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Mahrez: Manchester City star extends imposing Etihad impact
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Mahrez: Manchester City star extends imposing Etihad impact

The Algeria international found the net against the Wolves to continue with his awe-inspiring home form for the Citizens Riyad Mahrez’s notable Etihad influence continued as Manchester City silenced Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 in Tuesday’s Premier League encounter. Thanks to his strike, the former Leicester City man has now been directly involved in 30 goals in 38 starts in all competitions at the Etihad Stadium since joining from Leicester City (15 goals and 15 assists). The Algerian superstar lined up in attack alongside Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling to help his team survive the visitors’ scare.
Traders in Kano Lament as Onion bag Sold in the South for N35k Crashes to N7k in the North
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Traders in Kano Lament as Onion bag Sold in the South for N35k Crashes to N7k in the North

Farmers and traders in Kano are lamenting as farm produce, which can't be sent to the South due to the ongoing strike by sellers of cows and food stuff, are now being sold in the North at ridiculously low prices. In video shared by Daily Trust, the farmers and marketers at the Gun-Dutse onion market, Dawakin Kudu Local government Area of Kano State, are seen lamenting the effect of the ongoing strike by the sellers of cows and foodstuff. Recall that trucks bringing food stuff to the Southern part of Nigeria were turned back at Kara Jebba, the last village between Niger state and Kwara state, to prevent them from bringing food to the South . This strike is connected to an ultimatum given by the national leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MAC...
Ram Costs N1million In Lagos As Cattle Traders’ Strike Bites Harder
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Ram Costs N1million In Lagos As Cattle Traders’ Strike Bites Harder

The ongoing strike by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria has caused a rise in the prices of animals in Lagos and other Southwestern states. Recall that the food and cattle dealers had on Thursday embarked on a strike, blocking all ‘borders’ between the North and South in protest for the killings and destruction of properties of Northerners during the Shasa market crisis in Oyo State. The group demanded N4.7billion as compensation. Barely five days into the strike, the action has now taken a toll on animal and food prices in the region, especially as many of the markets are nearly empty. According to a report by the BBC, a ram was on Tuesday sold at N1millon and another at N800,000 at Alaba Rago Market in Lagos State. Chickens sold for N1,500...
Shoprite On Shutdown, As Workers Go On Strike Over “Sale To Palms Mall Owners”
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Shoprite On Shutdown, As Workers Go On Strike Over “Sale To Palms Mall Owners”

Dozens of Shoprite outlets in Nigeria have been shut down as workers commenced an industrial strike action. Workers of retail giant, Shoprite have embarked on a nationwide industrial strike action demanding proper information on staff benefits as well as terms of sale to interested investors who are on course to acquire the Nigerian subsidiary of the South African retail outlet. A report by the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) suggests that all 25 outlets of Shoprite in Nigeria have been shut down by workers. The report revealed further that the workers embarked on industrial action over claims of sale of the retail company to Palms Mall owners, Tayo Amusan and Persianas Properties Limited, without appropriate information on the terms of the acquisition, and the i...
Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike
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Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike

Some southern state governments and farmers have dismissed blockade by northern food suppliers, saying it is an opportunity for the South to boost its food production capacity. Officials of the states including Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Enugu and Ondo in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Monday explained their actions to ensure self-sufficiency in food and animal production. But Ondo and Cross Rivers states went further to take a swipe at the northern food suppliers, saying they would not beg the traders to end their blockade, which entered the 4th day on Monday. Recall that cattle and foodstuff dealers under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria on Thursday stopped supplies to the South. Their action followed the FG’s failure...
SSANU and NASU Suspend Strike
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SSANU and NASU Suspend Strike

A Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) have suspended its three-week-old strike. President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim Haruna, and the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi said the new directive became effective from midnight of Friday, February 26. The Unions which had asked its members to commence an indefinite strike over an alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance and non-payment minimum wage arrears,  inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members among others ca...
Game Changer – Fabregas Hails Saka After Europa League Win
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Game Changer – Fabregas Hails Saka After Europa League Win

  Former Arsenal midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, singled out Bukayo Saka for praise after the Gunners defeated Benfica 3-2 in the Europa League last-32 second leg fixture on Thursday at Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece. Fabregas, who spent almost a decade at Arsenal, was impressed by Saka’s display against Benfica. The former Chelsea star described the England youngster as a “game-changer” after the match. A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a strike from Kieran Tierney ensured Arsenal qualified for the last-16 ahead of Benfica on 4-3 aggregate. Both teams had played a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week. Reacting, Fabregas wrote on Twitter: “Saka is such a good player. “Such a maturity and intelligence for his age. Game changer.” Meanwhile, Aubameyang belie...
Cattle Traders Begin Strike Today
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Cattle Traders Begin Strike Today

Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) on Thursday February 25, began a nationwide strike following the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum given to the federal government to attend to their demands. The union had demanded payment of N475 billion compensation for lives of members and properties lost during the #EndSARS protest and Shasa market chaos, and dismantling of all road blocks on federal highways due to problems its members get subjected to when carrying out their duties. Grand Matron of AUFCDN, Hajia Hauwa Kabir Usman who announced commencement of the strike asked the police not to disturb task force of the union who will carry out enforcement of the strike by ensuring that no food and cattle ...
Abia State Government Begs Teachers To Call Off Strike
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Abia State Government Begs Teachers To Call Off Strike

Abia state government has urged teachers in the state to resume classes, by March 1, 2020, saying that it had paid one million Naira between December 2020 and January 2021, to settle arrears of salaries, owed teachers in the state Teachers in the state had gone on an indefinite strike to press home the demand for the payment of arrears of salaries owed them. Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, who disclosed this in a statement, explained that the government is committed to the payment of the outstanding arrears of salaries and urged the teachers to reciprocate the gesture by resuming duties on March 1. Okiyi Kalu further explained that the government is also set to pay the Teachers’ Salary Structure, TSS, before the end of the week. In his words; “The Abia ...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reacts as Inter Milan Thrash AC Milan
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reacts as Inter Milan Thrash AC Milan

  AC Milan midfielder, Franck Kessie, has disclosed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic told Stefano Pioli’s side that ‘there are still many games to go’ following their 3-0 defeat against Inter Milan on Sunday at San Siro. AC Milan was beaten by their city rivals Inter, thanks to a brace from Lautaro Martinez and a strike from Romelu Lukaku. The result means AC Milan are now four points behind leaders Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A table. Speaking after the game, Kessie told Sky Italia,” “He [Ibrahimovic] told us that football is like this. When you lose, it hurts, but we have to raise our heads to go stronger. There are still many games to go.” AC Milan’s next game is against Crvena zvezda in the Europa League on Thursday. Meanwhile, AC Milan coach, Stefano Pioli, h...
AC Milan vs Inter Milan: What Zlatan Ibrahimovic Told me – Stefano Pioli
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AC Milan vs Inter Milan: What Zlatan Ibrahimovic Told me – Stefano Pioli

  AC Milan coach, Stefano Pioli , has revealed that striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, asked him to substitute him during his side’s Serie A derby 3-0 defeat against Inter Milan on Sunday. Pioli also said that Inter Milan defeated AC Milan because his players struggled to find rhythm, intensity, and quality during the game. A brace from Lautaro Martinez and a strike from Romelu Lukaku gave Inter Milan all three points against Pioli’s side at San Siro. “Ibrahimovic? He asked to be replaced because of a calf cramp,” Pioli said at a post-match press conference after the game. “We will see his condition to see if he can play on Thursday and on Sunday.” He added: “It was very draining to allow a goal after 5 minutes. We struggled to find rhythm, intensity, and quality. Inte...
David Moyes Speaks on Jesse Lingard’s Performance, Hails Mourinho
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David Moyes Speaks on Jesse Lingard’s Performance, Hails Mourinho

  West Ham United boss, David Moyes, has commented on Jesse Lingard’s performance after the attacking midfielder scored a goal in his side’s Premier League 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Moyes also hailed Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho, as one of the top managers in football. The Scottish saw West Ham defeat Spurs at the London Stadium following goals from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard as Lucas Moura’s strike was not enough to give Mourinho’s men a point. Speaking after the game, Moyes told a post-match press conference: “Jesse has been a very good player. We should not take that away. He has had a difficult year. He has given us something else and helped us get better. “There is always a first for everything, and Jose Mourinho has had great tea...
Why I Took Chelsea’s Penalty in 1-1 Draw Against Southampton – Mason Mount
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Why I Took Chelsea’s Penalty in 1-1 Draw Against Southampton – Mason Mount

  Chelsea star, Mason Mount, has revealed why he took the penalty in his side’s 1-1 draw against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. Mount’s penalty and Takumi Minamino’s strike ensured both Chelsea and Southampton shared a point each at St Mary’s. Jorginho has been a regular penalty-taker for the Blues, but the Italy international was off the pitch, while Tammy Abraham, who was ahead of Mount in Chelsea’s queue of penalty-takers, was replaced at half-time. But Mount is now saying that he took the penalty during Chelsea’s clash with Southampton on manager, Thomas Tuchel’s advice. “Tammy was actually taking the first one but obviously he went off at half-time, so it was either me or Timo [Werner],” Mount told Chelsea’s official website. The manager said...
Champions League: PSG Gave Barcelona “Cold Bath of Reality” – Ronald Koeman
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Champions League: PSG Gave Barcelona “Cold Bath of Reality” – Ronald Koeman

  Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain gave his team a “cold bath of reality.” Koeman said this while reacting to Barcelona’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg 4-1 defeat to PSG on Tuesday night. Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick and a goal from Moise Kean gave Mauricio Pochettino’s men the victory as Lionel Messi’s strike was not enough. “That was a cold bath of reality,” Koeman told reporters at a post-match press conference after the game. “The game showed us we are lacking a lot of things to be a top-level team, especially of the level you need in the Champions League. “The scoreline reflects how superior they were. They were far more effective than us.” He added, “The first half was more even, and when we were 1-0 up we had th...
NASU Strike Hits Universities Hard, Students Battle Filth, Water, Power Problems
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NASU Strike Hits Universities Hard, Students Battle Filth, Water, Power Problems

The strike by non-academic unions in public universities has taken its toll on the institutions as they battle filth and struggle to keep services such as electricity and water supplies functional. The PUNCH correspondents, who visited the universities on Monday, reported that although teaching was going on, the strike by non-teaching staff had thrown up various problems in the institutions. For example, while refuse has piled up at male and female hostels of the University of Calabar, Cross River State, students of the University of Jos are battling with stoppage of water and electricity supplies. Their colleagues at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus confided in The PUNCH that they contributed N500 per room to pay cleaners they brought from outside to clean their hostel...
SSANU And NASU Begin Strike Tomorrow, Unions Write Branches
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SSANU And NASU Begin Strike Tomorrow, Unions Write Branches

Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions have written their branches to commence strike from tomorrow (Friday). According to a copy of the notice obtained by PUNCH on Thursday, the industrial action will take effect pending any contrary resolution by the branches. Part of the notice read, “In view of the outcome of the meeting, the leadership of JAC of NASU and SSANU at the branches are hereby directed to commence joint general meetings on Friday to give reports on the outcome of the conciliation meeting and pass resolutions on the way forward. “In the meantime, the nationwide strike takes effect from 12 midnight, Friday, February 5, 2021, pending any contrary resolution by the branches.”
Liverpool are not in Title Race after defeat to Brighton – Andy Robertson
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Liverpool are not in Title Race after defeat to Brighton – Andy Robertson

Liverpool left-backAndy Robertson, has said that Jurgen Klopp’s men are presently not in the Premier League title race after their 1-0 defeat to Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Brighton defeated Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to Steven Alzate’s second-half strike. The defeat against Brighton means Liverpool are seven points behind leaders Manchester City on the log. Speaking to the BBC after the game, Robertson said, “Brighton were the better team. “We were hugely disappointed all over the park. You have to give the team credit for playing well. “They created chances, pressed us – did everything we wanted to do. “We did not really do anything of note. With a long record of going unbeaten, we have lost two. “When you do not show up, you do not...
‘We can do better’ – Guardiola fires warning to rivals despite Man City’s 20-game unbeaten run
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‘We can do better’ – Guardiola fires warning to rivals despite Man City’s 20-game unbeaten run

The Spanish coach saw his side extend their remarkable run of victories at Turf Moor but thinks they can still go up a gear Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola warned that there is still more to come from his charges as they wrapped up a 13th consecutive win in all competitions on Wednesday at the expense of Burnley. While the scoreline may not have been quite emphatic as neighbours Manchester United's 9-0 thrashing of Southampton the previous evening, City's win never looked in doubt at Turf Moor. Gabriel Jesus gave the visitors the lead within three minutes to set Guardiola's men off to a perfect start, with Raheem Sterling adding the second and, as it proved, final strike of the game shortly before half-time.
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Strike: FG And University Workers’ Meeting Ends In A Deadlock

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Joint Action Committee comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions ended in a deadlock. However, a committee was set up to resolve the dispute over the N40 billion earned allowances and complaints about the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. This was agreed during a meeting on Tuesday between the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, SSANU National President, Mohammed Ibrahim and NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, in Abuja. Speaking to journalists after the parley, Ngige described the meeting as fruitful and expressed the hope that the dialogue would encourage the unions to suspend their stri...
NASU, SSANU To Embark On 3-Day Strike Over IPPIS, Others
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NASU, SSANU To Embark On 3-Day Strike Over IPPIS, Others

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have threatened to embark on a three-day protest on Jan. 12. The unions in a circular jointly issued on Sunday in Abuja said that the planned strike was to protest the non-implementation of an agreement reached with the Federal Government. The unions under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) issued the circular to all branch chairmen of the unions in the universities and Inter-university centres. The circular was signed by General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi and president of SSANU, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim. Adeyemi said that a JAC meeting was held on Jan. 8, where the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached and signed with the Federal Governme...
NIN: NIMC Workers Suspend Strike
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NIN: NIMC Workers Suspend Strike

Workers of the National Identity Management Commission have suspended the industrial action which they embarked upon on Thursday over the fear of COVID-19 spread in the agency. It was gathered that the workers decided to put the strike on hold after a meeting with the Federal Government , where it was agreed that the demands of the employees would be addressed . The President, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria , NIMC Unit , Asekokhai Lucky , confirmed the suspension of the strike to our correspondent in Abuja . He said workers of the commission across the country were being contacted to resume work by Monday and begin the enrolment of citizens for National Identity Numbers.
NIMC Workers Begin Strike
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NIMC Workers Begin Strike

Thousands of applicants have been locked outside of the offices of the National Identity Management Commission following a strike embarked on by NIMC staff. The notice of strike was signed by the President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC branch, Lucky Michael, and its Secretary, Odia Victor. It read in part, “Consequent upon the just concluded congress of the above mentioned association that took place on January 6, 2020, the unit executive directs all members of grade level 12 and below in the head office and state offices to report to their respective duty posts tomorrow January 7, 2020 and do nothing. Currently, over 100 million Nigerians have yet to do so which has caused huge crowds to gather at the various offices of NIMC in breach of the COV...
Outside Maiduguri, Nobody is Safe in Borno – Dean of Borno Elders Forum, Prof Dikwa says
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Outside Maiduguri, Nobody is Safe in Borno – Dean of Borno Elders Forum, Prof Dikwa says

Prof. Khalifa Dikwa, Dean of Borno Elders Forum has raised an alarm of nobody being safe in Borno state except in the state capital, Maiduguri. Speaking in an interview on Channels Television, Dikwa stated that even when Boko Haram insurgents are not physically present, they psychologically disturbing the people. He said;   “Even if they (Boko Haram) are not physically there, they are psychologically there, disturbing the people. “From time to time, they ride their motorcycles, come and harass them to pay levies and so on. Outside Maiduguri, no even five kilometres, nobody is safe. And they can strike at any time.” Dikwa also alleged that the military did not heed to the advice of the Private Military Contractor (PMC) to man the country’s land borders after they ...
ASUU Strike: Nigerian Govt Sets Up New Committee To Renegotiate 2009 Agreements
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ASUU Strike: Nigerian Govt Sets Up New Committee To Renegotiate 2009 Agreements

As part of efforts to end the eight-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government has reconstituted its team to renegotiate the 2009 agreements with lecturers, others. Before reconstituting the 2009 committee, which is one of the demands of the striking university lecturers, the former committee was headed by the former pro-chancellor of the University of Lagos ( UNILAG), Wale Babalakin. Other demands of the lecturers include providing funding for the revitalization of universities, earned allowance, the constitution of visitation panels, payment of shortfall in salaries of lecturers, and a stop to the use of the payment platform, IPPIS, for payment of the salaries and allowances of lecturers. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Babalaki...
No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU
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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has denied a news report that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday. The Federal Government at the meeting at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances EA to university based unions and funding for the revitalization of public universities from N65 billion to N70 billion. There was news report that ASUU has given an indication that the meeting, the strike which started since March would soon be called off after a meeting with the leadership of union and its organs. According to the report, the university teachers agreed to call off ...
ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike, To Receive N70bn
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ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike, To Receive N70bn

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to call of its eight-month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities. The union leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday. The government also pledged to pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalisation of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion. The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31. This is happening one week after the Federal Government accepted the demand by the ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System pending the approval of t...
ASUU Divided Over FG’s Offer To End Strike
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ASUU Divided Over FG’s Offer To End Strike

ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) branches are divided over whether to accept the Federal Government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike. The union will harmonise the positions of zones and branches at a meeting in Abuja today. With some branches insisting that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote. The Ahmadu Bello University branch agreed with the government on the N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA). The branch, however, called for payment of the allowance before the strike will be called off. Lecturers at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Delta State, said negotiations with the Federal Government must be concluded before the strike is call...
Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Vinicius off the mark as Winks nets outrageous 54-yard lob
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Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Vinicius off the mark as Winks nets outrageous 54-yard lob

Two goals from Carlos Vinicius and a long-range strike from Harry Winks helped Tottenham to a big win over Ludogorets in the Europa League. Carlos Vinicius scored twice as Tottenham claimed a comfortable 4-0 win over Ludogorets and edged closer to a place in the Europa League knockout stage. Brazilian striker Vinicius, on a season-long loan from Benfica, netted for Spurs for the first time with two clinical finishes in a one-sided match on Thursday. But the pick of the goals belonged to Harry Winks, as a spectacular long-range effort drifted over Ludogorets goalkeeper Plamen Iliev from 53.7 yards, before Lucas Moura added a fourth with a crisp finish.
Strike: Why ASUU Should Accept FG’s Offer — Ngige
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Strike: Why ASUU Should Accept FG’s Offer — Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities will accept the new offer by the Federal Government and end the eight-month strike which began in March. He urged ASUU to hasten consultations with its members in order to return to the negotiation table before Friday. “I feel that even this offer is one of the best they have ever gotten since I started conciliation with them. I do not see why they should not accept it. Everything they asked for has been granted. I don’t think they should say the offer is not good. “But I told them before they left that asking the nation and the students to wait from Friday to Friday is unfair, they should come back to us by Tuesday. They have done that before when we...
ASUU Strike – FG Will Continue To Pay ASUU Through IPPIS, UTAS Doesn’t Have Hardware Backing – Ngige
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ASUU Strike – FG Will Continue To Pay ASUU Through IPPIS, UTAS Doesn’t Have Hardware Backing – Ngige

THE Federal Government has said that for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, to be used as an alternative platform to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, there must be a hardware backing the system. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, had opposed the introduction of IPPIS as the payment platform, claiming that it did not take care of their peculiarities and had came up with UTAS. But the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has said that even if the UTAS passed the integrity test, it required the hardware to protect it against hacking and other challenges that could affect its efficiency. Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari a...
Strike: We Will Explore Other Options If ASUU Remains Adamant – Ngige
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Strike: We Will Explore Other Options If ASUU Remains Adamant – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that the prolonged strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities will be resolved by next week when the Federal Government team meets the union leaders again. He, however, said if the matter was not resolved by then, he would explore the provisions in the labour law and other channels. Government had previously appealed to the union to call off the strike. The union had on March 24 2020 embarked on an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to keep to the 2019 Memorandum of Action between them as well as the lingering disagreement over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System that ASUU rejected. Speaking on Politics Today on Channels Telev...
We’re Addressing ASUU Strike Holistically – Ngige To Senators
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We’re Addressing ASUU Strike Holistically – Ngige To Senators

MINISTER of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Wednesday said the Federal Government was addressing the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, holistically to ensure that all other unions in the university system were carried along. The Minister said this while defending the budget of his Ministry before the Senate Committee on Labour and Employment. Reacting to the concerns expressed by the senators on the prolonged ASUU strike, Senator Ngige told the committee that the Federal Government has met most of the demands of the union. According to him, “Out of the eight demands of ASUU, the government has solved five. We have made N50 billion available. A total sum of N20 billion for the revitalisation of the universities and N30 billion for Earned ...
IPPIS: PENGASSAN Declare Meeting With Government Inconclusive, Continue Strike
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IPPIS: PENGASSAN Declare Meeting With Government Inconclusive, Continue Strike

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Wednesday said a meeting it held with the Federal Government was inconclusive. The President, Felix Osifo, gave the update in a statement. He said the government was yet to address some of PENGASSAN’s demands. The parties had disagreed after the directive that the oil workers register for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Osifo disclosed that PENGASSAN maintained that Petroleum Training Institute and Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, must be paid using the harmonized template of 2015. He noted that this was already in use by the budget office, appropriated by the National Assembly and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari into law. The labour leade...
Crack In ASUU As Members Want End To Strike
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Crack In ASUU As Members Want End To Strike

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have pleaded with the federal government to have mercy their children and those of ordinary Nigerians bearing the brunt of the protracted strike by quickly attending to their demands to enable them resume immediately. The union had in March, 2020 embarked on the industrial action to press for their demands and kick against the use of force by the federal government to enroll its members on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). But eight months into the nationwide strike, the federal government has remained adamant about getting committed to meeting their demands, while the union is insisting it will not call off the strike. Addressing a press conference at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-...
Taraba University ASUU Organises Prayer Session Over Strike
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Taraba University ASUU Organises Prayer Session Over Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Taraba State University Chapter, on Wednesday, organised prayer sessions for God’s intervention over the prolonged nationwide strike and their internal issues. Tribune Online reports that Christian and Muslim members of the union held prayer sessions at different venues at the same time crying to God for intervention. Mr Mbave Garba, the former Vice Chairman of the union told Journalists at the end of the sessions that what was happening to public universities in the country was not ordinary, hence the need to turn to God. “We have no other choice at this point than to turn to God for intervention because we have exhausted all other means to resolve the issues in vein. “Apart from the nationwide strike action over IPPIS and o...
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Strike: FG, ASUU Meeting Ends In Deadlock Again

THE meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the poor funding of Universities and the controversy surrounding the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, payment platform, yesterday ended without any resolution. This is as the Federal Government at the meeting which held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja, said it cannot afford the N110 billion demanded by the ASUU for funding of revitalisation of universities. Speaking at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige told journalists that the government cannot meet the demand of ASUU of revitalisation because of the damaging effects of COVID-19 on the economy. Senator Ngige disclo...
Past govt responsible for persistent ASUU strike – Education minister, Adamu Adamu, says
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Past govt responsible for persistent ASUU strike – Education minister, Adamu Adamu, says

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has blamed a previous administration for the persistent strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.   Nigerian Universities have been closed for eight months after ASUU declared an indefinite strike in March this year. The union's president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, who announced the strike at a press conference, said the strike is over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement.   While fielding questions from guests at a Town Hall meeting in  Bauchi state on Monday, November 2nd, Adamu said that the insolvable problem that had resulted in incessant strikes by ASUU was that a past administration sat down with ASUU and agreed on some conditions that it would...
Seven-month Strike Lingers As ASUU, Govt Fight Over Payment Platform
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Seven-month Strike Lingers As ASUU, Govt Fight Over Payment Platform

The Federal Government on Sunday criticised the Academic Staff Union Universities, saying issues concerning seven-month strike by the union were confusing. The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who stated this in an interview with one of correspondents in Abuja, accused the union of muddling things up over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. But in its response, the union said government wanted to turn Nigerians against university lecturers. Recall that ASUU had on March 23 begun an indefinite strike over the Federal Government’s insistence on implementing the IPPIS, which the government said all its employees must adopt for their salaries to be paid. Besides opposing the IPPIS, union also accused the Federal Government of not abiding by ...
Strike: FG Making Smooth Negotiation Difficult —ASUU
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Strike: FG Making Smooth Negotiation Difficult —ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has accused the Federal Government of frustrating efforts to resolve issues that led to the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the lecturers. The National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said this on Politics Today, a programme aired on Channels Television and monitored by our correspondent. He explained that the Federal Government has refused to take the necessary steps in addressing the strike action. According to him, the delay in adopting ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, is one of the major reasons why the strike has not been suspended. He said, “The strike is still on as a result of the FG not taking the necessary steps. We gave them two weeks to address our five points dem...
ASUU Strike Will Continue As Long As FG Withholds Our Salaries – Ogunyemi
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ASUU Strike Will Continue As Long As FG Withholds Our Salaries – Ogunyemi

Despite pleas by stakeholders and Nigerian students to end the strike, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, in this interview with IYABO LAWAL, insists that schools will remain shut until issues of members’ salaries and revitalisation are settled. What is the update on the seven-month strike embarked on by university teachers? Nothing has changed significantly. We have presented our issues. We started with five, and we now have six issues. These are revitalisaton of universities; renegotiation of 2009 agreement; visitation panels to universities; proliferation of universities, particularly by state governments and of course Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) of members. The starting point is to say that those were outst...
FG Slams ASUU For Using UTAS As Condition For Ending Strike
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FG Slams ASUU For Using UTAS As Condition For Ending Strike

Ministry of Education's spokesperson, Ben Goong, said the demand of the body is ridiculous - Goong further stressed that ASUU cannot dictate how varsity lecturers should be paid their salaries. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has come under attack as the federal government described the condition set by the body before it can end its strike as "unreasonable." It would be recalled that ASUU said it would end the strike action after its home-grown University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) has passed the federal government's integrity test. Speaking in an interview with The Punch, the association's national leader and president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, gave the assurance with questions popping up on when the lecturers will resume back to cla...
Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike – ASUU
Education

Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike – ASUU

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it has yet to call off its ongoing strike because it is waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution. The UTAS is the payment platform created by ASUU in place of government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in an interview with The PUNCH said the government needed to give the clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency to conduct integrity test on UTAS. “The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.” While speaking on whet...
Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform
Education

Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked again on Wednesday, following the disagreement over the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowance of the university lecturers . The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Chris Ngige , had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll - out of ASUU ’ s preferred platform , the University Transparency and Accountability Solution . But the ASUU delegation led by its National President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the university lect would not ...
SSANU, NASU Begin Warning Strike
Education

SSANU, NASU Begin Warning Strike

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) will commence their 14-day warning strike today. In a letter dated September 28, 2020, jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr. Peters Adeyemi, and SSANU President, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, and addressed to branch Chairmen of NASU and SSANU, the unions said the decision to embark on a 14-day warning strike was in fulfillment of their threat to begin the action as soon as the federal government directs universities to resume academic activities. The letter read in part: “Kindly recall earlier information on the above subject matter wherein it was conveyed that the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU would embark on a 14-day indu...
Judicial workers to begin strike Monday
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Judicial workers to begin strike Monday

Staff of the Federal High Court across the country have announced plans of engaging in a two-week strike from Monday September 28, 2020.   The judicial workers under the aegies of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) revealed that they are engaging in the strike in line with the industrial action planned by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the increased prices of electricity and petroleum products.   The notice read;   “Please be informed that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Federal High Court chapter shall, in collaboration with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), commences a two-week indefinite strike action from Monday the 28th day of September 2020. “All offices shall remain closed within this period. You are required to comply...
LASU VC, MOCPED Provost Locked Out As Unions Begin Strike In Lagos
Education

LASU VC, MOCPED Provost Locked Out As Unions Begin Strike In Lagos

Striking workers of three tertiary institutions in Lagos State on Monday kept to their threat of embarking on an industrial action to press home the payment of the new minimum wage by the state government. The staff unions of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Epe, this morning locked the main entrance to their institutions disrupting academic and administrative activities. While at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, the workers complied and are on strike but did not lock the gate. Among those affected by the lock out include the Vice Chancellor of LASU, Prof Olarenwaju Fagbohun and his management team, final year students and bank workers. At MOCPED, the staff unions locked the gate early in the morn...
FG Declares JOHESU Strike Unnecessary
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FG Declares JOHESU Strike Unnecessary

The Federal Government, Sunday, described the strike declared by the Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU as unnecessary, ill-timed and illegal. The government said its commitment to the health sector was manifest and irrevocable. The health workers had declared strike starting from 11:59p.m., on Sunday, September 13, over the inability of the Federal Government to meet their demands. However, the government has directed various unions under JOHESU not to go ahead with the strike, saying the Ministry of Labour and Employment had apprehended the dispute with the conciliation initiated on Thursday, September 9, which was still ongoing. A statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Labour and Employmen...
Minimum Wage: Ogun Workers Threaten Strike, Give Abiodun 14-Day Ultimatum
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Minimum Wage: Ogun Workers Threaten Strike, Give Abiodun 14-Day Ultimatum

The organised labour in Ogun State on Wednesday gave the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, a 14-day ultimatum over the non-payment of the negotiated new minimum wage. Rising from an emergency meeting of the State Organised Labour held at the Nigeria Labour Congress’ State Secretariat, Abeokuta, the labour leaders, threatened industrial action if the governor failed to address the issues within the period given. The union lamented over what it called the dysfunctional Contributory Pension Scheme, totalling 134 months deducted from workers’ salaries and unremitted; non-promotion of staff since 2018 and unpaid leave allowances to all employees, both of the State and of the Local Governments since 2015. This was contained in a letter addressed to the governor titled “Declaration of Trad...
Uber, Bolt drivers begin one week-strike in Lagos
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Uber, Bolt drivers begin one week-strike in Lagos

Drivers on e-hailing platforms in Nigeria’s Lagos State are embarking on a week-strike starting on Monday to protest against some aspects of the new regulations by the state. The president of the National Union of Professional App-Based Workers Ayoade Ibrahim told The Guardian on Monday morning that the representative of the union was not a party to the agreement reached between operators such as Uber and Bolt, Lagos State and the Professional E-hailing Drivers and Private Owners Association. “App companies like Uber and Bolt push their responsibility to us,” Ayoade said. “We want to negotiate with Lagos State Government about the regulations and our responsibility.” Uber and Bolt did not immediately reply to enquiries about the matter. The government announced on August 14...