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ASUU STRIKE: Nigerian University Loses Many Lecturers To Death As Strike Lingers

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ASUU STRIKE: Nigerian University Loses Many Lecturers To Death As Strike Lingers

ASUU STRIKE: Nigerian University has lost many lecturers to death as the strike lingers.

News ToGo learned that the current strike by Nigerian university lecturers, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has resulted in about 15 lecturers passing away at the University of Calabar, Cross River State.

This is as there are other fatalities every day at the nation’s institutions.

On February 14 this year, ASUU announced a one-month warning strike due to the Federal Government’s refusal to meet their demands. Since then, the public universities’ gates have been closed, SaharaReporters reports.

ASUU and three other university-based unions had announced the strike over around seven demands they wanted the government to take into consideration.

The renegotiation of the 2009 agreements, the purported inconsistencies caused by the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, the non-payment of earned allowances, the payment of arrears of the National Minimum wage, the revitalization fund, and the release of white papers on visitation panel reports are just a few of the demands made by the four unions that sparked the strike.

In an effort to break the impasse, the Federal Government met with the striking professors through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, but to no avail.

This culminated in the evocation of the “No work, no pay” policy by the government and the dragging of the striking workers to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, NICN.

The court had last week in a ruling on an interlocutory injunction brought by the Federal Government, ordered ASUU to go back to work, while the negotiations on their demands goes on, but the university teachers have applied for a stay of execution on the ruling.

Vanguard reliably gathered that while the strike lingered, ASUU recorded unprecedented casualties as many of the lecturers lost their lives due to unavailable funds to meet their health challenges.

Reliable sources at the University of Calabar, UNICAL, said over 21 teaching staff of the university had lost their lives.

One of the sources that spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “In the University of Calabar alone, we have lost over 21 teaching staff. We have also lost non-teaching staff.

“When SSANU and NASU suspended their own strike, it was reported at that time that 21 lecturers lost their lives and from then till now, more deaths have been recorded.

“The reason for this ugly development is lack of money. Apart from the young one that died as a result of a gas explosion in his house, most of the death was due to a lack of money to address their health challenges.

“Because the government has stopped payment of salaries because of the no work, no pay policy, most of them don’t have money to buy drugs or take their medications.

“In fact, on two occasions, the university did commendation services on two lecturers within one-hour interval, a Professor and a senior lecturer.”

Dr. John Edor, the chairman of the ASUU, UNICAL Chapter, revealed that they had lost between 10 and 15 members while confirming the passing of his colleagues.

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Tinubu Tells Governors To Spend The Money Amid Rising Prices

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6 Major Decisions Tinubu Made During Meeting With Governors (FULL LIST)

President Bola Tinubu emphasized the importance of prioritizing the welfare of citizens during an emergency meeting with governors today, Thursday, February 15, in Abuja.

News ToGo reports that speaking on the issue of salary arrears and gratuities for retired workers, Tinubu urged governors to clear these payments promptly, emphasizing, “spend the money, don’t spend the people.”

This directive underscores the need to prioritize the financial well-being of citizens by ensuring timely disbursement of funds owed to workers and retirees. Tinubu’s plea reflects the government’s commitment to alleviating financial burdens on the populace amidst increased monthly FAAC revenue to states.

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AFCON: Yul Edochie Breaks Silence Amid Backlash Against Him Over Fake Prophecy

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AFCON: Yul Edochie Breaks Silence Amid Backlash Against Him Over Fake Prophecy

Yul Edochie, the Nollywood actor turned pastor, has responded to the criticism surrounding his erroneous prophecy about the AFCON 2023 final.

News ToGo reports that before the match on Sunday, Yul had predicted on his Instagram page that the Nigeria Super Eagles would emerge victorious over Ivory Coast in the final. He stated, “Today’s game will not get a penalty shootout. Nigeria will comfortably defeat the Ivory Coast.”

However, the Super Eagles suffered a 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast, leading to disappointment among Nigerians on social media who labeled Yul’s prophecy as fake.

In response to the backlash, Yul posted on his page, saying, “It is well. Thank you Super Eagles. Getting to the finals is as good as winning. We are proud of you all. Great performance in the tournament. Win or lose, good or bad, we’ve been here. I love my country Nigeria. Better days ahead. Giant of Africa.”

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BREAKING: Femi Otedola Lands Major Appointment

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BREAKING: Femi Otedola Lands Major Appointment

Billionaire businessman Femi Otedola has been appointed as the new Chairman of the board of directors for First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Holdings.

News ToGo reports that Otedola succeeded the outgoing Chairman, Alhaji Ahmad Abdullahi.

The announcement was made through a corporate filing on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), informing investors of this recent development. The appointment, effective January 31, 2024, comes following a board meeting where Otedola was chosen to take over from Alhaji Abdullahi.

Otedola, a highly regarded business mogul with notable contributions across various sectors, is anticipated to bring his extensive experience and strategic insight to enhance FBN Holdings’ leadership.

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