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NANS Begs ASUU, Nigerian Government To Avoid Strike

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To avoid the impending strike action in Nigeria Universities following the ultimatum issued to the Federal Government by Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has appealed to the two parties to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign.

The appeal also went to the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and other academic and non academic unions of Tertiary institutions in the country to always consider the plight of students and their parents by not embarking on strikes at the slightest provocation.

The appeal was made by the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon while speaking at the 2021 International Students Day held at the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi on Wednesday.

The NANS President opined that the incessant strike action has retarded progress in the educational sector of the country thereby making it look inferior to other countries.

He however appealed to the government to always engage the leadership of the various unions on the need to amicably resolve the problems to avoid strike actions because according to him, such strike action has not brought anything good to the education sector of the country.

NANS Begs ASUU, Nigerian Government To Avoid Strike

Sunday Asefon said that “We are gathered here today to celebrate the International Students Day. This day is markable as it affords us the privilege to reflect on our struggles, speak to the welfare of students and engage in a progressive deliberation towards improving the collective welfare of students”.

He added that “Today being a very significant day for us, we must reflect on the struggle of the Nigeria Students, especially tertiary institution students. We are faced with multifaceted challenges ranging from insecurity, inadequate funding, instability arising from incessant strike actions, quality of pedagogy, research and output”.

According to him, “However, we must acknowledge the challenges as avenues to also work across the board to ensure a better system. I therefore on behalf of all Nigerian students plead with ASUU and FG to sheath their sword in the interest of the Nigerian students and work together to ensure continuity in our academic calendar thereby improving the quality of education in our tertiary institutions”.

He added that, “I call for better funding of the Public Universities. Improved funding is necessary to ensure our public institutions meet the personnel need of both the public and private sectors. It is therefore imperative that government should start considering 25% increment in money payable to tetfund as educational tax”.

Sunday Asefon stressed that “Tetfund, in turn, must ensure better accountability, neutrality, equality, equity and provide a level playing ground for institutions to access its funding and projects” .

The NANS President then appreciated the Governor of Bauchi State, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir for hosting the celebration in Bauchi State and all his unprecedented effort in improving education in the State.

He said that, “Bauchi is indeed very lucky to have a working Governor like His Excellency. NANS will continue to identify this administration and we consider the administration Pro Students” .

“Your Excellency, we must improve the capacity of tertiary institutions to generate funding through innovation, creativity and agriculture without pushing the burden on students unnecessarily. I have seen the great work been done by your administration in this regard, I hope it continues and other states learn from the Bauchi experiment”, he stressed.

He concluded saying, “As we continue the events marking this year international students day, I will continue to engage with the government, students and the press to ensure that we improve the welfare of Nigerian Students and encourage government at all level to improve its commitment to education. I thank the Bauchi State Government once again for hosting us and for being very hospitable”.

By Yemi Kanji

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2023: I Will Not Impose My Successor On Rivers — Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Thursday said he would not impose any governorship aspirant of his choice on the people of Rivers come 2023.

Wike gave the assurance in a statement issued by Mr. Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant on Media, in Port Harcourt.

He assured that the leadership of the party would meet to decide who to support at the appropriate time.

Wike however said that he is obliged to ensure that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins the 2023 governorship election in Rivers.

“One mistake I will not make is to impose somebody. From my experience as a student of history, reality has shown that it is difficult for you to say Joseph is the man I can trust.

”Until you give somebody power and money, that is only when you will know whether that person is trustworthy or not,” he said.

Wike stated that God would not allow someone who will destroy all the remarkable progress the state had made over the years to be the next governor.

”God will ensure that it is only someone who is courageous, firm and ready to protect the interest of Rivers that will succeed me.

“Rivers is a state that so many people have an interest in. It is a state that you have to put your feet on the ground. It is a state that you have to annoy a lot of Nigerians and a lot of Nigerians will hate you.

“But what is important is for you to know is what is good for your people and stand for your people. Do not allow personal interest to sway you against the interest of your people,” Wike stated.

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VIDEO: Moment Obi Cubana Met Wizkid Backstage At London Show

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Obinna Iyiegbu popularly known as Obi Cubana, a Nigerian entrepreneur, and businessman who chairs the Obi Cubana group of companies showed up at the O2 Arena in London venue of the talked about, a sold-out concert by Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known as Wizkid.

Cubana like many other notable Nigerians was in attendance to support one of Nigeria’s most successful artists who kicked off the beginning of his O2 arena concert as he treated his 20,000 fans with premium entertainment for three nights in a roll.

On the first night, he had on stage with him other artistes like American Superstar Chris Brown. He also brought hitmaker Tems, Buju with the Golden Voice, British Singer Ella Mai, and British rapper Skepta who all featured in his ‘Made In Lagos’ album, as he performed songs from there.

The Popular socialite and businessman, who had shared a video of himself and Wizkid after his third night show at the O2 Arena, London wrote on his page, “Proud of you #wizkidayo“

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Former Senate President Joseph Wayas Is Dead

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Former Senate President in the Second Republic, Joseph Wayas is dead.

The death of Joseph Wayas, was announced by Governor Ben Ayade’s spokesman, Christian Ita on Thursday.

According to the governor, Joseph Wayas gave up the ghost in the early hours of Tuesday in a London hospital.

Ayade said the late politician has left a lasting legacy that will be remembered for a long time, describing the death of the 80-year-old as a monumental loss to the state and Nigeria.

He, however, condoled with the family of Wayas and said his death is a “collective loss and the pains a shared one”.

The statement reads: “As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria,” Ayade was quoted as saying.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.

“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”

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