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10 things you need to know today Monday 23/11/2020

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1. Labour union representatives yesterday staged a walk-out from a meeting with the Nigerian Government. The labour union walked out of the meeting barely five minutes after it started. The president of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Quadri Olaleye, disclosed that the hike in the price of fuel and electricity tariffs were top on the meeting agenda and not issues of palliatives. He accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of dishonesty and painting the organized labour in bad light before the public.

2. The kidnapped chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwo, was on Sunday found dead. Report claims that his corpse was dumped around his home in Lafia. Skekwo was kidnapped in the early hours of Saturday.

3. The Police have confirmed the deadly attack on a mosque in Zamfara State by bandits. No fewer than five worshipers were murdered in the attack. The attack occurred in a farming community within Kanoma District of Maru Local Government Area. About 18 persons are still missing.

4. The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last election, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis. Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections. He faulted the present government for using borrowed money wrongly.

5. A former presidential candidate in the last general elections, Kingsley Moghalu has said that Nigeria’s economy will not be transformed until the country is led by an intellectual and competent leader. Moghalu said this while reacting to the report of Nigeria sliding into another recession. According to him, COVID-19 pandemic is no excuse for Nigeria to slide into another recession.

6. FIFA has pre-selected two Nigerian referees to officiate at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. It picked Ndidi Madu as a referee for the tournament along with seven others from Africa which include Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda), Lidya Abebe (Ethiopia), Fatou Thioune (Senegal), Maria Rivet (Mauritius), Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco), Vincentia Amedome (Togo) and Dorsaf Ganouati (Tunisia). Another Nigerian, Mimisen Iyorhe was selected as an assistant referee.

7. President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of Mr Philip Shekwo, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Nasarawa State. The President challenged security agencies to “do more” to end violence in Nigeria. The President in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, ordered Police investigation into his death.

8. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has decried the upsurge of cult activities, violence and killings around adjoining areas of the Okoro-nodu flyover in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, declaring a total curfew in the areas. The curfew is expected to last for two weeks in the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to one-kilometer radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market. It will take effect from Monday, 23rd November, 2020.

9. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has condemned the destructions that followed the peaceful End SARS protest in October. He said the perpetrators must face the law. The former Rivers State Governor said it was legitimate to protest but illegal to destroy private and public property.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday announced 155 new COVID-19 cases in the country. The health agency gave the update on its official Twitter page. This means Nigeria now has 66,383 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 62,067 persons have recovered. The public health agency said death toll in the country has risen to 1167.

 

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BREAKING: Hon. Risikat is Dead, King Sunny Ade’s wife.

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Hon. Risikat Adejoke Adegeye,a former member of Lagos state house of Assembly, Amuwo odofin constituency 1 and former commissioner has passed on.

Hon. Adegeye was one of the wives of veteran Juju Msician, Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye also known as King Sunny Ade. Details of late Hon. Adegeye’s death is still sketchy as at the time of filing in this report.

She reportedly died in the early hours of Tuesday. The cause of her death was not known as at the time of filing this report

May her gentle soul rest in peace

 

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BREAKING: Troop of soldiers in Abia as court hears Nnamdi Kanu’s suit against FG

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Security has been tightened up at the Abia State High Court located at Ikot Ekpene Road Umuahia, the state capital, as the suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, comes up for hearing today.

Recollect that the secessionist, had through his special counsel, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor, sued the Federal Government of Nigeria over his extradition from Kenya few months ago.

The suit is demanding that Kanu be returned to Kenya where he was allegedly extradited from and subsequently to Britain where he was residing and N5 billion is also demanded from the Federal Government over alleged violation of his fundamental rights.

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Olatunji Bello, the new LASU VC Assumes office.

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Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello Monday, the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), pledged that the welfare of the staff and students will be uppermost in her administration, adding that the management would create more opportunities for their advancement.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello, who assumed office assumed office amid fanfare, was welcomed into the Ojo main campus of the 37-year-old institution as early as 8a.m, with songs and dance in a carnival-like reception by students, who were adorned in a purple t-shirts with the inscription “31st LASUSU welcomes Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, 9th Vice Chancellor of LASU.”

The appointment of Olatunji-Bello was disclosed last week by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso following the approval by the Lagos State Governor and Visitor to the university, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Olatunji-Bello, a Professor of Physiology succeeded Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, a Professor of Environmental Law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), whose five-year single tenure expired on January 11, 2021.

The new Vice-Chancellor, who was received at the Iba Gate and escorted to the Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building by the happy students and other members of the LASU community, promised that the new administration would ensure that the learning environment is conducive and competitive with provision of relevant infrastructure, equipment and facilities.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello was received at the foyer of the Senate Building by the university’s management, led by the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oyedamola Oke, who was appointed on January 11, 2021 to avoid a vacuum created by the inability of the university to name a substantive Vice-Chancellor to take over from Prof. Fagbohun.

“Your welfare is important to me. We will also ensure the University Scholars Award is revamped. All university scholars will get a 50 per cent refund of their school fees yearly. We will also provide studentship employment opportunities,” the Vice-Chancellor said amid loud ovations from the students.

While addressing members of staff, Prof. Olatunji-Bello, however, sought their support and cooperation for her administration, even as she called for peace and stability to reign foremost in the university.

She said: “I want to thank you for giving me this warm welcome. I promise that your welfare will be paramount to me and you will get whatever is due to you. All your allowances will be paid. However, I want to seek your support and urge that we all allow peace to reign for the good of our university.”

The Vice-Chancellor after addressing the staff later commenced meetings with various stakeholders of the university, including staff and students’ unions.

 

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