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Keyamo’s outburst disappointing, FG misinforming Nigerians –ASUU

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Prof Emmanuel Osodeke and Festus Keyamo

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has dared the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN), to list some of the actions taken by the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), to end the ongoing strike by the union.

The union also accused the Federal Government of not having the interest of Nigerians at heart.

Sunday PUNCH reports that Keyamo, the activist-turned-politician, during an interview on Channels TV had said the Federal Government had done all within its power to end the strike by ASUU.

Keyamo had also appealed to parents and guardians to “beg” the union while adding that the government had no plans to borrow to meet their demands.

ASUU declared a strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

The union blamed the government for failing to meet some of the lingering demands that it had presented before the suspension of its 2020 industrial action.

Some of the demands include the release of revitalisation funds for universities, release of earned academic allowances for the staff of universities, release of white paper of the visitation panel to universities, deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of the salaries and allowances of lecturers, renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement; stoppage to the proliferation of universities by lawmakers and other government officials.

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Replying to Keyamo’s claims, the National President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview with Sunday PUNCH in Abuja, expressed disappointment at the claims by the minister.

“When I listened to him yesterday, I felt very disappointed. We are in a country where someone who has risen in the legal profession can come out to completely misinform the public. It is so sad and I feel so pained.

“We are challenging him to mention one of the things the government has done on all the issues that led to the strike. How much has been released for the revitalisation fund for universities? How much has been released for the payment of the earned academic allowances? Has the visitation panel report been released? This is a demand that does not even have to do with money,” he said.

He added, “Have they signed the agreement that was negotiated between their team and ASUU? On the issue of IPPIS and UTAS, have the results been made available? These are the questions Nigerians have to ask them. The demands that don’t have to do with money, have they met those demands?

“I am so disappointed. This is someone who was on the street fighting for the poor Nigerians until he joined politics. This same man has turned around to fight the Nigerian people. We challenge him to tell the Nigerian people what the government has done concerning the seven demands that were listed. It is so sad, and that is why Nigeria is where it is today.

“These people do not have the interest of Nigerians at heart. Nigeria is battling all manner of things. Insecurity, education is on lockdown. They have not released one kobo, I’m saying this with all due respect. The government has not released one kobo to any university since the strike started, but you are giving N1.14 billion worth of vehicles to government officials in the Niger Republic.

“You know why they don’t believe in Nigerians. If their children were to be in our schools, they would have done something”.

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Breaking: Phyna wins Season 7 Level-up N100m BBN grand prize

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Ijeoma Josephina Otabor popularly known as Phyna Sunday night emerged winner of the Season 7 Big Brother Naija grand prize, N100m.

She came first in the three-month-long reality TV show, beating Brian and Bella, the first and second runner-up respectively.

Phyna, a 25-year-old singer who had been one of the most popular housemates, won with 46.74% of the final votes from the public, while her closest rival. Brian, got 26+% votes.

This year’s grand prize is the highest since the show debuted in 2006.

The organisers had earlier said N50 million is the cash prize while the other N50 million is an estimation of prizes from the sponsors.

The show commenced with the eviction of Daniella, Chichi, Adekunle and Bella, climaxing into a suspense who would win between Phyna and Brian.

The audience erupted into an ecstasy as soon as the host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, announced Phyna as the winner.

The show also featured performances from top Nigerian music stars including MI Abaga, Falz, and Pheelz.

Phyna’s stint on the show was dominated by talks about her relationship with Groovy, a fellow housemate.

She also made the headlines for becoming the head of house (HoH) in the eighth week and her clash with Hermes.

Phyna has joined the exclusive list of the reality television show winners namely Katung Aduwak, Efe Ejeba, Miracle Igbokwe, Mercy Eke, Olamilekan Agbeleshebioba (Laycon), and Hazel Oyeze Onou (Whitemoney) of season 1-6 respectively.

A total of 28 housemates participated in this season titled ‘Level Up’ edition.

The seventh season commenced with a double premiere on July 23 and 24 and ran for a today of 72 days.

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Joining witch society, better than Nollywood, says Olamide Odunlade

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Olamide Odunlade with Ibrahim Yekini

Beautiful actress, Olamide Odunlade popularly known as ‘Olamideoyin Omomala’ has said joining witch society is better than Nollywood.

It is no big news that plenty of bad bloods flow freely in the Nigerian movie space known as Nollywood.

At least, many actors have voiced their frustrations at different times. So, when Odunlade penned her recent experience on her Instagram page, it came as no surprise.

According to the actress, the movie industry is not a lovable one, noting that so much hate abounds in the industry.

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“It is better to join a witch society than being in Nollywood but God is with me. I have always known that the industry we are in is not a lovable one,” she wrote on her wall.

Theeditorial.ng gathered that the actress was accusing a colleague of slandering her, telling lies about her.

“Feel free to say anything you like about me but make sure it’s the truth, tell them the real story of how everything happened. Mind you, I talk with receipts and evidence, I don’t just cook up lies and tarnish other people’s image. While you are busy telling them the bad side which is a lie, and you know it deep down in your heart, use that same energy and time to tell them the truth and the good side I have always shown you. I didn’t wrong anyone, and with God all things are possible,” she said.

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BBN: Chizzy, Rachel in surprise eviction, six housemates remaining

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Big Brother Naija housemates, Chizzy and Rachel have been evicted from the show.

The Riders were evicted on Friday night when Ebuka paid the house a surprise visit.

The two housemates were on August 5th introduced to the show as riders.

Ebuka had said they would act as agents of Biggie and cannot be disqualified.

He added that they are not eligible to win the N100 million grand prize.

Before their eviction on Friday, Ebuka had shown the housemates the highlight of their time in the house.

Although Ebuka did not inform the six finalists that Rachel and Chizzy were not real housemates, their eviction came as a surprise to fans of the show who expected them to stay till Sunday.

Their exit leaves Phyna, Bryann, Bella, Daniella, Chichi, and Adekunle battling for the prize during the grand finale on Sunday.

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