ASUP Threatens Indefinite Strike

asupThe Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike on Wednesday 25th February, if government fails to meet their demands.

President of the Union, Mr Chibuzor Asomugha told journalists during a press briefing in Abuja that government has not implemented any of their demands since the suspension of the last strike embarked upon by the Union in July last year.

ASUP is aggrieved over the dichotomy that exists in the way Polytechnic and University graduates are treated in the labour market, and the poor attention given to the polytechnics.

They are also kicking against government’s non-implementation of an agreed salary structure since 2009.

Two Nigerians To Participate In Obama’s #YALI

U.S. President Obama waves to students at Washington-Lee High School in VirginiaTwo young Nigerians; Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye and Olusegun Odunaiya have been chosen to join other young Africans to be a part of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative #YALI, in the United States of America.

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye has over 10 years of experience as an investigative journalist on a variety of beats such as politics, crime, business, health and the environment. Ogunseye, who is the first female editor in the over 40-year history of Punch Newspaper (the most widely-read newspaper in Nigeria), is the Editor of the Sunday title Sunday Punch.

She holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos, a PGD in Print Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, an M.Sc. in Media and Communication from the Pan-Atlantic University and is currently studying for a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester.

Olusegun Odunaiya has more than six years of experience working in the renewable energy sector with a focus on solar energy systems. As the operations officer for Havenhill Synergy Limited (the business venture he started over four years ago) he directly oversees a project called “End Blackout” in rural communities.

The initiative which President Barack Obama announced last year June during his Town Hall Meeting with youths from African countries, will gather 500 young African leaders to the United States each year for leadership training and mentoring.

According to the first black American president, the fellowship, will invest in a new generation of young African leaders who are shaping the continent’s future, respond to the strong demand by young African leaders for practical skills that can help them take their work to the next level in the fields of public service and business, deepen partnerships and connections between the United States and Africa and build a prestigious network of young African leaders who are at the forefront of change and innovation in their respective sectors.


Benin Airport: Psychiatric Patient Apprehended While Attempting To Stowaway

Security operatives at the Benin Airport in Edo State have apprehended a 25-year-old man who allegedly stowed in to the airport runway with intent of illegally boarding an Abuja-bound Arik flight.

The development is coming less than two weeks after a 13 year old boy, Daniel Okhena successfully stowed in an Arik wheel compartment, from Benin to Lagos.

25 year old Leroy Ugaga, who wanted to gain access to the airside of the Benin Airport was arrested today by a joint patrol team of FAAN’s Aviation Security Services and the Nigerian Air Force.

Ugaga told journalists in an interview that he was a psychiatric patient and was tired of life; hence he wanted to travel to Abuja.

The General Manager Corporate Communications of FAAN, Yakubu Dati who confirmed the incident said all airports across the country now have a joint security patrol comprising staff of FAAN and the Nigerian Air force since the last stowaway incident at the Benin Airport.

FAAN appealed to all members of the public especially youths to avoid authorised entry into restricted areas of airports across the country, as doing so is now extremely dangerous.


PDP States Are Overwhelmed By Political Instabilities – Journalist

A journalist, Adewale Adeoye, while commenting on the registration of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that the move is “a good step forward,” adding that “PDP states are mostly overwhelmed by political instabilities”.

He said this after praising the developments in states where the defunct ACN was in power.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, he said the successful registration of the merger “teaches that when people are persistent about what they believe in, they should not give up.”

He added that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be given credit for standing its ground in registering the APC, despite ‘all sorts of manipulations’ such as another party laying claim to the APC acronym.

He said African People Congress’ claim that it approached INEC first was a calculated attempt to ensure that the merger party, APC, was never registered.

He disagreed with claims that APC and the PDP are the same. “I don’t think so. In terms of form, they might be the same, but in terms of content, they are different”.

Citing Lagos state, he said the city has become “a reference point for international agencies.” Ekiti state introduced social security in the history of Nigeria, as well as Osun state.

He discredited the argument of the African People Congress’ as lacking strength. “If you are going to court to argue that APC should not be registered, it has to be based on strength of an argument that is convincing”

“Any responsible judge will know that there’s no way you can defend such a position in a plural and democratic society like ours,” he added.

He said the successful registration of the new party is ‘not the end’ and the members still have a lot of work to do.

He urged the APC to convince Nigerians that there would be a paradigm shift in terms of its policies on economy, security, environment, terrorism. “Those are the issues that are more important,” he added.

He said they have to work at putting food on the tables of Nigerians.

Commenting on All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) insistence that it has not merged with any alliance, Mr Adeoye said “a section of APGA is in alliance with the APC”.

He added that “external forces would make attempt at creating division”. As far as we are concerned, the Imo state faction of AGPA is on the side of APC.

Akpabio’s N6m Lunch Money Was To Support Party Members — Commissioner

Still on allocation, commissioner Umanah said despite the large federal allocation from the FG, the state is still in need of money to complete on-going projects in the state, which is still where the state directs its local revenues generated to after he was asked by Kayode Akintemi to highlight what the state does with its local revenues.

He went further to explain that since the inception of governor Akpabio, the salaries of the State staff has been jacked up several and it has not stopped as there are plan in the pipeline to jack it up to N3 billion soonest.

On the issue of Governor Akpabio giving PDP South-South Chairmen and their delegates up to 1,200 people were given N1m each which totalled N6m according to the commissioner for information. The commissioner said that it is not supposed to be a problem as it was the governor gesture towards being humane because the chairmen and delegates have been waiting for the governor’s arrival without breakfast and lunch.

Wedding Gift To Tuface Not Too Much – Akwa Ibom Commissioner

In a swift reaction, the issue of SUV and N3 million cheque as wedding gift to popular singer Tuface Idibia and Annie Macaulay was brought to light.

The commissioner went on to defend the gesture by Governor Akpabio saying ‘Annie Macaulay and Tuface Idibia have created something very significant for Akwa Ibom State’

They brought in a galaxy of the entertainment industry, music stars and so on likewise new ambassadors into the state’.

He said if it is to fund destination marketing of branding then he doubts if the cost of one SUV and N3m is too much.

‘If we were to fund the destination marketing of branding ,i do not think N3million and the cost of one SUV is too much, even if we were to place advert on Channels Television to attract people to the new destination Governor Akpabio is building’.

He said governor Akpabio’s gesture was to repay a daughter of the state; Annie Macaulay for contributing to the repositioning of the state and has done the state proud too.

Akwa Ibom Imbroglio: Akwa Ibom Glowing With Development — Commissioner

It is no news that Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio emerged as the Chairman of the Governors Forum but what has taken Nigerians aback is the spending spree that the governor has embarked on. As if bitten by money bug, Governor doled a whooping N1m to south-south PDP chairmen for lunch at Mr. Biggs as he called it.

Kayode Akintemi and Bisi Coker Sunrise Anchors had Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Infrormation; Aniekan Umana, a journalist and a legal practitioner Uche Onu to debate on the recent spree trip that the governor has decided to embark on.

According to Bisi Coker one of Sunrise anchors, Akwa Ibom has the largest allocation amongst all the 36 states in Nigeria and despite that most part of the state is lacking development, not to talk of the horrendous daily living of the Akwa Ibom people.

And with focus on the commissioner for Information, he reacted to this saying ‘the assertion has to be objective because talking of oil production, the indices has to be understood for it fluctuates’ meaning that the said allocation does not have a regular figure.

The commissioner however debunked the assertion that development has not radiated the length and breadth of the state as he challenged our anchors to travelled down and see the level of development that reached the 36 local government areas of the state.

NTA Akure Journalist Kidnapped

A female journalist with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Akure, the Ondo state capital, has been kidnapped.

Olubunmi Oke was abducted on her way home from the office on Thursday by four unknown persons and taken to an unknown destination.

It was gathered that after overtaking her car and forcing it to stop, the men dragged Mrs Oke into their car, leaving her five month-old child and her house maid in her own vehicle.

While the management of the television station has refused to comment on the incident, the spokesman of the state police command, Wole Ogodo, also could not confirm the abduction, saying he had no permission to speak on it.

NBC Closes Down Wazobia FM Kano

Broadcasting license of the Wazobia FM in Kano State North West Nigeria has been revoked with immediate effect.

According a source working with the station in Kano, at about 4:45PM on Friday they received a circular from the Nigerian broadcasting commission banning all broadcasting operation of the station in Kano.

“Although NBC has not given us any reason for revoking our license but am sure this may not be unconnected with the recent controversy regarding our Hausa programme Sandar Girma which was said to have incited the killing of nine female health workers in the state.”

All effort to get in touch with the representatives of NBC in Kano was not successful, however all broadcasting operations in Wazobia FM has been interrupted.

The newly established station came with a critical analysis of political activities in the politically sensitive Kano state which many politicians especially the ruling class frown at.

The 2012 Future awards ceremony

Watch a compiled version of the 2012 Future Awards held in the Garden city of Port-Harcourt where several youths were awarded on merit.

Kidnapped journalist escapes kidnapper’s den through window

Prince Monday Whiskey, who was kidnapped in front of his Udu Local Government Area residence in Delta State on Monday, has escaped from his captors by climbing through a window, police and union officials said Wednesday.
The journalist, Warri-based freelancer Monday Whiskey, “escaped through the window of the house where he was kept,” the Nigerian Union of Journalists state chairman Norbert Chiazor said.
According to Mr. Chiazor, Whiskey escaped when the guard looking after him left the building, some 10 miles (16 kilometres) from Warri.
“Although he was chained in both legs, Whiskey managed to escape through the window,” he said, adding that no ransom was paid before the “miraculous escape of the journalist.”
The chairman said the kidnappers made contact with his family and demanded a ransom of 10 million naira ($63,000, 48,000 euros).
The police say no arrest has been made.
Earlier, The Warri chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in a press statement condemned the abduction of the journalist and decried the failing state of security in the nation.
“If a journalist can be kidnapped, it means nobody is safe,” the NUJ said in the statement signed by the Warri chapter chairman and secretary, Mr Michael Ikeogwu and Akpokona.
“We condemn the lackluster and lackadaisical attitude of security operatives towards securing lives and property. We, therefore urged, them to strengthen their intelligence gathering mechanism in order to be more proactive” the union added.