ASUU Begins Indefinite Nationwide Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has ordered its members across the country to commence an indefinite strike.

This was announced after leaders of the academic union met for its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.

The National President of ASUU, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, told reporters that the union took the decision due to the poor funding of universities in the country. He went on to direct all members of the union across various universities in the country to withdraw their services, stressing that the strike would be total and indefinite.

 

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ASUU Begins Indefinite Nationwide Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has ordered its members across the country to commence an indefinite strike.

This was announced after leaders of the academic union met for its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.

The National President of ASUU, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, told reporters that the union took the decision due to the poor funding of universities in the country. He went on to direct all members of the union across various universities in the country to withdraw their services, stressing that the strike would be total and indefinite.

 

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Threat Of Cancer-Causing School Uniforms In Nigeria

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Threat Of Cancer-Causing School Uniforms In Nigeria, By Kayode Ojewale

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Cancer remains one of mankind’s deadliest non-contagious diseases. It is therefore not only worrisome and disturbing, but also scary to learn that one can contract the scourge from clothing materials such as school uniforms. To state then that nursery, primary and secondary school children are at the highest risk of getting cancer is to state the obvious. A crucial step towards addressing the menace is to trace the origin of the cloth. Challenges may arise over the need for government or anyone to monitor or check the quality, in terms of the standards of these clothing materials and uniforms, since they are mainly imported.

This piece was written by Kayode Ojewale. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Recently, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) alerted Nigerians, particularly importers of school uniform materials into Nigeria, about cancer-causing substances found in some school uniform materials made by two China-based companies. The two companies allegedly named were: Sing Shun Fat School-Clothier Company and Zenith Uniform Company. SON further revealed that azo dyes, which were found in some school uniforms in Hong Kong, contained up to 173 milligrammes and 41 milligrammes per kilogramme of the tested samples respectively, which were above the maximum allowed.

Many countries have banned the use of 4-amino azo dyes in schools, owing to the fact that these dyes could release carcinogenic substances, such as aromatic amines, when mixed with sweat. Hence, the school uniforms become carcinogenic when the dye in the clothing materials comes in contact with the sweat of the pupils wearing them.

It is against this backdrop that SON’s chief executive, Mr. Osita Aboloma, advised importers of school uniform materials in Nigeria to endeavour to undergo the process of conformity assessment of such materials prior to thier importation. Aboloma further advised Nigerians to report any suspected uniform material that may already be in the country to SON for necessary sampling, laboratory tests and analysis to be carried out at its textile and leather laboratory in Kaduna for necessary regulatory action. In his words: “all International Accredited Firms (IAFs) undertaking the off-shore conformity assessment programme on behalf of SON all over the world have been put on alert regarding the cancer-causing substance in school uniform materials and other clothing materials to be imported into Nigeria.”

Beyond the warning alerts given by SON on the cancer-causing school uniforms made by China-based companies, there should be some draconian measures the government must take to ensure all-round safety of its citizens. One of such is the placing of an immediate ban on the importation of school uniform clothing materials. One of the reasons the Nigerian textiles industry collapsed was due to the influx of cheap textiles and fabrics to the country from all over the world, mainly from China and India. Before this ban is placed, efforts should be intensified to revamp our local clothing and textiles industries.

Also, routine checks on warehouses of importers and marketers of clothing materials should be carried out by SON officials in order to deal with non-standards-complying marketers and importers. This brings to the fore the poor monitoring of the country’s porous borders, through which unchecked imported goods still find their way into the markets.

Seven years ago, in an attempt to decongest the seaports and facilitate the clearance of goods, the federal government reduced the number of agencies at the seaports and ordered the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and SON to vacate seaports and carry out their statutory duties outside the ports. However, sometime in May this year, in the wake of the codeine abuse crisis, government at the federal level ordered the return of NAFDAC to seaports to be able to effectively control the importation of regulated products. Many Nigerians commended the government for doing the needful to arrest the codeine menace back then.

Not much success has been recorded since the exit of SON from seaports in 2011. The organisation’s outside-the-seaport operations of combing warehouses and markets to wade off substandard product syndicates who operate efficient distribution networks by spreading their deadly consignments across markets have not yielded substantial results. The influx of substandard and life-endangering products would be stopped and confiscated right there at the seaports if the SON officials are always on ground. To justify the government’s action, some may argue that SON officials have not been totally sent away from operating at the seaport, as they still participate in examination of cargo but only on ‘invitation’ by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) or Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). This is not as effective and efficient as having SON officials on standby to attend to standards-related responsibilities and demands when the need arises.

As done in the case of NAFDAC when the need arose, we urge the federal government to order the return of SON to the seaports to be able to fully monitor and check the unfettered high inflow of substandard, counterfeited and life-threatening products to Nigeria through these seaports. By proactively acting this way, our seaports, other entry points and indeed the whole country will be safe from any infiltration of cancer-causing school uniform clothing.

Kayode Ojewale writes from Idimu, Lagos via kayodeojewale@gmail.com.

This piece was written by Kayode Ojewale. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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(VIDEO): Nigeria’s Number One Goalkeeper Concedes 4 Goals In 12 Minutes

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In Spain: Nigeria’s Number One Goalkeeper Concedes 4 Goals In 12 Minutes

Nigerian shot stopper Francis Uzoho suffered a humiliating defeat with his club Elche in the Spanish second division on Sunday, November 4, as they were battered and bruised 5-1 by Cadiz.

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While the Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper at the Russia 2018 World Cup was said to have conceded five goals against Cadiz in the Spanish Segunda league clash, four of the goals were scored in 12 minutes in the seconds-half.

Nigeria’s Number One Goalkeeper Concedes 4 Goals In 12 MinutesSory Kaba had shot the visitors, Elche into the lead in the tenth minute but goals from Roberto Correa, Dejan Lekic, Jose Mari (pen.), Salva Sanchez, and Manuel Vallejo handed Uzoho’s team their fourth defeat of the season.

Although he wasn’t entirely culpable for any of the goals, the young goalie on loan from Deportivo La Coruna, could however have done better.

Elche are now 14th with 14 points from 12 games while Cadiz who recorded a remarkable win are 13th in the table but with a superior goal difference to Uzoho’s team.

Meanwhile, Uzoho is expected to be in goal when Nigeria take on South Africa in a crucial Group E 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Johannesburg.

The three-time African champions lead the group on 9 points, one ahead of Bafana Bafana’s.

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Prophet Arrested, Dragged To Court After Claiming He Found Cure For HIV/AIDS

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Prophet Arrested, Dragged To Court After Claiming He Found Cure For HIV/AIDS

Prophet Walter Magaya, the leader of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries, who recently said that he has discovered a herb that can cure HIV/AIDS, was arrested and further arraigned in court.

Zimbabwean Herald reports that Magaya appeared in court on November 2, charged with contravening section 40 (1) of the Medicines and Allied Substances Control Act, which criminalises the distribution and misleading advertisement of medicine.

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Magaya, who was represented by Admire Rubaya, Everson Chatambudza and Oliva Marwa, appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Elisha Singano.

He was released on $300 bail and the case was remanded to November 29.

The Zimbabwean controversial Prophet had before his arrest on Thursday retracted claims that he had found a cure for HIV.

At a press conference with Minister of Health Obadiah Moyo, Magaya said he was now going to undertake clinical trials for his product.

“I took heed of what government and relevant boards have asked me to do to retract my earlier claim, which I am now doing,” he said.

“I carry an apology to them and the public. Having carried the research from outside the country, I went on to announce the results unprocedurally. I apologise once again. Together we are going to work towards running intensive clinical trials for Aguma.”

Trouble started for Magaya after he made an advertisement on Yadah television of Aguma medicine, which he claimed can cure HIV, AIDS, cancer and other ailments.

He further made claims on Aretha Medical website – his company – that Aretha Medical and himself were the manufacturers of the Aguma medicine.

The said website was visited and it was discovered that Magaya claimed that they had conducted clinical trials and proved that Aguma medicine can cure the mentioned diseases.

It is alleged that verifications were made through the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) on their records and it was established that Aguma was neither a registered medicine nor drug in Zimbabwe.

His claims were further dismissed by the World Health Organisation, the United Nations and medical bodies in the country.

On October 31, a warrant of search and seizure was issued at the Harare Provincial Magistrates Court and a search was conducted at number 14 Edinburg Road Marlborough, Harare, where unregistered, prescription preparatory medicines, drug manufacturing, packaging machines and drugs manufacturing raw materials were recovered.

He was arrested on Thursday November 1 at Ministry of Health and Child Care offices where he was conducting a Press conference.

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All Is Set For The 2018 MTV EMAs – Here Are Names Of Those Performing Tonight

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Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj To Perform Tonight At 2018 MTV EMAs

Popular musicians Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj are among those who will perform as Spain hosts the MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMAs) for the third time tonight.

The event, which is the biggest global music celebration of the year, will broadcast live globally from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Barakaldo, Biscay on Sunday, November 4, (20:00 WAT) on MTV (DStv channel 130).

The red carpets starts at 7pm UK time (8pm CET) with the main show beginning at 8pm on MTV.

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MTV yesterday announced its star-studded performance line-up for the 2018 MTV EMAs.

They include international pop sensations Little Mix, pop star Bebe Rexha, superstar DJ/producer David Guetta and platinum-selling musician, Jason Derulo.

These artists will join previously announced host and performer Hailee Steinfeld, Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Rosalía, Panic and at the Disco.

Others are Alessia Cara, Marshmello, Bastille, Anne-Marie, Jack & Jack and “Global Icon” award recipient, Janet Jackson.

Latin Pop’s breakthrough star, Sofia Reyes, is expected to open this year’s red carpet pre-show with a performance, in addition to presenting an award during the main show.

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A statement from the organisers said these artists join previously-announced host and performer, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Rosalía, Panic! at the Disco, Alessia Cara, Marshmello, Bastille, Anne-Marie, Jack & Jack and “Global Icon” award recipient, Janet Jackson.

“In addition to Reyes, model Jourdan Dunn and actor Terry Crews are added as presenters, joining previously-announced stars Lindsay Lohan, Anitta, Debby Ryan, Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, and Netflix stars Michael Peña and Diego Luna.

“Representing the African continent at the awards are the six nominees for the Best African Act category; Davido (Nigeria), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Nyashinski (Kenya) and Shekhinah (South Africa)

“They join 26-year-old Nigerian, Hauwa Ojeifo, nominated in the first MTV EMA Generation Change Award,” it noted.

MTV also noted that voting is still open at mtvema.com until November 3, at 22:59pm.

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FRSC Recruitment: 15,000 Candidates Write JAMB Exams

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FRSC Recruitment: 15,000 Candidates Write JAMB Exams

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says that it conducted recruitment examination for about 15,000 candidates of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) across the country on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

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Speaking with newsmen during the conduct of the exercise in Abuja, the Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, said the exercise was being conducted at the board’s Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country and have so far been reported successful, except for a centre in Taraba.

“There has been no problem; all centres are doing well but at a centre in Taraba, some of their computers malfunctioned but we have ordered an immediate relocation of the candidates to another centre,” the JAMB registrar said.

Mr Oloyede reiterated JAMB’s readiness to deliver a transparent system for all forms of examinations conducted through the CBT system of the board.

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Bear in mind that the FRSC Corps Marshal had in July said that the corps would recruit additional 4,650 personnel and procure new operational vehicles to improve road safety management in the country.

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FRSC Recruitment: 15,000 Candidates Write JAMB Exams

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FRSC Recruitment: 15,000 Candidates Write JAMB Exams

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says that it conducted recruitment examination for about 15,000 candidates of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) across the country on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

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Speaking with newsmen during the conduct of the exercise in Abuja, the Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, said the exercise was being conducted at the board’s Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country and have so far been reported successful, except for a centre in Taraba.

“There has been no problem; all centres are doing well but at a centre in Taraba, some of their computers malfunctioned but we have ordered an immediate relocation of the candidates to another centre,” the JAMB registrar said.

Mr Oloyede reiterated JAMB’s readiness to deliver a transparent system for all forms of examinations conducted through the CBT system of the board.

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Bear in mind that the FRSC Corps Marshal had in July said that the corps would recruit additional 4,650 personnel and procure new operational vehicles to improve road safety management in the country.

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UNILORIN Increases Tuition Fee

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UNILORIN Increases Tuition Fee

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has increased its tuition fee by over 100 per cent, students and a university official have confirmed.

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Premium Times quoted the students union president, Seyi Animasaun, as confirming this on Saturday, November 3.

 “What we have woken up to is rather unexpected, shocking and challenging. This cannot stand. I have called emergency meeting with all SU executives and all Faculty presidents and we shall release a comprehensive report after,” he said.

When asked of the amount added to the tuition, he said it “varies across different faculties”.

Another student also disclosed that the increment is over 100 per cent and it “depends on the amount each faculty has been paying before now”.

Further findings by the news outlet show that the tuition for the department of Mass Communication for instance was increased from N10,700 to N23,300.

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It is believed that the increment will take effect from 2018/2019 academic session.

Speaking on the development, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, told the online medium that the increment is ‘marginal’. He was however contradictory in his response.

“It is not an increment. Do you have the fees of other Federal Universities? Even with the increment, we are far ‘better’ than other universities.

“The increment is just marginal with the current economy reality and we are still below other universities,” he said.

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UNILORIN Increases Tuition Fee

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UNILORIN Increases Tuition Fee

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has increased its tuition fee by over 100 per cent, students and a university official have confirmed.

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Premium Times quoted the students union president, Seyi Animasaun, as confirming this on Saturday, November 3.

 “What we have woken up to is rather unexpected, shocking and challenging. This cannot stand. I have called emergency meeting with all SU executives and all Faculty presidents and we shall release a comprehensive report after,” he said.

When asked of the amount added to the tuition, he said it “varies across different faculties”.

Another student also disclosed that the increment is over 100 per cent and it “depends on the amount each faculty has been paying before now”.

Further findings by the news outlet show that the tuition for the department of Mass Communication for instance was increased from N10,700 to N23,300.

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It is believed that the increment will take effect from 2018/2019 academic session.

Speaking on the development, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, told the online medium that the increment is ‘marginal’. He was however contradictory in his response.

“It is not an increment. Do you have the fees of other Federal Universities? Even with the increment, we are far ‘better’ than other universities.

“The increment is just marginal with the current economy reality and we are still below other universities,” he said.

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Fuel Scarcity Looms As NUPENG Shows Support For NLC Planned Strike

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Fuel Scarcity Looms As NUPENG Shows Support For NLC Planned Strike

Fuel scarcity may become inevitable as from November 6, as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has indicated that it is totally with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and would follow any step that the NLC decides to take.

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On Friday, the Nigerian government received an order from the National Industrial Court restraining the organised labour from embarking on strike.

The NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) had, however, insisted on embarking on the strike, claiming that they had not been served with court processes.

However, in a chat with The Punch, the National President of NUPENG, Prince Akporeha, disclosed that since his union is an affiliate of the NLC, it would comply fully with any directive the NLC gave.

When asked if NUPENG would join the strike, he said, “Are we not an affiliate of the NLC? Is NUPENG on its own? Of course we are with the NLC.”

When reminded of the fact that a court had ordered unions not to go on strike, the NUPENG president said, “We are waiting for directives.”

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The organised labour had fixed November 6, 2018 for the commencement of an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to approve the N30, 000 it is demanding as minimum wage.

Last week, the Nigeria Governors Forum said it could only pay N22, 500 as minimum wage, a position which was rejected by the unions.

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