FG’s 1Week Ultimatum To ASUU: “You Are A Joker” – ASUU Lecturers Tell FG

Striking university lecturers have called the bluff of
the federal government which yesterday gave
them a seven-day ultimatum.
The supervising minister of education, Nyesom
Wike, ordered the striking lecturers under the
umbrella of the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU) to resume work on or before
December 4, 2013, or face the prospect of being
sacked.
Wike, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, said
government had reviewed the entire situation and
come to the conclusion that the continuation of the
strike is an attempt by ASUU to sabotage all efforts
to address the issues.
He said: “It is amazing, however, that three weeks
after the meeting with Mr President, ASUU
responded by giving new conditions for suspending
the five-month-old strike.
“As a responsible government, we cannot allow the
continuous closure of our public universities for this
length of time, as this poses danger to the
education system.”
He said that, consequently, the federal government
has directed that all vice chancellors of federal
universities that are currently on strike should
immediately reopen for academic and allied
activities as directed by their pro-chancellors.
“Any academic staff who fails to resume on or
before 4th December, 2013, automatically ceases
to be a staff of the institution.
“Vice chancellors should ensure that staff who
resume for work are provided with enabling
environment for academic and allied activities.”
In a swift reaction to the ultimatum and threat of
sack, however, ASUU dared the federal government
to carry out its plan to sack university teachers,
saying that it will fail.
The union said, with the plan, it has been
vindicated that the federal government was not
committed to implementing any resolutions it
reached with the union.
While reacting to the threat by the government,
ASUU national treasurer Dr Ademola Aremu said in
Ibadan that the threat did not hold water as it had
confirmed the fears that government cannot be
trusted.
He said strike is a legal action and that the threat
will fail, adding that Nigerian public universities
needed 60,000 lecturers owing to failure of
government to employ.
ASUU said government was wasting the time of
Nigerians and youths in the country by failing to
perfect the resolutions and get the strike
suspended.
The academic union said it had reasons to be wary
following the failure of government to honour its
promises to ASUP, resident doctors, and health
workers who have suspended their strikes.
ASUU further said the threat was an insult to the
sense and sensibilities of Nigerians who were
waiting on the federal government for a positive
reaction.
Aremu: “With the latest action, the federal
government has shown that they are not
committed to all they have been saying. We are
saying that since we agreed at the meeting that the
sum of N200billion is for 2012 and 2013
revitalisation, the federal government should
deposit same in the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“We are already in November and December is
around the corner. If they don’t do that now, when
do they want to do it?. We are saying the non-
victimisation clause should be included as agreed
while the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement
should be included as agreed with
the presidents.
“It is a pity if the federal government is not willing
to perfect the resolutions reached with the union.
This is why we find it difficult to trust our leaders
by their words.
“How can someone be threatening to sack lecturers
when universities are already short-staffed by
almost 60,000. We are not in a military era. The
military tried it and failed. This one will fail again.
They can re-open the school. ASUU did not shut
down the universities.
“It was the school management that ordered the
students to go back home.”
Some university lecturers who reacted to the
federal government’s directive said it was a joke.
Dr Oghenekaro Ogbinaka, chairman, University of
Lagos branch of ASUU, told NAN that the
development was strange and laughable.
He said that this was so, considering the fact that
the union was yet to get back to the government,
after their deliberations with President Goodluck
Jonathan.
“Our reaction is simple. Let us just wait for the
seven days to come around. What government has
just done shows that they were not committed to
the offer they made with the union that had the
Trade Union Congress president and the minister of
labour in attendance.
“We are not going to fall to that blackmail. Now,
which one is better: government acceding to our
demands or issuing out threats?
“Honestly, this whole thing ought to have been
easily resolved, given the approach taken by
President Jonathan, but it is like we want to be
taken for granted after all and it is unfair,” he said.
Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, immediate past dean,
Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, simply
described the development as “a glorified joke and
laughable’’.
Oyewo noted that it was funny that one of the
parties which had before now been holding
dialogue would try to intimidate the other.

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Ogun State FRSC Officials Tear Gas 8month-Old-Baby To Impound Car.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission,
FRSC, Ogun State sector unleashed terror on three
school children in Abeokuta, yesterday, by tear-
gassing them while attempting to impound their
father’s new vehicle.
An eye-witness told Vanguard that the incident
occurred when the children -Ibrahim Folorunsho (8),
Basirat Folorunsho(6) and Faridat Folorunsho (6
months) were being conveyed to school by their
father in company of their mother.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the
officials of FRSC flagged down the Mitsubishi space
wagon car in Omida area of the town to impound
the car.
It was gathered that the alleged offence of the
father of the kids was that he was driving an
unregistered car which prompted the officials of
FRSC to attempt to seize it.
One of the corps allegedly tear-gassed the
occupants of the car before the vehicle was driven
to the sector headquarters at Government
Reservation Area, GRA, Ibara, Abeokuta.
The tear-gas caused serious discomfort to the kids
who were heading to Lawson Private School in Kuto
area of the town.
The kids were seen profusely shedding tears as a
result of the teargas, a development which
attracted many passers-by expressing displeasure
over the action.
The people in the area offered first aid treatment to
the children, before they regained stability, while
six months old had to be rushed to hospital by the
mother for adequate medical attention.
When our correspondent visited the headquarters
of the commission, no officer was ready to talk to
the press.

RESUME BACK TO SCHOOL ON OR BEFORE 4TH OF DECEMBER OR CEASE TO BE STAFF OF THE INSTITUTION —- FG DARES ASUU

Gossiptinz

Minister of State for Education, Mr
Nyesom Wike gave the directive and
also asked the vice-chancellors to
ensure that staff who resume for
work are provided with the enabling
environment to carry out academic
activities.
He added that any staff who failed to
resume on or before December 4,
2013 automatically ceases to be a
staff of the institution and that vice-
chancellors are allowed to advertise
vacancies for their positions in their
institution.
Mr Wike further said that the Federal
Government has come to the
conclusion that the continued
industrial action is an attempt by
the Academic Staff Union of
Universities to sabotage all efforts to
address the issues, despite the
commitment of government.
As a responsible government it
cannot allow the continuous closure
of public institutions as this poses
danger to the education system and
the future of Nigerian youths.
The National Universities
Commission (NUC) has been directed

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NIGERIA NOW RANKED 4 IN AFRICA SEE HOW AFRICAN COUNTRIES ARE LISTED IN THE LATEST FIFA RANKING

Ghana are second in Africa and 24th in the
world with 849 points, while Algeria are third
in Africa and 26th in the world on 800 points.
Spain head the global list, ahead of Germany,
Argentina, Colombia and Portugal.
The Fifa Africa Rankings: (@ 28 November
2013)
W A Team
17 1 Côte d’Ivoire
24 2 Ghana
26 3 Algeria
36 4 Nigeria
38 5 Egypt
39 6 Cape Verde Islands
42 7 Mali
49 8 Tunisia
51 9 Cameroon
58 10 Burkina Faso
61 11 South Africa
63 12 Libya
65 13 Senegal
66 14 Guinea
72 15 Zambia
74 16 Sierra Leone
75 17 Morocco
77 18 Togo
80 19 Gabon
83 20 Congo DR
84 21 Congo
86 22 Uganda
89 23 Angola
93 24 Ethiopia
98 25 Botswana
100 26 Benin
104 27 Niger
105 28 Liberia
106 29 Zimbabwe
106 30 Central African Republic
111 31 Equatorial Guinea
112 32 Burundi
117 33 Kenya
120 34 Mozambique
121 35 Malawi
124 36 Tanzania
126 37 Namibia
127 38 Rwanda
130 39 Sudan
134 40 Gambia
138 41 Lesotho
144 42 Mauritania
155 43 São Tomé e Príncipe
164 44 Chad
178 45 Mauritius
183 46 Guinea-Bissau
185 47 Swaziland
186 48 Madagascar
193 49 Comoros
199 50 Eritrea
200 51 Seychelles
201 52 South Sudan
203 53 Djibouti
204 54 Somalia

RESUME BACK TO SCHOOL ON OR BEFORE 4TH OF DECEMBER OR CEASE TO BE STAFF OF THE INSTITUTION —- FG DARES ASUU

Minister of State for Education, Mr
Nyesom Wike gave the directive and
also asked the vice-chancellors to
ensure that staff who resume for
work are provided with the enabling
environment to carry out academic
activities.
He added that any staff who failed to
resume on or before December 4,
2013 automatically ceases to be a
staff of the institution and that vice-
chancellors are allowed to advertise
vacancies for their positions in their
institution.
Mr Wike further said that the Federal
Government has come to the
conclusion that the continued
industrial action is an attempt by
the Academic Staff Union of
Universities to sabotage all efforts to
address the issues, despite the
commitment of government.
As a responsible government it
cannot allow the continuous closure
of public institutions as this poses
danger to the education system and
the future of Nigerian youths.
The National Universities
Commission (NUC) has been directed
to ensure compliance of the
directives by the various
institutions.

BREAKING NEWS: UNIABUJA PULLS OUT OF ASUU STRIKE AS REGISTRAR RAYPOWER FM ABUJA SCHOOL TO RESUME DECEMBER 1

We have seen about 3 schools pulled out of the 5month old strike, as the battle between Federal Goverment and Asuu continues . Schools like Esut , AAU and IBBU have all pulled out and yesterday Unilag Asuu officials traded abusive words .Today the registrar of University of Abuja Gwagalada took to Ray Power fm to declare the school re-opens by December 1st . I can sight a smile already on the face of a Uniabuja student more to come ………

Gossiptinz That’s how we see it

VICTOR MOSES NAMED NIGERIAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR AS MIKEL BAGS SPORTMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Nigeria and Liverpool forward Victor Moses
is delighted to have got the Nigerian
Footballer of the Year award.
The Nigerian Sports Awards were held on
Tuesday with Moses walking away with the
prestigious award after being up against
John Mikel Obi and Sunday Mba.
Mikel, however won the Sports Man of the
Year award while Blessing Okagbare won
the Sports Woman of the Year award.
Moses took to twitter and said: “Proud and
honoured to win the Nigerian Footballer of
the year award for 2013.
“Is a dream come true to play for my
country so thank you every1.”
The 22-year-old represented England at
Under-16, 17, 19 and 21 level, before
choosing to play for Nigeria at senior level.

PAUSE!!! GUESS WHO IS LEADS TIME MAGAZINE PERSON OF THE YEAR ….. MILEY CYRUS

Congratulations social media, millenials
and pop culture enthusiasts, you did it.
You’ve put Miley Cyrus in the lead for TIME
magazine’s Person of the Year readers’
poll. We hope you’re happy.
As they do every year, the editors of TIME
magazine pick “the person [who] most
influenced the news this year for better or
worse.” Last year, it was President Obama.
The year before, the ambiguous protester.
Could 2013 officially be the Year of Miley?
Not necessarily. Cyrus, who currently has
28.7 percent of the votes, might still lose
the prestigious cover. TIME’s editors are
the ones to crown the winner, and this is
merely a readers poll to gauge the public’s
opinion. And even if it were up to the
readers, Cyrus can fall off first place later
today, tomorrow, or anytime before Dec.
4, when voting closes.
Controversial Hindu nationalist and Chief
Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat
Narendra Modi might take the lead (he
currently has 13.6 percent of the votes and
is in second place), or NSA whistle blower
Edward Snowden (who holds 11.8 percent
in third place).
And either way, before TIME announces the
people’s winner, it still needs to look into
recent reports of a rigged race.
According to Mashable, a pair of
programmers are claiming that they’ve
rigged the poll to cast multiple votes for
Cyrus. A spokesperson for TIME told
Mashable that they “are aware of the
efforts to affect the results of the Person
of the Year poll, and have measures in
place so that only legitimate votes are
being incorporated in the final tally.”
Hardcore Miley fans, get to it.

Sharia Police In Kano Destroys About 240,000 Bottles of Beer ,320,000 Cigarettes Were Also Destroyed

Sharia Police in Kano publicly destroyed
some 240,000 bottles of beer on
Wednesday, the latest move in a wider
crackdown on behaviour deemed
“immoral” in the area.
The banned booze had been confiscated
from trucks coming into the city in recent
weeks, said officials from the Hisbah, the
patrol tasked with enforcing sharia law.
Kegs containing more than 8,000 litres of
local alcoholic brew, “burukutu”, and
320,000 cigarettes were also destroyed.
Kano’s Hisbah chief Aminu Daurawa said at
the bottle-breaking ceremony he had “the
ardent hope this will bring an end to the
consumption of such prohibited
substances”.
A large bulldozer smashed the bottles to
shouts of “Allahu Ahkbar” (God is Great)
from supporters outside the Hisbah
headquarters in Kano.
“We hope this measure will help restore
the tarnished image of Kano,” said
Daurawa.
“We hereby send warning to unrepentant
offenders that Hisbah personnel will soon
embark on an operation into every nook
and corner of (Kano) state to put an end to
the sale and consumption of alcohol and all
other intoxicants,” Daurawa said.
Since September, the Hisbah have
launched sweeping crackdowns and made
hundreds of arrests in Kano following a
state-government directive to cleanse the
commercial hub of “immoral”
practices.