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BREAKING: COVID-19 Heath Workers Block Hospital Management Board’s Entrance, Demand Payment Of Allowances In Edo

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Mobile screening team of the Edo State COVID-19 response on Tuesday, June 30, staged a protest in Benin city over the state government’s refusal to pay their two months allowances.

The protesters blocked the entrance leading to the premises of the state Hospital Management Board thereby preventing movement in and out of the compound.

The screening team which comprises medical doctors, health personnel, contact tracers, data collectors among others, was initiated to trace people who have had contacts with COVID-19 patients, all in a bid to ramp up testing in the state.

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The Edo state COVID-19 response team led by Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki earlier set up the mobile screening with a target to screen and test 500,000 and 15,000 persons, respectively.

But to their greatest surprise after working for two months they  received a WhatsApp message from the Incident Manager COVID-19 mobile screening exercise, Andrew Obi, disengaging them from their duties without due payment of monthly allowances.

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Speaking on behalf of the ad-hoc staff, Ojei Emmanuel said they have been treated with lack of pity and compassion.

According to him, he (Andrew Obi) sent us a message without showing his face and that is not a credible act by any person.

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“I come from a distance, I pay N600 on a daily basis for transport fare, and I have been doing that for 61 days.

“We just came in today to find out that we have been relieved of the job and we have not been paid for two months. We have 26 groups containing about eight persons per group. There are group leaders in each group; there are doctors. 

“Though it was 31 days, we still agree to be paid 90,000 from the outset not 93,000.  So, why we are being owed, we don’t know, why we are being relieved of the job, we still also do not know; all we want is for them to pay what is due to us,” he added.

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Another who identified himself as Philip said, “Some of us have tested positive in the line of duty, they even gave us empty mifi and we use our money to buy data. They have been telling us to be patient but noting has been done about it.

“Many of us can not even hug our children at home. This is inhumane and should be addressed.

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Effort to speak with the the state Commissioner for health was dashed as he was stopped from speaking to journalists on the issue when newsmen met him at the office of the Deputy Governor of the state with the promise that the Deputy Governor, who is the head of technical committee.

The Deputy Governor did not, however, attend to journalists after much waiting, rather his CPS, Musa Ebomhiane shut newsmen out from meeting him.

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He responded when approached to see his principal: “But he has seen you, what else do you want”?

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How My Husband Was Labelled Yahoo Boy, Killed By Lagos Okada Riders Over N100 -Wife

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Grace, widow of the 37-year-old sound engineer who was killed by motorcyclists in Lagos State, David Imoh, has narrated how her husband was killed while trying to settle a fight between two friends and his killers.

In an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, Grace said her husband was wrongly labelled as a ritualist and Yahoo Boy before being lynched to death.

They didn’t just beat him, they stabbed and burnt him to death,” the mother of two broke down in tears.

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He was burnt as if he is a robber. They have taken my world away from me because of N100. This is not good,” she added.

So far, two suspects have been arrested in connection with Imoh’s death.

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The late Imoh, who was popularly called Dave Sound, had an aged mother, a five-year-old boy and another One-year and five-month-old baby.

She identified the two other friends of her late husband involved in the fight as band members of D’Banj and Phyno.

The widow said, “My husband went to work on May 10, I was called on May 13 by one of his friends that we lost him. He said his family should come to the Maroko police station. So my relatives and his own went there. The police told them that my husband and his friend climbed the Aboki (Hausa man)’s bike, and they had an argument over N100.

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“In the process, one of the Okada guys was hit and he fell down so they started beating them up.
My husband was beaten and they were shouting that he is a ritualist and a Yahoo Boy. After being beaten, he was burnt to death.”

Grace, however, explained that the narrative by one of Imoh’s friends made her realise that her late husband was invited to settle the dispute over the N100 balance when he was killed.

She continued, “But on Twitter, a colleague of his put up a video on what happened. She said my husband was setting up in a bar. Being a sound engineer he works with Church of God Mission Garden City, Lekki during the day. He also works with Legacy 360 Band in the evening when there is a show.

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“My husband was not part of those who mounted the bike. Two guys (band members) took the bike and when they arrived at the venue, an argument happened between the two guys and the motorcyclist.

“They gave the motorcyclist N500 and were to get a balance of N100 but the bike man said he didn’t have change. They told him to take N300 but he refused and a fight broke out.

“My husband was invited to intervene in the issue. David intervened because of N100 and was killed. He came outside trying to intervene but when they saw that the motorcyclists were overpowering them, they had to run back inside the bar but the bar manager pushed them out. He denied knowing them, David tried hiding but a Hausa lady exposed him.”

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Grace, who is a civil servant and a Post Graduate Diploma holder, called on the Lagos State Government to ensure justice in the matter.

All because he wanted to help settle a dispute, he was killed. They have taken away my world. Please Lagos Government, Governor Sanwo-Olu, my Head of Service, Muri Okunola, and others help me, I cry for justice and for the welfare of my children. Please come to my rescue. I’m helpless,” she said.

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“How do I take care of these kids. I wanted to pursue my Master’s and get my COREN certification as an engineer. Those were his plans for me. My husband is the only one helping me. How will my children go to school?”

PUNCH.

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ASUU Strike: Students Protest, Block Federal Secretariat In Edo

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Students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Monday cordoned off the Benin-Auchi-Ramat Park axis of the state capital to expressed their displeasure over the prolonged strike bt Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU)

The students later proceeded to the Federal Secretariat in Benin City to present their case to the government, where they breached the gate.

At the secretariat, they were received by the director, Jeremiah Abu, whom they told to take their displeasure with the prolonged strike to the government.

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Abu, in his remark, assured the students of his support and to act accordingly. He, however, asked them to let their conduct remain peaceful.

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ASUU Strike: Angry Students Block Sagamu-Benin Expressway

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Students on Monday blocked the Sagamu-Benin Expressway protesting the prolonged strike action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The joint protest had in attendance students from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Tai Solarin University of Education, Science and Technology (TASUED) Ijagun and the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta.

NAN reports that travellers have been left stranded as the students blocked the TASUED axis as well as the expressway.

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The students held placards with inscriptions such as “End ASUU strike now”, “ We say no to educational stagnancy”, “ We’re tired of deadlock meetings” and “Education should not be this difficult” among others.

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Speaking at the protest ground, the NANS Chairman in the state, Damilola Simeon, urged the Buhari-led government to act urgently to the yearnings of ASUU.

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Simeon noted that it was high time the federal government and members of ASUU reached a compromise to end the strike.

“We don’t pray that our students end up engaging themselves in criminal activities as we all know that an idle hand is the devil’s workshop,” he said.

The NANS chairman admonished the government and ASUU to do the needful and call off the strike.

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Don Ayomide, President, Student Union Government of TASUED, also at the protest said the action became necessary to inform the government and ASUU of the plight of Nigerian students.

He added that the Federal Government should endeavour to respect the agreements reached between the two parties, stressing that the students were most affected by the current strike.

ASUU announced a three-month extension of its ongoing strike, which began on Feb.14 to give the government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.

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