774,000 jobs: Committee disowns list

Osun State Special Public Works Selection Committee on Sunday disowned the 774,000 jobs list that has been in circulation. The list has been going round on social media for weeks and some of the candidates whose names appeared on it have been going to the local governments where their names appeared so that they register with banks. Nevertheless, Chairman of the committee,  Abudulyekeen Abilagbo, in a statement said that the public should disregard the list in circulation.

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TETfund plans 2000-bed facilities in Nigerian varsities –BOT chairman

Ibrahim Imam, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, of the Tertiary Education Trustfund, says plans are underway to construct facilities with provision for 2000 bed spaces across Nigerian universities. This, according to Imam, is to cushion the effect of inadequate student housing. He said, ”One of the major things that I am personally very passionate about in the system is that of student accommodation. “Across most university campuses, bed spaces are just in the region of five to 10 per cent, and that is grossly inadequate. “So, we are looking at doing 2000 bed spaces across Nigerian universities, starting with the first generation universities. “We wish to do this in collaboration with the management of the universities as well as the private investors. “I am essentially a private sector person, so I personally know the merits of involving the private sector on projects like this. “So, going forward, it is one of the avenues that we are exploring on how to do a Private Public Partnership and as soon as the private investors recover their costs, the hostels will be handed over to the school authorities,” Imam said. He continued by saying, “We are here in Unilag to see things for ourselves, we are also here to inspect all ongoing as well as completed TETfund projects. “We have a total number of 75 projects at the University of Lagos alone, at varying stages of completion. Some have, however, been completed, some are ongoing, while some are just taking off,” he added.

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Doctors Begin Strike Action In Ondo State

On Monday, resident Medical Doctors working with hospitals owned by the Ondo State government started delivering skeletal services in protest of several months of unpaid salaries. The medical doctors also threatened to embark on indefinite strike action starting from next Monday, 9 November 2020,  if the government fails to attend to their demands. These medical practitioners accused the government of owing them four months unpaid salaries. Dr Taiwo Olagbe, spokesman of the aggrieved doctors, said it was detrimental for other workers who are under health management board to receive their regular salaries while resident doctors were made to thole. He therefore, called upon the government to address their condition and impelled well-meaning Nigerians to also prevail on the government to pay their dues.

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BREAKING: Lagos schools reopen on Monday

The Lagos State Government has approved the re-opening of all classes in government and private schools across the state from Monday, November 2, 2020. The Lagos state government said that  boarders in government schools are to resume on Sunday, November 1. Due to the #EndSARS protest, schools in the state were shut on October 19, 2020, following safety concerns after hoodlums hijacked the #ENDSARS protest.

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Biafra: Nigerian govt given 90 days to conduct referendum, asked to withdraw police, army

OEAS is an international governmental organization that promotes self-determination and the end to colonial era boundaries in Africa. The Organization of Emerging African States (OEAS), has renewed its call for the Nigerian government to meet the demands for the actualization of Biafra. In a statement to DAILY POST on Sunday by its General Secretary, Ebenezer Derek Mbongo Akwanga, Jr., and Jonathan Levy, Chief Administrative Officer, the group noted that, “today, the people of Biafra fear the brutality of the Nigeria police who are slaughtering their own citizens and arming herdsman as pro-government militias. “The situation will surely escalate unless immediate action is taken,” it said. The OEAS went further to make the following demands to the Nigerian government: “All federal military and police forces in Biafra to stand down and return to their barracks. “A snap referendum on Biafran self-determination to be held within 90 days with OEAS, UNPO, and nonaligned observers supervising the balloting process. “The situation in Nigeria is fast spiraling out of control,” the organization said.

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Tinubu visits Sanwo-Olu, says I didn’t go nowhere, I’m still Jagaban

Bola Tinubu, All Progressives Congress chieftain, has lamented the invasion looting of public and private assets in the state lately. On Saturday, Tinubu made this known when he paid a visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the State House in Marina. After the meeting with the governor, Tinubu said he did not travel out of the country as reported by some social media reporter. He continued by saying that the purpose of his meeting with Sanwo-Olu was to ask him if he had ordered soldiers to attack #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday. He continued by saying that the purpose of his meeting with Sanwo-Olu was to ask him, “if he didn’t order the attack, who ordered the attack? That’s all I needed from him.” He said, “First, we have to segregate the calendar – those who suffered casualty before the protests from the hands of SARS. You have to separate that from those who suffered casualty due to what happened at the toll gate. “For those who suffered casualty from SARS, the Commission of Inquiry that is already set up will unearth that and will make their recommendations. I trust the calibre and the character of the people there, they are independent. That is one. “Those who suffered casualty during the gunshots need to answer some questions too. Even though we want to help, we still must extract information that will help the government to prepare in future and understand how and when to react because the governor, in particular is a youth. “As a youth himself, he (Sanwo-Olu) quickly went to Abuja with the 5/5. The government immediately put into action, dissolved the SARS and had to work through other recommended actions, the needs they demanded. Within a few days, he reported back to the public. That is responsive enough. “But where are we getting the looting, the carnage, the burning, the invasion of police stations, stealing of arms, maiming of the innocent?[…]

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NMA – Attack on ambulance, health workers during #ENDSARS protests condemnable

The Nigerian Medical Association on Thursday damned the violent attack by hoodlums on ambulances and healthcare workers who went to the location where the Lekki tollgate massacre took place. Dr. Adetunji Adenekan, NMA Lagos chairman, said if the violence was continued, more lives of health workers and residents would’ve been at stake. “This sad event of unprovoked and unwarranted attacks of unarmed youth by security agents, whose primary constitutional duty is the protection of lives and property, will be remembered as a day security authority waged war against and attempted to make peaceful protest unconstitutional. In parts, the statement reads, “We are also aware of the restriction of movement of ambulances by some security personnel around the Lekki area during the pandemonium, and damage to one ambulance in another part of the state by hoodlums, thereby endangering the lives of health workers.” “We also wish to note that this act has led to a more tense atmosphere with public panic and mental health concerns. “In the same vein, the event is capable of putting the lives of healthcare workers, including medical and dental practitioners, who will have to continue to care for Lagosians, in great danger,” he said. Adenekan pleaded on the Lagos State Government to create free flow of movement for emergency responders, ambulances and health workers especially for emergencies.. “We call on the state government to make adequate arrangement in respect of provision of security for health workers and doctors, first responders and all essential workers. “The NMA also wants an urgent mechanism in place to prevent further escalation of the current situation and ensure the protection of lives and property of Lagosians,” he urged. Continuing, the Consultant Ophthalmologist said, “We appreciate the efforts of first responders, ambulance drivers, nurses, emergency room physicians and other health workers who worked round the clock to provide care for the wounded Nigerians on account of these attacks; and Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, for visiting some of the victims.”  

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The Chairman of non-profit organisation urges Nigerian youths to start mobilising to take over political power in 2023.

The Chairman of non-profit organisation, Anap Foundation, Atedo Peterside, has urged Nigerian youths to start mobilising to take over political power in 2023. The former Chairman of Cadbury Nigeria Plc condemned the attacks on the unarmed #EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate and condoled the youths and the families of victims. Atedo said on Friday, “2050 is for the youths of today. It is not for those in my generation. “We are talking about the future of Nigeria and it is for the youths. So, if things happened that get the youths to be disenchanted nationwide, then we are in trouble. “I think what happened on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, can be turned around because it was the event of that day that made those who had no interest in politics to wake up. “The best time to build a nation is when the youths who are in the majority, they are at least 60 to 65 per cent, have been awakened. The gentle giants move a nation forward. “The youths themselves have learnt some lessons from these incidents. You will be most effective when you link your demands with political activism. They should start getting their voter’s cards. Don’t wait for the last one month or two months because then your cards may fail to arrive. “There is no force more powerful than the youths in Nigeria in terms of voting. They should become politically active and send some messages. “Based on what happened, I came to the conclusion that the youths should plan to take their country back from 2023. I’m a democrat and I will not encourage anything that will subvert democracy. “You voted for some people and you have to see it through. Start planning now for the next election. Don’t let anybody tell you it is too early. “One powerful signal the youths can send is that they won’t support anybody who today is above the age of 60. If you all unite on that, I[…]

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ECOWAS calls for dialogue to end protest in Nigeria

The Economic Community of West African States has urged Nigerians to build peace in the ongoing crisis in the country. This statement was disclosed by the Directorate of Communications in ECOWAS on Thursday. ECOWAS stated with utmost concern of how the peaceful protest by Nigerian youth calling for police reform had turned violent. The statement reads, “ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent. “ECOWAS Commission expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives during the protests and wishes the injured a speedy recovery. While ECOWAS Commission recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it also wishes to stress that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner. In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally. “ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly. “Finally, ECOWAS Commission appeals to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian youth and the civil society to urgently pursue dialogue for an early and amicable resolution of this social unrest and maintain the Nigerian image as a bastion of law and order.”

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#EndSARS: Hillary Clinton tells Buhari yo stop killing young protesters

  The wife of former US President, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, who was a former US Presidential Candidate, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the Nigerian Army to stop the killing of young protesters in the country. Hillary Clinton, said, “I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters. #StopNigeriaGovernment.” Hilary’s message to President Buhari was as a result of shootings carried out by the Nigerian Army targeted at #EndSARS protesters who gathered for a peaceful demonstration at the Lekki toll plaza.

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