CONUA to sue FG over withheld salaries of members

The Congress of University Academics (CONUA) has expressed its disappointment with the Federal Government, especially the Ministry of Labour and Employment, over the non-payment of its members’ withheld salaries even when the government knew that the Union did not call for strike action and its members were not involved in the strike action that lasted for eight months and which shut down the university system nationwide. CONUA formally made its non-involvement in the strike known to the Federal Government in a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment…

Peter Obi’s policy document is vacuous and offers nothing new to Nigerians – APC PCC

The APC Presidential Campaign Council has expressed its delight that the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi finally released the much-awaited policy document after many contradictory statements on same.   APC PCC said; “After perusing the document which is very high on graphics and demagogic rhetorics and short on substance, we have come to the conclusion that the document is empty and vacuous.   “The document which is titled ‘It is Possible: Our Pact with Nigerians’, offers nothing refreshing to Nigerians and comes across as total anti-climax.…

The politics of Osun State  By Lasisi Olagunju 

“Olagunju, let me know when you want to sell your car because I know you will need money very soon.” I got that text message the day I left government suddenly in November 2010. The sender hid his identity but I could guess the ‘friendly’ corner where it came from. I read it and in amusement showed it to my wife who read it with shock and said “let us pray.” We prayed and God answered every word of the prayer. If the sender is still alive and has a…

Return Of The Abuja-Kaduna Rail Line,by Reuben Abati

On March 28, 2022, a Kaduna bound train from Abuja, was attacked at a place called Katari in Kaduna State around 7: 45 pm. As is the case with many things in Nigeria where documentation is poor and students are just about to start learning history again after more than 10 years of the subject being excluded from the curriculum, till date nobody can give the exact figure of the number of passengers on that ill-fated train. What we all know is that it was attacked by rampaging bandits and…

Tigray-Ethiopia: Writing a bloody peace in hopelessness. By Owei Lakemfa

Ethiopia, which along with Liberia were the only two African countries Europe was unable to colonise, has been bathed in blood many times in the last six decades until a bloody peace was written on November 2, 2022.   A civil war with Eritrea which was then part of Ethiopia, exacerbated the 1983-85 Ethiopian Famine resulting in 1.4 million deaths. The continuous wars against the Amhara-backed Menghistu Haile Mariam regime which ended on May 28, 1991, saw a loose front of Eritrean, Tigrayan and Oromo rebels gain victory. However, the…

On Local Governments’ Autonomy,by Reuben Abati

President Muhammadu Buhari hit the nail squarely on the head last Thursday, when he told members of the Senior Executive Course No 44 (2022) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru that state Governors are stealing funds meant for Local Governments. The President’s assertion came about a day after the Minister for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba had accused state Governors of being responsible for the high level of poverty among Nigerians, the majority of whom (72%) live in rural areas, and had been neglected.…

Census and Partnership with the Media In Nigeria, By ABUBAKAR YUSUF.

The leadership of National Population Commission NPC under Hon Nasir Isa Kwarra and his Commissioners are not leaving any stone unturned towards ensuring the success of the forthcoming 2023 population and housing census, after the ten years statutory period that was due for another exercise. Since assumption of duty in 2020 at the Commission, two years ago, Kwarra had guided jealousy the mandate to conduct a new digital population and housing census that will not only be acceptable to Nigerians, but the international communities. Aside repositioning the moribund agency to…

TikTok Challenge used to circulate Information-Stealing Malware – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (NCC-CSIRT) has warned about the potential harm of taking part in the Invisible Challenge on short-form video hosting service, TokTok, revealing that it exposes devices to Information-Stealing Malware.   An NCC-CSIRT advisory said threat actors have taken advantage of a viral TikTok challenge, known as the Invisible Challenge, to disseminate an information-stealing malware known as the WASP (or W4SP) stealer.   The WASP stealer, which is high in probability with critical damage potential, is a persistent malware hosted on discord that…

Serve as good Ambassadors of your Institutions, Families and NYSC- Acting DG charges PCM’s 

The Acting Director General of National Youth Service Corps, Mrs Christy Ifeyinwa Uba has advised the Prospective Corps Members deployed for the 2022 Batch ‘C’ Stream Two Service year to serve as good ambassadors of their institutions, families and NYSC.   She said discipline, loyalty, dedication, honesty and other good virtues should be their watchword during the service year.   Uba disclosed this while making a nationwide virtual address to the Prospective Corps Members and Camp Officials.   The Acting Director General, who earlier congratulated them on the successful completion…

National Defence College Course 31 visits 2 Division 

The participants of Team 5 of the National Defence College (NDC) course 31 on National Study tour of Oyo State, led by Air Commodore SA Madaki Monday 5 December 2022 visited Headquarters 2 Division Nigerian Army.     In his address to the participants the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division Nigerian Army Major General AS Chinade described the theme of the study tour “Building Socio-Economic Resilience in the Contemporary Security Environment: The Oyo State in Perspective” as very apt considering the contemporary security challenges of insurgency, kidnapping and banditry…