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Fear, Tension As JUSUN, NARD, ASUP Shut Down

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Amid the current hardship being endured by Nigerians, some major economic sectors in the country have decided to shut down over the inability of the Federal Government to meet their demands.

In less than a week, about three major sectors embarked on indefinite strike actions to register their grievances against the government.

This is happening few days after President Muhammadu Buhari departed Nigeria for the United Kingdom for medical check-up.

Following ‘unproductive’ efforts by the FG to stop the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) from embarking on its proposed strike, the association, on Thursday, April 1st commenced an industrial action, shutting down the medical sector indefinitely.

NARD alleged that the Federal Government had reneged in the agreements it entered with the doctors.

The aggrieved doctors’ agitations include the non-payment of salaries of three to five months of some house officers and non-recruitment of house officers.

Others are abolishment of the bench fees for doctors undergoing training in other hospitals, non-payment of National Minimum Wage and hazard allowances.

NARD also demanded an upward review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers.

The action became worrisome on Monday when the resident doctors ordered members at the COVID-19 isolation centres to join the nationwide strike, shutting down the entire health sector.

The NARD further threatened to impose a fine of N5m on any of its branches that fails to join the strike.

Similarly, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), on Tuesday shut down the judicial system in the country as the union embarked on an indefinite strike with all courts across the nation locked up.

According to the national leadership of JUSUN, the strike action is to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary.

A circular signed by JUSUN’s General Secretary, I. M. Adetola, directed all states and zonal heads of the union to comply with the strike.

As Nigerians were trying to comprehend the actions of NARD and JUSUN, figuring out the level of hardship it may further cause, they were confronted with another heartbreaking news of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, proceeding on an indefinite strike.

The union shut down Nigerian Polytechnics on Monday, demanding the implementation of a new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers.

Leaders of the union led by its president, Anderson Ezeibe, made the declaration shortly after an emergency meeting with the Federal Government officials in Abuja.

Currently, the education sector is down, courts are locked up, hospitals shut down amid threats by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and other unions to also embark on industrial actions.

Recall the recent threat by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, that they are ready to shut down the country if the National Assembly does not rescind its plan to remove minimum wage from the exclusive bill.

A coalition of NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC), National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), and several other groups staged coordinated protests across several states in the country to express their grievances over the move by the lawmakers.

The union had several times threatened industrial actions over an increase in petroleum price and the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage in some states.

The Agriculture sector is not left out in this shutdown, even though it may not be in form of a strike action. There is now a general fear that going to the farm is almost synonymous with suicide due to the activities of bandits and the killer herdsmen attacking innocent farmers across the country.

Recall that the Governor of Benue State was recently attacked by suspected herdsmen along Makurdi-Gboko road while visiting his farm.

DAILY POST gathered that most farmers no longer visit their farms for the fear of attack by herdsmen or bandits.

This has plunged the nation into an acute food shortage, making life miserable for the masses.

Some concerned Nigerians who reacted to the ugly trend blamed President Buhari’s administration for not being proactive in tackling crisis during its warning stage.

A resident of Lugbe in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Mr Thomas Anigbo told DAILY POST correspondent that the country is facing unusual challenges currently, stressing that until the government takes proactive steps in ending the economic and security crisis, “the worst may happen.

“It’s unfortunate that despite the hardship already faced by Nigerians, all these are still happening to worsen the situation.

“The current security situation in the country is enough to send everyone into mourning.

“Even those employed and trained to secure our lives and property are no longer secured.

“If the army and the police can be running from being killed then what would happen to the vulnerable Nigerians?”

Also, a final year student of the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Miss Rose Ene Mathew, expressed shock over the decision of ASUP to shut down polytechnics.

“Despite what COVID-19 did to us in 2020, the union has decided to keep us at home again.

“I just pray that they don’t prolong the strike because it will not be funny”, she said.

Mr Reno Omokri, a former media aide to Nigerian ex-President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan also blamed the Buhari administration for the country’s current predicament.

In a post via his official Facebook page on Tuesday, Reno listed some of the challenges causing tension in the country.

“Today, judiciary workers went on strike, last week, doctors went on strike, polytechnic workers are on strike.

“There was a prison break in Imo, with 1800 escapees, bandits taking over 100 communities in Shiroro Niger.

“Communities in Sokoto now pay taxes to bandits.

“An entire village wiped out by herdsmen in Ebonyi.

“Middle Belt Forum threatening to sever links with Arewa.

“The Presidency instigating violence against Bishop Hassan Kukah

USSD crisis between MTN and CBN/Commercial Banks destabilising the economy.

“And Nigeria’s leader, Muhammadu Buhari, the same man who banned foreign rice, and closed Nigeria’s borders is on medical tourism in London,” he said.

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Nigeria Can Never Be A Failed State – Lawan

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Senate President Ahmed Lawan has declared Nigeria can never turn to a failed state despite the utterances and predictions of ” dooms-day-prophets”

Lawan, who made the declaration Saturday while flagging off 2021 empowerment project to 2,000 beneficiaries of Katsina Central organised by Sen Kabir Barkiya, said the current administration needs the support and prayers of Nigerians.

He said: “Those who were saying that in the present circumstance caused by insecurity, that Nigeria could turn a failed state, approaching a fail state or may likely end up a fail state, are missing the point because Nigeria can never be a fail state.

“Again they forget that when a state of emergency was declared in some part of the north east during Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria did not turn a fail state talk more of present.

”It is necessary that all stakeholders should join hands in the fight with the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari to overcome the present challenges facing the nation.”

Governor Aminu Masari called for collective efforts irrespective of party affiliations to build the state and country to a greater height.

Barkiya noted that, ever since he got elected, he has not slept a day without thinking about proffering solutions to the numerous problems and challenges of his constituents in Katsina Central Senatorial district.

Items presented include vehicles, motorcycles, sewing machines, water-pumps, grinding machines and welding machines.

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OPC Lambasts Dambazau For Linking Group With Boko Haram

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The O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) said the former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdurahman Dambazau, is suffering from acute dementia and gradually losing touch with reality.

OPC, in a statement on Saturday by its Publicity Secretary, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, reacted to the statement credited to the former minister that the OPC was the same as the dreaded Boko Haram.

The group condemned in strong terms the statement credited to the ex-minister, pointing out that such statements were capable of heating up the polity and disrupting national peace.

Oguntimehin also described Dambazau as a northern irredentist and extremist popularly noted for his unguarded statements and utterances.

“From his statement, it is obvious that the ex-COAS is suffering from acute dementia and he is gradually losing touch with the realities of this time.

 

“Dambazau’s statement that OPC and IPOB are very much the same as the dreaded Boko Haram was made in bad faith and such statements have raised some fundamental questions about his intentions, interests and morality as a former COAS and minister of Interior that have allegedly been supporting the bandits by offering both financial and technical support to the group.

“Such high profile ex-military officer cannot be trusted in the fight against insurgency because he had on several occasion pleaded on their behalf.

“In 2014, before the general election, Dambazau and four other top northern leaders had their hands in the recruitments of bandits into the country. And when he eventually became the minister of Interior, under President Muhammadu Buhari, he requested and pleaded that the Federal Government should raise over N800 billion to settle the bandits. A request which was opposed by Nigerians.

“So for such a person to have said that OPC is the same as Boko Haram is not only derogatory, but it is most unfortunate to say the least.”

Oguntimehin said: “Boko Haram is adjudged globally as the third most dreaded terrorist groups in the world. And up till today, it remains as such with various cases of killings across the North.

“For instance, presently, Boko Haram and bandits have taken over four states in the North and Danbazau had never condemned their atrocities, he didn’t raise a finger.

“It is no doubt that he is one of their sponsors. That is why he had, rather than offering lasting solution to the insurgency in the north and across the country, remained an ardent promoter of bandits and other terrorist groups in Nigeria.

So, from his statement, it shows that the ex-minister is not in his right frame of mind, because when bandits killed a foremost Oba in Ondo, he didn’t talk. When other respected leaders from the north held a meeting on the critical security situation in the country,he didn’t attend.”

The OPC publicity scribe stated further that the group has since its existence in 1994 remains one of the most dependable organizations that have been defending the interest of the people of the south west.

“OPC has never involved in any act of insurgency, including kidnapping or killings. Our group have been at the vanguard of supporting the police and providing information that can help the police in ensuring effective security at the grassroots.

“For instance, during the END SARS protests, OPC came to the rescue in the southwest and we protected the police stations and the police formations against unscrupulous rioters that had hijacked the peaceful protests.

Recently, the OPC under our amiable leader, the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, apprehended the notorious Kidnap kingpin, Abdullah Iskilu Wakili that had been terrorising the people of Ibarapa and its environs, and we handed him over to the police.

“So for somebody of Dambazau status to say such a group is like the Boko Haram truly shows his mindset and level of thinking. Such a person has truly lost touch with the realities of the present time because today, OPC has been reorganised, repackaged, and re-orientated in such a way that it has become a thorn in the flesh of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists. And today, the fear of the OPC has truly become the beginning of wisdom for people like Danbazau and his allies

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You Need UTME To Gain Admission Into Our Academy – NDA

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The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has announced that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is a basic requirement for admission into the academy.

This was made known in a statement by Maj. Bashir Jajira, the NDA Public Relations Officer, on Saturday in Kaduna.

He said the academy had nothing to do with fake news speculating that academy suspended UTME for the incoming members of 73 Regular Course.

Part of the statement read: “The academy wishes to inform the general public that UTME is one of the basic requirements for entry into the academy.

“All interested applicants into the academy must have passed the UTME and attained an acceptable minimum national standard as determined by JAMB annual policy meeting before gaining entry into the 73 Regular Course.”

He advised the general public to ignore any information on social media purporting the suspension of JAMB exam for 73 Regular Course.

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