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Edo Govt Not Owing COEASU Workers, Says PDP

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EDO State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the state government is not indebted to workers of the College of Education, Ekiadolor (now defunct), who have been protesting in the last couple of days in Benin City.

The workers who have been complaining of 11 months of unpaid salaries and allowances have been protesting round the state capital since Tuesday.

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The state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare, said the lecturers were only wiping up sentiments to cover for their act of insubordination in carrying out lawful directives.

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However, the chairman, the school’s College of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, Fred Omonuwa denied the allegation, saying that they were only demanding what is their right and that there is no political coloration.

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The statement explained that the staffs were asked to go and resume at Abudu with the closure of the institution but they rejected the offer even after earlier refusing to transfer their services to the state civil service.

He said “We consider these protests very serious especially as the allegations of non-payment of salary was adduced as the reason for the protest for a government that is not owing any sector salaries including pension arrears.

“You will recall that the last APC administration led by Mr. Adams Oshiomhole established two new state universities same day. Tayo Akpata University of Education and Edo university of Science and Technology, Uzaiure, now known and referred to as Edo University  Iyamho. 

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“We wondered how a new University was built from scratch, got accreditation and started admitting students even as Tayo Akpata University of Education with existing infrastructure did not have even a toilet added to the existing structures talk let alone admitting students in the Adams Oshiomhole administration.

“The newly “established” Tayo Akpata University of Education was eventually shut down, as the move to convert the old College of Education into a University of Education became impossible due to budget constraints, as the state is already blessed with two state-owned universities and seven private universities, it would be imprudent to establish another state-owned university.”

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It was gather that on Thursday, the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Legislative Matters, Hon Kabiru Adjoto had met with the workers where he was said to have told them that the governor would meet with them and address part of their demands between yesterday and tomorrow.

Omonuwa said, “Hon Kabiru Adjoto met us where he assured us that the government will meet with us today and that is what we are waiting for because it is an embarrassment for anybody to say we are being sponsored.

“There is nothing like politics here, nobody posted us to Igueben or Abudu as being alleged either by letter or directive.

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“They are bringing politics into it, linking us with APC but we are it perturbed by that, we are fighting a just course and we are asking for our legitimate money. If they posted us and we did not go, what about the pensioners, were they also posted to Abudu or Igueben? Their payment is also part of the subvention so what they are saying are just lies. But we are resolute in our demands.” 

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FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption

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The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service

Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.

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However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.

But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.

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He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.

Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.

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Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians

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Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.

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Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.

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Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.

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He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”

The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.

Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.

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The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.

Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.

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The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.

In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.

Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.

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Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons

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Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.

It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.

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This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”

The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.

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According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.

“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”

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“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”

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