that could be settled without resorting to conventional court. But in so far as they have thought otherwise, we don’t have anything to say but watch them and meet them in the court.

“Government should know ASUU has come a long way in this struggle. When we get to the bridge, we will know what next would be appropriate to do. There’s no need to guess at this stage. Let the court make its decision first, then we take it up from there.

“I think I am not worried. Every other academic is not worried too, except those who don’t know what the struggle is all about. Our fight is a genuine one”.

Meanwhile, there have been feelings that the government might seek an out of court settlement, following the advice by the committee of Pro-Chancellors to President Muhammadu Buhari to soften his stance on some of the contentious issues holding back the resolution of the crisis.

The extent he would accede to their demand is yet to unfold.


Friday, September 16, 2022

September 16, 2022

Introducing Community Chats: Connecting Your Community in Real Time on Messenger and Facebook


We’ve helped more than a billion people connect with loved ones in a trusted space on Messenger, and we know that people want to engage in real time with larger communities over shared interests. Today, Mark Zuckerberg announced we’ll begin testing the ability for people to start Community Chats in Messenger in the coming weeks, allowing people to create a Facebook Group, start chats and audio channels, and invite others to join their new group all within the app. We’ll also be expanding Community Chats to even more Facebook Groups.




Why Community Chats?


Community Chats let people connect more deeply with communities in real time around the topics they care about in multiple formats, including text, audio and video. The experience seamlessly blends Messenger and Facebook Groups to allow people to connect when, where and how they want. Admins can now start a conversation about a topic and get in-the-moment responses instead of waiting for people to comment on a post. And, rather than navigating multiple topics in a single Messenger group chat, the person who creates the Community Chat can organize chats into categories so group members can easily find what’s most interesting to them. For example, a band’s fan group could have a “Breaking News” category with chats dedicated to new album drops, tour dates and group activities.




How It Works


Check out how Vanessa Yaeger, admin of the Women Who Surf Facebook Group, uses Community Chats to bring her members together in real time for a spontaneous IRL meetup.


Admins can choose from several options to help their communities connect. They can start a chat for group members around a specific topic, an event chat for an outing or meetup, a view-only broadcast chat for admins to announce group-wide updates and an admin-only chat to collaborate with admins and moderators. Admins can also create audio channels so group members can share live commentary or receive real-time support. Participants also have the option to enable video once they’re in the audio channel. For example, the admin of a Facebook Group for chemistry students could create audio channels for study groups during finals season, and participants can turn on video for live tutoring. Community Chats are only accessible to members of a group. To learn more about how to use Community Chats




Given the more public nature of Community Chats, we’ve developed a robust suite of tools to help admins easily manage both chat and audio experiences. This includes moderation capabilities like blocking, muting or suspending group members, and removing members or messages, as well as Admin Assist, which allows admins to set custom criteria that will automatically suspend users, remove reported messages, and stop messages from ineligible authors or containing violating content from being sent. Members of Community Chats can also report messages to group admins or Meta, block users or leave a chat at any time. 


What’s Next


We’re committed to building messaging experiences that help people connect with their communities, friends and families. As Community Chats rolls out to more people and groups around the world, we’ll continue exploring new features and capabilities to make it easier to connect with one another.


September 16, 2022

NSIA seals healthcare expansion agreements with three state govts, five Federal Medical Centres

The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), yesterday, took another significant step toward providing citizens with access to world-class healthcare, by signing agreements for the expansion of its Diagnostics and Oncology Expansion Programme.

The authority, through its NSIA Healthcare Development and Investment Company (NHDIC), entered into eight collocation agreements in total.

This will include lease and collaboration agreements with three Federal Medical Centres and three state governments under phase one of the expansion.

The state governments are: Enugu, Kaduna and Kwara, while the selected, medical centres include Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi; Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto; Federal Medical Centre Asaba, Delta; University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Akwa Ibom and University College Hospital Board of Management. Oyo state.

The event was attended by the NSIA Managing Director, Uche Orji; Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Lolo Cecilia Ezeilo; representatives of governors of Kwara, Kaduna states and medical directors of the teaching hospitals.

The broader goal of the programme is to establish, in two phases, a portfolio of 23 diagnostic centres, seven catheterisation labs and two oncology centres across Nigeria.

Pursuant to these agreements, funds will be deployed to build, equip, maintain, and operate catheterisation labs in Kwara, Oyo, Sokoto, Bauchi and Delta states; build, equip, maintain, and operate private modern medical diagnostic centres in Enugu, Kaduna, Kwara, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Sokoto, Bauchi and Delta states; and build, equip, maintain, and operate an oncology Centre for advanced radiotherapy treatment.

Each centre will run as a joint venture between NSIA and the respective tertiary hospital, to ensure timely and efficient delivery of services.


September 16, 2022

Memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II held in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, the Bishop of Harare held a memorial service for the late Biritsh Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last week.

The service was held at the Anglican Church in the capital, Harare.

SOUNDBITE 3 - Farai Mutamiri, Bishop of Harare (English, 24 sec):

"We think of you and we would like to reassure you of our prayers for the royal family, the new king, King Charles III and the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Commonwealth upon the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II", said Farai Mutamiri, Bishop of Harare.

The service was attended by a mixed congregation of Black and white participants. The British Ambassador to Zimbabwe also took part in the service.

'We have come together in this beautiful cathedral to give thanks for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, It is a fitting place for us to do so, in the sanctuary of the faith she held dear", said the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Melanie Robinson said during the church service.

The queen's death a week ago has stirred mixed feelings among some Africans about the legacy of colonialism on a continent where Britain once ruled more than half the territory.



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