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10 things you need to know today THURSDAY

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Good Morning Nigeriana… This are the things you need to know as at today THURSDAY

1. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has presented President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo their Certificates of Return.

The certificates were issued to them at the International Conference Centre, ICC, in Abuja by the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu.

2. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has rejected the presidential election result by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, where President Muhammadu Buhari was announced as the winner.

Atiku, in a statement on Wednesday, said he would not call Buhari to accept defeat because the presidential election was not free and fair as earlier promised by the electoral body.

3. The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris said the Federal Government on Wednesday shared N610.36 billion, generated in January to the three tiers of government.

Idris at a news conference at the end of the monthly Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), said approval was being awaited from the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed for additional N50 billion from the Foreign Exchange Equalisation Account, which would be distributed accordingly.

4. The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has seized 12 landed properties belonging to a construction firm and its owner.

The Commission through its Public Relations Officer, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the property, which are located in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja belonged to Mrs. Ochuko Momoh, Director, Blaid Construction Limited.

5. The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has warned Abuja residents to be considerate in their celebration of recent election victory.

Spokesman of the command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, who gave the warning in a statement, said the residents should eschew any act that could infringe on the rights of other citizens.

6. Billionaire businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has significantly moved up in the world billionaires’ list, as he emerged 64th richest person in the world.

Bloomberg, in its annual list of wealthiest people, notes that Dangote now has an estimated networth of $16.6billion and has risen from his previous ranking of 103rd.

7. Chief bode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has cautioned National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu against what he described as the harassment of Igbo residents in Lagos.

George said the action of the APC national leader could trigger a civil war.

8. Senator George Akume, has reportedly led APC youths in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, to destroy campaign billboards and posters of Governor Samuel Ortom and other Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidates in the State.

Terve Akase, the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, alleged that Akume, who lost his senatorial seat to Orker Jev of the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday, was angry lawmaker and took to the streets with his boys, destroying billboards and posters of Ortom and other members of PDP.

9. The United Kingdom has reacted to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for a second term.

In a statement signed by the British Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, and obtained by DAILY POST on Wednesday night, the UK government said the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been consistent with the result obtained through the civil society Parallel Vote Tabulation process.

10. President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of the victims of the latest bandits’ attacks in Sokoto and the inter-communal conflict in Kaduna State.

Buhari warned that “mass murder of innocent people by criminals would be met with full force.”

 

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ASUU Meets FG today over predominate strike causing anxiousness in Nigerian Universities

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As the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, make arrangements to meets the Federal Government on Monday (today).Some students have shown concerns over the planned industrial action by ASUU

9jaflair reports that the  FG through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has scheduled to meet with the leadership of the union over the predominate strike action.

Recollect that the union had on June 19, threatened to embark on another strike over the alleged deliberate refusal of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, to pay the salaries and remittance of check-off dues of over 1,000 staff for 13 months.

The ASUU chairman University of Jos, Dr Lazarus Maigoro who made the revelation in a press statement accused the AGF of fanning the embers of discord between the Federal Government and the Union.

In a move to forestall the industrial action, the Federal Government would meet with the union 2pm today to look at the unending issues.

Recollect  that the union had on March 23, 2020, embarked on an industrial action which lasted for over 9 months, the longest of its strike in 10 years over the inability of the Federal Government to address the issues and implement some agreement the two parties entered years ago.

Consisting thea fresh development, some students spoke with 9jaflair to register their grievances over incessant strike actions in Nigerian Universities.

A 300 level student of the Benue State University, Makurdi, Miss Martha Onuh, lamented the current move by ASUU, urging the union to put the interest of the students at heart.

She said, “After staying at home for a while during academic calendar year in 2020, you think I will be happy hearing that ASUU may still embark on strike? Sometimes I don’t even care to know who is at fault and who is right. The Federal Government and the union should put our interest at heart.

“I applied for 4 years course, this is my 5th year in the university yet I’m in 300 level. It’s bad,”she lamented.

Similarly, James a final year student of the University of Nigeria, Nnsuka in a chat with our correspondent, appealed to both parties to find a means of settling their differences without industrial action.

“Most times, ASUU would say that they are fighting for the benefit of the students but at the end, the students who they claim that they are fighting for are the ones losing.

“Is there no other way for a union to register its grievances without a strike action? The incessant industrial action by the union, to me has crippled Nigerian universities,” he added.

Also, a Master’s Degree student in the university of Abuja, Adebayo Micheal urged the Federal Government and ASUU to settle their differences once and for all.

He said, “We can not be talking about strike every year. It’s quite shameful that our education system is never stable. I think even if it would take them one whole year to settle their differences and end it forever, it would be better for the students.

We await the result of today’s meeting by the union with FG.

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Procrastination flew you away

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Oh my loving Desdemona

Time could not wait for you

Your owners procastinate your life

But could not procrastinate your death

Delay caught you by the throat

Even when your owners were ready

Ready to save your life

Mr A was the problem

But Mr B cure was administered to you

Different pins went into your skin daily

These wicked vets., refused to allow your owners know about the nature of your sickness

These vets became useful fools

Even when the nature of your sickness was discovered

It was already too late

Too late to revive you

For the cold fingers already held you by the throat

For the sickness has eaten you deep

Deep beyond measures

The last pin entered your skin

Its content deliberating life or death

The last pin entered into your skin and its content sent you packing

Out of these beautiful world

Oh no the youngest owner watched

Watched the world crumble

For our beautiful Desdemona breath her last

Breath her last; at the same time tears dropped

Out of our last born’s eyes.

Summary: This write up is an Eulogy for the death of a dog. The owners of the dog lives at Oko-afo, Badagry. It was written by the last child of that family because of how close the child was to that dog, the last child is now a grown up and has decided to write an Eulogy for her lost Desdemona… Eulogy for a dog?

 

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Bandits attack police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara

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Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked the Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers

We gathered that the incident occured on Sunday when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty.

A residents who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told Daily Trust that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50km south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers.

“They withdrew after they were overpowered by the soldiers there. They then rode to a community along Magami – Dankurmi – Dangulbi road and killed one person and torched four shops.”

“Thereafter, they moved to Kurar Mota community and attacked the police formation near the township clinic. The criminals then dashed into the forest”

“The slain officers and the injured ones were conveyed to Gusau in a convoy of police vehicles this afternoon. I saw several police vehicles move towards the area,” he said.

When contacted by our correspondent, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Muhammad Shehu said he would inquire and revert.

 

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