Nigerian Newspaper: Guardian Headlines Today, Monday 5th November, 2018.

Nigerian Newspaper: Guardian Headlines Today, Monday 5th November, 2018.

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ASUU begins strike, labour mobilises for tomorrow
Mon, 05 Nov 2018

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As its tomorrow’s deadline for strike draws close, organised labour did not attend the conciliatory meeting with the Federal Government’s team in Abuja yesterday. It said it was not invited.

In a related development, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked its members nationwide to begin an indefinite strike.

The disclosure followed a meeting leaders of the union held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.

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The union took the decision due to poor funding of universities, said ASUU National President Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi.

Sources in the labour movement told The Guardian last night that its members would, however, attend the meeting slated for the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, today, because it received an invitation.

It was further learnt that the organised labour would attend the meeting under the auspices of the tripartite committee on minimum wage.

The Guardian learnt that the organised labour would also not be renegotiating the N30,000 figure but would rather push for the submission of the tripartite committee’s report to President Muhammadu Buhari for onward transmission to the National Assembly for legislative action.

Sources also confided in The Guardian that the organised private sector aligns itself with the position of the labour movement on the need for Buhari to officially receive the report and transmit the same to the Assembly.

Meanwhile labour chapters nationwide have begun putting finishing touches to their mobilisation for the strike.

Workers’ unions in the aviation industry said they would embark on the industrial action. The unions also demanded full compliance from members, with a view to grounding flight services nationwide. The unions, in a joint statement by Comrade Frances Akinjole of the Air Traffic Senior Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Comrade Ocheme Aba of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Comrade Temenu Akinola Assistant Secretary General of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Comrade Abdul Rasaq Saidu of the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), said the strike would be indefinite.

In an earlier statement, national president of NUATE, Ben Nnabue, insisted the action is “due to the inability of the Federal Government to agree on the new national minimum wage.” He added: “All flights operating in and out of Nigerian airports shall be affected by this industrial action.”

There could be scarcity of petroleum products beginning tomorrow if unions in the oil sector back the plan. General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) Adamu Song, in a phone interview, said the union would support the strike , as long as the United Labour Congress (ULC), to which it belongs, also supports it.

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Reps to reopen alleged $1.348b power fraud probe
Mon, 05 Nov 2018

The House of Representatives could reopen the probe into an alleged $1.348 billion power sector fraud levelled against General Electric (GE) and Rockson Engineering Nigeria Ltd.

The issue, which has lingered for years, will not be swept under the carpet, vowed chairman of the House Committee on Power, Dan Asuquo, in an interview at the weekend.

He expressed surprise that the authorities have not yet taken action on findings by relevant committees of the previous National Assembly, insisting the legislature would push for the refund of the alleged stolen money.

“The National Assembly has done its work. It has come out with a report. The report is there for anybody to see and use. If you talk about Rockson, in collaboration with GE, they have issues of which Nigerians should ask questions. If somebody is not performing, the law is there.

“We cannot promote the fleecing of taxpayers’ money. If somebody is irresponsible, the law is clear; you blacklist and terminate, as long as you’ve kept your own part of the contract. We will call for that refund, if that magnitude of padding, waste and corruption has been done,” said Asuquo.

The allegation, which came via a signed petition by about 10 civil society organisations and dated September 26, 2018, was received by the office of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on September 27, 2018.

President Muhammadu Buhari had recently wondered how a former government allegedly spent $16 billion on the sector without results. He also accused the National Assembly of not exercising adequate oversight on the sector.

The two companies were blacklisted in a 2008 House of Representatives report.

The Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC) meanwhile said since June 2018, power Generation Companies (GenCos) have not received payment from the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) for electricity generated.

APGC’s Executive Secretary Dr Joy Ogaji disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday. According to her, GenCos were being owed N500 billion for power generated from 2013, when they took over electricity generation, to December 2016.

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Off-campus policies fuel student housing boom
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The ‘good times’ may be here for private investors and real estate developers, following fresh opportunities and high demand for increasingly Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the country.
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Tiwa Savage, Camila Cabello, Nicki Minaj And Other Winners At The 2018 MTV EMAs
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Tiwa Savage, Camila Cabello and Nicki Minaj were among the three big winners at the just concluded MTV EMAs held at the Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao in Spain. While 21-year-old Camila was the biggest winner with four awards, Tiwa Savage represented Africa as the Best African Act. See the complete list below: Best African Act Davido []
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Camila Cabello Sweeps MTV Europe Awards
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
US singer Camila Cabello swept the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday, winning best song with her hit “Havana” as well as best artist and best video. “This year has been the best of my life,” the 21-year-old Cuban native said at the event in Bilbao, northern Spain. Cabello had opened the show hosted by []
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33-Year-Old South African Man Found Guilty Of Sleeping With A Goat
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
A 33-year-old South African Feselani Mcube has been arrested after being caught having sex with a goat in Winterveldt. According to the owner, Knowledge Khumalo, who is also his neighbour, he heard his pregnant goat making ‘strange noises’ but he thought it was giving birth around 8 pm on the 9th of August, Daily Mail []
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Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin: The Coding Hero
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin was born in May 1985 at Akure, Ondo state. Life began for her after the death of her mother when she was just four. She soon found love in computers when she visited her brother’s friend business centre at the age of 10. Her love for Microsoft Word made her join an IT []
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Experts urge fiscal policyreformsin non-oil sector
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The need for the government to builda strong revenue basefor sustainable development formed the thrust oftheroundtable discussionat the just concluded Economic Summitin Abuja.
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Police parade 19 suspects over death of Alkali
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The Plateau State police command yesterday paraded 19 suspects handed over to them by the military, stating their levels of involvement in the disappearance and death of Major Geneneral Idris Alkali (rtd).
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Concerns over deplorable facilities in estates
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Stakeholders are worried about the poor state of facilities in federal government/state owned housing estates in the country, which are suffering from negligence and lack of maintenance.
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Disbursements for multi-billion naira projectsin agric sector
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
At the dawn of the fall from economic royalty, once enthroned by oil fortunes, Nigeria realised the potential inherent in agriculture and pursued with projects worth billions…
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Afelokhai may get a look in as Eagles open camp in Asaba November 12
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Enyimba of Aba Goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai is on Super Eaglescoaches’ radar and would be given a chance in the team after Nigeria’s African Nations…
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Don’t believe the hype, not even Tinubu has control of Alimosho
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The most recurring question that have come up since I decided to contest the position of the president of Nigeria has been the issue of structure. I hear it all the time everywhere I go…
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Nigeria needs strategy for forest preservation, says NCF
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Worried by increasing depletion of forest resources, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has stressed the need for formulation and implementation of a strategy…
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Lagos PDP dismisses endorsement of APC standardbearer, Sanwo-Olu, by 45 parties
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the endorsement of the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress…
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Stop the killings, Army tells Ogbe-Ijoh, Aladja communities
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division of the Nigeria Army, Maj. Gen. Jamil Sarhman, has urged warring Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities…
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NGO makes case for flood victims
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
A Non-Governmental organisation, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, has called on the three tiers of government to assist flood victims nationwide.
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BIC woos more customers with new promo
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
To pull more customers to their brand of shaving stick, manufacturers of BIC shaver has introduced ‘BIC shave and win promo’.
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FG mulls genebank for conserving plant diversity
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The Federal Government has concluded arrangement to make use of seven national parks to serve as genebank for genetic resources conservation.
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ECOWAS, Red Cross move to protect civilians during conflicts
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have validated…
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