ABU’s Senior Staff Union Pulls Out Of National Strike

FILE PHOTO: Students leaving school premises after a crisis.

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) chapter of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities Union (SSANU) has pulled out of a four-month national strike. 

The decision to suspend the strike was taken on Tuesday after the congress held at the union secretariat in the main campus of the University.

Members of the union were directed to resume work immediately marking an end to the strike which was embarked upon by the union since December 2017.

The  Union’s Branch chairman, Ilyas Abdulrauf Bello after the Congress said the national strike had lost direction and focus,  hence the decision of the chapter’s congress to pull out and resume work.

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“The union embarked on the strike action on December 4, 2017. This is the fourth month and up till now, the strike has lost direction, it has lost focus. The government is not inviting the union, most universities are in session, academic activities are in progress. We felt the best we could do is to call on our members to resume work immediately.

“This idea was muted by the congress and it was unanimously adopted. On this note the SSANU members have been directed by the congress of SSANU, Ahmadu Bello University chapter to resume work with immediate effect,” he said.

Bello also lamented that, continuing with strike where academic activities are going on smoothly and the striking workers getting their salaries regularly was meaningless.

The SSANU members also expressed anger over the purported expulsion of their chapter chairman and resolved that, the letter of expulsion issued to their chairman, Ilyas Abdulrauf Bello was null, void and of no effect.

The association said that, the constitution of the the union was not followed in the purported expulsion, adding that, the national body of the union does not have the power to expel any official or member of the local chapter.

The Chairman also disclosed that, the congress of the ABU chapter also expelled some erring members upon their failure to appear before its disciplinary committee after their initial suspension.

 

Dino Melaye Storms Senate In Academic Gown

Dino Melaye Storms Senate In Academic GownA mild drama occurred on Tuesday in the Senate as a Senator Representing Kogi State, Mr Dino Melaye, stormed the upper legislative chambers in an academic gown.

Senator Melaye staged the appearance apparently to affirm his graduation from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

His appearance drew the attention of some of his colleagues, journalists and visitors to the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The lawmaker has been defending allegations by an online media that he dropped out of the university.

He has testified before the Senate Committee on Ethics that he graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, a testimony which was confirmed by the Vice Chancellor of the institution.

Senate To Probe Allegations Against Saraki, Dino Melaye

Senate To Probe Allegations Against Saraki, Dino MelayeThe Nigerian Senate is set to investigate the allegation against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, over the seizure of a bulletproof Sports Utility Vehicle by the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Customs was said to have seized the vehicle belonging to the Senate President for unpaid duties valued at 74 million Naira.

The Upper Chamber said it would also investigate the allegation that one of its members representing Kogi State, Senator Dino Melaye, did not obtain a degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as claimed in the document submitted to the Senate.

The lawmakers reached the decision to begin the investigations on Tuesday after the former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, raised a point of order at plenary asking the Senate to look into the issues.

The matters have been referred to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions for investigation.

Saraki Appoints Baba Ahmed As Chief Of Staff

Saraki Appoints Baba Ahmed as Chief of StaffSenate President, Bukola Saraki has appointed Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed as his new Chief of Staff.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senator Saraki says the appointment takes immediate effect.

61-year-old Baba Ahmed was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; London School of Economics and University of Sussex, both in the United Kingdom.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

He was permanent secretary at various times in the Presidency and later Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

He later became Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He is a holder of the national honour of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

The new Chief of Staff to the Senate President is a columnist with the Daily Trust Newspaper.

IGP Appoints Jimoh Moshood As New Police PRO

IGP Appoints Jimoh Moshood As New Police PROThe Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has appointed CSP Jimoh Olohundare Moshood as the substantive Force Public Relations Officer, taking over from Ag. CP. Don N. Awunah who has since been posted as Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command.

CSP Jimoh Moshood hails from Ilorin in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State. He holds a B.Sc in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

He was once a Police Public Relations Officer, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the position which earned him Commissioner of Police commendations for diligent and excellent performance.

He attended several courses within and outside the Country few of which are Crime Prevention Of Korea Police, At Police Training Institute, Seoul South Korea; Training Course on Anti-Hijacking Techniques and Tactics for Developing Countries at Special Police Academy, Beijing, China.

He is a member of Nigeria Institutes of Public Relations, member of Africa Business School,  Abuja and Associate Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration Of Nigeria.

The officer has served in various capacities in the Nigeria Police Force as DPO Central Area, Abuja between 2012 – 2013 and Chief Superintendent of Police in charge of Department of Finance and Administration, FCT Police Command, Abuja among others.

Until his recent appointment he was the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer FHQ Abuja.

He has since assumed duty as the Force Public Relations Officer for the Nigeria Police Force.

Saraki Harps On Needed Investment In Nigeria’s Human Resources

Saraki Canvasses Review of Procurement Laws To Cushion RecessionNigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called for greater investments in human resources, which he described as the greatest assets of the country regardless of the nation’s abundant mineral and material resources.

At a night of recognition and dinner in honour of 72 graduates of Kwara origin who bagged first class in their studies, tagged, ‘Kwara Class of Honours’, Dr Saraki said human resources in Nigeria had not received sufficient investments and encouragement.

Future Of Nigeria

The former Kwara State governor commended the beneficiaries for their determination, commitment, patience and academic exploits.

He reiterated that the youths were the future of Nigeria and urged Nigerian students to aim for excellence and be good ambassadors of their alma mater after graduation.

“We have a lot of resources. You talk about oil, solid minerals and others, but we spend less time on human resources which is the most important.

“What you have in front of us is worth more than many barrels of oils and worth more than many carats of gold,” the Senate president observed.

The 73 firstclass beneficiaries graduated from public and private universities across Nigeria which included, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, Federal University, Minna, Kwara State University, Covenant University, Bowen University and Afe Babalola University.

 

ABUTH Doctors Begin Three Days Warning Strike

Doctors, ABUTH, Strike, HospltalResident doctors at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria in Kaduna State on Monday commenced a three-day warning strike.

The President of the Association of Resident Doctors at the hospital, Dr. Waziri Aliyu, said the strike was the last option to press home their demands.

The doctors had last week Monday, staged a peaceful protest in view of the fact that the management was not willing to yield to their requests.

Some of the anomalies they are protesting against are poor working environment and facilities, non-payment of full salaries and allowances, victimisation of members and reinstatement of sacked colleagues among others.

Dr. Aliyu commended the courage of members of the union for their total compliance.

He urged them to remain resolute and endure the difficulties they might encounter during the period.

Niger Governor Appoints Yabagi Sule Acting Head Of Service

Niger, Head of Service, Yabagi SuleGovernor Abubakar Bello has appointed Mr Yabagi Sule as the acting Head of Service of the Niger State Civil Service.

A statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Mr Jibrin Ndace, on Monday in Minna, the state’s capital disclosed that Mr Sule replaced Mr Mohammed Lapai, who had proceeded on terminal leave with immediate effect.

Governor Bello commended Mr Lapai for his contributions to the growth of the state civil service, especially during the recent rationalisation of the service in 2015.

Sule, 57, joined the state’s civil service on April 1, 1986 and rose through the ranks before he was appointed Permanent Secretary on May 22, 2012.

He hails from Bida in Bida Local Government of Niger State, north-central Nigeria and he is a product of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He had served in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including Local Government Service Commission as Permanent Secretary.

Mr Sule was posted to the Office of the Head of Service as Permanent Secretary (Establishment) on September 14, 2015 before his new appointment.

Atiku Abubakar Lends Support For Restructuring of Nigeria

atikuThe former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is in support of the restructuring of Nigeria along federating units.

He stated that Nigeria is not working as it should because the centre has more powers than the federating states.

The former V.P said that a restructuring would foster national unity and integration, and also lay to rest the continuous agitation for resource control and creation of more states by different geo-political zones.

He made the remark in Kaduna State during the memorial conference for late General Hassan Usman Katsina.

Speaking on the topic, “Restructuring Nigeria For Greater National Integration and Democratic Stability”, Atiku said that there is the need to restructure the nation to make it stronger and more united.

According to him, while Nigeria must remain a united country, the unity which most citizens desire should never be taken for granted or taken as evidence that Nigerians are contented with the current structure of the federation.

The conference which had the theme: ‘Challenges of National Integration and the Survival of Democracy in Nigeria’, gathered dignitaries who came to celebrate the former military governor of the defunct Northern region, General Hassan Katsina.

Atiku also argued that the current presidential system of governance has thrown up so many issues in the polity such as struggle for power rotation at the centre, and overbearing control of resources by the federal government with limited resources going to the states and local governments.

The former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ango Abdullahi, cautioned the agitators for control of oil deposits in the Niger Delta region to have a rethink.

He argued that it was the proceeds from the North that was used in developing the country before the advent of oil.

He also stated that Nigeria is divisible if the various political zones fail to work collectively as one, stressing that the north is not scared of separating from the rest of the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Danbazau, said that the time to achieve national unity was now, considering the numerous security and economic challenges confronting the nation.

He also stated that good governance remains the key for the sustenance of national integration, adding that the federal government under his leadership is making effort to enthrone political stability and protect the lives and property of every citizen.

Kano Govt. Out To End Tomato Virus Attack

Tomato virusGovernor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has directed the state’s Agricultural and Rural Development Authority to embark on a special assessment of tomato seeds to recommend the best one for farmers in order to avoid similar Tomato virus attack that has left most farmers with massive losses.

During a visit to some tomato plantations across the state, Governor Ganduje said that he has also entered into partnership with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and some international organizations to provide a workable solution to the virus that destroyed more than half of this year’s tomato production.

Tomato farmers in Kano had just celebrated the first tomato production by the Dangote processing factories before the arrival of the deadly tomatoes virus.

Farmers say they have lost billions of Naira as Dangote stopped production due to the unavailability of tomatoes.

This led to Governor Ganduje embarking on the assessment tour where he assured the farmers that their losses would not be in vein.

As part of the state government’s commercial agriculture programme, Governor Ganduje presented letters of employment to some additional 300 agricultural extension workers who were charged with the responsibility of educating farmers on modern farming techniques across the 44 local government areas of the state.

Ganduje also said that his Government has decided to engage Fulani herdsmen into a modern way of practising their trade to include the provision of grazing lands across the state.

Governor Ganduje also told farmers that his government would continue to support and empower agriculturalists in the state to ensure that the growth and development of the economy no longer depend on oil revenue.

Arase Appoints New Police Commissioner For Kaduna State

PoliceThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase has appointed Mr Adamu Ibrahim as the new Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command.

Ibrahim replaces Mr Umar Shehu who has been transfered to force headquarters, Abuja.

In a press release issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar, says that the new commissioner enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1986, and was a one time deputy force secretary, commissioner of police in Abia state.

Before his posting to Kaduna, he was the commissioner of Police Administration, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The new commissioner, who took over from his predecessor on Friday, holds a masters degree in Law and Criminal Justice from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Buhari Appoints Virtually Impaired Man As Special Assistant

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a visually impaired man, Dr. Samuel Ankeli, as his Senior Special Assistant with responsibility for his dealings with persons living with disability.

Dr. Ankeli headed the Directorate of Persons with Disability at the Buhari/Osinbajo APC presidential campaign headquarters, the first of any such department in a political party in Nigeria.

He led a team that successfully mobilised a large number from the more than 24 million disabled persons in the country to support the All Progressives Congress candidate and his running mate during the 2015 presidential election campaign.

Dr. Ankeli, who hails from Benue State, went to school in Giwa, near Zaria and Kaduna, afterwards headed to the Ahmadu Bello University to study veterinary medicine.

He worked with the Benue State government before quitting to give time to his activist role in the promotion of the well-being of the blind and people with all kinds of disability.

Dr. Samuel Inalegwu Ode Ankeli is married with children as well as leads a very active religious and sporting life.