The Academic Staff Union of Universities has directed its members nationwide to go on strike as soon as the Federal Government stops lecturers’ salaries. The ASUU chairman of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Dr Adebayo Oni, said this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday. he said there had been a standing order to commence strike once “members’ salaries are stopped.” Oni said, “By the decision of NEC, we don’t have to hold any formal meeting at all. “The decision of NEC is that, immediately our salaries are stopped we will invoke the principle of no pay no work. “We don’t need to wait for any directive from NEC and an injury to one is an injury to all. “Immediately salaries are paid and we discovered that other members of staff are paid and our members are not paid, we will automatically begin the strike.” Meanwhile, ASUU has accused unnamed government officials of sabotaging its discussions with the Federal Government on the proposed University Transparency and Accountability Solution. The union added that it was consulting with its members nationwide on the directive by the Federal Government stopping the payment of salaries to lecturers and all workers of tertiary institutions who are not enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.
Buhari: Osinbajo And I Have Perfect Relationship
President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed the insinuation that his government is being run by a cabal. He said being the person elected by Nigerians, he exercises his powers as the President. The President described his relationship with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as “perfect”. Buhari also said the nation’s debt is not beyond its capacity to handle. The President spoke in an interview by email granted to The Interview which was released at the weekend. He said the low-confidence comments of a former Minister of Defence, Gen. T.Y. Danjuma, on his administration had been proved wrong at the poll with his re-election. On his relationship with Osinbajo, which is being speculated to be frosty, he said: “Perfect. Or has he complained to you?”. On the cabal influence, he said: “I addressed this matter before. I was the one who went round the country on campaigns, and I was the one voted into office as President twice. No one else did, and no one else took the oath of office, and can exercise the powers of a President.” He said he was not out to inflict hardship on Nigerians during his second term in office, saying he meant tough in terms of decisions to be taken and not in terms of hardship for the people.
Buhari Orders Deployment Of Fighter Jets In Niger
President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend ordered the deployment of air fighter aircraft to support the efforts of troops and policemen combating the activities of bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers terrorising remote communities around Dogon Gona forest in Niger State. The deployment, the presidency disclosed last night, will take-off this week as the harmattan dust gradually eases off in the sky, to provide effective air attacks against the activities of the criminals. According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari described repeated attacks which have claimed several lives in the communities “as a disaster for the nation.” Consequently, he said he was authorising the deployment of air power to support troops and policemen deployed to the “difficult terrain,” to counter the menace of the attackers operating in the forest area bordering Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara States. “In line with this directive, the Nigerian Air Force is setting up refuelling facilities at Minna, Niger State to support the aircraft operations, giving assurances that given the improved weather conditions, a major exercise to ‘visually acquire targets’ and launch attacks will soon follow,” the statement said.
We Don’t Have Highest Number Of Single Ladies – MFM
The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries has faulted a report that it has the highest number of single ladies among churches in Nigeria. The church stated that for the past 10 years, it had conducted over 150,000 weddings. The MFM made the clarification in a statement on Sunday by Collins Edomaruse, spokesperson for its founder and General Overseer, Dr. Daniel Olukoya. Edomaruse said, “We encourage and actively support all spinsters and bachelors, regardless of denomination, to build their relationships on biblical standards. We strongly advise all our single men and women to marry fellow believers within the Christian faith. “We believe this is God’s will for marriage and is the best foundation for a successful and a Godly marriage. Dr Olukoya and MFM ministries have never stated that single men and women within this ministry should only marry within the ministry.” According to him, the MFM, through its singles ministry, Gen 218, in the last decade, “has to its credit, over 150,000 weddings.”
Amotekun Proposed Law: Personnel Will Have Power To Arrest Criminals, Says AG
Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti states are leading the drafting of model bills on the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun. The Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, who gave this indication in an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday, also said operatives of Amotekun, would have the power to arrest suspected criminals. Fapohunda said this just as indications emerged on Sunday that the South-West attorneys general would on February 6 meet to harmonise positions of different states on the proposed Operation Amotekun bills. The Federal Government and the South-West governors had, at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, resolved their differences on Operation Amotekun, which was launched in Ibadan on January 9 to address killings and kidnapping in the zone. The meeting, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, was attended by the South-West governors and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, who declared Operation Amotekun illegal on January 14. At the meeting, both sides agreed that each of the South-West states should make a law to back Operation Amotekun.
AMOTEKUN: Middle Belt Forum Considers Security Outfit For Region
The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has weighed the formation of its own outfit to address insecurity in the region. The development came on the heels of the face-off between the Federal Government and Southwest governors over the launch of a security outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun by the latter. Also, one of the apex socio-cultural groups in the Niger Delta region, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), called on governors in the South-South region, especially Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to take the lead in organising a security outfit. MBF National President Dr. Pogu Birtus and UPU President General Olorogun Moses Taiga said governors in both regions ought to emulate their Southwest counterparts with a view to stopping the wave of insecurity threatening their areas. Bitrus yesterday said Middle Belt governors must be steadfast in evolving measures to stave off further bloodshed in their communities. He said: “Democracy and right to life is sacrosanct. Therefore, we call on the governors of the Middle Belt zone to be committed to the defence of life and property. We believe that a security outfit like Operation Amotekun would serve our communities better than the proposed community policing, which is similar to the work currently being done by informants in providing intelligence to the police.
Unilever Nigeria Records N8.3 Billion Loss
Unilever Nigeria Plc suffered a major contraction in the immediate past business year as a steep decline in sales left the fast moving consumer goods company with a pre-tax loss of N8.3 billion.
Key extracts of the financial statement of the company for the year ended December 31, 2019 showed that turnover dropped by 35 per cent from N92 billion in 2018 to N60.2 billion in 2019. The top-line decline amid steady increases in operating costs and expenses turned the bottom-line to red. Gross profit dropped from N27.4 billion in 2018 to N6.67 billion in 2019. Notwithstanding cost control measures, the company relapsed from operating profit of N10.43 billion in 2018 to operating loss of N10.35 billion. Loss before tax stood at N8.3 billion in 2019 as against pre-tax profit of N13.6 billion in 2018. With a tax gain of N4.1 billion in 2019, net loss after tax stood at N4.2 billion as against profit after tax of N10.1 billion recorded in 2018.