NCC orders telecom operators to extend 30-day data expiry period

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered all Telecoms Operators in the country to give a 14-day grace for subscribers to exhaust their remaining data after the 30 days expiration period.

Ms. Hellen Obi, who represented the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Professor Umar Danbata, stated this yesterday, in Minna, the Niger State capital at the Consumers Conversation Forum.

The event was organized by the NCC to sensitise consumers on the need to follow the right channel in resolving issues with their service providers.

“NCC has mandated all network providers to give their subscribers 14 days of grace after the 30 days expiration of their data if they still have data left and cannot recharge to get their data rolled over,” she stated.

Obi declared 2017 as NCC Telecom Consumer year as a result of the consumer’s importance to the growth and development of the telecom industry.

She added: “The commission which is the independent regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria declared Year 2017 as NCC year of the telecom consumer in recognition of the importance of the consumer to the phenomenal growth and development in the telecoms sector.

“The year of telecom consumer, which was formally launched by NCC Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Danbata, is in tandem with the 8-point Agenda of the commission aimed to protect, educate, and empower consumers towards ensuring sustainable growth and further development in the Telecom sector.’’

Obi explained that the consumer conversation was designed to educate and inform consumers about their rights and privileges with their service providers.

The commission also articulated four strategic initiatives as key drivers of the Consumer Conversation including “Do-Not-Disturb” (DND) Service across all telecom networks, a service, which enables the consumer to stop receiving unwanted and unsolicited messages from telecom operators.

FAYOSE: The arrestors of today would be arrested tomorrow

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that those arresting people today will be arrested tomorrow.

This followed his insistence that he will become Nigeria’s next president.

Fayose, in a series of tweets on Thursday night, was reacting to the arrest of Toyin Ojo, his Commissioner for Finance.

The Governor insinuated that some people in Aso Villa were using the security and anti-graft agencies to intimidate him.

“The arrestors of today would be arrested tomorrow.

“Those who gave reasons@realDonaldTrump won’t be POTUS know better now. I want to be President of Nigeria, that’s what I will be.

“They think they can use @officialEFCC to intimidate us, we are waiting. But tell the Villa hawks that last year, they used DSS, it failed.

“They remembered bailout fund the moment I made it public that I was declaring for President. So, Ekiti was the only state that got bailout?,” Fayose tweeted.

CAN declares October 1 prayers day

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday, declared October 1 as a day of prayers for the country. 

CAN President, Dr Samson Ayokunle CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media & Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, in Abuja, said: “The unity of the country has been under consistent threat as the citizens have been polarised along various divides and the only thing that we can do as the people of God is to intercede for divine intervention. 

“All churches in the country should pray for peace, unity and deliverance of the country on October 1, which marks the Independence Day celebration.

 “All churches in the country should intercede for the country against needless bloodletting, violence and civil war.”

15-year-old pupil disappears on way to school

Guardians of Asmau Ajibade, a Junior Secondary School 2 pupil of Agbara Commuinty Junior Secondary School, Ogun State, are in distress over her whereabouts seven days after she left home for school. 

The girl lived with the guardians, Alhaji Rauf Adetona and Alhaja Ajarat Adetona, on Area 8, Road 810, Block AM, Plot 18, OPIC Estate, Agbara, off Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Ogun State. 

Ajibade had left the house at about 7.30am last Monday in her school uniform, the belief in the house was that she had gone to school. 

The guardians became apprehensive when it was 4pm and she had not returned home. 

Record of the school reportedly revealed that she was absent that day. 

Ajarat said the girl had been living with them since she was four years old, adding that she was surprised by her disappearance. She said it was the first time she would leave home without returning. 

She said, “She went to school on Monday and has not returned. Her teachers told us that she didn’t come to school that day. 

“But a cobbler around here told us that he fixed her torn sandal that morning. The cobbler said she seemed to be in a hurry as she told him that somebody was waiting for her. 

“She had never done anything like this, although her teachers had told us that she was keeping bad company; and I warned her to stop associating with bad people. 

“Her parents had divorced. His father died while she was six months old. She had been living with us for 11 years now. Her attitude that morning did not show that she planned to do anything.” 

Rauf told our correspondent that he was on his farm when a call came in that Ajibade was missing. 

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He said they were told at the school that Ajibade might have absconded with some of her school friends, adding that the incident had been reported at the Agbara Police Station. 

He said, “She always prepared the food she would eat at the school and did same that morning. My wife gave her money in addition to the food and she thanked Alhaja and left. I went to my farm around 9am. At about 4pm, my wife called me that Asmau (Ajibade) had not come back home. 

“I told her to be patient because she came home around 3.30pm at times. When it was 5pm, she called me back and said she had gone to Asmau’s school, but she didn’t see her. 

“On Tuesday, we went back to the school. The teachers at the school told us that she had become a wayward girl and had been moving with a friend who had been expelled from the school.

“We reported at the police station on our estate and we were told to come back on Wednesday if we didn’t see her. 

“On Wednesday, we were directed to the Agbara Police Station. The police collected her picture from us and promised to radio other divisions. They said she might have eloped with a boy.” 

When contacted on Sunday, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he would call the division for update on the case and get back to our correspondent with comments.

BREAKING NEWS: Nursing mother sets ablaze 10yr old boy in Lagos

A 10-year-old boy, identified as Chimobi, has been taken into protective custody by the Lagos State Government after his brother’s wife, Gift Igwe, allegedly set him ablaze at their home on Adenugba Street, Agunfoye, Ikorodu.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the offence of the Ishielu, Ebonyi State indigene, was that he misplaced his trousers and could not produce them when Gift demanded them from him.

Residents of the community, who heard the cry of the victim, put out the fire, during which he reportedly passed out.

Chimobi was subsequently rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital, Ikorodu. 
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Policemen from the Igbogbo division were said to have arrested the suspect.

Our correspondent learnt that officials of the Office of the Public Defender, who had been monitoring the treatment of Chimobi, took him into custody.

A source told PUNCH Metro that the child was brought to Lagos in 2016 by the brother to start living with his family.

He said since then, Gift had been abusing Chimobi, adding that matter came to a head when she set him ablaze that Wednesday.

He said, “He is the younger brother of the man, who is a security guard in a firm. He was not enrolled in any school after he was brought from the village. The brother wanted him to be assisting the wife, who had a baby about a year ago, with house chores and other things.

“The woman has been abusing him for some time now. There are marks of past floggings on his body. He also has sores.

“People in the community could no longer keep quiet when the last incident happened on Wednesday, September 6. She poured kerosene on the boy and lit him with a matchstick.”

Chimobi, who spoke with our correspondent on Saturday, said he had some education before he was brought to Lagos from Ebonyi.

He explained that his brother and his wife had refused to enroll him in a school since he started living with them.

“I misplaced my trousers and ‘mummy’ (sister-in-law) poured kerosene on me and used a matchstick to light fire. People came to help me. I have not been going to school since they brought me from the village,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident.

He noted that Gift had been granted bail because of her child, saying she was mandated to be reporting at the police station daily.

He said, “We gathered that the boy was accused of misplacing something and because of that, she got kerosene and set him ablaze. Some Good Samaritans put out the fire. The boy is recuperating.

“When our attention was called to the case, we ensured the prompt treatment of the boy at the Ikorodu General Hospital. We also involved other government agencies, including a human right group working with the police in that area. The suspect was arrested and interrogated.

“She is a nursing mother; she has a child that is less than two years old. She has been admitted to bail with instruction to be reporting daily to the Investigating Police Officer and the Office of the Public Defender, pending the conclusion of investigation.”

The Director of the OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, said the victim had been taken into protective custody.

She said, “This is a case of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and also an abuse of the child. The Government of Lagos state is poised to putting an end to all forms of domestic violence and child abuse. The OPD has been mandated to ensure that justice is done and the perpetrator brought to book for this barbaric act.”

15yr old Boy Caught Having Sex With Goat

A 15 year old teenager, Kabiru Idi has been arrested by the Niger state Police Command for having sex with a goat. 
Idi who lives in Gbeganu area of Bosso Local Government Area of the state was caught having sex with the goat which is said to be one of the animals that roam the neighborhood. 
Suspecting neighbours reported Idi to a the police operatives attached to Kpakungu Division in Minna who following a tip-off got to Idi’s residence to catch him in the act. 
Neighbours who spoke after the arrest said that this is the second time the suspect has committed the same offence in the area as they stated that they are getting wary of the acts of the teenager expressing fear over his preferences. 
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Babalola Adewole who confirmed the incident applauded the operatives attached to Kpakungu police Division on patrol for apprehending the suspect adding that the suspect would be charged to court on conclusion of investigations. 
He urged members of the public to always report any suspicious person to the nearest police station in their areas to help police to carry out its duties in a dignified manner.

FUNAAB: VC, Registrar and Bursar appointed into new office

The Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, has appointed three new Principal Officers, in substantive capacities, for the University.

The Principal Officers-designates are Professor Felix Kolawole Salako, Vice-Chancellor; Dr. Hakeem Adebola Adekola, Registrar; and Mr. Chukwunwike Ezekpeazu, Bursar.

Their appointment was approved by the institution’s Governing Council.

In a statement by Adewale Kupoluyi of the Directorate of Public Relations, FUNAAB, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Council, Dr. Aboki Zhawa, the appointments followed due process
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“The process was guided by rules, regulations and the Act (establishing the University). We were guided by provisions of the Act, the rules of the University and Federal Character.

“We, as a Council, decided to set up the committee that will do the screening for the Council. It was after screening that the Technical Committee was mandated to look at the applicants; to see if they have complied with the spirit of the advertisement.

“The Technical Committee came up with a good list and they presented to the Selection Board. Having looked at the list, we made a recommendation to the Council and it approved the list and the other recommendations that were submitted,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor-designate, Professor Felix Salako, was born in Lagos State in 1961 and hails from Ibadan, Oyo State.
A Professor of Soil Physics in the Department of Soil Science and Land Management, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) of the University, he attended the famous Igbobi College, Lagos; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he obtained his B. Agric (Hons) and M.Sc degrees in Soil Science in 1983 and 1986, respectively before proceeding to the University of Ibadan, where he bagged his PhD Degree in Soil Science, in 1997.

Professor Salako joined the services of FUNAAB in 2000 as a Senior Lecturer and moved up the academic ladder to become a Professor in 2006.

BREAKING NEWS: ASUU suspends strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended the five weeks old strike.

It directed members to return to the classrooms with immediate effect. 
ASUU President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi told reporters last night after a long meeting with the Federal Government delegation, led by Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige, that they decided to conditionally suspend the strike in view of the timeline of October for the implementation of the signed agreement with the government.

He said the union would not hesitate to resume the suspended action should the government renege on the newly signed agreement, which he called Memorandum of Action.
He said the agreement is backed by a definite timeline for implementation.

He warned that the government must not deliberately dishonour the agreement, adding that the continuous breach of signed agreement had been responsible for the constant strike in the universities.

Ogunyemi said the new agreement with the government is based on mutual trust between the union and the government, adding that the trust of the union must be respected by the government.

Dr. Ngige said all the grey areas had been sorted out and an agreement reached.

He said both the government and the union agreed on several issues, assuring that the agreement reached would be implemented by the government in line with available resources.

Areas of agreement include funding for revitalisation of public universities and the issue of Earned Academic Allowances, the issue of University Staff Schools and the implementation of the judgment of the National Industrial Court, National Universities Pension Management Company and guidelines for pension matters for professors.
He also said the union agreed to the exemption offered by the government regarding the issue of TSA, which include the issue of grants, endowment fund as well as salary shortfall, which he said is already being implemented by the government.

On the state universities, he said they agreed that the union would submit a position paper to the Federal Government on their observation with a view for government to advise state governments.

EFCC: $1.5b traces to Diezani bank account in Switzerland.

Nigeria is set to activate one of the agreements it signed with the United Arab Emirates to seize some mansions traced to former Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, The Nation learnt at the weekend.

Besides, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced about $1.5billion believed to be proceeds of crime to a Swiss account as part of the ongoing probe of the former minister.

The anti-graft agency has allegedly linked the loot with the ex-minister and four of her business associates.

Four detectives on Friday left Nigeria for the United Kingdom with more clues on Mrs Alison-Madueke’s alleged loot.

The detectives have gained access to two exotic mansions belonging to the former minister in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), ahead of an Assets Forfeiture process by the Federal Government.

The properties are located in E146 Emirates Hill Dubai and J5 Emirates Hill Dubai.

According to a top source in the EFCC, about $1.5billion has been traced to the ex-minister and her business associates.

The source said the associates allegedly used two shell companies to sell more than $1.5bn worth of Nigerian crude oil.
The anti-graft agency claimed that the $1.5billion oil cash had been traced to a bank in Switzerland.

The top source said: “So far investigation revealed that the $1.5billion was laundered into an account in Switzerland after passing through the United States. We have the details of how the cash was wired into the account by some oil firms.

“Our investigation confirmed that the account was used to disburse the slush funds to make exotic purchases and acquire properties in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

“The US Department of Justice through its Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative is already seeking to recover $144m in assets from some Diezani associates.”

The team of detectives that went to the United Kingdom is the second this year.

“We are working hard on how to seize cash and assets linked with Diezani. We want her tried at home instead of in he UK,” the source told The Nation.

It was learnt that Mrs Alison-Madueke’s posh mansions in Dubai was worth about 74million Dirham.

The source added:”Apart from the database made available to us by the UAE, there is no hiding place for Diezani, her associates and all the Politically Exposed Persons( PEPs) because the UAE has a Beneficial Ownership policy which will give details of those with assets, even if they are bought through proxies.”

With the location of the two assets of the ex-minister, the Federal Government will invoke the agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal and Commercial Matters(recovery and repatriation of stolen wealth) between Nigeria and the UAE to initiate a forfeiture.

President Muhammadu Buhari on January 19, 2016 entered into six agreements with the Emirates, including the Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal and Commercial Matters(recovery and repatriation of stolen wealth).

Jealous wife allegedly throwing babies into well

A 20-year-old house wife, Aisha Isah is presently in police net in Nasarawa State for allegedly throwing her two step daughters into a well.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Nasarawa State command, DSP Kennedy Idirisu said the step daughters, Zainab, 4, and Baaba, 2 were said to have been allegedly thrown into the well following a disagreement with the children’s mother.

Idirisu said the suspect was arrested in Yelwan-Bassa village in Kokona Local Government Area following a report of the incident.

EFCC arrested eight suspected Internet fraudsters

The EFCC, Lagos zonal office, has arrested eight suspected Internet fraudsters. The suspects are Samsonre: Olujobi, 28 (a.k.a Mau Rice, Melinda Mcginnis); Abraham Sunday ( a.k.a. Raymond Dodson) 32; Gabriel Ayo ( a.k.a. Robert Mcintosh, Donald Great) 25.

Others are Omotayo Raphael (a.k.a. Michael Black) 25; Semiu Sunday Olawale (a.k.a. J. Cabtree) 23; Dafe Onosigho (a.k.a. Johna Kurz ) 27; Ewiolo Elvis (a.k.a. Morgan Moore), 32 and Usiaka Louis (a. k.a. Anthony Parker, David Smart, Alfred Norman) 22.

NECO: June/July 2017 examination results release

The National Examination Council has announced the release of the 2017June/July Senior School Certificate Examination results.

The Registrar of the council, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, announced the results in Minna on Thursday. 
Uwakwe said that 1,055,988 candidates registered for the examination, among whom 1,051,472 wrote the tests in 76 subjects.

BREAKING: Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended the strike action it embarked upon a week ago, after hours of a secret meeting with the Minister of Health.

The group’s president elect, Mr. Chinaka Ugochukwu, announced the suspension via a text message to Channels Television health correspondent in Abuja.

He also gave assurances that details about the decisions will be made public by the association, at a press briefing on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

NARD had on Monday, September 4, declared an indefinite strike action to protest poor welfare of members and demand for improved conditions of service.

The doctors, however, assured the federal government after a marathon meeting on Wednesday, September 6, that they would only suspend the strike after members get credit alert from their banks, indicating payments of parts of the salary arrears that the government is owing to them.

BREAKING NEWS: Ritualist arrested with fresh human head in Ibadan

Men of the Oyo State Police Command have arrested a suspected ritualist, Mr. Taju Olalekan for being in possession of a fresh human head.

Olalekan was arrested at Modina area, Idi-Aro, Ibadan, at about 6.30 a.m., last Sunday.

The command made this know in a statement issued on Tuesday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu.

He said that the arrest of the 32-year old suspect followed information by members of the public who were curious about his strange and suspicious movement and raised the alarm.

“Consequently, policemen attached to the Idi-Aro Police Division mobilized and promptly raced to the scene where the suspect was eventually arrested with the exhibit.

“During interrogation, the suspect disclosed that the exhibit was given to him by an accomplice younger brother, Saheed Olalekan, who is currently on the run. Investigation also revealed that the suspect and his cohort have been dealing in human parts.

“Previously, two human skulls were sold to undisclosed clients. The latest recovered part was meant for a yet- to- be- identified pastor in Ibadan.

“The State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, has directed the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID), Iyaganku, to take over the case with a view to carrying out diligent investigation and prosecution”, he said.

Patience Jonathan N6bn asset in Abuja uncovers by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reportedly uncovered an uncompleted eight-storey building allegedly belonging to Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.

The magnificent edifice, located within the Central Business District, is between the National Mosque and the Federal Secretariat, Punch reports.

UNILORIN: Only 11,000 students will be admitted out of 90,000 candidate seeking admission

The authorities of University of Ilorin yesterday hinted that no fewer than over 90,000 candidates are seeking admission into the institution for the 2017-2018 academic session.

The management however said that, only 11,000 students would be offered admission.

Already, the affected candidates will start the university’s screening exercise today (Monday) in both the main campus, (Ilorin) and Lagos centre of the university.

The Deputy Director, Information, Office of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Kunle Akogun, who spoke with journalists in Ilorin yesterday, said the students to be offered admission would be based on the carrying capacity of the institution. 
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The spokesman of the university said the administration of the out-going Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali expanded the academic programmes of the university by adding three faculties to make the number of the institution’s faculties to 15.

According to him, “the university is known for its stable academic calendar, making the institution, the most sought after university in the country.

He promised that the administration of the vice chancellor-designate would continue to uphold the virtue and standards of the university.

Akogun also noted that the university witnessed rapid physical infrastructural development, improved research and teaching activities and stable power supply on the campus to facilitate academic activities on campus.

He added that the university now has an automated digital library, the first of its kind in the country, where books and other reading materials could be accessed all over the country.

Akogun also used the occasion to dispel the rumor making the rounds that the university had shifted its screening exercise that would commence today to next week Wednesday.

He said the management of the university has not shifted the screening exercise adding: “The exercise would commence as scheduled and will start from today in both Ilorin and Lagos centres of the university.

ASUP: Kogi poly embark on strike over non-payment of salaries

The Academic staff Union of polytechnics ( ASUP) Kogi state polytechnic Lokoja chapter has asked its members to proceed on indefinite strike beginning from Monday 11th September, 2017 over non-payment of July salaries.

The chairman of ASUP, Gboloromi Samuel Sunday in a telephone chat with DAILY POST gave the directives on Saturday in Lokoja as a last resort to compel the government to heed to their plight.

He stated that ,although, the 21 days ultimatum earlier given to government to meet the agreed negotiated demands before suspending the strike was not over, the need for his members to collect their salaries cannot be swept under the carpet, stressing that the impending strike will only be aborted if only the government pays their salaries before Monday.

” Early in the year, Six state owned tertiary institutions embarked on indefinite strike, Kogi State Polytechnics was in the frontline to accede to the government request. We suspended the strike and resumed academic programmes even when some refused to bulged.

” Even when we reminded them of the agreement we had with them to suspend the strike was not kept, we still continue with our work, until when things got to a head that we recently issued 21 days ultimatum to resume the strike or they should hasten the process to meet the agreement.

” We were surprised , when July salaries were being paid to our colleagues in other tertiary institutions across the state ,our members were being left out. When we enquire, we were told that the state has no money to pay us, even when all the civil servants in the state have collected theirs.
” As I'm talking , my members have exhausted all sources they used to borrow money. Right now, our members are starving, we don't have transport money to come to work, no tools to work with even primary things like stencils are not provided.

” We urged the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to immediately commenced the payment of July salaries to our members, ” as what is good for the goose is good for the gander” to abort the impending strike that will once again paralyzed the academic progression of our students. “He warned .

The Chairman however called on the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and all well meaning Nigerians to press on the administration to immediately commenced the payment of July salaries to the members to avert further disruptions to the academic programmes of the school.

It would be recalled that in February this year, six Kogi state owned tertiary institutions had embarked on an indefinite strike which paralyzed the academic programmes across the state, however , the polytechnics had in July suspended their strike but the recent development of government’s failure to pay their July salaries is once again taking them to the trenches.

NLC against release of fresh Paris Club refund to states governors

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to release the third and final tranche of the Paris Club refund to state governors until they make a concrete commitment to use the money to settle outstanding salaries, allowances and pension of workers and retirees in the country.

The congress is also demanding an immediate and comprehensive audit of all monies so far spent in government effort at reviving the power sector in the country since 1999 which it said has failed to yield result, but rather produce several billionaires as a result of diversion of the funds.

ASUU reach fresh agreement with the FG on their demands.

University lecturers are close to calling off their one-month-old ASUU strike after reaching a fresh agreement with the Federal Government on their demands.

Top of the agreement reached at a 15-hour meeting that ended early yesterday in Abuja, is the immediate release by government of N220 billion to the universities to fund the revitalization of federal universities in the country.

The sum is expected to be paid not later than next month.

The money is to enable the institutions buy working tools needed for effective discharge of their responsibilities.

Representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are scheduled to present details of the agreement to the National Executive Council of the union within the next one week for ratification, and possible calling off of the strike.

Besides, government at the conciliatory meeting, coordinated by Labour and Employment Minister,Chris Ngige, agreed to commence the immediate payment of the salary shortfall to the lecturers.

Ngige told reporters at the end of the meeting that government had also commenced the payment of the earned allowances of members of the union.

He said the meeting also discussed how to set up the National Universities Pension Management Company as well as the issue of university staff schools and the Treasury Single Account.

His words: “We also discussed the issue of university staff schools and treasury single account with a view to finding how the system could accommodate funds for research grants that need to be independent of the government. We also discussed the issue of how the Federal Government could be involved in the running of state universities.”

He said the meeting agreed to set up a seven-man committee on the implementation of the proposals.

The union and the federal ministry of education will each be represented by three persons on the committee, while government will be represented by one person who will serve as chairman.

Continuing, Ngige said: ”There’s the fund for revitalization of public universities and the issue of Earned Academic Allowances; the issue of University Staff Schools on which there is a court judgment; the issue of National Universities Pension Management Company; and the issue of salary shortfalls for lecturers and staff of universities. There is the issue of TSA exemption and the problems in the state universities. All are the issues that ASUU felt that government should address.

“Most of these issues stemmed from the 2009 agreement that government had with ASUU and also from the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding that the government had with ASUU. Government is a continuum. Most of those issues were not issues that cropped up from the Buhari administration, we inherited them.

“But be that as it may, we are to ready to address those issues.

“But ASUU has to take back this our proposal to their organs, so we decided that there’s an agreement for government to make some funds available in September and October to show that they are not repudiating their agreement and to also show sign of good faith.

“On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances, we have listened and payment has started in that direction and the same with staff schools. Government is though not appealing, we have agreed that the decision should be conveyed to the various universities.

“The Issue of NUPENCO was addressed and ways have been fashioned out for the registration of that company. Salary shortfalls for lecturers and university staff were also addressed and government has shown their commitment and evidence that payments have started in order to liquidate the outstanding allowances.

“The issue of TSA exemption was also discussed and an agreement or proposal was muted by which the Central Bank would open a special account.

”State universities which have been the concern for ASUU and everybody who has been looking for quality education in the country was also discussed and the Minister of Education was mandated to take the memo to the council of state and the Federal Executive Council.

“Based on these discussions, ASUU leadership will consult with its organs and revert back to government within one week. They will consult with their organs with a view to calling off the strike. And we expect them that within one week, they will get back to government. These are the highlights of the meeting and I can tell you that the meeting took place in very cordial atmosphere.”

Also speaking, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the proposals made by government were concrete but said the ASUU team would take the offers back to their colleagues for consideration within the next one week, and the position of the members would be communicated to government.

He said: “We have had useful deliberations and we had some concrete proposals that we will take back to our members as part of our consultations.

“And like the Honourable Minister of Labour has said, we plan to come back here to take decisions as advised by our members.”

Also at the marathon meeting were the President of the Nigeria Labour Comgress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang.

ASUU embarked on the strike on August 13, following government’s failure to implement the agreement reached with the union in November 2016.

Three human parts seller arrested by Police

Three persons in the business of luring and kidnapping girls for the purpose of killing and selling their parts have been arrested by the Ondo State police command.

They have also confessed to have been involved in the kidnapping of students of the Adeyemi College of Education in Ondo town.

Outcome Of Resident Doctors meeting with FG

Striking resident doctors in the country in the early hours of Thursday signed a new Memorandum of Terms of Settlement with the Federal Government.

The doctors, operating under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors, after the meeting, which began at about 2:30pm on Wednesday and ended at 12:30am on Thursday, insisted that their salaries must be paid before they will call off the strike.

MAPOLY yahoo boys student arrested by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, has arrested seven National Diploma (ND) students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, Ogun State for alleged offenses bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretenses and possession of forged documents.

The suspects- Adesina Olalekan, Makinde Noheem, Toheeb Ogunowo, Somotun Olusola, Somotun Sodiq, Tajudeen Hafeez Bolaji and Kareem Olaseni- are studying various courses in the institution.

They were arrested alongside Iyun Ifeoluwa, Odusanwo Ibrahim, Obanijesu Opeyemi Soneye, Azeez Olayinka, Babatunde Ajala, Ojejimi Ademola, Aderowunmi Ayomide and Oluokun Oluwaseun by operatives of the Commission within Abeokuta and its environs on August 17, 2016, following a petition received by the Commission about their activities.

The suspects, who were said to be living flamboyantly, were alleged to be involved in internet scam, forgery of financial instruments and lottery scam, among others.

One of the suspects, Olaseni, a 21-year-old Business Administration student, was said to have created a Facebook account with the name Dean Robert, with which he interacted with his victims.

In his statement, Olaseni gave a blow-by-blow revealed his modus operandi, saying, “I tell them (his victims) that they have won Facebook Lottery. I have people who receive the money sent by the victims. Then, the money is remitted into my personal accounts domiciled in GTBank and Skye Bank.”

A number of items, including laptops, forged documents, were recovered from the suspects during their arrests.

The suspects will be charged to court after investigations are concluded.