​Strike: FG, ASUP to meet Wednesday, Thursday

The Federal Government has invited the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, for meetings on Wednesday and Thursday this week to find a solution to the ongoing strike by the union.

According to notices of meeting sent to the national leadership of ASUP by the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, sighted by our correspondent, the first meeting will be with the Minister of State, Education, Chief Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the ASUP team will meet with the Labour Minister, Dr Chris Ngige.

Commenting on the development, the National President of ASUP, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, expressed the hope that the meetings would be fruitful.

“We have been formally invited for meetings by the government teams. Our demands are clear and we hope the meetings would be fruitful. They have constituted Governing Councils for federal polytechnics and that is okay by us.

” We want things done appropriately and legitimately too. The absence of Governing Councils has made some Rectors to become authoritarian and dictators. Also, they must resolve the issue of appointing unqualified persons as Rectors. The regulation is clear about who can be appointed a rector.

“The poor funding and criminal neglect of the polytechnic sector should be redressed. Nigeria cannot do without the products of the polytechincs for our technical and technological needs,” he said.

Recall that members of the union have been on strike since last week Tuesday after the ultimatum they gave the government to address some issues and demands lapsed.

Pastor Adeboye, Governor El-Rufai meet in Kaduna

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Tuesday, met with the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.

The meeting was held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna.

The meeting came days after the 79-year-old general overseer disclosed that eight members of his church kidnapped in Kaduna had been released.

Newsmen had reported that members of RCCG, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna, were attacked on March 26 near Doka along the Kachia-Kafanchan Road, on their way to a programme.

Subsequently, Adeboye had on April 8 said all the eight kidnapped members of the church were taken to hospital for examination after they regained freedom.

It was earlier reported that on the night of March 11, bandits invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation Mando in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State and abducted 39 students.

Though about 10 of the students have regained freedom, others are still in captivity.

El-Rufai had also ruled out payment of ransom or any form of negotiation with the kidnappers.

2023 Presidency: Northern Youths Denies Endorsing Wike, Others

A frontline political group in Nigeria, Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has denied endorsing Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike or any other candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections, saying only three candidates were recommended and Woke is not part.of them.

This was contained in a statement signed by the NYLF President, Comrade Elliot Afiyo, made available to our correspondent, which frowned at media reports, claiming the group endorsed Wike, others.

“We then wondered from where the BBC and VOA got their own report that included Governor Nyesom Wike among the recommended persons and was subsequently endorsed by the NEC of the NYLF.

“The attention of the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has been drawn to so many publications in print and electronic media both in National and International Media Organizations claiming that the NYLF has endorsed Senator Bala Mohammed, Chief Raymond Dokpesi or Senator Bola Tinubu
as our preferred Candidates for 2023 presidential elections during our NEC meeting in Sokoto on the 10th of April, 2021.

“Despite the fact that our Political Committee Chairman, Dr. Sadiq Abubakar has held a Press Conference in Kano to clarify the position of the NYLF, yet, some media organizations went ahead to broadcasting and printing the erroneous Report,” it said.

The group explained that the he NEC meeting in Sokoto was purposely convened to receive the political committee’s Report and fix a date for the Delegates Conference during which the Delegates comprising all the Chairmen and Secretaries of the 42 affiliated Youth Organizations and all the Zonal Officers will vote.

“The candidate to be endorsed must get 2/3 of the total votes.

“During our NEC meeting in Gombe on the 14th of February, 2021, the NEC shortlisted thirteen (13) Politicians and directed the political committee to carry out thorough research or checking on them and put forward their recommendations to the NEC.

“From the Report presented to us only Senator Bala Mohammed, Chief Raymond A. Dokpesi and Senator Bola Tinunbu were recommended for consideration by the NEC,” it added.

They reiterated and stated clearly without any fear of contradiction, that the NYLF has not and would not endorse anybody until the 20th of May, 2021 which by the grace of God, will be done in public view and in a transparent manner.

“Until then, the public should discard and disregard any information on the endorsement of Candidates by the NYLF for 2023 Presidential Elections.

“We are not unaware of the scheming by some groups. But we have resolved and unequivocal too, to avoid the mistake of past,” the statement emphasized.

Operation Licence : Forum Of Southern Kaduna Professors Congratulate NOK University Kachia

The Forum of Southern Kaduna Professors has commended President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Executive Council for the license granted Nok University Kachia, to operate as a private university in Nigeria.

The forum equally thanked the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El’Rufai, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Rasheed for their support.

In a congratulatory message signed by Prof. John Gambo Laah for Southern Kaduna Professors, the forum commended all that made it a reality.

“We commend the proactive commitments of the Board of Trustees of Nok University led by His Lordship, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah and the Project Implementation Committee who made sure that deadlines were made and projects carried out according to plan.

“We salute the foresight of the founder of Nok University Kachia, Dr. Anthony Hassan, the Dokajen Jaba, in conceiving the idea of the University and his enthusiasm in ensuring that it becomes a reality.

“We are enormously proud of this accomplishment and we acknowledge this milestone. We hope that this should bring tremendous pride and a strong sense of accomplishment to the Founder.

“We are intrigued by the array of courses the National Universities Commission has approved for Nok University to run, which are the most sought-after courses in the sciences.

“These courses, we understand, include; B.Sc. Anatomy, B.Sc. Physiology, B.Sc. Radiography, B.Sc. Health Information Management, B.Sc. Quantity Survey, B.Sc. Architecture, B.Sc. Medical & Lab. Science, B.Sc. Nursing, B.Sc. Microbiology, B.Sc. Biochemistry, B.Sc. Environmental Management, B.Sc. Information Technology, B.Sc. Cyber Security and B.Sc. Computer Science. We confirm our individual and collective desire to support Nok University to become an epicentre of learning and research in Nigeria”.