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  • N40bn Allowance: ASUU Defends Sharing Formula, Varsity Workers Begin Protests

The unions of non-academic staff on Tuesday commenced protests over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the N40bn earned allowance in university towns across the country. This is as the unions kicked against the allocated amount to lecturers, describing it as illogical.

  • Command Nabs Four as Lagos Cult Clashes Claim 14 in Three Days

The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday arrested four persons in connection with cult clashes in the Obun-Ale, Ireshe, Ladega, Itunpate, Kokoro-Abu and Adamo areas of Ikorodu between suspected members of the Aiye and Eiye confraternities.

  • Buhari Approves Envoys’ Posting Six Months After Confirmation

Six months after been confirmed as envoy-designate, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday approved their postings to Nigerian Missions abroad. The list includes 43 career ambassadors and 52 non-career ambassadors.

  • FG Spent N6.46tn on Debt Servicing, Personnel in 2020 – Minister

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed has announced that Federal Government spent a total of N6.46tn on debt servicing and workers in 2020.  She also disclosed that the government released a total of N1.8tn for capital projects within the year, of which N118.37bn was released for COVID-19 capital expenditure.

  • Secondus, Ex-Minister Disagree Over Fuelling of Fayose, Makinde Fight

A former Minister of Power and Steel, Dr Wole Oyelese, had in a statement, accused Secondus of complicity in the crisis threatening the party’s cohesion in the South -West, making a particular reference to the political feud between Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose. Secdondus denied the allegations, saying he has “remained unwavering in his search for peace anywhere there are issues in the party.”

THE GUARDIAN

  • SSANU, NASU Begin Warning Strike, Threaten to Ground Varsities Over Demands

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) Tuesday loved up to their threat to ground universities in the country should the Federal Government fail to fulfil its demands, including a N40 billion payment. They have commenced a three-day nationwide warning protest in response.

  • NMA Urges FG To Suspend Enrolment for NIN

The President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Innocent Ujah has told the Federal Government that the scramble for enrolment for National Identification Number (NIN) is a contradiction and an aberration to the prevention of COVID-19 in the country. According to him at a press conference on Tuesday, the exercise will end in disaster.

  • Buhari Okays Posting of 95 Screened Envoys

The President Muhammadu Buhari has finally approved the postings of ambassador-designates to Nigerian missions abroad six months after they were confirmed by the Senate. The list includes 43 career ambassadors and 52 non-career ambassadors.

  • Cholera Kills 10 in Benue, Many Hospitalised

Cholera has reportedly killed not less than 10 people in Agatu and Guma councils of Benue State. At Obagaji, headquarters of Agatu, seven people were confirmed dead, while in Abinsi, a community in Governor Samuel Ortom’s Guma Council, three children were said to have died of the disease.

DAILY SUN

  • SSANU, NASU Threaten To Shut Down Aso Rock, Grounds Varsities With Protests

A three-day warning strike to protest non-implementation of an agreement reached with the Federal Government was declared by the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) across the country on Tuesday. It comes with a threat by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) to shut down Aso Villa, Abuja and ground all universities indefinitely.

  • COVID-19: Lagos Reviews Working Hours of Civil Servants

Lagos State Government has reviewed working hours and other modalities aimed at protecting public servants under its payroll following the outbreak COVID-19 for a second time. The development has led the state government to adopt a twice-monthly appearance for the workers to ensure their full protection from the deadly virus.

  • Soldier To Die by Firing Squad for Killing Lieutenant

A military court martial on Tuesday declared that Azunna Maduabuchi, a soldier must die by firing squad for killing his superior. Maduabuchi was said to have shot Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi dead in June 2020, in Maiduguri, Bornu State, after an argument over welfare pass.

  • Lawan To Government, Leaders: No More Excuses

On the occasion of his birthday, Senate President Ahmed Lawan charged leaders in the country to fully apply themselves to the service of the people as against rendering mediocre services and setting the pace for failure. He also clarified that there are people within and outside the National Assembly working against the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

WALL STREET JOURNAL

  • Pence Rebuff Set Up Vote to Impeach

Mike Pence has rejected calls to invoke the 25th Amendment to oust President Donald Trump over his role in the Capitol riot. This set in motion a House vote Wednesday to impeach the president during his final week in office, this time with the support of some Republicans.

  • Military Chiefs Decry Riots As Prosecutors Prepare Cases

U.S Prosecutors are looking at sedition charges in connection with the storming of the Capitol, which top military leaders call an assault on the Constitution. While the nation’s military leadership on Tuesday denounced last week’s riots, federal prosecutors said they were examining more than 160 cases.

  • U.S In Shift To Release Additional Vaccine Doses

The Trump administration is releasing second doses of coronavirus vaccines that were reserved for booster shots. the federal government is also urging states to give the vaccine to anyone age 65 and older, as well as to people with pre-existing health conditions– a shift in strategy that vastly expands the pool of those eligible for shots while presenting another hurdle for the logistics of administering the vaccine at state and local levels.

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