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Malala Yousafzai is going to Oxford University after passing her A-Levels

Malala Yousafzai is going to Oxford University after acing her A-Level exams.
The inspirational 20-year-old, who survived an assassination attempt from the Taliban, revealed she had been accepted on to a Philosophy, Politics and Economics course earlier today.
She had needed to get three As after being given a conditional offer earlier this year.

She wrote on Twitter: ‘So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!’
Malala was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan in 2012 after refusing to accept the terrorist organisation’s ban on girls attending school.
After surviving the incident she continued to campaign for human rights and became the youngest person to win a Nobel Prize aged 17.

Malala Yousafzai is going to Oxford University after passing her A-Levels
A lot of other students will also be receiving good news today after it was revealed a quarter of them (26.3%) had scored at least an A grade in exams this year.
It was the first time the A*-A pass rate has risen since 2011 and came after changes were made to the qualifications.
The highest grades awarded in 13 subjects have been reformed, with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout the course, making them more challenging for students.

Australian politician wears burqa to parliament in call for them to be banned
An anti-Muslim politician caused outrage after turning up to parliament wearing a burqa.
Pauline Hanson, leader of the rightwing One Nation party in Australia, sat wearing the black garment for more than ten minutes today.
She eventually took it off and explained she wanted it banned on national security grounds.
But her opponents in parliament were having none of it and Attorney-General George Brandis was cheered after he told her his Coalition government would not be banning the burqa.

Australian politician wears burqa to parliament in call for them to be banned
Australian politician wears burqa to parliament in call for them to be banned
Brandis told the Senate: ‘Senator Hanson, I’m not going to pretend to ignore the stunt that you have tried to pull today by arriving in the chamber dressed in a burqa when we all know you are not an adherent of the Islamic faith.
‘I would caution you and counsel you, Senator Hanson, with respect, to be very very careful of the offence you may do to the religious sensibilities of other Australians.
‘To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments, is an appalling thing to do, and I would ask you to reflect on your behaviour.’
He added intelligence agencies thought it was more important to build close ties with the Muslim community rather than create divisions by banning religious clothing.

Twitter users were also unimpressed with Hanson’s behaviour in parliament.
One user wrote: ‘The Senate has become a circus. Hanson is a disgrace. Government is weak and reliant on her vote. Pathetic.’
Another added: ‘Pauline Hanson is wearing a burqa on the floor of the Senate. Just when you wondered if this week could get any wilder.’
Australian politician wears burqa to parliament in call for them to be banned
But Hanson didn’t seem to mind and later reiterated her point the burka was a security threat on Facebook.
She said in a video she believed full face coverings were oppressive and presented barriers to assimilation.
Hanson added the government showed it wasn’t listening to the people when it chose not to ban the burka.

In separate declarations, Nigerian Catholic Bishops and their leader Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onayekan have urged adherence to the rules of the church and resistance of moves to introduce pop culture.

Onayekan spoke in Ghana, while the Bishops from South west Nigeria issued a statement under the aegis of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, after meeting in Oke Gada, Ede in Osun State.
“The Church does not gain anything by promoting a pop religion which accommodates every fad and whims generated by the entertainment industry,” said the bishops, emphasizing the significance of both Marian devotion and the observance of liturgical rubrics.

In Ghana, Onayekan said Pope Francis did not change church teaching on the rules for receiving Communion, but rather assured people who are in difficult situations that the church cares for them and the mercy of God extends to them.
Onaiyekan spoke at Ghana’s National Eucharistic Congress in Jasikan August 11.
He said it was unfortunate that pressure has mounted on the Catholic Church in some places to relax the rules about the reception of holy Communion.

Such pressure, he said, can be seen in efforts to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion without an annulment of their marriage or without abstaining from sexual relations with their new partners.
The age-old principles of the unity and indissolubility of marriage cannot be compromised to accommodate “modern trends,” he said.
“In a world going down the drain through widespread moral laxity, the church of God cannot abdicate her responsibility to uphold the high standards of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ,” Cardinal Onaiyekan told Catholics gathered for the congress.
Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” on the family, clearly reaffirms the traditional doctrine of the church, he said.

The Nigerian bishops’ message echoes that of Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah who lamented liturgical absuses in his recent book The Power of Silence. “I deplore the long, noisy offertory processions, embellished with endless dances, in some countries in Africa,” he said. “These processions give the impression of being folklore displays, which distort the bloody sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and separate us from the Eucharistic mystery; it ought to be celebrated soberly, with recollection, because we too are immersed in his death andoffering to the Father.”

The bishops commended priests and others in varying liturgical roles that make efforts toward obedience in regard to liturgical rules and regulations.
“Liturgical worship is the lifeblood that flows through the veins of the Church gathered as the body of Christ,” the bishops said. “When it is contaminated or diluted, the body of Christ suffers in its authentic identity.”

They urged those performing in liturgical roles to “study well the Church’s instruction on Liturgical worship and humbly adhere to them in deference to the Holy Spirit …”
The bishops representing the Ibadan Archdiocese, along with the Ilorin, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo and Osogbo dioceses, had just completed their second plenary meeting. They discussed issues regarding the Church and their nation. reported on the resulting nine-paragraph statement on these issues.
The statement from bishops in Africa’s most populous country mentions “Enduring Commitment to Liturgical Rules.” Cardinal Sarah called last July for bishops and priests to implement the ad orientem posture at Mass, at the same time encouraging Catholics to kneel while receiving Communion.

Despite controversy and pushback in response, the call from the prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments was in line with the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.
Regarding Marian devotion, the bishops said, “The message of repentance, reconciliation and peace which Mary brought to us at Fatima, Portugal, 100 years ago is more relevant now than ever. All Catholics must turn up during this celebration to model that message in our families, communities and nation.”
The Nigerian bishops’ comments also encompassed proposed restructuring of Nigeria’s government and workers’ rights in light of those in areas of the country who are not promptly and regularly paid for their work.
The bishops expressed grief and sympathy with those affected by the August 6 mass murder at St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra State, during Sunday Mass, and regret over resurgence of Islamic terror group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.
They also decried the degeneration of morals in society. They cited in part “The aggressive assault of new age, decadent ideologies, particularly from the Western world threaten to overwhelm our cultural and spiritual values,” and “so-called Comprehensive Sexuality Education and dubious Maternal Health procedures” in the education sector.
“Government should not spend public money on the proliferation of artificial contraceptive methods to the neglect of basic infrastructure and the grassroots health needs of our people,” they said.
The Nigerian bishops thanked God for His mercy on their nation in concluding, invoking the Blessed Mother: “May Mary, Queen of Nigeria, intercede for our country for justice peace and harmony both now and in the future.”



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said yesterday that the country has saved a minimum of $3billion per annum by cutting the cost of crude oil production from $78 dollars per barrel to $23 per barrel as at August 2015, representing 70.5 per cent reduction.
Eyes Of Lagos source revealed that, The Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a unit of NNPC, Engr. Dafe Sejebor, disclosed this during the inauguration of the anti-corruption committee of the unit.
A statement issued by the Corporation’s spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, noted that NAPIMS arrived at the figure after looking at the difference between the $78 and $23 which represent the old and new cost of production in relation to the present daily average production in the country.
“If you knock down your cost of production from $78 per barrel to $23, take the difference and multiply by the average daily production, you will discover that we are saving a minimum of $3billion in the upstream for both Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and Joint Ventures (JVs)”, Engr. Sejebor was quoted as saying.
The GGM added that the target was to bring the cost of production to between $17 and $19 for onshore and offshore production respectively.
On the new Petroleum Policy, Sejebor said it was necessitated by the increasing difficulty in operating the petroleum industry within the framework of the old Petroleum Act in the face of the delayed passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
He said the policy would restore investors’ confidence in the industry pending the full passage of the entire PIB by the National Assembly.
On the NAPIMS anti-corruption committee, Sajebor urged the management and staff to let the principles of accountability, integrity, honesty and transparency be their watchword.
He charged them to generate positive ideas to help tackle the challenges facing the industry and help reverse its fortunes.
He admonished staff to key into the NNPC management’s zero tolerance for corruption.
It would be recalled that the GMD of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, while inaugurating the Anti-Corruption Unit at the corporate headquarters recently, had directed all the Strategic Business Units (SBUs) and Corporate Service Units (CSUs) to establish their own anti-corruption committees, a directive which NAPIMS was the first to comply with.

Minister of Education Adamu Adamu

Universities will not be exempted from Treasury Single Account (TSA), but negotiation with striking lecturers will continue to meet their demands.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said lecturers requested that universities should be allowed off TSA, but “I think government will not do this. “
“But there are some peculiar funds in the universities, like endowments,  prizes and so on. Government will exempt those ones.’’

He however said that the government would continue its negotiations with ASUU to fulfill their demands.

At the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, Adamu admitted that government had not fulfilled its own part of the agreements with the lecturers.
He acknowledged that ASUU had late last year issued a one-week strike notice leading to a meeting where agreements were reached but noted that the Association did not follow due process for the current strike.

He explained that they agreed on eight issues.
“Already, let’s say there was the issue of negotiation which is the only one they agreed that government has done what it promised because we set up the negotiation team and the negotiation is already on-going.
“There is the issue of their earned allowances and I think that because of some miscommunication what was promised could not be done but I am assuring ASUU and the nation that this is going to be done.
“There is the issue of registration for the Nigerian Universities’ Pension Commission.
“I think in that one, there are few issues that they need to sort out with the Nigerian Pension Commission and I believe that there will be no problem there.
“The other is the issue of their staff school which I think the court has given them the verdict to go ahead with it.
Adamu stated that he expected that government and the striking lecturers would reach trusted agreements on the demands.

Explaining further on the TSA, he said that because the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not give interest on it that was why endowments was exempted but other payments could be made into it.
He said that ASUU had been paid N30 billion of the allowances requested but because they were unable to render account of its disbursement it was stopped.
“The figures that I know, they have been paid N30 billion and the problem actually arose because they were not able to account for this N30 billion.
“And we said we will only give them the balance if they are able to account and the balance is N23 billion,’’ he said
The minister noted that the total demand was N53 billion, adding that government had the money to pay.
The minister re-affirmed his belief that ASSUU “is composed of patriotic people, very responsible’’, noting that it was one of the fruits of their struggle that led to the creation of the TETFUND.
He noted that without TETFUND today the university system could have collapsed, adding that he was not supporting ASUU but what was good.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed who also briefed on the memoranda submitted by the minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, said that council approved contract for the rehabilitation of Ajaokuta-Itakpe rail line.

He said that it involved track laying, permanent way works and ancillary facilities area and completion of 12 railway stations in favour of Messr CCECC Nig Ltd in the sum of $122.62 million.
He said the amount was inclusive of all taxes at the prevailing CBN exchange rate of one dollar to N305 with a completion period of 15 months.

According to him, Ajaokuta to Warri track is in good condition and when the new contract is completed access to the seaport is achieved for the evacuation of goods.
Mohammed added that Amaechi also submitted a memo for the interim phase arrangement for the concession of the Nigeria’s narrow gauge railway system which was approved.

He said that the approval was to issue a letter of comfort to General Electric so that by October 2017 there would be full utilization of Lagos–Kano and Port Harcourt-Calabar–Maiduguri line.
He said it was part of the efforts to rehabilitate the 30,000 km narrow guage line and make it ready for haulage of goods and services.
According to him, from October there will be new 17 wagons to move at least a million tonnes of goods from the roads.
Mohammed added that council also approved the variation cost for the construction of one 150 MVA 330/133 KVA transformer at Birnin Kebbi and the reinforcement of a sub-station in Kumbutso, Kano for the transmission company of Nigeria.


Nigerian born international CEO, Adebayo Ogunlesi has now ceased to be an adviser to embattled US President Donald Trump. Trump sacked him today along with other distinguished CEOs counselling him via two councils on how to “Make America Great Again”.
Trump sacked Ogunlesi on Twitter, when  he announced the dissolution of two business advisory councils, in one fell swoop.
Ogunlesi was a member of  the Strategic and Policy Forum, one of the two disbanded by the unpredictable president. The other group was the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative Council.
Ogunlesi, heads Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm and one of Fortune 500 companies. He was  the only African on the panel.
The New York Times reported before Trump’s tweeted dissolution, that members of Ogunlesi’s panel were debating dissolving the body entirely as Trump wallowed deeper into bigotry quagmire. But Trump preempted their move.
“Corporate leaders had hoped that President Trump would help businesses by slashing taxes and gutting regulations. It is not clear how much he will deliver on that score. On top of that, he is putting many chief executives in the position of answering for a president with an unparalleled track record of outraging people, most recently at a contentious press conference on Tuesday when he drew a false equivalence between the white supremacists who protested in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and counter-protesters.”, NYT reported.
Trump had earned rebuke and isolation from business leaders for supporting racial bigotry,  White Supremacists and the KKK, following his remarks that failed to blame the tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on the groups. Instead, he blamed all the sides and the group that challenged the racists.
The leaders of three companies — Kenneth Frazier of Merck, Kevin Plank of Under Armour and Brian Krzanich of Intel — were the first to resign from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative Council.
They resigned on Monday because Mr. Trump was slow to condemn the white supremacists during the weekend and blamed “many sides” for the violence.
When Trump  moderated his tone on Monday by saying “racism is evil” and also condemned neo-Nazis, he did not assuage some of the CEOs working with him.
Scott Paul, the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, an organization backed by the steel industry and the United Steelworkers resigned. He was followed on Tuesday by Richard Trumka and Thea Lee, the president and deputy chief of staff for the union group A.F.L.-C.I.O. The latter’s resignation followed Trump’s reversed position at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York,  in which he said that “not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” referring to the white nationalists who were chanting “Jews will not replace us” as they marched with tiki-torches.
Ogunlesi’s Strategic  Forum,  composed some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders.
Members of the  body were expected  to meet with Trump frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the president implemented his plan to bring back jobs and “Make America Great Again. ”
The other  members of the forum were:
  • Stephen Schwarzman (forum chairman), chairman, CEO, and cofounder of Blackstone
  • Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mary Barra, chairwoman and CEO, General Motors
  • Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
  • Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Jim McNerney, former chairman, president, and CEO of Boeings
  • Ginni Rometty, chairwoman, president, and CEO of IBM
  • Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in economics at the Hoover Institute, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO, EY
  • Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO, General Electric
  • Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winner, vice chairman of IHS Markit
Apart from being managing partner of Global Infrastructure Partners, Ogunlesi also serves on the boards of Callaway Golf Co. and Kosmos Energy Ltd.
At the same time he is the chairman of Africa Finance Corp. and serves on the boards of various not-for-profits ranging from New York Presbyterian Hospital to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc


Bill Gates just gave £3,573,648,276 to charity

He’s the world’s richest man so it would be easy for all those $$$ to get to his head. 
But Bill Gates has proven time and time again that he’s also one of the world’s biggest philanthropists.
And he’s still at it.
The Microsoft founder has just donated a chunk of his vast fortune – $4.6billion (£3.6bn) to be precise – to charity.
It is the businessman’s biggest gift to charity since he set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.
Bill Gates just gave £3,573,648,276 to charity
Mr Gates and his wife have donated $35bn since 1994. (Picture: Getty)
Mr Gates didn’t pledge the gift to a specific charity, but in the past most of the money has gone to various causes the Gates support.
The donation comes in the form of 64 million Microsoft shares, according to a US Securities & Exchange Commission filing, which are valued at $4.6billion.
The amount represents about 5% of Mr Gates’ current $90bn fortune and reduces his stake in Microsoft to just 1.3% from 24% in 1996.
Mr Gates and his wife have donated $35bn since 1994.
In 1999, they donated $16bn worth of Microsoft shares in 1999 and then another $5.1bn a year later.
Mr Gates has been the richest man in the world since 2013, apart from briefly being overtaken by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos for a couple of hours when the technology company’s shares spiked before dropping back.

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St Philip Catholic Church Ozubulu, where the lone wolf struck this morning. Photo: Anambra Police Command
St Philip Catholic Church Ozubulu, where the lone wolf struck this morning. Photo: Anambra Police Command
By Chimezie Anaso
The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi has donated N2.2 million to victims of the Aug. 6 gun attack on worshipers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra.
The Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Hilary Okeke, who announced the donation on Wednesday, said each of the 44 affected victims would get N50, 000 each.
Okeke also inaugurated the Ozubulu Casualties Welfare Committee, to enable the church profile the victims, visit them at hospitals where they were being treated and attend to their needs more effectively.
Members of the committee are: Monsignor Patrick Ezeobata, Vicar of the Diocese as Chairman; Rev. Fr. Jude Onwuaso, Donald Chukwudolue, Joe Onyema, Cajetan Obodozie and Sister Theresa Martin.
The laity faithful are: Cyprian Oneni, Juliana Arazu, Uju Azuka and Dr Sylvester Igwilo.
The bishop charged the committee to visit all the victims in different hospitals, know their needs with a view to offering a helping hand.
He said that the mandate of the committee also included ensuring that every help provided by groups and individuals were deposited into a central account, the Ozubulu Casualty Charity Fund.
The bishop said the church was already receiving donations on behalf of the victims since it announced the support fund.
“Many people and groups in the church are helping the victims. These people eat and that is why we give them money.
“The families of the dead will not be forgotten,’’the bishop added

Why We Suspended Anti-buhari Protest - Charly Boy

THE Anti Buhari Protesters #OurMumuDonDo has terminated its sit out protest march in Abuja over death threats being received by the members of the group.

The group has been protesting against the continued stay of the ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in London asking him to resume or resign his office.

Addressing journalists the Leader of the group, Charles Oputa (Charly Boy)at the Unity Fountain said that the group decided to suspend the protest in order to restrategise and have a wider plan on the activities of the movement noting that the group has not chicken out as a result of the attack on its members at wuse market.

He explained that their members have received death threat from various quarters but they are not deterred.

According to him “We are not deterred by the intimidation and harrassment by the sponsored thugs and we cannot be cowed by a few group of people. What government want to do is to ensure that we have a clash with the hired crowd and we will not allow that to happen”

The group noted that a statement will be issued later in the day to tell Nigerians the next line of action .

The group was attacked at the wuse market on Tuesday where its leader Charly Boy narrowly escaped being lynched by the angry mob . The fraca that almost resorted to ethnic crisis when the youths in the market went on rampage wielding sticks and stones attacking people and destroying properties.

Medical expert calls on FG to ban importation of skin bleaching creams

By: Olabisi Akinbode
Prof. Ganiyu Arinola, an immunologist and Head, Department of Chemical Pathology, at the University College Hospital, (UCH), Ibadan has called for a ban on the importation of bleaching creams.
Arinola, who made the call on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Ibadan, said the measure was necessary to safeguard the health of Nigerians.
The professor described bleaching as the lightening of the skin or the loss of pigment.
Accoding to him, bleaching creams weaken the immunity of the skin and to some extent, the body.
“The outermost skin layer (the epidermis) provides the first line of defence against pathogens. This skin layer is removed by skin bleaching creams.
“Commonly used bleaching creams are: Movate, Skin-light, Make-Me Light and many more that have flooded the Nigerian market,” he said.
Arinola said skin bleaching is practiced by black people of all ages, and both sexes, with higher prevalence among the young and unmarried, for fame or cosmetic purposes.
He said that bleaching was also due to misconceptions about the presumed superiority and desirability of fair skin over the dark skin.
The Chemical Pathology professor said that the disadvantage of bleaching was that the creams cause disruption in the normal immunologic functions of the skin.
“We carried out different studies at different times in the laboratory, on dogs, cockroaches, mites and mouse.
“The studies all showed that skin lightening creams caused disruption in the normal protective functions of the human skin and certain blood parameters
“I therefore urge those involved in this harmful practice to desist from doing so,” he advised.
Arinola said the availability and affordability of these bleaching creams did not help matter.
“There is need for more public awareness programmes to enlighten the Nigeria populace about the dangers involved in the practice of skin bleaching.
“The media could do more sensitization, information and enlightenment programmes to let the public know that the practice is not only destructive of the skin, but could also be a risk factor for many other skin diseases,” he said

A tweet written by former US president Barack Obama in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Virginia has become the most liked message ever posted on Twitter.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion…” Obama wrote on Saturday, quoting late South African leader and Nelson Mandela, whom Obama has called a “personal hero.”
The tweet was posted after Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal who was protesting the white nationalist rally in the city of Charlottesville, was killed when a driver slammed into a crowd of demonstrators.
The message by the 44th – and first black – US president had been liked nearly 3 million times by early Wednesday, making it the all-time most liked tweet, according to Twitter’s official feed.
It had been re-tweeted more than 1.2 million times.
Below the message is a picture of Obama greeting a group of young kids looking at him from a window.
After the initial tweet Obama followed with two more quotes from Mandela’s autobiography “The Long Walk to Freedom.”
“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love,” Obama wrote. “For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”(dpa/NAN)

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, yesterday assured Nigerians that the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), may end in two days.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Minister stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has a policy of engaging unions, including ASUU.

“I hope and believe that this would be a one or two days strike. We have a policy of engaging the unions, including ASUU and I think now we are very serious.

“This is the first time in two years that ASUU is declaring a strike,” Adamu said.

Adamu also held a closed-door meeting with the leader of the Federal Government Renegotiation Team, Dr. B. O Babalakin (SAN).

Babalakin had in January, inaugurated the 16-member team to renegotiate the 2009 agreement.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu on Tuesday called for declaration of a state of emergency in Nigeria’s education sector.

The lawmaker spoke in Lagos while reacting to the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) nationwide.

“We have to declare a state of emergency on education in this country”, Tinubu told newsmen at the 12th Annual Research Conference and Fair organised by the University of Lagos.

“This is what we have been going through, even during the budget process.There are lots of shortfalls in our universities.

“Even when I visit universities, when I look at their laboratories and a lot of other teaching materials, they are nothing to be cheerful about”, she added.

She urged the Federal Government to look into the agitation of the union seriously and proffer a workable solution.

“I also want to plead with ASUU to show understanding with the government, and consider the young people,” she added.

​The Presidency has said that the industrial action declared by ASUU on Monday was totally unnecessary.

This was said by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who also indicated that the amount of money being demanded by the union was unrealizable.

Shehu spoke in an interview on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily yesterday.

According to him, the leaders of ASUU were aware of the fact that the current administration inherited the agreements based on which the industrial action was declared.

He said ASUU was also aware that the Federal Government had set up a committee on the matter.

Shehu gave an indication that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government might not be able to meet the huge financial obligation the striking lecturers were demanding since the N850bn debt was more than the total allocation to the Ministry of Education in the 2017 Budget, which he put at N369bn.

Shehu said, “Governments enter into agreements that they can pay for. Ability to pay is a key requirement in going into agreements.

“Since President Buhari assumed office, he has sent words out there in form of a warning to all government institutions that they should not go into negotiations and agreements that they cannot pay for; but get clearance.

“I understand that they are talking about debts owed their members to the tune of N850bn. If I am correct, the entire appropriation for the Ministry of Education for this year is N369bn. So where do they want us to get the money from?

“We have inherited these agreements and we are not running away from them. Government has set up a committee led by (Dr Wale) Babalakin. They are already sitting. Why didn’t they sit down and negotiate?

“This strike is totally unnecessary. The issues can be resolved, especially where we have full understanding of where we are coming from. The governments that signed those agreements did not deem it fit to implement because the capacity was not there.

“If they are ready, they can sit down and discuss with the committee that has capable and qualified people as members.

“They want all the problems to go with a wave of the hand. They want all the answers to all their problems at a go. There is an avenue that the government has opened for them for dialogue and it is not closed yet.”

By Stanley Nwanosike
Former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has appealed to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table.
Ezekwesili made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday.

She noted that no matter the disagreement; dialogue and negotiation were the best way to go, in the overall interest of the students and the nation.

The former minister said that urgent agreement by both parties would help to protect the current academic calendar.
“Concerning the strike, what is urgent now is for the Federal Government and ASUU to return to the negotiating table.
“And for both parties to work on the basis of analysis on how the problem can be solved and both parties build a sense of solving the problem.
“I know that this negotiation will definitely lead to an understanding that will produce a better outcome. This is important, than not negotiating at all,’’ Ezekwesili said.

ASUU on Monday, Aug. 14 officially announced the commencement of its nationwide industrial actions at a news conference held in Abuja.
The ASUU is striking over Federal Government’s non-implementation of 2009 agreement with the union. (NAN)

The Federal Government has confirmed that it is in talks with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), after it embarked on an indefinite strike.

ASUU commenced an indefinite strike action across the nation beginning Sunday, August 13

The Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma, told newsmen that negotiations were ongoing between it and the union on the issues arising from the 2009 agreement and the MoU of 2013.

“If it is on ASUU, just know that the FG/ASUU renegotiation 2009 is ongoing with the government team under the leadership of Dr. B. O Babalakin (SAN),” she said.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, in January inaugurated a 16-member team to renegotiate the 2009 agreement.

The committee, headed by Babalakin, was given the mandate to dialogue with the ASUU, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Associated & Allied Institutions (NASU) to ensure sustainable peace and industrial harmony in tertiary institutions.

NANS protest
By Funmilayo Adeyemi
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the Federal Government (FG) to look into the plight of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) or face the wrath of students.

Mr Chinonso Obasi, National President, NANS who gave the threat in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday said the FG has just 21 days to resolve its outstanding issues with ASUU in the interest of longsuffering Nigerian students.
According to him, Nigerian students will be forced to ground activities in the country if by the expiration of their 21days ultimatum, the issue was not resolved.
“NANS finds it hard to believe that past governments will fail to honour agreements with members of ASUU for more than seven years,”he said.
Obasi added that NANS would be meeting in the coming week with leaders of ASUU to find out their irreducible minimum in their demands.

He explained that the students would be forced to bear the brunt of the collapse in the negotiation between the union and the government.
“It is with deep pain and regret that NANS received the news of another indefinite strike by ASUU over the Federal Government’s indifference to their plight.
“Nigerian students sees the breakdown in negotiations as a further proof that political leaders don’t care about their future.
”Consequently, we wish to call on the Federal Government to do all it can to get ASUU back to the classrooms.
“The demands of ASUU are reasonable and touch on the integrity of government, especially in the light of the fight against corruption,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ASUU on Monday officially announced the commencement of its nationwide industrial actions at a news conference held in Abuja

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